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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 Lord alone knows the times and the seasons, we desire to commit it into his bands. When we look back and reflect upon the state of the Sociely 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 worsbip 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 instructors gentle 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 ,-susler little children to come unto me, and forbid them not,' will not fail tú answer your sincere prayers: but may little children indeed go to him, and will be bless them with his love will be 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 be his King of kings and Lord of lords; “ Go to bim then for he is thy father, pray to him he is thy preserver-worship him-be 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.
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: be 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.
Ön 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 Kirk. ham, 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 bas 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 he accommodated in one room, two different apartments were appropriated to their reception, and Mr. 6. 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.
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.
THE TRANSLATOR. To do evil is more within the reach He that would make a translation of every man, in public as well as in agreeable, or even intelligible, must private life, than to do good. spend many a weary hour in pre
paring for common minds those pasIf the habit of falsehood be once sages on which the strength of uncomcontracted, the whole moral system mon intellects has been again and again is immediately endangered. Lying employed : he must investigate what supplies those who are addicted to it is deep, to recommend what is plain. with a plausable apology for every
COTTON SEED GAS. crime, and with a supposed shelter It has been recently discovered from every punishment. It tempts in America, that Cotton Seed prothem to rush into danger from the duces a beautiful gas almost equal to mere expectation of impunity; and, Oil Gas. One pound of this seed, when practised with frequent suc- which has been hitherto laid aside as cess, it teaches them to confound the useless, wil produce a hogshead of gradations of guilt, from the effects gas. of which there is, in their imagina
BOTANY, tions at least, one sure and common “ Botanists compute that at Spitzprotection. It corrupts the early bergen, which lies near the 80th desimplicity of youth; it blasts the fairest gree of northern latitude, there are blossoms of genius; and will most only about 30 species of plants ; in assuredly counteract every effort by Lapland, which lies in the 70th deg. which we may hope to improve the about 534; in Iceland, in the 65th talents and mature the virtues of deg., about 553; in Sweden, wbich those whom it insects.
reaches from the Southeru parts of Lapland to the 55th deg., 1300; in receiving the least moisture, and were Brandenburg, between the 52nd and now almost expiring for the want of 54th deg., 2000; in Piedmont, be- it. We could not help looking on tween the 43rd and 46th deg., 2800; this as liquor sent from heaven to nearly 4000 in Jamaica, which is be. comfort us under our extremity. We tween the 17th and 19th degree; in catched what we could of it in our Madagascar, situated between the hands, and drank very plentifully of 13th and 14th deg., under the it; and liked it so well, that we could Tropic of Capricorn, more than hardly prevail upon ourselves to give 5000. New Monthly Mag.
THE JACK TREE.
THE CHÆTODON ROSTRATUS,
A matter of this nature could
not but incite us to make the strictIt is a singular circumstance re- est observations concerning it; and specting this tree, which is, perhaps, accordingly we staid under the tree not generally known, that it produces near three hours, and found we could its fruit at the same time from the not fathom its body in five times.” boughs and the stem, and from that part of the trunk which is under This fish is a native of the fresh ground, where the natives find it up- waters of India, and is celebrated for on digging: The fruit dug up in this he extraordinary manner in which way is reckoned the best, and the it takes its prey, which principally time of its maturity is known, from consists of the smaller kind of flying the ground over it cracking and open- insects. When it observes one of ing. This tree which is one of the these, either hovering over the wamost beautiful and useful in the uni- ter, or seated on some aquatic plant, verse, has not been long known to it shoots against it, from its tubular European botanists. Its foliage is snout, a drop of water, with so sure very close and shady, and the leaf an aim as generally to lay it dead, or bears some resemblance to the laurel, at least stupified on the surface. In The fruit is of a most extraordinary shooting at a sitting insect, it is comsize, and conceals a wholesome and monly observed to approach within sweet pulp, interspersed with small the distance of from six to four feet, kernels called jack nuts, of an exqui- before it explodes the water. When site flavour and nutritious quality. kept in a state of confinement in a The natives of some of the hills of large vessel of water, it is said to afIndia use these kernels as bread. ford high entertainment by its dexTHE DRIPPING TREE.
