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borg it follows: That the Lord effected ing, the 27th January last, a most imHis Second Coming in and by means of portant meeting of this Society was held, those works which He Himself wrote Mr. R. R. Rodgers in the chair, at through Swedenborg;' that these works which the plans for new church and contain the spiritual sense of the Word schools, as finally settled, were laid of God, and that consequently the doc- before the meeting for approval. The trines of the New Church which are ground plans, elevations, sectional and taught in these works are the spiritual detail drawings, were displayed upon the sense of the Word. From this testi- walls, and were explained by Mr. J. mony it further follows that Sweden- Bragg, who also moved a resolution borg, in writing his theological works, authorizing and requesting the Trustees was inspired by the Lord, and hence and Committee to carry them into executhat these works come to us not with tion. This was seconded by Mr. Willson, a human but with a Divine authority.” in a speech recalling the chief points of
With reference also to the relation historical interest in connection with the which his published and unpublished Society during the last half century, works bear to this theory, he says and was unanimously passed. A refurther :
solution of thanks to the Committee for “The knowledges which Swedenborg the time and trouble bestowed by them acquired by his intercourse with spirits on the subject during the two years it and angels, and which served as vessels has been under consideration was also in his mind for the reception of the passed. The meeting then entered into revelation of the internal sense, are å more full discussion of “ways and partly contained in his Spiritual Diary means
than had been necessary in and in several of his works which he previous speeches. Mr. Geo. H. John. published and also left in MSS.; and as stone, who had been mainly instrueverything that Swedenborg learned mental, by his canvassing, in securing from representations, visions, and from the success, read the list of promises conversations with spirits and angels, already received, which amounted to according to his testimony, “is from the £2500, and moved a resolution pledging Lord alone,' therefore also those things the Society to support the movement to seen and heard in the spiritual world, their utmost ability. Mr. J. A. Best, and hence the whole of his Spiritual Mr. John Rabone, Mr. Haseler, Mr. Diary and all his ‘Memorable Relations,' Jas. Osborne, and other friends, adare from the Lord and not from himself, dressed the meeting. and therefore their teaching comes to us The Chairman also spoke as follows : with the authority of the Lord, and not —“ Nearly two years have passed away with the authority of Swedenborg." since you were called together to em
Whatever may be the opinion of power the Trustees to dispose of the proothers on this important question, perty and land Summer Lane, and to whether they agree with Dr. Tafel or approve generally of the erection of a not, there can be no doubt of the ex- new church and schoolrooms in the haustive research he has brought to bear neighbourhood of Soho Hill. That on it; and it is certain that the data meeting went into the difficulties conwill be seen to point to the complete. nected with removing our place of worDess of that revelation which has been ship, and it was clearly seen that the made through the Writings of Sweden- direction of Handsworth was in all borg, and to show the folly of expecting senses the best. Since that meeting, a further revelation by a future seer. we have passed through a season of No one can deny that the truths which almost perpetual discussion on 'ways Swedenborg taught are of Divine and means ;' but the scheme has authority, but the inspiration claimed gradually grown and taken form. On for his writings by Dr. Tafel seems Friday, January 15th, 1875, the crisis verbal and literal, and suggests the idea came; it was a crisis of life or death. of a supplementary Scripture, rather An estimate of costs amounting to £5100, than as it were the supply of a key to exclusive of land or architect's fees, was the Divine sense of the Word, and a handed in as the lowest possible charge. guide to the
true principles of its use to Every one felt that the moment was unlock the treasures therein.
critical, and every one wore a face of
gravity. This was on Friday night, the BIRMINGHAM.—On Wednesday even. i5th. On Saturday morning, the 16th, Mr. J. Bragg waited on Mr. Geo. Hope the Committee cannot see their way to Johnstone, with a proposition to the do it. Still, as it will cost hundreds of effect that he would give £300 if three pounds more if delayed for a few years, others could be got to give euch a like than if built now, they are very deamount. Three other subscribers of sirous of accomplishing this external £300 were not however to be found. decoration and distinction at once if Mr. Bragg was asked if he would alter possible. The contract for the whole his condition to two others, which he (without spire) is now signed, and the did. He was then told that two others, work of excavation for foundations is in Mrs. Wilkinson and Mr. G. H. commenced. We hope in our next Johnstone, were found, and from this number to record that the actual buildcommencement the new edifices in ing is going on, at any rate of the Wretham Road, Soho Hill, became a schools, which lie at the back of the possibility and a certainty. Touched land, and which are to be first proby this great liberality, everybody was ceeded with. thrown upon his mettle, and provoked to do his best. Some who had intended BLACKBURN.—We regret to learn that to give £20 or £50 were induced to give Rev. Mr. Bates is about to retire from a hundred; those who had purposed to the pastorate of this Society, and is not, give five or ten, gave twenty or thirty, at present, seeking any other charge. and so on to the subscribers of a guinea. Family and other circumstances seem to Those of you who have not yet handed compel his attention, for a time, at least, in your promises are asked to second to secular pursuits, and to withdraw him the generous efforts of all who have from the work of the ministry, on which hitherto subscribed, and let us indulge he had so recently more fully entered. in the hope and anticipation of entering our New Church home quite free of BcUrx.-A correspondence arising debt. And on all that we have done, out of Mr. Gunton's lectures at this so far, and on all that we may be place has been conducted in the pages led to do in this important business, of the Spalding Free Press.
