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heavenly Father gave them ample means. week-night lectures at Deptford. Mr. This church had cost a large sum of Isaac Gunton and Mr. S. B. Dicks have money, but he believed there would soon on several occasions, when their conbe no debt left upon it. Their friend Mr. venience permitted, toiled in the same Williams had set a good example, and vast fields, all evidently white for the other Societies in London had done nobly. harvest. The most active worker, howSome people said the congregation should ever, has been our zealous brother, Mr. have done it themselves, but he thought Skelton. With rare exceptions he has they should give others an oppor- every Sunday officiated at Horncastle, tunity of having the pleasure of aiding Chatteris, St. Ives, Ipswich, or other in the building of their new church." places on the list, and it is pleasant to

The meeting was next addressed by report that his services have uniformly Mr. Austin, who dwelt upon the history been acceptable.” A feature in New and uses of the Cross Street Society, and Church Societies is the library. This has on the changes in the popular senti. not been neglected in this Society. ments, which rendered men in the pre. “Shortly after the establishment of the sent day willing to acknowledge the New Society, the nucleus of a free library was Church as a Christian community, and formed by the committee. From time disposed to inquire respecting her doc- to time valuable additions have since trines. He was followed by Mr. Bate- been made thereto, by gift or purchase, man, who intimated the prospect of a until at the present moment the catastill further increase in the number of logue contains entries of 330 volumes. Societies in Islington, and the hope of Many of the books are rare, and even out their extended usefulness in the neigh- of print, but care has been taken to bourhoods in which planter. The pro- secure copies of all the recent producceedings were brought to a close by an tions from the English and American address by Mr. John Smith, in which New (hurch press. A mutual improvehe urged on the members the necessity ment society is established, which proof setting an example to the neighbour. vides in various ways for the instruction hood, and thanked the visitors from and entertainment of its members. other Societies for their encouraging “During the year the various lectures attendance. At intervals during the and entertainments have been of a high evening the choir delighted the meeting order of merit, and the general attendby singing some beautiful pieces of ance thereat satisfactory. To afford a music, which were warmly appreciated. pleasing variety, special evenings have

On the following Sunday the sermon been set apart for debates and impromptu in the morning was preached by Mr. speaking, and these gatherings have Bruce, and in the evening by Mr. War. been especially successful. . . . Numeriren, to well-filled pews. After the cally the Society is in a healthy state. morning service the Holy Supper was The existing number of members is administered to about 80 communicants. seventy-nine.” The leading feature of the

Chronicle is the announcement of the LONDON--Flodden Road, Camberwell. Sabbath services, including the texts of - This Society, following the lead of the minister for three months, and the Birmingham, Argyle Square, and Isling- several week-night meetings appointed ton, has issued a four page Chronicle during the same time. It is thus a for the use of its members. In the brief quarterly register of the services, innotice of the work of the past year it is tended for the guidance of the members said: “Valuable help has been given to and friends of the Society. the cause by South London members going to most of the small Societies in- LONDON—Kensington Palace Gardens. serted on the missionary plan, and pub- - The following extract from the Kenlicly proclaiming the truths of the New sington News will show that our friends Dispensation.

Mr. Austin's secular at Palace Gardens have been taking claims, and Sabbath duties at home, their part in the “Christmas charities. have precluded his frequent absence. Diriner to Aged People.— Yesterday, at He has, however, managed to preach five the suggestion and the expense of the times to provincial congregations on Princesse de Narbey, more than one Sundays, viz., once at Horncastle, once hundred and fifty people, over sixty at Brightlingsea, once'at Leicester, and years of age, and in necessitous circumtwice at Yarniouth ; also to give four stances, were treated, at the Palace Gardens Chapel school-room, to a' plenteous friends with excellent effect. Solos on and good dinner of roast beef, plum- the new harmonium were well executed pudding, and a glass of ale to such as by Mr. Mordue. Addresses of an edify. desired it. The dinner was carried out ing and animating character were given with admirable good will and order, by by Messrs. Jewitt, R. Lynn, Donald, ladies and gentlemen under the super. Atkinson, Lacoosky and others. As a intendence of the minister, the Rev. Dr. pledge of esteem, a Christmas present Bayley. At its close three beautiful was made from the party to the minister. hymns were sung by a choir of young During his late course of lectures, addipeople as follows :- Jesus by the Sea,' tions to the congregations have been

