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tions to the funds of the institution, may, therefore, reasonably be presumed deemed it their duty to take immediate to have been first and principally in the measures to ascertain whether it was mind of the testator. The General the intention of the testator to endow Convention is the superior body, whose the institution with which they were duty it is to prescribe the course of educonnected. They accordingly sent ex- cation, and the qualifications of candiemplifications of the will to gentlemen dates for holy orders, and may well be learned in the law, in various parts of supposed to have possessed the greatest the United States, requesting them to share of the testator's confidence. A give their opinions on the matters at donation in trust to the superior body issue. A request was also made to the is more likely to be in accordance with Bishop of Connecticut, by three Trus- the views and considerations which tees, that he would summon a special commonly influence donors, than one to meeting of the Board for the purpose of the inferior body: Any other conreceiving and comparing such opinions, struction leaves the testator's intention and taking such proper measures, as entirely doubtful on this point, and it is were or might be suggested by the same, not probable that he named the two in order to secure the bequest to the bodies, one of which was to establish general seminary. The Trustees have and superintend the charity, without inaccordingly met, and have received the tending a preference of one over the opinions, some written and some ver other. bal, of many of the most distinguished On the other hand, it is contended, jurists in the United States.
that the naming of the General ConThe two questions which are chiefly vention first does not denote a preferto be considered, are, First, whether ence, because, where two objects are a seminary to be established within the mentioned, for which there is no com state of New York, by the General
mon term, one must necessarily be Convention, will be entitled to the be- named before the other. The lanquest, in preference to a seminary es. guage also of the will is, that the executablished by the Convention of the tors are to retain the fund in their state of New-York; and, if so, Second hands, and to reinvest the interest, &c. ly, what measures the General Con- " until there shall be established, under vention ought to adopt to secure the the authority of the General Convenbequests to its own seminary.
tion, or of the State Convention, a colIwo constructions of the will are lege or seminary, &c. and upon such contended for. One is, that the testa- college or seminary being established, tor intended his bounty for a seminary then to pay over to its Trustees." The to be established within the state of literal meaning, it is contended, of such New-York, by the authority and under language is, that whichever Convention the direction of the General Conven- should first establish a seminary, contion, and that in default of that Con- formable to the description in the will, vention to establish and assume the di- acquires a right to the legacy which rection of such a seminary, then that it cannot be taken away by the subseshould go to a seminary there to be es- quent establishment of another. To tablished, by the authority and under this it is replied, that from the very the direction of the Convention of the terms of the bequest, it evidently apstate of New-York. The other, con pears that the testator was in no hurry struction is, that the testator intended to establish a seminary, since he speaks the bequest for the seminary which not only of an accumulation of interest, should be first established within the while the property continues in the state of New-York, by the authority hands of the executors, but also of an and under the direction of either Con- accumulation in the rate of compound vention, whichever it might be that interest, which implies its continuance should first make the establishment. in their hands at least two years after
The most obvious reasons assigned it is vested in the manner required by for the first construction are, that the the testator. And, further, it cannot General Convention is first named, and reasonably be supposed that one who
was so well known to love the prospe- special meeting of the General Conrity and peace of the Church, meant to vention, in the manner prescribed by hold out his bequest as an invitation to the 420 Canon, and as soon as can conthe two Conventions to run a race, or veniently be done. In consequence of enter into any contest for the priority. this conviction they have passed the
If a seminary, established by the following resolution, which they have General Convention within the state of directed us to transmit to you, with the New-York, be in equity entitled to the present circular. bequest, the second question which re « Resolved, That in the opinion of mains to be considered respects the the Board of Trustees it is expedient measures to be adopted in order to se that a special meeting of the General cure it, Whether it be necessary or ex- Convention be called for the purpose pedient to call a special meeting of the of ascertaining whether any, and what General Convention as soon as may measures shall be taken in relation to conveniently be done.
