the funds of the seminary, until the at the requisition of a majority of the sum amounts to ten thousand dol- bishops. lars; and one additional trustee for V. The professors of the General every ten thousand dollars of con- Theological Seminary heretofore es tributions and donations, as afore- tablished by the General Convensaid, exceeding that sum. The tion, and the professors in the trustees shall be resident in the Theological Seminary in the diodiocesses for which they are ap cese of New York, shall be propointed. They shall be nominated fessors in the General Theological by the diocesan conventions respec- Seminary hereby established in that tively, to every stated general con diocess. vention, who may confirm or reject The board of trustees shall have such nominations. The senior bi- power to remove professors and shop present shall preside at every other officers; but no professor shall meeting of the board of trustees ; be reinoved from office, except at a and whenever demanded by a ma- special meeting of the board called jority of the bishops present, or a

to consider the same; nor unless majority of the clerical and lay notice of an intended motion for trustees present, the concurrence of such removal, and of the grounds a majority of the bishops present, thereof shall have been given at a and a majority of clerical and lay previous meeting of the board. The trustees present, shall be necessary nomination of professors shall be to any act of the board. Eleven made at one meeting of the board trustees shall constitute a quorum. of trustees, and acted upon at a The trustees shall continue in of- subsequent meeting; due notice fice until their successors are ap- being given of the object of the said pointed. In the interval between meeting to every member of the the stated meetings of the general board. convention, the board shall have

VI. The funds and other property power to supply all vacancies, from and claims to funds or property of the diocesses respectively in which the General Theological Seminary, they may have occurred.

heretofore established by the GeneIV. For the present, and until the ral Convention, shall be vested in, uext stated general convention, the and transferred to the General Seboard of trustees shall consist of minary hereby established, as soon the bishops of the church, and of as an act of the board of

managers the twenty-four trustees of the ge. of the Protestant Episcopal Theoloderal Theological Seminary, here- gical Education Society, in the tofore established by the General state of New York, shall vest in and Convention, and of fourteen trustees transfer to the same Seminary, al? chosen by the managers of the Pro. their funds, and other property and testant Episcopal Theological Edu. claims to funds and property-and cation Society in the state of New all engagements and responsibilities York. These trustees shall exer entered into, or assumed by either cise the powers of the permanent of the said institutions, for the pur. board, as detailed in the foregoing pose of their foundation, consistent article, and agreeably to the pro. with the other provisions of this visions thereof.

constitution, shall be considered as The board of trustees shall als binding upon the General Seminary, ways meet in the diocess where the so established within the state of seminary is established, at such New York. stated periods as they may deter VII. This constitution 'shall be mine; and special meetings may be unalterable, except by a concurrent called by the bishop of the said vote of the board of trustees, and of diocess, and shall be called by him the General Convention.

The venerable Bishop White, at “ 1. Biblical Learning : compristhe termination of the conveution ing whatever relates to the original addressed the two Houses in the languages of the Holy Scriptures, following terms:

and the knowledge which is neces. Brethren of this Convention,

sary to the critical study and inter

pretation of them, including Jewish I take the liberty of giving vent and oriental literature, profane histo the feeling which possesses me, at tory in its conpection with sacred, the conclusion of our session. and biblical chronology and geo.

“ I have attended all the meetings graphy. of the General Conventions, from «i 2. The Evidences of Revealed the beginning of our organization. Religion ; establishing the genuineOn some of those occasions, we ness, authenticity, and credibility of assembled with apprehensions in the Scriptures with the interpretathe minds of many judicious men tion of them so far as may be newho had the interests of the church cessary to the full exhibition of the at heart, that the deliberations evidence of their Divine authority would be disturbed by angry pas and inspiration, and a view of the sions, and end in disunion. In every character and effects of Christianity, instance, the reverse was the issue: and of moral science in its relations which led me to hope, that there was to theology. in this matter a verifying of the pro “ 3. The Interpretation of the mise of the great Head of the Scriptures; exhibiting the princichurch, of being with her to the end ples of scriptural interpretation, and of the world.

the meaning and practical applica“ The reason of this call of your tion of every part of the sacred attention to the fact stated, is the writings. harmony with which we are con “ 4. Systematic Divinity; precluding the present session; after senting a methodical arrangement having met with diversity of senti- and explanation of the truths conment on some important points; on tained in the Scriptures, with the which, in consequence of mutual authorities sustaining these truths; a concession, and the merging of lo- statement and refutation of the er. cal attachments in the great object roneous doctrines attempted to be of general good, we are now sepa. deduced from the sacred writings ; rating with confirmed zeal for the and a particular view and defence great cause in which we are en of the system of faith professed by gaged; to be followed, it is to be the Protestant Episcopal Church; hoped, by renewed endeavours for thus affording a minute exhibition its advancement, each of us in bis of controversial and practical theo. proper sphere.

