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sensuals of the sight and hearing especially are what perfect his intellectual faculty, the three remaining sensuals have especial respect to the will: the corporeal principle of man by means of those sensuals communicates with his natural principle, which is the middle part; for those things which enter by sensuals, repose themselves in the natural principle as in a sort of receptacle, this receptacle is the memory; the principles of delight, of pleasure, and of cupidity therein appertain to the will, and are called natural goods, whereas the scientific principles therein appertain to the understanding, and are called natural truths: the natural principle of man, by these things which are now spoken of, communicates with his rational principle, which is the interior part; the things which elevate themselves thence towards the rational principle, repose themselves in the rational principle also as in a sort of receptacle, this receptacle is the interior memory; what is blessed and happy in this principle appertains to the will, and is of rational good, whereas interior views of things and perceptions appertain to the understanding, and all things relating thereto are called rational truths: these three principles are what constitute man ; between these three principles are given communications; external sensuals (things of sense) are the things by which man's corporeal principle communicates with his natural principle, and interior sensuals are the things by which man's natural principle commu. nicates with his rational; the things therefore in man's natural principle which are derived from external sensuals that are proper to the body, are what are called truths of good exterior and external; but what are derived from internal sensuals, which are proper to his spirit, and communicate with the rational principle, are what are called interior goods and truths; what are between these, and partake of each principle, are what are called middle goods and truths: these three are in order from interiors, which are signified in the internal sense of the Word of God by flocks, by maid. servants and men-servants, and by camels and asses.”

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ON THE DESCENT OE THE NEW JERUSALEM.

[Continued from page 5.] The sublimity and simplicity of the New Dispensation are clearly evinced in the views now given of the oneness of the Deity; for who, on being directed to look to the LORD JESUS CHRIST, as the only object of worship, does not perceive that he is the Alpha and OMEGA, that he alone has all power in heaven and in earth; that without Him we can do nothing; that he is in his own divine person, "the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace ?" The city New Jerusalem was seen by John as a “BRIDE adorned for her HUSBAND;" priorto this beatific view of the then future church, he was given to see the destruction of Babylon, Rev. xviii. and after her fall, it is said, in chap. xix. 5, 6, 7, a voice came out of the throne, saying, “ Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of mighty thunder. ings, saying, Alleluia ; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us rejoice and be glad, and give honour to him; for the marriage of the LAMB is come, and his wife hath made herself ready." The grand characteristic of the New Church is the close and intimate union which exists between her and her divine husband; she owns only One Lord, she can acknowledge no other; in him she finds all divine perfections are in perfect union; his attributes of mercy and justice are in divine harmony; in creation, his divine benevolence and munificence were strikingly manifested, and in his love and in his pity he redeemed us; thus his essence and his person verify the prediction of prophecy, Zech. xiv. 9, “In that day there shall be One Lord and his name One.” It cannot be too much to expect, that they who are “seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" will embrace this leading tenet of faith on its being presented to their understandings ; but where error of doctrine is united to evil in the heart, there opposition will inevitably show itself; so true it is that goodness and truth possess an affinity for each other, and that what is evil and what is false are in close conjunction. Some rays of the light of the New Jerusalem have darted on the eyes of the well disposed in the christian church, and their hearts have burned within them to make known the Word of God to the most distant part of the Gentile world; for since the publication of the Heavenly Doctrines, more bibles have been circulated than had been in use, prior to that period, for 1760 years! The numerous means employed to instruct the ignorant; to ameliorate the condition of the poor; to give glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good-will among men, indicate most obviously the commencement of a new era ! But there are many, it is to be feared, who are under the influence of the “beast, the dragon and the false prophet;" these shall make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is LORD of LORDS, and KING of KINGS."

To be continued.

