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to whom was referred, by resolution of the House, exigencies shall arise, in the future, as in the past, the enquiry whether Supplementary Deputies can your Committee are so persuaded any change can be entitled to seats in this House without an amend- always be more safely and wisely done by specific ment of the Constitution, respectfuly report:

amendments, than by committing the whole instru* 1. That by the terms of the Constitution this ment for a revision to

any

commission. House is composed of Clerical and Lay Deputies Your Cominittee believe that the specific from the several Dioceses to be chosen in the manner amendment

be

fully discharged prescribed by the Conventions thereof. The Diocese, upon the floor of this House when its precise operatherefore, is the only authority which can confer the tion and intendment may be examined and modiright to be a member. This House itself has no such fied, and where an enlightened, wise judgment authority. The so-called Deputies from Missionary upon the necessity of the proposed change can be Districts admitted to seats on the floor are not mem- more certainly reached. Whenever the necessities bers in any constitutional sense.

or wants of the Church are found in such antagonism * 2. The office of Deputy, chosen by a Diocese, is with existing provisions and limitations of our a personal trust, incapable of delegation by him to fundamental law, the General Convention will soon another person unless he is authorized by the Con- become convinced of that fact by proposed amendvention of his Diocese to appoint his substitute. Nor ments from the various dioceses in which a change can all the Deputies from a Diocese make such sub- is asked. stitution in the absence of such authority.

“It would be unwise to anticipate such changes or “ 3. But the Convention of a Diocese, without amendments in the Constitution until such a neceschange of Constitution, may choose alternate Depu

sity is clearly manifest. ties, or provide for substitution, or the filling of such * Your Committee, therefore, recommend the vacancies in such manner as it deems proper. Any | adoption of the following resolution : person claiming a seat in this House as a Deputy.

"Resolved, That it is inexpedient at this time to with all the rights of membership, must have been institute any commission to revise and amend the chosen by the Diocesan Convention, or if he claims

Constitution of the Church. to fill a vacancy, he must derive and show his title

" The Committee on Constitutional Amendments, under and through the action of such Diocesan Con- to whom was referred a resolution of the House vention.

directing said Committee to enquire whether there “The Committee ask to be discharged from the is anything that conflicts with the independence of further consideration of the subject."

the different Dioceses, or with the spirit of the Con

stitution of the Church, in a proposition requiring SHORTENED FORMS OF PRAYER.

that in the trial of a minister for holding or teach* The Committee on Amendments to the Constitu

ing, publicly or privately, any doctrine contrary to that held by

the

the Church, tion, to whom was referred a resolution asking a re

consent or approval

two-thirds of the number port upon the expediency of proposing an amend

of ment to Article VÌII. of the Constitution, have had

persons constituting the court of trial the same under consideration, and respectfully re

shall be necessary to a conviction, bave had the port the following resolution :

same under consideration, and beg leave to report: - Resolved (the House of Bishops concurring),

The Constitution of the Church prescribes that the That the following be proposed and made known to

mode of trying Bishops shall be provided by the the several Dioceses as an Amendment to Article

General Convention. The Court appointed for that VIII. of the Constitution, to be added at the end of

purpose shall be composed of Bishops only. In the Article as it now stands, to wit, the words,

every Diocese the mode of trying Presbyters and • Provided that the General Convention may, by

Deacons may be instituted by the Convention of that

Diocese (Article VI. of the Constitution). Canon, arrange and set forth a shortened form of Morning and Evening Prayer, to be compiled grant to prescribe the mode and manner of the trial

“The General Convention are empowered by this wholly from the Book of Common Prayer ; or may authorize the same to be done by any Diocese for its

of a Bishop by a Court of Bishops. Accordingly,

the own use.'

