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But what now are the facts of the LONDON.-- From our correspondent case. These can scarcely be better ex- we learn several items of information. pressed than by a correspondent of the The Notting Hill lectures and Sunday Times, who writes over the signature of services have been brought to a close. “ An Italian":
They were doubtless useful, although “The English Catholics take it for not attended by such numbers as might granted that the Italians are Catholics, have been reasonably expected. The and so they certainly are, although Sunday services were felt by some to they are by no means bound to be so. be pervaded by a true spirit of heavenly But they are Catholics in their own devotion. They terminated for the way, and they claim to be Catholics in present on Sunday evening, Dec. 4, by their own way.
In England itself, a lecture, from our friend Mr. Bull, on among Dr. Manning's congregation, the Resurrection. Mr. Ramage has there are Catholics that admit the officiated, principally at Buttesland St., Pope's infallibility and Catholics who with unabated success. He has also deny it; there are Catholics who accept visited Snodland and Northampton ; the temporal power as a dogma and the Rev. T. L. Marsden taking his Catholics who look on that power as place at Buttesland St. on the day he the bane of the papacy. In Italy, in was at Snodland—the exchange being the same manner there are Catholics highly appreciated by all concerned. and there are Papists. There are those Mr. Gunton has conducted two addithat believe all that the Pope teaches tional Sunday services at Ladbroke and there are those who allow them- Hall, and given one additional lecture. selves the free use of their reason and He has also lectured at Spalding and discretion. But there are none who Peterborough: at both places the atthink that the Pope, by the .exercise of tendance was good, varying from 150 his temporal power, should possess the to 250. The audiences listened attenmeans of enforcing his spiritual rule tively, several questions were asked, against all reason and discretion.” and over 25 copies of the Brighton
It is useless, however, to argue Lectures were sold during the lectures. against accomplished facts. The tem- At Spalding the chair was occupied poral power of the Pope has departed. each evening by Henry Watkinson, Henceforward increased liberty of Esq., the proprietor and publisher of thought will be claimed by the members the Spalding Free Press. Mr. Watkinof the Catholic Church, and even his son kindly entertained the lecturers, spiritual authority will become more both Dr. Bayley and Mr. Gunton, and and more dependent upon his com- inserted in his paper a somewhat pliance with this great requirement of lengthy report of the lectures, which the new age on which the world has would doubtless be read by many who entered. Will the papacy be able to did not attend. Both Mr. and Mrs. adapt itself to the great changes which Watkinson are favourably impressed are in progress? We shall see.
with the new interpretations of Scrip
ture thus presented to their minds, and NEW CHURCH COLLEGE. -Devonshire are continuing their examination of St., Dec. 7, 1870.-I have this day them with great delight and earnestgiven a whole day to the examination At Peterborough, too, the lecof the pupils of the College, and am turers and committee found themselves very happy to say that, in English greatly aided, in every way, by our Grammar, Geography, History, and esteemed friend Mr. Barton ; and Latin Grammar, and Latin Reading altogether the proceedings, at both and Translation, &c., I was completely places, were encouraging for missionary satisfied with their attainments. The labours. Mr. Gunton has also again boys had applied themselves well and visited Brightlingsea, and attended had been well taught. The elder their annual meeting, on which ocstudents were examined separately in casion he urged the members to conEnglish, Theology, Latin, and the tinued pe everance in promoting the rudiments of Greek, and, considering general uses of the Church ; especially the short period they had been under addressing the young men, of whom training, Their attainments were very there are a great number, to unite satisfactory.–J.BAYLEY, Pres. of Conf. themselves with the Society by becom
ing members, and prepare themselves for filling useful offices in the Church. Mr. Gunton is at present at Horncastle, where he will give two lectures, and conduct two services in the Corn Exchange. This little Society grows stronger ; the attendance in their own meeting-room having increased since Mr. Hyde's visit in October. We learn also that a gentleman in Salisbury, the proprietor of the Assembly Rooms, has intimated his readiness to give the use of the rooms, and pay the local expenses, if the committee could send a lecturer. This is a noble act, and arrangements are already made for the National Missionary to go down and give four lectures, and hold two services on the Sunday, the first lecture to be given on Dec. 15th. We learn also that a friend is vigorously proclaiming the doctrines at Tunbridge Wells. Fifty copies of the small Hymn Book, referred to below, have been sent him. After the Christmas recess it is intended to prosecute missionary work in several districts, some new, some old.
