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tee, involving considerable expenditure, ready in attendance, and we hope that it becomes imperatively necessary to
others will avail themselves of so deurge upon the members and friends of
sirable an opportunity of instruction the Society the duty of using their best and training for their work. In addiendeavours to increase the list of sub- tion to the four theological students, scribers, and thereby enable the Com- there are now_nineteen lay pupils at mittee to carry on, still more efficiently the college. Dr. Goyder having sugthan hitherto, a work which, however gested that there ought to be a teacher apparently humble, is nevertheless in- of anatomy and physiology, Mr. Batetrinsically among the most important man has been appointed to this officeof the age. Payments, by Post Office the office being held without salary. Order or otherwise, may be made to the Occasional lectures on scientific subjects Treasurer, Thos. Watson, Esq., 19 continue to be given, the most recent Highbury Crescent, London, N., or to being one on botany by Mr. Fairsley, a any of the Collectors.-H. BUTTER, Sec. second lecture on geology by Mr. BateFeb. 15, 1871.
man, and one on the circulation of the SWEDENBORG's MSS.— The following
blood by Dr. Goyder. appeared in The Daily Telegraph, under the heading of “University of London:”
THE LONDON MISSIONARY AND TRACT
SOCIETY AND COLPORTAGE.- -For a con“The library of the University of London, now established in the new
siderable time, many friends have felt building opened by Her Majesty in May strongly inclined to try the colportage last, has lately received two very inter
system in London. The success which esting accessions. One of these, pre
has attended the efforts of this kind in sented by the Lords of the Treasury, is
the country has encouraged the hope a facsimile of the black letter Prayer
that results equally happy would follow Book, containing manuscript alterations
in the Metropolis.
At length the and additions made in the year 1661,"
Committee took the matter into serious &c. “The other work, which
consideration, discussed it very fully, has been presented by the New Church
and at length came to the conclusion of Great Britain, is a complete repro
that if the suitable man could be found duction, by photo-lithography, of the
there would probably be a considerable manuscript works of Emanuel Sweden
result for good achieved by the adoption borg, which have been carefully pre
of the system. They advertised for a served at Stockholm. This reproduc- colporteur, and received several applition, executed under the direction of
cations from persons evidently zealous the Rev. Dr. Tafel, forms ten folio vol
and ready to undertake the work. From umes, and is probably the largest work
these, two were selected- Mr Robinson of its kind. Only 110 copies have been
of Liverpool and Mr Rowe of South struck off, and of these half are intended
London — and requested to present for America, which took the initiative
themselves at the last meeting of the in the movement.'
Committee for a personal interview.
The two candidates came, and were reNEW CHURCH COLLEGE.-Since our quested to state their views of the office, last, Dr. Tafel has been appointed the- and the conceptions they had of the ological tutor in the College, and has mode in which they would carry out commenced his duties. The course of their operations. This they did pretty study, we understand, will embrace fully; and, after they had withdrawn, Biblical history and criticism, including the Committee came to the conclusion the history of the English version ; that the two candidates possessed many Church history, including the history qualities eminently suitable to attain of doctrine ; the doctrines of the New success in the work, and it could Church and the law of correspondence ; scarcely be decided which on the whole the composition of sermons and pre- was the most suitable. At length the paration for pastoral work. In addi- suggestion was made that probably the tion to the college students, missionary wisest course would be to employ both preachers and other theological students for three months, commencing with the will, with the consent of the council, first of March, and determine after have the privilege of attending the three months' experience which was classes. One of the missionaries is al- most likely to be successful in the work, or if it were desirable and possible to are dependent on the services of leaders sustain both. This course was unani- appointed from among themselves, and mously adopted. On the first of March whose labours are supplemented and these gentlemen will commence their sustained by these missionary visits. labours ; and the Committee earnestly In relation to these societies, Mr. Gunhope that all our friends will favour the ton remarks-“The members should colporteurs with their best co-operation remember how much the leader—who, and advice. Any suggestion that may like themselves, earns his daily bread be offered to secure the greatest efficiency by his secular calling, and makes great will be gratefully received by Mr Jobson, sacrifices of personal comfort to prepare the Secretary. At the same Commit- himself to fulfil the duties of his office tee-meeting, a proposition was made, -is encouraged by their presence. If from the Lincolnshire New Church As- they desire to promote the cause they sociation, to commence the employment profess to love, surely they will feel it of a colporteur for that county, and a delight to be in the company of those recommending Mr Bellamy as a person who are one with them in sentiment eminently suitable in energy, zeal, and and feeling. There is room for imtalent. The Lincolnshire friends pro- provement in this respect, which we posed to guarantee half the cost of an hope will take place, so that the deexperiment for three months, and the solation of the sanctuary, 'which someCommittee in London cheerfully under- times painfully affects the casual visitor, took the other half. These colporteurs may give place to a service, steadily atwill be able to diffuse a large number tended by intelligent and devout worof tracts, and to sell a large number of shippers. In this case our services the cheaper publications, and here and would be a delight to all, and our practhere introduce the more important tice no longer rebuked by the greater works. They can deliver bills, attend zeal of those who have a light less meetings, and take advantage of the bright to guide them.” opportunities afforded to push business, and in this way aid the work of substi- HAMMERSMITH.