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ing the children of Israel, as recorded going; but, above all, I pray for help to in 1 Kings, iii. 7, 9; and the spirit of Him who alone can sustain me through Solomon's prayer was earnestly recom- all the trials, difficulties, and responsi. mended to Mr. Westall as the spirit in bilities of so elevated a trust. which he should look to the Lord to The Rev. E. D. RENDELL, on rising, guide his flock; and Dr. Bayley con- said: It may be asked why I am here? cluded by invoking the benediction of I will tell you. It was by a mere inci. the Lord Jesus Christ upon him and dent that I happened to hear of your them.
intention to present a testimonial to Mr. Mr. WESTALL said: My very dear Westall, and so to express your attach. friends, I can assure you that it is ment to him, and your good opinion of with feelings such as I have never him and of his usefulness. I had before before experienced, that I rise upon heard that he was about to leave Accring. this occasion to reply in acknowledg. ton, to devote himself to the ministry ment of this testimonial of your good. of the New Church, and that he had will. It is very pleasing to have one's accepted an invitation to that office by labours appreciated, for it gives a pro- the society at Bolton. I therefore conmise-a hope that those labours may cluded that it might be encouraging and not be altogether unfruitful in use; and useful to surround him with as many I do assure you that for this expression friends as possible ; and that the preof your respect and esteem, for the very sence of one who had been engaged in small services I may have rendered to his work for upwards of 30 years would our school and church, I return you my not be regarded as an intrusion. I de. most affectionate and grateful regard. sire to sympathise with him in the work But, my friends, you have enhanced the which he is about to undertake, and value of this very valuable gift, by shall always be delighted to hear of his securing an opportunity for presenta success. The meeting was opened with a tion when our good friend and former very beautiful prayer, in which the Divine pastor, and in a large measure my was besought to communicate to our educator, Dr. Bayley, could be here to young friend those graces which would present it; and thereby have you, this render him an efficient and useful worker evening, brought before us a scene in the ministerial office. May that prayer which to me is most deeply touching. be realised! I am much pleased to learn These kindnesses at this time, and upon that he has been so diligent and careful all occasions on which I have laboured a student of those divine things he will with you, shall be treasured amongst have to teach, because I am sure that the fondest of my remembrances, and knowledge and care in this respect are the love which prompted them, I reci- essential to success. Much will depend procate to the fullest degree. I thank upon the clearness and force with which you most sincerely for this kindness to the divine truths of the Word are preMrs. Westall. Without the great assist. sented to the people. It will also be ance a good wife can render at home, important to his usefulness that those but little can be done for the school or to whom he ministers should affectionthe church; and I can truly say that ately coöperate with him in realising the her delight has been, and is, in minis- religious duties he has undertaken to tering to both. I also thank my friend, perform. The members of his society Mr. Whitehead, and through him those should carefully unite with him in all scholars of the first Bible-class I taught his labours to advance the welfare of the in our Sunday-school, for this manifesta institutions of the church. They should tion of their affectionate remembrance. work and wait together, leaving the reThese books shall be a memento, not sults to Him who knoweth the times and only reminding me of the many services the seasons. The growth of a society, in which I have been engaged with you, a church, is a gradual process; it will but also as a token of your sympathy have to pass through many stages in its and good wisbes for me in entering upward path; it will not be always day; upon the duties of the high and sacred a night will sometimes come. Man, by position of the ministry. For the ful. nature, is prone to evil, and therefore he filment of this exalted trust, I feel more must be the subject of temptation beand more feeble as the time draws near, fore he can be regenerated. He will and I shall need, and do crave, the for have to learn what are the foes of his bearance of the society to which I am own household, and to fight against
them. Our young friend will also have an element of success, of peace and prohis external trials. The New Church gress. Of the realisation of these things ministry is not all roses and velvet; I shall be delighted to hear, and so also most of us have experienced some thorns will the church at large. And in conand thistles in his path; and our young clusion, sir, permit me to take your friend will do well if he prepare himself hand, and to give you a most hearty to meet difficulties which may arise. He welcome to the public work in the Lord's will have much to learn which nothing vineyard; and may the Lord bless and but experience can properly teach. He comfort you in every good and useful will have many things to teach in private labour ! as well as public. His ministerial visita. Mr. WHITEHEAD, of Heywood, then tions will present him with many oppor. rose, and said :-One of the loveliest tunities to inform, to comfort, to console, virtues in human character is gratitude, works which demand the exercise of and one of the ugliest vices is ungratemuch prudence, self-denial, and ability. fulness. It seems to me a most delightHe should also be ready with his kindly ful thing to think kindly of one another, advice and assistance at all times, and and to entertain agreeable feelings to feel it to be his duty to encourage cheer- wards each other. I don't envy the man fully, even though he may sometimes who cannot look back with pleasure upon find it requisite to discountenance eccen- that period of life in which he was depentricity. The intellectual progress of a dent upon others for everything he had. society will greatly depend upon the I would not care to exchange places with activity and intelligence of the minister, the man who has not any good will to. Our young friend should be as much as wards those who helped him to acquire possible in his study, and embrace all the means of forming his character, and suitable opportunities for becoming ac- of making his way through