these doctrines to some extent, and tual Repository and the Juvenile Magabring them forth into life and practice. zine, the Convention publishes the

To give our readers some idea of the Messenger weekly, and a children's extent of the field attempted to be paper on the 1st and 15th of every cultivated, and of the zeal and earnest- month. Of these publications the cirness of our brethren, we give a brief culation of the Messenger is 2714; the extract from the report of the Missouri New Jerusalem Magazine, 840; the Association-“ It is more than a match Children's Magazine, 1430 ; the chilfor our infantile association to keep dren's paper, 2150. The Convention pace with the isolated receivers' in obtains from the Messenger a profit of their new homes, and help them to 224 dollars. From its other periodicals that spiritual support and culture re- it sustains a loss, rising, in the case of quired. We find them in nearly one the New Jerusalem Magazine, to 478 hundred places in the diocese; in some dollars. Besides these periodicals, it of which places there is only one, in publishes a variety of books, including others two or three, and in a dozen the writings of Swedenborg and popular places ten or more. The places

works of New Church writers. The to be visited are wide apart. These publications during the year amount to isolated New Churchmen are scattered 13,560 volumes. over an area, say of 200,000 square. Closely connected with the publicamiles. A minister living in St. Louis tions of the Convention, is the effort in may have time enough through the which they have led the way, to secure week to run over and spend a day or the publication by photolithography or two with the brethren who are scattered otherwise of the manuscripts of Swedenabout St. Joseph, Kansas City, Law- borg. On this work Dr. Tafel has been rence, or Sedalia; but the distance of for some time employed. The results three hundred odd miles is an incon- and prospects of his labours are already venient stumbling-block in the way. known to our readers, and steps have And still we feel that the work must been taken by the General Conference be done. The judicious expendi- in this kingdom to co-operate with the ture of a thousand dollars a year in can- brethren in America in this important vassing this field, in identifying and work. This co-operation is needed. encouraging the isolated brethren now The work is necessarily expensive, and scattered abroad as sheep without a the time to accomplish it is the present. shepherd, in gathering them into groups The works it is desired to preserve canof worshippers, in instituting churches not be preserved in their present conamong them, in inducing them to give dition, and it is an effort worthy the now and then a block of their cheap zeal of the Church on both sides the lands to the Church, in baptizing and Atlantic, to endeavour to accomplish so enrolling their children, and in strength- desirable work while the opportunity ening the adult members by preaching to them the Word, and administering Connected with the Convention are to them the sacrament, would in ten sixty-one ordained ministers, (eight of years yield a richer harvest to the


whom are ordaining ministers), nineChurch than has ever been gathered teen licentiates, and upwards of seven for the same expenditure of money and hundred places where societies are inlabour.

stituted or members of the Church are Another of the important uses per- known to reside. A theological school formed by the Convention is its publi- for the training of students for the cations. "To provide for these a printing ministry has been instituted at Waland publishing establishment is insti- tham, and has been attended during the tuted in New York. This establish- year by six students. The principal of ment is in charge of a manager and a this school is the Rev. Dr. Worcester, staff of editors, compositors, and others. who is assisted in imparting instruction In periodical publications our American to the students by Professor Monroe, brethren are in advance of the Church Rev. T. B. Hayward, and Rev. T. O. in this kingdom. In addition to the Paine. Lectures have also been given New Jerusalem Magazine and the Chil- by Revs. Messrs. Giles, Hayden, and dren's New Church Magazine, which Pettee. In concluding his report the are represented with us by the Intellec- principal says, “ I find a New Church


theological school a much better thing than I expected to find it. I had been a student in a theological school for several years myself, and I had had some knowledge of other schools ; and my experience had led me to form an unfavourable opinion of them. But my fears are removed. I have found that our school is one of the best places for spiritual improvement that I have ever been acquainted with. The circumstance that all the students are engaged in such heavenly studies and exercises, brings them spiritually near one to another, makes them love one another, makes them sustain and strengthen one another; so that they are all in a better state of reception, so that each can receive inore and give more than he could if he were alone.”

CANADA.—The eighth conference of the Association of the New Church in Canada, was held at Berlin, Ontario, from the 18th to the 21st of June. There were present three ministers, one delegate, and thirty-three members. Rev. Mr. Turk was president. From the minutes of its proceedings, it appears that the attention of the Association is actively directed to the best means of diffusing a knowledge of the heavenly doctrines. They have spent a portion of their income in advertising the writings, and have printed an extended catalogue for private circulation.

