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that is athirst say, Come ; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Amen. Even so, Come LORD Jesus." [Rev. xxii. 13. 17. 20.]”
GENERAL CONFERENCE. The Nineteenth General Conference of the Ministers and other members of the New Jerusalem, was held in that elegant and substantial edifice, the New Jerusalem Church, in Peter Street, Manchester, from Tuesday the 8th, till Saturday the 12th of August. There were present at this annual assembly, seven ministers and twenty-one representatives; besides various friends of the Church who came as spectators from different societies. As the custom is, the Conference was opened and closed each day with the Lord's prayer. During the sittings, after the business of the day, divine service was performed in the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday and friday, On Wednesday the 9th, the Rev. J. Gilbert of Leeds, preached in Peter Street Church ; on Thursday evening the Rev. S. Noble delivered an able discourse in the New Jerusalem Temple, Bolton Street, Salford; and on the evening of the following day Mr. J. Parry of Dalton, near Huddersfield, preached in Peter Street Church.
The business of Conference was so abundant, as to demand their assembling in the evening's after divine service was over, to hasten their proceedings. Many important matters were brought under consideration, and disposed of according to the best judgment of the assembly, in such way, as we hope, will be generally satisfactory to every one who has the character, strength, and stability, of the New Jerusalem Church at heart.
The letters and reports from Societies were numerous, and occupied much time in the perusal of them. In order to shorten this part of the business, it was enacted, that all reports and letters be transmitted to the Secretary at a much earlier period than they have hitherto been; and that none be attended to, which are sent at a later period, except a deputation of members think them to be of indispensable importance. It appears from the state of accounts read in Conference that the fund for carrying its purposes into effect is at a low ebb, and stands in need of considerable assistance.
When the list of recognized ministers of the Church was read, the Rev. S. Noble informed the Conference that the Rev. Joseph Proud had departed this life, and that on his way to Conference on Sunday the 6th ult. he saw the earthly remains of this aged minister. During the revision of the above named list, very considerable discussion took place. i A draft of the so long expected Liturgy was read, and a Com
mittee re-appointed. It is now presumed that we may expect this work will soon make its appearance.
The proceedings respecting the subject of the Newcastle-upontyne trust deed occupied much time, and much legal information transpired as it regards all general as well as local trusts ; part of which will
in the Minutes. A copy of the second edition of the hymn book was presented to Conference : it appears that this work is now very generally adopted by the different societies of the Church. The report of the Committee for the ordering of the ministry was read, but nothing very definitive has yet been done ; hence the Committee was re-appointed.
The New Jerusalem Chapel at Radcliffe in Lancashire was finally vested in the hands of the Conference Trustees, and the Deeds were presented in Conference. This is the first fruits of the Gew neral Trust, so far as regards places of Worship, and this place will stand at the head of future investments. The interest of the Chester Legacy, was for another year disposed of in favour of that excellent establishment in London, the New Jerusalem Church Free School.
A very pleasing address was read in Conference, which had been received a few days before from the convention of the New Church in the United States of America, signed by the Rev. Messrs. Hargrove, Carll, and Doughty.
The report of the Spelling Book Committee was read, from which it appears, that the work is not yet in a state of much forwardness; the Committee was re-appointed, under the impression that dispatch of business in regard to such a work is essentially necéssary.
In order that documents forwarded by Societies may come before Conference with respectability and some degree of authority, it was appointed, that all communications so made by societies, shall be signed by the Minister or leader as the case may be,'as well as by the secretary or corresponding member, &c. Such a measure will impose a check upon improper communications being made.
Another resolution that seems to be of some importance was come to, viz. that copies should be attempted to be got from all societies that have adopted rules, &c. and that our legal adviser should from the whole form one general code of regulations upon such principles, as are thought the most conducive to the good of all our Societies.
A draft of a first catechism was read, and a committee appointed to mature it; an appointment also took place in respect to a second catechism for elder children and youth ; as well as to a series of questions without answers, for the examination and exercise of young people.
