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the kindness and assistance you and Day Schools, Croft Street, Failsworth. other dear friends of the Church have In consequence of the above schools rendered us in our bazaar. Your assist. having for some time been much too ance has been the means of making it small, insomuch that the chapel has had far superior to any thing we expected. to be used for the accommodation of I myself, and I think I may speak for both Sunday and Day school scholars, the whole committee, tenderour warmest it has been decided to build new ones, thanks to Mrs. Pitman, Mrs. Roe, and on the adjoining vacant land, the plans all other friends whose names we have and specifications of which have been not the pleasure of knowing, who have decided upon. The large room will be come forward to help us so liberally. 62 feet long and 42 feet wide, outside In regard to ourselves, it has been a measure, and calculated to seat comgreat pleasure to meet from time to fortably about 700 persons; besides this, time to work and make arrangements; there will be two class rooms and a and I feel it has been beneficial to us. kitchen, each 12 feet square, and a platWe know each other better, and trust form and infant school room, each 18 it will be the means of making us feet long and 12 feet wide. The objects better. When we look back at the of these schools are:- 'To teach the small sum we began to work with, it doctrines of the New Church on Sun. proves what co-operation and unity will days, and on week days to provide do. I feel great pleasure in the way it for those who may attend a good, sound, has been conducted throughout, and am secular education, which will befit the sure we shall all look back upon it with pupils for either mercantile or profes. delight.

It remains to express the sional duties.' Little need be said to sincere thanks of the whole Society to impress you with the importance of those kind friends at a distance who these objects. Those who appreciate have so ably assisted in this matter, the doctrines of the New Church will some by the gift of articles, some by no doubt be pleased at the good omen the purchase of articles, and

others by of want of accommodation to further pecuniary, contributions. Something the knowledge of these heavenly truths. over £80 has been realized ; every one The following is the result of the last seems to have been satisfied or grati- Government examination in the day fied, and the Society has been relieved schools, which, besides being pleasing of an incubus, which was felt oppres- and interesting to all advocates of sive; much remains for the Society to popular education, will assure them that do, but the power now seems equal to we are not making this effort unnecesthe task. - One of the Trustees.

sarily:-In the day school 124 children

were presented forexamination, of which FAILSWORTH.—The earnest and enter- 122 passed in reading, 119 in writing, prising Society of the New Church at and 119 in arithmetic. In addition to this place has determined to erect new these, 25 infants were examined col. and enlarged schoolrooms for the ac- lectively and passed. In the evening commodation of their increasing Sun- school 40 were presented, and there day and day schools. The design for passed in reading 39, in writing 38, and the new structure is very neat, and its in arithmetic 40. Her Majesty's Inerection will greatly increase the com- spector, E. H. Brodie, Esq., reports as fort, and aid the efficiency of their follows :— The school is very orderly, schools. The cost will be about and the pupils well-behaved, attentive, £700; £100 will be raised in the and diligent. They are able to pass Society, nearly all the members of the required examination with ease and which belong to the working class. intelligence, and do much credit to the The remainder, excepting what may be teacher's powers and industry.' In obtained from the liberality of friends, order to erect schools of the dimensions will be a debt to be gradually liquidated. stated above, it will be evident that It is very desirable that this debt should all the assistance we can possibly obbe as small as possible, that it may not tain from members, and both immediate clog the future efforts of the Society to and distant friends, will be required. provide for the efficient conducting of The committee, therefore, venture to their Church and schools. We give ask for your willing support and assist. below the circular issued by the com- ance, according to your appreciation of mittee:-New Jerusalem Sunday and the work, and the means at your com.

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ing last week handbills were circulated IPSWICH. — Following the example of throughout the town announcing that some of the provincial, and one or more Mr. R. Gunton, of London, would of the metropolitan newspapers, the preach at the chapel on Sunday, in the Ipswich Express has published a series morning upon the subject of The of papers under the title of the “Ips- Bread of life,' and in the evening upon wich Pulpit.” Number xvii. is de- • The Water of life.' We therefore voted to the “New Jerusalem Church," determined to attend the morning serwhich is thus introduced to their vice. The chapel has been closed for a readers :-“This is one of the smaller fortnight for a thorough cleansing, replaces of worship of the town. It pairing the pews, and re-frosting the stands at a corner, near the upper end windows. We found it a small, low of High Street, but is passed with little room, capable of seating about 120 pernotice, and its very existence would be

