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have a free presg, freedom of speech and of conscience, and every thing that can aid you to spread these beautiful doctrines. We here are restricted and pent up, but the holy fire burns silently on the altar of our hearts; and we hope some day it may be seen of men, and its incense ascend to heaven." This was said eloquently, and expressed in elegant English. Mr. Mather added a few facts to shew the influence of the leading persons in this society. General Mouravieff, of Moscow, at the age of 44, commenced to study Hebrew and Greek, in order to translate the Word into the Russian language. He had completed the Gospels and the Apocalypse, and had obtained permission from the Emperor to publish this work in Moscow. This General Mouravieff was the noble who aided the Emperor more than any other Russian in procuring the emancipation of the serfs, to which many of the nobles had shewn great opposition. Their Christian names were the same, and it was a saying that, had there not been two Alexander Nicolaiffs, the emancipation of the serfs would not have taken place. Another of the gentlemen was one who bad received a university education, and was a very intellectual man. At the age of 17, he said to his professor— "You have taught me most of the physical sciences; can you do something for my soul?" The professor placed in his hands the works of Swedenborg, advising him to make them the guide of his life. This he had done, and had devoted his life to translating the works of Swedenborg from Latin into Russian. Mr. Mather said he had brought with him the manuscript of the Divine Love and Wisdom, the Four Leading Doctrines, and other works; and the translator's desire was to have them printed in London, as the nucleus of a New Church library for the use of Russian travellers, &c, the sale of these books being prohibited in Russia, and the first inquiry of travellers was for prohibited books. In this way a present good would be done, and the way would be prepared for flooding the country with books when the proper time arrived. These Russian friends had embodied their sentiments in an address to the Rev. J. H. Smithson, supposing him to be still the editor of the Intellectual Repository;* they also expressed
* This address will be found appended to this report of the meeting.
their thanks for the instruction afforded by Dr. Bayley, in his sermons on the Divine Word. If the proposed depot could be established in London, they were prepared to send the means. To their New Church friends generally in this country they sent a loving message, with the expression of an earnest hope for more intercourse, and more zeal in spreading the heavenly doctrines.
Mr. Bateman, of London, next addressed the meeting, remarking on the pleasurable conjunction with the Russian receivers of the heavenly doctrines, and addressing his observations chiefly to the necessity of embodying our belief and affections in uses, because it was only by the charities of life that religion became infixed in us. Amongst the many wants of the church he noticed the want of education for our children, towards which they desired to found a New Church College, where these holy principles could be taught by loving men and women. Another want was of a Training College for young ministers.
The Rev. John Hyde, of Derby, was the last speaker; and he said that God never gave a want but he gave the power of its realisation. The wants of the church included more knowledge of God's Word. Happiness (he said) was to be found in the realisation of our wants, therefore the more conscious we were of our wants, the more certainly wawere on the road to happiness, which consisted in the activity of the power of love. We ought to be good, rather than talk about it. The last want to which he referred was genuineness, thoroughness, not only in the ideas of the understanding, but in the affections of the heart. His closing remarks enforced the duty of studying the Holy Word, and embodying its teachings in our lives.
Letter From Russia. (Referred to in Mr. Mather's address.) To the Sev. Mr. Smithson.
Sir,—It is to your most excellent Magazine that we are indebted for the precious accounts we receive of the zeal with which the Swedenborg Society labours for the propagation of the truths of the New Jerusalem through all the countries of the globe. As we owe to your publication many inexpressible intellectual delights, we cannot help expressing to you, Sir, our sincere gratitude. But we must tell you, at the same time, that all the truly
Christian labour, all the missionaries of this charitable society, remain unhappily powerless in a country where the government impedes the diffusion of the truth, and forbids freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and a free press—freedom which constitutes the absolute and living condition for so holy a task. Where, however, this blessed liberty does not exist, the time, we must conclude, is not yet come for our nation to be removed from under the yoke of error and ignorance. Such, alas 1 is the fate of our native country I But, nevertheless, a people " sitting in darkness and the shadow of death," must, by the Divine mercy and in the Lord's good time, be redeemed from spiritual bondage.
