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CHRIST CHURCH, HOLLY SPRINGS,
THURSDAY, APRIL 25th, 1861.
THIS being the time and place appointed for the meeting of the THIRTY-FIFTH Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of Mississippi, the Rt. Rev. WILLIAM MERCER GREEN, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese, called the Convention to order at 10 o'clock, A. M., and opened it with prayer.
The Roll of the Clergy entitled to seats in the Convention, as furnished by the Bishop, was then called, and the following clergymen answered to their names:
Credentials of Lay Delegates from St. Andrew's Church, Jackson; St. Matthew's, Clinton; Christ Church, Holly Springs; St. Andrew's, Marshall County; Ascension, De Soto County; St. John's, Aberdeen; St. Philip's Kirkwood; St. Luke's, Brandon; St. Peter's, Oxford; St. Johns, Early Grove, and Grace Church, Canton, were presented and referred to a committee consisting of the Rev. Edward Fontaine, and Messrs. C. C. Shackelford and Thomas E. B. Pegues, who, after examination, reported the same as correct. Whereupon, the list of names was called, and the following Lay Delegates appeared and took their seats in the Convention:
A constitutional quorum of the Clergy and Lay Delegates being ascertained to be present, the Bishop declared the Convention duly constituted, and ready to proceed to business.
The ballot being dispensed with, the Rev. W. C. Crane was, on motion, unanimously re-elected to the office of Secretary and Treasurer of the Convention.
Col. John Duncan was, on motion, unanimously re-elected Treasurer of the Diocese.
On motion the rules of order of the last Convention were adopted.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That the Clergymen of this Diocese not entitled to seats; also, Clergymen of other Dioceses, and candidates for Holy Orders, be admitted to honorary seats in the Convention.
On motion, the rules were suspended and the Convention proceeded to elect a Standing Committee for the ensuing year. Upon counting the ballots the
Resolved, That a committee be appointed by the chair to give some proper expression to the feelings awakened in this body by the death of the Rev. Dr. Ingraham.
The chair appointed on this committee the Rev. Dr. Sansom, the Rev. Dr. Savage and Dabney Minor.
On motion, the Convention took a recess until after Divine Service.
Morning prayer was read by the Rev. Messrs. Boyd and Fontaine, and the Convention Sermon preached by the Rev. Willard Presbury, from 2 Timoth, IV,--6, 7, 8.
After Divine Service, the Convention was again called to order.
In addition to those above named, the following clergymen took their seats:
The Rev. Benjamin M. Miller, the Rev. Gideon B. Perry, D D., LL. D., the Rev. George Rottenstein, and the Rev. Henry Sansom, D.. D.
On motion the Convention adjourned to meet again at 5 o'clock, P. M.
The Convention was called to order. In addition to those
present at the morning session the Rev. Wm. H. Burton and the Rev. Benjamin Halsted answered to their names.
Doctor T. W. Dancy appeared as a Lay Delegate from Christ Church, Holly Springs.
The Bishop announced the appointment of the following
Resolved, That the next convention be held in the city of Jackson, on the fourth Thursday in April, 1862.
The following Canon was presented, and on motion referred to the committee on Constitution and Canons.
On the first day of the meeting of each Convention, there shall be Morning Prayer, a Sermon, and the celebration of the Holy Communion; and on each succeeding day of the session, there shall be the usual Morning Prayer and a Sermon.
On motion, the Convention proceeded to ballot for
THE ECCLESIASTICAL COURT OF THE DIOCESE:
and elected the following members:
Messrs. WM. C. SMEDES, WM. YERGER and JOHN DUNCAN, were re-elected TRUSTEES OF THE EPISCOPAL FUND AND CHURCH PROPERTY.
The Rev. JAS. A. FOX, Rev, F. W. BOYD, and Mr. JAS. S. JOHNSTON were elected Trustees of the General Theological Seminary.
On motion, the Convention adjourned to meet again at 9 clock on Friday morning.Divine Service was celebrated in Christ Church, on Thursday evening, at 8 o'clock. Evening Prayer was said by the Rev. Dr. Sansom and the Rev. Mr. Burton, and a Sermon preached by the Rev. F. W. Boyd.
CHRIST CHURCH, HOLLY SPRINGS,
FRIDAY, April 26, 1861.
The Convention was called to order by the Rt. Rev. Bishop of the Diocese, at 9 A. M., and opened with Prayer.
The minutes of the proceedings of yesterday were read and approved.
Upon the call of the roll of Delegates, in addition to those present yesterday, the Hon. Jacob Thompson, from St. Peter's, Oxford, answered to his name.
The committee on the admission of New Congregations, respectfully report :
That they have examined the papers submitted by Grace church, Carrollton, and St. Stephen's church, Panola. Those of the latter are entirely correct. The former however are deficient in respect to the requisition of the 4th Article of the Constitution. The deficiency however is of such a character that they feel no hesitation in recommending the admission of said Parish. They therefore beg leave to submit the following resolution:
Resolved, That Grace church, Carrollton, and St. Stephens, Panola, be admitted into union with this Diocese.
THOS. S. SAVAGE, Chairman.
The above report was received, and the resolution appended to it, was, on motion adopted.
The committee on Credentials, reported the names of Lay Delegates, in addition to those reported yesterday, from the following churches:
Dr. Franklin Moore took his seat as a Lay Delegate from St. Stephen's, Panola.
On motion, the Convention proceeded to ballot for a Lay member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the South, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Thos. H. Stanton; where on the Hon. William Yerger was elected to fill the said vacancy.
The Bishop commenced reading his annual Journal and Address, when the hour of eleven having arrived, the Convention took a recess until after Divine Service.Morning Prayer was said by the Rev. Messrs. Halsted and Miller, and a Sermon preached by the Rev. James A. Fox.
The Convention came to order after Divine Service, at the call of the Bishop.
The reading of the Bishop's annual Journal and Address was then completed.
Resolved, That the portion of the Bishop's address referring to a circular letter from Bishops Polk and Elliot, be referred to a committee of five, to be appointed by the chair.
The chair announced as the committee under the above resolution, Messrs. Minor, Duncan, Thompson; and the Rev. Messrs. Crane and Fox.
Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to extract so much of the Bishop's address as relates to the present political crisis, and have the same published in at least one of the secular papers in each of the principal cities of this State, and to request that the same be copied into the church papers published in the South.
Resolved, unanimously, That the Convention approve of the alterations in the usual Prayers for the President, and for Congress, made by the Bishop, and heartily thank him for the forms of Prayer which he has set forth, and for his promptness in providing them; as we think, in the exercise of a sound discretion.
The Treasurer of the Diocese presented his annual report:
The Treasurer of the Diocese reports that since entering upon the duties of his office at the last Convention, held in Christ Church, Vicksburg, April 1860, he has--
And he has
Which, with an additional sum, will probably be required for necessary repairs upon the Episcopal residence.
The accompanying table marked A, exhibits the assessments by the last Convention, upon each Parish, the amounts collected therefrom, and the unpaid balances remaining at the close of the report.
The Endowment Fund continues as at last Convention, amounting in all to $6,425--yielding at 10 per ct. interest $642 50,--$617 of which including $72 due last Convention, has been paid; and the balance, most probably will soon be collected.
It is greatly to be desired that some less exceptionable mode for securing the salary of the Bishop, should be devised and adopted; but, during the present political and financial condition of our country, the Treasurer respectfully recommends the adoption by the Convention of the assessment roll of last year, without change or alteration.
Under a resolution of the Convention of last year, Journal page 25, the Treasurer was instructed to report to this
body, the proceedings necessary, in reference to certain property, deeded by Moses Alexander and others, to the Trustees of the Episcopal Fund. Upon subsequent inquiry, it was ascertained that the resolution referred to, was adopted under a misapprehension of the facts, and the Treasurer has been informed that at the session of the present Convention, a report on the subject will be made by the Vestry of St. John's Church, Early Grove.
Under another resolution of the last Convention, Journal, page 20, the arrearages, due from Christ Church, Monticello, $10, and from Ascension Church, Hernando, $10, were to be remitted upon proper application;-- though not formally applied to, by these churches, the above amounts are nevertheless omitted in this annual report.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
Treasurer of the Diocese,
The Convention took a recess until 5 o'clock, P. M.
Doctor J. G. Bailey and R. J. Baird appeared as delegates from St. John's church, Early Grove.
The Secretary and Treasurer of the Convention presented his annual report:
The Secretary and Treasurer of the Convention presents his annual account current of the Contingent Expense Fund.
In the absence of any report from the late Secretary and Treasurer, he has no means of ascertaining which of the Parishes were indebted last year for arrearages.
Of the assessments for the present year, there remain yet unpaid,--from
There is now on hand the sum of $159 44 to meet the expenses of the present Convention, which are estimated at $375 00.
W. C. CRANE,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to take into consideration the facts relative to parish property at Early Grove, and to report to this Convention as soon as practicable the necessary action thereon.
C. C. Shackelford and the Rev. Messrs. Miller and Presbury, were appointed the committee under the foregoing Resolution.
The committee on Unfinished Business, presented the following Report:
The committee on Unfinished Business respectfully report that they have not been able to discover any thing on the pages of the previous journals requiring the action of this Convention.
M. LEANDER WELLER, Chairman.
The Convention adjourned until 9 o'clock on Saturday Morning.At 8 o'clock, P.M., Evening Prayer was said by the Rev. Messrs. Stewart and Downing, and a sermon preached by the Rev. Benjamin M. Miller.
CHRIST CHURCH, HOLLY SPRINGS,
SATURDAY, April 27, 9 A. M.
The minutes of yesterday's proceedings were read and approved.
The Rev. Charles F. Adams, M. D. appeared and took his seat.
"The committee of Inquiry for the better security of Church property, &c.," was continued, and, instructed to report to the next Convention.
The following report was received, and the resolution accompanying it were adopted:
The committee to whom was referred the matter of the deed of gift of Moses Alexander and others, dated 25th February, 1852, to J. G. Bailey and others, of certain property therein specified, for the use and benefit of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Mississippi, having duly considered the same, submit the following report:
The committee would advise the acceptance of the grant as contained in said deed of the 25th February, 1852.
This committee would also advise and recommend the appointment of the present Vestrymen of St. John's Parish, Early Grove, and their successors in office, Trustees for said property, in lieu of the present Trustees, (they having tendered their resignation of said trust to this Convention) as being the best mode of effecting the ends proposed by the grantors of said deed.
Your committee therefore submit, and recommend to this Convention, the adoption of the following resolutions:
Resolved, That this Convention, accept the deed of gift of Moses Alexander et al, of the 25th February, 1852, to J. G. Bailey et al, trustees, &c., for the purposes therein specified, and with the conditions annexed to the same.
Resolved, That inasmuch as D. A. Abernathy, J. G. Bailey, Caldwell P. Pool, John B. Connelly, and E. G. Franklin, present Trustees of said deed of gift, have tendered to this Convention their resignation of said trust, that the same be and is hereby accepted.
Resolved, That this Convention in pursuance of the power in them vested by said deed of gift, do hereby appoint J. G. Bailey, Caldwell P. Pool, William Parr, Robert J. Baird, Robert A. Baird, W. P. Pool, and John Connelly, present Vestrymen of St. John's Parish, Early Grove, and their successors in office, present Trustees, in lieu of said D. A. Abernathy, J. G. Bailey, Caldwell P. Pool, John B. Connelly, and E. G. Franklin, to do and perform all the objects and purposes of said deed of gift, together with all the conditions annexed thereto.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
C. C. SHACKLEFORD, Chairman.
EARLY GROVE, Marshall Co., Miss.,
April 18, 1861.
We, the undersigned Trustees of the property of St. John's Church, hereby resign our trust, on condition that the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Mississippi, in whom the right is vested by the deed, do appoint the present Vestrymen of St. John's Church and their successors forever, the Trustees of said Wilson Hall.
D. A. ABERNATHY,
J. G. BAILEY,
CALDWELL P. POOL,
JOHN B. CONNELLY,
E. G. FRANKLIN.
A recess was ordered until after Divine Service.Prayers were read by the Rev. Messrs. Presbury and Weller, and a Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Savage.
The Convention was called to order.
The Committee on the Constitution and Canons, recommended the adoption of the Canon which has been referred to them, entitledCANON ON RELIGIOUS SERVICES DURING THE CONVENTION.
On motion the proposed Canon was enacted.
The report of the committee on the State of the Church, was presented and read, as follows:
Our Lord said: "All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth," including equally the kingdom of Providence with that of Grace. In the former we must wait for his footsteps as he is pleased to manifest them from time to time. But the latter is already clearly revealed with every line of duty marked and fixed out. We speak of the Church, the pillar and ground of truth, God's house on earth, wherein, and whereby the invisible Christ, and the human soul may meet and be made one. What the true Christ proclaims as the way of salvation must be regarded as the voice and authority of her Ascended Head. Thus her visible progress is, in all reality, the progress of the Redeemer's kingdom in the world.
We look upon this as the greatest of blessings to fallen creatures desirous of knowing and doing the will of the Divine Master. The prosperity of the Church can be found in, and only in submission to the will of God, conformable to his revealed laws, as contained in, and made known by his Church.
And here we would take occasion to say, we may cherish hope sure and steadfast amidst the present troublous times, in which our beloved Zion must more or less share.
When God waketh up to disturb the Nations, we know that He means to separate the evil from the good: and that at such time of all others He requires his own purchased
people to be strong in his name, and in the power of his might; trusting to his wisdom out of the whirlwind to bring a calm; by which the cause of Christianity, Morals, Liberty and Improvement shall be vastly benefitted, making his Church with her holy teaching to the world, what the ark of old was to the flood--the savior of those within her enclosure.
Every pious and intelligent churchman will readily understand this, and value the more the opportunity of becoming a member of the same, and thankful withal for any ability which he may possess of being a fellow-laborer in the sacred cause. We may prosper in advancement, without advancing in the right direction, a thing which should be seriously considered.
In this Diocese as informed by the address of our esteemed Bishop, and the Parochial Reports, your committee are happy to state that the Church seems to be in a condition of permanent prosperity.
In some localities she is contending with obstacles common to human events; but through the patient, and we may believe prayerful diligence of her Ministers, and assistance of faithful, brethren, under the blessing of Heaven, the good work still goes encouragingly on. Even where the necessary means are feeble, the root being active and sound, there is reasonable ground to expect that ultimately the vine will abundantly flourish.
Judging from the statistics before us, it is evident that our increasingly settled attachment to our belief and order as a Christian Body, is spreading and deepening with the people, preparing the way for still larger advances. Unfaltering adherence to the Gospel in faith and form, with becoming zeal, and suitable liberality in pecuniary means, will prove labor not in vain in the Lord.
