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December, 1817.] Promoting Christian Knowledge.
377 pious and public spirited Benefactors, it clergyman is a member of this Society, must not be omitted, that among the in- and thus stands at the head of his parish, strumental means for the accomplishment in that situation, in which the Providence of these its expectations, and for success of the Great Head of the Church has in all its undertakings, the Society looks placed him, in a capacity by associating with peculiar hope and satisfaction to the to himself the most respectable part of permanent zealous aid and co-operation the laity, as subscribing members, or as of the Diocesan and District Committees, contributors to the parochial, or other which, in compliance with the resolutions local collection, to extend effectually to of the Society, bearing date June 12, 1810, all parts of his charge the many spiritual and March 5, 1811, and under the direc- advantages which are to be obtained in tion and approbation of our Prelates, connexion with this Society; and when have been established in almost all parts it is further considered, that these memof the kingdom.
bers, both of the Clergy and Laity, are The end aimed at in these Institutions, occasionally brought together, beyond the was to extend the usefulness of this so- limits of their own parishes, to the meetciety; to increase its influence; and to ings of the Committees, to lend their aid promote the union and co-operation of the to provide for the necessities of their reClergy and Laity throughout the kingdom, spective districts and neighbourhoods; to in all its sundry important charitable de consult upon the promotion of religious signs.
education; upon the dispersion of books In prosecution of these purposes the of Christian edification; and upon a proCommittees have provided for their meet. vision for the spiritual wants of the afings on a certain day in each quarter of flicted and needy in work-houses, hosthe year, and oftener, as occasion may pitals, prisons, and other public institurequire. They have severally appointed tions; and when, at the same time, all this a Secretary and Treasurer. They receive is prosecuted in strict conformity with and transmit to this Board voluntary be- the principles of the English Constitunefactions and donations, annual sub. tion, both in Church and State, and for scriptions, and payments for packets of the purpose of preserving the unity of books. They transmit requests for books the Spirit in the bond of peace, no true and tracts dispersed by the Society; and friend to our country and our religion can, the usual recommendations of persons it is presumed, contemplate the whole proposed to become Members; which, scheme without feelings of devout thank by their means, have been very largely fulness to the Author of all good, and augmented. They promote annual or oc- without looking forward with cheerful çasional parochial or general contribų. hope to the preservation amongst us, and tions throughout their respective districts; to the enlargement and stability of the in return for which they obtain books to inestimable interests of peace, and piety, the amount of two thirds of the sums so and true religion. raised, at the usual reduced prices of the Society; whereby the capital annually devoted to pious uses is incalculably in.. creased; the number of persons united The first Annual Report of " the Pro. in bands of co-operation and sympathy testant Episcopal Missionary Sowith this Society proportionably enlarged; ciety of Young Men and others," the sphere of charitable offices extended; and the pecuniary pressure upon the pa
presented at the Anniversary Meetrochial Clergy greatly diminished, at the
ing, on the 2d of December, 1817. same time that their means of doing good are multiplied. In one word, these Com- On the occasion of the first anni. mittees direct their attention to such objects within their several districts, as oc
versary of a society established for cupy on a larger scale in London the de- purposes universally admitted to be liberations of the General Board.
laudable and pious, much is usually In fine, no one can be able to form an expected at the hands of those who adequate estimate of the importance of have been intrusted with the mathis Society to the prosperity of religion and charity, but by taking into the cal. nagement of its concerns. Aivare of
this culation that such as the transactions are
general, and, perhaps, not un. of this Board, as imperfectly detailed in reasonable expectation, the Board of the present account, such, likewise, ac- Directors would evince great insensi. cording to their measure, are the pro.bility, if they did not feel their pecu. ceedings of the several Diocesan and Dis
responsibility. trict Committees, wheresoever dispersed throughout the kingdom.
It must be remembered that this And when it is considered, that, by these society originated under circumstanmeans, in many districts almost every ces peculiarly inauspicions. Se sa VOL. I.
vere was the pressure of the times, notice particularly the pious and unand so various the existing channels wearied efforts of a female member through which the benevolence of the of Christ Church in this city, to whose public would necessarily flow, that the exertions the society is indebted for institution of another society, requir- upwards of one hundred dollars of ing great individual effort, and pecu- its funds! May such instances of zeal, niary aid, could not be justified, but for the extension of our apostolic on a principle of the most imperious Church, be numerous, and abundantly necessity, and the strongest convic- rewarded by its glorious Head. tion of duty. That necessity did ex- It is to be regretted, that the preist; that conviction of duty was felt. valence of a general' disposition to Unpromising as was the prospect, in grant donations, in preference to behumble confidence of the blessings of coming annual subscribers, has preheaven, an effort has been made-An vented the increase of the latter to appeal has been made to the pious as great an amount as could be demunificence of our fellow Episcopa- sired; it being the only species of aid lians, and the appeal has not been in that possesses the quality of permavain.
