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way for the establishment of the Church. If so, yours is a noble work. It is one of no human honor. Preferment, whether secular or ecclesiastical, will not be yours. The ordinary responses and encouragements of the ministry—the regards of earthly ambition-will not be yours. But none the less bright will be your crown on high.
MR. POOLE'S CASE.-Mr. Poole, a Romanizing curate in London, found his license revoked by the Bishop of London, in consequence of his (Mr. Poole's) attempts to establish the Confessional. The Archbishop of Canterbury affirmed, on appeal, the Bishop of London's decision. Then Mr. Poole, with remarkable inconsistency with the Tractarian idea of the Episcopate being an “apostolate," though with equally remarkable consistency with Tractarian practice, applied to the Court of King's Bench, presided over by a Scotch Presbyterian, for a mandamus to compel the Archbishop and Bishop to reverse their decision. In this course ho has been cheered on by the whole Tractarian party. In other words, Tractarianism has discovered a fourth order in the ministry. The regular grade now is:
1. The Court of King's Bench-an entirely secular body, which may be composed, so far as any thing in its constitution requires, of Jews, infidels, and heretics.
The result of Mr. Poole's appeal has been the obtaining of a rehearing, but on merely technical grounds. The whole question of doctrine has been reserved.
THE SUNDAY-NIGHT SERVICES at St. Paul's, and at Exeter Hall, continue crowded. Abridged services are used at each. It is to be noticed also, as showing the progress of rubrical relaxation, that at the recent consecration of the Bishop of British Columbia, the service was divided. Morning Prayer was pushed up early in the morning. The full service, at which the congregation as a mass attended, began at eleven o'clock, with the Communion Service.
REVIVAL AND LAY AGENCY.—Yery cheering intelligence reaches us of a general revival of religion in the English Church, Prayer-meetings are being largely held in all quarters, in which pious laymen take an active part. Notwithstanding the Bishop of Exeter's success in suppressing all reference to the Scripture-reading movement in London, that movement has received the most unequivocal approbation in all quarters. The Bishop of Ripon, the Bishop of London, and even the Rev. Dr. Hook, have invoked, as a prior article in our present issue shows, similar
agencies. Men of high birth and social position, such as Mr. Brownlow North, are engaged in preaching, either as itinerants or as local aids to the ordained ministry.
“ALTARS.”—The Bishop of Oxford has been compelled to exact a compliance with the law against stone “altars ;" and in Holywell, where one of the latter was erected, it was removed in consequence of an application by the people, and a communion table substituted.
STATE SERVICES.—The “State Services' are at length, by royal mandate, exscinded from the Prayer Book. This takes away those great blemishes, as well as political absurdities--the commemoration of the “Martyrdom" of Charles I., and of the Restoration of Charles II.
New APPOINTMENTS.—Lord Derby's principal ecclesiastical appointments are from the old-fashioned classical high and dries—the fine Greek scholars, and comfortable diners-out, who regard Puseyism and Evangelicalism with equal dissatisfaction, though in party matters coöperating with the former.
CONVOCATION.-The Archbishop of Canterbury has taken the bold step of becoming patron of an association at Cranbrook, for lay coöperation in all Church matters, especially in reference to Convocation.
The Convocation of Canterbury has again met, and again disbanded. It has done nothing, except to emit its usual amount of preliminary talk, though in this year the talk is of a weaker and less definite character than it has ever been before. It is now six years since the alleged "revival" of Convocation. What it has done, its own friends can best answer. And in this all agree--those most ardent for its restoration think it has turned out a failure. The English Churchman (ultra-Tractarian, and of course peculiarly summary in its discipline of refractory bishops) tells the Right Reverend Bench, and their associates, that they they might as well have staid at home. The Guardian (still more ultra) attacks their inaction with bitter invective. The Record thus sums up the question:
"If any evidence were needed of the utter futility of these meetings, it is abund. antly supplied by the thorough barrenness of their results. One of their first reports, three years ago, was on the subject of clergy discipline. What has come of it? Literally nothing. They passed resolutions on the subject of the Divorce Acts. Did they weigh one straw in the debates or decisions of either House on that important matter? Not at all."
Now, does this come from the inability of the Church to govern herself? Not at all. The real difficulty is, the utter incompetency of the present mechanism as a legislative body. From the Episcopal Bench much might be expected. It is in the main liberal, capable, devoted, and enlightened. But the Lower House, as a body, represents merely the obstructivism of the past. Until it is so reformed as to admit (1) of the laity as a coordinate power, and (2) of a just representation of the working clergy, it is better that Convocation should continue to be a mere pageant, or should be finally abolished.
The Convocation of York was prorogued at once, without even a talk."
Mr. Walpole has introduced a Bill for the final settlement of Church Rates. The bill is welcomed by the Christian Observer, and is thus explained by the Guardian:
"Mr. Walpole proposes, as a 'just, moderate, and reasonable settlement of the Church-rate question, a Bill framed on the basis (which is by no means a bad one) of giving assistance and encouragement to the voluntary principle in favor of the Church, and pretty free scope to it against her. On the one hand, no one is to be called on for a rate who alleges to the collector a 'conscientious objection' to pay it- which is next door to abolition; on the other, landowners are to be enabled to turn their rates into a rent-charge, and voluntary subscriptions may, notwithstanding the mortmain law, be invested and secured for the same purpose. And the rate is to cease whenever and wherever an income equivalent to it is thus obtained. The conscientious objector is not to vote at vestry meetings called for imposing a rate, but is not, it appears, to be excluded from intermeddling in the management of funds to which lie does not contribute. The House received this compromise very favorably. Is is a hard bargain for the Church, but her friends will act wisely in adopting it, resisting all attempts to make it worse, and trying, if possible, to make it better."
