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ber of those who have not united themselves church, I found some local disadvantages to any denomination-and, in general, of all under which she laboured, but trust, through such particulars as will enable them to select, God's grace, that they are, in a great meaamong the multiplied objects of Christian be- sure, removed. nevolence, those which need their earliest at- “There appears much unanimity now extention, and the greatest share of their bounty. isting among the people, and an anxious de
Communications on this subject may be sire that Jerusalem might be as a city at addressed to the reverend Jackson Kemper, unity with itself. On the whole, the church Philadelphia.
is in a flourishing state. I have officiated in We do not think it necessary to point out this church twice every Lord's day, exceptto our readers the very great importance of ing a few which have been devoted to misa prompt attention to the above request, be- sionary purposes. Among the duties which cause we think that no Christian can reflect have devolved upon me, one no less intereston the objects which the soicety has in view, ing than important has been my anxious conand on the responsibilities of those who are cern--the duty of training up the young in most privileged, to provide for the suffering the nurture and admonition of the Lord. To and dispersed members of the flock of Christ, this intent I have catechised the young peowithout feeling a desire to aid the exertions ple and children, repeatedly, in the church, of the society, and bid them “God speed." on the Lord's day. In addition to this, on the
thirteenth day of May, I succeeded in organizNew York.
ing a Sunday school, which I have regularly Extracts from the journal of the thirty-fifth attended every Sunday afternoon, when at annual convention, continued from page 102. home. Seventy-four scholars are members
The reverend Daniel Nash, an aged and of this school. Your missionary has the venerable missionary, who has all the purity pleasing satisfaction of reporting, that he has and guileless simplicity of a Nathaniel, re- met with much success and encouragement, ports as follows: " Not until late in the both from parents and their children, in his spring of the year was I able to attend to my exertions. Parents manifest an anxious demissionary duties; and since then, the ser- sire, and frequently attend at the school, in vices performed have not equalled those of order to hear the recitations, and to assist me former years. For about seven months I was in instructing; while a spirit of seriousness able to preach only once on each Sunday; and piety has been awakened in the minds since then, I have divided the time principally of the young. The excellent liturgy of our between St. John's, Otsego, Burlington, and church has been explained, and her distinParis. One Sunday I attended at Coopers- guishing principles have been inculcated, not town, one at Cherry Valley, and two at only in publick, but from house to house." Richfield. In the beginning of the summer, cil Besides officiating at this church, I have I visited Oneida, in company with Mr., now preached five times, on different days of the doctor Orderson, of the English church; and week, in a school house in the upper part of with him administered the holy eucharist to my parish. I have also officiated in the folforty or fifty of the Oneida nation, and bap- lowing places : One Sunday, and twice on tized five adults, and about forty children, week days, at Franklin. In this place there the greater part of which were baptized by is a number of interesting episcopal families. him. I afterward visited that church, and One Sunday at Windsor, to a numerous conbaptized nine children. In addition to these, gregation. At Coventry, one Sunday, and I have baptized two children at Paris; two twice on week days. Here I catechised the at Verona; one adult and seven children at young people and children, and inculcated to Cherry Valley; three children at Burlington, parents the interesting and important duty of and one adult and eight children at St. John's. training them up in the
nurture and admoni" That holy Being, who rales all things, tion of the Lord. One Sunday at Paris. One knows whether I shall be able, any further, Sunday, and two afternoon lectures, at Santo prosecute my missionary labours—the al. gerfield, where are a few episcopalians. Once most constant pain in my breast renders it at Rome, and once at Sidney. Your missionextremely unpleasant to speak in publick: ary would take the liberty of further reportbut as far as God enables ine to go, by hising, that, some time previous to his call to grace assisting, I shall endeavour to be faith- missionary labours, he officiated one Sunday, ful."
and twice on week days, at Sherburne, wbere “In the discharge of missionary duties,”' are a few families of episcopalians, and once says the reverend Mr. Perry, a missionary in at New Lebanon. In these places a spirit of Otsego county, my services have been inquiry has been excited, and considerable principally confined to the church of Unadilla: interest manifested in favour of our ancient When called to the pastoral care of this apostolick church."
