Henry Codman Potter - Seventh Bishop Of New York Seventh Bishop of New York

Henry Codman Potter - Seventh Bishop Of New York
Auteur: George Houges
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  • 9781406767100
  • maart 2007
  • 428 pagina's
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Text extracted from opening pages of book: HENRY GQEIM: POTTER SEVENTH BISHOP OF NEW YORK BY GEORGE . HODGES DEAN OF THE KH8COPAL THEOtOGICAL SCHOOL CAMBRIDGE, MA88ACHU8KTT8 Hffa THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1915 Ml riyht* roterved Bf THE MM* MJU, AN COMPANY. Rorwk* * fiwHfe t V, fft** t THE WARRIOR-PRIEST He was our warrior-priest beneath whose gown The mailed armor took full many a dent When, at the front, all gallantly he went, In civic light, to save the beloved town; Then did the proud, outrageous foe go down, To shame and wide dinaster swiftly sent, Struck by his steel to flight in wonderment To see that c; alm brow wear the battle frown. For he was courteous as a knight of eld, And he the very soul of friendliness j The spirit of youth in him lost never its power; So sweet his soul, his passing smile eould bless; But this one passion all his long life held: To servo hie Master to the last, lingering hour, KICBABD WATSON GILBBR, CLUB December 12, 1908, PEEFACE EICHAKD WATSON GILDER, of the Century Magazine, wrote to Bishop Potter in 1902 in the hope of persuading him to be his own biographer. You know, he said, what Samuel Johnson says about biography that every man should write his own life. . . . Have you not already begun jotting down your reminiscences ? I hope you have, or, if not, I hope you will begin. Of course, such things should be written as if not for publication. The question of how much should be printed, and when, would come in afterwards. You would probably think, in writing, that it would be only after your translation to the board of heavenly bishops. As a matter of fact, you might find that many chapters would be very good reading during your own lifetime. I amwriting both as an editor and as a rep resentative of our publishers in stirring you up about this. This pleasant invitation Bishop Potter declined. At the same time, quite unconsciously, he was preparing, year by year, a considerable store of autobiographical material Two things we desire to know about a man: what he did, and what he thought. The canons of the Episcopal Church require of every bishop that he shall make a regu lar and careful record of these two series of personal facts. He must keep, and annually print, an official journal re cording all his visitations, his sermons and addresses, his religious services, with dates and places. Thus the biog rapher of Bishop Potter is able to find out just where the bishop was and in what sort of episcopal act he was en gaged on the ninth day of December, 1901, or on the twelfth day of April, 1884. Also a bishop must annually Vll viii PREFACE address his diocesan convention. Such an address will naturally contain his comments upon the progress of events during the past year, both in his own diocese and in the church at large, together with a discussion of his plans and policies. It will inform the reader as to the state of his mind in such and such a year, in the midst of, the problems of that time. These addresses are annually printed, and bound up with the minutes of the diocesan convention. I have made use of these materials. And since the addresses are not easily accessible to the general reader I have quoted from them freely, finding in them a revela tion of Bishop Potter's interests and purposes, and of his attitude toward the changing contemporary situation. They were preceded by the yearbooks which he published while he was atGrace Church, each of which he prefaced with an address to the parish; he told them what had been done during the year, and what he desired of them in the year to come. And they were accompanied by the dozen volumes which Bishop Potter wrote; two accounts of foreign travel, the others mostly sermons and lectures. Reticent as he was in conversation, even with his inti mates, he had, like some other reticent men, a freedom of self-disclosure in public speech. There he spoke, as he rarely spoke in private. Into these utterances entered his faith, his devotion, his a



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