Everything was scrupulously overlooked by many were it not that it clean, but it was not bedecked with gives the name to the street at its rear. much unnecessary ornament. The It is a plain low structure, not equal- freshly white flat ceiling was matched ling in size many of the dwelling, by the neatly plastered walls. A little houses around it, and its only external gallery hung over the back of the ornaments are the bands of red brick

room, upon which the choir will be enclosing the windows, and contrasting seated when the alterations are comwith the neater white brick, of which pleted. The necessary light is given the chapel or church-for the building by day by five semicircular-headed goes by either name indiscriminately- windows, and by night by six gas buris built. The doctrines of the New ners. Upon one side of the little platJerusalem Church, or Swedenborgian- form at which the minister stands was ism, as it is more generally called, were a harmonium, and upon the other a first brought under the notice of the small table. Upon the latter on townspeople of Ipswich in a course of white table cloth were the glass vessels lectures which were delivered by the with which the sacrament is adminisRev. Mr. Woodman in 1838. A few tered, and a small earthenware basin. persons became converts to the tenets The chapel is seated with benches, and of the new creed, and in 1848 the pre- has an aisle in the centre of the boarded sent chapel was built at a cost of about floor. The only attempt at decoration £500. The cause has not flourished to that we could detect in a glance over any great extent in this district, and the room was a line of red curtains on several of the founders have emigrated the front of the gallery, and a circular to Australia and New Zealand, where ventilator behind the platform. The the belief is said to have taken a building filled but slowly; at eleven firmer hold, and but few proselytes o'clock, the time announced for the have been gained in Ipswich to fill beginning of the service, there was 19 their places.

The pulpit has been persons present, but stragglers graduoceupied by various friends, and at ally dropped in, and at one time, in the intervals of about a month a gentle- middle of the service, there were 38 man comes from London to conduct present. The service was commenced the services." This statement is fol- by the playing over upon the harlowed by an account of the origin of the monium of a simple long metre tune, church and of the life and character of after which Mr. Gunton rose and gave Swedenborg. The statement respect- out a hymn, which was sung in a ing our author is not quite accurate.

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tion, four of whom came forward and any other portion of his life did he formed themselves into a choir. The claim “to be the founder of the New gentleman occupying the platform then Jerusalem Church." The author writes, read a prayer abridged from the New however, with candour and liberality, Church Liturgy, following it with and evidently with the wish to state the portion of the 6th chapter of St. fairly the facts he is narrating. The John's Gospel, in which our Saviour

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compares the bread of life to the of these lectures were, “The worship manna eaten in the wilderness, and of Jehovah and the worship of Baal ; teaches His disciples that He is the “The prophecies relating to the Second bread of life.”. An infant baptism fol. Coming of the Lord;” and “Modern lowed the reading of the Word. This is speculations respecting the Future Life.” particularly described, after which the In the first of these lectures Mr. Storry writer proceeds :-"Without selecting pointed out the distinction between a any passage of Scripture as his text, true and a perverted worship, and traced Mr. Gunton stated that the subject the connection between all genuine worannounced for their consideration was ship and a life of obedience to the laws “THE BREAD OF LIFE.”

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of God. In the second lecture the menced by observing that his hearers preacher showed, by a review and exwere possessed of both a natural and position of several of the prophecies of spiritual being, and that as they could the Old Testament, that the language not have the natural life sustained employed in announcing the second adwithout partaking of material food, so vent of our Lord had been already emneither could the spiritual life be sus- ployed in predicting His first advent, tained unless they partook of the bread and that the fulfilment of these proof life. Bread and water are the ma- phecies yielded, therefore, a key to the terial elements which maintain the prophecies relating to the second comnatural life of man, and they are used ing. From this exposition was pointed in the Word to represent the spiritual out the time of His appearing as indielements which feed the spiritual life cated in “the latter days” of Daniel, of man. The great thing needed was a i.e. the end of the former dispensation; new birth—a regeneration, which is re- and the nature of His advent as precreation. The preacher from this dicted in His appearance as the Son of proceeded to expound the doctrine of Man in the clouds of heaven, His comregeneration, and the soul's growth in ing to the Ancient of days, and the dorighteousness, by the reception and minion, and glory, and kingdom, and appropriation of the bread of life ; and people, and nations and languages, that the service was concluded by the ad- should serve Him.” The concluding ministration of the sacrament of the lecture reviewed some of the recent holy supper, at which members of speculations that have appeared respectother denominations were also invited ing the future life, and compared them to join.”

