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forced to see the field of God's huse Resolved, That as this diocese is enbandry lie waste for the want of labour- titled to four trustees of the General
Had it not been for the extraor- Theological Seminary of the Protestant dinary exertions of the fixed presby- Episcopal Church in the United States, ters, in seeking all occasions, often to that this convention proceed to the the great detriment of their own people, election. of travelling even in the most inclement Whereupon the following persons seasons,in pursuit of the scattered sheep, were elected: The Rev. Roger Searle, the interest of the church, in many the Rev. Intrepid Morse, the Rev. Baplaces must have expired. Two faith- zaleel Wells, William K. Bond. ful itinerant missionaries, by the bless Mr. Edward Hallam was elected ing of God, would have prevented treasurer. much evil, over which we are now compelled to mourn in silence.
On the second day of the convention But instead of closing this address prayers were read by the Rev. Samuel with the exhibition of the melancholy Cincinnati ; a sermon preached by
Johnston, minister of Christ church, side of the picture before us, let us thank God for the mercies which re
the Rev. Roger Searle, minister elect main. We are at unity and love of St. Paul's church, Medina, St. John's among ourselves; we have faith in the church, Liverpool, and Trinity church,
Liverpool. Lord's goodness; we have a firm re
Thirty-nine dollars were paid for liance on his power and
and we know that all things will work together printing journals, &c. by the several
parishes. for the good of those who love God.
Resolved, as the sense of this conThe holy scriptures, by the very
laudable exertions of the Bible societies, the inhabitants of Worthington, for
vention, that their thanks are due to have spread wide among us. The
their kindness and uniform hospitality divine seed is thus planted. May it
to the members thereof. take root downward and bear fruit up
Resolved, That the next, annual ward. May the great Lord of the harvest send forth labourers to enclose, to meeting of this convention be held in cherish, and to gather in what the Lord
St. Paul's church, in the town of Chi
licothe. himself hath planted.
The following extracts are made The Rev. Samuel Johnston was, by from the proceedings of the Missionballot, elected secretary of the conven ary Society," appended to the journal tion.
of the above convention. Resolved, That the word more, in The following persons were chosen the second canon, be stricken out, and managers :-The Rev. Roger Searle, the word two inserted in its place, which the Rev. S. Johnston, the Rev. I. will make it read thus: “It shall be Morse, the Rev. E. B. Kelloge the Rev. the duty of every clergyman to attend P. Chase, jun. the Rev. John Hall, B. all conventions of the diocese; and it Wells, H. Brush, Wm. Little, A, Butles, shall be the duty of every parish to send Robert Jones, and C. Ripley. one or two lay delegates."
The managers then proceeded to. The parochial reports furnish the elect, from their own number, the offifollowing aggregate :-Baptisms(adults cers required by the 6th article of the 12, children 62, not specified 36) 110; constitution; whereupon the following marriages 18; funerals 35; communi- persons were duly chosen, viz. · The cants 391.
Rev. Roger Searle, vice-president; the The following gentlemen were elect- Rev. Samuel Johnston, recording seed the standing committee:- The Rev. cretary; the Rev. E. B. Kellogg, corRoger Searle, the Rev. Samuel John- responding secretary; Mr. Wm. Little, ston, the Rev. Intrepid Morse, the Rev. treasurer. Ezra B. Kellogg, Noah M. Brunson, The society met pursuant to adjournBazaleel Wells, Edward Hallam, Le ment. vin Belt.
Resolved, that this society appoint VOL. VII.
the Rev. Philander Chase, jun. to cross it was designed. Let every heart and the Atlantic, with proper credentials, every hand be engaged in this good for the purpose of soliciting aidin Great- cause. Britain, for the support of the Protest A few years since, the church had ant Episcopal Church in the diocese no regular organization; but by the of Ohio: and that he be allowed five providential care of her Divine Head, hundred dollars for his expenses.
