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as complete as possible. The number of Conference, to which we invite the pupils has also increased ; and arrange- attention of our readers. The essays ments are in progress for the fixing of alluded to are on questions at present gymnastic apparatus in the room beneath occupying a good deal of public attenthe college chapel. The library con- tion, and are eminently calculated to tinues to receive additions of books; and spread correct views on the subjects of arrangements are being made, under the which they treat :superintendence of Mr. Watson, the “Permit me, through your valuable chairman of the council, and Dr. Goyder, columns, to call the attention of the the librarian, for a new bookcase, which church to a new series of Essays on is intended to be a model according to Modern Religious Thought,' now in which the others are to be made, so that course of publication. The first of the in time the whole may be uniform. Two series is in the hands of the booksellers. only of the professions are at present It is on ‘Ritualism, Ecclesiastical and represented by our students, theology Revealed.' It will not be difficult for and medicine, but we hope to have young members of the New Church to guess lawyers also. A student of law would the source whence the author has drawn find our college useful to him, not only very many of the ideas which are preas a place of instruction in arts whilst sented in the essay. It is an attempt to attending the Inns of Court, but as a look at one of the great religious ques. religious home in which to dwell under tions of the times from the high standthe influence of the New Church. The point of New Church philosophy. As association of good young men of dif- such it deserves the assistance of all who ferent worldly professions in the same desire to see the literature of the church college, is also calculated to give an assume a broader and higher attitude. enlarged view of life which may be use- This essay will be followed in a month ful to our future ministers, and do away by one from another writer on Confeswith the cramping effect of a merely sion and Absolution.' I beg, therefore, theological institution,
to urge upon the readers of the IntelThe recent hurricane blew in the lectual Repository the advisableness of boarding of the west window, and did procuring copies of these essays, and also some damage in the gallery. Hopes of recommending them to their friends." are entertained that the new stained PRESENTATION OF A TESTIMONIAL TO glass window will be in by Easter, and Mr. Watson, THE LATE SECRETARY OF that it will be strong enough to resist THE ARGYLE-SQUARE SOCIETY.–At the the severest gales to which our climate quarterly meeting of this society, held is subject.
on the 15th of January last, the Rev. MINISTERS' MEETING.–The quarterly Dr. Bayley, having been called to the meeting of the ministers in Lancashire chair, rose and said : I congratulate was held on January 27th, at the house the meeting on the largeness of its of the Rev. Mr. Rendell, of Preston. numbers, and on the happy circumstance There was a numerous attendance. which will form the chief event of the Various subjects of interest to the evening. It has been a notable feature church were fully considered, and the in the history of this society that it has convietion was strengthened as to the enjoyed the services of a body of officers extreme usefulness of these periodic faithful, persevering, true, and courassemblies. A meeting of the Preston teous,-a body of Christian gentlemen Society was held in the evening, at with whom it was a happiness for a miniswhich the Rev. W. Woodman read an ter to work. I cannot refrain from essay, which had been previously heard mentioning Mr. Prowse, our former and discussed by the ministers, on “The treasurer, who will this evening present Authority of Swedenborg in the Church," the testimonial to our late secretary. after which interesting addresses were There is also Mr. Pitman, who has delivered by various ministers whose worthily trodden in the steps of his other engagements had permitted them predecessor in the same office ; and to remain, and also by several members there is also our esteemed friend Mr. of the society. The next meeting is ap- Butter, who has so efficiently and so pointed to be held at Accrington.
