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rising generation, mis too nearly connected with all the best and strongest feelings of the human heart, both of a natural and spiritual origin, to permit its career to suffer the slightest check. It is with perfect confidence then that they appeal to all the friends and favourers of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem,-doctrines which, above all others, are so distinguished by the tender regard they breathe for children,-to assist in promoting its establishment, to co-operate in its heaven directed objects.
Among the many beautiful truths with which it has pleased the Lord to bless his New Jerusalem, is this; that the great happiness experienced in Heaven results from the communication of the felicity of each individual to all, and of all to each. Nor is this angelic affection circumscribed by, or confined to, the heavenly abodes, but, flowing thence, it affects the mind of man, prompting him to communicate to others, that which he himself esteems excellent, and feels to be delightful : and hence is derived that strong impulse felt by the receivers of the New Church verities, which prompts them to impart to others those perceptions of truth which to them constitute a source of delight far transcending all that can ever flow from the pleasures of the world. To such an influence, doubtles, this Institution owes its origin, and may we not ascribe the desire now so strongly manifested for the enlargement of its sphere of activity to a more extensive and a fuller reception of the heavinly doctrines, bringing down a more powerful influx of this celestial affection? This being the fact, what words, what conduct, are adequate to the full expression of our gratitude? the institutions of our church are in general in so incipient a state, that the world looks down upon them with contompt: but here is an Institution bursting from its obscuro state of incipiency and rising into a respectability which will rival the world's own establishments. Are we the highly-favoured partakers in this advancement ? The privileged instruments in its promotion? How then, it may again be asked, shall we evince that we fully appreciate the blessing that we duly value and acknowledge the honour thos conferred upon us? How, but by contributing all in our power to support this great undertaking? If wo unitedly do this, we may rest assured that the exertion will not be made in vain. Not only will our Free-School be rendered permanent and flourishing, not only will invaluable benefits be conferred on considerable numbers of the rising generation : but the general promulgation in the Metropolis of our heavenly doctrines will ere long experience the powerful influence which will bence go forth, and, together with this important Institution, our Church herself will advance towards maturity.
[Ministers and Leaders are respectfully requested to promote the circulation of this Address, and also to forward its object by soliciting Contribubutions; and undertaking to transmit them from the Treasurer.]
To the above is added a list of subscriptions to the Building Fund amounting to £268 17s. 10d. Persons disposed to aid this Institution either by donation or subscription, are respectfully informed that,
Subscriptions and donations for the Building Fund are received by Mr. W. MALINS, Treasurer to the said Fund, 55, Newington Place, Kennington:
And by the Collectors, viz.
Mr. A. AULSEBROOK, 6, Gloucester Place, Newington; or in the yestry of Waterloo Road Chapel.
Mr. C. Essex, 28, Gloucester Street, St. John's Street Road; or in the Vestry of Hanover Street Chapel.
Mr. J. GOLDING, 28, Great Charlotte Street, Black Friars Road; or in the Vestry Room of Friars Street Chapel.
Subscriptions and Donations to the General Fund of the Society, are also received by the Collectors as above, and by the Treasurer, Mr. W. THOMPSON, Upper North Place, Gray's Inn Lane.
The whole is concluded by an Address to parents and guardians of children admitted into the school, and rules to be observed by them, which seem well adapted to promote the objects of the Establishment. This School is likely to be extremely beneficial to the
interests of the New Church, and we warmly recommend it to the notice of all those who have the cause of the New Jerusalem at heart.
SALISBURY. On Sunday, the 25th December, 1825, a chapel lately occupied by a Society of the Independent Methodists, and situated in High Street, Salisbury, was opened for public worship, agreeably to the Doctrines of the New Jerusalem. The opening of this chapel, it appears, has called forth opposition from some who have neither appetite or desire to taste the New Wine of the kingdom. This is apparent from what appeared in “The Dorset County Chronicle and Somersetshire Gazette, of January 12, 1826. From which we make the following extracts: To the Editor of the Dorset County Chronicle and Somersetshire Gazette.
