W-MCP5-6.344 TO MR. HISLOP from E. Thompson
Feb 3 1835
To: Mr. Hislop, Ashtead, [Surrey, England]
From: Letherhead, [Central Surrey, England]
I have written to you offering a few remarks respecting our worthy Minister, and the interest of the Church with whom we stand connected; I am at a lofs1 to conjecture what the troubles are, which prefs so heavily upon Mr. Baker.2 I have thought whether the cause was, apprehension of war, in which case, he is probably liable to be called into active Service, or whether it proceeded from the uncertainty of providing for his Family in this Town. If the latter, the time will be soon at hand when our Friends in London must be solicited for their renewed support either by the means of an Anniversary or by Subscriptions, if they shall prefer the latter in preference to the expense, and trouble of getting together a number of People for the former.
In the meantime I think it indispensably necefsary that we should make up the Books to the end of the Year or to the present time, and write Mr. Lewis and others of our best Friends in Town, a statement of our proceedings for the year gone by. It will be a satisfaction to them and may operate as an impulse to their generosity to continue their benevolent designs for the good of this place. Seeing that the names of contributors are doubled, that exertions have been made by and by appeals to our Friends, and the neighbouring Churches, and what is still more pleasing that numbers were being added to the Church; an indication that the labours of our Pastor had been blefsed to the good of Souls.
I think it is right that we should make a statement of our pecuniary resources, and prospects as regards the cause of our Redeemer. What effect the preaching of the Truth has been upon the minds of the people here. That we shall not leave it to our respected Minister to do this, to our Friends, but shew them that we take an interest in the matter. And that we will continue by every pofsible means as regards ourselves and those with whom we stand, in relation as Christians to promote the cause of religion in this Place, in dependence God's Blefsing, upon the attendance of our London Friends.
Yours very truly & affect'ely,
1 The writer uses the now archaic "fs" construction for the current "ss" sound, and we have retained same in the transcription.
2 Rev. Thomas Baker (ca.1796-1887) father of Mary Baker McQuesten (1849-1934). In 1835, Rev. Thomas Baker had 8 children between the ages of 15 & 5 by his first wife, Sarah Hampson. He had already served with the Royal Navy during the war of 1812 on the Great Lakes in Canada. In this same year, 1835, he resigned from the pastorate of the congregation in Letherhead, Surrey and accepted an appointment from the London Missionary Society and emigrated to Upper Canada to become the first minister of the first Congregational Church in Kingston. In 1846 he moved to Brantford. (Minnes 1), where his first wife died on December 13, 1847 (W4141). He married Mary-Jane McIlwaine in 1848 in Brantford and the only child of that marriage was Mary Jane Baker, later Mary Baker McQuesten (1849-1934). For more information on Rev. Baker, see his Biography on this site, and see W2953.