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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 the 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, highly 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 future 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 offering 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. All 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 his 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 hearers, 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 the 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 were 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 interesting 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,
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 his laborious and praiseworthy exertions.
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 numerous; 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.
We are pleased to hear that the Church in Liverpool has once again united, we hope this union will now be permanent-for 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.
We regret to say that the following Societies in connexion with the New Jerusalem Church are at this time without Ministers, viz.—
SITTING AT THE DOOR.
The permanency of eastern customs is very remarkable. Those who lead a pastoral life in the east, at this day, frequently placed themselves in a similar situation to what is recorded of Abraham (Gen. xviii. i.) CHANDLER says, in his Travels in Asia minor, p. 180, "At ten minutes after ten we had in view several fine bays, and a plain full of booths, with the Turcomans sitting at the doors, under sheds resembling porticoes, or by shady trees, surrounded by flocks of goats.
ABRAHAM'S PAYMENT TO EPHRON. Ancient nations have discovered a singular coincidence in the management of their money. The Jews appear to have used silver in lumps, hence we read that Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, Gen. xxiii. 16. Amongst them it was perhaps of various dimensions or weights; and certainly, on some occasions at least, impressed with a particular stamp. The Chinese also do the same. Macartney says, "there is no silver coin in China, notwithstanding payments are made with that metal, in masses of about ten ounces, having the form of the crucibles they were refined in, with the stamp of a single character upon them, denoting their weight."
"A negro of one of the kingdoms of the African coast, who had become insolvent, surrendered himself to his creditor; who, according to the established custom, sold him to the Danes. This affected his son so much, that he came and reproached his father for not rather selling his children to pay his debts; and after much entreaty, he prevailed on the captain to accept him and libcrate his father. The son was put in chains, and on the point of sailing to the West Indies, when the circumstance coming to the knowledge of the governor, through the means of Mr. Isert, he sent for the owner of the slaves, paid the money that he had given for the old man and restored the son to his father." This points out that Africans are not destitute of the feelings of humanity nor of parental love.
"Mr. J. H. Abraham some time since discovered, that the poles of a
magnetised steel bar are not necessarily situated at its extremities; but, by a particular mode of touching, (which he has laid before the Royal Society) he has been able to produce bars, both of whose ends have similar poles, whilst the middle of these bars exhibit the opposite polarity. The same gentleman has also verified the fine discovery of Mr. Barlow, as to magnetism affecting or residing only in the superficial parts of masses of iron or steel; and has experimentally proved, that magnetised flat bars, one-tenth of an inch thick, are equally powerful with bars of considerably larger dimensions and weight, under the same extent of surface.
of the city of Rome consist of nineteen cardinals, twenty-seven bishops, 1450 priests, 1532 monks, 1464 nuns, and 332 seminarists. The population of Rome, with the exception of the Jews, consisted, in 1821, of 140,000 souls.
ANCIENT COPY OF THE GOSPELS
in one of the most ancient churches in Christendom.
At Kertch (near the sea of Azov, says a Russian Officer) I saw one of the most ancient churches in Christendom, having probably been built 1500 years ago. Four columns of Persian marble support the cupola; and although some parts are added to the original building, the whole is of a light and handsome architecture. They preserve here a copy of the Gospels and the Acts, in Greek, beautifully written on parchment, more than 500 years ago. We visited the mountain which goes by the name of the Chair of Methridates. The town of Kertch contains about 4000 inhabitants of both sexes, for the most part Greeks; and the place is, altogether, rising in importance, its situation being very favourable for trade.
Friends are all very true when nothing is required of them beyond friendship; but when you rely on them, they bend, and your fancied hope of support departs from you.
A good conscience is better than two witnesses-It will consume thy griefs as the sun dissolves the iccIt is a spring when thou art thirsty
-A staff when thou art weary-A screen when the sun burns thee-a pillow in death.
numbers which have appeared of the proceedings of this society are full of poetry and philosophical dissertations, distinguished by pure, correct, and elegant Hebrew, and by a profound knowledge of Jewish tiquities.
Hebrew Literature. The Society formed in Amsterdam for the culti vation of the Hebrew language and 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 inhabitant, 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, expressing his firm belief in the Doctrines of the New Jerusalem.
DEAR Sir, no joy or peace of mind,
Or comfort now of any kind,
Can I obtain on earth:
The more I read the books you lend,