Miscellanea. New JERUSALEM SUNDAY SCHOOL, SALFORD. On Sunday evening, the 25th December, 1825, the annual recital of original and select pieces by the children of the New Jerusalem Temple Sunday School, Salford, took place; on which occasion several very appropriate embellishments were introduced. The children were arranged on elevated seats; above them was a star of large dimensions, composed of laurels and flowers, in the centre of which was a group of lambs beautifully painted, with the motto, “ FEED MY LAMBS ;-) on each side emblematical devices bearing the following mottos :— -“ Be NOT WEARY IN WELL-DOING.” “TRUST IN THE LORD AND DO GOOD." “ SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME, FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD." Festoons of laurel, and flowers tastefully intermingled with them, added to the modest and neat attire of the children, gave the whole an effect to the contemplative mind which it is impossible to describe. The collection was £24. the largest, we believe, ever made on a similar occasion. The place being so small, only a few of the parents of the children could be admitted, and it was considered advisable to repeat it on Sunday evening the 8th January, 1826. The auditory on this occasion principally consisted of the children's parents and relatives : a collection was again made to the amount of upward of £7. but the most gratifying circumstance conneeted with this annual exhibition to our friends must be that the primary object the conductors of the school have in view, is the dissemination of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem in the minds of the children, by gradually introducing subjects for recitation connected therewith ; as they are convinced that it is one of the efficient means of increasing the members of the Lord's church on earth; and they have the heart-felt satisfaction in stating, that many examples have already occurred of children who have been educated in this Sunday School having arrived at years of maturity, voluntarily enrolling themselves members, and

joining, on all occasions, in praises to Him who is Lord of all. May this be a stimulus to all societies to exert themselves to establish Sunday Schools.

We must conclude our notice of this interesting exhibition with the last verse of the Opening Address.

Hail, great Immanuel! dearest name!
Thy wondrous love we would proclaim,

Thee, we Redeemer call!
Thou, art our King, the reign is thine!
Thou art these children's friend and mine,

Our God, our heaven, our all.

LONDON NEW JERUSALEM CAURCH FREE SCHOOL. A Special General Meeting of the subscribers and friends to this Institution took place at the New School House, Charles Street, Westminster Road, on October 11, 1825, when the Committee made a Report of their proceedings, which, together with an Address to the members and friends of the New Jerusalem Church, have been printed in a small pamphlet for gratuitous distribution. We give the Report and Address for the information of our read.

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REPORT. In coming before the Society to present a report, the Committee have to discharge, upon this occasion, a peculiarly grateful duty; and they trust that what they have to communicate, will, to the Society, be equally grati. fying,

It will be unnecessary for your Committee to recur to any transactions previons to the last Anniversary, those transactions having been fully detailed in the Report of the last Committee, printed copies of which are in . the hands of the Subscribers. It is there stated, that the building, in which we are this day assembled, was then in progress; and consequently the most important task which devolved upon your present Committee, was, to see that what was then considered to be well begun, should advance suc. cessfully and speedily to its completion. This they have the satisfaction to report has been accomplished. Wherefore they now present the edifice to the Society for its adoption, hoping that the share which they have had in the work will obtain the Society's approbation.

As the orection of the building has for its end the dissemination of the doctrines of the Lord's New Church, a solemn dedication of it to this purpose was considered indispensable: arrangements have accordingly been made for the performance of this duty; to assist at which is one of the objects of this Meeting.

Another of the objects of this Meeting is, to consider of granting power to the Committee to dispose of that part of the ground included in the Society's lease, which is not occupied by the present building. On this subject your Committee recommend, that, as it is necessary for the protection of the property that the Master of the School should reside on the spot, a residence for him should be built on the south of the School. The ground on the north side must also be built on; but, as it may require much deliberation to decide whether it will be most for the Society's advantage to build on it themselves or to underlet it for that purpose, it is further suggested, that the determination of this question should be confided to the Committee. The Report of the Treasurer to the Building-Fund will also be presented to the Meeting.

Your Committee feel great pleasure in being able to report, that the application to the last General Conference for further assistance from the Chester bequest bas been attended with complete success, the whole of the proceeds of that fund for the present year having been voted for the education of Children in this seminary. When this grant is considered, in connexion with the former one from the same source, and with that from the logacy of Mrs. Watson, together with the success attendant on the humble effort to assist the funds of the Society by an Excursion to the Nore, do we not see that Divine Providence has graciously prepared such means for the support of this Institution, as, but a short time back, no merely human intelligence could possibly have anticipated? Surely this consideration will be felt by all of us, as at once a reward for past, and a stimulus to increased continued exertion, in that highest of all employments, the doing of good to those around us.

