« VorigeDoorgaan »
Wherever, indeed, she has raised her protected by the Almighty; and they banners, wherever she has sent her mi- will derive therefrom a strong excitenisters, she has flourished. We now ment to do all the good they can to find them dispersed over the whole their household of faith. Let us always United States, although, in many places, remember, that however strong may be not in sufficient numbers.
our conviction that the religious system Another circumstance that would we support is the one which was estaseem to afford strong proof that the blished by the apostles, and is nurtured Episcopal Church is destined to in- and defended by the Head of the church, crease in the United States, is the num- yet we are the instruments in his hands ber of clergymen, who, from other de. to accomplish his purposes---that we nominations, have joined her commu- “must plant, and we must water," or nion. Those who indulge the belief there will be no fruit. The operations that Providence is preparing a train of of Providence in the spiritual world are secondary causes to further the growth similar to what they are in the natural. of the church, cannot fail to include In both cases we must toil and labour, this among them. She counts now. and eat our bread in the sweat of our among the labourers in her vineyard brow. many who originally belonged to other What then is the course to be purdenominations, and who have submit- sued by us? ted to a reordination at the hands of her 1st. It must, we think, be evident, spiritual rulers--while the instances are from the observations which have been rare indeed of clergymen of this church already made, that one of the most im. deserting her communion for the pur- portant means of extending the influpose of entering into other vineyards.ence of the church in this country, is These accessions, too, have taken the inculcation of her distinguishing place at a time when she was most in principles. We know indeed what à want--when she was in a state of weak- great difference of opinion exists on this ness—when her sheep were scattered subject even among the members of the abroad without shepherds, and when church. But surely if there is any such many persons began to despair of her thing as judging from experience, we existence. Generally speaking also, must admit that this is a point which they have sprung from conscientious cannot with safety bę neglected. In scruples concerning the validity of the what way do other denominations sucordination they had previously receiv- ceed? How have the Methodists and ed. There could indeed be scarcely the Baptists been able to bring so many any other motive for entering the converts into their respective churches? church. She is not as large nor as And what has been the principal cause powerful as some other denominations, of the success of the Episcopal Church nor are the livings in her gift generally in those places where she has flourishas good. But the voice of truth pre- ed? Does experience show that the vailed, and they resolved at all hazards inculcation of her peculiar tenets has to obey it.
had a tendency to obstruct her progress, We could dwell longer on this point, or to render her unpopular? It may but the length to which we have already have been the case in a few instances. extended our observations, warns us But what has been the general effect ? that it is time to revert to the last to- Undoubtedly of a kind favourable to pic which we wish to bring into view the church. Let us advert to one or at present the means whereby the two of the results that are already maprosperity of the church is to be pro- nifest to the most careless observer. moted.
Great exceptions were taken a few If the foregoing remarks are correct, years since, by other denominations, to churchmen will learu never to despair the inculcation by churchmen, of their of their Zion. On the other hand, they peculiar principles; while they, at the will cherish for her a sincere attach- same time, were by no means backward ment--an attachment founded on the in the exercise of the same practice. belief that she is a plant nourished and But what is the case now?
seems to be at last almost quietly con- port of all her public institutions. These ceded to us.
