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communion, in different sections of the coun- gates to the general convention, the sum of try, are disposed to make for the promotion 40 dollars of theological learning, we must be permitted " Contributions were made, agreeably to to express our regret at the measures which a canon of this diocese, for the bishop's fund, the diocese of Maryland has adopted, with a for the deputies' fund, and for the incidental view to this object.

expenses of the convention. “Our limits necessarily prevent our making “The committee on the state of the church * several observations which have occurred to laid before the convention an abstract from us, and we therefore dismiss the subject by the several parochial reports, from which it expressing our most earnest wishes, that this appears, that there has been a gradual inmeasure may not tend to interrupt the har. crease of the conmunicants, and from 1800 mony, on the subject of theological educa- to 2000 baptisms. As is often the fact, the tion, which was so decidedly manifested at reports are not generally made, and many of our last general convention.

them are very in perfect. It is much to be " The

convention ordered the treasurer of lamented that a return, which requires so the convention to pay to each of the dele little labour, and which, if correctly made,

* Abstract of the Report of the Committee on the State of the Church, referred to above.

| Rectors and Ministers. Bap-Mar- Funel Commu- Add. Sunday

eisms. riages. r?! ujcants. Com. Scholars. Christ's Ch. Washington, D. C. A. T. M'Cormick. 40 34

30 not rep. St. John's do.

W. Hawley.
20 8 20 80

140 Christ Ch. Georgetown, D. C. C. P. MIlvaine. 26 3 14 130 St. John's, do.

S. H. Tyng.

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2 60 Somerset, Somerset county, Wm. Wickes. 81 201 6 120

30 Coventry, do.

S. C. Stratton. 31 10 17 111 Great Choptank, Dorchester, G. Weller.

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52 St. Peter's, Talbot,

Thomas Bayne.
601 15 20 60

200 St. Michael's, Talbot,

R. Hubbard.

23

8 10 Christ Church, Caroline, B. P. Aydelott. 12

9 Shrewsbury, Kent,

P. F. Smith.

12
15 20

25 St. Paul's, Baltimore,

The bishop and

57 31 63

W. Wyatt, D. D.
St. Peter's, do.
J. P. K. Henshaw. 38 18 21

32 Trinity, do.

J. V. Bartow. 43 33 45 181 18
Grace,
do.
H. F. Pfieffer. 22

19 25 10

180 St. Thomas, Baltimore county, C. C Austin. 19 2

20 Chester, J. R, Walker. 16 8 18 56

30 St. John's, Baltimore and

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Harford countries, } J. R. Keech. Havre de Grace, Harford co. W. Jackson.

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14 6 11 25 St. Mark's, Frederick, J. L. Bryan.

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8 unknown! St. James's, Baltimore, G. M'Elkiney.

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30 All Saints, Frederick,

J. Johns.

10 11 ,18 88 Zion, do.

W. Armstrong, St. Paul's, Baltimore, G. Aisquith

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11 St Peter's, Montgomery, W. Armstrong, jr. 35 2 1 Prince George,

do.
T. G. Allen.

29 31 101 37 St. Bartholomews, do.

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3 39 St. James's, Ann Arundel, T. Horrell.

10 6 6 35 Queen Anne's, Prince George's, H. M. Shaw. 66 3

80 St. John's

do.
E Allen

98 12 32 75 Zion,

do. B. P. Aydelott. St Paul's, do.

L. J. Gillis.

32 3) 6 70 Durham, Charles,

N. Young.

30 12 161

55 Trinity, do. J. Reynolds.

1 Wm. & Mary, do.

C. Mann.

56 7 7 53 King & Queen, St. Mary's, R. H. B. Mitchell 41

9731 283 449 1804 671

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25 n. rep

1198

Baptisms in thirty-six parishes
Marriages in thirty-one do.
Funerals in thirty-three do.

973 283 449

Communicants in twenty-seven do. 1804
Sunday Scholars in ten

do. 1198

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would afford so much information as to the

Confirmation. actual state of our churches, should be ne On Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, the glected in any instance, . The language of right reverend bishop Griswold administered the committee, on this subject, is so just, that the holy rite of confirmation, in St. Matthew's we cannot forbear transcribing it. The chapel, South Boston, to dine persons. Ser. committee concur in lamenting the manner in mon by the bishop. which the parochial reports are at present made : such is their conciseness, that they are confined to a mere numerical statement

Ordination. of the baptisms, marriages, and funerals ; On Thursday, Sept. 19, at Christ church, thus rendering it impracticable for your com- Quincy, the right reverend bishop Griswold mittee to furnish a report, which embraces admitted to the holy order of deacons, Mr. any interesting matter, or which would enable Benjamin Clarke Cutler, of Boston, a grathe readers of our journals to form any esti duate of Brown university. Morning prayers mate of the state of piety in the diocese." » by the reverend Dr. Gardiner, of Boston, and

the sermon by the bishop, from the text, Connecticut.

