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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.
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 reas proof against the influence of a south- sonable, religious, and holy hope; in ern climate, and continued to discharge favour with 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 sfancy. In this year, however, the de- valuable' stores of learning he had acbilitating effects of the climate became cumulated, the untired zeat 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 we 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
Prom the Gospel Advocate, for Nov. 1829. pursue those avocations, which werė 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, tion. 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
Conventions of tlie states which comtown, where resided his only surviving relatives. 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
in 1820:and a successful teacher of the religion of the blessed Jesus, he well knew where
Constitution. alone he could find comfort in sickness, I. The various churches in Vermont and support in death. He
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
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 ten os
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 churches, and to solicit contributions York, met in St. Paul's Church, Troy, once, or more, in each year, for the be on Tuesday, October 15th, 1822, and nefit of the Protestant Episcopal Mis closed its session, after the despatch of sionary Society in this state; and that much interesting business, on Wednesthey be requested to perform similar day evening. Previous to the assemduties in the several vacant parishes in bling of the Convention, there were this state.
two ordinations by the Right Rev. BiThe Rev. Carlton Chase is appointed shop Hobart: Mr. Richard Bury, and to preach before the next Convention, Mr. William L. Johnson, were admitted to be holden at St. Albans,
to the holy order of Deacons. Sermon
by the Rev. William B. Lacey, Rector The following Canons were passed of St. Peter's Church, Albany. in 1821:
Several sound and eloquent discourses I. Of the mode of trying Clergymen were delivered by different members of
accused of misdemeanor. the clergy, on different days during the Whenever the standing committee week. shall have reason to suspect a clergy
On Thursday morning a sermon was man of this Church to be guilty of inti- delivered by the Rev. William Berrian, delity, heresy, vice, or irregularity of Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, any kind, it shall be their duty to inquire the Relief of
the Widows and Children
New-York, before the Corporation for into the circumstances of the case; and, if, upon investigation, they consider the of Clergymen of the Protestant Épise crime worthy of notice, they shall recopal Church in the State of New-York. port thereupon to the Bishop, who may A collection was also made for the be summon a council of his clergy, not less nefit of the society. than three; a copy of the charge, and
On the afternoon of Thursday, the due notice of the time and place of trial rite of confirmation was administered being likewise communicated to the by the Right Rev. Bishop of the dioparty accused; and, after a full and fair cess, and between 30 and 40 persons investigation of the subject, the Bishop then took upon themselves their bap
tismal vows. may pronounce sentence in the case. And if any minister, degraded agreeable
An abstract of the proceedings of this to this Canon, shall consider himself ag- Convention, including the address of grieved, he shall be allowed an appeal the Bishop, may be expected in our to the House of Bishops,
number for January. II. Of the mode of forming and
Episcopal Acte. organizing Churches.
AT an ordination, held in St. John's Whenever any number of persons in Chapel, New-York, on Friday, the 25th this state shall form themselves into a of October, 1822, by the Right Rev. regular society, of the persuasion of the Bishop Hobart, the Rev. Lawson Care Protestant Episcopal Church, in such a ter, Deacon, Rector elect of St. John's manner, as that they will become a body Church, Ogdensburgh, was admitted to corporate according to law, and their the holy order of Priests. Morning proceedings shall be sanctioned by the Prayer was conducted by the Rev.WilBishop of the diocess, or, in case of no liam Berrian, and an address, approBishop, by the standing committee of priate to the occasion, delivered by the the State Convention, they shall be ad- Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Assistmitted to all the rights and privileges ant Ministers of Trinity Church. And, of a regular". church; subject, how- on the fourth Sunday in Advent, Decemever, at all times, to the authority and ber 22d, the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart discipline of said Bishop, or, if there is held an ordination in St. Ann's Church, no Bishop, of said standing committee. Brooklyn, Long-Island, and admitted
the Rev. James P. F. Clarke, Deacon, Convention of New York, Minister of St. John's Church, Canan THE Convention of the Protestant daigua, Ontario county, New-York, to Episcopal Church in the state of New: the holy order of Priests.
