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was now being cleared of its mists by a cial requirements of the state of him reception of the truths of the New Jeru- to whom it was offered. This society salem. The speaker suggested that pos- arranges for the visits of missionaries sibly more might be done towards securing and lecturers to places which are compathe objects involved in the resolution he ratively isolated from the Church, and to seconded, if societies or friends in those places where there are no visible signs places to which visits were paid would of the Church, --cheering and instructexert themselves more strenuously and ing, and administering the sacraments sympathetically in supporting the efforts in the one place, enunciating and exof the visitors and lecturers. Let the pounding the truth in another. societies and friends be resolved to secure T he resolution was seconded by Mr. good audiences, and a very great increase Pilkington, who said he believed there in the efficiency of the operations of this was not any New Churchman but who society would be the consequence. Some- looked upon his becoming connected with thing might be done, also, by the lec- the New Church doctrines as one of the turers choosing appropriate subjects, and most important events in his life, and such as, owing to local or temporary upon the New Church as worthy of every circumstances, were certain to excite a exertion which he could make to promote considerable amount of attention ; as, its welfare. The press and the pulpit for instance, his own recent lectures in are the two great instruments which Norwich, on “Marriage, versus Monas- have advanced the world from its state ticism." By offering to the public what during the dark ages to its present conthey were anxious to hear, and dis- dition ; and we must look upon this coursing on subjects upon which their society as an important means of spreadinterest was excited, one was sure of ing the truths which we possess and good results.---The resolution was then value.—The resolution was put and carput and passed.
ried. Henry Bateman, Esq., moved the fifth Auditors for the ensuing year were and last resolution, as follows:
then chosen, “That as it is the duty of every New O ne of the pleasantest features of a Churchman to make known, both indi- pleasant evening was the announcement, vidually and socially, the truth which he by Mr. Butter, that the same kind friend has received, so it is incumbent upon who last year had made him his almoner him to support this society according to to the society to the extent of £100, had his ability.
this year repeated his generous gift, the The New Church, he said, if not the amount of which Mr. Butter then handed Church of the present, is the Church over to the treasurer. of the future, for it is in possession of The first and last verses of the 132nd truths by which mankind, in a future Hymn were then sung, and the Chair. Age, are to be regenerated, by which man called upon Dr. Bayley, who conall men are to be influenced for good, cluded the meeting with prayer and a by which every man who comes into the benediction. world is, to a greater or less extent, to The opportunity is taken to call the be enlightened. Many of those present attention of our readers to the important had had mental difficulties entirely re- claims of the Missionary and Tract moved by the knowledge of New Church Society. The uses which it has for a doctrine, and it was especially incumbent long series of years been performing are upon them to make known to others that well known, but not so extensively known which had been so valuable and so blessed or appreciated as they deserve to be. to themselves. That which had been The society might well receive a large good for them would be good for others addition to its list of annual subscribers, like them. It was their duty, therefore, and donations could hardly be made to a to make every effort for the promulga- more worthy object. Subscribers are tion of those views. This must be done, entitled to receive half the amount of as the resolution said, not only socially, their subscriptions in tracts and other but individually, by making known the publications. Subscriptions and donadoctrines to those with whom they came tions will be gladly received by the in contact ;—not always proclaiming the treasurer, Mr. E. C. Sandy, Louisa Villa, whole extent of what they were acquain- Alleyne Park, Norwood, S., or may be ted with, but endeavouring so to adapt paid to the secretary, Mr. F. Pitman, 20, the truth as that it might meet the spe- Paternoster Row, London, E.C.
New CHURCH COLLEGE.--On Thurs- and substantially bound, and for such day, April 27, the twentieth anniversary as were in pamphlets, together with of this institution was celebrated in the some unbound volumes of the Reposischoolroom of the College. Forty-nine tory, and some volumes of reports, the persons sat down to tea, and by the time same generous donors had contributed the chair was taken the number had in- five pounds to complete the binding. creased to seventy. The Rev. Messrs. Mr. Goyder urged the necessity of a Goyder, Bruce, and Hiller, Messrs. good library to such an institution as Watson, Edward Madely, jun., and Dr. the New Church College, and hoped Spencer Thompson, were among the that authors would send copies of their friends present.
