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charitable assistance towards rebuilding our ruinous Church at Bombay \ the neglect whereof, you may not be insensible, hath given too great occasion of reproach to us, our religion and country, even to a proverb; but this proverb we hope to spoil by the blessing of God, and your assistance ; having already made a beginning to the work, and being encouraged thereunto by several unexpected and generous contributions. There needs not we hope any other argument or motive of persuasion to so good a work, than that it conduceth to propagate the wholesome doctrine of Christianity, and that it is a means to advance our own, as well as the common salvation.
In assurance therefore of the goodness of our cause, and your favourable approbation of this so glorious an undertaking, we have herewithal sent you a list of the subscriptions, and the sermon that was preached occasionally on that subject; not only as an encouragement, but to shew you the sincerity of our charitable intentions, and the due application of whatever is thus unanimousiy and charitably intended.
We are, Gentlemen,
Your very humble servants,
To all Chiefs, &c. Gentlemen in the service of the honourable Company at Carwar, &c. and to all other charitable and well-disposed persons of the Christian faith, greeting.
Gentlemen, Bombay Castle, Nov. 18, i j 15.
T T is not without some well grounded hope and assurance of your own innate goodness and
generosity, generosity, that we are come thus far requesting your favourable concurrence with us in rebuilding our ruinous Church at Bombay % which good work, though it hath lain too long neglected, yet is now again set on foot once more, and will, we hope, with the blessing of God and your charitable assistance, be speedily compleated, to the satisfaction of all our generous benefactors. The ill success of what hath formerly been contributed, hath indeed very justly occasioned some sort of distrust; but the peaceful succession of affairs in these our days, (which God continue) together with the vigorous prosecution of the work, and the due application of what is thus charitably intended, will we presume be sufficient to prevent all doubts and ill surmises for the future.
In confidence therefore of our own sincerity, and your favourable approbation of so beneficial a Work, we have herewithal sent you the sermon that was preached on that occasion, and a list of the subscriptions for the use of our Church, with which we hope you will not think much though at this distance to communicate, who are,
Gentlemen, your assured friends,
and very humble servants,
To the Chief, &c. Gentlemen in the service of the honourable United Company, &c. at Surat, and to all other charitable and well-disposed persons of the Christian faith, greeting.
Gentlemen, Bombay Castle, Dec. i, 1715.
'E are come once more, in due form we hope, to desire your charitable assistance
to our Church, which is now again by the bless-
To the Worjlnpful Stephen Strutt, E/q; DoElor
Richard Cobbe, and Mr Ephraim Bendall,
Worjhipsul Sir and Sirs, Surat, Dec. 16, i y 15.
TN answer to yours of the first instant, I have sent it to all the Gentlemen here to peruse as likewise the Sermon which I had preached in our Chapel the last Lords-day. What subscriptions I could raise I herewith send inclosed. I heartily wish I could do more amongst our Gentlemen, which would have been a satisfaction to, Worshipful Sir and Sirs,
Your most humble servant,
To Mr JarvisClerke of Council for affairs of the .. British nation at Surat.
Sir, Bombay Castle, Die. at, 1715.
"VTOURS we received of the 16th, instant, and return you our hearty thanks for the fame, for raising for us such kind and generous subscriptions, and for assisting us thus far. We desire likewise that you would be pleased to express our acknowledgments of these favours in our behalf i particularly to Mrs Mary Sterling for her courage and zeal, to Mr George Bowcher for his repeated contribution, to Mr.Thomas Wiljhere for shewing so bright an example, and to accept the fame yourself for your care and diligence in this affair, and for first leading the way.
In commemoration of which, and such like instances of your liberality, we shall not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in our prayers, and remain, Sir, your obliged humble servants and entire friends,
To the Worshipful Stephen Struts, Esq; Deputy Governor, &c. the Reverend Mr Richard Cobbe and Mr Ephraim Bendall.
Worshipful Sir and Sirs, Gomroon, Feb. 6,1715-16.
DY the Catherine we received the letter you was pleased to write the ninth of November to the Agency of Persia, inclosing a Sermon and a list of those Gentlemen that had contributed towards rebuilding of Bombay Church, all which we sent the Agent and Council at Spahann, who sent us
the the inclosed list, with orders to answer your Won jfhip's letter.
We have likewise contributed our mite towards so good an undertaking; and Arthur Beavis has writ to the worshipful Stephen Strutt about the payment of the whole, which with our unfeigned wishes for it, good success and prosperity to the Protestant religion, is what offers from,
Worshipful Sir and Sirs,
¥oMr Thomas Woolley, Secretary to the honourable East India Company.
Sir, Bombay Castle, March 9, 1715-16.
"IT is the request of the Gentlemen cashiers and trustees for the building of our Church at Bombay, together with my humble petition to you, that you would be pleased to secure these inclosed subscriptions for us, being in all 400 rupees, to our Church; the notes for which money we herewith send you under the Gentlemens own hands; the reception of which will not only bean obligation to us, but a means to advance the public good, which I look upon as your peculiar province, and hope no unworthy object of your care. I am, with my humble respects to the honourable Court, &c. Sir,
Your most humble servant,