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cognised by the Conference, all right Tuesday, August 14.-Conference will

to a continuation thereof shall cease. assenible at nine o'clock. In the evening 6.- In the event of a Licentiate or other there will be Divine Service in the Church

Leader receiving a grant, ceasing to at seven o'clock. Preacher, the Rev. P.
be recognised as a Member by the Ramage, of Kersley. At the close of the
Society with which he was last con- service the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
nected, except in consequence of will be administered. The offertory will
removal from the locality where be devoted to the Pension Fund.
that Society is situated, the grant Wednesday, August 15.-Conference
shall not be renewed.

will assemble at nine o'clock. In the c. - In the event of any Widow benefited evening there will be a Social Soiree in the

by these Funds marrying again, her Rooms of the Masonic Hall, New Street,

pension or grant shall cease. at seven o'clock, to which all the Members d.-In the event of a Minister, Licentiate, of Conference are invited. Admission to

or Leader receiving a pension or other friends by tickets only (Is. each), grant being able to resume his It is requested that all who may require ministerial work, and the Conference tickets will make application not later being in possession of satisfactory than Monday, August 13th, to Mr. J. H. evidence thereof, such pension or Johnstone, 38 Northampton Street, Mr.

grant shall be discontinued. Isaac A. Best, 19 Summer Lane, or Mr. The following proposition will be moved C. B. Bragg, 12 Northampton Street. on behalf of the Society at Heywood :- Thursday, August 16.--Conference will “Resolved, that it be strongly recom- assemble at nine o'clock. In the evening mended to Societies of the New Church situ- the Annual Conference Tea Meeting wili ated near each other, and separatetly unable be held in the schoolroom, to commence to support a Minister, to unite together at 5 o'clock. The subject for consideration for that purpose, so that such Societies at the Meeting in the Church after Tea, is, may be enabled to have a Minister alter- “What is meant by the New Church?" nately. And that the Sustentation Fund The chair will be taken by the President he available for such united Societies in of Conference, at seven. like manner as for individual Churches." Friday, August 17th.-Conference will

The Rev. R. Goldsack. intends to move: assemble at nine o'clock. The evening --1. That the name and title of the Confer- will be left free for the private entertainence Magazine be changed from the “In- ment of Members of Conference. tellectual Repository” to one more defi- Saturday, August 18th. — Conference nitely expressive of its pnrpose and object will assemble at nine o'clock. Should the as the recognized organ of the New Church. weather be favourable, arrangements will 2. That all addresses received by the be made for an excursion in the afternoon. General Conference from Foreign and Colo- Sunday, August 19th.—The Rev. John nial Societies be read to the Conference. Presland, of London, will preach, morning

The Committee of the Students' and and evening. Ministers' Aid Fund recommend Mr. W. Luncheon will be provided at a charge A. Bates for re-adoption as a Student, and of 2s. each, in Mr. Haywood's schoolroom, Messrs. C. H. Dannsey and R. J. Tilson opposite to the Church, on Tuesday, for adoption.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tea The Committee of the Swedenborg will be served in the schoolroom every Society apply for a grant from the balance evening, at five o'clock, free to Members of the Swedenborg MSS. Fund, to assist of Conference; other friends, 6d. each. in publishing the second volume of the (Signed) E. WHITEHEAD, Secretary. Documents concern Swedenborg."

The Committee of the Birmingham The Birmingham Reception Committee Society submit the following arrangements having issued a circular to the various sofor the Conference week :

cieties, asking for the names of ministers Sunday, August 12th.—The Rev. C. H. and representatives who intend visiting Wilkins, of Nottingham, will preach in Conference, and delay having arisen in the morning, the Rev. R. L. Tafel, of many instances in returning answers to the London, will preach in the evening. inquiries, the Committee take this oppor

Morning service, 10.45. Evening 6.30. tunity of asking that the required informaMonday, August 13th. - The Committee tion may be sent in at once, in order that will attend in the schoolroom, from five to the necessary arrangements may be made seven o'clock p.m., to receive the Members for the accommodation of all. of Conference, and introduce them to the The Committee would also be pleased if friends who will entertain them. Tea will friends, not being representatives, but who be provided. The imin business of intend visiting Birmingham during the Conference will commence in the Church, Conference week, would kindly communiat seven,

cate the fact to Mr. C. B. Bragg, Hon. Sec.

