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Journal of the Proceedings of the Seventy-fifth Annual Council of the
Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Held in the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg,
on the 11th and 12th of May, 1864.
With Lists of the Clergy and Parishes, The Parochial Reports, the Constitution, Canons,
and Rules of Order, and the Standing Resolutions; Also,
the Form for the Incorporation of Churches, etc.:

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JOURNAL
OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE
SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL COUNCIL
OF THE
Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina, HELD IN THE CHURCH OF THE ADVENT, SPARTANBURG,
ON THE 11TH AND 12TH OF MAY,
1864. WITH
LISTS OF THE CLERGY AND PARISHES, THE PAROCHIAL REPORTS, THE CONSTITUTION,
CANONS, AND RULES OF ORDER, AND THE STANDING RESOLUTIONS; ALSO,
THE FORM FOR THE INCORPORATION OF CHURCHES, ETC.

COLUMBIA:
STEAM-POWER PRESSES OF EVANS & COGSWELL.
1864.


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LIST OF THE CLERGY
IN THE DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, MAY 11, A. D. 1864.


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LIST OF PARISHES AND CHURCHES
IN THE DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, WITH THE
DATES OF THEIR FOUNDATION ANNEXED.

        
1 St. Philip's (original church built 1681) Parish, 1704
2 St. James' Parish, 1706 April 9
3 St. Andrew's Parish, 1706 Nov 30
4 St. Bartholomew's Parish, 1706
5 Christ Church, Parish, 1706
6 St. James' Parish, Goose Creek, 1706
7 St. John's Parish, Berkley, 1706
8 St. Thomas & St. Dennis' Parish, 1706
9 St. Paul's Parish, Stono, 1706
10 St. Helena's Parish, Beaufort, 1712
11 Prince George's Parish, Winyaw, 1712
12 St. John's Parish, John's island, 1734
13 Prince Frederick's Parish, 1734, Chapel PeeDee 1738
14 Prince William's Parish, 1745
15 St. Michael's Parish, 1751, church built, 1761
16 St. Mark's Parish, Clarendon, 1757
17 All-Saints' Parish, Waccamaw, 1767
18 St. Luke's Parish, 1767
19 St. Matthew's Parish, 1768
20 St. David's Parish, 1768, Ch., Cheraw, 1820
21 Church on Edisto island, 1774
22 Claremont Church, Stateburg, 1788
23 St. Helena's Church, St. Helena island,
24 Pineville & Upper St. John's, 1807
25 St. Paul's Ch., Radcliffeboro', Charleston, 1810
26 Trinity Church, Columbia, 1812
27 Grace Church, Sullivan's island, 1817
28 St. Paul's Church, Pendleton, about 1821
29 Christ Church, Greenville, 1825
30 Grace Church, Camden, 1830
31 St. James' Church, James island, 1831
32 St. Peter's Church, Charleston, 1832
33 Trinity Church, Society Hill, 1833


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34 Christ Church, Wilton, 1834
35 Holy Trinity Church, Grahamville, 1834
36 Trinity Church, Edgefield, 1835
37 St. John's Church, Fairfield, 1839
38 St. Philip's Church, Bradford Springs, 1841
39 Trinity Church, Abbeville, 1842
40 Church of Messiah, North Santee, 1842
41 Church of St. Thaddæus, Aiken, 1842
42 Emmanuel Church, Chester, 1843
43 Zion Church, Richland, 1844
44 Church of Epiphany, Laurens, 1846
45 Grace Church, Charleston, 1846
46 St. Luke's Church, Newberry, 1846
47 Ascension Church, Gillisonville, 1847
48 Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, 1847
49 Ch. of the Holy Communion, Can'sboro', Charl'n, 1848
50 Church of the Holy Apostles, Barnwell, 1850
51 Calvary Church, Glenn Springs, 1850
52 Grace Church, Anderson C. H., 1851
53 Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg C. H., 1851
54 Christ Church, Charleston, 1855
55 St. Jude's Church, Walterboro', 1856
56 Christ Church, Mar's Bluff, 1856
57 Trinity Church, Black Oak, 1856
58 Church of the Good Shepherd, Yorkville, 1856
59 St. Mark's Church, Chesterville, 1857
60 Church of the Ascension, 1857
61 St. Luke's Church, Charleston, 1858
62 Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, 1858
63 St. John's Church, Richland, 1858
64 Christ Church, Columbia, 1858
65 Church of the Nativity, Unionville, 1859
66 St. Peter's Church, Beaufort district, 1859
67 Church of the Epiphany, Upper St. John's, 1864
68 St. Stephen's Church, Pineville, 1864

CONGREGATIONS
NOT ENTITLED TO A REPRESENTATION IN THE CONVENTION.

        
St. Stephen's Chapel, Charleston, 1822, Mission Congregations.
St. John's Chapel, Hampstead, 1839,
Calvary Church, Charleston, 1849,


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LIST OF LAY DELEGATES
TO THE COUNCIL OF 1864.


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JOURNAL OF THE COUNCIL.

CHURCH OF THE ADVENT,
SPARTANBURG, May 11, A. D. 1864.

        This being the day and place appointed for the meeting of the Seventy-fifth Annual Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, a number of the Clergy and Laity assembled in the above church at 10 o'clock, A. M.

        Morning prayer was said by the Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Jr., through the Psalter, the lessons read by the Rev. Jno. H. Elliott, and the remainder by the Rev. J. J. Roberts. The ante-communion service was by the Rev. T. F. Davis, Jr., the sermon preached by the Rev. J. M. Pringle, from Psalm xlvi, 10, and the rest of the communion service by the Rev. P. Trapier, who was assisted in the distribution of the elements by Rev. Messrs. Pinckney, Roberts, Davis, and McCollough.

        After the Episcopal benediction a short recess was taken, and then the Council was called to order by the Bishop.

        The roll of the Clergy was then called by the Rev. L. C. Lance, Assistant Secretary, from the list furnished by the Bishop, when the following answered to their names, viz:

        The roll of Parishes and Churches was then called, and the following answered, viz:

         St. Philip's Church, Charleston; St. Michael's, Charleston;


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St. Paul's, Radcliffeboro'; Christ Church, Greenville; St. Peter's, Charleston; St. John's, Fairfield; Grace Church, Charleston; the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg; the Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston; Calvary Church, Glenn Springs; Christ Church, Columbia, and the Church of the Nativity, Unionville.

        The list of the Clergy was referred to a committee, consisting of the Rev. Messrs. P. Trapier, Pinckney, and J. H. Cornish; and the certificates of Lay delegates being laid on the Secretary's table, they were also referred to a committee, consisting of Messrs. Sass, F. P. Elford, and E. G. Palmer.

        During the retirement of the committees the President laid before the Council, as information, a communication from the Rev. W. B. W. Howe, Secretary, declining to serve longer in that capacity.

        The Rev. Mr. Trapier presented the report of the Committee on the List of Clergy, as follows:

        The Committee on the List of the Clergy respectfully report:

        1st. That the following clergymen are entitled to all the privileges of members of this Council, viz:

        2d. That the following are entitled to seats and to votes, except on matters affecting the temporal concerns of the churches, viz:


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        3d. That the following are entitled to seats but not votes, viz:

        4th. That the following are entitled to neither seats nor votes, viz:

Respectfully,

PAUL TRAPIER, Chairman.


        The Rev. C. P. Gadsden moved that the name of the Rev. Mr. Campbell be transferred from the third to the second class.

        The motion was lost, and the report accepted.

        Mr. Sass, from the Committee on Certificates of Lay Delegates, reported the following delegates duly appointed, viz:

        This report being also accepted, a quorum of both orders was found present, and the President declared the Council duly organized.

        On calling the names of delegates, those answered whose names are marked with an asterisk(*).

        On motion of the Rev. B. B. Sams, the reading of the Rules of Order was dispensed with.

        Mr. John Hanckel nominated the Rev. J. D. McCollough for Secretary.

        On motion, the ballot was dispensed with, and the Rev. Mr. McCollough elected viva voce.

        The Secretary appointed the Rev. L. C. Lance his assistant.

        On motion, the ballot was dispensed with, and Mr. F. P. Elford re-elected Treasurer viva voce.

        The President appointed, as preacher before the next Annual Council, the Rev. A. F. Olmsted, and as his alternate the Rev. John H. Elliott.

        Also the Committee on Unfinished Business, to consist of the Rev. Mr. Pinckney, and Messrs. T. N. Dawkins and J. D. Aiken.

        And the Committee on Finance, to consist of Messrs. Sass, Brewster, and Cox.

        The Rev. C. P. Gadsden, in behalf of the Standing Committee, reported, verbally, that no meeting of the committee had been held since the last report.

        Mr. Sass moved that the daily sessions of this Council commence at 10 o'clock, A. M.; and that, after to-day, a recess be taken from 2 to 4 o'clock, P. M.

        The motion was agreed to.


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        The Rev. Mr. Pinckney offered the following resolutions:

        Resolved, That this Council thankfully recognize the religious element which has so distinguished our generals and our soldiers in this bloody conflict, and the obligation laid upon us to use more energetic measures to preach the Gospel to our army in the field.

        Resolved, That a committee of four be appointed by the President to suggest some practical mode of carrying into effect this obligation, and to report to-morrow to this Council.

        The President appointed the committee to consist of the Rev. Messrs. Pinckney and C. P. Gadsden, and Messrs. Sass and Palmer.

        On motion, the Council was adjourned with prayer by the President.

JNO. D. McCOLLOUGH, Secretary.

SECOND DAY.

THURSDAY, May 12, A. D. 1864.

        Morning prayer was read by the Rev. J. J. Roberts, and after a short interval the Council was called to order by the President.

        The minutes of yesterday were read and approved.

        The names of members absent yesterday were called, and the following clergymen appeared and took their seats, viz: The Rev. E. E. Bellinger, R. P. Johnson, C. F. Jones, D. D., J. J. Sams, James Stoney, A. R. Walker, and E. T. Walker.

        The Committee on Certificates of Delegates reported the following additional churches represented, and their delegates entitled to seats, viz:

        The report was accepted, and on calling the names of the delegates those marked with asterisks (*) answered.


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        The President retired for a few minutes, Rev. Mr. Campbell in the chair.

        The election of the Standing Committee was ordered, and the following appointed tellers, viz: for the vote of the Clergy, Rev. Messrs. W. H. Hanckel and C. P. Gadsden; and for the vote of the Laity, Messrs. John Hanckel and Sass.

        The Rev. Mr. Pinckney asked leave to present the following report from the Standing Committee. Granted.

        In the absence of the President of the Standing Committee, the Secretary presents the following report:

        The committee organized on the day of its election, by appointing the Rev. C. Hanckel President, and Rev. C. C. Pinckney Secretary. This is the only regular meeting held during the year, the exigencies of war having prevented a quorum assembling at any one period since. Nevertheless the committee have informally done many necessary acts for the benefit of the Diocese.

        They have recommended to the Bishop Rev. L. F. Guerry, Rev. P. F. Stevens, Rev. Albert R. Walker, and Rev. W. W. Patrick (Deacons) to be ordained Priests; and Messrs. Rob't Wilson and W. P. DuBose they have recommended for Deacon's orders. They have also recommended E. Edgerton as a candidate for Orders in this Diocese.

        In the absence of a quorum of the Standing Committee "duly convened," the above testimonials were signed by as many members as could be found, and forwarded to the Bishop for his action.

C. C. PINCKNEY, Secretary.


        The President informed the Council that applications had been received from the Parishes of St. John's and St. Stephen's, hitherto represented as one parish, to be received, each, into union with the Council.

        On motion, the applications were referred to a committee, consisting of Rev. Messrs. P. Trapier and Kidney, and Mr. Sass.

        The election of deputies to the General Council was ordered, and the Rev. Messrs. B. B. Sams and Guerry appointed tellers of the vote of the Clergy, and Messrs. Lesesne and Irwin of the vote of the Laity.

        The tellers of the election for Standing Committee reported the following elected by both orders, viz:

        On motion, the ballot was dispensed with, and the Trustees of the Diocesan Seminary were re-elected viva voce.

        Also, on motion, the ballot was dispensed with, and the Trustees of the University of the South were re-elected viva voce.

        The Bishop's Address was then read by the Rev. T. F. Davis, Jr., as follows:

Brethren of the Council:

        After more than a year of war, a merciful Providence has permitted us once more to assemble together. I now present to you my official acts since our last meeting.

        1863. February 14, Saturday.--In St. Luke's Church, Charleston, I ordained to the Holy Order of Priests Rev. John H. Elliott. Rev. Dr. Marshall, and Rev. Messrs. James Elliott, Howe, Kidney, Porter, and C. P. Gadsden, united in the laying on of hands. The sermon was preached by Rev. C. P. Gadsden, who also presented the candidate.

        Sunday, 15, forenoon.--In Church of the Holy Communion divine service was held. Rev. J. S. Hanckel and the Rector, Rev. A. T. Porter, read the service. Rev. Mr. Bellinger preached, and I confirmed twelve white persons, one of them belonging to St. Luke's Church and one to St. Peter's.

        February 17, Tuesday.--Confirmed in private one colored person.

        February 22, Sunday; St. John's Berkley.--The inclemency of the weather prevented the assembling of the white congregation, but after mid-day a large number of the colored people gathered together in the chapel provided for them. The Rector, Rev. A. F. Olmsted, read the service, I preached, and confirmed thirty-five of them.

        March 15, Sunday.--In Trinity Church, Columbia, Rev. Mr. Shand read the service, I preached, and confirmed twenty-one white persons.

        March 22; Clarendon.--In St. Mark's Church, Rev. Mr. Habersham read the service, I preached, and confirmed two white persons and five colored.

        April 11, Saturday; Black Oak.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Wm. Cain, Rev. Mr. Guerry preached, and I confirmed eight colored persons. Present, Rev. Messrs. Stevens, C. P. Gadsden, and Guerry.

        April 12, first Sunday after Easter, forenoon.--At Trinity Church I preached, and ordained to the Holy Order of Priests Rev. P. F. Stevens and Rev. L. F. Guerry. Rev. Messrs. C. P. Gadsden and R. P. Johnson united in the laying on of hands, Rev. Mr. Gadsden presenting the candidates. At the same


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time I confirmed four white persons. Afternoon.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Edwin DuBose, Rev. Mr. Guerry preached, the Rector of the Parish, Rev. Mr. Stevens, reading the service, and I confirmed eleven colored persons. Rev. R. P. Johnson was also present.

        Wednesday, 15; Upper St. John's.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mrs. Wm. Sinkler, Rev. R. P. Johnson read the service, Rev. Mr. Patrick preached, and I confirmed sixteen colored persons from this and several adjoining plantations.

        April 16, Thursday.--At the plantation of Dr. Peter Palmer, Rev. Mr. Johnson read the service, I preached, and confirmed eight colored persons.

        Friday, 17.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Mazyck Porcher, Rev. Mr. Johnson read the service, Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached, and I confirmed three colored persons. Rev. Mr. Patrick was also present.

        April 19, second Sunday after Easter, forenoon.--In St. Stephen's Church, Rev. Messrs. Johnson and Stevens read service, and I preached, and confirmed seven white persons. Rev. Messrs. Gadsden and Patrick were present. Afternoon.--Rev. Mr. Gadsden held service in this church, while Rev. Messrs. Johnson, Stevens, and myself went to the plantation of Mr. Warren Palmer, where Mr. Johnson read service, Mr. Stevens preached, and I confirmed four colored persons.

        April 24, Friday; St. Thomas and St. Dennis.--In the chapel of the Parish--the Rector and Rev. A. F. Olmsted being present--Rev. Mr. Olmsted read service, and I preached, and confirmed one white person and three colored.

        April 26, third Sunday after Easter.--At the Parish Church, Rev. Mr. Sams read the service, I preached, and confirmed two white persons. Rev. Mr. Logan was also present.

        May 10, Sunday; Charleston, forenoon.--I preached in Grace Church, and confirmed twenty-three white persons, five of whom belonged to St. Philip's and two to St. Michael's congregations. Afternoon.--In St. John's Chapel. I preached, and confirmed twelve white persons and four colored.

        Tuesday, 12.--In St. Luke's Church I preached, and confirmed four white persons and five colored.

        May 17, Sunday.--At St. Andrew's Chapel, Mount Pleasant, preached, Rev. Messrs. McElheran and Fell reading the service.

        May 24, Sunday.--In St. John's Church, Richland, I preached, and confirmed six white persons.

        June 3, Wednesday; Mar's Bluff.--The weather being inclement, there was only the Morning Service of the Church.

        Thursday, 4.--Present, Rev. Messrs. Kidney, Moore, and Quinby. The service was read by the two former; I preached, and confirmed one white person.

        June 5, Friday; Darlington.--Divine service was held in the


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court-house. Rev. Mr. Kidney read the service, I preached, and confirmed one white person. The congregation was composed chiefly of refugees. There are now regular missionary services held at this place, on every other Sunday, by the Rev. Mr. Quinby.

        June 7, Sunday; Society Hill, forenoon.--Service was read by Rev. Messrs. Kidney and Quinby; I preached. Afternoon.--Rev. Mr. Quinby preached, and I confirmed five white persons. The congregations were full and attentive.

        June 10, Wednesday.--I was prevented by indisposition from fulfilling an appointment at Bennettsville; Marlboro' district. Mr. Quinby, however, fulfilled it for me, and found a large congregation in attendance. On the afternoon of the next day I preached there, Rev. Mr. Brown, of Cheraw, reading the service. This was my first official visit to this place. We were received with very great kindness, and there seemed to be a hopeful interest in the Church springing up. Rev. Mr. Quinby has missionary charge, and preaches here on every other Sunday.

        June 4, Sunday; Cheraw. Divine service.--The Rector, Rev. Mr. Brown, read service, I preached, and confirmed ten white persons and two colored.

        June 21, Sunday.--In Grace Church, Camden, I preached, and confirmed four white persons.

        June 28, Sunday; Christ Church, Columbia; forenoon. Present, Rev. Messrs. Pringle, Leverett, and Wm. Johnson. I preached, and confirmed eleven white persons. Afternoon.--In Trinity Church, Rev. Mr. Shand preached, and I confirmed seven white persons.

        July 12, Sunday; Church of the Holy Cross, Claremont; forenoon.--I preached, and confirmed two white persons and twenty-seven colored. Afternoon.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. John Moore, the Rev. Mr. Welch, missionary to the colored people, read the service, Rev. Mr. Roberts preached, and I confirmed forty-four of them, belonging to different plantations.

