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February, 1817.] Bible and Common Prayer Book Society.
43 We have sought information abroad due distrust of our cause. For surely, if and at home. From almost every quarter the blessing of God be on him that blessthe intelligence is cheering and impres- eth; if social enjoyments can shed beauty sive. A rich and animating fervour seems and fragrance upon this vale of sorrow; kindling every where. In various parts of if the preservation of peace, and the enthe state our scattered spiritual brethren hancement of national prosperity can imare forming themselves into congrega. part pleasure; if a bolder anthem round tions, or associating for worship, and the throne of God, and a brighter joy have solicited that aid which it is the - amid the just made perfect, be objects object of our Society to afford. At New. worthy of human ambition, motives to bern, in North-Carolina, our communica. patronize our cause can never be wanting. tions have been received with gratitude, Upon surrender 'g the stewardship and an Association organized in conformi- your indulgent contidence bas intrusted ty. The accounts from various other quar. to us, we congratulate you upon the spirit ters are not less pleasing. Our distribu. of conciliation and forbearance that per. tions have been various and extensive. vades the (hristian world. We contem. During the year there have issued from plate with delighted ave the stupendous the Depository, 521 Bibles, and 2750 Com- moral machinery that is now shaking the mon Prayer Books : a large portion of corruptions of the globe. We greet, with which has been disposed of at home; but cordial welcome, every effort, however when opportunity offered, solicitations feeble, to diffuse the word of Gon, and from abroad have received attention. hail it as a token of his beneficent super
At the first meeting of our Board, libe. intendence. Far from wishing to impede ral donations were made to the various the career of others, we are solicitous to charitable Institutions in this city: Simi. emulate them in the race for that goal, lar bounty has been extended to the seve. toward which we wish all were tending ral military posts in its vicinity, and to Diversity of feeling, temperament, and the Sunday School establishments con. views, will ever give rise to diversity of nected with our Church. In reply to nu- opinion. Its origin is divine, and man merous communications from the esta- fails in duty to Him who implanted it, blished congregations within the Diocess, when he neglects to render it an instruwe have furnished Bibles and Common ment of virtue. The principles to which Prayer Books for the use of the poor and we are attached may forbid us to co-opedestitute. And several new congrega- rate on all occasions with others; but we tions, in remote and indigent districts, venerate their motives, and admire their have been supplied almost entirely by zeal. In giving, we solicit charity of conour bounty. The returns evince the most struction. We believe that the Bible has enlivening gratitude, and afford flattering power to subdue the wickedness of man; encouragement.
and that it is destined to force its triIn despite, however, of every exertion, umphant way, and stand in the moral, as it cannot be disguised that the field is the sun in the physical firmament, the still ample; and that not only in distant source of light, and the emblem of Diviand less favoured districts, but within nity. But we also believe that the Book the sphere, and in the very bosom of our of Common Prayer is the purest exposisocial enjoyments, the diffusion of Divine. tion of its sublime doctrine that human Truth is not adequate to the wants of re. wisdom has ever · presented to human ligious penury. Education has not yet weakness. It is recommended for our reached every hovel; and until that peri- judgments by the devotion it inculcates ; od arrives, the religious harvest must and embalmed in pur hearts by the benecontinue to be more abundant than the dictions of our fathers, who sleep in death. reapers.
It is the vestibule through which we pass Such has been the progress, and such to the altar and worship of God. The is the condition of our Society. We are same duty therefore that animates us to conscious that much has been neglected distribute the Bible, impels us to accomZeal will not always supply ability. But pany the blessing with the Book of Comwe are conscious too that much has been mon Prayer; and, in presenting the one done. We have pioneered the path for as the Word of God, to recommend the our successors, and prepared for them.a other as an incentive to its perusal. But golden harvest; a continuance of the mu- the duty is in meekness, and the recomnificent patronage that has been vouch- mendation in peace and persuasion. safed is alone wanting to insure success.
