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in pecuniary things we are all poor, in things mental none of us is competent to preach, but thanks to our Divine Lord we are all of us capable of being thankful, I trust we shall ever feel truly grateful for the support we have received. We would not murmur nor complain; though we suifer under various privations in these eventful times: the dark clouds which hang over the affairs of perishable things are finely contrasted by the light which is emanating from the "City New Jerusalem now descending from God out of heaven;" in the ardent hope and fervent prayer that this light may be seen by all men, I remain yours, LEEDS.
We have received the following account from a Correspondent:-"For the information of your numerous readers, I take the liberty of informing you, that the Society at Leeds have now removed from their old place of worship, which was distinguished by the name of the Tabernacle, and the members now meet in a spacious room, belonging to one of their generous friends, who has kindly allowed them the usc thereof gratis, until their new chapel be completed. On Sunday morning, the 12th of November last, the Rev. J. Gilbert delivered a discourse within it, to a full and attentive congregation on this occasion he had selected for his text, 1 Sam. ii, 8: from this Scripture he remarked that the first part of the chapter might be called an hymn, full of beautiful imagery,—wholly prophetic; in which is announced, the wisdom, majesty, and glory of God: His special care of the penitent and faithful, and the blissful state to which they shall be exalted. The text speaketh to this more particularly, in the words "He raiseth up the poor out of the dust &c." In discussing these words, an enquiry was made into their divine and spiritual import; they were considered, as to their literal accomplishment, to relate to the advent of our Lord, and to the conversion, and instruction of the gentiles, who being without the Word, are in the Scriptures called poor, halt, lame, and blind; because they were in ignorance of the light of life; now these received the gospel, which dispelled their darkness, and exalted them to the light of divine truth, which emanated from the manifested God, Jesus Christ.
"All the points contained in the text were demonstrated by copious illustrations, and frequent appeals to the Oracles of Truth."*
Mr. Rendell, late of Salisbury, has recently removed to Newcastle-uponTyne, to undertake the ministerial duties of the New Jerusalem Temple in that town. On Sunday the 29th October last, he visited London on his way to Newcastle, and preached twice in the Chapel in Waterloo Road. He was also, the same day, admitted into the Church by Baptism. He is 23 years of age, and promises to be a useful Minister in the Church.
Almanacks are said to have originated with the Germans, who formerly used to engrave, or cut upon square sticks, about a foot in length, the courses of the moon of the whole year, whereby they could tell when the new moons and changes should happen, as also their festival days; and this stick they called an Al-monaght, that is to say, all must heed.
The estimated number of looms propelled by water and steam power in the united kingdoms, including
those in preparation for working, previous to the recent stagnation, and as near as any calculation can be made, is 57,000. The average produce, taking it at 22 square yards of cloth a day, makes 1,254,000, or 1741 yards in every minute; weekly 7,524, 000, yearly 376,200,000, allowing six yards to each person for yearly consumption, this will supply 62,700,000, and will cover 62,700 acres of ground and in length would extend 213,750 miles."
According to a work published in
**Our correspondent gives us a minute explanation of all the points discussed in the Sermon; but our limits prevent us from giving a further detail. Ed.
Germany by the learned philologist Adelung, there exists on the earth 3064 languages: 587 in Europe; 937 in Asia; 276 in Africa; 1,264 in America.
The first lottery ever known in England, drawn under public authority, was in the reign of James I. The profits arising from it were principally appropriated to defray the expences of an English Colony in America.
According to the venerable Bede, artificers in glass came into England in 674; according to others in 726. But glass windows were a rarity, and a mark of great luxury and magnificence until 1180, at which time they were introduced from France, which country had received the boon from the Venetians.
The Cuckoo appears in Sussex about the third week in April; in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh about the second week in May; by this natural judge it is thus decided, that there are three weeks difference in the seasons between Scotland and Sussex,
A plant named Aerial Epidendrium, a native of Java and the East Indies, beyond the Ganges, is kept in houses suspended from the ceiling by a string; where from year to year it continues to put forth new leaves, new blossoms, and new fragrance, excited alone to new life and action by the stimulus of the surrounding atmosphere.
