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enthusiasm which is latent in that city in fire. After the sermon I baptized and its neighbourhood to mention, that Mr. O'Mant and his daughter, and, at one of our friends who had walked five his own request, according to the Re. niles to the service, told me he would vised Liturgical Service of the New walk tilty if he had the opportunity of Church ; and a most interesting occasion attending again.
it proved to be. This, I apprehend, is If such a spirit were general and sus- the first instance of an ordained ministained, one cannot doubt that rea- ter of the Old Dispensation undergoing sonable help would be well bestowed, the sacred rite of baptismal initiation into and that a stearly increase of the Society the Lord's New Church, according to the might be expected.
New Liturgy. That the Divine blessI cannot conclude without mention- ing of Him that dwells in the bush that ing with unfeigned gratitude the kind burns but is not consumed, may rest attentions paid me by our friends, and upon these two ministers, and abide especially by Mrs. Manson, with whom with them, and with their flocks, is the I lodged during my stay. Having sincere prayer of yours faithfully, travelled by sea, and suffered for my
Thos. LEWEN MARSDEN. temerity accordingly (the weather being rough), I was in a condition to ap- LONDON (Argyle Square).—The usual preciate a thoroughly home hospitality, quarterly meeting of this Society was J. W. HANCOCK. held on Wednesday, 13th October.
After the reception of nine new members HULL AND LEEDS.-At the close of and the reading of the Conference Ad. the discussion in the General Conference dress, an incident of a very pleasing on Baptism, Mr. W. H. Bastow, the nature occurred. Mr. Henry Butter, leader of the Hull Society, and also Mr. who is now in his 81st year, having O'Mant, minister of the Leeds Society, resigned his position as reader, it was requested me to introduce them publicly felt by the friends of the Society that it into the New Jerusalem by the sacra- was only right to embrace this opporment of Baptism. In accordance with tunity of giving expression in some the wish of the former, I went to Hull, tangible form to the general feeling of and on the 15th August, administered affectionate esteem for one who had, that rite to Mr. and Mrs. Bastow and without fee or reward, for such a very their family, and also to Mr. Best, the long period, rendered such valuable ser. foriner leader of the Society.
vice to the Society. The presentation The service, which took place in their consisted of a very handsome silver newly-erected place of worship, was salver and claret jug bearing the followpreceded by a brief exposition of the ing inscription, Presented to Henry River of Water of Life proceeding from Butter, Esq., by the members of the the throne of God and of the Lamb Argyle Square Society of the New Jeru(Rey. xxii.), and was witnessed by a salem Church, in testimony of the high large congregation.
esteem and respect in which he is held, Ön the morning of the 29th of Au. and as a slight recognition of his valued gust, I had the pleasure of listening to a services as reader for a period of fortyfine discourse of the Rev. W. O'Mant six years. Mr. Watson, in making the of Leeds, from Isaiah xli. 15, on the presentation, said, -Dear friends, for “New Threshing Instrument with very many years there has been in our Teeth," and felt truly thankful to the midst a gentleman so identified with Lord for His infinite goodness in raising this Society that he might well be looked up such a minister in the present crisis up to as its father as well as its senior of the New Jerusalem. We need to member. Sunday after Sunday, some pray to the Lord of the harvest in our of us for all our lives, and others as long corporate association to send forth as they have belonged to the church, labourers into His harvest. In the even- have seen our friend Mr. Butter in the ing I preached from John i. 25, “ Why reading-desk of this church, where his baptizest thou, if thou be not that ready intelligence, venerable appearance Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet ?” and clear voice have always made the and pointed out some of the more Word of God and the prayers of the prominent distinctions between baptism Church delightful to be listened to. by John in water, baptism in the Holy Our friend has now signified his wish to Spirit by the Lord Jesus, and baptism be relieved of the office, and in accepting
