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October, 1821. The clergy of that diocese at Rochester and Buffalo, and to make arconsist of the bishop and eighty clergymen, of rangements with respect to the branch theowhom sixty-five are presbyters, and fifteen logical school, which had been fixed at deacons. Of these, four presbyters are with- Geneva. On the eighteenth of the month I out cures, and four presbyters and two dea. officiated at that place ; and on the twentieth cons are instructers of youth in colleges, consecrated the new church at Rochester, academies, and private schools. There are, by the name of St. Luke's church, and contherefore, but seventy parochial clergymen he ormed ten persons; and, the following day, eide the bishop, while there are one hundred and admitted the reverend Francis H, Cuming, twenty-four congregations. In one of these, the officiating minister thereof, (who had rethe church at Plattsburgh, the reverend Mr. cently removed from Binghamton.) to the Clapp, of Vermont, officiates one third of his holy order of priests. It gave me great satistime. The convention consisted of the bish- faction to see a respectable and increasing op, tifty-two clergymen, and eighty laymen, congregation established in a flourishing vilthe representatives of forty-two congrega lage, the site of which, at the falls of the tioos in twenty counties. In the course of Genesee river, a few years since, was a wilthe year preceding the convention, the bish- derness. On the twenty-third I officiated to op ordained six deacons and four presbyters, the congregation at Avon, and the following instituted one presbyter, consecrated three day at Geneseo, both on the Genesee river: churches, laid the corner stone of a new and on the twenty-fifth consecrated a neat church in the city of New York, and adminis- and commodious edifice, on the banks of lake tered confirmation, in various parts of the Erie, at Buffalo, by the name of St. Pauľs diocese, to three hundred and sixty-four per. church. This is also, comparatively, a new
" The rite of confirmation," he ob- village, having been settled but little more serves, “ has been so frequently administered than twenty years; and I experienced high in the various congregations, that it is not to gratification in witnessing the spirited exerbe expected the numbers confirmed will be so tions of the congregation in the erection of great as heretofore. It is a circumstance, their edifice. Confirmation was administered however, gratifying to every friend of our to about twenty persons. church, to know, that in the western district " On the first of March I performed ser. particularly, and at Turin, on the Black vice at Batavia, on the second at Le Roy, river, the persons confirmed, principally of and on the Sunday, the fourth, at Cananadult age, were, with few exceptions, those daigua : on the ifth at Richmond, and on the who, not educated in our church, had em- eighth at Auburn: on the ninth at Onondaga braced it from a conviction of the soundness court-house ; on the eleventh at Utica, and of its principles, and of its affording, eminent on the fourteenth at Albany." ly, the means of spiritual edification, and " In the months of August and September those apostolick ministrations and ceremonies I officiated as follows: August ninth, at Catby which their communion is to be established skill, the eleventh at Waterville, and the and maintained with that Redeemer who, Sunday, the twelfth, at Delhi, the county through his church, conveys the blessings of town of Delaware, where a congregation was his salvation.” There are now thirteen can- organized a few years since, which promises lidates for orders, and “mearly as many, at to be numerous and respectable; Tuesday, New York and at the academy at Geneva, the fourteenth, at Unadilla, and confirmed are engaged in the preparatory studies, and
seven ; Thursday, the sixteenth, at Catharinesome of them are ready to apply admis. town, and confirmed twelve. This congresion as candidates for orders.
Among the gation, though only supplied, for several years deacons, ordained by the bishop, one is a past, a few times every year with the ser, respectable coloured man, who officiated in vices of a missionary, still keep up their dumthe African church, called St. Philip's, in bers, and retain their attachment to the New York, where, the bishop observes, “he church. This is in no small degree to be was collecting a large congregation, who ex. attributed to their meeting regularly for worhibited much order and devotion in the exer- ship, having the service and sermons read by cise of worship.” We speak of these exertions a lay reader. On Sunday, the nineteenth, I as past, and not present, because we have performed divine service at Angelica, the learned that the church was unhappily des- county town of Alleghany. This was only troyed by fire in December last.
