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increased, yet it has come to the know- deavour has but partially suceeeded, ledge of your committee that there are the most valuable of them still remainmany persons who, althougb they admit ing unsold in the Swedenborg House, that they see the glory of the Spirit where they were deposited. Now, I beaming through the letter of the think it were better to sell them at Word as brought to light by the doc- what price they will fetch than to have trines of the New Church, do not, from them lying where they are, as money is some unexplained cause, join the recog- much wanted here for the publishing nised Church. Still the writings of of the works in Swedish. My object is Sweden borg as of a teacher of holy things, also to beg your kind help in this if not wholly appreciated, are not gene- matter by announcing in the Repository rally looked upon with that disrespect that the books are on sale, that they and contempt as was the case some may be disposed of, if not before, at the years ago.
meeting of the Conference in August. “The means referred to in last year's In the Lord's sight the true church is report, of promoting social intercourse not separated by countries, but beneamongst the members and friends of fited by every increase, however distant the church, have been continued during the places on earth where it progresses. the past year, and the experience fully A very zealous Swedish New Churchwarrants, in the opinion of your com- man, who has at his own expense pubmittee, a continuance of such social lished a most useful work, entitled “The meetings of the members and friends. New Salem,” is now issuing a monthly
“During the year one adult and five paper for children and servants, and children have been introduced into the another for parents and teachers, both church by baptism, and one adult and very cheap indeed ; and he wants good two children have been removed to the articles for translating, for which we spiritual world.
would require the Children's Magazine. “In concluding their retrospect of Your affectionate friend and sister in the past year, your committee cannot but the Lord, FREDER. EHRENBORG. hope that they have had a single eye to Rev. W. Bruce. use in this their work of conducting the affairs of the New Church in South A list is subjoined of the works Australia ; for what would it profit us, referred to in the above letter, and as professing the doctrines of the New which may be purchased of Mr. Alvey Church, in our endeavours to spread at the Swedenborg House. One of the her influence, If our actions do not two copies of the Arcana was Sweden. unite her truths with the good of life? borg's own, and has a few notes in his and no advantage could be possibly hand-writing in the margin. Perhaps imparted to others by a reception of the Swedenborg Society may think it these truths, if the corresponding fruits desirable to secure this copy for depoare not thereby produced in them- siting in their library. according to the words of our Lord, A proposal of Madame Ehrenborg's
For what is a man profited if he shall was, to sell the books by auction during gain the whole world and lose his own the time of the sitting of Conference. soul?' “E. SPILLER, Secretary. We doubt whether this would be pro" January 15, 1862.”
fitable, or even practicable. The same
object would be attained by another plan SWEDEN.
which we would recommend. Let those Lund, 9th May, 1862. who desire to possess any of the works, Rev. and Dear Sir, — I have long or who are desirous by the purchase of desired to communicate with you and any of them to aid the cause in Sweden, ask your help in a matter connected send an offer to the Agent of the Swewith my endeavour to do something for denborg Society, who will either accept the New Church in Sweden. The matter or, if doubtful, submit the offer to to which I allude is that relating to the Madame Ehrenborg herself. original editions of some of Sweden- 1 set of Arcana Cælestia, 8 vols, borg's works, which, as you kuow, I whole bound; 1 set of ditto, 8 vols, halfsent to London in the hope of deriving calf; 1 set of Apocalypsis Explicata, from their sale, at higher prices than I 4 vols, half-calf; 3 copies of Apocalypsis paid for them, some pecuniary benefit Revelata; 2 copies of Vera Christiana to the New Church here. That en Religio; 3 copies of Index Initialis
(Beyer); 2 copies of De Nova Hiero- statutes of the Romish Church; because, solyma et ejus Doctrina Cælesti; De as he said, -they were only command. Colo et Inferno ; 1 copy of Doctrina ments of men, and contrary to Divine Nova Hierosolyme de Domino, de order. This was still more the case Scriptura Sacra, Vitæ, de Fide, de afterwards, and formed an additional Ultimo Judicio et Babylonia Destructa; reason why, after returning hither from Continuatio de Ultimo Judicio; Con. Florence, he neither introduced himself tinuatio de Mundo Spirituali; 1 copy as a priest or prelate, nor visited any of De Divino Amore et de Divina one of the priests or professors of theSapientia ; 1 copy of De Amore Conju- ology, although he continued to observe giali; 1 copy of De Cultu et Amore Dei; such ecclesiastical ordinances as he con1 copy of De Telluribus in Universo, sidered to be not contrary to conscience, et de Uultimo Judicio, et de Babylonia or injurious to health. Nevertheless, as Destructa, et de Nova Hierosolyma et he received so many letters addressed to ejus Doctrina Cælesti; 1 copy of De him with all his titles, it soon became Último Judicio, et de Colo et Inferno; known that he was a Catholic prelate. 1 copy of Clavis Hieroglyphica; 1 copy And now gossips' tales and perversion of of De Commercio Anime et Corporis ; facts were spread abroad. He was calum. 1 copy of Summaria Expositio.
