ner, and the

nor had any drunkenness been witness- played in Christ Jesus, which has been ed--the attendance on public worship rendered the instrument of quickening is regular and large, three times on the and giving efficacy to the benevolent Sunday; on an average, not less than measures of

government, and of pro1200 or 1300 Negroes, while Mr. John- ducing this mighty change-brought son's first congregation amounted but home, indeed, as this preaching was, by to nine: at morning and evening daily the patient labours of an affectionate prayers, not less than 500 are present servant of the Lord. In Negro towns, --the schools, which opened with ninety where this word of salvation has been, boys and fifty girls with thirty-six for want of ministers, but unfrequently adults, now contain upward of 500 or irregularly preached, the natives are scholars.

far behind in civilization and in all the These were great encouragements to benefits of social and domestic life. Mr. Mr. Johnson in his labours : but he was Johnson's course of labour was—to not satisfied with the reformation of preach Christ, as the Saviour of sinners the manners of his people: he prayed --at morning and evening daily worfor indications of a change of heart, and ship, to set forth to the people the simthe influence of a living principle. Nor ple truths of the Gospel-to follow up did he wait long. One and another be- these instructions and prayers, by visitgan to visit him, burdened by a sense of ing from house to house to reprove sin their sins, to ask what they were to do wherever he witnessed it—to open to to be saved-disclosing to him the gra- the people the miserable estate of a sincious influences of the Holy Spirit on

of escape

and delivertheir hearts, in the 'most simple and ance by the grace of the Gospel. touching manner. He saw persons, in every direction, before they came to attend morning and evening daily wor- (From the Washington Repertory, for De.

cember, 1820.) ship, kneeling in private prayer behind bushes and houses. All, without ex

Education Society of Maryland and ception, wish for baptism; but Mr.

Virginia. Johnson admits none to that ordinance The Education Society for Maryland till he is satisfied of their intelligence and Virginia, held its annual meeting and integrity. All have abandoned po on the 26th of October last, in Christ's lygamy, greegrees, and devil-worship. Church, Georgetown. The baptized are in the habit of regu The Society assembled at eleven larly partaking of the Lord's Supper, o'clock; the morning service was perunless prevented by illness; and when formed by the Rev. Charles P. MʻIlMr. Johnson left, in April of last year, vaine, and a sermon was preached by the number of communicants amounted the Rev. E. M. Lowe. After which to 263. The converts are earnest for the following officers were elected for the salvation of their country-people, the ensuing year. and are continually going to them to Rev. Wm. H. Wilmer, D. D. Presipersuade them to embrace the Gospel: dent; Rev. W. D. Addison, 1st. Viceand they are equally anxious for their President; Rev. Wm. Hawley, 2d. mutual edification; Mr. Johnson sel- Vice-President, and Secretary; C. Page, dom visiting a sick communicant with Esq. Treasurer. out finding some of his Christian bre Managers.- Rev.Oliver Norris, Rev. thren or sisters there, employed in offi- C. MʻIlvaine, Rev. E. C. M-Guire, ces of devotion or charity. So striking Rev. Wm. Meade, Rev. Geo. Lemon, and remarkable, indeed, has been the Rev. Chas. Mann, F. S. Key, Esq. influence of the Divine word, that Mr. Dan. Murray, Esq. Rich. West, Esq. Johnson has withheld from the Society T. Henderson, M. D. E. I. Lee, Esq. many of the indications of grace among P. Nelson, Esq. his Negroes, lest they should appear in Standing Committee.-Rev. W. D. credible.

Addison, Rev. Wm. Hawley, Rev. C. And it has been the plain and simple P. MʻIlvaine, Richard West, Francis preaching of the mercy of God, as dis S. Key, Thos. Henderson.

The two following Resolutions were course of education, to pious and indiunanimously adopted, by the Board of gent young men, it becomes highly imManagers :

portant to furnish them with the means Resolved,—That it is expedient to of completing their course of Theologiestablish a Theological Professorship, cal study, under a competent instructor. to be located at William and Mary col The importance and necessity of a lege, or elsewhere, as the Society may, well-educated ministry, are too obvious, from time to time, order and direct. and generally acknowledged, to require And, for the accomplishment of this any illustration. Without it, no church important object, it is further.

can prosper, or be respectable. And, Resolved, That the President be, it is a matter of congratulation, that and he is hereby requested, to prepare among all denominations of Christians, a circular, explanatory of the object of there is an increasing attention to this the Society, and urging the strong subject. Our own church, in this matclaims of the church, upon the liberality ter, has been far behind the just expecof her members, for the furtherance of tations which have been formed of her this desirable and useful establishment; wealth, talents, and piety. But, though and, that he send a copy thereof to late, she is now resolved, with earnest each of the clergy in the two diocesses. measures, to pursue this great object.

