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WIGAN.-On Sunday, May 21st, Mr. friends interested in the effort, who have R. G. Sheldon, of Liverpool, preached not yet responded to the circulars sent the anniversary services of this society. to them, will kindly do so at their The attendance, both morning and even- earliest convenience. There are many ing, was very good. In the afternoon isolated receivers, without claims upon Mr. Sheldon baptised two children of them to assist societies elsewhere, who one of the members. Owing to ad- may reasonably be expected to desire to vancing years and serious infirmity, to see churches planted in the various porwhich Mr. Sheldon has been subject, he tions of the mighty metropolis, in which had intimated the probability of the pre- the glad tidings of the New Dispensasent being the last occasion on which tion may be proclaimed. They are, his services would be available so far therefore, respectfully reminded that from home, and the friends in Wigan they have now an opportunity of pracdetermined to present him with a small tically evincing such desire, by cotoken of the estimation in which his operating with their South London services have been held. A stationery brethren to supply a long-felt and dailycase, made of polished oak, had been increasing want. selected, and bore the following inscrip- Steps are being taken to obtain an tion :
eligible site on which to erect a church, “Presented to Mr. R. G. Sheldon, of and we trust that ere long the gratifying Liverpool, as a small acknowledgment intelligence may be communicated that of his disinterested and laborious ser- one has been secured. vices, extending over nearly half a century, in the furtherance of religious THE NEW CHURCH COLLEGE.—To the worship, and the promulgation in Wigan Committee.-Gentlemen,--Since my last of the views of the Hon. Emanuel report I have met regularly with the Swedenborg."
students on Thursday evenings, with the The presentation was made by Mr. exception of Easter holiday week, and James Mason, as the oldest member with the exception, also, of the College of the society, who briefly referred to anniversary, in which the students were some of the incidents attending Mr. all engaged to take part. Sheldon's early visits to the town. He The students have been very regular was followed by several other friendsin their attendance, seldom any one and Mr. Sheldon then acknowledged the being absent, unless by special permistestimonial, speaking of the pleasure he sion. The first exercise (after prayer) had enjoyed in the service of the consists usually in the students reading Church, and the gratification to which aloud, in turn, a portion of the Bible he should yet look forward so long as and also of the liturgy, I correcting their his health permitted. It was felt that a pronunciation, emphasis, &c., as they genial sphere pervaded all present, and read. I then hold a conversation with that the society had in the course of the them on some important doctrine in past few years materially increased in theology, or some point of ministerial strength. The services are now under- conduct. taken by most of the adult members in In fully-organised theological semiturn; the attendance has improved, the naries there is usually a chair of Sunday-school increased, and, as contri. theology, of pulpit eloquence, of pasbutions have for a long while been toral care, and of languages. In our accumulating towards a building fund, “ day of small things” in the New it has been determined to select a site, Church I have to attend, in a degree, to and commence the erection of a new all these subjects. and suitable building at an early period. We then proceed to read a portion of
Swedenborg in Latin, or of the New South LONDON.-The ladies' com- Testament in Greek (in alternate weeks), mittee of this society are still busily from lessons previously assigned. The engaged in preparing for the forth- study of Hebrew must be deferred till the coming bazaar. During the last month students are sufficiently well grounded they have received several contributions in Latin and Greek. The exercises close from London and the provinces, and a with a recitation from one of the stufew donations have also been added to dents (in turn), in which pronunciation, the building fund, which now amounts emphasis, gesture, and manner are all
criticised. I consider the students as language in which they are or may heremaking marked improvement, particu- after be published, copies of all collateral larly in reading and speaking.
works. As the society's funds cannot I may add that I have also required be legitimately expended on the purchase a written sermon from each of them, for of other than Swedenborg's works, they examination and correction. I remain, will be happy to receive copies of the gentlemen, very truly yours,
following, which are wanted to complete 0. PRESCOTT HILLER. the library up to the present time :London, May 19th, 1865.
