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ministerial efforts. True charity opened in February last, when ninety-eight per up the highest and holiest of wisdom. cent. of passes were obtained: “The This was the wisdom which could alone work throughout the standards from the show us how to be useful to each other highest to the lowest is thoroughly good; and promote the happiness and welfare of and the answering of the different classes all. “A minister was the leader and guide in grainmar and geography was equally to those knowledges of truth which lead to satisfactory. The tone and order concharity. This required great tact, industry, tinue excellent, and the high state of efficiand care.
He had no doubt that the ency maintained reflects great credit on all gentleman whom he had been asked to concerned." welcome had these qualifications, which would doubtless be greatly strengthened
REV. WALTER BATES. — The fund comand cultivated by his experience at South- menced by the Society at Melbourne, port. A minister's path was not one of Derbyshire, for the relief of the pressing roses, and he who made up his mind to load which threatened to crush the become a minister must well consider the widow of this esteemed minister is prothorns. For if he must succeed, he must gressing favourably. The comiittee manfully battle with the troubles and desire to thank those Societies and friends hindrances that seem so frequently to who have so promptly responded to their beset him. Both minister and people call, and would state that other Societies must in wise charity learn to bear and for- and friends are doing their utniost to make bear, and then success would be certain. this charitable fund of permanent benefit. Mr. Mackereth laid great stress upon The sums collected up to the present time looking well after the training of the young amount to £89, 1s. 6d., particulars of in connection with the Society.
which appear on the wrapper of our preMr. Brierley, Mr. Tidswell, and Mr. sent number. Donations should be forPilkington afterwards addressed the meet- warded to Mr. C. Fairweather, Mount ing. Mr. Bates briefly replied, thanking Pleasant, Melbourne, Derbyshire. them for the kind wishes and welcome to Mrs. Bates and himself. He said he was
Obituary. determined to do all he could for the good of the Church at Southport, and to make At Leeds, on the 29th of April, Mr. the friendship and harmony begun that George Padgett was removed into the day as lasting as possible. After a few spiritual world in the seventieth year of his other complimentary remarks from other age. Mr. Padgett was one of the oldest and friends, another stroll in the delightful most highly esteemed of the members of country completed the pleasures of a day the Society of the New Church in this that will long live in the memories of those town. His early training was among the who took part in it.
Wesleyans, and he retained through life
the feelings and sentiments of piety which SNODLAND BRITISH SCHOOL. — The he had acquired in this body. With his "annual prize-day” in connection with advancement in life he was led to seriously this school was celebrated on Wednesday, inquire into the meaning and truth of the April 9th, 1879, when a large company of doctrines he had been taught. The teachfriends of the school and parents assembled ing of his Wesleyan hymn-book and the in the schoolroom. The chair was taken preaching to which he listened did not by Mr. A. M. Flint of Snodland, who was satisfy the craving of his mind for definite supported by J. Rivolta, Esq., of Black- and accurate instruction. The Trinity of heath, and the Rev. P. Storey. A letter Persons and the manifestation of this was read from the Rev. T. L. Marsden Trinity in the popular doctrine of the expressing regret that a severe attack of Atonement involved him in perplexity bronchitis prevented his attendance. Dur- and doubt; and he was in danger of losing the evening a selection of songs and ing faith in revelation when his attention recitations were given by the scholars, and was attracted to the doctrines of the New addresses on Education by the chairman Church. A book lent to him by a friend and Mr. Rivolta, after which the prizes opened to his mind the truth he was seekwere distributed. Mr. Rivolta, an earnest ing, and led to his cordial reception of the worker in education, said they were the Heavenly Doctrines. He united himself best collection of prizes he had ever seen. with the church in Albion Walk, and from The meeting closed with ringing cheers for his excellent character and kindly disposiMrs. Hook and the Misses Hook of Veles, tion soon gained the affection and esteem Snodland, who are so nobly carrying on of his fellow-members. He entered heartily the work of education in Snodland, into the uses of the Church, discharging originated by the late C. Townsend Hook, all the duties that opened before him with Esq. The following is the report of J. C. quiet zeal and unostentatious diligence. Ley, Esq., H.M. Inspector of this school For some time he taught in the Sunday
school, where he won the hearts of the as a stock and share broker proved in the young by his kind and loving manner; and end too great a strain for his constitution, his earnest words of advice will be doubt- and disease of the heart slowly but surely less long cherished by the young who were developed itself. The manner of his reinstructed by him. Another means of use moval was strikingly pathetic. He had into which, as he had opportunity, he been recruiting his health at Conishead entered was the visiting of the sick. He Priory for a few weeks, and was apparently was well adapted to this service by the so much benefited by the change that he warmth of his affections and the sympathy resolved to sojourn in that neighbourhood of his character, and his services were at for some months. His wife and family all times warmly appreciated. As a mem- left Liverpool with him on the day before ber of the conimittee he aided in giving his death. He was then apparently in stability to the little flock that met year fair health, and on the completion of his after year amid great discouragements. journey had retired to rest, when he reAnd as a constant and devout attendant on membered that his devotions had been public worship, he set an example of the forgotten. He rose from his bed to offer faithful observance of the great duty of his petitions to the Most High, and after worshipping the Lord in the assembly of an hour spent on his pillow quietly passed His people. Mr. Padgett enjoyed good away to a realization of the joys of the health until his last illness, which found eternal world, no doubt to continue with him, however, as one watching for his increased energy to serve his Divine Lord. He departed in hope, and all who Master. He was a faithful husband, an knew him recognised the simplicity and affectionate father, a true friend, and the purity, the uprightness and sincerity of members in Liverpool are about to perhis Christian character.