the bequest of the late Jacob Sherred, As to the necessity of this measure, Esq." there is some diversity of opinion THOMAS C. BROWNELL, Chairman among those who advocate the rights LARRY CROSWELL, Secretary. of the General Convention. Some are of opinion, that the right will not lapse
*** It being the opinion of counsel unless the Convention, at their next re- that the requisition of the several Bigular triennial meeting, should neglect shops for the call of a special meeting to act upon the bequest; others, on the of the Convention should be uniform, contrary, think, that the Convention is and should state the special object of bound to assemble as soon as can con- such meeting, and that they should be veniently be done.
preserved in the archives of the GeBut though there is a diversity of neral Convention; therefore, opinion as to the necessity of the mea Resolved, That the following form sure of calling a special meeting of the of a requisition be respectfully proGeneral Convention, with regard to its posed to each of said Bishops as that expediency there seems to be little or which may be proper to send for the no doubt. Some express themselves aforesaid purpose. in stronger language than others; but
(DATE.] most, if not all, agree that a special to the Right Rev. William White, D. meeting should immediately be called, and a theological seminary established
D. Presiding Bishop of the Protestunder its direction and authority within
ant Episcopal Church of the United the state of New-York. This opinion
States. has been greatly strengthened in the Right REVEREND Sır, view of the Trustees by the considera In consequence of a communication tion that the interests of the present ge- received by me from the Board of Trusneral seminary, as well as those of all tees of the Theological Seminary of other parties concerned, require as our Church, agreed to at a meeting of speedy a decision of the question as that body, held at New-Haven, on the possible. The exertions which have 24th and 25th days of May last, I have hitherto been made with considerable deemed it proper to request that a spesuccess for increasing the funds of the cial meeting of the General Convention institution, are now paralized, and of the Protestant Episcopal Church in must continue to be so, till it is known the United States may be called agreewhat course the General Convention ably to the 42d Canon of said Church; will pursue. The Trustees, therefore, and that such special meeting be held have felt it to be their duty, a duty at Philadelphia, at as early a period which they owe to the seminary of as may be practicable, for the purpose which they are the guardians, a duty of taking into consideration ihe last which they owe to their brethren, to the will and testament of Jacob Sherred, Convention, and to the Church at large, Esq. and determining whether any, and 80 suggest the propriety of calling a what measures should be taken for the
purpose of obtaining the legacy be- cording to this beginning"--can this queathed by hint for the purpose of fervour, this earnestness, be unbecomeducating candidates for holy orders ing, be otherwise than indispensably in said Church.
requisite ? Your own sense of duty (To be continued.)
will, I hope, lead you to cultivate such a devotional frame of mind, at each ce
lebration of this our primary sacrament, (The Bishop of Gloucester, Dr. Ryder, is and forcibly to exhort your parishioners
to endeavour after the same qualificaranked among those of tlie Clergy of the Church who style themselves, or are styled by tion in themselves, and to select, as way of distinction, (what, indeed, all Clergy- much as possible, none but sponsors of men ought to be, in the correct sense of the similar views and sentiments. From term), evangelical. Under these impres• souls thus congenial, the united fervent sions of his character, the following extracts prayer would avail much; and we from his second Charge to his Clergy are might hope to see suck baptism more highly interesting. In his views of Baptism, often prove the effectual seed, and prothe Bishop carries its benefits as ligh, as the duce in maturity“ the answer of a good warmest advocate of baptismal regeneration conscience towards God.” can desire.)
On Esckorting to the Communion On the Celebration of the Baptismal
Let him keep the opposite extremes Service.
in view. Let him caution his people, The higher your views of the bene
on the one hand, against the formal refits conferred, the deeper should be your liance upon an outward ordinance, by sense of the responsibility entailed upon which the Papist, we must fear, too ofall the persons concerned in the office
ten soothes his conscience, and “sins -the more vigilant and solicitous
on that grace may abound' --with sinshould you be, that the whole heart, in gular inconsistency, magnifying the nayourselves, and in all the attendants, fure of the sacrament beyond the lishould ascend with the animating peti- mits of sound reason-and, practically tions, and that then, if ever, God should
at least, lowering the conduct it enjoins be worshipped in spirit and in truth.