“ Peculiarities of the Bible," " Antedi
luvian History," “ Postdiluvian History," GREAT GRIMSBY.—The Rev. W. Wood- by the Rev. E. D. Rendell; Smithson's man delivered two lectures in the lecture "Prophet Isaiah ;” “Rise and Progress room of the Mechanics’ Institute here, of the New Church,” by Hindmarsh, on the 29th and 30th of May. The first edited by the Rev. E. Madeley; “Sermons lecture was on “ The present theological to my Household," Rev. D. G. Goyder ; crisis, as bearing on the inspiration and · Signification of Colours,” by Portal interpretation of the sacred Scriptures, (in French); “Memoirs of the Rev. G. its causes and probable issues ; with a Bush ;" Fernald's “Life and Compenbrief examination of the views propoun- dium of the Writings of Swedenborg ;" ded by Bishop Colenso, and on the Hobart's “Life of Swedenborg;" SmithEssays and Reviews." The second lec- son's “ Documents respecting the Life ture was on “ Heaven: where and what and Character of Swedenborg ;" Wilkinis it? How shall we know each other son's “ Biography of Swedenborg;” “Serin the future life?” There was a good mons,” by Rev. W. Bruce; Smithson's attendance upon the lectures, and we “Tracts;" “ Dictionary of Corresponhave reason to believe that a deep im- dence” (last edition); • God Manifest," pression was made upon many minds by Rev. 0. P. Hiller. the truths enunciated, especially during the second lecture. The isolated re- DATES, THEIR VALUE AND CONVEceivers in Great Grimsby desire to ex- NIENCE.—To the Editor.-I have often press their warmest thanks to the Com- noticed the want of dates in reports mittee of the Missionary Institution, for and papers inserted in the Magazine, their kindness in assisting them to secure which induces me to call your attention the services of the able lecturer.
to the subject. In the Repository of
this month, in the account of the anniBATH, HENRY STREET.-On Tuesday versary meeting of the London Missionevening, June 6th, the members and ary and Tract Society, Mr. Goldsack friends of this church did themselves referred to a sermon preached by Dr. the honour of expressing their apprecia- Temple, at the Royal Chapel, St. James's, tion of the long, valuable, and gratuitous "recently.” Mr. Austin referred to Mr. services of their very excellent minister, Beecher's sermons, “recently published.” the Rev. J. Keene, by requesting him to So little may be sufficient in speaking, allow a photographic likeness of himself, but in print more is required. in his official dress, to be placed in the The report of Dr. Bayley's visit to library of the church. Mrs. Keene was Norwich, 18th April, states that the Norat the same time presented with a por- wich News reported an account of the trait of her beloved husband in his secu- lectures in four columns. I am going lar character. Both photographs are to write for a copy, and should be glad beautifully coloured and framed, and to save the proprietor the trouble of reare excellent likenesses.
ferring by giving the date of publication. Mr. C. Hall, on behalf of the sub- Any one noticing the Ī'imes, will scribers, read and presented an address constantly see “letters unanswered," to Mr. Keene, who feelingly replied in “subscriptions not sent," " address or some very appropriate remarks.
I suggest that some notice be taken SWEDENBORG SOCIETY'S LIBRARY.— of this, as the want of punctuality and This society has for some years been of dates actually robs parties of time, collecting materials for a complete New which is often of more consequence than Church Library, one which shall con- being robbed of money.
G. C. tain, besides Swedenborg's works in every London, 4th June, 1865.
ISLINGTON.-The annual meeting of deprecated any attempt to conceal from this society was held on the 16th May. whence we obtained our doctrines, and The report of the committee indicated a mentioned a circumstance within his steady improvement in the attendance, knowledge, illustrative of the good effect with an addition of members and com- of an honest and candid avowal of our municants. The funds also show a belief. balance in favour of the society, and Mr. Colley stated that his experience there were many indications of an in- of the power for good possessed by New creased activity amongst the members. Church truths was deep and heartfelt. Six week-day services were conducted He reinarked that their fullest effects by the students in the months of Feb- were realised when kindred spirits were ruary, March, and April, under the found, whose syiopathy warmed them auspices of the New Church College, into more fervent life. with sufficient encouragement to merit a Mr. Bateman, observing strangers prefurther effort in this direction.
sent, took the opportunity of explaining On Tuesday, the 23rd, the anniver- the catholic character of the New Church, sary tea meeting was held in the school- which, without shirinking from the disroom. Unfortunately, a meeting at tinct expression of doginatic truth, regarArgyle Square on the same evening, ded all mankind as brethren. He then and a somewhat unfavourable state of contrasted the New Church doctrine of the weather, caused the absence of seve- the trinity with that of the Church of ral friends whose presence and assist England, and in an eloquent manner ance are so valuable upon these occasions. pointed out the powerful effect of the After tea all assembled in the church, foriner upon the life of its recipients. . and Mr. Bateinan, having taken the Several hymns were sing at intervals, chair, maile a fow introductory remarks, and an evening which began with, perand regretted that arrangements could haps, some slight fcelings of discouragenot be made so as to avoid having con- ment terininated, we may safely say, Alicting demands upon the time of friends with more than ordinary feelings of of the New Church, which necessarily pleasure to all present. impaired their success. He then called upon the secretary to explain the condi- Cross STREET SOCIETY, HATTON GARtion of the society.
