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of Salford, to open their chapel. Com- him for what purpose he had come. paring notes with the days gone by, They both walked up the village toand looking at the smallness of their gether, and when they reached the end village, he was agreeably surprised that he asked “ Where is your town.” the progress they had made had been so “Oh,” said Mr. Mason,“ remarkably manifested, in the building here.' Well, he thought, if that was not only of their chapel but of a com- Embsay, and if it had a New Church modious school, for the education of the Society in it, he himself, surrounded as children in the locality. Circumstances he was at home by six thousand people, were now widely different from what had been very lax and negligent in not they were in 1833. Look at the faci. trying to establish a church there. He lities given to them in their transit from went back, determined to try what place to place by railways, which were could be done. The result was that interspersed all over the country. Re- two years and a half ago they commenced markable changes had also taken place a Sunday school in the Mechanics' in the manners and thoughts of the Institute. At first they had 35 childpeople. Ten years ago very little was ren in the school, belonging to the thought about imparting education to families living around him. In twelve the masses. But a Bill was passed last
months from the commencement of the session which made provision for the school they had erected a beautiful education of all who chose to avail building, capable of holding 600 persons themselves of the opportunities afforded. and where 144 Sunday scholars met When the people became educated, for instruction. In concluding his they would cease to take an interest in address, the chairman said that his imlow, grovelling, sensual amusements, pression was, if their doctrines were and he believed that popular amuse- better understood they would be better ments would greatly improve. They appreciated. It was through ignorance might as well try to make an empty alone that so many looked upon the sack stand as to improve the condition New Church people as peculiar. They of uneducated persons. Therefore, all were not peculiar at all, for they based those changes which were taking place their creed and everything they said were in the right direction. Speaking upon the Word of God. They took the of the New Church, he said that Bible for their standard, and if men Swedenborgians did not think they spoke not according to the law and were a peculiar people chosen out by testimony, the truth was not in them. God to perform all the great duties An interesting musical programme existing in the world. No such thing. was then gone through ; and the perThey believed they constituted but one formances were interspersed with adstone, as it were, in the glorious build- dresses given by Messrs. Bastow, ing that was being erected for the moral, Swinburn, and Clegg, each of whom intellectual, and physical improvement spoke with animation and ardour. of the people. They considered that The above has been pressed out of our all professing Christians, if they were two last numbers. Since this meeting, good, would go to Heaven and become an interesting lecture has been given by angels in that brighter and better an Independent minister, which yielded world. They admitted all amongst much pleasure to a numerous audience. them, who trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, and shunned sins as evils WIGAN. — We extract the following against him. Speaking of Embsay he from the Wigan Observer of February said he owed a great deal to this village. 1:-On Wednesday evening, January He did not know why it should have 25, the choir of the New
Jerusalem been so, but a few years ago he wanted Church, Kersley, gave a grand concert to see where his father had opened a in the New Jerusalem School-room, in chapel in connection with the principles aid of the funds for enlarging the dayof the New Church : and he was so school. Considering counter attracpressed with Embsay constantly coming tions in the town, the attendance was up in his mind that one day he took it very good, the front seats being crowded. into his head to run over and see the The entire programme was gone through village and chapel there. He called very creditably, under the able leaderupon his friend Mr. S. Mason, and told ship of Mr. J. G. Woodman, who was
well accompanied on the piano by Miss Horrocks of Bolton. Of the programme we have little to say, every part being well sustained, and all the songs excellently sung.
In the glees and partsongs all were delighted with the precision and taste with which they were given. To make personal remarks would be useless, inasmuch as all the choir, without exception, took their parts exceedingly well.
Birth. On the 6th February, at Grosvenor Villas, Loughborough Park, London, the wife of Mr. E. H. Bayley, of a son.
Marriages. March 1, 1871, at the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Mark Nuttall, to Miss Sarah Ann Barlow, both of Heywood.
At the same time and place, and by the same minister, Mr. Thomas Ogden, to Miss Betsy Gillimore, both of Hey. wood.
Obituary. Alfred Essex, Esq. We have received a copy of the Graaf Reinet Herald of January 28th, in which we are informed of the death of Mr. Essex, at his residence in Bird Street, in the seventyeighth year of his age. Mr. Essex was many years ago an intelligent and well known member of the Society in Cross Street, London. For many years he took an active part in the Society's affairs, and on several occasions was appointed its representative at the General Conference. He was also an occasional contributor to the pages of the Magazine. In the year 1853 he removed to Graaf Reinet in South Africa, where some of his family were already settled, and where he continued to reside until the time of his departure.
