Vestry minutes, Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, v. 2, 1761-1784

Creator:
United Churches of Christ-Church and St. Peter's (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Date:
1761/1784
Physical Format:
Minutes (Records); Manuscripts
Subject:
Parish elections; Church records and registers; Church finance; Christ Church (Philadelphia, Pa.); St. Peter's Church (Philadelphia, Pa.); American Revolution (1775-1783); Church buildings; Church committees; Church discipline; Church fund raising; Church management; Church of England; American Revolution (United States : 1775-1783); Corporate minutes; Episcopalians; United Churches of Christ-Church and St. Peter's (Philadelphia, Pa.); Frontier and pioneer life; Indians of North America; Charters; Pews and pew rights; Poor; Charity; African Americans; Kearsley, John, 1684-1772; Episcopal Church
Coverage:
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Description:
Vestry minutes of the United Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's from 1761 to 1784. Each entry records the date and place of the meeting, members present and business discussed. Regular business includes elections of church leaders and hiring and payment of church staff; fundraising and the ongoing settlement of various financial accounts; establishment and collection of pew rents; and maintenance and repair of church buildings and grounds. Other important events and topics include: The opening of St. Peter's and the establishment of the United Churches of Christ-Church and St. Peter's in 1761, with shared government and finances. Minutes include draft and final versions of the charter for the United Churches. The response of the United Churches to the 1763 "Indian invasion" of the "back provinces" of Pennsylvania and subsequent correspondence with church officials from York and Cumberland Counties on behalf of "families on the frontier." The 1763 review and approval of Reverend William Sturgeon's fulfillment of his duty as the "Catechist to the Negroe Children for the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts." The 1772 bequest from Dr. John Kearsley that funded the development of the Christ Church Hospital for poor women and widows. The American Revolution. Minutes from the Vestry meeting of July 4, 1776, when the Vestry resolved at the onset of the American Revolution: "Whereas the Honorable Continental Congress have resolved to declare the American Colonies to be free and independent States, In consequence of which it will be proper to omit those Petitions in the Liturgy wherein the King of Great Britain is prayed for, as inconsistent with the said Declaration. Therefore Resolved, that it appears to this Vestry to be necessary for the peace and well-being of the Churches to omit the said Petitions, and the Rector and Assistant Ministers of the United Churches are requested in the Name of the Vestry and their Constituents to omit such petitions as are above mentioned." (p. 338) Subsequent minutes reveal effects of the war, including the loss of pew rents after many parishioners fled the city during the British occupation, the damage to church property caused by the British army, and the departure of Reverend Coombe, who could not tolerate the conflict of serving revolutionary subjects while ordained and governed by the Church of England.
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1761

Easter Monday March 23, 1761 the Congregation
of Christ Church after Divine Services elected the
following officers for the Ensuing Years viz.

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Sides Men:
Townsend White
Peter Turner

Vestry Men:
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
John Ross
William Bingham
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Edward Duffield
Peter Sonmans
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Evan Morgan
Joseph Redman
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
James Child
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
James Humphreys
William Plumstead [Plumsted]
John Sayer [Seyer] [Sayre] [Sears]
Joseph Sims

Alexander Stedman Church Warden

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At a meeting of Vestry held at Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney] March 30, 1761:

Present:
Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney]

Church Warden:
Henry Harrison

Vestry Men:
Evan Morgan
Townsend White
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
Peter Sonmans
William Bingham
Joseph Redman
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Joseph Sims

Ordered that Townsend White, James Humphreys, and Willaim
Bingham, be a committee to settle the accounts of Church Warden
Harrison of last year and make report thereon to the board.
Mr. Mary Andrews late a member of our church left by
a last Will and Testament a legacy of one hundred pounds
manner following vis.
"[unclear], I will order and direct my
[illegible], to pay unto the minister and Church Wardens for the time being of Christ
Church in said City, the sum of one hundred pounds, towards preparing an organ
[illegible] the same be ordered to be Executed for the use of said church. Also
[illegible] pounds out of the messages the late Anthony Appielhalls (for ever)
which Priest charge of five pounds the said William Peters and his heirs shall
[illegible] and every year, within and during the time appointed by the Church
of England for the Commemoration of the birth of our blessed Lord Saviour
Jesus Christ. Pray into among such from families of said City ho shall not
[illegible] upon the soon roll the which said yearly charities. William Peters shall come with
[illegible] minister and Church Wardens aforesaid from time to time to find out from you
[illegible] for and amongst whom to distribute said yearly charity of ten pounds
[illegible] the said William Peters shall at any time neglect tot distribute the same
[illegible] said then it shall and may be lawful for said Minister and Church
[Last line is illegible]

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See page #2 ____________________________ part of Mary Andrews Will Continued

and to distribute the said five pounds yearly to and amongst the poor families
foresaid. ____________________________________________________________________
Item I give divise and order my Executors to pay and apply
the remainder of the further sum of one hundred pounds (after deducting
the charge of my monument hereafter mentioned) for and towards
a new pulpit and pulpit cloth for Christ Church in the said City, upon
this Express condition, that shall be transmitted to put up in some
Convenient Place in the said Church, A marble monument
with the usual inscription of my interment there.

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The present Sexton Mr. Shead having desired leave to
resign, the Vestry appointed William Davis in his room.



Philadelphia June 19, 1761
The Vestry met at the school house, present:

Vestry Men:
Evan Morgan
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Peter Turner
James Child
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Townsend White
William Bingham
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Henry Harrison

The committee appointed to settle the Church Warden's accounts
made their report: That they had examined said accounts
and find a balance in the hands of Henry Harrison; the
sum of seventy one pounds seventeen shillings and five
pence. And the Vestry confirmed said accounts.
The Vestry took into consideration the letting of the school house
but differed concluding on it til further:
The Sexton William Davis applied to the Vestry to increase
his salary; and they agree to give him twenty pounds
per year, condition, that he wash the church twice a year
and sand it at Easter and September 2 and also to sweep
the church once every two weeks, ring the bell, and
every other duty as Sexton.
Evan Morgan one of the Executors of Mary Andrews, delivered
to the Vestry a common prayer book, willed to the church
and the use of Minister [illegible] said Mary Andrews.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house the
August 13, 1761:

Present:
Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney]

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Evan Morgan
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
William Bingham
James Humphreys
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Edward Duffield
Peter Sonmans
Joseph Sims
William Plumstead [Plumsted]

The Committee for building the new church reported to the board, that the said church is now ready to be opened.
Upon which the Vestry resolved that the Church Wardens,
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea], Evan Morgan, and Doctor John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr. are
appointed a committee to prepare a plan for the Regulating
and opening the church. And Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney] is desired
to appoint some proper person to preach at the opening
of the said church.
Resolved that the said church be named St. Peter's
then the Vestry adjourned to Wednesday next at 4 o'clock
afternoon.

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August 19, 1761

The Vestry met pursuant to their adjournments at
the school house. _________________________________

Present:
Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney]

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Evan Morgan
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
Peter Sonmans
Edward Duffield
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Joseph Sims
Peter Turner
William Bingham
James Humphreys
William Plumstead [Plumsted]

The committee appointed by last Vestry to prepare a plan for
regulating and opening St. Peter's Church brought in the
following
Report Vizt.

"We the Committee appointed as aforesaid having
maturely considered the matters laid before us, have agreed
to recommend as follows vis. ______________________________
1. That the said church in respect to the administration
of Sacraments the performance of all Pastoral duties
and in every respect whatsoever, shall be upon an equal

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footing, with Christ Church, and be under the same
government with it.
2. That the congregations of the two churches shall be
stiled the "United Congregations of Christ Church and
St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia," and shall be
supplied by the same Ministers, in such order and manners,
that neither of the said churches shall claim or enjoy
the service f any particular Minister oftener than
the other.
3. That on the Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney] dismissed so many
of the officiating Ministers as the Vestry shall think fil to
place on an equality, shall be stiled "Minister of the
United Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's in
the City of Philadelphia.
4. That the pews in the said St. Peter's Church shall be let
at the same rates with Pews having the like station
in Christ Church; and every person that pays for a pew
for sitting in either church shall be entitled to a vote in
the choice of Vestry for both; which Vestry after Easter
Monday next. Ensuing shall be stiled the Vestry of the
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the City of Philadelphia; and shall meet agreeable to their
own appointments in either of the said churches, or as
the nature of the business may require; have the
disposal of all monies arising from the pews of
both church, or otherwise; and shall have the
regulation of all matters relating to the burying
grounds together with the election or nomination
of officiers.
5. That in regard to the generous gifts made of the
ground whereon the said St. Peter's Church stands, by
the HOnorable the Proprietors of this Province, the
first and best pew in the said Church, shall be set apart
for even for the accommodation of the Honorable
Proprietary family, and their Governors for the time
being.
6. That in order to prevent disputes and the charges of
partiality in letting the pews; that the several other
subscribers and contributors to the said Church, shall be
closed according to their Respective Contributions and
Subscriptions, and that the highest class shall have the

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the first choice of pews for themselves and families, and
the second class to have the second choice, and so on to
the bottom of the list.
7. That if ny dispute arise among the individuals of
any particular class concerning their particular choice
of pews, on sittings, a sufficiency of pews to serve that
whole class shall be marked with numbers, and
duplicates of these numbers being made upon paper,
shall be rolled up and put into a box often which
the several persons so contending shall draw for their
respective pews and sittings.
8. That no person having any pew on part thereof, in the
said church, shall let the same, to any person or persons,
without the consent of the Church Wardens for the
time being; and if any person or persons shall be
more than one year in arrears for their seals on seats
and shall neglect to make payment for the same for
the space fo one month, often as demand made by
any of the Church Wardens for the time being, or by
the person or persons authorized from time to time
to collect the pew money, then the said Church Wardens

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shall have power to let the seat or seats of such delinquents
to any other person or persons.
9. That a day for letting the pews shall be intimated
to the Congregation on the day of opening the said
Church; and the foregoing rights articles shall
be read and remain as fundamental articles
for the government of the said United Congregations.
10. That the Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon, and the Reverend
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] the present officiating assistants to the
Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney] do duly alternately and on
an equal footing in the said churches but in as
much as it has been represented by the said two gentlemen
that they cannot without manifest inconvenience
to their health Preach, and read prayers twice every
Sunday, besides going through the parochial duty and
moreover as Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] must soon take a voyage to
England for Priest's Orders, and there will by that
means be an absolute necessity of procuring
some help in carrying on the duty of the said
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Church funds that nothing can be allowed to any
person or persons that may undertake that trouble, it
is agreed under this difficulty to desire the Reverend
Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney], together with the Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon,
and the Reverend Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea], to request the favor
of some proper person or persons to take a share
of the duty.
The Vestry having considered the above
report article by article and after some debate had
thereon, did unanimously approved of the same
and ordered it to be entered on their minutes.
Accordingly.
The Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney] acquainted the
Vestry that he had applied to the Reverend Mr. Richard
Peters to preach at the opening of St. Peter's Church;
and that he and his assistants thought that compliment
dues, first to Mr. Peters, not only in regard to his
abilities but also for the many services that he
had done to our church and in particular for having
procured many generous subscriptions fro the building
St. Peter's Church but he declining the other on account

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of his present engagements in public business; it
was judged that no other person was so well qualified
for that duty as the Reverend Doctor Smith, Provost
of the College in this City, not only for his abilities
but likewise for the service that he has been
to our church in this part of the world at home
all which the Vestry approved of.



At a meeting of Vestry held September 4, 1761 at Christ
Church:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
James Child
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Evan Morgan
Townsend White
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
William Pywell [Pyewell]
James Humphreys
Joseph Redman
Peter Turner
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Joseph Sims
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Peter Sonmans
Edward Duffield
William Bingham
John Ross

This being the day appointed for opening St. Peter's Church
the Clergy attended and they together with the Vestry went
in the following procession from Christ Church to St.
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1.Clerk and Sexton
2. Quest Men
3. Vestry Men two by two
4. The governor, and the Church Wardens
5. Clergy who are to officiate
6. Governor's council and attendants
7. Other clergy two by two
being arrived at St. Peter's CHurch, Divine Service begun
with prayers, and a Sermon suitable to the occasion
was preached by the Reverend Doctor Smith Provost of
the College in this CIty, after Divine Service the plan
agreed upon by the Vestry, fro the perpetual Union and
Government of the two church was read.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at St. Peter's Church
September 17, 1761:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
William Plumstead [Plumsted]
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Evan Morgan
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
John Sayer [Seyer] [Sayre] [Sears]
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
Joseph Redman
William Bingham
James Humphreys
Joseph Sims
James Child
Edward Duffield

Resolved that from the great demand for pews in both
churches; that no person that is accommodated with
pews or sittings in Christ Church, shall have liberty
to choose a pew or sitting in St. Peter's Church until they
have surrendered their seat or pew in Christ Church
to the Church Wardens.
Resolved that the thanks of this board be made to
the Reverend Doctor Smith for his excellent sermon
preached by him at the opening of St. Peter's Church and
the Church Wardens are ordered to return Doctor
Smith the thanks of this board accordingly and
to request the favors of him to furnish them with
a printed copy of the said sermon.

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At a meeting of Vestry held September 17, 1761
at Christ Church:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Evan Morgan
Edward Duffield
Peter Sonmans
James Humphreys
Joseph Redman
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Townsend White
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]

Mr. Henry Harrison, Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea], Mr. Evan Morgan, Mr. Townsend White, and
Mr. James Humphreys; are appointed a committee to prepare
a plan of the pews in Christ Church, and make report
of the vacant seats in the said Church to the Board at
their next meeting in order to accomodate those
persons with seats in the best manner (in the power
of the Vestry) who have applied for seats; then the
Vestry adjourned to Tuesday next 3 o'clock afternoon.

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At a meeting of Vestry January 16, 1762
at the Parsonage House:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
John Ross
Peter Sonmans
Joseph Sims
William Bingham
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Edward Duffield
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Evan Morgan
Peter Turner
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Townsend White
James Humphreys

Resolved that the Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon and the Reverend
Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] be requested to officiate as Ministers of the
United Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's in
the City of Philadelphia; during the pleasures of Vestry
and the Church Wardens are ordered to furnish said Mr.
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea], and Said Mr. William Sturgeon, with a copy of the above
resolve.
Resolved that the Church Wardens pay into the Execu
tors of Reverend Doctor Robert Jenney [Jenny] [Jeney] deceased the arrears of
his salary vis to the time of his death, as soon
as they have money in their hands belonging to the
Church.
The Church Wardens together with Mr. Joseph Sims, and
Mr. William Bingham are appointed a committee to

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Report to the Board at their next meeting a State of
the Church Funds.
Resolved that an offer of the Parsonage House be
made to the Reverend Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] for to live in, he paying
forty five pounds per annum rent; but it Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
refuses to take said house, then Church Wardens
Harrison is desired to rent the said house to the
most advantage.

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Easter Monday April 12, 1762 the United
Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of
Philadelphia; after Divine Service elected the following
officiers for the ensuing year viz.

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Quest Men:
Joseph Sims
William Bingham
William Plumstead [Plumsted]
Thomas Willing
Edward Duffield
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
Evan Morgan
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
James Humphreys
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
Peter Sonmans
John Ross
Joseph Redman
James Child
Peter Turner

Alexander Stedman Church Warden

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At a meeting of Vestry held at Christ Church
April 18, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison

Vestry Men:
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Peter Turner
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Joseph Sims
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Evan Morgan
Peter Sonmans
William Bingham
Edward Duffield
Townsend White
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
James Child

Townsend White, Evan Morgan, and Edward Duffield
are appointed a committee to examine and settle the
accounts of Church Warden Henry Harrison of last year
and make report thereon to the Board at their
next meeting.
William Davis the Sexton having
misbehaved himself, therefore the Vestry discharge
him from their service.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at Christ Church
April 22, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison

Vestry Men:
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Townsend White
Joseph Sims
Peter Sonmans
Evan Morgan
William Bingham
Edward Duffield
James Child
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]

Doctor John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr. produced a letter from
William Moore setting forth that he had the deeds and
conveyances belonging to the church lots and he
promises in said letter to bring them to town on
Sunday next.
Resolved that James Whyley be the
Sexton of Christ Church during the pleasure of
the Vestry.
Resolved that William Cartright be the
Clerk of St. Peter's Church in the room of John Harrison
who resigned.
The committee appointed to settle
Church Warden Harrison's accounts reports that they
find a balance due to said Harrison of forty two
pounds, six shillings, and nine pence and that he
has received and distributed sixty nine pounds
nine shillings communion money.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
June 8, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Redmond Cunningham [Coningham] [Conyngham]
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
Peter Turner
John Ross
Townsend White
Evan Morgan
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Edward Duffield
John Kearsly [Kearsley] [Kersley] [Kersly] Sr.
Peter Sonmans
William Bingham
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Joseph Redman
William Plumstead [Plumsted]
Joseph Sims

It being represented to the board that the Reverend
Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] having a design to take a voyage to
England in order to receive Priest's orders, the
board unanimously approved of the same.
Resolved that the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters be
applied to supply the place of the Reverend Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
during his absence and the Church Wardens are
desired to wait on Mr. Peters to request the favor
of him to officiate in our church during Mr.
Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] absence.
Resolved that the Bishops of London be addressed
to license the Reverend Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] to be one of the
Ministers of the United Congregations of Christ Church

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and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia.
Resolved that the Bishop of London be addressed
to license the Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon to be one
of the Ministers of the United Congregations of
Christ Church, and St. Peter's in the City of
Philadelphia.
An address to the Bishop of London in favor
of Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] being unanimously agreed to follows
in these words.
To the Right Reverend Father in
God Richard, by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of
London,
May it please your Lordship
We the Church Wardens and Vestry
Men of the United Congregations of Christ Church and St.
Peter's in the City of Philadelphia, beg leave to present
a sincere congratulations to your Lordship on your
translation[?] to the see of London from a prelate of your
lordship's distinguished character, advanced to this
exalted station, we trust many blessing will be devised
for the Church of England in America and we flatter
ourselves, that his congregation which we have

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the honor to represent, will be blessed with the
same countenance and protection from your Lordship's
that they have heretofore experienced from your pious
predecessors.
Relying upon your Lordship's well known
goodness and candor, permit us to recommend to your
favor and patronage the Reverend Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea]
who has fro these five years past exercised his function
among us as a Deacon and assistant minister of our
churches, and has during the whole time conducted him-
self in such manner to give much satisfaction to all
denominations of men amongst us, and we wish that
he will be of great service to the Church of England
in this part of the wold; and to religion in general;
this gentleman is a native of this place, his family
and connexions are here: From these considerations we
unanimously join in requesting your Lordship to
ordain and license the said Mr. Jacob Duché [Dushé] [Dushee] [Dushea] as one of
the Ministers of the United Congregations of Christ
Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia and
we do hereby promise to receive, confirm, and

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Establish him as such upon his arrival here, and
make a proper and honorable provision for his
support.
Sincerely praying that the smiles of Heaven
may attend, and prosper all your pious labors and
that you may long be continued an ornament and
blessing to the Christian Church in general and to
our own excellent branch of it in particular,
We are may it please
June 8, 1762 Your Lordship's
with all duty and respect
YOur Lordship's most
obedient, devoted
Humble Servants

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Church Warden Harrison, Doctor Kearsley, and
Mr. Morgan are appointed a committee to prepare
an address to the Bishop of London, recommending
Mr. Sturgeon for his Lordship's license to be one
of the Ministers of the United Congregations of
Christ Church, and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia
to be laid before the Vestry at their next meeting.
Resolved that the Reverend Mr. Duché, and the
Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon do each of them receive
a salary of two hundred pounds currency per
annum for their services, deducting from Mr.
Duché's two hundred pounds, forty five pounds
per annum in consideration for his house rent,
and to deduct from Mr. Sturgeon what is equal
to fifty pounds sterling, which he now receives
from the Society for Propagation of the Gospel
and for so long as he shall receive the same
their salaries to commence the tenth day of
January last past.
Then the Vestry adjourned to Monday next four
o'clock afternoon.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
June 14, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Joseph Redman
Peter Turner
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Evan Morgan
John Kearsley
William Bingham
Edward Duffield
Peter Sonmans
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Redmond Conyngham
Townsend White
Joseph Sims
James Humphreys

An address to the Bishop of London
in favor of Mr. Sturgeon being agreed to follows
in these words.
To the Right Reverend Father in God
Richard, by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of London,
May it please your Lordship.
We the Church Wardens and Vestry
men of the United Congregations of Christ Church and
St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia beg leave to present

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our sincere congratulations to your Lordship on your
Lordship's [struck out] one year [end struck out] translation to the see of London.
From a [unclear] of your Lordship's distinguished character
advanced to this exalted station we trust many blessing
will be derived to the Church of England in America;
and we flatter ourselves that the congregations which we
have the honor to represent will be favored with the
same countenance and protection from your Lordship
that they have here to fore experienced from your pious
predecessors.
Relying on your Lordship's will known
goodness and candor, permit us to recommend to your
favor and patronage the Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon
who hath for about fifteen years past steadily exercised
his function among us as a preist and assistant Minister
in our church and hath during the whole time
conducted himself with sobriety and unwavered
diligence, and to the utmost of his abilities hath regularly
and constantly performed all parts of his Minis
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alacrity, and we trust will continue to be a useful
and industrious Minister, and give satisfaction
to all denominations of men amongst us; he long
since married a gentlewoman of this city, by whom
he hath a large family of children, and his connexions
are chiefly here and here in our service he has
spent the prime of his life.
From the considerations we
join in requesting your Lordship to license the
said Mr. William Sturgeon as one of the Ministers of the
United Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's in
the City of Philadelphia; and we do hereby promise to
confirm and establish him as such; and to make a
proper and honorable provision for his support.
Sincerely praying that the smiles of Heaven may attend
and prosper all your pious labors; and that you
may long be continued an ornament and blessing to
the Christian Church in general, and to our own excellent
branch of a sit[?] in particular. We are may it please
June 8, 1762 Your Lordship's

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Ordered that the steeple of Christ Church be
immediately repaired and painted, and the Church
Wardens, Doctor Kearsley, Doctor Sonmans, and Mr.
Pywell [Pyewell], are appointed to superintend the same.






At a meeting of Vestry held at Christ Church
July 19, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Evan Morgan
Peter Sonmans
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Peter Turner
Edward Duffield
William Bingham
Joseph Sims
Thomas Willing
John Kearsley
Joseph Redman

Resolved by a great majority of votes that Mr.
Thomas Lawrence, have the pew, that was formerly
Mr. Abraham Taylor's.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
December 6, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
John Ross
Redmond Conyngham
Edward Duffield
John Kearsley
Townsend White
Joseph Sims
Jacob Duché
Joseph Redman
James Child
James Humphreys
William Bingham
Peter Sonmans
Peter Turner
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
William Pywell [Pyewell]
William Plumsted [Plumstead]

The Reverend Mr. Jacob Duché being happily returned
from England and having laid before the Vestry his letter
of Ordination by his grace the Arch Bishop of
Canterbury, also his letter of license from the Bishop
of London which being read follows in these words.
Richard by Divine Permission
Bishop of Longon to our beloved in Christ, Jacob Duché
a M Clerk greeting we do by these presents give and
grant to you in whose fidelity, morals, learning sound
doctrine and diligence, we do full confide our license

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and authority to continue only during our pleasure
to perform the Ministerial office of a priest in
the United Churches of Christ Church and Saint
Peter's in the City of Philadelphia in the Province
of Pennsylvania in North America.
Signed Bis London
Dated September 12, 1762
Resolved unanimously that the said Reverend
Mr. Duché be received, admitted, confirmed,
and established one of the Ministers of the United
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City
of Philadelphia; and he is received, admitted,
and confirmed accordingly.
Resolved that the thanks of this board be
made to the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters for his
service done the churches during the absence
of the Reverend Mr. Duché
Resolved that the Reverend Mr. Richard Peter
be the Rector of the United Congregations of
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Philadelphia, and that he be immediately addressed
accordingly, which address follows in these
words
To the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters

Reverend Sir,
We the Church Wardens and Vestry
of the United Congregations of Christ Church and St.
Peter's in the City of Philadelphia, beg leave to return
you our most sincere thanks for the services done
us in the absence of Mr. Duché by performing every
part of your ministerial function to the great
satisfaction of our congregations and to us in particular.
And we now address you in a matter
of very great importance to the churches in this city;
we have from a just sense of our abilities, but
have all for your zeal in the cause of religion
your knowledge of, and warm attachment to the
Church of England in particular been induced

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unanimously to appoint you Rector of our
Churches, we trust, your candor and goodness
as well as from the many good offices formerly
done us, you will be pleased to grant us our
request, may the smiles of Heaven attend you
in all your pious labors, is the sincere
prayer of
December 6, 1762 Sin

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
December 11, 1762:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Peter Turner
John Kearsley
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham]
James Humphreys
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Joseph Redman
John Ross
Edward Duffield
William Bingham
Joseph Sims
Peter Sonmans

The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters having accepted
the Rectorship of the United Congregations of
Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia.
Resolved unanimously that the said Reverend
Mr. Richard Peters be received, confirmed, and
established accordingly and he is hereby received,
confirmed, and established Rector of the said
United Churches.
Ordered that the Church Wardens do return the
hearty thanks of this Vestry to the Reverend Mr.
Richard Peters, for his acceptance of the appoint-
ment to the Rectory aforesaid.

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Resolved that this Vestry will consider the
present and future revenues of our Churches
and make an honorable and proper provision
for the support of our Rector the Reverend
Mr. Richard Peters, according to the State of
the church funds.
Ordered that the Rector, Church Wardens,
Mr. John Ross, and Doctor John Kearsley be a committee
to prepare a plan of a charter for our churches,
to be laid before the Vestry at their next meeting.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
December 27, 1762:

Present:

Reverend Mr. Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley
Jacob Duché
Peter Turner
James Humphreys
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham]
Edward Duffield
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Joseph Sims
William Bingham
James Child
William Plumstead [Plumsted]
John Ross
Townsend White

The committee appointed to prepare a draught
of a charter of the United Churches, reported
the same to the board, which was read
paragraph by paragraph approved of, and
follows in these words vis.
Charter
of the United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia
in Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Pene and Richard Penn, true and
absolute proprietaries of the Province of Pennsyl
vania and Counties of New Castle, Kent, and
Sussex, on Delaware; To all persons to whom
these presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas diverse members of the Church of England
residing in our city of Philadelphia, have at
very considerable expense erected and built two
churches in the said City the one called Christ Church
and the other St. Peter's Church.
And whereas also it hath been represented to us
by the Reverend Richard Peters the present Rector
of the said Episcopal Churches in our said City,
Henry Harrison and Alexander Stedman the
present Church Wardens, of the said churches, John Kearsley, Jacob Duché, John Ross, Charles
Stedman, Evan Morgan, Thomas Willing, Redmond
Connyngham [Conyngham], Peter Turner, James Child, Townsend
White, Joseph Sims, Peter Sonmans, William Pywell [Pyewell]

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Joseph Redman, Edward Duffield, William Plumstead [Plumsted]
James Humphreys, and William Bingham; the
present Vestry Men of the said Churches, that
for want of being a body corporates diverse char-
itable donations, grants, and bequests have and
still may be lost, the present friends rendered
precarious and uncertain in recovery thereof; and
praying us to incorporate them by the name of
the Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry Men of
the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Church in the City of Philadelphia, to be a body
politic and corporate for the more effectual
establishing the present and to enable them to have,
receive, take, and hold any future and other funds,
donations, grants, and bequests, to the said Rector,
Church Wardens, and Vestry Men, and their successors
for the support of the present on any other Episcopal
Churches that may hereafter be deemed
necessary.

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by the Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry Men
of the said United Churches to be erected and built in
the said city, by the increase of its members or
otherwise as well as further support of the Rector
and Ministers of the said United Churches.
We favoring the prayer and application of the said
Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry, and willing as
much as in us lies to encourage virtue, Piety, and
Charity and for other causes and considerations
us thereto specially moving. Now know
that we do fro us, our heirs, and successors by these
presents grant, ordain, declare, constitute, and
appoint that the said Reverend Richard Peters,
Rector, Henry Harrison and Alexander Stedman
Church Wardens, John Kearsley, Jacob Duché, John
Ross, Charles Stedman, Evan Morgan, Thomas Willing,
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham], Peter Turner,
William Pywell [Pyewell], Joseph Redman, Edward

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Duffield, William Plumstead [Plumsted], James Humphreys,
and William Bingham; and their successors, duly
elected and nominated in their place and stead,
be one corporation and body politic, to have
continuance forever, by the name of the Rector,
Church Wardens, and Vestry men of the United
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church,
in the City of Philadelphia in the Province of
Pennsylvania.
And we do hereby for us, our heirs, and successors
grant, ordain, and declare that the said Rector,
Church Wardens, and Vestry Men and their
successors by that name shall be able and
capable in law to purchase, have, receive
take, hold, and enjoy to them and their successors,
in few simple on any other lesson estate or estates,
any lands, tenements, rents, annuities, pensions
or other hereditaments, within the said province

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of Pennsylvania or elsewhere.
And we do hereby for us, our heirs, and successors,
grant, ordain, and declare, that the said Rector,
Church Wardens, and Vestry men and their successors
by that name shall be able and capable in law
to purchase, have receive, take hold, and enjoy
to them and their successors, in few simple, on
any other lessen estate or estates, any lands,
tenements, rents, annuities, pensions or other
hereditaments within the said Province of
Pennsylvania or elsewhere; by the gifts, grants,
bargain, sale, alienation, entitlement, release
firmation or devise of any person or persons
bodies politic or corporate capable to make
the same, and such lands, tenements, rents,
annuities, pensions, or other hereditaments,
or any other lesser estate rights or inter
of or in the same, at their pleasure and grant

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Alien, sell and transfer in such manner and
form, as they shall think meet, and convenient,
and further, that they may take and receive any
sum or sums of money, and any kind, manner, or
portion of goods and challets, that shall be given
sold or bequeathed to them, by any person or
person's bodies politic or corporate capable to
make a gift sale or bequest thereof. And
therewith to support and repair the present,
erected and non United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church in said city, and
any other church or churches that may hereafter
(by the increase of members) be deemed necessary
by the said Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry
men or their successors, to be erected and built
in the said city; where they shall judge the
same most convenient and also therewith to support

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the Rector, and Ministers for them time being.
And we do further, for us, our heirs and successors
authorize and empower the said Rector, Church
Wardens, and Vestry men and their successors,
or a majority of them, meet from time to time,
to make rules and statutes, and to do every
thing needful for the good government and
support of the said churches; provided always
that the said rules and statutes be not repug-
nant to the laws and statutes then in force in
the Kingdom of Great Britain; nor to the
laws and statutes then in force in our said
Province of Pennsylvania.
And we do hereby give and grant unto the said
Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry Men, and
their successors full power and authority to
make have and use one common seal, with
such devise and inscription as they shall think

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proper, and the same to change, break, alter,
and rename at their pleasure.
And we do hereby grant and ordain, that the
said Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry men
and their successors by the names before mentioned
shall be able in law to sue and be sued; plead
and be impleaded, in any court or courts before
any judge, judges or justices within our said
Province of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, in
all and all manner of suits, complaints, pleas,
causes, matter, and demands, of whatsoever
king, nature, or form they be; and all and every
other matter and thing therein to do, in as full and
effectual a manner, as any other person, or
person's bodies politic or corporate within
that part of Great Britain called England
or with our Province of Pennsylvania afore
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And we do further fro us, our heirs and successors,
give and grant to all and every person that shall
or does pay for a pew or a sitting in either of the
said United Churches, right to a vote in the
choice of a Vestry on Easter Monday next ensuing
and every other succeeding Easter Monday for
ever, which Vestry so Elected by a majority of
votes, shall have full powers to elect and choose
annually, one of their own numbers to be
Church Warden and the Rector for the time
being annually out of the Vestry so elected
and chosen, shall choose one other person to
be the joint Church Warden; and in case of
the default, death, or absence of the Rector,
it shall be lawful for the Vestry so elected as
aforesaid to choose two persons, out of their
number to serve as Church Wardens for the
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Vestry men shall have the dispersal of all monies
arising from the pews of both the United Churches,
and shall also have the regulation of all matters
relating to the burying grounds, together with
the election or nomination of their officiers. And
shall likewise meet agreeable to their own
appointments.
And lastly we do for us, and our
successors, grant, declare, and ordain, that the said
our letters patents and charters, and every clause,
sentence and article herein contained shall be
in all things firm valid, sufficient and effectual
in the law unto the said Rector, Church Wardens,
and Vestry Men community and corporation, and
their successor's for ever, according to the purpose
and tenure here of without any further grant from
us, our heirs and successors, to be pressured or
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the messages, houses, lands, tenements, rents,
annuities or their hereditaments, and real
estate of the said corporation, do not exceed the
sum of five thousand pounds sterling.
In testimony whereof, we have caused these our
letters to be made patents, and the great seal of
our said Province to be here unto affixed. Witness
James Hamilton Esquire; our Lieutenant
Governor, and Commander in Chief, in and over
our said Province of Pennsylvania and Counties
of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex on Delaware
this
in the third year of the Reign of our
Sovereign Lord George the Third King of Great
Britain, France, and Ireland. And in the year
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Ordered that the Rector, Church Wardens,
Doctor Kearsley and Mr. Ross be a committee
to prepare an address to his honor the
governor, praying him to pass the aforesaid
charter, then the Vestry adjourned until to
morrow morning 11 o'clock.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school
house December 28, 1762:

Present:

The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley
John Ross
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham]
Jacob Duché
Peter Turner
Charles Steadman [Stedman]
William Pywell [Pyewell]
James Child
William Bingham
Edward Duffield
Joseph Sims
Townsend White
Joseph Redman
James Humphreys

The committee appointed to prepare an address
to the governor reported the same which was
agreed to and follows in the words vis.
To the Honorable James Hamilton Esquire
Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of
the Province of Pennsylvania, Counties of New
Castle, Kent, and Sussex on Delaware.
The Humble Address of the Rector, Church

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Wardens, and Vestry of the United Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of
Philadelphia.
Thankful for the kind protection we
have been favored with under your administration and
encouraged by the assurances you have heretofore given us
that you would be pleased with every opportunity of
promoting the interest of the established Episcopal Church;
we wait on your honor to represent to you that
the members of our communion are now greatly increased
that they have at a very considerable expense built two
large churches which are supplied by a Rector and
two Ministers. That, on taking the state of our said
churches into our serious consideration, we find that
as well divers charitable donations, heretofore
given fro the support of them and their Pastors,
are actually lost[?], and others in danger of being so,
as that many persons who are now desirous to
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discouraged for want of a charter of incorporation
in these unfavorable circumstances it is our peculiar
happiness to have recourse to your sun and promise
on your known attachment to the welfare of our church
we have prepared a draught of such charter, while
we lay before your honor for your consideration.
And if we should be so happy as to have the same
with your approbation, we earnestly request you now
pass it, that we may be enabled to receive what had
been already and recover what shall hereafter be
given.
Your favor in the grant of this our earnest
request will lay all of our communion under the
strongest obligation to your honor, and us in
particular who shall not cease to pray that you may
be blessed with every happiness temporal and eternal.
One motion of Mr. John Ross to address the Bishop of
London on the appointment of the Reverend Mr.
Richard Peters to the Rectorship of this Church
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Wardens, Mr. Ross and Doctor Kearsley are appointed
a committee to prepare the same to be laid before
the Vestry at their next meeting.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
January 21, 1763:

Present:

The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Henry Harrison
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman [Steadman]
James Child
Joseph Sims
Townsend White
Peter Sonmans
William Bingham
James Humphreys
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Jacob Duché
Joseph Redman
Peter Turner
Edward Duffield

The Governor having returned the charter
with an amendment that the clause relating to the
power of erecting more churches, to be under the
government of the present Vestry and their successors
should be loeft out, the Board taking it into consideration
are of opinion that the clause aforesaid should be
left out of the Charter to be sent to the Honorable
the Proprietaries for their approbation.
The committee appointed to prepare an address
to the Bishop of London reported the same which
was approved of and follows in these words,

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To the Right Reverend Father in God Richard
by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of London,
The Humble address of the Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's CHurch in the City of Philadelphia.
May it please your Lordship,
We the Church Wardens and Vestry
Men of the United Churches of Christ Church and Saint Peter's
in this City beg leave to return our most sincere acknowledge-
ments to your Lordship for the kindness and condescension
with which you were placed to take notice of our last
address which contained our petitions in favor of the
Reverend Mr. Duché and the Reverend Mr. Sturgeon,
whom we had appointed Ministers of our United Churches.
Mr. Duché has been arrived some time since and has
laid before us your Lordship's license to him for
officiating here; agreeable to the prayer of our petition,
we return your Lordship our most hearty thanks for
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and unanimously received, confirmed, and established
Mr. Duché as one of our Ministers, and have made
a proper provision for his support, and we have the
satisfaction to assure your Lordship that from his
pious labors and exemplary life, we have the prospect
of a very considerable increase in our congregations.
We cannot proceed to establish Mr. Sturgeon
in the same manner as your Lordship's determination with
respect to him is not yet come to our hands; all that we
can do is to renew our petition to your Lordship in his
favor for the reasons we have set forth in our former
address.
After having carefully enquired into the state of
the church, and the means that were most likely to contribute
to it's advancement, we were convinced my Lord that
many difficulties and inconveniences might arise for
want of a head, that many jealousies and uneasiness
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equality which would necessarily injure the Peace of
the Church and obstruct the progress of piety and goodness
amongst us; we were therefore, unanimously of
opinion that a Rector was absolutely necessary and
immediately proceeded to choose and appoint one. Now
were we long deliberating, who should be the person,
our eyes had been for some time before fixed upon the
Reverend Mr. Richard Peters late of Wadham College
Oxford, but now of this city. The amiable and good
character, he has supported among us for above twenty
years past, his age his learning, his piety, his zeal,
his charity, all attracted our particular regard; and
the opportunity we had of judging of Mr. Peter's abilities
during the absence of Mr. Duché when he kindly and
gratuitously rendered us his services by performing
every part of his Ministerial function to the great
satisfaction of our congregations; convinced us of
the propriety of such a choice.

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Actuated by these considerations, we have unanimously
chosen and appointed the said Reverend Mr. Richard Peters
Rector of our United Churches of Christ Church and
St. Peter's in this city, and we now unanimously aply
to your Lordship to confirm our choice.
We are very sensible that it is Mr.
Peter's duty to wait upon your Lordship, and he is very
desirous of doing it; but as we are circumstanced his
absence would be very detrimental to our churches'
therefore we most humbly request since your Lordship's
license in this usual form cannot be obtained that you
would be graciously pleased to signify your approbation
of our choice in any manner your Lordship's shall think
proper by a letter under your own hand and seal
to Mr. Richard Peters himself. This practice we can assure
your Lordship has been heretofore observed by
your pious predecessors.
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therefore, your Lordship will take this our address
into your consideration, and relying upon the same
goodness and condescension with which you have
honored us already, we trust. You will return a
favorable answer to our unanimous petition.
Ever praying that your Lordship
may long be continued a blessing to the church of Christ
and particularly to that part of it over which you
preside, he are
May it please
Philadelphia January 21, 1763 Your Lordship's with
all duty and respect,
Your Lordship's
most obliged and most
obedient humble servants

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the school house
March 5, 1763:

Present:

The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Alexander Stedman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Townsend White
Joseph Sims
William Bingham
James Humphreys
Peter Turner
James Child
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham]
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Joseph Redman
John Ross

The Committee appointed for building St. Peter's Church
report as follows vis
"We the committee appointed to superintend the
building of St. Peter's Church beg leave to report as
follows.
That the said church is now happily
finished (the pulpit and chancel excepted) that
we have disbursed and paid the sum of four
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nineteen shilling and six pence half penny to the
sundry persons employed in erecting and building
the said church including the purchase money
of a lot of ground for the use of said church;
all which will more fully appear by the accounts
which we now exhibit to you we have likewise
received by subscription and donations, from
sundry pious and well disposed persons for
the uses above mentioned the sum of three
thousand five hundred pounds, fourteen shill-
ings and six pence, which will also appear
by list of the subscribers names which we
now lay before you, and it will further appear
that there remains due to your committee a
balance of one thousand two hundred and
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therefore pray that you will examine, and
approve of the said accounts and that you will
be pleased to make such Minister of Vestry that
the balance due to your committee may paid out
of the money arising from the church funds,
all which we submit to the consideration of
Vestry. Signed Jacob Duché
March 2, 1763 James Child, Jo Sims, William
Bingham, James Humphreys
William Plumsted, John Wilcocks
Ordered that Townsend White, and Edward Duffield
be a committee to examine the accounts of the
committee for building St. Peter's Church, and
make report of thereon to the Board at their
next meeting.
Resolved that Richard Gardner be the
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to Christ Church, and that the said school
be under the direction of the Rector, Minister,
and Vestry for the time beng of the United
Churches of Christ CHurch and St. Peter's.
The Vestry agreed to the erecting of an organ
in St. Peter's Church, provided that neither
the said organ nor the organist, shall be
any charge to the churches until the debt,
from building St. Peter's Church is paid. Then
the Vestry adjourned to Saturday next three
o'clock afternoon.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the School house
the March 30, 1763:

Present:

The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Warden:
Henry Harrison

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
John Kearsley
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Joseph Sims
Joseph Redman
Peter Sonmans
Peter Turner
James Child
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham]
Charles Stedman
Townsend White
James Humphreys
William Bingham
Edward Duffield

The committee appointed to examine the accounts of the
committee for building Saint Peter's Church report as
follows vis "We your committee have carefully examined
all the accounts for the building Saint Peter's Church and
do find them to be exactly right, and that there remains
due to the committee for building said church, the sum
of one thousand, two hundred and sixty five pounds and
five shillings. Signed Edward Duffield, Townsend White.
Resolved that this Vestry will take proper care that,
the above sum of one thousand two hundred and
sixty five pounds, and five shillings be paid to

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the committee for building St. Peter's Church out
of the money's arising from the Church Funds
together with the interest thereon, and the church
funds are hereby mortgaged for the payment of
the same.
Resolved that the thanks of this board be made
to the committee for building Saint Peter's Church
and particularly to the Treasurer Mr. Joseph Sims,
for their care, industry, and management, in the
whole of this affair and the Rector is desired to
return them the thanks of this Board accordingly.
The Reverend Mr. Sturgeon produced a letter to the
Vestry from Doctor Burton Secretary to the Society for
Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts communicating
to him a complaint that has been made to the Society against
him for totally neglecting his duty as the Society's Catechist
which follows in these words vis.
"Reverend Sir
I am directed by the Society to acquaint,

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you with a heavy charge, exhibited to them against you
of neglect of your duty as Catechist, namely, that you
have not, as my correspondant, informs them, for
these last two years catechized one Negro, nor done
any the least service in that way: I must also further
acquaint you that in consequence of this information
it is required that you draw no more for your salary, til
this matter is cleared up fully to their satisfaction: you
are not to understand by this; that the Society prejudged
your case, before they have received your answer
in vindication of your self: the charge is of a very
serious nature, and is affirmed by a person of good
rank and character.
Mr. Sturgeon observed that he was able to clear himself
from this charge but as no persons were appointed by the
Society before whom he could lay the proof he had to
offer in favor of his innocence he requested the
Vestry as a body of worthy members of the church,
would take the trouble to appoint a committee to hear
and examine his evidence and to make such a report.

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thereon as he might transmit to the Society.
The Vestry took into consideration Mr. Sturgeon's request
and tho they are unanimously of opinion that they
have no manner of Business with the matter, yet
in regard to Mr. Sturgeon's character, do at his pressing
instance undertake it and appoint the Rectors, John
Kearsley, William Pywell [Pyewell], James Humphreys, and Town-
send White to be a committee to hear such evidences in
this matter as Mr. Sturgeon shall submit to their
examination.

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Easter Monday April 4, 1763:
The United Congregation of Christ Church, and
Saint Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia,
after Divine Service elected the following officiers
for the ensuing year vis.

Church Wardens:
William Plumsted
Edward Duffield

Quest Men:
Jacob Duché
Peter Turner
James Humphreys
Joseph Sims
William Bingham

Vestry Men:
Thomas Gordon
John Kearsley
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Charles Stedman
John Ross
Redmond Connyngham [Conyngham]
Peter Sonmans
Joseph Redman
James Child
Henry Harrison
Thomas Willing
Townsend White
Alexander Stedman

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the School house
April 11, 1763:

Present:
The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
James Humphreys
William Pywell [Pyewell]
Thomas Gordon
Joseph Sims
Peter Turner
Joseph Redman
Henry Harrison
John Kearsley
Charles Stedman
Peter Sonmans
John Ross
Alexander Stedman

Ordered that Charles Stedman and James Humphreys
be a committee to examine and settle the late
Church Wardens accounts and make report thereon
to the Board at their next meeting.
Ordered that Henry Harrison, James Humphreys,
Joseph Sims, William Bingham, be a committee
to enquire into the state of the Church Funds,
and also make plans of the pews of both Churches

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with the names of the persons who occupy the same
and make report thereon to the Board at their
next meeting.
Resolved that the Vestry have a Secretary who's
duty shall be to collect the pew money of both
churches, oblige the Clerk to account for all fees
every month, attend the Vestry at their meetings,
and keep the minutes.
Resolved that Francis Hopkinson Esquire be
the Secretary to this Board, and that he be paid
five per centum on all money's he shall receive
for the use of the churches, for his trouble and
services.
Resolved that collections be made twice a day
in both churches, during the ensuing year
and that the boxes be carried morning and
afternoon for this purpose every Sunday.

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Resolved that the Clerk of Saint Peter's Church
be allowed for his services twenty five pounds
per annum from this date. then the Vestry
adjourned to Monday next the 18th instant
3 o'clock afternoon.

At a meeting of the Vestry at the School-House
April 19, 1763 Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
William Plumstead
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman, James Humphreys, James Child
Redmond Cunnyngham [Conyngham], Peter Turner, Henry Harrison, Jacob
Duché, Thomas Gordon, and the Secretary.

The Committee appointed to settle Mr. Harrison's, the
late Church Warden's account with the Church, report, that
they have carefully examined the same, and do find that he
hath received the sum of 666.0.1 exclusive of 1.6.9 due
from Mr. Townsend White for box money and that he hath dis-
bursed the sum of 809.10.8 1/2, and that there remains due to
the said Henry Harrison 143.9.9 1/2: and further that he
hath received and distributed the sum of 60.7.4 1/2 Sacrament
money.
Resolved that Mr. Jacob Duché Sr. be paid 45 per
anum for four years; in consideration of his building a kit-
chen with a cellar below and a study or chamber above
with a piazza adjoining the Parsonage House; and that Thomas
Gordon, Henry Harrison and James Child be a committee
for considering the dimensions of said Building and laying
them before the Vestry at their next meeting.

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Ordered that notice be given both churches, on
Sunday next that the Church Wardens with Messieurs Redmond
Cunnyngham [Cunyngham], William Byngham [Bingham], Joseph Sims and Thomas
Gordon will attend at St. Peter's Church on the Monday following at
10 o'clock in the forenoon in order to let the gallery pews
agreeable to the minute formerly made respecting the
letting of pews.
Resolved that for the future the breaking of the
ground for any grave in either burying ground be 7/6;
of which the clerk is to have immediate notice given.
Resolved, that the Bell Ringer of St. Peter's Church
have 10.0.0 pounds per annum; for the future for that service.

At a meeting of the Vestry at the School House
April 28, 1763:

Present:
The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Edward Duffield
William Plumstead

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedan, William Byngham [Bingham], Thomas
Gordon, Joseph Sims, William Pyewell, Peter Turner, Charles
Stedman, John Kearsley, James Humphreys, Townsend
White, & Peter Sonmans.

The Rector produced to the Board the report of a
committee appointed by a former minute (see page 63)
to examine the proofs of the Reverend Mr. Sturgeon respecting
his fulfilling his duty as the Society's Catechist to
the Negroe Children in this City. The Secretary
having read this report, the Vestry approved of the same
and ordered a copy of it to be entered on their Minutes;
which copy follows in these words, Vizt.
"Pursuant to the foregoing Minute of Vestry
(see page 63) We the committee therein named do

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report that we have carefully taken the examinations
of several persons communicants and constant attenders
at the sacred offices of the church respecting the catechising
of the Negroe Children belonging to the members of these
congregations, which we now lay before you; whence it
appears that the Reverend Mr. William Sturgeon that not
neglected the exercise of his duty as catechist to the Society
for Propagating the Gospel in foreign parts, but
that he hath constantly once a week and sometimes
oftener (except when out of town, which was very seldom
the case) duly catechized and instructed sundry Negroe
children in the principles of the said church, witness
our hands this 27th day of April 1763.

(signed)

Richard Peters Rector
John Kearsley
William Pyewell
James Humphreys
Townsend White

And we the underwritten do for ourselves
respectively declare, that to our knowledge the matters
set forth in the said examinations are strictly true
witness our hands the day and year above said.

(signed) William Pyewell
James Humphreys
Townsend White

Testimonials of the conduct of the Reverend Mr.
William Sturgeon the Society's Catechist to the Negroes
in the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania
taken at the said City of Philadelphia the second day
April 1763 Before the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector
of the United Churches of Christ Church and Saint Peters

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in the said City, and Doctor John Kearsley, William Pye-
well, Townsend White and James Humphreys and Com-
mittee of Vestry appointed for that Purpose Vizt.

Ann McCall of the said City Widow, aged
about forty years saith she has been frequently at
Church on weekly prayer days, particularly in the fall
and winter seasons, when he was in town, and has all
ways for about two years and a half, and until the last
fall, seen about fifteen or sixteen Negroe children or
more at the rails of the communion table attending to
be catechized and has sometimes heard Mr. Sturgeon cate
chise the said Negroe Children.

Elizabeth Harrison aged about forty eight
years, wife of Richard Harrison master of the free-school
in the college and academy in the said city, says that on
the eighteenth day of May in the year 1761; she was ap-
pointed shool mistress to the Negroe children in this
city; that the said children were then about eighteen in
number and soon afterwards, in about a month, increased
to about thirty two and so continued about three quarters
of a year, and then decreased to about sixteen or eighteen, are
at present about twenty one: that Mr. Sturgeon continu-
ally catechized the said children from the aforesaid eighteenth
day of May to his present time without intermission, except
sometimes in the very severe cold in the winter; but that at
no time was there a fortnight together that the said child-
ren were not catechized.

Elizabeth Jones of the said City Widow, aged
about fifty years, a member of the church from her infancy
and for some years a communicant, says she has constantly

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attended at church on weekly prayer days, except prevented
by sickness, now about eleven years: that for about three
years and a half she has observed a due attendance given
by Mr. Sturgeon during which time he never omitted to her
knowledge, catechizing a number of said Negroe children
once a week, except sometimes when out of town.

Rebecca Blake about forty three years, wife of
Roger Blake of the said city Fruiterer, a member of said chur-
ches and a communicant, says she has been constantly at
church as well on Sundays as weekly prayer days, for a-
bout seven years past, and has always observed Mr. Stur-
geon attend constantly once a week and catechize the Ne-
groe children for about three years past.

Ordered, that the Church Wardens furnish the
Reverend Mr. Sturgeon with a copy of the above miinute; and
that they sign the same.

The Committee appointed by a former minute to
prepare the plan of a kitchen to be built adjoining the
Parsonage House, produced the aid plan to the Board
who considered the same and approved of it; by which,
the said kitchen was to be of the dimensions of eleven feet
and an half by twenty feet, with a piazza of twelve by
ten feet in the clear.

Ordered that Messieurs John Ross, John Kearsley
and Thomas Gordon be a committee for collecting and ex-
amining the deeds belonging to the Churches and that
they have the same recorded in the rolls office, and
make report to the Board at their next meeting.

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At a meeting of the Vestry
July 26, 1763

Present:
The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Edward Duffield
William Plumstead

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Sr. William Pyewell
Peter Sonmans Joseph Sims
John Ross James Humphreys
William Byngham [Bingham] James Child
Alexander Stedman Francis Hpkinson Secretary

The Rector representing to the Vestry that the
back inhabitants of this province are reduced to great
distress and necessity by the present Indian invasion,
proposed, that some method be considered for collecting a
charity for their relief from the congregations of Christ
Church and St. Peter's; and it was unanimously resolved
that a preamble to a subscription proper for that purpose
be immediately drawn up, which was accordingly
done and follows in these words, Vizt.
"We the subscribers being charitably moved
with the very great distress and miseries to which our
poor fellow subjects inhabitants on the frontiers of this
province are reduced, by being obliged to fly from their ha-
bitations to avoid the Indian ravages and cruel murders,
many of them lying the open fields without clothes or
any sustenance but what they obtain from charitable and
well disposed persons; do therefore agree to give for
their support and relief the several sums affixed to our
names, and to pay the same, on demand, into the hands
of Mr. William Plumstead and Mr. Edward Duffield the pre-
sent Church Wardens of Christ Church and St. Peter's in
order that the sums of before us subscribed may be transmitted

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to such persons as shall be recommended to the Rector,
Wardens and Vestry of the said Churches, to be distri-
buted in such manner as may best answer our charitable purposes."
Dated July 26, 1763

Resolved, that the Rector and Ministers
of Christ Church and St. Peter's be desired to recommend the
above charity in the warmest manner to their Congre-
gations, in their sermons on Sunday next; and that
the subscriptions paper be carried about on the Monday
following.

At a meeting of the Vestry:
August 10, 1763

Present:
The Reverend Mr. Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
William Plumstead
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Townsend White
Thomas Gordon Redmond Conyngham
Alexander Stedman William Byngham [Bingham]
James Humphreys John Kearsley
Peter Sonmans and the Secretary

The Church Wardens reported to the Vestry
that, in consequence of the matters concluded on at
their last meeting, they had carried about a subscription
paper, and made a collection from the congregations
of Christ Church and St. Peter's for the relief of the distressed
frontier inhabitants; which collection amounted to
662.3.__ It was then considered what method of
disposing this money would be most beneficial for the
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Charity: upon which the question was put whether
or no it be not necessary to appoint persons in Cum-
berland County to correspond with a Committee of the
Vestry respecting the Distribution of the Charity a-
bove mentioned; and it was unanimously carried
in the affirmative. It was then;
Resolved, that the Reverend Mr. William Thom-
son, Messrs. Francis WEst and Thomas Donnellan, the
Reverend Mr. John Steel and the Reverend George Duffield be
the persons with whom this correspondence shall be
carried on.
Resolved, that the Rector and Church
Wardens be a committee for corresponding with the
above named gentlemen respecting the matters under
consideration.

At a Vestry held at the School House
on Wednesday September 7, 1763:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
William Plumstead
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
John Kearseley [Kearsley] Peter Turner
Redmond Conyngham Thomas Gordon
James Child Joseph Sims
Townsend White William Byngham [Bingham]
William Pyewell Jacob Duché

The Committee of Correspondence for the Service
of the Back Inhabitants laid before the Vestry their
letters to the gentlemen with whom they were ordered
to correspond, and the answers to the said letters, which
the Reverend Mr. Thomson was so good as to deliver himself,
these letters were read to the Vestry, and are as
follows Viz't.

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    To the Ministers and Church Wardens of the 
Episcopal Churches at Carlisle and to the Reverend Mr. Stell and
the Reverend Mr. Duffield.

Gentlemen, Philadelphia, August 12, 1763
"We the Rector and Church Wardens of the
two united Episcopal Churches within this city, in
behalf of ourselves and the Vestry of the said churches,
take the liberty to acquaint you that there is now
at our disposal a sum of money which has been
raised by the charitable contributions of the members
of the said Episcopal Churches for the relief of the
poor back inhabitants; on a representation made
to them that these distressed people were in most
deplorable circumstances having been obliged to fly
from heir habitations with such precipitation as to
leave all their worldly substance behind, and are now
lying in crowds in the open air in and about Carisle
and Shippenburgh, and in other places near the frontiers.
The Vestry having it much at hear, that
whatever is put into their hands for this humane and
pious use should be distributed in such manner as to be
of the most effectual service, have come to a resolution
that before they part with any of this money, they will
be made acquainted with the numbers and present
circumstances of these poor people; and that the money
shall be disposed of to such only as continue where
they are, till they shall either be enabled to return to
their habitations or be sent to such relations and good
people as have declared they will take them in and
supply them with necessaries. Further, the Vestry do
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shall be given away to such as ask charity in the
streets of this city; tho they may be of this sort of distres-
sed people. They have therefore appointed us to be
their committee to correspond with you who they sup-
pose can, and will be glad to give us full and true informa-
tion of every thing material relating to these poor suffe-
rers; and that you will if desired understake to make
the distribution according to such instructions as shall
be given you by us.
What we desire of you at present, is, that
you would be pleased to inform us what are the num-
bers of these distressed people; in what places they are
now dispersed and what things they are in immediate
want of that they may be purchased where it can be
done cheapest and sent up to them in such kinds and
quantities as you shall advise.
It is apprehended that some of these poor
people, when they hear that collections have been
made for them in this city, will be for coming here
to prevent this, be so good as to let all of them know
that none of this money can be given them upon
any personal applications to be made within this
city; so that if they come here, they will not only
loose their labor, but may likewise loose their
chance of this charity too, as it is to be distributed a-
mong them where they now are and no where else.
If anything occurs to you necessary to
acquaint us of that has escaped our observation, be so
kind as to communicate it.
We shall wait impatiently for your answer
being desirous that this relief may be sent to the suffe-
rers as soon as it possibly can. We are, Gentlemen
Your most obedient and humble servants
Richard Peters Rector
William Plumstead and Edward Duffield Wardens

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(Answer to the above)

Gentlemen, Carlisle August 24, 1763

We take the earliest opportunity of answe-
ring your letter dated the 12th last in which you in-
form us that there is at your disposal a sum of money
to be distributed amongst the poor unhappy people on
our frontiers who have been obliged to fly their habita-
tions and take shelter in this town, Sheppensburgh,
Littleton, Bedford etc. We assure you that we shall now
and at all other times be ready to give you as full and true
information of every thing material relating to the suffe-
rers on our frontiers as we shall be able; and also that
we shall be ready to give our assistance in the distribu-
tion of such sums of money as you shall think proper to
end up from time to time for the relief of those in dis-
tress. We have taken pains to get the number of the
distressed, and upon a strict enquiry we find 750 fa-
milies have abandoned their plantations; the greatest
number of which have lost their crops, some their
flock and furniture; and besides those we are informed
that there are about 200 women and children coming
down from Fort Pitt. We also find that the sums of
money already sent up are almost expended and that
each family have not received twenty shillings
upon an average tho the greatest care hath been ta-
ken to distribute it to those alone who appeared the
greatest objects of distress. The unhappy sufferers
are dispersed thro every part of this county and many
have passed thro unto York. An exact number of
those actually in distress we can't possibly ascertain
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its neighborhood there use upwards of 200 families
many of which are in the greatest exigence, the
small pox and flux raging much amongst them,
and from hence you may form a judgement of the
numbers distressed thro the other parts of this county
as well as that of York. The other sums being al-
most expended, we conceived that immediate re-
lief should be sent up that those poor people may
be enabled to employ a physician for the recovery
of their sick as well as to purchase bread for their
families, and this alone is what their present necessities
call for. We also think that it will be necessary
that some part of these donations should be laid
out for clothing and purchasing provender for the
cattle of those who stand in the greatest necessity
of it; but we shall be more able to advise with
you concerning this affair in our next as that
will be a matter worthy of observation on the
approach of winter.
We think you judged very prudently
in giving no contributions in the city, as you
would not only thereby be liable to be imposed
on; but it would be also a means to draw down
a burthen upon the city from our frontiers.
When anything occurs worthy your
notice we will communicate it to you by the
first opportunity that shall offer.
We are Gentlemen,
Your most obedient humble servants
To the Rector and William Thompson, Itinerant MIssionary for
Church Wardens the Counties of York and Cumberland
of the two United
Episcopal Church Fran. West Wardens of the Episcopal
in the city of Thomas Donnellan Church of Carlisle
Philadelphia. John Steel
George Duffield

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    The Vestry taking into consideration the above
letters together with the verbal information that Mr.
Thompson was pleased wo give tem of the present state of the
said inhabitatnts; it was their unanimous opinion
1st That one hundred pounds should be sent in
cash to be laid out in flower or any other necessaries
that should appear to be more immediately wanted.
2ndly That a proper assortment of medicines should
be put down i a list by Dr. Kearseley [Kearsley] and Dr. Sonmans.
3rdly That 4 pieces of should be sent up.
4thly Two tierces of rice.
And whereas it is represented to us by Mr. Thomson
that it might be of great and immediate use if some arms
were sent up to them to be sold at their first cost to such of these poor people
as are disposed to return to their plantations and would
make a good use of them, and the money to remain in
those gentlemen's hands to be employed according to such
instructions as should be given them. The Vestry are
therefore of opinion, that they should be furnished with
two chests of arms, half a barrel of powder, 400#
of lead, 200# of sewn[?] shot and 1000 flints.

