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platform. The proceedings were come some rather spirited questioning fol. menced by singing the hymn “There lowed. The lecturer replied in a highly is a land of pure delight," the Rev. J. satisfactory manner, and a vote of F. Munro leading in devotion.

thanks to the chairman terminated the The rev. chairman, as representing meeting. The second lecture was ren, the donors of the free tea, gave a hearty dered more attractive to the general welcome to all present, and trusted that public on account of the Congregathey would spend a very pleasant even- tionalist minister, the Rev. A. B. ing together. The tickets had been Morris, having consented to preside. distributed to people of all churches, “The Second Coming of the Lord” was and people of no church. It had been its theme, and a most eloquent elucidatheir special desire, however, to reach tion of that subject was delivered. The the latter class. They had also invited chairman had intimated that he did not ministers of all denominations to meet approve of discussing religious subjects them, and in this they had given an on public platforms, and that questions example of that broad charity which would not be permitted. Although this was a marked feature in the faith they might have displeased some who came professed. Their earnest desire was to see to dispute, it did not hinder the them all happy, but they knew that there audience from manifesting their apcould be no happiness without goodness, preciation by hearty applause. A vote and no genuine goodness without com- of thanks to the lecturer was passed by munion with God, from whom all good- acclamation, replying to which the Rev.

They had heard a great John Presland enlarged upon the kindly deal about bad trade and consequent spirit manifested by the chairman in distress, and it was not uncommon to occupying that place, which proved lay the blame of all this upon God. He that he recognised that Christian would like to impress them with the charity was broader than all the differhigher and truer belief that “God was ences which might distinguish his love," and that all the misery in the denomination from ours, and concluded world was the outcome of sin. They by moving a hearty vote of thanks. In had broken the great laws of moral and his response the chairman said he need spiritual health, and they were suffer- not hesitate to admit that he had for ing in consequence. If they wanted to several years past been a reader of Sweenjoy physical health they must obey denborg, and that he had the greatest the laws of health ; and so if they de- respect alike for the man and his writsired to attain spiritual health they ings, and he thought that if people must obey the laws which God had would read him they would be greatly given them in His Holy Word. During benefited. The effort was a most dethe evening pleasant and appropriate cided success, the numbers present being addresses were given by the ministers between 300 and 400, and proving con, present and some influential laymen. clusively that the town presents a good The speeches were interspersed with opportunity for increased activity among music by the choir, and the fragments the friends. remaining after the feast distributed to poor families in the neighbourhood. LONDON (Dalston). --Theannual meet

ing of this Society was held in the KEIGHLEY.—This Society, one of the Albion Hall on Monday, January 13th. oldest in the Church, though but little Tea was provided, and largely attended, known, has recently received a stimulus by the members and friends of the by the visit of the Rev. John Pres. Society. The chair was taken at seven land, who delivered two lectures in o'clock by Mr. S. B. Dicks, the leader the hall of the Mechanics’ Institu- of the Society. The reports of the tion on the evenings of December Society's doings during the past year 18th and 19th. The first of these were very satisfactory. Fourteen new was upon “Heaven, Hell, and the Inter- members have been added, and after mediate State,” the chair being occupied deducting the names of those who, by by Rev. J. R. Rendell of Bradford. The removal or from other causes, do not audience listened with earnest attention now attend, a net increase of ten remains, to the very able exposition of the doc- the total number of members now being trines on this subject, and at its close fifty-one, in addition to which a class

