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Church, sent him up from time to time what they considered especially interesting numbers of a periodical published by some church union in the North of England, and which they had taken in for many years. He always received them with pleasure, for they were no other than the numbers of our own Juvenile Magazine.
Three great features have constantly been maintained in the Juvenile Magazine—all preeminently excellent. First, the impartation of instruction by essays, tales, dialogues, historical papers, and poems; and these are given with great variety. Second, the reception of the early efforts of novitiates in literature; and in this field we can recognise the pens of many who now grace the pages of the magazine, and whose productions are eagerly read, who first were encouraged to try their powers by the invitations given to them in the Juvenile. Third, the information given from time to time of what is being done. In one school, or in one department of the church, something is originated which suggests to others what they may usefully imitate, and thus good ideas are spread and good influences extended. For all these reasons, then, we can scarcely have a better object to recommend to our friends everywhere for their consideration, than that of making the next new year a signal one in the history of the Juvenile Magazine by a decided effort to double its sale. The Friend of Youth, which has for many years in the South of England sought to contribute, as well as the Juvenile, to the instruction of our children, and which was really an admirable little publication, has ceased to appear, leaving the Juvenile alone to continue its important functions. Let us then make a vigorous effort to induce all our friends and all our school children who can read, to become subscribers for the next year. Those who have no children might encourage the work by taking some numbers for children of their acquaintance. Ministers and conductors of schools would render valuable service by urging the claims of the work on the last Sunday in the year. And by every one doing their best for this laudable work, no doubt great increase of circulation and usefulness would be the result for the magazine, and increased light and happiness would be furnished in hundreds of new homes.
The Juvenile, though it has attained so respectable an age, has every sign of youth and vigour about it, and with the kind and energetic help we propose, will, we trust, bound on in its career with increased power and brilliancy, and long do good service to the church as its magazine for youth. J. Baylev.
Adelaide.—The twenty-first anniversary meeting of the society was held on the 7th of July, an account of which, reprinted from the South Australian Register, has been kindly sent by a friend. Tea was provided, at which there were about 120 persons. A public meeting followed; the hall was crowded in every part. After an address by the chairman, Mr. J. Hashwell, and a selection of sacred music, the minister of the society, Mr. Day, delivered a lecture on the church of the Lord's Second Advent. This discourse gives an excellent outline of the doctrines, and is printed verbatim. After the lecture, Mr. Holden read a sketch of the history of the society from its commencement, twenty-one years ago, by Mr. Jacob Pitman, who acted as its first minister, an office which he undertook at the request of nineteen adults. and which he held till 1859, when he removed from the colony, and was succeeded by Mr. Day. The society has acted on what Mr. Holden calls the voluntary principle, no one receiving any remuneration for his services. A junior association was formed in 1857, and two of its early members are now students for the ministry, one in England and one in America. The number of baptisms has been 152, of which 51 were adults.
Chicago General Convention.—The forty-sixth meeting of the General Convention of the New Jerusalem in the United States of America was opened on the 14th of June, in the New Church honse of worship, Chicago. Besides the ministers and delegates, who have been coming for several days past, a large number of the friends of the New Church from this place and the vicinity were in attendance, and formed quite a numerous assemblage. The receiving and examination of the credentials of the delegates occupied the first hour or so of the proceedings, and the roll of members being finally made up, the Convention took a recess for worship, as usual, and the President, Rev. Thomas Worcester, delivered his annual
address, which was exceedingly interesting, and elicited the most marked and earnest attention. A vast amount of important and varied business, chiefly local, was transacted at the successive meetings. At one of these the Rev. Mr. Wilks read the address proposed to be sent on behalf of the Convention to the General Conference of the New Church in Great Britain, which was unanimously approved and adopted. The address embodies a clear and able exposition of the laws which govern the spiritual unity of the New Church, and the community of its interests in all parts of the world. It also gives a very just account of the character of the late rebellion in this country, which has been so providentially quelled, and acknowledges the hand of the Lord in bringing us safely through our perils. The Rev. Thomas Worcester was chosen president, J. Y. Scammon vice-president, T. B. Hayward secretary, and Robert L. Smith treasurer, for the ensuing year.
Advertising.—The following advertisement appears in the Sontlt and North Lincolnshire Advertiser, which may serve as a model for others:—
The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Concerning the Lord. 8vo. Is., 12mo. 4Jd. In this work the sole and supreme Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ is plainly set forth.
The Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture. 8vo. Is., 12mo. 4d. In which it is clearly
shewn that there is a Spiritual sense in every part of the Word, and that in the Literal sense of the Word, Divine Truth is in its fulness, its holiness, and its power.
The Doctrine of Faith. 8vo 4d., 12mo. 2d. This treatise shews that true Faith in its essence is Charity, and that consequently no one can have any faith in the Lord, except he be in charity with all men.
The Doctrine of Life. 8vo. 6d., 12mo. 3d. This pamphlet teaches that all religion has relation to life, and that the life of religion is to do good.
Heaven and Hell; also, The Intermediate State, or World of Spirits. 8vo. 3s. This treatise proves that man during his life in this world decides his own future state of happiness or misery, according as he cultivates heavenly delights or gives himself up to selfish and worldly pleasures.
Published by C. P. Alvey, 36, Bloomsbury-street, London, W.C.
Northampton.—The Rev. D. G. Goyder has paid our society a second visit during the present year, under the auspices of the National Missionary Society. He delivered four discourses on the week-day evenings, arid two on the Lord's Day. All the services were well attended. Recently the Rev. W. Woodman was invited by a committee of gentlemen to meet "Ieonoclast" in public discussion at Northampton. The subject which was chosen for the occasion was—" The Bible Account of Creation: is it to be received as a scientific exposition, or as a revelation from God, and interpreted accordingly 1" The discussion occupied two nights; about 700 persons were present the first night, and 500 on the second. On the evenings following the discussion Mr. Woodman delivered two lectures on '' Redemption" and the "Atonement."
"The Antediluvian History."—The Committee of the Missionary and Tract Society of the New Church have instructed the undersigned to address through these columns the ministers, lecturers, and leaders in the New Church, and to beg their continued assistance in promoting a valuable use, by recommending and circulating "The Antediluvian History." Copies of the cheap edition of this work, at 2s. (id. each, bound in cloth, can still be obtained, on application to the committee, or from Mr. C. P. Alvey. Fredk. Pitman.
Birmingham.—We are sorry to learn that the Rev. Edward Madeley, after a connection with the society as its minister for a period of more than forty years, has signified his intention of retiring from the office. His resignation was tendered to a meeting of trustees and members held on the 16th of last month, and was accepted.
On the 20th of August, at All Saints' Church, Liverpool, by the Rev. T. Harwood, M.A. (the Rev. C. G. Macpherson being from home), Mr. Alfred Edwin Livsey to Miss Eliza Weir.
On the 27th September, at the New Jerusalem Church, Brightlingsea, Mr. Ambrose Day to Miss Emma Alice Ormes, both of the above-named village.
©bttuarp. Departed thislife, at 13, Craven-terrace, Upper Holloway, July 29th, aged 39, Clarence Ogilby. Though the child of titled and wealthy parents, by the wreck of her father's fortune she was left without inheritance, to which circumstance she probably owed her introduction into the church. While living with a relation, on whose bounty she had become dependent, the doctrines of the New Church were brought under her notice, and soon found a cordial reception. So ardent was her desire to imbibe the truths which had become to her the water of life, that she sold her jewels, the only property she possessed, in order to procure the writings which taught them; and she literally found that "the price of wisdom is above rubies." It may be recorded as a matter of history, that when, later in life, Miss Ogilby became possessed of some little means, she thought it her duty to devote a portion of them in what appeared to her the cause of humanity. She was the originator and chief supporter of an association for the abolition of Hogging in the Army and Navy, of which Mr. Buxton, M.P., was president. Efforts were made to enlist public sympathy in the cause, but with little success. That movement was half a century too late. So much had been done by the authorities to limit the extent and mitigate the severity of that brutal punishment, that it seemed in a fair way of being soon abolished altogether. As no public enthusiasm could be awakened on the subject, the association died of inanition two or three years ago. The mental and bodily exertion which the
part she took in this movement entailed upon her, aggravated a spinal complaint with which she had been afflicted from her childhood, and which, after a painful illness of several months' duration, terminated her earthly existence. Her character as an earnest, pious, and intelligent Christian, was exalted by mental conflicts, in which temporal circumstances and considerations had no share; and death, like the painful way that led to it, she regarded only as the Divinely appointed means of introducing her into the mansions of bliss.
