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November, 1817.]
Bishop Hobart's Address.

327 the sins of mankind, and purchase the Rev. Evan Malbone Jahnson, elected eternal salvation in heaven for us, Rector of that Church, and the Rev. Wilgrant that I may never forfeit that liam Creighton, elected Rector of St. inestimable blessing, by leading a vi- Mark's Church, New-York, to the Holy cious and ungodly life; but may daily Order of Priests. In April I visited the endeavour, by the assistance of thy Church at Eastchester, and admitted to holy spirit, to live soberly, righte- the same order, the Rev. Ravaud Kearney, ously, and godly in this present who had lately commenced his labours in world, and thus to secure thy favour that congregation; the Rev. Petrus $. to me, so long as thou shalt continue

Ten Broeck,elected Rector of the churches me in this mortal state ; that so when

at Fishkill, Phillipstown, and Peekskill; thou shalt please, in thy wise and good providence, to put an end to my

and the Rev. George Weller, Missionary being here, I may be prepared for in Westchester county.

. that happy, glorious, and immortal

I recently repeated my visit to the conone, which is above, with thee in gregation at Eastchester, and received, heaven; where I may, with thy holy in common with the Clergyman who acangels and saints, sing thy praises to companied me, unusual gratification in all eternity. Grant this, heavenly the view of above 70 persons, principally Father, I most humbly beseech thee, young, coming forward to Confirmation, for thine own infinite compassion's with more than ordinary evidences of the sake, and the infinite merits of my devout sensibility excited by this offering dear Saviour, to whom with thee and of themselves to God. Each one of these the Holy Ghost, be all honour and had been visited and instructed in refer. glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

ence to this holy solemnity, by their Pas.

tor, who, within a short time previous, DIOCESS OF New-YORK.

had administered baptism to 36 adult perADDRESS of the Righ. Rev. Bishop Ho

His assiduous labours have col. BART, to the Convention of the Protestant lected, through the Divine blessing, a nuEpiscopal Church in the State of Nerve merous congregation, and inspired among York, October 22, 1817.

them a zeal which has led them, at very My Brethren of the Clergy and Laity,

considerable expense, to repair and beau. The congregations of this Diocess hav. tify their Church ; in defraying which, ing been frequently and generally visited,

individuals, who earn their support by there has not been a necessity, in this re

their daily labour, have contributed'se. spect, for as extensive a course of duty as

veral hundred dollars. The increase of the usual, through the past year. In the

numbers and the piety of this congregamonth of November last I visited and held tion, has been effected by assiduity in pa. Confirmations in the churches at Hudson rochial labours, and by the frequent per and Cattskill. In the month of December formance of the service of the Church, I paid a visit to the distant congregation without a departure from her prescripof Canandaigua, and consecrated a re- tions, or the introduction of modes of markably beautiful and commodious build. exciting the feelings which her sober in. ing to the service of Almighty God ac

stitutions do not warrant. cording to the rites of our Church, and The example of this congregation, and administered the ordinance of Confirma. of the congregations at Hampton and tion. This eongregation much'indebt. Granville, under the care of one of the ed for its flourishing condition, to the la

Missionaries in Washington county, in bours of the Missionary who principally

addition to that in the city of Troy, to officiates there, the Rev. Henry U. Onder.

which, in a former address, I called your donk. In March last I visited the Church attention, and to others which might be at Newtown, which, by the laudable exer

mentioned, proves that the advancement tions of the Clergyman and congregation, of piety in our Church does not demand a had been recently repaired, and rendered recourse to any means than those which very neat and commodious; and admitted

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of ages has sanctioned. Let the minister, pute to her the strange policy of introducas frequently as circumstances wil) admit, ing into her own bosom, the principles of : assemble his congregation for divine wor. disorder and schism, and, perhaps, of lieship; let him be faithful in proclaiming resy and enthusiasmo. to the people committed to his charge the My brethren of the Clergy-suffer me whole counsel of God, and the distinguish- seriously and affectionately, with a view ing truths of the dispensation of mercy and to guard, not against present, but possible grace through a Redeemer ; let him dili. evils, lo fortify these sentiments by an augently attend to parochial visitation and ca. thority to which an appeal ought never to techetical instruction; let him publicly and be made in vain. It is the authority of privately call his people not only to a de- one whose piety was as humble and fer, vout attendance on those public ordinan- vent as his judgment was penetrating and ces, by which, in the exercise of peni- discriminating, and his learning extensive : tence and faith, their union with their Re- and profound. It is the authority of one, deemer is maintained, but to private and too, who lived in those times when the priconstant intercourse with Heaven, in pi- vate associations commenced, the effects ous reading, meditation, and prayer; let of which he deprecated, but which were him thus be instant “in season, out of finally awfully realized in the utter subseason," and his labours will be blessed, version of the goodly fabric of the Church generally in the increase of the numbers whose ministry he adorned, and in the triof his congregation, but always in their umph, on her ruins, of the innumerable establishment in substantial piety agreea- forms of heresy and schism. The judibly to the principles of the Church. This cious Hooker thus speaks, in that work should be the great object, and this is the on Ecclesiastical Polity, in which he debest reward of the services of her ministers. livers so many lessons of profound wis

