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papers on his demise becoming known, Judgment, and the future life, in some acknowledging his value in this respect. of which I necessarily believed him He was regarded as a friend of all that wrong; it was a daily life, whose very was progressive and good. The Rev. Mr. soul was devotion to Jesus. His life Martin, the Congregationalist minister, was pure, high-minded, and devout ; not only attended his funeral, but made when the heat and burden of it was the following allusion to his excellences over, and he was confined to home, and in his discourse on the following Sunday then to the sick-room, he was calm and morning, which was given in the papers happy, waiting for translation from the the following morning :
world around him to the spiritual world “It is impossible for me to conclude in which he believed with such a strong without paying a tribute of respect to assurance. They who knew him best the memory of one with whom I had cannot doubt that he is now adoring uninterrupted and happy intercourse the Christ whom he believed to be from the time of my coming to Preston Lord, and very God. How far the until the day of his decease on the 20th opinions in which he differed from us of this month, and who for some twenty were vital and how far immaterial, how years previously to my knowing him far right and how far wrong, he now had sought the good of this town. Of knows. It remains for us to verify our course, I refer to Mr. Rendell, the mini- convictions, to hold them firmly, yet in ster of the New Church, in Avenham the abundance of charity, but, above all, Road. That I differed from him on to live with the spirit of Christ, and then many theological questions, and seriously for us to die shall be the gain which on some, I need scarcely say ; but that he enjoys to-day and for evermore." could never blind me to his many and Mr. Rendell's literary abilities and great excellences. To know a more his research enabled him to present perfect gentleman it has never been my many valuable works for the edification good fortune.
Mr. Rendell was such and instruction of the Church and the by the necessities of his nature, by its public. The first was published at Newvery instincts and impulses. His man- castle in 1841, and was entitled, ner was at once dignified and winsome ; Deity of Jesus Christ Asserted.” It was with friends, geniality prevailed, just as written on the occasion of a controversy dignity was uppermost when in the between Unitarians and Trinitarians, midst of comparative strangers. Years which had been very vigorous in the have now elapsed since he was able to town, and was intended, if possible, as a take an active part in questions on help to both parties, by taking what was movements which agitated the town ; valuable in each, and uniting them in but, whilst health and strength per- the acknowledgment of the One God, mitted, no man was readier to engage in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is the any work which could bring about the Divine Trinity. welfare of the people, the redress of The disclosures of geology gave rise whatever was wrong, or the promotion to his next—“The Antediluvian Hisof whatever was elevating, liberal, and tory.” It was a successful attempt to righteous. As a speaker, whether on throw New Church light on the early the platform or in the pulpit, he was chapters of Genesis, and had an extennever, I believe, so popular and effective sive circulation in England, was subas he was thoughtful and sincere. His sequently reprinted in America, and accomplishments were quite varied, his translated into French. It was followed tastes inclining, however, most of all to by the “ Postdiluvian History.” This art and literature. He was the author latter has been said to be the author's of several books, some of which made favourite work. His last book was quite a mark in the denomination to entitled “The Last Judgment, which he belonged. They were, there was a prize essay. One hundred pounds fore, chiefly on religious subjects, and in two portions, £75 and £25, was were written in behalf of the opinions offered for the best_work and the he had from deep conviction espoused, and second best, “On the Evidences of the had spent a long life in promoting, as a Judgment in the Inner World,” which Swedenborgian minister. His religion, the New Church asserts to have taken however, did not consist in theories of place, and its consequences in this. To the Trinity, the Resurrection, the Mr. Rendell's essay, the first prize was
adjudged, and it remains as an illus- nestling at the foot of the Ochils ; but tration of the great event it explains, now numbering with the things that and which is still affecting us in all the were. He was apprenticed as a blackaffairs of earth, while the Divine opera- smith to Mr. Andrew Henderson, to tion proceeds, as foretold, “Behold I whom he was a very faithful servant. make all things new.”
When a journeyman, he left Alloa and Such was our esteemed friend and went to Glasgow, where he conducted brother in his public works. In his himself in a quiet useful manner, and private life he was the loving and be- gained the respect of all who knew him. loved husband, the kind and thoughtful Being always of a thinking turn of mind, father, and the Christian gentleman. he felt a little dissatisfied with the docThe deep sympathizing love of his trines of religion as generally taught in family surrounded and sustained him in the Church with which he was brought the long wearisome months of his pain- up. He could not fancy the idea of true ful sufferings, and all his worth is religion being simple faith instead of a embalmed in the tender recollections of life of usefulness, and this led him to his widow, his son, Mr. J. R. Rendell, wander a little fronı his first fold. In and his daughters, who are striving to these wanderings he thought he disfollow him as he followed his Lord; and covered something better amongst a who hope for a joyful reunion in the people who taught that all religion land of the blest.
