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cluded here. The first was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Bayley on “Glimpses of Heaven;" the second by Mr. Austin

the Second Advent;" the third and fourth by Dr. Tafel on "The Nature of the Inspiration of Scripture ;” the fifth by Mr Jobson, “On Man as a Spiritual Being ;” and the sixth and last by Dr. Bayley “On True Faith : what it is and what it is not." The lectures have been well attended, and have afforded great pleasure to the friends of the Church in this densely populated neighbourhood. Many strangers were present, some of whom exercised the privilege of asking questions on the subject of the doctrines, as presented by the lecturers, and they still further shewed their interest by purchasing New Church books, and it is a gratifying fact to mention that, besides other works, over 120 copies of the Rev. Chauncey Giles' work on Man as a Spiritual Being were sold, this excellent little missionary having been offered at halfprice, through the generosity of several kind friends of the Missionary and Tract Society. The Sunday_services, under the leadership of Mr. Ramage, are still vigorously conducted, and the Society, together with its Sunday-school, has become the centre of a real work of Christian usefulness.

JERSEY.—The renewal of zeal and animation that marked the Jersey New Church Society on the arrival of Mr. Moss as minister, still continues in unabated vigour, and gives promise of a new era of prosperity for the cause in this island. Mr. Moss has concluded his second course of lectures at St. Heliers, and is now delivering a series at St. Aubin. A sure token of the estimation in which Mr. Moss is beginning to be held is the constantly inereasing numbers of his audience. I believe his last lecture in this town, delivered in the Prince of Wales' Assembly Room, was attended by larger numbers than had ever before attended the services of a New Church minister in Jersey

The St. Aubin lectures have, so far, been a great success. Our respected friend, Mr. Alexandre, to whose liberality we are so much indebted, had, a few years ago, a misunderstanding with the rector of the parish in which St. Aubin is situate, owing to that gentleman's refusal to allow Mr. Alexandre to have a passage

from Swedenborg engraven on his wife's tombstone. The consequence was that all attempts to obtain a suitable lectureroom in St. Aubin had till lately failed. And even a few weeks ago, when application was made for the Assembly Room with an open avowal of the purpose for which it was wanted, a positive refusal was given. Shortly afterwards, however, an influential friend secured the room without mentioning the use for which it was destined. At the last lecture a faint attempt at opposition was made by a quotation from Galatians; but this will but afford Mr. Moss an opportunity of triumphantly setting forth the truth in a still clearer light. About eighty persons went over by train from St. Heliers to hear Mr. Moss's first lecture at St. Aubin. Our permanent congregation continues steadily to increase. Most of the new

are persons who had been favourably impressed by missionary efforts. Mr. Moss contemplates paying a visit to Guernsey early in the new year.

MIDDLESBOROUGH-ON-TEES. —- For several years there have been some two or three receivers of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem in this rapidly rising town. Lately a few more have been led by the good Providence of the Lord to associate themselves with them. The Rev. E. Whitehead, on his return from the late conference at Newcastle, visited Middlesborough, and stayed a few days, preachingand conferring with the friends whom before his departure he formed into a society. Since then, divine service has been regularly conducted by one of their number in a private dwelling. Feeling anxious to bring others to an acquaintance with the great truths so highly appreciated by themselves, they communicated with the esteemed treasurer of the Conference, Mr. Gunton, which resulted in a missionary visit from the Rev. W. Ray of Newcastle. The services, which were of a very delightful character, comprised a lecture in the Town Hall on Friday evening the 25th November, subject - The Second Coming of the Lord, when and how will it take place? Will the earth be destroyed by fire ?” to an audience of near 150 persons, who exhibited marked attention to Mr. Ray's enunciation of truths that were entirely new to nearly all present. Permission being given at