she has been established, and is now Resolved, that the Right Rev. the gradually increasing in usefulness and Bishop be respectfully requested to fur- strength; advancing to the battle of nish the proper credentials, and also to the Lord against the mighty." We furnish an address, setting forth our verily believe that no sincere episcopacondition, our wants, and our prayers, lian can look back upon the formation to the Right Rev. the Bishops, Clergy, and successful progress of the church, and members of the Church of England. as represented in the concise view of
Resolved, that the minister of every our journals, without lively gratitude parish, and the president or presiding to the “Chief Shepherd and Bishop officer of every auxiliary society, and of souls." Who, after contrasting the every person procuring subscribers to past with the present, will not, in lookthe parent missionary society of this ing forward to the future, wish to rediocese, be requested, annually, at rlie new his strength? Who will not preanniversary meeting, to furnish the re sent his humble supplication to the cording secretary thereof with the fountain of mercy, that these western names of all persons belonging to the wilds, which once resvunded with the parent society, and the constitutions of savage war-whoop, may soon more exall auxiliary societies, and names of tensively be cheered with the sound of persons belonging to them, over which the gospel of peace, and the hallelujahs they preside, or for which they procure of the redeemed? subscribers.
If during the past year we have ex
perienced heavy domestic afflictions ; The managers of the missionary so
if we have had to endure many trials, ciety, in consequence of the sickness of and some of us laborious exertions, for the late recording secretary, and the the extension of truth; if we have been partial indisposition of their treasurer, painfully disappointed in our reasonconnected with some unavoidable cir- able expectations of missionaries from cumstances, are unable to present any the east; if we have lamented over the formal report: they however cannot careless, the ungodly, and the hypocriforbear to remark, that they feel a pe- tical, spreading their bapeful examples; culiar solicitude that the institution if we reflect that many thousands have should sustain a character consistent neglected to improve the means of with the means of the members belong- grace; yet many occurrences of an ing to our communion. Nor is this opposite nature incite us to declare, anxiety any wise fessened, when we 6 hitherto the Lord hath helped us." contemplate the extensive field of use It is a mercy of no ordinary character, fulness, to the heralds of the cross, in that our zeal increases with our numthis destitute region, where our little bers; that many of our infant churches, flocks are scattered as sheep having no destitute of the regular ministrations shepherd. Wherever there can be a of the word, still have hopes, that ere society formed, as an auxiliary to the long the messengers of truth may be parent institution, however humble the seen and heard among them; that harmeans, let the benevolent work com mony in council and unity in effort
exist among our clergy and laity, and We should do injustice to our feel one sentiment only pervades the whole. ings to suppose for a moment, that it is gratifying that wheresoever the wherevera missionary association withe Evangelist had traversed our diocese, in the past year has been formed, that he has been hailed as the messenger of it will suffer, for want of personal ex. glad tidings. Bearing in his credentials ertions to promote the object for which the authority of his Divine Master, pro
claiming peace and good will towards provision annexed thereto for the furmen, he has every where been welcom- ther extension of the system as occasion ed with joy. Though long deferred, may require, has given rise to many the hope still cheer us, that the time is pleasing anticipations in the minds of not far distant when others will hear us episcopalians. The resources of the mingle our cries with the angel of Ma- church have hitherto been diverted to cedon, “ Come over and help us.
.” But objects of a deeper and more vital ime to make these our hopes successful, we portance. Her whole force has been must remember who it is that hath the needed to bear down the obstacles hearts of all men in his hand. To him, which impeded her progress, and to therefore, let us pray with increasing promote the full and flowing tide of her fervour, that faithful ministers of Jesus usefulness. But now she has in a great Christ may be sent among us, who measure triumphed over prejudice and shall assist in pulling down the strong opposition; the imputed stain of corholds of Satan, and building up the ruption has been wiped from her walls, walls of Zion.
and men acknowledge the purity of her A never failing trust that God will doctrines, and the moderation of her protect his church, inclines us to be measures. For the continuance of these lieve that his Holy Spirit will influence favourable circumstances she esteenis it the hearts of some, even here; and her duty to provide; and has wisely give them means to prepare for the sa
laid the foundation in the education of cred office. If from other fountains those who are destined for the adminiswe can draw no water, who can tell tration of her holy rites and ordinances. that God will not be gracious unto us, But confessedly great as are the advantand cause, even kere, in the wilderness, ages which a public seminary affords, some humble stream to flow, to make many seem unwilling to avail themglad his Zion, his own city. To this selves of them, from not duly considereffect he will hear our prayer, if with ing, or from miscalculating, their value. faith and constancy we let our cry
From the exigences of the church, and come unto him.