the second time that divine service, according To give our readers some idea of the la- to the forms of our church, had been performbours of the very active and indefatigable ed in that place by a clergyman; the revebishop of New York, we extract the follow- rend Mr. Phelps, who for some time was the ing passages from the register of his proceed. only missionary in the westero district, havings: " In the month of February I visited ing performed service bere several years ago. the westeris part of the state ; induced to this This is one of the many places in which our journey, at this unfavourable season, prioci. church could be established, if it could be pally with a view to consecrate the churches supplied with missionary aid. From Angeli
cal visited, on the twenty-second, the con- To these numbers are to be added 239 gregation at Buffalo, and admitted the reve- baptisms, 26 marriages, 75 funerals, and 375 rend Deodatus Babcock to the holy order of communicants, reported by the missionaries, priests, and confirmed four persons; the making a tolal in the state of New York, as twenty-sixth oficiated at Batavia ; the twen- far as reported, of 1558 baptisms, 362 marty-eighth at Geneseo : the twenty-ninth at riages, 1189 funerals, and 5543 communicants. Richmond, in the morning, and in the evening From the report of the committee for proat Canandaigua, and confirmed seventeen pagating the gospel, of which the bishop, by persons ; the thirtieth at Geneva, and con- virtue of his office, is president, it appears firmed thirty-seven; the first of September that there are thirteen missionaries employat Waterloo, and confirmed eighteen persons ; ed, eleven of whoin receive a salary of one the second at Auburn, and confirmed forty- hundred and fifty dollars per annum. It is one; the fourth at Onondaga, and confirmed the duty of each missionary to make an thirty-eight; and the fifth at Manlius, and annual report of his labours to the bishop, confirmed eighteen, and admitted Phineas L. and from the reports thus presented, the Whipple to the order of deacons.
bishop, as president of the committee, makes " From the western district I proceeded to a condensed report to the convention. We the northeastern section of the state, and give the following extracts, not only to show officiated at Turin, on the Black river, on the exertions inade in the diocese of New Sunday, the ninth, and confirmed twenty five York to build up the Redeemer's kingdom, persons ; on Wednesday, the twelfth, I offi- but also as an evidence of the great importance çiated at Waddington, on the St. Lawrence, of missionary labours throughout our nation. and confirmed seven persons. This congre- The lamentable state of religion, owing to gregatiou has been for some time destitute of the divisions among Christians, and that even the services of a clergyman, but has been in the old and more thickly settled parts of kept together by the judicious services of a the state, is very strikingly exhibited in the lay reader. The next day, the thirteenth, I report of the reverend Samuel Fuller, misofficiated at Ogdensburg, where a handsome sionary in Albany and Greene counties, stone edifice, for publick worship, is in con- "Soon after my return from convention, last siderable forwardness; and the evening of year,” says he,“ proposals were made for the fourteenth at Sackett's Harbour. On iny officiating at Rensselaerville the greater the morning of Sunday, the sixteenth, I offi- part of the time the ensuing year.
It was ciated at the Holland patent, in the town of thought that the situation of the church in Trepton, where there is a sinal congregation, this place rendered such a measure highly whose exertions are deserving of particular important. notice. They have raised and enclosed a i. When the church was built, principally building for worship, principally by the con- at the expense of a few individuals, and under tributions of two individuals, in moderate many discouraging circumstances, it was the circumstances; with both of whom I con- expectation of the society to be furnished Fersed, and found them possessed of that with the services of a clergyman the greater knowledge of the church, and attachment to part of the time. But, owing to various cir, its principles, which induced them to think cumstances, which it is not now necessary to do exertions too great to obtain its invaluable mention, it has been supplied, until within the
This congregation has enjoyed last year, but a little more than half the but seldom the ministrations of a clergyınan. time. With well-established episcopalians, In the afternoon of the same day I performed this circumstance could not have materially divine service in the village of Oldenbarne- affected the prosperity of the society. But, Teld ; on the eighteenth 1 officiated at Jobps- it is to be remembered, that it was composed town, and instituted the reverend Parker of people, who, until within a few years, were Adams rector of the church, formerly of this wholly unacquaioted with the service of the diocese, who had renoved to South Carolina, church ; and a number of them, although s from whence he had recently returned; I they appeared to harbour no hostility to the also confirmed eight persons. On the follow- church, and joined in using the service, yet ing day I instituted the reverend Alexis P. would not be unwilling to unite with a socieProal to the rectorship of the church at ty of another denomination, provided there Schenectady, to which place he had removed was a prospect of such society's becoming from Johnstown, and confirmed twenty-eight inore numerous and more permanent than the persons. On Suoday, the twenty-third, I church. officiated at Goshen."
" In this part of the country many societies Parochial reports were presented to the of Christians are rery fluctuating. It is a convention from 57 congregations, as follows: serious difficulty with them to provide means
Baptisms in 54 congregations 1319. to support their preachers. These societies Marriages in 46 do.
