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the blessing of God, there has been a gradual rence with zeal for what we conceire to be the. revival of the administration of the ordinances; truths of Scripture, urge us to repay the bene. yet, to this day, in the Atlantic states, there are fit; not to the bestowers of it, who neither numerous districts, in which a considerable pro claim nor stand in need of a return; but by the portion of the people is Episcopal, while yet an supply of the spiritual wants of those who Episcopal ministry is unknown among them; have migrated from our soil, as our forefathers owing partly to the circumstance, that the migrated from the land of their nativity; and number of the ordained is unequal to the de. who would doubtless have been objects of the mand; but principally to their being a scattered beneficence of the Church which is our compeople, not likely to be benefitted by any other mon parent, but for the severance which has than a missionary ministry; until, hy excite- taken place in the counse of Divine Providence... ment thus made, and by consequent increase, In sending forth the present address, we dethe inhabitants shall be competent to the sup rive great encouragement from the recently porting of a ministry of their own. This has begun exertions of another society, created been found, in many instances, to be the effect with a view to education for the ministry. of the occasional visits of a zealous missionary, Heretofore, the want of pecuniary means was
It adds immensely to the necessity of the not the only hindrance to the sending of Mispresent call on your beneficence, that while the sionaries to our distant brethren. There was setive members of our church have been occů.. another in the scarcity of ministers; and, unpied in repairing the decayed ways and renew der this privation, our only resource was that ing the dilapidated buiklings of our Zion, new of which we have an example in the holy 41prospects have been opening on them west thor of our religion-"the praying of the Lord. ward, in immense territories, in which the of the harvest, that he would send forth labourChurch is to be reared, if at all, from its foun ers into his harvest.”. Within these few years, dations. It has been distressing to the hearts of there was projected a plan whicli, besides adthose prominent in our ecclesiastical concerns, vantage to the Church generally, was contemthat for some years past they have received plated as likely to supply the want now de continual and earnest requests for ministerial plored. This expectation was strengthened by supplies, which there were no means of meet the satisfaction expressed by our members geing. Some aid has been afforded. It has been perally, on account of the projected seminary. very small; but the thankfulness with which it Nevertheless, and although there have been was received, the excitement consequent on it good beginnings of a theological education un. among those cestitute members of our commu der able professors, some embarrassment arose nion; and its efficiency beyond proportion to from a diversity of views for the realizing of what was bestowed, present pleasing presages the expectation of the public; and this is no of what may be expected from the combined more than was natural, because of the partiali. energies of our Church throughout the Union, ties resulting from local and accidental circumprudently directed, and sustained by the libe- stances, among members of a communion over rality of its members generally.
so wide an extent of country. The degree of We stand in a relation to our brethren in the harmony in which this diversity became abnew states, not unlike to that in which, before sorbed during the late General Convention, is the Reyoluțion, the Episcopal population in the a promising presage of the future prosperity of Atlantic provinces stood to their parent Church the newly organized seminary, under the name in England. What was then the conduct of of “The General Theological Seminary of the that Church towards the forefathers of those Protestant Episcopal Church in the United who are now invited to imitate them in their States of America.” Among its benefits we beneficence? It was, that she extended herfos- anticipate, as not the least, its supplying of mitering care to her sons in their migration to the nisters to states which had not risen into existthen uncultivated wilderness of the new world ; ence when this Church was organized; the imand that she organized a society, in which the mensely increased population of which has adprelates took the ļead, being sustained by the ded proportionally to the strength and respectamost distinguished of the clergy and of the laity bility of our civil Union; and ought, therefore, over the whole realm. Although their aids to be looked to for an extension of the doca were discontinued with the acknowledgment of trines, of the worship, and of the discipline ot the independence of this country--a limitation the Protestant Episcopal Church, within the to which they were restricted by the conditions same bounds. of their charter; yet, the good achieved by While we represent in this important point of them is felt in its consequences to the present view the wants of the members of our own clay. To provinces planted by members of the Church, we do not overlook the other branch of established Church they extended no aid; nor our trust; from which it may be gathered, that was there occasion for any, there being provi- the Convention contemplated the giving of a he.. sion made in them by