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Street. A design has also been selected by the committee and adopted by the Society. The estimated cost of the building is £860. This will include the internal fittings, but not any vestry, shed, or fencing. The dimensions are 41 by 30 ft. and it is calculated to seat 170 hearers.
The committee expect that the sum available from the accumulated Building Fund will amount to about £500 at the end of 1871. They are very anxious, however, to complete the building without involving the Society in debt, while they would regret very much to be obliged to substitute an inferior design.
They believe the friends of the Church will unite in “doing what they can” towards the erection of the building, but it is very desirable that the committee should know, without delay, at least approximately, the additional amount upon which they may depend.
They therefore respectfully invite the co-operation of their brethren, and will esteem it a favour to be informed of any supplementary aid which may be rendered to the Building Fund. The secretary is Mr. F. W. Botting.
DEPTFORD.-On the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th April, the foundation or memorial stone was laid of a new place of worship in Warwick Street, Douglas Street, Deptford. The building about to be erected will accommodate upwards of 200 persons, and will cost, when completed, about £900. It is of a neat design of Byzantine character; the dressings to the door and windows will be of Bath stone, the capitals carved, and the remainder of the front is to be executed in Suffolk white and red bricks. The interior is designed as an arcade on each wall, the arches being supported by pilasters with moulded and enriched capitals. The roof timbers will be to sight, and all the woodwork will be stained and varnished. The plan of the building is a parallelogram with chancel raised two steps above the floor level. The architect is Mr. Edward C. Gosling of the Woodlands, Old Charlton. At four o'clock on the day above-named, a considerable number of the members and friends of the Society assembled on the site.
A hymn having been sung, Mr. J. Rhodes, the leader of the So
ciety, offered up the Lord's Prayer, after which Richard Gunton, Esq., the treasurer of the New Church Conference, laid the stone in due form, using for the occasion a handsome silver trowel lent by Alfred Braby, Esq., secretary of the Camberwell Society. Mr. Gunton then addressed the spectators on the meaning of the ceremony, and the nature of the doctrines to be preached in the Church. The stone bears the following inscription :-"New Jerusalem Church, This memorial stone was laid by Richard Gunton, Esq., treasurer of the New Church Conference, &c., 26th April 1871; Edward C. Gosling, architect; Perry Brothers, builders. After the ceremony tea was provided in the Alliance Temperance Hall, Union Street, of which about 120 persons partook. Upon the tables being removed, Mr. Rhodes took the chair at seven o'clock. A hymn having been sung and prayer offered by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, Mr. Rhodes thanked the friends for their attendance and gave several interesting particulars in connection with the Building Fund. The meeting was then addressed by Rev. T. Chalklen, Messrs. Braby, Austin, Rev. Dr. Tafel, Mr. R. Gunton, Rev. Dr. Bayley, and Mr. Ramage. The Church is to be consecrated on Wednesday, August 9, during the session of the New Church Conference in London, when Rev. J. Hyde, president of Conférence, is expected to preach.
HULL.-On Sunday 16th April, the Anniversary Services of this Society was held, when two appropriate sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Ray of Newcastle.
On Monday, 17th April, the annual tea-meeting was held, and after tea the public meeting which was presided over by Mr. Best, the leader of the Society. Addresses were delivered by Rev. W. Ray and other friends during the evening, and several pieces of music were
On Tuesday evening, 18th April, Mr. Ray delivered a lecture on “HeavenWho are its Inhabitants, and what the Nature of their Employment?” The lecturer stated that to understand the subject it was necessary to begin at the beginning and take a glance at the order of creation from the Creator; then gave therefore an outline of crea
tion, first in its relation to spiritual ing that that festival is looked upon by things; the sun of the spiritual world, very many in the light of a holiday to whence were spiritual spheres; spiritual be devoted wholly to recreation. Conatmospheres, and a spiritual world. stantly increasing numbers, amongst The lecturer next took a glance at whom were many strangers, showed things natural: the natural sun, natu- that Mr. Wilkins' ministrations were ral atmospheres, a natural earth, and more and more appreciated. His power thus a natural world. Next he con- of illustration and the spirit of earnestsidered the object or end in view in the ness which breathed in all his remarks, mind of the Creator in the creation of were especially admired. At the close these worlds. This end was shown to of his last sermon, a purse with six be that a human race might be born on sovereigns was presented to him, in the earth, and from the human race a presence of the congregation, as a slight heaven of angels formed. Angels there- token of the esteem which he had acfore began their life in this world, and quired among the Jersey friends. our great business here is to reject the evil and be prepared for angelic homes. NOTTINGHAM.—The Society in this Both the Sunday's services and the town has been favoured with a visit lectures were well attended, notwith- from and the spiritual ministration of standing the very unfavourable weather Mr. Thomas Moss, B.A., of Jersey. which on the Tuesday evening was On Good Friday Mr. Moss preached in sufficient to deter any one not greatly the church on the assuring declaration interested in the subject from venturing of our Lord, “And I, if I be lifted up, out of doors. Mr. Ray's lectures have will draw all men unto me." The invariably proved attractive to the Hull Easter services were celebrated as the public to whom he is tolerably well “Anniversary” of the Society, and the known, having made several visits to attendance was both numerous and the Society since its commencement. attentive. Many strangers were preWe have reason to believe that in sent. The subject on Sunday morning, several instances a favourable impres- 9th April, was—“Under what form sion has been made, by the convincing should we worship God ?” and in the manner in which he commended the
evening—“On the Doctrine of an Inprinciples of the New Church to the termediate state of Souls.” Both subaudience. After the lecture a hearty jects were handled in Mr. Moss' usual vote of thanks was given to Mr. Ray masterly style. A social tea-meeting for his able lecture, and to the National was held in the school-room on MonMissionary Institute to which the So- day, when about eighty persons sat ciety was indebted for his visit.