Canon prescribing the trial of Bishops

directs that, at every presentment of a Bishop AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION.

for alleged erroneous doctrines, the Court shall be

composed of all the Bishops entitled to seats in "The Committee on Constitutional Amendments, the House of Bishops, except the accuser and the to whom were referred certain memorials and reso- accused. Three-fourths of such Bishops shall conlutions, with other accompanying documents, di- stitute a quorum, but the consent of two-thirds of recting them to enquire into the expediency of in- all the Bishops entitled to seats in the House of stituting a commission to revise the Constitution of Bishops shall be necessary to a conviction. (Can. 9, this Church, have had the same under considera- Tit. If., Sec. 7.) But it will be perceived that in the tion, and would beg leave to submit the following case of the trial of a Presbyter or Deacon for teachreport :

ing erreoneous or false doctrine, or for any other of*** The Constitution of the Church was adopted in fence, the case is wholly different. 1783, and the long period which has elapsed with “The General Convention has no jurisdiction comparatively so few and, for the most part, so un- whatever in the latter case. The Constitution has important amendments, strongly attests the wisdom expressly committed the trial of Presbyters and and foresight of its founders.

Deacons for any and all offences to the exclu“The powers of the General Convention have never sive jurisdiction of the separate Dioceses. They are been defined in that instrument. It would be a diffi- clothed with full and exclusive power of prescribing cult task were it deemed a desirable one to define the court and the manner and the mode of the trial them by any written constitution. Under its pres of Presbyters and Deacons, and there is no limitaent organic law, the Protestant Episcopal Church tion in the Constitution upon the power of any has increased, prospered, and become, under God's Dioceses, in determining what number of the perprovidence, a powerful organization and agency in sons constituting the Court shall be necessary for the conversion of human souls. Alterations and the conviction of a Presbyter or a Deacon. amendments in the Constitution should never be “Wherefore, your Committee submit a negative proposed, except when shown to be demanded by response to the enquiry contained in the resolution, The best interests of the Church, and not then till and recommend the passage of the following resoafter full and mature deliberation. When such lution :

dar :

“Resolved, That the Committeo be discharged sit during the recess, as provided for in the followfrom the further consideration of the subject." ing resolution : All of which is respectfully submitted.

* Resolved, that the subject of the procedure in

this House in its action upon the testimonials of BiREPORTS OF COMMITTEE ON CANONS,

shops-elect, be referred to a Special Committee of Mr. SHEFFEY, of Virginia, submitted the fol

five, to consider and report to the next General Coalowing reports, which were placed on the Calen

vention.

"The Committee on Canons, to whom was referred “The Committee on Canons, to whom was re- a resolution of enquiry as to the expediency of Caferred a proposed amendment to Section 6, of nonical legislation as to the pastoral charge of Canon 12, Title I., relating to the officiating of Min- chapels in Theological Seminaries, etc., respectfully isters within the cures of others, respectfully report report that they have considered the same, and are that they have considered the same, and are of the of the opinion that no such action would be expediopinion that the proposed amendment is inexpe

ent. dient. They therefore recommend the adoption of

** They therefore recommend the adoption of the the following resolution:

following resolution : “Resolved, That the Committee on Canons be “Resolved, That the Committee on Canons le discharged from the consideration of the proposed discharged from the consideration of the subject of amendment to Section 6, of Canon 12, Title I. the Pastoral Charge of Chapels in Theological Semi

“The Committee on Canons, to whom was referred naries, etc.” a resolution relating to the title of this House, re

SANTEE INDIAN RESERVATION. spectfully report that they have considered the same, and recommend its adoption as follows :

Mr. SHEFFEY, of Virginia, submitted the folResolved, (the House of Bishops concurring), lowing report, which was read : That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the

“The Committee on Canons, to whom was reHouse of Deputies, in making up the proceedings of

ferred Message No. 31 from the House of Bishops, this session of the General Convention for publica- proposing Preambles and a joint Resolution relating tion in the Journal of 1874, to strike out the words

to the Santee Indian Reservation, respectfully re• House of Clerical and Lay Deputies' wherever they port that they have considered the same, and recomoccur, and insert instead thereof the words · House mend the adoption of the following resolution : of Deputies.'”