336. have no funds, and their preachers are supFunerals in
43 do. 1114. ported principally by subscription ; and it is Communicants io 55 do. 5168. difficult to find people sufficiently quited in pupils, as might be qualitied by their preparaIn the year 1815, some Christians of Basle, tory studies to act as missionaries in British struck with the inimense disproportion be- Judia. This letter contained the most entween the number of the people yet walking couraging view of the interest excited in Ger. in darkness, and that of the missionaries sent many and Switzerland in favour of missions. to them by Christian churches, resolved tu It stated that there appeared, in those counestablish a seminary, for the purpose of train- tries, an increasing readiness to take an active jog young evangelists; and of thus furnishing part in diffusing the knowledge of Jesus to the different missionary societies, su!ojects Christ among the heathen ; but that their qualified to undertake tlie office of ministers geographical and political situation precludto the heathen. The new establishment was ing any direct co-operation in the cause, no placed under the direction of a committee, other way seemed at present open to their consisting of respectable pastors and profes- exertions, than that of preparing pious and sors; and Mr. Blumhardt, who was eminent- able missionaries for the service of the gospel, ly titted for this difficult post, was appointed and of thus strengthening the hands of the inspector. The seminary, thus constituted, missionary societies already established in opened in the summer of 1816 with ten pupils, other countries. With respect to the future from eighteen to twenty-eight years of age; prispects of the institution, it was intimated wino possessed indeed but little learning, but that twenty pious and hopeful young men bad appeared to be aniinated with a truly Chris already solicited to be received as students, tian spirit, and a disposition to surrender whenever a new course of instruction should themselves without reserve to their arduous be entered op ; and the directors, after ex. calling.
sentiment to raise a sum adequate to the sup- them in the faith, at the same time that they port of a preacher of any one denomination. were initiated in the knowledge of the law
“'Taking these considerations into view, it guages and sciences indispensable in the rocawas the wish of the episcopalans, that the tion which they had embraced. Their rapid church might be opened crery Sunday, or progress and their happy dispositions maninearly so.
fested that the blessing of God rested on " Being myself anxious for the prosperity of the seminary, and filled its founders with joy that society, which, under the divine Head of and courage. Their zeal increased with their the church, I was instrumental of forming, thankfulness, when they perceived in how reand in some measure of preserving, I consent- markable a manner divine providence preed to devote the greater part of my services served and protected the seminary during the to this church for one year, provided the scarcity of 1816 and 1817; while ibe faith measure should not be disapproved by your and piety displayed by the pupils, under seif; and, I ain happy to state, that the suc- circumstances which had well nigh caused the c'ess of this arrangement has, in a good de- ruin of the establishment, furnished them with gree, answered the expectations of the friends fresh cause to praise the Lord for his good. of the measure. The congregation has been respectable, and the worship has been con- It was at first intended that the students ducted with order and propriety. It is due should reinaio three years at Bâsle; but their to them to say, that, in no country church devotedness to the cause in whicb they had that I have visited, have I seen the worship engaged, and the necessities of the various conducted with more decency and order. missions, caused their stay in the institution
6. Owing, in part, to an unseltled stale of to be shortened. The number of ten bady religious opinion, as it respects some indwidu- indeed, been soon reduced to seved ; one have als who usually attend the church, there hare ing been compelled, on account of ill health, been fer baptisms, and few additions to the to relinquish a career of which he would not communion. But, should the society assume have been able to undergo the fatigue, and that stability which would present a reason- two having entered the service of the Netherable prospect of its continuance and increase, Janus missionary society before they could there is reason to believe that some, who are fivish a regular course of study at Bâsle. la 190w wavering, will come forward and receive the autumn of 1818, the reinaining seven de. baptism for themselves and for their children, parted for their several destinations. Five and will unite with the church in communion of them joined their companions in the Netherat the Lord's table."
lands, and two were engaged by the church (To be continued.)
In the spring of 1812, the directors of the Account of the missionary institution at institution had entered into correspondence Bàsie, extracted from the appendix to the with the church missionary society, for the report of the church missionary society, for purpose of offering the services of such of their the year 1819-20.
pressing a hope that the contributions of their In the daily instruction which these pupils German and Swiss brethren would enable received, their attention was particularly them to maintain eight of these at their own directed to such objects as enight establish expense, proposed to the church inissionary
society to authorize them to receive eight " Is but an echo of death's summons loud more; for each of whom the expenses of “ The "jarring of the dark grave's prison board, apparel, and instruction, could be de
door." frayed at the moderate rate of twenty-fire Death, in its multifarious destruction, rare. pounds per annum. These proposals were ly occurs uuder more affecting circunstances, accepted on the part of the church missionary than in the subject of the present notice. society.
