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do you mean by authorized ? and of subject will have to be fully considered course we have to tell them ; it really at the approaching meeting of the Conseems necessary that the authority should ference, to have obtained a general excome out now-a-days when people are so pression of the sentiments of the friends inquisitive as to what-doctrinally--is. will very materially tend to aid the Mr. Day was induced to deliver this members of the Conference in arriving course, by a lecture by the Rev. Mr. at a just and wise conclusion on the Woods, B.A., Unitarian minister. I in- point.

JOHN HYDE, tended to have heard him, but, it being

9, Sacheveral-street, Derby. the first Sunday of the month, and a April 6th, 1865. special occasion with Mr. Day, I could not forego the certainty of a substantial South LONDON SOCIETY. - The anfeast for an uncertain treat; but the nual general meeting of this society was Rev. gentleman hearing that some of us held at the Literary Institution, Newwould like to read his manuscript, kindly ington Causeway, Southwall, on the 24th lent it to the New Church friends. Its January, when the chair was taken by title, published and placarded about the Mr. Edward Austin, the leader. The streets, was, “Swedenborg : his spiritual proceedings were of a very satisfactory insight and religious speculations. Well, character. We quote such passages from we read it at our house, and I can say the first annual report as appear to be that not you, or any other New Church most generally interesting :man, could utter such a eulogy without “The society was formally constituted a blush; we almost blushed to read it. at a general meeting held January 7th, He heaped on E. S. all Emerson's praises, 1864, when the Faith of the New Church without his detraction ; he advised his having been read, the members' book auditors to follow his (Mr. W's) example, was signed by sixteen friends; since and read the works of Swedenborg ; as, then, there have been thirty-three more suring them that they could not fail names added, thus raising the number to rise from the perusal of them, “wiser of the society to forty-nine registered and better men. However, Mr. Day members. * * * * is not the man to be dazzled by any of “Mr. Austin has delivered several the idols and trinkets of the Assyrian courses of lectures on subjects calculated camp, but plainly pointed out the differ- to awaken inquiry, which have been well ence between reading enough of our advertised both by handbills and in the great author's works to be able to give a local newspaper. These have been well popular lecture thereon, and inculcating attended, and it is hoped have been the the doctrine and living the life which means of doing much good. One of those works enjoin."

these lectures calls for special remark.

. The Rev. Mr. Spurgeon some time past THE CONFERENCE HYMN Book.-Per- delivered a discourse on "Baptismal mit me through your columns to request Regeneration,' which attracted consider. the members of the various societies, and able attention in the religious world. Mr. likewise all the friends who are interested Austin thinking it desirable that the in the Conference Hymn Book, seriously publie should have an opportunity of hearto consider the following three ques- ing the question discussed from a New tions, and to favour me with the results Church point of view, delivered a lecture of their consideration and investigations on the same subject. The committee at as early a date as possible :

considering that the controversy origina1. Is there any need for a revision of ted in the immediate neighbourhood, and the Hymn Book?

that the question would also be one of 2. How far ought any attempted re- universal interest, resolved to publish vision to extend ?

the lecture in the form of a penny 3. Is the present time—now that the pamphlet. This was accordingly done, Hymn Book is out of print, and that the and the first edition of 1,000 copies stereotype plates will have to be re- having sold readily, it was resolved to newed—the most proper and best time print a second edition, which is now on for making such revisions as are neces- sale. * * * * * sary?

" The Financial Statement for the The opinion of the church must be year shows a small balance due to the the guide of the Conference. As the treasurer; considering, however, hogy

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large a proportion of the payments are pansive of the general sentiments of the for preliminary expenses, such as are not essay were delivered by Messrs. Macke. likely to be again incurred, we may reth, Westal, S. Smith, E. J. Broadfield, regard our financial position as satisface and other speakers who took part in the tory. It is an encouraging evidence of proceedings. Tea was provided in a our stability, that a Building Fund has public room in the village, after which been established. Several friends were the friends again assembled in the chapel, moved to this by an earnest desire to the subject of conversation being the build a House to the Lord, and thus proper observance of the Sabbath. This place the society on a material basis. subject was introduced by the secretary This fund has been increased by anony- of the Union, Mr. Potts. Addresses mous contributions to the box, and by a tending to show that in the New Church small sum for interest on the deposit the Sabbath should be observed in a account, to £117. 6s. 11d. From the strict and earnestly religious, but not promises of annual subscriptions received Pharisaic spirit and manner, were desince the audit, there is reason to hope livered by a number of the friends present. that ere long the society may be enabled All who had the privilege of attending to purchase a site for carrying out the this meeting seemed to enjoy the sphere object of the fund.”

