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the viscera : the bones of the cranium, mixture of animal soot and linseed oil, the breast, the spine, and the upper ex which is a mixture similar to that of a tremities, were entirely calcined, and fat body containing charcoal in a very the room was filled with a very dis- minute state of division. agreeable vapour.
A similar instance is mentioned by Dram-drinkers, beware! Take warri. Vicq. d’Azyr; in the “Encyclopedie ing. Spirituous liquors have been called Methodique." A woman, about the liquid damnation." Hori awful thie same age, who indulged to excess in instances which have here been detailspirituous liquors, and went to bed ed! To be destroyed by internal fire! every night in a state of intoxication, How much more awful the doom of imwas found entirely burnt and reduced to penitent sinners ! -Everlasting burnashes.
ings; “ the worm that dieth not, the Le Cat, in a memoir on spontaneous fire that is not quenched !?? burning, mentions several other instances of combustion of the human body; and two other facts of a similar From the Gospel Advocate, for Nov. 1822 kind are published in the “Journal de Abstract of the Proceedings of the Medicine," (vol. lix. p. 440.)
Biennial Convention of the ProtestThese shocking facts have been ant Episcopal Church in the Eastern ascribed, by different writers, to vari Diocess, holden at Portsmouth, Nereous causes, none of which appear to be Hampshire, September 25th, 1822. very satisfactory.
But M. Lair, in a The Convention was attended by the memoir on the subject
, communicated Right Rev. Alexander V. Griswold, D. to the Philomathic Society” at Paris, D. Bishop of the diocess, eight clerical, makes the following observations : and three lay deputies. 1. The persons who have experienced
The meeting was opened by the cem these effects of combustion, were gene- lebration of divine service, and a serrally much addicted to the drinking of mon, which were followed by the admistrong spirituous liquors, and it has been nistration of the holy rite of confirmaremarked, that the inhabitants of the tion, and the sacrament of the Lord's north are most subject to these acci
Supper. dents. 2. They were usually very fat. The Rev. Asa Eaton was chosen Se3. This combustion has happened cretary of the Convention. more frequently in the case of women.
The Rev. Mr. Crocker, the Rev. Mr. 4. These women were old. 5. Their Burroughs,
the Rev. Mr. Bronson, the bodies did not appear to have been Rev. Mr. 'Ten Broeck, the Rev. Dr. burned by a combustion perfectly spon- Jarvis, the Rev. Mr. Eaton, the Rev. taneous; but it appears that the fire Mr. Morss, Dudley A. Tyng, and had taken place in consequence of some George Brinley, Esqrs. were chosen the very slight external cause, such as the Standing Committee of the diocess. fire of a taper, candle, or pipe of to The Rev. Dr. Jarvis was appointed bacco. 6. Thé extremities of their bo- chairman of the Standing Committee. dies, such as the legs, the hands, or the
The alterations in the constitution, cranium, escaped fire. 7. Water, in- proposed at the last meeting of the Constead of extinguishing the fire, gave it a vention, were unanimously adopted.* greater velocity, a circumstance which
The following alterations in the conalso occurs in fát that is burnt. 8. The stitution were proposed, and ordered to fire very slightly damaged, and, in many lie over for consideration at the next instances, did not injure the combusti- meeting of the Convention, viz. in the ble objects which were in contact with second article, that the words, “each the body.” On the whole, the author attributes
By these alterations, the state of Maine is it to a particular state of the fat, pro- recognized as a part of the Eastern Diocess, and duced by spirituous liquors; and sup- the meetings of the Convention are to be held ports his theory by the well known fact annually, instead of biennially, to be composed
of all the clergy of the diocess, and a lay deles of the spontaneous combustion of a gate from each chuireli,
of the states by rotation,” be erased, to missionary purposes.* How noble and the words, ( such place as shall be and blessed would be the effect, should agreed upon at the preceding Conven- all our churches, according to their abition,” be inserted; also, that after the lity, follow this example. words, "lay delegate," the words; "or The next day, with difficulty and delegates, not exceeding three," be in- some peril, by reason of the abundant serted. In article tenth, that the word rains, swollen streams, and loss of annual be substituted for the word bridges, we reached Gardiner. On the 66 biennial."
