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employed in the intellectual province of usefulness, these remarks are especially and affectionately addressed. The Editor presents his heartfelt acknowledgments to those contributors who have assisted him in the publication of this periodical. Every effort has been made to render it, in a most comprehensive sense, the organ of the Church, and to constitute it a just and impartial vehicle for the intercommunication of thought and affection, and for the statement of any ideas that are calculated to promote the cause of love and truth amongst men.

The publication in English of Swedenborg's scientific and philosophical writings, we hail as the commencement of a new and promising period in the history of human improvement. He is not only the reformer of theology, but of science and philosophy also. Experience is the basis of all Swedenborg's natural philosophy, and no labourer in science has ever yet so fully carried out the principles laid down by Bacon, as the only foundation upon which our knowledge must be based, and upon which, by analysis and induction, a palace of intelligence may be erected. No writer has so completely dispersed the idols of the tribe,-the idols of the den,--the idols of the forum, and the idols of the theatre, as Swedenborg. These idols, as Bacon says, * denotes all kinds of fallacies, appearances, baseless hypotheses, conjectures, fancies, phantasies, and prejudices arising either from a contracted selfishness, from the ipse dixit of authority, from a blind veneration for antiquity, or from a predeliction for current and fashionable opinions, all which have been so deadly hostile to the progress of true knowledge and science. No man has lent so powerfully a helping hand to carry out the Baconian principles of philosophy. And should not this be extensively known, that others may be invited into the same paths of rational investigation and induction, and thus be enabled to think correctly and intelligently on natural things, as a great preparatory stage for thinking correctly and wisely on spiritual things ? Bacon, est natura minister et interpres ;”—“man is the minister and interpreter of nature;" and where do we find a man who has interpreted to us so much of nature, as Swedenborg ?—who has led us so interiorly into her recesses, spoken to us so clearly of her principles, shewn to us so much of her wisdom and beauty in the structure of her forms, the modes of her operations, and the order and harmony of her government, and above all, how Usus omne fert punctum ;--how USE, the product of infinite love and wisdom, bears the sway in every point of this vast universe, and loudly proclaims that the hand that made it is divine. We therefore invite contributions to our periodical on subjects of science in con

* See Bacon's Works, Vol. II., p. 190.

Homo, says nexion with the philosophy of Swedenborg, and we doubt not that the minds of many may in this way be awakened to see the light in respect to theology and to spiritual things in general, which he was providentially the instrument of making known to the world.

EDITOR.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION.

UNITED SOCIETY, ARGYLL SQUARE, in the way of lighting, &c., it was reLONDON.—We have the pleasure of an- solved at the last teachers' meeting to pay nouncing that this Society is now in active an annual rent out of the School funds operation. The congregations at the New to the Society for the use of the room, Church continue good, and many persons furniture, gas, &c., and it is proposed to who never before had sittings in any New have about Christmas a recitation on the Church place of worship, have taken part of the children, to which persons sittings there, and express themselves will be admitted on the purchase of greatly delighted with the doctrines, and tickets, the proceeds from the sale of with the able exposition of them by the which will be devoted to the School. Rev. T. C. Shaw. At a recent meeting Besides these occupations of the School. of the Society it was resolved to pay from room, it is also employed every Wednesthe general fund to the building fund, day evening by the members of the Society £200 per annum in the shape of rent; for reading the works of Swedenborg, exthat whilst the Society is blessed with positions of the Holy Word, and other the gratuitous services of their efficient similar purposes.

H. B. minister, they may so far diminish the Nov. 15th, 1844. debt as to be enabled to maintain a minister when those services are no longer avail

CONSECRATION AND OPENING THE able. It was also resolved to pay from and NEW CHURCH AT BOLTON.—This neat after January, 1845, only four per cent. and commodious edifice was opened acinterest on the debentures, instead of FIVE, cording to announcementin the September many of the debenture holders having number of the Intellectual Repository, on signified their concurrence in this ar- Friday the 25th of October.

