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as instruct their understandings; a time to making known the doctrines of service in which “old men and children, the Church, and promoting the worship young men and maidens can join in of the Lord. She may be justly rethe praises of the Lord, and enjoy in garded as the actual Deaconess of the fulness the meetings of His Church. New Church in Paris, although without

At present our Parisian brethren want the title. Madame Keller would will. organization. They are too much like ingly work at Sunday School teaching what John Wesley called the Dissenters if a School were commenced, but the of his day, “A rope of sand.” They difficulty of procuring a proper room have, I believe, no Pastor, no Treasurer, for the purpose seems to be, at present, no Secretary, no Committee of Manage- insurmountable. ment, no properly constituted Church If it would not be presuming too far, I Society. There is, however, a living would recommend our Colonial and germ:

- a right seed - amongst them, Foreign Mission Committee to put but it requires watering, sunning, and themselves in direct communication developing

with our Paris brethren, and I would They need

a separate room for suggest that our brethren in Paris worship, where the writings of the should heartily accept their co-operaChurch might be kept, and a Sunday tion. The noble French nation now School commencal. The one in which fully recognizes the practical character they meet is a moderate-sized sitting- of English men, and the members of the room, kindly lent by Dr. Poisson for New Church in France would do well the occasion, and it is, as might be to take advantage of our English exnaturally expected, not especially cal. perience in the propagation of our holy culated to promote devotional feelings. faith. Much has been done by them

They need property in common, in the translation and printing of the provided by the weekly, or other con- works of Swedenborg, but little in the tributions, of members and fellow- formation of congregations. Hence the worshippers. Some need to feel more writings of the Church have themselves strongly the duty of attending the few readers, and the families of those worship of the Lord themselves, and of readers are but little interested in the making the doctrines known to others, writings. To realize the fact that the and drawing them into the Church. New Church is not a inere system of Surrounded as they are by watchful philosophy for the few, but a religion for priests belonging to a well-organized the many, we must have public services

, system, they lose the children of their services in which the Lord Jesus Christ brethren to the worshippers of the is openly worshipped as the only God of Virgin Mary in greater numbers than heaven and earth, and the heavenly they make converts to the Lord. The doctrines of the New Jerusalem are zeal of a few is, however, remarkable, taught to all comers. H. BATEMAN. and worthy of all commendation. Two of our little congregation came, I was BIRMINGHAM.—The Manual of this informed, on both Sundays, a distance Society gives the following notice of the of twelve French leagues-say thirty progress of their new church, which is miles-to join in the services. Others now approaching completion :-" The came from more or less distant parts of scaffolding in nearly removed from the Paris. Amongst these were Mr. and spire, which now stands out clear and Mrs. Hanau, a lady and gentleman bold, a graceful object, visible from a closely connected by the marriage of considerable distance in every direction. their daughter with the munificent Mr. The finial and weather-cock are of ele. Iungerich, who has given thousands of gant design, made chiefly in copper, well copies of some of the more important gilt, and forming a really beautiful writings of Swedenbory to the Pro- finish to the spire. The top-stone was testant clergymen of America. They laid by Mr. W. H. Haseler, on Monday have also amongst their most intelligent the 21st of August, and is 110 feet from and warm-hearted fellow - worshippers the ground level, the finial rises about Madan Keller. This lady has trans- 8 feet above the spire, making 118 feet lated Mr. Giles' Man as a Spiritual total height. A lightning conductor, Being into the French language, and fixed in the most approved manner, is devotes a considerable portion of her carried down and into the ground at a

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distance from the base. The finish of the followed by many others, for I think roof will soon permit of carrying on the they will do much to spread the docvarious works at the entrance, which trines far and wide, and for such an have waited so long. The columns are object I think the Harrogate friends now ready for painting, and the tiles were happy in the choice of their are ordered for the chancel floor. Al. lecturer, as Mr. O'Mant seems specially together, we now see our way to a very adapted to expound them with clearness near completion in a month, towards and tirmness, as well as to deal bravely which happy result, Mr. Bloore promises and conrteously with his opponents. his utmost efforts.'