Sorrow may becloud our hearts in the loss of some of our brightest lights and efficient helpers, as it has in the removal by death of a beloved brother Minister, and several laymen.
We miss from our ranks an Ingraham, a Yerger, a Roach, the venerable Turner, and the young, generous and talented Stanton. But He who has thus removed, can replenish again, as he has graciously promised.
The committee would heartily commend attention to Sunday School and Bible Class instruction. They are important means of religion, especially to such as otherwise might be neglected.
And they would also mention that this service should not be so held as to allow sponsors--especially where parents are such--the apology to slide out of their individual and momentous obligations, which, in the name of God. are binding upon them, by thinking they are transferred to other hands. There is no religions instruction like that of home.
And it may be noted that such children as receive parental and sponsorial training are far more frequently, at a proper age, found numbered with the communicants of the Church than any others; a consideration that should deeply impress the mind of every Pastor; and is the more worthy of thought because too often overlooked.
The committee cheerfully join our Right Reverend Father in earnestly urging the obligation the Church and Masters are under to supply our colored population with proper facilities for their spiritual welfare. We should rejoice to see chapels generally established and Ministers employed for this purpose.
The Bishop reports the consecration of churches one. Candidates for orders six. Ordination of Deacons one. Priests three. Institution of Rector one. Transferred to other Dioceses eight. Died one. Entered into the Diocese three. Not canonically attached, seven.
The following is a summary of the Parochial Reports, so far as handed in:
GIDEON B. PERRY, Chairman.
The committee on Diocesan Schools, presented the following report:
Your committee beg leave to report, that on examination they find several Institutions in connection with the Diocese, and mostly in an encouraging condition.
The first in importance is St. Thomas' Hall, Holly Springs. It is gratifying to report this Institution in a prosperous condition, which may in a great measure justly be attributed to the indefatigable labors of its lamented Rector, the Rev. Dr. Ingraham.
During the past year, the Board of Trustees, duly impressed with the advantages possessed by schools under military organization, have in addition to its scientific and classical departments, made St. Thomas' Hall a Military Academy; and, a gentleman of large experience and well-known ability, Prof. C. W. Sears, a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy; and for many years acting President of the University of Louisiana, has been elected Superintendant of the school. Favored with such an efficient Head, easy of access, and located in one of the healthiest portions of the State, we cordially commend this Institution to the confidence of our brethren in the Diocese at large, who are seeking an establishment of the highest grade for the education of their sons.
The next of which we would speak is, Trinity Female Seminary, Pass Christian. Since our last Convention, this popular Institution has been transferred, by the Rev. Dr. Savage, its former Principal, to Prof. Reuel Keith, a gentleman who had been associated with Lieut. Maury in the
National Observatory at Washington, and who brings with him testimonials of the highest order. Notwithstanding the distracted state of the country, the prospects of the Seminary are encouraging, and we doubt not that its present able Principal will continue to maintain that character for the Institution which was so widely known, and so well sustained by his efficient predecessor.
Rose Gates College, an Institution at Okolona, of which the Rev. Dr. Lacey is Principal, has made a good beginning, having in this its first session fifty-six pupils. "With suitable encouragement from the right quarter," says its veteran Head, "our experiment would, I have no doubt, be successful." We are glad to state that Wilson Hall is in successful operation under the supervision of the Rev. Willard Presbury, Rector of St. John's Parish.
The course of instruction in this School, is a thorough English education, with the Classics up to the point of preparation for College. We cheerfully commend it to the patronage of the Church.
The committee regret that they are still unable to report any movement towards the erection of an Institution of the first rank for young Ladies, near the City of Jackson. Lying as this project does, so near the heart of our beloved Diocesan, it being "one thing which he desires of the Lord," to behold such an Institution in operation, ere he departs to his rest, and possessing (as he does) one of the most beautiful sites for such a school which can be found in the State, besides a handsome donation to commence with,-- it is to be hoped that the day is not far distant, when "those who are rich in this world," and have daughters to whom they desire to give a finished and Christian education at, or near home, will come generously forward to the erection of this Institution.
HENRY SANSOM, Chairman.
The standing committee of the Diocese, reported the proceedings of the last Conventional year, as follows:
WM. C. CRANE,
Secretary Standing Committee.
The Convention on motion, adjourned until 3 o'clock, P. M.
The Convention was again called to order.
The COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, presented their report, as follows, and the accompanying resolutions were, on motion, adopted.
The committee on Finance to whom the account of the Treasurer of the Diocese has been referred, respectfully beg leave to report, that they have examined the same, with the accompanying vouchers, and find it to be correct in every particular.
If affords your committee much satisfaction to find from the report of the Treasurer, that the assessment made by the last Convention upon the several Parishes for the support of the Episcopate, has, in addition to the proceeds arising from the interest on the Endowment Fund, proved fully adequate to the payment of the Bishop's salary for the past year, leaving a balance of $242 23 in the hands of the Treasurer. Some portions of the amount assessed have not yet been collected, but it is believed that these arrearages, as exhibited below, will be mostly paid--thus increasing the balance in the hands of the Treasurer, which will probably be required for necessary repairs on the Episcopal Residence.
Upon a review of the amounts, assessed upon the Parishes, by the last Convention for the support of the Bishop, your committee would recommend a renewal of the last year's assessment upon each, with only one alteration in the apportionment. The assessment we have made on three new Parishes, adds $35 to the aggregate sum, on account of the Bishop's salary.
The committee have also examined the account of the Treasurer of the Convention, and find it entirely correct. It is believed that the assessment made by the last Convention on the various Parishes, to defray the contingent expenses of the Convention, will be sufficient for that purpose, for the ensuing year, and they recommend the continuance of the same.
The following is recommended as the assessment for the Bishop's salary and contingent expenses.
The arrearages on the Bishop's salary for the past year, are as follows:
Arrearages on Contingent Fund are as follows:
The committee recommend the adoption of the following resolutions:
Resolved, 1st. That upon application from St. John's Church, Pontotoc, the assessment be changed from $10 to $5 for Bishop's salary, and $2 50 for contingent expenses; and that the assessment on Grace Church, Okolona, be changed from ten to fifteen dollars on same account.
Resolved, 2d. That the above assessments, as made by committee for Bishop's salary and contingent expenses of the Convention, be adopted and confirmed by this Convention.
Resolved, 3rd. That the foregoing assessments be levied on the Parishes named, for the support of the Episcopate, from July 1st, 1861 to July 1st, 1862, and the contingent expenses of the Convention, and that each Parish be requested to remit to the Treasurer of the Diocese, one-fourth of the said assessment for the Episcopate, on the first of July, October, January and April next; and be further requested to pay the assessment for contingent expenses to the Secretary of the Convention, at least one month before the day fixed for the meeting of the Convention.
T. E. B. PEGUES, Chairman.
The following report of the Special committee appointed to consider a portion of the Bishop's Address, was then presented:
The committee to whom was referred that portion of the Bishop's Address in relation to the following circular from the Bishops of Louisiana and Georgia, a copy of which is here given as follows:
"UNIVERSITY PLACE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENN.,
March 22, 1861.
Right Reverend and Dear Brother:--
The rapid march of events and the change which has taken place in our civil relations seem to us, your brethren in the Episcopate, to require an early consultation among the Dioceses of the Confederate States, for the purpose of considering their relations to the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, of which they have so long been the equal and happy members. This necessity does not arise out of any dissension which has occurred within the Church itself, nor out of any dissatisfaction with either the doctrines or discipline of the Church. We rejoice to record the fact that we are to day, as Churchmen, as truly brethren as we have ever been, and that no deed has been done, nor word uttered which leaves a single wound rankling in our hearts. We are still one in Faith, in purpose, and in Hope. But political changes forced upon us by a stern necessity, have occurred, which have placed our Dioceses
in a position requiring consultation as to our future Ecclesiastical relations. It is better that those relations should be arranged by the common consent of all the Dioceses within the confederate States, than by the independent action of each Diocese. The one will probably lead to harmonious action; the other might produce inconvenient diversity. We propose to you, therefore, Right Reverend and dear Brother, that you recommend to your Diocesan Convention the appointment of three clerical and three lay Deputies, who, together with the Bishop of the Diocese, shall be delegates to meet an equal number of delegates from each of the Dioceses within the confederate States at Montgomery, in the Diocese of Alabama, on the third day of July next, to consult upon such matters as may have arisen out of the changes in our civil affairs. We have taken it upon ourselves to address you this circular because we happen to be together, and are the senior Bishops of the Dioceses within the confederate States.
Very truly yours in the bonds of the Episcopate,
Bishop of La.
STEPHEN ELLIOTT, Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia.P. S. We have named so late a day as the 3rd of July, because the Diocesan Convention of South Carolina does not meet this year until the 16th day of June.
To the Rt. Rev., the Bishop of Mississippi:
Said committee would respectfully report, that they have had the above circular under careful consideration, and concurring heartily in the views and course of action proposed in the same, as eminently wise and judicious, do recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved, That this Convention do now proceed to elect by ballot three clergymen, and three laymen, who, together with the Bishop, shall be delegates to meet an equal number of delegates from each of the Dioceses within the present Confederate States, and such others as may have joined them by that time, at Montgomery, in the Diocese of Alabama, or at such other place of meeting as may be agreed upon, on the third day of July next, or such other time as shall be agreed upon, to consult upon such matters as may have arisen out of the changes in our civil affairs, and
with full power and authority to act for this Diocese in the premises.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
DABNEY MINOR, Chairman.
W. C. CRANE,
JAS. A. FOX.
On motion, the foregoing resolution was adopted, and the Convention proceeded to the election of three clerical, and three lay delegates to the proposed Conference at Montgomery. Upon counting the ballots,--
The Rev. W. C. CRANE, the Rev. F. A. P. BARNARD, LL. D., the Rev. HENRY SANSOM, D. D., of the clergy; and Messrs. C. C. SHACKELFORD, JOHN DUNCAN and JACOB THOMPSON of the laity, were found to have the highest number of votes, and declared duly elected.
As alternates there were elected,--
The Rev. JAS. A. Fox, the Rev. BENJAMIN M. MILLER, the Rev. THOS. S. SAVAGE, of the clergy, and Messrs. W. C. SMEDES, T. E. B., PEGUES and JAS. S. JOHNSTON of the laity.
On motion, the following preamble and resolution were adopted:
WHEREAS, It is important that there should be a full attendance of the delegates elected to the Convention to be held in Montgomery, in July next: Therefore,
Resolved, That if within 15 days of said meeting, any one or more of the delegates so elected, shall find it inconvenient to attend at the time appointed, that such delegate or delegates shall give information to the Secretary, who is hereby instructed to supply the vacancy in the delegation out of the alternate elected delegates.
The committee appointed to prepare a suitable testimonial of the appreciation in which their late associate, the Rev. Dr. Ingraham, was held by the members of this Body, presented the following resolutions, which, on motion, were unanimously adopted, by a rising vote:
The committee appointed to express the feelings of this Convention, in view of the death of the Rev. Dr. Ingraham, respectfully submit to the Convention the following for its adoption:
WHEREAS, Since the last assembling of our Annual Convention, it has seemed good in the mysterious, but wise dispensations of the great Head of the Church, suddenly to remove from the field one of our most faithful and efficient fellow-laborers: Therefore, be it
Resolved, That the members of this Convention do hereby express their heartfelt sorrow at the loss of the Church militant in the death of their highly respected and beloved Brother in the Ministry, the Rev. J. H. Ingraham, LL. D., late Rector of Christ Church, Holly Springs.
Resolved, That in the painful circumstances connected with his death, and the mysterious fact of his being removed from his labors in the height of his usefulness, we meekly bow in acquiescence to the Providence of God, humbly acknowledging, "It is the Lord, let Him do what seemeth Him good."
Resolved, That in the death of our beloved Brother , the cause of Christian literature has lost a bright ornament, Christian education one of its warmest and most able supporters, and the Christian Church in the Diocese of Mississippi, one of its most active, persevering, and faithful Ministers.
Resolved, That while we cannot but mourn that so bright a light has been extinguished from the courts of the Lord's house, yet we heartily thank our Heavenly Father for the good example of his servant, the rich blessings bestowed through his ministrations, and that "having finished his course in faith, he now rests from his labors," praying that we, with him, may have our perfect consummations and bliss, both in body and soul, in the eternal kingdom of our Lord.
Resolved, That we respectfully tender our sincere condolence to the widow and family of our departed Brother, and also to his afflicted parishioners, assuring them of our heartfelt sympathy, and earnest prayers under their severe loss.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Convention be requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the bereaved family, as the sincere, but feeble expression of this Convention.
H. SANSOM, Chairman
On motion, the following preambles and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
WHEREAS, It has pleased God within the last Ecclesiastical year, to remove from time the Hon. Edward Turner, late of Natchez, this Convention to which he has frequently been a delegate, desire to express and record the high estimation they entertain for his character: Therefore,
Resolved, unanimously, That they have ever regarded Judge Turner as a man of sterling moral worth; who, during a long life has filled many civil offices with marked ability; and that in the church of God where he has served as senior Warden to the Honor of his death, he has left the name of a just man and a consistent Christian, which we shall long and affectionately cherish.
WHEREAS, Since our last Annual Convention, it has pleased Almighty God to remove from the Church on earth, our beloved Brother James Roach: Therefore,
Resolved, That the members of this Convention do hereby express their high appreciation of the valuable services rendered to the Convention and the Church in this Diocese, by the deceased, for a long period of years, during which he faithfully served the Diocese as its Treasurer.
Resolved, That the character of the deceased, as an efficient and useful officer of the Convention, and as a consistent and exemplary Christian, always ready to aid, with a warm heart and liberal hand, every effort to advance the interests of the Ghurch, is worthy of imitation, and his services and virtues are held in grateful remembrance.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be tendered to the Methodist and Baptist congregations in this city for the kind offer of their church buildings for religious services to-morrow.
Resolved, That the hearty thanks of this Convention be and are hereby tendered to the Parishioners of Christ Church, and the citizens of Holly Springs, for their kindness and hospitality to the members of this Convention during its session.
Resolved, That the Secretary be authorized to have printed 1,000 copies of the Journal of this Convention.
On motion, it was ordered that the proceedings of the annual meeting of the Diocesan Missionary Society be printed with the Journal.
On motion, it was unanimously
Resolved, That the Bishop be and hereby is requested to appoint a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer, to be observed throughout the Diocese, in view of the unnatural war which has been proclaimed against the Confederate States, and of the many great dangers with which as a Nation we are threatened.