below the standard of pure and undeIs it, in your view, the moment, when filed religion. Let him caution his an immortal saul, once (born in sin
people, on the other hand, against such and the child of wrath,»* receives a covenanted interest in the atoning preparation beforehand, and sinless
a precise and exalted notion of perfect blood of the Saviour, and a federal obedience afterwards, as would keep right to supplicate for its application in back the timid but sincere penitent, every future case of repented sin? Is while, perhaps, the self-deluder and the it, in your view, the moment, when an
hypocrite might be brought forward to immortal soul by nature inclined to evil.”+ and “unable to help itsell,"'him warn the Pharisee to withdraw in
the serious injury of their souls. Let obtains a title through Christ to the the fulness of his self-sufficient pride. promise of the Holy Spirit; and thus Let him summon the Publican from has secured to it in after-life the offer of the depths of his penitent humiliation : ability to believe, to love, and to serve
but let him proclaim wilful persever• God, to resist sin and Satan, to be : united to Jesus Christ here, and to be stinate unbelief, to be the effectual,
ance in any one habitual sin, or in obfellow-heir with him to all eternity? Is though the only obstacle, and call none it such a moment in your view? And but those who desire to be holy-not can the fervour of gratitude for the pre- only “almost but altogether"-and sent unspeakable gift, the earnestness who see and own that all their pardon of supplication that the person thus and all their strength, all their justificagifted "may lead the rest of his life ac
tion and all their hope, must be in him,
of whose body and whose blood they Baptismal Service. + Ninth Article i Collect for all Sunday in lent:
1 Pet. iii. ?1.
are spiritually about to partake. Thus year 1741, it is supposed that the Rer, will the minister, at least in this mat- Samuel Johnson, of Stratford, and the ter, bave “ declared the whole counsel Rev. John Beach, of Newtown, both of of God." Thus may he hope to have whom were missionaries from the vesome communicants, at least, to whom nerable Society in England for the this body of Christ administered by his. Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign hands will be meat indeed," and his Parts, visited New-Milford, and perblood " drink indeed”-their souls de- formed the services of the Church acriving fresh health and strength from cording to the directions of her formueach celebration, growing in grace and lary, preached, and administered the ripening for glory. Thus will he “feed ordinances of our holy religion. At the flock of God, which he purchased this time there were but six or seven fawith his own blood,” rightly dividing milies residing in the town who called to each their portion“ in due season;" themselves Churchmen. These clergyand thus may he humbly trust that his men continued to officiate occasionally faithful communicants, fortified from for two or three years, and the congretime to time against each difficulty, gation, through their exertions and the trouble, temptation, and peril of the blessing of God, gradually increased. way, will go forward in their heaven Now it was, that, though few in ward walk-and, being established in numbers, a small house was erected for faith, and zealous of good works, public worship, at the south end of the through the special grace of their Lord, street-an event which caused much endure unto the end.
joy in the little fold, and encouraged
them in their future prospects. In this On the Service to be used with the Sick. house they continued to assemble for
Let the general directions and tenor public worship, not only when they of the service of the Church itself be were enabled to procure the occasional kept ever in your view: when it appears services of a clergyman, but also for to be truly applicable, adhere to its let- lay reading. ter, with additions suitable to the parti This house was erected about the cular cases; and where, as you must year 1743 or 1744, according to the perceive, deviations are necessary, seek best information which can now be obto exhort, to examine, and to pray, al- tained. Although the members of this most in the words of the Scriptures, es little flock were unable to procure a pecially the Psalms, the manual of the clergyman to assume the pastoral sick and distressed. Adopt, as far as charge over them, as there were then may be, the language of the Collects but few in the New England colonies, and the spirit of the Homilies that yet they were not unmindful of the spirit, which is at once devotional and promise of their Divine Master practical, which“ humbles the sinner, “Where two or three are gathered toexalts the Saviour, and promotes holi- gether in my name, there am I in the ness of heart and life.”
midst of them."
