Courtenay Connell, letter, to Henry Mayo, 1766 December 2

Author Connell, Courtenay

Date2 December, 1766

ms number766652.4

abstractConnell writes an indignant letter reproving Mayo for attacks on Whitaker and Occom.

handwritingHand is small and stylized, yet formal and clear. The trailer appears to be in Whitaker's hand.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light staining and wear, and light-to-moderate creasing.

inkBlack-brown ink is somewhat faded.

noteworthyAs is noted in the trailer, this document is a copy. Persons whose names are illegible have not been tagged.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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I am sorry tho' not surprized, to see & hear the rage and ill-will wth which you persecute even to strange, or at least distant places, those whom it is reasonable to think came on a laudable desighn, even their enemies being judges: that it might not be well applied, was a base insinuation; how much like a stab in the Dark, I leave you to judge, as alas how near the term "money hunters" suits M:r M. the heavy taxes do not I suppose hurt you, neither are you among the starving ministers: how much you contribute to the Support of the destitute, you best know, but for my part, excuse freedom I beleive but little, tho' I hope none will repent as you fear, of having given to this cause. Envy & Pride seem to be the dictators, & that too plainly, I am Sorry to See it; & now you complain of abuse pray who began? consider your letter to M:r Peirce, which you desir'd might be shew'd; was it not with an invidious intent? what ridicule did it contain! how was it calculated to raise prejudices in sincere minds & degrade persons may I not Say of better quallifications than M:r M? Remember He that exalteth himself shall be abased, who think you has more reason to fear it than M.r M, I Can't help thinking on the Illiterite & unapproved brethren pray who made you litterate? & wth what face can you talk so? If Charity had been so cold you never woud have "
talked so, to be mean or educated on charity is no disgrace; but for but for such to be proud & overbearing to their betters wt is it,? or what is it not? It is too common but not always the case of upstarts, a Charecter which I never Remember to have heard M:r Whitaker give M:r M. it was sent indeed in a letter from a Gentleman at London but no news to people in plymoth, you have accused M:r [illegible: [guess: Me]]nds of Slandering you, being a stranger; if a Stranger, pray why did Mr M Slander him so many Years ago at Crumble paſsage & others; one indeed who you Said was your Spiritual Father, I wish it may be so, how did you endevour to blacken the Charecter of persons of Piety & usefullneſs, & in every respect so much your Superiour to M.r M that he is not worthy to be named with them, & that to me, who you might Suppose might spread it abroad, & not be known from whence it came how did you revile even to M.r Gibbs & me; how tauntingly did you behave, have not even I heard obſcenity indeed & you meant no harm did you? is this the Charecter of a Minister! let the Name be erased or or better used, I wou'd desire the latter. Who pray when a friend was willing to hear M.r Whitefeild banter'd & got him to an Inn on a Sunday over to drink punch? who pray told a Young Gentlemen that a Minister shou'd be conversant with Bad houses & experimentally know the smart of it to be able to well to Preach against it! & there was no harm meant by it May it be so: but how well those things become the Charecter of a
Minister let an impartial person Judge. I wish the bad may mend & the Proud & over-bearing become humble; but if not they shall be humbled you know I hate diſsimulation & flattery, I wou'd speak plainly & you know, I 'Speak truely. Go no farther act not the part of Joab & Compla^in^ of others smiting secretly & Malliciously, Justice at last found out even the General ^of^ Israels Army; therefore be wise, lay your hand on your mouth & charge not the innocent & worthy. I realy wish ^you^ well in every right ^way^ & shou'd be glad of your mending what is wrong. what I have omitted you may add, & not think me your enimy for telling you the truth, which I hope always will be done by
A Coppy of a Letter from Courtney Connel Eſqr Decr 2. 1766