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About this time the Rev. Isaac Hawkins, from an earnest de. sire to witness the growing prosperity of the New Church, and to assist in building her up to the atmost of his power, resolved to visit the different societies in the kingdom at his own expense. The following account of this journey is taken from the Intellectual Repository, No. 22, and will be read with pleasure.

6 Mr. Isacc Hawkins, at the advanced age of seventy-eight years, has, in the course of the months of September, October, November, December, 1816—60, and January, 1817=61, paid a friendly visit to thirty-two societies of the New Church, in the following order: Brightlingsea and St. Osyth, in Essex; Hull, Leeds, Shepherd-house, Kighley, a place three miles from Kighley, Addingham, and Skipton, in Yorkshire ; Accrington, Haslingden, Holcomb Brook, Bolton, Blackburn, Preston, Liverpool, Wigan, St. Helen's, Legh, Worsley, Ratcliffe, Middleton, Heywood, Manchester, and Salford, in Lancashire; Dalton, near Huddersfield, Barnsley, Sheffield, and Darnall, in Yorkshire ; Mansfield in Nottinghamshire ; Derby, and Leicester ; be. sides a number of individual friends at other places. In making this visit, he has travelled about one thousand miles, preached sixty-five times, and returned to London in perfect health. He expresses himself, in a letter to a friend, highly gratified with the affectionate manner, in which he was received by all members of the New Church, wherever he found them. He says, there was, in almost every case, such a sphere of union, that it seemed as if he was among his old acquaintances, instead of persons whom he never saw before ; and he felt, that the genuine members of the New Church form but one family; a family, of which he has lived to see as many thousands, as there were dozens existing in the world at the time of his first reception of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem. And he is convinced, that the time is not far distant, when every dozen, which now exists, will be swelled to a thousand, and that the ratio will go on increasing, until “ the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” He sincerely hopes, that every professor of these heavenly doctrines will do a!i he can, in an orderly manner, towards forwarding this grand work. Some can do it in one way, and others in other ways; but all can let their light so shine before men, that they may see their

good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven ; and thus render important uses to the new and rising Church of the Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ."

Fifth Missionary Journey, performed by Mr. Bradley. The Committee, judging from the success which has so eminently attended the labours of Mr. Proud in the character of a Missionary minister, that the services of an assistant Missionary, at least during the winter season, when Mr. Proud could not conveniently travel, might be highly acceptable to the different societies, thought it their duty to invite Mr. James Bradley, of Manchester, whom they consider as a person properly qualified for the office, to undertake a journey to such places as they should point out. Mr. Bradley, with a humility that does him honour, accepted of the invitation, and soon after proceeded to Sheffield, Barnsley, Darnall, Derby, Mansfield, Leeds, Hull, &c. &c. The circumstances attending the whole of this journey being of considerable interest, it is thought best to give the Report of it, as communicated in letters from time to time to the Committee, as nearly as possible in Mr. Bradley's own words.

I arrived (says he) at Sheffield on Saturday the 2d of No. vember, 1816=60, and the same evening met several of the friends at Mr. Chadburn's, who received me with great kindness and affection. Their usual place of meeting being very small, they engaged a large school-room for the Sunday evening. The principal part of the friends assembled on Sunday morning in a convenient room at Mrs. Davy's, a widow woman. She and her late husband had received the doctrines of the New Church many years ago, through the ministry of Mr. Joseph Wright at Kighloy, which place they afterwards left, and came to reside at Sheffield. The friends were desirous of spending the Sunday morning in conversation, excepting the time necessary for read. ing the liturgy, which was accordingly done. I pressed upon them the necessity of exerting themselves to the utmost to make the doctrines as public as the nature of their circumstances would permit. I met them again in the same place in the afternoon, and it was nearly full, there being about forty persons present. I read the liturgy, and commented upon the 45th chapter of Isaiah. All present seemed well satisfied'; but the friends sensibly feel the want of a regular minister to stand up, and preach the doctrines in a public manner. We met again in the evening at six o'clock in the school-room before mentioned, when upwards of a hundred were present; and from all that could be learnt, even strangers were very well satisfied with what they heard.