respective works. He had received from After tea, the chair was taken by Mr. Mr. Clissold, Dr. S. Thompson, Mrs. Bateman, who, previous to the business Rothery, and other New Church authors, of the evening, stated he had the pleasing copies of their respective works, and he duty of presenting to Mr. F. Heath à hoped that other authors would do likehandsome tea and coffee service, &c., wise. which had been subscribed for by some Mr. E. Madeley was next called upon friends of the Islington Society, as a tes- by the Chairman. He spoke with great timonial for his gratuitous services as hopefulness of the future prospects of the organist during a period of ten years. * College as regards the difficulties in After a suitable acknowledgment from connection with conference, and exMr. Heath, Mr. Bateman entered upon pressed a firm belief that henceforth the business of the evening. With the they would be of a minor character only. model of the intended College before Mr. Gunton addressed himself princihim, he proceeded to point out the pally to the students, pointing out the accommodation which the structure would liberality of the Church in their mainafford, showing that there was ample tenance and education, and hoping that space for the erection of the buildings, they would show a grateful disposition, and ample light in all parts of it. He and evince, by a self-denying and selfwas about to exhibit the plans for the sacrificing spirit, that they were anxious completion of the respective buildings, to fulfil the duties of the ministry with when he was called away by professional a single eye. From an examination of duty. In his absence, Mr. Gunton was the premises, and the respectability of voted to the chair, and called upon Mr. the neighbourhood, together with the Hiller, as the theological tutor, to give large population, he saw no reason to some account of the students under his doubt that the present site for the Colcharge, when that gentleman proceeded lege was adequate for the purposes to give a very interesting account of desired, at least for many years to come. their progress, entering into particulars By a previous arrangement, the students of the mode of instruction pursued, from were now called upon to address the which it appeared the understanding, as meeting, in the order in which they had well as the memory, was cultivated, and been admitted. those arts of speaking, essential for the Mr. Goldsack commenced with a few pulpit, kept in due prominence.
remarks upon “ The importance of eduThe Rev. D. G. Goyder followed with cation as a necessary development of the an account of the present state of the intellectual faculties.” Indisposition had College Library. When he first took prevented him from giving the subject charge of it there were about 200 much attention. His remarks, however, volumes ; there were now nearly 1,100. indicated his full appreciation of the He enumerated the names of many of subject. the donors, and stated that only a few Mr. Rogers, in a brief but compredays previous to the last meeting of hensive summary, insisted upon “The governors, the College had received a importance of education as a necessary most valuable donation of 155 volumes preparation for the ministry.” His speech from Mr. and Mrs. Crompton Roberts, was characterised by much thought, with forming part of the library of the late clearness of arrangement and expression. Roger Crompton, Esq., one of the foun- Mr. Moss pointed out “ The advantage ders of the College. The works of of association amongst those who are Swedenborg, in this donation, were mag. preparing for the New Church ministry;"> nificently bound in purple morocco. Mr. Pilkington, “ The importance of a Most of the other volumes were well competent knowledge of the languages
in which the Divine Word was written, the houses of the people? He answered, for a due comprehension of its spiritual “By overcoming the two opposing influteachings;" and Mr. Colley, “ The im- ences, ignorance and prejudice;” and portance of cultivating pious habits whilst this is what is being done by a means following intellectual pursuits.”
already in use, viz., the Missionary and Altogether, the evening was a most Tract Society. Advertising must of course agreeable one, and augurs well for the be used, more or less, but only as an progress of the College.
auxiliary to lecturing and preaching.
Mr. Moss adverted to the Corn-Law ARGYLE SQUARE JUNIOR MEMBERS' League and the Methodist Connexion as SOCIETY.--At the general meeting of this examples of what preaching, lecturing, society, held on the 21st April last, the and tract distribution could do; and question proposed by Mr. Trimen, in the went on to say, that in spreading the Intellectual Repository for March, was glorious doctrines of the New Jerusalem, discussed, viz., * What is the use, of all we must first rouse an interest in the the uses performed by the members of minds of the people mainly by platform the New Church, most calculated to dif- labour. He concluded by expressing fuse the new views of truth over the his opinion, that in the present state of widest extent?” The Vice-President of church affairs the answer to the question the society (Mr. John Presland) occupied before the meeting was “ The Missionary the chair; and after briefly explaining and Tract Society.” Mr. Trimen's views on the subject, viz., Mr. Thomas Colley supported the view that the best means, in his opinion, were of the last speaker, that the best way of advertisements in the press, &c., as most diffusing the truth was by strengthening calculated to diffuse the views over the the operations of the society already widest extent, called upon
established for missionary labour. He Mr. Edward H. Bayley, who, after thought that truth had more weight dilating somewhat upon the blessings of when communicated orally to the people the new dispensation, advocated a sys- than when it reached them by any other tem of advertisements, lectures, and means. preaching; and alluded to the fact that Mr. Robert Jobson said, that by adverpreaching was essentially a Christian tisements we should endeavour to extend institution. He was of opinion that and support the efforts of the missionJunior Members' Societies and Sunday aries. Some seek to keep the church Schools were also of great use in spread within itself, and not to let it extend ing the truth, and he would impress beyond a small locality; but he would upon the members the necessity of care- like to see it spread over the whole of fully studying the Writings and bringing the Christian world. This church is out the truths into practice. All other calculated to remove all the evils of efforts will be useless unless the mem- society; and it is the duty of every New bers themselves are walking advertise- Churchman to act up to its doctrines. ments of the truths of the New Church. He considered, however, that advertiseMr. Bayley concluded by quoting a say- ments were the great means of commuing of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of nication with the public. the Jesuits—"Pray as though everything Mr. C. W. Smith, although he did not depended on God, but work as though consider Mr. Trimen's proposal the best, everything depended on man."
