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"Heaven, what it is,' was the adver- round with the bread which he had broken tised subject of the sermon, and Mr. and the wine which he had poured out, and Thornton took as his text the very ap- administered them to the communicants, propriate words of the Saviour, quoted by saying from time to time, 'Jesus said, St. Luke, ‘Neither shall they say, Lo here. This is My body which is given for you ; or Lo there; for behold the kingdom of God this do in remembrance of Me ;' and is within you.' With such a text many ‘Jesus said, This cup is the new covedivines would have dwelt upon heaven as nant in My blood, which is shed for you.' a state or condition rather than a place ; This simple ceremony was followed by a but the doctrines of the Swedenborgian hymn and a brief reading, and at the close Church are so clear in respect to the reality the benediction was pronounced. All disof the spirit world that Mr. Thornton played the greatest reverence, and even did not take up this aspect of the words, those who are imbued with high sacthough he taught distinctly that “heaven ramental notions would not have been is to be felt,' and that 'heaven is the out- offended by this simple but devout ‘order come of our life. But his discourse was of the Holy Supper. mainly occupied with the theory that we There were thirty-three communicants shall possess in heaven joys corresponding at this service. In the afternoon of the to all the pure joys we experience here. same day the ordinance of Holy Baptism We shall possess spiritual habitations, was administered to two adults and tive spiritual food, spiritual clothing, and a children. This service was preceded by a spiritual “Word of God.' This contention special one for children and young people, he supported by many texts of Scripture, the address being from 1 Kings iii. 7, 9. some of which appeared to me to be used “O Lord my God, I am but a little child : I. in a strained and unnatural sense, as, for know not how to go out or come in. Give, instance, he quoted the words the therefore, Thy servant an understanding Psalmist, “They do His commands hear- heart, that I may discern between good kening unto His Word,' as proving that and bad.” angelic spirits have a Bible.

The concluding lecture was given in the "Mr. Thornton's address contained much large hall on Tuesday evening, May 20th, that was very beautiful and very practical. the subject being “Hell," and the text "To be an honest man,' he said, and not Mark ix. 43-48, containing the words, a hypocrite, is a step towards heaven. “Where their worm dieth not, and the He had been asked if his religious body tire is not quenched." Hell was a dreadhad discovered a new religion ; he replied ful reality, not less, but more dreadful, that they had founded a new Church, but than generally supposed, and its punishno new religion ; that there was only ments were inseparable from the life the one real religion in the world--that which wicked are now leading ; nor could they consisted in loving 'the Lord thy God with be averted except by genuine repentance. all thy heart and thy neighbour as thyself.' The worst men have no conscience on earth,

“Mr. Thornton retained the interest and devils have no conscience in hell. of the congregation to the last word. At With them lusts and passions are raging the conclusion of the service Christians where reason and conscience ought to be of all denominations were invited to join ruling and reigning. Remove the restraints in the celebration of the Lord's Supper. of law and authority in this world and hell This service conducted with the soon shows itself here. The condition of greatest solemnity. The administration evil is eternally the cause of estrangement of the elements was prefaced by a brief froin God, and punishment is co-eternal address on the meaning of the ceremony with active evil, because evil punishes and by suitable prayers. The doctrines of itself. The Lord said, “Verily I say unto the New Church on the Sacrament may be thee, Thou shalt by no means come out gathered from the following extracts from thence till thou hast paid the last kodtheir form of service : We are instructed rantes." Swedenborg said that unless that by the Lord's body or flesh is meant evil were removed by punishments such the Bread of Life-all the good which spirits could not but be kept in hell to giveth spiritual life to man, which cometh eternity ; for otherwise they would infest down from heaven-being communicated the societies of the good, and do violence from the Lord to all who come unto Him, to that order established by the Lord who worship Him, and rely on His power (1. C. 967). Replying to a question at to save.' •We are also taught that by the the close of the lecture, I said I knew Lord's blood is meant the Blood of the nothing to show that a devil could ever New Covenant--the Divine Truth, which become an angel; but at least he might be proceeds from Him, and conjoins His eventually so subdned or controlled as to children to Himself.' The minister first be rendered harmless to the good, and partook of the elements himself, reverently capable of performing some use. Swedenkneeling as he did so, and then came borg says (A. C. 2871), “It is impossible