Lectures have since been given by

Mr. O'Mant and also by Mr. Rendell. HARROGATE.-On Thursday evening, Hundreds of tracts have been distributed 13th July, says a correspondent, I had the and scores of books sold. Several perpleasure of being present at an open-air sons have been so much interested, and lecture delivered by the Rev. W. O'Mant have read so diligently, that they are of Leeds, upon one of the Strays immedi. about to organize meetings, and to have ately opposite the Prospect Hotel. The a Sunday service as soon as they can lecture had not been announced in the make the necessary arrangements. As usual manner by the circulation of printed a proof their earnestness, they have handbills through the town, but hastily. defrayed the local expenses of some of by the town bellman a short time before the lectures. As when the first lectures the lecture commenced. The proceeding were delivered last winter there were no had a pleasing spice of novelty about it. readers of the writings in the town, the At the commencement of the lecture a success of the effort is exceedingly enhymn was sung, which in itself attracted couraging. Attention is called to an several persons to the spot. The num- advertisement on the cover of this ber gradually increased, till Mr. O'Mant magazine. An opening has been prowas surrounded by a very attentive and vided for a zealous and well-informed numerous audience.

The subject of person who shall conduct the Sunday the lecture was Swedenborg.' The services, and at the same time follow an lecturer gave a brief outline of Sweden- occupation now open to him. It is borg's life from his birth, and rapidly, believed that in this way the success but not the less effectively, touched upon attained may be maintained and the many of the leading doctrines contained little Society gain strength. in his writings, which for the most part were well received by the audience. LIVERPOOL.-On Wednesday evenDiscussion was invited at the close of ing, 13th September, a Social Meeting the lecture ; one or two of the friends was held in the Schoolroom, Bedford present availed themselves of this to Street, for the purpose of hearing some ask a question or two, but the chief details of the proceedings at the late Conpart of the discussion was maintained ference from the Society's minister and by a minister present, who tried hard to representatives. About eighty friends ridicule the idea of Heaven presented by sat down for tea and social intercourse, the lecturer as that of Swedenborg; but which passed very pleasantly.

The I think he, upon reflection (as he ap- tables being cleared, the minister, the peared to be an earnest man), would find Rev. R. Goldsack, took the chair, and, himself prepared to receive far more of in his opening address, explained the the northodox idea of the life beyond, object of the meeting, and referred than on that evening at least he seemed generally to the uses, advantages, and prepared to admit. Earnest inquirers pleasures of Conference, and particularly after truth never seek in vain. At the to the several subjects of importance close of the discussion which followed discussed at the late meeting, viz., the lecture, a number of tracts were Education, the Holy Supper, and the given away to those who asked for them, proposal for a new Hymn Book, adding and these were not few.

his own views thereon.

Mr. Horn gave Some books containing the teachings a running account of each day's proof Swedenborg, some written by himself, ceedings, as as a description of and others by able ministers of the New Accrington and the Church there. Mr. Church of recent date, were also sold. Sheldon followed, and in an interesting

I have hopes this lecture will be and earnest address, guve his reasons for estimating Conferences at a high value. feelings and actions of many in the preHe mentioned with satisfaction the sent day, with whom irreverence for the growing desire for a rite analagous to Sabbath and irreverence for Divine Confirmation, and believed it would worship are predominating vices; who have a beneficial effect on young people neither reverence law nor order, nor the of an age to understand its meaning. commands of the Lord, but spend their He understood its purpose to be, to time in killing time. “God gives us confirm in what is good and true, and time,” said the preacher “and we weave therefore it must be of use. Mr. Craigie it into life in such colours as we please, addressed the meeting at some length, and wear it as we may.” and bore testimony to the business-like At night the mission of Jesus was the manner in which the various important theme, and an attentive and highly apmatters were discussed and settled at preciative audience hung on the lips of Conference. During the evening some the preacher as he pourtrayed the steps excellent music, vocal and instumental, by which the Lord fulfilled his Divine was given by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. mission of saving man. Mr. Bormond Pixton and friends, which greatly has continued to visit us every Sunday added to the charm and enjoyment of a since then, with more or less success as very pleasant and profitable evening. to numbers, but always to teach useful

