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Plan for a Free Church.
I heartily wish success to the above project, SEVERAL Episcopalians residing in the
HENRY J. FELTUS, vicinity of Corlaer's Hook, taking into
Rector of St. Stephen's Church, N.York. consideration the neglected situation of We cordially unite in approving the. the neighbourhood, in respect especially above plan, and wishing that it may be car of Episcopal places of Worship, or rather ried into full effect. the entire destitution of the eastern part JONATHAN M. WAINWRIGHT, of the city, have resolved to endeavour to Rector of Grace Church, New-York. supply the want on the following plan.
THOMAS LYELL, The object is to build and endow a Rector of Christ Church, New York Church, of which none of the 'pews shall
I most heartily concur with the afore. be either sold or rented, but shall with- mentioned recommendations. out reserve, be free for all who shall be
WILLIAM CREIGHTON, induced to attend.
Rector of St. Mark's Church, New York, It shall be Episcopal in its organization,
The above mentioned plan we consider ministry, and worship. The mode proposed for effecting the
as calculated to be of essential utility, and
it will give us great pleasure to see it object is the following :-A certain number of individuals will procure the ground,
carried into effect.
JAMES MILNOR, commence and carry on the building, on their own responsibility, at least until
Rector of St.George'sChurch, New-York.
HENRI PENEVEYRE, it be enclosed. When the work is thus
Rector of French Church du St. Esprit, commenced, and the public convinced of
New-York. their determination to proceed, agents, to be appointed, will solicit contributions In the present stage of the above mea. from their fellow citizens and fellowChris. sure, personal services are of essential imtians, for the double object of completing portance. We would therefore earnestly the work and defraying the expenses in- recommend it to our friends, who feel fácurred, and of providing for the establish- vourable to the plan, to use their influence ment a permanent support.
in its behalf. And if there be any who After defraying the expenses of build. are willing to enlist their services in soli. ing, whatever money shall remain in hand, citing contributions, we are authorized by shall, upon the congregation being organ. the building committee to say, that they ized according to law, be conveyed to the will be thankful for the aid of such, and vestry in legal form, conditioned that the request that they will leave their names at establishment shall for ever remain sacred the office of the Christian Journal. to the purposes for which it was commenced, that is, A FREE EPISCOPAL Cuurch. It shall also be a condition, that after the expenses of building and endowment are
Constitution of the Female Auxiliary Mia. obtained, on the first Sunday in every
sionary Society of Christ Church, orgalt quarter, commencing with the new year',
ized on Good Friday, April 5, 1822. or, in case of necessity, on some other day Deeply impressed with a sense of their to be appointed, the entire collections
obligations to their fellow creatures and shall be appropriated to the purpose of their God, and viewing with heartfelt establishing a fund for raising other estab
pleasure, the efforts now making to exlishments on the same plan, in succession; tend, to the less favoured inhabitants that is, the sums collected at such times
of the interior, the benefits and privi. shall be vested in the Savings Bank, or leges arising from an administration of some other similar institution, to accumu:
the word, and sacraments of the Church, late, and afford funds, from time to time,
by persons duly authorized: consider for building and endowing additional free
ing also, that auxiliary societies are the Churches.
means of creating a more extended in. New-York, March, 1822.
terest'in a work of this nature, than the
general institution can be supposed to We do most cordially approve of the
effect; the ladies of Christ Church above plan, and earnestly wish success to
have determined to form themselves in. the meritorious and public spirited indivi.
to a Society for that purpose, and have duals who have engaged in it. JOHN HENRY HOBART,
adopted the following Constitution: Bishop of the Prot: Epis. Church in the ARTICLE I. This society shall be denomi. State of New York.
nated The FEMALE AUXILIARY MISSIONARY WILLIAM BERRIAN,
SOCIETY of Christ CHURCH, and shall be An Assistant Minister of TrinityChurch, auxiliary to the New-York Episcopal MisNew-York.
sionary Society. BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK, ART. II. The object of this society will AnAssistant Minister of TrinityChurch, be to collect funds for the support of misNew-York.
sions; which funds shall be raised by the
contribution of its members, of not less Mrs. Mathon, Mrs. Joseph Trulock, Mrs. than fifty cents per year, to be paid in ad. Şacob Surget, Mrs.John Allen, Mrs. Lewis vance, and of such donations as the friends Fourniquet, Mrs. Hendrick Booream, Mrs. of the missionary cause may contribute.
