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it remains to me to have the great plea- cated both to the society and the memsure of presenting these books to you, bers individually. Permit me to say, as a token of the feelings of attachment that there is not one institution with of all the society. You will have seen which I am acquainted that is more calfrom all that has been said, that the culated to do that which it professes to good feeling we show you is sincere; do, than is this Argyle Square Junior and I am sure that in future, when you Members' Society. I am under a great look upon these books—the Word of God obligation to it, for, through the opporand the Services in which we praise the tunities for intercourse afforded by the Lord and ask his blessing—it will give meetings, I became acquainted with Miss you both the fondest recollection of the Pulsford ; acquaintance ripened into circumstance that all your friends assem- friendship, and friendship into those bled to wish the blessing of the Lord, warmer feelings which are to receive and every other good, for you, both in their consummation and consecration, time and in eternity. Allow me, then, so to speak, at the altar to-morrow! to ask that you will accept these gifts as With regard to any little I have been an earnest of our cordial good wishes able to do in the society, I assure you for your future.
the balance of thanks is rather due from Mr. John Presland (who appeared to me in that I have been permitted to take be deeply affected, and was received with any part in its advancement. In the great cheering) then spoke as follows:- discussion of the subjects that have been Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,- brought forward here, the pleasure and Believe me, that in all my experience I profit I have derived has been immensely never felt so much, and was yet so little more than any benefit I may have been able to express my feelings, as I do at the means of conferring, but I am thankthe present moment. I have not the ful to hear that I have been thought of slightest doubt that all the kind and so much use in your society. I am fully Christian feelings which have been ex- convinced, that whatever may be our pressed towards us to-night have been future, one of our greatest pleasures will perfectly sincere, and we most sincerely be to see this society prosper; and that thank you for them. The event, of it may go on doing good, as it has which this is for us the eve, is perhaps hitherto done, will be the sincere wish the most important of human life, and of Miss Pulsford and myself. one on which, more than at any other The Chairman having made a few time, we should make good resolutions concluding observations, then dismissed with regard to the future. In accepting the meeting. the presents you have so kindly made to The inscription in the Bible presented us—this beautiful copy of the Bible, and to Mr. Presland was as follows: this copy of the service of our church, “Presented to Mr. John Presland by the representative and embodiment of the members of the Argyle-square Junior that church in which we all live-I trust Members' Society, on the occasion of his we shall both of us find great inducement marriage, in testimony of their esteem to regard and reverence those principles for the excellencies of his character, whereof these external forms may be their appreciation of his valuable services considered the representatives. I thank as vice-president of the society, and their you heartily for the kind feelings you cordial wishes for his future happiness.have showed in making Miss Pulsford a 1st September, 1865." partner in this presentation, and I may just mention, that in doing so, you have REVISION OF THE HYMN BOOK.-One honoured one of your very first members, of the subjects which occupied the attenand one of the members of your first tion of the last Conference was the revicommittee. It will be remembered by sion of the Hymn-book. Several friends some that when this society was first of the church have for some time been established, the committee was a mixed desirous of such a revision, and a comone of ladies and gentlemen, and Miss mittee was appointed at the preceding Pulsford was one of the first ladies chosen Conference to consider and report on the for the important duty of legislating for subject. This committee recommended your society. You have expressed for that the changes made in the new edition us personally many good wishes, which of the Hymn-book should " not extend I can assure you are cordially recipro- beyond literal corrections, and such
merely verbal alterations as will not The New Church ministers resident in materially affect the serviceableness of London have been invited to be present the copies of the Hymn-book now in at the opening of the bazaar, and offer use.” “It being the opinion of the brief addresses. Many generous friends Committee, and the expressed conviction in London and the country have forof many thoughtful members of the warded handsome presents, which are church, that the usefulness of the Hymn- here gratefully acknowledged. Should book, as an aid to the public worship of there, however, be other persons who, the Lord, would be much increased by from various causes, have not yet remitthe addition to its pages of a supplement, ted intended contributions, the ladies' containing 100 or more hymns more committee will be much obliged if such especially of a devotional character,”— gifts are kindly despatched forthwith. the Conference therefore resolved " That So far the result of the society's appeal such a supplement be compiled,” and has shown that a considerable interest is appointed a committee to carry out this felt in its present undertaking, which, it resolution, with an instruction “ to soli is confidently believed, will be crowned cit, through the pages of the Magazine, with complete success. the active coöperation of all friends who are interested in the Hymn-book.”