Another labour to which the Association directs its attention, is the public preaching and teaching of the doctrines by missionary effort. There are few settled societies, and the isolated receivers of the doctrines are scattered over an extensive territory. To reach them is not always easy, and the resources of the Association are not large. The ministers have also their several charges to attend, and need to feed the flocks committed to their care. Such attention as they are able to give to the work of diffusing the knowledge of the truth, they appear zealously to bestow. The principal agents in this work appear to be the Rev. Messrs. Turk and Parker, and a resolution of the conference was adopted appointing the latter minister as missionary of the Association, to act under the control of the Executive Committee, and to receive monies for missionary purposes.

It is yet the day of small things with

our Canadian brethren, but it is the day of promise and of hope. Many are thirsting for the waters of life, and they are employing the means which the head of the Church has placed at their disposal to extend these waters to their fellow-men. May they find their labours increasingly useful in extending the borders of Zion and making Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

The meetings of the conference seem to have been distinguished by good feeling and united effort to provide for the building up of the Church. After the adjournment, a social meeting was held in a public hall, and attended by about 300 persons, who were all members or interested in the doctrines. At this meeting refreshments were provided, speeches delivered, and some of the finest pieces of music by the great German composers were sung by niembers of the choir. The evening was passed in a manner pleasant to all. On the Sabbath the temple was densely crowded. Rev. Mr. Parker preached in the morning, Rev. Mr. Turk in German in the afternoon, and Rev. Mr. Saul in the evening-the Sacrament of the Holy Supper being administered after the afternoon service.

MANCHESTER PRINTING SOCIETY. — This society, instituted in Manchester in the year 1782, under the auspices of the venerable Clowes, and with the view of aiding him in the publication of his translation of the writings, presents this year to its subscribers an address by its president and a short report by the committee. From the report we learn that the committee has advertised its publications during the year in the Intellectual Repository and in several widely-circulated journals. Arrangements have been entered into with the Manchester Tract Society, with a view to the increased circulation of their publications. The committee has also, in compliance with an application from the “ Public Free Libraries of the City of Manchester,” made a grant of copies of their publications to complete a set for their reference library. A complete set of the Society's works has been presented to the Royal Library of Stockholm. The uses of the Society do not appear at present to be very extensive, but they are capable of being extended, and we hope that its agency may yet be

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employed in a wide diffusion of New Church literature in the populous portion of the country where it is located.

YORKSHIRE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH MISSIONARY AND COLPORTAGE ASSOCIATION.-This Association held its ninth anniversary at Dalton on Wednesday July 14, 1869.

On the Sunday prior to the meeting, sermons in its behalf were preached at Dalton, by Mr. Whitehead, leader at Grove Place Chapel ; --at Bradford by Mr. Gunton, of London; and on previous Sundays at Leeds by Mr. Adam Haworth, of Accrington, and at Keighley by Mr. Swinburn, of Embsay : in all these places a deep and growing interest is felt in the objects and working of the Association.

At the annual meeting, tea, kindly provided by the ladies connected with the chapel, was served to about ninety persons in the school-room, after which the friends adjourned to the chapel, where the chair was taken by Dr. Goyder, of Bradford, and the business preceded by singing and prayer. Mr. Aspinall, the secretary, then read the ninth annual report, which stated that Mr. Bates (the colporteur) was employed during the first four days of the week in missionary and colportage work, the two last days being devoted to preparation for Sabbath duties : that during the past year he had preached 120 sermonsdistributed gratuitously 14,086 tracts, and sold 2409 books, pamphlets, &c.the particulars of which are given in the printed reports. Mr. Dyson, the treasurer, stated that the amount received in collections, contributions, &c., was £121, 11s. 8£d., and that the sale of books amounted to £65, 11s. id., both items considerably exceeding those of former years: that the value of books in stock was £30, 3s., and that there was a balance of cash in his hands of £19, 12s. 3d. This favourable state of the funds had arisen from an appeal, recently made and generously responded to, for the purpose of increasing the colporteur's salary.

The Chairman, in an appropriate address, compared the results of the year's work with that of previous reports, and pointed out the steady and favourable increase which was taking place. The adoption of the report was moved by Mr. Whitehead, seconded by Captain Buffham, and supported by Dr.

