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was at Heywood. The committee have THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW long been of opinion that much good JERUSALEM CAURCH AT SOUTHAMPTON.-. might arise in populous neighbourhoods The anuiversary of this society was held by occasionally delivering week-night in their place of worship on Monday, Nov. lectures in public lecture-rooms, a little 3rd, when twenty receivers of the doctrines removed from our places of worship; and sat down to tea. The meeting was opened having the opportunity of trying this plan by calling Mr. T. S. Rendell, the leader, of operation, the committee gladly availed to the chair, who commenced the business themselves of it, and are happy to find of the evening by repeating the Lord's that the success has fully equalled their Prayer; after which the friends sung the expectations. The room obtained is 208th Hymn. Then the society, by the capable of seating about 200 people, and wish of the parents, requested Mr. R. to during most of the lectures has been com- administer the baptism to an infant, fortably filled. Much interest has been which he hesitated in doing, thinking it excited, and we have heard many pleasing an infringement on the right of ordinainstances of good. Questions were tion; but this the friends over-ruled, and allowed to be asked at the close of the Mr. R. baptized the infant. Afterwards our lectures, and several availed themselves leader began to address the meeting, by of the opportunity. By this means much explaining to them the internal spiritual additional instruction was communicated, contents of the 60th verse of the 9th so far as we could learn, to the general chapter of Isaiah; after which some satisfaction of the audiences. The fol. highly-interesting remarks were made lowing is a list of the subjects :
thereon by some of the members, and J. Being and attributes of the Creator. much useful conversation on the doctrines II. End of Creation.
followed. Shortly after ten o'clock anoIII. Divine Providence.
ther hymn was sung, and the meeting IV. The true nature of the Bible. was closed by Mr. R. returning thanks to V. Free Will.
the Lord for the benefits which they that VI. The Fall of Man and Origin of night had received. It was a happy Evil.
assembly; all present felt themselves VII. Redemption, Atonement, and encouraged ; and it was evident that a Means of obtaining Eternal Life,
heavenly sphere of charity and mutual J. F. love prevailed.--I remain, &c.
JAMES HELLETT, Sec.
Died at Manchester, February 4th, 1845, truth, than he consistently carried out Mr. James Smethurst, aged 80 years. He that conviction by separating from the old had been an exemplary member of the church altogether, although, as we have Peter-street Society from its commence heard him say, he had many attachments ment, in 1793. He had received the and relationships to relinquish in making doctrines of the New Church some years the change. The glorious doctrine of the prior to that period, whilst he was an Lord in His Divine Humanity was that attendant at the Church of St. James, which first struck his attention, which soon under the ministry of Dr. Cornelius Bailey. won his heart. For many years our departed This clergyman had great respect for our friend rendered great aid to the church in departed friend, then a pious and exem- Peter-street, by his effective service in the plary young man, and endeavoured to choir. He had a remarkably fine deepprevent his embracing the New Church toned voice, which, animated by the ferdoctrines. His mind, however, was now vour of genuine devotion, made a strong sufficiently opened to see the marvellous and edifying impression on all present. light of the new dispensation, and he was His knowledge of the truths and doctrines too much confirmed in the truth to be of the New Church was extensive and removed from it by Dr. Bailey. He was profound, because it was his delight to read one of those who no sooner received the them diligently, to meditate upon them, doctrines with full conviction of their and to pray that his life might be guided by their light and influence. All were retained his self-possession to the last, pleased with his company and conversa passing away almost without a struggle. tion; his fervour and intelligence were He was one of the early active members very edifying on these occasions. During of the Manchester and Salford Missionary the last two years of his life, his infirmities Institution, and supported its efforts as a prevented him from attending the public missionary, with great zeal and ability, worship of the Lord ; but his minister for many years. Such was the general frequently visited him, and, in company estimation of his character and attainwith two or three of his old friends, some- ments, that he was admitted, by ordinatimes administered the Sacrament. These tion, into the ministry of the New Church were seasons of spiritual refreshment and on the 28th of March, 1824. At a later delight ; and his mind was always com- period, from bodily infirmity and engageforted and consoled by that holy service. ments of a secular character near home, His end was peace.
W. F. he seldom officiated as a minister except
occasionally by special invitation. In bim Died September 5th, at Accrington, was strongly evinced the effect of steady Mrs. Pilkington, aged 27 years, the wife application and systematic diligence. of Mr. J. E. Pilkington, druggist. She He rose from humble circumstances embraced with great firmness and affection to considerable respect, as a man of the doctrines of the New Church, with sound judgment, extended information, which she became acquainted soon after irreproachable character, and moderate her marriage. They were the frequent competency.
