We have received a copy of the ‘"Pastoral Letter to the clergy and members of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the State of Arkansas
; by the Right Rev. Henry C. Lay, D. D.
, Missionary Bishop
of the South
west."’ The letter gives a lucid and interesting record of the work of the Episcopal Church in that diocese, and is accompanied by a paper of marked ability on ‘"Our Relations to the Church
in the United States
."’ Bishop Lay
, after an examination of the Constitution
and Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the old United States
, comes to the conclusion that the Episcopal Church in the South
has an unquestionable right to claim ultimately a distinct organization as a National Church and is prepared to unite with his brethren in organizing a General Convention of the Church
in the Confederate States
In reference to his own jurisdiction in the missionary field, which was derived from the General Convention of the old United States
, he proposes to advise with his brethren in the Episcopate.
is a native of Chesterfield county
, in this State, and one of the most eloquent and gifted of the Southern