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NORWICH.

The Society at Norwich, having applied to the Missionary Society, in London, to be favoured with a Missionary Visit, the Society received a Letter from the Rev W. M. Mason, stating his appointment thereto, with the subjects he intended to expound. Accordingly every necessary arrangement was made for his reception, and the public were informed of the visit, by printed bills, which were exhibited in the principal parts of the City. On the 29th of June the Rev. W. M. Mason with Mrs Mason, accompanied by Mr. Presland, arrived at Norwich, and on Sunday, July 2nd began his Course of Sermons, at Crooks Place Chapel. The Morning Service-text; answer to the question, WHAT IS TRUTH? "Pilate saith unto him, what is Truth." John xviii. 38. At this Discourse there were few persons present, compared with the size of the Chapel, which we were sorry to see though at the same time not mnch surprised. There were several Calvinists present, who when they heard the Doctrine of Truth, as understood by the New Church, seemed quite at a loss to know whether their doctrines were true or not. Many of the Friends expressed their entire satisfaction at the elucidation of this subject.

AFTERNOON SERVICE: What Jesus Christ came into the World for, shewn from his own words. Text: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." John xviii. 37.

EVENING SERVICE. The Christian's view of Redemption by the Blood of Christ, should be pure and spiritual, not gross and carnal. Text: "Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood." Rev. i. 5. Our numbers still continued to be few but we were highly satisfied with the manner in which Mr. Mason treated this subject, and those who were of other denominations, declared their approbation by saying that they had never seen it set forth in so clear a light before; still there were some present so in love with the material blood of Christ, that notwithstanding the many able proofs that were brought forward from the Gospels, and Epistles, and Reason, they chose rather to remain in their low and grovelling ideas, than to elevate their minds, to the things represented thereby, At this discourse some persons from the Wesleyan persuasion being present, were not a little astonished to find the New Church Doctrines so justly supported by Scripture and Reason, but it appeared that these persons did not come in search of Truth, but on the contrary to misrepresent and calumniate; they therefore raised a very evil report against us, by saying that we made Jesus Christ a Sinner. This arose, it is supposed, from their not understanding, or not attending to the difference between hereditary and actual evil, which was treated of in this Sermon. Mr. Mason gave such clear views upon the subject as would convince any man who had his eyes in any degree open; but to those who are under the influence of false doctrines Truth cannot appear.

MONDAY EVENING. The nature of Baptism and its promised effects, shewing what is involved in our being baptized into the name of the three Divine Principles or Essentials of Deity, called the Trinity. Text: "And he said unto them go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." Mark xvi. 18. In consequence of the report raised by the above mentioned persons, Mr. Mason adverted to this in the course of the subject, in order if possible to stop such a calumny, by saying that we of the New Church did not make Jesus Christ to be a sinner: but that the Lord bore our sins by taking our nature upon him, and overcoming all those hereditary principles of evil, which he derived from the Virgin, and that the Lord by this became a Conqueror; for the Apostle Paul says "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Heb. iv. 15. From these and many other passages it was shewn that the humanity which was assumed from the mother was tainted with inclinatiions to evil, but, that the Lord by means of the Divinity in himself conquered them all. After the Sermon several

persons stopt at the entrance of the Chapel : among whom was a young man unknown to us, who stopt Mr. Mason, and began to question him concerning the Humanity that was born of the Virgin Mary; upon which Mr. Mason addressing him, said that he could not think of going over the same ground again, but what I have stated, said he, are not my own words, for they are the words of the apostle Paul himself, Heb. vii. 27. (this was quoted by Mr. Mason in his Sermon ) but this person would not have it as it was stated, but wanted to evade any direct understanding of the passage, by taking such a circumlocution as would have made light appear as darkness: it was evident by the manner of this person that he did not come for instruction, but on the contrary to create a tumult; for he raved at such a rate as to be quite troublesome. Several persons who were present (and who were merely lookers on) said that they thought he quite misuuderstood the subject altogether, and that they had heard the subject and thought it very clear. Mr. Mason had left the young man at this time, and was stopt by another person, who requested that Mr. M. would favour him with two or three hours conference upon the Doctrines, which Mr. Mason agreed to. At this interview two or more hours were spent, and upon the doctrine of the Humanity derived from the mother, he said that we were certainly authorised by saying that Jesus Christ did bear our sins, by taking our corrupt nature upon him, and that the passage in Hebrews vii. 27, did imply such a Doctrine.

