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theless, hardly expected that so much occupying five columns of the paper, a indignation and abuse would have been full account of the Chapel question, heaped upon him as had been the case ; which caused his excitement. From that slander could have come from so this we learn that he had leased a piece many religious bodies; nor did he of land in his own name, and aided by expect that the doctrines of the New voluntary contributions had erected å Church uld have been so much mis- buiiding thereon. A trust-deed had represented. It had been said that been prepared, but not executed. The they practically rejected the Divine change of the minister's religions senauthority of the Bible ; that they de- timents was followed by disturbance in graded Christ to the level of humanity; the congregation. The disturbance and exalted Swedenborg to the throne was caused chiefly by comparatively whence the Redeemer had been hurled ; new members, some of whom had joined that they denied the efficacy of prayer only five weeks before, and positively and the necessity of sanctification ; had not contributed a shilling towards that they disbelieved in the existence the building ; and yet they could storm of the devil, and other things ; in a away about what should be done with word, that they were worse than infidels. their Church ! He had been called a traitor to the The Church was now practically truth, and been told that he had sold broken up. Legally, I could have done himself to the devil, and as a proof of what I chose with the chapel, but his apostacy and the speakers' near morally, as we had acted according to translation to heaven, the passage of the trust deed since its adoption, as Scripture in which it is stated that though it had been properly executed, before the last days shall come false I was bound still to act upon the advice prophets will arise and seduce even the of the trustees till the affair was wound elect was quoted. He was one of the up. It was resolved to sell the property false prophets, and the speakers were of by tender. The sale was to be a perthe elect. He had intended to give a fectly bonâ fide one. The tenders were sketch of the life and character of opened on September 28 in the presence Swedenborg, but time would not permit, of several representatives from the and he proposed to give one or more Wesleyan Church and the New Church, lectures on this subject. Swedenborg the only parties tendering; though rewas, however, a very different man to port has falsely said there were several what he was popularly supposed to be ;
The Wesleyan tender was £355, and taking him for all in all, a purer, £300 for the debts on the building, and brighter, or loftier spirit never lived in £55 compensation ; that of the New the world.”
Church was £601, 14s. 8d., the £301, The speaker next gave an exposition 14s. 8d. for compensation being based of some of the leading doctrines of the on a calculation of the difference between New Church and concluded by detailing a fair stipend and what I had actually the circumstances under which the received since the Church was founded; building in which he was speaking had and for which they were prepared to passed into the hands of a congregation give me a second mortgage on the of persons professing the doctrines of
property. It was moved that the tender the New Church. The audience which of the New Church, being highest, during the first part of the address, was should be accepted, and was carried pretty orderly, afterwards became most unanimously, the six votes including unruly, constantly interrupting the one from the opposition side. It will speaker with unseemly rem ırks, and thus be seen that the New Church while Mr. Tyerman was speaking about obtained the building by open and the transfer of the building, a large honourable means ; and not in the secret portion of his hearers got into a state and unjust manner that slander has of almost frantic excitement, absolutely reported.' refusing to listen to his explanations, The Church which has had for some hooted him down, and altogether the years a footing in this colony seemis now scene, occurring as it did in a place of to have the prospect of a more permanent worship, was most disgraceful.
establishment. Its walls, however, are This unruly conduct has led Mr. being built in troublous times. Its Tyerman to publish as an advertisement, members will need to exercise prudence
and circumspection, but guided in their now been converted into a level floor, work by the wise Master Builder, they with seats constructed on the newest will be able, we hope, to build up the aud most approved plan. A recess has Church in strength and glory.
