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feel it to be their duty and their privilege to assure him of the gratitude of the whole Church for his correct and self-denying Apostolic labors."
Case of Bishop Onderdonk. In the House of Bishops a motion for the restoration of Bishop Onderdonk was defeated by the following vote:
"Ayes.—Bishops Otey, Kemper, McCoskry, Delancey, Whittingham, Chase, Cobbs, Odenheimer-8.
" Noes.-Bishops Meade, Hopkins, Smith, McIlvaine, Polk, Elliott, A. Lee, Johns, Eastburn, Hawks, A. Potter, Burgess, Upfold, Green, Rutledge, Williams, Whitehouse, Davis, Atkinson, Scott, H. W. Lee, Clark, Bowman, Gregg, Bedell, Whipple-26.
A motion that he should be restored to office and to the exercise of all the functions of the sacred ministry, was defeated by the following vote :
"Ayes.—Bishops Kemper, Delancy, Whittingham, Chase, Cobbs, Hawks, Upfold, Whitehouse, Odenheimer-9. Bishops Otey and McCoskry were absent, but would have made the vote 11.
"Noes.-Bishops Meade, Hopkins, Smith, McIlvaine, Polk, Elliott, A. Lee, . Johns, Eastburn, A. Potter, Burgess, Green, Rutledge, Williams, Davis, Atkinson, Scott, H. W. Lee, Clark, Bowman, Gregg, Bedell, Whipple—23.
A motion that he be restored when he shall place in the hands of the presiding Bishop the resignation of his jurisdiction as Bishop of New-York, was tabled by a vote of 19 to 11. Bishops Williams and Bowman voting with the minority.
Canons 1. and II. of 1853. The following report from the Committee on Canons was adopted :
" The Committee on Canons, to which it was referred to take into consideration and report to this House the facts as to the legislation and the status of such legislation of this House in the General Convention of 1856, upon Canons 1 and 2 of 1853, respectfully report:
* That on the 16th day of October, the 14th day of the session, a Canon entitled of the Abandonment of the Communion of the Church by any Bishop, Priest, or Deacon,' was presented by this House, by the 2d section of which, Canons 1 and 2 of 1853 were repealed.
"On the 17th day of October, the 15th of the session, such Canon was adopted by this House.
"On the 19th of October, the 17th day of the session, a message was received from the House of Bishops as follows: That this house does not concur with the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies in enacting the Canon of the abandonment of the Communion of the Church by any Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, because the House does not perceive any sufficient ground for changing existing provisions on the subject.'
“On the same day the following resolution was adopted by this House.
"Resolved, The House of Bishops concurring, that Canons 1 and 2 of 1853 be repealed.
"And on the 21st of October, the 18th day of the session, the following message was received from the House of Bishops:
"The House of Bishops informs the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies, that it has passed the following resolution:
* • Resolved, That the House of Bishops do not concur in the action of the Clerical and Lay Deputies, respecting Canons 1 and 2 of 1853.'
"The action of this House on the 17th day of the session, was sent to the House of Bishops on the same day. The 18th day was the last of the session.
"Upon this state of facts, the Committee is unanimously of the opinion that Canons 1 and 2, of 1853 are not repealed, and offer the following resolution:
"Resolved, That in the opinion of this House, Canons 1 and 2 of 1853 are not repealed.
By order of the Committee,
"WM. COOPER MEAD, Chairman."
Of Congregations or Parishes in Foreign Countries. The following Canon was reported by the Committee on Canons, and adopted :
“1. It shall be lawful for persons belonging to this Church, but residents in any foreign country (other than Great Britain and Ireland and the Colonies and Dependencies thereof) not within the limits of any foreign Missionary Bishop of this Church, to organize as a church or congregation.
"2. Such church or congregation shall be required, in its Constitution, or plan of articles of organization, to recognize and accede to the Canons, Doctrine, Discipline and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in order to its being received under the direction of the General Convention of this Church,
"3. In order to such reception it shall be required to declare its desire therefor, duly certified by the Minister, one Church Warden, and two Vestrymen or Trustees.
“4. Such certificate and evidence, and the Constitution, plan or articles of organization shall be submitted to the General Convention, during its session, or the Presiding Bishop of the House of Bishops at any other time; and, in case the same are found satisfactory, such church or congregation shall thereupon
become subject to and placed under the Episcopal government and jurisdiction of such Presiding Bishop for the time being,
"5. Such Presiding Bishop may, from time to time, assign to any other Bishop of this Church the exercise of any Episcopal power or function in relation to such church or congregation for such period of time as he may deem expedient.
“6. The clergyman settled in any such church or congregation shall, in all respects, be subject to the jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop, or of such other Bishop, named by him, as above provided, while in charge of such church or congregation.”
The Consecration of Bishops during the Recess of the General
Convention. The following Canon was adopted : "SECTION 1. If during the recess of the General Convention, the Church, in any diocese, should be desirous of the consecration of a Bishop-elect, the standing Committee of the Church in such diocese may, by their President, or by some person or persons specially appointed, communicate the desire to the Standing Committees of the Churches in the different dioceses, together with the necessary testimonials; and if the major number of the Standing Committees shall consent to the proposed consecration, the Standing Committee of the diocese concerned shall forward the evidence of such consent, together with other testimonials, to the Presiding Bishop of the House of Bishops, or, in case of his death, to the Bishop who, according to the rules of the House of Bishops, is to preside at the next General Convention, who shall communicate the same to all the Bishops of this Church in the United States; and if a majority of the Bishops consent to the consecration, the Presiding Bishop, or Bishop aforesaid, with any two Bishops, may proceed to perform the same, or any three Bishops to whom he may communicate the testimonials.
