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must I do to be saved ?" and the answer to that question, “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house.” During the ensuing week Mr. Gunton also delivered two lectures on “War, its Cause and Cure,” and “The Descent of the New Jerusalem.” To the friends of the New Church, to whom these lecturers are so well known, it is quite unnecessary to say the various subjects were introduced and descanted upon in eloquent and forcible language, and in a very impressive manner. Lengthened reports of the first five lectures were inserted in the West London Observer local newspaper, which were doubtless read by many who had not the opportunity of hearing them. Some opposition was provoked, two lectures having been given on Sunday evenings in the same hall by a local missionary, for “The Truth's Sake,” intended as an answer to the arguments of the lectures above enumerated, but which consisted merely of a reiteration of the old dogmas, and an enunciation of the old ideas of substitution and vicarious sacrifice. After which, also on a Sunday evening (in the same place), Mr. Madeley, the leader of the Society of the New Church at Hammersmith, delivered a discourse on “The Blood of the Lamb,” controverting very fully those erroneous doctrines, and showing, in the most forcible way, the great superiority and excellence of the New Church doctrines of justification, atonement, and salvation. It will be desirable to record (so far as we know) the good that has been done by this course of lectures. Our own Society (West London) has secured three thoughtful persons as constant attendants, two of whom have joined our communion; and we doubt not but all will shortly enter into full membership of our Society. We have also heard from Dr. Bayley that two persons have become constant attendants at Argyle Square. Several others have also received enlightenment, and are only prevented from becoming attendants by the adverse circumstances with which they are surrounded. Such are, however, within the sphere of the angels of the new heaven, and Divine Providence in good time will no doubt remove such circumstances as
are inimical to their advancement in the path of light and truth. Several copies of
BUCKINGHAM, BEDFORD, AND MAIDSTONE.—Dr. Bayley, of London, has recently visited these places, and given lectures under the direction of the London Missionary and Tract Society. In a letter to the Committee, he says—“I have carried out the arrangement desired by the Committee for missionary visits to Buckingham, Bedford, and Maidstone; and at all the places there have been very warm and appreciative audiences. At Buckingham, the Rev. Mr West, Baptist minister, made all the preparations, got the bills out and well posted and distributed, and the free use of the Town Hall for three nights. I was also hospitably entertained at his house. There was an attendance of about a hundred the first night, including three ministers—the Wesleyan, Primitive, and Baptist—and it rose to about a hundred and fifty the last night. Many excellent questions were asked in the best spirit ; and the Primitive minister, who had taken an active part, moved a vote of thanks and a request for the visit to be early repeated.
Bedford.—Our Norwegian friend, who resides at this town, and is an excellent young New Churchman, formerly of Argyle Square, made every effort to give effect to our wishes. We had about the same attendance, and a considerable number of thoughtful people, but also some very narrowminded ones who spoke bitterly and were evidently annoyed when their strong arguments fell to pieces. Some bolted out of the room, in evident indignation. One, a retired colonel, admitted that all I submitted could not be gainsaid, but he thought there was something more. Paul said the arch. angel would come with the trump of God. And there were trumpets under the Jewish law; and he could understand a good deal in a spiritual manner, but he could not give up the trumpet. There must be a trumpet. Others became very enthusiastic for the views they heard, and expressed themselves very warmly.
“At Maidstone, we had the Concert Room, and an attendance of about 250, including the leading ministers of the town—the Independent, Church, and Unitarian. The audience was evidently a very thoughtful and respectable one, and expressed in frequent plaudits their reception of what they heard.
An earnest desire was again expressed for a fresh visit; and, with the consent of the Committee, I shall be happy to visit Maidstone in April, at the time of the Quarterly Meeting at Snodland. The friends at Snodland and Maidstone were very active, and were present at the services at both places. Altogether, I believe these visits will have scattered good seed, which will bear fruit in due time."