Whereupon, the Bishop appointed for this observance Friday, the 17th of May, 1861.
No further business appearing before the Convention, a motion to adjourn prevailed.
The Rt. Rev. Bishop of the Diocese then delivered a closing address, and after prayer, and benediction, declared the Thirty-fifth Annual Convention of the Diocese of Mississippi, adjourned sine die.
WM. CROES CRANE, Secretary.
CHRIST CHURCH, HOLLY SPRINGS,
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 1861.
At 11 A. M.--Morning Prayer was said by the Rev. Messrs. Fox and Miller, and a Sermon preached by the Rev. Mr. Crane. Ten persons were confirmed, and the Holy Communion was administered by the Bishop, assisted by the Rev. Messrs. Fox, Miller, and Crane. The proceeds of the offertory were appropriated to the Missions of the Diocese.
At 4 P. M.--Evening Prayer was said by the Rev. Dr. Savage, and the Rev. Mr. Boyd, and a Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Perry. Holy Baptism was administered by the Bishop to one adult and three infants.
At 8 P. M.--The Service was performed by the Rev. Messrs. Rottenstein and Crane, and a Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Sansom. Two persons were confirmed.
The Baptist and Methodist Houses of Worship, having been kindly offered to the Convention, after Morning Prayer at 11 o'clock, a Sermon was preached in the former, by the Rev. Dr. Perry, and in the latter by the Rev. Mr. Fontaine.
At 8 P.M., after Evening Prayer, a Sermon was preached in the Methodist Church, by the Rev. Mr. Miller.
An eventful year has passed over us since we last took counsel together. Our political sky has for some time been overcast by clouds of the most threatening aspect; but a strong and merciful arm has thus far either suspended or turned aside their bolts. The revolution which has been forced upon us, has been effected in a manner no less wonderful than grateful to every heart. What may yet be in reserve for us, we cannot tell. In the hands of the wise and merciful God of Nations, we must leave our country, with the earnest supplications of Christian hearts, and the firm resolves of patriots trusting in the righteousness of their cause.
But whilst the State is thus passing through the fires of a painful revolution, how thankful should we be that the Church is at peace; and that although our political relations towards our brethren with whom we have hitherto so lovingly associated have been severed, no change of name, of government, or national interest; will be able to lessen our affection for them as fellow-members with us of the One, Holy, and Apostolic Communion which is in Christ Our Lord. If a separate and independent Ecclesiastical organization shall be demanded by the change in our political relations, it will exhibit to the world a division with out dissension, a separation without injury to the respective parts, a parting of brothers amid tears of affection, and with a mutual commending of each other to God.
In what a beautiful light will such action exhibit the Catholic Spirit of the Church. Unmoved by the changes and chances of the political world, she pursues the even tenor of her way, holding forth to every age and nation the bread of God, untainted by the leaven of party strife, and rich in all the blessings of a purchased redemption.
But whilst we thankfully bless God for the peace and quietness and unbroken love in our Zion, we cannot but mournfully call to mind the late chastening of his hand in taking from a Sister Diocese her beloved Bishop. Of this dearly-beloved Brother, I cannot here say less than that so long as a meek and gentle spirit, a loving heart, a judicious head, an ardent zeal to win souls to Christ, and a firm and consistent maintenance of the principles of the Church shall be valued, so long will the name of Cobbs be associated in memory with those of Andrews and Hall, and Ken, and Leighton, and Griswold.
Nor has our own Diocese been without a like visitation. In the death of the late Pastor of this Church, in which we are now assembled, we have lost an active and efficient laborer, whose place it will be difficult to fill.
(May, 6th.) Next succeeding our last Convention, I instituted the Rev. William C. Crane into the Parish of St. Andrew's as Rector of the same. The sermon of the occasion was preached at my request by the Rev. Dr. Ingraham. This I believe is the first time that this impressive and appropriate rite has been performed in this Diocese. Much is the neglect of it to be deplored. When our people shall have lost their present roving spirit, and acquired the strong and hereditary local attachments of our brethren of the older Dioceses, it is to be hoped that every Parish capable of giving a comfortable support to a Minister will thus add the sanctions of this holy office to the bonds which bind them and their Pastor to each other.
On the following Friday, (May 11th) I set out on a visitation of some of the upper river counties.
On Lake Washington remained four days, visiting the several families of St. John's Parish.
Sunday, (13th:) Preached to a moderately sized congregation in the Church; and in the afternoon to a large and attentive assemblage of blacks, at Mr. C. F. Hampton's. The interests of the Church at this place have been for some years at a stand, if not declining, for the want of a Pastor. A new zeal however has lately been infused into them through the active exertions of two Ladies of the congregation: a sufficient salary has been subscribed for the support of a Minister, and measures begun for immediately building or purchasing a Rectory.
On Tuesday, (15th.) I passed up by land to Greenville, and preached in the Court-house on the following Friday evening. On my way I was pleased to find several Church
families, and to hear them express their earnest desire to bring the ministrations of the Church within their reach. After spending two days in visiting in the neighborhood of Greenville, and baptizing three children, I passed over to Deer Creek, where I preached twice--on Sunday 20th, (in the forenoon to the whites, and in the afternoon to the blacks,) baptized one adult and one child, and confirmed one person. The next day I baptized two other children. I was pleased to see in the congregation generally, a desire to obtain the regular services of a Minister, if it were only for one half his time. And assurances were given me that the necessary amount would be promptly raised. An equal amount was pledged by the friends of the Church around Greenville, for the other half of his services.
On my way up the Creek, on the 22nd I administered authoritative baptism to an adult, who had been already confirmed, but who had since become justly dissatisfied with her previous baptism by one of the sects.
May, 23rd. I visited the plantation of Alex Hamilton Polk, and baptized one white adult, and twenty-one colored children.
May 24th. I confirmed one white adult and baptized one white infant; and on same day, baptized forty-nine colored children, nearly all of whom were the property of Hon. William Yerger.
Want of time prevented me from visiting several friends and families of the Church in that neighborhood.
On Friday 25th. I reached the residence of Gen. Grant, in Coahoma County, but did not preach, as the uncertain movements of the steamboats had made me unwilling to risk an appointment beforehand.
Sunday, 27th. I was enabled to reach Friar's Point, just as the congregation had assembled. Quite a large number was in attendance, as this was the first time that many present had ever witnessed our services. There are three or four families in this neighborhood attached to the Church; but they do not feel themselves strong enough to make any effort towards obtaining a Minister, or erecting a place of worship.
Wednesday, 30th. I reached Hernando. I preached the next day, and confirmed three persons:--one very aged candidate having received that rite in private, on the previous evening.
I was pleased to see that the zealous labors of Mr. Weller are likely to be no less beneficial than acceptable to this Parish.
On Friday, 31st. I preached at Senatobia, some fifteen miles lower down the M.& Tennessee R. Road, in a storehouse temporarily fitted up for religious services. The room was well filled with a large and orderly congregation. The subject of my discourse, on this, as on several previous occasions, when visiting a place for the first time, was, "The Church of Christ in its divine and authoritative character." I was listened to with deep attention, and without offence to any. In the afternoon, at the request of a Christian friend, I made an address to his pupils in the Female Academy.
Saturday, June 1st. I preached in the Presbyterian place of worship at Sardis, to a small congregation;--there being two other places of worship open at the same hour within a short distance. A worthy lady from Virginia, together with her two daughters, make up the "few names" which the Church has in this place.
The same evening I reached Panola; but was compelled immediately to take to my bed, as the fever against which I had been struggling for three days, demanded attention. The prompt medical aid which I received enabled me to preach once the next day, to confirm seven persons, and to preside at a meeting of the friends of the Church, for the purpose of organizing a Parish. This object was affected under most encouraging circumstances. A Vestry was formed of nine of the principal citizens of the place; and the name of the first Martyr for Christ, (St. Stephen) was adopted for their Parish. A Church Sunday School was organized at the same time by the appointment of a well-qualified Superintendent; and a sufficient sum contributed for the purchase of a library and books of instruction. A liberal friend of the Church offers a spacious and beautiful lot for a Church and Burying ground; and it is hoped that the congregation will not be long without a House to offer unto God.
My remaining appointments for this visitation were for Oxford, Coffeeville, Brooke's Chapel, Grenada, and Carrollton. But I was so worn down by the labors of the last three weeks, and by the heat of the sun, that I felt compelled most reluctantly to recal them, and hasten home.
Sunday, June 10th. I assisted the Rev. Mr. Crane in the services of the morning, and preached for him at night.
Friday, 15th. I was this day, by appointment, to visit St. Philip's Church, Kirkwood, but was detained at home by sickness.
Saturday, 16th. Gave "Letters Dimissory" in favor of Rev. B. R. S. Boemond, to the Missionary Bishop of Arkansas.
Saturday, 23rd. Visited Monticello, where I preached the next day in the Court-house, and confirmed one person. The condition of this little flock, as well as the interests of the place generally, has suffered much by the removal of a large part of its population. Were it not for the active and zealous exertions of one devoted layman (Judge Vannerson), there would at this time be scarcely a remnant left to us. The few who remain are ready, according to the full measure of their ability, to contribute to the support of a Missionary.
Thursday, 28th. In St. Andrew's Church, united a couple in the holy estate of matrimony.
Friday, 29th. Visited the Artesian Springs; and during a brief stay, baptized two infants.
Saturday, 30th. I reached Kirkwood, and preached twice the next day:--in the forenoon to the white congregation, and to the blacks in the afternoon. On the former occasion three persons were confirmed. Before the commencement of the morning service, I made a short address to the Rector's Sunday School, and examined them on a part of the Church Catechism. I was gratified not only at finding this rural Parish in a healthy condition, but at witnessing the prosperous state of the Rector's School. No more suitable place than this could well be desired by Parents for the education of their daughters. The admitted healthfulness of the spot, its seclusion from all temptations to misspend either money or time, the very limited number of pupils,--the refined society with which they associate in their leisure hours,--and the advantages for religious instruction which they abundantly enjoy, joined to the well-known abilities and conscientious devotion of Mr.& Mrs. Downing to the welfare of their charge;--all these combine to make no small claim upon the attention of Parents and Guardians.
July, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th--Was spent in the Parish of the Chapel of the Cross. Although several families of the congregation had left home for the Summer, the attendance on Sunday, 8th, was large both in the forenoon and afternoon. This Parish has now been without a Pastor for several months. The Rev. Dr. Sansom, after laboring among them most efficiently as well as faithfully for nearly seven years, felt called to take in its place a new and more promising
field, viz: St. Alban's, Warren County. The good effect of his ministrations to this colored flock were abundantly manifested on the present occasion. As many as could obtain seats pressed into the services of the morning; and the Church was crowded in the afternoon by a throng of apparently eager listeners and devout worshippers. With the exception of the "Psalter, the full Evening Service was performed by them." Every required response was promptly and correctly made. The "Confession" and "Lord's Prayer" and "Creed," were repeated distinctly and with one voice. And the Anthems ("Jubilate and Benedict") were chanted with a heartiness that might well put to shame the listless indifference with which many a congregation amongst us leaves that most beautiful and devotional part of our stated worship to a band of hired singers, or at best, to a select choir; as though the praise from proxied lips were a fit offering to Him who can be worshipped only in spirit and in truth. During the services, two colored children were baptized; and one person was confirmed. Several others were desirous of receiving this holy rite, but had not as yet obtained the consent of their owners. On leaving the Church, the question was put to me by many voices, "When will you send us another Minister?"--with the addition, "Please send us one like Mr. Sansom."
I was no little pleased before I left the Parish, to learn that a sufficient sum had been subscribed for erecting a Schoolhouse, as well as a Rectory, and that the work will soon be begun.
Sunday, 15th. I assisted the Rev. Mr. Crane in the services of the morning; and in the afternoon preached at the Lunatic Asylum. The order and quietness of these afflicted creatures was equal to that of the most highly favored congregation. How far they entered into the prayers and praises of the occasion, or how much they comprehended of the Word preached to them, is known only to Him who, for his own wise purposes, has been pleased to darken and obstruct the avenues to their understanding.
Thursday, 19th. At the request of Rev. Mr. Crane, I gave the blessing of Confirmation to two of his Parishioners in private.
Friday, 20th. Gave "Letters Dimissory," in favor of Rev. John Gierlow, to the Ecclesiastical Authority of Diocese of Louisiana.
Friday, 27th. I baptized in St. Andrew's Church, two adults and two infants,--the Rector acting as one of the sponsors and witnesses.
Saturday, 28th. I received Henry G. Perry as a Candidate for Orders.
Sunday, 29th. In St. Andrew's Church, Jackson, I conferred the office of Priesthood upon the Rev. M. Leander Weller, and Rev. William F. Adams; and gave Deacon's Orders to John Charles Adams, M. D. The Sermon was preached, at my request, by the Rev. Dr. Sansom; the Candidates being presented by Rev. Mr. Crane, and the Rev. Mr. Elwell, assisting in the services.
Friday, August 3rd. Confirmed one person in St. Andrew's Church.
Sunday, 5th. I was, by appointment to have been in Shieldsborough, on this day; but was providentially detained at home by the extreme illness of one of my family.
Thursday, 9th. Transferred the Rev. Gilbert B. Hayden to Diocese of Michigan.
Friday, 24th. Conducted Evening Prayers for Rev. Mr. Crane in St. Andrew's Church, and baptized an infant son of the Rev. T. D. Ozanne.
Sunday, 26th. I preached in the same Church, and confirmed two persons.
Sunday, Sept. 2nd. Was spent in attendance on the fast-failing health of one as dear to my soul as mortal could be. And on the following Lord's Day, surrounded by the children whom God had given us, I commended her departing spirit to Him who gave it, and had washed it from all stain in his own most precious blood. "It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good."
Sept. 14th. Admitted Edmund C. Laughlin as a Candidate for the Ministry.
The remainder of this month was, by appointment, to have been given to the several places in the Gulf Coast. On my way through, New Orleans, I was taken with the "Dengue," and received also such accounts of the difficulty of reaching those places since the then recent and unprecedented storm as compelled me to return home.
Sunday, Oct. 1st. I was to have been at St. Alban's, but was providentially prevented. This I deeply regretted at the time, as a large class of Candidates, both black and white, had been prepared for the rite of Confirmation.
On the following Wednesday, (3rd) I visited that Parish, and, confirmed such of the Candidates as could be got together upon so short a notice. The weather was unfavorable, and the congregation small. Being too weak to stand, I made an address to the Candidates from my chair,
and then gave the "Laying on of Hands" to seven whites and one colored person.
Monday, 2nd. I united a couple in matrimony, in St. Andrew's Church.
