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assuredly! nor did he know the titles tures were delivered on the evenings of of Swedenborg's doctrines. He finally the 17th, 18th, and 19th days of Dec. agreed, however, to take the titles as Dr. Brindley had requested his audi. Mr. Heppell had stated them; but when ences not to attend Mr. Woodman's the announcement appeared, they were lectures. precisely the same subjects he had given The attendance at the first lecture out at first. We immediately circulated was about 300. Mr. Winship in the a handbill, stating that he would not be chair. Mr. Woodman gave a clear and met, as he had not fulfilled his promise rapid review of the life, character, and to take Swedenborg's doctrines, but had mission of Swedenborg, which was lissubstituted others of his own. This tened to with great attention; after was galling to him, as hy discussion he which a few questions were put, which expected to bring more grist to his mill. Mr. Woodman answered satisfactorily.
His lectures were only thinly attended, In the second lecture, Mr. Woodman for by this time there began to be a shewed that marriage was a spiritual slight reaction in the minds of the union, and that it was ordained by the people, in consequence of Dr. Brindley's Lord for the various uses of preparing unchristian-like bearing and dominant the human family for heaven; that this
After the last lecture, the world is the seminary of heaven ; that Doctor announced that he was off to true marriage is in and of the spirit, and Scarborough the following week. that it will endure for ever,- " What
During the fortnight, our friends had God hath joined together let not man put not been inactive; one of them, at his asunder." There were a few ludicrous own expense, had 2000 eight-page tracts questions put this evening; and one man printed and circulated, containing ex- was shedding tears at the thought that tracts from Swedenborg's writings. We he should have “to live for ever with also distributed a great number of New his wife.” Church tracts, took Noble's “ Appeal," The last lecture was much better “True Christian Religion," &c., to some attended, in consequence of a report of the leading men for perusal, which that Dr. Brindley was coming," which were accepted, and are not yet returned. report proved to be true, for shortly after We hope to hear some good from Mr. Woodman had commenced his lec. them. We entered into correspondence ture, Dr. Brindley, accompanied by two with the Rev. W. Woodman, soliciting or three ministers of religion, marched him to give a course of lectures in York, into the hall, took seats on the platin reply to which he kindly responded, form,-Dr. Brindley seating himself, in and sent the copy of a bill, with the a consequential manner, close to the subjects of his lectures. The first week chairman (Mr. Heppell),—and began to we announced that Mr. Woodman would take notes of the lecture. Mr. Wood. give a course of lectures, and also printed man had taken for his subject this the copy of a letter, in which it was shown evening, a reply to the four doctrines, that there was a discussion pending be- mentioned above, that Dr. Brindley had tween Mr. Woodman and Dr. Brindley, lectured on the preceding week. After which was to come off at Northampton, the arrival of Dr. Brindley, Mr. Woodand was now standing still on Dr. Brind man seemed to gain new courage and ley's account. This the Doctor de strength, and ai ose like a giant refreshed nounced as a lie; and talked much about with new wine, and in a clear, Scriptural, having three secretaries in Northampton, and rational manner, delivered one of the and they had mismanaged it amongst most eloquent and convincing lectures them; but he was always ready.
on the New Church doctrines we ever The three lectures announced by Mr. heard. The audience paid marked attenWoodman were :
tion during its delivery, and an evident 1. “Swedenborg: his Life, Character, reaction was taking place in their minds. and Mission."
The lecture concluded, Dr. Brindley 2. “Marriage: its eminent Spiritual rose and said—“He would not be conUses,” &c.
fined to the order of tbe meeting, but 3. “A Brief Review of the Doctrines take as much time as he liked. (Ten of the New Church, and their Scriptural minutes was the time allowed.)
had come all the way from Scarborough, Discussion was invited. These lec- and he would appoint another chair.
man; and he was determined to have
BRISTOL the time be liked." This was said in To the Secretary of the National the confidence and assurance that he
Missionary Institution. had the whole audience with him. After Dear Sir,—In conformity with the some boisterous language from him, and arrangement made with your excellent determination on the part of the chair- institution, the Rev. E. Madeley visited man and Mr. Woodman, the Doctor was this society for a few days at the comcompelled to confine his remarks to the mencement of last month. On Suntime apppointed, the majority of the day, 1st December, he preached at the audience being, at this time, in favour society's room,—the subject in the mornof Mr. Woodman.
