would save all, but cannot, is no Al- the State, is threatened, and of uncermighty God at all; and the God who tain continuance. It should, therewould only rescue from ruin at the fore, be the endeavour of the clergy price of another's suffering is the worst “ to take up a position which may be of all false gods, inasmuch as this is held and maintained after our work has the lowest atonement below the com- passed to other hands. And to do this mon level of human goodness yet we must prove to the world that our reached.” It is alleged against Mr. position is a righteous one, that our Voysey, in the second place, that he Church is doing God's work.” Remarkhas preached and published sermons ing upon this position, the English contradicting the doctrines of original Independent says,

“ That is the true sin, justification by faith, the Deity of appeal. If the Church of England can Christ, the incarnation of Christ, the convince the age of that, she will stand, second coming of Christ, and the in- no matter what forces oppose her. If spiration of Scripture. In support of it should be made to appear that God's this second accusation a number of ex- work is being done more simply, ditracts from the sermons of Mr. Voysey rectly, and effectually by churches outare given, which express in the boldest side her paie, and on principles which form the most extreme views of Uni- she disowns, her doom is sealed. And tarianism. The extracts by which the in these words the Primate is speaking charges are sought to be sustained pre- very solemnly to all of us. It is the sent a strange mixture of truth and test by which we must all stand or fall. error, of fearless exposure of anti-scrip- Traditions of the past are nothing, pretural statements in the popular teach- scriptive rights and claims are nothing; ing, and of equally anti-scriptural as- they are all melting and vanishing sertions in the effort to discover a more under the keen solvent of the times in excellent way.

When will professed which we are living. What power of reformers of the Church's creed dis- work there is in us for God, for man, cover that the grand centre of unity is all that the world cares to consider. and fountain of light is a Divine-Hu- By effective ministry to the spiritual man Saviour, that He is “the Way, needs of men alone can churches in the 'Truth and the Life,” and that se- these days make their calling and elecparated from Him we walk in darkness

tion sure. and stumble at noonday?


From a Correspondent. — Nine of these The Archbishop of Canterbury, in an remarkable and instructive meetings address to the clergy of the rural dean- have now been held. According to ery of West Dartford, referred to two custom, the business of the meeting of the prominent signs of the times. was preceded by divine service. “No one could fail,” he said, “ to see sermon was preached by the Dean of that we were coming to-nay, had al- Chester, marked throughout hy a ready entered upon -- difficult times. high tone of Christian liberality and Two great influences were actively at charity. It is already published. The work, both alien to the progress of true Congress assembled in the noble buildand living Christianity-the one super- ing, St. George's Hall, under the presistition, the other infidelity: Each of dency of the bishop of the diocese, who these seemed to be more active than at delivered a plain, practical, inaugural any former period in the history of the address. world. He was not speaking of Eng- Papers were read, during the succesland only, but of Europe.” Dissenting sive days, on (1) Diocesan organization; bodies, equally with the Church, "have (2) The Supply and Training of the taken alarm at the danger which seems Clergy ; the Church and our ancient to be menacing the framework of society Universities; (3) Phases of Unbelief and and the souls of men,” but have not, how to meet them ; (4) The Recreations in the estimation of the Archbishop, of the People; (5) Education (including the same vantage ground as the Church Sunday-schools); (6) Church work for meeting these dangers. This van- among Seainen; (7) The Capabilities of tage ground, however, so far as it arises our Cathedrals. from the connexion of the Church with Free discussion followed upon the


reading of each paper. The variety of priety of employing for this purpose opinion expressed, the extent of diver- their ordinary funds, yet ventured to gence, and, on the whole, the forbear- grant £100 a year for two years, relying ance shown by the opposing schools upon adequate funds being raised in and parties is worthy of imitation, and response to an appeal for this object. strikingly evinces the truth of the A sub-committee was also appointed to judgment passed by Swedenborg on the examine the subject, but further assistEnglish character-they love sincerity. ance in this work, is left to the new The papers which more immediately Committee. interest the readers of the Intellectual During the year the Society has reRepository are those on the “Supply ceived a legacy of £50 from Mr. B. of the Clergy," and the “ Phases of Bucknall, of Stroud, and an intimation Unbelief." They well deserve a study of one of £300, payable on the death of and analysis which cannot here be his niece, left by Mr. Le Cras, of Jergiven them. The masterly address of sey. The Committee bequeathed to its the Archbishop of York to the working successors an abundance of prospective men of Liverpool is well worth being employment. " The new documents reprinted and largely circulated. It discovered by Professor Tafel are of was in a striking degree manly, affec- great value, as furnishing materials for tionate, and Christian.

a more full and complete biography of

Swedenborg than it has yet been posSWEDENBORG SOCIETY.

