Letter from James Reed to Philip Bearcroft [Extract]
Reed, James, d. 1777
Volume 06, Pages 594-595
[From North Carolina Letter Book. S. P. G.]
Mr. Reed to the Secretary (Extrct)
Newbern Decr 26th 1761.
The fervor of the Methodists upon the Skirts or Borders of my Parish, which I mentioned in my last is very much abated & the little ground they had gained in this Country, I verily believe, will in a few months be totally lost, these strolling teachers were first imported here from New England from whence we have received
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the greatest part of the dissenters, that are settled amongst us & their Principal study & endeavour is to render both the Ministers & Liturgy of the church of England as odious as possible that themselves & their doctrines may meet with a better reception. In defeating their schemes & subverting their pernicious doctrines, I have found meek instruction to be very effectual. I beg you'll pardon me, in still continuing to Solicit the Society for a few small tracts wrote on purpose to confute & expose such visionaries, my Parish is at least 100 miles in length & 'tis exceeding difficult for a single clergyman to discharge his duty faithfully, amongst an illiterate people, living dispersed in such a vast extent. pray Sir consider my situation & obtain me a little assistance in such tracts as the venerable Society shall think most proper, which shall be faithfully distributed, where they are most wanting by, your most obliged obdt
& humble Servt
Missy in Craven County.