life. Well, quainted with the wants of his society. now, we are met to night to do some. He should cultivate in himself, and thing of this kind. We are here on purstimulate in his people, a disposition to pose to tender our thanks to one who that quietness in which there is strength. has endeavoured, both privately and be. A desire to learn on their part, a willing- fore the public, to do his share of useful ness to teach on his, those charities and work in the world. We are here to duties by which peace may be main thank him for what he has done, and to tained,--the peace which has its root in wish him God-speed in what he is going the love of goodness, and the rejection out to do. If there be any here who of evil, are essential to maintain a good have occasion to join beartily in this, I understanding between them. He will am one. Looking back to a time whenremember the divine statement- The 17 or 18 years ago a number of us came harvest truly is plenteous, but the law into our friend's class in the Sundaybourers are few." This, indeed, may school,—the first, I believe, he had ever have some literal application to the pre- taken;-I cannot but feel a pleasure in sent position of the church; but that is thinking of the work we did under his not its true meaning. The harvest de direction,—the little exercises in com. notes all those things of the church by position, tbe short essays that we wrote; which the soul is sustained in its spiritual and then, not satisfied with what was life; and the labourers in this harvest done on a Sunday, he used to have us are said to be few, because they are the at his father's house on Wednesday humble : few denotes quality of mind, evenings, to teach us grammar, arithand not a limited number of persons. metic, and other kindred subjects. I He will also remember that the Lord do think that work like this, that nobody said " Fear not, little flock." This ever knew of but those who were con. might have a numeral reference to the cerned in it; deserves to be acknowledged. early condition of the church; but its It is worth a great deal more than we true meaning is not in numbers. The can ever calculate. It took us at a time flock are all those whs are in charity, when we were ripe either for mischief and the little flock are principles of or for work, and it gave us a turn in the humble charity; these do not fear, be- right direction,--a turn which, in many cause they are at all times witnesses of instances, has been permanent. Some courage and exaltation from the Lord. of those are now gone into the eternal Humility, therefore, both on the part world; others are thousands of miles of the minister and the people, will be away in different parts of the world; and
some few are here; but I am quite sure wishing prosperity, and usefulness, and that we all look back with grateful plea- happiness to our friend. I hope also sure upon those times, and that we wish that numbers of the young people here him as happy and as useful ones in the may follow in his steps, and make them. future. But, I think, we should not be selves as useful in the world. doing right to neglect to remind you Mr. BARNES then said: Mr. Chairman young people here to-night, that your and Friends -At this late hour of the opportunities are quite as great, and evening, I do not intend to trouble the even greater, than any that were enjoyed meeting with any lengthy remarks, but in the past. We should be unfaithful it has occurred to me if we each only if we did not tell you that your respon- expressed our good wishes, it would be sibilities are great too. We should be agreeable to our friend before leaving false to our trust if we did not tell you us. I remember him from a boy, and that it is only in the wise use of those have looked upon his progress from time opportunities that you can ever find any to time with great interest. I remember happiness worth having. Nobody ever his first love being to investigate the was happy, or ever will be, except in the various sciences, and it seemed that that pursuit of a worthy object. You may would be his particular forte for life; follow after mere enjoyment until you but as he advanced in years, his taste become hardly anything but a mere changed for theology. The fact was, he animal; but you will never have any commenced at the right point. His knowlasting pleasure in it. It is in improving ledge of science was a good groundwork yourselves spiritually and religiously as for his spiritual reflections, and prepared well as mentally, and in turning all your as he is, I am glad he has resolved to opportunities to good account, for other undertake the duties of the ministry, people as well as for yourselves, that you because I do think that he will be a will have the best enjoyment of life. And blessing. I think, also, that Accrington then, again, it is not just for the sake should do its portion towards supplying of effecting a change in your worldly cir- the New Church pulpit. We are sending cumstances that I would urge self-im- one to that office. I feel pleased that provement. It is because self-improve- we are commencing in the right direcment gives you the greatest chances of tion; and I can assure Mr. Westall he use; and it is in usefulness, and useful. will have my fervent wish for his prosness only, that happiness can be found. perity, happiness, and usefulness in his A man who does not care to be useful, sacred work. who sucks all in and gives nothing out, Dr. PILKINGTON said: It was a late is a mere wart upon society, and nobody hour for him to attempt to make any cares how soon such a one is out of the remarks, for he observed it was then half. way. If you want to be really and last. past ten o'clock. He thought Accrington ingly happy, make up your minds to be ought not only to send one young man something and to do something that will out to the office of a minister, but many make the world better. I often think of more, for he was positive the society had the intense earnestness with which our plenty of talent in connection with its friend Mr. Cunliffe used to address the members, and it only needed a firm young people in my time upon the im- resolution like that of our friend Mr. portance of seeking self-improvement; Westall to say that they also would bow and it always brings into my mind that to the will of the Divine Being, and beautiful verse from Longfellow's Psalm go forth and teach the truths that they of Life
have received from the Word, which « In the world's broad field of battle,
they are sure are from Good. I might In the bivouac of life,
tell you, continued Dr. Pilkington, many Be not like dumb, driven cattle,
pleasing circumstances that give me deBe a hero in the strife.”
