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making myself acquainted with their In St. Paul's Church, Sharon, to 46; condition; and in performing such of- St. John's Church, Kent 35; parish of ficial duties as seemed to be the most New-Preston, Washington, 22; St. immediately pressing. But I find that John's Church, New-Milford, 34; St. much still remains to be done; and John's Church, Brookfield, 15; Trinithat I have still much information to ty Church, Newtown, 53; St. John's acquire, before I can pronounce con- Church, Bridgeport, 28; St. Paul's cerning the general prosperity of the Church, Norwalk, 24; Christ Church, Church, or offer to you any general re- Norwich, 6; parish of Poquatannock, marks, concerning its present state and Preston, 9; Christ Church, Hartford, prospects, which are not already fami- 21; Christ Church, Middletown, 35; Fiar to the most of you. I shall, there- Trinity Church, New-Haven, 24; in fore, only give a brief detail of the all 352 persons. Episcopal duties which I have perform- In addition to the foregoing duties I ed, and add a few observations on such have also visited the following parishes, subjects as seem to me to be most es- viz. Litchfield, Stratford, Derby, Eastsential to the welfare and prosperity of Windsor, New-London, Granby, Simsthe Church in this diocess.
bury, Brooklyn, Cheshire, and GlasMy first official act was to admit Mr. tenbury. In all of these parishes I have Edward Rutiedge, of Charleston, South- preached, and in several of them I have Carolina, to the holy order of deacons. administered the holy communion. This was performed in Christ Church, On
my visit to Norwalk, I instituted at Middletown, on the 17th of Novem- the Rev. Reuben Sherwood to the recber last. He had passed the regular torship of St. Paul's Church, in that probation of a candidate in this diocess, piace; and I cannot help regretting and exhibited to me all the requisite that a service so well calculated to imtestimonials. On the 13th of January press upon the minister and his congrelast, in Christ Church, at Norwich, I gation their mutual, intimate, and soadmitted the Rev. Peter G. Clark, a lemn relation to each other, should have deacon, to the holy order of priests. fallen into such general disuse in this
On the 24th of November I conse- diocess. I would recommend it to the crated the new church in Sharon, by the Convention to examine whether any name of St. Paul's Church. This is a canonical provision, on this subject, very neat and commodious brick build- may be expedient or practicable. ing; well finished, and furnished with Several changes have taken place in all the requisite appendages. It is, at the diocess since the meeting of the the same time, an evidence of good Convention in October last. Among taste, and of the pious zeal which dis- these, none can have excited a deeper tinguiskes the peopie of that parish. sympathy among my cierical brethren, On the following day i consecrated the than the death of the Reverend and ver church in Kent, by the name of St. nerable Dr. Mansfield. After a laboJohn's Church. The congregation in rious life, extended to a period which this place seems to be rising from the seldom falls to the lot of man, his exit state of depression in which it has lan- has followed close upon that of the veguished, and, together with the other nerable. layman,* his equal in years, congregations composing the cure of whose name " is in the Churches," and the Rev. Mr. Andrews, appears to be who has stood pre-eminent for his usederiving much benefit from his assidu- fulness in the state. Their memories ous labours.
will long be held in veneration, for their There are several other churches names are associated with those interready for consecration, which, by per- esting events and circumstances, by mission of Divine Providence, will be which the Church in this diocess has visited by me in the course of the pre- been raised to her present comparative sent summer.
prosperity and enlargement; from that The holy rite of confirmation has been administered by me in the following Churches, viz.
* Dr. Johnson.
state of depression which was at first The Rev. Mr. Mills has relinquished occasioned by the religious prejudices the charge of the parish of Glastenbury, of the original settlers of this country, and henceforth confines himself wholly and afterwards aggravated by the past to that of Chatham; and the Rey. Na sions of the revolution. They haye than B. Burgess has taken the tempo, gone, as oùr charity would trust, to thąt rary charge of the parish of Glastenbu, arest" prepared for the people of God. ry, in connexion with that of Middle Let it be our care to “be also ready;" Haddam. and so to discharge all the dyțięş en- The parish of Warehouse-Point, joined on us by our divine Master, that East-Windsor, is again re-organized,
with all those who are departed hence, after several years of depressioạ; and in the true faith of his holy name, we now bids fair to be a united and prose may have our perfect consummation perous parish. The yestry have made and bliss in his eternal and everlasting an arrangement, by which the Church glory.