legislative assessments. ginning to efforts simaltaneous with those of But in the provinces in which the Episcopal other denominations of Christians, for the exportion of the population was thin, and other tending of the light of the Gospel to the benightforms of profession prevalent, we stould at this ed heathen. There is no fact more remarkable time be destitute of the means of worshipping on the face of the Bible, than that the Gospel is God agreeably to the dictates of our con to be preached to all nations : this having been sciences, or, rather, there would have been announced by the Saviour in person, and by his long since lost all the traces of the peculiar. Apostles after his crucifixion. Judging froin institutions of our Apostolic Church, had it not what we know of the course of Providence, been for the fostering care of the said vener operating through the intervention of second able body, and for the expense to which the causes, we are led to conclude, that these pre. members of our communion in the parent land dictions will be fulfilled by human endeavours, voluntarily subjected themselves. The time is under the government of Divine Grace. come, when gratitude and honour, in concurs Here opens on us a subject which cannot ise,
contemplated without grief, on account of the consummation so desirable? Already, the inefficiency of measures formerly pursued for peaceful preaching of the Gospel has made inthe extending of the kingdom of the Redeemer; roads on the superstitions of Bramah and of and especially their contrariety to the benefi- Budda in Asia. Already, in Africa, many of cent spirit which it breathes. The sword and her sable children are assembled under pastors, the cross have been display ed in unnatural al- wło break to them the bread of life. And, alJiance, in wars professedly made for the sub- ready, the uniting of religion and civilization jecting of nations to the sceptre of the Prince has made
the beginning of a rescue of the inha. of Peace. The effect has been, either the ge- bitants of our western wilderness, from the nerating of enmity against a religion attempted atrocities of their savage state; and of opening to be obtruded by violence; or, the establish- their eyes to a due esteem of the arts and the ·ing of the same religion in name, but disfigured enjoyments of civilized life; under no circumby corruptions subversive of the spirit of its in stances, however, without a proportionate eso stitutions. It was not thus that the faith in teem for those truths, those precepts, and Christ had been propagated, when, within a few those promises which can be learned only from Fears after the Apostles, its apologists appealed the Bible. to the known fact, that, independently on hu It is a remarkable fact, tending to sustain the man policy or force, it had reached the utmost sentiments which have been delivered, that limits of the then known world.
there has lately appeared, in various countries, Without the din of war for the extension of a real for missionary labours, beyond any thing the Christian cause, there have been settle of the same spirit since the age of the first ments made in the neighbourhoods of heathen preaching of the Gospel. Many and great are nations, apparently opening avenues for the en the dangers to be encountered, and inany and trance of the truths of the Gospel; while, the great are the privations to be submitted to, objeet being gain and the increase of commerce, in the prosecution of such designs; and yet the there has been inefficiency as to the other ob ardoar, far from being damped by discourageject, which became a matter of little or of no ment of this sort, is on the increase. In the concern with the settlers.
beginning, there may have been no unreasonEven when a mass of people, of whom a able apprehensions, that the fire would expire considerable proportion were consistent Chris- after a transient "blaze; but 'many years have tians, have been seated in like vicinities of the attested not only the sincerity, but the perse heathen, their position to one another has been verance of the men, who had thus devoted such, that the latter have known little of the themselves to the going out into the highways other, besides the vices, and especially the and hedges of pagan idolatry, at the cost of enfrauds of those who bore the name, and to countering any hardships, and of being for ever whoro, from circumstances connected with the separate in this world from
the endearing inarrangement of civil life, their intercourses tercourses of kindred and early attachments. were corfined. This is especially discernible in Is there not in this what may not improbably our own country; in the relation in whieh, be an indication of the approach of the time, from the infancy of our settlements, we have when there shall be a verifying of the promise stood to the Indian tribes on our frontier. For, " from the rising of the sun, even unto the although efforts have been made, and not alto- going down of the same, my name shall be gether without effect, as well by the Church of great among the Gentiles ? England as. by other denominations, for the Let it not be imagined, that however deep evangelizing of these tribes, yet the good has our conviction of its being the duty of professbeen greatly overbalanced by the mass of vice ing Christians, to contribute to the spreading of generated by our commercial communications, the light of the Gospel over the world, in prowhich our publie councils have not hithertó portion as opportunity may be presented and been able to regulate or to restrain.
means enable, we contemplate this object in a Of late years, under very different circum severance from the moral cultivation of manstances, and generally in a very different spirit kind. We know what is said, with truth, of the from the above, there have been put forth en contrariety between fwth and practice, in a deavours for the conveying of the Gospel to great proportion of professed Christians. And heatheu nations. It has been by presenting the we know what is said, without truth, of the books of Scripture in their different languages; competency of the light of Nature, tó çlirect and by sending to them Missionaries, whose men to the duties which they owe to one ano views are detached from all the concerns, alike ther, and to the most essential of those which of temporal sovereignties, and of spiritual do they owe immediately to God. Under the formination interfering with civil duties; and who mer head, the appeal may be made to a comcannot have any other object, than that of parison of Christian states, the lowest in the making their converts the subjects of “ a king.. moral scale, with those of heathenism in the dom not of this world.” Who can calculate highest; and under the latter, to the bloody the effects of this new plan for the evangelizing rites of pagan worship prevalent at the present of the world? And who can tell, whether it day. In particular, human sacrifices offered to may not be the expedient in the counsels of Dic pretended gods, are mournful monuments how vine Wisdom, for the fulfilment of the promise little can be achieved by human reason, for the to the Messiah, of giving him the heathen for offering to God of the honour due to his great Huis inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth name; further than as that faculty has been for his possession?" or of hastening the time, enlightened by revelation, either traditionary when, in the language of the New Testament, from the origin of our race, or by communica& the fulness of the Gentiles shall have come tions, from time to time, under the influence of in."
inspiration. And, if an appeal should be made But why should this be reckoned altogether from the condition of barbarism, to that of the a problem, when there has aheady begun and reign of philosophy and improvements in civil: progressed a series of events, pointing to the life, it will reot detract froin the argument, but
strengthen it; since no degree of cultivation sures shall be given at an annual meeting, exhas had the least control over the most de. pected to be attended by a respectable number grading of the forms of idol worship, or over of members not resident at the seat of the the general corruption of manners, by which, meetings of the directors; that there shall be under all circumstances, it has been attended. a trienniał meeting, coincident with every
From many instanees which might be men stated meeting of the Convention, who may tioned of the opposite characters of these dif- give a still more decided cast to the proceed. ferent states of society, we select, as one of the ings; that the appointment of Missionaries, and most prominent, the different estimation in the formation of auxiliary societies, shall be at which the female character is respectively held the said annual meetings; and that the constiunder them. It is a fact too glaring to be de tuted authorities of the several diocesses shall nied, that in no country, either in ancient have the control over any Missionaries who times or in the modern, where the sound of may be sent within their respective bounds, and the Gospel is not heard, is woman placed in a over any sums of money wluich may be granted grade, which renders her a rational companion, to them. or possessed of rights secured to ber by equal We conelude, in the spirit of the conclusion law. In this single circumstance, there is a of the constitution, by inviting all the members cause which has a material operation on all the of our Church to put up the prayer there sugconcerns of mankind, civil and domestic; and gested, for the blessing of God on the concerii in forming the personal characters of all the in committed to our trust; not doubting that the dividuals of a community, in their progress effect of such a prayer, habitually put up to the from intaney to manhood. It is, in a great mea throne of grace, will so interest the affections sure, the line of discrimination between civils of the supplicants, as to ensure their contributized society and barbarism. For the latter may ing of reasonable portions of their substance, exist, in various degrees, with the cultivation of for the accomplishing of so estimable an object science and of the arts; so that, where the ho of their desire. Especially, if such persons nourable species of equality here referred to is should have felt the check of the admonitions unknown or disregarded, it must
be to the in of the Gospel on their consciences, of its consom jury of all the charities of social life.
lations under the various vicissitudes of life, and For these reasons, we assign its due imports of the bright prospects which it opens beyond ance to the secondary branch of the constitution the darkness of the grave; they will cheerfully of the society, while we consider the other as bestow their proportionate aids, for the ese its more immediate object. For in comparing tending of those benefits to regions where they the claims of the great fields of labour within are now unknown; to the retaining of them ina the bounds of our federal compact, and of those districts in which they are in danger of being : exterior to it, there was felt the conviction of lost in an increxsing dissoluteness of manners; the preponderance of the former, because of in short, in contributing to the reign of trutla the more immediate relation in which they and righteousness, and thus leading on to the stand to usy and because of the greater eth- accomplishment of he object of the petition enciency which is likely to be the result of com- joined
on us for daily use" the doing of the munity of language and manners; the greater will of God on earth, as it is done in heaven." case of perpetuating the knowledge of revealed By order of the Beard of Directors. truth, where, although on the decline, it is not
WILLIAM WHITE, President absolutely lost, than where it is to bę begun; and the less expense in the sending and the maintaining of Missionaries in the former case,
The Constitution of the Domestic and Fow than in the latter. Nevertheless, as it appears
reign Missionary Society of the Protestunt that the good providenoe of God is opening
Episcopal Church in the United States of
America. new prospects of the bringing of heathen people within the pale of the Church of Christ; Ars. I.-This institution shall be denominated and, as pious persons, among ourselves, have the Domestic and Foreign Missionary So. declared their ardent wishes in favour of an ciety of the Protestant Episcopal Church ira opening of this channel for their liberality, the the United States of America. Convention have complied with so pious a mo Art. II.-It shall be composed of the Bishops tion : at the same time, judging it a dictate of of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and of the religious prudence, to leave to every subscriber members of the House of Clerical and Lay Deto choose, if he should entertain a choice, be puties of the General Convention of the said tween the two purposes defined. Accordingly, Chureh, for the time being; and of such other this is provided for by the second article of the persons as shall contribute, by subscription, eonstitution.
Three dollars, or more, annually, to the objects It may contribute to the purpose of this ad of the institution, during the continuance of dress, to refer to the advantageous change made such contributions; and of such as sball contriin the constitution at the late Convention. In bute at once thirty dollars, which contribution: the first effort for the organizing of the society, shall constitute them members for life. there was the danger of its wearing of the com Members who pay filty dollars on subscribplexion of a local institution, whieh would have ing, shall be denominated patrons of the somaterially affected its support and its opera. ciety tions. It was not easy to avoid this imperfec It shall be the privilege of the subscribers to tion, because of the necessity of there being a designate, on their subscriptions, to which of the Focal agency ready to act, and easily convoked objects, domestic or foreign, they desire their on concerns requiring immediate attention. By contributions to be applied. If no specification improvements lately made, the evil is thought be made, the board of directors may apply to be guarded against. We refer to the 3d, 5th, them to either, or both, at their discretion. 6th, and 8th articles of the constitution; which Art. Ill. The society shall meet triennially provide, that the cast of character of the mea at the place in which the General Convention
shall hold its session. The time of meeting ed to the objects for which the society was shall be on the first day of the session, at five formed. o'clock P. M.