A notice of the lectures at Buckingham appeared in a local paper, which stated that “Dr. Bayley, of the New Church, Argyle Square, London, paid Buckingham a visit, and delivered lectures on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, at the Town Hall, kindly lent for the occasion by the Mayor. The first lecture was on The Blessedness of Praying to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only God,' in connection with which the Divine Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was explained. The second lecture was on The Atonement, or Reconciliation of Men to God.' The third was on 'Heaven ; where is it? what is it? and how shall we get there ?' They were characterised by no small amount of research, and devoted interest in the subject of them. Although the lecturer seemed to be a setter-forth of strange things,' he did not seem to be deficient of divinely-inspired texts to corroborate his statements. In speaking of the blessedness of praying to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he
how to get there ? he spoke of heaven as the abode of uninterrupted love and happiness. It is not far off, it is nigh, it is within us, in the amiability of our tempers and conduct, and is seen in our endeavour to make all happy with whom we are connected. The kingdom of God is within us. His mountain is a blessing, and the places round about it showers of blessings. In order to get there we must know something of its blessedness and happiness here. This will not only constitute our meetness for it, and our enjoyment of it, but it will be the occasion of joy unspeakable and full of glory. The vote of thanks to him and that for his promise to revisit the town was carried by acclamation, as also a vote of thanks to the Mayor for the use of the hall. The interest of the audience was as conspicuous in their countenances as in their breathless silence.”
SHOREDITCH.—The Missionary and Tract Society have engaged the TownHall for a course of four lectures by Dr. Bayley, on the 14th, 16th, 21st, and 238 of March. This noble building is capable of seating upwards of 2000 persons, and an earnest desire has been expressed by many friends to make these lectures as useful as possible by having the Hall well filled on the occasion. From repeated experience, it has been found that the success of our missionary lectures depends, not only on the ability of our lecturers, but also on the energy and activity of the friends who are entrusted with the carrying out of the necessary arrangements. A strong committee for this purpose is now being formed, and all friends desirous of assisting in the work are requested to send in their names to Mr.Jobson, Secretary of the Missionary and Tract Society, 6 Torriano Avenue, Camden Road. The services of the two colporteurs now en gaged for London and its neighbourhood will be called into requisition on this occasion.
HORNCASTLE. — The quarterly Missionary visit to this newly-formed society was made by the Rev. R. Storry, the services extending from the 10th to the 14th of February. The Corn Exchange was engaged for the occasion. The attendance, though small, increased as the services proceeded. On the evening of the 10th, a lecture on the Deity enterprise, 'and diligently employs orderly means for progression. Lectures have been advertised and delivered on Sunday evenings, and the attendance has been more than doubled. On Monday evening anuary 22, the quarterly tea-meeting of the Society was held, and the attendance exceeded all expec. tation. Five new members were admitted, some of them being young persons born and educated in the church. These having arrived at the age of reason, voluntarily decided to unite themselves with the Society. This is as it should be, and we would earnestly exhort young persons in every Society to seriously and thoughtfully consider the subject, and we feel sure that the result in their case will be the same. The meeting was addressed by the minister, Messrs. Smith, Faraday, Speirs, and other friends, and was felt to be a happy and useful one.
those passages which refer to His great dignity, such as “The Father was in Him,' that 'He is God over all blessed for evermore,' and 'In Him dwells the fulness of the Godhead bodily,' and many similar teachings. In his illustration of the Atonement, or Reconciliation of man to God, he said it was man that departed from God, not God from man ; hence the necessity of reconciling him, for God did not will the destruction of any, but would they should be one with Him. In his third lecture, “Heaven ; where is it? and
dwelt much upon
We also hear from the minister, Mr. Ramage, the most satisfactory account of the attendance and general progress at Buttesland Street.
of the Saviour and the Divinity of His humanity was given, from the text, “What think ye of Christ ?" On the Sunday morning this subject was still further considered from the text, “ Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world ;” and was followed, in the evening, by a discourse on “Religion and Life : their Mutual Relation." In the afternoon of the Sabbath a sacramental service was held in the Society's usual place of meeting, when most of the members were present. On the Monday evening a social teameeting was held, which was followed by an address from Mr. Storry, on “the Duties and Privileges of the Members of the Church,” in which he offered such instruction as seemed best suited to the condition and circumstances of the Society. This service was followed by a lecture at the Exchange, on “Redemption and Atonement,” which was more numerously attended than those which preceded. On the following evening, February 14, Mr. Storry again met the members and friends of the Society in their room, when he delivered an address on “ The nature of the New Dispensation, as discoverable from an Interpretation of the Apostle's Vision of the New Jerusalem.” At the close of this address, a conversation took place on subjects suggested by the services and by the wants of the Society. At ten the meeting closed, the members expressing themselves in terms of thankfulness for the services supplied by the Missionary Committee. The Society is small, and has to contend with the difficulties and disadvantages of a newly-formed society : but the members are intelligent and zealous, and will doubtless in the end succeed in the work before them. At present they have an increased discouragement in the illness of their esteemed leader, Mr. J. S. Bogg, of Donnington-onBain, which deprives them of his valuable services. Their usual meetings, however, for worship and mutual instruction, appear to have been thus far steadily attended to ; and their efforts to build up the Church will, we hope, be crowned with success.