“The reverend George H. Norton, mission- difficulties to encounter, but a number of adary in Ontario and Seneca counties, reports to ditions have been made to the church, and the the bishop as follows:-In making out a report latter part of the present year has, in a reliof missionary services for the past year, while gious point of view, exhibited better prosI have to regret that the result of my labours pects than have been since I have been in falls greatly short of what had been antici- this place. A steady perseverance only can pated, it gives me pleasure to state, that, in prove successful. The number of communithe several places where I have officiated, cants has increased to seventy-four. The there has been manifested an increased at- baptisms have been four adults, and the whole tachment to the doctrines, discipline and number eighteen. The burials have been worship of our church, and an earnest wish seven, expressed for a continuance of her services. “At Lenox parish, in addition to the three On Sundays I have preached at Waterloo, Sundays already mentioned, on one Sunday, Seneca county, at Vienna, Clifton Springs, after two services in Manlius, I have there and Palmyra, Ontario county, and at Catha- held a third, preached, and administered rine's Town, Tioga county, and on week the Lord's supper, and a number of times days have lectured at various places within have preached there on week days. the bounds of my circuit. In the different " The church meet on every Lord's day, churches of which I have had the charge, the read prayers and approved sermons; and a Lord's supper has been administered to about pious young layman, who has been there sixty-six persons, and the ordinance of bap- until lately, has taught the children the tism to twenty children, and two adults. I church catechism, the explanation and enhave also performed four marriages, and at- largement, and has taught the youth the catended sixteen funerals.
techism on confirmation, which has been “ The more I travel over the missionary attended with good effects, and some addiground, in the western section of this exten- tions have been made to the communion. sive diocese, the better am I persuaded that “Having arranged their pecuniary conthe most important benefits will result to the cerns, and always having had the disposition, church, if a competent number of labourers they now find themselves able to afford some can be furnished for that portion of God's support, as formerly, to a minister." vineyard."
We cannot close these extracts without The reverend Amos Pardee, formerly of subjoining the following remarks of the bishWassachusetts, and now a missionary at op, on the value of missionary labours, which Manlius, Onondaga county, and parts adja- occur in his address to the convention, and cent, speaks thus of bis labours: “At James- which we thought proper to reserve for this ville I have, since December last, officiated place. They well deserve the attention of every fourth Sunday; and, on more than the friends of the church in every part of our half of the remaining Sundays, have there held country. “In thus recording," says the a third service; and on other days have bishop, “ the advancement of our church, I there, as well as in the village of Manlius, would beseech you to bear in mind, that but often visited the people of the congregation for missionary labours, I should not have had from house to house." Where, a short time the gratification of witnessing, nor you of since, only one episcopal family resided, there hearing, these animating events. Our church, a respectable congregation has now been col- in almost every instance, has arisen in the lected, and a number of persons of the first re- new settlements from the smallest beginnings. spectability, of information, of wealth, and of A few churchmen, adhering with a zeal which influence, have, from principle, attached them- no depression could extinguish, and no diffiselves to the church; many prayer books are culties daunt, to the faith, the ministry, and there seen in use; the responses are made the worship of that church which, as that with much propriety and solemnity, and the fold of their Redeemer in which they are to congregation of worshippers are not only in- be nurtured for heaven, engrossed their warmcreasing in numbers, but also are apparently est affections, communicated, by conversagrowing in grace and in the knowledge of tion, and especially by regular meeting for God.
worship, a portion of their zeal to others; and “ In the church in Manlius village, I have thus their small assembly, gradually augofficiated on three fourths of the Sundays menting, and cherished by the occasional during the year past, on thanksgiving day, visits of a missionary, rose at last to a conChristmas, and Good Friday, and on funeral gregation, which, by extraordinary exertions, occasions ; and, during the summer past, erected an edifice for worship. This is the have often called up the children and youth history of the rise of our church, in almost all for instruction in the catechisms.
