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OHIO. The Journal of 31st Annual Convention of this Diocese, gives the following particulars. Parishes, 77. Clergy, 70. Baptisms, adults 62; infants 448; total, 510. Confirmations, 207. Communicants, added, 425; lost, 310; present number, 3859. Marriages, 200. Burials, 233. Sunday School Teachers, 477. Scholars, 1919. Contributions, $9,636.37. The Convention adopted the following Resolutions :
Whereas, The property of the Theological Seminary, and Kenyon College, remains burdened with a debt, the interest of which, by diminishing the annual income, seriously interferes with the regular payment of the present limited salaries of College officers, and prevents such repairs as are indispensable to the due preservation of the College edifice and other buildings: and whereas, an assessment during the past year of five hundred dollars for taxes on the said property, has greatly increased these embarrassments: and whereas, the Board of Trustees of the said Institution, in their efforts to meet this exigency, have asked the advice of this Convention respecting the propriety of changing a portion of the investment of said Corporation, from real to other estate: therefore,
1st. Resolved, That it is essential to the present efficiency and ultimate welfare of the Institution, that its debts be liquidated as soon as practicable.
2d. Resolved, That it is inexpedient to attempt to obtain donations in the Diocese, or in the Church at large, for the payment of said debts; and that there appears to be no way of relieving the Institution but by selling the whole or a part of its real estate.
3d. Resolved, That it is desirable to retain so large a portion of the land, as will enable the Institution to test by further experience that part of the plan of its venerable founder, which contemplated a domain of sufficient extent to keep off from its immediate vicinity establishments for the sale of spirituous liquors, and all other like moral nuisances.
4th. Resolved, That the sale of about a fourth part of the land of the Corporation, consisting of one thousand acres, more or less, and lying on the southwest side of Vernon river, would, without materially interfering with the above plan of its founder, relieve the Institution from its present embarrassments: therefore,
5th. Resolved, That the Board of Trustees be and they are hereby advised to sell the above described tract of land, and apply the proceeds of the sales thereof, as fast as they are received, to the payment of the debts of the Institution: Provided, that before any sales shall take place, the said Board shall be satisfied, by the opinion of such counsel learned in the law, as they may think proper to consult, that they have a full and clear legal authority to make such sale.
WESTERN NEW YORK. The Journal of the 11th Annual Convention of this Diocese, gives the following statistics. Parishes, 126. Clergy, 111. The Journal omits the synopsis of its contents, which every Journal ought to contain, so that no certain knowledge of the growth of the Church in this Diocese, can be obtained, without collecting the particulars scattered through forty-six closely printed octavo pages. We learn, however, from the contents of the same, that the Church is prosperous and onward.
VIRGINIA. The Journal of the Convention of this Diocese, represents the Diocese as in a flourishing condition. The Parishes and Churches, 128. Clergy, 114. Communicants, about 4,500. The reports on other points are too defective to give a fair representation of other parochial matters.
NEW YORK. The Journal of the 64th Annual Convention of this Diocese, makes the number of Clergy belonging to it, 248. Being without an acting Bishop, the Journal contains no Parochial Reports, and consequently we are without any particulars of its growth. The Appendix gives the Parishes, 193. Ordinations,
Deacons, 10; Priests, 9. Churches consecrated, 10. Corner Stones laid, 3. Confirmations in fifty-five Churches, 990.
MISSISSIPPI. The Journal of the 22d Annual Convention of this Diocese, lacks the ordinary tables, so that we are without definite information in regard to many points of interest. We gather from it, however, that there were thirteen Clergymen entitled to seats in the Convention, and thirteen Parishes in union with the same. Seven new Parishes were admitted during the session. The Parochial Reports are too defective to afford any sure criterion of the progress of the Church, though we learn from other sources that it is good. The donors of St. Thomas' Hall, Laurel Hill, have presented that institution to the Church in that Diocese, for a Diocesan School, and it has been accepted by the same.
