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it may be observed, that they were of tions of the most intricate natyre. the first order, for in the various situ- In the various situations in which he ations in which he was called to act was placed through life, he could alhe always held the first rank.
ways find some precept to guide and His imagination was some promise to comfort his heart. lively, and in early life had been cul- It was this complete knowledge of the tivated. His memory was remarkably Scriptures and skill in applying them quick and retentive. His judgment which rendered him so valuable a was eminently sound. His opinions, counsellor in the time of temptation on subjects not connected with his and trouble. He could not be satisprofession, were seldom incorrect, and fied with a cold performance of duty, were eagerly sought by his friends. but wished, in the service of God and He had a complete command of his his fellow creatures, to do all he could, intellectual resources, and could use and to become every day more and them with equal advantage in public more capable of usefulness. He placed and his study. His mind had an energy before himself the standard of Scriptuwhich was not to be controled by the ral perfection, and in dependance on fatigue of the body. In the services of the assistance of the Spirit of God, the Sanctuary, long protracted, when pursued it with ardour and perseverhis body was ready to sink, his mind ance even unto death.
To be holy was still in full exercise, and after a was his ruling desire, and was the last tedious journey he could apply him- wish which he expressed. It was the self during the greater part of the consciousness of his distance from this night, to the preparation of a Sermon, standard which rendered him so humor to a conversation maintained with ble and condescending. his usual ability. His attainments in Of his faults, for who is he that knowledge were extraordinary, con- sinneth not, I know more from his sidering that from twenty-one years Own declarations than from observas of age he had been occupied with tion. They were such as persons in the active duties of a large congrega- general would not have noticed, but tion, and he was continually adding they seldom escaped the attention of to his stock of improvement. His his own bright perception. In his studies being interrupted during the person he was rather above the midday, were often continued through dle height, and though not slender, the greater part of the night; and it yet by no means robust. His eye liad appears, in some instances, to the the greatest sweetness of expression, dawn of morning
and his countenance was expressive I will, now, briefly state what I chiefly of settled conviction on great conceive to be prominent excellencies points and inward peace. When he in the character of Bishop DEHON. smiled, it bore the features of benevoIn the first place, inflexibility. *** lence; and, when he looked grave, * * * * * His character had the or- of piety. nament of ineekness. * * * * * * * I have thought, my friends, that Another excellence in his character this particular account of a faithful was discretion. ******* His man would be useful. He was placed sense of gratitude ought to be men- by the Providence of God in a variety tioned, for it was peculiarly lively. ** of situations, and in all of them acted * * * * * * * * His character was well. In youth and manhood, in strictly forıned on Christian princi- sickness and health, in adversity and ples. He referred every thing to prosperity, in private and public life, the Scriptures. He was accustomed in the world, in the Church, and at to ask himself, how would my Saviour the hour of death, let us be followers have acted under such circumstances, of him, as he was of Christ. This caand in this way resolved several ques- reer of usefulness is now arrested by
the hand of death. This bright ex* He thought that the religion founded on *eeling rather than principle, was usaglly in ample lives only in memory. Those consistent and short lived.
lessons of wisdom, to which you listened with more and more delight, will you find such a rare combination and which you fondly hoped your of mind and manners, of knowledge children's children might enjoy, are and goodness, of zeal and prudence ? now hushed in the silence of the grave. May God pour upon you the influenThe widow and the fatherless have ces of his Holy Spirit, that you may lost their protector and patron. The “perceive what things you ought to hopes of our Church are scattered 66 do, and also may have grace, and to the winds. Surely this is a time “power faithfully to fulfil the same." to weep and be sad-to humble our- My Friends of St. Michael's Conselves under the mighty hand of God; gregation, on this occasion, while to come into his tabernacle, and fall you weep for yourselves and your low on our knees before his footstool, children, you have the sympathy of and to say, “We have sinned: we the whole Diocess, of other Congrehave done wickedly: to us belongeth gations in this city, of many persons confusion of faces as at this day, but in other States, and of the venerable to thee, O Lord our God, belongeth Fathers, the Bishops of our Church. righteousness and mercy for ever. To have had for several years the
Gentlemen of the Vestry of St. Mi- services, the example, and the prayers chael's Church, I embrace the pre- in your behalf, of such a Man of God, sent occasion, in behalf of the Clergy is no common privilege. May you and the Church in general, to thank be suitably thankful to God, and as you for the generosity which, over- 6 much have been given you," may it looking your particular interest, arid appear, in the end, that you have seeking the good of the whole Church, profited much." added your request to that of the My Brethren of the Clergy, our Convention, that Dr. Denon would ac- own sorrows are swallowed up by our cept the Episcopate. We thank you solicitude for the Church. We tremfor your endeavours to promote his ble for the Ark of God, for its High comfort while he lived, and for the Priest is removed: We are afraid many affectionate tokens of respect that the Sheep will be scattered, now which you have evinced for his me- that the Shepherd is smitten. We feel mory.* Under your present feelings as if we would call on our Elijah, the I can wish you no greater consolation Chariot of Israel, and the horsemen than that you may be the honoured in- thereof, to come back to us--to leave his struments of giving to your Church glory, to share our cares and labours. another such minister. But where The Church is now committed to us.