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for any one to come into heaven who has man that would need explicit explanation. formed his life according to self-love and His attack was some evidence of an imthe love of the world.”'

pression being made by the labours of the At the present time the Sydney Society New Church friends. are unable to hold Divine service twice a It was a cause of great regret to me day, owing to the room being engaged by that, when in Sydney, I could not prolong the Unitarians in the morning. About my absence from Melbourne and visit the time of my visit considerable depres- Brisbane. I had a great desire to do so. sion prevailed among some of the men bers The Society there have erected a neat and in consequence of Dr. Brereton's indisposi- commodious place of worship of wood on tion, and also through Mr. Slater's deter- high ground on one of the commanding mination to remove his home to Brisbane sites of the city. The members are thorand settle with the Society in that city, a oughly earnest, and have an excellent decision in which he is influenced by a leader in Mr. John Garsden, who, by the regard to the fitness of the climate for way, was formerly an Accrington man, promoting his health. Mr. Slater was though not then connected with the their secretary, and in this capacity he Church. The building stands on Wickrendered great service. He also read for ham Terrace. The opening services were them in the absence of Dr. Brereton. announced in the Brisbane Telegraph on Previous to my leaving temporary arrange- the 4th of June ; the subject of discourse ments were made to supply these losses, in the evening being “The Foundation of Mr. Backhouse and Mr. Vernon consented the Church. Queensland is likely to to conduct the services alternately in the form a good field for the operations of the absence of Dr. Brereton, and Mr. Fred New Church, superior in some respects to Biden, a grandson of Dr. Bateman, was those offered by the other colonies. This, willing to act as secretary, Two new however, is only an impression gathered members were proposed, and it was hoped from reports. that others would soon resolve to unite Of Adelaide I have not heard recently; with the Society and help to sustain its but the Society there never fails to send important uses. There is urgent need its annual report to Conference, so you that the whole Society turn their atten- will soon hear of them on better authority. tion to providing a suitable place of wor. I hope that within two years from now ship, and this, I have no doubt, they will we shall be able to send Conference & soon do. They have among them the general report of the Australasian Societies. elements of progress and of great useful. It is often a source of regret to me that ness in the future. If, in the Divine mercy, Mr. Day is so far off. To change with Dr. Brereton's health is restored, and he him would, I think, be a pleasure and is able to resume his labours, their power benefit to all concerned. There is a for good will be much increased.

dreadful sense of loneliness here—the isoMr. Newman of Redfern, a suburb of lation is so great. If there were not a Sydney, has long conducted New Church spiritual faith to uphold us, and the conservices in his cottage, and still continues sciousness of our blessed Lord's presence, them. He remained steadfast and faith- I think we could never stand up and purful to the doctrines of the New Jerusalem sue our work. You, dear sir, seem to be through troublesome times, keeping alive in the very centre, while we are quite on the flame of its heavenly fire before the the circunference. final settlement of the Society in Sydney. I should much like to have given some He has around him a small circle of inter- account of my visit to the Blue Mounested and inquiring friends, to whoin he is tains; of the zigzag railway that is useful.

carried along their precipitous face; of the The last week of my visit to Sydney a wild scenery extending for twenty miles Presbyterian minister advertised a dis- among their peaks and spurs ; of the vast

“Swedenborgianism, which resources in coal, iron, copper, fireclay, attracted some attention. He seemed to limestone, and water that appear on their have been stirred up in mind somewhat, western side ; and of the various places but was very little acquainted with the which I saw a little of in a bomeward subject he undertook to handle, as may be journey of 600 miles over land by rail and judged from two statements he made, to coach. But these are not fit subjects for the effect that Swedenborgians assert

a Magazine devoted especially to Church that there are three persons in the God- purposes even in the Miscellaneous departhead” !!! and practically deny the Divi- ment, and I fear I have already trespassed nity of Jesus Christ ” !!! If these objec- too much on your space. I am, dear sir, tions against the New Church are not well yours faithfully, J. J. THORNTON. and sufficiently answered by our practice, Brighton HOUSE, ALBERT STREET, I know not how they could be! But there MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, were other difficulties raised by this gentle

June 14, 1879.

