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the service of the church there; but the ger; that we gave it a taste of the bless. limited means of the congregation seem- ings attendant on the public and stated ing to promise too partial and inefficient worship of God, merely to torture it a co-operation with the society in the with the vain and despairing recollection support of it, to justify confidence in of what they have lost; that we have in. our resources, and the necessities of our dulged it with a glimpse of the holy and own diocess claiming the preference happy privileges belonging to a religious when the state of the funds permitted community, and then mocked their but little to be done any where; it was hopes of enjoying them permanently. resolved that a correspondence be open- Measures have been adopted for esed with the General Missionary Society tablishing in the inteior of the state, a of the Episcopal Church, requesting mission embracing the districts of Edgetheir assistance in the support of a mis- field, Newberry, and Abbeville, and it sionary at St. Augustine. No answer is hoped, and reasonably expected, that has yet been received. The terms in they will soon be brought to maturity, which the missionary writes of the ge- and these places once more blessed with neral spirit and attention of the people the preaching of the word. This will under his charge, though we regret to be doing something; but, when we conadd, his own health will not allow him sider the iminense range of wilderness to continue among them, and he may in our country, that is a wilderness in be momently expected in Charleston, every sense; where there is no possiadd earnestness to the hope, we were ble means of learning the truths of realready disposed to indulge, that our velation according to any modification proposition may be acceded to by the of Christianity; where children are born General Missionary Society. Notwith- `and die, and the mother's eyes are not standing sickness, the disappointments blessed with seeing the waters of bapof mercantile enterprise, the transient tism poured over their heads; where the nature of the residence which the dwell- symbols of Christian redemption are in ers are obliged to make, and other ob- every way a mystery, and life is withstacles which might be expected to ope- out law, and death without consolation; rate with more decided hostility to the where the name of God is forgotten, or advancement of a Protestant Church, only remembered to be blasphemed; he describes his room as crowded every and prayer, if any, but an emotion of sabbath day; has baptized within the the mind, without encouragement of year, five adults and thirteen infants; means to draw the attention of the and has, more than once, written for thoughtless by public expression; when and received Bibles and Prayer Books we think of these things, we may al for the use of his congregation. The most tremble for Christianity in gineChurch has likewise been in a consider- ral. But when we look at our own able degree organized, having elected church in particular, “how is the gold wardens and vestrymen, and entered on become dim and the most fine gold a course of serious and regular atten- changed,” which once shone with retion to the offices of devotion contained splendant lustre, conferred by and rein our liturgy. The good wishes of fected on public patronage and private their brethren in this state attend their zeal, even among the forests and swamps efforts, and the prayers of all Christen- of Carolina. 6 The stones of the sancdonı include a petition for their success tuary are poured out in the top of every in its constant supplication. It be street;” our country churches are, comes us in particular, to see that their some of them, falling iņto ruins, swalendeavours prove not abortive. We lowed up by the triumphant wilderness, who are so near, and have once put and affording shelter to the beasts of the forth an arm to help, must not rest sa- forest. It was not in this way that “the tisfied with idle wishes for their future wilderness and solitary place were to subsistence and advancement. Let be glad and the desert rejoice and blosnot the infant church of Florida have
som as a rose.” Even in several, where reason to complain that we have given service is performed, we see all around it life, merely to let it perish with
bun- the building, the ruinous walls of a for
mer temple, reproaching, by the com- ous spirit will be so decidedly acknowparison they suggest, the diminished ledged, that it will receive patronage zeal of the present age. Is this to con- worthy of its merits, and exhibit effects tinue so? Is our country to become a proportioned to its promise, and suffispiritual wilderness? If the answer be cient to convince the most sceptical no, we must "up and be doing.” The gainsayer. An institution which has Missionary Society, we must believe, for its object the promotion of religion, in the present state of the world, opens conducted on principles suggested by the door to usefulness, as religion is the judgment of the wise, and the exconcerned. The command is “grand perience of the observing, cannot be preach," the corresponding obligation despaired of, even though its past hison us, is, enable them to go. So long tory did not confirm the conviction of as this command and its reciprocal ob- its utility. The Saviour was displeased ligation stands unrepealed, we must be that little children should not be sufferstrenuous in that path which our society ed to come unto him; and what shall marks out before us : the coldness of we think of those who are systematithe worldly man must be overcome; cally opposed to a mode of instruction the sneers of the scoffer, despised; the which appears eminently calculated to hope of the sanguine, embodied in ac- lead their infant mind to a knowledge tive exertion; the zeal of the believer, and love of him who first loved them, burn brighter and brighter into the per
and who alone can make them virtuous fect day of moral illumination, when and happy? Nay, what shall we think the Gospel shall boast the spiritual of the patriotism of those who refuse to conquest and renovation of the world. imbue the hearts of their children with Signed in behalf of the committee, such sentiments of duty in all the do
NATHANIEL BOWEN, mestic, civil, and political relations of
religious instruction of our Sunday The Fourth Annual Report of the heart of childhood is, and what the
schools? When we think what the Board of Managers of the Charleston Protestant Episcopal Sunday
world of manhood is, we, surely, must Sckool Society, presented at the An- approve of the purifying and braceing niversary of the Society, on White influence of a discipline which promises
to prepare the one for the trials of the sun-Tuesday, May 20th, 1823.
