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is a state not due to errors and mistakes. The result of the change has been highly but a hatred of the very inward character satisfactory ; the average attendance in of religion. It is not against the letter; the evening having been more than a it is against the Holy Spirit. It is the hundred. A series of lectures was soul it hates, not the form. It hates it given by the minister, ending with the until it mocks and blasphemes. Many year. A second series is now in course are astonished at the revealings of their. of delivery. The report of the book. interior evils as their regeneration pro- steward showed that nearly 2000 books ceeds. They accuse themselves con- and periodicals had been sold during tinually, and sometimes accuse Divine the year. The report of the party comProvidence of giving them a harder lot mittee showed that very useful work than others; then will come the dark had been performed in that direction suspicion-have I sinned against the during the year. All the tea-parties Holy Spirit? Is it all over with me? had been highly successful, especially That thought I cannot bear. As long the congregational party, at which over as a person complains the better nature two hundred sat down to tea, and the is present, and really in the ascendant. audience which assembled after tea to Evils are in the external man. When see the drama performed numbered more we mourn about them, condemn them, than five hundred. The business of the condemn ourselves for suffering them, meeting was gone through with perfect there is a better state within that sees good feeling on all hands. The proand judges the worse. There is a living ceedings of the evening were enlivened man as well as a dead one. Persevere; by several glees, well sung by the choir. through the life within the Lord will After a few encouraging remarks by the restore the dead. The sins we hate are minister the meeting was brought to a with us, but not in us. The soul that close in the usual way. is in the sin against the Holy Spirit no longer mourns, it blasphemes. --The BLACKBURN.—The Rev. H. Cameron, above are only sentences caught at in the minister, has recently been delivertervals, and isolated often from their ing a course of popular Sunday evening context. To be appreciated the dis- lectures on the “Days of the Creation ;' course must have been heard. At the and it was a very pleasing fact to observe urgent request of many hearers Mr. that these interesting discourses were Gunton promised to come again in about well attended by the members of the four months.”
Society, as well as by several strangers.
Mr. Cameron treated the respective work BESSES. — On February 8th the an- of each day's creation in a manner which nual meeting of the Society was held. will not be forgotten by those who had A tea was provided, to which a fair the pleasure of hearing them—bringing number of friends sat down. The chief scientific facts to elucidate and confirm business of the meeting after tea was the New Church teachings on this very the election of officers for the year and importantand highly instructive subject. the discussion of measures for the im- The annual New Year's tea-party of the provement and advancement of the members and friends of the church was church and school. Mr. Robert Taylor attended by about 250 persons. After occupied the chair. The reports of the tea the Rev. H. Cameron took the Secretary and Treasurer were read, and chair and delivered a short address. gave much encouragement for future There was an interesting programme of success. Since the Society entered upon song and dialogue gone through by the the important step of securing a minis- young people, every one doing their part ter the members have shown their ear- well, so that the evening passed agreenestness in a substantial manner. The ably and profitably. A very pleasing Secretary's report showed that since part of the evening's proceedings was the the Rev. 1. Tansley entered upon his presentation of an elegant black marble pastoral duties twenty-six members timepiece to Mr. J. H. Riley, the organist have been added to the church, many and leader of the choir. It bore the inof them from the Sunday school. For- scription, on il silver plate, “Presented merly service at thi church was held to Mr. J. H. Riley by the inembers and morning and afternoon, but evening ser-friends of the New Jerusalem Church, vice has been now held for some time. Blackburn, as a token of their apprecia
tion of his services as organist and choir the miseries that follow in their train, leader. January 1st, 1879.” Short ad. and in their stead possessors of the dresses were delivered by Messrs. Porter, glorious liberty of the children of light Astley, Pemberton, Drake, and Aspin, and the true happiness which ever flows and the meeting broke up about ten from a life spent in doing good.” o'clock.
Longton.-The annual meeting of HORNCASTLE. — The sixth anniversary this Society was held on the 22nd of of this Society was held from the 9th to January. During the evening addresses the 18th of February. Mr. Gunton, were delivered by Mr. Henshall, the col. whose services had been secured for the porteur of the Manchester Missionary occasion, preached on the 9th and 16th, Society, and by Messrs. Platt and and lectured on the 12th and 18th. Brough. The long.continued and faith. The subject of the first of these lec- ful services of Mr. and Mrs. Brookhouse tures was, “Did Swedenborg converse were cordially acknowledged, and a with Angels ?” of the second, “Where pleasant and interesting evening was do the millions who have died now spent. The Society, though called to dwell, and what do they do?” It will struggle with adverse circumstances, yet be seen from these subjects that the labours on in faith and constancy. Nor national missionary does not keep in the is it without some gleam of hope. We background the source of his informa- have been shown an interesting letter tion. The name and office of Sweden- from an inquirer in a neighbouring town, borg are prominently presented, and his from which we make the following exWritings freely sold at the close of the tract: “I have of late been trying to lectures. The members of this “ little obtain light on several subjects, and am flock” still continue few in numbers, more than ever convinced of the darkness but persevering in their efforts to make in which both myself and many others known the truth and extend the influ- are at present groping; in fact, we are ence of the Church.