W. S. subjects of her thoughts and conversation during her years of health, and her great Died, on Tuesday morning, October consolation during sickness. She had lived 21st, at the residence of his father (the in the truths of the New Jerusalem, and Rev. James Bradley), Mr. Saml. Bradley, they had disarmed Death of his terrors. B. A., in the 29th year of his age, and On one occasion it was inquired by a little more than three months after his relative if she would not desire to be laid marriage. in the family vault in a neighbouring The removal of a dear and valued church-yard ? She replied, “I have friend into eternity, is at all times a entirely left the establishment, and fully solemn and naturally afflicting event. embraced the New Church; let my body Even when age and growing infirmities, or be laid there.” The circumstances of her the probationary trial of long-continued departure,--of her funeral,--and her en- sickness, may have led to the anticipation trance into the eternal world, were dwelt of such an issue, its realization is still upon during her sickness with perfect severely felt by the immediate circle of composure. Her patience during suffering family and friends; but the case of our was remarkable. She seemed to wait departed friend combines in itself so many firmly and hopefully until the Lord should affecting circumstances, that nothing short call her, and at last calmly went to rest of an implicit reliance on the divine in the Kingdom of her Lord. A funeral Providence of the Lord could enable us discourse was delivered on the occasion by to view his early departure from amongst the Rev. J. Bayley. She has left a sor- us with other feelings than those of the rowing husband and four children, whom, deepest regret. Such feelings, howerer, doubtless, it will be her crowning joy, at are wrong, because, 'to a great extent, length, to welcome in heaven.-J. B. selfish :-the Scriptures assure us that
o the righteous perisheth, and no man Departed this life, on the 18th of layeth it to heart, and merciful men are September last, the Rer. John Pownall, taken away, none considering that the of Manchester, aged 63 years. An organic righteous is taken away from the evil to disease of the heart, continuing some come,” Isa, lvii. 1: hence we should regard years and terminating in dropsy, led to the event as the result of the Divine his dissolution. The latent vigour of his Will, consequently as best calculated for frame effected at times a partial recovery his eternal welfare. that gave good hope of renewed health, To all human appearance the church but every succeeding interval of apparent has su stained a severe loss; for, to a suspension in the complaint becamne reverential love of the truths of the new shorter and shorter, heinming in by dispensation, he united a highly-gifted degrees the powers of life with a regular intellect, and a cultivated heart,-the seige of death. Yet the constitution bore three great essentials towards the conup with wonderful tenacity, and he summation of that happy period when
“the knowledge of the Lord shall cover bodied in life was in the highest degree the earth, as the waters cover the sea.” punctilious, and the writer (who had The doctrines of life which had been frequent opportunities of judging) is instilled by an affectionate parent, seemed convinced that this anxious,-too anxious to grow with his growth, and to strengthen concern respecting his own spiritual state, with luis strength; and in the year 1838 so distracted and weakened his frail he entered the field of missionary labour, earthly tenement, that it became incapaand continued his services almost without ble of enduring the reverses of weather intermission to the period of his illness, to which our climate is liable, and a being, some portion of the time, permanent severe cold originated the malady which leader of the Bolton Society. As his terminated his earthly career. He was rational principle became matured, he confined to the house only a fortnight, viewed with regret the gigantic obstacles but from the fearful progress which the which impeded the progress of genuine disease made on his constitution, its fatal truth, the deep-rooted prejudices by which termination soon became apparent; long, it was assailed, and the almost impenetra- indeed, hefore he was himself convinced ble sophistries by which those prejudices that his days were so nearly numbered. were supported; and finding that they It was natural that he should look were often times founded upor a false forward with hope even in his extremity; philosophy, or upon misconceptions of he had but lately received the meed of the original text of Scripture, he resolved approbation which his country bestows to devote his energies to the acquisition on sound and extensive literary acquireof natural truth, and of the various ments; he had just put his talents to use languages through which the Divine in the world, and received in return many Word had passed in its adaptation to of its advantages; he had planned for different ages and countries. He engaged himself a course of long and extensive in these pursuits purely for the church's usefulness, and had barely entered the sake; and the success which attended holy stale of conjugal blessedness. And them is amply apparent from the honorary how difficult it must be, under such degree conferred upon him by the circumstances, to feel the certainty of University of London; being in the death's approach,—to yield all the fond first class of the successful candidates for anticipations which had been so ardently the degree of B.A, in the season of 1844. cherished, or to behold with complacency
During the laborious preparation for a separation from those earthly connecthis examination, his attention was not tions which, being recently formed, were confined to the cultivation of his rational more sensibly felt! principle alone: he loved to exercise But though snatched from the enjoyhimself in the duties of religion, and to ment of his worldly hopes, those of his store his spiritual man with those heavenly friends who knew him best are convinced, truths which we may now hope will and consoled in the conviction, that serve him for a wedding garment at the " their loss is his gain," and that he is marriage-feast of the Lamb. It was his gone to the more full and perfect enjoydaily practice to read some portion of the ment of those heavenly treasures "where Word, and to regulate hislife in agreement neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and with its precepts. He had read the entire where thieves do not break through and volume of Divine Truth in five different steal.” languages, and could readily call to mind The writer is indebted for his introany passage which he felt to be applicable duction to the holy city of the New to his own spiritual requirements. His Jesusalem, to the ever-active desire of zeal in promoting the cause of truth was his departed friend and Tutor, to extend of that enthusiastic kind which the world a knowledge of its heavenly doctrines, might deem imprudent, and there is every and desires to pay this humble but reason to believe was, in some measure, a sincere tribute to his memory. barrier to his worldly progress. His care
Salford. to examine every motive ere it was em
ESSAYS, &c. &c.