        July 26, Richland district; forenoon.--At the lower church, the Rector, Rev. L. F. Guerry, read the service and preached. I confirmed eleven colored people. After confirmation I addressed them upon their religious obligations and privileges. There were present a small congregation of white persons, and a large one of negroes, who seemed very attentive and interested. In the afternoon, in Zion Church, Mr. Guerry read the service, and I preached to a large congregation of white persons.

        August 9, Sunday; St. Matthew's Parish.--Preached in the church at Totness both morning and afternoon, Rev. Dr. Walker reading the service.

        August 16, Sunday.--In Grace Church, Camden, confirmed one white person.


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        August 21, Friday; Fast Day; Unionville; Church of the Nativity.--Rev. Messrs. C. B. Walker and McCollough read the service, and I preached.

        August 22, Saturday.--Rev. C. B. Walker preached. Afternoon, Divine service only.

        August 23, Sunday, forenoon.--I preached, and confirmed five white persons. Holy Communion was administered. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Walker preached.

        August 26, Wednesday.--I preached at Glenn Springs. Present, Rev. Messrs. Jones, Arthur, McCollough, C. B. Walker, and L. C. Lance. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Lance preached.

        August 28, Friday; Spartanburg.--Present, Rev. Messrs. McCollough, C. B. Walker, and Lance. I preached. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Lance preached.

        August 29, Saturday.--Rev. Mr. Walker preached in the forenoon.

        August 30, Sunday, forenoon.--I preached, and confirmed nine white persons and one colored. Holy Communion was administered. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Lance preached.

        September 11, Friday; Ridgeway.--Rev. Mr. Hutcheson read service, and I preached, and confirmed one white person.

        September 13, Sunday; Winnsboro'.--Forenoon, Rev. C. B. Walker read service, I preached, and confirmed five white and two colored persons. Afternoon, Mr. Walker preached, and I confirmed one colored person.

        September 16, Wednesday.--In the Church of the Good Shepherd, Yorkville, Rev. Mr. Stoney read service; Rev. Mr. Walker preached.

        September 17, Thursday.--I preached, and confirmed five persons.

        September 18, Friday; Chester.--Rev. Mr. Walker preached at night in St. Mark's Church.

        September 19, Saturday.--Rev. Mr. Hutcheson preached in the afternoon.

        September 20, Sunday, forenoon.--I preached. After service I confirmed in private, one sick white person. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Walker preached. At night Rev. Mr. Hutcheson preached, I confirmed four white persons, and briefly addressed the congregation.

        October 10, Saturday; Laurens.--Present, Rev. Messrs. Pringle, Logan, and Lance. At night Mr. Lance read service, Mr. Pringle preached, and I confirmed two white persons.

        October 11, Sunday.--Rev. Messrs. Pringle, Logan, and Lance read the service and administered the Holy Communion. I preached. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Logan preached. At night Mr. Pringle preached.

        October 14, Wednesday; Newberry.--Rain prevented the church services, but the next morning I preached, and confirmed one white person.


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        October 16, Friday.--Service was read by Rev. Mr. Arthur in Christ Church, Greenville.

        October 17, Saturday.--Divine service was held in the forenoon. Present, Rev. Messrs. Arthur, Lance, Campbell, and Potter. Mr. Lance preached. At night I preached.

        October 18, Sunday.--In the forenoon I preached, and confirmed twenty white and three colored persons. At night Mr. Lance preached.

        October 21, Wednesday; St. Paul's Church, Pendleton.--Present at these services, Rev. Messrs. Pringle, Pinckney, Lance, John H. Elliott, and A. H. Cornish. Rev. Mr. Lance read service, and Mr. Elliott preached.

        October 22, Thursday, forenoon.--Mr. Lance preached, and I confirmed twenty white persons and one colored. At night Mr. Elliott preached.

        October 24, Saturday.--In Grace Church, Anderson, Rev. A. H. Cornish preached in the forenoon. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Porter preached.

        October 25, Sunday.--Rev. Mr. Porter preached in the morning, and I confirmed twelve white persons. Afternoon, Mr. Pringle preached. Present at these services in Anderson, Rev. Messrs. Keith, Porter, Pringle, A. H. Cornish, and John H: Elliott, Rector.

        October 29, Thursday.--I preached in Abbeville.

        October 30, Mr. Porter preached.

        October 31, Saturday.--Rev. Mr. Porter preached in the forenoon.

        November 1, Sunday.--I preached, and confirmed six white persons. Holy Communion was administered.

        November 3, Tuesday; Willington.--Rev. Benjamin Johnson preached, and I confirmed seven colored persons and addressed the candidates.

        November 15, Sunday, forenoon.--In the Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, Rev. Paul Trapier read the service, Rev. Dr. Walker preached, and I ordained to the Order of Priests Rev. A. R. Walker. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Trapier preached, and I confirmed ten white persons and one colored.

        November 25, Wednesday; Barnwell C. H.--Divine service was held in the forenoon in the Church of the Holy Apostles. Rev. Messrs. J. H. Cornish and C. P. Gadsden read, I preached, and confirmed one white person. At night Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached. The Rector, Rev. B. B. Sams, was also present.

        November 26, Thursday, forenoon; Blackville.--Rev. Messrs. Cornish and Sams read the service, Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached, and I confirmed three white persons. The Holy Communion was administered. In the afternoon we returned to Barnwell, and Mr. Gadsden preached at night.

        November 28, Aiken.--Rev. B. B. Sams preached in St. Thaddæus' Church.


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        November 29, Sunday, forenoon.--I preached. Afternoon, Mr. Gadsden preached, and I confirmed nineteen white persons.

        November 30, Monday.--Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached. Ther were present at these services the Revs. C. P. Gadsden, A. H. Cornish, J. H. Cornish, and B. B. Sams.

        December 13, Sunday.--In Grace Church, Camden, I ordained to the Order of Deacons Mr. Wm. P. DuBose--Rev. Messrs. P. Trapier and Roberts reading the service, and Rev. T. F. Davis, Jr., preaching the sermon.

        December 19, Saturday.--In St. Matthew's Chapel, Claremont, Rev. Albert R. Walker read the service, I preached, and confirmed two white persons. Rev. Mr. Roberts was also present.

        December 20, Sunday.--In St. Philip's Church, Bradford Springs, the Rector, Rev. A. R. Walker, read the service, I preached, and confirmed three colored persons.

        1864.--January 3, Sunday, forenoon.--In Trinity Church, Columbia, I ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons Dr. Robert Wilson, Rev. Mr. Shand preaching the sermon, and Rev. Dr. Hanckel reading the service and presenting the candidate. I also confirmed nine white persons. Afternoon, in Christ Church, Rev. Dr. Hanckel read service, Rev. Mr. Pringle preached, and I confirmed seven white persons.

        January 17, 2d Sunday after Epiphany.--In St. Paul's Church, Charleston, I preached, and confirmed ten white persons and three colored, from the different city churches. Present, Rev. Messrs. Keith, Elliott, C. P. Gadsden, Phillips, and Green.

        January 24, Septuagesima Sunday.--In St. Peter's Church, Robertsville, Rev. Mr. Seabrook read the service, I preached, and confirmed eight white persons.

        January 30, Saturday; Grahamville.--Confirmed, in private, one sick white person.

        January 31, Sexagesima Sunday, forenoon.--Rev. Mr. Wigfall read the service, and I preached, and confirmed four white persons. Afternoon, Mr. Wigfall preached.

        February 21, 2d Sunday in Lent; Orangeburg.--Forenoon, Rev. Paul Trapier read service and administered the Holy Communion. I preached. Afternoon, I preached again, and confirmed three white persons.

        March 5, Saturday; Clarendon.--At the residence of Mrs. Manning, Sr., I confirmed, in private, one colored person unable to attend church.

        March 6, 4th Sunday in Lent.--In St. Mark's Church, Rev. Mr. Habersham, read service and administered the Holy Communion. I preached, and confirmed fifteen colored persons.

        March 20, Palm Sunday, forenoon.--In St. Paul's Church, Summerville, I preached, and confirmed seven white persons, one of them from Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston,


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and one colored. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Mellichamp preached. Rev. A. T. Porter was also present.

        March 21, Monday.--In Charleston, confirmed, in private, one white person belonging to St. Philip's congregation.

        March 27, Easter, forenoon.--In Grace Church, Camden, I preached, and confirmed sixteen white persons.

        April 8, 1st Sunday after Easter, forenoon.--In St. Stephen's Church, Pineville, I preached, and ordained to the Order of Priests Rev. W. W. Patrick. Rev. Messrs. Johnson and Stevens, C. P. Gadsden and Roberts joined in the laying on of hands. Afternoon, Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached. At night, at the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Julius DuBose, Mr. Stevens preached, and I confirmed twenty-two colored persons from this and a neighboring plantation.

        April 5, Tuesday.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Mazyck Porcher, Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached, and I confirmed eighteen colored persons, two of them being from an adjoining plantation.

        April 6, Wednesday.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mrs. Wm. Sinkler, Rev. Mr. Johnson preached, I addressed the congregation, and confirmed twelve colored persons from this and three other plantations.

        April 7, Thursday.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Thos. W. Porcher, Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached, and I confirmed seven colored persons.

        Friday, 8.--Being the day appointed by our Congress and President for fasting and prayer--at the Church of the Epiphany, Upper St. John's, Rev. Mr. Roberts read prayers, I preached, and confirmed four white persons.

        April 10, 2d Sunday after Easter.--In Trinity Church, Black Oak, Rev. Mr. Roberts read the service, I preached, and confirmed nine white persons. After an interval, in Black Oak Chapel, Rev. Mr. Gadsden preached to a large assembly of colored people, and I confirmed ten of them from neighboring plantations.

        April 11, Monday, afternoon.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Edwin DuBose, Rev. Mr. Johnson preached, and I confirmed sixteen colored persons, some of them from other plantations.

        April 12, Tuesday.--At Porcher Chapel, at Ophir, Rev. Mr. Stevens addressed the congregation, I preached, and confirmed six colored persons--three of them from adjoining plantations.

        April 13, Wednesday.--At the chapel on the plantation of Mr. Wm. Cain, Rev. Mr. Stevens preached, and I confirmed six colored persons.

        April 17, 3d Sunday after Easter; St. John's Berkley.--Rev. Mr. Olmsted read the service, and I preached at Strawberry Church. Afterwards, in the chapel for the colored people, I preached, and confirmed thirty-one of them.


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        April 18, Monday.--In private, I confirmed one sick white person, too much indisposed to attend service.

        May 7, Saturday.--Church of the Nativity, Unionville; forenoon--Divine service, Rev. Lucien Lance preached. Afternoon, Mr. Kidney preached.

        Sunday, 8--forenoon.--Divine service. Mr. Kidney preached, and I confirmed six colored persons. The Holy Communion was administered. Afternoon, Mr. Lance preached. Present at these services, Rev. Messrs. Philip Gadsden, C. P. Gadsden, L. Lance, J. S. Kidney, J. D. McCollough, and the Rev. E. A. Wagner, of Texas.

        May 10, Tuesday.--Consecrated to the service of Almighty God the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg; Rev. Messrs. Campbell, Wagner, Arthur, and McCollough taking part in the service, and Rev. J. S. Kidney preaching the sermon. Thus, at length, has this work, so long and anxiously prosecuted, been brought to a happy termination. Being now set apart to the service of God, may it ever remain a temple in which His "Holy name may be worshipped in truth and purity through all generations, through Jesus Christ our Lord."

        The whole number of persons confirmed is: white, 342; colored, 354. Total, 696.

        I have admitted to the Holy Order of Deacons Mr. Wm. P. DuBose and Dr. Robert Wilson; and to that of Priests Rev. Jno. H. Elliott, Rev. P. F. Stevens, Rev. L. F. Guerry, Rev. A. R. Walker, and Rev. W. W. Patrick. There are now seven candidates for Orders in the Diocese: W. C. Guerry, John Johnson, Thos. F. Gadsden, John W. Motte, P. D. Hay, D. D. Rosa, and E. Edgerton.

        Account of Diocesan and Missionary funds in my hands: Remaining over from last Convention, $590 30. Received since that time from collection on the first day of Convention, $32; St. Matthew's Parish, $56; Trinity Church, Society Hill, $234 30; Grace Church, Charleston, $75; St. Jude's, Walterboro', $286; St. Luke's, Charleston, $15; Mr. O. T. Porcher, $303; Sumter and Bradford Springs, $112 90; Mr. Charles Sinkler, $100; St. Michael's, Charleston, $51 75; Mr. J. G. Gaillard, $50; Prince George Winyaw, $5; All-Saints', Waccamaw, $80; M. H. M., $3; Grace Church, Anderson, $55; St. David's, Cheraw, $85 70; Church of the Holy Apostles, Barnwell, $20; Greenville, $50; Abbeville, $50; Trinity Church, Columbia, $50; A member of the Church from John's island, $10; Mar's Bluff, $70; A thank offering from Aiken, $100; A member of Rebel Troops, $10; Advent Society, $150; Grace Church, Camden, $231; St. Mark's, Clarendon, $100. In all, $2,975 95.

        Expanded of these funds: Rev. B. B. Sams, $150; missionary services in Spartanburg, $250; Orangeburg, $200; Rev. L. F. Guerry, $50; Rev. J. H. Quinby, $100; church building in Spartanburg, $250; Rev. A. Moore, $150; Rev. Jas. Stoney,


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$100. In all, $1,250. This was up to the first of April. I had then in my hands $1,725 95, which, reduced one-third, left me $1,150 63. Since then I have received the following sums, which I report after the necessary reduction: Lower St. John's, $138 69; St. Matthew's Parish, $36 67. Leaving in my hands $1,325 99.

        Account of Theological Seminary funds in my hands: Remaining over from the last Convention, $11 60. I have received since then, from Mrs. Gracey, $10; Dr. Robert Wilson, $50; Mr. James Wilson, $100. In all, $171 60. Reduced one-third, it left me $114 40. Since the first of April I have received from Dr. W. W. Anderson, $76 67, which makes it $191 07. This I have paid over to H. D. Lesesne, Esq., Treasurer. There have been no expenditures.

        Having closed these my official acts, let me lay before you some points of affection and interest.

        Since our last meeting as a Council, it hath pleased God to remove from the scene of his earthly life and trials our brother, the Rev. Wm. H. Barnwell. Few clergymen of our Church have ever exerted so strong an influence while living, or left behind them so marked an impression on the minds of their brethren. Sincere and devoted in his personal piety; earnest and zealous in the cause of his Master; unwavering in his advocacy of what he was persuaded to be truth; open, candid, and fearless--his influence was necessarily large and deep. Many hearts bear witness to him of his power as a Christian minister. In one of the most decided and important eras of the Church in this Diocese he will long be remembered as a leader of unsurpassed zeal and power. I need not say to you how much his memory is honored and cherished among us.

        Also hath the same divine hand taken from our midst the Rev. Robert W. Barnwell, whose short and bright intellectual and moral career was closed with overwrought efforts for the good of his country and of humanity. Thus have both father and son been removed from earthly labors to heavenly rest, and God hath left to us a feeling and chastened admonition of habitual preparation for eternity.

        I must now call your attention to the last will and testament of the late Francis M. Weston, of Waccamaw. This will contains the following clauses: "The remainder of the proceeds of said sale (containing almost the whole of his estate) I direct to be divided into eight equal shares. One of which shares I give to the Protestant Episcopal Society for the Advancement of Christianity in South Carolina. Two of the said shares I give to the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of South Carolina, and his successors in office, in trust for the purpose of establishing a female school in Columbia, in the said state, for educating and instructing young females in the appropriate branches of education, and


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particularly in the truths of the Christian religion according to the Rubric of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America--the said school to be under the charge and direction of the Bishop and State Convention in the said state, who shall appoint four lay and four clerical trustees to manage the said school." These are the only clauses of the will which refer to the Church in this Diocese. They contain very large donations. The death of the son of the testator, Plowden C. J. Weston (whose name is honored and cherished alike by Church and State), leaving no children behind him, has determined the condition upon which the legacies rest. That to the Advancement Society will fall under the administration of that body. The other is now requiring the proper action at your hands. It is proper to inform you that I have employed Edward McCrady, Esq., as the attorney to represent the legal interests of the Church.

        Our Theological Seminary is still closed by the absence of all our students in the service of their country. We have, however, very gratifying evidence, by liberal benefactions, that it still lives in the hearts of our brethren. May these instances of confidence and good-will be so continued and enlarged, as to secure for us a permanent and adequate foundation!

        And now, brethren, surrounded as we are by dangers and pressed by our enemies, let us gird up the loins of our minds, and strengthen our faith in the righteous and overruling Providence of God. Let us so truly seek to do His will that, in all our works, "begun, continued, and ended in Him, we may glorify His holy name; and finally, by his mercy, obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord."

THOS. F. DAVIS.


        The tellers of the Clerical vote for deputies to the General Council reported the following elected by that order viz:

        And the following elected as their alternates, viz:

        The tellers of the Lay vote reported elected:


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        And as their alternates:

        There being a non-concurrence of the two orders as to one Lay deputy, and a failure to elect one alternate on the part of the Laity, an election was ordered for one principal and one alternate. The same tellers were appointed.

        The Committee on Finance reported as follows:

SPARTANBURG, S. C., May 12, 1864.

        The Committee on Finance report that they have examined the Treasurer's accounts, which they submit herewith, and that they have found them correct and properly vouched. There remains in his hands a balance of $152 53.

        They would respectfully call the attention of the lay delegates from the several parishes to the arrearages due from them, amounting, in the aggregate, including the quota for the year 1864, to $1.295.

J. K. SASS, Chairman.


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Protestant Episcopal Council in account with F. P. Elford, Treasurer.

