RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
DateJuly 1707-undated
Description1. Frideni [actually Friedrich] Bonet to Secretary, Suffolk St., 4 July 1707, enclosing a memorial from Italian converts in Geneva.
2. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 15 July 1707, introducing (Gideon) Johnston, who has come over for orders. Hopes [Christopher] Bridge's affairs can be settled, so Compton can name an assistant for Boston.
3. Maynard Colchester to Secretary, 15 July 1707, Wesbury. He is well acquainted with Danvers Hodges, who is reputed to have a good estate.
4. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 22 July 1707, recommending [Gideon] Johnston for Charleston.
5. Secretary to Archbishop of Cashel, Petty France, Westminster, 26 July 1707 (copy), acknowledging gift and reporting transmission of promotional material for society and S.P.C.K.
6. Robert Atkyns to Bishop of Gloucester, Lower Swell, 28 July 1707. Accepts membership in the society, though his age will keep him from attending meetings.
7. Theodore Vesey to Secretary, Litchfield St., Soho, 18 Aug. 1707, subscribing £20 per annum on behalf of Archbishop of Tuam.
8. Bishop Compton to Committee, 16 Aug. 1707, introducing Mill, who is recommended for North Carolina.
9. John Rogers to Secretary, Leicester, 16 Aug. 1707, asking to whom he could remit a contribution.
10-11. Samuel Weale to Secretary, 25 Aug. 1707, saying he is prepared to present a plan for raising money.
12. Archbishop of Cashel to Secretary, Dublin, 26 Aug. 1707. Parcel referred to in (5) not received.
13. Bishop Compton to Committee, 1 Sept. 1707, introducing [William] Glen, who offers himself for the plantations.
14. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 4 Sept. 1707, concerning difficulties of [William] Black and [William] Cordiner in obtaining passage because of war.
15. Bishop Compton to Committee, 12 Sept. 1707, introducing [William] Gordon, whom he recommends for North Carolina.
16. John Rogers to Treasurer, Leicester, 13 Sept. 1707, remitting a contribution of £10 from John Alleyne.
17. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 24 Sept. 1707, introducing Winkworth, recommended by Speaker.
18. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 25 Sept. 1707, introducing [Francis] Milne.
19. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 25 Sept. 1707. Welsh in Pennsylvania are asking for a missionary who can speak their language, as some do not speak English. Mr. [Evan] Evans, the bearer, can recommend someone, if the society is willing to send him.
20. Secretary to Archbishop of Tuam, Petty France, Westminster, 25 Sept. 1707 (copy). Acknowledges subscription, but regrets that society cannot at present find a place for Johnson, recommended by the archbishop, as their resources will be strained in fulfilling their commitment to send two missionaries to North Carolina.
21. Humphrey Wanley to Secretary, Duke St., York-buildings, 29 Sept. 1707. Testimonial to [William] Gordon.
22. Secretary to Walker, Petty France, Westminster, 4 Oct. 1707 (copy). Sorry for his misfortunes, but society is unable to do anything for him beyond the gift of £5 already sent.
23. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 17 Oct. 1707. Recommends sending [Francis] Milne to Choptank, Maryland, with an allowance, as poor state of tobacco trade has made some Maryland livings inadequate.
24a. Samuel Weale to Secretary, 17 Oct. 1707. He was unprepared to reveal his plan to Taylor, who called on behalf of the archbishop, but will disclose it to the Secretary.
24b. N. W. Edgar to John Hutchinson, Ipswich, 27 Oct. 1707. Will (vii. 251) was one of three drawn by [Edward] Clifford.
25. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 3 Nov. 1707 asking for books for Cunningham and Thompson, who are going to Jamaica, W.I.
26. J. [Josiah] Woodward to Secretary, Popler, 21 Nov. 1707. Unable to attend meeting, he asks secretary to present a letter from Wallace, minister at Elizabeth City, Virginia, and a request from [Elias] Neau for a short catechism for his Indian catechumens.
27. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 27 Nov. 1707. A second request for books for Cunningham and Thompson.
28. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 3 Dec. 1707, enclosing unspecified material.
29. James Adams to Secretary, Kingslae, 9 Dec. 1707. Ship on which he was going to Virginia driven into Irish port by unfavourable winds.
30. Secretary to Archdeacon [John] Rogers, Petty France, Westminster, 25 Dec. 1707 (copy), informing him of election as member.
