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churches ; seven contained four; thir- have united in offering those encourageteen contained three ; and eighteen ments which will be most essential to contained two. The license of the its success. Rev. Hanwick Dunbar, incumbent of To render the site of the College and St. Stephen's parish, in King and its enclosure more complete, Charles Queen county, was dated A. D. 1625. Theophilus Metcalf, Esq. has transfer-Church Record.

red to the Society, in fee, a piece of ground adjoining to that which was ori

ginally granted by the supreme govern Church Missionary Society. ment; by which arrangement the instiStatutes of the Bishop's College, at tution will be furnished with every acCalcutta.

commodation which its most zealous The Bishop of Calcutta has pre- supporters can desire. pared a body of Statutes for the

govern

The formation of a College Library ment of the College. They reached has involved the Society in a heavy England in the autumn, and were sub- charge; and they feel disposed to inmitted to the East-India Committee of vite their friends to contribute to this the Society.

After being well con- object, either by pecuniary donations, sidered, at repeated meetings, by the or presents of books. Committee, the Statutes were presented to the Board in January last, and have been since transmitted to the Bishop,

Central Bible and Prayer Booli with an invitation to his Lordship lo

Society. propose such further alterations as may

The second anniversary of the Bible seem to him expedient.

and Common Prayer Book Society of

the central part of the state of New State and Prospects of the College. York, (heretofore known by the name

An abstract of the Society's report of the Bible and Common Prayer Book will show the present state of the Col. Society of the Eastern Section of the lége, and the plans in contemplation. Western District,) was celebrated at

It is expected that the buildings will Christ Church, Cooperstown, on the be finished at the conclusion of the pre- 25th of September, 1822. Morning sent year; by which time, it is hoped, Prayer was conducted by the Rev. Luthat the plans of the Society will be in cius Smith, Rector of St. Peter's Church, active operation, by the admission of a Auburn; and a sermon adapted to the certain number of Students, and the ar- occasion delivered by the Rev. Henry rival in India of two English Mission- Anthon, Rector of Trinity Church, aries, in conformity with the express Utica. wish of the Bishop.

This society was formed at Manlius, Ten Theological Scholarships, and in July, 1820. In consequence of the ten Lay Scholarships, have been found- general distribution of the Bible by the ed by the Society, for native or Euro- laudable exertions of others, and the pean youths educated in the principles pressing demand for the Book of Comof Christianity; and the sum of £1,000 mon Prayer, the attention of the soper annum has been appropriated to ciety, since its commencement, has this special purpose. The ordinary age been turned to the distribution of that of admission is fourteen.

invaluable manual of devotion. Be The Society cannot fail to congratu- tween 6 and 700 copies have already late themselves, and the public, upon been distributed. the prospect which has been opened to It must be gratifying to every friend their views. Since the commencement of the Church to hear, that the zeat of their operations in India, no one un manifested by our friends in the county favourable circumstance has occasione of Otsego equalled every expectation ed the slightest interruption to their un which had been raised regarding them. dertaking : on the contrary, the public They came forward with a promptitude authorities, and individuals of the and engagedness worthy of all imitation. Tighest character and respectability, They contributed to the funds of the

society about $ 60; and it should be ob- ties in union with this society, to forne served, that this sum was advanced by themselves into associations to proa few individuals. It is confidently be mote its objects. lieved that every Churchman in the The next annual meeting of the ascounty will become a member of the sociation will be held at St. Paul's society. Although the operations of Church, Oxford, Chenango county, on this institution have necessarily been the 4th Wednesday of September, at 10 limited, still we trust that they have o'clock A. M. been so far useful that we may safely rely upon the patronage of every friend of the Church, and that we hazard Memoir of the Rev. Walter Cranston. nothing in saying, that however humable

In our number for August, page 255, in its beginning, it, is destined, if pro we noticed the death of the Rev. Walter perly supported, to extend its cheering Cranston. The following memoir bas and benign effects over every portion of since appeared in the Churchman's the Church within the sphere of its in- Magazine, and we readily transfer it to fuence.

our pages :

"On the 28th of July last, the The following persons were elected Rev. Walter Cranston, Rector of Christ officers for the year ensuing :

Church, in Savannah, was taken by The Hon. Morris S. Miller, Utica, death from a sphere of extensive useful President; the Rev. Lucius Smith, Au- ness, which, for several years, he had burn, ist Vice-President; the Rev. worthily occupied. He was born the Russell Wheeler, Butternuts, 2d Vice 12th of December, 1790, and became a President; the Hon. Nathan Williams, member of the University in CamUtica, Treasurer; the Rev. Henry An- bridge, Massachusetts, at the age of 16. thon, Utica, Secretary.

