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for the occasions, and a pleasant even- ing inscription : "A token of esteem: ing is spent in social intercourse, im- presented to E. Austin, Esq., on his proved and enlivened by choice music resigning the ministry of the Camber. and recitations, and other appropriate well New Church Society after fifteen means of social enjoyment. The last of years of faithful service. London, 11th these meetings for the present season April 1879.” Mr. Alvey concluded his was appointed for the 6th of March, so earnest and affectionate address with an as to afford an opportunity of welcom. expression of the heartfelt wish of Mr. ing the members of the Hymn-Book Austin's congregation that in his retireCommittee, all of whom were invited to ment from his ministerial labours he be present. The room was neatly car- may speedily regain that robust health peted and adorned with flowers and pic. which his combined secular and religious tures. Refreshments were served during avocations have seriously jeopardized. the evening, and all the proceedings Mr. Higham, the Secretary of the were of the most pleasing and interest- Testimonial Committee, then supplied ing kind. Mr. Presland in a brief some details concerning the testimonial, address welcomed the members of the drawing attention to the fact that the Committee, the welcome being responded object aimed at by the Committee was to by the Rev. R. Storry and Mr. Broad- not the collection of a large sum of field.
money, but the presentation to Mr.
Austin of something which, while in. LONDON (Camberwell).- Presentation trinsically of no great value, should yet of a Testimonial to Mr. É. Austin.—The be calculated for daily use, and thus annual tea-meeting of the Camber- constantly to remind him of the high well Society was held as usual on esteem in which his constant services for Good Friday, the 11th ult. About fifteen years. were held by the Camber. sixty friends partook of tea, and this well Society. No large subscriptions had number was more than doubled at the therefore been received, and not even the subsequent proceedings. Mr. E. smallest had been ignored ; so that the Austin, whose resignation of his office as result practically represented the united minister of the Society formally took offerings of all the congregation. effect on the last Sunday in March, but Moreover, no person not immediately who is serving the Society until his suc- connected with the Camberwell Society cessor commences his labours-took the had been applied to, the proposed prechair in the church at about seven o'clock. sentation being held to be, as it were, & A hymn having been sung, the chairman family affair. Mr. Higham mentioned read from the liturgy the “Glorifica- that the testimonial was the work of tion of the Lord” proper for the day, Mr. J. Elphick, a member of the con. and then offered a few appropriate gregation, who had executed it remarks upon the same sublime theme. gratuitously, as a token of his high re• Mr. I. J. Alvey, the senior deacon, and spect for Mr. Austin. În conclusion, one of the originators of the Society, then, the speaker expressed his own high prefacing the act by a few explanatory appreciation of Mr. Austin's services, remarks, proceeded on behalf of the more particularly eulogizing his per Society to present to Mr. Austin a very formance of the duties of President of beautiful illuminated testimonial, framed the Mutual Improvement Society. Mr. and glazed, together with a gold watch A. C. Moore then uttered a few hearty and chain. The wording of the former words, after which Mr. Austin rose to is : “Testimonial, together with a gold reply. Having most cordially thanked watch and chain, presented to Edward the friends for the testimonial, and for Austin, Esq., on his relinquishing the their kind expressions concerning his office of minister of the New Jerusalem work, he drew attention to the success Church, Camberwell, London, in affec- which had attended the operations of tionate recognition of his invaluable ser- the Camberwell Society during its first vices to the Society from its commence fifteen years' existence, a success which ment in 1863 until March 1879. Signed he believed to be largely due, under by the members of the Church Committee Divine Providence, to the men who had on behalf of the Society." Upon the watch formed its Committee, four of the first is engraved a monogram of Mr. Austin's members of which, viz. Messrs. Alvey, initials, and inside the case the follow. Braby, Brown, and Gunton, still occupied that position, and he trusted selection of the new minister the that this important element of success friends would be as united as were the would never be wanting in the future little band which, fifteen years ago, history of the Society. Referring to his unanimously agreed to invite Mr. own secular avocations, he showed how Austin to preside over them. Mr. they had operated to the advantage of Barratt expressed his own deep thank, his ministry in that they had infused fulness to Mr. Austin for his clear and into his work an element of order and convincing expositions of the Word method not always imparted even by from Sunday to Sunday, and especially the strictest ministerial training, and for his attention to the meetings of the moreover, that they had endowed him junior members' section, Mr. Barratt with a knowledge of the trials and being able to testify to the usefulness of temptations of business men which was this work from the experience of meminvaluable to one whose sermons needed bers of his own family. Mr. Joseph to a great extent to be fitted to such an Bormond, the well-known temperance audience. But while he believed that lecturer, and a member of the Camberin securing the services of one not well Society, added