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your hands is my son, the Rev. Philander the husbandmen, can soon overcome, Our
PHILANDER CHASE, Bishop of may not be considered obtrusive in this
respect, I am, Worthington, Ohio, September 21, 1821.
Right Rev. Sir, your's, &c.
PHILANDER CHASE, jun, Letter from the Rev. Philander Chase, junho Thursday, October 18, 1821.
to the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart. Right Reverend and dear Sir,
i enclose you the letter from the Bishop Theological Seminary of the Protestof Ohio, in the name of the Church ant Episcopal Church in the United throughout the western country. I can States. add nothing to the detail of this commu
It is believed that never, since the nication but my fervent prayer to our common Father, that the relief it implores may
final organization of the American be afforded. It was not, you must have Church, has a question occupied her perceived, our intention to have made this counsels, of greater interest and inapplication to you at the meeting of your portance than the measures adopted ia Diocesan Convention, when the cares of the late Special General Convention. your own flock press so heavily upon your The subjoined Constitution of the
ignorant that the Convention was to meet Theological Seminary shows to what at this season, you will: excuse me for we allude.
It is well known to our wishing to be speeded on my way, consider- readers that there was danger that the ing the distance I have yet to travel in munificent bequest of the late Jacob going to the north and east before the Sherred, Esq. of this city, would give winter and the very infirm state of my rise to a difference of opinion as to health.
With regard to soliciting aid within what institution should, of right, enjoy your diocess, suffer me to beg that you his bounty; and that this difference will consider us, not as the “ Diocess of might lead to circumstances very painOhio," but as a portion, and a suffering ful to the friends of the Church, howportion, of the Church of God; and, a)though we do not pretend to have equal ever, in their estimation, unavoidable. claims upon your notice with your own
In anticipation of this possibility, the spiritual Children, yet we think our wants Bishop of New-York brought the subentitle us to freedom in soliciting relief ject before the last Convention of his from our brethren in Christ.
It would be my highest warrant and diocess, in his officiat address to that sure pledge of success, to obtain your re. body. Although, as he was fully warcommendation and assistance in prosecut. ranted, he took the ground of the exclue ing the work before me ; yet, if from any sive right of the New-York Seminary cause that be impossible, grant, I beg you, to the legacy of Mr. Sherred; yet, from dear Sir, your permission, without which, regard to the dignity, unity, and harto address our
brethren of your diocess for mony of the Church at large, he urged means to relieve our great necessities.
the propriety of a readiness on the part I cannot but know, by what I have al. of the Church of New-York, to meet ready learned from yourself in conversa. and co-operate with any disposition tion, and from the perusal of your public to compromise, on correct principles, journals, how great are the wants of your which might be evinced in the then
appreciate these, I have bad cause to see, proaching General Convention. The this week, how flourishing and numerous Bishop's advice op this subject cona body you are. I see you already a "name cluded in the following words :and a praise” among the sister churches. “Under these circumstances, it would The wants of your vine (pardon the comparison) lie at the extremities of the appear advisable for this Convention to branch, which the strength of the soil, adopt such measures as may admit of a vigour of the root, and the diligence of union between the two schools, on pria.
ciples which will secure all the essential the General Convention-nearly as arrangements with regard to our theolo- large, and quite as respectable as ever gical schools, and the just influence of assembled—as will appear by the subthose parts of the Church who may con- joined article from the New-York tribute to the general institution, in its Evening Post: concerns.