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of eight junior members meets regularly friend. Loud and prolonged cheering under the tuition of Mr. Dicks. The followed when Mr. Jobson rose to thank treasurer's report was also very satis- the friends for their beautiful gift. He factory, as, notwithstanding the Society's assured them that he did not desire it largely increased expenditure in its new of them, neither did he consider himself place of worship, there remains a balance more worthy to be singled out for this in hand of nearly £6. The leader's honour than others who had worked report, and that of the superintendent perhaps harder than he had done. Still and treasurer of the Sunday-school, were he thanked them very heartily for their equally cheering, but perhaps the most kindness, and assured them that if any. satisfactory of all was that of the thing he could do would in any way librarian and book-steward, Mr. Pracy. help forward the good cause they all had Upwards of 2000 books, magazines, and at heart he should be delighted to do other New Church publications (tracts it. The meeting, which was of the most not included) have been sold by him in agreeable and harmonious character the Society during the past year, in throughout, was brought to a close about addition to which a large number of the 10 P.M. Silent Missionaries and other books were sold by him at the week-night NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE. — The Nun lectures given under the auspices of the Street New Church Society held its Missionary and Tract Society. It is New Year's social meeting on the even. hardly necessary to say that he was ing of the 2nd January in its room at unanimously re-elected to the office for 23 Nun Street, which has been recently the ensuing year. The principal officers renovated and decorated, the minister, of the Society were re-elected, and the Rev. W. Ray, presiding. After singing hope was cordially expressed that they and prayer the opening address was might long be spared to continue their given by the chairman, treating of his good and useful work on the Society's personal history and introduction to behalf. The pleasantest feature of the the New Church thirty-six years ago, evening was the presentation to Robert besides information regarding the hisJobson, Esq., of a testimonial of the tory of the Newcastle Society, chiefly affectionate regard felt for him by every extracted from minutes of the Confer. member of the Society. The gift ence 1806-1825, and many interesting consisted of a handsome walnut ink- particulars and arguments, encouraging stand ornamented with bronze figures, the meeting to persevere in the work silver-mounted ink-bottles, and a silver. of building up and extending the Lord's mounted pearl-handle penholder con- New Church in this town. Very aptaining a gold pen. In the centre was propriate addresses also were given by a silver plate, on which was inscribed the Messrs. Lynn, Jewitt, Bowman, and Buss. following: Presented to Robert Job- At intervals pieces of instrumental and son, Esq., by the members and friends vocal music were excellently rendered, of the Dalston Society of the New and a pleasant and instructive meeting Church, January 1879." In making the closed with the benediction. presentation on behalf of the Society Mr. Dicks alluded to the fact that from PAISLEY.—The annual soiree of the the time when at its first meeting in school connected with the church was .1870 Mr. Jobson took the chair, down held on the 26th of December. The to the time when they were pow proceedings commenced at half-past five assembled with him again in their o'clock, when tea was served in the hall midst, Mr. Jobson had, through evil to one hundred and fifty children, and report and good report, in the face of between fifty and sixty visitors and difficulties that would have completely friends. After tea an adjournment was baffled a less noble heart, steadfastly made to the church, where after a hymn adhered to the pursuit of the end he had had been sung, • Let us with a gladin view, the establishment in that part some mind,” etc., and an address bad of London of a strong and useful Society been delivered by Mr. Allbutt on the of the Lord's New Church. Through subject of “Christmas,” the gas was out the whole of that time Mr. Jobson turned down, a magic-lantern enterhad been their most genial counsellor, tainment commenced for the benefit of generous benefactor, and stanchest the young folks by Messrs. T. Downes

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and A. Eadie of Glasgow. The hearty renewal and restoration of the mind, roars of laughter and other demonstra- both internally and externally, to tions of joy with which the young ones true order, and its more general fulfilgreeted the appearance of the various ment in the renovation of the Church comical and other pictures upon the by the general adoption of the principles sheet, especially when the figures and practices of the true Christian moved, showed that they heartily ap- religion. On the Monday evening folpreciated this part of the evening's pro- lowing the members and friends of the ceedings. After the magic lantern had Society held a social meeting in the been exhibited the children again went same room. Forty sat down to tea, and downstairs, and had a plentiful supply the number was increased by the preof apples, oranges, etc., dealt out to sence of others later in the evening. The them. They then indulged in different meeting was opened by an address from games, and at nine o'clock returned Mr. Storry, in which he dwelt upon the once more to the church to receive the importance and usefulness of the New prizes they had merited by their attend. Church as a separate organization. The ance, behaviour, and attention to les. New Church, feeble as it appeared, was sons at the school during the past half a beacon to the Churches. The docyear. For the older ones beautiful books trines the world needed it was our pri. had been provided, while for the smaller vilege to possess and duty to dischildren dolls and toys of every kind seminate. Our organization had enabled had been furnished. These latter had us to accomplish works which without been hung upon the Christmas-tree, it we could not have attempted. Among which was placed at the back of the these works was the wide diffusion of the pulpit; but after the distribution of books writings of Swedenborg and the creaand a humourous speech by Mr. R. M. tion of a literature of wide extent and Paterson, the tree was dismantled, and great value. And although it was disthe dolls and toys given to those for couraging to assemble in small rooms, whom they had been set apart.

