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the cause of our Church, how effectually you have interceeded for us with the Gentlemen of Bengal, and have prevailed. The fense of which favour, as it increases the obligation, when it comes to us with a good will; so it adds to the praise, when it meets with approbation, and doubles the joy when crowned with success.
The unexpected return I have met with from our brothers, Mr Stevenson and Mr Long, gives us but small hopes of success towards our Church from the Gentlemen at Madras, who instead of an apology for so cold an entertainment, have sent us a scheme of proposals to be signed by the Gentlemen of Bombay towards their Charity-school there lately erected, before they can venture to subscribe to our Church; intending, I suppose, to drive a charitable trade with us, and keep up a mutual correspondence between their School and our Church; but they make such hard bargains, and raise so many objections and limitations to our design, to beat down the price of it, like so many stock-jobbers, that I believe our merchants will not easily be induced to comply with such unreasonable terms as they propose, nor be persuaded to so disadvantageous a prospect, as to part with a certainty for .an uncertainty.
I have here sent you the copies of what hath past between us, begging your assistance in cafe of an engagement, that I may be the better prepared. 1 remain, with my humble respects and hearty thanks to the honourable President, &V.
Richard Cobbe. To the Reverend Mr Richard Cobbe, at Bombay.
Rev. Sir, Sur at, Mar. 12, 1716-17.
X? EING at the factory, Mr Clerke told me he was writing to Bombay, some days since sent me your letter of the i 8th of February last, which came to hand about six days past, which acknowledges the receipt of the three hundred rupees subscribed by Mr Jarvis Clerke and myself, towards the finisliing of your fabrick, which has been long in agitation, longer projected, long neglected, almost became desolate, became a widow before an espouse, now in a short time may rejoice and fing anthems to her heavenly King; may you proceed prosperously, long enjoy your labour, and reap a plentiful harvest in the Lord's vineyard! is the desire of, Reverend Sir,
Your most humble
To the honourable Robert Hedges, Esq; President, &C. Gentlemen in Bengal.
Honourable Sir and Sirs, „ Bombay,
"VTOUR subscription-paper for the Church of Bombay, dated August 24, 1716, we received inclosed by the Reverend Mr Samuel Briercliffe, and return you our public and hearty thanks for the same; for those liberal contributions you have been pleased to honour us with towards the rebuilding of our Church; assuring you not only of a thankful commemoration of such your charitable supplies, but a due and faithful application of them to the good use they were designed.
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We hope, Gentlemen, in a short time to see the good effects of your liberality in the completion of our Church; and if in any good work or charity of like nature we can be serviceable to you, we shall readily embrace any opportunity of returning the obligation, and remain,
Honourable Sir and Sirs,
Your obliged friends and very humble servants,
Charles Boone, Thomas Wiljhere,
Laurence Parker., Richard Cobbe,
Stephen Struts John Hope.
To theRev.MrSzm. BrkrcliffetChaplain at Bengal.
"y"our two letters I received with the subscription-paper inclosed for the. Church of Bomhay, the which I laid before the Trustees for the said Church at our last monthly meeting, who accordingly agreed that the same should be registred in our subscription-book, and a letter of thanks returned to the President, &c. Gentlemen in Bengal for the same.
I thank you likewise for your own additional
generous subscription, and care in particular; and
the rather because the freer, having nothing tacked
to the end of it, being unconditional and without
. reserve, a double favour to, Dear Sir,
Your obliged humble servant,
Richard Cobbe, to the Rev. Dr Richard Cobbe, Chaplain at Bombay.
Rev. Sir, Calcutta, May 28, 1717.
"VT OUR pastoral letter I have received, and should have answered your charitable admonition ere this, but multiplicity of business has occasioned the letting it alone till now.
It is with no small satisfaction I hear from every one the forwardness of Bombay Church, and the pious care and trouble you are at to carry forward that work, the glory of which will redound to your credit, and make your name famous to posterity; after having finished a work so often attempted by others, and left as by fate to be concluded by your care.
That so good an intention may not meet with any lett for want of my subscription, have now wrote his honour Boom to deliver to you, or the directors of the work, for me and my family, the sum of new Bombay rupees eight hundred; and also requested he would grant you liberty to visit these factories in the season, that we may partake of your labour and good company; not having had the honour of seeing a divine of the Church of England since Sir John Gayer came out in 1693.
I question not your zealous approbation of my so just request, and that at the seasonable time you will not fail of making the same request to his Honour, that my family and self, with others, may partake of the greatest blessing and sign of our faith. With the due respects of my wife, sisters, and family, I am, Reverend Sir,
Your most obedient
E 2 To To the Rev.Mr Richard Cobbe, Minister of Bombay.
Rev. Sir, Anjengo, June 28, 1717.
"V7"OURS of January the 31st I have received, wherein you were plealed to advise me of what progress you have made, and the fair prospect of seeing your Church compleated. None (in my opinion) who have a serious zeal and respect for our holy religion, but must be overjoyed to see it spread in a country who know not God. And as for my part, I cannot but think myself happy (although I have not the satisfaction ot seeing) to hear those Gentlemen concerned so diligent in promoting what is infinitely beyond all worldly Interest.
I have requested of his Honour Boone to advance on my account one hundred rupees towards the finishing so good a work, and do assure you should have been more liberal, but being designed for England (by reason I have not my health here) shall find several relations who stand in need of my help, and who I cannot see want; therefore I doubt not but you will accept the will for the deed. I rest, wishing you health, and that the Church may never want a minister to attend it, who bears so just and great a character as at present, Reverend Sir,
Your most humble servant,
to the Worshipful William Kyffin, Efo Chief at Anjengo.
Worshipful Sir, Tellichery, Dec. s*17l7.
OURS I received with the inclosed subscription to our Church of Bombay, and return