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in Europe, for the evangelizing of hea- gospel as held by our church, and asthen nations. In my last annual com sented to at ordination, ought to promunication, there was stated the fact, duce caution relative to such diversity, of there having been organized a so as may reasonably be thought to subciety by the public wisdom of our sist, without detriment to the degree of church, for domestic and foreign mis- uniformity exacted by our articles and sions. It has also been thought pro our services; and yet, all considerate per to make the city of Philadelphia, in persons will be aware of the difficulty this state, the seat from which the com of determining the point, at which erbined energies are to be put forth. ror ceases to be harmless. Your bishop is aware of the weight of On the other of the two subjects, it the claims lying on us, from the many so often happens, that there are propaplaces within our own diocess destitute gated reports ascertained on inquiry to of the means of grace. He, however, be without foundation, and it likewise considers it as his duty to declare the so often happens, that when perhaps opinion, that the objects stated have they are well founded, the reporters of also their claims on us not to be disre- them shrink from the bearing of testigarded, consistently with the extensive mony to what they will not be backrequisitions of Christian charity. It ward to affirm in ordinary conversawill be seen on attention to the consti- tion, that a bishop, however disposed tution of the society, that every con to dissolve the connexion between the tributor has his choice of pouring his church and an unworthy clergyman, bounty either into the channel of the ought to be conscientiously awake to domestic, or into that of the foreign the danger of giving countenance to object; and while the opinion is here slander, especially, as rashness of this expressed, that the former was designed sort would unite, in his person, the to be the most prominent, it is with the character of an accuser with that of a expectation, that in the disposal of what judge. the public liberality may supply with The embarrassment arising from out the restraint of appropriation, the both of these sources, has been consisociety will regard the latter object also derably lessened by a canon passed in in proportion to the means with which the General Convention of 1820, prothey may be furnished.
viding a process by which a minister At the last convention, a committee may render his severance from the miwas appointed, who, in concurrence nistry his own act. It is a process less with the bishop, might make provision painful to his feelings, than that pro-for the supply of destitute congrega- vided by the 26th and 27th canons of tions. The committee have bestowed 1808; and, therefore, he has strong their attention on that important work, inducements to have recourse to it. and with considerable effect; as it will The canon of 1820, however, has been lie on them to make report to the con sometimes misunderstood, as if purvention, the less may be said on the porting no more than suspension from subject in this address.
the exercise of the ministerial function. Before the concluding of the com. For this reason, the notice of it is intromunication, the deliverer of it is de- duced at present; and the wish is exsirous of stating the view which he pressed, that the well informed memtakes of the very delicate department bers of the church, and the clergy in of administering the discipline of the particular, would make known, as opchurch, especially in the painful task pertunity may serve, that a sentence, of noticing delinquency in any of his under the said canon, effects complete clerical brethren, in regard either to dismission from the ministry, and ought error in doctrine, or to immorality of to operate as a caution against the conlife.
sidering of the party as an ordained miOn the first of these subjects, the nister : the authority conferred on him danger of infringing on latitude of sen- in ordination having ceased. timent, in matters not extending to the I have nothing to add, brethren, but denial of the esseptial doctrines of the my wishes that your deliberations may
be blessed to the good of the church, trustee--that besides this excess of and the assurance of my hearty, con- $ 500, a considerable sum has been currence in what may have a tendency contributed, making, as there is reason to that desirable object.
to believe, in the whole, a sum suffi WILLIAM WHITE. cient to entitle this diocess to one other
trustee. On motion of Mr. Read, the follow The committee, therefore, propose, ing substitute for the 24th regulation that this convention should nominate was adopted :
six trustees absolutely, and one upon “ A treasurer of the convention, and the condition that it shall appear at the a treasurer of the episcopal fund, shall next meeting of the General Convenbe chosen upon the assembling of the tion, that the total of contributions to annual convention of this diocess, who the seminary from this diocess amount shall remain in office until the meeting to, or exceed $ 4,000. of the next convention. They shall
W. MEREDITH, perform all the duties usually apper-,
CHARLES SMITH, taining to the office of a treasurer.