the want of spiritual instructors, the (Signed) PHILANDER Chase, Pres't. term of preparation for the ministry has, Atiesi—SAMUEL JOHNSTON, Sec’y. in some instances, been unavoidably
short; and a private education has The following note is added to the been preferred, as being attended with journal.
less expense, and affording greater During the printing of these journals, choice of favourite masters. But when information was received through the we consider the sacredness of the uffice, medium of the Rev. George Boyd, of -to 6 feed the church of God, which Philadelphia, that the sum of 170 dol- he purchased with his blood;" when lars, a donation for the benefit of the we remember that the ministers of Episcopal Missionary Society of Ohio, Christ are “a savour of life unto life, or from four ladies of Charleston, South- of death unto death;" when we call to Carolina, awaited his order. The la- mind the words of an inspired apostle, dies mentioned, were Mrs. Dehon, Mrs. “Who is sufficient for these things??. Russel, Mrs. Gregorie, and Mrs. Mid we cannot too fully provide, “ that the dleton; to whom the Bishop in this man of God may be perfect, thoroughly manner begs leave, in the name of the furnished unto all good works.” Now, society, to return his most grateful ac- whether this laudable, this highly inknowledgments.
teresting and important end is best pro
moted by a public or private education For the Christian Journal.
admits, I think, of little doubt. Obser
vation and experience equally show the Advantages of a Public Education for superiority of the former, and the far the Ministry.
greater tendency which it has to nourish The establishment of a general se those habits, and bestow those acquireminary of the Protestant Episcopal ments, which are so necessary to the Church in the United States, with a success of the Christian minister. But
let us attend to a few particulars, which investigation required for the accurate will make this apparent.
understanding of scripture, will una1. It will not, I presume, be denied, voidably be prevented by want of time, that learning is necessary to the divine or want of ability. But in a public seof the present day. The miraculous minary, the very business of the progifts' bestowed upon the apostles have fessors is instruction—to this end all peased; 6 the spirit of prophecy has their labours are directed, and for its atbeen withdrawn from the ministers of tainment all the faculties of their minds Christianity, who are therefore now are exerted. And each being confined obliged to supply the want of it by their to his own department, eminence therein own study and industry.” For, “to will be more easy, and more likely to what end should God still proceed to be attained. They peruse the sacred make new revelations, unless it were to volume with the youth committed to gratify men's sloth and idleness, and their charge—they bring to their aid excuse them from the trouble of search critics of various orders--point out their ing and studying that scripture in which errors and excellences-explain, illushe had taken care to transmit his Gos- trate, and enforce.--To such means, pel to them ?"* Besides, those false without doubt, are we to look for a teachers predicted by Christ and his learned ministry-skilled in the interfollowers have arisen, and attempts are pretation of scripture-able to defend making daily, hourly, and publicly, to the sacred oracles, and to disseminate pervert the sacred truths of our reli- them in their native force, beauty, and gion. It becomes, therefore, a solemn perfection. duty to use all means for the right ap As regards the deduction of doctrine prehension of the sacred volume, and manimity, as well as ability, is cerfor detecting and exposing the fallacy tainly highly desirable in the Christian of its adversaries. Now, to bring about church. But how can this be expected, these ends, the critical investigation where masters are almost as numerous and interpretation of scripture is of the
as pupils—where business interferes highest importance. “All solid know with instruction—and where, in some ledge and judicious defence of divine cases, private views combine with inditruth, it has been well observed, must vidual prejudices to propagate favourite originate from a right understanding systems of belief ?-But, on the other and accurate interpretation of the scrip- hand, it may be said, does not this hold tures.”+ And where can we look for also with regard to public seminaries? the attainment of these, so properly as Are not public teachers equally liable to a public seminary? The means of to prejudices, and equally influenced by information are there more extensively interested motives?' And will not the afforded; the treasures of knowledge effects of error in this case be more die scattered in rich profusion before the severely felt, in proportion as more de student; and he is directed in his in- rive instruction from the same corrupt quiries, and animated to exertion, by source? All this may be true—indeed the superintendence of learned and able is unquestionably true, but certainly in professors. This last consideration is an infinitely smaller degree. It is the one of no small importance in this interest and duty of the church to edumatter
. The instructions of a private cate a faithful ministry, and her wisdom teacher must of necessity be attended is pledged to provide for this by a carewith disadvantage, as they are seldom ful choice of professors. Should she be given except in connexion with other deceived in her judgment, and those duties. Besides, scarcely one can be who are chosen should prove unwor. found who concentres in himself the thy, still they are under her inspection, necessary qualifications in every branch and amentable to her for their conof study. Thus the minute and patient duct. The influence of individual pre
judice also, will be prevented by the Consult Scott's Christian Life, vol. iii. p.
