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from encouraging. It had been but lately rebuilt, by Trinity Parish, after having been destroyed by fire—its long difficulty with that venerable corporation, of which it was at first a chapel, had but recently been adjusted, and there had always been something very unsatisfactory abont the ministry of his predecessor.
It is certain that the Rev. Dr. Kewley, before he died, was reconciled to the Church of Rome. Opinions vary upon the point whether he had not all along been a Jesuit in disguise. Probable evidence is very strongly against such a supposition, whilst, on the contrary, if his intellect alone admitted the light of Protestantism, for a time, whilst his heart remained unrenewed, nothing is more probable than a relapse, under some sudden spasm of regret or remorse. A convicted conscience, under the true light, can find relief no where but in faith in Christ; but under erroneous teaching, it can find momentary ease by the application of many dangerous panaceas. Confession and a priest are the most natural resort of any alarmed sinner educated under the power of that easy and yet intolerable yoke. He had ability, education, apparent earnestness, at times allied to eloquence; and having embraced a scheme of moderate churchmanship and pure evangelism, he was ad. mired in New-London, and proved very acceptable in St. George's, but left no strong or visible marks behind, and seems never to have commanded any very enthusiastic following.
The lawyer-statesman, transformed into the humble devoted Christian, and the faithful, laborious clergyman, was precisely the person which the place and the exigency called for. When first introduced to his Sunday-school and Lecture-room, the writer found the work of Dr. Milnor admirably well organized; and that he had already become the centre of a very extended circle of useful exertion.
The grace of God had raised up around him a choice corps of zealous coadjutors. At first, “not many rich, not many noble were called,” but they were rich in faith and abounded in every good work.” It would be curious to trace the germ of many a noble charity, in New-York, to the piety and the liberality of those who early gathered around the Lectureroom of St. George's. The Bible and Tract cause, the interests of Sunday-schools and City Missions, and above all, the claims of Foreign Missions, found there some of their earliest and most devoted advocates and supporters.
The Rev. Mr. Henshaw, long afterwards the honored Bishop of Rhode Island, and successor there to his master in Israel,” Bishop Griswold, a much younger man than Dr. Milnor, and then in his first fervor of industrial zeal, was, at that time, the eloquent and admired Rector of St. Ann's, Brooklyn. No season of sober and chastened religious fervor, is remembered more pervading or more healthy, than that which prevailed during several successive years in these two parishes. Both, in almost every respect, were remarkably well worked. Dr. Milnor, especially, was possessed of very extraordinary administrative faculties, brought with him from his practice of the law; and evinced even more remarkably, perhaps, in the councils of the Bible and Tract Societies, and in the conduct of the Foreign Missions of our Church, than in his parish ; justly entitling him to the confidence and respect of the leading men of all denominations; and which shone occasionally (whenever elected to share in them) very conspicuously in the general councils of the Church. Considerable as the difference was in the mere popularity of the two men as preachers, the younger and more ardent naturally bearing away the palm, it was remarkably of the same tone and tenor. They belonged emphatically to the school of Simeon, and both erred somewhat, perhaps, in the pertinacity with which they insisted that each particular discourse should set forth clearly and fully, at least the outlines of the plan of salvation. It limited the range of subjects, but it exceedingly intensified the impression of the paramount importance of the one great subject-salvation, by grace, through faith. It did not minister to an idle and vain curiosity, but it always met and satisfactorily answered the great inquiry : “What shall I do to be saved ?"
As younger men came forward, with more finished educations and more various reading, but still, preaching in the main the same great doctrines, hearers began to wonder whether the older class of preachers were flagging in their zeal, or losing their animation, for they certainly did not appear to be as interesting preachers as heretofore ; but a more instructive or more useful class has never yet succeeded to them in the Church.
Except in the lecture-room where, it is believed, Dr. Milnor almost always spoke without notes, he took a carefully written sermon with him into the pulpit. A style, to a certain extent, a little antiquated, still prevailed on the part of the older clergy. A scene in the good Doctor's study is well remembered, in which one of the parties figured very little to his own advantage, on the score of diffidence and modesty, but which taught him a lesson of no small advantage through a life somewhat prolonged.
