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the new. Such a principle or canon was publish a new hermeneutic, in which the to be expected in the “Doctrine of the true rules are derived and proved by the New Jerusalem concerning the Holy very nature of things, and, besides, conScriptures," and accordingly it is to be firmed by authorities. It seems that M. found there; but of this canon M.Matter Matter has not read the “Four Leading is quite ignorant, and he has therefore Doctrines, nor the “True Christian not only perverted Swedenborg's princi. Religion," otherwise he would have seen ple into its opposite, but deprived in & that Swedenborg has drawn his doctrine great measure the New Church of the not from the spiritual sense, but from power to reach those who otherwise the literal senso. He, also, did not see would have been receptive of its salutary the very reason of the existence of a new doctrines. If Swedenborg's mission was era, and understands by Swedenborg's to reveal the spiritual sense of the Word Last Judgment only a condemnation of of God, it does not follow that the literal the Old Church, not seeing that it was sense of it was annihilated or deprived a real separation in the world of spirits, of all value, nor that Swedenborg had in consequence of which we are now nothing to do with it. The Lord was enjoying a new influence from thence, to come with great glory, but "in the and are in more liberty for truth and clouds of heaven.” These clouds can good. But these are only examples reach every eye; but not so the glory. which shew that, vis-à-vis to such an Accordingly, Swedenborg gives in his authority, a new documented biography “Doctrine of the New Jerusalem con- of Swedenborg is necessary. cerning the Holy Scriptures," p. 53, the July 9th.-A few days ago I received opposite canon=" That doctrine ought a letter from the prelate, Dr. Djunkowto be drawn from the literal sense of the skoy, from which I learn that his health Word, and to be confirmed thereby, be- is now restored. He has since been cause the Lord is present in that sense, here to pay me a visit, and to shew me teaching and enlightening the mind; a volume of his Memoirs in French, for all the Lord's operations are per- which M. Le Boys des Guays has proformed in fulness, and the Word is in mised to him to publish. I read the its fulness in its literal sense. The doc. chapter which contains an apology for trine of genuine truth may also be fully E. Swedenborg, and at the same time drawn from the literal sense of the a short biography of his father, by which Word, for the Word in that sense is is confirmed what I said on both in the like a person clothed, whose face and Intellectual Repository for May, 1862. hands notwithstanding are naked, and He asked me for some corrections of thus all things in the Word, which M. Matter's statements of Swedenborg's appertain to the faith and life of man, principles and doctrines, to be annexed to and consequently to salvation, are naked, this chapter, in order that the unfavourbut the rest are covered and clothed." able opinions respecting him, exerted " It may be imagined that the doctrine by such mistakes, may be removed also of genuine truth might be collected from through the same channel. Perhaps the spiritual sense of the Word ... but an extract from these Memoirs, containdoctrine is not attainable by means of ing that chapter, and translated into that sense, but only capable of receiving English, will be suitable, after the apillustration and confirmation from it; pearance of the volume, for the Intelfor ... it is possible for a person to lectual Repository. There are some falsify the Word by some correspon- persons in England who feel an interest dences with which he is acquainted in these Memoirs, and a lady there wrote Besides, the spiritual sense of the Word me to ask if the Memoirs will appear. is opened to man by the Lord alone ... Dr. de Dj., after having left Badenwherefore it is better that man study the Baden and Weisbaden, where he was in Word in the literal sense, as only by a water-cure establishment, is at present that is given doctrine.” But M. Matter residing in a similar institution of Dr. says, p. 127, and in other places, quite Zipperleh, at Teinach, in Würtemberg. the contrary, and represents Sweden- It seems that the entire abstaining from borg's interpretation as an entirely arbi- wine, connected with such cures, is very trary one; whilst we can shew that it is salutary for him, and gives him strength. founded on necessary rules of universal He brought me a letter of General value; and therefore, as I said, we must Mouravieff, at. Moscow (not to be con

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founded with the Governor-General at friend turned to him and said " You Wilna, in Poland), to M. Tustanowsky, had better go; your bride misses you." which I sent back to the General, as we “Oh, I have hardly been here a moment supposed that M. Tustanowsky was no yet," replied the other. His friend turned longer in London.

to him again and said—“Make haste, With my kindest regards to your dear now, and go; they are all anxiously family and to all friends, I remain, my seeking for you." But he answered dear Sir, very truly and affectionately again—"Oh, I have hardly been here yours, EMANUEL TAFEL. one moment yet."