In hope of this happy future for them, it, seems to us not useless nor untimely to prepare the means of diffusing in due time amongst them, the divine and beneficent truths of the New Dispensation. After having long meditated in our minds on the means required for it, we fixed on one in which we earnestly pray you, Sir, to have the kindness in assisting us with your aid, by granting us the favour of giving a place in your journal to the present letter, with the programme it contains. It will put us in connection with all our beloved brethren in the Lord. For the purpose of making known to our country the doctrines of the New Jerusalem, we find it absolutely necessary to translate into our own language all the works relating to it. England and America have already done very much, not only in publishing the doctrines, but in the important work of elaborating their truths, and applying them to lile and science- A great part of the labour of these two countries is so valuable, that it will remain for ever as the basis on which other nations will build and enlarge this beautiful structure. As a beginning, and in the absence of original productions, we would translate nearly all the works already written in England and America; and had we the material possibility, we would immediately begin the work in this way:— We would concentrate in a periodical publication the translation of all the principal works of the New Church, and this publication we would call "The National Library of the New Church." At the head of this would certainly be placed all the essays on the Holy Word,
translated and explained in our own language, according to the views and doctrine which the New Church alone possesses.
The plan of this Journal would be the following:—
It would be composed of seven sections, and two in addition; each section would contain a certain number of volumes or parts, according to the quantity of the materials previously prepared. These volumes would be published, not at any fixed periods, nor in any determinate order, but as they were ready. Any one who wished such an edition, could subscribe for it a whole year before, on the condition that the volume was to be paid for at the price fixed on its publication. Any one not subscribing for it, could obtain each volume singly. It would certainly be a convenience to the editor to know the number of subscribers, but the fewness of these, at the beginning of the Review, renders this concession necessary. The propagation of this publication could easily be made through all Europe, especially when, in summer, people of all nations travel so much, and because every forbidden book finds an entrance everywhere, notwithstanding every hindrance possible.
This Journal could be published in the following manner:—
Sec . 1.—Cm the New Church (Clowes, Bush).
Sec. 9.—Theology (Noble, Clowes, Bush, Tafel).
Sec. 3.—Philosophy (Tafel).
Sec. 4.—Natural Sciences (Grindon, Stewart).
Sec. 5. —On Progress (of the 19th Century, by a Layman).
Sec. 6.—On Education (from different articles in the American Magazines for Children, as, for instance, "Friend of Youth," &e.)
Sec. 7.—On Spiritism (Woodman and Bush).
1. Addition.—Essay of the Translation of the Word of God—Apocalypse; Psalms; and some books of the Old Testament'. Delivery 1st—Gospel and Apocalypse; delivery 2nd—Psalms, <fcc.
2. Addition.—Works of Swedenborg.
Various.—Some self-elaborated writings or works; a Report of the Progress or of the State of the Church, drawn from its periodical publications.
This " National Library" would, by the by, render into our own language
all the principal works of the New Church. In the preface, after having briefly stated the end for which the journal is published, and what was already said in this letter, one could mak« an appeal to every person possessed of the language in which it is written, with the request to contribute to it according to the means of each individual, be it with articles written or translated, or with a subscription for sustaining that work.
In this way a good beginning would be given to the Review, and doubtless, with God's almighty aid, it would become useful and practicable The number and the spirit of the artioles would certainly attract the attention of many, and thus a publication would be begun under the protection of free England, and extend into every country where the necessity of such beneficial truths would be felt. On our part we are ready to labour in the work with translations of 'our own, and even, by the time perhaps, with our pecuniary means also.
Let us, in advance, thank you, dear Sir, for the labour we take the liberty to impose upon you, and believe us, with our deepest gratitude, your most faithful and devoted readers,
From The North-east Region.