to Reception Committee, 12 Northampton having expressed a desire to read the works Street, Birmingham.

of our Author in the original language, I

have collected for this purpose a small ITALIAN MISSION.–We have received a library of all the works of Swedenborg in pamphlet of thirty-two pages, printed at Latin, which I am circulating amongst Florence, containing an Address to the them. I am bound by gratitude to state General Conference of the New Church in that all these books have been graciously England, by Prof. Scotia, the correspond- sent me by the American societies of the ence between the Conference Committee New Church in Glendale and Gardiner, for Foreign and Colonial Affairs and Prof. from the Rev. Mr. A. F. Forest, of Salem, Scotia, and some resolutions and memo- U.S.A., and from Mr. R. C. Parkinson, of randa relating to this mission. From the Preston, England. Five priests, who are address to the Conference we give the fol subscribers to the Nuova Epoca, have lowing extract:-"As I feel persuaded already gladly received the Light of the that the most important work for a Mis- New Jerusalem; and one of them, a man sionary of the New Church is the transla- of mature age and experience, and who is tion and publication of the works of at the same time a profound theologian Swedenborg, I have the satisfaction to and a brilliant orator, is ready to declare inform you that, with the help of the himself publicly, and to work with me for English and American Swedenborg So the propagation of the New Church doccieties, I have translated and printed into trines; but his means being insufficient, Italian a fourth treatise of our Author, he must act with prudence. Divine Love and Divine Wisdom, and on During the present season I have been my own responsibility I have begun the enabled, through the kindness of Mr. Ley, translation of the Vera Christiana Religio. a New Churchman residing in Florence,

“ My periodical, the Nuova Epoca, to deliver a course of lectures every Sunday which has reached the sixth year of its afternoon at his house. The audience, existence, has more than 150 subscribers, though not very large, has been an attenof whom 100 are Italians. The four works tive one. I have felt that, if means were of Swedenborg translated by me contain at hand for the use of a public hall, many 1030 printed pages. These publications have more would come to the lectures. And been read by several hundreds of persons. lately the Providence of the Lord seems to Moreover, 177 Catholic priests, 100 among be opening the

way for

obtaining one. The the subscribers of the Nuova Epoca, and President of a Mutual Society of workmen, 75 Public Libraries, have received as a gift having been informed of my lectures at Mr. the works of Swedenborg translated by Ley's house, has consented to let me have me, and many copies of these translations the use of their large hall in order to dehave also been sold.

liver lectures to the people. The President "The practical results of this work are, is not a religious man, but is in favour of according to my judgment, very satisfac. social and moral progress. As the New tory. Ten Italians have fully accepted Dispensation of Truth now coming down the doctrines of the New Church, and con- from Heaven is so well fitted to infuse new tribnte, also, cordially to the maintenance and high motives into every department of of the Mission. Unfortunately, however, labour, however humble, I look upon this none of them are rich. They are members offer as one that may lead to greater results of the Roman Catholic clergy and Govern- in due time. I would earnestly request ment employés, who are poorly paid ; the Conference to extend to me their symtherefore their contributions have not, up pathy and support, without placing on me to the present time, exceeded 100 francs any unnecessary restraints, which would (about £4) yearly, but their devotion to prevent me from influencing my countryour noble cause is warm and deep. men in such a manner as my long expe

" In order to avail myself of the zeal rience shows me to be most efficacious. and good-will of these brethren, I have The remaining portion of this address organized, in union with them, an Italian relates to the unhappy difference of opinion Co-operative Committee for the diffusion which has arisen between Prof. Scotia and of our doctrines, and I hope that this com- the Committee in Italy, and thence the mittee, which has been already a year in Committee appointed by the General Conactive and useful existence, niay be the ference in this kingdom. Into the partifoundation of a New Church organization culars of this disagreement our space forwhich in tine may spread throughout my bids us to enter. The question must occupy 'country. Meanwhile, thanks to the zeal the attention of the next Session of the of these my worthy fellow-workers, who General Conference, and we trust that the dwell in various populous cities of Italy, documents relating to the subject will be the works of Swedenborg and my perio- carefully considered by the members. The dical find new readers every day.