Friday, 5th. I set out for Sewanee, to attend the Laying of the Corner-Stone of the "University of the South."
Saturday and Sunday, (the 6th and 7th) were spent at Corinth. On my way I was joined by the Rev. Mr. Douglas of Louisiana, who kindly took upon himself much of the labor which I would otherwise have had to perform. Divine Service was held twice on Saturday, and three times on Sunday. Although "in much weakness," I was enabled to preach twice, to confirm two persons, and to administer the Holy Communion. The Rev. William H. Burton, who has been in charge of the Parish about six months, appears to be laboring with much acceptableness to this little flock, and to one or two of the adjoining villages. The chief obstacle in the way of his progress, is the want of a suitable place of worship. One half of the sum necessary for erecting a becoming Temple for the Lord, has been subscribed; for the other half appeal must be made to the larger and more favored Parishes of the Diocese.
From Corinth I proceeeed to the chosen site of the "University of the South," where the Trustees had been summoned to meet for the two-fold purpose of laying the Corner-Stone of the first and principal building, and of perfecting and ratifying the Constitution and Statutes informally adopted at a previous meeting, Both of these objects, I am thankful to say, were accomplished under the benignant smile of an overruling Providence. Of the particulars of that day which witnessed the Laying of the first stone of our magnificent enterprize, I will not here speak. You may have learned them long since from almost every public print in our land. This only will I say, that so long as Learning, and Religion, and Patriotism, and the Church of God, shall have a place in the hearts of our countrymen, so long will the 10th of October, 1860, be remembered with a gratitude no words can express, and which will gather strength with each successive age. The Constitution and Statutes, as then amended and adopted, are herewith laid upon your table, to receive, as I trust, the same measure of approbation from this body individually and collectively which has been already cheerfully accorded not only by other portions of our Church, but by the voice of public opinion, and the general consent of
the Learned Educationists, both of our own and of foreign lands. Nothing now seems wanting to full and speedy success but the increase of our subscription list so auspiciously begun a year or two ago. Let me here repeat the confident hope which I have heretofore and often expressed, that when the Authorized Agents of that noble enterprize shall present its claims upon the friends of Education and of the Church in Mississippi, we shall not fall behind the example which has been set us in our neighboring Dioceses.
On my way home I spent a day (Tuesday, 16th) at Holly Springs, for the purpose of looking into the condition of St. Thomas' Hall. And I here record with thankfulness, the pleasure experienced in finding this adopted child of the Diocese once more in a healthy state, and with every promise of strength and growth. The untiring exertions of the Rev. Dr. Ingraham to repair and beautify the premises, and to re-fit and furnish the interior have been crowned with deserved success. Nor has he been less favored in securing the services of a suitable Superintendent. The reputation which Mr. Sears brings with him from other and like institutions, affords the fullest recommendation and guaranty to the Parents and Guardians within our Diocese. Already has he made an auspicious beginning. Let me earnestly commend both him and his work to the patronage of the Diocese.
Sunday, 21st. I had sent out an appointment for this day at Osyka; but finding that it had failed to reach its destination, I remained at home, and assisted the Rector of St. Andrew's in the services of the day.
Wednesday, 24th. In much feebleness of health, I set out on my Eastern Visitation, and reached Enterprize the following morning at 3 o'clock.
My first appointment, as arranged by Rev. Mr. Stewart, was for "State Line Depot," near the Southern end of the "Mobile and Ohio R. Road." On reaching that place, I found that no notice had been given for any services. Two days of rest and quiet thus allowed me, were pleasantly and I trust not unprofitably spent with the family of Col. Gaines.
Sunday and Monday, 28th and 29th. Were given to Enterprize. Owing to increased indisposition, I preached once only;--but was enabled to visit many of the families of the place and neighborhood. One person was confirmed. There is not here much wealth among our friends; but there is not wanting a zealous affection for the Church of Christ.
If they could only erect a suitable place of worship for themselves, they could not fail to prosper and increase. The Rev. Mr. Stewart resides here, but does not give to them much more than a fourth of his time, having also in charge seven other places along the line of the R. Road.
I next visited Quitman on the 30th, but was too unwell to officiate. Mr. Stewart preached in my stead on Tuesday night in the Baptist Place of Worship. With regular monthly or semi-monthly services, a congregation zealous in spirit, though small in numbers, might be gathered in this village. As in many other places, the undue excitement practised and encouraged by some of the sects is here evidently preparing the way for the subdued devotion of our Liturgy, and the sound teachings of our Pulpit.
On Thursday, 1st of December. I was to officiate at Meridian; but the continued rain of that day, joined to the feeble state of my health, prevented my meeting the appointment.
The following Sunday, 4th. Was given to Marion Depot. I preached in the forenoon, Mr. Stewart assisting in the services, and preaching also in the afternoon.
The days of rest enjoyed in the neighborhood of this place, under the roof of Judge Chapman, were of much benefit to me, enabling me with improved health to proceed on my visitation.
My appointment for Lauderdale Springs, fell unfortunately on the day of the Presidential Election. I at first determined that I would make no attempt to collect a congregation out of such an excited multitude; but subsequently resolved to attend at the appointed hour. Some thirty or forty persons were present, and gave close attention to both Sermon and Services, as well as to the rite of Confirmation which was administered to one of their number, and to the Sacrament of Baptism administered to an infant.
Accompanied by Mr. Stewart, I reached DeKalb on Thursday, 8th. Services had been appointed for both that day and the next, but a cold and incessant rain prevented us from calling the people together. On the evening (9th) before our departure, a small congregation, consisting chiefly of the Pupil's of Mrs. Hampton, was collected in that Lady's parlor. After services by Mr. Stewart, I made an address to the young people, and confirmed two of their number. We were compelled by other engagements to leave the place the next morning, without any opportunity for public services, or for visiting the people.
Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th. Were given to the Church of the Messiah. Assisted by Mr. Stewart, I preached on Sunday, and administered the Holy Communion. In the afternoon the rite of Confirmation was administered to one of the congregation, at his own house, and in the presence of a number of his friends and neighbors. This Parish is evidently on the increase. Several Church families have recently been added to the neighborhood;--a general desire to do what they can for Christ prevails throughout the congregation,--and their neat little Church, though erected but a few years ago, proves already too small for their ordinary congregations. Still more good might be effected in this rural parish if the Rev. Mr. Stewart could give to it a larger portion of his time. But this cannot be done until another Missionary can be found to take off his hands one half of the places at which he now officiates.
From this place I passed accompanied by Mr. Stewart, to Columbus, on Monday, the 12th. At Columbus, I was pleased to meet, beside the Rector, the Rev. Messrs. Wattson and Clute, and the Rev. Dr. Barnard. Divine Service was held twice a day--on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, each of the Clergy preaching in turn. On Thursday, the new Church edifice, (St. Paul's) was solemnly consecrated and set apart to the service of Almighty God, the Rev. Dr. Barnard, by request, preaching the Sermon for the occasion. Of this building I have before spoken as one that would grace even the largest and wealthiest of our cities. It is indeed a matter of wonder as well as of thankfulness, that a congregation so small, and by no means abounding in wealth, should have been able to erect such a Temple for their use. The number assembled on this occasion was more than the building could contain, and appeared to be duly impressed with the solemnity and appropriateness of the Consecration Services.
On Friday, the 15th. I gave to the Rev. George Stewart, (Deacon) authority to execute the office of Priest in the Church of God. In both the Ordination and Communion Services, I was assisted by Rev. Messrs. Barnard, Gibson and Clute. The sermon was preached by myself. During the services of those four days, seven persons renewed in Confirmation the solemn vows taken upon them in their baptism. On looking back to the condition of this Parish as I first saw it ten years ago, I could not but feel truly thankful for what God has been pleased to do for it.
Many and severe have been its trials; and often have its few but faithful hearts been tempted to despair. Now they have reason to praise God for his goodness, and may take courage to press on in his service. The energetic labors of their present Pastor can hardly fail bringing a blessing to them.
On Saturday, 17th. I reached Aberdeen, in company with Rev. Dr. Barnard. Mr. Gibson, having preceded us, preached twice that day. Of the three sermons preached the next day, (Sunday 18th) two were by Dr. Barnard, and one by myself. Seven persons were confirmed. Signs of progress were plainly visible in this Parish. In no congregation of the Diocese is true pastoral care and the sound teachings of the Church likely to meet with a richer reward.
From Aberdeen I proceeded to Okolona, accompanied by Messrs. Barnard and Gibson. Services were held in the Church on Tuesday and Wednesday, (20th and 21st) the rain preventing anything of the kind on Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon I preached to the blacks in St. Cyprian's Chapel, but was not gratified, as on former occasions, by seeing a goodly number of them coming forward for Confirmation. This, however, is not to be wondered at, as they have had but little pastoral attention during the past year; and for the last five months have been without any religious services. They were as usual, deeply attentive to the words spoken, and, my heart yearned for another and a speedy opportunity of preaching Christ to them. I was glad to make such arrangement with Rev. Mr. Clute, before I left the Parish, as will secure to them for the present year a portion of his services. On Friday morning, although the rain and the cold combined to prevent it, a small number met me at the Church, when one person was confirmed. The address to the Candidate was made to take the place of a more formal discourse.
During my stay in the Parish, I twice visited "Rose Gates College," in charge of Rev. Dr. Lacey. The progress of this important and promising Institution has been materially retarded by the unfaithfulness of the mechanics employed, and by the amount of indebtedness which the Trustees have been forced to incur in order to complete the buildings. Were this debt paid, there would be no perceptible hindrance to its rapid advancement, as the known ability and long experience of Dr. Lacey in conducting such an Institution can hardly fail to attract pupils, now
that he is ready to receive them. It was my intention to visit the College once more before I left the Parish, and to address the Pupils, but the unusual inclemency of the weather prevented it. Much praise is due not only to Col. Gates for presenting to the Church the grounds and unfinished building, but to the Trustees also for their exertions towards completing and fitting it for use. In this labor of love they deserve the aid as well as the approbation of their brethren in other parts of the Diocese.
I reached Pontotoc on Friday Evening, (23rd) and next morning together with four members of the family, with whom I was staying, went to officiate in the Church according to appointment. After waiting a long time for others to join us, we had to ourselves the enjoyment of our excellent, soul-inspiring Liturgy. The intense coldness of the day, together with the sickness of some of the congregation, accounted for the absence of the rest.
On Sunday, (25th) I preached both in the forenoon and at night. My heart was much drawn out for this little flock. Among them are some true worshippers of God, and some dear lovers of his Church; but they have not the ability to support a Pastor. For some years past they have, by associating with Okolona, enjoyed a portion of a Minister's services. But within the last year the Rev. Mr. Clute has determined to give all his time to the congregation at Okolona. They are thus left without any opportunity of uniting their common supplications unto God, and of hearing His Word. I could only promise to pray for them, and to serve them as God's Providence might hereafter put it in my power.
On Monday, (26th) after a ride of twelve hours in the cold and rain, I reached Oxford, on my way to several of the lower Parishes.
Wednesday, (28th) was spent in visiting some families in Grenada, and it's vicinity. On Thursday, I officiated at a private residence eight miles distant, baptizing and confirming one adult, and delivering an address on the nature of those holy Ordinances. I was accompanied by the Rev. Dr. Adams, who assisted in the services of the occasion. In this neighborhood are several highly intelligent families attached to the doctrine and worship of the Church. I hope that with prompt and united action they will ere long provide themselves with a suitable House of Worship, as well as assist in rearing one in Grenada.
At eight o'clock that same evening, I preached in Grenada, in the Methodist Church, kindly offered for that purpose. The time has not quite come for the establishment of our services in this place; but I have a confident hope that that day is not far distant. The Rev. Dr. Adams has officiated here some three or four times only; but will increase his services after the present year.
From Grenada I proceeded to Carrollton, visiting several families by the way, as well as after arriving in that place.
On Saturday night, and twice on Sunday, (Dec. 2nd) I preached in the Presbyterian Church, kindly tendered for the occasion. On the forenoon of Sunday, the holy rites of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Lord's Supper, were administered. And our services, though unusually lengthened out, were witnessed with patient and deep attention by crowded congregations. During my stay, I had the gratification of Confirming five persons, and giving authoritative baptism to four children and four adults who had previously received that Sacrament only in its forms. Three others were prepared for the Apostolic "Laying on of Hands," but were absent from unavoidable causes. It is only five months since the Rev. Dr. Adams assumed the Missionary charge of this place; but already is he beginning to see the fruit of his zealous labors and sound instructions. Avoiding on the one hand, all temporizing expedients to win popular favor, and on the other whatever might needlessly offend public opinion, or wound the feelings of a Christian brother, he has presented the Church to that people, in her integrity as well as her purity, without the least mutilation of her services, or concealment of her doctrines. The result of this has so far been a degree of favor and success not often met with under ordinary circumstances. Much inconvenience, if not hindrance, must for some time be endured by his little flock, from the want of a House of Worship of their own. Up to the present time, the Courthouse has been their only place of assembling together. But already their thoughts are beginning to turn towards the erection of a becoming Temple to the Lord. May his blessing accompany and crown their intent.
A few miles after leaving the town, I stopped by the way-side, and administered Confirmation to a member of the congregation who was prevented from attending the services of the preceding day.
A short time after Dr. Adams' arrival, a Parish was duly organized, under the title of "Grace Church."
Monday, (3rd.) I reached Calvary Parish, having been joined by Rev. Mr. Halsted, on the way. The two following days were days of comparative rest.
On Thursday, the 6th. I preached to a large and deeply attentive congregation; baptized one adult, and Confirmed six persons. Of the number thus taking upon themselves the vows of a holy life, three were heads of families, and a fourth was the mother of six children. During my stay in the Parish, I was enabled to visit most of the families belonging to it.
Friday, 7th, found me in the neighborhood of Sidon, on the Yazoo River. In this place Mr. Halsted had preached some three or four times, and excited among several families a desire to know more of the Church, and to enjoy her ministrations. At his request I had consented to accompany him at this time, and see for myself what could be done to meet the wants of so intelligent a people,--a people that seemed indeed to be in need of nothing but the sound teaching and valid ordinances of the Church of God. Saturday and Monday were spent pleasantly, and I hope, not unprofitably in visiting most of the families in the neighborhood. On Sunday, I preached above Sidon, in a house built not many years since for the use of all denominations, but like most of such buildings fallen sadly to decay, with no special claim upon any one to keep it in repair. The congregation, though not large, was very attentive, and apparently much interested in the discourse, which was intended to set before them the nature of Christ's Church, and the Scriptural and Apostolic character of that branch of it at whose altar we serve. I am not without hope that the wealthy and intelligent families residing within reach of this place will, ere long, by erecting a becoming House for God's Worship supply almost the only desideratum which their present blessings leave them room to ask for.
