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professors; the proceedings of which Hugh Mercer, and Edmund J. Lee, board shall be subject to the decision of Esas: the next Convention.

The following address was delivered It is also recommended, that the by the Bisliop, and entered on the Jourboard of trustees enter into a corres- nal, according to the Canons: pondence with the standing committees of the diocesses of Maryland and Brethren, North-Carolina, in order to ascertain Another


has revolved since we - whether the members of our Church last assembled in Convention, to deliin those states are disposed to co-oper- berate upon the affairs of the Church, ate with us in this important measure. and to take sweet counsel together. An

In recommending these resolutions, account of the discharge of our clerical the committee think proper to declare, duties, since that period, has been rethat they do not intend any opposition corded in heaven; may that record to the general seminary established by bear witness to our fidelity to God, and the General Convention. On the con- to our watchfulness over our respective trary, we cordially desire to see the flocks. prosperity of an institution so vitally The advances of our communion connected, as that is, with the reputa- have been such as to call for our gratition and interest of our Church. But tude to heaven. ' The clergy continue as there are peculiar circumstances to manifest their zeal in the cause of rewhich render it necessary to cherish a ligion, and their attachment to the seminary in the southern district, we principles of the Church. Their best consider the duty of attempting it, as efforts have been used in the discharge coming within the scope of the resolu- of their ministerial duties, and there tion made by the House of Bishops, appears to 'exist among them the which declares its intention, “not to strongest disposition to fulfil their sainterfere with any plan now contem- cred obligations. To make the least plated, or that may be hereafter con- discrimination in the expression of my templated, in any diocess or diocesses, confidence in their integrity, would be for the establishment of theological in- painful to my heart; at a time in which stitutions or professorships."

I have reason to believe, that the ut Therefore, resolved, That Mr. John most energies of all liave been exerted Nelson, jun. delegate from St. James's in promoting the prosperity of our parish, Mecklenburg county, be ap- Zion. pointed to solicit subscriptions through- Fettered, as I am, with the weight of out the diocess for the above

purpose. a parish, in addition to that which Resolved further, That the Board of cometh upon me daily, the care of all Trustees be authorized, in case of death the churches, it is impossible to make or resignation of the above collector, to those exertions which could be effected appoint another for the said purpose, with ease were I released from paroand generally to give such instructions chial obligations. The necessity of and directions as shall, in their judg- ministering to the wants of my congrement, be proper.

gation, in Richmond, renders my pase The following appointments were toral visits to the churches too much then made by the Convention :- hurried. It prevents me from improv

Standing Committee : The Rev. ing them to the best advantage, and William H. Wilmer, D.D. the Rev. precludes the possibility of acquiring John Dunn, the Rev. Oliver Norris; the that knowledge of the members of our Honourable Bushrod Washington, and connexion so indispensably necesEdmund J. Lee, and George Taylor, sary. Instead of passing a few days Esqs.

in each parish, and forming an intiDelegates to the General Convention: mate acquaintance with the individuals - The Rev. William H. Wilmer, D.D. of the different congregations, I appear the Rev. John S. Ravenscroft, the Rev. among them, not as the spiritual father William Meade, the Rev. Simon Wil- of the whole family, but as a strangers mer; and Philip Nelson, William Mayo, and am obliged to pass with such ru

tive upon

pidity from one place to another, that I met several of the clergy in Charlottes end

am only known to a majority of the ville. On Sunday morning I preached people of my charge in my official cha- to a very large congregation, and, in racter.

connexion with the clergy who were The Convention of the Church in present, administered the Lord's Supthis diocess, alive to these considera- per. On Monday I rode to the Green tions, have pressed, with great wisdom Mountain, upon which day I read and energy, the subject of an indepen- prayers, and Mr. Meade preached; and, dent support for the Episcopate. As on Tuesday, Mr. Wydown read praythe emoluments, arising from the source ers, and I preached and administered to which I allude, would never equal the the Lord's Supper to a number of de amount of my present living, I cannot vout communicants. From the Green be charged with indelicacy in urging Mountain I repaired to Mr. Hugh Nelthe principle as a matter of primary son's; and, on Wednesday, preached importance. If the wealthy members and administered the Lord's Supper in of the Church would contribute but a Walker's Church, and admitted the small portion of their worldly goods to Rev: Mr. Marshall, of Culpeper, to the this object, it could be effected with the holy order of the Priesthood greatest ease; the claims of the whole In November I left home on a visit to diocess would then be equally impera- the Northern Neck of Virginia ; and,