petuate his memory by the erection of a
tablet in the church to mark their appreOn June 18th, at Bardsea, Westmoreland, ciation of his virtues. Verily a good nian aged fifty years, Mr. Andrew Pixton of has fallen in Israel.
E. M. S. Liverpool was removed to his heavenly home. Born of New Church parents, he On Wednesday, July 2nd, 1879, James was identified during the whole of his life Clegg, for many years an energetic memwith the church in Liverpool, with the ber of the Keighley Society, was removed exception of a few years spent in Carlisle, to his eternal home in his fifty-fourth year. where he was also actively engaged in the Our esteemed friend met with a very serious promotion of the good cause. He was accident in the engine-room, where he was ever ready with his purse and time to aid engaged, on Saturday, May 24th, whereby in every way possible the spread of the he received injuries of such a nature that Heavenly Doctrines, and most of the his recovery was deemed very doubtful. ministers and leading friends of the Church From that time until his departure he have at one time or other partaken of his remained in a condition which but seldom hospitality. Mr. Pixton was the second changed sufficiently to justify hopes of his son of Mr. George Pixton, a member of the return to the activities of this world, or Liverpool Society for nearly half a century, to the exercise of the immortal faculties he and whose name is a household word had so vigorously and so earnestly directed throughout Lancashire. He was one of towards heavenly truth. For many years the trustees of the church in Bedford he was connected with the Sunday-school, Street North, and was extremely active in in which he took for some time the duties its erection. His heart was thoroughly in of superintendent. On the Church Comthe good cause, and never was he so happy mittee he was an earnest worker, had às when engaged in some work of use for frequently been elected as its chairman, the New Church. The whole Society look and was acting in that capacity during the upon his removal as, humanly considered, present year. He worked hard in dissenia very great calamity, but we are assured nating the doctrines by a judicious distributhat our Heavenly Father "doeth all tion of tracts, and by entering into converthings well.” And though it is difficult sation with those to whom he gave them, to conceive why one engaged in so many and lost no opportunity of making known uses, possessed of a loving and affectionate the truths which he so highly prized. partner, blessed with a numerous family He once assured the writer-with a request and a truly happy home, should be taken that he might not be thought egotistical away at a time when his presence here for making the assertion--that he thought would seem most desirable, still “we see he had introduced the doctrines to a larger as through a glass darkly," and must con- number than any other private individual tent ourselves with the reflection that our living. It was his life's delight, and he loss is his eternal gain. Our departed continually sought and found occasions for friend was originally a man of strong following it. He possessed a ready faculty bodily frame, but his extensive business for discussion, and often met those whose views he thought mistaken, and gave them grounded, were so inwrought in her charreasons for thinking so, and for advancing acter as to become manifest in her life, his own in their stead. His manner was which was eminently one of self-forgetfulgenial and open, and secured for him a ness. As a consistent member of the New favourable impression with almost all he Church, looking to the Lord Jesus Christ came in contact with, whilst those who as the Giver of all good, and earnestly seekcultivated his acquaintance found him a ing out what was good in every one, she good friend. In his returns of partial con- won in a marked manner the affection and sciousness he manifested his thoughtful esteem of a wide circle. Thus indissolubly regard for others by kind inquiries after conjoined with those whom here she loved, them; and in one of the latest, with a she draws nearer to lead them to that real recollection of his old pleasures, gave the world wbich is now her home. Many kind assurance that he was "going home to evidences of sympathy and respect were preach. On the morning of Sunday, July shown at the funeral, which was attended 13th, Mr. W. A. Presland delivered a by the Dean of Waterford and the leading discourse on Rev. xiv. 13, wherein he citizens. The service was read by the Rev. alluded to the removal of one whom all R. J. S. Devenish, who with great conwould have missed from the place he sideration offered to omit any portion of occupied with such regularity. He pointed the same which might not agree with the out the true nature of what we call death, family's religious views. as being the means whereby man is introduced to the immeasurably higher joys of At Brighton, on the 15th June 1879, the immortal life, and urged the necessity Miss Hannah Castle, sister of the late for a calm resignation to those dispensations Mrs. Gibson whose obituary appeared in which, if painful to us as beings of time, the Repository of May 1876. Like are in reality the greatest of blessings to her departed sister, she was for many us as eternal beings. Death was not the years connected with the Nottingham result of man's sinfulness, but the pre- Society, in whose prosperity she always eminent proof of the Divine Goodness, rejoiced. Her life was gentle, quiet, and which by it releases us from a world of retiring, and death found her submissive labours into one where all the works we and prepared-anxious, indeed, to depart have well done and have loved do follow and join her relations on “the other side.” us, and perfect rest from sorrow and She has left one behind to mourn her loss teinptation is the eternal reward.
