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a much earlier acknowledgment, had my bookseller in London properly discharged the commission with which he was intrusted by me two years since.
Believe me, Sir, I have read with particular satisfaction, and not without profit, your Apology for Apostolic Order, and am only sorry to think that the prevailing dissensions
among those who ought to be joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment, render such an Apology necessary. At the same time, I have pleasure in saying that the cause you have undertaken has not suffered in your hands : indeed, I consider myself indebted to you for a still more confirmed judgment (if that were possible) on the subject of apostolic order, than I actually possessed before the reading of your pages. At the same time, it is to be deeply lamented that a subject, upon which good men have differed, and will continue to differ in opinion, till such time as the great Head of the Church shall have subdued all her enemies, cannot be entered upon with a view to the just appreciation of its merits without such a mixture of uncharitable censure as cannot fail to disgrace the party who has recourse to it. On this head, however, it is a satisfaction to think that the advocates for Episcopacy have little to answer for. God grant that they may ever bear in mind of what spirit they ought to be.
The Life of Dr. Johnson is a most interesting publication. In the late Mr. Boucher the Church lost a dutiful and affectionate son, and I a most esteemed friend. I lament, on both our accounts, that he was so soon removed from among us.
Believe me, Rev. Sir, with best wishes for the future success of your valuable labors in the cause of the Church,
With much regard,
These letters conclude the notice of what may be peculiarly termed the period militant' of Mr. Hobart's life, in which he stood forth, and at first almost solitary, a champion, as he may well be termed, for it required at that time no small courage to avow them, of the distinctive principles of the Church. At the time, opinions as to his course, even among Churchmen, were greatly divided ; now, all unite as to the debt of gratitude due to him. However painful the contest, few, who examine into the subject, will deny its necessity; none can doubt the result. Since that period, outward respect and internal prosperity have marked the course of the Church he defended. The unfounded but popular prejudices by which it was before borne down have given way. It is no longer taunted with foreign attachment or hostility to civil liberty, for Dr. Hobart's pen not only cleared up, to the entire satisfaction of the public mind, the distinction between its temporal and spiritual government, but he was the foremost, also, to reject all such unholy union, and to exbibit the connection of Church and State, as events abroad are now showing it to be, a source of weakness to the Church, and not of strength. The Church, too, no longer stands charged with a cold and formal service, for, as a Churchman, Dr. Hobart was as evangelical as he was apos
tolical, and exhibited the prayers of the Church, both in his writings, and his use of them, as combining all the requisites of a deep and heartfelt devotion.
Nor is it any longer liable to the reproach of having a laity uninterested in its concerns, or uninstructed in its doctrines, or backward in any measures of Christian usefulness requiring personal sacrifice or liberal contribution. Such a charge would now be a calumny; but it was not so at the time when Mr. Hobart first came forward. The natural result of belonging to a Church that required not such exertions for its support, had made the majority of Episcopalians to be, rather hangers on,' than 'true members of their Church ; and in all matters of doctrinal controversy to feel much more like bystanders than affectionate children. To prove all things and hold fast that which is good,' was for them too troublesome a task ; they left such matters to their clergy, whose duty it was; to co-operate in advancing the Church, by their time and · money, was again too costly a sacrifice, they left that to denominations unblest with wealth.
Such, with some few exceptions, was the lethargic condition of the laity of the Church when the writings of their young champion aroused them, quasi classico dato,' as if by the sound of a trumpet : for a time, however, they were content rather to wonder than approve, and to admire the boldness rather than applaud the spirit of him who sought to rally them around an almost forgotten standard. But it was a blast long and loudly blown, giving courage to the timid, and time to the cautious; and the result of it has been, combined doubtless with many other causes, under the blessing of Heaven, to evangelize the character of Churchmen, making them prominent in every rational scheme of Christian beneficence.
Letters from 1803 to 1808.
Letter from Governor Jay-Call to St. Paul's Church, Philadelphia,
Interesting Incident of Conversion to the Romish Church-Influ. ence over the Young - Letters Dr. Berrian-Mr. A. McV- Mr. How-Anecdote of General Hamilton.
In 1803, the following letter points out Mr. Hobart as an active member in the formation of the earliest of the religious societies of the Church in this Diocese. The letter itself, though one of mere acknowledgment, is also to be prized, as coming from one of the purest patriots of our Revolution.
FROM HON. JOHN JAY.
* Bedford, 21st January, 1803. Sir,
It was not until Monday last, that I received, by Mr. Munro, your letter of the 29th November last, mentioning that a Protestant Episcopalian Society had been instituted for promoting religion and learning in the State of New-York; and informing me that I had been elected an honorary member of it.
Be pleased to present my acknowledgments to the Society for the honor they have done me; and assure them that it will always give me pleasure to have opportunities of co-operating in the advancement of religion and learning.