Art. VIII.-The board of directors, at their A sermon shall be preached, and a collection annual meetings, shall take such measures as wale, in aid of the funds of the society, at such they may deem proper, to establish auxiliary time, during the session of the Convention, as societies in any diocess, with the advice and may be determined at the annual meeting; the consent of the Bishop of the same, to secure preacher to be appointed by the House of Bi- patronage, and to enlarge the funds of the inshops.
stitution. The Bishop of every diocess shall be Art. IV.-The presiding. Bishop of this president of the auxiliary societies organized Church shall be president of the society; the within it. Other Bishops, according to seniority, vice-pre Art. IX.-In any diocess or district, where sidents. There shall be two secretaries, and there is a Bishop, or an ecclesiastical body duly twenty-four directors, who shall be chosen, by constituted under the authority of the Convenballot, at each meeting.
tion of the same for missionary purposes, aid Art. V.The directors, together with the may be given in money; but the appointment president, vice-presidents, and patrons of the of the missionary shall rest with the Bishop or society, who shall, ex officio, be directors, ecclesiastical body aforesaid. He shall act upshall compose a body, to be denominated the der their direction, and shall render to them a Board of Directors of the Domestic and Fo. report of his proceedings, copies of which shall reign Missionary Society of the Protestant be forwarded to this society. Episcopal Church in the United States of Ame Art. X-The board of directors shall, at zica. They shall meet annually in the city of every meeting of the society, present a detailed Philadelphia, except in the year of the meeting report of their proceedings; which, if approved of the General Convention, when they shall as. and adopted by the society, shall, on the next semble at the place of the meeting thereof. Nine day, be presented by their president to the members of ihe board of directors shall be ne General Convention, as the report of the socessary to constitute a quorum to do business.
ciety The meetings of the board of directors shall Art. XI.-The present Convention shall. always be opened with using a form of prayer, elect, by ballot, the iwenty-four directors, and 20 be set forth by the House of Bishops for the two secretaries, provided for by the 4th arthat purpose, or one or more suitable prayers ticle, to act till the first stated meeting of the selecied from the Liturgy.
society; and the first meeting of the board of Art. VI.--At the annual meetings, all mis- directors shall take place at Philadelphia, ou the sionary stations, appointments of inissionaries, third Wednesday in November, 1822. and appropriations of money, and all by-laws Art. XII.-It is recommended to every memnecessary tor their own government, and for ber of the society, to pray to Almighiy God, conducting the affairs of the missions, shall be for his blessing upon its designs, under the full made; provided, that all appointments of Mis- conviction, that unless he direct us in all our do sionaries shall be with the approbation of the ings, with his most gracious favour, and further Bishops present. Special meetings may be us with his continual help, we cannot reasoncalled by the president, or by one of the vice- ably hope, either to procure suitable persons to presidents, as often as may be necessary to act as missionaries, or expect that their endeas carry into effect the resolutions adopted at the vours will be successful. unnual meetings of the board; at which special meetings, seven members, including the president, or one of the vice-presidents, shall be a quorum lo transact business.
The Bogle of Anneslie. The board of directors, whether at their annual or special meetings, may appoint such
(From the Etonian ) committees as may be necessary or usetul. An' ye winna believe i’ the Bogle?
Art. VII.-- There shall be annually appoint. said a pretty young lassie to her sweeted a treasurer and two members of the society, who logether shall be termed trustees of heart, as they sat in the door of her fathe permanent fund.
ther's cottage one fine autumn evenThe treasurer shall receive all contributions ing:—“Do you hear that, mither, Anwhich shall be made to the society, and enter them in detail, distinguishing between what
drew 'll no believe i' the Bogle?” inay be contributed for domestic, and what for “ Gude be wi’us, Effie!” exclaimed foreigu purposes, if any such distinction should Andrew,-a slender and delicate youth counts annually, or oftener, it required, to the of about two-and-twenty,—"a bonny board of directors. He shall not pay monies time I wad hae o't, gin I were to heed unless on an order from the board, signed by every auld wife's clatter.” the president, or, in his absepce, by the senior vice-president, who may attend the meeting
The words “ auld wife" had a maniwhen such order is given.
