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Kensington, Palace Gardens £200 0 0 Ramsey from Liverpool about nine o'clock Camden Road
16 1 0 in the evening. He learned that his Argyle Square
14 0 0 lectures had been well advertised, and Brixton Association
3 5 0 that a spirited and warm-hearted gentleDalston Society
3 3 0 man who had seen some of his sermons had College Chapel
2 5 0 come forward and offered a large room, the
new hall, for his use as long as he chose £238 14 0 to occupy it. The same gentleman, who
is a member of the House of Keys (the This beginning will, we trust, stimulate Manx Parliament), had also printed handother Societies to continue the good work, bills and sent them to every house in and thus by a general effort to render the Ramsey. important uses contemplated by these On Thursday Dr. Bayley saw this funds effective of their purpose.
gentleinan, and thanked him very heartily
for his co-operation. The only drawback THE CONFERENCE AND THE PRESS. - was the still stormy state of the weather, The Auxiliary Missionary and Tract which was so severe that Dr. Bayley was Society, as in former years, appointed a counselled to put the first lecture off and committee to arrange for the reporting of wait at least a day for the tempest to subthe proceedings of the Conference in the side. Dr. Bayley was unwilling to do metropolitan and provincial press. The this, but intimated he would be present results of this committee's labours, so half an hour before the time, and if fifty far as it can be ascertained, is that several people were present he would commence. paragraphs appeared in seven of the daily The subject of the first lecture was, and ten of the weekly papers. The Illus- " Where are the Dead Men's Souls? what trated London News of the 16th of are they like? and how do they live ?" The August gave also a portrait of the Presi- subject seems to have been attractive, for dent, but the artist was not very successful in spite of the storm two hundred people in producing a striking likeness. A short were present at the hour for beginning. notice of the Conference and of Dr. Bayley This number increased at every discourse, accompanies the portrait. A reporter until at the fifth at least six hundred from the Manchester Guardian and other attended. One of the local papers, speakprovincial papers affiliated to the Press ing of the first discourse, says, Association was present on two days of the numbers who listened to Dr. Bayley on session, a representative of the Birming- Thursday evening when he delivered his ham Daily Gazette and two representa- first lecture to the people of Ramsey tives of local newspapers attended the must have felt their hearts stirred within meeting of Thursday night. In addition them as he unfolded to then this grand to these items a paragraph, it is believed, and simple doctrine of a future life. The appeared in the papers connected with the catholicity of this New Church, rising as it National Press Agency, and doubtless does above all narrow sectarianism, must many country editors inserted in their commend itself to the minds of all thinking columns extracts from the reports which men, and we trust will gradually leaven appeared in the London dailies. We have the whole mass. also received a copy of Galignani's Messen- The last lecture was delivered on Tuesger, which contains a long and favourable day, Sept. 2nd, and had for its subject report of the Conference.
“ Jesus the First and the Last; then how
are we to think of the Trinity?”. The ISLE OF MAN.-We have much pleasure most profound attention was paid; and the in recording the fact that New Church appreciation of the audience was afforded truths have been lately delivered in the in the most striking manner by a unaniIsle of Man. A gentleman occupying an mous request that Dr. Bayley would visit important position in Ramsey, and who the island next year and spend a month in has for some years been an affectionate efforts to help the people on their way to reader of New Church works, was very heaven. One thousand tracts were disdesirous that some public effort should be tributed, and one hundred copies of the made to make known to others what he “ Brighton Lectures” were sold.
The considered so great a blessing to himself. earnest attention of the town and neighThis gentleman wrote to the Missionary bourhood was awakened; and when he was and Tract Society in London, who placed bidding his kind friends good-bye he was the matter before Dr. Bayley, and a cor- pleased to be informed that every member respondence ensued which led to Dr. of the police force had got one of the Bayley's, undertaking to visit the island “Brighton Lectures” and were inquiring and make a commencement himself. for more to send to their friends.