We cannot do all we wish, let us do Among other expressions of their respect all we can.
Thanks be to God! her and affection, the Vestry resolved that the corpse should be buried beneath the Altar; principles and institutions cannot fail that a slab, with his name and age, should cover to commend her to the affection and the spot; and that a Monument should be erected to his memory in the most conspicu.
admiration of the wise and good, ous place in the Church. The Standing Com
Thanks be to God! she has already mittee of the Diocess, in their resolutions an enlisted in her cause, in this Diocess, the occasion, commended the Church, as under a most heavy bereavement, to the prayers
intelligent and virtuous laymen, who of all the Bishops, and of Episcopalians in ge.
would be a blessing to any Church. neral. The « Society for the Relief of the Thanks be to God! he is on our Widows and Orphans of the Episcopal Cler3;" the "Society for the Advancement of side--for he has promised to be “a Christianity in South-Carolina," and the wall of fire round about her," and “ Bible Society," entered into resolutions ex- "a glory in the midst of her,” and pressive of their deep sorrow and sincere
if God be for us, who can be against respect and regard. The three Episcopal Churches in Charleston were hung in mourn
us. To despair of the Church would ing, and the place of Worship of the German be criminal." Let us guard her veneLutherans, who also addressed a letter of condolence to the Vestry of St. Michael's; and
rable frabric as our most sacred in many persons of both sexes in this State and heritance Let us never consent to in Savannah, put on black. The body was carried to its last bed by his Clergy, and the grave
remove the smallest part of it, either was filled up by the labours of the Yestry and
to please our friends or to conciliate Ather respectable citizens,
our enemies. Let us be united our
selves, and make it a chief care that was thought various evils would be avoidthe people should be of one hearted, to which legislation on the suliject, hy and of one mind. Let us gather up the General Convention, was liable. At the maxims of our departed Bishop; any rate, the Church in that quarter and, in the light of his example, where it was conceived the greatest facicherish more and more the Apostolic lities and advantages existed would enfaith-the piety without enthusiasm joy a Theological Institution, which, 'the zeal according to the knowledge while it liberally invited the support of and the manners of the primitive Chris- the Church elsewhere, did not claim a
. short, and work diligently while it is monopoly of patronage. A plan of this na. called to-day. Let us always look to
ture had been publicly proposed, and meaGod for direction ; for, though Paul
sures were taken for carrying it into effect should plant and Apollos water, God in its leading principles, and liberal enonly can give the increase. O, ye dowments had been made. It was natural, Ministers of the Lord ! O, ye servants
and it was the duty of that portion of the of the Lord! Pray without ceasing for Church enjoying peculiar facilities and adthe peace and prosperity of the Church. vantages, to be solicitous that it should not
be called by an act of the General Conven. In the above interesting eulogy on the tion, to forego them, and to aid in establishelevated merits of the much beloved and ing an institution elsewhere. These appre. lamented Bishop DEHON, there are some hensions were removed when those who statements relative to a Theological were solicitous for a Theological InstituiSchool, on which a regard to truth re- tion under the auspices of the General Conquires that some explanatory remarks vention, agreed to place it in that quarter should be made. It is believed, that where a plan had been already formed there was no difference of opinion at any for a Theological Seminary, and liberal period, as to the necessity of some public endowments made to it. provision for the education of candidates These remarks are offered solely with for holy orders. The endowment of Theo- a view to prevent the erroneous inference, logical professorships was one of the ob.