nency, and which is indispensably neTo prevent even the partial deser- cessary to the future us ulness of the tion of the boundless field for mis- society. It appears, from the report sionary labour, was an object worthy of the Treasurer to the Board of Diof ambition; and although our hopes rectors, that there has been paid into have not been completely realized, yet the Treasury $ 976 18; the princiwe feel the highest pleasure in being pal of which sum has been derived able to say that much has been done. from donations, several of which evince The aid that has been rendered by a spirit of liberality and Christian this society to the Bishop and Com- benevolence worthy of the cause which mittee, who, by the canons of the they were intended to promote. The Church have the management of mis- total amount of annual subscriptions sionary concerns, has been feelingly will not exceed the sum of $ 620. and gratefully acknowledged. As the This is to be deeply regretted, and object of this society is simply the ought to operate as a powerful stimuaccumulation of funds, with which to lus to renewed and vigorous efforts to assist the authority of the Church in increase the number of annual subthe employment of Missionaries, its scribers. The partial success of past operations cannot be either various efforts, it is true, is somewhat disor complex; therefore the detail of couraging; but the times are changed; the proceedings of this society will, means are more abundant; and we at no time, derive its interests from trust that more flattering success will the variety of its matter.
crown the exertions of our successors. :. Soon after the organization of the Pursuant to the order of the Presisociety, the Board of Directors ap- dent, $ 800 have been paid into the pointed a Committee, with discretion- hands of the Church Missionary Comary powers, to adopt such measures, mittee. The current expenses of the as might be deemed expedient, to year, have been $ 88 95, and the augment the funds. At the first meet- balance in the Treasury is now $ 87 ing of that Committee, it was deter- 25. About $ 200 remain unpaid, mined to address a printed circular and falls due at this time. Preparato the Episcopalians of this city, so- tory measures have been made, to liciting their aid, either as annual collect all that may remain unpaid subscribers or donors. To the faith- after this period. ful and diligent labours of that Com- The Rev. Samuel Johnson, Mismittee, the society is essentially in- sionary in the western, the Rev. Jodebted for the largest portions of its shua M. Rogers, Missionary in the funds. Among the many instances northern, and the Rev. Charles W. of individual efforts, the Board of Di- Hamilton, Missionary in the northrectors deem it an act of justice to east part of this state, are the MisDecember, 1817.] Protestant Episcopal Missionary Society.
379 sionaries aided by the funds of the affairs have been intrusted to their society.
management. The Board refer to the journal of All which is respectfully submitted. the late Convention of the Church By order of the Board of Directors. for a very interesting exhibition of Gerardus A. Cooper, the gratifying fruits of Missionary ex- George R. A. Ricketts, Commitertions. The Missionaries employed Floyd Smith,
tee. are fifteen in number. Their la- W. Cooper, bours are directed principally to the On motion of the Rev. Dr. How, new settlements, and to some old but Resolved, That the Society accept, reduced congregations. They have with great satisfaction, the Report of been instrumental in organizing many the proceedings of their Board of Diflourishing Churches. There are sa- rectors for the past year, and return veral places where additional Mis- them their thanks for the zealous and sionaries could be most advantageous- faithful discharge of the duties of ly employed. We are assured that their office. the people in these new settlements Resolved, That the Society feel contribute fully in proportion to their more and more deeply impressed with means; which, however, are incom- the importance of the object for which petent to the support of Clergymen. they have been associated, and that
The Bishop, in his address to the Con- they will continue, under the Divine vention, states the inadequacy of the blessing, to prosecute it with unabatmissionary collections hitherto to pay ing diligence. the salaries of the Missionaries, which, On motion of the Rev. Mr. Lyell, in consequence of the pressing calls Resolved, That the Society feel deepfor the ministrations of our Church, ly indebted to those young ladies have been engaged; and without an who have, by their zealous exertions, increase of the fund, the number of contributed to the increase of its funds. Missionaries, or their salaries, must On motion of Mr. Smith, Resolved, be materially reduced. The field That the title of the Society be, and for missionary labours is most ample; is hereby altered to that of " The and nothing is wanting, under the New York Protestant Episcopal Missmiles of a gracious Providence, but sionary Society.” pecuniary means, in order to extend The society then proceeded to balour apostolic Church to the remotest lot for officers for the ensuing year. bounds of our widely extended coun- The following gentlemen were detry. To aid in extending the minis- clared unanimously elected. tration of the word and ordinances The Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, of the Gospel of peace and salvation being President, ex-officio. to our destitute spiritual brethren, Dr.John Watts, 1st Vice-Presidents and to be instrumental, in any degree, Floyd Smith, 2d Vice-President; Dr. in the moral and spiritual improve- G. A. Cooper, 3d Vice-President; ment of our fellow men, are duties, D. A. Cushman, Treasurer; Ferris the discharge of which must yield Pell, Corresponding Secretary; J. the most unmixed gratification to the Smyth Rogers, Recording Secretary. benevolent feelings of theChristian,and
Other Managers. to a heart suitably affected with a sense William Onderdonk, jun. Corneof the spiritual blessings we enjoy. lius R. Duffie, Thomas N. Stanford,
The Board of Directors cannot Lewis Loutrell, Warmaldus Cooper, close the report of their proceed. Charles Keeler, Alexis P. Proal, Wilings without a grateful acknow- liam Baker, David R. Lambert, Luledgment of the providential care ther Bradish, George R. A. Ricketts, and protection of Him who is the Edward Hitchcock, Edward M Vickar. “ Author of every good and per- N. B. Subscriptions and donations fect gift," and offering their fervent will be thankfully received by the prayers for the future enlargement Treasurer, 189 Broadway, or either and usefqlness of the society, whose of the managers.