In meekness and in peace let us perseWe cannot, nor do we wish to conceal vere, and cherish the belief, that the disthat our exertions have kept pace with ciples of our Church, under the auspices public bounty, and that the balance now of a beneficent Providence, will aid in in our Treasury is only $137 71. But diffusing the blessings they enjoy, and we cherish the reflection, that, to antici. the doctrines of salvation they profess. pate desertion now, would evince an un.
By order, just suspicion of our patrons, and an un.
FERRIS PELL, Chairman.
Abstract of the Cash Account for the Year ance of the blessing of a gracious Provi. ending January 25, 1817.
Resolved, That the Report of the Board From the New York Bible and
of Managers, and the Proceedings of the Common Prayer Book Society S 346 53 Society at this meeting, be published. From the Episcopal Society of
On motion, Ordered, That 1500 copies New-Jersey
20 00 of the same be printed in the form of a Amount of a Collection in Tri.
pamphlet, for the use of the members of nity Church
the Society. Donations and Subscriptions
The Laws and Regulations were then from several Ladies in this
read and amended : city
Whereupon, on motion, Ordered, That From the Newark Female Bible
the Laws and Regulations, as an
amended, and Prayer Book Society 40 00
be published with the Annual Report. From the Auxiliary Female Bible and Prayer Book Soci
After which the following gentlemen ety of Elizabeth-Town - 120 00
were elected a Board of Managers for the From the Bible and Prayer Book
ensuing year; viz. Society of Long Island
38 00 Edward N. Cox, President. From the Prayer Book and Tract
Guy C. Bayley, 18t Vice-Presideni. Society of Massachusetts '100 00 Gerardus A. Cooper, 2d Vice-President. Amount of Donations and Sub
Floyd Smith, 3d Vice-President. scriptions
1331 37 Benjamin Haight, Çorresponding Secre
686 68 Thomas N. Stanford, Agent. For Stationary, Printing, Ad.
Clement C. Moore, Luther Bradish, vertising, &c
Edward R. Jones, Cornelius R. Duffie, Current Expenses of the Soci.
Wm. E. Dunscomb, David A. Clarkson, 43 77
John Watts, jun. Insurance on Stereotype Plates
Duncan P. Campbell, 800
John H. Hill, Lewis Loutrel,
Alexis P. Proal, John Anthon,
Jonathan Goodhue, Charles Nichols, $ 2603 01
Charles Keeler, Robert C. Barfe.
WILLIAM ONDERDONK, Jun.
Recording Sec'ry, New-York, January 25, 1817.
New-York, January 27, 1817.
Subscriptions and Donations are re. Treasurer's account certify, that there
ceived by the Treasurer, No. 229 Pearl. appears to be a balance in the Treasury
street; the Agent, No. 160 Pearl-street; of one hundred and thirty-seven dollars
and by any of the Managers. and seventy-one cents.
Religion a Resource against Despondency. Whereupon the following Resolutions, -What is the cause of the despondency moved by the Right Rev. Bishop Ffubaut, which frequently oppresses the competi. were unanimously adopted.
Resolved, that this Society accept, with tors for the emoluments and honours of high approbation, the Report of the Board the world, and which, in the intervals be. of Managers, which contains a gratifying tween their favourite amusements, someexhibition of the state of the Institution, of their useful labours, and of the motives
times clouds the hilarity of the votaries that should animate the members and of pleasure? Why are those who live friends of the Society to continue to it without God in the world, when disaptheir patronage, and to pursue with in- pointed in their prospects, and assailed creasing ardour, this work of Christian benevolence.
by sickness or other sore visitations of Resolved, That this Society present to
Providence, often overwhelmed with me. the Board of Managers their cordial lancholy, and led to the very borders of thanks for the prudence, zeal, and per.
despair? Why do we see the votaries of severance with which they have discharg. ed their duties, and unite with them in
the world, ever eager, ever toiling, and imploring for the Institution the continu- pursuing, and never obtaining the object to inculcate, in a lucid, experimental, and perfections, in exercising on thee the holy grace which had, in his estimation, such fervours of faith, of love, of hope, and of a manifest tendency to "humble the sintrust, I find my soul filled with unutter. ner, exalt the Saviour, and promote holiable joy. “With thee is the fountain of form devotion to the interests of the Re
upon us !"
