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Scriptures to the extent of about thirty- whom had been seen and spoken to, as eight millions of copies in Great Britain, well as prayed with, by the missionaries.” Ireland, and the Colonies, the Society is prosecuting its work in all the countries
WESLEYAN CHAPEL BUILDING FUND. of Europe, as well as among the princi
- We have occasionally called the attenpal Asiatic and African nations, in Mada: tion of our readers to our New Church gascar, in the chief islands of the South Building Fund. It may stimulate our Pacific, in South America, Mexico, Lab- zeal in support of this fund to see the rador, and Greenland ; and is ever
use of a similar fund in another Chris. ready to furnish Christian missiontian coinmunity. The following is a aries with the Word of God in the brief notice of the Wesleyan Fund :languages of the nations amongst
Since the establishment of the fund whom they labour. The receipts from in 1861, the Rev. Gervase Smith (the ordinary sources for the year ending secretary) reported that forty-four new March 31, 1875, have amounted to the chapels had been erected, with 41,000 sum of £222,062, including £119,093, sittings. A hundred new chapels, howapplicable to the general purposes of the
are needed if the Wesleyan Society, and £102,968, receipts for Methodist Church is to take one-tenth Bibles and Testaments. Adding £129 of the work of providing the chapels dividends on stock invested on account of Lieut.-Colonel Roxburgh's Fund for £34,000, and the sanctuaries in the
now needed. The fund has lent nearly Colportage in India, the total net re- erection of which it has aided have ceipts have amounted to £222,191. The
involved an expenditure of about total net payments of the year have
£260,000. The new chapels now have amounted to £217,390. The Society is
a membership of over 8000 persons, under engagements to the extent of and the various connexional funds are £107,777. The issues of the Society for largely aided by the churches which the year are as follows :-From the depôt have been gathered." at home, 1,473,027; from depôts abroad, 1,146,400—2,619,427 copies of Bibles, Testaments and portions.
“THE ANGELS.”-A pleasing and issues of the Society now amount to sympathetic review of this interesting
New Church publication appears in the 73,750,538 copies.
“The London City Mission. This Society Literary World of May 7th. has been forty years in existence. During
doctrine of Correspondence,” says the
writer," the belief suggested in the preg. this time it has received more than a million of money, and, looking back nant form of a question by Milton in
the following language : upon the work that has been done, is satisfied that the money has been well spent. its missionaries enter the darkest Be but the shadow of heaven, and things places of the metropolis, and during the
therein, year have engaged in some special mis- Each to other like, more than on earth is
thought ?' sions. One of these has been visits to the public-houses, which, in some cases, the doctrine which, we believe, forms have been encouraged by the landlords. the essential basis of the theology and During the year "nearly three millions teachings of the disciples of Swedenof visits had been paid by the agents, borg, is here applied to the study of 275 to the sick and the dying, 3,500,000 angels, and the result is, we have a tracts distributed, 1,900,000 persons had book deeply interesting, and, if one has attended cottage meetings and meetings leisure, well worth reading. Such in. in mission-rooms, 7,000 Bibles dis. quiries are not exactly frivolous. tributed, 200,000 persons spoken to in One reads so much about angels in the factories, many more in hospitals and Word of God, they form so distinct and workshops, amongst whom other 53,000 prominent a feature in all theology, books had been lent. Among the results whether true or false, that there must tabulated were 1,600 drunkards re- be a doctrine concerning them to be claimed, 1,600 new communicants added believed.” From this the reviewer gives to churches, and about 300 restored to a general description of the book, fol. fellowships from which they had fallen. lowed by an extract on the origin of Nearly 8000 persons had died, all of angels, on which he remarks— " Our
• What if earth
poet Young seems to have had some ever station or situation they might be. inkling of the doctrine when he wrote, Speaking of sudden conversions he
maintained that, like earthquakes, Angels are men of a superior kind; Angels are men in lighter habit clad.' they were exceptional things, and
should not be relied on. He did not Origen also held similar views when believe in that wild excitement which he wrote that some of the angels in seemed to be running like an electrical heaven had been men on earth, who had current through the land. He bepassed from the rank of men into that of lieved in a more sober, more consis. angels. If all this be true, what about
tent godliness. Nature did not work the devil, who is certainly credited, at its beautiful changes by revolutions. any rate by the unrea