“ As Episcopalians must be supThe Convention, consisting of about posed to be much interested with re730 clerical and lay members, entirely spect to the Theological Seminary, we concurring in the sentiments expressed are requested to publish the Constituby the Bishop, passed, with hardly a tion, and to make the following statedissenting voice, the following resolu- ment. The subject was referred, in
the late General Convention of the “ Resolved, That this Convention Church, to a joint committee, consistwill concur in any proper plan for con- ing of Bishop Hobart, of New-York, solidating the said seminary'with any and Bishop Kemp, of Maryland, on the seminary, for the like purpose, which part of the House of Bishops; and the the General Convention may, in its Rev. Dr. Wharton, of New-Jersey, the wisdom, see fit to establish, and per- Rev. Mr. Burhans, of Connecticut, the manently fix, within this diocess, all Rev. Mr. Butler, of New York, the Rev. the essential provisions and regulations Dr. Gadsden, of South Carolina, and of the seminary now established, under Messrs. Duncan Cameron, of Norththe authority of the Convention of this Carolina, Richard Harison, of NewState, being preserved, and a just in- York, and Alexander Jones, of Rhode -fluence in the management and con- Island. It is understood, that in the troul of the general institution being committee a plan for consolidating the secured to each diocess within which General Seminary at New-Haven with contributions may be obtained, or dona- that of New-York, with a draft of a tions made towards its funds. Provided Constitution, was proposed on the part that the terms of such consolidation be of the New-York Seminary, and was approved by the Bishop of this diocess, adopted by the committee, with the exand the clerical and lay deputies from ception of one or two important points. the Convention of the Church in this The advocates of the New-York SemiState, to the approaching Special Ge- nary were desirous of the representaneral Convention of the Protestant tion in the Board of Trustees being reEpiscopal Church in the United States; gulated according to the amount of conand that those terms be submitted to, tributions in every diocess, in prefer. and also approved by the Trustees of ence to a mode advocated by others, of the Protestant Episcopal Theological a representation according to the numEducation Society in the State of New- ber of clergymen only; but the union York, or the Board of Managers acting of these two modes was at last adopted under their authority.”
in the spirit of compromise. This same Actuated by the same desire that Mr. spirit which influenced the committee, Sherred's legacy should be so enjoyed as directed the proceedings of the Conmost effectually to promote the general vention. The Constitution reported by interests and harmony of the Church, the committee was adopted without althe Managers of the Protestant Epis- teration by the Convention-unanicopal Theological Education Society in mously by the House of Bishops--and the State of New York, appointed with very few dissenting voices, by the three of their number to be present at House of Clerical and Lay Deputies. Philadelphia during the session of the This happy result was very much pro General Convention, as the agents of moted in the latter body, by the exerthat body, with power to concur in any tions of Duncan Cameron, Esq. of plan for consolidating the two schools, North-Carolina. It is due to the adva conformable to the resolutions of the cates of the General Seminary, and Convention.
particularly to those interested in its A corresponding disposition to union continuance at New-Haven, to state, and compromise was found to exist in that they displayed a very honourable spirit of conciliation and compromise. ing with him on the concerns of the Indeed, this spirit was general through- Church, may be the last. out the Convention : and thus a şub. The address, at the unanimous rex ject which has for some time agitated quest of the House of Clerical and Episcopalians genetally, has been hap- Lay Deputies, is entered on their Jourpily settled on a basis that promises nal, and is in the following words: to secure the peace and unity of the Brethren of this Convention, Church, and to advance the great in- I take the liberty of giving vent to terests of theological learning. The the feeling which possesses me, at the unanimity which animated the. Con- conclusion of our session. vention, it is hoped, will pervade the I have attended all the meetings of Board of Trustees, as well as Episco- the General Conventions from the bepalians in general, and lead them to co- ginning of our organization. On some operate, with their exertions and con
of those occasions, we assembled with tributions, in the great work of raising apprehensions in the minds of many for the Church a pious and learned mi. judicious men who had the interests of nistry.”
