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May, 1817.] Hints on the subject of a Theological Seminary, 157
With a view to aid in procuring the for some time in operation in some other above set of stereotype plates of the states. Common Prayer Book of the 8vo.
The necessity, also, of Theological Se. size, a Sermon will be preached, and minaries, in order to furnish Candidates a Collection made in Trinity Church, for Orders, with those means of theologion the evening of Trinity Sunday, the
cal, literary, and pious attainments, which first of June.
institutions of this nature can alone sup. ply to the greatest advantage, seems to
be generally admitted. A few Hints on the subject of a Theologi
The expediency, however, of one genecal Seminary for the Protestant Episco.
ral institution for this purpose, under the pal Church.
authority and direction of the General It is expected that the subject of a Convention of the Church, bas been doubt. Theological Seminary will occupy a por
ed by some who are in the highest degree tion of the deliberations of the General impressed with the indispensible necosConvention of the Protestant Episcopal sity of making much more extensive pro. Church, now sitting in the city of New- vision for theological education than at York.
present exists. They have apprehended It is presumed that there can be but one that an institution of this nature, professopinion as to the necessity of providing ing to regulate Candidates for Orders, funds to aid youth of piety and talents, as to their religious faith and principles, who are destitute of pecuniary means, in
with a view to unity of opinion, if not at their preparation for Holy Orders. On the outset as to its location, its governthis subject there has not been a total in- ment, and other appendages, the cause of difference. A Society, endowed by the jealousy and discord, would, in the course Corporation of Trinity Church, has been of time, become so; and that the Genein operation in the city of New-York for ral Convention of the Church, from which twelve or fifteen years past, which, among
it is of so much importance to exclude other objects connected with religion and all subjects of serious dissention, would learning, has devoted a portion of its be thrown into perpetual conflicts with funds to the important end of educat- respect to the management and control of ing young men for the ministry. From this most powerful instrument of forming. four to six young men are constantly the
the character and principles of the Clergy. subjects of the bounty of this Institution; They bave also not been without their to which, under God, the Church, not only
doubts whether a single institution, under in the state of New York, but elsewhere,
the authority of the General Convention, is indebted for some of its most useful and and indirectly at least precluding others, l'espectable Clergymen. It must be ad- would not interfere with the rights of the mitted, however, that far superior means
respective Diocesses. are necessary to provide for the increas- Not insensible, however, to the advantmg demand for Clergymen, not only to ages of a General Institution, they have maintain or to revive Congregations of thought, that the object might be attainlong standing, but to institute and che.. ed in a mode liable to fewer objections. rish new ones in the rapidly extending They have supposed that, if the Church settlements of our country. Numerous in any particular Diocess, where her applications for aid, from pious young strength was greatest, her means most men, have been unavoidably rejected by abundant, and where there was a concurthe Society in New-York. And there is rence of other favourable circumstances, not the least doubt, but that, with ade. would originate a Theological Institution quate funds, the number of those edu. on liberal principles, and calculated for cated for the ministry, might be so in general utility, it would receive the pacreased, as to meet the present and future tronage of the members of the Church in exigencies of the Church.
other states ; at least, until circumstance Similar Institutions, also, have been rendered it expedient for them to pot
blish Institutions of their own. The Bi. establish a Theological Institution. With shops, as a body, and the General Conven- this view, a benevolent individual bas re. tion, having no other control over these cently vested in certain persons, land, Institutions, but that of determining, ge. consisting of above sixty city lots, in trust nerally, the qualifications for Orders, they for the purpose of a Theological Seminawould not be the cause of jealousy or disa ry. These lots, from their immediate vi. cord in that body; while provision would, cinity to the city, are now of great value; in some degree, be made for unity of faith and in the course of 20 or 30 years their among the Candidates for Orders, by the value will be greatly increased. general course of study prescribed by the A Theological Seminary contiguous to Bishops.
the city of New York, would not only en. On the subject of a Theological Institu. joy the advantages of this endowment, but tion, two pamphlets have recently ap- would probably call forth more liberal do. peared in the city of New York. The nations than could be raised for an insti. author of one of them, forcibly advocates tution in any other situation. a measure which, to the writer of these It would be in a part of the country, remarks, has always appeared of funda- where, from particularly favourable cir. mental importance in reference to the re- cumstances, the Church is flourishing. putation as well as the prosperity of the And what is of the greatest and of deciChurch, the establishment of a College sive importance, it would be contiguous under the control of Episcopalians. * The to Connecticut, and New-England, which Presbyterians possess several Institutions have hitherto furnished, and will continue of this nature, in which religious instruc- to furnish by far the greatest proportion tion and worship are conducted on their of young men for the ministry, and of lay, principles. Not one solitary College of men for the new congregations of our this description is to be found among the Church. More, it is believed, than two Episcopalians. Can an Episcopalian reflect thirds of the Clergy in the State of Newon the apathy to literature which this dis. York are natives of New-England. Alcovers, and not be ashamed? Can he view most all the Missionaries are of this de the consequences of this state of things, scription. The greater number of the in reference to the religious principles and young men educated by the Society in habits of the rising generation, and not New-York are from that quarter. And but feel deep regret that his Church is desti. for New-England and Connecticut Churchtute of the advantages which, in this re- men, our Church would not have existed spect, the Presbyterian denomination en.
in many places where she now flourishes. joys ?