reasoning and ignorant What made the trees unfold their multitude, with far more mischief than leaves, the tender grass to sprout, even he, if he were as malignant as the and the flowers to bloom ? Was it devil of Milton's sublime epic, could not the gently falling rain, the sun. have produced ! On this head we learn shine, and the winds of heaven, acting that neither do Jude or Peter declare as upon the earth and upon them, and original information the circumstances bringing all those things forth in a to which they refer. If, again ask simple natural way? And so it was others, if the devil were a murderer with the Christian life." from the beginning, how could he have been created an angel of light ?" An SWEDENBORG. - A well - conducted extract on modern spiritualism leads weekly local paper, The St. Pancras and to the following concluding remarks of Holborn Guardian, has recently com. this notice :-" With this passing shot menced a series of articles entitled, at some of our modern mediums, from a
• Men connected with St. Pancras and believer, we close our notice of this Holborn." The issue of May 15th con. little book, which is well got up, and tains a long and interesting account of which few can read without gaining Emanuel Swedenborg. The writer has something. For one thing we have to evidently well studied his subject, and thank the Swedenborgian Church, differ thrown into the article a spirit of fairfrom it as we may, and the present ness, combined with a boldness in viewwriter is certainly no Sweden borgian, ing the real character of Swedenborg's and that is for their grand doctrine that domestic and official life, that we do not earth is the portal of heaven, that here always see in such publications. The all is typical and suggestive, that what writer appears to have searched a whole we dream now to be shadow shall by library of Swedenborg's biographers, and and by ripen into perfect day, As. gives his readers soine idea of the apsuredly it is better so to consider it than parent merits of each ; he apportions a as, in the language of good Dr. Watts, a good deal of his space to a personal wretched land
description of Swedenborg, and treats * That yields us no supplies."" mostly of his early life and parentage.
We observe it is to be continued in subRELIGION IN DAILY LIFE. - The sequent issues, and that portion of the correspondent of one of the evening illustrious Seer's life that will be of papers gives the following description most interest to New Churchmen will of a sermon at Clayton-le-Moors, by be treated on in the next number. We the Bishop of Manchester :-" His give our readers the following extracts :lordship delivered a fifty minutes' dis- “Swedenborg is one of the world's course, in which he reviewed the bearing puzzles. He bothered Emerson, one of of religion on the everyday conduct the deepest thinkers of the age. His of life. He showed that it was absurd writings,' says Emerson, would be a for a church or for people to expect the sufficient library to a lonely and athletic bishops, priests, and deacons, to do all student.' Few great men were ever that was required from a religious point fully appreciated till long after they had of view in the world, and, as every man passed beyond the reach of their conreceived a gift from God, he urged that temporary critics; but it requires an it should be employed in preparing the extraordinary greatness to survive for way for God's Kingdom by leading more than a century the bitter opposia moral and reproachless life, in what. tion and abuse of the world at large
The heap of obloquy and prejudice if the duty of chronicling his career fall poured upon the name of Swedenborg into the hands of an honest and friendly for a number of years was so great, that critic. Dr. Johnson had his Boswell, even now, when he is beginning to be Charles Dickens his Forster; many better appreciated, it envelopes his others of our great ones have had a kind works as with a Scotch mist, and in and capable hand to gather up their some circles a man had need of moral literary remains and decently inter them courage to pass through that mist to the in the hands of some enterprising pubother side, seeing that to do so he must lisher, 'in the hope of a speedy and leave old friends and associates behind. sure resurrection.' Not so of Sweden. As Fletcher says, Swedenborg, in the borg, of all men most liable to be miseye of that “hydra-headed monster, understood, and therefore most needing
public opinion," is looked upon as the such kindly offices. One self-constituted type of mysticism, the exponent of authority stoutly maintains he was mad, eccentricity, the high-priest of hetero- but naïvely declines to read his works ; doxy, the promulgator of a madnian's another as stoutly holds him forth as creed.' And 'fling the faintest whisper the very quintessence of philosophical of Swedenborgianism on the wind, and acumen, shrewd common sense, and there is a hum and murmur among the sound piety; while a third will give hoi pollos—learned and foolish, married him the infallible honours of a pope, not and single, washed and unwashed, jab- only unsolicited, but against his will. bering and stammering, flouting and Not that there are no biographers of shouting, groaning and weeping, holding Swedenborg. Dr. L. H. Tafel, of Tütheir breath and gathering up their bingen (a relative of the Rev. Professor garments as though a pestilence passed Tafel, of the New Church in the Camden by that way.”
