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means of their support; earnestly is it gates the Orphan's sufferings, and causdesired, that those whose minds have eth the heart of the widow to rejoice, not yet dwelt on the usefulness of the as her soul melteth within her at beinstitution, would be induced to inves- holding her infant offspring just ready tigate it, and judge for themselves of to relinquish for ever the protection of the necessity of larger pecuniary aid. their only surviving parent. By the Treasurer's account it will
ap Happy those children, who, berest pear, that the Society are still in debt. of their parents' care and deprived of Let not the hope be disappointed, that the necessaries of life, have found an the necessities of the Orphan will be Asylum from their wretchedness! Hapregarded, and they, whose kind hearts pier they who, rejoicing in the smile of “ teach them to feel another's woe,” parental love, and rich in the enjoywill give cheerfully according to their ment of domestic and social happiness, ability.
with their sympathy for the destitute One circumstance is attended with Orphan, dispense those more substanpainful interest to the Board : it is the 'tial gifts which are absolutely essential resignation of their respected Treasur-: to the existence of the institution. er. Deep are their feelings of gratitude and affection, on recurring to the services of their beloved friend. At the
Murder of Becket. origin of the Society, when the magni (From Lingard's History of England.) tude of its object seemed almost to ap The next day about two in the aftera pal the firmest mind when a building noon, the knights abruptly entered the must be erected, and there were no re- archbishop's apartment, and neglecting sources, their benevolent coadjutor be his salutation, seated themselves on the came personally responsible for large floor. It seems to have been their wish amounts of money, which enabled them to begin by intimidation: but if they to complete a commodious and well- hoped so succeed, they knew little of finished house. The prudence and the intrepid spirit of their opponent. economy which were manifested in the Pretending to have received their comfulfilment of the duties of her office, mission from Henry, they ordered the have ever inspired implicit confidence primate to absolve the excommunicatin her judgment and discretion. Manyed prelates. He replied with firmness, a child of affliction can bear testimony and occasionally with warmth, that if to the maternal kindness with which he had published the papal letters, it she gladdened the heart of the Orphan. was with the royal permission: that Her counsels will always be cherished the case of the archbishop of York had as the result of mature and conscienti-. been reserved to the pontiff: but that ous reflection. The Board indulge the he was willing to absolve the others on hope that, although she decline the ar-condition that they previously took the duous duties of Treasurer, she will not accustomed oath of submitting to the resign her situation as Trustee, but still determination of the church. It was animate and encourage them by her singular that of the four knights, three countenance and advice. In the re- had, in the days of his prosperity, spontirement of domestic life, long may she taneously sworn fealty to him. Alludenjoy those consolations which flow ing to this circumstance, he said, as they from the reflections of a well-spent life; were quitting the room, “Knowing long may she be spared to her friends what has passed between us, I am sure and associates as their example to prised you should come to threaten me render the various talents of wealth, of in my own house."-"We will do influence, and of leisure, conducive to more than threaten," was their reply: the end for which they were given. When they were gone his attendants
The memory of herself and her early loudly expressed their alarms: he associates cannot be obliterated. With alone remained cool and collected, and steady and undeviating perseverance neither in his tone or gesture betrayed they originated and matured an institu- the slightest symptom of apprehension. tion, which, in an extended sense, miti. In this moment of suspense the voices Vol. V.
