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had been too much neglected by the society. It had, indeed, been printed in the original Latin, twenty years ago, but had not yet been translated. He referred to Swedenborg's Spiritual Diary. The first volume had, indeed, been translated by Mr. Smithson, and the third by Professor Bush; but the society had done nothing towards its translation or publication, and the work was little known. Now, he thought this wrong. The Spiritual Diary was, in his opinion, a most valuable work, containing gems of truth, together with most interesting statements in regard to the laws of the spiritual world, to be found no where else in Swedenborg's writings. The speaker then read two or three extracts from the Diary in confirmation of this remark, and to show the great importance and interest of the work, and concluded by expressing the hope that the society would take up this long-neglected work, and see to its being properly translated and put within the reach of the members of the church. Mr. Hiller then turned to the second part of the resolution, which had reference to the importance of correct translations of the writings. He believed that the translations already made were in general correct enough, though they might doubtless be amended in particular places. But there was one great and systematic error running through a great part of those translations, to which he wished to call attention. He referred to the translation of Scripture passages. Some former editor had taken up the idea that in the case of passages from Scripture occurring in the writings, the common Bible version should be substituted in the place of a direct translation from Swedenborg's own Latin version; and we even find a merit made of this change. In Swedenborg's works he wished to find just what Swedenborg says, be it right or wrong. He expected to find there Swedenborg's views and Swedenborg's version of Scripture, and no one's else. Was not this view just? This was the course pursued by the venerable Mr. Clowes, in his translation of the Arcana. The speaker then stated that complaint having been made, some years ago, in the Intellectual Repository, of the substitution of the common version of Scripture in the place of Swedenborg's, in the Apocalypse Explained, the committee had authorised the then editor (the Rev. R. de Soyres)
to restore Swedenborg's version; and it had accordingly been in great part done in that work. But the Apocalypse Revealed still remained in its corrupt state, and, in consequence, gross errors were to be found in that work, resulting from the non-agreement of Swedenborg's explication with passages of Scripture taken from the common version.
Dr. Brayiey then rose and said: Before you put the resolution to the meeting, sir, I must request permission, as a member of the society, to make a few remarks. The resolution is intended to express the sense of the meeting on the subjects of the value of the New Church writings, and the necessity for our having qualified translators of them. The report of the committee has acquainted us with the facts of the acquisition by the society of the remaining copies of the second edition of the late Mr. Noble's masterly translation of the treatise on Heaven and Hell, and that it may now be obtained as one of the publications of the society. I beg leave to congratulate the committee and the society on this inestimable acquisition. The translator, it may not be known to many of the present members, was the first secretary and the first translator of the society; but this was a work of his mature wisdom, and produced when he had become the sole survivor of
its original founders A living
member of the society, the Rev. H. Wrightson, has pronounced Mr. Noble's Heaven and Hell to be the most perfect translation of any work with which he is acquainted. I must express my own concurrence in these opinions, without pretending to the scholarship of those gentlemen. There is, I believe, only one single verbal error in this version. It is remarked in the report, after acquainting us that the society has acquired with the copies of the book all the rights of publication relating to it, that therefore the society will be at liberty to adopt it, at a future time, as its own version of the work, either as it is or with modification. That it will come to be the society's edition I have no doubt; but I hope there will be no modifications; it requires none. I am well acquainted with it; I know every passage, and almost every word. I hope when a new edition is required it will be reprinted verbatim, with the correction of the single error I have alluded to. In congratulating the church on this acquisition by the society, I must
not omit to allude to the preface which the translator introduced into this second edition, with which many members of the church are unacquainted. It contains a critical examination of many of the abstract expressions relating to New Church theology employed by the author in the Heaven and Hell, and indeed throughout the writings, with a most lucid exposition of their meaning and of the manner in which they ought to be rendered into English. I recommend this to the perusal and study of all readers who may be unable to read the original Latin; and I again beg leave to congratulate the church on the acquisition, through this society, of the right of publishing and disseminating so invaluable a portion of the literature of the New Dispensation.
Dr. Spurgin then moved the following resolution, and on account of the lateness of the hour he confined himself to simply expressing his hearty concurrence in the sentiments it contains:—Resolved,— "That this meeting desires to record its grateful sense of the services rendered by their esteemed friend and brother, Le Boys des Guays, to every reader of the French language, by his zealous and successful labors in translating and publishing the whole of the theological writings of Swedenborg, and by his authorship of other works in elucidation and defence of the doctrines of the New Church. This meeting also desires to express the hope that Mons. Augnste Harle—his worthy and learned colleague —may be enabled to carry out and complete the several works which they designed and commenced together."
