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turning many to righteousness! May God Almighty so stir up the minds of his faithful people, that every one that hath but little, may do his diligence to give of that little; and may others, be bountiful, as God hath enabled them! may we all by this means secure to ourselves the continuance of God's favour; and may our charity still spread itself more and more, till it cover a multitude of our fins! Lastly, may the blessing of God attend this labour and work of ours, that pur Saviour Christ may have a Church here amongst us dedicated to his service; and that we• ourselves also may at last be presented a glorious Church to Christ the head of it, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it may be holy and without blemish!
These things, my Brethren, I thought it my duty to put you in mind of, though you cannot well be unmindful of them yourselves; but if we mould hold our peace, even the stones in the wall would immediately cry out. Wherefore let me beseech you, in the name of God, to consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.
Now to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, be ascribed, as most due, all honour, power, might, majesty and dominion, both now and for evermore. Amen•
After Sermon in the morning, being the first Sunday after Trinity, 1715, I waited on the Governor, the Honourable William Aijlabie, Esq; according to custom, at his lodgings in the Fort, before dinner; who Was pleased to address me very friendly in these words: -• . - .
"Well, Doctor, you have been very zealous for the Church this morning.
Please your Honour, I think there was occasion enough for it, and I hope without offence.
Well then, if we must have a Church, we will have a Church! Do you see and get a book made* and see what every one will contribute towards it* and I will do first.
Which was accordingly done, leaving a blank for the Company's subscription, which was afterwards rilled up with ten thousand rupees.
A rupee is half a crown.
The Honourable William Aijlabie, Esq; General and Governor of Bombay, &c. gave leave for the building of Bombay Church, June iy, 1715.
The Worshipful Stephen Strutt, Esq; Deputy Governor of Bombay, &c. laid the first stone, November 18, 1715.
The Honourable Charles Boone, Esq; President and Governor of Bombay, &c. gave order for the opening the Church of Bombay, Dec. 25, 1718.
C a COPIES
RELATING TO THE
Church of Bombay
To Mr Thomas Wilmere and Mr Jarvis Clerke, Merchants at Surat.
Gentlemen, Bombay Castle, Aug. 5, 1715.
T-IAVING by God's permission lately undertaken the rebuilding of our ruinous Church at Bombay, and gotten considerable large subscriptions thereunto amongst the inhabitants of this place, much greater than could have been expected; we should not at this time have been burdensome to you, but forasmuch as the work is great, and the design of it so generally useful, our request is, that you would be pleased to strengthen our hands in promoting this good work, and encourage it what you can amongst the Gentlemen at Surat.
We have herewithal sent you the Sermon which "was preached upon the occasion, and if you think fit shall transmit to you a list of our subscriptions, not doubting of your favourable concurrence with us in this matter; which we shall always acknowledge in commemorating your assistance, and praying' for our benefactors. Gentlemen,
Your most humble servants,
so the Reverend Richard Cobbe and Mr Ephraim Bendall at Bombay.
Gentlemen, Sur at, August 16,1715.
VOUR letter of the 5th instant came to hand the 13th. The rebuilding theChurch at Bombay, which you advise us you have undertaken, is in our opinions a very good and commendable work, and we are glad you have found so good encouragement therein by large contributions thereto, as is you fay beyond what you could have expected. We shall not on our parts be backward in promoting your design by raising what we can among the Gentlemen here; but we think it necessary to have a list of the subscriptions at Bombay, which we desire you to send us, as also the Sermon mentioned to accompany your letter, but omitted. We are, Gentlemen,
Your most humble servants,
Jarvis Clerke. .
To the Right Rev. Father in God John by divine permission Lord Bijhop of London.
My Lord, Bombay Castle, Ott. 5, 1715..
XJAVING had the honour of paying my respects to your Lordship a little before I left England, I remember the charge you were pleased to lay upon me, the giving your Lordship some account of this island, and the state of religion here-, the particulars of which I hope you will excuse, not having as yet been sufficiently instructed in the manners and customs of the inhabitants of this Place; but, generally speaking, they are a people wholly given up to.idolatry and superstiC 1 tion" tion, ignorant and poor; they consist chiefly of Moors, Gentous, Portuguese and Cooley Christians, some converts which the Portuguese have made by marrying into their families, the better to ingratiate themselves with the natives.
The whole island in circumference is about twenty miles, and eight in length, much healthier than heretofore, or than is usually reported; which may be attributed not only to the prohibiting the Bucksho, the smaller sort of Fish, with which they used to dung their ground and trees'in these parts; but to the stopping up and repairing several sea-breaches, which formerly overflowed a third part of the island. The foil itself is poor and barren, a sandy rock, producing little else besides Batty, Coco-nuts and a few Greens; however we are plentifully supplied with variety of provisions from the neighbouring coasts; Syrash Wine, which is our chief liquor, we have from Persia, very strong and wholesome, but not so well tasted; Arrack from Goa or Batavia; and extraprdinary good Wheat from Surat, with which we make the best bread in all India. We have three good forts here, and one strong built and well fortified castle. _. "-
The number of inhabitants, together with, the English, are reckoned about T6ooo souls, of disfe-r rent languages as well as religions', the Moors and Gentous have their Mosques and Pagoda's, the Portuguese several, I think five Churches, supT plied with Padres and Clerico's from Goa; bu,t the English have onjy a private Chapel for-their public Devotion. Here are indeed the remains of a spacious Church formerly intended, but never brought to perfection, the ruins of which are ta this day a standing monument of reproach to uq among the heathen to a proverb; but this re