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Death of the Right Rev. TIEODORE with little experience of the depravity DEHON, D. D. Bishop of the Pro- of mankind, he had pursuits, associtestant Episcopal Church in the ates, and prospects calculated to awaState of Ŝouth-Carolina. By the ken all the energies of the mind and Rev. Dr. GADSDEN, Rector of St. heart. While he was pursuing his Philip's Church, Charleston. studies, he engaged in the business of

keeping a School, and on the Lord's Theodore Denon was born in Bos: day officiated as a lay-reader at Camton, on the 8th of December, 1776, * bridge and at Newport. He was, by and in early life was remarked for his his own choice, destined from early personal beauty, the index, in his youth to the sacred office, and was adcase, of a celestial disposition. Un- mitted a Deacon and a Priest, by Bider a good mother he was religiously shop Bass. He received Confirmaeducated. She regularly, on Sunday tion from Bishop SEABURY, the first evenings, heard lier children repeat consecrated of our Bishops. He acthe Catechism-read to them the cepted the charge of Trinity Church Holy Scriptures ; and, at the appointe in Newport, Rhode Island, and, by od seasons, conducted them to the his uncommon prudence, though he Church to be catechised by the Mi- . was then only twenty-one years of nister. In the Latin School of the age, settled some dissentions that had town he passed seven years, and he long existed in the Church, and prohas expressed his approbation of the duced a harmony among its inembers old English system there adopted, and which was never afterwards interhis affection for his preceptor, (the rupted.ll He had the unbounded aflate Mr. Hunt) who, he remarked, fection of this people. LOVED TO TEACH.' He passed the In his first visit to this State, in 1803, four succeeding years at Harvard his health permitted him to officiate University, and here, as at School, only a few times. He was generally received the first honour of his class.t. admired;} and it was observed by one For his alma mater he retained much of our Clergy,s that he should be hapaffection. He loved to look at her py to have that young man Bishop of stately walls, and to speak of his Col- the Diocess. He was soon after invited lege friend, $ and of those families in to be the Assistant Minister of St. the village whose hospitality had Philips Church. He had many insoothed the labours of the Student.- ducements to accept.

The climate He often declared that his happiest was more congenial to his constitu

* He departed this life, August 6, 1817, af: tör an illness of six days.

|| This is stated nearly in the words of a perTHe was among the youngest, if not the son who was a member of his congregation in very youngest in his class at College, being less Newport. than ninetæn years of age when he received $ One of the discourses be preached at that his first degree in the Arts.

time, in our Orphan Assylum, was from the # Courtenus and benevolent to aú, Dr. Dehon text-"And behold the babe wept.He was admitted only a few to his friendship; and, at remarkable for selecting the most striking pagCollege he appears to have bad only one inti- sages as the texts of bis Sermons. máte companion---the late Mr. Francis Chaq. The late Rev. Thomas Fșost, Rector of ning, who was his room mate.

St. Philip's Church. VOL. I.




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tion. The society more diversified. Christ;" and his last from these words, The means of improvement better in IVe are complete in him." He loved this metropolis, and the congregation to dwell on the nature of the Ordinan much larger.

He resisted these con- on the characters of the Saints siderations, and remained at Newport. commemorated by the Church, and

In the year 1808, as a Member of on the excellence of the Liturgy,* 80 the General Convention of the Pro- as to induce his people to value PRAYtestant Episcopal Church, at Balti- ER and the reading of the Scriptures more, he distinguished himself by a

more, and Sermons less. He thought temperate but steady opposition to the that the best preaching was that of proposal for setting forth Additional inspired men, and of our Lord himHyinns : a measure which he disap- self, contained in the lessons read in proved as an innovation on the ser

the daily service. He considered the vice of the Church.