On my way home I spent a day in the Parish of Grace Church, and baptized one infant.
On Friday, the 14th of December, I reached Jackson, after a laborious visitation of nearly eight weeks, undertaken in feeble health, and carried on in great weakness, and through much unfavorable weather. Truly thankful was I not only for the measure of ability which had been afforded me to meet nearly all of my appointments, but to find my health better at the end than at the beginning of my journey.
Sunday, 16th, I assisted the Rev. Mr. Crane in the Services of the morning.
The day following, I was summoned unexpectedly and painfully to Holly Springs, to witness the last moments of my worthy and much-loved Presbyter, the Rev. Joseph H. Ingraham, LL. D. The mysterious stroke by which he was so suddenly cut down in the midst of a most active and useful life, has been made known to the world; but to those only who closely marked his ministerial career, and knew him in his more private hours, in his boundless charities, in his domestic relations, in his untiring labors for the promotion of all that was good, and, to crown the whole,--in the heavenly-minded and triumphant spirit in which he bore his last sufferings, and met his last summons,-- to those only is it given to know how bright an example of fervent piety and of active and successful labor has thus been withdrawn from the eyes of the Church. Whilst the "ways of Zion mourn" over the removal of such a workman, there is left us the confident belief that in the great day of reward, his work will appear to the glory of Him who redeemed and enabled him; and will call forth the blissful approval, "Well done, good and faithful servant." In the melancholy services of the occasion, it was a gratification to me, no less than to the family of the deceased, to be assisted by my beloved brother the Bishop of Tennessee. And still more was I pleased to see a whole community, without distinction of name or condition, testifying by unwearied attentions and a deep sympathy and sorrow, their interest in one who had been to each and all of them a friend.
On the 17th of December, I put forth a "Pastoral Letter" and Prayer, with the view of approving, and of recommending to the Diocese the serious and prayerful observance of the Day of Fasting and Humiliation appointed by the Executive of our State; and also with the hope of allaying in some measure that bitterness of spirit which had been aroused among our people by the hostile position of a large portion of our late happy "Union."
December 22nd, I gave "Dimissory Letters" to Rev. J. Newton Wattson, desiring to return to the Diocese of Maryland.
Dec. 25th, (Christmas Day) It was my privilege on this blessed festival to unite with the Rector and congregation of St. Andrew's Church, in celebrating the memorial which our Lord has commanded us to make in remembrance
of his blessed passion and precious death. In the evening I preached, at the request of the Rector.
Friday, 28th. Accompanied by Rev. Mr. Elwell, I set out for Hillsborough, the Seat of Justice of Scott County. Three or four families having recently removed from Georgia into this neighborhood, and having expressed an earnest desire for the ministrations of the Church, Mr. Elwell, at my request, had visited them several times, and entertained some hope of getting together a regular Parish among them. The impatience of a hack-driver compelled us to lose a day at a Depot on the R. Road, thereby cutting me off from several visits which I designed to pay previous to my officiating on the coming Lord's Day. We consequently did not reach Hillsborough before Saturday evening, about which time a heavy fall of snow commenced, and continued without abatement the whole of the next day. But notwithstanding the unusual inclemency of the weather, we waded through the snow to the Court-house, our appointed place of meeting, where we found a congregation of two women and two children. With this small number--scarcely enough to come under the Savior's promise, we went through the whole of our beautiful Service. And never, amid crowded benches, under vaulted roof, or accompanied by the organ's peal, did its sublime and devotional strains seem more suitable or more impressive than in that Hall of Justice, amidst that freezing atmosphere, and with two voices only to respond to our own. Being compelled to set out on our return early the next morning, we were thus prevented by the weather not only from preaching to the people, but also from visiting any of the families beyond that by which we were kindly entertained. So mysteriously though wisely, does a Divine Providence work out His Will, while seemingly preventing it.
My next appointment was at Brandon on the following Sunday, January, 6th, 1861, being the Festival of the Epiphany. Several families were visited on Saturday; and on Sunday I preached, confirmed two persons, and administered the Holy Communion, assisted by the Rector, the Rev. Mr. Elwell. I have a good hope that as soon as the present unsettled state of things shall have passed away, this people will erect for themselves a Place of Worship worthy to be dedicated to the Hearer of Prayer.
Sunday, 13th, was given to Osyka. In the forenoon I preached, and confirmed two persons. And in the afternoon addressed the children of the Sunday School. Perceiving
many of the Parents of the children present, and also a large number of colored persons, I endeavored to give such shape to my remarks as might, with the Divine blessing, be "a word in season" to one and all. The zealous labors of two or three members of this little flock have gathered together a Sunday School of more than forty children, and are thus drawing towards the Church the kindly notice of many, both in the Village and neighborhood, who were previously either ignorant of her character, or in various degrees prejudiced against her. Most gladly would I, if in my power, supply this faithful little band of worshippers and laborers with a larger portion of Pastoral Service. The Rev. Dr. Spencer gives to them at present only one Sunday in each month.
Monday, the 14th, was spent in making myself acquainted with several families in the place whom I had not as yet visited. At 7 o'clock, P. M., I united a couple in the bonds of matrimony. The ceremony was performed, as should be, in the Church; and I was no little gratified at perceiving the favorable effect produced upon all present; many of whom had never before witnessed that solemn and impressive rite as administered by our Church.
I left Osyka at 12 o'clock that night, and passed up to Summit by 2 o'clock next morning. My object in stopping at this place was to spend a few hours in becoming aquainted with the friends of the Church, and in ascertaining their wants and wishes as to a supply of Missionary Service. I was glad to find them both able and willing to engage a portion of a Missionary's time, and that they entertain the hope of soon building a Church edifice for themselves. A liberal member of the congregation offers an eligible lot for the purpose, in addition to a generous contribution in material for building. The high and healthy location of this place makes it a most desirable site for a Church School, as well as for the establishment of a permanent Parish.
Friday, Jan. 18th. Reached the neighborhood of Raymond. Next morning, baptized a child of the Rev. Mr. Fontaine. Spent that day, accompanied by Mr. Fontaine, in visiting the families of the Parish. Preached on Sunday forenoon to a large and very attentive congregation. The interests of this Parish appear to be looking up since it was taken in charge by Mr. Fontaine, a few months ago. The way is now open for much good to be done by the regular services of a resident Minister.
After an hour's rest, I rode eight miles over to Clinton,
and preached in the afternoon, assisted by Rev. Mr. Elwell in the services. The rite of Confirmation was received by one person. Two others were desirous of doing the same, but were prevented by sickness and unavoidable absence.
After concluding my discourse, I catechised the children of the Sunday School.
Friday, 25th. Spent this day and the following in visiting the families within the Parish of St. Alban's.
Sunday, 27th. Preached;--confirmed thirty-one persons (four white and twenty-seven colored) and administered the Holy Communion. I was assisted in the several services by the Rector (Dr. Sansom) and the Rev. Mr. Fox. The Church was filled with an attentive and apparently devout congregation. The continued and rapid growth of this Parish affords ground for thankfulness not only to its own members, its Pastor and Bishop, but to all who take pleasure in the prosperity of our Zion. It is only about three years since it was organized, out of a population committed for the most part, to the several denominations;--and yet, within that period, from one family containing two or three communicants, it has attained to such prosperity as to number on its Parish Register, 137 Baptisms, mostly adults, 86 Confirmations, and 82 Communicants. Before leaving the Parish, I baptized in private the twin infants of one of its families.
Friday, Feb. 1st. In St. Andrew's Church, Jackson, I Confirmed one person at the hour of Evening Prayer.
Sunday, 3rd. I was by appointment to have officiated at Terry, but was detained at home by the illness of a friend. Three days afterwards I performed the mournful duty of committing to the earth the mortal part of that beloved friend and Sister, (Mrs. Caroline M. Crane). This is no time nor place to eulogize the dead. But when a woman has both faithfully and efficiently filled for twenty-five years the difficult office of a Pastor's wife, her memory may well claim from us the tribute of a passing notice.
Sunday, 10th. I was, by promise to have preached for the Rev. Mr. Crane, but was prevented by a heavy and continuous fall of rain.
Wednesday, 13th. (Ash Wednesday) I preached and performed the services of the day for the Rector of St. Andrew's Church.
On Friday, 15th. I set out to visit the newly organized "Church of the Redemption," Hinds County, expecting to
preach there the next day, and at the "Chapel of the Cross," the day following. But after getting ten miles on my way, I was constrained by want of health to return home.
Wednesday, 20th. Transferred the Rev. Andrew Matthews to the Ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese of Tennessee.
On the following day I set out on my Southern visitation, intending however to meet one or two appointments in Yazoo County, before I turned my face to the South.
My first appointment was for Saturday, the 23rd, at the plantation of our late beloved brother, George S. Yerger. But it pleased a wise and mysteriously-working Providence, to prevent its fulfillment. The packet which I had taken at Vicksburg, broke a part of her machinery, and consequently fell several hours behind her usual time. Few disappointments have affected me more painfully. Although prevented by what might well be deemed an act of Providence, I could with difficulty shake off the feeling of unfaithfulness towards my dear deceased friend and brother, as well as to those poor blacks for whose spiritual welfare he had labored with more of a father's than of a master's concern.
Sunday, 24th, I preached in Yazoo City, both forenoon and afternoon. During the two Services, I baptized one infant, and one adult, and Confirmed seven persons. Before leaving the Parish, I baptized four more adults, (three white and one colored):--The former had previously received that Sacrament in its forms, but not by authority. In the services of Sunday, I was assisted by the Rev. Mr. Scott. The Parish was at that time without a Rector, as the Rev. Mr. Foster had but a short time before been forced by claims of a domestic character, to resign the charge of it. His departure is much to be regretted, as he had won alike the affection and esteem of his people, and was beginning to see around him the fruits of his patient and steady labors. One evidence of life and growth in this Parish is a determination to erect as soon as may be, a new and more beautiful House for the worship of God.
Tuesday, 26th. I preached at the residence of Major Vaughan, fifteen miles from Yazoo City. Owing to the threatening aspect of the weather, the congregation consisted of the family only. In the forenoon I baptized one infant, and in the afternoon three colored adults. I do not despair of yet seeing a Chapel erected in the midst of this wealthy and intelligent neighborhood.
Thursday, 28th. I officiated at "Annadale," the residence of Col. Ewing, preaching and administering the Holy Communion. An attentive congregation more than filled the little Chapel; and consisted, as I was pleased to see, of several of the neighboring families, in addition to the usual household attendance. Very commendable would it be if the friends of the Church in this region would unite in erecting at some suitable point a larger Temple for God's Service, and thus extend and perpetuate the good work so happily begun by a single family.
March 2nd, 3rd and 4th, were spent in the Parish of Christ's Church, Vicksburg. After visiting many of the families on Saturday, I preached twice on Sunday, (3rd) and Confirmed sixteen persons, one of whom was colored. One other afterwards received that holy rite in private, being too unwell to attend the Church. This goodly number of Candidates affords satisfactory evidence that the Rector labors not in vain. This Parish has had, since my last visitation, good cause to mourn over the departure of one of its most active and efficient members. In the death of James Roach, the whole Diocese may well unite with his family and Pastor and fellow-parishioners, in lamenting the mysterious visitation which has taken him from us in the midst of his usefulness. As Diocesan Treasurer, and as Secretary and Treasurer of our "Society for the Diffusion of Christian Knowledge," he was ever prompt and ready, and shrank from no amount of labor that might be laid upon him. As a true friend, a frank and fearless spirit, a faithful officer, and a consistent, liberal, and zealous Churchman, he will long be remembered by those who knew him; and the records of the Diocese will hand his name down to his children's children, as one among the early and most efficient of her sons.
Tuesday, 5th. Accompanied by Rev. Mr. Damus, I reached Diamond Place, the residence of Mr. Laughlin, and preached that day to his family and servants, and a few of his neighbors. Seven of his servants were at the same time Confirmed. In preparing them for this holy rite, much pains had been taken not only by the Rev. Mr. Damus, lately in charge of them, but by the pious and zealous lady whom they are privileged to call their mistress.
The next day, assisted again by the Rev. Mr. Damus, I preached at the neighboring residence of Mrs. Freeland, and confirmed three of her servants. As on my previous visits to this place, so was I on this occasion much gratified
with the hearty and correct responses, as well as with the apparently devout attention of these blacks. It was a matter of regret to me, and no less of disappointment to them and their Pastor, (Mr. Damus) that the length of the other services left no time for me to question them on the Catechism.
Thursday, 7th and 8th, were given to Grand Gulf. I was here rejoiced to meet with the Rev. Charles B. Dana, D. D., who has lately taken charge of the Church in Port Gibson. Service was held on the evening of my arrival, Dr. Dana preaching at my request. The following day I preached, and baptized two children. Notwithstanding the losses of various kinds which this little flock has sustained within the last five or six years, the few families which remain are animated with a right spirit, and duly value the ministrations of the Church. They succeeded whilst I was with them, engaging a portion of Dr. Dana's services.
Saturday and Sunday, (9th and 10th) were spent in Port Gibson. Besides visiting a number of families, I preached twice on Sunday, and administered the rite of Confirmation to five persons, being on both occasions assisted in the services by the Rector. The congregations were large, and apparently much interested. And I was gratified to learn that a growing appreciation of our services, and a steady increase in the number of attendants have been very apparent within the few weeks during which Dr. Dana has been with them. For ten years has your Bishop, though kept back by many feeble hearts and truly discouraging obstacles, cherished the belief that that intelligent and estimable community would yet see in their midst a well-ordered and prosperous Parish. That unshaken, though oft-deferred hope is now, I trust, about to be realized. The report which I shall lay before you from the Rector, will show what God hath wrought in their behalf, and what, of his goodness, he has enabled and disposed that people to do for themselves.
On Monday, 11th, I passed to Epiphany Parish, accompanied by Dr. Dana, and visited several families by the way. The next morning I rode several miles before breakfast, to give the rite of Confirmation to a young man whose failing health prevented him from leaving his room. At 11 o'clock, Dr. Dana preached at my request,--the Rector and myself dividing the Services between us. Three person were afterwards Confirmed. It is but a few months since
the Rev. Mr. Rottenstein took charge of this Parish. The affectionate welcome which he has met with, and the earnest zeal with which he has entered on his labors, make me hope that much good may be the result.
Wednesday, 13th. Returned to Grand Gulf, and baptized an infant that night.
