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DIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA.

(From the Report of the Society for the Propagation

of'the Gospel.J

Letter thom the Bisiioi'.

Sydney, February 3, 1843.

A mail for England by; H, M. S. Favourite being on the point of closing, I avail myself of the opportunity to forward the accounts of my expenditure of funds during tho year 1812, on behalf of the Incorporated Society, for the

services of the Church within this diocese. These arc :

No. 1. General Account: and the principal observation which I have to offer upon this is an expression of regret at my having found it necessary to draw so largely during the year upon the resources of the Society. Before closing this letter, I shall odd a few remarks for the satisfaction of the Society, that I have not needlessly incurred these expenses, and it will be very satisfactory to mc to leam that my proceedings herein have been approved. It is assuredly needless for me to repeat what I have before so frequently acknowledged, that but for the interposition of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, the Church could not have continued to maintain its footing in this colony ; and during the past year, owing to the severe losses and privations' which the settlers have so generally experienced, it would have been necessary to put a stop to every operation, had I not, by presuming (I hope not too largely) on the continued benevolence of

the Society, contrived to keep some necessary I works in progress.

With extreme difficulty, the church of St. Janies at Melbourne has been so far completed as tobe made capable of receiving the congrega- tion, which had hitherto been assembled in the temporary wooden building mentioned in the Report of my visit to Melbourne in 1838. For the satisfactory progress thus made, I am bound to say that very great credit is due to the exertions of the Rev. A. C. Thomson, and of some gentlemen belonging to the Committee, whose names I should gladly mention with due honour if it were certain that I should not thereby causo offence, by the omission, through insufficient acquaintance with the parties, of some|who might reasonably expect to have had their exertions noticed. My very earnest desire is to have it reported to mc that the church has been brought to such a state of completeness, in its internal arrangements, as to be prepared for consecration. As soon as this is announced, I shall lose no time in pro- ceeding, with the Divine permission; ' to Melbourne, for the purpose of completing that solemnity, and of admitting to the rite of Confirmation the numerous individuals of both

soxes who are looking forward with anxiety to the period when an opportunity will be

afforded them of partaking of that important solemnity.

The churches of St. Paul at Cobbity, and St. John at Mudgee, as I have on former occasions reported, have been completed and consecrated; but it is with regret I am still compelled to state that the latter continues closed, owing to my not having at my disposal the services of a clergyman who could undertake the duties. There is a good parsonage-house there, com- plete and fit for immediate occupation.

Chüröhüs ih öotjME or EaECTiOK.-The 1 churches at East Gosfoid, Talbrook, Paterson,

and Ashfield, luncheon proceeded with so far, ' that the main difficulties attendant on their J erection may be said to lu» o been ov eicomc

But they arc now at a stand m consequence of the discontinuance of subscriptions and the coiibcquent ituluic ot funds I hnve m) thoughts and anxieties much employed about them, and trust that I mi) vcntuic during the cuncnt )ear to mal c such moderate ndvanees as I consistently can upon the Society s account, with a -view to encomige the people to do their best, and b) a few yenis pciso\ eranec in that course, I entcitani n hope, ii ni) life is so long spared, of bringing these churches to comple tion, and dedicating them solemnly to the sei vice of Almighty God 1 ho same observa

tions maj bo extended to the cases of Christ Church, and the liol) lrmity, m this Citv, in the erection of which considerable progress lias been made, though they aie still .ver) fai le mo\ed from a state oí completeness I um disposed, how ex ci, toicgtudour j resent condi- tion and prospects w ith nil) fcclmg but that of despair Hie progress is indeed slow , but still, through the Divine goodness, wo do ad- vance , and, ev en m connexion w ith the tw o chinches last named, I could adduce instances of earnest devotion to the support of the Church, and of a willingness to submit to sacrifices for its sake, which bespeak a state of religious feeling, limited ns to extent indeed, but still subsisting, such ns but a few ) ears suicn w as not contemplated as w ithtn the limits of possibility, cvcn bv those who held the most sanguino expectations ns to the ach ancemont ofiehgion m the colon) Hie church of St