ing being—“The Lord Jesus Christ, the Dr. Brindley then challenged Mr. Great Refiner,” Malachi iii. 3; in the Woodman to a public discussion, which evening~"The Hidden Manna, and the was finally settled to take place in York White Stone, or the Reward of the Conthe first week in February; the proceeds, quering Christian," Rev. ii. 17. after paying legal expenses, to be given On Monday evening, the 2nd Decemto some public charity. Thus ended a ber, the sixteenth anniversary of this series of meetings, of the most exciting society was celebrated by a tea meeting, character, ranging over three weeks; when the Rev.J. W. Barnes and several during the whole of which time, you friends from Bath attended, and a very may in some measure conceive the state delightful evening was spent. Upwards of anxiety in which the members of the of fifty partook of tea, after which the New Church were kept, to be renewed meeting was addressed by Mr. Barnes again on the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th and Mr. Hall, of Bath, Mr. Beattie and days of February next. Committees Mr. Methey, members of the Bristol are appointed for making the necessary society, and the Rev. E. Madeley. The arrangements, and all are progressing evening was enlivened by the speeches favourably.
being interspersed with music and sing. Our little society had often lamented ing,-a piano having been kindly lent their inability to get the name and by a friend, in addition to which, the writings of Swedenborg before the society's harmonium was called into public attention, and had expressed, on requisition. many occasions, the opinion that there On Tuesday evening, the 3rd Decemwere thousands in York who had never ber, the subject of Mr. Madeley's disheard the name of Swedenborg; but this course was—" The God that answereth cause of lamentation bas now ceased by Fire, the Christian's God," 1 Kings for ever, for we verily believe that there xviii. 24. is now scarcely man, woman, or child During Mr. Madeley's sojourn he took in York, but that bas heard both the the opportunity of visiting, at their own name of the New Church and Sweden- houses, as many of the members and borg. It is, no doubt, under the Divine friends as time would permit; and it is Providence, and much good will be the hoped that the friendly manner in which result.
he was everywhere received, and the There is now a great demand for opportunity afforded of private conversabooks, and our Sunday services are tion with one so well qualified for paying better attended by strangers.
pastoral visits and imparting instruction, 'We cannot close this notice without may have a beneficial effect upon our soexpressing our thanks to the Manchester ciety. The period of the year militated Tract Association, for a generous supply against large attendances; but our room of tracts for distribution ; also to the was completely filled upon all occasions London Missionary Society, for their except the Tuesday evening, when the liberal response to the application made weather was very unpropitious. to them for assistance; as well as to We hope at a future time, and at a the Rev. Woodville Woodman, for the more reasonable period of the year, again able manner in which he defended the to have the benefit of Mr. Madeley's New Church against the unprincipled services, which, I am happy to say, on and scurrilous attack Dr. Brindley. his recent visit, gave satisfaction to all I am, dear Sir, yours respestfully, our members.-I am, dear Sir, yours
ISAAC WEBSTER, Secretary. truly, Chas. WM. BRAGG, Sec. York, Jan. 11th, 1862.
the universal sympathy of the people of Mr. F. Pitman.
Great Britain. The proceedings were. My dear Sir,—I am directed by the opened by singing the Christmas Hymn, New Church Society in this city to in wbich all joined. Next the sweet convey to you, as Secretary of the song, "Mary of Argyle,” effectively sung National Missionary Institute, their by Mr. Kilper. This was succeeded by sincere expressions of gratitude to the Master Harry Bruce, from London, aged above society for sending the Rev. E. eight, reciting “ Speak gently." Miss Madeley to deliver a course of sermons Broadbent, assisted by Mr. Fitton, then on New Church subjects in this city, entertained the audience with Verdi's free of charge.
duet, “Home to our Mountains,” being The subjects were as follows:-On loudly cheered. The first part was con Sunday morning, December 8th, 1861, cluded by the song, “The last Rose of “Nicodemus, or the Seeker after Truth;" Summer," by Mr. Armitage ; and “The in the evening, “The God who answereth sea is England's glory," by Mr. Castle. by Fire, the Christian's God;" and on After ten minutes' interval, the second the following Tuesday evening, “The part of the entertainment was entered Second Advent not a Personal Coming, upon, and proved, if we may judge from but in the Glory, Power, and Spirit of the plaudits of the audience, still more His Divine Word.” These were delivered satisfactory. The duet, “Why answer to large audiences, and were highly cal- so demurely ?" by Miss Broadbent and culated to make a deep impression upon Mr. R. H. Armitage, was warmly apevery thoughtful mind; and, judging plauded. Between the different pieces, from the great attention shewn by the Mr. Marsden, the chairman, and leader congregation, many such must have been of the society, enlivened the meeting by present.
