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things." The Theological School has been ton, London, and to commence on Monday established during the past year in the the 11th inst. at seven o'clock in the evening. vestry of the Boston Society of the New The attention of the Conference will be Church. Five students have been con- called to the following business : The nected with the school, three of whom con- Society at Lowestoft applies for the Introtinued until the close of the school session, duction of the Rev. W. O'Mant into the and are now preaching in different parts of ministry of the New Church. The Societhe country. Speaking of the important use ties at Embsay, Edinburgh, and Melbourne of educating and training young men for apply for the Ordination of their respective the work of the ministry, Rev. Mr. Reed ministers. The Societies at Sparkbrook said : “ It was a matter of transcendent (Birmingham), Southport, Alloa, Bristol, importance to raise up an enlightened Liverpool, Northampton, and Oldham ministry. The difficulty they had to con- apply for their respective leaders to be tend with was that the students were in licensed to administer the Sacraments. too much demand as preachers. They The London Missionary and Tract Society were taken out of the school and set to applies for a licence to Mr. Plummer to preaching before they had properly finished administer the Sacraments. The London their course. The students should feel New Church Association having addressed that the Convention was behind them with a communication to the Council stating its sympathy and its support. They were that it has been proposed to hold a meetthe servants of the whole Church, and ing immediately after the close of the should be inspired with that broad spirit forthcoming session for the discussion of of charity which should make them capable subjects of interest to the New Church, of serving the North or the South, the East the Council will recommend the appointor the West.”
ment of a special committee tu consider The following will show one of the im- such proposal. portant works to which the Church in
E. WHITEHEAD, Secretary. America is devoting its attention : "The committee on the publication of Sweden- AUSTRALIA.—The Rev. J. J. Thornton borg's MSS. reported that Professor P. B. has been visiting Sydney, New South Cabell of Urbana University had com- Wales, and delivering there a course of pleted the work of transcribing from the lectures on “ The Doctrines of True Chrisphoto-lithograph Swedenborg's principal tianity from the Word of God.” The treatise, • De Cerebro,' and that he is now following extract from a letter may be transcribing the 'Ontologia,' also that Dr. interesting to some of our readers : The S. H. Worcester had finished the work of subjects of Mr. Thornton's lectures were comparing the printed text of ' Apocalypsis chosen for the Non-New Church public, Explicata” with the photo-lithograph, and he gave them in a most clear and and also that ‘De Divino Anore et de lucid manner. He answered the questions Divina Sapientia' has been deciphered. splendidly, reminding me of what Dr. The report stated that nearly one-half of Bayley was at his age. Dr. Brereton, who the Apocalypsis Revelata' has been was to have presided at the lectures, has printed. Mr. Warren spoke concerning been unable to do so through indisposithis report, and alluded to the enormous tion. Several very pleasant conversaziones labour involved in the work performed by were got up by Mrs. Brereton and Mrs. Dr. Worcester, who transcribed his work Backhouse to enable every one to have from the original MSS. His work was a the opportunity of being introduced to labour of love, but the Church should not Mr. Thornton. The young ladies sang, some accept unrequited labour. It was the duty gentlemen played on the piano and violin, of the Church to do its utmost to provide and conversation took place in the intervals. a suitable compensation for all labour per- ' At the last conversazione Mr. Thornton formed for it.
gave a long address on the subject of New Here we close our notice of this year's Church Organization in its various forms, session of this large assembly of the New and he has since been advising the purChurch. In America it is manifest that chase of a piece of land and the building the doctrines of the New Church have of a little church. He was to have left found congenial soil and obtained consider- Sydney this morning, but has been perable growth ; and the manifold uses to suaded to remain over Sunday (May 24th) which the members of the Church are — I believe on account of this particular devoting their attention give abundant matter-to help it on. On Sunday last, promise of future success.
