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80 desirable an object. All present manifested a desire as far as their means would permit, to lend a helping hand to forward the good work. At the close of the address a subscription was entered into, when the sum of twenty pounds was promised, and the contributions of absent friends made up a sum of £29. 9s., which has been duly forwarded and acknowledged. On Sunday, Feb. 26th, morning and evening, and on Wednesday evening, March 1st, the rev. gentleman preached in the New Church, Henry-street, on the following important and interesting subjects: — "The Passover; its Institution and Significance;" "The Gift of Manna to the Jews, and its Meaning for Christians ;" and "The Ark and the Flood." On each occasion the church was well attended, but in particular on the Sunday evening, when it was filled in every part, many being persons who were but little acquainted with the truths of the new dispensation. All appeared deeply interested in the subjects so well expounded by the rev. lecturer; we arrive at this conclusion from the profound attention by which he was listened to throughout by the whole congregation, and their approving remarks on leaving the church. We are much indebted to Dr. Bayley for his recent valuable services, in the earnest desire manifested by bim to promote the true interest and building up of the New Church; and we would here earnestly recommend all the members and friends of the Lord's New Church to exert themselves in nobly and efficiently supporting the Students and Ministers' Aid Fund,—convinced as we are that the New Church doctrines are divinely true, and only need to be effectively and perseveringly preached to be welcomed by an increasing number of receivers. Those who have freely received are commanded to freely give; thererore, "Let us work while it is day, for the night cometh, when no man can work."
Melbourne.—A course of three lectures was delivered in this town during the months of January and February, by the Rev. J. Hyde. The first was on the Lord, the second on the Atonement, and the third on the Resurrection. The able lecturer conclusively proved that it was Jehovah who became the Saviour; that the God who is love needs no reconcilia
tion; and that the resuscitation of matter is an absurdity. It is known that the lectures have caused some discussion among some of the intelligent working men of our town; and although, of course, prejudice exerts its stand-still influence here as everywhere, it is hoped that this effort to spread the knowledge of the truth has not been in vain.
Glasgow.—It is with great pleasure that we record an act of munificence which must be gratifying and encouraging to the members of the New Church generally. Mr. Riddell, Gatehouse of Fleet, has given to Mr. Porteous, minister of the New Church Society here, the sum of £50., which is to be spent in the purchase of Swedenborg's minor works, "Noble's Appeal," &c., and distributed by Mr. Porteous among those societies in Scotland who require books, and to small circles of persons who are known to meet for New Church instruction. It may be interesting to relate that Mr. Riddell is a poor man, and that he saved this sum of £50. from an annual income of £30.! This example of practical love for tho New Church ought to quicken many richer individuals to a more spirited charity.
Alloa.—There has been a revival movement in this town for some time, and those who make themselves active in it appear to fall into a very narrow circle of ideas, and get quite enthusiastic in believing that they only who come within it are saved. Two revival missionaries connected with one of the Presbyterian churches having made a denunciatory prayer in the house of a member of the society, Mr. Drysdale felt it would be wrong to allow such conduct to pass unnoticed, and he adopted the mode of appealing to the public in three advertised letters. In his first letter, after a gentle but dignified rebuke of two "missionaries" who had had the bad taste to make an attack upon the principles of the New Church, as leading to hell, in the house of a gentleman earnestly attached to them, Mr. Drysdale proceeds to "submit a declaration of his principles, which are charged with the terrible crime of leading to hell," and which are as follow:—
"1st. In obedience to the Divine call, 'Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest,'
I worship the Lord Jesus Christ as the only God of heaven and earth, believing with the Apostle Paul that His humanity is now the temple 'in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;' and also, as He Himself has said, 'The Father dwelleth within me; and breathing on His disciples, He said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost,' showing that the Holy Spirit proceeded from Him, and thus that the whole Divine Trinity was in His single person, so that He was wholly Jehovah Himself manifested in the flesh.
"2nd. That charity consists in two things; first, in looking to the Lord, and shunning the evil indulgences of our own selfish life, because such indulgences are sins against Him; and, second, in doing good to others, because this is useful to promote a good state of society.
"3rd. I believe it is my duty to exert myself in doing all this as vigorously as if the whole work depended on myself, at the same time humbly acknowledging that all the ability I possess is from the Lord, to whom be all the merit and the glory."
