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Parishioner. Does it not follow, chapter; and not only so, that for our from your statements, that if a young imitation, they should be described as person, baptized in infancy, and bless. having through “ faith inherited the proed with a religious education, should mises;" and yet, that in the corresponddead a life of mere external decorum, ing accounts of their lives in the Old it will suffice ?
Testament, no notice should be taken Minister. No: but if such a per- of the precise period when any one of son, agreeably to the injunction of St. them was converted ; if such a circumPaul, should have been “ brought up stance be essential to his religious chain the nurture and admonition of the racter; is what appears to me not pose. Lord,” there is no unfitness in the con sible in sacred biography. You well ceiving of continuance in a state of know, how different from this is the grace begun in baptism. The injunction biography of every writer to whose would not have been given, if it had theory you are inclined. not been possible to be acted under Parishioner. To refer to what from infancy.
passed a few minutes ago; it still Parishioner. Did you ever know presses on my mind, that your opinion such a person leading a life amounting encourages contentment with decorous to a compliance with all the requisitions conduct, and the observance of the of the Gospel ?
forms of piety. Indeed, I recollect a Minister. Did ever you know an case, in which baptismal regeneration, adult convert of whom you can affirm believed in as coming from the person's this, no allowance to be made for sins pastor, was pleaded as an excuse from of infirmity and surprize? For in- subsequent conversion, when it appear. stance, the rising of anger above the ed to me to be much needed. exact limit prescribed to it by Chris Minister. "I do not doubt the fact; tian perfection; or the passing of cen- and I ascribe it to the representations sure on a neighbour incautiously, and made on the other side, combining with contrary to the strictest demands of the that perversity of human nature, which charity which “ thinketh no evil.” avails itself of any subterfuge from Parishioner I never knew such a duty. A preacher of baptismal rege
neration may declare explicitly, that Minister Then I claim for my re the benefit is forfeited by such a state generate infant, the same allowance as and life as you describe. But the for your regenerate adult. And you hearer, having it dinned in his ears must give me leave to say, that I have that any thing better is dispensed with known better Christians of the former by the doctrine in question, if disposed description, than any who have fallen to levity or to indifference, takes from under my observation of the latter. each side the parts of its theory suited But, before we finish the subject of to his state of mind; and so, fabricates conversion, let me ask you how you ac- for himself a theory not according with count for it, that we read of so many either. No such consequence could saints in Scripture, without notice of have happened, had there prevailed in the precise periods of conversion? To the Church the views of baptism uniconfine our view to names in a single versally inculcated during the early chapter, the 11th of the Epistle to the centuries, and as universally at the pen Hebrews: why, of all those worthies, riod of the Reformation. It would not is there not an account of the conver now take place, were the deniers of sion of any one of them?
the doctrine to refrain from blasting Parishioner. You will not lay much it as destitute of spirituality, and what stress on silence, as to this point. they call vital godliness; meaning un
Minister. I can easily conceive, der that expression something superadthat there may have been occasion to ded to what is called godliness in the speak of a sinner become a saint, and Scriptures; thus producing the melan no need of recording the fact of his choly effect which you have adverted to, conversion. But that a long list of Parishioner. These thoughts are. saints should be enumerated in this new to me, and shall be seriously cons
man or woman.
sidered. At present, I shall only re 1st. He has carefully prepared, and appends mark, that when we entered on this our
to this report, a table for finding Easter, ex
tended through two cycles of the moon, from third conversation, it was with the idea 1824 to 1861, inclusive. on my part, that from too great zeal for 2d. In the third paragraph of the first of the the sign in baptism, you would lay too
tables for finding the holidays to 1799,"
has inserted 1899, omitting " and also the numlittle stress on the thing signified; but ber 1.” Consequently the fourth paragraph I perceive, that you insist strongly on has been omitted the latter. I have heard as much from
3d. In “the table of fasts,” he has changed
" the season of Lent" to "the forty days of you in the pulpit : and although I was Lent.” The corrected error was not begnn gratified by this, it seemed to me not in Gaine's book, but may be found in that puhto harmonize with your theory of rege- rection of a Committee of the Convention of
lished by Hail & Sellers, in 1790, under the dineration. I now perceive, that there is 1789. In the proposed book, published by more to be said than I had imagined, them, it was agreeable to the English editions. for combining the sign and the thing Committee, and makes an inconsistency of the signified. I shall give the subject fur- table of fists with that of feasts ; the latter comther consideration, and at present, prehending the Sundays in Lent, agreeably to shall take my leave.