those many cases in which we see her ex« The church in this place has had many hibiting the standard of apostolick truth, and to the next succeeding stated convention of rassments and difficulties attending the set. the diocese, and entered on the journal of the tlement of a new country. Could every in- same." dividual of our church feel as I have felt, A canon was also passed concerning the when compelled to damp every hope, urged missionary fund, making it lawful to dispense by the most affecting intreaties, of receiving with an annual sermon and collection, provid. even the occasional supply of missionary ser- ed that a missionary society be formed in the vices, the means of furnishing them would be congregation for annual contributions, or that amply afforded. And I know not how these subscriptions or donations be otherwise raised means are to be supplied, and how our church among them. The canon further provides, is to be kept from a retrograde, instead of a that « The amount of all contributions, by progressive course, unless you, brethren of any congregation, in aid of the missions of the clergy and laity, in addition to your per- this church, shall be reported to the next sucsonal exertions, will impress on others the ceeding stated convention, and entered on duty and the policy of appropriating their its journal.” bounty to their own church, while she thus A third canon was passed, providing for a needs it all, and of resisting that popular and diocesan fund, to defray the necessary exwell meant, but injudicious and contagious penses of the convention, and particularly zeal, which, dispersing its gifts towards ob- the expenses of those of the clergy who may jects of uncertain benefit to all men, neglects have to travel a considerable distance to the the immediate sphere of obvious good, and place of meeting of the convention. This leaves some of its own household to perish.” canon recommends that every congregation " Let us do good unto all men,” says the pay annually, not less than one and a half apostle, “ especially unto them who are of per cent on the amount of the clergyman's the household of faith.” Gal. vi. 10. Cha- salary, and that no clergyman shall be entirity should begin at home, though it should tled to any part of this suin, unless his parish not end there; and if it be the duty of every complies with this recommendation. There man to provide “specially for those of his is an obvious propriety in this arrangement, own house,” surely it is the duty of Chris- which will lead, probably, to the adoption of tians to provide specially for the wants of a similar measure in every diocese; we cannot their own church.
primitive order, in those new settlements of vided, that “ There shall be, annually, in our state, where abound nearly all the variety every church and chapel in this diocese, a of sects into which Christians are unhappily serinon preached on the rights and duties divided. And, brethren of the clergy and which are peculiarly episcopal, in which the laity, let me impress deeply upon you, that minister shall lay before his congregation the this might be the history of the rise of our dignity and usefulness of the office of a bishchurch in innumerable more cases, could we op, and the necessity of supporting it by extend the sphere of missionary exertions. their voluntary contributions ; which sermon But our means are inadequate, even to the shall be followed by a collection, in aid of s'ender stipend of our present missionaries, the episcopal fund, raised in this diocese, whose scanty support is principally furnished agreeably to the second canon of 1796 ; the by the free, but onerous contributions of amount of which collection shall be reported those who have to contend with the embar
help remarking, however, that a canon mereThe trustees of the fund for the support of ly recommendatory seems not to be strictly the episcopate, in the diocese of New York, accurate. A canon should be imperative; reported, that the amount of that fund is now a recommendation is not. A recommenda$ 23,756 20. This sum has been formed in tion should be entered on the journals in the the course, we believe, of not more than twen- shape of a resolution of the convention. ty-four years, by annual collections in the The standing committee of the diocese are churches, and the accumulation of interest; the reverend William Harris, D. D. the reveand exhibits evidence of how much may be rend Thomas Lyell, the reverend William done, by perseverance, in the collection of Berrian, the reverend Henry U. Onderdonk, small sums. Till the annual profits of the M. D. of the clergy; and Richard Harrison, fund, thus raised and managed, become suf- William Ogden, Nicholas Fish, and Henry ficient to support the bishop without a pa- Rogers, esquires, of the laity. rochial cure, he relies for support upon the The committee of the protestant episcopal funds of Trinity church. In addition to his church, for propagating the gospel in the income, as rector of that church, which is state of New-York, of which the bishop is very ample, he receives fifteen hundred dol- ex officio, chairman, are the reverend Messrs. lars per annum as bishop. By the second Lyell, Henry J. Feltus, John MoVickar, canon, passed at this convention, altering and of the clergy; and Dr. John Onderdook, repealing the second canon of 1796, it is pro- Thomas L. Ogden, esquire, and Hubert Van
Wagenen, of the laity. The bishop appointed bishop in his address was pleased to make certain clergymen to supply vacant parishes the following honourable mention of the Gosnot usually visited by missionaries; after pel Advocate. which the convention adjourned. The time “ Permit me to avail myself of this opof meeting will, in future, be the second Tues- portunity of addressing myself generally to day in May.
