Obrazy na stronie
[ocr errors]

With trembling arms, Messias to his breast. Honey and milk and fruits, that loveliest
Christ smil'd benign upon him and replied: yield
Follow not now my steps, but linger oft Our trees, shall be for thee; our lambs eball
On Golgath's inount, and thou shalt view drop

For thee, their tenderest load ; and I, myself, What Abram and the prophets could but O pitying prophet, will enraptur'd lead theé hope for.

Beneath the shade of trees, which late my As thus he spoke, loel turn'd to John,

sire And said, in timid innocence, these words : Portion'd for me; and thou, alas ! my broO chosen of God's prophets, lead me forth

ther To where he stands; thou know'st bim. Must I then leave thee, 'mid the cold grave's Smiling heard

damps ! The lov'd disciple, that untutord speech; And canst thou never more cull, pleas'd, with And brought him to Messias; and he spake : Prophet of God, true thou wilt not permit Spring's partycolour'd flowret's ! never more My sire to follow thee; but dare inquire, Embrace thy brother! Prophet of the bighMy youth emboldened by thy miracles,

est, Why thou remain'st amid these gloomy There lies he, mouldering in yon new made shades

grave. That fright me so? 0! rather deign to Jesus look'd on with pity; and bespoke

The mov'd disciple: wipe away the tears To my sire's dwelling place, and there ac. From his sad cheek. Full many have I seen cept

Among mankind less virtuous than he. What my glad mother shall before thee set,

(To be continued.)




Extracts from the Address of the Board of owing partly to the circumstance, that the

Directors of the Domestick and Foreign number of the ordained is unequal to the deMissionary Society, of the Protestant Epis. mand; but principally to their being a scatcopal Church in the United States of tered people, not likely to be benefited by America, to the Members of the said any other than a missionary ministry; until energies of our church throughout the union, is no fact more remarkable on the face of prudently directed, and sustained by the the bible, than that the gospel is to be liberality of its members generally.

, Church.

by excitement thus made, and by consequent Philadelphia, Feb. 16, 1822. increase, the inhabitants shall be competent We refer, for a development of the views to the supporting of a ministry of their own. of the convention, to the constitution of This has been found, in many instances, to be the society, to be appended to this re- the effect of the occasional visits of a zealous port; from which it will appear, that these missionary. are the two objects of domestick and foreign It adds immensely to the necessity of the missions.

present call on your beneficence, that while Had no other than the former been at the active members of our church have been tempted, there would have been a wide range occupied in repairing the decayed ways for the display of zeal and of endeavour. It and renewing the dilapidated buildings is probably known to those who will be the of our Zion, new prospects have been readers of this address, that there was a time opening on them westward, in immense terwithin the memory of many living, when, in ritories, in which the church is to be reared, consequence of the troubles of the revolu- if at all, from its foundations. It has been tionary war, concurring with the want of distressing to the hearts of those prominent the means of continuing the ministry among in our ecclesiastical concerns, that for some ourselves, the far greater number of our con- years past they have received continual and gregations were destitute of pastors; and earnest requests for ministerial supplies, which indeed, in a state approaching to annihi. there were no means of meeting. Some aid lation. Although, under the blessing of God, has been afforded. It has been very small; there has been a gradual revival of the ad- but the thankfulness with which it was receivministration of the ordinances; yet, to this ed, the excitement consequent on it among day, in the Atlantick states there are nume- those destitute members of our communion, Tous districts, in which a considerable por- and its efficiency beyond proportion to what tion of the people is Episcopal, while yet an was bestowed, present pleasing presages of Episcopal ministry is unknown among them : what may be expected from the combined

