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July, 1817. Bishop Hobart's Address to the Episcopalians of Connecticut. 207 simple, sublime, and fervent devotion, retarded. May I be permitted to are constantly obtaining a stronger suggest to the consideration of the hold on the understandings and the Laity, the duty of making zealous hearts of the people.
There is rea- efforts to remedy one cause of the son to hope that she will be that fold removal of the Clergy from the Di. of the Redeemer in which the friends ocess, the inadequacy in some cases of genuine Christianity, long assailed of the provision for their support. It by conflicting systems, and exposed can hardly be expected that Clergyto the attacks of heresy and schism, men in this state should refuse to acwill at length find rest, in the enjoy. cept situations of equal usefulness, ment of evangelical truth, apostolic and of greater temporal comfort, order, and primitive worship. should they offer elsewhere. I am
This happy result will very much far from supposing that there is a dedepend on the measures that are pur- ficiency of liberality in proportion to sued to preserve the Church in Con- the means of the congregations; but Decticut in that purity by which she should those means be in any cases has been hitherto distinguished. For unfortunately inferior to those enthis purpose too much attention can- joyed in other states, there can be not be paid to procuring a pious, or- no remedy for the inconvenience, but thodox, and learned ministry, by ex- in more zealous exertions, and more citing youth of piety and talents, to liberal contributions. engage in the sacred office, and by My brethren of the Clergy and assisting thein in their preparatory Laity, I cannot avoid calling your atstadies. Apart from the provision tention to the important station which which the General Convention con- the Church in this Diocess occupies. template in a Theological Seminary She has for some time furnished, and for the whole Church, the Episcopal it is probable will long continue to Academy in this Diocess will still furnish the Church in other states be worthy of patronage, not only as with Clergymen and Laymen. Her a nursery for the general theological Clergy and Laity have always been institution, but as a school of sound celebrated for their attachment to religious instruction for the young the distinguishing principles of the laymen of our Church. It must be Church, and for zeal, firmness, and gratifying to the Convention to learn perseverance in advocating those prinfrom the venerable Clergyman who ciples. To this circumstance, under has so long assiduously laboured as God, may be attributed, in no inconthe head of this Seminary, that it is siderable degree, the general diffunow unusually flourishing, and that sion and prevalence of sound Church several of the students are preparing principles. Let it, then, be the safor Holy Orders. The union of re- cred object of all your counsels, and ligious with classical and scientific all your exertions, to preserve and instruction, cannot fail to render this increase the same zealous, firm, and institution of eminent advantage to persevering attachment to the distinthe Church.
guishing tenets of the Church. The There can be no doubt but that recovery of man from a state of sin circumstances are eminently favour- and misery, by the merits and grace able to the increase of the Church in of a divine Redeemer, applied and this state, in which there prevails a received in union with that mystical spirit of religious inquiry which is body, the Church, for which he shed calculated to advance the cause of his blood, and which he sanctifies and truth. The want, however, of Cler- rules by his Spirit; the establishment gymen is seversly felt. This Diocess and the preservation of this union, hás supplied the Church in many under the influence of the Divine other states, particularly in the Dio- Spirit, by the ministrations of Bishops, cess of New-York, with Clergymen; Priests, and Deacons, which have and her own increase and prosperity been from the Apostle's times," and have, in consequence, beon somewhat which “God, by his Divine Provi
dence and Holy Spirit, appointed;" Missionary Fund of the Diocess of the commencement of the spiritual New-Jersey. life in the regenerating sacrament of ART. III. The business shall be baptism, and the indispensible change transacted by a Board of nine Maof the evil tempers and habits of our nagers, who shall be annually elected fallen nature, through the renew. by a majority of votes of the attending of the Holy Ghost,” obtained in ing members. the exercise of penitence and faith, Art. IV. The Officers shall be, a by pious reading, meditation, and President, a Vice-President, a Secreprayer, and by devout attendance on tary, and a Treasurer.
The Bishop the ordinances of the Church-these of this Diocess shall be, ex officio, are the principles which pervade our President of the Society. The other Articles and Liturgy; which are de- Officers shall be chosen by the Board rived from the sacred fountain of Ho- of Managers-a majority of votes to ly Writ; and which adorned the first determine the choice. and purest ages of Christianity. My Art. V. The subscriptions to this brethren of the Clergy-by inculcat- Society shall be semi-annually, or aning these principles, by uniting, what nually, paid in advance. Any sum the fashionable spirit and measures subscribed shall constitute a memberof Christians in the present day tend ship. to separate, evangelical doctrine and ART. VI. A Comınittee of five Maapostolic order, we shall prove our- nagers shall be a Board for the transselves to be trueChurchmen-we shall action of business, whose duty it be faithful to our ordination vows- shall be to solicit subscriptions from we shall promote the prevalence of the opulent and pious. Their stated genuine piety, neither degenerating meetings shall be quarterly ; for the into cold formality, nor disgraced by purpose of ascertaining what monies the excesses of enthusiasm--faithful have been received, which shall be to the trust committed to us, we shall then remitted to the Treasurer of the do our parts through good report and Convention. through evil report, in the midst of ART. VII. After the first election, all the heresies and schisms that cor- Easter Monday shall be the day when rupt and divide Christians, to preserve the Board of Managers shall be anthe faith once delivered to the saints, nually chosen; and all subscriptions and the Church as she was establish- shall become due on that day. ed by her Divine Founder, “ all glo- At a meeting of the Episcopalians rious within, her clothing of wrought in the village of Paterson, convened gold;" and thus we shall be the in- in the Dutch Church, 28th May, stinments, in God's good time, of 1817, the above Constitution was making her“ a praise and joy through- adopted, and the following gentlemen out the earth.”
