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colporteur, and urged all present to go forth as missionaries to publish and make knowu the truth. This was the more needful as popular doctrines were losing their hold upon the public mind, and popular Churches were declining. Rev. J. Boys traced the decline of professing Churches to the decline in the public mind of all sectarian feeling and the growth of a broader and wider charity. And this sectarian spirit is one against which the members of the New Church must carefully guard. It is the descent of the New Jerusalem which has led men to see that all religion is to be good and do good, and we are only of the New Jerusalem as we show forth a good and Christian life before God and man. Other speakers followed, one of the prominent subjects discussed being the question of sectarianism, which had been incidentally introduced. Mr. Seddon, in speaking to one of the last resolutions of the evening, pointed out that a great work lay before the Church in the future, and suggested that the missionaries should give special prominence to some of the leading doctrines of the Church-the doctrine that God is one and that Christ is that one God; that true religion embraces the whole nature of man and is a full religion, sanctifying and regenerating the mind wholly ; that faith in the Lord must be combined with the love of the Lord and a life of obedience to His teachings. At the close of the meeting, Rev. Mr. Hyde proposed an addition to the title of the Society, recognizing the work of colportage on which it has entered, which was adopted. The meeting was well attended.

mentary class book has been published during the year and is becoming extensively adopted in the schools. Thanks were voted to Rev. Mr. Hyde, who has prepared this work and presented the MSS. to the committee. The Tune Book, which has been some time in preparation, is approaching completion, and there is a prospect of its early publication. A strong feeling was expressed on the part of some of the schools for the preparation of an advanced class-book, treating chiefly on the great doctrine of correspondences, and giving illustrations of its application in the interpretation of the Word. The proposition led to an extended conversation, but it was not deemed desirable to undertake the work at present. The Building Fund continues to be usefully employed, but is still inadequate to the demands upon it. Two societies have been aided in their school erections during the year. One, Hockley, by a grant of £100, and the other, Embsay, by a grant of £50. Three applications have been declined for want of funds. The address to the teachers will this year form the leading article in the Juvenile Magazine, instead of appearing as heretofore at the end of proceedings. To the statistics which appear in the committee's report we shall give attention on its publication. Meantime we cheerfully call the attention of the members of the Church to this valuable institution as one well deserving their sympathy and support.

YORKSHIRE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH MISSIONARY AND COLPORTAGE ASSOCIATION.-The eleventh anniversary of this association was held in the New Jerusalem Church, Drewton Street, Bradford, on Sunday the 9th July, when sermons were preached in its behalf

by R. Gunton, Esq., of London. The morning discourse was from Matthew xxi. 28-31, in which the preacher shewed that the vineyard which we have to cultivate is the mind, and that it was necessary to plant it with the choicest vines from the Divine Word. The son who in answer to the invita

go and work in my vineyard,” answered, “I will not; but afterwards repented and went,” represented those who from the teaching of truth have a perception of duty but neglect to do it. And the repentance that follows represents the new state in which they are

SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.-The annual meeting of this institution was held at Preston on the 26th of June. Although this town is not so conveniently situated for meetings of this kind as some of the more southern towns of Lancashire, there was nevertheless a good attendance, most of the schools being represented. The Rev. W. Westall was elected president, and Mr. Potts re-elected secretary.

The business which occupied the attention of the meeting was chiefly connected with the various publications, actual and prospective, of the Society. The proceeds from the sales of the Juvenile Magazine does not quite cover the expenses of its publication. An ele