He loved ine so,' and Would you like made and the singing much improved, a home in Heaven ?' the words of which so that we are thankful and take courage, were given to the old people to take “knowing that our labours are not in home. At the close of this pleasant vain in the Lord.” gathering, Dr. Bayley appropriately addressed the following remarks to the vices of this Society were held on Sun

NORTHAMPTON.—The anniversary serrecipients : 'Dear friends, our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus said: “When day, January 4th, when two discourses thou makest a feast, call the poor, the were delivered by Mr. Skelton of Lon. maimed, the lame, the blind, and 'thou don, to good and attentive audiences. shalt be blessed ; for they cannot re

On Monday following, the usual tea

meeting was held, at which about sixty compense thee ; for thou shalt be recumpensed at the resurrection of the just.

1 persons were present. After tea a public In the spirit of these divine words, the ineeting was held, presided over by Mr. Princesse de Narbey has invited you to.

J. P. Berry. This meeting, which par. day, and the ladies and gentlemen who took of a social character, was devoted, have carried out the arrangements have as on previous occasions, to the general

welfare of the Church. Mr. Skelton been delighted to contribute to your gave us some interesting and encourag: happiness. Our Heavenly Father puts ing facts in relation to Societies simi. all these good desires into our hearts, larly situated to our own. and blesses us in carrying them out. fund report was read by Mr. Greeves,

The building Be thankful to Him. We hope you and showed the sum of £100 had been have enjoyed your dinner. We have enjoyed your company.

We trust it has

raised for that purpose. The choir, under been a little sunshine to yon, and when

the leadership of Mr. Lenton, adniirably you go home, if you can say a kind word, sung, appropriate pieces at intervals, or do a kind act to any man, woman, or the evening. On the following day, Mr.

which greatly increased the pleasure of child, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and then this feast will tendency of New Church teaching to

Skelton delivered a lecture on * The have been not only a comfort to you to elevate and bless mankind." The lecture day, but will help you a little towards

was listened to with marked attention, the blessedness of Heaven.''

and gave much satisfaction and delight

to our friends. Questions were askeil NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE-Nun Street. This Society held a tea meeting on

by several persons, all of whom were Christmas day, when about seventy sat

favourably impressed by the answers down to an excellent repast. Afterwards; of deep thought and thorough acquaint

given ; which bore unmistakeable signs an appropriate hymn being sung and prayer offered, an opening address was duced. This is the first visit we have

ance with the various subjects introgiven by the minister, the Rev. W. Ray, received from Mr. Skelton, but we hope explanatory of our doctrines, and of the great objects of the Society: A presenta- distant date.

that another may be granted us at nu tion of a handsome work-box, fitted up, ing to state that a short but respectiul

It may not be uninterest. and including an elegant volume of the notice of the services appeared in one of New Testament and Psalms, was made to Miss Jewitt as a small token of gratitude for her constant and efficient scr. RAMSBOTTOM.—The annual tea party vices at the harmonium. This was done and recital of the New Church Sunday in an appropriate address by Mr. James school in this town was held on ChristJohnson. A piece, “The Pilgrims of mas day in a large hall belonging to the the Night, etc.," was sung by the young Co-operative Society, their own

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being much too small to accommodate who, with Miss Bessie Tutt as their guide the numbers who usually patronise them and leader at the harmonium, gave selecon this occasion. Nearly 500 persons tions from the small American musical partook of tea, and a still larger number gem, entitled The Welcome, in an admirwas present at the recital, which com- able manner. Two recitations of poetry menced immediately afterwards. The were given with good taste and emphasis, Rev. S. Pilkington occupied the chair. and several glees were sung, which greatly The proceedings were opened with sing. contributed to enliven the meeting. ing, prayer, and a short address. The recitations of the children gave great

