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* Milford, St. George's Church. Derby, St. John's Church. Humphreysville, Union Church.
St. Peter's Church.
*Oxford, Christ Church.
Waterbury, St. John's Church.
Church, *Danbury, St. James' Church. *Reading, Christ Church. Newtown, Trinity Church. Brookfield, St. Paul's Church. *Huntington, St. Paul's Church. * Monroe, St. Peter's Church. *Trumbull, Christ Church. * New Canaan,
Bridgewater. *Sharon, St. Paul's Church. *Kent, St. John's Church. *New-Preston, St. Andrew's Church. Washington, Church. Salisbury, St. John's Church. Woodbury, St. John's Church. *Roxbury,
Church. * Bethlehem,
Church. Watertown, Christ Church. Canaan,
Church. *Goshen, Church. * Northfield, Church. * Barkhamstead, St. John's Church.
St. Peter's Church. Plymouth,
St. Matthew's Church. Number of Congregations, 78.
* These Parishes were not represented in Convention by Delegates
Hartford, Wednesday June 3d, 1829. This being the day appointed by the Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of Connecticut, for the meeting of the Annual Convention of said Church, the Rt. Rev. T.C. Brownell, D. D. L. L. D., the Bishop of the Diocese, and several Clergymen and Lay-Delegates, attended at 10 o'clock, A. M. in Christ Church in this city, which had been appointed by the Bishop as the place of meeting.
Morning prayer was read by the Rev. Smith Pyne, Rector of Christ Church, Middletown, and the sermon delivered by the Rev. Hector Humphreys, Professor of Languages in Washington College, and Rector of St. Luke's Church, Glastenbury.
The Chair was taken by the Bishop; and the list of Clergy entitled to seats in the Convention, being called over, the following answered to their names, and took their seats :The Rt. Rev. T.C. BROWNELL, Rev. WM. JARVIS, D.D. L. L.D.
Ezra B. KELLOGG,
BIRDSEY G. NOBLE.
SETH B. PADDOCK,
WILLIAM T. POTTER,
GEORGE C. SHEPARD,
NATHANIEL S. WHEATON,
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The following Clergymen entitled to seats in this Convention.
HENRY R. JUDAH,
AMBROSE S. TODD,
GEORGE S. WHITE,
Christ Church, 3 o'clock P. M. The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. The roll of the Clergy was called. The Rev. R. Sherwood, from the committee to whom was referred the certificates of the Lay-Delegates, made the following Report:
The committee appointed to receive and examine the certificates of the Lay-Delegates, report, that the following persons have been duly elected to represent their respective Parishes in this Convention: Peter Spicer, Canterbury. Jacob Beers,
Nathan L. Foster, East - Haddam, David H. Belden,
Wm. M. Burrall, Canaan.
Richard Adams, Norwich.
John T. Adams,
Litchfield. Wm. Adams,
Beriab Bradley, Ebenezer Jackson,
Epos A. Prescott, New-Haven. Henry L. D'Koven,
Daniel Tomlinson, Brookfield.
Isaac Stiles, North-Haven.
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Simeon H. Miner, Stamford.
Edward Johnson, Stratford.
parish, a mals.
A quorum of both orders being present, the Convention proceeded to elect a Secretary, and the Rev. William Jarvis was chosen. Mr. Wm. R. Hitchcock was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Convention. On motion,
Resolved, That clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church, belonging to other Dioceses, and candidates for holy orders, who may be in this city during the session of this Convention, be admitted to the sittings of the same.
Agreeably to this resolution, the Rev. Sturges Gilbert from the Eastern Diocese, the Rev. Henry P. Powers, from the Diocese of New-Jersey, and the Rev. Edward J. Ives, from the Diocese of New York, and Mr. William Walter, a candidate for holy orders, took seats in Convention. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Brownell
, agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention of 1808, delivered the following
ADDRESS. My Brethren of the Clergy, and of the Laity : The goodness of God has permitted us to witness another of those returning seasons, when we are accustomed to assemble together as the organs of his church, to present unto him our prayers and thanksgivings, and to take counsel together concern. ing
the welfare of that portion of his heritage which he has committed to our especial care. Already we have united in the solemnities of public worship; at the holy altar, we have professed our discipleship to our common Lord and Saviour, and have acknowledged the bands which unite us together as brethren in Christ. In the remaining duties which we have met to perform, may we be enabled, by divine grace, to act worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called : May we be “ saved from all error, ignorance, pride and prejudice," and be disposed, in all our acts, to have a single eye to the glory of God, and to the prosperity, peace, and union of his Church.
That we may the better understand the condition of that portion of the Church with whose welfare we are charged, the 45th Canon of the General Convention requires that every clergyman shall present to the Bishop a full report of the state of his parish, and these reports are to be read and entered on our journals. In addition to this provision, the Bishop is himself required to deliver an annual Address to the Convention, containing an account of the episcopal acts which he has performed, and a full exposition of the state of the Diocese. The parochial reports of the Clergy will presently be called for, and laid before the Convention. In fulfilling the duty which particularly devolves upon myself, I have abundant reason to be thankful to the great
Head of the Church, that he still continues to smile upon this portion
of his vineyard. Nothing has occurred to disturb the peace and
Since the last annual Convention, I have visited more than
or from a want of zeal in the people, the general aspect of the Diocese is calculated to inspire us with hope, and to fill us with gratitude. Most of the congregations appear to be increasing in numbers and strength ; and, in several instances, where a few years ago the united exertions of two neighboring congregations could hardly support a clergyman, each one is now in the full enjoyment of the regular ministrations of the gospel. Some new parishes have recently been organized ; and I have lately received pressing calls for missionary services, with a fair promise of usefulness, in places where the ministrations of ur Church have never yet been dispensed. Since my removal to this Diocese, little more than nine years ago, I have consecrated eleven churches, nearly all of which have been built within that period. It gives me peculiar satisfaction to add that active exertions are, at the present time, in progress, for the erection of ten new churches; three of which are in parishes newly organized. Within the period above alluded to, the num. ber of the clergy belonging to the Diocese, has increased from thirty-four* to fifty-nine ; and there are at the present time five vacant parishes capable of supporting settled clergymen, besides one vacant missionary station. If the spiritual state of our Church should have advanced in improvement, in the same ratio with its external growth, we should indeed have great cause for mutual felicitations. Within the last few years, a decided revival of christian zeal seems to have pervaded the great body of our Church, and may we not hope that this Diocese has participated, in no small degree, in its animating spirit ?
Since the last meeting of the Convention, I have administered
In the parish of Cheshire to 20 persons; Middle Haddam, 6;