the practice of the Christian Church in all
ages. Minister. I pray God, that the con 4th. It was stated to the reporter by a memversation may prove edifying to us ber of the late, and of the present Convention, both. But after having been occupied by William Meredith, Esq.) that in all our
Prayer Books, there was the omission of a your objections, I solicit another inter
note found in the English books, underneath view, for the purpose of stating what I the months of March and April, in the calenconceive to be the consequences of your numbers, in a column attached to the said
dar, intended to show the use of the golden opinion ; but which, perhaps, have es
months only. On investigating the subject, we caped your notice.
found that the note was wanting in the Prayer Parishioner. I shall avail myself of Books, edited before the adop'ion of the Gre
gorian style, in 1751, but was found in all the the proposed interview.
succeeding editions consulted. From these cir(To be continued.)
cumstances it seems probable, that in making out the calendar for the American Church,
there was taken a book prior to the said date. Abstract of the Proceedings of the Bi- The column, with the golden numbers, may
have been called for at the crisis of the change shops, Clergy, and Laity, of the
of style; but, as it is insufficient for the finding Protestant Episcopal Church in the of Easter, from its not showing how the golden United States of America, in a Spea numbers are to be found; and as this, with
the cial General Convention, held in St.
whole process for the finding of the said festi
val, is provided for by a table appropriated to Peter's Church, in the City of Phi- that object, it was thought proper to omit the ladelphia, from October 30th to No. column, aud the figures included in it. vember 3d, inclusive, A. D. 1821.
5th. In ascertaining errors in Mr. Hugh
Gaine's book of 1793, your reporter has been (Continued from page 115, and concluded.)
kindly assisted by Mr. William Hall, who
printed the proposed book in 1785-6. He has The presiding Bishop made the following furnished the list of errors appended to this rereport:
port, besides noting various places, in which the The House of Clerical and Lay Deputies of sense may suffer from the want of stops, or the last General Convention, having requested from their being injudiciously placed. of the Honse of Bishops “to take measures for 6th. In addition to sundry errors in editions making known any errors or omissions in the proposed to be made according to H. Grine's octavo edition of the Book of Common Prayer, book, some of the editions have framed the tapublished by Hugh Gaine, in 1793, which was bles of contents, according to their respective established by the 430 Canon as the standard judgments, and not according to the standard, book, so that they may be avoided or supplied in which ends with “The Psalter, or Psalms of future editions; and that they be also respect. David," not including the metre Psalms. It fully requested to correct and supply any errors must be evident, that the comprehending of or omissions in the calendar and tables prefixed any document under the saine cover with the thereto, and to extend the table of the days on Book of Common Prayer, does not constitute which Easter will fall for two cycles of the moon it a part thereof, although set forth under the from the year of our Lord 1823; [erroneously samo authority. As much misunderstanding in the printed journal 1813;"].
and inconvenience may arise from the mis And the House of Bishops having requested nomers stated, the maiter is noticed, with the the presiding Bishop, with such persons as he ' hope of its being a caution against the like misa. may think proper to associate with him, to take in future. take order on the said subject';
7th. In consequence of information received The presiding Bishop respectfully reports to of several editions now proceeding from presses, the House of Bishops us follows:
it has been thought proper to caminunicate te
the printers what the reporter has çone, under ize themselyes as a board for the transaction of the authority given to him to take order. business. At this time it was discovered, with
He concludes with submitting to the House regret, that although the constitution, intended the propriety of establishing a standard book, for the government of the Missionary Society, to supersede that of H. Gaine, of which the provided, that the presiding Bishop of the known copies are very few. In the event of Church should be its president, and the other such a measure, he proposes to the House, Bishops vice-presidents, in the order of seni that an edition be taken from the stereotype ority, yet no provision had been made by plates belonging to the Common Prayer Book which the Bishops were authorized either to Society of Pennsylvania. A Committee to be sit or vote with the board of managers. This appointed by both Houses, to act during the circumstance could only be regarded as an fecess, for the accomplishing of this object. oversight, unintended on the part of the House
WILLIAM WHITE, of Clerical and Lay Deputies, and overlooked
tion was before them, and received their approOn the subject of the above communication, bation. The embarrassment of the managers the following joint resolution was adopted in relation to this subject was much relieved
Resolved, by the House of Clerical and Lay when it was ascertained, that the presiding BiDeputies, the
House of Bishops concurring, shop viewed the subject in the same light, and that a joint Committee, of one or more Bi
that he was willing to sit with the board, and shops, to be appointed by the House of Bishops, preside at its meetings. and of three members of the House of Cleri
Among the first acts of the managers, after tal and Lay Neputies, to be appointed by the they began to execute the highly responsible House last mentioned, be authorized, during trust reposed in them, was to announce the the recess of the General Convention, to su
formation of the Society to those institutions in perintend the printing of an edition of the Book England, belonging to our own Church, whichi of Common Prayer, correcting and supplying are employed in different ways in promoting therein any errors and omissions in the edition
the interest of the Redeemer's kingdom. Let heretofore established as the standard book, and
ters were written to the secretaries of the three Introducing a table of the days on which Easter following societies
"The Society for Propawill fall for 38 years, heing the time of two
gating the Gospel in Foreign Parts;" “The cycles of the moon,
as reported by the presid. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge;" ing Bishop to this Convention; and that in the and “ 'The Church Missionary Society." Ane choice of an edition for this purpose, the said swers have been received from the Rev. AnCommittee, for the sake of greater accuracy, thony Hamilton, seoretary
of the Society for give a preference to one to be printed from
Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, and stereotype plates, and authenticate the same by from the Rev. Josiah Pratt, secretary of the their certificate.
