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The venerable Bishop White, at “1. Biblical Learning : compristhe termination of the conveution ing whatever relates to the original addressed the two Houses in the languages of the Holy Scriptures, following terms :
and the knowledge which is neces.
sary to the critical study and inter“Brethren of this Convention,
l, pretation of them, including Jewish “ I take the liberty of giving vent and oriental literature, profane histo the feeling which possesses me, at tory in its connection with sacred, the conclusion of our session. and biblical chronology and geo.
" I have attended all the meetings graphy. of the General Conventions, from «2. The Evidences of Revealed the beginning of our organization. Religion ; establishing the genuineOn some of those occasions, we ness, authenticity, and credibility of assembled with apprehensions in the Scriptures with the interpretathe minds of many judicious mention of them so far as may be newho had the interests of the church cessary to the full exhibition of the at heart, that the deliberations evidence of their Divine authority would be disturbed by angry pas. and inspiration, and a view of the sions, and end in disunion. In every character and effects of Christianity, instance, the reverse was the issue: and of moral science in its relations which led me to hope, that there was to theology, in this matter a verifying of the pro- “ 3. The Interpretation of the mise of the great Head of the Scriptures; exhibiting the princichurch, of being with her to the end ples of scriptural interpretation, and of the world.
the meaning and practical applica“ The reason of this call of your tion of every part of the sacred attention to the fact stated, is the writings. harmony with which we are con- “4. Systematic Divinity; precluding the present session; after senting a methodical arrangement having met with diversity of senti- and explanation of the truths conment on some important points ; on tained in the Scriptures, with the which, in consequence of mutual authorities sustaining these truths; a concession, and the merging of lo- statement and refutation of the er. cal attachments in the great object, roneous doctrines attempted to be of general good, we are now sepa. deduced from the sacred writings; rating with confirmed zeal for the and a particular view and defence great cause in which we are en- of the system of faith professed by gaged ; to be followed, it is to be the Protestant Episcopal Church; hoped, by renewed endeavours for thus affording a minute exhibition its advancement, each of us in his of controversial and practical theo. proper sphere.
logy. “With this prospect before me, I “5. Ecclesiastical History; disinvite you to lift your hearts and playing the history of the Church in your voices, in singing to the praise all ages, and particularly of the and glory of God, a psalm appropri Church in England, and of the Proate to the occasion.”
testant Episcopal Church in this That our readers may form some country. notion of the plan of education to “6. The Nature, Ministry, and be pursued in this new Seminary, we Polity of the Church; comprising a extract a Report made to the Con- view of the nature of the Christian vention of New York by their Edu. Church, and the duty of preserving cation Committee.
· its unity; of the authority and or. “ The various branches of sacred ders of the ministry; with a stateerudition are divided into seven ment and elucidation of the princiclasses :
ples of ecclesiastical polity, and an
explanation and defence of that of may render expedient and properthe Protestant Episcopal Church; it being understood, that until adeand also an exhibition of the autho. quate funds are provided the serrity and advantages of liturgical ser. vices of the Professors and Librarian vice, with a history, explanation, shall be gratuitous—and that, when and defence of the Liturgy of the such of them as may bave parochial Protestant Episcopal Church, and cures are to receive salaries from of its rites and ceremonies.
this Society, arrangements shall be “7. Pastoral Theology; explain. made with their parishes for a proing and enforcing the qualifications portionable relinquishment of the and duties of the clerical office, and parochial duties and emoluments. including the performance of the “ The professorships for the Inservice of the church, and the com- terior School of Geneva are as fot. position and delivery of sermons. lows ;
“ The professorships for instruc. “A Professorship of the Intertion in these branches are arranged pretation of Scripture, of Ecclesias. as follows, for the seminary in the tical History, and of the Nature, city ;- .
Ministry, and Polity of the Church. " A Professorship of Biblical “A Professorship of Biblical Learning—the department of the Learning. Interpretation of Scripture being “ A Professorship of Systematic added.
Divinity and Pastoral Theology. “A Professorship of Revealed“ As soon as the funds of the Religion, and of Moral Science in Society admit, the salaries of these its relations to Theology.