31. Secretary to Bishop of Oxford, Petty France, Westminster, 25 Dec. 1707 (copy), asking him to preach at anniversary meeting. Postscript says that in consequence of his accidental discovery of a bequest to the society, he has been instructed to ask all bishops to have their registers checked for such bequests.
32. Secretary to Ducket, Petty France, 30 Dec. 1707 (copy), asking about the [Edward] Clifford will (cf. vii. 251, vii. 24b).
33. Secretary to Archdeacons who are members of society, Petty France, Westminster, 2 Jan. 1707/8 (copy), asking them to check registers for bequests.
34. Bishop of Oxford to Secretary, Worcester, 3 Jan. 1707 (8), asking to be excused from preaching because of pressure of business.
35. Evans to Secretary, Wrexham, 6 Jan. 1707/8. Mainly in answer to an inquiry about a book, but also mentions a bequest to society.
36. Copy of codicil in will of Mr. Robinson, referred to in (35). Attested by Richard Davies, 9 Jan. 1707/8.
37. Secretary to Evans, Petty France, 22 Jan. 1707/8 (copy), acknowledging (35 and 36).
38. Secretary to Symonds, 22 Jan. 1707/8 (copy), acknowledging gift.
39-40. Bishop Compton to Committee, 31 Jan. 1707/8, asking gift of books for Hindman, who is going to Maryland.
41. J. Shepherd to Doctor Hutchinson, Herringfield, 5 Feb. 1707/8. Defectiveness of [Edward] Clifford's will (cf. vii. 251, viii. 24b, 32), makes collection of the bequest difficult.
42. Samuel Weale to Secretary, 17 Feb. 1707(8), asking him to present some memorial to society.
43. Archbishop of Dublin to Secretary, Dublin, 18 Feb. 1708, introducing [James] Reynolds.
44-5. The memorial of Samuel Weale referred to in (42), 20 Feb. 1707(8). Does not reveal his plan, but says he will disclose it if a committee will wait on him in Fleet Prison, where he is confined.
46. Archbishop of Cashel to Secretary, Cashel, 21 Feb. 1707/8. He has received the material referred to in (5), but does not have much hope of obtaining support. Still thinks a direct appeal to the Irish bishops would be more effective.
47. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 27 Feb. 1707/8. Recommends restoring stipend to Honeyman.
48. Richard King to Treasurer, Exon, 5 Apr. 1708, concerning his subscription and gift from another.
49. Robert Keith to Secretary, London, 14 Apr. 1708. As his allowance has been discontinued because of failure to sail for America, he offers explanations.
50. Mary Keith to (Secretary?), London, 14 Apr. 1708. She hopes society will not restore her husband's allowance, as she does not want to go to America, but please do not tell him.
51. Robert Wake to Secretary, Pembroke College, 15 Apr. 1708. On behalf of Bishop of Bristol, he says bishop will decide what action to take when he receives papers that are being sent. He has sent return of small livings in his diocese to the Exchequer, as required by the Act.
52. Francis Tweed to Vigerius Edwards, 17 Apr. 1708, excusing delay in payment of rent as society's tenant.
53. Bishop of Gloucester to Secretary, Little Chelsea, 21 Apr. 1708. Financial difficulties oblige him to discontinue subscription.
54. Edward Dummer to Secretary, Middle Temple, 23 Apr. 1708. As circumstances obliged him to leave town, he was unable to present a memorial that he had prepared for the Bishop of Llandaff.
55. Secretary to Bishop of Hereford, Petty France, Westminster, 25 May 1708, acknowledging discontinuance of subscription.
56. Secretary to Bishop of Bristol, Petty France, Westminster, 29 May 1708 (copy), acknowledging (51).
57. Secretary to Bishop of Gloucester, Petty France, 29 May 1708 (copy), regretting discontinuance of subscription.
58. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 20 May 1708, asking him to present Honeyman's case to the society.
59. Bishop of Hereford to Secretary, Whitborn, 2 June 1708, offering to pay arrears of subscription in annual instalments.
60. George Keith to Secretary, Eburton, 4 June 1708. He has received reports from [John] Talbot concerning [Thorogood] Moore and [John] Brooke, who have sailed from New England, and Honeyman, whose continuance in Rhode Island he recommends.
61. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 11 June 1708. Colonel [Robert] Quarry gives a favourable report concerning Honeyman and thinks Bridge is fomenting trouble.
62. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 21 June 1708 (by amanuensis, because unable to write). Convinced that [Christopher] Bridge is in the wrong in dispute with Honeyman.