brief allusions to the customs of the Mr. Madeley also attended a tea meet- East. Some of these, illustrating the ing in our library, and addressed the truth of the Word of God, seemed to church in a very interesting discourse, give considerable pleasure to all present. and delighted us all by his extreme Many of the boys and girls of the Sunkindness and affability of manner. day school recited pieces, and demeaned
Allow me once more to thank you themselves admirably; ove of these very sincerely for the kindness shewn to recitals was that well-planned dialogue, this society by the National Missionary on “Our Amusements,” which appeared Institution, and believe me to be, my in the Juvenile Magazine so lately, dear Sir, yours very sincerely,
After the National Anthem had been WILLIAM GIBBS, Sec. sung, the chairman concluded the meet
ing by a benediction, and the friends DALTON.
separated about ten o'clock. The Sunday-school annual festival was held on the evening of Christmas
DARWEN. Day ;-T. L. Marsden, Esq., in the
Avenham-road, Preston. chair. The festival was exceedingly My dear Sir, I have been delivering well attended, and the large and con- some lectures at Darwen for the Mis. venient school, erected by the munifi- sionary Society; a course of four is cence of the late Mr. Senior, was filled. arranged, and three have come off. The Between two and three hundred persons Assemby Room, the best in the town, sat down to tea. Addresses were de- has been engaged for the purpose, and livered, and a very choice selection of it has been crowded every evening. The miscellaneous music was performed by proprietors of the room say that there the choir. Miss Peace presided at the have been upwards of 500 each evening. pianoforte, and the services of Miss The lectures have been about an hour Broadbent, of Meltham, having been and a half long, followed by another hour secured, added considerably to the ra- in answering questions, which seem to tional enjoyment of the festive occasion. have been put in a spirit of Christian Mr. Francis Hirst, of Dalton, alluded to inquiry; and the audience has on each the painful event which had deprived occasion been very cordial with us. Her Majesty the Queen of an affection. The last of the course will be delivered ate husband, and this nation of a wise next Tuesday evening. I believe good councillor, and which had called forth is being done, especially in spreading
abroad the knowledge of our heavenly heaven as he. Although Swedenborg doctrines. I may say, however, that I was regarded as an eminently good, have found it hard work, and that I am truthful, and religious man, the lecturer suffering from a severe cold in conse- was evidently perplexed with his theoquence of the heat of the room and logy. He did not question the possibility subsequent exposure.—I am, my dear of his having intercourse with the spiri. Sir, yours truly, E. D. RENDELL. tual world; and stated his belief, that Rev. W. Bruce.
heaven was much nearer than
usually believed, but still he thought MELBOURNE, DERBYSHIRE. there might be some mistake about Through the liberality of our Bir- it; and that Swedenborg's experiences mingham friends, this society has again might be the results of trances, to which been favoured with a visit from the Rev. be had been subject from his youth. Edward Madeley, whose services were This, however, was a thoroughly unobtained for Sunday, 26th of January. authorised statement, and seems to have Both morning and evening we had been a loose or hasty inference from numerous and attentive congregations. Swedenborg's letter to Dr. Beyer, reThe afternoon was, as usual, devoted to specting his childhood, in which be the celebration of the “Lord's Supper;" said :-“From my fourth to my tenth number of communicants twenty-one. year, my thoughts were constantly ex
On Monday evening, a social tea pressed by reflections on God, on salva. meeting was held, at which upwards of tion, and on the spiritual affections of fifty persons were present. After the man. I often revealed things in my repast, the chair was occupied by the discourses which filled my parents with Rev. Edward Madeley. There were
astonishment, and made them declare present from Derby, the Rev.Jno. Hyde, at times, that certainly the angels spoke and Messrs. Barton and Rodgers, each through my mouth.” The New Church of whom entertained the audience with doctrine of the Lord was objected to, excellent speeches. Mr. Thos. Adcock upon the common Unitarian grounds; as leader, and Mr. Calloway as minister and her trinity was said to be not much of the society, were also called upon to more intelligible than the orthodox. say a few words. The meeting was pro. The doctrine of the Word concerning a nounced by some of the friends as the spiritual and celestial sense was thought most interesting one they had ever at- to be fanciful; and that of the interme. tended, in connection with the society. diate state was doubted, on the ground
Our pastoral friend returned on Tues. that it gave man a second opportunity day, but we are expecting another visit to improve his condition! Swedenborg's early in April. The Rev. Jno. Hyde has views of heaven and hell were considered also engaged to exchange pulpits with to be reasonable and satisfactory; and Mr. Calloway on the 16th February. his doctrine of charity, as being the HENRY CALLOWAY. essential of salvation, and that faith
without it was of no avail, was highly PRESTON.- LECTURE ON SWEDENBORG. applauded, and earnestly recommended