constantly aided in the public service of RITUALISM. - We have received the the Lord, both in the ministry of Mr. following note from the President of Shaw and my own. The services of these gentlemen and many others—in you have been connected for so many fact, all the members of the church years, desire your acceptance of the inkcommittee have continuously rendered stand and salver which they now present, services which have conduced to the as a mark of their esteem, and especially progress and stability of the society, as a testimonial of their appreciation of and well deserve the esteem which they your faithful and distinguished services one and all enjoy. There is, however, as their secretary during 28 years. one office in a society which, in the Your fellow-members do not doubt that management of its general affairs, is of during the long period of your estimable supreme importance; and that is the labours you have enjoyed in your own office of secretary. Upon the worthy breast the exalted reward which ever discharge of the duties of this office in à attends the sincere performance of duty warm and affectionate spirit largely in serving the Lord; but they desire depends a society's well-being; and by also to assure you that your courteous, Mr. Watson they had been served in a kind, efficient, and long-continued exermanner the most able and exemplary for tions in the best of causes—the cause of the long period of 28 years. Always at Divine love and wisdom, as unfolded in the his post, always attending to everything principles of the New Jerusalem Churchconducive to the welfare of the society have secured you the universal esteem and the comfort of its members,and always of the Argyle-square Society, who invite with a kind word and a genial smile for you to accept the tokens of their goodevery one, their esteemed friend and will accompanying this address, and who brother had, during all the time he was pray that the Divine blessing may still in office, won golden opinions from all; attend you and your beloved family and when his somewhat failing health during the continuance of your useful induced him to retire, the goodwill of life on earth, until you enter upon the the society could not allow of such a higher uses and fuller joys of heaven change without giving, in a form that Signed on behalf of the society, would mark its sense of the admirable “ J. BAYLEY, Minister. services of Mr. Watson, some token of “FREDK. PITMAN, Treasurer. their gratitude and affection. The superb
“Thos. G. Watson, Secretary. inkstand and the noble salver which you “January 15, 1868.” see before you, with the sentiments en Inscription on the inkstand and salver:graved upon them, will long be to Mr. “Presented to Thomas Watson, Esq., at Watson, his family, and friends, a a general meeting of the Society of the memorial of the value of services which New Jerusalem Church, Argyle-square, will live in the hearts of his fellow- held 15th January, 1868, as a token of members; and their earnest prayers will respect, esteem, and love for his Chrisbe for his future and eternal happiness. tian character, and in acknowledgment They may be regarded also as a token of of his services as their secretary for the good-will from the whole New Church, period of 28 years, ending 17th July, for Mr. Watson is known and esteemed 1867.” amongst us universally. His position Mr. Watson said: Mr. Chairman, my as treasurer of the Swedenborg Society, dear pastor, ladies and gentlemen, my his long attendance at the Conference, dear friends, what reply can I make for the part he has taken in all the general all this kindness ? I am thankful to you movements of the church, have brought all-grateful to every one present—thankhim into contact with so large a number ful for this beautiful gift; but especially of his brethren, that his name is un- grateful for the kind feelings and affecknown to few, and where he is known tionate regards of which this is the outhe is loved. In the name, then, of his ward manifestation. But, dear friends, own society especially, but in the name I did not require such extra payment. also of the whole church, I call upon My services to the church have always our esteemed friend Mr. Prowse to make been rewarded, each act with its own the presentation.-Mr. Prowse then pre- peculiar satisfaction and encouragement, sented Mr. Watson with the inkstand and either for what had been done or what salver, and read the following address: remained to do. Elected to the office of
“To Thomas Watson, Esq. Secretary as I was in the early days of “Dear Sir,—The members of the my manhood, I cannot but trace the society of the Lord's church with which watchfulness of Divine Providence for my welfare. I was doubtless preserved HULL.-During the months of January from temptations and dangers, and I have and February the leader of the society certainly been blessed with success and has been engaged in the delivery of a prosperity. For all that I possess, for course of six lectures on the Mosaic my position in life, and all my friends, I account of the Creation. The attendance am indebted to the New Church. But has been good, and the regular congregaI cannot express my feelings to you, my tion has also somewhat improved. The dear friends ; be assured that, by the lectures seem to have given general Lord's blessing, I will try to repay you satisfaction. for this mark of your esteem, and to LEEDS.-Two excellent sermons were deserve your future regard ; and when I preached at this place on Sunday, 19th look upon these gifts I shall think of January, by Mr. S. Pilkington, of Ramsthem as being the silver frame that sur- bottom, and collections made at the close rounds the affections of my New Church of each service for the benefit of the friends, their cordial and loving faces, Infirmary. On Monday evening, Mr. and all the other circumstances of this Pilkington delivered a lecture on the most happy occasion. We are told that "Second Coming of our Lord,” in which it is more blessed to give than to re- he briefly reviewed the various opinions ceive—may this be the experience of that are held by the bulk of professing you all, and, from my heart, I once Christians, and clearly showed that they more sincerely and affectionately thank are contrary to the true interpretation of you all.
