Wednesday, December 26, 2012

This Day in History: December 26, 1746

John Pierson, the Anglican missionary to Salem, NJ, was writing one of his regular reports to London:

“during the Long Days in the Summer Season I Served Penn’s Neck Church in the Afternoons and Since the Days are too Short to Serve two Churches near Ten Miles distant I preach one Sunday in three weeks at the Church with Seeming Good Success and have in a General way a Larger Congregation there than at Salem though I have Opposed by a Set of Travelling Enthusiasts who are very Industrious in Raising Disturbances and divisions in the Church…

John Pierson to SPG, Salem, NJ, December 26, 1746, Letter Books of the Society of Propagation of the Gospel, Series B, 1701-1786.