At a meeting of the Vestry at the School
House, October 17, 1763, Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman Jacob Duché
Thomas Gordon John Kearsley
Redmond Conyngham William Byngham [Bingham]
Peter Sonmans Townsend White
James Child John Ross
James Huphreys and the Secretary

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    Mr. Stedman produced to the Board two letters
directed to the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of Christ
Church and St. Peter's; the one form the Lord Bishop
of London which follows in these words. Vizt.

"To the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of
Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia.

Gentlemen Fulham May 24, 1763

I received your address to me, signify-
ing your having chosen the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters
to be Rector of your United Churches of Christ Church
and St. Peter's in Philadelphia, and requesting at the
same time, my approbation of your choice.
From the credentials which have been
transmitted to me both from the missionary's and
others of the Clergy of Pennsylvania, and also from
Mr. Sturgeon and Mr. Duché your assistant Minister
concerning Mr. Peters' moral character, I can en-
tertain no doubt but it is altogether unexceptiona-
ble; and therefore I do approve of your appoint-
ment of him to be your Rector in the Churches aforesaid.
I depend on it Mr. Peters wil embrace
the first convenient opportunity of coming to England
and he will find me disposed to grant him a license
in due form.
I have likewise received your address
in relation to Mr. Sturgeon, who hath undoubtedly
acted a very indiscreet and independent part, in regards
to the marriage complained of; but as it seems to have
arisen merely from inadvertency, and in other respects
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the utmost care not to be guilty of giving any offence
hereafter, overlook this step of his independence, and
approve of his officiating in the United Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's according to your appointment
till he hath an opportunity of coming to London to be
duly licensed by me.
I pray God to bless you and your pious en-
deavors to promote as far as in you lies our most
holy Religion, and am, gentlemen,
Your affectionate Friend Humble Servant
Ric: London


And the other letter from the Reverend Dr. William Smith
Provost of the COllege in Philadelphia, in these words Vizt.

To the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of Christ
Church and St. Peter's in Philadelphia.

Gentlemen London June 4, 1763.
"The Reverend Mr. Peters your Rector having
done me the honor to transmit, thro my hands, your
address to the Lord Bishop of London, I lost no time in
delivering the same, and have at length received his
Lordship's answer most cordially approving your
choice of Mr. Peters, and also giving his approbation
of Mr. Sturgeon, in regard to his general good character,
tho he has not quite escaped his Lordship's censure
in the affair of the irregular marriage complained of.
You will perceive that his Lordship in-
sists on it as necessary both for Mr. Peters and Mr. Stur-
geon to come to England to be regularly licensed,
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But as one sea voyage of six thousand miles back-
wards and forwards for ordination is already a burden
under which our American Church groans grievous-
ly, his Lordship is far from expecting that the
clergy will increase this burden, by coming
second, third, or fourth time, as often as there may
be any new Bishop, or any new appointment for
a clergyman himself. His Lordship only thinks
that, as this is regular, his insisting it may
help to place in a stronger light, the inconveni-
ency of our not enjoying on the spot, the full-
rights of a Christian Church, as to the good disci-
pline of the Clergy and keeping up a succession in
the holy office of the Ministry; and trusts that
these and the like things may lead the adminis-
tration here to consider seriously at last of this
matter __ But the time seems yet at a distance
and indeed while things are so unsettled at home,
we cannot be much thought of abroad.
I thought it necessary to be thus particular
in regard to the paragraph in the Bishop's letter;
and if you make any record of it in your books, as I
doubt not you must, it will be extremely proper
to enter likewise this explanation or the substance
of it, least it should have a construction put upon
it which it was not meant to bear, namely as
subjecting the American Clergy to new inconve-
nienceis which might deter many from taking
holy orders in our church.
I have seen the draught of your character
which is a good one; only I think, power should
have been reserved to the Vestry, if they should ever
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for each church under such regulations as they
might think proper. A time may come when they
would find this a very necessary power. A few words
would have conveyed it to them, and if they should be
never have occasion to use it, it would have too
very innocently on the face of the charter.
Mr. Penn seems well disposed to pass the
charter and oblige the people of the church, as soon as
he has received his solicitors advice as to the law
parts of it. If any illumination of mine be necessary
it shall not be wanting in this or any other busi-
ness, were I can serve the general cause of religion
or the particular one of your church.
I rejoice to hear of the Christian harmony
that subsists among you, and am sure that under
so good a man as Mr. Peters (and his assistants) it
must continue to flourish, which is the sincere
prayer of
Gentlemen,
Your Affectionate humble servant
Will Smith

It was then proposed and unanimously resol-
ved that agreeable to the assent of the Lord Bishop
of London, the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters be received con-
firmed and established as Rector of the United Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia
and he is hereby received, confirmed and established accor-
dingly.
The Reverend Mr. Sturgeon being likewise
approved by the Bishop of London to be an officia-
ting Minister in the United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's, it was put to the vote and
Resolved

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Resolved, that the said Mr. Sturgeon be received, confir-
med and established agreeable to the address made by
the Vestry to the Bishop of London in favor of Mr.
Sturgeon dated the 14th Day of June 1762; and he
is hereby received, confirmed and established accordingly.
Mr. Peters produced to the Board several letters
which passed between the committee in Philadelphia and
Carlisle, appointed to distribute the monies collected for
the relief of the distressed frontier inhabitants;
which letters were as follows, vizt.
"To the Ministers and Church Wardens of
the Episcopal Church at Carlisle and to the Reverend
Mr. Steel and the Reverend Mr. Duffield.
Gentlemen, Philadelphia September 21, 1763
We are obliged to you for your kind
answer to our letter relating to the supplies
proposed to be sent up to the relief of the back inha-
bitants. Mr. Thomson, at our instance, was so
good as to attend the Vestry which was called on
the receipt of your answer; and after having carefully
considered it, as well as several other matters
which he informed us, we concluded to hasten the
sending such things as were recommended to us to
be immediately wanted; and having thro the
favor of Mr. Plumstead procured wagons, they
were forthwith dispatched. We hope that they
are come safe to hand and have fully answered the
present exigency of those poor people. What could
not be sent then is since gone up, and Mr. Plumstead
whose occasions call him to Carlisle, has with
him a complete invoice with the prices every thing
cost, and he will give you a copy of it.

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    Dr. Allison tells us that the dissenting congre-
gations in the city and county have been very liberal,
and as he has been made acquainted all along with
our proceedings and approved them; he has wrote to Mr.
Steel that they will follow our track, in the disposal
of what is raised among them. If so, you will be
able to supply from their stock as well as ours, the
necessities of these poor people in such proportions as
they shall most need it; having a due regard that
the colder the weather grows, the more they will be
distressed and want larger supplies.
We return your our thanks for your cheer-
ful acceptance of this troublesome commission, and
the great care and goodness with which you execute it.
You will please to conger with Mr. Plum-
stead on the spot and whatever else you shall think
necessary; having an eye to the other generous contri-
butions as well as our will be readily permitted
you by, Gentlemen.
Your most obedient and affectionate
humble servants
Richard Peters, Rector
Will Plumstead
Edward Duffield Wardens

Gentlemen, Philadelphia September 21, 1763
This is our second letter of this date and
wrote to supply an omission in our first.
On Mr. Thomson's acquainting the Vestry
that you had some discourse among yourselves of
the great want of arms and ammunition that the
country people are in, and that it was your opinion
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we should do infinite service would we send up a
parcel of arms to be sold at this rate; this was like
wise taken into consideration and the Vestry una-
nimously concurring with you in opinion of the
utility of this measure, and thinking it would be
even better than to make presents of ams, as the
back inhabitants would be thereby induced to take
better care of them; we have sent fifty arms, with
a proper assortment of powder and lead for a trial
and do direct that you sell them to such prudent and
good people as are in want of them and will use
them for their defense, for the prices charged in the
invoice; and you do retain in your house the
monies for which they sell to be disposed of accor-
ding to our future direction.
This, we are sensible will give you a
great addition of trouble; but as it is your own
thought and does appear to us to be a good measure
we would not be wanting on our part to enable
you to make the trial and if it succeeds we are
ready to send up more arms. We are ever more
Gentlemen,
Your most obliged and humber servants
Richard Peters, Rector and
Edward Duffield Wardens
Will Plumstead

To the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters and to William
Plumstead and Edward Duffield, in Philadelphia.
Gentlemen, Carlisle October 3, 1763
As it is our desire to act up to your
instructions in the distribution of your charity
for the greatest advantage of the may distressed

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Families on our frontiers; we beg leave to lay before you
the measures we have this day agreed on for their relief.
As there is little prospect that the inhabitants
who have fled from Sherman's Valley, Tuscarora and Juniata
shall return this winter, and the greatest part of
them have saved very little of their crops, we believe
it will best answer the design of their relief, to purchase
a quantity of wheat and corn; and as this and the two follow
at the cheapest rates, we intend to open a market for
this end as soon as we can be favored with your
advice. You have had already an account according
to our best information, of the number of families
that have been banished from their habitations; and
tho' all of them have not applied for relief out of
the funds heretofore opened, we apprehend all, or
the greatest part must apply before winter is over.
Our other funds are exhausted, upon which the most
necessities have subsisted hitherto. This day 25 pounds
the generous contribution Tredyffrin is come to hand
and Mr. Steel has wrote Dr. Allison, recommending it
to him that the contributions of the Presbyterian
Congregations be applied the same way, to prevent
confusion and other inconveniences, under the directions
of the same managers here tho it may in-
crease our labor, yet, for the sake of the distressed,
we are willing to bear with it.
The fifty firelocks sold readily at the
price you fixt, and from the great demand, we
believe 100 more may be sent up, which we warmly
recommend, as it will strengthen our frontiers
without diminishing the charity. We likewise
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in the shop prices of ammunition, and so much trouble
in disposing of it, that you need not at present send
any more. Whatever call there is for blankets and
other necessaries for clothing, we apprehend the
demand of bread corn will be so very great, that
we recommend it that your charity be mainly applied
this way. Tho we are sure it would require
several thousand bushels of grain to answer in
any comfortable degree the craving wants of the
poor; yet it is our duty to wait for your instructions
on this point; recommending it withall that
what sum will be appointed to this end, be remitted
or signified to us that we may know how to
proceed, and may have the opportunity of the cheapest
market.
The medicines were very seasonable;
but as they were mostly calculated for the Flux,
Mr. Steel desires a few more that he may be able to
answer a greater variety of disorders.
Gentlemen, we assure you, your charitable
contributions are gratefully acknowledged,
not only by the distressed but by the whole county,
and by none more than by
Your humble servants
William Thompson
Jonathan Steel
"P:S: By the advice of George Duffield
Mr. Plumstead we Francis West
have bespoke one Thomas Donnellan
thousand bushels
of wheat. Pray let the arms you send, be such
as the former, if they can be got."

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    To the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters, Rector of
the United Churches of Christ and St. Peter's in Philadelphia.

Dear Sir, Carlisle October 4, 1763
I was yesterday with Messrs. Thom-
son, Steel etc. and after some conversation with
them on the circumstances of the poor district inha-
bitants, it was judged most for their benefit to
purchase a quantity of wheat and rye so as to be
ready in the mills near this town to be delivered
to such of the necessitous as may be wanted.
And by this they will in some degree be enabled
by the bran for their share of the grain, to keep
their creatures alive. And I did not in the best
doubt this necessary supply would meet the
approbation of the Rector and the Vestry. I desired,
they would, as soon as conveniently they could,
this being the season for purchasing, lay in one
thousand bushels of grain in the mills; which
I believe they wil soon set about; and have
promised them that you would furnish them
with money for the payment thereof, as it may
be wanted. As the arms sent up here were good
in kind and very reasonable those gentlemen desire
that if about 100 more could be purchased of the like
sort, that they might be sent up, being a very
good and cheap way of furnishing the inhabitants
with arms to defend themselves, as well as restai-
ning the distressed. I hope I may be able t obring
down with me a particular list, Mr. Thompson
says he has near completed it. You will also
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furnished a list of and is enclosed in their letter.
I am your obliged humble servant
William Plumsted [Plumstead]
P.S. I greatly fear the Indians are between Laegonia
and Fort Pitt; but as yet we have no other reason for it
then no advice from Fort Pitt above a month since.

To the Reverend Mr. Thomson, itinerant Minister
and to the Church Wardens of the Episcopal Church of
Carlisle, and to the Reverend Mr. Duffield and Mr. Steel.

Gentlemen, Philadelphia October 20, 1763.
Agreeable to your advice of the 3rd last
we have sent 100 firelocks more, which must be
sold at 21 pounds as they could not be got at the price the
others were; with a box of medicines answerable to
Mr. Steel's list. We have also sent by Mrs. Rachel
Mitchall 200 pounds in cash, which, with the money
to be sent by Dr. Allison, added to the neat proceeds
of the firelocks and ammunition formerly sent, and
of those now sent, will enable you to purchase
wheat to supply the necessities of the poor people
agreeable to the scheme you have concluded upon
which we very well approve of.
Tis our desire that the arms be sold
to such of the people as have families and will defend
themselves therewith; and not to idel strolling fellows
that would render the good design fruitless.
The care and industry with which you
execute this task gives us great pleasure, and
satisfaction; and we doubt not, will also give
great content to the poor distressed people, for
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        We pray God that peace and happiness may
once more be restored to our frontier inhabitants
in the mean while we remain
Your most obedient and humble servants
William Plumsted [Plumstead]
(The Rector out of Town)Edward Duffield

The Vestry approved of the measures taken
in the distribution of this charity, and recommended it
to the committee to proceed in the same.
Resolved, that the funds of the united
churches should be thrown into one common stock,
and, after all incidental charges were deducted,
the remainder should be equally divided among
the Rector and his assistant Ministers Mr. Duché
and Mr. Sturgeon; and that the said method of
dividing the revenues of the said churches, with
the distribution thereof should take place from
Easter last; and that from that time the Reverend MR.
Duché is desired to account with the Rector
for the rent for the Parsonage House, in which
he now lives.

At a meeting of the Vestry November 2, 1763:
Present:
The Rector
Edward Duffield, Church Warden

Vestry Men:
John Kearseley [Kearsley] Jacob Duché
Thomas Gordon William Byngham [Bingham]
Peter Turner William Pyewell
Joseph Sims Townsend White
James Humphreys Joseph Redman
and the Secretary.

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    Resolved, that this Board address the
honorable John Penn Esquire one of the proprietors
family, who lately arrived from London as Lieutenant
Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of
Pennsylvania, and implore his countenance and
protection to the Church of England in his Province.
Resolved, that the Rector, Edward Duffield
Alexander Stedman and Dr. Kearseley [Kearsley] be a committee
for drawing the rough draught of an address for
this purpose; and that the Vestry be summoned
to meet on Monday next at 10 o'clock in the
morning in order to wait on the Governor with
the said address.
Dr. Kearsley informed the Board that
subscriptions had been obtained by Messrs. John
Lawrence and Matthew Clarkson to the amount of
500 pounds, towards purchasing an organ to be erected
in Christ Church and it was.
Resolved that Mr. Edward Duffield and
Mr. Townsend White be a committee for collecting
said subscriptions, or more if necessary, and apply-
ing the same to that purpose; and further, that
the said committee, in the name of the Vestry
thank Messrs. Lawrence and Clarkson for the trou-
ble they have taken in this affair. And it is
recommended to the said committee to make the
best agreement they can with Mr. Philip Feyning
who built the ordan now in St. Peter's Church;
and to employ him in the said service for Christ
Church.

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    At a meeting of the Vestry November 9, 1763:
Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Edward Duffield
William Plumsted [Plumstead]

Vestry Men:
William Pyewell John Kearsley
Townsend White James Humphreys
Joseph Redman Redmond Conyngham
Thomas Gordon Peter Sonmans
Joseph Sims and Francis Hopkinson, Secretary

An address to his honor the Governor was
read to the board, in these words. Vizt.
To the honorable John Penn Esquire
Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of
the Province of Pennsylvania and Counties of New
Castel, Kent, and Sussex upon Delaware.
The address of the Rector, Ministers, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the united congregations
of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia
May it please your honor!
We the Rector, Ministers, Church
Wardens and Vestry of the united Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's in this City beg leave to offer
you our hearty congratulations upon your arrival
to the Government of this province.
Amongst the many objects that call
for the care and protection of that authority with
which you are now invested, the interest of reli-
gion and virtue demand a principal place, and few
temporal blessings can that state expect to receive
where God is not publicly honored, and the gospel
of the blessed Jesus contenance and revered;

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we trust therefore that you will be the happy instu-
ment in the hands of Heaven of recommending and
enforcing by your influence and example, the practice
of true religion and virtue among us.
It is with pleasure we embrace this op-
portunity of sincerely and thankfully acknowledging
the many obligations we are under to that honor-
ble and benevolent family whose name you bear and
to which you stand so nearly allied. The large
benefaction which the members of these united
churches have received from them, we hope will
ever be remembered with the warmest gratitude.
To your kind patronage and protection as
our Governor, and as a member of the Church of
England we humbly recommend the Churches under
our care; sincerely imploring the divine blessing
upon your administration; by which alone it
can become a comfort to yourself and a happi-
ness to those over whom you are appointed to
preside.

Signed by order of Vestry Richard Peters, Rector
November 9, 1763
which address was approved of.
Resolved that the committee who drew up the
above address should prepare another to James
Hamilton Esquire thanking him for the favor and
protection he was pleased to show the united churches
during his administration.
The Vestry then waited on the Govern-
nor and delivered their address; to which his honor
was pleased to return the following answer.

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Gentlemen,
I thank you for your kind congratula-
tions on my arrival. I can sincerely assure you that
the established church will find in me a hearty rea-
diness to promote their prosperity, and to do them
every good office in my power.
The proprietaries cannot but be pleased
with your warm expressions of gratitude, which
I shall not fail to communicate to them by the first
opportunity.

At a meeting of the Vestry November 14, 1763:

Present:
The Rector
Will Plumsted [Plumstead]

Vestry:
Jacob Duché William Byngham [Bingham]
Joseph Redman Charles Stedman
Thomas Gordon James Humphreys
William Pyewell Peter Turner
Joseph Sims John Ross
John Kearsley and the Secretary

An address to Mr. Hamilton was read to
the Board and approved; the Vestry then waited on
Mr. Hamilton and delivered the same in these words
Vizt.
To the Honorable James Hamilton Esquire.
The Address of the Rector, Minister, Church War-
dens and Vestry Men of the United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia.
Sir,
"We have received during your adminis-
tration, so many instances of your kind regard
for us and the Churches under under care, that we

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cannot but take this opportunity of making you
our warmest acknowledgments, and of expressing the
high esteem with which our breasts are filled towards
you: an esteem on which no change of station can
have any effect.
We take our leave of you, Sir, with the
most cordial wishes for your future welfare, fer-
vently praying that the God of all goodness may
impart unto you every grace and blessing that can
render the remainder of your days comfortable
and happy.
To which Mr. Hamilton was pleased to
make the following answer.
Gentlemen,
You have done me a great deal of
honor in your address of this day; more indeed
than my poor endeavors to assist you can have
deserved.
I desire you will be pleased to accept of
my hearty thanks for your great civility to me
upon this occasion; and to assure yourselves
that, either in a public or private station, I
shall never remit my regards for the good and pros-
perity of the Churches under your care, or for
your own persons.


At a meeting of the Vestry, in the Rector's
Chamber, April 3, 1764:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
William Plumstead
Edward Duffield

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Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman Charles Stedman
Jacob Duché William Pyewell
Thomas Gordon John Kearseley [Kearsley]
Peter Turner Joseph Redman
Townsend White James Humphreys
Francis Hopkinson, Secretary

It being represented to the Vestry that there
yet remained a sum of money due to Mr. Smith for
the Building of St. Peter's Church and likewise a fresh
debt arising from his erecting a pulpit there it was
resolved that Messrs. Thomas Willing, Redmond Conyng-
ham and James Humphreys, or any two of them be
a committee for taking in subscriptions and
collecting monies from the united congregations to
discharge the aforesaid debts. It was, at the
same time recommended to the Committee formerly
appointed to take in subscriptions for St. Peter's
Church that they use their best endeavors to
collect the monies which yet remain unpaid
on said subscriptions.
An account, amounting to 31.0.0 pounds was pro-
duced to the board from Messrs. Benjamin Franklin
and David Hall against the Vestry for printing
Steeple Lottery TIckets, advertisements and
Resolved, that Messrs. Charles Stedman and James Hum-
phreys be a committee for settling the same with
Mr. Franklin, who was one of the Managers of said
lottery; and make report to the Vestry at their
next meeting.
The Rector produced to the Board a petition
from several of the inhabitants of Northampton
County setting forth the miserable situation to

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which great numbers of people were reduced by the
Indian war, and imploring some assistance in
there distress. Upon which it was, Resolved
that 50 pounds should be sent to their relief from
the monies formerly collected fro these charitable pur-
poses; and that Mr. Lewis Gordon of Easter, Mr. David
Chambers, Mr. Arthur Latimer and Mr. Richard Wal-
ker or any two of them be trustees for distributing
this benefaction agreeable to the directions of
the committee of Vestry formerly appointed to man-
age matters of this kind.
The Members of Vestry who frequently
attended while the children of the united Congre-
gations were improved in the Art of Psalmody,
reported, that they had observed Mr. William Young
in conjunction with the Secretary, to take great
and constant pains in teaching and instructing the
children: it was therefore unanimously agreed
that the thankful acknowledgements of
this Board be given Mr. Hopkinson and Mr. Young
for these their kind services; which they are
requested still to continue.

Easter Monday April 23, 1761:

The United Congregations of Christ CHurch
and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia after divine
service elected the following officers for the ensuing
year, vizt.

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Jacob Duché
*Townsend White Henry Harrison

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William Pyewell         *Redman Ronyngham
*William Plumstead *Joseph Sims
Thomas Gordon *Will Bingham
Joseph Redman Charles Stedman
Alexander Stedman Peter Turner
John Ross *James Humphreys
Edward Duffield *Joseph Stamper
Joseph Swift *Samuel Johnston
Vestry Men
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

N.B.: Those persons who have this mark (*)
prefixed to their names are Quest Men.

At a meeting of the Vestry April 30, 1764:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
William Bingham
Joseph Sims
Joseph Stamper
William Pyewell
James Humphreys
John Kearsley
Redmond Conyngham
Joseph Swift
Thomas Gordon
and the Secretary

Messrs. Redmond Conyngham, Joseph Stam-
per, Thomas Gordon and Joseph Swift or any of three of them
were appointed a committee for settling the last year's
accounts with the late Church Wardens.

At a meeting of the Vestry at the School
House on Wednesday June 13, 1764:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

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William Pyewell
James Humphreys
William Byngham [Bingham]
Thomas Gordon
Joseph Stamper
Henry Harrison
Jacob Duché
John Kearseley [Kearsley]
Joseph Sims
Joseph Redman
Townsend White
Alexander Stedman
William Plumstead
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

The Rector informed the Vestry that he had
convened them together in order to acquaint them
with his design of embarking for England in a few
days; and that for the supply of their churches, he
had an intention, if it should be agreeable to them
inviting the Reverend Dr. Smith to officiate occasionally
for him, during his absence. To which the Vestry
readily assented.
The Rector having informed the Board
that the purchase of the lot in the south end of
this city amounts to 500 pounds sterling, and that the
sale of the South-Sea Stock amounts to no more than
284 pounds. The Rector having generously given 100 pounds
sterling towards the purchase of the aforesaid lot, pro-
poses, as there will yet be wanting 116 pounds sterling to
complete the purchase, to advance the said sum
if the Vestry would promise to repay him; which
they accordingly agreed to do. Resolved, that
this Vestry will pay to the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters
the sum of 116 pounds sterling, it being money advanced by
him for the purchase of the said lot in the south
end of this city.
An account was produced to the Board from
Mr. Robert Smith for building a Pulpit, reading desk
and for erecting rails round the Chancel in St.
Peter's Church, amounting to 285.13.3. Resolved
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and Henry Harrison be a committee for examining
said account.
The Rector informed the Board that Mr.
Samuel Kirk, who formerly served as Sexton to the
Church, was again desirous of that office in St. Peter's
which was now vacant. Resolved, that Mr. Samuel
Kirk should be the Sexton of St. Peter's Church; and
receive the salary which the former Sexton had; to
commence from the time when he began to serve.
The two Church Wardens, Dr. Kearseley [Kearsley]
and Mr. Alexander Stedman were appointed a committee
for preparing an address to the Rector, to be delivered
him before he sails for England; thankfully ac-
knowledging the many favors which the Chur-
ches have from time to time received from him.
The Vestry therefore agreed to meet at 3 o'clock on
Saturday next in the afternoon, for this purpose.

At a meeting of the Vestry on
Saturday June 16, 1764:

Present:
The Reverend Mr. Sturgeon and the Reverend Mr. Duché

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
James Humphreys
John Kearseley
Jacob Duché
William Pyewell
Joseph Redman
William Bingham
Thomas Gordon
Joseph Sims
Townsend White
John Ross
Joseph Swift
Redmond Conyngham
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

The Committee appointed for that purpose
produced to the Board an address to our Reverend
Rector, which was read by the Secretary and approved of
the Ministers, Wardens, Vestry Men and Secretary

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then proceeded to wait on the Rector and delivered him
their address in the following words vizt.

To the Reverend Mr. Richard Peters Rector
of the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's in
the City of Philadelphia,

Reverend Sir,
We, the Ministers, Church Wardens
and Vestry of the United Congregations of Christ Church
and St. Peter's, cannot suffer the present opportunity
of your departure for England to pay without testifying
the grateful and affectionate sense which we must
ever retain of your long and faithful services to our
churches, both before and since your appointment to
the Rectory of these Congregations.
The Prudence of your conduct,
your liberality, piety and other good qualities
have endeared you to us; we shall not cease,
therefore to offer up our sincere prayers to Heaven
that you may be preserved from the dangers of
the sea, restored in your health and speedily re-
turned to the exercise of your Ministry among us.
Philadelphi
June 16, 1764 Signed by order of Vestry
Charles Stedman Church Wardens
Edward Duffield


To which the Rector was pleased to make the
following answer Vizt.

"My dear fellow laborers in Christ, and you

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you Gentlemen of the Vestry!
The affection expressed in your kind address
fills my breast with the tenderest sensibility. Could
the bad state of my health, or my engagements to an
absent branch of my family have permitted, I would
never have suffered the pain I now feel at the approach
of my separation from you: And I do assure you that
it is my full purpose, with the divine permission,
to return to you at the close of the next Summer.
Even this absence, tho as short as it publicly can
be, will appear tiresome to me.
Continue in the agreeable harmony and
affection in which I leave you. Be perfect. Be of
good comfort. Be of one mind. Live in peace. And
may the God of love and peace be with you!"

The Committee appointed to examine the
Church Wardens accounts for year 1763 reported
that the Wardens had received 881.12.8 and that
they had disbursed for incidental charges 474.16.0 1/2
and that the balance amounting to 406.16.7 1/2 had
been divided between the Rector and Ministers in equal
proportions: and further that the money collected at
communions amounting to 101.14.7 had been
distributed amongst the poor of the congregations.

At a meeting of the Vestry:
October 30, 1764

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman
Redmond Coningham [Conyngham]
William Pyewell
Henry Harrison
William Byngham [Bingham]
James Humphreys
Townsend White
Thomas Gordon
Joseph Swift

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and the Secretary.
It being reported that Mrs. Henmarsh
deceased had left a legacy to the Churches; the War-
dens were desired to wait on Mr. B. Franklin her
Executor and enquire into this matter.
The Reverend Mr. Sturgeon having some time
ago, given public notice that he did not intend to
remain long amongst us in a public capacity the Wardens were desi-
red to wait on him and know his determination.
Resolved that the Wardens pay out
of the church funds 100 pounds to Mr. Robert Smith
in part payment of his account, so soon as the
money shall come into their hands.

At a meeting of the Vestry November 19, 1764:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Edward Duffield
Charles Stedman

Vestry Men:
William Plumstead Thomas Gordon
John Kearseley [Kearsley] William Pyewell
Joseph Swift Henry Harrison
Jacob Duché Townsend White
William Bingham Peter Turner
James Humphreys Joseph Sims
and Alexander Stedman

A letter from the Reverend Mr. Sturgeon to the
Vestry was read, and follows in these words. Vizt.

"To Messrs. Stedman and Duffield Church Wardens
Gentlemen,
Having received a message from you
by the Church Wardens, desiring to know my determ-

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nation with respect to the expressin made use of by
me sometime in August last Vizt. that I had thoughts
in some time of resigning the Ministry amongst you.
At that time and long before I labored under a bad
habit of body, this joined with some hard usage which
I thought received had a great effect upon my spirits
and was the cause of that intimation, which I did
not intend to carry into execution hastily; nor with
out giving proper opportunities to supply the chur-
ches.
In compliance with your message, Gentle-
men, my answer is, that being, thro God's blessing,
restored to my health, I am resolved to continue in
the discharge of my duty; and whenever I determine
on the time of leaving the united Churches, the Vestry
may depend on receiving proper notice; and that I
shall do nothing, in so near a relation as that which
subsists between us, without the greatest deliberation.
After my most fervent prayers to almighty God for
the peace and welfare of the united Churches, and
that brotherly love and every grace and virtue may grow
into perfection amongst you, I remain,
Gentlemen,
Your most obliged
most humble servant
and Minister
William Sturgeon

November 8, 1764
and the 15th year of
my Ministry in
Philadelphia.

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At a meeting of the Vestry:
January 7, 1765

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché William Pyewell
Joseph Swift James Humphreys
William Bingham Joseph Sims
Thomas Gordon Redmond Conyngham
Townsend White Alexander Stedman
and Francis Hopkinson Secretary

A proposal was made to the Board to
apply to the Honorable House of the Free Men of
Pennsylvania for Liberty to raise by way of
lottery 1500 pounds, in order to discharge the debts
due for the building of St. Peter's Church; which
amounted to near that sum. To this the Board
assented. Intimation being at the same time
given that the memebers of the Church of England
in the county towns of York and Reading had the
same intentions of petitioning the house for
liberty to raise by way of lottery 300 pounds each
for erecting places of worship for their use in the
said towns: it was thought expedient to draw
one petition for the whole; and that the three
lotteries may be joined in one scheme.
A petition to the house was accordingly
drawn up and read to the board in the following
words Vizt.
To the honorable the representa-
tives of the Free-Men of Pennsylvania in
Assemble met.
The petition of the Church Wardens
and Vestry Men of the United Congregations

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of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of
Philadelphia.
Humbly sheweth
That soe years
ago it was represented and made appear to the
Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men of Christ
Church aforesaid that by the late growth of this
city and increase of the members of the Church
in it, many serious and well disposed persons in the
communion and persuasion of the said church were
without the opportunity of attending regularly on
the public exercises of religion (agreeable to that
from which their consciences approved) by reason
that they could not be accommodated with pews
or room in Christ Church aforesaid; and the account
of the great distance it lay from many of them, which
made their attendance inconvenient in the extremi-
ties both of heat and cold.
That the said Rector, Church Wardens and
Vestry Men, duly considering the premisses and being
desirous to promote the service of almighty God
with which the welfare of Society is inseparably
connected, did obtain a convenient lot for building
a new church.
That it being considered that public
buildings may be rendered among the chief
ornaments of every city, and that the said proposed
Church would be of lasting use to the public, it
was determined to erect it in a commodious man-
ner, with as much elegance as might be consis-
tent with plainness and simplicity.
That the members of the Church of
England in this city determined to defray the
expense of this building by contributions among
themselves, being unwilling to have recourse

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to lotteries, which were then very frequent for
similar designs; or to apply for assistance from
other societies, who were generally laboring
under burdens for finishing or enlarging their
own places of worship.
That a neat and convenient Church called
St. Peter's has been accordingly built, in union
and under the same government with Christ Church
aforesaid, at the joint expense of the members of
both congregations, who have raised upwards of
three thousand six hundred pounds among them-
selves, for this purpose. But by the sudden rise
of the price of materials and labor, your petitio-
ners, who are the representatives of both con-
gregations, find that they still lie under a
heavy det of near fifteen hundred pounds for
furnishing the said St. Peter's Church for enclosing
the burying ground and purchasing an addition
to it; as they are willing to make appear to
the house; which debt they have no prospect
of being able to pay by further contributions
among their own members; as almost every
person capable of contributing has already
repeated their original subscriptions and some
who did subscribe are unable to perform their
engagements.
That under these circumstances your
petitioners found they had no other resource but
to apply to the legislature for aid by way of
lottery: but while they were deliberating on
this matter, application was made to them, set-
ting forth that the Society for Propagating the
Gospel did at a great expense support two
Missionaries for the advancement of religion in
the frontier parts of this province; that the county
town of York was within the mission of one of

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them, and that the members of the Church of England
in that town having no place of public worship wanted
the sum of three hundred pounds, exclusive of
their own subscriptions to enable them to erect
one: that the county town of Reading was
within the other mission and in similar circum-
stances with York; wanting the like sum of
three hundred pounds to enable them to erect
a place of worship for the congregation of the
Church of England there; and both these Congre-
gations intimated to your petitioners their in-
tentions of praying the legislature for aid by
way of lottery and requested us that they might
be joined under one scheme and in one law with
our congregations aforesaid; to which, if agreea-
ble to your Honorable House, we are very desirous
to consent, as the same cause of religion is to
be served by the whole, and the design may be
more successful and more an object of public atten-
tion upon this joint plan.
Your petitioners, therefore, trusting in the
good disposition of your Honorable house towards the
advancement of religion and the Church established
in the mother country humbly pray for leave
to bring in a bill to enable them, by way of lottery,
to extricate themselves from the said debt, and
if the house thinks proper to allow the said Congrega-
tions of York and Reading to be joined in the scheme
either now or when their petitions to the house
for that purpose shall come to stand, we would further
pray that the sum to be raised may be two thou-
sand two hundred and fifty pounds agreeable to a
scheme which shall be presented with the bill
so that one thousand five hundred pounds may
come clear to the united congregations fo Christ
Church and St. Peter's aforesaid; and three hundred

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pounds to the Episcopal Congregation at York
and the like sum to the Episcopal Congregation
at Reading, or in sums proportionable to the
above, if there should be any deficiency by the
loss or sale of tickets: and your petitioners
shall ever pray etc.

Signed in behalf of the Congregations
of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Philadelphia
January 8, 1765 Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

The above petition was approved of and the
Church Wardens desired to deliver the same into the
house at a proper time.
Resolved that Mr. Cash shall for the future
settle with the secretary of this board for all Church Fees
once every month, shall render him an exact
account of all outstanding debts and pay into his
hands the monies he shall from time to time have
received agreeable to a minute made the 11th of August
1763. And the Secretary is desired to furnish Mr. Cash
with a copy of this minute.

At a meeting of the Vestry:
March 26, 1765

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Edward Duffield

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman John Kearseley [Kearsley]
Townsend White Joseph Sims
Joseph Swift William Bingham
Joseph Redman William Pyewell
Jacob Duché James Humphreys
and Francis Hopkinson Secretary

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    It being represented that it is necessary to 
have a shed built for keeping the bies belonging
to St. Peter's Church and the spades and other utensils ne-
cessary for the grave digger; it is resolved that
a shed should be erected in some convenient place
for that purpose in as cheap and commodious a
manner as may be: and Mr. Charles Stedman is
appointed to superintend this work.

Easter Monday
April 8, 1765

The United Congregations of Christ Church
and St. Peter's met and after divine service elected the
following officiers for the ensuing year. Vizt.

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
John Kearseley [Kearsley] William Pyewell
Jacob Duché *James Humphreys
Alexander Stedman John Ross
Edward Duffield Henry Harrison
*Joseph Swift Joseph Redman
*Joseph Sims *William Bingham
*Joseph Stamper Redmond Conyngham
*Thomas Gordon *William Plumstead
Peter Turner Sr. Peter Sonmans
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

N.B. Those person who have this
mark (*) prefixed to their names were chosen
Quest Men.
Ordered that the Vestry be summoned
to meet at the old Church School House, on Monday
afternoon next at four o'clock; as usual.

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At a meeting of the Vestry at the School House
April 15, 1765

Present:
Charles Stedman Townsend White
Alexander Stedman John Kearseley [Kearsley]
Peter Turner Redmond Conyngham
William Pyewell Jacob Duché
Joseph Stamper Joseph Sims
Joseph Swift William Bingham
and Francis Hopkinson Secretary

Messrs. Joseph Swift, Townsend White and
Joseph Stamper were appointed a committee for
settling the last year's accounts with the late Church
Wardens, and desired to make report at the next meeting.
Francis Hopkinson declining to collect
the pew money any longer, as it did not suit
his other business; Mr. William Pyewell was chosen
and appointed to that office: for which service he
is allowed to draw 5 pounds for all pew money by
him from time to time collected. He is like-
wise desired to settle with Mr. cash once every
month for all church fees, and to draw like com-
missions for the same.

At a meeting of the Vestry:
April 23, 1765

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
Joseph Sims Alexander Stedman
Joseph Redman Jacob Duché
William Pyewell Peter Turner
Edward Duffild John Ross
Joseph Swift and the Secretary

The Committee for building an organ for Christ
CHurch reported that the same was now ready to be

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put up: The Vestry therefore ordered that the same
should be erected in the west end of Christ Church
aforesaid in the front of the gallery.
Resolved that two single should be built, one on
each side of the communion table; and the Church
Wardens are desired to see the same accomplished as
soon as possible.

At a meeting of the Vestry
May 25, 1765

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché James Humphreys
Joseph Redman William Pyewell
Peter Sonmans John Kearseley [Kearsley]
Alexander Stedman John Ross
Peter Turner William Bingham
Edward Duffield and the Secretary

A packet was opened containing a letter
from the Rector in England, in the following words
Vizt.
London, March 17, 1765
Gentlemen.
When I arrived in London I found
your draught of a charter in the hands of the Arch
Bishop of Canterbury. Mr. Penn has the honor to be
on very good and friendly terms with him; and as the
Arch Bishop had interested himself heartily for the
academy and expressed himself very handsomely with
respect to our churches, whose lituraton and occurrences
he knew exactly well, Mr. Penn thought he could not be
excused from laying the draught before
his grace and desiring it might be made agreeable
to his judgement. His grace made some very weighty
objections to it; and I thought what his grace said

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carried reason in it, as to excluding your Rector from
sundry things incident to his office; but I removed
them in such a manner as did honor to my Vestry
and the Congregations and shewed my own disinteres-
tedness. The Proprietors, who really love the church
were greatly delighted at the thing, as it was
agreeable to their own judgements. After this
my system for the recovery of my health obliged
me to go to Liverpool, and as the charter was
not just then ready. I left it to be sent according to
a promise Mr. Penn directed me to give to Dr. Kearsley
to whom he found me writing a letter, that it should
be sent by the then next packet. However, after
I went away other things occurred, and they did
not think it right to make the least alteration
without my consent. Do not imagine the least
fault in MR. Penn, he always was and always
will be well disposed to your churches and to your
persons. As to the alterations, they were mostly
such as I told you in Vestry Mr. Penn's council
thought should be made Vizt. That as the charter
could not give you a power out of Pennsylvania
so the word (elsewhere) ought to be struck out.
And that it would be right to begin with a small
sum in mortmain at first; because other churches
would want like powers, and they might be
better restrained when no more was given to you.
As to this, you set it is put for the present as 600 pounds
which will do as it is exclusive of the monies
arising from pews and the burial ground, of which
you have the sole disposition. I told the Arch-
Bishop of your present practice this satisfied
him tolerably well but then he insisted I should
make it point with you that the present ap-
propriation of the pews to the Rector and Ministers
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between us. The present Proportions were well enough
as they arose from my desire; but these will admit
of alterations as you may see occasion hereafter.
Of any change be made in Vestry let the new Char-
ter conform to it. Wait on the governor every respect
fully. Orders are given to my brother to
convey the lots to the Churches; but as the trust
will be difficult to be expressed, so as to preserve
that part of the lot which is bought with the
Society's money for the use of the Rector of Christ
Church, and that which is bought with my money
(for I suppose no body will now contribute a
farthing) to the Minister of St. Peter's, if ever,
separated; I think it would be better to postpone
this affair to my return. I am the only lover.
My heart is with you, and as my vows
are made to Heaven to devote the remainder of
my life to prepare you and my self for another
word I shall not suffer any opportunity of em-
barkation for your city to pass that shall offer
after the first of August. London is very disa-
greeable to me. Tomorrow I go to Bristol to dring
the waters. As I know any thing that I can say in
favor of my health will give you pleasure, I tell
you with truth and satisfaction and abundance of
thanks to my good God that I am likely to be resto-
red to my former health. To the divine protection
and favor I commit you; praying for you and
your and my dear Congregations with the utmost
fervency. I am with the most cordial esteem
Dear Gentlemen,
Your most affectionate
and faithful Pastor
To the Church Wardens Richard Peters
and Vestry Men of Christ
Church and St. Peter's

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    On the back of the above letter was
written the following note vizt.

"Gentlemen,
Herewith you have the draught
of the charter to your churches as it is settled
by the proprietaries. In the packet directed
to the Governor there is a duplicate of this
draught and a warrant from the proprietors
to affix the great seal to such a charter at
your desire. You will please to peruse the
draught carefully, and as I know it is perfectly
agreeable to your constitution, practice, and
the several conversations I had with you
upon the subject, you will testify your ap-
probation to the Governor at the time you
deliver him the packet - that is in case you
approve of it; for your full consent must be
first given in Vestry. The Governor will ap-
point a time for you to wait on him for the
acceptance of the charter which must be
made conformable to the present Vestry, and
dated at the same time the great seal is
affixed. I give you joy at this event and
hope many benefactions will follow on it.
My letter of yesterday will satisfy you as
to the alterations and the delay.
I am once more
Your's R. P.

The copy of the charter mentioned in the
above letter was twice read, and Messer's Alexander
Stedman, John ross, and John Kearseley [Kearsley] were ap-
pointed a committee for comparing the same with
the draught of a charter formerly proposed
and entered in this book (Fol: 37 etc.) to examine

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the same carefully and make report at the next
meeting.
Ordered that in summoning the next Vestry
the business of the meeting be mentioned in each
ticket; that there may no delays fro want of a
full board.
Ordered that the Secretary bring the old book
of minutes at the next meeting; that the rules re-
specting the conduct of the Vestry at their meetings
may be read to the board.
Messrs. Alexander Stedman and James Humphreys
were appointed a committee from conserving of
ways and means for increasing the salary of the
Reverend Mr. Duché and to make reprot at the next
meeting.

Ata meeting of the Vestry:
June 11, 1765

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
James Humphreys Joseph Sims
Jacob Duché Joseph Swift
William Bingham Thomas Gordon
Joseph Stamper Joseph Redman
William Pyewell Peter Sonmans
Redmond Conyngham Alexander Stedman
John Kearsley and the Secretary

The draught of a charter lately come
from England, was read and carefully compared with
the Charter formerly proposed, and, after mature
deliberation it was agreed by all present and
Resolved that the following amendment should
be made therein Vizt [unclear] the latter end of the said

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Charter, after the words "until another Rector shall
be duly appointed" that these words should be in-
serted Vizt. "and approved for the said Churches
agreeable to former Method and usage."
Resolved that the Secretary should engross the
Charter with the aforesaid amendment.
A letter from the Rector was then read to
the board in these words.

Gentlemen
Hot Wells near Bristol April 15, 1765

I wrote to you by the Reverend W. Munro,
lately appointed one of the Missionaries in the
Province of New York. With my letter I sent you
a draught of a charter of Incorporation, which
as it is now demanded, will I dare say be readily
approved, and if so, there is a letter to the Governor
enclosing a duplicate of this draught and a
warrant under the seal of the proprietaries au-
thorizing him to pass such a charter when re-
quested by you.
As the congregation hav on this
day sevennight chosen a Vestry, if Mr. Charles
Stedman be returned, I chose him for my
Church Warden. This I do with great cheerful-
ness. Hereafter, as I have an entire confidence
in any that shall be chose by the congregation
for their representatives, I shall change my
Church Wardens every year that I may become
acquainted with all in their turn. There
may reasons for making alterations even in
this determination; but till such reasons
occur I shall have a pleasure in placing my
confidence in you all as fast as the year comes
about.

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    Mr. Charles Stedman's name as my
Church Warden for the ensuring year I desire
may be entered in your Vestry book; and likewise if
the Charter be approved you will be so good as to
have it put in that likewise.
I shall write no more: I hope to have the
pleasure of embracing you in October at furtherest;
purporting to keep my appointment I am,
Gentlemen,
Your affectionate Rector
and Servant
Richard Peters

To the Church Wardens and Vestry of the
united Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and
St. Peter's in Philadelphia.

A motion was then made to increase the
church funds by raising the price of the best
sittings in the two churches; and the following
plan was laid before the board for that purpose
Vizt.

In St. Peter's Church
From No. 1 to No. 10 Inclusion: being 60 settings 2/6 each is 7.10 pounds
--------11--------26------------------80---------ditto--------10.--
--------29--------39------------------72-----------5/--------18.10
36.--
Opposite side of the church the same-------------------------36.--
All the front fo the galleries being 95 settings at 5/ is 23.15
95.15
In Christ Church
From No. 1 to 10 and from 89 to 98--117 settings of 2/6 is - 14.15
Pews in the body of church below stairs 260 settings at 5/ is 65.--
All the front of the galleries----------102-----------ditto - 25.10
105.5
St. Peter's Church--------------------------------------------95.15
Total increase; over and above }----------------------201.--
the present in come of the churches }

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    But as this was a matter of considerable impor-
tance, it was thought proper to defer it till the
return of the Rector.
Ordered that the Church Wardens wait
on the Governor with his letter and draught of the
Charter, and know from him when it will suit him
to pass the said charter, if he should approve of it.

At a meeting of the Vestry:
June 28, 1765

Present

Church Wardens:
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
James Humphreys Edward Duffield
Peter Turner Joseph Redman
Jacod Duché Joseph Swift
Joseph Stamper Redmond Conyngham
Henry Harrison William Pyewell
Alexander Stedman Peter Sonmans
William Bingham Joseph Sems
William Plumstead [Plumsted] John Ross

This day the Charter granted by
the Honorable proprietaries of this Province to
the united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
in this city, signed by the Honorable John Penn Esq.
Lieutenant Governor and under the great seal
of this Province for Incorporating the Rector,
Church Wardens, and Vestry Men of the said united
Congregations and enabling them to take, receive,
and hold lands and was brought into Vestry and
distinctly read paragraph by paragraph.
And thereupon the question was put.
Whether this Vestry will receive
and accept the said Charter of Incorporation
And thereupon, Resolved, Nemine Con-
tradicente, that this vestry do now receive and

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accept the said charter.
Ordered, that the thanks of this Vestry
be given to me Honorable Proprietaries and to JOhn Penn
Esq. their Lieutenant Governor for their favor
in granting the said charter.
Ordered, that the Church Wardens do prepare
an address for this purpose.
Ordered, that the Charter aforesaid be delivered
to the Master of the Rolls of this County; by him
to be enrolled and recorded.
Then the following questions were put, and
Resoled that this board shall for the
future have a Secretary.
Resolved, that Francis Hopkinson Esquire
be the Secretary to this board, during the pleasure
of the corporation.
Resolved, that the present Secretary's
salary by fifteen pounds per annum.

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able to the Vestry; it was agreed that said William
Young should serve as clerk in St. Peter's Church
aforesaid till the return of the Rector and should enjoy
the salary and privileges of the former clerk till
that time.

At a meeting of the Vestry at the school house:
December 28, 1765

Present:

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
James Humphries Joseph Swift
Alexander Stedman Joseph Redman
Peter Sonmans William Bingham
Thomas Gordon Redmond Conyngham
Jacob Duché William Pyewell
Joseph Stamper Joseph Sims
Edward Duffield and the Secretary

The Vestry having met in order to address
the Rector on his safe arrival from England; provi-
ded to wait on him at the Parsonage House, and then
addressed him in the following words Vizt.

Reverend Sir
The Vestry of the united Congre-
gations of Christ Church and St. Peter's wait upon you
to offer their sincere and hearty congregations
on you safe arrival.
It affords them the greatest plearsure
to see you return to your Pastoral care amongst them
after so long an absence; and they, with the warmest
gratitude, bless the author of all good that you
have conducted safe thro' the dangers of
the seas, and are so visibly restored in your
health.

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    The Vestry find themselves heartily disposed to
do every thing in their power to render your Ministerial
Function easy and agreeable.

To which the Rector was pleased to return
a very kind and affectionate answer.


At a meeting of the Vestry:
December 31, 1765

Present:
Richard Peters Rector

CHurch Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman John Ross
Joseph Redman Redmond Conyngham
Joseph Stamper John Kearsley
Edward Duffield William Bingham
Thomas Gordon Joseph Sims
Jacob Duché William Pyewell
James Humphreys Peter Sonmans
Joseph Swift and
Francis Hopkinson, Secretary

The Vestry being summoned to meet the Ma-
nagers of the St. Peter's and Church Lottery, in order to con-
sider the most proper means for bringing the same to a con-
clusion, proceeded to deliberate on the following propo-
sals. Vizt.
1st. Whether the offers made by Mr. John Ord, the
the Vestry, as a Corporation, shall undertake to ensure
tickets in the said Lottery at 25 pounds per hundred tickets, and
that Mr. Ord should re-ensure the Vestry at 30 pounds per
hundred or not.
Put to the vote, and carried in the negative.

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    2nd. Whether this corporation shall take any
number of tickets in the said lottery, in order to
hasten the drawing, or not; which tickets shall
be at the risque of the corporation.
Carried in the affirmative.

3rd. Whether or no the number of tickets this
corporation shall take shall be 800.
Carried in the affirmative.

The Secretary was thereupon ordered to get
800 tickets in the said lottery, and deliver them
to Dr. John Kearsley, on account of the corporation.

At a meeting of the Vestry at the School House:
January 21, 1766

Present:
Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Joseph Redman
William Bingham James Humphreys
Thomas Gordon Joseph Swift
Jacob Duché Alexander Stedman
Joseph Stamper William Pyewell
Peter Sonmans John Ross
Edward Duffield Peter Turner
Joseph Sims
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

The Secretary reported that agreeable to an order
of last meeting he had procured 800 lottery tickets Vizt
from No. 801 to 1600 inclusive, excepting No. 1264 supp-
plied by No. 420; all signed Jacob Duché, which tickets
he had delivered to Dr. John Kearsley for the use of the
Vestry.

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    At the Desire of the Rector, the charter was read.
Ordered, that the Rector and Church Wardens
be a committee for drawing up an address of thanks
to the Honorable the Proprietaries for the Charter of
Incorporation by them granted to this board; which
address was, by former minute ordered to be drawn up,
but was postponed till the arrival of the Rector.
Ordered that the Secretary enter a fair copy of
the said charter in the Book of Minutes.
The Committee appointed to examine the late
Church Wardens accounts, report, that they found
a balance in favor of the corporation amoun-
ting to 559.13.6 which had been equally distribut-
ted between the Rector and the two assistants Mi-
nisters.
Edward Duffield having been formerly ap-
pointed Treasurer to receive and distribute certain
charitable contributions raised for the relief of the
back inhabitants distressed by the Indians; Messrs.
Joseph Redman and Joseph Swift were appointed a Com-
mittee to examine said Treasurers accounts with respect
to the contributions aforesaid and to make a report at
the next meeting.
Several complaints having been made
against the Reverend Mr. Sturgeon for his late conduct,
particularly for his behavior in Christ Church
last Sunday; the Rector was requested to speak
to Mr. Sturgeon respecting said complaints.

(Here followeth a copy of the Charter as
it was signed by his Honor the Governor.)

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     Loco Sigilli


"Charter of the united
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Church in the City of Philadelphia in the
Province of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Penn and Richard Penn
true and absolute Proprietaries of the Province of
Pennsylvania and Counties of New Castle, Kent, and
Sussex on Delaware to all persons to who this
Presents shall come greeting:
Whereas divers Members of the Episco-
pal Church of England residing in the City of Phila-
delphia have, at a very considerable expense, erected
and built two churches in the said city; the one
called Christ Church and the other St. Peter's
Church.
And whereas it hath been represented
to us by the Reverend Richard Peters the present Rector
of the said Episcopal Churches in the said City, Charles
Stedman and Townsend White the present Church
Wardens of the said Churches; John Kearsley, Jacob
Duché, John Ross, Alexander Stedman, Edward Duf-
field, Joseph Swift, Joseph Sims, Joseph Stamper,
Thomas Gordon, Peter Turner Senior, William Pyewell,
James Humphreys, Henry Harrison, Joseph Red-
man, William Bingham, Redmond Cunningham [Conyngham],
William Plumstead, and Peter Sonmans the present

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Vestry Men of the said Churches, that for want of a
corporate body in either of the said churches capable
of taking or holding by law the donations, grants,
and requests of divers charitable and well disposed
persons heretofore made for the use and benefit of the
said churches or either of them and for and towards
the support and maintenance of the Rector and Mi-
nisters thereof have been lost and the pious intentions
of the donors frustrated and defeated, and that all funds
and provisions that may or can be established for the
good purposes aforesaid will be precarious and ineffectu-
al until a suitable remedy is provided in that
behalf; Wherefore they have prayed us to incor-
porate them by the name of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the united churches of
Christ CHurch and St. Peter's Church in the City of
Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania,
and that they and their successors, by such name,
may be erected and constituted a body politic
and corporate and have perpetual succession.
Now know ye that we, favoring the prayer
and application of the said Rector, Church Wardens,
and Vestry Men and willing as much as in us lies
to encourage virtue, piety, and charity; and for other
good causes and considerations us thereto specially
moving have granted, ordained, declared, constituted
and appointed an do for us our heir and successors by
these presents grant, ordain, declare, constitute and ap-
point that the said Reverend Richard Peters Rector,
Charles Stedmanm Edward Duffield, Joseph Swift,
Joseph Sims, Joseph Stamper, Thomas Gordon,
Peter Turner Senior, William Pyewell, James Hum-
phreys, Henry Harrison, Joseph Redman, William

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Plumstead and Peter Sonmans and their successors duly
elected and nominated in their place and stead be and
they are hereby created one corporation and body politic
to have continuance forever by the name of the
Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the
United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church
and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadel-
phia in the province of Pennsylvania.
And we do hereby for us, our heirs and
successors grant, ordain and declare that the said
Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry Men and their
Successors, by the name aforesaid shall forever here-
after be persons able and capable in law to
purchase, have, receive, take, hold and enjoy in
fee-simple, or any other lesser estate or estates any
lands, tenements, rents, annuities, liberties,
franchises and other hereditaments within the said
Province of Pennsylvania or the three lower counties of
New Castele, Kent and Sussex on Delaware by the
gift grant, bargain sale, alienation, enfeoffment,
release, confirmation or devise of any person or persons,
bodies politic or corporate, capable to make the
same. And further that the said corporations and
their successors may take and receive any sum or
sums of money and any kind, manner or potion
of goods and chattels that shall be given or bequea-
ted to them by any person or persons, bodies
politic and corporate capable to make a bequest or
gift thereof; such money to be laid out by them
in a purchase or purchases of lands, tenements,
messuages, houses, rents, or hereditaments to
them and their successors forever.
And we will and require that the
rents and revenues of the said Rector, Church

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Wardens and Vestry Men and their successors be from
time to time applied by the said Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men and their successors for the
maintenance and support of the Rector, Ministers and
officiers of the said united Churches and their church
yards and parsonage houses and other houses which
do now or hereafter shall belong to the said united
churches or either of them; and to no other use of
purpose whatsoever.
And we further will and require that
the said Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men
and their Successors shall not by deed, fine, or reco-
very or by any other ways or means grant, alien, or
otherwise dispose of any manors, messuages, lands,
tenements or hereditaments in them and their
successors to be vested; nor change nor encumber
the same to any person or persons whomsoever.
And we do further for us our heirs
and successors authorize and empower the said
Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men and their
successors, or a majority of them met from time
to time to make rules, by-laws and ordinances;
and to do every thing needful for the good government
and support of the said churches: Provided
always that the said rules, by-law and ordi-
nances be not repugnant to the laws and statutes
in force in the Kingdom of Great Britain; nor to
the laws and statutes in force in the said Province
of Pennsylvania; and be entered in the Vestry book.
And we do hereby give and grant
unto the said Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry
Men and their successors full power and authority
to make have and use one common seal, with such

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device and inscription as they shall think proper;
and the same to change, break, alter and renew at
their pleasure.
And we do hereby grant and ordain
that the said Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry Men
and their successors, by the name before mentioned,
shall be able in law to sue and be sued, plead and
be impleaded in any court or courts, before any
Judge, Judges or Justices within the said Province
of Pennsylvania or said Counties on Delaware, in
all and all manner of suits, complaints, pleas, cau-
ses, matters, and demands of whatsoever kind, na-
ture or from they be; and all and every other
matter or thing therein to do in as full and ef-
fectual a maner as any other person or persons,
bodies politic or corporate within that part of
Great Britain called England or within the
said Province of Pennsylvania or the lower
Counties aforesaid in the like cases may or
can do.
And we do further for us our heirs
and successors grant, ordain and declare that the
Vestry of the said united churches shall always
consist of twenty persons members of the said
churches or one of them; of which number the
Church Wardens are always to be two, and
that the election of such Vestry shall be made
every year on Easter Monday, by a majority of
such members of the said churches as shall ap-
pear by the Vestry books to have paid three suc-
cessive years preceding the time of such election
for a pew or setting in either of the said churches
who only shall have a right to vote for the
Vestry Men of the said united Churches.

