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by pen to render them any service in At the meeting the following resolubis power. The resolution was carried tion was also unanimously and cordially by acclamation. The Rev. Mr. Mac- passed :"That this society, in exprespherson, on rising to speak to the reso- sion of its appreciation of the services lution, was greeted with warm cheering. recently rendered by Mr. F. Smith in In the course of his address he said conducting with marked ability and the reception he had met with from the success the worship of the society, society, and which had been repeated would tender to him its hearty thanks with such remarkable expression that and its best wishes for the increase of evening, was almost overpowering. He his usefulness and prosperity.” felt that during some of the things which had been said he ought to have been

BATH. absent, or perhaps that they ought not To the Editor. to have been said at all. However, they Dear Sir,-Among the many instances had been given utterance to, and they of conviction in favour of the doctrines must allow him simply to thank them of the Lord's New Church which in for the warm reception they had accorded this city has, in the course of thirty him. His appointment here, he should years past, resulted in a society of some think, was an almost unprecedented cir- extent, besides numbers who have left cumstance. Theirs was not the smallest it to extend the influence of truth in congregation in connection with the New various parts of this country and in Church, and in so numerous a body there distant lands, none has been more must necessarily be men of different gratifying to me than that which is so minds, men of various ways of thinking, humbly and heartily verified in the men who looked at the same point of following letter, with which I feel conview from different bases; and it could vinced every New Church reader will not but be flattering to him that he be equally pleased if you will kindly had been elected their minister nemine give it a place :dissentiente. He was very sensible of

“ 4, Pierrepont-street, Bath, the responsibilities of his position, of its

“ 20th June, 1862. duties and its difficulties; but he hoped, “Dear Sir,--After a year and a half's by the help of the Divine grace and attendance on Sunday evenings to the their cordial assistance, to be able to teachings in the New Church, Henryfulfil them. A minister could do but street, and reading some of the writings little of himself alone; he must have of that servant of the Lord, Emanuel the cordial sympathy and support and Swedenborg, I desire in all humility, the hearty coöperation of the members and with an eye to the glory of God in of his congregation. That he had met the increase of His kingdom on earth, with so far, and therefore he felt en- to express openly my sincere conviction couraged to go on in the difficult and of the important truths there taught, responsible path of a minister. The and that, too, notwithstanding a deeplyreverend gentleman detailed at length rooted prejudice (which was not easily the circumstances attending his conver- overcome) in favour of the old semision from the doctrines of the Church Roman doctrines of the national church, of England to those of the New Church, and opposed to everything bearing the gave some pastoral advice to his bearers, name of dissent. Two years ago I would and resumed his seat amidst 'much as soon have thought of turning papist cheering. The meeting was addressed as to give my assent to anything difby several other gentlemen. The pro- ferent from what I thought was the ceedings were materially enlivened by good old apostolic doctrines of the the excellent performance of a selection Church of England; but the time I of miscellaneous music by Mrs. Skeaf, have taken (eighteen months) suffiMiss Wood, Mr. J. B. Pixton, and Mr. ciently shows what obstacles had to be G.S. Mailler, vocalists, Mr. J. Skeaf, jun. overcome before I became thoroughly efficiently and tastefully presiding at the converted to the new faith and docpianoforte. The musical programme trines. It cannot be said that my included a very pretty song—" Lay up recantation was a hasty one, nor that treasure in Heaven," the composition of any member of the church in any way Mr. Skeaf. The proceedings generally wrought upon me by enticing, persuawere of an interesting and agreeable sive, or controversial argument, to bring character."

me over, further than as I have stated

what I have heard from the pulpit and good-will; and if we may judge from read of the library; for I am a stranger the respect in which Mr. Weir is held in Bath, though living in it for the last by those who know him, and by his six years; being a native of Ireland, superior officers, we have added to the having my lot cast to spend the re- New Church two members whose exmainder of my earthly life in Bath ample to their children and friends will (if I may judge) through my having extend the influence of New Church joined the militia when that force was principles.--I remain, dear Sir, yours in Ireland, in 1854. But to the point. truly,

JAMES KEENE. My desire is from this time forth to be recognised as a member of the New