The may the Divine blessing rest upon us, attack of Mr. Allen was sufficiently and may His wisdom guide us. comprehensive, cutting up root and
The remainder of the evening was branch, in his own estimation, “all the passed in receiving additional small doctrines which he (Swedenborg) teaches
, subscriptions, which amounted to about except his resurrection theory." The £60. The infection of liberality spread controversy seems, however, to have even to the youngest member of the taught this gentleman something recongregation and to the Sunday-schools, specting the New Church.
His last many of whose subscriptions were letter opens with this avowal :indeed gratifying. At the date of “I ask your kind permission to rewriting this notice the Committee are tract that portion of my remarks which seriously, considering the advisability appeared in your issue of the 15th ult, of retaining possession of the Summer as being uncharitable and severe, when Lane property—in the first place as an directed to Swedenborgians indiscriminact of prudence, believing that it will ately. I wish them only to apply to the probably fetch a much larger price in a cases alluded to, for this reason-" few years, and secondly, in the hope Spiritual World,' by Rev. Chauncey that ere it is sold our successors may Giles, is evidently a production of a find that a more centrally situated choicer kind, and not all fancy, espe. church is become a necessity. The cially his argument on the nature of miscellaneous buildings now covering spirit, which shows a depth of thought the land could then be removed, and å and thorough acquaintance with all the magnificent structure erected upon the obstacles he had to contend with. site. The further question of complet. Nevertheless, I see no reason to reing the original plans for our New nounce the old truths (taught by Jesus church at Wretham Road, by building Christ and His disciples, perpetuated by the spire, is also being debated, and a His apostles, and preserved to us by few special donations have been offered almost miracles) for these new ones; towards its erection. But the extra and all who reverence the former in cost will be £500 or £600, and at present their entirety should with prudent zeal
declaim against innovations, be they “New Jerusalem Church, High ancient or modern."
Street.—Special services were held in This curious paragraph begs the entire the above church yesterday, Mr. Gunquestion. Is modern orthodoxy the ton, of London, officiating: The serdoctrine taught by the Lord and His vices were fairly attended, and the apostles, or has the Church departed audiences seemed attentive to the subfrom the faith delivered to the saints, jects brought under their notice. The and ended in darkness? Mr. Gunton theme of the morning's discourse was has shown that the doctrine of Three John x. 11—'I am the good Shepherd ; Divine Persons in the Godhead is not the good Shepherd giveth His life for the the doctrine of the Scriptures; and sheep.' The preacher remarked that the if so, then it is Mr. Allen and those good Shepherd was the same as spoken who think with him who have departed of so emphatically in the 34th chapter from the faith, and are exhorted by of Ezekiel, that is, the great Jehovah, the missionaries of the New Church to clothed with humanity, and thus manireturn to it.
