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commission to preach the Gospel than hearts. If they be sincerely and humbly piety, zeal, and success in the discharge desirous to serve and please God, and of the duty? Is he not aware that the fasthfully endeavour to do so, accordworld has often been imposed upon by ing to their best knowledge of 'hiš the rankest hypocrites, in their false ex- will, the merit of a divine Advocate hibition of all the evidences that man with the Father will cover their imcan haye of great and even superior perfections and failings, and sparing piety? that zeal, though for a long mercy take them into everlasting fatime wearing the mark of greatest dis- vour. We know of no departure, howinterestedness and sincerity, has yet ever wide, from what we believe to be shown itself to have been but an arti- the integrity of the Christian system, fice for the subserving of low, selfish, not owing to wilful neglect or indifferand vain-glorious views ? and that the ence, which we will not cheerfully em most brilliant apparent success has of- brace in ihis exercise of Christian chaten been butthe natural effect of noveltyrity. But it is too much to require that --the mere joining in the popular cry, we, therefore, be indifferent to the and the popular current--orthe evane- cause of truth. We think it too preecent excitement of animal sensibility ? sumptuous to suppose that because the And can it be that a gracious and good sparing mercy of our common Father God, a God of order, has left his thus extends to all his children, thereChurch to the deceptions of such evi- fore it is a matter of 'indifference whe dence of commission to the high and ther the system of religion which he holy work of the Christian ministry? has been pleased to ippoint as most
We revert to an extract we have acceptable to himself, and as the ormade from the 18th page of the Charge, dinary channel of his mercies to a falfor the purpose of claiming from the len world, be maintained, or be disre candid reader the full effect, in our own garded. favour, of the distinction which Bishop We cannot deny our readers or ourBrownell very justly draws between selves the pleasure of entering on our the extendingof charity “ to errors pages the whole of the remainder of themselves," and "to the persons who this interesting Charge. have unwarily and honestly fallen into “The circumstances of the times, also, them.” We deem the distinction a call upon you to be faithful in explaining most just and necessary one, and de
and inculcating just ideas of the nature of clare that we have felt the full force of berulity of the day would require us to
the Christian Church. The fashionable liit, in all we have said on points in regard every self-constituted society, or which it is our misfortune to differ, in a every assembly professing itself to be great or less degree, from fellow Chris Christian, as a regularly and duly organ. tians whom we should despise our
ized Church of Christ. Suchi, however, is
not the language of Scripture. The selves if, on that account, we were to Church is there styled the body of Christ,' exclude from the respect and regard and Christ is not divided.' • There is which their talents, their virtues, and but one body, and one spirit; one Lord, their piety demand. We frankly con
one faith, and one baptism.' Christians lėss we have no charity for what we
are required to speak the same thing,".
and to be perfectly joined together in the honestly deem error; but we have
same mind, and in the same judgment.'much for those whom we, as honestly, Divisions were not regarded by the Apos. belicve to be in error. We cheerfully tles as matters of little moment; and! extend to them all the credit for since- when the Corinthian converts, in their dis. rity and uprightness of intention which sentions, began to arrange themselves unwe ask for ourselves. We shrink from
der ihe party names of Paul, of Apollos,
or of Cephas, they were severely rebuket the guilty presumption of thinking that by the great Apostle of the Gentiles, and there is one jot or one tittle more of warned that there should be no schism in mercy in the beneficent God and Sa- the body.' The sin of schism is no less viour of all, for those who think with heinous now than it was in the days of the which all men are required to be mem- and ever!'-'Nothing,' says St. Austin, bers, and which no man may rend asunder; can be more laborious, more difficult, or --and to explain the true principle of more awfully responsible, than the Minise. shureh unity, by the essential bond of a re- try of the Gospel; but nothing can be gularly constituted ministry.
Apostles; and it will be your duty, as ocus, than for those who differ from us.
casion may offer, to unfold and display the Both will be judged, not according to
true character of the Christian Church, as their professions, but according to their a divinely constituted society--t boily of
more blessed, if we do our duty according “Ai a period, too, when very crude to the commandment of the Lord.!"-P. and erroneous ideas prevail, concerning 21-23. direct, perceprible, and irresistible opera- In conclusion of this protracted artions of the spirit of God upon the hearts ticle, and as connected with its subject, of men, it becomes your duty, not only to declare the necessity of this grace to
we beg leave to call the attention of our enable men to work out their salvation, readers to a passage in the Address of but to explain what are the true means Bishop Brownell to the Convention at which God has provided for conveying the which the above Charge was delivered. gracious influences of his spirit. You will explain the nature and efficacy of the so.