Dalton. Church, without any other motive than The anniversary of Grove-place New the glory of God and the welfare of my Church Society took place on Sunday, immortal soul and the souls of those June 22nd, when the Rev. E. Madeley, He hath given me as a husband and a of Birmingham, preached three admi. father; and I now request that on rable discourses; the first was in the Sunday morning next I may be re- morning, delivered to the children of baptised into this faith, as an introduc- the Sunday-school; the second, in the tion into the Lord's New Church on church, to an attentive assembly in the earth, trusting through His mercy, afternoon; and the third to a crowded which is over all His works, and His congregation in the evening. The weagrace imparted to me through the ther was very unfavourable, or there is heavens, to live a life in accordance every reason to believe a great number therewith, and that the sign will be would not have been able to gain admisaccepted and sealed in His church in sion. The collections made during the heaven. At the same time I desire day were satisfactory to the friends of also the baptism of my infant child, the cause, all of whom were deeply inteEliza-Jane, born on the 27th ult. I rested in the services rendered by their have two other children, boys, aged esteemed friend, Mr. Madeley. Not only severally 8{ and 24 years, whom I did he make himself useful in the public could wish were also rebaptised with services of the sanctuary, but also took myself, but I am advised by Surgeon an active part in visiting the greater Barnes that the better way would be to portion of the members of the church. let them be, until sufficiently inculcated This has been attended with no small in the doctrines to answer for them- share of good. There were very few selves, and be rebaptised at their own whom Mr. Madeley did not visit at their request, should they desire it.

homes. With the utmost respect I remain, On the 24th June a meeting of the dear Sir, your humble servant,

congregation and friends was also held “JOHN WEIR, in the minister's vestry; it commenced “ Quartermaster-Sergeant at half-past seven, and terminated about

“ 2nd Somerset Militia. ten o'clock. The object was to afford all "P.S.--My wife is become convinced, an opportunity of conversing upon the and is delighted with the doctrine which best means of promoting the extension teaches that Jesus is the great Jehovah, and usefulness of the Lord's New Church the Maker as well as the Redeemer, in Dalton and Yorkshire in particular, and that in Him is united in one per- and throughout the country generally. son (and not three persons) the three The Rev. Mr. Madeley presided, and essentials or attributes of Father, Son, opened the meeting by prayer. He then and Holy Spirit; but when I men- addressed the friends assembled in a tioned that I should get rebaptised, speech which proved how deeply conshe seemed to me not quite ready to

versant with the relative moral responassent thereto, and believes it unneces- sibilities of pastor and people he was. sary,

she being before baptised in the The Dalton Society felt so powerfully name of the Father, Son, and Holy the divine sphere of use which Mr. Ghost. I cannot therefore say for her Madeley's visit promoted, that on the whether she is to be baptised or not. following Sabbath afternoon (June 29th,

"J. W." when a church meeting was again held), I have only to add that Mrs. Weir a resolution was passed, thanking the did come to be baptised with her hus- National Missionary Society for their band and children, and with a hearty kindness in sending him amongst them ;

and many hope that his visit may be moting the spiritual advancement of the very shortly repeated.

church. These meetings bave been in At the conversation on the Tuesday existence for nearly three-quarters of & evening, all were invited to take a part. year. Mr. Madeley summed up the Mr. Hirst spoke of the history of the nature of the evidence adduced by the society, and contrasted its state with different speakers, and concluded with the many phases through which it had the benediction, when the meeting was passed within the last thirty years, and concluded. even previous to that, when Mr. Senior Rarely has there been on such occawas accustomed to preach at Colne sions a deeper spirit of solicitude maniBridge. All present seemed much gra- fested for the good of the Lord's church tified with allusions to subjects which than during this visit to the Dalton another generation of members may only Society; nor do I ever remember to have know by hearsay. Mr. Collier (though seen more attentive audiences than at not a member of the society) addressed this anniversary. The intercommuni. the friends on the importance of attend- cation of affection and interchange of ing well to those externals of the church thought have left a sweet remembrance in the-admission of members, and in behind, and we long to enjoy a renewal caring for them while they remained of the favour granted by our friends of such, which is usually regarded as a tke National Missionary Society. necessary portion of Christian discipline, I took the opportunity of calling the and without which no professedly Chris- notice of Mr. Madeley to Mr. Berry and tian community, he thought, could be his friends in Cardiff Road, Aberdare, in a healthy condition. He expressed Glamorganshire,

-a few new friends to himself as highly gratified with the pro- our cause in Wales,—and should be ceedings of the evening. Mr. Margetson, delighted to hear that their call for who was also present, was called upon some minister to visit and strengthen by the chairman to speak to the question them has been responded to by the before the meeting. He did so in a brief Missionary Society. T. L. M. address, which all must have felt came from the heart, and was addressed to

