happy. Our work is our life ; show me what you can do, and I will show you what you are.

I have spoken of love of one's work as being the best preventive of merely low and vicious tastes. I will go further, and say

I believe it is the best preservative against petty anxieties and the annoyances which arise out of indulged self-love.

Men have thought before now that they could take refuge from trouble and vexation by sheltering themselves as it were in a world of their

The experiment has often been tried and always with one result. You cannot escape from anxiety and labour —it is the destiny of humanity. You may avoid taking part in the struggle of life but, by what seems to me ajustand wholesome retribution, those who shrink from facing trouble find that trouble to them.

The indolent may contrive that he shall have less than his share of the world's work to do, but Nature, proportioning the instrument to the work, contrives that that little shall be much and hard to him. The man who has only himself to please, finds, soon or late, and probably sooner rather than later, that he has got a very hard master, and the more excusable weakness which shrinks from responsibility has its own punishment too; for where great interests are excluded little matters become great, and the same wear and tear of mind that might have been at least usefully and healthfully expended on the real business of life is often wasted on petty and imaginary vexations such as breed and multiply in the unoccupied brain.


been delivered. These appear, however, only to have increased the interest excited, and furthered the work they were intended to stop. The success of Mr. Brickman's labours at Allentown, Pennsylvania, is very remarkable. We give some of the particulars of this successful mission in his own words :“ About twelve months ago,

says Mr. Brickman, “missionary work was commenced at Allentown, Pa., and the favourable report which appeared in the Messenger was so encouraging that all who read it must have felt sure of some good result in the future. I was invited to come and renew the good impression made, and to extend more specific instruction on the heavenly doctrines. I arrived at Allentown on the 23d of January, where the people waited with much anxiety for my arrival. Every, body met me with a cheerful face and wishes of success. Some opposition of the clergy had manifested itself after my departure last year, but it amounted to so little in the end that those who attempted it gave it up and became silent.” Mr. Brickman continues his narrative by stating that the large court-house, capable of seating between six and seven hundred people, was secured for the services.

“The opening discourse was given on Sunday, January 24th, before a full house, and from then till the last public discourse was delivered, on Sunday evening, the 21st of February, the number of hearers was never less, but sometimes many more ; and sometimes, especially on the Sunday evenings, it was so crowded that a great many could not be accommodated, at least not comfortably.” Twenty-one lectures and sermons were delivered. Many persons were met and instructed by private lessons, and more than a thousand questions answered. “The ministers of various churches became alarmed, and the Presbyterian and the Episcopalian began their denunciations. against me, scolding the people for listening to me. The Presbyterian attacked Swedenborg from his pulpit, and then went to Ironton, eight miles from town, and there did the same. I followed him to Ironton, and delivered two lectures on the life and character of Swedenborg, and on the four leading doctrines of the New Church. I took no notice of Mr Wood or his sect, but simply stated the truth, and left the

AMERICA. The Church in America seems for some time past to be giving a good deal of attention to missionary operations. Extended courses of services in Tennessee, Pen n sylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ilinois, and other States, are reported in the columns of the Aineri. can New Church periodicals. These all seem to be

more or less successful. The missionaries seem to experience no difficulty in obtaining attentive and usually interested audiences. Not unfrequently

ministers of other Christian bodies are present, friendly discussions succeed the

lectures, and on more than one occasion lectures in opposition have

people to judge. The effect of this was occupied in the afternoon by the reply was good, and induced many to Rev. R. Storry, in the evening by the come into the New Church."

