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Rev. Dr. WILSON, of Central New York. In Rev. Dr. GIRAULT, of Louisiana. They need consultation with several members it has occurred not be read. They are very long, and, I think, will to us that the difficulties and misapprehensions assist the Committee in arriving at a conclusion. I which undoubtedly exist would be removed if, be- move that they be referred to the Joint Special fore the words “order of the day," we should in- Committee on the Hymnal. sert the word “special," so as to read: “Unless The motion was agreed to. there be a special order of the day.” That would obviate all misapprehension.
THE PRESIDING BISHOP. The PRESIDENT. The present ruling of the Chair will satisfy that doubt; and if it is thought Rev. Dr. KNICKERBACKER, of Minnesota, subwrong, of course the House will be able to decide. mitted the following proposed Canon, which was
The Rev. Dr. BEACH, of New York. If there is referred to the Committee on Canons : an order of the day, it will be of course special. Rev. Dr. SCHENCK, of Long Island. Under that
“ On the Presiding Bishop. ruling, are we to understand that the daily order of "Sec. 1. The senior Bishop of the Church, on business should cease at twelve o'clock ?
becoming the Presiding Bishop, or at any time The PRESIDENT. Yes, sir ; if there is no order thereafter, may resign the jurisdiction of his Diocese, of the day to take its place. This morning we have by issuing a notice to that effect to all the Bishops gone on because there was nothing on the Calendar. and Standing Committees of the Church. In the At twelve o'clock the special order will be taken up, event of his doing so, his salary for the remainder or, if there be none, the Calendar will be proceeded of his life shall be provided for by the general with.
Church, in the way hereinafter named.
Sec. 2. When the Presiding Bishop shall have
resigned the jurisdiction of his Diocese, it shall be The Rev. Dr. STEARNS, of Easton. I submit the following resolution, to be referred to the Com
the duty of the Treasurer of the General Conven
tion to assess and collect annually from each Diocese mittee on Canons :
of the Church a sum equal to one dollar for every “Resolved, That the Committee on Canons be directed to consider and report upon the expedi
clergyman canonically connected therewith, and
pay over the same in quarterly instalments to the ency of so amending Sections 2 and 3 of Canon
Presiding Bishop as his salary. The said assessment 13, Title I., as to provide that the testimonials of shall
from the first of January Bishops-elect shall be sent to the several Diocesan
preceding the resignation of his jurisdiction Standing Committees and the several Bishops in
by the Presiding Bishop who shall 'first avail all cases, instead of as now to the General Convention when within six months of the meeting of that
himself of the provisions of the Canon.
“Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Diocese over body.” The object of this is to prevent the necessity of
which the Presiding Bishop shall have had diocesan discussing the qualifications of any kind of Bishops- jurisdiction to provide a residence for him during
the remainder of his life, and the said Diocese shall elect in this body. Now the Standing Committees
then be relieved of all other payment of his salary, and the Bishops separately pass upon the qualifications of Bishops-elect in five cases out of six.
except the annual compensation provided for in It is
Section 2 of this Canon. only when the election is within six months of the
“Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the General Conmeeting of the General Convention that
vention at each Triennial Session to appoint a Board the testimonials are required to be brought
of Trustees of the fund for the support of the Presibefore the General Convention. In all other
ding Bishop. The said board shall consist of five cases the Standing Committees and the Bishops members, of whom the Treasurer of the General act. It seems to me it would be a decided improvement to have them in this case also go to the Stand- duty of such board to collect, invest, and manage
Convention ex officio shall be one. It shall be the ing Committees and the Bishops, and that the testimonials of a Bishop-elect should never be brought incorporated for the objects of this Canon.
an endowment for the purpose, and to become duly into this House for their consideration. That is the
“Sec. 5. When the annual interest from such fund object of my resolution. I move to refer it to the
shall reach the sum of $5,000, the interest of the fund Committee on Canons. The motion was agreed to.
shall be paid to the Presiding Bishop as his salary, and the assessments on the dioceses shall cease. The
Trustees may, from time to time, apply the interest, POINTING OF THE PSALTER.