the Bishop; he would have on the 15th of the month, preached it in his power to travel as far and twice in Fredericksburgh. I then passe wide as the circumstances of the Church ed on to Port Royal on the 16th, in would require, and would discharge the which place I read prayers and preachduties appertaining to his appointment ed; on the 17th I read prayers and as the chief pastor of the flock. Should preached at Vauter's Church, in the I not live to address you again upon a county of Essex; on the 18th I rode to conventional occasion, I must entreat Tappahannock, and read prayers and you to bear in mind, that I consider the preached -I then crossed the Rappasubject of a support for the Episcopate hannock River, and, on the 19th, I as a matter of leading importance, and read prayers and preached at Richearnestly supplicate you to make that mond Court-House ; on the 20th I provision for my successor contem- read prayers and preached at White, plated and embraced in the above re- Chapel Church; on the 21st I read marks.

prayers and preached at Lancaster Since the last Convention I have Court-House; on the 22d I read praypreached and administered the Lord's ers and preached in Christ Church, Supper in the county of Chesterfield. Lancaster county, and, in the evening, I have visited Dinwiddie, and officiated lectured at Mr. Armistead Currie's; on in the church once filled by that pious the 23d I rode to Northumberland, and şervant of God, the Rev. Devereaux officiated in Wicomico Church; on the Jarratt, and also twice in the town of 25th I read prayers and preached in the Petersburg. In October I made an ex, Court-House in Northumberland; ori cursion into the upper country, visited the 26th I officiated in the church at the county of Orange, but was prevent- Mattox Bridge, Westmoreland county, ed from officiating by the inclemency and also administered the Lord's Supof the weather. I crossed the Blue per; on the 27th I rode to King George Ridge, and visited Staunton, in the Court-House, and there officiated; on county of Augusta, in which place I the 28th I read prayers and preached preached twice, to large and overflow in the Old Church, in King George ing congregations, and confirmed 18 county-I then rode to Port Conway, persons. The church in Staunton ap- and lectured the same evening at the pears to be in a flourishing condition, house of Mr. Turner; on the 29th I and is blessed with the faithful services crossed the Rappahannock to Port of the Rev. Mr. Stephens. After leav- Royal, in which place I performed the żng Staunton I again crossed the Blue funeral service, and then bent my Ridge, and, agreeably to appointment, course toward Richmond. On this


tour I rode, in 18 days, 360 miles, and James's Church, Stanton; and an apofficiated 17 times.

proprite sermon and address by the I have been, this month, in Meck. Rev. Richard D. Hall, Rector of Trilenburg county, and preached and ad- nity Church, Wilmington. ministered the Lord's Supper, in Mr. The Rev. Robert Clay was chosen Ravenscroft's parish, to a large and at- Chairman, and Mr. George Read, jun. tentive assembly. I have also visited Secretary. the county of Halifax, and preached in The Parochial Reports handed in the church, near the Court-House, to an according to the Canons, furnish the attentive congregation under the care of following aggregate --Baptisms(adults the Rev. Mr. Wingfield.

88, chiļdren 145, not specified 10) 248 Thus, Brethren, have I endeavoured Marriages 44-Burials 54Commo to fulfil the important duties intrusted nicants 200. to my care, and it is with pleasure I From the Treasurer's account it apinform you, that I discover, in every pears that his receipts, together with a. district I visit, the strongest attachment former balance, were $61 75 cents, to the Church. In the Northern Neck out of which there had been paid for of Virginia, in particular, I observed. printing, and other expenses, $36.54 such striking evidences of the affection cents, leaving a balance of $25 21 cents. of the people to the Church of their The following gentlemen were electfathers, as has deeply affected my ed delegates to the General Convens heart. In that region, occupying a tion: The Rev. Robert Clay, the space of more than 100 miles, they Rev. Richard D. Hall; George Read, have not one clergyman of the Church sen. John Cummins, J. Tenant, and to officiate regularly among them in Dr. Allan M'Lane. their churches. They appear to be an The following gentlemen were electaffectionate people; and, I have no ed the Standing Committee of the dio-. question, would render the life of a cess :-The Rev. Robert Clay, the virtuous clergyman happy, who would Rev. Richard D. Hall; George Read, reside among them. Were I a young jun. and Johın Rumsey. man, I should not hesitate to throw mya Resolved, That the thanks of this self into their arms, and administer to Convention' be, and they are hereby their spiritual necessities. Accept, my presented to the Rev. Mr. Hall, for his beloved Brethren, every expression of very excellent and appropriate sermon say pastoral regard, and may the Lord delivered before the Convention this be with


morning. A list of the officiating Clergy of the vention were given to the President and

:. On motion, the thanks of the Condiocess of. Virginia, attached to the vention were given to the President and Journal of the above Convention, con

Secretary for their services. tains the names of the Bishop, and Convention of this diocess be held at

Resolved, That the next annual thirty-ope Clergymen,

Dover, at the stated time, the first Sa

turday in June, 1822. Abstract of the Proceedings of a Con- ? The Convention was closed with

vention of the Diocess of Delaware; prayer, by the Rev. Purnell F. Smith held at Newcastle, on Wednesday, of Maryland. August 22d, 1821.

