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Missionary Institution, for their readiness in aiding missionary visits to the island.

One pleasing fact the committee wish to record—the presentation by Mr. De Feay, and the acceptance by the committee of the States Library, of a copy of the works of Swedenborg in English. The public library thus contains the writings both in the French and English languages, for the use of the present and future generations.

The accounts shew a balance of £2. 7s. 2d. The committee conclude by urging on the friends the necessity of united action, trusting to the Giver of all good to prosper their feeble efforts. Signed on behalf of the committee,

Thomas Baxter, Sec.

Jubilee Op The New Jerusalem
Temple, Salford.

The temple in which the society at Salford worships having been erected fifty years ago, and opened by Mr. Robt. Hindmarsh, their minister, on the 19th September, 1813,* it was determined that the Jubilee should be celebrated by special services, and that the building should previously undergo a thorough beautifying and ornamentation. The.members accordingly subscribed amongst themselves the needful amount, to enable the Committee to accomplish the desired object. Divine worship, during the alterations, was conducted in the schoolroom, by the Eev. J. B. Kennerley, the pastor of the society. On Sunday, the 20th of September, 18G3, being the day after the fifty years had expired, the temple was re-opened for public worship by Mr. Kennerley, who delivered a practical and forcible discourse from Levi xxv. 10—13, on "The Jubilee: its uses and life lessons;" and in the evening he gave a lecture on "The Bible: what are the evidences of its inspiration and Divinity?" which was listened to, by a large congregation, with apparent interest. These services were followed by another lecture, given by our pastor, on "The Doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church: what are they ?—whence are they?" which was delivered on the evening of Tuesday, September 22nd, and the Juhilee celebration was brought to a close by a social tea meeting of

* See Vol- I. of the Intellectual Repository for 1812-13, p. 4,22, et ieq., and Vol. II- of the Intellectual Repository for 1814-16, p. 46. ct leg.

the members and friends of the church, which was presided over by Mr. Alderman Agnew, on Thursday evening, September 24th, 1863.

The Chairman expressed the very great delight which he felt at having the pleasure to preside on the occasion of the first Jubilee of the temple, especially as he so well recollected the times when the first stone of the structure was laid, and when the edifice was consecrated and opened for Divine worship. He also referred to the earnestness and brotherly love with which the first members of the society worked together, many of whom had now gone to their final reward, while their survivors were Divinely permitted still to improve the time below.

Mr. Kennerley gave a succint outline of the history of the Salford society, its diificulties, dangers, and successes during the last half century. He paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of his predecessors in the pastorate, the venerable Robert Hindmarsh, and the revered David Howarth, and gracefully alluded to the earnest and continued efforts for many years of Mr. Gosdsby, who was one of the first projectors and most active supporters of the society and its temple, and whom the Lord had permitted to survive its first Jubilee. He also congratulated the chairman upon his long and active association with this society of the Lord's New Church, and especially with the Sunday and day schools, in the former of which Mr. Agnew was for many years a zealous labourer, and of the latter he was one of the originators and most active supporters. Our minister's remarks were concluded by pointing out to the members of the society how very different the atmosphere of the religious world is, in this our day, to what it was in the days of these early founders of the society—the name of Swedenborg being now largely respected both as a philosopher and a theologian, instead of being as formerly almost universally decried either as the embodiment of insanity or as the acme of folly—and indicated that our exertions and successes should be commensurate with our improved facilities.

The Rev. Mr. Woodman, of Kersley, addressed the meeting in an exceedingly pleasing and forcible manner, on the meaning of the word "Jubilee," its

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supposed derivation, its uses in the time of the Jews, as well as in our own day, and likewise its spiritual lessons and experience in the church universal and individual. He also related some remarkable incidents which occurred in the experience of the early missionaries and preachers of the New Church doctrines in Lancashire, and illustrated this point of his subject by shewing how earnest and homely sympathy for the truth—as manifested by a relative of his wife's family—carried conviction and secured the respect of those who cared little about religion.

The Rev. Mr. Boys, of Stand-lane, Radcliffe, with much fervour and quiet earnestness, dwelt upon the individual uses of a Jubilee, declaring that as the Lord's church was one, it was as much felt to be a Jubilee at Radcliffe or at Kersley as at Salford, and as we were all brethren we could thus partake more fully of each other's joys, and rejoice together. He especially impressed upon the audience the necessity for preparing for that Jubilee of the spirit which will give genuine freedom to Christian souls, and where the eternal rest will be attained.

