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from a higher to a lower state, apparently to himself: because all the truths acquired in the state of reformation, must be tried by interior temptations from evil spirits, and all the former good and truth which the soul seemed to itself to be possessed of, appear to, be wasted even to despair, When the soul comes into this state of interior pain, it is led to reject evils and falses from interior principles, for then commences the. state of regeneration, however it may appear to those who are in a state of reformation only, that they hate and reject evils and falses, yet be it known they never can hate and reject evils: and falses from interior principles, until they experience interior temptations; for a natural man can shun evils as hurtful, but none but a christian can shun evils as sins; and it is only the latter of those who: shun them in reality, whilst in the former they lay hid or concealed in the inmost principles of bis life.

“And took care of him" ---this signifies to provide every needful thing, as we shall find in what follows when we come to speak a little on the following part of this paragraph: For our good Lord has not only made full provision for his Church in general, but also for every member of his Church in particular; and thus the blessed Lord is continually leading those who are in good, to greater or higher degrees of good; and those who are in evils into lesser evils; and thus raising all to

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a state of happiness, by the knowledge of truth and good, as far as they are capable of being kept therein unto their live's end,

(To be continued.) Kingston upon Hull,

P. A. Nov. 8, 1800.


AM induced to send you the following Anecdote which I met with the other day in reading Park's Travels into the Interior of Africa, not only from a wish that the conduct of the amiable African might, through the medium of your Aurora, be more generally known, but from a conviction that it would be acceptable to many of the readers of the Writings of our enlightened Scribe, by whom the Africans are so repeatedly mentioned.

Your's, &c.

SEDDON HOWARD, Mr. Park having arrived on the banks of the Niger, was preparing to cross it to visit Sego See Korro, the capital of Banbarra, when information having been sent to Mansong, the king, that a white man was waiting for a passage, he directly sent over one of the chief men with a message, that he could not possibly, see him until he knew what had brought him into the country; and that he must not presume to cross the river without his majesty's privilege, He therefore advised Mr. Park to lodge at a distant village for the


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night; and said, that in the morning he would give him further instructions how to conduct himself. The traveller immediately set off for the village, where, to his great mortification he was refused admittance into any house; he was obliged to sit all day under the shade of a tree, without victuals. About sun-set, as he was preparing to pass the night in this manner, and had turned his horse loose, that he might graze at liberty, a woman returning from the labors of the field, stopped to observe him, and perceiving that he was weary and dejected, enquired into his situation, which being exMained, she took up the bridle and saddle, and told. Mr. Park to follow her. Having conducted him into. her hut, she lighted a lamp, spread a mat on the floor, and told him he might remain there for the night; she presented him also with a very fine fish, half broiled; having thus performed the rites of hospitality, she called to the female part of the family to resume their task of spinning cotton, in which they were employed great part of the night. They soothed their labor by. songs ; one of which was extempore, and Mr. Park the subject of it, and the words, literally translated, were as follow.

“ The winds roared and the rains fell.. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk, no wife to. grind his corn. Chorus. Let us pity the white man,, no mother has he, &c.” In the morning Mr. Park


presented his benevolent hostess with two brass waistcoat buttons,"



Principal use of your publication, as held out in your Prospectus, was the discussion of such parts of the writings of the New Jerusalem Messenger, and such points of the doctrines he has promulgated, as are not perfectly clear to the members of the Church, establishing upon those writings. And surely your Aurora cannot be more usefully employed ; for there are a number of subjects contained in these heavenly Arcana, which at first view appear like the writings of the apostle, “ hard to be understood,” but which are rendered perfectly intelligible, and the difficulties entirely removed, by the various opinions thereon being candidly stated, in a spirit of charity, and with a desire to attain the truth. These good effects having been experienced from such a conduct in private societies, there is no reason to doubt but it would be so in a general publication; and therefore I cannot but regret that so early a period was put to that important question respecting the internal sense being the very Word—a subject of all others the most essential to be discussed; since we are particularly told in the Arcana Cælestia, n. 1834, that however the members of the church may differ in doctrinals, there must be no denial of “ the fundamental principals, that is, the Lord, the WORD and eternal life.” And as our enlightened Scribe has positively declared that his Arcana Cælestia “is the Internal Sense.” (Arc. n. 64.) and that “ the Internal Sense is the Word to the angels, n. 1929, doubtless what is the Word to angels in the spiritual heavens, must be equally so to the spiritual mind on earth.But as you have dismissed this subject, I must not revive it.


Another subject, however, has been introduced into your magazine, a further discussion of which we are not yet excluded from; that is, Whether the sensual principle in man is capable of being regenerated ?

As I consider myself a mere noviciate in the writings, I cannot pretend to decide upon so important a question; but must beg leave to state what appears to me to be most evident on the subject.

When the Lord assumed the humanity in the ultimates, it was for the purpose of purifying the human principles, and uniting them to the Divine in Himself, thereby glorifying, or rendering Divine, those human principles also. Now if there was any hell which the Lord did not subdue, and thereby any human principle which he did not glorify, or make divinę, then that principle cannot be regenerated in man; but if the Lord subdued every hell, and regenerated, glorified, or made divine, every principle of humanity in Himself; then must every principle in man be capable of regeneration, when


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