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Dr. Bayley said, -There was one point the kingdom of heaven was represented which had been slightly noticed in the as a grand man, There were those in report, and which all must regard with the heavenly world that occupied, as it very great pleasure, and that was that
were, the position of head, others that the area had been very much widened occupied, as it were, the position of of late, which instruments had been heart, others other portions of that raised up by the Lord to introduce the glorious humanity above. The publitruths of the New Church as they are cation of the writings in Italy would presented in the writings of Sweden- help that noble people, whose very borg, to other large sections of mankind · language was full of affection, to live in in Europe. They knew how much they the light of the great principles of the were indebted in this country to the New Jerusalem, and to see that God is venerable Clowes, how much the world love, that heaven is the kingdom of was indebted to the efforts in a neigh- love, and because it is a kingdom of bouring country of the veteran Le Boys love, a kingdom of beauty. And then des Guays, and how much Germany the other end of Europe, the colder had been indebted to the admirable and portion, where faith alone has chiefly persevering labours of the late Dr. ħad dominion, would under the new disTafel. Of late years other labourers pensation obtain a faith full of love and had arisen. Captain Boyesen, with a full of light, a faith in Him who said, most earnest, self-sacrificing, and per- “I am the light of the world, that severing care, had entered, almost followeth me shall not walk in darksingle-handed, into the work of trans- ness, but shall have the light of life.”. lating the writings of Swedenborg into Dr. Tafel said: It is with much the language of Norway, and he had pleasure that I rise to second this succeeded in bringing some parts of his inotion by which the Swedenborg labours before his countrymen, as, for Society not only expresses its syminstance, the beautiful little pocket pathy with the efforts made by the two edition of “Heaven and Hell,” and he gentlemen mentioned in the resolution was now labouring at the production of to disseminate the writings of the New “ The True Christian Religion." In Church in their own country, but also Italy there had also been found—appa- encourages its own committee in suprently just the man for the work- porting generously all efforts, wherever Signor Scocia, late a professor of Lau- made, of printing the writings of sanne, formerly a Wesleyan by religion, Emanuel Swedenborg. In doing so, an Italian by birth. Under the auspices the Swedenborg Society does not weaken and at the expense of the Society he but strengthen itself, for the larger the had set to work in the most decided sphere of usefulness of an individual way to translate the writings into the or of a society, the stronger and more language of Italy, and, as soon as there powerful is the influx of life from the was something like a basis for the opera- Lord ; and if the Swedenborg Society tion, he commenced to call together extends the sphere of its operation over the people, to preach to them the beau- the whole world it will receive influx tiful things that he had made capable of power and strength appropriate to of being read in their own language. the extent of its usefulness. Humanity The resolution he submitted was :- is not composed of detached parts, nor "That this meeting recognises with is the New Church composed of the great satisfaction the publication in separate and distinct bodies and societies Italy and Norway during the past year which are scattered throughout the of translations of the work on 'Heaven whole world ; but the New Church is and Hell,' and desires to give every one living organization in the sight of encouragement to Signor Scocia and the Lord, and appears in His eyes as Captain Boyesen in the prosecution of
But unless this truth is their valuable labours." In the cir- practically acknowledged by the Church cumstance of these different nations upon earth, it remains to some extent a taking the grand truths that apply to dead letter; for the Lord does not act all nations and adapting them in their by or through the Church, but own peculiar way to their own par- Church acts from itself by the life it ticular wants, they might see the receives from the Lord, and in all His image of that which formed one of the dispensations: the Lord acts in strict grand features of revelation itself, for accordance with the principles of good
has published some of the writings for the benefit of the friends in Denmark.
Baron Dirckinck then made a few remarks, stating the pleasure he felt in seeing his friend Captain Boyesen working in the cause. He had himself translated “The Four Leading Doctrines,” and also “The Summary Exposition ;” and those works which for a long time had lain on the shelves in Copenhagen, had, in the course of events, come to be frequently asked for.
The meeting was next addressed by Mr. Butter, who moved the addition of “ British and Foreign” to the title of the Society, which was seconded by Mr. Keene and adopted by the meeting. The Rev. Mr. Bruce moved a further resolution, directing the Society to take such steps as may be necessary to meet the expenses incurred in translating and printing the lately discovered documents respecting Swedenborg.