Mr. Bateman, in seconding the motion, began by alluding to the various instruments the Lord had employed in different ages of the church—simple fishermen at His first advent, the highly cultivated Swedenborg at the second—as was best suited to the work to be accomplished. After Swedenborg, men of science and learning, in our own country and in other lands, have labored to make known to their fellows the blessed truths of the new dispensation, and conspicuous among these has been Le Boys des Guays. Mr. Bateman then gave a most interesting sketch of the leading incidents in the life of M. Le Boys, of which we regret that we have only space for detached passages:—"Our brother was born in 1794. He served as a volunteer in the army of the first Napoleon, and
was present at the battle of Waterloo. Leaving the army, he devoted himself to the study of the law—the profession of his ancestors. By these means he was prepared for future use in the Lord's New Church. In 1827 he became Judge of the Civil Tribunal of St. Amand. He then married Clothilde Eollet, whose two brothers—worthy members of the church—we have had the pleasure of seeing amongst us. At the revolution' of 1830 he was appointed sub-prefect; but, as his notions of right would not let him comply with the orders of the government in regard to influencing the elections, he resigned and returned to private life. . . Hitherto the French translations of Swedenborg's works were rather faithful than elegant. It was in 1838 that our brother began to devote himself to the task of presenting them in a better form and a purer style. By laboring fourteen hours a-day for many years, he had the happiness to accomplish an immense amount of literary work. With the aid of his confreres he translated the whole of the theological writings of Swedenborg, and published them in 54 volumes. He translated the author's Index to the "Arcana Ccelestia," and compiled Indexes to several other of the works; also an Index to the passages of Scripture cited by Swedenborg. . . . More recently, in conjunction with M. Harlfi, he commenced a new Latin translation of the Divine Word, embodying all the passages as given by Swedenborg in his works. One volume of this— Isaiah—is published." Mr. Bateman concluded with the following excellent observations:—"The soldier, the lawyer, the judge, the classical scholar, the mathematician, the moral and political philosopher, and the religious and useful man were all combined in this great apostle of the New Church for the noble French nation. He was at once profound and perspicuous; a deep thinker and a weighty writer. All who have had the pleasure of his personal acquaintance will well remember him for his cheerful vivacity and his agreeable manners. All who are acquainted with his writings—all who know the extent and the perfection of his labor in the Lord, will be amazed at the depth of his erudition and the extent of his industry. He has gone to his eternal reward; and all that remains to us now is to record our sense of the greatness of his labors, and to follow
him, however distantly, in the honorable path which he pursued." Mr. Bateman, in concluding, wished 31. Harlo "God speed in his labors of love."
The several addresess (which we regret that space has compelled us materially to abridge) were very favourably received by the company, who, by unmistakable demonstrations of applause, testified the delight they experienced at the sentiments delivered, and at the cheering prospect of continued usefulness before the society. The meeting was protracted till ten o'clock, when it was dismissed with the Benediction.
Anniversarry Services At BlackRurn.—On Sunday, June 25th, the long expected visit of the Rev. Dr. Bayley, of London, was realised, and in every respect was a complete success. It has been one of the most pleasing visits for many years. The temple was crowded on both occasions. Friends from Dalton, Liverpool, Wigan, Preston, Accrington, and other places, were present at both services. The doctor was in excellent spirits, and no doubt was happy seeing so many old faces whom he had known from their youth up. He gave two very excellent discourses, especially the one in the evening, which has been well spoken of by many persons out of the pale of the church. The united collections amounted to the handsome sum of £16. 8s. 4d., which is the largest amount ever taken up at these services. In the morning of the same day the doctor addressed a few words to the children in the school on the "Better Land, and the Importance of Little Things." The remarks he made, coupled with an anecdote showing the importance of little things, will long be remembered by the children. The day following, the Sundayschool Union held their annual meeting in our temple. A goodly number of ministers, leaders, and delegates were present, representing the various Sunday schools in the Union. After the business of the Union had been gone through, tea was provided for the friends in the schoolroom, after which the friends again assembled in the temple, when we had a very agreeable meeting, presided over by the Rev. E. D. Rendell, and addressed by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, the Rev. J. B. Kennerley, and Messrs. Westall, Broadfield, Potts, and others. The meeting was brought to a close about nine o'clock,
when all departed to their homes highly delighted with the remarks of the various speakers.