Church Missionary Society. Both of the reThe following joint Committee was accord.
verend gentlemen, in behalf of the societies ingly appointed:
which they represent, express great satisfaction The
Right Rev. William White, D. D. Wm. in the establishment of a Society for missionary Meredith, Esq. the Rev. Frederick Beasley, D.
purposes in the American branch of the Epis. D. and the Rev. Bird Wilson, D. D.
copal Church. Accompanying tbeletter of ihe The following report was made to the House
Rev. Mr. Hamilton, the six last reports of the of Bishops by the presiding Bishop:
Sociely, of which he is the secretary, were re The presiding Bishop reports to the House
ceived. And at different times, several pack. of Bishops, in reference to the Society for Fo
ages have come to hand from the Church Mis. l'eign and Domestic Missions, instituted at the
sionary Society, containing their reports, mislast General Convention, that owing, as he sup- sionary registers, and other publications, calcu. poses, to the state in which the business of lated to give information upon the suhject of that body was concluderl, neither were the in maissions. In one of these parcels were contended managers constitutionally chosen, nor
tained several complete sets of the reports of had any Bishop a right to a seat or a vote at
the Society, and of the Missionary Register, their board; although, doubtless, the contrary from the commencement of its publication, ina w#6 supposed to have been provided for by the tended for the use of the Bishops of the Convention generally.
United States--which have been forwarded to The intended managers perceived these
de them accordingly. It will, no
doubt, be gratifects, and have not carried the design into ef- fying to the Convention, as it was to the manarect. They have reported their proceedings to
gers, to learn, that the last mentioned Society, The House of Clerical and Lay Deputies; and
as an evidence of its good wishes for our sucthe presiding Bishop judges it to be sufficient
cess, has voted an appropriation of two hundred to refer this House to their report.
pounds sterling, (supposing the Society here The following report of the Managers of the
to be in operation) which awaits the order of Homestic and foreign Missionary Society of those who may be authorized to receive it. the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United
As these letters may be interesting to the States of America, was made:
Convention, they are here with submitied. To the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies At an early period, the managers appointed
of the General Conventiou of the Protest a Committee to devise a plan, by which the ünt Episcopal Church in the United States designs of the Convention might most effectuof America,
ally be attained. After due deliberation upon The Managers of the Missionary Society
the subject, it was thought advisable to prepare
an address to the members of the Church, inRespectfully report,
forming them of the measures which had been That soon after the adjournment of the last adopted; urging, by suitable considerations, Geveral Convention, they proceeded to organ- the importaut duty of sending the Gospel to
the destitute, and requesting their co-opera and in sin, we hail with gratitude every auxiliary tion, by the formation of auxiliary societies and which comes forward to take part in it. It is associations. Such an address was prepared, however, with peculiar feelings of satisfaction, and printed in one or two periodical publica- that we witness the Protestant Episcopal Church tions, when it was discovered that, by reason of in the United States embodying itself into a an informality in the mode of our appointment, Society, for the purpose of concentrating its we had been acting without authority. The strength and rendering its exertions more effiinformality referred to will be perceived upon cient in this holy cause. Though we wish well referring to the Journal of the last Convention. to the labours of other bodies of Christians, to
When this circumstance was known, the extend the Redeemer's kingdom, yet, as Episa' managers were at a loss to determine whether copalians, we especially rejoice in the prospect they should continue to act under an informal of seeing the churches gathered from among appointment, or suspend all further proceed- the heathen, settled on those foundations which, ings. To pursue the one course might subject we are persuaded, are at once more scriptural them to censure; to adopt the other, seemed and better suited to promote the best interests like abandoning an object in which, they be of mankind. lieved, the members of the Church felt much In testimony of our disposition to impart 10 interested. At this time letters were written your Society all the missionary information in to the Right Rev. the Bishops, requesting their our power, we are preparing a pack ge of our opinion upon the subject. Answers were re. publications for your use. One parcel is ad. ceived from all except the Bishop of New dressed to each of the Bishops, which the come York. Some of them were decidedly in fa mittee request their acceptance of; and the vour of our proceeding, while a majority remainder we place at the disposal of the mathought it inexpedient; this decided the mat. nagers of the Society, to be made use of in such ter, and all thought of continuing to act as a manner as they deem most subservient to its bazard, under the authority of the Convention, interests. - was given up.
