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science, because he did it contrary to squandered in those excesses of the tathe dictates of his conscience. He ac- ble which, some forty years ago, were tually condemns himself in the very reckoned
among the necessary accomthing which he does."
plishments of the military character. I have been thus particular in ex. They were one afternoon sitting in plaining this passage of scripture, be- Wynyard's apartment: it was perfectly cause of the errors into which many light; the hour was about four o'clock; readers of the New Testament have fal- they had dined, but neither of them had len in attempting to explain it without drank wine, and they had retired from a close reference to the context, and the the mess, to continue together the occu-, scope of the writer. These indeed are pations of the morning. I ought to of the utmost importance:* a neglect have said that the apartment in which of them often leads to the greatest er- they were had two doors in it; the one
The last Sunday in August, it opening into a passage, and the other was my misfortune to hear an exposi- leading into Wynyard's bed-room: there tion of this passage, as contrary to that were no means of entering the sittingwhich I have given above, as could room but from the
passage, and no other well be imagined. There was no Epis- egress from the bed-room but through copal congregation in the place where the sitting-room; so that any person
I chanced to pass the day; and I fol- passing into the bed-room must have y lowed the multitude to hear the only remained there, unless he returned by
settled minister in the vicinity. The the way he entered. This point is of preacher applied the word “faith" in consequence to the story. As these two the passage under consideration to the young officers were pursuing their stuevangelical faith of the Christian ; and dies, Sherbroke, whose eye happened stated that every action, no matter of accidentally to glance from the volume what sort, kind, or character, that did before him towards the door that opennot result from the sincere faith of the ed into the passage, observed a tall gospel was absolutely sinful. Is this youth, of about twenty years of age, the doctrine of Christianity? Is any whose appearance was that of extreme such assertion to be found in the Bible? emaciation, standing beside it. Struck Farther, is it the legitimate construction with the appearance of a perfect stranof St. Paul's language? If so, in what ger, he immediately turned to his friend, an awful state are the heathen ? in what who was sitting near him, and directed an awful state are all men, even those his attention to the guest who had thus who enjoy the greatest light, and the strangely broken in upon their studies. greatest privileges! But the Bible has As soon as Wynyard's eyes were turned settled the question : and we have one towards the mysterious visitor, his broad principle to rest upon: “God is countenance became suddenly agitated: no respecter of persons: But in Every I have heard,' says Sir John Sherbroke, nation, he that feareth bim, and worketh of a man's being as pale as death, but righteousness, is accepted with him.” I never saw a living face assume the apActs x. 35.
L.J. pearance of a corpse, except Wynyard's
at that moment.'
As they looked silently at the form The Apparition.
before them-for Wynyard, who seem[From Jarvis's Accredited Ghost Stories.] ed to apprehend the import of the ap
Sir John Sherbroke and General pearance, was deprived of the faculty of Wynyard were, as young men, officers speech, and Sherbroke, perceiving the in the same regiment, which 'was em- agitation of his friend, felt no inclination ployed on foreign service in Nova-Scou to address it—as they looked silently tia: they were connected by similarity upon the figure, it proceeded slowly of tastes and studies, and spent together into the adjoining apartment, and in in literary occupation much of that va
the act of passing them, cast its eyes cant time which their brother officers with a somewhat melancholy expres.
sion on young Wynyard. The oppres. * See Stuart's Earnesti, p. 46 & 48. sion of this extraordinary presence was Vol. VII.