the Word of God. The lecturer forcibly BURY.-In our January number was a showed that the second coming of the notice of the effort making by this society Lord is not a coming in person, but a to remove their building debt. The restoration of the true knowledge of amount at that time subscribed (£180.) divine subjects, or of the genuine docincluded the sum of £42. offered by Mr. trines of the Word of God, accompanied Clifton; and the liabilities, we have since with their corresponding influence on learned, are larger than there stated. The the heart and life. On Tuesday evening, friends have earnestly persevered in their Mr. Pilkington brought his first visit to efforts, and still hope, with the assistance this society to a close with another lecof the friends of the church at a distance, ture, on “ The twelve Gates of the New to succeed in this good work. Subscrip- Jerusalem.” In this lecture he displayed tions in aid can be sent to the treasurer, the same masterly exposition of the subMr. Clifton, care of Mr. Howarth, 24, ject as in his previous discourses. He Foundry-street, Bury, Lancashire. coneluded with a very impressive' appeal
February, this society was visited by of the New Jerusalem, in order that they Mr. Parry, of Sheffield, who delivered might become truly wise and happy. two instructive and interesting discourses NEWCHURCH, LANCASHIRE.—A course to attentive audiences. On the Monday of three lectures has been given at this evening following, Mr. Parry gave a lec- place during the month of February, ture on “Indifferentism,” in the school- under the auspices of the National Misroom, which was reported in one of the sionary Institution. The first, on the local papers. The subject was treated question—" If God is Love, why is there with the lecturer's usual ability. After a Hell,” and the second, “On the Imgiving evidences of the fact of a wide- probability of the Destruction of the spread indifference, he proceeded to Earth at the Lord's Second Coming," describe some of its causes, noting the were delivered by the Rev. R. Storry; disinclination of the natural man to and the third, “On the Employments of spiritual culture, and dwelling upon the the Angels,” by the Rev. J. Hyde. popular religious teaching as unsuited to The attendanee at the first was very the growing intelligence of the age, and large, upwards of four hundred being hence incapable of producing an interest present. The attendance at the subsein its instructions. The services were quent leetures, though good, was not warmly appreciated by those who attended quite so large. Most of the people them; and the visit revived agreeable present were strangers, the actual rerecollections, Mr. Parry having many ceivers of the doctrines in the place years ago held the office of leader of the being few in number. From all we could society.
learn, however, the truths taught in the
lectures were very favourably received. shows the necessity of patient perseverShort reports were given in one of the ance in the work of building up the church. local newspapers, and the subject thereby Its progress is, to human appearance, brought under the public attention of slow, but its fruit is of inestimable worth, the neighbourhood. The members of and those who take part in its progress the church, though few in number, are will reap in due time if they faint not. intelligent and earnest. They sustain a regular Sabbath worship and other means
Marriages. of usefulness, and we may reasonably On the 20th November, 1867, at the hope that the service thus rendered will New Jerusalem Church, Brightlingsea, tend to encourage and strengthen them Mr. William Henry Martin, to Miss in their work.
Emily, only daughter of Mr. William NORWICH.-We have had the pleasure Bragg, both of Brightlingsea. of a visit—thanks to the kind offices of On the 20th January, at the New the National Missionary Institution-by Jerusalem Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Mr. R. Gunton, of London, who gave by the Rev. W. Ray, Mr. John Hunter, four admirable discourses on Sundays, to Ellenor Bayley, both of Windy Nook, Feb. 9th and 16th, delivered two lectures Gateshead. during the week, and also met the members and friends at a social tea meeting.
Obituary. By this visit the society has been Departed this life, September 26th, strengthened and encouraged ; and an 1867, at his residence, Spring-road, earnest hope is felt that our energetic Brightlingsea, aged 68 years, Mr. and warm-hearted brother may soon be Nathaniel Buck Riches. He had been seen in our midst again.
many years a respected member of the SHEFFIELD.—This society was visited Brightlingsea New Jerusalem Church on the 26th of January by the Rev. R. Society. His harmless and inoffensive Storry, who was induced, at the urgent disposition was felt and admired by all request of the society, to continue his who knew him. He was a great reader, visit over a second Sabbath. The ser- especially of the Scriptures and the vices of the society are at present held writings of the church. And the writer in the Council Hall, and on both the of this notice is happy to say that great Sundays named were attended by very as his love was for reading, it was not attentive, though not very numerous, greater than his love to practice what he audiences. On the evening of Monday, read. He had a large share of the social January 27th, a social tea party was held, virtues; and his deeds of benevolence which was attended by nearly all the and kindness to the poor and afflicted members of the society. The evening will be remembered with gratitude by was spent in instructive addresses, im- many. Divine Providence had given him proving conversation, and pleasing music. a fair portion of this world's goods, and Everyone present seemed to enjoy the he did not forget to give a little to those assembly, which did not break up until whose lines had not been cast in such a late hour.