fested as Jesus Christ, or as expressed
by Zacharias, filled with the Holy HORNCASTLE. — This Society has just Ghost, The Lord God of Israel, who celebrated its second anniversary by a hath visited and redeemed His people ;' series of special Sunday services and and the sheep, he said, represented those week-day meetings, all of which we learn amongst mankind who were principled were of a very satisfactory nature. At in love to the Lord, and in mutual love, the Sunday evening services the attend- or the love of their fellow-men. The ance was excellent. At the tea-meeting discourse in the evening was on the true on Monday about seventy were present, worship of the Lord, from Psalm cxv, and to hear the address after the tea 6. The preacher pointed out the threethere was
a larger number. The fold nature of man—the sensuous, reports read at the business meeting rational, and spiritual, and said that the showed that much activity had existed aspiration of the soul alluded to in the daring the past year. At the beginning text was an implanting in the highest of that year the lady members suggested part of our nature, by our Heavenly a monthly sewing meeting ; this has father, which, if brought into exercise been carried out with praiseworthy by the man, in his affections, thoughts, earnestness, and the result is a transfer and external life, would be sure to from the sewing meeting fund to the accomplish the purpose of the Divine funds of the Society of £13. Other Saviour, which was to elevate man to friends have aided by liberal contribu- Heaven,' and so give him the felicities tions in money, one consisting of the of eternal life.” sum of £9. The Treasurer's account showed a balance in hand of over £46, ISLINGTON. –On Wednesday, the 27th £30 of which was voted to the reduction January, the children of the Sundayof the debt on the Church, leaving still school assembled at four o'clock for a debt of £60 ; and £15 was voted to their Christmas festival. Games of the funds of the Missionary and Tract various kinds were played with the Society, to which institution the Horn- energy which distinguishes youth until castle Society may be said to owe its 5.30, when a good tea received full prosperous career. The Society has justice from appetites sharpened by engaged the services of Mr. J. R. Boyle previous exercise. After tea, some of Bacup for four consecutive Sundays, well - chosen recitations and musical the first being Sunday, February 14th. pieces afforded both pleasure and inMr. Gunton, who has conducted these struction, until the magic lantern was services, has'arranged to visit Peterboro', ready. This attractive source of amuseLongsntton, Holbeach, and Grimsby. ment was ready at 7.45, and the story The “Silent Missionaries” are freely of the Pilgrim's Progress was admirably purchased after the lectures and services told in scenes well devised to impress everywhere. About sixty have been sold the juvenile mind with a desire to read at Horncastle this visit.
again John Bunyan's immortal work.
Fortunately, the poet's privilege to pass IPSWICH.-We extract the following from grave to gay-from lively to from the East Anglian Daily Times of severe-belongs also to the wonderful January 25th :
lantern, and the progress of the Pilgrim
was followed by a comical story of a boy the doctrine of Transubstantiation was named Peter, who, disobeying the unreasonable, and afterwards that it was advice of his parents, goes through a unscriptural. He connected himself series of disasters, and becomes, poor with the Presbyterian body, and in after fellow, Saltpetre-instead of a good life often spoke in warm terms of Dr. little boy. This story, which naturally Kidd, not as instrumental in changing excited much amusement by the comical his opinions, but rather as giving him a nature of the events depicted, was higher standard of moral and religious followed by some charming illustrations life. He emigrated with his family to of English and foreign scenery, and the the colony of New South Wales about usual chromotropes, etc., which brought the time of the discovery of the gold, a very pleasurable evening to a close. and one of the positions he occupied
during the period of confusion that LOWESTOFT.--Children's Soiree and followed was that of teacher in the Public Entertainment.--Since Mr. Child Model School, Sydney, under the supersettled here an effort has been made to intendence of Mr. M‘Lauchlin, sonplace the Sunday-school on a better in-law of the venerable and Rev. D. G. footing, by a system of marks for Goyder. Of course he could not be attendance and punctuality, uniform long in the company of Mr. M‘Lauchlin lessons, more thorough order, an after and his affectionate wife without hear. noon address to the children from the ing of the New Church, and through minister, superintendent or a teacher, their instrumentality the Stone which and by a weekly teachers' meeting for the builders rejected became with him instruction in the Sunday lesson. In the Head of the corner.
After many continuance of the effort a soiree was changes he ultimately resumed the given to the children on the 13th of practice of his profession as based upon January last, at which also a distribu. the principles of homeopathy, and tion of books was made for regular and settled in West Maitland for the last punctual attendance; and the children thirteen years, where he acquired some themselves, assisted by the choir, gave reputation for skill and success. His at the same time a public entertainment reputation spread through a wide extent of a varied and interesting character, of the surrounding districts, and since consisting of recitations, songs, anthems, his departure many have declared his and pieces on the pianoforte. The acquaintance to have been a great bless. double effort was a success. It was an ing to them. From defective eyesight encouragement to the children as at once he was never a great reader of human receiving and giving, and to the teachers literature, but his retentive memory through them
: it presented the town showed that he had the Word at his with a favourable impression of us; and finger ends, and he frequently made moreover, left something in hand for weighty and telling impressions in con. the future benefit of the school. The versation by the use of appropriate church was filled. The newspapers quotations. He often lamented to the reported very favourably.
writer the ignorance of religious pro
fessors in general, including even many Marriage.