Copics of a work containing a summary view Under the circumstances above described, of the Society for the Propagation of the Gos. the managers would probably have stayed all pel in Foreign Parts, are also sent; as it supfurther proceedings, had not an idea been sug- plies most conclusive and eloquent arguments gested, which appeared to promise a happier in behalf of missions, from authorities which résult. It was thought, that if the members of members of an Episcopal Church will be likely the board would consent to form themselves to respect. It was compiled by me chiefly from into an association, and could obtain the sane documents in the library of our own Society ; tion of the Bishops, they might at least make and we are glad of the opportunity of putting some preparation for their more efficient ac forth a work which might serve the Society in tion at a future day. Letters were accordingly its collections throughout the kingdom, and at written to the absent members of the boarii
, the same time to testify our respect and regard all of whom, except Judge Washington, to the elder body among us. readily consented to the proposition, and he
We have received the Episcopal Magazine of requested, that if the unanimous consent of the the United States from January to April, inboard of managers was deemed essential, that clusive, and shall be thankful for the numbers his might be considered as given. Nothing in continuation. now seemed wanting but the approbation of A single pamphlet forwarded through the the Right Rev. the Bishops to the proposed post-office, so done up that the parcel is open plan. They were written to with a view of at the ends, will not be subjected to the full obtaining it, but in this the managers were not postage. I mention this circumstance, as we successful. From this time the board have not have been subject to very heavy charges at the met, until within a few days, when they were post-office, in consequence of our friends in called together to prepare this their report, America not being aware of it. all of which is respectfully submitted to the I remain, dear Sir, with much respect, House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, in Con
ever faithfully yours, vention assembled.
P.S. I should have stated above, that any Philadelphia, October 30, 1821.
number of the “quarterly papers" may be oba
tained of Mr. Seeley, No. 169 Fleet-street, To the Rev. George Boyd.
should you wish for more than we have fora Church Missionary House,
warded to you. I would just add, that when
your Society comes into active operation, you London, Sept. 21, 1820. will, probably, find it advantageous yourselves Dear Sir,
to prepare and put forth such a paper. I feel much satisfaction in acknowledging, your letter of the 9th ultimo, and a copy of Rev. Sir, the Journal of the General Convention of the I am instructed by the Society for the Proa American Church.
pagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, to ac** “ Our Committee cordially rejoice in the knowledge the receipt of your letter, announcformation of the Protestant Episcopal Society ing the foundation of the Protestant Episcopal in the United States for Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in the United States. The Missions." They accept with pleasure your board are anxious to express their earnest invitation to carry on a correspondence and in wishes for the success of your Society in their terchange of publications with you. Feeling as laudable endeavours ; and to invite further we do the extent and arduousness of the work communications as opportunities may present in which we are engaged, to extend the bless themselves. They beg you to accept, for the ings of the Gospel to a world that lieth in error use of the Protestant Episcopal Missionary $om Vol. VI.
ciety of the United States, copies of their six an address from the presiding Bishop, as des
Opinion of the House of Bishops given at
The House of Bishops being informed of
what they consider as a great misunderstanding To the Rev. George Boyd.
in various places of the rubric at the end of the Church Missionary House,
communion service, think it their duty to declare
their sense of the same, and to communicate it London, July 10th, 1821.
