Your letter of the 21st May was delivered to me by the Reverend Mr Barnett on his arrival in this province the 26th October last. Agreeable to the Societys recommendation and your testimony of his good behaviour I received him into my family. His conduct is a credit both to his Function and to the Mission. I imagine the Society for propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts was not apprised that the towns of Brunswick and Wilmington lay in two different Counties the former in Brunswick County, the latter in New Hanover, besides by act of Assembly I obtained last May at Newbern for establishing orthodox Clergy free from former objections Mr Barnett could not receive the benefit of a parish if he was to officiate at both the above Towns—Upon these considerations I have desired him to do duty in Brunswick County only unless any casual opportunity might offer for his performing services at Wilmington or elsewhere. From a just sense I entertain of the real benefit your society has been and still continues to be to these Colonies I must desire leave to offer my services and annual mite to so honorable and beneficial an institution—If I am elected a Member I will trouble you Sir to deliver the inclosed to Messrs. Drummond at Charing Cross.
P. S. I sent last July the above Clergy Bill to the Board of Trade desiring it might be communicated with my letter (on the state of religion here) to your Society.