At night, divine service was again At hér General Convention, holden in performed, by the Rev. Thomas Hor- 1817, she established a General Theorel, and a sermon, adapted to the occa- logical Seminary; and, in 1820, renewsion, was preached by the Rev. Dr. ed, by the same authority, her sanction Wilmer. After which a collection of this measure. This General Instituwas made for the benefit of the Society. tion was then transferred to New-Ha

The Society affords assistance to ven, in Connecticut, and has commencfour young men, who are now engaged ed under circumstances which augur in the prosecution of their studies. the most beneficial results. As intiThe following is the Circular Address and prosperity of the church, and as

mately connected with the reputation of the President of the Society, on the establishment of the Theological this institution claims our best wishes

sanctioned by her highest authority, Professorship, agreeably to the se- and efforts. As churchmen, we rejoice cond of the foregoing resolutions:

in a measure, which promises to reAlexandria, Nov. 8, 1820.

trieve the character of our church, from REV. AND DEAR Sir,

an apathy so foreign to her own prinThe managers of “The Society for ciples, and to the commendable zeal Educating Young Men for the Ministry and activity of other churches. We of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in hope and believe, that it will prosper. Maryland and Virginia," having re- We wish it therefore to be understood, solved, that it was expedient to estab- that our efforts are not intended to sulish a Theological Professorship, have persede, or to militate against, the Geinstructed me to address you on the neral Seminary, but to co-operate in subject, and to solicit your aid and co- subordination and subserviency to it, operation in furtherance of their reso- though in a sphere so humble, as to emlution. They are encouraged to make brace subjects which lie beyond the this effort, by the increasing interest reach of that greater body. which the friends of the church take in The


deem it their duty to the concerns of the Society; and from take advantage of the peculiar circumthe great benefits which must result stance, which, in this case present themfrom the successful accomplishment of selves in favour of the attempt to estabthe object now proposed. The estab- lish a local seminary in the southern lishment of such a Professorship is in- country. 1. The college of William timately connected with the original and Mary has offered to theological studesign of the Society, inasmuch as, af- dents certain privileges, which will ter having provided the means of defray- render the resources that may be obing the expenses of a preliminary tained in this section of country, more

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effective and useful, in their appropri- dependent on foreign institutions for ation in that way than in any other. the education, the habits, and princi2. It is ascertained that the public will ples, of those who are destined to fill give more liberally and cheerfully, to her highest offices.

her highest offices. But, it appeals to an object thus brought home to them, weightier motives still, in the connexion and identified with their local interests which it has with the prosperity of the and associations, than to the remote, church, and the glory of the Redeemer's though equally important one at New- kingdom. In this view it claims the Haven. It seems proper, therefore, to fervent prayers and warmest endeaadopt that plan, which both raises the vours of all who love God, and have largest amount of fund, and renders that any proper sense of the value of imfund efficient to the largest quantum of mortal souls. To them it speaks of benefit. Both these objects, we think, the waste places of Zion repaired; of will be attained by cherishing the local the temples of God, now“ frowning in project of the society.

portentous silence over our land," once The plan proposed is, to provide more made vocal with his praise; of funds for a theological professor, who aged parents lifting up to heaven their will probably be located at William and faded eyes, now lighted up with joy, Mary College. That institution is now that their children will be permitted to supplied with able professors, and with “dwell in the house of the Lord, to all the securities for procuring a com- behold the beauty of the Lord, and to plete education. The faculty, with inquire in his temple.” It tells of inone exception, have offered a gratuitous struction to the ignorant; of pardon course of instruction to all bona fide for sin; of peace and joy to the weary students of theology.

