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would take the form of a public rejoic- that they would not be right if they did ing, and that nothing calculated to not make in some way a public re. counteract that feeling would be intro- cognition of his untiring energy and duced. They had, he said, great reason generosity. He then read a congratu. to rejoice, in that their wishes had, latory address, enumerating the great under providence, been fulfilled. They benefits that the society had received had now a building belonging wholly to during its career from his (Mr. Alfred God, and not as before, in part to God Braby's) personal work and support. and part to man. After briefly alluding Coupled with Mr. Braby's name was to some incidents during the seven years also that of his brother, Mr. F. Braby. of the societies' existence, he introduced Mr. Alfred Braby, in acknowledging the next speaker, Mr. Thorn, the the compliments so liberally bestowed, treasurer, who read a report of the trusted that his remarks would not financial progress of the society, show. savour of ingratitude, but certainly he ing the ways and means by which it had never looked forward to such an had reached its present happy condi. evening as the present-it was not his tion. Commencing with its foundation aim. He had wished from his youth up at Newington Causeway in 1863, he to do something for the New Church in showed how they resolved in 1864 to London. He felt it his duty to make a build, until at the present time they sacrifice to the Lord, and if he had merely had an elegant building fitted with given what was of no value to himself, it every convenience and free from debt. could not be considered as such. The This was due to the donations of encouragement they had given him that generous friends, the proceeds of a evening would help him in the future. bazaar, various entertainments, and the Mr. Frederick Braby regretted that such subscriptions of their own members. an unwarrantable use had been made of Mr. Alfred Braby, who in 1864 started his own name. He, however, should the building fund with a donation of always feel it a privilege and pleasure to £50, had, irrespective of his regular be the means of propagating a whole. subscriptions, given the munificent some religion. The religious world was sum of £715. Mr. F. Braby had also anxiously seeking for any light, and he largely contributed. £100 had been re- believed that the New Church had much ceived from Mr. Finnie, the “ Peabody” to give. It was the glory of the New of the New Church. £550 had been Church that she was able to give a received from other societies and friends, system of Biblical interpretation with and £509 was realized by the bazaar, which she could reconcile the passages Mr. I. J. Alvey (the senior deacon), which to others are and have always said he could not but recollect other been stumbling-blocks. He trusted occasions when he had had to address their devoted minister and energetic audiences poorer (not in pocket) but officers might long be spared to hold up numerically much poorer
than the pre- the candle of New Church truth in the sent. He could remember the meeting South of London. The Rev. John Pres. of the congregations at the church in land, in addressing the meeting, alluded Waterloo Road, which being broken to the fact that the first sermon he had up was continued in part at Friar preached was delivered in their society, Street, Doctors' Commons, and finally then at Newington-causeway.
He aswas amalgamated with that at Argyle cribed the success of the society to its Square. This was a long walk for unity of action, and the efforts of the those living in the south of London, members individually. The anthem, and he was glad when they had the “Give ear, 0 Shepherd of Israel," was opportunity of meeting at the room then very efficiently rendered by the on Newington Causeway, and finally choir. Mr. Gunton would ask his at their beautiful little church. He friends, now that they were getting well had a duty which was a real plea- off, not to forget their friends who were sure to perform, and he believed that still in troubled waters. He could, did he that did well ought to have his time permit, have mentioned several good deeds acknowledged. Their friend, societies who would be glad of their assisMr. Alfred Braby, was one of those tance, but as the evening was so far admodest men who give liberally, and vanced, he would defer particulars for blush to find it out; but he was sure a more fitting occasion. The Rev,
Dr. Bayley said it was with sincere The walls are unsparingly decorated pleasure that he had joined in the re- with maps, object-lessons, pictures, joicing of his friends in South London busts, and curiosities, to attract and that night. The congratulations that improve the mind. Every room of had been made, he was sure, were all itself is quite a museum, and it will fully deserved. It must be a happy take hours, and we think days, to exfeeling, he said, for the chairman to look amine everything in detail minutely. back upon the seven years of his minis. It is a person's own fault if he doesn't try, which he (Dr. B.) looked upon as make progress at these schools. We but an apprenticeship for the work that particularly admire the infant school. was in store for them. He would con- room ; there is every convenience,--for gratulate them all on their having at- instance we may mention the little tained a fresh starting point; and he low forms that children only three trusted that they might long be spared years of age may get on themselves. to prosecute the work they had so well The gallery is the same; there are begun. During the evening a selection methods so simple for teaching the inof sacred music was performed, and the fant mind to count, add and subtract, meeting was closed by singing a hymn, to tell what time it is, and to teach the and a benediction from Mr. Austin, the infants the various uses of articles and minister of the church.-From the South the processes they have passed througti, London Press.
but we must not say more on this score.