The Convention was held by adjournment from Saturday, June 2d, the From the Christian Observer, for July, 1821.. constitutional day, when a sufficient. Bishop's College, Calcutta. quorum for business did not appear. THË Lord Bishop of Calcutta laid

It was composed of two Presbyters, the foundation of the Calcutta Mission and Lay Delegates from five parishes. College on the 15th of last December.

The Convention was opened with The company having assembled, his Morning Prayer, conducted by the Lordship commenced with a prayer for Rev. Robert Clay, Rector of Em- a blessing on the work then to be taken manuel Church, Newcastle, and St. in hand, and for divine guidance and

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support to the professors, the students, ledgment to the Society for Promoting the missionaries, and all who may in ' Christian Knowledge, and the Church any way be connected with the institu- Missionary Society, for their munifition; that they may severally be en- cent donations. The information of the abled to discharge their allotted duties, grant voted by the Bible Society had and especially be preserved from all probably not reached India. The plate heresies, and divisions, and party views; being deposited, the first stone was laid and that they may maintain an adhe- by the Bishop, pronouncing—In the rence to primitive truth and apostolical name of the Father, the Son, and the. order, joined to holiness of life and un- Holy Ghost, one God blessed for ever, wearied labours of love, being the best I lay this the foundation stone of thé, evidence that God is with them, and Episcopal Mission College of the Inthe surest pledge of his blessing. Next corporated Society for the Propagation followed a thanksgiving for the Chrise of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, to be tian zeal displayed in the present age; commonly called and known as Bi

more especially for the labours of the shop's College, near Calcutta." His i Incorporated Society for the Propaga. Lordship then proceeded Father . tion of the Gospel in Foreign Parts; Almighty, through whose aid we have

for his Majesty's most gracious letter, now commenced this work of charity, authorizing them to collect the contria we bless thee that we have lived to butions of the charitable throughout this day. Oprosper the work to its * England; for the munificent aid re- conclusion: and grant that so many of ceived from other religious societies and us as thy Providence may preserve to public bodies; for the liberality of the witness its solemn dedication, may supreme government of India; and join together in heart and in spirit in for every manifestation of good-will to praising thy name, and in adoring thy the work; praying that the same zeal mercy, and in supplicating thy favour and benevolence may be continued, and to this house evermore: through Jesus that the Almighty may raise up to the Christ our Lord. Amen." institution a long succession of benefac- The assembly were then dismissed tors, whose memory shall be blessed for with the Bishop's blessing.

His Lordship next offered a The college will consist of three piles prayer for the Church of England, in of building in the plain Gothie style, whose Christian zeal the institution has disposed to a quadrangular form, the originated; for the King and Royal fourth side being open to the river. The Family; for the Clergy, and the con- principal pile will comprise a chapel to gregations committed to their charge; the east, divided by a tower from the for the Honourable the East-India hall and library on the west; and the Company; for the Marquis of Hast- wings, or side buildings, will form ings, and the members of council; for dwellings for the professors, with lecthe judges, the magistracy, and other ture-rooms and dormitories for the stu-, Europeans in India; that all of them dents. May the blessing of God rest may endeavour to advance the happi- upon the undertaking ! ness of the natives; and that no habitual deviations from evangelical holi

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, ness, in those who profess the faith of

for August, 1821. Christ, may do dishonour to their holy calling; for all who may be called and