JERSEY.-PRESENTATION. the heart. He spoke of the love of God On a recent occasion, we learn that as seen amongst the angels in heaven, about forty ladies and gentlemen, conthe general assembly of the church of sisting of the choir of the New Jerusalem the firstborn, whose names are written Temple, Victoria-street, and other friends in heaven, and of the correspondence assembled in a room kindly lent by Mr. that should exist in the minds of the T. W. Sinnatt, for the purpose of premembers of the church militant with the senting a testimonial of their esteem happy states of the church triumphant. and gratitude to Mr. Hosking, who has Thus he carried the subject of the now for some years been filling the office church's prosperity, as he said, into of leader to the above-named choir. heaven itself as its first spring of mani. This testimonial consisted of a copy festation, and to the Lord its only Foun- of Swedenborg's Arcana Cælestia, with tain Head. His remarks were really Index, in 14 vols. Mr. Titus Brown, beautifully appropriate to the topic of the respected leader of the society who the evening. Mr. Marsden said a few meet at the above place of worship, words on the fact that ministers of a having been voted to the chair, opened church are but men of like passions the proceedings by remarking on the with all the members of a Christian nature of the services rendered by Mr. society, and prone to err; and called Hosking; and then made a few interupon all, when sick, to acquaint those esting remarks on the doctrines of the in charge, in order that a suitable visita- New Church, and the nature of the tion might be made. He called attention books they were about to present; after to the necessity of uniting fireside religion which, more immediately addressing with that of the Sabbath-the domestic Mr. Hosking, he requested his acceptaltar with the altar of the Lord's house, ance of the testimonial offered to him and alluded to the establishment of by the choir he had been instrumental regular Wednesday night meetings for in bringing to so high a state of efficiency. reading and conversing on the writings After this address, which was received of the New Church, as the best mode with hearty applause, Mr. Hosking, in of improving the intellectual and pro- a brief and modest reply, declared his

resolution to persevere in his career of A cold collation will be provided in usefulness, thanked the assembly for the School-room, each day of the session, the kind feeling which had prompted at 1s. 6d. each. Tea, 6d. each (except this beautiful present, and intimated his at the Social Meeting). conviction of the superior efficacy of the New Curch doctrines, when fairly CHRISTIANITY IN THE EAST. carried out into the life, to make men A lecture, lately delivered in Hudbetter and happier, and his intention so dersfield by the Rev. Mr. Ford, of to study the work which they had just Sidon, has enabled me to obtain the most presented to him as to realise, in bim- recent information respecting the moral self, that very desirable consummation, and religious condition of some of the

nations and tribes now located in and THE SMITHSON TESTIMONIAL. around the countries of ancient PalesMrs. Gillaird...

£1 10 tine. His accounts from the East were Mr. Robt. Leake, Manchester 5 0 O regarded by the friends of civil and Mr. W. Maxwell

1 1 0 religious liberty as encouraging. The Mr. W. G. Hayward, Reading 0 5 0 Gospel has been promulgated in the Mr. South wick, Wolverhamp. 0 5 0 public mosques, and its teachings dis..

The subscription is now closed. The cussed by groups of Turks in the coffee total amount received is £41. Is. Many sbops of Constantinople. Events like thanks to the contributors who have these would, within our own memory, come forward to acknowledge services have shaken the empire of Mahomet to so long and ably performed.--I am, &c., its foundation; and they bespeak a Liverpool.

GEO. PIXTON. degree of liberty of thought and action

unprecedented in the history of the ENSUING GENERAL CONFERENCE.-Pro. Turks. Five and twenty Turks have,

GRAMME OF ARRANGEMENTS. as a consequence, renounced the reliMonday Evening, August 1lth.The gion of their forefathers, and made an members of Conference will be received avowal of their belief in the Bible. in the School-room of the Church in Such is the testimony of Dr. Shauffler, Argyle-square. Tea will be provided a German missionary of many years from six o'clock till eight.

standing in Constantinople; a man of Tuesday Morning.--The Conference irreproachable character, and well known will assemble precisely at nine. In the to myself. Dr. Dwight, an American evening the Rev. J. B. Kennerley will missionary, who had been actively lapreach, and the sacrament of the Lord's bouring for years in the East, was, a Supper will be administered to the short time before his fatal accident, members of Conference and such friends seriously questioned by a Pasha why the as desire to join them. The alms on Gospel of Jesus Christ had not been this occasion will, as nsual, be appro- preached to the Turks. “Many," added priated to the Pension Fund for Super- the Pasha, “ are now busy reading the annuated Ministers and the Widows of Bibles which you American missionaries Ministers.