Departed this life, at Highfield House, Hopwood, near Heywood, on the 26th September, aged 66, Mrs. Hannah Wild, relict of the late John Wild, Esq., one of the earliest and most influential of the members of the society of the New Church at Heywood. For the long period of two years our friend had been confined to her house, and for the greater part of that time to her bed. This long illness was borne with great patience and resignation. She enjoyed the society of her friends, and manifested an interest in all that concerned the well-being of her acquaintance and the prosperity of the church. While interested, however, in the things around her, her affections were set on things above, and she looked forward with cheerfulness and hope to the change before her. Mrs. Wild was one of the last remaining of those who knew the society from its commencement; and her departure, therefore, removes one of the last links which connected the present with the past.
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS. All communications to be sent to the Editor, the Rev. W. Bruce, 43, Kensington Gardens Square, London, W. To ensure insertion in the forthcoming Number, communications must be received not later than the 15th of the month, except recent intelligence, which will be received till the 18th.
The meetings of the Committee of the National Missionary Institution, and Students and Ministers' Aid Fund, are regularly held at the Swedenborg Society's house, Bloomsbury-street, on the fourth Monday in each month, at 6-30 p.m. Members of Conference present in London are invited to attend these meetings.
Limited space, besides necessitating the abridgment of many of the items inserted in the Miscellaneous department, compels us to postpone "Inquiry with Answer," "Signs of Religious Progress in India," "Interesting Information from an Officer in India," with some other communications.
Too late.—Communication from the South London Society, which has realised from the bazaar in aid of their building fund £400.
Received "G-. J." and "S. S." (Preston).
Cave And Sever, Printers by Steam Power, Hunt's Bank, Manchester.
NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
No. 144. DECEMBER 1st, 1865. Vol. XII.
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As the servant, even when he loves his work, earnestly desireth the shadow that brings his hard day's labour to a close;—as the traveller, who eagerly pursues his homeward journey, gladly takes his rest at convenient stages on the way; so do we, both in our temporal and spiritual life, however much we may love our work and our home in heaven, eagerly press onward to desire and enjoy those intervals of rest after labour which the constitution of our nature demands, and which a beneficent Providence supplies. External nature has the same necessities and cravings, and enjoys the same intervals of repose. Not only the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, but the whole vegetable world, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that springeth out of the wall, needs and seeks its night of relaxation after its day of labour, and its winter of profound repose after its summer of persistent toil. Nor does the need and the craving end here. In the higher and brighter mansions of our Father's home the same necessary but beneficent law prevails. There are the same alternations of labour and repose, of wakefulness and sleep. "Angels are men in lighter bodies clad." They are only more perfect men than we. Like us, they are finite: being finite, they are progressive. And progress cannot be made
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without exertion, nor exertion without fatigue. Their minds and bodies have greater elasticity than ours, but they have not the power of unwearied endurance. A day of active wakefulness requires and brings a night of tranquil repose. There is only one difference between those brighter and happier beings and ourselves. Their days and nights are the effects and measure of their states. Their sun knoweth no going down. Yet one eternal day of light without shade, and even of heat without variation of temperature, would neither be in harmony with, nor supportable by, their finite and changing nature. Although they live in the more immediate presence of Him who knoweth no change, and who neither slumbers nor sleeps, they have in themselves the elements of alternation, and that which closes around them as the curtain of their night.
But in the Divine economy rest and sleep are not intended simply to restore what we have expended in past labour, but to reinvigorate us for renewed activity. Day does not exist for the sake of night, nor summer for the sake of winter; nor does activity exist for the sake of rest, nor wakefulness for the sake of sleep; but contrariwise, the passive exists for the sake of the active. All changes in the divine economy are for the sake of progression. Not change only, but progression underlies all happiness. However intensely a parent loves a child, his happiness in him is not simply for what he is, but for what he will be. Were it possible for the mind and body of an infant to remain for ever the same, the fondest mother would sink into sadness: her happiness, because her hopes, in her little one would be blighted. True, indeed, it is, and not less beautiful than true, that parents cling with greater tenacity of affection to helpless and hopeless children; but we see by their strenuous efforts, and by the sacrifices they would willingly make to have their helpless ones restored, how much of their happiness is bound up in the progressive welfare of their offspring. Such cases are not perfect examples. In most of them there are compensations; and even where there is little hope for the present world, there is sometimes more for the future. These, however, after all, are but exceptions that prove the rule. And can we doubt that progression is the rule? Has not our Creator made us for progress? Is it not His desire that we should progress? Should we not, like Himself, as a man on earth, grow in stature and in wisdom, and in favour with God and man? He exemplified the law of human progression, and in His own progress provided for ever the power by which His human creatures can progress. He also progressed in the same way and