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CHOWBENT, LANCASHIRE. Mr. R. G. Sheldon visited this place by invitation, on the Evening of the 3rd of September last, after having performed service, by appointment of the Manchester Missionary Institution, at Leigh, on the same day, The place of worship known by the name of Harrison's Chapel was kindly lent for the purpose, and we are happy to add that it was filled ; many persons were unable to enter, and therefore could not hear the subject of the Lecture which had been previously announced to be on heaven and its joys. The views offered, excited astonishment and admiration in many enquiring minds; and the ability manifested by the preacher, was spoken of in high terms. This active and intelligent Missionary is considered as a great acquisition to the Missionary Institution, and we sincerely hope he may be enabled to continue bis laborious and praiseworthy exertions.
UPHOLLAND. We have been edified and delighted this day, (Oct. 1st.) with a Missionary visit by the Rev. D. G. Goyder : he preached from Mark iv. 28. The process of regeneration was beautifully described, and the necessity of reciprocity on the part of man, was ably insisted on, and demonstrated to be indispensably requisite to capacitate man for heavenly bliss. The dangerous and delusive notions on instantaneous conversion were placed in a striking point of view; their mischievous and wicked tendency were clearly shewn. We trust that the time is rapidly advancing when Missionary efforts to make known the descent of the New Jerusalem may often be witnessed at Upholland.-Obed.
CHARITY SERMONS AT LEIGH. The Rev. D. G. Goyder, of Liverpool, preached the Annual Sermons in support of the Sunday School at this place, on the 24th of September. The discourses were well adapted to the occasion; the necessity of enabling the rising generation “ to cleanse their ways,” to think correctly of the DIVINE Being, and to obey the divine laws, was clearly pointed out, and strongly urged. The attendance was very pumerous; some of our benevolent friends from Bolton, Wigan, Upholland, Chowbent, West-Houghton, Worsley, and Manchester were present. We cannot omit noticing the fine appearance of those Female Scholars who were selected to attend on account of want of room to accommodate the whole School ; for neatness and decorum few can surpass them, and all well-disposed christians would have been delighted with their singing.
LIVERPOOL. We are pleased to hear that the Church in Liverpool has once again united, we hope this union will now be permanent-lor in union there is strength, and from that strength prosperity and every possible good will arise. We are informed that Mr. D. G. Goyder was one principal cause of this union ; indeed he was solicited to become their minister, but this be very prudently declined.
GOSPEL OF ST. MARK. We have the pleasure of informing our readers, that the Rev. J. Clowes has just published the Gospel according to Mark, translated from the original Greek, and illustrated by extracts from the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, together with Notes and Observations of the translator. It is a neat and handsome volume, price 6s. The Church is now in possession of a correct translation of the Four Gospels, from the pen of this able and respected writer. We shall notice more fully this excellent Work in our next.
magnetised steel bar are not neces. The permanency of eastern cus- sarily situated at its extremities; but, toms is very remarkable. Those who by a particular mode of touching, lead a pastoral life in the east, at this (which he bas laid before the Royal day, frequently placed themselves in Society) he has been able to produce a similar situation to what is re- bars, both of whose ends have similar corded of Abraham (Gen. xviii. i.) poles, whilst the middle of these bars CHANDLER says, in bis Travels in exhibit the opposite polarity. The Asia minor, p. 180, “At ten minutes same gentleman has also verified the after ten we had in view several fine fine discovery of Mr. Barlow, as to bays, and a plain full of booths, with magnetism affecting or residing only the Turcomans sitting at the doors, in the superficial parts of masses of under sheds resembling porticoes, or iron or steel; and has experimentally by shady trees, surrounded by flocks proved, that magnetised flat bars, of goats.
one-tenth of an inch thick, are ABRAHAM'S PAYMENT TO EPARON. equally powerful with bars of con
Ancient nations have discovered a siderably larger dimensions and sin ar coincidence in the manage- weight, under the same extent of ment of their money: The Jews surface. appear to have used silver in lumps, hence we read that Abraham weigbed of the city of Rome consist of ninelo Ephron the silver, Gen. xxiii. 16. teen cardinals, twenty-seven bishops, Amongst them it was perhaps of 1450 priests, 1532 monks, 1464 nuns, various dimensions or weights, and and 332 seminarists. The population certainly, on some occasions at least, of Rome, with the exception of the impressed with a particular stamp. Jews, consisted, in 1821, of 140,000 The Chinese also do the same. Man souls. cartney says, “there is no silver coin ANCIENT COPY OF THE GOSPELS in China, notwithstanding payments in one of the most ancient churches are made with that metal, in masses
in Christendom. of about ten ounces, having the form At Kertch (near the sea of Azov, of the crucibles they were refined in, says a Russian Olicer) I saw one of with the stamp of a single character the most ancient churches in Christupon them, denoting their weight.” endom, having probably been built
1500 years ago.
