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RROTOR OF ASCENSION CHURCH, FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY; AUTHOR
BISHOP STEWART," ETC.
" " LIFE OF
“How sacred is the relation between two persons, who, nnder the appointment
General Protestant Episcopal S. School Union,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859,
UNION AND CHURCH Book SOCIETY,
Southern District of New York.
RENNIE, SHEA & LINDSAY, STEREOTYPERS AND ELECTROTYPERS, 81, 83, & 85 Centre-street,
THE REV. GEORGE H. NORTON, JUN.,
RECTOR OF TRINITY CHURCH, COLUMBUS, OHIO.
MY DEAR BROTHER :
When our good mother put her hand upon our heads, in the days of our boyhood, and said, “I should be so glad to see you both grow up to become clergymen!" perhaps we little realized that her heart's desire would be granted. And yet she has lived to see it come to pass.
The Hand of Providence which led you to the School of the Prophets, at Alexandria, and me to the General Seminary, at New York, has fixed our spheres of labor in different dioceses ; but I know full well, that you are quite as zealous for the advancement of God's Holy Church, as I can possibly hope to be.
As a token of affection, I place your name at the opening of this volume, in which some important items of the Church's history are noted down. May we both be stimulated by the examples of the good and the devoted who have gone before, to make full proof of our ministry.
“The Episcopate itself had its appointments from God. The office of a Bishop was instituted by the authority and defined by the ordinance of God. Let them give us such an hierarchy, in which the Bishops may so bear rule, that they refuse not to submit to Christ, and to depend upon Him as their only Head ; let them be so united together in a brotherly concord, as that His truth shall be their only bond of union; then, indeed, if there shall be any who will not reverence them, and pay them the most exact obedience, there is no anathema but I confess them worthy of it."
“I would to God it lay in me to restore the government of Bishops. For I see what manner of Church we shall have, the ecclesiastical polity being dissolved. I do see that, hereafter, there will grow up & greater tyranny in the Church than there ever was before."
“ I declare once more, that I live and die a meinber of the Church of England, and that nono who regard my judgment or advice, will ever soparate from it."