No opinion is more unfounded than that dom : “To him who considers the grievthere is a deficiency as to the means of ous and scandalousinconveniences wherepious instruction and devotion in the unto they make themselves daily subject, forms of our Church. She has provided with whom any blind and secret corner is Daily Morning and Evening Prayer; and judged a fit house of common prayer; the hence her ministers, when circumstances manifold confusion which they fall into, admit and require, can assemble their where every man's private spirit and gift, flocks for any purposes of Christian edifi- as they term it, is the only Bishop that cation, not only daily, but twice in the ordaineth him to this ministry; the irk. day, and lead their devotions to Heaven some deformities whereby, through endin prayers, to the use of which he hath less and senseless effusions of indigested bound himself by the most solemn obliga- prayers, they who are subject to no cer

tions, and than which surely no one of her tain order, but "pray both what and how ! ministers will presume to think that he they list, often disgrace, in most insuffera

can make better. But to suppose that ble manner, the worthiest part of Chrisour Church, while she thus furnishes pub- tian duty towards God; to him, I say, lic edifices for the celebration of the so- who weigheth duly all things, the reasons cial devotion of her members, varrants cannot be obscure, why God doth in public "their meeting elsewhere, except where prayer so much regard the solemnity of peculiar circumstances, in the want of a places where, the authority and calling of public building, or in the size of a parish, persons by whom, and the precise appointTender it necessary; or to suppose that ment, even with what words and sentences, while she thus fully provides in her insti- his name shall be called on, amongst his tutions for the Christian edification of her people." members, she thinks it can be necessary, Confirmation has also been administered for this purpose, to have recourse to pri- in the churches at Jamaica, Hempstead, vate meetings, the devotions of which and North Hempstead ; and, on Sunday tend to disparage the Liturgy, and even- last, I confirmed above 60 persons in the tually to lesson the relish for its fervent Church at Brooklyn; to the charge of hut well-ordered services, would be to im. whtch the Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, has so numerous that the funds are not adeto the order of Deacons ; and the Rey.

November, 1817.)
to the Convention of New-l'ork.

329 been recently elected; the Rev. John P. K. It is my duty to state that, agreeably Henshaw, the late Rector, having removed to the Canons, 1 have suspended from the to the Diocess of Maryland ; where the ministry the Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector Rev. Ralph Williston, the Rev. Edmund of St. Peter's Church, Albany; and the D. Barry, and the Rev. George Weller, Rev. Ņathan Felsh, residing in Putnam have also removed. The Rey. Adam

county: Empie has removed to the state of North- The following are candidates for or. Carolina, and the Rev. Abiel Carter to ders in this Diocess : William Richmond, Pennsylvania. The Rev. Henri L. P. F. Thomas Osborn, George W. Woodruff, Péneveyre has been instituted Rector of Diodatus Babcock, James P. Cotter, Lethe French Church Du St. Esprit, New- veret Bush, Intrepid Morse, George UpYork; and the Rev. William Creighton fold, John Grigg, George B. Andrews, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the Bow- Alexis P. Proal, James Bowden, James P. ery, New-York, vacant by the resignation F. Clarke. Several other young men, to of the Rev. Dr. Harris, who devotes him- the number of eight or ten, are ready to self to the discharge of his duties as Pre- be admitted, or preparing for admission. sident of Columbia College. The Rev. New Bible and Common Prayer Book Daniel M‘Donald has removed from his Societies have been established in various services as Missionary at Auburn, and its parts of the state. vicinity, to the charge of the Academy Sunday Schools have been organized in and Church at Fairfield, in the place of this city, in union with our Church, which the Rev. Virgil H. Barber ; and the Rev. promise the most beneficial effects; and David Huntington, from Charlton to Wa- referring to some public documents on this terville, Delaware county. The Rev. subject," I suggest the formation of simiHenry Anthon, Deacon, officiates as Mi- lar schools in every congregation in the nister of St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Diocess. Dutchess county. Christ Church, Ball. The Missionaries continue, as usual, ston, Saratoga county, has been removed their laborious and important duties. No to the village of Ballston-Spa, in the same Diocess in the union affords a more excounty, and the services of the Rev. Jo. tensive field for Missionary labours, or seph Perry are confined to that Church, has contributed so largely to this object. so that St. James's Church, Milton, has And this must be our apology for not become vacant.