We have also to notice the monthlyvisits of the Rev. Mr. Rendell, under the auspices of the National Missionary Institution, which have been continued through the year, and have been very successful. A great number of strangers to the doctrines have been brought together; on the last occasion over fifty were present, when Mr. Rendell discoursed on "Man, as the subject of Influences from the Spiritual World," and all appeared delighted with the beautiful manner in which Mr. Rendell treated his subject.
These visits are calculated to do a great amount of good. We may not see much of their good in an increase of members; but the strangers who give us their presence cannot but be impressed with very different ideas of us as a religious body to those generally held; and we feel quite convinced that their continuance will add much good to the church generally. No doubt in some minds, the fruit produced will be thirtyfold, some sixty-fold, and some one hundred-fold.
Yorkshire New Jerusalem Church Missionary And Colportage AssociaTion. — The fifth anniversary of this association was held on the 9th, 10th, and 11th July.
On Sunday morning, the Rev. Richard Storry, of Heywood, preached at Bradford, from Rev. xix. 17—18, and in the evening at Leeds, from Rev. xi. 1. Mr. Storry also preached on Monday evening at Keighley.
The annual meeting was held on Tuesday evening, at Drewton Street School, Bradford. After tea, the Rev. R. Storry occupied the chair, when the report and treasurer's account were read, from which it appeared that the association, through its colporteur, had during the past year distributed gratuitously 31,115 tracts, and sold 752 books and pamphlets. Out of this number 21,000 tracts, and 142 books and pamphlets, had been disposed of at the Hull, York, Knott Mill (Manchester), and Bradford fairs, leaving for the ordinary and regular labours of the association the disposal of upwards of 10,000 tracts, and 610 books and pamphlets. The report also showed that the colporteur had preached
63 sermons, and in the accomplishment of the preceding results had spent 121 days' labour, being about four days per week, as the past year includes only ten months, viz., from September to June. The income of the association, by subscriptions and donations, has increased from £118. to £133.
The sermons were listened to with great interest by attentive and numerous audiences; and the meeting, though deprived of the presence of Dr. Goyder and several other friends by unavoidable absence, was an interesting one, and was addressed by the Rev. R. Stony, and Messrs. Dyson, William Storry, George Musgrove, R. B. Swinburn, and T. Ramsden, after which the meeting was concluded by singing and prayer.
Ipswich.—On Sunday, July 9th, this society was visited by Mr. Spilling, of Norwich, who preached morning and evening. The morning's discourse was from Matt. x. 28—" And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to Mil the soul; but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both body and soul in hell." In the evening the subject was David's victory over Goliath. In the afternoon Mr. Spilling visited the Sunday School, when he examined and addressed the children, after which a social meeting was held at a friend's house. Isolated receivers from Peasanhall, Saxmundham, Snape, and Woodbridge, united in the celebration of the Lord's Supper. All appeared delighted and refreshed by Mr. Spilling's visit, and desire again to thank the committee of the missionary institution for their kind assistance towards securing the periodical services of their friend, which are highly appreciated in Ipswich.
home full of happiness, and some were even looking forward to the next treat, so buoyant are the hopes of childhood! Several friends were present, and the children could desire no better president than their staunch friend, Mr. H. Bateman.
Islington. — On Tuesday, the 11th July, the half-yearly Sunday School treat took place. There was a numerous gathering of the children, and ample justice was done to a substantial tea. Out-door amusements were provided until about seven o'clock, when the children assembled in the schoolroom, for the purpose of reciting several selections of poetry and singing some favourite pieces of music. There was a distribution of toys and useful articles, which it is needless to add gave great delight; and, after a kindly speech from Mr. Bateman, the children were sent
Argyle Square Junior Memrers' Society.—A lecture on the "Ethics of Quakerism" was delivered before this society by W. H. Lyndall, Esq., on the 9th June. The lecturer commenced by observing "that one effect of the civil war in the seventeenth century was that the attention of men, being of necessity directed to questions of church polity and religion, there resulted a species of revival of religious feeling in the great body of the people; a bold spirit of inquiry was abroad, which required that all institutions and doctrines should be tried at the bar of private judgment, and tested by the Word of God. While such was the disposition of the public mind, we are not surprised to find that men of true piety, under the influence of the popular sentiment, boldly attacked old institutions or observances, or proposed in their place systems and rules of their own. As usual in all such cases, the most extreme opinions were advanced with the coldest determination and persistence; and but too frequently the earnest advocates of them readily confounded the ideas formed in solitude and privation with the influence of a Divine inspiration. Now, it is obvious, that of the religious systems which took their rise about the middle of the seventeeath century, that of Quakerism embodied the most decided protest against the errors and abuses of the age; this ssytem, indeed, was the natural reaction of Christian feeling from the degenerate forms and tenets of Protestantism, which, while rejecting the jurisdiction and authority of Rome, did not enough exhibit that purity of worship and charity of thought and action which it theoretically enjoined." The lecturer then proceeded, with considerable force of language, to point out the leading social, moral, and religious peculiarities of the Quaker sect, and to comment upon their strict and somewhat self-righteous characteristics. He concluded an able lecture as follows:— "How consoling is it to turn from the ever-varying systems of human belief and practice to the truths which Chris
tianity reveals! Their spirit reaches to every contingency in human affairs, and implies a rule for the solution of every difficulty. What mankind chiefly wanted was the example of a perfect life—that want Christ has supplied fully, richly. Compared with its stainless splendours, how dark are suns 1 With its attractive spell, how weak that force which holds the world together 1"
At the conclusion of the lecture a vote of thanks to Mr. Lyndall was proposed by Mr. E. H. Bayley, seconded by Mr. G. M. Pulsford, and carried unanimously.
