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vented some from attending. The collec. the opening of the Divine Word. The tions realised £14, 3s. 3d. The choir collections amounted to £30. had prepared and sung a varied and choice selection of music for the occasion, RAMSBOTTOM. – The opening and consewhich was well rendered, particularly in cration of the new place of worship ereced the evening. On the Monday evening, in this town took place on Wednesday June 14th, Mr. Madeley attended the afternoon, August 4th, when Revs. Dr. weekly meeting (which has been in Bayley, of London, R. Storty, of Hey. operation for several months) for the wood, and S. Pilkington, were the officipurpose of reading and studying the ating, ministers. The estimated cost of works of Swedenborg, where he met with the building, together with the archiseveral of the younger members of the tect's fees, legal documents, and other unBlackburn Society, and imparted to this sum there has been raised by sub
avoidable expenses, is £3100. Towaris them some important and interesting scriptions obtained from the Society and facts relative to the interpretation of the friends, £995; by collections in the Sunday: Scriptures, as revealed by Swedenborg's schools, proceeds of entertainments, special glorious and perfect system of analogy. services, and donation boxes, £257; by a A very cordial and enthusiastic vote of loan which has been made without interest, thanks was accorded to Mr. Madeley at on condition that 10 per cent. per anonu the close of the interesting meeting ; and be refunded, £300; received on mortgage it is not too much to say, that his visit on old and new premises, £1000; leaving will be long remembered with interest signed in the Gothic
style of early English
a deficit of £547. The buildings are deand delight by all who came in contact character. The length of the church is with him in the social circle, at church, 62 ft. by 29 ft. 6 in. in width, the height or at the Monday's meeting.
being 20 ft. to the wall-plate and 44 ft.
from tloor to ridge. The roof is in one HULL.-On Sunday, July 25th, the con- span, open timbered, and of pitch pine, as secration service of the church erected are also the pewing, pulpit, and all internal in this town was conducted by the Rev. woodwork. The entrance is approached Dr. Bayley, of London, assisted by Mr. W. by a broad flight of stone steps, which H. Bastow, the resident minister. Sermons lead into the porch, from which are stairwere preached by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, cases to the gallery and down to the school. morning and evening, and in the afternoon At the opposite end to the entrance is the by the Rev. W. M. Hatham, minister of organ and singers' gallery, under which is the Congregational Church, Anlaby Road, the minister's vestry, with separate enHull. All the services were well attended, trance from the street. The church is seated the church being very full in the even- for 400 persons. The school-room is under ing, when the people occupied the aisles as the church, and has the same dimensions as well as the pews. All were highly de- regards length and breadth, and is 14 ft. lighted with the services. On Monday even- in clear height. It is well lighted and ing a lecture was delivered by Dr. Bayley : ventilated, all the windows being above the subject--"The Word of God, a Ladder, a street level, and there are good entrances Lamp, a Sword, and a Hammer." The from the street avd also from the church. attendance was again good. On Sunday, The Society first originated with a few August 1st, sermons were preached morn- persons who became converts to the new ing and evening by Mr. Rodgers, of Bir- doctrines through lectures delivered in the iningham, and in the afternoon by the Rev. neighbourhood by some of the earliest and L. B. Brown, Baptist minister, of South most eminent advocates of the views and Street Church, Hull. On Monday a lecture principles of Emanuel Swedenborg. One was delivered by Mr. Rodgers on“ Heaven; of the most zealous and active of these its locality, and the life that leads to it." pioneers of the New Church in this county These services were also well attended, was the Rev. John Clowes, M.A., who and seemed to yield pleasure and satis- delivered periodical lectures in different faction to the hearers. "On Sunday, August parts of Lancashire and the neighbouring 8th, sermons were preached by R. Gunton, counties. Holcombe Brook, in the imEsq., of London, morning and evening, and mediate neighbourhood of Ramsbottom, in the afternoon by Mr. H. Bastow. The was one of the places he frequently visited morning attendance was not so good, the for this purpose, and he became the means weather being uufavourable, but in the of introducing the Writings of Swedenborg evening the church was full. The strangers to a number of intelligent and admiring who attended the services seemed of a readers. The Rev. Joseph Proud also respectable and intelligent class, and many lectured at Holcombe Brook with such expressions were made of satisfaction with acceptance that on one occasion (1816) the
room was crowded with 500 persons, and sermon Deut. xi. 12.
The congrega. several hundreds who were not able to gain tion, both inorning and evening, was admission were addressed by Mr. George unusually numerous, and the discourses Haworth, of Accrington, an able expounder on both occasions were listened to with of the new views. A sinall Society of the readers of Swedenborg was formed at this the deepest attention, and evidently place in 1803, and ten years later the afforded those present very great pleainembers removed to Ramsbottom.
