RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoFP XIV
TitleVOLUME XIV: General Correspondence
Date1761-undated
DescriptionVIRGINIA
1-2. Governor Francis Fauquier to Bishop Sherlock, Williamsburgh, July 29, 1761. Complains of the appointment of William Robinson as commissary, succeeding Thomas Dawson. Robinson's great offence is that he is a friend of Camm's (cf. xiii. 288-93).
3-4. John Camm to (Bishop Egerton?), Williamsburg, Oct. 23, 1761. Having learned of Bishop Sherlock's death, and anticipating that Governor Fauquier will try to have someone else appointed commissary, Camm urges his correspondent to use his influence to have Robinson retained.
5-6. William Robinson to --- ('My Lord'), King and Queen County, Nov. 3, 1761. Having just learned of Bishop Sherlock's death, he seeks the influence of this correspondent with the new bishop of London on his behalf. Says Fauquier requested the rector at Williamsburg to omit the Athanasian Creed.
7-8. John Camm to Bishop Egerton of Bangor, Hampton, Jan. 1, 1762. Refers to a previous letter, probably (3-4). Death of Philip Grymes has created a vacancy in the council which Camm thinks should go to Robinson as commissary.
9-10. William Robinson to Bishop Hayter, King and Queen County, Jan. 18, 1762. Asks to be continued as commissary. Says he was born in Virginia and educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he spent seven years. He has an estate of £300 a year besides his parish, Stratton Major, of which he has been rector eighteen years.
11-12. William Robinson to Bishop Osbaldeston, King and Queen County, June 8, 1762. Says he was appointed commissary by Bishop Sherlock, Apr. 18, 1761, and by Bishop Hayter, Nov. 28, 1761. As instructed, he submitted an account of the state of the Church in Sept. 1761 (probably 281-98). Introduces Devereux Jarratt, a candidate for orders.
13-24. William Robinson to Bishop Osbaldeston, undated, but notation says 'rec'd in Jan'ry 1763'. Reviews his and Camm's dispute with Governor Fauquier following the disallowance of the currency act (cf. xiii. 246-77). Camm and White have both sued to recover what they claim was underpayment under the act. The governor and most of the colonial leaders hold that the act was in force until disallowed. Jury in court of first instance has decided against White. His case and Camm's will probably have to be carried to the Privy Council. Discipline at the college is poor because the visitors have restricted the authority of the faculty.
25-26. Francis Fauquier to Bishop Osbaldeston, Williamsburgh, Feb. 20, 1764. Describes the placement of several clergymen recently arrived. Says his dispute with Robinson is subsiding, but still speaks bitterly.
27-40. William Robinson to Bishop Terrick, York River, Aug. 17, 1764. He will continue to act as commissary until the bishop's wishes are known. He has refused to co-sign testimonials with the governor, as Dawson did, because he fears it would prevent his exerting independent judgement. He requires candidates to produce testimonials from a parish where they have been resident three years. Principal aim of the letter is to ask the bishop's support for Camm's appeal. White lost his right to appeal through the failure of his lawyer to make the right exceptions. Warrington, who sued first, got some damages. Murray got a court to rule that the act was no law, but a jury only awarded him a penny damages. This was the result of pleading of a young lawyer who later admitted that he was bidding for popularity. He told the jury that the use of the clergy consisted solely in promoting civil obedience, that they should be punished for opposing a law passed by the governor and assembly, and that the King in disallowing said law had forfeited his claim to the allegiance of Virginians. None of the juries in these cases was composed of the best people and that in the Murray case had been deliberately packed with New Lights.
41-42. J. Williams Giberne to Bishop Terrick, Lunenburgh Parish, Richmond County, Aug. 31, 1764. Seeks appointment as commissary. He came to the colony on the invitation of Governor Fauquier and has the recommendation of the Earl of Dartmouth. He reports that vestries are careless in giving testimonials and will give false titles, requiring the candidate to sign a bond not actually to claim the title. As a result unworthy persons, notably Scots who come to the colony as indentured schoolmasters, get into the ministry. These have caused some disgust with the clergy among the people, but worthy clergymen, like Giberne, get along very nicely.
