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this measure, and indeed it was not im- that eleven persons have withdrawn
some persons, communicants of our
* Dr. T. Harris
have a satisfaction which their fellow- died in a day. He also informed us, men could not give or take away. that there had been two or three cases " The bird in their bosom sings sweet- that morning, and the inhabitants were ly." Their memorial is on high. much alarmed. Their reward is in heaven.*
“ I landed about four o'clock P. M. ." It is not in mortals to command and was met by most of the respectable success.” The mission to St. Augus. citizens of the place, who affectionately tine has in a great measure failed of its congratulated me on my safe arrival, expected effect, in consequence of the and welcomed me thither. The same pestilence which prevailed there during evening, both the Governor and Mayor the autumn. Many of the inhabitants waited on me, and expressed their saabandoned the plače. Most of those tisfaction at my arrival. who remained were occupied with the “Every person with whom I spoke sick, or confined themselves to their expressed his happiness in having a houses to avoid infection.
Clergyman to visit them. trust that some good seed has been “ The next morning after I arrived, planted, which in due season will I began to visit the people, especially spring up. And when we recollect the the sick; I continued to do so while I pure delight which warms the parental was there, and was well received by the bosom, in dedicating her child to God citizens of all dengminations, and par. in the sacrament of baptism, and the ticularly so by the Spaniards. I offiprivileges which that Christian ordi- ciated six times in the old government nance confers; and the consolation af- house, baptized six children, and atforded to the sick and the dying by the tended several funerals, and catechised voice of the minister of the Gospel, as four children. Many others were prewell as the deep impressions which his paring themselves to say the catechism, instructions are calculated to make and had it not been for the sickness, I when enforced by the associations of a should have catechised and baptized death-bed scene, we do not hesitate to maintain that the late mission to Flori “ There are two lots of ground which da has not been altogether in vain. are said to have belonged to the Church
For further information, there are of England, and the people had just subjoined extracts from the letter of the begun to raise a subscription for a miMissionary.
nister's salary as the sickness com“ When we came to the quarantine, menced. My labours ought to be folthe port physician boarded us, and lowed up as soon as possible. I distriinformed us, as the pilots had previous- buted some Prayer Books given me for ly done, that a malignant fever was that purpose by two benevolent ladies raging to a very violent degree on of this city. And I gave away many shore, and that two or three persons pamphlets of my own, as I found they
were wanted. * Among those who assisted our Society in “ I pray to God to bless your pious this mission, particular mention ought also to
endeavours to spread the Gospel of the be made of an association of young ladies, formed for the purpose of mutual improvement, in
dear Redeemer among mankind; and the pursuit of which they have not been un. to grant that many yet unborn may. mindful of the temporal and spiritual wants of rise up and experience the cornforts of their fellow creatures. Ateach meeting, wliile one reads aloud some instructive book, the rest
your benevolence." are at work, and the proceeds of their manual In recurring to the events of the skill are placed in a charity box for such occasious as may present a caini on their attention. past year, the Board deem it expeIt is thus that ihe mind, the heart, and the hands
dient to express their regret, that the are at the same time exerciseil, and the accome monthly meetings of the Standing plishments of knowledge, industry, and benefi- Committee, at which the business of çence successfully and must agreeably cultivari the Society is transacted), should, on continue to enjoy the favour of this excellent four occasions, have failed for want of a association, and they consider it no small ho
quorum; and it is still with greater renour and encouragement that they have been deemed worthy of its bounty, and admitted to
gret they have been led to notice, by partake of its skill and industry,
that useful review of the past to which
they have been called, that one of the harmony which subsists between our
Into the Missionary field, a field of tion of the neighbouring south-western
propagate the Gospel, the best men of The example of the elder Society for various ages, of whom the world was the Advancement of Christianity in not worthy, have freely shed their South-Carolina, in whose bright path blood. It was the same cause which we profess to have entered, has not been awakened the sympathy of the blessed in vain as it respects ourselves, and the angels on that morning, when the Star members of our communion in various of Bethlehem shone on a benighted parts of our country; and why may we world. With this, the divine mind has not indulge the hope that our example condescended to be engaged from the will have a salutary influence in this beginning of time, and it will never and other communities? Having ad cease to be an object of interest to that verted to this excellent Society, we are supreme intelligence, until time shall naturally led to remark the beautiful be no longer. It was for this cause
that the Son of God took upon him our Gospel in Foreign Parts, had, during
In behalf of the Board. ral parishes for the support of Mission-
Church, in this city, vested a liberat Officers of the Society for 1822. sum in a Board of Trustees, denomi
The Right Rev. Bishop Bowen,D.D. nated the Protestant Episcopal Society ex officio, President; George B. Eck- for Promoting Religion and Learning hard, Corresponding Secretary; Ebe- in the State of New-York. The pronezer Thayer, jun. Recording Secre- ceeds of this endowment continue to be tary; Thomas C. Marshall, Treasurer. appropriated by the Society, in aid of
Standing Committee.-- John W. the support of Missionaries, in the disMitchell, Hugh P. Dawes, Samuel tribution of religious books and tracts, Henwood, Edwin Gibbes, Maj. L. H. in assisting young men in their prepaKennedy, Archibald E. Miller, George ration for holy orders, and in other W. Egleston, Jacob Rapelye, Thomas ways conducive to the interests and inW. Bacot, jun. Thomas Gadsden. crease of the Church.
