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though silent reproof of myown remission dent' conduct, and united zeal in this ness in the Saviour's cause.
noble work, are deserving of the highOn the morning of the 18th, we took est praise. Long may the house res our leave of kind and much beloved main to them and their children, through friends, and shaped our course for cross remote generations, a happy Bethel. ing the mountain to the eastern side of On the morning of the 23d we crossed the state, by a route which I had never the Connecticut River, into New-Hampbefore taken. In Richmond, we were shire, and had services in Cornish.joined by a respectable gentleman, a lay There I first learned that the parish in delegate from Shelburne, who, in com- Claremont, having enlarged their old pany with his daughter, was on his way church, and put it in complete repair, to the Convention-an acquisition to requested that it might, that day, be our little company which rendered the consecrated. With some little difficuljourney more pleasant.
ty, and the utmost diligence in making On the 20th we reached Randolph, the best use of our scanty time, this where we were received with much was done in the afternoon. The serpoliteness, and were entertained by a vices being ended, we proceeded three gentleman of high respectability. The miles farther to the village, where the church ljas some valuable friends, parish have purchased and put in good though no parish, in that town. Being, repair, a large, new, and convenient in a very friendly manner, invited by church. In it was a handsome pair of the Congregational ininister, and others chandeliers, generously presented to the of his society, we had divine service church by a gentleman in Boston. and a sermon in their meeting-house. Our services the next day (Sunday, There, too, I had the pleasure of be- the 24th, being also St. John's day) coming acquainted with a worthy Pres were well attended. In consequence of byterian minister, and a part of his in- a polite invitation, our third exercises teresting family. One or two of his were held in the Congregational meetsons are pursuing studies with a view to ing-house. At Drewsville, the next holy orders.
day, the congregation was small, and the The next day, for the first time, I people appeared to be disheartened. had the pleasure of meeting with a re On Wednesday, the 27th, I met with spectable number of Episcopalians, in the Convention of Vermont, at Bellows' Bethel, who have been too much neg. Falls. It was well attended : so many lected. I had not, before that visit, clergymen of our order had never besupposed that the number of those at- fore been together in that state. After tached, or at least favourable to our the exercises usual on such occasions, communion in that p?ace, was so con the business of the Convention was siderable. Though the rains fell abun- conducted and finished with great unadantly, a large congregation assembled, nimity, and much to the satisfaction of and appeared to be much interested in the members. Nothing was transacted all the services. The number confirmed of more importance than the forming was much greater than I had expected. of a missionary society, which, it is They appeared to be thankful for the hoped, may prove to be highly benesermon, and refreshed by the visitation; ficial. and it was a subject of no small regret By travelling expeditiously, we reach(to myself certainly) that previous aped Guilford în season for services in the pointments for Windsor, and other meeting-house on the 28th. In the places, made it necessary to leave them morning of the day following we met soon,
and pursue our journey. in the church, distant four miles; and The parish in Windsor continues to in the afternoon, pursued our journey merit the “ praise of all the churches." to Greenfield. And thus was finished They were building a new and elegant the tour through Vermont, having, in house for divine service, which is now the course of it, visited every church or nearly finished, and is soon to be con- Episcopal society in the state. Those secrated. Considering that the parish of Sandgate met us in Arlington; and iş but small, their pious liberality, pru. the fery of our communjon in Pawlett,
and Wells, have the benefit of the visi- and, by attending our services, and in
vine service twice on the 9th. Some of The church in Greenfield continues, the people remarked, that it was the as from the first it has been, united, happiest day they had ever seen. They faithful, and uniformly increasing. Un- who thus delight in the blessings of the der God, we are much indebted for its sanctuary; who prize above worldly prosperity to the disinterested fidelity pleasures the words of life, and the miof its pastor, who, from a sense of nistrations of mercy and grace, cannot duty; and affection for his flock, has be" far from the kingdom of God." steadfastly continued with them, though There must be many in this sinful better offers of interest and honour world who love their Saviour, when have invited his removal.
the most unworthy of his ministers are, On Monday, July 2d, in company for his sake, so kindly received, and so with the Rev. Mr. Strong, I visited, for much respected; when the sacred methe first time, a new parish in Ashfield, morials of redeeming love give greater Massachusetts. The Rev. Mr. Hum- satisfaction than the fascinating allurephrey, from Lanesborough, and the ments of time and sense.