if such there be, of such fund to the increase of the Rev. Dr. HUBBARD, of New Hampshire, sub- salary of the Presiding Bishop beyond what he remitted the following resolution, which was referred ceives from the Diocesan assessments, until the total to the Committee on the Prayer-Book :
sum paid him annually from both sources shall reach "Resolved (the House of Bishops concurring), $5,000. But no part of the principal of said fund That the Standing Committee on the Standard
shall be used for this purpose. Prayer-Book be authorized and instructed to introduce into all future editions of the Standard Prayer
TIME OF ACTION OF BISHOPS, Book the colon or musical pause in each verse of
Rev. Dr. LEEDS, of Maryland. Mr. President, the Psalter, and Canticles, in accordance with the
there is an article in the Constitution--Article III. pointing of the Prayer-Book of the Church of Eng- -which limits the power of the Bishops to approve land.”
or disapprove any measure sent from this House to THE HYMNAL.
the period of three days. I think it will be evident Rev. Mr. GIRAULT, of Louisiana. I believe a to this House, upon a moment's thought, that while resolution was offered a while ago by a gentleman this act is a little discourteous to our Right Rev. from Georgia, that a special joint committee be ap- Fathers, it subjects them to a condition which they pointed to examine into the publication of the Hym- are hardly able to comply with, considering the nal. I have here documents from the Diocese of largeness of the business now before the two Louisiana regarding the examination of the Hym- | Houses. nal, which I desire to have accepted by the House The PRESIDENT. Allow me to suggest to the and referred to the appropriate committee.
gentleman from Maryland that that matter has been The PRESIDENT. The Chair will receive the referred to the Committee on Amendments to the papers.
Constitution this morning.
Rev. Dr. LEEDS, of Maryland. About leaving out the article ?
The PRESIDENT. Changing the article.
“Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution to consider and report upon the propriety of striking out from Article III, of the Constitution all after the first sentence ending with the words, and all acts of the Convention shall be authenticated by both Houses.'»
The PRESIDENT. Dr. Stearns offered a resolution on that subject.
Rev. Dr. LEEDS, of Maryland. If the House of Bishops adopts the same rule as this House, of taking up everything in order on the Calendar, it is easy to see that it cannot always within the period of three days send back a message to this House either approving or disapproving. If there were no other reason, I think we should refer the matter to our Committee on Amendments to the Constitution to consider the propriety of a change.
Besides I think there is an implied discourtesy on the part of this House to the other House, made up as it is at this time of so large a number representative of the wisdom, ability, and piety of this Church.
Then it will be seen that the last sentence is only of value as a historic monument, for it reads, “that until there shall be three or more Bishops as aforesaid, any Bishop attending a General Convention shall be a member ex-officio," etc. Of course that is wholly a matter of the past. The Bishops we do not expect ever to be reduced to a number so small as three.
I move the reference of this proposed change to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The motion was agreed to.
THOMAS A. JOHNSON. Mr. SMITH, of Western New York, submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Memorials of Deceased Members.
"Resolved, That this House place upon its records the expression of its grateful sense of the eminent and long-continued service to the Church of the late Thomas A. Johnson, LL.D., a Lay Deputy from the Diocese of Western New York, taken to his rest since the last Convention."
sir, if Dr. Haight is able to be present at this convention, and to serve on this Committee, I will at once retire.
PROVINCIAL SYSTEM. Rev. Dr. KIDNEY, of Minnesota. I have been hoping that some older member of the House would introduce the subject-matter of the resolution I am about to offer; but as this seems the place for the introduction of subjects for consideration in our future deliberations, I now venture to introduce it:
“Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution to report upon the expediency of appointing a commission, to consist of members of both Houses, to devise a Provincial System for this Church.”
The reason why I introduce this resolution is that at a late meeting of the Council of the Diocese of Minnesota its Clerical Deputies to this Convention were requested to urge upon the General Convention the devising of a provincial system. As I said, I have been hoping that some older member of the House would be prepared with a resolution at this time, or with some concrete proposition ; but in order to introduce the matter, simply that it may be thrown into proper shape, I venture to offer the resolution.