the subject being “The Nature of Heaven,'
and the night fine, the New Church room GENE CONFERENCE.-
The seventy. was crowded to overflowing. Many left second session of the General Conference of being unable to get seats : there was the the New Church is appointed to be held in the full New Church service.” New Jerusalem Church, The Mall, Kensing
ITALY.-We have received a copy of the lers in all the principal cities of Italy who report of Professor Scocia detailing his are most likely to be able to sell books of mission-work for the past, which is the this sort. The Sunday meetings continue ninth, year of his missionary labours. From to take place in my house with the usual this report we give the following extracts: number of friends. I am also still engaged "Towards the latter part of last year, in an extensive correspondence with memowing to too close confinement to desk bers of the Italian Committee and others labour, my head became affected with diz- of my compatriots, the former subscribers ziness, and my eyes with cloudiness of to the 'Nuova Epoca ;' and I am happy to vision. My medical adviser recommended perceive from their letters that, notwitha cessation of at least a part of my desk standing the suspension of my periodical, labour; and therefore I thought it prudent their zeal and earnestness in the cause of to suspend for this year the 'Nuova Epoca,' the New Church are ever alive and active. and so employ a part of my time by out- A learned Dean of the Catholic Church, door exercise in endeavouring to place for who has received the new light, has com. sale some of the translated works in my menced the translation of 'The Four Leadhands, and in conversing with those who ing Doctrines,' by Swedenborg. He wrote would listen to me on the truths they con- to me on the 15th of last April : 'I had tain. I am thankful to say that, by the beguu the translation of the treatises of blessing of God, my health has been much Swedenborg “On the Lord,”, “On Faith," benefited by the change ; my eyesight is etc., but
I was interrupted by the duties getting quite strong again, and the dizzi- of my office. However, being freer now, ness of my head is disappearing. The I shall endeavour to recommence them; at spiritual state of the people of Florence the same time I shall try to speak to some unfortunately is not such as to justify the bookseller about receiving for sale the hope or expectation of great results. works of Swedenborg translated by you.' Materialism and superstition, which here with respect to financial matters, with (being the headquarters of the Jesuits) gratitude I acknowledge to have received govern the major part of the people, must up to the present time, for the Conference necessarily render the progress of Truth year, from the generosity of the friends of both slow and difficult. Nevertheless, in this missionary work, the following sums : other parts of Italy the signs are more From your committee, for three-quarters, hopeful. We are evidently in a state of £45; from the Board of Missions and other preparation for better things; and as I friends in America, $330 ; from friends in think there is no work so important to our Italy, 10 lire Italiane. LORETO Scocia." dear Church in Italy at present as the translation, publication, and diffusion of Rev. HERMANN PEISKER.–The followthe Writings of Swedenborg in the lan- ing is the amount received for this per guage spoken by the people, I am now secuted minister of the New Church in making these three things the principal Vienna :duties of my mission. I am daily occiTotal advertised in the June pied in the translation of that important
£21 60 work, the “True Christian Religion,' and shortly I shall be able to give over to the Collection at Kearsley, June ist 12 5 74
Mr. John Evans
0 10 0 printer the first volume. This will be the
0 10 0 sixth work of our Author which I have Mrs. Cursham (Derby).
1 1 Mr. Whitehorn (Salisbury)
0 translated from the Latin. The first
1 1 0 three translated works were distributed
0 2 6 amongst 177 Catholic priests, and also to 75 public libraries, who received them with much favour; and lately I have dis
£36 16 1} tributed to every one of the same libraries my other translations and publications,
SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.— With the subthat is to say, the 'Angelic Wisdom con- scriber's report for the year the committee cerning the Divine Love and Divine Wis- has issued a revised list of the public institudom,' and the ‘Summary Exposition,' by tions to which Swedenborg's works have Swedenborg ; the ‘ Religion of Good Sense,' been presented since 1810. This list will by E. Richer, translated by me from the be useful for the information of inquirers French ; and the first complete series of who are desirous of becoming more fully the 'Nuova Epoca, in seven volumes. acquainted with the distinctive character These books are highly prized by all the of the doctrines of the NewChurch, and who librarians to whom I have sent them, and live within the reach of the numerous I have received letters in return containing free and other libraries in the larger towns very earnest expressions of thanks. I which possess the works. Mr. Preston have also sent some copies of all my trans- Powers' beautiful bust of Swedenborg has lations and publications to those booksel- been admirably photographed, and copies,
cabinet size, can be obtained of Mr. Speirs the mutual improvement class belonging at two shillings each. The artist's skill is to this Society, accompanied by some of shown to great advantage, and the photo- their friends, had an excursion to Haworth. graph is well worth a place in every New The party visited the old church made Churchman's album.
