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among the great body of the clergy and laity, such an extensive agreement, such a warm and rooted attachment, such inflexible habits, as make iis feel, with deep thankfulness to God, that we are strong to labor, that even in tribulation our heritage is peace, and our house founded on a Rock!
One word of counsel let me venture to add most respectfully, most affectionately, to those who appreciate the importance of the thoughts just presented. Do not agitate for the mere propagation of your principles. Do not forın associations to effect any local or partial object. Do not seek to spread an influence over young men, which will convert them into mere partisans, and cause them to hold even the Truth, if they do hold it, in a narrow and controversial spirit. God's truth and the Church's is too broad and too lofty for such ignoble uses. Work and teach in the genuine spirit of the Bible and the Prayer-Book, irrespective, as far as possible, of all conflicting views and agencies; so will the Truth in your hands be efficacious for the sanctification of your own souls, and the souls that are round about you. You will be saved from the dreadful fate of those who hold the Truth as a mere weapon of assault, as a mere instrument of pharisaical pride, and with whom the form remains without the life and power. Taking that truth home to the soul in simplicity and Godly sincerity, it will cause to spring up within the peaceable fruits of righteousness, love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, while, in the ministry and in the life, it will shine forth in the beauty of holiness, making the world not darker, but brighter, winning the alienated, kindling the cold and apathetic, cheering the weary and heavy laden, and revealing, in a clear and engaging light, the pathway that leads to the gates of the Heavenly City!
DETAILED ACCOUNT OF VISITATIONS AND ACTS.
The following is a complete account of the places visited and the Episcopal Acts performed by me since the last Convention :
1864. Oct. 2, Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-In St. Mary's, Castleton, Staten Island, I preached, and, at a special ordination, admitted Frederick Mitford Cookson, an alumnus of the General Theological Seminary, to the Diaconate, and advanced the Rev. Byron John Hall and the Rev. Thomas Henry Sill to the Priesthood. I also confirmed thirteen, and addressed them.
Oct. 3, Monday, Evening.--In Christ Church, Nyack, I confirmed fifteen, and addressed them. i Oct. 5, Wednesday.-I met the Trustees of Columbia College.
Oct. 6, Thursday.--I attended the opening of the Institution of the “Sheltering Arms," for friendless and destitute children, at Bloomingdale. In this case, a Clergyman of the Diocese, the Rev. Thomas M. Peters, removed from a spacious dwelling and its ample grounds (his private property), and dedicated the place to one of the most touching and important charities ever established in this city. May the dwelling which he has so generously devoted to a sacred use be the happy home of the once wretched and neglected, for long years to come; the birthplace of new thoughts and new affections; and the germ of a gracious instrumentality, destined to grow and enlarge its means and its influence beyond all present hopes. It is under the care of two of the Sisters.
Oct. 9, Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-In St. John's, Yonkers, I preached, confirmed thirty-four, and addressed them.
P. M.-In the Chapel of the Riverdale Female Institute I preached. This well-conducted Institution occupies a beautiful and healthful position, and has a noble edifice which affords ample accommodation for all its purposes.
Oct. 16, Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-In Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, instituted the Rev. Eugene Augustus Hoffman, D. D., into the Rectorship, and preached. This Parish is now erecting an admirable Parish school-house, and is in a highly prosperous condition.
Oct. 23, Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-In Christ Church, Troy, I preached and admitted Mr. Albert Danker, Jr., to the Diaconate.
Oct. 26, Wednesday, Evening.--I attended a meeting of the Trustees of the General Theological Seminary.
Oct. 30, Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-In Christ Church, Williamsburgh, I preached, and advanced to the Priesthood the Rev. Edwin B. Russell, the Rev. Honry C. Kinney, the Rev. Albert Z. Gray, and the Rev. Samuel S. Chevers; also, at the same time and place, I confirmed twenty-four, and briefly addressed them.
Nov. 1, Al Saints, A. M.-In Holy Innocents, Annandale, I assisted at the special All Saints' Day service-preaching, and consecrating at the Holy Communion.