Professors will be at least 800 dollars “ A Professorship of Systematic per annum; and, in the mean time, Divinity, and Pastoral Theology and while they are engaged in other
“A Professorship of the Nature, duties, and receiving other emolu. Ministry, and Polity of the Church, ments, their salaries are to be fixed the department of Ecclesiastical by the Board of Managers as cir. History being added
cumstances may render expedient. .“ The office of Librarian is also “ The office of Librarian for the instituted, whose duty it is to take Interior School is also instituted charge of the books, and assist the with the same duties as are assigned students in their references to them. to the Librarian of the School in the It is his duty to attend at least one city of New York. hour a day for three days in the “ Until statutes shall be preweek. Also, in conjunction with scribed for the regulation of the two the Library committee, of which he Schools respectively, they are to be is, ex officio, a member, he is to governed by such rules as the protake measures for increasing the Li• fessors in each, with the approbabrary.
tion of the Bishop, shall adopt. “With the fundamental regulation, « The following professors have that the expenditures of the Society been appointed for the Seminary in shall in no case encroach upon its this city, viz.—The Right Rev. John capital, or exceed its income, it has Henry Hobart, Professor of Sysbeen resolved, that as soon as the tematic Divinity and Pastoral Theo. funds of the Society admit, the sala. logy; Mr. Clement C. Moore, Prories of the above professorships shall fessor of Biblical Learning, the debe at least 1200 dollars per annum, partment of Interpretation of Scrip. and that of the Librarian 300 dollars ture being added ; Mr. Gulián C. per annum, and that in the niean time Verplank, Professor of the Evisuch arrangements be made by the dences of Revealed Religion, and Board, with respect to the salaries of Moral Science in its relations to of the Professors, as circumstances Theology; and the Rev. Benjamin
REMEMBRANCER, No. 40.
T. Onderdonk, Professor of the Na. siuner, it is never too late to offer ture, Ministry and Polity of the the sacrifice of a deep and sincere Church, the department of Eccle- repentance. siastical History being annexed- What can be better calculated to and the Rev. Hen. J. Feltus is the arouse the workings of a seared and Librarian. For the Interior School deadened conscience, than the soof Geneva, the following are the ap- lemnity of the situation in wbich he pointments made by this Board, viz. is placed. ;. the momentous interests -The Rev. Daniel M‘Donald, Prowhich he feels to be involved in it, fessor of the Interpretation of Scrip- and the religious sanctity of characture, Ecclesiastical History, and the ter with which the judges of the Nature, Ministry, and Polity of the land are most beneficially and most Church, and Librarian ; the Rev. deservedly invested in the imagiJohn Reed, Professor of Biblical nations of the people? Learning; and the Rev. Orin Clark, But says your correspondent, Professor of Systematic Divinity and “ does not this tend to confirm the Pastoral Theology.”
potion of the value and efficacy of a death-bed repentance ?" And after.
wards, “ does not this practice, in To the Editor of the Remembrancer. some measure, account for the con· SIR,
fideyt assertions that we sofreIt was with some degree of surprise. quently hear expressed by the most that I read a letter, signed Byla, in the atrocious criminals, of their hopes Number for February of your public of salvation ?" Had he written as. cation. It is, to be sure, 'shori, and surance, and could have shewn that not likely, I should hope, to effect a such a delusion had arisen from a change in the very laudable prac. misinterpretation of the judge's ex. tice of the illustrious individuals to hortation, I sbould have cordially whom it is principally addressed: agreed with him as to the danger. but I am too great an admirer of ous tendency of the practice; but your useful and orthodox pages, to his stateme
his statement of the grievance seems permit what I consider its erroneous to me to shew nothing dangerous tendency to pass entirely unnoticed. in the practice of the judge, and
Your correspondent observes nothing to be rashly discouraged on that it is the custom of the judge the part of the criminal. The true after passing sentence of death upon
doctrine with respect to a death. the criminal, strongly to exhort
bed repentance i conceive to be him to pass the few remaining hours
this--that it is then only effectual, of his life in prayer, and such other
when it is of such a nature as would offices of religion, as may be most lead the penitent, should life be prolikely to make his peace with God." longed to him, to renounce his sios, It is; and it is a custom which i and to lead a new life *. Now as hope never to see abandoned, for it seems better calculated to bring such "I may here, perhaps, be allowed to a sinner to a sense of his most awful fem
f. remark, what a practical proof this con
sideration must give every one who has, situation, than any other means
been afflicted with a dangerous illness, of which could possibly be adopted.
the great and awful risk that attends a reIt teaches him a doctrine-a cha. liance upon a death-bed repentance. If racteristic, and to him, a most im- he has (as too many of us have) returned portant doctrine of Christianity, to the commission of sips, of whieli he then which, probably, in the hurry and
imagined himself to be sincerely penitent;
how strong must be his conviction of the dissipation of his sins, he had never
danger which he has so providentially before had leisure or inclination to
to' escaped, and how fearful should he be of attend to, viz. that till the gates of again relying opon a support, which las death be finally closed upon the already so fatally deceived him.
