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„missionary duty at Batavia, and parts ferent days of the week, 1 have also ofadjacent. But owing to indisposition I ficiated in the following places In was unable to arrive here until August Windsor three times, in Hamilton and 21st. On my way, however, I offici- Sherburne eight times, and administerated a Sunday at Geneva, for the Rev. ed the communion; in Coventry six Mr. Clark. Since my arrival in the times, and administered the commucounty of Genesee, I have preached on nion.-Oxford, communicants 45-bapSundays at Batavia, and likewise at tisms (adults 5, infants 10) 15-marRochester and Canandaigua, by way of riages 4-funerals 3. exchange. I have officiated on week days at several other places. My prin- The Rev. Marcus A. Perry, missioncipal attention has, however, been di- ary at Unadilla, Otsego county, and rected to Batavia. At this place the parts adjacent, reports to the bishop as present prospects of the church are

follows: -Since my last report, my sere good. Owing to the active and vigor- vices have been continued at the church ous efforts of its friends, the building of Unadilla. Though no important erected for public worship is wrested change has taken place in this church, from doubtful hands, and placed on per- · I have the happiness of stating that her manent episcopal ground. Should these numbers have gradually increased, and efforts continue to be exerted, and bless. a growing attachment to the doctrines

great Head of the church, now and worship of the Protestant Episcothing can prevent the congregation at pal Church has been apparent in the Batavia from becoming large and re- congregation. The Sunday school spectable. I have performed here one which was organized the last year, conbaptism and one marriage, and attend- tinued in successful operation during ed four funerals.

the spring and summer; but since the

commencement of the fall, it has been The Rev. Leveret Bush, missionary interrupted by the unusual degree of at Oxford, Chenango county, and parts sickness which has prevailed in the adjacent, reports to the bishop as fol- parish. The young people and chillows: Since the last convention, I dren have been repeatedly catechised have not been able, owing to particular in the church, which, I hope, through circınnstances, to visit the several con- divine grace, will be effectual in awakengregations under my charge as frequent- ing a spirit of piety among them. I ly as their prosperity required; but I have officiated in Unadilla every Lord's have done all that was in my power; day, with the exception of a few, which and I have the pleasure to report that have been devoted to the missionary my labours have not been wholly un

I have also occasionally given successful. In Oxford, where I have lectures on week days. In Franklin I officiated every Sunday, with the ex- have officiated one Sunday, two half ception of one, the church is in a flou- days on Sunday, and twice on different rishing condition; its members are days of the week. Baptism one.--In imited in the bonds of peace and love; Windsor one Sunday, and three lecand many who have heretofore been tures on week days. Baptism one. In wholly ignorant of the church, begin Coventry twice, and catechised the now to adinire its doctrines and wor- children. In Bainbridge, one Sunday, ship. The number of communicants, one lecture in the evening, and one in the beginning of the year, was con- funeral sermon. Baptism one; funesiderably diminished by removals, ral one.-In Masonville I preached deaths, and dismissions ; but the vacan- a funeral sermon.-In Sidney I have cies which have been occasioned, have officiated twice.--In May I visited the all been filled up by the addition of new congregation of episcopalians which communicants.-Besides the regular reside in Lebanon and its vicinity. To services on Sunday, I have attended a this congregation I officiated on ThursBible class once a week, superintended day afternoon, and also on the Sunday a Sunday school, and preached occasi- following I officiated, and administered onally on Friday afternoons. On dif- the communion to sixteen communiuants. On the same day, at six o'clock miah Rogers, Isaac Lawrence, esq. in the afternoon, I preached at Sher. Thomas L. Ogden, esq. John Wells, burne, to a large and respectable con- esq. David S. Jones, esq. Henry M'Fargregation. In Guilford one Sunday, lan, Thomas S. Townsend, Edward R. and one lecture in the week. Besides Jones, Stephen Warren, esq. Robert these different places I have officiated Troup, esq. Philip S. Van Rensselaer, frequently at school-houses, which, esq. though in the vicinity, yet are not parti- Agreeably to the recommendation of cularly connected with my parish. The the committee on the subject, the confield for missionary labours is extensive vention proceeded to elect two addiin this part of the vineyard.Commu- tional trustees,” to be also nominated, nicants in St. Matthew's church, Una- “ provided the funds necessary to endilla, (added 10, died 3) 48---baptisms title the diocess to the same, be actually 12-marriages 3—burials 20.

cause.

placed under the control of the seminary

before the meeting of the next General There was submitted to the conven- Convention.”—The Hon. James Em. tion the following

mot; and Daniel Paris, esq. were chosen.

