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became the first graduates of the institution, of the lower degree in arts. When a constant succession of classes, as well qualified, shall be yearly presented for the same advancement, the diocese of Maryland will have reason to estcem its College among its greatest blessings and proudest hopes.
The classes are now all fully organised, and ilte College thus for the first time takes its position as a place of education in all its branches, with a Faculty more numerous than those of many older institutions, with an adequate Library and philosophical apparatus, and with a preparatory school in which the very great advantage of an early training for the subsequent instruction in higher branches of study is afforded.
Thus the beginning has been made. The time has now come for further and more serious effort. Almost nothing has as yet heen done by the diocese, as such. A few subscriptions and parochial contributions have been made, but nothing in the least proportioned either to the ability of the diocese, or to the nature of the undertaking, which, if any thing, is no less than the per. manent endowment of the College in its full organization and extension.
An enlargement of the College buildings, in order to provide accommodations suitable for the students in the higher classes, is a necessary step in the progress of the institution. It has been hitherto prudently abstained from by the Trustees, but has now became of immediate urgency, in the prosperous growth of the collegiate department. A few active friends of the College, well acquainted with business and of tried skill and prudence in its management, are now preparing and will in the course of a few months submit to the diocese a plan for the necessary enlargement and endowment of the institution. My present object is, through yo", to prepare the diocese for its reception, and to commend it, if approved as judicious, to the hearty co-operation of every member of our Church, from the greatest to the least, in whoso
bosom there burns a spark of genuine devotion to the Church of his Saviour and the land in which God has cast his lot.
In the meanwhile, I must repeat the admonition addressed three years ago to the Churchmen of Maryland, that as matter of principle, of wise policy, and of interest to themselves, it is incumbent on them to sustain this rising fortress of sound learning and religion, by sending their sons to test its value. I know what I say, when I affirm that they can nowhere have better security for the best interests of their offspring, for time and for eternity; and that, apart from the supreme concernments of the immortal soul, the tuition afforded to the pupil at St. James's, in any of its grades of education, may fearlessly challenge comparison with that obtainable at any, the oldest, the most richly endowed, the most numerously attended of the many literary institutions of our country.
It is no small happiness to me to be able to make the same declaration of our female school, the Patapsco Female Institute. Prospering greatly, as regards the numbers of its inmates and the efficiency with which it is conducted, it satisfies me thoroughly as a place of training for the daughters of the Church ; and I have every desirable evidence that the highest ends of such an institution are successfully attained under the able management of Mrs. Phelps and her large, well trained and harmonious band of assistants, and the faithful and very judicious spiritual teaching and oversight of the Chaplain.
St. Timothy's School, under the management of Mr. Van Bokelen, continues to fulfil the promise of which I spoke last year. The buildings have been enlarged, and although some change has been made in the terms and internal organization, the number of pupils, already very large, is still increasing.
At each of these nurseries of the Church I have admitted several of her children to the blessing conveyed by laying on of hands: confirming five at St. James's on the Seventh Sunday aster Trinity, July 26th ; six at the Patapsco Institute on the
Second Sunday in Lent, February 28th; and six at St. Timothy's Church, on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March the 21st.
The Hannah Moore Academy, at Reisterstown, I must again mention in terms expressive of strong confidence in its character and management. It wants but a resident chaplaincy to make it all that could be desired in an institution of its class.
Other schools in the diocese, both male and female, under the management of members of the Church, and conducted on its principles, are becoming daily more numerous. Their number alone would hinder distinct reference to their several characters and pretensions. You will join with me, I am sure, in rejoicing in such evidence of growing interest in that most important part of the work and mission of the Church, provision for the spiritual as well as intellectual nurture of the young.
