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extended account of the nature of these books at the close of the first lecture, all he had were sold. The next morning others were telegraphed for, and were there in time for the lecture in the evening. These were all sold, and more were written for and sent, and all were sold, about 30 copies of the Brighton Lectures, and 40 of the Future Life. One gentleman, who preaches occasionally amongst the Baptists, purchased a copy of the Brighton Lectures ; and on a subsequent evening, said privately to the lecturer, that if the lecture he had been reading was right, he had been thus far all wrong.

He was invited to Mr. Whitehorn's, where a long conversation ensued, and he accepted a copy of the Appeal, expressing a determination to know, if possible, the truth. On the last evening after the lecture, in a little knot of attendants, the conversation turned upon the angels, and the observation was made to one young man, “I suppose you conclude that angels have mouths ;" he replied he did not know, when one of his own friends, calling him by name, said, “O yes, they must have mouths, or they could not sing." These lectures and services were altogether of a most satisfactory nature, and the effort is to be continued in April next. The lecturer enjoyed the company of the Rev. D. T. Dyke for the first time, at the house of Mr. Whitehorn, who, for his liberality, hospitality, and earnestness, is entitled to the best thanks of all who take an interest in the promulgation of the Doctrines of the New Church. It deserves mention that this gentleman gave the use of the rooms, paid all the expenses of advertising, entertained the lecturer, and was present on every occasion to give a cheerful welcome to all who came to listen.

The National Missionary next visited Northampton, and preached there twice on Sunday the 1st of January : in the morning there were present 30, and in the evening, when the death of Abraham was discoursed upon, in consequence of the departure of one of our friends into the spiritual world, there were present above 100. On the Monday a kind of soiree was held, 58 took tea, and the numbers afterwards reached nearly 100. After the tea, Mr. Berry, the zealous and worthy leader of the society, took the chair, and addressed the meeting,

being followed by several other friends. One convert of recent date delivered a most enthusiastic speech of about thirty minutes' duration, expressing his own delight and his determination to make known these new truths, which gave him so much joy. The society is progressing in a very satisfactory manner, and is worthy the constant care of the Missionary Society. Many other pleasing incidents connected with this visit could be named, did space permit. On January 8, Mr. Gunton attended a business meeting of the Deptford Society, when the plans for their proposed new place of worship underwent some modification. The friends wisely determined not to embarrass themselves with a heavy debt. They therefore on this occasion resolved to reduce the height of their building, and to dispense for the present with the vestry and school

Some few friends have promised aid liberally, but the number is not what was hoped for. Should this form of appeal bring additional contributions, the vestry and the school can be replaced in the plans, if not, they must be without them. Names will be gratefully received by Mr. Rhodes, who gives his services, as leader of the society, gratuitously, and whose address is 13 Seymour Street, St. John's Road, Deptford. On the evening of the same day, Mr. Gunton gave a lecture “On the New Heaven, the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem,” to an unusually large audience. This lecture is to be followed by one from Mr. Austin and one by Mr. Rhodes.

At the last meeting of the Committee of the Swedenborg Society, the gifts of the Conference, consisting of photolithograph manuscripts and written documents, as described in Minute 116 of last Conference, were laid on the table, and letters were read from the Rev. C. Vosey, and the Rev. Fergus Ferguson acknowledging the acceptance of the books, sent them by the Society.

The Missionary and Tract Society's Committee have had much important business under consideration, some particulars of which may be given next month.

From another correspondent we have received the following statement of approaching services at Newcastle-onTyne and the North :-“The following programme concluded with Mr. Gunton,

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the National Missionary,' exhibits pleasant gatherings of the Church in that gentleman's disposition to work. Hoxton. On Sunday, Jan. 8th, 1871, Hull, February 12th, 14th, 16th ; Mid- Dr. Bayley preached at the same place, dlesborough, 19th, 21st, 22d ; New- and in the course of the service bapcastle, 24th and 26th ; South Shields, tized six children, and administered 28th, March 2d, 5th, 7th ; Sunderland, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper to March 9th, 12th, 14th ; Gateshead, thirty-five members and friends of the March 16th ; Newcastle, March 17th; Society. The Church is full every York, Sunday, March 19th. Mr. Gun- Sabbath evening, and Mr. Ramage's ton will (D.V.) lecture at all these services are much appreciated by the dates, preaching twice on Sundays. congregation, Letters to be addressed to 20 East Parade, Newcastle-on-Tyne, where also BATH.-The New Church Society tracts, books, &c., for distribution meeting in Henry Street, Bath, has may be forwarded.”