43-46. Certificate of the election of Bishop Terrick as Chancellor of William and Mary, Nov. 21, 1764. Signed by James Horrocks, President, and Richard Graham, Emmanuel Jones, and John Camm, masters.
47-48. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, Nov. 22, 1764. Accompanying (43-46). Asks bishop to recommend a grammar-school master, the post formerly held by Horrocks.
49-50. Governor Francis Fauquier to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburgh, Nov. 24, 1764. Congratulates him on his translation. Refers to previous acquaintance and speaks of Mrs. Fauquier as an old friend of Mrs. Terrick. He supports Giberne's statement (41-42) that many of those who apply for orders are Scots who come as private tutors and apply for ordination after three or four years' residence. Parishes afford a 'comfortable tho by no means an affluent Subsistance'. There are now twelve vacancies.
51-72. William Robinson to Bishop Terrick, King and Queen County, Aug. 12, 1765. Thanks him for promising to attend hearing of Camm's appeal and reviews the whole controversy from 1753. Identifies the lawyer in the Murray case as (Patrick) Henry (cf. 27-40). He has since been elected to the House of Burgesses where he made a number of inflammatory speeches, on occasion of the Stamp Act. In one of these he compared George III to Tarquin, Caesar, and Charles I and expressed a wish to see a Cromwell arise. He proposed a resolution, which was rejected, that anyone who should write or speak in favour of the Stamp Act should be deemed an enemy of the colony. Though some of his resolutions were rejected, he succeeded in stirring up the assembly sufficiently so that the governor had to dissolve it. Thomas Dawson, in his closing years, was accused of habitual drunkenness and admitted it before the visitors of the college. The governor urged in his extenuation that he was depressed as a result of the disputes with which he was surrounded. Horrocks obtained the presidency over his seniors, Graham and Camm, by swearing to obey a statute (probably 98-90) allowing the visitors to dismiss the masters at will. This was passed after Graham and Camm had secured an order from the Privy Council overruling their previous dismissal. The masters were seeking legal opinion concerning its validity (cf. xiii. 242-3).
73-74. Francis Fauquier to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburgh, Sept. 9, 1765. Introduces --- McCrae [McRae], a candidate for orders. Is still awaiting arrival of --- Quincy, to whom he will assign a parish, and --- Hautry, recommended by the bishop as master of the grammar school.
75-76. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, Sept. 17, 1765. Hawtry has arrived and been introduced to the leading citizens.
77-78. Edward Hawtry to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, Oct. 2, 1765. The grammar school has sixty-four pupils and there are two ushers under the master (Hawtry). He gets £100 plus board and lodging.
79-80. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, Oct. 3, 1765. In answer to a query of the bishop's he says that he does not know of any gifts to the library by previous chancellors (cf. xiii. 37-38). Offers himself as commissary.
81-82. Francis Fauquier to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburgh, Nov. 6, 1765. (Townsend) Dade, who has just been ordained by the bishop, presented the governor with a testimonial from Colonel Washington, but none from the clergy. As he said that, though a native of Virginia, he had resided in Maryland and was known to the clergy there, Fauquier advised him to obtain a recommendation from the governor of Maryland. Fauquier complains of Robinson's refusal to sign joint testimonials (cf. 27-40).
83-84. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburg, Dec. 27, 1765. There are two vacancies in the college: Moral Philosophy, lately held by --- Small, and Humanity, which Hawtry resigned on being offered a better preferment in England. A statute of the college (probably 89-90) recently sent to the bishop is being revised (cf. 91-92).
