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the truth than others. No doubt, in the to explode such dangerous and horrible millions around us in our own land, there errors, and to teach men that heaven is are great numbers of honest souls, of not entered by those who have outside excellent people who would receive the profession, either like a postage stamp truth, if it were introduced to them as or anything else, but whose hearts favourably as it has been introduced to have been made pure by Regeneration. us. There must be suitable mediums “ Blessed are the pure in heart, for they for this work, and the mediums must be shall see God." He cordially seconded multiplied. These mediums are pious, the resolution. large-hearted, talented men, well-edu- The second resolution was moved by cated and well-practised in the sublime Mr. GUNTON, and was as follows: “ That art of bringing great principles home to this meeting is convinced that, in addithe minds and the consciences of men. tion to the varied forms in which this Dr. Bayley continued, -Ministers were fund has been supported, the time has wanted first to supply our own societies, arrived when a list of annual subscribers which are large enough to maintain them, should be formed, whose subscriptions so that where now there is a feeble band, could be depended upon, and be made with an unattractive service, there might payable in January ; and this meeting be the complete work of the ministry, engages to forward the formation of given by a man eloquent in the pulpit, such list by all the means in its power.”' and diligent out. Secondly, there are Mr. Gunton observed that it was clear efficient ministers wanted, to be aided by that the Church generally had felt the the church in general, where societies importance of the institution they were are small, who shall preach in districts, that evening advocating, for it had been strengthening the present little centres, adopted and recommended by the Conand preaching in the villages around. ference to the warmest support of the Thirdly, there are wanted ministers for people. Its use had already been conthe missionary work in the kingdom at siderable, and it bade fair to answer the large, to go through the length and expectations of its best friends. There breadth of the land, and sow the truth was Mr. Hyde, who was so efficient both broadcast. And fourthly, the church in the pulpit and with his pen. Mr. should not forget that the present effec. Potts was now placed with the Society at tive ministers are overworked. There Melbourne; other gentlemen, with socishould be more to share their labours, or eties, had been aided ; and societies were those labours would prematurely be lost. known in some instances vigorously to The present men would too early break be desiring the services of some of their down. Dr. Bayley concluded by moving present students. All these things show the first resolution :-" That this meeting that their work was being appreciated by desires to express its conviction of the the Church ; and he considered the time increasing importance of the object of the bad fully come when they should have a Students and Ministers' Aid Fund, for list of permanent subscribers who would the spread of those great truths which we give a settled basis to the institution, believe to have come down from the Lord like that of the Swedenborg Society and out of heaven, as the leaves of the Tree the Missionary Society; and that view was of Life, for the healing of the nations." advocated by his resolution, which he

This was seconded by the Rev. 0. P. hoped would be cordially adopted by the HILLER, who remarked that he altogether meeting. concurred in the remarks of Dr. Bayley. THOMAS Watson, Esq., cordially The great mass of evils was the result seconded the resolution, and would be of error, and could only be removed by happy to do his part in giving it practical the removal of the fatal doctrine, now so effect. He believed that an earnest and prevalent, of instantaneous salvation by attractive advocacy was the most efficient faith alone. He illustrated this by mode of advancing the truths of the quoting a late reported declaration of Church. Books were excellent, and Mr. Spurgeon, “ That Faith was like a ought never to be neglected ; but there postage stamp, which, if put upon the is a power in the living voice which dirtiest possible bit of paper, and what summons attention and wins assent. ever in sense or form it might contain, Mr. Watson also sympathised strongly would insure its being safe at its journey's with the remark that their ministers end." We want men, said Mr. Hiller, were too much pressed upon for their

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number, and demanded a considerable resolution, and welcomed the young men increase of their number, if they were to their important duties. not to be prematurely lost.

Mr. ISAAC GUNTON seconded the resoH. R. WILLIAMS, Esq., rose to support lution, and observed that the difference the resolution, but, at the same time, of a society with an efficient ministry would be glad to know from the treasurer and one without might be illustrated by what was the exact state of the affairs of many examples within the knowledge of the institution. He thought that more all. He referred to especial instances was being done for the students now where societies were placed in these than was originally contemplated, and circumstances, and stated it as his he wished to know the expense and the conviction that one main element of a state of the fund. It was, he had no society's success lies in the pulpit' being doubt, in the best interests of the Church so efficiently occupied that you may not that this institution should be supported, only be edified yourselves but cheerfully and wished the information he asked invite friends to come and hear. He that all might know what had to be done. appealed to the building in which they