This resolution was seconded by Mr. Williams and passed unanimously. The chairman then concluded the meeting with the benediction.
ness and truth in the Church. In order, therefore, that this Church may be a living Church upon earth in ultimates, it must be acknowledged by the men of the Church in their thoughts and in their actions. The men of the New Church in England must consider it their duty to encourage by word and deed the men of the New Church in France, in Germany, in Italy, in Denmark, in Norway and in Sweden. In fact, there wought not to be any limit to the sphere of action of the New Church in England. “Freely ye have received and freely give," was the advice given by the Lord to the apostles of the first Christian Church. The same advice has preserved its full force in respect to the New Church. Moreover, every work of the New Church which is printed and circulates among men is a missionary and apostle of the New Church; and whether this apostle speaks in French, German, Italian, or Danish ought to make no difference to us. The works of the New Church speak the language of the New Church, and this ought to entitle their publication in any language whatsoever to all the encouragement and all the sympathy that we can afford to give. In regard to Captain Boyesen it may perhaps interest those present to hear that the friends in America also took great interest in him, and that the Scandinavian Society in Chicago have generously furnished the means to enable him to remove to Copenhagen, and to continue there his work for Denmark. The Norwegian language and the Danish language are so similar that a book in either language serves very well for both countries ; so whatever is done for Captain Boyesen is not only done for Norway but also for Denmark. In regard to Signor Scocia, I may mention that it has given me great pleasure to make his personal acquaintance in Lausanne. I found him a most interesting and intelligent gentleman, in the prime of manhood. He is a graduate of a college in Rome, and is himself a native of Naples. From all that I could see he seems to be just the right man for that work, and I do believe that all the encouragement that the Swedenborg Society can give to Signor Scocia will be very well invested for the interests of the New Church.
It may interest the friends present also to know that there is to-night amongst us Baron Dirckinck, who also
NEW CHURCH COLLEGE.—The following is the last Minute of the Conference Committee of visitors. The former Minutes are equally satisfactory. “The Committee have again met at the College and examined the pupils (youths) in two divisions. The junior division was examined in grammar, arithmetic, geography, spelling, and writing; the senior division in geography, grainmar, and Greek. The latter was very successful and had evidently striven hard and been well taught; two or three of the former answered well, but the remainder have much room to improve. The young men were examined in Greek and in theology, and showed great progress and good work; their acquaintance with Englisli grammar too was tested, and the improvement manifested was quite gratifying. The progress of the College under
the tuition and management of Mr. Beilby has been most satisfactory to the Committee. (Signed) J. BAYLEY, Pres.
H. R. WILLIAMS.
C. W. SMITH.' We regret to announce, in connection with this evidence of progress, the retirement of the Principal, Mr. Beilby, we are informed, finds Nottinghamshire more attractive to him than Middlesex, and has resigned. He
leaves with the best wishes of the Governors, and has expressed himself warmly in reference to the treatment he has met with from them. The new principal will be required to commence his duties at the end of the present quarter. The Governors are anxious to meet with a gentleman of pious and orderly habits, thoroughly imbued with the love of the truth as exhibited in the New Jerusalem Dispensation, and “apt to teach it to others.” Either a minister or one looking forward to the ministry—a godly man, in the proper sense of the word, and striving to impress godliness on those around him. He must of necessity be a good scholar and able teacher. A graduate of an English University would be preferred. In addition to the use of the house, schoolrooms, &c., rent free, the Governors make the most liberal arrangements their funds will allow for the remuneration of the principal ; and they are strongly persuaded that an active, wellinformed and energetic New Church gentleman without too many years over his head, would at once find a competency and might justly look forward to a very good income at a future period, if he should prove himself morally and intellectually fit for his work.
that they might make known the truth to others. For this purpose all the orderly agencies which the wonderful times in which we live had placed within our reach, were to be actively employed. Among these agencies was the diffusion of New Church literature which the institution was seeking to accomplish by its colporteur. No agency however should supersede the employment of the living voice. The public preaching of the Word of God was still one of the great duties of the Church, and inust be diligently exercised and efficiently sustained.