—A series of eight tuting light for darkness, spirituality lectures, under the auspices of the New for materialism, comfort for gloom, and Church Missionary and Tract Society, good for evil. They will deem it their was delivered in the Assembly-Room of duty to foster every good effort for the this suburban town during the month improvement of mankind, all sanitary, of October last,—the two first lectures educational, and moral, as well as reli- being given by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, on gious, progress, co-working, where it is “ The Second Coming of Christ” and possible, with others, labouring in “The Lord Jesus Christ the only God peace, from love to the Lord, for all of the Church and the World, in whom that can elevate their fellow-men. In- is a Divine Trinity.” Both these leccreased help will be needed to sustain tures were delivered in the lecturer's this effort and make it successful, and well-known style, argumentative and the Committee earnestly invite all the convincing, enchained the attention of friends of the Church and of progress to a select and appreciative audience durcontribute a larger amount than hereto. ing their delivery, and elicited many fore, and those who have not contributed important questions from some who before to do so, that the labourers may were evidently strangers to the views be encouraged and good may be done. — advanced, to which, it is needless to On behalf of the Committee, J. BAYLEY, say, replies of a lucid and satisfactory President of Conference.
kind were given. On the Sunday
following, Mr. Gunton delivered an NATIONAL MISSIONARY INSTITUTION. evening discourse on
“ The Serpent -Mr. Gunton continues his active and tempting Eve.” During the succeeduseful course of labours. Since our ing week Mr. P. Ramage delivered last he has visited Chatteris, Ipswich, two lectures on “ Hell: what and Brightlingsea, St. Ives, Maidstone, and where is it? Are its Punishments EterSnodland;
and at the time we write, nal ?” and “What do the Scriptures is at Hull on his way to Middlesborough teach respecting Jesus ?” On Sunday and the North. In the towns thus Mr. Gunton again lectured on the quesvisited, there are small societies, who tion of the Philippian jailor, What
“The Future Life," "The Brighton Lectures,” and Dr. Bayley's lecture on the “Second Advent,” were also sold to strangers. So far, then, we see that the labour has not been in vain, so we are encouraged for further efforts.
HENRY N. EARL.
must I do to be saved ?" and the answer to that question,
“ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house.' During the ensuing week Mr. Gunton also delivered two lectures on “War, its Cause and Cure,” and “The Descent of the New Jerusalem.” To the friends of the New Church, to whom these lecturers are so well known, it is quite unnecessary to say the various subjects were introduced and descanted upon in eloquent and forcible language, and in a very impressive manner. Lengthened reports of the first five lectures were inserted in the West London Observer local newspaper, which were doubtless read by many who had not the opportunity of hearing them. Some opposition was provoked, two lectures having been given on Sunday evenings in the same hall by a local missionary, for “The Truth's Sake,” intended as an answer to the arguments of the lectures above enumerated, but which consisted merely of a reiteration of the old dogmas, and an enunciation of the old ideas of substitution and vicarious sacrifice. After which, also on a Sunday evening (in the same place), Mr. Madeley, the leader of the Society of the New Church at Hammersmith, delivered a discourse on “ The Blood of the Lamb,” controverting very fully those erroneous doctrines, and showing, in the most forcible way, the great superiority and excellence of the New Church doctrines of justification, atonement, and salvation. It will be desirable to record (so far as we know) the good that has been done by this course of lectures. Our own Society (West London) has secured three thoughtful persons as constant attendants, two of whom have joined our communion; and we doubt not but all will shortly enter into full membership of our Society. We have also heard from Dr. Bayley that two persons have become constant attendants at Argyle Square. Several others have also received enlightenment, and are only prevented from becoming attendants by
the adverse circumstances with which they are surrounded. Such are, however, within the sphere of the angels of the new heaven, and Divine Providence in good time will no doubt remove such circumstances as
are inimical to their advancement in the path of light and truth. Several copies of
BUCKINGHAM, BEDFORD, AND MAIDSTONE. —Dr. Bayley, of London, has recently visited these places, and given lectures under the direction of the London Missionary and Tract Society. In a letter to the Committee, he says—"I have carried out the arrangement desired by the Committee for missionary visits to Buckingham, Bedford, and Maidstone; and at all the places there have been very warm and appreciative audiences. At Buckingham, the Rev. Mr West, Baptist minister, made all the preparations, got the bills out and well posted and distributed, and the free use of the Town Hall for three nights. I was also hospitably entertained at his house. There was an attendance of about a hundred the first night, including three ministers—the Wesleyan, Primitive, and Baptist—and it rose to about a hundred and fifty the last night. Many excellent questions were asked in the best spirit ; and the Primitive minister, who had taken an active part, moved a vote of thanks and a request for the visit to be early repeated.