Sir, In the last number of your paper I observed, under the Salisbury news, a paragraph respecting the opinions of Swedenborg, written by your correspondent in this place. That such a crude budget of declamation is tobe attributed more to ignorance than to malice, I sincerely hope ; although that can form no excuse for a writer who presents bimself to the notice of the public as a censor of the works of men, distinguished alike for their piety and intellectual attainments. I hope that your candour for heariog both sides of the question, which has shown itself on other occasions, will admit this letter into your paper, to counteract that prejudice which might be excited in the minds of some individuals against the illustrious Swedenborg, through the paragraph inserted in your paper of last week. The writer designates that great author, Emanuel Swedenborg, with the appellation of Mahomet the Second;" and, respecting his writings, makes the following remark:
“ That in the nineteenth century of the Christian era, the we kness of the human uuderstanding should be so miserably sunk as to entertain and even sanction such a mass of hideous and disgusting incongruities, is almost enough to confirm an opinion, that in some cases “the march of the mind," is retrograde ; that knowledge has no influence upon its capacity, and the beneficent and all-wise designs of the great Creator were only planned to be controverted."
It is herein invidiously asserted by your correspondent, that the writings of Swedenborg, form a mass of hideous and disgusting incongruities : and, in justice to their unwordable excellence, I do most fearlessly deny the charge. It is very true, that my denial of it, is no proot of its being groundless; and in like manner the assertion of your correspondent is no evidence of the fact; and I challenge him to produce one solitary proof of his rash and uncharitable remark. It is much easier for a writer, by a single dash of his pen, to call a wise man mad, than it is to encounter his superior wisdom; and I am willing to hope that, although your correspondent is evidently ignorant of the writings of Swedenborg, he cannot but know how mean and disingenuous such modes of attack are, and they are only resorted to by those who have no other weapons to wield. It is not my intention to enter into an elaborate defence of the character of this great and extraordinary man: his own works contain the best defence that can be offered in reply to the calumnies with which he has been assailed, in the feeble attempts that have been made to check the progress of those writings which is daily becoming more rapid, by echoing the old and often refuted charge of insanity.
I maintain, without fear of contradiction from any one who has read the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, that there is no writer extant, ancient or modern, who has given so consistent a view of the great and leading doc. trines of the Word of God; who has so ably proved the supreme divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ; who has 80 satisfactorily explained the nature and end of his death as is done by this luminous author; who, moreover, while he insists on the necessity of a life of holiness in those who profess Christ. ianity, exhibits the mercy of God in the most overwhelming point of view, proving the necessity of absolute dependance on the Lord, and the total renunciation of self in every form. And if these things, together with the writings of numerous volumes on the most important and interesting subjects ; volumes replete with the richest stores of Divine Truth, enforced with an accuracy and consistency of reasoning seldom equalled, and never surpassed ; if the strictest propriety of action, the most scrupulous discharge of all the relative duties of life, the possossion of the love and esteem of the great, the wise, and the good, both at home and abroad; if unexampled modesty and simplicity of manners, the sacrifices of wealth and bonor, and the most unreserved devotedness to the service of God, are reconcileable with the true definition of insanity, or a mass of bideous and disgusting incongruities, who shall henceforth presume to distinguish between wisdom and folly?
When your correspondent sets himself up again as a master in the house of Israel, it is to be hoped that he will be led at least to examine the productions of those who may hereafter become the objects of his ridicule ; for, as Bishop Horne observes, “Pertness and ignorance may ask a question, or condemn a writer, in three lines, which it will cost learning and ingenuity thirty pages to answer; and when this is done, the same question and condemnation may be started again the next year, as if nothing had ever been written on the subject; therefore, as people in general, for one reason or other, like short objections better than long answers, in this mode of disputation (if it can be called such) the odds mnst be ever against us, and we must be content with those of our friends who have honesty and erudition, candour and patience, to study both sides of the question.”