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    And we do further give and grant to
the said Vestry then so elected full power to choose their
own officers, and to elect and and choose annually
and every year one of their ow number to be one
Church Warden of the said united Churches; and
the Rector for the time being shall choose one other
of the said Vestry Men to be the other Church Warden
of the said united churches: Provided always
nevertheless that in case of the death of a Rector
of the said united Churches we will and ordain
that from the death of such Rector and until another
Rector shall be duly appointed, and approved for
the said Churches agreeable to former method and
usage, the Church Wardens for the time being
with the consent fo the Major Part of the whole
Vestry Men in Vestry met shall have the same
powers and authorities relating to the disposition
of the rents and revenues of the said corporation
as is herein before vested in the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men.
And lastly we do for us our
heirs and successors grant, declare and ordain that
these our letters patient and charter and every clause
sentence and article herein contained shall be in
all things firm, valid, sufficient and effectual in
the law unto the said Rector, Church Wardens,
and Vestry Men, Community and Corporation
and their successors forever, according to the pur-
port and tenor hereof; without and further grant
from us our heirs and successors to be procured or
obtained: Provided always and it is hereby de-
clared and ordained that the clear yearly value
of he Messuages, Houses, Lands, Tenements, Rents,
Annuities or other Hereditaments and real estate

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of the said corporation shall not exceed the sum of
six hundred pounds sterling exclusive of
the monies arising from the letting of the
pews belonging to the said churches or either of them
and also exclusive of the monies arising from ope-
ning the ground for burial in the church yard
belonging to the said churches or either of them
which said monies shall, as it is now, be dispo-
sed of by the Church Wardens and Vestry Men
for the time being for the purposes herein before
mentioned In testimony whereof
we have caused these our letters to be made
patent and the great seal of our siad Province
to be hereunto affixed witness John Penn Esquire
our Lieutenant Governor and Commander in
Chief in and over our said Province of Pennsylva-
nia and Counties of New Castle, Ken, and Sussex
on Delaware this twenty fourth day of June
in the fifth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord
George the Third King of Great Britain, France,
and Ireland Defender of the faith etc And
in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven
Hundred and Sixty Five.
John Penn



Recorded in the office for recording
deeds for the city and county of Philadelphia in Pat
Book AA Vol. 6 pa. 357 and the 30th Day of July 1765
witness my hand and seal of my office aforesaid
C. Brockden Record

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At a meeting of the Vestry at the Rector's house:
February 17, 1766

Present:
Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
Alexander Stedman James Humphreys
Joseph Sims Edward Duffield
William Pyewell William Bingham
Thomas Gordon Joseph Swift
Joseph Redman John Ross
Jacob Duché Peter Turner
John Kearsley Joseph Stamper
Redmond Cuningham [Cunyngham]
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

An address of thanks to the honorable
the Proprietaries for their Charter of Incorporation
was read to the Board in the following words Vizt.

To the Honorable Thomas Penn
and Richard Penn Esquires true and absolute Proprietors
of the Province of Pennsylvania etc.
The humble address of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the united Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in
the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Penn-
sylvania.
Honored Gentlemen,
With the most un-
feigned sincerity, permit us to express our deep sense
of your constant readiness to promote the interests
of religion and knowledge in this province; and
more particularly your benevolence and kindness
to the members of the Church of England in this city,

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which have laid the congregations we represent under
peculiar ties of gratitude to you.
Your generous and free gift of a let for
St. Peter's Church gave us an opportunity some years
ago to offer our warmest acknowledgements to you,
which we are now called to repeat by a fresh instance
of your indulgence in granting our Churches a
Charter of Incorporation, which has been most
gratefully accepted. By the aid and sanction of
this charter, we trust the pious benefactions of pious
persons to charitable uses in our Congregations may
by more effectually managed; and the order, govern-
ment and decorum of our Churches better main-
tained.
As these were the purposes for which the
charter was humbly sollicited on our poart, and
kindly granted on your's it shall be our endeavor
as we hope it will be that of our successors to make
use of it only for these important ends.
Praying every Happiness temporal and
eternal to you and your families, we are with
the utmost esteem and gratitude
Honored Gentlemen
Your servant
Philadelphia
February 17, 1766 Richard Peters Rector
Charles Stedman Church Wardens
Townsend White

This address being approved of the Rector
was requested to transmit the same to the Honorable
the Proprietaries.

The Rector reported to the Board that he
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Matters recommended to him at the last meeting;
and that he had this morning received from Mr. Sturgeon
a letter; which was read to the board in following
words vizt.

For the Reverend Mr. Peters, Rector

Reverend Sir.
Having duly weighed the
several things you communicated to me from the Vestry,
my answer is as follows:
As to the sermon at which I hear some of
the congregation were offended, I aver to you that I
did not mean to give offence; and hope the impor-
tance of the subject should there have been any
warmth will be a sufficient excuse.
As to the reports which prevail of my
not having acted in character upon some occasions
with intemperate heat and passion; I do declare
that if any such instance can be produced, it took it's
rise from a mind disturbed by indisposition of body;
which my intimate friend and the physicians that
attend me can testify.
As to the complaints made against me
for a backwardness in not paying my debts, I own
with concern, this may be true in some instances; not
for want of a love of justice, but owing to disability
and the hardness of the times, a large family and sup-
port; and perhaps too great an anxiety to provide
something for my wife and children, in case it pleased
God to take me from them.
Thus, Reverend Sir, I have answered you
with the integrity of heart becoming a Minister of the
Gospel, and I make not the least doubt but that
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139
February
1766

Friendship. I have been a Minister in the Church
almost 19 years, and can declare I have endeavoured
to do my Duty to the best of my Knowledge; tho' at
the same time I feel that I am a frail * and no
Doubt in so long a time, some words or actions
may be found that will prove the same Truth.
However, here I rest, that my Conduct upon the
whole will be found, when judged by the Golden
Rule, that of an honest man, a sincere Christian
and a faithful Minister of Christ. After proper
Regards, I am
Revd. Sir,
Your most humble servant
Wm. Sturgeon
P.S. I would not have
the Meeting of the Vestry
put off any longer

* A word wanting in the Original, probably
the word Man.

The said Letter being taken into Consideration
and some Debates had thereon, Resolved
N. C. [nolo contendere] that this Board decline at this time to enter
into an Enquiry of the Revd. Mr. Sturgeon's character
and conduct without his particular
desire: upon which the Rector proposed an amicable
way to settle the matter; which being considered,
it was unanimously agreed to that
Mr. Sturgeon should be called in.
But before he came in, some of the
Members expressed their uneasiness at some declarations
said to be made by Mr. Sturgeon to Mr.
James Craig and Capt. William Morrell, giving
them to understand that he, Mr. Sturgeon, had
received his Quietus from the Rector, thro' the Vestry.
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came in, and the Rector in the name of the Vestry
acquainted him, that he had laid his letter before
the Vestry, who had considered the same: whereupon
the Minute of last Vestry relative to Mr. Sturgeon
was read. Some of the Members, then, enquired
of Mr. Sturgeons whether he had not made the de-
clarations before mentioned to Mr. Craig and Captain
Morrell; to which Mr. Sturgeon answered, he referred
to these Gentlemen to declare what had passed
between him and them, as they were Gentlemen
of Veracity: some other questions being about
to be proposed to Mr. Sturgeon, he suddenly rose up
and departed, wishing the Vestry well and that
they might do right.
The Committee appointed to examine
Mr. Duffields accounts in regard to the receiving
and distributing certain charitable contribu-
tions; made the following report vizt.
We the committee appointed by the
Vestry to inspect Mr. Duffield's accounts of the sums
of money raised for the relief of the back inhabitants
distressed by the Indian incursions, do report the
same amounted to nine hundred and forty
seven pounds; which, by vouchers produced to us,
was distributed by him.

Joseph Redman
Joseph Swift

Philadelphia
January 22, 1766

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At a meeting of the Vestry at the Rector's
February 25, 1766

Present:
The Reverend Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White

Vestry Men:
Peter Sonmans Peter Turner Sr.
James Humphreys Joseph Redman
Jacob Duché William Bingham
John Kearsley Edward Duffield
Joseph Swift Alexander Stedman
Joseph Sims Redmong Cuningham [Conyngham]
Francis Hopkinson Secretary

The Rector with Messrs. John Kearsley,
Alexander Stedman, and Jacob Duché were appoin-
ted a committee to inspect the minutes of Vestry
and to extract from there whatever relates to the
Constitution, Rules and usages of the church and
to make a draught of a sett of such by-laws
and rules as they shall think necessary for the
good Government of the Church; likewise to
receive the deeds for the church groung and lots
from a committee formerly appointed to collect
them and have them recorded; and to report what
further things may be necessary to be done to
vest the said grounds in this corporation.
The same committee are likewise to
apply to the Secretary of the land office for a
patent for the lot for which the humble proprietor's
have been already paid the consideration money
amounting to 500 pounds sterling; but before it passes
the seals they are to lay a draught of such
patent before the Vestry for their approbation.

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    Messrs. Jacob Duché, Joseph Sims and Thomas
Gordon were appointed a committee to make a plan
of the ground before mentioned and to divide the same
into lots to be let out to such persons as shall offer
the best ground rent for the same: and to lay
said plan before the next Vestry.
A memorial from Mr. Joseph Garner the
present school master in the Church School-House
requesting a lease of said School-House for 21 years
subject to a rent of 16 pounds per annum: and engage in to en-
large said School-House 18 or 20 feet at his own
expense was read to the Board and considered.
Ordered that the committee for framing
by-laws and should construct the original deed or
grant of said School-House, examine the uses
limited in said deed and make report to the
next Vestry.
And Messrs. Jacob Duché, Alexander Stedman,
Joseph Sims and William Bingham, the survi-
ving members who stand bound by too bonds
for the payment of 900 pounds with interest thereon
for the building of St. Peter's Church, thinking
it reassembled that this board, being now a
body corporate should give them every assurance
in their power for the payment of said sum with
interest: Resolved that this corporation will
take care that the said sum of 900 pounds with its
interest shall be paid to the aforesaid persons out
of the monies arising from the Church funds.

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    At an election held at
Christ Church on Easter Monday the 31st of
March 1766; by the congregations of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church the following
persons were elected Church Wardens and
Vestry Men. Vizt.

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Jacob Duché
Peter Turner Redmond Conyngham
William Pyewell Alexander Stedman
*William Bingham *Townsend White
*Charles Stedman *Joseph Redman
*Edward Duffield *Joseph Stamper
Thomas Gordon Peter Sonmans
Joseph Humphreys Archibald McCall
Thomas Willing William Coxe
*Quest Men


At a meeting of the Vestry April 7, 1766:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
William Pyewell Redmond Cuningham [Conyngham]
Joseph Stamper William Bingham
Joseph Redman James Humphries [Humphreys]
Thomas Willing Edward Duffield

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William Coxe        Jacob Duché
Peter Sonmans Peter Turner

All former committees are continued
James Humphries [Humphreys] was added to the committee
appointed to make a draught of such by-laws
and rules as shall be judged necessary for the good
government of the churches; and they are requested
to loose no time in preparing said draught.
The Rector having received from Mr. John Ross
all the deeds which he had collected for any ground or
lots belonging to the church together with a list thereof,
the same were compared with the list and found to
agree. Upon examination, it appeared that the follow-
ing deeds were not amongst them, namely a decla-
ration of trust from Joshua Carpenter for the 32 feet
lot on which the Parsonage House and School-
House now stand, the deeds for the CHurch Bu-
rial ground; and the patent for the ground on
which St. Peter's Church stands: This list, is in
the hands of Mr. Duché. The Deeds of lease and release
for the church burial ground were formerly
delivered to the late Dr. Jenney and have been seen and read by
Mr. Humphries [Humphreys], Mr. Redman and Mr. Peters, and are
supposed to be amongst Mr. Okil's [Okill] or perhaps
with Mr. Lawrence; as they were delivered either to
Mr. Okill or Mr. Lawrence in order to settle a diffe-
rence between Mr. Stanley and the Church about
the place where the fence should stand, on that
side where the burying ground borders on Stanley's
lots. Mr. Duché remembers to have seen Joshua
Carpenter's Declaration of trust for the ground
on which the Parsonage Houe stands; and thinks
Dr. Kearsley may know something about it.

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    Dr. Kearsley surviving trustees for
some of the ground belonging to the church, is
descried to convey it to the corporation and Mr.
Humphries [Humphreys] is to prepare a conveyance for him
to execute: as is likewise Mr. Duché the survi-
ving trustee in the proprietary patent for St.
Peter's Church lot descried to convey the same
to the corporation.
Mr. Duffield, Mr. Cuningham [Conyngham] and Mr.
Bingham are appointed to settle the late Church
Warden's accounts.
As one half year's pew money became
due on the 25th of March last Resolved that
notice be given in Church next Sunday for all
persons owing pew money to come and pay the
same in church to the Church Wardens on
Monday between 10 and 12 o'clock in the moning
who will attend at each church for that pur-
pose: and the secretary is to draw up a proper
notice thereof.
The Vestry took again into consi-
deration the petition of Mr. Joseph garner the
School-Master for leave to make an additon
to the School-House, on a lease of 21 years at
the same rent he now pays; and it was una-
nimously agreed that no such lease should be
granted, as the school does now, and would then
much more incommode the Rector; and as
hereafter it may be thought convenient and even
necessary to build a parsonage house on some
part of the lot more remote from the street, or
otherwise to employ the ground, to the greater
benefit of the church.

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    Mr. Josiah refusing to give up the seat
which Mr. Venables and some others were rightly
possessed of some time past and in which he was
admitted to have one seat by Mr. White the late
Church Warden: the present Church Wardens
are desired to tell him that he is forthwith to pay
his subscription of 15 pounds towards the building
of St. Peter's Church and to take the whole pew;
or he will not be permitted to set there any long-
er

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At a meeting of the Vestry May 19, 1766:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
Townsend White William Pyewell
William Bingham William Coxe
Edward Duffield Jacob Duché
Peter Sonmans James Humphreys
Charles Stedman Alexander Stedman
Francis Hopkinson, Secretary

Mr. Hopkinson having acquainted the Vestry, that
his affairs required him to take a voyage to England, they
unanimously expressed their satisfaction with him for the
faithful discharge of his duty whilst their Secretary returned
him their thanks for this services, and received from him the
Minute Book, Charter, and such other papers as he had relating
to the church, and gave him an order upon the Church War-
dens for a year's salary amounting to 15 pounds.

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    Resolved that for the future all persons applying
for burials in either of the churches shall make their
application to the officers of the respective churches,
who are to attend and take the usual fees; and they
are hereby ordered to settle their accounts with the
Church Wardens and pay the money due punctually
every quarter.

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At a Vestry in the Parsonage House held on Monday
July 28, 1755:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Thomas Willing Jacob Duché
Alexander Stedman John Kearsley
Joseph Redman James Humphreys
William Pyewell Charles Stedman
William Bingham Peter Turner
Townsend White
The Reverend Mr. Sturgeon,

Mr. Sturgeon acquainted the Vestry, that he had a de-
sire to resign his office of Assistant Minister, and requested
that a committee of Vestry, together with the Rector might
be appointed to confer with him on what might be the
most proper manner of doing it.
And the Vestry accordingly were pleased to ap-
point the Rector, Mr. Joseph Swift Church Warden

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Dr. Kearsley, Mr. Willing and Mr. Charles Stedman to be a Com-
mittee to confer with Mr. Sturgeon on the subject of Mr. Stur-
geon's Resignation.
The committee agreed to meet Mr. Sturgeon on Wed-
nesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Recotor's

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At a Vestry held in the Parsonage House on Thursday
July 31, 1766:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Peter Sonmans
Charles Stedman Alexander Stedman
Joseph Stamper Townsend White
Jacob Duché William Bingham
Joseph Reman Edward Duffield
James Humphreys Thomas Willing

The committee appointed to confer with Mr. Sturgeon on
his proposed resignation, delivered in their report, which was
read in these words

At a meeting of a committee of Vestry, July 30, 1766.
Present,
The Rector
Dr. Kearsley Mr. Joseph Swift
Mr. Charles Stedman Mr. Thomas Willing

The Committee being met agreeable to the order of Vestry
to confer with the Reverend Mr. Sturgeon relative to his proposal
for resigning his office as one of the assistant Ministers of these
Churches; and several matters having been mentioned to

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them concerning Mr. Sturgeon's indisposition of body, and difficulty
in his circumstances, it was proposed to consider what might
reasonably be resumed to him against the 29th of next
September, the end of his present half-year, both by the
outstanding pew money and the perquisites of his office; and
that the same might be allowed to him in as liberal a
manner as possible and paid as son as convenient that he
may be the better enabled to settle his private matters, and
might not retire with anything due him from the con-
gregations.
Mr. Sturgeon's desire was also intimated to the committee
to have a certificate, that his resignation was his own
free act and motion, owing to his ill state of health, and that
he was not discharged for any irregular or immoral conduct.
The committee having taken the above into their seri-
ous consideration, with the state of the church funds, and
having a tender regard to Mr. Sturgeon's long services
thought the sum of two hundred pounds would be a full
and generous allowance to him in lieu of all arrears
of salary and other perquisites due or that could be presumed
due to him against the 29th September next, and
Resolved to recommend it to the Vestry to accept of his
resignation, and give him the proper certificates; and
also to fall on ways and means to pay him one hundred
pounds of that sum against 1st day of September and the remain-
ing hundred pounds at the expiration of the present half-
year, viz, the 29th of September next.
July 30th, 1766, upon the Vestry's approbation
of the committee's report, I freely resign my office of
Minister in the united Churches.
W Sturgeon

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    After reading the report, some of the members took notice
that Mr. Sturgeon had often mentioned in conversation, that there
was a sum of money due to him from Dr. Jenney out of
the burial fees, which he received all the time he was unable
to do duty himself, tho' he promised Mr. Sturgeon should
have the benefit of these; and desired to know of the Com-
mitte, if these made up any part of the sum proposed to
be now given him in lieu of all demands from the committee aforesaid
the Vestry, that Mr. Sturgeon had himself mentioned this
matter to the committee and declared that the churches had
nothing to do with these sums, but that it was a private
contract between Dr. Jenney and him, and to be settled between
him and Dr. Jenney's Executors.
Then the report was carefully considered in all of its parts,
and the Vestry unanimously agreed to accept of Mr. Sturgeon's
resignation as his own voluntary [unclear], and to give him a cer-
tificate, when demanded, that it was so and that he was not
discharged for any irregular or immoral conduct. They
likewise agreed to pay to him the sum of one hundred
pounds on the first day of September next, and the fur-
ther sum of one hundred pounds on the twenty-ninth
day of September next, if such sums could possibly be
collected, as a full compensation for all salaries, perqui-
sites and demands whatever that Mr. Sturgeon has or can
be supposed to have upon the united Churches; and
the Church Wardens are required to pay him the
above sums in manner aforesaid, taking his receipt for
the same, as a full discharge for all his demands on
the churches; and that the same might be punctually
paid, the members of Vestry kindly undertook to collect
the monies due for pews; and for expedition's sake they agred
to collect the same by districts, two to take a district
till the whole was collected.

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At a Vestry held in the Parsonage House
on Monday, August 18, 1766:

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché John Kearsley
Townsend White Alexander Stedman
Peter Turner Joseph Redman
Peter Sonmans Edward Duffield
James Humphreys William Bingham

The Church Wardens acquainted the Vestry, that Mr.
Garner, their tenant for the School House, having taken
another house, and left the School House abruptly without
giving them warning or paying his rent, they had been obliged
to distrain upon an organ, which he had taken from them by
a writ of replevin, and therefore they desired the Vestry's or-
der about their further proceedings and in consideration of
Mr. Garner's good public character, as well as his ex-
pense in making some alterations that were to the advan-
tage of the School House, they were not for proceeding
any further, but desired the Rector would settle the matter
with him and if he could not pay, take his penal note
for what was due.
As the School House was now vacant and the
Vestry were without any room to meet and do business in,
and the Rector had it not in his power for want of room
in the Parsonage House to lodge any of the Clergy, who
might come to town on their own business, or be inclined

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to come and offer their service to the churches, it was unanimously
resolved, that the School House and chamber over it should not
be let, but left to the Rector to make such use of, as would best
serve the conveniency of his family: so that the library belong-
ing to the churches should be where it is and be well taken care
of, and the lower room be made use of by the Vestry for when
meetings, whenever they should want to meet upon business.
The Rector and Church Wardens are desired to get the
catalogues of the old and new library, and see that the books
are all in their places, and when examined, a true and perfect
catalogue is to be made not out and entered in the Vestry book.
It was then moved by the Rector, that the Vestry would
consider what steps should be taken to have Mr. Sturgeon's
place filled up, and several things were mentioned, but no-
thing concluded upon.

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At a Vestry held in the School House
on Saturday, September 27, 1766:

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Vestry Men:
John Kearsely [Kearsley] Jacob Duché
Alexander Stedman James Humphreys
William Pyewell Thomas Willing
Edward Duffield Peter Turner

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

The Vestry resumed the consideration of the state of the
church and determined to wait patiently for some time
in hopes, that some worthy Missionary or Minister upon
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of Assistant Minister, and left it to the Rector to procure any
occasional supply the churches might stand in need of.
A draught of a patent drawn by the secretary of the
land office for the proprietary lot of 396 feet by 102, on
Spruce Street was read, as were likewise all the papers recited
thereon: And it was not approved, because the patent, when it
expressed the uses, makes them to be for the use of the parson
or parsons, Minister or Ministers of the united churches: where
as it is well known to Mr. Duché, Mr. Ross, and Dr. Smith, the
surviving trustees of the Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel, that the money given by the said Society in pur-
suance of Mr. Jenney's will for the purchase of this
ground, was expressly for the use of the Rector of Christ
Church for the time being, and also the gift of Mr. Pe-
ters the present Rector of the said churches, who was
then the Secretary and agent of the Proprietaries of one
hundred pounds sterling was then and all along declared
to be for the sole use of the Rector of St. Peter's Church in
case of a separation of the two churches, and the sub-
scriptions were to be asked for what would make up the
500 pounds, or if these should at any time be money enough
belonging to the church, the Vestry was to make it up with
their money on no other condition, than that the rents should
go to the sole use of the Rector, while the Churches were
united, and Rectors, whenever separated.
The Rector was desired to make Mr. Tilghman
the Proprietary secretary acquainted with this Mis-
take, and to tell him that the Vestry would make a de-
claration of the truth of the above fact and enter it
in their books, which they imagined would be all
that was necessary to be done, in order to rectify
the mistake.

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    Mr. Garner laid before the Vestry an account of sums
expended by him in the School House and chamber over it,
amounting to above thirty pounds, and in as much as these
things were doen for his own private conveniency and that
he had the School House on an easy rent, on account of his
expenses it was determined not to allow him the whole,
but to abate one half of what he was in arrear to the
Churches for rent.
The Vestry not knowing how to pay the interest
of the money they owe, and finding that the pecos bring in
a scanty supply for the Ministers think it advisable to
raise the pew money by making such seats as have the
most advantageous situations pay five shillings a sitting
additional pay and those who have the next best situations
pay half a crown additional pay for a sitting. They would
include for the five shilling the front seats in the gal-
leries, and the center seats abutting on the middle ayle and
for the additional half-crown the seats next to the
center seats on the ground floor: of which notice is to
be given tomorrow at church at the same time that the
notice is given that the Church Wardens will attend
three successive Mondays from ten to twelve o'clock
in the forenoon to receive the half-year's pew money due
the 25th instant, and the people are to be likewise told,
that they may at any time pay their money to the Church
Wardens at their own honses.
It being represented to the Vestry, that the organ
lately erected in Christ Church was now finished; and
that the congregation recommended Mr. Bremner to be the
Organist for whom a subscription had been made to his
satisfaction, Resolved, that Mr. Bremner be the organist
of Christ Church, on this express condition, that the Vestry be
at no expense either as to the organist or organ.

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At a Vestry held in the School House
on Tuesday October 14, 1766:

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Sims
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Charles Stedman
Jacob Duché Alexander Stedman
James Humphreys Edward Duffield
Peter Turner William Bingham
William Pyewell Peter Sonmans

The Vestry took into consideration what was done at the
last meeting with respect to raising the pew money, and
resolved, that it should not take place, but that the pay
for the sittings should remain the same as before.
The Rector reported that he had made Mr. Tilghman
the Proprietary Secretary acquainted with the mistake in
the draught of the Proprietary patent for the church
lot on Spruce Street and with the method proposed to be
taken by the Vestry to se the thing right; and he said
it was a good one, and that on receipt of such de-
claration he would make out the patent: Whereupon
the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the
united Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
in the City of Philadelphia taking into consideration
an agreement executed between the proprietary agents
and William Smith Doctor in Divinity Provost of the
College in the said City, Jacob Duché Esquire, John Ross Esquire
and Evan Morgan gentleman, surviving attorneys of the
incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in

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foreign parts, bearing date the 16th day of January, 1762,
for the purchase of a certain lot of ground in the said City
partly for the use of Christ Church, and partly for the use
of St. Peter's church aforesaid, do resolve, that notwithstanding
it be expressed in some parts of the said agreement, that
the said purchase was to be made for the use of the Parson
of Parsons, Minister or Ministers of the said churches, yet
it is well known to have been the real intent and true
design of the contracting parties that the said purchase was
made for the use of the respective Rectors or principal
Ministers for the time being of the said churches, and
their respective successors for ever, and such is hereby
declared to have been the true intent and design of the law
purchase, and this resolve and declaration is ordered
to be entered on the Vestry. Books of the said united
Episcopal Churches and it is also ordered, that a fair
copy of the same be made out and transmitted to the
Secretary of the land office, for his direction in ma-
king over the patent for the said lot.
And as all the other parts of the draught laid before
them at their last meeting were right and approved by them
they desired that the patent might be immediately
made out.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
December 2, 1766

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
William Coxe Townsend White
Peter Turner Peter Sonmans
William Pyewell Thomas Willing
Jacob Duché Charles Stedman
Alexander Stedman William Bingham
Joseph Stamper

The Rector informed the Vestry that at the instance of Mr. Sims
he had twice convened the members to meet, but could not get a
quorum together, in order to consider a matter that was now grown
very serious and particularly distressful to Mr. Sims, and those other
gentlemen, who had with the approbation of the Vestry borrowed
and given their bonds for the sum of 900 pounds, money that was want-
ed to finish the inside work of St. Peter's Church, as there bonds
had been put in suit against them by Mr. Harrison to whom
they now belonged: and now that there was a pretty full Vestry
the Rector recommended this matter to their most series
consideration, and then spoke as follows,
Gentlemen,
I always considered my relation to you as Rector
to be of a spiritual nature, and that all temporal matters, such
as your grants for support, be the same more or less, were
but a secondary consideration. I know the money arising
from the seats in both by constitution and charter appropria-
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as this, after such a large payment as has been made out of
it to Mr. Sturgeon is not sufficient for that purpose, I think it
proper to declare to you, and this with the utmost affection, that
I will forbear receiving any thing further for my support, all
you shall get so far out of your difficulties as to be able to
afford me a reasonable one.
After which the Vestry proceeded to consider the above
matter recommended to them by the Rector, and after the
most serious consultation thereupon, as well as upon the state of
the church funds, and the scanty provision heretofore made
for Mr. Duché, which would by no means give him a base
support, with the approbation and concurrence of the Rector,
they came to the following resolutions.
Resolved, that from and after the 25th of September last past
the revenues of the united churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
shall be disposed of and appropriated in the following manner,
that is to say that the incidental and contingent charges of both
churches shall be first paid; after which the remainder of the
revenue shall be paid into the hands of the Rector, who shall
pay to the Reverend Mr. Duché the sum of three hundred
and fifty pounds per year and every year; and shall also
pay off and discharge the interest money due and to become due
to the Representatives of Henry Harrison Esquire deceased until
the Principal sum of the nine hundred pounds is discharged
and paid off: after which, it is the resolve of this Vestry
that the residue of all the revenue shall be retained and
kept by the Reverend Richard Peters Rector of the said united
churches for his own use and benefit: provided never-
theless, that when the principal money shall be so paid
off, it is resolved, that the whole revenue of the churches,
after the incidental and contingent expenses and charges, and the
three hundred and fifty pounds hereby given to Mr. Duché

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are and shall be annually paid, that the said Rector shall have
and receive all the rest and residue of the said revenue
for his own use and benefit. This minute shall continue
during the pleasure of Vestry.
A patent from the proprietaries to the corporation for a
lot of ground in Spruce Street 396 fet in length, and
102 feet in breadth, as mentioned in the minute of the
14th October was read, accepted and approved.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
January 12, 1767

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Charles Stedman
Alexander Stedman Townsend White
William Bingham James Humphreys
William Pyewell Joseph Stamper

Information having been given to the Rector, that the season
proving very sever, wood and other necessaries of life were grown
so dear, that many poor house keepers were in danger of perishing
and that the poor and insolvent debtors in Jay C were likewise in
a most miserable condition, sermons were yesterday preached in
both churches, recommending their relief as a most Christian
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and the Rector now desired, that a committee might be appoint-
ed to distribute this charity,
Resolved, that the Ministers and Church Wardens together
with Dr. Kearsley and Mr. Bingham be a committee for that pur-
pose, and it was given them in charge to use great care, that
the money so bountifully given might be properly disposed of
to the most deserving and necessitous object.
The organ in Christ Church being finished, the same was care-
fully examined by the Governor, Mr. Bremner the organist, and several
others, who were deemed to understand such work, in the presence
of the Rector and Church Wardens and other members of the church; and
they reported that the work in every part of it was not only well and
faithfully done, but that the expense had exceeded the estimate, upon
which the original contract was founded and that for this reason
the maker Mr. Fyring ought to receive proper allowance.
On this repost, the organ was delivered to the Church
Wardens, and the key lodged with the Rector.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
January 23, 1767

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Charles Stedman
Thomas Willing Peter Turner
Jacob Duché James Humphreys
William Bingham William Coxe
William Pyewell Peter Sonmans
Townsend White Alexander Stedman

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    The committee appointed to draw up a sett of by-laws for the
good government of the churches presented a draught of such
laws as appeared to them to be necessary, which was very care-
fully considered, and after it was altered and amended in several
place, it was then read paragraph by paragraph, unanimously
approved and ordered to be engrossed, that the same might be
enacted and published to the congregations.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
April 14, 1767

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Charles Stedman
William Pyewell Alexander Stedman
Peter Sonmans William Bingham

The laws as amended and unanimously agreed to at the
last Vestry having been copied, the same was compared with the
original draught, and found to agree with it. Resolved, that
the same be enacted into laws and published in church on
Easter Monday just before the election of the new Vestry.
The Committee appointed to distribute the charity collected
for poor housekeepers and insolvent debtors desired that their
accounts might be examined and Mr. Duché and Mr. Humphreys
were desired to examine and make report thereof at the next
Vestry.

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At a general meeting of the Rector and members of the
united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's in
Christ Church, on Easter Monday, April 20, 1767

The persons met for the annual election of Vestry Men were
informed, that a body of laws had been enacted by the Rector,
Church Wardens and Vestry Men in virtue of their charter of
incorporation: and it was now thought proper to publish them at
this general meeting, that the congregations might know and conform
to them. Then the laws were read twice over audibly and distinct-
ly, and a pause made at the ending of each law, that every
one might be well and clearly understood.
The laws were all approved except that one, which makes
the 11th chapter, concerning the choice of a Rector; with respect
to which it was observed by several, that the Vestry by this law
might go on precipitately into the Election of a Rector, and choose
one, of whom the Congregation might be totally ignorant, or one
who might be on many accounts disagreeable to the majority
of the congregations; whereas they thought no one should be cho-
sen either precipitately, or who would give general dissatisfaction
and desired that some addition preventive of this might be made
to that law, that would give the congregation an opportunity, if
they pleased of expressing their sentiments to the Vestry. And
as this appeared reasonable, they were told that such an addition-
al clause should be prepared and laid before the congregations,
who were desired to meet again, on this day sevennight,
for that purpose.

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    After this they proceeded to the choice of Vestry Men, and
the majority of votes fell on the following persons, viz.

John Kearsley William Pyewell
Jacob Duché Townsend White
James Humphreys Joseph Redman
Peter Sonmans Joseph Swift
Peter Turner Charles Stedman
Thomas Willing Joseph Sims
William Bingham William Coxe
Joseph Stamper Archibald McCall
John Ross John Baynton
John Willcox John Gibson

Who were accordingly published in presence of the voters.

Then the Rector agreeable to usage and charter proceeded
to name William Bingham for his Church Warden, and
the Vestry Men chose James Humphreys Church Warden for
the Congregations, and
Quest Men for Christ Church:
Townsend White
Joseph Swift

Quest Men for St. Peter's:
Joseph Stamper
John Willcox

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday April 27, 1767:

Present:
Richard Peters, Rector

Church Wardens:
William Bingham
James Huphreys

Vestry Men:
John Kearsley Charles Stedman
William Pyewell Jacob Duché
Thomas Willing William Coxe
John Gibson John Baynton
Peter Sonmans Joseph Sims
Peter Turner Townsend White
John Willcox

The proceedings of the Meeting of the congregations on
Easter Monday, as entered in the preceding minute were read
and approved; and after long and careful deliberation, it was una-
nimously resolved, that the following additions should be made
to the law relating to the election of a Rector, namely,
And it is also further declared that no person chosen Rector
as aforesaid shall be recommended by the Vestry to the Bishop
for approbation till one month at least after such election, in
order, that if the major part of the congregatoin, that is to say,
of those, who have paid the pew money, as is heretofore direct-
ed, should have any reasonable objection to the person so
chosen, they may have an opportunity of signifying the
same in writing to the Vestry.

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    After which the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men ad-
journed to Christ Church in order to attend such members of the
congregations as might be met there in consequence of the ap-
pointment made on Easter Monday to meet again as this
day. When come there, and numbers, as might be expected
being assembled, the Rector took notice to them of the inten-
tion of this general meeting, and that agreeable to the Senti-
ments expressed by several at their annual meeting for
the election of Vestry Men, an additional clause had been
made to the law relating to the election of a Rector, and
that the laws should be again read distinctly together with this
clause, which was done accordingly, and this particular law
so amended was read three times distinctly and audibly, and
no further objection being made either to that or any other
of the laws, but all appearing to be well satisfied, the
assembly broke up.
Ordered, that the great seal of the corporation be af-
fixed to the laws, and that they be centered in this day's
Minister of Vestry.

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Lobo Sigilli


Rules and Statutes of the Corpora-
tion of the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry
Men of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the
City of Philadelphia in the Province of
Pennsylvania

Chapter 1
Preamble and Fundamental Declaration.

Whereas the Honorable Proprietaries of the Province of
Pennsylvania, by their Charter or letters Patent, bearing date
the twenty-fourth day of June 1765, were pleased to create the
Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the united Episco-
pal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the
City of Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania, one
corporation and body politick to have continuance for ever with
divers ample rights and privileges for making by-laws, and
doing other matters for the good government and weal of the
said churches, and to have and use one common seal, with
such inscription and devise as they should think proper,
as will more at large appear by the said charter, which
has been thankfully accepted by the Rector, Church Wardens
and Vestry Men, on behalf of the said congregations.

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    Now be it therefore declared, and it is hereby declared
and solemnly enacted by the said Rector, Church Wardens and
Vestry Men, that the said charter, and the several regulations
and provisions therein made and set forth shall be the first and
fundamental law of this corporation to be inviolably obser-
ved in every matter and thing therein expressed. And in
pursuance of the powers given by the said charter to make
by-laws and ordinances for the good government and support
of the said churches, the following are enacted this 27th day
of April, in the year of our lord 1767.


Chapter ii.

Concerning the Vestry Men, their number, and the right
electing them.

Be it enacted by the said corporation, that the Vestry of
the said Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church shall
always consist of twenty persons, members of the said churches, or
one of them, of which number the Church Wardens are always
to be two. And the election of such Vestry shall be annually made
on Easter Monday at Christ Church immediately after morning
prayer by a majority of such members of the said churches as
shall appear by the Vestry Books to have paid three successive
years, preceding the time of such elections, for a pew or sitting
in either of the said churches, who only shall have a right to
vote for the Vestry Men of the sid united Churches.

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            Chapter iii.
Concerning the Power of Vestry.
It is enacted, that the Vestry so elected shall have full
power to choose their own officers, and to elect and choose annually
and every year one of their own members to be one of the Church
Wardens, and the Rector for the time being shall choose one other
of the said Vestry Men to be the other Church Warden of the
said United Churches.

Chapter iv
Concerning the meeting of the Vestry and how many shall
be sufficient to do business.

It is enacted, that notice shall be left by the clerk in
writing at the house of each Vestry Man, at least four hours
before the proposed time of meeting, signifying the time and place
of any meeting of Vestry, and that after such notice is served,
any seven Vestry Men being met in pursuance thereof, together
with the Rector and one of the Church Wardens for the time being,
may one hour after the time appointed proceed to consider any
business that shall come before them relating to their trust, ex-
cept in the cases herein after particularly mentioned. And a
determination of a majority of those so met shall be as valid
and conclusive as if the whole number of Vestry Men were
present; provided always nevertheless, that when any sum of
money is to be disposed of exceeding ten pounds, or any salary
to be augmented at any meeting of Vestry, the same shall
be first proposed at a preceding meeting, and particularly
expressed in the written notice to be given.

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            Chapter v

Concerning the Calling or Summoning of Vestries.

The Rector for the time being, or any three Vestry Men
shall have power to call a meeting of Vestry and to direct, that
proper notices be given in due time, and at every Vestry the
Rector, or in his absence the Senior Church Warden shall be
President, regulate the debates, state the questions and collect
the voices on every Resolve of Vestry.

Chapter vi

Concerning the Assistant Ministers and equal duty to be done
in both Churches.

The Rector for the time being shall regulate the Duties
and turns of preaching of his Assistant Ministers, and shall
take due care that there be equal and life duty done at
both Churches without preference or distinction.

Chapter vii

Concerning the Revenue of the Churches and the Estate
of the Corporation.

It is enacted, that the rents, revenue and income
of the estate of the corporation shall be in the disposal of
the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men to be applied
in such manner as they shall thin proper for the support
of the Rector, the Assistant Ministers, and officers of the said
United Churches, and in the necessary repairs of the

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Churches, Church-yards, Parsonage-Houses that now do, or
hereafter shall belong to the said corporation, and to no other
use or purpose whatsoever. Provided always, that the
monies arising from letting the pews in the said two churches
and each of them, and the monies arising from opening the
groung at burials continue agreeable to the last clause in
the said charter to be particularly applied, as they have always
heretofore been for the support of the Rector and his Assistant
Ministers; and provided also, that any legacy or bequest
now given or that hereafter may be given for any particular
purpose or pious use in the said two congregations be con-
statinly appropriated to the particular use for which it is so
given.

Chapter viii
Concerning the letting of the pews and seats in both Churches

It is enacted, that the Church Wardens for the time
being shall have power to let any vacant pews or sittings
in either of the said churches; and no person having a pew
or sitting in either of the said churches shall let the same to
any other person or persons. And if any person or persons shall
be more than one year in arrear, and shall neglect to make
payment of the same for the space of six months after a demand
made by either of the Church Wardens, or other persons properly
empowered to collect the pew money, then the Church Wardens
for the time being shall have full power to let the seats or
sittings of such delinquents to any other person or persons
who shall apply.

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        Chapter ix
Concerning a Church Chest

Be it enacted, that there shall be a good strong
chest, with three good locks and keys: one key to be depo-
sited with the Rector, and one with each Church Warden,
which chest shall always remain in the Vestry Room, be-
longing to Christ Church; and all the deeds, minute books,
papers, accounts, catalogues of books, and every other writing
belonging to the churches and to the estate of the said
corporation shall be lodged in the said chest, and never taken
out but by order of Vestry, and as soon as the use is over,
for which any of the said papers are taken out; they shall
be forthwith returned and locked in it.

Chapter x
Concerning the duty of clerks and other officers

Whereas the clerks and other officers of the said
churches have usually collected, but of late not accounted
regularly to the Church Wardens as they ought to have done
for the fees due on burials etc. Be it enacted, that from
and after this time, the clerks and other officers do account
once in every three months at least, and as often besides
as the Church Wardens shall call on them for all such
fees, and pay the same to the Church Wardens for the
time being, upon pain of being turned out of office by the
Rector and Vestry, on refusal or neglect of the above menti-
oned duties.

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        Chapter xi
Concerning the election and qualifications of
Rector and Assistant Ministers

Whereas there is a power in the charter, that in case of
the death of a Rector, another is to duly appointed and
approved for the said Churches, agreeable to former methods and
usage, which it is here necessary to explain; Be it enacted,
that at least fourteen of the Vestry shall be absolutely consent-
ing and shall hereafter be appointed to the said United Church-
es; and the consent and vote of the Rector and at least
ten of the Vestry shall be absolutely necessary to the electing
of every Assistant Minister in the said united Churches or
either of them: Provided always, that neither a Rector
nor any Assistant Minister shall be chosen, unless a notice
be served on evenly Vestry Man, mentioning that the meeting
of Vestry is particularly appointed for such election: And
it is further enacted, that agreeable to the constitution
and invariable usage, which has always been observed
in the said united churches, and in Christ Church before
its union with St. Peter's Church, no person shall be capa-
ble of being nominated and elected Rector or Assistant
Minister of the said United Churches or either of them,
except shall not be finally, settled and inducted into
the Rectory of the said Churches or confirmed as Assistant
Minister in them or either of them, until, on the Recom-
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Rector or Assistant Minister, shall have obtained from the
Bishop of London, or such other Bishop as shall by his Ma-
jesty's Authority, exercise Episcopal Power in these parts
of America, a LIcense under his Episcopal seal of Office,
or letter under his stand, authorizing the person so nomi-
nated and elected Rector or Assistant Minister as aforesaid,
to do the office and duty of a Rector or Assistant Minister,
in the said united Churches: and it is also further de-
clared, that no person chosen Rector as aforesaid shall be
recommended by the Vestry to the Bishop for approbation
till one month at least after such election, in order that
if the major part of the congregation, that is to say, of
those, who have paid the pew money, as is heretofore di-
rected, should have any reasonable objection to the person
so chosen, they may have an opportunity of signifying
the same in writing to the Vestry.

Chapter xii
Concerning a seal for the said corporation
Whereas a silver seal has been procured by the
Rector and Church Wardens, and the Representations of
the two Churches are engraven thereon, with a glory, and
motto in the words, "Unity in Peace & Love," within the
rim or circumference of the said seal, and on the rim there
are cut these words, namely, "The Seal of the Corporation
of Chirst Church & St. Peter's in Philadelphia;" Be it
enacted, that the said seal shall be the seal of the
said corporation, and as such used in all papers, deeds
and writings, to which it shall be necessary to affix
the corporation seal.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Wednesday, May 27, 1767:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
William Bingham
James Humphreys

Vestry Men:
Joseph Sims Charles Stedman
William Pyewell Peter Sonmans
Jacob Duché Joseph Redman
William Coxe John Baynton

This being the day, on which the lottery for St. Peter's
Church etc., is by publication to be drawn, the Vestry were re-
minded, that agreeable to the resolve of the 21st January 1766,
eight hundred tickets were now in the hands of the Church
Wardens, as tickets taken at the risque of the United Churches;
and it was further said, that there were yet in the hands of the
managers above two thousand tickets undisposed of; and as
this was the case, if the church tickets should continue at
the risque of the united churches, it might happen, that the
Church would not receive any benefit from the lottery, may
might incur a much larger debt: Resolved, that the
Church Wardens and Vestry should use their utmost endea-
vours to sell the eight hundred tickets immediately, that
the united Churches might stand no other risque, than in
proportion to the other churches, for whose benefit equally
with them this lottery was granted.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday, June 15, 1767:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
James Humphreys

Vestry Men:
Joseph Sims Jacob Duché
Joseph Stamper William Pyewell
Charles Stedman

The Rector acquainted the members present, that he had
summoned several Vestries to meet in order to consider the state
of Christ Church. It was known to be much out of repair
both within and without; that it wanted white-washing
and new painting, that a great deal of the glass in the
windows was broken, and the leads for the most part wan-
ted repair and to be soldered again; that the roof leaked
in several places, and the tenants and mortars of the ba-
lustrades, as well as the coping boards were all rotten
and that the work at the east end of the church was so
bad as to be in danger of falling. The Rector added,
he was sorry that the Vestry was so thin, but as something was necessary
to be done, it should be set about immediately, that this
fine season might not be lost.
On considering the several things laid before them by the
Rector, it was unanimously agreed, that these several matters
were necessary, but that, as there was no money in the
people could be paid, who were to do the work, they could
not undertake it. The Rector then offered, that if they
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all necessary cash; and thereupon it was resolved, that
these several matters should be done; and the Church Ward-
ens were desired to engage workmen; and such the Vestry
as understood there things, particularly Dr. Kearsley and
Mr. Pyewell, should, with the Church Wardens be desired
to inspect the workmen, and to give the necessary orders
from time to time.
Mr. Anthony Denormandie proposed to whitewash the
church for forty pounds, and to repair the glass and new
lead the windows for twelve pounds, and to do it so, that
for 5 years together, he would keep the windows in re-
pair for five shillings a year: the Vestry agreed
to his proposals.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on July 6, 1767:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
James Humphreys
William Bingham

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Jacob Duché
Joseph Sims Peter Turner
Charles Stedman William Pyewell

The old Church wanted to be painted, it was proposed to
take the advantage of the scaffolding poles, that had been erec-
ted for white washing the church, and to have it new painted.
Whereupon Mr. Anthony Denormadie laid before the Vestry the
number of feet that the said work would amount to; that it must
have two coats of painting in general, and the galleries would
require three coats of paint, the said that the chancel would
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on the arch would likewise want to be mended and cleaned, all which
he proposed to do for the sum of 65 pounds. It was said, that the
painting over the sides of the communion table would want to be
varnished.
Agreed to give Mr. Denormandie the sum of 65 pounds, including
the varnishing. And the Church Wardens with Dr. Kearsley, and
Mr. Pyewell were defined to inspect proper directions about the
right doing of the work.
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At a Vestry at the Parsonage House
on November 20, 1767:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
William Bingham
James Humphreys

Vestry Men:
Dr. Kearsley William Pyewell
Jacob Duché John Gibson
Joseph Swift Townsend White
Peter Turner Joseph Redman
Charles Stedman Joseph Sims

Mr. Sims, one of the managers of the lottery represented to the
Vestry, that MR. Craig as Executor of the late Dr. Jenney proposed
to Mr. Samuel Bard, who married the Residuary Legatee of the
late Dr. Jenney, to take out the debt of 60 pounds due to the late
Dr. Jenney in lottery tickets, and accordingly he delivered to
Mr. Bard 40 lottery tickets. That Mr. Bard now calls on him
to pay some prized that were drawn by those tickets; and be-
fore he pays those prize, he now applies to the Vestry for an
order for the 60 pounds, as that is the sum settled to be due to the
late Dr. Jenney.

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    Resolved unanimously, that the 60 pounds shall be paid to Mr. Sims
out of the Church funds, on taking a receipt in full from Mr. Bard.
Mr. Charles Stedman and Mr. John Wilcox report, that they being
appointed a committee to examine and settle the accounts of the late
Church Wardens Mr. Sims, had accordingly examined the paid accounts
with his vouchers in proof thereof, amounting to the sum of
926:16:10; and that it appears by vouchers produced by him
which have also been carefully examined, that he had expended
the said sum. They further report, that there had come into his hands
the sum of 94 pounds money given at the Sacrament during his year,
that he had distributed to Church Pensioners of that money the
sum of 88:10:7 1/2, and had paid the balance into the hands of
Mr. Humphreys the present Church Wardens amounting to 5:4:8.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House,
on December 21, 1767:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
James Humphreys
William Bingham

Vestry Men:
Dr. Kearsley Joseph Sims
Peter Turner Joseph Swift
Dr. Sonmans Townsend White
Charles Stedman Thomas Willing
Jacob Duché William Pyewell
William Cox

The accounts of Mr. Denormandie for work done at the church
were inspected and allowed. The bricklayers account, and
the account for shingles and pine boards were allowed.
The State of the Church requiring an Assistant Minister
the same was considered and postponed.
Mr. Townsend White mentioned to the Vestry, that he had

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advanced a large sum of money towards the organ in Christ
Church; and desired, that a committee might appointed to
examine and settle his and Mr. Duffield's accounts.
The minute of Vestry, by which they were appointed to un-
dertake this cook was read, and the consideration thereof
referred to another meeting.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Tuesday, February 16, 1768:

Present:
The Rector
The Reverend Mr. Duché Assistant Minister

Church Wardens:
William Bingham
James Humphreys

Vestry Men:
Dr. Kearsley William Pyewell
Joseph Swift Peter Sonmans
William Coxe Joseph Sims

On Sunday last charity sermons were preached at both
Churches in the morning and afternoon for the relief of the
prisoners in jayl, and likewise of the poor belonging to these con-
gregations, at which there was collected the sum of one hundred
and twenty pounds. And the Rector desires a committee
may be appointed to distribute said sum, so as may best answer
the pious purposes of the generous benefactors.
Mr. Jones the Prison Keeper was kind enough to attend; but
as Mr. Redman the Sheriff, who is a member of this Vestry
was absent, it was thought proper, after examining Mr. Jones
to get a calendar and state of the jayl from Mr. Redman.

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    The Rector reported the state of the poor as far as it appeared to
him from the many applications and informations made to
him, and it was agreed, that a proper regard be had thereto.
The Vestry were of opinion that the Rector, his Assistant,
and the two Church Wardens would be enough to distribute
this charity, and desired they would undertake it, which they
accordingly did.
The trees planted in the Church Yard belonging to the new
Church have been wantonly cut down by some bad people. It is
agreed, that this matter shall be advertised in the Garette and a
reward of five pounds offered for the discovery of such as have
be concerned in it.
The streets leading to St. Peter's Church not being paved
are ofter so bad that people cannot come to church. There-
fore the Rector, Church Wardens, and such of the members of
Vestry as will join them are desired to lay this matter before
the commissioners for paving the streets and request that that
part of the city may be paved.
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Easter Monday, April 4, 1768

At an annual meeting of the united Congregations held
at Christ Church immediately after Divine Service in Prefence
of the Rector and the to Church Wardens, the following
persons were elected Vestry Men for the ensuing year, viz,

Dr. John Kearsley William Bingham
William Pyewell John Baynton
Peter Turner William Coxe
Jacob Duché Thomas Willing
John Ross Joseph Stamper
Joseph Sims John Gibson
Townsend White Joseph Swift
James Humhreys Edward Duffield
Joseph Redman John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Charles Stedman Charles Meredith

The Rector nominated Mr. James Humphreys his Church Warden
and the Vestry Men persent elected Mr. Joseph Stamper for the
Church Warden of the united Churches for the year ensuing. They
likewise elected Joseph Redman and Charles Meredith Qust
Men for Christ Church, and Joseph Sims and John Willcox [Wilcocks]
Quest Men for St. Peter's.
The Church Wardens and Vestry Men and Quest Men were
published in both churches the Sunday following according
to usage.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday April 11, 1768:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
James Humpreys
Joseph Stamper

Vestry Men:
Dr. Kearsley William Pywell [Pyewell]
Jacob Duché Peter Turner
Joseph Sims John Wilcox
William Bingham John Gibson
Townsend White Charles Meredith

Then were read the proceedings of the election on
Easter Monday, and the Vestry chose the following officers
for the ensuing year, viz.
Caleb Cash, Clerk of Christ Church
William Young, Clerk of St. Peter's
John Wiley, Sexton of Christ Church
George Stokes, Sexton of Mr. Peter's
Mr. Joseph Sims, Mr. William Bingham and Mr. Townsend White
are appointed a committee to inspect and report Mr. Humphrey's,
accounts as acting Church Warden.
William Young, the Clerk of St. Peter's, by Mr. Stamper,
acquaints the Vestry, that he has received no salary for
near two years - agreed, that his salary as Clerk, shall
be 25 pounds per annum - and ordered, that he be paid at that
rate for the time past.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Tuesday, June 21, 1768:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
James Humphreys
Joseph Stamper

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Charles Stedman
William Pyewell
William Bingham

Mr. Sims and Mr. Duffield are appointed a committee to in-
spect and settle an account delivered in by Bernard and Jugier for
work done at the churches.
Mr. Gordon the collector of the pew money complains, that several
persons refuse to pay for their seats on pretences that they were given
up to former Church Wardens; and that several persons, who appear
to be in arrears contest the arrears they are charged with, and
others, who acknowledge them, tho' often called upon, yet have not
paid. It was the unanimous opinion of the Vestry, that this mat-
ter should no longer proceed in this loose way, but be adjusted,
that it might appear, what pews are vacant, and likewise what
sums are really due for seats and what part of them can be
recovered and as the present Church Wardens Mr. Sims and
Mr. Bingham and Mr. Swift are well acquainted with this matter
they are appointed a committee to inspect and settle it, and
they are desired to proceed therein with all possible dispatch.
Mr. Robert Smith the carpenter applies for the balance of
his accounts for work done at St. Peter's. He says, these accounts
have been delivered a long while ago, and prays, if they have
not been inspected, they may now be, that he may no longer
be kept from the money that shall appear to be due to him.

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    Mr. Duffield and Mr. Sims are appointed a Committee to exa-
mine and settle Robert Smith's accounts.

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At a Vestry held on Monday September 5, 1768
at the Parsonage House:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
James Humpreys
Joseph Stamper

Vestry Men:
Thomas Willing Dr. John Kearsley Jacob Duché
Townsend White John Gibson John Ross
John Baynton William Pyewell Joseph Sims
William Coxe Charles Meredith

The Rector informed the Vestry, that there was to be an
Indian Treaty held at Fort Stanwix for the settlement of a
boundary line between the Indians and his Majesty, and other
matters of importance; and that the Governor and Council had
desired he would attend it, from a belief that his long experience in Indian
Affairs would enable him to be of great service there; and that
as he thought with them, that he might do some service being per-
sonally acquainted with Sir William Johnson, and having received
letters from Mr. Crogham, Sir Willaims Deputy, expressing their
opinion, that his attendance would be serviceable, he had
consented to go; and Dr. Smith was so good as to promise,
to do his duty in his absence. The Vestry unanimously
expressed their satisfaction and kindly said, they were a
little fearful it would be too great an undertaking, consi-
dering the Rector's State of Health.

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    Mr. Ross desired he might be permitted to erect a small monu-
mental stone over his daughter, who lies buried at the west
end of Christ Church Yard near the Steeple. Dr. Kearsley
and Mr. Duché are appointed a committee to examine the
place and see if it is clear from the passage into church this
the Steeple, and to examine whither this is not some resolution
of Vestry relative to tomb stones in the church yard, and
to acquaint Mr. Ross with the result of their examiniations,
that the answer might be given to him at the next meeting
of Vestry.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday, January 2, 1769:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
James Humphreys
Joseph Stamper

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Townsend White Charles Stedman
Jacob Duché Charles Meredith William Pyewell
John Ross Edward Duffield Joseph Sims

The Committee appointed to examine the accounts of Mr. Humphreys
acting Church Warden for the last year do report, that they had ex-
amined and compared them with the vouchers produced by him and do
find a balance of four pounds ten shillings and four pence, and
likewise that there was the sum of ninety seven pounds seven
shillings collected at the Sacrament and distributed by him among
the poor pensioners. The said accounts were delivered to the present
Church Warden to be kept with the other Church accounts.

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    The Committee appointed to examine what orders and regulations
had been at any time made by the Vestry with respect to tomb-
stones in the old church yard, and afterwards to confer with
Mr. Ross upon his request to erect a monumental stone over
his daughter's grave, do report, that for want of a copy of the
minute of their appointment, and as the Vestry books could not
be found in the Rector's absence, they had not been able to inform
themselves of the usage: and therefore had not had a conference
with Mr. Ros upon the subject. But Mr. Ross repeating his appli-
cation the committee were continued.
The Rector acquainted the Vestry that all the necessary repairs
of the old church were now finished, that the Church Wardens had
paid as far as the church funds would admit, and that he had
cheerfully supplied and advanced all the rest, agreeable to his
offer entered on the Minister of June 15, 1767, which he desired
might be repaid him, when the church should be in ability. And
that the Vestry might know what had been expended, the Rector
produced his accounts, which were read, and the sum advanced
on the occasion of repairs, together with sums advanced for
the churches in other necessary matters amounted to the sum
of 464:7:4.
Mr. Townsend White and Mr. Edward Duffield, who were appoint-
ed by an order of Vestry of November 2, 1763 to build an organ in the
old church produced their accounts of the sums collected and
expended by them; and at their special instance to have a
committee named for the examination of their accounts, Mr. Swift
and Mr. Meredith were appointed and desired to report the state
thereof to the next Vestry.
Yesterday charity sermons were preached in both churches
the sum of 103:17:8 was collected in the churches and soe
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of 10:8:0. The Rector, Assistant Minister and Church Warden
were appointed to distribute it among the poor belonging to the
churches.








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Easter Monday, March 27, 1769.