To the report of the Society which was read we shall call attention after its publication. The reading of the report was followed by a series of resolutions relating chiefly to the business of the institution. În moving and seconding these resolutions, short and interesting addresses were delivered by the ministers and other members who were present. Of some of these we are able to present a very brief abstract. The Rev. W. Woodman said that the possession of truth impels to its propagation. This promulgation of truth is the best means we can employ to do good to others, which is our great duty as disciples of the Lord and members of His Church. The sad consequences of false and materialistic teachings were seen in the wars of the Continent. Divine Provi. dence had mercifully preserved us from these fearful calamities, but we ought not to overlook the fact that our civili. zation and social progress were placed in danger by the squalor and crime which was in our midst. Nor can we overlook the intellectualism of the Churches as manifested by recent facts. Popular sentiments are fast destroying all faith in the Word as a revelation of truth from God. Are we doing all we can and ought to do to stem this infidelity which is being so subtlely insinuated into our country? New Church teaching is the salt of the earth, and it is needed for the preservation of the religious faith and life of the world. It is a new system of truth adapted to the wants of all and tending to unite the Church in one. Dr. Pilkington of Clayton-le-Moors, after referring to some recent teachings respecting the Word, went on to say that the New Church should show all the world what the Word really is. He congratulated the meeting on the appointment of a
MANCHESTER AND SALFORD Mis. SIONARY SOCIETY.—The fifty-fifth anniversary of this institution was held in the Schoolroom, Irwell Street, Salford, on the evening of Tuesday, June 20. The chair was occupied by the Rev. R. Storry, who in opening the proceedings, remarked that Swedenborg had said that what the world called Swedenborgianism, he called True Christian Religion.” The New Church was a higher form of Christianity. It was a wiser conception of Christian faith, a fuller life of Christian charity, and a more active exercise of genuine good works. It was in harmony with all true Christian teaching and all earnest Christian aspirations. The teaching of the Lord and His apostles was as truly the heritage of the New Church as of any existent form of Christianity. We were called to the same zeal in the promulgation of truth as the primitive Christian Church. The new discoveries of truth which the members of the New Church had been permitted to see, were not imparted to them for their selfish enjoyment, but
colporteur, and urged all present to go forth as missionaries to publish and make known the truth. This was the more needful as popular doctrines were losing their hold upon the public mind, and popular Churches were declining. Rev. J. Boys traced the decline of professing Churches to the decline in the public mind of all sectarian feeling and the growth of a broader and wider charity. And this sectarian spirit is one against which the members of the New Church must carefully guard. It is the descent of the New Jerusalem which has led men to see that all religion is to be good and do good, and we are only of the New Jerusalem as we show forth a good and Christian life before God and
Other speakers followed, one of the prominent subjects discussed being the question of sectarianism, which had been incidentally introduced. Mr. Seddon, in speaking to one of the last resolutions of the evening, pointed out that a great work lay before the Church in the future, and suggested that the missionaries should give special prominence to some of the leading doctrines of the Church--the doctrine that God is one and that Christ is that one God; that true religion embraces the whole nature of man and is a full religion, sanctifying and regenerating the mind wholly ; that faith in the Lord must be combined with the love of the Lord and a life of obedience to His teachings. At the close of the meeting, Rev. Mr. Hyde proposed an addition to the title of the Society, recognizing the work of colportage on which it has entered, which was adopted. The meeting was well attended.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.—The annual meeting of this institution was held at Preston on the 26th of June. Although this town is not so conveniently situated for meetings of this kind as some of the more southern towns of Lancashire, there was nevertheless a good attendance, most of the schools being represented. The Rev. W. Westall was elected president, and Mr. Potts re-elected secretary.
The business which occupied the attention of the meeting was chiefly connected with the various publications, actual and prospective, of the Society. The proceeds from the sales of the Juvenile Magazine does not quite cover the expenses of its publication. An ele
mentary class book has been published during the year and is becoming extensively adopted in the schools. Thanks were voted to Rev. Mr. Hyde, who has prepared this work and presented the MSS. to the committee. The Tune Book, which has been some time in preparation, is approaching completion, and there is a prospect of its early publication. A strong feeling was expressed on the part of some of the schools for the preparation of an advanced class-book, treating chiefly on the great doctrine of correspondences, and giving illustrations of its application in the interpretation of the Word. The proposition led to an extended conversation, but it was not deemed desirable to undertake the work at present. The Building Fund continues to be usefully employed, but is still inadequate to the demands upon it. Two societies have been aided in their school erections during the year. One, Hockley, by a grant of £100, and the other, Embsay, by a grant of £50. Three applications have been declined for want of funds. The address to the teachers will this year form the leading article in the Juvenile Magazine, instead of appearing as heretofore at the end of proceedings. To the statistics which appear in the committee's report we shall give attention on its publication. Meantime we cheerfully call the attention of the members of the Church to this valuable institution as one well deserving their sympathy and support.