N. T. Fowle, of Washington, U.S., who expressed his sympathy with the object of the Association. He stated that in America about fifteen years ago there was but one colporteur, who was supported by the Boston Society (at this time each of the State associations had at least one, and some three or four) ; that whereas a sum equal only to £20 was at first used for the purpose, they now raised and expended a sum equal to £4000. The sale of the writings were great agents for spreading the doctrines of the Church. The working Church of this age was small, but through the press its power and influence were great for good.

Mr. Bates, the colporteur, gave some interesting details of his work. He zealously spoke of his interest in it, and the pleasure and confidence he had in presenting the great truths contained in the books he carried to the acceptance of the people. He noticed also some of the difficulties he met with, and spoke of the often singular opportunities which offered themselves by railway and road forintroducing the doctrines to strangers. He never omitted to direct travellers, who were interested to societies or places where preaching could be heard, or further information obtained.

The report and treasurer's account being unanimously adopted, Dr. Rhodes, of Great Horton, moved, and Mr. Soppitt, of Bradford, warmly seconded, the election of the members of committee for the ensuing year.

Mr. Gunton, of London, proposed the third resolution, which commended the association to the continued support of the subscribers. Mr. Gunton expressed the pleasure he felt in visiting Dalton, and seeing for the first time the handsome chapel and school, gifted by the late Joseph Senior, Esq. He regarded the Swedenborg Society as the central institution of the Church, and this association as one of its auxiliaries. The delight derived from the knowledge of the New Church doctrines could not but impress upon the friends the great duty of making them known to others ; they were instruments powerful to turn men to the love of goodness and truth, which was the great object of all religion. He urged the stealy prosecu. tion of colportage work. He rejoiced at the increased sale of books, and especially of Swedenborg's own writings,

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and concluded by expressing his belief fidence in the work in which this asthat the movement with respect to col. sociation was engaged, and at his request portage established in Yorkshire, and subscribed and sent the sum of £9 now extending to Lancashire, was des- to encourage and assist them in their tined to spread to every county in Great undertaking: Britain.

The meeting was closed with the Mr. Alfred Backhouse, of Leeds, in benediction. seconding the resolution, said that the In closing this report, it will gratify aim of this association was to fufil one the readers of the Repository to learn of the highest duties a New Churchman that every year adds to the interest of could compass—that of carrying the these meetings, and that the members Gospel of good tidings to our fellowmen. of committee, encouraged by the results It was particularly adapted to Yorkshire, of the work and the response of the and served to cement the Yorkshire

subscribers, have, since the meeting, desocieties together, and make them feel cided, as a matter of justice, to increase that they had a special duty to fulfil the salary of Mr. Bates, the colporteur, and a common interest in doing it. to 30s. a-week. In this step they feel The truths of the New Church were of that the members and friends of the such a character, that those who received Church generally will sustain them; them could not sit still, but must be up they look forward with confidence to and at work in their dissemination. the time when the association may emAlluding to the various doctrines, he ploy not one but many missionaries and said that the doctrine of life could not colporteurs. be known and believed without producing a fight in individual minds, es- Day SCHOOLS.—The published repecially the young, against the great ports, and the returns made to the vices of the age--lasciviousness, pride, conference, afford an opportunity of ambition, hatred, envy, and revenge. noting the condition and progress of The doctrines were such that they af- these useful anxiliaries of the Church. forded the greatest security and happi- One school, situated at Ashton-underness, and furnished a greatly sought Lyne, and numbering one hundred and desideratum—sound and clear views of sixty pupils, has been added to the list. the Word of God. They tended also to The others are those of last year, and promote mutual love amongst neigh- the numbers in attendance, with few bours, and the members of families, exceptions, remain nearly the same. and conjugial love between husband Some of the schools, as London and and wife. He set the highest value Kersley, have considerably increased. upon the literature of the Church, and The former has added one hundred and especially on that great work the “Con- nineteen, the latter, forty pupils to their jugial Love,” which he believed destined previously reported numbers.