“ Her Ciergy” (those of Connecticut) lemn sacrament of baptism, by which we
" are every where zealous and faithful. í are first brought into a state of regenera.
make this observation with the more satistion, and dedicated to the Divine Spirit faction, as I have formerly heard them by, which we are incorporated into that charged from abroad with coldness and spiritual body, the Church, of which indifference. Nothing but ignorance, or Christ is the head, to which the Holy Spi- gross prejudice, could have suggested the rit is freely communicated, and to which imputation. It is my full conviction, that all the promises of the Gospel are tender.
if there exists, in any part of our country, ed. You will teach the obligation and a body of Clergy who by their labours and the utility of the rite of Confirmation, as
privations, their industry and fidelity, apa sign of God's grace and
goodness to his proach to the model of the primitive ages youthful disciples. In an especial manner,
of the Church, such men are to be found you will inculcate the efficacy of the Sa- among the Episcopal Clergy of Connecticrament of the Lord's Supper, as a graci,
cut." ous mean by which he conveys to his We rejoice to hear this testimony, Church the renewing influences of the It accords exactly with the views which Holy Ghost. And you will also enforce the duty of prayer, and pious reflection ;
we had been accustomed to entertain; of reading, bearing, and meditating on
þut we, too, had heard the very injurithe word of God, as appointed and salų. ous reports of the Connecticut Clergy tary means of grace.
to which their Bishop refers. We had • He only who lives in the diligent and heard this 66 coldness and indifference" faithful use of these appointed means of attributed to their being more intent grace, conforms to the plan of salvation laid down in the Gospel : these are the upon merely handling those controveronly revealed modes of communication sies which involve the distinctive prin(since miracles have ceased) between ciples of the Church, than preaching earth and heayen ; and he who thus seeks
the Gospel in its integrity, and devotGod, in the services of his Church, and seeks him in sincerity, will find that hising themselves to the other essential * labour will not be in vain in the Lord.'
duties of an evangelical ministry. We “ Brethren, I have yet much to say, but had even heard that a sense of this was I fear that I have already trespassed upon beginning to prevail among themselves, your patience. I will therefore close, by and that a great change was manifestonce more pressing upon you the consi. ing itself in this particular. Had there deration with which I commenced this discourse :~-keep constantly in view the
been any real deficiency in evangelical great object and end of your ministrito faithfulness on the part of this respectpersuade sinful men to embrace the way of able body of Clergy, we should, insalvation by Jesus Christ, and to build up deed, have rejoiced at a change which his Church in the most holy faith, God:'--see then that you be found faith. should certainly have regretted one
" You are stewards of the mysteries of would have reniedied the evil; but ful!" You are ministers of a true and founded on the least departure from Apostolic Church :- Keep that which is that public avocal and firm defence of committed to your charge.Do you ask, the distinctive principles of their
Who is sufficient for these things?" You Church, for which they had ever been know in whom you have believed'-'his strength will be sufficient for you. What remarked. From the intercourse, howthouglı your labours be arduous and ma
ever, which we have had the pleasure nifold !
'They that turn many to righte- of enjoying with a few individuals of ousness, shall shine as the stars, for ever that body, from what has generally
characterized their public productions, On the second day of the meeting of and from the testimony we derived the Convention, Monday, April 30th, from other quarters, we were per- the Bishop administered confirmation suaded that the Connecticut Clergy to thirty-six persons. were behind none of their brethren in
The following is appended to the any of the particulars included in the Journal :character of a faithful minister of the Gospel. It is a great gratification to Constitution of the Missionary Society have every cause of doubt on this sub
of the Protestant Episcopal Church ject removed by the very creditable
in North Carolina, testimony borne by their Bishop in Article 1. This Society shall be their favour, as the result of personal known by the name or title of the Misknowledge of the greater part of his sionary Society of the Protestant Episdiocess. May this high testimony be copal Church of North-Carolina. ever merited by them! Faithful at- 2. There shall be an annual meettention to the various points of advice ing of this Society, at the same time contained in this Charge, will be an and place at which the Convention of important mean of securing so valu- the Protestant Episcopal Church of able an end. A continuance in avow- North-Carolina, for that year, may be ing and defending the distinctive prin- held. ciples of their Church, in instilling a 3. The Officers of this Society shall knowledge and love of them into the be, a President, three Vice-Presidents, people of their charge, and especially a Secretary, Treasurer, and a Board in preparing their candidates for or- of Managers, consisting of four. ders to be their enlightened and able 4. It shall be the duty of the Presiadvocates and defenders; added to the dent to preside in the meetings of the other characteristics of pastoral fidelity, Society, and to call special meetings of for which they have ever been distin- the same. guished—will, through the divine bless- 5. The Vice-Presidents, by senioriing, enable their diocess to maintain ty, shall, in the absence, or at the rethe station it has long held, of eminent quest of the President, perform the durespectability as a branch of the Ame- ties of President. rican Church, and of peculiar instru- 6. The Secretary shall keep a rementality in promoting, within its own cord of the transactions of this Socieborders, and in other and distant parts ty, and conduct the necessary corresof the Union, the cause of pure, pri- pondence. mitive, evangelical religion.
