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Republic, and may it be once more the what its exigencies may require, we refuge of the hard-pressed and honest cannot foresee. But when it brings us of the Old World, as it has so long been into a state of peace and friendly relaheretofore !
tions with our brethren of the South, The sentiments contained in the Rev. if emancipation shall not already have Dr. Worcester's sermon, of September been effected, it will be our duty to last, the day of public humiliation in the approach them on the subject, - to conStates, are worthy of the New Church in fess that we have been involved with America, and we gladly transfer them to them in the evil,--and to offer to join our pages. Speaking of the duty of the with them in making reparation. If United States to the South, he says- they listen to our proposals, it would
“It has been sometimes inconsider- seem to be proper to give Great Britain ately thought, and perhaps the thought an opportunity to join with us in this has occurred to many of us—that it act of kindness and of justice, inasmuch would be well to let them go. Many as they have done quite as much to. plausible reasons gather around the wards introducing slavery as we have. thought: we love peace and ease; we "Doubtless slavery has been permitted desire all to be in freedom to do as by the Divine Providence for the benefit they please; we no not need their aid; of the negroes; but no one shoul infer they have caused us much trouble ;. we from this circumstance that it is to be could get along much more comfortably permitted always. All the evils and without them. But on the other hand, imperfections that exist in the world, there are many grave reasons against and all that ever have existed, have letting them go; one of which is suffi- been permitted. Considering all the cient, and that one only will be now circumstances, the Lord saw that it was mentioned. We have no right to let not best to prevent them; but He is them go. We have no right to let them always endeavouring to change the cirloose to prey upon mankind. They are cumstances, so that it will not be necesa part of our people. They are under sary to permit them. Many evils and our common government. The govern. imperfections have already been dimiment is responsible for their good beha- nished or brought to an end.
Let us viour. The whole country is respon- not for a moment imagine, that because sible. When, therefore, we see that they have been permitted, it is therefore they wish to separate from us for an wrong for us to oppose and destroy evil and mischievous purpose, we have them. They were brought upon the no right to let them go; and we should earth by us; they have been permitted by no means clear ourselves from re- on account of the hardness of our sponsibility. They are under the govern- hearts; and now it is the will of the ment of our country, and they must be Lord that they should be removed by us. restrained by our government. There “For this purpose He has revealed is no way in which we can escape from His Love and Mercy. He has showed that duty but by the utter inability to us what his feelings are towards men, perform it.
and has thus showed what our feelings “ True repentance also involves resti. ought to be towards one another. He tution, reparation, or indemnification. has thus been endeavouring to soften In our present case, indemnification our hearts. He has also shown us more must begin with emancipation; includ- fully the nature of man. He has shown ing, of course, the preparation for it. us that His purposes with respect to From this, however, we seem to be pre- men cannot be fulfilled if they are not cluded by the present situation of the free;- that their faculties cannot be country. Our immediate and urgent developed,- that they cannot be re. duty is to defend our country, and pre- formed and regenerated, that they can. serve our national existence; for, as a not arrive at spiritual maturity and comcountry, we are fighting for life. We pleteness, unless they are free. He cannot, therefore, now make any ar- therefore wills that they should have rangements with the Southern people the greatest possible freedom; or, in for liberating the slaves; and as to other words, that they should be allowed encouraging insurrection, it is not to be to do everything that is not injurious thought of. In the meantime the war to one another, and that does not viois going on; and what that may do, and late one another's freedom. And when
any cannot, consistently with their free
AMERICA AND THE WAR. dom, be kept within these bounds, He, We have received a paper, signed “F." for freedom's sake, wills that their free from a New Church minister in Ame. dom should be taken away.