After waiting a whole day for a boat, I left on Thursday evening for my next appointment at Woodville, where I preached on Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th, baptized two adults and Confirmed thirteen persons,--one of them in private. I was highly gratified at finding that the services of Mr. Adams are more and more acceptable, and promise a degree of prosperity to the Parish which it has not for some time enjoyed.
Monday, 18th. After visiting three families by the way, I reached the neighborhood of Second Creek, Adams County.
The next day I preached at the house of Mrs. Railey, to a number of her servants, and a few of her friends and neighbors, Confirmed seven of her servants, and consecrated a piece of ground for the burial of the dead. These blacks have claimed a portion of the Rev. Mr. Boyd's labors during the time that he has within the last few years spent within the Diocese. Here I cannot refrain from mentioning an interesting circumstance connected with the Confirmation of these colored persons. A short time after the ceremony one of their number respectfully approached me, and in the name of himself and the others, begged me to accept a handsome private "Communion Set," as a token of their thankfulness for having thus enjoyed the privilege of being received as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Few incidents of my Episcopate have been more touching or more grateful to me:--and seldom have I received from the hand of friend or brother a gift more worthy to be held in pleasant remembrance.
During my stay under her hospitable roof, Mrs. Railey placed in my hands a Deed conveying forty-six acres of land to me and my successors in office, in trust, as a site for a Church and Rectory. The situation is a most beautiful and eligible one, embracing part of an elevated ridge, a number of acres of flat and fertile land, adorned with three large Indian mounds. May the Good Providence of God make this liberal gift the beginning of much good to that intelligent and pleasant neighborhood.
I rode that afternoon eleven miles to the residence of Mrs. Griffith, preached after tea to her family and servants and a few of her neighbors, baptized four colored infants, and gave both Baptism and Confirmation to five others of her grown servants. Nothing but want of strength prevented me, as I greatly desired, from catechising their whole number. The faithful training which these slaves receive at the hands of their Mother-mistress, is seldom surpassed in any of our more favored Parishes. As on former occasions, the sponsors and witnesses were a young Master and Mistress.
The following morning (20th) I rode eleven miles to "Lawel Hill," former residence of Dr. Mercer, and assisted by the Rev. Mr. Boyd, preached at 11 o'clock to a small congregation. After the services, one person was Confirmed. In the afternoon, I baptized nineteen colored children.
Thursday, 21st. I reached Washington in time for my appointment in the afternoon. I was here met by the Rev. Mr. Miller, who, at my request, officiated in my stead. The next morning I preached, being assisted by the Rev. Messrs. Boyd and Douglas. One person was confirmed.
It was no little gratification to me to find the Rev. Mr. Douglas in charge of this little neglected flock--to see that his services were so acceptable,--and to learn that as soon as the present unsettled condition of affairs shall have passed away, there will probably be erected by the congregation a Temple of their own,--their only place of worship at present being the College Chapel.
Saturday and Sunday, 23rd and 24th, were given to the Parish of Trinity Church, Natchez. On Sunday, the 24th, I preached twice, baptized one adult, and Confirmed twenty-three persons. I also visited the Sunday School, and addressed a few kind words to the pupils; but I could not help observing and regretting their greatly diminished number. No truer index of the healthy and stable condition of a Parish can be given than that afforded by the Bible-Class and Sunday School. The Congregations, both in the forenoon and evening, were unusually large; and I was pleased to know that the public ministrations of the Rector were well attended. I am still convinced however, that the interests of our Zion would be greatly promoted by the erection of an additional Church, in another part of the town, and on the free-pew principle. Would to God that some one or more of that wealth-favored people may
be led to glorify God by thus building a Temple to His Name, and endowing it for His worship forever. Whilst looking down from the Pulpit over that large congregation, I was pained to see the vacant pew of that worthy, consistent and long-tried Churchman, the Hon. Edward Turner, under whose hospitable roof I had so often felt myself "at home," and in whose bright and unspotted example his family and friends had so long rejoiced. Few men have lived so pure and upright a life, or have had less cause for self-reproach in a dying hour. The grave may hide his venerable form, but it cannot bury the remembrance of his kind and gentle, and honest, and charitable spirit.
The following day (Monday, 25th) after paying a few visits to such of the congregation as had recently passed under the rod of affliction, I proceeded to Church Hill, accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Boyd. Services were held twice on Tuesday, and once on Wednesday. Mr. Boyd preached on Tuesday afternoon, and together with the Rector, assisted me throughout the occasion. One person was confirmed in the Church, and two others in private. This congregation has suffered much by deaths and removals within the last few years, but is nevertheless in a healthy, if not a fast-growing condition. Before leaving the Parish, I had the mournful satisfaction of administering the Holy Communion, probably for the last time, to an excellent and esteemed Sister-in-Christ, and in prayer, of commending her slowly-departing spirit to Him who gave it.
Good Friday, March 29th. I reached home just in time to join with the Rector and congregation of St. Andrew's Church, in the solemn services of the day.
Easter Sunday, 31st. I preached in Jackson, and confirmed three persons. I was to have officiated again in the evening, but was seized with a chill in the mean time.
Tuesday, April 2nd. I reluctantly gave to the Rev. John Foster, "Letters Dimissory," to the Diocese of Illinois.
I left home on Wednesday evening (April 3rd) in the hope that the exercise of labor and traveling might ward off any further return of my disease. But the next morning I was again attacked in Canton, and my strength so brought down that I was barely able to sit in my chair within the Church, and lay my hands upon the candidates as they came and knelt successively before me. It was cheering to me however in my weakness, to see as many as eleven, thus willingly dedicating themselves to the service
of God, and standing forth as witnesses of the faithful labors of their Pastor.
After five days confinement to my chamber and bed, I left Canton on Tuesday, 9th, and proceeded to Carrollton, to meet my engagement in that place. Two other appointments had been made for me, at Grenada, and at Brookes's Chapel, but the Rev. Dr. Adams had to supply my place. After arriving in Carrollton, I was prevented by a continuous rain from officiating publicly. In the parlor of a kind friend I baptized one adult, and one infant, and confirmed three persons. Three others were prevented unavoidable circumstances from presenting themselves.
Before setting out on Thursday morning, I united a couple in the bonds of matrimony.
I reached Coffeeville the same evening, with the hope of being able to officiate next day; but as the hour for Service approached, I found my strength unequal to the task.
Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th, were spent in Oxford. On Sunday, I preached in their new and beautiful Church, which, with the exception of a debt upon it, though not to any great amount, is ready for Consecration. This congregation is much in need of a Minister who can give himself without restraint to parochial labor. The gratuitous services of President Barnard, have for several years served to keep the flock together; but it cannot be expected that he should continue them much longer, in addition to the many and arduous duties devolved upon him by the University.
My next visit was to St. John's Early Grove, where I preached on Thursday, 18th. There were three candidates for Confirmation, but they were all prevented by sickness from attendance at the Church.
I visited the School of "Wilson Hall," and heard one or two classes examined. The Pupils appear to be making satisfactory progress; but the Institution has not yet assumed that decided Church Character in which its Donors designed it to have, and which under judicious management would not fail to give it, increased usefulness.
On Friday, 19th, I preached to a small congregation in St. Andrew's Church, (Marshall county.) Owing to deaths and removals both the members and wealth of this Parish has been greatly reduced within the last few years. And I was pained to find that the worthy Senior Warden, Dr. John P. Hardaway, had been laid in the grave only the day before my arrival. During my short stay in this Parish I
was filled with the sad but pleasant remembrance of their late worthy Rector, the Rev. Mr. Fagg, who, though never canonically connected with this Diocese, had for more than ten years faithfully administered to this little flock.
On Sunday, the 21st, I preached both forenoon and afternoon to full congregations in Holly Springs. Since the lamented death of Dr. Ingraham, no measures have been taken to supply his place. As a necessary consequence the flock has in a measure been scattered, the zeal of some has waxed cold, and the hearts of others are dispirited. I ardently hope that a Pastor will soon be called to take charge of this important point. Several persons have announced themselves to me as candidates for Confirmation, and will receive that rite before our adjournment.
Thursday, 25th, I received Charles A. Cameron as a candidate for the Ministry.
To the foregoing statement I will only add, that every parish and congregation of the Diocese has been visited except those on the Gulf Coast. Two attempts were made to reach them; but in both I was providentially prevented.
I have thus brought the record of my last year's labors up to the present moment. With all humility it is laid at God's footstool, as the best that I could do under the pressure of infirm health, of sore bereavement, and of the four-fold burthen of domestic care which that bereavement has devolved upon me. If but little has been accomplished, a merciful God will impute it, I trust, to the smaller measure of time and strength vouchsafed me for his work. There is another cause also to which may be ascribed any short coming in the fruits of your Bishop's labors during the past year. I mean the political and military furor which has for some time swallowed up all other it interests with our people. Amid the booming of cannon, the waving of flags, and the mustering of troops, the voice of God's messenger has been comparatively unheeden, if not unheard God grant a speedy answer to our prayers for peace and for the return of that good feeling which should characterize a people reared under the same institutions, linked together by so many bonds of kindred and of interest, and one in heart until fanaticism and the madness of party brought about an unnatural divorce. Let us hope that a few more weeks will see our Confederacy acknowledged and honored throughout the world, and our people once more at their peaceful homes, prepared and disposed to work with heart and hand and purse for the glory of Him who has thus far benignantly smiled on the cause we have undertaken.
The number confirmed since our last Convention is two hundred and twenty-nine, of whom fifty-two were slaves.
I have baptized twenty-two white adults; thirty white infants; nine colored adults,--and ninety-six colored infants in all, one hundred and fifty-seven.
One Church only, (St. Paul's, Columbus,) has been consecrated. Another has been for some months ready for consecration;-- and three more are completed, but encumbered with more or less of debt.
Two parishes will apply for admission into union with this Convention, viz: Grace Church, Carrollton;--and St. Stephen's Church, Panola.
The list of candidates for Orders, now consists of Henry C. Harris, Wm. H. Phillips; Henry G. Perry, Edmund C. Laughlin, Joseph B. Lyons and Charles A. Cameron--in all, six.
John Charles Adams, M. D., has been admitted to the Diaconate;--and three Deacons, Reys. George Stewart, M. Leander Weller, and Wm. F. Adams, have been raised to the Order of the Priesthood.
One clergyman--Rev. Wm. C. Crane, has been instituted, in compliance with that wholesome and endearing rite prescribed by the Church.
An unusual number of the clergy have, for various causes, taken "Letters Dimissory," to other Dioceses, viz: Rev B. R. S. Bemond, to Arkansas; Rev. John Gierlow, to Louisiana; Rev. Gilbert G. Hayden, to Michigan; Rev. J. Avery Shepherd, to Alabama; Rev. J. Newton Wattson, to Maryland; Rev. Andrew Matthews, to Tennessee; and Rev. Chas. H. Williamson and Rev. John Foster, to Illinois. To these departures from amongst us must be added the name of our late fellow-workman, the Rev. Dr. Ingraham, now at rest from his labors.
In the place of these, I have received Rev. Wm. H. Burton, from Tennessee, and Rev. George Rottenstein, from Louisiana. John Charles Adams, M. D., has been added to our clerical list by taking Deacon's Orders; and the Rev. Thos. Applegate, Rev. Amos C. Treadway, Rev. Charles B. Dana, D. D., and Rev. Wm. K. Douglas are laboring within the Diocese, but have not yet become canonically attached to it.
Among the clergy the following changes have occurred since my last report: Rev. J. Charles Adams has been put in charge of Carrollton and Grenada parts adjacent: Rev. Mr. Applegate has lately succeeded Mr. Wattson in the Parish
of St. John's, Aberdeen; Rev. R. F. Clute has resigned the charge of the Church at Pontotoc, and confines his labors to Grace Church Okalona and St. Cyprians Chapel adjacent; Rev. James D. Gibson has announced to the vestry of St. Paul's, Columbus, his intention of resigning that Parish in June next; Rev. Willard Presbury is in charge of St. John's, Early Grove, and St. Andrew's, Marshall county; Rev. Thomas S. Savage, M. D., has transferred his Female School, at Pass Christian, to other hands, with the intention of once more engaging in Parochial labor; Rev. Mr. Rottenstein has for some months been in charge of the Church of the Epiphany; Rev. Mr. Burton is laboring in Corinth and one or two adjoining places; Rev. Mr. Douglas is in charge of Church of the Advent, Washington, and is also Professor of Languages in Jefferson College; Rev. Dr. Dana is in charge of St. James' Church, Port Gibson, and St. Paul's, Grand Gulf; Rev. Amos C. Treadway is temporarily serving the Parish of St. John's, Lake Washington.
Of "St. Thomas' Hall" and "Wilson Hall" I have already spoken. On visiting the former a day or two since[.] I was sorry to find that an epidemic disease has for a time interrupted its exercises. The pupils, however, are beginning to return to their posts; and the patrons of the Institution seem highly gratified with both its discipline and successful instruction. A report of its condition and also of "Wilson Hall" will be duly laid before you.
Of "Trinity School," Pass Christian, I can make no report, as I have been providentially prevented from visiting it since it passed into the hands of Prof. Keith. The reputation which he has brought with him for sound scholarship and high moral character certainly deserves success.
"Rose Gates College," Okolona, is now fairly at work, and promises, if shortly relieved from debt, to realize every reasonable expectation on the part of its friends.
At our last Convention I hoped to have it in my power at the present time to speak cheeringly of the progress of our "University of the South." But the unsettled and excited state of the public mind in relation to our political affairs has, with regard to this enterprise, as to all others, caused a temporary suspension of our contemplated buildings.
The death of that pious and liberal young son of the Church, Thomas H. Stanton, will make it your duty to appoint in his place a Lay Trustee for the University.
Immediately after the Ordnance of Secession was passed by the Convention of this State, I addressed a circular to the clergy of the Diocese requesting them to make certain alterations in the usual Prayers for the President and for Congress, for the purpose of adapting them to the new order of things in our Confederacy. In doing this I was aware of exercising a power no where expressly authorized in our canons;--but I was at the same time unconscious of overstepping the bounds of that sound discretion allowed to Bishops, as well as other officials, in meeting such extraordinary occasions, as no Legislative sagacity can foresee, and for which no laws can adequately provide.
A few weeks since I received from Bishops Polk and Elliott a circular--which I here lay upon your table, requesting me to recommend to this Convention the appointment of three Clergymen, and three Laymen, who, together with your Bishop, shall be Delegates to meet an equal number of Delegates from each of the Dioceses within the Confederate States, at Montgomery, Alabama, on the third day of July next, to consult upon such matters concerning the Church as may have arisen out of the changes in our civil affairs. In the propriety of this measure, I heartily concur; and commend it to your favorable consideration, with the request that the circular be spread upon our journal.