has relation to life, and the life of reli
gion is to do good.' So that so far back Departed into the spiritual world, as the year 1828, he adopted the doc. March 16th, 1876, Mr. George Cox, of trines taught by those people called High Street, West Bromwich, in his Swedenborgians, and from that time till
his departure on Friday morning his
whole life has been devoted to their Departed this life at Huddersfield, elucidation, both publicly and privately. March 17th, after a long and painful ill. Leaving Glasgow, and coming back to ness, Mr Robert Brook, aged 64 years. Alloa, nearly forty years ago, he devoted Mr. Brook was for a long period an ex. himself with energy to the development emplary and highly-esteemed member of of his trade. As successor to his fatherthe Society meeting for worship at Grove in-law, he was a very hard-working man, Place, Dalton. So long as he was able and it is still proverbial amongst those to reach the house of God, he was a people living who are about the same steady and devout worshipper in its age, that Mr. Drysdale's smithy was public assemblies. When in a critical never shut, for pass it at any time, either period of the Society's history there was late or early, the sound of the hammer danger of decline, from inability to sup. was heard on his anvil. Notwithstandport its minister, Mr. Brook was one of ing this business, however, he always the foremost to suggest and carry forward managed to spare a time for the pubmeans for the support of the Society and lic good. Accordingly, he was ever the continuance of its work. He has ready to help forward any good object passed from the region of pain and suf- for the general weal. He took a great fering, affectionately remembered by interest in politics, and at the passing many with whom he associated on earth, of the first Reform Bill in 1832 he was and welcomed by those with whom he strong on the side of the Liberals, and will find his home in the world on which he never saw any reason to change, being he has entered.
a staunch and strong supporter of Liberal
candidates whenever a contest took place. MR. ALLAN DRYSDALE.— The Alloa In town matters, too, he took a great inJournal of May 13th, contains the fol. terest, and was a member of the Parochial lowing notice of the
departure of our Board until within a very recent period. esteemed friend, Mr. Drysdale, from our He was a most' regular attender of the midst :-“Many of our readers will be Board meetings, and owing to his exten. sorry to learn of the departure from this sive knowledge of the people of the world of a very old resident in Alloa, Mr. parish, his advice was often very valu. Allan Drysdale. Nearly seventy years able. He also took a warm interest in ago he came to Alloa with his parents the adoption of the Police and Improvefrom Nether Tillicoultry—a small village ment Act for the Burgh; and he was re
turned as a commissioner by the rate of character. A short time before his payers more than once, and was always decease, the sacrament of the Holy Sup. looked up to as a faithful representative per was administered to him by the of the people's suffrages. But we can. Rev. R. Storry, who was at Embsay for not conceal the fact that Mr. Drysdale's their annual charity sermons. It was a great point was the advocacy of New season of spiritual refreshment and preChurch principles, both from the pulpit paration for the coming departure. His and the press. For many years our ad. departure leaves a blank in his family vertising columns has been the medium and accustomed associations, but is of spreading a knowledge of his prin- doubtless a gain to himself. He has ciples, and we are told that he received entered a realm where the clouds which very many communications of thanks for obscure our earthly life are lost in the the clear and lucid description he gave bright light of an endless day. of some of the most difficult passages of the Word, more especially in connection Departed to his heavenly home, on with the Prophets and Apocalypse. We May 25th, Captain Franklin Hallet, of have been assured over and over again Providence, Massachusetts, aged 68 of the great benefits received from these years. For some years past a memweekly homilies on religion and its uses ber of the Liverpool Society, and from in the life. He was the leader of the boyhood brought up in the doctrines of New Church Society in Alloa, where, for the New Church, he was a living example many years, he preached every Sabbath. of the regenerative effects of its doctrines As å preacher he was quiet, but often when brought into life. All who knew very effective. But the living sermons him respected and loved him, for the of his life told more effectively and more sterling honesty and true Christian spirit eloquently than all else. A very worthy which guided him in every action. minister, well known and very much Many will miss him, many will think respected in Alloa, once said of him- of him on both sides of the Atlantic. * People may speak of Mr. Drysdale and As a former member of the Boston his principles as they may; one thing I Society, he well known in know, that Mr. Drysdale lives his prin- America, his native land, of which he ciples; and my most earnest wish is that was ever proud, and to the end loved as the world was full of such men.' No. the land of freedom. A short time be. thing could be more beautiful than the fore his departure he spoke of the inconserenity and peacefulness of his last sequence as to where the earthly frame hours. His reliance on the Lord Jesus was laid, but there was a lingering wish Christ as his Saviour and Redeemer was among his friends, as well as himself, to unclouded and unshaken, and the last have it “buried with his fathers," and words he uttered before his departure was so it was taken over, kindly taken as a