Before I conclude, I advise your correspondent to attend to the wholesome advice of Seneca :
“Nefas nocere vel malo fratri puta.” And if he is still inclined to hold up to the view of the public one of the wisest and best of men as a fool, and writer of " hideous and disgusting incongruities,” let him recollect that all wise men will ever keep in view the mighty difference between assertion and proof; and that his ridicule can only be acceptable to those whose laughter, will, most assuredly he turned into sorrow.
I am, Sir, yours, &c. SALISBURY, Jan. 7th, 1826-70.
To the Editor of the Dorset County Chronicle and Somersetshire Gazelle.
SIR, You last week, under the head of " Salisbury,” inserted a para. graph in reference to the Swedenborgians in this city. I am quite sure that your Agent could not have sent you that paragraph, for it is a compound of falsehood and ignorance. Allow me therefore, to state to you the real facts of the case. The High Street chapel in this city,lately occupied by a societyof Independent Methodists, was re-opened on Sunday, Dec. 25th, by a missionary minister of the New Church, signified by the New Jerusalem in the Revelation, ch. xxi; on which occasion the anniversary of the Lord's Nativity was celcbrated by the performance of divine worship, agreeably to their rites and ceremonies; a lecture was afterwards delivered on their general principles of faith ; the particulars of which may be known, by reading the various theologieal writings of the Hon. Emanuel Swedenborg, and numerous others in defence of them, written by the Rev. J. Clowes, M. A. rector of St. John's, Manchester. I subjoin the following, which is extracted from the handbill distributed on the occasion:
“The numerous individuals in this city, and its vicinity, who have for many years been receivers of the doctrine of the New Church, with much deference to the opinions of others, take this opportunity to observe, that, they have in the present undertaking nothing but the propagation of divine truth at heart; they labour only to show its real and essential dividity; the real and comprehensible deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; the greatness of our redemption and salvation by Him; and the necessity of å strict conformity of life to every thing that is good and conducive to the wellbeing of society. Their peculiar characteristic is universal benevolence; for as much as they believe that all mankind, whether Jews, Mahometans, Pagans, or Christians of every denomination, will be saved, if they endeavour to live for mutual happiness, according to the best of their knowledge and understanding. With such principles the members of the New Church salute those wbo differ from them, and hope that they will allow them the like share of liberty in judging of religious matters, which they claim for themselves.”
I am, Sir, your obedient servant, SALISBURY, Jan, 9, 1826.
VERIATAS. LEEDS, YORKSHIRE. It gives us great pleasure to be able to state to our readers, that the society of the New Church in Leeds, under the ministry of the Rev. Jonathan Gilbert, is in a happy and prosperous state; we give the following interesting extract from a letter sent to the Rev. T. Goyder, of London, and dated Leeds, 19th January, 1826. “We have it in contemplation to build a new chapel, in short we have purchased land for that purpose, and do hope to have it ready to open by next Conference. In our society we have peace, with gradual increase of members.”
temn not the divinely inspired pages; The Academy of Sciences, at Leg- Treat not the learned contemptuoushorn, has proposed a prize for the ly; Carry no tales of detraction solution of the following problem : To Have no intercourse with gamblers; determine the influence, useful, or Reside not where there is no Temple; hurtful, of different states of memory Utter not a lie, though death be near on the understanding, and its utilities you; Associate not with mountewith regard to the other faculties, &c. banks; Travel not by a solitary and to show by what educational route.” means it may be developed, strengthened, or recovered.
A Toxicological Chart on two large PERSIA.
sheets of paper, by W. Stowe, surgeon, At Cocham there are preserved has just been published by J. Andersome leaves belonging to a Koran of son.-In four columns are exbibited, the most magnificent dimensions, per- first, a particular poison, by name ; haps, in the world. These leaves are second, the symptoms which follow formed of thick paper; and when its being taken; third, the best treatopened out measure from ten totwelve ment for saving the life of the person; feet long, by seven or eight feet broad; and fourth, the tests by which its the letters are beautifully formed as nature may be ascertained. There if made by a single stroke of a gigan- is also other useful information and
advice exhibited in this performance, INDIA.