his testimony to the wholly devoted to the ministry at the efficacy of Mr. Austin's preaching. Mr. commencement of the Society, and in Orme said that when first he heard of retaining those services until the con. Mr. Austin's contemplated retirement, gregation was settled and consolidated he felt that it would be an irremediable in a building of its own, the Committee blow to the Society; but he knew that had acted with a wise discretion, he was such an idea was wrong, as, if the conyet of opinion that such a state of things gregation humbly looked to the Lord, should not be perpetuated. It was, he He would provide them with a man for believed, right and proper that certain the work." Mr. G. W. Thomson remen should be set apart for the ministe- gretted the necessity which was the rial office, and he thought it would now cause of the present testimonial, but be very desirable that the Camberwell was glad that Mr. Austin at almost Society should possess such a minister. every hour of the day might be pleasantly In conclusion, he assured his audience reminded of his old friends at Camberof his undying interest in the New well. Mr. R. J. Tilson confessed his Church, and in the Camberwell Society, own great indebtedness to Mr. Austin, but begged them not to good-naturedly who was indeed his spiritual father, conspire against the perfect rest from having admitted him into the New ministerial work which it was his Church by the gate of baptism, and earnest wish, at any rate for the present, strongly countenanced him in commencto secure for himself.
ing his present position as a student for A short interval here took place, the New Church ministry. during which the friends present availed In the course of the evening the choir themselves of the opportunity of exam. sang several choice pieces of music. The ining the testimonial and presents. proceedings were terminated by the
Mr. S. B. Dicks, minister of the chairman pronouncing the benediction. Dalston Society, then spoke of his early connection with the Camberwell Society, LONDON (Camden Road).—The annual and of the great kindness shown by Mr. meeting of this Society was held on Austin to him (the speaker), in answer. Monday, March 17th, Mr. Gunton in ing the numerous questions which per- the chair. From the reports presented plexed his mind when fighting his way to the meeting it appeared that nine into the New Church. Mr. I. Gunton new members had been added during reminded the audience that the real the year; four had resigned their nemcommencement of the Camberwell bership, thus leaving a net increase of Society was the delivery of a course of five. The attendance at the evening lectures in Kennington Lane in the early service had somewhat declined during part of 1863, and that five or six mem- the winter months, though the attendbers of the present Society were the ance of strangers had continued. A result of that effort. He also remarked small deficit on the current expenditure upon the success which had attended was at once provided for by a subscripthe Society under Mr. Austin's ministry, tion from the members present. On and expressed his hope that in the the 2nd of April a social meeting sim. ilar to the one held at Argyle Square in its desire to do the work at once, was held in the lecture-room, to which and to do it well, and a general dethe members of the Hymn-Book Com. sire was expressed that the forthcom. mittee were invited. The room was, ing bazaar might be a successful one. well filled with members of the Church Should there be any friends in the connected with the several London Church at large who would like to con. Societies, and members of the Committee tribute to either the Building or Bazaar engaged in the revision and extension Fund, they can do so by forwarding of the Hymn-Book. The room was their contributions to the chairman, adorned with a choice collection of well- Mr. E. Lowe, Hampson Fold, or to the executed pictures in oil and water- Secretary of the Building Committee, colours, and the tables laden with photo- Mr. W. Hodgson, New Road, from graphs and illustrated works. A very whom an acknowledgment will be sent choice selection of music, both vocal and in due course.
W. H. instrumental, was most skilfully and ahly rendered by members of the choir SOUTHPORT.-Mr. W. A. Bates, who and church, among whom were included since the completion of his studies at Mr. and Mrs. Mudie, Mrs. M‘Kechnie, the New Church College has been Mrs. Tafel, and Miss Lydia Smith. Dr. labouring at Horncastle, has been Tafel, who was in the chair, briefly appointed to the vacant pulpit at this welcomed the Committee, and a response town. Mr. Bates is a young man of to his address was given by Mr. Broad- promise, and he will have here an field. The evening's proceedings were ample field for the exercise of his talents. brought to a close by an organ recital Some additions have been made to the in the church by Mr. Whittington, the members of the church since the deparorganist.
ture of the Rev. Mr. Thornton to his
distant home in Australia. The debt RADCLIFFE.—On Wednesday evening, which encumbered the church building the 19th day of March, a general meet.. has also been removed, and there is ing of members, seatholders, and friends every prospect of the establishment of a was called for the purpose of inspecting useful and influential Society. revised plans, etc., for the proposed enlargement and alteration of the church. About 150 sat down to tea. The plans
Birth were exhibited and fully explained by the architect, Mr. Thomas Thorp; of Manchester, the wife of J. H. Watson
On the 24th March, at Withington, Besses-o'-th’-Barn, which on the whole
of a daughter. were approved of, and it was decided to commence the work at once. The structure will be of stone, treated in a classi.
