The Election of the First Bishop of Connecticut, at Woodbury, on The Feast of the Annunciation, 1783: An Historical Review

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Glass & Hoover, Printers, 1884 - Church buildings - 14 pages
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Page 8 - 83. ' D. FOGG. Revd. Mr. Parker Dear Sir. Pomfret, Uth July, '83 I wrote you a few lines 2d inst. by an uncertain conveyance, in which I mentioned that the Connecticut clergy had done all in their power respecting the matter you were anxious about; but they keep it a profound secret even from their most intimate Friends of the Laity. The matter is this. After consulting the clergy in New York how to keep up the succession, they unanimously agreed to send a person to England to be consecrated Bishop...
Page 8 - Guy(l) highly approves of the plan, and has used all his influence in favor of it. The clergy have even gone so far as to instruct Dr. Seabury, if none of the regular Bishops of the Church of England will ordain him, to go down to Scotland and receive ordination from a nunjuring Bishop.
Page 9 - FOGG. Dear Sir. I am very glad that the conduct of the Connecticut Clergy meets with your Approbation in the main. Dr. Seabury's being a refugee was an objection which I made, but was answered, they could not fix upon any other Person who they thought -was so likely to succeed as he was, and should he succeed, and not be permitted to reside in any of the United States, it would be an easy matter for any other Gentleman, who was not obnoxious to the POWERS THAT BE, to be consecrated by him at Halifax....
Page 8 - Dear Sir : I wrote you a few lines the 2d inst., by an uncertain conveyance, in which I mentioned that the Connecticut Clergy had done all in their power respecting the matter you were anxious about ; but they keep it a profound secret, even from their most intimate friends of the laity. The matter is this. After consulting the Clergy in New York, how to keep up the succession, they unanimously agreed to send a person to England to be consecrated Bishop for America, and pitched upon Dr. Seabury as...
Page 8 - ... used all his influence in favor of it. The clergy have even gone so far as to instruct Dr. Seabury, if none of the regular Bishops of the Church of England will ordain him, to go down to Scotland and receive ordination from a nonjuring Bishop. Please to let me know by Mr. Grosvenor how you approve of the plan, and whether you have received any late accounts from England. From your affect. Brother, D. FOGG.
Page 11 - Learning declined the undertaking, was, of course, omitted. These are the words : " His age and infirmities, we confess, were objections on his part we felt the force of. His yielding to our desires, to encounter the fatigues and dangers of such a voyage, which (free from all motives for personal ambition, for which in our situation there is very little temptation) nothing but a zeal almost primitive would lead him to do, much the more endears him to us. He is indeed a tried servant of the Church,...
Page 8 - kept a profound secret, even from their most intimate friends of the laity;" and it was so quietly held that no minutes of it were made and published.
Page 7 - ... formally adopted as the name of the Church in Maryland. 2. Ten of the fourteen clergy then resident in Connecticut gathered in secret meeting at Woodbury on March 25, 1783, and elected Dr. Samuel Seabury as their choice for the episcopate, no laymen being present and the meeting was secret for fear that the old opposition to an American Episcopate, so general among the colonists before the Revolution, might be aroused. Dr. Seabury was consecrated by the bishops of the Scottish Church on November...
Page 7 - Fogg to Rev. Mr. Parker.] Rev. Sir : There were ten Clergymen met. The Connecticut Clergy have done already everything in their power, in the matter you were anxious about — would write you the particulars, if I knew of any safe opportunity of sending this letter ; but as I do not, must defer it till I do.
Page 11 - by their voluntary and united suffrages;" and this choice, appointment, election, or whatever these words imply, they state was "signified

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