On Wednesday, August 27th, in very wet and stormy weather, Dr. Bayley reached BARNOLDSWICK.—We give the follow
ing, somewhat abridged, from a local paper of the Psalmist—that the Lord Jesus An annual lecture is instituted at this Christ is God, and that He is King in His village by the Society at Embsay. This Humanity, which is the Scripture meaning lecture was this year given on Tuesday of the title Son of God. The same truth evening, September 2nd, in the Mechanics' is taught by the Prophet Isaiah in his preInstitution, by the Rev. R. Storry. The diction respecting "the Child born, the Rev. E. Jones of Embsay occupied the Son given, whose name is Wonderful, chair. In introducing the lecturer the Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlastchairman said, “I am glad to see so many ing Father, The Prince of Peace.” The here to-night at what I may call our annual Son whose name, that is, whose nature, is gathering I feel certain that you will thus described was shown by an exposihave a great treat, and I am sure that you tion of the text and of the allusion in the will hear something well worth thinking following verse to His ascent of the about.” He then, having opened the meet- throne of David to be the Lord in His ing by reading the 72nd Psalm and offering Humanity. This was further illustrated up the Lord's Prayer, announced the sub- by the teaching of the Apostles and of the jeet—“The Sovereignty of the Saviour,and Apocalypse, in which the Lamb, the title the Nature, Extent, and Increase of His of the Lord in His humanity, is described Kingdom." The lecturer in opening his as King of kings and Lord of lords. In lecture said it was some years since he discussing the subject of the Lord's governvisited Barnoldswick and lectured under ment of His kingdom the lecturer dwelt very different circumstances. When de- on the Lord's answers to Pilate, from sired to lecture on the subject announced which he insisted that it was a government to them, although somewhat inconveni- of truth, the Lord being the Truth itself. ent to himself, he had great pleasure in In a lengthened argument he showed that accepting the invitation. The subject a government of truth was one of order announced was too large to discuss fully and of peace and progress, and he closed in one lecture. He could not enter his lecture with an eloquent appeal to the minutely into its particulars, but only audience to always, and in all places, exerglance at its leading features. The great cise this great principle of truth and order. question of the Deity of the Saviour was Votes of thanks were given to the Rev. R. often discussed on too large a scale, and Storry for his able lecture, and to Mr. with reference to too large a number of Jones for his services in the chair. The evidences. He proposed to illustrate this lecturer, in returning thanks, said he was subject by the discussion of one branch of pleased at their kindness and attention to the evidences presented in the Word. He him in the course of his lecture, and would not discuss or controvert any one's trusted that they would go home and opinion, but seek to establish the testi- think carefully over the words that had mony of the Bible. There are two sub- been spoken during the evening. The jects which run through the whole revela- meeting was then closed with the doxotion of truth. These are the Lord and the logy and benediction. Church from Him. The Lord is revealed everywhere in the Word.
He is repre
BESSES. -On August 30th the annual sented by the patriarchs, was before Abra- exhibition in connection with the Mutual ham, greater than Solomon, and to Him Improvement Society was held in the bear all the prophets witness. The teach- school. About forty friends sat down to ing of the Old Testament Scriptures was tea. After tea the Rev. I. Tansley prethat Jehovah was King for ever and ever. sided over a numerously attended meetProphecy, afterwards confirmed by the ing. In the course of his remarks the New Testament, with equal clearness and chairman urged upon the young men the emphasis, announced that the Lord Jesus duty of culture, and advised them to take Christ was King. He referred to the 45th up some branch of science or literature and Psalm, showing its relation to Jesus Christ, devote their leisure moments to the acquiits reference to His warfare with the spirits sition of useful knowledge. Mr. T. W. of darkness, whom He overthrew in His Grimshaw, Mr. Robert Taylor, Mr. Chadredemption, and dwelling upon the state- wicke, and other gentlemen addressed the ment of the 6th verse, “Thy throne, O meeting. Several glees were sung by the God, is for ever and ever : the sceptre of choir. After the meeting the friends inThy kingdom is a right sceptre.' This spected the exhibits. These embraced colpassage is cited in the first chapter of the lections of wild flowers, meadow plants, Epistle to the Hebrews in the words, and cut blooms. Also there were several “ Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, capital tables of geological specimens. A O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of stage of curiosities also attracted some atrighteousness is the sceptre of Thy king- tention. The awards were adjudged to the dom.” Two great truths were clearly in- successful competitors by Mr. James Tayvolved in this application of the teaching lor of Rainscough, and Mr. Hansefield.
