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in this diocess. And I am happy to have it in my power to say to you, that whenever I am apprised that a comfortable living is provided for a minister, I can generally send one in a few weeks. Much, however, stili remains to be done, in arranging the temporal concerns of the Church. And you may rely upon it, Gentlemen, that the exertions you bestow, and the wealth you apply, to repair churches, when they are in ruins, to build new ones when they are wanting, and to make suitable provision for the clergy, will yield you the most valuable returns for your riches, and secure to you the blessing of God. And it will be one of the most comfortable reflections of your old age, to see the Church of Christ in prosperity, and your children, and children's children, growing up under the influence of pure and undefiled religion.

In the glorious cause in which we are all engaged, let all exert every

power that we possess, and apply every advantage that we enjoy; and to our exertions let us add our prayers, that true godliness may distinguish our members, and that we may be the happy instruments of extending the dominion of Christ, till we obtain the Heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his posses

sion.

Resolved, That the institution of the society for colonizing the free people of colour of the United States on the coast of Africa, meets with the cordial approbation of this convention; and it is earnestly recommended to the members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this diocess, to give to the said society their countenance and support.

Resolved, That the thanks of the convention be presented to the Hon. Bushrod Washington, the President, and to the board of managers, for their zealous exertions in furtherance of the benevolent object of the society.

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Convention be directed to transmit to the President and the Secretary of the Society, copies of these resolutions.

The following clergymen were elected a Standing Committee for the

ensuing year :-Rev. Walter D. Addison, Rev. William M. Stone, Rev. William E. Wyatt, Rev. William Hawley, Rev. William Wickes, Rev. Samuel C. Stratton, and Rev. Henry L. Davis, D. D.

The following gentlemen were elected deputies to the General Convention:-Rev. John P. K. Henshaw, Rev. William E. Wyatt, Rev. William Wickes, Rev. Samuel C. Stratton, John C. Herbert, Francis S. Key, William Done, Tench Tilghunan.

A portion of the parishioners of St. John's parish, Washington county, who had petitioned to the effect, were allowed to organize themselves into a separate congregation at Sharpsburgh, with the privilege of sending a delegate to the convention of the diocess.

From the Treasurer's account, it appears that the deputies fund amounts to $464 74, and the Episcopate fund to $668 46.

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, sundry parochial reports were presented to the Bishop, read in convention, and entered on the minutes. They furnish the following aggregate.

Baptisms
Marriages
Deaths

Communicants

1173

206,

363

2240

The committee on the state of the Church made a report, of the portion of which that was accepted by the convention, the following are extracts.

"The committee derive great satisfaction from learning the prosperous state of the religious societies connected with the Church in this city. The advantages to be expected from such institutions are numerous and important. It is earnestly recommended to' the members of the convention, and to all the friends of the Church, that they use their best endeavours to effect the establishment of similar societies.

"The committee think proper to recommend a provision that, whenever the situation of the parishes will admit, a half-yearly collection be made for the purpose of purchasing Theological Books, which shall be held as the property of the vestry, and kept for the use of the incumbent for the time being.

In the course of a few years a parochial library, it is hoped, might be formed, the utility of which cannot be doubted; as in almost every parish the want of access to standard works is a subject of general regret. Such a measure seems well adapted to increase the usefulness and influence of the ministry.

"The committee cannot conclude without congratulating the convention upon the great accession of ministers, and the brightening prospects of the Church."

It was Resolved, That this convention recommend to the clergy an increased attention to the spiritual concerns of the people of colour; and to the instruction not only of the free, but, with the express permission of their owners, of slaves also, in the knowledge and principles of our holy religion.

Contributions were received from several parishes and separate congregations, as follows.

For the Bishop's expenses $423
the Deputies fund

152

Convention expenses 120 Mr. Jonas Clapham was re-elected Treasurer.

A list of the clergy of the diocess, agreeably to a standing order, is entered on the Journal, and contains the names of the Bishop, thirty-nine Presbyters, and seven Deacons.