and to remember her many amiable quali
ties of heart-a sister, who rejoices in On June 13th, Emily, the beloved wife the strongest assurance that she has gone of Mr Andrew Horn of Waterford, passed where “there shall be no more pain," and into the spiritual world, aged thirty-three- where “God will wipe away every tear.' years. The principles of the New Church,
J. Ď, B. in which Mrs. Andrew Horn was carefully
THE GENERAL CONFERENCE. The Conference which we last month spoke of as approaching is now past. Our anticipations of its character and results have been realized. The largest Conference which has ever been held, it has been, perhaps, the pleasantest and most useful. If it has not been the most harmonious, it has been the most harmonizing. Others may have equalled it in the pervading tone of brotherly love, but none have surpassed it in the characteristics of true charity. True charity does not require that all shall think alike on every subject, but that all shall be ready to change or modify their individual opinions when the light which discussion evolves shows a truer and better way than any or many had been able to see for themselves. This is a characteristic which we think we may claim for the members of the New Church. It is a result of their principles. These combine the utmost liberty with the largest charity. They teach that harmony is not produced by uniformity but by variety. In any measure which a deliberative assembly adopts there must of course be a majority of concordant voices; but on all important questions the members of the New Church aim at something more than this; and in our Conference they seldom fail to arrive at a near approach to unanimity if they do not always reach this desirable result. In this respect the session of our ecclesiastical parliament which has just closed has honourably distinguished itself.
The Conference was again favoured with the presence of several of our American brethren. The Rev. Chauncey Giles, the president of the Convention, appeared as the messenger of the Western Church, and delivered, in graceful and affectionate terms, the greeting of the brethren on the other side, to the brethren on this side, of the Atlantic. Besides the president, we had two members of the Convention, the Rev. J. Goddard and the Rev. F. H. Hemperley, as well as the Rev. W. H. Benade, who has been for some time in Europe.
The business which the ministers and representatives of our Societies come together to transact is for the greater part concerned with what may be called the secularities of the Church, providing and applying the pecuniary means of carrying out the higher uses of teaching and preaching. These uses include more than supplying the wants of ministers and teachers. Ministers require churches, teachers require schools. Many of our Societies are too small or too poor to provide either of these without help. Hence our Ministers' Aid and our Augmentation Funds, and hence our School Union and Building Funds. And that our Societies may be supplied with competent ministers we provide for the education of young men for the ministry. That those who labour in a vocation that gives little opportunity of providing for the future may have no cause of anxiety for the morrow, we have also a fund for aged ministers and their widows. In all these respects ours is relatively the day of small things. We have, in our small way, considerable funded property, arising from gifts and bequests, while very liberal contributions are made to the Augmentation Fund, and an appeal for help where it is needed never fails to meet with a hearty response.
We have therefore not only no seeming cause to murmur against, but great reason to be thankful to, the good providence of the Lord, who has been with His Church hitherto in her wilderness state, in which she has endured some trials but has enjoyed many blessings, and who will never forsake her, but will provide what is most suitable to her state and most conducive to her true welfare.
There are other requirements besides the means and agencies we have mentioned for the stability, growth, and prosperity of the Church. The true growth of a Church is growth in piety and holiness. A Church may be deficient or even destitute of these and may yet appear stable and prosperous. She may be rich and well regulated, and
may be so inspired with a missionary zeal as to compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and yet be spiritually dead. There may be the signs of piety and holiness without these essential elements of religion themselves. The form of godliness may exist without the power. But may the power exist without the form? We are told that the Church is in a state of consummation when its worship