" We have this treasure in earthen vessels, Domestick Missions. It must be gratifying that the excellency of the power may be of to the friends of the church, to hear that the God, and not of us. 2 Cor. iv. 7. The contributions from the various parishes in this holy coinmunion was then administered by diocese, for the support of domestick mission. the right reverend bishop, assisted by the aries, have been such as to enable the board reverend Dr. Gardiner, of direction of the Connecticut protestant

The services on this occasion were very Episcopal society for the promotion of Chrise interesting and impressive. Many of the tian knowledge, to request the right reverend clergy, and a great number of the laity were bishop Brownell to einploy two missionaries present. during the remainder of the year, to supply

This ordination is an event of peculiar inte the vacant and destitute parishes in the dio- rest to the church at large, and particularly

to the society at Quincy. For many years, In aid of the abovementioned objects, aux. that parish, having been destitute of a reciliary societies are now forming in many of tor, has been in a low and depressed state, our parishes

. In New Haven, the young though they have sometimes been supplied churchman's missionary society, and the with lay readers, and have occasionally had young ladies' church missionary society, the services of clergymen. We trust, how. which have been recently formed, already ever, they are co longer to be dependent upon consist of more than sixty members cach.

occasional assistance ; but that the gentleIn Hartford, there is an association of more man now admitted to orders will long continue than sixty gentlemen; and another of about with them, and prove to them, and to those forty ladies, in aid of the same object.

who may bereaster become connected with In Middletown, similar associations exist; them, a faithful watchman upon the walls of but we are not informed of the number of their Zion. May the great Head of the the members. May every parish in the church vouchsafe his blessing upon them. go and do likewise,” in proportion

It may not be amiss to state that the ven. to their means.

erable John Adams, late president of the

United States, has given to this society the Number nf Clergymer.--At the beginnn.g privilege of taking from his quarry a suffiof the present year, the whole number of cient quantity of stone to erect à church, Episcopal clergymen, in the United States, whenever they are disposed to avail themwas distributed in the following manner:

selves of the gist. We were gratified to see In Maine, 2; in New Hampshire, 4 ; Ver- him at the church on the day of the ordination. mont, 7; Massachusetts, 16; Rhode Island, 6 ; Connecticut, 44; New York, 32; New

Slave Trade, Jersey, 13; Pennsylvania, 27; Delaware, 3; A meeting was held at the vestry of the Maryland, 53; Virginia, 27; North Caroli- Rev. Dr. Channing's church, in this town, na, 9: South Carolina, 25; Ohio, 6; Georgia, on Wednesday evening, Aug. 28, George 3; Kentucky, 4; Louisiana, l; Missouri, l. Elake, Esq. chairman, Rev. Mr. FrothingTotal-333

ham, secretary, to consider the expediency The right reverend Philander Chase, bish- of forming a society, auxiliary to the Amer. op of the diocese of Ohio, has accepted the ican colonization society, After considerapresidential chair in the Cincinnati college, ble discussion, it was voted to refer the suband will enter upon the duties of his office at ject to a committee, to report at an adjourned the commencement of the winter session in meeting. It was referred to the same como October next.

mittee to consider the expediency of adopt

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ing any other measures for aiding in the sup- present degraded state, to a condition more pression of the slave trade. After the free from temptations to vice and more fa. appointment of the committee, consisting of vourable to moral and intellectual improveDr. Hale, Hon. D. Webster, G. Blake, ment; and it would doubtless confer a bene. Esq. J. T'appan, Esq. and Rev. Mr. Bur. fit upon the conumunity from which they are gess, the meeting adjourned for a week. taken. And if, through the medium of a

The adjourned meeting on the subject of colony tous established, the arts of civiiized an auxiliary colonization society, and of a life and the blessings of Christianity can be society to aid in the suppression of the slave introduced among a people who are ignorant trade, was held on the 4th of September, of both, the good that may be done, may be George Blake, Esq. in the chair, Mr. Lewis greatly increased.