uniting at present with other Diocesses in I must record the removal by death of the important work of contributing to the the venerable Dr. Bowden, Professor in support of Missionaries in the western Columbia College, whose meritorious states. But it is with pain I state the services to the Church, in the defence of fact, of the necessity of the reduction of her principles, will long be gratefully re- the number, or of the salaries of the Mismembered ; and the Rev. Henry Moscrop, sionaries, unless the funds for their sup. a resident Clergyman in New-York. port, from the voluntary contributions of

In addition to the ordinations already the congregations, be enlarged. The inmentioned, Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D. crease of our congregations in the new now officiating at Duanesburgh ; Richard settlements, and the prosperity of others, F. Cadle, at Goshen ; Asahel Davis, offi- will thus be seriously retarded. A geneciating in some vacant congregations in rous individual has made a donation of the western district; Samuel Nichols, $250 ; and a pious and spirited MissionTutor in the Academy at Fairfield ; Wil- ary Society, principally of young men, liam H. Northrop, officiating at Auburn; have added to the Missionary Fund the George W. Norton, officiating in the west- sum of $800. But our Missionaries are ern part of the state, have been admitted

quate to their support. I trust, it will be Joshua M. Rogers, Deacon, Missionary at the object of us all, to increase the means Turin, Lewis county, and adjacent, to that of providing Missionaries, and thus most of Priests,

See pages 295----302.


effectually to secure the extension and similar pursuits and views supply both prosperity of the Church. When she the most advantageous means of theolopieeds all our contributions for religious gical improvement, and the most powerpurposes, ought they to be applied else- ful motives diligently and faithfully to emwhere?

ploy these means.

A candidate for orNew congregations at Buffalo, Roches- ders thus situated, directed by able, affec. ter, (Genesee-Falls,) Monticello, Ticon- lionate, and pious professors, having acderoga, Redhook, and Mamaroneck, have cess to richly furnished libraries, assobeen organized.

ciated in the exorcises of piety, as well as In my provisional charge, according to in his studies with those who are preparthe Canons, of the Diocess of Connecticut, ing for the exalted office of ministers of my visitations have been so general, that, Christ and stewards of the mysteries of it is presumed, little more of my services God, would make much greater and more there will be necessary, until the elec- substantial progress in all the preparation of a Bishop for that Diocess. It is tory qualifications for the ministry, than desirable that circumstances should admit if left to solitary instruction, and solitary of this being soon effected.

study. In the month of May a meeting of the But a still further, and most eminent General Convention of our Church was benefit of the contemplated Theological held in this city, which, from the respect. School, will consist in the pecuniary aids ability of its members, and the objects which it will furnish to youths of piety and of its counsels, excited great interest. talents, who are destitute of the funds to Among the measures there adopted, pro. procure the necessary education for the vision was made for the establishment of ministry. Young men of this description a Theological School under the auspices have often furnished the brightest examof the General Convention. The Clergy- ples of ministerial fidelity, talents, and man appointed to collect subscriptions in zeal. Many such, however, are now lost this Diocess, is pursuing his arduous to the Church, from the want of funds work with all that zeal which a strong with which to aid them in procuring the sense of the importance of the object can necessary education.

