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ENTERED according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by
WILLIAM STAVELY AND CO.
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of
THE following Biography of the late Bishop Moore, undertaken at the request of his family, has been written in the hours which could be spared amidst the multiplied duties of a large parochial cure. The labours of the biographer have been lightened by the kindness of the Bishop's children, in copying from his letter-book the most interesting parts of his correspondence; and also in selecting and preparing for the press such of his sermons as they desired to have published. Whatever may be the faults and deficiencies of the Memoir, it claims to furnish a faithful portraiture of the life and character of a venerable Father in the Church, which her children may contemplate with satisfaction and profit.
The writer has found it necessary to touch upon some delicate points, affecting the policy and usages of the Church, about which there is an acknowledged diversity of sentiment. Without this, it would have been impracticable to present a faithful account of Bishop Moore's life and opinions. He has aimed, however, to perform this delicate part of his duty, less in the spirit of a partisan, than in that of a sincere inquirer after truth. He would not dogmatically enforce upon the reader an assent to all the views entertained either by himself or the subject of his memoir. For, however earnestly he may desire the extinction of party names and of party spirit, he is persuaded that the readiest means of attaining it is to infuse the Catholic spirit of the Church into all her ministers and members :-to recognize the wide difference which really exists between doc
trines of faith, and mere matters of opinion :-and to require nothing as essential to sound churchmanship, but a cordial agreement in the former, whatever diversity may exist respecting the latter. The only proper test of orthodoxy is belief of the truth, as taught in the Articles and creeds; and conformity to the laws of the Church, embodied in her rubrics and canons: and not an assent to the interpretation put upon them by any particular class of Church men. Whenever the great body of the ministry and laity shall be led, like the venerable subject of the following Memoir, to act upon this principle, which is the principle of the Church-we shall behold, throughout the length and breadth of our communion, an answer to our daily prayer that "all who profess and call themselves Christians, may hold the faith, in unity of spirit, and in the bond of peace." The Lord hasten it in his time!
BALTIMORE, AUGUST, 1842.
J. P. K. H.
Introduction. The Bishop's Birth-Ancestry-Beneficial influence
of maternal instruction and example. Indications of piety in his
early childhood, and presentiments of future occupation in the
sacred ministry. His classical education. Visit to West Point
-anecdote of the Moore family during the Revolutionary War.
Brief trial of sea-life. Devotes himself to the study of medicine-
and enters into practice. His first marriage. His early religious
impressions in a great measure lost, and he conforms to the gaie-
Immediate change of purpose as to his profession after conversion.
Reviews his classical studies. Enters upon preparation for Holy
Orders. Ordained Deacon. His Sermon on the Fiftieth Anni-
versary of his Ordination. His ministry at Rye. Intimacy with
John Jay. His removal to St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island.
Practises medicine and teaches a school to aid in the support of
his family. Letters to his children. Death of his wife, and
letters occasioned thereby. His second marriage. His first at-
tempt at extempore preaching, and subsequent success in it.
Anecdote illustrative of his fidelity in pastoral duty;-another,
showing his humanity. Remarkable revival of religion. The
character and success of his ministry on Staten Island.................
The advantages and disadvantages of city and country charges
respectively. Dr. Moore's call to St. Stephen's Church, New
York. The state of the Church in that city. Ministry of Dr.
Hobart. The depressed condition of St. Stephen's when Dr.
Moore took charge of it. Its rapid increase. The active efforts
of George Warner, recorded by Bishop Moore in a letter to his
widow. Lecture-room services and prayer meetings. The
opinion of Bishop Moore respecting them. Their propriety dis-
cussed. Approval of Nelson, Bishops Claggett and Kemp, and
the present presiding Bishop. Letters on Prayer Meetings and
Associations. Revivals of Religion, and Clerical Associations.
Letters to Bishops Meade and Bowen on Anxious Seats and Re-
vivals. The course of Dr. Moore in reference to an unhappy
controversy in the Church of New York. A succinct review
of the effect of his ministry in St. Stephen's...........
The early history of the Church in Virginia. Election of Dr.
Griffith as Bishop, in 1786. Bishop Madison, the first Bishop
of Virginia, consecrated in 1790. Deep depression of the Church,
and its causes. Apostolic character and labours of the Rev. De-
vereux Jarratt. Dr. Bracken's election in 1812. New era in the
Church under the auspices of a few young Clergy men. Erec-
tion of the Monumental Church in Richmond-and efforts made
to obtain Dr. Moore for its first Rector with a view to his elec-
tion as Bishop. Correspondence on the subject-including letters
from Judge Washington, Bishop Hobart, and others. Propriety
and delicacy of Dr. Moore's course in respect to it. His election
by the Convention, and circumstances connected with his con-
secration in 1814. His removal to Richmond. Previous condi-
tion of the Episcopal community there. His great popularity
and success. Fidelity in the pulpit and in pastoral visitation.
Presentation to him of a splendid copy of the New Testament by
his fellow citizens of all denominations. Summary view of his
character and labours as Rector of the Monumental Church......... 107
The views and spirit with which Bishop Moore entered upon the
duties of his Episcopate. Notices of the early success of his la-
bours. An Episcopate fund proposed. Formation of Prayer
Book and Tract Society. Rev. Benjamin Allen's labours. Mea-
sures taken to promote theological education in connexion with
William and Mary College. Founding of Theological School, and
the Education Society. Brief sketch of the history of both.
Fashionable amusements and lay discipline. View of Bible So-
cieties, and letters relating to them. His ardent love for the
Liturgy, and desire to have it strictly adhered to in his Diocese.