SCANDINAVIAN Mission. As the satisfaction, and were much applauded. Magazine is going through the press we At intervals selections of music were have received a painful letter from Rev. sung by the choir in a very creditable A. Boyesen, addressed to the Secretary of manner; and a very pleasant evening Conference. In this letter Mr. Boyesen was spent. In addition to these annual says :—“This great undertaking has not festivities the Society held in their school. got any support from the frienils in room, during the Christmas holidays, a America since last April, and I myself stall and a Christmas tree. A few weeks being deprived of all means to establish earnest work enabled them to bring any business independent of the intolertogether a large quantity of useful, orna

ance and the prejudices of the world, inental, and seasonable articles for sale, you can see, dear Sir, how unhappy my many of which also served to adorn situation is. If not a friend of mine and illuminate the tree. The room was

had aided me to get credit, I had been tastefully decorated with evergreens,

exposed to the worst consequences of not bannerets, mottoes, etc. On Christmas being able to buy the very first necessaries Eve, when all things had been satisfac. of life, and to pay the house rent.In torily arranged, the Rev. S. Pilkington, this difficulty Mr. B. has endeavoureil after giving out a hymn and offering up but has found the prejudices against him

to earn something by teaching English, prayer, introduced Dr. Pilkington of Clayton-le-Moors, who delivered a very

as a “Swedenborgian” and a stranger, earnest and appropriate address, and such as to prevent his success. The concluded by declaring the stall, etc. New Church Society in Denmark has open for sale. Mrs. S. Pilkington, Miss subscribed 300 Rixdollars, or about £30 E. Hock of Southport, and Miss Peake, yearly, to aid the missionary and transto whose efforts the success of the affair iating work, but this is quite inadequate was mainly due, presided at the stall, to their wants. It is easy to conceive and were assisted by several young ladies how difficult it is t owork under these of the Society. The sales realized up. deplorable circumstances, and how im. wards of £42, which has been devoted perative, if this mission is to be sus. to the augmentation of a fund for the tained, is immediate assistance. At the erection of a school and a suitable place last General Conference a committee was of worship. Contributions to this fund appointed to procure the aid needed for will be thankfully received and promptly the present year. Of this committee Rer. acknowledged by the Rev. S. Pilkington, Dr. Tafel, 14 Rothbury Villas, Stroud Stanley Street, Ramsbottom.

Green Lane, London, N., is Secretary,

and to him contributions may be sent. SALISBURY.–The annual Sunday-class

Birth. Christmas tea meeting was held at the Fisherton Street Church, on the evening Grove, Camberwell, London, Mrs. Chas.

On December 26, 1873, at 128 The of Monday, December 29, 1873, and was attended by upwards of sixty persons.

Higham of a daughter. The church was tastefully decorated with

Marriages. holly and wreaths of evergreens, and At the New Jerusalem Church, Snoil. presented a very pleasing appearance. land, by the Rev. T. L. Marsden, Thomas After tea Mr. Dyke, the resident minis. Ralph Douse of Dartford, to Louisa Jane, ter

, was called upon to preside, and eldest daughter of James Underdowy, together with Messrs. Whitehorn and Chatham. Saunders

, gave some interesting, and At the New Jerusalem Church, Heyamusing readings. These were inter- wood, December 31, 1873, by the Rei. spersed with various pieces sung by the Richard Storry, Mr. John Rhodes ti children belonging to the Sunday-school, Miss Emma Mundye, both of Heywood.