His friend said the third time—“Now, DR. TAFEL AND AN ENGLISH you must begone!" So he returned CORRESPONDENT.

to earth, and went to the house where A letter has been received by Dr. the bridal was held; but it all seemed Tafel, from an unknown friend in Lon. changed. He saw no chaises waiting don, proposing some rather extensive outside, nor could he hear any music. operations in Germany, and promising Then he felt quite strange, and asked assistance to carry them out. Dr. Tafel a woman who was coming out at the would be but too glad to engage in any door--"Isn't there a wedding here toundertaking having for its object the day?" diffusion of the truths of the New Church “ Wedding!” said the woman; “its among his contrymen ; but before any, many a long day since there was a thing could be attempted beyond what wedding in this house. When I was he is at present doing, he would require a little girl, my grandmother told me to be supplied with the necessary means that there had been a wedding here a If the writer of the letter of the 14th hundred years ago; but just when the June is ready to provide these, he is dancing was going to begin, the briderequested to communicate with Dr. Tafel, groom disappeared and never came back.” whom he will find ready to engage in

Then he perceived that he had been any useful work.

in Heaven for a hundred years, and that

all his friends on earth were dead and A MOMENT IN HEAVEN.

gone; so he prayed to our Lord that he

might return to the place from which (A Popular Tale of Denmark.) be had come. And our Lord heard his There were two young fellows who prayer.-Macmillan. had long been the best of bosom friends, and they agreed that wberever

NEW PUBLICATION. they should be, or however far sepa. Lessons in Life for All who will Read rated, they should come to each other's them. By T. S. ARTHUR. C. P. Alvey, wedding. But one died, and years 36, Bloomsbury-street, London. passed before the other was married. This little work contains nine short On the wedding-day, as he sat at table stories, told in Mr. Arthur's easy and by his bride, and the feast was nearly interesting manner, each conveying a ended, the bridegroom saw his deceased useful moral or religious lesson. They friend' enter the room; but no one else are intended more especially for the could see him. The bridegroom rose, younger members of society and the went to meet his friend, and led him church, though not for these excluoutside. His friend said "See! I have sively. come to your wedding, as I promised." Mr. Alvey has justly considered the The bridegroom asked—“How is it with work of sufficient value to reprint it you where you now are?” His friend from the American edition; and we answered— It is so well with me that hope his enterprise will be rewarded I cannot describe it. But, if you like, by a large demand. you can come yourself for a little and see.” “But," said the bridegroom, “I

Obituary. am just going to dance with my bride." "The dancing won't begin for a little, April 18th, at Banbury, after a lingersaid the other; "come away."

ing and painful illness, Mr. Richard So they went together to Heaven, and Harbert, aged sixty. At an early age, there all was more beautiful than tongue at Wellingborough, through the instru. can tell. Presently the bridegroom's mentality of Mr. James Mitchell, he

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embraced the doctrines of the New Dis- death, her devout and reflective mind pensation, which afforded to him so much found its proper nourishment, and her consolation and happiness; and he de- affections became awakened to a powerlighted in presenting them to his family ful and holy love of Truth, manifested and friends, many of whom received them chiefly by a strong desire to understand with affectionate earnestness, and long the spiritual sense of the Holy Word. will they revere bis memory. In 1826 About four years ago she was attacked he removed to London, and for many by a grievous illness, arising from an years attended divine worship in Cross. internal malady, which baffled the skill street, under the late Mr. Noble. Ill of the doctors. During a period of more health and family afflictions led him to than four years she often suffered in. call in Mr. Bateman, a valuable and sin- tensely from this complaint, and it was cere friend, and warm advocate of the the wonder of all her friends that nature church, who finally introduced him to could hold out so long. She was, at the Argyle-square society, then under times, deeply depressed in spirits, and the ministry of the late Rev. T.C. Shaw. experienced direful internal temptations. In 1837 he was left a widower, with three Her only comfort was from the Lord, young children, daughters, each of whom, through His Word; and she often reon reaching an age to be a comfort to peated some of the Psalms, and espehim, rapidly sank under the fatal disease cially the 43rd, which, together with of consumption, of which their father the Lord's Prayer, and the occasional died. Deeply as he felt their loss, he taking of the Sacrament, afforded her was supported under these successive the strength she needed. Her mental trials by a firm reliance on the infinite sufferings and temptations increased tolove of his Saviour God, and a belief in wards the last, when she was reduced to the realities of the eternal world, as a state in which, at times, she seemed revealed in the writings of the church. deprived of the hope of salvation. On Bereaved of all his dearest earthly rela these occasions, other friends of the tions, he retired to his native place in society besides the pastor visited her, 1859, and spent the few remaining years and by their united prayers and consoof his life in reading and distributing lations dissipated, of the Lord's mercy, the works of the New Church, living in these tempting influences from the obedience to the Divine commandments, powers of darkness. From all these grounded in self-renunciation, as the trying states, she rose up with the conmeans by which the divine work of rege- viction, as expressed by the Psalmist, neration is effected in the soul. E. Š. that "it was good for her that she had