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services, yet those who were so circumSHEFFIELD.—The small and strug, stanced were sustained by a sense of gling Society in this town was visited duty and a consciousness of use. The on the second Sunday in January, ac- evening was pleasantly spent in social cording to annual custom, by the Rev. intercourse, diversified by speeches, R. Storry. The only announcement of recitations, and music. the visit was an advertisement in the Saturday's papers. The services were SKIPTON.

The Craven Pioneer of held in the small meeting-room of the December 21st gives somewhat extended Society in Hanover Street, which was reports of two lectures at this town by comfortably occupied by very attentive the Rev. C. H. Wilkins of Manchester. audiences. The subjects of discourse The lectures were a reply to lectures prewere, in the morning, “ The Word made viously given in the Temperance Hall, Flesh,” and in the evening The New Skipton, by the Rev. G. A. Brown. Heavens and the New Earth.” In intro. “The lecturer,” says the Pioneer, “was ducing the latter subject the preacher brought by the Swedenborgians of Embdwelt on the importance of a right say, and his utterances proved exceedunderstanding of prophecy. The want ingly telling, judged, of course, from of such understanding had led some to the Swedenborgian standpoint. Mr. question the truth of the prophetic Stephenson of Bradford occupied the Scriptures, and the mistaken inter- chair on both occasions.” The first pretations of popular expositors were lecture was on “The Immortality of the not calculated

restore confi. Soul,” the second on “ Eternal Pundence. A true interpretation of pro- ishment.” On each occasion there was phecy not only pointed to great a large attendance. The lectures to changes in the Church and in the which they were a reply seem to have world, but also made clearly manifest been from a Christadelphian source and some of the most important laws of the of a materialistic tendency.

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turer opposed the ing the new heavens and the new earth doctrine of the Christadelphians, and had its individual fulfilment in the that strongly, because it abused the com

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mon feeling of the great masses of the of God's commandments after death common people. He first spoke of their found their way into the company of doctrine with regard to the immortality other confirmed breakers of the two laws of little children. He drew a beautiful he referred to. Thus it came to pass and forcible picture of the deathbed of that God put no men into hell, neither a little child, of the agony of the parent did He keep any man there. He next at the thought of parting with it, and showed at considerable length that of the hope of future meeting, and wicked men went to hell and remained strongly contended that there was not there because the misery of hell was a a broken-hearted father or mother in little less intolerable than the society of the land, however uncultured they good men in heaven would be to them. might be, who would not shrink from, Heaven was a place of general harmony, and at once condemn as false, the absolute order, perfect truth, and uni. theory that their loved one, the nearest versal love; and the wicked men shrank and dearest to them, was to die like a from it and went to hell as an escape dog and be heard of no more.

from the terrible torment the society of In his second lecture Mr. Wilkins good men would be to them. In a word, said in describing heaven and hell that a man went to heaven because he was “order was heaven's first law, peace, heaven-like while in this world, and he purity, and beauty its characteristics; went to hell because he became hell-like disorder was hell's first law, and it con- by breaking the two commandments on stituted the whole secret of the discord, which heaven is based- love to God and misery, and degeneracy of hell. Our love to man. But the doors of heaven God-given faculties were so great and and the doors of hell were always pracrich that those which in one case made tically open.' The interest excited by heaven, when perverted made hell. these lectures was manifested by the The laws of order concerning our rela- lengthened discussions which followed tions to God and man could be summed their close. A multitude of inquiries up under two heads—Thou shalt love were made, and replied to by the lecturer the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, in a manner which seemed to satisfy his with all thy soul, and with all thy audience. strength; and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.' That was the essence WIGAN.-On Christmas Day the of Scripture; those two laws formed annual congregational tea-party and the very bases of heaven and hell. distribution of prizes took place. The Heaven was heaven not merely because gathering, although not a very num. God happened to be there, but because erous one, was nevertheless pleasant. every inhabitant of it was constantly The room was nicely decorated by a and perfectly obeying those two great number of the young people. Mr. John. laws of Divine order, and hell was hell son was called to the chair, and com. because those who inhabited it did not menced proceedings by commenting obey those two fundamental laws of upon the Christmas season. He said the order. The earthly home where these customary compliments seemed rather two great laws were observed was a out of place this year, for wherever they little heaven below, and nothing could looked all was sad and gloomy. It did turn that little heaven into hell but a at times seem inconsistent to say “The disposition on the part of the parents Lord is good to all, and His tender or the children to break those laws. mercies are over all His works,” when He then drew a picture of an opposite they saw so much distress and sorrow kind of home, and added that those who amongst them. They should not, howhad kept these two commandments, at ever, forget that the Divine Providence death went to the Divine life as a natural of God was ever working for the ultim. consequence of the law of association: ate good of mankind; they must put like seeks like in the future as in this their trust in the Lord, and all would world. Here nothing was more repul. come out right. A number of Sunday sive to a righteous man than the com.. scholars recited pieces, which elicited pany of a thoroughly vicious, depraved, the applause of the audience. During unrighteous man. Why should it be an interval Mr. Johnson distributed a different hereafter? He contended that it number of beautiful prizes to those was not, and that the constant breakers scholars who had distinguished them.