no sooner removed than Wynyard, seize visitor was no sooner bruited abroad ing his friend by the arm, and drawing than the destiny of Wynyard's brother a deep breath, as if recovering from the became an object of universal and painsuffocation of intense astonishment and ful interest to the officers of the regiemotion, muttered in a low and almost ment; there were few who did not ininaudible tone of voice, Great God! quire for Wynyard's letters before they My brother ! Your brother! repeat- made any demand for their own, and ed Sherbroke, 'What can you mean, the packets that arrived from England Wynyard ? There must be some de were welcomed with a more than usual ception: follow me:' and immediately eagerness, for they brought not only taking his friend by the arm, he pre- remembrances from their friends at ceded him into the bed-room, which, as home, but promised to afford a clue to I before stated, was connected with the the mystery which had happened among sitting-room, and into which the strange themselves. By the first ships no intelvisitor had evidently entered. I have ligence relating to the story could have already said that from this chamber been received, for they had all departed there was no possibility of withdrawing from England previous to the appearbut by the way of the apartment through ance of the spirit. At length the long which the figure had certainly passed, wished for vessel arrived; all the offiand as certainly never returned. Im- cers had letters 'except Wynyard; still agine, then, the astonishment of the the secret was unexplained. They exyoung officers when, on finding them- amined several newspapers; they conselves in the centre of the chamber, they tained no mention of any death, or of perceived that the room was perfectly any other circumstance connected with intenanted. Wynyard's mind had re his family that could account for this ceived an impression, at the first moment preternatural event. There was a soliof his observing him, that the figure tary letter for Sherbroke still
unopenwhom he had seen was the spirit of his ed: the officers had received their letbrøther. Sherbroke still persevered in ters in the mess-room, at the hour of strenuously believing that some delusion supper: after Sherbroke had broken had been practised. They took note of the seal of his last packet, and cast a the day and hour in which the event had glance on its contents, he beckoned his happened; but they resolved not to men- friend away from the company, and detion the occurrence in the regiment, and parted from the room. All were silent. they gradually persuaded each other The suspence of the interest was now that they had been imposed upon by at the climax; the impatience for the some artifice of their fellow officers, return of Sherbroke was inexpressible: though they could neither account for they doubted not but that letter had conthe reason, nor suspect the author, nor tained the long expected intelligence. conceive the means of the execution: At the interval of an hour Sherbroke they were content to imagine any thing joined them. No one dared be guilty of possible, rather than admit the possibi- so great a rudeness as to inquire the nality of a supernatural appearance. But, ture of his correspondence; but they though they had attempted these strata- waited in mute attention, expecting that gems of self-delusion, Wynyard could he would himself touch upon the subject. not help expressing his solicitude with His mind was manifestly full of respect to his brother, whose apparition thoughts that pained, bewildered, and he had either seen, or imagined himself oppressed him: he drew near the fireto have seen; and the anxiety which place, and leaning his head on the manhe exhibited for letters from England, tlepiece, after a pause of some moments, and his frequent mention of his fears said in a low voice to the person who for his brother's health, at length awa was nearest him, "Wynyard's brother kened the curiosity of his comrades, is no more! The first line of Sherand eventually betrayed him into a de- broke's letter was “Dear John, break to claration of the circumstances, which your friend Wynyard the death of his he had in vain determined to conceal. favourite brother:' he had died on the The story of the silent and unbidden day, and at the very hour on which the
friends had seen his spirit pass so mys- tion was every where marvellous; it af, teriously through the apartment.
forded one of the most striking pictures It might have been imagined that of human industry which it is possible these events would have been sufficient to behold. The limestone rocks and to have impressed the mind of Sher- stony valleys of Judæa were entirely, broke with the conviction of their truth; covered with plantations of figs, vines, but, so strong was his prepossession and olive-trees; not a single spot seem against the existence, or even the pos- ed to have been neglected. The hills, sibility of any preternatural intercourse from their bases to their utmost sumwith the souls of the dead, that he still mits, were entirely covered with garentertained a doubt of the report of his dens; all of these were free from weeds, senses, supported as their testimony was and in the highest state of agricultural by the coincidence of vision and event. perfection. Even the sides of the most Son.e years after, on his return to Eng- barren mountains had been rendered land, he was walking with two gentle- fertile, by being divided into terraces, men in Piccadilly, when, on the oppo- like steps rising one above another, site side of the way, he saw a person whereon soil had been accumulated with bearing the most striking resemblance astonishing labour. to the figure which had been disclosed to Under a wise and beneficent govern. Wynyard and himself: his companions ment, the produce of the Holy Land were acquainted with the story, and he would exceed all calculation. Its peinstantly directed their attention to the rennial harvest; the salubrity of its air; gentleman opposite, as the individual its limpid springs; its rivers, lakes, and who had contrived to enter and depart matchless plains; its hills and vales ; from Wynyard's apartment without all these, added to the serenity of its their being conscious of the means. climate, prove this land to be indeed
Full of this impression, he immedi- a field which the Lord hath blessed: ately went over, and at once addressed God hath given it of the dew of heaven, the gentleman: he now fully expected and the fatness of the earth, and plenty to elucidate the mystery. He apologiz- of corn and wine.' —Dr. Clarke. ed for the interruption, but excused it by relating the occurrence which had induced him to the commission of this Abstract of the Proceedings of the
Bisolecism in manners. The gentleman received him as a friend; he had never
shops, Člergy, and Laity of the Probeen out of the country, but was the
testant Episcopal Church in the twin brother of the youth whose spirit
United States of America, in a Gehad been seen.
