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surplus of your means would not be On motion, it was resolved, that the more than adequate to the supply of Right Rev. N. Bowen, D.D. bishop of her necessities. To the supply of these, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the and these only, let that surplus now be state of South-Carolina, be, and hereby devoted. We wish you not wholly to is, respectfully invited by this convention confine your charities, either temporal to perform episcopal offices in this state, or spiritual, within the pale of your under the regulations prescribed by the own communion, but there, at the least, 20th canon of the Protestant Episcopal let them begin. Turn not the stream Church in the United States of Ameriof your benevolence into many and va ca; and that a copy of this resolution rious channels, until it has first fully be addressed to him by the secretary of watered and refreshed your own en this convention. closure; then, when this is accomplished, let it also extend its refreshing The following articles are appended influence to others. It is doubtless our to the journal of the above convention: duty, “as we have opportunity, to do
Constitution of the Protestant Episgood unto all men,” but it is epecially
copal Church in the State of Georour duty to do good to those who are of the same 66 household of faith.” The
gia; apostle has stigmatized as “a denier of As it was unaniinously adopted by a the faith, as worse than an infidel,” the convention of the said church, holden man who“ provides not for those of his in the city of Augusta, on the 28th own household,” and the remark is not day of February, 1823: provided, more justly applicable to the natural however, that nothing therein conthan it is to the spiritual family. To
tained shall be so construed as to conthe support then of that spiritual family travene any part of the constitution with which you are connected, first
or canons of the Protestant Eprscocontribute with a devoted heart and a pal Church in the United States of willing hand; when its wants are fully
America. supplied, then seek another depository
Article 1st. The several congregafor your contributions to the cause of tions of the Protestant Episcopal God.
Church in this state, now represented In conclusion, brethren, suffer us in this convention, shall be considered once more to entreat your zealous co as one church or diocess; to be known operation in this a work of faith and and designated by the name of the labour of love," and especially your “Protestant Episcopal Church in the union with us in fervent prayer to our State of Georgia," with a view to an common Lord, that he would indeed es- union with the Protestant Episcopal tablish our Zion on
66 the Rock of Church in the United States of Ame. Ages;" that he would “make fast the rica. bars of her gates, and bless her chil Art. 2d. Any congregation of said dren in her;" that he would make her church in this state, not now repre
an eternal excellency, a joy of many sented in this convention, by making generations."
application to the convention for ad6 We commend you to God, and to mission, shall, on acceding to this conthe word of his grace, which is able to stitution, be received into union with build you up, and to give you an in- this church or diocess. heritance among them that are sancti Art. 3d.--A convention of this church fied through the faith that is in Christ shall be held on the third Monday in Jesus."
April, 1824, and on the same day of N. B. Communications relative to each succeeding year, at such place as the state or prospect of the church, may the previous convention may appoint: be addressed either to the secretary of provided, however, that no convention the convention, Dr. Thomas 1. Wray, shall be opened for the transaction of Augusta, or the president of the stand- business, unless there be present at ing committee, the Rev. Hugh Smith, least two clergymen, and delegates from Augusta.
two congregations. And in case no VOL. VII.
convention be formed, the standing of- and it shall be the duty of the president ficers of the last convention shall hold to call a meeting of the committee whentheir respective offices until successors ever he shall deem it necessary, or shalt be appointed.
whenever he shall be required so to do 1. Art. 4th.—All clergymen of the Pro- by any three or more members of the testant Episcopal Church, of regular committee. standing, residing and statedły officiat The standing committee shall have ing in this state, shall be considered power to call special conventions of (ex officio) members of the convention. this church whenever peculiar circumEach congregation in union with this stances may render it necessary: prochurch shall be entitled to a represen- vided at least four weeks notice of the tation by one lay delegate, or more, at time and place of holding such convendiscretion, not exceeding three; to be tion, shall be given in writing to all the appointed by the church-wardens and clergymen, and all the congregations vestry of the congregation to which connected with this church. such delegate or delegates may respec The general powers and duties of the tively belong
committee shall be such as are desigArt. 5th.-Every convention shall nated by the general constitution of the be opened with divine service and a church. sermon; the preacher to be appointed Art. 10th. The convention shall in by the previous convention.
