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Letter from John Urmston to David Humphreys
Urmston, John
February 15, 1720
Volume 02, Pages 373-374

[From N. C. Letter Book of S. P. G.]
Mr URMSTONE TO THE SECRETARY

North Carolina Feb 15. 1719/20

Sir

I received from you a letter dated Xmas 17th 1716 per Via Boston on the 7th inst wherein you say the Honble Society at a general meeting Novr 16th of the same year, resolved that I should have their leave to return to England: I wish yours had come to hand in due time, I hope theres some mistake in the date, & that I may be entitled to their bounty as in their standing orders, relating to Missionaries page 56 and 16 I joyfully accept their leave for its worse with me than ever. having lost my poor wife who died last year Octr 18th without, any previous sickness, not many

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hours before her death, she declared before several of her neighbours that her heart was broken, through our ill usage and comfortless way of living; She prest me sore for divers years either to quit this wretched country or give her leave to go home with her children: I wish I had done either it might have pleased God to have continued her to me many years longer. I propose to take my passage in the next ship that I can hear of going from Virginia for England & therefore countermand my request to the Society in mine of the Ulto Decr last year per via New York. I shall be a great sufferer by leaving this place & yet I would rather undergo that than suffer and get nothing. Whereas I hope to end my days with some comfort in my native country, if the Society will not be pleased to do something better for me. For I would rather be Vicar to the Bear Garden than Bishop of North Carolina These are from Sir,

Your Most humble St
JOHN URMSTONE.