85-86. Bishop Terrick to James Horrocks, Jan. 7, 1766 (rough copy). He objects to claim of visitors to have power to alter statutes and dismiss professors at will, and has doubts about a planned revision of the charter. If it is undertaken, every step should be carefully considered.
87-88. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, Feb. 10. 1766. He thinks that a revision of the charter may be necessary to clear up ambiguities concerning the authority of the visitors
89-90. A Statute for the better Government of the College. Undated, but inserted here for comparison with revised statute. Declaring that aims of the college will be frustrated without due subordination of president and masters to the visitors, statute provides that matters usually directed by the faculty shall be taken under the control of the visitors and that masters may be dismissed at will by a majority of the visitors. President and masters required to take an oath to uphold the statutes. Parochial employment forbidden.
91-92. Revised statute, adopted May 1, 1766. Ordinary discipline of the college is restored to the faculty, but subject to direction by visitors. There is no specific reference to the power of dismissal. Oath to uphold the statutes and prohibition of parochial work continued. Copy signed by Matthew Davenport, Clerk of visitors.
93-94. Duplicate of (91-92).
95-102. William Robinson to Bishop Terrick, King and Queen County, June 6, 1766. Thanks the bishop for obtaining payment of arrears of his stipend as commissary. Having been warned that the clergy may lose the appeal of their suits for arrears (cf. 13-24 and 51-72) he repeats the arguments for holding the disallowance retroactively effective under pretext of quoting what the clergy are saying. Says he is reconciled to the governor, but is still critical of him. He says that Giberne (cf. 41-42) is the son of a milliner in the city of Westminster, not bred to the cloth, but employed for a time as clerk in some office on Tower-hill. He was brought over by the governor and has endeavoured to persuade the clergy to accept the currency act. He has changed parishes several times. He resigned from the relief fund (cf. xiii. 132-61) because of disagreement with its policies. He is too fond of cards and gaming. Camm was summoned before the visitors and asked if he would observe the statute against holding a parish (89-90). He insisted that the question was a charge and was at length allowed to read a long defence which was an attack on the statute. The meeting adjourned without dismissing him. Before the next meeting, some of the visitors who had opposed him asked him to teach their sons who were not making satisfactory progress under Horrocks. At the next meeting the statute was revised (91-92). The prohibition of parochial employment, though retained, was held not to be retroactive and Camm retains his parish. The governor attempted to revive the old statute, but a letter from the bishop prevented it. Richard Graham is returning to England where he is fellow of Queen's College, Oxford. Robinson joined with the governor in recommending Lee Massey and Benjamin Sebastian, through Massey has no Greek.
103-4. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, Sept. 20, 1766. First part of letter missing. Dated in Notation. Indicates continuing tension between faculty and visitors. Faculty have embarked upon some project to improve their status which may cause loss of revenue to the college and, if it fails, will probably end in their dismissal.
105-6. Governor Francis Fauquier to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburgh, Jan. 14, 1767. --- Lyth, who recently came to the colony, after being ordained by the bishop, is suspected of being insane. In any case, he returned to England after preaching once in the parish to which the governor sent him. --- Lloyd has been unable to get accepted by any parish. Other assignments are mentioned.
107-8. William Agar to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburgh, Jan. 26, 1767. He has accepted a parish near enough to enable him to continue his duties at the college. He asks the bishop to recommend his appointment as professor of mathematics.
109-10. Francis Fauquier to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburgh, April 27, 1767. The parish of Albermarle has brought charges against --- Ramsey before the general court, which is preparing to try the case. Lloyd has gone to North Carolina. Doctor Haliburton has just arrived.
111-12. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, June 4, 1767. Reports the arrival of Doctor Haliburton, recommended by the bishop to a professorship in the college.
113-14. Minutes of meetings of the visitors of William and Mary, June 11 and June 12. They refused to accept William Halliburton as professor of moral philosophy, the post to which he has been recommended by Bishop Terrick, chiefly because he had delayed too long in New York on his way to Virginia. The bishop's letter, dated June 4, 1766, contained some strictures on the precariousness of tenure in the college. Transcript attested by John Blair, bursar.