all cases elect its officers by ballot, each Art. 6th. The convention shall de- clergyman to be entitled to one vote, liberate and act as one body, unless and each congregation to one vote, to when any member shall call for a divi- be expressed by its delegation. sion on any question; in which case Art. 11th.--After the close of this each clerical member shall be entitled convention, no alteration of this constito one vote, and the lay delegates of tution shall be made, but at an annual each congregation jointly to one vote: meeting of the convention; and then, and a majority of both orders shall be only with the concurrence of at least necessary to a division.
two thirds of the members present. Art. 7th.--At every meeting of the convention, a president shall be chosen from among the clergy, until a bishop, Canons of the Protestant Episcopal be appointed for the diocess, who shall then be ex officio president of the
Church in the State of Georgia, convention.
first Convention of said Art. 8th.-At each annual meeting
Church, in February, 1823. of the convention, a secretary and trea Çanon 1st. Whenever any number surer shall be chosen from among the of persons in this state shall associate members thereof, each to hold his re to form an episcopal church, and shall spective office until the next annual elect two wardens, and any number of convention.
vestrymen at discretion; and shall proArt. 9th.-A standing committee perly signify their association for this shall be chosen at each annual meeting purpose, to the officers of the standing of the convention, to consist of three committee, or to the bishop, if there be clerical and three lay members; of the one, they shall be recognized as an epistime and place of whose meetings due copal congregation duly organized, subnotice in writing shall be given to all ject, however, to the usual discipline of the members thereof, at least four the Protestant Episcopal Church in ** weeks before the time of such meeting this state : and it is hereby recommend· At a meeting thus notified, any foured to all congregations that may be thus members (provided one be a clergy- organized, to obtain as early as possiman) shall form a quorum.
ble a legislative act of incorporation. The standing committee shall meet Canon 2d. Whenever a specialconas soon as practicable after their elec- vention of this church shall be called, it tion, and choose a president and secre- shall be the duty of the president of the tary from among their own number; standing committee, in giving notice of
the meeting, to specify the business for perly invested as soon as it shall amount which such convention is called. to one hundred dollars, and of which
Canon 3d. It is hereby required, the interest only shall be annually addthat every
settled minister of the Pro ed to the disposable fund. Not more testant Episcopal Church in this state, than one fourth of the annual disposashall keep an accurate register of the ble fund shall be expended in the pur-. marriages, baptisms, and funerals he chase of Prayer Books and tracts; the has solemnized during the last year, other three fourths, if required, shall be . stating the names of the parties mar
devoted to missionary purposes. ried, and the date of the marriage; the Art. 5th. The standing committee date of the child's birth and baptism, of the Protestant Episcopal Church in with the names of the parents and this state, for the time being, shall con. sponsors; the names of the persons in- stitute a board of trust for this society, terred, and also the names of the com- The president and secretary of that municants of his church; and that he committee shall be respectively the shall render to the convention, at each president and secretary of this society. annual meeting, a written account of and the treasurer of the convention shall the same.
be its treasurer. Canon 4th.-Each church duly re Art. 6th. There shall be an annual resented in this convention shall pay, meeting of this society, at the place apor cause to be paid, into the hands of pointed for the annual convention of the treasurer of the convention, the the Protestant Episcopal Church in sum of fifteen dollars annually, for de this state, at five o'clock p. m. of the fraying the incidental expenses of the first day of the meeting of the convenconvention.
tion-due notice of which shall be given to all the members.
