RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
TitleAmerican Colonies
DescriptionRHODE ISLAND, 1708-undated
1. [Christopher] Bridge to Secretary, 3 Jan. 1708, Newport, accepting society's decision to remove him from Newport, but defending his own conduct by repeating information in (xv. 286-7).
2. Francis Foxcroft to Secretary, 10 Jan. 1708. Bridge has entrusted (1) to him for safe delivery and he is sending it by his son, Daniel. He believes that [Christopher] Bridge's removal will restore peace, but commends him, and thinks that his removal from Boston was a loss to the church there.
3-4. Robert Gardiner to Secretary, Newport, 24 Jan. 1708, protesting reappointment of Honeyman. Represents himself as first promoter of the Church in Newport. (Note: From the following documents it appears that (1-4), though dated 1708, belong to 1709, as they seem to refer to the settlement of the dispute.)
5-6. Petition of Bridge party to Governor Samuel Cranston, Newport, 30 Jan. 1707/8, asking him to grant Bridge peaceable possession of the church, in opposition to Honeyman, as he has been appointed to the station by the Bishop of London (2 copies).
7-8. Honeyman to [Christopher] Bridge, 31 Jan. 1707/8, stating his side of the dispute.
9-10. Wardens and vestry of Newport to Society, 1 Feb. 1708, saying they cannot receive Honeyman, though they have been shown an order of the society restoring him.
11. Governor [Samuel] Cranston to [Christopher] Bridge and Honeyman, Newport, 3 Feb. 1707/8. Repeats advice he gave at a private conference, that they should seek to reconcile their difference peaceably. It is his personal opinion that order of the Bishop of London appointing [Christopher] Bridge to Newport should be observed until reversed, but he does not have authority to intervene officially in ecclesiastical matters.
12. Certificate of Governor [Samuel] Cranston, 5 Feb. 1707/8, that [Christopher] Bridge behaved soberly and properly at their conference.
13. Certificate by do., 6 Feb. 1707/8, that, before the church was broken into, he had told [Thomas] Lillibridge and [Robert] Gardiner that Honeyman wanted the dispute to be referred to the proprietors or communicants of the church.
14-16. Anti-Bridge petition to the Bishop of London, 6 Feb. 1707/8, signed mostly by women.
17. [John] Bartow to Whitfield, 28 Feb. 1707/8. He has heard from Honeyman that he is returning to England to present his case.
18. Affidavit of Thomas Lillibridge and Samuel Whitehair, sworn before Governor [Samuel] Cranston, that they applied to Honeyman for the church keys before they broke in.
19. Affidavit of Saly Lillibridge, before Governor [Samuel] Cranston, 28 Feb. 1707/8, saying that Honeyman declared, before her and her husband, that he would keep any other minister out of his pulpit.
20-1. [Christopher] Bridge to [Philip] Stubbs, Newport, 29 Feb. 1707(8?), asking his support against Honeyman, who has gone to England to present his side.
22-3. [Christopher] Bridge to [Francis] Nicholson, Newport, 29 Feb. 1707(8?), seeking his support.
24. Affidavit of Robert Gardiner before Governor [Samuel] Cranston, 4 Mar. 1707/8, saying that when told by the governor of Honeyman's proposal to refer the dispute to the communicants, he replied that while he did not approve of putting the Bishop of London's order to a vote he would consent, provided only the male communicants were allowed to vote.
25. Certificate of Governor [Samuel] Cranston that he knows subscribers to a pro-Bridge petition to be masters of families and many of them freeholders, 4 Mar. 1707/8.
26-7. Pro-Honeyman petition to the Bishop of London, Newport, 5 Mar. 1707/8.
28-9. Honeyman to Secretary, Plymouth, 14 May 1708, reporting his arrival in England.
30-1. Honeyman to the Society, London, 4 June 1708, seeking reinstatement.
32. Newman to Secretary, 8 June 1708. He will wait on the committee that afternoon, presumably in Bridge's behalf, for a letter on the same sheet requests that if [Christopher] Bridge is returned to Narragansett, the society will consider transferring him to a better station at the first opportunity.