lessons, and to stir up a slumbering love. Longton.—The following is the re- The Society is small, but has a nice port of the Committee appointed by room in which to meet. A considerable the Conference to manage the Tideswell number of tracts and "silent niissionBequest, left for the assistance of this aries” have been sent on their mission Society :-It affords us pleasure to report by sale and gratuitous distribution, and that the Longton Society is improving, to many the harvest seems ripe, and and that increased interest is evident. waiting the sickle of the reaper. The During the past year Rev. E. Madeley, members are anxious to make an arangewhose services are always appreciated, ment with Mr. Bormond by which they has paid the Longton friends a visit. might secure his services on the Sabbath, Your Committee have endeavoured to and on one or two week-day evenings. make arrangements with Rev. Walter To accomplish this would need assist. Bates, of Melbourne, to pay the Society ance, as their means are limited, and a monthly visit. He has been able to Mr. Bormond can only enter into the go ten times since our last report. engagement by relinquishing a part of Mr. S. Henshall has been there as his duties as a temperance lecturer. usual, and conducted the service on two Sundays, and has gone his rounds SPIRITUALISM IN NOTTINGHAM. For to the following towns :-Burslem, Tun- a short time the Nottingham Journal, stall, Hanley, Newcastle, and Stoke, the leading local newspaper, selling the New Church works. The largely occupied with an excited corSociety therefore is, we think, in a respondence on the subject of Spirituhealthier state than formerly; and alism, as connected with a recent visit through the kindness of Mr. E. Ford of a notorious medium to the town. of Lawn we have been able to pay all in the course of the controversy the expenses. All which is respectfully Swedenborgians, a numerous, respect. submitted, J. BROADFIELD. able, and intelligent body, were de.

scribed as “Spiritualists” by one of the MIDDLESBOROUGH.—The little church regular contributors to the columns of at this place has been cheered and en- the Journal. In consequence of this couraged by a few visits from our es- the Rev. Charles H. Wilkins took up teemed friend, Mr. Joseph Bormond, of the subject on the following Sunday the South London Church, who for evening, when he delivered to a large several Sundays in succession occupied congregation a lecture, of which a our pulpit. On Sunday, July 23rd, his condensed report appeared in the morning subject was “Reverence,” from Nottingham Journal. After a lengthMark x. 17, where the young man is ened and lucid statement respecting the represented as running to Jesus, kneel. New Church and Sweden borg's relation ing to Him, and calling Him Good Mas- to it, the preacher proceeded to point ter. This was shown to contrast with the out the distinction between the experi

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ence of Swedenborg and that of modern spiritual being under whose influence Spiritualists. This portion of his dis- they blindly cast themselves. He was course is thus reported :-"First, the able to form from personal intercourse claims of Swedenborg, and the claims of and observation some definite idea of modern me:liums, are not only unrelated the character of every spirit with whom but are totally opposed. What are the he talked. They can know nothing of claims of Spiritualism? It professes to the character of any spirit to whom they be, what of necessity it must be, a mass of implicitly listen. The medium is sel. miscellaneous communications, received dom a person of any considerable culture, from departed spirits, as frail and as fal- and is frequently a person who is conlible as ourselves, and who are, on their spicuously illiterate. The intellectual own confessions, capable of imparting endowments of Swedenborg were of an nothing more than the results of their own extraordinary order, and would, had he limited observation in that particular made no claims of a supernatural kind, region of the spiritual world wherein they have raised him to the very foremost dwell. Contrast with claims like these rank amongst natural philosophers. So the claims of Swedenborg. His spiri- that, even if modern mediunis could tual writings, of which there are more enjoy such absolutely unparalleled opthan thirty volumes, spreading over portunities of observation in the spiritual more than twenty years, both begin world as those enjoyed by Swedenborg, and end with the plainest and most they could not possibly make the same positive declaration that they are the glorious use of them as was made of vehicle of a Divine Revelation. It is them by one who, for nearly half a evidently frequently supposed that century, had trained himself, not to Swedenborg claims to have received his stammeringly repeat the uncertainly communications from spirits and angels. whispered communications of another, But no mistake could be more fatal to but to look at everything for himself, and anything like a correct understanding give his own unvarnished account of it. of the position he occupies. He did “Thirdly, as there is no relation betalk with angels and with spirits, and tween the claims, and as there is no rehe has recorded the results of his con- lation between the circumstances, so versations in some of the writings he there is no relation between the communihas left to the world. But he distinctly cations of these two persons, the modern affirms in regard to the system of medium and Emanuel Swedenborg. doctrines which those writings contain, “The communications of Spiritualism that he received them, not from any are numerous, but they are, unquestionspirit, not from any angel, but through ably, fragmentary, superficial, and conthe Divine Word, from the Lord alone. tradictory. There hundreds of