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the close to ask questions on the subject most ancient Church instruinental of the lecture, a re-millenarian put a music was superadded to the powers variety of queries to the lecturer, some with which God has gifted mankind. with such a want of courtesy as met At the close of the chairman's address, with the marked disapprobation of the Mr. Penny conducted the classes through greater part of the audience. On the a series of well-selected pieces of music. Sunday following, Mr. Ray preached The meeting was afterwards addressed in the morning and afternoon in the by the Rev. P. Storey, Independent New Church Mission-room, Albert minister. Street, to small but very attentive con

Marriages. gregations. In the morning the subject was “ What must we do to be

At the New Jerusalem Church, Heysaved ? and from what ?” In the after

wood, November 23, 1870, by the Rev. noon, “ The proper Object of Christian

R. Storry, Mr. William Thomas Lamb,

to Miss Anna Whitehead Whitworth, Worship.” On the Monday evening

both of Heywood. Mr. Ray concluded his invaluable services by lecturing on “The Conference

At Albion Chapel, Leeds, December between Eve and the Serpent." And

6, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. John so the ground has been broken up, and

Stell, of Bingley, to Miss Hannah thegood seed scattered, with what result

Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr. Joseph we at present are unable to say. Yet we

Ramsden, of Headingley, near Leeds. rely on His promise, “My Word shallnot

December 10, 1870, at the New return unto Me void." The friends feel

Jerusalem Church, Bolton, by Mr. greatly edified and encouraged to go for

Joseph Deans, Mr. Henry Ridings, to ward, and confess themselves deeply in

Miss Ellen Crabtree, both of Bolton. debted to Mr. Ray for his kind sympathy

On December 13, at the New Jeruand counsels. Few and feeble as they

salem Temple, Salford, by the Rev. W. are, they nevertheless throw their care

Westall, Alexander, third son of R. W. on Him who careth for them. The

Noar, to Sarah Susan, eldest daughter cause, they are persuaded, is the Lord's,

of Joseph Taylor, both of Salford. its success therefore, sooner or later, is

Obituary. sure.

Departed this life, on 26th May, SNODLAND.—We have received from 1870, in his seventy-second year, at a correspondent a newspaper report of his residence, Birkbeck Cottage, village a Tonic Sol-fa tea-party held in this of Parton, Cumberland, Captain John place, which has been promoted by the Carr. Chambers, of H.M. Royal Hanmembers of the New Church. The overian Regiment, Lucea, parish of class, which had its beginning in the Hanover, Jamaica. He was a lineal Sunday School, has been so ably and descendant from the first family who successfully conducted by Mr. Penny, settled on the beautiful island of that the largest room in the place has Jamaica (under a grant from the Eng. been needed forits accommodation. The lish Crown 1640), and who were the tea-meeting was held in the mess-room first receivers and zealous promulgators adjoining the mill of C. T. Hook, Esq., of the doctrines of Emanuel Swedenthe use of which was kindly granted borg in that island, and indeed among by the proprietor. In introducing the the very earliest receivers of the docproceedings the Rev. T. L. Marsden, trines of the New Church in any part who was in the chair, after briefly of the world. From them the heavenly tracing the history of music as revealed principles have been transmitted faithin the Word, said–The necessity and fully to a fourth generation, — the advantages of music, to change the hum- parents of the venerated subject of this drum psalmody of the past generation, memoir having been distinguished for is admitted ; and Mr. Penny has their active goodness, the exceeding given us a practical illustration of how purity of their lives, their unfailing soon the human voice can, by good Christian faith, and increasing endeavtuition, be improved. Music is a most ours to inculcate the same in the minds useful aid to help us to spend our of all their family and household, and evenings in a rational manner ; and of all whom opportunity offered for inamongst the earliest institutions of the