The Swedenborg Society's Committee, at its last meeting, passed a resolution that Dr. Tafel be engaged to translate the documents as a first step: this seems, to some extent, receding from their original resolution two months before, that Dr. Tafel should translate the documents and write the life. By some members this recession will be regretted : in the opinion of some the commitee would have consulted the best interests of the Church by keeping to their original proposition, and getting what may be called a foundation biography of Swedenborg from the pen of Dr. Tafel, which would furnish materials for any number of smaller biographies, suited to the great public, from other pens. Every one who knows Dr. Tafel admits his painstaking industry, his untiring perseverance, his correctness and exactness, and a biography from his hand as the completion of his labours would indeed be the crown of the whole. The committee also decided to send to each of the following ministers, viz., Rev. C. Vosey and Rev. Fergus Ferguson, a copy of the True Christian Religion. “Mr. Ferguson is accused with teaching that the passage in 1 Peter iii. 19, . By which also He (Christ) went and preached unto the spirits in prison,'
infers the existence of a middle state, in which infants and the heathen may have the gospel preached to them.”
The missionary committee has performed an important use by printing 52 hymns in a neat paper cover, containing the creed of the Church, to be sold for ld. These hymns, with the exception of two, “Sun of my Soul” and “Abide with Me,” are selected from the “Conference Hymn Book.” There are no peculiar metres, and they are some of the sweetest to be found in the book; for missionary Sabbath services they will be very useful. A most satisfactory account of Mr. Moss's labours in Jersey, both at St. Aubin and St. Heliers, has reached us, and there seems reason to conclude that Mr. Moss's sojourn will be accompanied with very satisfactory results.
South LONDON.--The third festival of the South London New Church Mutual Improvement Society was held on 1st December at the Gresham Institute, Angell Town. The president, Mr. E. Austin, opened the meeting with a brief address, and then introduced various ladies and gentlemen, whose musical abilities afforded very great gratification. Appropriate speeches were also made during the evening by Dr. Bayley, and Messrs. Dicks and Higham. The elegant hall was well filled by an appreciative audience, which represented all the churches in the metropolis, and at the close of the proceedings, it was universally acknowledged that, thanks to the kind aid ren. dered by various non-members (including Mrs. Tafel and Mrs. Lindley of Cross Street), the gathering had been the most successful which the society has yet organized. As intimated in last month's Intellectual Repository, a course of week-night lectures has recently been delivered under the auspices of the Missionary and Tract Society in Gloster Hall, Brixton, by Messrs. Bayley, R. Gunton, Austin, and Ramage. On the whole, the attendance was satisfactory, and judging from the interest awakened, and the number of books and tracts disposed of, it is hoped that some good will have been effected by the effort.
BUTTESLAND STREET, SHOREDITCH. - A course of six lectures, under the auspices of the New Church Missionary and Tract Society, has just been con
cluded here. The first was delivered from Swedenborg engraven on his wife's by the Rev. Dr. Bayley on “Glimpses tombstone. The consequence was that of Heaven ;" the second by Mr. Austin all attempts to obtain a suitable lectureon “ the Second Advent;" the third room in St. Aubin had till lately failed. and fourth by Dr. Tafel on "The Nature And even a few weeks ago, when apof the Inspiration of Scripture ;” the plication was made for the Assembly fifth by Mr Jobson, “On Man as a Room with an open avowal of the purSpiritual Being ;” and the sixth and pose for which it was wanted, a positive last by Dr. Bayley “On True Faith : refusal was given. Shortly afterwards, what it is and what it is not.” The however, an influential friend secured lectures have been well attended, and the room without mentioning the use have afforded great pleasure to the friends for which it was destined. At the last of the Church in this densely populated lecture a faint attempt at opposition neighbourhood. Many strangers were was made by a quotation from Galapresent, some of whom exercised the tians; but this will but afford Mr. privilege of asking questions on the Moss an opportunity of triumphantly subject of the doctrines, as presented setting forth the truth in a still clearer by the lecturers, and they still further light. About eighty persons went shewed their interest by purchasing over by train from St. Heliers to hear New Church books, and it is a gratify- Mr. Moss's first lecture at St. Aubin. ing fact to mention that, besides other Our permanent congregation continues works, over 120 copies of the Rev. steadily to increase. Most of the new Chauncey Giles' work on Man as a Spiri
are persons who had been tual Being were sold, this excellent little favourably impressed by missionary missionary having been offered at half- efforts. Mr. Moss contemplates payprice, through the generosity of several ing a visit to Guernsey early in the kind friends of the Missionary and Tract Society. The Sunday services, under
MIDDLESBOROUGH-ON-TEES. — For the leadership of Mr. Ramage, are still
several years there have been some two vigorously conducted, and the Society,
or three receivers of the doctrines of the together with its Sunday-school, has
New Jerusalem in this rapidly rising become the centre of a real work of
town. Lately a few more have been led Christian usefulness.