desire of Prof. Scotia to conduct this Mis" Some members of the Italian clergy sion apart from the Committee of Aine rican and English gentlemen resident at tory classes. Such classes already exist Florence, must appear singular to English in some of the schools, and their general and American contributors to the Italian adoption, if placed under efficient superMission. His claim to a seat on the Com- intendence, could not be otherwise than mittee at Florence may, we think, admit of useful. reconsideration, and furnish, perhaps, a The Union loses, after this Session, the ground of conciliation; but we can scarcely services of its indefatigable Secretary: suppose that English and American gentle. For thirty-three years Mr. Potts has held men will contribute liberally to a foreign this office, with which has been combined mission over which they have no control, the office of storekeeper and general and in the conducting of which the advice manager of the sale and distribution of and assistance of their own countrymen re- books. His advancing years now compel sident on the spot is ignored. We trust, retirement, and the Union parted with his however, that the difficulties which have services with warm expressions of esteem arisen will be overcome, and that no dis- and regret. agreements will be permitted to mar the As usual, in the evening a public meet. great work in which our brethren are ing was held in the church, at which ademployed.

dresses were given by ministers and other

earnest friends of the Sunday Schools who SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.- The Thirty- were in attendance at the meeting. The eighth Annual Meeting of this Union was society at Ramsbottom made the most held at Ramsbottom, June 25th. The Rev. convenient arrangements for the comfort W. Westall was elected President, and of the members, and all the proceedings Rev. P. Ramage Secretary. The proceed- were marked by good feeling, though disings occupied the whole of the day, and tinguished on some subjects by considerled to considerable discussion on matters able diversity of thought. connected with the Sunday Schools. From the reports laid before the meeting, it ap- LONDON (Camden Road).-In the North peared that there is an increase of 204 Metropolitan of July. 7th is a notice of children in attendance at the Sunday this church and its public services, espeSchools, and a decrease of 55, giving a cially those of the choir, from which we · total increase of 139. The principal in- make the following extracts :crease is at Failsworth, Accrington, Clay- Adjoining the Atbenæum, Camden ton-le-Moors, and Dalton. The number of Road, stands a pretty Gothic edifice, with books sold is above the average. The a spire, which, to the uninitiated, bears Juvenile Magazine has considerably in- the singular name of the 'New Jerusalem creased its circulation, but the cost of pro- Church. In its Liturgy its name is more duction is still larger than the income accurately expressed by that standing at from sales. The Building Fund of the the head of this notice. Within, it is very Union is in a satisfactory state, having much like an ordinary modern Church of £444 in the bank. Two of the schools England, being T-shaped, having an apse have paid off the debt owing to the fund, at its eastern end, a choir and organ galand others are gradually doing so. The lery at its western, a reading-desk and a Committee appointed last year to collect pulpit on either side of the place where subscriptions reported an addition to the the communion is ordinarily administered, fund of £60. The General Fund is still and in respect of seats, gas, pendants, etc., below the wants of the Union, and hopes being as well appointed as the most fastiwere expressed that the subscriptions of dious could reasonably wish. Behind the the schools might be largely increased. A table is a reredos, having the Decalogue Committee to collect subscriptions on inscribed upon its two outer tablets, and, behalf of the Magazine, and to thus aid upon its centre one, extracts relating to the General Fund, was appointed, and the New Jerusalem, from chapters xxi. several sums were offered during the and xxii. of the Revelation. Upon the meeting.