They were discussing the propriety of the occasional use of the figure of speech called apostrophe, in a calm, written discourse. The young man denounced it in unmeasured terms, as presupposing a heat of passion and a fervor of feeling which only some pressing occasion or real exigency could justify; and that in order to its even partial success, the audience, from some cause or other, must have been wrought up to such a state of extraordinary excitement, as to make the most vehement forms of expression appear natural. The impetuosity of the young man carried him so far, as to relate an instance of a young and inexperienced, but very flowery writer, addressing a long apostrophe to poor Joseph, as he lay in the pit. In a very wild and frantic manner, Joseph was reminded of all the horrors of his situation, of his desertion—the solitude-the darknessthe foul and muddy water—the slime--the creeping reptiles, and imagination can hardly conceive what horrors besides, and poor Joseph was earnestly exhorted not to lose heart, for that help and deliverance surely would come. As he proceeded, a very nervous member of the congregation dropped his head, grasped the top of the pew, murmuring to himself: Why don't he let poor Joseph out? I shall die if he keeps poor Joseph there much longer.
It was pleasant enough to join in the merriment which this narrative occasioned; but the character of the emotion was considerably changed when the Doctor quietly remarked : “Take care, young man ; if I mistake not, I make use of that figure of speech in the very sermon I am to preach this afternoon."
No great eclat attended either the utterance or the hearing of an apostrophe to the widow and her two mites, in a charity sermon on that occasion; but caution in its ise, had been pretty effectually taught to one of the parties; and a somewhat
more sober discretion in the presence of his betters, to the other.
The drinking usages of society, even amongst the clergy, were not in those days very much in advance of what they now are in England. Wine and even stronger beverages were not always banished from their tables. A scene is well remembered at that of Dr. Milnor, which produced no little sensation; it must, most probably, have been on occasion of a dinner-party given to delegates and visitors to the meeting of the Bible Society in 1827 or 1828.
A clergyman, not of the Episcopal Church, was relating that a motion had been made, at the dinner-table of one of the Long Island Sound steamers, that the claret-bottles should be removed unopened from the table. To rebuke the fanatical teetotaler he had laid his hand violently upon the one before him, and declared that no man should thus abridge him of his rights. The impropriety of such a course on the part of a minister of temperance and of gentleness, was strongly felt. No such sentiment animated the bosom of our amiable host. On the contrary he was gradually led, voluntarily, to abandon all those usages of the kind, which he had naturally and without reflection adopted when a member of the bar and of Congress.
Although his own temperance was always marked and most exemplary, yet being of a ruddy complexion, an uncharitable judgment might possibly have leaned to a different conclusion; and so, upon his going to England, an honored representative of many of our great religious and benevolent societies, and mentioning to a friend that he had just heard with regret that the Temperance Society wished him to appear as their delegate in London, expressing fears whether he could find either time or strength to execute so many commissions ; his friend playfully remarked that on this particular occasion he thought he might be excused, as there was “prima facie” evidence that he was not a suitable representative.
His going to England in 1830 was so marked an incident in his life, that it has received, as it merited, very prominent notice in his biography.
One of the acting Secretaries of the General Missionary Society at the time, bad it in charge to visit the Doctor before his departure, and to discuss more in detail than had been done by letter, the views of the Board in wishing thus to open a channel of more free and frequent communication with the two noble Societies, for Foreign Missions, of our Mother Church in England; to obtain copies of their Reports, and an insight into their methods of conducting the Missionary work. His zeal for such Missions was already sufficiently ardent; but it was thus his administrative mind became more fully imbued with those wise maxims for conducting such institutions, which prepared him so admirably for the duties of Secretary of our Foreign Committee, when, soon after his return, the Committees were reorganized.
That was a delightful gush of Missionary zeal, which carried almost every thing before it, at the General Convention of 1835; but there was one cross current in the tide, which, for nearly twenty years, has swept the Society aside from those wise, mature and effective methods for raising funds, which were recommended by Dr. Milnor upon his return, fol. lowing, as nearly as possible, in the footsteps of the experience of our older English brethren. At a recent General Convention, the able Bishop of Maine, from a Committee called upon to report upon that subject, reäffirms precisely the same views. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions started upon a similar plan, and now for nearly half a century have been successfully pursuing it. If one would achieve like success the same method must be thoroughly organized in all parts of our Church. Its leading idea is small, but perfectly regular contributions from the greatest number, growing out of real intelligent interest in the cause of missions, and sanctified by sincerity, self-denial, and prayer; and in order to all this, monthly missionary papers, and missionary prayermeetings; extended and continually extending missionary associations; the periodical employment of agents and returned missionaries to disseminate information and to arouse the distant clergy; the careful avoidance of special appeals and spasmodic efforts; and the thorough incorporation of the missionary spirit and the missionary work, into the daily church life of the teeming millions of our country. All this accomplished, and there will no longer be any lack of ministers for the home