pleasant places. In this respect, he reThe society at Sheffield possesses many membered the words of the beloved advantages. Its members are intelligent, Apostle—“Whoso hath this world's good, many of them occupy respectable social and seeth his brother have need, and positions, and they have now the talented shutteth up his bowels of compassion services of Mr. Parry as their leader. from him, how dwelleth the love of God Yet with all these advantages, the church in him ?" His end was peace. A funeral does not make rapid progress. The discourse was preached on Sunday evenmembers continue year by year to attend ing, October 6th, to a large audience, by their small assemblies with the most Mr. Jepson. Text: “Well done, thou commendable zeal; and, without the en- good and faithful servant : thou hast couragement of worldly popularity, or been faithful over a few things, I will crowded attendances, to enjoy their make thee ruler over many things: enter public worship and to bear their testi- thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matt. mony to the truth. We cannot doubt xxv. 21.) the usefulness of the work in which they At Edinburgh, on the 31st day of are engaged, or despair of its final suc- October last, aged 60 years, Mr. Thomas cess. The experience of the society Isbister. The son of one of the earliest
members of the New Church in this the sacred truths of the new dispensation, country, he was carefully educated in its She became united in marriage to one principles; and he earnestly endeavoured who fully shared her abiding affection for so to live as to “adorn the doctrine of the heavenly doctrines; and after several God our Saviour in all things.” Being years of suffering, borne with singular connected with the Edinburgh society patience and unrepining submission to from his youth, he was, during the whole the will of the Divine Mercy, she has of his after life, one of its steadiest and gone home, leaving her husband and most active members. Much and justly their child to remember her gentle virtues esteemed as he was, in the church and in with saddened tenderness; yet desiring the world, it was in private and domestic rather to be comforted by remembering life, as a friend, a husband, and a father, the greatness of her gain, than to be that his Christian character appeared to afflicted by considering their own irrethe greatest advantage. A widower for parable loss.
J. the last seven years, his children, to Mr. Frederick Slight, at his residence, whom he was devotedly attached, engaged Ampthill-square, London, January 17th, a large share of his attention; and the 1868, in his 43rd year. Mr. Slight for happy combination of affection and firm- more than 18 years had been secretary ness, intelligence and playfulness, which to the London and Brighton and South he exhibited in their domestic training, Coast Railway. In the discharge of his presented a sight as pleasing in itself as onerous duties he had ever shown himit was satisfactory in its results. By all self a diligent and conscientious officer, who were connected with him, and espe- remarkable for his punctual habits, scrucially by his family, his memory will be pulous impartiality, and prompt attention cherished with the tenderest affection. to a voluminous correspondence. The
At Bury, on the 26th November, 1867, immediate cause of death was paralysis, Mrs. Elizabeth Lord, aged 62. The resulting from disease which for several deceased entered the church when a very months before had been slowly and inyoung woman, chiefly through the preach- sidiously developing itself. A temporary ing of the Rev. Thos. Pilkington. While suspension of his arduous duties, and yet young she became the teacher of an the abstraction of his mind from the infant school at Heywood—the first day- anxieties of office by a residence on the school connected with that society. continent, had given himself and his Through life she has manifested a warm friends some hope of a restoration to attachment to the church, and a very health ; but this, as in many similar superior acquaintance with its doctrines. cases, was a delusive hope. Mr. Slight's At the time she entered the church, connection with the New Church there were few introductory books pub- is worthy of notice. His brother (to lished, and she became an ardent reader whom he was affectionately attached), of Swedenborg. For many of the last having some years before most fully and years of her life she has been separated cordially accepted the new doctrines, by her place of abode from all outward felt it his duty to devote his energy and connection with the public worship of means to provide and furnish a more the Lord, but has gladly availed herself fitting place of worship for the small of every opportunity which has offered society in Brighton. Very earnest himof joining the assemblies of the church. self, both as a member of the society She has now entered a world where and as a reader of Swedenborg's works, space can no longer separate her from he had taken every opportunity of introthe association the heart desires and is ducing the doctrines to the serious confitted to enjoy.
sideration of the subject of this notice. Mrs. Sarah Ann Wibberley, of Derby, In these discussions, which had been was called away to her rest on January often and warmly entered into, an im8th, 1868, aged 35 years. Connected pression very little short of conviction, with the society of the Church in Derby and which may probably be called a from her infancy, the daughter of New tacit conviction, had been wrought. It Church parents, an attender of the Sun- is now known that a painful internal day-school, and, so far as her health conflict had been going on in the mind permitted, a regular and devout attender of Mr. F. Slight for some time, which at of the public worship of the Lord, she last so distressed him that, on returning was trained in the knowledge and love of home one day, he threw himself on his