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ceeds of the offertory on the three At the close of the lecture questions Sundays immediately prior to Mr. were invited, but the appeal was unreBarlow's arrival to pay the outstand- sponded to. Several copies of the ing balance of the Building, Fund “Silent Missionaries” were sold. account, £11, 14s. 1d. This healthy January 18th.-Mr. Took visited the condition of the Society's finances was Society and delivered two discourses. manifestly due to a systematic increase In the morning, in a practical discourse, in the members' subscriptions, and also he showed the relation of the history of to their equally systematic support of Naaman (2 Kings v.) to the regenerathe weekly offertory. Reports were tion of the rational faculty; and in the then read of the Sunday school, the evening preached a most effective sermon theological class, the junior members' on the Second Advent” from Isa. class, the library, and the Band of lx. 1, Arise, shine ; for thy Light is Hope and Temperance Society by offi. come.” cials of those institutions. These all evinced the performance of steady and HUNGARY. - The following letter useful work.
(translated) from the capital of Hungary
will be read with interest, and we hope SALISBURY.—January 5th.—The half- will result in something being done to yearly general meeting took place, at assist the friends there in their good which fourteen new members were ad. work. It will commend itself to the mitted into the Church by signing the Foreign Missions Committee, who will “ Declaration of Faith.” The financial be able to render assistance without report was also presented, and considered waiting till the next meeting of Con. in the highest degree satisfactory. ference. The Swedenborg Society will
January 11th.—Mr. R. Gunton, by no doubt contribute towards the expense special request, again visited the Society. of translating and printing the treatise His morning discourse was on “The on Heaven and Heil; but its constituAnnouncement of the Lord's Birth to tion forbids it, we believe, from spending the Shepherds” (Luke ii. 14, 15). After any of its funds in printing “ Letters to this service the Sacrament was admin- a Man of the World." The Committee istered to twelve communicants. In will, however, we may be sure, make the evening the subject chosen was arrangements for receiving and trans“The Widow's Oil” (2 Kings iv.); and mitting subscriptions in aid :Mr. Gunton's eloquent treatment of this interesting miracle was attentively
“15th February 1880. listened to by an audience of about eighty
“Rev. W. BRUCE, – persons, the largest number that has assembled in the church now occupied “We, ‘Friends of the New Church at in Salisbury.
Budapest,' who for the last seven years On the 12th an extremely pleasant have held regular Sunday domestic and successful tea-meeting took place. devotions, with readings from SwedenMr. Gunton, with a few suitable and borg's works and the Holy Scripture, amusing remarks, opened an entertain. and have also provided a small number ment of a varied character, which at its of children with Sunday school and termination appeared to have given the afternoon Divine service, ventured last greatest satisfaction to the whole year to notify progress by applying to assembly. Before delivering the bene- the Royal Hungarian Government for diction, with which the evening closed, permission to constitute an independent Mr. Gunton took the opportunity of Society. We received a reply with a expressing his delight at the promising clause to the effect that it was not aspect of the Society, and made some within the competence of the Ministry valuable suggestions connected with its of Worship to grant such permission to future government.
a new sect (!), and that we must there. On the 13th Mr. Gunton lectured on fore address ourselves to the Royal the subject of “Where the Millions who Hungarian Parliament.
We have made have died now are and what they do.” our preparations to adopt this course The attendance, owing to the inclemency next session. But before making this of the weather, was not large, though earnest endeavour to gain our object, we consisting for the main part of strangers. venture to convey to you a statement
touching our means. By weekly con- Conference Committee for Foreign Mistributions we keep up a small hall and sions. We entreat the blessing of possess three
sets of Swedenborg's Heaven, and convey friendly works.
We take the Boten and brotherly greeting, and may God bless Neukirchenblätter. We have more your endeavours for the benefit of all over, in the course of time, come to the mankind on this sinful material earth, conviction that there is a total want and the Lord bless us all spiritually in of diffusion of the works of Sweden- the new birth. borg in the Hungarian national lan- “ On behalf of the friends in Budapest guage.
Desirous of benefiting our (Hungary), FRANCIS KNUPKA. fellow-men, we therefore resolved to
“IX. Räkasgasse, No. 4, begin by translations of these works,
On February 10th, at the New Jeru. and a professor of the Latin and Greek salem Church, Southport, by the Rev. languages undertook the translation for
Thomas Mackereth, F.R.A.S., assisted the moderate fee of fifty florins. This by the Rev. W. A. Bates, William approved translation we have had in Holden Horrocks, of Bolton, to Elizaour hands since last July. But how beth Gee, of Oxford Road, Birkdale. get it sent to press ?
We addressed ourselves to the New Church Society
Dbituary. in Germany, which proposed that we MR. ROBERT THOMAS OF OXFORD. — should surrender the MS. uncondition. There are many receivers of the heavenally. This, however, would be of no ly doctrines unfolded in the Writings service to our little Society, without of Swedenborg, in whom the intel. means, as it is.