which may enable the uniformed to The following are moral maxims alleviate much distress, and even save of the Malabors as given in a native the lives of fellow-creatures. work. “Spend no day without offer
THE ORGAN, ing prayers to God; have nothing to M. Mieg, the keeper of the royal do with witchcraft ; Go not where collection of natural philosophy at you have no invitation : Ridicule not Madrid, and who is a great amateur the absent; Shew not your back to of music, has, it is said, after a great the enemy; Contend not with the many experiments, been successful in poor; Abuse not without a cause ; communicating to the organ a quality Criticise not a virtuous woman ; Conó which has hitherto been wanting to
NEW FRENCH VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY.
its perfection, namely, the faculty of ingly serviceable in the navigation of gradually augmenting or diminishing the Mediterranean. the strength of its tones.
On the 12th of last November. the This noble institution has for some King of France, on the proposition time been disturbed in its operations, of the Comte de Chabrol, the French by the agitation of this question,- minister of marine, gave orders for “Whether the Apocrypha shall, or the proparation of a new expedition shall nol, be circulated, with the ca- of discovery, with a view to the imnonical Scriptures.” On this subject provement of geography and the many things have been written both natural sciences. The command of for and against, and for some time it is to be intrusted to Captain J. the controversy appeared to wear an Durville, an officer of great merit, ominous aspect.
known to the learned world by his To bring this question to an issue, voyage in the Black Sea, and by that a special meeting of the general com- which he made with Captain Duperry. mittee took place at the Bible Socie- Lieutenant Jacquinot, who was char. ty's house, Earl Street, on Monday, ged with the superintendance of the Nov. 21st, 1825, when the following chronometers on board the Coquille, resolution was adopted :
is to be second in command ; and M. “That the funds of the society be Gaimard, one of the authors of the applied to the printing and circula- zoology in Captain Freycinet's Voytion of the canonical books of Scrip- age round the world, the chief nature, to the exclusion of those books, turalist. The particular object of and parts of books, which are usually the voyage is to explore more accutermed Apocryphal; and that all rately several of the islands in the copies printed, either entirely, or in Pacific, and especially those, among part, at the expense of the society, the sboals of which it is presumed and whether such copies consist of that the unfortunate Perouse perishthe whole, or of any one or more of ed. The vessel desiined for this such books, be invariably issued interesting mission has received the bound, no other books whatever being name of the Astrolabe, which was bound with them. And, further, that that of one of the frigates of the all money-grants to societies or indi- celebrated man whose loss France viduals be made only in conformity and all civilized nations still deplore. with the principle of this regulation. The Astrolabe is fitting out at TouThis resolution, we hope, will set the lon. question for ever at rest.
LITERARY NOVELTIES. In the high Peak of this interesting Copenhagen.-A Society of Ancient county, a discovery has recently been Northern Literature has just been made, of a series of caverns, which formed at Copenhagen. It intends were not previously known to exist. to publish in the original language,
but with a Latin translation, a numIn both ancient and modern times, ber of very old Icelandic manuscripts, the Straits of Messina have occupied wbich it is expected will throw a the attention of the lovers of geogra- great light on the ancient history of phical science. From the days of the North. Homer to our own days, a number of Mr. Firmin Didot is printing a writers have described partially, or French translation of the poems of in the whole, these celebrated straits ; Michael Angelo. but mariners bave long required a complete work upon this subject; more especially with reference to the Klopstock's Messiah in verse, 10s. anomalies which exist in the direction 6d. Boone's Book of Churches and of the various currents. Such a Sects, 14s. Theology of the Puritans, work has lately been published at 3s. 6d. Holden on the Christian Naples, by M. Ribaud, formerly a Sabbath, 12s. Jones's Life of Bishop French agent at Messina. It is the Hall, 14s. Suspirium Sanctorium ; result of the observations of twenty or, Holy Breathings, 8s. Schrevelius's years ; and will, no doubt, be exceed- Lexicon, Greek and English, 16s. 6d.
STRAITS OF MESSINA.