But the accomplishment Tappan, secretary, in the absence of Rev. of these objects, valuable as they are, appears Mr. Frothingham, who acted as secretary at too remote and of too difficult attainment to the previous meeting. The following report admit of their enlisting our feelings very ar. was presented by the committee and read, dently in the cause. Other objects of beand after an interesting discussion of the nevolence press upon us with more urgent wbole suhject, was unanimously accepted. solicitations and more immediate prospects

The committee appointed to consider the of usefulness. expediency of forming a society for the pur But if, while these purposes are accompose of aiding the funds of the American plished, the colonization of the free people colonization society, or of assisting in the of colour will aid effectually in the suppressuppression of the slave trade, bave paid sion of the slave trade, so as to lead to the such attention to the subject referred to entire abolition of that detestible traffick; and them as the time and their opportunities at the same time afford such encouragement would permit, and respectfully submit the to the emancipation of slaves as to prepare following report.

the way for the gradual extermination of The importance of providing some remedy slavery, it would become an object worthy for the evils arising from the rapia relative of the attention and assistance of the whole increase of the black population in some por- Christian world, tions of our country is becoming every year That such are the designs and expectations more serious. It is now well known that of those who are most active in managing the where a slave population abounds their ratio concerns of the American colonization soof increase is much greater than that of the ciety, the committee have the fullest confipeople among whom they live. Hence the dence. The committee are not prepared to time cannot be far distant, when their num- give an opinion how far these expectations bers in some of the states and their power, are likely to be realized. If a colony dewill predominate over that of those who hold cidedly and actively hostile to the slave them in servitude, unless some mode is de- trade can be maintained on the coast of vised of diminishing their numbers or some Africa, and especially if several could be provision made for removing the surplus por- supported on different parts of that coast, tion of them.

much might doubtless be done to aid cruisa It was in the expectation of furnishing in ers iu the pursuit of slave ships, by furnishsome measure a remedy for these evils, or at ing supplies, and by giving information of least of diminishing their danger, that the their places of rendezvous. We are also American society for colonizing the free assured that there are proprietors of slaves people of colour of the United States was who are desirous of emancipating them, and established. This society has been in opera. that many will be thus emancipated as soon tion nearly six years, and its affairs appear to as an asylum shall be suitably prepared for have been conducted with much enterprise them, and the means provided of transportand zeal, and, as your committee believe, in ing them to it a spirit of enlightened Christian benevolence. We have no means of ascertaining how

Were the objects of the society extended extensively such a disposition prevails among no farther than to the colonization of such the holders of slaves. But there is reason to people of colour in our country as are already apprehend that it is at present limited to a free, or who will become free in the ordinary very small proportion of them. The events course of events, they would not in the view of the last two or three years have furnished of the committee be such as to excite that melancholy proof that the great body of the deep interest among us which is necessary to people in the slave holding states are very secure a very active co-operation. It might little disposed to relinquish any of the advanindeed afford some advantages to that un tages which their slaves afford them. That hapry people to remove them from their there are exceptions to this feeling we are

fully persuaded, and we hope there are many. a constitution of the proposed society, which It is only from the belief which the com was adopted, as follows; and it was voted mittee very cordially entertain, that the ac that the blank in the second article be filled tive members of the American colonization by the managers. society are perfectly disposed to frame their

CONSTITUTION measures with reference to the entire sup. Of the Massachusetts society to aid in the pression of the slave trade, and to a gradual suppression of the slave trade. and prudent, but complete emancipation of Art. I. The society shall be called “ The those now held in slavery, that we can re Massachusetts society to aid in the suppresgard the society as having any claim upon sion of the slave trade;" and its objects the sympathy or assistance of the people of shall be, either to assist the American coloNew England.

nization society, or to contribute towards At the same time there are other modes suppressing of the slave trade by such other by which assistance can be given towards means as the managers shall judge best. suppressing the slave trade, without losing Art. II. Every person who shall subsight of the objects which have been men- scribe and pay annually a sum ant less than tioned.

dollars, shall be a member of the A society is particularly needed to aid in society. prosecuting those who are concerned in car Art. III. The officers of the society shall rying on this trade. By combining the in- be a president, vice president, correspondAuence and exertions of its members, this and recording secretary, and a treasupurpose may be accomplished much more rer, who shall also be managers, and five effectually than it can be by individuals additional managers. The board of manaalone.