Mark, it Appin, is ilso so far completed tint it has been licensed for the cclcbiition of public w orslup, and I hav c recently held i conhrma

tion theie But the straitened ciicumstanecs

ot the people hivmD disabled them ii om i using funds to provide moic than two windows out of seven which the design of the chiuch m oludcd, and the congregation being in eonsc

quence exposed to the inclemency of the weather, I engaged to pio\ulc the remaining fh o at an expense to the Socict) of £30, as ilso a font, boll, «nul some other requisites

P YHSOX VOL HOUSES-SCHOOLS -WltllrCSpCCt to the paisonagc houses, on account of which expenses have been mcuned, the hist to be noticed is Pitt Town, whcie ti íesidencc for the elerg)man was foitncrl) provided at the ox pense of Gov einment, but w hen tliat ndv an tage tailed no resource renfamed, but either to purchase the house, oi to abandon a position which hid been ndvantagcousl) occupied dining a great man) yens b) the Church and which is the key to a wide extent of populous country I therefore determined on eilccting the purchase for £400 , and ha\mg lrom tune to time applied to that purpose such resources ns hnppened to be at my disposal, I hav e now paid off the balance due, and so secured the premises for the perpetual sen ice of the Church Hie schools there, ¡it Pitt lown, and "\\ llbei

force, ure enlarging, and the religious condition of the people it> improv mg in a v er\ s itisfactoi ) manner, under the /colous direction of the resident munster the lte\ C C Kemp

Hie case of Patrick s PI tins, oi the township of Singleton, his been ftcq icntly brought un der the attention of the boc ich, and not with anv satisfactory account of the pi ogi ess making there On the 18th ot Deccmbci last I ad- mitted to deacon s orders Mr John Cameron, MA, of king s College, Aberdeen and he has now gone to reside at the station here spoken of, where I trust tint through, his acti

Mty and c ire, the obstacles which hav o hitherto opposed the erection of i church may be re moved I cinnot, however, expect to carry

that mensure into eftect without an oicasional adv ance from the Soeiet) s funds ind a Binn lar observation will apply to Tillbrook church, in the immediate noighbouihood, and which will be united with Smglcton under the charge of Mr Cnmei on I ma) conclude this portion ofnv\ remarks with a icfcrcncc to the eise of

the ïung s School tit Pnirnmatta, the mastei ship of w Inch, at the suggestion of the Rev M | M Cnmpbcll, Ioflcied the Rev James Wilker, | M A. , bl w horn it w ns accepted But Air W ttker being already stationed in tho Society s employ in chnigc of George lown, nenr Lnun cestón, ui Van Diemen s Lmd, it was nnpos

siblo that he should by his own resources pioudc for the expenses of removing his vciv lnrgc famih to so great n distance Upon con sideratton, therefoie, of the mrpoitnncc of se curing the sen ices of n v cn competent mistci for this school, mid not perceiMng nnv other practicable mode of accomplishing it, I agiecd to allow Mr "Walkei, on the Society s account the sum of £o0, which will be found nccoid

ingly so chnrged, and n bill of exchange di aw n on the lieasurers to meet that expenditure

No 2-Unattached Mtssionai y hi ant, to the close ot last year lhc items of expenditure here require no particular notice Ihey will, however, show to the Society, that although under the multiplied necessities which exist in

all parts of the colon) for the sei vices of uldi I

tional clergymen, it Ins not been m my powei '

to appropriate this grant to the purpose foi which it v as so kindly designed, ot attaching a clergy man personally to me, w ho might take a shnre in the great vnncty and extent of busi

ness connected w ith the oidin iry management of the Diocese, which now falls upon me, yet this resource has been av ailablc in furnishing religious instruction in a "v inety of places, vluch, without having such a fund at my dis posai, it would not ha\ e been w ltlnn the com pass of my ability so to supply Hie station of Castle Hill, still occupied by the Rev "W B Clarke, affords a special proof of this for