by the good Providence of the Lord to JERSEY.—The renewal of zeal and associate themselves with them. The animation that marked the Jersey New Rev. E. Whitehead, on his return from Church Society on the arrival of Mr. the late conference at Newcastle, visited Moss as minister, still continues in Middlesborough, and stayed a few days, unabated vigour, and gives promise of preachingand conferring with the friends a new era of prosperity for the cause in whom before his departure he formed this island. Mr. Moss has concluded into a society. Since then, divine his second course of lectures at St. service has been regularly conducted by Heliers, and is now delivering a series one of their number in a private dwellat St. Aubin. A sure token of the ing. Feeling anxious to bring others to estimation in which Mr. Moss is be- an acquaintance with the great truths ginning to be held is the constantly so highly appreciated by themselves, inereasing numbers of his audience. they communicated with the esteemed I believe his last lecture in this town, treasurer of the Conference, Mr. Gunton, delivered in the Prince of Wales' As- which resulted in a missionary visit sembly Room, was attended by larger from the Rev. W. Ray of Newcastle. numbers than had ever before attended The services, which were of a very dethe services of a New Church minister lightful character, comprised a lecture in Jersey. The St. Aubin lectures in the Town Hall on Friday evening the have, so far, been a great success. Our 25th November, subject “The Second respected friend, Mr. Alexandre, to Coming of the Lord, when and how will whose liberality we are so much in- it take place? Will the earth be dedebted, had, a few years ago, a mis- stroyed by fire ?” to an audience of understanding with the rector of the near 150 persons, who exhibited marked parish in which St. Aubin is situate, attention to Mr. Ray's enunciation of owing to that gentleman's refusal to truths that were entirely new to nearly allow Mr. Alexandre to have a passage all present. Permission being given at
the close to ask questions on the subject of the lecture, a re-millenarian put a variety of queries to the lecturer, some with such a want of courtesy as met with the marked disapprobation of the greater part of the audience. On the Sunday following, Mr. Ray preached in the morning and afternoon in the New Church Mission-room, Albert Street, to small but very attentive congregations. In the morning the subject was “ What must we do to be saved ? and from what?” In the afternoon, “ The proper Object of Christian Worship.” On the Monday evening Mr. Ray concluded his invaluable services by lecturing on “The Conference between Eve and the Serpent." And so the ground has been broken up, and the good seed scattered, with what result we at present are unable to say. Yet we rely on His promise, “My Word shall not return unto Me void." The friends feel greatly edified and encouraged to go forward, and confess themselves deeply indebted to Mr. Ray for his kind sympatlıy and counsels. řew and feeble as they
they nevertheless throw their care on Him who careth for them. The cause, they are persuaded, is the Lord's, its success therefore, sooner or later, is sure.
most ancient Church instrumental music was superadded to the powers with which God has gifted mankind. At the close of the chairman's address, Mr. Penny conducted the classes through a series of well-selected pieces of music. The meeting was afterwards addressed by the Rev. P. Storey, Independent minister.
Marriages. At the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, November 23, 1870, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. William Thomas Lamb, to Miss Anna Whitehead Whitworth, both of Heywood.
At Albion Chapel, Leeds, December 6, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. John Stell, of Bingley, to Miss Hannah Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Ramsden, of Headingley, near Leeds.
December 10, 1870, at the New Jerusalem Church, Bolton, by Mr. Joseph Deans, Mr. Henry Ridings, to Miss Ellen Crabtree, both of Bolton.
On December 13, at the New Jerusalem Temple, Salford, by the Rev. W. Westall, Alexander, third son of R. W. Noar, to Sarah Susan, eldest daughter of Joseph Taylor, both of Salford.