The resolution was referred to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution.
ADJOURNMENT. The PRESIDENT. A resolution was adopted a while ago to sit until two o'clock to-day. The time has come, however, when by another resolution of the House we take a recess, and there will be no time to come back and have a session at two o'clock. I therefore suggest that an adjournment be now moved, if there be no further business to be presented.
Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. I move that the House adjourn.
The motion was agreed to; and the House adjourned till Monday, at ten o'clock A.M.
CONSTITUTIONAL COMMISSION. Rev. Dr. BROWN, of Albany. I present the following resolution of the Convention of the Diocese of Albany :
“Resolved, That the idea of a Constitutional Commission to consider the revisal of our present General Constitution, as suggested by the Bishop of Western New York, and approved at this Convention by our own Bishop, is heartily welcomed by the Diocese of Albany ; and our Deputies in General Convention are hereby instructed to use their best exertions to ensure its a loption by that body.”
I move that it be referred to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The motion was agreed to.
COMMITTEE ON CANONS. The PRESIDENT. It is with great pain that I announce that I have to make a change in the Committee on Canons on account of the absence of Dr. Haight. If Dr. Haight should recover sufficiently to attend in his place and to act on the Committee, the gentleman whom I now appoint will gladly give way for him. I name Dr. Beach, of the same delegation of the Diocese of New York, in place of Dr. Haight upon the Committee on Canons.
Rev. Dr. BEACH, of New York. Of course,
MONDAY, October 12. The Convention assembled in St. John's Chapel at 10 A.M.
Morning Prayer was said to the Creed by Rev. Joseph A. Stone, of Delaware. The Creed and Prayers were said by Rev. William Fulton, D.D., of Easton. The Benediction was pronounced by the Right Rev. Samuel Allen McCoskry, D.D., D.C.L., Bishop of Michigan.
The minutes of the proceedings of Saturday last were read and approved.
DEPUTIES FROM NIOBRARA. Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania.
I hold in my hand a paper of such unusual interest, so unique in its character, that, after its reading by the Secretary, I'will ask leave to make a few explanatory remarks. The Secretary read as follows :
“HOUSE OF BISHOPS,
“October 10, 1874. “I hereby certify that at a meeting of the Convention of Niobrara, August 28th, 20th, and 30th, the Rev. Samuel D. Hinman was elected a Clerical Deputy, and Henry Whipple Waumdixun Lay Deputy to the Assembly in New York, October 7th.
* WILLIAM H. HARE,
“Missionary Bishop of Niobrara.” Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. Mr. President, this paper was entrusted to me as chairman of a
committee of this House on Indian Affairs ; and the and I hope, sir, you will allow him the privilege of occasion is one so peculiar that I think a few explan- saying a few words. atory remarks should be made.
I do feel it to be a privilege to introduce to this The missionary jurisdiction of Niobrara may not be Convention a full-blooded Indian, giving him all th mapped out in the minds of those who are here as advantages that we at the last session allowed to clearly as it is in the minds of those of us who have Deputies from the various missionary jurisdictions. visited it. It lies on the west bank of the Missouri I hardly know of any like occurrence, save when River, north of Nebraska, up to the forty-sixth par- at the great Paschal Feast of the Jews, after a allel, extending out to Wyoming Territory, and in- drought by reason of the sins of that people, a few cluding most of the Black Hills, a country somewhat ears of early ripe corn were offered before the Lord noted just now. It includes also the adjoining Indian as an earnest that the great harvest was ready. I reservations on the east bank of the Missouri River, have just such a privilege in introducing to this and one in Nebraska, a few miles from the large In- House this man as a type of all the Indians in this dian territory in Dakota, to which I have referred. land; for when they are properly reached by the Now, for the first time in the history of our
Gospel, when they realize that Christianity is someChurch, a full-blooded Indian is to be introduced to thing more than words, they seem ready to yield our sittings, and indeed he has already been intro
their hearts to its influence and become as earnest duced. He is a full-blooded Dakota, usually called
and devoted Christians. Sioux. The Dakota nation is divided into about
The PRESIDENT. Does Governor Stevenson fourteen tribes. This man belongs to what is usually
wish to address the House : known as the Santee Sioux tribe. Until the year
Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. Mr. President, 1862 it was located in Minnesota, and for a long I concur with the Deputy from Pennsylvania, that while it was thoroughly peaceable. When they
the admission of a native Indian as a Deputy in the were dispossessed of most of their land, and other- General Convention of the Episcopal Church is an wise fearfully abused, they were stirred up to ac
epoch in its progress. It ought to be a proud day tual 'hostilities. In the year 1862 about one
for the assembled Church of America which witthousand whites were massacred by these
nesses the introduction of a red man as a RepresenSantees. They were then removed to the tative from a far distant jurisdiction in this body of Missouri River, and at last settled in Nebraska on
Christ. the reservation where they now live.