ROMANISM IN THE UNITED STATES. The "Catholic Almanac" represents no increase of numbers during the past year in the Dioceses of Baltimore, New Orleans, Louisville, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, Mobile, Detroit, Vincennes, Natchez, Pittsburg, Little Rock, Milwaukie, Albany, Galveston, and Buffalo. Other Dioceses as follows:
CHINA. Bishop Boone makes the following report of the state of things in China. The pamphlet alluded to, is the one noticed in our last.
To the Board of Missions of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. Dear Brethren :-The even, quiet character of our labors for the past year, furnishes but few items for a report.
The services in our chapel have been regularly sustained by the Rev. Mr. Syle, my own health not permitting me to officiate. We feel very much the need of a Church in a more central situation, and hope the subscriptions sent from home will soon enable us to commence the erection of one.
The school has steadily progressed. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a male superintendent. It is of much importance to his own comfort and efficiency, that he should join the school before the ladies and boys get more start of him in the language.
On the 6th of April, I attended a meeting of the foreign community of Shanghai, to take measures to organize a congregation and to build a Church. This enterprise is prospering; the Church is nearly completed. A clergyman has been written for, and is expected to arrive from England in the course of the year.
On the 6th of June, I laid the corner stone of Trinity Church, Shanghai, the one above mentioned. This is the first Episcopal Protestant Church built within the dominions of the Emperor of China. Since the laying of this corner stone, we have been rejoiced to hear that a Church is also in the course of erection at Canton. The delegates appointed to revise the translation of the New Testament into Chinese, assembled at this place on the 28th of June. Being a member of this Committee, I have given as much time and labor, to this most important work, as the state of my health would permit. There exists, unhappily, a difference of opinion with respect to the proper word by which to render Elohim and cos into Chinese. This subject occupied the attention of the Committee of Delegates for five months. After the most patient investigation, being unable to agree on a term, the delegates have been obliged to appeal to their Missionary brethren in China, and to the great societies in England and America.
On the 28th of August, we had the pleasure to welcome the Rev. P. D. Spalding on his arrival. He enjoys excellent health, and promises to be a most efficient coadjutor in our work. Though most grateful for this assistance, we were constrained on his arrival to exclaim-" Where are the nine?"
During the past year I have administered the Sacrament of Baptism twice. On the 30th of May, A. Calder, Esq., an English merchant, was, according to the solemn services of the Church, dedicated to the service of the Triune God. was, on the fifth of July, confirmed, and admitted to the Holy Communion. The other case of baptism was one of peculiar interest to all the members of the Mission. It was of Kway Chung, a little boy belonging to our school, who was one of the very first taken under our care. Ill health had for some time laid him aside from his studies, and he began himself to realize the approach of the last enemy, when he requested to be baptized.
Cha, whose baptism was mentioned in my last report, has given satisfaction by his uniform Christian deportment, and by diligence in his studies. He perseveres in his desire to become a Minister of the Gospel. I have recently appointed him a lay catechist, with an allowance of $5 per month. It is only by much painstaking, humble labor among those who are the poor of this world, as well as the spiritually poor, that we can hope, in this portion of the Lord's vineyard, to gather into the Church, God's elect, who are scattered in these ends of the earth.
We entreat the continual remembrance of our work in the prayers of the members of the Church at home, and that our hands may be strengthened by the annual arrival of new members to increase our Mission. I am, dear Brethren, Affectionately and sincerely yours in the Lord,
WILLIAM J. BOONE,
Miss. Bp. of the Prot. Ep'l Church of the U. S. to China.
The following Missionary statistics will be interesting in this connexion. The Romish Missions are not included.
Names of the Missionary Societies, and the Period when they first sent laborers to the Chinese.
1. The London Missionary Society, 1807.
2. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1829.
3. The Rhenish Missionary Society, (Barmen, Prussia,) 1832.
4. The American Baptist Missionary Union, 1834.
5. The Church Missionary Society, for Africa and the East, (England,) 1836.
6. The Morrison Education Society, (China,) 1836.
7. The Board of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U. S. A., 1837.
8. The Board of For. Mis. of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A., 1837.
9. The English General Baptist Missionary Society, 1845.
10. The Evangelical Missionary Society of Basle, (Switzerland,) 1846.
11. The Board of For. Mis. of the Southern Baptist Convention, U. S. A., 1846. 12. The Mis. Soc. of the Sabbatarian (Baptist) Church, U. S. A., 1847.