It is obvious, however, that neither
of the above mentioned institutions, alFor the Christian Journal.. though of great and extensive utility, Twelfth Annual Report of the Bord of can be classed with voluntary associa
Managers of the New-York Bible tions, supported by the contributions of and Common Prayer Book Society. their members. The first establishment Read at a meeting of the Society, of that kind attempted in our diocess, in Trinity Church, Ne:c-York, on and, it is believed, in the American Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1822.
Church, is that, in the business of which
we are now assembled. It was organizSo lately as the commencement of ed in the beginning of the year 1809. the present century, it is believed, there Since that time, and especially within was not in this diocess, nor, indeed, in the last six or seven years, the examany part of our country, a voluntary ple has been very extensively followed. association of individuals, formed on a In all parts of the country, societies permanent basis, for the purpose of aid- have been formed, and are still forming the Church in promoting the great ing, by members of the Church, for the interests of the Gospel. This seems distribution of the Bible, the Book of the more surprising, as the experience Common Prayer, and approved reliof the mother church of England had, gious books and tracts; for the support for more than a century, exhibited the of Missionaries; for aiding young men 'extensively beneficial influence which in their preparation for holy orders; might thus be exercised. The vener- for extending the benefits of gratuitous able Societies for Promoting Christian daily and Sunday instruction; and for Knowledge, and for Propagating the other objects connected with the en
largement and prosperity of the Church. been enabled, since its institution, to It is believed that there is not now a raise a permanent fund of $ 5,348 35; diocess in the country, and hardly a to expend, in the immediate prosecuparish in a diocess, in which the mem tion of its objects, nearly $ 4,500; to bers of the Church are not directly or procure, in addition to the expenditure indirectly engaged in the support and just mentioned, a handsome set of ste. management of some such establish- reotype plates of the Book of Common ment.
Prayer; and to distribute, principally These institutions are recommended gratuitously, 3,195 copies of the Bible, to our notice and regard from the two 500 of the New Testament, and 6151 fold consideration of the good they do, of the Book of Common Prayer; makand of the manner in which they do ing an aggregate of 9,846 volumes. Of it.
these, 229 Bibles, and 490 small Prayer It must be perfectly obvious that the Books have been gratuitously distributgood done in the various modes above ed, and 176 octavo Prayer Books from enumerated, must be of vast extent, and the Society's plates, been delivered to of infinite importance. It is no less members, on the termis of the Society, than promoting the glory of God, and within the past year. the spiritual and eternal welfare of men; The Board, at a late meeting, approd and in connexion with these, the best priated $ 600 for procuring Bibles and interests of society.
Prayer Books for distribution during But the manner in which this good the ensuing year. is done presents also an object of pecu In this way, we may humbly hope liarly gratifying reflection. No truth that we have been instrumental in dois more obvious on the face of Scrip- ing some good to the Church, and ture, than that the blessings of religion through that, to the religion, of the Reare appointed to be enjoyed by man in deemer. It is impossible to say how a holy community, where they are con far the distribution of these books may nected with each other by the bond of have gone in bringing sinners to rea cominon faith, a common ministry, pentance; in reclaiming the erroneous, and common worship. This commu and confirming the wavering, in the nity, styled the Church and Body of faith; in guiding men in the pleasant Christ, is represented as the established ways and peaceful paths of the commean for conveying to individuals the mandments and ordinances of the Lord; spiritual and eternal blessings designed bringing them, in his own appointed by the Gospel; and the appointed in way, into covenant with God; and strument of its extension and preserva- thus forwarding them, through the milition in the world. And we esteem it tant, towards the triumphant state of the peculiar recommendation of the so- his holy Church. cieties we have noticed, that by recog But extensive as we may hope that nizing, in their own establishment and this good has been, we cannot suppress operation, the same bond.of faith, mi- the confidence that it might and ought nistry, and worship,--they do good in to have been greater. When we conthat evangelical and primitive way, sider what portion of the wealth of the which, while it promotes the great in- community is possessed by the memterests of the Gospel, fails not also to bers of our Church, and her peculiar cherish and enforce that unity of faith advantages as a mean of promoting the and order, which the first Christians great interests of religion, we would deemed essential to the religion they naturally expect that her institutions professed, which the Apostles strenu- would be foremost in extent of operaously urged, for which the Saviour tion, among those designed to benefit prayed, and which are among the most the cause of the Gospel. Certain we prominent characteristics bf the Church are that her members cannot better emfor which he shed his blood.,
ploy their ability to promote that great In accomplishing the good purposes and glorious cause, than by enabling designed by its establishment, this soci- her to extend more widely the sanctiety has, through the divine blessing, fying and saving inanences of her pri