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seventy-eight; forty-nine being adults. Communicants, colonists, one hundred and sixty-eight; natives, one hundred and forty-eight; total, three hnndred and sixteen. Boarding scholars, one hundred and thirty'two; day scholars, Liberian and native, seven hundred and sixty. Contributions, (imperfectly reported,) seven hundred and eighty-three dollars and three cents.
The Mission in Mexico is almost entirely conducted by the Rev. E. G. Nicholson, D. D., whose reports show that the opportunity of guiding aright the spirit of inquiry among the Romanists, and of building up the Primitive Church there in that large field, is now, Providentially, in our hands.
The Committee propose the appointment and sending forth of a Bishop who shall have jurisdiction in all those parts of the foreign field not now under the care of any Foreign Missionary Bishop of this Church. The portions of the field which at this time, under such an arrangement as is here proposed, would fall to the oversight of the Foreign Missionary Bisbop at large, are Mexico, Japan, China, and Greece.
SOUTHERN General Council OF THE CHURCH.—This Council met in Augusta, Ga., Nov. 8th, and continued in session three days. There were present as follows:
HOUSE OF BISHOPS.—The Right Rev. Stephen Elliott, D. D., Georgia; the Right Rev. John Johns, D. D., Virginia; the Right Rev. William M. Green, D. D., Mis. sissippi; the Right Rev. Richard H. Wilmer, D. D., Alabama.
HOUSE OF DEPUTIES. — Virginia—Rev. C. W. Andrews, D. D. ; Rev. P. Slaughter, Rev. G. H. Norton, Mr. N. H. Massie, Mr. N. B. Meade, Mr. H. Pendleton. South Carolina-Rev. P. Trapier, Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Mr. Edward McCrady: GeorgiaRev. C. F. McRae, Rev. W. H. Clarke, Rev. John D. Easter, Mr. R. D. Moore. Alabama-Rev. J. M. Banister, Rev. H. N Pierce, D. D.; Rev. J. M. Mitchell, Mr. J. D. Phelan. Mississippi-Rev J.T. Pickett. Morning Prayer was said by the Rev. Mr. Trapier, assisted by the Rev. Mr. McRae. The Senior Bishop proceeded with the office for the Holy Communion, being assisted in its celebration by the other Bishops present. The Bishops then withdrew, and organized for business by the re-election of the Rev. W. H. Harrison, of Georgia, as their Secretary.
The House of Deputies elected the Rev. Mr. Pinckney, President; the Rev. Mr. Mitchell, Secretary, and the Rev. Mr. Pickett, Assistant Secretary.
The necessary preliminaries having been arranged, and the appointment of the usual Standing Committees ordered, the great subject before the Council, viz: the relations of the several Dioceses comprising it to each other, and to the Church in the United States, was referred to a joint Comunittee, consisting of Bishop Elliott, on the part of the House of Bishops, and the Rev. Dr. Andrews, aud the Rev. Messrs. Trapier and Pickett, and Messrs. Phelan and Moore, on the part of the House of Deputies.
The Committee made a report providing a rule by which the several Dioceses belonging to the Council will govern themselves in determining their future ecclesiastical relations as foilows:
Whereas, The several Dioceses, which we as Bishops and Deputies represent at this Council, were impelled by political events to separate, in a legislative capacity, from the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, and did decide, upon grounds sanctioned by Holy Scripture and primitive antiquity, to unite to. gether and adopt for their better government and more convenient action, a Constitution and Code of Canons, and did meet in pursuance of that Constitution, in General Council, in November, 1862 ; and
Whereas, This Church so organized, although arising out of political events, was from that time a duly organized branch of the one Catholic and Apostolic Church, and may of right so continue to be, or may through the action of its several Dio. cesan Councils, form any other synodical association; and VOL. XVII.
