W4149 TO C. FORD ESQ., from Rev. Thomas Baker
Oct 23 1852
To: C. Ford Newmarket, Ontario
From: Brantford, Ontario
C. Ford, Esq.,
My dear Sir,
On arriving this morning at Brantford I found in the Post Office your favour of the 19th Inst., informing me that it was the unanimous request of the Congregational Church at Newmarket that I should assume the Pastorate for them.
And as this request has been made, [sentence crossed out] concurrent [?] with any stipulation [?] [house?] [of faith?] but in the most favour confiding, [(generosity) crossed out] I must [??cally] accede to the request without stipulation in my last, believing that a higher who will confide in a Pastor to see are but they might encounter giver of Sin will be always ready to do evil but he may remember again of them, that such duty will regain men of the [?] now men will ber satisfied with life.
Be kind then to communicate to the Church my acceptance of the call and request on my behalf an initial in the prayers that I & mine may have a prosperous joining by the river of God to come unto Him, and then when I come I may be fully fraught with the blessings of the faithful of here.
Go dear sir let the whole church write a prayer to God that his pasture may be offered by him to the mass & they may be the [prosecutor?] of that prayer to God and of God's Son to the souls of men.
I am dear sir,
and servant for Jesus sake
1 This letter is nearly illegible. It is a draft of Baker's letter of acceptance of the pastoral call to the Newmarket Congregational Church, see W4148. Baker made two other drafts of the same letter which are even more illegible than this one, W4150 and W4151.