In his second letter Mr. Drysdale ably expounds, in accordance with the principles above enunciated, the text, "What must I do to be saved? Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved;" and in his third the text, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." He concludes his third and final letter as follows:—
"In laying before you, the reflecting of all denominations, who I have asked to become a jury on my case, these principles that lie at the foundation of the doctrines I believe, I feel that they are so revolutionary of all the current principles, that, at first sight you may say with the Thessalonians regarding Paul and his brethren—" These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also." To this I would say that the second coming of the Lord as the Son of Man—-which we preach—will, we believe, effect as great a revolution as Paul and his brethren did at the first coming. In conclusion, I hope you will see that, although you may not be able to admit all the views I have so briefly stated, I may claim a verdict from you against the opinion of the two missionaries that denounced our principles as leading to hell. A. Drysdale."
Failsworth.—The New Church So
ciety in this village has been favoured witn a course of seven lectures, which commenced on Monday evening, January 9th, 1865, extending to Monday evening, February 20th. The first two were delivered by the Rev. W. Woodman. Subjects:—"Redemption; from what and to whom was man redeemed? By whom and how was Redemption effected?" and '• Freewill and Foreknowledge; the freedom of the human will not incompatible with, but dependent on, the foreknowledge of God." Two of the course were delivered by the Rev. J. B. Kennerley. Subjects:—"Baptism; what it can do and what it cannot," and "The Holy Supper; its origin, use, and efficacy." The remaining three were delivered by the Rev. R. Storry, on the following subjects:—" The Supreme Deity of the Christian Saviour; Christ the object of angelic worship." "The Pardon of Sin; what is meant by it? How is it obtained? What are the evidences of its accomplishment?" "The General Doctrines of the New Church; their adaptedness to supply the religious wants of the age."
The whole of the subjects were treated with great ability, and in each of the lecturers' peculiar manner, being supported by numerous passages of Scripture, showing that the doctrines of the New Church on the above subjects are the doctrines of the Lord as taught throughout His Holy Word. The subjects were very important ones, and appeared to give general satisfaction. We regret the attendance was not so numerous as was anticipated. This was probably owing to the inclemency of the weather, which continued more or less throughout the whole course. The strangers attending were principally of the sceptical class, and these have expressed themselves favourably to the doctrines.
The society feels greatly indebted to the National Missionary Institution for the aid thus afforded, believing, that to societies not having the advantage of a regular minister, a course of week-day lectures such as the above are of incal. culable benefit, not so much on account of drawing into our midst persons who are strangers to the doctrines, as of strengthening those who are already receivers in their faith in the Word of God and the Heavenly Truths of the New Church, and of exciting a spirit of inquiry in the minds of young persons connected wiih such societies.
Hull.—Services celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of a New Church Society in this town have recently been held. The presence of the Rev. Woodville Woodman, of Kersley, gave considerable interest to the proceedings and much encouragement to the members of the church. The services commenced with a lecture delivered by Mr. Woodman, on Wednesday evening, March 1st, in the Temperance Hall, where the society conducts its worship, the subject being "Free-will not incompatible with, but dependent upon Divine foreknowledge." From eighty to one hundred people were present, many of whom were evidently attracted by the title of the subject and by the apparently paradoxical nature of the propositions. The lecturer, we scarcely need say, treated the subject in a masterly manner, and in a way that carried conviction to a majority, if not the whole, of his audience. At the conclusion a question was put by an individual present, and replied to by the lecturer, apparently to every one's satisfaction.
Ou the following evening, the friends of the Church, to the number of about seventy, sat down to a social tea, provided by the ladies of the congregation. The meeting, held afterwards, was presided over by Mr. H. Best, the leader, who, having addressed the meeting, was followed by Mr. Pochett and the Rev. W. Woodman; the latter gentleman stating some very encouraging facts with reference to the progress of the New Church cause in Lancashire. The proceedings were brought to a close, after spending a very happy evening, by a vote of thanks to the ladies and the speakers.