" THE SALTAIRE NEW JERUSALEM HERALD.”_ We have received the first number of this publication, which is to be published monthly at Saltaire, in Yorkshire, at the low price of one penny, The number sent us contains two short essays, one on “the mission of the New Church,” the other on “the Cry in the Desert,” the other portions of the work being filled up with poetry, short extracts from Swedenborg, and a notice of Dr. Holcombe's “ Children in Heaven." The work is conducted with considerable ability, and will, doubtless, obtain many purchasers in the vicinity of its publication. From the wrapper, we learn that New Church Assembly Rooms are opened at 13 Victoria Road, Saltaire, where meetings for instruction, reading, and conversation are held on the Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday evenings, and a Sunday-school is opened on the Sabbath.
We learn from our London correspondent that the Cross Street Society is manifestingincreased activity. Its minister is a man of industry and
MANCHESTER, PETER STREET. With a view to increase the usefulness of the weekly meeting of this Society, the following programme has been got up. We have been requ ed to insert it in the Intellectual Repository, in order to suggest such an arrangement to other societies, and also to enable authoress. That appeal was very generously responded to—so generously indeed that I venture once again, with your permission, to ask the help of your readers, being anxious to promote the sale of another little book, by the same authoress. The book is now in the press, and will be ready in a few days. The title is “ One of Seven ; or Not Gilt but Gold.” The price will be 2s. 6d., and though I cannot undertake to make any deduction from that price, because to do so would be to surrender the only advantage which the authoress will have from its sale, yet I will endeavour, as far as possible, to supply copies free of carriage.
The case is one which urgently calls for sympathy and assistance, and I trust that this appeal will meet with a liberal response.
All communications addressed to me shall have my prompt attention.-Yours,&c., EDMUND D. ROGERS, Old Palace Road, Norwich.
the Peter Street Committee to invite all missionaries and other friends who may happen to be in Manchester on any of the dates therein announced, to attend the meetings, and to assist in making them instructive and interesting. The fullest liberty of speech will be extended to those present on the occasion of essays and conversations, or discussions, and also at the reading meetings. It is intended to render the reading meetings, and those devoted to discourses and expositions, much more devotional in their character than has hitherto been the case with most of the meetings of New Church societies : Jan. 24. Discourse, “ The blessings of frequent worship” (Mal. iii. 16), Rev. J. Hyde ; Jan. 31. Essay and Conversation, “The Spiritual Body” (“. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual boly,” 1 Cor. xv. 44), Mr. J. H. Brotherton ; Feb. 7. Reading Meeting, John xiv. ; Feb. 14. Discussion, sent Aspects of New Church Societies,” Mr. W. Oxley ; Feb. 21. Exposition, Psalm xci., Rev. J. Hyde ; Feb. 28. Lecture, " Claims of the New Church upon Bible Students," Rev. J. Hyde ; March 7. Reading Meeting, “Children in Heaven,” H. & H., 329-345 ; March 14. Essay and Conversation, “The Relation of the Fine Arts to Worship,” Mr. J. S. Sutton ; March 21. Answer to Doctrinal and other Difficulties raised by “Correspondents," Rev. J. Hyde ; March 28. Lecture,
• Christ and Him Glorified,” Rev. J. Hyde ; April 4. Reading Meeting, Matt. xxv. ; April 11. Discussion, “ Bible Science, Mr. S. Le Resche ; April 18. Discourse,
Mutual Help in Religion (Dan. xii
. 3), Rev. J. Hyde ; April 25. Lecture, “Religion in Amusements," Rev.
Each meeting will commence at 7.30, and close about 8.45. It is hoped that each member of the congregation will feel it a duty to attend these meetings as frequently as possible.—John HYDE, Minister.