33-4. Honeyman to Secretary, 24 June 1708, stating his case.
35-7. Abstract from the minutes showing actions of the society relating to [Christopher] Bridge, 16 Aug. 1706 to 1 July 1708. They did first appoint him to Newport, but changed the appointment to Narragansett. Minute of 1 July 1708 orders secretary to inform him that his salary will be stopped unless he returns to Narragansett.
38-9. Honeyman to Secretary, London, 3 July 1708, asking that sealed notice of his appointment be delivered to an unnamed friend.
40. Secretary to [Christopher] Bridge, Petty France, Westminster, 24 July 1708, informing him of the decision. Notes that his letter of 2 Dec. 1708 (xv. 294-5) was dated from Narragansett and gave no indication of his intending to move to Newport.
41. Secretary to Captain [John] Hamilton, Windsor Castle, 3 Aug. 1708, acknowledging a letter of Hamilton's which helped to clear Honeyman of scandal.
42-3. Honeyman to Evan Evans, London, 9 Aug. 1708, asking him to recommend to the society that, if [George] Muirson is transferred to Stratford, society grant him an allowance of £100, as he cannot expect much local support. Note of concurrence signed by Evans.
44. Secretary to Captain Steward, Petty France, Westminster, 16 Sept. 1708 (copy), thanking him for kind treatment of [James] Adams and [William] Gordon on their voyage to Virginia en route to Carolina.
45-6. [Samuel] Cranston to William Wharton, Newport, 12 Mar. 1708/9. Though he signed and sealed a testimonial to Honeyman's character, he did not intend to take part in the church dispute and regrets Honeyman's return, as he fears it will provoke further controversy (2 copies).
47. [Samuel] Cranston to [Christopher] Bridge, Newport, 17 Mar. 1708/9, enclosing one copy of (45-6). [William] Wharton is colonial agent for Rhode Island.
49. Honeyman to --- ('Reverend sir'), Newport, 24 Mar. 1708/9, reporting safe arrival after a difficult voyage.
50. Wardens and vestry of Newport to the Bishop of London, 28 Mar. 1709, complain that Honeyman broke into the church on his return without asking them for the keys.
51-5. Case of Christopher Bridge, London, 17 June 1709, reviewing the controversy and requesting payment of his bills (2 copies).
56-7. [Christopher] Bridge to Secretary, 2 and 14 July 1709, reviewing his controversies with [Samuel] Myles and Honeyman.
58-62. Petition of Honeyman to the Society, stating his case. Undated, but probably filed during his attendance on the society in 1708.
63. Secretary to Governor Dudley, Petty France, Westminster, 20 Apr. 1711 (copy), asking him to investigate an anonymous complaint of scandalous conduct by Honeyman.
64. Secretary to Adams, Petty France, Westminster, 24 May 1711 (copy), saying society has added £20 to his allowance in North Carolina (misplaced).
65. Secretary to Colonel Glover, Petty France, Westminster, 24 May 1711 (copy, misplaced), indicating continuance of [James] Adams in North Carolina.
66. Honeyman to Secretary, 12 July 1711, acknowledging gift of books and altar piece.
67. Honeyman to Secretary, Newport, 19 Oct. 1711, defending himself against anonymous charges referred to in (63).
68. James Manning to Granville Sharp, Providence, 26 July 1785 (copy). He has distributed Sharp's writings on ecclesiastical matters among Episcopalian acquaintances in Rhode Island and elsewhere. He is identified in heading of this copy as President of the College of Providence.
69. James Manning to Granville Sharp, Providence, 13 Apr. 1786 (copy). [Samuel] Seabury has visited Rhode Island and confirmed there. It is reported that he has been invited to settle in Newport.
70. Andrew Leaske to Bishop of London, undated, asking help in collecting money claimed to be due to Honeyman from the society.
71. Andrew Leaske to Society, undated, asking payment.
72-3. Andrew Leaske to Secretary, undated, seeking payment.
74-5. List of subscribers to the church in Newport, undated, but containing names that appear on petitions of the Honeyman period.
76-7. Pro-Honeyman petition to the Bishop of London, undated.
