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potism was introduced the anticanoni- pies of the Scriptures in twelve languacal custom of frequently changing the ges, he seemed surprised, and intimated head of the Greek clergy.
a wish to see some of them. The same During his first Patriarchate, he had day I sent him copies of the transla. the good fortune to save the Greek tions which I possessed. Christians from the fury of the Divan, highly gratified, and expressed his who had it in contemplation to make thanks in writing. I was glad to hear, that people responsible for the French the other day, that he has already sent expedition into Egypt. He succeeded the copies which I gave him, to some in preserving his countrymen from the of his distant friends, of high rank in hatred of the Turks, but he was not the the Church, as a valuable present.” better treated for his interposition; the From that moment he became the Turkish government banished him to warm and devoted friend of the Bible Mount Athos. Recalled to his See Society; anxious to hear of its success, some years after, he was again exposed and employing every means which his to great danger in consequence of the peculiar situation would allow in its war with Russia; and, on the appear- behalf
. We mourn his removal; not so ance of an English fleet off Constan- much on his own account, for, to a man tinople, the Patriarch was exiled anew in his 80th year, death must soon come, to Mount Athos, from whence he once and to a Christian it ever comes as a more ascended that throne on which he friend, whatever be its outward form; terminated his career.
but we fear it may be long before his This Prelate invariably manifested place is supplied by a Prelate of equal the most rigid observance of his sacred piety, zcal, and prudence; and must, duties; in private life he was plain, af- therefore, regret his loss as a serious infable, virtuous, and exemplary. To him jury to the promotion of the Gospel of the merit is ascribed of establishing a Christ. patriarchate press.
He has left a numerous collection of pastoral letters and sermons, which evince his piety Dr. Chalmers's Opinion of the Gene and distinguished talents. He trans ralising Scheme of Benevolence. lated and printed in nrodern Greek, to the Publishers of the Christian Journal. with annotations, the Epistles of the Apostles. He lived like a father GENTLEMEN, among his diocesans, and the sort of I send you for publication an extract death he died adds greatly to their sor- from Dr. Chalmers's work 6 row and veneration for his memory. Christian and Civic Economy of large This Prelate had not taken the least Towns." The sentiments which it share in the insurrection of the Greeks; contains are well worthy of the conhe had even pronounced an anathema sideration of those religious philanthroagainst the authors of the rebellion; an pists, who think that their benevolence anathema dictated, indeed, by the Mus- is not properly exerted, but in the cause sulmans' sabres, but granted to prevent of Bible Societies and Missionary Sothe effusion of blood, and the massacre
cieties which extend over a whole naof the Greek Christians.
tion or the whole world.
A.B. When the Rev. Mr. Connor was at Constantinople, in 1819, he was intro “There are so many philanthropists duced to this venerable Patriarch as an in this our day, that if each of them, English clergyman. “ He received who is qualified, were to betake himme," says Mr. C.“very kindly; and, self, in his own line of usefulness, to after conversing some time on literary one given locality, it would soon work topics, particularly on the affinity of va a great and visible effect upon society. rious languages, about which he was One great security for such an arrangevery inquisitive, I made him acquainted ment being propagated, is the actual with the existence and state of the Bi- comfort which is experienced by each, ble Society. He approved of it. On after he has entered on his own sepamy mentioning that I hard in Pera co. rate portion of it. But there is, at the
same time, a temporary hindrance to it, Address of the Board of Trustees of the in the prevailing spirit of the times. General Theological Seminary of the The truth is, that a task so insolated as
Protestant Episcopal Church. that which we are now prescribing, does not suit with the present rage for TO THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPALIANS OF THE
UNITED STATES. generalising. There is an appetite for designs of magnificence. There is an impatience of every thing short of a cal Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal
Tax Trustees of the General Theologi. universal scheme landing in a universal Church in the United States, present to result. Nothing will serve but a mighty you the annexed statement of the mea. organization, with the promise of mighty sures which they have adopted for carryconsequences; and, let any single per ing into effect the great
and interesting obson be infected with this spirit, and he ject committed to their charge. may decline from the work of a single made for giving efficiency to the design of
In the arrangements which they have court or lane in a city, as an object far the General Convention in the establishtoo limited for his contemplation. He ment of this institution, they have deemed may like to share, with others, in the it right, in dependence on Divine Provi. enterprise of subordinating a whole dence, and the zeal of the friends of our
venerable Church, to lay at once the founcity to the power of some great and dation of a widely extended system of combined operation. And we may of- theological instruction; while it was neten have to deliver a man from this cessary that they should accommodate ambitious tendency, ere we can pre- their expenditures, as far as practicable, vail upon him to sit humbly and perse accomplish both these desirable objects,
to the means placed at their disposal. To veringly down to his task-ere we can
they have availed themselves of the assistlead him to forget the whole, and prac ance of several r'rofessors, whose services tically give himself to one of its parti- will be, for the present, gratuitously renculars-ere we can satisfy him, that, dered ; under the expectation, however, should he moralise one district of three that suitable provision will be made for hundred people, he will not have lived state of the funds will warrant.
