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O R, -,

A True Account of the

BUILDING and FINISHING the

ENGLISH CHURCH

At BOMBAY in the EAST INDIES;

With a LIST of

The Benefactions Contributed thereunto,

From the Year it was Begun 1715,

T o

The Year it was Finished 1718:

Also the First R I S E of the

Charity-school

Proposed to be Erected There 1719;

With a few Remarks on the

INDIAN LETTERS.

By RICHARD COB BE, M.A.

Late Chaplain to the Honourable East India Company.

LONDON:

Printed by J. and W. Oliver in Bartholomew-Close.

And Sold byJOHNRIVINGTON, Bookseller to

The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,

At the Bible and Crown in St Paul's Church-yard.

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TO THE Honourable Court of Directors

For Affairs of the

United Company of Merchants of England^ trading to the East Indies.

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May it please your Honours,

EES!Si3N acknowledgmentofthemany I i gj favours received at your hands, \*33B£jk Partlcularly in choosing me your Chaplain, how unworthy soever, to your Factory at Bombay in the East Indies, anno 1714, I make bold to present you with this short but true account of the Building and Finishing the new Church there, encouraged thereunto by your-Honours generous benefaction and approbation; hoping it may be of use and satisfaction to the future as well as present flourishing state of that island; A 2 consideringconsidering likewise the unsettled and oftentimes turbulent situation of affairs in other Factories under your Honours direction, this of Bombay for which I have still a very great respect, may be looked upon as the safest place of retreat and harbour, as being, under his Majesty KingGEORGE, your own terra Jtrma•, and ihe Church not the least safeguard and ornament thereof, and therefore not unworthy your Honours care and protection.

Be pleased, Gentlemen, to accept this small tribute, the account of Churchwork, in return for the many signal favours conferred on,

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®?8!Sii!«N the good ship Katharine, burden ® I H 450 tuns, 32 guns, 90 men, Capt. 3&®®i8&& Edward Godfrey commander, in company with the Thistleworth, Capt. Daniel Small commander, both in the service of the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies, and both bound for Bombay, we set fail, by God's permission, from Deal, March 29, 1714, with a prosperous gale, and in high spirits towards our intended port; but had the misfortune of losing our Captain and Chief Mate, before we made the Cape of Good Hope, a very boisterous and turbulent sea

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