In the
sible to produce.

The Italian July number of the Magazine we translations should be pressed forward, gave an extended notice of the pro- the providential opening for publishing ceedings of the anniversary of this im- the works in Italy affording an opporportant and influential Society. Our tunity which should engage our best notice, however, did not give any par- attention. The Norwegian and Swedish ticulars from the Committee's report, translations will also continue to require some of which we now supply. There assistance. It is also hoped that small has been no occasion during the year page editions of the works, in handto reprint any of the publications of somer form, will soon be put to press.” the Society. The Society's operations, In some of these labours the Committee therefore, so far as relates to printing, will be aided by the co-operation of the have been in aid of efforts abroad. An Committee appointed by the Conference Icelandic translation of the “Heavenly to obtain subscriptions in aid of the Doctrines” has been printed, and is in labours of Professor Tafel. There is course of circulation. The same work need of the utmost efforts of both Comhas also been printed in Italian, and is mittees if this important work is to be prepared for circulation in Italy, as in. brought to a successful issue, and it is timated in our report of the Conference. manifestly an immediate and earnest The “Index Biblicus” has been com- effort which is required. pleted by Dr. Kahl, and is now received into the Society's stock. The Swedish SWEDEN. We have received in translations have also been aided by printed form the following “Review of contributions towards the cost of their the efforts of the Society for the pubprinting and publication. The sales of lishing of Emanuel Swedenborg's Theothe theological works have been 3372, logical Worksin Swedish translation":the donations, 173 ; of the philoso- The printer to the Society, who is phical works 110 have been sold and 6 likewise the distributor of the writings donated-making a total issue of 3661, published by the Society, has, though exclusive of 60 copies of Spiritual repeatedly and assiduously urged to Meditations,” and 783 of Review of do so, not of late years given any acWhite's Life of Swedenborg."

count; but, nevertheless, of his own The attention of the Committee was accord, offered to continue the printing naturally directed to the effort making of the Swedish translation of Arcana by our American brethren for the pub- Cælestia,' from which circumstance lication of Swedenborg's manuscripts, might be inferred that his claim could and of certain documents relating to not be very great, and as the directors his life and labours. The Committee, of the Society knew very well that the though not quite satisfied of the pro- value of the published works must, ac

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cording to the price at the booksellers, very much exceed the possible debt to the printer, the latter has been allowed to go on with the printing of ' Arcana Celestia,' without giving any account. At last, after many renewed admonitions, the long-expected account has nw appeared, and we find that the debt of the Society to the printer a nounts to 4869 r. dr., 28 öre Riksmynt about £270, 10s. 3d.), though the interest on the money for the past years has, to no small advantage to the Society, not been demanded. According to the prices at the booksellers, the value of the unsold writings, belonging to the Society, amounts to 27,049 r. dr. 33 öre Riksmynt (about £1502, 14s. 8d.), but as these writings can only gradually be realized, the director's have no other means than to appeal to an interest in our good cause and to address the members of the New Church, both in this country and abroad, and thus by private subscriptions endeavour to pay off the abovementioned debt to the printer and to obtain assistance for the publishing of · Arcana Celestia' in a continued and new Swedish translation. The directors offer to present books published by the Society to a value corresponding to the gift, if the giver should wish this. The translation for the seventh volume, with which the third volume of the original edition will be ended, is ready to be printed.

“ It is to be hoped that every one who, attentive to the signs of our day, feels how important it is that a Swedish translation of Swedenborg's first and greatest theological work niay be published as soon as possible in his native country, will according to his means contribute towards the attainment of this end. May the Lord give His blessing to this!

“ An account shall be given every year of the money that may come in.

“Joh. U. Lönblad, Chairman.

Joh. Ad. Seven, Secretary. “Carl Aug. Schneider, Treasurer. Christianstad, May 1869."