DEN.— The annual general meeting of Mr. Elliott then briefly stated some of this society was held on the 20th of the prominent features of the annual March, and the proceedings were of report, and adverted to the satisfactory a satisfactory character. The report of character of its statistics.
the committee entered at length into the Dr. Goyder afterwards spoke upon the financial operations of the society, and importance of unity amongst the mem- described the efforts made to establish bers, and reminded them that, in a day and Sunday-schools, which had failed review of the past, quality must be kept for the present; and the money subin view equally with the more popular scribed, therefore, had, by consent, been element of quantity. He concluded with "applied towards liquidating a portion an affectionate appeal to all to avoid the of the debts owing by the society." We baneful effects of permitting the love of append the most interesting passages in rule to enter the precincts of any society. the report :
Mr. Goldsack expressed his hope that “At the last annual general meeting the society would so enlarge itself as to the society had the gratification to learn fill the church now building on the ad- that after a period of twenty-seven years, joining ground,-apparently forgetting during which the treasurer's account had in the warmth of his feelings that no always shown that the payments had exsuch building had as yet been com- ceeded the receipts, a change had taken menced. We trust his words may prove place, and that the account for 1863 prophetic, and as soon as may be after showed a balance in the treasurer's next conference realised by the erection hands. This balance, although small of the chapel and south wing of the (£9. 14s. 10d.), it was hoped would be college. Mr. Goldsack also gave an in- the commencement of a new era, and teresting account of the condition of the that in future the duty of the treasurer New Church at Adelaide, South Aus- would be what his name implies, viz., to tralia.
hold in his hands the funds of the Mr. Smith, of Cross Street Society, society, ready to meet all its demands,
without requiring him to make advances ings of the following week two more out of his own pocket. Your committee lectures were delivered, one on “The have much pleasure in being able to state Passover," and the other on “ Heaven." that this hope has been realised in the A report of the concluding lecture past year to a greater degree than could appeared in the Baptist Press. have been expected. The treasurer's The beneficial effects of Dr. Bayley's account for 1864 shows a considerable visit cannot be fully estimated at prebalance remaining in his hands, viz., sent. This much we know, that it has £52. 16s. 9d. * * * * *
awakened a spirit of inquiry, and that “Your committee congratulate the some whose minds were in doubt have society on the improved aspect of its been confirmed. Several have expressed financial affairs, and with the expecta- their satisfaction with the views set tion that this improvement will continue, forth, and Dr. Bayley has made a most they recommend that the stipend of our favourable and, we hope, a lasting imworthy minister be increased to £200. pression on many minds in favour of for the year 1865. Last year the society New Church principles. increased the stipend from £150. to £175., and was then desirous to make it MINISTERS' MEETING.–The quarterly £200., but it was thought prudent to meeting of the ministers in Lancashire defer it until the result of another year. was held at Liverpool on Tuesday, the
“Now, however, that the interest 20th ult., when all the Lancashire miniwhich will have to be paid is so greatly sters were present. The former portion reduced, in consequence of paying off so of the time was occupied in listening to large a portion of the debt, your com- a paper read by the Rev. R. Storry, on mittee feel sanguine that the income “ The structure and correspondence of will provide for this extra charge of £25., the bones in the human body," followed and not only so, but they hope that it by discussion. Both the papers and the will besides provide an annual surplus observations were of a highly interesting to be applied to the lessening and final and practically useful nature. Subseextinguishment of the debt.
quently the conversation turned on “ With this prospect in view, we may various subjects of general church intelook forward to a time when the society, rest, and it was generally felt that the which has passed through many trials, meeting had been as useful as it was may be altogether free from debt, and interesting. In consequence of the conhave larger means of usefulness." ference occurring so near the time at
which the next meeting should take JERSEY.--The society here has been place, it was resolved to hold the next in favoured with a visit from the Rev. Dr. December, at Preston. Bayley, who delivered several interesting discourses, and performed some other SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.—The annual important uses.
meeting of this society took place on the On May 17th he gave a lecture on 20th of last month. The Rev. Augustus “ The Flood,” in which he showed the Clissold occupied the chair. Mr. Clisimpossibility of such an event baving sold's address, which was on Swedenliterally taken place, and explained the burg's knowledge of Hebrew, as attacked instructive spiritual signification of the in the “Spiritual Magazine," the delivery Divinely-inspired allegory. A second of which called forth the liveliest exlecture, on "The Ark," was delivered on pressions of approval, we hope to present the 19th. The first lecture was deli- to our readers in the August number. vered in a public hall, to an attentive A report of the proceedings will also audience of about 400; the second was then appear. in the Temple, which was crowded, and
Married the hearers manifested the deepest in- At the New Jerusalem Church, Peterterest.