«*T. Mackereth, M.B.M.S., the master of the Salford day schools, addressed the meeting on the subject of education and'the utility of day schools, in connection with the New Church Societies. He stated that day schools had been introduced in this locality by the members of the Salford society, and as a proof of the esteem in which they are held, he informed the meeting that he had been compelled to refuse the admission of more than two hundred applicants into his school during the present year, for want of school accommodation, which he very much regretted.

Votes of thanks were given to ministers and to the worthy chairman, who very kindly acknowledged the same.

The meeting concluded by singing the Doxology and by prayer offered by our pastor, all having felt refreshed and strengthened by the gathering. So ended the celebration of the first Jubilee of the Salford society. In conclusion, the committee and congregation feel deeply indebted to the choir and their friends for the hearty and kindly assistance given on this, as on many other occasions, and sincerely thank them for their pleasing aid.

Several musical performances agree

ably varied the proceedings of the evening, including a clever overture and a part song composed by Mr. C. Whittington, and a "Jubilee Ode," tastefully written and adapted by Mr. E.Parkinson. A Member Of The Salford Society.

York.Building Fund.

Amount formerly announced £48 9 0

Mr. Kilvington 1 5 0

Mr. Walton 5 0 0


Contribution towards the liquidation of the debt on the Bedford-street society:— J. Meek, Esq., Manchester.. £10 0 0

Isolated 2 0 0

Henry Bateman, Esq., London 110 Messrs. Hodson, London (in

goods for the Christmas tree) 1 15 0

William Croft, Esq 1 0 0

J. H. Barnes.

Glasgow. On Saturday, the 31st ultimo, a deputation from the ladies of the New Church congregation, Cathedral-street, Glasgow, presented their pastor, the Rev. G. B. Porteous, with a handsome pulpit gown and cassock, as a token of their esteem and affectionate regard. Mr. Porteous, in a most feeling and eloquent address, received the gift; and all here unite in earnest, best desires for his health and happiness, wishful that he may long be spared in the midst of us—a real blessing. M. G.

Sheffield. Through the kind assistance of the National Missionary Committee, the society here has lately been favoured with quarterly visits from ministers of the church. The most recent of these took place on the last Sunday in October, by the Rev. W. Woodman. In the morning the subject was "The unity of the church in Christ;" and in the evening, "Redemption 1 to whom and from what was man redeemed?" The room in which we now meet was nicely filled in the morning, and in the evening was crowded to excess. On the Monday evening, Mr. Woodman lectured on "Luther, Wesley, and Swedenborg," to an attentive and delighted audience. On Tuesday we held a social meeting, when about thirty sat down to tea; the number was afterwards increased to about forty. Mr. Woodman delivered

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an interesting address on the progress of the church in Lancashire. On Wednesday evening he lectured on "Free will,'' to a good audience, who evidently appreciated his mode of treating the subject. At its close a Secularist stated several objections, the replies to which convinced the audience that the lecturer was master of his subject. This ended Mr. Woodman's labours, from which we are satisfied that much good must result. I may say in conclusion, that the cause of the New Church never appeared brighter in Sheffield than at present. We have enrolled seven new members during the year, and several strangers often attend our meetings. We are forming a library. We have also established a building fund, intending as soon as possible to raise in this large town a building dedicated to the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ, a step, we are convinced, that will materially aid the spread of the doctrines, and bring into 'our society many who now stand aloof.

©Mtuarp. Departed this life, at Hey wood, March 22nd, L863, Mrs. Ann Livsey, aged sixtyfour years. The deceased had been connected with the New Church from early life, and was consequently one of the oldest members of the society in this place. She always manifested a lively interest in the well-being of the church. Warmly attached to its doctrines, she sought to instil the knowledge of them into the minds of her children, and to train them up that they might become orderly and useful members of the church. She bore a long and painful illness with patience and resignation to the Divine will- and departed in the assurant hope of a blissful immortality.

Departed this life, at Heywood, May 1st, Mr. John Higson, aged sixty years. He had been for many years an exemplary and muoh esteemed member of the New Church. He was distinguished by the kindliness of his disposition, and the strength of his domestic and social affections. His religious character was quiet and unpretending. As a member of the committee, he also took a useful part in the building up of the church. His last illness was of a very painful kind, but he bore his sufferings with extreme fortitude. His end was sudden, but it found him prepared. S.