63-4. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 9 July 1708. Copy of a letter from Samuel Albro, with whom [Christopher] Bridge lodged at Narragansett, complaining of his abusive behaviour.
65. Robert Cotton to Secretary, Newcastle, 25 July 1708, enclosing a contribution.
66. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 26 July 1708. Recommends sending [Christopher] Bridge to New Jersey or Maryland.
67. Archbishop of Dublin to Secretary, Dublin, 7 Aug. 1708, recommending Fausset.
68. William Taylor to Secretary, 10 Aug. 1708, summarizing some minutes of the society concerning missionaries.
69. Secretary to Archdeacon [John] Rogers, Petty France, 12 Oct. 1708 (copy), acknowledging contribution.
70. Thomas Templeman to Secretary, Arundell, 14 Oct. 1708. Mr. [Francis] Wyndham is unable to continue his subscription.
71. Francis Tweed to Vigerius Edwards, 23 Oct. 1708, remitting some payments, but not as much as he would like to.
72. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 23 Dec. 1708. Excuses [Henry] Nicholls for going from Chester, Pennsylvania, to Maryland and Ross for going from Newcastle, Delaware, to Chester. Blames [Thomas] Jenkins for ousting Ross from Newcastle. [Francis] Mylne has settled in Virginia. Compton approves aid to [Sebastien] Van der Eyghen and would like to see something done for [Andrew] Auchinleek and [Samuel] Eburn [Eburne] in Bermuda.
73. Secretary to Ducket, Petty France, Westminster, 1 Jan. 1708/9 (copy), thanking him for aid in connection with the [Edward] Clifford will. (Previous ref. 41.)
74. Secretary to Kelshall, Petty France, Westminster, 1 Jan. 1708/9 (copy), thanking him for aid in connection with [Edward] Clifford legacy, which has finally been paid by Mr. [Arthur] Middleton.
75. Secretary to Shepherd, Petty France, Westminster, 1 Jan. 1708/9 (copy), thanking him for aid in the same matter.
76. Secretary to [Arthur] Middleton, Petty France, Westminster, 1 Jan. 1708/9 (copy), thanking him for remitting bequest.
77. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 5 Jan. 1708/9, enclosing a petition on behalf of [Andrew] Rudman, who is at point of death.
78. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 18 Jan. 1708/9. Prevented by gout from attending meeting, he asks society not to be too hard on offending missionaries.
79. Secretary to Archbishop of Dublin, Petty France, Westminster, 10 Feb. 1708/9. If two or three gentlemen with proper testimonials and the archbishop's recommendation come over immediately, they will have a good prospect of getting appointments.
80. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 12 Feb. 1708/9, enclosing a letter that he wants delivered to Lord Mayor.
81. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 19 Mar. 1708/9, urging clemency for offenders. (Cf. 72.)
82. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 25 Mar. 1709, introducing [Samuel] Wallace.
83. James Chalmers to Bishop Compton, London, 25 Mar. 1709. Testimonial to Samual [Samuel?] Wallace.
84. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 29 Mar. 1709, recommending quick dispatch of [James] Reynolds, as this is the season when ships are in haste to sail, and it is difficult to send missionaries later.
85. James Chalmers to Secretary, St. Martin's Churchyard, 30 Mar. 1709. Testimonial to Samuel Wallace.
86. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 1 Apr. 1709. A second introduction of [Samuel] Wallace.
87. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 7 Apr. 1709. He has ordained [Samuel] Wallace a deacon.
88. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 4 May 1709, recommending King. [Evan] Evans reports admonishing [Thomas] Jenkins for abandoning Apoquimininck.
89. Francis Pemberton to Vigerius Edwards, Belchamp St. Pauls, 14 May 1709. He has spoken to [Francis] Tweed, who agrees to be at next meeting of society to account for his arrears.
90. Secretary to Archbishop of Cashel, Petty France, Westminster, 14 May 1709 (copy). He has heard from Mr. [William] Jones that the archbishop complains of not hearing from him, but it is the archbishop who is at fault, not having acknowledged a recent shipment of books.
91. Schemettau to Secretary, London, 16 May 1709 (in French), recommending Achenbach, chaplain to the King of Prussia, for membership.
92-3. Unsigned proposal, 16 May 1709, asking that a minister who can read German be sent with Palatines going to New York. As they are mixed Calvinist and Lutheran, they would probably unite in the use of the liturgy of the Church of England.
