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Letter from Charles Pettigrew to Richard Hind
Pettigrew, Charles, 1744-1807
April 13, 1776
Volume 10, Page 496

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

North Carolina, Edenton,
April 13th 1776.

Reverend Sir,

On the 20th of last May I arrived at this Town and was prevailed on by the solicitations of its inhabitants to spend one third of my time in it as the Reverend Mr Earl can preach to them but once in three weeks the bounds of his parish being so extensive, notwithstanding which I am taken into Barkley Parish in Perquimons, the adjoining County, for the current year at least and make up the vacant Sundays to them by preaching on week days—The Parish is so large as to contain 5 Chapels at which I preach—It abounds with Quakers who will neither hear nor contribute to the support of Ministers of any other persuasion. My hearers therefore choose rather to pay me by voluntary contributions than to extort anything from them. I have already baptized an hundred and twenty children, six grown persons and administered the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper to Eighteen Communicants.

Have the pleasure to tell you that I hope my labour hitherto has not been in vain, if I may judge by appearances.

My last year being up the first of March have taken the liberty to draw upon the Society for Twenty pounds sterling as a Missionary to this Province, and hope my Bill will be honoured. Mr Josiah Granberry is the Gentleman with whom I have entrusted the Bill.

Can mention nothing with regard to public affairs for such Letters are not allowed to pass. But am with all due respect, Revd Sir,

Your most obliged &c,