7. The Treasurer shall receive all
monies, keep an account of the same, [The following was accidentally and pay them by order of the Board of omitted in the Abstract of the Proceed
8. The Board of Managers, consistings of the Convention of the Diocess of North-Carolina, concluded in our
ing of Clergymen of the Protestant last, p. 264.]
Episcopal Church, shall appoint Mis
sionaries to superintend their MissionOn Tuesday, May 1st, Mr. Robert J. Miller was admitted to the order of ceive such compensation for their ser
labours, and authorize them to reDeacons. Sermon by the Rev. Gregory vices as the board shall deem expediT. Bedell. In the evening of the same ent. When the funds will permit it, day, the same gentleman was admitted to the order of Priests.* Sermon by studying for the ministry, and who
they may aid young men who are the Bishop
shall, in such case, after they take orMr. Miller was an aged and respect. ders, be bound to act as Missionaries able minister of the Lutheran Church, as long as the Board think proper, prowhich, added to the necessity of the Bi- vided that it exceed not one year. shop's speedy departure from the State,
9. Persons shall be appointed, in was probably the cause of his being so
various parts of the State, to solicit. soon promoted to the Priesthood.-- Eilitor Cuisian Journa!.
such aid for the support of Missionaries neration.
as the pious and well disposed may be spectable, and attentive audience whe inclined to contribute, and to transmit surrounded him, in a most able, elothe same to the Treasurer, together quent, and impressive manner. He with the names of subscribers.
noticed the very laudable example ex10. Each person whose subscription hibited by the other congregations in may amount to Two Dollars, annually, this town, in repairing, adorning, and shall be considered a member of said erecting buildings devoted to the worSociety. Twenty Dollars shall ențitle ship of the true God; they had not a subscriber to membership for lise. been deterred by times of difficulty and
11. This Constitution may be alter- distress—by the smallness of their ed or amended by a vote of two-thirds numbers, and the consequent paucity of of the attending members at any an their means—with an eye to the glory nual meeting of the Society.
of their God, and with hearts' devoted 12. The members attending shall to his worship, they boldly and manalways constitute a quorum for the fully " set their hands to the plough," transaction of business.
determined not to desist until their piOfficers for the Year 1821.
ous work was completed. He adverted
to the former desolate condition of the DUNCAN CAMERON, Esq. President. Josiah Collins, jun. Esq.
Church in this place-much, too much,
ViceA. J. De Rosset, M.D.
alas! neglected by some of her minisParis J. Tillinghast,
ters; almost abandoned by her chilRev. John Avery,
dren; he described her as mournful Rev. Richard S. Mason, Managers.
and solitary, sitting on the bare ground, Rev. Gregory T. Bedell,
where none came to comfort her; her Joan Huske, Treasurer.
tears were her food by day and by Rev. Gregory T. BEDELL, Secretary. night; her sunken eye and wasted form
told the anguish of her heart;” but yet
a few remained steadfast and firm in Christ Church, Newbern, North
the faith of their forefathers, delighting Carolina. On Thursday Morning, the 5th day and to kneel where they had knelt,
to worship where they had worshipped, of July, 1821, was laid the corner piously and fondly thinking, that their stone of the new Episcopal Church in departed spirits were uniting, withi this town.