other. The board of managers of the Pro- The work which we carry on is of a testant Episcopal Sunday School So- steady quiet nature, which affords little ciety present their fourth annual re- to report upon. The schools are in a port with feelings of gratitude to God sufficiently flourishing state to satisfy, for the success of the past, and of san- not the bold wishes we could form, but guine anticipation for the results of our the reasonable expectations which their future exertions. Our hopes have not conditions at the last anniversary justibeen disappointed, although we have fied our entertaining. Considerable adto lament the confined liinits of the ditions to the number of scholars have field on which they were exercised. resulted from a resolution passed at a The foundation on which we began meeting of the society in August last, was small, but it was enough to exem- for the more effectual discovery and plify the justness of the principles on encouragement of the children of the which the institution of Sunday schools poor who attend no Sunday schools. was advocated, and to exhibit their The proposal made and acceded to happy effects on all concerned, super- was, that the rectors of the episcopal intendents, teachers, pupils, and pa- churches in this city, together with such trons. The public attention has been persons as they can interest in the unawakened to the subject, and it is hoped dertaking, be requested to exert themthat, by the grace of God, the time is selves to obtain poor children for the not far distant, when the efficacy of schools, and that the better to effect this instrument to disseminate a religi. this, wards, No. 1 and 2, be allotted to
St. Michael's ward, No. 3, to St. Phi- “ Ardently desirous of extending the lip's; No. 4, to the missionary of the dominion oftruth and promoting the spi«Domestic Missionary Society," and ritual welfare of the young, so far as their the Neck, to St. Paul's.
abilities and opportunities will allow, The exertions of these active bene- the teachers and superintendents of St. factors will, in future, be animated by Paul's earnestly request all those whose the removal of an inconvenience that situation in life, and ample possession of has hitherto much impeded the progress time give the power, to co-operate with and usefulness of our schools. This them in this work of faith, and labour was the want of seats for the children of love. Many members of the church of persons who do not own pews. For there are, who, by a slight intimation, these, we are happy to state, accom- or the mere expression of a wish, could modations are now provided in all the influence many, viewing them with churches. The annexed extracts from emotions of esteem and regard, to avail the reports of the superintendents, fur- themselves of the benefits of an institunish a very satisfactory account of the tion, having for its object the promoseveral schools, in which there are 435 tion of God's glory, and the salvation children, and 56 teachers.