niated and subjected to suspicion. On
the other hand, he was visited by perGERMANY.
sons of high station in Stuttgard, and Tübingen, July 12th, 1862. received repeated invitations from them, My dear Friend,—You no doubt wish which he occasionally accepted. But to have some news respecting the Right even these visits, as well as the most Rev. E. de Djunkowskoy.
innocent doings and sayings, were inIn the first place, M. Le Boys des terpreted or perverted in the most arbi. Guays recently sent him a complete set trary and unprincipled way. It was of Swedenborg's works in French, with vain to attempt to defend him against many other French works on New Church these calumnies ; the more so, as they subjects which he has published, for were, perhaps, a consequence of his which the prelate has expressed his having been formerly confounded with thanks in a letter, of which the following another “Père Etienne,” although this is a translation :-“ Respected brother confusion had once given occasion even and friend, I give you now the title of to the Pope, after having clearly seen brother, because the
perusal of Sweden- his mistake, to express his deep regret. borg, prayer, and reflection, have led me For he was known under the name of to the conclusion, that in the doctrines the Right Rev. P. Etienne; and some of the New Jerusalem I find more truth, days ago I myself read an honourable more occasion of glorifying God, of being mention of him under this name in a useful to my neighbour, and of the recently published description of a voysanctifying of my soul than anywhere age to Iceland. It is not impossible that else. In thanking you, therefore, for similar false reports may be sent to Rome, the works which I have just received, I to prevent the payment of the pension must add, that I shall use them, not for promised to him; and although they my persuasion, which is fixed, but in know him better there, it may have the order to propagate the Divine Truths of result that what is due to him for the the Heavenly Čity which has descended past will be wholly or in part retained. upon earth. My Memoirs, therefore, în general we see in these experiences whilst containing the narrative of twenty- again, how great a want there is in the three years' travels and observations, old churches of justice and of charity, will contain a complete apology of and even of logic; and in vain we show Swedenborg, adapted to the wants of them in what measure they neglect and the age," &c.
violate the most common dictates of As he openly made similar declarations conscience and good sense. I therefore here, it need not at all surprise us that think it necessary to apprise you of many persons have been excited against these things, that we may by no means him, not only amongst the Catholics, listen or attend to such calumnies, but but also amongst the Lutherans and the remember the Lord's saying—" Except infidels. Even before he came here in your righteousness shall exceed the October, 1861, he had disengaged him- righteousness of the scribes and Phariself from some arbitrary and pernicious sees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven;" (Matt. v. 20.) Next week I expect here M. Le Boys "Judge not, that ye be not judged ;” des Guays and M. A. Harlé, whom I (Matt. vii. 1.) “Judge not according to hope to meet afterwards at Paris, to prothe appearance, but judge righteous ceed in company with them to London, judgment.” (John vii. 14.) In general to be there, if the Lord pleases, on the we must follow the rule of justice: 12th of August. " Audiatur et altera pars !” and as to I remain, my dear Sir, with kindest observed infirmities, imitate the Lord's regards to all friends, very sincerely example, of whom it is said—"A bruised yours,
EMANUEL TAFEL. reed shall He not break, and the smok- ** Dr. Tafel having transmitted ing flax shall He not quench: He shall copies of the certificates from which he bring forth judgment unto truth.” (Isa. has made extracts in his letter, we think xlii. 3.) “He that is not against us, is it may be satisfactory to give them on our part.” (Mark ix. 40.) “He that entire : is not against us, is for us.” (Luke ix.