thought that a system of advertisements Mr. Thomas Moss thought that the would do an immense deal towards great difficulty which stands in the way bringing the writings of the church into of spreading the doctrines of the New publicity. He was inclined to think that Church is that of getting the people to the instruction of the young would do read them. He never knew an instance more to introduce the doctrines to the where thoughtful reading was not fol- homes of the people; and adverted to lowed, sooner or later, by conversion. the day school now in course of estaThe logical harmony of their teachings blishment in connection with the Argylecannot fail to strike the closest reasoner, square church. while the beauty of our author's illus- "Mr. G. M. Pulsford briefly supported trations carries the doctrines home to the views of the last speaker. lovers of poetical truth. The question Mr. Taylor thought that the popular before us resolves itself into this—How representations of the truths of the New can we best introduce the works into Church by word of mouth were the best
means that could be adopted; and said On Sunday morning, April 30th, he that all new systems of theology were preached to an excedingly attentive conintroduced to the great body of the gregation, on “ The Science of Correspeople by that means.
pondences, the only true key to unlock The chairman having briefly summed The Word of God.” He demonstrated up, Mr. Edward H. Bayley proposed the this in the work of creation, from the following resolutions, viz. :
first to the eighth verse of the first chap1. “ That in the opinion of this society ter of Genesis. Then he showed that the writings of the church, and, as far Genesis was not geology, but in reality as expedient, its proceedings, ought to the genealogy of the Word of God, or be thoroughly advertised in the publi- the first fruits of the Divine Will to cations of the day; and that greater man. As such, it was the origin of all efforts should be made to bring its pro- truths to enlighten and bless the mind ceedings before the public through reports of a being destined for an eternal existin the press.”
ence. Men are bound, therefore, to in2. “That arrangements be made for vestigate with candour, and to examine the institution of a shilling' fund to with gratitude, the beginning of Genesis. promote this object, the proceeds to be In the afternoon Mr. Marsden baptized placed at the disposal of the Swedenborg eight persons, seven belonging to one Society.”
family; and, as several of these were The resolutions were seconded by Mr. adults, he took the opportunity of giving C. W. Smith, supported by Mr. Arthur an address to all assembled, on the Day, and carried unanimously.
solemn nature of the baptismal covenant. On the 26th April this society gave a He explained the ceremony as performed social soirée and concert in aid of the in Jordan, and gave the correspondential Argyle-square church day-school fund, significance of waters, of the forehead, which was well attended. Tea was pro- and of the triune name of the Lord Jesus vided at half-past five o'clock, to which Christ. All present appeared delighted, about 150 sat down, and at seven o'clock especially with the beautiful services of the concert commenced, under the able the liturgy, and the parents felt deeply superintendence of Mr. John C. Bayley, the sacred responsibility of thus initiating assisted by a numerous choir. Several their children into the Church, for inpieces were rapturously encored, and the struction and regeneration. whole progressed in a very satisfactory In the evening the room was well manner.