so renowned by the Bronte family, and
now about to be pulled down in order NEW CHURCH MISSIONARY AND TRACT to build another more in accordance with SOCIETY.-At the meeting of the commit- the mind of the present vicar. After tee of this Society held on the 10th June, leaving the church and the parsonage the Mr. Jobson having intimated his intention party wended their way to the waterfall in of not seeking re-election as secretary, his the glen on the adjoining moor, which is retirement from office was very reluc- a very wild romantic place. The day was tantly accepted, and the following resolu- fine and the air balmy, and both young tion was unanimously adopted : “That the and old seemed to enjoy the ramble over best thanks of this committee be tendered the moor. After climbing the hill and to Mr. Jobson for his past services as sec- resting a short time on one of the rocks, retary to this Society, and for the valued and singing one or two hymns from the and useful work he has rendered whilst in Sunday-school book, they took their way office.” Mr. John Orme, 35 Barbican, across the moor to the house at Harbour London, E.C., has been appointed as his Springs, which was the place they had successor, and the day of the meeting of the set out for. These springs are now taken committee is now altered from the third to by the Bradford waterworks, but formerly the second Monday of the month, at seven Miss Bronte used to retire to this place o'clock, at 36 Bloomsbury Street, excepting to study and write her world-renowned in July and August.
books. After the party had all drunk
from the well into which the springs are AUGMENTATION FUND.--To the fol- conveyed they made their way to the lowing circular, issued by the Midlands place where tea was provided. After tea Committee, we gladly give the increased the party all assembled on the grass outpublicity of our pages: “The Midland side and spent a pleasant evening enDistrict Committee again desire to bring livened by song and recitation. before the members and friends of the On Sunday, July 6th, the Rev. Joseph Church the claims of this fund upon their Ashby of Derby delivered two admirable consideration. Its object is intimately discourses to the scholars and friends on counected with the growth and develop- the occasion of the Sunday-school anniment of the young and small Societies. Ît versary. The morning sermon was adapproposes to secure to every minister or ted more to the children, its subject being leader of a recognised Society, who is ex- · Joseph's Coat of many Colours,” and it clusively engaged in Church work, at least will, we trust, be long remembered by our the moderate means of subsistence. This young friends. In the evening Mr. Ashby is felt to be vital to the progress of the addressed himself especially to the older Church--firstly, that young men of high friends, and in a very beautiful sermon character and ability may be encouraged to upon the subject ". Door opened in enter upon duties which must entail much Heaven-Can we look in?" brought out self-sacrifice and devotion, however recog- very forcibly the glorious teachings upon nised and supported; secondly, that young the future life, which the doctrines of the or struggling Societies may be guided and New Church reveal. Attracted by the strengthened in their times of greatest striking title, a large congregation, comneed by those who are, as human instru- posed to a considerable extent of strangers, ments in the Divine Hand, truly quali. filled the church, and all seemed much de. fied for the task. The necessity for such lighted with the clear and conclusive manfunds has been simultaneously recognised ner in which Mr. Ashby established the by various large communities of the Chris- views he set forth. The singing was very tian world, and during the past few years appropriate to the occasion, the hymns great sums have been subscribed for the being such as the children could enjoy, and purpose. We cannot expect such large they sang them very well. The collections results, but we can do our best according realized about £10, which was considered to our means, and we can share the noble a very satisfactory sum, and completed resolve already expressed in deeds by the pleasing success of the services. other denominations, viz. that however depressed trade may curtail our conforts MELBOURNE (Derbyshire).-On Sunday or our luxuries, the Church shall not suf. the 13th of July the Rev.J. Ashby preached fer in its uses or its needs. It is on these the Sunday-school anniversary sermons. grounds we ask your support to the fund.” The subject in the afternoon was “ Joseph's
Coat of many Colours." Mr. Ashby, after KEIGHLEY.—On Saturday the 14th June showing the signification of clothes by such
texts as mention the blessedness of watch- vestries, together with commodious cellar. ing and keeping the garments, the angels ing. The body of the church will seat 330 clothed in white, the change of the prodigal's persons, and the galleries, including choir, dress, said that the coat of many colours 320. The estimated cost of the new church represented all the various kinds of truths. is £3000. In the early days of the first It was necessary for all to have a coat church the Society had no regularly apof many colours—that beautiful wedding pointed minister, but Divine worship was garment that shall prepare us not only conducted by the members themselves. for admission, but for an everlasting home At this time the Rev. John Clowes, M.A., in one of the mansions above. In the rector of St. John's, Manchester, occasionevening the subject was “The Measure of ally visited the Society and used to occupy the Walls of the Holy City” “according to a chair within the