January 17th, 1871, at Highfield House, Hopwood, Heywood, after a short but severe illness, Mr. Alfred Edward Edleston, third son of Richard Edleston, Esq., aged nineteen. The deceased was a youth of great promise, and was much esteemed by those who knew him. His departure is a source of painful affliction to his family and friends. Its suddenness powerfully reminds us of the important but often
forgotten truth, that “in the midst of life we are in death."
Departed this life, on the 11th of February, Mrs. J. Russen, of Rusholm, near Manchester.
Mrs. Russen was born in 1817 at Dalton, Yorkshire. Both her parents being members of the New Church, she was imbued at an early age with a knowledge and love of its doctrines, and with a high appreciation of the spirit and life they incul. cate. Never having been called to struggle mentally against the fallacious appearances of the old doctrines, she viewed with peculiar charity all differences of opinion, and cordially recognized the good to be found among all denominations of Christians. Her life was not externally of an eventful character, but her warm affections brought her so closely in contact with the joys and sorrows of others, that she acquired a wide experience, and none could visit her under anxious or mournful circumstances without feeling that they had a friend in whom they could confide, and who would help them to the extent of her ability. The most distinguishing part in her character was her readiness to sacrifice herown love and interests for the good of others. Indeed so long and successfully had she cultivated this habit that it appeared to have ceased to be a sacrifice, and to have become a part of her life. She had always verified in a remarkable manner the reali. ties of the spiritual world, and in contemplating her approaching change, spoke to some of those who now mourn her loss with joyful anticipation of meeting those she loved and esteemed who had gone before.
“Her end was peace.” At Bolton-le-Moors, on the 17th of February last, was removed into the spiritual world, Eliza, relict of Mr. John Horrocks, late of that town, in the sixtythird year of her age. The deceased had been connected with the Bolton Society for a period of forty years, and had been actively devoted to the interests of the Church till the last few years of her life, when declining health and increasing infirmities prevented her devoting her energies to the object most dear to her. The following incidents of her life will, it is believed, not only interest your readers, but be found useful as an illustration, to the members of her own sex, of the field of usefulness open to their labours. She left home
at the early age of ten, to reside with ished, and entering on an immortality for and assist in her business an old friend which she was so fully prepared. W. of her mother's. A son of this person At Heywood, February 19, Mrs. Mary was inclined to Deism, and when the Jackson, aged sixty-two, relict of Mr. deceased was about sixteen, put into Joseph Jackson, whose obituary is inher hands Paine's "Age of Reason,' serted in our January number, 1870. which for a time somewhat unsettled The deceased had been for nearly thirty her faith in divine revelation. At this
years a devoted and active member of juncture, however Mr. Sagar, then the the Church at this place. For many leader of the Bolton Society, which met years she and her esteemed partner atfor worship in Bury Street, commenced tended worship at Heywood, while rea course of lectures, which she was in- siding at Rochdale. Although placed duced to attend, when the flood of light at a distance from the house of God, thrown on the nature and meaning of she was seldom absent from its public the sacred volume completely dissipated services, and took an active part in all the figment of scepticism, and settled that concerned the well-being of the her faith in the divinity of the Bible, Church. Since the departure of her and, at the same time, in the truth of husband, she has suffered from declinthe New Church doctrines, to which ing health, until at length without a from this period she became devotedly murmur she departed to join him in a attached. She was also very successful higher state of being. in introducing the doctrines to others; Died, February 23rd, aged seventyand through her instrumentality her seven years, David Brook, formerly mother, sister, and brother, and subse- colporteur of the Yorkshire New Jeru. quently to her marriage, her husband, salem Church Colportage Association. and his brother, with his wife, became Departed this life, March 10th, 1871, zealous and devoted members of the Mr. Titus Brown, for many years miniChurch. When it was determined to ster of the New Church Society at St. erect the present Church, she threw her Heliers, Jersey, and of which, from his influence into the effort with character- unremitting zeal and painstaking in its istic energy, taking the main charge of behalf, he well deserves to be called the the business, whilst her husband with father. Nearly fifty years have now Mr. Edleston, who then officiated as elapsed since our revered friend was first leader, visited the members, to solicit instructed in the doctrines by Captain subscriptions; and failing in the first Gomm, who introduced them into the instance to raise the required amount, island, and whom he never ceased to at her suggestion her husband and his speak of in terms of the greatest love brother doubled the amounts they had
During the time that promised, and the example being Captain Gomm conducted asmall society, followed by others, their efforts event- Mr. Brown made himself useful in the uated in success.
