John Rodney, jun. the Rev. William A. ton ; St. Mark's chureh, Mantua ; Trinity Muhlenberg, the Rev. Samuel C. Brinckle, church, Southwark; and St. Stephen's the Rev. Manning B. Roche, the Rev. Wil church, Philadelphia.-5. liam Thompson, the Rev. Peter Van Pelt, Confirmation has been administered in jun. (under letters dimissory from the bi. the following churches : St. John's church, shop of South-Carolina,) and the Rev. Jo- New-London ; St. David's, Radnor: St. seph Jaquett.-8.

James's, Lancaster; Christ church, LeaThe following clergymen have taken cock; St. John's, Pequea; Trinity church, charge of the parishes annexed to their re- Easton ; St. John's, Carlisle ; Christ spective names:--The Rev. Wm. A. Muh. church, Adams county ; St. John's, York ; lenberg, associate rector of St. James's, St. John's, Norristown; Trinity church, Lancaster, and St. John's, Pequea; the Southwark; All Saints' church, Lower Rev. Jehu C. Clay, rector of St. James's, Dublin; Trinity church, Oxford; St. Perkiomen, and St. John's, Norristowní Mary's, Chester county ; Bangor church, the Rev. Benjamin Allen, from Virginia, Churchtown; and in several churches in rector of St. Paul's, Philadelphia ; the Rev. the city of Philadelphia. The number William Thompson, from New York, rec- confirmed was 618. tor of Trinity church, Pittsburg < the Rev. The number of baptisms reported since William H. De Lancey, from New York, the last General Convention is 1591, of an assistant minister of Christ church, St. whom 196 were adults. The number of Peter's, and St. James's, Philadelphia ; the communicants reported to the last dioce. Rev. Moses P. Bennet, from Connecticut, san convention is 1606. Sunday schools minister of Christ church, Greensburg ; exist in many of the parishes, and are the Rev. Samuel Sitgreaves, jun. minister flourishing. Their effects have been highly of St. Stephen's church, Wilkesbarré; beneficial both upon pupils and teachers. the Rev. Richard U. Morgan, rector of St. 1587 scholars were reported from 11 con. Paul's, Chester, and St. Martin's, Marcus gregations. Bible classes have been esHook; the Rev. Joseph Jaquett, minister tablished in some parishes, and have been of St. James's, Bristol; the Rev. Joseph found highly advantageous. Spencer, rector of St. John's, Carlisle; In consequence of the exertions of the Rev. James Montgomery, rector of St. some respectable ladies of the city of Stephen's, Philadelphia; the Rev. Gregory Philadelphia, a scholarship has been esT. Bedell, rector of St. Andrew's, Philadel. tablished in the theological seminary by phia ; and the Rev.John P. Bausman, jun. the deposit of $2500 in its treasury. In from Maryland, minister of the churches aid of the same institution, a board of in Fayette county.

agents, established in Philadelphia, has The Rev. Dr. Joseph Hutchins has re- collected $1500. turned from Barbadoes, and resides in

The church in this diocese has exhibitPhiladelphia. 'The Rev. Dr. Wilson is ed much interest in the concerns of professor of systematic theology in the the Domestic and Foreign Missionary general seminary. The Rev. Joseph Spen. Society. Several public meetings were cer is professor of languages in Dickinson held in Philadelphia to promote its im. college, Carlisle.. The Rev. Norman Nash portant objects. Eight auxiliary societies is at present officiating at Huntingdon and have been organized. Some of the clergy its neighbourhood.

have been made patrons by the female mem. There are ten candidates for holy orders. þers of their congregations. The treasurSeveral young men are preparing to become er's statement shows that in Pennsylvania candidates.

there are 10 patrons, 9 life subscribers, This diocese has been deprived by death and 71 annual subscribers. of the Rev. Joseph Turner, the Rev. Slator

The interest thus exhibited in the cause Clay, the Rev. George Woodruff, and the of this institution, has not, and, it is trustRev. Elijah G. Plumb.

ed, will not affect the concerns of those Charles G. Snowden, and Manning B. societies which have been established to Roche, formerly presbyters of this church, promote the welfare of the church within have been displaced from the ministry, the bounds of the diocese. The society agreeably to the provisions of the seventh for the Advancement of Christianity concanon of 1820.