“Resolved, That this House concur with the “The Committee on Canons, to whom was referred

House of Bishops in the preambles and resolution a resolution proposing certain amendments of the

communicated to this House in Message No. 31 Canons on the subject of the organization of Stand

from the House of Bishops and relating to the faning Committees, have considered the same, and re

tee Indian Reservation. commend the adoption of the following resolution:

Mr. SHEFFEY, of Virginia. This is in respect " Resolved (the House of Bishops concurring),

to the separation of a portion of the territory of That Section 1, of Canon 2, of Title III., be amend Nebraska, so as to add it to the Niobrara Missionary ed so as to read as follows:

Jurisdiction, and I am informed that the House of “Section 1. In every Diocese there shall be a

Bishops desire action on this subject by us now. I Standing Committee, composed of an equal number move, therefore, to take up this message out of its of Presbyters and laymen, communicants of the

order on the Calendar for the purpose of acting on Church, to be appointed by the Convention thereof,

it at this time. whose duties, except so far as provided for by the

The PRESIDENT. The Chair will put the ques Canons of the General Convention, may be pre

tion on that motion. scribed by the Canons of the respective Dioceses.

The motion was agreed to, and the House proThey shall elect from their own body a president ceeded to consider the resolution reported by the and a secretary. They may meet on their own ad

Committee on Canons. journment from time to time; and the president

The resolution was adopted. shall have power to summon special meetings

MESSAGES FROM THE BISHOPS. whenever he shall deem it necessary.

** The Committee on Canons, to whom were re A message (No. 54) from the House of Bishops ferred two proposed amendments to Canon 7, Title announced the adoption by that House of the followII., 'Of a Clergyman absenting himself from his ing resolution : Diocese,' respectfully report that they have con- "Resolved, That the House of Bishops hereby insidered the same, and are of the opinion that the

forms the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies that proposed amendments are inexpedient. They there- it has appointed as members of the Standing Comfore recommend the adoption of the following reso- mittee on Foreign Churches, Rev. William F. Morlution:

gan, D.D., Rev. Robert S. Howland, D.D., Mr. Ham“Resolved, That the Committee on Canons be dis- ilton Fish, LL.D., and Mr. L. P. Morton." charged from the consideration of the proposed A message (No. 55) from the House of Bishops anamendments to Canon 7, Title II., 'Of a Clergyman nounced the adoption by that House of the followabsenting himself from bis Diocese.'

ing resolution: “ The Committee on Canons, to whom it was re

** Resolved, That this House concurs in Message ferred to consider and report as to what rules, if

No. 45 from the House of Deputies constituting a any, should be adopted to regulate the procedure of joint committee to arrange a tíme for the final adthis House in its action upon the testimonials of journment of this Convention, and appoints on the Bishops-elect, especially in regard to the time and part of this House the Standing Committee on the manner in which charges or objections shall be re- Despatch of Business, viz., the Assistant Bishop of ceived or entertained, the kind and nature of the Maryland, the Missionary Bishop of Nevada, and evidence which should be admitted in regard to the Assistant Bishop of North Carolina." such charges or objections, and, finally, any such

VOTE UPON RITUAL CANON. rules and regulations as in their judgment would tend to secure a just, fair, and orderly examination Mr. COMSTOCK, of Central New York. Not of the matter to be determined upon by this House, having been in the House yesterday when the vote respectfully report that, on account of the magni- was taken upon the Canon on Ritual, I desire pertude and importance of the subject, they recom- mission to record my vote in its favor. mend that it be referred to a Special Committee to The PRESIDENT. Leave to record votes on that question has already been granted to all who were all responsible publishers who shall obtain a license about yesterday. The gentleman from Central New to that effect from the Trustees of the fund for the York will go to the Secretary and have his name re- relief of widows and orphans of deceased clergymen corded. That leave, however, applies only to casas and of aged and infirm and disabled clergymen, and where the recording of the vote now makes no dif- who shall assure to said Trustees a payment to be ference in the result as to any Diocese. The Chair applied for the uses of said fund equivalent to ten will state that one gentleman from Michigan asks per cent. upon the retail selling price ; and that leave to record his vote, and that recording that vote the copyright of the revised Hymnal shall would change the result as to that Diocese, not the vest in said Trustees, subject to the further order of general result. The Diocese is now recorded as vot- this Convention, and also that the Trustees be ing in the negative, and if the vote now referred to authorized to superintend the revision and publicais received, the Diocese will be divided.

tion of the revised editions of the Hymnal, with Mr. BALDWIN, of Michigan.