-I know I am not alone. He was for last mark of respect, by one of the great many years curator of the Alloa Archæo- shipping firms of the port, to America, to logical Society, and no one took more be placed in the family tonib. pride in having specimens added to it. He was seized with several shocks of M. AUGUSTE HARLE. — We are in. paralysis, which ended his days, and thus formed, as our present number is passing has passed from our midst, Allan Drys- through the press, of the departure into dale, a good citizen, a sincere friend, and the spiritual world of this esteemed at all times a willing counsellor.” member and active labourer in the New
Church. His decease took place at At Burnsall, Yorkshire, on the 22nd Dieppedelle, near Rouen, during the of May, Mr. Peter Binns departed into night of the 18th and 19th of June. the spiritual world, aged 54 years. The The illness was short, and the departure deceased had been for thirty years a without suffering. His loss will be member of the New Church Society at severely felt by the members and friends Embsay, and was prevented only by the of the New Church in Paris, to whom, distance of his home from steady attend- as to the New Church at large, he was ance on its public worship. He was a endeared by many valuable and selfliberal contributor to its funds, and was denying labours. We hope, in our next, warmly esteemed by a large circle of to give a further account of this exem. friends for his integrity and uprightness plary member of the Church.
THE NEW AGE, ITS WANTS, AND THEIR SUPPLY.
It is of the utmost importance to the receivers of the teachings of Swedenborg, as a religious organization, that their raison d'être, as such, should be clearly defined, even to themselves. They have been long accustomed to call the professors of the system of religious teaching at present in vogue by the name of “Old Church," and the professors of their own system by that of "New Church,” also to speak of the two systems respectively as the “Old Church doctrines” and the New Church doctrines," without perhaps reflecting very deeply on the “great gulf fixed” between those systems by the antithetical terms “Old” and “New." Take, by way of illustration, the following example in everyday life. When any one says, “I must have a new suit,” he evidently does not mean that he will select from
among his old garments such as will seem to him best adapted to his purpose, and adjust them to each other so as to make them serve a new suit." But what he does mean, is, that the "
new suit.” shall be made out of materials entirely new, Take another illustra-, tion—this time from science, The Copernican system was neither 4 modification nor a further development of the Ptolemaic, being, as every one knows, its direct antithesis. It was “new," in the sense of being entirely distinct from, and having nothing in com
mon with, that which it was intended to supersede, and which it did supersede.
Thus, then, if the system of religious truth taught by Swedenborg is to be at all regarded as the outcome of a New Dispensation in the above sense of the term “new,” it can evidently have nothing whatever in common with the “old,” even as represented by the palmy days of primitive Christianity. If it be true that “the former things are passed away,” and that “He that sitteth upon the throne is making all things new” (Apoc. xxi. 4, 5), this surely cannot mean, that that which is thus made new consists merely of those “ former things"
which “are passed away” in a renovated and amended condition. The system of religious truth imparted under the first Christian Dispensation, even in its purest form, that is to say, uncontaminated by the additions subsequently made to it, was no doubt sufficient to satisfy the moral and spiritual wants of that period; but it will assuredly not suffice, even with all conceivable
developments," to meet those of the present day. The following considerations will, it is hoped, set this fact in a clearer light.
The secular correlatives of the first Christian Dispensation were the literature, the philosophy, and the science of the period at which it was ushered into the world. Now it is quite evident that the literature, the philosophy, and the science of the present day are too far advanced, and stand, besides, on too lofty a platform, to find an appropriate correlative in the religious teachings of primitive Christianity, even with the modifications and “developments" from time to time devised to render possible their adaptation to the exigencies of the day. If, therefore, the secular elements just men. tioned are to find their appropriate correlative in the doctrines we receive and announce as those of a New Dispensation, these must be entirely new : nothing of the Old must enter into their composition. Not one stone of the old building must be employed in the erection of the new one ; but it must be erected solely with new materials. Thus the religious teachings of the New Dispensation must be capable, in their minutest particulars, of adaptation to the literature, the philosophy, and the science of to-day; that is, they must themselves constitute in their entirety, but on the spiritual plane, an exact literature, an exact philosophy, and an exact science, so that each and every particular of these may be capable of being dovetailed, so to speak, into the corresponding particular of the correlative element.