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Petition from inhabitants of Rowan County concerning the vestry of St. Luke's Parish
No Author
November 1769
Volume 08, Pages 154-155

[N. C. Letter Book S. P. G.]

To His Excellency William Tryon, Esquire, Captain, General Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of North Carolina, The Honorable Members of His Majesty's Council and the Gentlemen of the lower House of Burgesses for said Province in General Assembly Met—

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the County of Rowan members of the established church of England labouring under many burdens

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in mind and body, both for ourselves and children, in having no Gospel ordinances among us, until your Excellency was (out of your wonted goodness) pleased to appoint the Reverend Mr. Drage clerk Rector of this our parish of St. Luke, we humbly pray the further assistance of your goodness in getting a Vestry and that John Ford, John Kimbrough, Morgan Bryan, James McCoy, William Fields, Samuel Bryan, George Magoun, John Cowan, Roger Turner, Evan Ellis, William Giles and William Cowan Senr may be appointed to serve as Vestrymen until there shall be an act of Assembly passed for choosing a Vestry, on the same footing as in England and put it out of the Dissenters power to evoke the Law and thereby prevent there being of a Vestry.

And your Petitioners in duty bound will ever pray.

[Signed by upwards of two hundred.]