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what has been reported already. The courses and charities of life, there will money thus received has been vested be such an approximation of religious by the council of advice in public stock, societies in whatever can be thought esin the names of the trustees appointed sential to communion, as that they shall for the purpose.
“ with one heart and one mouth gloThere is a subject on which your Bi- rify God.” For, to those who have shop wishes to record his opinion, ma- attended to the first workings of what tured by the long experience of his mi- has ended in the divisions and subdivinistry, and acted on by him, as he sions among Christian people, it must thinks, to the advantage of the Church. have been evident, at least in the It is the conduct becoming us towards greater nunber of instances, that with those of our fellow Christians who are diversity of sentiment, there might have severed from us by diversity of worship, continued the “Unity of the Spirit in or of discipline ; and in some instances, the Bond of Peace,” had it not been by material contrariety on points of for the intrusion of personal injury, or doctrine.
provocation, the effects of passion, or The conduct to be recommended is, of interfering interests, which have to treat every denomination, in their sometimes insensibly induced the percharacter as a body, with respect; and suasion of service done to the cause of the individuals composing it with de- God, when, in fact, human views had a grees of respect, or of esteem, or of af- dominant share in determining the confection, in proportion to the ideas en- duct. . tertained of their respective merits; There has been referred to, in favour and, to avoid all intermixture of admi- of the point sustained, the danger of nistrations in what concerns the faith, exciting and increasing unfriendly feelor the worship, or the discipline of the ing between differing denominations. Church.
It is on this principle-although there On the conduct to be observed to are other considerations tending to the wards every denomination, it is not in- same effect--that your Bishop has retended to recommend silence concern sisted all endeavours for an intermixing any religious truth, from the mis. ture of administrations, in what contaken delicacy of avoidiug offence to cerns the faith, or the worship, or the opposing error; nor to censure the ex- discipline of the Church. In every posing of the error, if it be done in a known instance, in which it has proChristian spirit, and in accommodation ceeded from the usurpation of authority to time and place. To take offence at by individuals, it has been productive this, is to manifest the spirit of persecu- of conflicting opinion, and of needless tion, under circumstances which have controversy. On some occasions, our happily disarmed it of power. But institutions have been treated with diswhen, instead of argument, or in de respect, and doctrines unknown in them signed aid of it, there is resort to mis- bave been taught, within our walls. representation and abuse; or, when There have even been advanced claims the supposed consequences of an opi- of rights, to what was granted as temnion are charged as the admitted senti- porary indulgence; and thus our proments of the maintainer of it; these are perty in religious houses has been weapons as much at the service of er rendered insecure: all under the notion ror, as at that of truth; are the oftenest of liberality and Christian union. It resorted to by the former; and are cal- would be painful to have it supposed, culated to act on intelligent and ingenu that any reference is here had to the ous minds, as reason of distrust of any many respectable ministers of other decause in which they may be employed. nominations, whose characters are in
It is no small aggravation of the evil, contrariety to the offences stated. Of that it tends to retard the time, which, the intrusion of such men, there is no we trust, will at last be brought about apprehension entertained at present : by the Providence of God; when, in and if the door should hereafter be consequence of friendly communica- thrown open, the most forward to enter tions, arising out of the ordinary inter- it would be persons of the most moder
rate pretensions in talent and in ac, to be sanctioned by Divine ordainment quirement.