filled. The subject was, “Is repentance At the general meeting held on the at the last hour by faith alone to be 5th May, the following resolution was found in the Word of God, or is it a relipassed, expressing indignation at the gious delusion of the age, destroying the assassination of President Lincoln :- souls of mankind.” (Luke xxiii., 42.) The
" That this meeting desires to give preacher alluded to repentance as going utterance to the feelings of grief with before faith; he explained its nature, which it has heard of the assassination and the import of the two terms used to of President Lincoln; and to convey to express it; showed forcibly its necessity, Mrs. Lincoln, and to the United States' then unfolded the means of repentance, Government and people, an expression and described its blessedness. Lastly, of deepest sympathy and condolence.” he went minutely into those stages of
Messrs. George Dibley, George Wallis, the religious life of the thief on the cross, R. Jobson, E. H. Bayley, J. A. Bayley, so clearly indicated by his exalted percepG. M. Pulsford, and the Chairman (Mr. tions concerning the Redeemer, as Israel's John Presland) addressed the meeting. deliverer, by his confession; his humility,
A copy of the resolution was forwarded and his reproof of the other thief. to the American minister in London, and On Monday evening, May 1st, a cona reply, in courteous terms, has been re- versational meeting was held, the subceived from that gentleman, stating that ject being " The death and burial of it has been forwarded to Washington. Moses." Mr. Marsden presided, and
introduced the subject by some very SHEFFIELD.—By the kindness of the instructive and pleasing remarks, showNational Missionary Institution, the ing the glorious beauty of the science Church in Sheffield has been favoured of correspondences as unfolded by with the services of the Rev. T. L. Swedenborg, and gave a few hints on Marsden, of Dalton, Huddersfield. the nature of the words, “preservation”
and "glorification," as represented by attention; after which, Mr. Ray gave the the death and burial of Moses on the members of the church some very admisummit of Moab's mountain.
rable advice on church matters, and
then administered the Lord's Supper. ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE. -- The anniver. There was a good attendance. sary sermons of the Ashton Society were. The members and friends are deeply preached by the Rev. T. L. Marsden, of indebted to their Newcastle brethren for Dalton, on Sunday, April 9th. In the these missionary visits; also to the Misafternoon the rev. gentleman took his sionary Society for its invaluable assisttext from Matthew xi., 4-6, on the won- ance in aiding the spread of the truths ders of redemption, which brings sight of the church in Carlisle. to the blind, the power of walking to the lame, purification to the leper, life to the RAMSBOTTOM.— The Sunday School dead, glad tidings to the poor, and bless- anniversary sermons of this society were ings to all who are not offended in Jesus. preached by Mr. E. J. Broadfield, B.A., In the evening the subject was “ The of Accrington, on the 14th instant. The manifestation of God to Moses, and the sermon in the afternoon was from Luke holy fear which followed :" “ Moses hid viii., 39—“ Return to thine own house, his face, for he was afraid to look upon and show how great things God hath God.” (Exodus iii., 16.)
done unto thee;" that in the evening On Thursday, the 13th, Mr. Marsden from Exodus ii., 94" Take this child gave a most interesting lecture on “ The and nurse it, and I will give thee thy manners and customs of the Orientals.” wages." These sermons were peculiarly With the help of a few beautiful coloured excellent, and were listened to with quiet diagrams, the lecturer was enabled to and earnest attention. There were about present his subject in a pleasing and 300 persons present, both at the afterinstructive manner. Some excellent glees noon and evening services. The singing were performed at intervals by the mem of the choir, and the instrumental music bers of the glee class, Mr. William Lomas accompanying, added to the devotional presiding at the piano.
spirit of the services. In the morning On Good Friday, a social tea meeting an address was delivered to parents and was held in the schoolroom, and a delight- scholars. The collections amounted to ful evening was spent after tea in amuse- £22. 188. The collections of this and ments of various kinds, songs, recitations, the preceding year average double the &c. Mr. Marsden, who occupied the amount of any previous years. The chair, gave an address, encouraging the society begs to return its sincere thanks friends to persevere in their efforts to to the committee of the society in strengthen and build up the Lord's New Accrington for having spared Mr. E. J. Church, both internally and externally;— Broadfield on this occasion. . to do their utmost in the present, trusting in the Divine Providence for a more KERSLEY ANNIVERSARY SERMONS.prosperous future-for the passing away These sermons were preached on the of the dark cloud under which so many 30th of April last, by the Rev. E. Madehave been struggling hard and long. ley, of Birmingham. The congregations
were good, comfortably filling the spaCARLISLE.—The members and friends cious church in nearly every part; whilst of the New Church society meeting for the services of our reverend friend gave worship in Slack’s-court, Milbourne- unmixed pleasure to the numerous audistreet, on Sunday, the 23rd ult, were ences he addressed. This visit will long favoured with a visit from the Rev. be remembered with gratification. The W. Ray, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who collections amounted to upwards of £24. preached two sermons on the above date to very attentive audiences. Mr. Ray SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.—The members chose for his morning discourse “ The and friends are affectionately invited to character of Sampson spiritually consi- attend the fifty-sixth anuiversary, which : dered, and its adaptation to the forma- is appointed to be held on Tuesday, tion of the Christian character,” which June 20th, at St. George's Hall, opposite discourse was very instructive and im- St. Jude's church, Gray's Inn-road, near pressive. The evening was devoted to Argyle-square. The reports of the Comthe question, “Is there an intermediate mittee and Treasurer will be read, the state ?” which was listened to with every Committee and Treasurer appointed, and