of immortal souls. The opinion is er“ Among the expedients recommendt roneous in its nature, and injurious in ed by the rector of St. Philip's, and its operation, that none can promote adopted the last summer, for the in- the well-being of Sunday schools but crease of the Sunday school attached to those who are actively engaged in it, were the division of the wards in teaching the young and tender mind the which the church is situated into six road to heaven's high portals. This sections, and the allotment of each to cannot be expected of persons tvo visitors. It was the duty of these perintend the economy of large houseto pay particular attention to, and pro- holds, and who acknowledge the oblicure the attendance of the children of gations of a religion, that does not our communion, as well as of the poor, sanction the neglect of domestic duties. and others, residing within their re- But they are affectionately requested to spective sections, who did not belong consider whether there is not some to any denomination.” It has, by some small portion of their time, which of the visitors, been faithfully attended would admit of being devoted to furto, for which they merit the thanks of thering the prosperity of the Sunday the church. The adoption of such a school institution-intluencing their denreasure has resulted most beneficially pendants, enlisting, by prudent and jum in more than doubling the number of dicious conversation, others in its fascholars, and inducing many, who had vour, and animating and encouraging heretofore been neglectful of the Lord's those engaged in bestowing and receivDay, to be regular attendants at the ing instruction, by an occasional short school.
visit to the scene of their labours.-Among the children are two of That they may be induced to give the Jewish parents, who have been bap- subject the serious attention which it tized. Their eldest sister is a teacher deserves, they are kindly desired to in the school.
weigh maturely the sacred injunction, “ The Sunday school for children of Feed my lambs, which, though pricolour is held at a different hour; reli- marily addressed by the blessed Savigious instruction exclusively is regard- our of mankind to one of the most emied, and as few of the children can read, nent of the apostles, was intended for they are taught the Ten Command all bearing his holy name.” ments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Some Bibles have been received from Creed, by repeating. It is to be re- generous, but unknown donors, who gretted that they attend very irregular- look for their reward only in the aply, and the more, as the benefit of probation of their own consciences, those whose parents and masters bes, and the favour of him who “ sees their long to the congregation is particularly alms in secret, but himself shall reward designed."
them openly." In addition to these Bibles we have to acknowledge the re- parted is wholly spiritual, and the arceipt of a few numbers of the “Guar- rangement of their classes seems to endian, or Youth's Religious Instructor.” courage a sense of subordination, indeMay he, who declared his kingdom pendently of the humble and submiswas composed of such as little children, sive feelings which are here shown to welcome into it with joy those who be inculcated by Christianity. make it their effort to prepare its earth- The library which has been estaly emblems for the perfect purity of blished for the use of the children the state, which even they represent in- proves to be an effectual, though unadequately! It will be gratifying to fortunately still a very limited instruthe members to know that an active ment of promoting a disposition for friend has been raised up to our hum- reading, and engendering the pious feelble and noiseless institution, at the dis- ings, which the character of the books tance of many miles. We feel grateful we have selected tends to excite. Withto the Rev. Mason L. Weems, for the out a doubt of its propriety, and with good wishes he has expressed for our a sanguine confidence of success, we success, and for the disinterested dona- make an appeal in its favour to the getion of seven dollars to our funds. nerosity of the members, and even of
Whether there be a misunderstand- the public in general, as far as our reing abroad respecting the mode in quest may be heard. The facility with which the Sunday schools are support- which donations may be made to an ed, and their necessary expenses de- institution of this nature, encourages us frayed, or whether the whole system is in our suit. How many books are ly. disapproved by the community, which ing idle upon your shelves, which would we cannot suppose to be the case, the be received with gratitude, and thus number of names on the list of the so- perform a part, and an important part, ciety is not so great as every good feels in the great moral machine that is to ing, spiritual and secular, should induce result in the enlightening the underus to hope and expect. Since the last standing, and purifying the heart, and anniversary there has been an acces- blessing with immortal glory the souls sion of one life member and six an- of those who otherwise cannot, or will nual members, and five have withdrawn not accomplish this one supremely imtheir names. One excellent and zeal- portant object of their existence. But ous patron, (Mrs. Mary C. Gregorie) it is not intended to confine the liberatoo, has departed for the world where lity of the generous to books alone. she is to receive the reward of all her The means of purchasing books will be “ labours of love.” The memory of received of course with equal gratitude. her example remains to sooth our re- It should be mentioned also, that a gret at her loss; and the abiding effects laudable sense of decency, and of the of her charities will, we trust, be felt decorum that is due to the sanctuaries and blessed by many immortal souls, where the business of the schools is assisted by her on their way to Zion; conducted, prevents many a poor paeven when her name shall have been rent from sending her children, because forgotten on earth, and only heard not suitably clad. For such, clothing among the spirits of the just made per- would be a very acceptable and useful fect.
