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seeing many profiting within those walls. Will you do me the favour to send immediately a notice of the consecration, that I may publish it in the Record ? And seriously, Thomas, I would urge this publication on your attention for various reasons :- 1st. Intelligence, what the Church is doing, and of her wants, circulated among your people, is calculated to attach them much more, and to arouse them to action. The Repertory circulate for essays-—'tis good; but facts, the Record will give, and every week, for one dollar.” “ This little work will prove a great weapon.

« 2d. For the love of souls. We wish, by circulating information, to arouse the people to act for Missions: and unless you ministers will aid us, we can do nothing. Dozens of the publications of others are scattered abroad, and we must be very active to spread our intelligence. You will get all the facts earliest, and your people. The back numbers will be sent to all. « Truly, your's,

B. ALLEN.”

November 7th, he again wrote—“ The Church Record becomes more interesting. We have made some exertions here. I suppose 'tis sent you."

A clergyman wrote to my brother from the western country

“August 24th, 1822. "Since I left home, for I am now upon a missionary tour through the western part of this state, I met with a work published under your direction, called the Weekly Record, if I mistake not. This I read with much pleasurethe information as to the state of the Church, in different parts, being new to me, and unexpected. “ Your's, Sir, very sincerely in the Lord,

CHARLES H. PAGE.”

I also add the following testimony

“ PAILADELPHIA, October 28th, 1822. “ Rev. and Dear Sir :-My principal object in writing this letter is to request you to have the copies of the Record sent to As you have taken much pains with this publication, and as its success very much depends upon the punctuality with which subscribers are supplied, I hope you will endeavour to impress upon Mr. L.'s mind, the importance of attention to this subject. “ Your brother in the Lord, affectionately,

GEORGE BOYD."

The publication was on April 5th, 1823, superseded by a paper of a much larger size, entitled the “ Philadel. phia Recorder.” The editors, in their introductory remarks, observe

“Some few of the clergy of the Episcopal Church, residing in this city, undertook the editing of a little weekly paper, entitled the Church Record.' This, however, is found to have been conducted on too small a scale, to give that general satisfaction which was desirable ; but the success of which has emboldened the present editors to under. take a much larger work, suitable to the exigencies of the times, and the loud demand of Episcopalians for informa. tion in those particulars of interest, which attach either to he welfare and prosperity of their own Church, or the general advancement of that knowledge which one day is to cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea.'

“ They further observe, that this change was also hastened in order to afford a means of relief to their publisher, who had lost the greater part of his property' by fire.”

They thus conclude

“ We feel that we stand on elevated ground, and that our readers will be satisfied with our motive for the publica

tion, and that they may be induced to promote its circulation where they may feel perfectly assured, that sympathy for the sufferings of our fellow-citizen-love for our Church —and an ardent desire to be even, in any limited degree, instrumental in advancing the interests of the Redeemer's kingdom, have been the motives, the sole motives of bringing into their notice, the · Philadelphia Recorder.'

This

paper continued under the editorial direction of a number of the clerical brethren, as a Committee of Publication, until January 17th, 1824, when it was placed under the exclusive management of the Rev. E. R. Lippitt. From him, it finally passed into the hands of the Rev. G. T. Bedell; also the Rev. B. B. Smith, and it now has the exclusive labours of the Rev. George A. Smith. Thus, while other publications have risen and fallen, this still lives, and now looks forward to a more extensive circulation and increasing usefulness.

Here, therefore, is another prominent evidence of the success of my brother's efforts to do good, as he was the first mover in the work; and ever stood ready to sustain its operations in times of difficulty. I am informed, that even the Recorder itself would have entirely failed at one period, had it not been for his timely and decided interference.

CHAPTER XIX.

PROMOTES SOCIETIES IN HIS OWN CHURCH-PUBLIC LEC.

TURES-GENERAL MISSIONARY AND BIBLE SOCIETY-PRO

VIDENT SOCIETY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

My brother not only devoted his every faculty to the promotion of the objects before him, but he endeavoured in some way to enlist the efforts of all around. We thus find him continually engaged in the organization or promotion of various benevolent societies.

In his own congregation, he devised a number of plans of usefulness. He formed a Tract Society, for the circula. tion, chiefly, of the Homilies of our Church. He considered it an important object to bring prominently before the minds of Episcopalians, the peculiar doctrines of the Gospel, as they were held by the Reformers.

By the Report of this Society, made at their annual meeting, in April, 1824, it appears that they circulated during the

year more than one hundred thousand pages of tracts. When we reflect that these tracts are, in a great measure, the Homilies of the Church, and the lives of her Reformers, we cannot but hope, they will prove eminently useful.”

Respecting this society, and other movements among his people, he writes to me

“ PHILADELPHIA, November 7th, 1822. “ Dear Thomas :-My duties are numerous. Oh! for grace to perform them. Pray for me, I beseech you, that satan do not gain any advantage over me. We have a Tract Society in the Church, which has published, besides three Homilies, the life of Hooper, of Wickliffe, of Latimer, and an Address on going to Church; twelve hundred pages for a dollar. These are particularly useful. A Pil. more Society exists also, for educating young men to the ministry of the Gospel ; has one on hand aiding, and another in view.

“ The teachers who attend the white Sunday-schools, have established two for blacks, with one hundred and fifty scholars : also one on Friday night for teaching women of colour the principles of the Gospel. A Bible-class for young ladies, one hundred and fifty-and one for young men exists, extremely beneficial. On Wednesday night, lecture on Psalms-three times on Sunday—on S**** night on the Articles. Prayer-meetings several, by the members. Thus, dear Thomas, you have, as requested, some account of my labours. May they all be made effectual; for indeed, I am a miserable sinner. You must come and see me,

and then you can see and know all. May the Lord keep us both by power. “ Truly your's,

B. ALLEN.”

The Tract or Homily Society of St. Paul's Church is still in existence: though it is accomplishing little or nothing, as those ancient writings appear rather unfash. ionable.

The Pilmore Society, for the education of young men for the ministry, has certainly done good. Though composed of females, they have assisted in the education of five indi. viduals, who are now occupied in the labours of the minis. try. At one time they had three young men on their list. This Society also exists, but it will, I presume, be superseded by the Self-supporting School, soon to be established in the vicinity of Philadelphia.

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