Dr.
1864.
Feb'ry 14 To cash paid Organist of St. Philip's Church for two days' services $ 6 00
Feb'ry 14 To cash paid Sexton of St. Philip's Church for two days' services and sundry articles for the use of the Council 12 65
March 17 To cash paid Rev. W. B. W. Howe (Security), for advertisements and postage 10 00
May 23 To cash paid A. E. Miller, for printing the Journal 218 30
To balance 228 79
$475 74
May 1 To cash paid 33 ⅓ per cent. on balance in hand ($228 79) to get the new issue 76 26
Balance in new issue 152 53
$228 79

        
Cr.
1863. By balance $10 74
Feb'ry 12 By quota Holy Apostles, Barnwell, for 1863 5 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Trinity Church, Society Hill, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Christ Church, Greenville, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Prince Frederick's, Pee Dee, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Grace Church, Charleston, for 1863 20 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Michael's Church, Charleston. for 1863 20 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Philip's Church, Bradford Springs, for 1863 5 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Holy Comforter, Sumter, for 1863 5 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Mark's Church, Clarendon, for 1861, 1862, 1863 30 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, for 1861, 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Trinity Church, Columbia, for 1863 20 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. John's Church, Berkley, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Holy Trinity, Grahamville, for 1861, 1863 20 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Christ Church, Columbia, for 1861, 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Zion Church, Richland, for 1861, 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Grace Church, Camden, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Thaddæus', Aiken, for 1863 5 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Nativity Church, Unionville, for 1863 5 90
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Paul's Church, Pendleton, for 1862, 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Jude's Church, Walterboro', for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Church of the Holy Cross, Claremont, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Holy Communion, Charleston, for 1863 5 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Pineville and Upper St. John's, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Mark's Church, Chester, for 1863 5 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Thomas and St. Dennis, for 1863 10 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. David's Church, Cheraw, for 1861, 1862, 1863 30 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota Christ Church, Christ Church Parish, 1861, 1863 20 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Luke's Church, Charleston, for 1861, 1862, 1863 60 00
Feb'ry 12 By quota St. Paul's Church, Charleston, for 1863 20 00
March 14 By quota Christ Church, Mar's Bluff, for 1863 10 00
June 15 By quota St. Bartholomew's Parish, for 1861, 1862, 1863 30 00
June 17 By quota St. Thomas and St. Dennis, for 1861, 1862 20 00
$475 74
Balance $228 79

F. P. ELFORD, Treasurer.



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        The Rev. Mr. Pringle obtained leave to introduce a motion to amend Canon 2d as follows: To strike out, in the fifth line, the words "the interval since the last Council," and insert in their stead the words "the year ending on the first day of January preceding."

        After discussion, the motion was lost.

        The Committee on the Admission of Churches reported:

        That the requirements of the Constitution having been fully complied with by the Vestry and Wardens of the Church of the Epiphany, Upper St. John's, and sufficiently so by those of St. Stephen's, it be

        Resolved, That the said churches be, and they are hereby, received into union with this Council.

Respectfully,

P. TRAPIER, Chairman.


        Mr. J. H. Cornish moved that the vote be taken separately for the admission of each; and the vote being thus taken, they were severally admitted.

        The Treasurer of the Bishop's Fund reported as follows:

        

Bishop's Permanent Fund in account with John Hanckel, Treas'r.

1863. CR.
By interest and dividends $4,533 95
DR.
To balance at debit last year 244 19
Paid the Bishop, four quarter's salary 4,000 00
Incidental expenses 226 70
Balance in Treasurer's hands 63 06
$4,533 95

JOHN HANCKEL, Treasurer.


        The tellers of the Clerical vote for deputies to the General Council reported that W. F. Colcock was elected by the Clergy, and H. D. Lesesne as an alternate.

        Tellers of the Lay vote, that there was no election by the Laity; whereupon, another ballot was ordered, and the same tellers appointed.

        The Rev. Mr. Campbell moved to reconsider the election of Trustees of the Diocesan Seminary, which was agreed to; and he having called attention to the direction that they shall be elected by ballot, a ballot was ordered, and the following tellers appointed, viz: for the Clerical vote, Revs. Wm. H. Hanckel and Jno. H. Elliott; for the Lay vote, Messrs. E. G. Palmer and Wm. Irwin.


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        The Committee on Unfinished Business presented their report, as follows:

        The Committee on Unfinished Business ask leave respectfully to report: The alterations and amendments to the second article of the Constitution, proposed by the Rev. Mr. Trapier, at the last Council, will require the action of the present, for their rejection or adoption; as also the resolution introduced by the Rev. J. H. Cornish, as to the changes of the words "United" to "Confederate," and "Convention" to "Council," in the Constitution and Canons.

        There does not appear to have been any business before the last Council omitted or postponed, which could properly have been disposed of, or which requires action at present.

Respectfully submitted,

May 12, 1864.

T. N. DAWKINS.


        The tellers of the election for deputies to the General Council reported the following elected by both orders: Mr. J. J. Pringle Smith, principal, and Mr. H. D. Lesesne, alternate.

        Mr. Clarkson moved that, when this Council adjourn, it adjourn to meet in Christ Church, Columbia. Motion agreed to.

        The Rev. B. B. Sams moved that it meet on the second Wednesday in May, A. D. 1865. Motion agreed to.

        The tellers of the election for Trustees of the Diocesan Seminary reported the following elected by both orders, viz:

        Mr. H. D. Lesesne presented the report of the Trustees of the Diocesan Seminary, and moved that it be printed with the Journal.

        The report was accepted, and the motion agreed to.

SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF
THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY.

        The Trustees of the Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina present to the Council this, their sixth annual report.

        The institution has continued in a suspended state since the last meeting of the Council. It was then resolved that the Professors should, nevertheless, receive their salaries; and the Trustees are happy to state that the contributions for this purpose have been so liberal as to enable the Treasurer, with the aid of the income of the Permanent Endowment Fund, to pay in full the salaries for the past year, besides the large arrears


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that were due at the date of the last report. It is hoped that the same liberality may be experienced during the current year. The balance in the Treasurer's hands is $89 90--the sum required for the year, $3,000.

        The Treasurer's report (which accompanies this) also gives the very gratifying information that, since the last meeting of the Council, the sum of $39,450 50 has been added to the fund for the permanent endowment of the Seminary. His account contains the names of the donors. The entire fund now consists of the securities below mentioned, worth, at par, $38,950--a large sum received after the passage of the late Currency act of Congress having been invested in Confederate States eight per cent. bonds, at twelve per cent. premium.

        
Deposit in Charleston Savings Institution . . . . . $1,225
Confederate States eight per cent. Stock . . . . . 11,400
Confederate States eight per cent. Bonds . . . . . 22,300
Confederate States four per cent. Bonds . . . . . 3,400
State seven per cent. Bonds . . . . . 300
Eight Shares State Bank Stock . . . . . 200
Five Shares Charleston Gas Company . . . . . 125
$38,950

May 11, 1864.

To the Trustees of the Diocesan Theological Seminary of South Carolina:

        The Treasurer respectfully reports that, since the date of his last report (February 11, 1863), he has received, on account of current expenses, five thousand nine hundred and twenty-five dollars and ninety-seven cents ($5,925 97), which have paid all expenses to this date, including the large sum in arrear for Professors' salaries, and leaves a balance on hand of $89 90. All the receipts have been in Confederate States notes of the old issue. The payments made to the Professors since the 1st of April for salary due on that day have been in those notes, but at their reduced value under the late Currency act.

        The receipts since last report, on account of the Permanent Endowment Fund, have amounted to $39,450 50. Deduct from this a balance of $7 75 against the fund at that date, and there remained...$39,442 75 which has been invested as follows:

        
Deposit in Savings Bank . . . . . $ 300 00
$10,700 Confederate States eight per cent. Stock . . . . . 10,700 00
$3,400 Confederate States four per cent. Stock . . . . . 3,400 00
$22,000 Confederate States eight per cent. Bonds, at 112 . . . . . 24,640 00--39,040 00
And leaves a balance on hand of . . . . . $402 75


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        The investments at the date of the last report consisted of:

        
State seven per cent. Bonds . . . . . $300
Confederate States eight per cent. Bonds . . . . . 300
Confederate States eight per cent. Stock . . . . . 700
Deposit in Savings Bank . . . . . 925
Eight Shares State Bank Stock . . . . . 200
Five Shares Charleston Gas Company . . . . . 125
$2,550

        The entire investments are, therefore, now as follows:

        
Deposit in Charleston Savings Institution . . . . . $ 1,225
Confederate States eight per cent. Stock . . . . . 11,400
Confederate States eight per cent. Bonds . . . . . 22,300
Eight Shares State Bank Stock . . . . . 200
Confederate States four per cent. Bonds . . . . . 3,400
Five Shares Charleston Gas Company . . . . . 125
State seven per cent. Bonds . . . . . 300
At par . . . . . $38,950

        The accounts of the two funds are herewith submitted.

Respectfully reported,

HENRY D. LESESNE, Treasurer.

May 11, 1864.

4 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        After recess the Council was called to order by the President.

        Mr. Calhoun, in behalf of the Trustees of the University of the South, made a verbal report, referring to the state of the country, and its influence on the affairs of the University, and stating that no meeting had been held since the Convention of last year.

        The Rev. P. Trapier called up the report of the Committee on Unfinished Business, in order to the consideration of the proposed change in the Constitution, embodied in resolutions found on page 32 of the Journal of the Convention of 1863, and agreed to by that Convention, as follows:

        Resolved, That Article II of the Constitution be amended to read as follows:

"ARTICLE II.--Of Meetings.

        "SECTION 1. A stated Council shall be held annually in Charleston, on the second Wednesday in February, or at such time and place as shall have been determined upon by the preceding Council.


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        "SECTION 2. The Ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese shall have power to call a special meeting of the Council, and such meeting shall be held when and where the authority so calling it shall determine; and at such meeting no other business shall be transacted than that in the notice so calling said meeting; nor shall a Bishop or Assistant Bishop be elected at such meeting.

        "SECTION 3. In case there be an epidemic disease, or other cause deemed sufficient, in the judgment of the Ecclesiastical authority, to require a change of the time or place for the meeting of a Council, either stated or special, the said authority may designate another time or place for holding such meeting, to be held within not less than a month after such designation."

        Resolved, That Article IX be stricken out.


        The vote was taken by orders, and the resolutions adopted by the constitutional majority.

        Mr. J. K. Sass offered the following resolution, which was agreed to:

        Resolved, That Article II of the Constitution be amended by striking out the word "February" in the second line, and inserting "May" instead thereof.

        The Rev. J. H. Cornish moved that the Secretary be instructed to make such verbal alterations in the Canons, Rules of Order, and Standing Resolutions as to make their phraseology conform to that of the Constitution and Canons of the Confederate Church. Motion agreed to.

        Rev. J. H. Cornish introduced the following resolution, in pursuance of notice given to the Convention of 1863:

        Resolved, That Article III, section 2d, of the Constitution, be a mended to read as follows:

        "ARTICLE III. SEC. 2. The Bishop, the Assistant Bishop, and every other clergyman who has been actually as well as canonically resident within the Diocese for the space of twelve calendar months next before the meeting of the Council, and has for the same period been performing the duties of his station as rector, minister, or assistant minister of a parish; or as a missionary, acting under the Ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese; or as chaplain in any public or benevolent institution; or as professor in the Theological Seminary of the Diocese--shall be entitled to all the privileges of a member of the Council.

        "Every other clergyman who has been actually as well as canonically resident in the Diocese for the previous twelve months, shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Council, with the exception of the right to vote."

        The resolution was adopted.

        The Rev. P. Trapier offered the following resolution:


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        Resolved, That the General Council of 1862 having called for action of this Council on a proposed amendment of Article V of the Constitution of the Church in these Confederate States, this Council does now concur in said amendment, making the Article read as follows:

        "ARTICLE V. Every Diocesan Council shall be composed of the Bishop or Bishops of the Diocese, and of such other clergymen and such lay representation as shall be determined by the Constitution thereof."

        And the resolution was adopted.

        The Rev. P. Trapier also offered the following preamble and resolution, which he moved be laid on the table for future consideration:

        Whereas, it appears by the Journal of the General Council of 1862 (page 87) that the attention of the Diocesan Councils is called to an amendment proposed by the Diocese of Virginia to Article VII of the Constitution page (53), and that the said Councils are requested to express an opinion as to the necessity of the change proposed: therefore,

        Resolved, That, in the opinion of this Council, there is no necessity for such a change.

        The Rev. J. M. Pringle offered the following preamble and resolutions, which were adopted by the Council:

        The members of the Diocesan Council, recognizing the dispensations of Divine Providence in the removal of those whose lives have been spent in the service of the Church, would place upon its records the following memorial resolutions:

        Resolved, That in the death of the Rev. Wm. H. Barnwell the Church of God in this Diocese mourns the loss of one whose name must ever be most intimately and prominently associated with the progress and advancement of truth and piety within our borders.

        Resolved, That the death of the Rev. Robert W. Barnwell, Jr., while engaged in his charitable work of ministering in the hospitals and camps of the army in Virginia, has deprived the Church of one of the most gifted of her clergy, and the country of a devoted patriot and philanthropist.

        Resolved, That in the decease of these esteemed clergymen, both father and son, within a few months of each other, we recognize one of those pathetic instances of providential governance, by which those who have been united in the same holy labors have been unitedly taken to the enjoyment of the same glorious reward.

        Resolved, That the Secretary of the Council be requested to communicate these resolutions to their bereaved family, with the expression of our Christian sympathy and condolence.


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        On motion of the Rev. Mr. Davis, ordered that two hundred and fifty copies of the Journal be printed.

        On motion of Mr. F. P. Elford,

        Resolved, That the Treasurer of the Council be instructed to pay the expenses of the members from this Diocese of the Committee on the Prayer-book, appointed by the House of Deputies of the General Council, while in attendance upon the meetings of the said committee.

        On motion of Rev. T. S. Arthur,

        Resolved, unanimously, That the thanks of this Council are hereby cordially tendered to the citizens of Spartanburg for the very hospitable manner in which the members have been received at its present session.

        On motion of the Rev. C. P. Gadsden,

        Resolved, That the thanks of this Council be tendered to the Rev. W. B. W. Howe for the very acceptable manner in which he discharged the duties of its Secretary.

        The Rev. C. P. Gadsden also offered the following resolution:

        Resolved, That a committee of three clergymen and three laymen be appointed by the Chair, to prepare a plan for the establishment of a school for boys, on Christian principles, and of a high classical character, under the supervision of this Council; that they be authorized to obtain donations for this purpose, and that they report to the next Council.

        The resolution was agreed to, and the following committee appointed under it, viz: Rev. C. P. Gadsden, Rev. P. Trapier, Rev. J. S. Kidney, Messrs. N. R. Middleton, W. F. Colcock, H. D. Lesesne.

        The Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Jr., from the committee appointed yesterday, made the following report:

        The committee appointed under the resolution of this Council yesterday, with respect to the spiritual welfare of the army, beg leave to recommend the following resolutions:

        1. Resolved, That this Council, recognizing the obligation of preaching the Gospel to our soldiers, will endeavor to obtain at least two additional clergymen to labor, as chaplains or missionaries, among the South Carolina troops in Virginia and in Georgia.

        2. Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to the Clergy of the Diocese to consider, with increasing prayerfulness, the duty of entering personally into this inviting field of ministerial labor.

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work among the troops on our coast as their other duties may permit, or to supply the places of their brethren while so employed.

        4. Resolved, That a committee of one clergyman and one layman be appointed to co-operate with the Bishop in procuring chaplains and missionaries for the army, designating the field of their labors, and providing means for their support.

        After discussion, the Rev. Mr. Campbell offered a substitute for the first resolution, which he subsequently withdrew, and the vote being taken upon the resolutions, one by one, they were all adopted.

        The Rev. Mr. Pinckney and Mr. J. K. Sass were appointed the committee under the fourth resolution.

        The Rev. Mr. Bellinger announced, to the Council, in feeling terms, the recent death of the Rev. E. J. Webb, and offered the following preamble and resolutions, prefaced by appropriate remarks:

        Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God to remove from his field of labor the Rev Edward J. Webb, a Deacon of this Church, and a missionary to our slave population:

        Resolved, That in the death of the Rev. E. J. Webb this Diocese mourns the loss of a beloved brother, and faithful and efficient missionary to our slave population.

        Resolved, That this preamble and resolution be published in the Journal of this Council, and that a copy of the same be sent to the family of the deceased.

        These resolutions were adopted; and after prayer by the President, and the benediction, the Council adjourned.

J. D. McCOLLOUGH, Secretary.


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PAROCHIAL, MISSIONARY, AND OTHER REPORTS,
Arranged Alphabetically, according to the names of the Clergy, from the 12th of February, A. D.
1863, to the 11th of May, A. D. 1864.

GRACE CHURCH, CAMDEN.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Davis, D. D., Rector.
The Rev. Thomas F. Davis, Jr., Assistant Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 white; children, 17 white; total 18. Marriages: 3 white. Burials: 20 white, 1 colored; total, 21. Communicants: admitted, 22 white; removed, 4 white; died, 6 white; present number, 98 white, 7 colored; total, 105. Communicants among refugees resident in Camden, about 60 white, 8 colored. Total number of communicants, 158 white, 15 colored; total, 173. Congregation: families, 46 white, 5 colored; total, 51; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 30. Confirmed by the Bishop, 20 white. Sunday-school: teachers, 15 white; scholars, 73 white. Contributions: Communion alms, $572 24; Missions, Diocesan, 399 25; Domestic, 311 40; Foreign, 60 00; Confederate States Bible Society, 1,065 00; Evangelical Tract Society, 194 45; Mission chapels in Charleston, 150 00; Theological Seminary, 10 00; children of the Sunday-school, for Bishop Lay, 42 05; Free Market of Charleston, 1,437 00; private contributions for the poor 260 00; total, $4,501 44.

        REMARKS.--The number of refugees stated as resident among us, and the very unusual amount of contributions reported, are of course correlative items. It is gratifying to see that the fountains of charity which formerly flowed so liberally along our sea-coast, have not been dried up by the severities of war, but only dispense their free and blessed streams through new channels. The congregation proper of the parish has also done its duty well in this respect; and particularly so, whenever the object proposed related in any way to the well-being of the beloved patriot-soldiers of the Confederacy.

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ST. MARK'S, CLARENDON.--MISSION TO NEGROES.
The Rev. Xenophon Y. Anderson, Missionary.

        Baptisms: 11 children. Marriages: 2. Interments: 40 adults, 4 of which were communicants--1 having since died, leaves 33.

        There were 9 candidates preparing for confirmation on one of the places (prior to the suggestion of the owner for the discontinuance of my services among them), who were not advanced sufficiently, even in the outward qualifications necessary for its reception, and therefore they could not be presented. Held services and preached 115 times. I was absent from home last summer in Upper St. John's for a short time, and was invited by its congregation to have service, and preached; I also preached once at Pineville for Rev. R. P. Johnson, which is included in the above. The eight plantations which were under my superintendence the past year have diminished to three, in consequence of their owners entertaining apprehensions of my inability to discharge my duties. The three places now under my supervision are visited every fortnight, only on Sunday--two on one Sabbath, and one on the other Sabbath. After service, they are catechised from Mr. Charles C. Jones' catechism, discarding the portion on church government. Prayer-meetings are held for the grown people once a week on one of the places.