duly elected Officers and Managers May our divine Lord and Master for the ensuing year. hear our prayers, and aid by his Spirit our counsels and our labours- The Right Rev. John Croes, D. D. Presi: and to his name be the praise.
JOHN HENRY HOBART. Mr. Mark Collet, Vice-President.
Mr. Henry Morris, Secretary.
Mr. Holsman, Mr. Parker, Constitution of the Paterson Church
Mr. Crane, Mr. Flood. Missionary Society, instituted May
Mr. Connor. 28, 1817.
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ADDRESS to the Convention of the Diocess; and the Rev. Mr. Saf
Eastern Diocess, holden at Wind- ford-the last on account of ill sor, Vermont, September 25, 1816, health. A large proportion of our by the Right Rev. Bishop GRIS- few Churches remains vacant; and
it is deeply to be lamented that our MY FRIENDS AND BRETHREN,
Clergy should, by any necessity, be
constrained to leave this Diocess, THROUGH the merciful goodness where their labours are so much of our God and Saviour, we are needed. But from the number and permitted once more to convene for character of the Candidates still on the very important purpose of con- the lists, and of others expected sulting on the interest and welfare of soon to become Candidates, it is that portion of Christ's Church in- humbly to be hoped, that our trusted to our ministry and over. Churches, through the Lord's mersight, and to transact such business ciful goodness, may soon be in some as by its constitution and usage, ap- better degree supplied. Some, we pertains to this Convention. It be trust, will be found, whose zeal for comes my duty at this time to lay the Lord's work, and whose circumbefore you a statement of
perproceedings since our last meeting, mit them to labour with less immeand such other things respecting the diate expectation of temporal represent condition of our Churches, ward. But a complete remedy of as may assist your deliberations, and this evil cannot be expected till the lead to those measures which shall cause is removed. While best promote their interest and pros. Churches continue poor, and the perity.
pecuniary emoluments of those who There have been admitted, as officiate in them, inadequate to a Candidates for Holy Orders, Fona- decent support, candidates will still than M. Wainwright, Gideon Olney, be discouraged from entering our George T. Chapman, Joseph R. An- Churches, and of those who have drus, Alston Gibbs, Benjamin B. entered, some will remove to those Smith, Reuel Keith, George Otis, parts where temporal comforts are and Tafts.
more abundant. To the Holy Order of Deacons Those who have been ordained, have been admitted, Walter Cran- and still continue with us, are enston, John L. Blake, Stephen Beach, gaged in the ministry of the word. Thomas Carlile,Chever Felch, George Mr. Carlile officiates in Salem, and S. White, Joseph R. Andrus, and Mr. Andrus in Marblehead. Those George T. Chapman. Also, the Rev. two Churches, so lately in a low deTitus Strong, and the Rev. John clining state, are now increasing and L. Blake, Deacons, have been or- prosperous. Mr. Felch is Chaplain dained Priests.
in the Navy, and stationed at BosThe Rev, Aaron Humphrey has ton, where he officiates successfully removed to Connecticut; the Rev. in the duties of his office, and ocMr. Cranston to Georgia; the Rev. casionally supplies some of the vaFoab G. Cooper has also Jeft this cant Churches. Mr. White officiates VALI
as a Missionary in Newton, Bridge- commenced, is one of the best proofs water, and other places. Mr. Strong of the increasing zeal amongst our is settled in Greenfield, overaChurch people, for the service of God, and which, though but recently organ- support of his holy worship. It is ized, is remarkably prosperous and a zeal which ought much to be enflourishing, and for zeal and prompt couraged, and a work to which we attention to every duty, entitled to should lend every possible aid. The much praise.
want of Churches is one of the great In speaking of Greenfield, our at- inconveniences which we have to tention is naturally called to Mon- contend with. At Bellows Falls, tague, a small neighbouring town, also in Lenox and Hopkinton, in where a number of families, who Massachusetts, are Churches erecthave formed themselves into an ing. Episcopal Society, duly organized, Mr. Blake is settled at Pawtucket, regularly meet for divine service. or North-Providence, where the The few Clergymen who have vie prospects are highly pleasing. There, sited this flock, speak in the highest in a short time, a new and flourishterms of their seriousness and atten- ing parish has arisen, who are now tion to good order. Acting from building a handsome Church. And conscientious motives, though with what is most pleasing, true godlidiscouraging prospects, they have ness, we trust, is much increased counted the cost, and resolutely, among them. Many have been with laudable zeal, have commenced awakened to the glorious truths, a good work ; and in its progress and have experienced the unspeakappear to have conducted them- able comforts of the Saviour's Gosselves with great prudence and ma- pel. Their minister is entitled to ture deliberation. Like the wise much praise for his pious labours Bereans, they search for informa. and active zeal among them. The tion, that they may have a reason Church in Providence, though of of the hope that is in them. The long standing, has almost become a Lord, we trust, will bless their zeal; new one, by the renovating work of and they surely merit all the encou- the Lord among them. It is now ragement and assistance that we can one of the largest in the Diocess.