of the prones singing vespers in the An Account of a Funeral Cerefony at choir struck their ears, and it occurred
Rome. to some one that the church was a place (From Matthews's Diary of an Invalid.) of greater security than the palace. In my way home I met a funeral The archbishop, though he hesitated, ceremony. A crucifix hung with black, was borne along by the pious importu- followed by a train of priests, with Aity of his friends : but when he heard lighted tapers in their hands, headed the gates close behind him, he instantly the procession. Then came a troop ordered them to be re-opened, saying, of figures, dressed in white robes, with that the temple of God was not to be their faces covered with masks of the fortified like a castle. He had passed same materials. The bier followed;through the north transept, and was on which lay the corpse of a young ascending the steps of the choir, when woman, arrayed in all the ornaments the knights, with twelve companions, of dress, with her face exposed, where all in complete armour, burst into the the bloom of life yet lingered. The church. As it was almost dark, he members of different fraternities followmight, if he had pleased, have conceal. ed the bier-dressed in the robes of ed himself among the crypts, or under their orders and all masked, They the roof: but he turned to meet them, carried lighted tapers in their hands, followed by Edward Grim, his cross and chanted out prayers in a sort of bearer, the only one of his attendants mumbling recitative. I followed the who had not Hed. To the vocifera- train to the church, for I had doubts, tions of Hugh, of Horsea, a military, whether the beautiful figure I had seen subdeacon,
" Where is the traitor ?" on the bier was not a figure of wax; no answer was returned: but when but I was soon convinced it was indeed Fitzurse asked, "Where is the arclr the corpse of a fellow-creature;-cut bishop ?” he reptied: “Here I am, the off in the pride and bloom of youthful archbishop, but no traitor. Reginald, maiden beauty. Such is the Italian I have granted thee many favours. mode of conducting the last scene of What is thy object now? If you seek the tragi-comedy of life. As soon as my life, I command you, in the name of a person dies, the relations leave the God, not to touch ope of my people.” house, and fly to bury themselves and When he was told that he must instant- their griefs in some other retirement. ·ly absolve the bishops, he answered, The care of the funeral devolves on one « Till they offer satisfaction, I will not.” of the fraternities, who are associated
« Thren die !” exclaimed the assasa for this purpose in every parish. These sin, aiming a blow at his head. Grimare dressed in a sort of domino and interposed his arm, which was broken, hood; which, having holes for the but the force of the stroke bore away eyes, answers the purpose of a nask, the primate's cap, agd wounded him on
and completely conceals the face. The the crown.
As he felt the blood tick- funeral of the very poorest is thus conling down his face, he joined his hands, ducted, with quite as much ceremony and bowed his head, saying: “In the as need be. This is perhaps a better name of Christ, and for the defence of system than our own, where the relahis churchy I am ready to die.” In this tives are exhibited, as a spectacle to posture; turned towards his murderers, impertinent curiosity, whilst from feelwithout a groan and without a motion, ings of duty they follow to the grave he awaited a second stroke, which the remains of those they loved. But threw him on his knees: the third laid ours is surely an unphilosophical view him on the floor at the foot of St. Ben- of the subject. It looks as if we were net’s altar. The upper part of his materialists, and considered the cold skull was broken in pieces, and Hugh, clod as the sole remains of the object of Horsea, planting his foot on the arch- of our affection. The Italians. reason bishop's neek, with the point of his better; and perhaps feel as much as sword drew out his brains,
and strewed ourselves, when they regard the body, them over the pavement.
deprived of the soul that animated, md the mind that informed itz--as De
more a part of the departed spirit than Shortly after the last annual meetthe clothes which it has also left be- ing, a sermon was preached at Grace hind. The ultimate disposal of the Church, in behalf of this society, by body is perhaps conducted here with the Rev. Mr. Montgomery; and in re too much of that spirit, which would verting to it we find great satisfaction, disregard all claims that “ this mortal not merely on account of the valuable coil” can have to our attention. As addition then made to the funds of the soon as the funeral service is concluded, institution, but more particularly be the corpse is stripped, and consigned cause the importance of a missionary to those who have the care of the in- spirit was then set forth with such an terment. There are large vaults, un- union of piety, of eloquence, and of derneath the churches, for the recep- zeal, as imparted new animation to its tion of the dead. Those who can friends, and was caiculated to enrol all afford it are put into a wooden shell, who were before indifferent among its before they are cast into one of these well-wishers and supporters. The sum Golgothas - but the great mass are of three hundred and sixty dollars and tossed in without a rag to cover them. ninety cents, then collected, forms When one of these caverns is full, it is nearly the one half all that we have bricked up; and, after fifty years, it is been able, during the past year, to apo opened again, and the bones are re- propriate to the general missionary fund moved to other places, prepared for of the diocess, and is itself an evidence their reception. So much for the last of the talents and energy with which scene of the drama of life;with re- the cause was advocated. spect to the first act, our conduct of it Of the three societies which wenumis certainly more natural. Here they bered as auxiliary to this at the last reŚwathe and swaddle their children, till port, we have received remittances the poor urchins look like Egyptian from two only; that established at Ab mummies. . To this frightful custom,, bany having not yet made its returns. one'may attribute the want of strength The Goshen Female Auxiliary Misand symmetry of the men, which is sionary Society have remitted twelve sufficiently remarkable.