But there is another aspect in which it gladdens was a warrior at that time, a heathen, and not only
my heart, and in which I am sure it ought to glada warrior, but a conjurer, practising this peculiar
den the heart of every Bishop and every Clerical art. He belonged to the band of Wabashaw, the
and Lay Deputy in this body. It teaches a practical principal chief of the Santee Sioux. Soon after he
lesson of the success of this blessed Church of ours went to the Missouri, he became a Christian man, as a great missionary agency in spreading the Gosand for eleven years he has been as consistent, pel of our Saviour. We have heard that the Epishumble, and devoted a Christian (his enemies
copal Church was too restrictive and too contracted being his judges, as well as his friends) as
to be a missionary, that that great labor was for the can be found in any part of the country. He
Puritan. But, sir, when we look around us and is an active, zealous Christian. I have seen him
that the Episcopal Church has already time and again on his own reservation, and have
eight missions actively engaged in bringing heard the testimony of the white men round about these sa vages to the cross of Christ, when we see by him, as well as that of his own people. Henry
the report on the Domestic Missions what they have Waumdixun is the best farmer on that reservation.
done towards evangelizing the Indians, and when He is warden of a church built by a lady of New we ourselves see an Indian himself to-day who York. His nephew, Paul Mazakute, was its min- comes with his credentials not only as a Christian, ister. Very many of you have read the “Testimony but as a Deputy, it stamps under foot the falsehood to the Love of Jesus,'' by the Rev. Paul Mazakutē. that the Episcopal Church is not a great missionThose who have not may have that privilege by ac- , ary agency, as it ought to be, in saving the souls
of men. cepting a copy. It was published by the Indian
And if I were
to go back and inMissionary Commission.
dulge in fancy, and refer to that memorThis man now comes among us from a band of In
able period of 1607, when the first landing took dians, whom I believe to be, in point of intelligence, place at Jamestown, in Virginia, when the Indians industry, and morality, equal to any number of set
held all this vast domain, and turn to the traditiontlers who can be found in the same space in any
ary incident of Pocahontas and John Smith, and part of this country. Carpenters leave out their
reflect that the Indians had been driven to the fartools without putting them up at night. Houses are
thest frontier, it is a blessed thought for the Protesunlocked, and people sleep there with a feeling of
tant Episcopal Church of America, even if our peoperfect security. I never felt safer in any part of ple have taken their lands and done them great the world than when sleeping among these injustice, that she has at a later day become an actIndians without any protection. They have ive agency in bringing them home to Christ. (Apa small police force of their own-no military plause.) I have had, sir, some little experience near them—and that police force is quite The PRESIDENT. Will the gentleman from capable of controlling the entire reservation. Their Kentucky pause a moment? There have been a worship is most reverent; and of all Christian men I good many breaches of order in this House since the think Paul Mazakute and the two Deacons, who are commencement of our session unknown before in also dead, were as high types of humble, simple, the Convention, meeting as it does in a consecrated faithful men of Christ as we are likely ever to meet Church-I mean the yielding to the impulse to apwith. I am sure it must give us all pleasure to re- plaud. It is perhaps somewhat difficult to resist ceive, for the first time, one of the aborigines of that impulse sometimes, but I think that the the land.