Thus they went on with cheerful
alacrity to perform the weekly services From the Churchm:n's Magazine, for
of the sanctuary, till God, by his Pro November, 1821. A brief and impartial History of the vidence,
opened the way for them to
secure for a part of the time the stated Protestant Episcopal Church in pastoral labours of the Rev. Solomon Neu-Milford.
Palmer. He had previously been a As no documents of the origin and settled congregational minister in the progress of this Church have been pre town of Norfolk, but had conformed to served, the following facts have been the Episcopal Church, and been to collected from the memory of aged per. England for holy orders-and, on bis sons still residing in the parish, one of return, was employed as a missionary whom has nearly attained the age of by the Society already mentioned. ninety-three years.
They solicited and obtained him to beAbout eighty years ago, or in the come their teacher and guide in their VOL. VI.
spiritual concerns, and his settlement from the time of his settlement amongst amongst them caused much joy and sa- them, or in the year 1765, the parish tisfaction in the parish. This event laid the foundation and erected the took place about the year 1755, and, frame of the present building, about through his zeal and labours, the con- twenty or thirty rods north of the site gregation increased very considerably, occupied by the former church. This and there seemed to be a prospect of was done with the fervent hope and ex larger additions to the Church in the pectation that their worthy pastor and course of a few years.
much beloved shepherd would long But this prospect, so cheering, was continue his faithful labours amongst seon obscured; for, the Rev. Mr, them. Palmer, finding it to be for the general But it appeared in the event that welfare of the Church, left the congre- God, in his wise Providence, had other. gation about four or five years from the wise determined; for, in the spring of time of his settlement, and removed to 1766, their beloved pastor became very Litchfield, leaving them again destitute. ill, and expired on the 12th of May, in But, through the goodness of God, the 30th year of his age, to the great they were not permitted to remain grief of his flock, and of all who knew long vacant. Mr. Thomas Davis, who him. Thus, “in the midst of life we went to England to obtain holy orders are in death." in 1761, returned on the 16th of Janu But he who takes away, even the ary, 1762, clothed with ministerial au- God of the whole earth, can give new thority, and under the patronage of the blessing, as was experienced in the preSociety for Propagating the Gospel in sent instance; for, in the following Foreign Parts, to which the Church in year, 1767, the Rev. Richard Clark, this country is so deeply indebted. In another missionary from the Propagathe following spring he assumed the tion Society in England, visited the pastoral charge of this, and two or three parish by their desire, and in the other parishes, to the great joy of the course of a few weeks was elected their flock.
pastor, and commenced his labours on Mr. Davis was a man of the strictest the 21st of June in the same year. integrity—of superior talents and ur In conjunction with this, he had the banity of manners. In him the congre- pastoral care of some of the neighbourgation placed the fullest confidence; ing parishes, and continued in his stanor were they disappointed in that con tion through the Revolutionary War, fidence; for in his public exhibitions during which he suffered many privaand private deportment he was equalled tions in consequence of his attachment by few, and more than answered their to the people and government of Great rational expectations. And more than Britain--an attachment which he shared all this, he was eminently pious, and in common with his cleri
brethren, devoted to the cause of Christ, the in- and the members of the Episcopal terests of his Church, and the salvation Church generally. At the close of the of his flock. He was greatly beloved war he was deprived of the stipulated by his people, and by all his
acquaint- sum of thirty pounds sterling, which ances, notwithstanding some differences he had annually received from the Soof opinion between him and the religi- ciety in England, and this, with his ous sects around him. Under his care other troubles, induced him to think of the congregation increased very con- removing within the dominions of the siderably, and it was soon discovered King of Great Britain. This was acthat the house in which he officiated complished in the year 1787, by his was not sufficiently large for the ac- removing with his family to Nova-Scocommodation of those who assembled tia. Thus the Episcopal Church bethere for worship.
came again vacant, after enjoying the Under these circumstances, Mr. Da- regular administration of the ordinances vis began to urge his people to erect of religion about twenty years in sucanother house; nor were his remon- cession, under the pastoral care of the strances in vain. About three years Rev. Richard Clark.