neral Convention, held in St. Peter's The reader of the above story is left
Church, Philadelphia, from the 20th
tu the 26th of May, inclusive, 1823. in the difficult dilemma of either admitting the certainty of the facts, or In the house of bishops there were doubting the veracity of those whose present seven of its members. The word it were impossible even for a mo- Right Rev. Bishop White presided, and ment to suspect. Sir John Sherbroke the Rev. William H. De Lancey was and General Wynyard, two gentlemen appointed secretary. of distinguished honour and veracity, ei In the house of clerical and lay dether agreed to circulate an infamous puties, there were present forty clerical, falsehood, which falsehood was proved and twenty lay deputies, representing by the event to be prophetic, or they thirteen dioceses. The Rev. William H. were together present at the spiritual Wilmer, D. D. presided; the Rev.John appearance of General Wynyard's bro C. Rudd was secretary, and the Rev. ther.
James Montgomery assistant secretary.
The convention was opened with Illustration of Genesis xxvii. 27, 28. morning prayer by the Rev. John S.
Deuteronomy viii. 7,8,9. Ravenscroft; a sermon by the Right The road was mountainous, rocky, Rev. John Croes, D. D. and the holy and full of loose stones, yet the cultiva- communion administered by the pre
siding bishop, assisted by other bi- rough, John Read, Edward J. Stiles, shops present.
Tench Tilghman, Francis S. Key, PeThe diocese of Georgia having exhi- ter Kean. bited satisfactory evidence of acceding The following is the report on the to the constitution of the Protestant state of the church, made by the house Episcopal Church in the United States of clerical and lay deputies, to the house of America, was received into union of bishops, agreeably to the 45th canon with the convention.
of 1808. The testimonials required to be given Vermont.-- There has been a graby the house of clerical and lay dele- dual and steady advancement of the gates to bishops elect, in order to their church in this state, since the last meetconsecration, were given to the Rev. ing of the triennial convention. By a John S. Ravenscroft, bishop elect of late decision of the supreme court of the North-Carolina; and his consecration United States, a large amount of landed by the presiding bishop, aided by the property is expected to come into the other bishops, took place during the ses- possession of the church, which will afsion of the convention.
ford a permanent revenue for the supThe constitution of the Protestant port of the clergy, for which the gratiEpiscopal Church in the United States tude of episcopalians is due to that ve was so altered as to give to each con nerable society, which was the first in vention the appointment of the time in those exertions for the promotion of the third year thereafter, at which the Christianity, that so peculiarly distinrest shall meet; and to empower the guish the present period, which has presiding bishop to change the place of done, and is still doing so much for exmeeting in the event of pestilential dis- tending the iniluence of pure and undeease, or other sufficient cause, rendering filed religion, on this and on the other a change necessary.
