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the propriety of amalgamating your Society into the legitimate source, and thus, by uniting, strengthen our force. “ Believe me, your sincere friend and brother,
66 W. H. WILMER.”
To the above, my brother gave the following answer
“SHEPHERDSTOWN, March 27th, 1817. “ My Dear Friend :-The St. Andrew's Society, you know, was formed for the education of poor children, and the promotion of Christian knowledge generally. So far as relates to Prayer-Books and Tracts, we consider ourselves your auxiliary. Money would have been sent you instead of Beveridge, but for our understanding that Beveridge would be acceptable ; and Beveridge, if you remember, was pub. lished with the concurrence of several of the clergy. If, in future, what we can spare from our local purposes, (which you cannot serve,) will be more acceptable in money, it will be sent thus. I am well convinced you will receive more from us in consequence of our organization, than if we had solicited individual subscriptions to your Society."
“ The Church in Berkeley has been called to mourn. Old Mr. Pendleton, her proved and steadfast father, is no
He exchanged this pilgrimage for Paradise, the 19th of this month. His death-bed was most triumphant.
“Mr. Horrell returned on Saturday from Calvert, and has revived us with the news that he will not leave us. Hoping to see you in about three weeks, I remain your's affectionately,
In the Convention held in Fredericksburg, in May, 1817, my brother displayed his disposition to cherish and give additional effect to the Common Prayer-Book and Tract Society, He proposed the following resolutions :
Resolved, That the existing Common Prayer-Book and Tract Society, be extended to the promotion of Christian
knowledge in general; the funds to be apportioned among the respective means made use of, as the Managers may determine
“Resolved, That it be recommended, that an auxiliary Society be established in each parish ; one half of whose funds shall be thrown into the treasury of the Diocesan Society; the remainder to be applied as its Managers may determine."
These resolutions were laid upon the table. They were, however, again called up, and the second resolution was passed with an additional one.
Not content with his uncommon efforts in his own parish, and his missionary labours in the adjacent counties, he projected a missionary tour through the destitute parishes in the northern neck of Virginia. He therefore left his parish some time before the Convention, and in his return from his mission, met the Convention in Fredericksburg. The following is addressed to his wife
“FREDERICKSBURG, May 7th, 1817. " Dear Harriot :- I arrived here yesterday morn, in as good health as ever, and had the great satisfaction of receiving your letter. Captain Shepherd is here, and vastly delighted. Bryan was ordained yesterday, and Mr. Ravenscroft. My to'ır was a very pleasant one; the country and the people both pleased me very much—prospect of the Church reviving.
“Our Convention is very respectable in numbers and talent. Mr. Ravenscroft, just ordained Priest, proves him. self a Hercules. Horrell is here. I fear I shall not be able to reach Alexandria before Monday next, as Thomas has an appointment for the communion, and I fear will get no one to administer it, so that I shall be in duty bound to preach for him: and as I shall not probably be in the lower country again, until next year, I must try to help him.
“ I shall endeavour to find the most safe and comfortable mode of conveying you home. Brittle ware must be ten. derly handled. Kiss the little ones for me. Give my love to your kind host, and respect to all friends.
" Your's affectionately, B. ALLEN.”
From the above, it appears, that he brought his family on as far as Alexandria, and there left them, till his return from his mission and the Convention.
While on a visit to my brother, in September, 1817, I heard him deliver his introductory address to a Bible Class which he had formed in his parish.
The happy influence of his labours is still evident. He writes to me as follows
“ There are, thanks be to God, some favourable appearances at Harper's Ferry. God grant much fruit may be gathered. The young people were to have a meeting among themselves there this day, for reading the service, and a sermon, &c.”
In a letter of July 17th, he observes
“A revival at Harper's Ferry--promising appearances in Shepherdstown.”
I also add the testimony of his brethren as to his continued success. One of them writes to him
“ November 12th. “ My Dear Friend :-I am happy to hear that you are flourishing in all the outworks you attempt to rear up, and pray that God may ornament with his beauty, and strengthen with his power, the inward parts, so that your Church may be a temple to the Lord. 66 Believe me to be your's,
6. WASHINGTON, December 18th. “ Rev. and Dear Sir :-It rejoices my heart to learn that the work of the Lord is going on with you, and trust you have lost none of your zeal for the glorious cause in which you are engaged. May He whom we serve still bless your labours, and crown you at last with a crown of immortality.
“ Your friend and brother, WM. HAWLEY."
My brother attended the Convention of the Church, which was held in Winchester, in May, 1818, and on Thursday, the 18th, he was ordained Priest, in connexion with Mr. Bausman and Mr. Bryan, by Bishop Moore. I received Deacon's orders at the same time and place.
My brother, in his parochial report to this Convention, mentions—“A religious library has been established in each of the principal congregations of the parish, the bene. fits of which are extended to the catechumens and the
He also promoted the formation of Sunday Schools. While on a visit to his parish, in September, they were about organizing a school in Sharpsburg, and one at Bryn and M.Pherson's Iron Forge, about three miles distant. At both these places, though in the Diocess of Maryland, my brother regularly preached.
On the 1st of September, his second son was born, and on the 25th I preached in his house, and baptized the child by the name of John Milton Mann, after our uncle Dr. Mann, whose sudden death we have noticed.
My brother endeavoured to improve every moment for good. And when, from his numerous engagements, he is prevented from administering counsel and comfort to the afflicted, in person, he sends them his epistle.
The following to one of his parishioners, in the hour of trial, is without date, but was filed among
“ SHEPHERDSTOWN, Thursday Eve. “My Dear Friend :--It would give me most sincere pleasure to manifest the respect I feel for my beloved friend, Mr. Tate, and also to gratify your wish by attending to-morrow, but I have two appointments in another direction, and if I should take Charlestown in my way, I fear I shall be incapacitated for preaching three times, and admin. istering the Sacrament twice, as I expect to, on the Sabbath. Mr. M. will be perfectly competent to perform the funeral obsequies, and it is my intention on Sunday, in Church, to express the high estimate I entertain of your brother, and to advert to the event for the good of the congregation.
“ This I shall do, as a small expression of the gratitude of the Church to him, as a most valuable friend, and as a tribute justly due his respected memory.
“ It gives me pain that I did not go to Charlestown yesterday to visit him. I heard of his illness, but heard that his decease was not expected so soon; therefore, being much engaged, deferred my intended visit until the Sabbath.
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform.' “ By these severe afflictions, he is undoubtedly brightening your crown of glory-preparing for higher and yet higher degrees of happiness. Breaking loose one cord after another, he is giving your spirit more freedom to mount, to
Go to him, I beseech you. He will bind up this new wound-he will heal your broken heart: His consolations are abundant, they are unfailing, they are eternal. Do not forget that those who stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, had come out of great tribulation.
“ Who would not suffer with Christ in order to reign with him ? A few more trials, and you will be at rest : A few more separations, and you will be in the land where sorrow
A little time, and, if we continue faithful, we shall unite with the company of the redeemed in ascribing blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, unto him that sittetb upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever