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freely and in abundance ministered, they remember their past én. joyments, as hungry persons think on their former feasts of plenty. They are, both from reading and experience, too well informed, to enjoy the crude things of modern date, which are offered theny in place of their former delights; and they are too pious not to hope, trust, and believe, that they shall have the good things of the gospel kingdom extended to them. In this situation they sit, like the captive Israelites, by the muddy waters of Euphrates' stream, waiting, with sighs and tears, før redemption to the Church of God for that blessed time when the word and sacraments can, with any thing like constaney, be ministered among them. Besides innu. merable individuals dispersed throughout our State, there are forty: eight places containing our little flocks, mostly in circumstances similar to the above. These I have hitherto visited once a year, I have witnessed their joy at meeting, and their grief at parting: Their passionate inquiries, prompted by their love of Zion, and especially by the danger of the rising generation's being enticed every day from her order and beauty into the paths of sin, schism, and infidelity; their passionate inquiries for some prospects of relief in the enjoyment of faithful missionaries, almost every where repeated, have sunk deep into my heart, and caused my tears to mingle with theirs. While all others,' say they, enjoy these blessings, why are we deprived of them? Has that Church, which we deein emphatically primitive, no zeal to assist their distressed brethren in the wilderness ; while all others, of modern date, coinpass sea and land to make proselytes?'
“Our parishes and places of holding divine service'are mostly distant from each other from fifteen to sixty miles; and the amount of parochial services is hardly so much as of five clergymen ta supply them all. Though these are faithful, I fear, beyond their strength; yet what are they among so many congregations, and at such distances ? To keep from ecclesiastical extinction the little Aocks already förtned, they have, in many instances, encompassed so great a field of duty, that, before they have finished their circuit, their former labours are no more seen; their fences against errot are thrown down, the weeds of sin are grown, and their whole ground is laid waste. Too often have I witnessed this with mine own eyes; too often have I seen the lambs of the fold devoured, because a shepberd was too far distant to hear their cries. What fust be my feelings under such circumstances, the beatings of your own bosoms, as you read this, can best express.
“ In doing the duty above alluded to, I have found the labours of a missionary inseparable from those of the episcopate ; and, to a person of my age, this assemblage of fatigue is more than can be borne. Incessant speaking in private, as well as in public, in teaching the rudiments of Christianity to the young, in explaining and defending the first principles of our religion to the ignorant op: poser, have already much impaired my voice and my general health ; 'and-should this state of things continue,'to all human view, my strength will soon be brought down in my journey, and my days will be shortened.
“ So circumstanced, where can I, under divine Providence, look for aid in the arduous work assigned me, but to you, my brethren in the Lord ? Think not, I intreat you, that I do this without due consideration. By what is in prini I am apprized of your wants among your own focks. I see the need you have to apply your own resources at home. But wants, as well as riches, are relative. They are small or great only by comparison. A family may be in want, and charity should begin at home: but, if a neighbour be dying for want of relief, who can refuse that relief and be innocent)
“ This, in the eyes of all reflecting persons, is our case. Our parishes and people are too dismembered and too poor to maintain qualified ministers of the word and sacraments. They have made their efforts according to their utmost ability, and they find all is insufficient. Should they be suffered to fail in this diocese, what will remain of the Church in the west? They will soon disperse. No funds, no clergy, and soon no people. Thus, even should prosperous days return, there will be no foundation on which to build a future superstructure.
“ Seeing so little hopes of fostering our little flocks which we had formed in the wilderness, even the clergy we had, some of them, began to think of removing to more flourishing regions, and leaving the rest to mourn out their days in useless efforts and hopeless solitude. But the Lord hitherto luath helped. Their faith in the expected relief, which this instrument implores, has as yet borne up their spirits. • We will make this last effort, say we, and God of his mercy will smile upon us. This shall occupy our nightly dreani and daily prayer. The fathers of our comnion church, the chief labourers in Christ's vineyard, will not suffer this rose in the west, which God's own right hand hath planted, to be blasted in its bud, its beauty to fade thus untimely, and its fragrance to cease from us for ever. They will, under God, send forth labourers, faithful ministers; they will incite their people to give liberally of their abundance ; and we yet shall see the prosperity of our belov. ed Zion,
“ Right reverend brethren, I have now, surrounded by my manifold cares, finished my address to you on this, of all others dwelt upon through my whole life, the most important and momentous subject; and thus, according to my weak ability, have done my duty. With prayers the most sincere I commit the event of it to the wisdom, the goodness, and mercy of Him, who, to found and erect a kingdom here on earth, shed his precious blood for us. Whatever this event may be, whether prosperous or adverse, I humbly implore his divine grace to make me submissive to his holy will and pleasure.” Gospel Advocate, Dec, 1821, p. 378.
If the foregoing extracts be read with half the feelings wbich they bave excited in our minds, our readers (we are persuaded) will consider the address whence they are taken, as one of the most powerful and eloquent appeals, ever made
to the piety and sympathizing charity of the other members of the body of Christ. It is evidently written warm from the beart, with sentences artless and unstudied in their cadence; tbe venerable author, being full of bis subject, thinks of nó arts of persuasion, and relies solely on the goodness of the cause for which he is pleading, and the sanctity of his own motives.
We regret that our limits compel us to break off from a subject in which all our readers, we are confident, must feel a more than ordinary interest ; but we shall take an opportunity of resuming the article in our next.
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