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ington College. I have, however, officiated occasionally in the neighboring Parishes. With the assistance of the Rev. John Williams, I have held sers vices in the College Chapel on the afternoon of each Sunday, with the exa ception of the present College session.
The number of students, undergraduates, now members of Washington College, is 80, of those 35 are communicants in the Protestant Episcopal Church. And of these 35 communicants, only 15 belong to the Diocese of Connecticut. Of the whole number of students 37 only are from the state of Connecticut.
Though perhaps not particularly connected with the business of this convention, it may not be amiss to give some account of the general condition of the College, as it must depend for patronage and support almost entirely. upon the Episcopal Church. There are now but 3 students belonging to it who are members of other depominations. It must be therefore, io the Church and the ministers of the Church, that we are to look for the patronage and influence that will continue the College in successful operation. During the Presidency of the Rev. Drą Wheaton, large subscriptions were made to the funds of the College. Its debts were paid, and two Professorships one of $20,000, and the other of $14,000, were established. The Corporation has also, other property. The net income from the whole permanent fund of the College, amounts to about $2,200. The income from tuition and other College charges, if punctually paid, would amount to about $4,000, which added to the income of the fund, would be quite sufficient to meet the current expenses of the College.
The amount actually realized from tuition &c., falls short of $3,000, say $2,800. This arises from the fact that the Trustees of the College bave authorized the President to remit the tuition of indigent students designed for the ministry. Nearly $1,000 is thus annually given away by the institution for the benefit of the Church. There are also, losses occasioned by the inability of graduates who have been credited with the amount of the College charges, to meet their engagements. Some are missionaries in foreign lands, some are settled over feeble Parishes, and some deceased. The losses from these causes alone, amount to more than $4,000 since the establishment of the College. I am thus particular in giving an account of the pecuniary concerns of the Institution, lest the fact that the present income of the College is not equal to its necessary expenditures should excite surprise, and especially when the large subscriptions made to its funds within a few years, are taken into the account. It will probably be necessary to call upon the friends of the Church and the College, for farther subscriptions in the course of a few years. The Trustees have in their possession unproductive property which they hope to dispose of to meet the present annual deficit.
The College is however, in want of funds for other purposes than to meet its current expenses. The library needs to be renewed. The Philosophical apparatus needs some additions. The mineralogical cabinet is far from being extensive. It has occurred to me, that with very little exertion, the Clergy might do something for the library. There are, in many families, books of very little value to them, and on which they set but little value, that would be of great use in a public library, and wbich would, no doubt, be cheerfylly given to the College on the solicitation of the Clergyman. I would also request such of my brethren as have any knowledge of mineralogy or the natural sciences in general, to bear in mind the wants of the College, and as they have opportunity to collect specimens for the cabinet. I can not but think that in the way I have suggested, additions might be made in a few years, both to the cabinet and the library, which purchased directly would cost several thousand dollars.
CHRIST CHURCH, EAST HAVEN.
REV. HENRY TOWNSEND, MINISTER. Families, 40; baptisms,infants, 2; communicants-added, anew, 1; lost, by death, 1; present number, 36; burials, 3 ; Sunday School-teachers, 7, scholars, 35; missionary and charitable contributions for the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, $4,16.
The above Report embraces a period of about eight months. My official labors commenced in this Parish, October 13th, 1839, since which time to the present, I have been regularly occupied on Sundays one half of the time. Residing out of the village, I bave not been able to give public services other than Sunday, except on tuo occasions.
This Parish, though small and feeble, is remarkably united and harmonious in action, many of its members evincing an ardent desire to sustain the ministration of the word and sacraments, to the extent of their ability ; which circumstances together with a gradually increasing congregation of late, are among the encouraging prospects for the future. Seven persons are purposing the present week to assume their baptismal engagements in the Holy rite of Confirmation. No contributions have been made for objects out of the Parish, except for the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, as noted above.
This Church being unable to sustain ministerial services, but half of the time, the moiety has been occupied in the several Churches in the vicinity which are but partially supplied.
Sunday, April 5th, (5th Sunday in Lent,) I officiated in Grace Church, Hamden, at the request of the Rector, the Rev. Henry Fitch, and baptized an infant, a member of his family. On Whitsunday the 7th inst., at Christ Church, Quaker's Farms, (Oxford,) I baptized an infant.
CHRIST CHURCH, BETHLEM.
REV, I. H. TUTTLE, RECTOR. Families, 38; baptisms,infants, 2; adult, 1 ; confirmed, 1; communicants-added, by removals, 2, anew, 1; present number, 44; marriages, 2 ; burials, 2 children ; Sunday School teachers, 7, scholars, about 35; Bible class, 12.