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the promotion of our spiritual and eternal At Chester, November 26th 1873, Mr. good. Her family and friends mourn Albin Minshul Roberts, departed into the her dpcarture, but doubt not that their

loss is her eternal gain. spiritual world, aged 57 years. Our departed brother became acquainted with On the 8th of January, at Heywood, the doctrines of the New Church when Miss Mary Wild, daughter of Jacob and a young man, by realing the work on Alice Wild, aged 26 years. The de. the intercourse between the soul and ceased has been from earliest childhood the body. Of the truth of this work he connected with the Sunday-school and was convinced, but was not aware of the congregation of the New Church in this existence of the New Church till soine town. Her renoval was by a sudden time afterwards, when he was greatly and short sickness, which she bore with rejoiced to find that the same doctrines exemplary fortitude, looking forward in were preached in the church in Russel hope of a glorious translation to a better Street, Liverpool. Here he became a world. Her departure leaves a blank in regular attender. After living many the home of her parents and the hearts years in Liverpool he removed to Ches- of many by whom she was warmly

Three years ago he was taken with esteemed. a had coll, which ended in consumption ; during his illness he was remarkably

Mrs. Nichols, of Egmont, 15 Farquhar patient and resigned to the will of the Road, Ypper Norwood, the beloved and Lord, and passed most of his time in devoted wife of R. Š. Nichols, Esq.,

after a severe illness of nine weeks, reuding. He has passed away greatly passed into the eternal world on Thursregretted by all who knew him.

day, January 8, 1874. For forty-four At Leeds, December 13, 1873, Mrs. years she had lived exercising all the Ann Coop, aged 57 years. The deceased virtues of a true Christian. Six of them had been for many years an esteemed she passed with her bereaved husbanı! inember of the New Church. Though at the Cape of Good Hope, where both of precluded by the circumstances of her them received the heavenly doctrines they life from taking a very active part in the subsequently so much valued and carried aflairs of the Society with which she was out, and by which in suffering they were connected, she always manifested the fully sustained. The departed lady enwarmest interest in its prosperity, and dured her severe suffering with exemplary entered, so far as she was able, with in- patience, and passed to her eternal home terior delight into its services. She in perfect peace. A very short time closed an exemplary life in quiet resig. before her last breath she exclaimed, nation and peace.

with rapt affection, “What ecstasy to be At Heywood, December 19, 1873, Miss with the blessed Jesus for ever and Einma Rawson, aged 37 years. deceased had been trained by her parents Mr. J. Taylor.—We have received a in the knowledge of the heavenly doc- letter from the son of Mr. Taylor, whose trines of the New Jerusalem. As she obituary appears in our last number, ingrew to maturity, the training of her forming us that there are certain mischildhood commended itself to her mind statements in that notice which he desires and understanding, and she pursued her should be corrected. “ He was,” we are inquiries and male herself intelligently informed in this letter, "acquainted with aquainted with the truths in which she Swedenborgians before 1858, and did not believed. Her social position and general come to London as an artist . . . but conduct secured her the esteem of many as a sub-superintendent at the Interwho were not members of the New national Exhibition of 1862.” Although Church, as well as of those with whem subject to much privation from his failshe was more closely associated in Chris. ing sight, he received the greatest kind. tian fellowship. She sustained with pa: ness and pecuniary aid from many New tience a long and painful illness, and Church friends, and did not want food realized that though the afflictions of and clothing. His MSS. are left in this life are painful and sorely trying to charge of his son, to be published, if the our feeble nature, they are yet mercifully opportunity is presented, for the benetit overruled by our Heavenly Father for of his widow.

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Novels usually end with the marriage of the hero and heroine. In real life, however, marriage only renders true men and women more heroic; while the troubles inseparable from married life make greater demands upon the virtues of both, and thus may develop virtue in both. He who has become a father has “given hostages to society for his good behaviour.” He counts for more in the world, because he has undertaken a larger share of worldly responsibility. He has the privileges, and also the cares of a married man. The uncertainties of love-making have become superseded by the duties of love. His love for his wife may continually deepen and be purified. The consequences of his actions before marriage chiefly affected himself; now, those consequences will affect another, and in due time others. The profession or business which will most probably engage the larger portion of his time will have become defined ; those who will be his general fellowworkers, competitors, and rivals will be known to him ; his previous preparations for doing good and honourable service in this work-a-day world will have already begun to bear some fruit for him and his.

As the head of a household, a new class of duties will devolve upon the young

husband. His home will form another centre of social life in the place in which the couple dwell, around which will be gradually formed a circle of old and new friends. He will owe duties to the family of which marriage has constituted him a member. As a house

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