Charity: [Entered on a slip of paper bound into the volume in the middle of the return.]
To the XIII Quaere Mr. John Carter, son of the Late of Mr Richard Carter, Curate of this Parish April 18th 1731 left a Benefaction of Twenty Shillings per Annum for ever; Payable out of His Land's in Ottery St. Mary to Poor House Keepers not Having Pay of the Parish, which Sum was yearly paid, as some of the Parishioners, who have Received the Benefit Thereof can Testify; but for many years Past it hath been Discontinued, but for what Reason I cannot Fully Declare Since my Institution, I myself, and the officers of the Parish have been at Several Pounds Cost to Recover it again, but without Effect. We are at this Time making a motion for a more diligent Search, and Enquiry, and Intend to spare no Cost if by any means we can Attain the Desired End.
Priest's orders and institution: I Thomas Polton, Batchelor of Arts was Inducted into the Real Actual and Corporal Possession of the Rectory and Parish - Church of Instow near Bideford on March the 28th 1765. I was Ordained Priest at Exon on June the Seventeenth 1739.