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Letter from Christoph von Graffenried to Henry Compton
Graffenried, Christoph von, Baron, 1661-1743
April 20, 1711
Volume 01, Page 756

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[From N. C. Letter Book. S. P. G.]
DE GRAFFENREID TO BISHOP OF LONDON.

From New Bern, in North Carolina, 20th April, 1711.

My good and excellent Lord:—

The misfortune I met with in all being unexpectedly hurried away from London to New Castle to meet my Swissers, in order to transport them into North Carolina after those six hundred and fifty palatines, I had sent before, which unlooked arrival of them so far north, gave me notice to pay my duty to your lordship, whom then, I was told, was neither in London nor at Fulham. I can assure your lordship no person of any rank is unacquainted with that great and good character your lordship has, and merits. So I can make no excuse on that behalf, but heartily beg pardon, and at the same time humbly request your lordship to accept of me and my people, and receive us into your Church under your lordship's patronage, and we shall esteem ourselves happy sons of a better stock; and I hope we shall always behave ourselves as becomes members of the Church of England, and dutiful children of so pious and indulgent a father as your lordship is to all under your care; in all obedience, craving your lordship's blessing to me and my countrymen here, I make bold to subscribe,

My lord, yours, etc.,
C. DE GRAFFENREID.