Secession of the Southern Episcopalians.
--The Montgomery Advertiser, noticing the proceedings of the Convention
of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the Confederate States
, lately in session there says:
We can truly say that the Convention
, if not large, was certainly a highly respectable, able and influential body of Christian gentlemen.
There were in attendance four Bishops, and Clerical and Lay Deputies elected by the Diocesan Conventions
of seven States.
The Convention unanimously, and without debate, passed the first of the following resolutions, severing the connection of the Southern
from the Northern Church, and the second was agreed upon with considerable unanimity of feeling:
That the secession of the States of Virginia
, North Carolina
, South Carolina
from the United States
, and the formation by them of a new Government, called the Confederate States of America
, renders it necessary and expedient that the Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church within those States should form among themselves an independent organization.
That as preliminary to the organization declared necessary in the foregoing resolution, a committee of three Bishops, three presbyters and three Laymen, be appointed by this Convention to propose and report to an adjourned meeting of the Convention
, to be held at Columbia, S. C.
, on the third Wednesday of October next, a Constitution and Canons, under which such an organization may be effected; and that the ecclesiastical authorities of all the Dioceses within the Confederate States
, not now represented in this Convention be invited by the Right Rev. President
to take the requisite steps for the representation of said Dioceses at the adjourned Convention.