under the law; by the attendance of It is confidently believed, that what our Saviour, and of his apostles, on comis now said, would not be offensive to posed forms in the synagogues and in the more respectable and prominent the temple ; and by indications of their persons, whether clerical or lay, in the being in use in the primitive Church. concerns of other religious societies; We do not judge harshly of the public who would probably concur in the de prayers of our fellow Christians; but claration, that the contrary assumption, we allege, that among ourselves, the when carried into effect, in opposition people are not to be dependent on the to the governing authority in any reli- occasional feelings, or the discretion, or gious denomination, is the intolerance, the degree of cultivation of an officiatwhich, in former ages, pursued its de- ing minister, With such views, it is signs by penal laws; but is now re contrary to what we owe to the edificaduced to the necessity of making hollow tion of the people, were we to give way professions of fraternity: the object to the introduction of the latter species being the same, with difference only in of devotion. the means. By any among ourselves Once more. That our Church teaches favouring such designs, for what they the doctrines of grace, and holds them may conceive to be a righteous end; it to be of paramount importance, is obshould be considered, that, however vious to all
. Man's utter want of rightecommendable the being “zealously af ousness by nature ; his absolute incapafected,” there is the qualification of “a city of merit, whether in the state of good thing;" and that there can be no nature, or in that of grace; his being goodness in what is contrary to modes- under the government of passions imty, and tends to unnecessary contro.. pelling to sin, any further than as counversy and division: for, if the attempted teracted by principles derived from intermixture should be accomplished, grace; the agency of the Holy Spirit, there must be the severance of those in this, going before, that he may have who would “seek the old paths,” not a good will, and working with him in without sensibility to the hinderances the exercise of it; and, finally, the meopposed to the walking in them.” ritorious ground of all benefit, in the Thus, there would be an increase of propitiatory offering of the Redeemer, division, growing out of what had been are not only affirmed in our institutions, professedly undertaken for the healing but pervade them. We rejoice, so far of it.
as any of our fellow Christians consent It is difficult to be on the present sub- with us in acknowledging the said esject, without giving occasion to the in- sential truths of Scripture. But in some jurious charge of bigotted attachment public confessions, we think we find to our communion : to guard against embodied with those truths, dogmas which, consistently with the acknow- neither revealed in Scripture, nor deledgment of decided preference, it may ducible from its cuntents; and, in be expedient to be more particular. some instances, contradicting what our
Our Church calls herself Episcopal Church explicitly teaches. The introShe affirms Episcopacy to rest on scrip- ducing of such matter among ourselves, tural institution, and to have subsisted is what we cannot countenance : and, from the beginning. On the varying introduced, it would be under the intergovernments of other societies, she mixture here objected to. Of this we pronounces no judgment. The question have had instances, where an alien is, not whether we think correetly, but agency has been obtruded: and, if it whether we are to be tolerated in what should be countenanced, the consewe think. If this be determined in the quences would be in the greatest deaffirmative, we must, to be consistent, gree injurious. interdict all other than an Episcopalian If, after all, there should be a leanministry within our bounds.
ing in any mind to the plausible plea of Again; our Church is decidedly in liberality, let there be an appeal to the favour of a form of prayer, believing it fact, which will bear a strict investiga
tion, that every proposal to the purpose, nual meeting of this Convention be or when explained, amounts to the sur- the first Tuesday, after the first Wednes rendering of one, or of another of our day, in May. institutions, without conformity to them Ön motion of the Rev. Mr. Kemper, in any instance.
resoloed, That the attention of the Brethren,
clergy and congregations of this diocess It is fit that there should be explicitly ed to the regulation concerning collec
be earnestly and affectionately requestdeclared the motive for the present ex
țions for the Episcopal fund. pression of opinion. It has been confi
The Rev. Mr. Boyd offered the foldently acted on by the deliverer of it, lowing resolution, which was adopted in alliance with esteem for worth, in
by the Convențion :whatever individual or body of men it
Whereas the General Convention of was discerned to reside. It cannot be the Protestant Episcopal Church in the expected, that he will continue much United States, at its meeting in Novemlonger to sustain any of his opinions, ber last, instituted a Society for Domes, either by argument, or by example. He tic and Foreign Missions, and recomhopes, that they who may be expected mended it to the support of the memto survive him, entertain similar views bers of this Church; of what the exigences, and even the existence of our Church require. But; vention heartily approves the pious de
Therefore, resolved, That this Con. lest an effort to the contrary should
sign of the General Convention, in the hereafter be made by any,
he wishes to
formation of the said society for misoppose to it, and to leave behind him
sionary purposes, and hereby recomhis premonition; and to attach to it mends to all the churches in this diowhatever weight, if there should be any, cess, to further, by their contributions may
be thought due to his long experi- and their prayers, an object so imme ence and observation. Under this im. pression, he has made it a part of his diately connected with
the prosperity official address, to appear, for the pur: try, and the enlargement of the Repose stated, on your journal.