A compendium of the Society's accounts from the month of October 1858 accompanies this report. From this compendium it appears that the total income has been 22,167 r. dr. 06 öre, and the total expenditure 21,792 r. dr. 83 öre, leaving the small sum of 374

r. dr. 23 öre towards the Society's indebtedness.

LONDON NEW CHURCH MISSIONARY TRACT SOCIETY.—A letter dated 22nd September was placed before the Committee 1st October 1869, from Rev. John Presland, Secretary of Conference, directing attention to the resolution passed at the Conference for the purpose of charging a percentage on all funds administered by Conference; and in answer thereto it was resolved"That this Society expresses its williugness to pay to the Conference 5 per cent. per annum on all sums administered by it on behalf of this Society.

LONDON NEW CHURCH PROPAGATION SOCIETY. —Since our last notice in the Magazine, we have had time and opportunity to judge somewhat approximately of our chances of success at Holloway. Our average Sunday evening attendance since our ment has been over thirty, more than two-thirds of which number have been strangers, and as an earnest of what we hope to accomplish, we have two or three regular attendants who, we have every reason to believe, are in the process of becoming New Churchmen. Upon Sunday evening, Oct. 3rd, owing to our having previously advertised in one of the local papers and distributed several hundred handbills in the neighbourhood, announcing a lecture upon “ The End of the World,” by Mr. Ramage, we had a large accession to our ordiuary numbers, and the fol. lowing Sunday, when the same gentleman discoursed upon the Resurrection, the audience, upon the strength of the first advertisement and lecture, was still very good. We cannot doubt that by far the greater number of the converts we may make will ultimately and very naturally find their way to greater, more certain, and more satisfactory centres of New Church teaching than our little mission hall in the Hollowayroad, and we therefore cannot help thinking that it is incumbent upon the New Church Societies in London to lend assistance to a good cause, from which they would ultimately derive advantage. Such assistance would supply the deficiencies which we now feel, and loosen our energies from pecuniary restraint. We need the number of our members, both active and honorary,



doubled ; we want occasional lectures from those men of mark in the Church whose sufficiency and excellency as teachers are undoubted; and we stand in need of the warm hand of fellowship from those Societies, both within and beyond London, who earnestly desire to encourage all well-directed efforts to propagate the truths of the New Church amongst the people. Furnish us with these advantages, and we are reasonably certain of an ultimate and not very distant success.-C. E. Basebe, Secretary, 68, Pratt Street, Camden Town, N.W.; C. E. Waddington, Treasurer.

ORDINATION OF MR. S. PILKINGTON. -We extract from a local paper, somewhat abridged, the following account of this service, which took place in the Chapel at Ramsbottom, on Sunday morning, September 26. Mr. Pilkington has been settled with the Ramsbottom Society about two years.

His services bave been found acceptable and useful, and an application was, therefore, made to the last General Conference for his ordination. This application was complied with, and his ordination fixed as above.

The edifice was crowded with persons who appeared to take deep interest in in the proceedings, which were of a peculiarly solemn and impressive character. The ordination service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, of London, and the Rev. W. Woodman, of Kersley. The deacons in attendance were Mr. William Bentley and Mr. John Berry. At the conclusion of the ceremony an anthem was very creditably rendered by the choir, and a sermon, appropriate to the occasion, was preached by the Rev. W. Woodman, from John xv. 16, Ye have ot chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain." The preacher commenced by observing that in addition to the solemn character of these utterances of the Lord, when they considered the circumstances under which He spake then, they came with double power to minds that were capable of reflecting upon the great work He had to accomplish. It was just before He suffered on the

power of hell. He was prompted by no other motive but His infinite love, which filled His humanity when He was upon the earth, and which now beamed forth from His glorified person. His love was like Himself—the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Hence in that infinite love, in all the arrangements and economy of His Divine Providence, He regarded the welfare of mankind-their highest interests, their eternal advantages. All temporal things were subservient to these, and thus He told His apostles, whom He had ordained as the the first ministers of the Christian Church, that they had not chosen Him, but He had chosen them, and ordained them, that they should go and bring forth fruit, and that their fruit should remain—that it should be permanent in themselves, and that its effect should be permanent amongst those with whom they laboured. Thus they saw that the ordination of the ministry was an ordination of heavenly

It was not an honour that was conferred upon man for personal considerations, or for his private advancement, but for the greater uses of the Lord's Church, as the centre of the blessings that could make them happy for ever.