rica, somewhat deprecating our remarks “But there are many who have no in the March number on the extremely confidence in emancipation,- who do unfortunate observations of the Rev. not believe that it would be a benefit to Thos. Wilks, on England, in the New the negroes to be made free. This is Jerusalem Messenger (American) of some of the Egyptian darkness, which January 18th, 1862. We do not think has gathered over us in consequence of it would be profitable to publish the our supporting slavery and listening to paper of our correspondent, which does the voice of slaveholders so long. But not justify or excuse, though it only since they have renounced our Consti- very faintly blames, the extraordinary tution, we are beginning to feel more language of Mr. Wilks. The subject is free to think upon the subject than we one too exclusively political for our did before; and, besides, the evil effects pages. It has entirely that aspect in of slavery upon the masters is more the paper of our correspondent, and manifest than heretofore. We are be- would be certain to call forth replies ginning to be willing to consider. And, which, with the paper itself, would be happily, we do not have to go far, or to more fitting for the pages of the newstry hazardous experiments, to get infor- paper than for those of our periodical. mation; for a magnificent experiment It was when we saw, with regret and ashas already been tried, and about thirty tonishment, the pages of the New Jeruyears have elapsed for a development of salem Messenger, usually so excellent consequences; and now we have abun- in its tone and matter, occupied with a dant evidence that the experiment is a politico-religious sermon, and in the success,—that the eight hundred thou- very worst taste and feeling, that we sand negroes who were then made free ventured to express ourselves as we did. are spiritually, morally, and physically Our correspondent's paper does not in in a far better condition than before. the slightest degree shew that our re
“ The work before us is a great one. marks were unjust or uncalled for; but Four millions of our fellow-men are to is written on the presumption that the be liberated from slavery; and four English are not generally aware of the hundred thousand of our fellow-men are difficulties which stand in the way of to be liberated from the task of keeping the abolition of slavery, from the nature them in slavery. But the United States of the United States Government, each of America and Great Britain-sixty state being supreme in itself in relation millions of men are bound to do that to all internal institutions. We can work; and the whole Christian world is assure our friend and brother that all bound to see that it is done. And as to well - informed Englishmen are quite the time and manner of doing it, we are aware of this fact, and are not at all bound to be careful, kind, and just. inclined to overlook the great difficulties
“It is a wise and good recommenda- the American nation had to contend tion that has brought us together in with from this cause. Happily these our house of worship; that has urged difficulties are rapidly decreasing before us to humble ourselves before the Lord the exigencies of the struggle. The our Maker,-to examine ourselves in the real desire of the great majority of the light which He has given us,—to con. United States people and the Govern. fess our sins, particularly those which ment, comes more fully to the surfacehave caused our present trouble,- and the desire to turn the slaves into free to pray that He would give us the dis- labourers. As this proceeds, the proposition, the wisdom, and the power to gress party in England, the real life of do the work of repentance.
the country, hail it with pleasure, and “In doing this, we need not doubt that hail the success of the nation, thus now we shall have His presence and influ- manifestly having a righteous cause as ence; for in doing it, we are only yielding well as the existence of a great country to His influence, and coöperating with to maintain. Him in His efforts to bring us into His There is a considerable party in every order; so that we may do justly, and love country, a combination of the selfish mercy, and walk humbly with our God." and the ignorant, who view other
countries with envy and dislike, and Special allusion was made to the fostreat their inhabitants with insolence tering care which had been exercised and injustice. These pass over the ex- towards the societies at St. Ives (Hunts), cellences of other nations, and magnify and Chatteris, in each of wbich places, their defects. They are the constant since the last annual meeting of this disturbers of the world—the fomenters society, there had been opened a newlyof war. England and America have erected place of worship for the New their share of these; and they are so Cburch. noisy that the superficial mistake them Mr. John Smith seconded the resolufor the nation. They rail at each other tion, and said that he knew no society in noisy newspapers. The wise know which better deserved the support of them for what they are, the unprincipled the church than this, the forty-first embodiments of selfish hate, and shun anniversary of which they were met to or rebuke them. These have done their commemorate. The speaker referred to utmost to embroil and embitter the two his native town, Ipswich, as another noble sections of the Anglo-Saxon race place to which this society had renon both sides of the Atlantic, happily dered valuable aid in its day of need ; thus far without effect. The thoughtful and reminded the meeting that subin both countries should discountenance scriptions and donations constitute “ the these railers, and exhibit on all suitable sinews of war; ” and that, if they deoccasions their admiration for the good sired that more work should be accomqualities of each other. The New Church plished, they had only to increase their should especially lead the van in friendly contributions to the society's funds. appreciation of all that is true and good, The third resolution, moved by the and soften whatever of asperity may Rev. 0. Prescott Hiller, seconded by come to the surface, in the conduct of Mr. Bateman, and supported by the the affairs of two nations so great in the Rev. John Hyde, was as follows:possession of whatever constitutes true “At a period when the Ecclesiastical nobleness, and evidently destined to Courts are rife with prosecutions of lead mankind to yet unattained heights clergymen for heretical opinions; when of universal progress in social, artistic, Parliament is the scene of prolonged literary, and religious progress.
discussions upon the Church-rate ques
tion, and upon a more important subGENERAL CHURCH INTELLIGENCE.
ject—the Clergy Relief Bill; when these
matters, with the proposed Revision of FORTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE MIs. the Liturgy, are evincing the unsettled
SIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY. state of religious belief, this society This anniversary was celebrated in resolves to continue labouring to the Argyle Square Church, London, on the utmost to make known the holy truths 7th May; and afforded an opportunity of the New Jerusalem, as the means of for a gathering of the friends of the affording spiritual light and blessing, church in London, and for the presence of teaching mankind the real nature of of a few from the country.