deemer's Kingdom abroad. Although, during the administratian
On motion of Mr. Meredith, resolved, of the Episcopacy, I have had the 'en
That this Convention feel it to be their couragement of seeing the growth of duty--the performance of which acthe Church in this state from very small cords with their sentiments of deep vebeginnings, yet it is certain that the neration and affection towards their Bisphere of usefulness is extending be- shop-to record on their minutes their yond proportion to our present means testimony to the distinguished services of providing for the exercise of the mi- which, in her councils, as well as in his nistry, and of adnjinistration of the or
pastoral and episcopal offices, he has dinances. This is mentioned as an excitement to the endeavours of all the rendered in establishing and maintain. active members of our communion, and ing the Church in the United States, of my reverend brethren in particular; wisdom and moderation which have
and especially in this diocess to the in which it is my purpose, that, by the
uniformly characterized his course of grace of God, there shall not be wanto conduct, and were particularly displaying, so long as ability of mind and of ed in his address to this Convention, in body may be continued, the best ser- inculcating opinions, and recommend vices of the remainder of my days.
ing rules of conduct which cannot fail WILLIAM WHITE.
to'advance her prosperity, by maintainResolved unanimously, That the ing her principles in purity, and at the thanks of this Convention be given to same time tend to the cultivation of the Rev. Mr. Montgomery, for his dis- charity and good-will with all her course delivered at its opening. Christian brethren.
Mr. Thomas H. White was elected Resolved, That the next annual meete Treasurer.
ing of the Convention be held in the On motion, resolved, That the an- city of Lancaster.
On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, resolved, the 45th Canon of the General ConThat this Convention has received, vention, that in presenting their paro. with peculiar satisfaction, the informa- chial reports, the clergy are hereby retion communicated by the Bishop ýes- commended to bring forward whatever terday, relative to the prosperous con- facts may exhibit the state of religion in dition of the Theological Seminary, their respective parishes. now established upon the harmonious union of two respectable institutions: From lists appended to the Journal and that the interests of that seminary of the above Convention, it appears be earnestly recommended to the ae that there are in the diocess of Pennsyltive care of all the members of the vania, forty-two churches, and thirtyChurch throughout the diocess. one clergymen, viz. the Bishop, twenty
Resolved, That a committee be ap seven Presbyters, and four Deacons. pointed by this Convention, to consult with the Bishop upon some mode
Canor passed in the above Convention: of supplying the vacant congregations in this state with occasional services; Concerning the Trial of a Clergyman. and, that it shall be the duty of all Presentment for misbehaviour have clergymen, whether with or without a ing been made against any person, not parochial cure, to comply with such re a Bishop, according to the first Canon gulations as shall be concluded upon of 1795, the Bishop; with the consent by the aforesaid committee: and, fur- of the council of advice, may cause a ther, in case the vacant congregations copy of the presentment to be served so supplied fail to defray the expenses on the person accused, and call on him of such visits, the treasurer of this to say whether he be guilty or not Convention is authorized to pay such guilty of the matter charged against expenses upon the order of the afore- him; and, in case such person shall çorlu said committee; provided, however, fess that he is guilty, the Bishop may prothat no appointment be made in con- ceed to pass sentence on him, accordfornity with the provisions of this re- ing to the Canons, in the same manner solution without the approbation of the as if he had been found guilty by the Bishop.
Bishop, or commissary and assessors, The parochial reports made to the in the manner prescribed by the 4th Bishop, and entered on the journal, Canon; but, if the said accused person agreeably to the Canons, furnish the shall say that he is not guilty, or shall following aggregate:-Baptisms (adults refuse, or neglect to make any answer, 46, infants 186, not specified 207) 439 he shall be proceeded against in the -marriages 185—burials 260—com- manner prescribed in the 2d, 3d, and municants 1510.
4th Canons of 1795; provided, that The following gentlemen were elected nothing herein contained shall prevent the Standing Committee : - The Rev. the Bishop, if he think proper, from Frederick Beasley, D. D. the Rev. appointing a commissary, with the conJames Abercrombie, D. D. the Rev. sent of the council of advice, presentJackson Kemper, the Rev. George went having been made, and proceedBoyd, the Rev. Benjamin Allen, Wil ing against the person accused in the liam Tilghman, Richard Dale, Thomas manner prescribed by the said 2d, 3d, M'Euen, John Read, Charles Wheeler. and 4th Canons.