The Forgers. sent to preach to the heathen ; and,

“ Let us sit down on this stone seat," finally, for the persons then assembled, will tell you a tale of tears, concerning the

said my aged friend, the pastor, “and I that a participation in such works of last inhabitants of yonder solitary house, charity might" tend to engage them just visible on the hill-side, through the more deeply and surely in the service gloom of those melancholy pines. Ten of God. An elegant Latin inscription, years have passed away since the terrible engraved upon a brass plate, is depo catastrophe of which I am about to speak : sited under the foundation stone. It and I know not how it is, but methinks,

whenever I come into this glen, there is pays a handsome tribute of acknown something rueful in its silence, while the


common sounds of nature seem to my sullen' spot that was felt to be sacred unte mind dirge-like and forlorn. Was not this sorrow. The figure which bad come and very day bright and musical as we walked gone with a sigh was the only dweller across all the other hills and valleys; but here ; and I was prepared to hear a dolenow a dim mist overspreads the sky, and, ful history of one left alone to commune beautiful as this lonely place must in truth with a broken heart in the cheerless soli be, there is a want of life in the verdure tude of nature. and the flowers, as if they grew beneath * That house, from whose chimneys.nd the darkness of perpetual shadows." smoke has ascended for ten long years,".

As the old man was speaking, a female continued my friend, " once showed its figure, bent with age and infirmity, came windows bright with cheerful fires; and slowly up the bank below us with a pitcher her whom we now saw so wo-begone, I rein her hand, and when she reached a little member brought home a youthful bride, well, dug out of a low rock all covered in all the beauty of her joy and innocence. with moss and lichens, she seemed to fix Twenty years beheld her a wife and a moher eyes upon it as in a dream, and gave a ther, with all their most perfect happilong, deep, broken sigh.

ness, and with some, too, of their inevit. "'The names of her husband and her able griefs. Death passed not by her door only son, both dead, are chiselled by their without his victims, and, of five children, own hands on a smooth stone within the all but one died, in infancy, childhood, or arch of that fountain, and the childless blooming youth. But they died in nature's widow at this moment sees nothing on the common decay-peaceful prayers were face of the earth but a few letters not yet said around the bed of peace; and, when overgrown with the creeping timestainş. the flowers grew upon their graves, the See! her pale lips are moving in prayer, mother's eyes could bear to look on them, and, old as she is, and long resigned in as she passed on with an unaching heart her utter hopelessness, the tears are not

into the house of God. All but one died yet all shed or dried up within her broken and better had it been if that one had heart—a few big drops are on her withered never been born. cheeks, but she feels them not, and is un- “ Father, mother, and son, now come to consciously weeping with eyes that old man's estate, survived, and in the house age has of itself enough bedimmed.” there was peace. But suddenly poverty

The figure remained motionless beside fell upon them. The dishonesty of a kinsthe well; and, though I knew not the his- man, of which I need not state the parti. tory of the griefs that stood all embodied culars, robbed them of their few here. so mournfully before me, I felt that they ditary fields, which now passed into the must have been gathering together for possession of a stranger. They, however, nany long years, and that such sighs as I remained as tenants in the house which bad now heard came from the uttermost had been their own; and, for a while, fadesolation of the human heart. At last she ther and son bore the change of fortune dipped her pitcher in the water, lifted her seemingly undismayed, and toiled as comeyes to heaven, and, distinctly saying, “O mon labourers on the soil still dearly beJesus, Son of God! whose blood was shed loved. At the dawn of light they went for sinners, be merciful to their souls !" out together, and at twilight they returnshe turned away from the scene of her sor- ed. But it seemed as if their industry row, and, like one seen in a vision, disap- was in vain. Year after year the old man's peared.

face became more deeply furrowed, and “I have beheld the childless widow more seldom was be seen to smile; and bappy,” said the pastor, “even her who his son's countenance, once bold and open, sat alone, with none to comfort her, on a was now darkened with anger and dissa, floor swept by the hand of death of all its tisfaction. They did not attend public blossoms. But her whom we have now worship so regularly as they used to do ; seen I dare not call happy, even though when I met them in the fields, or visited she puts her trust in God and her Saviour. them in their dwelling, they looked on me Her's is an affiction which faith itself can. coldly, and with altered eyes; and I not assuage.

Yet religion may have grieved to think how soon they both seemsoftened even sighs like those, and, as ed to have forgotten the blessings Proviyou shall hear, it was religion that set dence had so long permitted them to enjoy, her free from the horrid dreams of mad- and how sullenly they now struggled with ness, and restored her to that comfort its decrees. Buy something worse than powhich is always found in the possession of verty was now distúrbing both their hearts. a reasonable soul.”

"The unhappy old man had a brotber There was not a bee roaming near us, who at this time died, leaving an only son, nor a bird singing in the solitary glen, who had for many years abandoned his fa. when the old man gave me these hints of ther's house, and of whom all tidings had a melancholy tale. The sky was black and long been lost. It was thought by many lowering, as it lay on the silent hills, and that he had died beyond seas; and none enclosed us from the far-off working in a doubted, that, living or thead, he had been

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