present; for though the board have The society at present, therefore, been at considerable expense in procontains 117 members. We cannot curing such necessaries, their funds will omit this opportunity of urging upon not permit them to supply every dethem the propriety of doing all in their serving applicant. power to dissipate prejudices, which, The board conclude with congratuperhaps, still exist in the public mind, lations to the members for what has relating to the ultimate effects of our been done, and with the most earnest exertions, by unreserved exposition of expression of their hope that they will their nature, and limitations particu- not forget how much more may be done. larly as directed to the children of co- Their work is a good one, and must loured persons. The instruction im- prosper, for the Omnipotent, we trust, VOL. VII,
is on their side. Let them always re- ings, cannot but be considered as member they are striving to fill the most important event, for these instituhearts of children with his Spirit. tions crown the various charities which They are invoking purity to the foun- have lately sprung up around us : they tain head, from whence must hereafter render all other means of instruction, flow the streams that give to the world whether from secular teachers or the its character, and make it the empire pulpit, more highly useful; they carry of the evil one, or the happy encamp- children to the very fountain head, and ment of immortal hosts, who are march- initiate them through the only proper ing onward to God's throne in heaven. way into wisdom, by teaching them Signed in behalf of the Board of
the fear of the Lord. Managers,
“ It is, perhaps, not saying too EBENEZER THAyer, jun. Secry. much in their behalf to assert
, that if Charleston, Whitsun-Tuesday, 1823.
there is a society on earth upon which
the Great Head of the Church looks Mr. Rutledge's Address. with peculiar pleasure, it is that which [At the celebration of the ahove anniversary, brings young children to him; that if an approprište address was delivered by the there is an institution on which the SeRev. Edward Rutledge, rector of St. Tho. raphim may look down with more than mas ant St. Dennis: it is printed with the report, but its great length prevents its in
common delight, it is that composed sertion on our pages ; we however extract entirely of those whose angels are conthe following passages. ]
tinually beholding the face of their Fa" The age in which we live is dis. ther who is in heaven; that if there is tinguished above all that have preced- one thing in which we excell our preed it, by the rapid march of benevo- decessors, and by which we render lence. Called into active existence by posterity our debtors, it is the care we the Son of God, and cherished by his are taking that the generation which is immediate disciples, it seems, after to act when we are gathered to our fatheir departure from the earth, to have thers, shall be holy and enlightened. soon sunk into slumber and insensibi- “ Permit me then, while I congratulity. In the calm of indifference, and late you on this renewed opportunity in the storms of religious controversy, of meeting for the purpose of taking there were no opportunities presented sweet counsel together, to encourage for it to resume its progress; and for those who have already embarked in ages the absolute necessity of its pre- this labour of love, to diligent persesence and operation, wherever Chris- verance, and to entreat patronage from tianity is professed, appears to have those who have not yet made it their been forgotten.
object to facilitate your valuable de “ Within a few years a regenerating sign." spirit has gone forth; a fresh beam has " When children are deprived of come down from the throne of the Eter- their parents, or when they have those nal to revive the holy principle of good who feel no interest in their welfare, will to men; the second commandment particularly if they are in humble life; has been placed in as clear a light as the very circumstances in which they ever; Christians are again distinguish- are placed forbid us to suppose that ed by the peculiar badge, left them by they will receive any religious instruca their divine Master; and again must tion at home, or be brought much into their noble exertions in each other's be-. the temples of the living God. In their half, excite in the minds of their ene- case the utility of such establishments mies, the feelings that formerly caused as the present is too clear to require one hostile to their interests to exclaim any argument. But supposing the
see how these Christians love one youth to be under parental care, and another," while all the triumphs of in- that those who exercise this authority fidelity, once too well founded on their over them are well informed, and kind; dissentions, are hushed in silence." supposing that they are placed above
66 The formation of Sunday school the reach of penury, and that much of societies, when viewed in all its bear their time is at their own disposal;