WEDNESDAY EVENING. The nature of the Lords Supper and of acceptable Worship in general. Text: "I will wash my hands in Innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord." Psalm xxvi. 6. It appeared that this discourse was received with general approbation. A certan person who attended several of the sermons, said that it was shewn this Evening, what was the end and object of Divine Worship, and that preachers in general did not shew the end for which the Lord instituted Divine Worship. He remarked also that he had heard many things to night which were very striking and new, and which he had never thought on; that though he could not enter in to all, yet there were many things he thought (though new) very grand and edifyng. This person is a preacher amongst a people who have dissented from the Calvinists.

FRIDAY EVENING. The Divine Allegories contained in the Scriptures, shewn to be full of Divine Wisdom; the Narrative of the Fall of Man, &c. considered as instances. Text: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine" Matt. vii. 6. How far the ideas given by Mr. Mason met the views of the hearers, we are not able to say, as the subject was somewhat new: but we trust that it has excited a spirit of inquiry.

On the following Sunday Mr. Mason again preached three Sermons, that in the morning was on The quality of that faith which justifies, and the true nature of justification; text, Gen xv, 6: that in the afternoon from Matt. xxv. 31 to 34, concerning the sheep and the goats; and that in the Evening was on The nature of the Christian's conquest, and the reward promised to the conqueror. In the morning the congregation was very small; the weather being unfavourable, but the Services in the afternoon and evening were well attended. After the Service Mr. Mason retired into the vestry, as he had been accustomed to do, when many of the friends and members met to take their last farewell and to return their heartfelt acknowledgement for the services he had been instrumental in administering.

A person who had attended the whole of these Sermons, àddressed himself to Mr. Mason, and said that through the instrumentality of Mr. Noble and Mr. Mason, he had received that instruction and edification, which he had never experienced in all his life, though he had attended preaching more than thirty years.

On Tuesday Evening July 4, the Rev W. M. Mason baptized into the faith of the Lord's New Church 22 persons, 11 of whom were adults: and on the Thursday evening administered the Lord's Supper to more than thirty persons, and on Monday Mr. and Mrs. Mason left Norwich for Colchester.

How far these Discourses have been beneficial in adding to our numbers we leave time to unfold, but as to the present state of the Church we trust that they have done much good, by strengthening us one and all to persevere in those Heavenly Doctines which alone are calculated to bring peace on earth and good will towards man. I trust that I can say, in the name of the Society, that we have been edified and inspired (by the visits which have been made to us from time to time by our friends Mr. Noble and Mr. Mason) with a desire on our part to communicate those precious truths which are the safe conductors to the mansion of wisdom, to those who have come within our sphere; and though the Church here, is, to appearance, in a very obscure state, yet we hope through the exertions of its members and Missionary visits, we shall, through the Divine Providence, be able to emerge from this state into a more exalted one, but as the I ord alone knows the times and the seasons, we desire to commit it into his hands. When we look back and reflect upon the state of the Society only four years back and compare it with its present state we have cause to rejoice. N.

WEST HOUGHTON.

On Sunday, August 6th, 1826; the Rev. D. G. Goyder, of Liverpool, preached the annual charity sermon in aid of the West Houghton Sunday school, belonging to the New Church. The place of worship was crouded almost to suffocation. There were present several churchmen, methodists, and quakers, likewise many of our own friends from the neighbouring societies and several of our missionary ministers-the Rev. preacher spoke from Matt. xviii. 5; "Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me." In the exordium, he feelingly lamented that while so many missionaries of all denominations are sent to convert the heathen, so little is done to convert our own countrymen, and provide for the future welfare of the rising generation. He then opened the spiritual sense of the passage, and exhorted his hearers to receive, protect and instruct the objects of innocence and truth, then before them, which would secure to them a portion of that divine love, peace, and blessing, which remains for the children of God, and also perfect them in that innocence which continually emanates from our glorified Redeemer, and which alone can fit us for the enjoyment of heaven.