94. Richard Rooth to Secretary, Epsom, 19 May 1709. Missionaries in Pennsylvania frequently desert their posts. Chester and Newcastle are vacant. Minister who should be in Newcastle is trying to get position as assistant and schoolmaster in Philadelphia.
95. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 23 May 1709, introducing Andrew Boyd.
96-7. James Reynolds to Secretary, 29 May 1709. He has been delayed in obtaining passage.
98. Francis Pemberton to Vigerius Edwards, Belchamp St. Pauls, 19 May 1709. [Francis] Tweed is coming to London, but Pemberton thinks it would be better for both tenant and society if accounts were examined and rent collected by a local official in the future.
99. James Chalmers to Secretary, London, 30 May 1709. Testimonial to Andrew Boyd.
100. James Reynolds to Secretary, Plymouth, 30 May 1709. He has obtained passage to Boston.
101. Secretary to Jones, Petty France, Westminster, 26 July 1709 (copy). [William] Jones has been appointed a collector, but secretary presumes he will not start until he has finished collecting for the Palatines.
102. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 13 Aug. 1709, introducing [John] Urmston.
103. William Jones to Secretary, Hourne, 8 Aug. 1709. Acknowledges appointment. Thinks Archbishop of Cashel would be pleased with election as a member.
104. Bishop of Salisbury to Secretary, 8 Aug. 1709, introducing [Thomas] Halliday.
105. Archbishop of Cashel to Secretary, Dublin, 15 Sept. 1709. Says he did acknowledge former shipment. Asks that more material be sent.
106. Josiah Woodward to Secretary, Popler, 21 Oct. 1709. Prevented from attending meeting by shortness of days and bad weather. [Elias] Neau has submitted a sample catechism for approval and asks assistance for [Daniel] Bondet.
107. Bishop of Bangor to Secretary, 24 Oct. 1709. Nicholas Pitts left £1,000 to society, but died before executing his will. Something may be obtained by application to his heir at law, George Pitts.
108. William Jones to Secretary, Hourne, 16 Nov. 1709. Archbishop of Cashel has indicated that he would be honoured by election as member of society. As the Palatine collection is unfinished, Jones has not started on that for the society.
109. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 17 Nov. 1709, asking books for [James de] Gignillat, who is going to a French congregation in South Carolina.
110. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 30 Nov. 1709, introducing [Samuel] Coleby.
111. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 22 Jan. 1710. Quotes letter from Governor of Virginia suggesting that society aid poorer parishes there during present crisis in tobacco market.
112. Secretary to Captain Gordon, Petty France, Westminster, 18 Feb. 1709/10 (copy), transmitting a parcel of books in acknowledgement of some favour to the society.
113. Secretary to [Robert] Sinclair, Petty France, Westminster, 28 Mar. 1710 (copy), sending a parcel of books to be distributed among an 'unruly crowd', apparently on shipboard.
114. Archbishop Tenison to Secretary, 19 May 1740, asking that action on appointment of [Robert] Griffith be deferred until the archbishop can attend, because of Romanizing tendencies detected in [Robert] Griffith's Serious and Friendly Call to ye Dissenters.
115. Edward Bishop to Secretary, Martock, 16 Feb. 1710/11, asking if there has been any decision of proposal to send him as missionary to Iroquois.
116. William Ward to Secretary, Portsmouth, 6 Mar. 1710/11, asking what should be done with a chest of books sent him a year ago, padlocked, without key.
117. Archbishop of Armagh to Secretary, Dublin, 28 Mar. 1710/11. Is sending another contribution of £300. Refers to a plan for establishing charity schools to convert infidels in Malabar, and a similar project, which he is supporting, to provide charity schools which will bring up Irish children as Protestants.
118. John Norris to Secretary, 20 Mar. 1710/11. An unnamed schoolmaster near him in Carolina has offered to teach Indian children free. His school is some distance from the Indians, and Norris wonders if the society could help him to move it nearer.
119. Lord Dartmouth to Archbishop of York, Whitehall, 28 Mar. 1722. Queen has decided not to authorize a general collection for the society on Good Friday, as she is informed that it is customary to make collections for other charities on that day, but she will authorize a collection at some future date.
120. Nathaniel Carpenter to the Secretary, 29 Mar. 1711. Recommends Walter Douglas, who is going as governor of the Leeward Islands, as a member of the society.
121. Edward Bishop to Secretary, Martock, 13 Apr. 1711. He is surprised that recency of his conversion to the Church should be considered an objection to employing him as missionary. He is still willing to go, though he has a prospect of preferment at home.