We wish to have the ligence of the passing into the spirit work printed at a moderate price and world of Mr. Robert Thomas will awaken the proceeds to go to the Society. We kind and sympathetic feelings towards a further applied to the Rev. A. O. Brick- dear and much esteemed friend, and mann (America), who gave us his advice bring back memories of much pleasant in recommending us to address yourself, and profitable intercourse passed with whose name is familiar to us from the him in affectionate communion upon Boten.
the Divine truths set forth in those “We therefore beg you, rev. sir, to use, Writings, which he had so long and so if possible, your New Church influence intelligently studied, and which he loved with the Committee for Foreign Missions so well. to bring before the next meeting our Our dear friend was called, and peaceprayer for some support towards the fully passed into the higher life, on the furtherance and diffusion of the work 30th of January last, after some years referred to. As a second work we have of suffering, arising from the gradual already decided on the translation of decay of his bodily powers; but his "Heaven and Hell.'
mind was singularly clear and bright “We hope among the fifteen million until the last, and his spirit, supported inhabitants of Hungary, seven million by an earnest faith in the infinite love of them Magyars, to be able to afford and wisdom of his Lord and Saviour, an opportunity of proceeding with a accepted patiently and without murmur cheap work to diffuse our splendid the dispensations of the Divine Provi. spiritual undreamt of treasures, and to dence, which he knew were filled with be enabled by the results to undertake love and goodness for him. their further diffusion.
He was born at Chalford, in Glouces“We may lastly mention that we have tershire, and was one of four brothers, placed two sets of Swedenborg's works all men of unusual ability, and who (in German) in Laüffer's bookshop and with but slender means of education, by circulating library, and are able to rely their own unaided efforts and perseupon his literary influence. And we verance, attained to very considerable indulge the hope and the pleasing proficiency and eminence in several deexpectation of obtaining a favourable partments both of science and art. One result from your representation to the of the brothers, William Thomas, emi.
grated many years since to Canada, and player on the flute and flageolet, both of lived in Toronto, where he became a which instruments he taught himself, successful architect, and acquired con- he was probably not excelled by any siderable fame ; and another brother, amateur of his own day, and for many John Thomas, was well known in years he held the position of first flute London as a distinguished sculptor, to player at the Oxford concerts. whom was entrusted, and who carried It may easily be understood how unout, the beautiful decorative work of the satisfactory and impossible of belief the new Houses of Parliament and many old so-called evangelical doctrines comother well-known works.
monly taught as Christianity at the The subject of our notice was born in time when our friend was a young man the year 1806, and was therefore in his must have been to a mind like his. And seventy-fourth year at the time of his although his keen appreciation of the departure. He was distinguished through goodness and wisdom shown forth in all life for the ability, diligence, and con. the works of creation made it impossible scientiousness with which, arising from for him at any time to sink down to the a genuine love of use, all his business mental blank of atheism, yet he has told relations and duties were discharged; the writer of this notice that for some but he was especially remarkable for years previous to 1840, when the works of his deep and sensitive love of nature, Swedenborg were providentially brought and of the beautiful in nature and to his notice, he had become so dissatisart, in which he ever loved to trace fied with and unable to receive the old the work of God manifested in ever. theology that he had come into a state varying yet united forms of infinite love of utter despair as to the possibility of and wisdom, and filled with spiritual receiving anything whatever as revealed meaning and heavenly uses, which it religion. In or about the year above was his great delight, guided by the named he was, however, by the Lord's enlightened doctrines he held so firmly, good providence, induced to read the to draw out, both for the elevation and first volume of Swedenborg's " Arcana,” improvement of his own life, and that and at once a new light and life filled he might be enabled to set them forth his whole mind. The previous difficulties for the benefit of others, which he was as to the creation of the world and man always most pleased and ready to do which had seemed so insurmountable whenever an opportunity occurred and vanished like mist before the morning a mind open to receive could be found. sun; and from that time he became not
Drawn by an irresistible love of science only a most diligent and intelligent and art, and at a time when such studies reader and student, but a firm and dewere but little thought of or appre. vout receiver of the doctrines of the ciated, and the means of following them Lord's New Church. And in a long life open to one in his position were indeed eminent for the conscientious discharge few and difficult to be obtained, he ac. of all duty and for love of use, resting quired, by patient work pursued in every upon a deep consciousness of entire despare hour he could get, a very con. pendence upon an all-merciful Lord and siderable knowledge indeed of both. Saviour, these Divine doctrines pro.