light in my daily visits. I lent the Rev. I hope this is not the last meeting of E. D. Rendell's “ Antediluvian History” this kind to be held here. There are to a clergyman, and after he had read numbers more with ability enough if it, he lent it to another clergyman, they would only use it; and, certainly, Hearing where the book was, I asked the world has need of you and of all you the gentleman for it, as I wanted to let can do. In conclusion, I will only say another person have it, when he saidthat it is with indescribable pleasure that “Do let me have the work a little longer, I have come to night to join with you in as I am delighted with it; and let me
have any other book you have of a similar they are able to do. Under these cir. character." I will conclude by saying cumstances they appeal to the liberality I wish Mr. Westall every success in of their Christian brethren. Every con. preaching the glorious doctrines of the tribution, however small, will be thank. New Church.
fully received and duly acknowledged. The Rev. Dr. BAYLEY rose, in con. (Signed) Chas. GLADWELL, Minister. clusion, and said: Before the meeting
Thos. ISBISTER, President, separated, he wished to express to them
2, Rutland-place. how highly he was pleased in being Post office Orders made p'yable at the permitted to have had once again an Post Office, Edinburgh. opportunity of visiting them, and to find once more so many cheerful counte. We, the undersigned, consider the nances amongst them. He wished to Edinburgh society deserving the assistthem all a hearty good-bye. I need not ance of the church to supplement their tell you, he said, what has been the own exertions, and recommend their opinion I have had of the excellences case to the liberal consideration of the and fitness for a minister possessed by friends. our young friend, Mr. Westall. I will,
W. BRUCE, Minister. however, mention one fact as an illus
J. H. SMITHSON, Minister. tration. At the time Mr. Hyde left Brightlingsea, I was applied to to find
HULL. them a minister, when my choice at once The society here has been visited by fell upon our young friend. Brightling. the Rev. E. D. Rendell, who delivered sea Society, I always designate, said he, two sermons in its place of worship, the Accrington at the sea-side. At that time New Temperance Hall, St. Luke-street, he had not made up his mind to take on Sunday, June 14th. The subject charge of a church; however, it gave for the morning's discourse was—" The him great pleasure, said the reverend Blessedness and Right of those who do Doctor, that Mr. Westall had now agreed the Commandments of the Lord ;” and to take the responsibility of a minister, in the evening, " The One God of and his fervent prayer would be with Revelation ;"—also a lecture on the fol. him in all his labours; and he trusted lowing Tuesday evening,—" The Open. that the Lord would bless him, and give ing of the Book that was sealed with him good success.
Seven Seals;" and on Wednesday even.
ing, in Mr. Bell's schoolroom, DerringAPPEAL BY THE EDINBURGH SOCIETY TO ham-street,—“The Dispensations of Re.
