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Letter from James Moir to Philip Bearcroft
Moir, James, d. 1767
May 02, 1749
Volume 04, Page 923

[From North Carolina Letter Book of S. P. G.]

Edgecombe County N. Carolina May 2 1749

Revd Sir, [to the Secretary]

This vestry met yesterday & notwithstanding I promised if they gave me leave to go to London this summer, to return with all convenient speed, they would not agree to it for the reasons mentioned in my Letter of the 22nd Novr I then considered how forward they were to get things in order for publick worship The church is almost finished and perceiving my absence might discourage them, I dropt my resolution of going to Sea this Summer, upon which they instantly laid a tax for building 2 new chapels. After all I am apprehensive the new paper Bills emitted last year, will frustrate all attempts to settle Missionaries among even the upper Inhabitants: I can get nothing for the Bills in which they paid my Salaries at Cape Fear and if such payments are made here (which this vestry hitherto prevented as much as ever they could) I must leave the Province; Because creditors in Time of War are paid in commodities that cannot be sold, & in time of peace in paper Bills of no real value.

I am your most, &c.,
JAMES MOIR.