The largest tree in England seems to be one on the estate of Lady Stourton, in Yorkshire, which, in 1816, was nearly 85 feet in height, 48 in circumference, at a yard from the surface, and 78 in circumference when measured close to the ground. But this is nothing compared with the circumference of the great chesnut-tree on Mount Etna, in Sicily, which measures within the hollow of the trunk about 204 feet.
A strong wind which arose this day (says Mr. Belzoni) leads me to mention some particulars of the Phenomena that often happen in Egypt.
The first I shall notice is the whirlwinds, which occur all the year round, but especially at the time of the Camseen wind, which begins in April, and lasts fifty days. Hence the name of Camseen, which in Arabic signifies fifty. It generally blows from the South-west, and lasts four, five, or six days without varying, so very strong, that it raises the sands to a great height, forming a general cloud, so thick that it is impossible to keep the eyes open if not under cover. It is troublesome even to the Arabs; it forces the sand into the houses through every cranny,and fills every thing with it. The caravans cannot proceed in the deserts; the boats cannot continue their voyages; and travellers are obliged to eat sand in spite of their teeth. The whole is like a chaos. Often a quantity of sand and small stones, gradually ascends to a great height, and forms a column of sixty or seventy feet in diameter, and so thick, that were it steady in one spot, it would appear a solid mass. This not only revolves within its own circumference, but runs in a circular direction, over a great space of ground; sometimes maintaining itself in motion for half an hour, and wherever it falls it accumulates a small hill of sand.
The next phenomenon is the Mirage, often described by travellers, who assert having been deceived by it, as at a distance it appears to them like water. This is certainly a fact, and I must confess that I have been deceived myself, even after I was aware of it. The perfect resemblance to water, and the strong desire for this element, made me conclude in spite of all my caution not to be deceived, that it was really water I saw. It generally appears like a still lake, so unmoved by the wind, that every thing above is to be seen distinctly reflected by it, which is the principal cause of the deception. If the wind agitate any of the plants that rise above the horizon of the mirage, the motion is seen perfectly at a great distance. If the traveller stands much above the mirage, he cannot see through it, so that it appears to him clear water. By putting my head first to the ground, and then mounting a camel, the height of which from the ground might have been about ten feet
DIED, Oct. 18th 1826 at Wigan, Mrs. Anne Brown, who had been a Member of the New Church Society in that town for many years. Her life was distinguished by meekness and simplicity. She was held in very high esteem by the friends of the Church. On Sunday Evening, Oct. 29, Mr. Sheldon of Liverpool preached a most impressive Funeral Sermon, from Rev. xxi, 7. to a crowded and serious audience.
In November last, Mr. J. W. Salmon of Nantwich, in, we belive, the 74th year of his age. This gentleman was a most warm and cordial receiver of the doctrines of the New Church, and we doubt not, but that he is gone to enjoy an everlasting state of bliss in the realms of light and life.
ON Wednesday, the 22nd Nov. at Handsworth, Mrs. Proud, widow of the late Rev. J. Proud.
THE TRUE CHRISTIAN
GIVEN UP TO THE DIVINE WILL OF JESUS CHRIST HIS ONLY GOD AND LORD.
[This poem, we believe, is the last production of the late Rev. J. Proud, and it shows, that although he was, at the time of writing it, at the advanced age of 82 years, yet "his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."]
THE Christian man, devoted to his Lord,
Who loves the truths and doctrines of his Word;
Enlighten'd by the beams of Light Divine,
He sojourns here on earth, but lives in heav'n!
Or rich or poor his spirituals appear;
Beneath his Father's watchful eye he dwells,
But walk with perfect heart the narrow way,
I rise to share in heav'n thy boundless love.
Handsworth, April 20th. 1826.
TO THE GLOW-WORM.
When Sol resigns the world to night,
Did man, like thee, dispense around
O. L. M.
In Heston Church Yard, Middlesex. Farewell, dear youth, farewell, till we above Meet in the peaceful realms of light, and love; Grain, hid in earth, repays the peasant's care, And evening suns but set to rise more fair.
Revelation and Reason.
Goyder, Printer, Dartmouth Street, Westminster.