Address, an, from the New Church in Does the case of the Crucified Thief afford
Germany to the German Catholic any sanction to the Doctrine of InSocieties, &c., 269
stantaneous Salvation ? 378 Animal Kingdom, Review of the, (from Double Consciousness, remarks respect
the Veterinary Record, April, 1845,) ing, 418. Editor's Remarks thereon, 219
421 Angels, Redemption of, an Apostolic Duty of the Rich. 179 Doctrine, 57
Duty, Great, of Watchfulness in the ChrisArgument, the, à Posteriori, or from Facts tian Life, on the, 347
authentic and established, proving Ferocious Animals, inquiry respecting the that Swedenborg, according to his existence of, prior to the Fall of repeated assertion, from 1745 to Man, 71 1772, had open communication with Fides” respecting Double Consciousthe Spiritual World, 161
ness, remarks on the Paper of, 382. Arnold, Dr., extracts from the Life and Editor's Remarks thereon, 384 Correspondence of, 15
Flood, the, and the Destruction of the Are there two Opposite Passages in the Earth not to be understood literally, Writings of Swedenborg ? 441
113 Association, Swedenborg, Report of Laws Genesis, translation of (c. iii. v. 22), 24 of, 195
Instantaneous Salvation from immediate Astronomy illustrative of Theology, 1
Mercy is the Fiery Flying Serpent in Book of Job, thoughts on the, 55
the Church, 465 Bow in the Cloud, on the, 461
Inquiry respecting the existence of FeroChristian Fidelity, in the Ordinary Duties cious Animals prior to the Fall of
of Life, the only path to Heaven, Man, 71. Reply to, 95
(By the late Rev. J. Clowes) 241 Jesus Christ, Genealogy of, 244, 375 Clarke's, Dr. Adam, Testimony to the Effi- John xv. 20, Remarks on, 450
cacy of Prayer to Jesus Christ, &c., Justifying Righteousness, 410
Know Thyself,” (from the American Claims of Swedenborg's Writings to the New Churchman,) 46
attention of the Christian World. Lord Jesus Christ, the, duty of addressing Letter to a Clergyman of the Church Prayer exclusively to, 185
of England on the, 281 and 332 Materials for Moral Culture, 6, 91, 174, Clowes, Rev. J., Prayer by the late, 78 287, and 406 Concerning the statement in 1 Cor. xv. Mustard Seed, being the least of all
23 to 28, that the Son of God at his Seeds, inquiry respecting the, 217 Second Coming will give up his Natural Internal, and the Spiritual InKingdom to God the Father, 211
ternal of Man, on the, 137 Concerning Faith, (In a Letter to a Dis- Oxford, 81 senting Minister.) 453
Plato, the Philosophy of, 125 Consciousness, the Double, of the Father Prayer, the True Nature of, 326
and Son during the Lord's abode in Professor at the University of Cambridge, the World, 291
Ignorance and Calnmny of a, concernCorrespondences, on the Knowledge of, ing Swedenborg, 72
revealed by the Lord, &c., 17 and 59 Professor Bush, of the New York City Curious Theological Speculations, 109 University, and Swedenborg, 259 Death and Resurrection, 344
Professor Görres and Swedenborg, 205 Delights, Importance of Examining our, Questions and Answers in the August 201
and December Numbers, 1844, 22 Doctrine of Substitution, the Popular Redemption of Angels, the, 371
Arguments in favour of the Examina- Redemption, the, of Angels, an Apostolic tion of, 83
Re-ordination in the New Church, In- Spirit of a Composition, on the, 303
Swedenborg, Animal Kingdom of, 73
Association and Sweden-
Association, the London
Manuscripts, No. 2, 412
-'s Spiritual Diary, Extracts
Extracts from, 25
Notice of, 307
Virgin Mary, Worship of the, 139
What was it that Suffered in the Lord
Public Worship, (By the late Rev. Woman in the Social Fabric, the True
Position of, 209
Erection of a School-room, 472 Exeter, 235
Lectures at, 398
Ones.” Sketches from Real Life, 35 tians, or the Religious Movement in,
Inquiry respecting the Spiritual Sense of
Leigh, Lectures at, 317 and 437
Quarterly Tea Meeting, 437
Tea Meeting, 278
London, the New Church, Cross-st., 279
and Salford New Church Mis-
Tract Society, Intelligence
from the, 472
for the Consideration of the Mem-
bers of the Church generally, arising
out of the, 395
New Bible Society, 230
First Anniversary of the, 475
Newcastle, Free Day-school at, 119
Rev. J. Bayley'
New Church Tract
and Missionary Society, 474
Norwich, Lectures at, 359