"The Rev. gentleman's address to the Sunday scholars was particularly animated and impressive, and as there are no doubt many juvenile readers of your excellent magazine, I send you the conclusion of the same as far as I was enabled to follow the speaker.

"Though moving in an humble sphere you my dear children have duties to perform, you may hear of titles and of riches and honour, but you may not be born to possess them in this world, nor would it be for your happiness if you were; your heavenly Father loves you so well, that he gives you whatever is good for you, and if you seek his help, he will enable you to perform the duties of the station in which he has placed you; and what, think you, are those duties? as children you know little or nothing, therefore you must be diligent to learn-grateful to your instructorsgentle when you are reproved, and humble in your own hearts. As born to poverty you must honour those whom providence blesses with the means of assisting you. "Be content with such things as ye have," and never seek to change your situation by dishonest means. Above all things remember that you have nothing which you can properly call your own; nothing but what is entrusted to you for a time, to be accounted for hereafter; all is the gift of your Father which is in heaven, and all is to be employed in his service your health and your talents-your learning and your time your friends and benefactors all are sent to you by God-you must be grateful that they are bestowed upon you, you must improve them while you are thus blessed, and resign them cheerfully when they are recalled. Whenever you are in trouble-whenever you are afflicted, pray to Jesus Christ, and he who said,' suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not,' will not fail to answer your sincere prayers: but may little

children indeed go to him, and will he bless them with his love? will he listen to the prayers and save them from all danger-will he watch over them in the night and save them in the day time, when they are in sorrow will he comfort them, and in sickness will be give them strength? he can indeed do all these things for he his King of kings and Lord of lords; "Go to him then for he is thy father, pray to him-he is thy preserver-worship him he is thy God-love him-he is thy Saviour-fear him, he will be thy judge." The attention of the congregation was undivided throughout the service; several hymns were sung by the scholars, and the collection amounted to £4.. 12 6; a small sum certainly, but when the pressure of the times is considered, it was by no means trifling. Several remarks were made by the hearers, one challenged the term honour, which the preacher exhorted the children to cultivate, and above all, to honour those teachers who were incessant in their labours of love towards them: except this I heard no remark but such as were to the credit of the preacher and the doctrines he advocated. Indeed one gentlemen (belonging to the established church) said, it was the best sermon he ever heard.

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DUBLIN.

The few recipients who reside in Dublin, the Capital of the sister kingdom, conduct themselves with all that zeal and prudence which the CAUSE they have espoused so pre-eminently requires: they have often wished to be visited by some able minister of the new dispensation. The committee acting in behalf of the Manchester Missionary Institution, made choice of the Rev. David Howarth, for this important work: he arrived in Dublin late in August last, and was received with a most cheering welcome by our friends, who were delighted with the opportunity thus afforded them to promulgate those glorious principles which led to the practical fulfilment of all that is taught in the Holy Word.

The streets were placarded with an Advertisement of which the following is a copy

LECTURES illustrative of the Doctrines of the New Church; signified by the New Jerusalem in the Revelation,-chap. xxi. The admirers of the Theological writings of the Hon. Emanuel Swedenborg, residing in Dublin, respectfully announce to their fellow citizens and the public, that the Rev. D. Howarth, minister of the New Jerusalem Church, Manchester, intends to deliver Lectures in the Weavers' Hall, on the Coomb, on the following important subjects of Christian Doctrine and Life viz.

On the Great work of Redemption, shewing in what it consisted. Wednesday evening, 6th September.

On Charity, Faith, and Good Works, Friday evening, the 8th September. On the Sole and exclusive Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sunday morning, the 10th September.