Nov. 2, Wednesday, A. M.—In Holy Innocents, Annandale, 'I preached, and advanced the Rev. George B. Hopson, Professor in St. Stephen's College, to the Priesthood.
Nov. 3, Thursday, A. M.-In the Hall of St. Stephen's College, Annandale, I addressed the students.
Nov. 6, Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-I consecrated the Church of the Mediator, South Yonkers, and preached.
Nov. 7, Monday, A. M.-I met the Committee on Domestic Missions.
Nov. 9, Wednesday, Evening.-I met the Trustees of the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning.
Nov. 10, Thursday.-I solemnized a marriage at St. Mary's, Beechwood, Westchester county.
Nov. 11, Friday, A. M.-In St. Anna's, Fishkill Landing, I preached, and, at a special ordination, admitted Mr. John B. Pitman, formerly a Minister of the Baptist denomination, to the Diaconate.
Nov. 13, Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity, A. M.-In St. Thomas', Ravens. wood, L. I., I preached, and, at a special ordination, advanced the Rev. John Cornell, the Minister of the Parish, and the Rev. Ormond H. Dutton, to the Priesthood.
Nov. 14, Monday, P. M.-I attended a meeting of the Standing Committee of the General Theological Seminary.
Evening.-I attended a meeting of the Missionary Committee of the Diocese.
Nov. 15, Tuesday, A. M.-In Trinity Church, New Rochelle, I attended a quarterly meeting of the Convocation of Westchester county.
Nov. 18, Friday, Evening.-In Madison-street Chapel, N. Y., I preached.
Nov. 20, Sunday before Advent, Evening.-In Zion, N. Y., I presided at the Anniversary of the N. Y. P. E. Tract Society; sermon by the Rev. Dr. Geer.
Nov. 21, Monday, P. M.-I met the Trustees of the “Sheltering Arms."
Nov. 22, Tuesday, A. M.-In St. James', Newtown, L. I., I instituted the Rev. Nathaniel William Taylor Root, as Rector of the same, and preached.
Nov. 27, Advent Sunday, A. M.–At an early service in St. Ann's Church for Deaf-Mutes, I confirmed twenty-one (one of them being from St. George's), and addressed them; and, also, assisted at the Holy Communion-consecrating the elements. This is an extra morning service, commencing at a quarter before eight, and, though a full service with a short sermon, does not take the place of the regular A. M. service, which, as usual, begins at half-past ten. The early service is designed for persons who, for various reasons, can attend at that hour more conveniently than at the hour of regular A. M. prayer.
Evening.-In the same Church, I presided at the Anniversary of the Bible and Common Prayer Book Society ; sermon by the Rev. Dr. Purdy, Rector of St. James', Ilyde Park. At the conclusion of the service, at a special confirmation, I confirmed one person, from the Floating Church of Our Saviour.
Dec. 11, Third Sunday in Advent, Evening.-In Grace Church, Albany, I confirmed twenty-two, and addressed them.
Dec. 12, Monday, Evening.-In St. Paul's, Albany, I confirmed twenty-four, and addressed them.
Dec. 13, Tuesday, A. M.—I consecrated St. Paul's Church, Albany; the Rev. Dr. Alexander H. Vinton, of St. Mark's, N. Y., preaching. This Church, now under the care of the Rev. Mr. Reese, is highly prosperous. I also met the Northern Convocation,
Dec. 18, Fourth Sunday in Advent, A.M.-In the Church of the Transfiguration, New York, at the stated Advent Ordination, I advanced to the Priesthood the Rev. Francis Harison, the Rev. Sylvanus S. Dearborn, and the Rev. John W. Trimble; sermon by the Rev. Dr. Houghton, the Rector of the Church.
Dec. 19, Monday.-I attended a meeting of the Trustees of Columbia College, and a meeting of the Foreign Committee of Missions.
Dec. 23, Friday, Evening.--In St. Andrew's, Harlem, I confirmed twenty-three, and addressed them. .
Dec. 25, Christmas Day, A. M.--At the “House of Mercy," I officiated, taking the whole service-preaching and administering the Holy Communion.
At different times, I confirmed two persons in private, from the Floating Church of Our Saviour.