led to the discharge of duty, first from and seconded by Mr. Clegg of Keighley. self-compulsion, and then by loving The resolution for the election of comhabit. In the Lord's vineyard He mittee was moved by Mr. Soppitt'of desires all to become co-workers with Bradford, and seconded by Mr. Rouse Himself; beginning with the cultiva- of Dewsbury. After which Mr. Bas. tion of our own minds, and going for- tow, the colporteur, gave some interestward to the help of others. In this ing details of the work in which he is duty this association was engaged, and so successfully engaged. Mr. Gunton, the preacher concluded with an earnest in an earnest and interesting address, appeal to all to aid the work in which moved the following resolution:—"That it is engaged. The evening's discourse this meeting, conscious of the inestim. was from Judges chap. xiii. on the able blessings which will result to the birth of Samson, and why his strength people from a sincere reception in their lay in the hair of his head-the sub- hearts and understandings of the great ject was largely and lucidly treated. truths of the New Dispensation, pledges The attendance on both occasions was itself to adopt all the means in its power good, and in the evening every seat was to spread a knowledge of them through. filled. The eleventh annual tea meet- out the country." Dr. Goyder of Brad. ing was held in the same place on the ford seconded, and Mr. Marshall of Wednesday following, above one hun- Doncaster warmly supported this resoludred persons sat down to tea, including tion, Mr. A. Bottomley of Keighley, many friends from the neighbouring Mr. W. A. Storry, and other gentlesocieties. After tea the chair was occu- men spoke to the remaining resolupied by Mr. George Aspinall, the presi. tions, and thus terminated another of dent of the Association. The annual these meetings, which year by year report was then read by Mr. Alfred increases in interest and importance. Backhouse, the secretary, and the treasurer, Mr. William Dyson, pre- RAMSBOTTOM.—This Society has been sented a financial statement. The favoured with a visit from Mr. Gunton, report stated that during the eleven who, at the request of the Committee, years the association had been in opera- preached the Sunday school sermons in tion four successive colporteurs had the afternoon and evening of Sunday, been employed, and the labours of each May 14. The services were held in the had been more successful than that of Co-operative Hall, which is occupied his predecessor in the sale of books and by the Wesleyans as a Sunday school, the creation of a better feeling towards and by the Presbyterians as a place of the New Church amongst the people. worship, both parties kindly lending The sale of books had increased 35 per for this purpose the use of this cent. during the past year, and the commodious room. The hall is capable total amount received from the sales of seating about 450 persons, and on was £92, 18s. The character of the each occasion it was filled by a respectbooks sold had also much improved ; able and attentive audience. Many no fewer than 301 of the works of

strangers were afterwards heard to exSwedenborg had been sold, and of these press their admiration of the earnest 238 were of the larger class. Mr. Bas- and clear manner in which the preacher tow, the colporteur, had reported that delivered his two very excellent dishe had generally been well and kindly courses. In the morning a pleasing and received in all the towns and villages instructive address was given by Mr. he had visited. Considerable interest Edward Seddon, to a large congregahad been excited in Doncaster, Wake- tion, consisting of the teachers, schofield, and Cononley, by the colporteur's lars, parents, and friends. The collecvisits and lectures, and efforts were tions of the day, together with a few being made to form a society in Don- small donations afterwards sent in, caster, and the same would probably be amounted to over £35. On the Monattempted in the two latter places also. day evening following, a social meeting The total income of the association for was held in the school. The sole topic the past year was £227, 11s.; and the of the conversations and addresses was, expenditure £212, 16s., leaving a the best means of obtaining funds for balance on hand of £14, 15s. The the erection of a new chapel. Many adoption and printing of the report was valuable hints were given by Mr. Gun. moved by Captain Buffham of Barnsley, ton, and for these, as well as for his

services on the previous day, the meeting English education, with some knowledge accorded to him the heartiest thanks. of the classical languages. While but Marriage.

a young man he went to Brazil, and

spent some years there engaged in Married July 5th, 1871, in the New business pursuits. He had always felt Jerusalem Church, Keighley, by the great interest in the Bible and its docRev. E. D. Rendell of Preston, Mr. trines, and soon after his return he comHiram Fowlds to Miss Sarah Bottomley, menced his career as a preacher, and both of Keighley. This is the first continued it with few interruptions marriage celebrated in the New Church until the present year.