tinues its useful labours. Eight clergyThere have been duly organized in this men have acted as its missionaries, or diocese, and received into union with its have been assisted from its funds, while convention, St. Stephen's church, Wilkes- they were endeavouring to build up infant barré; Trinity church, Southwark; St. churches. Three missionaries are now in Mark's church, Mantua; St. Stephen's their employ, and they are anxious to obchurch, Philadelphia; St.Andrew's church, tain some more. They are in possession Philadelphia; and Christ church, Greens. of the stereotype plates from which the burg.-6.

standard edition of the Book of Common The following churches have been con. Prayer, authorized by the last General secrated by the bishop :-St. James's Convention, is published. This society, church, Lancaster ; Trinity church, Eas. and the Pilmore society of St. Paul's, Phi.

ladelphia, recently established, have aided Head of the church, the united efforts of six young men in their preparation for the clergy and laity will produce a gede. the ministry: Tracts, homilies, and well ral reformation, and evangelical piety will selected books for Sunday schools, are pub- spread its benign influence to every part lished and distributed by societies formed of this diocese ; and the primitive and infor the purpose. The episcopal fund is teresting service of our church bę duly increasing in a manner highly gratifying performed in every congregation! to all the members of the church. The re- There are in the state three officiating sources of the corporation for the relief of clergymen, and about three huudred and widows and orphans of clergymen, are fifty communicants. The canons and ruquite extensive; they exceed $30,000. brics of the church are in most respects The venerable bishop of the diocese still generally observed ; and there is in some continues at the head of the first Bible so- parts of the state a growing attachment to ciety ever formed in America. The an- the liturgy of the church. nual meeting of the convention has been altered of late, on purpose that it may not Maryland. Since the mecting of the interfere with the anniversary of the Bible last General Convention, the prosperity of Society of Philadelphia. In consequence the church in this diocese has been stea. of a resolution of the convention of 1822, dily progressive. The number of commu. the greater part of the clergy have devot. nicants has considerably multiplied ; and ed a portion of their time to vacant con- in general there is an increasing attention, gregations, and to those vicinities where among the different congregations, to the hopes are entertained that churches may services of the sanctuary, and a continued be established. The result has been con. call for the labours of devoted ministers. sidered highly useful. At comparatively From the address of the Right Rev. Bic a very small expense, about 40 Sundays shop to the clergy and laity assembled in have been devoted to missionary labour, the last convention, the following para. and a proportionable number of sermons graph is an extract:-"When I look back have been preached.

to the depressed state of the church at the

time I entered the holy ministry, and conDelaware. The diocese of Delaware trast that state with its present appear. continues nearly in the same state it was ances, my heart expands with joy, and I at the meeting of the last General Con. am completely confirmed in the belief, that vention, with the exception of some im. to extend the limits and the influence of provements in repairing and building this truly apostolic church, nothing is churches. There are 14 churches in this wanting but a sufficient supply of well state, mostly in good repair. Nine of which educated and faithful ministers." are under the pastoral care of the three Deeply impressed with a conviction of clergymen resident in the state.

this truth, the convention had, for some Immanuel's church, at New-Castle, has time past, been anxious to place within been rebuilt, and ornamented with an ele. immediate reach, such facilities as might gant steeple. This was effected by the encourage the efforts of those young men well directed effort of a small number of who are solicitous of being duly prepared families. This church was consecrated last for the high and responsible office of the fall by the Right Rev. Bishop White. St. gospel ministry. At their last meeting, in James's parish, near Stanton, are building 1822, the following proposal was brought a commodious church; and some improve. before them—" Resolved, that it is now ments have lately been made in some of expedient, in reliance on the blessing of the churches in other parts of the dio. God for success, to establish a local theo. sese; and we discover an increasing de- logical seminary.” This resolution, as ap. sire for the prosperity of our venerable pears from the recorded votes, was adopt. and apostolic church in this state: and it ed by a very large and respectable majority appears to us that a great and effectual of both orelers. On this measure, some door is now open in this diocese, for the diversity of sentiment has existed. The most zealous labours of christian mission. house of clerical and lay deputies refrain aries; and the most sanguine hopes are from the expression of any opinion on the entertained that one united effort will be merits of this measure. To the bishop of made to rescue this branch of our venera- the diocese, it may be deemed due to state, ble church from final ruin. Although a that this act of the convention has met gleam of hope beams upon the church in with his decided disapprobation and this state, yet its condition is still deplor- strenuous opposition. The progress and able, and speaks to the general church in influence of this institution are now in exthe language of supplication, and seems to periment. say,~come over and help us--help us to At the same convention it was also rerescue this once important part of our solved to establish a diocesan missionary church from final ruin. And may we not in society for the state of Maryland, auxili. dulge the liope that the time is not far dis- ary to the Domestic and Foreign Mission. tant, when under the blessing of the Great ary Society of the Protestant Episcopal