The conrangement, and friends being willing to secration service was conducted by the advance money enough to buy in such Rev. D. Howarth, assisted by the Rev. debentures as their owners prefer selling W. Woodman; on which occasion the to retaining at the reduced rate of interest. Rev. E. D. Rendell delivered an excellent The Sunday School in connexion with the discourse on the Nature, Intention, and Society is going on very prosperously. Purposes of the Second Coming of our Many of the young friends of the Church Lord Jesus Christ. We could scarcely have manifested much holy zeal in its expect the attendance on the Friday to be behalf, and Mr. Brooksbank has exerted otherwise than small, when we consider himself greatly to get it into efficient the mercantile and busy character of the working order. Besides the School on town. The first regular service was the Sunday, two evenings a-week are conducted by the Rev. J. H. Smithson, devoted to instructing forty-five of the of Manchester, who preached from the most orderly pupils in writing, arithmetic, text, Rev. i. 18. The Rev. gentleman English history, and geography, and it took occasion to point out the True Object is intended shortly to add lectures on of Christian Worship, and showed that oriental customs as illustrative of the the primitive Christians adored the same Divine Word. Thirty children are also Divine Being. The discourse was listened kindly instructed in singing on two other to with marked attention. The Church evenings in the week, by Mr. Baker, the was well filled by a highly respectable gentleman who officiated so ably at the audience. Mr. Edleston preached in the organ on the day of dedication. As these afternoon, and took, as the foundation engagements of the School-room are at- of his discourse, the important question tended with some expense to the Society, asked by the Psalmist, (Psa. viii. 4.) “ What is Man?" He showed that man in Lancashire. In the year 1782 Mr. is an immortal being, and remarked Clowes first met a few individuals in a upon the importance of making our im- private house belonging to the late Mr. mortality an immortality of happiness. John Walmsley, situated about a mile The place on this occasion was crowded from Bolton. In 1783 the late Mr. S. to excess; it was stated that many hun. Dawson began to visit this little band of dreds were unable to obtain admission. receivers. For some time he could only The Rev. J. Bayley delivered an eloquent visit them once a month; ultimately, discourse on the meaning and descent of however, he was induced to reside in the New Jerusalem. The Editor of the Bolton. Success attended his labors, and Free Press newspaper made the following in 1791 the Society erected a new place remark on Mr. B.'s sermon: " The Rev. of worship. This place, however, was gentleman delivered a most eloquent dis- disposed of in the year 1800. After course, in which he described the nature which certain zealous individuals built of some of the doctrines held by that the chapel which the Society occupied body of Christians.” The Church was until the present one was opened. The again crowded to excess, and again many Society continued under the care of hundreds were unable to obtain admis- Mr. Dawson, with varied success, sion, The united collections amounted until 1823, when he was called from to £73. A grand selection of music was time into eternity. After his death performed on each occasion, which was the services were conducted by Misno doubt a great attraction to the public. sionaries from Manchester, and at this Some of our friends may be interested time the Society was perhaps in its most with the following particulars. The flourishing condition. In 1828, Mr. Church is a parallelogram 50 feet by Segar of Blackburn was engaged to act 34 feet inside ; the Communion is at the as leader, who in 1840 resigned his end opposite to the vestibule, and oc- charge. During the whole of this period, cupies a recess of 44 feet, with a slight the Society was undergoing various states projection into the body of the Church; of regeneration. They had their days, over the altar is an ornamental window, and their nights, their summers, and their containing a representation of a dove winters of spiritual prosperity and addescending upon the Lord, who is ad- versity, as all other societies have had. ministering the Last Supper; underneath In July last the services of Mr. Edleston is the Latin monogram, I. H. S., and on were obtained. And during the last nine each side there is a tablet containing the months a very energetic effort has been commandments. The pulpit is placed made for a more suitable and commodious before the communion, but does not much place of worship. In January an appeal prevent it being seen from all parts of the was made to the Church generally, with Church. There is a gallery at the oppo

An effort was also made site end capable of seating fifty or sixty to enlist the sympathies of the townspersons. The Church is built with the people, who have in some measure rescapability of having a gallery erected on ponded to our calls. The greatest effort, each side should it ever be desirable. however, has been made by the Society The body will comfortably seat nearly itself, and it was, indeed, a generous four hundred persons. The pews nearest effort, considering its resources. May the walls are inclined towards the pulpit, the Lord, in His Mercy, bless these which thus enables the whole of the con- humble efforts to promote the reception gregation to sit with their faces towards and love of the genuine doctrines of His the minister, which is a great advantage. Church and Kingdom ! The outside of the building is plain but impressive, having a bold cantiliver cor

QUERY. nice, with pediment at the entrance end; To the Editor of the Intel. Repository. the windows are long and circular-headed, Sir,—I should feel obliged to you if with stone dressings. The entrance-door you would insert the following query in has bold pilasters and entablature of stone your Magazine. in the Doric style of architecture. The I was conversing with a friend of mine, school and cottage beautifully harmonize who is a Jew, on the Godhead, or the sole with the church.

