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all that the Divine Word contained any most advantageous
The more than they understood all that speakers were limited to the ministers Natüre contained? Nature and Revela- and leaders of the association, to each tion were two books presented by our of whom a theme was given, which were Heavenly Father for the instruction as follows:-Mr. E. Austin-The Work and development of our minds. Nature of Ministers in regard to the Church ; was given for the opening of our natural Mr. Ramage--The Duty of Individual faculties ; revelation for the opening of Members; Mr. Bateman-The Duties our spiritual faculties.
Truth was of Members in regard to Public Woreternal, and would never be changed. ship, in which he was supported by the It was only our perception that changed. Rev. T. L. Marsden ; Dr. Tafel-Our No established law of creative wisdom Duties in regard to the Young People that related either to things material or of our Societies; Mr. Rhodes-Our things spiritual ever underwent any Duties in regard to Sunday-schools ; change. The change was in their pro- Mr. E. Madeley-Our Duties in regard gression. And how could they possibly to the Press and Literature ; and Mr. conclude that they knew anything like Gunton-Our Duties in regard to Misa hundredth part what the Divine Word sionary Work. The proceedings were contained ? The Word was the fountain enlivened by singing three hymns and of Heavenly Wisdom not only to men, by some excellently rendered music by but to angels, for the angels were pro- the admirable choir of Argyle Square, gressive as well as men. When we and were altogether of a most enthusiceased to progress, we ceased to have
astic character. The speeches were any enjoyment. All happiness, all en- marked by a depth of thought and an joyment, resulted from the activity of eloquence of expression not often met our faculties. This was as true of the with in one of our public meetings, and mind as of the body, and it was as true were so complete a success that hopes of the spiritual as of the material world. were fully expressed that another and It was therefore a reasonable presump- even more public one would soon be tion that when we left this world we held. should go on progressing in knowledge of the Supreme Being, of our own souls, HACKNEY.—During the past year and their capabilities of the spiritual Sunday open-air meetings were held on things of the world, in which we should the London fields in this locality. then find ourselves."
Short addresses on New Church sub
jects were undertaken by several of our LONDON NEW CHURCH ASSOCIATION. friends, and a great number of tracts - The first meeting of this important were distributed. Although the talent association, designed to advance the was humble and effort feeble-since the interests of the Church in the metro- cessation of those meetings, it is pleaspolis and neighbourhood, was held at ing to note the interest awakened about Argyle Square on Monday, Jan. 16th. A what the Swedenborgians believe. Invery large gathering attended tea, which habitants of the neighbourhood exwas provided in the school-room, and pressed a wish to hear more of these kindly presided over by Mrs. F. Pit- things; but up to the present time, man and ladies from each society, after owing to the long distance of our nearest which an adjournment to the Church Church, which is in Buttesland Street, took place, when the number present Hoxton, have been unable to do so. increased to nearly 400. Dr. Bayley This has induced our Hackney friends took the chair, and after singing a hymn
to form a committee, for the propagaand prayer, opened the meeting by very tion of New Church truth; Dr. Bayley briefly stating the general objects of the having signified his willingness to help association. These may be stated to be on the work, they have hired the large the regular interchange of all the mini- room belonging to the Working Men's sters and leaders of the district, at Institute, at the triangle (a well-known stated services—a plan felt to have centre), for the delivery of twelve been attended with the best results- lectures on consecutive Wednesday and the discussion of plans for the evenings. Dr. Bayley will give the development of the Church and the ac- opening lecture on the first of March ; complishment of Church work in the other esteemed lecturers will immedi
ately follow, and there is strong ground present occasion. It is with this Society for anticipating a thorough success. the day of small things. Their neat The only difficulty experienced is the little Church seems to attract little atsupply of books for distribution at the tention from their neighbours and the meetings. If there are any subscribers general public, and their own numbers to the Missionary and Tract Society have become reduced by deaths and rewho are seeking a channel of usefulness movals. The Society continues, how. for the books or tracts they obtain ever, to patiently persevere in its work, by their subscriptions, they will find and in the midst of discouragements to the present movement an opportunity bear its testimony to the truth. Confor doing real good to the cause. Com- nected with the Church is a successful munications may be forwarded to Mr. Day-school and a small Sunday-school. NOEL, 146 Kingsland Road, E.; or the Arrangements have also been made Secretary, Mr. NEWELL, 4 Essex Street, since the lectures for a more steady Mare Street, Hackney, E.
