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our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus and delightful; and is likely to prove Christ was a universal redemption, by no less useful, as being the means of which all mankind have the power con- uniting, in a closer bond of affection, the tinually given them, of becoming regen- societies and members of the Church in erate, by co-operation with the Lord. this part of the kingdom, and of provid
2. That the subject of Spheres, as il. ing for a wider dissemination of the lustrated in the Writings of Emanuel blessed truth now revealed for the salvaSwedenborg, is worthy of the highest tion of men. attention, inasmuch as it is a doctrine which inculcates the steadiest attention, MISSIONARY EFFORTS IN FIFESHIRE. both to internal and external duties, and -We have recently received the following leads to a constant observance of the from Mr. Macara, dated Edinburgh, 25, divine precepts, and a devout looking Feb., 1842. I beg to transmit to you a unto the Lord and waiting upon him. short account of the progress of the . 3. That the thanks of this meeting be New Church in one of our Missionary cordially given to Dr. Tafel, of Tubingen, exertions here. Mr. Goyder, of Glasfor his zealous and disinterested labours gow, and Mr. Bruce, of this city, made in the publication of the Writings of an exchange last Sabbath. Part of the Swedenborg; that a subscription be en- arrangement was, that Mr. Goyder tered into for the purpose of aiding the should proceed on Monday to Falkland, Doctor in his important and valuable a Burgh in the centre of Fife, and delabours, and that an Address be pre. liver a course of evening lectures, exsented to him, when the amount of the planatory of the principles and doctrines subscriptions is remitted.
of the New Church; and I was asked to 4. That the Committee formerly ap- accompany him. I have for several years pointed, consisting of three members of been a good deal connected with and had the Edinburgh, and three of the Glasgow occasion to be frequently in Falkland Societies, for collecting missionary funds and its neighbourhood, and had opporand managing the same, be continued; tunities of circulating tracts, and latterly that it be recommended to them to en- instituted a small library of our writings, deavour to obtain collections from the In conversation with a leading individual various societies in Scotland; and that of Falkland lately, it was suggested by they shall have power to use the funds him to have a course of week-day lecthus collected, in missionary exertions, tures. I applied to one of the magisand in the distribution of tracts.
trates I was acquainted with, who readily · It was stated, that at Tilliscoultry, a procured the grant of the Town Hall, meeting bad for some months past ex. free of charge. Previous advertisements isted, of the number of about 200, and were sent over, and other arrangements having the New Church doctrines preached made, and Mr. Goyder and I arrived to them; that a clergyman of Tilliscoultry, there on Monday afternoon. The lecformerly an ordained minister in the Se- tures were at seven in the evening. cession Church, and who had for some . The first evening lecture was from this time preached the doctrines, now recom- passage, “One Lord, one faith, one bap. mended from the pulpit the study of the tism” (Eph. 4, ver. 5). It is unnecessary Writings of Swedenborg; that he had for me to dilate on the way in which the lately renounced connexion with the Se- subject was handled ; but I may say, cession, and is at present in course of that it was done in a very clear and forpublishing his reasons and apology: also cible manner, and with the utmost genthat two individuals belonging to St. tleness. Several of the magistrates and Ninians, near Stirling, who had been led other leading individuals of the quarter to study the Writings, now embraced were present; and although Mr. Goyder opportunities to preach the doctrines. invited to a statement of any objections The meeting was highly interesting after the lecture was over, not one was made to our doctrines, if I may except OPPOSITION EXCITED BY DISTRIsome conversation that one or two of the BUTING TRACTS AT BATH. To the hearers, of the Baptist persuasion, had Editor, &c. – Sir, For several weeks with myself, after Mr. Goyder left the past a lady (a highly respectable memhall, as to their views in regard to adult ber of the New Church of this city) baptism. The hall was well filled : in- has been circulating, chiefly among deed, several went away for want of ac- the wealthy classes, the Manchester commodation. Next evening more seat and London Tracts. The result has ing was obtained, and the attendance been, many Tracts purchased with apwas greater. The hall was crowded. The proval; and, among those who have relecture was on the Doctrine of the fused to purchase, lamentable evidence Atonement, prefaced by some further of apathy and bigoted hostility; of which and introductory remarks on the doctrine latter I beg to put in, in proof, a few of of the One God and the Trinity. Next the laconic notices written on the Tracts day we went to a considerable manufac- returned, each of them coming from perturing village in the neighbourhood, sons who rank themselves among the Fruchie, and having secured the school. nobility and gentry of this elegant and room, gave notice of a lecture in it at refined city. five in the evening. It was crowded to “It is requested that no Tracts may excess. The subject of the lecture was be left at No.---, Cavendish Place, as they on the One God and the Trinity. After are not approved of." the lecture, we returned to Falkland, and “Returned with earnest hopes that there Mr. Goyder delivered a lecture at the circulation of these Tracts may be deseven o'clock, on the Sanetity of the sisted from or prevented.” Sacred Scriptures. The hall was if pos- “Your pernicious Tracts are only fit sible more crowded this evening.