their children, in pouring forth orisonsAt nine o'clock A. M. with the rec
of prayer and thanksgiving, in the tor and congregation of the Episcopal very words which had been addressed Church, the ministers and congrega- by the pious in all'ages, to him who tions of other religious denominations had promised to be with his Church assembled, by invitation, at the old until time should be no more. Those Church, from whence, after service had
few, animated by a pure and holy spibeen performed by the rector, the Rev. rit
, rallied around their devoted altar, Richard S. Mason, there was a proces- and incited their brethren to help in the sion in the following order, to the site
glorious cause. Influenced by their ex. of the new building :
ample, and directed by the Spirit of Clergy,
God, the scattered sheep of the flock Vestry of Christ Church, soon collected. The congregation had Building Committee,
become too numerous for the building Architects and Master Masons, raised by the piety of their forefathers, Ladies,
and they determined to erect another Gentlemen.
temple, whose glory should emulate The whole body having arrived at that of the first. On that spot, where the ground, the Rev. Mr. Mason ad- rested in peace the ashes of their prodressed a very appropriate prayer to genitors, they had now assembled to the Throne of Divine Grace. He lay the corner stone of a building that then proceeded to lay the stone and would tell to future ages the piety and tablet: this ceremony being performed, zeal which animated those of this gehe addressed the very numerous, re
Very imperfect-very short in de
THE Gazette of Pekin announces scription, is the above, of the remarks the death of the Emperor Kea-King, made by the Reverend Gentleman, who in the following terms :-“On the 27th evinced a zeal and animation, as pious day of the 7th month, his Imperial as laudable. His remarks were listen- Majesty set out to dwell with the Imed to with the utmost attention, and
mortals." appeared to make suitable impression on the audience surrounding him. On the day of the Coronation of
The tablet was of silver, handsomely George IV. Moses Samuel, Esq. of engraved by Mr. Machen, of this town, Bold-street, London, presented to the with the following inscription :
Library of the Athenæum,a manuscript « This cornerstone of Christ Church Pentateuch, or Sacred Law of the Jews. was laid on Thursday, July 5th, A.D. This singular curiosity is of very great 1821, by the Rev. Richard S. Mason, value, and beautifully written on a roll Rector.
of fine vellum, four inches wide, and “ Vestry.--The Honourable John upwards of forty-five feet long; it is Stanly; M. C. Stephens, James G. attached at each end to an ivory roller, Stanly, Moses Jarvis, John W. Guion, and the whole is enclosed in a splendid John P. Davis, John Merritt, Esqrs.
case of crimson velvet. An Ark was Building Committee.- The Ho- ordered to be prepared for its presernourable John R. Donnell; M. C. Ste
vation under Mr. Samuel's direction. phens, John P. Davis, John F. Burgwin, Moses Jarvis, Esqrs.
The residence of Cowper, the poet, « Architects.-Martin Stevenson at Olney, in Buckinghamshire, has and Thomas S. Gooding.
long been uninhabited, and is now in a “ Master Masons.--Bennet Flanner state of considerable dilapidation.-. and Wallace Moore."
Some of the neighbours, however, on “ This is none other but the House the day of the Coronation, procured of God, this is the Gate of Heaven." boughs and flowers from Cowper's faGENESIS XXVIII. 17. vourite walk, at Weston-under-Wood,
and decorated the outside of the house with oak, laurel, and wreaths of flowers,
to his memory. Ancient Egyptian Mummy. In the journey to Dongolah, in company with the expedition under the
Episcopal Acts. direction of Ismael Bey, M. Frederick Bishop Hobart performed Divine Caillaud halted some time at Thebes, Service in this village on Wednesday where he made an interesting disco- last. The Bishop administered the very On the 17th of August, 1820, Communion, and 19 persons received he found, in one of the subterraneans the ordinance of nfirmation. After of Thebes, a Mummy coeval with the the other solemnities were closed, Phitime of the Greeks. On the head neas L. Whipple was ordained and adof the embalmed personage is a gilt mitted to the office of Deacon. In the crown, in the form of a lotus. The evening, a Discourse was delivered by body is wrapped up in bandelets, after Mr. Whipple.-Manlius Times. the Egyptian manner. On the case or sarcophagus, which envelopes the On Wednesday, the 8th day of AuMummy, inscriptions are visible, some gust, 1821, the Church of St. Mark, at in Greek, and others in hieroglyphics. the village of Mantua, was consecrated On the right side there appears, tied by the Right Rev. William White, D. with fillets, a manuscript on papyrus, D. Bishop of the diocess of Pennsylin the Greek language. The linen that vania, assisted by several of the Clergy. covers the Mummy is overspread with Egyptian subjects and hieroglyphic AT an Ordination held in St. Paul's signs. In the interior of the case, the Church, in the village of Buffalo, on signs of the Zodiac are represented. Wednesday, the 22d day of August, by