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Sermon ended, Isaiah lvi. 7. the Governor, &V. Council and Ladies repaired to the vestry, where having drank success to the new Church in a glass of Sack, the whole Town returned to the Governor's lodgings within the fort; where was a splendid entertainment, wine and music, and abundance of good cheer. After dinner the Governor began Church and King, according to custom; but upon this occasion an additional complement of a 1 great guns from the fort, which were answered by the European ships in the harbour; with several other healths, drinking and firing till almost four a clock; and lest so good an opportunity should slip, by the Governor's leave I brought in the subscription-book, and got above two thousand four hundred rupees to our Church, of which the Governor, for example's sake, launched out one thousand rupees himself. We have not yet quite finished the Tower, on which there is a steeple designed to be built, and raised, in order for a seamark, as high as we can tower it.
As to the Church itself, it is indeed a structure deservedly admired for its strength and beauty, neatness and uniformity, but more especially for its echo; the roof of it being arched with three regular arches of stone, supported by two rows of pillars and pillasters on each side, with a large semi-dome at the east end to receive the communion table, like that of St PauPs, London, ascending by three steps, and a rail to separate it from the body of the Church. Its situation is very commodious, in the midst of the inhabitants, within the Town-wall, and at a due distance from the fort. As to its extent, it is larger than either of the English Churches at Madras or Bengal, or any of the Portuguese Churches here; suitable, in some
• • measure, measure to the dignity of our Royal Settlement, and big enough for a Cathedral.
Thus was the ceremony of opening Bombay Church performed with all the public demonstrations of joy, with that decency and good order, as was suitable to the solemnity. As to other matters relating thereunto, your Worship will excuse me the particulars; begging leave to be referred to Captain Eustace Peacock, who was an eyewitness to the fame, and can better inform you by word of mouth. Hoping all the Ladies are well, yourself and factory, I remain with due respects,
Your and your good Lady's
most obliged humble servant,
P. S. The same day was memorablealso for finishing the Town-wall.
STo the Rev. Mr Richard Cobbe, Chaplain at Bombay. Rev. Sir, Surat, April 5,1719.
T Herewith fend you, by Mr Rawson Hart, on the King George, two bales marked M D, which contain (with ten pieces musters delivered abroad) fifty corge of Mugga Dooties ;they are goods proper for your port, and cost in Bengal fix and a half rupees per corge, and are not ill bought I desire you will sell them for the most you can, and pay in the produce to the Church's stock, and For the Church's use. When you have sold them, please to write to me thereof to Madras, at the Reverend Mr Charles Long's. These goods use to
sell sell a few years since at your port from eight to eleven or twelve rupees per corge. I am,
Your most humble servant,
To Mr Michael Gray at the Reverend Mr Long'* at Madras.
Sir, Bombay Castle, May 26,1719.
"VTOURS I received dated April 5, 1719, with two bales of Mugga Dooties, a repeated proof of your affection to our Church; for which I return you our hearty thanks, and wish we may never want such substantial advocates to patronize and support it. Such hath been the extent of your abundant liberality, inferior to none but the Governor himself; that we of this place ought unanimously to recognize it; transmitting the same, the least that we can do, by an annual commemoration to latest posterity.
May you still go on and prosper in good works, and be still supplied with a comfortable subsistance; that whilst others are concerned about getting an estate, your care may be only how to dispose of it!
I have herewith sent you the account of sale drawn up by Mr Sutton our Church-register. The goods were fold at public out-cry to some qf the black Merchants at eight rupees per corge, and three months trust.
M D Longees 49 cor. 17 pieces, sold for net 399 rup. 1 or. 45 rs.
I remain with all sincerity,' Sir,
Your obliged and very humble servant,
To the Rev. Mr Richard Cobbe, Chaplain at Bombay in India.
Bear Sir, London, Jan. 11,1719-20.
T WAS not long ago informed by your brother, that you had written to my Lord Bishop of London for his directions about opening your new Church at Bombay, but that having received no answer, you have ventured to open it without them. I promised to make enquiry into the reason of that omission. I have since had an opportunity to ask Dr Jstry, Chaplain to the Bishop, who looking among his papers, shewed me your letter; and though he was doubtful to what that neglect should be ascribed, yet at last he concluded that he could not be accountable for it, because he found by the indorsement it had lain some time in the Secretary's hands, before it was delivered to him. However, he gave me leave to assure you, that what you had done was intirely agreeable to the Bishop's inclinations; and that there can be no formal consecration without the presence of the Bishop himself.
I expect very shortly to be received into his Lordship's family in the room of Dr Afiry; and shall be very glad if in that station I am capable of doing any service to an old friend and acquaintance whom I so highly esteem and value as yourself. I remain,
Your most affectionate friend and
A LIST of the Benefactions contributed towards Building the Church of Bombay in the East-Indies, from July i, 1715, to Whitsunday 1720.
"VX^Hereas by the unanimous assent and consent of the General and Council, and the rest of the reformed inhabitants of Bombay and elsewhere, having designed (by God's permission) to erect and rebuild a Church for his service, and the Christian Religion, according to the use of the Church of England; we whose names are under-written have agreed to pay the sums subscribed for the use aforesaid. Anno Domini 1715.
The Honourable Company of Merchants of England trading to the East-Indies towards promoting this good design have contributed and paid the sum of ten „ thousand rupees by order of their Ge- * * neral and Council of Bombay', - - 10000
July 1. William Aislabie Esq; - - - 800
8. Stephen Strutt, ----- 200
Theodosia Strutt, - - - - 100
Benjamin Wyche, - - - - 800
John Hill, ------- 200
and fifty by mistake, 250
William Cole, ----- 150
Richard Cobbe, Cler. M. A. - iooo
M. A. Crommelin, - - - - 150
Carried over — 13400