their just remuneration as soon as the in vain-ere we can get him to pervade The appeal is now made to your feel. his locality, and quit his speculation." ings of attachment to the doctrine, minis
"Not that we at all admire the nar try, and worship of the Church; to your rowness of an unsocial spirit, which desire for the promotion of a spirit of encares for nothing beyond the confines of lightened piety among her members; and its own territory. It is simply, that we principles, as intimately connected with
to your anxiety for the extension of her hold it to be bad moral tactics, thus to the advancement of primitive truth and extend the field of management-thus order, with the well being of the social to bring a whole city or a whole pro- state, and with the salvation of men. And vince under one unwieldy jurisdiction the Trustees cherish the confident hope,
that under the influence of these consi-thus to weaken, by dispersion, the derations, your contributions will be prointerest which we think is far more vi- portioned to the superiour magnitude of vid and effective when concentrated the objects of the institution, and
will afford upon one given locality-thus to ex the means of an adequate remuneration to change the kindness of a small
the Professors, and of pecuniary aid to appro
pious but necessitous students. priated home for the cold lustre of a
Your prompt and vigorous assistance is wider and more public management- the more earnestly solicited, because the thus to throw ourselves abroad, over an generous bequest which has so materially expanse of superficiality, instead of tho- influenced the authorities of the Church, roughly pervading and filling up each in the establishment and location of the of its subordinate sections. We have, in
General Seminary in New York, though
munificent as an individual benefiction, is fact, somewhat of the same antipathy to not likely to equal in amount the expectaa general society for matters spiritual, tions that have been indulged, and with that we have to a general session for mat- all the other resources in the possession of ters temporal; and are most thoroughly the Trustees, will fall for short of the persuaded, that the less we are linked present exigences of the institution.
iVhile they venerate the memory of the and hampered with one another, the departed benefactor of the Church, and more effective will be allouroperations." gratefully appropriate the proceeds of his VOL. VI
bounty to its destined uses, the Trustees Resolutions adopted at a meeting of the indulge the hope that his generous benefi. Board of Trustees of the General Theocence will operate as a stimulus to new logical Seminary of the Protestant Episand spirited exertions. They will not for copal Church in the United States of a moment suppose that this act of pious America, held in the City of New York, liberality will be considered, by any of the December 19, 1821. friends of the Church, as rendering unnecessary their vigorous efforts in behalf of 1. Resolved, that the General Theolo. an institution, the respectability, useful. gical Seminary be established in the city ness, and permanency of which must de. of New-York. pend on the general and liberal support 2. Resolved, That in compliance with which it shall receive.
existing engagements and responsibilities, The present Constitution of the Semi on the part of the Theological Education nary is calculated to give to every diocess Society in the state of New York, and in a just influence in its affairs, and to se. conformity with the sixth article of the cure a correct management of them. This Constitution of this Seminary, a branch Constitution was adopted by the late Ge. school be established at Geneva, in the neral Convention with singular unanimity. state of New-York, under the superintendThe same harmony bas prevailed at the ence and controut of this Board. meeting of the Board of Trustees, where 3. Resolved, In conformity with the prothe strongest desire has been manifested visions of the fifth article of the Constitu. by all present to conduct the institution tion, that the following persons, being with a reference to the interests of every Professors in the General Theological part of the Church. They trust that the Seminary heretofore established by the feelings which have thus happily influence General Convention, and in the Theologi. ed the measures by which the Seminary cal Seminary of New York, be Professors has been established, will pervade the of this Seminary: and that the professorgreat body of Episcopalians. Their in- ships be constituted as follows, subject to creasing numbers, liberality, and zeal, for the future regulations of this Board, viz. bid the anticipation that they will suffer In the city of New-Yorkan institution to languish, which is essen The Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, Protially connected with the respectability, fessor of Pastoral Theology and Pulpit influence, and extension of their Church, Eloquence. and with the advancement of the great The Rev. Samuel H, Turner, D.D. Proconcerns of religion and the best interests fessor of Biblical Learning and the Interof mankind.
pretation of Scripture. The Trustees are happy to state, that a The Rev. Bird Wilson, D. D. Professor number of pious and well educated young of Systematic Divinity. men are ready to prosecute their studies The Rev. Benjamin 'T. Onderdonk, Prounder the several Professors, at the opene fessor of the Nature, Ministry, and Polity ing of the first session.