of mutual affection by which it was perVotes of confidence and approval were vaded. passed, the officers for the ensuing year Another meeting held by the friends appointed, and a resolution agreed to of the church at this season is what is to render all possible support to the called the “ Annual Meeting.” This Building Fund.

assembly was long held in Whit-week,

but being found to interfere with the EASTER IN LANCASHIRE.—The socie. Sunday-school anniversaries, which are ties of the New Church in Lancashire held at this season, it has of late years avail themselves of the general holiday been appointed for Easter Monday. The at this season of the year to hold a meeting this year was held at Kersley, number of interesting and instructive Mr. Woodman presiding. The custom social meetings. The first of these is is to read a portion of the Word, which instituted by the Sunday-school Union, forms the subject of conversation. The and is held on Good Friday. This 61st chapter of Isaiah was read this meeting was held this year at Rams- year, and addresses explanatory of its bottom, and notwithstanding the wetness spiritual sense delivered by the chairof the day, nearly two hundred friends man, the Revs. J. Boys, J. B. Kennerley, from various parts of the country were R. Storry, and Messrs. Mackereth, Fox, present. At this meeting it is the custom Westal, Seddon, and others. Tea was to read an essay which has been pre- provided in the spacious and beautiful pared by some gentleman appointed at school-room adjoining the church ; after some previous meeting of the Union. which a more popular meeting was held This year the essay was read by the Rev. in the same room. At this meeting the E. D. Rendell, of Preston, who had selec- Yorkshire Colporteur, who was in the ted as his subject, The Education of neighbourhood attending one of the pubthe Church.” This subject the essayist lic fairs, gave an account of the working treated with his usual ability. He of that institution, and sought to interest pointed out the distinction between the the friends in its behalf. The Rev. R. education of the church and of the world ; Storry followed in an address on the showing that the education of the world, relation of the New Church to the world or a merely secular education, however outside of us. Other speakers kept up extensive and however perfect, could not the attention of the friends and the inaccomplish for us the end contemplated terest of the meeting, until the time by the education of the mind in the arrived for departure to their several knowledge and practice of spiritual truth. homes. The attendance was not large, The distinction also between instruction rather less than a hundred in the afterand education was clearly pointed out noon—somewhat more than this number and luminously treated. Instruction is in the evening; all present felt, however, to impart to the mind the knowledge of the beauty of brethren dwelling together truth, education to draw out this know- in unity, and the eminent tendency of lodge. Addresses corroborative and ex- these annual assemblies to unite the

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members of the church in the bonds effect to the experience and states of his of faith and the brotherhood of mutual bearers. A few friends from distant love. The church in this part of the parts of the county were present, and kingdom has done much, and is doing greatly enjoyed the rich spiritual repast much, for the instruction of its members provided by our esteemed and talented and the dissemination of the truth, but friend, Mr. Jas. Spilling. it has much more to do in the future than has been yet attempted, and meet- NOTTINGHAM.— The Hedderly-street ings of this kind will help to prepare the society has posted on forty public adverway for the doing of it. They knit the tising boards in and about Nottingham, members of the several societies together for a term of three months, a large as one man, and give greater harmony of placard, which, after stating the place feeling and unity of action. They afford and times of worship, gives the following the opportunity also to the distant summary of the New Church faith : members of meeting with the earnest “1st. That the Lord Jesus Christ is labourers in the church who have given God of Heaven and Earth, in whom is the strength and energy of their man- centred the Divine Trinity of Father, hood to this great cause, and who hold Son, and Holy Spirit, and in whom to it with the ripened experience of ad- dwells all the fulness of the Godhead vancing age. Some of these noble men, bodily.' He is therefore the only true of whom it is sufficient to mention the Object of Christian Worship. names of Mr. Moss and Mr. Broadfield, « 2nd. That the Sacred Scripture is are always present to add to the enjoy. His Inspired Word. That the literal ment of these occasions. The very sense contains the Truths of Faith essenpresence and manifest happiness of these tial to Salvation. That there is also in fathers in the church is a speaking les- its interior sense an infinite depth of son to the younger members. It teaches Divine Wisdom accommodated to the spithem to plant their feet early within the ritual perceptions of men and of angels. walls of Jerusalem ; to walk about Zion "3rd. That Regeneration is a gradual and go round about her; to tell the work, effected by co-operation with the towers thereof, to mark well her bul- Lord, through a loving obedience to His warks, and consider her palaces, that Divine Commandments, in the uses of a they may tell it to the generation fol- godly and self-denying life. lowing.