His lectures, gratuitously given, on duced the fruit they can never fail to Light, Heat, Magnetism, and Electricity, bring forth when thus honestly and inbeautifully illustrated as they were with telligently received. experiments, all the instruments for It was a great satisfaction and comfort which were made by his own hands, were to our friend that his old and much. listened to with delight and profit, not loved friend, Dr. Bayley, was able a few only by the general public, but by many days before his departure to pay him a advanced students in science even in visit and administer the Lord's Supper Oxford, where he lived; the latter often to him and the members of his family; expressing the gratification and surprise and to the latter, almost with his last they felt on witnessing the experiments breath, when the consciousness of earthly and observing the thorough knowledge things was fast closing, and the spiritual of his subject acquired by this modest consciousness was doubtless being opened and self-taught student. In addition to upon the nobler scenes of spirit life, his scientific attainments he was, too, he murmured earnestly the words, a musician of great excellence. As a 6 Beautiful ! beautiful !”. a foretaste,
we may rest assured, of the better life passed away in the midst of active duty in store, and then opening up by the and from the presence of loving friends. Lord's mercy for him for evermore. She enters the higher life to join the
fellowship of those who have gone before, At Derby, on 23rd January, in her and to enter on the engagements and sixty-sixth year, Emma, the beloved delights for which her earthly life have wife of Thomas Austin, mother of Mr. best prepared her. Edward Austin of South London. The departed was one of the oldest receivers Departed this life on Saturday, Januof the New Church doctrines in the ary 3rd, at Grove Street, Derby, in the
Like Mary and Joanna and seventy-third year of her age, Maria, Lydia, and other women of New Testa- the beloved wife of Robert Ward. The ment times, she was not afraid to deceased was a most sincere and humbleidentify herself with the early members minded Christian. Throughout her whole of a community which believed that a life she set an example of uprightness, New Dispensation had begun upon earth. integrity, and patient forbearance. For She was connected with the cause in nearly fifty years she was a devoted and Derby for nearly half a century, and faithful wife, the comforter and consoler was one of the last survivors of the of her husband. To her children she was ministry of the late Mr. James Knight. a loving and tender mother, ever striving When the Society commenced its opera- with all diligence to lead them to trust tions at Babington Lane, in 1846, she in and to serve the Saviour, in whose undertook with earnest-heartedness and goodness and love she reposed with untiring zeal to superintend the social childlike faith and confidence. We gatherings, tea-meetings, and the may truly say her end was peace. various entertainments of that nature held in connection with the Church.
At Embsay, near Skipton, September She was also visitor of the sick, and in 27, 1879, Mr. John Wilson, aged this capacity she will long be remem- forty-eight years. Mr. Wilson was one bered by those who were privileged to of the most active and useful members receive her kind and thoughtful minis- of the Society of the New Church at this trations. Her private life was charac- place. His heart was in the Church terized by a faithful devotedness
to and in its services; and no effort he duty; and after a long and painful ill. could make to promote its prosperity ness, during which the teachings of the was too great. He has finished a life of Church proved unspeakably precious, active usefulness in the Church on earth she was called to her eternal home, there at a comparatively early age, and he will to enjoy the beatitudes promised to doubtless find a sphere of still higher those who are faithful unto the end. usefulness awaiting him in the world to
which he has removed. At Embsay, January 31st, Mrs. Ann
At Acre Grove, Birkdale, Southport, Phillip, of Crown Cottage, Embsay, February 8th, after a long illness aged fifty-seven years. The deceased sustained with Christian fortitude, Mrs. was trained from childhood in connection Betsy Richardson, relict of Samuel with the Society of the New Church at Richardson, Esq., of Heywood, LancaEmbsay, and always manifested a warm shire, aged fifty-two years. interest in whatever related to the progress of the Church.
Her life was spent Died suddenly on the 23rd of Dein the quiet and unostentatious dis- cember, at his residence, Brooks's Bar, charge of her domestic duties, and her Manchester, in the fifty-eighth year of departure leaves a blank in the minds his age, Henry Charles Lowe, dispensing of her family and friends. She has chemist.
Suggested by the Letters of John Ruskin, D.C.L., to the Clergy, which appeared
in the Contemporary Review for December 1879.
The soul's sorrows and aspirations find their first deep utterance in earnest, fervent prayer, Like the first wail of the infant, the first prayer of the Christian is at once a cry of anguish and a sign of life. The child is taught and accustomed to say his prayers, but his is but the embryonic stage of devotional, because of spiritual, life. Vital prayer is coexistent with a consciousness of immortality and a sense of sin. The beginning of this state is a kind of new birth ; it introduces us into a new world of thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears. It brings us into a new state of relationship with God as the Author of eternal life. And while it gives us a higher idea of our nature and destiny, it gives us a deeper sense of our own helplessness, and the need we have of God's cherishing love, His guiding wisdom, His sustaining power.
This state, though not peculiarly, is eminently Christian, because, life and immortality having been brought to light by the Gospel, the Christian has the outward light which gives distinctness to inward perception.
The Jews had but a dim notion of immortality, and a superficial knowledge of sin, and yet their Scriptures supply many striking examples of true and earnest prayer. What can better express the soul's deepest sorrows and highest aspirations than the penitential cry,