Marriages. cal style of architecture. The present building is calculated to hold about 420, On Thursday, April 10th, at the New the new
one will hold about 660. Jerusalem Church, Bolton, by the Rev. The chairman, Mr. E. Lowe, reported Thomas Mackereth, F.R.A.S., father of that up to that date there had been the bride, Mr. John Henry Monks of promised the sum of £350 towards the Pendlebury to Miss Laura Mackereth, Bazaar Fund (to be held in October the third daughter of Mr. Mackereth. next), and £910 to the Building Fund,
On the 18th of March, at the New total £1260, and since the meeting com
Jerusalem Church, Blackburn, by the menced a further sum of £150 had been Rev. H. Cameron, resident minister, promised, bringing the total
Mr. James Law, chemist and druggist, to
up £1410. Nearly the whole of these to Ann, youngest daughter of Mr. promises are from those who either have Thomas Pemberton of Darwen Street. attended or do attend the church. The estimated cost of the alterations is put down at £2500. The Committee flatter
Obituary. themselves that for use and elegance ACCRINGTON.—The unusually severe they will have a church, when completed, winter, whose farewell we hardly yet second to none in the New Church. seem to have taken, has made a vacancy The meeting was quite unanimous in many a happy circle that, so far as
earth is concerned, will never be re- There is little to particularize in any filled, and has brought near to those case. The record of one will, with who are left, in a way as nothing else can, little variation, serve for all. Life was the solemn truths that, “Here have we a chequered scene, and yet it bore tes. no continuing city,” “Our home is not timony to the unchanging faithfulness here."
and love of their Divine Lord and SaThe Accrington Society has been viour. In all their afflictions His precalled to part with many of its old and sence sustained, His comforts delighted esteemed friends lately with a frequency their souls. And now they have already and to an extent it has no recollection found, or are finding, the angelic of ever occurring before. With the society with which their happy and commencement of the winter one and eternal lives shall be spent. another, especially of the more aged and infirm, began to decline, and soon it Departed this life on March 21st, became evident they were about to ex- aged thirty-three, after a lingering and change their earthly for their heavenly severe illness, Mr. John Bainbridge, homes.
the only son of Mr. Joseph Bainbridge, Scarcely a week has passed without of 61 Hamilton Street, Newcastle-uponone or more of the members of the Tyne. Mr. Joseph Bainbridge was church or congregation receiving the formerly a member and active supsummons to come up higher.” And porter of the Society at Carlisle, until the appearance of the congregation on his removal to Newcastle some years the Lord's day shows how widely it has ago, when he immediately connected been affected and deeply touched by himself with the Church there, and his the successive bereavements that have son, who is now departed to his eternal taken place.
rest, became a consistent member of Our limited space forbids any details the Church, a diligent worker in the of the Christian and useful, yet unevent- Sabbath school, and, so far as time and ful lives, whose first stage is now com- opportunity permitted, an earnest suppleted, and for whose further and fuller porter of the cause of temperance. The development we must wait till we too deceased had been educated from his follow them. To those who know the childhood in the doctrines of the New Accrington Society it may be sufficient Church, and, we have every reason to to mention the names of Mr. Thomas believe, had obtained, long before his Riley, died 19th Nov. 1878, aged 73; departure from this life, not only a Mr. Joseph Grimshaw, died 3rd Dec. clear intellectual view of the beauty 1878, aged 55 ; Mr. Francis Hargreaves, and consistency of those doctrines, but died 25th Dec. 1878, aged 72; Mr. had also experienced under their in. Hargreaves Dixon, died 30th Dec. fluence such a renewal of heart and life, 1878, aged 49; Miss Alice West, died that while through long and weary 7th Jan. 1879, aged 65; Mrs. Sarah months of sickness the outward man Whitehead, died 19th Jan. 1879, aged decayed, the inward man was renewed 76; Miss Sarah Wolstenholme, died and purified day by day. In the midst 25th Jan. 1879, aged 60; Mr. William of severe suffering, and as his end Roberts, died 5th Feb. 1879, aged_44; drew near, Mr. Bainbridge was earnestly Mrs. Agnes Bridge, died_11th Feb. questioned by friends of another de1879, aged 78; Miss Jane Tasker, died nomination, who had kindly visited 13th Feb. 1879, aged 38; Mrs. Ann him, as to his spiritual condition. The Howarth, died 20th Feb. 1879, aged calm reply of our dying friend was 71; Mrs. Grace Gregory, died 26th that he was in perfect peace, and quite Feb. 1879, aged 86; Mrs. Mary Bamber, secure in his dependence upon those died 28th Feb. 1879, aged 74; Mrs. truths in which he had been brought Ann Wigglesworth, died 18th Feb. up.