right feeling of the members of this Convention, What privileges you, Mr. President, may and of every member of the Church, will assure all grant I have no means of knowing, for under our here that it is necessary, proper, and reverential present rules delegates from the various missionary that that impulse should in all cases be resisted, and jurisdictions have no right to speak, save only on that there should be no repetition of that which is special subjects, after a special invitation.
certainly improper in the house of God, because if Gov. Stevenson is on the same Committee with you can applaud you have the same right to exhibit me. I tried to induce him to introduce this Indian ; dissent, and then we should have a Babel. The
gentleman from Kentucky will now please resume the languages of Europe for its cruelty and inhuhis remarks.
manity to these tribes, and we have richly deserved Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I was just it. The great De Tocqueville, in one of the most about concluding what I had to say. If this body delicate sarcasms in his book, speaking of could know, as it has become my official duty to the various contrivances by which, by know as a member of the Committee on Indian fraud and rapine and improper laws, the Affairs of the Senate of the United States, the Indian
being extinguished, ruined, interest which the missionary labors and efforts of and annihilated under the forms of law, observes this Church are awakening among the red men, I that never were the aborigines of a whole contiam sure they would indulge in all the feelings of pent exterminated and extirpated with a stricter joyous satisfaction which I myself experience this regard for the laws of humanity! That was the dlay in the introduction of this Indian Deputy. sneer of the great French writer. I am in hopes,
Sir, there is a peculiar aptitude in the Epis- sir, the time has come when we shall wash out that copal Church as a missionary. The Indian is not
blot and efface that stain from our national escutchdestitute of sense or of sagacity. I heard the eon; and I hold, sir, that we are doing it most venerable prelate from Minnesota say, many years
effectually by the action of to-day. The admission ago, that he had often had Indians come to him and of this red Deputy may be cited by this Church as bear their voluntary testimony to the excellence of
an evidence that we intend to do justice and repair the Episcopal Church. He told me that an Indian the wrongs of these much injured aborigines. once approached himn and said : “Oh, I hear you The PRESIDENT. I think it quite proper that pray to-day ; I go to-morrow ; I hear you pray the this Indian Deputy should be allowed by the House same prayer, and you must have one God. But to make some acknowledgment of the courtesy when I go to other religious denominations, one which has been extended to him in the remarks pray one thing and another pray another thing ; it which you have heard, but it requires a motion to is not the same prayer, and it cannot be the same that effect. God.” This may be a homely illustration, but it Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. I make the motouches my heart, and it seems to me to be excellent tion that he be allowed the privilege. logic.
The motion was agreed to. But the grand test of the missionary efforts of the The PRESIDENT. The Deputy will present himChurch is in their success. Take the White Earth self before the House. Mission in Minnesota and see what has been done. Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. Rev. Mr. HinI myself have received and read, from an admirable man will translate for him. missionary minister, a native Indian, a letter which Mr.HENRY WHIPPLE WAUMDIXUN addressed would almost bring tears from any man, praying to the House in his native tongue (his words being transbe delivered from the vices of the white men, who lated by Rev. S. D. Hinman sentence by sentence). surround them there for the purpose of plunder When I heard the words the Church brought to us in or for the purposes of trade. Think of that, Mr. our far-off land, although I heard them for several President an Indian appealing to us to keep away years, I never expected to be a member of such an the men who go there for the object of traffic, and assembly as this. It seems to me that the Great by the use of liquors, and a resort to other vices, Spirit has spoken to me of his own will, not of my attempt to do away with the good which this In- désire, and I have been sent here as a member of dian minister is achieving among his own people ! this body to represent our Indian people, and I am
But, sir, I only rose to second the effort of my very thankful for it. friend from Pennsylvania, and I close with a single In our country we are very poor, and we never thought. While I believe in most missionary ef- thought that a great Church like this would turn forts the people themselves ought to be made to and look upon us ; and even after we had heard the contribute and to labor, and not to look abroad for words that the Church brought us, we charities, in order to create a spirit of self-reliance, thought that we would be honored and lifted up to it is different in regard to
Indians. be made members of an assembly like this. They have not any
of self-reliance ; My friends, I was weak and had fallen down, but they are literally the poor of that Gospel your aid lifted me up and caused me to rise. To-day who, Christ says, must have the Gospel preach- I know that to be true in my heart. ed to them; and we must bear in mind, as I think, When I return home and tell my people how I that this is an exception to the general rule; and have been received here, and what I have heard, while I would make all infant missions independent and what I have seen, they will be all very glad, as soon as possible, and train them to exertion and and you will make the whole Church among the self-reliance, yet in the case of the Indian we must Indian people much prouder for the kind words put our hands in our pockets and encourage them you have given me to-day. in clothes, in books, in schools, in the building of My friends, I have walked for years in darkness, churches. Let us do that, and my word for it, sir, without any light, but through the Gospel which the Episcopal Church will become one of the grandest has been given to you, which you have given to us, missionary agencies that the nineteenth century has I have begun to see the light, and now it seems that witnessed.