At an annual meeting of the United Congregations held at
Christ Church immediately after morning prayer, the Rector and the
Church Wardens present, the following persons were elected Vestry
Men for the ensuing year, namely,
John Kearsley Joseph Stamper
Jacob Duché John Gibson
Peter Turner Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims John Willcox [Wilcocks]
Townsend White Charles Meredith
James Humphreys Edward Duffield
Joseph Redman Benjamin Wynkoop
Charles Stedman John Morgan
John Baynton Francis Hopkinson
Thomas Willing Thomas Charlton

And then the Rector named Joseph Stamper for his Church
Warden, and the Vestry Men present named Joseph Swift Church
Warden for the united congregations.
Quest Men for the Christ Church: Quest Men for the St. Peter's Church:
Charles Meredith Benjamin Wynkoop
Thomas Charlton Dr. John Morgan

And on the Sunday following the Church Wardens, Vestry
Men and Quest Men were published in both churches.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday April 3, 1769:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Stamper
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Charles Meredith
Peter Turner John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Thomas Willing Benjamin Wynkoop
John Baynton Francis Hopkinson
Jacob Duché James Humphreys
Joseph Sims Thomas Charlton
Charles Stedman Dr. John Morgan

The following officers were chosen for the ensuing year, viz,
for Christ Church:
Caleb Cash, Clerk
James Weyley, Sexton

For St. Peter's:
William Young Clerk
George Stoakes Sexton

Nothing having been done by the committee appointed on the
21st June last to examine and settle the arrears due for pew money
and likewise the disputes subsisting about the claims for sittings,
another committee was appointed, viz, the Church Wardens,
Mr. Willing, Mr. Duché, Mr. Duffield and Mr. Gibson.
Mr. Humphries [Humphreys] and Mr. White were appointed a committee
to examine Mr. Stamper's accounts as Church Warden last year.
The deeds and patents for land belonging to the churches were put
into the hands of Mr. James Humphreys, that from such of them
as required further conveyances to be made to us as a corporate
body, proper assignments might be made and forthwith executed: And
then the deeds with all necessary surefil papers are to be put
and locked up in the church chest.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday, August 14, 1769:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Stamper

Vestry Men:
James Humphreys Charles Meredith
John Gibson Francis Hopkinson
Dr. John Morgan Benjamin Wynkoop

Mr. James Humphreys delivered a deed duly executed by Dr.
John Kearsley, a surviving trustee for lots belonging to Christ Church,
and likewise another deed for some ground belonging to St. Peter's Church,
executed by Jacob Duché Esqure, a surviving trustee, which were read
and delivered to the Rector along with the other deeds, which he
had taken as necessary for him to draw the deeds by.
Mr. Stamper and Mr. Gibson two of the committee appointed to
settle the disputes about arrears of pew money reported, that they
had met and stuck out such sums as appeared to them not
capable of being recovered, and had likewise given it in charge
to Mr. Gordon the collector to try to get notes of hand from such as
owned the debt, but yet did not pay him.
The Rector informed the members present, that his nephew
Mr. Richard Peters just had paid him the sum of 66:12:3,
as the remainder of one hundred pounds, which was left by
Mrs. Andrews for a double use, viz. for a monument and for a
pulpit in Christ Church; and that his nephew had produced re-
ceipts for the monument amounting to 33:7:9, and further
informed the Rector, that by the will of the deceased Mrs. Andrews
his father was made executor and was charged to see that
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towards making a new pulpit in Christ Church. Resolved, that
a new pulpit be forthwith built, and that plans or draughts of a
pulpit be prepared and laid before the next Vestry; and it was re-
commended to the gentlemen who were appointed by a former
Vestry to do this service, to give the matter no further delay,
as the Rector was ready to pay the money into the hands
of the Church Wardens so soon as they had concluded on a
form of a pulpit and likewise n the place in church where
it should stand.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonae House
on Monday October 23, 1769:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Stamper
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Thomas Willing
Charles Meredith Charles Stedman
Townsend White Peter Turner
John Gibson James Humpreys
Dr. John Kearsley Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop Joseph Sims

The fence about the church burial ground in Arch
Street being quite out of repair and incapable of being mended
and several members of the church having signified to the
Church Wardens their readiness to subscribe for a brick or
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consideration. Some were of opinion, that as nothing could be done
at this season, it would be better to let it alone till the Spring, and
in the mean time to procure estimates of the expense that would
attend the building of a good and sufficient brick wall so far
as the church ground extended on Arch Street and on Fifth
Street, in order that from such estimates they might know
what sum to solicit for.
Others said, that as there was now a good inclination among
the members of the church to give handsomely towards this
necessary matter, it might be of service to the the church, that the
subscription should be immediately begun and carried on as
there should be opportunity during the Winter. Mr. Peter Turner
particularly was of this opinion, and declared, that to encou-
rage it he would give one hundred pounds. Whereupon
a subscription peper with a proper preamble making it obli-
gatory on the several subscribers to pay the sums they re-
spectively put doen was drawn up, and Mr. Turner subscri-
bed accordingly the sum of one hundred pounds, for which
the Vestry unanimously returned him their hearty thanks.
The Church Wardens, Mr. Humphreys, Mr. Gibson and
Mr. Wynkoop were desired to carry the paper about, and
to solicit contributions and to take to their assistance such
other members of Vestry as they should find most at leisure
to attend this business
The plan and elevation of a pulpit was produced drawn
by Mr. John Folwell, who engaged to build one agreeable
thereto for 70 pounds. It appeared to all present to be a
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from would be a proper one. The place where it should stand
was then considered; and it was thought by some that it might
best stand where it does. But others thought that if it could be
placed so as not to incommode the two aisle, one leading
across the church pointing the communion table, and the other
through the middle of the church, it would afford more con-
veniencies and a better light. And as this matter had
been frequently talked of and no conclusion made, the
committee were desired to delay the thing no longer; but
to measure the ground carefully, and to see if it would
afford a proper space without incommoding the aisle.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on December 6, 1769:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Stamper
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Peter Turner
John Willcox [Wilcocks] Dr. John Morgan
Charles Meredith Charles Stedman
James Humphreys Francis Hopkinson
Thomas Charlton Benjamin Wynkoop

The Rector, as one of the Committee for considering the situation
and expense of a pulpit reported from said committee, that they had at last
agreed to recommend it to the Vestry to try the pulpit at the front of
the communion table and as near it as could be done without incommo-
ding the approach to it. And further, that as the draught of elevation
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met with their approbation, they had again considered John Folwell's
estimate and proposals for making an finishing the same agreeable to
that draught, and had agreed with him to do for 70 pounds, which agreement
was read.
Resolved that the pulpit should be placed agreeable to the committee's
recommendation: And that an agreement should be executed by the
said Folwell with them as a body corporate upon the terms settled by
the committee.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on January 23, 1770:

Present;
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Dr. Kearsley Charles Stedman
Jacob Duché James Humphreys
Charles Meredith Townsend White
Dr. John Morgan Thomas Charlton

The Vestry considered what steps were proper to be taken to have a
wall built about the Church Burying Ground, and it appeared to them
that a draught or draughts should be made of the Ground, and that the
committee when furnished with these should confer with and received estimates
and proposals from any workmen of reputation that would undertake it, provided
they were members of the church: and it was accordingly recommended
to the Church Wardens to get draughts of the ground immediately,
and to make it known that they were ready to confer with and
receive proposals from any workmen belonging to the church and included
to undertake the work. Mr. Duché was so good as to say, that he would
give the Committee all the assistance in his power, particularly as to
signing upon proper workmen, and making proper agreements with
them.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
February 19, 1770

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Stamper

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Joseph Sims
Jacob Duché Francis Hopkinson
Charles Stedman Dr. John Morgan

The Church Warden laid before the Vestry several estimates
and proposals, that were given in to them by workmen for building a
wall about the burying ground, which were considered but as it
was found that there were great differences between the estimates, and
as the Vestry was but thin, it was agreed to defer the further con-
sideration of it for the present and the Rector was desired to summon
a Vestry for the purpose, and to entreat the attendance of all the
members.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
March 10, 1770

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Stamper
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Jacob Duché
John Gibson Charles Meredith
Francis Hopkinson Benjamin
Thomas Charlton Thomas Willing

The Vestry resumed the consideration of the estimates and proposals
made for building the wall about the burying ground, and came
to the following resolutions, viz

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That the wall should be immediately carried on; that the proposals
should be accepted, which were made by Glenn and Davis Brick-layers,
namely, to have twelve shillings for laying every thousand bricks, and
three shillings and six pence per perch for laying the stone-work in
the foundation, and that a contract be made with them upon those
terms;
That Anthony Gibbon should be employed to dig the stones, he
having offered to do it cheaper than any others:
That John Brown should be employed to haul the stones and sand
at two shillings per perch for the stones and eighteen pence per load for
the sand:
That as there were several brick-makers, who were members of
the Church of England, they should all be spoken to on this occasion,
and he who would make the best bricks and at the cheapest rate
would be employed.
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Easter Monday April 16, 1770

Agreeable to notice given yesterday in both churches, the
members of the united churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's, with the
Rector, and Church Wardens met in Christ Church immediately after
Morning service and the Church Wardens as directed by the Char-
ter and laws proceeded to take the poll for Vestry Men for the year
ensuing, and at the close of the poll, the following persons were found
to have the majority of voices, names
Dr. John Kearsley John Baynton
Jacob Duché Thomas Willing
Joseph Stamper John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Peter Turner Charles Meredith
Townsend White Joseph Sims
James Humphreys Edward Duffield
Joseph Redman Benjamin Wynkoop
Joseph Swift Dr. John Morgan
John Gibson Francis Hopkinson
Charles Stedman John Willday

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    And they were accordingly published as the Vestry for the ensuing
year. And then the Rector named Mr. Francis Hopkinson for his
Church Warden and the congregation elected Mr. Benjamin
Wynkoop for their Church Warden.
After which the Vestry chose the following gentlemen, viz,
Quest Men for Xt Church: Quest Men for St. Peter's:
James Humphreys Charles Stedman
Charles Meredith John Willcox [Wilcocks]
Townsend White Dr. John Morgan
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday, April 23, 1770:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Charles Meredith
Peter Turner Joseph Sims
Townsend White John Willday
James Humphreys Joseph Swift
Jacob Duché Dr. John Morgan

The proceedings at the election of the Vestry on Easter Monday were
read and approved, and then the following officers were chosen for the
ensuing year, viz,
for Christ Church:
Caleb Cash, Clerk
James Weyley, Sexton

for St. Peter's Church:
William Young, Clerk
George Stoakes, Sexton

Mr. Stamper and Mr. Willday are appointed a committee to examine
and report Mr. Joseph Swift's accounts as Church Warden.

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    Mr. Swift laid before the Vestry the accounts for burials of last year,
which he said he only received this morning. He observed that there was
no account of the receipt of the outstanding debts for the preceding
years, which he thought was very extraordinary, as there must be
large sums due to the church.
Therefore Mr. Wynkoop and Mr. Hopkinson were appointed a committee
to inspect the account now produced as well as former ones and to compare
them with the general list of burials as entered by the Rector in the
Register Book of these Churches, and it is thought necessary, that
the Sexton be present at such enquiry. The Rector is desired to bring
the said register book to the next Vestry, that it may be inspected.
Offers having been made for the church lot of 396 feet on
Spruce Street, Mr. Stamper, in the room of Thomas Gordon, is appointed
to be of the committee with Mr. Duché and Mr. Sims, to heal with any
persons who may incline to become purchasers.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Tuesday June 11, 1770:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Jacob Duché
Townsend White Peter Turner
Joseph Swift Charles Meredith
Charles Stedman Dr. John Morgan

The Rector acquainted the Vestry, that the Pulpit was finished
according to contract, that John Folwell had done it well, and
that it was universally admired.
Jesse Roe's Bill for the reading desk, which amounted
to 20:2:10, was considered and passed. Timothy Barrett's
bill for painting the pulpit and desk, which amounted to 18 pounds was
likewise considered and passed.

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    Whereas it appears by the account given in by the collector of pew
money in both churches, that several persons are in arrears for their
seats, and tho' frequently called upon, have not discharged the same;
and whereas many persons, who have applied for seats, and cannot
be supplied are much displeased, and have threatened to leave the
church; it is therefore unanimously resolved, that now and at
all times hereafter on the like occasions, notice shall be left by
Mr. Gordon, or the collector of the pew money for the time being, at
the house of each delinquent, acquainting him, that if payment
be not made within three months after serving the notice his
seat by the charter and laws of the united churches is forfeited
and will be disposed of to the first offerer, and that the debt
incurred for arrears will be sued for by the corporation.
The back seats to the east of the organ in St. Peter's Church
may from henceforth be let for a dollar per sitting but if the
organ should at any time be removed, they they are to be let
in the same manner as they are now.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday, September 10, 1770

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Dr. John Morgan
Dr. John Kearsley Charles Stedman
James Humphreys Joseph Sims
Townsend White John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Peter Turner Charles Meredith
Thomas Willing

Mr. Jonathan Brown merchant was so good as to
give an order to the Rector on the vendue master for
two hundred pounds profits on goods sold to him, that
had been deposited in the public warehouse belonging

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to the merchants associated to prevent the non-importation of
English goods. Mr. Brown, at the time he gave the order
desired that the money might be considered as a present
to the Vestry for any occasional use that might arise, for
which the sums raised for the current year should not be
sufficient. He added, that he was visible, that the wall
now building round the burying ground belonging to
Christ Church was a very necessary work, but he hoped
that the present subscriptions with what had been other-
wise given towards it would be sufficient to delay that
expense, but if it should not the Vestry should be at li-
berty to dispose of it for that service, but by no means
to do it, if the wall could be finished without it.
Mr. Swift, who has kindly undertaken, together with
Mr. Duché to agree with workmen employed in the
building the above mentioned wall and to pay them
agreeable to their contracts acquainted the Vestry, that
the wall was near finished, but that the paving both in
Arch Street and Fifth Street remained still to be done;
that all the monies which had been paid in from the
subscribers together with the sums paid by other orders
on the vendue master were almost expended, and a
great deal still remained to be paid to the several
workmen and that he was daily called upon: He
therefore prayed that as the Vestry could not immedi-
ately come to a determination respecting Mr. Brown's
Money, they would be pleased to lend it to him to
discharge the present demands that were made on
him.
Resolved, that Mr. Brown's request and delcaration
made at the delivery of the order to the Rector be
complied with: and in the mean time, that Mr. Swift
should have the use of the money, as the enigercy and
that of his accounts required it; but that when the

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accounts came to be closed, the Vestry would resume
the consideration of the disposal of Mr. Brown's present
of 200 pounds, and do therein as might be most for the
service of the church.
Mr. Townshend White's account for erecting the organ
in Christ Church was delivered in by him, and
referred to be examined and settled to Mr. Swift and
Mr. Meredith; and they were desired to report the
same to the next meeting of Vestry.
The thanks of the Vestry were ordered to be given
to the several gentlemen, who had given orders on
the vendue master.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday December 10, 1770:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Francis Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman Townsend White
Joseph Swift Joseph Sims
John Willday John Stamper
Jacob Duché John Baynton
Dr. John Morgan Charles Meredith

Mr. Church Warden Hopkinson, having been so obli-
ging as to perform upon the organ at Christ Church
during the absence of Mr. Bremner the late organist,
the Vestry unanimously requested of him a continuance
of his kind office till an organist should be appointed
or as long as it should be convenient and agreeable to him-
self. Mr. Hopkinson cheerfully granted this request.

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    Mr. John Bankton, at the request of his father, was
appointed organist of St. Peter's Church, his father
having been so kind as to promise that he should
serve without a salary, till the church could be
able to afford one.
Resolved, that the Rector and Assistant Minister
be desired to preach a sermon once every year in
each of the churches in the month of April or
May for the purpose of collecting money to defray
the necessary expenses which must attend the keeping
both organs in repairs, and paying a salary to the
tuner and bellows blower.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday January 7, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearseley [Kearsley] Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims James Humphreys
Charles Stedman John Baynton
Townsend White Joseph Stamper
Dr. John Morgan

The committee appointed to inspect and settle Mr.
Joseph Stamper's accounts who was Church Warden
from Easter 1768, to Easter 1769, reported that they
had examined said accounts and vouchers and found
the balance to be 2:16:4, which was paid
to the proceeding Church Warden, and then the
accounts were entered into the Church book.

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The Committee appointed to examine Mr. Joseph Swift's
accounts, who was Church Warden from Easter 1769
to Easter 1770, reported, that they had examined
the same, and found the balance to be 29:6:1
which was paid into the hands of Mr. Wynkoop
the succeeding Church Warden and then Mr. Swift's
accounts were entered in the Church books
Messers. Stedman, Sims and Wilcocks were appointed a committee
to examine and settle Robert Smith carpenter his accounts against St. Peter's Church.
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Easter Monday April 1, 1771

Agreeable notice given in both churches, the members
of the united congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's
with the Rector and Church Wardens me in Christ Church
immediately after prayers on Easter Monday and the
Curch Wardens, as directed by the Charter and lays
proceeded to take the poll for Vestry Men for the en-
suing year. At the closing of the poll, the following
persons were found to have the majority of voices,
namely,
Dr. John Kearsley Sr. John Baynton
Jacob Duché Thomas Willing
Peter Turner Sr. John Willcocks
Joseph Stamper Charles Meredith
Townsend White Joseph Sims
James Humpreys Edward Duffield
Joseph Redman Benjamin Wynkoop
Joseph Swift Dr. John Morgan
John Gibson Francis Hopkinson
Charles Stedman John Willday

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    The Rector then named Benjamin Wynkoop for his
Church Warden, and the congregations elected
Francis Hopkinson for their Church Warden.
After which the Vestry appointed the follow-
ing officers out of their numbers, viz
Quest Men for Christ Church: Quest Men for St. Peter's:
Edward Duffield Charles Stedman
Charles Meredith John Willcocks
Townsend White Dr. John Morgan

Messrs. Swift and Meredith reported that they had
examined Townsend WHite's accounts and found the
balance due to him to be thirty nine pounds 8:8.

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At a stated Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Monday April 8, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Francis Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Charles Stedman
Joseph Redman Charles Meredith
Townsend White John Willday
John Baynton Joseph Swift
Joseph Sims James Humphreys

The Proceedings at the annual election for Vestry
Men and Church Wardens on Easter Monday last
were yesterday published in both churches and had
being read over, were ordered to be entered as on
that day.

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Chosen Clerks:
Caleb Cash for Christ Church
William Young for St. Peter's

Chosen Sextons:
James Wiley for Christ Church
George Stokes for St. Peter's

Mr. Hopkinson and Mr. Sims are appointed a com-
mittee to inspect and settle the late Church Warden
Wynkoop's account.
Mr. Sims, Mr. Stedman and Mr. Willcocks reported,
that they had settled Robert Smith's account, and found
a balance due to him of 35:13:3, which report
is approved; and the Rector for the honor of the
churches paid the asme to Robert Smith, and took
his receipt in full.
The Rector then acquainted the Vestry, that he had
something of consequence to the Churches and himself
to communicate to them, to which he desired they would
be pleased to give their most careful attention, and
then spoke as follows.
Gentlemen,
If you will please to look into your minutes of
Vestry you will find, that on the 2 of December 1766,
after series consultation, you came to the following
resolution, viz. that every accounting Church Warden
should, after paying the church officers, and defraying
all contingent and incidental charges of the year,
pay me the whole of what came into his hands,
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pay Mr. Duché the yearly sum of 350 pounds for his
salary, and likewise to pay off the interest of 900 pounds
bond given to Mr. Harrison deceased, on account
of St. Peter's Church.
Now as the said minute was to continue no longer, then
it should be mutually agreeable to the Vestry and
myself; as the church debts and particularly the
bond therein mentioned are paid off; and as the
continuance of the present method of the Church
Wardens according to me might have a tendency
to introduce confusion, and make us lose sight of
what has been already regulated by Charter and
Law relating to the distinct branches of the
Church funds; I do now move, that the said
minute may be considered as of no longer con-
tinuance, and that you would be please to come
to much resolutions, as will clearly show how and
in what manner the pew money, as well as all
other monies received by the accounting Church
Warden, may and ought to be considered and dis-
posed of. And for the government of your consul-
tations in this important matter, I desire, that
the charter and laws, and particularly the 7th
Chapter of the laws, may be read and duly
attended to, as they will be a safe and good guide
to you, as to any resolutions you may think
proper to make.
On mature consideration of the above and
after a careful perusal of the charter and laws,
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Vestry came unanimously to the following Resolu-
tions for the present, namely,
That the monies arising from the letting of the
pews in both churches, and the monies arising from
the opening of the ground in the churches and church
yards, and from the collections made in the churches
and likewise from donations and legacies, where the
same are not given for particular uses, should be
considered as they always have been, as two dis-
tint articles and branches of the church revenues
and therefore, that all monies arising from the
first article, namely, from the letting of the pews
should be appropriated solely for the payment of
the Rector and his assistants in such proportions
as to the Vestry shall seem meet.
2dly that all the monies belonging to the
Churches arising either from the collections made
in the churches, or from occasional donations and
legacies, should be considered as a distinct article
of the church funds, and should be solely at the
disposal of the Vestry and should be applied for
the payment of officers salaries, for contingent
expenses, for repairs of the churches and also
for any other purposes which shall be thought
necessary for the real good and service of the churches
And as to the consideration of any thing putting
that may be thought necessary to be rgulated
it is postponed to the next Vestry, which it is
hoped will be a full one; and to which the
present determinations are to be submitted.

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    The Rector then represented to the board, that
Christ Church steeple wanted some repairs, that it
leaked in several parts, and that many of the timbers
already began to rot. Whereupon the Vestry think-
ing it rightly necessary, that somewhat be imme-
diately done to stop any further damage, ap-
pointed the Church Wardens to be a committee for
implying some proper persons to inspect said stee-
ple adn from an estimate of the expense ne-
cessary to repair the same fully and sufficently,
and they were desired to proceed immediately on
this business and make report thereof at the next
meeting of Vestry.


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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
April 19, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Morgan John Willday
Joseph Sims John Willcocks
Joseph Redman Joseph Swift
Jacob Duché Charles Stedman
John Gibson Joseph Stamper
John Baynton James Humphreys
Townsend White

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    The minutes of the last Vestry were read and appro-
ved, and the consideration of what might be fur-
ther necessary to be regulated was resumed. And
as it appeared to them, that the present mode of
dividing the pew money was agreeable both to
the Rector and Mr. Duché, namely, that the
annual sum of 350 pounds should be paid to
Mr. Duché, and the rest go for the support
of the Rector, this disposition was confirmed
by the Vestry, and the accounting Church Warden
ordered to pay the pew money accordingly.
The Rector then reminded the Vestry, that he
had advanced a large sum of money for the
necessary use of the church, as would appear
from an entry in their minutes of the 2nd
day of January in the year 1769 and from
his accounts of sums advanced since that time,
the same being taken into consideration, and it
being judged reasonable, as well as agreeable
to the intentions of the Vestry, that these sums
so advanced by the Rector should be repaid him
as far as their funds would admit; it was
unanimously resolved, that whatever monies
should remain in the hands of the Church War-
den for the time being, after paying the sa-
laries of the several officers and defraying
incidental charges, shall be paid to the Rector
for the purpose of discharging by degrees, the
said debt due to him.

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    The committee appointed to examine Mr. Church
Waren Wynkoop's account report, that hey had
carefully inspected the same, and find it to be
just and true, and that he had received and paid
the sum of 847:2:4.


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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Tuesday April 30, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
John Baynton John Willcocks
Charles Meredith Townsend White
John Gibson Joseph Redman
Joseph Sims James Humphreys
Charles Stedman John Willday

The Reverend Mr. Duché was likewise present
at the Desire of the Vestry.
The minutes of the two former Vestrys were
read and approved.
His honor the Governor having signified his
intention to embark for England, the Vestry una-
nimously resolved to express their thankfulness
to him for the favors done them and their hearty
wishes for his good voyage and all manner
of prosperity in an address which was immedi-
ately drawn up, read and approved, and is as
follows.

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    To the honorable John Penn Esquire Lieutenant
Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of
Pennsylvania, and of the counties of New Castle, Kent
and Sussex on Delaware.
The humble address of the Rector, Church War-
den and Vestry Men of the united churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Phi-
ladelphia.
May it please you honor
We the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men
of the united churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
in the City of Philadelphia, beg leave to take this
opportunity of addressing your honor, and of offering
our most humble and sincere acknowledgments for
the many public as well as private testimonies
of your regard for the interest of the Church of Eng-
land in this City.
Although we are now, by an unexpected and lamented
event, to take leave of you as our governor, yet
we are encouraged to hope, from the may favors
you have already conferred upon us, that in every
future station and period of your life, you will
continue a patron and friend to the Church of
England in America, and particularly to that part
of it, which we have the honor to represent.
We devoutly pray, that the father of all mercies
will take you and your family under his divine
protection, grant you a safe and agreeable voyage,
and crown your whole life with peace and prosperity.

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    The Vestry then proceeded, the Rev. Mr. Duché accom-
panying the Rector, to the Governor's house; and the
address was read and presented by the Rector; to
which his honor was pleased to return the following
answer:
Gentlemen
I return you my hearty thanks for your affect-
tionate address, and the kind concern you express for
my welfare. you may be assured, that I shall al-
ways rejoice at the prosperity of the Church of Eng-
land and that nothing shall ever be wanting on my
part to encourage and support it in America, and
more particularly in this City and Province.

Resolved, that the address and answer
be inserted in this week's gazette.

The Rector informed the Vestry that the Governor
had desired Mr. Duché to print the sermon he had
preached before both congregations on the death of the
late proprietor Richard Penn Esquire at which they
expressed great satisfaction; having been devious, that
at their instance, if politeness could have permitted
it, that sermon might be published, as it contains
many excellent sentiments, and a most devout and
fervent address to Christians to attend to their
eternal interests.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on May 20, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Francis Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Joseph Sims Charles Stedman
Charles Meredith Joseph Redman
John Willday Dr. John Morgan

The Church Wardens informed the Vestry, that
they had examined the steeple of Christ Church
with Mr. Robert Smith the carpenter, and having
desired him to put down the state thereof in
writing, the same was read, and is as follows,
To Francis Hopkinson Esquire
Sir
I surveyed the Steeple of Christ Church on the
7th of this instant May, and found the sells on
which the principal posts stand were decayed,
and I am of opinion, the lower frame that lies on
the walls on which the steeple stands should be
uncovered and examined. The shingling is leaky
in sundry places. I therefore do advise the gentle-
men, that have the care of this building to begin
as soon as may be convenient, and give the works
a thorough repair, when that is done, have it
reviewed once every year after and if any

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part be deficient to have it rectified immediately. By
such means there is a great probability it may stand
safe for many years
I am, sir, your very humble servant
Robert Smith

Philadelphia, May 7, 1771
Mr. Smith attending was called in, and among other
things observed, that from their examination of the
Steeple the full and true state thereof could not be rightly
known, and that it would be necessary to have some
brick work taken away; and then on a second exa-
mination, they might know for certain what con-
dition it was really in, and give some sort of a
conjecture what sum it might take to give it a
sufficient repair. He was pressed to undertake
it, and expressed his willingness to do it, but said
he was so much engaged in a variety of things that
must be done, that he could not possibly be at
liberty before the first of July, and then was loth
to undertake it, as it would totally take up his
attention, leave him no ime to do other things.
It was urged on the part of the Vestry, that as he
was the builder, he was the most proper person to
find out what was in decay, and to give it a sufficient
repair. and therefore if he could not attend sooner, and
there was no immediate danger before the first of
July, the Vestry would stay as long; and in the mean
time all materials necessary for the repair might
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reluctance consented, and engaged accordingly to begin
on the Steeple the first of July next, or sooner, if he
could be sooner at leisure; and promised to lay in
all proper materials; and the Church Wardens were
ordered to defray all necessary charges.
The thanks of the Vestry are unanimously
given to Mr. Margaret Edwards for her present to
the churches of the making and working of two surplices
which were finished with her own stand and much admired
for their neatness and elegance.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on June 4, 1771:

Present:

Church Warden:
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley James Humphreys
Townsend White Joseph Stamper
Joseph Sims Joseph Redman
Charles Stedman Charles Meredith

On Robert Smith's representation, that on a further
examination of the steeple, he had found it in a
most ruinous condition, the members went with him
to view and examine it, and tehy were surprised to
find the ends of the great timbers so rotten, as to be
a mere powder, and the other parts likewise very
much decayed.
On their return to Vestry, it was therefore
unanimously resolved, that the work should be
directly begun, that Robert Smith should immi-

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immediately collect all the timbers and materials
necessary and draw upon the Church Warden
and that Mr. Hopkinson should take up 100 pounds
on the security of the corporation in order to defray
these expenses and more if necessary.
Then Robert Smith's proposal to take the Church
lot on Spruce Street upon ground rent for ever, was
again considered, and it was unanimously agreed
that it should be accepted, provided the rent was
to be paid in Spanish dollars, or their value in
the currency of this province; that Mr. Humphreys
should prepare a proper conveyance and insert
therein the common covenants; so as that the
Vestry might have a double security for the
rent, viz. the common covenants for distress
and reentry, and Robert Smith's own security.
It was further agree, that these should be built
upon the said lot within the space of 4 years,
four dwelling houses, each to be worth not
less than two hundred pounds.


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At a Vestry held at the School House
July 13, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Francis Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley James Hemphreys
Charles Stedman Jacob Duché
Charles Meredith Townsend White

As this Vestry was called to finish the treaty
with Mr. Robert Smith Carpenter respecting his pro-
posed purchase of the church lot on Spruce and Fifth
streets, it was a great disappointment to find, that
there was but one Church Warden, and so this a
Vestry. However, as no more could be doen by the
present members, they again considered Robert
Smith's proposal, and agreed with the last Vestry,
that it was much the best of any that had been
made and desired it might be accepted and
Robert Smith be made acquainted with their
approbation of it.
Mr. Humpreys, who had been desired by the
last Vestry to prepare the draught of a proper
conveyance to Robert Smith on the terms
agreed on, which was read first throughout, and
then paragraph by paragraph; and tho' there
seemed to be no objection to the draught, yet
as it was a matter of consequence, both Mr.
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Rector would lay it before Mr. Chew or Mr.
Tilghman, and after getting their opinion,
return it to Mr. Humphreys to be engrossed,
together with a counter part, to be executed in
Vestry by Robert Smith.
It was further agreed, that special notice of
this matter should be inserted in the next
summons of Vestry, and all members desired
to give their attendance; that all due
solemnity might be observed, and a copy
entered in the minutes.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
on Friday August 2, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Jacob Duché
Joseph Swift James Humphreys
John Willcox [Wilcocks] Joseph Sims
Charles Meredith John Baynton
Joseph Redman Dr. John Morgan
Townsend White

The Rector acquainted the Vestry, that he
had, agreeable to their request at their last
meeting, laid the draught of the conveyance
to Robert Smith then read before Mr. Tilghman

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who examined and approved it and that Mr.
Humphreys had engrossed it. It was therefore
read, and the seal affixed in Vestry; and the
counter part was executed by Robert Smith
a copy of the conveyance follows.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
on Saturday August 24, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Francis Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Mr. Willing Dr. Morgan
Mr. Duché Mr. Joseph Swift
Mr. Charles Stedman

The Vestry was called at the special instance of
the Rector and Church Wardens, to consider how to
raise money immediately for carrying on the re-
pairs of the steeple. A large sun is now wanted
for the payment of the workmen, and no money in the
hands of the Church Warden.
The Rector informed the Vestry, that the Church War-
dens and himself had applied to several persons
to lend the sum of 150 pounds, to the Church corporation,
that all of them absolutely refused, tho' at
the same time they signified that if the Rector and
any of the Vestry would give their own bongs,
they would lend any sum that might be wanted.
It was therefore resolved, that, if the Rector and
Church Wardens or any of the Vestry would be
so good as to take up 150 pounds, on their bonds,
the Vestry would consider themselves as bound to
pay it off from the first money that shall come
into their hands either by subscription or by
box money.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
October 19, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Benjamin Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Dr. John Kearsley Mr. Sims
Mr. Redman Mr. Meredith
Mr. White Mr. Willing
Mr. Stamper Mr. Stedman
Mr. Swift Dr. Morgan
Mr. Duché Mr. Gibson
Mr. Humphreys

The Reverend Mr. Duché, Assistant Minister
attended by Invitation.
As Mr. Richard Penn was lately arrived,
and his commission as Lieutenant Governor of
this Province had been published at the court-
house, this meeting was called at the instance
of several members, who desire, that that the Vestry
might take the first opportunity of addressing
the new Governor, and an address having been
prepared, on their signifying this desire, the
same was read, approved and presented to him
and is as follows.
To the honorable Richard Penn Esqure Lieu-
tenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the
Province of Pennsylvania, and counties of
New Castle, Kent and Sussex upon Delaware

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    The humble address of the Rector, Church Wardens
and Vestry Men of the united congregations of Christ
Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia.
May it please your honor.
We most heartily join in the general satisfaction
which your safe arrival in your government gives
the good people of this province.
Whilst every religion denomination expects
from you known character, a just and affectionate
regard to their respective societies, we have a
most pleasing assurance, that you will never be
wanting in extending your protection and goodness
to our church, of which you are a member.
We sincerely wish you a continuance of health,
and that you may long enjoy all the benefits,
which arise from an upright and steady admi-
nistration.
Signed in, and by order of Vestry
Richard Peters Rector

Philadelphia
October 19, 1771
To which his Honor was pleased to return
the following answer.
Gentlemen,
I thank you for your affectionate address.
You are perfectly right in thinking, that I can
set a just value on the church to which I be-
long, without losing a proper regard for every
other religious society.
As a member of the Church of England,

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therefore, you may be assured, I shall always
rejoice in every opportunity of promoting
the prosperity of that branch of it, which is
under your particular care.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
November 22, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Wynkoop
Mr. Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Mr. Gibson
Mr. Sims
Mr. Swift
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Stamper
Dr. Morgan
Mr. Stedman

Mr. Church Warden Hopkinson acquainted the
Vestry, that the repairs of the steeple were very
expensive, and by the bills brought in would
among to above 400 pounds, and that there was
an absolute necessity, that this expense should
be immediately defrayed:
Resolved unanimously, that as it is notorious
to the whole congregation that this expense was
sudden and unavoidable, from the steeple's being
found to be in danger of immediate fall, by
the rotting of some of the principal timbers, they
should be invited by a notice to be given in
church to meet the Church Wardens and Vestry
Men in Christ Church, in order to have such
a subscription opened, as would be sufficient
to discharge the expense; but as several
members of the Vestry were either absent or
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should be postponed, till a full Vestry could be got, and
the minds of the Congregation known in relation to
this measure.



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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
December 14, 1771:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Hopkinson
Mr. Wynkoop

Vestry Men:
Mr. Sims
Mr. Meredith
Dr. Morgan
Mr. Redman

This meeting of Vestry was called to finish the
business entered upon at the last meeting. But the
number being so small, nothing more was done, than
taking the sentiments of the members present upon the
affair of a congregational meeting as proposed at
the last Vestry. All present agreed, that the several
members of the congregation, with whom they had
had an opportunity of conversing upon the subject
were of opinion, that a general meeting was quite
unnecessary; and instead of this, it was proposed,
that public notice should be given in both churches,
that the members would be waited upon at their
respective houses for their voluntary contributions
towards defraying the expenses incurred by the
repairs of the steeple.
Mr. Robert Smith being importunate for money,
the CHurch Warden is ordered to pay him 35 pounds
out of the cash in his hands.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
January 8, 1772:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Mr. Swift
Mr. Humphreys
Mr. Meredith
Dr. Morgan

On Sunday last, notice was given in both
churches, that as there was an heavy debt in-
curred by the repairs of Christ Church steeple,
application would be made to the members of
the congregations at their respective houses, for
their contributions towards defraying this
necessary expense. According this meeting
was called to appoint collections for this purpose;
that so few members attending, it was resolved,
that a special notice should be issued for all
the members to attend on Friday next, and the
business particularly mentioned.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
January 10, 1772:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Mr. Swift
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Stedman
Dr. Morgan

The Rector acquainted the members present,
that special notices were served on every Vestry
Man to give attendance in order to appoint col-
lectors to solicit and receive contributions for
the discharge of the debt incurred by the repairs
of the steeple, The matter being properly consi-
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gentlemen of the Vestry should be desired to go about
with the subscription paper, viz
For the north part of the City __ For the South Part
Mr. Hopkinson Mr. Wynkoop
Mr. Swift Dr. Morgan
Mr. Meredith Mr. Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Mr. Redman Mr. Stedman

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
March 19, 1772:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Wynkoop
Mr. Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Mr. Duché
Mr. White
Mr. Gibson
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Redman
Mr. Swift
Mr. Sims
Mr. Stedman
Dr. Morgan

The Rector informed the Vestry, that Dr. John Kearsley
an ancient, worthy and useful member of these church-
es died in January last, and by will had given a
very large part of his estate both real and personal,
for the use of an hospital or alms-house intended
for the support of ten or more poor women in commu-
nion with the Church of England, and had vested
all in the corporation of these churches, and had also
given them the sole management of it with part-
icular directions for their conduct in their execu-
tion of this trust, and that the Church Wardens had
obtained a copy of said will under the seal of the
register general's office, where it had been proved
in due form.

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    The will was accordingly produced and read, and
ordered to be copied and entered at the close of
this day's minutes.
The Rector then took notice, that a certain house
in Arch Street was immediately to come to the cor-
poration, which they should without delay take
possession of, and make the most of it, 'till the
executors Mrs. Kearsley and the Reverend Mr. Craig
should have considered of the several other be-
quests, and enabled the corporation to begin the
the execution of their trust: And therefore he
moved, that a committee might be appointed,
to confer with the executors on the several mat-
ters relative to their trust, and that they should
have liberty to confer with them together or
separatley; and the reasons why this liberty
ought to be given them he would now set forth.
It had been told him, that at the court of
common pleas held last week for the city of
Philadelphia, an action was brought against
said executors by young Dr. Kearsley, the testator's
nephew for a very large sum of money not less
than four thousand pounds due to him as he says
on account between his uncle and him. That
Mr. John Ross appeared for your Dr. Kearsley,
and Mr. Galloway for the executrix Margaret
Kearsley, and that it had been called by them
an amicable suit, and a motion was made
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him and his uncle might be referred to certain men,
who were amicably agreed upon by the plaintiff and
Mrs. Kearsley. That the court, on being told, that
Mr. Craig was also an executor, and qualified as
such before the register general, and that it was
supposed he knew nothing of this high demand
nor of this amicable manner of proceeding, declined
doing any thing in it, til Mr. Craig had an oppor-
tunity of being heard; and the court was adjourned
Monday last: That Mr. Craig, upon hearing of
this procedure, finding the roads too bad for
him to travel, had applied to young Mr. Peters to
appear for him; and desired him to acquaint the
court, that he knew nothing of this action; and
therefore desired further, that no motion might be per-
mitted about it, till he could come to town, and
take advice, which the court indulged him, and
adjourned till Monday next.
As matters are in this situation the Rector thinks
it reasonable, that liberty should be left to confer
with both or either of the executors, as it may be
thought proper.
On duly considering these several matters, it
was unanimously resolved, that the Rector and
Church Wardens should be a committee to con-
fer with both executors together, or with one of
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    It was likewise resolved, that the Church Wardens
should take measures to obtain possession of the
house in Arch Street as soon as possible; and
that the acting Church Wardens should advance or
pay, whatever might be thought necessary or this
or any other occasion, that might be serviceable
to the trust, and keep an account thereof as a
corporation matter.
Resolved, that the seat held by Mrs. Bingham
in Christ Church, as she has a large double pew
in St. Peter's, is contrary to the first law and con-
stitution of the churches, and may be disposed
of by the Church Warden t any of those nu-
merous appliers, which he says these are, for
seats in Christ Church.
The Vestry were informed, that the collection
for the repairs of the Steeple was not quite fin-
ished, but as soon as completed, report would
be made thereof to the Vestry.




Here follows a copy of the
will of Dr. John Kearsley.

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In the name of God amen. I John Kearsley
of the City of Philadelphia in Province of Pennsylvania Practi-
tioner in physick and surgery being in good bodily health and of well
disposing mind and memory, but considering the certainty of death and
uncertainty of the time thereof, do make my last Will and Testament
in manner and form following, that is to say, First, I commit my
soul unto the hands of any good and merciful God, who gave it my
body to the Earth, to be interred in full hopes of the forgiv-
ness of all my sins and obtaining a blessed state of felicity through
the merits mediation and intercession of my ever gracious Saviour
and Redeemer, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of the Father. And
it is my will, that all my just debt and funeral expenses be duly
paid. And I do give and devise unto my dear and loving wife Margaret my
contiguous messuages or tenements and the lotts ground respectively
belonging situate in the said CIty on the west side of Front
Street, the southernmost of which I now dwell in and the other I
purchased of John Kaighn and all my messuage or tenement or
building and lott of ground thereunto belonging situate in La-
titia Court in the said City, it lies westward of that I now dwell
in and all other my pasture land in the Northern Liberties
of the said City, which was formerly of Thomas Harts, together
with their appurtenances with my two houses on the
North side of High Street, in which Blanch Robards and
Samuel Taylor now dwell, to hold the afores, two Front
Street messuages the Latitia Court messuage with the
lotts or pieces of ground thereunto belonging and the said
Pasture Land with the two High Street messuages with
their appurtenances unto her my said wife Margaret and
her assigns for and during the term of her natural
life without impeachment or any manner of waste

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Also I give and bequeath unto my said wife Margaret and her
assigns all my silver plate, my household goods and kitchen
furniture, my Negro Man Cusse and my two horses.
Moreover I give and bequeath unto her my said wife
Margaret the sum of five hundred pounds current
money of Pennsylvania and also six hundred pounds cur-
rent standing money of Great Britain, which sterling
money is in the hands of Edward Payne and Rem Payne
merchants in London in Great Britain or of one of
them their or of one of their Executors or admini-
strators. Also I give and devise unto my said wife
Margaret all my yearly groung rents or yearly
rent charges paying upwards or above five pounds
ten shilling Pennsylvania currency yearly by any
one person or persons amounting in the whole to
forty two pounds nineteen shillings and sex pence
Pennsylvania currency and one yearly ground
rent of four pounds ten shillings sterling pay-
able by Enoch Story and Wife to hold the same for
by two pounds nineteen shillings and six pence
currency and four pounds ten shillings sterling to
her my said wife Margaret and her assigns for the
during all the term of her natural life.
And I do give and bequeath unto my nephew
John Kearsley the sum of five hundred pounds
current money of Pennsylvania to be paid in
cash or the assignment of my bond or bonds
as my Executors hereafter named or any of them
shall think fit. Moreover I give and bequeath unto
my nephew John Kearsley all my books which
do treat of physick or surgery all my instru-
ments of surgery, all my physical drugs and

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and medicines, with all my shop furniture containing the
drugs and medicines, and all my utensils for preparing me-
dicines chymical or galenical. And it is my desire
that my said nephew John Kearsley shall transmit to
his three brothers, hereafter named, or to any of them
such and so many of the said books and insturments as
he shall think proper. The which legacies to my
said nephew John Kearsley it is my mind and ill shall
be in full for and as his part or expectancy of my
estate. As for and concerning the residue of my
books being mostly history, or treating of some other
subject than physick or surgery, I give unto my
said wife Margaret such of them as she may think
fit to choose. The residue of which books last
mentioned I give and bequeath unto my executors
hereafter named to be sold by them for the most
they will fetch. And I do give and bequeath unto me
two nieces, Mary Kearsley and Ann Kearsley, both of
them now or late of Sedfield in the County of Durham
in Great Britain, the sum of two hundred pounds
a piece current money of Great Britain; moreover
I do give unto her my niece Mary a small dia-
mond gold ring, which was her grandmother Kears-
ley's, with one piece of old called a Jacobus, and
I do give unto her my said niece Ann two gold
moidores with a gold cypher ring. and I do give
and bequeath unto my three nephews Paul Kearsley,
David Kearsley, and Timothy Kearsley, all of them now
or late of Sedgfield in the County of Durham in

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in Great Britain, the sum of one hundred pounds
a piece current money of Great Britain aforesaid,
all which money legacies so given or bequeathed unto
my said nephew or nieves are in the hands or power
of Edward Payne and Reene Payne or of one of them their,
or of one of their Executors or administrators. And it
is my mind and will that if any of my said nephews
Paul David or Timothy shall happen to die without
issue of their bodies respectively, before such time as
the moneys or other effects given them respectively
by this my Will shall come to the hands or receipt of
any of them so dying, then in that case the survivors
or survivor of them shall have take an receive the whole
and if they all die first without such issue, then in
that case the Executors of the last dying of them shall
have, take and receive the whole. And my further mind
and will is that if either of my said nieces Mary or Ann
shall happen to die without issue of their bodies re-
spectively before such time as the money legacies or
other effects given them respectively by this my Will
shall come to the hands or receipts of either of them so
dying, then in that case the survivor of them shall
have take and receive the whole. And if the said Mary
and Ann shall both die first without such issue, then
in that case the Executors of the last dying of them,
shall have take and receive the whole.
And I do give and devise unto a certain Corporation
by charter lately created by the name of "The Rectors
Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the united Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and Saint Peter's Church

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in the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsyl-
vania and their successors" the sum of eight hundred
pounds Pennsylvania currency to be paid in cash
or the assignment of any bond or onds as my
Executors or any to them shall think fit. And more
over I give and devise unto the said Corporation and their
successors all those my ground rents or rent char-
ges paying not more than five pounds ten shillings
Pennsylvania currency yearly and all of the said rents
paying yearly under that sum, amounting in
the whole to the sum of twenty four pounds eleven
shillings and six pence Pennsylvania Currency yearly
to be sold by my Executors and the money arising
by the pale thereof, together with the above eight
hundred pounds, I will shall be made use of by
the said corporation and their successors, for the pur-
chasing a piece of lott of land and the building thereon
an Infirmary or Alms House or Alms Houses for
for ten or more poor or distressed women of the
communion of the Church of England, or such as the
said corporation and their successors shall deem such
(Preferring Clergymen's Widows before others) and supply-
ing them with meal drink and lodging and the assis-
tance of persons practicing physick and surgery by and
out of the same moneys and by and out of such sum or
sums of money or revenues as I shall hereafter
appoint for that purpose, and by and out of such other

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legacies and donations us any other person or persons
shall will and appoint for the same purpose. And it
is my mind and will that the said Infirmary or
Alms House or Alms Houses, when erected shall be
called Christs Church Hospital and not otherwise. And it
is my mind and will that the said corporation and their
successors shall provide a house or houses for the
reception of the said poor and distressed persons or some
convenient lodging or house of entertainment (should
such house of houses be wanting) till such time as
the infirmary or Alms House or Alms Houses afore-
said shall be erected pursuant to this my Wills, and
moreover I do give and devise unto the said corporation
and their successors (after the determination of my said
wife Margaret's estate aforesaid devised) my said two
messuages in Front Street, my Latitia Court messuage
my pasture land in the Northern Liberties, which
I purchased of Levi Budd and Thomas Hart, my two
High Street Messuages or Tenements, which Blanch
Robards and Samuel Taylor now dwell in, and all my
ground rents or rent charges, paying yearly aboce
the sum of five pounds ten shillings Pennsylva-
nia Currency amounting in the whole to forty
two pounds nineteen shillings and six pence, with
one other ground rent or rents charges paying
yearly four pound ten shillings sterling current
money of Great Britain with their and every of their

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apprintenances, in trust for the said corporation and
their successors to lease from time to time as they
shall think fit, to any person or persons for any
term or number of years or for one or more life or
lives from raising monies annually for a fund for
supplying and providing the aforesaid infirmary Alms
HOuse or Alms Houses, or the poor people thereof
(my pasture ground aforesaid only excepted, concerning
which it is my mind and will and I do hereby authorize
my Executors hereafter named to sell the same for
the most it will fetch and the moneys arising by the
sale thereof to be added by the said corporation and their
successors to the fund herein before mentioned, for such and the same
use or uses and to no other use or purpose whatsoever
provided always nevertheless that if she said corpora-
tion and their successors or a majority of them for the time
being judge and conclude it most for the benefit and advan-
tage or the aforesaid Infirmary or Alms House or Alms
Houses not to lease the aforesaid ground rents or rent
charges or any of them paying yearly above five
pounds ten shillings Pennsylvania currency with
one other ground rent or rent charge of four pounds
ten shillings sterling money of Great Britain, then
and in such case it is my mind and will and I do hereby
impower and authorize the said corporation and their
successors to receive the same yearly grand rents on
or rent charges and every of them as the same shall
hereafter respectively grow due and payable and upon re-
ceipt thereof to be added by the said corporation and

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their successors to the fund aforesaid to be applied to such
and the same use or uses and to no other use or purpose
whatsoever. Likewise I do give unto the said corpora-
tion and their successors the legacy of one hundred
pounds left in my care by the Reverend Mr. Archibald
Cummings. THe interest thereof to be distributed year-
ly at Christmas amongst the poor and distressed mem-
bers of Christ Church Philadelphia aforesaid, which mo-
neys are in the hands of Messrs. William and Cornelius
Bradford in Philadelphia. And I do will and order that
the said corporation and their successors annually e-
lected to serve for any one year, shall meet annual-
ly on the second Monday immediately next after
Easter from time to time to make such laws rules
and orders as shall appear to them or a majority of them
useful and necessary for the governing, ordering and regu-
lating the said infirmary or Alms House or Alms
Houses, and all other things concerning the same, and
to chose one fit person, not of their number to be
Treasurer; to continue in that office until the next
election of members of the said corporation for the
succeeding year and so annually for ever, which Trea-
surer shall give bond to the said corporation and their
successors, conditioned that he will, when thereunto
required by the said corporation for the time being
render an account of all money and effects that shall
come to his hands by virtue of his office and at the
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balance thereof with the Books of Accounts and other
waitings relating to his said office unto his successors in
the same office. And I do will that in all things
touching the choice and special duty of a Treasurer and also
the receiving in of poor sick or distressed persons and sup-
plying them with meal dring lodging and the assistance
of persons practicing physick and surgery the said corpo-
ration and their successors shall proceed as nigh as possi-
ble may be in the managing and conducting the same
as it is set forth in a by law or ordinance founded
on an act of general assembly of this province enti-
tled "an act for the encouraging the establishing of
an hospital for the relief of the sick poor of this
province and for the reception and curse of lunaticks" passed
in the twenty fourth year of the reign of the late
King George the second. And I do nominate and ap-
point my said dear and loving wife Margaret and my
much esteemed friends Amos Strettel and John Swift both
of the said City of Philadelphia Esquires, to be sole
Executors of this my last Will and Testament. And I
do give unto each of them the said Amos Strettel and
John Swift that shall take upon him, or them the
care and burden of Executorship one gold ring,
with the sum of twenty five pounds current money of
Pennsylvania in full for their trouble. And I do
give the resuduum of my estate both real and personal
whatsoever or wheresoever (if the same residuum ex-
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Pennsylvania currency) unto my Dear wife Marga-
ret but if the same residuum shall exceed the said
sum of three hundred pounds then the same excess
shall be paid into the hands of the said corporation
and their successors for the purposes aforesaid. And it is
my mind and will that what I have herein before given
or devised unto my said wife Margaret is and shall be deemed
for and in lieu of her dower or thirds of my estate and not
otherwise. And furthermore it is my mind (that if any
doubt question or controversie shall arise touching
the affairs of the infirmary or Alms Houses aforesaid
that the same shall be referred unto the Attorney gene-
ral of this province, the Mayor of the City of Philadel-
phia and the Rector of Christ Church aforesaid and what they
or the major part of them shall award thereupon in
writing under their hands or the hands of the major
part of them shall be fully conclusive unto all persons
concerned. And I do declare this only to be my last
Will and Testament, hereby revoking all and every other
wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof
I the said John Kearsley the testator have hereunto
set my hand and seal, twenty ninth day of April in
the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and
sixty nine.

Signed sealed published and declared by the John Kearsley (seal)
above named John Kearsley the Testator forsaid
as his last Will and Testament (contained in five pages
of these two sheets of papers annexed together besides the
above written) in the presence of us (who in his pre-
sence and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names
as witnesses of the same.
John Jackson ........ Paul Isaac Voto
James Hunter Francis Gordon

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I John Kearsley the Testator above named do
make and publish this codicil to my last Will and Testament
in manner following, that is to say, I give unto my dear
and loving wife Margaret, her Executors and Administators and
assigns my negro man I am in the room of my negro
man Cuff who hath departed this life. Whereas since
the Executing of my foregoing Will and Testament I have
purchases of the acting Executors of the last Will and
Testament of John Gaul deceased a certain messuage
or tenement and lot or piece of ground thereunto be-
longing, situate on the north side of Mulberry Street
in the City of Philadelphia and extends from thence
Northward to Cherry Street which I think a suitable
place to erect an infirmary or Alms House, all
which said messuage or tenement and lot or piece of
ground I do give and devise unto a certain corporation
by charter lately created by the name of The Rec-
tor Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the united
Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St.
Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia in the
Province of Pennsylvania and their Successors forever
over and besides what I have given them by my fore
going Will in trust that the said corporation and
their successors shall convert the said messuage or
tenement into an infirmary or Alms House
to be called Christ Church Hospital for the use and
subject to the regulations in my said last Will and

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Testament mentioned to no other use intent or
purpose whatsoever. And lastly it is my desire
that this my present goodwill be a part of my said
last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty third day
of December one thousand seven hundred and sixty
nine.

Signed sealed, published and declared by John Kearsley (seal)
the above named John Kearsley the
Testator as a codicil of part of his
last Will and Testament in the pre-
sence of us. .............
James Hunter Paul Isaac Voto
Thomas Malone

I John Kearsley the Testator in the foregoing Will and
Codicil named do hereby make the following alteration in
my said Will and Testament Viz, In the place or stead of
Mr. John Swift I do hereby nominate and appoint the Re-
verend George Craig of Chester Clerk to be one the Execu-
tors of my said Will and Testament and I do give him the sum
of twenty five pounds and a gold ring for his care and trouble
in the Execution thereof. And I do confirm every other
part of my said Will. In witness whereof I have here-
unto set my hand and seal the Eighteenth day of October
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and seventy one.

Signed sealed, published and declared by the above John Kearsley (seal)
named John Kearsley the Testator as a codic-
il of part of his last Will and Testament in
the presence of us. Paul Isaac Voto
Saumel Burkloe
A Shoemaker

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The foregoing is a true copy of the last Will and Testament
of John Kearsley deceased taken from the original re-
maining in the Register General's office at Philadelphia
given under my hand and seal of the said office this second
day of March Anno 1772.
John Maxfield Dep Reg
(Seal)

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
March 25, 1772:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Whnkoop
Mr. Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Mr. Duché
Mr. Charles Stedman
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Sims
Mr. Humphreys
Mr. Joseph Swift
Mr. John Wilcox [Wilcocks]

The Rector informed the Vestry, that he had called
them together at the instance of Mr. Craig; that he was
was obliged to them for appointing the Rector and Church
Wardens to confer with him; but, as the matter that
was in contest betwixt Dr. Kearsley and the Executors
had now received another form, he though proper, that
the Vestry chould be made acquainted with it. The
counsel for Mrs. Kearsley in her separate capacity
and for young Dr. Kearsley, were willing, if Mr. Craig
would agree to a reference, that the court should
name the men, and both parties have liverty to object.
As the Vestry do not know, what the laws are
with respect to the power or consequences of Executors
agreeing to an amicable reference, they can say
no more, than that a reference as proposed to men
to be appointed by the court seems to be a likely
way to have a matter of account rightly and
justly settled; and if Mr. Craig thinks himself
safe, and his counsel they can have any objection;
and the committee may acquaint Mr. Craig with
their opinion.

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At a Vestry held in Christ Church

On Easter Monday, April 20, 1772, immediately after
Morning prayer.
Notices as usual having been given yesterday in
both churches, that on this day according to charter
and usage, Vestry Men were to be elected for the
ensuing year; the Vestry met accordingly.

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Francis Hopkinson

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Thomas Willing
John Gibson
Charles Stedman
Charles Meredith
Joseph Swift
Townsend White
Joseph Sims
Edward Duffield
James Humphreys
John Willcox [Wilcocks]

The members of the united churches then pro-
ceeded to the election, some scoring as usual, and
others balloting, and upon the close of the poll,
the following twenty persons were found duly
elected by a majority of votes, viz.

Thomas Willing James Biddle
Jacob Duché Francis Hopkinson
Joseph Swift John Morgan
John Willcox [Wilcocks] Joseph Sims
Edward Duffield Edward Shippen
James Humphreys Townsend White
Benjamin Wynkoop Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Charles Stedman Peter Knight
John Gibson Charles Meredith
Benjamin Chew Joseph Stamper

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    Then the Rector chose Joseph Swift for his Church Warden
and the Vestry Men chose John Willcox [Wilcocks] for the other Church
Warden. The following person were also chose Quest Men

For Christ Church For St. Peter's
Charles Meredith Joseph Sims
Michael Heligas [Helligas] Joseph Stamper
Peter Knight James Biddle


__________________________________________________________________
At a meeting of the corporation of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Phi-
ladelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania held at
Philadelphia the 27th day of April 1772, being the second
Monday after Easter.
Present:
The Reverend Dr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
John Willcox [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Francis Hopkinson
James Humphreys
Joseph Stamper
Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Peter Knight
Charles Meredith
Joseph Sims
Benjamin Wynkoop
Edward Shippen
Benjamin Chew

Mr. Humphreys, Mr. Meredith and Mr. Heligas [Helligas] are ap-
pointed a committee to inspect and settle Mr. Hopkinson's
accounts as Church Warden acting for the last year, and

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to report the same to the next meeting of the Vestry.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year,
Caleb Cash, Clerk of Christ Church
James Wiley, Sexton of Christ Church

William Young, Clerk of St. Peter's Church
George Stoakes, Sexton of St. Peter's Church


The late Dr. Kearsley's Will was carefully read and
considered, and the corporation as his trustees agreeable
to the directions of his Will unanimously elected Mr.
Buckridge Sims to be Treasurer of Christ Church
Hospital for the ensuing year, and the Church Wardens
are ordered to acquaint him with this appointment, and
to take care, that he execute such a bond, as is directed
by the said Will.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
June 19, 1772

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Swift
Mr. Wilcox [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Mr. Chew
Mr. Hopkinson
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Wynkoop
Mr. Willing
Mr. Shippen
Mr. Knight
Mr. Humphreys
Mr. Duché
Mr. White
Mr. Stedman
Mr. Sims

The Rector opened to the Vestry the occasion of their
present meeting as follows:
Gentlemen
The Pastoral duty of these two churches, large
as it is, has since Mr. Sturgeon's resignation, been
performed by myself and Mr. Duché. The congregation,
are sensible, that the duty is two heavy to be per-
formed by any two persons. THey observe, likewise,
that I have for some time been unable to officiate;
and it does not look likely, that I shall be albe for
some time to take any regular tour of duty. I
am further told that under this Exigency, several,
I may say almost all have turned their eyes on
two young gentlemen, Mr. Combe and Mr. White,
who are both born and educated in this city, both
of excellent moral characters, and known abilities;
both in full orders and licensed by the Bishops of
London for this Province.
You, gentlemen, I believe, think with the con-
gregations, as I likewise do, that an immediate
assistance is wanted, and that a fairer opportunity
of having it can never offer: and therefore this

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meeting is appointed, that you may take the first step
that can be taken, namely, to look into the state
of the funds of the Churches, in order to see what is
and what is not in your power, and likewise, that
you may have an opportunity, as it is generally
known, in what a low state of the Church funds are,
to communicate to each other what the people
themselves think of doing on this occasion, as on
your knowing this, your future proceedings may in
a great measure depend.
After which the Vestry proceeded to consider the
state of the funds of the churches; and on a general
view it appeared to them, that they would be afford
a bare support for the Rector and Mr. Duché.
The question was then put, whether two Assistnt
Ministers were necessary? And it was voted, that
two Assistant Ministers were necessary.
The Vestry then expressed their good opinion of
of the merits of Mr. Coombe and Mr. White, and
that they were desirous to invite them as Assistants,
if ways and means can be devised to raise mo-
ney for their support; the present revenues of
the churches being, as is said before, barely,
sufficient to provide for the Rector and Mr. Duché.
The consideration of this matter is, however, put
off to a future day, when the sense and advice of
the congregations can be taken, both as to the
above gentlemen, and the increase of the revenues.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
July 3, 1772

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Mr. Swift
Mr. Willcox [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Mr. Chew
Mr. White
Mr. Sims
Mr. Gibson
Mr. Shippen
Mr. Meredith
Mr. WynKoop
Mr. Biddle
Mr. Stedman
Mr. Hopkinson

The Rector laid before the Vestry a letter he
had received from the Reverend Mr. Coombe, wherein he
returns his thanks to the Vestry for the Honor
done him by their kind mention of him, and
Mr. White at their last meeting, and expresses
the further satisfaction it would give him, could the
sense of the congregations with respect to the means
of raising a support for them be taken as soon
as it could be done with convenience.
Whereupon the Vestry resumed the Examination
of the state of the funds belonging to the churches,
which they had not time to go through at their
last meeting. And as it appeared to them, that the
amount of the sums received and paid, varied every
year, they were of opinion, that nothing further
could be done by them, till it could with certainty
be known, what the churches owed, and what was
their real income, and likewise what dispositions
had been made thereof by orders of Vestry from
time to time. And Mr. White, Mr. Swift and
Mr. Hopkinson were appointed a committee to in-
spect the Church Wardens accounts and Minutes
of Vestry for the last successive five years, and

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from thence to make one general state of account,
that should comprise the several articles above men-
tioned. And they were desired to do this with all
the expedition in their power, as it would give a
particular satisfaction to have this clearly and fully
known as soon as possible.
Then the charter and laws of the corporation were
carefully read, and those parts especially were read
over and over, which related to the power lodged
in the corporation for the disposal of all church
funds. And likewise the law was read, which was
made for the appointment of Assistant Ministers.
And after these were considered and deliberated upon
both by the gentlemen of the law, and those other mem-
bers, who were well acquainted with the old consti-
tution and usage Christ Church before the union
of the churches, it appeared, that all monies, after
they were raised and become church funds, were
and had been solely appropriated by the Vestry
and by charter were solely in the corporation:
and further, that the appointment of every Assist-
ant Minister was vested in the Rector and Vestry
Men by the fundamental laws made under the
Charter.