those, to whom, in the diocesan capacity,
I stand related, to recommend to their adopTheological Seminary.
tion, some means of having religious intelliEliakim Warren, esquire, of Troy, New gence, and other matter proper to a reliYork, has presented two thousand dollars to gious periodical publication, conveyed to found a scholarship in the theological semi- them in some work of this description, propary of the protestant episcopal church in ceeding on the principles of their own persuathe United States.
sion, and conformable to their own religious
views and feelings. There is always much, Fast Day in Easter Week. relating to the interests and operations of We are sorry to see that the governour of our own communion, which we cannot exthe state of Vermont has appointed Wed- pect to find, except in works of this sort, KESDAY IN EASTER WEEK, (April 10,) conducted under the hands of members of as a day of publick humiliation, fasting, our own household of faith. That some such and prayer. That week in which the Chris- publication, locally adapted, should be set on tian church, throughout the world, annually foot in this city, is much to be desired. In celebrates the resurrection of her Lord, with the hope that such a task, justly, in its right songs of joy and holy gladness; that week execution, considered an arduous one, will which, from the days of the apostles, has ere loog be undertaken, I feel it to be con. been every where considered as the highest sistent with my duty to mention, as, in the festival, the jubilee of the church, because mean time, worthy of your encouragement on the resurrection of our Saviour depend and use, the Gospel Advocate, edited in a all our hopes ;--that week is selected by the spirit of evangelical piety, and with great governour of Vermont as a proper period ability, at Boston, and the Christian Journal, for a fast! We do think that, in a coun. edited at New York. This last must betry which professes to regard the religious come more and more interesting and useful, rights of all classes of the community, some in consequence of its being published amidst little attention should be paid to the feelings the faculty and students of our seminary." of episcopalians. In Massachusetts, the gov- This part of the bishop's address was reemour has appointed the Thursday in pas- ferred to a select committee, consisting of the sion week, (April 4,) as a fast day. This reverend Alston Gibbes, Robert J. Turnbull
, is well; but why might he not as well have and the reverend Dr. Dalcho, who reported appointed the next day, (Good Friday,) in as follows: consideration of its being observed, all the " The reverend Mr. Gibbes, from the comworld over, as a day of solemn fasting, hu- mittee to whom was referred the consideramiliation, and prayer, for those sins which tion of that part of the bishop's address, caused our blessed Lord to be nailed to which relates to the establishment of a perithe accursed tree? Since the time of the odical religious paper, under the auspices of late governour Trumbull, it has become the the protestant episcopal church in this state, invariable practice in Connecticut, to ap- made the following report : point the annual state fast upon Good “ That they do not deem it practicable, or Friday, and we see no reason why the expedient, at the present time, to effect the same practice should not be extended to object recommended; and that it appears to all the New England states. It is hoped them, the chief purposes of utility, designed that no feelings of hostility towards the to be answered by the establishment of such episcopal church will operate to prevent so a paper as is proposed, may be obtained small a concession to the convenience and through the medium of journals of a similar comfort of its members; a concession which character, already published, in different will detract nothing from the privileges of parts of the United States ; and they, thereother denominations, and will more effectu- fore, respectfully offer the following resolu. ally secure the proper solemnity of our wor- tion: ship
Resolved, That it be recommended to
the members of this convention, and of the At the annual meeting of the convention of episcopal church in this state, to extend their the protestant episcopal church in South patronage and support to the Gospel Advo. Carolina, held in Charleston, from the thir- cate, published monthly in Boston, and the teenth to the sixteenth of February last, the Christian Journal, published monthly in New
York, at the rate of two dollars each, per “ Toward evening, ten or twelve travellers annum, and to make those journals the vehi. dropped in—a noisy set. We all slept on cle of any communications they may deem it bear-skins on the floor. Our bost told me advisable to make, relative to the concerns that there were not five nights in a year, in of the episcopal church in this state, or the which some travellers did not sleep there, United States, or the interests of religion in and that seventy or eighty occasionally called general.”