A selection of hymns and a Society was formed which was visited by anthems had been made by Mr. Parkin. Mr. George Haworth, of Accrington, Rev. son, and were admirably sung under his T. Pilkington, Rev. R. Hind, Marsh, and direction by a number of the scholars, other early advocates of the doctrines. kindly assisted by the church choir. Among the leaders of the Society have been Mr. Jesse Holden, Mr. Charles Cotfey, and Mr. John Berry. The Society
Obituary. for a long time received considerable assistance from the missionaries, but when
To the Editor of the “Intellectual they had reduced the debt incurred by the
Repository." erection of the church which was opened Mr. Elihu Rich.-Sir,-Although the in 1831, and by alterations and additions memory of one who has passed is so dearly that were made from time to time, they cherished by those who knew him that felt themselves able to secure the services they need no reminder of his worth, it was of a resident minister. After careful con- with some regret that I saw so bare a notice sideration as to the necessary means, and of the late Elihu Rich in the organ of the inquiries into the character and ability of body to which he was attached. Perhaps several gentlemen most likely to suit them, you will allow me, although not a Swedenthey invited their present minister, the borgian, in the capacity of one of his Rev. S. Pilkington, who at that time was a intimate friends, and at the request of student at the Owens College. Mr. Pilking- several Swedenborgians, to supply you ton commenced his ministry at Rams- with some further details of his lite. bottom on the first Sunday in January Elihu Rich was born in 1819 of Sweden1867, and was ordained as a recognised borgian parents. He was early engaged in minister of the New Church in September business, and was emphatically a self1869, by the Revs. Dr. Bayley and W. made man. That untiring energy which Woodman. Since then the remaining characterized him through life, provided debt has been cleared from their old pre- him at the age of twenty-four with a mises, and during the last three or four classical education of which no university years the utmost efforts have been made man need have been asbamed. About that to raise the necessary funds for the erection time he left business and started a school. of a new church and school. This work ignorant of the mathematics, he determined was commenced in February 1874, and the to acquire them, and added the usual church was opened and consecrated to university knowledge of the science to the religious uses as stated. The sermon by stock-in-trade needed in his new profession. the Rev. Dr. Bayley was founded on Ex. He then turned his attention to literature, xxvii. 20, and the chief point of his dis- writing his first few articles for Chambers' course was that religion does not need the Journal. This was the commencement of light of science to prove its advantages ; an indefatigable literary career. An it is its own light, and it receives its light earlier and most laborious work was that from lore and the affection of truth, just digest of "The Arcana Celestia," his wellas the flame of a lamp receives its illu- known index. The patient and untiring minating power from the oil which feeds exactness that characterized that work it. The Rev. R. Storry preached in the was no less to be remarked in every labour evening from St. John xiii
. 14-17. The that he undertook. The exigencies of a last verse was mainly dwelt upon : “If large and increasing family gave Mr. Rich ye kuow these things, happy are ye if ye over to the mercies of the publishers. In do them."
nearly every work they suppressed his
A name attached to good work SALFORD.—The Sunday-School Anni. enables the author to demand a higher versary Services of this Society were price. It is natural to business men to held on Whit-Sunday, May 16th, when pay, as little as possible. It was uatural
to the publishers therefore to make Mr. two serions were preached by the Rev. Rich their hack. It was natural to Mr. Dr. Bayley of London. For his morn. Rich, as to Coleridge, to “consider his ing sermon the Rev. Dr. took for his work its own exceeding great reward." text Jer. v. 1, and for his evening This is the reason that many valuable
works do not hear his name. I was much mission to the will of our heavenly Father, surprised the other day to discover in the knowing that He doeth all things well. In British Museum that the well-known our next we hope to give an extended “Occult Sciences” was edited, and three- notice of this able advocate of the truths of fourths of it written, by him. The editor. the New Dispensation. ship is hinted at, the names of the three Mr. James Harding, Chester. – This scholars who did the least portion of the worthy and useful, though isolated member work are placed before his. His enthu- of the Church, passed from earth to his siasm was too great, his desire to do good eternal home on the morning of June 29, work was too powerful to let a want of aged 62. Mr. Harding, with his brother, appreciation hinder him. And so a man were Sunday scholars in the Temple school, of whom (though I have been fortunate Salford, and the Rev. Dr. Bayley was bis in a knowledge of men of no mean ability) teacher more than fifty years ago. He I can safely assert that I never met one so imbibed a warm affection for the principles intellectually ACTIVE, passed through life, of the New Church, and when his family known to the literary world indeed as a removed to Liverpool, while he was still a clever and conscientious man of letters, very young man, he sought out the then but with no other tribute than the appre. infant Society, and offered his services to ciation of his immediate and devoted commence a Sunday-School, which though friends. He was the editor of many valu- small was useful. Removed after a time able periodicals, and the author of nearly from Liverpool by railway engagements: 100 works. Such was his literary activity, he continued to exhibit the New Church that immediately before his last illness he in his life, and diffuse its doctrines wherwas contemplating a work on the old ever he had the opportunity. He was dramatists, and commenced the reading of constantly buying and presenting on all Herbert Spencer, preparatory to a great suitable occasions, the tracts which he Swedenborgian and philosophical work, believed calculated to foster the gooi which it had been his dream through life to cause. He promoted social reform and produce. He was about to commence the public improvenient so far as he was able, dissection of the human brain for the same and esteemed very higlily the total abstinpurpose. His last work was an essay on ence movement in its various forms. He ** perception," read before the Swedenborg was never weary of well-doing ; and it Society. His last wish, so characteristic was very pleasant to his friends to hear a of the man, was to be taken to the sea. clergyman, not of his own church, but beach ; and by its waves he died, on June who knew him well, in a short address at 10, of an imperfectly nourished body and his grave side say, “He was one of those an overtaxed brain.