On Friday evening, a lecture was delivered by Mr. Woodman, in the Sailor's Institute, the subject being "Luther, Wesley, and Swedenborg—their respective Missions." This lecture was attended by about 150 people. The state of the church when Luther was born was clearly depicted; and the necessity of the work, which he so well performed, was shown. Wesley's mission was equally as important, though of a different nature to that of Luther. The lecturer then, very lucidly, though necessarily somewhat briefly, described the mission of Emanuel Swedenborg, touching upon some of the most interesting passages of his life, find defending
him from the malicious attacks which had been made upon his memory. His labours, equally with those of the other two, left their strongest impression after his death; but his mission was shown to be of a much higher and more permanent character than theirs. This lecture, which was listened to with great attention, closed the list of the services with which the friends at Hull have been so highly gratified.
Oldham.—A course of seven lectures has recently been delivered in this town, under the auspices of the National Missionary Institution. A report of the first three of these lectures, by the Rev. W. Woodman, appeared in the March number of the Magazine. The others were delivered by the Rev. J. B. Kennerley and the Rev. R. Storry, who gave two each. At the close of the lectures it was determined to hold a public tea party, in the lecture room occupied for the course (the Temperance Hall). This party was held on Saturday evening, February 25th, and was attended by all the ministers who had taken part in the lectures, and by many friends from the neighbouring New Church societies, upwards of 200 persons being present. The proceedings of the evening were enlivened by the performance of several choice pieces of music, by a very efficient choir. At the commencement of the proceedings the secretary, Mr. D. Hodgson, read an interesting report of the rise and progress of the society, from which we make the following extract:—
After disclaiming all merit for anything he or others had done in the work he had to report upon, which was due to the Lord alone, the secretary proceeded to say that the society had a very humble beginning. When, after several years' study and mental conflict, he at last became a cordial recipient of the New Church doctrines, and had been instrumental in bringing Mr. Newton, now the president of the society, to the same happy conviction of their truth, their first thought was to meet together regularly for reading and conversation, that they might be spiritually edified and strengthened. "After consulting (the report proceeds) a few friends from Middleton, Ashton, and Failsworth, we determined on the delivery of a course of lectures by two of the ministers who hare token part in the course just con
eluded. From these lectures, which were delivered in the early part of the year 1861, we gained some strength, and then formed ourselves into a society for worship and instruction, and to make known to others the truths of which we had become possessed. At the close of these discourses the Rev. Mr. Storry strongly impressed upon us the importance of not suffering ourselves to be cast down or dismayed by any difficulties we might encounter, but however small our numbers, to meet steadily and regularly for worship, as in this course, in his judgment, lay the source of our success. Our meetings, commenced immediately afterwards, have with very few omissions been continued to the present time. At the commencement of these meetings the society numbered seven male members, no females having then joined us. At the present time we have on the books twenty members, fourteen male and six female, besides a respectable number who attend the services and are favourable to the doctrines, but have not as yet been enrolled as members. For a considerable time after the commencement we had no Sundayschool, but now we have the attendance of a considerable number of scholars. This may seem small progress, but if we take a correct view of our position, we shall have reason rather to rejoice than to complain. Still, we are a very small society, and much need the advice and assistance of our brethren who are older and more experienced. And I take this opportunity of saving before the President of the Conference, and of the Secretary of the Manchester and Salford Missionary Society, that we are very much indebted and are very grateful to the committees of the National and of the Manchester Missionary Institutions, for the valuable assistance they have rendered us, and which we hope may be continued to us. At present we are few in number, limited in means, and obscure in position, and we must exert ourselves to improve our condition. Were the staple manufacture of this county what it once was, and what we again hope it may speedily become, we should nave very little difficulty in raising the means for the erection of a schoolroom, which for a time would answer also for a place of worship. A commencement has already been made, and besides providing for the expenses
of the society, the sum of thirteen pounds remains. But if we are to seek the assistance of the church and of the public, every individual must exert himself to the utmost before he can reasonably expect others to aid binn in this good work. Yet our prospects do not depend entirely on our pecuniary means. The prosperity and success of a society depends more upon the intelligence and goodness of its members than upon their wealth. The present hope of the society is that there may stand in some public thoroughfare of our populous town a substantial, and as far as we have the means, an elegant building, dedicated to the worship of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as the only true God, within whose walls there may assemble from Sabbath to Sabbath a congregation of intelligent, fervent, and pious worshippers."
