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had a notion that in a considerable part when the report went to press, there is of what he then wrote he was in agree- good reason to hope the next account ment with Swedenborg, although he had may be found equally gratifying, more scarcely read any of the works himself, especially if the societies that have not yet and was acquainted with their substance done so, will cordially respond to the ap.. only through the accounts of others. peal that was made to them. From St. The Report gives a Eulogium on Dr. Croix, in the West Indies, 201. have been A., copied from the Atheneum, of June contributed by five gentlemen, who thus 25, 1842.
testified their zeal in the cause. A legacy The number of volumes issued from the of 901. has been bequeathed to the sosociety's stock during the year was 1584, ciety by the late Mr. Malalieu, who for a of the retail valus of 295l. 15s.
considerable period was treasurer to the By the liberality of several individuals, Manchester Printing Society. additions have been made to the soeiety's An attempt is now being made to eslibrary, which, there is reason to hope, tablish a connection, on terms of mutual will, at no distant period, be rendered advantage, with the society at Boston, in available for general use.
the United States. It is proposed that Some doubt has been felt as to the the printing of the larger works shall be policy of incurring expense in advertising wholly executed in this country, the edi. the works, the good that has been known to tions to consist of a greater number of result appearing to be insufficient to jus- copies ; thus the cost per copy will be protify much outlay on that account: but, portionally less. In order to make a as the society is established for the sake beginning, and to shew that they are in of publishing as well as printing the works, earnest, the Boston society have sent it seems both legitimate and desirable to over 281. for 500 copies of the Divine adopt such a means of attaining publicity. Love and Wisdom, now in the press. As a proof that the Rev. A. Clissold en- A letter is inserted from Dr. Tafel, tertains that opinion he has liberally con- dated June 5, from which we learn that tributed 201. for that purpose, with the he has very nearly completed the great promise of 51. a year towards the same work of reprinting the Arcana Cælestia object, on the condition that other friends in Latin, on which he has been sedulously will also contribute to the extent of 15l. engaged many years. Had he done noor 201. a year to be devoted to adver- thing else for the Church, he would, on tising. It is then for those members this account alone, have been entitled to who coincide in this view to accept the its lasting gratitude. He is however inchallenge thus fairly given.
defatigable, and is simultaneously enThe sub-committee that had been ap- gaged on various works, either as editor pointed to make inquiries respecting the or as author. He hopes soon to be able MSS. of Swedenborg have entered into to proceed with Swedenborg's Diary. A communication with several parties, a short time ago he paid a visit to the mong others with the Royal Academy of bretbren in Switzerland, who, he says, Sciences at Stockholm. The Report con- remain firm in the doctrines. To his tains translations of the letter of the se- other labours he has recently added that cretary, Baron Berzelius, and of the king of lecturing on philosophy and logic, and of Sweden's decree, fully establishing the has received the thanks of fifty young right of the Academy to the MSS. catholic priests that had attended his
The subscriptions and donations have course of lectures. amounted to 2471., a greater sum than Appended to the Report is an interest. in any former year; and as 1651. had ing communication, in Latin, from Dr.been received towards the current year, to one of the members of the committee. N.S. NO. 33. VOL. 3.
We give a translation of it, hoping it will Gothland, a province of Sweden, where be acceptable to our readers.
there are several of Swedenborg's relations Lund, 12 July, 1842. and friends, as well as admirers of the New Very learned Sir, Your very kind let- Church. Thus our successors will, at ter of the 6th of June afforded me great least, be furnished with facts and madelight, and I heartily thank you for it as terials for a more correct and extended well as for the three numbers of the life of Swedenborg. But I can only very Penny Cyclopædia with which you liber. gradually collect these documents and ally presented me. This work was most fragments; for they are not to be found pleasing to me; especially as I leard in one library or with one person, but from it how highly you in Britain prize are to be sought for in various places : every thing that can in any degree con- and unless I apply personally to those tribute to throw light upon the history of who possess them, I can rarely obtain Swedenborg. This Cyclopædia, which is what I desire. The letters I have writread both by the erudite and the illiterate, ten on this subject have produced little which makes its way over nearly all Eu- or no good; for some have not answered rope, and lies exposed on the tables of the them, and others have sent only good great, seems to me well adapted to ren- wishes. Meanwhile I wish you and the der the name of Swedenborg celebrated other friends to believe that I shall feel and the doctrines of the New Church it a religious duty to do my best for our known and respected. In my opinion, very important common cause. Last therefore, you have conferred a great year I forwarded to our friend Tafel, service on our holy cause by inserting Swedenborg's explanations of Joshua and those elaborate articles on “Swedberg," the other historical books of the Old Tes“ Swedenborg," and the “Sweden. tament, likewise of the prophets Isaiah borgians,” in that work. I am also and Jeremiah, which that indefatigable greatly delighted that you and the man intends to put to press as soon as other friends of the heavenly truth in the last volume of the new edition of the Britain and America, have thought fa. Arcana Cælestia is published. I am vourably of the slender assistance I was greatly delighted at the increase and sucenabled to afford towards Dr.Tafel's forth- cess of the New Church in Britain, coming Life of Swedenborg. The manu. which I learn from the before-mentioned scripts and other documents relating to articles in the Penny Cyclopædia. May Swedenborg which perchance lie unpub. I beg that you will in future honour me ished either in libraries or with indi. with your correspondence and your friendviduals, I will endeavour to discover and ship. Present my respectful rememsend copies of them to our friend Tafel brance to Messrs. Smithson, Noble, and at Tubingen. For this purpose I am Clissold, and believe me, &c. about to go immediately into West
AMERICA. - 24th General Convention. This body met at Boston, on Wednesday, June 8, 1842, and continued its sittings till the Saturday following. There were seven pastors, one teaching minister, and thirtyone delegates present. The Rev. T. Wor
cester was president, and Mr. T. B. Hayward, secretary.