Various Reports were read or presented to Conference, containing much interesting matter from the different institutions of our church which show that the New Jerusalem is making its way in the earth.
Conference is next year to be held in Hanover Street Chapel, London, to commence its sittings on the second Tuesday in August, 1827. The business of Conference having been gone through, an Address, drawn up by the Rev. T. Goyder, was read and received as the parting admonition to friends who had come from very distant parts of England, Ireland and Scotland. The Rev. Richard Jones was chosen President, who conducted the duties of this office with his usual sedateness and christian moderation.
LONDON New JERUSALEM CHURCH FREE SCHOOL. The Fourth Annual Report of the London New Jerusalem Church School has been published. Among the resolutions passed at Free the last Annual Meeting are contained the following, which we consider will be interesting to our readers.
“The importance of educating children in the doctrines of the New Church becoming every day more evident to her members, and some parents, whose circumstances would not allow of their taking advantage of the School as a Free School, having expressed a wish to have their children educated therein, and also their willingness to pay for such education it
Resolved Unanimously :
First.That a number of boys, not exceeding twenty, be received into the School for Education, for whom a certain payment shall be made by their parents or guardians.
Second.-That the terms of payment for such boys be one guinea per quarter, including the necessary books, slates, &c. &c.
An anxious wish having been expressed by several friends present that efforts should be made for commencing the girls' school as soon as possible, and a probability being suggested that the ordinary expences for carrying on the same might be shortly provided, if the expence which would be incurred by fitting up the school room could be met, it was
Resolved Nem. Con. :
That a subscription for the purpose of fitting up the school for girls be now entered into, and that Mr. William Malins be treasurer thereto.”
We have extracted the following from the Committee's Report:
“ The Committee have one peice of information to communicate, which cannot fail to be most agreeable to our friends : it is, that prejudice has not sent forth her direful sphere to oppose the operations of this Institution: witness the fact, that no sooner were the doors of the School opened to receive children, for the avowed purpose of their being instructed in the doctrines of the New Jerusalem, than a greater number was presented than the room is calculated to accomodate.
To those who have experienced the beneficial results, and the delighful perceptions consequent upon the reception of the doctrines of the New Dispensation, there cannot, surely, be presented a duty of more importance, nor one in the performance of which will be experienced greater pleasure, than that of imparting these doctrines to others. The members of the New Church have, therefore, established and supported societies, having the promotion of this object for their end. But nolwithstanding the efforts of these Institutions have, comparatively with the numerical strength of our church, been great, yet the progress our doctrines make in the world, though not imperceptible, is evidently slow. When the public are invited to give our views a candid hearing, how common a case it is, that they refuse to attend to the invitation, and our Ministers and Missionaries have frequently to preach to very inconsiderable numbers, under circumstances where, is the love of truth and the practice to which it certainly leads, that of hearing before we judge, were not almost entirely banished from among mankind, we might fairly calculate upon the attendance of multitudes who would listen to and receive with delight the doctrines of genuine truth. So likewise is it, when the writings of Swedenborg are offered to the reading part of mankind: under the dominion of prejudice and bigotry, they reject the profferd boon without deigning to inspect what they thus ignorantly condemn. What then is the conduct which the professors of the heavenly doctrines should adopt? should they indignantly leave the world to 'slumber in the darkness which they love,“ rather than the light?” This would be to indulge the resentful impulses of the natural map, instead of following the benevolent impulses of the spiritual man, who suffers not himself to be weary with well-doing.”