dollars, and the Episcopal Missionary :Society of Geneva thirty dollars. It
would have been very grateful to our The New-York Protestant Episcopal wishes, if we could have announced a Missionary Society held their fourth anni. large increase in the number of these versary meeting in St. Paul's Chapel, in auxiliary institutions, as their formation the city of New-York, on the 6th day of is one of the most prominent features December, 1820; when the following re of our plan, and one of the utmost pro port of the Board of Managers was read mise to our usefulness. One auxiliary by the Chairman of their Committee: only has been added during the last
but that is one of which we may
year; Fourth Annual Report of the Board of well be proud, and from which we an
Managers of the New-York Protest- ticipate important aid. The Episcopal .ant Episcopal Missionary Society.
Missionary Society of Zion Church, in In presenting the Fourth Report of this city, our fourth auxiliary), in Authis Society, we cannot refrain from gust last placed in our treasury the very expressing our gratitude for its timely generous sum of one hundred and formation, and for the important ad- eighty dollars, raised from the spirited vantages which have already resulted subscriptions of that congregation alone. from its establishment. Animated by It is impossible to record the co our past success, even under circum- operation of these societies without feel stances which might well have discou- ing that we are indeed brethren-breraged any efforts, we are authorized to thren an affection and in purpose, as look forward with new confidence, while well as in name. Such a true and active we recognize that Superintending Pro- charity extends and perpetuates itself tection which so evidently demands the by the flame which it kindles; and pro homage of our thankfulness.
vokes others to good works by the light
which its own holds out. The instances cause so truly in the spirit of the Goswhich we now most cheerfully record pel, but in some instances from the inimpress themselves in gratitude upon ability which the times have produced, our hearts.
Would that the same and in others from an unwillingness to genuine spirit of Christianity might be troubled with matters comparatively pervade every parish in our diocess; small and unimportant. While we do and that the universal approbation they justice to the motives of the former of are calculated to excite, might evince these classes, we would urge upon the itself; not in word only, but also in latter the reflection, which cannot be deed! Would that the eloquence of too often inculcated, that the acknowthese examples, more powerful than ledged and indispensable benefit of the any arguments which we can address, fund we have raised, is the result of might be effectual in bringing forward many small, and, of themselves, insuch friends to our cause, and such al- considerable contributions, scarcely if lies to our institution, as our renewed at all felt by most of those from whom appeals have failed to excite!-They they are derived, but constituting in speak to the public spirited and the the aggregate a rich stream of extended pious of every congregation, and call blessing. upon them, as they admire so pure an It ought also to be recollected by all exercise of benevolence, or appreciate who aid in charities like this, that, from its tendency, to “go and do likewise.” the smallness of the subscription a large Though their contributions may be part is often absorbed in the collection, small, yet will they refresh and animate which might be applied to the object in us by the spirit from which they pro- view, if paid directly to the treasurer; ceed.-We cannot forbear again to call and also that the expense of collection the attention of Episcopalians to our is increased by the difficulties which are former circulars on this subject; and often thrown in its way. The offering again to appeal to those numerous con which we make is one of principle, of gregations who have not yet united with conscience, and of free will not of us in this earnest object of our wishes: necessity. That contribution which nor will we despair of their aid, while is given with reluctance, extends a we have any confidence in their love to dampening influence, perhaps more God, or their regard for the eternal than equivalent to the benefit of the welfare of men.