I suppose the

power to make typographical and literary changes Chair means the clerical vote of that Diocese ? necessary to conform it to the Committee's report

The PRESIDENT. Yes, sir; the Chair will put made to this Convention." the question to the House whether the gentleman Rev. Mr. WARD, of Maine. I move a reconsidreferred to (Rev. Mr. Earp) shall be allowed to re- eration of the vote on the amendment offered by cord his vote.

the Rev. Dr. Mead, of Connecticut. I voted against The Chair put the question, and declared that he

it, and now I move to reconsider that vote. could not determine the result of the voices. Mr. BLAIR, of Maryland. I suggest that that

Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. That being a cannot be allowed without general consent.

new subject, I suppose it is open to remark? The PRESIDENT. The Chair, on reflection, The PRESIDENT. Oh, no; the House bas decided thinks the gentleman from Maryland is correct, and to take the vote, and debate is not in order. It is therefore will not put the question, as there seems

now moved to reconsider the vote adverse to the to be objection.

amendment proposed by the Rev. Dr. Mead, of

Connecticut.
THE HYMNAL.

The motion to reconsider was not agreed to. Several DEPUTIES called fo the regular order. Rev. Dr. AYRAULT, of Central New York. I

The PRESIDENT. The regular order is the mat- desire to ask whether, if we vote down the report ter of the Hymnal, which is now before the House. of the Committee, we shall not have our Hymnal,

Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. The Diocese of as at present in use, remaining for future use until Connecticut withdraws the call for a vote by Dio- the next General Convention ? ceses and orders, on the motion of the gentleman The PRESIDENT. I presume so. from Long Island.

Rev. Dr. CLARK, of New Jersey. As I underThe PRESIDENT. The question is on the adop- stand the question, it is a choice between an amendtion of the amendment proposed by Dr. Hall, to the ed Hymnal, with its mistakes corrected, or the message from the House of Bishops.

Hymnal that we have had in use, full of mistakes, Rev. Dr. HALL, of Long Island. I ask the Secre for the last three years. I suppose that is the only tary to read in a clear voice-first, the resolution to question before the House. If we wish to continue discharge the Committee ; second, the message from all the errors of the last three years, the House of Bishops, which is the positive

part of Rev. Dr. HALL, of Long Island. That is entirely the whole matter ; and third, the resolution that the on my side of the question, but I was called to order Hymnal is not a finality ; and finally, the resolution for speakinggiving it over to the Trustees.

The PRESIDENT. The Deputy from New Jersey Mr. SHEFFEY, of Virginia. I would ask the is debating. Secretary to read the message of the House of Bish- Rev. Dr. CLARK, of New Jersey. I beg pardon ops as it would stand if the proposition of the Rev. for repeating anything which, probably, has not Dr. Hall be accepted by this House as an amend- been so well said. [Laughter.) ment to that.

Rev. Mr. GIRAULT, of Louisiana. The Hymnal The SECRETARY. The first resolution is that of 1871, I think, runs out by limitation. It was perthe Committee be discharged. The second resolu- mitted to be used until this Convention, and if we tion is

do not now adopt this present Hymnal, we shall have “ Rosolved, that this House concur in Message No. 32 of the House of Bishops."

Rev. Dr. CADY, of New York. I rise to a point The third resolution contemplates an addition to of order. This is debate. that message, so that when concurred in as pro- The PRESIDENT. I do not think the gentleman posed to be amended, the resolution of the House of from Louisiana is correct as to the matter of fact Bishops will read as follows:

in regard to the order of 1871. “Resolved, That future editions of the Hymnal Rev. Dr. ELLIOTT, of South Carolina. I do not shall be printed so as to conform to the revised wish to interfere with the proceedings of the House edition presented by the Joint Committee on the at this stage, but I wish to ask whether the question Hymnal; and that no other hymns be allowed in the suggested in regard to the present Hymnal running public worship of the Church, except the Hymnal, out had not better be settled before we vote. as thus revised, and such hymns and psalms as are The PRESIDENT. I certainly understand that now ordinarily bound up with the Book of Com- it did not run out when I invested considerably in mon Prayer. Provided, that any congregation may the old one. continue the use of editions of the Hymnal hereto- Rev. Dr. HALL, of Long Island. I understand fore published until further action of the Conven- the question is first to be taken on the amendment. tion.