On the 25th Sunday after Trinity, prove to them, and to those who may November 24,1822, in Trinity Church, hereafter become connected with them, New-York, Seth W. Beardsley was ad- a faithful watchman upon the walls of mitted, by the Right Rev. Bishop Ho- their Zion. May the great Head of the bart, to the holy order of Deacons. Church bless them.
On Sunday, the 29th of September, It may not be amiss to state, that the 1822, at St. Paul's Church, Philadel venerable John Adams, late President phia, the Rev, Peter Van Pelt
, Deacon, of the United States, has given to this Minister of St. Luke's parish, South- society the privilege of taking from his Carolina, in consequence of letters di- quarry a sufficient quantity of stone to missory from the Bishop of that dio- erect a church, whenever they are discess, was admitted to the holy order of posed to avail themselves of the gift. Priests by the Right Rev. Bishop We were gratified to see him at the White. Morning Prayers were read church on the day of the ordination. by the Rev. Mr. Tschudy, and a ser- An ordination was held in St. Paul's mon by the Bishop.
Church, Baltimore, on the 6th of SepAt an ordination, held in St. John's tember, 1822, by the Right Rev. BiChurch, Providence, Rhode Island, on shop Kemp, when the Rev. Joseph Friday, September 6th, 1822, Mr. Spencer was admitted to the holy order Alexander Jones, jun. and Mr. Charles of Priests. Morning prayer was read Henry Alden, were admitted to the by the Rev. Mr. Mason, of Newbern, holy order of Deacons by the Right North-Carolina, and an elegant and Rev. Bishop Griswold. Divine service appropriate sermon preached by the was performed by the Rev. Mr. Taft, Rev. Dr. Barry. Mr. Spencer leaves and the sermon by the Bishop. And, the diocess of Maryland immediately, on Thursday, September 19th, at in consequence of his being appointed Christ Church, Quincy, Massachusetts, Professor of languages in Carlisle Colthe Right Rev. Bishop Griswold ad- lege, and also Minister of the Protestmitted to the holy order of deacons Mr. ant Episcopal Church in that place. Benjamin Clarke Cutler, of Boston, a At an ordination, held in Trinity graduate of Brown University. Morn- Church, Newark, New Jersey, on ing prayers by the Rev. Dr. Gardiner, Wednesday, the 16th of October, 1822, of Boston, and the sermon by the Bi- by the Right Rev. Bishop Croes, the shop, from the text, “We have this Rev. Henry P. Powers, Rector elect of treasure in earthen vessels, that the ex- said church, was admitted to the holy cellency of the power may be of God, order of Priests. The Bishop was asand not of us," 2 Cor. iv.7. The holy sisted, on this occasion, by the Rev. communion was then administered by James Chapman, and the Rev. John the Right Rev. Bishop, assisted by the Croes, jun. of that diocess, and the Rev. Dr. Gardiner.
Rev. Cave Jones, of the diocess of NewThe services on this occasion were York. On the niorning of the succeedvery interesting and impressive. Many ing day, the Bishop instituted the Rev. of the clergy, and a great number of Mr.Powers into the rectorship of Trinity the laity were present.
Church aforesaid; and, in the afternoon, This ordination is an event of pecu- administered the holy rite of confirmaliar interest to the Church at large, and tion to twenty persons. The discour particularly to the Society at Quincy. ses delivered on these occasions were For many years, that parish, having appropriate and impressive, and the been destitute of a Rector, has been in whole exercises solemn and interesting. a low and depressed state, though they. During the present year, confirmations have sometimes been supplied with lay have also been administered, by the readers, and have occasionally had the Right Rev. Bishop Croes, in Christ services of clergymen. We trust, how- Church, New-Brunswick, on the third ever, they are no longer to be depend- Sunday after Easter; in St. George's ent upon occasional assistance; but Church, Pennsneck, on Whit-Sunday; that the gentleman now admitted to or- and, in St. Andrew's Church, Mountders will long continue with them, and Holly, on Wednesday, the 5th of June.