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historian, begins his narrative of the an obligation, from which they are not bloody scene, with describing the an- disengaged, whatever may be their own tecedently flourishing state of the ideas on the subject. But I see no leChurches; but, growing out of their gitimate consequence of what you have prosperity, a corruption of manners now said; except that we should dewhich was greatly on the increase, when plore the evil, and endeavour the corthe calamity overtook them. If the recting of it in our several places. In opinion of baptismal regeneration had the mean time I suspect, that in conheen generated by the expectation of sequence of the law of association of universal sanctity of manners, there ideas, the disgust properly excited in happened enough to correct the sup- your mind by frequent delinquency in posed error: which, however, is ac this matter, has been a mean of detachknowledged to have prevailed, through ing you and others from scriptural the long tract of time in question. truth. This unhappy effect should be

Parishioner. Ilowever compara- reckoned an aggravation of the so fretively pure the faith of the primitive quent neglect of parents and of sponsors; Church, we know, that the seeds of er- and sbould be a powerful call on them ror were laid at a very early period. to remember, as the service expresses,

Nlinișter. The doctrine maintained “what a solemn vow, promise, and proby me, is considered by its opponents fession, the presented infants have as destructive of piety, and as produc- made by them. tive of a very low theory of Christian But to return to our subject, from obligation. And yet, within half a which we have digressed the sense of century after the decease of the Após- our Church. Let me intreat you to tles, Justin Martyr, in his apology ad- consider, whether the hypothetical and dressed to the Roman Emperor, and charitable constructions which you have professedly written to give information been taught to apply to her services; of what was the faith of the then perse might not, by the same latitude of concuted Christians, identifies regeneration struction, be applied to every thing you with baptism. This was a transaction have occasionally heard from me in so public, that at least some voices the course of my ministry, so as to would have been raised against him, prove me to hold nothing inconsistent had he made any material misrepre- with your opinion: and yet were I to sentation of the body, of which he was claim consent with you on that ground, a distinguished member.

it would lessen me in your estimation.. Parishioner. From the facts which Further, I ask you to consider, whether, you have stated to me concerning the under the charge brought against my primitive ages, I find--for I have no theory of detracting from inward piety, suspicion that you would mislead me it ought not to fall with greater weight that the contrast exhibited to me of on the early Church; so as to prove. those times with the present, in order her guilty of having led us into this deto prove the necessity of a change ofteriorating error. And to a mind hesilanguage, has been drawn without due tating between a membership of ourallowance for exceptions. But after all Church and that of some other, ought I have heard of the virtues then abound- not language so liable to mislead, in a ing, and all I have seen of the corrup concern so weighty, be sufficient te tion of manners among ourselves ; espe- turn the balance ? cially, the educating of baptized per Parishioner. It is language, which, sons without a particle of instruction if I should retain my sense of the subin religion; and perhaps, with the bad ject, I shall never think of applying to lives before them of their parents and it. But you will allow, that Scripture their sponsors; I cannot reconcile my, is the rule of faith; and I should not self to the idea, that they have received like that our intercourse should be disany benefit from their baptism. continued, without a reference to that

Minister. They have not received paramount standard. any; although it may perhaps ensue Minister. I agree with you in the from future recurrence of the weight of position now made; still believing, that

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in interpreting Scripture, not only his- signing to enter this fall, but they have tory and cotemporary custom may help, not yet presented themselves.* but the practice of the succeeding times The following reports of the respec.. may be had recourse to for the same tive Professors will throw more partipurpose: it being incredible, that an cular light on the state and prospects essential change should have taken of the institution :place at the same time, and over the · Bishop Hobart, in pursuance of whole of Christendom, without there his appointment as Professor of Sys being a voice raised against it. I ac tematic Divinity and Pastoral Theocede to your proposal of further con- logy, confined his attention, during the ference, and to be confined in it to the short session of last summer, to the sense of Scripture: but in considera- latter branch, by occasional instruction of the length of the present conver- tions in the nature, qualifications, and sation, and to give you time to take a duties of the ministerial office, by causview of the passages having relation to ing the students to submit to him ser, the subject, we will defer the interview mons of their own composition, and by to another day.

