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his life. Both Johnson himself and sibly have become its Saint Paul; and his most partial biographer intimate would doubtless in future have emthat his character was not perfectly bodied his moral injunctions, not in free even from gross sins; but omit- the cold form of ethical philosophy, or ting these unpleasant recollections, even in the generalities of the Chriswe are at least certain that his ge- tian religion, but in an ardent love to neral habits and companions during a God and faith in our Lord Jesus considerable
of his life were not Christ; in a union to the Redeemer, such as a strictly consistent Christian and a dependance upon that holy would have chosen, because they Spirit who is the Enlightener and were not such as could in any way Sanctifier. That such a supposition conduce to his spiritual comfort or is not visionary may be proved even improvement. Dr. J. was indeed from the meagre accounts afforded by called, in the usual course of Provi a spectator who would of course be dence, to live in the world, but it inclined rather to soften down than was his duty so to have lived in it as to give prominence to any thing not of it; and with the high sense which might be construed into fa. which he uniformly entertained of re naticism.' We learn then from this ligion, and the vast infligence which witness that in point of fact there was he had justly acquired in society, his already a marked alteration in Dr. conduct and example would have Johnson's language upon religion, as been of the greatest service in per- instead of spending his time suading men to a holy as well as a vir ren generalities, he talked often tuous life, to a cordial and complete about the necessity of faith in Jesus.' self-dedication to God, as well as to It will of course be readily allowed, a general decorum and purity of con- that the constitutional melancholy of duct.
this great man might have had much It is certain that in reflecting upon influence in causing this religious dehis past life he did not view it as hav- pression ; but whatever may have ing been traly and decidedly Chris- been the proximate cause, the afflictian. He even prays in his dyingtion itself may still be viewed as perhours that God would pardon his forming the office of parental correclate conversion;' thus evidencing not tion to reclaim his relapses, and teach simply the usual humility and contri. him the hatefulness and folly of sin. tion of every genuine Christian, but, But without speculating upon either in addition to this, a secret conscious- the final or the efficient cause, the ness that his heart bad never before medium through which that cause been entirely right with God.' operated was evidently an indistinct
Had Johnson survived this period ness in his views respecting the nia. of his decisive conversion' we might ture of the Redeemer's atonement; have expected to have seen through- an indistinctness common to Dr. out his conduct that he had indeed Johnson with no small class of mora. become a new creature in Christ lists and learned men. He believed Jesus. His respect for religion, and generally in the sacrifice of Christ, his general excellence of character, but he knew little of its fulness and could not perhaps have admitted of its freeness, and he was unable to apmuch visible change for the better ; propriate it to his own case.
was but in heavenly-mindedness, in love perhaps little in the habit of contemand zeal for the souls of men, in dead- plating the Son of God as a great ness to the world and to fame, in the High-Priest; who can be touched choice of books and companions, and with the feeling of our infirmities? in the exhibition of all those spiritual and who is graciously interceding on graces which belong peculiarly to the our behalf. The character of the Christain nature, we night and must Almighty as a reconciled Father and have beheld a marked improvement. Friend, with whom he was to have Instead of being merely the Seneca daily communion and fellowships, of the English natiov, he might pos- was less prominent in his thoughts
than those attributes which render ledge of his own mysterious nature, him 'a consuming fire.' He feared If honour and riches are alluring in and respected religion rather than your eyes, be it remembered, that is loved it, and by building his structure the world above, God will make his for many years on a self-righteous faithful servants rulers over many foundation, rendered the whole fabric things. If a secure continuance of liable to be overthrown by the first at all these blessings be our desire, we tack of an accusing conscience. are assured that no part of our happi
ness shall be ever taken away. Con
sider further, O pious Christian, that MEDITATION ON HEAVEN.