continent--the Society in England for The following resolutions were past. Propagating the Gospel in Foreign
1. That a joint committee be ap- Parts. Since the last report of the gepointed to consider, and report to the neral state of the church, a church has next General Convention, whether any, been consecrated at Manchester; the and if any, what, alterations it is proper church at Windsor has been finished to make in, or additions to the Book of and consecrated, a work that does great Psalms and Hymns in metre, now al- credit to the zeal and liberality of the lowed to be used in this church; 2. That episcopalians of that town, especially to the said committee consist of three bi- the munificence of one individual; the shops, to be appointed by the house of contribution of the Hon. Jonathan H. bishops, and seven clergymen, and se- Hubbard, in the land on which it is ven laymen, to be appointed by the built, and in money to build it, amounthouse of clerical and lay deputies; 3. ing to more than two thousand dollars: That seven members of this committee a church is now ready for consecration be a quorum for transacting business, in the town of Berkshire, and another provided there are included at least one has been commenced this season in the bishop, two clergymen, and two lay- town of Bethel. The number of commen; and that the concurrence of the municants has very considerably in. three orders shall be necessary to con creased during the three years last past; stitute a decision of the committee. but our clergy have suffered a diminn
The above committee consists of the tion by the removal of the Rev. Mr. Right Rev. Bishops White, Hobart, and Beach, and by the untimely and lamentCroes, and the following clergymen and ed death of the Rev. Mr. Gray, who laymen :- The Rev. William Meade, was successfully officiating in Berkshire the Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis, D. D., the and the adjacent towns. A missionary Rev. William A. Muhlenberg, the Rev. society was organized in this state in Jackson Kemper, the Rev. Bird Wil- 1821, which, small as are its means, son, D. D., the Rev. Samuel Turner, has already been attended with some D.D., the Rev. Richard S. Mason, good effects. They are employing a Kensey Johns, Robert H. Goldsbo- missionary, the Rev. Mr. Brainard, late
ly ordained a deacon, in the northern the case with the church at Quincy, parts of the state, who gives a favour- where the Rev. Mr Cutler is officiating. able account of his mission. Still there -During the present year an attempt is much more to be done, which we has been made to alter the charter of hope, through that grace, without which the episcopal parish at Marblehead, so nothing is strong, nothing is holy, to see as to convert it into an independent or in due time accomplished.
congregational society. The attempt Massachusetts. The church in this was occasioned by the declining state diocese may justly be represented as of this once prosperous church, which flourishing, if we take into view the dif- has never recovered from the blow it reficulties and trials which it has had to ceived at the revolution. Through the encounter. Notwithstanding the poli- merciful providence of God, this design tical and religious prejudices which was defeated, and what was meant as operated here with particular hostility, an occasion of its falling, has been the there were seventeen churches founded means of increasing its strength. A in Massachusetts proper, between the missionary is now established there, and years 1679 and 1774. During the re the scattered remnant of the flock are volution two clergymen only continued returning to the fold. At Taunton pubthe exercise of their public ministra- lic service has been suspended in contions; yet of the seventeen thus found- sequence of the accidental demolition of ed, fifteen have been preserved to this the small and inconveniently situated day, through evil report and good re church which was erected there in 1767. port; and though most of them are The members of that congregation have small, they are still united and striving of late, however, expressed a wish to together for the faith of the gospel. build in a more favourable position. In The churches here enumerated, are
case this measure is accomplished, they Trinity church and Christ church, Bos- will be supplied with a missionary. ton; St. Peter's, Salem; St. Michael's, The church at Cambridge, founded in Marblehead; St. Paul's, Newburyport; the year 1761, but deserted and almost Christ church, Cambridge; St. Paul's, destroyed during the revolution, has lanDedham; St. Andrew's, Hanover; Tri- guished ever since, having been chiefly nity, Marshfield; Trinity, Bridgewater; supplied by lay readers, who were resi- Taunton ; Christ church, Quincy; dent graduates of Harvard University.
Hopkinton; St. James's, Great-Bar- It is now in so ruinous a state that it rington; and St. Luke's, Lanesborough. was thought necessary to suspend pub
Trinity church and Christ church, lic worship in it in December last, Boston, are full and flourishing. The since which time it has not been openchurches at Newburyport, Great-Bar- ed. The episcopal students at the rington, and Lanesborough, are also university have amounted, for a series thriving. The church at Salem has of years, to one seventh of the whole lately become vacant, and is conse number; and this year there are 45, quently suffering; but when again sup- most of whom are from the middle and plied, will doubtless regain, and proba- southern states. The students are not bly increase, its former strength. The allowed to come to Boston to attend churches at Hanover and Marshfield divine service; and the episcopalians, have been for some years united under their own church being closed, aré the rectorship of the Rev. Mr. Wolcott, required to attend constantly at the and are increasing. Those of Bridge- college chapel. It is due, however, to water and Hopkinton are stationary for the president of the college to state, that the want of missionaries, having been he has expressed a desire to have the vacant most of the time since the revo-' church repaired, and provided with a Jution, and kept alive only by the oc suitable minister, as a inean of providcasional services of visiting ministers. ing for the accommodation of those stuThe Rev, Isaac Boyle has been settled, dents who profess to be episcopalians. within the last year, at Dedham, where If the influence of impressions made on the prospects of the increase of the the minds of these young men during church are encouraging. Such also is the interesting period of collegiate life