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vention. Each parish in this state, which shall have been received into union with the Convention, shall be entitled to a representation in Convention, by one delegate ; and if it shall consist of more than fifty families, by two ; to be chosen by the parish. But before any delegate sball take bis seat, he shall produce a certificate of his appointment, signed by the wardens, or parish Clerk. And one third of the members of the clerical order, and twenty members of the lay order, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business ; but a smaller number may adjourn.
Art. 7. The Clergy and Laity in Convention shall deliberate in one body; and on every question a majority of the votes of those present, shall decide :--Bot if upon any question, it be required by five members, the two orders shall vote thereon separately, and a concorrence of a majority of each order shall be necessary to give validity to any measure.
Art. 8. When the Episcopate of this Diocese sball become vacant by death, or otherwise, the Standing Committee shall call a special Convention, within three months from the time when such vacancy shall happed, at Hartford or New-Haven. And the time and place shall be notified in three or more respectable newspapers in this state, at least four weeks previous to said meeting ; when the Convention may proceed to an election, or adjourn to such time and place as may be deemed expedient.
Art. 9. The election of a Bishop of this Dicoese, shall be in the following manner;—The two orders shall separate, and the order of the clergy shall choose, by ballot, some fit and qualified presbyter, for that office ; and thereupon, such choice shall be communicated to the order of lay-delegates ; and if, on ballot, the person so chosen is approved by the lay order, he shall be declared to be duly elected.
- In the above mentioned election, a majority of each order shall determine a choice ; provided, that two-thirds of all the clergy entitled to vote, be present ; and two thirds of all the congregations entitled to vote, be represented ;-otherwise, two-thirds of the votes of each order present, shall be necessary to determine a choice.
Art. 10. A Secretary shall be chosen immediately upon the opeping of the Annual Convention, from the clerical members thereof. It sball be his duty to take minutes of their proceedings, to preserve their journals and records, to attest the public acts of the body, and faithfully to deliver into the hands of his successor, all books and proceedings relative to the concerns of the Church, which may be in his possession. And it shall also be his duty to notify, through the channel of such public prints, as may be designated by the ecclesiastical authority, the time and place appointed for the meeting of the succeeding, or special Convention.
Art. 11. The Standing Committee shall be elected at the Annual Convention ; and shall be composed of five clerical members, who. shall be rectors of parishes, or instructors of some Seminary institu
ted by the ecclesiastical or civil authority of this state. The first member elected, shall be president; and at their first meeting, which shall always be on the day of their election, they shall appoint a Secretary, who shall keep a journal of their proceedings, subject to the inspection of the Convention. ny three of the Comunittee, (the whole having been summoned,) shall be a quorum, except for such purposes as, agreeably to their own rules, or the canon of the General Convention, may require a larger number.
Art. 12. The Secretary and Standing Committee of this Convention, shall be appointed by ballot, and shall continue in office until their successors shall have been appointed.
Art. 13. A Treasurer shall be appointed by the Convention, to continue in office during their pleasure ; and it shall be his duty to receive and manage all funds, which may at any time belong to this Convention ; and to lay before the Convention an annual statement of all such funds.
Art. 14. Each order in Convention shall appoint delegates to the General Convention by ballot'; and the delegates thus appointed and confirmed by the concurrent vote of both orders in Convention, shall continue in office three years, or the time that may
intervene between the stated meetings of the General Convention.
Art. 15. No clergyman shall be suspended, or receive any public censure, from the Bishop, or Standing Committee of this Diocese, without having been adjudged thereto, in the way to be provided for by canon.
Art. 16. This Constitution shall be unalterable, except in the follo wing manner :-A proposition for amendment shall be introduced in writing, and considered in Convention ; and if approved of, shall lie over to the next Annual Convention ; and if again approved of in the next Annual Convention, by two-thirds of each order voting thereon separately, the amendment shall take place, and the Constitution so altered shall be valid and obligatory.
Art. 17. The foregoing Constitution shall be printed, and submitted to the consideration of the several parishes in this Diocese, for their approbation ; and if approved of by three-fourths of 'saidh parishes, in their Annual Meetings, the evidence of which shall be by certificates, under the hands of the Clerks of the several parishes, the same shall become the Constitution of the Episcopal Church of this Diocese
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
DIOCESE OF CONNECTICUT.