to the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. Dear Sir,
In the Common Prayer Book of the Chureh Bishop Griswold having suggested to me of England, the words in the parenthesis are in a letter, under date of the 16th November “ if there be no communion.” In the review last, but which did not reach me till the 12th of 1789, it was put" if there be no sermon ultimo, that the Protestant Episcopal Mission or communion”-and this bas been interpreted ary Society in the United States for Foreign to mean, that if there be a sermon, what has and Doruestic Missions, is desirous to avail it been called the ante-conimunion service is to self of the offer, convered in a letter of mine be omitted. Against this construction the Bito the Bishop, under date of July 31st, 1817, shops object as follows:to afford pecuniary aid to such an institution on 1st. T'he construction rests on inference, its formation, the Bishop's letter was laid before deduced in contrariety to the positive direction our Committee yesterday, and they came to a -“Then shall follow the sermon.'
Had an Onanimous resolution to grint two hundred exception been intended, it would doubtless pounds sterling to the institution for its effective have been expressed positively, as in other ruestablishment.
brics. Further, the rubric in question preYou will, therefore, have the kindness to in- scribes, that when there is a communion, the form the directors of the Society, that the sum minister shall return to the Lord's Table," awaits their appropriation, at such period and which presumes him to have been there before in such manner as they may deem expedient. in the ante-communion service, unless in the
I have much pleasure in making this com permitted alternative of some other place. munication, and in assuring you of the cordial 2d. The argument on the other side proves satisfaction felt by our Committee in thus co too much, and therefore nothing. It is said of operating with their Episcopal brethren in the those who urge it, that they conceive themUnited Stares, in promoting the extension of selves bound to use the whole service on a the Redeemer's kingdom among the heathen. communion day; whereas it should be dis
We hope you receive our registers and pensed with on the same principle on which it other publications regularly. They are for is supposed to be superseded by the sermon. warded monthly to your address, through On the other hand, if there being either a serMessrs. Morrall and Watson, Liverpool. mon or the communion should be thought to
We shall at all times be glad to hear of the warrant the omission, can it be, that the Conplans and operations of your Society.
vention designed to leave in the book the anteI remain, dear Sir, faithfully yours, communion service, with all the Colleets, the JOSIAH PRATT. Gospels, and the Epistles attached to them, to
be little more than dead letter; never to be The following directors and secretaries of used, except on the few occasions, when the the Missionary Society were duly appointed said service is unconnected with either of the
Pennsylvania, the Rev.Jackson Kemper, the said provisions? For, it is not required to be Rev. James Montgomery, the Rev. Benjamin used, either with the morning or with the Allev, Messrs. Richard North, Richard Dale, evening prayer. Thomas Hale, John Claxton, Charles Wheeler, 3d. There is a rubric, prescribing the place Israel Kinsman, Hugh de Haven, jun. James in the service, at which notice shall be given Nixon.-Delaware, the Rev. Richard D. Hall
. of holidays, &c. Can it be supposed that a pro-Maryland, the Rev. William E.Wyatt, D.D. vision of this sort was intended to be done the Rev. John P. K. Henshaw.-Virginia, the away, not professedly, but indirectly? and that Rev. William H. Wilmer, D. D. the Rev. Wil. even there should be no provision for notifying liam Meade.-North-Carolina, the Rev. Gre the communion ? gory T. Bedell.-South-Carolina, the Rev. 4th. It is understood, that the morning Christian Hanckell, Lewis L. Gibbes.-New prayer, and the administration of the commuJersey, the Rev. Abiel Carter --New-York, the nion, were designed to be distinct services, to Rev. James Milnor, D.D. the Rev. Benjamin be used at different tiroes of the day. ProbaT. Onderdonk.-Rhode Island, the Rev. Sale bly, at the time of the Reformation, the pracmon Wheaton.-Massachusetts, the Rev.
tice was generally, conformable to the proviThomas Carlile. Secretaries, the Rev. George sion; and it is said to prevail at pr ent in some Boyd, Samuel J. Robbins.
places in England. Now, although there is prol'he following resolution was passed : bably no Church in the United States of which
Resolved, That the next Convention shall the same can be affirmed, yet, why raise a bar meet on the day, and at the place appointed, against so reasonable and so godly a practice? at the hour of 10 A. M. in order to attend an effort for which, would reduce the whole to the services usually performed at the opening the sermon, except when the communion were of the Convention.
to be administered, and then there would be The Convention was closed with prayer, and the latter part of the service only.