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in favour of the literal construction of the canon. I believe it has been differently construed to the north, and I trust some way will yet be provided, to remove all obstacles to your admission to Holy Orders. Be this as it may, your determination to remain steadfast in the good work in which you are engaged, as likewise your firm trust in the Lord, will ensure you success in all your undertakings, in so far as they shall be agreeable to the Lord's will. I think you have every reason to be thankful for what the Lord has done for you already. Many who have been long engaged in the ministry, cannot produce the like fruits of their labours with yourself. Although adversity may now meet you in your path, and seem to thwart your purposes, yet remember the precious promise of the Lord Almighty, ‘All things shall work together for good, to those who love the Lord.' Remem. ber, likewise, that your friend John Newton met with many severe and trying embarrassments, before he accomplished his ardent desire to obtain a commission to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. Continue to labour with patience, and you will, no doubt, receive your reward."
In another letter, dated some time before, he observes, “I am very happy to learn, that you are doing all you can to build up the Redeemer's Kingdom, and at the same time to restore the Church to its merited eminence. The promises of God are good and great, and ought to awaken in us correspondent feelings of gratitude and love.
“ Your friend and brother,
“ WM. HAWLEY."
My brother having surmounted the first difficulty in the way of his ordination, by his being a candidate more than a year, he, no doubt, confidently expected to be ordained during the meeting of the Convention, which was held in Richmond, May 21st, 1816. But on his way to that meeting, he discovers another impediment in his path. From Fredericksburg, May 18th, he writes to his wife—“The Standing Committee will not set in Richmond, so that I shall have to take an extra trip to be ordained.”
By the following extract of a letter from the Rev. Mr. Dunn to my brother, we learn that another unsuccessful application was made to the Standing Committee.
“SHELBURNE GLEBE, November 29th, 1816. My Dear Sir:-I attended a meeting of the Standing Committee on the 25th inst., which was called for the purpose of considering your application. I am sorry, truly sorry to inform you, that a majority of the Committee were of opinion that your testimonials were not such as the twelfth Canon requires, and did not think themselves justifiable in signing a recommendation to the Bishop in your favour. In addition to the testimonials you have forwarded, the canon requires testimonials to the same effect, signed by at least one respectable clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, from his personal knowledge of you for at least one year. You will find no difficulty in complying with this requisition of the canon.
“ I am much obliged to you for the Bishop's sermon on the excellence of the Common Prayer. You have given me good measure. I am anxious to see you at the Glebe ; come down next week, and spend a day or two with me.
“ It gives me joy to hear that our beloved Church in your parish still continues to grow and prosper. “The good. ness of God endureth for ever.' We have been blessed here. Our people are more attentive to their religious duties, and are endeavouring, by God's grace, to become more dead unto sin, and more alive unto spiritual things. Accept my best respects for Mrs. Allen and yourself. " Your sincere friend,
J. DUNN.” The reader is already apprised that my brother's labours in his Master's cause were very extensive, and the Lord
was pleased to crown them with uncommon success, even while he was merely acting as Lay Reader. The Bishop, in his report to the Convention of 1816, mentions him as having charge of six Churches; three in Jefferson and three in Berkeley County : And my brother, in his letter to me, of August 15th, 1815, when he had been engaged only about eight months in his new duties, informs me that he had the charge of seven Congregations, each of which to visit once a fortnight-and as having five Churches to build or repair. He officiated regularly on the Sabbath, in Charlestown and Shepherdstown alternately, ten miles distant, and from thence he branched out, and endeavoured to produce an excitement on the salvation of the Gospel all around. The boundary lines of parishes, or counties, or states, were no barriers to him. As far as his time and strength would permit, he laboured far and near. Not only Jefferson County, but Berkeley, Loudon, Frederick, and Shannandoah, could testify to his devotion, and not only the State of Virginia, but Maryland was enabled to rejoice in his ministry. Even previous to his ordination, mark his success. He writes to me
6 December 5th, 1815. Things here continue to flourish: Thanks to the Head of the Church. Two new Churches are now building, and a third will be commenced in the Spring. The people are progressing in their use of the Prayer Book-family prayer is a little more attended to-devotion increases--the number of catechumen increases. The Bishop writes me he has a help-mate for me for Martinsburg-Laus Deo."
My brother laboured in Martinsburg, and adjacent country, until the congregations were induced to call a pastor. By a letter from the Rev. Thomas Horrell to my brother, in the Spring of 1816, we are informed that he had accepted the invitation to settle in Berkeley.
He observes—"I have sent on my testimonials to Bishop
Moore, with a request that he will make the necessary communication to the Vestry of Berkeley Parishes. I will thank you to inform them, that my situation has been such as to prevent my coming on sooner, but that I shall take up my residence in Martinsburg in a few weeks. “ Your friend and brother in Christ,
In his letter to me of August 3d, 1816, my brother gives the following account of a general and happy excitement on the subject of religion.
“ Dear Thomas :- I received your first and second drafts of the Constitution of your Bible Society. I congratulate you on it. There was a Bible Society in Jefferson before I came to it, and in Berkeley also. “ The great reason why I have not written
my return, is, because I have been engaged in the most glorious revival of religion I ever saw. As many as one hundred are the subjects of it: fifty of whom have been already received as communicants. It is confined chiefly to the county of Berkeley. The young are its principal subjects, and I attribute it chiefly to the blessing of Heaven on diligent catechising. It is the Lord's doing, and marvellous in my eyes. One family alone, is expected to give eight communicants to the altar ; six have been already received. These converts are chiefly my own children in the Lord. God grant they may prove stars in my crown of rejoicing. It is a little heaven below, for me to be among them. The attention of the people in this county, Jefferson, is increasing, as well as the number of communicants ; but Berkeley is the principal theatre of the glorious work. I have established a prayer-meeting in Shepherdstown, which promises great good.
“Come, my brother, come into this land now, and pay me a visit-it will do you good. The revival has done me
good, I know. Say when you will come and spend a fort. night at least with me.
“I hope you are fervent in prayer, and diligent in your studies, and thus preparing for extensive usefulness.”. “A few evenings since, I knelt down to prayer with ten persons, nine of whom were new communicants, and the tenth earnestly seeking the Kingdom : That was a delightful moment-it was in the midst of the revival in a part of the Bunker-Hill congregation. We have a communion season at that Church, the 13th inst., when Mr. Lemmon is expected to attend. There are already twenty-five comnicants belonging to that Church, chiefly new ones.
“ H. joins in love. Remember me to all my good friends. Hoping soon to take you by the hand, “ Ever your's,
B. ALLEN, Jr.”
I also give the following from Bishop Moore to my brother
+ RICHMOND, October 25th, 1816. “Dear Sir :-I received your very pleasing account of the revival of religion in the Churches in your neighbourhood, and should have answered your communication at an earlier period, had not my time been engrossed by business which admitted of no delay.
Catechising the young, has always formed a prominent feature of the Episcopal Church : and I am confident, a clergyman cannot devote his time to better purpose. Impressions made upon the youthful mind, are seldom entirely erased. Vicious habits formed in early life, are always lasting, and difficult of removal. From a parity of reasoning, therefore, good habits must be equally influential. Go on, I beseech you, in the prosecution of your duty, and Heaven will crown your exertions with success. It rejoices my heart that the people of Martinsburg are pleased with their minister. May the blessing of God attend his pious