down to an excellent repast. The
evening was diversified by singing, JERSEY.– To be up and doing is. as music, and an address from Mr. Moss, necessary for the progress of the Church in the course of which he earnestly as it is for the advancement of our exhorted the friends to renewed efforts worldly affairs. Acting on this princi- to build up the Church within themple, the Jersey Missionary Society re- selves, and also as an external organizasolved to secure Mr. C. H. Wilkins' tion. On the Tuesday Mr. Moss deservices to preach and lecture in St. livered a lecture in the Exchange Hall Heliers during the temporary absence (granted by the Mayor) on "Symbolism, of Mr. Moss on a visit to his former or Material types of the Spiritual,” and Society at Nottingham. Most amply although the evening was very unfav. have they been repaid. Mr. Wilkins ourable the attendance was tolerably came amongst us almost an utter stran- good, and the way in which the lecturer ger; he left, carrying with him the treated his subject throughout was esteem and gratitude of all for the most joyfully received by an audience powerful influence he exerted in pro- composed chiefly of strangers. The moting brotherly love and affection in local newspapers noticed the lecture, the Society. We all believe Mr. Wil- and the Guardian gave a very favourkins to be a born preacher and a great able account, incorporating the chief acquisition to the Church. The first points of the lecture in its report with sermon was preached on Good Friday ; pleasing explanations and examples of the attendance was very good, consider.
On the following Sunday,
16th April, Mr. Moss again preached, capable of seating about 400 persons, in the morning on the “Transfigura- adapted for concerts, readings, &c., for tion,”
and in the evening on the “Un- which purpose it is intended. On its seen World,” this latter discourse pro- completion, Mr. R. Gunton, the wellducing the most impressive solemnity known and respected missionary of the and effect.
Church, was invited by Mr. Whitehorn Altogether the visit of Mr. Moss has to deliver therein a short course of been attended with good results in lectures on New Church doctrines, various ways, and the Society hope to which lectures were well attended, see the fruits in days to come.
and produced great inquiry. Another
course has since been given during the SALISBURY — REVIVAL OF THE SO- month of February by the Rev. Dr. CIETY.—It is known to many of our Bayley, with very marked success. readers that for several years a small These were again followed by a more society of the New Church existed in lengthened course in April by Mr. Salisbury, the doctrines having been Gunton, when numerous and attentive first introduced by Ralph Mather and congregations assembled to listen, and J. W. Salmon, when on their mission- from whom many expressions of delight ary tour throughout England, preach- and satisfaction were heard to emanate, ing them in the open air, in the market as well as a desire expressed that serplace of that city, in the year 1787. vices of the same kind should be conAt this time several influential persons
tinued. Under these circumstances, appear to have fully received their Mr. Whitehorn has kindly granted the teachings, and for some considerable free use of this comfortable place of time afterwards social meetings for the assembly for Sunday evening worship, propagation of the views were held. and the performance of which the Rev. Indeed, we find that at the third Gene- D. T. Dyke has engaged to carry out ; ral Conference of the New Church, held and we have much pleasure in stating in Great Eastcheap, London, in 1791, that the evening services that have been the presidential chair was filled by a held since Mr. Gunton's mission terSalisbury representative, one Mr. Ben- minated have been attended by respectjamin Banks, then a musicseller in that able and attentive audiences. city. This gentleman was a very energetic and warm-hearted receiver of the SHOREDITCH.-In March last the truth, and during his lifetime the cause Rev. Dr. Bayley delivered a course of made progress ; afterwards the ranks lectures in the Town Hall, particulars were rapidly thinned by removals into of which were given in our last number. eternity of the various receivers, until At each of the lectures the public were but two or three remained. In 1825 notified of the fact of there being a an effort was made in connection with New Church in Buttesland Street, the late Mr. A. J. Le Cras and others which is not more than five minutes' to establish a society, which was so far walk from the Town Hall ; and on successful as to prolong an existence Sunday, March 19th, Mr. Ramage comunder various leaders and vicissitudes menced there a course of Sunday evenuntil the autumn of 1857, when, from ing sermons on “The Future Life.” several causes combined—the emigra- On that occasion the building was filled tion of members to other places being almost to excess, and it is pleasing to the most prominent
meeting for be able to add that the interest was so worship was discontinued, and has not well sustained that the attendance did since been resumed. Within the past not flag on any of the evenings ; in fact, few months Mr. William Whitehorn, if possible, the attendance on the last an ardent and liberal friend of the was greater than on the first night. Church, having purchased of the Society This is a striking proof of the popular of Primitive Methodists their old meet- and interesting manner in which Mr. ing-house, situate in the prominent Ramage presents the doctrine of the thoroughfare of Fisherton Street, has Church to his hearers. On Easter repaired, altered, and beautified the Monday the members and friends met same in such a manner as to make it a at the church to celebrate the first year convenient assembly room, fitted with of Mr. Ramage's ministry in the neighextensive platform and gallery, and bourhood. About 130 sat down to tea,