Bedford.-Our Norwegian friend, who resides at this town, and is an excellent young New Churchman, formerly of Argyle Square, made every effort to give effect to our wishes. We had about the same attendance, and a considerable number of thoughtful people, but also some very narrowminded ones who spoke bitterly and were evidently annoyed when their strong arguments fell to pieces. Some bolted out of the room, in evident indignation. One, a retired colonel, admitted that all I submitted could not be gainsaid, but he thought there was something more. Paul said the archangel would come with the trump of God. And there were trumpets under the Jewish law; and he could understand a good deal in a spiritual manner, but he could not give up the trumpet. There must be a trumpet.
Others became very enthusiastic for the views they heard, and expressed themselves very warmly.
“At Maidstone, we had the Concert Room, and an attendance of about 250, including the leading ministers of the town—the Independent, Church, and Unitarian. The audience was evidently a very thoughtful and respectable one, and expressed in frequent plaudits their reception of what they heard. An earnest desire was again expressed for a fresh visit; and, with the consent of the Committee, I shall be happy to visit Maidstone in April, at the time of the Quarterly Meeting at Snodland. The friends at Snodland and Maidstone were very active, and were present at the services at both places. Altogether, I believe these visits will have scattered good seed, which will bear fruit in due time.”
A notice of the lectures at Buckingham appeared in a local paper, which stated that “Dr. Bayley, of the New Church, Argyle Square, London, paid Buckingham a visit, and delivered lectures on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, at the Town Hall, kindly lent for the occasion by the Mayor. The first lecture was on 'The Blessedness of Praying to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only God,' in connection with which the Divine Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was explained. The second lecture was
on The Atonement, or Reconciliation of Men to God.' The third was on 'Heaven ; where is it? what is it? and how shall we get there ?' They were characterised by no small amount of research, and devoted interest in the subject of them. Although the lecturer seemed to be 'a setter-forth of strange things,' he did not seem to be deficient of divinely-inspired texts to corroborate his statements. In speaking of the blessedness of praying to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he dwelt much upon
which refer to His great dignity, such as The Father was in Him,' that 'He is God over all blessed for evermore,' and 'In Him dwells the fulness of the Godhead bodily,' and many similar teachings. In his illustration of the Atonement, or Reconciliation of man to God, he said it was man that departed from God, not God from man ; hence the necessity of reconciling him, for God did not will the destruction of any, but would they should be one with Him. In his third lecture, Heaven ; where is it? and
how to get there ? he spoke of heaven as the abode of uninterrupted love and happiness. It is not far off, it is nigh, it is within us, in the amiability of our tempers and conduct, and is seen in our endeavour to make all happy with whom we are connected. The kingdom of God is within us. His mountain is a blessing, and the places round about it showers of blessings. In order to get there we must know something of its blessedness and happiness here. This will not only constitute our meetness for it, and our enjoyment of it, but it will be the occasion of joy unspeakable and full of glory. The vote of thanks to him and that for his promise to revisit the town was carried by acclamation, as also a vote of thanks to the Mayor for the use of the hall. The interest of the audience was as conspicuous in their countenances as in their breathless silence."
