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services on the previous day, the meeting English education, with some knowledge accorded to him the heartiest thanks. of the classical languages. While but Marriage.

a young man he went to Brazil, and

spent some years there engaged in Married July 5th, 1871, in the New business pursuits. He had always felt Jerusalem Church, Keighley, by the great interest in the Bible and its docRev. E. D. Rendell of Preston, Mr. trines, and soon after his return he comHiram Fowlds to Miss Sarah Bottomley, menced his career as a preacher, and both of Keighley. This is the first continued it with few interruptions marriage celebrated in the New Church until the present year. In 1831, he in that town.

settled in Accrington, and remained as Married at the Manor House, Moseley, leader of the Society there for some near Birmingham, July 21, 1871, by years, during which he was a successful the Rev. D. G. Goyder, of Wivenhoe, champion of the doctrines when they Essex, David Goyder Esq. M.D., to were attacked from one of the local Anne Eliza, daughter of Robert Thomas, pulpits. From that time records of Esq., Surgeon, of Rawdon.

his labours, travels, and other experi

ence will be frequently found in our Obituary.

columns. In 1834 we read of him lecRemoved into the Spiritual World turing at Dundee. In 1837 he visited in May, in the 58th year of her age, Jersey, and in the following year conMargaret, wife of Mr. Joseph Moss of tributed to this Magazine a long and the New Jerusalem Church Schools, interesting description of his visit to Manchester. Throughout her life the St. Amand, where he made the acquainlove of use was most actively manifested tance of M. Le Boys des Guays, being in all her conduct. Selfishness had no one of the first English New Churchplace in her character. She was will- men who enjoyed the friendship of that ing to endure any discomfort if neces- estimable and accomplished man. In sary to confer benefit upon others. Her 1840 he travelled in the East, visiting cheerful disposition made all around Athens, Constantinople, Palestine and her happy. Her tastes were refined, Egypt, and his letters from these parts, and she could not tolerate the presence full of interesting details, might be read of coarseness. She was in a thorough with advantage now.

About the year knowledge and life of New Church Doc- 1842, he ministered for twelve months trine, in acquiring which she was much to the Society meeting at Russell Street, assisted before marriage by her uncle, Liverpool, during the illness of Mr. the late Mr. Richard Parkinson of Abbot, who was then leader there. Preston ; and also by the late Mr. Shortly afterwards he crossed the At. Thomas Walmsley of Manchester. Her lantic, and remained for some years in life ended as it had been lived in the various parts of the United States, practice of true piety. The sufferings where he is still remembered with of illness were borne with placid resig- affection and esteem by many memnation, and her end was peace.

bers of the Church, and where he Died at Accrington, June 1st, in the very frequently officiated as preacher 75th year of his age, Adam Haworth, and missionary. He returned to Engwell known and loved for more than land with his friend the Rev. T. O. half a century by many members of the Prescott, who was induced to visit New Church as a devoted and faithful England at that time in consequence preacher. Mr. Haworth was born at of Mr. Haworth's return. After this Newchurch in Rossendale in the year he settled for a while in Manchester. 1797. His father James Haworth, who The Accrington Society, with which he was a man of considerable education, and his family had been so intimately and one of the earliest receivers of the connected, was always the object of his doctrines in Lancashire, died in 1801 great regard and interest. He had at Accrington, whither the family re- preached on the occasion of the opening moved, and where he was succeeded as of the gallery in the old chapel in 1831, schoolmaster by his eldest son, George and he took part in the opening serHaworth, who was afterwards for many vices of the present building in 1849. years the successful leader of the Ac- In 1858 he again became leader of the crington Society. From his brother Accrington Society, and afterwards offi. George Mr. Haworth received a good ciated in a similar capacity at Paisley.

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To several other societies he has also her faith in its teaching by a good and ministered, and there are few places in useful life. She sustained a long and England where New Churchnen as- painful affliction with patience and sem ble in which he will not be remem- resignation, and departed to her reward bered with affectionate regard.

