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Letter from Charles Eden to David Humphreys
Eden, Charles, 1673-1722
April 12, 1721
Volume 02, Page 430

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[From N. C. Letter Book of S. P. G.]
GOVERNOR EDEN TO THE SECRETARY

North Carolina April 12th 1721.

Sir

The unhappy state this Colony is left in for want of a Missionary Mr. Taylor being dead and Mr. Urmstone having after the most unaccountable manner imaginable left his mission some twenty days since without acquainting myself or any of the council or Vestry of the parish where he resided save one Mr. Moseley a person not the happiest in his character for behaviour towards Government or good order who he has left to take care of his affairs which no wise required his deserting them but rather might have encouraged his continuance but not having made the least application to me for credentials I shall forbear giving character of the gentleman that is now coming before your august Assembly where I pray my humble duty may be received and your interest and charitable care of nine parishes consisting of upwards of 2500 white souls entirely left destitute of any assistance in religious affairs but what their readers give them who are not so able as I could wish amongst a people perfectly well affected to the Church and very desirous of giving encouragement to ministers of a courteous and affable behaviour to reside amongst them could they have the good fortune to be supplied with such and unless some due care be taken this person leaving his flock, so entirely deserted may give occasion for Quakerism to spread amongst us—those being the only sort of Dissenters worth minding in the Government I am confident if this finds credence with the most Honorable members of your Society whatsoever Gentlemen shall be sent to us will have no occasion to repent themselves and hope nothing that Dr. Urmstone may have to offer in justification of his own mismanagement will make impressions with His Grace of Canterbury and the rest of that venerable body to the prejudice of these neglected people who howsoever formerly ill represented deserve well now—To take up more of your time would be needless so not doubting of your favor on this lamentable occasion I beg leave to subscribe as with great respect and esteem I am your most humble and obedient Servant

CHARLES EDEN