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    At a meeting of the corporation of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal Church-
es of Christ Church and Saint Peter's Church in
the City of Philadelphia, held at Philadlephia
on October 20, 1772:

Present:
The Reverend Dr. Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
John Willcox [Wilcocks]
Joseph Swift

Vesttry Men:
Jacob Duché
Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Francis Hopkinson
Peter Knight
Joseph Sims
James Biddle
John Gibson
James Humphreys
Benjamin Wynkoop
Charles Stedman
Charles Meredith

The Rector, Mr. Humphreys, Mr. Hopkinson, and Mr.
Biddle, or any three of them, are appointed a committee
to confer with the Executors of the late Dr. Kearsley
or with either of them, or with their or either of their
counsel in any matter that may affect the estate de-
vised to said corporation by the said Doctor's Will in
trust for Christ Church Hospital: and the acting
Church Warden is ordered to advance and pay
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draw upon him for, for the service of said corporation,
of which he is to keep an account as a corporation
matter.
The Rector, Mr. Swift, Mr. Hopkinson, and Mr. Wynkoop
reminded the Vestry, that they would find in their minutes
of that at the instance of the Vestry, they
had entered into a bond of 150 pounds; and they desired
the Vestry would think of ways and means to have said
bond paid off; and for the facilitating of this matter
Mr. Swift informed the Vestry, that being appointed by
them along with Mr. Duché to receive subscriptions
for the building of the wall round the burial ground
and likewise for employing and paying workmen and
managing that business, he had brought his accounts
to a close, and desired a committee might be appointed
to examine and settle them: he further informed htem,
that it would appear by their minute of
that he was at one time without cash, and therefore
they had ordered 120 pounds of the monies given by Mr.
Jonathan Brown for general services to be paid to
him with liberty to lay it out upon that work;
and as it would appear by his accounts that these would
be a balance of about in his hands, they might
if they pleased apply this balance towards the dis-
charge of the said bond.
Mr. Hopkinson then informed them, that as he was
ordered by the Vestry, when he was Church Warden
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repairs of the steeple, and to receive subscriptions, in
order to defray all the necessary expenses that should
attend it, so he had at last been able to make up
that account, and desired that a committee might be
appointed to examine and settle it; and as there
would be a balance in his hands as acting Church
Warden, the Vestry might, if they pleased, order that bal-
ance to be applied likewise to the discharge of the
said bond.
The Vestry appointed Mr. Meredith, Mr. Heligas [Helligas] and
Mr. Humphreys to be a committee to examine Mr. Swift's
accounts for the burial ground wall, and Mr. Hopkinson's
accounts for the repairs of the steeple:
It was then unanimously resolved that the balan-
ces of Mr. Swift's account, and likewise of Mr. Hopkinson's
account as acting Church Warden should be applied
to the discharge of the bond above mentioned.
Mr. White, Mr. Swift and Mr. Hopkinson were called
upon for their report of the state of the church funds;
but not having completed it; they were desired to get
it ready forthwith, that it may be laid before the next
Vestry.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
November 16, 1772:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
John Willcox [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Joseph Sims
Joseph Stamper Charles Meredith
Benjamin Wynkoop James Humphreys
Peter Knight Francis Hopkinson
Charles Stedman

Notice was given in the summons of this Vestry
that it was called on purpose to take into consideration
the state of the church funds, and also the means
of raising a support for assisting Ministers.
The Minutes of the 19th of June and 3rd of July
which relate to the matters now to be considered, not
having been entered were read and approved.
The Committee appointed to examine Mr. Swift's
accounts of the wall lately built around the burial
groung reported that they had examined and settled
them, and found the amount thereof to be 710:1:4,
and that the balance in Mr. Swift's hands, which
was 73:9:6, had been paid to Mr. Hopkinson.
They likewise report that they had examined
and settled Mr. Hopkinson's account of the repairs
of the Steeple, and found it amounted to 644:
2:10, and further reprot, that they had examined
and settled Mr. Hopkinson's account as acting Church
Warden last year, and found that there was a
balance

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in his hands arising from both accounts after giving
credit for the 73:9:6 received from Mr. Swift of 139 pounds.
And as the money was ordered at the last Vestry to be
applied towards the discharge of the bond of 150 pounds
given by the Rector, Mr. Swift, Mr. Hopkinson and Mr.
Wynkoop to Mr. Daniel Rundle, with the Vestry now or-
der the Church Warden to pay into Mr. Hopkinson's
hand, whatsoever is deficient towards the discharge of
the said bond.
It is likewise ordered that the Church Warden pay
Mr. White the sum of 39:8:8 which has been so long
due to him.
The Committee appointed to examine the Church
funds for 5 years past, and to make a state of the
church revenues from thence, made their report in
writing, which was read and is as follows.
We the committee appointed by Vestry to form a
state of the Church Funds do report, that we have
carefully considered this matter, and find that for five
years back, the total sums received by the Church Ward-
ens average annually 831:3:9 3/4. That out of this
sum should be deducted the amount of pew money paid
to the clergy, viz to Dr. Peters 195 pounds; to the Reverend Mr.
Duché 350 pounds, in al 545 pounds; and also the salaries
paid to the several officers amounting to 125 pounds. This
leaves a balance 161:3:9 3/4 for the purposes of re-
pairs and incidental charges arising in both Church-
es. We further observe, that the lot rented to Mr.

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Robert Smith should by agreement bring 100 pounds per annum of
which, however, no part hath as yet been paid; and we
value the Parsonage House at 45 pounds per annum.
With respect to debts due by the corporation, we find
that there remains 226 pounds sterling of the purchase money
for the lot let to Mr. Smith, which at 60 percent is
361:12 currency: Also to Dr. Peters 464:17:4
money advanced by him for sundry repairs in Christ
Church etc. and about 66 pounds interest money paid by
him for the aforesaid sterling debt: and there is like-
wise due to Mr. Townsend White 39:8:8 as
appears by the book of minutes; also about 20 pounds
balance due for the repairs of Christ Church
steeple. In all the church debts amount to 951:18
exclusive of a small sum unknown due to Mr.
Duffield. Lastly, we observe, that the averages
of pew-money left unpaid amount annually to
to a considerable sum.
Philadelphia November 13, 1772 Townsend White
Joseph Swift
Francis Hopkinson

After which the Rector made the following
speech.
Gentlemen,
You will please to observe, that at your
meeting of the 19th JUne you were of pinion, that
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barely support myself and Mr. Duché. You then voted, that
the performance of the pastoral duty of these two churches
considering my precarious state of health required two
assistants more. You then signified your approbation of
Mr. Coombe's and Mr. White's characters, and expressed
your desire to invite them to be Assistant Ministers,
if ways and means can be devised to raise a sufficiency
for their support.
In consequence of your declarations these two
gentlemen have favored me with their Assistance and
have given the congregations and myself great satisfac-
tion; but notwithstanding our personal affection for each
other, it cannot be expected, that they will be willing to
continue their assistant unless it shall be put into my
power to make them in your and my own name such
offers as shall afford them a decent and suitable sub-
sistence.
This being the case, I desire you will be pleased
to enter immediately upon the consideration of the means
whereby a proper sum may be raised for their support,
in which I will heartily concur with you. But
as the Vestry and Rector in this particular matter
may be seen in two distinct lights an account of his
own personal interest, I shall now and at all other
times, where this is the case, retire and leave you
to yourselves, that you may have proper freedom
in all your deliberations about what may con-
cern my separate interests, and whenever you
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you again with the utmost readiness.
The Vestry were pleased to say that at this
time they thought there was no occasion for any
separation.
When they proceeded to consider what could be
done towards raising a support for the Assistant
Ministers, and after seriously deliberating thereon,
it was unanimously agreed, that the Rector should
be desired to confer with Mr. Coombe and Mr. White
and know of them on what terms they would
be satisfied to become Assistant Ministers; which
he undertook to do and assured the Vestry, that
at the time he should impact their answers, he
would acquaint the Vestry with what he himself
would contribute towards the gentlemen's support.
And he thought when the Vestry should have these
two matters ascertained, and the congregations
were acquainted with it, they would affectionately
agree among themselves has best to raise such
a sum as should be wanted.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the
Parsonage House November 23, 1772:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
John Willcocks [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Mr. Chew Mr. Sims
Mr. White Mr. Wynkoop
Mr. Stedman Mr. Meredith

The letters of Mr. Coombe and Mr. White were read.
Then the consideration of ways and means to support
Assistant Ministers was resumed; and the Vestry being
too thin to come to any determination it was
agreed, that on this day seven night, another Vestry
should be called, and pains taken to get a full
Vestry.
Mr. Coombe's Letter
November 21, 1772
Dear and Revered Sir,
I find myself a good deal at a loss how properly to
answer your polite letter. A desire to avoid the appearance
of covetousness and everything that may look like driving a
bargain, in a concern, where our motives should be the
most generous on both sides, would urge me to undertake
the service of the church on almost any terms: But
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the light of duty not to involve myself and my connections
in poverty, this a mistaken notion of disinterestedness.
Sir, every gentleman in your Vestry is a better judge
of what can support a family decently than I can
be supposed to be. They have already provided sla-
ries for Assistant Ministers, at a time when the expenses
of living were much more reasonable than they are
at present; and having these facts before them
I rather wish a proposal on their part, than offer a
demand on mine.
I sincerely thank you for the wish you express,
that no time may be lost in bringing this affair
to a conclusion, and am
Dear Sir
Your most obedient and affectionate servant
The Reverend Dr. Peters Th: Coombe

Mr. White's Letter
Revered and Dear Sir
I return you my thanks for your obliging manner
of communicating to me the minute of Vestry, made on
the 16th of this month.
After a mature consideration on what is there pro-
posed, it is my opinion, that it will be more honorable
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sum to be given towards my support be first named by
them; because it will depend on the state of their funds,
of which they are much better judges than I can be; and
I am persuaded that they will make no proposal, which
I shall not readily acquiesce in.
I hope, Sir, you will do me the favor, when you
communicate this answer, to thank the gentlemen of the
Vestry in my name, for the good opinion they have
expressed of me, by inviting me to the office of an
Assistant Minister among them before my return
from England. In whatever situation it may please
Providence to place me, it will always be my en-
deavor to cultivate their esteem.
I am, Revered Sir, with great respect,
Your affectionate humble servant
William White
November 22, 1772
Reverend Dr. Peters.
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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
November 30, 1772

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
John Willcocks [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Mr. Willing
Mr. Gibson
Mr. Chew
Mr. Duché
Mr. White
Mr. Humphreys
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Sims
Mr. Charles Stedman
Mr. Hopkinson
Mr. Heligas [Helligas]
Mr. Knight
Mr. Biddle
Mr. Wynkoop

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Agreeable to the minute of last Vestry, this meeting
was summoned to consider what was in their power
with respect to the support of Assistant Ministers.
The report as made by the committee appointed to
draw up a state of the Church Revenues was read and
carefully examined.
And likewise the following letter from the Reverend Mr.
White was read and ordered to be entered:

Revered and dear Sir
I find it to be the intention of the Vestry to
divide between the Reverend Mr. Coombe and me, whatever
can be spared of the money arising from their funds,
and that they are desirous of raising from the con-
gregations a further supply, which they likewise
mean to divide between us.
This letter is intended to inform you, that whilst
I officiate in these churches. I shall always be satis-
fied with what they can afford to offer me from
their regulars funds, and not expect to receive
any part of what may be raised by some new way.
If a proposal be made to the congregations for a
further supply, I am sure the Vestry will do me
the justice to express it in such a manner, as
that none may be led to suppose me interested
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it proper to mention in their proposal, that I am
excluded by my own desire, in order to make known
their intention to preserve an equality between the
Reverend Mr. Coombe and me.
I submit it, Sir, to your judgement, whether
this letter be read to the Vestry or the substance
of it be declared to them to you.
I am, Revered Sir
Your affectionate humble servant
Philadelphia William White
November 30, 1772

The Reverend Dr. Peters.

After which the Rector once more set forth the necessity
of Assistants and the merits of the two candidates: and for
the encouragement of the Vestry in their present consul-
tation, he acquainted them, that in case they were
elected, he would during his incumbency, give to
each of them, one hundred pounds per annum, so
long as they should continue in the service of the Vestry.
On this offer of the Rector's, the Vestry hten
resolved, that the Reverend Mr. Coombe and the Reverend Mr.
White should be Assistant Ministers of the United
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's, during the
pleasure of the Vestry; and they are both accordingly
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resolved, that a salary of two hundred pounds
per annum shall be given to the Reverend Mr. Coombe
by the Churches:
And whereas the Vestry are sensible, that the
same salary ought to be allowed to the Reverend White,
yet, as he has no generously and earnestly expressed
his desire not to receive more than the church
funds can allow, and will be content, as they
are informed, for the present, with one hundred
and fifty pounds: Resolved, that the annual
sum of fifty pounds be paid out of the church
funds to the Reverend Mr. White over and above the
Rector's gift of one hundred pounds per annum.
And though the Vestry are apprehensive, that
the church funds may not admit of the payment
of two hundred and fifty pounds, yet they cheer-
fully vote these sums; not doubting, but from
the universal approbation these two candidates
have met with from the members of the two
congregations, that they will make up to
Mr. Coombe by subscription the full salary
now agreed to be given him.
The debt due to the Rector shall be con-
sidered at some other time; that ways and means
might be fallen upon to pay it off.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage
April 8, 1773

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Swift

Vestry Men:
Mr. Duché
Mr. Biddle
Mr. Meredith
Mr. Knight
Mr. Humphreys
Mr. Charles Sedman
Mr. Hopkinson
Mr. Sims
Mr. Wynkoop

The minutes of the last Vestry were read and
approved.
The Rector acquainted the Vestry, that the
place of Sexton had been for some time vacant,
by the death of James Wiley; and that Jacob Siegel
had officiated as Sexton since James Wiley's death
and had given general satisfaction.
It was the unanimous opinion of the present
members, that Jacob Diegel was a very fit person
to succeed James Wiley as Sexton and that as he
had doen the duty, he should be allowed the
salary and perquisites of Sexton since James Wiley's
death.
The Rector further acquainted the Vestry, that
their clerk Mr. Caleb Cash was also dead, and
Jacob Diegel had supplied his place since his
death; and it was agreed that he should have
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be appointed by Vestry.
Mr. Gordon, the collector of the pew money de-
livered in to the Church Wardens an account of
the sums collected as well as what was now in
arrear: and it appears, that there is an arrear
of 114:3:1 due from pews in Christ Church,
and a sum of 185:5:1 due for pews in St. Peter's.
This the Vestry think a matter of the highest
importance, and hope it will be one of the first things
the new Vestry will go upon: and the Rector is
desired to lay this return of Mr. Gordon's before
them and request an immediate attention to the
redress of this growing evil.

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At a Vestry held in Christ Church
on Easter Monday April 12, 1773,
immediately after morning prayer,
Notices as usual, having been yesterday gi-
ven in both churches, that on this day according
to Charter and usage, Vestry Men were to be elected
for the ensuing year; the Vestry met accordingly:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Swift
John Wilcox [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Charles Meredith
Francis Hopkinson
Benjamin Wynkoop
Peter Knight

The members of the united churches, then pro-
ceeded to the election, some scoring as usual,
and others ballotting, and upon the close of
the poll, the following twenty persons were
found duly elected by a majority of votes,
were accordingly declared to be the Vestry
Men duly chosen for the ensuing year, viz.

James Humphreys Benjamin Chew
Jacob Duché Edward Shippen
Joseph Sims Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Charles Stedman James Biddle
Joseph Stamper Benjamin Wynkoop
Joseph Swift Samuel Powel
Francis Hopkinson Thomas Cuthbert
John Gibson Dr. John Morgan
John Wilcox [Wilcocks] Peter Knight
Joseph Redman Peter DeHaven

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After which publication, the Rector chose Mr.
John Wilcox [Wilcocks] for his Church Warden, and the
new Vestry chose Mr. Joseph Redman for the
congregations Church Warden:
Quest Men for Christ Church:
Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Peter Knight
Peter DeHaven

Quest Men for St. Peter's:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Samuel Powel
Thomas Cuthbert
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At a meeting of the corporation of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the united Episcopal Church-
es of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the city of
Philadelphia, the 19th day of April 1773, being the
second Monday after Easter.
Present:
Richard Peters D.D. Rector

Church Wardens:
John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
John Gibson
Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Charles Stedman
Benjamin Wynkoop
Peter Knight
Samuel Powel
Thomas Cuthbert
Peter DeHaven
Francis Hopkinson
Joseph Sims
Joseph Swift

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William Young was chosen clerk and George
Stoakes Sexton of St. Peter's.



Mathew Whitehead, Thomas Mitchell, Abraham
Collins and John Caruthers, attending as candi-
dates for the place of Clerk of Christ Church,
it was agreed, that they should have a trial both
as to reading and singing on Monday next at
Christ Church at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, be-
fore such of the Vestry as would choose to attend
on the examination of the merits of each candidate.
Agreeable to the last minute of the Vestry of
last year, Mr. Gordon's returns of the monies collected
for seats in both churches were taken into consi-
deration, and it was agreed, that Mr. Wynkoop
and Mr. Cuthbert for St. Peter's and Mr. Heligas [Helligas]
and Mr. Knight for Christ Church should con-
sult with the collector, and assist and accompany
him with respect to the delinquents and take care
that all in arrear should be made to pay,
and wherever there should appear to them
to ba necessity of removal, that the Church
Wardens should be applied to, to give proper
notice, and let the pews of such obstinate
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the corporation then proceeded agreeable to the
directions of Dr. Kearsley's will to choose a Trea-
surer for Christ Church Hospital, and Mr.
Buckridge Sims was again chosen Treasurer.
Mr. Joseph Sims and Mr. Joseph Stamper were
appointed a committee to examine and settle
the accounts of the late Church Warden Mr. Willcox [Wilcocks]
and report the same at the next meeting of Vestry.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
May 12, 1773:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Francis Hopkinson
Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Samuel Powel
Charles Stedman
Peter DeHaven
John Gibson
Peter Knight

The candidates for the place of Clerk of Christ
Church having had their trial, as ordered at
the last meeting, Mr. Matthew Whitehead as
elected Clerk of Christ CHurch for the year
ensuing.
Mr. Coombe desiring, that some part of his
salary might be paid to him, the Church Warden
was desired to pay to him what money he had
in his hands of the box money, and whatever
it should fall short of fifty pounds, he was
desired to advance

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the Church Warden and Mr. Powel were de-
sired to speak to Mr. Robert Smith car-
penter to view and examine the pillars
which supported the west gallery in
Christ Church, as it was apprehended
they were too weak to bear the weight
of the organ, and if it should want strength-
ening, and it could be done for any sum
less than ten pounds, the Church Warden
was ordered to provide workmen and pay
the expense.
Resolved, that for the future, there shall
be a Vestry on the first Thursday in every
month, and that notices thereof be re-
gularly served the day before on all
the members of Vestry.

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At a meeting of a corporation of the Rector,
Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the
United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church
and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia,
held at the Parsonage House the 1st day
of July 1773. July 1, 1773

Present:
Richard Peters D.D. Rector

Church Warden:
John Wilcox [Wilcocks]

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman
Thomas Cuthbert
James Humphreys
Peter Knight
Francis Hopkinson
Peter DeHaven

A verdict, having been obtained, at the last supreme

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Court by young Dr. Kearsley against the late Doctor's Executors for
the sum of two thousand five hundred pounds;
The members of Vestry entered into the consideration
of what was incumbent on them to do as trustees
under Dr. Kearsley's Will, in order to obtain posses-
sion of such parts of his estate as by the will
were given for the use of Christ Church Hospital;
and as the several members of Vestry who are of
the possession of the law are absent, Mr. Redman
Mr. Hopkinson, Mr. Powel and Dr. Morgan are de-
sired to wait on them for their advice on this
important matter, and either to proceed on such
advice as shall be given them; or if necessary,
a special Vestry may be called for the consi-
deration of this affair, and proper powers under
the corporation seal may be given them; and
they are particularly desired to enquire of Mr. Chew, as Re-
geister-General, if Mrs. Kearsley has brought her accounts
into his office, and if she has inserted the payment of
Dr. Kearsley's legacy to his nephew as an article; and
if she has, they are to take his advice, whether they
ought not to object to it as being expressly given to
young Dr. Kearsley in full expectation of every thing
from his uncle's will, and therefore is excluded from his legacy by
receiving the sum given by the verdict; and likewise
whether a new tryal could not be obtained, as
it is generally esteemed to be a verdict without any
support of law or equity.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the
Parsonage House July 5, 1773:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman
Jacob Duché
Peter DeHaven
Thomas Cuthbert
Michael Heligas [Helligas]
Edward Shippen
James Biddle
James Humphreys
Samuel Powel
Dr. John Morgan

The Committee appointed by the last Vestry to
consult with the law members as to what could now
be done in the execution of the trust placed in
them by Dr. Kearsley's Will, reported that they had
accordingly waited on Mr. Tilghman, the counsel
in the cause tried at the Supreme Court; and he
assured them, that there could be no new trial
now obtained, and the verdict must be acquiesced
in, notwithstanding that it was clear by a mul-
titude of law cases that the young Doctor's
demand on his Uncle's estate as produced in court had no foundation
either in law or equity. They further reported,
that they had waited on Mr. Chew as Register
General and acquainted him, that they were a
committee of Vestry to enquire, if Mrs. Kearsley
had exhibited her accounts into the Register's
Office, and if he had inserted any article of
the payment of young Dr. Kearsley's legacy;
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take his advice, whether they ought not to object to its allowance,
as he had received a large sum by the verdict out of the late
Doctor's Estate, and this legacy is aid to be given in pull of
all expectations from him. Mr. Chew told them that the
widow Kearsley had exhibited her accounts, and that there
was in them an article of the payment of this legacy to
the Doctor.


The paragraph in the late Doctor's will relating to
this legacy was read, and Mr. Shippen and Mr. Biddle were
desired to consider, what force it would have with Re-
spect to his right to the legacy ater receiving 2500 pounds
by the Verdict.
It was the unanimous opinion and order of the Vestry that
the demand formerly made on the tenant of the house given
for the use of Christ Church Hospital in Arch Street for
the rent due from him for it should be renewed; and the
Rector saying, that he had heard, that the tenant had a
desire to confer with him as to any for the payment of
his rent to the widow Kearsley, the Vestry desired he
would undertake this business, and that if the tenant was
inclinable to become their tenant and pay the rent to
Mr. Buckridge Sims their treasurer, he might assure
the tenant, that he should be indimnished.
Mr Powel informed the Vestry that Robert Smith the
Carpenter, had examined the west gallery of Christ Church

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and found that the present pillars were sufficient to
support it, and that it wanted nothing further to be
done to it.


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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
September 6, 1773:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Joseph Sims
Thomas Cuthbert
Samuel Powel
Dr. Morgan
Peter DeHaven
Peter Knight
James Humphreys
Benjamin Wynkoop
James Biddle

The Vestry was called on purpose to consider of proper
persons to sollicit a subscription for Mr. Coombe's salary,
none of which had been paid to him since the 50 pounds paid
by the Church Warden out of hte box money by order of
the Vestry: And the following persons were kind enough
to undertake the sollicitation.
for the north end of the city: For the Middle:
Mr. Heligas [Hilegas] Mr. Redman
Mr. Knight Mr. Biddle
Mr. DeHaven

for the South end:
Mr. Wynkoop
Mr. Cuthbert

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    These gentlemen are to be furnished with lists of the
arrearages in their respective districts, that they might
collect these arrears at the same time, or at least
give formal notice to the delinquents, that if they
were not paid, their seats should be disposed of to
other people.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
November 2, 1773:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Benjamin Wynkoop
Jacob Duché
Peter Knight
Joseph Swift
Peter DeHaven

The Rector informed the Vestry, that the tenant in
possession of the house given to Christ Church Hospital
in Arch Street had come to him and acquainted him,
that he would do nothing as to the payment of his rent
without first consulting him.
The Church Warden reported the miserable state of the
windows in Christ Church, and the great expense the
churches were put to in the repairs; that the two win-
dows at the west end were examined and found totally
incapable of repair; that Mr. Duché had made a
draught of some sash windows, that would answer
the purpose and be done in the cheapest manner;

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but as this was a matter of expense, and the Vestry
was thin, it was postponed to another meeting.


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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
December 17, 1773:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
John Gibson
James Humphreys
Samuel Powel
Peter DeHaven
Francis Hopkinson
Dr. Morgan

The consideration of making two sash windows was
entered upon, and draughts examined, that were produ-
ced by Mr. Duché, and agreed to, and the Church War-
den was directed to agree with some good workmen,
as the season was far advanced, and the persons who
had seats under and near those windows complained
that they could not attend church if they were not
instantly repaired.
The Rector observed to the Vestry, that for two or
three years there had been a subscription for the support
of the occasional poor people, that were reduced by the
severity of the season to want of wood and other
necessaries of life; but that the last year it had not

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amounted to any thing adequate to such a charity,
and therefore recommended it to them, whether the
practice of preaching charity sermons might not
be resumed.
Resolved unanimously that charity sermons
should be preached in both churches on the first
Sunday of the new year.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
February 7, 1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Joseph Sims
Jacob Duché
Charles Stedman
Thomas Cuthbert
Benjamin Wynkoop
John Gibson
Peter DeHaven
Benjamin Chew
Edward Shippen
Samuel Powel
Dr. John Morgan
James Humphreys

The committee appointed to raise by subscription
the sum wanted to complete the last year's support
of one of the Assistant Ministers reported as follows,
that they had gone thro their several departments
fully and carefully; that numbers had made
very heavy objections to this mode of raising the

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Clergy's support, and that there could not be raised in
this way even for the first year, as much as would
enable the Vestry to make good their said engagement
and they were well assured, that this measure would
totally fail if attempted for another year. They
likewise reported, that it was the general opinion,
as well as desire, that some other measure should
be devised by the Vestry; and a great number conceived,
that none would more effectually answer their present
exigency that that of raising the pew money in
both the churches.
The committee further reported, that there was a
very general satisfaction expressed at the Vestry's
appointment of the two Assistants as well as a sol-
licitors concern, that they should be retrained and sup-
ported. Whereupon after full consideration,
It was unanimously resolved, that the sense
of the congregations of both churches should be col-
lected with respect to the raising of the price of the pews,
where they would best admit of it; and the Vestry
were of opinion, that if this measure should be ap-
proved of, the pews in the middle ailes and in the
fronts of the galleries, as they were the most eligible
situations, should be raised higher than the other
pews; and that the pews between these and the
north and south walls on the ground floor should
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as well as such other back sittings as would on
examination admit of an advanced price. That
no time might be lost, plans of the present pews,
as they are now numbers and let out were care-
fully examined, and each class of sittings, were
purposed to be raised in proportion to his goodness
of situation, and a rough estimate made of the sums
that might be obtained thereby: But as time would
not allow of such accuracy as was required, a
committee was appointed to consist of the two Church
Wardens with Mr. Chew, Mr. Shippen, and Mr. Powel
to finish what had been begun; And it was request-
ed of them to draw up a full and clear sate of
several articles of the Church Revenues in such
a manner as that it might appear from thence, that
it was not in the power of the Vestry to answer the
expectations of the congregations in providing a
suitable support for the Assistants by any other
method than this of raising the pews, and that there-
fore it was from necessity, that the Vestry was in-
duced to lay the matter before the congregations,
and submit it to their serious consideration, which
is proposed to be doen at the time of their annual
meeting of Easter Monday.
The Rector informed the Vestry that John Schlatter
the tenant in possession of the house belonging to Christ
Church Hospital in Arch Street had an ejectment

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served upon him, and had appointed Mr. Richard Peters
Junior his attorney to the above action and to make
a defense to it; that said Schlatter had desired the
Rector to give him some writing under his hand,
which he had done in these words, namely,
Mr. John Schlatter,
The house and lot you live in belongs to an
hospital erected by Dr. Kearsley in his will for the
support of ten poor persons. The Vestry of Christ Church
and St. Peter's, being a corporate body are made trus-
tees of this hospital, and your house and lot among
other bequests are given by the will to them. By
their order I desire you will keep possession of the
house; and as the Vestry in their corporate capacity
are your landlord, they only have a right to receive
your rent, and by them you will be defended with-
out any expense to you acquaint all attempts that
shall be made to get you out of possession.

Resolved unanimously that Mr. Richard Peters
Junior be directed to make defense to the said
ejectment in the name and on the behalf of the
corporation.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
February 28, 1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Joseph Sims
Joseph Stamper
John Gibson
Charles Stedman
Thomas Cuthbert
Peter DeHaven
Samuel Powel

The minute of February 7th was read, and
the Committee appointed by that minute delivered in the
following state of the church revenues and expenses, toge-
ther with the plan upon which the proposed augmenta-
tion of the pew money is to take place.
Mr. Powel then moved, that the minutes of Vestry, which
regulated the payment and distribution of the church
funds should be read, and accordingly the minutes of
December 2, 1766, the minutes of April 8, 1771, and
the minutes respecting the appointment of the two
Assistant Ministers were read by the Rector, at the
close of which it was observed by the Vestry, that these
regulations and provisions were in no wise to be affected
by the proposed augmentation, after which
It was unanimously agreed, that the minute of
February 7th should be read on the Sunday next
before Easter Sunday, and that the said minute

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and report, together with the plan should be laid
before the congregations at their annual meeting
on Easter Monday.
Present state of the revenues and expenses
of Christ Church and St. Peter's.

Average of Pew Money for 4 last years.................556:1:10
Dillo of Box Money per ditto...........................206:4:4
Breaking ground suppose.................................30:0:0
Rent of Parsonage House, repairs, taxes, and deducted...60:0:0
Groung rent of a lot from Robert Smith, which it
appears was purchased with 300 Sterling given
by will to be laid out in a ground rent; the an-
nual rent to be applied to the sole use of the
Rector of Christ Church for time being-
100 Sterling given by Dr. Peter the present Rector,
and about 100 or 120 Sterling the Vestry of
1767 thought proper to add to the first men-
tioned 400, but never paid, and the present Rector
has given his bond for, and pays the interest
of for the use of the college since 1767; the
ground rent deducting interest of the debt
and taxes may be worth annually to the
Rector...........................................................74:0:0
Deduct rent of the Parsonage House and groung rent 926:6:2
of the lot in Spruce Street, the first by usage appropriated
further Rector, and the latter especially so by the will of.....134:0:0
the first contributor to the fund for purchase thereof
amount of unappropriated Church funds...........................792:6:2

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Account of unappropriated church funds brought forwards 792:6:2

Mr. Duché receives..................350:0:0
Mr. Coombe..........................300:0:0
Mr. White...........................150:0:0
800:0:0

Officiers salaries 134:0-
Annual repairs......50:0-.....184:0:0 984:0:0

The Church falls annually in debt.....191:13:10
The Vestry's proposition of raising the pews 229:0:0
agreeable to the sketch that follows amounts to
Will be raised over the annual exigencies 37:6:2
N.B. Tis to be observed that the Churches
are indebted the amount of the bond for money
borrowed of the college in part purchase of the
ground rent for the use of the Rector for the
time being 120 Sterl as afore mentioned
will be due if no fund to pay with, to
Mr. Coombe on Easter day 100_
Mr. White at the same time--75--175:0:0

William Young, Clerk of St. Peter's
1 years salary due 6 July
1772 .............................26:0-
1 years salary due 6 July 1773....25:0-
g Mr Salary due about Easter......18:15 68:15:0 243:15:0
It is expected the present Church Warden's
account will have the churches in debt, additional sum of 100:0:0
The churches will be indebted at Easter 343:15:0

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    Plan of raising the pews in
Christ Church and St. Peter's.

Christ Church
Advanced 50%
30 pews in the middle aile a 40/.......60........90:0-
33 pews under the gallery at 40/.......66........99:0-
14 pews in front of the galleries at 60/..42.....63:0-
Governor's pew.......at 160/............8........12:0:-
4 pews of 4 places at 10/ at 40/........8........12:0:-
No. 16, 17, 49, 50
No. 30 and 36, 3 places each at 10/.....3........4:10:-
22 wal pews below stairs at 60/........66........99:0-
253 379:10
Advancing the pews 50% raises 126:10
379:10
St. Peter's
Advanced 50%
18 pews in the middle aile at 4......72.........108:0--
2 corner pews..............at 20/.....2...........3:0--
20 pews under the gallery..at 4......80 advanced 25%..100:0--
20 wall pews ..............at 4......80 advanced 25%..100:0--
17 pews in front of galleries at 3...51 advanced 50%..76:10--
285 387:10
Advancing the pews as above 102:10
387:10
Pews advanced in Christ Church 126:10
advanced in St. Peter's 102:10
229:0

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House
March 31, 1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
John Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Charles Stedman
Joseph Sims
Samuel Powel
John Morgan
Joseph Swift
Benjamin Wynkoop
James
Biddle
Peter DeHaven

It is the opinion of this Vestry, that in addition to
their minutes read by the Reverend Dr. Peters last Sunday,
it is proper to inform the congregations that they only pro-
pose to lay before them, for their consideration the augmen-
tation of the price of the pews for the term of three years,
and that the monies so raised by the said augmentation
are to be applied only to enable the Vestry to make
good their engagements with the Reverend Mr. Coombe, to
discharge the salaries of the officiers, and to answer some
present exigencies relative to the church, and not to
make any addition to the salaries of the Rector, or
the Reverend Messrs. Duché or White.
Mr. Wilcox [Wilcocks] reminded the Vestry, that Mr. Coombe was
going to house-keeping, and in absolute want of the 140 pounds
now due to him for his salary, and desired that he might
immediately receive it;
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be taken up at interest, and would any of the members
present enter into bond, they should be indemnified by
the corporation. Mr. Wilcox [Wilcocks] then observed, that as
140 pounds was now due to Mr. Coombe, and 175 pounds to Mr.
White, he thought both these sums should be inserted
in the bond; and the Vestry thought it right it should
be so. Whereupon the Rector, Mr. Wilcox [Wilcocks], Mr. Powel,
and Dr. Morgan immediately offered to join in a bond
for the money, on the Vestry's security as above-
mentioned.

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At the annual meeting of the members
of both churches held according to charter and
custom in Christ Church on Easter Monday
the 4th April 1774 immediately after morning
prayers.

Present
Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
John Wilcocks
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
James Humpreys
James Biddle
Thomas Cuthbert
Samuel Powel
Dr. Morgan
Peter DeHaven
Joseph Simms [Sims]
And a large number of the congregation
belonging to Christ Church and St. Peter's.

The Rector and Church Wardens as
usual opened the annual election of Vestry
men for the ensuing year and agreeable to
the minute read in both churches the
Sunday before Easter Mr. Biddle was
desired to read distinctly aloud the paper
drawn up by the Vestry containing a state
of the church revenues likewise a plan
for the augmentation of the pews and also
the minute of Vestry setting forth the
necessity they were under of proposing
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Mr. Biddle had finished the reading of
these several papers and taken notice that
the augmentation was only proposed to
continue for three years several of the voters
called out and desired to see the laws
relating to the appointment of Assistant
Ministers and duty and support as they did
not understand how this matter came to be
under the power and determination of the
Vestry and accordingly the laws relating
to the appointment of the Rector and also
of Assistant Ministers were distinctly read
twice over by Mr. Biddle, and then the
question was put whether the proposed
augmentation of the pews as the same had
been read should take place for the space
of three years and no longer and upon a
ballot it appeared that the majority
was for the augmentation the numbers
of ballots for it being 43 and against it 40.
The voters then proceeded to the
election of Vestry Men for the ensuing year
and the choice fell on the following persons
namely Joseph Redman, Charles Stedman,
James Biddle, John Wilcocks, Thomas

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Cuthbert, Robert White, Jonathan Brown,
James Sparks, Moore Furman, Townsend
White, William Pollard, Abraham Usher,
James Reynolds, Benjamin Fuller, Richard
Footman, John Philips, Peter Knight, Joseph
Donaldson, James Worrall, James Ham.
Who being declared and published to
be duly elected the Vestry Men for the present
year the Rector chose Joseph Redman for
his Church Warden and the Vestry men
chose James Sparks for their Church Warden
then were chosen.
Sidesmen for Christ Church:
Jonathan Brown
William Pollard
Joseph Donaldson
And
Sidesmen for St. Peter's
Thomas Cuthbert
Abraham Usher
John Phillips

At a meeting of the corporation, of the
Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestry Men of
the Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and
St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia the
April 11, 1774 being the second Monday
after Easter.

Present:
Richard Peters Rector

Church Warden:
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
James Reynolds
Benjamin Fuller
Jonathan Brown
William Pollard
John Phillips

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Abraham Usher, Charles Stedman, Thomas
Cuthbert, John Wilcocks, James Ham [Hamm], Robert
White, Richard Footman, James Worrell,
and James Biddle.
Mr. Buckridge Simms was chosen Treasurer
of Christ Church Hospital agreeable to the
direction of the late Dr. Kearsley's Will.
The minutes of the proceedings at the annual
election on Easter Monday being read and
approved the Vestry proceeded to the election
of their officers and chose:
of Christ Church:
Matthew Whitehead Clerk
Jacob Diegel Sexton

of St. Peter's:
William Young Clerk
George Stokes Sexton

Charles Stedman, James Sparks, and Benjamin
Fuller are appointed a committee to audit
and report the accounts of the last Church
Warden Mr. Redman and as no report
had been made the committee formerly
appointed to audit and settle Mr. Wilcocks
accounts the same committee was directed
to do it and make report thereof at the
same time with the other.
Some of the gentlemen observing that
the Vestry consisted mostly of new mem-
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to know what had been done by former Vestrys
respecting the distribution of the church
revenues and the manner of paying the
clergy and desired that such of the
minutes as contained the most material
regulations relating thereto might be read and
accordingly the minutes of the 22 December
1766 of the 8th and 15th April 1771 of the 23rd and
30th November 1773 were severally read in that
order and it was further observed that at the
last meeting of the former Vestry on the 31st
March it had ben unanimously determined
that the arrears due to Mr. Coombe amounting
to 140 pounds as well as the sum due to Mr. White
amounted to 75 pounds should be paid to them
immediately and as there was no other way of
doing this but by taking it up at interest it was
also resolved by the former Vestry that such
gentlemen as would enter into bond for that
sum should indemnified by the corporation
and that thereupon the Rector Mr. Wilcocks,
Dr. Morgan and Mr. Powel had generously
offered to enter into a bond for those sums
on the behalf of and upon being repaid by
the corporation; the Vestry unanimously
approved the measure and resolved that
if the gentlemen who had engaged so kindly to
join in a bond continued in the same mind
they should be indemnified by the corporation
and the Rector was desired to communicate
this minute to hem.
The Vestry then proceeded to consider the
augmentation of the pews according to the
plan that had been laid before the congrega-
tions at the annual election and it was
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of the Members of Vestry as would please to
attend should examine the pews of both churches
that they might make themselves masters
of the different augmentations agreed
upon in order to know what could be done
by themselves to promote this necessary augmen-
tation. They were also of opinion that
Mr. Gordon who collected the pew money should
acquaint the people that an augmentation
of the pew money had been agreed upon by
the congregations on Easter Monday and that
it was to commence immediately and the first
payment to be made on the 25th of September next.

At a meeting of the Vestry held on Monday the
April 18, 1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Redman
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
John Wilcocks
Robert White
James Worrell
James Reynolds
James Ham [Hamm]
William Pollard
Richard Footman

The Rector informed the Vestry that Mr.
Wilcocks, Mr. Powel, Dr. Morgan and himself
had executed a bond to Sarah Wister for the
payment of the sum of 218.0.0 pounds and that the
said money had been paid to the Church Warden
Captain Sparks and by him to the Rector who had
paid 140 pounds to Mr. Coombe and 75 to Mr. White.
The Church Wardens informed the Vestry that
they had agreeable to the minute of last Vestry
examined the state of the sittings in St. Peter's
Church and would proceed to do so with the
sitings in Christ Church.

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The list of arrears due to the churches as given
in by Mr. Gordon on the collector of the pew money
was considered and it was agreed that the
said collector should make out a list of the
arrears according to the division of the City
made last year namely into the north district
extending from Kensington to Arch Street
to Walnut Street and the south district from
Walnut Street to the southernmost street in the
city - and the following persons were so kind
as to undertake to demand and sollicit the im-
mediate payment of said arrears
for the North District:
Mr. Pollard
Mr. Worrel

for the Middle District:
Mr. Reynolds
Mr. Brown

for the South District:
Captain Sparks
Captain White

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At a Vestry held in the Parsonage House on
July 12, 1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Captain Sparks

Vestry Men:
Captain White
Thomas Cuthbert
James Ham [Hamm]
Benjamin Fuller
James Reynolds
James Biddle
Peter Knight
Charles Stedman
Abraham Usher
Jonathan Brown

The Church Warden acquainted the Vestry that
they had carefully examined the number sittings
in both churches and that lists of all such persons

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as were in arrear for pews had been made out
by Mr. Gordon and given to the gentlemen as mentioned
in the minutes of the preceding Vestry and that
they were proceeding in the business committee
to them according to the respective districts as-
signed to them.
The Church Warden further reported that
some persons who were largely in arrear had
refused to pay whereupon it was unanimous-
ly resolved that all delinquents who had
refused or should refuse to pay their arrears
after the demands now to be made of hem
for payment should be sued agreeable to the
resolves of former Vestrys.
Resolved that the King's birth day
should be one of the days included in the
agreement made by the Vestry with the ringer
and that they should not for the future
ring on King Charles restoration day.
The Vestry having considered the very
great loss arising to the churches from the
situation of the organ in St. Peter's church,
near one half of the north gallery being on
that account incapable of being let it was
recommended to the members to procure a
list of the subscribers to that organ in order to
obtain their assent to have it taken down and
layed carefully by 'till it should be sold.

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At a Vestry on Tuesday September 6, 1744:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman James Reynolds
James Worral [Worrell] Robert White
Peter Footman James Ham [Hamm]

The augmentation of pew money as voted at
the general meeting of the congregatoins on
Easter Monday was carefully read and considered
and for as much as the first half year ends
on the 25th instant the Vestry think it incumbent on
them to carry the said augmentation into
execution and therefore
Unanimously resolved that the following
order should be signed by the Church Wardens
and forthwith delivered to Mr. Gordon the collector
of the pew money.
Order of Vestry on Mr. Thomas Gordon
collector of the pew money.
Whereas it was agreed a the general meeting
on Easter Monday that the price of sittings
in both churches should be augmented for
three years and no longer agreeable to a regu-
lation then read to the members assembled
you are hereby ordered to collect the additions
sums at you next half yearly collection
commencing on the 25th instant when the first
half year ends according to the regulation
herewith delivered to you. Great care must
be taken by you to acquaint every person that
this addition is made by a vote at the general
meeting on Easter Monday and is only to
take place for three years. You are likewise
to keep a separate account of this additional
money and deliver the same to the acting
Church Warden along with you other usual

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collections. Given by order of Vestry the 6th day
of September 1774 together with a fair copy
of the augmentation plan as entered in page
286 of this minute book.
Joseph Redman
James Sparks
Church Wardens
It being observed by the members of Vestry
that the fence about St. Peter's church is
totally decayed and the burial ground quite
open. Ordered that the acting Church Warden
provide posts and boards and see that the fence
be put up in a good workman-like manner
and pay the expense out of the money in his
hands.

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At a Vestry held on Saturday September 10,
1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Redman
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman
Townsend White
James Ham [Hamm]
James Reynolds
Robert White

It being represented by the Church Wardens
that for want of some regulations with respect
to the ringing of Christ Church bells they
had been put under difficulties as there had
been of late some applications made to have
them rung on public occasions by persons
who were not as well as by person who
were members of the churches.
Resolved unanimously, that the
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of the common course of burials and the days
appointed for festivals in the common
prayer book without an express order to
the Sexton signed by the Rector and Church
Wardens in case all be present
and when the Rector and either
Church Warden is absent such order is to be
signed by the attending Church Warden
together with two other members of Vestry
Mr. Gordon the collector of the pew money
had awaited on the Rector to tell him that
on perusal of the order of Vestry lately delivered
to him with respect to his duty in collecting
the augmentation money put upon the
pews he was surprised to find that the
wall pews on both sides of Christ Church were
raised 50%. Whereas it had been told him
and so he had reported it to the possessors
of those pews that they were raised only
25% and expressing his concern lest
this mistake might overset the whole
intended augmentation he desired that a
Vestry might be called and their sense
taken in this unhappy mistake and in
as much as the Vestry cannot but think
with Mr. Gordon that it might have a
tendency to overset all this important
alterations it was unanimously resolved
that the collector should proceed to collect
the wall pews in Christ Church as well as
in St. Peter's at the raised price of 25%
and that the Church Wardens should give
him a fresh order to authorize his doing
so.

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At a meeting of Vestry held on Thursday November 17,
1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Captain Sparks

Vestry Men:
Peter Knight
Jonathan Brown
Joseph Donaldson
James Reynolds
Charles Stedman

The committee appointed to settle Mr. Wilcocks
and Mr. Redman's accounts for the respective
years in which they were Church Wardens re-
ported that they had carefully examined them
and compared the vouchers and found that
Mr. Wilcocks had received the sum of
and that Mr. Redman had
likewise received the sum of and that
said accounts were signed by them and entered
into the general Account Book.
Captain Sparks having received a legacy of
500 pounds left to the corporation by the late Mr.
Thomas Turner on express condition that the same
should be laid out at interest and the annual
interest applied to the repairs and incidental
charges of the churches Mr. Sparks was desired
to lay it out on the best land security.
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At a Vestry held on Monday December 5, 1774:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Redman
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
Benjamin Fuller James Worrall [Worrell]
John Wilcocks Moore Furman
James Ham [Hamm] John Phillips
Townsend White Jonathan Brown
Robert White Peter Footman
Charles Stedman Peter Knight
William Pollard

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It appearing by a letter from the Reverend Mr.
Coombe directed to the Church Wardens and
Vestry Men that he had not been paid any
part of the hundred pounds due to him for
this current half year and that the augmen-
tation money already collected did but amont
to 530:0 it was considered in what manner
Mr. Coombe might be paid his full hundred
pounds and the Church Warden informing the
Vestry that he had not in his hands above
eighty pounds that by great industry he
had collected from people who had for
many years neglected to pay the sums
fix'd by Vestry for erecting tombstones or
flat stones in the church yards or burying
ground. As this was the case the Vestry saw
no better method than to give orders to
Captain Sparks to pay hi the 53 pounds already
received from Mr. Gordn out of the augmen-
tation money and the remainder but
of such monies as had been received by him
from the persons who had put tomb stones
of flat stones in the burying ground or in
the church or church yards.

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At a meeting of Vestry on Monday
January 2, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Redman
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman William Pollard
Thomas Cuthbert James Reynolds
James Ham [Hamm] Jonathan Brown
Joseph Donaldson Peter Knight
Robert White

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The Church Wardens reported that the collection
upon the charity sermons that were preached
yesterday for the benefit of such as at this
rigorous season of the year might be in
want and distress amounted to one hundred
pounds. Namely sixty three pounds
sixteen shillings and eleven pence at Christ
Church and thirty six pounds three shillings
and one penny at St. Peter's.
Resolved that the Rector and his
Assistants together with the Church Wardens
be the persons who are to have care of the
disposal of this money or any other sums
that may be hereafter given for this good
purpose and it is recommended to them
to receive the applications of such as
shall appear to be proper objects of
charity and then to consult together in
what proportions it shall be distribu-
ted and the Church Warden is desired
to keep a list of the whole.
As a very large vault had been made
at the east end of St. Peter's church on the
death of the late Mr. William Bingham
and likewise a flat-stone had been
laid by Mr. Joseph Sims over the grave
of his daughter Betsy and as the prices
to be paid for tomb stones and flat stones
were fix'd by resolves of former Vestrys.
Resolved that it was highly reason-
able that the Executors of Mr. Bingham
and likewise Mr. Joseph Sims should
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done before them and therefore Mr. Redman,
Mr. Wilcocks, Captain White and Mr. Cuthbert
are appointed a committee to wait on Mr.
Bingham's Executors and Mr. Joseph Sims
and show them them the minutes of
former Vestrys fixng the prices for tomb
stones and flat stones and urge that
they would no longer defer the payment
of the sums respectively due from them.

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At a meeting of Vestry on Monday
January 9, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Redman
Captain Sparks

Vestry Men:
John Wilcocks
James Ham [Hamm]
James Biddle
James Worrall [Worrell]
Abraham Usher
Jonathan Brown
Charles Stedman
Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds

The committee appointed at the last
meeting of Vestry to dispose of the sums col-
lected in Church reported that they had [unclear]
thereupon and found it impracticable to pro-
ceed in the manner in which that minute was
worded and therefore they had unanimously agreed
to enter into the consideration of such charitable com-
plications as had been made and to ascertain the sums
of each applier should receive and then to leave the
remainder of the monies in the hands of the acting
Church Warden to be by him given out to such persons
as should bring him certificates of their distress and of
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or any of his assistants. And if any of the respectable
members of either churches should recommend
persons for any part of this charity a regard
should be had to their recommendation and
the sum proper to be given be ascertained in a
note to the Church Warden from the Rector or
Ministers. And further that the money should
not now all be disposed of but a proper sum left
in the Church Wardens hands for contingent
charities and especially for such persons as on
being visited in the tour of parochial duty by the
Rector or any of his Assistants should appear to
and be certified by them to be in immediate
want.
The Vestry unanimously approved of this
method of proceeding as the most easy and effectual
for the light disposal of church charities and
that it should always be observed for the future.

Here follows a list of sundry deeds and
conveyances which were now delivered by the
Rector in Vestry to the acting Church Warden
Namely.

Ten deeds particularized in a paper entitled
"Brief of the Title to the Lotts whereupon Christ
Church and the Parsonage house stands in
Second Street."

Seven deeds particularized in a paper
entitled "Brief of St. Peter's Church Lots."

The charter of incorporation dated 24th June

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1765 recorded.

Deed Thomas graves to Joshua Carpenter and
John Moore for the church lands in Oxford Township.

Warrant from Queen Ann to allow the Minis-
ter of Philadelphia 50 pounds per annum and the
schoolmaster 30 pounds out of the tobacco duties
in this province during pleasure.

Counterpart of deed Samuel Rhoads and wife
to Anthony Martin of a house in Shippen
Street reserving a ground rent of nine spared
dollars dated 1 May 1761 and acknowledged
but not recorded.

Deed in Trust Samuel Rhoads and wife to the
corporation for the above yearly rent and
also for one other yearly rent of two gold
pistols anad Ann reserved by indenture between
the said Samuel Rhoads and wife and one
William Hall out of another lot in Shippen
Street. In trust as a charity for the relief
of twelve poor widows of the congregations
forever dated 21 September 1767.
See counterpart of Hall's deed as entered
afterwards in this list.

Patents to Richard Peters and other in trust for
a lot of ground dated 31 October 1766 recorded

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Counterpart of deed from the corporation to
Robert Smith for the above lot reserving
a yearly rent of 266 and 2/3 dollars dated
2 August 1771.

A bok containing copies of sundry deeds
and entitled "Copies of Deeds for Land purcha-
sed by the congregation of Christ Church in
Philadelphia taken in private persons names
for want of incorporation to the use of said
church.

A paper entitled "Church deeds delivered up
by Mr. Moore."

A paper entitled "Cataloge of Mr. Chamber's
Books given to Christ Church."

One large book of accounts belonging to the
church begining in 1708.

One book of minutes of Vestry beginning the
22nd April 1717 and ended 4th December 1760.

One other book of minutes beginning 23rd
March 1761 continued to the present time.

Counterpart of deed Rhoads to Hall in
paper - see before - dated 29th July 1760 acknow-
ledged not recorded.

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At a Vestry held on Monday
February 13, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Captain Sparks

Vestry Men:
John Wilcocks
Charles Stedman
James Ham [Hamm]
James Worral [Worrel]
Townsend White
Captain White
James Reynolds
William Pollard
Peter Knight

Mr. Wilcocks one of the committee appoin-
ted to apply to Mr. Simms and the Executors of Mr.
Bingham acquainted the Vestry that he hd had
a conversation with Mr. Simms and Mr. Bingham
Junior which was thought advisable before any for-
mal application of the committee and likewise
Mr. Peters said that on an occasional visit made
to Mr. Stamper he had declared to him his willing-
ness to give 20 pounds if that would be accepted Mr.
Stamper likewise mentioned something of an
account which the late Mr. Bingham had with
Christ Church. But on looking over the church
papers it appears that Bingham's two accounts with
St. Peter's Church for cash disbursed on its account
were settled. The first account amounted to 35 pounds
was paid on his settlement of his accounts the
24th April 1762 and the second account was
paid on his settlement with Mr. Duffield
16th June 1764 amounting to 30.0.10 1/2. It
likewise appears by the Church Waden's accounts
that the trees from time to time planted in St.
Peter's CHurch had been paid for in particular
bills to those who supplied the trees.
The Vestry considered Mr. Stamper's

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offer, and gave it in instruction to the com-
mittee to get the vault measured in super-
ficial sect and that they might see what
it would come to at 10/. shillings per foot
the price fixed by an old order of Vestry to
the payment of vaults made in the church
burial ground and on knowing this the above
offer made by Mr. Stamper might be further
and duly considered.
The Rector at the instance of some of
the members of Christ Church mentioned the
desire they had of having Christ Church
organ put into such repair as that it could
be played upon and the clerk of Christ
Church likewise desired the Vestry might know
that several persons members of Christ Church,
had associated themselves for their mutual
improvement in singing along with the organ
and it was thought by him and several
others that if a seat could be conveniently
built in the west gallery on the front of the
organ that would hold this little society of
singers that part of the church service
would be performed to very great advantage.
It appearing that the expense attending
this matter could only be raised by a sermon
to be preached for this particular service
it was recommended to the Church Warden
and Mr. Worral [Worrell] and such other Vestry Men as
would attend to inspect the west gallery
and see if an enlargement of the front
seat before the organ could by made
which would not hurt the gallery or make
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should find that this could be conveniently
done then they were desired to make and esti-
mate of the price of such enlargement and
upon their reporting this matter the Vestry
would then proceed to fix the Sunday for
preaching the sermon but not before.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's
house, Saturday April 8, 1775:

Present:
Doctor Peters

Church Wardens:
James Sparks
Joseph Redman

Vestry Men:
William Pollard Robert Whyte
Charles Stedman James Reynolds
James Ham [Hamm] Peter Knight
James Biddle John Wilcocks

The committee appointed for taking the dimensi-
ons of the vault built in St. Peter's Church
yard by Mr. Stamper for Mr. Bingham's
family, report that they have carefully
measured the same and find the length to be
17 feet exclusive of the stair case and the breadth
12 feet taking in the wall from out to out
which measures two hundred and four super-
ficial feet and at 10/ per foot agreeable to make
of Vestry amounts to 102.0.0 and that the
Vestry decline accepting Mr. Stamper's offer
to Doctor Peters mentioned in foregoing
minute wanting authority to compromise
in such cases.

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At the annual meeting of the members of both
churches held according to charter and custom
in Christ Church on Easter Monday April 17, 1775
immediately after morning prayers.

Present
Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
Joseph Redman
James Sparks

Vestry Men:
James Reynolds
William Pollard
John Wilcocks
Robert White
John Philips
Richard Footman
Thomas Cuthbert
Charles Stedman

And a large number of the congregations
belonging to Christ Church and St. Peters.

The Rector and Church Wardens as usual
opened the annual election of Vestry Men for the
ensuing year and after all the ballots were
put into a box and it was seen that there
were no more than there were persons names
in the list of voters, they were distinctly read
off and the names in the several ballots
taken down and then it appeared that the
following persons were the highest in votes and
accordingly declared to be the Vesty Men
elected for the ensuing year and the return
thereof made by the Church Wardens which
is as follows:
At an election held on 17th instant being Easter
Monday for Vestry Men for Christ Church
and St. Peter's for the ensuing year the following
persons were chosen. Viz.
Joseph Redman....210 James Reynolds....204
Thomas Cuthbert..208 Abraham Usher.....209
James Biddle.....209 Peter DeHaven.....134
Robert White.....210 John Morgan.......125
Peter Knight.....201 Edmund Physick....128
Jonathan Brown...203 Richard Willing...126

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Benjamin Wynkoop.....126    Joseph Swift.....132
Samuel Powell........134 Jacob Duché......130
Edward Shippen.......128 James Humphries..131
Alexander Wilcocks...129 Doctor Clarkson..128

After which the Rector names Doctor
Morgan for his Church Warden and the Vestry
chose Jonathan Brown accomptant Church
Warden for both congregations and also

Sides Men for Christ Church:
Peter Knight
Peter DeHaven
James Reynolds

Sides Men for St. Peter's:
Thomas Cuthbert
Benjamin Wynkoop
Robert White
Br. Clarkson





At a meeting of the congregation of the Rector,
Church Wardens, and Vestry Men of the Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the
City of Philadelphia April 24, 1775 being
the second Monday after Easter.

Present:
Richard Peters Rector

Church Wardens:
John Morgan
Jonathan Brown

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché
Joseph Redman
Joseph Swift
Robert White
Richard Willing
Peter Knight
James Reynolds
James Humphries [Humphreys]
Benjamin Wynkoop
Peter DeHaven
Edmund Physick
Dr. Clarkson

The preceding minutes of the annual election
for Vestry Men was read.

