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Letter from Arthur Dobbs to Philip Bearcroft
Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765
April 15, 1760
Volume 06, Page 235

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[From North Carolina Letter Book. S. P. G.]
From Govr Dobbs to the Secretary

Brunswick April 15. 1760

Revd Sir

Since I finished and sealed my former letter to you the vestry at the Parish of Brunswick have met & sent me a Petition to forward to the Society, recommending Mr. McDowell fixed in this Parish upon account of his great charge & Expence which the Parish can't yet Properly bear, and certifying his good Character and care of his Parish in doing his duty & assisting the adjoining Parishes.

I therefore join with them in these applications as it is the Parish I reside in, and propose it when the Church is finished which is now roofing, to be his majesty's chapel in this government, to which he has been pleased to give the Communion plate, Surplice & furniture for the communion table and pulpit with a Bible and Common Prayer Books to have the service performed with decency—I therefore hope the venerable society will think it for the service of the established church in this province, to put so deserving a Clergyman upon their list of Missionaries, as this church will be the largest & most complete in this province & may be an Exemplar for building other Churches.

I have nothing to add but that I hear there are about 100 Catawba Warriors, who have returned to their Town, out of 250 they had when they dispersed upon acct of the Small Pox. I beg the prayers of the society for the increase of Religion & virtue in this deluded depraved colony & am with truth

Revd Sir your most Obdt Humble Servant