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Monday evening at their place, and baptize some infants, accordingly I did so on Monday the 21st. The sermon was on the nature and use of baptism, after which I baptized four Infants. There were not more than 30 persons present. I think it would be much more beneficial to tbe cause at Glasgow, if this small body were to return to the parent Society.
On Tuesday, the 22nd, I visited Paisley, 7 miles from Glasgow, and spent two or three hours in conversation with a few of the members of the church in that place. There are no meetings at present held in Paisley either for reading or worship; but I have some hope that they will again renew them. I left Paisley about 4 o'clock for the purpose of attending a meeting at Glasgow, which was to be held, at 7 o'clock, in the place of worship, for conversation upon, and illustration of the doctrines. The meeting was accordingly held, many interesting questions were put and discussed, which kept up a lively conversation till half past nine o'clock, to the great pleasure and cdification of the meeting. At the close of the conversation, a member of the Glasgow Society wished me to state to the Committees of the Londun and Manchester Missionary Societies, what was the feeling of that meeting respecting missionary visits. The feeling of that meeting was, that the Missionary Minister should be allowed to stop at least six weeks or two months with any society that had no minister. The thing would be most desirable if it could be accomplished. I then took my farewell of the friends at Glasgow, and on
Wednesday, the 23rd, I went to visit the New Community on the plan of Mr. Owen, at Orbiston, about 8 miles distant from Glasgow, on the Edinburgh road. Mr. Lamb (late of Derby) at present resides there. In the evening, at the urgent request of Mr. Lamb, I delivered a Lecture to the members of the community, On the true nature of Man, and on the doctrines of the New Church respecting Resurrection and the life after bodily death. After I had finished my lecture, about an hour was spent in conversing upon the topics treated of. Although the views offered in the lecture were, generally speaking, well received, yet the doctrines of Necessity and Materialism seem to have taken such a strong hold of the minds of most of the persons, who at present form this New Community, that I think not much good will result from the labour of those who may propagate the doctrines of the New Church. Mr. Lamb, however, is very zealous in lecturing upon, and making known to these people, the heavenly doctrines, and he thinks, by a steady perseverance in the good cause, that success will ultimately crown his labours. I slept at the establishment one night and breakfasted and dined at the public table for the small charge of sixpence each meal. During my stay I baptized one infant, being the first child born in the New Community. In the afternoon of Thursday I left Orbiston and arrived in Edinburgh about nine o'Clock in the evening. Friday and Saturday were employed by the friends of the Church in announcing and preparing three public Lectures, which I were to deliver at Edinburgh. The Free-mason's Hall was engaged for that purpose, and accordingly
On Sunday, August 27th, I delivered to full and most attentive congregations, Three Lectures, on the following subjects :--First Lecture, On the Divine Unity and Trinity.--2nd Lecture-An Answer to the question “ Who is the Lord ?"--Third Lecture,- On the nature of Man, bis death, resurrection, and entrance into immortality. These subjects excited great interest, and we were well attended through the day. In the afternoon the greatest congregation was assembled, but it was remarked that, in the evening (although not so numerous on account.of the rain which fell in torrents, and lasted some considerable time) a very select and respectable company assembled. The solemn stillness and great attention which prevailed in all the three services, were noticed by many of the friends as very remarkable, and indicated, generally, a favourable reception. After the Šervice in the Afternoon, a gentleman, Dr. M- a Fellow of the College of Physicians, at Edinburgh, introduced bimself to me, and expressed his pleasure at what he had heard, inviting me at the same time to breakfast with him on the following morning, in order that he might have an opportunity of conversing with me and obtaining further information on the doctrines of the New Church. I accordingly accepted the invitation, and breakfasted with the Dr. on the following morning. I spent about three hours in the company of this gentleman, and find him to be a very intelligent and worthy man, very anxious, as he himself declared, to know the Truth. He put many questions to me relative to the supreme divinity of Jesus Christ, and was very desirous of knowing how we explained those passages of Scripture which treat of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, To these questions I gave him the views of the New Church, with which be appeared much delighted, and, I think, satisfied. I also gave him a copy of each of the Society's Tracts, for which he thanked me very kindly, and I assured him, that if he would
apply to the New Church Society at Edinburgh, he might obtain from the library any of the works of Swedenborg, as well as of the New Church writers, which would give him that further information which he required, and which, I had no doubt, would both delight and convince his mind. After conversing upon other matters, I left him fully impressed that he will become a most cordial receiver of the doctrines. I spent a few hours with Dr. P-, a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, who has lately received the doctrines, from whom I received every mark of kindness, and in the evening I preached to the Society in their regular place of worship in Tbistle Street.