KERSLEY.-On Sunday evening last a It is not, therefore, expected that the very interesting meeting took place in the committee shall themselves prepare this above school, for the purpose of presentsupplement, but that they shall arrange ing to Mr. Isaac Gee a Bible, in recogand submit to the next Conference the nition of his long and valued services as hymns compiled for this purpose. There a superintendent in the Sunday-school. are many members of the church well Mr. Gee has been connected with the able to contribute original hymns suited school from its commencement, twentyto improve and extend the psalmody of nine years since, during twenty-five years the church, and others who may be able of which period he has held the office of to forward selected hymns adapted to superintendent, and has greatly endeared this purpose. The committee will be himself to the teachers and scholars. The glad to receive communications from idea of offering some recognition of his friends willing and able to assist them services having suggested itself to those as early as possible, that they may be connected with the school, it was at able to make an early selection, and have length decided to present him with a the work in a prepared state before the copy of the Bible, as, under the circummeeting of the next Conference.
stances, the most appropriate expression Communications may be addressed to of their sentiments. A subscription, conmyself; to the Revs. E. Madeley and fined to the teachers and Sunday scholars, J. Hyde; E. G. Broadfield, Accrington; was accordingly entered into, and a very or to T. Willson, Birmingham.
handsomely bound copy of Bagster's ComRICHARD STORRY, prehensive Bible purchased, for the preSecretary of the Hymn-book sentation of which the meeting was held. Committee.
After an excellent tea, of which a nu
merous party partook, the Rev. W. WoodSouth LONDON.-It has been definitely man having been called to the chair, arranged that the bazaar in aid of this introduced the business of the evening society's building fund shall be held at in a few remarks, pointing out that whilst St. George's Hall, King's-cross, on Wed- there was but one fountain of all good, nesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 11th, the Father of Lights, from whom pro12th, and 13th October next. The doors ceeded every good and perfect gift, and will be opened at one o'clock each day, to whom, consequently, our highest and close at ten. Admission, 1s., or thanks and acknowledgments were due, 2s. 6d. for the term. The Hall has been there is nevertheless implanted in the newly cleaned and decorated, and every human mind a principle capable of reeffort will be made to render the scene cognising the instruments through which as attractive as possible. Refreshments many of those gifts are conveyed, and a will be provided at moderate charges, desire to express such recognition by and the proceedings enlivened by instru- suitable acknowledgments; whilst the mental music during the day, combined impulse out of which this desire arose with vocal music every evening.
was among the most delightful senti
ments which our Heavenly Father had ments; in the evening, the invitation by implanted in the human breast. After the angel in the sun to the fowls of further remarks bearing on the more heaven to assemble themselves together immediate object of the meeting, the to the supper of the Great God. (Rev. Rev. Chairman called on Mr. William xix. 17, 18.) Both subjects seemed accepHowe, of Egerton-street, who read an table to my audiences, and the services address which had been prepared for the altogether refreshing to the small society occasion; after which Mr. Thomas Gee, which is struggling to maintain its posiof Kersley Moor, who was appointed to tion in this populous town. the duty of presenting the testimonial, For the Monday and Tuesday evenaddressed Mr. Gee in an appropriate ings a public room had been obtained, speech, reviewing the services of the and a larger audience assembled. On latter gentleman, and expressing the the first of these evenings I gave a lecsentiments which had actuated those ture on the Supreme Deity of the Lord who had joined in conferring this mark and Saviour Jesus Christ; and on the of their esteem on him. Mr. Gee, who second, on the Second Coming of the was much affected, replied by disclaiming Lord. The only room our friends were the high estimate they had kindly placed able to obtain was at the Athenæum, and on his endeavours, adding that he had was capable of seating rather over 100 never regretted any sacrifices he had persons. It was comfortably filled at made for the interests of the Sunday- both lectures. I had scarcely closed my school and church; and that were his first lecture before a gentleman rose protime to come over again, he should pur- fessedly to ask questions, but really to sue the same course, except that with debate my lecture. With some difficulty the experience he had acquired he should we prevailed on him to propose the quesbe enabled to perform his duties more tions he had risen to ask. Their purport efficiently. The meeting was afterwards was to show the personal distinction of addressed by Messrs. W. Howe and S. the Father and the Son, and the infeBooth, the superintendents, Messrs. riority of the latter. In his remarks he Rhodes, Winter, and T. Gee, formerly asserted that life was in the Father, and superintendents, and several of the was given by him to the Son, by whom teachers. Mr. John Monks, of Pendle- it was communicated to us. I was thence bury, who, in connection with the late enabled to show from his own premises Mr. John Gee, originated the school, in that the Son was the Mediator between conclusion, gave an interesting account God and man, and that this Mediator of their early labours. The proceedings was “the man Jesus Christ," or the were varied by appropriate hymns and Humanity of the Lord which mediated anthems; and the numerous assembly between the naked divinity, which was separated deeply impressed with the im- the Father, and his fallen creatures; and portance of aiding in the good work of that in this humanity dwells all the fulSabbath-school tuition, and encouraged ness of the godhead bodily. The expoto the more diligent pursuit of their sition of this great truth enabled me to duties in connection therewith.--Farn preach the New Church doctrine of the worth Observer.