m proportion as the influence of religion is less | felt among the people there, and the example and admonitions ot a clergy nron arc more ur gently needed, by so much less is it to be hoped or expected that those people will e\er contri

bute among themsch es the amount w hich the Colonial Church Act lenders it nnpeiativc on them to rnise, before ntl) stipend w ill be allow ed by Government foi the m untenancc of ti clcigv

man theie Had it not been for the bount) of the Socict) enabling me (thou0h bv diver

sion of the grant ironi the strict purpose tor which it w is bestowed) to provide an income for Mr Chikc, that entire distnct must have continued, as it ev cr lind been before, destitute of all the ordinances, public observances, na), mid the v er) nnme ot religion

No 3 Account of the Mission beyond the Bounda) tes of location -I cntcitmn some hope that I mny shortl) be able to apjoint the Rev

E G Pr) co to that v ery distant station , in tho ev ent of my obtaining the sen ices of any clergyman qualified to succeed him in his widely extended district on the Hnvvkesbuiy The first item m the account i elates to Port

Innd Bay, where the expenditure nt the outset lins been considerable , but v\ hat has been in- curred is more than compens ttcd, I ti list, by the benefit arising from the niuustintiou of the Rev J 1 Wilson, in a remote legion, which would othciwise be w holly cut off from pnrti

cipation m nny one religious ordinance, accoid mg to the use of the Church of England I he scattered population cannot now be entucly beyond the shephcid s care

Anothei district for which I have been ena bled to make a similar provision is Moreton Bay, in the extreme north oi the colonv, which has been recently opened for settlement I have stitioned heie the Rev John Gregor, M A This gentleman caine to this colonv n presbyter of the Church ol Scotlnnd, in w Inch communion he had been always brought up He w ns for borne time m charge of the Piesby - tenan Church at West Maitland, on Hunter s Riv cr , but, after the institution of the Sy nod of Austtaha, was ejected from that position Hie dissensions and animosities so long pre

vailmg in the Piesby terian body here, first occasioned Mr Gregor to dev ote his attention to a serious enquiry into the scnptuial giounds ofthat form of Chtuch discirlire under which he had heretofore been placed , and the result

was, to satisfy him that Episcopacy was the only true Apostolic ordinance loi the government

of the Church lie communicated to me his

change of views, and applied for admission into holy orders according to the ordinances of the Church of England, producmg testimonials of conduct during tluee years last past, signed by titree clergymen, licensed by me, who find had personal opportunities, duimg that period, of knowing Mr Gregor s couisc of hie Upon the fullest consideration of tlus important sub- ject, and after having satisfied myself that as regarded pecuniary emolument there was less Ito be gamed by Mr Gregor m uniting himself with the Church of England, thnn was actually open to him if he chose to continue in associa- tion with the Synod, and submissive to their

decrees, I thought it my duty to admit lum ns

a candidate for orduiation, and he was accord- ingly admitted to deicon s oidcis after the Embci -Neck of September last As m accept- ing Mr Giegor as qualified, I had been anxious as a token of respect for his picvious aNOcation, not to piess fuitlici thanvns ncecssoiy tor the satisfaction ot mj own conscience, my enquiries into his scholarship and similar qualification«, (b( mg disposed lather to assume, as iai as with propucty I could, that the fact of lus htrwng bein icknowlodged as a munster bj the Cluuch of Scotland, w as in itself a stiong presumption ol his competent},) so I w as anxious, so iai as w as m my pow cr, to consult the feelings of Mi