terity in this exercise, since if a fly or In Cockburn's voyages we find the other insect be fastened to the edge following account of a dripping tree, of the vessel, the fish immediately near the mountain of Fera Pag, in perceives it, and continues to shoot America. “On the morning of the at it, with such admirable skill as fourth day we came out on a large very rarely to miss the mark. plain where were great pumbers of fine deer; and in the middle stood There was a remarkable imitation a tree of unusual size, spreading its of this sacred ornament among the branches over a vast compass of Egyptians ; for we learn from Diodoground, Curiosity led us up to it. rus (lib. i. p 68. ed. Rhod. ) and from We had perceived, at some distance Æbian (Var. Hist. Z. xiv. č. 34) that off, the ground about it to be wet, at “their chief priest, who was also their which we began to be somewhat sur. supreme judge in civil matters, wore prised, well knowing there bad fal- about his neck, by a golden chain, an len no rain for near six months past, ornament of precious stones, called according to the certain course of the TRUTH, and that a cause was not season in that latitude. At last to opened till the supreme judge had our great astonishmeut as well as joy, put on this ornament.” we saw water dripping, or as it were, distilling, first-from the end of every The perfect head, (with the leaf of this wonderful (nor had it horns attached and twelve teeth perbeen amiss if I had said miraculous) fect in each jaw,) and other bones tree : at least it was so with respect of a Moose Deer, have very lately to us, who had been labouring four been dug out of the bog at Killinew, days through extreme heat, without in the county of Meath, Ireland.
URIM AND THUMMIM.
THE MOOSE DEER.
They were deposited at the depth duced by the same fluids when they of eighteen or twenty feet, and are are in motion; and that there is no of large dimensions, measuring as connexion whatever between these follows: head, in length, one foot two kinds of effects. eight and a half inches ; horns, from
EPHEMERA, tip to tip, eight feet four inches ; The insects known by the name of length of horn, five feet eight inches; ephemera, and which live only for a and greatest width of the antlers, few hours, or at most for 1 day or three feet one inch.
two, have hitherto been supposed to
be destitute of all the parts of the « The Hampshire Journals give digestive canal. This supposition extraordinary accounts of flights of has lately been proved to be wbolly lady-birds being seen near South- without foundation. It has also been ampton: one of them was two miles found that during their brief exlong! The same phenomena have istence their skin is twice entirely been remarkable in and near London. changed, The Shipping in the river has been swarming with these insects, and a Mr. Gambart, of Marseilles, in the party of gentlemen one day visiting early part of August announced that the top of St. Paul's church, were he had discovered a comet in the surprised to see the dome literally constellation of Eridanus. covered, and so red with their flamecoloured corslets glittering in the The famous astronomer Piazzi, sun, as hardly to admit of being Director of the Observatories at
Naples and Palermo, and the dis.
coverer of the planet Ceres, died at M. Larrey, the well-known French Naples on the 22d of July, at the surgeon, lately presented to the age of eighty years. Academy of medicine in Paris, the beart of a man who, in a fit of derangement produced by grief, stabbed Major Denham, the enterprising himself with a watchmaker's file. and successful explorer of Central After having penetrated several Africa, has arrived in Paris from Viinches, the instrument broke off enna. A second edition of his ad. level with the skin. The unhappy mirable work upon that bitherto being was conveyed to an hospital, nearly unknown quarter of the globe where it was determined that no will appear, we understand, in the operation could be attempted. He course of the present month, in 8vo. survived for twenty-one days, in but The MSS, left by the late Mr. Jeflittle pain, and without feeling any ferson in a condition prepared for difficulty in changing bis position. Publication, are said to be a Memoir On opening the body, it was seen of his own Life and Times, three with surprise that the file had not volumes of Anas, and twelve or fifonly pierced the pericardium, and teen volumes of Correspondence. one of the coats of the heart, but The Rev. John Mitford has nearly that, entering that organ at three ready for publication a volume of deinches from the point, it had passed votional poetry, entitled, Sacred Speobliquely, from the left to the right, cimens, selected from the early ÉRand from the lower to the higher glish Poets, with prefatory Verses. part; crossing the left cavity, the The work will contain extracts on middle membrane, and the right religious subjects from many scarce cavity!
publications, commencing from the
year 1565. M. Poisson, the mathematician, has been lately engaged in studying
NEW PUBLICATIONS. the nature of the magnetic fluids. A Sermon occasioned by the deHe has established, that, besides the cease of the Rev. J. Proud, Svo. ls. effects produced in the interior of Fyfe's Manual of Chemistry, 75. bodies by the magnetic fluids (aus- Bekker's Plato, with variorum tral and boreal) when they are at Notes, 11 vols. £10 10s. bds. Newrest, there are others which are pro- ton on the Prophecies, 14s.