street, Manchester, June 3rd, by the Rev. On Sunday, Dr. Bayley preached R. Storry, Mr. John Green to Miss Jane twice. After the morning's service the Standage, eldest daughter of Mr. Chas. sacrament of the Lord's Supper was ad- Standage, of Manchester. ministered to twenty-seven communi- At the New Jerusalem Temple, Newcants; and in the evening three children castle-on-Tyne, June 19th, by the Rev. were baptised.
W. Ray, Mr. John J. Lishman to Miss On the Tuesday and Thursday even- Jane Mills, of Tynemouth.
the following Sunday a sermon was Departed into the spiritual world, preached by her affectionate pastor, Mr. Feb. 10th, at Leigh, aged 53 years, Mr. R. G. Sheldon, from Rev. xiỹ. 13. William Okill. In early childhood he was, by an elder brother, instructed in Departed this life, March 12th, Mrs. the principles of the New Jerusalem. Alice Ashworth, relict of the late Mr. Through life he ever maintained an un- James Ashworth, of whom an obituary spotted reputation. Willing to do good notice appears in the Magazine for April, whenever opportunity offered, he was 1855. The deceased was the oldest, and beloved by all who knew him. He was in some respects the most distinguished, the friend of all, the enemy of none. member of the New Church at Heywood. Though averse to obtinding his views She had been connected with the early of spiritual things in mixed company, he history of the societies of the New Church was ever able and ready, when the new at Middleton and Heywood, the early doctrines were attacked, to defend them meetings of the first having been held in a lucid and effectual manner, putting in the dwelling-house of her mother, his opposers to shame. Our friend was those of the last named in her own. troubled with asthma for many years, She was a near relative of the late Mr. and suffered acutely, yet he never mur Boardman, for many years the leader of mured; but, having unbounded confi- the society at Middleton. After her dence in the Divine mercy and compas- marriage, she and her husband resided sion, he felt assured that all things for a short time at Middleton, where would work together for good to those they attended the public services of the who love and serve their Divine Lord New Church. Removing soon after to and Master. He passed from the natural Heywood, they felt the want of the worto the spiritual world in peace and tran- ship to which they had become accusquility, breathing goodwill to all man- tomed, and determined to commence a kind.
meeting in their own house. Mr. Board
man was invited to conduct this service, Departed this mortal life, at Liverpool, and for some time came over periodically March 7th, in humble hope of a joyful for this purpose. Other preachers also entrance into the Lord's heavenly king- took part in the service, which, once dom above, aged 26 years, Mrs. Hannah commenced, was steadily pursued until Connor. She and her affectionate hus a small society was formed, and a room band have been efficient and diligent rented, in which to open a Sundayteachers in the Sunday school, Limekiln- school and to conduct the public worship lane (now held in Prince Edward-street), of the church. The life of Mrs. Ashworth for many years past. Our departed sister is thus interwoven with the entire history was greatly beloved by her fellow-teachers of the society. She undertook, in its and by all the children. Being amiable, beginning, the toil and inconvenience of gentle, and lively, she was at the monthly having her house converted into a chapel social gatherings of the young the centre and meeting-room for the early receivers of attraction. The Sunday-school was of the doctrines; and she encouraged her element-it was, in fact, the instru- and sustained her husband in their long ment of leading both her and her husband walk together in all the efforts that were into the Lord's New Church, a powerful made for the building up of the church. argument in favour of such institutions. There has been no movement in which To gently lead the infant mind in truth she has not had a part, no labour in and goodness was her chief delight. which she has not been a helper, and no During her long and acute sufferings advancement in which she has not sym(from a painful internal disease) she pathised. Her whole life, from youth found much consolation from her part- to old age, has been occupied by this ner reading the Holy Word and New intense affection for and lively interest Church books. The perusal of the pages in the church. of the Juvenile Magazine was to her a A life so long, so earnestly, and so source of great pleasure. Her end was steadily devoted to the church, could “perfect peace.” Her earthly remains not be without many deep religious were interred on Sunday, March 12th, feelings and much religious experience. at Anfield Cemetery, near Liverpool, the A mind occupied only with the world service of our Liturgy being performed and with self could not have kept up for by the Rev. C. G. Macpherson; and on so long a period the fervour of its devo