I entered on the duties of this Parish, and that of Trinity Chuch, Northfield, towards the close of last July—my services being equally divided between them. Since Easter I have officiated the whole time in Bethlem. It is encouraging to see this little Parish, of 38 families, effecting the noble effort to sustain the entire services of a Clergyman. Notwithstanding the heavy tax which this necessarily lays upon the society, they have manifested a readiness to do more, by painting and repairing their Church, an expense of about $150, (between 30 and $40 of which were raised by the sewing society, years past.) About $65 have been expended for other objects within the Parish, and $10,56 appropriated to Domestic and Foreign Missions; total expended, exclusive of the salary, $225,56.
The Parish in Northfield was united at Easter with Harwinton, and happily enjoys the services of the Rev. Dr. Holcomb, to whose report I have nothing particularly to add, except that this Church has raised for Missionary purposes-Domestic and Foreign, $36,50. Deaths, 2; marriage, 1.
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, ESSEXBOROUGH, (SAYBROOK.)
REV. THOMAS H. VAIL, RECTOR. Families, 34; baptisms infants, 4, adults, 5; confirmed, 12 ; communicants—added, by removal, 2, anew, 6; lost, by removal, 2; present number, 44; marriages, 2; burials, 4; Sunday School-teachers, 10, scholars, 35; collections--missionary, $18,50; charitable, $16,34; for the Sunday School, $14,63; from the ladies sewing circle, for lamps in the Chureh, $19,00; total, $68,47.
Besides three services habitually holden on the Lord's day, other services have been frequently holden during the week, as the religious circumstances, of the Parish have required them. We ought, perhaps, to state as one, although an humble testimonial to the practical wisdom of our Ecclesiastical ordinances, that the solemn services of Passion week were attended by a peculiar blessing from the Holy Spirit. As the affecting history of our Saviour's latest and severest sufferings for sinners was traced, evening after evening in the order of the daily Gospels, a deep interest in the subject was awakened and increased, and many hearts, both within and without our Church, received impressions of the love of God and of their own personal duty, which, we trust, will not be effaced. Of those recently confirmed, some are not yet communicants, but we are hoping to see them with others, at an early day, commemorating their master Christ.
[Rev. W. WARLAND: no Report.]
ST. PETER'S CHURCH, PLYMOUTH.
REV. WM. WATSON, RECTOR. Families, 105 ; baptims—infants, 2, adults, 5; confirmed, 16 ; communi: cants-added, by removals, 8; anew, 14 ; lost, by death, 3; removals, 8; present number, 187 ; marriages, 5; burials, 8; Sunday School-teachers, 26, scholars, 118; Bible class, 92; missionary and charitable contributionsfor Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, $89,12; for Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, $50,00; for Church Scholarship Society, $60,00; for the General Theological Seminary, $10,00; collections on hand unappropriated, $32,78; total for objects without the Parish, $241,90.
In connection with the foregoing statistics, respecting contributions to the several institutions of the Church, it is proper here to add, that this parish within the past year, ha given liberally to several objects within itself, and which, if reported, would materially swell the sum total of its collections. It is but just that I should here state, in reference to the small number of infant baptisms administered during the past year, and which might seem to indicate a neglect of this ordinance among us, that a much larger number might have been reported but for the inclemency of the weather on the last Lord's day, at which time, being the Whitsunday baptism, a number were to have been presented.
By comparing the present report with those which have þeen made for this Parish in years past, it will be seen, that for the last twelve months we have had a less number of additions to our communion, than formerly, during the same period. Still we do not despond; but feel encouraged in view. of the past. Constantly, if not daily, has the Lord added to us sụch as, we trust, shall be saved; and (what is no less a matter of rejoicing, because it is no less an evidence of real prosperity,) steadily, as we believe, have
those among us, who name themselves of Christ, been growing in grace, and becoming built up in our most Holy Faith.
And, here, while speaking of the spiritual condition of this Parish, its Parson records it as his settled conviction, that these, its vital interests, have been greatly promoted, by observing those seasons, (especially the Lenten and Easter,) to which the Church, in her prescribed course of yearly services invites our attention.