Departed this life, on the 8th August last, at West Bromwich, near Birmingham, aged 66, Mr. Wm. Dimock. After a residence of many years in Bath he returned to his native city, where, from 1844 to 1848, he acted as leader to the New Church society formed there. His native simplicity, yet earnest and truthful style of enunciating the sublime verities of our Church, gained him the high respect of all his hearers. He was a close reader, and possessed an extraordinary memory, added to which he had a logical method in his discourses that carried conviction to the understanding. During his stay in firistol he was employed as forem an to Mr. Williams, the nephew of his former master, who did all he could to forward his spiritual labours. Finally he left his place of birth, and was appointed to a situation of great trust in an establishment near Birmingham, where he remained till his death. J. W. Barnes, sen., Bath.

Departed, October 13th, aged twentyone years, Miss Ann Smith Shacklock, of Embsay, near Skipton, Yorkshire. She was instructed from her childhood in the doctrines of the New Church, having been educated in the day and Sunday schools of the village. She was remarkably kind and amiable, which won for her the esteem and respect of all who came within her sphere, both in and out of the church. As the time of her departure drew near, she became fully resigned; and the writer is pleased to record that death to her was not the king of terrors, but the angel of delight and peace,—the means whereby the soul of the regenerate begins truly to live.

Departed this life, October 19th, Mrs, Crompton,relict of the late Roger Crompton, Esq., of St. John's Wood, aged 54 years. Her remains were interred in the Highgate Cemetery, the Revs. D. G. Goyder and C. G. Macpherson officiating.

Departed into the spiritual world, at Newcastle-on-Tyne,on the 20th October, aged sixty, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of the Rev. W. Ray. The disease which, after years of intense suffering, led to her departure, was cancer in the breast. She had been a receiver of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church about eighteen years. She was brought up and educated in the Church of England,


according to the views of the Evangelical many of whom are gone before her into

or Calvinistic class of its clergy. Her the spiritual world. For the last ten

father, who was an excellent man, and years she suffered much from the malady

for whom she ever cherished an ardent which has now been the cause of her

affection, was intimately associated with "finishing her course in peace." Several

theEevs.Scott,Newton,LeghRichmond, times before her death she expressed a

Gauntlett, and others. The subject of wish that, if her Heavenly Father's will,

this notice, however, embraced Armini- her " earthly tabernacle " might be taken

anism, and very early in life became a down easily. And so it came to pass, for

member of the Wesleyan Methodist so- on beckoning her husband to her, she

ciety, of which she continued a sincere kissed him, whispering—-" Take care of

and consistent member for twenty years- our child," and soon after in a louder

The first society at Oxford was orga- tone she said—" Let me go, for the day

nised at her house at Rose Hill, in 1846, breaketh," (Gen. xxxii. 26.) and so de

oommencing with sixteen members; parted, without pain or a sigh. • • *


All communications to be sent to the Editor, the Rev. W. Bruce, 43, Kensington Gardens Square, London, W. To ensure insertion in the forthcoming Number, communications must be received not later than the 15th of the month, except recent intelligence, which will be received till the 18th.

National Missionary Institution, and Students and Ministers' Aid Fund.—The Committee meet at Bloomsbury-street, on the second Thursday in each month, at 6-30 p.m. Members of Conference present in London are invited to attend. F. Pitman, Sec.

A sermon, by the Rev. E. D. Rendell, president of the Conference, on "The Restoration of the Intellectual Principle of the Church," (Jer. xxxi. 6.) will appear . in the January number, and will be issued separately, as the first number of "The New Church Pulpit," price One Penny. A limited number will be printed, unless previous orders shall require a larger impression.

Liverpool, Bedford-street.—Those friends who kindly intend to make their contributions to the Bazaar and Christmas-tree consist in materials, are respectfully requested to forward them without delay, in order that the ladies of the society may set about converting them into saleable articles.

A Leamington correspondent, who has derived great benefit from a few months' intercourse with the societies and friends of the church in London, proposes an Intellectual Congress, to be held annually in the metropolis; towards the expense of which he will contribute £5. or ilO. yearly.

"Auxiliary" wishes to inquire of a certain society, to which he does not seem to belong, why it shows signs of declining life? We fear this would be rather inquisitorial.

Received for review, "Anti-Colenso," with some smaller works.

"The Purpose of Life," No. 3; a Review; and several articles of local interest, unavoidably postponed.

In closing the present volume, the Editor tenders his best thanks to those contributors who have so kindly and liberally supplied him with matter for its pages. It may be satisfactory to them to know that their labours have been appreciated by the church at large, as may be inferred from an increased circulation, and that the Conference have expressed their satisfaction through the Magazine Committee. But the church asks for progress; and we who are engaged in the work, must do our best to meet so reasonable a demand. It is to be hoped, therefore, that the January number may give promise of the next year's Repository being still more worthy of the church, and still more deserving of the approval and support of her members and friends.


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