18th, the new, commodious, and very Agreeably to the provisions of the beautiful edifice, called Christ Church, 45th Canon, the Bishop delivered the was dedicated to the worship of Ala following address :
mighty God. The morning service was Reverend Brethren and Friends,
performed by the Rev. Mr. Morss, and
the Rev. Dr. Jarvis delivered an appro. highly and justly esteemed,
priate discourse. On the 19th was a Through the indulgence of a kind confirmation and other services. My Providence, we are here assembled as intention is, with Divine permission, watchmen in Zion, and constituted again to visit those two churches in guardians of that portion of God's vine- Maine, immediately after the adjournyard committed to our care; to consult ment of the present Convention. It is respecting its interests; and, as the decidedly my opinion, that the spiritual Lord shall give us means and wisdom, interest and prosperity of our churches to promote its prosperity. It is neces- require that every parish should be ansary, to the good result of our delibera, nually visited by its diocesan: but the tions, to know the state and the wants very limited and scanty funds of this of our churches; and it is my duty to diocess, and the extent of country over make to you a report of my official which our few churches are scattered, transactions during the last two years; render such frequent visitations at preand to add such remarks, and suggest sent impracticable. My intention is, such measures, as may seem just and and, with few exceptions, my practice expedient.
has been, to visit all the parishes at least Soon after our last biennial Conven once in two years; and a large proportion, held in Newport, in 1820, I com- tion of them twice, or oftener. kt remenced a journey and visitation of our quires no great wisdom to foresee what churches in the eastern parts of this dio- experience will probably soon verify; cess. Though in a feeble state of health, that our present practice of making a I was able, through the Lord's good-state, however large, but one diocess, ness, October 12th, to travel from Bos- may be very pernicious to the cause of ton to Portsmouth, and to preach in the true godliness, and the best interest of afternoon Sunday, the 15th, in Port our churches. Thirty, or at most forty land, I preached twice, and adminis- parishes are enough for one diocess; tered baptism and confirmation. The unless their location is very compact. commencement of very heavy rains in And though the number in this diocess, the evening prevented a third service. excepting some very small, does not The small society of Episcopalians in much exceed forty, it is desirable that, that place had made, and were then still as soon as it can with propriety be efmaking, great and generous exertions, fected, this diocess should be divided. almost beyond their means, to meet the expenses of their new organ, and the salary of their minister. Since that
* A few days after this address was delivered, time, in August, 1821, a few pious ladies that soriely paid to Bishop Griswold above formed themselves into a society for the thirty-three collars more.
tihe church in G:rdiner is in a flourishing promotion of the most excellent and
state. Their church is furnished with a good aseful of all charities, denominated “the organ, and an excellent bell.' For the erection Female Domestic Episcopal Missionary of ibit berutiful, and very commodious edifice, Society." They soon after transmitted
we are very much indebted to the generous ef
forts of an individual, whose piqus liberality is to me twenty-five dollars, to be applied above praise. VOL. VI.
Vermont, especially, however reluc- and confirmed thirty-three. The prog tantly I might relinquish the happiness perity of this church has thus far more of my present very interesting con- than equalled our most sanguine expeenexion with its churches, ought, as soon tations. as circumstances will admit, to have a On the 28th of May, 1821, I comBishop wholly its own.
menced a long journey, in which were On my return from Maine, I passed visited the churches in Vermont, and in Sunday, the 22d, in Portsmouth, where the western parts of Massachusetts avd I preached three times, and confirmed New-Hampshire. The chureh in Great thirty persons. What the state of this Barrington was stih in an unsettled church is, and what the politeness and state. În consequence of some disagreehospitality of its members, we all have ment with their minister, a large and the pleasure of seeing.
respectable part of the society had, The 24th, I preached and confirmed mariy months before, withdrawn from in Newburyport. In the evening we the church, and attached themselves to had a second service, when the Rev. some other denomination of Christians. Dr. Jarvis preached to a karge and very Those, however, who continued their attentive congregation. The solemnity connexion with the church, appeared to of the services, and; in all human ap. be unanimous in their regard for its pearance, their good effect, evinced welfare, and in their desire that another more forcibly than mapy arguments, clergyman might take charge of the pathe expedience and utility of occasion- rish. The Rev. Mr. Blakesley, from ally opening our churches in the even- Connecticut, has since been elected their ing, and, when practicable, of doing it rector, and the parisli is united and inat regular and stated seasons.
