To the most Reverend Father in God Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury & President and the rest of the Members of that Hon and Noble Society for the propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts.
We the Church Wardens & Vestrymen of the Parish & Precinct of Pascotank in the Province aforesaid on behalf of ourselves & at the earnest request of the Inhabitants of aforesaid Precinct do in all humility & sincerity render our most hearty & unfeigned thanks & acknowledgements to the Honble and noble Society for that pious and charitable care for the eternal welfare of our immortal souls in sending the Revd Mr. James Adams amongst us our Pastor, who by his vigilant faithful and painful preaching and due administration of the Sacraments, his exemplary and blameless conversation together with his peaceable and sweet temper and deportment all the time of his residing here (which has been 2 years and 5 months in this Parish and caratuck) has justly merited the character of a faithful painful pastor and orthodox minister of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.
We hope the fruits & effects of his ministry &c will appear abundantly in our lives & conversation to the Honor of Almighty God & our souls everlasting peace & comfort.
Divine Providence calls for his departure from us. We take our leaves with great sorrow for our loss, which we hope may be his gain; in humbly begging of the Honble & Noble Society to extend their further piety & charity towards us that the work of grace so happily begun by the indefatigable pains & singular piety of the Revd Mr Adams may be seconded & back with the like proceedings & crowned with an answerable conclusion and that the Honble Society may have a confluence of happiness heaped upon them here & hereafter shall be the daily prayers of your Honors most humble supplicants whose names are hereunto subscribed this 26th day of August 1710