October 5th, 1704
In the Province of New York are ten counties. First
New York, in which there is an English Church, called and known by the name of Trinity Church, already built, and the steeple raised to a considerable height.
In Long Island are three counties, viz. King's, Queens and Suffolk county.
Kings County consisting of four Dutch Congregations supplied formerly by one Dutch Minister, but now without any by the death of the late Incumbent they are sometimes supplied by the Reverend Mr. Vesey where he finds all the English and some of the Dutch well affected to the Church of England.
In Queens County consisting of five towns divided into two parishes:
Jamaica - The parish of Jamaica consists of three Towns; Jamaica, New Town and Flushing.In Suffolk County in the east end of Long Island, there is neither a church of England minister, nor any provision made for one by law, the people generally being Independents, and upheld in their separation by New-England Emissaries. but there are several already well affected to the church, and if one or two ministers were sent among them, supported at first by the society, it would be an excellent means of reconciling the people to the Church, and of introducing an Establishment for a Minister by Law.
Mr. Bartow Rector. Here is a Church built, but not finished, being neither glazed nor ceiled. The parish of West Chester is divided into four several districts viz. West Chester, East Chester, Younkers, and the Manor of Pelham. There is twenty three acres of land given by West Chester division for a glebe. There is one Independent Congregation of East Chester, whose Minister designs to leave there, whose congregation upon his departure are resolved to join with the Church.
Thomas Pritchard, Rector. Here is no Church, but the Minister preaches in the Town house; the parish is divided into three districts, viz Rye, Bedford and Mamaronets. There is an Independent Church at Bedford where the Minister designs to leave them, they are well affected to the Church, and it is hoped when he is gone they will be in Communion with her.
Staten Island, Richmond County
The greatest part of the people in this county are English. It is very necessary and much desired by the people that a Minister should be speedily sent them with some further encouragement from the society who has this time an opportunity of reconciling most of them to the Church.
In Orange County there are about 60 families of several nations who have no minister nor are able to raise a salary for one.
Ulster County, commonly called Esopus
In the county the greatest number of people are Dutch, who abut twelve years since, sent to the Classis of Amsterdam for a Minister; Mr. Newcella, being lately called home left them destitute of any person to officiate among them, which his Excellency was pleased to take into consideration, and has appointed the Reverend Mr. Hepburn to preach and to read Divine service to them, whereby the English, who had never a Minister among them have the benefit of public Worship, and are in good hoped of bringing the Dutch to a conformity.
A large frontier town where most of the people are Dutch, who have from Amsterdam a Dutch Minister, one Mr. Lydius, but there are some English families, besides a garrison of soldiers, who re a considerable congregation. A church of England Minister here will, in all probability, do signal service not only by setting up a public worship to the joy and comfort of the English, who impatiently desire a minister, and persuading the Dutch and others to conform, but also in instructing the Indians which come in great number thither.
Excerpts taken from an article A Summary Account, appearing in Vol. III, pg 111-117 of The Documentary History of the state of New York, by E. B. O'Callaghan, 1849-1851