On Tuesday morning, August 29, I left Edinburgh for Dundee, and arrived at the latter place about 4 o'clock in the afternoon.. My wish was to have had a meeting of the members of the church that same evening, and I had previously written to Mr. Bruce, the leader of the Society, to that effect; but it was impossible to collect the people together, as it was the fair time in Dundee, and all persons were very much engaged in their business. This being the case, I left Dundee on the following Thursday, 31st August, and went to Montrose, lo sce if any thing could be done in that town previous to Sunday, I called upon Captain Farquarson, spent two or three hours with him, and left him a few tracts : but as no place could be obtained, immediately, to lecture in, I returned on Friday to Dundee. During this short absence the friends at Dundee had announced, by printed bills, that I should deliver “Three Lectures in elucidation of the Doctrines of the New Jeru-, salem Church, in Thistle Lodge, Barrack Street,” and on
Sunday, September 3rd, I gave a Lecture, in the morning, On the Unity of the Godhead,--the Supreme Divinity of Jesus Christ, and on the Doctrine of a Divine Trinity, as existing in the person of the great Redeemer. In the Afternoon my subject was,—The Divine Love and Goodness--the Universality of the Divine Operation, showing the inconsistency of the doctrines of Reprobation, Predestination to misery, and partial Election to happiness. In the evening I selected the subject on Divine Providence, in which lecture I endeavoured to show the advantages which the doctrines of the New Church possessed upon this great point of Christian Doctrine over all other systems of Divinity, particularly in that delightful view of it which teaches, that the Divine Providence, in blessing man, begins at his birth, follows him through all the vicissitudes of human life, for no other purpose than to do him good in his latter end. At the delivery of these three discourses, we had a most numerous attendance. The utmost attention and stillness prevailed during the delivery of each Discourse, and all we had to regret was, that the place was not sufficiently commodious to accommodato the number of persons who came to hear; for notwithstanding the Vestryroom at the end of the Chapel was filled, and persons standing on the stairs, yot great numbers, especially in the afternoon, were obliged to go away, for want of room to accommodate them. I have heard of many remarks i that were made by some strangers, which were very pleasing and interesting at the time, but which perhaps will hardly, he consistent for me to notice. It is sufficient, Gentlemen, for me to inform you, that the Discourses were well received, and if I am to judge from the solemn stillness of the audience and the great attention paid to the subjects treated of, there is good reason to presume that the visit will be beneficial to the good cause in Dundee.
On Monday, September 4, I paid a visit to a place, about 4 miles from Dundee, called Broughty Ferry, previous notice having been given that I should deliver a Lecture in Harrold's Hall (a large room in an Inn) explanatory of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church. Broughty Ferry is but a small place, and the prejudice against the doctrines very strong: but notwithstanding these disadvantages we had about 50 persons to hear. In this lecture I went through the general and leading doctrines of the Church, showing that God is One in essence and person--that he assumed the human form in ultimates, and that He, who is the Creator and Father of mankind, became their Redeemer and Saviour; thus that the Father Son, and Holy Spirit, were three names expressive of the Divine Love, Wisdom, and Operation, and that these three form the Holy Trinity, existing in the Divine Person of Jesus Christ. This doctrine I proved, and made as clear as I possibly could, by various passages of Scripture, and by theso words of the Apostle, “ In Him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” I next proceeded to give the New Church view of Atonement, and shewed that it meant a reconciliation of man to God, and not of God to man,-that man by the reception of the Divine Truth, and by a life according to it, becomes changed in his purposes and life, and from an evil man becomes a good one, that this change wrought in man is in Scripture called reconciliation or Atonement, and that this atonement is not received by, or effected in, God the Father, as is erroneously supposed, but by and in man alone. This I proved by a chain of reasoning, and by these words of the apostle, “ We also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have received the atonement.” Rom. v. 11,“ God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.” 2 Cor. v. 19. I also briefly touched upon the doctrines of Redemption and Salvation, and closed the Lecture by showing what were the doctrines of the New Jerusalem respecting man, his death, resurrection, and entrance into immortality. The Lecture occupied a full hour, and after the singing of the hymn, I stated that, in agreement with the notice already given, I should be happy to spend an hour in conversation with the persons present, and to give any further information rospecting the Doctrines that may be required." We had anticipated some opposition in this place, in consequence of what had transpired there some little time back, when Mr. Bruce, the worthy leader of the Dundee Society, paid a Missionary visit, an account of which is printed in the last North British Missionary's Report. But in this, however, we were mistaken not one word of opposition was offered to any thing advanced in the Lecture; the company dispersed by two and three at a timo, until none were left in the room but 12 persons, 10 of whom were members of the church in Dundee, and the other two residents in Broughty Ferry. The members of the church then present considered, that the doctrines of the New Jerusalem had, that evening, gained a complete triumph in Broughty Ferry. The next day,