The following gentlemen were elected Delegates to the General Convention : From the Treasurer's accounts, ap~The Rev. George Boyd, the Rev. pended to the Journal of the above Jackson Kemper, the Rev. Levi Bull, Convention, it appears that the receipts the Rev. William A. Muhlenberg, Levi into the treasury of the Convention, Pauling, David Scott, Richard Dale, during the past year, were $ 170, and William Tilghman.
the payments from the same, $ 4 75; The Rev. Mr. Bull presented the fol- and that, including a balance of last lowing resolution, which was adopted : account, there remained in the treasury
Resoloed, In order to give effect to $392 99.
It also appears from the Treasurer's and settled in the diocess of Ohio. The accounts, that the receipts into the Rev. Mr. Pilmore has gone to Natchez, Episcopal fund, for the last year, front in the state of Missisippi, where they collections and interest, were $ 634 63 are about to build him a church. The
Rev. William Arinstrong has returned from England, and been elected mi
nister of St. Peter's, and Zion,' in Abstract of the Proceedings of a Con- Montgomery. The Rev. Daniel Somers,
vention of the Diocess of Maryland, from the diocess of Connecticut, has held in St. John's Church, in the been chosen rector of Trinity Church, City of Washington, on the 5th, 6th, Upper Marlborough.' The Rev. John. 7th, and 8th days of June, 1822. L. Bryan, from the diocess of Virginia,
The Convention was composed of has been admitted into St. Mark's pathe Right Rev. Bishop Kemp, twenty- rish, Frederick county. The Rev. four Presbyters, ten Deacons, and Richard H. B. Mitchell, from the diothirty-four Lay Delegates, representing cess of Virginia, has settled in King that number of parishes.
and Queen parish, St. Mary's county. It was opened with Morning Prayer, A more awful change than any of conducted by the Rev. Henry M. Shaw, the former has also taken place in this Rector of Queen Anne, Prince George's; diocess during last year. The Rev. à sermon by the Rev. John V. Bartow; John Weems, for many years a reRector of Trinity Church, Baltimore; spectable clergyman in this diocess, and the administration of the holy com- and rector of Port-Tobacco, in Charles munion by the Bishop.
county, has terminated his ministry Agreeably to the 45th Canon of the here on earth, and passed into that state General Convention of 1808, the Right where he must yield an account of his Rev. Bishop Kemp delivered the fol- stewardship. lowing address :
And, moreover, during last year, an My Reverend Brethren of the Clergy, ed with regard to our Theological Se
important arrangement has been effects and Gentlemen of the Laity,
minary. Inasmuch as a large legacy Since the last Convention, I have or was left to this institution, provided dained the Rev. Mr. Pilmore a Dea- it was located in the state of Newcon, and the Rev. Mr. Jackson, and York, it became an interesting consithe Rev. Mr. Ethan Allen, Priests. I deration whether it would be advisable have held five confirmations, at which to remove the General Seminary from about ninety persons have been con- New-Haven, with a view to secure this firmed.
legacy, or to allow it to go to a diocesan My course of visitation was inter- school. That this question might be rupted, last autumn, by a special meet- brought fairly before the Church, a ing of the General Convention; and, special Conventio was called; and I this spring, I was obliged to relinquish have great joy in saying, that the obsome visitations which I had planned, ject was effected in a manner, and with on account of the departure of Dr. a spirit that produced feelings which Wyatt to Europe, with a view to re could only find utterance in an hymn cover his health.
of praise to God. During the last year, the following The General Theological Seminary changes have taken place among the of our Church is now fixed in the city clergy :- The Rev. Mr. Clay bas left of New-York, but the trustees have Hagerstown,' and settled in the diocess the power, from time to time, to esta of Pennsylvania ; the Rev. Mr. Willis- blish one or more branch schools in the ton has removed from Upper Marlbo- state of New-York, or elsewhere, to be rough to Wilmington, in Delaware; the under the superintendence and control Rey. Mr. Bowden has left his parish in of said trustees. This seminary is now Charles county, and settled in the Dis- in operation, anda branch is established trict of Columbia; and the Rev. Spencer at Geneva. Wall has removed from this diocess, The city of New York certainly