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upwards of fifty houses. These young [We believe there is a small body or ladies expressed themselves highly de- congregation of Christians who profess lighted in their new occupation of tract- this faith ; but we think there is little in distributing and visiting ; and such a their view of this doctrine, and less in mode of employing time usefully would their general faith, to connect them with greatly enhance the pleasure as well as the New Church. Some slight contact afford the satisfaction of having done a has not brought out any mutual tendency duty and fulfilled an obligation which to union.-ED.] each Christian owes to all. To record instances like this may be
Married encouraging to others who are similarly On the 28th of June, 1865, at the New disposed to make a profitable use of their Jerusalem Church, Brightlingsea, Mr. time, either whilst at the sea-side or at James Ward to Miss Martha Clarey, any other place, when they are disen- eldest daughter of Mr. William Clarey, gaged from their usual duties; for it both of the above-named village. seems to me that the one great thought At the New Jerusalem temple, Heywhich should be uppermost in the mind wood, on the 9th July, by the Rev. Thos. of every New Churchman ought to be L. Marsden, Mr. Thomas Lomax to Miss How can I, by the proper use of time or Mary Ann Gibbs. money, tact or talent, books or tracts, &c., At Albion Chapel, Leeds, July 13th, bring my neighbour, whom I am com- by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. John Lobley manded to love as myself, to a knowledge to Miss Mary Rathmell. of those new and glorious truths which I have received through the divine mercy
Obituary. of the Lord ?
Departed into the spiritual world, March
31st, at Coalsnaughton, three miles from To the Editor.-The British Quarterly Alloa, after long failing health, aged 60, Review for the present month (July, Mr.Jas. Harrower. Deceased was deeply contains an article on “ The Two New- imbued with the principles and spirit of mans.” Towards the closing of the his- the New Church in his mind and life. tory of the religious career of Francis He was for some years associated with William Newman there occur the follow the New Church meeting in Dunfermline, ing statements :-" To his own conscious- walking four mtles to attend the meeting. ness he was still a full believer in Chris. Since he came to reside with his friends tianity. So he resolved for awhile to here, he was unable to attend the meetabandon all ecclesiastical questionings, ing in Alloa. He possessed a good and settled down with some queer little library of New Church works, and took community, an obscure congregation great pleasure in attending any 'meeting which had exploded the old creeds in the Alloa friends held in Coalsnaughton. favour of another of their own, namely, His end was peace. that Jesus is Jehovah.' [Ever out of the frying-pan into the fire.] Here, On the 7th of June, Mrs. Hannah again, he finds himself a heretic, and Tickle, of Bolton, widow of the late that the little community could agree James Tickle, Esq., passed into the upon nothing except that their new bro spiritual world, aged 64. From childther is doggedly in the wrong."
hood she has been connected with the Not knowing any other community church of this town, and was a frequent but that of the New Church who hold attender at its services during the life of that " Jesus is Jehovah," and it appear- her husband. She has suffered much ing from the above statements that F. W. from a bronchial affection, and also the Newman was at one period associated heart disease. To these, together with with some New Church society or friends, the diarrhea, she at last fell a victim, which I do not remember to have heard and passed on to that world where we of before, I have been induced to inquire know they will trouble her no more. whether such a fact is at all known to
W. W. any society or individuals in the New Departed this life, at his residence, Church ?- whether such a description Frankford, on Wednesday morning, June can apply to any other religious body; 14th, 1865, the Rev. James Seddon, or whether it is a mistaken assertion of pastor of the New Jerusalem society of the writer?
E.D. R. Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa., in the 68th
year of his age, and the 27th year of his general uses among the several societies ministry. He was as one who was ever composing it. He also endeavoured to attentive to the words, “ Be thou faithful enlist general interest in the spread unto death, and I will give thee a crown of the doctrines among the Germans, of life.” Although for some time past through the labours of the Rev. Mr. gradually failing, and experiencing in- Brickman; and cherished a hope that at tense pain towards the closing hours of some future day the Association might his life, he yet retained his mental facul- be able to provide means towards the ties, and bore his sufferings with remark- support and education of orphans under able fortitude. With his departure one the influence of the church. In his of the links between the past and present ministerial career, during which the of the New Church has been severed. church-edifice was enlarged and filled, He was the eldest and last surviving we can recall but two interruptionsdescendent of the Rev. Thomas Seddon, one being on the occasion of a visit, with who was one of the early receivers and his sister, Mary, to his native land, ministers of the doctrines of the New England; and the other an absence of a Jerusalem, and one of those through few months prior to the division of the whom they became established in this society in 1854, at which time he was place.
recalled to officiate in the original society, Mr. Seddon was ordained as pastor of and continued therein actively engaged the Frankford society, July 15th, 1838, in almost constant service until a few by the Rev. Dr. L. Beers, of New York, weeks previous to his decease. Although and was consecrated an ordaining minis- the societies still remain separate, there ter of the General Convention of the seems to exist an earnest hope among New Church, June 15th, 1845, remaining many that a reunion may yet take place; at the time of his decease the second on in which event the church might renew that list. He was also for many years an appearance of its former usefulness president of the Pennsylvania Association and prosperity, and in some degree repay of the New Jerusalem, in which capacity to the general view the labours and he took especial interest in promoting efforts of our departed pastor and others harmonious intercourse and performing in its behalf. J. W. L., Frankford.
