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Essex Borough, 7; New London, 11 ; East Haddam, 19; Oxford, 9; Quaker's Farms, 10; North Branford, 2; New Haven, 33; East Haven 6; Wallingford, 4; North Haven, 8; Milford, 3; Southington, 3; Granby, 12; New Canaan, 5; Ridgefield, 5; Wilton, 13; Danbury, 4 ; Newtown, 16; Weston, 6; Fairfield, 13;-In all, 215.
In several of the parishes which I have visited there were no candidates for Confirmation, and it will be perceived that the whole number confirmed is less than has usually been reported from the same number of parishes. This must be attributed to the frequency with which the episcopal visitations are made. Yet there are so many salutary effects connected with these visitations, that it seems not desirable to postpone them to longer intervals. The Clergy cannot too often make a general inspection of their parishes, for the special purpose of inquiring into
state of the youth, and the manner in which they have been instructed by their parents and sponsors, in the nature of the obligations connected with their baptism. The periodical visits of the Bishop present a special call upon the Clergy, and afford them an excellent opportunity, for the discharge of this important duty. Since my settlement in the Diocese, I have administered the rite of Confirmation to 3,874 persons.
On the 11th of September last, I consecrated the church in Middle Haddam, by the name of Christ Church. Two other churches are now ready for consecration.
On the 13th of July last, the Rev. Harry Finch, a graduate of the Theological Seminary, was admitted to the holy order of Deacons, in St. Peter's Church, Cheshire; and on the 9th of August, the Rev. William H. Judd was admitted to the same grade of the ministry, in Christ Church, Hartford. On the 14th day of December last, the Rev. Horatio Potter, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in Washington College, was admitted to the holy order of Priests, at Christ Church, in the city of Hartford. On the 25th day of January last, at Trinity Church, New Haven, the Rev. Francis L. Hawkes, Assistant Rector of that Church, was admitted to the holy order of Priests, and the Rev. William Croswell to the order of Deacons.
The following persons are now candidates for holy orders in this Diocese, viz.-Charles Bradley, John Morgan, Joseph Scott, Oliver Hopson, Allen C. Morgan, William Walter, Gurdon S. Coit, Robert A. Hallam, Fitch W. Taylor, and J. Smyth Rogers: the first three of whom are pursuing their studies at the Theological Seminary in New-York.
Since the last annual Convention we have lost several valuable clergymen by removal to other Dioceses. The Rev. William H. Lewis, Rev. J. W. Cloud, and Rev. N. Kingsberry have received letters dimissory to the Diocese of New-York: The Rev. Henry M. Mason has removed to the Diocese of New Jersey, the Rev. Edward Rutledge to that of Pennsylvania, and the Rev. J. S. Stone to that of Maryland. The Rev. William Croswell has accepted an invitation to the Rectorship of Christ Church, in the city of Boston. The Rev. Rodney Rossiter has resigned the charge of the parishes of St. Matthew's and St. Peter's, Plymouth, and has accepted the Cure composed of the parishes of Monroe and Trumbull
. The Rev. Birdsey G. Noble has resigned the Rectorship of the parish of Middletown.
There has, during the past year, been an accession of several clergymen from other Dioceses. The Rev. Samuel Fuller, from the Diocese of New-York, has accepted the office of Tutor in Washington College. From the same Diocese, the Rev. William Barlow has accepted the Agency of the “ Church Scholarship Society," and the Rev. Palmer Dyer has assumed the Editorial charge of the “ Episcopal Watchman.” The Rev. Smyth Pyne, from the Diocese of New-Jersey, has accepted the Rectorship of the parish of Middletown; the Rev. Joseph S. Covell, from the Diocese of Maryland, has taken charge of the parish of Brookfield ; and the Rev. William Lucas, from the Diocese of Pennsylvania, has accepted the charge of the Cure composed of the parishes of Woodbury, Roxbury and Washington. The Rev. Harry Finch has been settled over the parishes of NewPreston and Milton, vacated by the removal of the Rev. Mr. Kellogg to the eastern part of the Diocese. The Rev. William Jarvis has resigned the charge of the parish of Essex Borough, and accepted the Rectorship of the parish of Chatham.
The following parishes are now vacant, and are desirous of obtaining the services of competent clergymen, viz.-Litchfield, Plymouth, Huntington, Stratford, and Essex Borough. A clergyman well qualified to act as a missionary is also much needed to officiate in the eastern part of the Diocese.
The Rev. Orson V. Howell, now residing in Tennessee, but subject to the ecclesiastical authority of this Diocese, having expressed to me in writing his determination to withdraw from the clerical profession, I have recorded his said declaration, according to the provisions of the 7th Canon of the General Convention of 1820, and pursuant to the further provisions of the Canon, I have declared the said Orson V. Howell to be indefinitely suspended from the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and have pronounced and recorded that sentence, in the presence of the Rev. Daniel Burhans, and the Rev. Seth B. Paddock.