W. W. attending to their delivery of those ser(To be continued.) mons, and to exercises in reading, in

one of the churches. A course of instruction in Systematic Divinity will be

commenced the present session.” Abstract of the Proceedings of the ( With the Professor of Biblical

Thirty-fifth Convention of the Dio- Learning, the students, on the opencess of New-York, held in Trinity ing of the seminary, entered immen Church, New-York, on the 16th, 17th, diately upon the study of the Hebrew and 18th of October, 1821.

language; and, on the 1st of August, [Continued from page 90.]

when the session ended, they had read,

in that language, the first eighteen chapReport of the Professors of the Theo: ters of Genesis. In the course of this logical Seminary,

reading, their attention has been diTHE Professors of the Theological rected to such annotations of Patrick Seminary, established in the city of and Lowth, and other commentators, New-York, under the authority of the as appeared most interesting and im Protestant Episcopal Theological Edu- portant." cation Society, in the State of New “ In the introductory part of the. York, respectfully report to the Board course of study pursued with the Proof Managers of the said Society, that fessor of the Evidences of Revealed they commenced instruction in their Religion, the mode of instruction respective branches about the middle adopted has been that of preparation of last May. The students who then and examination in certain text-books; presented themselves were—George in the course of which, the subjects M. Robinson, A.M.; Thomas K. Peck, therein treated are discussed, enlarged A.B.; William S. Írving; and Samuel upon, and illustrated by references to, Seabury; all of this diocess. These, or reading passages from other authors, with the exception of Mr. Seabury, together with occasional dissertations or the state of whose health, and the cira lectures read by the Professor on such cumstance of his having charge of a points as seemed to demand more parschool on Long-Island, have rendered ticular investigation, either from their it necessary for him to suspend his having been made the subject of contheological studies, continued through troversy, or because they are not the first session, and now compose the treated with sufficient fulness or corfirst class.

There have entered, this session, into the second class, Thomas T. Groshon,

* The Professors beg leave to state, John Dick, and Levi S. Ivés, A. B. of that, since their report, there have been

added to the second class, Henry N. this diócess. Four or five others have Hotchkiss, A. B. and Seth W. Beardsley been named to the Professors, as de of this diocess. (October 17th.)

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Yectness in the books in the hands of Agreeably to the powers vested in the students.

them by the Board of Managers, the “ In this manner, Paley's Evidences, Professors, with the approbation of the Leslie's Short Method, and Campbell Bishop, have adopted the following on Miracles, were read during the first Statutes: session, so as to give the students a ge 1. The Professors of the Seminary neral outline of the evidences of Chris- shall form a Board, and meet for such tianity, together with such views of the purposes, connected with the concerns philosophy of evidence, and the laws of the Seminary, as may properly come of belief, as are more immediately con- within their sphere, at such times and nected with the subject of historical places as they may from time to time testimony.

appoint. Any three shall form a quo“ As an exercise for the students in rum, and the Bishop, or, in his absence, this

course, a summary and popular view a chairman specially appointed, shall of the external evidences of Christiani- preside. ty, in one or more sermons, was required 2. The Professors, in their respecto be prepared during the vacation." tive departments, shall pursue such a

