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Letter from John Barnett to Daniel Burton
Barnett, John
August 22, 1767
Volume 07, Pages 515-516

[N. C. Letter Book S. P. G.]
Mr Barnett to the Secretary

Brunswick 22d Augt 1767.

Revd Sir

In my last to the Venerable Society (dated February last) I mentioned my fears of the Church in Brunswick remaining in the condition it then was for a long time to come—

His Excellency our very worthy Governor has been pleased to give all the sashes completed; the expence of which amounted I think to upwards of Thirty Guineas—This seemed to give some life to the design of finishing the Church; and large subscriptions were talked of. A few workmen were employed who erected a small belfry made and hung the doors and fixed up the arches for the ceiling—It is now about two months since they shut up the Church and I see little prospect of their setting about it again this year—

From 24th June 1766 to 24th June 1767 I baptized One hundred and forty nine White Children and nine Adults and of negroes eighteen Children and twelve Adults.

In the course of the year I ride near fourteen hundred miles to the outposts of my parish besides some occasional Journies into some neighboring parishes to preach and Baptize on week days—The poverty of these places prevents any views of pecuniary advantages arising from the labor.

But conscious that the duty of a Missionary is more extensive than a mere parochial cure I trust I do it from principle.

Nine times in the year I preach at the Boundary House situated on the line between the two Carolinas—

Here a large congregation meets—at my first coming they were so unacquainted with the Liturgy that I was obliged to make every response myself, but I for many Sundays afterwards spent about

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half an hour before divine service in explaining every part of the Liturgy and I have now the pleasure of seeing it as well performed there as in most Country Churches.

In my last letter Sir I mentioned my long and dangerous illness in this very unhealthy place, the heats are now very violent and sickness greatly prevails—

I have been lately attacked with the bilious fever but I thank God I am much better—But as I have not recovered my former state of health since my great Illness I am very doubtful of the Event of this Summer and fall.

But I pray I may submit to the will of the Almighty disposer of all events with due humility

I have been much pressed by the Physicians here to go to Bermuda or to New England for the recovery of my health—But as I have not had permission from the Venerable Society I shall not leave my mission this summer.

I most humbly beg leave of the Board to return to London next Spring on some very earnest business I ask so short a stay there as only while the Ship I come in is ready to return which is commonly about seven weeks I believe.

Be pleased Reverend Sir to present my most dutiful respects to the Venerable Board.

Yours &c.