his resignation, the Committee thought More gratifying still is the thoroughly it a fitting occasion to offer a small united and earnest spirit which perrades token of the Society's appreciation of the whole of the Society; this, coupled his long services and of their affectionate with the fact that a steadily increasing regard. This desire has resulted in the number regularly attend the services substantial forms of the silver salver and (especially noticeable in the case of claret jug which are now before you. morning service), are clear evidences of Turning to Mr. Butter, Mr. Watson a living spirit of religion amongst us, continued, --In presenting these articles and of the Lord's blessing on our labours. to you, iny dear sir, we, as members of Amongst other business transacted, two the Society and as individuals, trust that new members were elected; the New you will accept them in the spirit in Conference Liturgy was, after mature which they are offered, and that you deliberation, adopted, and will be tised may be spared for many years to remain on and after Sunday, November 7th ; amongst us. Among the many privileges and a course of Sunday evening lectures we enjoy as members of a community, by Mr. Dicks was resolved upon. The perhaps there is none more pleasing and meeting was one of the most agreeable satisfactory than that which enables us to and successful ever held, order and mark those whose peculiar excellence and harmony prevailed throughout. great usefulness have endeared them to
Such feelings, dear sir, have the LONDON ASSOCIATION OF THE NEW friends experienced who now offer you CHURCH.-The quarterly meeting of this sincere token of their regard. And this Association met on Thursday, Septhey pray that the Lord may, bless tember 2nd, at Devonshire Street, Isling you with a continuance of health and ton. Mr. Austin, the President, took the love and esteem of your friends. the chair at seven o'clock, and the Rer.
After many other friends had given Dr. Bayley opened the meeting with utterance to similar expressions of affec- prayer. The Secretary read the minates tion and esteem, Mr. Butter, with evident of the preceding meeting, the most emotion, replied that, taken entirely by important and interesting of which were surprise as he had been, his friends those relating to the appointment of the could easily understand his inability to sub-committee which was entrusted find words to express his feelings. He with the arrangements for giring a could assure them that he had never befitting public welcome to the Rer. looked for any reward. He had received Chauncey Giles, on the occasion of his that from year to year. He could only visit to the metropolis, and for the thank his friends for this renewed mani. preparation of an address to be prefestation of their affection and goodwill, sented to him on behalf of the United and trusted that the Divine blessing New Church Societies in London. This might ever rest upon the members of was effectively carried out on the 19th the Argyle Square Society. The hymn of July at Argyle Square, when the hearty commencing * Where men with mutual delight enjoyed by the New Church kindness glow” terminated this interest friends of London in Mr. Giles's visit ing portion of the evening's proceedings. was unanimously and affectionately ex.
pressed. It was, however, regretted by LONDON (Buttesland Street). — The this Association that there had not beca quarterly meeting of this Society was sufficient time to have made even more held on Monday, October 11. Tea was perfect arrangements in regard to this provided at six, and the chair taken meeting, and a lively conversation enfor business at seven. The attendance sued upon the subject. The speeches was very good, fully three-fourths of at the meeting were reported by two the members being present. From members of the Auxiliary Society, a the various reports presented we learn good account of which appeared in the that the Society is progressing very Intellectual Repository for August and favourably. Several new members have the New Jerusalem Messenger for August been added during the year; the Society 14th. has cleared off all its outstanding liabi- The President suggested that the lities, and has a nice balance in hand. Association should consider the advisaThis is qnite a new feature in the bility of the Sunday schools of each of Society's history, and speaks well for the the London Churches joining together earnestness of those engaged in the cause. for purpose of mutual aid, as was done
in the North by the Sunday School Church, and as memento of his visit to
England. Mr. Dicks thought it a desirable thing, and mentioned some of the bene. YORK.-On Sunday, August 8th, the fits that might be expected from such a Rev. Wm. Ray of Newcastle visited this union ; he drew attention to the great Society and delivered two discoursesattachment children had to illustrated in the morning, on Preparation for the periodicals, and the want of a New Lord's coming (Luke xii. 35, 36), and in Church illustrated publication for New the evening, on the Fall of Babylon Church Sunday Schools, and said that (Dan. v. 3-6). The subjects were treated the Band of Hope, British Workman, very instructively; the first showing and other illustrated periodicals were the necessity of not only having truth largely made use of in our Sunday in the intellect, but also a sincere and Schools instead of the Juvenile Maga- obedient love in the heart—these two, zine. He thought this Association truth and love, so operating as to promight be able to do something in such duce, in the outward life, all manner of a matter, if it could be done.