the Church at heart, that the deliberaThe feeling of general satisfaction tions would be disturbed by angry pasand harmony occasioned by this happy sions, and end in disunion. In every termination of a subject on which all instance, the reverse was the issue; looked with great, and many with pain which led me to hope, that there was ful anxiety, was rendered still stronger in this matter a verifying of the promise and more grateful by the deep interest of the great Head of the Church, of and high gratification which the occa- being with er to the end of the world. sion inspired in the mind of the vener- The reason of this call of your atable and beloved senior Bishop. When tention to the fact stated, is the barthe House of Bishops joined the House mony with which we are concluding the of Deputies, for the purpose of closing present session; after having met with the Convention, as usual, with devo- diversity of sentiment on some importtional exercises, he, of course, conducted ant points; on which, in consequence the prayers. Having completed them, of mutual concession, and the merging he rose, and, entirely unexpectedly to of local attachments in the great object the members of both Houses, read, in of general good, we are now separating a tone and manner evincing the deep- with confirmed zeal for the great cause est feeling on his part, the subjoined in which we are engaged; to be foladdress. The effect on the Conven- lowed, it is to be hoped, by renewed tion cannot be described. To that endeavours for its advancement, each produced by the venerable dignity of of us in his proper sphere. person which characterizes this prelate, With this prospect before me, I inwas added all that could arise from his
ite you to lift your hearts and your high standing in the Church--from the voices in singing to the praise and circumstance of all the Bishops pre glory of God, a psalm appropriate to sent, and, indeed, all in the country, the occasion. having received consecration, and some of them admission to the lower orders, Psalm, which having been sung by the
The Bishop then gave out the 133d from his hands-from his having been
Convention, he pronounced the blessing, an active and influential member of every Convention of the Church, and Constitution of the General Theological Semilargely instrumental in securing, in its nary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in whole progress towards complete or
the United States of America.
1. The Thcological Seminary of the Protestganization, its present primitive and ant Episcopal Church in the United States of evangelical character and from his america shall be permanently established in the having so long survived all his early Seminary shall have power, from time to time,
State of New York. The Trustees of the said associates in the Episcopacy, and at- to establish one or more branch schools in the tained to that period of life which State of New York, or elsewhere, to be under brings to mind, with rapidly increasing the superintendance and controul of the said force, the affecting truth that each mees W. The management of the said Seminar
shall be vested in a Board of Trustees, who York, shall be Professors in the General Theo shall have power to constitute' professorships, logical Seminary hereby established in that and to appoint the professors, and to prescribe diocess. the course of study in the respective schools, The Board of Trustees shall have power to and to make rules, and regulations, and statutes rémove professor's and other officers; but no for the government thereof; and, generally, to professor shall be removed from office, except take such measeres as they may deem neces- at a special meeting of the Board called to con. sary to its prosperity : provided, that such rules sider the same; nor unless notice of an intend. and regulations, and course of study, and mea- en motion for such removal, and of the grounds sures, be not repugnant to the Constitution and thereof, shall have been given at a previous Canons of the Church, and to the course of meeting of the Board. The nomination of prostudy for candidates for orders which is or may fessors shall be made at one meeting of the be established by the House of Bishops. The Board of Trustees, and acted upon at a subseBishops, in their individual and collective capa. quent meeting ; due notice being given of the city, shall be visitors of the Seminary, and shall object of the said meeting to every member of see that the course of instruction and cliscipline the Board. be conducted agreeably to the foyegoing provi. VI. The funds and other property and claims sion. The Trustees shall make report to every to funds and property of the General TheologiGeneral Convention of their proceedings, and cal Seminary, heretofore cstablished by the of the state of the Seminary.
General Convention, shall be vested in, and III. The Board of Trustees shall be per- transferred to the General Seminary hereby manently constituted as follows:- The Bishops established, as soon as an act of the Board of of the Church shall be, ex officio, members of Managers, pr the Protestant Episcopal Theothe Board. Every diocess shall be entitled to logical Education Society in the State of Newone trustee, and one additional trustee for every York, shall vest in, and transfer to the same cight clergymen in the same; and to one addi. Seminary, all their funds and other property, tional trustee for every two thousand dollars of and claims to funds and property. And all enmonies in any way given or contributed in the gagements and responsibilities entered into, or same, to the funds of the Seminary, until the assumed by either of the said institutions, for sum amounts to ten thousand dollars; and one the purpose of their foundation, consistent with additional trustee for every ten thousand dollars other provisions of this Constitution, shall be conof contribntions and donations, as aforesaid, ex- sidered as binding upon the General Seminary ceeding that sum. The trustees shall be resi- so established within the State of New-York. dent in the diocesses for which they are appoint- ; VII. This Constitution shall be unalterable, ed. They shall be nominated by the diocesan except by a concurrent vote of the Board of Conventions respectively, to every stated Ge Trustees, and of the General Convention. neral Convention, who may conärm or reject such nominations. The senior Bishop present
Episcopal Acts. shall preside at every meeting of the Board of
On Sunday the 28th of October, 1821, a build Trustees. And whenever demanded by a majority of the Bishops present, or a majority of ing, procured and finished by the liberality of
the wardens and vestry for a parish church, in the clerical and lay trustees present, the con.