of the Christian Church, and of Ecclesias. The Trustees confidently hope that the tical History. period has now arrived, when our Church, Mr. Clement C. Moore, Professor of mindful of her divine origin and glorious Hebrew and Greek Literature. design, will, by a simultaneous effort in Mr. Gulian C. Verplanck, Professor of her different branches, zealously engage in the Evidences of Revealed Religion, and the important undertaking which her ec of Moral Science in its relations to Theo. clesiastical authorities have so cordially logy. begun, of preparing for the work of her In the Branch School at Genevaman ministry a succession of faithful labourers, The Rev. Daniel M‘Donald, D. D. Prowho, being rightly called, shall be also fessor of the Interpretation of Scripture, duly qualified, for the momentous trust. Ecclesiastical History, and the Nature, Thus will this venerable member of the Ministry, and Polity of the Christian mystical body of Christ become an instru. Church. ment, under God, of perpetuating in our The Rev. John Reed, Professor of Bibliland the inestimable blessing of a learned, cal Learning. pious, and faithful ministry.
The Rev. Orin Clark, Professor of SysteMay the great tead of the Church, to matic Divinity and Pastoral Theology. whose glory we desire that all our labours 4. Resolved, Inasmuch as the funds of should be consecrated, give effect, by his the seminary do not, at present, afford Spirit, to the appeal now made; and may means of making adequate allowances to you, beloved brethren, reap the rich reward its Professors, and special considerations of a beneficence excited by the love of require some provision to be made in the God and of your fellow men, in the pre- first instance for particular individuals, sent consciousness of well doing; in the that, with reference to such consideraapprobation of your Redeemer at the last tions only, and without intending to exday; and in the enduring blessedness of press any opinion as to the relative imhis heavenly kingdom.
portance or labours of the different pro.
fessorships, but with an earnest desire to 1. Any diocess, congregation, or as make suitable provision for the support of sociation of individuals, contributing all, at as early a period as possible, the $ 20,000 towards the founding of a Profollowing salaries be established until the fessorship in this seminary, or $ 10,000 further order of this Board:
towards the founding of a Professorship in To the Professor of Biblical Learning the branch school, such Professorship and the Interpretation of Scripture $ 1500 shall bear the name of the founder or per annum.
founders, or such name as he or they may To the Professor of Systematic Divinity designate. 1500 per annum.
2. Any congregation, or individual, or To the Professor of Hebrew and Greek association of individuals, contributing Literature $ 750 per annum.
$5,000 for the founding of a Fellowship, To the Professor of Biblical Learning shall have the right, from time to time, in the Branch School $ 750 per annum.
to nominate from the students who shall To the Professor of the Interpretation have completed the prescribed course of of Scripture, Ecclesiastical History, and studies, the individual who is to have the the Nature, Ministry, and Polity of the benefit of the same as a fellow of this Church, in the same school, $ 300 per seminary. The fellows, whilst unmarried annum.
and pursuing in the institution the course To commence when the said Professors of theological studies prescribed by its reshall enter on the duties of their respec. gulations, shall have access to the library, tive offices, in pursuance of this appoint and admission to all the lectures, and be
entitled to receive annually, for a term not 5. Resolved, That until the further or- exceeding four years, the interest of the der of this Board, the services of all the said sum of $ 5,000, at the rate of five per other Professors, as heretofore rendered to cent. per annum. It shall be the duty of the Theological School of New York, be fellows to perform such literary and theo. accepted gratuitously by this Seminary. logical exercises as shall be assigned to
6. Resolved, That the Rev. Henry J. them; and if any fellow shall pursue any Feltus be Librarian of the Seminary, with profession or employment otherwise than a salary of $ 150 per annum, and that the in the service or by permission of the duties of Librarian at Geneva be per Trustees, or shall fail at any time to comformed by the Rev. Dr. M‘Donald.
ply with the rules and regulations thereof, 7. Resolved, That until the next meet he shall forfeit his right to the benefit of ing of this Board, the necessary business the fellowship. of the Seminary be managed and conduct. 3. Any congregation, or individual, or ed by a Standing Committee, to consist of association of individuals, contributing the Bishop presiding at this Board, and of $ 2,000 for the founding of a Scholarship, such other Bishop or Bishops as may be shall have the right to nominate, from in the city of New York at any meeting of time to time, the individual who is to have the Committee, and of six clerical and lay the benefit thereof; and such individual, members. Of this Committee a majority producing the like evidence of his qualifiof the clerical and lay members, and a cations as is required by the Canons of the Bishop, shall constitute a quorum. They Church in the case of candidates for holy may be convened by the presiding Bishop, orders, shall be entitled to gratuitous inwho shall be their chairman, and shall be struction in any seminary which this Board convened by him at the request of any may establish; and also to receive an. other Bishop, or of any two members. nually the interest of the said sum at the
8. Resolved, that the Standing Com. rate of five per cent. per annum. But such mittee be directed to digest and report to individual shall be subject to all the rules the next meeting of this Board, a system and regulations of this seminary. of rules, regulations, statutes, or by-laws, 4. Any individual contributing by will for the government of the seminary and to the amount and for the purposes specithe general management of its concerns. fied in either of the two preceding arti.