The following gentlemen were elected Report of the Trustees of the Episcopal delegates to the General Convention:Fund.

The Rev. David Butler, the Rev. Tho. The trustees of the fund for the sup- mas Lyell, D.D. the Rev. Benjamin T, port of the episcopate in the diocess of Onderdonk, the Rev. Orin Clark,Philip New-York; respectfully state to the an- S. Van Rensselaer, esq. Richard Harinual convention of the Protestant Epis- son, esq. the Hon. Morris S. Miller, copal Church, that in consequence of John Wells, esq. the absence from the city of New-York, The following gentlemen were elected on account of the fever, of Mr. Thomas the standing committee of the diocess: S. Townsend; their chairman, by whom The Rev. William Harris, D. D. the the books and papers are kept, it is not Rev. Thomas Lyell, D. D. the Rev. in their power to render such a state- William Berrian, the Rev. Henry U. ment of the fund as is required by the Onderdonk, M. D. Richard Harison, second canon passed in 1821 ; they, esq. William Ogden, esq. Nicholas Fish, however, state, that the fund has re- esq. Henry Rogers, esq. ceived their particular attention since The following gentlemen were elected the last meeting of the convention. members of the committee of the ProIn behalf of the committee, testant Episcopal Church for Propagat

EDWARD R. JONES, ing the Gospel in the State of New

HENRY MʻFARLANYork, of which the bishop is, ex officio, New-York; October 12, 1822. chairman :--The Rev. Thomas Lyell, The above report was accepted. D. D. the Rev. Henry J. Feltus, D.D.

the Rev. John M«Vickar, Dr. John OnThe following gentlemen were elected derdonk, Thomas L. Ogden, esq. Hús trustees, to be nominated to the next bert Van Wagenen. General Convention, as trustees, on the

The list of the clergy of the diocess, appended part of this diocess of the General Theo

to the journal of the above convention, contains logical Seminary of the Protestant Epis- the names of the bishop, seventy presbyters, and copal Church in the United States :

nineteen deacons. Total 90. The Rev. William Harris, D.D. the Mr. Eleazar Williams, a young man of Indian Rev. David Butler, the Rev. Thomas extraction, a candidate for holy orders, is licensed Lyell, D. D. the Rev. William Berrian, by the bishop as a lay reader and catechist

, to of the Rev.John M Vickar,the Rev. James church, Oneida castle, Oneida county, the con.

ficiate in the Mohawk language, in St. Peter's Milnor, D.D. the Rev. William Creigh- gregation of which is composed of Indians; and ton, the Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, employed by the Committee for Propagating the M.'D. the Rev. Jonathan M. Wain- cities, and likewise as a schoolmaster among the wright, the Rev. Henry Anthon, the Indians. Rev. Lucius Smith, the Hon. Brockholst

The number of congregations in the diocese Livingston, Wright Post, M. D. Nehe- is 127. VOL, VII.

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Auxiliary New-York Bible and Com- in a kindly soil, and, in their fond ima

mon Prayer Book Society. gination, they looked forward to the TĦE seventh annual meeting of this time when its branches should spread institution was held in Trinity church, widely, and its fruit supply the wants of New-York, on the evening of Saturday, many who looked to it for spiritual January 25th, 1823 ; Mr. Floyd Smith, nourishment and strength. senior vice-president, in the chair, and Surely this was not an idle nor unCharles Keeler, secretary.

justifiable expectation-for this society The minutes of the last annual meet- had received the patronage of churching were read and approved.

men of every degree. The rich had The seventh annual report of the given it their

bounty, the zealous their board of managers was read by Mr. exertions, and the poor their prayers. Cornelius R. Duffie.