logy. “With this prospect before me, I "5. Ecclesiastical History; disinvite you to lift your hearts and playing the history of the Church in your voices, in singing to the praise all ages, and particularly of the and glory of God, a psalm appropri. Church in England, and of the Pro. ate to the occasion."

testant Episcopal Church in this That our readers may form some country. notion of the plan of education to “ 6. The Nature, Ministry, and be pursued in this new Seminary, we Polity of the Church; comprising a extract a Report made to the Con. view of the nature of the Christian vention of New York by their Edu.' Church, and the duty of preserving cation Committee.

its unity; of the authority and or. “ The various branches of sacred ders of the ministry; with a stateerudition are divided into seven ment and elucidation of the princiclasses :

ples of ecclesiastical polity, and an

[ocr errors]

city ;

explanation and defence of that of may render expedient and properthe Protestant Episcopal Church; it being understood, that until adeand also an exhibition of the authto- quate funds are provided the serrity and advantages of liturgical ser- vices of the Professors and Librarian vice, with a history, explanation, shall be gratuitous—and that, when and defence of the Liturgy of the such of them as may have parochial Protestant Episcopal Church, and cures are to receive salaries from of its rites and ceremonies.

this Society, arrangements shall be 7. Pastoral Theology; explain. made with iheir parishes for a proing and enforcing the qualifications portionable relinquishment of the and duties of the clerical office, and parochial duties and emoluments. including the performance of the The professorships for the Inservice of the church, and the com terior School of Geneva are as fol. position and delivery of sermons. lows;

“ The professorships for instruc “ A Professorship of the Intertion in these branches are arranged pretation of Scripture, of Ecclesias. as follows, for the seminary in the tical History, and of the Nature,

Ministry, and Polity of the Church. “A Professorship of Biblical 'A Professorship of Biblical Learning--the department of the Learning. Interpretation of Scripture being “ A Professorship of Systematic added.

Divinity and Pastoral Theology. “ A Professorship of Revealed “ As soon as the funds of the Religion, and of Moral Science in Society admit, the salaries of these its relations to Theology.

Professors will be at least 800 dollars “ A Professorship of Systematic per annum; and, in the mean time, Divinity, and Pastoral Theology. and while they are engaged in other

“ A Professorship of the Nature, duties, and receiving other emolu. Ministry, and Polity of the Church, ments, their salaries are to be fixed the department of Ecclesiastical by the Board of Managers as cir. History being added.

cumstances may render expedient. “ The office of Librarian is also “ The office of Librarian for the instituted, whose duty it is to take Interior School is also instituted charge of the books, and assist the with the same duties as are assigned students in their references to them. to the Librarian of the School in the It is his duty to attend at least one city of New York. hour a day for three days in the är Until statutes shall be preweek. Also, in conjunction with scribed for the regulation of the two the Library committee, of which he Schools respectively, they are to be is, ex officio, a member, he is to governed by such rules as the protake measures for increasing the Li- fessors in each, with the approbabrary.

tion of the Bishop, shall adopt. « With the fundamental regulation, “ The following professors have that the expenditures of the Society been appointed for the Seminary in shall in po case encroach upon its this city, viz.—The Right Rev. John capital, or exceed its income, it has Henry Hobart, Professor of Sysbeen resolved, that as soon as the tematic Divinity and Pastoral Theo. funds of the Society admit, the sala. logy; Mr. Clement C. Moore, Prories of the above professorships shall fessor of Biblical Learning, the debe at least 1200 dollars per annum, partment of Interpretation of Scripand that of the Librarian 300 dollars ture being added ; Mr. Gulian C. per annum, and that in the mean time Verplank, Professor of the Evisuch arrangements be made by the dences of Revealed Religion, and Board, with respect to the salaries of Moral Science in its relations to of the Professors, as circumstances Theology; and the Rev, Benjamin REMEMBRANCER, No. 40.


T. Onderdonk, Professor of the Na. sinner, it is never too late to offer ture, Ministry and Polity of the the sacrifice of a deep and sincere Church, the department of Eccle- repentance. siastical History being annexed What can be better calculated to and the Rev. Hen. J. Feltus is the arouse the workings of a seared and Librarian. For the Interior School deadened conscience, than the soof Geneva, the following are the ap- lemnity of the situation in which he pointments made by this Board, viz. is placed ; the momentous interests -The Rev. Daniel M‘Donald, Pro. which he feels to be involved in it, fessor of the Interpretation of Scrip- and the religious sanctity of characture, Ecclesiastical History, and the ter with which the judges of the Nature, Ministry, and Polity of the land are most beneficially and most Church, and Librarian ; the Rev. deservedly invested in the imagiJohn Reed, Professor of Biblical nations of the people? Learning; and the Rev. Orin Clark, But says your correspondent, Professor of Systematic Divinity and " does not this tend to confirm the Pastoral Theology."