Lord from the text supplied by my oppo
nent. At the close of my next lecture LECTURES AT BRISTOL AND HOCKLEY. another gentleman presented himself to On my return from the Conference I had dispute my exposition of the Lord's the opportunity of paying a missionary Second Coming. The questions he provisit to the societies at Bristol, and posed had relation to the personal coming Hockley, Birmingham, and beg to for- of Christ and the literal fulfilment of ward you a short account of my labours. prophecy. In proof of the latter, he
At Bristol, I gave two discourses on dwelt on Isaiah ix. 6- Unto us a child the Sabbath in the society's meeting- is born, unto us a son is given,” &c. In room, to as many as could be comfort- my lecture of the preceding evening, ably accommodated--probably 70 people I had examined this verse somewhat were present. The subject of my dis- minutely, and pointed out its bearing on course in the morning was the eternal the doctrine of our Lord's supreme diviobligation of the law of the Ten Com- nity. I directed, therefore, the attenmandments, and the advantages flowing tion of my audience to this fact, as an from a life of obedienco to its require- evidence of the importance the New
Church attached to this prophecy; and attention was given throughout, and I then called the attention of the questioner sincerely hope that some use will result to the fact that the prophecy of which from it.
RD. STORRY. this verse is a part could not possibly be interpreted literally. In the verse pre- TRANSLATION OF THE “DIARY.”—TO ceding the text cited, the prophet says— the Editor. — Having been present at “For every battle of the warrior is with the meeting of the Swedenborg Society, confused noise, and garments rolled in I was much pleased with the Rev. Mr. blood; but this shall be with burning Hiller's remarks respecting the desirableand fuel of fire." According to this pre- ness of a translation of the remaining diction, “ the child born, the son given," volumes of the “ Diary." Having often was to make his appearance as a warrior heard, from time to time, certain portions with garments rolled in blood, and with translated by the late Rev. J. H. Smiththe carnage of earthly warfare, burning, son for the edification of his friends, I and fuel, and fire. This prophecy was for one can attest to the wonderful spiritually fulfilled in the redemption of amount of information contained therein the Lord, when, “ travelling in the great- respecting individual states, &c., of which ness of his strength,” he overthrew the the majority of the members of the powers of darkness, and delivered his church are at present unaware.-Yours children from their fearful bondage. The respectfully, verse succeeding the text is equally inca- London.
C. SMITHSON. pable of literal interpretation. This verse says—“Of the increase of his govern- CHATTERIS.—The members and friends ment and peace there shall be no end, of the Chatteris Society have lately been upon the throne of David and upon his visited by the Rev. Dr. Goyder, of Lonkingdom, to order it, and to establish it don, on which occasion they had the with judgment and with justice from pleasure of listening to two very excelhenceforth and for ever.” The Jews lent and practical discourses, which were interpreted this and similar predictions delivered by the doctor in his usual imliterally, and hence expected a temporal pressive manner, and to which marked Messiah. They misinterpreted the pro- attention was paid by all present. After phecies, and thence deprived themselves the morning service, the doctor baptized of the spiritual advantages flowing from three children belonging to members of their fulfilment. The Christian church, the society. The society desire to take in contending for the literal fulfilment this opportunity of thanking the Misof the prophecies, was copying their sionary Committee for defraying the exexample, and in like manner closing penses of this visit, and also Dr. Goyder their eyes to the light of truth, which for his kind services. distinguished the Lord's Second Coming. At the close of this discussion several BIRMINGHAM.—NEW CHURCH MUTUAL respectable persons came forward to IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY, SUMMER-LANE. express their interest in the lectures I The opening lecture of the present season had given them, so that I may reason was delivered on Tuesday evening, Sepably hope that some service will have tember 12th, by the Rev. E. Madeley; been rendered to our heavenly cause by subject—"Memory and its Mysteries, or this visit to Bristol.
the Book of Life.” The lecturer deI must not conclude my narrative fined the memory as being “The mental without acknowledging the kindness I power of retaining or recalling images received from the friends at Bristol, and ideas of the past which have been particularly from Mr. and Mrs. Bragge, indelibly impressed upon the mind," who very hospitably provided for my after which he cited the definitions of comfort during my stay.