Dec 27, Tuesday.-I attended the Anniversary of the Schools in St. John's Chapel, N. Y.
Dec. 28, Wednesday.-Holy Innocents, I attended the Anniversary of the Orphans' Home, and made a few remarks. The Institution is in a very gratifying state.
1865. Jan. 3, Tuesday. Having been appointed to act as one of the Consecrators of the Rev. Arthur Cleveland Coxe, D. D., Assistant-Bishop Elect of the Diocese of Western New York, I proceed to Geneva for that purpose.
Jan. 4, Wednesday.--I assisted at the Consecration of the Rev. Dr. Coxe.
Jan. 9, Monday, A. M.--I attended a meeting of the Trustees of Columbia College.
Evening.--I attended a meeting of the Committee of Domestic Missions:
Jan. 12, Thursday, Evening.-I attended a meeting of the Trustees of St. Stephen's College.
Jan. 15, Second Sunday after the Epiphany, A. M.-In the Floating Chapel of Our Saviour, I confirmed nine (making, with those previously confirmed, twelve), and afterwards addressed the confirmed and the congregation. One more subsequently confirmed in private.
Jan. 17, Tuesday.--I attended, in Hartford, the funeral of the Right Rev. Bishop Brownell, late Bishop of Connecticut and Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
Jan. 23, Vonday. I attended a meeting of the Trustees of Columbia College.
Jan. 24, Tuesday, Evening.-In the Church of the Holy Communion, after a lecture on the subject, by the Rev. Dr. Muhlenberg, I presided at a meeting of gentlemen, whom I had summoned to consider what further could be done for the recovery of fallen women, and to diminish the dangers to which the friendless are exposed.
Jan. 29, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, A. M.-In the Church of the Transfiguration, N. Y., I admitted to the Diaconate Mr. William A. Van Wagenen, A, B., and advanced to the Priesthood the Rev. George Worthington, Rector elect of Christ Church, Ballston Spa.; sermon by the Rev. Dr. Forbes:
Feb. 14, Wednesday, A. M.-In Calvary Church, Louisville, Ky., the Rev. Hiram Holbrook Cole, Deacon, was, at my request, advanced to the Priesthood by the Right Rev. the Bishop of Kentucky.
Feb. 19, Secagesima Sunday, A. M.--At a special ordination in St. Mary's, Cold Spring, I preached, and advanced to the Priesthood the Rev. Mytton Maury, A. M., the Minister of the Parish, and the Rev. Reuben Wing Howes Jr., A. B., Rector of All Saints, Briar Cliff.
Feb. 22, Wednesday, A. M.-In Calvary, Burnt Hills, Saratoga county, I solemnized a marriage.
Feb. 23, Thursday, A. M.-In Grace, Waterford, at a special ordination, I preached, and advanced to the Priesthood the Rev. Joseph Carey, Deacon, the Minister of the Parish.
Feb. 26, Quinquagesima Sunday, A. M.--In the Church of the Atonement, Brooklyn, I preached, confirmed eight (one of them in private), and addressed them.
Evening.-In Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, I presided at the Anniversary of the Church Charity Foundation; sermon by the Rev. Dr. Littlejohn.
March 5, First Sunday in Lent, A. M.-In Ascension, Green Point, I preached, confirmed thirteen, and addressed them, and assisted in the Holy Communion, consecrating.
March 6, Monday, A.. M.-Attended a meeting of the Committee of Doinestic Missions.
P. M.-Attended a meeting of the Trustees of Columbia College.
March 9, Thursday, P. M.-Attended a meeting of the Committee of Foreign Missions.
Evening.–Attended a meeting of the Missionary Committee of the Diocese.
March 12, Second Sunday in Lent, A. M.-In Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, at the Lenten Ordination, I advanced to the Priesthood the Rev. Octavius Applegate, the present Assistant Minister of the Parish, and Rector elect of St. Paul's Church, Franklin, Delaware county. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Hoffman, Rector of the Parish.
March 14, Tuesday, P. M.—I attended a meeting of the Standing Committee of the General Theological Seminary.
March 15, Wednesday, A. M.—I visited and addressed a Seminary of young ladies in this city.