Booksellers met at the last Easter A cave, containing fossil bones, fair at Leipsic; and two thousand has lately been discovered on the three hundred and seventy four new banks ofthe Garone, near Bourdeaux. works, written in German or in The bones are principally of the ty- the ancient languages, sufficiently ger and the hyena, and are analogous proved the prodigious activity with to those the remains of which were which the sciences are cultivated. found in the neighbourhood of Paris. To these must be added atlasses, ro
mances, dramatic pieces, musical On New Year's Day, Major Lai compositions, &c., making the whole was at Gusala, the Eusala, of Rennel, number amount to two thousand where he had been stopped some time seven hundred and forty-nine. Aby native wars. He was to set out, mong the most remarkable philolohowever, for Timbuctoo on the 2d of gical publications were the Analecta January, and had gathered much in- Literaria of the celebrated professor formation from other travellers de- Huschke; Hermann's Treatises ; tained, like himself, at Gusala. The Observations by the same learned position of this place is laid down writer on the Greek inscriptions 270 30 lat., lo 15 E. long. It is published by Bockh ; Suvern's Restated, that, after staying at Tim- marks on the Clouds of Aristobuctoo till August, it was the inten- phanes ; Wullner's Treatise on the tion of our enterprising countrymen Fpic Cycle; that of Monk on Pomto visit Jeanie and Melli, and proceed ponious, &c. of the archæological down the river for Yaouri, with the works, Gerhard's Collection of Anannual swell about this period. tiquities; a Treatise by Kosegarten
on the Egyptian Papyrus ; and anoThree hundred and ninety one ther by Franck, on the Philosophy
and Liturature of the Hindoos,- house in question formerly constiwere the most distinguished. The tuted part of the cementery of a other sciences also received nume- church belonging to the ancient rous valuable contributions.
Knights of Malta.
The new planet Herschel may be A French paper states, that the seen this year on the meridian at ship Emilie, of Nantes, having cast midnight. He appears to the eye anchor on the 13th of July, last year as a small star of the fifth magnitude. in Christmas barbour, in the Island He will continue visible in the evenof Desolation, (Southern Indian ing for about nineteen weeks. Ocean), was soon after boarded by
Cambridge Chronicle, six miserable creatures, who came in a boat from the Cloudy Islands, six miles off, on which they had been left six months before, with provisions for only two days, by an English vessel. They were covered
Mr. George Samoulle, author of
the " with skins of sea-calves; and their
Entomologist's Useful Comfaces were so tanned thal it was im- pendium,” will shortly publish Gepossible to guess to what country Preserving Exotic
neral Directions for collecting and
Insects and they belonged. During their residence among the inbospitable deserts
Crustacea, with illustrative plates. and rocks where they had been aban
The Learned Mr. de Koppen is doned, they lived on penguins and employed upon a History of the difother birds, and preserved them- ferent Dialects in the Russian Lanselves from cold by burning sea-ele- guage. phants' oil, in the hollow of a cave Mr. Koslof, a Russian Poet, who, where they had established their like Homer, Milton, and Delille, is abode. The Emilie carried them blind, has published a poem called away, and landed them at the Isle of Tchernetz, the Monk, which is a Bourbon.
good deal praised. He seems to
have taken “ Ioukovski” for his Much popular curiosity has lately model, and is likely to rank high been excited at Bordeaux by the among the disciples of the romantic discovery of some tombs and human school in Russia bones among the foundations of an A Memoir of the renowned Dr. old house which is undergoing repair Mesmer and on bis discoveries, in that city. On investigation, it promises to bring forth some curious turns out that the court-yard of the matter.
DIED at Bristol on the 17th of July, 1826, Mr. Hands, a most worthy man, and many years a receiver of the heavenly Doctrines of the New Jerusalem. The New Church Society at Bristol will feel a great privation by the removal of such a kind and zealous promoter of the good cause.
On Thursday morning the 3rd of August, 1826, at Handsworth, near Birmingham, the Rev. Joseph Proud, in the 80th year of bis age. This able and eloquent preacher of the heavenly Doctrines, was in his early life, a Minister in the connexion of the General Baptists, but in the year 1791, on the 3rd day of May, he left entirely the Baptist connexion, and was ordained into the Ministry of the New Church. He has been a most successful labourer in the cause of the New Jerusalem ; hundreds have been brought into the church by his labours, and now that his work is finished here below, he has ascended into the realms of light, to receive from the righteous Judge of all the earth, the just reward of his doings. We shall feel obliged to any of our correspondents for a short biographical sketch of this worthy and faithful Minister.