Mr. Johnson seems to be heart and soul LONDON-ISLINGTON.-On the 14th in his work. He deserves all praise; March the second annual children's he deserves to be encouraged and assisted. service was held. The sermon was There is something in addition to all preached by Mr. Bateman from Luke these for the convenience and accommoxviii. 17. A selection of hymns from dation of the scholars. There is a heat“The Welcome” was sung, and the ing apparatus on an improved principle Creed intoned previous to the reading of for both warming the schools and cook. the commandments. The presence of ing or warming the children's dinners. members and friends in goodly numbers There is also a dining-room, which will gave that warmth and life to the occasion accommodate at least not fewer than which adds so much to the use of such one hundred children at one sitting. services both to the young and old. The Mr. Johnson provides crockery. Adjoin. contributions to the offertory sufficiently ing the dining-room is a large lavatory, evinced the interest felt in the welfare which is perfectly fitted out in every of the Sunday-school.
respect.” WIGAN.—The admirably conducted EDINBURGH.-By the exchange of and popular Day-schools of the New pulpits in connection with the ScotChurch at this town have been brought tish Association of the New Jerusalem into unusual prominence by an unseemly Church, we have been favonred with controversy in the local papers. Å two visits from the Rev. W. C. Barlow neighbouring clergyman seems to have of Paisley. On Sabbath, November commenced the attack by assailing the 29, 1874, his subjects were-Forenoon, management, and what he supposed to “Miracles, or Signs of the Kingdom, be the grounds of success. The con- and in the evening “ The Signs of the troversy seems to have ended with the Second Advent," followed on Monday following letter, which we abridge from evening by a lecture on “ The Incarna. the Wigan Observer of February 13th:- tion and Glorification of the Lord.” On
"Three Lovers of Education' send Sabbath, February 21, 1875, his subthe following account of a visit made by jects were-Forenoon, " The Labourers them to these schools : – Having heard in the Vineyard,” and in the evening. so much for and against the New Jeru- “Angelic Influences in the Christian salem Schools, we, who are in no way Life, followed on Monday evening by connected with them or their church, a lecture on “How is the Lord Jesus deterioined to visit them and see for Our Redeemer.” At these services and ourselves what they were. We went on lectures the different subjects were ably Monday evening last, and with each treated, and the distinctive features of room we visited we were astonished. our views were clearly brought out.
prepared for the press, she was his On the 1st March 1875, the wife of amanuensis, his sight at that time being Mr. J. E. Waller, Wilson Street, Bristol, almost gone. She also saw through the of a son (Ernest).
press for the Swedenborg Society the
Index to the Apocalypse Explained. On March 18th, at 8 Lady Margaret The last years of her life, herself and Road, Kentish Town, the wife of Mr. all her pleasures were cheerfully sacri. John Foster Howe, of a daughter.
ficed, that she might devote her whole
time to her father, whose almost Marriage.
helpless condition necessitated her conOn the 27th February 1875, at Argyle stant care and attention. She was unSquare Church, London, by the Rev. well at the time of his death, August John Presland, brother of the bride, Mr. 31st, 1874, but her illness was not James Humphreys to Sophia Matilda, thought to be of a serious character till fifth daughter of Mr. Thomas Presland, the beginning of October, when the of 8 Lady Margaret Road, Kentish disease (cancer) developed with un. Town.
usual rapidity. Though daily becoming
worse and suffering most acutely, she Obituary.
bore her trial with calm patience and At Alloa, Clackmannanshire, on the resignation. 14th November last, Thomas Lawson, an Removed to the Spiritual World on aged, very useful and respected member the 18th of December 1874, Nanny, of the New Church Society.
the wife of John Westall of Accrington, Also, on the 23rd December, Mrs. in the 86th year of her age. She was Graham, relict of Robert Graham, who the eldest daughter of the late Joseph passed into the spiritual world three Cronshaw, one of the founders of the months before her. They were both Accrington Society, and has thus endevoted members of the Alloa Society. joyed the rare privilege of witnessing They lived happily together while here the growth of that Society from its during a lengthened life in the midst of commencement. She was first attached their family, who are friendly to the to the Church by the example of her Church, but mostly living out of Alloa. good and beloved father, and that The two old people have again united in attachment continued to grow and a more interior union above.
deepen up to her removal to the life Elizabeth Ellen Bundy passed into beyond. She was married in 1814, and the spiritual world on December 17th has thus lived in happy wedlock in this 1874, in the 58th year of her age. She lower sphere for a period of overssixty was baptized in infancy into the New years. She was an affectionate wife, Church, and remained connected with a most devoted mother, and an exemthe Cross Street (now Camden Road) lower world after a three hours' sickness
plary woman, She was called from this Society till
her death. About 80 years --looking forward with confidence to ago her mother, then a very young that state where a glorious welcome woman, accepted the doctrines of the
awaited her. Church, and became a member of Dr.
