Catterick, November 12, 1773
It is my duty, and full time that I should acquaint your Lordship with my intention of resigning the vicarage of Catterick, in your diocese of Chester, the latter end of this month.
If your place of residence had been within any convenient distance, as it would have been more respectful, I should have been desirous to have waited on your Lordship and made my resignation into your own hands.
I am obliged to take this step after long deliberation, for the relief of my own mind, not being able in any way to satisfy myself with officiating according to the present forms of our church, and not thinking myself at liberty to make those very material alterations that would satisfy me. I mean in changing the object of worship which to me appears to be sadly mistaken in many parts of the service.
I have the honour to be,
Your Lordship's most humble and obedient servant,
Quoted from Memoirs by Thomas Belsham, in The Letters of Theophilus Lindsey edited by G M Ditchfield (2007)
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