I may not close this report, without saying, that though favored with much spiritual blessing, this Parish has suffered not a little during the past season, as it has done, to an uncommon degree, in years past, in loss, by death, from that class on whom it is dependaot for support. More than an ordinary proportion of heads of families have been taken from us. But even in view of this adverse circumstance, we see blessings connected with it, and growing out of it which demand our inost devout acknowledgments. For, while we have good reason to believe, that those taken from us, have but been transferred from the militant to the triumphant branch of the Church; we are happy to be able to say, that the Lord is putting it into the hearts of other and younger members of our flock, to come forward, and fill, so far as they may, the place of the dead. Upon the whole, we may declare, what gratitude requires us to confess, that we are at present, under the blessing of God, a prosperous and happy people.
REV. JOHN WILLIAMS, TUTOR. In accordance with the Canon I would report, that since the last Convention, in addition to my duties in College, I have officiated in this, and the neighboring Diocese of Massachusetts, somewhat more than two thirds of the time; a portion of my services being in the College Chapel. I have also administered the rite of Holy Baptism to one infant.
CHRIST CHURCH, STRATFORD.
REV. EDWIN W. WILTBANK, RECTOR. Families, 105; baptisms—infants, 5; confirmed; 15; communicantsadded, by removals, 7; anew, 10; lost, by death, 1; removals, 3; present number, 123; marriages, 4; burials, ô; Sunday School teachers, 10; scholars, 75; missionary and charitable contributions, $240,70.
In addition to our usual Sunday services, the Church has been opened for weekly services during the month preceding confirmation, and during Lent; on the first Monday evening of every month ; five days in Passion week, and on all the leading festivals and fasts of Holy Church. The Rector is pleased to record that these services were all remarkably well attended.
By reference to the number of baptisms recorded, it will be seen to be unusually small, when compared with the generality of Parishes of the same extent. This is mainly to be attributed to the fearfully loose notions which have been prevalent in respect to that holy sacrament.
In a spiritual light, the Parish is, we believe, decidedly prosperons. If we have no feverish excitements to record, we have, what we deem valuable, a steady growth in grace on the part of the communicants ; and an increasing interest in the things which make for their peace, on the part of those, who have heretofore been backward in making a full profession of Christ and his Holy Religion.
CHRIST CHURCH, SALEM.
REV. JOHN W. WOODWARD, RECTOR. Since my last report to the Convention, there has been no material change in the condition and prospects of this Parish, of a very interesting nature, except I have solemnized seven baptisms-two adults and five chil dren; celebrated one marriage ; officiated at one funeral; two families have removed from my Parish the spring past; three families in the mean time have united with us; two communicants have been added this season, and in all probability several more will be added to our Communion after confirmation.
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, and my indisposition, I have been very regular in performing divine service on Sunday, and occasionally through the week. The Parish, although very weak, contemplates the immediate erection of a rectory, which is very much needed here, as well as in many other Parishes for the comfort and convenience of the Clergy.
[Families, [1838,] 22 ; communicants, 15.]
ST. MATTHEW'S CHURCH, EAST PLYMOUTÍ.
REV. F. B. WOODWARD, RECTOR. Families, 46; baptisms-infants 3, adults, 3, total 6; confirmed, 13; communicants—added, anew, 17, lost, by death, 1, present number, 59; marriages, 5; burials, 1; Sunday School-teachers, 18, scholars 66; Bible class, 21 ; missionary and charitable contributions, $18,00.
The condition of this Parish, by the blessing of God, has been improved within the past year. The strenuous efforts of the people, for the support of the Gospel here, have not apparently diminished their temporal prosperity. And the number whose practice accords with their belief, that “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and that which is to come;" is considerably increased. There has been but little sickness, and but a single death within the limits of the Parish the past year.
Through the kindness of the Clergy both in and out of the County, in accomodating the present incumbent with occasional exchanges, suitable opportunities have been afforded the people for the reception of the holy Sacrament; and thereby brought that relief to the Rector, so much needed to a person of sickly temperament, and unaccustomed to that close confinement, which unavoidably falls to the lot of all, whose labors are confined to a single Parish. Thus aided, the Parish have been supplied with services and preaching every Sabbath, and some extra services through the season of Leni and other favorable opportunities.
I have only to say, that God has given us His blessing. And that we have the helping hand, and I trust the fervent prayer of some, who a little time since, were perhaps far from expecting, that the grace of God would bring them with a willing mind, and renewed beart, to offer the sacrifice of praise and prayer in the Church of Christ; responding in the beauty of holiness ; “Praise the Lord, O my ul, and forget not all his benefits.”
As a people, we have reason to thank God and take courage ;-believing that the Church in East Plymouth may not immediately be given "to the moles and to the bats ;” but be long known as a consecrated place, where the way of God is in the sanctuary, and where devout worshippers may continue to offer the praises and prayers of the Church of the living God,