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And Mr. Buckridge Simms was unanimously
chosen Treasurer of Christ Church Hospital
agreeable to the direction of Doctor Kearsley's Will.

of Christ Church:
Matthew Whitehead Clerk
Jacob Diegel Sexton

of St. Peter's:
William Young Clerk
George Stoke Sexton

Mr Humphreys, Mr. Swift, Mr. Wynkoop, or any
two of them are appointed a committee to inspect
settle and report the late Church Wardens's
accounts.
The late Vestry's minutes of the 6th and 10th September
last relating to the collection of the augmentation
money for sittings in the two churches agreed on
this time twelve month at the annual meeting
of the congregations for choosing their Vestry Men
were read and it was unanimously agreed
that the same order as was given by the late
Vestry to Mr. Gordon the collector of the Pew
money should be given him again as the order
of his Vestry together with the true state of the
church pews and sums they were rated at
and that the same should be signed by the
Church Wardens.
As there are several new members on
this Vestry who are unacquainted with the
constitution of the churches and the proceeding
of former Vestrys they desired the Vestry might
meet again on Friday morning for the
purpose of having every thing read that was
necessary for their full understanding of all
church matters and accordingly it is adjourned
to Friday morning 10 o'clock.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's house on Friday
April 28, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Doctor John Morgan
Jonathan Brown

Vestry Men:
Robert White [Whyte] Thomas Cuthbert Richard Willing Joseph Swift
Peter Knight James Reynolds James Humphrey Jacob Duché
Gerardus Clarkson Edmund Physick

John Morgan, Joseph Swift and Gerardus Clarkson are appointed a committee to
wait on Mr. Stamper and Mr. Joseph Syms [Sims] for the payment of what money is due
from them on account of vault built by Mr. Stamper in St. Peter's Church yard and a
tomb stone raised by Mr. Sims over his daughter Betsy's grave in said yard and
the said committee are to be furnished with copies of the minutes of former Vestry's
relating thereto to be shown to Mr. Stamper and Mr. Sims for their final answer,
to be reported to and considered by the Vestry.

At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House on Thursday
June 15, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Doctor John Morgan
Jonathan Brown

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Peter Knight James Reynolds Peter DeHaven
Edmund Physick Richard Willing Joseph Swift James Humphreys
Gerardus Clarkson Robert White [Whyte] Thomas Cuthbert

The Rector acquainted the Vestry that the Continental Congress having inserted a
publication in this day's Gazette recommending Thursday the 20th day of July
as a day of general humiliation fasting and prayer thro' all the American
provinces requested they would give him their advice with respect to his
own conduct. The Vestry very readily told him that they knew the sense
of the congregations in this matter. That they know the sense of the congregations
on this matter and assured him it would be universally expected by them that
he should comply with the recommendation and that if he did not it would join
great offence, and as this was the unanimous opinion of the Vestry he
declared his own sense of the matter and told them that the churches should be
opened on that day and divine service performed, and that there should be proper
prayers and sermons suitable to such a solemn humiliation and notices should
be given thereof in both churches next Sunday.

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At a Vestry held at the Rector's on Thursday September 21, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Doctor John Morgan
Jonathan Brown

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Edmund Physick Benjamin Wynkoop Peter DeHaven
James Humphreys Alexander Wilcox [Wilcocks] Gerardus Clarkson James Reynolds
Peter Knight Joseph Swift Joseph Redmond Samuel Powell [Powel]
Thomas Cuthbert Edward Shippen

The Rector informed the Vestry that he called them together on a very particular occasion
and desired their attention and then addressed them as follows
"Gentlemen
It gives me
pleasure to see so large a number as sixteen members of Vestry including the two
Church Wardens. You are sensible that I have been under great and continual indis-
position for a long time and that I have not been able to do any duty in the churches;
this has laid heavy upon my mind, and tho' I have now recovered strength enough to
take the air, yet I have great a weakness in my breast and lyable without any
previous notices to relapses, from a tolerable state of health to the lowest ebb of
sickness and infirmity. Sensible therefore of my inability to perform a trust reposed
in me and to do the duties of two such large and important congregations I am
come to a resolution to resign my office of Rector, so as to have no further concern in
a matter for which I am under total inability to you gentlemen of the Vestry I do
therefore give up and absolutely resign my office of Rector of the United Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's together with all rights profits and enrollments
belonging and appurtenant thereto. And I desire that an instrument to this
purport may be drawn up and prepared for me to sign and seal and that the Vestry
may now appoint a committee for that purpose with directions that such instruments
may be prepared forthwith and laid before the Vestry for their approbation and my
Execution the Vestry then appointed Edward Shippen Jr. Esq. Alexander
Wilcox [Wilcocks] Esq. Mr. Joseph Swift, Samuel Powell Esq. James Biddle Esq. and James
Humphreys a committee to draw up a proper instrument of resignation for the
Rector to execute, and then adjourned to Saturday next at eleven o'clock in
the forenoon and special notices are to be served on every member, the day before
mentioning that it is to meet to receive the Rector's resignation of his said office.

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At a meeting of the Vestry at the Parsonage house on Saturday
September 23, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
Doctor John Morgan
Jonathan Brown

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Joseph Swift Joseph Redman James Humphreys
Benjamine Wynkoop Edward Shippen Jr. Peter Knight Thomas Cuthbert
Samuel Powell [Powel] Peter DeHaven James Reynolds Alexander Wilcox [Wilcocks]
Edmund Physick Gerardus Clarkson

Special notices of this meeting of Vestry expressing the Rector's purpose of resigning
the Rectory of the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, having
been served on every Vestry Man in town, all of whom being now met, the Rector
desired that the instrument of resignation prepared by the committee might be read, and the
same was read and being approved of by the Rector he executed and delivered
it to the Church Wardens and Vestry Men which instrument and resignation
was by the Vestry unanimously approved of and accepted, and testified
and declared their acceptance and approbation thereof by one other
instrument, by the said Church Wardens and Vestry Men signed, and delivered
to the said Rector, both which instruments were ordered to be entered on the
minutes of Vestry and are as follows:
"In the name of God amen I Richard
Peters Doctor in Divinity Rector of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church
and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia in the Province of
Pennsylvania being willing and desirous for certain just and lawful cause and
considerations me in this behalf specially moving more especially by reason
of my bodily infirmities to be relieved discharged and exonerated form the
burthen cure and government of my said Rectory of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia
in the Province of Pennsylvania do hereby deliberately spontaneously hereto
simply and absolutely renounce and resign the same Rectory and Churches
together with all their rights profits members and appurtenances whatsoever
into the hands of the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the said United Churches
and the same Rectory and Churches do hereby in deed and in word leave
vacant and unfilled and all my right title and possession in and to the same
Rectory and Churches, together with all and singular their rights profits
members and appurtenances by me heretofore held and enjoyed do renounce
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these presents In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the
twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and seventy five.
Signed, sealed and delivered Richard Peters Seal
in presence of us
Matthew Whitehead
Jacob Diegle


We the subscribers Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia in
the Province of Pennsylvania in Vestry met do hereby testify and declare our full
and free consent to and approbaton and acceptance of the resignation of the
Reverend Richard Peters, Doctor in Divinity, of the Rectorship cure and burthen
of the said United Churches together with the said churches and all the rights profits
members and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging this day made by the
said Richard Peters in full Vestry. In witness whereof we have hereunto set out
hands the twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and seventy five.
Church Wardens:
John Morgan Vestry Men:
Jonathan Browne [Brown] Samuel Powel Jacob Duché
Alexander Wilcocks James Humpreys
Peter Knight Joseph Redman
Peter DeHaven Joseph Swift
Edmund Physick Benjamin Wynkoop
Gerard Clarkson Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds Edward Shippen Jr.
After which the Vestry took leave of the Rector in the following address
Reverend Sir
Permit the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia in the
Province of Pennsylvania in Vestry met to take leave of you in the most affectionate
manner, and to assure you with great sincerity that we shall ever recollect with
pleasure the happy union and peace that prevailed in the congregation during
your Rectorship.
We thank you Sir for the pious zeal you have ever exercised in
you Ministry to these churches and gratefully acknowledge your distinguished
liberality to them upon all occasions. We very much regret your loss of
health which induces you to resign your charge as Rector and take the liberty to
assure you that our warmest wishes for your health and happiness will ever
attend you.

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The Rector immediately expressed his hearty thanks to them for the affectionate
manner in which they were pleased to take leave of him and for their very kind
mention of the satisfaction they had always received in the performing of
his duty, and heir hearty good wishes and prayers for his health and welfare
and assured them that he had and would retain as kind and as cordial a
love for and regard to them as if he was still their Rector and should be
glad of every opportunity to show the reality of his affection for them.

Monday September 25, 1775

Yesterday after divine service was over in both churches
Doctor Peters took leave of the Congregations and the two
instruments of his Resignation of the office of Rector into the
hands of the Vestry, and of their unanimous acceptance thereof
were also rad by the Church Warden (Doctor Morgan) in both
churches.

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At a meeting of the Church Wardens and Vestry of
the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, in
the City of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania, at Christ
Church on Monday September 25, 1775, at nine
o'clock n the forenoon of the same day, agreeable to notice regularly
served pursuant to the Bye Law for their Meeting, for the purpose
of choosing a Rector of the said churches, upon the resignation of
the Reverend Doctor Peters, the following Church Wardens and
Vestry Men gave in their votes by ballot.

James Reynolds Joseph Swift Benjamin Wynkoop
Jacob Duché Alexander Wilcocks Edmund Physick
Peter Knight Gerardus Clarkson Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Samuel Powell [Powel] Peter DeHaven James Biddle
Joseph Redman Thomas Cuthbert John Morgan
Edward Shippen Robert Whyte James Humpreys

Memorandum. The wo remaining Vestry Men being out of the
province, Richard Willing at Boston, and Abraham Usher gone to
Ireland.
Upon counting up the votes the Reverend Jacob Duché
is unanimously elected Rector of the said Churches.
The Church Wardens are requested to wait on the
Reverend Mr. Duché, and to acquaint him with his being elected, and
to publish the minute of this election, and read the bye law
relative to such elections in the said churches on the next Sunday
Morning.
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Monday 10 o'clock A.M. October 30, 1775:
At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House, in pursuance
of written notices issued for that purpose two days before, by the
Church Wardens, purporting that the time limited, by the laws
of the corporation of Christ Church and St. Peter's for recommend-
ing the Rector to the Bishops of London for his approbation being
expired, and desiring a meeting this day to receive a report

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from them, and to transact other business of consequences.
Present:

Church Wardens:
John Morgan
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Edward Shippen Samuel Powell [Powel]
Jacob Duché Peter DeHaven
Joseph Swift James Humphreys
Benjamin Wynkoop Peter Knight
Thomas Cuthbert James Reynolds
Gerard Clarkson Edmund Physick
Richard Willing

The Church Wardens report that agreeable to order of Vestry,
they had waited on the Reverend Mr. Dhuché, and acquainted him
with his being elected Rector of the united Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's in this City, and that he requested them
to return the Vestry his thanks for the honor they had done
him by their appointments, and to acquaint them that he
cheerfully accepted the same.
The Church Wardens likewise reported that agree-
able to the order of Vestry, they had published the minute of
the election of the Reverend Mr. Duché, and the bye law
was read relative to such elections both in Christ Church
and St. Peter's on the Sunday following the said election in October.
A full month having now elapsed, agreeable to the
bye law since the election of the Reverend Mr. Duché to the
Rectorship, and no objection of any kind having been made
by any member or members of the congregations to the
person chosen.
Resolved unanimously that the Reverend Jacob Duché
Master of Arts, be received, confirmed, and established, and he
is hereby received, confirmed, and established Rector of the
united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church.

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    A draught of a letter to the Bishop of London being read, and
approved, was signed by the members present. The Church War-
dens were desired to carry it immediately to the absent members to
add their names, in order that the letter be sent by the first oppor-
tunity, (and is as follows)
To the Right Reverend Father in God,
Richard, by divine permission, Lord Bishop of London.
The humble address of the Church Wardens and Vestry Men
of the united churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in
the City of Philadelphia.

May it please your lordship
We the Church Wardens
and Vestry Men of the united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
church in the City of Philadelphia in Vestry met, beg leave to inform
your lordship, that the Reverend Richard Peters, Doctor in Divinity,
our late worthy Rector, after many years faithfull and approved
service, finding the charge of the said united churches to heavy
a burthen on account of his bodily infirmities, hath voluntarily
resigned his Rectorship into our hands, and that in consequence
thereof, we have unanimously elected the Reverend Jacob Duché AM
to be Rector of the said United Churches.
We beg leave to observe to
your Lordship that the Reverend Mr. Duché is a native of this city
and known to most of us from his childhood, that he has officiated
under a license from your Lordship's predecessor, as an Assistant
Minister in our said churches during the space of upwards of
sixteen years, in which he has deservedly met with universal
approbation, from the unblemished character he has hitherto
supported thro' life, from his exemplary conduct, zeal, piety,

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and learning, we presume to recommend him in the warmest man-
ner to your Lordship, and flatter ourselves, that our choice wil meet
with your Lordship's approbation, being firmly persuaded, that his
best endeavors will ever by exerted for the maintenance of unani-
mity and concord in the churches, and the advancement of
true religion and virtue.
We therefore humbly hope, that your
Lordship will be pleased to take this address into your conside-
ration and to return a favorable answer to our unanimous
request in his behalf.
Ever praying, that your Lordship may
long be continued a blessing to the Church of Christ, and
particularly, to that part of it over which you preside
we beg leave to subscribe ourselves
May it please your lordship
with all duty and respect
Philadelphia October 30, 1775
Your Lordship's most obliged
and most obedient humber servants
Church Wardens:
John Morgan
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Edward Shippen Jr. Gerard Clarkson Peter Knight
Jacob Duché Sr. Richard Willing James Reynolds
Joseph Swift Samuel Powell [Powel] Edmund Physick
Benjamin Wynkoop Peter DeHaven James Biddle
Thomas Cuthbert Jason Humphreys Alexander Wilcocks

Ordered that a copy of Doctor Peter's resignation, and
the Vestry's acceptance of the same certify'd by the Church
Wardens be sent with the letter to the Bishop of London

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    The Church Wardens were then appointed to wait upon the
Rector, to desire he would be so kind as to take his seat at the
board, which was done.
The Rector having then appeased, the Church Wardens in
behalf of the Vestry addressed the Rector, as follows:
Revered Sir
The Church Wardens having informed the Vestry
that you have been pleased to signify your cheerful acceptance
of the choice they have made of you as Rector of these united Churches,
the Vestry think themselves greatly obliged to you for the kind manner in
which you have complyed with their desires, and request you
will now take your seat, as Rector, at this meeting of Vestry.
To which the Rector made the following answer.
Gentlemen
I beg leave to return you my sincere thanks
and acknowledgements for the honor you have doen me by
electing me to the Rectorship of your united Churches, I consi-
der it as the highest and most affectionate testimony you
could give of your approbation of my past services: and I hope
my future conduct will ever be such as may justify your
choice.
My change of station, I trust, will have no other
effect upon me, than to increase my zeal for the spiritual and
temporal welfare of the congregations which you represent.
It shall be my constant endeavor, under the blessing of
Heaven to preserve the same peace and harmony in our Chur-
ches, which they happily enjoyed under my truly pious and
worthy predecessor.

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On motion, made by the Rector, it was resolved unanimously
that there shall, for the future, be monthly meetings of Vestry,
and the first Thursday in every month at 10 o'clock AM was
fixed on for that purpose, to meet at the Parsonage House till
another place is appointed. Previous notices are however still
to be served in order to remind the members of the days of
meeting.
On motion, it was also further resolved that the
acting Church Warden shall take charge of the Book of Minutes.
Mr. Humphreys and Mr. Swift, the committee appointed
to settle James Sparks's accounts, the late acting Church Warden
do report, they have carefully examined the same, and find them
to be just and true as stated in the account book belonging to
the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's, and that
there remained a balance of 36.16.- in the honor of the
said James Sparks being charitable contributions collected at
the communions, and at the charity sermon preached the
first day of January last.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Parsonage House on Thursday
November 2, 1775:

Present:
Reverent Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Joseph Swift James Reynolds
Richard Willing Peter Knight
Benjamin Wynkoop Thomas Cuthbert
Edmund Physick Gerardus Clarkson
Robert Whyte Peter DeHaven
James Humphreys

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The Reverend Doctor Richard Peters came into Vestry and informed the
Vestry that in searching for such papers as belonging to the churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's, he found a letter from the right Reverend
Doctor Gibson, late Lord Bishop of London, wrote in his own hand
directed to the then Church Wardens, dated the 19th October 1738,
and purporting to be an answer to an address of Vestry made to his
Lordship in the preceding year. In this letter his Lordship is
anxious to remove a suspicion which it seems was then entertained
of him, as making pretensions to a right of the choice of a Rector
and plainly disowns his ever making any such pretensions. On
inspecting the minutes of Vestry at that time, it was found
that the address to his Lordship is entered on the minutes of
Vestry of 28th July 1737 but no entry of the Bishop's answer
being to be found on the minutes of Vestry, Mr. Peters was request-
ed to put the original letter into the honor of the Church Warden
that the same may be entered on the minutes of Vestry and
filed amongst the church papers, which he readily agreed to do
and delivered the same into the honor of the Church Warden now
present, and the said letter is ordered to be entered in the minutes
of this day, and is as follows.

Whitehall October 19, 1738
Gentlemen
I have lately received a letter signed by you
and several members of your Vestry, in which you profess as becomes,
serious and good Christians, that, what is part you heartily
desire may be forgot on all sides. This is a sure foundation of peace
for the time to come, and what I hope all sides will practice and
acquiesce in. In the course of such disputes, some things are
usually said on both sides thro' heat and passion which one would
wish had not been said, and the sooner they are forgotten, the

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better. At so great a distance, it is next to impossible for me in such
cases, to form an exact judgement of persons and things, but there
is one point which I am exceedingly clear in, that a continuance
of the disputes among yourselves, on which side sown the fault
had lain, must in a little time have been the ruin of the church,
and as I heartily desire the welfare of your church and every
member of it, 'tis a particular satisfaction to me to see so good
a disposition to peace.
I do not remember, that I have ever given
occasion either by word or writing, to suspect that I pretend to
any more right, than that of licensing the person who is to be
your Minister, and who cannot regularly be received, either in
your government or any other of the plantations without such
licence, and I am so far from discouraging the Education of your
own children for the Ministry, that I have heartily labored
tho' without success to procure a settlement of two Bishop's in
the plantations, one for the continent, and the other for the islands
chiefly with a view to make it more easy and less expensive
to persons who have had their education there, to be admitted to
holy orders.
I desire that this letter may be communicated
to the Vestry and commending you and them to the divine
blessing and protection I remain,
Gentlemen
Your faithful friend
Edmund London'

The Church Warden Reported to the Vestry that the roof on
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leaky, and that except the same was immediately repaired, there
would be a danger of the whole plastering on the inside of the church
falling down. Order'd that the said Church Warden do get the
same repaired immediately.
Mr. Jonathan Browne [Brown], Mr. Joseph Swift, Mr. Benjamin
Wynkoop and Mr. James Humphreys, are appointed a committee to
examine into the state of the Church Funds, and make report thereof
at the next meeting of Vestry.
Mr. Physick, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cuthbert with
Mr. Browne [Brown] the Church Warden are appointed a committee to
examine the state of the school house, and the books belonging to
the church library.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House on Monday
December 11, 1775:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Benjamin Wynkoop Thomas Cuthbert
Peter Knight James Reynolds Gerardus Clarkson
Peter DeHaven Captain Robert Whyte Joseph Swift

The Committee appointed to examine into the Late of the Church
Library and School House, do report, that they had taken an exact
list of all the books belonging to Christ Church, as well those
given by the Reverend Mr. Chambers, as the old ones; that in order
to preserve a distinction betwixt them they had numbered them
separately and made out separate alphabetical cataogues, in which
every book and its number were entered; that a great many volumes
of Mr. Chambers's collection were missing; but that on mentioning

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the matter to Doctor Peters, the late Rector, he told them he believed
that he had several of those that were missing among his own books
and that he would carefully search for them. This committee further
report, that the room in which the books is deposited is sufficiently
secured from the weather, and that they may safely continue there
till a new Vestry room be built for Christ Church; that, with
respect to the School House it is in a very bad condition, but that
the funds of the church at present will not admit of making all
the necessary repairs; that the room above stairs adjoining the library
room will accommodate the Vestry for the present; but that--------it
might be rendered much more convenient at a trifling expense, by
partitioning off the stair case from the large room below, and placing
a door, where one of the windows open into the alley.
Mr. Browne [Brown] reported, that he had got the leak in the roof of
Christ Church repaired for the present, but that the carpenter informs
him the flat of the roof on the south side will in the Spring want more
shingling, agreed, that James Worrell [Worrel] have the refusal of the work when
necessary.
The Rector reported, that Mr. Church Warden Browne [Brown] and himself
had called at the Register General's Office, and desired the clerk to read
the Will of the Reverend Mr. Cummins, formerly Rector of Christ Church;
from which it appears that after various requests, he leaves the residue
of his estate to the poor of Christ Church, that Dr. Kearsley his Executor
had never delivered into the office the accounts of the said estate so that
they could not find what that residue amounted to; but that upon
examining Dr. Kearsley's will, (Page 238 of this Minute Book.) it
appears, that he (Dr. Kearsley) has bequeathed to the Rector, Church Wardens,
and Vestry Men of Christ Church and St. Peter's the sum of 100._._,
which he there says had been left him by the Reverend Mr. Cummings in
trust for the poor of Christ Church, and adds, that this money is in the
hands of Messrs. William and Cornelius Bradford. The Vestry having

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taken this matter into consideration, appointed Mr. Church Warden Browne [Brown],
Mr. Wynkoop, Mr. Cuthbert, and Mr. DeHaven a committee to wait upon Mrs.
Kearsley, and to demand Messers. Bradfords' bond.
By a minute of a former Vestry (Page 296 of this volume) a committee
was appointed to procure the list of contributors to the organ at St. Peter's
Church, and to apply to them for leave to take down the organ and dispose
of it on the best terms they could make. This list the committee had not
been able to procure. But the Rector having understood that Mr. Joseph
Sims had received and paid all monies on the organ account, applied
to him, and obtained an exact list of the names of all those who had
paid their subscriptions, which list he delivered to the Vestry - And
it was agreed, that Dr. Gerardus Clarkson and Thomas Cuthbert be appoint-
ed a committee to wait on the subscribers to the organ of St. Peter's
Church with the following preamble and request them to sign it.

Philadelphia December 1775

Whereas it has been represented to us the subscribers,
contributors to the organ at St. Peter's CHurch in this city, that the
funds of the churches have never yet enabled the Vestry to employ a
regular organist, and that the organ is not only useless at presetn,
but too large for the church, and takes up the place of as many seats,
as if let, would make a very considerable addition to the annual
income of the churches: We do, therefore, in consideration of the premi-
ses and from an hearty good will to the prosperity of the churches, freely
consent and agree, that the Rector, Church Wardens and Vestry Men of
Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia and do order the said
organ to be taken down, as soon as they shall think proper and disposed of
on the best terms they can procure; on this express condition, that the
money arising from the sale of the said organ be put out to interest on
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organ of a more convenient size, and the support of an organist for the
said St. Peter's Church.
The Rector and Mr. Browne [Brown] (Church Warden)
are desired to call upon the Executors of Mrs. Mary Andrews as soon
as possible after Christmas day next, to know, whether they have paid
the ten pounds bequeathed by her to the poor of Christ Church.
Mr. Browne [Brown] (Church Warden) is desired
to wait upon Miss Clifton, to know if she chooses to pay the arrearages
due on her pew, if not, to acquaint her that he has orders form the
Vestry to let it. Mr. Browne [Brown] is also desired to wait on
Mr. Alexander Stedman to know if he will pay the arrearages due
on his sittings in Christ Church, if not, to acquaint him that he has
orders from the Vestry to let hem. And also, to call upon Mr.
Elwes to make the same demand, and to give her the aforesaid
information. Mr. Brown is likewise desired to let the Strangler
Pew upon the best terms he can procure.
Mr. Browne [Brown] is desired to make Mr. John
Bankson a present of ten pounds in the name of the Vestry.
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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House on
Thursday, January 4, 1776:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché James Humphreys
Edmund Physick Peter DeHaven
Thomas Cuthbert James Reynolds
Peter Knight Gerardus Clarkson
Benjamin Wynkoop Robert Whyte

On motion of the Rector, agreed that a charity Sermon
be preached in both churches next Sunday week, of which

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notice is to be given in both churches next Sunday.
The Church Warden is desired to call at the Register
Generals Office, and get a copy of Mr. Thomas Turner's Will.
Mr. Cuthbert is added to the committee appointed by a
former rule of this Vestry to call upon Mr. Stamper and get
Mr. Binghams vault measured, and endeavor to obtain payment
of the money.
Mr. Browne [Brown] (the Church Warden) Mr. Alexander Wilcocks,
Mr. DeHaven, and Mr. Physick are appointed a committee to
enquire into the state of Christ Church Hospital.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's House on Tuesday
January 16, 1776:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Joseph Redman Thomas Cuthbert
Robert Whyte Joseph Swift Peter DeHaven
Gerardus Clarkson James Reynolds James Humphreys

The minutes of the last Vestry were read, and ordered to be entering
in the Book of Minutes of this Vestry
The Church Warden
Jonathan Browne [Brown], reported, that the collection at both churches
last Sunday amounted to the sum of eighty six pounds seventeen
shilling and two pence, Resolved, that the Church Warden Jonathan
Browne [Brown] do distribute the sum of 66.17.2 to such persons
as shall be recommended by the Rector or his Assistant Ministers, and
that the sum of 20 pounds the remainder thereof be reserved for distributing
among such distressed objects as may fall under the notice of the
said Rector and Assistant Ministers in the course of their parochi-
al duty during the year.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's House one Thursday
February 1, 1776:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Benjamin Wynkoop
Peter DeHaven Joseph Swift
Edmund Physick Richard Willing
Alexander Wilcocks Gerardus Clarkson
Peter Knight Thomas Cuthbert

The Church Warden reported, that since the last meeting
of the Vestry he had received 5 pounds from James Haimlton Esquire
and 3 pounds from Mrs. Fergison to be applied to the relief of the distress-
ed members of the churches.
The will of Mr. Thomas Turner deceased
was read and that clause which respects the legacy of 500 pounds to
the united Churches was directed to be entered upon the minutes
and the copy of the will was ordered to be filed among the church
papers. The Reverend Doctor Peters attending the Vestry at
the request of the committee appointed to reporte the state of Christ
Church Hospital and informing them of a variety of matters respecting
that subject, upon a full consideration of the will of Dr. Kearsley
and of their duty as Trustees under it, came to the following resolution
that the Rector, Mr. James Biddle, Mr. Jonathan Browne [Brown], Mr.
Wynkoop, Mr. Swift, Mr. DeHaven, and Mr. Physick, be a committee
to receive from tenant of one of the houses devised by
Dr. Kearsley's Will for a hospital all the rent now in arrear
and further that they be a committee to retain Mr. Richard Peters Jr.
and any other council they think proper to advise with, respecting
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Trustees under the same will and that they take the most expeditious
mode of law to get possession of and establish the same.
The office of organist being now vacant, Mr. Peter Curtis
generously offering his service to play upon the organ without
reward, his service is kindly accepted of.

Extract from Thomas Turner's Will

Item I give and bequeath unto the Rector Church Wardens and Vestry
Men of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Church in the City of Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania
the sum of five hundred pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania
to be by them put out at interest and the interest monies arising
therefrom to be from time to time applied to the use and repair
of the said churches.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's house on
Thursday March 7, 1776:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché James Reynolds
Thomas Cuthbert Peter DeHaven
Peter Knight Robert Whyte
Samuel Powell [Powel]

On a motion being make it was resolved that Mr.
Stamper be requested immediately to pay the sum of 101 pounds
being the amount of the measurement of Mr. Bingham's
vault at the rate of 10/ per foot and that Mr. Swift, Mr. Cuthbert
and Dr. Clarkson do wait on Mr. Stamper for the same.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's House on Thursday
April 3, 1776:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Thomas Cuthbert Peter Knight
Peter DeHaven James Reynolds
James Humphreys Edmund Physick
Robert Whyte Gerardus Clarkson
Jacob Duché Joseph Swift

The committee appointed at the last meeting to call one Mr.
Joseph Stamper Jr. and demand payment of the sum of
101 pounds for Mr. Bingham's vaults, Reported, they had waited on
Mr. Stamper and rendered in an account who declared he would
pay the same so soon as he could collect in the money.
The Rector reported that the organ in Christ Church
is very much out of repairs, the keys being so loose that they
could hardly be played on. Ordered that the same be immediately
repaired.

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At the annual meeting of members of the United
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's held according to Charter and
custom in Christ Church on Easter Monday April 8, 1776
immediately after morning prayers.
Notice as usual having been given yesterday in
both churches, that on this day according to charter and usage Vestry
Men were to be elected for the ensuing year. The Vestry met
accordingly. Present, The Rector, Jonathan Brown Church
Warden, Jacob Duché, James Humphreys, Thomas Cuthbert, Joseph
Swift, Benjamin Wynkoop, Gerardus Clarkson, Peter Knight,
Peter DeHaven, Edmund Physick, Robert Whyte, James Reynolds.
The members of the United Churches then
proceded to the election some scoring as usual and others balloting
and upon the close of the polls the following twenty persons were
found duly elected by a majority of votes vix.
Jacob Duché Edmund Physick Alexander Wilcocks
James Humphreys James Biddle Edward Shippen
Joseph Redman Jonathan Browne [Brown] Richard Willing
Joseph Swift Thomas Cuthbert Gerardus Clarkson
Peter Knight Samuel Powell [Powel] Charles Stedman
Peter DeHaven Robert Whyte John Smith
James Reynolds Benjamin Wynkoop

After which the Rector chose Jonathan Browne [Brown] for his Church
Warden and the Vestry Men chose Thomas Cuthbert for their
Church Warden,
Then were chosen
Sidesmen for Christ Church:
Peter Knight
Peter DeHaven
James Reynolds

Sidesmen for St. Peter's Church:
Robert Whyte
Dr. G. Clarkson
John Smith

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    At a meeting of the corporation of the Rector, Church
Wardens, and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia in the
Province of Pennsylvania, held at Philadelphia
April 15, 1776 being the second Monday after Easter.

Present:
Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens
Jonathan Browne [Brown[
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Benjamin Wynkoop
Peter DeHaven Gerardus Clarkson
John Smith Robert Whyte
Peter Knight James Biddle
James Reynolds

The preceding minutes of the annual election for Vestry Men
were read. and Mr. Buckeridge Sims was unanimously chosen
Treasurer of Christ Church Hospital agreeable to the directions of
Doctor Kearsley's Will.

of Christ Church:
Mathew Whitehead Clerk
Jacob Deigel Sexton

of St. Peter's Church:
William Young Clerk
George Stokes Sexton

Mr Swift and Mr. Reynolds are appointed a committee to
inspect, settle and report the late Church Warden's accounts.
Mr. Smith's proposal was laid before the Vestry and is referred
to the consideration of the next meeting of Vestry of which, he is
to have notice and be desired to attend.
Mr. Humphreys, Mr. Swift
Mr. Brown, and Mr. Wynkoop are appointed a committee to organize
into the state of the Church Funds and report thereupon to this Vestry.
It appearing to the Vestry that the Parsonage House has been
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the charge of such repairs as shall appear necessary to put the same
in tenantable order. Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Reynolds are appointed
to view and examine the house and procure the same to be put
in necessary repair.
Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Swift, and Doctor Clarkson
are continued a committee to call on Mr. Stamper and receive the
money for Mr. Bingham's vault. Mr. Cuthbert, Captain Whyte,
and Mr. Smith are appointed to get a rough board fence put round
the Church Yard of St. Peter's Church.
Mr. Swift and Mr. Humphreys
are appointed to settle the accounts of the Late Rector.
The Gentlemen appointed a committee by the former Vestry to advise
concerning the rights and claims of the corporation as trustees under
Doctor Kearsley's Will and take proper measures thereupon are
continued upon the same committee and it is recommended to them
to proceed and report thereupon. It is judged proper that
all charters, deeds, and writings respecting the title to lands belonging
to the churches or to this corporation be lodged in the custody
of the Rector for the time being, and the present Church Wardens are
desired to deliver the same to the Rector.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's HOuse on Thursday
May 2, 1776:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Peter DeHaven John Smith James Reynolds
Peter Knight Charles Stedman Edmund Physick
James Humphreys Alexander Wilcocks Jacob Duché

The several committees not being ready to make reports on the
business respectively committed to them, time is now given to
them for that purpose until the next meeting of the Vestry.
The consideration of Mr. Smith's proposal is referred to the
next meeting.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's House on Saturday
May 11, 1776:

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché John Smith
Peter Knight Peter DeHaven
Captain Whyte Joseph Swift
Samuel Powell James Biddle

The Rector reminded the Vestry that the Continental Congress
have recommended Friday next the 17th Instant as a day of
general humiliation, fasting, and prayer, thro' all of the American
Provinces, requested they would give him their advice with
respect to his own conduct. The Vestry very readily told him
that they know the sense of the congregations in this matter
and assured him it would be universally expected by them
that he should comply with the recommendation and that if
he did not it would give them great offense, and as this was
the unanimous opinion of the Vestry, he declared his own
sense of the matter and told them that the churches should
be opened on that day and divine service performed and that
there should be proper prayer and sermons suitable to such a
solemn humiliation and notices should be given thereof, in
both churches next Sunday.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's, June 6, 1776:

Present:
Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Charles Stedman
Peter Knight James Reynolds
Peter DeHaven James Huphreys

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    The Church Warden Mr. Cuthbert as one of the committees
appointed to call upon Mr. Stamper for the money due for
Mr. Bingham's vault, reported that Mr. Stamper had paid
the same, amounting to the sum of 101._._.

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At a meeting of Vestry of the Rector's, July 4, 1776:

Present:
Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché James Biddle
Robert Whyte Peter DeHaven
Charles Stedman James Reynolds
Edmund Physick Gerardus Clarksom

Whereas the Honorable Continental Congress
have resolved to declare the American Colonies to be free and inde-
endant States. In consequence of which it will be proper to
omit those petitions in the liturgy wherein the King of Great
Britain is prayed for, as inconsistent with the said Declaration.
Therefore resolved, that it appears to this Vestry to be necessary
for the peace and well being of the churches to omit the said
petitions, and the Rector and Assistant Ministers of the United
Churches are requested in the name of the Vestry and their
constituents to omit such petitions as are above mentioned.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the united Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadel-
phia in the province of Pennsylvania held at Philadelphia
November 7, 1776:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Thomas Cuthbert

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Vestry Men:
John Smith Joseph Swift
Jacob Duché Gerardus Clarkson
Peter Knight James Reynolds
Edmund Physick

The Rector reported, that Mr. Cuthbert, Mr.
Reynolds, and himself had waited upon Mrs. Kearsley with
a certified copy of the settlement of her accounts as the
Register General's office; that she had told them she was
sure the balance was not right and that she had no such
sum in her hands, that they then mentioned the ground
rinks amounting to 24 pounds per annum, which ought to have
been sold and the money paid into the hands of this corpo-
ration agreeable to her husband's will. She then let
them know, that Dr. Kearsley Jr. had forbid her paying
any money into the hands of this corporation, and that
she should not do it without a bond of indemnification
and that, not from the corporation, but from some one
member, or members, whose estates should be answerable
that upon the whole she referred them to Mr. Bond
her counsel, and was willing to do what he thought right
and proper; that this committee then waited upon Mr. Bond
and informed him of what had passed between them and Mrs.
Kearsley and showed him at the same time the certified
copy of the settlement, that he said the balance was
right agreeable to the account but that Dr. Kearsley's legacy
was not included which had certainly been paid that he
believed there was enough in her hands to pay us within
about 70 pounds of the legacy of 800 pounds, and that Mrs. Kearsley
and the corporation must agree to deduct a rateable.

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proportion from each legacy according to law. On their
mentioning the ground rents he said he supposed they had
not been sold on account of the times they told him the
corporation would purchase them and he said he thought
that might be done. He expressed his surprise that the
counsel for the corporation had not foreclosed the ejectment
against Christ Church Hospital which had now been three
years in the courts. He assured us that Mrs. Kearsley
should pay the legacy above mentioned and the ground rents
on the corporation's giving her a bond of indemnification
and that for his part he would do every thing in his power
to serve the corporation consistent with his duty to his
client.
The Vestry after deliberating on the same, agreed
that the Rector, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Wilcocks,
Mr. Physick, and Mr. Knight, be appointed a committee to confer
further with Mr. Bond respecting the above report.
Mr. Cuthbert observed that if the square pews
No. in St. Peter's Church were divided into long
pews it would be a benefit to the churches. It is therefore
agreed that he get the same altered accordingly.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's House, January 6, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Thomas Cuthbert
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Joseph Redman Charles Stedman
Peter Knight Joseph Swift
James Reynolds Samuel Powell

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The Vestry were unanimously of opinion that it would be proper
to make a collection in the churches for the use of the poor of
the united congregations at this inclement season, and requested
that charity sermons for that purpose may be preached in each
of the churches on Sunday the 19th Ins. and that notice thereof
be given to the respective congregations on Sunday next and that it
be also published in one of the newspapers previous to the
19th Instant.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's, January
21, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Joseph Redman Peter Knight
James Reynolds Charles Stedman
Gerardus Clarkson Joseph Swift
James Humpreys

Mr. Browne [Brown] and Mr. Cuthbert (Church Wardens) having
reported that the money collected at both churches on Sunday
last, in consequence of charity sermons, amounted to seventy
five pounds ten shillings; Agreed, that Mr. Swift distributed
the said money to such poor members of the united churches
(the poor of the Bettering House Excepted) as shall be recommended
to him by the Rector or his Assistant Ministers who are to
specify the sum to be given in dollars.

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At a meeting of Vestry at the Rector's House, March 10, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
James Humphreys Joseph Swift
Samuel Powell James Reynolds
Gerardus Clarkson Peter Knight
Charles Stedman Alexander Wilcocks

The time for which the augmentation of the pew money, being
to expire this month; the Vestry took into their consideration the
necessity of continuing the same for a longer time. Upon an
examination into the state of the church funds it appeared that
the salaries of the Rector, the Assistant Ministers, and Church officers
could not be paid unless the additional pew money should be
continued. It was therefore agreed that a representation of the
state of church funds and the necessity of fixing the rinks
of the pews according to the last plan of augmentation be
drawn up and laid before the united congregations at their annual
meeting and that it shall be prepared to them to continue the
same for three years longer.
Mr. Powell, Mr. Swift, and Mr. Wilcocks
are appointed a committee to draw up a representation suitable
for the above purpose.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House March 21, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Thomas Cuthbert
Jonathan Browne [Brown]

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman Joseph Swift
Joseph Redman Gerardus Clarkson
Peter Knight Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

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The committee appointed to draw up a representation respecting the
continuance of the price of the pews agreeable to the augmentation
made on Easter Monday 1774 produced the same which being read
was approved and ordered to be read in Christ Church on Easter Monday
next previous to the Election and is as follows.
Whereas the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the
united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's, finding that the
revenues of the said churches were altogether insufficient for the
support of the clergymen officiating in the same, did, on Easter
Monday, in the year 1774, with the consent and approbation of
the united congregations, agree to augment the price of several
of the pews in the said churches for the space of three years, and
accordingly did augment the prices of the said pews. And
whereas the revenues of the said united churches, instead of
increasing, have been considerably deficient from the present
unhappy state of publick affairs, and more particularly so in
respect to the box money, from the absence of a great number
of the members of the congregations, as well as from other
unforeseen causes. The Church Wardens and Vestry Men therefore
having duly considered the state of the funds of the said united
churches, as well as the advance price of all the necessaries
of life, are unanimously of opinion, that should the augmen-
tation now cease, it will be out of their power, for the future
to support the clergymen officiating in the said churches as
they have been accustomed to do. For these reasons they now
propose that the said augmentation may be continued for
the space of three years next ensuing and doubt not but that they
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in the continuance of a measure so absolutely requisite to enable
them to discharge their engagements with honor.
Agreed, that the following notice be read in the churches on
next Sunday and the Sunday following;
The Members of the
united churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's, who are entitled
to vote at the election of Church Wardens and Vestry Men are
particularly requested to attend at Christ Church on Easter
Monday next immediately after morning prayer to proceed to the
election of Church Wardens and Vestry Men for the ensuing year
as well as to consider and determine upon a representation of
the state of the church funds and other matters of importance
which will be laid before them by the present Vestry.
The Rector reminded the Vestry that Thursday the third
day of April next is appointed to be kept as a day of humilia-
tion and fasting and desired their advice with respect to his conduct.
The Vestry are of opinion that it will be expected that the Churches
should be opened and divine service performed as on other days
of humiliation and fasting.

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At the annual meeting of the members of the
united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's; held
according to charter and custom in Christ Church and St. Peter's; held
according to charter and custom in Christ Church,
on Easter Monday, March 31, 1777 immediate-
ly after morning prayers..................

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Joseph Swift
Samuel Powell James Humphreys
Alexander Wilcocks James Reynolds
Peter Knight Joseph Redman

Agreeable to the notice read in the churches on
Easter day and the Sunday preceding, the representation
agreed upon in Vestry on the 21st Instant was read to
the members present; but there being a very
small number, it was agreed to defer the determin-
ation upon it to a future day; especially as it
had not been expressly mentioned in the notice
given in the churches; that the continuance of
the augmentation money was to be considered.
The members of the united churches then proceed-
ed agreeable to notice to the election of Church
Wardens and Vestry Men for the ensuing year
some scoring as usual and other balloting,
and upon the close of the polls, the following
twenty persons were found duly elected by a
majority of votes.

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Jacob Duché         Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Thomas Cuthbert Gerardus Clarkson
James Humphreys Edmund Physick
Joseph Redman James Biddle
Charles Stedman Joseph Williamson
Joseph Swift Peter DeHaven
Samuel Powell Joseph Sims
Alexander Wilcocks Edward Shippen
Peter Knight Joseph Stamper
James Reynolds John Morris

The Rector then chose Thomas Cuthbert for his
Church Warden and the Vestry Men chose James
Reynolds for their Church Wardens....
then were chosen
Quest Men for Christ Church: Quest Men for St. Peter's
Joseph Redman Joseph Williamson
Jonathan Browne [Brown] John Morris
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At a meeting of the corporation of the Rector, Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the united Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of
Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania held
at Philadelphia April 7, 1777 being the
second Monday after Easter............

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Gerardus Clarkson Joseph Williamson
Joseph Swift John Morris

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Charles Stedman     Alexander Wilcocks

The preceding minutes of the annual election for
the Vestry Men were read Mr. Buckridge Sims
was unanimously chosen Treasurer of Christ Church
Hospital agreeable to the directions of Doctor Kearsley
Will............................................
The following persons were appointed officers in
the churches....................................
Viz of Christ Church:
Mathew Whitehead - Clerk
of St. Peter's
Jacob Duché - Sexton
William Young - Clerk
George Stokes - Sexton
Mr. Powell and Mr. Stedman are appointed a
committee to inspect settle and report the later acting
Church Wardens accounts............................
The following notice was agreed upon to be read
in both churches one Sunday next..................
The members of the united Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's who are pew holders are
particularly requested to attend at Christ Church
tomorrow morning at eleven o'clock to consider
of a state of the church funds which will be
laid before them and to determine upon the
propriety of continuing the augmentation
upon the pew rates........................
Jacob Diegle is appointed collection of the pew rents

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in the place of Mr. Thomas Gordon who has declined
that duty.......................................
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Agreeable to notice given several times in both Churches
at a meeting of the members of the congregations of
the united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's held
at Christ Church April 14, 1777 for the purpose of taking
the sense of the congregations respecting the propriety
of continuing the augmentation on the pew rates for
three years longest and a number of the members
being met they proceeded to vote by ballot and on casting
up the votes a majority of seventeen appeared for
the continuation..................................
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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House on
Thursday April 17, 1777.............

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Jacob Duché Alexander Wilcocks
Charles Stedman Joseph Williamson
Joseph Swift Gerardus Clarkson
John Morris

The Vestry took into consideration the present state of
the church funds and the several salaries which
have hitherto been paid the Rector and Assistant

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Ministers; and as a new appropriation is now to be
determined one. After due deliberation the following
salaries were agreed to be paid during the pleasure
of Vestry to those gentlemen Viz......
The Reverend Mr. Duché Rector........300."." per annum
The Reverend Mr. Coombe..............350."." per annum
The Reverend Mr. White...............150."." per annum
And be it remembered that at the particular request of
the Rector and with his cheerful concurrence the 350
settled upon Mr. Coombe and the 150 pounds settled upon Mr.
White are to be paid those gentlemen out of the
Church funds without deduction...............
The Vestry at the same time expressed the high sense
they entertain of the merit and abilities of the Reverend
Mr. White and sincerely wish the church funds would
enable them to place him on a more equitable footing.
But as they have it not at present in their power
and well knowing that Mr. White will kindly accept
whatever they can propose tho very inadequate to his
services, they have voted the above sum being all they
can offer consisten with Mr. White's repeated requests
not to become a charge or burthen to the Churches.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House of Thursday
June 10, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Joseph Redman Gerardus Clarkson
Peter Knight Charles Stedman
Samuel Powell John Morris
Joseph Williamson

A motion was made that the fee for breaking the
ground in future shall be............
......For members of the church............15/
......For strangers........................10/
And the Rectors fee for burials............10/
The same was resolved to be so accordingly.
The committee appointed to examine the accounts
of Mr. Browne [Brown] acting Church Warden do report
that they have carefully gone through the same and find
them to be just and true as stated under the said account
in Folio Books.
The Vestry took into consideration the situation of the
electic rode and conductor belonging to Christ Church the
steeple, which was struck by lightning on the 9th Instant
and thereby rendered totally useless.
Resolved that Mr. Cuthbert Doctor Clarkson and
Mr. Williamson and Mr. Reynolds be a committee
to procure a complete rode and conductor to be put up
in place of that which has been damaged.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the united
Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
in the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania
held at the Rector's House September 6, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Joseph Williamson Peter Knight
John Morris Joseph Swift
Joseph Stamper Samuel Powell
Charles Stedman James Humphreys

The Vestry being informed that the Reverend Mr. Coombe
one of their Assistant Ministers had been arrested
and confined; one motion being made it was
Resolved that a committee of there being appointed
to wait on Mr. Coombe to know from him.
1stly By what authority he is confined
2ndly What charge is brought against him
3rdly Whether he has applied for an hearing
4thly Whether an hearing has been granted
Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Swift, and Mr. Reynolds are appointed
the committee for this purpose
The committee appointed to wait on Mr. Coombe
returned and produced an answer from Mr. Coombe
in [unclear] is as follows...........
Mason's Lodge Saturday September 6,
Mr. Coombe presents his affectionate and respectful
compliments to the gentlemen of the corporation
of Christ Church and St. Peter's; and in answer to their
several questions, informs them:
1st That he is confined by a resolve of the president
and council of Pennsylvania formed in consequence
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2"  The general charge of having evidence a disposition
inimical to the cause of America.
3" He has joined with his respectable fellow citizens here
arbitrarily imprisoned in an application for an hearing.
4" A hearing has not been granted and by a messenger
from the council he is informed that he is to be sent to
Augusta County in Viginia.
Agreed that a respectful representation to the
Supreme Executive council be drawn up and presented to
them requesting them to indulge the Reverend Mr. Coombe
with an hearing.
The Rector Mr. Swift, Mr. Wilcocks, and Mr. Reynolds
are appointed a committee for what purpose.
The Vestry adjourn to 10 o'clock Monday Morning.
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Monday Morning 10 o'clock
There not being a Board The Vestry adjourn to 9
o'clock Tuesday Morning.
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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church held at
the Rector's House September 9, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Wardens:
Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman Peter Knight
Jonathan Browne [Brown] James Humphreys
Joseph Redman Joseph Williamson
John Morris Joseph Swift

The committee appointed to draw up a represent-
ation to the Supreme Executive Council; Reported
that they had prepared the same, which being
read, was approved and ordered to be signed by the
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and by them delivered immediately to the council and
the Vestry will want their return.
The Representation is as follows.
To the Supreme Executive Council of the Common-
wealth of Pennsylvania.
The Representation of "the corporation of the
Rector Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the united
Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
in the City of Philadelphia in the Province of
Pennsylvania."

Gentlemen
Being truly alarmed and concerned at
hearing that the Reverend Mr. Coombe one of our Assistant
Ministers had been arrested in his own house and removed
from thence and put under confinement, we appointed
a committee to wait upon him, in order to satisfy
ourselves. By what authority he was made prisoner
what charge had been brought against him.
Whether he had applied for an hearing, and
whether an hearing had been granted.
His answer by the committee was "That he was confined
by a Resolve of the President and Council of Pennsyl-
vania formed in consequence of a recomendatory
resolve of congress. That the general charge was
his having provided a disposition inimical to the
cause of America; that he had joined with some
respectable fellow citizens who were imprisoned with
him in an application for an hearing; that
an hearing had not been granted; but that he
was informed by a messenger that he is to be sent
to Augusta County in Virginia.
We beg leave to observe to you gentlemen
that the connection betwixt Ministers and people hath in
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one; an attempt to dissolve this connection by the removal 
of a Minister upon a general charge without suffering
him to know his answers, or being heard in his
own defense, cannot but be deemed an infringement
religious as well as civil liberty.
The Respect we have for Mr. Coombe and the duty
we owe to our constituents the members of two, Episcopal
Churches in his City whom we have the honor to
represent will not permit us to be silent on this
occasion: We do therefore as well for ourselves, as
in the names and behalf of these respectable Congregations
earnestly request it of you as you regard the
civil and religious rights of freemen, and the present
Constitution of Pennsylvania from whence alone
you derive you authority as a council; That Mr.
Coombe be admitted as his undoubted birthright
to an hearing in the face of his country.
Not suffering ourselves to doubt of your cheerful
compliance with this most reasonable request.
We are, Gentlemen, with all due respect
Your humble servants
Signed by body of Vestry:
Jacob Duché Rector
Church Wardens:
Thomas Cuthbert
James Reynolds

The Committee upon their return, Reported: That
they had delivered the representation into the
hands of a member of the council who said it should
be laid before the council at their next meeting.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United
Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
and held at the Rector's House September 10, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Joseph Stamper Joseph Swift
Joseph Williamson John Morris
Joseph Redman Charles Stedman

The Rector reported to the members present
that he had received an answer from the supreme
Executive Council to the Representation which
was yesterday delivered to them; which was read
accordingly and is as follows.
In Council
Gentlemen Philadelphia September 9, 1777

It is with concern that council have
read an address from the Rector, Church Wardens
and Vestry of the united Episcopal Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia
concerning the Reverend Mr. Coombe.
His case is wholly political....They would be
very sorry your corporation should draw imputation
on them, by this application.
I am directed to inform you that council
had before this piece came, determined to send away
Mr. Coombe, and the rest of the prisoners, and that his
connection with your congregation can be no
argument in his behalf.
I am with great Respect
Gentlemen
To the corporation of the Rector
Church Wardens and Vestry Men Your very Humber Servant
of the United Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church George Bryan Vice-President
in the City of Philadelphia.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rectors House
Tuesday, September 16, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
Thomas Cuthbert

Vestry Men:
Alexander Wilcocks John Morris
Charles Stedman Samuel Powell
Joseph Williamson Peter Knight
Joseph Redman

The Rector informed the Vestry, that the Clerk and Sexton
of Christ Church had called upon him yesterday
morning to acquaint him, that several persons had
got into the steeple of Christ Church, and were prepareing
to take down the bells; that he had sent the
Sexton back to know by what authority they were
doing this, and to request a copy of their order. The
Sexton returned and informed, that one Alison who
seemed to be the principal person employed, showed
him the order, but refused to let him have a copy,
that he (the Sexton) had read the order which appeared
to be from the present Executive Council of
Pennsylvania and was signed by Timothy Matlacks
their Secretary.
The Rector further acquainted them that
having understood from Mr. Charles Thompson,
that the order had been issued in consequence of
a recommendation of Congress. He went up immediately
to the State House and meeting with Mr.
Humoch, Mr. Penn and several members of Congress
he represented to them the great risque that would
attend the taking down the bells, the improbability
of every meeting with a person capable of putting
them up again and further told them that if they
meant only the security of the bells by removing
them, he was confident they were in no danger
and concluded with requesting them to move in Congress,
that Christ Church bells, for the reasons
above mentioned should be excepted from the general
order; that Mr. Penn and several had approved

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1777

of what he said and promised to make such a motion
that in the mean while he had requested Coll: Flower
who had the charge of seeing the order of council
executed, to delay the same till he had received an
answer from Mr. Penn who had promised him that
he would do so. That Mr. Penn had called upon
him this morning and promised to let him have
an answer about noon.
In Congress September 14th 1777
Resolved
That the Board of War be directed to
order the Comy. Genl. Mily. Stores to apply to the
Supreme Executive Council of the state of Pennsylvania
for an order to remove all publick
Bells in Philadelphia to a place of security: upon
a near approach of the enemy to this city.
Extract from the Minutes
Signed
Charles Thomson Secretary.
In Council
Ordered Philadelphia September 14, 1777
That Coll. Flower employ Mr. Worrell, Mr.
Allison, and Mr. Evans, or such they workmen as
he may think proper to employ, and take down the
Bells of all the publick buildings in the City, and
convey them to a place of Safety.
Extract from the minutes
Copy Signed J Matlack Secretary

Dear Sir,
The Congress only having recommended
the taking down the Bells in the different
Churches to prevent their falling into the hands
of the Enemy, should they get possession of this City,
the Assembly of this State are to judge of the propriety
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post pone the carrying the measure into execution with
regard to the bells in Christ Church, until there is a
greater probability of General Howe's getting here.
The Recommendation to reconsider a recommendation
seems unnecessary, at least that is the opinion of the
gentlemen that were to second my motion, I shall
always be glad to oblige Mr. Duché whenever I can;
with great respect and I remain
Revered Sir
Your obedient
J. Penn
The Rector having laid before the Vestry the above
copies of a resolve of Congress. And an order of
the Executive Council, and also the letter which he
had just received from Mr. John Penn, declining to
make the motion in Congress as he intended for the
reasons which he there assigns.
The Vestry taking into consideration these
several matters authorized Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Wilcocks
to wait upon the President and request that he would in
form the Executive Council that the Vestry considering
themselves as guardians of the civil rights of the united
churches, thought it their duty to offer some reasons by
way of remanstrared against the removal of the bells
belonging to Christ Church at the same time directing
Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Wilcocks to mention the reasons
above set forth and any others that might occur to them.
Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Wilcocks now report
that they had waited upon the President of the Executive
Council and informed him of the matter with which they
were charged and in the manner that the Vestry had au-
thorized them. The Resident assured them that agreeable
to their request he would lay the matter before the coun-
cil in the afternoon.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rectors House
on Thursday November 6, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Samuel Powell Peter Knight
Charles Stedman Alexander Wilcocks
John Morris Jonathan Brown
Joseph Williamson

The Rector informed the Vestry that notwithstanding
the application which had been made to the state
President and Council respecting Christ Church bells;
the commissary general had taken down and carried
away seven of the said bells: and likewise the
two bells from St. Peter's Church.
George Stokes Sexton is appointed collector of pew
money for St. Peter's Church with the usual commission.
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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rectors House
on Thursday December 9, 1777:

Present:
The Reverend Jacob Duché Rector

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Edward Shippen Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Joseph Swift John Morris
Samuel Powell Peter Knight
Charles Stedman Alexander Wilcocks

The Rector informed the Vestry that upon a due
consideration of the present state of affairs; and his
own situation in particular, he had come to a resolution
with the permission of Vestry of going to
England, as he apprehended he could more fully
answer any objections the Bishop of London might
have to his conduct, and more easily remove the
prejudices he has reason to think the Bishop

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has imbibed against him. The Rector assured the Vestry
that Mr. Coombe had promised to do all in his power for the
service of the churches, in which he would be assisted by
the gentlemen who are Chaplains in the regiments now
stationed here. And that as soon as he had settled his
affairs, and could with safety he would cheerfully return
to the care of his churches.
The Vestry being fully convinced
of the necessity of the above measure gave their cheer-
ful consent to the Rectors request, and expressed
themselves greatly obliged to those gentlemen who have
so kindly offered their service to the churches during
his absence.
One motion being made the following address
was agreed to and presented to the Rector.
Sir
We the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the
united Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
in the City of Philadelphia in Vestry met. Beg leave
to offer our most affectionate wishes for your safe arrival
in England. The long and intimate affection that
has subsisted between us makes us regard your separation
from us with concern and lament the unhappy
occasion, that calls you from the care of those churches
in which you have officiated with so much satisfaction
to the united congregations.
Our sincere prayers for you
welfare and speedy return to your native city, and
the charge of the united churches, with the approbation
of your spiritual superiors, which we doubt not you will
meet with upon a proper representation of your conduct
will ever attend you
Signed by order of Vestry
James Reynolds Church Wardens

Philadelphia
December 9, 1777

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To which the Rector was pleased to return the
following answer

Gentlemen
I am extremely obliged to you for this
instance of your affection and regard for one.
You may be assured that my separation from the
congregations you represent is very painful to me.
The cordial affection I fell for them will make me very
studious to render my absence as short as possible and
flatter myself that I shall find my superiors ready to write
with me in promoting the true intest of the united
Churches I am with great affection regard
Gentlemen
Your friend, humble servant
December 9, 1777 J. Duché


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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House one
Monday January 19, 1778:

Present:

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Samuel Powell Charles Stedman
Peter Knight Joseph Redman
Joseph Williamson Joseph Swift
John Morris

Pursuant to an agreement of many of the Vestry
Charity sermons were preached on Sunday the 9th instant
at Christ Church, and on Sunday the 10th instant at
both churches, where with money since sent in the
collections amounted to ninety seven pounds eight
shillings and eleven pence, which is agreed to be
distributed by the Church Warden to the poor of

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the congregations according to the minute of last year.
A sum of continental money amounting to
fifty pounds one shilling and ten pence remaining in
the hands of the Church Warden, he is requested to distri-
bute the same to such persons as are able to dispose of it
to the relief of their necessities.
Mr. Morris and Mr. Williamson
for St. Peter's, and Mr. Redman and the Church Warden
for Christ Church have agreed to assist in collecting the
pew rents which are at present due.
Resolved that during the time that Mr. Juckey
has or may serve as Clerk to St. Peter's Church. He shall
receive the usual fees and salary for his service.

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At a Vestry held at the Parsonage House Thursday January 29,
1778:

Present:

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Samuel Powell Jonathan Browne [Brown]
Charles Stedman Joseph Redman
Peter Knight John Morris

Application being made of Vestry by an officer sent from
General Pattison for leave to take down the fence round St.
Peter's Church yard for the use of the troops. The Vestry
requested the officer to represent to the general the respect
which had ever peen paid to the repositories of the dead
and the insufficiency of the church funds to replace
the fence for which reasons they hoped that it would
be suffered to remain unmolested, as they further appre-
hended that a sufficient quantity of boards might be
easily procured by advertising for the same.
Two days afterwards the following letter was
received by the Reverend Mr. Coombe.