The prizes consisted of scientific books and the average of the past twelve months, a small fiel l-glass presented by Mr. T. W. while those at the evening services have Grimshaw to the most successful collector been considerably increased, no less than of geological specimens. The exhibition 144 persons having been present on Sunwas regarded as quite a success, and a very day evening, September 14th. On August pleasant and profitable evening was spent 26th there was held a meeting preliminary by all.
to the re-establishment of the junior mem
bers' class, at which twenty-one young THE LINCOLNSHIRE NEW Church people were present. The class will be held ASSOCIATION. - The annual meeting of the on alternate Wednesday evenings, and on members and friends was this year held in each occasion two papers will be read by London on 4th August, and was well members of the class, one upon a doctrinal attended. The chair was taken by the subject, and one in elucidation of the president, Mr. James A. Moore of spiritual sense of the Word. At a subseSheffield. The honorary secretary read quent gathering thirty-four attended. On an interesting report of the work done the evening of the 16th September forty during the past year, of which notices members of the Society and congregation have appeared in these columns. Mr. R. met their pastor and arranged the details Gunton was elected president for the for the recommencement of the theological ensuing year. The committee were re- class, which will assemble every Tuesday elected, as also the honorary secretary, evening and systematically read and conMr. J. S. Bogg. Several ladies and verse upon Swedenborg's “True Christian gentlemen present assented to a request Religion.” The Rev. W. C. Barlow has that they would become honorary mem- arranged to attend in the schoolroom bers of the Association. Mr. Speirs half an hour before and after the meeting, presented six copies of “Talks to the to speak with any inquirers who have Children” for distribution. A grant of questions to propound not strictly affectfive pounds to the Horncastle Society ing the subject which the class has at the was agreed to, with the recommendation time under consideration. appended that the services of the Rev. Dr. Tafel should, if possible, be obtained for a LONDON (Argyle Square and Camden ministerial visit. It was resolved to present Road).— The Rev. R. Storry has just conone or more sets of five New Church works to cluded a short course of services at these the libraries attached to the military depôts churches. The services were at Camden in Lincoln and Nottingham; to offer the Road, but in the absence of the minister, work entitled “ The New Jerusalem and its the Rev. J. Presland, it was arranged that Heavenly Doctrine” to all the clergy in the Mr. Storry should take the morning serdiocese of Lincoln, and to all the ministers vice at Argyle Square on the morning of in that county who had not applied for the the 7th September, and at the close admiwork entitled “ The Future Life" (Heaven nister the Sacrament of the Holy Supper. and Hell); and to offer the second volume A large congregation attended on the occaof the "Arcana Cælestia” to those who sion. In the evening Mr. Storry comapplied for the first conditionally on pay- menced a course of three discourses, on ment of postage. It was also decided to successive Sabbath evenings, on the “Kingplace the “Spiritual Columbus " in some dom of God.” The first of these discourses of the hotels in Lincolnshire. Resolutions was on “the Sovereignty of the Saviour;" were passed declaring the desirability of the second on “the Nature, Extent, and establishing a Colportage Association for Government of the Saviour's Kingdom ;” the three counties of Lincoln, Derby, and and the third on “the Certainty of its Nottingham; and the secretary was re- Continuance and Increase.” quested to correspond with the secretaries of New Church Societies and with isolated SALISBURY.-On Wednesday, August receivers in those counties. The pre- 6th, the Sunday-school in connection with sident briefly addressed the members ; the this Society held its annual treat. Tickets Rev. W. H. Benade of Pittsburg and the having been provided for the accommodaRev. Dr. Tafel also offered a few remarks tion of adults wishing to be present, so expressing interest in the work of the large a portion of the congregation availed Association. Mr. R. Jobson kindly con- themselves of the opportunity thus afforded sented to become collector for the metro- that the party was eventually above fifty politan district.
in number. With high spirits, undamped
by a smart shower, the school started for LONDON (Camberwell). — The Rev. W. C. Salisbury Race Plain, where, as the rain Barlow, M. A., is continuing his pastoral cleared off, and nothing occurred to mar the labours at Camberwell under most hopeful enjoyment of the day, an exceedingly auspices. The congregations at the Sun- pleasant time was spent. The summons day morning services have fully sustained to slepart was therefore an unwelcome one,
and all seemed to wish for the longer con- Our departed friend dreamt that she came tinuance of a day which had been so pro- into the presence of angels, who told her ductive of happiness. Before leaving that the time of her departure to their several hymns from the “Chapel Genis' world had not yet arrived, and that she were sung by the children, and the must still pass through much suffering applause which followed indicated the before she entered the kingdon. She pleasure that the elder portion of the as- awoke confident that she should recover, sembly had derived from listening to them. and equally confident that a life of trial This expedition, which proved such a com- was before her. She was, as it were, plete success, served to promote a kindly forewarned that it was only through faith feeling in the church, and it is earnestly and patience that she could inherit the hoped that the mutual confidence and promises. She recovered, as she felt charity there displayed will continue to assured would be the case, and she girded exist and increase in the Society.
the loins of her mind for the conflict still before her. She entered the darkness con
fiding in a Divine strength. She endured Birth.
hardship as a faithful servant of our
Heavenly King, and now she inherits the On Sunday, August 31st, the wife of the promise, “Where I am there shall also Rev. J. R. Rendell of Bradford of a son. My servant be.” Marriages.