A sermon was preached on each of the first three mornings. Judging from the Journal of Proceedings, it must have been one of the most interesting Conventions
ever beld. Our American brethren have great deal of unpleasantness. “But all for years been endeavouring to get into these things,” says Mr. W., "have been order, and with that view have framed permitted by the Divine Providence; and copious rules, which have from time to they have been permitted, as I believe, time been revised and altered. Notwith. for the purpose that we may all become standing all this, considerable differences more sensible of the importance of conof opinion still exist, and some of these, forming to the divine laws of charity." we regret to observe, have had the ef. “The question whether we should all fect of keeping in a state of division, and belong to one Convention, to two conconsequently of relative weakness, those ventions, to three, or to none, I regard who, if closely united, would have been as matters of small consequence, when stronger and therefore better able to compared with that of living according serve the common cause. We here al to the laws of charity. If we have Conlude particularly to the formation of the ventions, let us convene in charity, and Central Convention. We can readily for the purposes of charity. If we make imagine, as the United States are of rules of order, let us make them in such vast extent, that it is inconvenient charity, and for the uses of charity : and for some of the more distant societies to whenever we find that our rules do not take part in the deliberations of the promote these uses, let charity alter or General Convention, and therefore that, abolish them, as the case may require." at some time, it will be necessary to have The Convention approved of the course other co-equal Conventions. Whether, pursued by its President, and ordered however, that time has yet arrived is very the correspondence to be printed in the questionable. The General Convention, Journal. It occupies 13 pages. being a migratory body, altbough it is from the following resolutions which not probable that it will ever assemble were passed on this subject, we trust we at the extreme west or south, and con- are justified in inferring that the differsisting only of ministers and delegates ences are approaching a satisfactory terfrom societies, and not of individual re- mination. ceivers, might, we conceive, for a long “The report on the resolution referred time to come, serve as the head for all to by the last to the present Convention, look up to. Ample provision is made relative to a communication from the for local associations in the Rules of Western Convention, was taken from the Order.
table, amended, and accepted ; and the In reference to this matter, the Rev. T. following resolutions therein offered were Worcester,as president of the AmericanGe- adopted : neral Convention, bas had a very painful and "1, That this Convention regards arduous duty to perform. He has held with deep interest the subject of the a long correspondence with the Baltimore communication made by the Western society, and the first society at Philadel. Convention under date of May 18, 1841, phia. In this he stated it as his firm and looks forward to the hearty union opinion, that if the minister who has and co-operation of all receivers of the been the prime mover in the affair, in- doctrines in the United States, when a stead of publishing accusations against suitable plan shall be matured and agreed the General Convention and its members, upon, as to a new era in the church. respecting things with which be was but “But considering the infant and unimperfectly acquainted, had in the first formed state of the church at large, and place applied in a friendly manner to the of the Societies and larger bodies already Convention itself, all his difficulties and established, and the preliminary work doubts might have been removed, and which seems to be necessary to be perthe Church at large have been spared a formed by each of the existing Conven. tions, before they can be prepared to laymen to act as the organ of counsel and enter upon a union for higher and more advice with the presiding minister of the general church purposes ; therefore, association, or with the ordaining mipis
“2, That, in the opinion of this Con- ter who may be called to preside over it. vention, the time has not yet arrived for “3, That there be in this Convention attempting to form one general synod for a committee to be chosen annually, and the whole country.
to be ealled the Committee of Laymen; "3, That a committee of three be ap- whose duty it shall be to act as the organ pointed, to confer with any committees of counsel and advice with the president which are or may be appointed by the of the Convention, to prepare business Western and Central Conventions, on the during its recess to bring before the Condifferences which exist in the Church, on vention at its meeting, and to act as the the causes which led to them, and the Committee of Business during its sesmeans by which the peace of the Church sion. may be restored ; and that they report “That the Committee on Moral and thereon to the next Convention.