In my last address, I stated to you that the Rev. Jacob Oson, a man of colour, had been admitted to holy orders, with a view
to missionary services, in the Colony of Liberia, on the coast of Africa. The ardent hopes of usefulness which he had cherished, were frustrated by his death, as he was about to embark for the scene of his labours. By this dispensation of divine Providence, one of the first efforts in our Church in the cause of foreign missions has been defeated. May it operate as a salutary trial of our faith and patience, and stimulate us to renewed exertions in so holy a cause ! There are now at the African Mission School, in this city, three very promising young men of colour, in a course of preparation for the same field of labour. Two of these are so far advanced in education as to be wholly occupied in theological studies.
The General Theological Seminary, the General Missionary Society, and the Sunday School Union, as well as the benevolent societies under the special' auspices of this Diocese, have been so frequently commended to your attention, in my former addresses, that I think it unnecessary now to reiterate considerations which must be already familiar to you. I will only remark that I deem the welfare of the Church to be essentially connected with the success of these institutions; and that those more particularly require your attention which relate to the education and preparation of young men for the ministry. A want of clergymen is now the most formidable impediment to the growth of our Church. There are probably more than one hundred vacancies, where there are adequate means for the support of ministers, if they could be obtained ; and twice as many more might be usefully employed as missionaries, if we had sufficient resources for their support. It is obvious, therefore, that the first efforts of the Church ought to be directed to the education of young men for the sacred ministry.
The situation of the Academy at Cheshire will doubtless occupy the deliberations of the Convention. The Board of Trus. tees, in obedience to the instructions of the Convention, have sought in vain to obtain a suitable person for a Principal of the Institution. Whether, under present circumstances, the Academy can be put in successful operation seems extremely doubt. ful. The expedients which have been adopted by the Trustees have hitherto failed of success. The funds of the Academy were raised for the education of youth, under the auspices of the Church, and it is obvious that they ought to be sacredly applied to this object. They cannot be diverted to the support of a parish minister, nor to constitute a sinecure for a nominal principal. It therefore becomes a question, attended with no little embarrassment, how this Convention, and the Board of Trustees, shall best fulfil their duty to the founders of the Institution, and especially to those inhabitants of Cheshire who contributed towards its endowment. If no better resources can be devised, I recommend the continuing of the funds at interest, to accumulate till the sum lost by the failure of the Eagle Bank shall be restored.
The consideration of the proposed alterations in the Liturgy of our Church was postponed to the present Convention. I had purposed to avail myself of this occasion fully to express my views on the subject. But the sense of the Church appears to be so decidedly averse to the alterations that I think there is no probability of their receiving the approbation of the General Convention. Under these circumstances a discussion of them would be superfluous. Although, at the last General Convention, I voted in favor of submitting these alterations to the consideration of the Church, it was partly in deference to the opinions of others, and on the intimation that such a measure would tend to promote harmony in the Church, and uniformity in the ministrations of the Clergy. For myself, I desire to see no further attempts made for changes in the Liturgy; and I believe this to be the general sentiment of this Diocese. I might indeed fancy myself able to make improvements in it, if it were left to my discretion. Many others would probably enter on such a work with greater confidence than myself
. But I am persuaded that there is no part of the Liturgy but has become endeared to so many pious people, that nothing could be altered or expunged without doing great violence to feelings which every ingenuous mind should respect. I rejoice in the decided expression of opinion which has been evinced in regard to the proposed alterations, and consider it as more auspicious to the integrity of the Liturgy, than any enactments of the General Convention which could possibly be devised.
Brethren-I have only to add my prayers for the divine blessing on our present labours: and may He who has “built his Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the head corner stone, grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable unto him, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
THOMAS C. BROWNELL. Hartford, June 3d, 1829.
On motion, Resolved, That so much of the Bishop's Address as relates to the Episcopal Academy at Cheshire, be referred to a committee of five. The Rev. Mr. Hawks, the Rev. Mr. Sherwood, the Rev. Mr. Jewett, Mr. Richard Adams, and the Assistant Secretary, Wm. R.Hitchcock, were appointed on this committee.
The following communication from the Church in Hitchcocksville was laid upon the table :
" At a meeting of the Society of Union Church, in Hitchcocksville, holden in said village, on the 18th day of May, 1829, Jesse Ives was appointed a delegate to represent this Society in the Protestant Episcopal Convention of the Diocese of this State, to be holden at Hartford, on the first Wednesday in June next.
Voted, That as a Society, we will submit to, and abide by the constitution and government of said Church, and request to be admitted into the fellowship of the same.
GEORGE H. CLARKE, Society Clerk. On motion, Resolved, That the above documents be referred to a committee of three. They were accordingly referred to the Rev. Mr. Beach, the Rev. Mr. Burhans, and the assistant Secretary.
The following Report of the proceedings of the Standing
NORWALK, June 4th, 1828.
NORWALK, June 5.
HARTFORD, July 9.
Harry Finch presented testimonials, which were approved ; whereupon he was recommended to the Bishop to be ordained a Deacon. Adjourned.
HARTFORD, August 6. The Rev. Messrs. Croswell, Wheaton, and Sherwood met ; and on the testimonials submitted by William H. Judd, recommended him to the Bishop to receive the holy order of Deacons.
Joseph Scott, a graduate of Washington College, applied for