122. Secretary to Archbishop of Armagh, 21 Apr. 1711 (draft), acknowledging contribution.
123. Francis Pemberton to Doctor [Wilt] Stanley, Belchamp, 29 Apr. 1711. Society's tenant is willing to renew lease, but desires an abatement of the rent.
124. Secretary to Bishop Compton, Petty France, Westminster, 7 May 1711. Queen has authorized a collection for the society in London, Westminster, and Southwark.
125. Edmund Drake to Secretary, Chelsea, 11 May 1711, enclosing Bishop of Winchester's letter to the clergy of Southwark about the collection.
126. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 12 May 1711. He is returning the Queen's letter for printing.
127. Edmund Drake to Secretary, Chelsea, 12 May 1711, quoting a phrase from the Queen's letter relating to extent of collection.
128. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 14 May 1711. He has no authority in Westminster, but has written to the Dean and chapter concerning the collection.
129. Bishop Compton to clergy of his diocese, 14 May 1711, urging support of collection.
130. Secretary to ministers of London and Westminster, Petty France, 16 May 1711 (copy), about the collection.
131. Henry Newman to Secretary, Whitehall, 16 May 1711. Acknowledges gift of 600 copies of Bishop of St. Asaph's sermon, presented by the society to the S.P.C.K. Quotes information about Codrington estate from a letter from [Dudley] Woodbridge. West India packet that sailed about three weeks ago has been taken by the French.
132. Edward Bishop to Secretary, Martock, 18 May 1711. Implies that he has been rejected for Indian mission. He is still willing to go anywhere that society may send him.
133. Secretary to the dissenting ministers of London and Westminster, Petty France, 22 May 1711 (copy), asking them to support the collection, as he believes that they agree with the Church in essentials.
134. Henry Newman to Secretary, Whitehall, 30 May 1711, acknowledging gift of 300 copies of Bishop of Norwich's sermon to S.P.C.K.
135. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 31 May 1711, introducing[David] Duncan, whom he recommends for South Carolina, where there are three vacancies.
136-7. Bishop of Winchester's letter to the clergy about the collection, May, 1711.
138. [Claude Grocess de] La Mothe to Secretary, Thostleworth, 3 June 1711. He has translated abstract of Bishop of St. Asaph's sermon into French.
139-40. William Carter (Messenger) to Society, 11 June 1711, reporting on his inspection of the society's estate.
141. B. Robinson and Thomas Reynolds (dissenting ministers) to Secretary, London, 13 June 1711, quoting extract from letter of Cotton Mather relating to dispute between [William] Urquhart and dissenters over title to church building in Jamaica, New York.
142. Archbishop Tenison to Secretary, Lambeth, 14 June 1711. Prevented by illness from attending meeting of society, he asks that his objection to Dutch translation of liturgy be made known.
143-4. Thomas Fishwick to Revd. Mr. Shoot ([Henry] Shute?), Inner Temple, 14 June 1711, offering himself as schoolmaster for the colonies.
145. G. [Gersham] Rawlins to Secretary, St. Thomas's (Southwark), 15 June 1711, objecting to employment of Keen as missionary on ground of character.
146-7. J. [Johannes] Leonhardus to Robert Hales, London, 15 June 1711 (Latin), expressing support of society by 150 Protestant ministers of Geneva and asking that their president, Amoos, be made a corresponding member.
148. R. Hales to Secretary, Ormond St., 15 June 1711, enclosing (146-7).
149. John Humphrey to Secretary. On board H.M.S. Shoreham, 27 June 1711. He has obtained a chaplaincy on that ship as a means of securing passage to New York.
150. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 19 June 1711. Glad that [George] Ross is out of the enemy's hands. Society should decide his case quickly, as Compton has applied to admiralty to secure his passage.
151. L. W. Boehm to Secretary, 30 June 1711. He has been told that the Palatines in Carolina have no minister, but only a schoolmaster.
152. William Tong, B. Robinson, and Thomas Reynolds to Secretary, London, 6 July 1711, thanking him for sending information about committee's action in regard to Jamaica, New York.
153. John Tayleure to Secretary, 6 July 1711. He, Doctor Stanley, and V. Edwards, a committee appointed to examine the society's estate, recommend granting an abatement to [Francis] Tweed, if he renews the lease for twelve years.
154. Archbishop Tenison to Secretary, 20 July 1711. He has sent a letter to [John] Harris to be transcribed for presentation to the society, unless he thinks it sufficiently legible as it is. From references to a marked copy of some book, it seems likely that this letter states his objection to Dutch translation of the Prayer Book.