9. Resolved, That until such report, . cles, shall have the right to designate the the rules, regulations, by-laws, and sta name of the Scholarship or Fellowship, tutes of the two seminaries before refere and also the person who shall possess the red to, so far as they may be consistent right of nomination to the Fellowship or with the Constitution of this seminary, Scholarship according to the provisions with these resolutions, and with each contained in those articles respectively. other, be in force in this seminary: and, 11. Resolved, That the Professors of the in case of collision, that the Standing Com. seminary, together with the Librarian, and mittee act in conformity with either, in John Pintard, Esq. be a Library Commit. their discretion.
tee, with power to take all proper mea10. Resolved, That the following regu. sures for the preservation and increase of lations be adopted by this seminary with
the Library. respect to the founding of Professorships, 12. Resolved, That the Standing Com Fellowships, and Scholarships.
mittee be authorized to apply to the In
gislature for an act incorporating this se- dent, 1st and 2d Vice-Presidents, a Se minary; and to take all necessary mea.
cretary, a Treasurer, and twenty Disures for that object.
rectors. The Board, now chosen, shall 13. Resolved, That the Standing Committee, or a Sub-Committee to be appoint. retain their seats until the second Tuesed by them, be, and hereby are specially day of October next, on which day the empowered to receive the legacy of the annual elections shall hereafter take late Jacob Sherred, Esq. transferred to the
place. Trustees of this seminary, by the recent
Art. V.-The Board of Managers resolution of the New-York seminary, and to vest the same as the may think pro
shall meet on the second Monday of per, the capital sum to be always pre. December, March, June, and Septemserved inviolate.
ber, at which time, one fourth of the 14. Resolved, that the Standing Com- whole number shall constitute a quomittee be authorized to procure a Por.
rum for the transaction of business. trait of Mr. Sherred for this seminary, and one for the branch school, and to They shall have power to make bye cause a Tablet to be erected to his memo. laws, to fill vacancies in their own bory in Trinity Church, in the city of New dy, to appoint delegates to the parent York. 15. Resolved, that the next session of this Association. The President, or,
Society, and call special meetings of this seminary, as to the course of educa. tion in the city of New York, commence
in his absence, one of the Vice-Presion the second Wednesday of February, dents, may call a special meeting of the and terminate on the fourth Thursday of Board, on being requested to do so by July next.
any two members. Signed by order of the Board of Trustecs. ART. VI.-The anniversary meet
J. H. HOBART, President. ings shall be celebrated at St. John's H. U. ONDERDONK, Secretary.
Chapel, on the second Tuesday of Oc
tober in every year, when the annual Constitution of the Protestant Episco- be presented, a copy of which shall be
· report of the Board of Managers shall pal Missionary Association of St. transmitted by the Secretary to 'the John's Chapel, auxiliary to the New- Corresponding Secretary of the parent York Protestant Episcopal Mission- Society. ary Society. Instituted November,
ART. VII.No alteration shall be 1821.
made to this Constitution, except by ARTICLE I.-This Association shall the concurrence of two thirds of the be known by the name of the Protest- members present, at any meeting of the ant Episcopal Missionary Association Association, when duly convened by of St. John's Chapel, and shall be auxi- the Board. liary to the Nero-York Protestant Epis- Officers appointed at the Establishcopal Missionary Society. ART. II.- The object of this Asso
ment of the Association. ciation shall be to collect funds for the Levinus Clarkson, President; Charles support of missions; which funds so Graham, 1st Vice-President; Ezra collected shall be paid over to the Trea- Weeks, 2d Vice-President; Robert surer of the Society before-mentioned, Thomas, Secretary; Charles N. S. on or before the 15th day of October in Rowland, Treasurer.
Managers.—John E. West, Thomas Art. III.-Any person, (whether of Browning, Henry Youngs, William the congregation of St. John's Chapel, Jones, Murray Hoffman, Richard Oakor otherwise,) by paying the sum at ley, Henry A. Ten Broeck, Henry P. least of one dollar, annually, may be. Wilcox, John I. Morgan, Peter V. come a member of this Association; Ledyard, Alfred Thomas, George and, by paying ten dollars at one time, Brooks, Thomas Swords, Cornelius R. may become a member for life; and, Duffie, Thomas F. Popham, Charles by paying thirty dollars at one time, W. Sandford, George Sinclair, Teunis may become a manager for life. Bergh, Wm. Shippey, Robert Hyslop.
ART. IV.-The affairs of this Asso Subscriptions and Donations will be ciation shall be managed by a Presi- thankfully received by the following