An excellent and heavy laden; of comfort, and tritheological library is attached to the umph, and hope, to the sick and dying; college; and, in the event of our suc of consolation administered to the anceeding in a professorship, a very valu- guish that kneels at the grave of departable private library, belonging to a ed worth; of grief assuaged, and tears clergyman of our church, will be ad- wiped away; of the gates of heaven ded by that worthy person. The liv- opened to redeemed and blood-washed ing at Williamsburg is cheap, and the souls. It points to these glorious isclimate healthy, except during the "sues, as flowing to ages yet unborn, months of vacation, when the professor through the instrumentality of those and students might easily, and to the whom your bounty may enable the Soadvantage of their health, remove into ciety to raise up, and send forth to the upper country.

preach the unsearchableriches of Christ. Thus, with the small contributions In a charity so noble, in a cause which which are necessary to support a pro- associates us with God himself, we befessor, we shall enter at once upon all lieve that many will rejoice to co-opethe benefits which are attained in other rate. While they have the opportunity, cases, only after many years of labour, we entreat them for their own sakes as and great expense. We shall, in fact, well as for the cause we plead, to make have gotten all the valuable purposes of to themselves friends of the mammon a college of our own.

of unrighteousness,” by giving liberally We cannot but hope then, that an of that portion which God has intrusted object so important, and circumstances to them as his stewards. Of those who so favourable for the attainment of it, have much, much will be required, both will be duly appreciated and cherished. while they live, and when, at their Now is the food” in the tide of our death, they may have it in their power affairs, which, if improved, cannot fail to live anew by bequeathing something to lead us to a prosperous issue. The to this great charity. From those who object is one which rallies around it have but little, a less sum, given with a every variety of motive. It appeals to right spirit, will be acceptable to God, the mortifying and surprising fact, that and effectual to our purpose; since, by this southern land, so rich in resources, the aggregate of many small sums, like in wealth, genius, and piety, should be the accumulation of many drops of whom

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ter, a copious fountain may be formed She when by care oerwhelm’d, by doubts disto refresh a thirsty and parched land. tress'd, I am respectfully,

Look'd to the cross for peace, to Heaven for Your friend and obedient servant, rest;

WM. H. WILMER, And confidence in him who cannot lie, President of the Society. Had made her patience strong, her courage high.

**Well,' said I, dashing off a single tear, ""Tis surely good for us to have been here:

Such lively faith, such patient hope to see, A Clergyman and his friend's Visit to Does more than tomes of Dutch divinity the Sick..An Extract:

Not for the world these visits would I miss,

If all your sick-list cases be like this.' "T' is but a step across the village green, Like this! I would they were; but those who Where the geese paddle in the pools between; go We lift the latch-and there before our eyes,

To search the lairs of poverty and woe, Bed-rid and blind the Widow Thompson lies. Must nerve their hearts, and be prepared to That short five minutes walk across the green,

find Şofficed my friend to tell what she had been; The body's pain embittered by the mind; Loving and loved she entered upon life, Or see the reckless sinner, that can die a village beauty and a farmer's wife;

Without a hope, and yet without a sigh: And children sprung around, and left no fears Or hoping all in works of human pride, Of kindly succour in declining years.

Asif no Saviour died, nor need bave died.' All promised fair:-but.then her husband gave With that he stopp'd; for we had reach'd His name, the credit of a friend to save;

the door And when the bill was due, that friend had Of an old lonely cottage on the moor; flown,

There o'er the embers crouched a feeble pair, And left his bail to meet the storm alone: With sallow cheeks, and thin, yet matted hair. Markets were dull, and harvest months were Clay was the flooring, and the walls were clay, wet,

And in the window rags obscured the day: And so poor farmer Thompson died in debt. 'Twas old and filthy all--the very air Then though her children bloom'd in manly Felt dull, and loaded with miasma there. pride,

In one dark corner stood a crazy bed, Consumption came, and one by one they died With half a broken tester over head; All-all were gone: and she was left behind There lay their only son, and he had been To mourn and suffer---poor, decrepid, blind. The first in many a bold and blondy scene; She knew the very step of him, whose voice Untaught in youth, he led a wandering life, Had taught her 'mid her sorrows to rejoices Till caught by scarlet cost, and drum and ife, And whose wan features, as he took her hand, He sold the liberty he held so dear, Show'djoy that worldings cannot understand And quitted home and friends without a tear. A trust in him who has the power to save For six campaigns, he follow'd in the train A hope that fearless looks beyond the grave. Of victory, through Portugal and Spain. Then held she converse of her hopes and But cold, and midnight bivouacks, impair’d fears,

The frame that ball and bayonet had spared; Befitting Christians in a vale of tears.

