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Isaac Hite to "Dear Friend," January 20, 1846

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Rockville Jany 20th 1846 Dear Friend Yours of the 19th Inst. is just recd. I am sorry it is wholly out of my power to [be] at the meeting of your rectory to morrow - The certain intelligence that Mr Rooker will sever himself from our congregations is certainly new, but from what I heard when last at Winchester was somewhat prepared for it - I am very very sorry that Mr Rooker thinks it necessary to separate from us - but if he thinks he can be instrumental in doing more good elsewhere we should not be selfish - I say God speed him! May his highest expectations be more than realized He is a gentleman for whom I have the highest regard, he is eminently qualified to adorn any station in which he may be placed. With regard to our participation in the election of Mr Rooker's successor - it may be as well to inform you, that we for some time past have been very desirous of having a minister to ourselves, and in fact Bishop Meade has positively promised us one next summer & also assistance in his support. However I think myself authorized to say this much, that we will contribute the same we have heretofore done ($100 pr annum) to any gentleman you may think proper to select - provided we should be disappointed in getting a minister at Middletown as above stated, and that we will pay the same in proportion to the time we receive the benefit of his services until we get supplied as above. With the highest regards to Mrs S & family I remain truly yr Friend Isaac F. Hite