February, 1817.] Obituary Notice of the Rev. S. Safford.
45 of their toil and pursuit, or experiencing is dearer to me than thousands of gold real tranquillity and happiness? They and silver,” " In the multitude of the are ignorant of the only true and satisfy thoughts that are within me, thy coming good; destitute of that divine fuith forts refresh my soul." which is the only support of the soul. They have sought for that happiness in
Communication-Obituary Notice-Died, the creature, which is to be found only in
on the 16th ult. at the house of the Rev. the Creator ; and placed that confidence S.Wilmer, at Swedesbor Igh, New Jersey, in the world, which is due to God alone. the Rev. Silas Saffonn, jun. Minister of Therefore “. distress and anguish come
the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the
24th year of his age. upon them;" and they are left “ to eat
Mr. Safford had been for more than two of the fruit of their own way, and to be filled with their own devices.” The soul bury, Vermont. His health having de
years the officiating Clergyman at Middlewas not designed to be 'satisfied with the clined, it was deemed expedient for him sordid and perishing gratifications of the
to seek its restoration by a temporary re
šidence in a warmer climate. For this world. God hath endowed this immortal
purpose, he commenced a journey to spirit with the power of knowing, of North-Carolina, and in September arrived loving, and of serving him. He implant- at Swedesborough, where increasing deed in it that desire after happiness which bility, and the advice of physicians in
duced him to relinquish his first design. can never be satisfied until its desires
He gradually wasted under the power of and affections centre in his service:- disease, till ihe discharge of an ulcer sud. " Who will show us any good? Lord, denly terminated his earthly existence;
and seldom have so much worth, and talift thou up the light of thy countenance
lent, and piety, found so early a grave. He alone can put that satis
Mr. Safford was one of the many wor. fying "joy and gladness in our hearts,” thy men who, from other denominations to which the men of the world are stran. of Christians, have, from principle, entergers, when their «
corn, and their wine, ed the ministry in our Church. He was and their oil most abound.” Here is the universally esteemed, as a pious and ex
educated a Congregationalist, and was unfailing resource which religion offers emplary member of that communion. But against despondency. Reclaiming us from while he was in honourable eminence, the pursuit of unsatisfying pleasures, and pursuing his collegiate course, he was
led to inquire into the nature and consti. changing our affections from the world to
tution of the Christian ministry; and, as God; reconciling us to him, and exciting the result of a patient and candid investi. our ardent wishes and exertions to “ be gation of the subject, he attached himself perfect, as he is perfect;" religion fills
to the Protestant Episcopal Church, and that void in the soul which all created porter of her scriptural worship, her evan
after was a firm but catholic supenjoyments leave, and fixing our desires gelical doctrines, and her apostolical miupon the infinite source of perfection and nistry. Though steadfast in his own prins bliss, satisfies us from the fulness of God.
ciples of belief, he was liberal to others.
His charity was a generous and diffusive Transformed into new creatures, and affection, freely extended to all those who made partakers of the divine image, we love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. are made also partakers of a divine peace. As a preacher, Mr. S. was plain, zeal. Every desire is gratified, and every hope ous, and evangelical. He preached not completed, in the fruition of the love himself, but Christ Jesus the Lord. He
« dealt not in the false commerce of a and favour of God. “ Lord, what wait truth unfelt." Conscious of his awful reI for?” exclaims the soul that enjoys the sponsibility, he shunned not to declare divine comforts : my hope is in thee." the whole counsel of God; but delighted In meditating on thy law, in adoring thy practical manner, those great doctrines of was indeed “moved by the Holy Ghost A Sketch of the Character, and a short to take upon him the work and office of Account of the Life, of the late Right the ministry.”
