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Frederic Sutter -- 1907


 

Hudson, NY, July 25th, 1907

Mr. Willy Sonntag

Stapleton, NY

 

Dear Mr. Sonntag!

A heartfelt thank you for the honor the Evangelical-Lutheran congregation of Stapleton has bestowed on me. I would have liked to write you earlier but it is almost impossible for me to make a decision. Upon careful and mature consideration, I regret to say that - under the suggested terms - I am unable to accept your call to become the vicar of your congregation.

As I informed the committee, my congregation already decided a while ago to offer me the same salary as suggested by you. In view of this fact it does not seem advisable to consider a change which is not advantageous to the well-being of my congregation. Nevertheless, I am willing to make sacrifices and - after consultation with several members of my church community - I ask myself whether the “hard work” I performed here during the past eight years could also benefit the future of your congregation. It is true that your committee mentions extra income but I do not believe that a man of the cloth should rely on this, especially when serving the poor. It would have been a great joy to become your Pastor but, as yet, I could not reach a decision. Should I be in the wrong concerning this matter, may God forgive me.

 

                         Yours respectfully,

                         Frederic Sutter

 

20 S. 6th St.

Hudson, NY

Hudson, NY, July 30th, 1907

 

Mr. Willy Sonntag

Secretary of the German Evangelical-Lutheran Congregation

Stapleton, NY

 

Dear Mr. Sonntag!

I received your esteemed letter of the 29th of this month and take the liberty to inform you that, although it is far from my thoughts to give you any instructions concerning salary matters, I have to consider my own standards when bearing in mind the wishes of my congregation. My congregation is against my leaving them, except in the case of improving my financial situation. A yearly salary of $1000 is guaranteed to me starting in October of this year. In consideration of the significantly higher expenses in a big city it should not be excessive to request a yearly salary of no less than $1,200.

 

                                                                       Sincerest regards,

                                                                       Respectfully yours,

                                                                       Frederic Sutter

20 S. 6th St. Hudson, NY

 

Hudson, August 7th, 1907

 

 

Dear Mr. Sonntag!

I received your letter and I am deeply regretful that you have to expend effort in so many aspects on my account. I intend to travel to Liberty, NY today to spend my vacation there. All of my postal items will be forwarded. In case you have not yet written to me and if this letter reaches you, please address your reply to:

 

Frederic Sutter, Liberty, Sullivan Co., NY Care of E.V. Hoos.

                           Respectfully yours,

                           F. Sutter

 

Liberty, August 16th, 1907

 

Mr. Willy Sonntag

Secretary of the German Evangelical-Lutheran Congregation

Stapleton, NY

I received your esteemed letter of the 14th of this month. Upon mature consideration and trust in God, I herewith accept your call to hire me as the Pastor of the Evangelical-Lutheran Congregation of Stapleton, NY. You can hardly imagine how heavy my heart feels leaving my current congregation whose love and trust I had always enjoyed, but I shall look forward to the future with confidence and hope and I am optimistic that my new congregation will bestow on me an equal love and lasting trust. I pray to our God to bless my work in your midst in order for the congregation to live according to the Bible at all times and may God’s word bear fruit.

The Peace of the Lord shall preside over us and His Grace shall lead us to good deeds. I’m sorry to explain that I am not able to begin my official duty in your midst before the first Sunday in October. The church in Hudson is closed until the first Sunday in September; as well, the Synodal Constitution and the congregation request that I provide them with four weeks’ notice to enable them to search for another Pastor. The move from Hudson into Stapleton is also rife with difficulties which are not easily overcome.

Meanwhile, by word and deed, I am readily available to assist you in your suggestion for a substitute.

With sincerest wishes to you and your congregation, I remain, respectfully yours,

                                                                                  Frederic Sutter

                                                                                  Liberty, NY

E.V. Hoos

Sullivan Co.

                                                                                                           Liberty, NY August 26th, 1907

 

Dear Mr. Sonntag!

I received your esteemed letter and thank you with all of my heart for the hopefulness expressed in it. I do not have special suggestions but wish to nominate the following vicars who could perhaps tend to your congregation’s souls during the month of September: Pastor Muenther, West Brighton, Pastor Dorning of Emigration House or Pastor Holstein of Brooklyn

Again, I intend to return to Hudson on Friday of this week and, therefore, ask you to send your letters to this location.

                                                                                      Sincere regards,

                                                                                      Respectfully yours,

                                                                                      F. Sutter