Rev. Mr. Hyde. The subject discussell Mr. Brickman thus concludes his re- was the sending forth of the twelve port :-“ It was now evident that the disciples, as recorded in the tenth chaptime had arrived for forming a Society. ter of Matthew. The chairman briefly Some of the friends met, drew up a introduced the subject, by intimating short constitution, incorporating in it what appeared to him a peculiar feature the doctrines of the New Church, as of the New Church-the marked interest printed in the Messenger, and called to- in the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures gether the most reliable of the new which induces her members to assemble receivers who had expressed the desire from considerable distances to hear the to form a Society. On Wednesday, the opinions of her teachers on the subject 17th of February, we met at Bohlen's selected, and inviting the remarks of Hall, when the meeting was called to the friends assembled. Addresses were order by Mr. Sweitzer. The object of delivered in succession by Mr. Larkin, the meeting being stated, a committee Rev. J. Boys, Rev. W. Westall, Mr. was appointed to report a constitution, Jon. Robinson, Mr. Wilson, and Rev. when the document already drawn up Mr. Hyde. It would exceed our limits was adopted, and the Society formed to give anything like a descriptive acwith twenty-six members, a number of count of the several speeches. One or whom had already been baptized by me. two prominent features we may briefly The Society, called “The First Society intimate. of the New Church of Allentown,” then Mr. Larkin pointed attention to the adjourned till Friday evening, when it distinction intimated in the first and met again at the same place. Sixteen second verses, between the titles of new members joined, an address was disciples and apostles. The Lord called delivered, and the Society solemnly in- unto Him His twelve disciples, but stituted. The number had now in- gives the names of the twelve apostles. creased to forty-two members, each of They were disciples when called to the whom had solemnly promised to remain Lord to receive his instructions, and to true to the Church to the end of his or be prepared for their great mission of her life. They adjourned to meet again evangelizing the world. They were Monday, the 22d of February, to listen apostles when they were sent forth on to more instructions on the doctrines of this mission. Rev. Mr. Boys dwelt on the Church and the duties of its mem- the fact that the Lord gave power to bers, when again fifteen new members the twelve, and sent them forth to exjoined, and increased their number to ercise the power they had from Him in fifty-seven

nearly all of whom preaching the kingdom of God, and are married partners, and all in good healing all manner of sickness and dismoral standing in the community. ease among the people. The Lord im

parted this power, because He is the

source of power, as to His humanity; ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETIES OF

into which, during his sojourn on earth, THE NEW CHURCH IN LANCASHIRE.

He took all goods

and truths, and sucThe Societies in this part of the king- cessively glorified and made it divine. dom held an annual meeting at Easter. Rev. Mr. Westall introduced the The meeting is arranged by the com- miracles wrought by the apostles. These mittee of the Manchester and Salford miracles, which were external, and obMissionary Society, and is usually at- jective, represented still greater miratended by a number of the missionary cles, which

were internal and subjective. preachers and other friends of the insti. The miracles wrought by the apostles tution. The meeting assembles at 3 were seen by the eye of the body ; the P.M., and occupies two hours in the miracles wrought in the ministry of discussion of some portion of the Word. salvation were to be seen by the eye of Tea is provided at 5, and afterwards a the mind. They consisted in restoring more general conversation takes place. the soul to spiritual health, and elevatThe meeting this year was held at ing all its principles of faith and love Rhodes, near Manchester, and was at- to conjunction with the Lord in His tended by over eighty persons. The chair humanity—the true and only fountain


of spiritual health and peace. Mr. Robinson called attention to the literal sense of the text, to the general character of the instructions given to the Apostles, and to the lessons to be obtained from them by the public teachers and missionaries of the New Church. He was followed by Mr. Wilson, whose remarks were confined to the mission of the Apostles to preach the kingdom of God." The afternoon meeting was brought to a close by a short address by the Rev. Mr. Hyde, who remarked that although the chapter was extended, and the instructions given to the disciples manifold, yet all might be expressed in one sentence— Let nothing of the proprium enter into the service of the Lord. Adopting this sentiment as the key-note of his address, he pointed to several portions of the chapter as illustrating his general theme.

After tea the friends again assembled in the church. The choir gave two anthems. Addresses were delivered by Rev. R. Storry, Mr Clarkson, Mr Wilson (Oldham), Mr. Jon. Robinson, and Rev. Mr. Hyde. The speeches were interesting and instructive, the general subject introduced in the afternoon still guiding the thoughts of the speakers.


true faith? How do you know that you have it?” At the close of Tuesday night's lecture, several questions were put, and answered by Dr. Bayley. The titles of the several lectures will, to those who are familiar with the doctrinal views of the body known as the “ New Jerusalem Church,” pretty correctly indicate the line of argument pursued. Dr. Bayley has a very happy manner of stating and enforcing his views, and this, combined with his unmistakeable sincerity, never fails to secure for him a patient hearing from those who do not concur in all that he advances. His reception has, on this occasion, been very cordial, and hearty votes of thanks were awarded him.