Rev. Dr. SCHENCK, of Long Island. I should “Resolved, also, That it is the sense of this Con- like to ask one question before I vote, and that is vention that the revised Hymnal now set forth is whether under the contracts which have been made not regarded as a finality, but that it is authorized by the Trustees with the publishers there will be any for the time being, as a tentative process and con- opportunity for reclamations on the part of the pubtribution toward a more porfect and acceptable lishers in consequence of the alterations now made hymnal of the future.

if we adopt these resolutions. " Resolved, also, That the Hymnal now revised Rev. Dr. HALL, of Long Island. I will answer and adopted is free to be printed and published by that the last resolution has been drawn up by legal

none.

Then you

comes

gentlemen, who seem, I think, to have covered the Rev. Dr. ADAMS, of Wisconsin. Well, sir, had ground, having had the point presented to them. English is the curse of this Convention. (LaughRev. Dr. SCHENCK, of Long Island.

ter.) answer “No”?

RELIGIOUS REFORM ABROAD. Rev. Dr. HALL, of Long Island. There will be no reclamations.

A message (No. 56) from the House of Bishops anThe PRESIDENT. The first resolution is to dis- nounced that it had concurred in Message No. 31 charge the Committee.

from the House of Deputies, communicating preThe resolution was agreed to.

amble and resolution for a Joint Committee on EcThe PRESIDENT. The next resolution is that clesiastical Relations and Religious Reform, and the House concur in the Message, No. 32, of the bad appointed as the Joint Committee on the part House of Bishops, with the amendment which has of that House the Bishop of Connecticut, the just been read.

Bishop of Delaware, the Bishop of Long Island, Mr. SMITH, of South Carolina. It seems to me the Bishop of Western New York, and the Bishop that the vote should be taken on the message of the

of Central New York. House of Bishops, as a whole, and then on the

PLACE OF NEXT MEETING, resolutions proposed by this Committee seriatim.

Rev. Dr. AYRAULT, of Central New York. Rev. Dr. CADY, of New York, submitted the
Does not an affirmative vote on that clause commit following report :
us to a revision of the present Hymnal ?

“The Joint Committee upon the place of holding Rev. Dr. HALL, of Long Island. Oh, no.

the next General Convention, respectfully report The PRESIDENT. I think the order should be that they have had the matter under consideration, the reverse of that proposed by the gentleman from and submit to the Convention for its choice the South Carolina. The question is on the proposition cities of Boston and Philadelphia, invitations having of Dr. Hall, offered as an amendment to the mes- been extended from the Deputies from the Dioceses sage of the House of Bishops.

of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The amendment was agreed to.

“The Committee also report that the Joint Com-
Mr. MCCRADY, of South Carolina. We do not mittee recommend that this Convention adjourn at
understand it. A resolution of concurrence simply 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and that the House
would put us in a very awkward condition. The of Deputies meet the House of Bishops at half-past
vote, I suppose, is to concur with qualifications. seven P.M., to unite in the closing devotional ser-
When these two resolutions are offered together as vices, and to listen to the Pastoral Letter."
an amendment, we concur with that qualification. Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. I move that the

Mr. SHEFFEY, of Virginia. The message of the House immediately proceed to the consideration of
House of Bishops is a proposition to this House. It the question of fixing the place for holding the next

downprecisely for our consideration Convention.
by way of concurrence, or concurrence with The motion was agreed to.
an amendment, as if it had been a resolu- Mr. WELSH. of Pennsylvania. I move that the
tion Canon reported from

of question be first taken on Boston. I know that the standing committees; and the rule of pro- | Pennsylvania Delegation will be delighted to see cedure is to take up the Canon or resolution as pro- the Convention in Philadelphia; but the Bostonians posed by the House of Bishops, and amend it by made so strong an appeal that I cannot help voting adding to it or striking from it what you choose, on the first ballot for Boston. and the final vote will be upon concurring with the Mr. OTIS, of Illinois. I second the proposal of House of Bishops in their Canon or resolution as Boston as the place. amended by this House. It would be very improper Mr. LIVINGSTON, of New York. I observe that to concur with the House of Bishops in their propo- in the report of the Committee no mention is made sition, and then try to amend it. It would be of an invitation from New York. On behalf of the too late to amend it after having concurred. We deputation of New York, I desire to say that New must adopt the amendments first, and then the final York, now and for ever hereafter, desires to receive proposition.