St. Mark's, Clarendon, South-Carolina, was currence of a majority of the Bishops present,
consecrated by the Right Rev. Bishop Bowen, and a majority of the clerical and lay trustees
assisted by the Rev. Mr. De Laveaux, the Rev. present, shall be necessary to any act of the
Mr. Folker, aud the Rev Mr. Chanler,minister Board---eleven trustees shall constitute a quo of the parish. A sermon, suited to the occasion, rum. The trustees shall continue in office un.
was delivered by the Bishop, who also adminis til their successors are appointed. In the in
stered the holy rite of confirmation. And, on terval between the stated meetings of the General Convention, the Board shall have power by the Rev.Mr. De Laveaux, and a sermon by
Monday, the 29th, after morning prayer, read to supply all vacancies from the diocesses re.
the Bishop), the Rev. John White Chanler was spectively in which they may have occurred.
admitted to the holy order of Priests.-As a IV. For the present, and until the next Ge.
tribute to the zeal of the vestry,upon whom the neral Convention, the Board of Trustees shall.
whole support of the church devolves, it is menconsist of the Bishops of the Church, and of the
tioned, that, after a long interval of desolation, Ewenty-four Trustees of the Theological Semi, from the revolution, when the original parists nary, heretofore established by the General church was burnt by the British, to the erection Convention, and of fourteen Trustees chosen by
of the present building into a neat and comma. the Managers of the Protestaut Episcopal dious place of worship, in 1819, when their preTheological Education Society in the State of
sent pastor first visited them as a missionary, New-York. These trustees shall exereise the
with signal enterprize they commenced and powers of the perinanent Board, as detailed in
finished this temple to the most high God in less the foregoing article, and agrecably to the pion than six weeks. Immediately after the complevisions thereof.
tion of the chureh, the present rector received The Board of Trustees shall always meet in
an official call from this, in conjunction with the the diocess where the Seminary is established, lower St. Mark's congregation, to be their spiat such stated periods as they may determine; ritual shepherd. and special meetings may be called by the Bin
On the 230 Sunday after Trinity, Nov. 25, shop of the said diocess, and shall be called by
1821, the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart held an or. him at the requisition of a majority of the Bi
dination in St. John's chapei, in this city, and shops.
admitted Mr. Algernon S. Lollister to the holy V. The Professors of the General Theologi
order of deacons. Morning prayer was concal Seminary, heretofore established by the Ge- duct by the Rev. Stepiien Jewett, of Connectueral Convention, and the Professors in the ticut, and an appropriate sermou preached by Theological Seminary in the diocess of New.
the Comforter alone can inspire. His body was Departed this life, on Friday, November 9, tation. The progress of disease was marked
almost as free from pain, as his mind from agi1821, WILLIAM IRVING, Esq. The death only by weakness and emaciation, without vioof this estimable man has been deeply and geucrally felt in our community. Mr. Irving unit- sient flush which crossed him from some pinus
lence or deformity. And excepting the traned with the toils and distractions of business, a love of letters, which raised him far above the
emotion, or the bright and animated expression intellectual standard of his profession, even in
of some kindling hope, his countenance was ha
bitually seiene and unólisturbed. But towards 3 country where the merchant is often tinctur. ed with the taste and refinement of the scholar,
the close his sufferings increased, he longed for
his departure, and his last words were, Come, and introduced him to an honourable station in public life. He did not merely give to reading
Lord, come. those weary moments which call for some light and diverting occupation, but went to it fre
Died, lately, in Pennsylvania, the Rev. Slator quently and systematically, with a fresh and vi
Clay, rector of St. James's, Perkiomen, and gorous mind, and an appetite for improvement.