The publick prints have informed our roadSo propitious a commenceinent indicated ers of the sad disaster that occurred at Dur. the divine protection, and subsequent events hain, Connecticut, on Thursday, of the past justiñed all the hopes which had been con- week. In the act of passing a brook, excesceived. The relations established by the in. sively swollen by the late stor', the bridge stitution with missionary societies, the in- fell, and precipitated the mail stage into the creasing opportunities of affording instruction flood. Of the three persons it cootained, iwo to papils
, and the eamestners with which mis- perished, Mr. John Temple Palnier and cap. sionaries were called for among the heathen, taio Prentiss, both of this town. were so many favourable circumstances Mr. Palıner was the eldest son of William which concurred to animate the founders L. Palmer, esquire, and of Augusta, a ughvf the seminary to follow up their pious ter of the late sir John 'l emple. He took undertaking with redoubled vigour.
leave of his friends here to einbark at New cond course or instruction, of three years, York on the twenty-fifth instant, with a view accordingly commenced, under the superin- to join his parents, and return with them, tendalce of Mr. Bluinhardt, assisted by Mr. shortly, to this country. His fate is surSchlatter of St. Gall, and by some pastors rounded with darkness, and with melan. and ministers of Basle. The number of pu- choly, even to those by whom he was unpils was limited to twenty, of whom sixteen known. To be drowned in a stream so sinall were adinitted in the first instance, and three as to be almost nameless, and in a manner more have been subsequently added. beyond huinan foresight, and almost beyond The number of students being doubled, conception, excites our feelings, whoever the directors were soon aware that the house may be the subject. But, in this case, other which t'ey had hitherto occupied would no circumstances heighten the gloomy interest. longer sufice for the increased wants of the He was at an age when the hopes of his establishment. They resolved, therefore, to friends were to be realized. His life, thus build another, which should afford the re- far, had been a continued scene of' arduous quisite space for fifty or sixty pupils in case preparation-how arduous, may be inferred their nuinber should be still further augment- froin the fact, that, at the age of twentyed, of which there was every prospect. The two, he had attained an unusual knowledge reiterated and urgent cries of so many law of the Greek, including the Romaick, and the bourers in the heathen vineyard for help, Latin ; and of the French and German lan. made them feel it their duty to use every guages. Besides the authors in these, he had means of extending their operations. The read many of the best works of Italy and students were accommodated in a large Spain, in their original languages hạilding, assigned for their use by the coun- Jo disposition, he was averse, partly from cil of Båste until a new edifice could be diffidence and inodesty, to much intercourse erected ; and the difficulties which might with the world. But for his friends his regard have arisen from the want of adequate funds, was ardent. Having obtained his education were most opportunely removed by the in early life, under the care of the reverend contributions of many, whose deep poverty Dr. Gardiner, of this place, whom he was abounded unto the riches of their liberaliiy. ever pleased to compare with the niost con"Considering the impoverished circumstances spicuous men of Europe, he spent more than of so many inhabitants of our country," writes eight years at Eton, in Germany, and Italy, Mr. Blumhardt to the secretary, " the great- and returned to read the law in bis untive est part of our friends have surpassed, by country. He pursued his studies with his their gists of love, not only our most san- respecies relative, Mr. Emmet, of New York, guine expectations, but even their own for. and at our university. He had been two tunes ; and it would steal away tears of joy years absent from parents, and brothers, and from your eyes, to see the mites of widows sisters, for whom his attachment was boundand day-labourers committed with the great- less; and, under the buoying expectation of est willingness to this holy cause.” joining their circle in France, death, in an
unexpected and horrifick forin, dashes froin hin these pleasing hopes. Instead of greet.
ing parents, the cold arms of death emOBITUARY.