CHRIST CHURCH, GREENVILLE.
The Rev. Thomas S. Arthur, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 7 white, 2 colored; total, 9; children, 20 white, 3 colored; total, 23; total baptisms, 32. Marriages: 5 white, 3 colored; total, 8. Burials: 31 white, 3 colored; total, 34. Communicants: last reported, 90 white, 4 colored; total, 94; admitted, 12 white, 3 colored; total, 15; removed, 1 white, 2 colored; total, 3; died, 2 white, 1 colored; total 3; present number, 99 white, 4 colored; total, 103. Congregation: non-communicants, 110 white, 26 colored; total, 136; children under 14, 93 white, 12 colored; total, 105; families, 59 white, 5 colored; total, 64; families belonging to other congregations of the P. E. Church, 4 white. Children catechised on 10 days, 13 white, 17 colored; total, 30. Confirmed by the Bishop, 20 white, 3 colored; total, 23. Sunday-school: teachers, 7 white; scholars, 23 white; subjects of instruction, the Church Catechism, the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels for the day, etc. Public worship, 64 Sundays, 86 other days; whole number of times, 226. Contributions: Communion alms, $512 60; Missions, Diocesan, 50 00; Domestic, 199 95; Foreign Book and Tract Society, 25 00; Domestic Missionary Society, Charleston, 132 50; Wayside Hospital, 345 85; total, $1,265 90.

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the rector 18 times; by the Bishop once; total, 19. In addition to the foregoing, there are in the parish, refugees, 19 families and 64 communicants.

ST. JUDE'S CHURCH, WALTERBORO'.
The Rev. Edmund E. Bellinger, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 colored; children, 8 white 3 colored; total, 12. Marriages: 1 white, 3 colored; total, 4. Burials: 10 white, 13 colored; total, 23. Communicants: last reported, 67 white, 29 colored; total, 96; admitted, 2 white; removed, 6 white, 4 colored; total, 10; died, 1 white, 1 colored; total, 2; present number, 62 white, 24 colored; total, 86. Congregation: non-communicants, 71 white, colored unknown; children under 14, 96 white, colored unknown; families, 46 white, colored unknown. Children catechised on 5 Sundays; greatest number, 41; least number, 13; average 30. Sunday-school: teachers, 8 white; scholars, 57 white; subjects of instruction, Church Catechism, Help to the Gospels, Hymns in Prayer-book, Watts' 1st and 3d Catechism. Public worship, 56 Sundays, 41 other days; total, 146; number of times preached, 93. Contributions: Communion alms, $624 80; Missions, Diocesan, 545 00; Domestic, 545 00; Foreign, 41; other Church purposes, 759; total, $2,514 80.

        REMARKS.--From the 8th of March to the 30th of August, 1863, I was compelled, by sickness and absence from Walterboro', under the direction of my physician, to abstain from holding service in St. Jude's Church. The Rev. Mr. Prentiss kept the church open for me from the 10th of May to the 30th of August, and assisted me after my return. In all, he officiated for me on 32 Sundays and 9 other days, 67 times; preaching 50 times. In addition to the services reported above, I preached in Charleston on 1 Sunday and 2 other days, 4 times, as follows: in Church of the Holy Communion once; St. Luke's once; Grace Church once, and in Trinity (Methodist) Church once, at a prayer-meeting. I also preached at Aiken twice, on 2 Sundays; at Asheville, N. C., once, on a Sunday; at Greenville once, on a Sunday; at Yorkville I preached once on a Sunday, in the Church of the Good Shepherd; once in the Methodist Church, at prayer-meeting; I read prayers in the Church of the Good Shepherd once, and assisted a Presbyterian Church twice. During the year I officiated in all on 45 Sundays and 53 other days, 137 times--preaching 110 times. The number of teachers and scholars reported in Sunday-school, includes the whole number that attended during the time covered by this report. In addition to the amounts above reported, the congregation contributed, through my hands, to the Advancement Society, $128, making in all $2,694 80. They also very kindly furnished me with the means of travelling for the restoration of my health,


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Exclusive of the amount raised for this purpose, and of my salary, St. Jude's congregation contributed, through me, the amount mentioned, two thousand six hundred and ninety-four dollars eighty cents ($2,694 80). My health is now (thank God) very much restored, and, through the blessing of God, I have for some time been able to discharge all the duties of my ministry without much inconvenience to myself. May He bless my labors to the promotion of his glory, and for the salvation of those providentially placed under my pastoral care. Of the amount of alms reported, the colored members of the congregation contributed $8 95. This was taken up at the last two communions, by one of themselves, who requested, as a privilege, to be allowed to contribute.

ST. DAVID'S, CHERAW.
The Rev. R. T. Brown, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 colored; children, 16 whites; total, 17. Marriages, 4 white. Burials: 9 white, 1 colored; total, 10. Communicants: last reported, 60 white, 7 colored; total, 67; admitted, 8 white, 2 colored; total, 10; removed, 2 white, 1 colored, total, 3; died, 1 white; present number, 67 white, 7 colored, total, 74. (In addition to the regular communicants of the parish, I have about 35 refugee communicants under my charge.) Congregation: children under 14, 50 white, 20 colored; total, 70; families, 30 white; families belonging also to other congregations of the P. E. Church, 14. Children catechised on 15 Sundays, 30 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 10 white, 2 colored; total, 12. Sunday-school: teachers, 8 white; scholars, 40 white, 20 colored; total, 60. Public worship: St. David's, 64 Sundays, 63 other days; whole number of times, 127; Grace Chapel, every month alternately by Rev. Mr. Kidney and myself. Contributions: Communion alms, $513 20; Missions, Diocesan, 85 55; Domestic, 54 00; Confederate States Bible Society, 336; for soldiers, 223 75; rector's library, 350 00; total, $1,562 50.

THE REV. J. BARNWELL CAMPBELL.

        My official acts since my last report have been as follows: I have read the Order of Morning Prayer (12) twelve times; the Litany, (10) ten times; Ante-Communion, (10) ten times; read in part and assisted in the Holy Communion, (4) four times, and performed the entire service of that ritual (3) three times in public, and once in private to the sick. I have read the Evening Prayer (8) eight times, baptized two white children, and performed the funeral service once, and preached (23) times. At your request I took charge of the mission to Williamston on the first Sunday in December, and have performed the whole


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church service there and since with one exception, on the first Sunday in every month, preaching both morning and afternoon, with occasional Communions, as requested. The communicants number about eleven. The few Episcopal families here are refugees from the low country, and we are indebted to the kindness of the Methodists for the use of their church edifice.

        On the first Sunday in May I was prevented from officiating at Williamston by the usual locomotive train not running on the previous day.

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, PENDLETON.
The Rev. A. H. Cornish, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 6 white; children, 11 white, 15 colored; total, 32. Marriages: 2 white, 5 colored; total, 7. Burials: 13 white, 8 colored; total, 21. Communicants: last reported, 51 white, 9 colored; total, 60; admitted, 19 white, 2 colored; total, 21; present number, 70 white, 11 colored; total, 81. Congregation: non-communicants, 40 white; children under 14, 65 white; families, 38; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church (refugees), 20; Children catechised on 25 Sundays, 35 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 20 white, 1 colored; total 21. Sunday-school: teachers, 7 white; scholars, 35 white; subjects of instruction the same as in past years. Public worship, 66 Sundays, 75 other days; whole number of times, 196. Contributions: Communion alms, $403 96; Mission, Domestic, $110 00; Wayside Home, Charleston, $135 00; Female B. P. B. and T. Society, Charleston, $100 00; other Church purposes, $100 00; total, $848 96.

        REMARKS.--Of the twenty whites confirmed, one belonged to Grace Church, Charleston, and one to Christ Church, Columbia.

        Grateful acknowledgments are due to several of my reverend brethren. The Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Jr., has assisted me in the desk 10 times; in the pulpit 26 times; the Rev. J. H. Elliott, in the desk 12 times, and in the pulpit 15 times; the Rev. James H. Quinby, in desk, 12 times; pulpit, 7 times. In consequence, St. Paul's has been opened regularly both morning and evening for whites on all Sundays, and the services for prayer days and holy-days have been more generally performed.

        Among the refugees resident here there are some 30 communicants not included in the 81 reported above.

ST. THADDÆUS' CHURCH, AIKEN.
The Rev. John H. Cornish, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 2 white; children, 11 white, 2 colored; total, 15. Marriages: 4 white, 1 colored; total, 5. Burials: 13 white, 1 colored; total, 14. Communicants: last reported, 61; admitted, 20; removed, 9; died, 3; present number, 74 white,


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also 49 belonging to other congregations. Congregation: families, 34; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 35. Children catechised on eleven days, 35 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 19 white. Sunday-school: 12 persons have assisted in teaching; scholars, from 25 to 40 white, and some 20 colored, more or less, at different times. Public worship, 50 Sundays, 61 other days; whole number of times, 161. Contributions: Communion alms, $495 00; Domestic missions, $141 00; F. B. and P. B. Society, Charleston, $26 00; Advancement Society, $157 00; public hospitals, $153 10; other Church purposes, $124 35; total, $1,096 45.

        REMARKS.--The Holy Communion has been administered in St. Thaddæus' Church 16 times, in private 4 times; total, 20 times. The children in the Sunday-school are catechised by the Rector generally at the close of the school on the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for the day, and of the holy-days occurring in the week, on some portion of Scripture, or the Church Catechism. On the afternoon of the first Sunday in the month, instead of a sermon, as many children as come forward to the chancel are catechised before the congregation.

        But few of the children who attend the Sunday-school come to be catechised. A large number of those who come to be catechised do not attend the Sunday-school--their parents endeavoring conscientiously to discharge the duty they assumed at the baptism of their children--which laudable endeavor can not be too highly commended. It would be well for their children, for the Church, for the community at large, if parents and sponsors were more mindful of the vows they have made, the charitable office they have undertaken, and pledged their word to God that they would faithfully perform.

ST. ANDREW'S PARISH.
The Rev. J. G. Drayton, Minister.

        Baptisms: adults, 9 colored; children, 6 colored; total, 15. Marriages: 1 white, 1 colored; total, 2. Burials: 3 colored. Public worship: St. Andrew's, 19 Sundays, 2 other days; whole number of times, 21; chapels, 22 Sundays. Contributions: Communion alms, $92 60; Diocesan missions, $96 95; total, $189 55.

        REMARKS.--The congregations during the past winter and spring have been large, but made up principally of the troops quartered in the parish, and so constantly fluctuating. Many of the parishioners are still away, and in their places refugees from the islands have come. Under these circumstances, no accurate list of congregation or communicants can be given.

GRACE CHURCH, ANDERSON.
The Rev. John H. Elliott, Rector.

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total, 3. Marriages: 2 white, 1 colored; total, 3. Burials: 11 white, 5 colored; total, 16. Communicants: last reported, 63 white, 5 colored; total, 68; present number, 99 white, 3 colored; total, 102. Congregation: non-communicants, 35 white; children under 14, 73 white; families, 58; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 40; to non-Episcopal Churches, 11. Children catechised on 8 Sundays, 25 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 12 white. Sunday-schools: teachers, 10 white, 8 colored; total, 18; scholars, 45 white, 50 colored; total, 95; subjects of instruction, Burgess on the Catechism, Easy Lessons in Scripture, Barnes on Acts, and Hymns. Public worship, 60 Sundays, 60 other days. Contributions: Communion alms, $426 05; Diocesan missions, $70 00; Domestic missions, $175 00; minister's salary, $1,300 00; other Church purposes, $600 00; total, $2,571 05.

        REMARKS.--I must acknowledge my great indebtedness to the Rev. P. T. Keith for frequent and valued services. And I must also sincerely thank the Rev. A. Toomer Porter, the Rev. J. B. Campbell, and the Rev. W. T. Potter, for their kind assistance.

REPORT OF THE REV. STEPHEN ELLIOTT, CHAPLAIN.

        I continued, through the whole of the year 1863, to officiate near the head-quarters of General Wm. S. Walker, at Pocotaligo. It was my privilege to "preach the word" to the successive bodies of troops, of every branch of the service, who were there stationed. Having no central point for religious worship, I attended, in turn, at the different camps, and thus secured a more general attendance. During the summer months, when the troops were concentrated, I held services three times on Sunday, and twice in the week at nights. I endeavored, according to the ability which God giveth, to declare unto them the saving truths of the Gospel. At one time, in a portion of the command, very great religious interest was manifested. I made it my constant duty to attend at the hospitals, to minister counsel and consolation to the sick and the dying. The results are with God. My family being without the aid and presence of any male, I felt constrained to resign this interesting field, and am now residing near Camden, having returned to the familiar occupation of a missionary to the colored population. I am officiating to two congregations, with great prospect of usefulness.

ST. LUKE'S CHURCH, CHARLESTON.
The Rev. Christopher P. Gadsden, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 colored; children, 12 white, 8 colored; total, 21. Marriages: 3 white, 3 colored; total, 6. Burials: 13 white, 5 colored; total, 18. Communicants: last reported, 126 white, 63 colored; total, 189; admitted, 7 white, 5 colored;


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total, 12; died, 1; suspended, 1; present number, 132 white, 68 colored; total, 200. Congregation: families, 72 white, 22 colored; total, 94. Children catechised on 5 Sundays. Confirmed by the Bishop, 7 white, 5 colored; total, 12. Sunday-school: teachers, 3 white; scholars, 15 white, 70 colored; total, 85; subjects of instruction, Church Catechism, Union Bible Questions, Collects, and Hymns. Public worship, 9 Sundays, 61 other days; whole number of times, 179. Contributions: Communion alms, $1,306 15; Missions, Diocesan, $890 00; Domestic, $302 55; Foreign, $20 00; Diocesan Seminary, $500 00; for soldiers, $250 00; other Church purposes, $1,374 00; total, $4,642 71.

        REMARKS.--A large number of the families belonging to the church are at present refugees in various parts of the state. The attendance of children upon the Sunday-school has been very much reduced by this cause, and for some months the school was suspended, but it is now in operation again.

        In addition to the services reported above, I have officiated in St. Paul's Church, Summerville, ten times; administered the Holy Communion once, and baptized one white infant. On twenty other occasions I have preached to the soldiers, and elsewhere out of the city.

        A weekly prayer-meeting has been held for the colored members of the congregation on Monday evening during the greater part of the year.

        We would render thanks to Almighty God, who has preserved our church, and enabled us to assemble for public worship, notwithstanding the bombardment of the city.

ALL-SAINTS' PARISH, WACCAMAW.
The Rev. Alexander Glennie, Rector.
Mr. D. D. Rosa, Catechist.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 colored; children, 4 white, 59 colored; total, 64. Marriages: 5 colored. Burials: 2 white, 14 colored; total, 16. Communicants: last reported, 28 white; admitted, 2; removed, 3; died, 1; present number, 26. Congregation: non-communicants, 22 white; children under fourteen, 47 white; families, 24 white; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 1. Children catechised on 26 days, 111 colored. Public worship: Parish Church, 13 Sundays, 1 other day; St. John's Church, 3 Sundays; on plantations for negroes, 94 Sundays, 5 other days; whole number of times, 116. Contributions: Communion alms, $55 40; Diocesan missions, $80 00; total, $132 40.

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REPORT OF THE PARISH OF PRINCE FREDERICK'S, PEE DEE.
The Rev. Alexander Glennie, Officiating Minister.

        Baptisms: adult, 1 colored; children, 13 white, 19 colored; total, 33. Marriages: 1 colored. Burials: 2 white, 1 colored; total, 3. Communicants: 42 white. Non-communicants: 41 white; children under fourteen, 53 white; families, 22 white; families belonging to other congregations, 11 white. Children catechised: 26 white, 47 times; 119 colored, 149 times Divine service at Plantersville, 48 Sundays, 61 other days; whole number of times, 109; for negroes, 92 times. Communion alms, $117 75. Domestic missions, $230 40.

CHRIST CHURCH, CHARLESTON.
The Rev. J. Mercier Green, Rector.

        Baptisms: children, 1 white. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 4 white, 1 colored; total, 5. Communicants: last reported, 22 white; admitted, 1 colored; died, 2 white; present number, 21 white. Congregation fluctuating. Sunday-school: teachers, 3 white; scholars, about 30 white; subjects of instruction, the Church Catechism, and other catechisms. Public worship: since the first Sunday in April, every Sunday morning and afternoon, with three exceptions. Contributions: Communion alms, $196 50; minister's salary, $732 00; other Church purposes, $572 90; total, $1,501 40.

        REMARKS.--This church was reopened for divine service on the first Sunday in April last, and has continued opened, with three exceptions, up to the present time. The attendance generally has been quite encouraging. Previous to the shelling of the city the Sunday-school was largely on the increase, having been connected with a parochial school, formed through the instrumentality of Miss Julia Gregg, from Columbia, a lady of high mental cultivation, and of deep, fervent piety, who succeeded, under the blessing of God, in establishing the school, numbering about forty scholars, under the most trying and disadvantageous circumstances. The exodus of the female portion of the population from the city caused her, however, very soon to abandon the work. Since then, with the assistance of one or two teachers, I have been able merely to keep the Sunday-school together. Should Providence see fit to continue me in this field of labor, we trust to renew our efforts on a larger scale when peace again dawns upon our land. The collections for the minister's salary, and other Church purposes, were made mostly outside of the congregation.

ZION CHURCH, RICHLAND.
The Rev. L. F. Guerry, Rector.

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1 white, 2 colored; total, 3. Burials: 1 white, 2 colored; total, 3. Communicants: last reported, 10 white; colored, unknown; admitted, 4 colored; removed, 1 white; died, 1 white; suspended, 1 colored; present number, 26 white, 34 colored; total, 60. Congregation: non-communicants, 11 white; families, 23 white; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 4. Children catechised on week days and Sundays, 40 colored. Confirmed by the Bishop, 11 colored. Public worship: Upper Zion, 63 Sundays, 29 other days; Lower Zion, 53 Sundays; plantations, Sundays and 45 other days; whole number of times, 190. Contributions: Communion alms, $262 80; Domestic missions, 25 00 out of the above.

        REMARKS.--I trust that the religious interest of the colored people is increasing, and that ere long the field of labor in the parish will not only be enlarged, but become much more interesting and useful. The colored children are catechised by the rector once every week on different plantations, when not interrupted.

ST. MARK'S, CLARENDON.
The Rev. B. E. Habersham, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 13 colored; children, 3 white, 1 colored; total, 17. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 4 white. Communicants : died, 2 white ; present number, 52 white, 30 colored ; total, 82. Confirmed by the Bishop, 2 white, 21 colored; total, 23. Public worship, 101 services on Sundays, 23 on other days; whole number, 123. Contributions: Communion alms and other collections, $755 45 ; Diocesan missions, 100 00; Domestic missions, 150 00; Parochial purposes, 18 00; given to the relief of sick and wounded soldiers, and other charities called for by the war, 481 50; total, $749 50.

