Richard Furman



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Richard Furman writes to Reverend John Rippon regarding the aquisition of religious texts. Furman mentions his plans to attend a Presbyterian "extraordinary meeting" lasting 4 to 5 days. 13 May 1802 in the High Hills of the Santee.


High Hills of the Santee, 13th May 1802 Resd. & dear Sir, You will probably be surprised at receiving a Letter from me dated at this Place. I am here on Business of Importance to my temporal Interests, and expected to have written you immediately after my Return to Charleston; but my Friend who takes the letter I now send, called on me just before I left the City, and informed me he should sail before my Return; it being much earlier than he had expected. These Circumstances, and the very little Time I have now at command, will occasion my Letter’s being much shorter than I had intended. Capt. Bowers, the Bearer, has been some years on of my Congregation, and there is a Family Connection between us, my [page torn, illegible] Son being married to a Daughter of his. We have been brought [page torn, illegible] though he has [page torn, illegible] this Society; you will find him to be a man of some Information and knowledge of the World; a Man of ? and ? should it be convenient to furnish him with any Information, respecting ? he may have to transact, I would be obliged to you to afford him such Assistance. He has promised to pay you thirty Pounds on my Account. A Number of the Books you sent are not yet disposed of, and a considerable part of these which have, are not yet paid for. You will please send me a few Doz. lower priced Hymn Books; and one or two Doz. of these bound in ? I have ? but one Subscription for the History of Bunhil Fields as yet; this is by a worthy Lady, W Sarah Parker, of Charleston. You will also please consider me as a subscriber for that Work, and for two Doz. of the arranged Edition of Watts’ Psalms & Hymns. It is probable that these, when known, will be in demand. However, People here are backward in Subscribing. The Package that was left in the Hands of the American Consul, has never been received. Dr. Rogers, I presume, has forwarded you a late Publication at Philadelphia, containing Accounts of the late Revival in Religion but ? any Disappointment should take place, I send a Copy of the Work by Capt. Bowers, which please accept. Several of those extraordinary Meetings which a described in it as being held in Kentucky, have been lately held in North Carolina, [page torn, illegible] with similar Effects; they are held chiefly among the Presbyterians: Several Thousands have attended at each of them, and they have continued Day and Night together, for 4 or 5 Days, many being deeply convicted and others ? in pardoning herey; the falling down of Persons under hearing the Word, and in other religious Exercises, being common one of these [page torn, illegible] is to begin by [page torn, illegible] next Week about 70 miles from the Place where I now am, [page torn, illegible] Part of the State. I am endeavoring to arrange my Business as to attend it; if this should be effected, I hope, on my Return to the City, to give you more particular Information. In great Haste, I remain, Resd & dear Sir, Your Friend & servant in the Gospel of Christ Richard Furman

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Richard Furman, Reverand John Rippon, High Hills of Santee, Presbyterian, Charleston, Captain Bowers, History of Bunhil Fields, Hands of the American Consul, 1802, Sarah Parker, North Carolina, South Carolina

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Letter from Richard Furman to Reverend John Rippon (?)



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