JOHN MILLER, jun. Their
accounts shall close on the Tuesday before the meeting of the conven The following appointments were tion, and shall be submitted to the ex made :amination of the standing committee of Delegates to the General Conventhe diocess. And the said standing tion :- The Rev. James
Abercrombie, committee shall report thereon to the D.D. the Rev. Levi Bull, the Rev. convention."
Jackson Kemper, the Rev. William A. Mr. John Read was chosen by ballot Muhlenberg, Samuel Sitgreaves, Edtreasurer of the episcopal fund; and ward J. Stiles, John Read, William Mr. Thomas H. White treasurer of the Meredith. convention.
Standing Committee : The Rey.
George Boyd, the Rev. Jackson KemMr. Meredith, from the committee on per, the Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, the the subject of trustees of the General. Rev. James Abercrombie, D. D. the Theological Seminary, presented the Rev. Benjamin Allen, Richard Dale, following report :
John Read, Cornelius Commigys, The committee appointed to inquire, Charles Wheeler. and to report the number of trustees The parochial reports furnish the which this convention is entitled to no- following aggregate:--Baptisms (adults minate for the General Theological Se, 74, children 300, not specified 194) minary, agreeably to the constitution 568--marriages 137-funerals 348— thereof, report
Sunday scholars 1,587-communicants That, by the constituțion, each dio- 1,560. cess is entitled to one trustee, to an ad On motion of the Rev. Mr. Allen, ditional trustee for every eight clergy- resolved, that the next annual convenmen within its bounds, and to an addi- tion of this church be held at Norristional trustee for every $ 2,000, contri- town, Montgomery county, buted to the seminary, until the sum On motion of the Rey. Mr. Kemper
, amounts to $ 10,000, and to one for resolved, that the meeting of the next every $10,000 exceeding the first. annual convention be on the first Tues
Applying this rule, it appears that day after the first Wednesday in May. the diocess of Pennsylvania is entitled On motion of the Rev. Mr. Montin that character to one trustee; having gomery, resolved, that the thanks of thirty-two clergymen, it is further en- this convention be returned to the Rev. titled to four trustees; and that the con Mr. Bedell, for his sermon delivered at tributions to the establishment of the its opening. “Bishop White Scholarship,” in which On motion of the Rev. Mr. Clay, rethere is an excess of $ 500 above the solued, that the thanks of this convensum necessary for that purpose, being tion be given to the friends of the $ 2,000,) entitles it to one additional church in Lancaster, for the hospitality
and kindness experienced from them "" Although, therefore, all that the by the members of the convention. committee had anticipated has not been
On motion of the Rev. Mr. Sheets, accomplished, they are gratified in thie 'committee appointed by the last stating that much good has been done. convention in relation to the supply of It remains for the convention to detervacant congregations, were called upon mine whether the present plan shall be to report. The following is an extract pursued, or a new one be adopted. from the report:
The committee appointed by the The following gentlemen were chosen last convention to consult with the bi- to be nominated to the General Conshop upon some mode för supplying the vention, as trustees of the General vacant congregations in this state with Theological Seminary :— The Rev. occasional services, &c. beg leave to re. Jackson Kemper, the Rev. George port, that very soon after the adjourn- Boyd, the Rev. James Montgomery, ment of the convention, a plan was the Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, John formed, by which each vacant congre- Read, the hon. William Tilghman. gation, and each vicinity where it was
The Rev. Benjamin Allen was supposed a few episcopalians could be chosen on the contingency that the diofound, might be visited from three to
cess is entitled to another trustee. four times in the course of the year. This arrangement required that each On motion, resolved, that the treaclergyman 'in the state should devote surer of the convention be authorized two or three 'Sundays to missionary to pay such part of the expenses of the purposes. The plan received the ap- General Convention as may be apporprobation of the bishop, and was acted tioned to this diocess. upon for some time with considerable
From the list of clergy of the diocess, effect. A correspondence was opened attached to the journal of the above with most of the clergy of the diocess, convention, it appears that they are the several of them had made one or more bishop,twenty-nine presbyters, and four journies, and others were preparing to
deacons. Total 34. go, when the committee felt it their duty, though with great reluctance, to
From the list of congregations it ap*limit, as far as possible, their future pears that they are 44 in number. operations. A communication from the
From the account of the treasurer of treasurer of the convention arrested the convention, it appears that the retheir attention. They applied to the ceipts into the convention'fund (includbishop and his council for advice, and ing the $ 2,500 of the Bishop White immediately determined that no new Scholarship” in the General Theologiarrangements should be made. This cal Seminary) for the past year, were step was taken on the 13th of last De- $ 2,681 70, there being also a balance cember, on the following account:
from last year, in favour of the fund, *The committee, in making their plan, of $ 392 99; and the payments (infound it necessary, in order to accom- cluding the amount of said scholarship, plish the wish of the convention, that transmitted to New-York,) $ 2,755 92; several clergymen should travel a con- leaving in the treasurer's hands a basiderable distance. Some of the most lance of $18 77, and, in the saving 'interesting and promising of our new fund, the sum of $ 300. congregations are a great way off fronı
From the account of the treasurer of the residence of any parochial minister. Visits to these naembers of our church the episcopal fund, it appears that the proved to be more expensive than was increase of that fund, for the past year, expected. The demands upon the was $1,044 22; and that its aggregate treasury were increasing, and it was amount is $7,733 9 cents. greatly feared that the accomplishment of 'the whole design would exhaust the funds before the meeting of the con The following is appended to the vention should arrive.
journal of the above convention:
An Abstract of the Documents which desire for a pastor, and their ability to
accompanied the Report of the Com- support one, however small at present, mittee for the Supply of vacant that no disappointment may ensue from Churches.
exaggerated statements, which is too At Northumberland, the Rev. Mr. often the case. Sheets reports, there is scarcely the ap
It is further suggested, however, that pearance of a congregation. He preach and consequently an increase of sup
an increase of both the congregations, ed here three times, once in a brick church, a part of which belongs to the port, will take place as soon as a reguepiscopalians. At Bloomsburg he bap
lar clergyman is settled among them. tized a child, administered the commu
Mr. Clarkson paid a second visit to nion, and preached five times. Mr. S. this congregation in December last, likewise visited Jerseytown, Berwick,
when the Lord's Supper was again adand Nescopec. He was absent three ministered, and a child baptized. Sundays during the months of August and September, and preached during
The Rey, Mr. Boyd visited the counhis visit 19 times.
The ty of Huntingdon in November.
congregations," says he, “ have been good, episcopalians in the town of Huntingand I would hope that the word has don and its vicinity are numerous. not altogether fallen to the ground. Fifty-one persons, the most of whom Many appear sincerely pious, and are,
have families, profess to belong to the I trust, inquiring their way with their church. The house of worship is at faces thitherward."
present owned by them, in union with
the Lutherans and Presbyterians; but The Rev.Mr. Clarkson visited Christ it is their intention, in the event of their church, Huntington, Adams county, on being able to obtain the stated services Monday, the first of September, preach- of a clergyman, either to purchase the ed to a crowded and mixed congrega- whole of the present building, or erect tion, and administered the sacrament of a new one. Twelve children were bapthe Lord's Supper. During divine ser tized here. vice great solemnity prevailed. A Mr. Boyd officiated at Watersteet, strong attachment to the church in nine miles up the Juniata, and found every particular was evident. Five in a few episcopalians-and learned, that fants were baptized. The congrega- at Race-town-branch, about 12 miles tion consists of 25 families, who are from Huntingdon, there were a few desirous of having regular service. They are unable, at present, to raise “On the 6th of November," says more than $ 200, and would be satis- Mr. Boyd, “I left Huntingdon, and fied with the third part of a clergyman's went to Mr. Cromwell's, in the neigh-time. During the pastoral charge of bourhood of Shirleysburgh, where an the late lamented Rev. Mr. Wood ruff, appointment had been made for me to they had half his time and services preach that evening. Mr. Davis, an and Carlisle the other. But the church aged and pious member of the church, at Carlisle being now supplied by the at Huntingdon, accompanied me on my Rev. Professor Spencer, the Hunting- way about eight miles, who, at parting, ton congregation have formed a con with much feeling, begged that the nexion with the church at York—the friends of the Redeemer would rememtwo churches being about 18. miles ber their forlorn condition, and induce apart, and are ready to receive and en some zealous and pious minister to courage the application of any respect- come and settle among them. On able clergyman.-The York congre- leaving this interesting neighbourhood, gation can raise about $ 300, exclusive I was forcibly reminded of our Lord's of a very spacious and convenient par- words to his disciples, when he saw the sonage house and garden, &c. multitude of his countrymen without
I am thus particular, says Mr.Clark- any to show them the way of salvation, son, at the request of one of the parties, they fainted, and were scattered acting for both, at once to show their abroad as sheep having no shepherd:
then saith he unto his disciples, the gregations, through the want of clergyharvest truly is plenteous, but the la men to settle in this part of the counbourers are few; pray ye therefore the try, are nearly all gone to other denoLord of the harvest, that he will send minations; yet, it is believed, if a misforth labourers into his harvest.'— That sionary could be sent among them, this Scripture applies to the members many of them would return to the of other churches, I will not venture to church. say, but it is literally true of episcopalians there.