78-9. Samuel Thomas to the Treasurer, Carolina, 22 Mar. 1702 (3?), asking him to send some goods, all linen, no wool.
80. Samuel Thomas to the Treasurer, Plymouth, 8 Sept. 1702. He is ill and has been abused by some on the ship, but he has obtained permission to read prayers twice daily.
81-2. Samuel Thomas to Doctor [Josiah] Woodward, Carolina, 10 Mar. 1703/4, with report to society on same sheet. He reached (South) Carolina in Dec. 1702 and was kindly received by Governor Nathaniel Johnson. Reports on work since arrival.
83-4. Samuel Thomas to Treasurer, 'From my study at Sir N. [Nathaniel] Johnson's in Carolina', 3 May 1704, reporting on his work and describing shortage of ministers in the colony.
85-8. Testimonials to Thomas Stackhouse, the last dated 23 Aug. 1704. He has been headmaster of school in Hoxam, diocese of York, and is son of John Stackhouse, minister of St. Andrew, Auckland, County Durham.
89. Petition for aid from wife of a minister in Maryland. Name missing, but attested by George Keith, London, 9 Oct. 1704 (misplaced).
90-2. Testimonials to William Dun, formerly of the Diocese of Clogher, 24 Nov. 1704.
93-7. Testimonials to William Guy, last dated, 23 June 1705.
98-9. Testimonial to Francis Le Jau, formerly of Trinity College, Dublin, signed by Bishop Compton and others, 21 Nov. 1705.
100-1. Testimonials to Andrew Auchinleek, 15 and 20 Dec. 1705.
102-3. Robert Stevens to Society, Goose Creek, 21 Feb. 1705/6, complaining that new establishment act has led to ousting of Marston as Minister of St. Philip's, Charleston, and excludes dissenters from assembly.
104-6. Edward Marston to the Society, 'From my study near Charles Town', 25 Feb. 1705/6, complaining of his ouster.
107-8. Samuel Thomas to Secretary, Lavenham, 30 Mar. 1706, defending himself from an attack by Marston.
109. Lord Weymouth to Secretary, 12 Apr. 1706. Present disordered state of South Carolina gives little encouragement for sending missionaries there.
110-11. Abstract of [Samuel] Thomas's defence against [Edward] Marston, undated, but probably presented about the same time as (107-8).
112-13. Francis Le Jau to Secretary, aboard the Greenwich, in Queen's Dock, near Plymouth, 6 May 1706, reporting delays in sailing.
114-15. Francis Le Jau to Secretary, Greenwich, in Plymouth Sound, 28 May 1706. Ship is now under orders to sail at the first opportunity.
116-17. Governor [Nathaniel] Johnson and Council of South Carolina to the Society, Charlestown, 16 Sept. 1706, thanking the society for aid, praising [Samuel] Thomas, and defending themselves against charges by [Edward] Marston.
118. Testimonial to Robert Maule from Archbishop of Dublin, 1 Oct. 1706, with addition dated 10 Dec. 1706.
119. Secretary to [Edward] Marston, Petty France, Westminster, 10 Oct. 1706 (copy). Society is returning [Samuel] Thomas to South Carolina, with new appointees, Doctor [Francis] Le Jau, [William] Dun, [Andrew] Auchinleek, and [Thomas] Hassel (the last as schoolmaster). Condition for sending them was repeal of a certain clause in the Church Act, but this has been annulled by the House of Lords. Criticism of Thomas arose out of his support for this act, but Society was satisfied with his explanation.
120-38. Church Act [An Act for the Establishment of Religious Worship in this Province according to the Church of England, and for the Erecting of Churches for the Publick Worship of God...] passed, 30 Nov. 1706.
[Originally 2 copies, but one has been removed, hence the foliation jumps from f. 128 to f. 139.]
139-40. Act to repeal all Church Acts prior to (120-38), including act requiring conformity to Church of England from members of the assembly.
141-4. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Greek, 2 Dec. 1706. He reached South Carolina in October and was kindly received by the authorities. [Samuel] Thomas died shortly before his arrival. [Andrew] Auchinleek elected to stay in Bermuda.