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impressions sink deeper than with their confiding resignation in the wisdom of beloved son John Carr Chambers, whose the Most High, united with the tenderexemplary life has so lately been brought est consideration for all who ministered to a close. Under the influence of the to him. The last night he was capable Divine doctrines he evinced the most of distinct and coherent speech, he perfect self-control through a long uttered a pathetic appeal to his Lord course of trying vicissitudes and severe and Saviour for support in his sufferings family affliction. He was distinguished --concluding with meek submission to by an ardent desire to benefit his fel. the Divine Will in all things. After low-creatures to the utmost of his that, a few heart-rending days and power, alike in prosperity and adver- nights of agony, endured in quiet pasity ; in the former ever referring suc- tience, closed his benevolent life. cess to the Great Dispenser of all, and The Wigan Society has experienced in the latter bearing every trial with a great seeming loss in the decease of Christian meekness and manly firmness. Mr. John Austin, who was removed Of the most sincere and unassuming into the spiritual world October 16, at piety, of the widest liberality and gene- the age of fifty-four years. Boru and rosity, of consummate judgment and brought up in the Church, he followed immutable integrity, combining the it through its varied fortunes in the boldest bravery with the greatest kind- town. As a youth he was an affectionness and sweetness of manhood, he ate son, ever ready to assist his parents won the friendship and esteem of all in every way within his power, and he who knew him, and has left a chasm in grew up an active and upright member the hearts of his surviving family never of society, whose prevailing character to be refilled in their passage through appeared to be the love of active usethis transitory life. In his native fulness. His attachment to the Church country he filled many important civic through the many vicissitudes through posts with honour and superior ability, which it passed was uniform and conbesides the undaunted and devoted dis- stant, and during a period whilst sercharge of his military appointments, vice was discontinued, he took sittings during the last unhappy general insur- and attended alternately at Preston and rection of the negroes, when among Kersley. When a new course of prosother beneficial exertions he disciplined perity opened to the Church in Wigan, a troop under his own directions, which he threw his whole energies into the enforced the admiration of the best cause, especially in the erection of a officers of the British army, and sup- building for worship, and the establishported by its conduct and that of its ment of a day-school. In the latter he youthful commanders the claim long took especial interest.

He not only since accorded by the Home Govern- filled the office of treasurer, but contriment to the Jamaica regiments to rank buted both labour and money towards with the standard army of Great Bri- whatever was needed. At the tea and tain. He passed from the office of En- other meetings he was always present sign to that of Captain with unprece- to assist, and never seemed tired in dented rapidity, and was so much be- working for the success of what he had loved by the unfortunate blacks them- so much at heart. He was widely selves, that when some of the poor known in the town outside the New misguided people were on trial under Church, and highly respected ; in proof martial law, they declared that they of this more than a hundred persons had refused to fire when they had good followed him to the grave in Wigan aim at Massa John-he had always been Cemetery, a distance of over two miles. so good to them. He also attained in His funeral discourse was preached by proportionate brief space of time to the the Rev.W. Woodman, on the “opening highest honours of the Freemasons' of the books,” to a crowded and highly reSociety, of which he became a member spectable congregation, who listened at the age of twenty-one, and to which with the deepest attention and interest he was always strongly attached. Dur- to the subject, and many strangers exing the last two years of his life he was pressed their approval of the views proconfined almost entirely to the house pounded. Beyond all human doubt he byan extremely painful lameness, which has been called to fill a wider and more he bore with unflinching fortitude and exalted sphere of usefulness in the hea.

venly world, and as spiritual associations survive the grave, will aid, by his ministrations, the efforts of those he has left behind in the promotion and growth of the great end he so much loved whilst on carth.

Died at Accrington, on the 27th of October, in the forty-third year of his age, Robert Whiteaker. He was origi. nally connected with the New Church Society at Embsay, where he is still remembered with affectionate interest, and where, as during his residence in Accrington, he was always happy to do whatever he could for the welfare of the Church. He was content to bear a very humble share in the work of the congregation, but his humility was ever accompanied by a desire to be active ; and he never disdained to join in work however toilsome and unostentatious. His disposition was gentle and sincere, and few subjects were more delightful to him than the doctrines of the Church and the success of her institutions. He suffered much during his last illness, and when the conviction of his speedy removal came upon him he showed great bravery in becoming resigned to what he had probably not anticipated. He never professed to be wearied of this life, but he was confident that he was in the hands of the All-wise and loving Father who “doeth all things well, and so asked and gained resignation to His will. He had taken great interest in the recent revival of the little society at Burnley, and he was no less respected by the friends there than at Accrington and Embsay. Calmly and hopefully he went to his rest, and those who knew him best could well say of him when his day's work was ended, “ He hath done what he could.”