“ The Professor of the Nature, Mi course of instruction, and direct the ato mistry, and Polity of the Church, to tention of the students to such books, whom has also been assigned the de- consistent with the Canons of the partment of Ecclesiastical History, Church, as the Bishop may approve. deemed it the best and most natural or 3. 'The Seminary shall be accessible der to commence with the latter. Ac- to persons duly admitted, according to cordingly, the class of the last session the Canons, as candidates for holy orprosecuted the study of that branch, ders, and to others who shall exhibit to with Mosheim's history for the text- the Professors satisfactory evidence of book, as far as the close of the fourth moral and religious character; the Procentury: the errors of Mosheim have fessors being, at all times, competent ing been noticed by the Professor, upon to the expulsion of any student for the authority of Eusebius, and others causes which, to them, may appear equally unquestionable. There the sufficient. Professor designs they shall suspend the 4. There shall be, in every year, study of history, agreeably to the plan one session for the business of instrucrecommended by the House of Bishops, tion in this Seminary, namely, from for the purpose of pursuing the subject the first Monday in October, to the last of the constitution of the ministry; it Saturday in the July following, inclubeing presumed that the light thrown sive; the remainder of the year being on that subject by the practice of the considered as vacation. Catholic Church in the first four cen. 5. The full course of study in this turies, is the fairest possible interpre- Seminary shall occupy three years. tation of what the Scriptures contain Persons entering the Seminary at the concerning it. This class has, there- commencement of a session, shall be fore, commenced the present session, considered as forming a new class, so by taking up the Epistles and Apolo that the whole number of students shall gies of the earlier fathers, with the very ultimately be comprised in three classes, learned and judicious remarks upon each continuing for one session; it bethem by the Rev. William Reeves, and ing understood that those who entered by Archbishop Wake.

the Seminary at its commencement arę “ The class now just commencing, considered as having closed, at the terwill begin Ecclesiastical History with mination of the then current session, the view of pursuing the same course.” their first year of study; and provided,

In attending to the duties of the se- farther, that any applicant for admiss veral branches, as above detailed, dur- sion, at any time, into either of the ing the last session, the students met higher classes, and any applicant for one or other of the Professors, every admission into either class, after the day but Sunday, with the exception of commencement of the session, shall be an occasional intermission of Monday. admitted to the same, and be placed on

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an equal footing with its other mem liam Bestwick, Orsimus H. Smith, Bure bers, if, upon examination by the Proton H. Hecock, John A. Clark, Jolm. fessors, he be found duly qualified. Gavott, Thaddeus Garlick, and Ira

6. There shall be an examination of White. In addition to which, Henry the students, in presence of the Board Gregory, Alanson Bennett, and Seth of Professors, at such times, not less Davis, are daily expected. than once in six months, as shall be, The Trustees of Geneva Academy from time to time, appointed by the are now erecting, in an eligible situasaid Board; and an examination in tion, on the bank of Seneca Lake, a. presence of the Managers of the Pro- commodious stone building, containing testant Episcopal Theological Educa. thirty rooms for students, besides a tion Society in the State of New-York, convenient chapel. The building will. at such period in every year as may be be ready for the reception of theologiappointed by the Board of Professors. cal and classical students on the first of

7. When any student shall have next May. prosecuted the full course of study pre. DANIEL M'DONALD, Professor scribed by this Seminary, to the satis, of Ecclesiastical History and faction of the Board of Professors, he

Scripture Interpretation. shall receive a certificate from the said ORIN CLARK, Professor of Sys Board to that effect. Students shall be

tematic Theology. allowed to attend any portion of the course, without being compelled to The Board of Managers have also complete it; but such shall not be en directed their attention to the munifi. titled to any testimonials from the cent bequest of the late Mr. Sherred. Board of Professors.

They have made arrangements for ap; Respectfully submitted. propriating it in such manner as shall New-York, October 9th, 1821. most securely effect the objects intend

ed by the liberal donor ; $ 20,000 are From a report of the Professors in appropriated to the support of a proGeneva, it appears that two of them fessorship in the school of the city of commenced their duties in June last New-York, which shall bear his name; that there are now ten students under $10,000 to the support of a professortheir care-and that a building is in ship in the branch interior school at progress, which will contain thirty Geneva, also to bear his name. And, rooms for students, and a chapel, to further, (should the Board of Trustees “ be ready for the reception of theolo approve the measure) two sums of gical and classical students on the first $5,000 each are appropriated to comof May next.” The report of these plete the establishment of the two first Professors is also added.

professorships of $20,000 each, to

wards each of which $ 15,000 shall be Report of the Professors of the Branch paid by any congregation or society, or