Church in the United States. A constitue conversion of a goodly number to the tion was adopted, and a board of mana- Lord who bought them--and a deep so. gers elected, of which the bishop is, ex lemnity and anxious spirit of inquiry officio, the president. Those societies seems generally to pervade the congrega. which had been previously established, tion. continue their operations with encourag- Long may this happiness continue to the ing success. The Prayer Book and Ho church of Fredericksburg, and may all mily Society, especially, promises much the churches of our land obtain the same aid to the general interests of the church, blessing from the Lord. and great utility to its individual members. On the whole, the members of this North-Carolina. The prospects of the diocese have reason to be thankful to the church in this state are equally as bright Great Head of the church, and to rejoice and encouraging as they were represented in those tokens for good, which hate to be in the General Convention of 1820. Its been privileged to receive.

renewal resembles indeed less the restora.

tion of an old and decaying, than the Virginia. No material alteration has healthful growth of a young and vigorous taken place in the condition and character plant. This appears, not only from the of this church since the last report. Thie' rapid augmentation which has already number of its ministers had increased un. taken place in its numbers, but from the til the last year, when, by deaths and re. principles of increase which it appears to movals, it was reduced to the number re- possess within itself. Its present prospe. ported to the last triennial convention. rity is visible in the addition to the numSome valuable ministers have been lost to bers of its congregations and clergy, in the the state by reason of the great difficulty erection of new churches, in the increase of procuring a support for them in these of baptisms and communicants, in the times of unparalleled pecuniary embarrass. greater zeal manifested for the fundamenment.

tal doctrines, and correspondent practices Since the last triennial convention, a

of our holy faith in general, and of the gomeasure which had long been deemed of vernment and dicipline of our church in high importance to the interests of the particular; also in the formation of Bi. church in Virginia, has been pressed on ble, Prayer Book, Missionary, and Tract the attention of its members: to wit, the societies, and societies for the encouragé. establishment of a theological school in ment of industry, and relief of indigence. some suitable situation within the diocese. There are at present twenty-five cona It has pleased a gracious Providence so to gregations in this state, being seventeen bless the endeavours, that the sum of more than was reported at the General $14,000 has been subscribed, a considera. Convention of 1820. Most of these, howble part already paid, and a good prospect ever, are small, and but badly provided held out of ultimate success. The funci for with ministerial services. Some are ate the support of the bishop is still gradually tended by missionaries, at regular indeed, increasing:

but long intervals; while many have to As to the spiritual condition of the depend entirely on the occasional visits of church, to which all outward means are the parochial clergy. This want has been intended to be subservient, it is hoped and supplied, as far as possible, by the appoint. believed that its ministers faithfully de. ment of lay readers, and much benefit has clare the whole counsel of God, and that apparently resulted from the measure. just views of religion prevail among the Congregations have, in some instances, congregations committed to their care. been saved, in a good degree, from dissolu. God continues to be gracious in the gift tion; greater interest has been produced of his holy spirit, and considerable addi. for the cause of the gospel, and a better actions are made to the church of such as, quaintance contracted with the more com. it is hoped, shall be saved. It is particu« mon forms and ceremonies of the church. larly worthy of grateful acknowledgment,

There are eight clergymen at present that an unusual display of the power of re. officiating in the state, viz.-The Rev. ligion has of late been witnessed in the Adam Empie, St. James's church, Wiltown of Fredericksburg. The hearts of mington; the Rev. John Avery, St. Paul's many have been most deeply affected with church, Edenton; the Rev. William Hooa sense of their lost condition, by nature per, St. John's church, Fayetteville; the and practice; they have earnestly inquired Rev. Richard S. Mason, Christ church, “what shall we do to be saved;" they Newbern; the Rev. William M. Green, St. have attended anxiously upon the assem.