Lord's Supper a great means of inIn the year 1809, the Rectorate of creasing the faithful, and would have St. Michael's Church, in this city, was wished to have it administered every tendered to him, and as his ill health ve- Sunday; and when he became Bijy frequently prevented his officiating, shop, he advised the Clergy in their and it had become evident, that if he visits to the vacant parishes every remained at Newport he must die, he time to 6 set up the altar.He determined to visit South-Carolina; thought, that in general more good and in the course of the winter form

was to be expected from Public Prayhis decision as to his future residence. er, the administration of the SacraWith singular delicacy and candour, ments, Catechising, and the visits of he stated to the Vestry that he felt him- the Clergy, than from Peaching; and, self under obligations to the Church of that too many came to Church to St. Philip for their esteem, evinced hear, not to pray-to gratify taste and in their having twice invited him to curiosity, rather than to humble thembe their Minister; and that on this' selves before God. * * * * account he would prefer that Church In his style he preferred the persuashould it be vacant, and he should sive to the vehement manner; and conclude to remove.

sembled Bishop Honne, and St. JOHN, He had for seven years the sole (his favourite Apostle) rather than charge of the large congregation of HORSELEY, or the Apostles PETER and St. Michael's Church. He wished Paul. His delivery was slow, partly the funds of the Church to accumu- from choice, for he remembered the late, so that his successor might have precept, “ not rash with thy mouth, an assistant but he was unwilling and let not thine heart be hasty to utó

3 that they should be impaired for his ter any thing before God." In Prayer accommodation. His labours here he was engaged heart and mind, and were very great.

On the Lord's succeeded, to a very great degree, in Day he has been engaged in his du- losing sight of the objects around Fies, with Kttle intermission, for nine him. In the offices of Baptism and ör ten hours. He has held Morning the Lord's Supper, his whole deportService, administered the Commu- ment was solemn and affecting. In Dion, and immediately gone to a sick Catechising the little children he had chamber- come thence to Afternoon particular pleasure, and was so interSérvice, and returning to the sick per-. esting that their parents liked to be son, remained with him until nine


In the chamber of sickness o'clock at night. How often was he seen at the altar with a body ready to

* A discourse of his with this title, was pub sink, supported by the vigour of an intonse devotion! In his Sermons he lished at the request of the Society for

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vancement of Christianity in Pennsylvania, constantly presented to his hearers by whom it is now circulated as one of the best * Jesus Christ, and him crucified.tracts on that subject. His discourses on ConHis first Sermon was from the text, vindication of that Ordinance to be found in

firmation are probably, the most complete I am not ashamed of the Gospel of any work.


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Death of Bishop Dehon,

339 and affliction he was often seen, and duties of a public station. In the always a most welcome visitor.* Chair of the State Convention, he ex****** With his brethren of the hibited the utmost dignity and imparClergy, he had now attained the in- tiality, and greatly facilitated busifluence of a Bishop. If there was ness by the collectedness and discrimiany difference of opinion on Ecclesi- nation of his mind. In administering astical affairs, they were led to serious the Episcopal Rites, he had an exdeliberation, and this usually termic pression of air and countenance of wated in a conviction that he was the most engaging character; and right and they were wrong.

Under he preserved his interesting manner his influence « the Protestant Episco. throughout the services, although they pal Society for the Advancement of were protracted for many hours, and Christianity in South-Carolina" was sometimes interrupted by want of organized, and attained unrivaled pros- sympathy in those around him. In perity; the harmony of our State his visitations, he never lost sight of Convention, too long interrupted, was liis proper business. In the social happily restored, and a general dis- circle, the affairs of the Church were position produced in the minds of both made the subject of conversation ; in

; the Clergy and the Laity, to adhere troduced by him, and continued as strictly to the rulest of our excellent long as there was any prospect of doChurch, particularly in relation to ing good. In the vacant Parishes, Baptism, and to the observance of the the Candidates for the Ordinances Festivals. I repeat, these important were often privately instructed by measures were effected, before he was himself; and he would go many miles elected Bishop, by the influence of his out of his way to visit the Christian kind and sensible expostulations. inquirer--the sick and the afflicted,

In the year 1812, the Convention, who had no Minister of their own by an unánimous vote, elected him His duties to his large Congregation our Bishop. Into the views of the would not permit his absence for any pious, in relation to the necessity of length of time ; many of the Parishes this officer, he had heartily entered, were remote from his residence, and but he had sincerely hoped that the his Episcopal visits were necessarily choice would not fall on himself