Tuesday, September 5, the friends met at Dundee, wben, agreeably to their request, I delivered a discourse on Baptism, after which I baptized 19 adults. After the ceremony, I took my farewell of these warm and affectionate members of the church in this place. Their kindness towards me, the affectionate manner in which I was received by Mr. Bruce, and their thankfulness for the visit, will not easily be erased from my mind. I may also state, during my stay at Dundee, I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Bruce preach, and it is my opinion that the introduction of tbis. gentleman into the ministrý by ordination, will prove a valuable acquisition to the church, and greatly assist the cause in Scotland.*
• I have just received a letter from Mr. Bruce, dated Dundee, Sept, 13th, 1826, from which I make the following extract." I hope to hear of your safe and happy arrival at home, and I hope your services in every place, as I am sure and glad is the case in Dundee, will be followed with advantage and remembered with gratitude. There is great regretting that the Baptismal Sacrament was not earlier and more generally known, and if you were present now, there are few who would not come freely forward. But we must wait with patience till the good providence of the Lord shall bring you amongst us again."
Wednesday, Sept. 6, I left Dundee, and passing through Edinburgh, arrived at Newcastle on the following Friday evening. The next morning I went to the Rev. James Bradley, and arranged for preaching three Lectures on Sunday the 10th. Bills were printed and posted about the town, announcing that the following subjects would be discussed in three Lectures, viz.-In the morning, On thc Divine Trinity; in the afternoon, an Enquiry into the Doctrine of Original Sin-and in the evening, on the Divine Providence. accordingly on
Sunday the 10th Sept. I lectured upon the above-named subjects to very respectable and attentive congregations. The members of the society in particular were, as far as I could learn from the information obtained from them, bighly delighted with the services of the day, and very thankful to the Missionary Committee for thinking of them in their present state, being now without the services of a minister. In the evening of Sunday, after the Lecture was over, the friends and members of the church were required to stop a few minutes to consider of some business relative to the fu«. ture prospects of the Society; and I was surprised to see so many stop, not imagining that the Church at Newcastle had so many members and friends. The subject submitted to the meeting was the present unfavourable state of the society, as being without a Minister, when two letters, which had been recently received by Mr. Brown, the corresponding member, from two different persons in the church, both offeriøg themselves to undertake the Ministry, were read. After the contents of these letters were discussed, it appeared to the meeting, that Mr. Randall of Salisbury, from whom one of the letters came, was the person - likely to suit the Newcastle Society. Accordingly that Gentleman was written to upon the subject, and I think it probable that such arrangements will be made with him, as may lead him to make a trial at Newcastle. I had some conversation with many of the leading members of the church relative to the unpleasant business of vesting the Temple in Conference, and from all the information I could possibly obtain, I think any endeavour that may be made to vest the Temple in Conference, subject to those clauses, deemed by the Newcastle society objectionable, will be unsuccessful. It is a thousand pities that such an excellent and substantial building, as the temple at Newcastle, should be without the services of a minister, and it is the opinion of the members of the church in that place, that if an active and intelligent Minister could be obtained, a very considerable increase to the church might reasonably be expected. I am inclined to think this opinion correct, from the congregations which attended the delivery of my Lectures, as well as from the marked attention paid to the variety of subjects discussed therein. I trust that something will, under the Divine Providence, be soon done to benefit the Society in Newcastle. As my time here was very short, I took an opportunity of visiting as many of the friends on Monday and Tuesday as I could, and in the evening of the latter day, spent a very agreeable time with a few friends, when a most interesting and pleasant conversation, founded upon the question, “What is Truth?” enlivened the meeting. I took my farewell of them that night, and the next day took the coach to Leeds.
