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Hinhop Barril In his address bei'ore the Episcopal Diocese lust week made the f'ollowing statement n regard to the establishment of a cliurch hall and Icctureshlp at Ann Arbor: It is a great gratificatlon to me to be afolo to report tuat a notable and benefleent entorprlM, wliich, in lts general outline and purpose, has more tlian once been approved of by the convention, is at length being carried forward, and is DOW approaching its complete realization. A little less than u year ago my longmedicated plans for a chnrcli hall and lectureship at the University of Michigan took deilnite shape, and, Just on the eve of leaving the city for the east, X laid them In outline before a judicious friend, a chiirchman of Detroit, who protuised me u generous subscription. On my return I went to Ann Arbor and laid my plans before the rector and vestry, who were airead y meditating the erection of a building for p.irochial purposes. As the result ol this and subsequent conference., the enterprise of building a church hall for the purposes hereinafter set forth was resolved upon.the vestry agreeing to contributing $3,000 for the purchase of a site near the University. Hhortly afterwards, a statement was prepared by me, setting forth the details of what was proposed to be done, which statement was printvd and privaUily circuluted as an appeal for subscriptlons. As this statement bas not heretofore been published, I givo it at lengtli, for your Information, and In order that it may be of record in tlio history of this undertaking. 1. It is proposed to erect a building or hall near the University, to be used for the guild meeting! and other parochial gatht;rings v)f öt. Andrew's parisli, wbere the ttnderill and cliurch people of the City of Ann Arbor may meet together uudertlie letiiiing and clevating influence of the church's social life. The cost of erecting such a building, and proridlng an income for the heating, lijrliting, uutl care of it wlll be ubout $15,000. '2. It is proposed to endow a lecturehip similar to the Bampton lectureship in lEngland or the liohlen lecturship in Philadelphia. To properly umlowed these lectures not less thau JilO.OOO will be req u i red. 3. It is proposed to endow a regular course oí tvventy lecturcs ou biblicul literatura and lesrnlng, to bc gtven iu conecutlre weeks, om! n each reek, during the MMkra of the University. For the endowiuentof these lectures $10,000 should be provided. It is iroiost'(l to endow ¦ regular course of twöiity leoturet on dlrlnity mul Ohristi.m cviiiciiccs, to be "iven in contecutfve Weekt ono in each week during the sesslon of the Univeisity. For the endowinent of these Iccluies $10,000 uhould be provlded. From the bove out.line it wil] be seen that the sum of $15,000 wil) be required to eqalp and carry forward thia jrieat enterprUe. Of tbat amount, a uell-known laymen of the diocese has wlth cliaiacterstio liberality Mlbwsrlbed the sum of $T,000 on the Rondition that the snni of 150,000 be secured. SaküXL S. IIaiiuis, lii.-lnp of .Michigan. I robseqnenfly snbinltted thls plan to the itaudlng coiumittec, u my pouncl] of advlce, when the followin actiou was laken: DBTBOIT, November 14, 1885. "At a meeting of the Btandlng oommittee of the diocese of Michigan, held tiiis (lay, the toUowtng was adoptad; "The standing commlttee, haring had laid before tbem the plan propoaed by the bishop for ettabltlhlng at Ann Arbor a mltable building, and the eiulowment of lectiireships on snbjects relatlng to re1ÍKÍOUS education and Chrlstian knowledge, express their cordial approval of theacheme and their belief that it will, il carried out, be of very gieat service in fnrthering the interests of religión in the Uuiversity and the extensión of Christian culture; and they earneetly rcconimend the project to the support of liberal persons everywhere as one which will not oiily advunce the interests of th; churcli UM its miuistry, but also will exercise a very extended iiiíluence ou student! Ironi uil part of the country. "Rüfus W. Clark, Jr., Pres "James V. Campbell, Hecretary." It is now ray happines to inform the conventlon that the eiiterpriae so out lined and proposed has been happily car ried out M follows: The rector of St. Andrew's, Anu Arbor has, with characteristic zeal and guccess, organized the proposed society of stuilents in liarmony with the purposes hereinaaer set forth. In October last it was my privilege to be present at its lirst meeting, wlien the organiziition was efrected uml;r the name of the Hobart Guild, of the University of Michigan, at whiefa time a constiuMon and by-laws werc adopted, aiu! the bishops of Michigan and western Mlehigaa were recognized as visitora. Since that time tlie nuber of students who have bceoine active metnben of the GuiM bus increased to moro thiui two hundred. Nor is this numérica] Increue the only or even the chlef siga of encounurement The ucis nare Drarea mout iieartily mul Intelllgently into the spirit of the enterprlee, and to reach the thousands and the hundreda of thousands wUhiii they slmll lich, to swiiy or lead in tlic coming ycar.s. And just in proportion as we'll sou tliese hopea reali.ed, we sliall sen Christianity raiamug its old place of honor añil power, when men are tralned to think, and religión redeemed from the reproacb of funatician, or nionkisliness, wbloh has so often and so long been brougiit upon it bv the nartowneu of its own adlierents. To be permitted to witness the beginuing of this vraat work is the joy of iny eisoopate, and I ask you, dear bretbren, to imite with me in loroking for it the favor and blewiDg o{ llim lor wbote honor and in wliose Service it has heen projeoted.


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