Road), collected in 1839 into one ‘ Book “It is not, however, necessary to be. of Documents' an enormous number of come a Swedenborgian before one is able letters and documents relating to Swedento regard Swedenborg and his works borg, and out of the material thus furwith that common respect due to all, pished several biographies were published and without that prejudice which makes in America and England. Amongst unjust judges. We believe Swedenborg these we know of none equal, as regards wrote simply for the sake of the truth, beauty of language, fairness of criticism, and in the honest conviction that what and grasp of his subject, to that published he wrote was the truth. No man can in 1849 by Dr. Garth Wilkinson.” do more-none should do less. Never were literary labours so freely placed at SWEDENBORG SOCIETY BRITISH AND the feet of mankind as these Herculean FOREIGN.—The sixty-fifth anniversary tomes of Swedenborg; there is nothing of this Society will be held at 36 said about 'translation reserved,' or Bloomsbury Street, London, W.C., on copyright,' or 'royalty,' no more than Tuesday June 15th. Dr. Stocker will in the case of the Bible. Like the take the chair at seven o'clock precisely. Book of books, the works of Swedenborg The Report of the Committee and the
to have been cast upon the Treasurer's account will be read, and waters' of human history, to be ac. the officers for the ensuing year elected. cepted or rejected just as men in the By means of the Attwood Fund the exercise of their freedom may elect. Committee has been enabled to dispose When we find an author enthusiastically of the largest number of copies of the praised by all who have read him (and True Christian Religion ever known in by such thoughtful readers as Emerson, this country. The presentations to Coleridge, Paxton Hood, Kant, Dr. ministers are 4041, and in addition the Mill, Morell, Garth Wilkinson, and sales of the same work are 1010. It is many others we might name), and almost reasonable to suppose that the necesnever blamed by any but those who sarily extensive advertising required for have not read, one is apt to consider that the presentations has familiarized the there is ‘something in it.' In judg. public with the name of Swedenborg, ing a man as we find him’ much depends and probably prepared it to make upon how we find him, or, if he be dead, inquiries respecting his works, and us who has biographed him.
create a further deinand. Many of the "It is a good thing for an author's fame letters received from recipients of the
True Christian Religion contain com- another local minister. Several other ments which indicate a high apprecia. lectures have subsequently been detion of the principles embodied in that livered, pro and con, and the interest work. The Committee's Report will con- in consequence had obtained a high tain some of the more interesting of pitch. A few friends considered this these comments, and also several other à good opportunity to offer the New matters of importance in relation to the Church views of the question at issue, welfare of the Society. The Committee and of our general doctrines. They earnestly hopes that the members and invited and gained the assistance of the friends who can conveniently do so will Manchester and Salford Missionary be present at the meeting, and support it Society, and the Rev. P. Ramage was in still further extending the great uses deputed to deliver two lectures. The of the Society in making known to the rev. gentleman consented, and chose world at large “a knowledge of the for his subjects “ The Immortality of real nature of Divine inspiration, and of man: where do we go when we die ?" and the true method of interpreting the “ Judgment, Individual and Generalmessage of God to man as contained in the great white Throne.” The first was the Holy Scriptures." Subscribers are given on Tuesday, April 20th, and the reminded that overdue subscriptions second on the Thursday following, must be paid prior to ing The They were well attended, and listened address of Mr. Watson, the Treasurer, to with rapt attention and intense inis, 19 Highbury Crescent, London, N. terest. This was even more noticeable at
the second lecture (and the audience, on BATH.— The Society of the New that occasion, withal appeared to be of Church in this city was favoured with a an intellectual standard). The lecturer visit by Mr. Gunton, the “National treated his subjects in a masterly way; Missionary," who delivered two dis- being clear and graphic, full of apt illus
on Sunday, April 11th, a tration and simile; and, though teemlecture on Wednesday evening, April ing with New Church thought and ideas, 14th, and also attended a social meeting plain enough for the simplest mind. of the Society held in its library on The seeds cast forth cannot fail to Tuesday, the 13th. This visit has been bring forth fruit in our Lord's own felt to be of great service in calling the time, as all connected were working for attention of many to a consideration of the good of others, from the lecturer the principles of the New Church, and himself to the boys who distributed also in infusing additional life into the tracts. These silent messengers members of the Church who had become were gratuitously supplied by the Man somewhat languid. All the meetings chester New Church Printing and were well attended, both by the members Tract Society, and the London New and friends of the Church, and by Church Missionary and Tract Society. strangers ; and the minister, the Rev. There were several inquirers after the James Keene, as well as other members last lecture, and a few sales of books and friends, expressed a desire that the were effected. It is hoped that a result Society might be again visited, with a of these lectures will be an impetus view to the accomplishment of the same to the small gathering which takes purposes. Not only the attendance was place every Sabbath. It might be good, but the attention given to the mentioned that these lectures were subjects was all that could be wished, arranged by the Liverpool Branch of and no less than 160 copies of the the London Auxiliary New Church “ Silent Missionaries” were sold. Missionary and Tract Society, of which
