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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Clement Hall to Philip Bearcroft [Extract]
Hall, Clement, d. 1759
May 19, 1752
Volume 04, Pages 1314-1315

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

From Mr. Hall to the Secretary (Extt.)

North Carolina, Edenton May 19, 1752.

Revd Sir,

Since Easter I have (tho' in a bad state of bodily health) journey'd thro' my North Mission, rode about 174 miles in about 16 days, preached

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13 Sermons most of the congregations being very large, some counted to be 4, 5 or 600 persons (insomuch that we were some times obliged to assemble under the Shady Trees because the houses would not contain them) baptized 336 white & 22 black children 5 white adults (brought up in anabaptism & quakerism) & 7 black adults after proper examination and left several others to be better instructed against the next opportunity & also perform'd several other ministerial duties among the sick &c—& dispersed part of the books for which they were thankful, & hope to disperse them all before long (God willing) among such people as most want & will make the best use of them & lend them to others &c. I have now thro' God's gracious assistance & blessing in about 7 or 8 years, tho' frequently visited with Sickness, been enabled to perform (for aught I know) as great ministerial duties as any minister in N. America, viz to journey about 14000 miles. Preach about 675 Sermons. Baptize about 5783 white children 243 black children, 57 white adults & 112 Black adults in all 6195 persons & sometimes administered the Holy sacrament of the Lords Supper to 2 or 300 communicants in one journey besides churching of women, visiting the sick &c.