LINES ON THE GRAVE OF A CHILD. LATE POBLICATIONS IN ENGLAND. Oh, sweet my Baby! liest thou here,
A Series of Sermons on various Sub. So low, so cold, and so forsaken?
jects of Doctrine and Practice. By the And cannot a sad Father's tear
Rev. George Mathew, A. M. Chaplain to Thy once too lovely smiles awaken?
the Right Hon. the Earl of Bristol; alterAh, no! within this silent tomb
naté Morning Preacher at the Parish Thy Parents' hopes receive their doom!
Church of St. James, Westminster; alterOh, sweet my Baby! round thy brow
nate Evening Preacher at the Magdalen The Rose and Yew are twined together :
Hospital; and Vicar of Greenwich. 2 The Rose was blooming--so wast Thou
vols. Too blooming far for Death to gather.
The Domestic Altar; or Six Weeks' The Yew was green,--and green to me Course of Morning and Evening Prayers, For ever lives thy Memory.
for the Use of Families. To which are
added, a few on particular Occasions. By I have a flower, that press'd the mouth
the Rev. William Smith, A. M. author of Of one upon his cold bier lying,
a System of Prayer. 8vo. To me more fragrant than the South, O'er banks of op'ning violets flying;
A Theological Inquiry into the SacraAlthough its leaves look pale and dry,
ment of Baptism, with the Nature of BapHow blooming to a Father's eye!
tismal Regeneration; in five Discourses,
preached before the University of CamOh, sweet my Baby! is thine head bridge, in April, 1817. By the Rev. C. Upon a rocky pillow lying?
Benson, M. A. Member of Trinity College, And is the dreary grave thy bed
and Lecturer of St. John's, NewcastleThy lullaby a Father's sighing?
upon-Tyne. 8vo. Oh,changed the hoursince thou didstrest
A ermou on the Necessity and Utility Upon a mother's faithful breast !
of Educating the Children of the Poor; Oh! can I e'er forget the kiss
particularly recommending the system of I gave thee on that morn of mourning, the National Society. By the Rev. r. 'That last sad tender parting bliss
Mackreth, Curate of St. John's, LancasFrom Innocence to God returning!
ter. Mayst thou repay that kiss to me, A Sermon preached at the peculiar Vi. In realms of bright eternity!
sitation of the Dean and Chapter of the
Cathedral Church of Exeter, held in the STANZAS.
Parish Church of Topsham, June 4, 1817.
By W. W. Bagnell, A. B. Curate of Cole“ A cloud came over my soul."
brooke. O WELCOME is the Cloud of Night That makes the morrow's dawn more dear, preached at Cheadle, Staffordshire, at the
The Duty of Controversy; a Sermon Or Dewy Veil that falleth light
Visitation of the Venerable the Archdea. The Summer's fervid breast to cheer:
con of Stafford. By John Hume Spry, The Thunder-cloud of fate and fear
M. A. Vicar of Hanbury, Staffordshire, Doth in its folds a blessing bring,
&c. And weeps in showers its wasteful shock : Even Winter's rudest Storms but rock Sin and Danger of Schism ; a Sermon The cradle of the Spring.
preached in the Parish Church of Pres
ton, July 14, 1817, at the Triennial Visi. But ah! far other are the Clouds
tation of the Lord Bishop of Chester. By That wrapt the sickening soul in gloom, Edward Law, A. M. Minister of the Holy That clothe the heaven in funeral shrouds, Trinity, Preston, and Chaplain to the And darken like a living tomb
Lord Bishop of Chester. This beauteous Earth, whose breathing
The Churchman upheld in his Support bloom
of the Bible Society; and Schismatical Might sooth the sullen heart of careWhere bounteous Nature pours around
Representations of the Gospel detected;
or Remarks addressed to a Friend, on Her healing balm for every wound,
two Sermons, entitled, The Churchman Unpoison's by Despair!
dissuaded from becoming a Member of
the Bible Society, &c. by the Rev. J. MatO THOU! whose everlasting arm
thew, A. M. By one of the Secretaries of Spread like a tent yon azure sky,
the County of Somerset Auxiliary Bible And framed those glorious worlds to charm
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