W2827 REV. THOMAS BAKER from a church member, G. H. Haines
Apr 1 1840
To: Rev. Baker c/o Mr. Moyle Paris, Ontario
From: Kingston, Ontario
My Dear Sir,
In conformity with your desire upon leaving us, that the Church of Friends, who had been subscribing to the Friends in your hands calculated at the monthly meetings for the Spirit of the Gospel, should take into their consideration the proper mode of disposing of the same. I have herewith to hand you a resolution passed unanimously at our meeting last evening and which I hope will meet your wishes and prove the sincere desire of that from whom in the course of Providence you are separated that they retain a grateful recollection of your services amongst them and also feel an anxious desire to aid on under your ministry the cause of our Redeemer in whose satisfaction it may please your Lord and Master to call you to his work.
Resolved, that the money now in the hands of Mr. Baker, collected at the monthly missionary prayer meetings, be given to him to be employed in aid of funds for building a place of worship, in his new sphere of labour.1
We have, my dear Sir come to this resolution in consequence of having understood that you are likely to settle down at Paris and that the good people there are about making collections for the meeting place of Worship. By this means we hope to strengthen your hands and theirs, but should any thing occur, to prevent your settling at that place, then the money will be held by you to be applied in a way to address the object of the resolution.
I am able to say that your family are all well, as Miss Baker is spending a few days with us.2 I understand you find the Country very beautiful and interesting and am happy to find that your health is much better, may it please the Lord to continue the same and to enable you successfully to preach the Gospel of our Blessed Lord,3 to that number & maybe added unto the Church of such as shall be saved.
I am dear Sir on the behalf of our Christian friends and in which I heartily join.
Yours affectionately in the bonds of the Gospel.
G. H. Haines.
1 At Paris Rev. Baker became disillusioned and resigned from his church because his parishioners had not achieved the agreed task of "building a commodious place of worship" in one year. See W4126 dated August 13, 1841.
2 A Note on the problems of transcription: The writer uses the archaic construction of "fs" for "ss" which makes the transcription very difficult especially with words such as "succefsful" and "Blefsed." We have used the current "ss" spellings for ease of reading.
3 This would be one of Rev. Baker's daughters from his first marriage to Sarah Hampson. They had four daughters and four sons between the years of 1820 and 1830. His wife died in 1847. He married for a second time in 1848 to Mary McIlwaine and had another daughter, Mary Jane, born in 1849; she married in 1873 and became Mary Baker McQuesten.