ness in the world.” In a word, his uni. life.". The sense of thy mercy enlivens
deemer's kingdom and the salvation of and supports me.“ The law of thy mouth immortal souls, fully evidenced that he the ministers of the Gospel have to mainprostrate before the throne of the Eternal,
Rev Bishop CLAGGETT, of Maryland, As a Christian, which was his highest
from a Sermon preached at his Funeral, distinction-4 distinction not destroyed by the Right Rev. Bishop KEMP. by death, and indelible through eternity -all who knew him will bear witness
You have, no doubt, all along perceived that he was vigilant, exemplary, active, the allusion of my discourse to the occadevout, fervent, and, if possible, diffident sion which has called us together at this and humble, to a fault.
time. Death is indeed, under all circum. But why bestow feeble panegyric upon
stances, awfully affecting. To follow our
fellow-creatures to the grave is deeply one who has already received the saluta.
interesting. But there are considerations tions of angels, and been welcomed as a
which add to this occasion an unusual faithful servant into the presence of his Goel? True; we shall behold his face on
degree of concern and solemnity. A man
of God--a venerable minister of the Lord earth no more; no more shall we clasp Jesus Christ-an aged veteran in the Rehim in the embrace of love; no more shall
deemer's cause-a holy prelate has yield. we mingle with him in imperfect Christian fellowship; no more, with a feeble last offices of love. ite has, we are con
ed up the ghost, and now demands our voice and tottering frame, shall he lead the devotions of saints, and recommend fident, fought a good fight; he has finishto dying sinners the precious salvation
ed his course, he has kept the faith : of Christ. He has faded from mortal
henceforth there is laid up for him a sight; but the eye of faith can follow
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, him beyond the veil-behold him clothed
the righteous Judge, shall give him at
that day. in the resurrection body, possessed of renewed powers and invigorated faculties,
At all times and in every state of things, Jebruary, 1817.] Character and Life of Bishop Claggett.
tain an arduous fight against the corrupand shouting salvation to God and the
tions of the world, the enemies of the Lamb!
Church of Christ, and the influence of The following is an extract from his sin. But our venerable father fell upon last letter to his parents, written a few hours before his sudden and unexpected American Revolution, when all things
times of no ordinary difficulty. At the departure.
both in church and state, were to be “ In an especial manner ought you and new modelled ; to preserve the divine I to be grateful to Him who has called order of the Church, in opposition to a us, as we trust, out of darkness into light, spirit of innovation; to maintain her and thus armed us against the vicissitudes simple ordinances and her holy sacra. of this life, and made us meet for the en- ments, as fixed by a divine hand; to prejoyment of a better; so that if, in our ab. serve her venerable Liturgy from the sence from each other, any thing befal rash hand of self-conceit; to defend her either of us, we may know that he has truly evangelical doctrines, during a pesomething to support him against de- riod favourable to every kind of delusion spair; or, if death remove any of us, we and error; in this severe conflict he had may still hope to meet again. Without td act a conspicuous part: and in such a such a hope, our separation would be un- season, as a minister, no man could have speakably more painful than it is at pre- maintained a more correct line of consent. May we therefore labour to make duct. Bishop Claggett was a true and the evidences of our adoption clearar! genuine son of the Church. Her minisMay it be our study to be daily making ters he viewed as ambassadors for Christ, progress in the knowledge of God; in and stewards of the mysteries of God. the knowledge of his powerful, renewing, Her sacraments he considered as chansanctifying grace; of his glory, as dis- nels, by which all the benefits of the played in our redemption ! May we have atonement of Christ, and all the consolaour lamps trimmed and burning, and be ' tions of the Holy Spirit, are conveyed to waiting for the coming of our Lord; mind. the soul. Her Liturgy he believed to be ful that we know not the hour of his the finest formula of devotion in the Chris. coming! To me that hour is particularly tian world; founded on the revelations, uncertain. A few months, however, will injunctions, and limitations of the Gosprobably determine what the righteous pel on that important subject; and calGovernor designs for my lot; whether a culated both to restrain the imagination longer continuance in this world, or a and to elevate the mind. Her Articles he speedy removal to another. His will be received as containing all the prominent done. But, dear parents, do not forget to points of Christian faith. And although pray for me; that whether I live or die, he was no bigot, yet he was sufficiently Jesus Christ may be the portion of my tenacious of the character and principles soul."