115-18. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, June 22, 1767. Refers to (111-12). There are now two vacancies. The visitors have applied to Doctor Porteus to recommend candidates to Bishop Terrick, though some were in favour of applying to the London merchants with whom they correspond. The college is in a bad state. As Camm is not pressing the business he is supposed to be doing for the college (probably the revision of the charter, but the wording is vague), Horrocks may come to England himself.
119-26. Dudley Digges to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, July 15, 1767. Digges, rector of the college, writes on behalf of the visitors. After explaining their rejection of Haliburton, he reviews the whole conflict with the faculty, which he traces to the contest between William Stith and Thomas Dawson for the presidency following the death of William Dawson, under whom all was harmony, in 1752 (cf. xiii. 79-80). In addition to reviewing some controversies covered in other letters, he goes into detail concerning the case of William Small, who came in 1758 as professor of mathematics. He went to England on leave of absence and did not return, being now established as a physician in Birmingham, but he has written letters critical of the visitors.
127-34. William Robinson to Bishop Terrick, King and Queen County, Oct. 16, 1767. Camm's appeal has been rejected, through the influence of Lord N---, on the ground that it was improperly presented, though Camm was represented by Paris, considered the lawyer most experienced in colonial cases. As the case was not decided on its merits, they are planning to press Warrington's case, which is still pending, though (27-40) seemed to imply that it was decided. --- Montague, the colonial agent, claims much credit for defeating the appeal. Robert Carter Nicholas, a wealthy planter, is spoken of as one of the leading opponents of the claims of the clergy.
135-6. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, Jan. 11, 1768. He again (cf. 79-80) applies for post as commissary now made vacant by Robinson's death.
137-40. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, Mar. 29, 1768. The faculty are preparing a detailed statement of their case, and Horrocks expects to go to England to present it to the bishop early in the fall. He says that the visitors are ignorant and intemperate. As proof of the latter charge he says that they find it necessary to hold their meetings before dinner. They are also fickle, as shown by the fact that they have forgotten their own resolution to apply to Doctor Proteus and applied to the bishop to fill their vacancies. Horrocks did not know of Agar's application for the professorship of mathematics, but does not oppose it (cf. 107-8). Governor Fauquier has died.
141-2. Jonathan Watson to Bishop Terrick, Williamsburg, May 16, 1768. A recent arrival in Virginia, where he plans to settle, he recommends Thomas Baker for orders. Formerly an usher to Mr. Wade at Boxford, Baker has served Watson as tutor and land surveyor, but lacks Latin and Greek. Pending appointment of a colonial bishop, which he urges, Watson suggests that each new English bishop be required to make one tour of the colonies. Granville and Lord Bute are being much abused in the colony. Watson has been told by the innkeeper next door that all the faculty of the College of New Jersey are Presbyterians and that students are fined for attending Church of England services.
143-6. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, June 27, 1768. Acknowledges appointment as commissary. He suggests an instruction that candidates should be examined by the commissary before presenting their credentials to the governor. He thinks he should be a member of the council, as was every commissary except Robinson. Charges against several clergy are pending before it and it claims ecclesiastical jurisdiction. Visitors, on receiving a letter from the bishop, have invited the faculty to present their grievances.
147-52. James M. Fontaine to Bishop Terrick, July 1, 1768. Writing for the visitors, as rector, he says, that since receiving the bishop's letter, they have conceded some points to the faculty, though he lists a number which they refused to grant. He earnestly disavows an inference the bishop drew that their former letter (119-26) was critical of him.