for the flames, and shall be treated with We found that before the first lecture, as they deserve." there had been much prejudice and mis- " These Tracts will be called for in ten conception as to the principles of the days, and are returned unread." New Church ; but by means of that we could hardly expect such a spirit lecture, these were, I may say, completely of opposition as is here shewn, would done away; at least, as regarded those suffer in silence ; accordingly, a letter who were present, and generally in the appeared in the columns of the Bath place; and there was a general burst of Chronicle, to which the editor under the admiration at the able and beautiful way pretext of a want of the writer's signain which Mr. Goyder treated the sub- ture for a reply to an anonymous attack, jects. Before leaving the town, next refused the letter which appears in the morning we had the pleasure of inter- columns of the Bath Journal, and the views with the chief magistrate, and other remaining history of this interesting fealeading individuals, who, as with one ture of New Church proceedings at Bath, voice and spirit, expressed the high gra. is contained in the following letter :tification they had enjoyed in the lectures. “To the Editor of the Bath Journal. Having to leave Fruchie so early after “Sir, In the Bath Chronicle of Thursthe lecture there, we had not the same day, March 31, appeared the following opportunity of learning its effects; but letter: I can say, that the audience was very " To the Editor of the Bath Chronicle. respectable, and the most zealous atten «Sir;-Allow me to caution your tion appeared to be given. In the course readers and the public against certain of lectures, about 500 tracts were dis tracts relating to the Swedenborgian or tributed.
New Jerusalem Church, which are being The expenses of this mission, and the busily disseminated about this city, and exchange between Messrs. Goyder and which contain, under a somewhat specious Bruce, were mutually borne by the form, the most fatal heresies. These Edinburgh and Glasgow Societies. tracts are for the most part handed to
our servants, or left at our residences, “Instead of finding the above reply in with a notice that they will be called for the following Chronicle, I find only a poin a few days. I trust that there will tice to correspondents as follows :-" If be but one answer from a Christian com- "A Constant Reader' will send us bis munity for those who call for them. My name, in confidence, his letter shall be reply is ready, and it is this :- You inserted." I believe, Sir, that every have obtruded your pernicious books reader of my letter will agree with me upon my family, and thrust them into that there is nothing in it that I need be my house without my permission, and I ashamed of; but though I have no fear have dealt with them as they deserve, and of having my name attached, I have the as your impertinence warrants. They same reason against it which governs the are committed to the flames. As to great majority of those who correspond paying “one penny" for poison, and to through the medium of the press; and wards the support of a system of opin- if my name be not required by the readers ions which rejects the mystery of the of the Chronicle, it certainly cannot be Tripity in Unity, and denies the blessed required by the editor. When one perdoctrine of atonement through the blood son slanders another, his name ought to of a crucified Saviour, let it not be appear ; but any writer who calls upon thought of for a moment. Yours, such a one for proof, may certainly do so
"FIDELIS.' anonymously; for he utters only the desire “ Immediately after reading this in- of all who are influenced by truth and temperate effusion of a person who pro- justice. claims his bigotry by burning books in. “I have only, Sir, this in conclusion stead of reading them ;-his injustice, by to say, through the medium of your pubaccusing his brethren without knowledge ; lic print, that “Fidelis’ cannot substan-and his malignancy, by exciting against tiate his charges, and it will be well for them the obloquy of the public, by pro- him if he can justify his conduct. claiming them as dangerous heretics, be
" I remain, Sir, Yours, &c. cause they differ with him in opinion ;
“A CONSTANT READER.” immediately after reading this effusion, I "Bath, April 7." wrote, and sent to the Chronicle, the If any thing further comes from this following reply :