13. The Mis. Soc. of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the U. S. A., 1847. 14. The For. Mis. Soc. of the Presbyterian Church in England, 1847.
The Netherlands Missionary Society, in 1827, sent out the Rev. Chas. Gutzlaff; his connexion with it was dissolved in 1835. It has had no other missionary to the Chinese.
"The Medical Missionary Society in China," was established in Feb. 1838. Its sole object has been to afford to medical missionaries, "hospitals, medicines, and attendants, without support or remuneration" for their services.
General Protestant EPISCOPAL SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.-Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of the Board of Managers.—The affairs of the Institution generally have undergone no material change since the last Annual Report, and excepting that the measures of enlarged usefulness which it commenced, by reducing the prices of its Books of Instruction, and by the issue of a Library of unequalled cheapness-which have been set before the Church in various ways-have not as yet met with that full response which it was hoped would be given, the prospects and promise of the Institution are as great as at any former period.
The following books have been published since the last Meeting of the Board:
Ravenscroft Seminary, Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, under the control of the Bishop and Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee. The Collegiate Department of this Institution will be opened in Columbia, on Monday, the 4th day of September.
Instead of the customary college arrangements for boarding-(one large building for dormitories, a steward, and table in common,)—our students will be received into the family of the President or of a Professor, that they may have the constant care and tenderness of parental oversight; no head of a household being allowed to take a greater number than will consist with the order and quietness of a strictly home circle. Particular attention will be paid to every thing affecting their health and proper physical development; such as diet, exercise, bathing, and prudent changes of clothing. Personal habits in the chamber, at table, and in the parlor, will be formed under a circumspection and refinement which, we trust, will satisfy the fondest parental solicitude.
A much more solemn responsibility is assumed in their RELIGIOUS TRAINING. AS, in our sober judgment, "a Christian is the highest style of man," so we must feel, in the case of every student, that we are successful in his proper education, only in the degree in which he understands, loves, and obeys the Faith of the Gospel in the Church of Christ. The Bible and Prayer-Book will be our guides in this, the most important part of our duty, and will be in daily use.
The course of Academical Instruction will comprise all the branches of Classical, Philosophical, and Business Education; so as to prepare the student, by both his training and his acquired knowledge, for the retired pursuits of the Scholar or Man of Science, the active duties of the Learned Professions, or the successful dispatch of business in the diversified occupations of Commercial Life.
The Plan of Study, being the distinguishing feature of our tuitionary system, and that on whose results we shall mainly rely for the literary character of the Seminary, we give it a separate and conspicuous place in this Circular, and invite especial attention to it.
The Discipline of the Seminary will be maintained with such strictness as will render severity unnecessary. Loving back to his duty him that has been overtaken in a fault, and patient even with the refractory, a due regard to the safety of the rest will oblige us to dismiss the vicious and incorrigible. A monthly report of particulars in their studies and behavior will be given in the GUARDIAN," to which the particular attention of parents is requested.
VACATIONS. The academical year will be divided into two sessions of five months each. The first will begin on the first Monday in September; the second on the first Monday of March. The month of August will be the Summer vacation, and the month of February, the Winter vacation.
EXPENSES. For the academical year the charge is fixed at $250, payable in advance; viz., $125 at the beginning of each session. In this charge are included board, lodging, washing, fuel, and lights, and tuition IN ALL THE BRANCHES OF EDUCATION TAUGHT IN THE SEMINARY, embracing those for which students are usually subjected to extra charges, such as the Modern Languages, Music, Drawing, &c.
Episcopal Female Institute, Philadelphia.-The Trustees have appointed the following teachers. Others will be appointed when needed.
Rev. J. A. VAUGHAN, D. D., Rector; Prof. FELIX DROUIN, French; Miss E. M. CRAFTS, First Department; Miss E. BUTLER, Junior Department; Miss M. E. AERTSEN, to assist at Recitations; Mrs. HILL, Drawing.