"4th. That the Lord's Church con

sists of The Good of every sect throughIPSWICH.—On Sunday, April 9th, Mr. out the world. It is written—The hour Spilling, of Norwich, paid his customary cometh when the true worshippers shall visit to this society, and preached morn- worship the Father in Spirit and in ing and evening, -visited the Sunday- Truth. Jesus says—I am the Way, the school in the afternoon, and examined and Truth, and the life.' (John iv. 23, 26.) addressed the children. The subject of “Strangers provided with seats and the morning's discourse was “The hid- books." den manna and the white stone;” (Rev. ii. In deciding upon such a course, the 17.) in the evening, “Aaron burning committee considered that a plain and incense on the golden altar.” (Exodus simple declaration of the doctrines would xxx. 7, 8.) Mr. Spilling, referring to be calculated to awaken attention, and the practice adopted by a certain portion probably lead to inquiry. This was the of the Church of England of burning main object. Here, as in other places, incense as an act of worship, and which there exists much misconception and is now rife in the city of Norwich, showed misrepresentation respecting New Church its heathen origin, and that God had not doctrines, and are we not justified in ordained it, but had simply permitted it removing these barriers to the reception because of the external state of the Jews, of the heavenly truths to the utmost of who were not able to receive or under our ability ? Since the placards have stand anything better or more spiritual, been issued, several strangers have and at the same time had given laws to attended the services and appear to be regulate and restrain it. He then showed interested. the beautiful spiritual teachings involved Since the last Conference, several in the observance commanded in the members of the church and congregation text, and applied it with considerable have emigrated, or otherwise left Not

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tingham; but we are still persevering The first of the course was delivered on and hopeful. At the last quarterly February 5th, by Mr. E. Seddon, of meeting, held on the 9th instant, five Middleton, subject : “ Jesus Christ be. members were received, and seven pro- ing the only God, why did he pray to bationers proposed for membership. the Father?” (John xi. 41-2.) the seAmongst the latter is a respectable cond, on February 12th, by Mr. F. Smith, tradesman who for years has been more of Manchester, subject : ' Why and how or less associated with the secularists in was Jesus tempted of the devil ?” (Matt. this town. He and his wife and family xxvii. 46.) the third, on Feb. 19th, by have been regular in attendance upon Mr. S. Smith, of Manchester, subject; worship during the last nine months, and “Sin—what is original sin ?-what is the he takes an active part in our fortnightly sin which can be forgiven ?-what is the "Penny Readings.” Holyoake has just sin which cannot be forgiven ?(Luke paid Nottingham a visit, and delivered xii. 10.) and the last, on Feb. 27th, by Three lectures on “ The effect of reading Mr. R. Adcock, of Manchester, subject: the Bible a second time;" but I am happy “The true meaning of the Cross of to say, although the town had been Christ.” (Gal. vi. 17.) Much solid in. placarded very extensively, the attend- struction was presented in these lectures; ance on each evening was very scanty, they were well attended, and were the room being scarcely one-third filled. listened to with marked attention. The Some of our friends attended and dis- results were very satisfactory. tributed the four-page tracts as the audience retired. Secularism seems to THE FIRST PROTESTANT CHURCH IN be on the wane in Nottingham at least. SOUTHERN ITALY.-The interesting cir

On Sunday, April 16th, we had a kindly cumstance of the consecration of a Provisit from our friends of Shakespere-street testant church in Naples has just taken Society. Mr. Pegg, the much-respected place,-a practical protest against the leader, preached for us in the morning, recent letter of the Pope, and a trophy and Mr. J. D. Beilby in the evening, of religious liberty. The site of this being sermons for the benefit of the Sun- church was given by Garibaldi in 1860, day-school fund. The attendance on both when he was Dictator. Some English occasions, and the collections, were very residents petitioned him for permission satisfactory. Mr. D. W. Heath addressed to purchase a site for a place of worship, the children and friends in the afternoon. and he answered the petition by present