145. [William] Dun to Secretary, Charles Town, 6 Dec. 1706, reporting arrival. Auchinleek kept the books that he was supposed to carry to South Carolina with him in Bermuda.
146-7. Governor [Nathaniel] Johnson and members of Council to Society, 26 Dec. 1706. Though they would like to be rid of Marston, they have offered him a country parish with the salary made equal to that at Charleston.
148-9. Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 15 Apr. 1707, reporting on his work.
150. [Francis] Le Jau to [Philip] Stubbs, St. James, Goose Creek, 15 Apr. 1707, reporting efforts to work with Indians, and controversy with dissenters.
151-4. [William] Dun to Secretary, Charlestown, 21 Apr. 1707 (2 copies), reporting beginning of his work and asking that £30 of his stipend be sent in goods.
155-6. Secretary to Governor [Nathaniel] Johnson and Council, Westminster, 30 Apr. 1707 (2 copies). Society is satisfied with adjustments in Church Act and is sending [Robert] Maule to replace [Samuel] Thomas. New rule provides that missionaries will serve during pleasure of the society.
157-8. Secretary to [Francis] Le Jau, Petty France, Westminster, 2 June 1707 (copy), introducing Maul. Failure in New York has discouraged society from work with Indians. Copy of general instruction to missionaries to report local contributions on same sheet.
159-60. Secretary to [William] Dun, Petty France, Westminster, 2 June 1707 (copy). Dun's report was favourably received by Committee. No report has been received from [Thomas] Hasell.
161. Secretary to Robert Stevans, Petty France, Westminster, 2 June 1707. His account of affairs in South Carolina differs so much from that given by the governor and council that the society is puzzled which to believe, but inclines to accept the official version. It is true that [Samuel] Thomas was originally sent as missionary to the Yammassees, but the war, which was then going on, prevented his going to them.
162. Archbishop of Dublin to Bishop of London, Dublin, 30 June 1707, recommending Gideon Johnston for post in Charleston.
163-4. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 30 June 1707. He has been alarmed by a rumour that his wife and children were taken by the French on the way over. Thomas' widow [Elizabeth Thomas] is in distress. [Francis] Le Jau is making preparations to catechize Indians and Negroes. Characterizes [Edward] Marston as a trouble-maker.
165. Testimonial to [Gideon] Johnston from the Bishop of Killala and Achorny, 1 July 1707.
166-7. [Francis] Le Jau to [Philip] Stubbs, St. James, Goose Creek, 3 July 1707. Criticizes leaders of the 'Dissenting Party', and [Edward] Marston.
168. Testimonial to [Gideon] Johnston from the Bishop of Tuam, Dublin, 21 July 1707.
169. Testimonial to [Gideon] Johnston from the Bishop of Elphin, 15 Aug. 1707.
170-1. Another testimonial to Johnston from the Bishop of Killala, 29 Aug. 1707.
172-3. [Thomas] Hasell to Secretary, Carolina, 6 Sept. 1707. He has supplied for Thomas since his arrival. He wrote from Bermuda by [Thomas] Holland, the minister, whose return was the occasion for [Andrew] Auchinleek's staying.
174-5. Nicholas Trott to Society, South Carolina, 13 Sept. 1707. Reports dissenting opposition to the establishment. Henry Gerard, a clergyman of the Church of England, much travelled and a good linguist, but with a poor delivery, has been stranded in South Carolina by shipwreck. Trott recommends him as missionary to the Yammassees. A postscript notes that Richard Marsden, recently arrived from Maryland, has become minister in Charleston.
176-7. Governor and Council to the Society, South Carolina, 19 Sept. 1707, reporting resistance to the collection of ecclesiastical taxes.
178. [Francis] Le Jau to Stubbs, St. James, Goose Creek, 23 Sept. 1707. His family has arrived. His children seem to be over their acclimatization, but his wife is still ill. One woman in his parish has been arrested on a charge of witchcraft. Another, after being in delirium for two days, on apparently coming to, declared that she had been dead and related her experiences to a servant.
179-80. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 23 Sept. 1707. Complains of low state of religion in province. His parish has recently completed building a new church.