The town has since been visited by the Rev. Mr. Hyde, who gave a lecture, March 24th, on “The Life after Death ;' and a second, March 25th, under the title,

Who was Swedenborg ? What does he teach ?” The attendance at these lectures was not so numerous as last year, but the persons present were more select, and manifested the greatest interest in the subject discussed. The Barnsley Chronicle gave a report of nearly two columns of the last of these lectures, using for this purpose Mr. Hyde's printed lecture on the subject. The report spoke also of Mr. Hyde as

an eloquent, impressive, and attractive lecturer, having the happy art of sustaining the interest and securing the uuflagging attention of his audience throughout. His reception on both evenings was most cordial.” The thanks of the meeting were enthusiastically accorded to Mr. Hyde, and a very strong desire expressed to hear him again.

A feature of these lectures is the attendance of the agent of the Yorkshire Colportage Association. Mr. Bates sold at their close £5 worth of books. A number of tracts also, kindly granted by the Manchester Tract Society, were distributed. The lectures have made a profound impression, which it is hoped the books and tracts purchased will strengthen and keep alive. The friends resident at Barnsley are grateful for the assistance rendered them, and hope to see the results in the permanent establishment of the Church in their midst.


BARNSLEY.—This town was visited by Dr. Bayley in March. His visit extended from the 9th to the 11th, in which time he delivered three lectures in the Mechanics' Hall. The attendance was good, though not so numerous as last year. The following notice of the lectures appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle of March 13 :

The Rev. Dr. Bayley, of Argyle Square (New Jerusalem) Church, London, has paid another visit to Barnsley, and delivered three lectures in the Mechanics' Hall, during the present week. The first lecture was delivered on Tuesday evening, and was moderately well attended, as were the two succeeding ones on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The title of the lecture was"Jesus, and Him glorified. The Divine Trinity in Jesus. Do you pray to Him?” The subject on Wednesday night was—“The Glory of the Word of God." On Thursday evening his subject was— “What are the signs that follow them that believe? What is the

Boston.—The Rev. Dr. Bayley visited Boston, Lincolnshire, on Monday,

Was every



the 15th March, and lectured on that and the three following evenings to crowded audiences in the Town Hall. The following were the subjects of the lectures :-1. “ Where is Heaven ? What are its laws, and who is its God?" 2. “The Human Soul. Soul made for Heaven ?” 3. “The Spiritual sense of the Bible, the glory of the Word of God.” 4. The Woman clothed with the Sun,” in Rev. xii. 1. Favourable notices of the lectures appeared in all the local papers. The East Lincolnshire Gazette of March 26th, says :

"The deep interest awakened by the first and second of Dr. Bayley's orations, a brief notice of which appeared in our last issue, was more than sustained to the end of the series. The audience, which was large on the first evening, grew larger and larger every night, until at the closing discourse the Town-hall was literally crammed. . . . The concluding lecture was an application of the law of correspondences to the exposition of Revelation xii. l. It was listened to, as were the preceding discourses, with marked attention and evident interest."

The Lincolnshire Chronicle of the same date contained the following:" It is a long time since a series of lectures awakened so much interest in the public mind here. As a general rule, entertainments of an intellectual character are wretchedly attended. The fact, therefore, of Dr. Bayley having attracted audiences that increased four nights in succession, must be accepted as conclusive evidence of his ability as an orator, and of no inconsiderable amount of sympathy with the views he propounded.

in succession, must be accepted as a gratifying evidence not only of the interest felt in the various subjects discussed, but equally so of a very general appreciation of the rare ability and thorough catholicity displayed in their treatment. At the close of the last lecture the Rev. T. W. Matthews, (Gen. Baptist) in a graceful speech, proposed that the best thanks of the meeting be accorded to Dr. Bayley for the eloquent and instructive discourses with which they had been favoured. The Rev. W. W. Robinson (Unitarian) cordially seconded the motion, which was carried with acclamation, The compliment was briefly acknowledged by the rev. lecturer, and the company dispersed. Between 70 and 80 copies of a vol. of lectures, entitled "Great Truths on Great Subjects,' delivered by the Doctor at Brighton some time ago, were sold at the doors of the hall.”

At the close of the third lecture the Rev. T. W. Matthews, many of whose views are so closely allied to the teaching of Swedenborg that he may fairly be said to stand on the threshold of the New Church, was so delighted with what he had heard, that he at once conferred with members of his Church present, and announced his intention to give up his usual week-night service on the following evening, although a special subject had been announced, in order that he and they might attend the concluding lecture.

In conclusion, we may state that these lectures were delivered under the auspices of the Lincolnshire New Church Association, as were those given at Horncastle in February, and reported in last month's Repository.