“Secondly, the circumstances of Spiritualists who believe there is a hell, Swedenborg and the circumstances of and there are hundreds who would overthe modern medium are in no sense re. whelin the bare idea with ridicule. lated, are in every true sense opposed. There are hundreds of Spiritualists who He declares that for thirty years he was believe in the sanctity of marriage, and as familiar with the other world as he there are hundreds who laugh the thing was, or had ever been, with this. Every to scorn. There are hundreds of Spirituone of his spiritual senses was fully alists who believe that Jesus was born opened and fully exercised. He heard of a virgin without the agency of a the sounds, he inhaled the odours, he human father, and there are hundreds handled the substances, he saw the who believe that His father was a sensual sights of the spiritual world. He did priest who seduced Mary in the Temple. this not fitfully but constantly. He did There are hundreds of Spiritualists who it not for a few months but for nearly believe that in the Bible we have the thirty years. This is acknowledged by very, Worl of God, and there are Spiritualists themselves. Now contrast hundreds who declare that it contains this condition with that of modern nothing but the long exploded notions inediums. Swedenborg walked erect of ignorant and credulous men. There in the light. They grope feebly in the are hundreds of Spiritualists who believe dark. He looked every angel, every in the existence of an all-strong, all-wise spirit, fearlessly in the face. They have and all-loving God, and there practically no sensible perception of the thousands who believe in no God at all.

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“Can such teachings as these be com- forty years, and by Messrs. Durham, pared with the teachings of Swedenborg? Walmsley, Turner, and Mr. Martin. Whether you accept or reject his Tea was provided by the ladies, and the claims—and you may well pause before tables, which would accommodate 100 you do either--you cannot look at his persons, were well filled.

We give system of spiritual thought with any the report of Mr. Martin's address :care at all, without acknowledging that Mr. Martin desired to thank them for the it leaves no subject untouched, that it very hearty and cordial welcome which touches no suivject lightly, and that they had given him that evening. He whatever it touches, is by the touch desired also to express a hope tliat the brought into harniony with everything same kindly sentiments and generous that it has touched before. As a mere feelings would long continue to prevail discipline for the intellect, there is amongst them, and that the members of nothing like a good course of Sweden- the New Church in that town should be borgian reading

well grounded in love to the Lord and " But the grandest thing yet remains charity towards one another. It was to be said. Multitudes of Spiritualists desirable that in all their intercourse reject the Bible altogether. Some, with each other that they should seek to however, retain it still. But even these be guided by a spirit of true charity. cannot carry it out of the thick darkness He urged all who were present to culthat has rested on it so long, into that tivate a spirit of brotherly love and radiant sunlight in which alone its Christian sympathy, and in every transinfinite and eternal glories can stand action of life to emulate the language vividly revealed. This, which all the of Paul in his letter to the Church at most devout of the Spiritualists have Corinth, “Though I have the gift of failed to do, Swedenborg has done. It prophecy, and understand all mysteries has been recently asked, by an orthodox and all knowledge ; and though I have opponent of Spiritualism, Why go to all faith so that I could remove moun. human spirits for heavenly information tains, and have not charity, I am when we have in our hands the book, nothing" We are not unmindful of and in our hearts the spirit, of the the high value and importance which living God ?'

ought to be attached to the possession of “The question was well put. But I truth, because the great end and object must couple it with another. Have not of truth is to lead to that which is pure the deepest and devoutest students of and holy. But by all means let us that book been crying to the Lord for speak that which we conceive to be the ages, not to destroy the Bible, not to truth in the spirit of love. Our President give the world a new Bible, but to let has informed us that Swedenburg has the light of Heaven shine anew upon propounded a sublime philosophy of the the old one? This prayer God is future life and the nature of man as a answering now, but He is answering it, spiritual being. But this is not all. not through the communications of He has also revealed to us the doctrine Spiritualism, but through the revelation of life for the New Jerusalem, wherein He has given in the writings of His he clearly shows us that “all religion sincere and simple.minded servant, has relation to life, and the life of reli. Emanuel Swedenborg. I have spoken gion is to do good.” Swedenborg has briefly and roughly, but I trust that also been the instrument in the hands of I have said enough to convince you Providence for the revelation of the that Swedenborg is not a modern science of correspondences, by means of medium, and that New Churchmen which we are enabled to unlock the are not Spiritualists."

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enter into the mysteries of the kingdom PRESTON.—The Preston Chronicle of of God. While, however, we claim the September 9th contains a condensed liberty of thinking and forming our report of a meeting, held in the New opinions on matters of religion, let us Church Schoolroom, to welcome Mr. ever be ready to extend the same freeMartin, of Wigan, as the leader of the dom to those who may choose to differ Society. Speeches were made by the from us. Surely the harvest-field of the chairman, Mr. Stones, who had been in world is large enough to afford opconnection with the Church for nearly portunities for usefulness, without en

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