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Letter from Giles Rainsford to the Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
Rainsford, Giles, b. 1679
August 17, 1716
Volume 02, Page 245

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[From N. C. Letter Book of S. P. G.]

Augst 17th 1716

Worthy Sr

The enclosed is a copy of a letter formerly sent to the Society by the Governor of North Carolina laying before 'em the then as well as present miserable State of the Inhabitants, for want of Missionaries to enlighten 'em with the bright Shineing of Christianity in the dark corner of ye earth: His Honours meeting with no return of his first letter occasion'd the trouble of this, and he begged of me (being formerly a Missionary there) not only to deliver it to their Secretary with my own hands, but in his and the Country's name to implore further assistance from the Venerable Body in so momentous a concern.

Since my arrival here I have been to wait upon my Lord Bishop of London with a letter from the Governor of Virginia relating to my own particular behaviour and managements in the plantations abroad; His Lordship upon reading of it was pleased to express a great deal of satisfaction for the good services done by me in those parts; and ordered me to waite on the Society to know their pleasure whether they were inclined to send any further assistance to North Carolina the place it formerly belonged to. That poor Colony will soon be overrun with Quakerism and infidelity if not timely prevented by your sending over able and sober Missionaries as well as Schoolmasters to reside among them. These two years past every third Sunday I constantly preached in Albemarle County in North Carolina and have engaged others from going to Quakerism as can be attested by the Inhabitants: While I was in the Society's employ I served 'em faithfully and to the uttermost of my power and I shall again whenever there is occasion for the service of, Sir

Your most Obet & Humble Servt