institutions are various, and they all have Again, the clergy of the church now a claim upon the regard of every memuse very different language on the sub- ber of the church. Would to God we ject of her distinguishing principles, could see a becoming spirit in this refrom what they did twenty years ago. spect excited throughout our country A new æra, in this respect, has arisen, that we could behold the wealthy which is unquestionably to be attributed coming forward, and lending their aid to the example which a few courageous freely to the support of seminaries for leaders set them. That very contro. the education of our ministry, and the versy, in the diocess of New-York, establishment of funds for missionary which was carried on about a dozen purposes, and the support of bishops years since, and which was exclaimed Each of these objects is all-important, against by many, even of the friends of and they must each one be effected, or the church, as unnecessary and injuri- our church will suffer. We cannot, at ous, has had the effect of exciting new this time, go into a detail of the bene zeal throughout the whole church. It fits that would result from their achas roused the courage of her friends complishment_but we would remind has dispelled that timidity which t90 episcopalians throughout our country, frequently before that period pressed that their church now is in a peculiar upon the minds of her clergy and laity, situation. She is, as it were, ascending and enabled them to raise their heads a rugged hill, and will for some time in a fearless competition with other de- need the aid of all her friends. Many nominations. Let then churchmen are the obstacles that meet her in her hereafter pursue
the same course. Let progress. Let then those who wish her them hold up to view the principles well
, put forth their strength to sustain wherein we differ from others-let them and animate her, and let them rememinculcate without fear their antiquity ber, for their encouragement, that by so and their excellence. Let them, indeed, doing, they will be imitating the exam(and we think this consideration wor- ple of him who loved the church, and thy of deep attention, temper theit zeal gave himself for it." with prudence. Let them, as wise
The Country Clergyman. men, observe the times and seasons when thcy may feed with milk or with strong meat. But let them see that the Abstract of the Proceedings of the work be done. Every motive drawn Thirty-fifth Annual Convention of from a sense of duty, or even of policy,
the Diocess of South-Carolina, held urges to this course. Do they believe
in St. Afichael's Church, Charleston, that their church is formed upon the on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of Februapostolic model? How then can they fail to inculcate her principles? And THE convention was composed of the when contemplating the means used by Right Rev. Bishop Bowen, sixteen presother denominations to promote their byters, five deacons, and thirty-five lay prosperity, can they fail to see that the delegates, representing eighteen paabandonment of her peculiar doctrines, rishes. or, which is the same thing, the neglect It was opened with morning prayer, of enforcing them, will be, in fact, an conducted by the Rev. Francis P. Deabandonment of their church?
lavaux, rector of St. Matthew's parish; To the inculcation of the peculiar an appropriate sermon by the Rev. principles of the church, and the pro- Maurice H. Lance, rector of Prince motion of her' prosperity from this George, Winyaw; and the administrasource, we must look principally to the tion of the holy communion by the biclergy. But there are other very im- shop. portant means of increasing the strength The Rev. Frederick Dalcho, M. D. of the church, for the furnishing of was elected secretary and treasurer. which we must depend almost wholly On motion of the Rev. Dr. Gadsden, upon the laity-and these are the sup- the thanks of the convention were pre
sented to the Rev. Mr. Lance, for his a deacon; of the Rev. David I. Campappropriate and zealous discourse de bell, and Henry Gibbes, in April, livered before them this day.
priests, the first at Pineville chapel, St. The following gentlemen were duly Stephen's,the other at All Saints church, appointed delegates to the General Waccamaw; that of the Rev. Edward Convention :- The Rev. Christopher Rutledge, at Strawberry chapel, in St. E. Gadsden, D. D. the Rev. Allston John's, Berkley, a priest, in December; Gibbes, the Rev. Maurice H. Lance, the and, very recently, that of Mr. Mellish Rev.Milward Pogson, Col. Lewis Mor- J. Motte, of this city, a deacon. Mr. ris, William Heyward, Gouverneur M. Dickinson was continuing, when the Wilkins, the Hon. Benjamin Huger. last official intelligence was received, to
Conformably with the 45th canon of serve as the Protestant Episcopal Sothe General Convention, “providing ciety's missionary at Pendleton. Mr. for an accurate view of the state of the Phillips has, since his ordination, been, church," the Right Rev. Bishop Bowen for the most paft, very usefully emdelivered the following address :- ployed in this city as a domestic mis
sionary, under an engagement with the My Brethren of the Clergy, and Charleston Protestant Episcopal Doof the Laity,
mestic Missionary Society; which, con“The affairs of the church, since the sisting of respectable pious female memlast annual convention," which it is bers of the church, is characterised by made my duty to state to you at this, a zeal of Christian charity as prudent embrace nothing calculated to mark as it is unostentatious, and adorned our diocesan ecclesiastical year with with the meek and quiet spirit which is striking or peculiar interest. With an of so great price in the sight of God. uninterrupted harmony and order, and, Mr. Rutledge has accepted the charge as I would fain. trust, in a godly quiet- of St. Thomas's parish; and Mr. Ress, we have been permitted to pursue Motte has officiated on a short tour of the ordinary business of the courts of missionary service in St. Paul's and St. the Lord's house; and if, on the one Bartholomew's parishes, under an aphand, no new and distinguishing bless pointment authorized by a resolution ings, from the Spirit, by which the whole of the board of trustees of the Society body of the church is governed and for the Advancement of Christianity in sanctified, have seemed to attend its South-Carolina. operations, we are not, on the other, Since the last convention, the Rev. called to mingle our sorrowings on any Mr. Gilbert has resigned the charge of remarkable subject of affliction or ca
the church on Edisto, and accepted kamily to our church.