good works of love, charity and use. The want was acknowledged by other The evening discourse included vivid speakers, but no hope was entertained descriptions of ancient Balıylon in its of being able to carry out the object at splendour, and in its irretrievable fall. present. Mr. Milton Smith suggested From historic events connected there. that the Juvenile Magazine might be with, and also from what is related conillustrated and its circulation increased, cerning Babylon in the Apocalypse, a instead of venturing upon anything new. lesson was drawn exhibiting the danger
Other matters in connection with the of spiritual pride, and how in its proSunday schools were spoken upon by gress it becomes the lust of dominion, to Mr. John Smith, Mr. Skelton, Mr. the utter destruction of the heavenly Higham, Rev. Dr. Bayley, Mr. Elliott, virtues of humility, love, gentleness and Mr. Gunton, and Mr. Howe, and it was desire to promote the happiness of others. ultimately resolved to appoint a sub- On Sunday, August 22nd, the Rev. committee to consider the question of Joseph Deans of Brightlingsea conducted Sunday school work. The next meet- our services; his sermon in the morning ing of the Association will be held at being founded on Ezek. xxxvii. 1.10Palace Gardens Church on Thursday, the vision of the valley of dry bones ; December 2nd.
his evening discourse consisting of a
reply to the question—"Can man keep LONDON.- The Rev. Chauncey Giles, the commandments?” In these two on his return from the Continent, and discourses it was shown, in language at prior to his departure for America, once attractive and convincing, that the preached twice in Camden Road Church All-good and All-wise Creator, knowing on Sunday, October 10th. His return what was in man, would most certainly was unexpected, and his intention to give such laws for the regulation of his preach was so little known, that the life in this world, as would, being obeyed, morning service was not so well fit him for his Father's kingdom above. attended as it might have been, but Also, that mere knowledges of truth in in the evening the church was crowded. the mind, however various, however It is needless to say that all were deeply extensive, were like the dry bones in impressed as well as greatly delighted the valley unless they are put in order, with the discourses. On Monday even- conjoined with love, and vivified with ing, the 11th, a large number of friends life from the Lord ; then, and not till assembled at the house of Mrs. Mosley, then, do they become in us “a mighty where Mr. Giles was staying, to meet army,” by which we fight our battles her distinguished guest before his de- against evil and falsehood. On Sunday, parture for America ou the following September 5th, the Rev. Wm. O'Mant day. In the course of the evening a of Leeds favoured us with two discourses. piece of plate, in the form of a salver, His sermon in the morning, from Isaiah was, after a few remarks by the Rev. W. lxv. 22, was on “ Trees and their CorreBruce, presented to him by Mrs. Mosley spondence.” The law according to which as a mark of the esteem entertained for the Divine Word is written was exhim by the members of Camden Road plained, and the final end or use of the Christian life most effectively illustrated a warm interest in its assemblies and use: in the growth of fruit-bearing trees. fulness. She passed early to her home in The evening subject, “ Cords and Cart- the heavens, leaving behind a widowel ropes," from Isaiah v. 18, was also made mother to lament her loss, but sustained very instructive and interesting, the in her sorrow by the recollection of the preacher showing what a great variety virtues and hopes of her departed child. of cords of false reasoning operate to Exchanged worlds at Liverpool, on the draw us after vanity and sin. The 12th of September, aged 74 years, Mr. whole of the above discourses were very Ralph Garnett Sheldon, who for the attentively listened to by a number past half century had been closely of strangers, many of whom expressed connected with the New Church. Fiftygreat satisfaction and pleasure with what two years ago he was leader of the they had heard. The Society has there. Society in this town, and from that time fore reason to hope good will result to the close of his life his heart and from these visits, and tenders its best soul were bound up in the good and thanks to the National Missionary holy cause of the Lord's kingdom. Society for aid, and hopes the time will Amidst those who have fought and not be long before again favoured with worked for the New Church, very fev similar visits.