Sir
It being found requisite to make use of the

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remaining fence of St. Peter's Church Yard for his Majesty's
Service as boards cannot be procured elsewhere, I am
ordered by Brig. General Pattison to inform you that he
has obtained the consent of the commander in Chief
for that purpose. The General proposes to make the
Parish a reasonable allowance for this part of their
property, which you will please to ascertain, I am
Sir Your most humble servant
Edward Williams
Philadelphia Major of Brigade
1st February 1778 Royal Artillary
at the Widow Norris's
in Chestnut Street

Reverend Mr. Coombe
The Reverend Mr. Coobe immediately called on the
Church Wardens with the above letter, the time being
too short to call the Vestry together, they proceded to the
houses of several of the members of Vestry to advise with
them what answer should be given. Those Gentlemen
who were to be met with requested Mr. Coombe and the Church
Wardens to wait on Major Williams and after repeating
what had been urged by Vestry to add that they did not
think themselves authorized to alienate the Church
property and to beg the fence might be spared for
three or four days until it has been tried whether
boards could not be procured by advertising for them.
The Major very politely agreed to the proposal as
far as he had power and requested the Church Warden to
wait on the General with the same for his concurrence
which the Church Warden did, but was told by the General
that the Vestry were considered as obstructing his Majesty's
Service, that it was vain to multiply words as the work
men were now taking down the fence. That he thought
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pay for the fence and which he was yet willing to do.
The fence with the posts on the east end, the north
side, and part of the west end, was accordingly taken down
and carried away by General Pattison's Workmen.

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At the annual meeting of the members of the
United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
held according to charter and custom in Christ Church
on Easter Monday April 20, 1778 immediately after
morning prayer.

Present:

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Joseph Redman Samuel Powell
Peter Knight John Morris
Charles Stedman

Agreeable to notice given on Easter Sunday the memebrs
of the united churches proceded to the election of
Vestry Men for the ensuing year by scoring.
Upon casting up which the following persons
were found to have the highest numbers and were
accordingly declared duly elected.

Joseph Redman Samuel Powell
Joseph Swift Edward Shippen
Peter Knight Charles Stedman
Jonathan Browne [Brown] Alexander Wilcocks
James Reynolds Joseph Stamper
James Sparks John Morris
Townsend White Joseph Williamson
Richard Footman Robert Whyte
Alexander Tod William Morrell
Richard Rundle Tench Coxe

After which Mr. Powell was chosen as Rectors Church
Warden and Mr. Reynolds continued as accounting
Church Warden.
Sidesmen for Christ Church:
Mr. Browne [Brown]
Mr. Knight
Mr. Footman

Sidesmen for St. Peter's Church:
Mr. Whyte
Mr. Morris
Mr. Wiliamson

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City
of Philadelphia at the Parsonage House April 27, 1778
being the second Monday after Easter Present.

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Peter Knight
Richard Rundle Alexander Tod
William Morrell Joseph Redman
James Sparks Joseph Swift
Tench Coxe Jonathan Browne [Brown]
John Morris

The Minutes of the preceding Vestry being read:
The Vestry unanimously elected Mr. Buckridge Sims
Treasurer to Chist Church Hospital agreeable the will of
Dr. Kearsley.
The following persons were appointed Officers to the
churches:

of Christ Church:
Mattew Whitehead Clerk
Jacob Deigel Sexton

of St. Peters's
William Juckey Clerk
George Stokes Sexton

Mr. Sparks and Mr. Redman are appointed a committee
to inspect, settle, and report the late acting Church Wardens
accounts.
Jacob Deigel and George Stokes are continued collectors
of Pew Rents.
The Church Warden laid before the Vestry the
following letter from the Lord Bishop of Lonodn.
To the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the United
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the
City of Philadelphia.
Having secured an attested copy of
Dr. Richard Peter's Resignation of the Rectory of the

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United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Church in the City of Philadelphia, and likewise a
letter from you signifying your unanimous Election
of the Reverend Jacob Duché Master of Arts to succeed the
said Dr. Richard Peters as Rector of the said United
Churches and requesting my approbation of the said
election. I hereby testify that as the said Jacob Duché
appears to have been licensed in the year 1762 by
my Predecessor in the See of London and has
transmitted to me sufficient testimony of his character
from the clergy of the Church of England residing in
Philadelphia, I approve the said election.
London ES Ric: London
March 8, 1776

The Vestry in consequence of the above approbation
do agree to receive confirm and establish the Reverend Jacob
Duché Rector of the said United Churches.
Application having ben made by Dr. William Smith
for that purpose.
It is agreed that Dr. William Smith shall
have the privilege of cutting the grass in Christ
Church Burying Ground for his use, provided that
the Rector and Assistant Ministers shall have the
same privilege if they have occasion.
Mr. Sparks, Mr. Morris and Mr. Reynolds are
appointed a Committee to ascertain the value of St.
Peter's Church fence and request of General Pattison payments
for the same.
The Vestry agree that Mr. Duché have liberty to
inclose part of St. Peter's Church Yard fro her care.
Mr. Duché being accountable for such posts and
boards as appear to be the property of the churches.
Sarah Kidman and Susannah Hackett are admitted
to have one room in Christ Church Hospital.
Elizabeth Frazer (Salem) to have the other.

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The Sexton is ordered to continue the bell for Morning
Service at half past ten as heretofore.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church held
at the Parsonage House May 27, 1778.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Edward Shippen Joseph Redman
Charles Stedman Richard Rundle
William Morrel John Morris
Townsend White Peter Knight

Mrs. Margaret Kearsley relict of Dr. John Kearsley
having deceased on he 26th instant. The Corporation appointed
Mr. Powell, Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Redman
a committee to give notice to the several tenants
who occupy the Messuages, Pasture Land, or have
heretofore paid ground rents to the said Mrs. Kearsley
for those estates which were left in trust to the said
corporation by Dr. John Kearsley for the benefit of Christ
Church Hospital, that they do in future hold the
same of, and pay their respective rents to the said
corporation and to no other person or persons.
And that they (the Committee) apply to Phineas Bond
Esq Mrs. Kearsley's Executor for the several deeds relative
to the same and to obtain every information which
may be thought necessary.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United
Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Church in the City of Philadelphia held at the
Parsonage House June 2, 1778.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Edward Shippen Charles Stedman
Peter Knight Jonathan Browne [Brown]
James Sparks Townsend White
William Morrwll Joseph Redman
John Morris Joseph Williamson

The Committee appointed to give notice to the tenants
of the late Dr. Kearsley's estate report that they
have seen Mr. George Haughton who occupies one of
the Front Street Messuages and Mr. Samuel Taylor
and Mr. Richard Mason who rent the two Messuages
in High Street and gave them due notice to consider
this corporation as their Landlord and to pay their
rent in future to no other person or persons in which
they all cheerfully acquiesced.
It is agreed that
Mr. Samuel Taylor be received as tenant to both
Messuages in High Street he paying the coporation
quarterly the rent which has usually been paid by
himself and Mr. Mason.
The Committee further
report that Mr. Bond Mrs. Kearsley's Executor is
desirous of acting as a friend to both parties, that
as such he will keep all the papers relative to the
estate to which the corporation shall have free
access whenever they have occasion and that he
will furnish them with a list of the ground rents
when called upon for that purpose. The Committee

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are continued as before and are requested to desire Mr. Bond
to inform them as is about to depart from hence with
whom he leaves the above deeds and papers and to request
him to give full directions that the corporation may
have the free use of, and access to them.
And they are further
directed to demand the legacy left by Dr. Kearsley
for the use of Christ Church Hospital, and also the
legacy due by the will of the late Dr. Cummings.
The Committee are desired to let the house
lately occupied by Mrs. Kearsley to the first good
tenant that offers on the best terms they are able,
and any other part of me estate.

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At a Meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage House
Tuesday July 7, 1778:

Present:

Church Warden:
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Peter Knight Joseph Redman
Townsend White Alexander Tod
William Morrel [Morrell] John Morris
James Sparks Joseph Swift
Charles Stedman Richard Rundel

The Church Warden laid before the Vestry
the following letter from the Reverend Mr. Coombe.

Gentlemen,

I have given you the trouble of this
meeting to inform you of my having applied for
and obtained leave from the council to proceed within
the British Lines at New York, and from thence to England.

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England. The step I have taken is to me a most
important one including a great variety of affecting
circumstances; and therefore it was not entered upon
without some heartaches and many a sorrowfull
anticipation. To go into voluntary banishment
from my native City where it was ever my first
pride to be a Clergyman, to quit a decent competency
among a people whom I affectionately respect
and love and launch out upon the ocean of the World
unknowing what shelter may hereafter be afforded
me, is a hard trial for nature. By the uncandid
my determination will be censured as precipitate
and even persons disposed to form the most favorable
Judgement will find it difficult to justify a conduct
so different from their own.
Thus situated I have only
the integrity of my own heart to support me.
Having examined the subject in every point of
view that I was capable of placing it, having
read such books, and conferred with, such wise and good
men as I thought might throw light upon the subject
I found that I could not take the Oath to the new
Government without the saddest violation of my
own peace of mind. To have taken this Oath while
under the smallest doubt concerning its lawfulness
might prove a source of much future anxiety to a
retrospective temper; but to have done so under
the full conviction of its repugnancy to prior
obligations would have been the most criminal
duplicity.
I have for some time had the present event
in prospect, but was determined to tread with caution;
accordingly I remained in town after the departure
of the King's army, to give myself the further chance
of continuing in my living, if it were to be done
consistently with my principles, or if Great Britain
had judged it proper to subscribe to the Independence
of America, my path would have been plain.

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But since the Sovereign still keeps up his claim of
right upon this country, and every inhabitant is called
upon by the late Test Law to renounce all allegiance
to him, I had only to choose between my Duty and my
Interest. Thro' what vicissitudes I am to pass in consequence
of the part I have resolved upon, He only
knoweth who is the Providential Ruler of the World.
When I consider my little Family whom I leave
behind, and the difficulties to be encountered in providing
them a heritage in a distant country, many painful
ideas crowd into my bosom. Gracious God, who art
the Guardian of the Innocent to thee I commit them.
In following what I believe to be the dear light
of Duty I trust I shall not want his blessing; and
whilst I encourage the hope that a door will be opened
to me in some more hospitable region, I shall labor to
prepare my mind for the humblest dispensations.
As to you, Gentlemen and the Congregations you
represent, every thing that is due from a Minister
to a generous and worthy people belongs to you. Accept
my poor thanks for all your kindness, You, I know
will do me the Justice to believe that nothing but a
conviction of my higher obligations could have induced
me to quit a charge from which I have received such
liberal encouragement. I recommend you and all my
dear connections to the protection of the best of
Masters. Daily and fervently shall my prayers ascend
to him for your temporal and eternal happiness.
He hath told us that in the world we shall have
tribulation, but bids us be of good cheer for that
he hath overcome the world. Finally, Brethren,
farewell, live the peace, and the God of love and peace
be with you.
I am
most affectionately yours
July 7, 1778 Th. Coombe
To The Church Wardens and Vestrymen
of Christ Church and St. Peter's.

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Resolved that the Church Wardens be a committee to
draw up a letter to the Lord Bishop of London:
informing him of Mr. Coombe's reasons for retiring
from these Churches, and assuring his Lordship
of their full approbation of Mr. Coombe's conduct
as a Minister whilst he officiated in them.
Resolved that the collections of Pew Rents
be ordered to make a particular list of such Pew-
holders as are most likely to be possessed of hard money
and request them to pay their respective arrear-
ages therein: to enable the Vestry to pay Mr. Coombe
the balance of his last half year in that money
on account of his intended voyage to England.
Agreed that the Church Wardens make
Mathew Whitehead the Clerk a present of fifteen
pounds in the name of the Vestry.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage
house Friday July 17, 1778.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Peter Knight John Morris
James Sparks Richard Rundle
William Morrell Richard Footman
Alexander Tod

The Committee appointed to draw up an address
to the Lord Bishop of London reported that they
had prepared one, which being read, was agreed to
and signed, and ordered to be delivered to Mr. Coombe.

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    The Committee appointed to wait upon General
Pattison before the departure of the British Troops, to
request payment for St. Peter's Church fence: Report,
that the General refused to pay anything having
as he said taken the fence under the orders of the
Commander in Chief.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage house
October 22, 1778.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman Tench Coxe
William Merrell Alexander Tod
John Morris Joseph Swift
Richard Rundle Joseph Redman

The Church Warden informed the Vestry that the bells
belonging to Christ Church and St. Peter's had been returned
by Collector Flowers for which he had given his receipt
and that they had been replaced at the public
expense.
The Reverend Mr. Coombe having for reasons which
he has given resigned his charge as Assistant Minister
of the United Churches: The Vestry Resolved that the
annual sum of 350 pounds being the sum heretofore paid
Mr. Coombe be in future paid to the Reverend Mr. White
to commence from the 25th day of September last.
Whereas many of the members of the Congregations
who were absent during the time that the
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not choosing to pay the Pew Rents for that time.
Resolved that the collectors of Pew Rents be
authorized to abate the rent for that period to such
persons as are unwilling to pay.
Agreed that the Church Wardens be a com-
mittee to wait on Mr. Buckridge Sims and request
him to give bond to the corporation as Treasurer
to Christ Church Hospital: And then the acting
Church Warden is desired to pay all monies arising
from the Estate into the Treasurer's hands.
Agreed that Mr. Powell Mr. Swift Mr. Shippen
and Mr. Willcocks be a committee to confer together
and conclude upon the propriety of disposing of
the monies arising from the Estate of the late Dr.
John Kearsley.
Mr. Daymon having represented that some
repairs were necessary to the house he occupies.
The acting Church Warden is desired to get such repairs
done to the same as appear to be absolutely requisite
and that he inform the several tenants that their
respective rents will be doubled the ensuing quarter.
Resolved that the fee for digging graves
be in future.............................15/
and for ringing the bells............7/6
Resolved that a sum not exceeding 10.""
per annum be appropriated to procure a regular and
quiet blower of the organ bellows.
Ordered that the Church Warden take Mr.
Thomas Coombe Sr. receipt for the remainder of
the salary due to the Reverend Mr. Thomas Coombe
his son.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage
house January 14, 1779:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman Townsend White
John Morris William Morrell
Joseph Williamson Joseph Redman
Richard Rundle Peter Knight

Agreed that the Reverend Mr. White be requested to
preach charity sermons on Sunday the 31st Instant for
the benefit of the poor of the United Congregations.
Agreed that the ringers be employed by the
year as heretofore a 25 pounds per annum.
It having been represented that a Body has
been taken from out of a Grave in St. Peter's Church
yard:
Resolved that the Church Wardens issue an
advertisement promising a reward of 150 dollars
to be paid upon conviction of the offenders.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage House
February 1, 1779:

Present:

Church Warden:
Samuel Powell

Vestry Men:
Joseph Swift William Morrell
John Morris Tench Coxe
Richard Rundle Joseph Redman
Peter Knight

The Church Wardens reported that the sum collected
at the Churches yesterday in consequence of the
charity sermon together with what has since been
sent to them and the amount of 1:14:11 hard
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whole 375"12"8. Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Swift
are requested to distribute the sum so collected to
the poor members of the congregations in such
proportions as they may judge best adapted to
the necessities of the respectable applicants.
Such poor members of the Congregations as are
provided for in the House of Employment and
alms Houses excepted.
Upon application from Francis Daymon,
respecting many repairs which he judges necessary
to be made to the house he now occupies. Mr. Swift
and Mr. Reynolds are appointed a committee to
inspect the premises to order such repairs as
they judge indispensable necessary, and to
report the general State of the House the next
meeting of Vestry.
The Sexton having reported that some
damage was done yesterday at Christ Church at
the Funeral of James Young Esq. The Church
Wardens are ordered to cause the same to be
repaired without delay.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Parsonage House
Thursday March 25, 1779.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powel [Powell]
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Charles Stedman John Morris
Townsend White Richard Rundle
Joseph Swift Alexander Tod

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    Whereas it appears to the Vestry that through the
great lenity shown during the present troubles the
delinquencies in pew rents have greatly increased.
It is earnestly recommended to the succeeding
Vestry to take this matter into serious consideration
and proceed in such a way as may recover what is
now due, and make such regulations as may prevent
the like in future.
Several members of the Congregation having
expressed a desire of having St. Peter's Church Yard
enclosed with posts and rails, to the expense of
which they are willing to contribute. It is recommended
to the succeeding Vestry to promote a Subscription
for that purpose.
The Committee for Christ Church Hospital
report that they had waited upon Mrs. Bond, for the
Bond left to the Church by the late Dr. Cumming and
other papers. Mrs. Bond informed them that she had
not the papers, and had from the first declined acting
as Executrix to Dr. Kearsley's Estate, but expected that
Mr. Bond would write fully to the Vestry from England
relative to the above.
The Committee appointed to examine what repairs
were necessary to the house occupied by Mr. Daymon.
Report that the roof wants repairing and pointing, the
dormant windows repairing; the necessary removed
and the gutter turned, which it is agreed shall be done
and the account of repairs done by him amounting
to L 78.12.. be allowed; at the same time that he
have notice given him that at the expiration of
the current year (on the 1st day of July next) this
rent will be raised to 400 pounds per annum.
That Mr. Inckett have notice that his rent will be
raised to 300 pounds per annum.
And that Mr. Taylor's rent will be raised to 500 pounds
per annum both on the 26th day of August next.

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The grave digger having applied for leave to raise
his fee 22/6 it is agreed to; And further it is
recommended to the succeeding Vestry to take into
consideration those of the Clerks and Sextons.
Ordered that the glass be taken out of the
organ doors at St. Peter's Church and the windows
repaired therewith, and that the doors be supplied
with wooden pannels.

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At the annual meeting of the members of the
United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
held according to charter and custom in Christ Church
on Easter Monday April 5, 1779 immediately
after morning prayer.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powel
James Reynolds

Vestry Men:
Peter Knight
Townsend White
John Morris

Agreeable to notice given in both churches on
Easter Sunday. The Members of the United Churches
proceded to the election of Vestry Men some by Ballot-
ing and others scoring; on the close of the poll
the following gentlemen were found to have the high-
est number and were therefore declared duly elected
the Vestry for the ensuing year.
Townsend White Samuel Powel
Peter DeHaven John Morris
William Adcock John Hazelwood
Mathew Clarkson John Challoner
William Pollard Thomas Cuthbert
Andrew Bunner Gerardus Clarkson
William Alibone Samuel Read
Richard Bache Richard Sewell
Robert Bass Isaac Roach
Samuel Taylor Presly Blackiston
After which Mr. Powel was elected as Rector's Church Warden
and Mr. Bache as acting Church Warden.
then were chosen
Sidesmen for Christ Church:
Townsend White
Peter DeHaven
Samuel Taylor

Sidesmen for St. Peter's Church:
John Morris
Samuel Read
Presly Blackiston

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Epis-
copal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church
in the City of Philadelphia at the Parsonage house
April 12, 1779.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell [Powel]
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Peter DeHaven John Morris
William Adcock Robert Bass
Mathew Clarkson Richard Sewell
Isaac Roach John Hazelwood
Thomas Cuthbert Samuel Read
John Chaloner William Allibone
Townsend White

The Vestry unanimously elected Mr. James
Reynolds Treasurer of Christ Church Hospital for the
ensuing year pursuant to the Will of Dr. Kearsley.
The following persons were appointed officiers to the
Churches.
of Christ Church:
Mathew Whitehead Clerk
Jacob Deigel Sexton

of St. Peter's
William Young Clerk
George Stokes Sexton

Mr Mathew Clarkson and Mr. Chaloner appointed a
committee to inspect, settle, and report the late acting
Church Wardens accounts.
Upon an application from Doctor Smith for leave
to have the benefit of the grass in the Church Burying
Ground; the Vestry

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    The Church Wardens are directed to have the fence paired
on the East side the Church Burial Ground.
Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Read, Mr. Taylow, Mathew Clarkson, Doctor
Clarkson and Mr. Hazlewood are requested and appointed a committee
to collect by subscription a sum sufficient to enable them
to erect a fence round the burial ground of St. Peter's Church.
Mr. Adcock, Mr. Allibone and Mr. White are appointed a
committee to inquire into the state of the Church funds, and to
report the same to the next meeting of the Vestry.
Is appearing to the Vestry that the United Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church are without a Rector
it was unanimously resolved that a Vestry be called on
Thursday next, to meet at the Parsonage house precisely
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of choosing
a Rector for the said United Churches, and that notice be given
thereof agreeable to the by-laws.
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At a meeting of the Vestry at the Parsonage House (April 15) called in
consequence of a resolve passed at the last meeting for the
purpose of electing a Rector for the United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia,
notices having been properly served pursuant to the By-Law.

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
Richard Backe

Vestry Men:
Thomas Cuthbert Peter DeHaven
John Hazlewood Samuel Taylor
William Adcock Richard Sewell
Robert Bass Samuel Read
John Chaloner Presley Blackiston Gerardus Clarkson

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Upon counting up the votes of the Reverend William White
is unanimously elected Rector of the said United Churches.
The Church Wardens being appointed a Committee to wait
upon the Reverend Mr. William White, to acquaint him
with his being elected Rector of the United Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church, and to beg his acceptance thereof
received the following answer, which after being read and
approved of, is ordered to be put upon the Minutes.
Gentlemen,
Your appointment of me to the Rectorship
of the churches you represent, is the most honorable testi-
mony my past Ministry among you can receive, except
that, which, with humble hope, I aspire to, form our Redeemer
and Judge. I accept it, therefore, with the full confidence, that
the same Candor and affection which have hitherto mag-
nifested to me as your Assistant Minister, will be continued
to me in this more distinguished and difficult station. At the
same time be assured, Gentlemen, that I shall always esteem
so my many obligations to conduct myself in such a
manner, as to receive your approbation, and satisfy my own
conscience.
I beg leave, further, to accompany my acceptances
of the Rectorship, with the declaration, that if ever, at the
desire of the Vestry, and members in general, of
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Authority, the former Rector should return to this county, I
shall esteem it my duty, and it will be my pleasure to resign it.
The peculiar delicacy of my situation, will excuse the liberty
I am taking, when I make my earnest request to the Vestry,
that this letter be recorded with their minutes.
With my best wishes and prayers for yourselves, gentlemen
and the Churches you represent I am
your much obliged and very affectionate
Philadelphia April 15, 1779. humble servant William White.
To the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the
United Churches of Christ CHurch and St. Peter's Church.
The Church Wardens are requested to have the chimneys
of Christ Church Hospital carried up to an equal height
with those of the adjacent building now erecting, and to call
upon the Treasurer of Christ Church Hospital for the
expense thereof.
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At a meeting of the Vestry at the Parsonage House on Friday the
April 30, 1779:

Present:

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Thomas Cuthbert John Hazlewood Peter DeHaven
Robert Bass Townsend White John Morris
William Adlock Isaac Roach Richard Sewell
John Chaloner Gerardus Clarkson William Allibone
Mathew Clarkson

Whereas it is recommended by the honorable the Continental
Congress that Thursday the sixth day of May next be set
apart as a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer. The Vestry

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do recommend to the Rector to have divine service performed
morning and afternoon in the United Churches on that day.
Upon a representation from Mrs. Duché of her intentions
of going to England with her family to her husband. The Vestry
agreed, that the nine months salary which appears to be
due from the churches to the Rev. Mr. Duché, be paid out
of the arrearages of Pew rents and due previous to his attainder
when collected. But as Mr. Duché's stay here is too short
to admit of the money's being collected previous to her
departure, the accounting Church Warden is directed to
pay seventy five pounds being the Church fund in his hands
receive from the former Church Warden, and the members
present, with such other of the absent members as may
choose to concur herein, agree to advance the sum of one
hundred and fifty pounds, which is to be repaid them
out of the money that were due previous to the 15th
of June 1778, if the same can be collected.
Ordered that the Clerk's salaries of the Churches be
augmented to seventy five pounds per annum each, and
the Sexton's salaries, to sixty pounds per annum each
to commence from Easter last.

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At a meeting of the Vestry at the Parsonage House on
Thursday May 20, 1779.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Samuel Powell [Powel]

Vestry Men:
Andrew Bunner Richard Shewell [Sewell] Samuel Read
John Hazlewood Peter DeHaven Samuel Taylor
William Allibone Presly Blackiston John Chaloner
William Pollard William Adcock Mathew Clarkson

The Reverend Mr. White took his seat as Rector, the time
since his election agreeable to law being expired.
The Committee appointed to settle the accounts of the late
Church Warden report, they had performed that service, and
that it appears that he has paid the balance to Mr. Backe
the present acting Church Warden.
The following letter from a number of the members of the
congregation was read, and ordered to be inserted.
To the Church Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Con-
gregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's in Philadelphia.
Gentlemen,
We the subscribers members of the Congre-
gation of Christ and St. Peter's Churches embrace this oppor-
tunity of returning you our most sincere and hearty thanks
for the regard you have manifested for the welfare of these
churches, in the appointment of the Reverend Mr. William White
to be Rector of the same.
It is with pleasure Gentlemen that we inform you
we foresee many advantages arising from the nomi-
nation of so distinguished a character, for his
steady and faithful adherence to the cause of virtue
and liberty, to preside over these churches. And were
we to omit giving you this public testimony

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of our approbation, we should fall short of that duty
and regard, we owe to him, for this past services, care and
attention. We are persuaded that the Churches have
sustained very considerable inconveniences for want
of a Rector, and we doubt not, but the same motives
that induced you so early after taking your seats in
Vestry, to adopt this necessary measure, will also in-
fluence you, on every occasion, to pursue the true interest
of these congregations, and to fix their Rights and Privileges
on a firm and solid basis.
At this juncture, when the revo-
lution of the United States, has through the assistance
of divine providence, separated us from the yoke
of Royal Majesty; we have to request that the Con-
gregations may be convened, and consulted respecting
the charter and laws, by which you are incorporated, that
they may be satisfied of their sufficiency at this time
for the purpose they were intended; and if hey should
prove otherwise, that they may have an opportunity
of adopting measures necessary to render them
equal to the exigencies of the churches, whose prosperity
and welfare we have sincerely at heart, and most ardently
pray for their success and increase. We are gentlemen
your sincere friends and humble servants.
N.B. This letter is signed by seventy one persons.
The Rector, with Mr. Powell, Mr. Pollard, Mr.
Chaloner and Mr. Mathew Clarkson are appointed a com-
mittee to consider the charter and by-laws of the
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opinion, how far they are affected by the late Revolution
in the State, or ought to be changed in consequence thereof.
The Sexton represented to the Vestry that some of the
bells in Christ Church steeple are in danger from the
wearing of the gudgeons, and that new ropes are wanted;
Mr. Hazlewood and Mr. Allibone are desired to examine what
is necessary to be done, and to have it executed as soon as
possible, and apply to the Church Warden for the expense.
Mr. Curtz, who has voluntarily acted as organist to the
Churches, is requested to have the organ in Christ Church
repaired, and call upon he acting Church Warden for the
Expense. The Vestry being sensible of his disinterested
services, request he will accept of their thanks for the same.
The chest containing the book and papers belonging
to the churches, is directed to e lodged in the care of the
Rector.
Mr. Taylor, Mr. Bunner and Mr. DeHaven are desired
to excuse the room over the schoolhouse to be put in good
order, for the reception of the church library, and that the
books be removed there, and to take a catalogue of them.
They are desired to give the person who now resides in
the school house, notice to remove.
Mr. Adcock, Mr. Blackistone, Mr. DeHaven, Mr. Bunner
and Mr. Read, are requested to apply to Mr. Backe for a dist
of the outstanding pew money, and to apportion the same
in districts to all or as many of the Vestry, so they
may think necessary, to be by them collected.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Parsonage house
on Monday June 7, 1779.

Present:

The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
John Chaloner Gerardus Clarkson Samuel Read
Robert Bass Peter DeHaven John Hazlewood
John Morris Presley Blakistone Richard Shewell [Sewell]
William Adcock Townsend White William Allibone
William Pollard Isaac Roach

The committee appointed at the last meeting to consider
the charter and by laws, and report their opinion how far
they are affected by the late Revolution in the State, or
ought to be changed in consequence thereof report-
That the charter far from being destroyed, is acknowledged
and confirmed by the Constitution of this state, and does
not subject the corporation to any authority either
temporal or spiritual existing in Great Britain.
That the by-laws are not contrary to the laws
of this commonwealth, and do not subject the corporation
to any authority existing in Great Britain, except a
clause in the 11th Chapter, which requires the license
or approbation of the Lord Bishop of London, before the final
settlement or indication of a Rector or Assistant Minister
of these Churches. And the Committee are of opinion,
that except in the above instance, the charter and by laws
are not affected by the late Revolution in the states
and ought not to be changed in consequence thereof.
The Vestry having received and approved of the above
report, appoint, the Rector, Mr. Powell, Mr. Chaloner

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Mr. Pollard, Mr. Mathew Clarkson and Doctor Clarkson to con-
sider of and report such necessary additions or alterations
as they may think proper, in the 11th Chapter of the Bye Laws
and as it appears expedient to the Vestry, that provision
should be made for the removal of a Rector or Assistant
Minister, in case of misconduct, the above
Committee are appointed to report a clause to answer
that purpose.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Parsonage house on
Friday June 18, 1779:

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Priestley Blackistone
Gerardus Clarkson Samuel Read
John Chaloner Richard Sewell
John Morris Robert Bass
William Adcock Thomas Cuthbert

The Committee appointed at the last meeting of Vestry
to consider of and report such necessary additions or alterations
in the 11th Chapter of the bye laws, as they might think proper.
Report the draft of a supplement to the rules and statutes
of this corporation, which is as follows.
Whereas by reason of the late revolution in the State
and for sundry other causes, it is become expedient to repeal
the 11th Chapter of the Rules and Statutes of these Churches
enacted on the 27th day of April in the year of our Lord
1767. Be it therefore enacted that all and every part

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and clause of the said chapter shall be and it is hereby totally and
fully repealed to all intents and purposes whatsoever.
And whereas it is necessary on account of the repeal
of the said Chapter, to make provision for the election
and qualification of the Rector and Assistant Ministers of these
Churches: Be it therefore enacted that as often as the Rector-
ship of the said churches shall become vacant, by the death,
resignation or dismission of the Rector, or his withdrawing
himself from the pastoral duty thereof, another Rector shall
be appointed, and there shall be at least fourteen of the
Vestry absolutely consenting and voting for and at the Election
of every Rector; and that as often as it shall be thought
expedient by the Vestry to elect an Assistant Minister to
these Churches, the Rector and at least ten of the Vestry shall
be consenting and voting for and at the election of the same,
and no person shall be capable of being electing Rector or
Assistant Minister as aforesaid except he have Episcopal
Orders.
And whereas it may become just and necessary to dismis
a Rector or an Assistant Minister of these Churches, and it is expect-
ant that some rule of proceeding in such case be provided and
declared. Be it therefore enacted, that if an accusation of conduct
disgraceful to the pastoral office shall be exhibited in
writing to the Vestry against a Rector or any Assistant Minister
of these Churches, signed with the name or names of the person
or persons so accusing the Vestry shall enquire into the
Proofs that may be offered in favor of and against what
may be alleged in such accusation, provided always

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that at least eleven of the Vestry shall be consorting thereto; in which
case, the Vestry shall furnish the party accused with a copy of his
accusation, and shall inform him of their intended enquiry; men-
tioning the time and place, and citing him to appear and make
his defense, and shall give public notice of the same in both
churches, and if in the opinion of the Vestry sufficient proof
shall be made, that the conduct of the Rector or Assistant
Minister, accused as aforesaid, has been such as is disgraceful
to the Pastoral office, the Vestry may proceed to dismiss the said
Rector or Assistant Minister, from the exercise of his pastoral
function in their churches, and to deprive him of all enrollments
and profits thereafter to accrue from the same, provided always
in the case of a Rector that at least fourteen of the Vestry shall
be consenting, and in the case of an Assistant Minister,
that at least eleven of the Vestry shall be consenting, but
if sufficient proof shall not be made as aforesaid, the
Vestry shall public in both churches the acquittal of
the party accused.
And be it further enacted, that whenever
there shall be an election or dismission as aforesaid, pub-
lication thereof shall be made in both churches on the first
ensuing Sunday that there shall be divine service therein
after such election or dismission, and if within one
month after publication the Majority of the members of these
churches, entitled to vote at the annual election of the Church
Wardens and Vestry Men of the same, shall declare in writing
to the Church Wardens or either of them that they object to
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dismission shall not take place, but be considered as
absolutely void as if no proceedings thereon had been
held, and the Vestry shall not renew their proceedings
with regard to such election or dismission during the year
for which they were elected.
And be it further enacted, that no proceedings shall
be held by the Vestry for the electing or enquiring into the conduct
or dismissing of a Rector or an Assistant Minister, unless a
notice shall have been first served on every Vestry Man, men-
tioning that the meeting of the Vestry is particularly appoint-
ed for such election, enquiry or dismission.
The Vestry considered and approved of the above draft,
but as they have agreed soon to call a genreal meeting
of the members of the United Churches for sundry important
purposes; they defer all further proceedings thereon until
the said meeting.
The Rector is desired on Sunday next to notify the
Congregations of the United Churches, to meet at Christ
Church, on Monday the 21st June at 10 o'clock in the forenoon
in compliance with the request of a number of the members
of the said churches, to be informed of the charter and bye laws
and that a proposal will then be made for the augmentation
of the pew money.
In consideration of Mathew Whitehead services in
summoning and attending on the Vestry, it is agreed that
shall be paid thirty pounds salary, which he receives as
Clerk, to commence from Easter last.

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    Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Bache are appointed a committee to
inquire into and report to the Vestry, the repairs wanting to the
houses in the possession of Francis Dayman and William Jicket.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Parsonage house on
Monday June 21, 1779.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Vestry Men:
Mathew Clarkson Peter DeHaven William Allibone
William Pollard Prietly Blackistone Isaac Roach
Gerardus Clarkson Samuel Read John Hazlewood
Thomas Cuthbert John Chaloner William Adcock
Robert Bass John Morris

Agreeable to notice given in both churches yesterday
for the Congregations to meet on this day at Christ Church
to hear the charter and bye laws read, and to have pro-
posals laid before them for the augmentation of the
pew money. The Vestry repaired thither , and after
reading the Charter and bye laws, the draft of the
supplement, reported at the last meeting, was read, and
unanimously approved of. It was then proposed and
agreed to unanimously, that the pew money should
be segmented fourfold, to commence from the 25th
March last, and to continue for one year.
Ordered the supplement to the rules and statutes to
be enacted into a law, and that the Rector and Mr. Bache
be appointed to see the Great Seal of the corporation
affixed thereto.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Parsonage house
on Monday June 28, 1779.

Present:

The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Priestly Blackistone [Blackiston]
Robert Bass Thomas Cuthbert
Richard Sewell William Adcock
John Morris Peter DeHaven

Mr. Adcock and Mr. DeHaven are appointed a committee
to call upon Mr. Michael Hillegas to fix with him the
Security he will give in lieu of the mortgage for the
500 pounds left as a legacy to the churches by Thomas Turner.
The above gentlemen are also appointed a committee
to settle the rent of the School house with Mr. Dunlap.
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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the parsonage house
on Wednesday June 30, 1779.

Present:

The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
Samuel Powell

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Samuel Read
Gerardus Clarkson Peter DeHaven
Andrew Bunner John Chaloner
John Morris Robert Bass
William Pollard William Adcock

The committee appointed to settle the rent of the
School house with Mr. Dunlap, report, that Mr. Dunlap
proposes to repair the windows, roof, and such parts
of the School house as need repair, and laos to put up a
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be accepted in lieu of rent for eighteen months. To this the
Vestry agree, reserving to themselves about one fourth part
of the upper story to deposit the Church Library in; to
which they are at all times to have free access.
Mr. Michael Hillegas attended the Vestry, and after
expressing his desire to discharge the 500 pounds bequeathed
to the Church by Mr. Thomas Turner, and by the Church Warden
placed at interest with Mr. Hillegas offered to discharge
the principal and interest with a gratuity of 100 pounds to the
Churches, or to give his bond for the sum of 500 pounds payable
at the expiration of three years, of which he leaves the
choice with the Vestry. The Vestry made choice of the
first offer, vizt. to receive the principal and interest with
the gratuity. Messrs. Peter DeHaven and John Chaloner
are appointed a committee to transact this affair with
Mr. Hillegas; they are also instructed to get a proper Letter
of Attorney drawn, empowering Mr. James Reynolds to
acknowledge satisfaction on the record of Mr. Hillegas'
mortgage, to which when drawn the Rector is desired to
affix the Seal of the Corporation.
The Vestry taking into consideration the present state of
the burial fees, agree, that the fees for strangers, who may be
hereafter interred in either of the Church grave yards shall
be twenty pounds and also that the fees for the interment
of any stranger in either of the churches, or in Christ Church
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all burial fees for the members of the United Churches
shall be increased fourfold to what they were on the
tenth day of June 1777.
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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Parsonage house
on Thursday August 5, 1779.

Present:

The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Thomas Cuthbert John Chaloner
William Pollard Samuel Read
Richard Sewell Robert Bass
Peter DeHaven

Mr. Reynolds being appointed to acknowledge
satisfaction on the record of Mr. Hillegas' mortgage
but declining to act therein, MR. John Chaloner and
Mr. Peter DeHaven are appointed to request John
Ord Esq. to execute that business.
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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's House on
Friday October 29, 1779.

Present:

The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
Samuel Powell

Vestry Men:
William Allibone John Hazlewood
William Pollard Isaac Beach
Townsend White John Morris
Gerardus Clarkson

The Grave diggers having represented that from the
advanced price of the necessaries of life, they cannot
afford to work at the prices last allowed. The Vestry judging

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their representation to be true, order, that the Sextons of the
United Churches, shall with the permission and approbation of the
acting Church Warden, be allowed to pay the grave diggers their
charge from time to time, and to charge the same in their bills.
Mr. Townsend White, Mr. Adcock and Mr. DeHaven are
appointed a committee to manage the estate left for the
support of Christ Church Hospital, with powers to rent
the houses for such sums as they may judge they will
bear, from quarter to quarter.
The Rector with Mr. Powell, Mr. Adcock, Mr. Bache
and Doctor Clarkson are appointed a committee to consider
of the most likely means to procure and support an Assistant
Minister, to converse with my gentleman they may judge
qualified to fill that office, and to report their proceedings there in
to the Vestry.
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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's House
on Friday December 3, 1779:

The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Samuel Taylor William Pollard
William Adcock John Morris
Gerardus Clarkson Robert Bass
John Chaloner Townsend White
William Allibone Thomas Cuthbert
Priestley Blackistone [Blakiston]

Thursday the 9th instant being recommended
by the Honorable the Congress, and the Executive Council
of this state, as a day of Thanksgiving, it is directed

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that, there be divine service in both churches on
that day, and the Rector is requested to give notice
thereof on Sunday next.
Upon representation that the bell ringers
fee is inadequate to his trouble, the acting Church
Warden is empowered to allow the Sexton's charge
for bell ringing, as at the last meeting of Vestry is
allowed to the grave diggers.
The committee appointed to enquire into the rents
of the houses, occupied by Mr. Taylor, Mr. Trickes and Mr.
Daymon, report, that they have rented each of the
said houses for the ensuing quarter, as the note of
1000 pounds per annum.
The Rector representing to the Vestry that the
Assembly having passed an act, by which as Senior
Minister of the Episcopal Churches in the CIty, he hath
a right to the seat of Trustee in the university of the
State of Pennsylvania, and thinking is his duty to wave
all private considerations on this subject and act as
the Vestry shall advise. The Vestry took the same into con-
sideration, and after some conversation thereon, were
unanimously of opinion, that the Representation there
allowed of, should be accepted, and he is hereby desired
to take his seat accordingly.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's house
on Saturday the 8th day of January 1780.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
Samuel Powell
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Mathew Clarkson Priestley Blackistone [Blakiston]
John Chaloner John Hazlewood
Samuel Read William Adcock
Townsend White John Morris
Isaac Roach

The Vestry taking into consideration that part of
Doctor Kearsley's will, which respects the Legacies bequeathed
for the support of Christ Church Hospital, do appoint the
Rector, Mr. Powell and Mr. Bache a committee to ask
advice of Council learned in the Law, how far the Corporation
may with safety proceed in applying the
monies arising for rents from the estate of the late
Doctor Kearsley towards the support of the said Hospital
as instituted by his will.
The acting Church Warden is requested to make
out a State of the Church funds, to lay before the Vestry
at their next meeting on Monday the 17th instant.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's house
on Monday January 17, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Vestry Men:
John Chaloner Thomas Cuthbert
Peter DeHaven Isaac Roach
John Morris Mathew Clarkson
William Adcock Townsend White
Priestley Blackistone [Blakiston] Samuel Read

The Vestry having received a letter from Mr. Ludwick
Spragle, setting forth his claim to a pew in Christ Church
formerly occupied by Mr. Thomas York's family; appoint.
Mr. DeHaven, Mr. White and Mr. Clarkson to inquire into
the merits of his claim and determine thereon.
The Vestry finding it inconvenient to them to
collect the monies due for pew rents, do agree to appoint
Jacob Diegel and William Young collectors of the Pew rents
for which they are to receive a commission of five
per Cent. on the monies so collected.

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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's house on
Monday March 13, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
Thomas Cuthbert Townsend White
William Adcock William Allibone
Samuel Read John Hazlewood
John Morris John Chaloner

The committee appointed to manage the estate left
for the support of Christ Church Hospital are directed to
inquire into the repairs necessary to the Houses occupied
by Mr. Daymon and Mr. Tricket and to have them done.
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At a meeting of the Vestry held at the Rector's house on
Monday March 20, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Bache

Vestry Men:
John Chaloner John Morris
William Allibone William Adcock
Isaac Roach Peter DeHaven
Priestley Blackistone [Blakiston] Thomas Cuthbert

The committee appointed the 8th January last to consult
council learned in the law, respecting the bequests in
Dr. Kearsley's will, report, that they have consulted Alex
Willcocks and James Wilson Esquire, who having given their
opinion as follows, "We have considered the last Will and
Testament of Dr. John Kearsley deceased, and are of opinion
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"charitable purpose of establishing an Infirmary, or Hospital
are good in law: and that the heirs of Dr. Kearsley are
debarred of all right in the lands and tenements given to
the said Corporation; and therefore the Corporation may
proceed to execute the charitable designs of the Testator
according to the directions of his Will." The Vestry taking
the above matter into consideration, do recommend it to
the next succeeding Vestry, to make the necessary regulations
for Christ Church Hospital; and do direct, that the
paper laid before the Council for their opinion, be deposited
among the other papers of the church.
The same committee having reported that the Council declined
receiving any Fee for their advice, are desired to wait
upon them, and return them the thanks of the Vestry.
The Committee appointed to manage the Estate left for
the support of Christ Church Hospital, report, that they have fixed
the rents of the three houses, occupied by Messrs. Trickes, Daymon
and Taylor, to be paid in Specie at the following rates 50 pounds per annum
for the house occupied by Mr. Tricket, 60 pounds per annum for Mr. Daymon
and 70 pounds per annum for Mr. Taylor's.
As the time for which the augmentation of the pew
money was fixed, at a meeting of the Congregation the 14th April 1777
expires next Easter, the Vestry determine to propose to the Congregation
at the next annual election to drop the Box Money
and to continue the augmentation in lieu thereof; the said
augmentation to last as long and no longer, than the
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determine to express their sense to the Congregation, of the propriety 
of paying in Specie, or the value thereof all monies that shall
become due after the next Easter.
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At the Annual Meeting of the Members of the United Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, held according to Charter
and custom in Christ Church on Easter Monday, March 27, 1780
immediately after Morning Prayer.
Agreeable to notice given in both churches the preceding
Sunday. The proposals of the Vestry for continuing the augmentation
and dropping the Box Money were agreed to.
The members of the United Churches then proceeded to
the Election of Vestrymen, some by ballot and others by scoring
On the close of the poll, the following gentlemen were found
to be duty elected.
Townsend White Samuel Powell
Peter DeHaven Thomas Cuthbert
William Adcock Gerardus Clarkson
Mathew Clarkson John Hazlewood
William Pollard John Chaloner
William Allibone Priestley Blackistone [Blakiston]
Richard Bache Samuel Read
Robert Bass Isaac Roach
Samuel Taylor John Morris
James Reynolds John David

After which Mr. Bache was elected Rector's Church Warden
and Mr. Chaloner Acting Church Warden.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and Saint Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's
house on Monday April 3, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
Matthew Clarkson Gerardus Clarkson Robert Bass
William Pollard Peter DeHaven John Morris
John David William Adcock Samuel Read
Thomas Cuthbert William Allibone

A letter from Mr. Reynolds was received and read, informing the
Vestry that the estate left by Doctor Kearsley for the support of
Christ Church Hospital was assessed and taxed and that all
estates for the support of charitable institutions have been hitherto
exempted. The Vestry desired Mr. Adcock to attend the appeal
and have the tax taken off.
The Vestry unanimously elected Mr. Joseph Swift Treasurer
of Christ Church Hospital for the ensuing year.
Mr. Matthew Clarkson and Mr. Pollard were appointed a comiittee
to examine the account of Mr. Reynolds late Treasurer to Christ
Church Hospital: to inform Mr. Swift of his being elected treasurer
and to transfer the money if any in the hands of Mr. Reynolds
to Mr. Swift.
Mr. Matthew Clarkson Mr. Gerardus Clarkson and Mr. Pollard were
appointed a committee to draw up a set of rules and orders for
the government of Christ Church Hospital agreeable to the will
of Doctor John Kearsley. Mr. Peter DeHaven is desired
to procure a person to haul a quantity of wood not exceeding four
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Mr. William Allibone and Mr. Samuel Read are appointed a committee to
inspect settle and report the late acting Church Wardens accounts.
The following persons were appointed officers to the churches
Christ Church:
Matthew Whitehead Clerk
Jacob Diegle Sexton
Saint Peter's:
William Young Clerk
George Stokes Sexton

Mr. Peter DeHaven and MR. Cuthbert are appointed a committe
to inspect and have repaired the fences of the Church burying grounds.
The Rector having withdrawn by desire Vestry they
unanimously agreed to pay him a salary of four hundred
pounds for the ensuing year; and in consideration of his past
services and the insufficiencies of the monies heretofore allowed him
do agree to pay him the additional sum of one hundred
pounds: both sums to be paid in piece or the value thereof.
Ordered that the following persons be allowed the salaries affixed to their
names- Matthew Whitehead............Thirty-five pounds
William Young................Twenty-five pounds
Jacob Diegle.................Twenty pounds
George Stokes................Twenty pounds
Bell ringers/finding ropes...Twenty-five pounds

The organist is desired to engage a person to blow the organ and
with the approbation of the Church Warden to affix his pay.
The Vestry agreed to regulate the funeral charges for the ensuing year
to be paid in piece or the value thereof as follows.
For the Rector.............Six shillings
Clerk..............four shillings and six pence
Breaking of Ground Seven shillings and six pence for strangers 15/
Bell ringing.......three shillings

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's house on Friday
the April 21, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Isaac Roach James Reynolds
Samuel Read John Hazlewood William Allibone
Peter DeHaven

Whereas it is recommended by the Honorable Congress that Wednesday
the 26th instant be set a part as a day of humiliation fasting and
prayer. The Vestry do recommend to the Rector to have divine
service performed morning and afternoon in the United Churches.
The committee appointed to inspect and settle the late acting
Church Wardens accounts do report that they have examined
Mr. Beach's accounts and find that the balance is paid into
the hands of the present acting Church Warden.
Mr. Dehaven and Mr. Read are appointed a committee
to find out the lot in the Northern Liberties bequeathed to the
corporation by Doctor John Kearsley, and to let the same
on the best terms they can.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House on
the May 9, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Wardens:
Richard Beache [Bache]
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
Samuel Powell John Morris William Adcock
Robert Bass Priestley Blackiston [Blakiston] Thomas Cuthbert

Colonel Patton having purchased the house adjoining
Christ Church Hospital and apprehending that the wall
and part of the buildings of the Hospital are on his lot
desires that the same be removed. Whereupon the Vestry
appointed Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. DeHaven to examine the
buildings and to see justice done in the premises.
Ordered that all funeral charges in future be paid in
specie or the value thereof at the same rates they were in
the year 1774.
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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's House on Tuesday
the 11th July 1780

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Beache [Bache]
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
William Adcock John Hazlewood Peter DeHaven
Townsend White Samuel Taylor James Reynolds

Whereas Mr. Joseph Swift declines acting as Treasurer of
Christ Church Hospital. The Vestry desired Mr. James Reynolds
to receive the monies arising from the estate, and to appropriate
it as the committee appointed to manage the estate may
direct until a Treasurer is chosen.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and Saint Peter's in the City of Philadelphia at
the Rector's house on Friday August 18, 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
Richard Bache
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
James Reynolds William Adcock Robert Bass
Samuel Taylor John David John Morris

The Vestry taking into consideration Mr. Aiskins letter of the 29th Ults:
requesting a lease of part of the yard belonging to the house occupied
by Mr. Daymon: are of opinion, that to comply with Mr. Aiskins
request would be inquiring the estate and leasing the annual value of
Mr. Daymon's house: for which reasons, they cannot gratify him.
Mr. Adcock is desired to inform Mr. Aiskin of the Vestry's opinion.
The Vestry request the committee appointed to manage the
estate left by Doctor Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital, to inform the tenants that their
rents after the next quarter will be raised, as follows,
Mr. Daymon's house, exclusive of the lots and tenement in
Latitia Cout. One Hundred and twenty pound per annum.
Mr. Tricketts house one hundred pounds per annum.
Mr. Taylor's house one hundred pounds per annum.
The Vestry desires the committee, both the lot and tennement
in Latitia court, now in tenure of Mr. Daymon, on an
improving lease, as soon as Mr. Daymon's time therein is and expired.
The Church Warden reported a list of arrearages due both
Churches. Whereupon the Vestry desired him to execute
the laws for letting the pews, first informing the
delinquents thereof.

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At a meeting of Vestry held at the Rector's house on Monday, the
25th of September 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
Samuel Powell William Pollard John David Isaac Roach
Townsend White James Reynolds Samuel Read

Ordered That Mr. Young be desired to collect the pew money
due in Specie at the exchange of Seventy for one until
the further order of Vestry. Mr. Young is also requested
to collect the money due for pews in Christ Church
Jacob Diegle having declined it.
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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia
at the Rector's House on Thursday the 30th November 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
John Chaloner

Samuel Powell Presly Blackiston [Blakiston]
John Morris William Adcock Jno. David
Peter DeHaven William Allibone

The committee appointed for the management of the estate left
by Doctor Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital, are
desired to make report of the monies by them expended for said
Hospital, of the number of persons under their care, and all other business
that has been transacted respecting said Hospital, as well
relative to the receipt as expenditure of monies, since the Vestry
undertook the management thereof in pursuance of Doctor
Kearsley's Will.
Whereas sundry committees appointed for certain purposes have
omitted to make report to Vestry, they are requested to bring
them in at the next meeting.
Mr. Samuel Read and Mr. James Reynolds are requested
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by Doctor Kearsley to the corporation for the support of Christ
Church Hospital.
And Mr. Adcock and Mr. David are desired to inspect the
Church Library to compare the books with the catalouge {catalog}
and report what order they are in.
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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and Saint Peter's in the City of
Philadelphia at the Rector's House on Wednesday the 6th
of December 1780.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Wardens:
Richard Beache [Bache]
John Chaloner

[Vestrymen:]
James Reynolds Gerardus Clarkson Samuel Read
Peter DeHaven William Adcock John David
Townsend White

The Committee appointed for the management of the
Estate left by Doctor Kearsley for the support of Christ
Church Hospital informed Vestry that they have let
the house in Latatia Court to Mr. John Taylor at
the rate of ten pounds per annum for six months to
commence from the first of October last.
The Committee not having fully accomplished the business
recommended to them at the last meeting of Vestry desire
that further time may be allowed them for that purpose
which was granted.
The Vestry appointed Doctor Geradus [Gerardus] Clarkson Physician
and Surgeon to Christ Church Hospital and informed him
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the sick belonging to the Institution during the pleasure of
Vestry while convenient to himself gratis, to which the
Vestry acceded and promised to pay his drafts for medicine.
Whereas in pursuance of a recommendation of Congress
the Honorable The President and Council of this State have
required that Thursday the 7th instant be set apart as a
day of Prayer and Thanksgiving. The Vestry do recommend
it to the Rector to have divine Service performed in Christ
Church and said day.
Mr. DeHaven and Mr. Cuthbert being, appointed to inspect
and have repaired the fences of the church burying grounds
reported that they had the fences repaired and
drawn on the Church Warden for the amount....
Mr. Read and Mr. DeHaven being appointed to find out the
lot in the Northern Liberties bequeathed to the Corporation by
Doctor John Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital,
reported that they have discovered the lot and rented it
to Captain William Allibone for five years. The three
first years rent free in consideration of his fenceing it, the
remaining two years at the rate of fifteen pounds per annum
to be paid in Specie or an equivalent in other money.
Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. DeHaven being appointed to view
that part of the building of Christ Church Hospital alleged
by Col. Patton to be on his lot, and to see justice done in
the premises reported that they had examined the lines
of the Hospital lot, and had that part of the buildings
removed that was Col. Patton's ground.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and Saint Peter's in the City of
Philadelphia at the Rector's house in Thursday February 21,
1781.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
John Hazlewood John Morris James Reynolds
Townsend White Peter DeHaven William Adcock
John David

The Committee for the management of the estate left
by Doctor Kearsly [Kearsley] for the support of Christ Church Hospital
reported that since the Vestry undertook the management of
said estate until the 24th of October last. The Treasurer
received the sum of sixty four pounds seven shillings and six pence
specie and two thousand one hundred twenty one pound seventeen
shillings and six pence continental money, that they have
expanded in repairs of said hospital and the estate belonging
thereto the sum of fifty nine pounds eight shillings and five
pence specie and one thousand nine hundred eighty nine pounds
nineteen shilling and six pence continental money: also the
sum of seven pounds one shilling specie, and one hundred fifty
six pounds fifteen shillings continental money for sundry
necessaries for the poor in said Hospital. That there is now
in the hospital eight poor women vizt Mary Rush,
Elizabeth Frazier, Elizabeth Frazier Salem Catherine Gould Sarah Kidman
Susanah Hackett Elizabeth Beales and Lydia Williamson.
The Vestry considering the state of the funds for support of said hospital
do agree to receive five persons as outdoor pensioners to be assisted
out of the monies arising from said estate. The following persons
being nominated at a former Vestry was approved of and and
received as outdoor pensioners Viz William Swan Johana Simpson
Elizabeth Jacobs Ann Edwards Mr. Jones.

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The members of Vestry recommending the above persons
are requested to inform them of their being admitted to
receive the benefit of Doctor Kearsley's donation to direct them
to call on the Managers Committee for the management
of the Estate and inform them from time to time where
they live.
The Rector is desired to preach charity
sermons in both churches on Sunday the fourth of
March.
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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
churches of Christ Church and Saint Peter's in the city of
Philadelphia at the Rector's house on Monday the
20th of March 1781.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
John Chaloner

[Vestrymen:]
Peter DeHaven Isaac Roach William Adcock
Matthew Clarkson Townsend White William Allibon
James Reynolds Presly Blackistone [Blakiston] John Morris

The Vestry taking into consideration the necessity
of having Divine Service performed in both churches
on Sundays in the forenoon and afternoon and being
informed that the Reverend Mr. Blackwell
residing near the city might propably [probably] be engaged
to assist the Rector in this duty, they therefore request
the Rector Mr. Matthew Clarkson and Mr. John Chaloner to
converse with Mr. Blackwell on this subject and
that they be authorized to offer him any sum not
exceeding one hundred and fifty Pounds Specie or the
exchange per annum.
Mrs. Samane

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[Mrs. Samane] being recommended as a fit person to partake of the
benefit of Doctor Kearslys [Kearsley's] Charity. The Vestry agreed to
receive her as a pensioner.
The Church Warden informed the Vestry that the collections
in both Churches on the fourth of March amounted to
Ten thousand & nine 27/90 Dollars, including State Money
also Four pounds 12/ Specie, viz.at Christ Church in the
forenoon 7005 40/90 Dollars 65/9 Specie and at Saint Peters
in the afternoon 3003 67/90 Dollars & 26/0 Specie.

At the Annual Meeting of the Members of the United
Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peters held according
to Charter & Custom in Christ Church on Easter Monday
April 15th 1781 immediately after Morning Prayer
Present The Reverend Wm. White Rector
John Chaloner Church Warden
Matthew Clarkson Wm. Adcock Wm. Allibone )
James Reynolds Towns. White Peter Dehaven ) Vestry
Geradus Clarkson John Morris Presly Blackiston ) Men
John Hazlewood John David John Chaloner )

Agreeable to notice given in both Churches on Easter Sunday the
Members of the United Congregations proceeded to the Choice of Vestrymen
at the close of the Poll the following Gentm. [gentlemen] were found to be duly elected
Wm. Adcock Richd. Beach Geradus Clarkson Jno.Chaloner
Wm. Allibone Jona. Brown John Morris Saml. Powell
Towns. White James Ash Pres. Blackiston Jno. Woods
Wm. Pollard Leeson Simmons Jno. Hazlewood Geo. Ord
Matt Clarkson Peter Dehaven Jno. David Woodrop Sims

after which Mr. Chaloner was elected Rectors Church Warden
and Mr. Adcock acting Church Warden.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and Saint Peters in the City of Philadelphia
at the rector's house on Monday April 23 1781.
Present
The Reverend Wm. White Rector
John Morris Gerardus Clarkson
Jona. Brown Jno. Woods Woodrop Sims John Chaloner Church Warden
Wm. Allibone John David

The Rector and Mr. Chaloner reported to Vestry that they together
with Mr. Mathew Clarkson had conferd with the Reverend Mr.
Blackwell and had engaged him to assist Mr. White on
Sundays - for which according to the order of Vestry, at their
last meeting, they had promised to pay him One hundred
and fifty Pounds Specie or the full value thereof per annum
to commence from Easter Sunday last.

The Vestry desires the late acting Church Warden when he
makes out the books for the ensuing 1/2 years Rent of Pews, not
to continue to charge or demand any sums due previous to the
25th of September last, but to take a particular account of
the names and Sums due, also to delay the makeing out
the books for the collection of Pew Rent until the next meeting
of Vestry, which is desired to be called on the first Monday in
June or sooner if necessary.

The Vestry unanimously elected Mr. James Reynolds Treas[urer]
for Christ Church Hospital - Mr. Brown and Mr. Woods is desired
to inform him thereof, to take the Security required examine
his accounts and report thereon at the next meeting of Vestry.