A considerable por- choir, and by his ardent study laid the tion of the expenditure had to be pro- foundation of that accurate knowledge vided for by debentures; and here of the truth, which made him such a again, at her suggestion, her husband useful labourer in his Lord's vineyard. and his brother cancelled a portion of After Captain Gomm's death, the friends their claims, in addition to their con- were for a time scattered; but at length tributions each succeeding collection, in 1836, Mr. Brown, with three or four as a means of gradually liquidating the others-two of whom still remain in debt; and she lived to have the satis- our midst-resolved to establish the faction of seeing the liabilities of the Society, which still exists and flourishes. Church reduced to a merely nominal From the period of its foundation till amount. Her last illness was a linger- within about a twelvemonth, Mr. Brown ing and trying one, eventuating in continued the affectionate and devoted disease of the heart, accompanied with minister of the Society, struggling on dropsy and painful nervous derange- through good report and evil report
, ment. Her faith in the Divine Provid. and cheered at times by the evidently ence of the Lord, and in the doctrines beneficial results of his labours. Numerof the New Church, however, never ous friends anxious to show a last mark wavered, and she looked forward to her of esteem to their loving and gentle end with the confidence of realizing minister and brother accompanied his the conviction she had so long cher- mortal remains to the grave.
“And now I come to Thee. And these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Thy Word ; and the world hath hated them ; because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”_Ver. 13-16.
Each verse of this wonderful chapter has shewn us the Lord in His Divine Humanity–His manhood, praying for and sympathizing with His disciples, His Church, and mankind, yet with hopes and aspirations so deep, so wide, and so grand, as evidently to contain in them an infinite quality, and so being in their ground and origin divine.
From the words now before us, it might be concluded that personal separation is implied. “I come to Thee" seems to imply previous distance and severance. Yet it was not so. In the foregoing chapter the Lord said, “ I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (v. 32).
It is not place, but state, which determines man's distance from God, or nearness to Him. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. The seeking soul finds God on the mountains as Elijah did, or in the valley, in the palace or the cottage. In the most solitary desert, the heart open to divine influences thirsts for God “ as the hart panteth after the water-brooks,” and will find Him. Like Jacob, the true Christian will often have occasion to say, “ Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not : this is none other but the house of
God, and this is the gate of heaven.” When we come into a near state of sympathy with God we have a sense of closeness to Him ; when our tastes and aims are external we seem far away.
The humanity was approaching to identity of feeling with the Father, and said, “I come to Thee;" not as to place, but as to state. They would soon be altogether one.
There is another passage where distance seems even more strikingly expressed, and yet no distance of place could be meant, for Jesus and the Father were really one. The Father who was in Him did the works. He who sent Him was with Him. It is distance of state not yet fully overcome, which is meant. He said to Mary “ Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father : but
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God” (John xx. 17). He forbad her to be conjoined to Him until His full glorification was completed. There was yet some veil tempering His Divine Glory, until He had arranged all things in the world of spirits. Wonderful works were doubtless being done in the forty days between His resurrection and His ascension. As He covered Himself with flesh, that He might dwell with men of flesh and blood, and deliver, heal and bless them; so in His dealings with the spirits, to whom Peter tells us, He went after His death in the flesh, He retained, we conceive, a spiritual covering to accommodate Himself to them.
While He retained this, His external state was not that of full perfection. He had not yet ascended in this respect to the Father. Interiorly, He and the Father were one. As to person, he who saw Him saw the Father. But His external had not yet fully ascended to the perfect state of glory, which it would speedily attain. He was about to ascend. Soon His humanity would altogether be His divinity. The shades that clouded His Majesty would speedily disappear, and He would to the whole universe stand forth as the embodied Godhead, the Divine Man, whose countenance would be “as the sun shineth in his strength," and who could say, "Fear not, I am the First and the Last” (Rev. i. 17).
The Divine speaker proceeds to unfold to us the object of His teachings. How this has been misconceived by sincere, but mistaken and melancholy souls. How many read their Bibles to make themselves and others miserable. Ascetic piety looks grimly on the beautiful world around us, and supposes its Maker will be pleased with them it they disdain the splendours of His divine workmanship. They persist