Tkeological School at Geneva. individual or association of individuals, To the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, in the city of New York, on or before President of the Board of Managers of the first of May, 1822; and two furthe Protestant Episcopal Theological ther sums of $3,000 each (should the Education Society in the Diocess of Board of Trustees approve) are apNew-York, the Professors in the propriated to complete the establishBranch Theological School at Geneva ment of the two first professorships of respectfully report, that

$ 10,000 each, in the interior school at The Branch Theological School was Geneva, towards each of which $7,000 opened in the vestry school-house of shall be paid by any congregation or Trinity Church, Geneva, on the 11th society, or individual or association of day of June last, and the following individuals, not resident in the city of young gentlemen, intending to enter the New York, on or before the first of ministry of the Church, have been ad- May, 1822: the interest only of these mitted members of the school, yiz.m sunus to be applied to the above objects Marvin Cady, Richard Salmed, Wits respectively.

The Board of Managers have also terminated in July last, there was an directed that a portrait of this revered accession of seven new students, though benefactor be procured for each of the one of the former number was obliged schools, and that a tablet to his memory to leave the institution early in the sesbe erected in Trinity Church, New- sion, on account of ill health. Since the York.

close of the session, two of the students Since these appropriations, certain who had spent a year in the institution, questions have been raised on the sub- and had been for two years previous ject of this bequest, and the Board of engaged in their theological studies, Managers have deemed it prudent to have been admitted to the holy order intrust the matter to a Special Com- of Deacons. mittee, who have taken legal opinions; During the present session, which which, with their report, are here added, commenced in September, seven new (To be continued.)

students have entered the Seminary 3 $0 that, at present, the institution num

bers twenty-two pupils. The follows Abstract of the Proceedings of the Bi- ing is an alphabetical list of the names

shops, Clergy, and Laity, of the of all who have entered the institution, Protestant Episcopal Church in the and of the diocesses from which they United States of America, in a Spe

came. cial General Convention, held in St.

From Connecticut, David Botsford; Peter's Church, in the City of Phi- New Hampshire, Franceway R: Cos. ladelphia, from October 30th to No-sit;New-York, Augustus L. Convember 3d, inclusive, A. D. 1821.

verse; New-Jersey, Robert Croesz

Vermont, Palmer Dyer; New York, (Continued from page 48.) Manton Eastburn; Connecticut, John The following report of the Trus. M. Garfeild, Bennet Glover,* Richard tees of the Theological Seminary was Haughton,Lemuel Hull, Edward read:

Ives, William Jarvis; New-York, The Committee appointed by the William L. Johnson, Samuel R. John Board of Trustees of the Theological son, Isaac Low; Pennsylvania, Henry Seminary, to prepare a “report of the M. Mason, Samuel Marks, Matthew proceedings of the Board, and of the Matthews; Virginia, Sylvester Nash state of the Seminary," and lay the Connecticut, Seth B. Paddock; Massasame before the General Convention, chusetts, William Potter; South-Carobeg leave respectfully to offer the fol- lina, Francis Rutledge;f Connecticut, lowing statement :

William Shelton ; Maryland, Frederick The Board of Trustees met at New- Schroeder.; South-Carolina, Martin Haven, on the 13th day of July, 1820, Snell

, Edward Thomas; Pennsylvania, and pursuant to the powers vested in Peter Van Pelt, jun.;New-York, J them by the General Convention, pro. Lawrence Yvonet. ceeded to form a plan for the organiza The course of studies pursued by tion of the Seminary. A copy of this the students has been conformable to plan is herewith presented to the Con- that prescribed by the House of Bis vention.

shops. The progress which they have On the 7th of September, 1820, the made in this course will be seen by the Seminary was pubiicly opened, with an following extracts from the reports of inaugural discourse by the Rev. Pro- the Professor : fessor Turner. Ten students presented During the first session,” he says, themselves at the opening of the insti « the pupils of the institution have purtution, and four others joined it in the course of the first session. Two of * Admitted to Orders. these were obliged to retire before the † Had leave of absence, and has not reclose of the session, on account of ill turned. health, and another obtained leave of

# Not a regular student, being engaged

in teaching a school. absence, and has not since returned.

§ Left the institution on account of ill During the seeond session, which health

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