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my affairs admit of it. I hjope they will take a turn for the future different from -what they have done since I had the honour to see you. I am obliged to you for the good opinion you are pleased to entertain of me, which I am very desirous to preserve; and am, with the greatest respect, Your most obedient humble servant,
St John Bennett,
To the Reverend Mr Stevenson and Mr Long, at Fort St George. _ , „. Bombay Castle,
Reverend Strs, Jan. 5,1716-17.
"V^OURS I received by Mr Hart in the George, and according to your desire have offered to Governor Boonet &c. and Council, your proposal of contributing first to your Charity-school, in order to have as much endeavoured to be returned towards the building of our Church. But, Gentlemen, I am sorry to find your Christian zeal, so much spoken of in these foreign parts, so degenerate and confined, as not to extend itself beyond the bounds of your own territories but upon conditions. I always thought that acts of charity, and other good works, ought to be left to the free disposal of every benefactor; or else where is the thanks, or what difference is there between Christians and Heathens? Such bartering of charity will avail us but little here; and small, I doubt, hereafter will be the return of such provident bounty.
As to the objection you were pleased to make against our design, or rather against the manner of executing it, I shall give you this short, and I hope satisfactory answer. The design of our Church, as well as the manner of it, was at first proposed some years ago by our predecessors;
and and finding the walls, which still remain, were found and good, already raised and prepared to our hands; it was thought more adviseable to carry on and finish what they had begun, than to undertake the laying of a new foundation. And as to the rearing up of a fabrick, which you in agine rather magnificent than useful; I think, it not at all' disproportionate to the number of our inhabitants, at least not to the expected increase of them; neither is it in my opinion unsuitable, unless it be in the defect, to the dignity and honour of our royal settlement.
And now, Gentlemen, I hope you will be pleased to answer me; pray, what object or design can there be more beneficial or deserving our charity, than the employing it in the immediate service of God? or what more preposterous to our Christian profession, than to set up a Poorschool in competition with our Mother-Church? Imprimis venerare Deum, is an old maxim, sound and orthodox; and the erecting of Charity-schools is no doubt of very great use, noble and commendable, but not comparable I hope to that of building of Churches, how remote soever you make it to religion.
Gentlemen, I should not have mentioned the contributions to your Church, that have been formerly made by the inhabitants of this place, had you presented us freely; but if the common ties of Christianity cannot prevail, yet even those of humanity and gratitude might, one would think, have some sort of influence, especially over grateful and generous souls, and especially where there is an ability to perform it.
I know, Gentlemen, that charity begins for the most part with ourselves, and is always ready to look first at home, before it presumes to venture itself abroad; yet, however, your good wishes for the success of our undertaking, which would not have cost much, would have been accepted of I dare say in part of payment, and a handsome denial, as half the request.
May the great God direct and prosper your endeavours, and may you out-shine your predecessors in piety and good works, as they have out-shone those that have gone before them! I have done my duty, in making my request known unto you, and shall always remain, Reverend Sirs, Your affectionate brother, and very humble servant,
To the worshipful Robert Adams, Esq; Chief of Callicut, &V.
Worshipful Sir, Bombay Castle,
J ej * fan. 23, 1716-17.
"DArdon, great Sir, the freedom of this request, it is in the behalf of our ruinous Church of Bombay, and therefore needs not, I hope, any further apology, the very name will plead for us; nor need you I presume any greater persuasive, than your being a worthy member of it.
We have hitherto met with very great success, and doubt not of a lasting continuation of it, could we be assured of the honour of your great name to fill up the catalogue of our generous benefactors. The building itself is large and capacious, answerable to the extensive liberality of those, who have distinguished themselves by the noblest testimonies of their zeal and gratitude.
May their names forever shine, and yours amongst the rest in the records of ourChurch; and may the memorial hereof be such to all succeeding
generations, generations, as shall not be forgotten! I am, with my humble respects to you and yours, Worshipful Sir,
Your obedient humble servant,
To the worshipful William Kyffin, Esq; Chief of Anjengo.
Worshipsul Sir, „ Bmbay Ca^e,
J tJ * Jan. 31, 1716-17.
T T is not out of any disrespect, I do assure you, Sir, that we have not writ to you before this time; the letter we sent to the Chief at Carwar, dated Nov. 18, 1715, in favour of our Church, we hoped would have reached your factory also, and the contents of it have been long ago communicated to you; but to so good a work, I hope no time unseasonable, no opportunity lost or request unacceptable.
We are now, God be thanked, about covering our Church, and in a fair prospect of seeing it compleated; and though we cannot expect the honour of your company in commemorating with us its founders and benefactors; yet your memory we hope will always remain, and your name as a faithful representative of your person.
May the blessing of God always attend the prayers of our Church, and may you likewise share in the benefit of it! May you enjoy with comfort the fruits of your labours, whatsoever part of the world you live in, and may this blessing, not confined to time or place, descend to your childrens children after you! lam, Worshipful Sir, Your assured Friend, and very humble servant,
*to Mr George Bowcher, Merchant in Surat.
Sir, Bombay Castle, Feb. 18, 1716-17.
'T'HIS is to acknowledge the receipt of rupees 300 new Surat, paid me by Mr Waters the the 15th of Jan. last, on account of yours and Mr Jarvis Clerke his subscription towards the building of the Church of Bombay, and to return him many thanks, and you more especially sot your repeated contribution; hoping that this will prove more successful than the former, and that you may in a short time see the good effect of both in this.
As to the organ you were speaking of, it is still in the fort, but quite out of order, broken and useless. It was a very great fault I must own in my predecessor, whosoever he was, in preparing the ornamental part before the necessary; but a greater still in those, whosoever they were, in squandering away and perverting such abundant charity, as was in your time raised to so good a "Work. However, our Trustees I believe will take such care, that nothing shall be wanting either for use or ornament, so far at least as our stock will reach; and that whatsoever is thus charitably bestowed, shall be as faithfully applied to its proper use, as ever it was intended. I am, Sir, your obliged friend,
and very humble servant,
so the Rev. Mr Sam. BricrcWEe, Chaplain at Bengal.
Rev. Sir, Bombay Castle, Feb. 27, 1716-17.
T hath been with no small satisfaction that I have heard how heartily you have espoused