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The Rev. BAYLIES P. Talbot, Rector of St. James' Church, Woonsocket, R. I., died at Claremont, N. H,, Sept. 5th, 1865. He graduated at Trinity College, in 1842, and at the General Theological Seminary in 1845. He was Rector of St. James' Parish for twenty years.

The Rev. J. G. L. Fryer, Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, Rochester, Penn., died at Rochester, Sept. 22, 1865. He graduated at Nashotah, June 11, 1845, and was ordained Deacon the following week in Philadelphia.

The Rev. HERMAN Hooker, D.D., died at Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 26, 1865, aged sixty-one years. He was born at Poultney, Vermont, in 1804 ; graduated at Middlebury College in 1825; and at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and was licensed as a Presbyterian Minister, with great promise both as a scholar and speaker. At this period, careful study led him to seek and obtain Holy Orders in the Church; but the partial loss of his sight and of his voice compelled his retirement from the active duties of the Ministry. He became Author, Editor and Publisher. His principal works were; I. The Portion of the Soul. Phila., 1835. 32 mo., and republished in England. II. Popular Infidelity; Phila., 1836. 12mo. III. Family Book of Devotion ; 1836. 8vo. IV. The Uses of Adversity and the Provisions of Consolation ; Phila. 1846. 18mo. V. Thoughts and Maxims ; Phila., 1847. 16mo. VI. The Christian Life a Fight of Faith ; Phila., 1848. 18mo. He also published a large number of English and American works; and probably in this way was more eminently useful than he could have been as a Parish Clergyman. Dr. Hooker was a vigorous and close thinker, a clear writer, a thorough Churchman, a devout and conscientious Christian, full of true and consistent charity. He made the Nashotah Seminary a residuary legatee; which bequest will probably amount to about $10,000. Among the Resolutions adopted by the Clergy at his funeral was the following:

Resolved, That while the published writings of Dr. Hooker present evidence of an intellect and scholarship entitling him to honorable distinction among American authors, the constant demands for his works give proof of the high estimation in which they are held by the Christian public, and the good service he has rendered to the cause of Christ.

Rev. JOHN LEITHEAD died at Brownsville, Penn., Sept. 29th, 1865, aged 29 years. He was born in England, Oct. 8, 1836; entered Kenyon College, Obio, in 1853, and graduated in 1857; entered the Seminary at Gambier in 1858 ; was ordained Deacon, by Bishop Bowman, in Trinity Church, Pittsburg, Penn., Nov. 24, 1859, and Priest, by the same Bishop, in Christ Church, Brownsville, Penn.,

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Dec. 13, 1860; was Rector of St. Mark's Parish, Lewistown, Penn., from 1860 to 1864; and from 1864, was Rector one year of St. James' Parish, Piqua, Ohio.

Rev. CHRISTIAN Cruse, D. D., died at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, Oct. 5th, 1865, aged 71 years. He was born, June 27, 1794, in Philadelphia, of Lutheran parentage, and Danish nationality. He entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1812, and graduated Jan. 10, 1815, with distinguished honors. He was appointed Professor in that University in 1831, and resigned in 1833. He originated the Philomathean Society in the University. He was ordained by Bishop White about 1822 ; became Rector of Trinity Parish, Fishkill, N. Y., in April, 1846, but resigned the cure in 1851; and afterwards had no Parish. He soon after removed to the General Theological Seminary, where, as Librarian, he had ample opportunities for those studies in which he was so successful. In the Ancient Languages, Syriac, Hebrew and Greek, Dr. Crusè was one of the most learned men in the Church. The Article in Vol. V. of this Review, on Syriac Literature, and in review of Dr. Murdock's translation of the Peshito version of the New Testament, was from his pen.

The Rev. Lot Jones, D. D., Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, New York City, died in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 12th, aged 68 years.