In 1831, he in that town.

settled in Accrington, and remained as Married at the Manor House, Moseley, leader of the Society there for some near_Birmingham, July 21, 1871, by years, during which he was a successful the Rev. D. G. Goyder, of Wivenhoe, champion of the doctrines when they Essex, David Goyder Esq. M.D., to were attacked from one of the local Anne Eliza, daughter of Robert Thomas, pulpits. From that time records of Esq., Surgeon, of Rawdon.

his labours, travels, and other experi

ence will be frequently found in our Obituary.

columns. In 1834 we read of him lecRemoved into the Spiritual World turing at Dundee. In 1837 he visited in May, in the 58th year of her age, Jersey, and in the following year con. Margaret, wife of Mr. Joseph Moss of tributed to this Magazine a long and the New Jerusalem Church Schools, interesting description of his visit to Manchester. Throughout her life the St. Amand, where he made the acquainlove of use was most actively manifested tance of M. Le Boys des Guays, being in all her conduct. Selfishness had no one of the first English New Churchplace in her character. She was will- men who enjoyed the friendship of that ing to endure any discomfort if neces- estimable and accomplished man. In sary to confer benefit upon others. Her 1840 he travelled in the East, visiting cheerful disposition made all around Athens, Constantinople, Palestine and her happy. Her tastes were refined, Egypt, and his letters from these parts, and she could not tolerate the presence full of interesting details, might be read of coarseness. She was in a thorough with advantage now.

About the year knowledge and life of New Church Doc- 1842, he ministered for twelve months trine, in acquiring which she was much to the Society meeting at Russell Street, assisted before marriage by her uncle, Liverpool, during the illness of Mr. the late Mr. Richard Parkinson of Abbot, who was then leader there. Preston ; and also by the late Mr. Shortly afterwards he crossed the At. Thomas Walmsley of Manchester. Her lantic, and remained for some years in life ended as it had been lived in the various parts of the United States, practice of true piety. The sufferings where he is still remembered with of illness were borne with placid resig- affection and esteem by many memnation, and her end was peace.

bers of the Church, and where he Died at Accrington, June 1st, in the very frequently officiated as preacher 75th year of his age, Adam Haworth, and missionary. He returned to Engwell known and loved for more than land with his friend the Rev. T. O. half a century by many members of the Prescott, who was induced to visit New Church as a devoted and faithful England at that time in consequence preacher. Mr. Haworth was born at of Mr. Haworth's return. After this Newchurch in Rossendale in the year he settled for a while in Manchester. 1797. His father James Haworth, who The Accrington Society, with which he was a man of considerable education, and his family had been so intimately and one of the earliest receivers of the connected, was always the object of his doctrines in Lancashire, died in 1801 great regard and interest. He had at Accrington, whither the family re- preached on the occasion of the opening moved, and where he was succeeded as of the gallery in the old chapel in 1831, schoolmaster by his eldest son, George and he took part in the opening serHaworth, who was afterwards for many vices of the present building in 1849. years the successful leader of the Ac- In 1858 he again became leader of the crington Society. From his brother Accrington Society, and afterwards offiGeorge Mr. Haworth received a good ciated in a similar capacity at Paisley.

To several other societies he has also her faith in its teaching by a good and ministered, and there are few places in useful life. She sustained a long and England where New Churchmen as- painful affliction with patience and semble in which he will not be remem- resignation, and departed to her reward bered with affectionate regard. To give with Christian meekness and hope. a more detailed sketch of his services Her removal has left a void in her would be impossible within our limited family circle, but her friends are comspace; but we are quite sure that his forted by the assurance that their prename will suggest pleasant remini. sent bereavement is her endless gain. scences and beautiful and suggestive Departed this life on Monday, June lessons in the minds of hundreds of our 26th, at his residence, Saltwell Vale, readers. Within a few years of his Low Fell, Gateshead, George Millar, death he printed a series of delightful Esq., aged 57. Our dear friend had been little tracts, which, spread broadcast in a truly estimable member of the New many parts of Lancashire, have been Church Society at Newcastle-on-Tyne accepted with pleasure by many who for above thirty years, having been had no previous acquaintance with the introduced to the doctrines under the truths of the New Church. He de- ministry of the Rev. E. D. Rendell. He lighted to hear of the spread of New was ever a cheerful and liberal sup. Church truth, and was always glad of an porter of the New Jerusalem. Regular opportunity of assisting it. In charac- in attendance at worship, he took a ter he was gentle, amiable, and kindly. lively interest in all that could promote He had sufft red from weakness in the the peace and prosperity of the Society. early part of his life, but he appeared His memory will be long and deservedly to increase in vigour during the last esteemed in the Church by all who had twenty years, and within a few weeks