central tablet the Greek letters Alpha and Revs. P. Ramage and G. H. Smith were Omega surmount the text, and, through. appointed at the last Annual Meeting "to out the Liturgy, a glorification of Christ draw up a method for rendering District under these names takes the place of the Meetings more generally useful; and, if ordinary Gloria Patria in what would compracticable, to arrange for teachers' pre- monly be called the orthodox churches. paratory classes in convenient districts." The Rev. Dr. Tafel is the pastor, who in Their report, which entered into a variety his ministrations wears the white surof particulars, was ordered to be printed plice throughout. His congregation enjoy in the Juvenile Magazine, and to form the scholarship in the pulpit, his evening distopic of discussion at the next District course on "Truth,' the text being the Eighth Meeting. One thing strongly urged was commandment, furnishing a most philo. the general adoption of teachers' prepara, sophical and exhaustive résuém of that important principle. The service, as may First and the Last.' In noticing all this, be inferred from what has been already and in conjunction with the sermon, the said, is liturgical, not very dissimilar from question of Pilate came forcibly into our that of the Established Church. A choir, mind, 'What is Truth?'” assisted by an organ, leads the singing ; indeed it does more, for by its careful and OXFORD.-A series of lectures and feeling rendering of an anthem at each ser- religious services has been recently given vice, it affords the opportunity of medita. in this city by Mr. Gunton, the subjects tive worship. The anthem in the morning being “ The Life and Writings of Swedenwas selected from Psalm xxxi. ver. 1-4, to borg," “The Conjunction of Heaven with the music of Berthold Tours. This was Man by means of the Word," "The Scripno ordinary congregational' affair, but an tural way of Salvation," and "Heaven the elaborate piece of writing, containing imi- Eternal Dwelling-place of the Good, and tations, with separate entries for the va- Hell the Eternal Dwelling-place of the rious voices, and was so rendered that Wicked.” Short reports of the lectures (varying an old saying) he who came to appeared in three of the papers. Mr. listen would remain to worship. Oh that Gunton set the Doctrines of the New our clergy knew better how to touch the Church forth in a very lucid form, and emotional chords of the human heart with with great earnestness. Many of the Silent the strains of melody!

Missionaries were sold. At the close of “Speaking critically of the performance, the week-evening lectures, Mr. Gunton we gladly award the palm to the sopranos gave an opportunity for questions to be for sweetness and purity of tone. Owing asked, which was done, chiefly at the last. to its being a very wet day, the muster of No opposition was manifested except by singers was but scanty; and another unfa- one person, an Independent minister, who vourable circumstance was the absence of was so wild and extravagant that he gained Mr. Whittington, the usual organist. This bimself the name of Fire-eater," while is not said in disparagement of the lady, another Independent minister told Mr. Miss Smith, of Tollington Park, who ac- Gunton that he was indebted to the writcompanied, for she deserves very great ings of Swedenborg for many precious praise for the manner in which she pre- gems of truth. The

people expressed their sided at the instrument."

thanks for the Services, and a great desire After a further eulogium on the choir, is manifested for more lectures, and the the writer proceeds, and concludes as fol- establishment of a New Church society in lows :—"The organ is by Jones of Fulham. Oxford. It is a small, though good, instrument, and is shortly to be improved at a cost of £95. YORKSHIRE MISSIONARY AND COLPORThe organist and singers are all amateurs, TAGE ASSOCIATION.—The annual meeting and do not wish their names to be pub of this Association was held at Dalton, lished. We have taken that liberty with near Huddersfield, July 18th. A numerous two of them, and trust the owners will assemblage of friends from Leeds, Brad„pardon it. Mr. Whittington, so we were ford, and other parts of the West Riding informed, is the composer of many of the were in attendance, and these were joined anthems sung by his choir, and it is not a by members of the society at Dalton. In little flattering to him that the congrega- the evening a public meeting was held in tion esteem them as the best. Not having the chapel, which was attended by a conheard them, we can hardly be expected to gregation of one hundred persons. George endorse this opinion. It is pleasing to Aspinal, Esq., of Bradford, the President record it, however, as it shows the good of the Association, was in the chair, and relation that subsists between him and in opening the business of the evening rethose whom he voluntarily serves.

marked : " This Association was first “During the service we embraced the openly suggested on the 10th September opportunity of looking through the prayer- 1860 at a pleasure party of New Church book which was kindly lent us. Wħile we friends at Shipley Glen, called together by found much that was startling to a novice, our much-respected friend, the Rev. Mr. such as the doctrine of the verbal inspira- Storry, and it was founded on Christmas tion of the Holy Scriptures, the statement day the same year at Leeds. In the first of the doctrine of the Trinity, and the year of its existence the society sold 246 revelation to Swedenborg, we were struck books and pamphlets for the sum of £8, with the spirit of love which pervaded it, 12s., and distributed gratuitously 4745 the absence of sacerdotalism, and the re- 'tracts. In the second year it sold 371 books markable relationship established between and pamphlets for the sum of £18, 12s. the book of the Revelation and the Old Now, in the year just closed, upwards of Testament, especially in connecting Christ, 900 books have been sold for the sum of the 'Alpha and Omega,' with the "Jeho- £88. This is, indeed, sowing seed which vah' who reveals Himself to Isaiah as the I trust will yet bear much fruit. When we reflect that upwards of 20,000 books do not condemn, yet aļl error is pernicious, have been sold by this society since its and tends to evil. We cannot, therefore, formation, and upwards of 150,000 tracts too highly appreciate the truth, nor too been gratuitously distributed, and remem- earnestly labour for its dissemination. ber also the work done by its agent in Nor do we know the amount of preparedpreaching, visiting, and conversations, we ness to receive the truths of the New should indeed be thankful, and go forward Church. Not a w are found who are believing that in due time we shall reap if willing to receive our books and to read we faint not.