been much edified and encouraged by

the visit of Dr. Bayley to this city, NORTH LONDON.-Buttesland Street. He delivered eight public discourses The first general meeting of this Society which were very numerously attended took place on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1870 : . by audiences who evinced by their conat which, notwithstanding the incle- duct a sincere desire for information ment weather, nearly seventy friends concerning the doctrines of the New were present. After tea in the School- Church. room the meeting adjonrned to the These discourses had been advertised Church, and the proceedings were by means of the newspapers, posters, opened by a hymn, followed by prayer and hand-bills. The following brief by Mr. P. Ramage, the minister of the notice is from a communication of a Church. The secretary, Mr. W. Cull- correspondent to the Bath Journal :ing, then gave a short sketch of the “On Sunday morning the subject history of the Society, in the course of selected was, “Jesus giving to Peter which he stated that in fifteen months the keys of the kingdom of Heaven ;' the number of members had increase and in the evening, 'On the blood of from seven to fifty-one, a result which the Lamb, with which the robes of the he considered as extremely gratifying blessed are made white.' On Tuesday and encouraging to the friends of the evening Dr. Bayley lectured on the folSociety. Mr. Noel the treasurer gave lowing subject :-Glimpses of Heaven. a favourable account of the state of the Where is Heaven ? What is Heaven ? finances; after which the audience were And how are we to prepare for it ?' and addressed by Dr. Bayley, Messrs. on Thursday evening, 'On death. Rhodes, Madeley, Smith, and several What is the spiritual body of which other gentlemen, all of whom con- the Apostle Paul speaks ? Shall we gratulated the members on the success need the earthly body any more after which had attended their efforts, and in- it is buried ?' The whole of the above cited them to fresh labour in the cause. services were very numerously attended,

In the course of the evening the many strangers being present, and the superintendent of the Sunday School attention of the congregation was comstated that the School, which had been pletely absorbed each evening from the in work about three months, had beginning to the end of the discourse, already sixty-two names on its books : The Rev. Dr. displayed extraordinary most of the children being residents in ability and eloquence in handling the the immediate neighbourhood of the all-important subjects mentioned above, Church, and thus being a fruitful field while his earnestness and honesty of for the sowing of the truths of the purpose are unimpeachable.” Church. Between the addresses several In addition to which I just add, that pieces were sung by the members of the Dr. Bayley attended the Anniversary choir

, assisted by several friends who Meeting of our Church on Wednesday, had kindly volunteered to help them. Dec. 14th, and addressed the Society A most kindly feeling seemed to pre- upon several subjects of interest; and vail in the meeting, which separated as this Society has had the privilege of at a late hour. It is hoped that this receiving the ministration of the Rev. is but the first of a long series of James Keene for upwards of forty years gratuitously, the Dr. urged upon the walls and ceilings are coloured, and the members now in this season of plenty body fitted with neat and convenient (which he compared to the seven years open sittings and pulpit. On Sunday, of plenty in Egypt) the necessity of November 13, 1870, the re-opening making some provision for the time services were held. In the morning when these advantages should cease. the Rev. J. Hyde preached a suitable This suggestion was adopted by the sermon on the duties and blessiugs of committee, and circulars were sent to public worship from Isa. lx. 13. In all the members and friends of the the evening the “Divine Wisdom of Church, asking how much each would the Word of God” was the subject of contribute to this purpose, the result an instructive discourse from the “Vision of which has been most satisfactory. of the Holy Waters” (Ezekiel xlvii.) In every way the Doctor's visit has Collections were made at the close of been productive of many happy results. each service, towards defraying the exIt has strengthened the hands of the penses incurred in alterations, and committee, and brought members to- which were covered by these and pregether in a spirit much calculated to vious contributions. On Monday the benefit themselves and others, and has 14th Mr. Hyde lectured in the same been the means of removing much room on “Swedenborg ; his Life and prejudice from the public mind with Writings." The room, which accomregard to the New Church Doctrines, modates 120 persons, was filled at each The announcements provoked the service. The claims of Swedenborg editor of the Bath Chronicle to insert a were advanced in most forcible and sermon of the Vicar of Swainswich eloquent language, and attentively against “Swedenborg's New Church," listened to for nearly two hours. All but on the following Thursday Dr. were pleased, both with the improved Bayley's reply appeared in the columns appearance of the interior of the church, of that paper, thus giving an oppor