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES Acts. As the Magazine was going through the press, we received a communication from M. Moison, commenting on these acts, and on the brief notice of them in our last number. Our respected correspondent entirely misunderstands our notice, in supposing that it indicates a readiness to allow remarks to be offered on the subject in the pages of the Magazine. Our remarks were occasioned by the communications of several esteemed members of the Church, and were intended to close this correspondence. The objection moreover felt by our correspondents to these acts was not that they purpose to remove this social plague, but that they tend to encourage and extend it. That the evil can be utterly extinguished by legislation, no one, we imagine, supposes; and most persons will feel that its restraint cannot be carried beyond a certain limit. The liberty of the natural man cannot be utterly destroyed ; but when it becomes destructive of society, it must be restrained. The question at issue is the manner of deal. ing with these evils, so as to bring within the narrowest limits their fearful afflictions. This question we leave to statesmen, and to those who write for their guidance ; its continuous discussion is unsuited to our pages.
TO THE EDITOR.-SIR, -Some few years ago you were kind enough to publish an appeal from me for subscriptions in aid of the sale of a little book entitled “Ellen French, by Aunt Ever. green,” for the benefit of the afflicted
left a widow, sister, and numerous January 26th, at Manchester Street, friends to mourn the loss of his affecArgyle Square, London, the wife of Mr. tion, and who live in the hope of rejoinR. Tomley, of a son.
ing him in that land where there is no sor.
row to those who love the Lord. Marriage.
Mr. James Marsden, of Blackburn, February 16, at the New Jerusalem died January 4, 1871, aged sixty-nine Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. years. He embraced the doctrines of Storry, Mr. Joseph Bradley, to Miss the New Church and joined the Society Hannah Bullock, both of Oldham. in membership about thirty years since.
As a regular attendant, intelligent lisObituary.
tener, and devout worshipper at the On December 6, 1870, in the 25th services, he was a pattern worthy of year of her age, Miss Elizabeth Emily imitation. His interest in the welfare Irving, of Manchester, departed into the of the Church continued to increase to spiritual world. She had been trained his end ; and at the mention of the in the doctrines and life of the New truths of the Church, his face would Jerusalem. Engaged in tuition, she beam with a smile which indicated a delighted in the uses of her vocation, heartfelt delight. which she cheerfully extended to la- Mrs. Alice O'Connor, of Blackburn, bours in the Sunday school. Respected died January 6, 1871, aged twenty-eight and beloved by a large circle of relatives years. She was from childhood surand friends, they find consolation in the rounded by New Church influences -conviction that, although her earthly a scholar and a teacher in the Sunday career has closed at an early period, she school, also a member of the Society. has gone to develop her capacities, and To the end of her earthly career, she to engage in fuller uses, in that world manifested a gentle and agreeable diswhere there is no more death.
position, was unwavering in her attachEdward Dowling, the son of Edward ment to the Church, and contented and Dowling of Aylesbury, Bucks, one of delighted with its doctrines; from which the early receivers of the New Church, she derived pleasure and consolation on departed this life, at 36 Lockington the approach of the change which transRoad, Battersea Park, Surrey, on the ported her from her earthly friends to 220 December 1870. He was a member her final home. of the New Jerusalem Church, Camber- Departed this life, in Liverpool, on well, and also of the Mutual Improve- the 5th of January, Felicia Jane Stement Society connected with that phenson, aged eighty-five-one of the church. His earthly career was one earliest members of the Church in that of usefulness both in public and private town. She was a lady of cultivated life, and he was ever ready to dissemi- mind, and of very great kindness of nate a knowledge of the heavenly doc- heart. Her attachment to the doctrines trines of the New Church. He was a she so firmly held was deep and devoted. good classical scholar, and latterly de- They and the Divine Word were her voted much of his time to the Greek
daily study, her mind retaining all its language, in order to read the Scrip- freshness and beauty to the advanced tures in the original. His life was re- age of her departure. signed and cheerful, always trusting and On Sunday, the 29th of January, 1871, obeying the dictates of Providence ; departed this life, at St. Aubin's, Jersey, which displayed itself more particularly in the seventy-ninth year of his age, on the death of his only child, a youth Samuel Smith, of London. His father in his sixteenth year, and whom he re- and mother, who were members of Mr. signed without a murmur. He was Proud's congregation, were among the much esteemed in the circle in which first receivers of the doctrines in Lonhe moved for his just and upright cha- don. The deceased was baptized by racter, never swerving to the right or Mr. Proud, and was educated in accordleft for worldly gain. He died, as he ance with the doctrines of the New lived, firm in the conviction of the di- Church. He was one of the most liberal vinity of the Lord's humanity, and of contributors to the Jersey Missionary the necessity of living a life according Association, and was always ready to do to the ten commandments. He has good.