John's church, Williamsborough ; the Rev. blies of God's people; from house to house, R. J. Miller, Christ church, Rowan counas well as in the public temple, the life ty; the Rev. Thomas Wright, Calvary giving word has been preached to them, church, Wadesborough ; and the Rev. Rós and importunate prayer offered up to the bert Davis, missionary. Besides the du. God of grace for their pardon and sancti., ties rendered to the churches to which fication. The result has already been the they are now particularly attached, the Rev,

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Messrs. Wright, Miller, and Green, per. about 430; and the number of communi form missionary services in the congrega. cants, as at present stated, are 480 ; but tions nearest the field of their regular la. this is far from being the exact number, bours. Completeness has recently been as a great part of the congregations not given to the organization of the church in having the benefit of regular ministerial this diocese, by the election and consecra- attendance, their true state cannot be retion of the Rev. J. S. Ravenscroft, as Biported. shop thereof: an event which we hail with It is evident to those who have obsery. every demonstration of christian joy: and ed the condition of the church in this for which we are bound to render unfeign- state, that a greater zeal for the gospel, ed thanks to the Great Head of the and a higher standard of moral principles church; an event which promises the most

and conduct, have been produced among incalculable benefit to this portion of its adherents. A greater knowledge has Christ's kingdom. This diocese had, in- been acquired of the distinguishing prindeed, as far as was practicable, been bless. ciples of our church, and an increasing at. ed with the counsel and fatherly care of tention has been paid to its forms and cethe pious and diligent Bishop Moore, of remonies. Virginia ; and deeply and gratefully sen. The liope of increased prosperity desible were all of the importance and be- pends on the prospect of greater stability nefit of his labours. But his being resident in tliose congregations which have been in another diocese, and the multiplied con- ' already formed; but which, as yet, walk cerns of that diocese rendering it impos- with the feebleness and hesitation of child. sible for him to pay such attention as was

hood ; on the formation of new congrega. necessary to this state--the election and tions, where churchmen are resident; and, consecration of a bishop was eagerly desir- lastly, on the effects produced on ground ed. And unanimously has that election, not yet occupied, in places where Christians and most happily that consecration, been of no denomination have as yet laboured, effected.

we may almost say, have as yet existed. Since the last triennial convention, but It is believed, that, generally speaking, three clergymen have removed from this the canons and regulations of the church, state:-The Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, now are as regularly attended to in this, as in rector of St. Andrew's, Philadelphia ; the any other part of our church. Rev. Samuel Sitgreaves, who acted a short A munificent bequest of from fourteen time as missionary, and is now in Penn

to fifteen thousand dollars has been recent. sylvania ; and the Rev. John Phillips, now ly made by the late Mrs. Blount, of Tarbo. in Virginia. The following ordinations rough, for the purpose of erecting a church have taken place within the last three in the city of Raleigh. years :--The Rev. William Green, and the Rev. Robert Davis, to the holy order of South-Carolina. Since the last General deacons; and the Rev. R. J. Miller, to the Convention, the number of clergy in this order both of priest and deacon, in the diocese has increased. In 1820 there year 1821. In 1822, the Rev. William were twenty-seven; there are at present Hooper, the Rev. William M. Green, and thirty-five, the bishop, 28 presbyters, and the Rev. Thomas Wright, to the order of 6 deacons. Some of the parishes have been priests. The following persons are at pre- endeavouring to create permanent funds, sent candidates for orders in this state: In one of the parishes, the planters had Mr. George W. Freeman, of Warrenton ; taxed themselves, in addition to their ana Mr. George W. Hathaway, of Wadesbo- nual contribution, two per cent. on the rongh; Mr. Moss, of Warrenton. proceeds of their crops, and thus have

The following are lay readers :~Mr. created an accumulating fund, which will George W. Hathaway, Wadesborough ; soon equal the amount, wben its interest Mr. Walker Anderson, St. Mary's chapel, will be applicable to the support of their Orange county ; Mr Ichabod Wetmore, rector. In another parish, several indivi. St. Matthew's church, Renston; Mr. duals have given each $1500 to create a James Marsh, St. Thomas's, Bath ; Mr. fund for the same purpose. The fund for Jarvis B. Buxton, Zion church, Beaufort the support of the episcopate, which was county.

commenced in 1818, is gradually accumuA neat and commodious church has lating. It amounts at present to about been erected at Warrenton ; one is in ra- $3000. At the suggestion of the bishop, pid progress at Washington ; and a very a committee has been appointed to inquire elegant one is nearly completed at New into the state of the property belonging to bern. The church at Williamsborough the church, in parishes where there exist has been thoroughly repaired; and the at. no vestries, and to adopt measures for setention of the congregations in general curing the same to the uses of the diocese. seems to be turned to the erection of new, Within the period, embraced in this reor the reparation of decayed, places of port, there have been admitted to the oryorsbip.