. made during six months of the year, This was probably the most anxious as in the summer the planters usually moment of his life. In accepting, leave their home : His journeys, said he, there is much responsibility therefore, occasioned much exposure incurred, but there is perhaps as much and fatigue. ******* *** He in declining. He was accustomed to felt much solicitude for those Memlook at both sides of every question. bers of the Church scattered through He put out of view every considera- the country, and particularly in the tion but the Church. * * * * * * *

Western Districts, who had no opHe was Consecrated to the Episco- portunity of enjoying her Ordinances, PATE on the 15th of October, 1812. and corresponded with some of them His life had been rather retired, but on the subject of the course they he soon become familiar with all the should pursue until they became suffin

* It had been a custom among the pious in ciently numerous to form Congregaour community, on the death of a friend, to se

tions. The Candidates for the Minisclude themselves even from the public services try, in our Church, having no reguof the Church; but he succeeded to a great extent in recommending the better example of undertook that arduous office. ****

lar instructor, our Bishop voluntarily David, who under the loss of his child went to the Temple for consolation.

**** He strictly examined their He was strict in his compliance with the attainments when they applied for Rubrics and Canons of the Church, in obedience to his solemn Ordination Vows; and he thought also, that these regulations contained, in ge- # His appearance, while in the act of “ neral, the collected wisdom of the pious in ing on of hands, and at a Consecration, many ages, and that the unity and peace of the as he proceeded up the aisle, is recollected by Church were endangered by a deviation from many, as of a character which the best effort them.

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Holy Orders ; and, in no case ever joy, and considering the measure of consented to dispense with a single re. vital importance to the Church, he quisition of the Canons. He had a declared that its adoption was among great affection for his Clergy. He the happiest events of his life. It is loved them as the Ministers of the to be hoped that the remarks from Lord.

his pen on this subject which were To serve the Clergy he never spared submitted to the Convention, and himself. He “ laboured more abun- which, it is believed, had great infludantlythan they all. He was more ence on the decision, will yet be given than their Bishop--their Friend and to the public. **** * In about Father. It is much to be regretted six weeks from the time of his departhat he never addressed a charge to ture, our Bishop was again with us—in his Clergy. This composition, he the exercise of his duties, with his acconceived, claimed more than ordi- customed activity. On the last day of nary excellence, and his multiplied his health he was at Sullivan's Island, duties did not afford him sufficient lei- occupied with the concerns of the sure. But, in his annual Addresses to Church. He attended to the small the Convention, which were published, as well as the great; and it was pleahe brought to the view of the Clergy, şant to see him, who had so lately and the Church in general, the most been a Chief in our Chief Ecclesiastisuitable cautions and directions. In cal Council, directing his mind to the one of these Addresses, it will be re- minutest matters in the economy of collected, he recommended with affec- a small place of worship-that its seats tionate earnestness, the steady obser- might be arranged so as best to acvance of Family worship.

commodate the congregation, and to The General Convention of the afford a proper situation for the miliProtestant Episcopal Church tary stationed at that Island. His held in Philadelphia, in May, 1814. last visit, and that within a few hours As it was a time of war, he would of his sickness, was to the chamber of have to go by land, and return at a a bereaved mother. There is reason sickly season, through a sickly coun- to believe that the seeds of his distry--but his presence was a duty, and ease were received in the house of a private feeling and convenience were Clergyman, whose family in sickness not regarded. He returned in Au- and trouble he frequently visited, gust, and was sick. With this experi- though he had expressed a conviction once of the hazard of a return to of the hazard to his health in doing our climate at mid-summer, he again so. He went to the grave of the went during the last spring to New. wife ; and, in true affection for an abYork to attend upon the General sent Brother, patiently remained till Convention. Here his reputation was all was done.* His illness was too gloriously consummated. He never severe to admit much conversation. appeared to more advantage. His But the greatest sufferings could not influence seems to have pervaded disturb the serenity of his mind. To both Houses of the Convention. The his attendants he was uniformly kind. establishment of an Academy, under Having made a sudden exclamation the patronage and control of the whole from pain, he immediately observed, Church, for the Education of Candi. Do not suppose that I murmur;" dates for the Ministry, was a mea- and, to calm the bosom of affection, sure attempted by him without suc. he referred to that passage of Scripcess at the preceding. General Con- ture, "Be still und know that'? vention, and still anxiously desired. am God." The 33d chapter of Job He had to encounter strong opposi- having been read to him, he reniarktion ; but he prevailed, and by con- ed, “I do not know whether, (as ciliating suggestions induced a change Job expresses it) my flesh will ever of opinion in some of those who had