At Darnall, an adjacent village, lives a Mr. Thomas Winn, who with his son have been readers about four years. The old gentleman requested, that a meeting might be held there on Monday evening, in a Sunday school-room belonging to the Methodists, the use of which he had obtained for that purpose. His request was gladly complied with; and accordingly I went with several others from Sheffield at the time appointed. The place was full, there being upwards of two hundred present. I addressed them for an hour and a half at least, from the 2d and 3d verses of the 14th chapter of John's Gospel ; and was never so well pleased with the attention and appearance of a people. They were chiefly Methodists, some of them Calvanists. I endeavoured to make the doctrines as plain as I possibly could, and every one seemed to listen with the greatest attention. As I referred to Swedenborg in my discourse, at the conclusion I told them, that some Catalogues would be given them. They were extremely eager to obtain them ; but there not being a sufficient number for all of them, they were requested to hand them about from one to another. It was thought much good would be done by this meeting. I stopped all night at Mr. Winn's; and some of the persons who had been present being asked their opinion of what they had heard, one said, he was fully satisfied it was the truth ; and another, a religious woman, observed, that it appeared to her, the true meaning of the Scripture had been unfolded.

We met again on Tuesday evening, at five o'clock, in the school-room at Sheffield. About forty were present; and it was thought many more would have attended, could we have obtained the use of the room at seven o'clock, instead of five; but this could not be, on account of an evening school which is kept in it. The members in Sheffield appear to be very orderly and steady characters, and I received a good account of every one of them. It is their intention to make their meetings more public, if they possibly can ; being convinced, that, if they had an able person to conduct them, they would soon become a large and prosperous Society.

On Thursday the 7th of November, I went to Barnsley, according to appointment. There I found some hearty friends of considerable intelligence. They had applied for permission to meet in the Methodist Chapel belonging to the new connection, but were refused. We therefore met in Mr. Cawley's house at seven in the evening, present about sixty in number, who appeared cordially to receive what was said. Mrs. Cawley was formerly a Methodist : while she was in that connection, she wanted something in the way of information, according to her own account, which she could not find among them. The New Church doctrines have supplied her with it. She said, she had long desired to hear the doctrines preached : and being asked after the meeting how she liked them, she replied, if those were the doctrines of the New Church, they had been her doctrines a long time.

Some of the members observed, they were sure she had never heard them preached before : she then said, if she had never heard them preached before, she had felt them. She is a very interesting character, and her company gives great delight to every one. I take her to be about sixty years age.

Indeed every thing which one sees and feels, in visiting the different societies, is truly interesting. A pretty large Society is likely to be formed here in a few years. The present members are in general very poor, being weavers. They have but few of the works among them; and in their present condition they can purchase no more. A small present of books from the Printing Society would certainly be of great use; and I am sure they would be received with heartful gratitude.

Returning to Sheffield, I thence proceeded to Derby on Saturday the 9th of November, where I was received in the kindest manner by all the friends, and was provided with the most comfortable accommodations by Mr. Robinson during my stay. I preached the next day in their place of worship to a congregation, which I understand has been considerably increased since Mr. Proud's first visit to this place. Mr. Edward Madely is their regular minister; and a more zealous advocate for the new doctrines, and the new life which those doctrines inculcate and recommend, perhaps is not to be found in the New Church.


While I remained at Derby, I had several opportunities of addressing the friends; and I must acknowledge, that I was highly gratified in observing the harmony and affection, which seemed to prevail among them.

From Derby I went to Mansfield on Saturday the 16th of November, and was surprised at finding that I had to preach in the Methodist Chapel on Sunday afternoon. The friends had taken no little pains to procure a suitable place, in which I might deliver a discourse on the important doctrines of the New Church; and having applied to the senior Methodist preacher in Mansfield, for permission to preach in his Chapel, he cheerfully and readily acquiesced, and even promised to give public notice of the same to his congregation. I am informed he is a kind, respectable man : he has read the Seal upon the Lips, and signified his approbation of the work; he has himself laboured much to prove the sole divinity of Jesus Christ; yet still he holds the doctrine of the atonement, and thinks there is but little difference betwixt the New Church ideas and those of the Methodists. Under this view he lent the pulpit. I was aware of my delicate situation ; and as it is my endeavour to avoid being the occasion, in any instance, of the least disorder, I thought it incumbent upon me to treat of the doctrines so, as to give as little offence as possible; at the same time not omitting to give the people as clear a view of them as I could in one discourse, their pulpit having been only lent for the afternoon. My text was in the 7th chapter of John, 24th verse, “ Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” As I was situated, I thought I would state the chief doctrines of the Old Church in separate articles, and oppose to them the doctrines of the New, without much argument in favour of the latter, for fear of offence; being conscious that impartial inquirers would see the decided superiority of the New Church doctrines. The congregation, as was expected, was numerous, the Chapel was comfortably filled, the bottom part rather crowded, and no congregation could behave better. The doctrines no doubt were new, and caused great surprise and attention. I suppose there were at least four hundred persons present, some say five hundred. When I had done preaching, the junior Methodist preacher stepped up into the pulpit, and desired the people to stay, as he wished to address them on what they had heard. Then, begging

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