[Written on envelope:] Fav'd by Mr. ForsterW2820 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from Henry Wilkes
Oct 24 1837
To: Rev. Thomas Baker,
From: Montreal, [Quebec]
My dear Brother.
I regretted exceedingly that it so turned out that I could not see you in Kingston. I saw Dr. Armstrong a few minutes and told him that neither Mr. Roaf nor myself had any doubt that afsistance [sic]1 would be rendered by our Society to sustain you in Kingston; but that they would feel a more lively interest if the cause of the Constitution & arrangements of the Church were somewhat modified to suit the views of British Congregationalists. I thought this a good time to give a hint on the subject. The Dr. said it was now in fact Congregational! though on account of the Trust Deed it was nominally Presby'n. But he did not forbid the hope of some favourable change. I find Mr. Forster much alive to the subject, and in addressing the Society I give them hopes that the matter will be in the course of time successfully arranged.
Think my dear Brother, you may rely on the aid required, and I would have you therefore keep y'r mind Easy. Mr. Roaf and I have agreed to make Kingston the dividing line of our Agency: but I recommend everything for the whole of Upper Canada this fall, and the answers for the portion above you, and including Kingston to be sent to him. I like him much. He is a judicious & affectionate B'r [Brother]. He wished me to say to all the Brethren that it would afford him the highest pleasure to hear from them freely & confidently at all times, and to afford them any Ministerial assistance in his power. He will travel with pleasure for this purpose.
With kindest regards to Mrs. B. and family, wishing you every blessing
I remain My dear Brother
1 The writer is using the archaic "fs" for "ss". We have continued the transcription using modern "ss" for ease of reading.