181. Statistics of St. James's Parish, 23 Sept. 1707.
182-5. [William] Dun to Secretary, St. Paul's, Colleton Co., 24 Nov. 1707. Reports arrival of [Robert] Maule. An attempt to set parish boundaries failed in the assembly. His church is completed and furnished, but he is deferring Holy Communion until Christmas, as he finds the people ignorant of the nature of the sacrament (2 copies).
186-7. [Robert] Maule to Secretary, Charlestown, 28 Nov. 1707. Governor has not yet assigned him to a parish. [Richard] Marsden is in Charleston. [Edward] Marston has a country parish. List of society's books left by [Samuel] Thomas enclosed.
188-9. [Thomas] Hasell to Secretary, Carolina, 30 Nov. 1707, reporting on his work. Ship on which one of his earlier letters was sent was captured.
190. Secretary to Governor [Nathaniel] Johnson, Petty France, Westminster, 2 Dec. 1707 (copy). Society is sending [James] Adams and [William] Gordon to North Carolina. This letter will be brought by Gideon Johnston, whom the Bishop of London has appointed to Charleston, being assured by the governor's son and Colonel Johnson, a member of the society, that the post was vacant.
191. Secretary to [Francis] Le Jau, Petty France, Westminster, 2 Dec. 1707, introducing Johnston.
192. John Wright to Robert Stevens, 10 Sept. 1707, saying that the late Governor Moore told him that 'Parson [Atkins] Williams' was a chronic drunkard, who once christened a bear.
193-4. Thomas Smith to Stevens, 16 Jan. 1707/8. When he arrived in South Carolina with his father in 1683, there were two ministers professing to be of the Church of England. One was known as Rogers the Elder. The other was Atkin Williamson, a chronic drunkard whom some ill-disposed persons once induced to christen a bear. This was a matter of common report and Smith once heard the late Governor Moore offer to swear that it was true. Williamson, though still a sot, was appointed by the gubernatorial party to replace Marston when he, as Smith believes, was illegally removed from Charleston.
195-6. [Robert] Stevens to Secretary, Goose Creek, 3 Feb. 1707/8, enclosing (192-4) and reviewing the controversy over Marston and the church in Charleston. James [John?] Bires, who was sent to England to present the case, was taken by the French.
197-9. Governor [Nathaniel Johnson] and Council to the Society, 13 Feb. 1707/8. They are advised in letter from secretary brought by [Robert] Maule that society approves of new Church Act, but they would like to have this approval presented in a more formal declaration. Maule has been appointed to a parish, as has [Alexander] Wood, who arrived with Maule, recommended by the Bishop of London, but without an appointment from the society. [Richard] Marsden is serving Charleston.
200-1. [Thomas] Hasell to Secretary, Charlestown, 9 Mar. 1707. He is still supplying Thomas's former parish.
202-3. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek. 13 Mar. 1707/8. He has been ill, though now recovered, and is afraid that some of his earlier letters have miscarried. [Alexander] Wood has not been well received in parish to which he was sent, though Le Jau thinks him a good man. Favourable references to other missionaries.
204-5. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 12 Apr. 1708. Repeats information in (202-3) in case it miscarries.
206-7. Governor [Nathaniel Johnson] and Council to Society, 15 July 1708. [Thomas] Hasel, who is going home for priest's orders, has functioned satisfactorily as deacon in St. Thomas's Parish, and they recommend his appointment as missionary.
208. Secretary to Auchinleek, Petty France, Westminster, 21 July 1708, rebuking him for deserting his mission. He has given a pestilence then raging in South Carolina as his excuse.
209. Secretary to Governor John Bennet, Petty France, Westminster, 21 July 1708. State of society's finances does not permit granting an allowance to [Andrew] Auchinleek in Bermuda.
210. [Robert] Maule to Secretary, South Carolina, 21 July 1708. He was sent by governor to St. John's Parish on western branch of Cooper River. He cannot give exact statistics, as parish is not yet bounded, but he believes it contains about 40 Church families, 8 or 10 families of 'Anabaptists', and 2 or 3 of Roman Catholics. Clergy of province met together to thank the governor for his support.