gers shall have power to elect honorary vice The committee would therefore respect presidents. fully recommend that a society be formed Art. IV. Every subscriber shall be perfor the general purpose of assisting in the mitted to appropriate the amount of his subsuppression of the slave trade; that a sub- scription, either to be paid over to the scription be opened to provide funds for the American colonization society, or to be left proposed society; and that the government at the disposal of this society, as he shall of the society be fully authorized to inake direct in his subscription. such a disposal of the funds as they shall Art. V. All the funds of the society not judge most conducive to the object of its specifically appropriated, as described in the institution. If, on further attention to the preceding article, shall be subject to the subject, the managers of the society shall be order of the board of managers, to be diposed satisfied that the operations of the American of as they shall judge most conducive to the colonization society are favourable to the objects of the society. suppression of the slave trade, they will be The society was then organized by the disposed to aid them as far as their funds' election of the following officers. will permit; while they will not neglect any Hon. Daniel Webster, President. other means, that may present themselves, George Blake. Esq. Vice President. of accomplishing that object. As, however, Rev. S. F. Jarvis, D.D. Corresp'g. See'y. there way be some, who are prepared to Bradford Sumner, Esq. Recording Sec'y. contribute at once to the funds of the Ame. Samuel H. Walley, Treasurer. rican colonization society, the committee Richard Sullivan, Esq. would propose that the subscription should

Mr. William Sturgis. be so arranged as to leave it to the option of Bradford Sumner, Esq. Managers. each subscriber, either to appropriate the E. Hale, Jr. M. D. amount of his subscription directly or indi John Tappan, Esq. rectly to that object, or commit it to the It was then voted that the report and disposal of the government of the society. constitution be published in the publick pa

E. HALE, JR. per order. pers, and the meeting adjourned. The committee also presented a draft of

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

The history of St. Peter's church, Salem, is unavoidably postponed to the next number. Several other communications are un file, for insertion, as our limits will permit.

TUE

GOSPEL ADVOCATE.

" Knowing that I am set for the defence of the Gospel.” Phil. i. 17.

No. 23.]

NOVEMBER, 1822.

[No. 11, Vol. 11.

THEOLOGICAL.

To the Editor of the Gospel Advocate.

it was the intention of Christ, from REMARKS UPON LUKE xvi. 9. AND HE

the character of the unjust steward, BREWS xii. 17.

to direct his disciples to make friends My attention has lately been direct- of the mammon of unrighteousness by ed to two passages in the new tes. drawing from the prudence and zeal tament, which, as I have been led to of its votaries, a powerful motive to believe, are not, generally, well un.

lead them to increased diligence and derstood. Perhaps my own opinion activity in those pursuits which were in regard to their meaning, is incor. connected with their future and eterrect; and, if so, I shall be gratified nal welfare. The preposition sx fain seeing, from the pen of some of yours this explanation, as it might your correspondents, a more satisfac. better have been rendered from, or by tory interpretation. The first

pas

the consideration of than simply of. sage occurs in the 16th chapter of St. Some have fallen into errour from the Luke's gospel, the 9th verse, and is use of the pronoun they, in the translatranslated

as follows : “ Make to tion, referring it to the mammon of yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness as its proper anteceunrighteousness ; that, when ye fail, dent, and by which they are to be re. they may receive you into everlasting ceived into everlasting habitations. habitations.” It has been commonly This word is not, however, in the supposed that this is an exhortation original. The verb segwitae is, idto make that wise and profitable use deed, plural, and in the third person, of worldly goods which may aid in the but we are under no necessity of furtherance of our eternal interests.* supposing that it refers to pinovs or But the subject does not, in my view, people avão

It
may

be considered as justify such an opinion, nor can there impersonal, or, with more propriety, he

any connexion between the de- applied to God, Christ, and the boly claration, in this sense, as an inference, angels, who will receive into their and the design of the Saviour, in the society, the spirits of the just made parable which he had just related. It perfect. My paraphrase of the verse is more reasonable to consider the is, therefore, Receive instruction plhrase, Ποιήσατε εαυτούς φίλους, as

from the consideration of their pruequivalent to-receive to yourselves in. dence, foresight, and zeal, who pursue struction or improvement. That which with eagerness the mammon of uprighfurnishes lessons for a due government teousness, that when your mortal lives of our conduct may be esteemed in are ended, ye may find an abundant the light of a friend; and with this recompense in being admitted into the view, it appears to me evident, that 'habitations of the blessed.” * Vide Burkitt, Henry, and other como

The second passage to which I al.

luded, is in the 12th chapter of St 42

ADVOCATE, VOL. II.

mentators.

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