Walter Phelps. It shall be the duty of the managers to en. deavour to increase its funds by soliciting thankfully received by either of the Mana
Subscriptions and donations will be such aid from either ladies or gentlemen, as will be most conducive to that end; and all gers, or by the Treasurer, No. 9 Nassau monies thus collected, shall be paid over
street. annually to the Treasurer of the New York Protestant Episcopal Missionary Society.
Massachusetts Episcopal Missionary Any person paying five dollars at a time, may become a member for life; which life
Society. subscription shall be placed in the perma. The annual meeting of the Massachu. ment fund of the society before mentioned. setts Episcopal Missionary Society was
Art. III. The affairs of this society held at the vestry room of St.Paul'sChurch shall be conducted by a first, second, and in Boston, on Easter Tuesday, and, by ad. third Directress, Secretary, Treasurer, and journment, the following day. The follow twelve Managers, who shall be chosen by ing officers were elected. ballot at the anniversary meeting. The The Right Rev. Bishop Griswold, ex Gürst, or in her absence, the second or third officio, president; the Rev. Asa Baton, the Directress, shall preside at all meetings Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, D. D. Stephen Cod. of the society or board ; in case of the man, esq. vice-presidents; John T. Winabsence of the three, one of the Managers throp, esq. secretary ; E. Hale, jun. M.D. shall be appointed to preside. The Secre. corresponding secretary!; Benjamin Howtary shall keep a list of the names of all ard, treasurer.- Trustees, the above men. the members belonging to the society; tioned officers, and John Sowdon, J.C.Warshall record the proceedings of every meet- ren, M.D. Francis Wilby, J.C. Merrill, esq. ing, and at the opening of each meeting, The committee appointed to collect subshall read the minutes of the preceding scriptions reported, that the sum of five The Treasurer shall receive and keep an hundred and twenty-seven dollars was al.account of all moneys belonging to the ready subscribed, to be paid annually, and society, and annually report the state of two hundred and seventy dollars, in dona. the funds to the board.
tions to the society; and that further sub Art. IV. The Board of Managers shall scriptions will be received. Gespel Ado meet at least once in three months, at which time, one-third of the whole shall form a quorum for the transaction of busi
Episcopal Acts. ness. They shall have power to fill their own vacancies, and to call special meetings On Saturday the 23d of March last, the of this society.
Right Rev. Bishop Griswold held a coaArt. V. The annual meeting shall be firmation in the church at Dedham, Masę held in Christ Church, on the first Thurs- sachusetts, when twenty-three persons day in November, of every year; being the partook of that rite. day appointed by the authority of the
On the festival of St. Philip and St, Church as a day of thanksgiving at which James, the Apostles, Wednesday, May 1, time the subscription shall fall due. The the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart held an orannual report of the Board of Managers dination in Trinity Church, in this city, shall then be presented, a copy of which and admitted Mr. Alonzo P. Potter, tutor shall be transmitted by the Secretary to the Corresponding Secretary of the parent order of Deacons.
in Union College, Schenectady, to the holy Society. ART. VI. No alteration shall be made
On Wednesday, May 8th, at the opening
of the Convention of the Diocess of Pengto this constitution, without the concurrence of a majority of the members pre
sylvania, in St. Peter's Church, Philadel. sent at a meeting of the Society, previous phia, the Rev. William Thompson, Deacon, notice having been given of such intended
Minister of Tripity Church, Pittsburgh, alterations.