occupancy of the pulpit by missionary
preachers on the Sabbath; and the MISSIONARY LECTURES IN LANCA- lectures are doubtless useful in keeping SHIRE.—During the winter months up the interest of the Church, instructlectures of a missionary character have ing the members and quickening their been delivered in several of the churches zeal in the good work, and in calling in the neighbourhood of Manchester public attention to the subject. that are without settled pastors, the ex- Oldham.-Two lectures were delipenses incurred being jointly sustained vered in this town in January, the by the National Missionary Institution first by the Rev. R. Storry on
• The and the Manchester and Salford Mis- Prophecies relating to the Second Comsionary Society. The following is a ing of the Lord ;" the second by the brief notice of these services :
Rev. J. Hyde on “Swedenborg, his Cheetham Hill.–At this place, a life and teachings.” The attendance, populous suburb of Manchester, no though not so numerous as was hoped, Society is formed or public worship of was encouraging, and from the attenthe Church established. A course of tion given to the subjects discussed, we lectures, however, was arranged in the may reasonably hope for good results. Hewitt Street School-room in the month Burnley.-We extract the following of November, and publicity given by an
notice of lectures at this town from the extensive distribution of cards and hand
Preston Guardian of February 1st:bills. These lectures on leading sub- Two interesting lectures were given in jects of Christian theology, were de- the New Jerusalem School-room, Keighlivered by Mr. Mackereth, and Revs. ley-Green, on Thursday and Friday R. Storry, J. Hyde, and W. Westall. evenings, January 26th and 27th, by The attendance was thin, but the the Rev. R. Storry of Heywood, under strangers who attended manifested con- the auspices of the Manchester and Sal. siderable interest in the subjects dis- ford Missionary Society. The chair cussed, and some have continued their was occupied on Thursday evening
by inquiries respecting the doctrines. Mr. G. Grave, the subject being "The
Middleton.-In December, a course Supreme Deity of the Christian Šaviour, of lectures was given in the Church &c.,” which was treated in a very able in this place, bý Messrs. Westall, manner. The lecturer was listened to Storry, and Hyde. The subjects were with marked attention throughout his “ The Fall of Man,' ' Redemption address. After the lecture, the Chairby the Blood of the Lamb, and man said that the bills announcing the “The Resurrection.” The attendance lectures did not state that discussion was good, the Church being two-thirds would be allowed, but he had no doubt filled. The lectures were listened to that Mr. Storry would be glad to answer with attention, and we cannot doubt any question that might be put to him with good results.
in a proper spirit. A number of quesAshton.—During the time of the lec- tions were asked and answered in a tures at Middleton, a similar course was friendly manner, and the meeting was delivered at Ashton by Revs. R. Storry brought to a close about ten o'clock.and W. Westall. The attendance at this On Friday the subject was ': The Bible town is usually small, and was so on the a revelation from God necessary for the
full development of the nature of man, &c." Chairman, Mr. R. Bardsley. The lecturer, as on the former occasion, seemed quite at home in his quotations of Scripture to substantiate his views of the Divine inspiration of the Bible, and rapidly passed under review the different points of his subject. The lectures will no doubt be long remembered by many who heard them as able and eloquent. A number of questions were answered in a satisfactory manner. A vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer, the chairman, and the Manchester and Salford Missionary Society, for their various efforts in carrying out these lectures. The lecturer said he had only opened the gate, it was for them to go into the meadows and gather the beautiful flowers.
Failsworth.-A course of lectures was given here, with the view of reviving and continuing the interest excited by the lectures and discussions last winter at Hollinwood. The Committee were unable to obtain the use of the lecturehall they then occupied, and were compelled, therefore, to give these lectures in the Society's place of worship at Failsworth. The distance from Holliuwood was not convenient for the attendance of those who had attended the former lectures, though several of this number were present. The general attendance was good, and the audiences interested in the subjects discussed. Since the close of these lectures, two other courses have been arranged, one at Middleton, the other at Rhodes. These are at present in progress. The lecturers are Messrs. Storry, Westall, Pilkington, and Deans. These lectures are announced on a card recently provided the Missionary Committee, on the back of which is printed the particulars of faith from the T. C. R., No. 3. The card thus becomes a means of spreading the knowledge of the leading principles of New Church doctrine, and is itself a silent missionary. In addition to the services we have intimated, Sabbath evening lectures have been given in several of our churches by the ministers. Those in Peter Street, Manchester, have excited considerable attention, and been very numerously attended.