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LONDON (Camberwell).-On the evening July 27th, when he preached two very able of Friday, July 25th, á meeting of mem- and appropriate discourses, that in the bers, seatholders, and friends of this So- morning from the words “In the beginciety was held in the schoolroom in order ning,” selected from the opening verses of to welcome the Rev. W. C. Barlow, M.A., Genesis and St. John's Gospel. “In the the newly-appointed minister, and to assure beginning was the Word,” was interpreted him of the hearty respect and affection as referring to Jehovah's ever-present puralready felt for him by his future congre- pose and endeavour to reveal Himself. gation. The chair was taken by the Accordingly man was made, and his consenior deacon, Mr. I. J. Alvey, who, on stitution, like that of the terrestrial world, behalf of the Society, bade him Godspeed consisted of heavens and earth. While his in his future sphere of labour. Mr. natural mind is the earth which is quickened Barlow cordially responded, expressing his by the Lord, the Sun of Righteousness, fervent hope that the union between him- the Lord Himself has His abode in the self and the Camberwell Society, on this heavens of man's interior, the high and evening consummated, might be productive holy place from which He shines. The of truly useful results to the growth of the opening verse of Genesis and that of John New Church not only externally in the were the complement of each other, and neighbourhood, but internally in the the great first principles there recorded minds of the members. The secretary of were those which should underlie all the Society and Messrs. J. Williams and pastoral work, whether in the world at Denney then addressed the meeting, after large or in the individual mind. If there which the proceedings were temporarily were not from God an ever-present revelasuspended in order that those present tion of Himself, and in man the divinely might partake of refreshments. On the given and divinely quickened power to resumption of the special business of the perceive and love that revelation, preaching gathering Mr. Alvey vacated the chair in would be in vain, and faith and charity favour of the Rev. W. C. Barlow, who impossible. upon taking that position received equally In the evening's discourse, which was hearty applause to that which greeted bis founded upon the text Genesis i. 27, “Let first addressing the meeting. Other us make man,” it was shown that all speakers, whose remarks were uniformly things in God, all things in heaven, all directed to congratulating the Society things in the universe, all intelligence, all upon its acquisition of Mr. Barlow's duty, all love, converge to this one point services, and stimulating their hearers that man should be made. Every pulsato unremitting exertions on the Society's tion of the Divine life flowing from God behalf, then addressed the meeting, in- towards His creatures and every operation cluding the treasurer, chairman of Com- of Divine Omnipotence has no other end mittee, and Messrs. J. Orme, J. F. Howe, in view. Children were born and trained Camp Penn, and Appleyard. The meeting, for that purpose, and man permitted to which was throughout of a very enjoy- suffer hardship and endure toil for the same able character, was closed by the bene- reason. An impressive exhortation to codiction pronounced by the chairman. operate with the Divine and spiritual forces

The new responsibilities incurred by the active on our behalf closed a deeply Society in having, for the first time, a interesting address. minister wholly devoted to its service have necessitated a large increase in the HEYWOOD (from the Heywood AdverSociety's income. This object was sought tiser of August 1). --Hornby Street Day to be attained, in some degree, by the Schools.-A pleasant ceremony took place establishment of an offertory after each in these schools on Tuesday afternoon, Sunday service. This, commenced in May when the teachers and upper scholars of last, was, until the actual arrival of the the boys' school presented an elegant inknew minister, arranged to be devoted to stand, with suitable inscription, to Mr. J. the liquidation of the debt upon the Taylor, the lately retired second master. Society's building. By a happy coin- Mr. Wild, in opening the proceedings, cidence this object was accomplished on alluded to the esteem in which Mr. Taylor the Sunday prior to Mr. Barlow's coming, was held, and to the cheerfulness with so that the Society commenced its new which the boys had contributed to the engagement unshackled by any outstanding testimonial. He called on the Rev. R. liabilities. Moreover, by the zealous Storry to present the testimonial. Before liberality of its members the treasurer doing this Mr. Storry briefly addressed was able to report that he was in posses- the scholars. There was, he said, one sion of the sum of £55 towards future virtue which all young persons should financial needs.