notion of the value and efficacy of a death-bed repentance ?”' And after

wards, “ does not this practice, in To the Editor of the Remembrancer. some measure, account for the conSir,

fident assertions that we so freIt was with some degree of surprise, quently hear expressed by the most that I read a letter, signed Byla, in the atrocious criminals, of their hopes Number for February of your public of salvation ?" Had he written as. cation. It is, to be sure, short, and surance, and could have shewn that not likely, I should hope, to effect a

such a delusion had arisen from a change in the very laudable prac. misinterpretation of the judge's ex. tice of the illustrious individuals to hortation, I should have cordially whom it is principally addressed; agreed with him as to the dangerbut I am too great an admirer of ous tendency of the practice; but your useful and orthodox pages, to

his statement of the grievance seems permit what I consider its erroneous

to me to shew nothing dangerous tendency to pass entirely uvnoticed. in the practice of the judge, and

Your correspondent observes, nothing to be rashly discouraged on that " it is the custom of the judge, the part of the criminal

. The true after passing sentence of death


doctrine with respect to a death. the criminal, strongly to exhort bed repentance I conceive to be him to pass the few remaining hours this that it is then only effectual, of his life in prayer, and such other when it is of such a nature as would offices of religion, as may be most lead the penitent, should life be prolikely to make his peace with God." longed to him, to renounce his sins, It is; and it is a custom which I and to lead a new life *. Now as hope never to see abandoned, for it seems better calculated to bring such I may here, perhaps, be allowed to a sinner to a sense of his most

awful remark, what a practical proof this con

sideration must give every one who has situation,' than any other weans been afflicted with a dangerous illness, of which could possibly be adopted, the great and awful risk that attends a re. It teaches him a doctrine-a cha. liance upon a death-bed repentance. If racteristic, and to him, a most im- he has (as too many of us have) returned portant doctrine of Christianity, to the commission of sins, of which he then which, probably, in the hurry and imagined himself to be sincerely penitont; dissipation of his sins, he had never danger which he has so providentially

how strong must be his conviction of the before had leisure or inclination to attend to, viz. that till the gates of again relying upon a support, which has

escaped, and how fearful should he be of death be finally closed upon the already so fatally deceived him.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

this is a point which can be known for an introduction into the Instituonly to God, it excludes the pre- tion. Each member is expected to sumptuous doctrine of assurance, remain one year in it, and indeed, though it affords no ground for ab- from the assiduous attention of the solute despair. And why should Superintendant, that period, with your correspondent wish to exclude corresponding diligence on the part hope from the breast of a criminal, of the student, is long enough. even though his offesces may have The men are divided into two been of the deepest dye The classes. Those of the first are meni feeling of assurance ought certainly who are noviciates--whose studies to be discouraged, because it may are chiefly confined to the rudiments lead him presumptuously to reject of the Christian religion. Those of those means of salvation which may the second are men who, having be yet within his reach ; but hope, gone through the first series of Leceven though it may be founded upon tures, and having passed the final an unsafe foundation, can never be examination in them, have gone on injurious to him, and may perhaps to more extended readings. For soatch a few brief moments of his this purpose the works of Paley, existence from the torments of a Pearson, Butler, and

some other settled despair. Physicians are wont authors are well got up. There is to administer lenitives and sopori. an excellent library attached to the fics to the patient, when all hope of Institution, to which the students a permanent recovery has vanished; have free access. and I trust the judges, in the dis The eulogia passed upon these charge of their high and important men by the different Bishops by functions, will never neglect that whom they have been examined for not least important one, of exhort- ordination, have been highly flattering the condemned criminal to ing; insomuch that at some Sees MAKE HIS PEACE WITH GOD. they have been upon the whole pre

R. P.

ferred to University men. From a Feb. 16th 1822.

letter in the “ London Chronicle, for the 29th September last, it appears that there has not been a

single rejection on application for To the Editor of the Remembrancer. orders; and with the writer of that

letter I lament that no preference is Sir,

given (if indeed no preference is In one of your early Numbers, 1 given) to these men. Their labours recollect meeting with an account have already been productive of ad. of the Clerical Institution at St. vantages in the church: and more Bees, in Cumberland. The parti: advantages may be expected from culars of that account I have for them than from men who have not gotten, but it has lately been my “ like them gone through a syste. good fortune to see the Institution - matic course of theological educa. witness the course of study in it- tion.” In the four northern diand perceive the beneficial effects oceses, I believe, they are copsi. that have already and are likely to dered as equally qualified for the accrue from it. The principle is sacred ministry, upon the general good, and equal to any thing of the score, as the candidates from either kind I have seen before. The mem- University. Nor do I think it bebers go through a regular course of neath the consideration of the Epişdivinity, and are extremely well copal bench to reward these men by grounded in it. A good acquaint- some preference. The safety of the ance with the Greek and Latin lan

church might be by this means in a guages is indispensably necessary greater measure secured. The con

« ForrigeFortsett »