The same Rev. Mr.Baury, from Guilford, met us day I licensed Mr. George Richardson there. Though the weather was un- (since received as a candidate for holy favourable a large congregation assem- orders) to read prayers in New Hampbled; of whom nineteen presented ton, a town adjoining Holderness. themselves for confirmation. One of In Hopkinton is a respectable, though the Baptist societies kindly obliged us a small society, and the Lord has there with the use of their meeting-house; some faithful souls. Their readiness to
" receive a prophet, in the name of a ‘ous; and, though small, its erection prophet," is a pleasing assurance that was a noble work for a still smaller pas “a prophet's reward” shall be their rish. On this occasion my thoughts portion. Often have they given more were led to some serious reflections, than 56
of water to one of the whether it might not be chiefly my own least of the Lord's disciples ;" may the fault that the Church in this diocessy Lord "remember them for good.” The most inconvenient and least worthy of Rev. Mr. Blake resides in Concord, the abilities and the geryerous spirit of and has officiated there and in Hop- those who worship in it, is that of my kinton about ?wo years; and his fa own parish in Bristol. bours, we have good reason to believe, On the 18th we had services in Ara are not in vain. A respectable gentle- lington, where a few were confirmed; man of Hillsborough, about thirty miles and Jordan Gray was admitted to the from Hopkinton, was so generous and order of Deacons. On my way from kind as to meet me at the latter place, thence to the General Convention, ia and convey me in his carriage to Brad- Philadelphia, I had leisure to remain a ford; and very politely offered to help few days in Troy, in the diocess of me on my way even to Claremont : New-York; which, both on account of may the Lord reward hiny.
my then declining health, and the
poo Sunday, the 14th, I passed io Clare- liteness and very kind attentions I there mont--preached three times to very received, proved a providential blessing. large and unusually attentive congrega The General Convention, in October tions, and administered baptism and last, as is well known, was specially confirmation. In the eleven years of called on the business of the Theologimy ministry in this office, I have held cal Seminary. The result was bappier confirmation in Claremont nine times, than perhaps any of the members, unand have administered the rite is that der existing
circumstances, had dared parish to two hundred and sixty-seven to hope. To avoid the dreadful evils persons. In no place, perhaps, are the of strife and litigation, it was wisely ministers of Christ more cordially re- judged expedient to yield, almost ceived, nor treated with affection more wholly, to the high claims of the diotruly Christian.
cess of New York. The constitution On my way into Vermont I preached adopted gives the General Conventioii at Bellows' Falls; on the evening of some control in the concern of the Sethe 16th arrived at Manchester; and, minary: but in its operation it will, no on the 17th, assisted by my reverend doubt, be managed chiefly by that diobrethren Bronson, Beach, Chase, Hum It is not my intention, however, phrey, and Baury, consecrated the new to insinuate, that the management is church in Manchester, called “ Zion placed in improper hands. Its location Church." The church was much in the most populous, commercial, and crowded, through all the services, by frequented city of our country, will nepeople who listened as those who have cessarily exclude a large part of our
ears to hear.” They remained elur- theological students from the school; ing the communion service; and, with and is, in my judgment, on other acthe exception of one denonrination, all counts, injudicious. tbe communicants of various churches In the month of March, in this prepresent, including several Congrega- sent year, I attended the adjourned tional ministers, received with us the Convention of Massachusetts, in Saw Lord's Supper. It seemed as a pleas- lem; and, in the same journey, again ing foretaste of that happy time, when visited the churches in the eastern part 6 all the faithful people of God” shall of that state, with the exception of unite in his adoration and praise. May Newburyport, which I reserved for this « his kingdom come;" and that we may present tour, and was accordingly there be prepared for its unspeakable joys, on Sunday last, in my way hither. The “ his will be done on earth as it is in church in Salem, in consequence of heaven."
some unhappy events, is not so progZion Church is neat and commodi. perous as in times past. That in Mar
blehead continues in a low state, but ary society; and, though their means there is reason to hope it may yet be are small, they have contributed with revived. The churches in Boston are liberality and zeal which do credit to all thriving and doing well. That in their piety, and will add something to Hopkinton continues vacant, and, we our little fund. may well fear, is in some degree dis A lady of the same parish has made couraged. The parish in Newton have a donation to the General Missionary in no degree fallen off from their for- Society. mer steadfastness and united zeal. The During the two last years, every paRev. Mr. Baury has removed thither; rish in this diocess (except some very and Guilford, in Vermont, is now va- recently organized) has been visited. cant. I have much pleasure in adding, In almost all of them confirmation has that the Rev. Mr. Boyle, under very fa- been once administered ; and in many vourable circumstances, is established of them twice. The whole number in Dedham. He received Priest's or confirmed is six hundred and fifty-two: ders, March the 23d, and was soon as a number certainly not large for so ter instituted.
many churches. But it should be conIn Quincy the prospects are more sidered, that the greater part of our paencouraging than at any former period rishes are yet very small, and also, since my acquaintance there. On that I have not thought it my duty to Thursday last, Benjamin C. Cutler was encourage any to make that solema in that place ordained Deacon, and has profession of their belief and devotion taken charge of the parish. On the to God, except they are sufficiently inday preceding, confirmation was admi- structed in Christianity, and receive nistered in St. Matthew's Church, in the ordinance from pious, conscientious the city of Boston.