Art. 7th-The society shati annual Constitution of the Protestant Episco- ly present to the convention an account, pal Society for the General Ad- of its proceedings. vancement of Christianity in the Art. 8th.--The constitution of this State of Georgia.
society may be altered by the vote of a Article 1st. This society shall be majority of the members present at, denominated “ The Protestant Episco any annual meeting. pal Society for the General Advance
N. B. Communications to the soment of Christianity in the State of
ciety during the present year, must be Georgia.”
addressed either to the Rev. Hugh Art. 2d.The objects of the society
Smith, Augusta, president of the socieshall be the extension of the ordinances of the church to its destitute members ty; or to. Edward F. Campbell, esg.
Augusta, the secretary. Donations or in the different parts of the state, and subscriptions to the society may be forthe distribution of Prayer Books and
warded to either of these gentlemen, or religious tracts.
to Dr. J. B. Read, Savannah, the treaArt. 3d.-- The society shall be com
surer of the society.
For the Christian Journal.
Convention of Maryland.
Church large; we congratulate the diocess shall constitute a person a member for
of Maryland, and its highly estimable bishop, life.
on the result anncunced in the following Art. 4th.Of the amount of life sub communication.] scriptions, only one fourth shall be In the diocess of Maryland consiplaced in the disposable fund; the derable excitement had been produced other three fourths shall constitute a by an attempt to establish a diocesan permanent fund, which shall be pro- seminary, independent of the General
The diocess of Maryland is one of t
Theological Seminary located in New- distracts her councils, embitters the York; and during the last year much tempers of her members, arrays brodiscussion had taken place on the sub- ther against brother, layman against ject. The church was therefore pre- layman, clergyman against clergyman, pared to express her sentiments on this and a majority of the convention against point; and a body of laymen, of high their bishop! If the sainted Ignatius, character and of commanding talents, he who drew his lessons from the beappeared in the convention. The cler- loved disciple, he to whom Christians gy too were more numerous than at the appeal to for testimony to the divinity former meeting. The result of their of their Master, and of whom churchdeliberations was, that the seminary men boast as a decisive witness to their was discontinued, and the obligation apostolic episcopacy--if he were now on the part of those who had subscribed to come among you, would he not, with obliterated.
even more earnestness than he did to
the church at Smyrna, direct to you the [The following was published during the meet- admonition_“Do nothing of what being of the Convention ]
longs to the church without the biTo the Clerical and Lry Members of
And what is it which thus raises the Convention of the Diccess of among you this fell demon of discord ? Maryland.
Would it be believed, that when, after PERHAPS no convention of the Pro- years of ineffectual effort, and of distestant Episcopal Church of Maryland traction, and of division, the highest ever met under circumstances so inter- authority of the church with unpreceesting as those under which you as dented unanimity had established a gesemble. In deciding the question of a neral theological school, uniting in its diocesan school, you are to decide a behalf the wishes, the prayers, and the point involving the most momentous efforts of the whole church; organized consequences to your own diocess, and on the most fair and just principles, to the Protestant Episcopal Church at giving to every diocess an influence large; and the eyes of that church are proportionate to its members and its upon you.
