To the Revd the Minister of Hunshaw

Chanter 232A, 49

  1. Residence, curate and lecturer: [Written along the margin beside the prefaratory letter]I have no Curate, Nor Lecturer

    My Lord, I do not reside upon my Cure. I reside in the Parish of Fremington three Miles distant from it, in my own House, which I have fitted up to shelter myself & Family in my Old Age, being weary of the fatigue & trouble, & unable to Support the Expence of removing from one Cure to Another, as I have from Mic[haelma]s 1745 to this time. I had Leave from my Late Lord to reside where I now live, & hope, if I should be so happy as to be continued in my Cure, I shall have your Permission also. But I was presented, to hold it for a Minor, who is now capable of taking it, & should he think it worth his Acceptance (for it is a Small Rectory the extended value not Seventy Pounds a year) I may be called upon to resign it before your Lordship's visitation, and then at fifty Seven I shall have a Curacy to Seek.

  2. Other benefices: I have no other Benefice. Nor Prospect of any.

  3. Divine service at other churches: I perform Divine Service at no Church besides my own; except when I assist a Sick or absent Brother, which does not happen twice in a year.

  4. Frequency of divine service: Divine Service is performed in my Church twice every Lord's day, with a Sermon in the morning. I begin morning Service throughout ye year at half past ten o'Clock, & Evening in Summer at half past three & in the winter an hour sooner.

  5. Frequency of communion: The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is administered four times in a year, and I have about twenty Communicants at Each Sacrament.

  6. Catechising of children: I catechise ye youth of my Parish in July & August.

  7. Church fabric: My Church & Chancel is in good Repair - My Church yard is well kept, & I have all things decent for Divine Service.

  8. Glebe terrier: I have no Terrier. But if I am continued in my Cure I will make one & get it properly Signed.

  9. Number of families: I have in my Parish thirty Six Houses inhabited by one Hundred fifty two Persons of all Ages. From Jan: ye 1st 1767 to April ye 30th 1779 I have baptized thirty nine & buried thirty nine.

  10. Chapels: I have no Chapel within my Parish.

  11. Papists, dissenters and meeting houses: I have no reputed Papists - no Meeting-House nor Dissenters of any Denomination within my Parish.

  12. School, alms-houses, hospital and charitable endowments: I have no publick School, Alms-House, Hospital, Charitable Endowment, or Parochial Library in my Parish.

  13. Charity: There is an House in Gt Torrington & three Houses in my Parish vested in Feoffees for ye Repair of ye Tower - the Bells & the north Isle of my Church, all which are leased on Lives under a reserved Rent of 17s 8d, but no accounts have been settled, some of ye Rents have not been received & not a shilling has been expended agreeable to the will of the Donor since Feb: ye 18th 1762.

    Priest's orders and institution: My Priest's Orders are dated September ye 23d 1750
    & I was Instituted June ye 29th 1767
    And am your Lordship's most obedient humble Servant John Snell, Rector of Hunshaw
    Fremington near Barnstaple
    Devon, April ye 30th 1779