THEIR BRETHREN OF THE CHURCH. velation, and the Church of Prophecy," The additions which have been made to which to the New Church friends were the New Church Society in Edinburgh, a source of great delight, from the able with the prospects of still greater in- and earnest manner in which the subcrease, have forced upon its members jects were treated. Announcement being the necessity of enlarging, altering, and previously made by placard, there was a improving their place of worship. The goodly attendance of strangers on each expense of the proposed enlargement, occasion, doubtless desiring to hear what &c., will be about £120. The society could be taught concerning subjects of has already a debt upon the building of such deep import, so significantly inti£160. The interest on this sum, with mated in the words of Scripture, and ground rent and taxes, amounts to about respecting which the teaching of the age £20., besides which there is the minister's is so spiritually deficient as to leave it salary with incidental expenses to provide enshrouded in darkness and mystery; for. The society numbers 59 members, and such, we feel assured, did not hear none of whom are rich, and some are Mr. Rendell in vain, as the interest and scarcely able to contribute anytbing to attention of the audience throughout wards the expenses of the church. The denoted. At the close of the last lecture, society does not, however, ask their the Scriptural basis of the lecturer's brethren to supply all the means neces- views on the doctrine of the Atonement, sary to effect the improvement of their the nature of the various Dispensations place of worship. The members have of the Church, and other points, were subscribed among themselves £65. to. called in question by a gentleman prewards this object, which is the utmost sent, a member of the Established
Church, whose remarks were ably replied doctrines enucleated respecting the ways to; and although the object of the lec- of God with men, as set forth in “ The turer was not to provoke public discus. Divine Providence," appear particularly sion, explanations were offered, whose suitable and desirable to be issued in tendencies were such as could not fail this form. By this scheme the writings in some degree to arrest prejudice, and might be brought more prominently court an earnest and prayerful spirit of under notice, and enabling persons of inquiry for more light and truth. humble means to become possessed of
them who could not afford to purchase LIVERPOOL.-BEDFORD-STREET. a complete work at one time. The The anniversary meeting of this so- logical theses of Emanuel Swedenborg ciety was held on 8th July, when a larger appear to me to be just what are required gathering took place than had been the to arouse the slumberers and sleepers in case on similar occasions for many years the wilderness of the Old Dispensation; past. After a social conversation over and to those who are thirsting for the tea, in the schoolroom, the friends ad- clear, bright truth, freed from the misti. journed to the church, at eight o'clock, ness that has been allowed to envelope when the minister was called to the it, they will be as “rivers in the desert chair, and the usual business of an whose waters fail not."-Yours respect. . annual meeting proceeded with. In the fully,
“ HOPE.” course of the evening several speakers alluded, in cheering terms, to the present
GERMANY hopeful state of the society, which augurs well for its future advancement and LETTER FROM DR. TAFEL. success, as an instrument for spreading
Tübingen, July, 1863. abroad the knowledge of the New Jeru. To the Editor. salem. Although the expenses have been My dear Sir,—The long expected work great during the past year, the treasurer of M. Matter, “Swedenborg, sa Vie, ses reported a respectable balance in hand Ecrits, et sa Doctrine, 1863," I have to commence the new one with. The twice read, with all the attention due establishment of the Sunday-school, the to that celebrated man of great influprogress of which had been satisfactorily ence; and my impression is, that nottested at an examination of the scholars withstanding his many and grievous held the previous week, formed the sub- mistakes, which make it necessary to ject of congratulatory remarks on the have a new biography, or rather the part of some of the friends. The pro- continuation of one which I have alpriety of continuing the reading of the ready commenced; it is well adapted Psalms in alternate verses by minister to excite the public attention, and so and people, which was adopted by way remove many objections to Swedenof experiment some months ago, was borg. It is to be regretted that the discussed, and the question decided by illustrious man had not sufficient time a considerable majority voting against to make himself sufficiently acquainted the practice. Several old friends were with the facts on which his statements formally elected members, and a few and judgments are founded. If we see new ones testified to their affection for that he often draws from true facts false the New Church by becoming connected conclusions, not in agreement with the with it in a similar manner. The com. laws of logic and of justice, every thinkmittee and officers were all re-elected, ing and impartial reader can himself showing a happy unanimity to exist in the make the necessary corrections; but if society truly gratifying to contemplate, the very facts are removed, or not seen,
or disfigured, the case is quite different, PUBLICATION OF THE THEOLOGICAL as not every one has the means or opporWRITINGS IN “ Parts.”
tunity of seeing the falsity or fallacy of To the Editor.
the statement. Now one of the princiRev. Sir,I would beg leave to suggest pal facts in the case of Swedenborg and an idea for the consideration of the his mission, which concerns the holy Swedenborg Society, namely, the pub- Scripture, is the existence of a principle lication of the theological writings in or canon on which the foundation of the "parts,” monthly or otherwise, in a suit- church rests, and upon which depends ably attractive cover. The important the possibility of changing the old into