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of sweetness, and of melody, yet of gravity and solemnity, with which he excited while he chastened your devotions, nor that evangelical eloquence which, gentle as the dew of Hermon; insinuated itself into your hearts.
His love for the Church was the paramount principle that animated him. He entered on her service in the time of trouble. Steady in his principles yet mild and prudent in advocating them, while he never sacrificed consistency, he never provoked resentment. In proportion as adversity pressed upon the Church, was the firmness of the affection with which he clung to her. And he lived until he saw her, in no inconsiderable degree by his counsel and exertions, raised from the dust and putting on the garments of glory and beauty.
It was this affection for the Church which animated his episcopal labours—which led him to leave that family whom he so tenderly loved, and that retirement which was so dear to him, and where he found while he conferred enjoyment, and to seek in remote parts of the diocese for the sheep of Christ's fold. I know that his memory lives where I have traced the fruits of his labours.
My brethren of the Episcopal Clergy-I need not tell you, how much prudence, gentleness and affection distinguished his episcopal relation to you.
We are not without many recent monitions of that summons which we shall all receive-Give an account of thy stewardship. A Presbyter whose worth and usefulness, from his vicinity to us, are well known, has been recently taken from us'. But a few months since and this temple witnessed your attendance on the last solemn offices of a venerable Fathers. The remains of another are now before us. With the exception of one to whom we still look with reverence, who was the companion of his youth, the associate of his early labours, and the sympathising friend of his old age, he is the last in this diocese of those venerable men who derived their ordination from the Parent Church, and whose characters are marked by attachment to evangelical truth in connection with primitive order. My brethren-let not their principles descend with them to the grave.
Soon our course will be finished ; our account will at the great day be demanded; and how awful the responsibility of those to whom Christ hath entrusted the charge of “the sheep for whom he shed his blood, of the congregation which is his spouse and body.”
'The Rev. Elias Cooper, Rector of Saint John's Church, Yonkers.
& The Right Rev. Bishop Provoost. h The Rev. Dr. Bowden.
People whom I see before me you have an account to render-an account of the use which you have made of your talents, your time, your privileges; of the means of grace and salvation. Animating is the reflection that to the servant who faithfully employs the talents entrusted to him, there is a resurrection of life. But let us remember—Blessed Jesus—let us remember, and by a living faith lay hold on thee as our refuge thou hast declared there is the resurrection of damnation.
THE STATE OF DEPARTED SPIRITS,
DESCENT OF CHRIST INTO HELL.
The Author of the preceding Address having been naturally led, in the consideration of the inquiry concerning the condition of the soul after its departure from the body, to introduce the doctrine of a separate state between death and the resurrection, it seems proper more fully to explain and establish the sentiments advanced on this subject.
He has reason to believe that the doctrine is not gene. rally understood ; and that therefore it is regarded by many as a doctrine of little importance and of curious speculation only; and by others as a dangerous novelty, nearly allied to the tenets concerning purgatory held by the Church of Rome.
It shall therefore be its object to shew,
I. That it is a doctrine of the Church of England, and of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
II. That it may be traced to the Apostolic age. And III. That it is clearly revealed in the Sacred writings.
The doctrine is—That the souls of men do not go immediately to Heaven the place of final bliss, nor to Hell the