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Report of Colonel Morgan Morgan

Associated Reading to the Report of Colonel Morgan ap Morgan

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Reverend George Ross: Reverend George Ross was born in 1679, in Balblair Scotland. He began schooling very early, and eventually graduated in 1700 at Edinburgh, with a Master of Arts degree. He would later return to Edinburgh, where it was intended for him to become a minister of the Established Church of Scotland, the Presbyterian Church. Ross however entered the Church of England, and received much encouragement from the Episcopal party in Edinburgh. In 1705, Ross was sent to New Castle, Delaware, as a missionary by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. He became the first minister of the Immanuel Protestant Episcopal Church, and had immediate success building up a congregation, some even traveled up to twelve miles to attend his orations. By 1708, however, his congregation had diminished greatly due to an epidemic which strongly discouraged Ross, causing him to remove his religious affairs to Chester in 1709. However, because of this, he was recalled to England by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. On his way back, he was captured by a French cruiser and taken to Brest, where he was treated poorly by the French soldiers. Upon release, he returned to Chester, where he helped establish a new congregation, but would later return to New Castle. In August of 1717, Ross was invited by Governor Keith of Pennsylvania to accompany him on a journey through the lower regions of Delaware. They visited Lewistown, where he stayed for several says, preaching and baptizing over a hundred people, at least half of them children. He would return to the lower region in 1718, where he noticed that the people were without a minister. He addressed this to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, urging that a missionary be sent, and in 1721, Reverend Beckett arrived from London, England as an answer to the request. Ross lived until 1754, in which he was still a member of the New Castle congregation.