is supplied with regular ministrations, The Rev. Jonathan M. Wainwright, and in addition to the appropriations late the Rector of Christ Church, Hart, necessary for this purpose, the congreford, has received letters dismissory gation have, with great liberality, furfrom this diocess, and now fills the sta nished their house of worship with a tion of Assistant Minister of Trinity good bel and clock. Few parishes Church, New-York: and the Rev. Na were, six months since, ip a less pros, thaniel $. Wheaton, from the diocess perous state than this, but they have of Maryland, has been appointed to the given to the Church a noble example of vacancy in Hartford. Under his mi- what may be done when the ability niştrations the Church in this city ap- possessed, ipştead of being suffered to pears to be eminently prosperous. lie dormant, is brought into exercise by
The Rev. Aaron Humphrey, lately a well directed zeal. employed as a missionary by the “ So- The associated parishes of Simsbury ciety for the Promotion of Christian and Granby have also made xespeçtaş Knowledge," has received an appoint ble exertions for the re-establishment ment to the Church in Lanesborough, of the ministry and ordinances of the in the Eastern Diocesș; and we shall Gospel among them, and having raised henceforth be deprived of his services a sufficient sum for the support of a in a station which he has filled with clergyman, they have presented a call great faithfulness and usefulness. The to the Rev. Samuel Griswold, of GreatRev. Joseph M. Gilbert, and the Rey. Barrington, in the Eastern Diocess. Edward Rutledge, deacons, have res There are several parishes in the diceived letters dismissory from this dio- ocess now vacant; which, I am percess, and have gone to that of South- suaded, possess the ability to support Carolina. The Rev. Nathaniel F. public worship; and which I hope soon Bruce, M. D. from the diocess of New to see animated with a zeal which shall York, has resided in Hartford during overcome their present embarrassments the last winter, and, since the 15th of and impediments, and supply them with April, has been employed as a mission, the retireshing ministrations and ordi. ary, in the yaçaŋt parishes of this dio nances of the Gospel cess.
The following persons are, at preThe Rev. Calvin White, with the sent, candidates for holy orders in this consent of the parish of Derby, has re- diocess; viz. Daniel Somers, Lemuel signed his station as Assistant Minister B. Hull, David Botchford, Bennet Glos, there: and having given my official as, ver, Shadrach Terry, William Shelton, sent to the dissolution of the connexion, and John M. Garfield. The last named that parish is now vacant.
person was admitted as a candidate in The parish of Brooklyn, in the coun, the diocess of New-York, and has been ty of Windham, has also become va transferred to this diocess by letters disg cant, by the expiration of the term of missory from the Right Rev. Bishop service agreed on with the Rev. George Hobart. Ambrose L. Todd, late a S. White.
candidate for orders in this diocess, has received letters dismissory, and now re- rally established throughout the diocess; sides in the state of New-York. and much praise is due to the clergy,
In the month of April last I visited and others who have promoted them, the Episcopal Academy in Cheshire, as well as to those generous individuals and attended during a part of one of its who have taxed their charity with the quarterly examinations. The young labour of instruction. To withdraw men acquitted themselves with reputa- the young from profane amusements, tion, and I am happy in being able to or a thoughtless indolence on the Lord's bear my testimony to the industry and day; to assemble them together for refidelity of the teachers in that institu- ligious worship; to store their minds tion.
