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Of the exhausted Christian shows the approach
Of man's great vanquisher, betrays his grasp,
And pours the cold sweat, signal of his power, And subjugated nature yields the field, 'Tis then they speak that spirit train to come: "O friends, the day soon comes to assemble all,
Who grieve like you, below, to joys unknown, Fear nought for e'en that mortal dwelling place,
That body rending by death's powerful arm Shall with the morning of God's judgment wake
To new creation! come ye citizens,
There, too, soar'd round the seraph those young souls,
That from the budding infant were releas'd Unknowing yet to speak. They pour'd the
Of panting mortals, dazzled by their blaze.
Benjamin and Iedidda, speaking thus: O ledidda, tells yon seraph not Of that meek teacher Jesus? Ah, I know 'Twas him, who once embrac'd us with such love
And clasp'd us to his throbbing heart, and
The tear of virtue, I shall ne'er forget;
Like the fleet arrow feather'd for the war
This book takes up the space of a whole
Now had they all those glitt'ring bowers for- night from the dusk of twilight till the rising
And mingling with the angels of the earth They look'd confiding. Meanwhile Gabriel
All of Messias, which Jehovah bade:
But now two infant souls, whose tender hearts
*Alluding to that beautiful part of scripture where Jesus is represented as blessing the little infants of the Israelites. + viz. Uriel.
viz. The Mount of Olives where our Saviour is before mentioned to have slept calm and peacefully.
To the Protestant Episcopalians of the Uniled States.
The trustees of the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, present to you the annexed statement of the measures which they have adopted for carrying into effect the great and interesting object committed to their charge.
In the arrangements which they have made for giving efficiency to the design of the general convention in the establishment of this institution, they have deemed it right, in dependence on divine Providence, and the zeal of the friends of our venerable church, to lay at once the foundation of a widely extended system of theological instruction; while it was necessary that they should accommodate their expenditures, as far as practicable, to the means placed at their disposal. To accomplish both these desirable objects, they have availed themselves of the assistance of several professors, whose services will be, for the present, gratuitously rendered; under the expectation, however, that suitable provision will be made for their just remuneration as soon as the state of the funds will warrant.
The appeal is now made to your feelings of attachment to the doctrine, ministry, and worship of the church; to your desire for the promotion of a spirit of enlightened piety among her members; and to your anxiety for the extension of her principles, as intimately connected with the advancement of primitive truth and order, with the well being of the social state, and with the salvation of men. And the trustees cherish the confident hope, that under the influence of these considerations, your contributions will be proportioned to the superiour magnitude of the objects of the institution, and will afford the means of an adequate remuneration to the professors, and of pecuniary aid to pious but necessitous students.
Your prompt and vigorous assistance is the more earnestly solicited, because the generous bequest which has so materially influenced the authorities of the church, in the establishment and location of the general seminary in New York, though munificent as an individual benefaction, is not like. ly to equal in amount the expectations that have been indulged, and with all the other resources in the possession of the trustees, will fall short of the present exigences of the institution. While they venerate the memory of the departed benefactor of the church, and gratefully appropriate the proceeds of his bounty to its destined uses, the trustees indulge the hope that his generous beneficence will operate as a stimulus to new and spirited exertions. They will not for a moment suppose that this act of pious liberality will be considered by any of the friends of the church, as rendering unnecessary their vigorous efforts in behalf of an institution, the respectability, usefulness, and permanency of which depend on the general and liberal support which it shall receive.
The present constitution of the seminary is calculated to give every diocese a just influ ence in its affairs, and to secure a correct management of them. This constitution was adopted by the late general convention with singular unanimity. The same harmony has prevailed at the meeting of the board of trustees, where the strongest desire has been manifested by all present to conduct the institution with a reference to the interests of every part of the church. They trust that the feelings which have thus happily influenced the measures by which the seminary has been established, will pervade the great body of Episcopalians. Their increasing numbers, liberality, and zeal, forbid the anticipation that they will suffer an institution to languish which is essentially connected with the respectability, influence, and extension of their church, and with the advancement of the great concerns of religion and the best interests of mankind.
The trustees are happy to state, that a number of pious and well educated young men are ready to prosecute their studies under the several professors, at the opening of the first session.
The trustees confidently hope that the period has now arrived, when our church, mindful of her divine origin and glorious design, will, by a simultaneous effort in her different branches, zealously engage in the important undertaking which her ecclesiastical
authorities have so cordially begun, of preparing for the work of her ministry a succession of faithful labourers, who, being rightly called, shall be also duly qualified, for the momentous trust. Thus will this venerable member of the mystical body of Christ become an instrument, under God, of perpetuating in our land the inestimable blessing of a learned, pious, and faithful ministry.
May the great Head of the church to whose glory we desire that all our labours should be consecrated, give effect, by his Spirit, to the appeal now made: and may you, beloved brethren, reap the rich reward of a beneficence excited in the present consciousness of well doing; in the approbation of your Redeemer at the last day; and in the enduring blessedness of his heavenly kingdom.
Extract from the twelfth Report of the Board of trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Society for the advancement of Christianity in South Carolina.