Divinity of Jesus Christ. I adduced Brief Historical Sketch of the Society. passages from the Old and New Testa-The Bolton Society is one of the oldest ment, in support of the doctrine advanced;

some success.

If any

and as he did not believe the New Testa- Messrs. Abbott and Bateman set off to ment to be any part of the Sacred Writ. visit Jersey and Guernsey. A boisterous ings, I asked him his objections. The voyage made Mr. Abbott unwell, Mr: one which was most difficcult for me to Bateman therefore conducted the services answer, was in the genealogy of our Lord, at St. Helier, August 18. Mr. Abbott as recorded by Matthew. Now, as we lectured at the Athenæum on Tuesday, believe that our Saviour had no human Thursday, and Friday. A meeting of father, and the genealogy, as given by the friends was held on Wednesday. On Matthew, is that of Joseph, and not of the next Sabbath, Mr. Abbott officiated Mary, I could not answer him.

at St. Helier, and Mr. Bateman at St. of your correspondents will be so kind as Brelade, in French.

The following to enable me to give my friend a suitable day they proceeded to Guernsey, where answer, I should esteem it a great favor. Mr. Abbott delivered three lectures. I am, &c.

A. M. The Rev. D. Howarth has recently

visited the Potteries, but the Committee LONDON MISSIONARY AND TRACT have not yet had his report. SOCIETY.

A few weeks ago Mr. Brooksbank and To the Editor of the Intellec. Repository. I paid a friendly visit to the Society at

Dear Sir, As the detailed reports Ipswich, where we experienced a hearty of the various missions are not now welcome. Mr. Brooksbank preached published in the Repository, but are re- twice on the Sabbath, and again on served for the Annual Report, I send Monday evening, and afterwards held a you, for the information of your readers, familiar conversation on the doctrines. the following brief statement of our pro- They appear to be intelligent and orderly, ceedings since the last anniversary. and to be steadily, though slowly, pro

In July, the Rev. T. Goyder visited gressing. Several are waiting for the Salisbury, Stroud, and Chalford Vale. opportunity of a visit from an ordained At Salisbury a very favorable impres- minister, that they may enter the Church sion was made, and there has since by the right of baptism. been such an increase in the attendance There has been an extensive distributhat the friends there are seriously in- tion of Tracts by the various missiontending to build a Chapel in an eligible aries--at the opening of the new Churches situation. (See below.) At Chalford Mr. at Bath, and at Argyll Square, London, Goyder opened a small place of worship, and to Rome, Barbadoes, &c. and had a correspondence with the clergy- Thus, it will be seen, there have been man of the parish, who had taken alarm some large calls on the Society's funds. at the introduction of the doctrines of the All, therefore, who deem the Missionary New Church.

cause of the New Church entitled to their Following the course pursued on other support, are earnestly invited to forward occasions, the Committee took means to their subscriptions or donations to the ascertain whether any of the ministers treasurer, Mr. W. Newbery, 6, Kingattending Conference could visit any street, Holborn.-Very truly yours, places in their way to and from Confer.

H. Butter, Secretary. Several replies were received to the application, but only Messrs. Rendell INQUIRY RESPECTING THE SIGNING OF and Storry were able to comply with the THE ARTICLES OF FAITH OF THE wishes of the Committee.

OLD CHURCH BY A RECEIVER OF In August, the Rev E. D. Rendell THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW. went to Salisbury,* where the doctrines To the Editor of the Intellec. Repository. had not before been publicly advocated. Sir,- Not being able to satisfy my He delivered three lectures in the Masonic doubts as to the consistency of a receiver Hall, which was well filled on each occa- of New Church views preparing for and sion.

taking orders in the Old Church, I should Sunday, August 18, the Rev. R. Storry be greatly obliged if you or any of your preached three times at Pickering, and on more intelligent readers would consider Tuesday, the 20th, proceeded to York, and express your or their opinions and and lectured there on Tuesday, Thurs- feelings on this important subject, through day, and Friday, greatly interesting those the medium of your useful miscellany. who heard him.