been formed at the upper end, where a
platform for the preacher is erected, ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NEW lighted at the back by three tall winCHURCH IN SCOTLAND, AND RE-OPEN- dows filled with stained glass. The ING OF CHURCH, PAISLEY.-On Friday front and side windows (the latter of evening, 18th Deceniber, the Annual which have also been lengthened to a Social Meeting of the New Church So. more elegant shape than formerly) have cieties in Scotland was held in Paisley. their border panes filled with coloured
This meeting has been held for many glass. Two handsome three-light gas years past on the first Friday in Sep- standards are placed at each end of the tember; but in this instance, was un- table on the platform, and a central and avoidably postponed, in consequence of four-side gas pendants, elegant in their the repairs the Paisley Society were simplicity, hang from the roof, to light making on their house of worship. the place at night. The appearance of
Many friends were present from vari- the place of meeting was of the most ous parts of the country, and our little pleasing kind, the ornamentation having Church, which will now accommodate been gone about with due attention to fully 300, was filled in every part. the general aspect of the whole. The
Altogether it was a very pleasant, table on the platform was decorated agreeable, and profitable meeting, and with vases of flowers; and tropical varithe manner in which our chairman, Mr. ties of broad - leaved and fan-shaped E. J. Broadfield of Accrington, did his shrubs rested on the several windowpart, contributed in no small measure sills. to this happy result. Subjoined are “ The annual gatherings, of which two slips—the one, cut from the Paisley the above was one, are held in one or and Renfrewshire Gazette of next morn- other of the towns in Scotland where ing's date, gives a general account of the Societies are of some strength in the meeting, and of what the Paisley point of numbers. On the present friends have been doing; the other, occasion, there were representatives from the Glasgow Evening Citizen, gives from different towns, including the a concise idea of the internal appear- chairman (Mr. E. J. Broadfield of Acance of the Church, which will be crington); Mr. Thomas Downes, Glasdoubly interesting to those friends who gow; Mr. James Earlie, Glasgow; Mr. remember what it was previously. James Aspin, Glasgow ; Mr. Joseph
" New Jerusalem Church.- Last Barnes, Accrington; Mr. Craigie, Kilnight, the Annual Social Meeting of marnock ; Mr. H. Cameron, Edinburgh ; the New Church Societies in Scotland Rev. J. F. Potts, Glasgow ; Mr. Allan took place in the Church, 12 George Drysdale, Alloa ; Mr. S. Gracey, GreenStreet, which has recently underwent a ock, etc. A number of the prominent thorough transformation. The wall members of the Church in Paisley occuthat formerly bounded the grounds sur- pied seats on the platform or amongst rounding the Church, both in George the audience, including Mr. David GilStreet and Storrie Street, has been re- mour, Mr. David Speirs, Mr. David moved, aud a handsome parapet wall Fleming, etc. Amongst the audience, and railing substituted. The front of which quite filled the Church, we obthe building has likewise been greatly served a number of well-known townsimproved in appearance
- a central
men, with their families, belonging to doorway having been formed, and the other denominations. windows, formerly lighting the upper “ The proceedings were commenced storey only, are now cut down to nearer by praise accompanied on the harmothe floor of the lower storey, lighting nium, followed by prayer; after which not only the Church, but also the en- tea was served in a sumptuous and extrance vestibule. From the entrance, cellent manner, and with some little a flight of handsome steps on each side aids to the convenience and comfort of conducts to the place of meeting, which the audience that might be adopted formerly showed a central area, with with advantage by other congregations slightly ascending side seats; but has that hold their soirees in churches.
“The Chairman then made a speech, any feeling of disappointment at the in which, after some allusion to the general design of the work is soon lost circumstances under which they were in admiration of its rich and glowing met, he referred to the apparently slow colour. The various hues are pure bespread of the distinctive principles of yond measure, and the effect of the their Church, so far as evidence was whole, as seen either in strong sunafforded by separate organisation; but light or in the clear light of evening, is pointed out various features of the pres- peculiarly beautiful. The Church, it ent time to show how much their may be added, is now open for public opinions pervaded society, and were worship.”—Glasgow Evening Citizen, productive of recognisable results. January 12.
“ Mr. David Fleming afterwards On the Sunday following, the Church spoke on the good that might result was re-opened for public worship, by to society at large from the reception of Mr. E. J. Broadfield, who preached New Church truth; and addresses were morning and evening, and Rev. J. F. also delivered by Rev. J. F. Potts, Potts of Glasgow, in the afternoon. Mr. H. Cameron, and Mr. Allan Drys- In the morning, the command “to dale.