Whereas, In the opinion of several of the Dioceses which coöperated in the formation of this independent branch of the Church Catholic, the exigency which caused its arrangement no longer exists; and
Whereas, The spirit of charity which prevailed in the proceedings of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, at its late session in Philadelphia, has warmly commended itself to the hearts of this Council; therefore
Resolved, I. That in the judgment of this Council, it is perfectly consistent with the good faith which she owes to the Bishops and Dioceses with which she has been in union since 1862, for any Diocese to decide for herself whether she shall any longer continue in union with this Council.
11. That it be recommended that wherever the word Confederate occurs in the standards of this Church, the word United be substituted therefor.
III. That, inasmuch as the change recommended in the preceding resolutions (being a change in the Prayer Book,) cannot be legally completed until the next meeting of this Council, that, under the circumstances, it should, in the meantime, have the force of law in any Diocese, whenever approved by its Bishop or Dio. osan Council.
IV. That each Diocese now in connection with this Council shall be governed by the Constitution and Canons thereof until such time as it shall have declared its withdrawal therefrom, as hereinafter provided for.
V. That whenever any Diocese shall determine to withdraw from this Ecclesiastical Confederation, such withdrawal shall be considered as duly accomplished, when an official notice. signed by the Bishop and Secretary of such Diocese, shall have been given to the Bishops of the Dioceses remaining in connection with this Council.
These Resolutions were adopted, as also one changing the name of the Church to the “ Protestant Episcopal Church of the Associated Dioceses of the United States." Also one appointing Charleston, S. C., as the place of holding the next General Council, in November, 1868.
The Annual Convention assembled in St. John's Chapel, New York, Sept. 27. Besides the customary business of the Convention, reading of Annual Reports, &c., all of wbich indicated the rapid and substantial growth of the Church throughout the State, the most important business before the Convention was the Resolutions on the Provincial System, moved by the Rev. Dr. McVickar, last year, and laid over until this Convention for definite action. After an earnest but brief debate, a vote was taken upon the Preamble and Resolutions, in the following form:
Whereas, The time has come when, by reason of the increase of the population, and the growth of the Church in these United States, a greater number of Bishops is now, or is likely soon to be, required ; and, whereas, it is desirable that in providing for this increase in the number of Bishops with their Dioceses, as little change as possible should be made in the conservative spirit of the Church; therefore
Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention that a Provincial System, adapted to the present position of the Church in this country, should be established. It therefore prays the General Convention to make such provision as may be necessary for the organization of "the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America," into Provinces.
The vote in favor of these was almost unanimous, and that, in a full Convention; the strength and tone of the ayes being unmistakable.
This decided action in the Convention of the Church in the Empire State, after the full and thorough discussion of the subject for the last eighteen months, is full of meaning. The way is now open for the division and working of the Diocese, after the primitive pattern; while, at the same time, the feebler portions of the Church shall not be separated from the strong, the bond of unity shall not be broken, and, at the same time, such concentration and combination of effort may be secured, as the wants of the different portions of the Church, and her abundant resources, may demand.
Another subject, which seemed to be in almost every mind, was the stand which the Convention ought to take, in sustaining the Bishop in his late Pastoral Letter; and especially in vindicating the honor of the Church, by rebuking the insolent defiance with which the Pastoral Letter has been met, in a certain quarter. We have never seen the feeling of the great body of the Convention, and especially of the Laity, so decided, and almost irrepressible. At the earnest request of the Bishop, bowever, the matter was not brought forward in Convention. The Bishop's allusion to the subject in his Annual Address, though somewhat general, was well understood; and if men are not infatuated, and bent on mischief at any and every sacrifice, further disturbance of the peace and harmony of the Church will be avoided. The General Convention have decided, wbat we all knew before, that the Law of the Church is as clear and plain as it need be: and by that Law, the Church will assuredly abide.
New DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH, and election of its first Bishop. The Primary Convention of this new Diocese met in Trinity Church, Pittsburgh, Nov. 15; when the New Diocese was formally organized. There were present, at the opening Services, 24 Clergy of the Diocese, and Lay delegates from 25 Parishes. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Stevens preached the Sermon. On the next day, the new Bishop was elected. The Rev. Mr. Swope nominated the Rev. John BARRETT Kerfoot, D. D., President of Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. The Rev. Dr. Page, nominated the Rev.Frederick D. HUNTINGTON, D.D., Rector of Emmanuel Church, Boston, Mass. The vote of the Clergy was, for the Rev. Dr. Kerfoot, 19; for Rev. Dr. Huntington 9. The vote of the Laity, was; "approved," 19; “ disapproved," 8; divided, 1. After debate, it was voted that the New Diocese be called the Diocese of PITTSBURGH. The regular officers of tbe Diocese were elected; and the salary of the Bishop fixed at $4,500. An Episco. pal Fund has already been raised, of about $40,000. There are, in the Diocese, 37 Parishes; 17 self supporting; and 27 Presbyters, canonically resident. It contains 25 Counties, over 20,000 square miles, and about one million of inhabitants. This whole movement, so nobly consummated, is one of the greatest possible importance. It is the first substantial triumph, in this country, of an elementary, vital principle of Church life and growth. It already proves what abundant resources, now lying utterly waste, will be developed, as soon as the Church returns to her normal mode of action. This principle is too deeply fixed in the minds and hearts of Churchmen now, to be arrested in its progress. It is a great Truth; and such a Truth never dies.
CHURCH AT the South. We are glad to welcome once more the appearance of the Church Intelligencer, publisbed at Charlotte, N. C., the accredited Organ of the Bishops of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and the University of the South. It is conducted with ability and wisdom; and will have great influence, in diffusing correct information at the South, concerning Northern sentiment, and so, in counteracting the effects of any element of mischief which may still exist, either there or here. The Rev. Messrs. F. M. Hubbard, D. D., and George M. Everhart, are its Editors.
Georgia.—We find the following in the N. C. Church Intelligencer of Oct. 18, where it is copied from the Augusta, Ga., Constitutionalist.
* Many of the leading Methodist divines of our State have, with the approval of their congregations, made overtures to the Episcopal Church of Georgia, and some of the clerical officers of the Triennial Convention, to unite with the Episcopal Church. Their hostility to Northern Methodism, and its incidental hatred of the South in years past, is said to be the prime motive of the act.”
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL FREEDMAN'S AID SOCIETY.—The Freedman's Aid Commission, constituted by the unanimous vote of the late General Convention, was organized, Nov. 10th, in the City of New York, by the election of the following officers :-
Recording Secretary.--Rev. John A. Aspinwall.
Treasurer.- Robert B. Minturn, Esq.
Executive Committee.-Rev. Dr. Haight, Rev. Dr. A. H. Vinton, Rev. Dr. Littlejohn, Rev. Dr. Eccleston ; Messrs. Hamilton Fish, F. S. Winston, G. D. Morgan, and John Welsh.--After a free and full discussion, one important principle was definitely settled, at the meeting for the organization of the Society. All efforts for the elevation of freedmen are to be made in connection and coöperation with the Ecclesiastical authorities of the South. The white and the colored races are there to live together. The horrid barbarities of Jamaica must be averted. Besides, kind feeling between the races, is indispensable to the work which the Aid Society proposes to do. The warm hearted Christian sentiment of the South will respond to overtures made in fraternal confidence; but it will not be dictated to, as it has been, by some Northern, conceited radicals, who have just returned from that field. Stations have been already offered in some of the chief Southern centres, where teachers, selected and supported by the Commission, will be accepted and aided by the Ecclesiastical authorities; and teachers are ready for the work as soon as the requisite funds can be secured. Prospectively, and looking to the Christianizing of Africa, this Society has before it a vast and most promising field. It is the African Mission at our own doors; without its romance, without its deadly climate, but with every facility of success.