communion-rails when the measure of a man, that is, of the preaching. In the year 1840 the present angel.” Mr. Ashby pointed out the esteemed minister, the Rev. James Boys, necessity of a religion that should measure was invited to undertake the leadership. the man, that is, the angel. The needs of He accepted the invitation, and began his religion measuring the deeds of outward labours at Radcliffe on Sunday, February life in the mill, the shop, and in the family 2nd of that year. In 1848 he was adcircle also ineasuring the inward life- mitted into the ministry by ordination ; worship, faith, and love. Religion showed and ever since that period has been most that there is a spiritual as well as a natural unremitting in his endeavours to further man, that in every son of toil there is the the cause of Christ among the band of measure of a man, that is, of the angel. Persons committed to his charge. LatThe Sunday-school children sang some terly, we regret to say, his sight has begun hymns very sweetly, and anthems were seriously to fail him, and in this affliction given by the choir. The collection he has the utmost sympathy of his large amounted to £9, 8s. ld.
circle of friends. After the singing of the
hymn opening with the words ^ Before RADCLIFFE (abridged from the Bury Jehovah's awful throne,” the Rev. W. Times).—The Swedenborgians of Radcliffe Westall read Psalm lxvii. and Revelation have ample reason to felicitate themselves xxi. Prayer was then offered by the Rev. upon the large measure of success which Peter Ramage, and the Rev. J. Boys attended the important ceremony of laying followed with an introductory address. the corner-stones of their new place of The rev. gentleman expressed his delight worship, Stand Lane, on Saturday after- at seeing so many persons gathered tonoon last. In the first place, the weather gether on that joyful occasion, and he was was delightfully fine, notwithstanding that thankful to the Lord for having favoured a somewhat unpleasant wind now and them with such glorious weather in the again prevailed ; secondly, the gathering of midst of such an exceedingly wet season. friends and spectators was extraordinarily He mentioned that the church about to be large, and showed that the proceedings erected on that spot to the worship of God were productive of unusual interest. The was the third which had occupied the same edifice about to be erected will be the third site, and then entered into the details of that has occupied the same site. The first the past history of the New Jerusalem church was built in the year 1803, and was Church at Radcliffe, as particularized wholly of brick, its dimensions having above. He had heard it repeated over and been ten yards by ten. It possessed a small over again that in the early days of their gallery on the western side. This struc- church in that place the congregations ture, having become too small to meet the were very small-so small, indeed, that growing requirements of the worshippers, oftentimes the number of worshippers was pulled down in 1841, and a large one, might have been covered over with a also of brick, placed upon the spot. The blanket. Yet the members worked persesize of this was sixteen yards by fourteen, veringly and laboriously Sabbath after and galleries were arranged upon the north, Sabbath, and also took a devout and south, and west sides, the sittings alto- diligent interest in the affairs of the Sundaygether numbering 422. In course of time school. Thus in die course the congregation the congregation still further increased, swelled in numbers, and hence the necessity and hence it was resolved to raze thé for extending their accommodation. Many second church and place a more conimo- persons might ask, “What need is there dious one in its stead. The style of the to build this new church when the last one new building will be free Classic and of would hold us sufficiently well ?" He stone externally, surmounted by cornice might tell them, however, that there was and balustrade. In front of the church not a single pew to let in the church which there will stand two spires. The internal had just been taken down. A sitting, accommodation will comprise nave, aisles, it was true, was here and there found galleries, organ-chamber, choir, and other vacant; but the managers of the church had often great difficulty in procuring crown their efforts, and expressed his suitable places for those who came. They fervent hope that through the light of the were, therefore, almost compelled to take Gospel which would hereafter be dissemithe step upon which they were now enter- nated through its influence many souls ing. With an incommodious building like would be brought into the fold of Christ. the old church the Society could not extend After referring in genial terms to the long its operations further than it had ; numeri- ministry of the Rev. J. Boys in connection cally it could not prosper until a larger with the Society at Radcliffe, and the place had been erected. When the new earnestness of his ministrations, the speaker structure had been completed he trusted said the rev. gentleman had always laboured its members would feel more at ease, and therein most unselfishly and well. He that with their cord lengthened and their hoped that Mr. Boys would long be spared stake strengthened the church would hence- among them to continue that good work. forth increase not only in strength, but in The two bottles deposited underneath all the graces of a Christian and heavenly the foundation-stones contained respeclife. The rev. gentleman now called upon tively copies of the Bury Times, ManMr. N. Haworth to lay the first corner- chester Examiner, the Morning Light, Instone.
