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Letter from Robert Carter to Captain Charles Lee and Thomas Berry, July 28, 1727
Robert Carter writes to Captain Charles Lee and Thomas Berry, Churchwardens of Wiccomco Parish, Northumberland County, July 28, 1727, to clear up any misgiving that they may have had concerning the application of Reverend Thomas Bailey to be their minister. Carter lays out the circumstances of Bailey's departure from his last Virginia parish, his low wages in North Carolina, his qualifications as deacon and priest, and notes that Bailey asks only to be on probation until the arrival of the governor.
Letter from Robert Carter to Captain Charles Lee
and Thomas Berry, Churchwardens of Wiccomco Parish, Northumberland County, July 28, 1727
To Capt. Chas: Lee & Mr. Thos: Berry
Churchwardens of Wiccomco Psh
In Northumberland County [Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the. 28th: 1727
I beleive what I Said to Capt: Chas: Lee relateing
to Mr. Thos: Bailey
Clerk might have some Influence upon Sevl. of the
Gentlemen of your parish in Introduceing an Indifferent Opinion of the Gd.
Mr. Bailey he is now returnd with a Copy of the proceedings against him
before the Govr: and Council,
there does not appear in it
upon a Com
plaint of the Vestry of the Parsh he then Officiated in there does not
appear any thing made out against him It came to this Issue
he agreed to leave them and they paid him his Salary for that Curt. year
he was then as he Says invited to a Parsh in North Carolina and in a
Short time after left the Governmt. as he had promised the Govr: to do
where his Income was so very Small he could not maintain him
self and family upon it, he hath now produced both his Deacons &
Priests Orders to me whereby he is full Qualifyed upon that Accot.
& to E[xercise]
his Ministerial function amongst you
to take such care of his
future Life and Conversations to give no Occasion of Complaint
against him he is of very low Circumstances for the Support of him
Self and family All that he desires is that you will receive him
as a Probationer only for the present in the Exercise of his Ministeria[l]
function untill the Arrival of the Govr:
and the Commissary
which I have promised him to give him no disturbance Yor. Parsh
hath bin a long time Vacant and if you Entertain him upon
these termes I beleive you will think it better then to live Still
any Minister at all I am
Yor: humble Servt:
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a nineteenth-century copy of this letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The name of Robert Carter's home, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.
 Charles Lee
(1684-1741) of Cobbs Hall, Northumberland County. He was sheriff of that county in 1725 and 1726. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . .
, 4[1721-1739]: 86, 100.
 Thomas Baylie (Bayley, Bailey, b. 1683?) was one of the most notorious colonial Virginia clergymen. Commissary Blair had written to the bishop of London in 1724, "We have at present two Ministers (Mr. Thomas Baylie and . . . ) so very scandalous for drunkenness and fighting and Quarreling in their drink that many grevious complaints are brought to me against them, and indeed the Country rings of the scandal given by them." Baylie was the minister at that time of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County. The parish determined to get rid of Baylie, and in 1725, brought an agreement to the Governor and Council by which Baylie agreed to relinquish his ministry and leave the colony; he disputed the amount of salary he was to receive and was awarded the full year. ( John K. Nelson. A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishoners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776.
[Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001]. p9. 153, 304, 401;
and McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . .