Letter from Arthur Dobbs to Board of Trade, March 29, 1764
Extract of a Letter from Arthur Dobbs Esquire Governor of North Carolina to the Board of Trade, dated March 29th 1764.
The white Inhabitants have greatly increased; the Number of Counties and Parishes are now twenty Nine; and the white Taxables, who are only Males above Sixteen, are above 24,000. Consequently near 100,000 Souls, and above 10,000 Male and Female Taxable Negroes; and for this Number there are but Six Orthodox Clergymen, four of which are Pious and perform their Duty, the other two very indifferent and of Suspicious Morals, one having no Cure, the other often changing his residence; the Law now allows £100 per Annum, and £20 until a Glebe house can be built, and a Glebe be purchased; and the Vestries have now a Power granted to them to lay a Parish Tax of 10 Shillings per Taxable to maintain an Incumbent and Parish Schoolmaster, to erect Churches and Glebe Houses, and to purchase Glebes.
Extract of a Letter from Arthur Dobbs Esqr. Governor of North
Carolina to the Board of Trade dated March 29th 1764.