and the special services so generously tunity to many who otherwise probably rendered by Mr. Hyde on this interestwould never have known anything about ing occasion. The society has also been our doctrines to judge for themselves. favoured with two lectures by the Rev. The Vicar also received Dr. Bayley R. Storry on Thursday and Friday in a private interview, and showed un- January 12th and 13th. The subject of mistakeable signs of a desire for further the first lecture was ". The Bible a information concerning the truth. Revelation from God, needed for the

full development of the Nature of BRADFORD.For twelve years past Man.” The spiritual lessons involved the friends at Bradford have assembled in the Jewish sacrifices and Christian for worship in a room used as a day- Sacraments, in the wars of the Jews, and school, for which they paid a small in the miracles and parables of Christ, rent for permission to meet on the being briefly expounded in illustration Sabbath. The building, which is erected of the true nature of the Word. The in an ecclesiastical style, is situated in evidence of facts on which the divinity a convenient and central part of the and complete inspiration of the Bible town, at the top of Drewton Street, rest, were put in the most clear and and has always been considered suitable convincing light. To the young inas a Church for a small congregation, quirers more especially, this portion of if the means of attaining it could be the lecture was of great value in assistprocured. Two years ago a zealous ing them to see the paramount claims member of the society, learning that the “Word” has on their attention the owner was disposed to sell, at once above those of any work of finite man. purchased the property, with a view to The subject of the second lecture was secure it solely for Church purposes. “The future lot of the wicked. If God The society now have it leased to them is love, why is there a Hell? What at a moderate rent, and are in full pos- are its Torments? How long will they session of it for their use. In October continue ?" The impressive solemnity last the services were suspended to with which the lecture was given and allow the interior to be appropriately listened to had an influence on the furnished and beautified. This has minds of those present, the effects of been done in a superior manner. The which will not easily be effaced. For

upwards of an hour and a-half the audience listened with the closest attention to the answers given by the lecturer, to questions of such momentous importance to all. At the close many expressed to the friends their warmest thanks, and hoped that another visit would be made by Mr. Storry to' Bradford at no distant period. The society is now making an effort to procure a harmonium to improve their congregational worship, and trust that this want will soon be supplied.

W. D. DEWSBURY.-On Tuesday, January 3, 1871, the members and friends of the New Church celebrated their second anniversary by a publie tea-meeting. After tea the annual meeting was held, when the treasurer's report showed a small balance in hand. Addresses were delivered by Mr. Bastow (colporteur), and Mr. Hannah of Leeds, Mr. Swinburne of Embsay, Mr. Dean, and Mr. Arran of Dewsbury, and other friends. Mr. J. Walmsley occupied the chair. The evening's proceedings were enlivened by music and suitable recitations. The New Church in this town so far presents great anticipations, and if continued with that assiduous zeal which has been manifested since its establishment in Dewsbury, the future will show a goodly band of receivers of the heavenly doctrines. It is only three years since a small room was taken by three or four New Churchmen, for the purpose of spreading the doctrines, and now after this small space of time, the congregation amounts to above thirty, besides casual hearers, who take great interest in the discourses delivered, especially those by the Rev. E. Whitehead and Mr. Bastow. Dewsbury is a thriving, manufacturing town with a rapidly

increasing population, and the New Church friends are beginning to feel an earnest desire to erect a small place of worship for themselves, and of commencing a Sabbath school, in order to supply a want now felt amongst some of their hearers, and they trust ere long by mutual co-operation and with the kind assistance of friends, this growing want may be supplied.

HULL.- The usual missionary visits to this society have been continued with as much regularity as could be provided. In July last and again in November, the Rev E. Madeley visited the Society.

At his last visit, he preached twice on the Sabbath, Nov. 20th, attended an interesting social meeting on the Monday evening, when the subject of the Society's building fund was strongly urged on the attention of the friends, and gave a long and interesting lecture on the Tuesday evening on the Second Coming. The services were well attended and warmly appreciated by the members and friends of the society. The sermons and lectures were given with great earnestness and zeal and distinguished by Mr. Madeley's well-known intelligence and ability. On January 8th, the society was visited by the Rev. E. Whitehead, of Dalton, who preached twice to good congregations, and administered the sacrament of Baptism in the morning and of the Holy Supper in the evening. Mr. Whitehead gave a lecture also on the following Tuesday evening on the Resurrection, when there was a larger audience than usual, most of whom were strangers. The discourses throughout were of an interesting kind, and were well received by those who attended, many of whom expressed a desire that Mr. Whitehead would again visit the society. At the close of the lecture, a cordial vote of thanks were given to Mr. Whitehead for his able services and to the committee of the National Missionary Institution, to whom the society is indebted for these visits.