Penínsylvania, was admitted, by the Right On the following day, Friday, May 17th, of room. Why should not Episcopaliang Bishop Hobart held an ordination in St. be foremost in an effort to supply this de John's Chapel, in this city, and admitted ficiency? If the advantages for religious: Mr. Manton Eastburn to the holy order of instruction and spiritual improvement Deacons.
Rev. Bishop White, to the holy order of Officers for the present year. Priests; and Mr. Richard V. Morgan to Mrs. Benjamin Hide, fisrt Directr, ss;
that of Deacons. Mrs.David Baker, second Directress; Mrs. On Ascension-Day, May 16, the Right Oliver H. Taylor, third Directress; Miss Rev. Bishop Hobart consecrated St. Luke's Jane P. Hide, Secretary; Miss Ann Mar. Church, in this city, to the service of Alshall, Treasurer.
mighty God, the Right. Rev. Bishop Brow. Managers.--Mrs. William Post, Mrs. nell, of Connecticut, being also present, William Baker, Mrs. Doctor Jauncey, Mrs. and taking a part in the consecrating ce Thomas Tripler, Mrs. John Van Nostrand, remonies
which their church possesses, and their
individual ability be to decide the ques.. St. Luke's Church,
tion, and the decision meet with hearts Tus consecration of St.Luke's Church we properly influenced by regard for public esteem a peculiarly interesting event, inas- morals, for the interests of religion, and much as we believe it is the first Episcopal the prosperity of the church, every fachurch ever erected in this city without vourable opportunity will be embraced for pecuniary aid from the funds of Trinity erecting her temples and altars, and inChurch, and the prospect of like aid in its creasing the means of waiting on their support. It would seem, indeed, strange edifying and sanctifying services. that Episcopalians should be the only por. An example to this effect has been set tion of our community who have neither by the vestry of St. Luke's. The corner. magnanimity, liberality, or zeal enough to stone of their church was laid on the 4tlr depend upon theirown extensive resources day of last June;* and it was highly grafor promoting the great cause of religion, tifying to those present at the interesting and thus the honour of him who' alone and impressive solemnities of its consegiveth wealth. But their feelings and cration, to perceive, as the result of the habits on this subject had been so com- effort then commenced, a peculiarly neat pletely controlled by erroneous impreg. and commodious edifice, evincing mucho sions of the almost inexhaustible means taste both in design and execution, and yet of Trinity Church, as to produce no very strictly within the bounds of a proper slight fears that, between the inability of regard to economy. The congregatio, that corporation, and the unwillingness which has assembled for about 18 months, of individual Episcopalians, there was in hired apartments, we are happy to say danger of our church being removed is in a flourishing and increasing state, from the high standing she had been both temporally and spiritually; and there wont to maintain in the community, and is every prospect that the Christian enterbeing disgraced even in the house of prise and liberality to which we are inher friends. We hope, however, that our debted for this addition to our churches, impression is not an erroneous one, that will receive from the Divine favour that more correct sentiments begin now to be best of rewards-its instrumentality in entertained on the subject of these much promoting, through successive ages, the magnified funds. The assurances of those glory of our God and Saviour, in advancing best acquainted with their situation, and the interests of his holy church, and with the repeated declarations of the body in- them the real welfare of society, and in in trusted with their management, must con- structing and aiding his redeemed in thevince every unprejudiced, candid, and way that leads to the glorious inheritance honourable mind, that at least for a very which, through grace, may be their's. long time, provision for the support of the particular pariski for which those funds
After the foregoing was in type, and our paare held in trust, is the utmost that can be
gps were made up, we removed an article to effected by their proceeds. Cherishing, make room for the following therefore, a grateful recollection of the extensive benefactions which flowed from
Cominunication. them while they were equal to it, and as
On Ascension-Day, May 16th, 1822, SE. the effect of which many parishes are now
Luke's Church, in Hudson-street, New-York, enjoying comfortable support, let Episco. God, agreeably to the rites of the Protestant
was consecrated to the service of Almighty palians resolve that past favours shall not
Episcopal Church, by the Right Rev. Joha produce present or future remissness, that
Henry Hobart, D. D. Bishop of the diocess, asthey will not be the only body of Chris.