contributions--when every friend of
the church indulged the hope that its the most important in the union. The efforts and its wealth, liberally devoted whole state regularly divided into pa- to this seminary, would secure for her rishes, and subdivided into chapels; - a learned and pious clergy, worthy of the bulk of the population originally her high character, and would most episcopal; past recollections still oper- powerfully advance her union and her ating with many in favour of the church peace would it be believed, that this. of their fa rs; with a clergy active, would be chosen as the moment to pious, and zealous; with a laity infe. establish a diocesan seminary in the rior to those in no diocess, in intelli- state of Maryland ?-thus frustrating gence, in attachment to the church, and the hope so piously and ardently cher in attention to her concerns; with a rished, of union in the counsels of the bishop whom to know is to revere for church, and the efforts of her members, apostolic and primitive piety; for a on the great subject of theological eduheart frank and generous, and that cation. knows no guile; for an intellect clear Is this measure constitutional? Ad. and vigorous; and for that theological mitting the original right of each dioknowledge which is derived from the cess to establish
a theological seminary, pure fountain of primitive truth: assi- may it not be argued with some plauduous, faithful, unwearied in his duties sibility, that this right was controlled -what a happy diocess might be that by the act of the General Convention of Maryland? She might indeed be a fair establishing a general institution ? Unplace the joy of her sister churches. less we admit that the acts of this body Alas! she now excites their deepest are paramount to diocesan legislation, sorrow and solicitude. For division, there is an end to the general govern;
ment of the church. Norv, neither in with an institution whose lustre will be the constitution establishing the ge- thus eclipsed ? neral seminary at New York, nor in Do you object to the expense at any act of the convention which framed New-York?-But, in a short time, such the constitution, is there any recogni- provision, it is expected, will be made, tion of diocesan seminaries. On the by furnishing a house for boarding the contrary, the constitution giving power students, that the expenses there will to establish branch schools, would seem be very inconsiderable. to sanction the opinion that diocesan Do you fear that your candidates schools were precluded. Not so, in the will receive an erroneous bias in their case of the diocesan school at New- theological views and feelings ? What! York : that was a measure contem can you not trust a seminary, the trusplated before the establishment of any tees of which are the bishops of the general seminary. And when the ge- church, and clergymen and laymen noneral seminary was removed from minated by the state conventions, and New-York to New-Haven, there was approved of by the General Convenan express declaration by New-York, tion? Is not a leading professor in of her intention to establish a seminary; that seminary a clergyman, whom you and recognition on the part of the bi- have thought of procuring for your di
shops of her right so to do. And one ocesan seminary? Ask the students, Å great reason for this measure was, that whether any attenipt is made unduly
the former constitution of the general to influence them on the religious toseminary was not framed on fair and pics that divide the church? In the just principles. This objection is re- city of New-York there are, and promoved by the present constitution; and bably always will be, clergy of differNew-York gave up her local views, ent theological views; and the students and cordially united in the general in- have a fair opportunity of judging and stitution. The cases of Maryland and choosing for themselves. Besides, may New-York then are not similar. there not be a change in Maryland,
Is a diocesan school in Maryland Ex and the diocesan seminary fall under PEDIENT?
the control of those who maintain difIt is wanted-You have scarcely any ferent sentiments from its founders? candidates to educate, and have not the I beseech you then pause before the prospect of many.
step be taken, that in a degree will sunBut admitting that you had, is it best, der you from the church in the Union; as some say, to educate them at home that will hold up the diocess of MarySurely no: in the general seminary, land, a degraded and disgusting specmixing with students from various parts tacle, the scoff of her enemies, the obof the union, would not the minds and ject of commiseration and grief to her the views of your candidates be en-friends-torn by divisions, a majority larged ? and would it not be of impore of her clergy and laity acting in direct tance to them to form acquaintances opposition to their bishop, and a reand friends among those who, in vari- spectable minority of their brethren, ous parts of the church, are to be their Listen to healing counsels—postpone future associates in the ministry ? at least the measure of a diocesan se.
Have you funds for a seminary? minary, till the operation and characSuppose that you have; are there not ter of the general one be fully ascermore urgent objects, and more immedi- tained. Destroy not at once the hope ately important--the support of your so ardently cherished, that the memclergy, the erection and repair of your bers of the Protestant Épiscopal Church churches, to which these funds might in the United States, concentrating their be devoted ?
efforts in favour of a general institution, Can you expect your seminary, in thus constitute a bond of union and of any degree, to equal the general semi- strength, and raise a proud monument nary?-Surely not-neither in funds, of their zeal and liberality; and in pro, nor in number of professors, nor of stu- viding a learned and pious clergy,would dents. And will Maryland be content secure, under the blessing of her Din