On Sunday evening, 26th January, the to the attention and culture of all. R. Rev. Mr. Squires, the Unitarian minister of this town, delivered a lecture on
BRIGHTLINGSEA. Swedenborg, which had been publicly On Wednesday, January 15th, 1862, announced. It was attended by several the annual meeting of the New Church New Church friends, and they all speak Sunday-school, Brightlingsea, was held of it as a creditable effort to do justice in the Temperance Hall. The children, to Swedenborg as a man. He spoke of teachers, and other friends assembled at him as an eminently learned person; as the school-room at three o'clock in the a philosopher, large and various in bis afternoon, and started from thence at inquiries, and profound in his induc- half-past three in procession through tions. He was a man whose life was at the village to the hall, headed by the once industrious, honourable, and un. Brightlingsea New Church Brass Band blemished; and whose death was pious, and other musical instruments. Grace sensible, and resigned: and a hope was being sung, tea, cake, and other suitable expressed that all the congregation provisions were served to the children, might obtain so good a prospect for by the friends of the church. The enjoyments of the tea were heightened by the dearing ties that had knit them together choir playing beautiful music. The while labouring in the same field of choir also subsequently enjoyed them- usefulness. selves with an excellent tea. At half-past The chairman having intimated to six o'clock the evening's entertainment the scholars that they would now have commenced by the choir performing an an opportunity of taking leave of their appropriate vocal and instrumental pastor, Duncan Mc. Call, whom they piece, called " Bring children to Me;" had deputed to speak and act for them after which beautiful pieces of poetry, on the occasion, came forward and dialogues, and conversational and dra- addressed the meeting. He said they matic pieces were given by the children were met together to pay a tribute of and teachers. The meeting closed at affection and gratitude they owed to ten o'clock, by singing the National one who, by the blessing of Providence, Anthem, when all departed highly bad instilled into their minds the golden delighted with the evening's entertain- precepts of the Divine Word. Their ment. All the friends, from the youngest minister bad taken a deep interest in child to the most aged member of the their welfare, and had done much for church, took an active part in making their improvement. His method of the meeting both interesting and useful. imparting instruction was such that it
The new chapel is still in contem- could not fail to interest the youngest plation; and with continued exertion among them. He clothed his ideas on the part of the members, will soon be in language so simple, that dark and begun and completed.
difficult subjects became clear and easy.
He led them up from the natural to the GLASGOW.—PRESENTATION TO THE Rev. spiritual world, and placed the scenes
0. P. HILLER, ON HIS LEAVING THAT of beaven before their minds in forms CITY.
of such attractive beauty as affected the A most interesting meeting, called at heart with love, while it brightened the the request of the scholars and young mind with the clear light of truth. The men of the Society, was held in the result of such a method was apparent. Temple, on the 30th December last, The seed sown had, and would, bring to take leave of their esteemed pastor forth fruit, to reward the husbandman before leaving for a more extended field for his labour of love. of usefulness.
speaker said in conclusion—" Rev. Sir, The scholars had laid their young I have the honour of presenting you, in heads together to consider what suitable the name of the scholars of the Sabbath. present they might make their minister school, with this staff, as a token of our when bidding him farewell; and they affectionate esteem.” had come to the resolution of present- Mr. Hiller then made a very touching ing him with a beautiful silver-mounted and appropriate reply, and the proceed. staff, ornamented with gold; because a ings terminated. staff is a symbol of power, and gold and silver signify good and truth. This THE LATE PRINCE CONSORT. present was designed as an emblem and Copy of Address of Condolence forremembrance-an emblem of the power warded to her Majesty the Queen, on which he had been to them in everything the 20th January, 1862 :good and true, and a remembrance of 66 The members of the council of the the little flock that had made this pre. New Church College, Devonshire-street, sentation to their loved and faithful Islington, beg humby to approach your shepherd. This presentation was to Majesty, for the purpose of expressing form a principal part of the proceedings their sympathy for your Majesty's sufferof the meeting.
ings in the bereavement you have expe. Mr. Thos. Downes occupied the chair. rienced. In your Majesty's affliction, we Besides the scholars, a large number have been afflicted; in your loss, we in of the members were present. The common with all your Majesty's subjects, meeting was first addressed by the Rev. have suffered a loss ourselves. But our A. Mc. Arthur, of Paisley, who, in a loss is gain to him who was loved by you, speech of considerable length, dwelt our Queen ; it is gain to him who had on the many excellent qualities of his won, by his noble example, your nation's esteemed friend, and spoke of the en. love. Whilst we are mourning, he and