been afflicted.” She felt that, whilst Departed, May 5th, into the spiritual her external man, by these trials, was world, Miss Emily Ann Twiss, in her decreasing, her internal was increasing, 29th year. This departed sister was a and at length, with her countenance irramember of the Peter - street Society, diated with celestial smiles, she passed Manchester. From her earliest years from this earthly state of suffering into she was characterized by a devout and “the joy of her Lord.” The writer of reflective spirit, and in her youth, unlike this notice has had much experience in most other girls, she preferred retire- visiting the sick, and in watching the ment to playful association with others. development of mental states previous About eight or ten years ago her parents to their departure, but during the four came to reside in Manchester, and joined years he was in the habit of visiting this the Peter-street Society. Here her mind departed friend, he witnessed so much was especially directed to meditate upon progress in the spiritual life, as mani. the New Church doctrines, and upon the fested in the love of the Truth, that, he Truths of the Word as opened by their trusts, his own states were thereby much instrumentality. She regularly attended benefitted, for the school of affliction is the worship of the Lord on the Sabbath, the school of humility and of spiritual and, as often as her health permitted, improvement. This experience will also, came to the Tuesday evening meetings. no doubt, be the blessed lot of her parents By conversing on the Truths of the and relatives who lament her loss. Word, and on the state of the life after

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ADDRESS FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE TO THE

MEMBERS OF THE NEW CHURCH THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

DEAR BRETHREN,

Every earnest receiver of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem, and every well-wisher to the progress of the Lord's Church among men, must sometimes have wondered at the slowness of its growth. Principles so calculated to exalt the character and justify the operations of God, and at the same time to purify, develope, and content the souls of men, ought, one would think, to be everywhere eagerly received. And considering that these principles are at once in accordance with all the true discoveries of science, all the best and noblest perceptions of human intellect, and all the inspired declarations of God's most Holy Word, the tardiness of their reception appears to the natural mind as the more remarkable. Let us, then, endeavour to investigate what may be some of the hindrances and what some of the helps to the progress of the New Church.

There can be no doubt that the external organization which we are accustomed to regard as the nucleus of the church does not increase with much rapidity. Established in 1788 (when, on May 18th, the name, “The New Church signified by the New Jerusalem in the Revelation,” was adopted), it is more than seventy-six years old. In 1862 it consisted of only forty-seven societies, with about 3,243 registered members; and, presuming that the congregations worshipping at our various chapels are composed of only one-half members of the societies,

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this affords us about 7,000 hearers. This number is scarcely larger than that occasionally addressed by one popular preacher.

That these statistics do not adequately represent the numbers of the receivers of the teachings of Swedenborg, we can truthfully assert. There are many who are known, but who are not connected with any society. There are some others who consider a separate external organi. zation unnecessary, if not improper, and who never seek to become known to, or acquainted with, the members of our societies. Many more hesitate at breaking the ties which unite them with other denominations of Christians, or who-conceiving that they more successfully disseminate the truths of the New Dispensation among those who have learned to respect them by long acquaintance, and over whose minds they have obtained influence by long association—remain externally unconnected with our organizations. There are many more who are partial receivers of the doctrines, the number of whom it is impossible to estimate. In the case of all these we may rejoice that although not externally associated with us, they are still of us,—united in the perception, love, and practice of the same heavenly principles. It is one of the noblest, as well as one of the most soul-contenting truths of the New Dispensation, that the good of all denominations of Christians, who acknowledge the Lord Jesus, and who strive to live according to the Ten Commandments, are members of the Lord's church. The noble and the pure, the loving, and the holy of all denominations, may thus be truly claimed by the disciple of the Lord Jesus as co-believers in the truth, united in the sacred communion of the church, and yoke-fellows in the service of mankind.

But the external organization represented by this Conference is relatively small. Yet the argument that from the smallness of our numbers would seek to deduce the incorrectness or impracticability of our doctrines, is radically fallacious. Truth is truth, whether it counts its adherents by myriads or units. Universal adoption would not prove falsehood to be truth, nor universal rejection truth to be falsehood. The Gospel was as true when the little group around the Saviour constituted the avowed church, as it was when Constantine lent it the sanction of his authority and the popularity of his patronage. Perhaps it was far more truly held in the days of its insignificance than in those darker days of popular profession.

The fact of the smallness of our organization, however, remains, and deserves consideration. What, then, are some of the chief hindrances to its growth ? All churches have an internal and an external work to perform. The internal work consists in seeking to establish and

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