sisted by the Right Rev. Thomas C. Brownell, tians who refuse to render their wealth D.D. LIL. D. Bishop of Conneeticut, and atconducive to the increase and prosperity tended by most of the Episcopal Clergy of the of their church. Let such be their resolús city. Morning Prayer was read by the Rev. tion, and, God be praised, they have the Henry, J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephen's means of carrying it into mosť extensive Church, New-York; and an appropriate and effect. The children whom our excellent impressive discourse delivered by the Right church has nourished and brought up, liarly sole min and interesting,
Rev. Bishop Hobart. The services were pecu
nd their effect will give gladly and largely to the pro
on the large and respectable audience was much motion of her interests. In this great nie. heightened by the excellent performance of the Eropolis, so disproportioned is the number choir, composed of several of the male and feof places of worship of all kinds, to the male members of the congregation. population, that it is believed there are St. Luke's Church is a neat edifice, of brick, at least 50,000 persons of competent age syho are excluded from them for want
* See our last volume, 1.221.
in a plain style of architecture, from a design Village, in which divine service, according to hy Clement C. Moore, Esq. the senior warden. the order of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Jis dimensions are 48 feet in width, by 65 feet was celebrated for the first time by the Rev. in length, with a tower in front 18 feet square, George Upfold, M. N. then Rector of Trinity and 56 feet high, surmounted by a plain battle. Church, Lansingburgh, and Grace Church, ment-and contains on the ground floor 106 Waterford, on Friday evening, October 21st, pews, and in the gallery, whieh at present ex- 1820, who, upon the subsequent organization tends only across the front, 16 pews, besides a of the congregation early in the ensuing month, commodious organ loft, and seals for the ac- was invited to the rectorship thereof. The commodation of the members of the choir. congregation, which at first consisted of less The building was erected by Messrs. John than thirty, families, has now increased to Heath and Richard Kidney, and is finished in a nearly double that number; and hopes may be manner which reflects great credit on the reasonably entertained of gradual accessions un. architects
. The whole expense of the build- til every pew in the church shall be occupied. ing, and its appurtenances, including all the ex- The success which has attended this laudable tra work, (with the exception of the trimming enterprize exceeds the most sanguine expectafor the pulpit, reading desk and chancel, which tions of its promoters, and is to be attributed, was presented by the ladies of the congregation, under the Divine blessing, to the spirited exthe beautiful communion table and chancel ertions of the individual gentlemen composing chairs, and the splendid folio Bible, and books the vestry, who, animated with that determined of Common Prayer, for the services of the zeal which, directed to the promotion of the desk, which were also the benefaction of gener. glory of God and the great interests of the ous individuals,) is about eight thousand five Christian Church, is inspired by a conviction hundred dollars. For one thousand nine hun. of the certainty of ultimate success, have endred dollars of this sum, including the collection countered every anticipated difficulty with on the day of consecration, the vestry are in- firmness and resolution. One fact connected debted to the liberality of a number of their with the erection of this edifice is worthy of Episcopal friends in the city; and five thousand particular observation--when the contract was dollars was procured on the bond of the cor- concluded with the architect, by which the ves. poration of Trinity Church, executed to the try was bound to pay large sums of money at lender of the money without interest ; for the three stated periods, they were not possessed payment of which, together with the unpaid of a single dollar as a corporation; nor had balance of about sixteen hundred dollars, the they the most remote prospect of meeting their members of the vestry are individually re- two first engagements, by any other means sponsible.