public correspondence, I shall be happy “Sir,-Your correspondent · Fidelis' to forward it to you ; having asserted, unintentionally, I trust,
And remain, yours truly, what is decidedly untrue, I claim your Bath, April 12, 1842. J. K. usual impartiality to allow me to contra
Bath, April 21, 1842. dict him. I can say nothing relative to Sir,--Since my last, the following letthe tracts of which he complains as being ter has appeared :at present industriously circulated in “To the Editor of the Bath Journal. this city without reading them ; but I “Sir,--After justifying the writings of have been a reader for more than twenty Emanuel Swedenborg, and that numeryears of the writings of Emanuel Swe- ous, intelligent, and respectable body of denborg, and I can defy your corre- persons who hold them in respect, in opspondent or any person to quote a single position to the Chronicle correspondent, sentence from his writings denying a 'Fidelis,' I closed my observations with trinity in unity, or the atonement through this declaration, 'Fidelis cannot substanour Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. If tiate his charges.' Believing this, I exthere be any poison in the tracts to which pected no reply, and my expectation has
Fidelis' alludes, it is certainly not Swe been verified ; in the Chronicle of Thursdenborgian. Whether there be or not day there is no reply. I do not notice I require proof; and it is certainly un- this, Sir, to provoke further hostility, but just and unchristian to condemn without merely to shew the indisputable accuracy proof. Yours, &c.
on this point, as on all others, of that vo“A CONSTANT READER. luminous writer. No man dares assail the character or the writings of Emanuel while Mr. Woodman was addressing the Swedenborg, without the certainty of de audience within the chapel, Mr. Bayley feat, unless among those who burn books adjourned, with those that could not instead of reading them. I am, &c., gain admittance, to the room they had
“A CONSTANT READER." previously occupied, and there held anoI think, Sir, it requires no further ther service. comment to shew any unprejudiced per. Since the opening of the chapel, they son that the slanders which the enemies have steadily advanced, continually gainof the New Church in this city were ing accessions to their numbers. Their prepared to circulate in opposition to its Sunday School has increased proportiondoctrines, are without even the slightest ately with their means of instruction. foundation in truth. The competency of The number of scholars is near ninety. “ Fidelis” to maintain his position has For some time back, they have been been tried and found wanting. I have desirous of engaging an efficient minisreason to believe he is a dignitary of the ter; but in consequence of the debt reChurch. It was fortunate for him that maining on the chapel, their funds would he did not attach his name to his letter. not allow it. However, the activity of Yours, &c. J. K. the society was not to overbalance its
generosity. It was determined, by one REMARKABLE ZEAL AND LIBERALITY great effort, to clear away all encumAT HASLINGDEN.-Perhaps there is no brances. Accordingly, great exertions society in the Church, that has made were made on the occasions of the Anni. more rapid progress towards forming a versary Sermons, which were preached good and permanent establishment for by the Rev. J. Bayley, on Sunday, the our holy doctrines to be promulgated in, 10th of April; and the amount of the than the one established in the above collections was the extraordinary sum of place. Four years ago, when the Rev. 1251. 188. 4d.! The debt now left on J. Bayley delivered his first lecture there, the chapel, is 141. ls. 8d. This is cernot more than five decided receivers tainly worthy of imitation, and redounds were known, three elderly persons and much to the praise of their zeal and detwo young ones, a son and a nephew of votion to the Lord. They will now, as the late Rev. Mr. Pilkington. These took soon as possible, engage a suitable mina room and had service conducted every ister. I trust, that they will meet with Sunday, chiefly by young missionaries one of the same active temperament as from Accrington. Mr. Bayley also lec- themselves. May they still go on with tured for them once a month, which he the same zeal as they have hitherto still does. By degrees their numbers manifested !
