To the Revd the Minister of Halberton

Chanter 232A, 237

  1. Residence, curate and lecturer: My Lord,
    I do not reside at Halberton, but at Uffculm, an adjoining Parish, where I have had the Care of a Publick Grammar School, & to which I was licenced for more than thirty years past. The Instruction of youth in Classical Literature, consider'd as the Handmaid of Religion, was deem'd by your Lordship's Predecessors, Bishop Lavington, & Bishop Keppel, a sufficient Reason for dispensing with my Residence before, & since my Institution to Halberton: And I have not the least Doubt of <your> Lordship's Viewing it in the same Light. Mr Henry Elston is the Curate, who resides in the Parish, & is duly licenced with a Salary of forty Pounds a year, & the Surplice Fees. There is no Lecturer.

  2. Other benefices: I have no other Benefice.

  3. Divine service at other churches: I serve no other Parish Church but Willand, to which I was duly licenced by Bishop Lavington at his Primary Visitation, & with his & your Lordship's immediate Predecessor's Permission <have> continued to serve it ever since. It being a little Parish, & but little more than two miles Distant from Uffculm, I humbly hope your Lordship will permit me to continue serving it. No Complaint has hitherto been made of any Neglect of Duty, & I shall take particular Care to give no Occasion for any for ye future.

  4. Frequency of divine service: Divine Service is perform'd <twice> every Lord's day, with a Sermon in the Morning & the Afternoon.

  5. Frequency of communion: Four Times in the year, viz. at Xtmas, Easter, Whitsuntide, & the Sunday after Michaelmas, The Number of Communicants in general about forty.

  6. Catechising of children: In the Summer Season.

  7. Church fabric: The Church & Chancel are for the most Part in good Repair. I cannot say the Church<yard> is so well kept as it ought to be. There are all things decent for divine Service.

  8. Glebe terrier: I have examin'd the Parish Chest in the Vestry, & can find none but I have been inform'd, there is one lodg'd in the Register's Office at Exeter.

  9. Number of families: According to the best Information I cou'd obtain about two hundred & sixty Families.

  10. Chapels: No.

  11. Papists, dissenters and meeting houses: There are no reputed Papists in the Parish. There is one meeting-House for a Congregation of the Methodists, of which William Harward a Farmer is the Teacher.

  12. School, alms-houses, hospital and charitable endowments: There is a School for teaching Reading, Writing & Arithmetick, but no Alms-Houses, or other charitable Endowment.

  13. Charity: Four-penny & six-penny Loaves are distributed every Lord's-day after morning Service to such Poor Persons as receive no weekly Pay & likewise 20 & a Gown at Xtmas to such other Poor Persons in ye same Predicament & there are certain Lands charg'd for the Payment of the Benefactions, which I believe are duly applied.

    Priest's orders and institution: My Institution to Halberton bears Date Sept: 19th 1767.
    Priest's Orders bear Date June 1st 1740.
    A Letter Directed to me at Uffculm near Tiverton will best find;

    My Lord,
    Your Lordship's most dutiful
    & obedient humble Servant
    Geo: Greenway