153-6. Statement of the faculty referred to in (147-52) with minutes of meetings of the visitors, Apr. 28-July 1, 1768, certified by Emmanuel Jones as clerk, July 22, 1768. The faculty, James Horrocks, John Camm, Emmanuel Jones, and Josiah Johnson, object to a claim of the visitors that the power of the faculty is delegated, holding that it rests on the charter. They acknowledge the power of the visitors to make statutes, but deny their right to interfere in the administration of the college otherwise. They claim the right to award scholarships, and to decide for themselves what preferment they should accept outside. The minutes do not indicate the action of the visitors on many of these points, but in (147-52) it is said that they conceded the granting of scholarships, except where other procedure was specified, but denied the right to accept outside preferment without their permission.
157-60. President and masters of William and Mary to Bishop Terrick, July 22, 1768. Enclose (153-6) and defend the claims made in their memorial.
161-92. John Camm to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, Sept. 8, 1768. He has been told by William Nelson that the bishop decided not to appoint him commissary because of a report that he had refused, when requested, to visit Governor Fauquier in his last illness to be reconciled. His answer is that he never received any such message, and that he had been forbidden to enter the governor's house. He reviews the whole history of his disputes with the governor and the college visitors.
193-4. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, Nov. 1, 1768. Reports the arrival of a new governor. Horrocks's appointment as commissary has led to a certain coolness between him and Camm.
195-6. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, Jan. 12, 1769. He is still seeking a post on the council, but the governor, Lord Botecourt, will not commit himself until there is a vacancy and then his instructions require him to send home the names of three men. The plan of seeking a revised charter for the college has been given up as inexpedient in the present atmosphere of political agitation.
197-8. W. [William] Dunlap to Bishop Terrick, Stratton Major Parsonage, June 2, 1769. He has been elected rector of this parish, succeeding Robinson. He tries to be forgiving to Doctor (William) Smith for seeking to discredit him to the bishop (cf. viii. 31-33).
199-202. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, July 6, 1769. At a convention of the clergy which Horrocks called to welcome Lord Botecourt as governor, Camm proposed petitioning for mandamus to bring Warrington's case before the Privy Council, it having been held by the colonial courts to be decided by the rejection of Camm's appeal. A committee was appointed, including Camm, Warrington, and Horrocks, to consider the matter. Horrocks took the view that the appeal would almost certainly be lost and that it was inadvisable to make it in the present agitated state of public affairs. The committee decided to petition the governor to permit an appeal. As Horrocks refused to present the petition it was entrusted to --- Hamilton, the governor's chaplain, a member of the committee. Subsequent meetings were held in a tavern within the jail, where one of the members was held for debt. As Horrocks considered this an unsuitable place, he does not know what happened, but he understands that no appeal has been sent. A postscript, July 7, says that Camm refuses to let him see the minutes of the meetings he missed without the consent of the whole committee.
203-4. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary College, Dec. 15, 1769. A vacancy having occurred on the council, Governor Botecourt has included Horrocks's name among the three recommended. The bishop has approved Horrocks's views concerning the Warrington appeal. Reference is made to some unspecified difficulties relating to the ordination of Baker (cf. 141-2). Politics are quiet at present. The assembly now sitting seems friendly to the governor.
205-6. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, May 1, 1770. Instructed by the visitors to thank the bishop for recommending --- Henly and --- Gwatkin to professorships in the college, to which they have been elected.
207-8. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, William and Mary, May 15, 1770. He has been appointed to the council. --- Lunan, who, the bishop said, was coming, has not arrived, but as several parishes have been divided, there will be no difficulty in placing him when he does.
209-10. James Horrocks to 'The Reverend, The Committee, etc.', William and Mary, Feb. 12, 1771. Acknowledges the receipt of pamphlets and letters relating to an unspecified project which he will present to a convention of the clergy which he proposes to call in connexion with a meeting of the relief society. From references in (213-14) it would appear that this was addressed to the committee of a convention in New York concerned with seeking a colonial episcopate.