And be, with wasted limbs and aching head, Not her's the cant of those, whose vulgar slang Lay dying there upon that crazy bed. Is Greek to all who are not of the gang:

This was distressing---get there might have Not her's the lights by pride and passion bred been From the deep quagmires of a muddy head: A light reflected from the future scene; Not her's the fool-born jest and stified sigh But there was none; for when my friend began With which Philosophers prepare to die His colloquy with that poor dying man, Her talk was lofty, get 'twas humble too; And talked of Christ, of judgment and of sing' How much she had to hope, how much to do I saw at once the work was to begin. How little she had done, how much remain'd To every truth a careless-ear was lent, To do, before the victory were gain'de And every pause reoeived a faint assent Torm, to fight, to wrestle, to endure, He knew that he had sinn'd, like all the rest, To make her calling and election sure. But God was good, and so he hoped the best; She spoke with gratitude of trials past, This was the sum of his religion, this Aad calmly dared anticipate the last: His penitence for-sin, his-hope of bliss.

Protestant Episcopal Theological Se- writings; and a particular view and de

minary of New-York. fence of the system of faith, professed Ata'meeting held in the city of New- by the Protestant Episcopal Church; York, on Thursday, the 8th Feb. 1821, thus affording a minute exhibition of of the Board of Managers of the Pro- controversial and practical theology. testant Episcopal Theological Educa V. Ecclesiastical History; displaytion Society, established by the Con- ing the history of the church in all ages, vention of the Protestant Episcopal and particularly of the church in EngChurch in the state of New-York, it land, and of the Protestant Episcopal was resolved that the Interior Theolo- Church in this country. gical Seminary, to be organized under VI. The Nature, Ministry, and Pothe authority of the Society, shall be lity of the Church; comprising a view located at Geneva, in the county of On- of the nature of Christian church and tario, upon certain conditions proposed the duty of preserving its unity; of the by some of the inhabitants of that place, authority and orders of the ministry; in documents laid before the Board. with a statement and elucidation of the

The Bishop, from the Education principles of Ecclesiastical Polity, and Committee, made a report proposing an explanation and defence of that of the following resolutions, relative to the the Protestant Episcopal Church; and plan of study in the Theological Semina- also an exhibition of the authority and ry to be established in the city of New- advantages of liturgical service, with a York; which were unanimously adopted. history, explanation, and defence of the

Resolved, That the subjects of theo- liturgy of the Protestant Episcopal logical learning in the Seminary in the Church, and of its rites and ceremonies. city of New-York, be distributed into VII. Pastoral Theology; explaining 'the following departments:

and enforcing the qualifications and duI. Biblical Learning ; comprising ties of the clerical office, and including whatever relates to the original langua- the performance of the service of the ges of the Holy Scriptures, and the church and the composition and deliveknowledge which is necessary to the ry of sermons. critical study and interpretation of them, Resolved, That for the purpose of car. including Jewish and Oriental litera- rying the foregoing course of theological ture, profane history in its connexion study into effect, it is expedient to provide, with sacred, and biblical chronology the first four departments, viz. a Professor

as soon as possible, three professors for and geography,

of Biblical Learning, a Professor of the II. The Evidences of Revealed Re- Evidences of Revealed Religion, and a Proligion ; establishing the genuineness, fessor of the

Interpretation of the Scriptures, authenticity, and credibility of the and of Systematic Divinity. Scriptures; with the interpretation of Pastoral Theology, be placed under the

Resolved, That the last department, viz. them, so far as may be necessary to the charge of the Bishop of the diocess. full exhibition of the evidence of their Resolved, that the other two depart. divine authority and inspiration, and a ments, viz. Ecclesiastical History, and the view of the character and effects of Nature, Ministry, and

Polity of the Church, Christianity, and of moral science in its

be assigned to the professors above named, relations to theology.

or to some of the resident clergy in the

city, until other arrangements can be made III. The Interpretation of the Scrip- with respect to them. tures; exhibiting the principles of scrip It is sincerely hoped that the efforts which tural interpretation, and the meaning of Episcopalians in aid of a design so calculated to

are making to call forth the extensive resources and practical application of every part promote the cause of literature and religion, will of the sacred writings.

not be in vain. There cannot be a moment's IV. Systematic Divinity; present- the means of the Episcopalians of this flourishing

doubt, that liberality in generous proportion to ing a methodical arrangement and ex- city and state, will

enable the managers to carry planation of the truths contained in the into speedy and full operation the plan abovede. Scriptures, with the authorities sustain

tailed, and to establish an institution which will ing these truths; a statement and re

produce the happiest effects on the respectabili.

ty and prosperity of the church and on the gefutation of the erroneous doctrines at neral interests of religion; and which will retempted to be deduced from the sacred filect lasting honour on those by whose contri

butions and exertions it has been established.

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