Obituary. Departed this life, on 26th May, 1870, in his seventy-second year, at his residence, Birkbeck Cottage, village of Parton, Cumberland, Captain John Carr Chambers, of H.M. Royal Hanoverian Regiment, Lucea, parish of Hanover, Jamaica. He was a lineal descendant from the first family who settled on the beautiful island of Jamaica (under a grant from the English Crown 1640), and who were the first receivers and zealous promulgators of the doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg in that island, and indeed among the very earliest receivers of the doctrines of the New Church in any part of the world. From them the heavenly principles have been transmitted faithfully to a fourth generation,- the parents of the venerated subject of this memoir having been distinguished for their active goodness, the exceeding purity of their lives, their unfailing Christian faith, and increasing endeavours to inculcate the same in the minds of all their family and household, and of all whom opportunity offered for influencing But with none did these
SNODLAND.—We have received from a correspondent a newspaper report of a Tonic Sol-fa tea-party held in this place, which has been promoted by the members of the New Church. The class, which had its beginning in the Sunday School, has been so ably and successfully conducted by Mr. Penny, that the largest room in the place has been needed forits accommodation. The tea-meeting was held in the mess-room adjoining the mill of C. T. Hook, Esq., the use of which was kindly granted by the proprietor. In introducing the proceedings the Rev. T. L. Marsden, who was in the chair, after briefly tracing the history of music as revealed in the Word, said—The necessity and advantages of music, to change the humdrum psalmody of the past generation, is admitted ; and Mr. Penny has given us a practical illustration of how soon the human voice can, by good tuition, be improved. Music is a most useful aid to help us to spend our evenings in a rational manner; and amongst the earliest institutions of the
impressions sink deeper than with their beloved son John Carr Chambers, whose exemplary life has so lately been brought to a close. Under the influence of the Divine doctrines he evinced the most perfect self-control through a long course of trying vicissitudes and severe family affliction. He was distinguished by an ardent desire to benefit his fel. low-creatures to the utmost of his power, alike in prosperity and adversity ; in the former ever referring success to the Great Dispenser of all, and in the latter bearing every trial with Christian meekness and manly firmness. Of the most sincere and unassuming piety, of the widest liberality and generosity, of consummate judgment and immutable integrity, combining the boldest bravery with the greatest kindness and sweetness of manhood, he won the friendship and esteem of all who knew him, and has left a chasm in the hearts of his surviving family never to be refilled in their passage through this transitory life. In his native country he filled many important civic posts with honour and superior ability, besides the undaunted and devoted discharge of his military appointments, during the last unhappy general insurrection of the negroes, when among other beneficial exertions he disciplined a troop under his own directions, which enforced the admiration of the best officers of the British army, and supported by its conduct and that of its youthful commanders the claim long since accorded by the Home Government to the Jamaica regiments to rank with the standard army of Great Britain. He passed from the office of Ensign to that of Captain with unprecedented rapidity, and was so much beloved by the unfortunate blacks themselves, that when some of the poor misguided people were on trial under martial law, they declared that they had refused to fire when they had good aim at Massa John-he had always been so good to them. He also attained in proportionate brief space of time to the highest honours of the Freemasons' Society, of which he became a member at the age of twenty-one, and to which he was always strongly attached. During the last two years of his life he was confined almost entirely to the house by an extremely painful lameness, which he bore with unflinching fortitude and
confiding resignation in the wisdom of the Most High, united with the tenderest consideration for all who ministered to him. The last night he was capable of distinct and coherent speech, he uttered a pathetic appeal to his Lord and Saviour for support in his sufferings --concluding with meek submission to the Divine Will in all things. After that, a few heart-rending days and nights of agony, endured in quiet patience, closed his benevolent life.
The Wigan Society has experienced a great seeming loss in the decease of Mr. John Austin, who was removed into the spiritual world October 16, at the age of fifty-four years. Born and brought up in the Church, he followed it through its varied fortunes in the town. As a youth he was an affectionate son, ever ready to assist his parents in every way within his power, and he grew up an active and upright member of society, whose prevailing character appeared to be the love of active usefulness. His attachment to the Church through the many vicissitudes through which it passed was uniform and constant, and during a period whilst service was discontinued, he took sittings and attended alternately at Preston and Kersley. When a new course of prosperity opened to the Church in Wigan, he threw his whole energies into the cause, especially in the erection of a building for worship, and the establishment of a day-school. In the latter he took especial interest.
He not only filled the office of treasurer, but contributed both labour and money towards whatever was needed. At the tea and other meetings he was always present to assist, and never seemed tired in working for the success of what he had so much at heart. He was widely known in the town outside the New Church, and highly respected ; in proof of this more than a hundred persons followed him to the grave in Wigan Cemetery, a distance of over two miles. His funeral discourse was preached by the Rev. W. Woodman, on the “opening of the books,” to a crowded and highly respectable congregation, who listened with the deepest attention and interest to the subject, and many strangers expressed their approval of the views propounded. Beyond all human doubt he has been called to fill a wider and more exalted sphere of usefulness in the hea