With such encouragement, an instituThe following gentlemen were elected tion whose first organization was efa board of managers for the ensuing fected by a few individuals, was raised year, viz.-Henry Barclay, president; into public favour, solely from a sense Cornelius R. Duffie, 1st vice-presidents of its importance to the interests of reWilliam E. Dunscomb, 2d vice-presi- ligion, and of its usefulness to the dent; J. Smyth Rogers, 3d vice-presi- church. In two years 10,000 volumes, dent; Charles W. Sandford, corres- distributed by its care, had “made its ponding secretary; Charles Keeler, re- name known and coupled with honourcording secretary; Floyd Smith,* trea- able appellation to the furthest limit of surer; Thomas N. Stanford, agent. our federal union, Even then this

Managers.-Luther Bradish, John seedling was found to be of the true Watts, jun. John J. Lambert, Charles species and of the right kind;" and the Nichols, William H. Harison, Peter society was declared to need "no higher Kean, H. W. Ducachet, Thomas T. encomium than the unvarnished tale of Groshon, Charles N. S. Rowland, Cor- its recent origin and wide-spread lanelius S. Bartow, Robert Hyslop, Ja- bours." cob Stout, jun. Samuel W. Moore, One of the first advantages of its Richard Oakley, J. Lawrence Moore, operation had been to reduce the price Henry Bicker, D. A. Cushman. of the Book of Common Prayer to

nearly cost; an object which had before Report.

been effected as respects the Bible, and Tae Managers of the Auxiliary New- which was always highly desirable as York Bible and Common Prayer Book to both these volumes. The benefit of Society come before their constituents such a reduction was of itself a charity with diffidence and regret. On former of thousands of dollars, as it was thus occasions they have had the satisfaction put in the power of societies and indito present reports of their proceedings, viduals to double their beneficence; which warmed their hearts with grati- and our church was enabled to accomtude for the blessings of which they pany her progress among the poor of were made the instruments; and proud

our borders with this book, at an exly carried forward their views to labours pense much less than what was forof future usefulness: for then they con- merly required. templated only the rapid progress and

During this period more than one rising hopes of this society. From the congregation was built up by its liberatender plant of the forest, they had seen lity and zeal, and a deserted church reit advancing to the vigour of confirmed opened its doors, and re-assembled its strength, its roots seemed to have fixed members on the strength of assistance

received from hence." These were Dr. John Smyth Rogers, for five years past among the benefits which, in the first the treasul er of the society, and to whom it is

two years of its existence, this society indebted for his very efficient and valuable ex'ertions from the period of its establishment, having relinquished his office, Mr. Smith, late * Rev. Mr. M'Vickar's Address before the 1st vice-president, yielded to the unanimous de- Society, January, 1818. sire of the board in undertaking its duties.

+ Rey, Mr. M'Vickar's Address.

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had already effected : and which pro- names; and while our resources are cured for it, though only in its infancy, thus continually decreasing, very few the honourable expression of public subscribers are added to our list. Until thanks from episcopalians of other the last month, not a single Bible nor states.

Prayer Book had issued from our depoIn the close of the fifth year, by the sitory during the whole of the past continuance of a liberal patronage, this year. And unless churchmen feel it institution was possessed of a set of ste- their duty to renew and extend their reotype plates of the Holy Bible, in ad- aid, the board must yield to the predition to one of the Book of Common vailing apathy; their plates must be Prayer, which together cost upwards permitted to lie unemployed; they of $3,550, and it had distributed nearly must close their ears to the calls for aid, 18,000 volumes. The managers had and shut the doors of their depository gone still further in their hopes, andan- against the demand for that knowledge ticipated that through the continuance of which maketh 6 wise unto salvation.” the same liberality, the time would come On every account the board feel when no application should be made to grieved by this constant diminution of them for Bibles or Prayer Books with- their ability. Our church suffers in out meeting a prompt and full supply, her reputation from this backwardness and fixing in the breasts of thousands of of her members, the spirit of our whole your brethren the sentiments of thank communion is represented as torpid, fulness for your beneficent provision. and seems indeed incapable of little

On our sixth anniversary, however, more than a' flushed and transient efwith an exhausted treasury, and a di- fort, and all that is gained is soon lost minished subscription list, your board in the supineness of returning lethargy. of managers began almosť" to despair But more than all, the knowledge of of being enabled to resume those active God is restrained, and with more appaand beneficent labours which, with the rent justice than kindness, the world blessing of heaven, had shed the light suspects them of undervaluing the gosof the gospel and the purity of Chris- pel who make such light efforts to extian worship on the remotest borders of tend it. our land." Still, " trusting in their Yet we are assured by abundant evihallowed cause," the board then put dence, that there is among churchmen a to you the question, “ Shall we ask in spirit of liberality of which our church vain for the means of continuing our la- might boast, but its effects are not gebours? Shall we in vain address to nerally seen nor appreciated, because it Christians our supplications for relief is diverted and scattered through the for those who are treading the thorny inconsiderate kindness of an excursive ways of wretchedness, and the dark charity. The church of our choice, so valley of death? Shall the beacon far from being preferred, is placed last which your bounty has erected to light in the participation of our boanty; and, the traveller on his way, and to guide abandoning all that we profess to value, the wanderer to a haven of rest, be ex- our contributions give impulse to the tinguished;—now when the solitary current of other streams, but leave dry places have been made glad by its rays, and forsaken their own channels, whose and its beams have begun to shed the banks they might enrich and adorn. light of glory on the ocean and the wil- This disposition to aid others in their

