To James Monroe

18 December 1862


[MS in James Monroe Papers, Oberlin College Archives, 30/22. The letter is in the handwriting of James H. Fairchild, and is signed personally by the senders.]


Oberlin College Dec. 18 1862

To Prof. James Monroe.

Our Dear Friend & Colleague,

The pro=

vidence of God appears to call you for a

time to a distant sphere of responsibility

We wish you to bear with you a few

lines which may ever & anon tell you of

our paternal regard.

It is now many years that you have

been associated with us in College labors

& responsibilities in an institution which

has had a leading part in the development

of Western intellectual & moral life. In all

these years our love & respect for you, & our

admiration of your character & abilities have

been ever increasing. And we are persua=

ded that the hundreds of young men & women

whom you have trained in solid & elegant

culture, of the Christian type, for life's respon=

sibilities, will carry a memorial of you in

their hearts during all their life's work.

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The ability for eloquent speech & wise counsel,

which your fellow citizens could not but discern,

led to your call into the work of State legislation.

The esteem with which you impressed your fel=

low legislators, notwithstanding old prejudices against

Oberlin & your political views, was finally attested

by the unanimous vote of all parties by which

you were made president of the State Senate--

such a vote as in Ohio was never before given

to any man.

In the responsible duties you go to per=

form at Rio, we doubt not that you will,

by the grace of God, manifest the same wisdom

& impartiality. And there you will be known

not only as the good & able Consul, but as the

Consistent Christian, not ashamed of Christ &

his gospel where he is little known & less


J. H. Fairchild John Morgan

J. M Ellis C. G. Finney.

Geo. N. Allen

C. H. Churchill.