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At a Convention of Clergymen and Lay Deputies, of tbe Prosefant EPISCOPAL
CHORCH in the United States of America, beld in New-York, October 61b and 706, 1784:-Prefent es follows ,
Revd. SAMUEL PARKER, A. M. Maffachufets and Rhode-Ideed.
Revd. THOMAS MOORE, Revd. ABRAHAM BEACH, A. M.
Hon. JAMES DUANE, Revd. BENJAMIN MOORE, A. M.
MARINUS WILLET, Y Revd. JOSHUA BLOOMER, A. M.
JOHN ALSOP. Revd. LEONARD CUTTING, A. M.
NI.JIRSIY, Rod. UZAL OGDEN,
JOHN CHETWOOD, Esquire, JOHN DE HART, Esquire,
Mr. SAMUEL SPRAGG.
YLVANIA, Kord. WILLIAM WHITE, D.D.
RICHARD WILLING, Revd. SAMUEL MAGAW, D.D.
SAMUEL POWELL, Esquire Rerd. JOSEPH HUTCHINS, A. M.
DI LAANEITA TL
X. 3. The Rard. Mr. GRIFFITH, from the State of Virginia, ww prelest by Perle The Clong thet Stam being retriArd
Larrif there were met liberty to ked Delegate, content to my Akention in the Ordet, Governmeat, Doctrine, Vorts of the Church
HE Body now asembled, recommend to the Clergy and Congregations of their communion in the States represented as above, and propose to
those of the other States not represented, That as soon as they shall have organized or affociated themselves in the States to which they respectively belong, agrecably to such Rules as they shall think proper, they unite in a general ecck Gaftical Constitution, on the following fundamental Principles. I. That there shall be a general Convention of the Episcopal Church in the
United States of America. II. That the Episcopal Church in each State, send Depoties to the Convention,
confisting of Clergy and Laity. III. That associated Congregations in two or more States, may send Deputies
jointly. IV. That the said Church shall maintain the Doctrines of the Gospel as now
held by the Church of England, and hall adhere to be Liturgy of the faid Church as far as shall be confiftent with the American Revolution,
and the Constitutions of the respe&ive States. V. That in every State where there shall be a Bishop duly confecrated and settled,
he hall be confidered as a Member of the Convention, ex Officio. VI. That the Clergy and Lasty afsembled in Convention, Thall deliberate in one
Body, bur Thall rote leperately, and the Concurrence of both thall be
neceffary to give Validity to every Measure. VII. That the first Meeting of the Convention Dhall be at Philadelpbia, the
Tuesday before the Feast of St. Michael nexts to which it is hoped, and carnestly defired, That the Episcopal Churches in the respective States, will send their Clerical and Lay Deputies, duly instructed and authorized to proceed on the necessary Business herein proposed for their Deliberation.
Signed by Order of tbe Conventiox,
WILLIAM SMITH, D. D. Prefident.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874,
BY WILLIAM STEVENS PERRY, D. D., In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. PREFACE.
The present volume is mainly the reproduction in print of a collection of previously unpublished documents and letters illustrating the history of the period of the organization of the American Church. These papers, drawn largely from the correspondence and collections of the venerable Bishop White, preserved to the Church by the care of the late Francis Lister Hawks, D.D., LL. D., have been supplemented by the use of important MSS., in the possession of the families of Bps. Seabury and Parker. It will be borne in mind that these papers and letters were written with no thought of preservation, much less of publication, after an interval of nearly a hundred years. They are the more valuable from the freedom of style and allusion which gives to epistolary correspondence its special charm. As illustrating the history of the measures which brought about our ecclesiastical independence and secured the formation of our present Ecclesiastical Constitution, these letters are of peculiar interest and importance. By their aid we can trace step by step, the development of the principles un
, derlying our present system of government. We are admitted, as it were, into the councils of those who gave us our Church in the form and perfectness it now possesses. We hear in their own words and in fullest detail the reasons for their legislation and the explanation of their course of action. The editor has been at pains to group together these interesting papers, adding only enough of his own to supply deficiencies in the narrative and to elucidate that which required explanation. It is with