Canon X. Of Defraying the Expenses of General Con

ventions. [The former Canons on this subject were the fifty-fourth of 1832, and the eighth

of 1835.] Sect. 1. In order that the contingent expenses of the General Conventions may be defrayed, it shall be the duty of the several Diocesan Conventions to forward to the Treasurer of this convention, at or before any meetings of the General Convention, seventy-five cents for each clergyman within said diocese.

SECT. 2. The eighth canon of 1835 is hereby repealed.

Canon XI. Of Repealed Canons. Sect. 1. Whenever there shall be a repealing clause in any canon, and the said canon shall be repealed, such repeal shall not be a re-enactment of the canon or canons repealed by the said repealing clause.

SECT. 2. The provisions of this canon shall also apply to canons heretofore passed having repealing clauses. Done in General Convention, in the City of Philadelphia, Sep

tember, 1838.
By order of the House of Bishops.

ALEXANDER V. GRISWOLD, D. D., Presiding Bishop.
Attested, BIRD Wilson, D. D., Secretary.
By order of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies.

William E. WYATT, D. D., President. Attested, HENRY ANTHON, D. D., Secretary.


For the Government of the Protestant Episcopal Church

in the United States of America. Passed in General Convention, in New York, October, 1841.

Canon I. Of the Treasurer of the Convention. At every triennial meeting of the General Convention, a treasurer shall be chosen, who shall remain in office until the next

stated convention, and until a successor be appointed. It shall be his duty to receive and disburse all moneys collected under the authority of the convention, and of which the collection and distribution shall not otherwise be regulated ; and to invest, from time to time for the benefit of the convention, such surplus funds as he may have on hand. His accounts shall be rendered triennially, to the convention, and shall be examined by a committee acting under its authority. In case of a vacancy in the office of treasurer, it shall be supplied by an appointment to be made by the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese to which he belonged; and the person so appointed, shall continue to act until an appointment is made by the convention. CANON II. Of a Clergyman absenting himself from his

Diocese When a clergyman has been absent from his diocese during two years, without reasons satisfactory to the bishop thereof, he shall be required by the bishop to declare in writing the cause, or causes, of his absence; and if he refuse to give his reasons, or if these are deemed insufficient by the bishop, the bishop may, with the advice and consent of the clerical members of the standing committee, suspend him from the ministry; which suspension shall continue until he shall give in writing sufficient reason for his absence; or until he shall renew his residence in his diocese; or until he shall renounce the ministry, according to canon 38th of 1832. In the case of such suspension, as above provided for, it shall be the duty of the bishop to give notice thereof to every bishop of this church, and to the standing committee of every diocese wherein there is no bishop CANON III. Of the Election of a Missionary Bishop to

the office of Diocesan Bishop. SECT. 1. When a diocese entitled, agreeably to the second section of the 1st canon of 1838, to the choice of a bishop, shall elect as its diocesan a Missionary bishop of the church; if such election have taken place within three months before the meeting of the General Convention, evidence thereof shall be laid before each house of the General Convention, and the concurrence of each house, and its express consent, shall be necessary to the validity of said election, and shall complete the same; so that he bishop thus elected shall be thereafter the bishop of "the diocese which has elected him.

SECT. 2. If the said election have taken place more than three months before the meeting of the General Convention, the above process may be adopted, or the following instead thereof, viz.: The standing committee of the diocese electing, shall give duly certified evidence of the election to every bishop of this church, and to the standing committee of every diocese. On receiving notice of the concurrence of a majority of the bishops, and a majority of the standing committees, in the election, and their express consent thereto, the standing committee of the diocese concerned, shall transmit notice thereof to every bishop of this church, and to the standing committee of each vacant diocese, which notice shall state what bishops and what standing committees have consented to the election. And the same committee shall transmit to every congregation in the diocese concerned, to be publicly read therein, a notice of the election to the episcopate thereof of the bishop thus elected ; and also cause public notice thereof to be given in such other way as they may think proper.

Sect. 3. When, agreeably to the first section of the 1st canon of 1838, a diocese requests the General Convention to elect a bishop for the same, if the house of bishops should nominate a missionary bishop to the house of clerical and lay deputies, a vote of the said house of deputies concurring in the nomination, shall complete the election of the said missionary bishop to the diocesan charge of the diocese concerned.

Canon IV. Of the Trial of Bishops.

SECT. 1. A bishop may be presented to the bishops of this church, by the convention of his diocese, for any crime or immorality, for heresy or for violation of the constitution or canons of this church, or of the diocese to which he belongs, provided always, that two-thirds of each order, clergy and laity, concur in the same. He may also be presented to the bishops, by any three bishops.