On the Sacred Scriptures, shewing that they contain a spiritual sense, and that they are written according to the correspondence subsisting between natural things and spiritual, Sunday evening 10th September.

Concerning Man's Free Will, in spiritual things. Monday evening, the 11th September. And on Tuesday evening, the 12th, Concerning the second coming of the Lord.

Service to commence each evening at 7 o'clock, and on Sunday morning at twelve.

N. B. As the expenses of these lectures are defrayed by a society of gentlemen, there will not be any collections.

Dublin, Sept. 5, 1826,

The attendance on the course, kept on the increase till the conclusion, and the beneficial results will, we doubt, not go down to posterity.

KIRKHAM.

MR. John Sager preacher to the Society at Blackburn, during a short excursion to Lathan, a watering place of increasing popularity, at the junction of the Ribble with the sea, took occasion to visit the friends at Kirkham, situate about six miles distant. For many years there has been a number of readers at this place, and it is one of the towns at which the

venerable and Rev. J. Clowes has formerly lectured. On Sunday the 30th of July, Mr. Sager preached three times to an audience in a private house. But the company being more numerous than could be accommodated in one room, two different apartments were appropriated to their reception, and Mr. S. addressed them from the door-place between both, very much to the satisfaction of the friends and strangers present.

The readers at this place are far distant from all our other Societies, and not much known except to some friends of the most northerly Societies in Lancashire. It is considered that a number of tracts might here be usefully distributed, and perhaps a grant of books from the London Printing Society would not be ill bestowed. Old Mr. John Singleton takes an active part in conducting their religious reading meetings, two of which meetings are held each sabbath.

ANNIVERSARY SERMONS.

PETER STREET, MANCHESTER.

ON Sunday the 13th of August, the Charity Sermon in support of the Sunday School belonging to the New Jerusalem Church Peter Street, Manchester, was preached by the Rev. S. Noble, of London; many friends from Societies (distant from 6 to 10 miles) attended; the collection amounted to £34.

BOLTON STREET, SALFORD.

The Annual Sermon for the promotion of the Heavenly Doctrines of the New Jerusalem, in the Temple, Bolton Street, Salford, Manchester, was delivered by the Rev. David Howarth, in the afternoon of Sunday, the 17th of September; being the thirteenth anniversary since the opening of the said Temple, when the collection amounted to $14.

BLACKBURN.

The Anniversary of the Society at Blackburn took place on the 27th of August, on which occasion the Rev. T. Pilkington delivered two discourses illustrative of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church, with his usual ability, to a respectable auditory.

CONDUCT.

VARIETIES.

To do evil is more within the reach of every man, in public as well as in private life, than to do good.

FALSEHOOD.

If the habit of falsehood be once contracted, the whole moral system is immediately endangered. Lying supplies those who are addicted to it with a plausable apology for every crime, and with a supposed shelter from every punishment, It tempts them to rush into danger from the mere expectation of impunity; and, when practised with frequent success, it teaches them to confound the gradations of guilt, from the effects of which there is, in their imaginations at least, one sure and common protection. It corrupts the early simplicity of youth; it blasts the fairest blossoms of genius; and will most assuredly counteract every effort by which we may hope to improve the talents and mature the virtues of those whom it infects.

THE TRANSLATOR.

He that would make a translation agreeable, or even intelligible, must spend many a weary hour in preparing for common minds those passages on which the strength of uncommon intellects has been again and again employed: he must investigate what is deep, to recommend what is plain.

COTTON SEED GAS.

It has been recently discovered in America, that Cotton Seed produces a beautiful gas almost equal to Oil Gas. One pound of this seed, which has been hitherto laid aside as useless, wil produce a hogshead of gas.

BOTANY.

"Botanists compute that at Spitzbergen, which lies near the 80th degree of northern latitude, there are only about 30 species of plants; in Lapland, which lies in the 70th deg. about 534; in Iceland, in the 65th deg., about 553; in Sweden, which reaches from the Southern parts of

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