Collections have been made, during the year, in aid of the funds of the society, in St. Michael's, St. Philip's, and St. Paul's churches in this city; in Trinity church, Columbia, and in Christ church parish.From the other parishes in the diocese, no communications on this subject have been received by the board.
The funds have also derived some in.
crease from the addition of nine members for life, and three annual subscribers. It is in favour of the former of these modes of contribution, that the contributor is thereby exempted from the inconvenience of an annual application and that the sums so received, being reserved to constitute a permanent fund, of which the interest only is disposable, the good designed to be effected is thereby perpetuated.
There has likewise been received a donation of $200, in a manner dictated by that unostentatious spirit of charity, which seeks to hide even from itself, if possible, the good it bestows, and, like the dews of Heaven, distils its fertilizing influence in silent, but incessant bounty. This liberal gift is presumed to be from a source, whence other instances of similar benevolence had previously flowed. Another donation of a small sum, being "the avails of a missionary box for one month kept in Mr. Dickson's school," has given evidence of that desire to advance the Redeemer's kingdom, which will not, it is trusted, be without its appropriate reward, when he shall appear who will recompense to every man according to his deeds.
It is in place here to mention, the testimonies of regard to this society, furnished by
the will of the late Dr. Harris, already allud-
This legacy having become vested by the death of Mr. De Tollenare, the board, early in the year, appointed a committee of their body to inquire, and report respecting the same, the result of whose investigation was call on the executor, entrusted with the the opinion, that the society could not legally carrying into effect the will of Miss De Tollenare, for the execution of her generous disposition in their favour, until a reasonable and sufficient time should have elapsed, to enable him to comply with the previous provisions therein contained, and adjust the affairs of the estate. The board in consequence, have ceeds of this munificent act of individual not yet been put in possession of the progenerosity; they are, however, sufficiently informed of the probable value of the property thus bequeathed to the society, to be sensible how large a tribute of respect and admiration is due from them, to the memory of the pious and excellent lady, by whom so liberal a free-will offering has been appropriated for the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom; and they cannot refuse to indulge the hope, of still further accessions to the influence of so laudable and honourable an society's means of good, founded upon the example.
In closing the report, which they have now made of their transactions during the year past, in relation to the useful and imtheir care, the board will not deprive themportant objects committed by the society to
selves of the satisfaction of laying before the society, the following extracts from their foreign correspondence,furnishing, as they do, an acceptable testimony of the interest taken abroad, in the welfare and prosperity of our church, and the successful prosecution of the great end, contemplated in the institution of this society. The board having, in the early part of the year, instructed the corresponding secretary of the society, to transmit copies of the late bishop Dehon's sermons to the society in England "for promoting Christian knowledge," the "society for the propagation of the gospel in foreign parts," and the " prayer book and homily society," they have lately had the pleasure to receive from the Rev. Geo.Gaskins, D.D. secretary of the first-named society, a letter from which they submit the following extracts:
"I now acknowledge the receipt of your kind and Christian letter, written in behalf of the Protestant Episcopal society for the advancement of christianity in South Carolina,' dated the 5th May last, and accompanied by the very valuable sermons of the truly apostolical bishop Dehon, and several minor pieces, connected with the American church in principal and detail. It is a pleasant circumstance, and exhilarating to the Christian feelings of every sound churchman, to perceive that your church has the growing appearance of prosperity; and the establishment of your society will doubtless contribute, under the blessing of God, to its enlargement.
"You do but justice to the society for promoting Christian knowledge,' in entertaining the confidence you express, that what you have transmitted, will be received here, in the same spirit which led your society to send the package. Dr. Dalcho's work on the church of South Car olina, is very valuable and interesting; and as your present letter does not acknowledge the receipt of mine respecting it, it is possible that my letter may not have reached you. I will, therefore, re-transcribe the minute of the board, assuring you of the satisfaction with which your former letter had been received, and its contents contemplated.*— Thanks, too, were returned for the books, with an assurance of our society's earnest wish and prayer to God, that the church of South Carolina might continue to flourish and prosper, to his glory, and the Christian edification of the people, within its compass. "The board again desire to return thanks, for the present fresh mark of the attention of your society to us; and it will be no unpleas
*Neither the original nor the transcript have come to hand.
ant circumstance for you to hear, and report, that an edition of bishop Dehon's sermons is immediately to be put to the press here, from the copy which you have sent us; not indeed by the society, but on the suggestion of myself, and a pious lay friend of mine, a barrister at law, who formerly was a fellow of All-Souls College, Oxford. We purpose to prefix to the sermons the excellent memoir of bishop Dehon, contained in Dr. Dalcho's historical account, and to affix to them the sermon preached at his funeral, by Dr. Gadsden. If any profit shall arise from this publication in England, it shall be appropriated to the Protestant Episcopal society for the advancement of Christianity in South Carolina,' of which, it seems, your good bishop was one of the founders, and its first president."
Episcopal Church in Natchez.