In what place the early years of his life Managers.-George B. Troup, Esq. were passed, the writer of this article is Roderick Matson, Esq. Abraham Grid- not intormed. But that they were inley, Esq. Cayuga; Jonas Earll, Esq. dustriously and virtuously employed, Azariah Smith, Esq. Nicholas P. Ran- there can be no doubt; for he appeared dall, Esq. Onondaga; the Hon. Thomas with an unblemished moral character, H. Hubbard, Leverett Baldwin, -- and with literary attainments considera Hoffman, Madison; Montgomery Hunt, ably in advance of those required for Esq. Henry Green, Esq. Elon An- admission into College. drews, Oneida; General Jacob Morris, “At this time he commenced a course Ezra Williams, Esq. Levi Beardsly, of study, which he pursued for years Esq. Otsego; James Clapp, Esq. Tho- with exact method, and with unabated mas Kershaw, Esq. Noah Ely, Esq. industry. None of the exercises which Chenango; Charles W. Connor, Esq. belong to the course of studies adopted Francis A. Bloodgood, Esq.

in his College were neglected by him; Prescott, Esq. Tompkins.

but he chieħy delighted in philological

pursuits, and in these he principally exThe above counties at present com celled. He was esteemed highly reprise the association. Every person be- spectable among his classmates for his coming a subscriber for $ 5, to be paid attainments in every department of at the time of subscribing, or one dol- learning; but in Greek and Roman libar, payable annually, shall be a mem terature he bore away the palm from ber of this society. The payment of all his competitors. Nor was he sur$ 5, or more, at the time of subscrib- passed by more than one of his associates ing, shall constitute a person a member in knowledge of the Hebrew. And being for life without further subscription. second to this one could not beesteem

On motion, it was resolved, before ed a mark of inferiority; for Samuel the society adjourned, that it be re Harris had been drawn from the obscucommended to the members of the rity of a mechanical employment, by Episcopal Church, and such others as the discovery of his wonderful attainmay feel disposed in the different coun ments in Oriental learning, which, with

the ardour of a strong native genius preparing himself. He was ordained for this pursuit, he had for years been Deacon, in Bristol, Rhode Island, by secretly following as a relaxation from the Right Rev. Bishop Griswold, and his ordinary labours. This extraordi- immediately proceeded to Savannah, nary young man was assisted, in the to the care of the church in which means of obtaining a liberal education, place he had been invited. by several public spirited gentlemen of In the following year he made a visit the town of Boston, who had hoped to the eastern states, and received the that he would thus be enabled to be holy order of Priests from the hands of come serviceable to the cause of learn- Bishop Hobart, at New-Haven, Coning in a department at that time not necticut. So well pleased was he with much cultivated. But this anticipation the prospects of usefulness held out to was soon disappointed; for he was him in Savannah, and so acceptable suddenly removed from life, and his were his services there, that he immeeulogium was eloquently spoken before diately returned, and became Rector of a mourning University, by his friend the church in that place. Nor were the Cranston, who could best appreciate hopes of the minister, or the expectahis worth, as next to him best skilled in tions of the people disappointed. That his. peculiar studies. The subject of he was an acceptable minister, we are this article received his degree in 1810, assured, by the increase of his congrewith distinguished marks of approba- gation, and by their attachment to him tion from the government of College. that he was a profitable minister, was His views had for some time been di- evinced by the constantly growing atrected towards the ministry; and he tention to religion in his parish, and by established himself at Cambridge, for the additions to the number of his comthe sake of enjoying the privileges municants. Without exaggerating his which its extensive and valuable li- praise, it may be said of him, that “he brary affords. Young men designed for was faithful unto death ;" for in that holy orders had not then the advanta- season, when the yellow fever prevailed ges of a theological school and learned at Savannah so long, and with such faprofessors, but were, in most instances, tal consequences, he remained in the obliged to pursue their studies withont city, constantly exposed to the infecthe stimulus of companions, and with- tion, and constantly enduring fatigue, out the security and benefits of a well from which, the incessant calls to visit informed guide. Mr. Cranston, how- the sick, and to bury the dead, hardly ever, needed these things less than most afforded him the hours of night to reyoung men.