New-England Churchmen are extend. Advocating a Theological Seminary un. ing themselves through Ohio, Indiana, der the control of the General Convention, and the Western States; and the most the author of this pamphlet considers useful Missionaries and Clergy among New-York as the proper situation for it. them would be their own countrymen,
Several Episcopalians in that state liave connected with them by acquaintance, by long thought that the Church, tltere, so kindred, hy similarity of manners, and * respectable for numbers and wealth, should endowed with the same unconquerable
and persevering enterprise and zeal. An
institution that is to educate young men * The writer of this pamphlet mistakes the
for the Ministry should be as near as posdesign of the author of the Prospectus of a plan of a Theological Seminary and Grammar sible to the fountain of supply. School, announced three years ago. So far from its professing to be “the exclusive insti.
Further It is in the Northern States tation of an individual member of the Church," that education is principally conducted. it was proposed to place it under “ the imme.
There are almost all our literary institudiate care of a Board of Trustees." And so far from his designing to undortake "the whole
tions; to which gentlemen of the south superintendency and conduct of the course of send their sons. The General Assembly studies,” he contemplated only “ a general and of the Presbyterian Church, though not faithful superintendency, and an occusional par. ticipation in instruction and disciplina" extending northward of New York, have
May, 1817.] General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
159 placed their theological institution at Vermont-Rev. Stephen Beach, Mr. O.
Ferris. Princeton, which is at one extremity of
Connecticut-Rev. Ashbel Baldwin, Rev. their boundaries.
Roger Searle, Rev. Harry Croswell, BurThese remarks, hastily thrown toge- rage Beach, and Elijah Boardman, Esq'rs. ther, are offered under the deepest con- New-York-Rev. Isaac Wilkins, D. D. viction of their importance, and under the
Rev. Thomas Y. How, D. D. Rev. William
Harris, D. D. Hon. Rufus King, Hog. Phiinfluence of an affection that will yield to
lip S. Van Rensselaer, Dr. John Ondernone for the interests of our Zion.
donk, William Ogden, Esq. AN EPISCOPALIAN. New-Jersey--Rev. Charles H. Wharton, New-York, May 21, 1817.
D. D. Rev. John C. Rudd, Rev. Simon Wil. mer, Rev. James Chapman, Joshua M. Wal.
lace, Joseph Higbie, and Robert Boggs, The General Convention of the Protest.
Esq'rs. ant Episcopal Church, met in the city of D. D. Rev. Levi Bull, Rev. Josepli Clark
Pennsylvania–Rev. Frederick Beasley, New-York, on Tuesday last, the 20th inst. And on Wednesday morning, at the open- Montgomery, Dr. P. F, Glentworth, Tho
son, Rev. Jackson Kemper, *Rev. James ing of the Convention, Divine Service was celebrated by the Rev. Dr. Wilkins, and a
mas McEuen, Richard Dale, and William
Meredith, Esq'rs. Sermon preached by the Right Rev. Alex.
Delaware-Rev. William Wickes. ander Viets Griswold, D), D. Bishop of the
Maryland-Rev. H. L. Davis, Rev. WalProtestant Episcopal Church in the East
ter 1. Addison, Rev. William E. Wyatt, ern Diocess; after which the Bishops re
Rev. Samuel H. Turner, Tench Tilghman, ceived the Holy Communion, and admi. nistered the same to the Clerical and Lay and Beddingfield Hands, Esq’rs.
Alexander C. Magruder, Francis S. Key, Deputies, and others. Between 60 and
Virginia-Rev. William H. Wilmer, Rev. 70 Clergy received the Communion. The
Oliver Norris, Rev. John Dunn, Hon. Convention is more numerously attended
Charles Fenton Mercer, Hugh Mercer, Esq. than any heretofore convened in this coun- South Carolina-Rev. Andrew Fowler. try; a circumstance which displays an
North-Carolina, Moses Jarvis, Esq. increasing zeal for the interests of the Church. All the Bishops of the Church
Several Clergymen of New-York and the are present. The following are the mem
neighbouring Diocesses, attend the Conbers of the Convention..
vention. Divine Service is celebrated before the Convention every morning, and it
Sermon preached by one of the Bishops. The Right Rev. William White, D.D. The Sermon 'of Bishop Griswold, at the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church opening of the Convention, is in the press. in the State of Pennsylvania, presiding On Thursday morning, the Right Rev. Bishop.