Giegor himself, by not ret lining lum, longer than nas absolutely unaioidiblc, in the ofhee of a deacon, and therefore, on Sunday, the 18th of December, he was recci\ ed into priest s ordcis Mr Gregor mos consideied, justlj, IhaNe cn cry reason to bchcN e, as one of the best qualified among the Scots ministers, in litcrarj and scientific ac quticmcnts Ins character indeed stood high mid irreproachable m cNerj îcspcct I trust that m the engagements which he has now taken upon himself, ho w ill bo blessed w ith that peace of mind and satisfaction m the dis- charge of his s icrcd duties, to w Inch he w as long a stranger, and I see on crj reason to be ho\c and expect that he will proNC lumself an nemo, zealous, and devoted clergymiui of the Anglic m Chui ch

While upon this subject, I maj rçcpid that another minister of the Presbj terian coraran mon, the Ron J unes Ulan, Ins notified to the Sjnod a chungo in his persuasions, arising fiom stud) and examination of the liol j Scnptuics, withdrawing hlmscli from mi) iiuther con- nexion with the Church of Scotland Mr All m has at the same time transmitted to mc an claboiate digest of lus opinions and motnes foi relinquishing the pcisuasions of his past lift, and attaching himself to our Episcopal Church, in which he is desirous to recede hoi) oidcis lhere does not appear to be any mo tnc of self interest which c m f ml) be eh uged against Mi Allan as probably operating to sw aj his decision against his conscience His statement of misons is perspicuous and unnf fectcd, and although «pou a matter of such impôt tance I should not conic to a final deter

mmation until after long and senous reflection, I need not licsitata to saN, that so fal is I hi« c )et piocccded in the casi, no icason has pic scntcd itself to im mind of u nature to occasion mx taking an uni tourable Mew of Mr AU m s application

Conncctn c1) with the same subject I ma) state, for the information of the Societ), that I

also admitted into deacon s orders on the 18th of December, 1812, Mr Tohn McConnclI, who had been m communication w ith the Societ j during his residence in London, and was fin mshed w ith a letter to the Bishop of No\ a Scotia With lcfcrcncc thereto, the Re\ Chuilcs B Dalton states, in Ins note to Mi

McConnclI, dated lsth lcbium, 1S12, ' Hie Committee hal e mentioned to the Bishop that the) haï o hadan mtcrvicw with )ou, and that the Societ) will be glad to acquiesce m any ai rangements w Inch his loidship ma) make w ith n.nard to n our future destination Hie stite of Mr McConnclI s health not allowing him to encounter the chínate of No\a Scotia, and ho haung on that account directed his -views to this Diocese, I concen ed that the abo\c com- munie ition might allow ibly be considered as ha\ mg reference to me in place of the Bishop of Non a Scoti i Ha\ mg, therefore, placed Mr McConnclI as a student at the Societ) s charge under tuition of the Res 1 W Bodenham, and finding his conduct, application, and mi

pro\ ement, to be buch as afforded me cntiic satisfaction, and confirmed the tcstimom ils winch he bl ought with linn from the West Indies, and other places m which he h id been know n and employ ed as a missionary or catc clnst, I felt no scruple ni admitting him into hoh oi dors lie has proceeded to the liner Clarence, one of those new 1) opened districts to the noithwaid, wheic a considciablc popu II ti on is lesulcnt, though widoh scattered Hitherto the) baie been totall) dc\oid of the Msiblc forms ofichgion no clerg)nian lioMng ] rcMoush been there, nor, as lar as I Imnc been able to leam, any mdiuduiil whatcNcr 1 rofessing to teach and to preach There has not been time, as jet, to admit of my icccin nig an) account of his proceedings from Mr