His love of learning, and cruit himself. Being the only clergyparticularly of those studies which be- man who remained in the city during long to his profession, was for him ex that sickly season, he became, as it citement sufficient to unceasing appli- were, the parish minister of all the inhacation, and his natural quickness of bitants. His services were requested perception, and solidity of judgment, by all denominations, and he cheerfully improved by the under-graduate course' gave them to all without discriminaof College, were a security against his tion. Such courageous and disinterested suffering much loss of time from ill di- attention during the prevalence of this rected efforts. After passing a year in heavy calamity, called forth the gratithis manner, he was elected to the office tude and the affection of many towards of Greek Tutor in the University. In Mr. Cranston, who had before only rethis office he continued till the year spected him for his learning, and for his 1814, discharging its duties with ex- agreeable qualifications as a preacher. emplary fidelity, and with that reputa- He now became as much esteemed tion, of which his eminent acquirements throughout the city, as before he had in Greek learning were a certain pledge. been in his own congregation; and it He now felt prepared to enter upon is not among his parishioners alone that that profession to which he had de- tears will be shed at the news of his voted his life, and for usefulness in early and unexpected death. He eswhich he had for several years been caped unharmed from the fever of 18 20; VOL. VI.

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and, perbaps; rendered confident by this Catholic Church ; in the confidence of exemption, he thought his constitution a certain faith; in the comfort of a rea. proof against the influence of a south- sonable, religious, and holy hope; in ern climate, and continued to discharge favour withi God; and in perfect chahis duties in the warm months of the rity with the world.” In the contemensuing years, with too fatal a con- plation of his fine natural abilities, the stancy. In this year, however, the de- valuable stores of learning he had acbilitating effects of the climate became cumulated, the untired zeal with which alarmingly visible. His friends urged he applied himself to the sacred duties him to seek a restoration to health un- of his profession, and the short period der the bracing influence of a northern of his continuance among us, we may sky. But it was not until he had se. lament; but not for him. Ere now, he veral times fainted during the per- has proved, we trust, what Paul deformance of the services of the Church, clared of himself; that to " depart, and and became entirely unable to continue be with Christ, is far better." How them, that he could be induced to adopt forcibly must it occur to the friends their advice. When he could no longer who loved him, and to the parishioners pray with his people, or give threm pub who now lament his loss, that « lic religious instruction, then he con have this treasure in earthen vessels!" sented to a temporary absence, as the only means of enabling him again to

from the Gospel Advocate, for Nov. 1829. pursue those avocations, which were at

Convention of Vermont. once the all-important duties, and the chief pleasures of his life. He delayed, our readers, an abstract of the Journals

We presént, with great pleasure, to alas ! too long_his constitution was enfeebled beyond the power of restora.

of Vermont, for the years 1820, 1821, Lion. With slow, and frequently in

and 1822. This, if we mistake not, is terrupted advances, he reached Middle the first printed Journal of any of the town, where resided his only surviving

Conventions of the states which comrelatives. Here the principle of life, pose the Eastern Diocess. Though which had for some time been a feeble

small and liumble in its appearance, it

is not more so than were the first Jourand uncertain flame, declined into a

nals of those Churches which now ansingle spark; and, in a few days, was extinguished, because it had not strength nually exhibit reports of 40 or 50 pages