The TREASURER stated that the expens were assembled as a proof. diture of last year was £180., and the On the invitation of the chairman, income, including Conference grant, was two of the students, Mr. Moss and Mr. somewhat over £140. The difference Pilkington, responded to the welcome was made up by selling out stock which and assurance of sympathy contained in had been bought by money which had the resolution, and signified their entire previously been raised for this purpose sympathy with the whole purpose of the and invested in stock, because there was meeting, to advance the glorious doctrines no present need for it. At the present of the New Jerusalem. time they were spending £21. per month, A fourth resolution was moved, secondand, not taking into account any proceeds ed, and adopted by the meeting, viz. :of this meeting, there was only £32. in " That a tea party be held, on Wedneshand to see them to next Conference. day, the first week in April, in the School

The resolution was then put and room, Argyle-square, to advance the carried.

interests of this institution, and that the Mr. BRABY proposed the next resolu- Committee make the best arrangements tion :-" That this meeting rejoices to possible to give it effect.” see that the General Conference was able to determine to adopt an increased MINISTERS' MEETING, MANCHESTER.number of young men to prepare for the On Tuesday, the 13th ultimo, a meeting ministry ; and desires to welcome the of the Lancashire Ministers of the New young men to their glorious work, and Church was held in Manchester, when to assure them of its hearty sympathy." there were present the Revds. R. Storry Mr. Braby called attention to the fact and E. D. Rendell (the President and that the New Church had not only to Vice-president of Conference), W. Woodpropound its truths and principles, but man, J. Boys, J. B. Kennerley, and C. G. to encounter also persecution, sometimes Macpherson, and also Mr. E.J. Broadfield. bitter persecution. The dragon opposed Mr. STORRY, having been called to the the Man-child, and would continue to do chair, gave his views on the valuable uses so. There were also the difficulties which might be promoted by meetings which arose from our own faults and the similar to the present, a sentiment in errors of those who misconceived the which every member of the meeting fully spirit of the New Church, and became concurred. On entering on the subject involved in Spiritism or other grievous for the consideration of which the meetperplexities. The moral he drew from ing was more especially convened—“The This was that we ought to be truly most useful course of Study for Candihumble, sincere, and faithful ourselves; dates for the Ministry,” the Chairman and to strengthen as much as possible explained that it was à subject to which the Church, by providing an increased he had recently given considerable attenband of pious and talented men who can tion, and had, in a communication to the meet and defeat all the forms of error, committee of the Students and Ministers' and whose learning would sustain them Aid Fund, expressed his views at some in banishing ignorance and advancing length; and the present meeting appeared truth. He very cordially moved the to him most opportune. The considera

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tion of his letter had been postponed, and University, that students could have no if his brethren concurred in his view, it time for theological studies, and many of would come before the committee with the subjects could be of no direct aid to the weight and authority of all the Lan- the ministerial duties. There was, it is cashire ministers.