effect of free inquiry which an extensive 125, 126.
course of study must promote
. This t Ernesti's Elements of Interpretation, p. 1. enables every one to examine and des:
cide for himself. That knowledge which its several parts before him, to direct he has derived from various sources, he him to the proper sources of informacollects and centres; he compares the tion, and to preserve him from the books perused with the interpretations errors of inexperienced youth, and of put upon them. And can it be denied private judgment? that he is more likely to judge aright, In the study of Christian evidences who has these advantages, than he also, the same advantages are apparent. whose views are necessarily limited by The open objections of infidels may be the contracted sphere of private edu met and rebuffed without great difficulcation ?
ty; for in most instances they carry In numerous other particulars we their own refutation with them, and shall find the object in view greatly prove their own fallacy by the injurious promoted by a public course of instruc- and absurd consequences to which they tion. The study of church history, for lead. But the doubts advanced by the instance, involves many difficulties, and philosophical unbeliever, are of a difrequires close attention and accurate ferent character. Their blackness is discrimination on the part of the stu hidden under the cloak of science, and dent. His mind is liable to be distract- their subtlety perplexes, even when it ed by the many contradictory represen- does not convince. To what danger tations which are made, and the numer- then, must the inexperienced youth be ous authors, both original and remote, exposed, who is reduced to the neceswhich it is necessary to consult. “ Few sity. of encountering such enemies with in number,” says Mosheim," are the his own unassisted strength, or, at best, unprejudiced and impartial historians, with but slight means of resistance !whom neither the influence of the sect And, on the other hand, how greatly to which they belong, nor the venerable will his confidence be strengthened and and imposing names of antiquity, nor his faith confirmed, by a previous wellthe spirit of the times and the torrent ordered course of instruction, which of prevailing opinion, can turn aside prepares him for these difficulties, at from the obstinate pursuit of truth alone. the same time that it qualifies him for Ap attachment to favourite opinions their removal ! leads authors sometimes to pervert, or 2. As regards the prime object of at least to modify, facts in favour of theological instruction practical imthose who have embraced these opi- provement-further consideration is nenions, or to the disadvantage of such as cessary. It is allowed that acquirehave opposed them. These kinds of ments of the highest order will avail seduction are so much the more dan- nothing in fact, will be highly injugerous, as those whom they deceive are, rious, unless directed and sanctified by in innumerable cases, insensible of their a fervent and enlightened spirit of piety. delusion, and of the false representa- Now, it is questioned by many, whe"tions of things to which it leads them."* ther this desirable and necessary object These observations serve to show the is best promoted by a public or private danger to which the student is exposed, education. It has often been asserted and the extreme caution which it is ne- and there is certainly ground for the cessary for him to use in this matter. opinion—that too much attention to The especial importance of this to us learning, to external literary accomo is farther evinced by the strong support plishments, will tend by degrees to which the doctrines of episcopacy derive withdraw the mind from the sober roufrom the history of the early church, tine of devotional duties.-But let us and from the opinions of the protestant trust, that this « science falsely so calldivines who conducted the reformation. ed,” will never disgrace our public seIn this view then, how greatly de- minaries. The object proposed by them sirable is the assistance of those who is, to provide not only“ a learned," have made this branch of theology their but “ a pious and practical ministry.” study; whose business it is to lay open
* Bishop Hobart's Address on the opening Ecclesiastical History, vol. i. p. 28.
of the General Seminary.