God has made me to walk in high places, and to-day I Mr. RUGGLES, of New York. Mr. President and
have a very great joy. I am very thankful. gentlemen of the House : It fell to my lot in the This is all I have to say. My friends, I shake last Convention to urge most earnestly, strenuously, hands with all of you. and, as it happened, successfully, the measure which admits Deputies from missionary jurisdictions to
COMMITTEE ON HYMNAL. this floor. I consider it the best service I have ever The following message (No. 7) was received from rendered to the Church, and I shall truly rejoice to the House of Bishops: welcome our colored brother in the sessions of this "The House of Bishops informs the House of body.
Deputies that it has adopted the following resoluI rejoice, also, for another reason, affecting deeply tion: the character not only of this Convention, but of “Resolved, That this House does not concur in the whole country. For a century, at least, the the resolution of the House of Deputies communUnited States has been under the execration of the icated to it in Message No. 5 from that House civilized world for its gross misconduct to the abo- relative to the appointment of a special committee "rigines of this country. It has been rebuked in all on the Hymnal, for the reason that the report of
the Joint Committee of the last General Conven- | number of presbyters in the old Diocese, a list of tion upon the Hymnal has not yet been laid before self-supporting parishes, the exact boundaries of the the Convention."
new Diocese, and the statements of the provisions
made for the Episcopal fund, now here presented to DROPPED CANONS.
this Convention, be referred to the Committee on The following message (No. 8) was received from the Admission of New Dioceses." the House of Bishops :
The resolution was referred to the Committee on “The House of Bishops informs the House of the Admission of New Dioceses. Deputies that it has adopted the following resolution:
COMMITTEE SERVICE. “Resolved (the House of Clerical and Lay Depu- The PRESIDENT. In reference to the Committies concurring), That Canons 8 and 9 of Title 1 of tee on the Admission of New Dioceses, the Lay the Digest of 1868 be printed in the Digest ; and, Deputy from New York (Mr. Ruggles), who is on further, that Canon 8 of Title 1 of 1868 be numbered the Committee, desires to resign his place. Will the Canon 12 of Title 1 ; that Canon 9 of Title 1 of 1868 House permit him to resign ? be numbered Canon 11 of Title 1 ; and that the re- No objection being made, Mr. Ruggles was exmaining Canons of Title 1 be numbered in accord- cused from service, and Mr. George W. Jackson, of ance with these provisions."
Texas, was appointed upon the Committee in place
of Mr. Ruggles. MISSIONARY JURISDICTIONS STANDING COMMITTEES. Mr. RUGGLES, of New York. Will the President Message No. 9, from the House of Bishops, an
please state the reason of my resignation ? nounced the passage by that House of the following
The PRESIDENT. The reason was that Mr. resolution :
Ruggles had too much to do on other Committees to “Resolved (the House of Clerical and Lay
attend to this. Deputies concurring), That Clause 6 of Section 7 of
DECEASED MEMBERS. Canon 13, Title 7, be amended, to read as follows : “6) Every such Bishop shall yearly appoint two
Rev. Dr. ABERCROMBIE, of New Jersey. On presbyters and two laymen, communicants of this
the part of the Chairman of the Committee on Me Church, resident within his missionary jurisdiction,
morials of Deceased Members, I will take this opto perform the duties of a standing committee for portunity to request that if there are any resolusuch jurisdiction, who shall continue in office till
tions, or any information or tributes of respect to their successors be appointed. Provided, That no
former members of this Convention, deceased since standing committee constituted under this section
the last General Convention, gentlemen would be shall have power to give or refuse assent to the con
pleased to hand them to the Chairman of the Commitsecration of a Bishop.