with the elements of Christian know. In travelling through the different ledge; to excite in their hearts devout parts of the diocess, and witnessing the affections; and to familiarize them to number of yacant parishes, and the de. the pious and evangelical services of pressed state of others, which are only our liturgy, are objects which may well supplied with occasional services; and call forth the charities of the friends of observing the opportunities of forming religion. I trust there may always be new parishes in places where there are found such, in every parish, who will scattered Episcopal families, I could cheerfully devote themselves to this not but deeply feel the want of addi. " Jabour of love." tional missionary services. The col- I have attended the late meeting of lections made through the “ Society for the General Convention of our Church, the Promotion of Christian Know- in Philadelphia, and am happy to inledge, are utterly inadequate to the form you, that the greatest harmony wants of the Churcha; and I am sorry prevailed among the members, and that to find that the treasurer of that society all important questions were decided has received returns from so few of the with singular unanimity. parishes which were called upon to Among the proceedings most intermake their collections in the months of esting to the Church at large, were the January and February last. Though establishment of a "General Missionary the suins to be expected from many of Society," and the transfer of the “Thethese parishes must necessarily be small, ological Seminary” from the city of yet these small sums, if duly collected, New-York to New-Haven. would form an aggregate which would Missionary efforts, in our Church, be highly useful to the Church. The have heretofore been confined to local light contributions obtained in this way institutions. The General Society is impoverish no one; and so far from not designed to supersede these institutaking any thing that would otherwise tions; but, by the united support of the be devoted to the support of the minis. Church, to send missionaries through ter, their natural tendency is to make our extensive western regions, and to his support the more liberal, by creata co-operate with the Christian world, ing in his congregation an additional in the more universal diffusion of the interest in the concerns of the Church. blessings of the Gospel. I cannot bụt hope that a society, which The Theological Seminary is an obembraces objects so well calculated to ject of paramount importance to the advance the interests of religion and the Church. Without a learned, as well prosperity of the Church, will not be as a pious, ministry, it is impossible stinted in its exertions by any want of that her character can be maintained, Tiberality in the public, or any supine- or her boundaries enlarged. The state ness on the part of those whose duty it of our country now' demands higher is to make the collections.
theological attainments than our canAmong the subjects of general inter- didates have an opportunity of acquirest to the Church, I cannot forbear to ing. In the institutions at Andover recommend the universal establishment and Princeton, examples are presented of Sunday schools, for the religious ina to us of what a communion is capable struction of the younge I believe, in- of effecting, when its zeal and resources deed, that they are already very gene are consentrated on a common object. I feel confident that neither ability nor constantly bear in mind our great reliberality are wanting in our Church, sponsibility, and cherish a deep sense to establish such an institution as her of our “ high calling” in the church of exigences require, and I trust there will Christ. That minister who is indolent not be wanting either unanimity or zeal or unfaithful, or who contradicts by his to bring her resources into the most ef- example the precepts which he delivers ficient operation. The high salaries from the pulpit, becomes a stumblingnecessary to support competent profes- block to the ignorant, and a jest to the sors in New York, and the inability of wicked. He brings a stigma upon his most young men to support themselves profession, and on his brethren, and reduring a three year's course of study, proach upon the cause of his divine in so expensive a city, rendered neces- Master. Let us, then, “ take heed to sary an amount of funds altogether be- our ways”—“ giving no offence in any yond the reasonable expectations of the thing, that the ministry be not blamed." friends of the seminary ;-especially Let us often ponder upon the import of while there existed, in various parts ofá our solemn vows of ordination, and ofthe union, such strong objections to its ten supplicate the Throne of Grace for location. Influenced by these consi- assistance in fulfilling them. Let us derations, and by the consideration of ever keep in mind the great and leading the more moderate habits which the objects of our ministry—to persuade students would be likely to form in sinners to embrace the way of salvation such a place as New-Haven, as well as by the blood of Christ, and to build up by various other motives of preference, his church in the most holy faith. the vote of the Convention for transfer- While then, we “ shun not to declare ring the Seminary to Connecticut was the whole council of God," let “Jesus almost unanimous. While this removal Christ, and him crucified," constitute appears likely to prove highly benefi- the chief theme and subject of our cial to the Church at large, it seems preaching. especially calculated to be useful to the My Clerical and Lay Brethren, Church in this diocess, and throughout Let us now proceed to the business New-England, where so large a portion of the Convention in the spirit of broof the clergy of the Episcopal Church therly kindness and Christian holiness. have been born and educated. But a And may " he who did preside, by his great responsibility is thrown upon this holy Spirit, in the councils of the blessdiocess; as both its clergy and its laitý ed Apostles, and who has promised, will naturally be expected to take the through his Son Jesus Christ, to be lead in the patronage and support of with his Church to the end of the the institution. I trust that neither world,” be present with us. . May he will be found wanting in their duty in guide us by his Spirit, secure us from so important a matter. And among error, and prosper all our consultations the 'small means calculated to produce to the advancement of his own glory, great and beneficial results, permit me and the good of his Church. to recommend the establishment of so
T. C. BROWNELL. cieties throughout the diocess, for the Hartford, June 7th, 1820. assistance of such students in the insti- Resolved, That the thanks of the tution as may be unable to support Convention be presented to the Bishop, themselves. A small sum, annually for his sermon and address, delivered collected in this way from each parish, before them this day. will be found to have impoverished no
(To be continued.) one, and will, in the course of a few years, be seen to have produced the (From the Calcutta Journal, of Dec. 16.) most beneficial effects.