        REMARKS.--Of the white communicants, 21 are attached to other congregations in the Diocese. The colored members reported are permanently resident in the immediate neighborhood. For these the rector holds separate services on Sunday afternoons.

ST. JOHN's CHURCH, RICHLAND DISTRICT.
The Rev. Wm. H. Hanckel, Rector.

        Baptisms; adults, 6 white ; children, 3 white; total, 9. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 6 white. Communicants: admitted, 4 white; removed, 2 white; died, 2 white; present number, 24 white, 1 colored; total, 25. Congregation: non-communicants, 14 white; children under 14, 29 white; families, 17 white; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 1. Confirmed by the Bishop, 6 white. Public worship: St. John's Church, 65 Sundays, 7 other days; on plantations,


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64 other days; whole number of times, 136. Communion alms, $188 30.

THE REV. J. S. HANCKEL.

        Officially, I have only to report that I have been regularly officiating at St. Paul's, in the Valley, for the year past. The reports of these services in detail, will be made to Bishop Atkinson. Until quite recently, I fully purposed being present at Convention; but instead of settling down, our section is every day becoming more disturbed.

PRINCE GEORGE WINYAW.
The Rev. R. T. Howard, Rector.

        Baptisms: children, 2 white. Burials: 6 white, 2 colored; total, 8. Communion alms, $61 25.

        REMARKS.--The regular services of the church have been held during the past year up to the present time. Several families are still absent as refugees. The congregation, therefore, is not as large as usual in peace times.

        I have been greatly assisted by the Rev. R. S. Trapier, who, being driven from his own parish by the war, has, on all occasions when applied to, most kindly and generously responded. The parish, as well as myself, are largely indebted to him for his very acceptable services.

ST. PHILIP'S, CHARLESTON.
The Rev. W. B. W. Howe, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 2 white; children, 8 white, 5 colored; total, 15. Marriages: 4 white, 10 colored; total, 14. Burials: 31 white, 9 colored; total, 40. Communicants: admitted, 10. Public worship, whole number of times, 225. Contributions: Communion alms, $1,676 47; missions and other Church purposes, 921 15; total, $2,597 62.

        REMARKS.--The above report of public worship comes down to the 19th of November. Since that date services have been held in St. Paul's, in conjunction with the ministers and congregation of St. Michael's. Daily service during Lent.

ST. JOHN'S AND ST. STEPHEN'S, FAIRFIELD.
The Rev. J. Theodore Hutcheson, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 white, 1 colored; total, 2; children, 7 white, 8 colored; total, 15; total number of baptisms, 17. Marriages: 2 white, 2 colored; total, 4. Burials: 8 white, 2 colored; total, 10. Communicants: last reported, 39 white, 19 colored; total, 58; admitted, 6 white, 3 colored; total, 9; removed, 1 white; present number, 66; belonging to the parish,


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refugee communicants, about 35. Congregation: non-communicants, number uncertain; children under fourteen, 45; families, 21; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 22. Confirmed by the Bishop, 6 white, 3 colored; total, 9. Sunday-schools: teachers, 7 white; scholars, 35 white, 7 colored; total, 42. Contributions: Communion alms, $620 85; Diocesan missions, $80 00 (to the two missionary churches of Charleston); Domestic missions, $50 00; Church Home, $30 00; to a person in distress, $100 00; to the poor, $97 00; other Church purposes, $260 00; total, $617 00. All our contributions this year have been taken from the Communion alms.

        REMARKS.--On the eve of leaving the country, to make a visit to my home in the Bahamas, I have resigned the charge of the parish, and my resignation has been accepted.

PARISH OF ST. JAMES' SANTEE.
The Rev. N. Hyatt, Rector.

        Public worship: Wambaw Church, 39 Sundays, other days, 2; Sea-shore Chapel, 26 Sundays, other days, 3; whole number of times 96. Communicants: admitted, 4 white ; Sunday-school scholars, 40 ; teachers, 4. The most of my parishioners are absent as refugees.

REPORT OF THE REV. P. G. JENKINS, CHAPLAIN, P. A. C. S.

        Since the meeting of the last Council, in May, 1863, I have been-employed in the hospitals at Columbia. Services are held at the different hospitals on each Lord's day, and frequently during the week. I am gratified to report that the services are well attended, and the Testament and our Prayer-book truly appreciated.

TRINITY CHURCH, ABBEVILLE.
The Rev. Benjamin Johnson, Rector.

        Baptisms: 5 white infants (at Willington, 3 white infants, 8 colored infants, and 8 colored adults); total, 24. Funerals: 6 white adults. Marriages: 1 white, 1 colored. Confirmations: 6 white, 7 colored; total, 13. Communion: 15; once in private (at Willington 5 times); total, 21. Communicants: 73 white; among the refugees about 25 white (at Willington, 5 others in Mr. Porcher's school); 33 colored; total in the district, 136; families belonging to the parish, 36; refugees, 10 or 15.

        REMARKS.--Divine service, always with preaching, has been held in Trinity Church, Abbeville, 138 times; at Willington, 20; elsewhere, 8; total, 164. Sunday scholars, about 25 white; colored unknown. At Willington, systematic religious instruction is given in connection with Mr. Porcher's admirable school.


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The missionary field, among the negroes at this place, is increasing in Interest--nine candidates now await confirmation at the Bishop's hands.

        Collections in this parish (as far as could be distinctly ascertained, and exclusive of contributions to the public enterprises of the day) have been as follows: Alms, $381 60; missionary purposes, etc., $495 50; paid by this congregation towards church debt, now extinguished, $5,325 00; minister's salary, $1,500 00; total, $7,702 10.

        Every want of the Rector, in these difficult times, has been anticipated by his kind and thoughtful parishioners. He most gratefully records their attentions, and prays God to reward them from the unsearchable riches of a Saviour's grace.

PINEVILLE AND UPPER ST. JOHN'S.
The Rev. R. P. Johnson, Rector.
The Rev. W. W. Patrick, Missionary.

        Baptisms: adults, 67 colored; children, 12 white, 73 colored; total, 152. Marriages: 5 white, 3 colored; total, 8. Burials: 10 white, 15 colored; total, 25. Communicants: last reported, 56 white, 337 colored; total, 393; admitted, 12 white, 90 colored; total, 102; removed, 2 white; died, 4 white, 24 colored; total, 228; suspended, 2 colored; present number, 62 white, 401 colored; total, 463. Congregation: non-communicants, 40; children under fourteen, 74; families, 35; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 4. Children catechised on 246 days: 28 white, colored unknown. Confirmed by the Bishop: 11 white, 90 colored; total, 101. Sunday-schools: teachers, 7 white; scholars, 40 white, 50 colored; total, 90. Public worship: St. Stephen's Chapel, 32 Sundays, 27 other days; whole number of times, 66; Church of the Epiphany, 23 Sundays, 4 other days; whole number of times, 26; Eutawville Chapel, 15 Sundays, 1 other day; whole number of times, 22. Contributions: Communion alms, $221 60; Diocesan missions, $209 00; Domestic missions, $140 00; other purposes, $525 00; total, $1,110 60.

        REMARKS.--Services have been also held on 13 plantations on Sundays and other days, 344 times. This includes the Rev. W. W. Patrick's services, who also reports having held service and preached at other places 20 times.

        The parish has sustained, during the past year, a severe loss in the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Julius T. Porcher, who fell gallantly fighting at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Intelligent, well-educated and informed, calm in judgment, gentle and attractive in manner, consistent and enlightened in piety, his death has been deeply felt, and will be long deplored. Such men are rare, and their places hard to fill. Our loss is, however, his eternal gain.


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        After an association of over twenty years, the congregations of the two churches in this parish have determined to separate and organize themselves into independent parishes, each having its own rector, and receiving weekly ministrations. May all be overruled for good, and the furtherance of God's glory.

REPORT OF THE REV. W. JOHNSON,
Rector of the Church on Edisto island.

        In November, 1861, I left Edisto island in company with all my congregation. That was about the time that it was deemed advisable for the inhabitants of the islands to abandon them. I proceeded to Yorkville, whither part of my congregation accompanied me. As the rector of the church in that place was frequently absent, on account of business connected with the army, I agreed, on his suggestion, accompanied by his assurance that his proposal was agreeable to his vestry and congregation, to accept of the parish and officiate as rector during his connection with the army. In the relation of temporary minister I served the parish until the rector resigned his office in the army and resumed his parochial charge. During the term of my service I preached twice every Sunday, and baptized one adult belonging to my own congregation on Edisto island.

        From Yorkville I removed, in October, 1862, and formed a temporary connection with a female school, then in operation, in the vicinity of Columbia. At that institution I acted in the capacity of teacher and minister, officiating twice on Sundays. I next moved to Columbia in May, 1863, where I remained until the end of the year. During my sojourn there I gave occasional assistance to the two resident ministers, and, with the consent of the rector, I baptized an adult in Christ Church. Whilst in Columbia I also married one couple, and buried one person.

        In January, 1864, I moved into the parish of the Rev. W. H. Hanckel, where I now reside in the capacity of a teacher, rendering such occasional assistance to the rector as he may desire of me. Shortly after my settlement in the parish, and during a short absence of the rector, I baptized and administered the communion to a member of the congregation in her last illness, and within a few days afterwards I officiated at her burial.

        Since I have been residing here I have married a couple in Orangeburg.

CALVARY CHURCH, GLENN SPRINGS.
The Rev. Clement F. Jones, D. D., Rector.

        Baptisms: children, 1 white, 1 colored; total, 2. Burials: 2 white. Communicants: last reported, 25; removed, 1; present


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number, 24 white; colored, 1. Congregation: white families, 9. Public worship, 83 times. Communion offerings, $24 40.

TRINITY CHURCH, SOCIETY HILL.
The Rev. John Steinfort Kidney, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 3 white; children, 4 white, 1 colored; total, 8. Marriages: 1 colored. Burials: 2 white, 4 colored; total, 6. Communicants: last reported, 17 white, 7 colored; total, 24; admitted, 6 white, 1 colored; total, 7; removed, 1 white, 1 colored; total, 2; died, 1 colored; present number, 22 white, 6 colored; total, 28. Congregation: non-communicants, 14 white, 3 colored; total, 17; children under fourteen, 28 white, 3 colored; total, 31; families, 15 white, 5 colored; total, 20; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 13 white, 2 colored; total, 15. Children catechised on Sundays, 27 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 5 white. Public worship: 58 Sundays, 52 other days; whole number of times, 168. Contributions: Communion alms, $240 30; Diocesan missions, $146 25; Domestic missions, $225 00; for Charleston, $180 00; total, $791 55.

        REMARKS.--Besides the above, I have officiated three times, by appointment, at Grace Chapel of St. David's Church, Cheraw; baptized one adult and one infant, and administered the communion once.

REPORT OF THE PARISH OF ST. LUKE'S, NEWBERRY.
The Rev. Lucien C. Lance, Minister.
The Rev. Edward C. Logan, Missionary.

        Baptisms: infants, 4 white; adults, *

        There being some doubt in one of these cases, concerning the fact of the baptism, the service was performed hypothetically.


2 white. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 2 white, 1 colored. Congregation: families, 31; families belonging also to other congregations of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 23; communicants, 45; refugee communicants, 32; confirmed by the Bishop, 1 white. Sunday-school teachers, 2; scholars, 7. Service: 64 times on 33 Sundays at St. Luke's, and about 43 other days; at Helena 12 times on 6 Sundays, 4 other days. Contributions: Communion alms, $130 50; soldiers, $50 00.

REPORT OF THE PARISH OF THE EPIPHANY, LAURENS.
The Rev. Lucien C. Lance, Minister.

        Baptisms: adult, 1. Congregation: families, 5; families belonging also to other congregations of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 2; children under fourteen, 7; communicants, 14; refugee communicants, 4. There have been held 50 services on


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25 Sundays, 18 other days. Sunday-school teachers, 2; scholars, 13. Contributions: Communion alms, $88 90. Confirmations, 2.

REPORT OF REV. C. E. LEVERETT.

        My engagements, from the date of last year's report to early in September, 1863, were, besides services at home on Sunday afternoons, only occasional aid to the Rector of Christ Church, Columbia. From that time to the first of May, 1864, I have preached each Sunday morning to the young ladies of the institution at Barhamville, and each Sunday afternoon I have lectured to them, as a Bible-class, at the same place. This field of duty has been an interesting, and, I hope, a useful one. The scholars, numbering about forty, mostly Episcopalians, and many from other states of the Confederacy, have constituted, for the time being, an important church. Taken altogether, I have had no charge, in the course of my ministry, which has been more pleasant. May the seed sown bear fruit unto eternal life.

THE REV. E. C. LOGAN'S REPORT.

        On the 17th of July last I severed my connection with the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Dennis, and resigned the situation of teacher of the Beresford Bounty School, and removed to Reidville, in Spartanburg district, where I officiated regularly to the refugees of our communion there, and others, in a Presbyterian chapel kindly loaned me for the purpose, on a part of each Lord's day. I officiated also occasionally at other points in the neighborhood, by request. This continued until the beginning of February, when I accepted a call to the mission in Helena, in Newberry district, where I am now laboring. This is a new field, and encouraging in its prospects.

ST. JOHN'S CHAPEL, HAMPSTEAD.
The Rev. Alex. W. Marshall, D. D., Missionary.

        Baptisms: adults, 6 white; children, 26 white, 51 colored; total, 83. Marriages: 14 white, 12 colored; total, 26. Burials: 54 white, 27 colored; total, 81. Confirmed by the Bishop: 12 white, 5 colored; total, 17. Public worship: St. John's Chapel, 63 Sundays, 46 other days; whole number of times, 182; City Alms House, 57 other days; total, 239. Communion alms, $184 23.

        REMARKS.--A correct statement of the number of our communicants can not be given, as many of them have temporarily removed from the city in consequence of the bombardment. As far as I have learned, five have died since the last report. The number of Sunday scholars attending at present is thirty-three; teachers three.


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CHURCH OF THE ADVENT, SPARTANBURG.
The Rev. J. D. McCollough, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 white; children, 4 white, 1 colored; total, 6. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 1 white. Communicants: last reported, 19 white; admitted, 3 white; died, 1 white; present number, 21 white. Non-communicants: 10 white, 3 colored; total, 12. Children under 14, 16 white, 5 colored; total, 21. Families: 10 white, 1 colored; total, 11. There are also about 30 families of refugees, containing about 60 communicants. Seven white and one colored of those confirmed belong to this class, and all were admitted to the communion, but are not included in the parish statistics. Children catechised on seven days, about 20. Confirmed by the Bishop, 9 white, 1 colored; total, 10. Sunday-school: number of teachers, 8; of scholars, 25. Public worship, in the court-house: 31 Sundays, 6 other days; whole number of times, 68. Holy communion administered, 14 times. For missions: Diocesan, $251 15; domestic, $70 00; for rector's stipend, $659 75; for Orphan Asylum, about $1,200 00; for completing church building, $2,097 30; other Church purposes, $172 55; total, $4,450 75.

        REMARKS.--The most cheering fact to be reported concerning this parish is the zealous effort made during the year, chiefly by one lady, to provide a Church Home for the destitute orphan children with which the bloody war now raging has filled the land. The beginning is hopeful, and should it enlist the Christian sympathy of the parishioners and of the Church as it deserves, it can not fail of success. But though it should fail, the very effort is the most important record we can make, showing, as it does, that there is among us something of the spirit of Him who came into the world to seek and to save the lost. We commend it to the prayers and alms of the faithful.

CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, UNIONVILLE.
The Rev. J. D. McCollough, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 3 white, 1 colored; total, 4; children, 6 white, 18 colored; total, 24; total baptisms, 28. Burials: 3 white, 2 colored; total, 5. Communicants: last reported, 15; admitted, 11; present number, 26. Congregation: non-communicants, 7 white; children under 14, 20 white, 28 colored; families, 11; families belonging also to other congregations of Protestant Episcopal Church, 7 of refugees, containing 17 communicants. Children catechised on 13 days, about 16 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 11 white. Sunday-schools: teachers, 5 white; scholars, 23 white, 20 colored; total, 43; subjects of instruction, chiefly the Bible and Prayer-book. Public worship: 34 Sundays, 111 other days; whole number of times, 196. Holy communion administered, 19 times. Contributions: Communion


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alms, $255 83; Diocesan missions, 67 50; Domestic missions, 42 90; rector's salary, 520 55; total, $886 78.

ST. ANDREW'S CHAPEL, MOUNT PLEASANT.
The Rev. David McElheran, Minister.

        Baptisms: children, 4 white, 5 colored; total, 9 Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 3 white, 3 colored; total, 6. Public worship: 24 Sundays, 6 other days.

        REMARKS.--The inhabitants of Mount Pleasant, with the exception of a very few, having left for the interior, the vestry thought proper to close the church at this place as to regular service, from the first of October last, one of the vestry only continuing to reside here. Rev. Mr. Fell has service occasionally at the chapel. Attendance at the chapel is generally good.

CHRIST CHURCH, MAR'S BLUFF.
The Rev. Augustus Moore, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 3 colored; children, 3 white, 1 colored; total, 7. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 2 white. Communicants: last reported, 10 white, 11 colored; total, 21; admitted, 1 white; died, 1 white; present number, 19 white, 11 colored; total, 30. Confirmed by the Bishop, 1 white. Public worship: 61 Sundays, 10 other days; whole number of times, 101. Contributions: Communion alms, $87 55; Domestic missions, $20 00; other Church purposes, 30 00; total, $137 55.

REPORT OF THE PARISH OF ST. JOHN'S BERKLEY.
The Rev. A. F. Olmsted, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 16 colored; children, 6 white, 81 colored; total, 103. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 4 white. Communicants: 37 white; colored, uncertain, probably about 150. Families: 24 white. Confirmations: 1 white, 65 colored; total, 66. Contributions: Communion alms, $452 25; Diocesan missions, 165 35; New Orleans refugees, 600; Wayside Home, 358; total, $1,575 60. Public worship at Biggin, Strawberry, Cordesville, and the Barrows, 52 Sundays, 35 other days; for the blacks, 89; whole number of times, 181. Sunday-schools kept up during the summer at the Barrows and Cordesville.

ST. STEPHEN'S CHAPEL.
The Rev. Henry L. Phillips, Missionary.