At Heywood, on the 8th July, Mrs.
Elizabeth Hope closed a life of patient On the 10th September 1879, at Palace suffering, in the sixty-ninth year of her Gardens Church, London, by the Rev. Dr. age. For the long period of ten years she Bayley, George, eldest son of George was contined to bed by a painful rheumatic Townsend Trobridge of Smethwick, to affection. During this long period she Georgina, only daugher of the late H. F. endured much bodily pain and spiritual 0. Huntley of Exeter.
trial. She had also to pass through
seasons of severe bereavement. Warmly At Rotherfield Church, Sussex, August attached to her children, she had seen all 19th, Alfred Emanuel Beilby, eldest son except one pass into the other life before of Mr. Beilby of Nottingham, to Annie her--the two last when her infirmities Maria Sarah (Madge), eldest daughter of rendered her dependent on their kindly J. S. Williams, Esq., Highbroom, Rother- aid. Mrs. Hope was one of those who field.
signed the roll on the formal enrolment of
the Society at Heywood in 1837. She was Obituary.
then one of the young persons connected
with the Church and Sunday-school, and one On the 11th of August, Mary, the beloved of the most regular attendants on public wife of Mr. Jacob Schofield, departed this worship. Her long illness was bome with life in the fifty-fourth year of her age. Our exemplary patience. She never lost faith departed sister has passed through a life of in the merciful providence and constant varied and chequered experience. Naturally care of the Lord, although she occasionally sensitive in feeling and refined in sentiment expressed an intense desire to depart. The and habit, she had to patiently endure long night of her affliction is now past, and surroundings and circumstances she wonld she has at length entered into rest. gladly have altered. Combined with these for many years was a feeble frame and On the 6th of July, aged fifty-two, after constant sickness. She was bound to a comparatively short illness, Mrs. Sarah earth by her affection for her family, whom Aspinal departed from the present life to she tenderly loved, and who needed her the abiding inheritance of her future home. help and guidance. For herself she was Her general character was amiable and not impatient, yet willing to depart. unobtrusive, and she was doubtless preSometime since a severe fit of dangerous pared during her earthly life for some of illness exhausted her strength and brought the manifold uses which await the children her to the margin of the grave. Her of God in their Father's house. doctors, her family, her friends, and she herself expected her departure. In the Departed this life at Thornwood House, extremity of her exhaustion she had a on 25th August, Janet, infant danghter of remarkable dream, which left a strong James and Jane Eadie. impression on her mind. It is easy to ridicule dreams, but they are among the Caroline Edith, infant daughter of Rev. most certain facts of our mysterious J. J. and M. J. Thornton, was removed existence, and they not unfrequently con- into the spiritual world on May 27th, 1879, vey lessons we should do well to note. at Melbourne, Australia.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAYER. PRAYER is communion with God. It is the Divinely appointed means of expressing our wants to Him, that we may have them supplied. That which God has appointed must be adapted to secure the object intended to be answered by it. It is not for us to question the wisdom of any of the Divine requirements. Yet, as the Author of our being has bestowed upon us a faculty which can never be satisfied without a knowledge of causes, and even of ends, which are final causes, it is lawful to inquire reverentially into the meaning of the duties He imposes and the privileges He bestows upon us. This is rendered desirable by the fact that there is a right and a wrong way of reasoning on Divine and spiritual subjects; and therefore it is often necessary to bring forth the right reason to counteract the wrong.
As Divine wisdom and right reason can never be at variance, we need not fear that rational inquiry into any of the ways of God in His dealings with His creatures will ever bring the human mind into conflict with the Divine. Besides, there are on all subjects, and especially on Divine and spiritual subjects, appearances which, if followed, would lead us astray, and which require to be corrected by the realities that lie concealed under them. And not only so, but real truths may be adopted as premises of wrong conclusions, It is not uncommon to reason in this wise on the subject of prayer : God loves us with an infinite and