have so largely distributed amongst us. Wednesday Evening.The Sweden- Why, then, not preach to the Turks? In borg Society invites the members of my establishment my own secretary has Conference and the visitors to a Con- forsaken the Koran and turned Chrisversazione at their House in Blooms- tian.” This assertion is the more valubury-street, to afford them an oppor- able, as was publicly made in the tunity of inspecting the premises, lib. presence of some of the dignitaries of rary, &c.

the empire. In our own day, be it Thursday Evening.—The usual Social remembered, this change of religion Meeting will take place; the friends to would bave cost the secretary his life. assemble in the School-room at six; Even one of the twenty converts to the chair to be taken in the Church at Christianity is an inmate of the Sultan's half-past seven.

palace. Abdul Aziz, the reigning mo. Friday Evening is left open for private narch, endured a long captivity before arrangements.

he ascended the throne. It is cusRepresentatives who desire accommo- tomary to keep the heir-apparent always dation are requested to communicate under a strict surveillance. His preimmediately with Mr. Watson, 19, High- sent Highness, styled “the glorious, bury-crescent, London, N.

the merciful, and the mighty,” is now

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engaged in the glorious effort of reform- land, yearn for what they still call
ing his people. It would be premature home sympathies, the expression of
to bazard conjectures as to the influ- which seems to have been partially
ence the Turkish converts to the Bible interrupted on our part.
may exercise on their countrymen ; we “The committee, in laying before the
know that many of the Armenian con- society the report for the year 1861,
verts were actuated by mercenary mo- have rather to chronicle the inaugura-
tives; they demanded of the Amercan tion of movements than the completion
missionaries how much they would pay of any important transactions.
them to turn Protestants. Some may “Your committee regret that the
be sincere, but the deceitfulness of desire to sustain connection with foreign,
Orientals is proverbial. It is the result or rather, home sympathies, has not
of the external character of their reli- been responded to with the regularity
gion, the substance of which is to con- they might have expected, no replies
fess sins and receive absolution from from Conference having been received
their priests; it does not elevate them to addresses of 1858 or 1860, and that
above servile selfishness nor gross for 1861 being still due. The addresses
deceit. They are instructed chiefly which have been received, however,
through the senses. It is enough with fully warrant the society in continuing
them to attend church, observe its the correspondence (although it may
rituals and fasts, and make confession. for a time be on one side only), in the
If they hear the Bible it is read to them hope that a regular and prompt inter-
in an unknown tongue, consequently change of mutual incentives to goodness
they understand it not, any more than and love of the truth may be the result.
the mysterious doctrines they profess “ Through the instrumentality of Mr.
to believe. Their intellect is chained Andrews, of America, a correspondence
down by a superstitious faith. Hence has been commenced with New Church-
the recent indications of greater libe- men in that part of the world, and it is
rality of thought are worthy of notice. hoped that this may to some extent
Some of their ceremonials are beauti- compensate for the comparatively iso-
fully significant, but of their origin and lated position in which the members of
meaning priests and people are alike the New Church in this colony appear
ignorant; and no wonder, since the to be placed, by the fewness in number
Word of God is read and God Himself is of those whose entire sympathies are
worshipped in an unknown tongue. In centred with them in the worship of the
worship the people are mere spectators, only God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
gazing on rites without any conception To this has been added an address
of their design. In the triple candle- from this society to the American Con.
stick, the priest discerns a representa- vention, in response to the letter from
tion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Mr. Andrews mentioned in last year's
and by means of the candlestick with report, and the members cannot fail to
two branches, he tries to instruct the derive much instruction and pleasure
people that Jesus Christ, being God and from the perusal of this correspodence.
man, has two natures in one person. In short, should the correspondence
Divine Providence has so ordered it, with the Conference be revived, which
that Eastern tribes and nations, whose we doubt not must be the case, the
fathers gave us the word of God, are usual form of our quarterly and annual
receiving it back from the far West, meetings will each be varied by the
translated into the mother tongue. perusal of an interchange of sentiment
Some very interesting information on with either New Churchmen abroad,
this subject we reserve for our next. the American Convention, or the English

T. L. M. Conference, to which the committee

would earnestly invite the attention of COLONIAL AND FOREIGN. members and friends. ADELAIDE.

“The evening special services have A report, by the committee of the been continued monthly, as usual, Adelaide Society, for the year 1861, has throughout the year, at which most been sent us. We extract a portion excellent dissertations on the Word of which contains matter of general in. God and man's eternal state have been terest. Our brethren there, many of given by Mr. Day; and although the them, we believe, emigrants from Eng. number of enrolled members has not

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