St. Peter's, Great Valley; for more than thirty Besides a familiar and extensive acquaintance with the best writers in our own language, he
years a presbyter of that diocess.
Also, in Virginia, the Kev. Alexander Balwas skilled in several of the modern tongries; main, D.D. of Frederick parish, Winchester and he blended these studies with his other avo
county; one of the oldest presbyters of that cations rather from a fondness for literature,
diocess. than from an ambition to display his acquirements. For though the easy and elevated tone of his conversation might have indicated his
Remains of Major Andre. liberal pursuits, yet they were never betrayed by vanity. With a heart naturally disposed to The fate of the unfortunate Major Anevery kindly feeling, and softened and refined dre, whose case excited so universal & by the influence of religion, a cheerful temper, sympathy during the revolutionary war, a playful imagination, and a love of the retired is known to most of our readers. For the joys of social life, he was interesting in every information of such of them as may not company, but the ornament and delight of the
recollect his case, it will be sufficient to particular circle in which he moved. A pious education had early impressed him
state, that Major Andre was an accomwith reverence for the truths and precepts of plished and brave youth, sustaining the the Gospel; but brought up with peculiar strict- office of adjutant-general of the British ness under a system which did not seem to win 'forces under Sir Henry Clinton; that in his affections in youth, nor to approve itself to the summer of 1780 he was employed to his understanding in riper years, he entered the conduct a confidential correspondence Church late in life, in the bosom and commu. with General Arnold, then in charge of the nion of which he died. It was a favourite topic
important works at West-Point ; that afwith him to descant on the mild and engaging
ter a conference with that officer, he was views under which Christianity was here exhibited; and the more he became acquainted
sent on his way by land to the British with a standard of faith which harmonizes lines, and was captured at Tarry-Town: Scripture with our reason and feelings, and with whence he was conveyed to the head-quarthe beauty and propriety of our impressive ri- ters of the American army; was tried by tual, the more did he enter into the spirit of a board of general officers, and adjudged religion, and feel its persuasive and controlling to suffer death; which sentence was put power. Amidst the success of his worldly plans,
in execution in October, 1780, at Tappan, and the best of earthly enjoy ments, he declared
in Rockland county, in this state. His that he found a void in his heart, which God alone could fill: he showed an increasing con
body was buried on a farm near the place cern for the things which belonged to his
of execution, where it has remained unpeace; and finally, at the altar, consecrated his disturbed until the tenth of August of the body and soul to the service of bis Creator and present year; when, by order of the Duke Redeemer. Shortly after, his health, which had of York, Mr. Buchanan, the British conbeen for some time declining, received a more sul, caused his remains to be disinterred 'sensible shock, and he sunk by the esiest and
and placed in a sarcophagus, with the gentlest decay, till at length his feeble taberna
view of being conveyed to England in the cle giving way, the dust returned unto dust,
British packet, and deposited near the und the spirit to God who gave it. It was a delightful thing to see with what patience he
monument erected to his memory in Westbore his fingering illness; with what resignation
minster Abbey. In proceeding to disinter he yielded to the Divine will whilst the case was the remains, the coffin was found about doubtful; and with what composure he looked three feet below the surface of the earth; forward to the issue when it was certain. In a the lid was broken in the centre, and had complaint so apt to encourage delusive hopes,
Partly fallen in, but was kept up by resthe was never elated, but kept himself in a state
ing on the skull. On raising the lid the of constant readiness for any event which Pro
skeleton was found entire, without a vestvirience might prepare. He believed that his merciful Father would order all things well for
ige of any other part of his remains except him. He trusted for salvation in the merits of
some of his hair, which appeared in small his Redeemer. And he had those sweet and tufts; and the only part of his dress was quiet consolations, that calm assurance of present the leather string which tied the hair.. favour, and sledtast hope of future glory, which The remains have arrived in England.