Heaven, and how we may live the life Tea was partaken of, in the schools of Heaven below." room, by about 70 persons, and at seven Mr. Hiller, in the course of his speech, o'clock the public meeting was held in remarked that wben he heard of these the church, where about 120 assembled. turmoils in the Old Church, his thought To a particularly inclement evening, was—What have we to do with these may, doubtless, be attributed the small things ? “Ephraim is joined to his ness of the number.
idols; let him alone.” Our business, Dr. Bayley presided; and, after the passing by all this, is to go forward and proceedings of the previous anniver- build the New Church, and to let her sary, and the report of the committee walls be garnished with all manner of for the past year, had been read by the precious stones. The report shewed secretary, and the audited cash account that the society had been performing by the treasurer, the meeting was uses, in a silent, unostentatious way, all addressed by Mr. Gunton, who, in over the country. He rejoiced that so moving the adoption of the report, &c., much had been done in the year now past, enlarged on the important uses which and trusted that still more might be acthis society is performing in the world. complished in the new year approaching,
Mr. Bateman also congratulated the
“London, April, 1862. society on the amount of work which “Dear Friend, London, during the had been done. He alluded to the present year, is to witness an event of prayer offered up by the Bishop of world-wide interest - the great InterLondon, at the recent inauguration of national Exhibition; and it is also the the International Exhibition,-a prayer place appointed for the meeting of the which he conceived to be about as clear Conference of the New Church. and open a declaration as could be “ The Committee of the Missionary. uttered of a tri-personal Deity, and thus and Tract Society feel that they ought of three Gods; and which, in such a not to allow such an opportunity to pass, place, and on such an occasion, afforded without availing themselves thereof, for a striking proof of the necessity, on the a special Missionary effort. They, theresociety's part, for renewed efforts to fore, earnestly solicit your aid, by an dissipate the mystery and confusion of early remittance of your subscription, the prevailing views, and for the mani. or by increased subscription, or by donafestation of a still stronger determina- tion--with a view to the providing of tion to spread abroad the light of the means for bringing the doctrines of the New Dispensation.
New Jerusalem prominently before the Mr. Hyde's address, as usual, forcible public during the present eventful year. and eloquent, afforded evident gratifi- “ You will oblige by forwarding your cation to every auditor.
contribution to the Society's funds, as Some remarks having fallen from two early as possible, to the Treasurer, Mr. of the speakers, depreciatory of the St. E. Č. Sandy, i, Shaftesbury Villas, James's Hall Lectures, a resolution was Hornsey-rise, London, N.; or to the brought forward, and carried, express- Secretary, Mr. F. Pitman, 20, Patering approval by the meeting of that noster-row, London, E.C.-I am, dear attempt to bring the doctrines of the Friend, on behalf of the Committee, church before the general public.
yours most truly, During the evening the choir sung,
“ FREDERICK PITMAN, Sec." “I will call upon the Lord,” and “Oh, come, let us worship."
JERSEY.-VISIT OF DR. BAYLEY. The proceedings, which had been To the Secretary of the London Miscommenced with an extempore prayer, sionary and Tract Society. by the chairman, were terminated with Dear Sir, It is with great pleasure the Lord's Prayer.
I sit down to record the Rev. Dr. Bayley's The report will shortly be published, missionary visit among us, as one which, and a copy forwarded to every subscri- it is fondly hoped, will be productive of ber, and, on application, to any friend much good, whether we regard it as desirous of seeing what the society has contributing to increase the number of accomplished in the past year.
adherents to our heavenly doctrines, or Opportunity may here be taken of to further spread the knowledge of them saying to all warm-hearted friends of among all sections of the religious comthe church, that subscriptions or dona- munity of Jersey, and even among those tions will be thankfully received by the who previously, Gallio-like, “cared for treasurer, Mr. E. C. Sandy, 1, Shaftes- none of these things." bury Villas, Hornsey Rise, London, N.; Our friend arrived on Saturday, the or by the secretary, Mr. F. Pitman, 20, 19th of April, and on Easter-Sunday, the Paternoster-row, London, E.C.