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ADDRESS FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE TO THE
MEMBERS OF THE NEW CHURCH THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.
Of the many duties which the Conference has to perform, including that of addressing the different branches of the Churches abroad, no one affords it more pleasure, and none is more likely to be productive of greater usefulness, than that of addressing itself to the Church at home. Home duties are in this, as in all other respects, the most imperative and the most important. The Conference is the friend of other branches of the Church, but it is the Guardian of its own. It is more. Composed of the ministers and representatives of the different societies of the Church in this kingdom, the Conference is that Church itself, so far as it exists as a deliberative body,—so far as its societies can meet together, and consult with each other on the best means of promoting their common interests, and can adopt, and agree to act. upon, such measures as in their collective intelligence may seem best adapted, either in themselves or under existing circumstances, to accomplish the greatest possible amount of good to each and to alle
The Conference desires on this occasion to address you on the Uses and Duties of the Church of which we all profess to be members, and whose prosperity, as an instrument of saving health, lies of all things nearest to our hearts ; for the cause of the Church is the cause of God, and therefore of humanity.
ADDRESS FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE
It is a well-known doctrine of those illuminated writings which a beneficent Providence has given to men in this grand epoch of the world's religious history—the time of the Second Advent of the Lordthat it is absolutely necessary for the salvation, and even for the preservation, of the human race, that a church should exist in the world. Salvation comes indeed to men through the consecrated medium of the Holy Word. Through this alone the Spirit of the Lord operates savingly upon the human mind; for although the Lord employs human and angelic agency to effect the salvation of His creatures, yet it is only by the truths of the Word which men and angels possess, and thus by these agents so far as they possess them, that He can enlighten and save,
We may here remark that the doctrine of a visible church, limited to those who possess the Word as an immediate Divine revelation, does not excluđe that of a universal church, consisting of all throughout the whole world who live according to their religion, whatever it may be ;—and all others besides the Christian religion, are in fact derived indirectly from the Word, either the ancient or the present one. Without the visible church, the invisible could not exist. A church was as necessary in the most ancient times, when revelation came immediately from the Lord as an internal dictate, as it is now, when revelation exists among us in the fixed and ultimate form of a written book. Light from the Lord still flows in, as at first, through the inmost of the human mind; but the inferior degrees having become. perverted by evil, the inflowing light cannot now enlighten, except by being first received in, and reflected by, the truths of the written Word, as objects which have been introduced into the memory. The light of the mind is in this respect like that of the body. The sun would shine for us in vain were there not objects to refract and reflect its light. Refracted and reflected by innumerable objects, its pure." light clothes itself with the many-coloured garment of external nature, rendering itself at once perceptible and grateful to the eye, and instructive and delightful to the mind. So is the light of God to the soul when it falls upon the truths of the written Word. But as the beauty and instructiveness of nature are greatly enhanced to us by science and philosophy, so are those of the Word by doctrine and exposition. The Word without doctrine is unintelligible. Doctrine and expositionsacred science and philosophy—bring out the hidden beauties of the truths that lie concealed like gems in the matrix of the letter, and dispose them according to the laws of contrast and harmony, in a circle
of beauty, like the precious stones in a regal crown. In more exact terms, doctrine systematises the truths of the Word, as science does the truths of nature, presenting clearly under a few distinct heads innumerable truths which, separately, would only convey some obscure, and in some cases, conflicting notions to, and make some faint impressions on, the mind. The church is the instrument by which these truths are eliminated, and by which, when eliminated, they are taught, disseminated, and diffused ;-taught to her own children, disseminated to those around her, and diffused to the most distant nations of the earth.
Such is the function and such are the uses of the church. Nothing could give us a more exalted idea of the indispensable necessity of the church, as an instrument in the Lord's hand for effecting human regeneration, than the relation which she sustains to the Lord Himself as the Regenerator. She is the Bride, the Lamb's wife. The connection of the Lord with His church, as formed by the covenant of the Divine Word, is that of a true marriage. The regenerate owe their spiritual existence, by the new birth, to the Lord as a Father and to the church as a mother. The church is the honoured mother of the Lord's children. She is to them more than all that a human mother can be to her offspring. Born of her, they are cherished by her with more than all the care and tenderness of the wisest and most affectionate of earthly parents. “They are borne upon her sides and dandled upon her knees; they suck, and are satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; they milk out, and are delighted with the abundance of her glory.” Can such a mother forget her offspring, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb ? Alas! the church, after the Lord had espoused her to Himself in the purest love and by the most precious gifts, has hitherto shown how possible it is for even the most favoured wife to leave her first love, and forget the care she owes to her children. The character and conduct of the church have been such as to draw from the Lord the terrible reproof" Plead with your mother, for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband.” And so little has she done for the regeneration of those within her border, that it has been said of her—"More are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord."
Now, all that is recorded of the church as the covenanted wife of the Lord, and of her having, in several successive dispensations, fallen away from the love and worship she owes to Him as her husband, teaches us most emphatically that the church has her duties as well as her privileges, and that the exalted uses she is designed to accomplish depend on her faithfully performing the duties which her high vocation
not have come espoused her to to shown how po