The length at which I have already discoursed, admonishes me to be brief in the rest of what I have to say, tending to throw light on the affairs of the diocese. As having that tendency, it is my duty to make mention of the continued publication and increasing circulation of a religious newspaper published in this city, and designed for the communication of religious intelligence, and the spread of sound doctrine and edifying information throughout the diocese. A year's experience has proved the fitness of the Rev. Mr. Franklin, the presbyter who has zealously labored in its management, for the work he has undertaken. Our thanks are due to the enterprising publisher, who, at a certain loss to himself, projected and carried on the paper to the close of its first year; but they are still more due to a few noble spirited lay men of this city, who, upon appeal from me for aid to carry through a design which I regarded as fraught with advantage to the interests of this portion of the Church, most liberally at once advanced the sum necessary for the purpose. Their generosity enabled me to arrange with the publisher for the transmission of the paper to every clergy man of the diocese without charge for the present year, and I am not without hope to be enabled to
continue the arrangement permanently. I now formally announce my intention to make The Church Times, as far as may be, my channel of communication with the clergy and laity of the diocese, and respectfully propose to the Convention such recognition of the paper as a diocesan organ of intelligence, as may tend to increase its circulation and carry out the designs of those who have so disinterestedly labored and contributed for its establishment.
Of our missionary operations in the diocese I have already spoken, as occasion offered. They are still on a most unsatisfactory footing, as regards support. The diocese, as such, can hardly be said to be doing any thing. Very many parishes and congregations are doing something for the extension of religious privileges to the multitude of spots still needing them ; but it is done without much concert, and the consequence is that five times as much might be done and ought to be done, were the proper degree of effort made and rightly directed. I shall not cease to bring this matter before the Conventions of the diocese, until by the blessing of God, some provision for more effective working in building up the waste places of Zion shall have been devised and carried into execution.
The missionaries at present under the direction of the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese are the Rev. Theodore P. Barber, at Laurel, Prince George county ; the Rev. John Claxton, in All Faith and St. Andrew's Parishes, St. Mary's county; the Rev. Robert W. Goldsborough, in Caroline county; the Rev. John H. Kehler, in Allegany county; the Rev. James A. McKenney at Mt. Alban in Prince George Parish, Montgomery county and District of Columbia; the Rev. Malcolm MacFarland, missionary in the city of Baltimore; the Rev. Reuben Riley, in the western part of the city of Baltimore; the Rev. Joseph Spencer, D. D., at Mt. Alban; the Rev. J. Cole Tracey, at Mt. Savage, and the Maryland Mining Works, Allegany county; the Rev. Thos. R. B. Trader, in All Hallows' Parish, Worcester county; the Rev.
Joseph Trapnell, in All Saints' Parish, Frederick county; and the
St. Mark's Church, Kingston, in Coventry Parish, Somerset county, occupies a new site; the other two are new erections in the place of buildings become unfit for use. Trinity Church, Upper Marlborough, is the substitution of a brick edifice for the former wooden building, and is both more roomy and more churchlike in all respects than its predecessor. It does credit to the good taste and judgment in the use of slender means, of its architect, Mr. R. C. Long, and is another proof how much more cheaply as well as beautifully a church can be built on true architectural principles than in the tasteless manner heretofore so common. All Saints' Church, King and Queen Parish, St. Mary's county, is a frame erection in place of one of similar materials, which has been for years in a state of sad dilapidation. In point of size, and interior arrangement, it is an improvement upon the old building, but in other respects has much the same plain and unpretending character. A few years ago, it could hardly have been thought likely that the old church, when it finally crumbled down, would ever be replaced. Now, before its consecration, the new one, larger than the old, is found too small for those who press to furnish themselves with places in it for worship. I was delighted to see a very large attendance of the colored people at the consecration services; their eager interest showed that they regarded what was taking place as concerning them equally with any present, and as usual in the lower parishes, a fair proportion of them partook of the ordinances of confirmation and the Holy Communion.
St. Mark's, Kingston, Somerset county, is a very small and inexpensive, but exceedingly neat and commodious chapel in Coventry Parish. It is the fifth place of worship in that large parish, and the second built by the present indefatigable rector.
All are kept regularly open, and in all the attendance of increasing con