Letter – 20 July 1760
The Right Honble the Earl Fauconberg
Date-stamped: 23 July
Remains of black wax seal
Newborough 20th July 1760
I gave Your Lordships Sirvice to Mr Sterne, whose Doctrine, (tho Chiefly Extempory) takes So well amongs the Congregation that the Church can Scarce Contain the Number of People that appear every Sunday.
Your Lordhsips Most
Obdt: Hble Servant
Chiefly Extempory: this may explain why, though a clergyman for the best part of three decades, there are relatively few surviving sermons written by Sterne.
Number: it is estimated that 200 people could have fit into Coxwold Church.