SHOREDITCH.— The Missionary and Tract Society have engaged the TownHall for a course of four lectures by Dr. Bayley, on the 14th, 16th, 21st, and 23d of March. This noble building is capable of seating upwards of 2000 persons, and an earnest desire has been expressed by many friends to make these lectures as useful as possible by having the Hall well filled on the occasion. From repeated experience, it has been found that the success of our missionary lectures depends, not only on the ability of our lecturers, but also on the energy and activity of the friends who are entrusted with the carrying out of the necessary arrangements. A strong committee for this purpose is now being formed, and all friends desirous of assisting in the work are requested to send in their names to Mr. Jobson, Secretary of the Missionary and Tract Society, 6 Torriano Avenue, Camden Road. The services of the two colporteurs now en. gaged for London and its neighbourhood will be called into requisition on this occasion.
HORNCASTLE. — The quarterly Missionary visit to this newly-formed society was made by the Rev. R. Storry, the services extending from the 10th to the 14th of February. The Corn Exchange was engaged for the occasion. The attendance, though small, increased as the services proceeded. On the evening of the 10th, a lecture on the Deity
of the Saviour and the Divinity of His enterprise, 'and diligently employs or. humanity was given, from the text, derly means for progression. Lectures “ What think ye of Christ ?” On the have been advertised and delivered on Sunday morning this subject was still Sunday evenings, and the attendance further considered from the text, “ Be- has been more than doubled. On Monhold the Lamb of God which taketh day evening, January 23, the quarterly away the sin of the world;" and was
tea-meeting of the Society was held, followed, in the evening, by a discourse and the attendance exceeded all expec. on Religion and Life : their Mutual tation. Five new members were ad. Relation. In the afternoon of the mitted, some of them being young per. Sabbath a sacramental service was held sons born and educated in the church. in the Society's usual place of meeting, These having arrived at the age of when most of the members were present. reason, voluntarily decided to unite On the Monday evening a social tea- themselves with the Society. This is meeting was held, which was followed as it should be, and we would earnestly by an address from Mr. Storry, on “the exhort young persons in every Society Duties and Privileges of the Members to seriously and thoughtfully consider of the Church,” in which he offered such the subject, and we feel sure that the instruction as seemed best suited to the result in their case will be the same. condition and circumstances of the So- The meeting was addressed by the ciety. This service was followed by a minister, Messrs. Smith, Faraday, lecture at the Exchange, on Redemp- Speirs, and other friends, and was felt tion and Atonement,” which was more to be a happy and useful one. We numerously attended than those which also hear from the minister, Mr. Rampreceded. On the following evening, age, the most satisfactory account of February 14, Mr. Storry again met the the attendance and general progress at members and friends of the Society in Buttesland Street. their room, when he delivered an address on “ The nature of the New Dis- “ THE SALTAIRE NEW JERUSALEM pensation, as discoverable from an In- HERALD.”— We have received the first terpretation of the Apostle's Vision of number of this publication, which is to the New Jerusalem.” At the close of be published monthly at Saltaire, in this address, a conversation took place Yorkshire, at the low price of one penny. on subjects suggested by the services The number sent us contains two short and by the wants of the Society. At essays, one on “the mission of the ten the meeting closed, the members New Church,” the other on “the Cry expressing themselves in terms of in the Desert,” the other portions of thankfulness for the services supplied the work being filled up with poetry, by the Missionary Committee. The short extracts from Swedenborg, and a Society is small, and has to contend notice of Dr. Holcombe's “Children in with the difficulties and disadvantages
The work is conducted with of a newly-formed society : but the considerable ability, and will, doubtless, members are intelligent and zealous, obtain many purchasers in the vicinity and will doubtless in the end succeed of its publication. From the wrapper, in the work before them. At present we learn that New Church Assembly they have an increased discouragement Rooms are opened at 13 Victoria Road, in the illness of their esteemed leader, Saltaire, where meetings for instruction, Mr. J. S. Bogg, of Donnington-on- reading, and conversation are held on Bain, which deprives them of his valu- the Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday able services. Their usual meetings, evenings, and a Sunday-school is opened however, for worship and mutual in- on the Sabbath. struction, appear to have been thus far steadily attended to ; and their efforts MANCHESTER, PETER STREET. – to build up the Church will, we hope, With a view to increase the usefulness be crowned with success.
of the weekly meeting of this Society,
the following programme has been got LONDON.We learn from our London
up. We have been requested to insert correspondent that the Cross Street it in the Intellectual Repository, in Society is manifesting increased activity: order to suggest such an arrangement Its minister is a man of industry and to other societies, and also to enable