To give

with Christian meekness and hope. a more detailed sketch of his services Her removal has left a void in her would be impossible within our limited family circle, but her friends are comspace; but we are quite sure that his forted by the assurance that their prename will suggest pleasant remini- sent bereavement is her endless gain. scences and beautiful and suggestive Departed this life on Monday, June lessons in the minds of hundreds of our 26th, at his residence, Saltwell Vale, readers. Within a few years of his Low Fell, Gateshead, George Millar, death he printed a series of delightful Esq., aged 57. Our dear friend had been little tracts, which, spread broadcast in a truly estimable member of the New many parts of Lancashire, have been Church Society at Newcastle-on-Tyne accepted with pleasure by many who for above thirty years, having been had no previous acquaintance with the introduced to the doctrines under the truths of the New Church. He de- ministry of the Rev. E. D. Rendell. He lighted to hear of the spread of New was ever a cheerful and liberal supChurch truth, and was always glad of an porter of the New Jerusalem. Regular opportunity of assisting it. In charac- in attendance at worship, he took a ter he was gentle, amiable, and kindly. lively interest in all that could promote He had suffered from weakness in the

the peace and prosperity of the Society

. early part of his life, but he appeared His memory will be long and deservedly to increase in vigour during the last esteemed in the Church by all who had twenty years, and within a few weeks the pleasure of knowing him. He was of his removal his strong and healthy a peaceful, pleasant, and generous appearance was remarked by his friends. Christian gentleman, and adorned his His last illness only lasted a few weeks, profession of the faith in all the imporan attack of paralysis being the cause tant positions he was called to fillof his death. He was conscious almost in the social circle as a judicious and to the last, never losing his calmness kind husband and father; in society and resignation, and he passed away a considerate master and friend. with the name of his Saviour on his About four years since he was elected lips. He had often spoken with plea- Mayor of the Borough of Gateshead, sure of the name of his birth-place, and served the office of chief magisNewchurch, "a little city set on a hill;" trate with both honour and credit, and the many who remember the harin - since which time he fulfilled the duties lessness and the gentleness of his life of Alderman of the same borough with before the world, as well as the few ac- much esteem till his death.

His quainted with his more intimate good loss to the Newcastle Society is indeed deeds, will have little doubt that he has great; may his mantle and a double found his dwelling-place in that Holy portion of his spirit descend upon City on the glories of which he loved his survivors. His end was sudden to dwell.

but eminently peaceful. He had lately At Farnworth Hall, June 24th, passed taken particular interest in the peace into eternity, John Stones, aged 64. and prosperity of the Society. A few For several years he attended the days previous to his sudden departure

, Kearsley Society, till deafness and he attended worship, and afterwards in other infirmities prevented him. His the committee he strongly recommended end was somewhat sudden, fully aware, reading the Creed in the service once on however, of its approach he was fully Sundays, which has been done since. resigned to the change.

He also commended the importance of At Heywood, June 24th, Mrs. Eliza

prayer.

The last sermon but one he beth Rhodes, the beloved wife of Mr. heard was from Rev. ii. 10, “Be thou John Rhodes, aged 36 years.

The faithful unto death and I will give thee deceased had been from early life con- a crown of life.” From the same text nected with the Sunday School and the a funeral sermon was preached on the Society of the New Church at this occasion of his removal by the Rev. W. place. She was distinguished by her Ray on Sunday morning, July 9, to an love of the Church, and she exemplified attentive and deeply affected audience.

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ADDRESS FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW CHURCH IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.

BELOVED BRETHREN,—The close of its proceedings affords the General Conference the opportunity of addressing a few words of brotherly counsel and admonition to the members of the Church. We live eventful times, and we need to be constantly reminded of duties we are daily tempted to neglect. The world presses upon us on all sides, and we are in constant danger of being carried away by the current of its attractions. We need to exercise vigilance and watchfulness, that we may walk worthy of our Christian vocation, and exemplify our doctrines in the life of usefulness and good works which they teach.

The New Church, to which we professedly belong, is a new dispensation of truth and goodness. Its origin is the Lord, who is the Fountain of all wisdom and holiness and the Source of all blessing. Its establishment in the world is the fulfilment of many precious promises and sublime predictions of the holy Word. To be permitted to see its light and to enjoy its life are among the most exalted privileges of the Church of God.

