Francis Le Jau to Stubbs

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Francis Le Jau to Stubbs

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His family has arrived. His children seem to be over their acclimatization, but his wife is still ill. One woman in his parish has been arrested on a charge of witchcraft. Another, after being in delirium for two days, on apparently coming to, declared that she had been dead and related her experiences to a servant.

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23 September 1707

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Lambeth SPG 16 178

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Dr le Jau to Mr Stubs.
23d Septe[mber] 1707.

To
The Rev[eren]d Mr Ph[ilip] Stubbs Rector of St Alphage at his house in Sion Colledge near Cripple gate
London

p[er] Capt[ain] Flavile

South Carolina in the Parish of St James
near Goose Creek Sept[em]ber the 23. 1707

Rev[eren]d Sir

I humbly return thanks to you for your readiness full of Charity to do service to my family in my absence they arrived here the 8th July last. It was then a sickly time with New comers by reason of the heat which lasts about three months. my children have been sick of the feaver and through the mercy of God they are now pretty well recovered. My wife is still very much out of order, but I hope she will conquer it. I took the liberty to write to you a large account of the state of affairs in this our Country. since the Lords Proprietors have sent Several Commissions to the Chief Justice the malecontents seem a little quiet. I have sent to a friend a little written Copy of our dissenters tenets and discipline I could get but two printed which I have sent to the secretary of the Society and Dr Stanley. Communicate it as you think it may do good. I perceive some of

the subscribers are ashamed of what they have done. the woman accused of witchcraft has sometime been set at liberty, but is presently confined again by reason of new mischiefs she dos. She is now in Jayl. she boasts of the number of friends she has and says she will come off. a Pious woman \who/ lived in my parish with her husband and family lately after a long sickness fell in a raving condition for 3 weeks and then came to herself for 6 hours, she being in her right mind declared that she had been dead and told several surprising particulars of what she had seen and heard and was not at all sensible that she had been raving. having spoken rationally for those 6 hours she lost her strength and senses and dyed 2 days after I buryd her a month ago. she desired me when she was in her right mind to Instruct the Company att her funeral taking my subject from Job.19.25 &c I know that my Redeemer liveth &c. I must say of her she was the most resigned soul to the will of

God, both in her health and sickness that I saw in this Country, she was bred among a sort of Anabaptists & knew no better till of late. that sect has a new teacher a brick layer by trade who is joined to an old Carpenter. It is grievous to see poor Souls thus deluded. those among them who have a true desire to serve God and be saved come to our church. as for the others who mind nothing but this worlds happiness I pray for them, or I find it is needless to talk to them of Jesus Ch[rist] their heart being fix’d up[on a]n outward appearance of reformation and fine words. if they could get money by coming to us I don’t believe there would be a dissenter here. be pleased to honour me with the Continuance of your friendship. I commend you and your Lady whom I humbly salute to the keeping of almighty God and earnestly desire to be remembred by you in your prayers. Mr hodges will be so kind as to send me your letters
I am

Rev[eren]d Sir

Your most humble and obedient servant

Francis Le Jau.

Transcription and MS

Dr le Jau to Mr Stubs.
23d Septe[mber] 1707.

To
The Rev[eren]d Mr Ph[ilip] Stubbs Rector of St Alphage at his house in Sion Colledge near Cripple gate
London

p[er] Capt[ain] Flavile

South Carolina in the Parish of St James
near Goose Creek Sept[em]ber the 23. 1707

Rev[eren]d Sir

I humbly return thanks to you for your readiness full of Charity to do service to my family in my absence they arrived here the 8th July last. It was then a sickly time with New comers by reason of the heat which lasts about three months. my children have been sick of the feaver and through the mercy of God they are now pretty well recovered. My wife is still very much out of order, but I hope she will conquer it. I took the liberty to write to you a large account of the state of affairs in this our Country. since the Lords Proprietors have sent Several Commissions to the Chief Justice the malecontents seem a little quiet. I have sent to a friend a little written Copy of our dissenters tenets and discipline I could get but two printed which I have sent to the secretary of the Society and Dr Stanley. Communicate it as you think it may do good. I perceive some of

the subscribers are ashamed of what they have done. the woman accused of witchcraft has sometime been set at liberty, but is presently confined again by reason of new mischiefs she dos. She is now in Jayl. she boasts of the number of friends she has and says she will come off. a Pious woman \who/ lived in my parish with her husband and family lately after a long sickness fell in a raving condition for 3 weeks and then came to herself for 6 hours, she being in her right mind declared that she had been dead and told several surprising particulars of what she had seen and heard and was not at all sensible that she had been raving. having spoken rationally for those 6 hours she lost her strength and senses and dyed 2 days after I buryd her a month ago. she desired me when she was in her right mind to Instruct the Company att her funeral taking my subject from Job.19.25 &c I know that my Redeemer liveth &c. I must say of her she was the most resigned soul to the will of

God, both in her health and sickness that I saw in this Country, she was bred among a sort of Anabaptists & knew no better till of late. that sect has a new teacher a brick layer by trade who is joined to an old Carpenter. It is grievous to see poor Souls thus deluded. those among them who have a true desire to serve God and be saved come to our church. as for the others who mind nothing but this worlds happiness I pray for them, or I find it is needless to talk to them of Jesus Ch[rist] their heart being fix’d up[on a]n outward appearance of reformation and fine words. if they could get money by coming to us I don’t believe there would be a dissenter here. be pleased to honour me with the Continuance of your friendship. I commend you and your Lady whom I humbly salute to the keeping of almighty God and earnestly desire to be remembred by you in your prayers. Mr hodges will be so kind as to send me your letters
I am

Rev[eren]d Sir

Your most humble and obedient servant

Francis Le Jau.

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“Francis Le Jau to Stubbs,” USPG Online Exhibition , accessed December 6, 2021, http://emlo-portal.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/exhibition/uspg/items/show/31.

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