modious school-room, for the accommodation of their Sunday and day-schools. It is an oblong building, constructed with convenient class-rooms, and other necessary conveniences for the schools and the social meetings of the Society. The opening took place on Saturday, December 31, 1870. An excellent tea, partaken of by about 100, was provided in the school room, the walls of which bore a number of mottoes, some having reference to the season, and others to the doctrines of the New Church. An entertainment, consisting of addresses, songs, glees, &c., was given in the evening.
The chair was occupied by W. H. Pilkington, Esq., J.P., of Enfield, near Accrington, who in opening the proceedings said his earliest remembrances of religion and of the New Church were connected with the village of Embsay. When quite a lad, he re. membered a young man coming into his father's shop at Haslingden and saying to his father, “Mr. Pilkington, I thought you were a man of your word. His father replied, “Yes I am.” Then,” said the young man, “why did not you meet me at Colne according to arrangement ?” His father replied that he had received a letter stating he was not to come. Such being the case, there must have been some mistake about the matter, and he volunteered to start with the young man the same evening. That was on the 20th April, 1833. There were then no railways, and travelling had to be done by gig, horse or cab. His father left Haslingden, a distance of forty miles from Embsay, at midnight, to present himself before them on the following Sunday morning. In looking over his father's di be found the following, “On April 21st, 1833, I went to Embsay and preached the doctrines of the New Church in the open street to a very large audience. I trust and pray that Almighty God may make it the means, through the instrumentality of his humble servant, of inducing the people of Embsay and neighbourhood to take heed to what I said, and I hope ere long to hear of a public place of worship being dedicated there to the Lord Jesus Christ, the true God of Heaven and earth.” That wish was realized in less than twelve months, for on the 13th April, 1834, he came over to Embsay, with the Rev. D. Howarth
EMBSAY.—The society at this place has recently erected a neat and com
of Salford, to open their chapel. Comparing notes with the days gone by, and looking at the smallness of their village, he was agreeably surprised that the progress they had made had been so remarkably manifested, in the building not only of their chapel but of a commodious school, for the education of the children in the locality. Circumstances were now widely different from what they were in 1833. Look at the faci. lities given to them in their transit from place to place by railways, which were interspersed all over the country. Remarkable changes had also taken place in the manners and thoughts of the people. Ten years ago very little was thought about imparting education to the masses. But a Bill was passed last session which made provision for the education of all who chose to avail themselves of the opportunities afforded. When the people became educated, they would cease to take an interest in low, grovelling, sensual amusements, and he believed that popular amusements would greatly improve. They might as well try to make an empty sack stand as to improve the condition of uneducated persons.
Therefore, all those changes which were taking place were in the right direction. Speaking of the New Church, he said that Swedenborgians did not think they were a peculiar people chosen out by God to perform all the great duties existing in the world. No such thing. They believed they constituted but one stone, as it were, in the glorious building that was being erected for the moral, intellectual, and physical improvement of the people. They considered that all professing Christians, if they were good, would go to Heaven and become angels in that brighter and better world. They admitted all amongst them, who trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, and shunned sins as evils against him. Speaking of Embsay he said he owed a great deal to this village. He did not know why it should have been so, but a few years ago he wanted to see where his father had opened a chapel in connection with the principles of the New Church : and he was so pressed with Embsay constantly coming up in his mind that one day he took it into his head to run over and see the village and chapel there. He called upon his friend Mr. S. Mason, and told
him for what purpose he had come. They both walked up the village together, and when they reached the end he asked " Where is your town." * Oh," said Mr. Mason,
you see it Well, he thought, if that was Embsay, and if it had a New Church Society in it, he himself, surrounded as he was at home by six thousand people, had been very lax and negligent in not trying to establish a church there. He went back, determined to try what could be done. The result was that two years and a half ago they commenced a Sunday school in the Mechanics' Institute. At first they had 35 children in the school, belonging to the families living around him. In twelve months from the commencement of the school they had erected a beautiful building, capable of holding 600 persons and where 144 Sunday scholars met for instruction. In concluding his address, the chairman said that his impression was, if their doctrines were better understood they would be better appreciated. It was through ignorance alone that so many looked upon the New Church people as peculiar. They were not peculiar at all, for they based their creed and everything they said upon the Word of God. They took the Bible for their standard, and if men spoke not according to the law and testimony, the truth was not in them.