ADDRESS. The preceding Report announces the completion of the undertaking which most of the friends to the cause of the New Jerusalem are aware has been for some time in progress-the erection of a School-house sufficiently commodious to allow of the modern improvements in the system of education being rendered subservient to the dissemination of those sacred principles of religious truth, which, in the New Jerusalem Church are so eminently unfolded. Among the resolutions passed at the Special General Meeting was one authorizing the Treasurer, Mr. W. Malins, 55, Newington Place,

Kennington Common, to make application to such friends of the New Church as have not yet afforded their aid to this important establishment; and as it appears to the Committee that every proper effort ought to be made to procure for the Institution such

additional patronage, as may speedily enable it to occupy, to its full extent, that wide field of usefulness which obviously lies before it; they humbly, and with great respect and affection, presume to come before their brethren of the New Church in general with this Ada dress.

The origin of this Institution, and the steps by which it has advanced to its present state, have been detailed in former Reports: but as this Address may fall into hands which those reports have never reached, some information on this subject may bere be required ; and it may be given in a few words.

A Free-School for the education of thirty boys in the principles as the New Church, held in a small room attached to the Temple in Waterloo Road, had existed a short time, bad excited extensive interest, and obtained considerable support, when, by the bequest af the late T. Chester, Esq., the sum of £96. per annum was placed at the disposal of the General Conference of the New Church, for the education of Children in the heavenly doctrines. Not doubting that the Conference would, upon application, afford assistance from this fund to the present Institution, the New Jerusalem Church Free-School Society was encouraged lo undertake the very desirable measure of enlarging its establishment to the number of 200 boys, and of erecting a School-room of sufficient dimensions for their comfortable accomodation. But every one sees it to be desirable, that the benevolence of the New church should not be confined to males; and, to found a School for females, a separate room is necessary. The two rooms might, at a much less expense, be included in one building than in two: although then it was not expected that the two schools could as yet be supported, it was resolved to erect such an edifice at once as would serve for both establishments, as soon as the church should be able to open, in addition to the boys' school, a girls' school of the same extent. In coming to this determination the Committee acted under the following considerations. There was a sufficient sum to meet the expense of erecting the building offered upon loan, at a moderate interest. And it was well known that many friends of the Church, who had not as yet extended their patronage to the Free-School, would do so whenever it should be carried on, upon a scale worthy of the end for which it was established; and it was also known that many had subscribed but small sums, because they saw that but little was required, but who, when they should see the attainment of a greater good proposed, would gladly increase their contributions.* Surely, with such encouragement the Committee would bave been wanting in that confidence which the sacred cause they have engaged in is calculated to inspire, bad they not promptly attended to the call for exertion thus made upon them. They have attended to it, and the building has been erected aecordingly, in the most substantial manner, at an expence of £800.. The sum annually required to support this establishment cannot yet be precisely stated; but it is expected that, including the interest of the money borrowed, it will not exceed £146. ; this the Committee feel confident can easily be raised, if all who profess to have the educatiou of children in the doctrines of the church, at heart, will contribute what they can really spare to effect so truly noble a purpose; and they cannot doubt but that this appeal will cheerfully be attended to, when it is considered that the Committee only wait to experience the encouraging co-operation of the friends to the heavenly doctrines to open the lower room for the education of Two HUNDRED FEMALES. Shall these expectations be disappointed? Shall this Institution, which is literally and really obeying Him who commands little children to be brought unto Him, languish - for support, while thore are thousands who profess to be devoted to His service? No, such apathy cannot be contemplated. The great interest which, to this moment, has been so generally taken in this Institution, is a sufficient earnest of its obtaining continued support. The objeot which it has in view,-the conferring the most important of benefits on the

* It may be satisfactory to state here that these anticipations already have in part been realized ; many new subscribers being obtained, and some of the former ones having doubled their subscriptions,

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