I have had no letter from you since July 16—1762 in answer to mine of the foregoing March, it will therefore be proper to return thanks to the Honble Society for the acceptance of my good wishes & inclinations to support the true apostolic Protestant Religion in this Province & to reform the morals of the ill instructed inhabitants & further to thank them for their pious zeal & due attention to promote true religion & the reformation of their manners by Procuring more pious clergymen and missionaries to come over & reside in this Province.—The situation of affairs relating to the church is somewhat different to what it was when I wrote last, Mr. McDowell the Missionary of this Parish died last November of a lingering disorder, which has deprived us of a clergyman; & Mr. Teal who I recommended last year to be put into orders finding upon his return that the parishioners of Wilmington in New Hanover County were divided; he thought he could be of no service & went to So Carolina where he was immediately inducted into a vacant Parish & is fixed happily there. we have therefore only at present 6 clergymen in the Province, 4 of which perform their duty diligently in the towns of Edenton, Bath, New Bern & Halifax: the three first being missionaries, the other 2 Mr. Moir & Miller, by all I can hear, do not behave as clergymen ought. Mr. Moir who lives at a distance from me as I am informed by Gentlemen who live in the neighborhood, has no parish performs very little casual service; he has been endeavouring to procure a certificate of his good behaviour, but I am informed with very bad success from any men of rank or character, he lives upon a plantation penuriously & inhospitably; and lays out his salaryst coming over, upon a petition of many inhabitants of Rowan county; he has since changed from Parish to Parish under strong suspicion of living irregularly these are all we have to do duty in 29 counties or parishes & this is likely to be the case where we have no Bishops or Parsons with Episcopal Powers to visit the clergy & to confirm & confer orders.
We have at present about 24,000 white male taxables in this Province & consequently near 4 times the number of souls & above 10,0001 black male & female taxables & our number daily increasing, with few or no schools for the education of youth, and only a few lay readers to serve the several chapels, erected in the several counties; this is the reason of our sloth, Indolence and Immoralities & occasions numerous sectuaries, of all denominations except Papists having many strollers Particularly anabaptists or dippers there being so few qualified to give regular baptism, when this is considered & the increasing british empire on this continent I am convinced that his Lordship of London will willingly part with so great a part of his diocese & join in soliciting to Procure Bishops & others with Episcopal Powers to ordain & visit the clergy in the several Provinces on this continent & to erect proper schools for the education of youth for a succession of persons qualified to be put into orders, since so few of good pious characters, can be persuaded to become missionaries here & few qualified are in circumstances to be sent over to receive orders in London;—I after some struggles since my last have got a better bill for the maintenance of the orthodox clergy, by increasing their income until glebes can be purchased for them, but could not prevail with them to give up the Parsonage to the Crown & Bishop of London, and so have not the nomination nor a right to induct them regularly.—I have also in this last session, passed a much better vestry bill, wherein the incumbent is to be always one of the vestry & they have a power to raise 10d upon
I shall only further beg the prayers of the Honorable Society that I may perform my duty in the station his majesty has appointed me, and am Revd Sir
1 See page 1027 ante. If these be the correct figures the white population in the colony must have been about five times greater than the black.—Editor.