There can be no, inspire; and by the documents with species of benevolence more grateful to which he is furnished, and his own judi. the friends of religion, and of the tempocious representations, is calling forth the ral and eternal happiness of mankind, liberality of the community.

than that which takes a youth of piety But I think I should fail in my duty, if and talents, from a state of depression I neglected to impress on you, my bre- and obscurity, and furnishing him with thren, and through you, on the Episcopa. the means of education and of theological lians of the Diocess, the immense impor. study, prepares him for becoming the retance of the proposed Theological Esta- spectable and successful herald of the blishment. There cannot be an object pre- cross of the Redeemer, and the dispenser, sented to them, which has equal claims under God, of spiritual blessings to his on their beneficence. Without a ministry fellow-men. the Church cannot exist ; and destitute of But for all these purposes for the sa. a learned, as well as a pious ministry, she laries of Professors, fôr procuring libracannot flourish. These are axioms, which ries, for supporting candidates for the it would be an insult to the understanding 'ministry destitute of pecuniary means, of any person to suppose that he denies for erecting the requisite buildings, or doubts. As a general proposition, it funds are necessary, and large funds. is also true, that the ministry will not be This, then, is no ordinary call on the lidistinguished for learning, unless there berality of Episcopalians. It is a call, on are public institutions, which, in the pro- the successful issue of which, in procur. fessorships attached to them, in the li- ing large contributions, depend, if not braries with which they are furnished, the existence, certainly the extension and and in the association of young men of prosperity of their Church. I would re


November, 1817.] Syrian Christians in India.

331 spectfully say to you, brethren, especially was very great; still greater when I

, my brethren of the Laity, and to Episco. took up their Syrian books and began palians in general.m-Look at what is done to read; and when I showed them in this respect, by other Christian denomina- my printed Syriac books, which they tions--professorships handsomely endowed, could read. They produced the commodious buildings, extensive libraries, Scriptures, and their Liturgy; also numerous students. They annually send Lexicons and Grammars, Syrian and forth ministers disciplined by the exer


The Malayalim, or procises of piety, and fitted by the studies per Malabar, is a dialect distinct from of the School for the eloquent and faith the Tamul; but the character is

nearly the same. It is considered by ful exercise of their functions. Ought we

the learned Brahmins of this coast as not to be alarmed for the welfare of our

the eldest and legitimate daughter of own Church, destitute as she is of all

thie Stranscrit. public provision for theological education?

In the evening the church was Benevolent individuals of other denomi- lighted up for prayers, at which a nations freely bestow contributions to this good many of the people attended. Noobject to the amount of hundreds, and fre. thing objectionable appeared at this quently of thousands of dollars. Should

service, The priests pronounced the we not be excited to, at least, equal libe. prayers without book, and chaunted rality in the cause of a Church which has their hymns, having their faces turned every possible claim on our affection, and towards the altar. They have 10 on our zealous exertions ? Many Episco. images, but on the walls were paintpalians in this city, and elsewhere in the ings from subjects of Scripture history. state, have already liberally contributed. One of the elders, named Thomas, They will have the prayers and the grati

or Didymus, stepped forward and tude of the Church, and affording the said, “ To convince you, Sir, of our most effectual means of perpetuating the

earnest desire to have the Bible in blessings of our holy religion, they will the Malayalim tongue, I need oniy have the gratitude of posterity; they will

mention that I have lately translatnot be forgotten, for this good which

ed the Gospel of St. Matthew for

the benefit of my own children. It is they have done, by their God. May their example be emulated by others; may every It is not in fine language ; but the

often borrowed by the other families. Episcopalian, when called on for his sub- people love to read it. scription to the Theological School, con

But how,' said the old priest, sider that he is to make his contribution

shall we know that your standard to an object of more importance to the in


is a true translation of our Biterests of religion and the Church, than any ble? We cannot depart from our other for which he can be solicited ; and own Bible. It is the true book of which, therefore, demands the largest ex. God, without corruption; that book ercise of beneficence.

which was first used by the Christians. JOHN HENRY HOBART. at Antioch. What translations you New-York, October 22, 1817.

have got in the West we know not ;

but the true Bible of Antioch we SYRIAN CHRISTIANS IN INDIA. have had in the mountains of Malabar (From Pearson's Life of Dr. Buchanan.)

for fourteen hundred years, or longer. Early in November I left the sea. Some of our copies are from ancient coast, having first supplied myself with times; so old and decayed, that they plenty of gold and silver. I directed can scarcely be preserved much lon

. my course towards Mavelica, the first ger.' I rejoiced when I heard this. Syrian Church.

But how,' repeated the aged priest, The kusheeshass (priests) received shall we know that your western me on my arrival with much civility, Bible is the same as ours ?' I have perceiving that I was accompanied by here,' said I, ' a western Syrian Bible, the Rajah's servants. Their curi- which yourselves can read; and I have

l oşity to know the object of my visit an English Bible, which will be inter**


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