Others, to revolutionize the morals of this and as Birmingham and Heywood, have other countries. The American New decreased. In these cases, however, it Church literature seemed to hold a is satisfactory to know that the decrease higher place than that of this country, does not arise froin either mismanageand Holcombe's “ Children in Heaven, ment or want of interest in so good a and Giles'“Nature of Spirit,” were, in his cause. At Birmingham, the decrease view, the best of their kind ever written. is small, and has arisen from stricter It was the business of this association to attention to the register. At Heywood, spread these works and doctrines abroad, the closing of two of the factories, which and therefore he strongly supported the supplied a large proportion of the pupils, prayer of the resolution.

is the cause of the decrease. The meeting was afterwards addressed Nearly all the schools are under by Mr. Musgrove, of Bradford, Mr. Government inspection, and the reports Stephenson, Mr. W. A. Storry, and by of

the inspectors testify to their general Mr. Gunton, who, in responding to the efficiency. Higher commendation could thanks of the meeting, remarked that scarcely be bestowed them in the case previously to his leaving London, he of Manchester girls' school, respecting had seen a few of the friends, and in- which Mr. Brodie, the Government informed them of his intended visit. spector, writes: "Throughout the school These gentlemen expressed their con- theorder and teaching are mostexcellent,

appreciation in the future than in the past of the great truths of the New Dispensation.

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and deserve unstinted praise. I could not wish to see a better girls' school.” The report on the boys'school is scarcely inferior to this. Similar reports are given of Salford and some of the other schools.

The printed reports make us acquainted with some of the features by which the schools are distinguished. Manchester has made arrangements for the pupil teachers to attend one of the classes at Owen's College. Eight of the teachers have atteuded, and four of them have secured the highest positions in the examinations of both the senior and junior classes. This training will doubtless aid the continued progress of these eminently successful schools. Birmingham reports great attention in both the day and evening schools to elementary drawing. In the examinations, five of the day and three of the night scholars obtained prizes, and several certificates. These numbers

appear small in comparison with the numbers presented for examination,' but the “managers think it their duty to require every boy and girl who is learning drawing to sit for examination, whether it is probable or not that they may win honours. The same principle is adopted in the Governnient examinations of general instruction. Every child who has made the requisite number of attendances, is presented for examination. This the managers consider to be the only fair examination of any school.” So far as our knowledge of New Church schools extends it is the plan invariably adopted; but from this report it appears in some schools (not belonging to the New Church) “only those are presented who, by previous selection, are considered certain to pass with credit.” Salford reports a more regular attendance of girls,

which it is hoped is due to the better appreciation by mothers of the education of their daughters.” At Kersley “ the interests of the Sunday schools have been promoted, several of the daypupils having joined the Sunday classes, and the number of the Sunday scholars increased in consequence.”

In all the schools the religious instruction imparted is that of the New Church. The schools are, therefore, working with other agencies in extending a knowledge of our heavenly doctrines, and preparing for a wider reception and warmer

NORTHAMPTON.- -The Society at this town was visited on the 8th of August by Mr. John Smith of London. Mr. Smith preached in the Society's usual place of worship morning and evening; and on the following evening gave a lecture on "The Union subsisting between the Church on Earth and the Church in Heaven." The lecture was well received, and the visit promises to be useful to the Church. On the following Sunday (August 15) Mr. Smith preached morning and evening at the church in Henry Street, Bath, and on the Monday evening attended a meeting of the Society, appointed to receive an account of the proceedings of Conference. Mr. Smith proposed to visit Bath again before his return to London.

SHOREDITCH. — Argyle Square Church being closed for repairs, advantage was taken of Dr. Bayley's disengagement to arrange a course of six Sunday services at the Shoreditch Town Hall. They commenced on the 18th July, and terminated on the 22d August. The subjects were all of a very interesting and instructive nature, and drew large congregations, especially on the Sunday evenings. Amongst the friends present were noticed many members of Argyle Square, but the greater portion of the audiences consisted of strangers from the immediate neighbourhoods of Shoreditch, Dalston, and Hackney. The Wednesday evening lectures were also well attended, more particularly the last one, on the Resurrection, the room being quite full. At these discourses and lectures many hundreds of tracts were distributed and eagerly accepted. As an evidence of how deeply interested the listeners were, £8 worth of books were sold, comprising the “ Future Life," Noble's Appeal," Brighton Lectures,” Dr. Bayley's “Sermons and Discourses,” Hyde's “ Lectures,” and others. As missionary work the various efforts in the north-east of London have been of the greatest use, many strangers expressing the pleasure and delight they felt on the first occasion of their hearing the doctrines preached. One gentleman informed the writer of this notice that he was heartily ashamed of himself for


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