FOR THE CHRISTIAN JOURNAL.

Abstract of the Proceedings of the second Annual Convention of the Diocess of Ohio, held in the Academy at Worthington, on the 2d, 3d, and 4th Days of June, 1819.

THE Convention was composed of the Right Rev. Bishop CHASE, one Presbyter, two Deacons,* and Lay Delegates from nine parishes.

The Convention was opened by morning prayer by the Rev. Samuel

*One of whom, the Rev. Intrepid Morse, Minister of St. James's Church, Zanesville, and the congregations in its vicinity, was ordained Priest on the second day of the session of the Convention; on which occa

sion morning prayer was celebrated and a sermon preached by the Rey. Samuel

Johnston.

Johnston, Minister of Christ Church, Cincinnati, and an appropriate sermon, and the administration of the holy communion by the Right Rev. the Bishop.

The Rev. Samuel Johnston was elected Secretary of the Convention.

Agreeably to the 45th canon of the General Convention, " providing for an accurate view of the state of the Church from time to time," the Right Rev. Bishop Chase delivered the following Address.

My beloved Brethren,

Through the great goodness and mercy of God, your designs in my unanimous election to the Episcopate of Ohio, were carried into effect. On the 11th day of February last, in the city of Philadelphia, I received consecration to that office, at the hands of the Right Rev. Bishop White, of Pennsylvania; the Bishops of New-York, Maryland, and New-Jersey assisting. My sense of unworthiness, for this sacred trust, is equalled only by my sincerity in promising to fulfil the duties of it to the utmost of my feeble abilities; and both prompt me now and ever to seek the gracious aids of our Heavenly Father, of our God and Saviour," without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy."

So little time has elapsed since my consecration, and so much even of that little time it has been necessary to spend at home, to make amends for my long absence, and so little communication has been had with the south and north of the diocess, that the materials wherewithal to comply with the 45th canon of the General

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rate view of the state of the Church," must of necessity be few.

On the 12th of February, 1819, the next day after the solemnities of my consecration, I commenced my journey from Philadelphia for this state. The weather was very inclement. In two days, however, I reached Lancaster, and performed divine service in the morning; and the same day (Sunday, February 14th) did the like duty at Little York, Pennsylvania, and baptized several children. From this

place, across the mountains, at the most stormy season of the year, I reached Pittsburgh in one week. So bad, however, were the roads, that I was obliged, having injured one horse, to leave him and purchase another.

At Pittsburgh I was received with much kindness; and officiated in the church at that place, on Sunday the 21st February; there also I baptized several children.

Proceeding on my journey, and in crossing the Ohio river, I cannot express to you the feelings that agitated my frame, as I stepped on the ground which was to be the theatre of my future labours in the Lord. What gratitude to him who ordereth all things for good, did I experience for his past mercies, in enabling me to overcome so many difficulties! What fear lest the grace bestowed on me be abused! What devout supplication, that God would still support and make me sufficient for all my duties.

The first time that I officiated within the limits of my diocess was at Zanesville, Sunday, the 28th February, 1819. As I shall speak of this parish again in the course of this address, I pass on to other things.

On the 3d day of March I arrived at Worthington, the place of my residence. The Rev. Mr. Morse, in Deacon's orders, whom, in the character of a Missionary, I had left in the care of my parishes, and to do other duties in my absence, I found to have conducted so well, that I cannot but bear this testimony in his favour. He had celebrated divine service 52 times; in Worthington 24, in Columbus 9, in Delaware 4, in Berkshire 6, Chillicothe 2, Zanesville 3, Somerset 1, Laneaster 1, Circleville 2; besides attending 4 funerals; and all to the general approbation of those who attended on his ministrations. No one who considers the distance of these places, and the inclemency of the season in which he travelled to them, but must acknowledge his activity, and commend his zeal.

From the time of my arrival at home, till the 30th of April, I was employed in ministering to my own parishes. That of St. John's Church, VOL. III.