I am pleased to find that the "Church Intelligencer" is getting to be widely circulated throughout the Diocese; and would be glad to find it a weekly visitant in every family.
The hope entertained by us all on the adjournment of our last Convention, that the fund for the Episcopate of the Diocese would soon be obtained has been providentially disappointed. This has been owing to two causes--the unsettled and depressed condition of our monetary affairs, and to long-continued affliction and final bereavement in the family of the worthy brother who had undertaken the work.
I cannot conclude this protracted Address without adverting once more to the political revolution through which we have just passed, and are even now passing. However painful may have been the struggle in severing the national bonds which have hitherto united us as one people, the deed is done; and, as we believe, with good cause, and with no thought of undoing it. Our duty then, as patriot-churchmen, is not only to pray for the new government and rulers under whose authority we this day find ourselves, but to uphold with heart and hand the Constitution and Laws which our representatives have modelled for our guidance and protection.
And should stern necessity require it, I trust that no son of the Church will withhold himself or his from any call which his country can make upon him. But, beloved brethren, whilst we keenly feel the wrongs which have driven us to this separation, and are as firmly resolved, with God's help, to maintain our position, let us not, in the fervor of our patriotism, forget that we are Christian men, and yield to feelings of hatred and revenge more than a true love of country calls for at our hands. A manly and persistent defense of our rights is in no way incompatible with a just and charitable appreciation of those who seek to wrong us, or even with fervent prayer that an Almighty God may lead them to a better mind, and take from them their evil purposes rather than their lives. But turning from those whom I am so loth to call our enemies, let me remind you of Him in whose hands are the fates of nations as well as of individuals, and from whom alone come both victory and defeat. If ever there was a time when prayer should be fervent and unceasing, that time is the present, when we are threatened with the horrors of a fratricidal war, when friends and neighbors, and kindred, and brothers seem about to mingle in bloody strife. But dreadful as is the spirit of this unnatural struggle, it may yet be driven out by prayer and fasting. Let us then, both Clergy and Laity, besiege the throne of grace with our supplications for our country, her rulers, her legislators, and all who have gone forth in her defence. Let us suppress all bitterness and wrath towards others and all envyings and jealousies among ourselves. Let us, in every way, uphold the law and seek to promote order. So shall we best serve the State, and draw down upon our institutions and people the blessing of Him "without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy."
Affectionately your Pastor under Christ,
W. M. GREEN
The Rector of Trinity Church, at Natchez, Adams county, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
G. B. PERRY, Rector.
The condition of this Parish is prosperous and encouraging. During the present incumbent's Rectorship, (three years, or thereabouts) one hundred and twenty-seven have been added to the number of communicants, with many new families to the Parish, much increasing the congregation.
The past has been somewhat a year of sorrow with the Church, as several of our communicants have died. The Hon. Edward Turner is one of the number--a man of sterl ng worth, who, during a long life filled many civil offices with marked ability; and last of all, in the church of God, he held that of Senior Warden till his death. He died as he had lived--"in love and charity with all men."
Also, Mr. Thomas H. Stanton, a young man of most devoted piety, of large generosity, and of great promise. He was one of the Trustees of the Southern University, and would have proved a valuable member of that body. The Church feels his loss very much. His dying hour was one of triumph in the hope of a blessed immortality.
The present political commotions of the country have tended to considerably change the channel of its missionary and other charities, making the amount here reported much less than heretofore.
The Rector of Christ Church, at Vicksburg, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
Respectfully,April 22, 1861.
The Rector of St. Andrew's Church, at Jackson, Hinds county, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
WM. C. CRANE, Rector.
The Rector of St. Paul's Church, Columbus, Lowndes county, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
Columbus, April 10th, 1861.
JAMES D. GIBSON, Rector.
The Rector of Christ Church, Church Hill, Jefferson County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
B. M. MILLER, Rector.
The Junior Warden of Christ Church, Holly Springs, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement:
The Warden would beg leave to add the accompanying Preamble and Resolutions, unanimously passed at a Meeting of the Vestry, held in extra session, on the 19th December, 1860, as expressive of the deep feeling occasioned by the sad and lamentable death of their beloved Pastor: And he would further state that the vacancy created by this mournful event has not yet been filled. May God, in His Wisdom, guide us in the choice of his successor.
B. W. WALTHALL, Junior Warden.
December 19th, 1861.
At a meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church, Holly Springs, the following Preamble and Resolutions were unanimously. adopted:
WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God, in His Wise Providence, to remove from the scene of his earthly labors, our beloved Pastor, the Rev. Joseph H. Ingraham, LL. D., Rector of Christ Church.
Resolved, That we bow in humble submission to the Will of God, in this afflictive and mysterious dispensation, and are deeply impressed by this event with the uncertainty of human life, and that we and the congregation whom we represent, are solemnly warned by this sudden and inscrutable bereavement, of the importance of being always prepared for the summons which calls us to render an account of our stewardship.
Resolved, That we entertain a lively and grateful sense of the fidelity and earnest diligence with which our late Pastor discharged the duties of his high and Holy calling.
Resolved, That we deeply sympathise with the family of the deceased in their mournful bereavement, which has deprived them of their earthly head and guide, and we tender to them the sincere expression of our heartfelt condolence.
Resolved, That the Members of the Vestry wear the usual badges of mourning for thirty days, and the Wardens be directed to intermingle with the customary decorations of the Church at this Festival Season, the usual emblems of mourning, in token of the sorrows which this Vestry feels in common with the whole community, in the loss of one, who, by his faithfulness in his official relations, his urbanity in his social intercourse, and his kindness to the poor and suffering, had endeared himself to all hearts.
Resolved, That Dr. Charles Bonner, Dr. P. A. Willis, and Prof. William Clark, members of the Vestry, be a committee to attend to all arrangements for the burial or our deceased Pastor, and carry out his dying requests in regard thereto, and the members of the Vestry attend the funeral in a body and act as pall bearers.
The Rector of St. Paul's Church, at Woodville, Wilkinson County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
W. F. ADAMS, Rector.
The Rector of Grace Church, at Canton, Madison County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
HENRY SANSOM, Rector.
The Rector of St. Alban's Church, at Bovina, Warren County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
HENRY SANSOM, Rector.
The Rector of Trinity Church, Pass Christian, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
There were last Summer eight Candidates for Confirmation, but our Bishop, though making two appointments, was unable on account of sickness and domestic affliction, to visit the Parish.
G. W. SILL, Rector.
The Rector of St. Andrew's Church, in Marshall County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
Divine Service in this Parish every other Sunday in the month. In addition, I officiate once a month for the servants on Mr. Jackson's Plantation.
WILLARD PRESBURY, Rector.
The Rector of St. John's Church, Early Grove, Marshall County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of his Parish.
Divine Service in held in this Parish every other Sunday in the month.
WILLARD PRESBURY, Rector.
The Rector of St. Philip's Church, at Kirkwood, Madison County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
E. H. DOWNING, Rector.
The Rector of Epiphany Church, Claiborne County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish.
The undersigned accepted the Rectorship of the Parish the 1st of November, 1860, and it is gratifying to him to report the healthy condition of the Parish, and he devoutly prays for the continuance of the blessings of the Great Head of the Church on the same[.] He trusts that true piety and a spirit of prayer is prevailing among the members of the Parish, and therefore he looks forward for a rich display of the power of the Holy One in the manifestation of His Grace.
GEO. ROTTENSTEIN, Rector.
The late Rector of Epiphany Parish, Claiborne County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of his Parish, up to the day of his removal:
Sept. 10, 1860.
J. GIERLOW, (late) Rector.
The Rector of St. James' Church, at Port Gibson, Claiborne County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of his Parish.
Contributions have been made for repairs, and other objects connected with the Church, but I do not know to what amount.
The Present Rector took charge of this Church about the middle of last January, and since then has officiated regularly on every Sunday. He has held Services, as prescribed, on Ash Wednesdag and Good Friday; also in each week during Lent, and has continued them to this time. A considerable addition has been made to the number of communicants, and the congregations have generally been good, and uniformly attentive. In consequence of the disturbed condition of the country, and the stringency in its monetary affairs, it has been deemed expedient to postpone, for the present, the erection of the Church, (for which an amount nearly sufficient, has been subscribed) but it is hoped and believed that the delay will not be long; and that, by patience and perseverance, our Church may in due time be firmly established in this place. God grant that it may be so, to the spiritual welfare of those who now love her services, and of others who may become interested in them, and to the great glory of His Most Holy Name.
Port Gibson, April 23rd, 1861.
CHARLES B. DANA, Rector.
The Rector of St. Paul's Church, at Grand Gulf, Claiborne County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
Amount of Contributions unknown
The undersigned has just taken charge of this Church, in which he expects generally to hold two services each month. Although the members of the Church here are few in number, their devotedness and zeal are unwavering; while the size of the congregations, and the interest manifested in our Church Services thus far, inspire the hope in their Pastor, that his labors among them will not he in vain in the Lord.
CHARLES B. DANA, Rector.
The Minister lately officiating at Port Gibson, Claiborne County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish, up to the day of his removal.
Late Minister officiating.
The Rector of St. Matthew's Church, at Clinton, in Hinds county, reports to the Convention of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
F. ELWELL, Rector.
The Rector of St. Luke's Church, at Brandon, in Rankin county, reports to the Convention of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
F. ELWELL, Rector.
To the above reports, it should be added that during the last year, I have paid three visits to Hillsborough, Scott, County. On the first visit, I baptised one white child; on the second, I administered the Holy Communion to two persons. The third, was on the occasion of a visitation of the Bishop. There are in all four families connected with the church, and five communicants. I hope to visit them from time to time; but in the present pecuniary pressure, no regular salary for a minister can be obtained. I would add that so far as I can ascertain no clergyman of the church had ever ministered there previously to my first visit.
The Rector of St. Peter's Church, at Oxford, La Fayette County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
F. A. P. BARNARD, Rector.
The Rector of Grace Church, at Okolona, including St. Cyprian's Chapel, Chickasaw County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
ROBERT F. CLUTE, Rector.
The Rector of Ascension Church, Hernando, De Soto County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
This Parish is weak, yet I take pleasure in stating that its condition is encouraging; the congregations are increasing in numbers; greater interest is shown in the cause of the Church, and a few are preparing for Confirmation.
M. LEANDER WELLER, Rector.
The Minister of St. Steven's Church, at Panola, Panola County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
The Church, with her holy teachings, seems to have taken strong hold upon the minds of the people in this infant parish[.] The Vestry could with some assistance, erect a small Church, but are now awaiting the issues of the present troubles of the country, before they proceed to build. Besides these two Parishes, I have held regular monthly services at Como and Sardis. At Como, the congregation seems to be much pleased with and joins in the services; and the prospect for success is encouraging[.] As Missionary, I have buried one communicant of the Church, and baptized four white children. There are several at my different appointments, awaiting the visitation of the Bishop, that they may ratify the vows made by them at their baptism.
M. LEANDER WELLER, Missionary.
The Senior Warden of St. John's Chapel, Annadale, Yazoo County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
MARTIN W. EWING, Sen. Warden.
To the Rt. Rev. W. M. Green, Bishop:
The Rector of St. Luke's Church, Shieldsborough, Hancock County, reports the following Statement from the Register of his Parish:
During the past year we have been making every effort to put up a Parish Church, which is now in process of construction, and will be ready for Consecration in June. It is a neat Gothic structure, (56 feet by 26 feet) capable of accommodating over 150 persons. It is advantageously located on a beautiful lot, 137 feet by 1 1-2 miles in depth, fronting on the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to this we have enclosed a portion of the lot, and erected thereon a Home for the Rector. Our church will be completed at a cost of somewhat less than $2000.
THOS. D. OZANNE, Rector.
The Rector reports to the Bishop
The Church has been recently plastered, and a fine Melodeon purchased, by the exertions of the Ladies of the Parish. The Congregation has suffered a severe loss by the death of Mrs. Shelton, and Mrs. Dabney, the wives of Mr. John Shelton and Col. Thos. Dabney, pious and zealous communicants, and exemplary in all the relations of life.
EDW. FONTAINE, Rector.
The Rector reports to the Bishop:
There are some Candidates for Confirmation.
A Sum sufficient has been subscribed for building a Church for the Parish, which will probably be finished during the year. The necessity for procuring funds for this object has prevented the congregation from aiding others.
The Rector of the Church of the Savior, at Osyka, Pike County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of his Parish.
JOSEPH SPENCER, Officiating.
To the Rt. Rev. W. M. Green:
Divine Service has been regularly performed, by the subscriber, in this Church, during the past year, on the third Sunday in every month, except the months of August and September, when he was absent from the Diocese. During most of the year, he has performed Divine Service there on the first Sunday also. In favorable weather the attendance has been good; and he has reason to hope that, by patience and perseverance, a congregation may, after a time, be formed, and the Church placed upon a substantial and permanent footing in the village.
To the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi:--Rt. Rev. and Dear Sir:
In reporting upon the condition of the Church at this place, as the Senior Warden in the place of any Rector, I can only say that there is but little variation in its condition since my report of the last year.
The Bishop's visit in June last, was a source of great gratification to the friends of the Church, at which there was one Confirmation of an Adult. Since then there have been no other ministrations of the Church. Respectfully submitted.
WM. VANNERSON, Sen. Warden.
I cannot suppress the remark that now at this particular time, there seems a more favorable opportunity for planting the Church permanently here than at any time previous, within my knowledge.
The Officiating Minister of the Church of the Advent, Washington, in Adams County, reports to the Rt. Rev. Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
WM. K. DOUGLAS, Officiating
The undersigned, Professor of Languages in Jefferson College, Adams County, Mississippi, immediately upon his arrival to assume the duties of his Professorship, at the request of the members of the Church of the Advent, commenced holding regular services in the College Chapel. The first service was held on the Sunday after Christmas. The attendance has been gratifying, and the interest is believed to be increasing. The Holy Communion has been administered on the first Sunday of each month, and on Easter Sunday. The first official act of the Vestry elected on Easter Monday, was to extend an invitation to the undersigned to accept the Rectorship of the Parish. A few communicants are not included in the number reported, these having been during the vacancy of this Parish, received into the neighboring Parish of Trinity Church, Natchez, and have not yet applied for letters of dismission.
The resolution of the active life of the Parish has been too recent to afford any decisive indications of the good to be accomplished. May the Divine Head of the Church establish, strengthen and settle them on his sure foundations!
WM. K. DOUGLAS,Of the Diocese of Louisiana, Officiating.