SECT. 2. The presentment shall be addressed to the Presiding Bishop, who shall give notice with all convenient speed to the several bishops then being within the territory of the United States, appointing a time and place for their assembling together; and any number thereof, being not less than seven, other than the bishop presenting, then and there assembled, shall be a quorum, for the purpose of ordering all matters concerning the said presentment. But if the Presiding Bishop be the subject of the presentment, it shall be addressed to the next bishop in the order of seniority.

CANON V. Of the Preparatory Exercises of a Candidate

for Deacons Orders. [Former Canons on this subject were the sixth of 1795, and the tenth of 1808.]

SECT. 1. There shall be assigned to every candidate for deacons' orders, three different examinations, at such times and places as the bishop to whom he applies for orders shall appoint. The examination shall take place in the presence of the bishop and two or more presbyters, on the following studies prescribed by the canons, and by the course of study established by the house of bishops. At the first examination, on the books of Scripture : the candidate being required to give an account of the different books, and to translate from the original Hebrew and Greek, and to explain such passages as may be proposed to him. At the second examination--on the evidences of Christianity, and systematic divinity. And at the last examination-on church history, ecclesiastical polity, the book of common prayer, and the constitution and canons of the church, and of the diocese for which he is to be ordained. In the choice of books on the above subjects, the candidate is to be guided by the course of study established by the house of bishops. At each of the forementioned examinations, he shall produce and read a sermon or discourse, composed by himself, on some passage of Scripture previously assigned him, which, together with two other sermons or discourses, on some passages of Scripture selected by himself, shall be submitted to the criticisms of the bishop and clergy present. And before his ordination, he shall be required to perform such exereises in reading, in the presence of the bishop and clergy, as may enable them to give him such advice and instructions as may aid him in performing the service of the church, and in delivering his sermons, with propriety and devotion.

SECT. 2. The bishop may appoint some of his presbyters to conduct the above examinations; and a certificate from these presbyters, that the prescribed examinations have been held accordingly, and satisfaction given, shall be required of the candi. date: provided that, in this case, the candidate shall, before his ordination, be examined by the bishop, and two or more presby. ters, on the above-named studies.

Sect. 3. In a diocese where there is no bishop, the standing committee shall act in his place, in appointing the examining presbyters required by this canon; and in this case the candidate shall be again examined by the bishop to whom he applies for orders, and two or more presbyters, on the studies prescribed by the canons.

Sect. 4. A clergyman who presents a person to the bishop for orders, as specified in the office of ordination, without having good grounds to believe that the requisitions of the canons have been complied with, shall be liable to ecclesiastical censure.

Sect. 5. The 14th canon of 1832 is hereby repealed.

CANON VI. Of Clergymen ordained by Foreign Bishops

in Communion with this Church, and desirous of Offi

ciating or Settling in this Church. [Pormer Canons on this subject were the ninth of 1789, the fifth of 1804, and

the thirty-sixth of 1803 ; see also the twenty-fourth of the present Canons.]

Sect. 1. A clergyman coming from a foreign country, and professing to be regularly ordained, shall, before he be permitted to officiate in any parish or congregation, exhibit to the minister, or, if there be no minister, to the vestry thereof, a certificate, signed by the bishop of the diocese, or, if there be no bishop, the standing committee, duly convened, that his letters of orders are authentic, and given by some bishop in communion with this church, and whose authority is acknowledged by this church ; and also that he has exhibited to the bishop or standing commit.

ee, satisfactory evidence of his pious and moral character, and hs theological acquirements; and, in any case, before he shall te permitted to settle in any church or parish, or be received into union with any diocese of this church as a minister thereof, he shall produce to the bishop, or, if there be no bishop, the standing committee of such diocese a letter of dismission from under the hand and seal of the bishop with whose diocese he has been last connected; which letter shall be, in substance, that provided for in section 1st of canon 4th of 1835, and shall be delivered within six months from the date thereof; and when such clergyman shall have been so received, he shall be considered as having passed entirely from the jurisdiction of the bishop from whom the letter of dismission was brought, to the full jurisdiction of the bishop, or other ecclesiastical authority, by whom it shall have been accepted, and become thereby subject to all the canoni. cal provisions of this church; provided that no such clergyman shall be so received into union with any diocese, until he shall have subscribed, in the presence of the bishop of the diocese in which he applies for reception, and of two or more presbyters, the Declaration contained in the seventh article of the constitution ; which being done, said bishop, or standing committee, be. ing satisfied of his theological acquirements, may receive him into union with this church, as a minister of the same: provided also, that such minister shall not be entitled to settle in any parish or

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