155. Archbishop of Armagh to Secretary, 26 July 1711, acknowledging receipt for his gift.
156. [Claude Grocess de] La Mothe to Secretary, Thistleworth, 4 Aug. 1711, proposing Antony Aufrere as a member.
157-8. John Norris to Secretary, 6 Aug. 1711, advocating religious instruction of slaves.
159. John Norris to Bishop Compton, 7 Aug. 1711, applying for ordination. Because of a shortage of ministers in Carolina, he has been accustomed to read service for family and neighbours.
160. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 27 Aug. 1711. [Giles] Rainsford asked in great haste for a letter to the Lord Treasurer (for Queen's bounty?), but did not say where to send it or post the required bonds. Compton is disturbed by rumours that he is sponsoring Van der Eyghen's translation of the Prayer Book.
161. Archbishop of Armagh to (Bishop Compton), Johnstown, near Dublin, 12 Sept. 1711. Testimonial to Daniel Menadier.
162. Bishop of Bangor [John Evans] to Doctor Bradford, Golden Square, 17 Sept. 1711. Testimonial to Rowland Ellis.
163. R. [Richard] Mayo to Lazenby, 19 Sept. 1711. Contrary to a report which Lazenby has received, Mayo reported favourably on [Giles] Rainsford's preaching.
164. Robert Lazenby to Doctor [Lilley] Butler, Epsom, 20 Sept. 1711, enclosing (163) and saying that both he and Mayo approved of Rainsford's preaching and reading prayers.
165. W. Hall to [Philip] Stubbs, 4 Oct. 1711, on behalf of Bishop Compton, introducing [Daniel] Menadier.
166. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 4 Oct. 1711, introducing [Ebenezer] Taylor, who has come from South Carolina, well recommended, for orders.
167. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 10 Oct. 1711. He has received a request for books and tracts from [Francis] Mylne, rector of Kingston Parish, Gloucester, Virginia.
168. Archbishop Tenison to Secretary, Lambeth, 18 Oct. 1711, recommending appointment of select committee on Barbadoes affairs. (Cf. iii. 23-30.)
169. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 3 Nov. 1711. He has ordained [Ebenezer] Taylor and recommends that he be sent to St. Helen's Parish, South Carolina.
170. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 19 Nov. 1711. Asks allowance to supplement salary of [Francis] Philips in Shrewsbury, Maryland, a poor parish. Says this was done for [William] Cordiner.
171. Bishop Compton to Mr. [Philip] Stubbs, 29 Nov. 1711, asking him to delay action on Codrington estate.
172. W. Hall to Secretary, 18 Dec. 1711, on behalf of Bishop Compton, recommending [Francis] Philips for Stratford and Narragansett.
173. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 31 Dec. 1711, returning some letters and recommending [Francis] Philips for Stratford and Narragansett.
174. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 3 Jan. 1711/12. He doubts that Stratford and Narragansett are strong enough to support two ministers.
175. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 12 Feb. 1711/12. Asks gift of church furnishings for [Jacob] Rice, as people of Newfoundland repaired church, which was in ruinous condition, at their own expense.
176-7. Extracts from minutes of Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, various dates, 1717-37, all relating to appointment of officers. Minute of 11 Nov. 1723 refers to Chamberlayne as deceased.
178. Secretary (Philip Bearcroft) to Archbishop of Canterbury, Charterhouse, 15 Jan. 1739/40, reporting that committee has decided not to appoint a missionary to Staten Island, New York, and that it has received notice of sundry bequests.
179. Archbishop Potter to Duke of Newcastle, 10 Mar. 1745-6, reminding him of society's petition for colonial bishops. They did not press for an answer during the late disturbances, but feel entitled to one now that things are normal.
180. J. O. (?) to President and Trustees of Charity School at Bombay, St. Paul's Deanery, London, 2 Mar. 1752. S.P.C.K. strongly approves of their project, and is donating some books.
181. Extract from a letter from a correspondent in Lancaster to Revd. Mr. Waring, 10 June 1757, recommending new school in Old Hutton, Kendal Parish, as location for an S.P.C.K. library.
182. Copy of a letter from same correspondent to J. Waring, 28 June 1757. As S.P.C.K. has apparently approved location of library, he gives some suggestions for setting it up.
183. Transcript of a note of Bishop Gibson concerning blunder of James I in proclaiming canons of 1603-4 before they had been approved by Convocation of York. Copy attested by Archbishop of Canterbury, 22 Aug. 1759.