that of Grace church, Sullivan's Island; The official visitation duty to which being at the same time very usefully I am obliged by the 20th canon has,in occupied, under the most respectable the year past, been in some manner circumstances, with the academic indone with respect to Christ church pa- struction of youth in this city. The rish, St. Stephen's, St. Matthew's, St. Rev. Mr. Osborne, formerly of Edisto, Philip's, and St. Paul's, in this city; has returned to the charge of the church. All-Saints, Waccamaw; Prince George, there : but his certificate of dismission Winyaw, Georgetown; St. Helena's from the diocess from which he has rechurch, Beaufort ; St. Bartholomew's, moved into this, as required by the and St. Luke's. Confirmation has been 31st canon, has from some accidental administered in the five first named of circumstances not yet been received. the parishes visitedand in St.Michael's. The Rev. Mr. Van Pelt, ordained priest The whole number of persons this year at Philadelphia, by virtue of letters diconfirmed is about two hundredi missory from this diocess, has, since
The ordinations of the year have the last convention, accepted an apbeen that of the Rev. R. Dickinson, pointment from the vestry of St. Luke's immediately, after the adjournment of parish, by which he is regularly conthe last convention, a priest; of Mr. nected as one of its presbyters with Edward Phillips, of this eity, in March, this portion of the church. The Rev,
Mr. Walker, from Maryland, is serving measures of the Protestant Episcopal St. Helena's church, Beaufort, having Society for the Advancement of Chrisbeen canonically received by the vestry tianity, in addition to the many which to the charge of it in December last.- on former occasions have been reportIt is, however, learned by communica- ed to you, I am reminded to mention, tion from himself, that he does not con- that at Chatham, where there is an template continuing there. The Rev. episcopal church, long, until within a Mr. Taylor, who was reported at the few years, disused by episcopalians, last convention as the minister during the Rev. Mr. Wright, of Wadesborough, the winter and spring of the church at in North-Carolina, is officiating as the North-Santee, has accepted a similar society's missionary with a good proappointment for the present year. The spect of usefulness. His prudent and Rev Mr. Barlow, of New-York, who pious deportment in behalf of a comhas removed hither for the season, with munion which there has few comparaa view to the benefit of a temporary tively to own it, is represented as alchange of climate, having been warmly ready happily operating to conciliate commended to the kindness and esteem the unfriendly, and to animate such as of his brethren here by his own dio- are attached to it to hope that they may cesan, is officiating at Claremont; and, be permitted fully to enjoy their proalthough under circumstances unfavour- per religious privileges. The organizarable to much active exertion, is ren- tion of the church has taken place so dering essential and highly acceptable far as the election of vestrymen and service to the interest to which, as a wardens is necessary to it; and a dele. minister of Christ, he is devoted. gate been appointed to attend this con
It is with very happy emotions that vention. At present there seems to be I find it my duty to mention to you an a propriety in their granting to another effort of liberal zeal within our commu- denomination, who have used the nion worthy to awaken a common feel. building, the continuance of some stated ing among us of grateful exultation. At
use of it for the purposes of their worPendleton, where a missionary of the ship As, however, nothing can be Society for the Advancement of Chris- more obvious, than the evil of the use tianity has been employed for the last in common by different denominations few years, a neat and convenient build- of the same religious edifice; it is to be ing has been erected for our worship hoped that mutually satisfactory proby the exertions of a few individuals,* vision will, before long, be made to from the sacred use of which, we are render this arrangement neither necesencouraged to hope, that the name sary nor desired. Christianity is scarceof God will, according to our mode ly in any thing so liable to be wounded of worshipping him, be honoured by in the house of its friends as by measome respectable portion at least of our sules which thus force those into collifellow-citizens in that remote portion of sion, who, duly separated, might chathe state. To the general personal ex- ritably abide in concord. This comes ertions and sacrifices of Col. Thomas unavoidably of the infirmity of our na. Pinckney, I feel it incumbent on me to ture; and it is a kind of treachery to state the success of this good work, of the cause of religion, unnecessarily to which the amiable modesty of his true provoke such infirmity, in counteraczeal for the church would have forbid- tion of its spirit of love, joy, and peace. den him to be proclaimed as in any 6. The affairs of the diocess, since the degree the author, is, under God,great- last convention,"require me no further ly to be ascribed.