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and trustworthy disclosures of Sweden. LEEDS.—To keep pace with the borg. The attendance at these lectures times is one of the means of useful and was not so numerous as the friends had solid progress.

The Society at this hoped. The largest congregation was town, though labouring under great not less than 200 persons, the smallest disadvantages, has endeavoured to do not quite half that number. Many of this. Its large and commodious chapel those who were present seemed interhas been kept in good repair, and from ested in the subjects and instructed by time to time improved in its appear- them; and we may reasonably hope ance and comfort. During the present that some use has been accomplished in spring it has undergone a thorough extending the knowledge of the truth repair, and the front and interior and building up the Church in this have been improved and beautified. large town. The lectures would be folDuring these improvements the church lowed on succeeding Sabbath and weekwas necessarily closed, and the public day evenings by other ministers. Mr. worship of the Society for a short time Deans of Bolton, who was next in suc. suspended. On Sunday, Jnne 4, the cession, discussed some of the leading Church was re-opened, and it was de- phases of thought arising out of the termined to combine with the re-open- Voysey controversy and persecution. ing a short mission service. The The attendance was similar to that at services were commenced by a dis- the opening services.

on the religious instruction involved in the call of Elisha (1 Kings LONDON.—Just as we are going to xix. 19 to 21), by the Rev. R. Storry, press, a correspondent sends us the fol. who followed this discourse with a Iowing, in which our readers will be series of three lectures. The subjects much interested. It is a munificent

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effort to promote the cause of truth by providing the means of its public announcement to the world, and will be, we hope, crowned with an abundant success. 'To do good and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.' The members of the New Church will rejoice to know that another munificent gift to the Conference is in course of arrangement. A gentleman, whose name is connected with large benevolences, expressed a desire that a church should be built or purchased in one of the western districts of London ; and, the Palace Garden's Church' (Presbyterian) having been offered for sale by auction at the Mart on Wednesday last, the subject with all its appendages having been duly considered previously, the same was purchased at a cost of £5250. It is capable of seating about 1000 persons, is admirably arranged for light and sound, and has a schoolroom on the same level, which will accommodate 200 children, and, in a ldition, a commodious vestry. The nature of the locality and the suitability of the building seem to be all that could be desired ; and the earnest effort of those who have promoted this proceeding will be, not only to establish a Society and Sunday school, but also to carry on extensive missionary operations in this populous and important district, that the sincere desire of the donor-an extended knowledge of the foundationprinciples of Christianity, may be realized, and mankind be thereby rendered wise and happy..”

From the communication of another correspondent, we have reason to conclude that the zeal and earnestness of our brethren in London are equal to the employment in the cause of righteousness and truth of the increased means so providentially supplied. Our correspondent writes : “I hope we shall have a useful and happy Conference. We have churches in London, and I have never known so much unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, combined—with righteousness of life, prevailing amongst us. Our own little society has had many removals to endure, but it has been enabled to rejoice that it has thereby strengthened the Church elsewhere. Our own congregation has been partially made up by accessions from without. It also shows evidences of

internal growth. Still we lack the thorough earnestness which we ought to have, and pray to the Lord for."

NORTHAMPTON. —At the quarterly meeting of the society in this town, held March 28th, the members availed themselves of the opportunity of presenting a token of esteem to their respected leader, Mr. Berry, on his removal to London. The testimonial consisted of Bagster's Polyglot Bible (English version, with index, references, and maps), in chaste binding and gilt-edged. The inscription is as follows :-“ Affectionately presented to John Paxton Berry, by the members and friends of the New Jerusalem Church, Northampton, as a parting expression of their love, gratitude, and esteem, for his long and valuable services as leader of the church. Signed, on behalf of the church, Sam. T. Negus.—March 28, 1871.” With this were also presented a few dozen carte-de-visite portraits of Mr. Berry, admirably executed, which the friends were desirous of possessing. The presentation was made by Mr. Negu, in an appropriate address, in which he expressed the regret of the members at the departure of Mr. Berry and their affection and gratitude to him as a loving friend and faithful pastor. The little flock under his guidance had been strengthened and renewed and led forward in the path of eternal life. They were unwilling, therefore, to part with him without some expression of their grateful recollection of his services; and desired that their offering might not be regarded as a formal act, but as affection's offering from a beloved people to a faithful pastor. Mr. Berry, in reply, expressed his high appreciation of the “Divine Word,” and assured the kind friends who had chosen this beautiful copy of it as an expression of their love to him —that nothing else could have given him greater satisfaction, and that he should ever be reminded of them when perusing its sacred pages, and especially in his efforts to disseminate its blessed truths--as seen in the light of New Church doctrine.