learn to practise, and that was gratitude The Rev. W. C. Barlow commenced his to the friends who had helped them; and pastoral work at Camberwell on Sunday, among those friends none had rendered

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them a greater service than their instruc- of Derby offered up a prayer, after which tors and teachers. Turning to Mr. Taylor Mr. C. Fairweather, the minister of the he congratulated him on entering more Society, addressed the friends, and defully on one of the most important and clared the bazaar opened. The sales useful offices in life. The duty of the readily commenced, and there was maniteacher was to develop the intellectual fested a spirit of goodwill and generous nature of the scholar. In the effort to do feeling throughout the whole of the prothis the memory, which was most active ceedings. The bazaar realized over £120. in childhood and youth, must be stored There was some excellent music, both with knowledge. But instruction must not vocal and instrumental, at intervals. be confined to the memory; the pupil Bate's Fund.—This very useful and must be taught to observe, to think, to charitable fund is steadily increasing. develop reason, and to form judgment. The amount raised up to the present time Nor will a wise teacher confine his atten- is £152, 9s. 6d. The Committee feel ention to merely intellectual training. He couraged to continue their efforts. The will also give thoughtful attention to moral necessities of the case, and the kindly disculture. The unhappy divisions and con- position the Church manifests to help this troversies in the world on the subject of fund, emboldens them to continue the religion rendered it difficult, if not impossi- appeal. ble, to introduce direct religious teaching into our day schools; but the only solid foun- ITALY.-In our last number we inserted dation for moral principle was the Divine extended extracts from the report of the law, “Do unto others as ye would they Italian Mission. The following letter to should do unto you.” In seeking to pro- Professor Scocia, which evinces the earnest mote the moral culture of the children, zeal and continued helpfulness of the Rev. besides the direct teaching of books and Mr. Clissold in publishing the Writings oral instruction, numberless incidents in of our great Author, was unavoidably the schoolroom and the playground af- omitted : “My dear Sir,-I beg to forded opportunities of teaching the lessons acknowledge the receipt of your Report of mutual kindness, of forgivingness of of Missionary Work for 1878, and to say temper, and of many of the highest virtues. that for some weeks previous to receiv

Don't, therefore," said the speaker, ing it I had resolved to set aside neglect moral culture, and don't be afraid a certain sum of money for the express of connecting it with the great elemental purpose of assisting you in your transprinciples of religion ; for depend upon it, Iation into Italian of such writings when your work is done, those will hold Swedenborg as you consider to be most you in highest esteem whose characters conducive to the promotion of the great you have formed to virtue as well as made cause which you have been designed by intelligent and wise.” Mr. Taylor, in a the Lord to make known in Italy. As a few well-chosen words, expressed his missionary effort it seems to me just at thanks for the present, which he had not present to take the lead of all others in expected. He had spent his time happily respect of importance, even though it with his scholars, was thankful for the should prove to be an effort only. The friendships he had formed in Heywood, sum I propose to devote to your assistand should always feel interested in the ance in publishing Italian translations of progress and prosperity of the school. At Swedenborg's Writings is £500, which will the close of the presentation the scholars, be placed in the hands of two or three numbering nearly 700, marched in order trustees, of which the Rev. Mr. Gorman to a field, where they spent the rest of the will be one ; and I think you will have no day in games and pastimes, refreshments difficulty in receiving remittances whenbeing provided by the teachers.

ever they may be needed to pay the

expenses of translation and publication. MELBOURNE (Derbyshire).--The bazaar, Mr. Gorman will very soon write to you which has been announced in this Maga- further upon the subject. With my cine, was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, devout prayers for the welfare of yourself July 29th and 30th, in the upper room of and Mrs. Scocia, believe me, faithfully the Athenæum. The room was tastefully yours,

AUGUSTUS CLISSOLD. decorated with the articles for sale, ban

“ THE PARK, STOKE NEWINGTON, ners, drapery, and evergreens. Straw

LONDON, 11th June 1878." berries, gooseberries, and fruits of various kinds were supplied by the friends. There The Rev. Mr. Gorman shortly afterwas also a splendid collection of plants wards wrote to Professor Scocia, sending kindly lent by J. Briggs of Bleak House, him £50 towards the commencement of and cut lowers were given in abundance. his work; and it has been arranged The opening of the bazaar was commenced between the Rev. Mr. Gorman and Prohy singing a hymn, and the Rev. J. Ashby fessor Scocia that the £500 would be

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sufficient for the translation and publica- mourn, for to her it was a labour of love tion of the “True Christian Religion” and and a recognised duty to cheer the pathway the treatise "On Conjugial Love."

of her sisters who needed her sympathy

and solicitude.” On Sunday morning, Birth.