His death was the result of accident in falling upon the pavement at St. Luke's Church, where he was in attendance upon the meeting of the Board of Missions. He was born in Brunswick, Me., Feb. 21, 1797 ; was not of Church parentage; graduated at Bowdoin College, Me., in 1821; studied for the Ministry, under Bishop Griswold, and was by him ordained Deacon, Jan., 1823, and Priest, Sept., 1823; in 1823 was settled at Marblehead and Marshfield, Mass.; in 1825 at Macon, Ga., in 1827 at Savannah ; in 1828, at Gardiner, Me.; in 1829, at South Leicester, Mass.; and in January 1833, he removed to New York, and took charge of the new Mission Church of the Epiphany. Here he found his true place. His humility, bis single-hearted devotion to his one great work, and his untiring industry, made his ministry- remarkably effective. In 1858 he published his twenty-fifth Anniversary Discourse. At that time, seven years ago, he said,-During my connection with this church, I have baptized 2501,-253 adults, and 2248 children ;-married 750 couples; presented 915 for confirmation; enrolled 1494 as communicants; and attended 1362 funerals. Our present number of communicants is about 400.

The Rev. Geo. N. SLEIGHT, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Pleasant Valley, N. Y., died at that place, Oct. 14th, aged 45 years.

Rev. NATHAN BOURNE CROCKER, D. D., Rector of St. John's Church, Providence, R. I., died in that city, Oct. 19, 1865, aged 84 years. He was born at Barnstable, Mass., July 4th, 1781; fitted for College at the Academy in Sandwich, where the late Bishop Wain.

wright was a fellow student; graduated at Harvard College, in 1802 ; commenced the study of Medicine, but soon began study for the Ministry, and was Lay Reader at St. John's Church, Providence, R. I.; was ordained Deacon by Bishop Bass, in Trinity Church, Boston, May 24, 1803, and accepted the Rectorship of St. John's, Providence. At this period, he and the Rev. Mr. Dehon, afterwards Bishop of S. C., were the only Church clergymen in Rhode Island. His health failing, his Rectorship closed, May 24, 1804 ; but was resumed Jan. 1, 1808, and continued until his death, a period of over 57 years. He was ordained Priest, by Bishop Moore, in Trinity Church. New York, May 18, 1808. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor in Divinity from Geneva College, in 1827. He was a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Rhode Island, during his entire Rectorship, except for a single year; and deputy to the General Convention, from 1808 to 1862. He was proposed for Bishop of Rhode Island, in 1843, 1853 and 1854; and on the latter occasion, was elected by the Clergy, but lacked a majority of the Lay votes. He was also a member of the Board of Fellows of Brown University for nearly fifty years.

The Rev. EDWARD WINTHROP, Rector of St. John's Church, Highgate, Vermont, died in New York City, Oct. 21st, 1865, aged 54 years. A sketch of his life will appear in the next number.

CONVERSIONS TO THE CHURCH,

Mr. HIRAM CARLTON, formerly Congregational minister in Massachusetts, has applied to be admitted a Candidate for Holy Orders.

Rev. Matson M. Smith, D. D., lately a Congregational Minister in Bridgeport, Conn., bas determined to seek Holy Orders in the Church.

Mr. W. A. Fuller, formerly a Unitarian Minister in Massachusetts, has applied to become a Candidate for Holy Orders.

Rev. FRANCIS LOBDELL, lately ordained Priest in Ohio, was formerly a Congregationalist, in Bridgeport.

GeneRAL CONVENTION.—The General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, assembled in St. Luke's Church, Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Oct. 4th, and continued in session eighteen days. We were not mistaken in our last number, in speaking of it, by anticipation, as the most important Convention ever held in our Branch of the Church. Now that it has met and gone, and its doings are a part of our history, we look back to it with almost unmingled gratitude. There were some differences of opinion, entertained too and avowed by earnest men, but we may truly say, in reviewing the doings of the Convention, that the spirit of charity was not grieved, and the great heart of the Church beats once more tranquilly and strongly. We propose to give, in the next Number of the Review, when perfect reports will be before us, a complete digest of all that was really done; such as our readers will be glad to preserve as a permanent record. Among the most noticeable features and doings of the Convention, was the presence of so many of the Bishops and Clerical and Lay delegates of the Southern Dioceses; the solemn and formal Thanksgiving for the restoration of Union and Peace; the Consecration of the Bishop of Tennessee; the debates and final important action on the Provincial System ; the able and timely Report on Christian Education ; the Debates and Resolutions on the important religious movement in Italy; and on the communication and Union with the Russo-Greek Church; the proposed action in behalf of the Freedmen; the division of our Western Territories into Missionary Dioceses, and the election of three new Missionary Bishops; the election of a new Missionary Bishop for China and Japan; and the important discussions and final action in the Board of Missions respecting the African Mission.

