To the Revd the Minister of South Brent

Chanter 232B, 556

  1. Residence, curate and lecturer: My Lord,
    I think it proper first of all to acquaint your Lordship, that the Church of South Brent is now vacant by the Death of the late Wm Nosworthy in November last, - that the Right to the next Presentation to this Church has been & still is disputed by John Amyatt <M:D:> on one Side, and Mrs Bradford Widow of the late Mr Bradford V: of Buckfastleigh in the other; and that Mr Chancellor Carrington was pleased in Justice to my Services at this Church to appoint me to serve it during the Vacancy.

    In Answer to the above Enquiry, I do not reside in this Parish, but with the Vicar of Ugborough at the Distance of three miles from this Church. Mr Freeman Freke, Clerk, went lately to reside in the Vicarage House. I consider myself as ill treated by this Man, and therefore I humbly hope, your Lordship will permit me to make my Complaint to your Lordship of him.

  2. Other benefices: I have none.

  3. Divine service at other churches: I do not perform divine Service at any other Church.

  4. Frequency of divine service: Divine Service is performed twice on the Lord's Day with a Sermon at each Service.

  5. Frequency of communion: The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is administred four Times a year; and the number of Communicants generally about seventy.

  6. Catechising of children: As I never was the establish'd Curate of this Parish, I never did catechise the Youth of it.

  7. Church fabric: The Church & Chancel are in good Repair, and the Churchyard well kept, and all things belonging to divine Service in decent order.

  8. Glebe terrier: Being only the officiating Minister, I am unable to give any Answer to this Enquiry.

  9. Number of families: The number of Families in this Parish, according to the best Information I can procure, amount to about one hundred and sixty.

  10. Chapels: There is no Chapel in this Parish.

  11. Papists, dissenters and meeting houses: The are no reputed Papists, nor Meeting-Houses for Dissenting Congregations in this Parish.

  12. School, alms-houses, hospital and charitable endowments: There is a publick School for Reading & Writing possess'd of a small Endowment which, as I am inform'd, is duly managed according to the Direction of its Founder; and an Alms House, but no Hospital nor parochial Library.

  13. Charity: There are Lands & Tenements {in this Parish} which were given to Trustees for pious & charitable Uses, and which, I am told, are duly applied.

    Priest's orders and institution: The Date of my Priest's Orders is the 21st Day of September 1766. A Letter directed to me at Ugborough near Modbury woud come in regular Course.

    I am
    My Lord
    your Lordship's most Obedient & most
    Humble Servant, James Lyde