R. E. were increased from different denominations; amongst the rest a very worthy LONDON NEW. CHURCH FREE family of Quakers, some of whom have SCHOOL.-In our last Number but one taken a very active part in the business we mentioned that Mr. Granger had been of the Society ever since. Soon after the appointed to conduct the worship at the accession of this family they began to girls' school-room twice every sabbaththink of obtaining a more appropriate day; and our friends will be glad to hear place of worship. Accordingly, with that the plan has been put into execution great zeal, it was determined that a with the gratifying result of greatly imchapel should be erected, to cost between proved attendance on the part of the two and three hundred pounds. In a children, many of whom now appear to few months the chapel was opened by be much interested in the services. We the Revs. Messrs. Woodman and Bay- have also to announce that the subscripley. Such was the great throng of tion proposed to be entered upon towards the congregation, that the chapel was the liquidation of the expenses thus overflowing almost before half of the incurred has already commenced ; and people that attended had entered : and we trust it will be continued until it amounts at least to Mr. Granger's ex- so respectable a circle as Dr. Spurgin tra salary. We have also much plea- does, in the presence of some of the first sure in being able to state that a number men in the land. It is not for us to of books, formerly constituting a part of judge what was the impression made on the Woodford school library, bas been their minds, or on the minds of many presented by the former conductor of that others that were present: we need not establishment, to our Free-School. fear that it was unfavourable:
We would again beg to urge upon our “I am a follower or disciple of the late friends the duty of aiding this excellent Baron Emanuel Swedenborg. I do beinstitution by their purses and their in lieve in the theological and philosophical fluence; and if they do not feel warmly tenets professed by him. I do believe in its favour, all we ask of them is, to that at one period (I do not recollect the go to the School itself, and the oppor. date) our Lord manifested himself pertunity of viewing its active usefulness, Sonally to the said Emanuel Swedenborg. will, we doubt not, arouse their sympa. I do believe that the said Emanuel Swethies in its behalf, and impress upon them denborg was enabled to see and converse the importance of that precept of the with spirits and angels. I consider him Lord,"Feed my lambs."
to be so credible a witness that I believe
his testimony. I believe his testimony PLEASING INSTANCE OF PUBLIC also that he had seen or attained to a AvowAL OF BELIEF IN THE WRITINGS knowledge of the habitation of the angels, OF SWEDENBORG.-It is not often that and I know several clergymen of the the receivers of the doctrines of the New Church of England who entertain similar Church are called upon for a public sentiments of the correctness of his tesavowal of their belief in the mission of timony. I believe the said Emanuel SweSwedenborg, or in his doctrices. Such denborg's description of the habitations cases, however, do arise, and that too of the angels, their rooms, gardens, at times when they might be least ex courts, &c., to be founded in truth. I pected ; as for instance, when any one do not believe that the papers and works is being examined in a judicial court. of the testator are founded on delusions.
In such a situation was our friend, Dr. I have stated my opinion that the works Spurgin, placed on the 4th of June, 1839, and professions of faith of the said when he bad to give evidence as to the Emanuel Swedenborg are not so.". competency of a person to make a will, in the case of Ditchburn v. Fearn, before MARRIAGES. - At Glasgow, by the the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty's Rev. D. G. Goyder, on January 1, 1842, most honourable Privy Council.
Mr. Hugh GALBRAITH McLACHLAN to It appears that it had transpired that SARAH ANNA, oldest daughter of the he was a receiver of the doctrines of Rev. D. G. GOYDER. Swedenborg; and, among other things, At Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, he was questioned respecting them. His on January 25, 1842, Mr. EDMUND TAYanswers are contained in the following LOR to Miss ALICE ASHWORTH. extract from the printed evidence; and --- Also, by the same, on January 26, we think it will afford pleasure to our 1842, Mr. Thomas Wild to Miss MARY readers to know that so open an avowal RICHARDSON. of his belief was made by one moving in
DIED, at Norwich, on the 9th of February, in the 62nd year of her age, Mrs. SARAH CHIPPERFIELD. This lady was
a most sincere member of the New Church, but through debility and other afflictions, was able to attend but oc