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On the 1st of July last, Mr. John Ormes, of Brightlingsea, was removed to the eternal world, aged 54. The immediate cause of his death was congestion on the brain and disease of the liver. His parents, being New Church people, carefully instructed him in the principles of the true doctrine, and set him a good example by a consistent and orderly life. For many years he took part in the various services of the church; and as he possessed a good knowledge of music and singing, he also made himself useful in the choir. As to his moral character, there is much to say in his favour. We may just mention one feature of it, namely, his love of honesty and truthfulness. It is said by several who knew him well that he would speak the truth at whatever cost; and that his feelings were never so wounded as when he found the professors of religion making light of the truth, and dealing unjustly in their worldly transactions. Some time before his death he was asked by his wife if he wished to leave this world. He replied, faintly—" The Lord's will be done." When asked by one of his sisters if he was aware how short his time was here below, his reply was—" My time is very short." She asked if he was willing to go, and having answered in the affirmative, she read to him one of the late Rev. Thos. Goyder's prayers,
contained in hia book called "Reflections," for which act he expressed his thankfulness, and seemed very much composed. The writer of this notice visited him several times during his illness, read to him portions of the Psalms, and offered up two or three short prayers, for which he seemed thankful, and said, in a faint voice— "I am now ready to go to my Saviour." He said to his children, while assembled round his bed—"Try to be good and obedient;" blessed them, and bade them good-bye. Thus terminated the last days of one who had been a loving husband, a kind father, and a useful and consistent member of society. His wife and children that survive him will, it is hoped, strive to follow his footsteps, by living a life of holiness and righteousness. No doubt they will all deplore the loss of him whom they loved so fondly; but considering that the loss, severe though it be, will be his gain, they will be led to say with the holy men of old—" He hath done all things well." "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Stephen Jepson,
Leader of Brightlingsea
Departed into the world of spirits, on the 29th of July, 1863-107, Maria, the most affectionate and faithful wife of Abraham Jones Le Cras, Esq., of Alderbury Lodge, St. Heliers, Jersey, and formerly of Salisbury, Wilts, after a very long illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, aged 06 years and 11 months.'
The subject of this obituary first received the doctrines of Swedenborg, as
they are generally understood, in 1823, a few months after her husband commenced preaching them in Jersey; but many years before her departure, she. became an admirer of those more interior and angelic views of that author which were propounded by the late C. A. Tulk, Esq. She took great delight in hearing her husband read some of his Explications of the Lord's Travels, representing to the senses of the natural man the operations of the Divine Truth in the mind of the spiritual man. The literal signification of the names of the places, their geographical position, their distances from Jerusalem and from each other, the singular difference as to the Lord's sayings and doings at each place, all corresponding to their spiritual signification; to states of the mind, and their affinities in relation to its reception or rejection of the Divine Truth,—used to excite her admiration.
About a week before her departure, her husband put a question to her, and not receiving an answer, he observed that she was absorbed in deep thought; but after awhile she replied—" Wist ye not that I must be about my (Heavenly) Father's business?'' She was exceedingly fond of reading the late Mr. Goydert "Spiritual Reflections," and the New Church hymns. It would appear, by the position of her book-marker, that the following verse had much engaged her thoughts:—
"Farewell- conflicting hopes and fears,
Her body was followed to the grave by nearly all the male members of the church in Jersey.
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.
All communications to be sent to the Editor, the Rev. W. Bruce, 48, Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W. In order to insure insertion in the forthcoming Number, the communications must be received by the 15th of the month.
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"Religion, Philosophy, and Literature, No. V.," in our next.
Notice of annual sermons on behalf of the Sunday-school at Middleton is left over for want of space.
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NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
No. 118. OCTOBER, 1863. Vol. X.
DEPARTURE INTO THE SPIRITUAL WORLD OF DR. TAFEL.
Departed, August 29th, into the spiritual world, in his 68th year, Dr. John Frederick Emanuel Tafel, Regius Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tubingen, Chief Librarian of the Royal Library of that city, and Member of the Historico-Theological Society of Leipzig. He had set out from Tubingen towards the end of August on his journey into Switzerland, to join a circle of New Church friends at Zurich. It appears that on his arrival at Rayatz, in Switzerland, he was attacked with gastric fever, under the effects of which his constitution speedily succumbed. His death, therefore, was unexpected and sudden, nor had we heard of any previous illness that might have led to the anticipation of such an occurrence. This melancholy event will cause great grief to many friends in Germany, England, France, America, and Russia, and to all who knew the personal Christian worth of our departed brother, and his numerous labours in promoting a knowledge of the New Church doctrines, and of the divine truths of the Word, now opened of the Lord's mercy, through the instrumentality of Swedenborg, for the enlightenment of the human mind in spiritual and divine things, and for the establishment of genuine Christianity upon earth.
Dr. Tafel was born 17th February, 1796. His father was a clergyman, much respected, of the Protestant Church in the kingdom of Wirtemberg; and his mother's memory—some of whose ancestors were celebrated for their learning at the university of Tubingen—was, on account of her deep-felt piety, in which she endeavoured to train up her children, always dear to his heart. He was, we believe, the second of