and more than 150 were present at the ineeting held afterwards. The Rev. Dr. Bayley, who has always evinced much interest in this young society, took the chair, and addressed the friends at some length. Dr. Tafel and Mr. R. Gunton followed in the same spirit, which was one of congratulation to both leader and members on past success, and encouragement to all to redouble their efforts in the future. Mr. Ramage then gave an address on
Religious Enthusiasm,” in the course of which he said that, gratified as he was at the kind and flattering manner in which he had been spoken of by the previous speakers, he felt it was but right to say that, had he not been helped as he had been by a band of hard-working and zealous men, such a success as had been achieved would have been impossible. Mr. Cutting, the secretary, made a few remarks on “Our Organization ;” and after a few words from Mr. Dodd, the superintendent of the Sunday School, and from Mr. R. Jobson, who has always been an active friend of the Society, the meeting separated at 9.30, after having spent an extremely happy evening. The excellent singing of several pieces by the choir much assisted to heighten the pleasures of the evening, and much credit is due both to the leader, Mrs. Carter, for her management, and to the singers for their performance. It is a pity this promising society has not a building better adapted to their wants, but no doubt the members will make every effort to overcome this evil.
GENERAL CONFERENCE.—The next meeting will take place in the Church in Cross Street, Hatton Garden, London, and will commence its sittings on: the evening of Monday, August 7th. It will greatly facilitate the labours of the gentlemen who have the making of the preliminary arrangements, if Secretaries of Societies will communicate with the Secretary of the Cross Street Society, giving the number and names of their representatives as soon as the appointments are made.
The Secretary's address is, Mr. Penn, 57 Camden Road, N. W.
Marriages. At the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, February 22nd, Mr. George Whitaker, to Miss
Eliza Ashworth.—May 17th. Mr.
- May 17th. Daniel Diggle, Esq., to Mary Ann Radcliffe, eldest daughter of James Radcliffe, Esq. All of Heywood.
Obituary. We have to announce the death, on the 23d of March, in the sixtieth year of her age, of Mrs. Hannah Lee, who was well known to the friends in London from fifteen to eighteen years ago as Mrs. Henderson, of the Southampton Mission Room, Euston Road. Those who knew Mrs. Lee as Mrs. Henderson will hardly require to be reminded of her zeal and tact in making known the doctrines of the New Church, of which no more sincere and consistent professor could be named. A kindly tribute to her memory is also called for by the warmth of her friendships, and her readiness to perform every charitable work among the poor of her neighbourhood, of which the writer of this can recall many instances. While her natural abilities were considerable, her accomplishments were not of the kind which we part with when we lay aside this mortal frame. She was an honest, good, kindly-natured, and intelligent soul, never weary of welldoing, and as such she will be remembered and regretted by all who knew her at the period of her greatest activity. E. R.
Died, at Wivenhoe, Essex, in the thirty-sixth year of her age, of consumption, Mrs. Margaret Diana Mary Harvey, wife of Mr. John Harvey, and young. est daughter of the Rev. D. G. Goyder. “Daughter, thou hast gone before us,
And thy saintly soul is flown
And sorrow is unknown:
And from care and pain releas'd,
And the weary are at rest.
And borne the heavy load;
To reach His bless'd abode.
Upon his father's breast,
And the weary are at rest.
Whom thou hast left behind,
As sure a welcome find;
To be a glorious guest,
And the weary are at rest.
That there exists a marked similarity between man and other members of the animal kingdom is an almost self-evident fact. Whether this similarity is of such a character as to warrant the inference that man is not the result of a special creative act, but that he is no more than a developed animal, is one of the questions really at issue. On the other hand, that man is, in some respects, as markedly distinguished from all animals
as, in some other respects, he is similar to animals, is likewise a self-evident fact. Whether what distinguishes man from animals is no more than the natural development of such slight differences as exist between other animals, and is so to be accounted for, is again the other half of the question really in debate. The case of Lamarck, Darwin, and others, is necessarily based on the facts of similarity, which their investigations undoubtedly show to be very extensive, and often most remarkable. The case of their opponents—the advocates of the special act of creation hypothesis—is as necessarily based on the facts of difference; and it may justly be claimed that an almost equally extensive, and certainly quite as remarkable class of facts can be arrayed supporting their hypothesis. The difficulty of the Darwinians is to account for the differences between man and the animals; the duty of their opponents is to account for the similarities between the animals
On such a subject it would be unwise to dogmatize on either side; both classes of facts need to be fairly examined.