Suttee at Sulkeah. My Brethren of the Clergy,
SUTTEES, so often and so justly deThough the interests of religion de- precated by every Christian spectator, mand the united support of clergy and as disgraceful to India, are still unforlaity, yet they are confided by Provi- tunately of no uncommon occurrence. dence to our especial care. Let us, then, A rite of this kind which took place
at Sulkeah last Thursday in the per- shall I not 'complete my immortality; son of a young Hindoo female, immo- and I know that I am doomed to crilated on the same pile as her deceased mination twice again after regenerahusband, need only to have been wit- tion.”-So powerful is bigotry over the nessed, not merely to arouse heart rend- noblest affections of nature ! ing sympathies, but most unequivocally Amidst this scene of sorrow and to exemplify a case of the cruellest misery, it may not be amiss to glance murder. I was informed that the de for a moment at the behaviour of the ceased had fallen a victim to cholera surrounding mob. Here nothing but some time during the preceding night; merriment, laughter, noise, and oband his infatuated widow, determining scenity, abounded in all directions. to become a Suttee, the corpse had Not a man or woman amongst them been brought some miles from the in- seemed to have a heart to pity, or unterior to mix in ashes with its living derstanding to judge. One sally of wit partner by the river's side. This zeal, set the whole audience a laughing for by the bye, appeared rather extraordi- half an hour, and gave occasion to nary, as all the parties concerned were many more good jokes." Come on," of very inferior casts.
The devotee cried a wag, ye women of Sulkeah, as was a good looking woman of 17 or 18 many as are fond of fire and husbands, years of age, and on this occasion, as now is your time to hug and to burn." many others, regardless of maternal Another, on the importunity of the unfeelings, had left an infant child at home fortunate wretch who was the subject to come to the awful pile. Their first of their merriment, to be put out of care on arrival, about 9 o'clock in the misery as quickly as possible, tauntingmorning, was to take measures to pro- ly replied, “Dont be so impatient, my cure legal authority for this pious sacri- dear, you will be among the faggots fice, and as some delay occurred in soon enough."-Indeed, so far was any consequence, an opportunity was offer- religious solemnity from being attached ed to several European gentlemen who to the occasion, that no levity, confuwere attracted to the spot to endeavour, sion, and indecency, could have been , if possible, to prevail on her to relin- greater than were exhibited in the conquish her rash design; but her mind duct of both Hindoo and Mussulman appeared already so fortified with re- spectators. ligious bigotry, so bewildered and oce At length, about 6 o'clock, it was ancupied with the phantome of a terrified nounced, that the sanction of the magisand disordered imagination, that no trate had arrived. The writer of this persuation could prevail, because none, article now again approached the devohowever forcible, could be understood tee, and endeavoured, by exciting a
– The jarring emotions of her soul had love of life, to induce her to renounce created such a degree of frenzy or mad- her intention. He told her that if she ness, that she already seemed to belong had any fear of future poverty or disto another world. Yet when a gentle- tress, all the gentlemen present pledged man present observed to her, that in themselves to provide comfortably for giving her life to be destroyed, she was her, and that they would immediately not only acting contrary to the will of give her 100 Rs. I had noticed, with God, but also doing an injury to society some hope, the gradual decay of her by leaving her child unprotected, she resolution as time elapsed, and I was evinced the most poignant anguish that sanguine in believing she might be recan possibly be conceived. With a covered. Still to the very edge of the look of wild and pitiable distraction, pile, she was deaf to all entreaty. Her she said, “ Speak not of my child last words, however, betrayed much Why do you wound my bosom with secret vacillation. She said, “How the idea ? Then relapsing into super- can I go back ?" The expression, with stitious ravings, she added, “But that the look and aetion which accompanied child no longer belongs to me I am it, immediately struck me as importnot its mother, or wherefore did I suffer ing, “how can I suffer the shame and this death four times before at this age; reproach of such impiety."