W4146 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER FROM W. CLARKE
Oct 16 1852
To: Rev. Thomas Baker Simcoe, Ontario
From: Simcoe, Ontario
Simcoe, October 16, 1852
Rev. T. Baker,
My dear brother,
I preached my farewell sermon here last Sabbath evening--and assume that you might be expected to take the pulpit next Lord's Day. Your friends here and I can assure you that you have many [who] are anxiously looking for a favourable reply from you to this call to the pastorate.
I think prospects biding for your comfort & usefulneps1 in this place and I can assure that it is with much satisfaction that I eyed you as likely to be my successor. We leave tomorrow for our home in the west & I am very busy packing up etc., in which good Mr. Gibbons is assisting us, therefore excuse a letter, but with kind regards to Mrs. Baker in which my family unite, believe me,
My dear brother
very truly yours
1 Note that the writer uses the archaic "ps" ending for the word "usefulneps"--but not in the centre of a word, as in, "assure" or "successor."