Letter from Jos[eph] Butterworth, Fleet Street [London] to Lord [Henry Dundas] Melville

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Encloses copy of letter to Committee of Privy Council for Trade, etc, (see below). Thanks him for previous assistance and has confidence in his lordships disposition to favour liberty of conscience. Recalls his lordship's assistance with the Lumb case in St Vincent's (1792-3). Growth of mission. Realises 'Jamaica business' doesn't fall under his department but hope he will be able to provide assistance.

Includes a copy of letter (dated 1 June 1804) from Jos[eph] Butterworth, New Chapel, City Road [London], to the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council for Trade & Foreign Plantations. Expresses their desire to send more missionaries to Jamaica but are concerned that some local magistrates will not license them. John Williams persecuted by local authorities, forced into hiding until his recent death (which, in part, may be attributed to his treatment). Express importance of missionary work and concern that a new law will empower magistrates even more and therefore ask the Council to reconsider new law.

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