motives. The practice which,' we may The Massachusetts Episcopal Mis- well fear, has not been uncommon, of sionary Society have recently made admitting to confirmation, and even very considerable efforts, and not with- urging to be confirmed, those who have out success, to increase the number of no serious sense of religion, nor real their members, and to obtain funds.. intention to devote themselves to God, From the interest taken in the object, through Christ, is injurious to Chrisand the liberal spirit already manifest- tianity, and to our Church in particued, there is reason to hope that this so lar: it has caused confirmation to be ciety may soon become the instrument lightly esteemed, and much neglected. of great good. Measures are taking to And we may add, as a further reason, employ missionaries, with due regard why there are in this diocess so few to economy, and to the utmost extent confirmations, that a great proportion of our yet very scanty means. In Salem, of our largest parishes are on the seaalso, a missionary society has been board; in which, it is painful to state, formed, and something liberal has been there are fewer males who receive the subscribed; but to what amount I am Christian ordinances. In a visitation unable to state.
to one of our principal churches, there The churches in Rhode Island con were fifty females confirmed, and not tinue in a prosperous state, and with one male. In our country churches the out any material alteration. The Rev. men are little enough attentive to spiMr.Taft officiates in North-Providence. ritual things; but they are still less so The Convention of our churches in that in commercial towns. state met on the first Tuesday of June his way to his farm,” rather than his last, in North-Kingston, when confir- Saviour; still more frequently does mation was, for the first time, adminis (6 another to his merchandise." tered in that place. There is some rea To the list of candidates have been son to hope that the church there will added, Seneca White, William T. Potgradually emerge froin its very low ter, Benjamin C. Cutler, Lot Jones, condition.
Charles H. Alden, George Griswold, A part of the members of my parish and George Richardson. The number in Bristol have associated as a mission- is small, as is also that of the ordina
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tions. Alfred L. Baury, John J. Ro- whose faith and hearts are with us, are dinson, Samuel B. Shaw, Silas Blạis- deterred from making an effort so hope. dale, Stephen H. Tyng, Jordan Gray, less. Charles H. Alden, Alexander Jones, Another subject, demanding the dejun. and Benjamin C.Cutler, have been ļiberate consideration of this Convenreceived to the order of Deacons; the tion, is a more competent provision for Rev. Isaac Boyle, only, has been or the Episcopate. It is a subject on dained a Presbyter.
which delicacy has heretofore conMr. Shaw, and Mr. Tyng, have had strained me to be silent. But the time, letters dimissory to the southern states. perhaps, has now arrived, when, with
As an apology for the length of this out imputation of interested motives, I report, you will please to remember, may, and ought to remind you, that the that it contains the transactions of two stability of our Church, and its prospeyears. And, as it is the duty of the dio- rity, under God, very much depend on cesan occasionally to give instructions the decent support of all its ministrato the clergy and people of his pastoral tions, of which you well know the Episcare, and no occasion can be more copate is among the most essential. convenient for the purpose, than these We have great reason to bless God for addresses to the conventions of the the pious liberality of a few individuals clergy and laity; together with a brief in the metropolis, and some other parts narrative of the more material part of of this diocess. Without this providenmy official performances, I have inter- tial supply, in all human probability, mingled some suggestions of a more our efforts must have been wholly papractical nature; and will venture yet ralyzed. We, and all the succeeding further to tax your patience, by com- generations who shall enjoy the benefit mending two or three things to your of these noble benefactions, ought not present consideration.
only to feel, but suitably to express our There is one subject which, in every gratitude to the pious donors. To make address, and on every occasion, " in the ministers of the Gospel rich, or to season and out of season,” I think it my supply them with the means of luxury, duty to keep constantly in view, and would, generally speaking, be more which I scarcely need add, is that of likely to injure than to promote their assisting our small poor parishes. In usefulness. They ought to be examples addition to what," at sundry times, and of temperance, good economy, and selfin divers manners," I have said upon denial. Their circumstances should be this point, permit me to call your at- that temperate mean, between want tention to the hard case of those who, and abundance, which is reasonably from a conscientious preference for the competent to the faithful discharge of doctrines, worship, and discipline of the their many and very important duties. Protestant Episcopal Church, have In a diocess which is large, a Bishop withdrawn from other denominations, cannot do credit to his office, nor juswith whom, and from whom, they have tice to his charge, whilst encumbered been accustomed to receive much at- with the whole parochial duties of one tention, and enjoy great privileges, and church. have formed themselves into societies, It is not, I trust, necessary even to according to our order and discipline; remind those who compose this Conand now find themselves, in a great vention, how essential to the prosperity degree, or altogether neglected. They of our churches is the diffusion of relia have none to encourage, none to in- gious knowledge, and chiefly " the first struct them: they rarely, if ever, hear principles of the doctrine of Christ.” the words of life from the lips of our For this end, you will readily perceive ministers; they become at length dis- that we ought to have, throughout the heartened, and discontinue their efforts. whole diocess, one uniform and well Were they suitably and in season che- devised plan of catechetical instruction. rished, others would be encouraged to It should be, as I conceive, a systematic follow their example. But, as the case digest of the rudiments of Christian is, the contrary is the effect; many, theology, well calculated for instructing Vol. VI.