211-12. Extracts from letters of President Nelson (of the Virginia council) to Lord Hillsborough, Nov. 15, 1770, and Apr. 17, 1771. As there is at present no means in Virginia for the removal of unworthy clergymen, as required in the instructions to the governor, he proposes the issuance of a royal commission to the Bishop of London similar to that held by Bishop Gibson.
213-14. James Horrocks to Bishop Terrick, Oct. 8, 1771. Though the place of writing is not given, Horrocks is evidently in England, for he speaks of making arrangements to wait on Lord Hillsborough and of receiving papers from Virginia, which he is forwarding to the bishop. He refers to the application for bishops as having been unsuccessful and expresses surprise that many of the clergy opposed it. Some of the objectors asserted that it was an effort to rob the Bishop of London of his jurisdiction. Camm answered this charge effectively.
215-16. Charles Woodmason to Bishop Terrick, Wells, Sept. 16, 1776. Because of ill health, he resigned his frontier cure in South Carolina to accept rectorship of Bromfield Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia, but waited so long for a successor in South Carolina that he lost the appointment. He tried unsuccessfully to obtain other parishes in Virginia and Maryland, was attacked by the dissenters for writing in support of episcopacy, and finally driven out for opposing revolutionary measures.
217. Extract, apparently in the hand of Governor Nicholson, from a letter from James Blayor (Blair), Jan. 21, ---. Says that work on the college has virtually stopped for lack of funds and that Sir Edmund Andros's gift of bricks has not been forthcoming (cf. xi. 54-79).
218-23. Extracts from various ecclesiastical laws of Virginia. Mostly undated, though one is said to have been passed in 1696 and they probably represent the situation as it was around 1700. They provide for the building of churches, appointment of ministers (by presentation and induction), require parishes lacking ministers to appoint lay readers, require the use of the Book of Common Prayer and Church Catechism, require ministers to preach weekly, command a proper observance of Sunday, require January 30 to be kept as a fast, direct churchwardens to present misdemeanors, prohibit the private burial of servants, require wardens to keep the church building in repair and provide ornaments, require the minister to keep a register, forbid clandestine marriages, and provide for collection and payment of salaries of 16,000 lb. tobacco to the ministers.
224-5. An abstract of the Design and Institution of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Summarizes the principal provisions of the charter. Undated and incomplete.
226-7. Undated instructions from Governor Nicholson to Robert Hicks and John Evans, the agents appointed to treat with the Indians to persuade them to send youths to the college to be instructed under the Boyle legacy.
228-39. A proposition for Supplying the Country of Virginia with a Sufficient number of much better Clergymen than have usually come into it: and for the right Settling and good Government of them. Anonymous and undated. Proposes combining of small parishes, collection of ministerial salary and its application to religious or charitable uses during vacancies, collation to lapsed benefices, substitution of 40 lb. of tobacco per poll for the fixed 16,000 lb. salary, better regulation of glebes, establishing of parochial libraries out of money paid for ministerial salary during vacancies, quarterly and annual meetings of the clergy (chiefly for literary exercise), the examination of newly arrived clergy by the commissary, and penalties for misconduct or neglect of duty. Added at the end (238-9) is a proposal to encourage the instruction of slaves by exempting those regularly instructed in the catechism from levies until they are 18, but imposing such levies from the age of 14 on those who are uninstructed. A note in the margin says, 'This Proposition was approved', but does not say by whom.
240-5. A copy of (229-39) without the final proposal.
246-9. Bill for allowing his Majesty's Protestant Subjects dissenting from the Church of England, the Exercise of their Religion. Undated. Contains provisions for licensing dissenting meetings similar to those of the English Toleration Act.
250-1. Undated extract from instructions to governors, requiring them to secure liberty of conscience to all subjects.
252-3. An account of the Counties, Parishes, and Ministers of Virginia. Undated, but names belong to first quarter of the eighteenth century.