Sheffield.—On Sunday, June 25th, under the auspices of the National Missionary Society, Sheffield was favoured with a visit from the Rev. Woodville Woodman, who delivered two excellent discourses to large and very attentive audiences. In the morning the subject was—" In what sense is it to be understood that Christ delivered to Peter the Keys of Heaven?" After fully demonstrating the erroneousness and absurdity of the Roman Catholic method of treating this passage, he evolved the supernal truths that lie beneath the letter. His subject for the evening was—" Heaven, Where is it? and What is it? and how shall we recognise our friends there?" a subject which he treated with his usual ability, and to the great pleasure of his audience. It is rather remarkable that most of our advertised services are attended by one or more reputed infidels of the town.
Argyle-SQUARE SOCIETY, LONDON.
The animal general meeting of this society took place on Wednesday, 12th July. The friends having partaken of tea, the Rev. Dr. Bayley took the chair, and the business of the evening was proceeded with. Mr. Watson read a report of the general condition of the society, which is highly satisfactory; and Mr. Pitman (the treasurer) a statement of the finances. Mr. C. W. Smith read a report on the new day-school, from which it appeared that the building is nearly completed, and will shortly be opened. The sum of £300. will be still required to meet the necessary expenses, £800. having been already raised. Mr. Herbert Moore read a report of the Junior Members' Society, showing that the various lectures, conversational meetings (held on Sunday afternoons), theo
logical and elocution classes, are vigorously conducted. The society's festivals, elocutionary entertainments, balls, fetes, &c. are well supported by the senior members. The present number of junior members and subscribers is 143. Mr. J. Presland read a report of the Sundayschool, which is rapidly improving: the number of scholars is 303. During the year a library of 350 volumes has been formed, and a singing class instituted. There is a book stall in connection with the school, which largely disseminates the New Church periodicals, &c., among the scholars and their families and friends. There is also a savings bank, the present amount of the children's deposits being £21. 3s. 6d. Mr. Arthur Day read an interesting account of the penny readings instituted by Dr. Bayley for the instruction and amusement of the working classes. Mr. Arthur Faraday read a report of the Sunday morning classes for the instruction of the children of the members in the New Church truths. The various officers and the new committee for the year were elected. The meeting closed with a resolution, supported by Mr. Pitman, Mr. Watson, Mr. J. C. Bayley, Mr. Oborne, &c., expressing the gratitude of the society for the prosperity which attended all its operations.
Presentation At Heywood.—A very interesting ceremony took place at Hey-' wood, in Lancashire, on Whit-Friday, namely, the presentation, on behalf of the teachers and scholars of the Sundayschool, and the members and friends of the New Church, at that place, of a very handsome 24-day French timepiece to Mr. Eli Whitehead, on the occasion of his leaving the schools in Hornby-street, where he has taught the day-school since 1858, to take charge of the New Church school at Accrington, the place of his birth. The Rev. R. Stony was in the chair; and the reverend chairman, and also Messrs. G. Fairbrother and T. Isherwood, the senior and junior superintendents of the schools, to whom the presentation was entrusted, spoke in high terms of the labours and merits of Mr. Whitehead. The inscription on the testimonial is as follows:—
"Presented by the teachers and scholars of the Sunday- school, and members and friends of the New Jerusalem Church, at Heywood, to Mr. Eli Whitehead, in