Mr. Parker is the secretary and treaBIRKENHEAD-Lectures by Rev. Mr. surer. Ramage. -During the last few months Birkenhead has been the scene of a very BIRMINGHAM.-In our number for spirited discussion on the “Immortality March we gave some interesting inof the Wicked.” The controversy, it formation respecting the intended New appears, was opened in a lecture by a Church and schools, Wretham Road, local minister of the Evangelical Birmingham, and the liberal subscrip. Church, on “ The final Annihilation of tion then commenced towards repaying the Wicked," and this was replied to by the cost. We are happy to hear that the
amount now promised exceeds £2700, groups—the one, our Lord blessing little entirely from the congregation. The children, and the other, our Lord with works are now commenced, the school. Mary and Martha-"she hath chosen rooms and the Church-keeper's house the better part." The other details of being nearly ready for rooting. The this window will comprise emblems of foundations for the Church are also com- the four evangelists, - lily work, crown pleted, and the walls just appearing and palms of victory, and, in the centre above ground. In March last the ques- quatrefoil, wheat sheaves in a radiant tion of auding a tower and spire was circle, and motto, “I am the Bread of under consideration. Since then the Life.” Two or three of the aisle windows plans and estimates have been received. will also be filled with charming floral The Committee were, however, unwill- or subject decorations, the gifts of other ing to incur so large an additional friends. And, as if such liberality on expense, but they have just received the part of a few individuals were indeed from their liberal friend Mr. Bloore (the infectious, it was no sooner suggested contractor) an offer that if they, the that the eighteen clerestory lights should Committee, would undertake the spire be also filled with elegant and varied and tower, he would at his own cost face geometrical designs in stained glass, the whole of the tower and frontage of than the various institutions of the the edifice with stone, instead of brick. Church came forward, and, together work as specified. This offer the Com- with some individuals, subscribed for mittee have now accepted, and although the whole number. The children of the the extra cost will be over £600, yet Sunday-schools, the teachers, the two such has been the willing and noble re- senior classes, the social party Comsponse made by the congregation to the mittee, the elocution class, the Dorcas first appeal for funds, that little fear is Society, and Mr. Rodger's Sunday mornentertained of an early liquidation of ing class, each commissioned one window. this further amount. The edifice will A monogram will be placed in each one, now have a much more elegant and com- at the choice of the respective donors. plete external appearance, and will be it is to he hoped, therefore, that both in visible from considerable distances all its external and internal aspect this new around. But the most gratifying news edifice for the New Church worship in is, that many, and indeed most, of the Birmingham will be a pleasing contrast windows will be filled, by various private to the place at present in use.
Nor donors, with very beautiful and artistic are the important matters of ventilation works in stained glass. The one for the and warming being neglected. Each of chancel (given by a lady) is in five com- these will be amply provided for.
The partments. The centre three lights will warming, especially, being a point incontain a work to represent “ The trans- volving considerable expenditure, has figuration of our Lord;" the side lights been well considered, and every possible will contain single figures ; one, our arrangement has been made both for Lord as the Sower ; the other, our Lord schools and church to meet the extremest as the Good Shepherd. The quatrefoil cold, whilst the apparatus will be so and other ornamental piercings in the well under control, that the transitions arched head of the window will be filled from cold to warm weather can be by various symbols,—such as the open suitably met. The Committee will take Word, the sacred monograms IHS; advantage of the intended visit of Dr. the A and the 0 (Alpha and Omega), the Tafel to Birmingham on the 13th inst. radiant triangle inscribed, Love,” to have the memorial stone laid. The Wisdom,"
.". .* Power," and enclosed in a honour of performing this ceremony has flaming circle ; together with lily, rose, been accorded to a lady of the Society, vine, and other beautiful details. The and it is fixed for 3.30 P.M. on Wed. window for the west end over the doors nesday, the 16th inst. After the cere(given by a gentleman) is in four com- monial the company will adjourn to partments, of which the two inner ones Summer Lane, where tea will be served, will have single figures ; the one of and a meeting held in the evening; John the Baptist preaching repentance, The presence and support of every friend and the other of our Lord “Behold, I of the church in the neighbourhood stand at the door and knock ;” and the earnestly asked, and the company of two outer ones will be occupied with any visitors from a distance will be