Bishop White preached a Sermon from The Right Rev. John Henry Hobart, D.D. Isaiah lii. 7. How beautiful upon the mounBishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church tains, &c. The following conclusion of in the State of New York.
the Sermon, containing some interesting The Right Rev. Alexander Viets Gris. information on Church affairs, we have wold, D. D. Bishop of the Protestant Epis. procured from the Bishop. copal Church in the Eastern Diocess.
“To the Right Rererend and Reverend The Right Rev. Theodore Dehon, D.D. Brethren in this assembly, the subject more Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church immediately addresses itself: they being of the in the State of South-Carolina.
number of the messengers contemplated in this The Right Rev. Richard Channing prophecy of Scripture, through whose agency Moore, D. D. Bishop of the Protestant
it should be carried into effect. It might be Episcopal Church in the State of Virginia. · proposed to them in various points of view; and
HOUSE OF DISHOPS.
made a source alike of admonition and of enThe Right Rev. James Kemp, D. D. Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church design, of carrying the audience again over the
couragement. But there is not entertained the in the State of Maryland.
ground, which was yesterday occupied in this The Right Rev. John Croes, D. D. Bi. pulpit; and of thus displaying the various toshop of the Protestant Episcopal Church pics which were then listened to with satisfacin the State of New-Jersey.
tion, and, it is to be hoped, with edification. It is now thought sufficient, to limit attention to
the encouragement growing out of the assurance N. Hampshire-Rev. Charles Burroughs, in the text.
Massachusetts-Rev. Titus Strong, Rev. Thomas Carlisle.
Rhode Island Rev. Salmon Wheaton, * The Rev. Dr. Beasley having been obliged, Rev. Nathan B. Crocker, Hon. Benjamin by intelligence from his family, to resigu his Gardiner, Alexander Jones, Esq. Col. Tho. seat in the House, the Rev. James Montgomemas Lloyd Halsey.
ry was appointed to fill his seat.
HOUSE OF CLERICAL AXD LAY DEPOTICS.
“ Right Revereud and Reverend Brethren, try, may God of his infinite mercy grant, it is with especial satisfaction that your preacher clarough Jesus Christ.” addresses it to a more extended Episcopacy ; and to a more numerous representation of our
NEW PUBLICATIONS. Church, than he had heretofore expected to witness, uoder the discouragements which, for Just published, and for sale by T. & J. a long course of time, had lain heavy on our Swords, No. 160 Pearl-street, ComparaCommunion. He looks back to the days, tive Views of the Controversy between when, in an extensive state, he was the only the Calvinists and the Arminians. By WILPastor remaining, amidst the embarrassments
LIAN White, D. D. Bishop of the Proof the war of the revolution; when there was
testant Episcopal Church in the Commons a privation, in a greater or less degree resem
wealth of Pennsylvania. This work, disbling this, over the whole face of the American Union; whea, to supply the places of those tinguished by accurate discrimination, who had fallen, and of those who were still fall forcible reasoning, and profound knowing under the stroke of death, there was no ledge of the subjects of which it treats, possibility, and scarcely the expectation of a contains a mass of information highly vafuture opportunity for it, consistently with our luable and interesting. It is divided into views of the ministerial succession; when in four parts. Part I. X Comparison of the consequence of severance from the Church, Controversy between the Calvinists and under whose fostering care we had been rear
the Arminians, with the Epistle of St. ed, it became a problem, how far, in the inde
Paul to the Romans; to which is added pendency under which we were to act in future, there would be a general agreement in
an Appendix on the Case of the Heathen. doctrint, in disciplive, and in worship; and
Part Il. A Comparison of the Controversy when, with this gloomy prospect opening on
between the Calvinists and the Arminians, us, there was, in the minds of very many, the with Holy Scripture generally; to which is apprehension of the extinction of the Commu. added an Appendix, No. I. On Philosophie nion known under the name of The Church
cal Necessity. No. II. An Analysis of the of England in America.”