On Wednesday, Sept. 13th, I arrived at Leeds about 8 o'clock in the evening, and was most kindly received by Mrs. Blackburn. The next day arrangements were made for me to preach twice on the following Sunday. Bills were soon printed and posted about the town, announcing that two sermons would be delivered by me in the society's regular place of worship, illustrative of the Doctrines of the New Jerusalem, on Sunday the 17th September. On the Friday evening previous, the members of the church met in their chapel, when I delivered a Lecture from Ezekiel xlvi. 9, after which an hour was spent in conversing upon the subjects contained in the text, and I think, I never spent a more agreeable and happy hour. AU present were highly delighted with the views which were brought to light by the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem.
On Sunday, agreeable to the advertisement, I preached in the morning to a very crowded and attentive congregation. The subject was the transfiguration of the Lord upon the mount, as recorded in Matt. 17. In this sermon I entered freely into the spiritual sense of the passage, pointing out the meaning of the expression “ After six days," as also showing what is to be understood by the high mountain apart, what by the Lord's face shining as the sun, by bis raiment being white as the light, and what by Moses and Elias who were seen talking with the Lord. The opening of these subjects excited great interest in the bearers, and from what I could learn gave the highest satisfacton. As there was to be no service at Leeds in the afternoon, I went, immediately after the morning service, accompanied by the Rev. J. Gilbert, to Eccup, a village about 7 miles from Leeds, and preached to a congregation of about 60 persons. The friends at Eccup have a small chapel which was built for the use of the New Church in the year 1790, as appears from an inscription on the front of the building. They are a very affectionate and kind people, and were much delighted with this visit. I took leave of them about 5 o'clock, and arrived at Leeds in time for the evening service. When I entered the chapel, I found it nearly full, and the people coming in very fast. I preached from Psalm cxxii. 2, 3. In this sermon I took occasion to show, first, what was meant by Jerusalem, and that it signified the true church of thé Lord, with repect to its doctrines and truths that its doctrines were harmoniously united together, and that they pointed to One Great and Supreme Object of adoration. Having determined upon the signification of Jerusalem, I then drew a brief sketch of the doctrines of the old church, and contrasted them with those of the New, and shewed that the former were not harmonious, but that they were, not only opposed to reason and Scripture, but also to themselves, while the latter were of that harmonious and united form, as to be correctly described by the words of the text, “ Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together.” The greatest attention was paid to this lecture--the chapel was crowded to excess, and, unfortunately, many were obliged to go away, not being able to get admittance. The friends werc much enlivened by this visit, and I doubt not but that some good will spring out of it. The new chapel now building in this town is in a forward state, and is expected to be opened early in the next year. I had intended to have taken my leave of the friends at Leeds on the Sunday evening after the service, and to take the coach for London on the following day; but the members having expressed a strong desire to assemble all together in the School room above the chapel, on Monday evening, for the purpose of conversing with me upon the Doctrines, I was induced to stop until Tuesday. Accordingly, on
Monday, Sept. 18, nearly the whole of the Society assembled in the place appointed, about 8 o'clock in the evening, when a most lively and interest ing conversation upon the heavenly doctrines then took place, and lasted till past 10 o'clock. The meeting expressed much gratitude and thankfulness for the present visit, and I doubt not but that it will be attended with some good effects.
I left Leeds on the following morning, and on Wednesday, Sept, 20th, arrived in London. I have been absent 7 weeks, during which time Í visited eight Societies, preached at twelve different places, and in the whole delivered 27 Sermons or Lectures-held 6 conversational meetings -baptized 19 adults and 9 infants, and travelled about 1300 miles. Such, gentlemen, is the account I have to give you of my labours, and doubt not but that the Divine blessing will accompany every endeavour to promote the prosperity and peace of Jerusalem.
With thanks for your kind grant of £10. towards the expences of the journey,
I remain, Gentlemen,