At 39 Marlborough Hill, St John's Wood, London, Alice Fryer, in her ninetieth year.

She passed away without pain or suffering of any kind. For upwards of forty years Miss Fryer had been an affectionate receiver of the heavenly doctrines of the new dispensation. The Holy Word, with the writings of the New Church, were her daily study, and afforded her great consolation, especially during the last years of her life. There can be no doubt the Divine promise was fulfilled to her sweet experience—“Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end.” Glory be to the Lord for His goodness and mercy

in taking His devoted handmaid so peacefully to Himself, and to His happy heaven, as her eternal home.

At Farnworth, November 13th, in the seventy-fifth year of her age, Mary, relict of James Taylor. The deceased, with her family, belonged to the Church of England ; but their eldest son having several years since received the doctrines of the New Church, led the other members to examine and adopt them, since which time they remained affectionately and sincerely attached to them. They connected themselves with the Kersley Society, where the deceased attended till increasing infirmities, arising from the decay of nature, prevented her.

At Salford, November 27th, Annie Eliza, relict of Mr. Thomas Worrall, at the age of eighty-two. Formerly the family resided at Kersley, and attended the New Church there, some of the members being still connected with it.

On the 14th December, 1870, in his eighty-fifth year, departed this life, Mr. Thomas Willson, sen., of Villa Street, Birmingham. He was one of the oldest members of the New Church in Birmingham, and for very many years, as a member of its committee, took an active interest in its affairs. He was with the society when it assembled for worship in Paradise Street, and afterwards in Newhall Street; and he planned and erected the present Church in Summer Lane. The fatal malady, heart disease-left him in full possession of his usual faculties up to the last, and his gradual departure was marked by a happy and peaceful trust in the Lord.

At Kersley, on the 7th ult., Mrs. Ann Vickers, in her fiftieth year. Born and educated in the New Church, she was an affectionate, and, for her position in life, an intelligent receiver of its doctrines. She was a member of, and a regular attendant at the Kersley New Church for more than twenty years, Her illness, which was but brief, did not threaten fatal results till within a very few days prior to her removal. Whilst her surviving family have a well-grounded hope that her entrance into immortality will prove an entrance into happiness, it is hoped that by emulating her example they may follow in the way everlasting and be reunited with her in the realms of the spirits of the just made perfect.

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“I have glorified Thee on the earth : I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And, now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.”—Ver. 4-6.

To glorify the Father on the earth was to do all that the Divine Love inspired the Lord to do. It was to redeem men, to found His Church, and to inspire its members with the love of doing good. “ Herein is My Father glorified that ye bear much fruit: so shall ye be My disciples" (John xv. 18). The Lord had finished this work, and therefore He said, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do." He had still to suffer, but the infliction of suffering was hell's work, not the Father's work. When the Lord was seized to be taken along to contumely, to prison, and to death, He exclaimed “This is your hour, and the power of darkness” (Luke xxii. 53). The Father's work is all good; hell's work is all misery.

The order of the Lord's glorification, we must never forget, is the same order as that of man's regeneration. Man has to obey the dictates of Divine Truth, by shunning evil, and doing good in his daily life; and as he is faithful in doing this, the Lord diffuses spiritual love and light within, and so regenerates him. Whatsoever we bind on earth, is bound in heaven; and whatsoever we loose on earth, is loosed in heaven.

So with the Lord. The great difference in the two cases was, and

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