Letter from William P. Weeks, South Berwick, [Maine], to Amos Augustus Phelps, 1829 Jan[uar]y 3
William P. Weeks writes to Amos A. Phelps on news of Phelps' former love interest, "who once was the joy your heart and the idol of your soul." He also writes that Judge Hayes has been made Judge of the Probate court. There is a question of settling a new minister at South Berswick and Weeks explains that "the people here..are determined not to have another minister settled here unless he can be settled without subjecting them to such an enormous tax." He continues to discuss Mr. Campbell's activities, including his views on "the Negro cause." He poses the question to Phelps, "Does a man who has never had his liberty know how to enjoy it, & when he has it, will he not abuse it?" Lastly, he discusses religious matters in South Berswick, in particular, that a Unitarian paper has been drawn up by John A. Burley, "the purpose of which was to invite Dr. Parker to give us a sermon."
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