Worthington, is in a condition of much promise, having about 76 communicants. The congregation, as you see, perform the services assigned them in the responses, with uniformity and devout decency; and are well informed in that course of evangelical doctrine and primitive discipline, which form the ground work of stable Christianity. To the pious and provident generosity of the first proprietors of the town of Worthington, St. John's Church is indebted for a glebe of about 100 acres, (70 of the first rate bottom land, and 30 wood land,) which, at no distant day, will be of essential service in support of the ministry. This land they hold, together with an eligible site in the village, on which to erect a church, by virtue of an act of incorporation, obtained of the Legislature at an early period, for that purpose.

Before loosing our thoughts from the consideration of Worthington, we can, without much digression, contemplate another object highly interesting to every true friend of religion and learning; and that is, the establishment of a College in this place, for the education of young men, in natural, moral, and religious science. To men who look upon learning to be the best handmaid to true piety, the news of the attainment of this great blessing will occasion a sensation of grateful praise to a merciful Providence. A trusty person, commissioned to solicit donations in favour of this College, has lately proceeded to visit our pious and more wealthy brethren in the eastern statse. That he may succeed in his errand, to a degree worthy of so important an object, I do hope will be our ardent prayer.

The parish of Trinity Church, Columbus, having been formed but lately, and receiving but a small portion of ministerial labours, is as yet but small. From the respectability and zeal of its members and friends, joined to the consideration that they have received from the liberality of a worthy gentleman* the gratuitous conveyance of a lot of land on which to erect a church, it may be fondly hoped that

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the day of prosperity is not far distant. Number of communicants living in Columbus is 8, died 2. Similar observations may be applied to St. Peter's Church, Delaware, and Grace Church, Berkshire: They are young, and not very numerous, but give good promise of future success in zeal and piety. Number of communicants in Berkshire 10. In neither of the fore mentioned parishes under my care, have I yet administered the rite of confirmation. If the Lord will this, however, will soon be done.

It now becomes me to speak of those parishes and parts of the diocess which I have visited in my episcopal character. And to do this, I know of no bet ter method than to lay before the Convention an extract from the Journal which I kept during my journey.

May 1st, 1819, I arrived at Zanesville. The next day being Sunday, I preached and performed divine service. The congregation, particularly in the afternoon, was numerous and attentive. I announced my intention of holding a confirmation on the 23d inst. on my return.

wood. Here, with a small table taken from the cabin, and covered with a coarse white cloth, on which to lay the holy books, the trees and the sky for our canopy, and an assembly of people from the neighbouring woods for our audience, the Doctor and myself performed the solemn services of the church, and baptized a number of children.

As soon as the services were over, the congregation crowded to the cabin, whither we had repaired. Here a most interesting scene took place. A number of young men and women, being deeply affected at beholding the services, particularly that of the holy sacrament of baptism, applied for spiritual instruction. It was given them, and several were baptized. Witnessing the good effects of our endeavours thus far, we were encouraged to appoint another service the same evening. The house was again crowded, and a number of adults and infants were baptized. Dr. D. delivered à lecture in a very impressive manner, on the subject of the Christian Church and Christian ordinances. During the interval of our services this day, we learned that a number of families, on Little Beaver creek, belonging to this recently organized parish, were desirous of public ministrations. Accordingly the next day, (May 6) guided by a Mr. Bryan across the high hills, we went thither.

The Tuesday following (May 4) I met, according to previous arrange ment, the Rev. Dr. Doddridge, at Cambridge, 25 miles east of Zanes ville. After performing the service together, in the court-house, (congregation small,) we proceeded up Will's creek to Seneca village, about 20 miles. At the desire of the family, I The congregation were assembled read prayers at the bedside of a sick-Dr. D. read prayers, and the serwoman, exhorting her to repent and trust in God. She appeared penitent, and thanked me. I gave her the blessing.

May 5. We proceeded on our jour ney to fulfil an appointment made for me by Dr. Doddridge, to hold service at Mr. Dement's, about 10 or 11 miles from the village.