of those who call themselves of the New
Church, who had the Word on their On the 3rd December 1874, at the tables and in their pews, and who read New Jerusalem Church, Kearsley, by it and heard it read, but who had it not the Rev. P. Ramage, Robert Cooke, in their minds and hearts, where it Printer, Farnworth, near Bolton, to should be, and who seemed to be Anne, only daughter of the late Rev. acquainted only with a few stock pas. W. Woodman,
sages here and there. Of himself it
might truly be said “his delight was in bituary.
the law of the Lord, and in His law
did he meditate day and night.” As & Dr. John Gordon entered the spiritual result of this meditation, and with the world on the 24th June 1874.
He was possession of the key to the understandborn in the year 1810, in Inverness, ing of the Word contained in a knowScotland, and was brought up as á ledge of the "only wise God our Catholic, but at an early age he saw that Saviour,” he thought out for himself all
the leading principles of the New Esq., of Blackman Lane, Leeds, in Church independently of the New the seventy-fourth year of his age. Church writings, although, when Provi. From a funeral sermon preached in dence placed these writings in his Albion Chapel, Leeds, by the Rev. R. possession, he loved to hear them read. Storry, we extract the following account Like all independent thinkers, his con- of this esteemed member of the New clusions sometimes differed from those Church : - “My first introduction to of others. One instance of this may be Mr. Mitchell,” said the preacher, given in the case of Elijah being fed by was in the year 1836. It the ravens. He considered these ravens immediately after the death of Mr. to be the aboriginal inhabitants of the Gilbert, and when this (the Leeds) country, who were called such because Society was in one of its most anxious they had the mental and spiritual charac. periods. He was then a young man, teristics to which ravens correspond. If and formed one of a happy family group. this conclusion has been reached by Hewas in comparative affluence, and the others, the present writer never met witń world smiled upon him. All the attracit. Our friend was very slow in express- tions of this period of his life were ing his differences of opinion, and was away from the New Church. His family acenstomed to say that such differences were esteemed members of orthodox would never be removed by intellectual churches. His father was the bosom discussion, but that the only way to see friend and warm admirer of one of the eye to eye was to come into the mutual most eminent Congregational ministers possession of that spirit of charity “that of his day, the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, rejoiceth in the truth.” He had by in whose church he held the office of nature and hereditary transmission the deacon. On the side of his family, choleric disposition of the Celt, but therefore, was the neatly appointed during the last few years of his life there family pew, the large and fashionable con. was in that respect a great change in him. gregation, the eloquent preacher, and As the acid fruits of spring become the the certainty of social distinction. Our mild and luscious fruits of autumn by the friend relinquished these worldly advanaction of the sun's heat and light, so tages to cast in his lot with the small the increasing influences of the Sun of and despised body of the New Jerusalem. Righteousness on our departed friend He had a short time before wandered seemed to produce analogous effects, into the New Church place of worship, which were most observable to those then in North Street, at the end of with whom he was most intimate. He Byrom Street. The simple and unhad frequent changes of state preceding adorned preaching of the truth by Mr. his last illness. He was occasionally Gilbert had arrested his attention, and very depressed on considering his past further inquiry convinced his judg. life, and once he said to the writer that ment and enlightened his understanding. he loathed himself, and used many strong The truth had taken possession of him, expressions of self-abasement. For his and he had the strength of character to own comfort, as well as for the instruc. maintain it firmly, but with modesty. tion of his family, he frequently read at The religious life thus commenced was family-worship the 18th and 33rd chap- continued with the usual variations ters of Ezekiel, and other portions of of the Christian course during the rethe Word where the Lord's mercy is mainder of a quiet and unobtrusive but magnified. As if to raise him out of useful life. The course of Christian life is his state of despondency, he was fav. rarely an uninterrupted progress. It is oured in a vision of the night with a through light and shade, sunshine and foretaste of the joy there is in heaven storm, summer and winter. Its seasons over one sinner that repenteth. He of spiritual peace are alternated by was very happy after this, often sing worldly cares and spiritual temptations. ing to himself those beautiful lines : of this chequered kind was the life of “ The Lord our God shall wipe the tears
our friend. He had to pass through a From every weeping eye ;
reverse of earthly fortune, and he did And sighs and groans, and griefs and fears, so without losing hope or making *And death itself shall die."
shipwreck of faith. He retained his On the 2d of December last, departed wonted serenity of mind and quiet to his eternal home, John Mitchell, cheerfulness of character. And as he