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Letter from the Vestry of St. Paul's Parish, Chowan Precinct to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
St. Paul's Parish (Chowan Precinct)
1708
Volume 01, Pages 700-701

[From N. C. Letter Book. S. P. G.]
CHURCHWARDENS OF CHOWAN PRECINCT TO THE SOCIETY

Right Honorable

That the blessed effects of your Lordships pious and generous favours and noble distributions have found their way into this poor province into this remote and obscure corner of the world requires our highest admiration and gratitude by which it is evident to all mankind that no part of the Christian World how mean or obscure can possibly escape being made partakers of your Lordship's Bounty and care, a blessing so choice and valuable and an obligation so great (if duly considered) as might sufficiently excite the most obdurate and impeintable wretches to a true sense and knowledge of their duty. My Lords, We therefore conceive it the least part of our duty by this happy opportunity to pay the reasonable

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tribute of our humble and unfeigned thanks for your Lordship's generous christian and affectionate remembrance of us, in your present of Books by the Reverend Mr William Gorden, a gentleman every way duly qualified to perform an embassage from such Honorable Employers, who hath not only discharged his trust in the delivery of them, but likewise annexed his advice thereto, and during his short stay amongst us hath indefatigably employed his time and talent in promoting the Interest of Religion throughout this province, but more particularly in this precinct where we have so far as in us lies engaged him to ourselves, and shall impatiently wait for his return.

My Lords, our most hearty and sincere wishes are that we and all others partakers of your Lordship's Bounty, may in some degree be found worthy of so eminent blessings: May future ages never want such renowned heroes to defend their Christian Cause, may your Lordship be blessed with a happy and flourishing posterity to inherit your Lordship's virtues and since your Lordships are most deservedly placed in Honorable stations on earth, may the mansions of Saints and Angels be your portion in Heaven; may on constant scene of health and happiness attend your Lordships throughout their vale of tears to your everlasting home is the most fervent prayers of

My Lords
Your Lordships most obliged
most humble and most
affectionate Servant
JNO ARDEANE Church Warden
THO: GARRETT Church Warden