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Letter from Charles Cupples to Daniel Burton [Extract]
Cupples, Charles, d. ca. 1785
April 09, 1768
Volume 07, Pages 704-705

[N. C. Letter Book S. P. G.]
Letter from Mr. Cupples to the Secretary. (Extract).

St John's Parish Bute County,
April 9th 1768.

Reverend Sir,

In December was a twelve month I waited upon his Excellency and was by him appointed to this parish for 3 months, but the Vestry thought the time too short, and prevailed upon me to stay the whole year, which I accordingly did, at the expiration of

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which I was inducted into the parish by a commission from his Excellency, he having first had a petition from the principal Inhabitants of it for that purpose; since the first of January 1767 till this day I have baptized 382 children, 51 of which were negro children, the engagements for some were made by their Masters and Mistresses, and others had God fathers and God mothers of their own color as having been formerly baptized: I have five places to officiate in, at three of which I have administered the Sacrament four times to about 60 communicants at each place—We have a few Dissenters here of such as are generally called Ranting Anabaptists but they have of late mightily decreased, and generally attend the public worships in the church, and I am fully persuaded, that if we could have a Bishop here in America to inspect the Clergy and carry on the Discipline of the churches towards the offenders, Dissention would soon, by the blessing of God be at an end, May the great King of his church direct by his holy spirit to such ways as would be for the interest of his kingdom here and prepare for himself a peculiar people zealous of good works—Reverend Sir—

Yours &c.