Revd Sir—I have your favour of the 6th of August, with the Box of Books you mentioned for the Missionaries. I have delivered Mr. ____ MacDowell his parcel, as he is fixed in this Parish, where he discharges his duty to satisfaction and is an exemplary good liver & deserves encouragement or to be made a Missionary, if the Society's
The most serviceable thing I can recommend to the Society at present upon the visible increase & extent of these colonies by the manifest interposition of Providence in our favour is, that they would recommend it to his majesty to send over some Clergymen with Episcopal power, if they dont prevail to have at least 2 Bishops fixed on this Continent for the Northern and Southern districts, that they might ordain and visit the clergy and see how they perform their duty which at present, tho' they should have no other episcopal jurisdiction or spiritual courts, except in separating the faulty from communion would I'm persuaded have a good effect; for I find what difficulties the Society is under in procuring proper clergymen to officiate here, in extended forests (tho' not deserts) when too many take orders, with a view to a maintenance or preferment; this would encourage the colonies to set up schools for the encouragement & instruction of youth, and from the colleges now erected, we might prepare our youth for ordination without the expense & hazard of going over to England to be put in orders, which would in some time lessen the sectaries, which so much abound in this and the neighbouring colonies; this my good Lord Bishop of London told me he wished to have done, and that his, so extensive diocese was lessened, and I hope methods might be found out to give such bishops or Clergymen with Episcopal itinerant powers a
I lately Recd a Letter from Mr. Ichabod Camp from Middleton in Connecticut, who I find is a missionary there at a small allowance. He says that what he has there cannot support him & is inclinable to come here, if there is any encouragement; but I find that if he removes without the consent of the Society that he will lose his mission. I shall let him know the encouragement given here & that we have sufficient vacancies for many, and in case the Society should continue his mission upon his removal, shall desire him to obtain leave from the Society in order to encourage him to reside here, and perhaps this may induce others to come from the northwards, since we have such difficulty in getting any from England.
We have had a session of Assembly here to reenact and amend some Laws repealed by his majesty in Engld one of which was the Vestry Bill, which had taken the nomination to livings from the Crown; but the Assembly was so employ'd in framing other Laws, which in the end miscarried that they could not attend to have a proper Law, so only established a vestry Law for one year to enable them to lay tax for the maintenance of the Clergy, pursuant to the last Law, which settled £100 per ann & £20 for a Glebe as there is to be a new assembly elected to sit in May, we have thoughts to establish a general fund out of which the Clergy is to be paid as in So Carolina, if the assembly will be prevailed upon, to pass such a bill & then every Parish would endeavour to have a Clergyman and Church in their own Parish.
It gives me great pleasure that the Society accepts of my endeavours, to encourage Religion & Morality in this Province. I pray God to bless their endeavours for the general good of the Church,
P. S. March 12th, the Cautawbes nation is almost destroyed by the Small pox. not forty fighting men left alive.