tee, Rev. Dr. Burgess, or to-day, in his absence, to me
or any other member of the Committee. The object DIVISION OF MICHIGAN.
of this Committee, as we understand, was to save Message No. 10, from the House of Bishops, in
time, to digest any resolutions that might be offered formed the House of Deputies that it had adopted
or information presented, and also to prevent any the following resolution:
omissions in the necrology of this body. “Resolved (the House of Clerical and Lay Depu
CANONS AS TO PUBLIC WORSHIP. ties concurring), That this Convention hereby consents to and ratifies the formation of a new Diocese
Rev. Mr. HARRIS, of Louisiana. I have here a within the limits of the Diocese of Michigan, to be
preamble and resolution, which I desire to be re
ferred to the Committee on Canons : composed of the counties of Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun,
Whereas, The law of this. Church is threefold, Eaton, Barry, Ottawa, Kent, Allegan, Ionia, Mont
embraced, first, in its Constitution, wbich is its orcalm, Muskegon, Oceano, Newaygo, Meconta, Isa
ganic law ; second, in the Book of Common Prayer, bella, Clare, Osceola, Lake, Mason, Manistee, Wex- which contains its ritual law; and third, in its ford, Missaukee, Kalcaska, Grand Traverse, Ben
Canons, which regulate and determine such matters zie, Leelenaw, Antrim, Chartevoise, and Emmett.
as are not provided for in the organic and ritual
law aforementioned ; and whereas the sole law NEW DIOCESE IN OHIO.
governing the public worship of this Church, or, in Message No. 11, from the House of Bishops, an- i other words, its sole ritual law, is contained nounced the passage of the following resolution :
in the Book of Common Prayer, and particu“Resolved (the House of Clerical and Lay Depu
larly in the Rubrics of the same ; and whereas, any ties concurring), That this Convention hereby con
Canon of Ritual prescribing or enacting what may or sents to and ratifies the formation of a new Diocese may not be done in the performance of public worwithin the limits of the Diocese of Ohio, to be com
ship would constitute a part of the law governing posed of that portion of the present Diocese lying
the public worship of this Church, and would theresouth of a line running along the south line of Mer
fore necessarily be in effect an alteration or addicer, Shelby, Logan, Union, Marion, Morrow, Knox,
tion to the Church's ritual law contained in the Coshocton, Tuscarora, Harrison, and Jefferson Book of Common Prayer; and whereas, the ConstiCounties.”
tution of this Church provides that no such altera
tion or addition shall be made except in the manner NEW DIOCESE IN MICHIGAN.
therein prescribed. Therefore, Mr. PEIRCE, of Michigan. Mr. President, as “Resolved, That the Committee on Canons be inpertinent to Message No. 10 from the House of structed to consider and report whether any Canon Bishops and germane to the subject, I hold in my prescribing what may or may not be done in the hand some papers pertaining to the organization of performance of public worship can be enacted by a new diocese in Michigan, together with a resolu- this Convention without violating the spirit, at tion, which I ask to have acted on, in order that the least, of the Constitution, Article VIII. of which promatter may be forwarded with all due despatch : vides that no alteration or addition shall be made in
“Resolved, That Message No. 10, of the House of the Book of Common Prayer or other offices of the Bishops, just received, together with the official Church, or the Articles of Religion, unless the same consent of the Bishop of Michigan to a division of shall be proposed in one Convention and by a resaid Diocese, the official action of the Michigan | solve thereof made known to the Convention of Diocesan Convention with reference thereto, a list every Diocese, and adopted at a subsequent General of presbyters in the proposed new Diocese, the Convention,”