'blind leaders of the blind,' whilst the
light of the New Church shines out so LONDON (Dalston).—This Society, clear and brilliant as to be at times well which now meets at Albion Hall, con- nigh overpowering. My feeling is, and tinues to progress under the ministry of especially when in the sacred desk,' Mr. Dicks. The Hackney Gazette favours that I grasp well nigh nothing of the the Society with occasional reports of truths I may be attempting to deal with. the sermons preached at the hall. My mind has been much exercised of Three of Mr. "Dicks' discourses have late through pondering over a page or been reported, and one by Dr. Bayley. two in T. C. Ř., No. 647, which shows The last of these reports is a sermon by, plainly that the faith and imputation Mr. Dicks on “ Babylon's Recompense of the New Church cannot be together (Psalm cxxvii. 8, 9), which occupies with the faith and imputation of the nearly two columns of the paper. An former Church ;' and I can assure you extended exposition is closed with a that should I become sufficiently imbued brief recapitulation, from which we give with New Church doctrine, I would at the closing words : “We have all once relinquish my connection with the within us these conflicting elements body to which I am now joined, and thus of spiritual strife. The truths we ac- avoid having, to some extent, to enunquire from the Word are our children ciate that which I feel is not compatible of Israel ;' the desire for self-aggran- with the faith I now most certainly dizement at the expense of others hold.” constitutes our daughter of Babylon,' which, while it holds its sway un- PRESTON (from the Preston Guarchecked, keeps Israel in captivity; while dian of February 8th). — “The lectures the false ideas of self-importance are the announced for delivery by R. Gunton, • little' ones that defile. What is our Esq., London, and referred to in our duty at the time that our true state is last issue, were continued in the school. made clear to us? To lead captivity room under the church on Tuesday, captive ; to live for others, not for self Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, alone, and 'the truth will make us free.' We can only give a brief report, and Free from evil, free from error, with all may say that the majority of those
present seemed to appreciate the views delights are to all sane people. The presented by the lecturer. Two of the lecturer said also that there was no evilectures were on the spiritual world, the dence in the Scriptures that if a man, latter having especial relation to hell, deliberately and of free choice, gives the and the lecturer holding the view that preference to wicked delights in this it had been granted of the Lord to fife his nature and decision can be Swedenborg to see and converse with changed after death.-The last lecture departed men in the spiritual world, was on 'The Scriptural Way of Salvaboth good men and bad men, both tion,' and it was argued that obedience angels and devils, and that for a period to the Divine precepts was the only way of twenty-seven years uninterruptedly. of salvation mentioned in the Scriptures. He called the attention of his audience Adam, Noah, and Abraham all received to a book called 'Heaven and Hell,' commandments from the Lord, and the containing many of the facts of experi. result in each case was the result of ence thus obtained. The lecturer argued obedience or disobedience. The law that evil originated with and in man, was, “When the wicked man turneth and consisted in the misuse of a power away from his wickedness and doeth for good ; the power given for the pur- that which was lawful and right, he pose of obedience to God's command shall save his soul alive,' and the Lord was, he said, used in violation of that did not, he said, as some suppose, command, so that evil originated in dis- abolish the Divine law; it was only the obedience and rebellion; and as dis- ceremonial law which came to an end, obedience and rebellion originated evil, not the Decalogue; hence the Lord 80 a continuance in evil and wicked- said, “Think not that I am come to ness—loved and cherished-originated destroy the law and the prophets ;' and hell, both in this world and the next; hence also the Lord said, 'If thou for, said the lecturer, every one knows wouldst enter into life, keep the comthat there are many hells on earth, and mandments.' It was argued that the the persons in them have acquired a doctrine of substitution was a human nature by their evil practices which device, a human dogma, having no causes them to cling to that disorderly foundation in Scripture, and that judg. and unhappy life. Such persons when ment was always represented as based they die and go to live in the spiritual upon the life of the man, and not any world are still themselves—they still professed belief separate from the life. love the same wicked practices, and, as. À vote of thanks to the lecturer, moved, sociating together, they there constitute seconded, and supported by gentlemen hell; for the future life is, it was unconnected with the denomination, argued, essentially a continuation of brought the meeting to a close, and a this
. The real life of the man in this desire was expressed that Mr. Gunton world is the life of his affection and should visit Preston again.” thought, and that is his real life in the In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Gunfuture world, so that what a man loves ton preached twice on the Sabbath to here he loves there ; if he is covetous large and attentive audiences. A corhere he is covetous there. As the tree respondent writes: “We are pleased to falls so it lies. The summary of the record the fact that at the conclusion of lecturer's arguments on this subject was, these lectures more books were sold than that those who make evil their good at any lectures previously delivered. prefer the delights of wickedness to the Upwards of 120 copies of Heaven and delights of purity; thus they make their Hell,' Brighton Lectures,' ‘Nature own hells and remain in them, both of Spirit, 2 copies of the True here and hereafter, because they prefer Christian Religion,' i 'Apocalypse Rethe delights of wickedness. The ter- vealed,' and a large number of tracts rible results of this choice were repre- were disposed of, all of which will no sented as shocking, and were compared doubt, under Divine Providence, be to the horrible experiences of the man productive of much fruit. who, by drunkenness, brought on delirium tremens; and still many of the men, notwithstanding, those dreadful
