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Letter from Andrew Morton to Daniel Burton
Morton, Andrew
January 09, 1767
Volume 07, Page 424

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[N. C. Letter Book S. P. G.]
Mr Morton to the Secretary

Northampton County January 9th 1767

Reverend Sir

My last informed you of my going to Northampton County on the Northern Frontier of this province in pursuance of the Governors Direction In this County I have officiated ever since and visited as often as I was able the neighboring Counties and it has pleased providence to Bless my poor endeavours with remarkable success.

I have had a very severe seasoning in so much that I was given over by my Physicians and my life despaired of, but it has pleased God to raise and restore me to a tolerable state of health again.

The sickliness of the Climate and my bad habit of body had almost determined me to leave the Province but that amiable and good Man Governor Tryon who may be justly called the Nursing Father of the Church in this province gave me every encouragement in his power to stay And the good people in order the more effectually to settle me among them have petitioned his Excellency to induct me into St. George's Parish in Northampton County upon which his Excellency has been pleased to induct me into said Parish and has given me encouragement that my mission will be laid there for reasons of utility to the Church which his Excellency himself will acquaint the Honorable Society with—

Having his Excellency's Countenance I have taken the liberty to draw on the society's Treasurer in favor of James Young Esqr for half a years Salary due the 25th day of December last and hope that it will be honored with the usual acceptance

I have baptized within the space of five months last 121 White Children and 38 Black Children and also 3 White and 8 Black Adults after proper Instruction in all 170—And I administered the sacrament of the Lord's Supper on Christmas day to 20 Communicants and have the pleasing prospect of a much greater number at Easter.

Be pleased to lay this with my most dutiful Respects before the Honorable Society and give me leave to assure you that I am with all deference.

Yours &c