Religious Instruction have authority to We quote the following Resolutions from establish a periodical for children ; and the Journal; they will convey an idea of that the Convention regards such a mea. the chief business transacted.
sure with the most hearty approba" That the rules of order be committed tion. to a select committee, to report such al. " That a committee be appointed for terations as they may think required; the purposes of procuring further subcriwith particular reference, first, to the bers in aid of the publication of Swedenorder of the ministry as consisting of a borg's Diary; of preserving the money trine in just order; secondly, to the or- already paid, and which may bereafter be der of the church as consisting of a trine paid for that object, and keeping it sein just order ; thirdly, to the relation of curely placed at six per cent. interest, an orderly ministry and an orderly church until such time as they may have opporto each other.
tunity of applying it immediately to its " That this committee be continued, purpose; and of holding correspondence with power to prepare and lay before the on this subject with others either at home next meeting of Convention two lists of or abroad." societies and two lists of ministers of the There is a prospect of the establishment New Church; the first of each of said lists of Tract societies, with local branches, an to embrace such societies and ministers increasing interest on the subject being as belong to the Convention ; and the
nifested. second, such as do not. And for the pur- The Convention is to meet next year at pose of effecting this object in an accu- Philadelphia. rate and satisfactory mander, the com- “The Convention was very numerously mittee is authorized to correspond with attended, more so than at any previous societies and ministers, for the purpose meeting; the whole number being estiof ascertaining their own views of their mated at about 500. It has been asrelation to this body.
certained, by a committee of the Boston "1, That it is a good and orderly thing society, which had charge of the arrangefor ordaining ministers and pastors in the ments for providing accommodations, that discharge of their ministerial functions, at least 215 receivers were in attendance to receive the counsel, advice, and sup- from abroad, nearly all of whom were port, of the lay members of the Church. lodged by their brethren in the city.”
“2, That it be recommended to every A list is given of the “ Societies of the association formed by the authority of this NewJerusalem in the United States, viz. in Convention, to choose a committee of Maine 3, Massachusetts 6, Rhode Island 1, New York 6, Pennsylvania 7, Mary- Truth, and Western New Church Magaland 1, Virginia 1, Ohio 12, Michigan l, zine,"' every two months, containing 48 Illinois 1, South Carolina 1. Total 40. octavo pages, at two dollars per annum.
There is also a list of 200 places where 6. The contents of our July No. A there are societies or receivers.
Poem, “Bring Flowers to the Blind.” There are 8 ordaining ministers, 12 pastors or teaching ministers, and 10 Hoxton SUNDAY SCHOOL.The an. ministers of the first or lowest degree. niversary of this institution was celebra
We resume our notice of the contents ted on the 13th of June, at Woodbine of the American Magazine.
cottage, Highbury Vale, to which place The June No. reached us in due course. the children were conducted in procession, It opens with a Lecture “ On the Order headed by a small silk banner, with the of Mental Development in its relation to inscription, “Hoxton New JERUSALEM Education,” by T. B. Hayward. It is Church SUNDAY School." Plum cake copiously illustrated from Swedenborg, and milk had been provided for the chiland deserves the serious attention of dren, to each of whom was also presented every parent and teacher. “On the a book according to their merit. Toward Study of History,” extracted from a the evening several friends from the LonLetter of the late Dr. Arnold, of Rugby. don societies attended to witness the pro.. “ How Doctrine is to be drawn from the ceedings, and were addressed by Mr. Word,” a Letter by Warren Goddard. Maxwell, who kindly presided, from the The Journal of the Massachusetts Asso- memorable text, “Suffer the little chilciation, “ Early History of the English dren to come unto me, and forbid them Conference.”' The contents of the May not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." No. of the Repository are noticed, also After a brief exposition of the spiritual Mr. Sibly's Exposition of Daniel. It sense, Mr. M. remarked, that it was too concludes with two poetical pieces, “ The commonly the practice to despise " the Humble sustained,” and “ Be still, and day of small things,' and even in the know that I am God.”
New Church the efforts of the weak were The Proceedings of the General Conven- frequently the most discouraged; but he tion occupy almost the whole of the July claimed the support of the friends of the No.
Church for this institution, on the ground, The August No. arrived in good time. that very considerable progress had been Its contents are l. "A Discourse," already made, and a proof of its efficiency preached before the General Convention afforded by the conduct and orderly apat its late sitting, by the Rev. B. F. pearance of the children, of whom beBarrett. 2.“ The Relation of Parent tween seventy and eighty were present. and Child," a Lecture delivered at one of It remains for the friends of this school the social meetings of the Boston society, to make their acknowledgments for the by E. A. Beaman. This lecture is wor- very liberal support they have received, thy to be reprinted in this country, es, which alone has enabled them to meet pecially for the benefit of the parents of the present occasion, and complete their the New Church. 3. “ Ferelius's Let- arrangements for the future. At the ter concerning Swedenborg." 4. Intel- same time it must be borne in mind, that ligence from England; some of which their need will be greater for the time to would be news here, if we had room for come. They reside in a neighbourhood it. 5. The Western Convention. It was which offers a wide field, not only for the attended by 146 persons, 86 of whom instruction of children, but of adult perwere males. It is intended to discon- sons into the doctrines of the New Church; tinue its organ, “ The Precursor," and and if the suburbs of London are ever into publish in its place, « The Herald of cluded in the missionary circuit, much