brace hin. The ship that would have borne
him to them, carries the intelligence of his 5 Day after day prepares the funeral shroud; sudden decease. "The world is gray with age; the striking hour The death of a young gentleman of Jir. Palmer's age is apt soon to be forgotten, ex- tions and generosity of the late reverend Mr. cept by his suffering friends. He has, gene- Turner; and he avails himself of the present rally, been employed in his study, or in some opportunity, to pay to his memory that tribunimportant preparatory occupation. He ute of respect, which his piety, his philanthrohas produced little for the publick; and py, and his zeal in the exercise of his profesnothing remains long to recall his memory. sion, so justly merit. The history of one is that of a'l:
The late reverend Joseph Turner, was a Pulveris exiqui sparget non longa vetustas native of Devonshire, in England, and born in Congeriem, bustun.que cadet, mortisque pe. the year 1742. He came to America some ribunt
considerable time before the revolutionary Argumenta luæ.
war. Being naturally of a serious and con. Ï'he melancholy duty devolved upon him, templative turn of mind, and raised by the who could alone divulge the author's name, liberality of his uncle, Philip Hulbeart, es. to inform those who have, on the pages of quire, above the necessity of any professional the Gospel Advocate, enjoyed, it is believed, exertions, he devoted a portion of his time to the only pleasing translation of the Messias, theological studies, and soon after the introthat Mr. Palmer they are indebted for this duction of the episcopate into America, appleasure. Under a hope, perhaps coloured plied to bishop White, the first Pennsylvania by regard for Mr. Palmer, that his memo- diocesan, for admission to holy orders. The ry will
, by this means, avoid the common uniform correctness of his conduct, and the 2 fate, and be cherished with pleasing associa- unfeigned piety of his life, rendered his applic tions, his friend assumed the responsibility cation successful, and he was accordingly or of making this disclosure. He that would dained a deacon in 1791, and a priest in the criticise should bear in mind, that the pieces following year. He was called to the rectorare anonymous, and without ostentation or ship of St. Martin's church, at Marcus Hook, parade. A poet only, acquainted with the which he retained about twenty-five years. original, should be that critick.
During a part of that time, he acted as an May that Messias, whose benignity and assistant minister in the Swedish episcopal whose sufferings are so wipningly portrayed, church, under the superintendence of the by Mr. Palmer, in our native tongue, receive reverend Nicholas Collin, D. D. Declining him to that bliss, which even poetick feeling health, and fatigue, arising from the distance cannot conceive.
of his residence from his flock, obliged him to
relinquish his charge, a few years before bis CONSECRATION, AND OBITUARY NOTICE, decease. He died on the 26th of July, 1821,
On Thursday morning, January 17, Trinity after a short, but severe illness, which he suschurch, in Catharine, between Second and tained with exemplary Christian resignation "Third streets, in the district of Southwark, and fortitude, looking forward with eagerIbiladelphia, was consecrated to the service ness and holy hope to his emancipation from of almighty God, by the right reverend bishop the fetters of mortality, and his admission to White, assisted by several of the episcopal the promised joy of his Lord. He was buricjergy of Philadelphia, and in the presence of ed in the church-yard of St. Paul's, of which a crowded and respectable audience. The church he and his family were members, and services of the occasion were solemn and in- in which he frequently officiated. teresting, and the sermon, delivered by the That this faithful and diligent disciple of reverend Samuel H. Turner, highly appro- Christ should thus“ finish his course with priate and impressive.
joy," was the natural consequence of that It must be peculiarly gratifying to episco. simplicity and purity of conduct which adornpalians, to see in this part of the city, a place ed his character. "Unambitious of popular of worship erected, in which the holy services applause, and regulating his deportment bythe of religion are to be celebrated, according to influence of that leading Christian virtue, huthe usages of a church, venerable for her an- mility, he “ kept the noiseless tenor of his tiquity, and conspicuous for the elevated way,"in the constant exercise of that faith and standing which she has so long occupied practice, which he so earnestly recommended among her sister churches in Christendom. to others. Confiding in the sacred assurances Present circonstances authorize the expecta- thạt “he who winneth souls is wise," and tion of success in the organization of an epis. that "they who turn many to righteousness copal congregation in this district, and in the shall shine as the stars for ever," in conformity consequent promotion of the interests of the to the example of his
divine Master, “ he went Redeemer's kingdom.
about doing good.” As a citizen, he disThe building is of brick, sixty-five feet long, charged all the relative duties, both publick and fifty-five feet wide. Although not an and dornestick, with the strictest integrity and elegant edifice, it is perfectly neat, and well the tenderest attention, invariably exemplifyadapted to its intended use. The writer is ing the character given by our blessed Saviour, informed, that the erection of this church is in of a pious Jew— behold an Israelite indeed, no inconsiderable degree owing to the exer- in whom is no guile !"