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The Episcopal Church of the Confederate States.

Bishop Thomas F. Davis, of the Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church of South Carolina, now in service at Charleston. has pronounced an address in which he states that price Conventions of the Church in the Confederate States has decided that we were no longer, as a Church, in administrative union with the Church in the United States. He says:

‘ This whole subject is simply a question of jurisdiction. It involves no Aru of the Aim, no spiritual condition or office. The creeds ad pre-existed our present condition But jurisdiction in the Church is not strictly The right of jurisdiction is but the appointments and arrangements are not Therefore, although construction and relations must be human only. They must occupy the same ground as other human instructions and be subject to the compensations of Providence and the necessary changes of things, the truth is, the present great of a compensation extraordinary, and a is It is a voice from speaking to men and changing and shaping the forms of society, both civil and religious.

The more it is examined into, the more I think it will appear that the words ‘"in the United States"’ in Art I., and ‘"in any of the United States"’ in Art V., are terms of jurisdiction, and not merely descriptions of locality. This idea of citizenship being necessary to jurisdiction has always fully pervaded the English Church; and from that Church they who sat in the Convention of 1759 and trammed the Constitution derived their opinions. This, then, must have been the uppermost and prevailing idea with them. It appears also, in the preface to the Prayer Book, and subsequently in Section VII. of Canon XIII. of the Church in the United States. Indeed, the inconveniences of a different construction are so great and manifold as to forbid its reception. Still it must be admitted obtain this will not help us in the estimation of that Church. They may acknowledge the principle. I think some of them have done so; but denied its application to ourselves. They deny that we are the citizen of a foreign State, and affirm that our allegiance is still due only to themselves. box, who is to determine this question? It must be done apart from the Constitution of the Church in the United States. What makes us a free and independent people? What can ever make us such? She did the European Power recencies our independence, would that be so constitute it. or would it be only to acknowledge its existence? Should the United States themselves therefore recognize as a people, would that be to make or only to censers us such? Should they refuse to do this for evermore, could the unmake us what we are and will be in the eyes of men and nations?

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