works of piety and benevolence argues The seventh year has just elapsed, an amiable and liberal character, and and we are now compelled to confess were it answered by a correspondent that the appeal has been in vain, and return of benefits, it might be also dethat our expectations are disappointed. sirable and wise. The very name of So far from being supported by increasa charity is lovely, as that of sect is odiing liberality, a large proportion of our qus; and next to a frank and honest ri. members, when called upon for their valry of benevolence, we would delight subscription, have withdrawn their in a mutual interchange of benefits Vide Sixth Amual Report,

and gifts. Either one of these plans

derness.***

would be productive of advantage to other hand, a spirit of indifference, of the common cause, and either would be neglect, almost of opposition, which, rehonourable. But to be useful and wise, fusing its influence, and keeping back the system of interchange should be its beneficence, might shrink from a equal and reciprocal. Episcopalians comparison with the more amiable and have long set the example of contribut- generous profusion of which we have ing most generously and nobly to for- spoken. ward the views and purposes of their Great numbers withhold all encoubrethren of other denominations; but it ragement. The rich often throw into is due to the sincerity of truth to declare the treasury only " the widow's mite.” that their views of charity never extend Few feel the responsibility of their to reciprocity in our schemes; that stewardship, though they have received while thousands of dollars have been many talents. The busy, in the midst given by churchmen to forward the pro- of their accumulations, and the easy, in jects of their fellow Christians, scarcely their leisure, brook no interruption of a dollar has found its way back in ace their engagements, or of their quiet, knowledgment of our courtesy, or in when called upon to “lend to the Lord;" advancement of our plans.* Mean- and amongst almost all, charity is diswhile the fabrics which churchmen pensed with such a sparing hand, and have contributed to rear to magnificence, in such a doubtful guise, as ill befit the are compared with the deserted rụins of character of " a cheerful giver.” their own enclosure, and while strangers But it is not for us to use the lan. affect to mark the contrast with pity or guage of reproof. We have laid before with scorn, our own household is dis- you our own experience, which the dehonoured, her spirit extinguished, her clining state of this society but too well efforts paralized.

verifies; and while we recollect with We speak not this with a view of re- pleasure and with gratitude many spiproving the very commendable dili- rited instances of munificent patronage, gence of others, or with a view of dice and many of constant and unwavering tating to the members of our commų attachment to our cause, we cannot exnion. But believing that all Christians, pect that the few should be more opof whatever name, confess the import pressively burdened, while the many ance of providing first for the pressing look idly on. wants of their own brethren, we wish With the funds in their hands at the churchmen to perceive that the only close of the year, the board have ordersource from which our objects can be ed the purchase of 800 Prayer Books, promoted, and our wants supplied, iş a part of which have been divided from among themselves; and that if amongst the most pressing of the calls abandoned by them these objects will urged upon them; and the remainder never be promoted by other hands. are pledged for further distribution

We have stated with candour, per- They have also directed 500 Bibles, haps with freedom, what we conceive the residue of the edition of 1000, which to be one of the prominent causes of remained in sheets, to be bound. The the decline of this society; but we are agent reports the gratuitous distribufar from ascribing all our want of suc- tions actually made out of the recent cess to a spirit of undistinguishing and appropriations, to be 93 Bibles, and erratic liberality. There is, on the 242 Prayer Books. The bishop of the

state of Ohio, whose earnest application To say nothing of Bible societies, subscrip- could not before be met, has been aptions for building churches, for mission families, &c. the missionary and tract societies of other prized that 50 Prayer Books are subdenominations exhibit the names of a great ject to his order; and the residue of the number of churchmen as life subscribers or libe appropriation will be applied, with a ral supporters; but among similar. societies of prudent caution, to other demands

a find a single subscription out of our own commu

which have been long unanswered. nion. This society is proud to record one name The Sunday schools of the several episin honourable exception to this general rule. It is that of Richard Varick, esq. who was an early copal churches, the Orphan asylum, and generous contributor to our funds. the State prison, the Mariner's church,

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