184. Bishop of Clogher to --- ('My good Lord'), Dublin, 3 Feb. 1778, concerning a proposal to repeal the Test Act.
185. Archbishop of Armagh to (Archbishop of Canterbury?), Dublin, 4 Feb. 1780, concerning tactics to be used in opposing repeal.
186. Irish bishops and archbishops to (Archbishop of Canterbury?), Dublin, 4 Feb. 1780. Repeal of sacramental test has passed Commons, and they ask him to secure its disallowance by Privy Council, or, if that is impossible, to secure the addition of a 'Declatory Provision,' which they hope will lessen its ill effects.
187. Bishop of Bath and Wells to Archbishop of Canterbury, Gros Place, 9 May 1784. Lord Chancellor is reported to be of the opinion that the Bishop of London can ordain American candidates under the present law, if he requires them to swear allegiance. The bishop thinks this illegal, but that an exception could be granted by an Order in Council.
188. Granville Sharp to Benjamin Franklin, Old Jewry, 17 June 1785 (copy). Chiefly concerned with a privately circulated book of Sharp's, which, under pretext of advocating a reform of English government, is really intended to advise Americans in setting up theirs. It also contains a defence of episcopacy and recommendations for shortening the English liturgy.
189. Benjamin Franklin to Granville Sharp, Passy, 5 July 1785 (copy), chiefly concerned with law of inheritance and Franklin's revision of the Prayer Book, but suggests that, if English bishops do not soon consecrate bishops for America, the Americans may resort to 'election', by which he seems to mean some form of collective ordination.
190-1. Granville Sharp to Archbishop of Canterbury, Old Jewry, 15 Sept. 1785, enclosing (188 and 189). Quotes letter from Benjamin Rush, expressing satisfaction at revival of Episcopal Church (though himself a Presbyterian), and saying that he does not think there would now be any opposition to bishops without civil jurisdiction. Sharp has had similar assurances from Doctor Witherspoon and Mr. [James] Manning. He mentions application of [Samuel] Seabury to non-juring bishops of Scotland, and [John] Wesley's action in setting apart superintendents for the Methodists as reasons for pressing for authorization for English bishops to consecrate foreign bishops without oath of allegiance.
192. Granville Sharp to Benjamin Franklin, Old Jewry, London, 29 Oct. 1786 (copy), stating objections to non-juring consecration.
193. Granville Sharp to Archbishop of Canterbury, Old Jewry, 17 Feb. 1786. He has heard that Connecticut Episcopalians are seeking to obtain various legacies left to an American bishop for [Samuel] Seabury. He thinks the law against non-jurors will prevent this, but such legacies might be claimed for a bishop legally consecrated in England. Having seen Doctor [William] Smith's sermon before the General Convention, he has some hope that Americans may be able to excuse their changes in the liturgy.
194. Examination of legality of consecrating foreign bishops, enclosed with (193). Holds that wording of rubric implies that oaths of allegiance need be required only of persons elected by direction of congér d'élire.
195. Granville Sharp to Benjamin Franklin, Old Jewry, London, 19 Aug. 1786 (copy), acknowledging receipt of a copy of proposed American Prayer Book. A rumour had circulated, based on a note of Doctor Price and a letter of Doctor [Benjamin] Rush, that General Convention had proceeded on the same plan in its revision as King's Chapel, and this caused grave fears of Socinianism. Having examined the proposed book, Sharp is convinced that Americans have proceeded on a plan recommended by a royal commission, of which his grandfather, later Archbishop Sharp, was a member, in 1689.
196. Jonathan Boucher to Archbishop of Canterbury, Epsom, 9 Mar. 1787, enclosing a confidential petition. From his comments, it would appear that this petition was concerned with co-operation between Bishop [Samuel] Seabury and the proposed Bishop of Nova Scotia.
197. William Dickes to Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth House, 22 July 1789, with an account of subscription for relief of American Loyalist clergy.
198. Bishop of Bath and Wells to (Archbishop of Canterbury), 5 Feb. 1789. He thinks it would be better for American bishops to procure a full English succession, without any Scottish mixture.
199. John Vardill to Archbishop of Canterbury, 60 Clipstone St., Portland Place, 16 Feb. 1790, concerning ill health of Charles Birtwhistle.
200. Henry Cruger to Archbishop of Canterbury, 13 Craven St., 17 Feb. 1790. Testimonial to Birtwhistle, also noting his ill health.