But exalted privileges involve important duties. If we receive largely we are required to give liberally. “Freely ye have received freely give." Give, and it shall be given unto you.

For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall

measured to you again." The Lord, in His rich mercy, has in these latter days given largely to the Church of His infinite abundance. He has revealed to

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her the hidden wisdom of His Word, thereby fortifying the minds of His disciples against the prevailing infidelity and ungodliness, disclosing to their rational apprehension the priceless treasures of truth, and revealing to their minds the beauty of holiness. For what purpose are these gifts imparted to us ? Not that we may selfishly enjoy them; but that we may find our enjoyment in diffusing the knowledge of them to others. It is a law of the spiritual world—and therefore of the spiritual life of man—that the more we give to others of the gifts we have received from the Divine bounty the more abundantly are we supplied from the infinite Fountain of all good. The man who gives of his intelligence to others finds that intelligence multiplied in his own mind—as the bread was multiplied in the hands of the disciples as they distributed it to the multitude. The man who imparts kindly feelings to others finds his own feelings intensified, enriched with good, and glowing with a diviner life. And the man who, under a sense of duty to the Lord, labours diligently to promote the spiritual well-being of his fellow man, obtains for his reward a deeper interest and a sublimer joy in his work.

Now this great law of the spiritual life must be exemplified in the Church. Its members are to live, not to themselves, but to the Lord. And they live to Him when they devote themselves to each other. Jealousies and distrusts and unkindnesses must be carefully shunned and entirely banished from our midst ; mutual affection must be diligently cultivated, and mutual efforts to promote each other's happiness must be the constant effort of our lives. All cannot go forth into the world to preach the Gospel of the new setting up of the kingdom of truth and righteousness,—but all can aid in the work. The humblest member of the Church can sustain, by his sympathy and assistance, those who are called to this great work. All cannot add to the excellence and efficiency of our literature ; but all can seek to be benefited by it, and to aid its extension, and hence increase its usefulness. Individual effort, however, would fail for the accomplishment of many of the great works of the Church. Hence arises the value of our public institutions, which seek to secure the co-operation of all the members of the Church. But these institutions, to be successful in their work, must be sustained by a still warmer sympathy and a still larger pecuniary support than they have yet received. Our missionary and printing operations are capable of much wider use than they have yet attempted; and a more earnest support of our Students' and Ministers' Aid Fund would enable small and struggling Societies to obtain settled

ministers and to enter upon wider spheres of benevolent activity and Christian usefulness. On this subject, beloved brethren, suffer the word of exhortation. The Church needs, for the fulfilment of her great mission, a more united and zealous support of all her institutions. Her public assemblies need to be more steadily thronged by fervent worshippers, her missions sustained by a united and earnest zeal, and her periodical and other literature more widely diffused. And while the Conference earnestly desires that the love and light of our heavenly doctrines may shine with ever-increasing radiance in the families of our churches and in the lives of their individual members, we not the less earnestly desire that there may grow up in our midst an increased zeal for the diffusion of the truth, and, by the truth, the promotion of the best and most enduring interests of our fellow-creatures. On behalf of the General Conference,

RICHARD STORRY.

ADDRESS OF THE GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE NEW JERUSALEM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE NEW CHURCH IN GREAT BRITAIN. (Inserted by order of the Conference.)

DEAR BRETHREN,—In presenting to you our annual address this year, it will hardly be expected that we fail to refer to some of the extraordinary events of our time, and the new circumstances in which the Church is placed by them.

The effects of the Second Coming of the Lord and of the Last Judgment form a subject that has become familiar to us all. We are in the habit of contemplating them in the changed and changing aspects of Christendom for a hundred years.

But the last ten years afford more striking illustrations of the New Dispensation than any period of similar length before. Events of great magnitude have followed each other with unwonted rapidity. Organic changes in the institutions of society move on with a velocity unparalleled in history. This marked characteristic of the last decade is attracting the attention of philosophic historians, as well as statesmen and other careful observers. Larger populations than formerly are affected by the descending heavenly influences. Not only the centre, but also the extreme circumferences of Christendom

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