this is a point which can be known for an introduction into the Instituonly to God, it excludes the pre- tion. Each member is expected to sumptuous doctrine of assurance, remain one year in it, and indeed, though it affords no ground for ab- from the assiduous attention of the solute despair. And why should Superintendant, that period, with your correspondent wish to exclude corresponding diligence on the part hope from the breast of a criminal, of the student, is long enough. even though his offences may have · The men are divided into two been of the deepest dye > The classes. Those of the first are men feeling of assurance ought certainly who are noviciates—whose studies to be discouraged, because it may are chiefly confined to the rudiments lead him presumptuously to reject of the Christian religion. Those of those means of salvation which may the second are men who, having be yet within his reach; but hope, gone through the first series of Leceven though it may be founded upon tures, and having passed the final an unsafe foundation, can never be examination in them, have gone on injurious to him, and may perhaps to more extended readings. For spatch a few brief moments of his this purpose the works of Paley, existence from the torments of a Pearson, Butler, and some other settled despair. Physicians are wont authors are well got up. There is to administer lepitives and sopori. an excellent library attached to the fics to the patient, when all hope of Institution, to which the students a permanent recovery has vanished ; have free access. and I trust the judges, in the dis. The eulogia passed upon these charge of their high and important men by the different Bishops by functions, will never neglect that whom they have been examined for not least important one, of exhort- ordination, have been highly Aattering the condemned criminal to ing; insomuch that at some Sees MAKE HIS PEACE WITH GOD. they have been upon the whole pre.
R. P. ferred to University inen. From a Feb. 16th 1822.
letter in the “ London Chronicle," for the 29th September last, it appears that there has not been a
single rejection on application for To the Editor of the Remembrancer. orders; and with the writer of that
letter I lament that no preference is Sir,
given (if indeed no preference is In one of your early Numbers, 1 given to these men. Their labours recollect meeting with an account have already been productive of ad. of the Clerical Institution at St. vantages in the church: and more Bees, in Cumberland. The partie advantages may be expected from culars of that account I have fore them than from men who have not gotten, but it has lately been my“ like them gone through a syste. good fortune to see the Institution - matic course of theological educa. witness the course of study in it- tion." In the four northern diand perceive the beneficial effects oceses, I believe, they are consithat have already and are likely to dered as equally qualified for the accrue from it. The principle is sacred ministry, upon the general good, and equal to any thing of the score, as the candidates from either kind I have seen before. The mem- University. Nor do I think it bebers go through a regular course of neath the consideration of the Episdivinity, and are extremely well copal bench to reward these men by grounded in it. A good acquaintsome preference. The safety of the ance with the Greek and Latin lan- church might be by this means in a guages is indispensably necessary greater measure secured. The con
ferring a degree upon them, infe- underneath. Upon taking this act rior to those at the Universities, into consideration at the last quarmight be productive of more interest ter sessions of the peace held for on the part of the Clergy for the this county, it appeared to the ma. welfare of the Church. There are, gistrates, that a very considerable however, certain limitations within number of those, who have the ma. which these degrees ought to be re- nagement of these charities in this stricted, and these, should the mat- county, have totally neglected the ter ever come into public discus- duty imposed upon them by the sion, might easily be pointed out. act. The magistrates therefore, Your's, &c.
came to a determination to adopt
such measures as will attain the obP- , March 13, 1822.
ject the legislature bad in view when the act was passed ; and being of opinion, that the best mode of call
ing the attention of the parties conSir,
cerned, would be through the meThe following letter may, I think, dium of the officiating clergymen be usefully inserted in the Remem- in the county, have desired me to brancer. To some of your readers, request you will, within fourteen especially those, who are just enter. days after the receipt of this letter, ing upon clerical duties, it will pro- call a meeting of the churchwarbably furnish information as to the deps. overseers, and those who means of ascertaining the nature and have the management of the charity application of the charities in their estates in your parish, and acquaint respective parishes : while to others, them with what is required by the who are magistrates, it may suggest act, of the magistrates' determinathe adoption of measures similar to tion, and that it is expected the rethose mentioned in the circular let. turns required by the act be niade ter, wherever neglect may be sup by the first day of May next; imposed to exist.
mediately after which, compulsory I am, Sir,
steps will be taken against all Your humble servant, those, who shall persist in neglect
ing to pursue the directions of the Dec. 17, 1821.
act after this notice. Considering
the importance of the subject, and (CIRCULAR.)
the beneficial result that must arise
from carrying the act into execuCambridge, March 28, 1817. Sir,
tion, and more particularly in the
present state of the country, the maTHERE being too much reason for
gistrates feel assured that you will believing the funds of a considerable
not object to render your assistance proportion of the parochial charities
in forwarding so desirable an obin the kingdom, have not been ap. plied according to the intention of J
of ject. the donors ; in some instances from
I have the honor to be, ignorance, and in others from a less
Sir, defensible cause, the legislature
Your most obedient servant,
C. P. deemed it expedient in 1812, to pass an act, by which the trustees and
Clerk of the Peace for the others, having the management of
County of Cambridge. charity estates, are required to return to the clerks of the peace in for the respective counties such an ac The Officiating Clergyman count of these charities as is stated