build an altar of earth” was the subDuring the course of the evening, ject of an earnest and affectionate disa choir, led by Mr. R. Semple, sung a course, appropriate to the occasion. In number of fine anthems, accompanied the afternoon, “The Mountain of the by the harmonium ; and services of House of Jehovah exalted above the tops fruit were occasionally handed round. of the Mountains.” In the evening, “Gog " A vote of thanks to the chairman and Magog
was taken up, and fur: brought the proceedings to a close nished a good example of the manner in shortly before ten o'clock, in order that which the New Church interprets Scripthe numerous strangers might be able ture. For nearly an hour, Mr. B. was to leave the town by the late trains.” listened to with marked attention, the
" The New Church,' Paisley.- large audience evidently highly pleased Several important alterations have been with the forcible, clear, and earnest recently made in the New Jerusalem manner in which he handled his subChurch, George Street, Paisley. The ject. interior of the building, which has been The attendance in the morning and entirely remodelled and seated with ele- afternoon was very good, about 150 gant pews, presents an airy, and at the would be present; but in the evening, same time a most compact appearance. the Church was quite filled. The colA new pulpit or reading desk has also lections in all amounting to the handbeen provided, the front of which is some sum of £173, 19s. 3 d. covered with a series of tasteful and We thank Mr. Broadfield for his appropriate ornaments. But the chief kindness in coming so far north to assist feature of the Church, as now restored, us, also the Accrington Society for is a window of stained glass which fills having spared Mr. B. on this occasion. the wall at the back of the pulpit. We may add, that we have continued This is divided into three panels, which the evening services, inaugurated by are the work of our townsmen, Messrs. Mr. Broadfield, with much success, the W. and J. J. Kier. (The two side Church being quite filled every evenwindows are designed by the above firm, ing--Mr. G. W. Baynham of Glasgow while the centre one is from a design having begun a series of lectures, which by Sir Noel Paton, R. S. A., presented are attracting some attention. R. to the Glasgow Society many years ago.) At first sight, something seems wanting
BIRMINGHAM.– On the evening of in the design of the window, the orna- Sunday, January 3, 1869, a Special ment and figure groups of the side Service, was held in the New Jerusalem panels being, if anything, rather defi- Church, Summer Lane, at which the cient in character, while a figure of greater number of the members and 'Our Lord,' which occupies the centre friends of the three New Church Sociepanel, is almost tame in its simplicity ties attended by invitation, and to —the artist, Sir Noel Paton, having whom, after the service, the Sacrament obviously shrunk from any attempt at of the Lord's Supper was administered elaborate or even minute detail. But by the Rev. Edward Madeley, who had
kindly consented to officiate. Before raise the remaining £140 within a commencing his sermon, the Rev. gen. given period. tleman observed that the words, “What The Society, since its commencemean ye by this service ?” which the ment, has had to struggle with many lawgiver of ancient Israel assured his great and unforeseen difficulties, and the people would be asked by their chil- whole of the property is now placed in dren, in regard to one of their repre- trust, and secured to the New Church. sentative ceremonies, might be an ap- It is hoped that this appeal will meet propriate one at that moment, and with a kind response, and so enable the therefore it would be well to offer a few trustees to relieve themselves from words of explanation. It was at the their unpleasant position in being called suggestion of an esteemed lay minister, upon to pay off the required amount. who had recently visited Birmingham, that an invitation was sent by the So- EMBSAY.-On Saturday, Jan. 2d, ciety worshipping in Summer Lane to 1869, the annual tea party of the those in Cannon Street and Hockley, to Church at this village took place, when join in a solemn service, on the even- upwards of 150 partook of an excellent ing of the first Sunday in the New tea. The Chapel was neatly decorated Year, ard which had been accepted. with evergreens. After tea a meeting It was felt that it would remove many was held, presided over by Mr. Stephen prejudices and errors, enkindle within Mason, who gave a brief and appropriate them that mutual love which should address. Some pieces of music were exist between them, nerve their hearts, sung by the choir in a superior manner. and unite their energies in the one great A song called the Vacant Chair, sung by aim which they all had in view. The Mr. Shacklock Mason, elicited much subject of the discourse was found in applause. Several speakers addressed Rev. iii. 20 : “ Behold I stand at the the meeting, among them the Rev. R. door and knock." It was shewn that Cadman of Grassington, a Wesleyan the mind of man was in the Word minister, who kindly favoured us with frequently compared to a house or his presence. palace, having its corridors of thought, The whole of the provisions for the its halls of reason, its council cham
party was presented by the members of bers of judgment and conscience, its the Society, so that a sum of £4, 5s. 10d. imagery for the imagination, its store- was realized in aid of the building fund rooms of memory. But in the midst of the society is endeavouring to raise for this house or palace, in the highest the erection of a new school-room. story of it, was an inner chamber which the Lord ever reserved to Him. LIVERPOOL.—The members and self, and in which alone He could be friends of the society in this town held present with man, if he opened the door their annual tea meeting and soiree on of his heart, and admitted his Divine the evening of the 7th ultimo. About Guest. There, if he did so, was the 200 sat down to an excellent tea protable divinely spread, there the Divine vided by Mr. Johnson, who was well Human beamed with eternal consola- assisted by the ladies of the society. tion, and heavenly sustenance satisfied After tea the meeting, considerably the longing soul. After forcibly point augmented, resolved itself into one of ing out the necessity and value of this instruction and amusement. The chair blessed change in all, the minister con- was taken by our old and respected cluded, and the Sacrament of the Lord's friend, Mr. Pixton, and on the platform Supper was administered to nearly 120 were the Rev. J. Hyde, the Rev. Alex. communicants.