Obituary. experiences, would indulge in the de- MR. MAXWELL HASELER. -—“ We have lights of drunkenness, shocking as such to record the death of one who, humanly
speaking, promised all that hope could and he at once united himself with a fancy and that heart could wish. Youth small Society of the New Church which ful, genial, flushed but a few days ago with met for worship and mutual instruction all the enterprising activity that makes at Bradford. Here he remained for some life a pleasure, and engaging in all good years, taking a part in conducting the works that give delight to others, -yet services, and making himself useful as on January 26th, without a moment's opportunity served. On his removal to warning, Mr. Maxwell Haseler, youngest Dewsbury he continued to interest him. son of Mr. G. C. Haseler, was called self in the promulgation of the truth. away to his eternal home. We follow The Rev. R. Storry during his residence him, repeating with mournful signific- at Dalton frequently conducted services ance we are but 'strangers and pilgrims in his house. These services were aton the earth.' To some it is well to go tended by a considerable number of his in infancy, to others youth is our Father's neighbours, and the interest excited was allotted time, others are taken hence in fostered by the kindly conversation of the strength of early manhood, and our friends, and the distribution of New others wait for their summons in the Church tracts and other publications. calm of lengthened age. But all go at On the institution of a Society of the New the moment which is best as seen by Church some years afterwards, chiefly, Infinite Wisdom. In death there are we believe, through the instrument. no mistakes. We cannot see that it is ality of Mr. Walmsley, who has also so; but truth asserts it, reason endorses passed to his reward, Mr. Arran was it, the heart says, “Yes! God is infinitely appointed leader. For
some time good; it is and must be so.' Whether past our departed brother has sufin infancy, manhood, or age, death is fered from a distressing malady which the outward manifestation of the same has made him helpless and dependent. law of love. Gone from amongst us for His disease, which affected the brain, ever in the body, yet he is present with impaired the memory of earthly things, us in all happy memories. A good son, but he retained the remembrance of the a true friend, a hard worker, a genial psalms and hymns he learned in former spirit everywhere, and a reliant man years and cherished through life. His with a true religious spirit; his early latter end was singularly peaceful. He death teaches a solemn lessoni
, and seems had no fear of death, but passed quietly both to the
and to the aged, away in the serene composure of Chris‘Be ye also ready. -From the Manual tian assurance and hope. of the New Church, Wrexham Road, Birmingham.
Departed this life, at Derby, February On the 30th of December 1878, six years. The deceased was for a num:
1st, 1879, Harriet Fantom, aged forty. Mr. John Arran, of Eightlands, Dews- ber of years a member of the Society of bury, entered into his rest in the the New Church in this town. She was seventy-sixth year of his age.
a devout lover of the doctrines, a most early life of our departed brother was passed among the Methodists. regular and constant worshipper at the Naturally thoughtful and inquiring, he public services, and in her attendance became during his connection with this and instruction was most persistent and
at meetings for religious conversation body a subject of doubt, with its accom
exemplary. panying perplexities and distress of mind. He could not relinquish his hold on the Bible, as he felt that, apart from
On the 29th of January, at Heywood, revelation, there was no safe anchorage Mrs. Mary Clark passed away to her final for the soul. His difficulty was
to home at the ripe age of seventy-one years. understand the teaching of the Bible, and She has been for many years a consisto reconcile with reason and the revealed tent and warmly-esteemed member of character of God the doctrines he had the Society at Bury. been taught to believe. It was in this state of mental perplexity that his atten- At South Parade, Newcastle-on-Tyne, tion was drawn to writings of the Ann, wife of Thomas Catcheside, Esq., New Church. His investigation of these departed this life on the 24th day of writings led to his reception of the truth, January, aged fifty-two years.
In the February number we offered some remarks on the nature of the connection that exists between the two worlds, of which even we are inhabitants, being in the spiritual world as to our souls and in the natural world as to our bodies. Of our presence in the spiritual world we have, while we live in the natural body, no consciousness, because the seat of our consciousness is in the body, or in that degree of the mind which is in immediate connection with it; but when we lay aside the material body, our spiritual consciousness is awakened, so to speak, and we see and know that we are in the spiritual world. Indeed all our spiritual senses come into activity, or rather the spirit which perceived the objects of the physical world through the senses of the natural body, when the natural body is put off perceive the objects of the spiritual world through the senses of the spiritual body. And as the spiritual world is more real and even more substantial than the natural world, and our souls are more real and even more substantial than our bodies, the objects of the spiritual world are at least as much cognisable by the senses of the spiritual body as the objects of the natural world are by the senses of the natural body. The exchange is not therefore a loss, but a gain. And if our state takes us to that part of the other world which is the home of the righteous, how great will our gain be! For the spiritual world is not, like the natural world, the same in its outward aspect to all, but is the