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FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF THE PROVINCE,
The War of the Revolution;
WITH NOTICES OF TIIE PRESENT STATE OF THE CHURCH IN EACH PARISH :
AND SOME ACCOUNT OF THE
EARLY CIVIL HISTORY OF CAROLINA,
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED;
THE COURSE OF ECCLESLACTICAL STUDI28.
PUBLISHED BY E. THAYER, AT HIS THEOLOGICAL BOOK-STORE, BROAD-STREET.
District of South-Carobiho, o wil
BE.IT REMESIERTO; that on the fifteenth day of March, Anno Domini,
one thousand erriftohurtched and twenty, and in the forty-fourth year of the InSEAL deperdienee of the United States of America, the Rev. Frederick Dalcho, M. D.
of the saja dilrica.mel, geposied in this office the title of a book, the right wheros he staims as agthon in the words following, to wit:
* An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South-Carolina, from the
first settlement of the Province, to the War of the Revolution, with notices of the present state of the Church in each Parish: and some account of the early Civil History of Carolina, never before published. To which are added; the Laws relating to Religious Worship; the Journals and Rules of the Convention of So. Carolina; the Constitution and Cannons of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and the Course of Ecclesiastical Studies: with an Index, and List of Subscribers. By Frederick Dalcho, M. D. Assistant Minister of St. Michael's Church, Charleston.”
In conformity with the act of Congress of the United States, entitled "An act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,” and also to the act entitled " An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints."
Right Rev. NATHANIEL BOWEN, D. D.
BISHOP OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
IN THE DIOCESS OF SOUTH-CAROLINA.
Right Rev. & DEAR SIR,
TO whom could I dedicate the following Pages, with so much propriety, as to one, who has been called, by the unanimous suffrage of Clergy and Laity, to preside over the Church whose history they record ?
In offering to your iccepiance the first Historical Acci unt of a part of the Church in America, permit me to express the satisfactin I dorive from the opportunity, thus afforded me, of making this profession of my respect and esteem.
The early History of the Church in Carolina, is full of instruction to the Clergy of the present day. It must excite in our bosoms, the most ardent gratitude to God, and the sincerest reverence for those holy men, who braved the storms of the Ocean, and the terrors of the Wilderness, to preach the Gospel of a crucified Redeemer. It must excite our admiration and praise, that the banner of the cross was displayed by those humble servants of God, in a savage land, surrounded by perils to which we are strangers, and destitute of those comforts which we enjoy.
Surely then, we, to whom a better lot has fallen, have abundant reason, from their example and success, to exert all the faculties of our bodies and our minds, to render unto God "true and laudable service,” in the salvation of the souls of men.
Influenced by your example, and encouraged by your godly co’insel, the Clergy of your Diocess, I confidently trust, will walk " worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called,” and “ feed,” with anxious solicitude and affection, the “sheep" and the “lambs” committed to our care, by the great “ Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls."
May the Piety, Wisdom und Zeal, which, under God, have extended the borders of our Zion, in this portion of the Reiseenda s Kiegdom, be favourably accepted at the Throng.of Grace : And that you may long be preserved to thaistrate the precepts of our Holy Religion, and to: didowaithe doctrine of God our Saviour in all things," are the sincere and fervent Prayers of
Your faithful Son
Charleston, March 15th, 1820.
In Convention of the Diocess of South-Carolina, Feb. 21, 1818.
Resolved, on motion of Mr. Brisbane, that all the Journals of this Convention be published in a Volume, by subscription; and that the President appoint a Committee of three, for the purpose of obtaining subscriptions to that end, and of superintending the publication.
“Whereupon the Rev. Dr. Dalcho, and Messrs. Brisbane and Bay, were appointed the Committee."
In presenting the following Publication to the members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South-Carolina, it becomes me to state my inducements, for undertaking a larger work than was contemplated by the Convention, and, in some respects, difierent from the object of the above Resolution.
Several months elapsed before the early Journals of the Convention could be fouod. During my anxious and daily inquiries for these documents, the probable condition of earlier records of the Church, occurred to me. I was apprehensive that many interesting papers were lost, or in such a state, as to be scarcely, if at all, legible. I knew that the Journals of some of the Vestries were lost; that others were burnt or destroyed in the Revolution ; and others, from age and injury, were mouldering into dust. The records of the Commissary's Court are not now to be found, and other ecclesiastical documents are lost. These circumstances gave rise to the following reflections ::
The history of every Institution connected with the happiness of man, is interesting to its members and friends. We love to trace the exertions, or wisdom, of its early founders, to examine the difficulties which they encountered, and to rejoice over the prospeets that cheered them. How interesting then, is the history of the establishment and progress of the Church of Christ, as a mean of grace to a sinful World! How much more interesting