The Minister of Grace Church, Carrollton, Carroll County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
J. C. ADAMS, Minister.
This report dates from the 24th of August, 1860, when this Parish was organized. We are but a few sheep in the wilderness, poor and scattered, destitute of a suitable place of worship; but our confidence
is in the Good Shepherd who loveth His sheep that He will in His own good time, and way, build us a house where His Name may dwell. The undersigned has officiated at Grenada, monthly, since, August, 1860,--when not prevented by inclement weather, and baptized one white adult, and one colored infant. The Bishop baptized, and confirmed one person; and there are several now desirous of confirmation. There are in the Town of Grenada, and within 12 miles of that place 11 communicants of the Church. The work being God's, we confidently believe it will continue to prosper until our Beloved Zion shall be firmly established. The little success which has attended our labors, has been achieved notwithstanding the feeblest of human instrumentalities. We therefore rejoice in the prospect of seeing His strength made perfect in our weakness. We sincerely, and earnestly commend this young Parish, and Mission to the prayers of the Church, that He who hath begun a good work here, may continue it the praise of His Glory.
J. C. ADAMS.
The Rector of St. Jude's Church, at Corinth, Tishomingo County, reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi the following statement from the Register of the Parish:
WM. H. BURTON, Rector.
I took charge of the congregation at Corinth in April last, which had been organized as "St. Jude's Church" It is small, numbering five families. with eight communicants. Two have been added by removal and two by confirmation, making at present twelve, Baptisms, two (adult.) I have connected with this congregation two other points, at each of which I preached monthly,--Jacinto, 18 miles distant, and Pocahontas, in Tenn., about the same distance from Corinth. At the former point there are no members of the Church, but several persons interested in its favor. At the latter there are several communicants. At both places however, there are good congregations. The three places afford an encouraging field for missionary work.
W. H. BURTON.
The Rector of the Church of the Messiah, Noxubee Co., reports to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of the Parish:
GEO. STEWART, Rector
The Missionary work in which I have been engaged for the past fifteen months, has been attended with many, and perhaps, peculiar trials. I use the term peculiar, as expressive of the disorganized manner in which I have been compelled to prosecute the work. I have six points at which I hold services; at four of them they are monthly, and at two, occasionally. At only one of them is there an organized church, this is in Noxubee county--here my work in a good degree has been encouraging.
My wishes connected with the growth of the parish have been responded to with a reasonable degree of interest, and for personal attention it has been abundant. Three members of this Parish are, engaged in a female school, which, although not a Church School, yet, is doing great good, and all things considered is one of the best in the State. It receives an excellent patronage, which it well deserves.
At De Kalb I have a very good and attentive congregation, but the immediate prospects for building up a parish at this point are not encouraging. I have one most devoted daughter of the church here, whose struggles for it have been so faithful, and energetic that they ought to be responded to by the presence of a missionary at least once in the month.
At Meridian the congregations are generally good, and attentive. I have made an effort here to build a church which has resulted in securing a subscription to the amount of about seven hundred dollars, all of which is perfectly secure, and may be had at any time. I have also secured a very beautiful plan of a church, from Henry Congdon, of New York City, which, (when completed) will cost about two thousand dollars. This work would have been begun before this but for the present state of our country.
At Enterprise the attendance on the services are reasonably good, but on account of the divided state of the community, it is a peculiarly hard field, for the missionary, and must continue to be so for some time. We need a church building here very much. I have not organized a parish here on account of the unsettled state of the community, (which is the case at other points,) as I can see no advantage of an organization unless it has some of the elements of strength which ought to be united in such an effort. I do not like a failure, and until a reasonable hope of success is evident, (and the missionary ought to be the best judge of this himself,) I think it best not to organize.
I have met with nothing but kindness in my work wherever I have gone; and I think I can hope with some degree of certainty that some good has been done.
May God add his blessing, for Christ's, sake.
ROSE GATES COLLEGE,
April 20th, 1861.
Bishop Green: Rt. Rev. and Dear Sir:--
Since the last Convention, I have officiated several times in Grace Church, Okolona, once at Buena Vista, twice in Columbus, twice in Aberdeen, and generally on Sunday afternoons at home.
Since the commencement of the present Session, fifty-six pupils have been admitted into "Rose Gates College," four of whom are boarders. With suitable encouragement from the right quarter, our experiment would, I have no doubt, be successful; but standing as I do alone in the enterprize, I have great discouragements to encounter. With the assistance of God, I intend to persevere, hoping sometimes against hope, that He will ultimately crown my labors with success.
WILLIAM B. LACEY.
This Institution is in successful operation, under the supervision of the Pastor of St. John's Parish as Rector, and Mr. Pierce as Principal. The School numbers at present about 40 pupils. The course of instruction is intended to include a thorough English education, together with the Classics, up to the point of preparation for College. The situation is healthy and pleasant, free from the temptations incident to town, and, as an advantageous retreat for boys and young gentlemen, is commended to the patronage of the Church.
WILLARD PRESBURY, Rector.
The Rev. W. P. Scott offers the following report to the Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi:
I have preached to white and colored congregations at different places in Yazoo County during the past year, and now have a monthly appointment for "Trinity Church," Yazoo City, until that Parish obtains a Rector, or until it may be necessary for me to assume other professional duties.
WM. PARKER SCOTT.
To the Rt. Rev. Wm. M. Green, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese.
The undersigned respectfully reports that he has dissolved his connection with Trinity Female Seminary, Pass Christian, by transferring it to the charge of Prof. Reuel Keith, a gentleman in whose favor testimonials of a high order have been received. He would commend the Institution to the Church as worthy of the patronage that it has received in times past[.]
He has performed clerical duty as opportunity afforded, having frequently officiated for Rev. Mr. Sill.
THOS. S. SAVAGE.Pass Christian, Miss., April 22nd, 1861.
To the Right Reverend William M Green, D. D.,
MY DEAR BISHOP.--In Compliance with the Canon (XII. of 1853) I respectfully submit the following report:
Since the last Convention, I have
At Bloomington, Illinois, I was obliged to leave a large class, ready for Confirmation, and accompany a member of my family to Europe, for medical attention. After an absence of 6 or 8 months, I found, upon my return, much to my regret, a political necessity forcing me to my Southern Home, and leaving my interesting work there incomplete.
In the midst of much secular business, my heart yearns for more and more efficient clerical employment, and I shall thank God when I can entirely throw off the one and give myself wholly to the other.
Very truly, yours, in the Gospel,Kilmarnock, April 22, 1861.
F. W. BOYD.
To the Rt. Rev. Wm. M. Green, D. D., President:--
DEAR SIR,--Herewith I submit my Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the past year:
I herewith annex my Account Current, to which I beg to refer, as exhibiting the full particulars of Receipts and Expenditures, with the several vouchers from 1 to 30 inclusive,--all of which is respecfully submitted.
JOHN DUNCAN, Secretary and Treasurer.Jackson, April 23, 1861
NOTE. The following Contributions, intended for the present year, were paid in too late for this, but will appear in the next annual report.
St. Philips, Kirkwood, $25; St. Paul's, Columbus, $25; Ascension Church, Hernando, $4 35; St. James,' Port Gibson, $15.
JOHN DUNCAN, Treasurer.
THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Society took place on Friday Evening, after Divine Service, April 26, 1861, in Christ Church, Holly Springs, and in the absence of the President was called to order by the First Vice President, Rev. James A. Fox.
The Report and Account Current of the Treasurer of the Society, was presented and read, and, upon motion, referred to a Committee of two, the Rev. Willard Presbury and Capt. Albert Sneed.
During the absence of the committee, the Society was eloquently addressed by the Rev. Fred. W. Boyd, in behalf of Missions.
Upon motion, the Society proceeded to elect officers for the ensuing year. The following were unanimously chosen:
Rev. Mr. Presbury presented the following report and resolution, which, upon motion, was unanimously adopted.
The committee appointed to audit the Treasurer's Account, report that they have examined the same, and finding it correct, offer the following:
Resolved, That the report of the Treasurer be received and adopted.
WILLARD PRESBURY, Chairman.The Society then adjourned till the next evening.
SATURDAY EVENING, April 27.
The Society met after Divine Service, pursuant to adjournment, the Rt. Rev. Wm M. GREEN, Bishop of the Diocese, President, in the Chair.
The Minutes of last evening's meeting were read and approved.
The following resolution, after a few explanatory remarks by the Rev. Mr. Crane, was adopted:
Resolved, That the sum of one hundred dollars be placed at the disposal of the Bishop, in aid of the Church Book Depository, in Jackson.
Mr. Crane then addressed the meeting, making a most earnest appeal in behalf of the Society.
The President followed, urging upon the Diocese the great importance of Home Missions, and the establishment in our midst of a School of the highest order for the education of young ladies.
Mr. Crane then resuming, advocated in a few forcible remarks, the education of our Students for the Ministry at home--referring to the enforced return of the Mississippi Students from the Nashotah Seminary, in consequence of the political events of the last few days, and concluded by offering the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Bishop of the Diocese be requested to provide for the maintenance and theological instruction of our Candidates for Holy Orders, by the appointment with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, of one or more Divinity Professors, and that this Society hereby pledges itself to furnish the means necessary for this purpose.
Mr. Miller seconded the resolution, in eloquent and effective terms, concluding by pledging the sum of one hundred dollars to carry out the object.
Rev. G. B. Perry, D. D., followed, urging with great zeal the cause of Missions; also pledging one hundred dollars for the purpose of the resolution.
Rev. F. W. Boyd then addressed the meeting. He was in favor of the support by each Parish, of a Candidate for the Ministry--the Student to be under the special charge of the Rector,--he trusted some such plan would be adopted,--and be believed the Rector of each Parish would cheerfully receive into his family and extend to one Student the necessary instruction.
The question was then put, and the resolution adopted.
The following pledges were made in behalf of the object stated in the resolution:
There being no other business before the meeting, the Society adjourned.
JOHN DUNCAN, Secretary and Treasurer.
Secretary and Treasurer--Col. John Duncan, Jackson.
1. The Convention shall be opened with prayer by the Bishop, on the morning of every day during the session.
2. When the President takes the Chair, no member shall continue standing, or shall afterward stand up, except to address the Chair.
3. No member shall absent himself from the Service of the Convention, unless he have leave, or be unable to attend.
4. When any member is about to speak or deliver any matter to the Convention, he shall, with due respect, address himself to the President, confining himself strictly to the point in debate.
5. No member shall speak more than twice in the same debate, without leave of the Convention.
6. While the President is putting any question, the members shall continue in their seats, and shall not hold any private discourse.
7. Every member, who shall be in the Convention when any question is put, shall, on division, be counted, unless he be personally interested in the discussion.
8. No motion shall be considered as before the Convention, unless seconded, and, when required, reduced to writing.
9. When a question is under consideration, no motion shall be received, unless to lay it upon the table, to postpone it to a certain time, to postpone it indefinitely, to commit it, to amend it, or to divide it--and motions for any of these purposes shall have precedence in the order herein named. The motion to lay upon the table and to adjourn, shall be decided without debate. The motion to adjourn shall always be in order.
10. All Committees shall be appointed by the President, unless otherwise ordered.
11. When the Convention is about to rise, every member shall keep his seat until the President leaves his chair.
12. The names of the movers of resolutions shall not appear upon the Minutes of this Convention.
13. The Reports of all Committees shall be in writing, and shall be received, of course, and without motion, unless re-committed by vote of the Convention. All Reports recommending or requiring any action or expression of opinion by the Convention, shall be accompanied by a resolution for the action of the Convention therein.
14. If the question under debate contain several distinct propositions, the same shall be divided at the request of any member, and a vote taken separately, except that a motion to strike out and insert, shall be indivisible.
15. All questions of order shall be decided by the Chair, without debate; but any member may appeal from such decision; and on such
appeal no member shall speak more than once, without express leave of the Convention.
16. All amendments shall be considered in the order in which they are moved. When a proposed amendment is under consideration, a motion to amend the same may be made; no after amendment to such second amendment, shall be in order. But when an amendment to an amendment is under consideration, a substitute to the whole matter may be received. No proposition on a subject different from that under consideration, shall be received under color of a substitute.
17. The first thing in order, after the Convention is declared organized, and ready for business, shall be the election of a Secretary and Treasurer of the Convention, for the ensuing year.
18. The adoption of Rules of Order for the government of the Convention, and the reading of said Rules by the Secretary.
19. The appointment of the following Standing Committees, viz: 1st, On Credentials; 2d, On the Admission of New Congregations; 3d, On the State of the Church; 4th, On Finance; 5th, On Constitution and Canons; 6th, On Diocesan Schools; 7th, On Unfinished Business.
20--The reading of the Bishop's Journal and Address.
21--The reading of the Parochial Reports.
22--The reading of the Report of the Treasurer of the Convention.
23--The reading of the Report of the Treasurer of the Diocese.
24-- The reading of the Report of the Standing Committee of the Diocese.
25--The reading of the Reports from Committees, appointed by the last Convention.
26--Designation of time and place for holding the next Convention.
27--The election of Diocesan Officers--1st, the Members of the Standing Committee; 2d, Treasurer of the Diocese; 3d, Trustees of the Episcopal Fund; 4th, Trustees of the General Theological Seminary; 5th, Members of the Ecclesiastical Court; 6th, Deputies to General Convention, (When required); 7th, any other Diocesan Officers necessary to be elected.
28--Reports of Standing Committees.
29--Reports from Special Committees.
30--General Motions, Resolutions, and Propositions.
We, the subscribers, assembled for the purpose of organizing a Parish of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the town of ----, county of ----, and State of Mississippi, after due notice given, do hereby agree to form a Parish, to be known by the name of ----Church, and as such, do hereby acknowledge and accede to the doctrine, discipline and worship, the Constitution and Canons, of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, and the Constitution and Canons of the same Church in the Diocese of Mississippi; and we do accordingly now appoint ----, [not less than three, nor more than eleven persons, naming them,] to be the first Vestry of ---- Church; and ----, [two persons, naming them,] to be the first Wardens, to continue in office until Easter Monday, A. D., ----, and until others be chosen in their place: And an election of Vestrymen shall hereafter be held on Easter Monday of each successive year, or as soon thereafter as may be.
Witness our hands at ----, county of ----, and State of Mississippi, this ----day of ----, in the year of our Lord ----.
The Rector (or Minister), of ---- Church, at ---- county, reports to the Bishop (or Convention) of the Diocese of Mississippi, the following Statement from the Register of his Parish.
State also any matters of fact which show the condition of the Parish.
SUMMARY OF PAROCHIAL REPORTS FOR 1861, DIOCESE OF MISSISSIPPI.