the pleasure of knowing him. He was of his removal his strong and healthy a peaceful, pleasant, and generous appearance was remarked by his friends. Christian gentleman, and adorned his His last illness only lasted a few weeks, profession of the faith in all the imporan attack of paralysis being the cause tant positions he was called to fillof his death. He was conscious almost in the social circle as a judicious and to the last, never losing his calmness kind husband and father; in society and resignation, and he passed away as a considerate master and friend. with the name of his Saviour on his About four years since he was elected lips. He had often spoken with plea- Mayor of the Borough of Gateshead, sure of the name of his birth-place, and served the office of chief magis. Newchurch, "a little city set on a hill;" trate with both honour and credit, and the many who remember the hari- since which time he fulfilled the duties lessness and the gentleness of his life of Alderman of the same borough with before the world, as well as the few ac- much esteem till his death.

His quainted with his more intimate good loss to the Newcastle Society is indeed deeds, will have little doubt that he has great; may his mantle and a double found his dwelling-place in that Holy portion of his spirit descend upon City on the glories of which he loved his survivors. His end was sudden to dwell.

but eminently peaceful. He had lately At Farnworth Hall, June 24th, passed taken particular interest in the peace into eternity, John Stones, aged 64. and prosperity of the Society. A few For several years he attended the days previous to his sudden departure, Kearsley Society, till deafness and he attended worship, and afterwards in other infirmities prevented him.

His the committee he strongly recommended end was somewhat sudden, fully aware, reading the Creed in the service once on however, of its approach he was fully Sundays, which has been done since. resigned to the change.

He also commended the importance of At Heywood, June 24th, Mrs. Eliza- prayer. The last sermon but one he beth Rhodes, the beloved wife of Mr. heard was from Rev. ii. 10, “Be thou John Rhodes, aged 36 years.

The faithful unto death and I will give thee deceased had been from early life con- a crown of life.” From the same text nected with the Sunday School and the a funeral sermon was preached on the Society of the New Church at this occasion of his removal by the Rev. W. place. She was distinguished by her Ray on Sunday morning, July 9, to an love of the Church, and she exemplified attentive and deeply affected audience.

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BELOVED BRETHREN,- The close of its proceedings affords the General Conference the opportunity of addressing a few words of brotherly counsel and admonition to the members of the Church. We live in eventful times, and we need to be constantly reminded of duties we are daily tempted to neglect. The world presses upon us on all sides, and we are in constant danger of being carried away by the current of its attractions. We need to exercise vigilance and watchfulness, that we may walk worthy of our Christian vocation, and exemplify our doctrines in the life of usefulness and good works which they teach.

The New Church, to which we professedly belong, is a new dispensation of truth and goodness. Its origin is the Lord, who is the Fountain of all wisdom and holiness and the Source of all blessing. Its establishment in the world is the fulfilment of many precious promises and sublime predictions of the holy Word. To be permitted to see its light and to enjoy its life are among the most exalted privileges of the Church of God.

But exalted privileges involve important duties. If we receive largely we are required to give liberally. Freely ye have received freely give.” “Give, and it shall be given unto you. ...

... For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” The Lord, in His rich mercy, has in these latter days given largely to the Church of His infinite abundance. He has revealed to

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