we can ill spare. One who, if seen takiog Mr. Rich was an earnest student of part in a meeting, was an assurance that philosophy and a scholar. He was to the the meeting had for its object not only the the end an ardent Swedenborgian, although good of the country, but also that of the he was not in conimunion with any of its inhabitants of the good old town which he churches. Mysticism was for him a science, loved so well, and of which he was an he was profoundly acquainted with occult ornament. Was benevolence the object, lore, but it is untrue that he had anything he was present to assist in person and in common with the modern Spiritualist. purse. Let his belief have been as peculiar
Some reflection of a mind to which as it may, he was the full standard of a “nothing human was indifferent” must man.” Mr. Harding always kept up his always remain, for a gentle spirit is like a connection with the Society at Liverpool, great thought; its influence spreads like and occasionally, visited it for worship. the ripples on the water. And so if men He was especially delighted when Nes forget his name; if he never reached a high Church lectures were delivered in Chester. rank of fame, there is for him “monumen- His illness gradually undermined his tum aere perennius." WILLIAM BOULTING. strength, but his faith shone brightly in Rev. John Hyde.- As the present whom he had so long followed, and who
a peaceful happy reliance upon the Lord, number is passing through the press we have received the painful intelligence of had promised to welcome such as be with the departure of this esteemed minister the sacred words, “Well done, good and into the spiritual world. His place will faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of be sorely missed; but we bow with sub- thy Lord."
THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH IMPOSSIBLE EXCEPT AS
A RESULT OF PERSONAL REGENERATION.1 “ Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard ; that went down to the skirts of his garments ; as the dew of Hermon that descended upon the mountains of Zion : for there Jehovah commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”—Ps. cxxxiii.
The conjunction of goodness and truth is one of the most pleasing, fertile and suggestive themes that can engage the attention of the sincere and intelligent member of the Church. It is a subject which embraces in its range all created and also uncreated things, beginning with Him who is the union of goodness and truth itself and running down the whole scale of creation. Heaven is the home to which all men look forward as the place where they are to realize their anticipations of happiness, and Heaven consists in the conjunction of goodness and truth. The Church is the Lord's Kingdom upon earth, and its use is to prepare men to live in perfect happiness in His Kingdom above, thus the very salvation of men depends upon the Church, and the Church consists in the union of goodness and truth. Regeneration is the end the Church has in view, and is the only means she can make use of, to accomplish that eternal salvation, and consequent eternal happiness of men, and regeneration depends upon the conjunction of goodness and truth. Marriage is the Divinely-appointed
1 A Sermon preached before the Conference at Manchester, August 10, by the Rev. J. F. Potts, B. A.
means of man's greatest and most perfect happiness in both Heaven and earth; all his dearest relationships flow from it; all his deepest and purest affections are engaged in it; and marriage owes its origin to, and depends for the realization of its happiness, upon the conjunction of goodness and truth. If we descend from the plane of spiritual to that of material things, we find a corresponding application of the same law. There is not in the whole natural world a created object the very existence of which, to say nothing of its beauty, life and use, does not depend upon the union of heat and light, which are the material representatives of goodness and truth, and the united action of which is the representative on the natural plane of the ever-fruitful, powerful and lovely conjunction of goodness and truth. Now the principles of goodness and truth are meant, in the spiritual sense, by the brethren whose dwelling together in unity, i.e., whose conjunction in the life, is said to be so good and so pleasant. This conjunction it is which is compared to the precious ointment poured on Aaron's head, which ran down over all his person, and to the dew of Hermon descending upon the mountains of Zion. For, in the spiritual sense, to descend is applied to whatever passes from the Lord to men, or from Heaven to the world, or from a higher degree of the mind to a lower; thus that which descends is influx. All influx therefore is from inmost to outermost, from the head to the beard and skirts of the garments, from the dewy skies to the mountain tops, from the heart to the skin ; from the pith to the bark, from the thoughts to the speech, from the feelings to the actions ; from the internal man to the external. Influx never goes the other way. How mistaken there fore is the attempt to secure happiness and prosperity by the adjustment or regulation of mere external circumstances ! How dangerous a guide is that treacherous illusion, which, like a will-of-the-wisp, dances perpetually before the eyes of men during their earthly journey, leading them, if they will follow it, to make the attainment of worldly advantages the great end of their lives, and deluding them with the idea that in this way their happiness can be realized, and the goodness and pleasantness of human life secured! Vain and mocking phantom! Whoever follows thee will at no distant day find himself floundering in the deep quag. mire of disappointinent and despair !
How different, how opposite is the se and order of true happiness as described in the Word of God! It is like the pre