-David I. Campbell, The baptisms, since 1820, have been J. Wy: Chanler, Henry Gibbes, R. Dicken:

der of priests, six :

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son, E. Rutledge, and Peter Van Pelt; the but measures have been adopted for erect. latter by the bishop of Pensylvania. And ing a church. It is designed to accommoto that of deacons, also six persons of this date the poor, the stranger, the seaman, diocese :-W. H. Mitchell, E. Philips, B. and others of our communion, who, in the H. Fleming. F. 11. Rutledge, M. Motte, city of Charleston, need such a charity. and T:11. Taylor; the latter by the bishop of this missionary society, the bishop reof Pennsylvania. The number of candi. marks in his last address to the convendates recognized by this diocese, is four. tion, "consisting of respectable pious fe.

The liev. Thomas Osborne, who had re. male members of our church, it is characmoved into Ohio, hás returned to the parish terized by a zeal of Christian charity, as he formerly had in South Carolina. Six prudent as it is unostentatious, and adornyoung men from this diocese have been pur- ed with the meek and quiet spirit, which, suing their studies preparatory to the mini- in the sight of God, is of great price." stry, at the general theological seminary. This church, the worshippers at which

There are at present thirty-five organiz. will be subjected to no expense, will also edi congregations. Five of them are vacant. · afford additional accommodation for our Since it is state was settled by Christian coloured population. It appears that a people, there has never been so many min large number of this class, both bond and nisters of our communion as at present. free, have a decided preference for the

The Protestant Episcopal Society for worship of our church. hi communicating the Advancement of Christianity in South- to them Christian instruction and inciteCarolina has essentially contributed to the ment, many and peculiar difficulties are present promising condition of our Eocle- unavoidable. But it should be recorded siastical concerns. It has aided several

as an encouragement to perseverance, and of the parishes, otherwise unable to sup- in gratitude to the Giver of grace, that the port ministers. The missionaries sent forth salutary influence of Christian motives, is at different times, have all, with a single evidenced in the lives of many of them exception,* derived their whole support in their fidelity to their masters in their from this society. It is formed on the most kindness to each other--in their recogni. comprehensive plan, being at once a Bible, tion of the claims of government in cona Prayer Book, , Tract, a Missionary, and tentment, meekness, and devotedness to an Education Society. Its books have been the one thing needful. The calls to attendistributed in most of the parishes. It has tion in the forms of our public worship aided several young men while engaged in the power of its music-ke invariable use their academical studies, preparatory to of the same prayers--the simplicity of lantheology; after which, it has been hoped, guage which adorns our liturgy-the plan our theological seminary, by scholarships, of reading the scriptures in order, whereor otherwise, woukl provide for them. It by " the wkole council of God” is declarpossesses a select library, which contains .ed in his own words--the concise summary about one thousand volumes, and is in- of faith in the creed, and of obedience in creasing, instituted more particularly for the commandments, repeated Sunday after the use of the clergy and the candidates Sunday—the practice of reciting after the for the sacred offse.

minister, whereby prayers suitable for priThe Charleston Protestant Episcopal vate use are learned, and all the fundaMissionary Society, composed of young mental truths of the gospel. These, and men and others, designed to act as auxili. other circumstances, prove that the system ary to the elder institution, when neces. of our church is eminently adapted to pro. sary, and to send missionaries beyond the mote the spiritual welfare of the illiterate, diocese, within which the earliest society and those who have dull minds. To this is restricted, has had a missionary for subject, the bishep has constantly, in prinearly two years at St. Augustine.

vate, and in his annual addresses, invited The exciting among our youth an inte- the attention of the clergy. He speaks of rest in the canse of the Redeemer and his this class of their fellow beings, “as a Church, and the regulation of their zeal portion of their moral creation, for which ly well established principles, are among

Christ died, and for whose spiritual and the valuable effects which appear to have moral happiness,and the alleviation of their resulted from this association.

temporal lot, as inseparable from that, we The Ladies' Domestic Missionary, So. are sacredly bound to be concerned." ciety is supporting, for the second year, a Sunday schools are in successful operam minister for the benefit of the

tion in several of the parishes. They are such persons as hold the faith of the church, chiefly for religious instruction, (as free but are not connected with any of our con- schools exist every where,) and regulated, gregations. The flock thus gathered, at in every respect, by members of our own present meet in a room for public worship, communion. The children of people of co

lour, and some adults of that class, have *The mission to Cheraw, here referred to,

been among the pupils. These are among was partly maintained by the Young dien's So- the poor, whose claim on this charity has

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