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his angelic associates are rejoicing. He must beg you to excuse me for not has gone to the abode of the blessed, assuming the regular duty of a corres. to a mansion prepared for him by our pondent. On my part the correspondence Lord God and Saviour, in His kingdom can only be occasional, as it has been above. Yet, still, your beloved consort with our American brethren, through is near to all whom he loved upon earth. the New Jerusalem Messenger. I should His loving affections are not destroyed, otherwise fail in a primary duty towards but purified. And we believe that your my collaborateur, M. Le Boys des Guays, Majesty's devoted husband is still a and the work we have undertaken, which medium of blessedness to your Majesty requires the whole of our combined and your Royal children. 'He is not efforts, in order that we may even bope, here, for he is risen.' Divested of his with the Lord's merciful assistance, to earthly covering, his natural body, he is bring it to a conclusion. still very near to you in his glorified Our present undertaking is that to body, which will never die. Deign to which M. Le Boys de Guays alludes in accept, most gracious Sovereign, our the preface to his general Index, and for humble but heartfelt condolences. And which that book was a necessary instrupermit us to add our prayers that your ment, namely, the coördination of Swe. Majesty and your august family may denborg's own Latin translation of the live for ever, blessing and to be blessed, Divine Word, with references to the world without end.

paragraphs in his works, his principal Signed on behalf of the council of variations being noted under each verse; the New Church College, by

the text completed within brackets, on “ DAVID G. GOYDER, M.D., the basis of the Schmidian translation; Chairman.

and extracts given, in parallel columns, “ JOHN BAILY, Treasurer, from the works on the spiritual sense. “ HENRY BATEMAN, F.R.C.S., Between the verses in each column are Secretary.”

notes within brackets, consisting princi. Copy of the Acknowledgment of the pally of remarks on words in the original; above Address, forwarded by the Home indirect extracts on the spiritual sense; Secretary, to the Chairman of the Council and in case of variations in the text, of the New Church College, Devonshire- testimonies from the ancient versions. street, Islington :

The printing of the book of Isaiah is “ Whitehall,

nearly completed, and M. Le Boys des “ 25th January, 1862. Guays has made arrangements for pub“Sir,—I am directed by Secretary lishing the volume, which will consist of Sir George Grey, to acknowledge the about 350 pages. Compared with the receipt of the loyal and dutiful Address highly estimable work of our brother the of the members of the council of the Rev. Mr. Smithson, it will be found to New Church College, Devonshire-street, be less extensive in extracts from the Islington, on the occasion of the death writings, but to afford in another way, by of His Royal Highness the Prince Con- the numerous references of every kind, sort, and to inform you that Sir George a further supply of information for the Grey will take an early opportunity of understanding of the text in the light of laying the Address before Her Majesty. the New Dispensation. “I am, Sir,

Such critical elaboration in reference “ Your obebient servant, to our author, we consider as the first

(Signed,) " J. HINE. step to every translation of the Divine “ The Chairman of the Council

Word; and, therefore, M. Le Boys des of the New Church College,

Guays prepared a similar work, to aid us Devonshire-street, Islington.”

in a new French translation of the Four

Evangelists, which, at the request of our FOREIGN.

brother M. De Chazal, we are printFRANCE.—BIARRITZ (Basses Pyrénées). ing, and have nearly completed, in & To the Editor.

small essay edition, with the Scriptural Dear Sir, I appreciate the kindness references. of your design to en, in the pages of Other books, Jeremiah and the Psalms, the Intellectual Repository, a communi. have besides been prepared by M. Le cation from the New Church in France Boys des Guays. I am far behind in my with our brethren in England'; but I part of the task, which leads me into

researches requiring much time; so you tio Angelica,”_" Apocalypsis Revelata," see I dare not withdraw a part of the “ Summaria Expositio," and the first time I can dispose of to assume new chapters of the “ Arcana Coelestia." duties ; I must even humbly beg to be What the members of the society, or excused for my having greatly neglected other benevolent persons, may be pleased many an esteemed correspondent. We to contribute to the common stock, will will endeavour to find you another for be employed especially to continue the Intellectual Repository.

the translation and publication of the I procured this periodical of late years “ Arcana Coelestia ;' and for this purthrough a commissioner bookseller in pose the society accept, with the most Paris; but I will be pleased to receive hearty gratitude, the generous offer of it directly from you. Please address the £50. from the Rev. Mr. Clissold. I future numbers here, where I intend to hope the society, which has the confi. remain till I join, I hope, M. Le Boys dence of many good people here in des Guays in a visit to the proposed Sweden, will be adequate to the work it meetings in your city, on occasion of purposes to undertake; and for my part, the International Exhibition.—I remain, I will do all that is in my power to supdear Sir, yours truly, AUG. HARLE'. port and sustain the laudable enterprise.