selves during the year by regularity, her some of the older friends connected good conduct, and repetition of Scrip. with the Derby Society received their ture texts. The secretary then reviewed first lessons in reading and writing. the work of the church for the year, Our friend's aim was continually to be and showed that although they had a helper and an adviser in difficulties only increased by three or four members and a consoler in trouble. She was well still they had not been asleep. Their known for many years to a wide circle Sunday school had increased ; they had of New Church friends, and was discommenced "cottage meetings for tinguished by the exercise of a graceful the study of the works of the Church ; and liberal hospitality. Heavy trials, their Mutual Improvement Society was bereavements, and severe reverses she in its sixth session, and the syllabus endeavoured to bear with patience and was better than any of its predecessors; resignation, knowing that the Father's they had had a course of lectures by Mr. guiding hand was over all. Six of her Gunton of London, and although their children preceded her into the spiritual numbers as a sect had not been affected world. We are assured and believe by them, still the large sale of New that the Lord, who arranges all things Church books during the lectures could for the best, is now doing for her more not but cause the views of the Church than her most sanguine expectations to be better know in Wigan than they led her to anticipate. On Sunday even. had been before. He hoped the forth- ing, January 5th, the Rev. Joseph coming year would be marked by the Ashby delivered a commemorative disgreater success of every institution con- course to a respectful and attentive con. nected with the church.

gregation from the words, “In My

Father's house are many mansions." Obituary.

Departed this life on Sunday, 22nd On Saturday evening, December 28th, Norfolk Buildings, Bath.

December 1878, Mr. Thomas Sare, 16

The Bath 1878, in her seventy-fifth year, Jane, the wife of the late Mr. Alderman Madeley of Society has suffered a sudden loss in the

removal of their friend. He had been Derby, passed peacefully into the eternal in the Church for some forty years, and world! Her illness, congestion of the took a deep and kindly interest in its lungs, was of a very brief duration. On welfare generally, and particularly in the day of her departure, feeling her the welfare of the Society with which he end was near, she desired to partake once more of the Lord's Supper ; after was connected. He had been a long

In doing so, being in a most composed and standing member of Committee.

younger days he was interested in the tranquil state, she gradually sank away, small branch Society at Tiverton (about s0 quietly that even those watching two miles from Bath), and used frescarcely knew when she was gone. Our friend's connection with the New Church quently to officiate at the harmonium,

His commenced with her marriage, now some state of health was ordinarily delicate,

and sometimes in the pulpit there. fifty-four years ago. Though soon surrounded by domestic cares, she was

being subject to a heart affection; but must active in the performance of every as well as usual. In the course of dress

on the morning of his removal he was duty within her reach. Most truly was ing he had occasion to stoop downshe a helpmeet for her husband. А

that was all, but that was enough, the loving mother, whose hand . never thread of life had snapped. He was wearied in ministering to her children ; put back into bed, and never spoke her energetic spirit found exercise in á variety of good works ; her friends again. If it was a sudden going, it was

like his life—a quiet going. The quiet. possessed in her a bright example of

ness and gentleness of his demeanour, increasing industry; and many of them

and the kindliness which animated his still left can look back to the time when her cheerful manner and friendly face nature, made him truly lovable to those

who were near him, and highly respected brightened many a sickroom, and when by a wide circle of friends. A funeral her skilful hands brought relief to

sermon was preached on Sunday, Jan.5th. physical suffering. In the early years of her married life she was a busy Mr. John Bourne of Church Road, worker in the Sunday school, and from Ashford, Kent, the oldest member con.

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