that there was an opposition to a general jects contemplated by a Society founded Theological Institution as such, or to one in the city of New York several years
suitably situated. șince, a large proportion of whose funds It is also due to truth to mention that has been appropriated for the education the respectable author of the above eulogy of young men for the ministry. A general must have been misinformed on one point. Theological School also was considered a On inquiry we cannot find that any most desirable object by many, who doubt
marks from the pen of Bishop Denon, on ed whether it was expedient or proper in the subject of a Theological Institution, the General Convention to legislate on that were submitted to the Convention, which, subject. It was supposed that this mea- it is believed, had great influence on the sure could be best effected by private decision." Bishop Devon, however, had concert; that if individuals of the Church influence whenever be chose to exert it in those parts most favourably situated for be advocated every cause with talent, as to numbers, to wealth, and to the fa- with integrity, with zeal, and with percility of procuring suitable candidates for orders, would associate and found a Theological Institution on liberal princi. The two first Sundays in Advent. ples, offering influence in it to the Church (From Mrs. West's Scriptural Essays.) in every Diocess in proportion to the con- THE season
appointed by our tributions raised for it,-a Theological Church to prepare us for commemoSeminary answering the purposes of the rating the nativity of the Saviour of Church at large, and enjoying in a consi- the world, may be compared to the derable degree its patronage, might be es- preaching of his forerunner in the tablished. And organized in this mode, it wilderness; for it excites us to a deep
sense of our transgressions, and to let us read an outward attention to newness of life, the term by which holy ordinances, without correspondScripture implies reformation,) in , ing religious impressions,—or a conorder that we may welcome those tentious devotedness to doctrines, tidings of exceeding great joy-the without moral rectitude, or regard birth of a Redeemer. It was not till to the social duties; and instead of after St. John had exhorted every de- the Jewish hypocrite, we shall behold scription of people, whom the fame of the Christian formalist, to whom the his austere sanctity drew within the son of Amos continues to announce influence of his powerful eloquence, the omniscience, the purity, the jus"to bring forth fruits 'meet for re- tice, and the mercy of God. pentance," that he pointed out to them In the first lesson for the afternoon the “ Lamb of God which taketh away for the first Sunday in Advent, the the sin of the world."
same eloquent instructor who, in his A salutary conviction of the terrors exordium, enforced the necessity of of the Lord must prepare us to hear repentance, proceeds in his second his good-will to man proclaimed by chapter to predict a change in the angels; and the soul-searching ap- Almighty's system of government. peals of the evangelical prophet are The times of Christianity are, in presented to our consideration in the Scripture, generally denominated the lessons appointed for this season. It latter or last days; expressions not seems impossible for any one who indicative of the termination of the possesses taste to admire sublimity, world, as the early Christians erroand moral feeling sufficient to reflect neously supposed, but significant of on his own actions, to doubt the inspi- its being the last dispensation that ration of Isaiah, after having atten- God would give to man; being that tively perused the style he uses in perfect discovery of his will, for opening his commission to offending which the faithful patriarchs waited, Israel. Never did Prophet pour forth and the Mosaical covenant prepared so earnest an appeal to an inconside-, the Jews. Isaiah dwells on the unirate, ungrateful world. Never was versality and the tranquillity of the the Creator arrayed in such opposite Messiaħ's kingdorn; he names pride, yet assimilated qualities, of hatred to ambition, avarice, self-dependance, sin, and compassion for sinners; power (all of them species of idolatry that to destroy, and mercy to save ; om- still exist,) as the causes why the anniscience to discern the secrets of the cient church was forsaken by that heart through the externals of religi- God who will have no fellowship on, and placability to those who, even with idols. And in a description of after a long course of crimes, not in the terrors of Omnipotence, coming to words only, but also in purpose and take vengeance upon proud and lofty act, return to their God. We have yet helpless sinners, our knowledge continual opportunities of remarking, of its final purposes enables us to disthat it is the peculiar superiority of cover, not only temporal and national instructions, dictated by the Spirit of