“SECTION 2. The evidence of the consent of the different Standing Committees shall be in the form prescribed for the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies in General Convention; and, without the aforesaid requisites, no consecration shall take place during the recess of the General Convention. But, in case the election of a Bishop shall take place within six months [in the old Canon 'one year') before the meeting of the General Convention, all matters relative to the consecration shall be deferred until the said meeting.
“SECTION 3. Canon V. of 1832 is hereby repealed.”
Officiating of Ministers within the Cures of Others.
SUBSTITUTE FOR CANON 9 OF 1853. The following Report from the Committee on Canons was received, and the proposed Canon adopted :
“ The Committee on Canons to whom was referred the several Canons proposed as amendments to Canon IX, of 1853, with instructions to report on the
same on Saturday morning, respectfully represent that they have had the same under consideration, and propose the following Canon for the adoption of this House.
“ Resolved, The House of Bishops concurring, that the following Canon be passed as a substitute for Canon IX. of 1853, namely: “SUBSTITUTE FOR TITLE I., CANON XII., SECTION VII., OF THE DIGEST.
“ Oficiating of Ministers within the Cures of Others. “No Minister belonging to this Church shall officiate either by preaching, reading prayers, or otherwise, in the Parish, or within the parochial cure of another clergyman, unless he have received express permission for that purpose from the Minister of the parish or cure, or, in his absence, from the Church Wardens or Vestrymen, or Trustees of the Congregation, or a majority of them.
“The ascertainment and defining of the boundaries of existing parishes or parochial cures, as well as the establishment of a new church or congregation, and forming a new parish, is left to the action of the several Diocesan Conventions, for the Dioceses respectively, until a Canon or other regulation of a Diocesan Convention shall have been adopted, the formation of new parishes, or establishment of new churches or congregations within the limits of the parishes, shall be vested in the Bishop of the Diocese, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee thereof; and in case of there being no Bishop, in the Ecclesiastical authority..
"Where parish boundaries are not defined by law, or otherwise, they shall, for the purposes of this action, be settled and defined by the civil divisions of the States, as follows:
“4. Parochial boundaries shall be the limits, as now fixed by law, of any village, town, township, incorporated borough, city, or the limits of some division of a city or town which may have been recognized by the Bishop, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, as constituting the boundaries of a parish or parochial cure.
“5. If there be but one church or congregation within the limits of such vil. lage, town, township, borough, city, or division of such a city or town, as herein provided, the same shall be deemed the parochial cure of the Minister having charge thereof. If there are two or more congregations or churches therein, it shall be deemed the cure of the Ministers thereof; and the assent of the majority of such Ministers shall be necessary.
“6. When under Diocesan authority, a new parish is constituted, and its boundaries defined, this section shall be applicable to the same as so established.
“If any Minister of the Church, from inability or any other cause, neglect to perform the regular services of his congregation, and refuse, without good cause, his consent to any other Minister of the Church to officiate within his cure, the Church Wardens, Vestrymen, or Trustees of such congregation shall, on proof of such neglect or refusal before the Bishop of the Diocese, or, if there be no Bishop, before the Standing Committee, or before such persons as may be, by the neglect of this Church in any Diocese vested with the power of hearing and deciding on complaints against Clergymen, have power with the written consent of the before-mentioned authority, to open the doors of their Church to any regular Minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
A minority of the Committee on Canons submitted the following Report:
“The undersigned, a minority of the Committee on Canons, beg leave to dissent from the report of the majority of said Committee, and for the following reasons:
"Because it is legislation by General Convention upon a subject which we believe should be left solely to Diocesan action.
“Because no legislative act on this subject can be so framed as to avoid the vexatious questions and issues which will necessarily arise as to the construction of said Canon.
“Because the best way to regulate the building of churches, and organizing of parishes, and ministering the Word, is by the law of supply and demand.
"Because it interferes with the rights of the laity in matters pertaining to their highest spiritual interests.
“Because, as in most cases, a cure of souls in these United States can not be bounded by geographical limits, so no Canon should be framed which shall limit that cure to a territorial district, which district may necessarily exclude many who do belong to the congregation of the parish so defined, and also necessarily include many who belong to the cure of another Rector.
“Because it is a law which, if carried out, will produce more evils than it will remedy.
“Because it is a law which will impede the growth of the Church. “The minority of the Committee therefore offer the following resolution :
“ Resolved, That, the House of Bishops concurring, the following Canon be adopted.
"OF PARISH BOUNDARIES-CANON I., 1859. “Section 1. Parish boundaries in each diocese of this Church may be established by the Convention thereof. “Section 2, Canon 9, of 1853, is hereby repealed.
WM. Bacon STEVENS,
The Repeal, Amendment, and Enactment of New Canons. The following Canon was adopted. “In all cases of future enactment, the same, if by way of an amendment of an existing provision, shall be in the following form:
“Canon — (or section — , of Canon — , or clause - , of section of Canon ,) of Title - is hereby amended so as to read as follows:' And if the enactment is of an additional clause, section, or Canon, it shall be designated as the next Canon, or next section, or next clause of a Canon, or section, in order of numbering of the Title to which the subject properly belongs; and if a Canon, or section, or clause, be stricken out, the existing numbering shall be retained until a new edition of the Canons be directed.
“The Committee on Canons of each House of the General Convention shall, at