This and other letters were sent to the Methodist Missionary Society in England from Newfoundland in the early 1800's. The letters are now archived at the Methodist Missionary Society, although microfilm copies can be found at the United Church Archives in Toronto, Ontario under location number "87.225C".
23 August 1828
During the evening I took a Census of the population for Dr Skelton, the chief magistrate at Trinity, & found that English Harbour contains about [blank] souls. There is only one Catholic in the Harbor & he only a sojourner; and who has been excommunicated for attending the preaching of the Methodists.
25 August 1828
On Friday August 22 died, at Trinity, in the Island of Newfoundland, Mary Lucas, aged 44 years ... She was the second to give in her name about eleven years ago, & long after she had entered on the marriage state ... She is the first buried in our little grave yard; although a part of the ground being in dispute, & the whole of it being so very small we do not intend burying there, at least not now: but it was her wish... Now the ground being once opened, no doubt but in time to come, more will be buried there.