In Bridgewater is a small parish, And not they only : this instance highly meriting our grateful consiis but a sample of the devout ardour deration. Though very few in numwhich prevails in many parts of the ber, they have finished, we may alDiocess. Mr. Beach is now offici- most say rebuilt, their little Church, ating in Fairfield, Shelden, and St. and it has been lately consecrated to
Ibans, in Vermont; and of his the service of Almighty God. The success we have the most pleasing Rev. Mr. White officiates with them intelligence. A very considerable at present one half of the time. number of communicants have al- Other Clergymen have kindly asready been added to those Church- sisted them, and no kindness can be es. Large congregations attend his better bestowed. The praise of preaching. A spirit of religious in- that little flock should be in all the quiry and awakened concern for the Churches. In South-Boston, a new one thing needful, extensively pre- Episcopal Society is incorporated, vails in those parts; and cheering and in a promising state of increase are the prospects of still greater in- and prosperity. During this precrease, both in members and piety. sent tour, I have marked with great At Fairfield they are erecting a satisfaction the pious zeal which aphouse for the worship of God, and pears in several places. The very already is the pious work in great great exertions now making by the forwardness. Indeed the number parish in Lenox to erect a Church, of new Churches which are now entitle them to much praise and building, or will probably soon be every possible encouragement. In
July, 1817.] Convention of the Eastern Diocess.
211 Middlebury, it has pleased the Lord tion, are truly pious, and such as to pour out of his Spirit, and awaken will, through divine grace,“ lead many to righteousness. They also the rest of their life according to this have it in serious contemplation, to beginning ;” and that a very consierect a house to the worship of Al- derable number more, of the like demighty God; and it is earnestly scription, are now ready to be concommended to the friends of our firmed. There is cause, however, communion, to assist them in a still for repeating, what was observwork which is so very important ed before you at our last Convenand interesting to our Church. tion, that we do not, so generally as
Since the last meeting of this con- we ought, avail ourselves of the vention, being invited, according to practical benefits of this ordinance. the directions of the 20th Canon, I The two sacraments excepted, there have visited some of the Churches in is none which has been so blest Connecticut, and confirmed, in Mid- among us, wherever it has been addletown, Hartford, and Warehouse- ministered. Point, 131 persons.
I admitted With lively gratitude to the FaEzekiel Gear and Reuben Sherwood ther of Mercies, and the great to the order of Deacons ; and the Head of the Church, we are bound Rev. Birdsey G. Noble, Alpheus to acknowledge, that at no former Gear, Harry Groswell, and Aaron period has the general state of reliHumphrey, Deacons, were ordained gion, in this Diocess, been so vigorPresbyters. I have heard, though ous and promising. In many places not by any official notice, that the are small societies forming, or peoChurches in Connecticut have since ple desirous to form them; and a placed themselves under the care of call for Clergymen and missionary Bishop Hobart. The invitation labours is heard in almost every previously given is therefore, no part. But of these there is great doubt, revoked.
deficiency. Frequently is the reMost of the Churches also in this quest made by Churches destitute, Diocess have I, in the same time, that ministers may be sent them; visited once, and some of them twice but we have none to send : nor can or three times. But with deep re- we, but in a small degree, avail ourgret it must be acknowledged, that selves of these favourable circumthe duties of a parish, and other stances. It is painful, that there causes, have hitherto rendered im- should be this famine of hearing the practicable such frequent visitations, word of God, and no means be as the good of the Churches re- found to relieve it. How fervently, quires; and some especially of those and without ceasing, ought we to most remote have been too long pray the Lord of the harvest, that neglected.
he will send labourers into it. Had Confirmation has been adminis
We a competent
number of such latered once, or more, in Bridgewa. bourers, as the Lord himself sends, ter, Greenfield, Salem, Newburyhow gloriously would his work inport
, Cambridge, Great-Barrington, crease ! Lenox, and Lanesborough, in Mas- By reason of the excellent organsachusetts ; in Bristol, Rhode ization of our Church, in its general Island ; and in Arlington and Mid- constitution; the judicious transac
d; dlebury, in Vermont. The whole tion of so much of its business by number confirmed is but 194. It Standing Committees, and the haris expected soon, the Lord permit- mony which, through the divine ting, that there will be confirmations blessing, has so happily prevailed in in some of our largest Churches. this Diocess, there is but little of orThough the number is small, there dinary business to be done at our is reason to believe, and there is Conventions. This is a circummuch comfort in believing, that the stance highly favourable, not only in few who have received confirma- regard to its causes, now noticed