July 27th, the Rev. J. Ashby delivered a At Thornwood House, Uddingston, on and overflowing congregation, seats being

commemorative discourse to an influential August 2nd, Mrs. James Eadie, of a

placed all round the communion and down daughter.

the aisles of the church. The sermon was Obituary.

quoted at length in all the newspapers

published in the town. We select the At Derby, early on Tuesday morning, following paragraph : “ The rev. gentleman July 22nd, Mrs. Roe was removed to her took for his text the appropriate words, heavenly home in the sixty-third year of 'She hath done what she could.' After her age. Born of New Church parents, she referring to the scriptural narrative conhad all her life been connected with the nected with the text, Mr. Ashby proceeded Society of the New Church in Derby, and to point out that it had been Mrs. Roe's from her youthful days had been a devout effort throughout the course of her life to worshipper, an earnest worker, and a do what she could to exalt the moral, social, liberal contributor to its funds. She was and spiritual condition, not only of her own well known, not only in that Society, but sex, but of the race; and it was not merely throughout the whole Church. She had the acts she performed which won tlie for many years devoted much time to hearts and endeared her to those with literary pursuits, and was, as is well known whom she was brought into contact, but to our readers, the author of several suc- the tender, and sympathetic, and concessful books. Perhaps her chief work was siderate way in which they were done. “Sketches of English History,” which was The deceased lady was always to be dereceived with high and deserved commen- pended upon when requested to join in dation by the press generally. Another any enterprize calculated to be of service, work, equally successful, although less no matter what might be the creed or the ambitious, was “Uncrowned Queens,” in social standing of those who required her which Mrs. Roe gave vivid word-pictures aid. She was a lady of great culture, of of several women, who, although crownless, considerable literary talent, and of an inight justly be classed amongst “queens. amiable and affectionate disposition. When This work recently received the honour of in company she was always charming and translation into French by a very able entertaining. Pride found no lodgment in French lady. The education of girls her heart, and, though dignified, she was was also a subject in which Mrs. Roe always approachable, even to the poor. took a deep interest, and upon which she One great object of her life had been to expressed her views in an ably-written advance the interests of the Church in pamphlet. The deceased lady rendered which she was brought up. Quietly and good service to many institutions connected unostentatiously she stood by its banner, with the religious bodies in Derby and in giving largely and liberally to the funds of the neighbourhood by lectures which she the Society and all institutions connected delivered at various times, and which were with the Church. But while she had the always highly appreciated. She was one greatest faith in the principles of the New of the most popular ladies in the town, and Jerusalem Church as being scriptural and her decease called forth expressions of rational, those principles were never obheartfelt regret from the members of the truded by her upon others.

In this respect local press, and it was observed that “the she was most liberal-minded. There had feelings of profound sorrow which filled not been wanting people who had conthe hearts of those who knew the deceased sidered it strange that a woman of her most intimately were attested in every capabilities could continue in connection possible way by all ranks of society in with the New Church, and lend her inwhose welfare she had when living used fluence to the propagation of its principles. the influence of her talents and devoted Such were not aware that her position in the best portion of her time. This was the world of literature wasachieved through especially observable on the day of inter- the inspiration of the Church itself. All her ment at the cemetery, where, before the works and lectures were given in the first hour fixed for the arrival of the funeral instance in aid of the Church and its instituprocession, there assembled a large number tions. With reference to a most interesting of women, and who came up with rich and instructive series of papers, called floral wreaths, with which the coffin was Sketches of Palestine,' which were .strewed after being lowered into the grave, crowded with important facts, and which as symbols of their sorrow at the loss of had appeared in the Juvenile Magaone for whom they had so much reason to zine, Mr. Ashby had no hesitation in

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