the Convention, The PRESIDENT. So I considered. The next Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. We thought that resolution will be read.

was understood. The SECRETARY read :

Rev. Mr. GIRAULT, of Louisiana. I do not “ Resolved, also, That it is the sense of this Con- know whether any invitation has come from the vention that the revised Hymnal now set forth is Diocese of Kentucky, or any other Dioceses than not regarded as a finality, but that it is authorized those mentioned ; but for one I think that the West for the time being as a tentative process and contri. ought to have a voice in this matter, and as it is bution toward a more perfect and acceptable Hym- more central than Boston, I will take it upon mynal of the Church."

self to nominate to the Convention the city of LouisRev. Dr. FULTON, of Alabama. I know nothing ville as the place for the next meeting. about hymnology, but I do not like to see this Rev. Dr. CADY, of New York. There were House couch its action in such phraseology. I want several cities proposed to the Joint Committee by to know how a Hymnal can be a process.

Bishops and Deputies, including Chicago, St. Louis, The PRESIDENT. Debate is not in order.

and Detroit; but the Committee were of the opinion The resolution was adopted.

that the cities of Boston and Philadelphia presente i
The PRESIDENT. The next question is, Will the the greatest advantages for holding the next session
House concur in Message No. 32 of the House of of the General Convention.
Bishops, as thus amended ?

Rev. Dr. VINTON, of Massachusetts. In refer-
The message as amended was concurred in.

ence to the invitation from New York, I think the Rev. Dr. CADY, of New York. I have a report maxim applies, that as any time is no time in parto make.

ticular, so an invitation for all time amounts not to Rev. Mr. ADAMS, of Wisconsin. Before we go an invitation for the next time. Therefore, I move to other business, may I not suggest that Dr. Ful- that New York be ruled out. (Laughter.) ton's correction is a mere verbal correction, which But, sir, I wish to speak in behalf of the delegawe should adopt. A Hymnal is not a “process." tion from Massachusetts, who, I believe, are unani

The PRESIDENT. It is too late now to go back mous in their wishes that the Convention should to that.

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thing in the history of the Church, and inasmuch as it is region in which it is specially desirable that our Church should impress herself in her peculiar characteristics, and in order that her influence may be more strong and lasting, I think that the friends of the Church at large, if they will consider all the bearings of the question, will be ready to yield to the claims that Massachusetts urges in this behalf now, as the question is first to be tried on Boston, I really hope it may go there. But I will yield to the Lay Deputy from Massachusetts [Mr. Mudge!, who, when he speaks, speaks to the purpose so far as all the avail abilities are concerned.

Rev. Mr. GIRAULT, of Louisiana. I wish to withdraw my nomination of Lcuisville. I have no right to a personal preference atout it. I simply want to show that the delegation from Louisiana have no objection at all to Boston. It was not any objection to Boston that made me nominate Louisville ; on the contrary, we would be glad to go to Boston. We honor Boston ; we know that she stood up to us at the hour of our peril. When we needed aid and brotherly kindness, Boston came forward with the hand of brotherly love and charity, and poured upon us that material aid which was so necessary to us when our people were overflowed, and their crops and cattle, and all they had, destroyed. It was not because I opposed Boston, but because I thought the West, Louisville being more central, would be the better place. I withdraw it, and most heartily do I concur in the nomination of Boston.

Mr. MUDGE, of Massachusetts. Mr. President, on the part of the Lay Deputies from Massachusetts I wish to endorse most heartily what was said by the Rev. Dr. Vinton. He spoke for the clergy, and he said, as I feel, that it would be a great oCcasion for this Convention to impress upon the State of Massachusetts, and upon the whole of New England, the greatness and the glory of our Church, for when this Convention meets from every State and Territory and Missionary district in this land, it has an aspect of greatness and glory such as no other Church in this country can present. Feeling this, Mr. President, I hope and trust and beg that you will accept our invitation to come to Boston. We feel that we can offer you a better missionary ground for the Church in the future than any other part of this country. [Applause.)