Report of the Rev. Mr. Dupuy"On reaching Mr. Cromwell's, I During the time of my absence, which found a number of persons assembled
was something more than two weeks,
I from the surrounding country, some of
preached at Reading, Sunbury, Norwhom had come eight or nine miles.
thumberland, and Bloomsburg.
At The place appointed for public wor: Reading I preached in the Lutheran ship was crowded by an attentive and church,
by invitation from the Rev.Mr. serious congregation. At this time I Muhlenberg. The English inhabitants baptized a child.
of the town attended generally—six or “ The prospects of the Episcopal
seven families attached to our commuChurch in this section of the country
nion reside there, besides several, I am are encouraging. Mr. Cromwell told told, well inclined to the church.' An, me that he had no doubt a church episcopalian informed me, that a lot might be built here, during the next
had been left many years since to the
church. I went to see it. It is situsummer, if they could
procure gular services of a clergyman one half
, ated in the most central and valuable or even one third of the time."
part of the town. It appears to me, During this visit Mr. Boyd was ab
from the opinion I have been enabled sent three weeks.
to form, that if missionary aid could be
afforded, the episcopalians of Reading Report of the Rev. Mr. Allen. would be incited to raise a church. I In obedience to the directions of the have since heard, but I know not wheconvention, I visited the church in the ther it be correct, that a missionary was Valley, and the village of Hamilton. In sent to this place many years before the the former, a strong attachment to the revolution, by the venerable society of church was manifested, and a consider- the church of England. I am inclined able congregation attended. Ten miles to think, if the Society for the Advancefrom the church, large congregations ment of Christianity would be willing assembled in the woods, and some to send a missionary there now, we hopes are entertained, that, by the should soon have the pleasure of seeing blessing of God, on the exertions of a a new church added to our communion.. venerable member of our flock, a house From Reading I proceeded directly of worship will be erected.
to Northumberland, and preached there In Hamilton, a sum nearly adequate twice; I also preached twice at Sunto the completion of a “house of bury. The people appear gratified in prayer” has been subscribed, and it is these places with visits from clergymen believed a building will be put up. of our church, but have no hope of ever The Rev. Mr. Thompson visited being able to settle a clergyman among
them. Brownsville, Union-town, and ('onnels
From Northumberland I went to ville, in November. Some ten or fifteen years past, says he, there was not
Bloomsburg, about twenty miles disless than five congregations belonging tant up the north branch of the Susqueto the church in the vicinity oi Browns hanna ; I preached there in the evenville—one at West's church, six miles ing, in the episcopal church; the church
was well filled: I am told there are befrom Brownsville; one at Jackson's church, seven miles; one at Muddy- tween thirty and forty families attached
to it. Creek, eleven miles; one at Red-stone, twelve miles from Brownsville--the Report of the Rev. Messrs. Brinckle name of the other I forget--these con and Morgan, concerning the church at VOL. VII.