to occupy you. You will permit me, In adducing this instance of good, however, to subjoin some notices of resulting in no small share from the other matters generally interesting to
us, and one or two suggestions in the * On T. Pinckney, Mr. B. Dupree, Dr. way of the counsel, which constitutes Hall, Mr. Taliaferro, Col. Calhoun, Col. War- an indispensable duty of the relation in ren, and Dr: T. Dart, with a few others, are thu e who folated and carried into effect this
which I appear
here. frigus purpose.
The General Seminary, instituted in
1818, and placed under the most au- ing it to more in this diocess than it spicious circumstances at New-York, otherwise might reach :-“ Admitting, in 1821, becomes more and more wor- as you do," says he, “not merely the thy of a large share of the affectionate general truths of Christianity, but solicitude with which it becomes us to avowing also the excellence of that mobe always intent upon the interests of dification of it which we profess to deour church. Under the conduct of fend, I trust it is not a matter of indifprofessors learned and zealous, labori- 'ference to you, whether the church of ous and faithful, many candidates for your forefathers shall maintain in this the ministry are prosecuting in it their country that influence among other preparation for future usefulness; and Christian churches which her character as among them there are several be- merits. Ignorance of her doctrines, longing to this diocess, we are to con- and misapprehension of the nature of sider ourselves now in the actual expe- her discipline, have contributed to prorience of the promised benefits of such pagate gross errors, which the prejuan institution. Yet it is not permitted dices of early education and the inilume to congratulate you on any new ac- ence of venerated example have served cessions to the means of giving enlarge- to strengthen; but these causes have ments to the plan of the institution, or greatly diminished in their influence; of carrying into full effect the plan on and as it has been proved by the test of which at its organization it was contem- experience, so is it now acknowledged plated that it should proceed. Several of by many of the enlightened and iinpare those whose time is usefully devoted to its tial of all Christian denominations, that business, are still gratuitously bearing the institutions and usages of the episthe burden, superadded to much of other copal church, are no less favourable to care and toil appertaining to the stations a well regulated republican form of gothey occupy in the church; some are vernment, and no less conducive to the labouring for very inconsiderable com- advancement of sound morals and ge. pensation of their services, and none of nuine piety, than those of any other. them are adequately remunerated. We, is consistent that we, as churchtherefore, have still to state to you, how men, should esteem them peculiarly reasonably this most important design excellent; but permit me to repeat the demands, at the hands of the inembers sentiment before expressed, that the in of our church, who have not yet per- stitutions of our church will never committed it to profit of their liberality, the mand suitable respect among the comutmost aid it may be in their power to munity in general, unless they are ilafford it; and of any that they be not lustrated by respectable talent and unweary, with respect to it, of well-doing. affected piety; and, as it is the design The honourable example which is be- of the seminary to advance these esfore us, in the conduct of our Christian sential objects, it may properly look to brethren of the Presbỹterian and other the members of the episcopal church persuasions, seems yet to have taken for protection and support." _“O
- Our obtoo liitle effect. We find no remarka- ject is, by a thorough course of theoloble benefaction to the funds of the gical instruction, and by a constant inseminary placed on the records of the culcation of duty, and a vigorous mainyear, excepting that of one pious mem- tenance of discipline, to endeavour, to ber of the church at Troy, in New- the best of our ability, to cherish the York, who bequeathed to it $2,000, piety of our pupils, in order to send them for the endowment therein, according forth as workmen that need not be to the constitution, of a scholarship. It ashamed.' And in this object are the is painsul to seem to be importunate on members of our church willing to cothe subject; yet I cannot forbear to operate by their influence, by their quote to
you here part of a seasonable prayers, by their wealth? Let it not and judicious appeal of the learned pro- be thought that aid from the last mentessor of Biblical literature in the insti- tioned source is not required. It is ab. tution, found in an address recently de- solutely necessary to place the insti. livered by him, in the hope of extend- tution on a tolerably respectable footVol. VII.