YORKSHIRE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH MISSIONARY AND COLPORTAGE ASSOCIATION. — The eleventh anniversary of this association was held in the New Jerusalem Church, Drewton Street, Bradford, on Sunday the 9th July, when sermons were preached in its behalf by R. Gunton, Esq., of London. The morning discourse was from Matthew xxi. 28-31, in which the preacher shewed that the vineyard which we have to cultivate is the mind, and that it was necessary to plant it with the choicest vines from the Divine Word. The son who in answer to the invita
'go and work in my vineyard,” answered, “I will not; but afterwards repented and went,” represented those who from the teaching of truth have a perception of duty but neglect to do it. And the repentance that follows represents the new state in which they are
led to the discharge of duty, first from and seconded by Mr. Clegg of Keighley. self-compulsion, and then by loving The resolution for the election of com. habit. In the Lord's vineyard He mittee was moved by Mr. Soppitt' of desires all to become co-workers with *Bradford, and seconded by Mr. Rouse Himself; beginning with the cultiva- of Dewsbury. After which Mr. Bastion of our own minds, and going for- tow, the colporteur, gave some interestward to the help of others. In this ing details of the work in which he is duty this association was engaged, and so successfully engaged. Mr. Gunton, the preacher concluded with an earnest in an earnest and interesting address, appeal to all to aid the work in which moved the following resolution:-"That it is engaged. The evening's discourse this meeting, conscious of the inestimwas from Judges chap. xiii. on the able blessings which will result to the birth of Samson, and why his strength people from a sincere reception in their lay in the hair of his head—the sub- hearts and understandings of the great ject was largely and lucidly treated. truths of the New Dispensation, pledges The attendance on both occasions was itself to adopt all the means in its power good, and in the evening every seat was to spread a knowledge of them through. filled. The eleventh annual tea meet- out the country. Dr. Goyder of Brad. ing was held in the same place on the ford seconded, and Mr. “Marshall of Wednesday following, above one hun- Doncaster warmly supported this resoludred persons sat down to tea, including tion, Mr. A. Bottomley of Keighley, many friends from the neighbouring Mr. W. A. Storry, and other gentlesocieties. After tea the chair was occu- men spoke to the remaining resolupied by Mr. George Aspinall, the presi. tions, and thus terminated another of dent of the Association. The annual these meetings, which year by year report was then read by Mr. Alfred increases in interest and importance. Backhouse, the secretary, and the treasurer, Mr. William Dyson, pre- RAMSBOTTOM.—This Society has been sented a financial statement. The favoured with a visit from Mr. Gunton, report stated that during the eleven who, at the request of the Committee, years the association had been in opera- preached the Sunday school sermons in tion four successive colporteurs had the afternoon and evening of Sunday, been employed, and the labours of each May 14. The services were held in the had been more successful than that of Co-operative Hall, which is occupied his predecessor in the sale of books and by the Wesleyans as a Sunday school, the creation of a better feeling towards and by the Presbyterians as a place of the New Church amongst the people. worship, both parties kindly lending The sale of books had increased 35 per for this purpose the
use of this cent. during the past year, and the commodious room. The hall is capable total amount received from the sales of seating about 450 persons, and on was £92, 18s. The character of the each occasion it was filled by a respectbooks sold had also much improved ; able and attentive audience. Many no fewer than 301 of the works of strangers were afterwards heard to exSwedenborg had been sold, and of these press their admiration of the earnest 238 were of the larger class. Mr. Bas- and clear manner in which the preacher tow, the colporteur, had reported that delivered his two very excellent dishe had generally been well and kindly courses. In the morning a pleasing and received in all the towns and villages instructive address was given by Mr. he had visited. Considerable interest Edward Seddon, to a large congrega. had been excited in Doncaster, Wake- tion, consisting of the teachers, schofield, and Cononley, by the colporteur's lars, parents, and friends. The collecvisits and lectures, and efforts were tions of the day, together with a few being made to form a society in Don- small donations afterwards sent in, caster, and the same would probably be amounted to over £35. On the Monattempted in the two latter places also. day evening following, a social meeting The total income of the association for was held in the school. The sole topic the past year was £227, 1ls.; and the of the conversations and addresses was, expenditure £212, 16s., leaving a the best means of obtaining funds for balance on hand of £14, 15s. The the erection of a new chapel. Many adoption and printing of the report was valuable hints were given by Mr. Gun. moved by Captain Buffham of Barnsley, ton, and for these, as well as for his