them. By those who give a superficial “ The Association may not have effected attention, two erroneous impressions are such great things as some have looked for, most frequently formed. One regards the and none regret this more than the Com- doctrines as poetical, but wanting in relainittee; yet had it received the help it has tion to life; the other clings to the letter at various times appealed for and felt en- of the Word, and regards the science of titled to no doubt its uses would have correspondences as fanciful and unreliable. been greatly multiplied, and it might at Both these errors need to be corrected, and this time have been employing two or three usually are corrected by the colporteur. missionaries instead of but one. But its Rev. E. Whitehead dwelt on the value humble efforts have done much towards of Colportago., Societies influence their keeping alive and extending the New immediate neighbourhoods; the colporteur Church in Yorkshire, and I trust it will goes everywhere. Negative opinions are yet do much more.

spreading in society: are we to allow In moving the adoption of the report, people to sink into infidelity and not Dr. Goyder reviewed the work of the year, labour to save them ? which he thought had been highly satis- Mr. Rendell, after describing the small factory, particularly in the sale of books. storeroom of the society and the value of The institution was actively employed in its contents, went on to remark that the missionary work, conveying the knowledge district was more than sufficient for one of the doctrines to out-of-the-way places. man's energies, though einbracing only a The work done was much needed in York- part of the West Riding of this large shire. People who cannot be reached any county. As an organization the New other way may be reached by this Asso. Church is a small body, and we need to ciation. The funds were in a flourishing work diligently. We must grow in numcondition, but this must not be an induce- bers and extend our organization as a ment to withhold subscriptions, but an religious body. This may be done in the encouragement to continued support. The villages as well as populous towns. New money in hand must be spent and more societies have had their origin in cottage money raised, that the uses of the Society preachings; and so other societies may may be more widely extended.

begin. The ministers who have departed, Rev. R. Storry, in a lengthened address, or are departing, have manifested great zeal dwelt on the missionary character of the and earnestness in the work, and the New Church, on the adaptation of the younger preachers who are rising to take heavenly doctrines to the wants of society, their places must in this respect imitate their tendency to promote true human their example. This he would himself culture, and the ease with which the endeavour to do, and would be especially Church availed itself of all orderly agencies prepared to aid the work of the Associaof progress, dwelling particularly on the tion by public lectures, or in such way as agency of the press, and the importance he was able. and value of the diffusion of books and the encouragement of reading.

REV. ISAIAH TANSLEY.–We have re. Mr. Stephenson, the colporteur, said the ceived the following, with a desire for its experience of the year had been very en- publication :-"In the recently published couraging. He had been received every- Report of the New Church College, I see where by the members and friends of the with surprise that the letters B.A. are Church with great kindness, and many had attached to my name. This is a mistake aided him in his work, particularly hy in- on the part of the esteemed Secretary of troducing him, or pointing his attention to the College. Possibly it may be deemed parties likely to purchase books, and to be of little importance, and may not, indeed, profited by their reading. His experience be noticed, yet inasmuch as I have not yet had left on his mind an increased impres- passed the final examination for the degree sion of the magnitude of the work in which of B.A., I should be glad to see it cor. the institution was engaged. What has rected. Perhaps I may be permitted to been done in the world is little compared add that no one who knows me, who may with what is still to be done. There is have noticed the mistake, will, I suppose, much innocent holding of erroneous doc- attribute it to me. I am, etc. trine. And although errors of doctrine

“ Isaiah TANSLEY."

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