of the Church
As a preacher, Bishop Claggett cer- His private character, in the midst of tainly stood in the foremost rank. His nearest and dearest connexions, who knew manner was commanding and impressive; his worth and experienced his kindnesshis sermons were copious and replete in the midst of his friends and neighbours, with scriptural matter. To the sinner he who have long known, and, no doubt, duly opened the regions of torment in hell; appreciated his virtues, it would be in to the penitent he displayed all the bene. vain for me to attempt to portray. He fits of atonement, and all the riches of has gone to that state, in which the praise grace; to the striving Christian he held of man is mere empty sound. And al. out all the consolations of divine aid and though we may be allowed to indulge the glorious rewards of heaven. The our affections in dwelling on his memory, wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores the use to be made of all such dispensaof the natural heart of mail, he faithfully tions, is to impress our miuds with a examined; and like a skilful physician, deep sense of the uncertainty of our days, he applied the only remedy-the blood of of the value of religion, and of the neces. Christ.
sity of being always ready for the hour of As a divine, his learning was of the
death. In a little time, our eyes, too, most valuable kind. Having enjoyed the must close upon this world and all its advantages of a liberal education, and machinery--in a little time, we shall pass possessing the precious talent of a most
into that state in which there is no reretentive memory, his knowledge of pentance: and you, who have often fistenchurch history was unusually correct;
ed to his instructions, will have to render the best divines of the Church he had an account of the use to which you have studied in early life, and the fund of applied them. His calls to repentancer knowledge thus treasured up, he was his offers of merey through a Redeemer really at all times to dispense to his
his tender and affectionate admonitions people in suitable portions.
to holiness, will never again be repeated As a Bishop, he maintained the divine in your ears; but at the day of the Lord, order of the Church against all attempts: it will distinctly appear what improvehe was tenacious of her privileges, and
ment has been made of all the advantagés anxious to preserve her high standing in you enjoyed. If the seeds of piety which the Christian world. To his clergy he he planted in your hearts have been duly was affectionate and friendly; and, with cultivated; if the principles of religion some late exceptions, he received from which he taught have been duly improved; them every mark of respect and esteem. if the example which he set has been
Of the estimation in which he was held ' carefully copied, you will appear with as the rector of a parish, you are able unspeakable joy on that decisive day. to exhibit the best proofs. Many of you,
But, on the other hand, should it appear I trust, are ready to say~" To him we
that he called you to repentance, but he are indebted for our first religious im. called in vain; that he displayed to you pressions : he was an instrument in the all the riches of grace, but you rejected hands of God in checking us in the ca
them; that he proclaimed pardon through reer of iniquity; he led us to a Saviour; a Redeemer to every sincere penitent, but he administered the bread of life to our you remained hardened in sin; that he souls. When we had left our father's opened to you the very regions of futurihouse, and become depraved and miser- ty, but you remained uninfuenced; alas! able; when prodigality had reduced us your condition then will admit of no reto the most deplorable and vile condi- medy. tion, he kindly conducted us home; when And now, although as to the mortal we were borne down by affliction, he ut. part of our venerable brother, we are tered words that carried consolation and about to close the scene, and pronounce, peace.”
dust to dust and ashes to ashes, yet we are But, my brethren, he is gone! Let him persuaded that he will never die in
your still live in your hearts. Act upon the recolļection; that his services, like his principles that he inculcated; "cherish soul, will be immortal, and furnish the the flame of piety that he kindled; main. realms of bliss with many a happy spirit. tain the Church, into which many of you were initiated by him; love your Saviour, to whom he introduced you, and lay hold Eleazar Williams, son of Thomas Wil. of those glorious rewards that he display. liams, a war chief of the Iroquois nation ed to your view. This will be the most of Indians, has officiated as a religious honourable tribute of respect that you instructor among the Oneida Indians for can possibly pay.
nine months past. He is employed as a
catechist, lay reader and schoolmaster by This sermon was preached in one of the 'Bishop, and the Committee of the the Bishop's churches, and in the pre- Protestant Episcopal Church for propasence of many who had long been his gating the Gospel in the state of Newparishioners and his intimate friends, York,