254-7. Memorial of the Virginia Indian Company to Governor Spotswood. Undated. This company, formed by Spotswood and granted a monopoly of the Indian trade by the assembly, is threatened by a petition for the repeal of the act in their favour. In their defence, they give an account of their origin and early operation. They assert that due to interference by the traders and authorities of South Carolina, and the war of the Tuscaroras with the inhabitants of North Carolina, the Indian trade of Virginia was practically non-existent when they were organized.
258-63. Copy of (254-7) in a different hand.
264-5. Address of the clergy of Virginia to Bishop Gibson. Undated, but presumably presented in 1727 or 1728. Ask him to present their address to George II congratulating him on his accession. As this is their first meeting since Bishop Gibson came to the see, they take the occasion to congratulate him on his translation.
266-7. Petition of Bishop Gibson to the King. To remedy the insecurity of clerical tenure in Virginia, he asks that governors be instructed to collate to lapsed benefices. Because of the necessary delays in obtaining clergymen in the colony, he would extend to eighteen months the six months normally allowed in England before the right of presentation lapses.
268. Address of the clergy of Virginia to Governor Gooch. Congratulating him on his safe arrival. Undated and without signatures.
269-70. Petition, undated, of five clergymen, D. Mossom, Patrick Henry, John Brunskill, John Robertson, and Robert Barret, to the general assembly. Protest licensing of Samuel Davies and other Presbyterian ministers and ask the enforcement of earlier acts forbidding officiating by clergymen not of the Church of England. Assert that the 'ringleaders' of Presbyterianism in Virginia were expelled for heresy by the Synod of Philadelphia.
271-2. Wrappers detached from documents relating to William Kay.
273-4. Clergy of Virginia to Bishop Sherlock. Undated. Signed only by Thomas Dawson as commissary. Thank him for aiding Kay in his appeal (cf. xiii. 51-60) and for securing the appointment of Dawson to the council.
275-6. A memorandum of some points concerning presentation and induction in Virginia. Possibly made by Bishop Sherlock in connexion with the Kay appeal, for it refers to a brief.
277-80. Some undated notes of the Virginia laws substituting currency for tobacco payments and the suits of the clergy following their disallowance.
281-98. William Robinson to (Bishop Sherlock), undated, but probably written in 1761. Thanks the bishop for appointing him commissary. When he waited on the governor (Fauquier), the governor told him that he could not expect his countenance unless he broke with Camm. He describes widespread resentment against the clergy as the result of the disallowance of the currency-for-tobacco laws. He gives a long account of the disputes in the college, having been a member of the board of visitors throughout, though opposed to the majority on most issues. After the dismissal of Camm (this seems to have been written before his restoration), no professor of divinity was appointed, though the charter calls for two. The visitors elected a laymen to their board to succeed Thomas Dawson and are seeking to secure lay professors. They have supplanted the masters in the routine direction of the school. Governor Fauquier has asked the rector at Williamsburgh to omit the Athanasian Creed in reading the service.
299-300. Wardens and vestry of St. Ann's, Albermarle County v. their rector, John Ramsey, before John Blair, President, and the council. Undated. They accuse Ramsey of neglect of duty, drunkenness, and endeavouring to seduce Joanna Collins. No indication of disposition of case.
301-2. Wardens and vestry of Upper Parish, Nansemond County v. Patrick Lunan, the minister, before John Blair, President, and the council. Undated. Charge Lunan with habitual drunkenness, endeavouring to officiate when drunk, neglect of duty, fighting and swearing. No indication of disposition of case.
303-4. Wardens and vestry of Fairfax Parish v. Townsend Dade, their minister, before Governor Norborne Baron de Botecourt and council. Undated. Accuse him of seducing and commiting adultery with the wife of John Hunter. No indication of disposition of case.
305-6. Petition of Henry Ford to Bishop ---, undated, for ordination to the priesthood. Ordained deacon by Bishop Blackall of Exeter, Ford went to Virginia as a schoolmaster, and now seeks priest's orders so that he can accept a parish.
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