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MDCCCXXf . To the Rev . Edmund Butcher , this piece of Plate is respectfully presented by the Congregation of Unitarian Dissenters at Sidmouth ,
in testimony of their gratitude for his invaluable pastoral services during twenty years , of their admiration of his public and private character , and
of their affectionate solicitude for his welfare . The following letters passed upon this occasion . < c To the Rev . Edmund Butcher ; Bristol . " Sidmouth , May 17 ' , 1821 .
" Rev . and dear Sir , < c The little congregation in this place , , so long and . so highly honoured by your pastoral superintendance , have desired me to request your acceptance of the accompanying pieces of plate . I am painfully conscious of my own inability adequately to express their deep and grateful sense of your unceasing endeavours , both
by precept and example , to promote their highest interests ; but I may assure you , that their fervent prayers for your welfare and happiness will constantly attend you in your retirement , and that they earnestly and affectionately hope that you may yet be spared many years to enjoy those blessings which are the reward of
a life spent in the diligent and undeviating exercise of every Christian duty . With feelings of the greatest respect and regard , " I am , iC My dear Sir , <( Your faithful and obliged servant , " JOHN CARSLAKE . "
Mr . Butcher ' reply : " To John Car slake , Esq . " My dear Sir , " 1 have received by the hand of our good friend the two pieces of plate , and the very handsome and affectionate letter by which you and the rest of rny Sidmouth friends have so kindly testified
their sense of my public services , and their affectionate wishes for my private happiness . It is a proof of regard which I shall always contemplate with pride and pleasure . The inscription , which , I understand , was very properly submitted to your approbation , pleases me much ; It is characterized by simplicity and aftcc < tion ( I . will thank you , my dear Sir , to convey to my dear Jtlock , i ** y grateful
acknowledgements for this valuable , as well as pleasing , memorial of their regard to him who , though no longer their minister , will ever remain their sincere and affectionate friend ; and will earnestl y pray the c God and Father' of our Lord Jesus Christ , that , as individuals and as a Christian society , they may adorn their
holy profession ; be an increasing comfort to their present worthy pastor ; and as in the course of nature they are removed from earth , be well fitted for an entrance into heaven . There , through the mercy of God , in Christ Jesus , may we all meet , and spend a happy eternity together . " Believe me , dear Sir , i 6 Your and the Congregation ' s very sincere friend , " EDMUND BUTCHER . « Bristol , May 23 , 1821 . "
346 Letter from the Back Settlements of America .
Bristol , Sir , ^ April 11 , 1821 . IF the following letter , which I have lately received from the United States , seems to you sufficiently interesting for the Repository , I shall be glad to see it inserted . EDMUND BUTCHER . " Harmony Township , Clarke County , near Springfield , Ohio , United States 9 January 31 , 1821 . " We are here , Sir , upon the confines of civilized society , if you will allow us that title . About a dozen English families are around us . The countrv has been
settled only a short time , but is very rapidly improving . We are 70 miles N . E . from Cincinnati , in a iine countly , well watered , partly prairie , partly wooded .
Good farms may be had for eight or nine dollars per acre , such as are called improved farms . We are much better off iti many respects than our countrymen in the Illinois , who are most of them very dissatisfied with their situation on account
of the scarcity of water four months of the year . Religion here is professed by all , and much talked of , but little understood . The prevalent sects are the Methodists and the New Lights ; their preachers deplorably ignorant . One of their preachers hearing I was a Unitarian , called to converse with me , and asked
me if we were called after a person ot the name of Unit . Incompetent as I am , I have undertaken to give a course of lectures to explain Unitarian doctrines , in the nearest court-house . I should have improved ray former opportunities but ill if I were not qualified for this task better than most of the public teachers here . I have lent and lost most of my
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 346, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/22/