Letter

Scope and Content

From Robert Collyer to Thos. Reed Elliot, dated at Chicago. Collyer begins by saying how good he thought Elliot's letter was and that the one he sent last week was especially good. He writes that if he ever comes to America, he will find a home with them. He goes on Tuesday to Philadelphia to preach and then to New York to marry a friend. Collyer states that the plans for a new house in the country are in the hands of the architect. This appears to be a reference to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 in which Collyer's church and home were burnt. He mentions that a friend has sent him a new overcoat and that the neighbourhood has been sent new clothes and mentions other donations that have gone a long way to aiding the relief effort and those who have been made homeless by the fire. He also mentions that the church is to be rebuilt by friends here and in Great Britain and that his library is possibly going to be restored also. Collyer finishes his letter by further discussing his books.