To him the Lord Jesus was a 1879, aged 59; Mr. James Lonsdale, living Saviour and ever-present Father died 5th March 1879, aged 61 ; and and Friend, ready to receive a repentMr. Thomas Morriss, who, with others ing sinner and to afford help and less known, have all since November consolation in every time of need. To last, we have good reason to believe, these observations it may be added died in the Lord, and whose works fol. that Mr. John Bainbridge was low with them.
occasional contributor to the Juvenile
Magazine during the editorship of the a zealous and effective member ; but we late Rev. E. D. Rendell
, and under the have not the least doubt that we gain nom de plume of “Pax,” wrote some largely by his transfer to a nobler and very interesting and instructive papers. higher sphere of action, where his powers The deceased was quiet and unosten. of will and understanding will be ex. tatious in his demeanour, never ob- erted on a different plane, but for the trusive, but yet always ready to lend a furtherance of the same cause he was so helping hand in the cause of truth and much attached to here below. All the goodness. We have to regret his loss newspapers published in this colony to the Church on earth, and to his have spoken of him in high terms, and sorrowing parents and friends ; but at at his funeral men of all ranks and of the same time let us rejoice in the every religious denomination united to assurance that he is only gone before do honour to his memory,” us to a more extensive sphere of uses in the Church above, and to the enjoy. On the evening of Friday, April 4th, nient of an eternal life in which sin Sarah Harriett, the beloved wife of Mr. and sorrow and suffering shall be no William H. Horrocks of Bolton, passed
to her eternal home in the spiritual
world. Whilst her release from physiM. EDMUND DE CHAZAL. — We give cal suffering must be a blessing to her, from the Morning Light the following the bereavement to her dear husband notice of the departure of this esteemed and family is distressing. Mrs. Hor: member of the New Church in the rocks had been in a declining and weak Mauritius : “We have to chronicle the state of health for very many years, departure into the eternal world of the but often intervals of hope buoyed up a much loved President of the New Jeru. thought that there might come a persalem Church Society here, M. Edmund manent turn for her recovery. She was de Chazal, who was in his sixty-ninth most amiable and intelligent. Her year. This occurred on the 12th of society was, for this reason, very enjoy. February. He was one of the founders able. Her father, the late Dr. Haddock, of the Society here, and its most active had afforded her 'excellent opportunities supporter. He was named its Presi- of mental culture, and she was thoroughly dent not long after it came into exist- characterized by it. And although ence, and so continued, with few inter- through weakness she was frequently ruptions, till the end of his stay among au lit, her mind displayed thorough
He gave largely to the funds of soundness and vigour. Being unable the Society, and without him we do not to attend public worship, it gave her think it would now be in existence. A deep pleasure and satisfaction to hear few months before his death he made read to her the reports which her sons an appeal to those interested in its wel. inade for her of the sermons or lectures fare to contribute towards paying off which were delivered at the church. the debt encumbering the building Her motherly character was powerfully where the friends meet for worship, evinced in her earnest wishes and efforts which appeal was fairly successful, all for her children's spiritual welfare. In things considered, for some £400 were the days of her health she took deep thus raised. Our late President was a interest in the Sunday school, and was regular and constant student of the dearly beloved by all to whom her inworks of Swedenborg, and possessed a fluence extended. She was no slavish very hopeful disposition, being fully follower of the doctrines of the Church. convinced that the New Church truths She had a mind eager and strong to see would one day be universally accepted, for herself, which was clearly manifest He had also in a singular degree what in her earnest desires for the growth of the French call the courage of his the Church. She wished to see the opinions,' never sbrinking from the Lord's Church grow in the individual proclamation of the truth, however great culture of her people, in order that every was the opposition he might have to en- one might feel and truly say, counter in so doing. Humanly speaking, Thee is the fountain of life : in Thy the church here has lost in him a most light shall we see light.” attached and warm-hearted friend, and