(Copy.) 50.) Wherefore “ give to him that
“6, Portland-place, London, asketh thee, and from him that would
“February 8th, 1861. borrow of thee, turn not thou away;" “ This is to certify that I am ac(Matt. v. 42.) which, as we know, is to quainted with the Rev. Dr. Stephen be understood spiritually, viz., “that if Djunkowskoy, having known him well he desires to be instructed, he should when in England, in 1844; and although be instructed.” (Ap. Exp. 556, p. 268.) we have not personally met since that As it might be objected that we are time, I have frequently heard of him in preoccupied and partial, it may be not the interval, from a member of my own unnecessary also to quote authorities of family, who has continued on terms of a different point of view, as for instance intimacy with him. I consider myself, those in the here-enclosed documents, under these circumstances, well able to in which the present Solicitor-General, speak of his character and position. Sir Roundell Palmer, said of him—"He “ He is a Russian by birth, a man of is a man of superior education and abi- superior education and abilities, and of lities, and of high honour and integrity. high honour and integrity. Having
Implicit credence may, I am satis embraced the tenets of the Roman fied, be given to any statement which Catholic church in which he has taken he may make,” &c.; and his brother, Holy Orders, and has been employed William Palmer, M.A. (21st of March, as a missionary to Iceland, and other 1861):-“I certify that I have known parts in the North and Arctic Seas), he the Right Rev. Dr. Stephen Djunkow. has on that account become expatriated, skoy since the summer of 1814; that he and, as I now understand, is desirous of was by birth a Russian of good family; being naturalized in England.
that he is a person in every way “ Implicit credence may, I am satisworthy of confidence, and capable of fied, be given to any statement which he being useful to society," &c. The Right may make, concerning the objects and Rev. James Gillis, Bishop, Vicar Apos- purposes which he has in view, or othertolic at Edinburgh, said (14th of March, wise to satisfy the regulations under 1861) :-“I certify that I have had the which certificates of naturalization are pleasure of knowing the Right Rev. given by the Secretary of State. Dr. Stephen de Djunkowskoy since the (Signed) “ROUNDELL PALMER, Q.C." month of August, 1860. ... I consider him in every way most worthy," &c.
14th March, 1861. I hope the Swedenborg Society is now “I, the undersigned Bishop, Vicar in possession of my last parcel, contain- Apostolic of Edinburgh, do hereby cering copies of the Summaria Expositio tify that I have had the pleasure of knowSensus Interni, and of the other Latin ing the Right Reverend Dr. Stephen de originals which were requested. I con- Djunkowskoy since the month of August, tinue to publish, at the same time, the 1860. I know him to be what he states, 3rd vol. of the Index Biblicus and a viz., the Prefect Apostolic of the Catholic reprint of the Latin original De Colo Missions of the Arctic Regions, to which et Inferno, of which now two-thirds are I myself have been so far instrumental printed.
in getting added the Islands of Shetland
and Orkney; and it is for this reason on many accounts extremely painful and that he is anxious to obtain a certificate seriously afflictive, while in their entire of naturalisation, of wbich I consider course they extended over several years. him in every way most worthy.