20th, delivered two beautiful lectures; the first, on “Love to the Lord Jesus
Christ, as the one God of Heaven and MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY. Earth;" and the other on “Resurrection The following circular, sent to the immediately after Death." But perhaps members of this Institution, is inserted I had better allow, whenever practicable, here to give it publicity, that others, the local press to speak in my stead. I besides those who are regular sub- therefore enclose extracts from some of scribers, may have the opportunity of the local papers, which may_give some contributing to an object which is of idea of the reception the Doctor has universal interest, and which, to be met with among outsiders :carried out vigorously, must receive From the “Chronique de Jersey," of the support of the whole church :- April 23rd. -- " The Rev. Dr. Bayley,
whose arrival in this Island we some held in the town. The cheerful views time since announced, commenced on held by the New Church on the former Sunday, in the New Jerusalem Temple, of these subjects, and the applicability Victoria-street, the series of lectures of every portion of the Word to indi. which he proposes giving during his vidual states, were both convincingly stay among us. The subject of the set forth by the lecturer; and the public morning's discourse was ‘Love to the retired evidently delighted with the Lord Jesus Christ, as the one God of manner in wbich both these subjects had heaven and earth,' on these words of the been handled. On Sunday morning a Gospel by St. John: And I, if I be numerous congregation gathered round lifted up from the earth, will draw all the Doctor to hear him discourse on men unto me.' Without seeking, which the Inspiration of the Scriptures, would be too arduous a task, to analyse when he set forth the true nature of this admirable discourse, suffice it to the Word in a manner at once clear and say, that the eloquent speaker has en- logical. After the service he adminischanted his audience. In the evening tered the Sacrament of the Lord's Suphe delivered a lecture on Resurrection per to thirty-eight communicants. In immediately after death, on verses 31 the evening the Temple contained the and 32, of the 12th chap. of St. Matthew, most crowded congregation that had * As touching the resurrection of the ever assembled within its walls. The dead,' &c. On this great, this burning Sacrament of Baptism was administered question, the speaker displayed elo- to five children; after which our friend quence of the highest order. In the state. delivered a most eloquent and rational ment of his reasons, he gave proof of an discourse on Heaven, a resemblance erudition wbich testified, not only of a to earth, but more perfect.' Several most intimate knowledge of Holy Writ, scores of persons were compelled to but also that he was quite at home in retire for want of room. Pulpit stairs, every department of human science. aisles, lobby, every part of the Temple, Charmed with his comparisons, ever was thronged. Seats had to be bororiginal, but never far-fetched, rapt with rowed to accommodate the numerous his diction, now simple and then lofty hearers who filled the place. And again and magnificent, according as the sub- did the Doctor succeed in interesting ject demanded it, as well as with his his large audience in the subject he gesture, never exaggerated, but always was treating. It was, without excepnatural; irresistibly drawn to his con- tion, the most telling lecture of the clusion by the accuracy and consecutive- whole course." ness of his arguments; the numerous I must confess to being naturally congregation which crowded the interior rather sanguine, and looking, perbaps, of the temple, more than once expressed rather too much on the bright side of their admiration, by an involuntary things; but still, after making every murmur. In presence of such a tribute allowance for that disposition, I cannot rendered to genuine eloquence, the fol- help thinking, ex auditis et visis, that lowing line of the Latin poet came to this visit will be productive of immense the recollection :-Conticuere omnes, results here. Without entering in deintentaque ora tenebant.' We do not tail into the reasons which make me at all exaggerate by saying that Jersey think so, I will just mention one fact men have not often enjoyed the privilege which is of great importance. It is of hearing orators equal to Dr. Bayley. that the press, both French and EngWe therefore recommend them to profit lish, is open to us. Two influential of his stay to hear him.”
journals have already given highly euThe next extract is from the “Indepen- logistic notices of Dr. Bayley's “ Twelve dent," of the 25th.—“Dr. Bayley at the Discourses;” and the present mission Temperance Hall.-On Thursday and has also, as you may see from the Friday evenings the Dr. again preached accompanying extracts, been noticed in in the Temple on the Glories of the commendatory terms. Another highly Second Advent,' and on · Belshazzar's significant fact is that the committee of Feast-.the Handwriting on the Wall.' the public library of our town, partly The audiences on both these occasions composed of clergymen of the Church of were exceedingly good, considering that England, has accepted M. Le Boys' gift there were other meetings then being of Swedenborg's writings. These facts,