in a day. He removed from North Carolina «The report of the committee on the about nine years ago, and has acquired conestablishment of a periodical religious paper, siderable property. was then taken into consideration. No “ Set off early on the 15th of May; and amendments being offered, the report was, finding that at the cabin where we purposed on motion, agreed to."
to stop, they no longer received travellers, The conductors of the Gospel Advocate we had to go twenty-five miles to breakfast. may be permitted, they trust, to express the Here we got some coffee in an Indian hut, pleasure they have derived from this honour- where the inhabitants could not speak Eng. able mention of their labours, and their ac- lish. knowledgments for the prospect of increas- "As soon as it appeared to be twelve ing patronage, which the resolution of the o'clock by the sun, three of the Indian woconvention of South Carolina holds out to men covered themselves with blankets, and thein. Next to the consciousness of pure in- approached a little spot in the garden, intentions is the satisfaction resulting from the closed by six upright poles, on the highest spontaneous offering of such approbation. of which were suspended several chaplets of
vine leaves and tendriis; here they either sat The following interesting account of a visit or kneeled (the blankets prevented our seeto the missionary stations at Elliot and Brai. ing which) for about twenty minutes, uttering nerd, extracted from the Missionary Regis- a low monotonous wailing. This mournful ter for December last, was given by Mr. ceremony they repeat, at sunrise, noon, and Hodgson, a respectable merchant of Liver- sunset, for ninety days, or three moons, as pool, who travelled through this country in the Egyptians mourned for Jacob three score 1820, and visited those stations in May and and ten days. I have since been informed, June of that year. We regret that we have by a very intelligent Indian, that the period not room to give further extracts from Mr. of mourning is sometimes extended to four or Hodgson's journal of his tour among the In- five moons, if the individual be deeply redians.
gretted, or of eminent rank; and that it is 6 Choctaw Indians.
occasionally determined by the time occu“ In the morning of the third day after leav- pied in killing the deer and other animals neing Natchez, Mr. Hodgson entered the Choc- cessary for the great feast which is often taw nation. He proceeded on what is called given at the pulling up of the poles. the Natchez' or Kentucky Train ;' that " At the celebrated ceremony of the “ poleis, the road by which the inhabitants of Ken- pulling,' the family connexions assemble from tucky or Tennessee return home from Nat- a great distance ; and, when they are parchez through the wilderness, when they have ticular in observing the ancient customs, they broken up the rude boats in which the pro. spend two or three days and nights in solemn duce of the western country is conveyed preparation and previous rites. They then down the Mississippi. Stands,' as they all endeavour to take hold of some part of are called, or houses of entertainment, are the poles, which they pluck up and throw placed at the distance of thirty or forty miles behind them without looking, moving backfrom one another, throughout the nation. ward toward the east. They then feast to
" While resting at one of these places, on gether, and disperse to their several homes. the first Sunday after he had entered the na- it was impossible to hear this simple recital Lion, Mr. Hodgson says
without thinking of the account in Genesis, “We were visited by many Indians, some 1. 1-14. of whom were rather importunate for whis- 66 Till within ten or tifteen years, the Chockey or tobacco. In the woods, about half a taws generally killed the favourite horses or mile distant, fifty or sixty were collected to dogs of the deceased, and buried them, with revenge the death of a woman, who had his gun and hatchet, in his grave. They been murdered a few days before as a still sometimes bury the gun ; but it is too witch; but matters appeared likely to be frequently stolen : and they now satisfy compromised without bloodshed : we after- themselves with believing that the spirits of wards saw, however, by the newspapers, the horses and dogs will rejoin that of their that the dispute terminated in a bloody con- master at their death. The settlement of flict.
white people among them, and occasional in