many writers and philosophers who had From Bristol I proceeded to Birming- supposed that “the memory is a special ham, lecturing on Wednesday evening original faculty,” but added that “our at Hockley. The subject selected by our knowledge and experience might teach friends was • Charity, not Faith, the us that it is a power in connection with first essential of the True Christian Reli- and common to all the intellectual faculgion.” The lecture was given in the ties. Phrenologists, therefore, have disroom occupied by our friends, which was covered no specific organ of the brain two-thirds filled. The most marked for the memory.” Man, moreover, has
not only an exterior memory, organised the College, 20, Old Jewry; or its Secreand formed of the ideas from the objects tary, Mr. Henry Bateman, 32, Comptonof the senses, or subjects of reflection terrace, Canonbury, London, N. and sensation proper to the body, liable to disturbance from corporal injury, and NORWICH.- A Church Congress is to even to become quiescent; but he has be held in Norwich on the 3rd of this also an internal memory proper to the month, under the patronage of the spirit, organised and formed from inte- Archbishop of Canterbury, and the prerior perceptions of the intellect and rea- sidency of the Bishop of the diocese. son, and not liable to decay. The The list of' vice-presidents contains the external memory has relation to time names of many of the bishops: the and space, and the internal memory has name of the Bishop of London nowhere relation to eternity. The lecturer then appears. The party in the church which cited a passage from Swedenborg's Ar- this Congress represents, and whose views cana Cælestia, 2473-4, on the memory and interests it is intended to promote, of man remaining after death, and the may be ascertained not only from some of remembrance of those things which he the persons who are to compose it, such had done in the body. He then con- as the Bishop of Oxford and Dr. Pusey, cluded a very able lecture, replete with but from some of the subjects to be disnumerous very useful and interesting cussed:-"The Spirit in which Learning facts, by stating that artificial means of and Science should be applied to the improving memory are of little or no Study of the Bible," and "The Court of avail, but urging its proper cultivation Final Appeal.” Dissenters may be preand healthy exercise, as "a precious gift sent; none but members of the church of God to man," and as the great “Book may speak. of Life,” in which we are daily inscribing our character, as to every particular of OLDHAM.-The committee of the Oldexistence, to be a testimony, for or ham New Church Society desire to against us, in the judgment to come. A acknowledge, with thanks, the following proposition for a vote of thanks was contributions to their building fund:warmly responded to by the meeting, William Pickstone, Esq.. £5 0 0 which was numerous,and consisted almost Mr. Jabez Kay ........ 1 1 0 entirely of the members of the society. Mr. Emanl. Winterbottom 1 1 0
Mr. John Arran........ 1 1 0 NEW CHURCH COLLEGE.-The Michael Mr. William Tong .... 1 0 0 mas term of the New Church College Messrs. Rylance & Sons. 1 0 0 will commence on the 2nd of October Mr. J.J. & G. Cooper .. 1 0 0 (this month). A building committee has Mr. Thomas Isherwood.. 1 0 0 been formed, consisting of four trustees Mr. Edleston .......... 1 0 0 of Conference and four governors of the Mr. James Barrow ..... 0 10 0 college. This committee has already Mr. Edwin Wild ....... 0 10 0 held its first meeting, and entered upon Mr. Thomas Greaves ... 0 10 0 the ministration of its duties and the Mrs. Hannah Dawson .. 0 100 means at its disposal. It is desirous of A Friend .............
0 6 0 avoiding extravagance on the one hand, Mr. Joseph Jackson .... 0 5 0 and meanness on the other; and its Mr. Taylor............ 0 5 0 efforts will be directed to carrying out Mrs. Dawson.......... 0 5 0 the design of the college, so as to secure Miss Lees ............ 0 5 0 the utmost economy compatible with the A Friend ............. 0 2 6 erection of a building on which the
GEORGE NEWTON, Treasurer. members of the church and the relatives
Dan. HODGSON, Secretary. of Mr. Crompton can look with satisfaction. "The money voted by Conference WINCHESTER.-There have been readout of the Crompton legacy towards thisers of the New Church doctrines, in this object will need to be supplemented by old city, for many years. At one time other friends. The building committee they had a place for public worship, but will be glad to receive contributions. circumstances contributed to that being These may be forwarded to Mr. Gunton, given up. Now a few of the friends the Treasurer of Conference; Mr. Pitman, have combined together, and under many its Secretary; Mr. Baily, the Treasurer of discouragements, have met for several