thy father and mother, thy children, (From the Pious Country Parishioner.) and friends, who are as dear to thee AFTER good men shall, at the end as thine own soul, may enjoy the same of the world, have been tried before happiness, provided they live soberly, the Judge of Mankind, our Lord and rigliteously, and godly in this present Saviour Jesus Christ, and been found world. And this will double thy joy, worthy by him to be made eternally because you would be as glad for their happy: all such shall then accordingly sakes, as for your own. Think, then, be invited to take possession of the what rejoicings will be in heaven, Kingdoin of Ileaven, in those most where angels and saints, and all our gracious words, Come, ye blessed of dear friends that have departed hence my Father, inherit the Kingdom pre in the Lord, will partake of this happared for you from the foundation piness, and all most fervently love of the world. Matt. xxv. 34. The one another. pious soul will be ever expressing its I cannot, either in words or thoughts, ardent breathings after heaven, in describe the felicity and excellence of the language of the devout psalmist, that state, which is prepared for the Lord, I have loved the habitation of faithful in the other world. Gra
thy house, and the place where thine cious God, deny me what thou wilt "honour dwelleth ! O joyful seat, О of this earth, give me but an inherit. delightful palace, of the most liigh ance in heaven. O my soul, is such God! O happy privilege of a blessed a glorious kingdom set before thee, immortality! When shall I inherit and wilt thou not press forward toeverlasting life that life, which feels wards so glorious à prize? Is this no sorrow, which languishes under heaven prepared for all the faithful no pain, is ruffled with no passion, servants of Christ, and dost thou stuand lies at the mercy of no accidents. pidly neglect it? Does not so rich an In heaven will be no furious ene- inheritance stir thee up to make thy mies to assault us, no temptations to calling sure ? How unworthy art thou seduce us; but we shall be out of the of eternal life, who wilt not strive to reach of all evils, for ever and ever. obtain it ? O my soul, set before thy There we shall see God face to face, eyes those bright patterns of heavenand join in concert with the blessed ly-mindedness which the primitive angels, singing the songs of Siox saints have set you. These good without ceasing. There alone it is, men despised the pleasures of sense, that we find what will answer our ut- and kept their hearts intent upon etermost wishes. If we are pleased with nal joys. These were their hope, beauty, there the righteous shine forth their delight, and only longings of as the sun. If length of days be our their souls. heart's desire, there is an immortal
TIIE PRAYER. duration ; for the just shall live for
If musical entertainments de 0 Almighty and most merciful light us, there the angels never cease Lord God, who didst send thy dear their melodious praises. If wisdom Son our Saviour Jesus Christ into be an excellence you long for, the the world, to be made man, that by most wise God shail then unlock his shedding of his most precious blood treasures, and let you into the know- upon the cross, he might atone for
the sins of mankind, and purchase the Rev. Evan Malbone Johnson, elected eternal salvation in heaven for us, Rector of that Church, and the Rev. Wil. grant that I may never forfeit that liam Creighton, elected Rector of St. inestimable blessing, by leading a vi- Mark's Church, New-York, to the Holy cious and ungodly life; but may daily Order of Priests. In April I visited the endeavour, by the assistance of thy Church at Eastchester, and admitted to holy spirit, to live soberly, righte- the same order, the Rev. Ravaud Kearney, ously, and godly in this present who had lately commenced his labours in world, and thus to secure thy favour that congregation ; the Rev. Petrus S. to me, so long as thou shalt continue
Ten Broeck,elected Rector of the churches me in this mortal state; that so when thou shalt please, in thy wise and
at Fishkill, Phillipstown, and Peekskill; good providence, to put an end to my in Westchester county.
and the Rev. George Weller, Missionary being here, I may be prepared for that happy, glorious, and immortal
I recently repeated my visit to the conone, which is above, with thee in gregation at Eastchester, and received, heaven; where I may, with thy holy in common with the Clergyman who acangels and saints, sing thy praises to companied me, unusual gratification in all eternity. Grant this, o heavenly the view of above 70 persons, prigcipally Father, I most humbly beseech thee, young, corning forward to Confirmation, for thine own infinite compassion's with more than ordinary evidences of the sake, and the infinite merits of my devout sensibility excited by this offering dear Saviour, to whom with thee and of themselves to God. Each one of these the Holy Ghost, be all honour and had been visited and instructed in referglory, for ever and ever. Amen. ence to this holy solemnity, by their Pas.
tor, who, within a short time previous, DIOCESS OF NEW-YORK.
had administered baptism to 36 adult perADDRESS of the Right Rev. Bishop Ho sons. His assiduous labours have col
BART, to the Convention of the Protestant lected, through the Divine blessing, a nu• Episcopal Church in the State of New merous congregation, and inspired among York, October 22, 1817.
them a zeal which has led them, at very My Brethren of the Clergy and Laity, considerable expense, to repair and beau
The congregations of this Diocess hav. tify their Church ; in defraying which, ing been frequently and generally visited, individuals,' who earn their support by there has not been a necessity, in this re
their daily labour, have contributed sespect, for as extensive'a course of duty as
veral hundred dollars. The increase of the usual, through the past year.
numbers and the piety of this congregamonth of November last I visited and held tion, has been effected by assiduity in paConfirmations in the churches at Hudson rochial labours, and by the frequent per: and Cattskill. In the month of December formance of the service of the Churche I paid a visit to the distant congregation without a departure from her prescripof Canandaigua, and consecrated a re tions, or the introduction of modes of markably beautiful and commodious build- exciting the feelings which her sober in. ing to the service of Almighty God ac stitutions do not warrant. cording to the rites of our Church, and The example of this congregation, and administered the ordinance of Confirma. of the congregations at Hampton and tion. This congregation is much indebt- Granville, under the care of one of the ed for its flourishing condition, to the la. Missionaries in Washington county, in bours of the Missionary who principally addition to that in the city of Troy, to officiates there, the Rev. Henry U. Onder- which, in a former address, I called your donk. In March last I visited the Church attention, and to others whịch might be at Newtown, which, by the laudable exer
mentioned, proves that the advancement tions of the Clergyman and congregation, of piety in our Church does not demand a had been recently repaired, and rendered
recourse to any means than those which very next and commodious; and admitted she has prescribed, and which the wisdom
of ages has sanctioned. Let the minister, pute to her the strange policy of introducas frequently as circumstances will admit, ing into her own bosom, the principles of assemble his congregation for divine wor disorder and schism, and, perhaps, of heship; let him be faithful in proclaiming resy and enthusiasm, to the people committed to his charge the My brethren of the Clergy-suffer me whole counsel of God, and the distinguish seriously and affectionately, with a view ing truths of the dispensation of mercy and to guard, not against present, but possible grace through a Redeemer; let him dili- evils, to fortify these sentiments by an augently attend to parochial visitation and ca. thority to which an appeal ought never to techetical instruction; let him publicly and be made in vain. It is the authority of privately call his people not only to a de one whose piely, was as humble and fervout attendance on those public ordinan- vent as his judgment was penetrating and ces, by which, in the exercise of peni- discriminating, and his learning extensive tence and faith, their union with their Re. and profound. It is the authority of one, deemer is maintained, but to private and too, who lived in those times when the priconstant intercourse with Heaven, in pi vate associations commenced, the effects ous reading, meditation, and prayer; let of which he deprecated, but which were him thus be instant “in season, out of finally awfully realized in the utter subseason," and his labours will be blessed, version of the goodly fabric of the Church generally in the increase of the numbers whose ministry he adorned, and in the triof his congregation, but always in their umph, on her ruins, of the innumerable establishment in substantial piety agreea. forms of heresy and schism. The judibly to the principles of the Church. This cious Hooker thus speaks, in that work should be the great object, and this is the on Ecclesiastical Polity, in which he debest reward of the services of her ministers. livers so many lessons of profound wis
No opinion is more unfounded than that dom : “To him who considers the griev. there is a deficiency as to the means of ous and scandalous inconveniences where. pious instruction and devotion in the unto they make themselves daily subject, forms of our Church. She has provided with whom any blind and secret corner is Daily Morning and Evening Prayer; and judged a fit house of common prayer; the hence her ministers, when circumstances manifold confusion which they fall into, admit and require, can assemble their where every man's private spirit and gift, flocks for any purposes of Christian edifi as they term it, is the only Bishop that cation, not only daily, but twice in the ordaineth him to this ministry; the irk. day, and lead their devotions to Heaven some deformities whereby, through endin prayers, to the use of which he hath less and senseless effusions of indigested bound himself by the most solemn obliga prayers, they who are subject to no cer. tions, and than which surely no one of her tain order, but pray both what and how ministers will presume to think that he they list, often disgrace, in most insufferacan make better. But to suppose that ble manner, the worthiest part of Chris. our Church, while she thus furnishes pub tian duty towards God; to him, I say, lic edifices for the celebration of the so who weigheth duly all things, the reasons cial devotion of her members, warrants cannot be obscure, why God doth in public their meeting elsewhere, except where prayer so much