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Letter from George Burrington to Edmund Gibson
Burrington, George, 1680-1759
May 10, 1732
Volume 03, Pages 342-343

[From North Carolina Letter Book of S. P. G.]

No. Carolina, May 10, 1732

My Lord,

I did myself the honor to address a letter to your Lordship sometime since by Mr. Boyd, wherein the Revd Mr. Granville is mentioned, this Gentleman I prevailed with to stay in this country one year. A subscription has been made for him by particular persons, more adequate to the circumstances of the contributors, than to Mr. Granville's merits, who is incessant and indefatigable in his endeavours to promote the service of the church of England. Already has christened about a thousand children & is now on a progress in which he will baptize some hundreds, we fear Mr. Granville will leave us when this year is expired, unless your Lordship with the Society think proper to establish him a missionary in this Province.

Mr. La Pierre a French clergyman has an allowance from some people at Cape Fear in this Govmt which is renewed; when I wrote the former letter was told he had quitted that place, but after was certainly informed, he had agreed to stay another year. Dr. Marsden officiates Gratis, at a place called Onslow 40 miles from his own habitation & a clergyman beneficed in Virginia preaches once in a month in a precinct named Bertie on the Borders of this country, this is my Lord the condition we are at present in in respect to Ministers.

Mr. Gale who came from Engld lately brought a copy of complaints against me to his Sacred Majesty by Wm Smith the Sd Mr. Gale informed me, an order of council passed for the complainer to examine witnesses to make good his charge which I think, he will not attempt because he

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knows the chief part to be false, as those complaints lye in the council office, if my adversary doth not proceed in a little time I will send my ansr (almost finished) till it is seen I hope your Lordship nor any Lord of the council will entertain an ill opinion of me, being very wrongfully calumniated as I shall in due time make appear. I beg your Lordships pardon for presuming to write the foregoing Paragraph, and leave to subscribe myself as really.

I am with all due respect. My Lord Your most humble & most obdt Servant