Norwich.—A little more than four years ago, the Rev. John Hyde (now of Derby) delivered a course of very able and interesting lectures in this city; at the close of which a young man, then quite a stranger in Norwich, rose and offered a few observations. Speaking English very imperfectly, he said he could not give his assent to any form of religious doctrine whatever, although, with a view of learning the truth, he had listened to sermons and lectures by men of vaiious sects, in various parts of the world. He admitted, however, frankly, and with evident gratification, that the views advanced by Mr. Hyde commended themselves to his judgment more fully than any he had ever heard. Mr. E. H. F. D'Albe, the stranger referred to, remained only a few months in Norwich; but, during that time, some of the New Church friends had the pleasure of frequently conversing with him. He subsequently left England for the Continent, but has since returned; and, having found rest and satisfaction in the truths of the New Dispensation, has settled in London, and, very wisely, placed himself under the guidance and direction of the Rev. Dr. Bayley, to whom he is warmly attached, and for whom he entertains feelings of the highest respect and esteem. It has recently afforded the Norwich friends no small delight to receive a visit from him; and as he purposes, amongst other acts of use, to take occasionally the duties of the ministerial office, they had the pleasure of
being able to give him the opportunity of preaching his first sermon in the place where, in the coarse of the Divine Providence, he first heard the doctrines which he now so cordially espouses. Mr. D'AlbS is a young man of considerable intellectual ability; and his friends here confidently hope that his talents will, in some form or other, be actively devoted to the interests of the Lord's New Church.
Birmingham.—The propriety of introducing anthems as a part of the worship of the New Church is, in some localities, open to question. In Birmingham the custom is, I think, co-existent with the history of the society. It has, however, been felt that the congregation are not so much interested in that as in the other portions of the service; and, as an endeavour to remedy this defect, the choir have been requested to make such a selection of anthems as would be likely to serve for a considerable time, and to print the words of them so as to form a small book for the use of the congregation generally. This request has been complied with, and as it appears to be much approved, I have thought it might be useful as a hint to other societies if a copy were forwarded to you, and a brief notice inserted in the next number of the Repository. It may be mentioned that a considerable portion of the music is published in that useful and popular work, "The Musical Times" (Novello's), and which is so low in price as to be within the reach of all. I think it probable that this book might serve as a beginning, to which other societies using anthems might add, and that the whole being printed would be available for the use of the church generally, each society using its own and introducing others at convenience. By this means the book could be produced at a much lower cost than by each society selecting and printing its own, and so place the whole of the anthems in use in the church in the possession of each society. T. W.
LlBERIA AND THE SLAVE TRADE. On
the 4th instant, the Minister of Portugal, the Count de Lavradio, and Mr. Gerard Ralston, the Consul-General of the negro Republic of Liberia, signed, at the Legation of Portugal in London, on behalf of their respective Governments, a treaty of amity, regulating the commercial and
other relations of the two States. One of the articles of this treaty condemns those engaged in the slave trade to the punishment that would be inflicted on persons engaged in piracy. The same rule was established in the treaty entered into between Liberia and the Republic of Hayti.
OhftuarsOn 4th February last, Virtue Anne Gillaird, second surviving daughter of James Gillaird, Esq., of Ash House, near Liverpool, was released from the burden of the flesh to enter upon an eternal abode in the spiritual world. After a lingering illness, which she bore with the most exemplary patience, our Heavenly Father was pleased to take her away from earth unto Himself; and no one could be better prepared to answer to the call than our dear young friend was. Her sweet disposition, which was continually being manifested in her kind thoughtfulness for others, and in seeking ever to increase the well-being and happiness of those around her, endeared her to all; while her intelligence and firmness of character rendered her the admiration of those who knew her best. She was a student of the doctrines of the New Church, of which she possessed a competent knowledge, as long as strength remained to enable her thus to exercise her understanding; and as this gradually failed, the Divine Word itself became her only study as well as greatest consolation, doubtless from the angelic sphere which its devout perusal attracts around us. She knew well that she was going, and whither; and she had no doubts or fears about the Divine Love and blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ continuing to attend her in the world beyond, as she felt and gratefully acknowledged had been the case here, even when she suffered the most acutely. Besides her surviving family she has left a large circle of friends to lament her loss; yet as none can think of her now otherwise than as a bright spirit gone to join the happy choir of angels, and to be employed by the Lord in ministering to the heirs of salvation still in the body, there is abundance of consolation for her relations on earth, who cannot but feel severely the bereavement her departure has occasioned. They may go to her, though she will not return to them. The Lord preserveth the souls of his saints 1