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Wilton.— Wilton is a small town, long celebrated for its carpet manufacture, situated three miles to the west from Salisbury, with which city it is

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now most conveniently connected by two lines of railway. During Mr. Gunton's visit to Salisbury, advantage was taken of his presence in the neighbourhood to have a lecture illustrative of the doctrines of the New Church delivered by him in this ancient borough town.

This lecture, which was on

“ The expected End of the World, and the Coming of the Son of Man in the Clouds of Heaven,'' was given on the evening of Friday, April 21st, at the Temperance Hall, and was listened to by about 150 attentive hearers, amongst whom were several local preachers of various denominations. Some questions were asked, and, we believe, satisfactorily answered, and several copies of Dr. Bayley's Brighton Lectures were sold to the audience, who manifested a great desire to learn more respecting the doctrines. Indeed, we know that there are now several persons resident in this town reading various publications of the Church, some of whom have already expressed themselves as surprised at the knowledge they have gained by their perusal.

Marriages. At St. Cuthbert's Church, Gateshead, on May 24, 1870, Arthur Herbert Walpole, Esq., Surgeon, Newcastle, to Evangeline, eldest daughter of Mr. Henry Piper, 9 St. Cuthbert Terrace, Gateshead.

June 1. At the New Church College Chapel, Islington, hy Rev. D. G. Goyder, Mr. Richard Wisedill, to Miss Marion Sarah Parsons, daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Parsons, and eldest granddaughter of the late Mr. James Shirley Hodson, many years the efficient secretary of the General Conference.

June 1st. At the New Jerusalem Church, Heywnod, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Alfred Fairbrother, to Miss Mary Ann Frazer.

June 22. At 109 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, by the Rev. John F. Potts, B.A., Mr. John M‘Clure to Miss Lizzie C. Speirs.

Obituary. On March 11, aged 37 years, Mr. Samuel Taylor, son of Mr. John Taylor,

of Moss Lane, Whitefield, passed from the present to a higher state of being. Cradled in the bosom of the New Jerusalem, his life was as spotless as his demeanour was meek and unaffected. Ever since he was able to render his loving Master any service, he has been constant and faithful in its discharge, having filled the office of superintendent of the Besses Sunday school for nine years, during which time he was unavoidably absent only three times. To the various institutions of the church he was a liberal supporter, and especially so to its periodical literature. Many of the weavers in their mill will miss finding in their “pin boxes,” placed there by an unseen hand, their accustomed Juvenile Magazine or other publication intended to disseminate & knowledge of the heavenly doctrines of love and duty taught by the Church.

April 17th.- Very suddenly, of heart disease, Mr. Thomas Douglas, of 1 Ken. sington Place, Bath. He was ber of the Bath Society for many years; during the greater part of which time he made himself useful to the Church, by discharging the duties successively of treasurer and secretary, to the satisfaction of all with whom he came in contact. He also occasionally read the services for the Rev. J. Keene, and in many ways proved himself to be a sincere and consistent meniber of the church.

On the 24th of May, at Farnworth, aged twenty-four, Edward Partington passed into the spiritual world. Born of New Church parents, and educated under New Church influences in the Sabbath school connected with the Kearsley Society, he grew up in the doctrines, to which he became sincerely attached, as also to the interests of the Sunday school. He was an affectionate and dutiful son, having been the main support of his parents during a protracted illness of his father. The seeds of consumption, however, manifested themselves, and has added one more to the many victims which have fallen beneath its ravages.

At the house of his brother, Mr. J. T. Bates, Melbourne, June 9th, Mr. George William Bates, late of Derby, aged 37 years.

The miscarriage of a corrected proof left an article in the last number with several typographical errors, chiefly these-p. 271, 1. 10, simply should be finitely; p. 272, 1. 30, trained should be framed ; p. 273, 1. 24, invisible should be visible ; and p. 274, 1. 4, visible shoulıl be invisible.

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