211. Secretary to (John) Thomas (of Hempstead, New York), Windsor Castle, 7 Aug. 1708 (copy), rebuking him for a too zealous proselytizing of dissenters and telling him to file his reports in approved form. (Misplaced here under impression it was addressed to Samuel Thomas.)
212-13. Certificate by Governor and Council, several ministers, and parishioners of Charleston, 16 Aug. 1708, that Richard Marsden, though duly elected rector of Charleston, voluntarily resigned in favour of the Bishop of London's appointee, Gideon Johnston (2 copies).
214-17. [Richard] Marsden to Secretary, Charlestown, 23 Aug. 1708, giving his account of the situation and asking to be named a missionary (2 copies).
218-19. Extract from a letter of Josia Duprés to his son James, Carolina, 27 Aug. 1708 (French, with translation). Their minister, De la Pierre, has arrived in a destitute condition after a long voyage. They ask aid from their friends in London. The late Mr. [Samuel] Thomas stated that he studied with De la Pierre at the University of Dublin, and that he was one of the ablest students.
220-1. Ministers of South Carolina to the Society, Charlestown, 3 Sept. 1708, referring society to a statement of conditions in the province that they have sent to the Bishop of London by Chief Justice [Nicholas] Trott.
222-3. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 11 Sept. 1708, and Charlestown, 18 Sept. 1708. Recommends [Thomas] Hassell, who is returning for priest's orders. [William] Dun is also going home, contrary to Le Jau's advice, and has been succeeded by Maitland, newly arrived. Though [Richard] Marsden resigned Charleston to [Gideon] Johnston, the parish is still torn by dissension.
224-5. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Greek, 15 Sept. 1708, reporting on his work.
226-7. [William] Dun to Secretary, Charles Town, 20 Sept. 1708. His parish contains about 300 adults, of whom about 80 profess the Church of England. There are 150 Presbyterians, 8 Independents, 40 'Anabaptists', 10 Quakers, and 12 with no definite affiliation. He is returning because of pressing business in Europe.
228-31. [Gideon] Johnston to (Bishop of London?), Charlestown, 20 Sept. 1708, expressing regret at coming to South Carolina, relating his difficulty in ousting [Richard] Marsden, and giving an unfavourable account of the province and its people, except Governor [Nathaniel] Johnson.
232. Maitland to Secretary, Charlestown, 16 Sept. 1708, asking for an allowance.
233-4. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 15 Nov. 1708. He has done some work with neighbouring Indians, in spite of renewed illness. [Robert] Maule, who is also ill, is the only other missionary of those who came over with him.
235-6. Secretary to [Francis] Le Jau, Petty France, Westminster, 24 Jan. 1708/9 (copy). He is unable to answer Le Jau's question about how to consecrate a church in the absence of a bishop, but hopes they will soon have one. The report of subscriptions to the society is confidential, and the contributors should not be told about it. He has transmitted a 'long and peevish' letter of [Robert] Stevens to the Bishop of London and other members of the society.
237-8. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 18 Feb. 1708/9. He and [Robert] Maule are recovered, but [Gideon] Johnston is so ill the others have to supply his parish as best they can. [William] Dun is reported in Virginia. [Andrew] Auchinleek has written him 'in great joy' at being restored to the society's favour.
239-40. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 18 Feb. 1708/9, reporting on his work and repeating some of the information in (237-8).
241. [Robert] Maule to Secretary, South Carolina, 6 Mar. 1708/9, reporting on his work and acknowledging receipt of prayer books and tracts. Though he is fairly well now, he finds the climate unhealthy.
242. Secretary to Governor [Edward]Tynte (newly appointed), Petty France, Westminster, 9 Mar. 1708/9 (copy), asking him to secure the society's books formerly held by [Samuel] Thomas.
243. [Edward]Tynte to Reverend Doctor [Gideon] Johnson (Johnston), 17 Mar. 1709(IO?), saying he is sending an unspecified act for his consideration, and that it does not insist on the power of degradation, but only of deposition. Unsigned notation, possibly by Johnston, says that this was part of an effort to gain his support for the act.
