This letter was written by Rev. John H. Gray, pastor of the Beale Street Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1844 to 1857. Gray previously served (1826-1836) as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Eutaw, Alabama.
Gray wrote the letter to Rev. Matthew B. Hope (1813-1859), publisher of the Biblical Repertory from 1840-1847.
Addressed to Rev. M. B. Hope, No. 29 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 23rd 1847
Dear Brother Hope,
In my rambles this summer, I visited Paulding in Jasper County, Mississippi & found that the Repertory was coming to that office for Mr. Jackson N. Corvant, formerly a student at Oakland College. He has not resided at Paulding for a long time & is now residing at Monticello, the county seat of Lawrence County, Mississippi & is a clerk of one of the courts of that county.
The Rev. Edmond Anderson settled in that county (Jasper County) in 1846 & finding the Repertory coming there has taken it since that time, & I have now four dollars & fifty cents for you which pays up for Mr. Anderson to the close of this year.
For ½ of 1846 — 1.50
For 1847 — 3.00
It would be proper for you to change the name of Mr. Corvant to that of the Rev. E. Anderson, Paulding, Jasper County, Mississippi. From all that I could learn, Mr. C. is able to pay & would send his account to some agent in that state, closing it at July 1846, since which time Mr. Anderson has taken it & paid for it. I can remit only five dollars. Give me credit for the surplus.
I returned to my charge last week with improved health & laden with a rich experience of the mercy of God to myself, my family & my flock, for all of which I desire to be thankful.
Our new synod is to meet & constitute in our city in October. If you will send me the accounts due by Bretheren in its bounds, I will try to serve you & will take great pleasure in doing it. I was prevented by sickness from attending the Spring Sessions of Presley & hence was able to make but a small remittance for you. Please acknowledge the receipt of this & send Rev. Mr. Anderson his receipts for the four dollars & fifty cents.
Very affectionately your Bro., — J. H. Gray
P. S. You will perceive that Mr. Anderson is not properly within my jurisdiction, but I desired to be useful to you & to aid you in sustaining & circulating that very excellent periodical. Mr. C., I think, does not desire the work. — J. H. G.