I have already engaged to pay the exSWEDEN.

penses for the printing of “Summaria The following letter, which has been Expositio.” Such are the circumstances handed to us by the Secretary of the of our Society at present. May the Lord Swedenborg Society, to whom it is ad- bless the undertaking ! dressed, will be found to contain some I have received a kind letter from the very interesting and cheering informa- Rev. Mr. Bruce, who wishes to havo tion relating to the exertions of the something from my pen for the Reposi. members of the Church in Swedenborg's tory. As I suppose you meet with him native land, where, although no society pretty frequently in the Swedenborg So. for worship exists, a regular association ciely, I take the liberty of begging you has been formed, with the view of doing to remember me to him, and to intimate for Sweden what our Printing Society that it will be a pleasure to me to send has done and is doing for England :- him in a short time an article, not from

Dear Mr. Warren,-As to the Swe- my own or from any other feeble pen, denborg Association, at Christianstad, but from the hand of Swedenborg himof which you desire to have some intel. self. It is an authentic letter from him, ligence, I may mention that this society which concerns, among other matters, is the only one that now exists in Sweden the danger of being in open communi. for translating and printing the theo- cation with the spiritual world, so that I logical works of Swedenborg. And it hope this letter will be all the more was for this society that Madame Ehren. suitable for insertion in that periodical borg took the liberty of soliciting the in these days. May I desire you to give generosity of the Rev. Mr. Clissold. But my affectionate regard to the good Mrs. the society itself does not stand at all Warren.--I am, dear friend, yours truly, under her auspices ; she is only a mem

Ach. KAHL. ber of it. The society has its own rules, Lund, Jan. 20th, 1862. which I have the pleasure of enclosing. It has a Committee, a chairman, a sec

TRINIDAD. retary, a treasurer, and about 60 hono- A leading New Churchman in this rary and ordinary members; but the island writes to a correspondent thus:majority of them have no abundance of “ Dr. Bayley's discourse was in the this world's wealth. I enclose a list of Sentinel,' and a Roman Catholic gentlethem. The secretary, Mr. Sevén, is a man called at my office, and asked me learned man, who is extremely well if I had sent it for insertion." I said, versed in the writings of Swendenborg, “ Yes," and wished to know his reason and in New Church literature in general. for putting the question to me.

He He translates the original works from replied, "You will not get any one to Latin into Swedish, or revises the former answer it." I said, “ Why?” “Because translations. But hitherto, the society, it cannot be answered, without a denial for want of money, has only been able of those clear and lucid quotations that to publish translations of “ Sapien. Jehovah Himself is the Redeemer and Saviour.” This is a happy confession; Difference in opinion did not create but the following item of intelligence antagonistic fellings; harsh truth was contrasts very painfully with it. The subdued in the harmony, peace, and Roman Catholics tell their Archbishop love with which he governed his family; (recently arrived) that their church has and his mild countenance was always been without a bridegroom ever since expressive of contentment and satisfacthe departure of Spaccapietra. What tion. Our observance of his character a miserable knowledge, or rather igno- assures us that he has gone to realms rance, of the true Bridegroom of the of the blessed. May his spirit of devochurch! The Trinidad Colonist has tedness rest upon his successors! the following, on the reception of Dr. English,—“Good reason had the church and her clergy to rejoice, after a widowhood of nearly three years' duration.

The above society has also been de. The hour of rejoicing was at hand, and prived of the services of another useful po marks of honour and respect must member, by the removal to the eternal be wanting to testify to the world the world of Mr. William Hall, of Rhodes, joy and gratitude a faithful flock felt, who departed this life on the 29th of on the arrival of their long looked-for left a widow 'and three children, who

August, 1861, aged 29 years. He has and ardently desired pastor."

greatly bemoan the loss of their chief Obituary.

support. When we see our friends thus Removed from this stage of being, on

snatched away from us in the prime of the 22nd June, 1861, aged 65 years, 'Mr. their life, in the vigour of their man. John Wild, of Crab-lane, near Blackley. how apt we are to make unwise reflec

hood, in the acme of their usefulness, He was for a great number of years the chief support of the New Church society forgetting that “ His ways are not our

tions respecting the ways of Providence, at Rhodes, faithfully performing the important duties of superintending and ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts ;" teaching in the Sunday-school, as well for the way of the Lord is perfect, but as occasionally fulfilling the office of the understanding of man is prone to leader of the society, in which capacity in the path of heaven, and be their

error. May His light guide the bereaved he frequently officiated in the pulpit. comfort and their staff through the Usefulness seemed to be the maxim of his life, for he was never so delighted

journey of life! as when he was fully engaged in the “Dark are the ways of Providence, discharge of his Sunday-school duties. Whilst those that love Him groan; The strong attachment which he mani.