than their personal solicitations for pecuniary The location of this church is in that part aid from their fellow Episcopalians in the city. of the city known by the name of Greenwich
We owe perhaps an apology to a portion of our subscribers for the
space which has been occupied in our Journal by the Journals of the State and General Conventions. The great importance of the documents contained in these Journals, and the final permanent settlement of the Theological Seminary within this Diocess, induced us to enlarge our abstracts to a degree beyond the bounds we shall hereafter prescribe to ourselves, unless indeed matters of importance should seem to require a different course. In order that these abstracts should not engross too many pages, we have printed them in a very small type, thus preserving the documents entire, and bringing them into a space extremely small compared with their length. It should however be recollected, that it is only a very limited portion of our readers who have an opportunity of seeing the printed Journals of the various Conventions; and to such the abstracts are of small consideration : whilst to persons who have not access to these Journals, they are highly important, and constitute an excellence in our Register which none other possesses.
The reply of Bishop Griswold to the strictures on his Pastoral Letter contained in our number for January, p. 21, will appear in the July number; the MS. not having reached us until the matter for the present number had been arranged.
Errata.—In the second number of the Country Clergyman, Christian Journal for March, page 69, line 6 from bottom, after “ sacrament," insert of the Lord's supper.' And in the third number of the same paper, Christian Journal for May, page 135, line 35, for “ place,” read case.'
For the Christian Journal.
Parishioner. Our Church considers Conversations of a Minister with a sacred Scripture as the only rule of
Parishioner, on Baptismal Regene faith. ration.
Minister. She does; but in inter
preting Scripture, she takes in moral CONVERSATION IV.
evidence, from whatever quarter it may Minister. This interview is at my come; and, to this effect, cites the Fa, request, and for the purpose of stating thers in her articles, and often in her to you what I conceive to be the con- homilies. Before the Reformation, at sequences of the opinion which you that period, and for some time after, have adopted. I shall not follow the the Roman Catholic writers laid great example set me on the other side, of af- stress on some works, which, by the firming the consequences to be held by diligence of learned men of the Proany who reject or do not avow them. testant churches, are proved to be forYou will remember my complaining, geries; and are given up as such, by that our opponents put words into our the more ingenuous of the Roman mouths which we do not use, but ut- Catholics themselves. Those learned terly disavow. For instance, I have Protestants might have spared their read sermons, written and printed, to pains, if so little account is to be made disprove that baptism, administered to of their labours.
As the matter now a Turk, or to a Jew, or to a hypocriti- stands between the Roman Catholics cal professor of Christianity, effects his and us, besides denying tradition to be regeneration; and the same I have read a rule of faith, we urge that even this cited in various books as held by those fails them, if we require it from the who plead for baptismal regeneration : beginning. We ought to surrender although I could never find
proof of its this advantage, if your opinion be corhaving been expressed by any person. rect. Another consequence, is the adBut while I shall avoid retaliation in vantage yielded to the Arian and the this matter; and shall not charge, as if Socinian theories. held, what I believe to be merely the Parishioner.
We can disprove legitimate consequences of opinion; I them by express texts of Scripture. cannot but know, that they have their ef- Minister. I think we can; but you fects on the minds of many,
who reason are no stranger to the ingenuity which more conclusively than the disputants. has been displayed in educing other Parishioner. Your purpose is agree
senses from the texts. I would not suable to the dictates of candour; and, I persede, but strengthen them, by testihope, will be persevered in.
monies of the acknowledgment of the Minister. The first consequence Son and of the Holy Spirit, with prowhich I mention, is advantage given to perties of Deity. For that in so many the Roman Catholic cause. For, if so churches, spread over so many parts of material a corruption of Christianity the world, a religion, of which a proas our opinion is supposed to be, ori- minent object was the downfal of idoginated iminediately after the age of latry, should have become idolatrous, the Apostles, and continued through and that without noise, so soon after the ages of the Martyrs; we have no the decease of its first promulgers, is reason to quote the primitive Fathers, not reconcileable with what we know in opposition to the pretended tradi- of human nature.
Another consetions of the Church of Rome.
quence, is the lowering of our estimate VOL. VI.