punishments, but a lively portraiture God, that they apply to all ages of the of that day, “ when the elements world, all fornis of social life, and all shall melt with burning heat, and the conditions of men. For sacrifices of earth also, and the works that are rams, and the blood of bullocks and therein, shall be burnt up.” That of goats, let us substitute such a par- Isaiah referred, in the first instance, tial dedication of the superflux of to the destruction of Jerusalem, is wealth to public or private charity, as proved by our Saviour's repeating the in the present times is subscribed by words of the prophecy, as what the ostentation, or given by carelessness, generation which he addressed would without an accompanying sentiment in part witness; but that subsequent of love to our neighbour, or obedi- events in the Church, and the close ence to God : and for the observance of its terrestrial conflicts, were also of new moons and appointed feasts, implied, the application of St. John, who wrote his Revelations many years Jerusalem a few days previous to his after the siege of Jerusalem, renders passion, and while he was the idol evident. Well might Isaiah, con- of the versatile multitude. We may templating the convulsions of nature, learn from his behaviour, how we and the dismay of the mightiest of should employ the commonly brief mankind, while attempting to hide period of our popularity, and thus themselves from the glory of the consecrate the favour of man. He Lord, exhort his readers to withdraw vindicated the sanctity of holy places, their confidence from mortal man, by driving from the Jewish temple 6 for wherein is he to be accounted those traders who profaned it by secuof ?"
lar employments; and indicated by Repentance, reformation, and a this act the necessity of a moral as judgment to come, being thus sug- well as of an external purification, gested to our meditation by the les. When we bring worldly thoughts sons for the day, the collect for the into God's houso, we re-erect the first Sunday beseeches God to give us seats of the money-changers which grace to prepare for the future ad- Christ threw down; and by sensual vent of Christ. All who believe in or vain ruminations we introduce the incarnation of the Son of God the proscribed Moabite and Ammoaeknowledge, that his appearing once nite into the sanctuary. This action in the form of man, to be a sacrifice of our Lord's has a still further signifor sin, an ensample of godly life, fication : in it he appeared as a puriwas preparatory to his re-appearing fier of the sons of Levi, and exceedas the judge of all men, the rewarder ingly jealous for the temple of the of his faithful servants, and the pu- Lord of Hosts. But the earth is also nisher of his obstinate enemies. This the temple of God; and the same collect must be admitted to be scrip- Jesus who, during his abode among tural, by those who object if the men, twice cleared his Father's house words, as well as the meaning, of from the profanation of traffic, shall, Scripture be not preserved; for two when his mediatorial kingdom ter sentences in it are adopted from the minates, appear, to renovate a world epistle. What are those “works of which has been long defiled by the darkness which we must cast away,” wickedness of man! and what “that armour 'of light” In the lessons for the second Sunwhich will alone protect us in the day in Advent, the prophetical spirit terrible day of the Lord? We learn of Isaiah expatiates in metaphor; from St. Paul's explanation of those and by a beautiful allusion to a wellmetaphors, that the deprecatory ex- fenced, highly cultivated vineyard, hortation is not directed only against continues his vindication of God's magical delusions, or the obscene dealings with the Jewish church, and rites of Pagan idolatry ;-but against subsequently with the Christian; with concupiscence, malice, injustice, false- all whom he hath enriched with the hood, covetousness. The armour of knowledge of his will, but who, in light is not speculative philosophy, stead of bringing forth the fruits of superior intellectual attainments, nor holiness, are oppressors, sensualists, even a more punctual observance of' sophists, and perverters of justice. religious forms ;-it is honesty, so- Against such ingrates God will erect briety, chastity, and charity. The the banner of hostility, and summon practice of these duties is called remote nations to execute the tem * putting on the Lord Jesus Christ ;" poral judgments connected with a which testifies, that those passages in state of warfare. But more terrible Scripture, which speak of our being woes than human instruments can inclothed with the righteousness of flict are predicted in the end of this Christ, include conformity to his ex- chapter. There the elements are set ample,
in motion, and our eyes are directed The Gospel gives an historical ac- to that terrible day, when, amid the count of our Lord's public entry into agonies of expiring nature, the light