Gordon, Unitarian minister, Mr. Scotson
of Manchester, Mr. Heywood of WaterBIRMINGHAM, HOCKLEY.-It will be loo and Mr. Goldsack, the minister of seen from our advertising columns that the society. The first part of the a Bazaar is to be held at Easter next in evening's entertainment consisted of connection with the above Society, the addresses from the above gentlemen. object being to liquidate an old debt of The chairman in a short opening speech £200, incurred in the erection of the wished all present a very happy new Schoolroom in 1860. £60 has been year, and after alluding to the gratificapromised, on condition that the trustees tion afforded at so large an assemblage
of friends, expressed his great pleasure at meeting the Rev. A. Gordon on the platform, and noted the fact as evidence of the advance of true Christianity and the improved position of the New Church. After stating that the length of the evening's programme would preclude any long speeches, he called on Mr. Goldsack, who in a few brief remarks disclaimed any intention of giving an address, and merely as their minister welcomed the gentlemen who were on the platform, and spoke a few words to the members and friends present in regard to the position and welfare of the society. The Rev. A. Gordon then gave a very pleasing address, followed by Mr. Heywood of Waterloo in a speech full of loving sentiments. After him Mr. Scotson and Rev. J. Hyde gave addresses full of instruction.
The second part of the entertainment consisted of songs and recitations, all of which were admirably rendered. It was one of the most successful meetings the Church here has ever had. We hope it may contribute to the unity and strength of the Society, and do much towards building up the Church in this large and fine town.
considerable satisfaction. A plentiful dessert, of various fruits, was supplied. As a part of the evening's enjoyment, two "Christmas trees” were introduced; these were loaded with a great number of fancy and tasteful articles, got up and supplied by some of the ladies of the congregation, and the result was nearly £15. On the morning of the same day, the treasurer of the church left a kind and complimentary note at the residence of the minister, the Rev. E. D. Rendell, presenting him with the handsome sum of £500, as a mark of the esteem and respect of the friends by whom it was contributed. In March next, Mr. Rendell will have been the minister of the church in Preston for 25 years.
PRESTON.- The following notice of the Christmas festivities of the society in this town is from the Preston Chronicle :—“On the evening of Christmas Day, the usual tea party in connection with this church was held in the school-room, which was neatly decorated for the occasion with evergreens and mottoes. The arrangements for tea were abundant and well appointed. A new tea service, of neat design, consisting of several hundred pieces, having the monogram of the church engraved on each piece, was presented by Mr. Parkinson, the superintendent of the school. The service was supplied by Mr. Aston, of Fishergate. After tea, prizes of books, of various interest and value, were distributed, with suitable remarks by the minister, to twenty-one of the Sunday scholars. Encouraging speeches were delivered by some of the friends, and several pieces of music were sung with
Obituary. On the 30th of July, Mr. Daniel Wilson, aged 76, one of the oldest members of the church in Edinburghan earnest and upright man. During an illness of nearly four years, which he bore with exemplary patience, the Word and the writings were his almost constant companions. On the night of his departure, while suffering under great trial, he prayed that the Lord would enable him to be resigned to His will, shortly after which he was released from the tribulations of the world, to enter into rest in the kingdom of his Saviour.
On the 13th of January 1869, Leonard Terry, Esq. of Scarborough', after a short but severe illness, was removed into the spiritual world, aged 85. He was for more than 65 years an earnest receiver of the doctrines of the New Church, and carried them into daily practice. Mr. Terry was one of the last links between the present and the early receivers of the doctrines. He was intimately acquainted with the Revs. Mr. Clowes and Dr. Coulthurst, and other early members, and a subscriber to the Intellectual Repository from its commencement. His exemplary Christian character and gentlemanly deportment caused him to be greatly respected by all who knew him, and deeply lamented by his family and friends.