preached to all nations: this having been We stand in a relation to our brethren in announced by the Saviour in person, and by the new states, not unlike that in which, his apostles after his crucifixion, Judging before the revolution, the Episcopal popula. from what we know of the course of Provition in the Atlantick provinces stood to their dence, operating through the intervention of parent church in England. What was then second causes, we are led to conclude, that the conduct of that church, towards the fore these predictions will be fulfilled by hufathers of those who are now invited to imi- man endeavours, under the government of tate them in their beneficence? It was, that divine grace. she extended her fostering care to her sons, Here opens on us a subject which cannot in their migration to the then uncultivated be contemplated without grief, on account wilderness of the new world; and that she of the inefficiency of measures formerly purorganized a society, in which the prelates sued for the extending of the kingdom of the took the lead, being sustained by the most Redeemer; and especially their contrariety distinguished of the clergy and of the laity to the beneficent spirit which it breathes. over the whole realm. Although their aids The sword and the cross have been displaywere discontinued with the acknowledgment ed in unnatural alliance, in wars professedly of the independence of this country-a limi- made for the subjecting of nations to the tation to which they were restricted by the sceptre of the Prince of peace. The effect conditions of their charter-yet the good has been, either the generating of enmity achieved by them is felt in its consequences against a religion attempted to be obtruded to the present day. To provinces planted by violence; or, the establishing of the same by members of the established church, they religion in name, but disfigured by corrupextended no aid ; nor was there occasion for tions subversive of the spirit of its instituany, there being provision made in them by tions. It was not thus that the faith in legislative assessments. But in the provinces Christ had been propagated, when, within a in which the Episcopal portion of the popula- few years after the apostles, its apologists tion was thin, and other forms of profession appealed to the known fact, that indepenprevalent; we should at this time be desti- dently on human policy or force, it had reach, tute of the means of worshipping God ed the utmost limits of the then known agreeably to the dictates of our consciences, world. or rather, there would have been long since Of late years, under very different circumlost all the traces of the peculiar institutions stances, and generally in a very different of our apostolick church, had it not been for spirit from the above, there have been put the fostering care of the said venerable body, forth endeavours for the conveying of the and for the expense to which the mem- gospel to heathen nations. It has been bers of our communion in the parent land by presenting the books of scripture in their voluntarily subjected themselves. The time different languages; and by sending to them is come, when gratitude and honour, in con. missionaries, whose views are detached from currence with zeal for what we conceivę to all the concerns, alike of temporal sovebe the truths of scripture, urge us to repay reignties, and of spiritual domination interferthe benefit; not to the bestowers of it, who ing with civil duties; and who cannot have neither claim nor stand in need of a return; any other object, than that of making their but by the supply of the spiritual wants of converts the subjects of " a kingdom not of those who have migrated from our soil, as this world.” Who can calculate the effects our forefathers migrated from the land of of this new plan for the evangelizing of the their nativity; and who would doubtless world? And who can tell, whether it may have been objects of the beneficence of the not be the expedient in the counsels of di. church which is our common parent, but for vine Wisdom, for the fulfilment of the prothe severance which has taken place in the mise to the Messiah, of "giving him the course of divine Providence.

heathen for his inheritance, and the utmost While we represent, in this important point parts of the earth for his possession ?" or of of view, the wants of the members of our hastening the time, when, in the language of own church, we do not overlook the other the new testament, “the fulness of the genbranch of our trust; from which it may be tiles shall have come in." gathered, that the convention contemplated But why should this be reckoned alto. the giving of a beginning to efforts simultane. gether a problem, when there has already ous with those of other denominations of begun and progressed a series of events, Christians, for the extending of the light of pointing to the consummation so desirable? the gospel to the benighted heathen. There Already, the peaceful preaching of the gospel has made inroads on the superstitions of in the latter. Nevertheless, as it appears Bramah and of Budda in Asia. Already, in that the good providence of God is opening Africa, many of her sable children are as

new prospects of the bringing of heathen sembled under pastors, who break to them people within the pale of the church of the bread of life. And already the uniting Christ; and as pious persons, among ourof religion and civilization has made the selves, have declared their ardent wishes in beginning of a rescue of the inhabitants of favour of an opening of this channel for their our western wilderness, from the atrocities liberality, the convention have complied with of their savage state; and of opening their so pious a motion ; at the same time, judging eyes to a due esteem of the arts and the en- it a dictate of religious prudence, to leave to joyments of civilized life ; under no circum- every subscriber to choose, if he should enstance, however, without a proportionate tertain a choice, between the two purposes esteem for those truths, those precepts, and defined. Accordingly, this is provided for those promises, which can be learned only by the second article of the constitution. from the bible.

We conclude, in the spirit of the concluIt is a remarkable fact, tending to sustain sion of the constitution, by inviting all the the sentiinents which have been delivered, members of our church to put up the prayer that there has lately appeared, in various there suggested, for the blessing of God countries, a zeal for missionary labours, be on the concern committed to our trust; not yond any thing of the same spirit since the doubting that the effect of such a prayer, age of the first preaching of the gospel. Ma- habitually put up to the throne of grace, ny and great are the dangers to be encoun. will so interest the affections of the supplitered, and many and great are the privations cants, as to ensure their contributing of reato be submitted to, in the prosecution of such sonable portions of their substance, for the designs; and yet the ardour, far from being accomplishing of so estimable an object of damped by discouragement of this sort, is on their desire. Especially, if such persons the increase. In the beginning, there may should have felt the check of the admonitions bave been no unreasonable apprehensions, of the gospel on their consciences, of its conthat the fire would expire after a transient solations under the various vicissitudes of life, blaze ; but many years have attested not and of the bright prospects which it opens only the sincerity, but the perseverance of beyond the darkness of the grave; they will the men, who had thus devoted themselves cheerfully bestow their proportionate aids, to the going out into the high-ways and for the extending of those benefits to regions hedges of pagan idolatry, at the cost of en- where they are now unknown; to the recountering any hardships, and of being for taining of them in districts, in which they are ever separate in this world from the endear. in danger of being lost in an increasing dising intercourses of kindred and early at. soluteness of manners ; in short, in contributtachments. Is there not in this what may ing to the reign of truth and righteousness, not improbably be an indication of the ap. and thus leading on to the accomplishment proach of the time, when there shall be a of the object of the petition enjoined on us verifying of the promise" from the rising for daily use the doing of the will of God of the sun, even unto the going down of the on earth, as it is done in heaven." same, my name shall be great among the gentiles?'"

PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL THEOLOGICAL For these reasons, we assign its due importance to the secondary branch of the constitution of the society, while we consider the THE trustees of the theological school of the other as its more immediate object. For in protestant Episcopal church in the United comparing the claims of the great fields of States held their annual meeting in the city of labour within the bounds of our federal com- New York, on the 23d day of July, 1822. pact, and of those exterior to it, there was The meeting consisted of clerical and lay felt the conviction of the preponderance of trustees from Massachusetts, Connecticut, the former, because of the more immediate New York, and Pennsylvania. The venera. relation in which they stand to us, and be ble presiding bishop of the church, bishop cause of the greater eficiency which is likely White, of Pennsylvania, favoured the meetto be the result of community of language ing with his presence and his counsels. Bishop and manners ; the greater ease of perpetuat- Hobart, of New York, and bishop Croes, ing the knowledge of revealed truth, where, of New Jersey, also attended. Bishop Browalthough on the decline, it is not absolutely nell of Connecticut, had made arrangements lost, than where it is to be begun ; and the for attending, but was prevented by indispoless expense in the sending and the maintain- sition. At the meeting, an interesting comng of 'missionaries in the former case, than munication was read from the standing com