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Maine. At a meeting of the Standing Committee, held in Portland, Rev. Alexander Burgess, of Portland, was chosen President, in place of Rev. James Pratt, removed from the Diocese, and George J. B. Jackson, Esq., of Portland, Secretary. Testimonials were signed in behalf of Rev. John Barrett Southgate, missionary to China, applying to be admitted to the sacred order of Priests.
Massachusetts.—Rev. George M. Randall, D.D., has been elected President ef the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Massachusetts, in the place of Rev. Dr. Vinton, removed to Philadelphia
Pennsylvania.—The Annual Report of the Female Protestant Episcopal Prayer-Book Society of Pennsylvania, presents the following result of the labors. of the Society during the past year:
Distributed gratuitously, 949 12mo; 688 18mo; 109 German; 6 French; 11 quarto; 19 officers; 9 Psalms and Hymns. Sold 413 11mo; 87 18mo; 8 German; 2 French; 1 quarto; 4 offices. Total 1352 12mo; 775 18mo; 117 German; 8 French; 12 quarto; 23 offices.
At a meeting held in St. Andrew's Church, 'Pittsburgh, on Monday evening, Dec. 13, 1858, it was resolved:
"That it is expedient to establish in this city, or immediate vicinity, a Home for the aged and infirm members of the Church."
A committee was appointed to recommend a suitable plan of organization, form of charter, etc., whose report, presented at an adjourned meeting, was unanimously adopted. The following gentlemen were appointed a Committee to obtain a charter of incorporation for the Society: Hon. H. Hepburn, F. R. Brunot, and T. I Bigham, Esqs.
Illinois.-At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the P. A. Society, held in Chicago, on Tuesday, the 25th ult., Mr. Alex. G. Tyng, of Peoria, President of the Society, in the Chair, the Secretary reported $1800 of subscriptions to the uses of the Society, and that advance payments had been made of the first quar.
ter's stipend to four missionary points, whose applications for aid had been preriously acted upon.
Ohio, -Reports from Kenyon College bring the gratifying intelligence of the steadily increasing prosperity of that noble institution. The following statistical summary is sufficient evidence of this fact: Whole number of students now in attendance upon College classes, 115 ; number of communicants 72, of whom 33 have connected themselves with the Church while at Gambier ; number looking forward to the ministry, 32. Such a fountain of usefulness deserves the interest and prayers of the Church.
Bishop McIlvaine, having returned with renewed health from his European tour, is now busily engaged in Episcopal visitations.
Virginia.-The buildings of William and Mary College, at Williamsburg, were totally destroyed by fire on the night of Feb. 7th. This College was, with the exception of Harvard University, the oldest seat of learning in the United States, having nearly reached its 166th anniversary. The building was 156 feet front, four stories high, and insured for $22,000. The Library contained about 20,000 volumes. The Board of Trustees have promptly decided to erect a new building upon the same site, and that the Institution shall continue to be conducted on its former basis.
South-Carolina.—The Southern Episcopalian thus notices the opening of the Theological Seminary of this Diocese :
" It is with thankfulness that we announce that this institution, which was determined on in our last Diocesan Convention, has actually gone into operation. The 17th of January, the day on which it was formally opened for the reception of students, will, we trust, be an epoch from which to date the growth and prosperity of our Church in South-Carolina.
"A commodious building having been rented, in a convenient locality in the town of Camden, immediately opposite the residence of the Bishop, the Professors assembled, and, with prayer to God for a blessing on the enterprise, devoted them. selves in faith and love to the important work.”
Florida.-The twentieth Annual Convention of the Diocese of Florida was held in St. John's Church, Tallahassee, December 20, 1858. After divine service, and a sermon by the Rev. Mr. Thackera, the Convention was organized, and Francis Eppes, Esq., unanimously elected Secretary.
The Bishop, in his address, which was very brief, recommended the following matters to the consideration of the Convention :
1. The increase of the Episcopal Fund.
A resolution was adopted, requesting the Bishop to appoint itinerating mission. aries for the Diocese.
In accordance with the Report from the Committee on Canons, the Bishop appointed the following Committee of five to revise the Canons of the Diocese, and report the progress of their work to the next Convention:
Dr. Scott, Messrs. Colhoun and Miller, of the clergy, and Messrs. Fairbanks and Eppes, of the laity.
The following gentlemen were also elected on the Standing Committee :
Of the Clergy–T. T. Scott, D.D., Alfred A. Miller, W. E. Eppes, and J. B. Colboun.
Of the Laity—Thomas Hayward, Robert Gamble, Francis Eppes, John Beard, and James H. Randolph, M.D.
Oregon.-The Christian Witness announces that the Rev. Dr. Randall, of Boston, has succeeded in collecting from the Sunday-schools in the Diocese of Mas. sachusetts and Rhode Island, a sum sufficient for the purchase of a “Press” for the use of the Rt. Rev. Bishop Scott, in the Diocese of Oregon, which is to be called the " Griswold Press." A gentleman in Boston, of great practical skill, selected the press, types, and furniture, which have already been shipped, and are now on their way to the very far West. This printing office, though small, is said to be one of the most complete that has ever been sent from Boston.
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