They exercised, however, a marked and JAMES GILLIS,
beneficial influence on his spiritual life, “ Bishop, Vic. Ap. Edinburgh.” leading to patience and Christian meek
ness and forbearance, and chastening “6, Portland-place, W., and intensifying the domestic affections
21st March, 1861. by which he was ever distinguished. “I certify that I have known the His last illness was attended with exRight Rev. Dr. Stephen Djunkowskoy treme bodily suffering, which was borne since the summer of 1844; that he was with great fortitude and resignation. by birth a Russian of good family; but He constantly expressed his deep conin consequence of the existing laws of fidence in the mercy of his Heavenly the Russian Empire, was unable to Father, his strong faith in the doctrines return with safety to his own country, he had received, and his assurant bope after having become a Roman Catholic. in the future. His end was peaceful “ He is now desirous of being natu- and happy.
R. S. ralised as a British subject, for the reasons stated in his own application; Departed this life, on the 23rd May, and I have known him with sufficient Mrs. Agnes S. Isbister, the wife of Mr. intimacy all along to be able to certify Thomas Isbister, of Edinburgh. Mrs. that he is a person in every way worthy Isbister had been a member of the New of confidence, and capable of being use- Church society here for many years, ful to society in the character of a having been connected therewith before British subject.
her marriage. During the period of her (Signed) “ WILLIAM PALMER, M.A., membership, she gave pleasing and satis“Late Fellow of Magdalen College, factory proof of her effort and desire to Oxford.”
lead a life in accordance with the require
ments of the doctrines of the church. Obituary.
Mrs. Isbister was of an amiable, kind, Departed this life on the 14th of and quiet disposition; taking pleasure in May, Mr. John Rawson, of Heywood, doing good quietly and unostentatiously. aged 58 years. The deceased was one Her chief ornament was the manifesta. of tbose who became connected with tion of her religion in her every-day life. the church in the early period of life. Her removal from the church on earth He commenced his attendance during is 'a removal to a higher and more ex. his apprenticeship, and bad thus been tensive field of usefulness; our beloved connected with the society at Heywood brother's and our loss is her great gain. for the period of forty years. During
C. G. the greatest portion of this time he had taken an active part in the management Died at Heywood, May 29th, Miss of its affairs. He was the last remain- Martha Aspinal, in the 41st year of ing member who undertook the respon- her age. The deceased was brought up sibility connected with the erection of from her infancy in connection with the the temple, which he lived to see clear Sunday-school of the New Church. She of debt. He continued a member of had been for many years the subject of the committee, and was also one of the severe bodily affliction, which separated deacons at the time of his death. In her from the outward services of the his progress through life, our departed church, but not from its inner life. Her friend was exposed to much earthly affections were ever warmly directed affliction. Industrious in his business, towards its ordinances, and she always and temperate in his habits, he acquired manifested the greatest pleasure in readin the early period of his life a small ing and conversation on spiritual subproperty, which he invested in a manner jects. She sustained with the most which involved him in disappointment exemplary patience her long and very and loss. The circumstances in which he inful affli and departed in the thus became unhappily involved, were fervent hope of a higher inheritance.
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ADDRESS OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW CHURCH IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN,
The Ministers and Representatives who have again been engaged in their annual Session with deliberation for the good of the Lord's Church amongst us, and have sought, by the Divine aid, to adopt the wisest counsels for its establishment and extension, now turn once more to you to offer their affectionate advice and admonitions.
We are aware, beloved brethren, that you feel along with us that the reception of truths so glorious as those now given to mankind in the dispensation of the New Jerusalem, not only yields delight and stimulates to thanksgiving, but involves duty and also responsibility. The Divine Operation will not effect what the Lord designs, unless man's coöperation be also fully afforded. And we would therefore remind you, and pray that we may ever bear well in mind ourselves, the duty of reading diligently those New Church works in which the truths of the Word are unfolded to strengthen and enrich the souls of men. He who reads little will have a weak faith. Reading makes a full man,” said Bacon; and in spiritual things the reading of the Holy Word and of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem, in a spirit at once devout and practical, does indeed give fulness and strength. A faith is feeble which has few knowledges; a faith is fortified which has many. Hence the Lord, through His illuminated servant Swedenborg, has given to mankind heavenly instruction in abundance. How important it is that we should use it! Through this instruction a light is thrown over all the previously veiled subjects of the eternal world. The laws, the [Enl. Series.-No. 105, vol. ix.]