I have carfully perused Mr. Clowes's Just before the close of Conference, Dialogues between Sophron and Phila* This, we think, must be a mistake.-Ed. delphus, which appear to favor (and we N.S. NO. 60.-VOL. V.

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have the sanction of his own example body is to rise again; and maintains that also) the retention of the clerical office every one, iromediately after death, enters by one holding different views of doctrine, the spiritual world in a spiritual and subyet, in that work, there is nothing on stantial body, in which he will remain to which a judgment may be formed with eternity. The design of the work is to regard to the case in question,—that of a show that this is the Scriptural, and the young man imbued with New Church only rational doctrine on the subject. He views entering the Old Church, in doing makes honorable mention of Swedenborg, which he must of necessity assent to doc. and the doctrines of the New Church, trines and subscribe to articles of faith, but professes to have pursued, in his inopposed to his deliberate convictions. vestigations of this subject, an entirely Here rests the difficulty. I should state independent path of inquiry; and appeals that circumstances are such with regard to reason and Scripture in support of his to family connexions, &c., that no alter- view, which he admits is essentially the native presents but either to become a same as that taught by Swedenborg on minister of the Established Church, or the subject. But we shall have occasion renounce the pastoral office altogether. to notice the work more at length, when In the hope, Mr. Editor, that an early it appears. Coming from a man of such number of your magazine may contain acknowledged talent and eminent biblical some satisfactory arguments on the in- learning as Professor Bush, the work canteresting subject propounded.—I am, &c. not fail to be extensively read, and must,

INQUISITOR. we should think, produce quite a sensa[In reply to our correspondent's in- tion in the body theological. quiry, we beg to state that there can be but one opinion as to the great, yea, the FRENCH NEW JERUSALEM MAGAsinful impropriety signing creeds and

- We have lately received the articles, which, it is believed, are un- numbers of this work for April, May, scriptural and false, as must be the case and June. The contents are,- Repent. with every one who helieves in the doc. ence; Translation of Swedenborg's work trines of the Lord's New Christian Church, on the Athanasian Creed; An Address and who receives them as the genuine to True Christians and Philanthropists; doctrines of His divine Word. By faith. Socrates and Swedenborg; Theocracy in fully looking to the Lord, and trusting to the Past and in the Future; on the ResurHis guidance and providence, He will rection of the Lord, and the various cir. soon open a field of usefulness for any cumstances attending it. individual willing to labor in His new vineyard. Mr. Clowes and other clergy- AMERICAN NEW JERUSALEM MAGAmen who have embraced the doctrines of ZINE.—We have received the November the New Church, did so after their ordi- number of this periodical, the contents of nation, and consequently after they had which are of an interesting nature. We signed the articles of the Old Church, subjoin an extract from a letter of M. We recommend to our correspondent's Portal to the Rev. B. F. Barrett, dated perusal Mr. Noble's Discourse on the Paris, June 27th, 1844:death of Mr. Clowes.-Ed.]

“For five or six years past, the New

Jerusalem has remained isolated in PROFESSOR Bush's NEW WORK ON France, and has made no apparent proTHE RESURRECTION.—Amongst our ad- gress. Without doubt this must be in vertisements will be found one of this the counsels of Eternal Wisdom, and if this work; respecting which the American it were permitted to search for the causes New Jerusalem Magazine gives the fol- of it, I should say that the events which lowing notice :

have transpired within the last sixty years “ Professor Bush's New Work on the in Europe, the moral and spiritual reResurrection.-A large work on the Re- volutions which we have seen, and which surrection, comprising about 400 pages, we still see in France, appear to have by Professor George Bush, of New York, resulted from the great heat of the New is now in press, and will be published in Doctrines. You know that the French a few weeks. We understand that Pro. philosophy of the eighteenth century had fessor Bush, in this work, utterly rejects undermined all faith in Christianity. the idea that has generally been received This was the end of the old religious and taught by the First Christian Church world. The political society based upon on this subject, viz., that the material the old Catholicism perished in the grand

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