244. Translated extract of letter from L'Escot, French minister in Charleston to [Frideni] [actually Friedrich] Bonet, King of Prussia's resident in London, 24 Mar. 1709. Their colony of Santy (Santee?) has been erected into a parish and they are seeking a minister approved by the Bishop of London. His stipend will be £100 a year.
245. [Edward]Tynte to Secretary, 2 Apr. 1709. Illness has delayed his acknowledgement of the secretary's letter (242).
246-9. Secretary to [Francis] Le Jau, Petty France, Westminster, 25 July 1709 (copy). Letter will be brought by Governor [Edward] Tynte. Complains of not receiving reports from [Robert] Maule. [Alexander] Wood has been granted an annual stipend of £50 for two years. Society deferred action of [Nicholas] Trott's recommendation of [Henry] Gerard as missionary to the Yammassees until [Nicholas] Trott came to London, but learning from [Thomas] Hasell that [Nicholas] Trott's visit has been deferred, they ask for more particulars about Gerard. Would some Spanish Testaments be useful among the Yammassees? Hasell has been appointed catechist and schoolmaster in Charleston. Asks particulars about Maitland and Fraser, who are seeking the society's support.
250. Secretary to Proprietors of Carolina, 26 Sept. 1709 (copy), reporting a resolution of the society to discontinue sending missionaries to North Carolina unless an act of that province allowing vestries to dismiss ministers at will is revised.
251-2. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 20 Oct. 1709. In baptizing slave he requires them to declare publicly that they are not seeking freedom, and gives them instruction in the duty of monogamy. He has been ill again, but is recovering. Johnston and [Robert] Maule are ill.
253-4. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 4 Nov. 1709. [Robert] Maule's house and most of his goods have been destroyed by fire.
255. Secretary to [Gideon] Johnston, Petty France, Westminster, 12 Dec. 1709 (copy), asking for elucidation of a recommendation in a letter of Johnston's to the Bishop of Sarum that clergy in South Carolina be 'naturalized'.
256. Secretary to [Francis] Le Jau, Petty France, Westminster, 12 Dec. 1709 (copy). Le Jau's questions about procedure in baptizing slaves have been laid before the Archbishop of Canterbury.
257. Secretary to [Robert] Maule, Petty France, Westminster, 22 Dec. 1709 (copy), rebuking him for infrequent reporting. Society has approved his appointment to St. John's.
258-64. Proposals for improving school and library in Charleston, unsigned, but possibly by Johnston. Notation at end says they were submitted to the governor at his request, 6 Jan. 1709/10.
265. Secretary to [Robert] Maule, Petty France, Westminster, 20 Mar. 1710 (copy). Society has voted him a gift of £30 because of his fire losses. (Cf. 253-5.)
266-7. [Francis] Le Jau to Secretary, St. James, Goose Creek, 13 June 1710, reporting work with slaves and relating some acts of wanton cruelty to Indian and Negro slaves. Act proposed six months ago and dropped to subject clergy to lay commission has been revived. An act that has been passed makes clergy responsible for repairs to their parsonages. Postscript dated 29 Oct. 1710 reports misconduct of Maitland with a Negro woman.
268-9. [Robert] Maule to Secretary, 3 June 1710. Most of those in his parish profess to be of the Church of England, except for a few 'Anabaptists'. As even those professing the Church neglect the baptism of the children, he would like some tracts on the subject. He has baptized a few slaves.
270. [Francis] Le Jau to [Gideon] Johnston, Goose Creek, 12 Aug. 1710, sending some books and pamphlets on loan. He has advised Maitland to consult Johnston concerning difference with his parishioners. Has been unable to obtain a copy of proposed act concerning clerical charges.
271. List of watchmen (in Charleston?) 2 Oct. 1710. Notation indicates it was sent as substitute for a list of parishioners.
272. Secretary to Le Jau, Petty France, Westminster, 18 Oct. 1710 (copy). Society has sent him a schoolmaster, [Benjamin] Dennis. Asks him to inform [Gideon] Johnston and some other clergy that he will write as soon as he can. Asks him not to send a proposed present, as he does not receive them from missionaries.
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GB/109/21672Bonet; Friedrich (fl. 1707); Resident on London of the King in Prussiafl. 1707
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