JERSEY.—Perhaps a few words by way of sequel to my communication so kindly inserted in last month's “Intellectual” may not be uninteresting. So great was the interest awakened at St. Aubin, that Mr. Moss's last lecture was attended by more than 300 persons, many of whom must have come in froní the surrounding parishes. His oppo. nents, however, thought discretion the better part of valour, for no one came forward to attempt to refute his arguments. This effort it was determined to follow up if possible ; and, accordingly, a room was hired and three members were appointed to lecture in turn with the minister. One service was perforined, and then permission to use the room was withdrawn. Subsequent efforts to obtain a suitable place have been made, but hitherto without success. On Thursday, Jan. 5th, a complimentary soiree was given to Mr. Moss. Thanks to the able efforts of

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Mr. Albo, Salvandy Terrace, seconded by a committee of ladies, it was attended with complete success. About 270 sat down to tea. The evening's entertainments, which were of a most varied and attractive character, were carried out with great spirit.

To mark their appreciation, some of the most talented professionals in the island, French and English, who were present, kindly volunteered their services. It most pleasing to witness the genial spirit that pervaded all present.

LIVERPOOL.- The members and friends of the New Church Society in this town held a Bazaar and Christmas Tree on Thursday, January 5th, in the church schoolroom. The object was to provide funds for defraying the expense of painting and beautifying the interior of the church, which has been recently effected at a cost of £88. The room was tastefully decorated for the occasion with evergreens, banners, &c. and presented a very pleasing appear

The stalls, numbering five, were presided over by the following ladiesMrs Barnes, the Misses Blundell, Miss Calderwood, Mrs Francis, Miss Gillaird, Mrs Hallet, Mrs F. L. Jones, Mrs Pixton, Mrs Rumney, and Mrs Swift. The Bazaar opened at 2 o'clock, and tea was provided from 5 to 7 o'clock. There was a very good attendance, though but few strangers were present : this is however rather a matter for congratulation, the gratifying pecuniary result of the effort evidencing, the liberality of the members and friends themselves. From beginning to end, indeed, the undertaking has been a complete success, earnestness, harmony and charity pervading one and all. The, utmost anticipations of the committee were realized, and the total gross receipts amount to about £123. Not for many years have we had in Liverpool so pleasant and useful a gathering, and the committee beg sincerely to thank all these ladies and gentlemen who by their kind contributions or their valuable services contributed to its success. The knowledge of this success will, it is felt, be a satisfaction greater than any expressions of gratitude, and we all feel that efforts such as this to be of use to the Church are more than repaid by an increase of that cordial good feeling one towards the

other which should ever distinguish its members. One pleasing feature of the evening was the presentation to Mrs Goldsack, our minister's wife, of a very handsome worked woollen shawl, a contribution from America. This was subscribed for by some of the ladies present, and as an expression of kind feeling, could not fail to be gratifying to the estimable lady who was its recipient. We have also to thank our transatlantic friends for a further handsome donation (per Mrs Hallet). Long may the stars and stripes float alongside the Union Jack as they did at our Bazaar ! On behalf of the Bazaar Com. mittee-J. Y. SWIFT, Hon Sec.

It may be mentioned here that we have also recently established an association in connection with the church for intellectual and religious improvement, with every prospect of success.

NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.—The following paragraph from the Newcastle Daily Chronicle, December 31st, shews how our friends are occupied, and the prospect of future work for them:-The Education Act.—The time for applications for aid to build and furnish denominational schools will expire tomorrow. One of the last applications will be from the New Jerusalem Church Society, Newcastle. They conducted a school for poor children, at a penny a week for many years ; but the strain was too great upon their own resources, and they were obliged to give it up. Recently, one of their members deceased, left them £400 for educational purposes, and although they are not prepared to commence building directly, they have thought it prudent to memorialise the Lords of the Privy Council to assist them in carrying out this object, so soon as they are ready with a suitable site, &c. The memorial, signed by the minister and committee, will reach Mr. Foster to-day.”. Should this movement prove successful, another participant of Conference aid may be expected. A schoolroom is greatly needed by the Society at Newcastle, for meetings as well as Sunday-school; and the re-establishment of its day-school will add new prestige to its position in the town and impart new zeal to its members.

SALFORD.—The Society in this town

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