Her memory is greatly Hodson's congregation, which subse revered by her aged partner and her quently merged into the Cross Street family; and the influence of her spirit Society. Miss Bandy was one of the will be amongst the strongest bands deaconesses of that Society, and an
drawing them to the world above. earnest and thorough believer in the Called suddenly into the spiritual divinity of the doctrines contained in world, Mrs. Mary Mason of Embsay, on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. the 6th of February 1875, in the 63rd She belonged to that class of New year of her age. She was amongst the Church people who make a rule of never earliest receivers of the New Church allowing a day to pass without reading doctrines at Embsay, and was truly a some portion of the writings. During mother in Israel. She was an intellithe latter years of Mr. Noble's life she gent and warm receiver of the truths of used to go regularly to read to him, and the New Dispensation, which were mani. when the second edition of his transla. fested in a life of quiet unobtrusive usetion of the Heaven and Hell was being fulness. Faithful and attentive as a
wife-loving and wise as a mother, and settled with the church at Heywood. amidst the multifarious labours and Her husband during his lifetime was one anxieties of her family, she always, of the leading and most influential mem. until shortly before her departure, de- bers of the Society. He was a steady voted a short time every day to the study attender on public worship, a constant of the Word in its living spiritual un- member of the committee, and one of foldings, and from this habit extending the most liberal contributors to the over many years, although her under funds. In all this he was heartily standing became strong, being well seconded and supported by his wife. stored with useful knowledge, yet all Her love for the Church was fervent an! her information was blended with and sincere, and she was always prepared to softened down in gentleness and love by aid any prudent endeavour for its supher sweet and child-like innocence. port. During her widowhood she has Truth with her did not become know. set the example of steady attendance at ledge but wisdom, it was brought down public worship, and occasionally at other into the heart, mind and
life. She has meetings of the Society. She has been now gone home to her father's house, ever forward to support the Church by where he hath need of her; entered her contributions to its funds, and has into the joy of her Lord, whom she sympathized in every effort for its per: loved and desired to serve when she was manent establishment and extended here below.
usefulness. Within the last fourteen Mr. Matthew Hartley, of Daisy Hill, months two of her daughters have preAccrington, passed into the Spiritual ceded her to the spiritual world, and World on the 8th last month, at the now without notice she has been age of 58. He had been an active and called to join them in their home useful member of the Society for many having deprived her of consciousness,
above. The call was sudden, a stroke lover of the truths of the New Church. which she did not wholly recover. His career was one of great practical found her ready, and though we shall
The call we have every reason to believe and persevering industry, in which he met with the rewards of his fidelity and miss her encouraging presence on earth, constancy. The last two years of his we look beyond to the higher life and life were characterized by suffering of an
brighter enjoyment of the Church above
on which she will now enter. unusually severe kind, occasioned by cancer, but throughout them all he was
On February 13, 1875, at the house enabled to maintain an admirable spirit of his son at Fallowfield, near Man. of unfailing patience and resignation. chester, after a brief illness, Mr. James He has left a widow and family, who, Twiss of Manchester, departed this life, with a large circle of friends, deeply in the 82nd year of his age. For many lament the loss occasioned by his re- years our deceased friend had been an moval from their midst.
appreciative receiver of the doctrines of At Heywood, on January 9, 1875, the New Jerusalem, numbering among Miss Jane Rawson, aged 42. The his early friends the late Mr. Thomas deceased had passed through a long and Wilson of Failsworth, and other veterans painful illness, and was one of those of the New Church in the North. The who in their earthly pilgrimage are diligent and faithful performance of the called to pass through much tribulation. uses of his life characterised him during The night of her affliction has ended, and the period when active effort was con she has entered into her rest.
genial and possible to him, and prepared On the 9th of February, at Heywood,
the state of gentle, unobtrusive kind. Mrs. Ann Rawson, aged 70 years. The ness which marked his old age, and deceased had been connected with the which endeared him not only to all the New Church from very early life, first at members of his family circle, but to all Middleton, and afterwards at Heywood. who came within the sphere of his inOn her marriage she became permanently fluence. His end was peace.
In contemplating the sublime and interesting theme of Angelic Occupations, it is necessary to divest the mind of nearly every association with which the subject is usually connected as regards the affairs of earth. Here business is mainly engrossed in the satisfaction of material needs. “What shall we eat? what shall we drink ? wherewithal shall we be clothed ?” are questions which necessarily underlie nearly all the trade and commerce, manufacture and daily toil of this present world. But in heaven these occasions for labour are entirely superseded; because there every essential of life, as habitation, food, and raiment, is freely given by the Lord (H. H. 393). Locomotion, also, which here demands such complicated work in connection with navigation, railways, and the use of horses and other beasts of burden, is there effected immediately and freely, without cumbrous apparatus or lengthened process ; since all spirits and angels appear in the place where their thought is (D. L. W. 285), and move from one spot to another in accordance with their change of state (H. H. 192, 195). Education, too, in the ordinary acceptance of the term, is for the most part unnecessary; for in the other life every one possesses a spontaneous acquaintance with all varieties of language (A. C. 1637), and an intuitive perception of that science of representatives (A. C. 3226) which constitutes so important a medium for the communication of heavenly ideas. Thus there is a vast and radical difference between the employments of angels and those of men. We are constrained, and doubtless for some infinitely wise and loving purpose, to