CANON I.-Concerning Parochial Registers and Reports. (1826.)
In order to give effect to the 40th Canon of the General Convention, it is hereby required, that every minister of this Church shall keep a record of all the Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals solemnized by him, specifying the names of the parties married, the names of the persons baptized, and of the persons buried, and the time when each rite was performed. He shall also keep a Register of the names of the persons confirmed, of the communicants, and of the families belonging to his parish, And it shall be the duty of every minister to report to the Annual Convention, an abstract of said registers, together with a written account of the state of the parish.
Canon II.-Providing for the Convention Fund. (1825.) The several Parishes in this Diocese shall annually pay to the Convention Fund, at the rate of fifty cents on every one hundred dollars paid to their respective clergymen, as their annual salary. CANON III.—Declaring the offences, for which a Clergyman may be
brought to trial. (1825.) Disorderly and immoral conduct, vicious or unseemly diversions, neglect of duty, disregard to the constitution and canons of the General or State Convention, a deviation from the rubrics, and disseminating or countenancing opinions which are contrary to the doctrines of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, are offences for which a clergyman may be brought to trial. Canon IV.-Of the manner in which a Clergyman shall be brought to
trial. (1825.) In order to bring a Clergyman to trial before an ecclesiastical court, a charge shall be made in the first place to the Standing Committee, in writing, under the proper signature of at least two persons, one of whom shall be a presbyter of this Diocese. And if the Standing Committee shall deem the offence charged, as coming within the offences enumerated in the canons of the Diocese of Connecticut, or of the General Convention, they shall present the same to the Bishop, in the following form: To A. B. Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut
The Standing Committee of this Diocese respectfully represent,
that C, D. has been accused, under the hand of E. F. and G. H. of
[Signed by the Standing Committee )
The Bishop shall forthwith give notice to the Standing Committee, of the time and place of the meeting of the court. And the Standing Committee shall act as prosecutors in the case ; and at least sixty days before the trial, sball furnish the accused with a copy of the presentment-notice of the time and place of trial and a specification of the facts on which they expect to maintain the charges. And the accused, at least thirty days before the trial, shall furnish the Standing Committee with a statement of the grounds of his defence, on each specification.
At the time fixed for the trial, the members of the court shall choose a President from their own number, and a Secretary, either from their own number or otherwise, as they shall see fit; and they shall, before they proceed, adopt and declare the rules by which the trial shall be conducted : Provided, however, that po layman shall act as advocate for either party on the trial ; though both parties may, at their option, employ or consult legal or other advisers.
If the accused shall neglect or refuse to appear, or to answer to the charges in the manner herein prescribed, the court shall order judgment to be entered against him, by default. But if he shall appear, the court shall proceed to a fair and impartial hearing of the whole matter, and shall adjudge him guilty or not guilty, according to the evidence : and if guilty, the sentence which, in their opinion, ought to be pronounced.
The Secretary shall keep a record of all the proceedings-containing a copy of the presentment-of the specifications of the notice to the accused, and of his answer with a statement of all the evidence, both oral and written and the final judgment of the court : And an attested copy of this record shall be forthwith delivered to the Bishop. If the judgment be, not guilty, the Bishop shall give a certificate of acquittal to the accused, embracing a copy of the presentment and specifications : and the accused shall not be subjected to a second trial on the same facts. If the court judge him guilty, on one or more points at issue, the Bishop may disapprove the judgment, and order a new trial, stating his grounds for such decision : or he may
approve the judgment; and in that case he shall, within thirty days,
charge of Parishes and their separation from them. (1826.)
Standing Committee. (1826)
efo them, and such abstract shall be entered on the journals of
of Christian Knowledge.
It shall be the duty of the Convention, from time to time, to examide and declare the limits of the several cures within the Diocese and in the settlement and maintenance of clergymen, the several parashes shall steadily adhere to such arrangement, except in cases of im. perious necessity, and with the advice and consent of the ecclesiastical authority.--And any parish refusing to acquiesce in such arrangement, shall, while such refusal continues, be thereby excluded from representation in the Convention. And further, no clergy man of this Dio
accept settlement in any of the Parisbes in this State which may refuse to acquiesce in the arrangement of the Convention as to cures, unless for special causes, it may seem good to the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese to dispense with the provisions of this