At a meeting of the subscribers to a fund for the erection of an Episcopal church, and the permanent support of an Episcopal cler gyman in the city of Natchez, held at the court-house in the city of Natchez, on the 26th March, 1822, Bela Metcalfe, Esq. was called to the chair, and John Baynton, Esq. appointed secretary; and the following preamble, rules,and regulations, were adopted:
The friends to the erection and maintenance of an Episcopal church in the city of Natchez, convinced that nothing but com. mon industry and perseverance are necessary to ensure the attainment of their object, but knowing that system and method are essential to the success of every effort, have adopted, and do adopt the following rules and regula tions :
1. There shall forthwith be appointed eleven trustees, to be called the trustees of the Protestant Episcopal church, in the city of Natchez, in whom and whose successors shall be vested the real property, which may be hereafter purchased in perpetual trust, for the use of the members of the Epis copal church aforesaid, and that they be authorized to invite a pastor to preside over the congregation, intended to be established.
2. There shall be a committee of five per. sons forthwith appointed, to be called the building committee, whose duty it shall be to select a site for the erection of the church, and contract for the purchase of the same, and forthwith engage workmen and purchase materials, and proceed to erect a suitable edifice for the purposes aforesaid; and 'shall have full power and authority to make all contracts, and take all measures necessary for the erection of the church; they shall have full power and entire discretion in fixing on the site, and in the purchase thereof, as
well as in determining the place of the building, and the cost of the same.
3. That a committee of five persons be appointed to solicit subscriptions, and to endeavour by all means to promote the interest of the church.
4. That a treasurer be forthwith appointed, to whom all moneys collected from the subscribers to the fund be immediately paid over, to be disbursed on the order of the chairman of the building committee.
5. That at the next session of the legislature an act of incorporation of the trustees and members of the Protestant Episcopal church in the city of Natchez, shall be procured, if possible.
6. That the committee elected to solicit subscriptions, be authorized and requested to call on the subscribers for their notes payable in bank, for the amount of their subscriptions, in the instalments as mentioned in the subscription papers, or for the whole amount thereof, payable the 1st January 1823, at the option of the subscriber, and that all the notes be taken payable to the order of the treasurer of the Episcopal church of the city of Natchez.
And the following gentlemen, were unanimously appointed trustees of the church :
Benjamin Farar, John Minor, Jonathan Thompson, James Moore, Richard G. Ellis, Jos. E. Davis, Robert Moore, John T. Griffith, James C. Williams, James K. Cook, Henry Stark.
And the following gentlemen were appointed as a building committee:
Jona: Thompson, Stephen Duncan, Henry Postlethwaite, Martin Whiting, Wm. B. Griffith.
On the committee for soliciting subscriptions, were appointed :
James K Cook, Robert L. Throckmorton, John Baynton, Fred. Stanton, Jno. T, Griffith.
And Stephen Duncan, Esq. was unanimously appointed treasurer of the Episcopal church in the city of Natchez.
It was further resolved, That the secretary be empowered to procure a suitable and well bound book, to be kept as a record book, in which the secretary for the time being, and the proper officer when appointed, shall record all the proceedings of the church. It was further resolved, That the secretary notify the several officers and committee-men of their appointments.
And resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in both papers in the city of Natchez.
Whereupon the meeting adjourned.
Jno. Baynton, Secretary.
Nine thousand dollars were subscribed on the first morning. On the second, the subscriptions were increased to between eleven and twelve thousand dollars.
NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.
We have given in our two last numbers Mr. Hodgson's account of his visit to the missionary settlements among the Indians. We now make some further extracts from his journal of his tour among the Creeks previous to his arrival at Elliot, which we also copy from the London Missionary Register.
In his journey across Georgia, from Augusta to Mobile, Mr. Hodgson passed though the territory of the Creek Indians, in the central parts of that state. On crossing the river Ockmulgee, he entered the nation, and proceeded forward to the "agency," or residence of the person who acts as agent between the United States and the Indians of Georgia, which lies on the Flint river. Pine forests, of many miles extent, lie in the way, and stretch to the horizon on every side. Of the state of the people, and of the scenery, our readers will find a very interesting description.
Cabins are placed thoughout the Creek nation, at distances of about thirty miles, for the convenience of travellers. Of the first of these which he met with, Mr. Hodgson says:
As we approached it, we saw some Indians in their wigwams on the road-side. One was lying asleep before the door, his head covered with a blanket; and when I pointed to him, a woman, who was sitting over him, said, whiskey sick-whiskey sick."Some had brought their little parcels of Indian corn from an Indian town about eight miles distant, and were selling it to the people of the inn. The young men were shooting small birds with their bows and arrows; and the little children, who appeared very active, were trying to walk on their hands, as the children in England occasionally do.
The maître d'hotel of our little cabin was a white man, the partner of an Indian chief; the Creek Indians allowing no white person to settle in their nation, except as their partners as husbands of Indian women, or as, in some way or other, closely connected with themselves. He gave us some coffee, and Indian-corn bread, and bacon; a plain substantial fare, which you seldom fail to obtain throughout the nation, sometimes improved by the addition of sugar and cream and butter, and sometimes varied by the introduction of wild venison or wild turkeys.
As we purposed sleeping in the woods that night, there being no cabin within a convenient distance, we had here to lay in provision for our horses. At four o'clock, we set out-my servant carrying a handkerchief