His reasons lie concealed from sense, fested towards the scholars, and the

Mysterious and unknown. kind, earnest manner in which he ex.

Some smiling hour may be at hand, pounded the New Cburch doctrines to

With peace upon its wings; them, made him an object of their Give it, o God, Thy swift command, reverence and esteem,

With all the joys it brings!” In his family circle he evinced all

S. P. the qualities of a loving and devoted husband,- of a kind and affectionate father; and although he was the only receiver of the New Church doctrines Departed this life, February 1st, of in his household, yet he never infringed disease of the heart, Mrs. Harvey, wife on their spiritual liberty, but allowed of Mr. Thomas Harvey, senior, ship them to follow the bent of their own builder, Wivenboe, Essex, in the 68th intellects, being assured of the correct year of her age. She was interred in ness of that principle which teaches us to the New Cemetery, at Wivenhoe,—the “ Seize upon truth where'er 'tis found, New Church Burial Service being read Among our friends, among our foes, over the remains. A very numerous On Christian or on heathen ground; The flower's divine where'er it grows,

assemblage of her relatives and friends Neglect the prickles, and assume the rose." were present.

“Her end was peace."


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SECTARIAN division, indifference in matters of religion, and unbelief growing at once in the number and subtlety of its advocates, must be regarded with sad presentiments by all who comprehend the true interests of humanity. For religion is the salt that preserves from decay the social mass, and if that have lost its savour, how shall the purity of society be maintained? Let it not be supposed that social soundness and health can be preserved by action on the surface and from without. External progress may, for a time, proceed cotemporaneously with internal decay, and the dazzling achievements of modern science and civilization may be but the jewelled drapery that conceals the sin and vice that are eating into the heart of society. And if circumstance cut the bonds that restrain the demon of evil, it only becomes too terribly evident that the world is not necessarily nearer to heaven because it rejoices in poets and politicians, philosophers and inventors.

Nor is it unworthy of remark, in connection with the phenomena already indicated, that advancement in religion is not commensurate with our progress in other directions. While science is carrying its investigations into new regions, disclosing new principles, and ascertaining new laws; while art is compelling the principles that science has evolved into active service; while intelligence is growing in activity and power, and in its restless spirit of progress thinking nothing achieved while aught remains to be done ;-religion alone remains stagnant and (Enl Series.—No. 100, vol. ix.]


immoveable. For centuries certain ecclesiastical councils have superseded the individual reason, have determined the creeds of Christendom, have fixed the ultimate limits of our spiritual progress for the whole course of time. The world has too credulously believed the “ne plus ultra” which the councils presumptuously uttered some centuries ago. By the dim and doubtful light of their creeds, the Oracles of God have been interpreted, and such interpretation alone admitted as would confirm the dogmatism of the churches. Thus the childhood of the Past is permitted to legislate, in matters spiritual, for the manhood of the Present; and this age, failing to draw its creeds from the Bible, has made the Bible the servant of the creeds. As in the Past, so in the Present, men have affirmed that the Bible exhausted its whole mission in the teachings of its literal sense, and, building a brazen wall of literal interpretation that bars our progress in the Good and True, have coverted religion into a stagnant anomaly in an age of universal activity and progress.

True it is that so long as men accepted with unquestioning simplicity the declarations of the letter of Scripture, and so long as true reverence found its appropriate expression in steady obedience, no evil results could follow from this confinement of the divine teachings to the literal expressions of the Word. They perceived no discrepancy, were startled by no contradiction, science had not assumed its unbending attitude before things divine, and the Scriptures were still regarded as infallible and worthy of God. But in this modern age the case stands altered. That searching and questioning intellect now so universally active, has not allowed even the Sacred Scriptures to pass without interrogation and scrutiny. After a long and severe struggle with the theologians, science has pursued its course regardless of the anti-Biblical character of its results. Philosophy has pursued its inquiries under the tacit assumption that the constitution of the human mind is not declared in the Word of God; and as the result of this slavish adherence to the letter, it has come to pass that the Book which contains a revelation of the Will and Wisdom of the Infinite is passed by with tacit or rejected with avowed contempt. Its claims to infallibility are disallowed, the divine fulness of its inspiration questioned, and no greater reverence is accorded to it than to other high efforts of human genius. And this is so because they who affirm most loudly its sacredness and divinity are unable to show in what its sanctity and divinity consist.

Are we to admit, then, that in the Sacred Scriptures no provision is made for the indefinite spiritual advancement of the race? Have we

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