true, as he had found, in some studies, An animated and highly useful debate which appeared to have no particular then ensued, in which every member took reference to theology, valuable assistance part. Mr. Woodman having called the in understanding Swedenborg; he might meeting and suggested the subject, being mention the subject of physical optics as called on by the chairman to state his having afforded him such aid. There views, explained that he had been very was a further Scriptural examination strongly impressed with the conviction open to graduates, in the Greek of that the present course of study or curri- the New Testament, Hebrew, Paley's culum pursued by the student was rather Evidences, and Butler's Analogy. Morethe result of accident than of careful over, some of the works usually read thought and deliberation. A young man were of very questionable character. Of was now placed for two years in connec- the works of Sir W. Hamilton he could tion with the college, where, by matricu- speak in the highest terms, as containing lating at the London University, he might the highest philosophy, greatest intellect, study for a degree, and when he had strong feeling of piety, and thorough obtained a B.A., the practice had hitherto belief in the Christian religion. There been to consider him fit to preach. It had, however, recently been a new prowas, he (Mr. Woodman) thought, open to fessor appointed, of the name of Baines, question, whether this was the best course whose books were of a decidedly mateto adopt, at least in the present circum- rialistic tendency. He sets out with no stances of the church. It was open to assumption, nor does he attack the posidoubt whether, in the attainment of a tions of others; but attempts to account degree, many of the studies demanded for the mental phenomena, including vowere essential to the ministry, whilst lition, by forces we can grasp, and thus others, indispensable to the efficient aims at persuading the student that he exercise of it, were excluded. The cur- has no need to trouble himself with diffiriculum was mainly confined to classics, cult or occult questions. mathematics, and science, whilst He- Mr. MACPHERSON said that the Univerbrew, the Hellenistic, or New Testament sities prescribed a course of study or Greek, and theology, formed no part curriculum, and for this they gave a of it; and the speaker urged that the degree. Besides this, they also provided Hebrew of the Old Testament, the Greek for special study for particular profesof the New, and an acquaintance with sions. The first was an excellent disciSwedenborg's works in the original Latin pline, and imparted great mental vigour, were indispensable. And without depre- whereby the study of a new subject or ciating classical and other studies, these branch of knowledge would be greatly ought, nevertheless, in the opinion of the facilitated. That is to say, a person who speaker, to be first secured, and even a had studied for a degree would much knowledge of Swedenborg's philosophical more readily acquire Hebrew, for inworks, before the student contemplated stance, than one who had not passed the acquirement of a degree. This spea- through that mental discipline. Mr. ker also spoke strongly on the necessity Macpherson next suggested the query, of the cultivation of piety by the students whether some of the books at present for the ministry, and indeed among the required to be read by the students young generally ; the more so as he might not be usefully substituted for feared there was much improvement re- others. He was of opinion that Noble's quired in this respect. The cultivation “ Plenary Inspiration,” or “ Appeal,” of it in the young was indeed to him a might be substituted for the " True practical problem he had not been able Christian Religion.” At all events, there to solve.

should be an examination of the student in Mr. E. J. BROADFIELD quite corrobo- his knowledge of the works he is required rated the view of the previous speaker, to read, and also in his ability to defend showing, by enumerating the list of sub- the doctrines when assailed. In the jects which form the curriculum for the course of his observations he also adfirst and second B.A.s in the London verted to the present domestic position

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of the students. The rules for the tent themselves with the attainment of managemeut of the Students' and Minis- the knowledge adequate to the efficient ters' Aid Fund required that the students performance of their duties. should be placed under the care of a Mr. KENNERLEY, in some interesting minister, who should direct their studies, remarks, gave a general critique on the &c.; but that, he believed, was not the different theological works of Swedencase, and how far it was practicable he borg, in relation to the requirements of could not say. The college would pro- the student. The “Divine Love and bably say_• Send them to us, and we Wisdom” was the Euclid of the New will superintend their mental and moral Church. In the “ Divine Providence," training." For his part, however, he the relatively abstract principles of the should most strongly object to a number former work were shown in their relation of young men being shut up in any to the experience of man. In the “True college-an objection which applied, in Christian Religion” these principles were his mind, equally to New Church students embodied in doctrines, and the reader, as to others.

by means of the Memorabilia, was Mr. RENDELL remarked that it had brought to some acquaintance with the appeared to him that the New Church spiritual, whilst the “ Heaven and Hell” had overlooked one important point. would enlarge his acquaintance with They had appeared to assume that young that world, and the "Apocalypse Expersons among us were different from plained” would give him a knowledge of others ; whereas it must not be forgotten the spiritual sense of the Word. He that unregenerated human nature was mentioned this in preference to the very similar among all classes. He “ Arcana,” the latter work partaking quite agreed with the previous speaker more of the recondite character of the on the moral injury likely to follow from “ Divine Love and Wisdom." numbers of young men being congregated After a few more remarks from the in colleges; and strongly urged that an chairman, who referred to the practice effort should be made to carry out the of the Unitarians, who had two curricula, provisions of the rule which required that one of a more simple and shorter kind, the students should be placed under the which consisted in acquiring good Engsupervision of a minister, adding that lish, the Greek of the New Testament, he did not consider the scheme to be so house visiting, and the forming of Mission impracticable as it might at first sight Stations; the other, more elaborate, emappear. With reference to an examina- bracing the branches of study necessary tion of the students in what they were for a degree, which occupies three years, required to read, he quite concurred when a similar period is devoted to theowith the remarks which had preceded logical studies, the following resolution his ; although he did not see the neces- was unanimously passed :sity of substituting the “ Appeal” or “That since the duties of the ministry - Plenary Inspiration” for the “ True have primary respect to the Word, its Christian Religion.” He should suppose right understanding, teaching, and applithat there was no student who had not cation—the studies to which the attention read that work previously to his having of the candidates for the ministry should become a candidate for the ministry; at be chiefly directed, are those which bear least he ought to have read it, and have on its nature and true meaning—such as some acquaintance with its contents. the Hebrew of the Old Testament, the Then, as to the prospects of students, it Greek of the New, and the doctrines must be remembered that young men and expositions of the Divine Word, as are of different geniuses; some could contained in the theological works of not by any course of study, ever become Swedenborg in the Latin tongue ; to preachers, even some who were im- which may be added his philosophical pressed with a desire of preaching ; works where convenient. Whilst, howand it was the duty of the church to tell ever, these are considered to be primary them plainly that such was the case. studies, nevertheless this opinion is not Of others again, some would, from their intended to undervalue the pursuit of peculiar temperament, aim at obtaining classical and literary acquirements with à degree, which might indeed be accom- the view to obtaining a University degree, plished after the other studies have been where the opportunities are favourable.” completed ; the rest would probably con- The meeting then decided on holding