McConnclI

Upon the whole, reuewing the proceedings of the )car that is passed, I rcgaid them with satisfaction and thankfulness, and look forw ard with am feeling but despondencs to the future. I must expicss ni) thankfulness to God for supph ing mc, even against hope, w ith so nian\ diligent and exemplar) fellow labomeis among Hi's cleigN , and maj, without impropriety, oftci an acknowledgement m gratitude to the SocictN foi Piopagating the Gospel, as haung been the most eríceme human agent m sup phmg the means of grace to ti countiN in which, not many Ncais ago, thc\ tlueatcned cntuclj to fail I sccclcaih, and, theiefore, sai with full comiction, that the Church of Lngland is eNcrj )car strengthening and ex tendmg her influence, and is doing so b) the most legitimate of means, namclj, through the blameless In cs, actnczcol, and incorrupt teaching of her clcrgj I hus proceeding thej aie aciuiring giaduallj, an improiing

uifluence on cr the hearts and minds of

the people, who lecogniSB m them then

truest inends and best ad\iscrs More

than one half of the population belongs to the Church of Lngland As its true nature and object become better understood among them, their attachment to it is increased and confirmed, to their own great benefit Neither, as I Inn e occasion to learn bj fiequent proofs, is a feeling of deep reference towards the Church of Lngland wanting on the part of noi j manj who jet stand far aloof from her communion and principles of faith

I remain, &c,

W. G. AUSTRALIA.

1 ? ?

An wa or Honour Tui nextto -It Inning ti inspired til it theic w as to be a hostile meet

mg between tw o higlilj talented gentlemen of the legal profession the eonsenators of the peicc under the autborit) of a won ant giantcd by Air Windojei, sen , had one of the gentle men apprehended and bound o\er 1 he same course will probabl) bo followed with the other

as soon as he arru es ni town

Lrrrrn CAiinirns Umiohm -flic following articles of clothing being requiiedfor the public sen ice, persons disposed to proN ide the same mo united to transmit their öfters in writing to the Colonial Secretaiy s Office, by tv ehe 0 clock, on MondttN, the 8th instant endorsed, 1 lenders for Letter Cainers Uniform - 1 lurtcen red coats, with the VR button thirteen black beaN cr hats, w ith j,old bands Samples must aceonipan) the tenders and patterns foi the co its niaN bo se en at the General Post Ofhce Persons tendering arc requested to attend at the Colonial becretaiy s Ofhce on the da> appointed for opening the offers

LineiuoolPjaius -Dli ístuiungLicexses

-The folio widg notice appears m yesterdays GotonmentGa etta "Notice Greatlrregulanty haNing occurred m the transmission to this Ofhce of the half ycaily returns of stock, bj pcisons holding depasturing licenses ni tins district, and which returns, according to the Act of the Go\ crnor and Council, 2nd Victoria, No 27, ought to be lodged with the Com missioners of Crown Lands bj the 1st Januaiv and 1st July in each j ear Notice is hereby given to such parties as h ive not ) et fi rnished their returns due on the 1st Januuj last that thc> arc hablo to the penalties prescribed bj the said Act Vnd m future parties furnishing these documents, w ho arc not resident in the Border Distnct of Lneiiool Plains arc ic

quested to forw ard their address to the Border Police Oflico, lamwoith -Border Police Ofhce, Liverpool Plains, March 27, 1814 - Roderick Mitchell Junior, J P , Cominis sionei Crown Lands

Gmain -Statement ot the Nanous dcscup tions of gi am held by GoNernmcnt, on the 1st April, l8« -"Wheat, 39,014 bushels, mauc, 6,640 bushels

Femall Factoki -State of the Témale

Tactory, Parramatta, on the 1st April 1844 - Under colonial sentence, 71, not under colonial sentence, 316, in sohtarj confinement, 4, in hospital, 21, total numbci of women, 415, total number of children, 122