mittee of the church in South Carolina, af- cisms of the professor. They also went fording strong evidence of the lively and zea- through a short course of instruction on the ous interests of the bishop and clergy and qualifications and duties of the clerical office. laity of that state, in the success of the semi- The professor of biblical learning and of nary, to which they have liberally contri- the interpretation of scripture* reports, buted. The trustees adopted statutes for that he has attended two classes. One of the government of the institution, and attend them, having studied with him, during the ed an examination of the students, who af- last term of the seminary, while in New Ha. forded evidence of very satisfactory profi- ven, the epistles from Romans to Colossians, ciency in the different branches of study inclusive, bas, during the present session, which they had pursued. An interesting gone through the remainder. As this class address was delivered in the presence of the attended him but once a week, it has been trustees the professors, and the students, by found impracticable to review any but the the presiding bishop. A dissertation was read epistle to the Hebrews. The other class at. by one of the students, and sermons publickly tended twice a week, and, aster carefully delivered by two of their number. The fol. reading the gospel of St. Matthew, examilowing is the report of the professors.

ned the evangelists as

a harmony, the Ncw York, July 22, 1822.

Greek of archbishop Newcome being used

as a text book, and the general principles of The professors of the general theologie other harmonists being occasionally pointed cal seminary beg leave respectfully to report out.

Since the beginning of May, they have to the trustees as follows:

pursued the study of the historical books of At the commencement of the session, on

the old testament from Joshua to Esther, inthe 13th of February, 1822, the following clusive; but as the variety of duties which students were admitted as members of the engaged their attention made it impracticainstitution :-Seth W. Beardsley, New ble for them to devote more than one day York ; Augustus Convers, New York; Ro- in the week to this pursuit, it was impossible bert B. Croes, New Jersey John Dick, to attend to it with any minuteness. LecNew York; Edward K. Fowler, New

tures on subjects connected with these stuYork; Thomas T. Groshon, New York; dies were occasionally read by the professor, Lemuel B. Hull, Connecticut; William L. and he believes that the most important Irving, New York; Levi S. Ives, New questions of a critical nature arising out of York; William Jarvis, Connecticut; Samu- them, were topicks of discussion. el R. Johnson, New York ; William L.

The class attending the professor of sysJohnson, New York; Samuel Marks, Penn- tematick theologyt began, shortly after sylvania ; Henry M. Mason, Pennsylvania ; the opening of the seminary, to study bishop Matthew Matthews, Pennsylvania ; Sylves- Pearson's exposition of the creed, and have ter Nash, Virginia ; Thomas V. Peck, New- proceeded as far as that part of the work York; William T. Potter, Massachusetts ; inclusively, which treats of the personality George M. Robinson, New York; William and divinity of the Holy Ghost : comprising Shelton, Connecticut; Edward Thomas, nearly five sixths of the whole. The class South Carolina ; Henry J. Whitehouse, New was attended three times a week generally, York; and Joseph L. Yvonnet, New York. but considerable interruptions in their exerOn the 22d of March, Samuel G. Raymond, .cises has been occasioned by the state of the New York, was admitted ; on the 22d of professor's health. The course pursued by April, Joseph P. Verdries, Pennsylvania ; him has been to connect with the study of Philip Gadsden, South Carolina ; and Wil- the exposition of the creed, that of other liam P. Coffin, South Carolina ; and, on the works on some subjects which appeared to 17th of June, Paul T. Keith, South Caroli- require a more full examination than the

[ocr errors]

bishop's exposition contains. The class, acThe students attended the professor of cordingly, have studied nearly the whole of pastoral theology and pulpit eloquence * the following works: Jones's Catholick one day every week, from the commence. Doctrine of the Trinity ; Bishop Horsley's ment of the session until the month of June. Tracts on Unitarianism ; Dr. Magee on the The service of the church was on these oc- Atonement; Bishop Hobart's Tract on the casions performed as a devotional exercise Descent into Hell, with Bishop Horsley's by the students in rotation, and two sermons, Sermon on the same subject; and West on and frequently more, were delivered by the Resurrection, with several of Bishop them, which, as well as the formance of Horsley's Sermons on that subject. Occathe service, were the subjects of the criti

* Rev. Samuel H. Turner, D. D. *Right Rev.John Henry Hobart, D. D. † Rev, Bird Wilson, D. D.