        Baptisms: children, 2 white, 3 colored; total, 5. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 6 white, 1 colored; total, 7. Children catechised on alternate Sundays on Church Catechism; every Sunday on the New Testament. Sunday-school: subjects of instruction,


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Bible, Prayer-book, Bevan's Catechism, Watts' Divine Songs, etc., etc. Public worship every Sunday and on all Festivals and Fasts. Contributions: Communion alms, $26 50; Missions of poor, 451 00; Shoe Society, 35 00; total, $512 50.

        REMARKS.--This report is unavoidably defective, inasmuch as St. Stephen's registers are out of my reach, having been removed last August to a place of safety in the interior, and I am dependent for what I have herein reported upon my private memorandum of official acts, which have not yet been committed to the church registers. The length of space embraced in the unreported acts is six months.

REPORT OF THE PARISH OF ST. JAMES' GOOSE CREEK.
Henry L. Phillips, Missionary (temporarily), from 13th of March
to 1st of May, inclusive.

        Having been shelled out of Anson street on the 17th of January, and St. Stephen's services having been transferred to St. John's Chapel, in union with Rev. Dr. Marshall, this was made the ground of an approach to me by a leading member of St. James' Parish, who represented this ancient parish as having been entirely destitute of the services of the Church for months and months, and that, too, while in such easy reach of Charleston, where there were so many more ministers than separate churches for them to minister in. It is a pleasant reflection to me that, viewing this as an eminently legitimate field for missionary effort, I acted immediately upon the impulse of the missionary spirit, and undertook to give an occasional service accordingly, until receiving an intimation of the Bishop's desire that I should hold service uninterruptedly until 1st of May. I continued to do so with much cause for encouragement. During the eight Sundays I was engaged here, I held 14 services: in the Parish Church 7 times; on the plantations to negroes, 7 also. Baptised 23, colored; celebrated Holy Communion twice, on which occasions $39 00 were collected, and appropriated to the poor of St. Stephen's, in Charleston. I have found prevalent here an intense desire to have this ancient parish organized again, and a minister of the Church resident. It is with the earnest hope of awakening the attention of the Church in other places to this interesting field that this humble memoir is submitted. "Ethiopia" here truly is waiting to "stretch out her hands unto God." A venerable church, with its seldom frequented aisles and consecrated plate, one hundred and fifty years old, rises up out of her deep seclusion, and while she stands a monument of the blessing she has conferred upon the past, rebukes the present age by the silence that reigns throughout out her sacred courts, and that, too, while "the field is white for the harvest."


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GRACE CHURCH, CHARLESTON.
The Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Rector.
The Rev. Jos. B. Seabrook, Assistant Minister.

        Baptisms: children, 5 white, 1 colored; total, 6. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 6 white. Communicants: last reported, 195 white, 15 colored; total, 210; admitted, 14 white; died, 5 white; present number, 204 white, 15 colored; total, 219. Congregation: non-communicants, 175 white, 20 colored; children under 14, 270 white. Families, 132 white, 12 colored; total, 144. Confirmed by the Bishop, 17. Public worship: 41 Sundays, 15 other days; whole number of times, 97. Contributions: Communion alms, $273 00; other Church purposes, 2,000; total, $2,273 00.

        REMARKS.--The Siege of Charleston has suspended our services since the 1st of January, our church being within range of the enemy's fire. Thus far it has mercifully escaped all injury. This report embraces a period of nine months from the last Convention to January, 1864.

        Our congregation is still scattered over the state, our Sunday-school closed, and our good works hindered by the war. The attendance at the church has been chiefly from the military and members of other congregations.

        At Easter, 1863, the Vestry elected Rev. Jos. B. Seabrook Assistant Minister, so that the church might be open every Sunday during my absence from the city. His services were rendered until 1st of January, acceptably to the reactor and the congregation.

        While absent from the city I have repeatedly aided the rector at Pendleton, and have also visited Anderson, Columbia, Summerville, and Williamston, in all of which places many of my congregation have found shelter. The troops around Charleston I have also visited, as opportunity offered; and the city hospitals I attend constantly while in town, glad to do something for the spiritual welfare of our defenders.

CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMMUNION, CHARLESTON.
The Rev. A. Toomer Porter, Rector.

        Baptisms: children, 23 white, 5 colored, and 1 white adult; total, 29. 8 white, 5 colored, total 13, have been confirmed. Married: 4 white, 2 colored; total, 6. Buried: 14 white, 2 colored; total, 16. I have preached nearly every Sunday, either at the church, or in some other parish, or in some one of the camps in and around Charleston, except when prevented by sickness or some other providential cause. Have expended between three and four thousand dollars for various purposes. Congregation still scattered, through my church is again open for divine service.


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REPORT OF THE REV. W. O. PRENTISS.

        Baptisms: children, 1 white. Burials: 1 white, 11 colored; total, 12. Public worship: Bethel, 20 Sundays. Contributions for Church purposes, $150 00.

        REMARKS.--Since the last report I have been officiating in the neighborhood of Jacksonboro', in the Presbyterian Church of St. Bartholomew's Parish. Besides the above services, I have preached for the soldiers at Adams' Run on twelve Sundays. From May to September, 1863, I took charge of St. Jude's Church, Walterboro', the rector being absent. Those services will be reported by him.

CHRIST CHURCH, COLUMBIA.
The Rev. J. Maxwell Pringle, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 3 white; children, 23 white, 3 colored. Marriages: 4 white, 1 colored. Burials: 8 white, 2 colored. Confirmations, June 28, 1863, 11 white persons confirmed; January 3, 1864, 7 white persons confirmed by the Bishop of the Diocese. Communicants for the past three years more or less regularly worshipping at Christ Church, 136. Collections: Communion alms, $2,278 70. Contributed on special occasions: Orphans of Columbia, 50; Corn Association, 25; Bible, 10; Bible for soldiers, 10; Salaries of missionaries in the City of Charleston, 460; Gen. Morgan's men, 36; Theological Seminary at Camden, 100; Missions, 447 55.

        REMARKS.--The last Sunday of the past year (1863) the pastor, by request of the vestry, preached a sermon with a view to the paying off of the debt of the church--$10,000. I am thankful to be permitted to record that, by a very general and liberal response on the part of the congregation, this desirable object was at once effected, to the glory of God and the declaration of their ready mind.

        The principal portion of the communion alms has been appropriated to the hospitals and to the various public charities for the relief of soldiers and their families.

REPORT OF THE REV. J. H. QUINBY.

        On the return of the Rev. J. M. Green to Charleston I took charge of the mission at Bennettsville, and in January, 1863, added Darlington C. H., where there was quite a number of refugee Episcopalians. I continued my services, officiating alternately at each twice every Sunday, until October last, with but two interruptions--being absent on the coast one Sunday about the time of the attack upon Fort Sumter, and three during the Siege of Battery Wagner. A part of this time was spent in the discharge of duty as chaplain to Major Thomas' volunteer battalion.


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        The amount derived from the two places being inadequate to my support, I was anxious to go regularly into the army; but as no opportunity offered, I resumed my labors at the forenamed points, expecting to take a school at one of them. Having, however, every reason to believe that I was at last to obtain a chaplaincy, I again relinquished my services, and made every preparation for my expected post. Again I was disappointed; and being led, providentially I hope, to Lexington, I have since April officiated once, and sometimes twice, every Lord's day. There are here about six or eight families connected with the Church; but the people generally, of the town and neighborhood, attend our services, and are evidently interested, and, I trust, edified. I have started a Sunday-school (the only one in the place) that promises to succeed; also a Bible-class for ladies, which is already well attended. We have also, during the week, a meeting for prayer.

        At Darlington I baptized one white infant, and one white person was confirmed. Since coming here I have baptized one white infant.

CLAREMONT PARISH.
The Rev. J. J. Roberts, Rector.
The Rev. J. V. Welch, Missionary.

        Baptisms: adults, 2 white, 17 colored; infants, 9 white, 44 colored; total, 72; baptized, in addition, by the Rev. Mr. Welch (see report below), 195; total of baptisms in the parish, 267. Confirmations: 2 white, 24 colored; reported below, in addition, 43 colored; total, 69. Communicants: 64 white (not including refugees), 200 and upwards (in the whole parish) colored; total, say, 300. Burials: 5 white, 12 colored by Mr. Welch. Marriages: 4 colored.

        REMARKS.--The white children of the parish are divided into two classes, and are catechised on the second and third Sundays of every month. The Rev. Mr. Welch is instructing a large number of negroes, and his report shows how zealously he has labored. I hold service for the negroes every Sunday afternoon. I preach also at St. Matthew's Chapel, Providence, but I can not go to this chapel except on week days. The congregation is much enlarged by refugees. I hope to make such arrangements as will enable the congregation to secure the services of the Rev. Mr. Lucas.

        The communion alms for the fiscal year amounted to about $600.

Report of the Rev. J. V. Welch, Missionary.

        Baptisms: adults, 6 colored; children, 187 colored; total, 195. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 12 colored. Communicants: last reported, 1 white, 82 colored; admitted, 43 colored; died,


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6 colored; present number, 1 white, 125 colored; total, 126. Congregation: children under 14, unknown; families, unknown. Children catechised on Sundays and week days. Confirmed by the Bishop, 43 colored. Public worship: 62 Sundays, 103 other days; whole number of times, 318.

        REMARKS.--This report is from March to May, and is the particular report of the Rev. Mr. Welch, Missionary to the Negroes in Claremont Parish.

CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES, BARNWELL.
The Rev. Barnwell B. Sams, Rector.

        Baptisms: Children, 2 white, 3 colored; total, 5. Marriages: 2 white, 1 colored; total, 3. Communicants: last reported, 18 white, 1 colored; admitted, 7 white; removed, 3 white, 1 colored; withdrew, 1 white; present number, 21 white. Non-communicants, 15 white, 5 colored; total, 20. Children under 14, 22 white, 10 colored; total, 32. Families, 12 white; families belonging also to other congregations of the P. E. Church, 5 white. Children catechised on Communion Sundays, 10 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 1 white. Sunday-school: number of teachers, 6 white; number of scholars, 10 white, 35 colored; total, 45. Public worship in the Church of the Holy Apostles: 42 Sundays, 55 other days; whole number of times, 116. Contributions: Communion alms, $168 50; missions, Diocesan, 77 00; for relief of wounded soldiers, 45 50; total, $291 00.

        REMARKS.--Since the meeting of the last Council my duties in the parish were often interrupted by repeated attacks of sickness, which will account for the paucity of the services herein reported. From August to December 1, I was enabled to perform but one service a day, when my health completely broke down; and during the months of December and January I was compelled to relinquish all parochial duties. On the first of February I again resumed the services of the sanctuary, but, up to the present time, have been able to hold but one service a day.

BLACKVILLE.
The Rev. Barnwell B. Sams, Missionary.

        Baptisms: children, 3 white. Burials: 2 white. Communicants: last reported, 17 white; admitted, 5 white, 6 colored; total, 11; removed, 3 white; present number, 19 white, 6 colored; total, 25. Congregation: non-communicants, 18 white, 8 colored; total, 26; children under 14, 20. Families, 14 white; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 13 white. Confirmed by Bishop, 3 white. Public worship: 13 Sundays, 1 other day; whole number of times, 14. Communion alms, $118 00.

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we have been enabled regularly to assemble in their house of worship on the first Sunday of every month since my last report, except upon four occasions, when I was prevented from attending by serious indisposition. The number of attendants upon our services has steadily increased, and the building is nearly filled upon every occasion of worship. The residents of the town, or at least many of them, are regular attendants, and look upon our Church with more favor the more they know of it. There is decidedly an increased interest in our services, which would be greatly stimulated were it in the power of the missionary to place the Book of Common Prayer in the hands of those who evidently are desirous to join in our services; but this, alas! he can not do, as none can be obtained. Could this want be supplied, this would be a favorable opportunity for the establishment of our Church in this place. A contribution of Prayer-books for the use of this congregation would be gratefully received by the missionary in charge.

ST. THOMAS AND ST. DENNIS.
The Rev. J. Julius Sams, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 white, 31 colored; total, 32; children, 1 white, 29 colored; total, 30; total number of baptisms, 62. Burials: 4 white, 4 colored; total 8. Communicants: last reported, 28 white; admitted, 4 white, 31 colored; total, 35; removed, 1 white; died, 1 white; present number, 30 white, 82 colored; total, 112. Congregation: non-communicants, 20 white; children under 14, 22 white; families, 17 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 2 white, 3 colored; total, 5. Public worship: Parish Church, Pompion chapel, 58 Sundays, 10 other days; total, 68; Wando chapel and plantations, 54 Sundays, 26 other days; total, 80; whole number of times, 148. Communion alms, $100 00.

        REMARKS.--Last summer I officiated in Chester, preaching 62 times on Sunday and 26 times on other days; total, 88. I catechised the children 9 times. The Sunday-school consists of 5 teachers and 30 scholars. I baptized 2 white adults, 2 white infants, and 1 colored. I buried 4 white adults, 2 colored, and 2 white children. Six communicants were added and 5 confirmed. I collected for charity and other Church purposes $130 00. I preached in other places 10 times. During the last winter the pulpit in Chester was kindly supplied by the Rev. Geo. Everhart, of North Carolina, Rev. Thomas Ambler, of Virginia, and the Reverends C. B. Walker, Theo. Hutcheson, J. Obear, of this Diocese. I take charge of the parish again this summer.

TRINITY CHURCH, COLUMBIA.
The Rev. Peter J. Shand, Rector.

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2; total adults, 7; total children, 33. Marriages: white, 26; colored, 3; total, 29. Burials: white, 29; colored, 1; total, 30. Communicants: last reported, 151; admitted, 30 white; died, 11; present number, 171; colored communicants, 6. Non-communicants, 75; colored, unknown; children under 14, white, 110; families, 95 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 37 white. Children catechised usually once a month, from 20 to 50 white. Sunday-school teachers, 6; scholars varying in number from 20 to 50. Public worship as in last report.

        REMARKS.--Of the marriages reported, one was solemnized in St. Philip's Church, Charleston, and one in St. Thaddæus' Church, Aiken, with the consent of the respective rectors.

TRINITY CHURCH, BLACK OAK.
The Rev. P. F. Stevens, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 43 colored; children, 10 white, 129 colored; total, 182. Marriages: 2 white, 1 colored; total, 3. Burials: 6 whites, 14 colored; total, 20. Communicants: last reported, 54 white, 118 colored; total, 172; admitted, 3 white, 29 colored; total, 32; removed, 12 white, 7 colored; total, 19; died, 5 colored; present number, 45 white, 135 colored; total, 180. Congregation: non-communicants, 22 white, 848 colored; total, 870; children under 14, 40 white, 758 colored; total, 798; families, 22 white, 387 colored; total, 409; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 1 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 13 white, 57 colored; total, 70. Public worship: Trinity Church, 62 Sundays, 33 other days; Black Oak Chapel, 17 Sundays, 4 other days; Cedar Chapel, 17 Sundays, 4 other days: Porcher Chapel, 18 Sundays, 7 other days; Cain Chapel, 14 Sundays, 9 other days; Morefield, 1 Sunday, 10 other days; whole number of times, 196. Contributions: Communion alms, $469 50; Diocesan missions, 243 50; Domestic missions, 519 30; Parochial schools, 535 00; other Church purposes, 620 00; total, $2,387 30.

        REMARKS.--In addition to the above services for the colored people, I have held thirty-six services at other places at irregular times. I have either been assisted in my own service for the whites, or exchanged with other ministers, nine Sundays and two week days. I have administered the communion ten times to the whites and six times to the blacks. I have also attempted some catechetical instruction among the colored children, but have not been able to arrange any settled course. A small Sunday-school was carried on in the Village of Pinopolis during the summer months. An average attendance of about fifty scholars, white and black. I am greatly encouraged by the working of my plan of congregating the negroes of adjacent plantations. In addition to the above contributions, I have collected $39 78 for missions from among the blacks.


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CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, YORKVILLE.
The Rev. James Stoney, Rector.

        Baptisms: children, 7 white. Marriages: 1 white. Burials: 4 white. Communicants: last reported, 19 white; admitted, 4 white; died, 2 white; present number, 24 white. Congregation: children under 14, 36 white; families, 13 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 6 white. Sunday-school: teachers, 4 white, 1 colored; total, 5; scholars, 20 white, 5 colored; total, 25. Contributions: Communion alms, $137 85; other Church purposes, 100 00; total, $237 85.

        REMARKS.--Preached twice every Sunday when the weather permitted, at Yorkville, excepting when absent on a missionary visit to Ebenezerville, which occurred about once in every six weeks. The above report does not include refugees.

CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER, ORANGEBURG.
The Revs. Paul Trapier and Stiles Mellichamp, Missionaries.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 white; children, 10 white, 1 colored; total, 12. Marriages: 3 white. Burials: 7 white, 1 colored; total, 8. Communicants: last reported, 43 white; admitted, 29 white; removed, 9 white; present number, 63 white. Congregation: non-communicants, 36 white; children under 14, 37 white; families, 34 white; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 20. Children catechised on 60 days, 10 white. Confirmed by the Bishop, 3 white. Sunday-school: teacher, 2 white; scholars, 10 white; subjects of instruction, Collects, Catechism, and Hymns. Public worship: 60 Sundays, 7 other days; whole number of times, 124. Contributions: Communion alms, $343 00; Domestic missions, 50 00; total, $393 00.

        REMARKS.--This congregation has been largely augmented by removal of exiles from our low country, among whom are many excellent people, great acquisitions to the Church and community.

        Unhappily, the distance of both ministers hinders the gathering of the children into the Sunday-school, and the absence of most of the men from the town cripples us in many other ways.

        The crowding in, too, of so many new-comers has crowded out the colored people, among whom we are, consequently, able to do nothing.

        Yet, with all these drawbacks, there has been, we trust, some progress in knowledge, grace, and stability; certainly in feeling for and beneficence to the poor, the suffering, and the soldier.


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THE REV. R. S. TRAPIER.

        Baptisms: adults, 4 colored; children, 20 colored; total, 24. Burials: 2 white, 8 colored; total, 10.

        Driven from my parish by the enemy in December, 1862, I resided for upwards of a year in Kershaw district. While there I officiated for some time, using a log-house for the purpose. A few members of the Church resided near me. I also attended to the spiritual wants of the negroes on a plantation--refugees from my parish. For the past year I have resided near Georgetown, and have been assisting the Rev. Mr. Howard, the rector of the parish.

CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER, SUMTER.
The Rev. Albert R. Walker, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 1 colored; children, 8 white, 2 colored; total, 11. Marriages: 1 colored. Burials: 4 white, 1 colored; total, 5. Communicants: last reported, about 35 whites; admitted, 42 white, 2 colored; total 44; removed, 14 white; died, 3 white; present number, 60 white, 2 colored; total, 62. Congregation: non-communicants, 16 white; children under 14, 46 white, 12 colored; families, 16 white; families belonging also to other congregations of P. E. Church, 24. Children catechised on four or five days, all the white and black scholars. Confirmed by the Bishop: 10 white, 1 colored; total, 11. Sunday-school: teachers, 4 white, 1 colored; total, 5; scholars, 34 white, 14 colored; total, 48; subjects of instruction, Church Catechism, Scripture Questions, Collects, and Hymns. Public worship: Church of the Holy Comforter, 25 Sundays, 60 other days; St. Matthew's Chapel, Providence, in parish of the Rev. Mr. Roberts, 3 other days; Methodist Church at Summerton, Clarendon district, 1 Sunday; whole number of times, 89. Contributions: Communion alms, $245 60; Diocesan missions, 122 90; Domestic missions, 149 50; Foreign missions, 35 00; other Church purposes, 341 30; total, $894 30.

ST. PHILIP'S CHURCH, BRADFORD SPRINGS.
The Rev. Albert R. Walker, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 3 colored; children, 1 white, 8 colored; total, 12. Burials: 2 white. Communicants: last reported, about 18 white; admitted, 3 white, 3 colored; total, 6; removed, 1 white; died, 1 white; present number, 20 white, 3 colored; total 23. Congregation: non-communicants, 15 white; children under 14, 14 white; families, 10 white; families belonging also to other congregations of the P. E. Church, 2. Children catechised on several days, 8 white; 40 or 50 colored on one of the plantations. Confirmed by the Bishop, 3 colored.


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Sunday-school: teachers, 2 white; scholars, 8 white; subjects of instruction, Church Catechism, Scripture Questions, Collects, and Hymns. Public worship: St. Philip's Church, 26 Sundays, 3 other days; whole number of times, 29; on Mrs. John A. Colclough's plantation, afternoon of every Sunday; to the negroes, after service at St. Philip's, noon of every Sunday. Contributions: Communion alms, $49 00; Diocesan missions, 72 00; Domestic missions, 57 00; other Church purposes, 262 50; total, $440 50.

REPORT OF THE REV. C. BRUCE WALKER.

        Baptisms: children, 1 colored. Burials: 3 white. Public worship: 25 Sundays, 16 other days; whole number of times, 48.

        REMARKS.--During the past twelvemonth I have done some little missionary duty, and assisted, on different occasions, the rectors of the churches in Columbia. Since the opening of the present year (1864) I have been officiating at the Wayside Hospital, Columbia, on two Sundays in each month.

TRINITY CHURCH, EDGEFIELD.
The Rev. E. T. Walker, Rector.

        Baptisms: adults, 2 colored; children, 2 colored; total, 4. Marriages: 2 colored. Burials: 3 white. Communicants: admitted, 2 colored; present number, 18 white. Congregation: non-communicants, 7 white; children under 14, 10 white; families, 12 white; families belonging also to other congregations of the P. E. Church, 3 white. Children catechised on 15 days. Public worship: Trinity Church, 43 Sundays, 20 other days; whole number of times, 100; Church of the Redeemer, 14 Sundays; whole number of times, 28. Contributions: Communion alms, $90 00; other Church purposes, 90 00; total, 180 00.

ST. MATTHEW'S PARISH.
The Rev. Jos. R. Walker, Rector of St. Helena Church, Beaufort, Acting Missionary.

        Since my last report I have officiated regularly during the summer in the chapel at Totness, the summer retreat of the parishioners, holding service twice on Sundays and once (on Wednesdays) in the week. During the winter and spring I have had service at the Parish Church on Sundays, and on the chief Fasts and Festivals, as also on the days appointed by the civil authority. By the consent of the parishioners I have had service in the Parish Church from time to time, exclusively for the servants of the adjoining plantations, and on such occasions the attendance has been quite large, and apparently exciting much interest among them.

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and out of it, 2. Funerals, 1. Communicants: white, 25; of these, two have recently removed, and one has died. Children catechised, 14. Sunday-school: white scholars, 14; teachers, 3; colored scholars, 10 or 15; teachers, white, 2. Communion alms and other contributions, through me, to religious and benevolent objects, about $350 00.

        The parish, though small as to whites, is a very interesting one. The people are educated and refined. They are warmly and piously attached to the Church and its old time-honored offices. They cheerfully respond, according to their means, to calls of the ministry for religious and charitable purposes. It is greatly to be regretted that there is so little room in the Parish Church for the negroes. If there were more room--if there were accommodations for some three or four hundred negroes--my conviction is that something like that number might be induced to attend at the same time with the whites, and the parish become a very interesting one. As in England, in the rural parishes, the "gentry" occupy the gallery or certain pews, and the "peasantry" the area of the church, so it ought to be with us--masters and servants--rich and poor--meeting together in the House of God, offering the same prayers and praises, and hearing the same messages of grace and life. Could such an arrangement be made in this parish, as I think it might be in times "peaceably ordered," some large non-resident property and slaveholders who now do nothing for the support of religious offices in the parish might be induced, if but for the sake of their slaves, to take an interest in them, and help to sustain them.

ASHEPOO AND PON PON MISSION.
The Rev. E. J. Webb, Missionary.

        Baptisms: 8 infants. Deaths: adult members, 6. Children catechised, 7; total, 13. Burials: 1 white, 2 colored; total, 3. Marriages, 3. Dismissal, 1. Removals, 5 members.

        Since our last report no interruption has taken place, by ill-health of the missionary, of the usual services to the adults and children on the several locations connected with our mission; but on account of the raid on Pon Pon last July, a suspension of services was caused for a short time; also the prevalence of the small-pox caused a temporary suspension at the Chessee Church last fall; since then the duties have continued. By a removal of one of our patrons of the negroes belonging to the mission to the up country, we have lost the above-mentioned number of church-members.

CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, GRAHAMVILLE.
The Rev. Arthur Wigfall, Rector.

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Communicants: last reported, 20; admitted, 6; withdrew, 2; died, 1; present number, 23. Congregation: non-communicants, about 30; children under 14, 15; families, 12. Confirmed by the Bishop, 4.

        REMARKS.--The war has broken up my Sunday-school and my Bible-class.

ABSTRACT OF PAROCHIAL REPORTS

        

For the period from February 11, A. D. 1863, to May 11, A. D. 1864.

White. Colored. Total.
Baptisms--Adults 58 335 393
Baptisms--Children 373 857 1,230
Grand total 431 1,192 1,623
Marriages 115 10 125
Burials 387 210 597
Congregation Communicants 2,660 1,200 3,860
Congregation Non-communicants 744 942 1,686
Congregation Children under 14 1,238 883 2,121
Congregation Families 1,054 436 1,490
Congregation Families belonging to other congregations of the P. E. Church 386 2 388
Children catechised 381 337 718
Confirmed by the Bishop 311 350 661
Sunday-school teachers 143 10 153
Sunday-school scholars 738 297 1,035
Total amount collected $58,074 39


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CONSTITUTION
OF THE
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH
IN THE
DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

ARTICLE I.

        Of acceding to the Constitution and Canons of the General Council.

        The Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina accedes to, recognizes, and adopts the general Constitution and Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, and acknowledges their authority accordingly.

ARTICLE II.

        Of Meetings.

        SECTION 1. A stated Council shall be held annually in Charleston, on the second Wednesday in February, or at such time and place as shall have been determined upon by the preceding Council.

        SECTION II. The Ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese shall have power to call a special meeting of the Council, and such meeting shall be held when and where the authority so calling it shall determine; and at such meeting no other business shall be transacted than that in the notice so calling said meeting; nor shall a Bishop or Assistant Bishop be elected at such meeting.

        SECTION III. In case there be an epidemic disease, or other cause deemed sufficient, in the judgement of the Ecclesiastical authority, to require a change of the time or place for the meeting of a Council, either stated or special, the said authority may designate another time or place for holding such meeting, to be held within not less than a month after such designation.

ARTICLE III.

        Of Members of Council.

        SECTION 1. The Council shall be composed of clergymen and laymen.

        SECTION 2.*

        For proposed amendments to this section, see Journal, p. 30.


The Bishop, the Assistant Bishop, when there is one, and the minister or ministers of every Episcopal Church in union with this Council, shall always, be, ex officio, a member or members of this Council, with a right to vote on all matters requiring the suffrages thereof: Provided, that no clergyman shall be entitled to vote in Council unless he has been actually, as well as canonically, resident within the Diocese for the space of twelve calendar months next before the meeting of the Council, and has, for the same period, been employed in performing the duties of his station: Provided, also, that no clergyman, otherwise entitled to a seat and vote in Council, shall, by reason of advanced years, or infirm health, or temporary absence, be divested of such privilege.

        SECTION III. Every other clergyman of the Church, being a missionary, officiating under the sanction of the Ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese, a professor in a theological seminary, or a chaplain in any benevolent or other public institution,


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shall be entitled to all the privileges of a member of this Council, with the exception of the right to vote on matters involving the temporal concerns of the churches. The provisions of the second section of this article shall also apply to the preceding part of this section. Every other clergyman, being an instructor of youth in any seminary of learning, constituted by civil or ecclesiastical authority in this Diocese, or a chaplain in the army or navy of the Confederate States, or being prevented by age and infirmity from exercising his clerical functions, shall be entitled to all the privileges of a member of this Council, with the exception of the right to vote.

        SECTION 4. Lay delegates not exceeding four (4) in number shall be elected by the respective Episcopal Churches in union with this Council, from among the members of those churches respectively, to represent them in Council; the delegates to be elected in such manner and time as each church shall deem proper, to serve for one stated Council. They shall, before they are permitted to take their seats in Council, produce written testimonials of their election. For special Councils, special elections shall be held.

        SECTION 5. No member shall hereafter represent two distinct churches, or shall, in any case, have more than one vote.

        SECTION 6. A lay member having taken his seat in the Council as a delegate from any church, shall not (without the unanimous consent of the Council) be permitted to relinquish his seat, and take his seat as the delegate of another church.

ARTICLE IV.

        Of a Quorum.

        Ten (10) members of the clerical order, and lay representatives of ten (10) churches, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business generally; but any number of either order that shall assemble may adjourn, from day to day, until a quorum is formed.

ARTICLE V.

        Of the President.

        The Bishop of the Diocese shall be, ex officio, President of the Council. But in case of his absence or a vacancy in the Episcopate, the President of the Standing Committee shall be the President of the Council; and if he be not present, a presiding officer shall be elected from among the attending presbyters.

ARTICLE VI.

        Of the Secretary.

        A Secretary shall be annually chosen (and continue in office until a successor be appointed), who shall keep a true and correct journal of the proceedings of the Council, attest its public acts, preserve its records, and give notice to each minister and vestry of the time and place appointed for any stated or special meetings of the Council; and this notice shall be given at least six weeks before the meeting of such Council.

ARTICLE VII.

        Of the Treasurer.

        A Treasurer shall be annually chosen, who shall keep regular accounts of all money transactions, to be annually laid before the Council, and shall faithfully deliver into the hands of his successor all books, papers, and funds relative and belonging to the Council, which may be in his charge.

ARTICLE VIII.

        Of the Standing Committee.

        SECTION 1. A Standing Committee, consisting of five presbyters of the Diocese, and five laymen taken indiscriminately from among the actual communicants of the Church in the Diocese, shall be elected by ballot at every regular meeting of the Council, for the purposes expressed in the Constitutions and Canons of the General


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and Diocesan Councils, who shall continue in office until another Committee be appointed.

        SECTION 2. At their first meeting after their appointment they shall choose one of the presbyters of their body to be their president, and another of their body to be their secretary, whose duty it shall be to keep regular minutes of all the proceedings and business of the committee, to preserve them carefully recorded in a book provided for that purpose alone; to preserve the originals of all letters and papers addressed to the Standing Committee, to attest their public acts, to perform such other duties as they may require, and faithfully to deliver into the hands of his successor all books and papers relative to the concerns of the Standing Committee which may have been entrusted to him.

        SECTION 3. They shall present to each Annual Council an abstract of the minutes of their proceedings since the former Council.

        SECTION 4. Vacancies in this committee, caused by death, resignation, or otherwise, shall be supplied by the suffrages of the remaining members, a majority of the whole committee being necessary to constitute a choice.

ARTICLE IX.

        Of Voting in Council.

        On all questions, unless otherwise provided by the Constitution, the members shall deliberate and vote as one body; but any two clergymen, or the delegation from any two churches, may call for a separate vote of each order, when the clergy shall vote individually, and the lay delegates by churches (a majority of each delegation having one vote), and a majority in both orders shall, in each case, be necessary to a decision.

ARTICLE X.

        Of the Election of a Bishop or Assistant Bishop.

        In the election of a Bishop or Assistant Bishop of this Diocese, a majority of each order shall determine a choice: Provided, that two-thirds (2/3) of all the clergy entitled to a vote, and two-thirds (2/3) of the churches entitled to representation, be present; otherwise, two-thirds (2/3) of the votes of each order present shall be necessary to determine a choice.

ARTICLE XI.

        Of the Trial of a Clergyman.

        A clergyman shall be subject to a trial for offences enumerated in the Canon of the General Council "of offences for which ministers shall be tried and punished," and in the Canons of this Council. The trial shall be conducted according to the mode provided for by the Canons of this Council.

ARTICLE XII.

        Of the Admission of Churches or Parishes into the Council.

        Whenever a church or parish, not now entitled to a representation, shall be desirous of uniting with the Council of the Church in this Diocese, they shall apply by letter to the Bishop, or when there is no Bishop, or he be absent, to the Standing Committee, stating the due organization of their church, the election of their vestrymen and church-wardens, their means or prospects for the support of a minister, and their willingness to conform to the Constitution and Canons of the General Council, and the Constitution and Canons of the Council of this Diocese, which are now or hereafter may be enacted by the authority of the same. And at the Council next succeeding the receipt of such application, the Bishop or Standing Committee shall communicate the same to the Council for their decision thereon. Should the Council make a favorable decision, the said church shall then be considered in union with the Council of the Church in this Diocese: Provided always, That the delegates of the church or parish, newly admitted, though entitled to a seat, shall not be allowed a vote at the meeting of the Council in which their church or parish is admitted. But no lay vote shall be received from any church or parish which has for three (3) successive years neglected to elect a vestry and wardens, or to pay its quota to the Council, until admitted by a vote of the Council.


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ARTICLE XIII.

        Of Deputies to the General Council.

        SECTION 1. At every Annual Council three presbyters and three laymen shall be chosen by ballot, to represent this Diocese in General Council. Three other presbyters and three other laymen shall also be chosen by ballot, as substitutes for the first chosen.

        SECTION 2. In case any deputy of those first chosen shall decline such appointment, or be unable to attend, he shall forthwith inform the Ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese, and the said Ecclesiastical authority shall thereupon summon to the General Council one of the substitutes in the order in which their names are on the Journal, which order shall be decided by lot by the managers at the time of the election.

ARTICLE XIV.

        Of Altering the Constitution.

        No one of these articles shall be altered or repealed, nor shall any article be adopted unless such alteration, repeal, or new article be proposed, considered, and concurred in by a majority at one Council, and concurred in by two-thirds (2/3) of the churches present at a subsequent Council.


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CANONS.

CANON I.

        Providing for an accurate view of the State of the Church.

        Every minister having a parochial charge in this Diocese, or, if the parish be vacant, then the wardens thereof, shall, at the meeting of every Annual Council, deliver or transmit to the Bishop, or, when there is no Bishop, to the President of the Council, an accurate statement in writing of the number of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in his parish or church, during the interval since the last Council; the names of places where, and how often in each, Divine Service has been held; the number of families, specifying how many of them belong likewise to other congregations; the number of communicants, stating the changes by admission, removal, death, and suspension; the number of adults, and of children under fourteen years of age; the number catechised, and on how many Sundays; whether there be any Sunday-school, and if any, the number of children, and of teachers, and the subjects of instruction in the same; also, the amount of communion alms, the contributions for missions, diocesan, domestic and foreign; for parochial schools, and for church purposes of whatever kind; and, generally all such other matters as may throw light on the state of the church under his care.

        In each case the white and colored persons shall be reported distinctively; and all reports shall be in the form of a schedule, prepared by the secretary in accordance with the provisions of this canon, and shall be laid before the Council, and entered upon the Journal, conformably to Canon XII of the General Council of 1853.--Passed, 1854. Amended, 1857.

CANON II.

        Trial of a Minister.

        SECTION 1. In order to bring a minister to trial before an ecclesiastical court, a charge shall be made, in the first place, to the Standing Committee in writing, under the proper signature of at least two persons, one of whom shall be a presbyter of this Diocese, setting forth the facts alleged, and the names of the witnesses who will prove the same, with copies of, or proper reference to, any other evidence required. If the Standing Committee shall be of opinion that the facts charged will constitute any one or more of the offences enumerated in the Constitution and Canons of this Diocese, or of the General Council, and that it would be for the good of the Church that further proceedings should be had, they shall ascertain whether there is proof sufficient to put the accused upon his trial; and if satisfied, they shall thereupon cause a presentment to be made to the Bishop, charging the accused with the offence or offences which they deemed to be contained in the evidence, and specifying the facts with such reasonable certainty as to time, place, and circumstances, as shall be sufficient for a judicial investigation.

        SEC. 2. The presentment having been made, the Bishop shall forthwith cause to be placed in a box the names of all the presbyters of this Diocese who, for the time being, are actually engaged in duty therein (excepting the accused, the presenting presbyters, and those on the Standing Committee); he shall then cause twelve of the said names to be drawn out by a child under ten years of age, and the said twelve names shall be inscribed on a list. The Bishop shall immediately cause a copy of the said list and of the presentment to be served on the accused, or to be left at his usual place of residence. Within thirty days thereafter the accused shall strike off the names of three of the presbyters on the said list, and give notice thereof to the Bishop; and the Bishop shall thereupon send a list of the remaining presbyters to the President of the Standing Committee, who shall, within fifteen days thereafter, strike off the names of three more, and give notice thereof to the Bishop. If either party shall fail to notify the Bishop as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of the Bishop to strike off so many names as the party failing was required


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to strike off; and in each case the six remaining presbyters shall constitute a council for the trial of the accused.