201. B. Halifax to Archbishop of Canterbury, Clapton Terrace, 17 Feb. 1790. Testimonial to Birtwhistle.
202-10. Opinion of counsel, William Scott and George Harris, 1790, given at request of archbishop, on question whether less than three bishops can confer a valid consecration. They allow it in cases of grave inconvenience or urgent necessity.
211. Thomas Lister to Gisbourne, --- 1790. Testimonial to Birtwhistle.
212-14. Copies of testimonials to John Vardill, Loyalist clergyman, dated from 1783-91.
215-18. Decree of Lord Chancellor, 6 Mar. 1792, concerning distribution of estate of Peter Hugetan van Vryhouwen. Society for the Propagation of the Gospel was a party to the action.
219. Circular letter of bishops in Ireland to absent Irish bishops, Dublin, 9 Feb. 1794, urging them to return to support the Church in some political crisis.
220. Bishop of Llandaff to Archbishop of Canterbury, St. George's, 5 Mar. 1800. He is opposed to some measure relating to the Irish Church introduced by the Archbishop of Cashel, but thinks a proposal of the Lord Lieutenant for a joint convocation with the Church of England might be sound.
221-6. 'One of the Laity' to Mr. Urban, 1800, apparently intended for publication. Advocates titles for wives of higher ecclesiastics.
227. Undated, unsigned fragment concerning immorality in the Navy.
228-31. Standing orders of Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, two written and one printed copies. Printed copy of orders of society for Propagating Christian knowledge
232-3. Undated proposals for better securing the society's libraries.
234. Bishops translated from Ireland to England. Lists six from 1567 to 1692.
235-6. Bishop Compton to Secretary, undated, recommending [Edward] Roberts for Salem.
237. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 14 Feb. ---. As no particular offence is alleged against (Honey-man?), Compton thinks that his allowance should be continued while he remains in Rhode Island.
238. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 'Friday', (no other date), urging continuance of Honeyman.
239. Bishop Compton to Secretary, 15 Jan. ---, enclosing some material relating to case of Robert Keith.
240. Account of the Church in the colonies, in Bishop Compton's hand and signed with his usual initials, 'H.L.' Undated, but refers to William III as 'his late majesty'. When he came to the see in 1675, Compton found that the Bishop of London had 'by Act of Council a title to the jurisdiction of sending ministers into all Foreign Plantations', but that it was so defective as to be of little effect. He found there were 'scarce four' chaplains in America. He persuaded Charles II to grant a bounty of £20 to every minister who went over, to pay his passage. He also secured an instruction to the governors not to admit any minister to a regular benefice without his license. It was also ordered that every minister should be admitted as a member of the vestry. After this, colonists in the Leeward Islands, and Jamaica, W.I., started building churches, Virginia and Barbadoes having already done so. He then persuaded the King 'to devolve all Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction upon me and my successors, except Inductions, Marriages, Probate of Wills & Administrations'. The only Church of England clergyman in the northern colonies, prior to the founding of King's Chapel, Boston, was the chaplain in the fort at New York. Compton obtained a grant from William III for the support of a minister in Boston.
241. Undated list of books.
242-3. Proposed declaration promising to take proper care of society's books, to be signed by missionary receiving them.
244. Undated list of letters.
245-6. Undated petition of Sebastian van der Eycken, asking society to purchase copies of his Spanish translation of the New Testament for use among the Yammassee Indians.
247. Undated orders of the society relating to missionaries.
248. Undated list of letters answered.
249. Bridget Loftkin to Society, undated, relating to society's threat to prosecute her absent husband for a bond he signed in behalf of his son-in-law, [William] Gordon.
250. Undated list of books.
251. Robert Dews to Revd. Doctor Johnson (Johnston?), Charleston, 30 June ---, promising support.
252. Undated list of testimonials required of persons seeking appointment as missionaries.
253. Undated list of books.
254-5. Thomas Williams to Ph. [Philip] Stubbs, undated, introducing [Thomas] Lloyd, who wants to go to Jamaica.
256. Undated list of books.
257. Undated fragment of a letter.
258. Latin description of a book.
259-70. Undated proposals for propagating the Gospel in the colonies, attributed in notation to 'Mr. Johnson'.
271-2. Undated testimonial to John Brook, signed by sundry persons and countersigned by the Archbishop of York.
273. Undated titles of two proclamations.
274-5. List of consecrations copied from Le Neve's Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury.
276-7. Undated list of peculiars in the Deanery of the Arches, London, with names of incumbents and curates.
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