The following persons were appointed Officers to the Churches
with the same Salaries as affixed last year.
Christ Church St. Peters Church
Matthew Whitehead Clerk William Young Clerk
Jacob Diegle Sexton George Stokes Sexton

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Mr. William Allibone and Mr. Leeson Simmons are appointed a
Committee to examine and settle the late acting Church Wardens accts.

Whereas Congress have by their Ordinance ordered that Thursday
the third of May be observed as a day of Fasting and prayer -
The Rector is desired to have divine Service performed in Christ Church
on that day.

At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal
Churches of Christ and St. Peters Churches, at the Rector's
house in the City of Philadelphia 19th June 1781
Present The Reverend Mr. Wm. White rector
Will. Adcock C. Warden
John Morris Leeson Simmons Jno. Chaloner R.C. Warden
Jonathan Brown Wm. Pollard Gerardus Clarkson
Matthew Clarkson Peter Dehaven
Priestly Blackiston Townsend White

Report from Mr. Woods and Mr. Brown a committee appointed
to examine the Treasurer of Christ Church Hospital
accounts, being eighty two pounds, seven shillings and seven
pence, in the hands of the said Treasurer.

The church warden is requested to make out the acct. of pew
rents due March 1780 in Specie only; except in cases where
the late church warden has agreed to receive it in continental
money. Mr. Jonathan Brown is added to the committee
to take care of Christ Church Hospital, in the
room of William Adcock, who is acting church warden.
Mr. Matthew Clarkson and Mr. William Pollard are appointed
a committee to search into the records respecting all the
church lands and furnish the Vestry with their respective
titles.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches
of Christ and St. Peters Churches, at the rector's house in the City
of Philadelphia 12th September 1781
Present The reverend Mr. Wm. White rector
Jno. Chaloner R.C. warden
Jona. Brown Townsd. White Wm. Hazlewood
J. Woods Leeson Simmons Mattw. Clarkson
Wm. Pollard John Morris Jas. Ash

Mr. James Ash and Mr. John Morris are appointed a committee
to collect the ground rent due on Doctor Kearslys Estate and by
him left, for the support of Christ Church Hospital.

Whereas the Reverend Mr. Blackwell has assisted
Mr. White for some time past to the satisfaction of the congregation
and Vestry -- and as the Vestry are desirous of appointing him assistant
minister to the united Churches The rector, Mr. Clarkson and
Mr. Chaloner are appointed a committee to inform him and to
assure him payment of L 350 per year -- The said committee are requested
to report at the next meeting of vestry whether such appointment
will be agreeable to Mr. Blackwell or not.

The committee appointed to settle the late acting church
Wardens accts. report that they had performed that service and that there
is due him, one thousand fifty five pounds 16/7 continental money
Whereupon the vestry desired the committee to ascertain the value of said
money and report at the next meeting of vestry.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ and St. Peters Churches, at the rector's house in the City
of Philadelphia September 17th 1781
Present
The reverend Mr. Wm. White Rector
John Chaloner C.W.
Mattw. Clarkson Saml. Powell Will Adcock C.W.
Peter Dehaven Sims Jona. Brown
Wm. Allibone Gerardus Clarkson John David
John Morris

The committee appointed to wait on the Revd. Mr. Blackwell, at
the last meeting of vestry, reported, that they communicated to
Mr. Blackwell the proposals of vestry who was pleased to give for
answer that he had no objection to accept of the terms offered if he was
chosen by the vestry.

Mr. Clarkson and Mr. Pollard being a committee appointed to search
into into the records respecting all the church lands and to furnish
the vestry with their respective titles -- produces Briefs of all
the deeds now in the rectors possession which was ordered to be recorded
on the minutes.

The rector is desired to call a meeting of vestry for the Express
purpose of choosing an assistant minister.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the Episcopal Churches of
Christ and St. Peters Churches, at the rector's house in the City
of Philadelphia September 19th 1781
Present
The Reverend Wm. White rector
John Chaloner Church Warden
Townsd. White Peter Dehaven Mattw. Clarkson
Leeson Simmons Jno. Wood John Morris
Woodrop Sims Wm. Pollard Jona. Brown
John David Wm. Allibone

The vestry being met together after notices received, as the Law
directs, for the choice of an assistant minister -- On motion
made the vestry unanimously resolved -- that the revd.
Mr. Blackwell should be assistant minister of Christ
Church and St. Peters -- That he be accordingly received
as such and that publication be made thereof in the churches
on Sunday next.

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1781   Brief of the Church and Parsonage lots in second
Street

1702 Patent to Thomas Jones and Cadwalader Jones for a lot in second [street]
October 12 containing thirty four feet in front and in length or depth
Produced three hundred and three feet, whereon the parsonage House etc.
now stands, Recorded in Patent book A vol. 2 page 383 etc.

1704
May 17th Thomas Jones and Cadwalader Jones by their deed Poll,
acknowledged in open court convey, inter alia, the said lot to
Produced Thomas Peart in fee

1704/5
1st January Thomas peart by his deed poll, acknowledged in open court
Produced conveys the said lot to Joshua Carpenter in fee

1707
Dec.r 4th A deed poll of this date reciting that the parsonage House
and school-house were erected and inchroached on the lot
this deed not to the north, belonging to Lionell Britton and to prevent disputes
Proved or Lionell Britton by his deed confirms to Joshua
acknowledged Carpenter 24 Inches of his lot for the use of the parsonage
Produced house and school house etc.

No further deeds appear relative to the parsonage house
and lot

1695 The lot whereon the church stands is thus vested
Novem.r 15th Indenture Griffith Jones March 1. to Joshua Carpenter
for a certain piece of land contg. 100 feet front on second Street
132 feet deep, being part of a lot granted by patent dated 1st Dec.
1688 to Lawrence Cock and by said Cock sold to Griffith Jones
1702 under the rent of L 10 payable yearly to said Griffith Jones etc.
April 4th Deed Poll Griffith Jones to Joshua Carpenter Whereby said Griffith Jones
Produced releases all his right to the said lot and extinguishes the ground
rent. Acknowledged in open court

July 20 Joshua Carpenter by his deed poll of this date declares the uses
produced of the said lot to be for the use and benefit of the community of the
church of England and that his name was only made use of as a
trustee, this deed not acknowledged nor proved

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           |Deed poll John Griffith Shoemaker to Hugh Durborrow
know in |for a messuage and lot containing 40 feet in breadth and in length
open court |132 feet, situated on the west side of second street, granted by
|patent dated 27 December to one William Clark, who by his deed
|poll indorsed on the back of the said patent dated the 8th of the
Produced |11th month 1689, acknowledged in open court, granted the same
|unto the said John Giffith.
1725 |
ly 19th |John Kearsely, surviving trustee, by indenture of this date
|declares the uses of the last within mentioned 40 feet lot to be
Produced |for the benefit of the members of Christ Church and conveys
|the said lot to the Rector Church Wardens and Vestry Men of
|Christ Church and St. Peter's Etc.
|
|
|For copies of hte title to the church burial ground
|in Arch Street, Sec Book entitled, "copies of Deeds for lands
|purchased by the congregation of Christ Church in Philadelphia
|in private persons names for want of incorporation to the
|use of said church.

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page 419    |A Brief of the title to Saint Peter's church lots
|patent to Allwood Shute, William Plumsted [Plumstead], John Wilcox, Jacob
1756 |Duché and Thomas Penrose, for a lot on which St. Peter's Church
Jan. 8th |is built, recorded at Philadelphia in patent book AA vol 6
Produced |page 178 etc..........................................
|
1718 |Deed poll John Henry Sprogell to Joseph Antrobus, for all
Jan. 20th |those lots on society Hill and backward, which did belong to the
Examplified |Frankford Company in Germany containing in number 3 or 4,
copy |were they more or less and fronting on the streets 100 or 200 feet
Produced |each, more or less recorded in the office for recording of deeds
|at Philadelphia in book D3 vol 5 page 174 etc.
|
1726/7 |Deed poll Joseph Antrobus to William Grey for lot on
March 1st |society hill, the third street lot from Delaware, containing
Produced |102 foot on said third street and 396 feet to fourth street, this
|deed is proven but recorded............................
|
1729 |Indoctrinate William Grey and Mary his wife to Wight Massey
June 20th |for the said last above described lot; this indenture
Produced |proven but not recorded.
|
1755 |Indenture Wight Massey to Charles Edgar for two con-
June 23 |tiguous lots one containing in breadth on the west side of
|third street 62 foot and in length or depth 396 foot, and the
Produced |other containing in breadth on the east side of fourth street
|40 feet, and in length or depth 198 feet (being parts of the
|last above described lot) this indenture acknowledged
|but not recorded.
1768 |
July 28th |Indenture Charles Edgar to Attwood Shute, William Plum-
|sted [Plumstead], John Wilcox, Jacod Duché and Evan Morgan for
Produced |the two last above described lots in trust and Acknowledged
|but not recorded.
May 3d |Indenture Jacob Duché, surviving trustee, to the Rector Church Wardens
|and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal churches of Christ Church
|and St. Peter's Church etc, for the aforesaid three lots of ground.


May 3d
Produced

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|Brief of the title to two yearly ground rents of two
|Spanish pistoles and nine Spanish milled dollars purchased
|for the benefit of twelve poor widows, in pursuance of the
|last will and testament of William Clymer deceased.
1760 |
July 29th |Counter part of an indenture between Samuel Rhoads and
|wife to William Hall for a lot of ground situate on the south
|side of Shippen Street in Moyamensing Township, containing
|in front on the said street 20 feet and in rear or depth 100 feet
|bounded on the north by the said street, on the east by ground
|intended to be granted to one Benjamin Chaffen and on this south
|and west by others ground of the said Samuel Rhoads - subject
|to the yearly rent of two good gold Spanish pistoles payable
|on the first day of May yearly for ever (or value thereof)
1761 |
May 1st |Counter part of an indenture between Samuel Rhoads and
|Elizabeth his wife to Anthony Martin and Ann his wife
Produced |for a lot of ground situate on the south side of Shippen Street
|in Mayamensing Township as the distance of 80 feet or thereabouts from the east side of Third Street containing in breadth on said Shippen
Acknowledged|Street 20 feet and in length 100 feet, bounded north side by side Shippen
but not |Street East side. Southwest and westword by other ground of said Samuel
recorded |Rhoads subject to the yearly rent of nine Spanish coined
|Silver pieces of eight, or so much lawful money of Pennsylvania
|as will purchase them, payable on the 1st May yearly for ever.
1767 |
|Indenture Samuel Rhoads and wife of the one part,
Sept. |Margaret Clysner, widow and sole executrix of William Clymer of the
Produced |2 part, and the Rector and Church Wardens 3d part for the above
|ground rents Acknowledged by not recorded, Executed
|only by Samuel Rhoads and wife.

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1766 |Brief of the title to a lot at the north west corn-
October 31st|er of Fourth and Spruce Street patent from Thomas Penn
Produced |and Richard Penn to the Rector, Church Wardens and
|Vestry of Christ Church and St. Peter's. A lot of ground
|situation the north side of Spruce Street being the south
|side of the square between fourth and fifth streets from the
|River Delaware and continuing in front and breadth on fourth
|and fifth streets respectively. One hundred and two feet
|and in length and front on Spruce Street
|three hundred and ninety six feet. Recorded rolls
|office in patent book AA vol 12 page 13 etc.
1771 |
2 August |Counterpart of indenture between the Rector, Church
|Wardens and Vestry Men of the United Episcopal Churches
|of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church and Robert Smith
|conveying the above directed lot unto him subject to the yearly
|rent of two hundred and sixty six Spanish silver milled
|dollars or pieces of eight and two third parts of a dollar or piece
|of eight, or so much lawful money of Pennsylvania as will
|be sufficient from time to time to procure so many dollars,
|by two equal and even payments on the first day of January and
|July in every year yearly for ever.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ and
St. Peter's Churches in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's house on Friday
December 28, 1781.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Wardens:
John Chaloner
William Adcock

Vestry Men:
Leeson Simmons
Townsend White
John Woods Richard Beache
John David John Morris

The Church Warden informed Vestry that the charitable collections in both
Churches on Christmas day last, amounted to one hundred pounds in specie.




The committee appointed for the management of the estate left by Doctor Kearsley
for the support of Christ Church Hospital, are desired to make report at the
next meeting of Vestry of the monies by them expended for said Hospital of the
number of persons under their care, and all other business that has been
transacted respecting said Hospital, as well relative to the receipt as
expenditure of monies, since the Vestry under took the management
thereof in pursuance of Doctor Kearsley's will.
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At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches of Christ
and St. Peter's Churches in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's house
on Friday January 4, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Wardens:
John Chaloner
William Adcock

Vestry Men:
Woodrop Sims Townsend White
John Brown John Morris
Matthew Clarkson Peter DeHaven
John Woods Gerardus Clarkson

Ordered that Matthew Clarkson, Leeson Simmons, Woodrop Sims and John Woods
be a committee to enquire and estimate the cost of building a brick wall round St.
Peter's Church, also to consult the acting Church Warden about paying the
interest of two bonds against the churches, after paying up the interest
of said bonds and the Church Warden should then be in cash, the said committee
should find it expedient, they are desired to furnish both churches with stoves
[unclear].

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ and St.
Peter's Churches in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's house on Thursday
February 14, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
William Adcock

Vestry Men:
Leeson Simmons
John David Woodrup Sims
John Morris Jonathan Brown
Pristly Blackison [Blakiston] Peter DeHaven

Ordered that the Reverend William White, Richard Bache, Matthew Clarkson
and Woodrup Sims be a committee to make enquiry respecting a lot of
ground now in the possession of the corporation of the united churches, joining
St. Peter's Church burying ground, should the committee find it expedient, they
are requested to petition the general assembly of this state to make them
a deed for said lot in the name of the Corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ and St. Peter's Churches.
The Church Warden is ordered to make two pews of that called the Governor pew
and let them as soon as possible, Also to have the organ at St. Peter's Church
put in good repair.

Ordered that Jonathan Brown, Leeson Simmons, Peter DeHaven and Woodrop
Sims be a committee to remove the Church Library to the room over the
Vestry in Christ Church.

The Church Warden reports he has paid up the interest of Sarah Wistar's
bond to the 16 April 1781 and also the interest of a bond in the possession
of the university up to the 16th January 1782. The committee appointed
to provide stoves for both churches, report, they have fitted up two stoves
in each church with a sufficient quantity of pipe etc.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches of Christ
and St. Peter's Churches in the City of Philadelphia as the Rector's house on
thursday February 25, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Warden:
William Adcock

Vestry Men:
John Morris Jonathan Brown
Peter DeHaven John David William Allibone
Townsend White Leeson Simmons

The committee appointed to petition the assembly, respecting a lot
of ground mentioned in our last minutes report, they find it inexpedient
and of no effect to petition for said lot. Therefore, it is unanimously
agreed, that the lot joining St. Peter's Church burying ground, be
purchased for the use of the united Churches. And that Peter
DeHaven, John Morris, Woodrop Sims, and William Adcock be
a committee to attend to that business. The Church Warden is
requested to let all the vacant pews and sittings in both churches
as soon as possible.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches of
Christ and St. Peter's Churches in the City of PHiladelphia at the
Rector's House on Thursday March 28, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
John Morris Leeson Simmons
John David Peter DeHaven
Woodrop Sims John Hazlewood Townsend White

It appearing to the Vestry it is absolutely necessary to renew the collections
in the churches by box as usual, and that the same be proposed to the congre-
gation at the annual meeting on Easter Monday, that it be then taken
into consideration. It is unanimously resolved that as Mr. Curtz has
acted as organist to the churches for several years,gratis, Mr. John David
is requested to make a genteel quart silver tankard to be presented to him as
a present from the congregations of the united churches.

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At the annual meeting, of the members of the united Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's held according to Charter and Custom in Christ CHurch
on Easter Monday April 1, 1782, immediately after morning prayers.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
John Chaloner

Vestry Men:
Wooddrop Sims Townsend White John David
Leeson Simmons John Morris Gerardus Clarkson

Agreeable to notice given in both churches on Easter Sunday, the members
of the United Congregations, proceeded to the choice of Vestry Men, by ballot
at the close of the poll, the following gentlemen were found to be duly elected:
William Pollard Richard Bache Samuel Powell
Jonathan Brown Leeson Simmons James Irwin
Pristey Blackiston [Blakiston] John Chaloner William Price
John Hazlewood James Ash John Morris
John David Gerardus Clarkson
John Woods Wooddrop Sims
Townsend White Matthew Clarkson
William Adcock Peter DeHaven
After which William Adcock Esqu. was elected Rector's Church Warden and
Wooddrop Sims, acting Church Warden.
At the same time, pursuant to notice given on Easter Sunday Proposals were
offered by the Church Wardens, for raising the revenue of the churches,
the present income, being too small for the support of them, but a
majority of the members present, agreed to postpone the consideration
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and desired that notice might be given thereof, in both churches the pre-
ceeding Sunday.
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At a meeting of the united Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's
Church, at Christ Church, on Monday morning April 8, 1782,
agreeable to notice given yesterday in both churches, the Church Warden,
Mr. Adcock, opened the business by informing the gentlemen present,
that the revenue of the churches, was just sufficient to support them and
proposed two modes of raising a larger sum viz by an augmentation on
the pews, or by collecting, on Sundays, as formerly, by box. They were sev-
rally put to vote, when the former was rejected and the taller, approved of.
____________________________________________________________________________
At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches, of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church, in the City of Philadelphia, at the Rector's House,
on Monday April 8, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend Mr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
Wooddrop Sms

Vestry Men:
John Hazlewood Pristey Blackiston [Blakiston]
John Woods John Chaloner
Leeson Simmons James Irwin
John David Peter DeHaven
John Morris Gerardus Clarkson
William Price Jonathan Brown

The Vestry unanimously elected Mr. James Reynolds, Treasurer Christ
Church Hospital. Captain Leeson Simmons, Mr. John Brown, Mr. J Irwin and Mr. P
DeHaven, are appointed a committee for the management of the estate left
by Dr. Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital and to take security
of the Treasurer's as required. The said committee are desired also, to make re-
port to the Vestry, twice a year; at Easter of Michaelmas, of the monies by
them expended for said hospital, of the number of persons under their care of
all other business that is transacted relating to said hospital, either concurring
the receipt of expenditure of monies.
Mr. Morris and Mr. Ash, are continued in the appointment to collect the
ground rents due on Doctor Kearsley's estate left by him for the support of
Christ Church Hospital.
Captain Hazlewood and Mr. Chaloner are chosen a committee to audit the accounts
of the late acting Church Warden, also the accounts of the Treasurer of Christ
Church Hospital.
The following persons are again elected officiers to the churches:
Mr. Matthew Whitehead Clerk to Christ Church
Mr. Jacob Diegel Sexton to Ditto
Mr. William young Clerk to St. Peter's Church
Mr. George Stokes Sexton to Ditto
Mr. Whitehead desiring to act as Clerk to the Vestry, Mr. Young is appointed
in his stead.
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Year, when the following gentlemen were chosen
Christ Church:
William Adcock
Mr. Leeson Simmons
Mr. Townsend White
Mr. Peter DeHaven

St. Peter's Church
Mr. William Price
Mr. Jonathan Hazlewood
Mr. Jonathan Morris
Mr. Wooddrop Sims

Whereas the Honorable Congress, have by their ordinance ordered that
Thursday, the 25th day of this month (April) be observed throughout the
United States, as a day of solemn fasting, humiliation and praying. The Vestry
desire the Rector; to have divine service performed in both churches on
the said day.

Mr. DeHaven, Mr. Adcock, Mr. Morris and W. Sims, are reappointed to purchase
the lot of ground adjoining to St. Peter's Church Burying Ground, for the
use of the United Episcopal Churches.
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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, in the City of Philadelphia, at the
Rector's House, on Monday April 15, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock Esq.
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
John Chaloner, William Price, Prestey Blackiston [Blakiston], John Morris,
Gerardus Clarkson, Jonathan Brown, Townsend White and John David

The Committee appointed to purchase the lot of ground, adjoining
to St. Peter's Church Burying Ground, report, that they purchased the
said lot of ground, for which they gave the sum of eighty two pounds
two shillings. The terms as follows viz one fourth the purchasing
to be paid within three days from the time of sale and the remaining
three fourths, within six months, when a deed will be made for the
same. They were purchased the 11th day of April (Instant).
THe acting Church Warden is requested to apply to the registers
for a copy of Mr. James Stokes Will of record the same in this
Minute Book.

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                    George Campbell Esq. Register of the
Probate of Wills and granting letters of
Administration in and for the City and County
of Philadelphia in the Common-wealth of
Pensylvania.

To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting
Know ye, that among the Records remaining in the
Register's Office at PhiladelphiaI have inspected a certain writing
purporting to be the last Will and Testament of James Stoops
late of the City of Philadelphia Brickmaker records in
Book P of Wills folio 556 in the words following viz.
In the name of God Amen I james Stoops of the
City of Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania Brick-
Maker being sick and weak in body but of found and well
disposing mind and memory thanks be humbly offered unto
the Lord for the same and all other his mercies do make my
last Will and Testament in manner following to say. First,
it is my mind and will that all my just debts and funeral
expenses be duly paid and I do hereby nominate and appoint
Ann Banks of the said City single woman (my House Keeper to be
the whole and sole and only Executrix of this my last Will and
Testament and I do give unto Elizabeth Guntlan who served
her time with me twenty pounds current money of the said
province to be paid in one year after my decease and I do give
and bequeath unto the said Ann Banks all the next residue and
remainder of my monies goods chattels effect rights credits and
personal estate. Moreover I do give and devise unto the P. Ann
Banks my dwelling House and piece of ground thereunto
belonging situate on the west side of third sheet in the said City Con-
taining in breadth thirteen feet and in length one hundred and
thirty two feet with all the rights and opportunities to hold
to her the said Ann Banks her heirs and assigns for were

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And also I do give unto the said Ann Banks my messuage
or tenement on the North side of my dwelling House
and the piece of ground there unto belonging situate on the west
side of third street aforesaid containing, in breadth seventeen feet
and in length one hundred and thirty two feet with all the rights
and oppurtenances to hold to her the said Ann Banks and her
assigns all the terms of her natural life, and at immedi-
ately upon the decease of her the said Ann Banks I do give
and devise the one full and equal third part of and in my last
mentioned. Messuage or tenement and piece of ground
thereunto belonging unto the Rector Church Wardens and Vestry
Men of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and
St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia in the province
of Pennsylvania and to their successors and assigns former
to be applied for the use of the poor belonging and that may
hereafter belong to the said churches and at and immediately
upon the decease of her the said Ann Banks, I do give and devise
the one full and equal third part of and in my last mentioned
messuage or tenement and piece of ground thereunto
belonging unto the truestees of the College Academy and
Charitable School of Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania
established and their successors and assigns forever to be applied for
the use of the said Charitable School. And at and immediately
upon the decease of he the said Ann Banks I do give and
desire the other one full equal third part or residue of and
in my last mentioned messuage or tenement and piece of
ground thereunto belonging unto the contributors to the
Pennsylvania Hospital and to their successors and assigns
forever. And I do revoke all former and other Wills
by me made and do declare this only to be my last Will
and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said James Stooper
have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirty first day of
May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred

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and Seventy three. James Stoops Signed Sealed
Published and declared by the above named James Stoops for
and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who
have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses of the same
in his presence and at his request. Abraham Mitchell
Tran, Sewer. Paul Isaac Volo.
All which by the Tenor of these presents I have caused to
be exemplified in testimony whereof I have
here unto set my hand and caused the seal of [unclear]
to be hereunto affixed at Philadelphia the 29th day of
April Anno Domini 1782.
George Campbell Reg.

At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia at the
Rector's House on Monday May 20, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock Esq
Wooddrup Sims

Vestry Men:
Peter DeHaven, Leeson Simmons, William Price, John David, Jonathan
Brown, and John Caloner

The Committee appointed for the managment of the estate left by
Dr. Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital, produced
the following report agreeable to an order of Vestry of April 8, 1782
viz the corporation are now in possession of the following estate left
by Doctor Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital viz
Christ Church Hospital with the lot of ground thereunto belonging
situate in Arch Street.
A House in Front Street adjoining the coffee house united at 150."." per annum
A House ditto...........adjoining the above..................160."." ditto
A House.................in Latitia Court......................50."." ditto
A House in High Street in Tenor of Mary Taylor...............160."." ditto
A Pasture Lot in the Northern Liberties.......................15."." ditto
Amount 535."."
Sundry ground rents paying not more than 5.10/ lenders
yearly Pennsylvania currency by anyone person or persons
amounting to.............................................24.11./6

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Sundry ground rents above 5.10/ yearly Pennsylvania
Currency, payable by any one person or persons Annum
amount to...........................................42.19./6

And one yearly ground rent payable by Enoch Mary and
Wife amount.........................................1.10/

These are in Christ Church Hospital Eight poor widows viz
Mary Rush Catherine Gold
Lydia Williamson Sarah Kiddman
Elizabeth Frazier Susannah Hartnet
Elizabeth Frazier of Salem Mary Beaks

The committee find that there has been recorded on account of Christ
Church Hospital from the 24th of October 1780 to the 30th March
1782.......................................................561.7.6 apiece
Expenditures in the above mentioned space of time
for repairs to the said estate...............404.16.4 apiece
Expended in ditto for the pensioners..........99.14.11 ditto
and also 150 Continental Currecy
Exchange at or near 110 for 1.

Paid ground rent due on the Hospital
Lot........................................46.46.8 ditto
Ditto for paper and books for the Treasurer 2.7.6

The Vestry unanimously resolved that the Committee appointed to be for
the management of the estate left by Dr. Kearsley for the support
of Christ Church Hospital should be authorized to procure and pay
a rent they may think reasonable for rooms for the out pensioners
and they are to provide sufficient meals drink and other necessary for
all the pensioners.

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church at the Rector's House on Tuesday
June 4th, 1782 in the City of Philadelphia.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
William Adcock
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
William Price, John Morris, John Woods, Leeson Simmons, James Irwin,
Peter DeHaven and John Davids

Many gentlemen of Christ Church, being desirous that an orchestre
might be erected in front of the gallery where the organ stands in said
Church for the convenience of a number singers, the Vestry considering
that it might be the means of great improvement in the Psalmody
part of divine worship, appointed general Irvin, Captain Simmons, Captain
Price and Mr. Morris a committee and authorized them to make the said
alteration, provided it can be done genteelly and the expense not used thirty
pounds. The Committee are also to be attentive that the said alteration
will not be detrimental to the appearance of the church neither injuri-
ous to the pews under the organ gallery. It being also
represented to the Vestry that many Pews lay vacant in the north
gallery in St. Peter's Church, owing to the present situation of the
organ and that a number of pews might be made where the organ now
stands, by which means the revenue of the churches would be con-
siderably increased and a number of person applying for seats might
be accommodated, the Vestry being desirous of promoting the welfare
of the united churches, unanimously resolved, that the committee fro
making the alteration Christ Church gallery, are requested to
view St. Peter's Church and to fix on some more proper place for the organ
to stand, to make an estimate of the expense of removing the said
organ and report the same at the next meeting of Vestry.
The Vestry ordered that the pensioners of Christ Church Hospital
should not be continued on the communion list, neither should they
be instituted to receive any further sums from the yearly ground
rents left by Mrs. Mary Andrews and Captain Clymer, except what was
due before January 1st, last.
Mr. Jonathan Brown informing the Vestry of his intention of going
to Europe, Mr. James Ash was appointed one of the Committee for the
management of the Estate left by Dr. Kearsley for the support of
Christ Church Hospital, in the stead of said Mr. Brown.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ CHurch and St. Peter's Church in the city of
Philadelphia, at the Rector's House on Friday, June 28,
1782.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
Samuel Powell, John Davids, John Chalomer, John Morris, William
Price, and Leeson Simmons

The Committee appointed to erect an orchestra in Christ Church and
informed the Vestry, that agreeable to their instructions they
had agreed with workmen, to make the alteration required, which
is nearly completed, they further reported that upon viewing of
St. Peter's Church they are of opinion that the organ in said church
would be much better updated, by being fixed at the West End of
the Church, in a gallery to be erected for that purpose, that the
Pulpit, reading desk and at present at the West End, to be removed
to the East End of the Church and that they computed the expense
to be about two hundred and twenty five pounds, The Vestry being
opinion that the said alteration would be very advantageous to
St. Peter's Church, therefore resolved that they thought it proper
that those persons should be consulted in the said alterations, who hold
Pews in sight of original subscriptions towards building the said
church and appointed the acting Church Warden to wait on the
several subscribers and acquaint them therewith, also to inform those
who may think their sittings injured by the alteration, that they
should have the preference of those pews, that may be made
whose the organ now stands.
The Committee appointed to settle the accounts of the late acting Church
Warden and the accounts of the Treasurer of Christ Church Hospital
reported that they have examined the accounts of vouchers of the
late acting church Warden, which they find to be right, the
balance in her hands being four pounds 6/8 is paid to the present
acting Church Warden - that the sum of twenty nine pounds 14/2
piece with a small sum of paper money had been collected at the
Sacraments and that he had distributed the sum of twenty three
pounds 11/3 a piece to the several pensioners; the balance of a piece
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present acting Church Warden and also a balance of seventeen pounds
15/1 1/2 piece, being the residue of the charitable collections for the
poor of the United Churches made at Christmas last, which amounted
to one hundred pounds 1/4 1/2. The Committee also examined
the work of Mr. Reynolds, treasurer to Chirst Church Hospital, which
they found to be just and true.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia at the
Rector's House on Friday July 5, 1782.

Present:
The Rector

Church Warden:
William Adcock
Wooddoop Sims

James Ash, Matthew Clarkson, Gerardus Clarkson, Prestly Blackiston,
Townsend White, John Morris, Leeson Simmons, James Irvin,
John Woods, Peter DeHaven, John Chaloner and John Davids

The acting Church Warden, reported, that he waited on several persons
of the Congregation of St. Peter's Church, who hold pews in right
of original subscriptions and acquainted them with the proposed al-
teration in said church and that he found them generally consenting.
In consequence of which; it was proposed, that a subscription should
be carried throughout the congregations of both churches, for the
purpose of making the alteration in St. Peter's church and to do some
necessary repairs to Christ Church, which was carried in the negative.
The Vestry agreed that the subscriptions made by several persons
of Christ Church, towards erecting the orchestra in said church, be
accepted of, Mr. Whitehead is desired to collect the sum and pay the
sums to the Church Warden, out of which subscriptions he is to
settle the expense of building the said orchestra.
The Church Warden is desired, if he thinks the Sextons fee
for ringing the bell at funerals, too small, to augment the same.
Whereas by the agreement with the bell ringers, he was to
ring Christ Church Bell annually on King Charles Restoration day
and by a resolve of Vestry of July 13th, 1774, the day was changed to the
4th June, he is now desired to ring the bells on the 4th July, annually,
being the anniversary of the declaration of Independence instead of the
said 4th of June.

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The Committee for the management of the Estate left by
Dr. Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital are
authorized and desired to have a kitchen built to the house in
Laetitia Court whenever the treasurer, may have sufficient money
in his hands to complete the same, without retracting from
the allowance lately agreed to allow the pensioners fo said Hospital.
The Vestry appointed Mr. Clarkson Mr. Clarkson and Mr. Sims
or any two of them a committee to make an enquiry, in whose
hands the papers of securities are relative to Dr. Kearsley Estate
and to write to Phaeneas Bond Esq. on the subject. They are
also requested to demand a settlement of the debt due from the
Estate of the late Dr. Kearsley and also a legacy of one hundred pounds
left by Dr. Cummings to Dr. Kearsley in trust, for the use of
the poor of the United Churches.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of
Philadelphia, at the Rector's House, on Wednesday July 2, 1782.

Present:
The Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
Wooddroop Sims

Vestry Men:
Peter DeHaven, William Pollard, John Chaloner, John Davids
Leeson Simmons and James Irvin

The Vestry took into consideration, that as the expense of
erecting the orchestra in Christ Church gallery was but a
small sum of money and as there are sufficient arrears of pew
rent uncollected, to defray the said expense agreed to order
the Church Warden to pay the cost of erecting the said
orchestra, out of the Church Funds: for which reason the
subscription that was to be collected by a vote of Vestry dated
July 5th last, is not to be accepted of nor received.
The acting Church Warden representing to the Vestry, that
the Sexton of St. Peter's Church had heretofore paid for the ringing
of the bells of said church without being reimbursed by the Vestry
therefore ordered, that the Church Warden should pay for the

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ringing of St. Peter's Church Bells on Sundays from Easter
last past.
Whereas the Vestry are informed that large arrears of Pew
rent remains outstanding and as the Vestry have been at an
expense in doing several necessary repairs to both Churches
for which money is immediately wanted, therefore it was
unanimously resolved that Mr. William Young be desired to
make application to the Holders of Pews who are in arrears and
endeavor to receive the sums due as soon as possible. The
Church Warden is requested to furnish Mr. Young with a
copy of this resolve which he is to show to those who are
in arrears.
The Vestry being desirous to encourage good singing in the
United Churches and of opinion that a singing school
would be the means of learning a number of the congregations
which would be conductive thereto, therefore appointed Mr.
Adcock and Mr. DeHaven a committee to confer with the Clerk
of Christ Church and to know whether he will engage to con-
duct a singing school.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, in the City of Philadelphia, at the
Rector's House on Monday September 9, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
John Chaloner William Price Townsend White John Morris Leeson
Simmons and John Hazlewood

A letter from Mr. Reynolds being read, mentioning, that the time was
expired by the policies for which several of the houses of the estate left
by Dr. Kearsley for the support of Christ Church Hospital were insured
and that some of the house of said estate have not heretofore been
insured. The Vestry appointed Mr. Peter DeHaven, to have the old policies
renewed and to have the several houses insured, that have not yet been done.
There being a vacancy among the pensions of Christ Church Hospital
it was agreed that Mrs. Mr. Mellen be placed upon the list.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Church of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the city of PHiladelphia at the
house of the Rector, on Wednesday afternoon November 22, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
William Adcock

Vestry Men:
John Woods, John Morris, Samuel Powell, John Chaloner, Gerardus
Clarkson and John David

Whereas the Honorable the Congress of the United States of the Supreme
Executive Council of this state, have recommended Thursday the 28 instant
(November) to be observed as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer. The Vestry
desire the Rector to have divine service performed in both Churches on the
forenoon of said day and that notice be given thereof in the Churches the
preceding Sunday.
The Vestry request the Rector to have charity sermons for the benefit of
the poor of the united congregations, preached in both churches, the second
Sunday in December next, of which information to be given to the
congratulations. They also appointed the Rector and Church Wardens to have
musick provided in both churches suitable to the occasion.
Mr. Curts the organist of St. Peter's Church having played upon the said
organ since March last, the Vestry do agree to allow the said Mr. Curts
twenty five pounds per annum, the salary to commence from 25th March last.


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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, in the City of Philadelphia, at the
Rector's House, on Tuesday, afternoon December 10, 1782.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. William White Rector

Church Warden:
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
John Woods, Gerardus Clarkson, Mathew Clarkson, Peter DeHaven, Townsend
White, Jonathan Brown, William Price, John Morris, John Chaloner and
William Pollard

The Church Warden informed the Vestry, that the charitable collections made
on Sunday last, amounted to one hundred and twenty pounds 4/10 and that he had
received 30/- on Monday from several persons for the said purpose. The Rector
and Church Warden is desired to distribute the said collection to the poor of the
united congregations. The Church Warden also reported that have
had paid the balance due for the lot of ground adjoining St. Peter's Church
Burying Ground and that he had got a deed for the same, which he left at the
office to be recorded.

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the committee appointed for the management of Christ Church Hospital
produced the Treasurers account from which it appears that he has received
the sum of two hundred and seventy one pounds 12/4 on account fo said institution from
Easter to September 5th last, with the balance in hand at Easter included and that
within the aforesaid time he had expended for repairs and the sum of twenty
nine pounds 12/6 and for the support of the pensioners of said hospital the sum
of one hundred eleven pounds 5/9. A balance of eighty pounds 111/1 is
now in the Treasurers hands.
Doctor Clarkson, Mr. Chaloner and Captain Price were appointed a committee
to regulate the singing of musi at St. Peter's Churches
and 123# was afterwards award which with the other sums amounted to 127.19.10.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches of Christ
Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's House
on Tuesday January 7, 1783.

Present:
The Reverend Dr. White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
Leeson Simmons, John Davids, Gerardus Clarkson, Peter DeHaven, Townsend White.
William Price, Jonathan Brown, Matthew Clarkson, John Woods and Jon
Chaloner.

The Committee for regulating the singing of music at St. Peter's Church are
authorized to agree with Matthew Whitehead and some other suitable person
to instruct twelve persons for each church, in singing; for the benefit of
accompanying the organ. In addition to the committee the Vestry appoin-
ted William Adcock Esq.
Church Warden Sims produced the deed from the Supreme Executive council
to him for the lot of ground adjoining St. Peter's Church Burying Ground
and the assignment from him to the Rector Church Wardens and Vestry Men
of the Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church, which deed
and assignment has been recorded according to law. The Vestry desired the
Rector to put the said deed and assignment among the Church Papers.
Mr. John Dunlap proposing to give up the school house he now occupies
Mr. DeHaven and Mr. Adcock are appointed a committee to rent the same to
the best advantage and to settle the rent with Mr. Dunlap.

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At a meeting of the congregation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's house
on Friday March 28, 1783.

Present The Rector

Church Wardens:
Wooddrop Sims
William Adcock

Vestry Men:
Jonathan Brown, John David, Prestley Blackiston, John Morris, John Chaloner
Leeson Simmons and William Price

Mr. Law, a teach of Church Psalmody from New England having made
application to the acting Church Warden, for business for his scholars to sing
in public in St. Peter's Church on Tuesday Evening next; the Vestry unanimously
agreed to grant Mr. Laws request, and empowered the Church Warden to give Mr. Law
permission to use St. Peter's Church for the said purpose at any time he may
think proper, taking proper caution that the prayer books in the different pews
be not lost or misplaced.
The Vestry consented to accept of an offer made by Mr. Duncan Stewart to
advance 50 pounds to the Church and for his yearly pew rent to be deducted there from
until the sum should be completed and settled, of which teh several founding
Church Wardens are hereby desired to attend to.
The Church Warden is requested to settle Captain Moyans and for sheet from
he delivered for the Pew papers as soon as he may have cash sufficient in his
hands.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ and
St. Peter's Churches on Friday April 18, 1783 at the Rector's House.

Present:

Church Wardens:
William Adcock
Wooddrop Sims

Vestry Men:
Peter DeHaven Matthew Clarkson Gerardus Clarkson James Irvin John Wood
William Price Prestley Blackiston Townsend White John David John
Hazlewood John Chaloner and James Morris

THe Rector stated to the Vestry that in consequence of the Liberty granted
at the last meeting notice had been given in the public papers of teh
intended performance of some religious pieces of music at St. Peter's Church on
Monday Evening next and that tickets sold at 2/6 each were necessary to an admission
that leave for this purpose had been given to Mr. Law by one Church Warden in
consequence of his finding it the opinion of several members of the Vestry. That
a power to do so had been included in the last minute but that the said one a sure
had given offense to several respectable members of the corporation, some of whom
had waited on him (the Rector) to address their disapprobation. Before the
Vestry had an opportunity of discussing the above matter, Mr. Chaloner declared
on the part of MR. Law, that an advertisement had been sent to eh printer,
notifying that there will be free admission to the singing and that the money will
be returned to those who have purchased tickets; whereupon the Vestry discussed
the subject with expressing their opinion that the churches ought not to be made
use of any occasion intended for private enrollment.

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At the annual meeting of the members of the United Episcopal
Church of Christ Church and St. Peter's held according to the charter
in Christ Church on Easter Monday April 21, 1783 immi-
diately after morning prayer.

Present:
Doctor W. White

Church Warden:
Woodrop Sims

Vestry Men:
Townsend White, Leeson Simmons, James Irvin, P. Blackiston
Jonathan Wood, Gerardus Clarkson James Morris, J. Chaloner
William Price

Agreeable to notice given in both churches on Easter Sunday
the members of the United Congregations proceded to the choice
of Vestry Men by ballot when it appeared that the follow-
ing gentlemen were duly elected.
Matthew Clarkson Wiliam Pollard Dr. Fred Phile, Em Eyres
Joseph Claypoole, Peter DeHaven William Adcock, Townsend White
Joseph Sift, Jonathan Dowers, Jonathan Hazlewood Pres Blackiston
Jonathan David William Price, Francis Gurney
Jonathan Chaloner, Jonathan Morris, Thomas Casdrop, John Phillips
Dr. G. Clarkson
After which Doctor Gerardus Clarkson was chosen the Rector's
Church Warden and William Pollard acting Church Warden.
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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
and St. Peter's Churches at the Rector's House April 23, 1783.

Present:
Doctor White Mr. William Price, Doctor Clarkson Mr.
Matthew Clarkson Mr. Jonathan Hazlewood Mr. P. Blackiston
Mr. William Adcock Doctor F. Phile Mr. Jonathan Morris, Mr. Jonathan David
Mr. Thomas Casdrop Mr. Jonathan Chaloner William Pollard

On Monday last a number of the congregation being assembled at
St. Peter's Church to hear Mr. Law Scholars practice singing
some rude and disorderly behavior was shown by several persons
and from several corresponding circumstances it is instructed that Mr.
Young the Clerk of that church is not free from censure, it is there
for agreed by Vestry that Mr. Young be ordered to desist in officiating

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in his said Clerkship and every other, the services of the church until
monday next, and that have notice to attend Vestry on that day.
The Vestry request that the church Wardens within give
into the disorders committed as above mentioned and to have
the offenders taken before his honor the Chief Justice to be death
with as they may be found to with.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the united Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Churches in the City of Philadelphia
at the Rector's House on Monday April 28, 1783.

Present:
Doctor William White

Captain Mr. Price, Mr. Jonathan David, Mr. Jonathan Morris Mr. John Hazlewood
Mr. P. Blackiston, Mr. Jonathan Clarkson Mr. Joseph Claypoole, Mr. F. Gurney
Mr. Matt Clarkson Mr. Jonathan Phillips Peter DeHaven and Dr. Clarkson
Mr. James Reynold was unanimously reelected to Treasurer=
ship of Christ Church Hospital.
Mr. Chaloner and Mr. Hazlewood are appointed a committee to
settle Mr. Reynolds account for last year.
Messrs. DeHaven, Clarkson, Claypoole, Doctor Phile are ap-
pointed a committee to superintend Christ Church Hospital.
Mr. M. Clarkson Gerard Clarkson and Mr. Pollard are appointed
a committee to draw up and report a set of rules for the govern-
ments of Christ Church Hospital agreeable to the will of Doctor
Jonathan Kearsley. Mr. Eyres and Mr. Morris are appointed a
committee a collect the ground rents belonging to Christ
Church and St. Peter's.____________ Mr. Clarkson, Mr. Chaloner
and Mr. Sims who were appointed by the sate Vestry to write to
Phineas Bond Esq up on the subject of papers belonging
to the Estate of Doctor Kearsley, report that they have performed

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that service.
Mr. Whitehead and Jacob Diegal were reelected to their
respective offices. The Church Wardens according to appoint-
ments made complaints to the Chief Justice respecting the
disorders committee at St. Peter's Church on Monday 21st
instant.______He immediately directed a hearing before Justice Fleeson
who upon full xamination held the delinquents to bail for
good behavior.
Mr. Stokes was selected Sexton of St. Peter's Church Mr. Pollard
was desired to appoint a proper person to collect the Pew rents
for the next half year.
Mr. Chaloner and Mr. Hazlewood are appointed to settle accounts
with the late Church Warden.
Application having been made to the Rector and Church Wardons
on the 26th instant to admit a corpse into Christ Church during the
general divine service it was Judged proper to decline the same
as being very inconvenient to the congregation which refusal
the Vestry approve of____And resolved that no corpse be admit-
ted in future into either of the churches during the time appointed
for general divinity service.
The Church Warden si desired to give a copy to each Sexton.
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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Churches in the City of PHiladelphia at the Rector's
House July 31, 1783.

Present:
Doctor White

Doctor Clarkson, Mr. Matthew Clarkson, Mr. DeHaven, Mr. William Price
Mr. Joseph Claypoole Mr. Francis Gurney Mr. P. Blackison, Mr. Adcock
William Pollard Church Warden
The Church Warden reports that he has received from the widow Sarah
Goodman by the hands of the Rector, fifty pounds, being legacy
left by the late Walter Goodman.
Messrs. Gurney, Price, DeHaven and Pollard are appointed a committee

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to confer with Mr. Duché on the subject of disposing of a Legacy of
Fifty Pound left by the late Mrs. Duché fro the use of the
Churches; the said committee are also requested to examine into the
State of the roof of Christ Church, which is aid to be (inpart) very
bad, they are also desired to examine the wood work of St. Peter's Church
which is said to want painting very much and to report this day
week.
The above committee are also requested to see a Mr. Brooks
who it is said is well qualified for a Clerk which is much wanted at
St. Peter's Church.
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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of Christ Church and
St. Peter's Churces in the City of Philadelphia at the Rector's House August 7,
1783.

Present:
Doctor White

Doctor Clarkson Matthew Clarkson Joseph Claypoole Col Gurney Jonathan Chaloner
Jonathan Morris Jonathan David Mr. DeHaven William Pollard Mr. William Price

William Pollard the Church Warden reports that he has received fifty pounds
from Jacob Duché Senior being a legacy left by Mrs. Esther Duché
deceased for which he has given an acquittance but Mr. Duché fully
expects that the Vestry will put in four windows in Christ Church South
side agreeable to a plan furnished.
The committee appointed to examine the state of Christ
Church roof report that for the present seven courses of shingles
some patching will do, they are informed the expense will be
about 20 pounds they also report that the wood work at St. Peter's
Church is suffering much for want of paint. After the report
that William Pollard has seen Mr. Brooks, but he cannot at present
accept the clerks birth. The Vestry appoint the same committee
Vizt Messrs. Gurney, Price, DeHaven, and Pollard to se Mr. Duché's
plan of the four windows completed also to get the roof of Christ
Church repaired agreeable to their reports and also to agree with some
person to paint the outside wood work of St. Peter's Church and report
the windows.

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    The committee appointed to the care of Christ Church Hospital
report that application had been made to them for the admittance
of Mrs. Slidehoun and Mrs. Moranda to partake of the charity and
benefits of said Hospital, which was agreed to by Vestry.
Mr. Shaloner [Chaloner] reports that himself and Mr. Hazlewood have
examined the accounts of the late Church Warden Mr. Sims and
find them right and that the several balances of twelve
pounds 15/3 balance of church money from Pew rent and fourteen
pounds 17/7/ balance of Charitable collections. Three pounds
19/10 balance of sacrament money. 12 old Jersey money.
3 8/ and 3 3/4 old continental and 123.6/ old continental 11/3 piece.
12.16.9 com State Money. 6 15 pounds old continental and three
loan office certificates dated August 14, 1779 fro nineteen
hundred dollars with other papers and were paid into the
hands of the present Church Warden William Pollard.
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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ and St. Peter's Churches in the City of Philadelphia at the Rec-
tor's House November 8, 1783.

Present:
Doctor William White Rector

Townsend White, John Morris Jonathan Hazleweed Presly Blackiston
Mr. Adcock Francis Gurney Jonathan Phillips John David Mr. Clarkson
Jonathan Chaloner Gerardus Clarkson Joseph Swift
The Rector layed before Vestry the application of the Reverend Mr.
Blackwell for increase of salary which they look into consideration
and requested the Rector to cause to be inserted in the next summoned
of Vestry that the disposed of monies will be considered of. Messrs.
Clarkson Pollard and Chaloner are appointed a committee to view
the Parsonage house and lot and report the state of them to the
next Vestry who are to be summoned to meet on Thursday
next at 4 o'clock.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches of
Christ Church and St. Peter's Churches in the city of Philadelphia November 13, 1783
at the Rector's.

Present:
Doctor White

William Pollard William Price Jonathan Phillips Gerard Clarkson John
Hazlewood Jonathan Chaloner John David Matthew Clarkson
Pres. Blackiston Mr. Claypoole Joseph Swift

A motion being made whether Mr. Stokes Sexton of St. Peter's
Church who has acted also as Clerk of the same should receive full
wages as Clerk. Voted in the affirmative.
The Committee appointed to survey the Parsonage House and
lot with a view to the improvement report that they have
viewed the same and are of opinion that the back part of the
lot may be let out on an improving lease or leases for a term
of years and obliging the lessee to erect such buildings there on as
Vestry may think proper to direct the Vestry approve the reports
and continue the same committee who are requested to obtain an ac-
curate estimation of erecting proper building on said lot
taking advice from such persons as are acquainted with building
and report the same to a future Vestry.
The Rector having generously offered to give up the burial
fees and such rent of the parsonage house as shall exceed
100 pounds a year, to be added to the Church Funds and also signified
a wish that 50 pounds out of the same might be present to Mr.
Blackwell annually; The Vestry agree hereto to
commence next Easter. The Rector mentioned to the
Vestry that she lately had a conversation with Doctor M. G
onthe subject of appointed a committee from the Vestry
of their respective Church to confer with the Clergy of said
Churches on the subject of forming a representative
body of the Episcopal Churches in this state, and wished to have
the stance of this Vestry thereon, after some consideration
the Vestry agreed to appoint a committee of two persons for
each church viz Matthew Clarkson Mr. Pollard for Christ Church Doctor Clarkson

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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Churches in the city of Philadelphia
December 6, 1783.

Present:
Doctor White Rector

Matthew Clarkson Doctor Clarkson Joseph Claypoole Jonathan Morris
Jonathan David Jonathan Chaloner Mr. Adcock William Pollard C. Warden

Doctor White mentioned to Vestry that thursday next
was recommended by Congress as a day of thanksgiving
and wished the Vestry to give order them or in consequence
thereof Vestry resolved that divine service be performed
in both churches on Thursday morning next.
Doctor White also mentioned that it has been customary to
have a charity sermon preached in both the United Churches
about this season of the year for the benefit of poor distressed
persons of the congregation and mentioned that there are a
number of prisoners in gaol in distressed state and wished
Vestry to consider whether one sermon for the benefit of
both will be best, or a sermon for each.
After consideration Vestry are of opinion that it will be best
to have only one sermon in each church for both and that
the poor distressed citizens should have three fourth parts
and the prisoners 1/4 part it appearing to Vestry that that proportion is right
considering the numbers of each.
The Committee of Christ Church Hospital propose
Mrs. Elizabeth Stevenson as a proper person to be admit-
ted a share of that institution.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Churches in the city of Philadelphia
December 23, 1783 at the Rector's House.

Present:
Doctor William White Rector

Church Wardens:
William Pollard
Doctor G. Clarkson

Vestry Men:
Townsend White Jonathan Philips Mr. Clarkson Joseph Claypoole
William Price John Hazlewood Jonathan Chaloner Peter DeHaven Jonathan Morris

In consequence of the proposal of Mrs. Elizabeth Steveson to
become pensioner of Christ Church Hospital at the last meeting
of Vestry, the same was now considered and she was admitted accor-
dingly.
Messrs. Clarkson Chaloner and Pollard the committee
appointed sometime ago to apply to Phineas Bond Esq for the
deeds and other papers relative to the estate of Doctor Kearsley report that
they have received a letter from Mr. Bond who refers them to his
mother to whom he has given his advice for her conduct. the said commit-
tee further report that they have applied to Mrs. Bond who informed
them, that she is possessed of the said deeds and papers and is willing to
deliver them to the Vestry provided they will be at the expense of having
them placed upon record.
Vestry taking the said report into consideration
approve the same and request the said committee to finish the business
with Mrs. Bond, and to draw on the Treasurer of the Hospital for any expense
attending the same.
William Pollard reported that the windows in Christ Church are in very bad order
and cannot be repaired, and proposed that three new windows be put in on the
north side down stairs and the old windows appropriated to repair the Window
up stairs; he further reports that a number of the congregation
have complained of being much incommoded from the ray of the
sun from the south windows and requests that Vestry would order curtains
for the same; curtains are also wanted for St. Peter's Chuch.
The Vestry agree that the above mentioned windows and curtains
be supplied.

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The Church Warden reports that the charitable collection
made last Sunday in the two churches amounted to 149.3.0.
Doctor White and Messrs. Chaloner and Claypoole are appointed a
committee to lay out that part which is or the distressed
debtors and the Church Warden is desired to deliver into their hands
37.10 the rest is to be distributed to the poor of the two churches
as heretofore.
Messrs. Clarkson Chaloner and Pollard reported a plan of
building stores on the back part of the Parsonage lot which
they suppose would cost 3400 they are of opinion the monies may
be borrowed of the members of the church; the Vestry after conside-
ring the matter postponed the determination to the next
Vestry and the Rector is desired to mention it in the notices; the
same committee are requested by the Vestry to advertize said lot
to be let on improving leases for such numbers of years as they
may judge most advantageous to the funds of the churches
and if any applications or propositions should be made they will
please to inform Vestry at their next meeting in order to
ennable them to form a judgement of the best plan to be adop-
ted.


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At a meeting of the Corporation of the United Churches
of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of Philadelphia Febrruary 23, 1784
at the Rector's House.

Present:
Doctor White Jonathan Phillips
William Pollard C.W. William Adcock
Gerardus Clarkson Joseph Claypoole
Joseph Swift Jonathan Morris
Thomas Casdorp Jonathan David
Jonathan Chaloner Peter DeHaven
William Price Mr. Hazlewood

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William Pollard produced a letter wrote to him by Luke Heath-
ing, purporting that if Vestry was inclined to rent to him
twenty feet on the north side of Christ Churchyard by 50 feet
back to build a store upon one story high, he would treat
with any committee of Vestry on the terms.
The Vestry after considering the said proposals, declined
renting any part of the lot for the present.
William Pollard proposed the window delap as a proper
object to partake of the benefits of Christ Church Hospital.
Mr. Joseph Swift proposed Hanah Sewell daughter of
Richard Sewell to partake of the same.
And Major Casdorp proposed Elizabeth Smith to partake
of the same.
Mr. DeHaven mentioned to Vestry that the
widow Beale one of the pensioners of Christ Church Hospital
is very troublesome to the others, being a fretful unfriendly
disposition and although she has been frequently reprimanded for
her irregular behavior she disregards the same; where upon
Vestry are of opinion that the committee for Christ Church
Hospital should provide for her as an outdoor pensioner if
it can be conveniently done, and if not to discharge her.

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At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of
Philadelphia March 2, 1784, at the Rector's House.

Present:
Doctor White

William Pollard C.W. John David
Gerardus Clarkson C.W. Joseph Claypoole
John Chaloner William Adcock
Thomas Caudorp Townsend White

Vestry thought proper to admit Mrs. Delap
Hanah Sewel and Elizabeth Smith as pensioners of Christ Church
Hospital agreeable to the proposals last meeting.
Mr. Claypoole one of the committee of Christ Church Hospital
proposed to the consideration of Vestry, whether it will not
be proper to continue the present number of pensions
(which is twenty including the three now admitted( until
the funds are perfectly ascertained and the Hospital enlarged
and repaired; which after consideration was agreed to.
Vestry considering that the minutes respecting
Christ Church Hospital will swell the merits of the churches
and also may be difficult to find, they desire the Church Wardens
will procure a book to keep the minutes in for that institution
separate and another for the churches this being full.

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At the annual meeting of the members of the United Episco-
pal Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church held according
to charter in Christ Church on Easter Monday April 12, 1784,
immediately after morning prayer.

Present:
Doctor William White

William Pollard Church Warden (late) a number of mem-
bers

Agreeable to notice given in both churches on Easter
Sunday, the members of the United Congregations proceeded to
the choice of Vestry Men by ballot when it appeared that the
following gentlemen were duly elected Viz
Matthew Clarkson William Price Doctor Clarkson
William Pollard Francis Gurney Robert Towers
Joseph Claypoole George Bickham Woodrop Sims
Peter DeHaven William Hall Adam Hubley
William Adcock Esquire Jonathan Chaloner Benjamin Wynkoop
Townsend White Jonathan Morris Joseph Bullock
Jonathan David Thomas Casdorp

Woodrop Sims acting Church Warden
William Pollard the Rector's Church Warden
Sidesmen
For Christ Church:
Townsend White
Peter DeHaven
Joseph Claypoole
William Adcock

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    At a meeting of the corporation of the United Episcopal
Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in the City of
Philadelphia April 10, 1784 at the Rector's House.

Present:
Doctor White Jonathan Morris
William Pollard CW William Price
Doctor Clarkson CW Jonathan David
William Adcock Esq Joseph Claypoole
Peter DeHaven Jonathan Chaloner

John Chaloner and William Pollard two of the committee
appointed to confer with Mrs. Bond on the subject of the bequest
made by Doctor Kearsley to Christ Church Hospital report that
they have waiting on Mrs. Bond several times and that some
steps are taken to get the ground rents deeds put on record,
in order to be delivered to Vestry and Mrs. Bond promises to give
us all further satisfaction soon, as she is about to settle her
accounts with the estate when she will be able to speak more
clearly to the subject.
The same committee report that in consequence of
their appointment to advertise the Parsonage lot to be let out
on improving leaves, hey have advertised the same and although
they have had several propositions from different persons they
have not conceived them such as were satisfactory.

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Vestry taking into consideration the great number
of applications for the admission of strangers to be interred in
our Church Grounds, and that said grounds were filling fast,
and learning from Mr. Diegell the Sexton that our charges for,
breaking ground for strangers were considerable lower
than those of other denominations in the city, it was agreed by
Vestry to augment the charges for burial to the following
sums. Viz.
For breaking ground for stangers 1.10.0
Do..........do......for members...9.-.-
Ministers fees....................9.-.-
Clerk and Sexton's fees as usual
The Rector Messrs. G. Clarkson, Chaloner and Pollard report
that agreeable to the minutes of the 13th November and to a similar ap-
pointment of the Vestry of St. Paul's Church there had been
held three meetings of the Clergy and the committees of the two Vestries
and they now desire to lay before Vestry the minutes of said meetings
the same were accordingly read; whereupon it is resolved that
they be laid before the congregation at the annual meeting on
Easter Monday.
See minutes of the 12th April entered before these.

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Let the house late occupied by Mrs. Kearsley to Francis Daymon
a 80 pound per annum to commence 1st July 1770 raised Jan 11th 1779
to raise July 1st 1779 to 400 pounds per annum.
Mr. George Haughton's rent to be paid from the 26th May 1778.
Mr. Samuel Taylor's rent for the two High Street Messuages
a 105 pound per annum to be paid from the same time raised November 26 '79 to 21
Mr. William Frackett's raised as a tenant in the house take [unclear]
at 65 per annum raised Nov 26, 1779 to 130 pounds.
N the above rents were doubled by order of Vestry 2 are on the 26th of August to
commence a 300 per annum Mr. Hackett and 500 pounds per annum Mr. Taylor
Let the School House to Margaret have a 3 pound per quarter the 10th
August 1770.
Elizabeth Smith applies for the first vacancy in C Church Hospital
Robert Parrish applies for the refusal of the Parsonage House if it should be let.








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