tellectual Repository, and Juvenile MagaMr. Haworth (Kersal) stepped forward zine ; a cabinet photograph of the Rev. J. and received a silver trowel from Mr. Boys, a photograph of the old church, a Edward Lowe with which to perform his briefly written history of the church (with share in the ceremony. The trowel, as in a copy of its rules), a programme of the each case, bore an inscription, the name day's proceedings in connection with the of the person to whom it was presented stone laying, and several new current coins being included thereon. Having declared of the realm. the stone “well and truly laid,” Mr. A collection was made at the close of the Haworth said he was glad to see so many ceremony, which amounted to over £137 ; persons present that afternoon, for it un- the hymn, “Jesus, may Thy disciples mistakably proved that the New Jeru, shine,” was sung, a prayer said, and the salem Church in Radcliffe either possessed benediction pronounced. a numerous body of supporters, or that it In the evening a tea-meeting was held in had a great many sympathizers. It was the schoolroom, which was presided over gratifying to know, moreover, that the by W. Hughes, Esq., of Manchester. Mr. other religious denominations in the place Hughes commenced the proceedings by were on very friendly terms with the New an able address, and was foÎlowed by other Church, and upon taking his place on that speakers and by a pleasing selection of platform he felt proud to have the oppor- appropriate music. tunity of shaking hands with ministers associated with other sects. If any good SOUTHPORT.-A reception picnic in conwas to be achieved in the world it must nection with this Society was held on be done by co-operation and friendship. Tuesday the 15th July to welcome their Nothing could be carried out for the new minister, Mr. Wm. A. Bates, and Mrs. welfare of mankind by one working against Bates. another ; on the other hand, he had great The party, about eighty in number, profaith in the good which conld be wrought ceeded to Rufford by train, where they by all Christian denominations working spent a delightful afternoon in the park harmoniously together. He expected the and gardens. The way in which Mr. Bates members of the New Church would do led the young people in the various games their share towards this end. A second and sports was such as not only to please stone was laid by Miss N. Taylor of Moss those who took part in them, but was also Lane, Pilkington, and a third by Miss the admiration of all who beheld it. The Heywood of Shore House, New Road, weather was all that could have been Pilkington, after which Mr. Hodgson desired, and afforded an excellent oppor(Radcliffe) presented a trowel to Mr. W. tunity for mutual intercourse and friendMather of Salford, by whom the fourth ship. Tea was served in a kind of pavilion stone was laid. Having performed the adjoining the village inn. duty thus imposed upon him, Mr. The Rev. Thomas Mackereth, who had Mather said he hoped that the church been preaching the anniversary sermons about to be built upon that spot would the previous Sunday, accompanied the rever be pulled down again, but that, friends to Rufford. When tea was over he should the members of the Society still was called to the chair. After expressing continue to increase a second church the delight which this gathering had would be erected in another part of the afforded him, he pointed out that the town. He wished the members of the success and usefulness of a Society deSociety Godspeed in their latest under- pended more upon the mutual love and taking, said he trusted that success would goodwill amongst the members than upon