An interesting musical programme was then gone through ; and the performances were interspersed with addresses given by Messrs. Bastow, Swinburn, and Clegg, each of whom spoke with animation and ardour.
The above has been pressed out of our two last numbers. Since this meeting, an interesting lecture has been given by an Independent minister, which yielded much pleasure to a numerous audience.
WIGAN. — We extract the following from the Wigan Observer of February 1:—On Wednesday evening, January 25, the choir of the New Jerusalem Church, Kersley, gave a grand concert in the New Jerusalem School-room, in aid of the funds for enlarging the dayschool. Considering counter attractions in the town, the attendance was very good, the front seats being crowded. The entire programme was gone through very creditably, under the able leadership of Mr. J. G. Woodman, who was
well accompanied on the piano by Miss Horrocks of Bolton. Of the programme we have little to say, every part being well sustained, and all the songs excellently sung. In the glees and partsongs all were delighted with the precision and taste with which they were given. To make personal remarks would be useless, inasmuch as all the choir, without exception, took their parts exceedingly well.
Birth. On the 6th February, at Grosvenor Villas, Loughborough Park, London, the wife of Mr. E. H. Bayley, of a son.
Marriages. March 1, 1871, at the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Mark Nuttall, to Miss Sarah Ann Barlow, both of Heywood.
At the same time and place, and by the same minister, Mr. Thomas Ogden, to Miss Betsy Gillimore, both of Heywood.
Obituary. Alfred Essex, Esq. We have received a copy of the Graaf Reinet Herald of January 28th, in which we are informed of the death of Mr. Essex, at his residence in Bird Street, in the seventyeighth year of his age. Mr. Essex was many years ago an intelligent and well known member of the Society in Cross Street, London. For many years he took an active part in the Society's affairs, and on several occasions was appointed its representative at the General Conference. He was also an occasional contributor to the pages of the Magazine. In the year 1853 he removed to Graaf Reinet in South Africa, where some of his family were already settled, and where he continued to reside until the time of his departure.
January 17th, 1871, at Highfield House, Hopwood, Heywood, after a short but severe illness, Mr. Alfred Edward Edleston, third son of Richard Edleston, Esq., aged nineteen. The deceased was a youth of great promise, and was much esteemed by those who knew him. His departure is a source of painful affliction to his family and friends. Its suddenness powerfully reminds us of the important but often
forgotten truth, that “in the midst of life we are in death."
Departed this life, on the 11th of February, Mrs. J. Russen, of Rusholm, near Manchester.
Mrs. Russen was born in 1817 at Dalton, Yorkshire. Both her parents being members of the New Church, she was imbued at an early age with a knowledge and love of its doctrines, and with a high appreciation of the spirit and life they inculcate. Never having been called to struggle mentally against the fallacious appearances of the old doctrines, she viewed with peculiar charity all differences of opinion, and cordially recog. nized the good to be found among all denominations of Christians. Her life was not externally of an eventful character, but her warm affections brought her so closely in contact with the joys and sorrows of others, that she acquired a wide experience, and none could visit her under anxious or mournful circumstances without feeling that they had a friend in whom they could confide, and who would help them to the extent of her ability. The most distinguishing part in her character was her readiness to sacrifice herown love and interests for the good of others. Indeed so long and successfully had she cultivated this habit that it appeared to have ceased to be a sacrifice, and to have become a part of her life. She had always verified in a remarkable manner the realities of the spiritual world, and in contemplating her approaching change, spoke to soine of those who now mourn her loss with joyful anticipation of meeting those she loved and esteemed who had gone before.
“ Her end was peace.” At Bolton-le-Moors, on the 17th of February last, was removed into the spiritual world, Eliza, relict of Mr. John Horrocks, late of that town, in the sixtythird year of her age. The deceased had been connected with the Bolton Society for a period of forty years, and had been actively devoted to the interests of the Church till the last few years of her life, when declining health and increasing infirmities prevented her devoting her energies to the object most dear to her. The following incidents of her life will, it is believed, not only interest your readers, but be found useful as an illustration, to the members of her own sex, of the field of usefulness open to their labours. She left home