regard the solemnity of peculiar circumstances, in the want of a places where, the authority and calling of public building, or in the size of a parish, persons by whom, and the precise appointrender it necessary; or to suppose that ment, even with what words and sentences, while she thus fully provides in her insti his name shall be called on, amongst his 'tutions for the Christian edification of her people." members, she thinks it can be necessary, Confirmation has also been administered for this purpose, to have recourse to pri- in the churches at Jamaica, Hempstead, vate meetings, the devotions of wbich and North Hempstead ; and, on Sunday tend to disparage the Liturgy, and even last, I confirmed above 60 persons in the tually to lesson the relish for its fervent Church at Brooklyn; to the charge of but well-ordered services, would be to im. which the Rev. Hugh Smith, Deacon, has
been recently elected; the Rev. John P. K. It is my duty to state that, agreeably Henshaw, the late Rector, having removed to the Canons, I have suspended from the to the Diocess of Maryland; where the ministry the Rev. Timothy Clowes, Rector Rev. Ralph Williston, the Rev. Edmund of St. Peter's Church, Albany; and the D. Barry, and the Rev. George Weller, Rev. Nathan Felsh, residing in Putnam have also removed. The Rev. Adam county. Empie has removed to the state of North. · T'he following are candidates for or. Carolina, and the Rev. Abiel Carter to ders in this Diocess : Williain Richmond, Pennsylvania. The Rev. Henri L. P. F.. Thomas Osborn, George W. Woodruff, Péneveyre has been instituted Rector of Diodatus Babcock, James P. Cotter, Lethe French Church Du St. Esprit, New. veret Bush, Intrepid Morse, George UpYork; and the Rev. William Creighton fold, John Grigg, George B. Andrews, Rector of St. Mark's Church, in the Bow Alexis P. Proal, James Bowden, James P. cry, New-York, vacant by the resignation F. Clarke. Several other young men, to of the Rev. Dr. Harris, who devotes him, the number of eight or ten, are ready to self to the discharge of Iris duties as Pre. be admitted, or preparing for admission. sident of Columbia College. The Rev. New Bible and Common Prayer Book Daniel'M'Donald has removed from his Societies have been established in various services as Missionary at Auburn, and its parts of the state. vicinity, to the charge of the Academy Sunday Schools have been organized in and Church at Fairfield, in the place of this city, in union with our Church, which the Rev. Virgil H. Barber ; and the Rev. promise the most beneficial effects; and David Huntington, from Charlton to Wa. referring to some public documents on this terville, Delaware county. The Rev. subject," I suggest the formation of simiHenry Anthon, Deacon, officiates as Mi- lar schools in every congregation in the nister of St. Paul's Church, Redhook, Diocess. Dutchess county. Christ Church, Ball The Missionaries continue, as usual, ston, Saratoga county, has been removed
their laborious and important duties. No to the village of Ballston-Spa, in the same Diocess in the union affords a more excounty, and the services of the Rev. Jo. tensive field for Missionary labours, or seph Perry are confined to that Church, has contributed so largely to this object. so that St. James's Church, Milton, has And this must be our apology for not become vacant.
uniting at present with other Diocesses in I must record the removal by death of the important work of contributing to the the venerable Dr. Bowden, Professor in support of Missionaries in the westerni Columbia College, whose meritorious states. But it is with pain I state the services to the Church, in the defence of fact, of the necessity of the reduction of her principles, will long be gratefully re the number, or of the salaries of the Mismembered ; and the Rev. Henry Moscrop, sionaries, unless the funds for their supa resident Clergyman in New-York.
port, from the voluntary contributions of In addition to the ordinations already the congregations, be enlarged. The inmentioned, Nathaniel F. Bruce, M. D. crease of our congregations in the new now officiating at Duanesburgh ; Richard settlements, and the prosperity of others, F. Cadle, at Goshen; Asahel Davis, offi will thus be seriously retarded. A geneciating in some vacant congregations in rous individual has made a donation of the western district; Samuel Nichols, $250; and a pious and spirited MissionTutor in the Academy at Fairfield; Wil ary Society, principally of young men, liam H. Northrop, officiating at Auburn; have added to the Missionary Fund the George W. Norton, officiating in the west sum of $800. But our Missionaries are ern part of the state, have been admitted
so numerous that the funds are not adeto the order of Deacons ; and the Rev. quate to their support. I trust, it will be Joshua M. Rogers, Deacon, Missionary at the object of us all, to increase the means Turin, Lewis county, and adjacent to that of providing Missionaries, and thus most of Priests.
• See pages 295-a302.