[ Andrew Morton Brown of Cheltenham, Scottish Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Morton Brown') to his former colleague 'Mr. Walker', reminiscing about his time at Glasgow University, and giving news of doings at Cheltenham.

A. Morton Brown [ Rev. Andrew Morton Brown, LLD ] (1812-1879) of Cheltenham, Scottish Congregational minister
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Cheltenham. 20 December 1858.
SKU: 20216

Brown was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was for thirty-six years pastor of the Congregational Church, Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham. After his death he was described as 'an active and leading spirit among Congregationalists through the country'. See: 'A Sermon preached in the Congregational Church, Winchcomhe Street, Cheltenham, Sunday Evening, July 27, 1879. On the occasion of the lamented Death of the Rev. Andrew Morton Brown, LL.D. For more than thirty-six years the beloved Pastor of the Church meeting there, by Rev. Joshua C. Harrison'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In a small hand. A good letter, full of content. After explaining that the delayed reply is due to his 'many duties', he informs Walker that he is much missed: 'Your successors are, doubtless, good men – but not apparently like-minded. Mr. Wheeler meets with us – Mr. Monkhouse does not. In fact the latter has not yet returned my call though he has been here now for months.' He is pleased that Walker's son has entered his 'old “alma mater”', Glasgow University: 'Many a happy – hardworking day I had in connexion with the Old University, racing of a cold winter's morning with my red cloak flying in the wind, (for I lived no the Gorbals' side of the Clyde) to be in time for the ½ past 7 class, & what changes I have seen since then!' He laments the loss of his parents, adding 'I had nearly written down a whole list of the “gone before” - but you being in Scotland and in Glasgow is the link of overpowering association'. The following paragraph mainly relates to Hamilton McGill ('a noble fellow'), and ends 'I hope you will find Dr. John Macfarlane and Mr. Jeffrey men who will welcome you to “the land o'cakes.”'. He now turns to news of Cheltenham, beginning: 'Things here move very much as when you were with us. We meet monthly – Mr Foster has left for London – the workhouse services are maintained and the Afternoon services also.' There are references to 'Mr. Bond', 'Mr. Walker', 'Mr. Monkhouse', 'our Wesleyan Brothers here', a 'week of services', 'the Sunday School' and the 'Infant Day School'. In the last paragraph he gives family news, adding 'Cheltenham has never been known to have been so tried with disease of one sort and another as this Autumn – especially have the children suffered'. There is a warm final paragraph.