WHALEY BRIDGE. —We have received the following interesting account of a visit to this place from the Rev. Mr. Hyde. I have just had the pleasure of making a missionary visit under somewhat peculiar, and very interesting circumstances. Two or three friends, in a very humble way of life, are residing at Furness Vale, and have been industriously circulating tracts, &c, in their neighbourhood. They have made the acquaintance of a small body of earnest and pious people, who being dissatisfied with their doctrines and practices, have separated themselves from the other denominations ; built a neat and

In the Stamford Mercury of the same date also we read :-“The Rev. Dr. Bayley delivered his remaining orations in the Town-hall, Boston, on the evenings of the 17th and 18th inst. The room on both occasions was crowded to

On the latter evening several persons, unable to obtain even standing accommodation in the body of the hall, took possession of the dust-covered orchestra above the entrance, so great was their desire to hear the gifted lecturer. The Boston public are so notoriously indifferent about entertainments of a purely intellectual ch er, that the fact of these orations having attracted crowded audiences four nights


commodious little chapel at Whaley think we might reasonably have exBridge, where they worship, under the pected -bearing in mind, the character leadership of a singularly thoughtful, and intention of our efforts, and the intelligent, and devout man, whose zeal and determination with which views in many respects harmonize with those efforts have been maintained and the Heavenly Doctrines. They style continued. We invite all those New themselves “Christian Brethren. Our Church people, who are avowedly anfriends have occasionally attended the xious to extend the doctrines of their Sunday services at Peter Street, and church to investigate and consider our were extremely desirous that I should case, and to render us their support, if visit Whaley Bridge, and deliver some they find that we are worthy of it. lectures. They obtained the promise Å list of subscriptions accompanies of the use of the chapel for me to lec- this report amounting to nearly £148. ture in. Arrangements were accord- The effort making by our friends is an ingly made, and the Manchester and endeavour to give a practical direction Salford Tract Society's Committee made to our missionary operations in the a grant of tracts for distribution, &c. metropolis ; and is well deserving the I have just completed the visit, having support of the members and friends of lectured on “ The Divine Trinity in the Church, which we hope it will rethe Person of the Lord Jesus Christ,' ceive. and “Redemption, the deliverance of man from the powers of hell, and the BATH. --On February 21, the Rev. reconciliation of man to God.” I was James Keene, commenced the delivery deeply gratified to make the acquaint- of a course of four Sunday Evening Lecance of the leader of the “Christian tures on the following subjects :—PreBrethren,” who “found nothing to dis- destination and Election; War in agree with in my exposition of the Heaven ; Idolatry ; Faith. The disdoctrine of the Lord, and who has de- courses were listened to each evening termined to commence the careful study with marked attention by large auof all our doctrines, as have also some of diences, who appeared much pleased his flock. I never addressed a more with the forcible, clear, and earnest earnest and thoughtful audience, or manner in which the lectures were dewith greater freedom and satisfaction livered. than on these two occasions. From conversation with several persons after- HEYWOOD.—The anniversary services wards, I am led to believe that the connected with this society were held precious seeds of Divine truth have on Sunday, March 21. We extract the found a resting-place in the good ground following account from the Heywood of more than one “honest and good Advertiser :-“ The annual sermons at heart.” I have promised to visit the

the New Jerusalem Church “Christian Brethren" again, from preached last Sunday morning and many of whom I feel sure of receiving evening by the minister, the Rev. R. a very sincere welcome. Our friends Storry. The discourses were suited to were delighted with the immediate re- the occasion. In the morning, the sults of my visit, and are hopeful that preacher dwelt on the temper and disit will bear fruit not to be blighted, position of mind from which the Church seared up, or forgotten, but containing was to be regarded, and contributions the seeds of an eternal increase.

made for its support ; and in the even

ing, on the continuity of the Church in LONDON NEW CHURCH PROPAGATION all ages, and its relation to the Lord's SOCIETY. Holloway Mission. -Since kingdom in heaven. The Church, said our notice of last month, our new build- the preacher, is the Lord's kingdom in ing has advanced several stages towards the world, which is established by the completion, and we expect to open it Word of God, written in the hearts and with a tea and public meeting, about a brought forth into the lives of its mem

bers. The principles which constitute Although the active help of our the Church are intrinsically the same friends, in many instances, has not in all ages. External forms differ, rebeen wanting, we have, as yet, hardly ligious ceremonies vary, but goodness had that amount of support, which we and truth, holiness and wisdom, are



month hence.

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