Rev. Dr. BEARDSLEY, of Connecticut. Mr. President, there has been but one meeting of this body in New England since the foundation of our ecclesiastical union, and that was at New Haven, in 1811, when two Bishops only were present, and the Church in this country was just beginning to rise from its lowest depths of depression. I am sure we should give the Convention à most hearty welcome in New Haven again, that old historic place, although it is the very cradle of Congregationalism. But I go for the next best place, if we cannot have it in New Haven, and that is Boston.

Rev. Mr. HUNTINGTON, of Massachusetts. Mr. President, the city I live in is known as the heart of Massachusetts. My colleagues have spoken for that city which is the head of Massachusetts. I wish simply to say that your welcome to Massachusetts will come from both head and heart.

Mr. CORNWALL, of Kentucky. Mr. President, the characteristic modesty or this delegation has imposed on me the duty of inviting the Convention to the city of Louisville. With all due diffidence we speak on this subject. We have there not quite good accommodations

you have in the city of New York, but

think you will be welcomed by our people generally. If you shall select Louisville you will see a very beautiful city, and you will be welcomed by a warm

hearted people. You will find them a people not on the extreme boundaries of the Union, but right near the centre of it; you will see a most beautiful cointry; and you will be welcomed in a very hospitable manner; at least we will use every effort to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. We have churches there that would accommodate this Houso of Deputies quite as well as this church in which wo sit, and we could accommodate the House of Bishops without going to any very great distance. I kelieve I but express the wish of every churchman in Kentucky when I say that we should be glad to see you in Louisville. If the city of Richmond in 1859, with a smaller population, could entertain the General Convention, I think you may feel confident that we can do it to your satisfaction.

Rev. Mr. PORTER, of South Carolina. Mr. President, we have no doubt that to whatever city we may go, this Convention will be heartily wecomed; but I beg to move that when this Convention adjourns, it adjourns to meet in Peston.

Mr. RACE, of Louisiana. I get up, sir, on Lehalf of the Delegation from Louisiana, to invite you to hold the next General Convention in the city of New Orleans. We promise you a much warırer reception than our friends in Boston can give you : but if I cannot get New Orleans, then I shall go, iu the language of my friend across the way, for tho next best place, for Boston. [Laughter.]

Rev. Mr. EASTON, of California. I am instructed by the Delegation from California to extend to you an invitation to the city of San Francisco, and I have an argument that I think this House will listen to. Everybody las expressed a desire that this House should be lessened in numbers ; and it is thought that if the Convention would sit in San Francisco that end would be reached. [Laughter.]

Mr. ATWATER, of Minnesota. Mr. President, there is one place that has not yet been mentioned, and I am authorized to present it to this Convention. It is the city of Minneapolis [Laughter), and I can give you an important reason why that city shouldl be selected. It is on the parallel of forty-five degrees, exactly half way between the pole and the equator (Laughter); it is exactly midway between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, and as we believe it is yet to be the true capital of this country, I think it a most appropriate place. Again, last year that city was the place of the meeting of the American Board, and I beg leave to say that we entertained two thousand members of that Board without the payment of one single cent, and we will extend the like invitation to this Convention to meet in Minneapolis.

Rev. Mr. MCILWAIN, of Iowa. Mr. President, we have been informed by the last gentleman who spoke that where he lives is the centre of the earth. I have not lived long, but I have lived long enough to learn that where I live is not the centre of the earth. We are told the East abounds in generosity, and we know the reason why. It has had opportunities to cultivate generosity. Now I speak a word for the West. We ask for the opportunity to cultivate generosity on our part. We are will ing, however, to yield, and yield gracefully to the East; but we ask you with all our heart to come and sit beside the Father of Waters. I therefore propose St. Louis.

The PRESIDENT. Will the Chairman of the Committee state the foron of the resolution !

Rev. Dr. CADY, of New York. The Committee proposes two pames, Boston and Philadelphia. A motion has since been made that Boston be voted on first.

Mr. KING, of Long Island. I move to striko out the word “ Philadelphia," so as to leave Boston.

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