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Jesse lves, Hitchcocksville,
These Delegates were present, with the exception of those whose names have this mark (*) affixed to them; and the roll being called, answered to their names, and took seats in Convention.
A quorum of both orders being present, the Convention proceeded
Resolved, That Clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church
Agreeably to this resolution, Mr. Samuel Lewis, and Mr. Augustus
Resolved, That the rules of order of the last Convention, be
The rules of order were read accordingly, as follows:
2. When the President takes the chair, no member shall continue
3. No member shall absent himself from the service of the convention, unless he have leave from the house.
4. When any member is about to speak in debate, or deliver any måtter to the convention, he shall rise from his seat, and without ad. vancing, shall, with due respect, address himself to the President, confining himself strictly to the point in debate.
5. No member shall speak more than twice in the same debate, without leave of the house.
6. A question being once determined, shall stand as the judgment of the convention, and shall not again be drawn into debate during the same session.
7. While the President is putting any question, no one shall hold private discourse, stand up, walk into, out of, or across the house, or read any book.
8. Every member who shall be in the convention when any ques. tion is put, shall, on a division, be counted, unless he be particularly interested in the decision.
9. No motion shall be considered as before the house, unless it be seconded, and reduced to writing when required.
10. When any question is before the convention, it shall be determined on before any thing new is introduced, except for adjournment.
11. The question on a motion for adjournment shall be taken be. fore any other, and without debate.
12. When the convention is to rise, every member shall keep his seat until the President leave the chair.
The Rt. Rev. Bishop Brownell, agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention of 1808, “providing for an accurate view of the state of the Church,” delivered the following
My Brethren of the Clergy and of the Laity : The great Head of the Church has given to us his revealed Word, to be the rule of our faith and conduct, and has appointed a Ministry, to declare his Gospel of salvation to the world, and dispense to his people, the ordinances which he has appointed as the means of his grace. Much that relates to the government and discipline of his Church, he has left to human discretion. Pursuant to this dispensation, we have now been permitted to assemble, to take counsel together for the welfare of that portion of his vineyard which, in his providence, he has committed to our charge. Let us bear in mind, then, the solemn responsibility under which we act, and let us supplicate the assistance of the Holy Spirit, to guard us from error and to guide us into all truth. In all our doings, let us endeavor to adhere strictly to the rule, and to the analogy, of God's revealed word, and to the practice of the holy Apostles and primitive Christians.
Brethren,-it is good for us to meet together on these interesting occasions. We collect useful information from the several portions of our Zion. We animate each other's hearts, and strengthen each other's hands. The devotions in which we unite, and the duties in which we engage, serve the more firmly to connect us in the bonds of Christian love. And if the Divine Being shall vouehsafe to bless our counsels, we may be enabled to devise salutary measures for the prosperity of his Church.
For the furtherance of our deliberations, it is provided by the 45th Canon of the General Convention, that the Bishop shall lay before you a full account of the state of the Diocese, and of all his official doings since the last annual Convention.
In proceeding to fulfil this duty, I ought not to omit my grateful acknowledgements to the supreme Being, for the mercies which he has extended to this portion of his Church, during the past year.. None of our Clergy have been removed by death, and no special visitations of adversity have come upon any of our Churches. If we could have wished to witness greater manifestations of zeal and holiness, and to have seen a more abundant harvest crown our labors, this desire should incite us to greater exertions, and to more fervent intercessions at the throne of grace. I trust that the great body of the Clergy of our Church are gradually advancing to a higher stan. dard of religious zeal, and a livelier sense of the responsibilities and the duties of their office; and I have the satisfaction to believe that the Clergy of Connecticut are behind none of their brethren in the fidelity and self-devotion with which they fulfil their sacred trust.
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During the past year, I have visited and officiated in many Pa.
Since the last Convention, I have administered the rite of Confir-
The new Church in Hitchcocksville was consecrated, by the name
liberality of the Parish. I regret to add that the expense of the
Among the changes which have occurred since the last Conven.
The following cures are now vacant, viz: Trinity Church, New.
town; the Churches of Wallingford and North Haven ; the Churches of Hamden, West-Haven, and Milford; the Churches of Wood. bury and Roxbury; the Parish of Warehouse point, East Windsor, and the new Parish of Hitchcocksville. All of these places are desirous of immediate supply, and in each of them a suitable Clergy. man would find a competent support, and a situation of usefulness.
The Convention will not fail to notice the numerous changes in the location of the Clergy, reported from year to year.
This is not peculiar to Connecticut, but is a common complaint in almost every Dio. cese.
It is occasioned, in a considerable degree, by the inadequate number of the Clergy. Vacant Parishes will not fail to make overtures to settled Clergymen, when no others are to be obtained. These importunities, together with prospects of better support, or of more extensive usefulness, must lead to frequent changes. Another cause, of considerable influence in this Diocese, will be found in the condi tion of our Parishes. Many of these are yet in so feeble a state that two or three of them are obliged to unite for the support of ał lergyman. Under these circumstances, they will generally be averse to the formation of permanent arrangements, in the hope that each will be able to secure the exclusive services of a Clergyman at no distant period. But there is still another cause of these frequent changes, for which no such justification can be urged. I allude to that love of novelty, and that admiration of mere popular preaching, which I fear is too much a characteristic of the present times. It is not thought sufficient that the minister is sensible, discreet and pious; that he vi. sits the sick and the afflicted, and discharges all his pastoral duties with fidelity. He must, moreover, be an orator; attract the admiration of the multitude, and draw crowds to hear him preach. A good elocution is certainly a very desirable qualification in a public speaker; but it may be doubted whether splendid displays of elo. quence contribute greatly to Christian edification. It sometimes happens that men's minds are so engrossed by their admiration of the orator, that they think little of any practical application of the truths which he delivers. But what is called popular preaching, is too often but frothy declamation, set off by some of the graces of delivery. Such popularity is of short continuance. It ceases as soon as the novelty is past; and the unfortunate parish that relies on it, will be grievously disappointed. This eagerness for popular preaching is especially the propensity of the young, whose ardent feelings expose them to the influence of showy and imposing qualities. I have known more than one pastoral connexion broken up, where the Clergyman possessed undoubted talents and piety, and all those substantial qualifications which go to form the character of the faithful and useful pastor, but was thought deficient in a popular elocution. The temporal condition of the Parish did not prosper, perhaps so remarkably as some of its sanguine members could desire for though men may plant and cultivate, it is for God to give the increase, and he does this in his own good time. Reports a