In creasing towns, and large villages especially, The little flock in Lenox was found where the people may easily assenible, still continuing to stand fast in one the salutary effect of such extra services spirit, with one mind, striving together i's very manifest. Many will attend for the faith of the Gospel." In conthese meetings who cannot, with con- sideration of the great efforts they had venience, and some who cannot consist- made, and were then making, to clear ently with what they suppose their off the debts incurredi by building their duty, attend our religious worship at church, and other necessary expenses, other times. A third service is pecu- the Rev. Mr. Humphrey was engaged liarly beneficial on Sunday evenings, to officiate as a missionary in Lenox, when the minds of the people are less one fourth of the time, beginning on the engaged with temporal eares, and more 10th of June, 1821. disposed to spiritual things. Very In Lanesborough, the church is now many,
of young people especially, who happily united, and in a prosperous would otherwise spend the evening of state. By a generous donation from the Lord's Day in idle parties, and vain one gentleman of $7000, and a liberal conversation, are thus drawn to the subscription by the rest of the parish, House of God, and their attention called $3000 have been added to their fund. to things which concern their immortal la Bennington, Vermont, I preachwelfare.
ed; but such is the prejudice against In the same tour I visited Salem, the Episeopal Church in that part of Marblehead, and Lynn. Sunday, the the state, that no preaching of its minis29th, in the morning, I preached and ters among them is likely at present to confirmed in Trinity Church, Boston. have much good effect. From one reIn the afternoon, performed the same spectable family attached to its worship services in Christ Church; and, in the and interests, I experienced, as on se.
atter church, we had a third service, veral former occasions, very much and a very crowded and attentive au kindness and hospitality. dience. I continued my visitation to In Arlington, the church continues Quincy, Hanover, Marshfield, and to profit by the zealous labours of its Bridgewater. April the 8th, 1821, I pious pastor. visited St. Paul's Church, in Boston, In Sandgale, a town adjoining a few
Episcopalians have organized a parish. On the 15th I visited a new parish in with not unfavourable prospects. The Berkshire, and was highly gratified in parish in Manchester has built a church, finding there much piety, and zeal, and and is in a flourishing condition. attachment to the Episcopal Church.
It was no small comfort to find, in \ts friends were then making preparaRutland, a few names yet steadfast, tion for erecting a house of prayer,
and under all their discouragements, and manifested a desire and willingness, to very desirous that a missionary should the utmost of their abilities, to procure be sent them. Painful are a parent's and support an apostolic ministration feelings, when his children ask for of the Christian ordinances. The serbread, and he has none to give them. vices of that day were unusually interMay God, in bis mercy, open our hearts, esting and impressive. There being no and fill our hands to contribute to their building sufficiently capacious to.conrelief.
tain the congregation expected, with the The parish in Middlebury continues timber collected for the new church, on very much as it has been for years past, a beautiful rising ground, where it is to 5 faint, yet pursuing;" suffering much be erected, shaded by a small and very under the deprivation of the Christian pleasant grove of sugar maples, the ordinances; wishing, and asking, and people prepared seats, and other ac, striving to obtain a minister ; but re- commodations for divine service. Our maining destitute. In Vergennes, on altar was built as it were with unheun the contrary, they seem to have relin- stones: we consecrated those materials quished all effort, and to have aban- by anticipazing their use. The thought doned the church in despair. Yet, that they were to be fitly joined toge met there a serious and very attentive ther” in one beautiful temple, dedicongregation; and, even yet, the la cated to God, naturally caused the very bours of a fajthful missionary would interesting and serious reflections, that probably be blessed among them. the congregation present were, or ought
In Shelburne, the state and prospects to be, materials in preparation « are happily very different. Throygh lively stones," to be a spiritual house," the blessing of God, we succeeded in a " building not made with hands, eterfinding a ciergyman to labour there, and nal in the heavens.” Many circum. his labours have been greatly blessed. stances conspired to heighten the inThe little society which, two years be- terest of the scene and the occasion, fore, contained but eight or ten families, and make impressions upon a serious was now increased to a respectable mind not soon to be forgotten. Surcongregation. I preached in Burling- veying the one, and reflecting upon the ton, and was much obliged by polite other; beholding a large assembly, cok attentions there received.