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its next meeting at Kersley, on Tuesday, tion;" and the committee confidently the 14th of March, 1865, when the New hope that the subscription list will be Church College will be the subject of very considerably extended, and that consideration. Thus terminated what this work, at its present low price of every one present felt to have been a 28. 6d., will be largely circulated and useful meeting.

presented by members and friends of

the church to their acquaintances, to New PUBLICATIONS. — An advertise- ministers, to inquirers, and also to soment appears in the current number to cieties and institutions. which we call attention. The Rev. W. Subscriptions already received towards · Woodman has written a work entitled "the circulation of the “Antediluvian “Swedenborg's Doctrine of Marriage History :"and its Opposites Explained and De

COPIES. fended,” which is to be published by The members of the Committee .... 60 subscription, the list to be kept open till Accrington Society, per Mr. E. Riley.. 80 the end of January. We understand Bateman H., Esq.... the work will contain a vast amount of Berry Mr. J. P...... corroborative evidence in favour of the Broadfield J., Esq........... position of Swedenborg on Scortatory Edleston R., Esq. ........ love.

Hughes W., Esq. ................ The Rev. Dr. Bayley is also about to Mc.Nab —, Esq. ...... favour the church with a series of dis. Negus James, Esq. ...... courses under the title of “From Egypt Pitman Mr. J. .... to Canaan," which are now in course of Priestley —, Esq........... delivery.

Ridsdale —, Esq. ............. Both these works will be excellent of Rous Mr. J. ......... their kind, and all who are disposed to Sheffield Society, per Mr. Wilkinson encourage such efforts to build up and Tennyson F., Esq.. extend the church should aid these publications.

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LONDON, Dec. 15th, 1864. — To the Subscriptions towards the circulation Editor.--Dear Sir,-I am instructed by of the “ Antediluvian History” will be rethe committee of the “Missionary and ceived by the Treasurer of the Missionary Tract Society” to lay before your readers and Tract Society, Mr. E. C. Sandy, a statement of the subscriptions already Louisa Villa, Alleyn-road, Norwood, S., received towards the “ Antédiluvian His- or by Mr. F. Pitman, the secretary. tory."*

The amount of the subscriptions will, It is gratifying to the committee to if desired, be returned, partially or wholly, see that their choice has been approved: in copies of the work, neatly bound in and they earnestly hope that those friends cloth, at 2s. 6d. each. who have not yet given their mite to this important effort to circulate New WIGAN. The society here has conChurch Theology will now be induced tinued to strengthen its position, and to do so.

now includes a Sunday school of some The “ Antediluvian History" treats of forty children. On the 11th December, the spiritual sense of the early chapters the assistance of the Rev. W. Woodman of Genesis—the interpretation of which was kindly given, and his two able disis admitted to be about the most open courses were listened to with marked of any part of the Scriptures to the ob- attention, the attendance in the evening jections of infidels. The Antediluvian being as many as the room would History shows that the Word of God is accommodate. The collections during given to us, not for our enlightenment the day amounted to £3. 3s. in scientific things, but for our spiritual instruction and for our moral regenera STOCKPORT.—On the 13th, 20th, and tion. At the present time few works 27th of November the little society possess greater interest to the thinking of Stockport was highly edified by the portion of the public than those devoted delivery of a course of Sunday evento the question of “ Biblical Interpreta- ing lectures by Mr. Thomas Robin* See December No., p. 580.

son, of Newton Heath. The subjects

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