ing them with the site they had desired, QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE LANCA- as “a very trifling acknowledgment of so SHIRE MINISTERS.--The second quarterly many benefits received from the English meeting of the ministers in this part of in favour of the Italian cause." the kingdom was held at Kersley, on the 6th of March last, at which, the Revds. R. Storry of Heywood, W. Woodman Removed into the spiritual world, at of Kersley, J. Boys of Standlane, J. B. Colchester, Illinois, on the 7th February Kennerley of Salford, and G. C. Mac- last, Stephen Fletcher, aged 25. The pherson of Bedford-street, Liverpool, and deceased was a member of the Kersley Messrs. Westall of Bolton, and E. J. Society, having been brought up in the Broadfield of Accrington, were present. Sunday-school connected with that body. Letters were received from the Revds. He was highly esteemed for his steady, E. D. Rendell of Preston, and T. L. industrious, and sober habits, and espeMarsden of Dalton, explaining that una- cially for his uniform kindness to a voidable circumstances prevented their widowed mother, who was mainly deattendance. The meeting was felt to be pendent on him for support; he was a highly useful one, and the deliberations also equally kind in assisting those of on the subjects brought under considera- the family who needed his aid. In contion, were characterized by both cordi- sequence of the cotton famine arising ality and unanimity. The next meeting out of the unfortunate war in America, is to take place at Liverpool, on the and the consequent depression of the second Tuesday in June.

spindle manufacturing trade, which led

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the little hoard he had saved, and finally day-school for a long course of years ; led to his emigrating with his aged and there has been no office in connection mother to America. He had in the with Church or Sunday-school, which mean time contracted the seeds of con- he has not held at one time or another. sumption, to which there was an heredi- Indeed, the society has been mainly intary tendency in the family, and in a debted to him for its existence, and for few months was removed to another and the means of usefulness which it at this a better world. He, however, lived suf- time enjoys. The correctness of his ficiently long in his new home to win memory, and his extensive information, the esteem of those among whom he have made him a little authority among sojourned, as was evidenced by the his neighbours. When Mr. G. F. French respect they showed at his funeral. The entered upon the commendable work of absence of the consolations of the New becoming the biographer of S. CrompChurch ministrations were felt by him ton, Esq., inventor of the spinning mule, as a great privation; some Wesleyans, he came to our friend, and derived from however, kindly attended him in his last him much of the information he gives illness, and offered such support as they concerning his religious, musical, and were able ; and if he could not accept all private life. Thus, both he and the their views, their kindness and sympathy reading world are largely indebted to were refreshing to him. There is every our friend, for rescuing from oblivion reason to hope that he has passed into much of the life and character of a man his rest.

W. W. through whose ingenuity the world has

been so richly blest. He was greatly beRemoved to the spiritual world, March loved by every member of our Church25th, 1865, Mr. Robert Rushton, of highly esteemed by all who knew himBolton, in the 80th year of his age. and has passed into the other world, with

His connection with the New Church out leaving an enemy behind. Though extends over a period of sixty-seven not possessed of a strong constitution, years. When he was about twelve years yet, by watching his health with great of age, he lived near to Mr. S. Dawson; care, he has had (for his long life) coma man who sustained the office of leader paratively little sickness; and at last has of the Bolton society for a period of worn away from sheer old age. He has thirty years. Mrs. Dawson, his wife, truly devoted his life for the good of the frequently asked our friend (then a boy) Church, and was ever pleased to hear to go and read for her. She generally and{read of its progress. Since feeblegave him the “Heaven and Hell;" and ness has kept him to his room, the Bible he had read this book for her so often, and the “ Arcana Cælestia,” have been that he ultimately took great interest in the books of his daily reading. He was it himself. From this time, he has had especially delighted with the 23rd and a constantly increasing delight in read- 27th Psalms, and took great pleasure in ing the works of the New Church. In conversing upon the spiritual wisdom these early years, he first began to attend they contain. A few days before his rethe Sunday-school and the services of the moval, he desired me to read for him, Church, then held in Bullock-street. As “ Swedenborg's experience of the resushe grew up (being fond of music), he citation of the dead.” He ever spoke of became one of the pupils, and was after- death as going home. He said, God had wards a member of the choir presided been very good to him, had blessed him over by the late Samuel Crompton, Esq., with many comforts, good friends, and inventor of the spinning mule. After kind attendance; but where he was going Mr. Crompton's death, the choir found he had a many more friends, and still a leader in our friend's brother, Mr. John richer blessings in store for him. But Rushton. He ultimately becoming a there was one friend, the prospect of salaried singer in the Parish Church of meeting with whom gave him greater this town, the duty of presiding over delight than all others; and that was the music of Church and Sunday-school, his wife, after a separation of more than then devolved upon our deceased mem- twenty-six years. It was this which ber. This office he held until old age. made him desire that his only daughter prevented his continuing it any longer should be with him in his room, and be He was also superintendent of the Sun- the last upon whom he should fix his

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