Arthur Dobbs to Reverend Bearcroft, April 15, 1760
Since I finished and Sealed my former Letter to you the Vestry of this Parish at Brunswick have met and sent me a Petition to forward to the Society recommending Mr. McDowell fixed in this Parish upon Account of his great Charge and Expense which the Parish can’t yet properly bear, and certifying his good Character and Care of his Parish in doing his Duty and assisting other adjoying Parishes.
I therefore join with them in their Application as it is the Parish I reside in and propose it when the Church is finished which is now roofing, to be His Majesty’s Chapel in this Government to which he has been pleased to give the Communion plate Surplice and Furniture for the Communion Table and Pulpit, with a Bible and Common prayer Books to have the Service perform’d with Decency. I therefore hope the venerable Society will think it for the Service of the established Church in this Province to put so deserving a Clergyman upon their List of Missionaries as this Church will be the largest and most compleat in this Province, and may be an Exemplar for building other Churches.
I have nothing to add but that I hear there are about 100 Cataubas Warriours who have returned to their Towns out of 250 they had when they dispersed upon Account of the small Pox.
I beg the Prayers of the society for the Increase of Religion and Virtue in this deluded depraved Colony and am with Truth
Your most obedient humble Servant
April 15 1760