Thomas Ludlow, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1766 November 7


abstractLudlow writes that he is pleased with the collections taken on behalf of the great cause, but that Whitaker and Occom would do well to collect in person rather than leave it to local ministers. He hopes that Whitaker and Occom will visit Bristol before returning to London.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Occom’s inoculation

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My much esteemed Friend Mr. Nathaniel Whitaker  Dear Sir 
Since my last to you at Bideford  we have had the pleasure of receiving two Letters from you, one  from Barnstaple, the other from Crediton, both which gave us pleasing  accounts of your success in the important Cause, what you collected  at Exeter and Topsham I think is extraordinary. I am glad to hear  some of the Clergy undertake for you, which no doubt is furtherance  to the Affair, I find you have left the Collection in some places to the  management of them and other Ministers by which you will see whether  that will answer your purpose, I am ready to think it will not and  that if you was to make personal application and preach to the People,  where they receive one Pound, you would two Pounds, but that I leave.  I observe your immediate going to London on your return to Exon is  not absolutely fixed but that a Letter you expect from your Friends in  London is to determine it. If it is for the good of the great Cause we  should rejoice to see you here first for do assure you that would be indeed  a great pleasure to us and to Friends in general. It gave us concern  to have so poor an account of dear Mr. Occom, hope the Lord has removed  his complaint and that this will find him perfectly recovered. May  the Lord still stand by and support you under every trial that you may  meet with and keep you above all your fears and discouragements, He  is stronger than all your adversaries and has the Hearts of all Men at  his command and can turn them as the Rivers are turned, Instances of  which   
which you have met with since you have been embarked in this  glorious undertaking, which are as so many encouragements for  you still to go on trusting alone in the strength of the Lord. Through  the great goodness of God we and all your Friends that I now can  recollect here are well and many did they know I was writing  would beg to be remembered to you. Mrs. Ludlow, my Daughter and self  do heartily join in tendering our cordial Love and respects to you  and Mr. Occom and that we may be sharers in both your Prayers  is the desire of   
Your sincere Friend and Servant  Tho.s Ludlow  Bristol 7th November 1766 
Pray present our best Respects to Messrs. Kinsman and Gibbs  and their Families.   
From Mr.  Thomas Ludlow  November 7 1766