Four columns of “A negro of one of the kingdoms of Persian marble support the cupola ; the African coast, who had become and although some parts are added to insolvent, surrendered himself to his the original building, the whole is of creditor; who, according to the a light and handsome architecture. cstablished custom, sold him to the They preserve bere a copy of the Danes. This affected bis son so Gospels and the Acts, in Greek, much, that he came and reproached beautifully written on parchment, his father for not rather selling his more than 500 years ago. We visited children to pay bis debts; and after the mountain which goes by the much entreaty, he prevailed on the name of the Chair of Methridates. captain to accept him and libcrate The town of Kertch contains about his father. The son was put in 4000 inhabitants of both sexes, for chains, and on the point of sailing to the most part Greeks; and the place the West Indies, wben the circum- is, altogether, rising in importance, stance coming to the knowledge of its situation being very favourable the governor, through the means of for trade. Mr. Isert, be sent for the owner of the slaves, paid the money that he Friends are all very true when had given for the old man and re- nothing is required of them beyond stored the son to his father.” This friendship; but when you rely on points out that Africans are not des- them, they bend, and your fancied titute of the feelings of humanity nor hope of support departs from you. of parental love.
A good conscience is better than MAGNETISM.
two witnesses-It will consume thy “Mr. J. H. Abraham some time griefs as the sun dissolves the icesince discovered, that the poles of a It is a spring when thou art thirsty
-A staff when thou art weary–A numbers which have appeared of the -screen when the sun burns thee-a proceedings of this society are full of pillow in death.
poetry and philosophical dissertations, distinguished by pure, correct,
and elegant Hebrew, and by a proHebrew Literature.--The Society found knowledge of Jewish anformed in Amsterdam for the culti- tiquities. vation of the Hebrew language apd literature, continues its researches and its publications with persever- The Gospel according to St. Mark, ance and success. The different translated by the Rev. J. Clowes, 6s.
DIED at Norwich, Oct. 6th, 1826, in the thirtieth year of her age, Miss Mary Warne: she was a very affectionate member of the New Church, the writings of which she first became acquainted with about eight years ago at a reading meeting at Norwich. Shortly afterwards she came to London, where her interesting appearance and pleasing manners soon introduced her into almost every Society and family of the New Church. Here, in the prosecution of her profession (which was that of Music and Singing) she sometimes underwent much exertion, and having caught cold, which brought on a cough and a declining state of health, she, with advice, returned to Norwich for the benefit of her native air. Here she lingered about eleven months, in the course of which she manifested much fortitude and resignation to the Divine will; and feeling that she was in the hands of her heavenly Father who does all things wisely and well, she contentedly waited her appointed time, when her spirit gradually withdrew from its earthly incumbrance, and she died the death of the righteous.
She always appeared at home and in her delight, while conversing upon religious subjects, and on the doctrines of the New Church, and this delight seemed to increase and heighten as she approached her departure, so much so, that latterly she appeared to be attentive to, and dwell with increased delight upon, only those subjects and realities which belong to that world, which was just about to open upon her. Those who availed themselves of the pleasure of visiting her in her illness, and of discoursing with her upon those subjects, for the fruition of which, she manifested so much preparation, almost forgot they were talking to an earthly inbabitant, and when they departed from her, the time of their visit seemed to have been past like the sweet moments of a vision, which may hereafter be reflected on, but not easily recalled. _A Funeral Sermon was preached on Sunday Evening, October 22nd, at Friar Street Chapel, London, by the Rev. M. Sibly, from John xi. 16, to a very attentive congregation.
A POETICAL EPISTLE, Received by Mr. Le Cras of Salisbury, from a Methodist preacher, express
ing his firm belief in the Doctrines of the New Jerusalem.
Dear Sir, no joy or peace of mind,
Can I obtain on earth :
To give conviction birth.
I know not how the strise to end,
In vindicating Truth:
That I imbib'd in youth.
Still I will stand the test.
While love inflames my breast.
From cloaking o'er my creed;
I'll be from cringing freed.
· And act without delay.
The depth of Love Divine;
These tidings glad, entwine.
I'll cheerfully comply ;
I'm willing to stand by.
By which to live I would;
But full of solid good.
Your humble servant I remain,
J. M. THE
NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE,
ON THE PERNICIOUS TENDENCY OF FALSE DOC.
TRINES. WHERE is the man whose heart has been expanded by a principle and feeling of charity, but must lament and deplore the desolating influence of those absurd and irrational dogmas which at this eventful period are ascendantly operating on men's minds, and leading them unconsciously to the very vortex of irretrievable ruin. In the existence of so dangerous' an innovation, (and its existence is far too obvious to admit of a doubt) it surely calls loudly on every friend to humanity to lift up his voice with strength, unalarmed by the stigmas and reproaches inflicted on him by the immoral and profane, to warn his fellow pilgrims of that tremendous gulph which idolatry and superstition have opened to allure them to their destruction, and by timely argument and persuasion, endeavour to snatch the devoted victims of deception and fanaticism, as brands from the burning.".
Reflections of this sort will not fail to arise in the mind of the true Christian when he is called on to notice the delusive security into which men of the most atrocious and abandoned characters are led as it were, hood-winked, by the inculcation of those blas. phemous sentiments which are gradually undermining the bul. warks of christianity, extinguishing every noble and generous feeling of our nature, and paralyzing every effort at moral im. provement, and the cultivation of religious knowledge and virtue.
Prior to the total corruption of genuine christianity, delinquents, the inmates of our prisons, were for the most part committed to a spiritual adviser of sound orthodox principles, whose duty it was to reform the vicious, correct the impenitent, and to pour the heal. ing balm of religious consolation into the bosoms of those who had No. 12.-1826.