A Gold Watch Stolen -On Thursday, about mid day, Mr J R Brenan happening to go to the water closet at the Police Office, left his gold Nvatch behind him, and did not miss it tdl about an hour afterwards in hen it was

looked after, it was not to be found

AusTiUMAN TnuíT Comfany -At the meet- ing of the Australian Trust Company, held July 31st, a dividend of tinco per cent tot the halt year was declared, leaving £l,08o to be carried to the lcscivc fund, which it appears now amounts toupwmds of £5,000, mid is m

vested in Gov eminent secuiitics lins divi ¡ dondis pay able on and aftci Imlay, the 1th of August During the piocccdmgs n good deni ot discussion ensued on the subject ot the dis

tiibution of the report and nccounts among the shareholder a few days before the meetings take place, which was carried by ti large nnjo

nt), w ith the v lew of mote re utily discussing, questions that might anse on the general in tcrests of tho company, The dircctois appealed to fear that so distiibutuig the îeport and ac- counts would be pioductivc of much mconvcni

once, as they would piobably be made public before the proper explanations could be given, mid thus lend to contiovctsy in the daily papers, w Inch it w ns alleged vv ould cntntl moi c damage than good on the concern Altogclhei there seemed to be sonic dislike to acquiesce in the wishes of the pioTiietirv, till the voice of the loom showed how much this course of action was desired, and although nothing vvhatev er transpired to lead any one to suppose that the efficiency of management w as doubted, still it was evident that the directors looked upon the suggestion made ns one nffect mg their characters, which they were certainly i not warranted in doing, md tieated it tes a

contemplated infringement on their pow cr and responsibility, which most decidedly did not nppcnr to be the intention of the pcisonb who supported the motion Dnectois, in ninny m stances aro lather too nice on this point Whenever ti suggestion is made, which m the

least manner exhibits on the nart of the share

holdcis an lnchnntion to be more hilly ne

quninted w ith the state of then ow n all ins, it is immediately construed ns n wish, on the pnit of those w ho happen to hav e the moral courage to st mci forvv aid and espouse the cause of the proprietary for complete und satisfactory infor- mation to interfere with and cast i sim upon the management, audit is upon this question tint

so ni my of our lomt stock company executiv cs I have picmntiucly como into collision with thor constituencies, and occasioned disagreements which by tuning concessions and leal desire to propm itc, might have saved the endless contusion iollovvuig to the injuiy of nil pnrtics Ducctorntcs ni genertl should lecollcct that were they to meet then shtuchokleis (nilly, and litstcid of attempting to withhold information show they were at all times willing to alford it

they would at once disabuse the minds of people, who ure more îeady to believe, when such n spirit of resistance on the point of eti

qucttc is raised, that such resistance does not ilto0cthci spring trom thnt source but, m fact, is only made the cloak for the concealment of other misdeeds Directorates should also bear

in mind that too much publicity cannot be t,i\ cn to ptospeious and successfully managed companies and that therefore nil) nttempt to suppress investigation and publication can only be lcgnrded as unf wourublc, and casting a suspicion upon such companies who would v> oik without it, and lastl), that a readiness to consent to adopt till useful suggestions w Inch ma) be made by their shareholder is the safe course of action for commanding their attention md confidence Before the close of the pro cccdmgs, the hint of economy was given, mid pionused to be sedulously attended to -Colo

mai Vaga-me

Goon Nkws iou thf Graziers -Mr Chnrlcs Smith, with sevcrnl of his friends, have commenced mnkmg arrangements for silting beef on a large scnlc for the English ninrket It is intended bj them, not ns nn opposition, I but ns an nuxih ir) to the present Snltmg Com pan), to snlt down onl) the prime parts, to uoil down the other pieces, and nftcr the tallow li is been cxtucted to cnijloy the îcsidue m f lttcning pt^s Mr Smith proposes ns soon ns the hit ingeníente nrc complete to give the stockholder at the rate of a penny per lb by the cnicass for prune fat bullocks

BusitnwGixc - Uiout foin o clock on Ihursday afternoon as Ihomas Halloran, io siding at Ultimo, was piocceding to Liverpool to look after some cattle, he was suddenly stopped by aman, who took his horse, saddle and bridle from lum, with £7 m bank notes Hie plunderer was armed with a musket and gave his name tis Holloway While Halloian was being com ey ed into the bush for the pur

| pose of being searched, ho observed another

m m tied to a tree

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