Lewis University I & M Canal Documents and Correspondence, 1832-1857 (Lewis University)
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Letter from G. E. Holmes, Lockport, Illinois, resident, to Father Nathaniel Stacy. Dated May 11, 1839
Letter from G. E. Holmes, Lockport, Illinois, resident, to Father Nathaniel Stacy. Dated May 11, 1839
TitleLetter from G. E. Holmes, Lockport, Illinois, resident, to Father Nathaniel Stacy. Dated May 11, 1839
SubjectIllinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.) -- History - Nathaniel Stacy; G.E. Holmes - Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.) -- History
TranscriptsFather Stacy
It is rather a long time since we have exchanged communications. I have waited with some expectations of getting a line from you, but yet wait in vain. I believe, in my last, I acknowledged the receipt of the pamphlets you sent + from the wish expressed, of being informed where a letter would reach me; supposed that I was destined to receive one, before a great lapse of time.

I can hardly tell now how long it has been since I wrote you, though I believe it was before I was out here last September to attend the extra Session of the Illinois State Convention. I came out as a spectator, with the expectation of meeting Br Gardner & G.B. Brown; old acquaintances but met them not both being confined by sickness. The result of the circumstances was, that the labours of the session principly fell on Br. Kinne & myself, so that I was compelled to take a station again before the community that I solemly intended never to have done. This was followed by an earnest solicitation of two or three friends, to return and preach with the society of Juliet.

I came out in January last and have remained until the present time. I expect to preach in the vicinity for the year… But though I have yealded to the solicitations of the friends to resume the ministry because they seemed to demand my labours yet it is with a conviction of unfitness which paralizes in a great degree my zeal + efforts.

So you perceive that the conviction which you characterized as a "fit of Meloncholly" if it deserved that appellation is a most obstinate fit.

With my and to prospects I can only say that liberal principles prevail to a considerable extent but it is a liberality that verges towards the cold + cheerless moral waste of skepticism; so much so that were I not firmly convinced that the gospel was made for sinners those siting in darkness I should despaire of being the instrument of much good.

As it is I hope to be able to call the attention to the subject and then leave it to someone better qualified to offer the principles to the heart of those who will hear. Br. G.R. Brown was here the fourth Sunday of April. Has gone to Rushville to attend our state convention. Also Br. Kinne and Br. Dean from Madison Co. Br. Dean was educated for the Bar + has a license to practice in this state but thinks of devoting his talents to the ministry. He graduated at Union College. I think likely he will receive a letter of fellowship but don't know as he intends to apply for one.

Br. Brown told me he expected you to attend the conference at South Bend in June. I shall go myself if I can. Matters and things were so that I could not go to our own Convention + may prevent me from going to the Bend.

We have a young man in the vicinity of the name of Wooley who says he is a "universalist preacher". Visited many places met with very signal unacceptance. Stoped at Babcock's Grove where Br. Dean _ others had formed themselves into a society offered to preach for what they choose to give him + has succeeded in attaching some of the society to him + dividing it, I fear, incurably. I learn late that he has got up a paper in which he represents himself as the pastor of the society + I suppose sends it to yourself + Br. Montgomery to get you to endorse his moral character. I believe however that is a work of supererogation for we don't doubt his well meaning, but his ability to teach. We had a conference at St. Charles where Br. Rounseville resides last month but neglected to recognize Br. Wooley as a preacher + he cries persecution. A queer species of persecution to let a man alone. He claims to have been advised to preach by Br. Montgomery + to have preached with success in Michigan. But both of the assertions we consider to much a streach of credulity to believe. Perhaps you may be able to throw a little light on the subject. One thing I think certain he can do more hurt that fifty like him can do good.

Yours gladly
G.E. Holmes
Description4-page handwritten personal letter catching up Father Stacy with G. E. Holmes's life
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
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CollectionI & M Canal Documents and Correspondence, 1832 - 1857 (Lewis University)
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