. to take hold of the fuel with which the It is a good example, and we hope it triendly skill of the physician, and the

will be followed. We insert the Conanxious care of relations vainly sought stitution of the Church in Vermont, as to revive it. For several years a teacher, revised and adopted at the Convention and a successful teacher of the religion

in 1820: of the blessed Jesus, he well knew where

Constitution. alone he could find conifort in sickness, I. The various churches in Vermont and support in death. He

was, there shall be considered as united in one Confore, entirely resigned, both during his vention, in subordination to the General sickness, and in his death. Although Convention of the United States. the call was early, and his temporal II. The said Convention shall meet prospects were unclouded, and he had annually, on the fourth Wednesday in every reason, if his health was restored, June, at such place as shall be appointto look forward to many years of hap previous meeting; and all clerpiness, yet his conduct never expressed gymen of the Protestant Episcopal other than the most entire accordance Church, residing in this state, shall be of heart to the language, “ Father, not entitled to seats in Convention; and my will, but thine be done.” We have lay delegates, from the several churches every reason to believe; and to trust, in this state, shall be entitled to seats in " that having served God in his gene the said Convention, in the following ration, he is now gathered unto his fa proportion, to wit: each church shall thers, having the testimony of a good have the privilege of sending at least conscience; in the communion of the one member; if it consists of teno:

ed at

more communicants, then it may send this Constitution, except in annual Contwo members; and, for every twenty- vention; nor unless proposed and refive communicants, excepting the num- duced to writing at a previous Convenbers above specified, the said churches tion. shall be entitled to one additional mem

VII. The Bishop, or standing comber.

mittee, shall have power to call a speIII. The Convention shall deliberate cial Convention, by giving six weeks and act in one body; but shall vote in previous notice to the minister, or one distinct orders, when any member shall of the wardens of each particular church: call for such a division on any one question; and, in such case, a concurrence Parochial reports, in 1820, were from of a majority of both orders shall be eleven churches, as follows: baptisms necessary to constitute a vote.

99_deaths 35-whole number of coma. IV. A president, secretary, and municants 391, standing committee, shall be chosen at Parochial reports, in 1821, from every annual meeting of the Conven- thirteen churches : baptisms 101-mar tion; and, when there is to be a session riages 14-deaths 32-whole number of the General Convention within the of communicants 592. In several of the ensuing year, the requisite delegations churches flourishing Sunday Schools. shall be appointed to represent this state Parochial reports, in 1822, from in that body; also, as long as this state thirteen churches : baptisras 73-mar, shall belong to the Eastern Diocess, a rịages 21-deaths 32-number of com delegation shall be appointed to attend muniçants 557. each Diocesan Convention at the next Standing Committee for the year en preceding Annual Convention, or at suing:- The Rev. Abraham Bronson, some meeting specially warned for that the Rev. George Leonard, the Rev; purpose. Provided, however, that no Carlton Chase, the Rev. Joel Clapp. person shall be a member of the stand Prudential Committee :-The Hon. ing committee, or shall represent this Daniel Chipman, George Cleveland, state in the General or Diocesan Con- Esq. the Hon. J. H. Hubbard. vention, unless he be a regular commu Delegates to the General Convennicant in the Church. Provided, also, tion :- The Rev. Abraham Bronson, that when the Bishop of the diocess the Rev. George Leonard, the Rev. shall be present in Convention, he shall, Carlton Chase, the Rev. Joel Clappex oficio, be president. The Conven- Clerical. Joshua Isham, Esq. George tion may, from time to time, if deemed Cleveland, Esq. Mr. Alexander Flemexpedient, appoint a prudential com- ing, and Dr. Elisha Sheldon-Lay. mittee to superintend the prudential

The Rev. Abraham Bronson was noconcerns of the Church.

minated by this Convention as a trusV. If, at any time, a Bishop is to be tee of the General Theological Semielected by this Convention, the secre- nary of the Protestant Episcopal Church tary, by order of the president, or stand- in the United States of America, agreeing committee, shall write to the minis- ably to the third article of the constituter, or one of the wardens of each tion of said seminary. church, at least six weeks before the A communication, from the secretary election is to take place, and give notice of the General Convention, containing of the time and place appointed for a proposed alteration of the constitution such election, and request, that dele- of that Convention, relative to the time gates may attend the Convention for of holding its triennial meetings, and inthe purpose; and, in every such elec- vesting the presiding Bishop, in certain tion, the Convention shall vote in dis- cases, with the power to alter the place tinct orders--the clerical order shall where the same shall be held, was read; make a nomination by ballot, and a and the Convention voted, that this Con majority of the lay delegates shall ap- vention does not approve of the proprove the appointment, before the per- posed alteration. son shall be considered elected.

Resolved, That the clergy of this state VI. No alteration shall be inade in be requested to preach in their severid

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