        SEC. 3. The council shall hold its session at such time and place, and in public or in private, as the Bishop may appoint. It shall have power to adjourn from time to time, and from place to place, within the Diocese. If it fail to meet on the day appointed, it shall stand adjourned to the next day, and from day to day, for the space of three days, if it be not sooner formed; and if the whole number do not attend, and it appears probable that a full attendance can not be had, those of the council who may be present, being not less than four, shall organize and appoint a president and secretary--the first from their own body, and the latter from their own body, or otherwise--and before proceeding to trial, shall ordain and declare the rules by which the trial shall be conducted. It shall cause the oral testimony for and against the accused to be written down by the secretary, and, along with the depositions and other evidence read upon the trial, to be carefully preserved; and shall cause a journal to be kept of its proceedings. Some officer authorized by law to administer oaths may be called upon by the council to administer an oath, or affirmation, to the witnesses; and upon all questions, the common law shall furnish the rule, and the concurrence of a majority of the members present shall be sufficient for a decision.

        SEC. 4. The council, after it shall be organized, may appoint one or more of the profession of the law to be its assesors, who may be present at all its proceedings. It shall be their duty to give to the council an opinion upon any question which may arise, upon which the council, or any member thereof, or the prosecuting or accused party, shall desire an opinion, but without any voice in the decision of any question.

        SEC. 5. A written notice of the time and place of meeting of the council shall be served upon the accused, or left at his usual place of abode, at least thirty days before such meeting; and the like notice shall be given to the Standing Committee, who, by their president, or some one whom they may appoint to perform that office, shall collect and present the evidence, and otherwise appear in behalf of the prosecution. The accused also shall be allowed the privilege of counsel under such regulations as the council may see fit to prescribe.

        SEC. 6. If the accused do not appear, the council may proceed to trial in his absence, or, for good cause shown, may adjourn the trial to another day: and if he then fail to appear, the council shall report him to the Bishop for contumacy, who thereupon shall pass upon him sentence of suspension from the ministry; but such sentence may be revised by the Bishop if the accused, within three calendar months, shall report to him that he is prepared to undergo his trial, and shall appear for that end before the council; and if he does not so report and appear, the Bishop, in view of the charges in the presentment, may pass against him sentence of degradation from the ministry.

        SEC. 7. Upon the application of the President of the Standing Committee or the accused to the Bishop, setting forth that the attendance of a material witness can not be had, he shall appoint a commissioner to take the deposition of such witness; and the party applying shall give to the other party five days' notice of the time and place of taking the deposition, and of the principal points upon which the witness is to be examined. If the party to whom such notice is to be given reside more than forty miles from the place appointed for taking the deposition, an additional day, exclusive of Sunday, shall be allowed for every twenty miles. The deposition shall be signed by the witness, and certified by the commissioner, under seal, to the council.

        SEC. 8. When the trial shall be gone through, the council shall declare, in a writing to be signed by the several members, or a majority of them, their decision on the charges contained in the presentment, distinctly stating whether they find the accused guilty or not guilty--and if guilty, suggesting what sentence, in their opinion, ought to be pronounced. They shall forward the decision, together with the evidence and the proceedings, to the Bishop; whereupon, if the accused be found guilty, the Bishop shall pronounce such sentence as shall to him appear proper, not exceeding that suggested by the council, and such sentence shall be final. But if, in such case, in the opinion of the Bishop, and accused ought to have a new trial, he shall have power to award it; in which case a new council shall be constituted, as hereinbefore provided (excluding the members of the former council), before which the proceedings shall be conducted as before provided.

        SEC. 9. If the accused shall confess the truth of the charges, the Bishop (such confession being made to him, or being certified to him by the council) shall proceed


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to pass sentence; and if, when put upon his trial before the council, the accused shall neither admit or deny the charges, he shall be regarded as pleading not guilty.

        SEC. 10. It shall be the duty of the Bishop to report to the Council, at its next session after the trial of a minister, as herein provided, the finding of the council and his sentence thereupon.

        SEC. 11. Nothing herein contained shall be regarded as interfering with the duty of the Bishop, or of the clerical members of the Standing Committee, to institute an inquiry according to the provisions of Canon 37 of 1832, of the General Council. And whenever, upon such inquiry, the Bishop, or if there be no Bishop, the clerical members of the Standing Committee, shall be of opinion that there is just ground for the public rumors, mentioned in the said canon, he or they shall inform the Standing Committee of the facts, and of the evidence to establish the same, and thereupon such further proceedings shall be had as are herein directed, after a charge shall have been made to the Standing Committee.

        SEC. 12. Canon third, entitled "Trial of a Clergyman," is hereby repealed, and this canon substituted therefor. Passed 1855.

        SEC. 13. The expenses incident to the trial of any minister, as herein provided, shall be certified by the President of the Standing Committee, and paid by the Treasurer of the Council. And in case the Treasurer shall not have a sufficient amount in his hands for the purpose, the same shall be raised by assessments on the several parishes in the Diocese, in the same ratio in which they are required to contribute to the expenses of the Council by the fifth Standing Resolution. Passed 1856.

CANON III.

        A list to be made of the Clergymen in the Diocese.

        SEC. 1. Within one week before the meeting of every Council of this Diocese, the Bishop, or if there be no Bishop, the Standing Committee, shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a list of all the Ministers of the Protestant Episcopal Church, canonically resident in this Diocese, annexing the names of their respective cures or parishes, or of their stations as missionaries or chaplains, or of the colleges, academies, or other seminaries of learning, constituted by civil or ecclesiastical authority, in which they are engaged, or in regard to those who are not engaged in parishes, missions, or institutions of learning as above, their places of residence only. And such list shall be laid before the Council immediately after it shall have been called to order on the first day of meeting, and the names of the clerical members called therefrom. Such list shall then be referred to a committee of three clergymen, appointed by the chair, who shall forthwith consider and report who of the clergymen on said list are entitled to all the privileges of members of the Convention; who are entitled to said privileges, with the exception of the right to vote on matters pertaining to the temporal affairs of the churches; who are entitled to seats, but not to votes, and who are not entitled to either seats or votes. Such list, thus reported and approved of by the Council, shall be appended to the Journal, and shall be transmitted to the Secretary of every General Council.

        SEC. 2. No clergymen, while suspended from the ministry, shall have a place on said list.

        SEC. 3. The right of any Clergyman of this Diocese to a seat in the Council shall, if disputed, be determined according to the provisions of the Constitution, by the Council itself, whether his name be inserted in the list aforesaid, or omitted.

        SEC. 4. The Bishop shall take such measures for notifying the admission of ministers into this Diocese, as may prevent unwary and ignorant people from being imposed upon by persons pretending to be authorized ministers of this Church. And his certificate shall be evidence of such admission.

CANON IV.

        Of persons wishing to be received as Candidates for Orders.

        Any person who desires to become a candidate for Orders in this Diocese shall make application in writing, to the Standing Committee, stating his age and previous occupation. He will also be expected to furnish the committee with the testimonials required by the third (3d) Canon of the General Council of 1855, and give evidence that he has informed the Bishop of his intention, according to the requisitions of the same canon.


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RULES OF ORDER.

        I. The opening of the Council shall always be preceded by the Morning Service of the Church, a sermon, and the administration of the Lord's Supper by the Bishop, or if the Episcopate be vacant, or the Bishop be not present, by the President of the Standing Committee. The business of every succeeding day shall be introduced with the Morning Service, and the business of every day shall be closed with appriate Collects, pronounced by the President.

        II. At the opening of each Annual Council, when the President shall have taken the Chair, the Secretary shall first call over, in alphabetical order, the names of the clergy entitled to seats. He shall then call over the churches entitled to representation, when the delegates shall lay their certificates on the Secretary's table. These shall be referred to a committee of three, who shall forthwith examine them and report to the Council. A constitutional quorum having been found present, the President shall declare the Council duly organized. Should the committee have considered any testimonials unsatisfactory, these shall now be taken up, and the question of their sufficiency settled.

        III. The further order of business for the first day of the session of the Council shall be as follows:

        IV. The daily order of proceedings after the first day shall be, on the President's taking the Chair:


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        V. Before the rising of the Council, the minutes of the last day's proceedings shall be read and approved.

        VI. The Bishop's Address shall be at any time in order.

        VII. When the President shall take the Chair, no member shall continue standing, or shall afterwards stand up, unless to address the Chair.

        VIII. The delegation of each church shall occupy one pew.

        IX. No member shall absent himself from the Council, unless he hath leave, or be unable to attend.

        X. When any member is about to speak in debate, or deliver any matter to the Council, he shall rise from his seat, and, without advancing, shall, with due respect, address himself to the President, confining himself to the point in debate, and avoiding personality.

        XI. When two or more members rise at the same time, the President shall name the member who is first to speak.

        XII. No member shall speak more than twice on the same question, without leave of the Council.

        XIII. A question being once determined, shall stand as the judgment of the Council, and shall not again be drawn into debate during the same session, except upon a motion to reconsider, which may be moved and seconded by any member who voted in the majority.

        XIV. When the President is putting the question, no one shall hold private discourse, stand up, walk into, out of, or across the church.

        XV. No motion shall be considered before the Council unless seconded and reduced to writing, if the President or any member require it. A minister or delegate may not second a motion offered by a minister or delegate of the same church with himself.

        XVI. When a question is before the House, no motion shall be received but to adjourn, to lay on the table, to postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a day certain, to commit, or amend; which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they are named. A motion to strike out the word "Resolved" shall have precedence to a motion to amend; and, if carried, shall be equivalent to a rejection of the resolution. Subject to these exceptions, the question first moved shall be first put.

        XVII. Motions to adjourn, to lay on the table, and to postpone indefinitely, shall be decided without debate. A motion to adjourn may interrupt a speech, or any other business of the Council.

        XVIII. No leave of absence shall be indefinitely granted to any member, unless full and sufficient reason be given by him to the Council.

        XIX. All special committees shall be appointed by the President, unless otherwise ordered by the Council.

        XX. No member shall vote on any question, in the event of which he is immediately and personally interested, or in any case where he was not present when the question was put.

        XXI. If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgress the rules of the Council, the President shall, or any member may, call to order; in which case, the member so called to order shall immediately sit down, unless permitted to explain. All questions of order shall be determined in the first instance, without debate, by the President; but any member may appeal from such decision to the Council, and on such appeal no member shall speak more than once, without leave of the Council.

        XXII. The President shall have the right to name a member to perform the duties of the Chair; but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.

        XXIII. Clergymen belonging to the Diocese, but not entitled to seats in the Council, Clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church not belonging to the Diocese, and candidates for Orders, shall be admitted to the sittings of this Council.

        XXIV. None of the Rules of Order shall be suspended, without the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present.

        XXV. The foregoing Rules of Order shall be read at the opening of every Council, and shall be of force, unless repealed by a vote of the Council.


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STANDING RESOLUTIONS.

        1. Resolved, That the following sums, whenever called for by special resolution of Council, shall be contributed by each parish or church to the Bishop's Fund, viz:

        
St. Michael's, Charleston $300
St. Philip's, Charleston 250
St. Paul's, Charleston 150
St. Peter's, Charleston 150
Grace Church, Charleston 100
Prince George Winyaw 50
St. John's Berkley 50
St. John's, John's island 50
Edisto island 50
All-Saints', Waccamaw 50
Trinity Church, Columbia 50
St. Helena, Beaufort 35
Grace Church, Camden 30
St. Bartholomew's 25
Church of the Holy Cross, Claremont 20
St. Helena, St. Helena island 10
Pineville and Upper St. John's 20
St. Thomas and St. Dennis 20
St. Luke's 15
Church of the Holy Trinity, Grahamville 15
Christ Church, Wilton 15
St. James' Santee 20
Christ Church, Greenville 10
St. Paul's, Pendleton 10
St. John's, Winnsboro' $10
Trinity Church, Society Hill 10
St. David's, Cheraw 10
Church of the Messiah, North Santee. 10
St. Matthew's 10
St. Mark's, Clarendon 10
St. James' Goose Creek 10
St. Andrew's 10
Prince William's 10
Prince Frederick's 10
St. Paul's, Stono 15
Church of the Advent, Spartanburg 5
Calvary Church, Glenn Springs 5
Christ Church 5
St. James', James island 5
St. Thaddæus', Aiken 5
Zion Church, Richland 5
Trinity Church, Edgefield 5
Trinity Church, Abbeville 5
Grace Church, Sullivan's island 5
Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg 5
Holy Communion, Cannonsboro' 10
Holy Apostles, Barnwell 5
[Passed 1859.]

        2. Resolved, That the Trustees of the Bishop's Permanent Fund shall punctually pay over to the Bishop of the Diocese the sum of four thousand ($4,000) dollars, annually, in quarterly payments, from said fund, to enable him to discharge his Episcopal duties. [Amended 1859.]

        3. Resolved, That whatever balance may remain, after paying the sum of four thousand ($4,000) dollars to the Bishop, shall be paid over to the Bishop's Permanent Fund.

        4. Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Council, in his annual summons to the different parishes or churches, to state the quota of such parishes or churches to the Bishop's Fund, when called for by special resolution of a previous Council. [Passed 1859.]

        5. Resolved, That all parishes and churches receiving aid from the Society for the Advancement of Christianity in South Carolina shall each contribute five ($5) dollars annually toward defraying the expenses of the Council; that all churches and parishes in the Cities of Charleston and Columbia not receiving aid from the said society, shall each pay for the same purpose twenty ($20) dollars annually, and that all other churches and parishes in this Diocese shall pay annually ten ($10) dollars for the same purpose; and that the Secretary, in issuing his summons to the parishes or churches, shall inform them of this resolution; and that at each Annual Council the Treasurer shall apply to the delegates of each church for their respective contributions. [Passed 1820. Amended 1856.]

        6. Resolved, That it be the duty of the Secretary of the Council, for the time being, to furnish the ministers of the several parishes or churches with blank copies of the usual form for the reports; and that they be and they are hereby required to make annual returns conformably to the same. [Passed 1826.]


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        7. WHEREAS, according to the Consecration service of the Protestant Episcopal Church, "devout and holy men, as well under the Law as under the Gospel, moved either by the express command of God, or by the secret inspiration of the blessed Spirit, and acting agreeably to their own reason and sense of the natural decency of things, have erected houses for the public worship of God, and separated them from all unhallowed, worldly, and common uses, in order to fill men's minds with greater reverence for his glorious Majesty, and affect their hearts with more devotion and humility in his service;" and whereas the delivering of orations and holding elections on secular or political subjects and occasions, and the usual worldly accompaniments and circumstances, are thought inconsistent with both the letter and spirit of this declaration of the Consecration service, and have been found to give pain to many members of our communion, and generally to be of injurious tendency: Therefore, be it

        Resolved by this Council, That it be recommended to the vestries of all churches in this Diocese to discourage, and, if possible, interdict the use of the churches under their care for all unhallowed, worldly, and common purposes. [Passed 1828.]

        8. Resolved, That the custom of returning thanks for sermons preached before this body is inexpedient and unnecessary, and shall not in future be observed. [Passed 1829.]

        9. Resolved, That the Treasurer be authorized to pay, at or before every meeting of the General Council, to the Secretary of the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies the quota of this Diocese toward defraying the contingent expenses of the General Convention. [Passed 1832.]

        10. Resolved, That it be recommended to the parishes of the Diocese to defray the expenses of their respective pastors incurred by their attendance on the Diocesan Council. [Passed 1838.]

        11. Resolved, That it be respectfully recommended to the members of our Church who are proprietors of slaves, individually and collectively, to take measures for the support of clerical missionaries and lay catechists, who are members of our Church, for the religious instruction of their slaves. [Passed 1838.]

        12. Resolved, That it be urged upon the rectors and vestries of the country parishes to exert themselves to obtain the services of such clerical missionaries and lay catechists. [Passed 1838.]

        13. Resolved, That every missionary and catechist be approved of by the Bishop. [Passed 1838.]

        14. Resolved, That no person who is a candidate for Orders shall be admitted to a seat in this Council as a lay delegate from any parish or church. [Passed 1838.]

        15. Resolved, That it be respectfully recommended to the several churches in this Diocese that, in the appointment of delegates to the Diocesan Council, they should select persons who are regular communicants of the Church. [Passed 1841.]

        16. WHEREAS, the practice of both public and private travelling on the Lord's day is deemed to be a prevalent evil of the times; and whereas Canon 41st of 1832, "of the due celebration of Sundays," prescribes that "all persons within this Church shall celebrate and keep the Lord's day, commonly called Sunday, in hearing the Word of God read and taught, in private and public prayer, in other exercises of devotion, and in acts of charity, using all godly and sober conversation:"

        Resolved, unanimously, That the attention of the members of the Church in this Diocese be solicited to the above canon. [Passed 1844.]

        17. Resolved, That hereafter, in voting by ballot, the Secretary shall call the names of the clergy and the churches in order, and the votes be brought forward and deposited with the tellers as called for; and no vote shall be received after the tellers begin to count the votes. [Passed 1847. Amended 1851.]

        18. Resolved, That three dollars per day be paid to the organist officiating during the sessions of the Council.

        Resolved, That a like sum be paid to the sexton acting for the same period. [Passed 1856.]


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AN ACT
(Passed by the Legislature of South Carolina, in December, 1862.)
TO INCORPORATE, WITH UNIFORM RIGHT, POWER, AND PRIVILEGES,
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CONGREGATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

        SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by authority of the same, That hereafter, when any male adults, being not less than twelve in number, in this state, shall desire to associate themselves together for the purpose of forming a church according to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this State, they shall be allowed to do so by filing with the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions for the district in which the said applicants reside, a written statement of such purpose and intention, signed by them, and setting forth the name of their church, and the style of their corporation, which statement shall be recorded in the said clerk's office, and on receiving his certificate thereof they shall become a body-politic and corporate for the purpose aforesaid, and shall be known by the name and style designated in their said written statement.

        SEC. 2. That the said corporations shall, by their respective corporate names, have succession of officers and members according to their respective by-laws, and shall have power to make all by-laws, rules, and regulations for their government, not repugnant to the laws of South Carolina, or the Constitution, Canons, and other regulations of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the same; to have, and to keep and use a common seal, and the same alter at will; to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court of this state, and to have and enjoy every right incident to incorporations.

        SEC. 3. They shall also be empowered, severally, to retain, possess, and enjoy all such property, real or personal, as they may respectively be possessed of, or in any wise entitled unto, or which shall hereafter be given, bequeathed, or in any way acquired by them, and to sell, alien, and in any way transfer the same, or any part thereof.

        SEC. 4. Any congregation of the Protestant Episcopal Church, already incorporated in South Carolina, may, on the expiration of their charter, or at any time before, if they see proper to surrender their charter, become a body-politic and corporate under the provision of this act, by making known their intentions to do so, according to the provisions of the first section of the same.


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DIOCESAN COMMITTEES, ETC[.]


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        The next annual meeting of the Council will be held in Christ Church, Columbia, on the second Wednesday in May, (the 10th) A. D. 1865.