In Mark they were told that Christ ordained the twelve that they should be with Him, that He might send them forth to preach, and that they were accompanied with the power to heal sickness and cast out devils ; here they had the same doctrine of use again propounded. First, to preach, that was, to instruct; secondly to heal - to cast out devils, or the sin that lurked in the human breast, and restore to men their spiritual life. Not that human power could accomplish this ; the Lord was the great agent; man was only the instrument; but the Lord operated through instrumentalities ; and the dignity of use was thus adapted to the office of the ministry, to perform all those behests for the human family which the Lord had provided, and which were the highest aim of His Divine love. But let it not be thought that therefore the ministry would stand higher before the Lord than the congregations. souls are mine," said the Lord ; they were all equally His; they all stood on the same level before Him ; but the ministry had a distinct use to perform

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that last, that deepest trial which He underwent for their eternal salvation and deliverance from the



for the sake of the people and for the and to lead them to good.” Faithfully honour of the ministry rather than of had Cowper described the man who was the minister, except so far as the hon- inflated with spiritual pride, and of our of the office reflected on the person

whom he saidwho faithfully fulfilled it, and accom- To exalt absurdly not his office, but himself. plished with fidelity that use for which

The great object of all who entered the the ministry was provided and ap. ministry should be to exalt the ffice, pointed. They had also authority in and this they did by increasing its usethe Divine Word for using the peculiar fulness. ceremony in ordination which they had In the afternoon and evening, the that morning witnessed. From the Rev. Dr. Bayley preached sermons suitearliest period down to the present able to the occasion in the Oddfellows' time ministers were inducted into their Hall, collections being made at the office by the imposition of hands. The conclusion of each. first case they read of was that of On the Monday evening following Joshua, and in the case of the Apostle these services, Dr. Bayley delivered a Paul there was another striking exem- lecture on “Woman—the God-given plification. Not only had they full help for Man,” to a very numerous Divine authority for the service they audience. Having made a few prefa. had been engaged in that morning, tory remarks on the general scope and but they had also the promise that importance of his subject, Dr. Bayley spiritual and Divine results would said he would base his observations on the follow from it. The laying on of 4th and 5th verses of the 19th chapter hands was again enumerated as one of Matthew :-"Have ye not read that of the doctrines of the Church in He which made them at the beginning the sixth chapter of Hebrews, where made them male and female, and said, St. Paul placed it in the same cate- For this cause shall a man leave his gory as repentance; and in writing to father and mother and shall cleave to Timothy he first gave him this cau- his wife, and they twain shall be one tion---"Lay hands suddenly on

These words, when carefully It was a very solemn and re- considered, bring before our attention sponsible office. No doubt in those the true principles of marriage and also days it was effected by the personal the duties and privileges which belong authority of the bishop, but, fortunate- to it. God made them

male and female, ly, in their Church the imposition of and said “For this cause, for this hands was removed into the power of reason, that is, because he had made the Church at large by their Conference; them male and female, shall a man cleave consequently the Church had to sanc- to his wife, and they twain, &c. Before tion the induction of Mr. Pilkington these words were uttered by our Lord, before he could be ordained. After the notion had been introduced into the some further remarks, the preacher said world that marriage, although useful that as to the position their friend oc- for some purposes, yet was not so pure, cupied that day, enough had been said holy, and orderly as a state of celibacy. in the exhortations and service to im- This notion, to a very considerable express his mind with the fact that he tent, has lingered amongst mankind was not to raise himself above his con- down to the present age. Now the gregation. He had to regard use. position he ventured to take on this Humility did not imply that which was subject was this: that for all purposes, crouching and craven; the most humble and for every use in life, marriage, in of all beings was the Lord Himself who the sight of God and of all reasonable ruled over all. The office upon which beings, is most pure and holy. The Mr. Pilkington had entered should have declaration that it is wisest and best for for its object the leading forward of his all purposes that the male and female people under a deep sense that he was should be united in holy wedlock seems labouring under the auspices of the so simple that the wonder is that any. Lord; to try to build them up in unity body can be found who should think and spiritual intelligence ; in fact they otherwise. If it were better to remain could not better express themselves on unmarried, God would have made each that point than had Swedenborg on the human being sufficient for all the pursame subject—"to teach them truth

poses of life, and not have made such a



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