lected from many miles of the country By setting off from Burlington at an around, waiting, like Cornelius and his early hour, and hard travelling in heavy friends, and seeming to say, "We are roads, we arrived in St. Alban's in sea- all here present before God, to hear all son for services in the afternoon. In things that are commanded thee of the evening again we had prayers and". God;" with the additional consideraa sermon. A pious, active minister, tion, that their immortal well-being stationed in that place, and oftịciating might, in soine degree, depend on my alternately there, and at Swanton, might knowledge and fidelity, feelings were apparently labour to much profit. The excited which language cannot easily churches in Sheldon and Fairfield were express. On such occasions, and, to likewise in a thriving state. But an the preacher of the Gaspel, similar ocunhappy state of things coinmenced casions often occur, well may we ex: about that time, and still' continuesclaim, “Who is sufficient for these Some reports and accusations, affecting things !” It iş among the wonderful the moral character of their rector, have counsels of God's unerring wisdom, that rendered a discontinuance of his la- his strength should þe manifest in weakbours expedient till the cause shall have ness; that such a "treasure” as the a canonical investigation,
Gospel ministry should be given us "in
earthen vessels;" that sinful creatures, sérious and awakened desire to know themselves scarcely saved," and some and do the will of God; nor where the of them, we may well fear, not saved, people are so generally disposed to reshould be made the instruments of sav- ceive the doctrines of our Church, and ing others. Divine Wisdom, however, to delight in its worship. In no part of is sure to adapt the means to the end ; this diocèss, and, I verily believe, in no and, in the hands of Omnipotence, any part of the United States, can our mis. means are effectual. The Lord “can sionaries labour more profitably, than satisfy men with bread" in the most in Franklin county, and some of the dreary wilderness. What seems to us towns adjoining eastward. Our young impossible, with him is without diffi- clergymen, whose circumstances will culty : by the foolishness of preaching, reasonably admit of it, who desire to do he can save them that believe. I was good in the service of their Divine Masassisted in the services by my reverend ter, rather than to honour themselves, brethren Leonard and Clapp, who, to and live at ease, can no where bestow my great comfort and no small assist their labours more profitably than in ánce, accompanied me more than two the north-west part of Vermont. My hundred miles of this journey. After last information from those parts, which the second lesson, seven young persons, is quite recent, states, that the prospects with the appearance of much piety, and are still brightening. Since my visit sincere devotion, presented themselves there a parish has been formed in Enosto be baptized. The sermon was heard burgh. - Mr. Gray, the minister, now with attention worthy of a better dis- officiating in those new parishes, has course ; and, it being ended, thirty-five preached in several other towns in the persons received confirmation; and vicinity. Large congregations assemble they received it, there was good reason to hear the word; many are desirous to believe, with à just and deep sense to obtain Prayer Books; and, in all huof its nature and design. And, finally, man probability, several other societies the Lord's Supper was administered to might easily be formed. There are ala respectable number of communicants. ready between sixty and seventy com
The next morning we proceeded to municants where, a short time since, we Montgomery, where we had the plea- had none. The call there for missionsure of meeting with another newly ary labours is still increasing. formed society, and where the services Montgomery was the farthest extent were very similar, and not less interest of my tour in ihat direction. In the afing. The tears of many evinced how ternoon of the same day, 'we returned much awakened was their sense that back through Berkshire to Sheldon. the Lord is good, and they sinners. The
next day, Trinity-Sunday, we spent Montgomery is a town but recently in Fairfield, where I preached but settled. The Rev. Mr. Clapp, yet a twice ; so long were our services, and young man, was the first child (savages so far from their homes were the most excepted) born within its limits
. The of the people, that a third service was soil in that part of the state is rich and not convenient. It was pleasing, and productive, and the country rapidly an evidence of their sincere desire to rising into importance. A new stage hear the word, and receive the ordiroad, from Boston to Montreal, was nances of Christ, to observe the disexpected soon to pass through Mont- tance which the people, in that and gomery and Berkshire; which, with other parts of Vermont, will travel, and their vicinity to the Lake Champlain, many of them walk, to attend public and easy access to a good and sure worship, and share in the ministrations market, for their abundant and valua- of the sactuary. How unfaithful, and ble productions, must render that, at without excuse, would be the stewards no distant period, a wealthy part of the of God's mysteries--the pastors of his state. But, to the pious mind, it is far fold, if they, who thus hunger and thirst more pleasing to find them increasing after righteousness, should ever, unnein the true riches.” I have been in cessarily, be sent empty away." Such po place where there appeared a more zeal in the people was felt as a strong,