The Convention was characterized emphatically by deliberative dis. cussion and positive action, rather than by exhibitions of sentiment. All seemed to feel that it was no time or place “ to get up a scene.” Yet there was, throughout the sessions, that chastened soberness, and at times that subdued tone, which belongs alone to manly hearts, and which is often more eloquent than words or tears. There were, how. ever, one or two marked events in the course of the Convention, which deserve special mention. They certainly will never fade from the memory of those who participated in them. One such instance was the return of some of the Southern Bishops to their place in the Upper House. The published correspondence of the Rt. Rev. Bishop Potter, Bishop of the largest Diocese in the country, with the Rt. Rev. Bishops Atkinson and Lay, shows the delicacy and depth of feeling with which this formal action was characterized. And when this deed was really consuinmated, and the seal was set upon a reunited Church ; when the horrors of the past, the anxieties of the present, and the hopes and responsibilities of the future were all gathered around that one eventful moment, and then were all baptized with the sweet spirit of charity and mutual confidence; no wonder that strong men bowed and wept. It was the baptism of the Holy Ghost : and the noble old Te Deum was the Thanksgiving Hymn of a Kingdom which is not of this world.

We only allude to the spirit and character of this important Convention now, and reserve details for a future Number.

Missionary Work of the CHURCH.— The Reports of the Domestic and Foreign Committees, for the year ending Oct. 1, 1865, are carefully prepared and valuable papers. In the Domestic field, there are now two Missionary Bishops, and one hundred and three other missionaries in active service. This is nine more than the number reported at this time last year. The number employed the whole or some part of the year, is one hundred and twelve. The Treasurer has received during the year, for general purposes, $63,247 47; and for special purposes not under the control of the Committee, $9,267 07; being from all sources and for all objects, $72,514 64. This exceeds the aggregate of last year hy $5,933 45. The Committee acknowl. edge the efficiency of the Rev. Mr. Twing in raising funds. The ag. gregate contributions of the parishes visited by him this year, exceed the contributions of the same parishes in the last year, when no visit of an agent was made, by the sum of $10,212 91. The Spirit of Missions has a circulation of only about 2,000 copies. Everywhere, the work opening before the Church, at the South, and West, and Northwest, is enough to inspire new courage and zeal. The Committee call for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the coming year. It is the merest trifle, compared with the Church's ability, and can be raised, beyond a doubt. The proposition to give the election of Missionary Bishops to the Board of Missions, was not acceded to. In the long interval between General Conventions, there must be momentum somewhere. The best energies of the Domestic Committee will be called for, or the work will dwindle which is now so largely in their hands.

The Report of the Foreign Committee is encouraging. The receipts for the year from all sources, were $78,309 48. The expendi- . tures for the same period were-For the Mission in Greece, $3,310 93; for the Mission in China and Japan, $8,483 86 ; for the Mission in Africa $30,650 46 ; for the Mission in Mexico, $6,376 59.

The Mission in Greece, which has been prosecuted with so much wisdom and fidelity, for thirty-five years, by the Rev. Dr. Hill, it is believed will not be abandoned.

In China and Japan, the principal Stations are at Shanghai and Nagasaki. The following are the Missionaries : Rev. Robert Nelson, Rev. Elliott H. Thompson, Rev. Dudley D. Smith, Rev. Samuel I.J. Schereschewsky, Rev. A. C. Höhing, Rev. Wong Hong.Chai, Native Deacon; Mr. Wong Voong Fee, Catechist and Candidate for Orders ; Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Höbing, Miss Lydia M. Fay, Rev. John Liggins, Rev. Channing Moore Williams. The recent appointment of Rev. Mr. Williams as Missionary Bishop, gives new interest and promise to this Mission.

The African Mission reports seven permanent Church buildings, one Hospital, Orphan Asylum, High School, and seven Mission houses, erected at an expense exceeding one hundred thousand dollars. It has ordained four Liberian ministers for four Liberian Churches, and expected soon to ordain a fifth, besides one native minister. There are three Liberian, one foreign, and two native Candidates for Orders. Including the Bishop, there are eight foreign ministers. There are twent.y-one mission stations in the four counties of Liberia, along two hundred and fifty miles of coast, and extend eighty miles interior, operating in seven native tribes, with an aggregate population of one hundred and fifty thousand people. Baptisms during the past year,

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