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the days of your youth. If you do, you may depend upon it, that your Creator will not forget you all the days of your life. He will look down upon you with an eye of uncommon favour and approbation. He will bless and prosper you in all your honest designs and undertakings; will conduct you through the dangers, the difficulties, the distresses of this mortal scene, to a state of endless felicity hereafter; and in the meanwhile, like your blessed Master in the same period of life, you will be growing in wisdom, and in stature, and in favour both'with God and man.
"You may now depart to your respective homes, and may the blessing of God for ever rest upon you \"
The Charge, which he delivered on this last visitation, was inferidr in spirit, energy and usefulness, to none of the
former. former. It embraced a variety of the most important topics; and, in particular, the necessity of redoubled zeal, on the part of the clergy, not only to counteract the pernicious tendency of that multitude of foreign infidel publications, which, during the short interval of peace, had found their way into this country; but also to check in the most effectual way, the growth of fanaticism, and of separation from the Church. The way which he recommended to them, as best according with the true spirit and genius of Christianity, was—not violence and animosity, not bitterness and persecution—but a faithful, fervent, conscientious discharge of every part of their ministerial duty; and it is assuredly the only way by which we can ever hope to prevail against that sectarian-' zeal; which strengthens with our weakness, -'. and
and triumphs by our inactivity. I hesitate not to quote the following passage, because it speaks the language of wisdom, and cannot be too widely diffused through every part of the kingdom. "It is," says the Bishop, "a fact, which admits of little doubt, that when the itinerant preacher, goes forth upon his mission, he commonly looks out for those parishes, where either the shepherd has entirely deserted his flock, and is employing or amusing himself elsewhere, or where he unfortunately pays so little attention to it, is so indolent, so lukewarm, so indifferent to its welfare, as to make it an easy prey to every bold invader. There that invader finds an easy access and a welcome reception, and soon collects together a large number of proselytes. But, in general, he very prudently keeps aloof from those parishes, where he sees
a resident a resident minister conducting himself in the manner I have above described; watching over his people with unremitted care; grounding them early in the rudiments of sound religion; guarding them carefully against the false glosses and dangerous delusions of illiterate and unauthorized teachers; bringing them to a constant attendance on divine worship in their parish churches; and manifesting the same zeal, activity, and earnestness to retain his people in the Church of England, which he sees others exert to seduce them from it. Into parishes so constituted, the self-commissioned preacher seldom, if ever, enters; or, if he does, he rarely gains any permanent footing, any settled establishment in them. He is in most cases forced to give way to the superior weight and influence of a regular, a learned, an exemplary, and a
diligent pastor. This then is the true, the most effectual way, of counteracting the progress of schism and fanaticism. There are numbers, I am persuaded, here present, who can, from their own experience, and their own laudable exertions, bear testimony to the truth of this position; and whenever this remedy is universally applied, (as I hope and trust it gradually will) I do not hesitate to predict that the evil complained of will be considerably lessened, in some instances entirely subdued.
"Indeed, it would, I think, be degrading to the honour and dignity of our antient and venerable Establishment, to suppose, that a Church founded on the Gospel of Christ; cemented with the blood of its martyrs; constructed by some of the wisest, most learned, most pious, most eminent men of that or