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Letter from Clement Hall to Philip Bearcroft
Hall, Clement, d. 1759
September 11, 1749
Volume 04, Page 924

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

North Carolina Edenton Septr 11th 1749.

Reverend Sir, [to the Secretary]

I have lately been a long journey to Granville County which lies westward; wherein I rode above 300 miles, preached 7 sermons Churched 50 well disposed women & Baptized 184 children: I am going (with God's leave) to set off the next week to perform my Duty thro' Perquimans, Pasquotank, & Currituck counties.

Our church at Edenton is yet unfinished, but one is lately built in Edgecombe County where Mr. Moir resides. Colonel Edwd Moseley, Earl Granville's agent, & one of our council is lately deceased (viz) the 11th July past. There has been some misunderstanding between our northern & Southern Burgess's &c wc̄h I hope will be settled before long & that our national church (which is by too many neglected and despised) will be better Established & Flourished in this new & growing country, for here are about 16 large Parishes vacant without Ministers. So that we may truly say in our Lords own words, “The Harvest truly is plenteous but the Labourers few.”

We have the pleasure to hear that a Bishop (who is much wanted & by all good men earnestly desired) is about to be sent over & settled in Virginia—Please to let me know whether it be true or not Total No of ye Bapd is 3922 persons

Yours &c.,
CLEMENT HALL.