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132_Page 130Sunday. 5. th. of March. 1843.

Bright sun shine, but extremely cold. Wind high.
Went to Church with Garret, in the morning, had
a sermon in behalf of Sunday Schools.
In the afternoon stopped on my way to Broom St and went to St. Johns. Heard Dr Wainright, at least I think it was he. The subject was “the joy in heaven over the “penitent sinner”, rather
than over the ninety and nine just persons.”
He read the prayers beautifully, had a fine voice, but did not appear earnest enough in his manner, a [spire] of affection, and fashion was over all he said, or did. I did not like the pews in this church, they are too high, and rather uncomfortable. It is a fine building, but to me there seems a coldness over all; I may be prejudiced. We took a cold bath to.night. Garret, complaining of pains in his limbs, similar to the Rheumatism. He looks pale, thin.
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Comments from Susie LeFevre Hook – I also note the name of “Onderdonk,” below, which she has referred to previously.
“In connection with the Episcopal churches, of which I can write from observation, it may not be amiss to refer to some of the clergymen. Of Bishops Hobart, Onderdonk, and Wainwright, I have treated in other chapters. The popular clergymen of the time in this Church were Drs. James Milnor of St. George’s, Beekman Street, and Schroeder of Trinity Parish, who, with Onderdonk, Berrian, and Bishop Hobart, alternated between Trinity Church, St. Paul’s ancl St. John’s chapels, and Dr. Wainwright occupied the pulpit of Grace Church.”

The author of the above comments:
“The service in these churches was very different from that observed by nearly all of the present time (1895). Thus: the ritual of the Common Prayer Book was uniformly and strictly adhered to at all times, whether Communion was to be administered or not, which Sacrament was administered only on the first Sunday in the month, and at Christmas and Easter; and, excepting during Lent, the church doors were never opened for other than burial service from their closing Sunday evening to the next Sunday morning, and in religious, moral, social position, and in integrity, I fail to recognize any improvement in the people at this time.”

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