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The roads being bad, and the country new, we were somewhat delayed -the congregation had been assembled some time, and anxiously waiting our arrival. At sight of us they were greatly rejoiced; and being too numerous to be all accommodated with seats in the log cabins, they removed to a convenient place in the adjoining

mon was preached by myself. One adult and several children were baptized. The whole number baptized in this parish of Seneca was 24. Most of the heads of the parish being present here, at Mr. Wendell's, on Little Beaver, they proceeded to elect a delegate to the Convention, and to take measures for the building of a church; which, though it will not be expensive, will be of great importance to the growing interests of our Zion in this quarter. Dr. D. manifested his zeal and ability in the cause of the church, by an appropriate address. Service having been appointed at Barnesville, about 10 or 12 miles further on our journey, we hastened (in

company with Mr. Leek, for our guide) to fulfil our appointment. But it beginning to rain, we were somewhat delayed on the way, and did not arrive at Barnesville until the congregation had dispersed. At evening, how ever, the people assembled; the ser

nothing does it take more deep effect than in the solemnities of the Eucharist.

At St, Clairsville Dr. D. left me, to visit his family; and on Monday, (May 10) at his particular request, I passed over the Ohio river to Wheeling, on the Virginia

vice of our church was performed, and administrationde. I attempted the

a sermon preached, in the Methodist meeting-house.

The next day, (May 7) at Morristown, the people had assembled in great numbers in a convenient schoolhouse. Here divine service was performed, and a sermon preached. Three persons desiring the rite of confirmation and the sacrament of the Lord's supper, both these ordinances were administered to them. The audience, never having witnessed the like before, seemed deeply affected. The impression was evidently in favour of better things to come. On our way to St. Clairsville, the same day, the sacrament of baptism was administered to five or six children.

May 8. Saturday, at 11 o'clock divine service was celebrated in the court-house, St. Clairsville, and an impressive discourse was delivered by Dr. Doddridge. In the evening the same duty was repeated, and the sermon was preached by myself. The congregations were considerably numerous and very attentive.

Sunday, May 9. The day being uncommonly fine, the people began to assemble at an early hour; and the house, ere the service began, was much crowded. In the morning divine service was performed, and the rite of confirmation was administered to 13 persons, and the sacrament of the Lord's supper to 11. At the evening service, the sacrament of baptism was administered. This congregation is one among those in which the Rev. Dr. Doddridge regularly officiates; yet some peculiar circumstances had hitherto prevented him from attempting the administration of the Lord's supper among them. Happily those impediments are now set aside; the people are becoming seriously impressed with a sense of their religious duty,

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of no office' here, being without the Diocess of Ohio. I however performed morning prayer in public, and preached a sermon to the people; after which they saw fit to organize a parish, by choosing! their wardens and vestrymen. Also, while on the Virginia side, I performed the visitation office to a sick man, a Mr. Wilson; and the next day (May 12) preached and performed divine service at West Liberty. Staid the same evening at Mrs. Hammond's, and was treated with great kindness.

May 13. I again joined my worthy friend and brother Dr. D. at his house in Charleston, (alias Wellsburgh) and was welcomed by himself and excellent family, with urbanity and unfeigned good will.

Twice the same day we held divine service. In the evening the congre gation was large, and very attentive. The peculiar excellencies of our liturgy become more and more visible, in proportion as people, old and young, join in it; and where they do so join, increase both of numbers and piety never fails to be the happy effect.No church which neglects the liturgy, will eventually prosper. God honours those who will honour him; and withdraws his blessings from those who refuse to worship him.

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May 14. Attended by the Dr. and® some of his family, I went to St. John's parish, a small church, about 10 miles northeast of Charleston. Here the morning service was performed and a sermon preached; after which I visited a sick woman, and the same night, passed over to Steubenville, on the Ohio side of the river.

May 15. Morning and evening service were celebrated this day in Steubenville, the former in the Methodist meeting-house, and the latter in the court-house. The congregations in

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