Rev. Jonathan Edwards' interpretation of “ The respectable body of Clergy and of re
the last 10 verses in the 15th chapter of the presentatives of the Laity now asseinbled, are. Epistle to the Romans. Part III. A Comevidence of the great improvement of our prospects; and, it is to be hoped, may be consider. parison of the Controversy between the ed as an illustration of the promise of the great Calvinists and the Arminians, with the Head of the Church, of being with her to the opinions of the early Fathers; to which end of the world., At present, there has been is added an Appendix, containing an Ara retrospect of the past and a comparing of it gument against Calvinism, from some with the future, only for the purpose of inciting circumstances attending the introduction the Right Reverend and the Reverend persons of it into the Church. Part IV. A Comhere assembled--and it
the wishi and prayer parison of the Controversy between the of the preacher th:t he may not forget his own
Calvinists and the Arminians, with the interest in the intimation-to such zeal and activity in the Gospel Ministry, as shall be evi
Doctrines of the Episcopal Church; to lence to our own minds and to the world, that which is added an Appendix concerning we are of the cast of character contemplated in the late attempts of some Divines of the the prophecy of the text; which we have seen Church of England, to prove the Dogto be intended of faithful Ministers of the trines of that Church Calvinistic. To the Church of Christ. This can only be in duly whole is added a General Appendix, 1. publishing the glad tidings of salvation through Of Baptismal Regeneration, 2. Concerna Redeemer, with the consequent duties on the ing the Treatise of Mons. Daille, “ Conhearers of it, of whatever comes under thedenomination of Faith or of Obedience. This is what cerning the Right Use of the Fathers." is meant in the text, under the terms of bring. Application to the Crisis of Inquiry. ing good tidings, of publishing peace, of bring- Just received, and for sale by T. & J. ing good tidings of God, of publishing salva- SWORDS, the Journals of the General tion; of saying unto Zion, thy God reigneth. Conventions of the Protestant Episcopad
“ In proportion as we act up to the spirit of Church, in the United States of America; the commission recognized in this passage, the from the year 1784, to the year 1814, inbeatitude contemplated in it will apply. clusive. Also, First Appendix, containing
“ Beautiful were the feet, that is, welcome the Constitution and Canons. And Sewas the messenger of the Persian monarch to
cond Appendix, containing Three Pastodesolated Judea. Welcome also was the com
ral Letters. ing of the Messiah to the sons of spiritual Zion; and in like manner, if we should be faithful to
Just received, and for sale'as above, The the trust of our ministry, welcome will it be to Trial of Episcopacy. Reported by R.C.C. many. For it is addressed to the wants and
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In the second number of the Journal we be assailed again, as he has been alinserted a review of the present Bishop - ready, with all the violence which is of Gloucester's Charge to his Clergy, ex- engendered by disappointed hope ; but tracted principally from the British Re. he will never, we trust, be induced to view. The following, taken from the Bri- swerve from that path, which his ish Critic, exhibits several interesting growing experience will more and passages of this Charge which did not ap- more assure him to be the path of pear in the former article.
After a testimony of merited apA Charge delivered to the Clergy of plause to the administration of his
of the Diocess of Gloucester, at the learned and judicious predecessor, his Primary Visitation of that Diocess, lordship proveeds to address his clerin the Year 1816, by Henry Rider, gy upon the subject of the especial D. D. Bishop of Gloucester. duties, and the awful charge which
they have undertaken. He proposes It was not without feelings of con- to them certain questions, as heads of siderable anxiety, for reasons which self-examination, into their life and may be more readily imagined than conduct, and of these we can speak expressed, that we have awaited the in terms of due approbation. appearance of the Primary Charge
“ Am I the very messenger, watchof the new Bishop of Gloucester., man, and steward of my Lord, which I That our minds have been considera- was exhorted, and which I promised to bly relieved since the publication, we
be, in my ordination vows? As a messenare much pleased to confess; and ger, 'instant in season and out of season,' though there are some points still re
in sounding the message and call of my
God in every ear that will hear: As a maining, upon which we could have watchman on my post, on the alert, enwished that his lordship had spoken in deavouring to ward off every danger, to very different terms, we are happy to seize every opportunity of duty: As a hail a nearer approach, in his lan- steward, wisely and faithfully
the blessed mysteries committed to me, guage at least, to the opinions of his
so that he that gathereth little shall brethren, than, under all circumstan- have no lack ! ces, we had reason to expect. We “ Am I the good shepherd, guiding, fear, however, that his lordship has feeding, guarding, rearing when young, already suffered from the attacks of directing when at riper years, supporting those, who look upon his present tem- which I am appointed overseer; regard
and cherishing when old, the flock over perance and caution as a species of ing their souls, not as worthless or insig, apostacy from those sentiments which nificant, but as a treasure' of infinite and they were pleased to fancy that he en
eternal value entrusted to my charge, tertained. We trust that neither the
even the purchase of Christ's death, and flattery nor the menaces of those who body?
the price of his blood, his spouse and his hate the Church of England as a “ Is this my office the most valued, the Church, and can scarcely
tolerate it chief
object of my life? Am I applying as an Establishment, will never pre- myself as appointed, 'wholly to this very vail upon his lordship to betray its in- thing, drawing all my cares and studies terests into the hands of its enemies, ble the study of the world and the flesh;'
this way ; laying aside as much as possiwhether secret or avowed, He may and never suffering any temporal avoca