* The last letters he wrote were to two abdiffered from him. He felt, on this

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November, 1817.) Death of Bishop Dehon.

341 s again be fresher than a child's ; but was willing to spend and be spent, and " this I know, I am just where I would allow nothing to divert him " would be, in the hands of God.from it. But his conduct in the other He declared that his trust in God had relations of life ought not to pass unnever been shaken; that he knew noticed, for in them also "he was he should carry to God, at death, faithful unto death." * * * * * * * much sinfulness, but that is covered In the intercourse of society he was he said a second time, with emphasis, courteous to all, but he flattered no" that is covered.": Adverting to his body. He was as tender of the feelparticular disease, he said, “Why is ings and reputation of others as of

it that the stranger is subject to this his own, and equally so in their ab& calamity from which the native is sence and presence. He was careful to exempt ? ---but 'God hath set the one avoid giving offence, and

very slow to against the other.'#9 On his last take offence. The wrong must be obday, he was asked what I have men- vious and intended before he would tioned in the beginning of this dis- censure it, and then it was evident that sourse : and also, “with what subject he was discharging a painful duty. He are your thoughts now employed ?" declared his sentiments in relation to and he replied, “ that I would en- wicked conduct without fear or affec deavour to be a more perfect being." tion; and when it was necessary, But you do not depend on your own with the boldness of an Apostle, to merits for Salvation ? “Oh no! I the offender to his face. He had rest on the Saviour ;" or words to charity for those whom he conceived that effect. He quoted, from one of to be in error, But he never could our Collects, the words s increase and be seduced by a specious liberality to multiply upon us thy mercy—and do any thing which might reasonably thus commented_66 increase, not only be considered a compromise of his increasebut multiply. His last quo- own principles. “Charity (he used

tation from Scripture was, “God of to remark) requires me to bear with Abraham, of Isaac, and Jacob,ex- the errors of my brother, not to adopt

, pressive, as I suppose, of his confi- or to approve them.He was forgivdence in that Divine Faithfulness on ing to those who had injured him. If which the Patriarchs rested, and in he suffered long, he was still kind; the Divine Mercy, which is from gene- when he was reviled, he imitated ration to generation. As his end his Lord and Master, and reviled not drew near, he was silent and still, again ; and, when unjustly accused, His eyes looked lovelier when fixed 4 he answered not." He was most on the Angels ready to receive his beneficent. He attached no importSpirit. His countenance had the ex- ance to the possession of wealth, expression of his happiest and most pious cept so far as it would enable him to moments. It was turned from earth go more about and do more good. ** and friendship unto Heaven and God.

* * * * * * * * In the near rela$ Mark the upright, for the end of tions of life, he appeared with unithat man is peace.

form tenderness of heart and steadThe great and peculiar characte. fastness of Christian principle. He ristic of Dr. DEHON was devotedness was a dutiful Son, a kind Brother, to God and his Ministry. In this an affectionate Husband and Parent, cause he left his quiet home, his se- and the most generous and faithful of lect friends, his favourite studies and Friends. Of his Mother he delighted contemplations, and entered into ge- to converse.

* * * * Of his neral society, for which he had no feelings towards the dearest of his retaste, and on a life of perpetual acti- latives, I would that I were allowed to vity, which was uncongenial both speak, for they gave rise to some of his with his disposition and his habits. In most interesting remarks. Blessed be this cause he spared no sacrifice, and God! they will afford unspeakable comdeclined no difficulty and danger; he forts to the heart to whom they belong, * Ecclesiastes, chap. yii. .

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