have equalled our departed friend in
either extent or earnestness of worth. SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.—The Secre. To give anything like his full biography tary of this Society has received a letter would be to give the history of the from the Rev. Mr. Clissold, enclosing a church in this town ; though his energies cheque for £200, one half for the second were by no ineans thus confined, for in volume of The Documents, and the other various parts of the kingdom, in many, half for the edition of The Apocalypse we might say in all parts of Lancashire, Revealed, about to be circulated by the has his voice been heard. As a preacher Committee, as stated in the Repository. he was very effective, but the living ser. An offer of the works has also been again mon of his life told more effectively and made to the Leamington Free Library, more eloquently than all else the worth and is under the consideration of its of the heavenly doctrines. For some Committee. As on a former occasion, years past he had been incapacitated the question has appeared in the local from any active service, but the quiet papers, and not improbably the new loving earnestness of his soul, and the Committee may treat the question more unchanging regard he had for the Church liberally than their predecessors. and its services, told how truly he had
made “ Jerusalem” his home. Nothing Marriages.
could be more beautiful than the serenity On September 16th, at the New Jeru- and peacefulness of his last few hours on salem Temple, Toronto, Ontario, by earth. In the full assurance of trust Rev. G. Field, R. Banks Barber, of and hopefulness, he expressed nothing Stratford, Ontario, and Miss Jennie, but satisfaction at his approaching deyoungest daughter of J. Webster Han: parture. His reliance on the Lord Jesus cock, LL.B.; Barrister, Brighton-le- Christ as His Saviour and Redeemer sands, Liverpool. England, "late of was unclouded and unshaken, and he Toronto.-- From the New Jerusalem listened with delight as the 91st Psalm Messenger.
was read to him. His last words were At Accrington, on September 22nd, about the Church on earth and in heaven, Mr. William Henry Dixon to Miss and he clasped with fervour the new Janet Hartley, by the Rev. Dr. Bayley. liturgy, about which he had for years
been solicitous. Singularly, his was
perhaps the first occasion of its funeral Obituary.
use, for a day or two after he had it Departed this life at Headingley, near he passed quietly away, truly falling Leeds, March 27th, Miss Margaret “asleep in Jesus," and the new service Deans, aged 23 years. The deceased was used over the interment of his rewas the last surviving daughter of New mains, Mr. Goldsack, the minister of Church parents. She had been trained the Liverpool Society, conducting, while from childhood in the doctrines and life of the Rev. Dr. Bayley offered up the con. the New Church, and always manifested cluding prayers at the grave.
NO. I.—THE GOOD SAMARITAN. In the tenth chapter of Luke, verse 29, occurs the question, “ And who is my neighbour ?” The parable of the Good Samaritan is the Lord's answer to that question. If, however, we consult only the letter of the Gospel, we shall conclude that when the lawyer came to the Lord, tempting, testing and trying Him, with no kind of good intent, and saying, “And who is my neighbour ?” no direct reply was given. For, instead of telling the lawyer who was his neighbour, the Lord seems to describe to him instead the man who was neighbour to quite another person; and in the injunction, “Go thou and do likewise,” to inform him not who was his neighbour, but that he himself ought to be a neighbour to one who had fallen among thieves. This peculiarity, often met with when we seek in the four Gospels answers to questions addressed to the Lord Jesus, is due to the fact, that every word said to Him by any man was always looked at by the Lord much more as to its spiritual than as to its literal meaning; much more as to what, therefore, the angels would see that it might and ought to mean, than according to what the man who said the word had intended that it should mean. In asking who was his neighbour, the lawyer meant, whom ought he to love as he loved himself? But the Lord Jesus saw that the question was unwittingly couched in language which to angelic intelligences would have far other and profounder meanings; and it was to those meanings, rather than to