[ocr errors]


sional references have likewise been made to Upon the union of the general seminary passages in other authors.

with that of New York, those students who With the professor of the nature, minis- had made some progress in the Hebrew lantry, and polity of the Christian church, and guage, formed themselves into two classes, ecclesiastical history, the students at who have attended the professor of Hebrew tended during the present session in two clas. and Greek literature, since the commence

The first class, having prosecuted in ment of the session until the present time. the seminary, while at New Haven, the stu- During the above period, the classes bave dy of the history of the church before the sererally read the first 17 psalms, and the coming of Christ, and for the three following first 17 chapters of Isaiah ; and beside concenturies, have, attended to the ecclesiasti- tinual repetitions of distinct parts of the same cal history of the fourth century, with Mo. in the course of the recitations, they have sheim for the text book. It was then nearly completed a general revision of the thought advisable to direct their notice to whole. The class that read Isajah bave atthe writings of the earlier fathers, with the tended the professor once a week from the view of passing from them to the study of commencement of the session. The other the nature and ministry of the church, under class, for some time, attended two recitations the advantage of the important light thrown in each week; but, in consequence of the on these subjects by that sound and best rule numerous studies to be pursued, the faculty for the interpretation of scripture, the gene- thought it expedient to diminish the number rally prevailing principles and practice of the of recitations one half. Several students first Christians.

who were not able to join either of the above The various other claims upon the time of classes, have separately attended the profesthe students rendered impossible a critical sor during the latter part of the session. In study of the fathers in the original langua- addition to the above course of study, a part ges. All, therefore, that could be done on of each week has been devoted to such of this head, was, to recommend that exercise the students as were desirous of having asto them when opportunity shall be afforded. sistance in reading the notes to bishop PearThe generally accurate translations of arch- son's exposition of the creed. bishop Wake, and of the Rev. William

The professor of the evidences of revealed Reeves, were made subjects of particular religion and of the application of moral sciexamination, and those parts of them which ence to theologyt reports, that since the had the most important bearing on the prin- last week of April, nearly all the students, ciples and practice of the primitive church, except those of them who had already gone having been compared with the originals, over the same course during the last year in such inaccuracies as occasionally appeared the New York seminary, have attended his were pointed out. The notes and other ob- instructions. servations of these translators, particularly The text book used in this part of the applying the study of the fathers to the im- course, was Paley's evidences, in which the portant topicks connected with the first de- class was regularly examined. In going partment of this professorship, were made over this work, it was endeavoured to gire the subject of particular notice and exami- such an enlargement of Paley's argument by nation.

extemporary intruction, reference to other The second class have been engaged in the authors, and, where the subject appeared to history of the church before the coming of demand it, by written lectures or dissertaChrist, and have recited that portion of the tions, as to present a general view of the third part of Stackhouse's body of divinity historical and internal evidences of Chriswhich relates to this subject, and the first tianity, of the popular objections of insix books of Prideaux's connexions.

fidelity and their refutation, and of the histoEach of the above classes has attended ry of controversies on that subject, especially the professor once in every week, and, for a so far as they seemed to have an influence short time, the second class has attended upon the opinions of our own country; er. twice.

cepting only those objections and controverThe professor has devoted as much of his sies of a purely abstract and metaphysical time as his other avocations would admit, to character, the consideration of which has the recitations of the students from the above been reserved for another part of the course. text books. Where additional facts or il- The faculty beg leave further to report, lustrations have presented themselves to his that, of the_students abovementioned, mind, in the course of this exercise, he has Messrs. Dick, Fowler, Groshon, Peck, Roendeavoured to improve the circumstance, binson, and Raymond, have left the semiby a familiar and informal notice of them.

* Mr. Clement C. Moore, * Rev. Benjamin T. Ouderdonk.

† Mr. Gulian C. Verplanck.

« PoprzedniaDalej »