fest effect on Effie, and she bit her lips 'Twenty per cent. of all monies, which shall
in silence. Her mother immediately de contributed to carry into effect the objects of the constitution, shall be vested by the trus-opened a battery upon the young man's tees, in their own name, as officers of the so- prejudices, narrating that on Anneslie ciety, in some safe and productive stock, to Heath, at ten o'clock o' night, a cerate contributions, with the interest arising tain apparition was wont to appear, in som tke gummanent fund, shall be appropriat. the form of a maiden above the usual
size, with a wide three-cornered hat. queror, turning away from his victim, Sundry other particulars were men cried out, “The bogle! the bogle !" tioned, but Andrew was still incredu- and fled precipitately. Andrew venlous. “ He'll rue that, dearly will he tured to look up. He saw the figure rue't!" said Effie, as he departed. which had been described to him ap
Many days, however, passed away, proaching; it came nearer and nearer; and Effie was evidently much disap- its face was very pale, and its step was pointed to find that the scepticism of not heard on the grass. At last it stood her lover gathered strength. Nay, he by his side, and looked down upon him. had the audacity to insult, by gibes and Andrew buried his face in his cloak: jests, the true believers, and to call presently the apparition spoke-indis upon them for the reasons of their faith, tinctly indeed, for its teeth seemed to Effie was in a terrible passion.
chatter with cold:- This is a cauld At last, however, her prophecy was an an eerie night to be sae late on Anfulfilled. Andrew was passing over the neslie Moor!” and immediately it glide moor, while the clock struck ten; for ed away. Andrew lay a few minutes it was his usual practice to walk at that in a trance; and then arising from his liour, in order to mock the fears of his cold bed, ran hastily towards the cotfuture bride. He was just winding tage of his mistress. His hair stood on round the thicket which opened to him end, and the vapours of the night sunk a view of the cottage where Effie dwelt, chill upon his brow as he lifted up
the when he heard a light step behind him, latch, and flung himself on an oaken and, in an instant, his feet were trip- seat. ped up, and he was laid prostrate on Preserve us !" cried the old wothe turf. Upon looking up he beheld man. “Why, ye are mair than aneugh a tall muscular man standing over him, to frighten a body out o' her wits! To who, in no courteous manner, desired come in wi' sic a jaunt and a jerk, bareto see the contents of his pocket. “Deil headed, and the red blood spattered a? be on ye !” exclaimed the young fo- o'er your new leather jerkin! Shame rester, “I hae but ae coin i' the warld.” on you, Andrew! in what mishanter “ That coin maun I hae," said his as- hast thou broken that fule's head 0% sailant. « Faith! I'se show ye play thine !" for't, then," said Andrew, and sprung
“ Peace, mither!" said the young
man, taking breath, “I hae seen the Andrew was esteemed the best cud- bogle !" gel-player for twenty miles round, so The old lady had a long line of rethat in brief space, he cooled the ar- proaches, drawn up in order of march, dour of his antagonist, and dealt such between her lips; but the mention of visitations upon his skull as might have the bogle was the signal for disbanding made a much firmer head ache for a them. A thousand questions poured fortnight. The man stepped back, and, in, in rapid succession.--" How old pausing in his assault, raised his hand was she? How was she dressed? Who to his forehead, and buried it among was she like? What did she say?" his dark locks. It returned covered " She was a tall thin
about with blood. 66 Thou hast cracked my seven feet high!" crown,” he said, “but yet ye sha na 6 Oh Andrew!” cried Effie. gang scatheless;" and, flinging down “ As ugly as sin !" his cudgel, he flew on his young foe, “ Other people tell a different story,“ and, grasping his body before he was said Effie. aware of the attack, whirled him to the " True, on my Bible oath! and then earth with an appalling impetus. “The her beard”Lord hae mercy on me!” said Andrew, “ A beard! Andrew," shrieked Efa " I'm a dead man.'
fie, a woman with a beard! For He was not far from it, for his rude shame, Andrew !" foe was preparing to put the finishing “ Nay, I will swear it-! She had stroke to his victory. Suddenly some seen full saxty winters afore she dies thing stirred in the bushes, and the con to trouble us !"
upon his feet.