gift. On the contrary, a small gift, The amount received into the trea- tendered with a willing and ready sury since the last anniversary is nine heart, by the spirit which it excites and hundred and forty-seven dollars and se communicates, outweighs, in its actual venty-three cents. 66 The Committee benefit as well as in its real merit, all for Propagating the Gospel” have been the ponderous offerings of an ungraciauthorized to draw for eight hundred ous hand. He that hath much, and he and fifty dollars, without which assist- that hath little, should both give gladly ance the Missionaries now employed if they are in earnest in promoting the could not have been paid even their common interest. scanty salaries. This sum, added to In this simple statement we have those previously paid over, makes the traced the course of that stream which whole amount contributed by this so- your bounty has supplied; and in frank. ciety, since its establishment, three ness of speech have suggested the thousand one hundred and fifty dollars. means of still further promoting its obThe balance in the treasury, after pay- ject. With all who have borne a part ing the contingent expenses of the year, in this accumulation, we feel a common is twenty-four dollars and forty-one cents. bond of Christian attachment; nor
We have to regret a considerable di- will we exclude from this expression of minution in our resources, arising from regard, those who, in the absence of removals and other causes. The names any other offering, have given to our of many who have heretofore been our cause the sincere tribute of their good patrons, have also been withdrawn; wishes, their commendation, and their not, we are sure, from disaffection to a prayers.
We hail the spirit which originates, good are added to our triumph, and folthe beneficence which supports, and the low in the train of our victory. blessing which speeds institutions for In order to make known among all spreading the Gospel; for in them we nations his saving health, God, the find the best hope of man's moral im- Fountain of all wisdom, has been provement, and the best promise of the pleased to require the agency of men: amelioration of his condition. Let the and if an effect, which to human rea-: mere politician aim at these effects by son seems almost miraculous, has atthe efforts of worldly wisdom and of tended the preaching of the Gospel, legal enactment ;-let the man of cul- causing its doctrines to be received, and tivated reason or refined feeling employ its principles to predominate, and its the most enlightened method to soften fruits to abound, we should be encouand bend the human character, and to raged to persevere in our present exerovercome its perversities; yet will it tions by such clear indications of the inever be found that no means are so ef- fluence of his Spirit, who promised to fectual, even for the accomplishment of be with his ministers to the end of the these objects, as that of making men world. Christians in affection and in principle. In associating to subserve the unModify and regulate as they may the speakably benevolent scheme of Aloutward action by the influence of law, mighty Goodness, we have been care or the restraints of custom, or the power ful not to intrude into affairs beyond of argument, or the winning eloquence our proper sphere, nor officiously to of fiction and of sentiment; yet if the endanger the order and unity of our dispositions and passions of the indi church. The constitution of our sovidual are not brought into conformity ciety, therefore, limits its views to the to the pure model of the Gospel, they humble but useful part of furnishing the must ever be a source of misery to means of supporting Missionaries to himself as well as of annoyance to that authority to whom has wisely been others.
committed their appointment and diChristianity sustains most fully its rection. divine character and origin by its fit Among those who are engaged in ness to promote the best interests of promoting a charity so pure, so efficient, men. If, therefore, as friends to indi so comprehensive, there should be no vidual happiness or social order, we room to reprove their indifference, nor wish to make men better in their own any need to excite their zeal. It is no condition, and better disposed towards visionary scheme of doubtful issue to their neighbour—to soften what is rug- which our efforts are directed. Alged and overbearing--to keep down mighty Wisdom has devised the plan, what is vain, and proud, and aspiring and has constantly followed it with sucto disarm what is injurious—to circum- cess. Neither is it an impracticable scribe the power of whatever is un extent of benevolence to which our effriendly, or cruel, or malicious—and forts are drawn out: Almighty Provito temper all into good will and peace, dence has placed within our community we will diffuse the spirịt of pure reli- the subjects of our regard, as the means gion, and the commanding influence of 'of testing our fidelity, our Christian Christian obligation.
wakefulness, our trust in God's proTo us who have still higher objects mises. It is the spiritually destitute of in view than those which merely relate our state to whom we desire to extend to this passing world ;-to us, who aim relief. It is the dispersed flock of our at the immortal happiness of our fellow own church and of our own diocess, men, it is at once reason for exultation who look up to their spiritual Shepherd and for exertion, that this great object for that aid which the bounty of their includes in it so many of lesser endea more favoured brethren can alone envour; and that while we impart to men able him to supply. the knowledge of the one thing needful What could be effected, by diminishfor their spiritual welfare, the blessings ing the salaries of Missionaries that of outward happiness and temporal their number might be kept up, has al