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the same among all people, in every had an example of this kind in the clime, and under every condition of presentation of the harmonium, whose human society. The Church declines tunes they were about to hear.” The when men depart from the principles programme included a choice selection which constitute its secret life, and give of music given by the choir, assisted themselves up to merely external cere- by Miss Harlowe ; and the recitation of monies and outward observances ; but attractive pieces by teachers of the Sunit never perishes. Its darkest night is day school, very efficiently aided by Mr. but the prelude to a brighter day, when, Morris and Mr. Warner of Manchester. under the quickening beams of the Sun of Righteousness, the Church arises in LEEDS. On Wednesday evening, new splendonr, adorned with the beauty March 24th, the second annual meeting of holiness, and filled with the fruitful. of the Albion Literary and Recreation ness of genuine good works. The prin Society was held in Willow Grove Hall, ciples which constitute the Church are which was attended by about 70 memthe same as constitute the minds of the bers and friends. The meeting was of angels, and form the ground of all their a purely social character, and lasted felicity and joy. The Church is thus nearly five hours, and was eminently the pathway to heaven. Its principles distinguished by a spirit of genuine form the angelic life in the souls of its cordiality and delight, which has done members, and issue in the endless feli- much to consolidate the society in the city of the angelic kingdom.—The ser- work of usefulness which two years ago vices were well attended, appropriate it first entered upon. Although this hymns, chants, and anthems were ren- society is formed to be an auxiliary of dered in a superior manner by an the New Church Society, it is yet built efficient choir, and the collections upon a distinct basis, and is intended amounted to £30, 10s.
to provide a sphere of action for the On Saturday evening, April 3, a members of the Church by bringing pleasant meeting was held in the them into communion with the public school-room for the opening of a new on common and secular grounds. At harmonium. The following notice of present it numbers 43 members. Its this meeting is from the report of the meetings are held each alternate WedBury Times :-“A musical and elocu
nesday evening from eight to half past tionary entertainment was given in the nine o'clock during the winter season, New Jerusalem Sunday-school on Sa- when lectures, essays, readings, and turday evening, the occasion being the occasional musical entertainments are opening of a new harmonium, which given, and which have had an average has been presented by Mr. Isherwood attendance of about 25. The society and Mr. Albert Mills, members of the has hitherto worked most successfully, church. It is a handsome instrument, and promises to realize the highest ex: of good tone and ample power, the cost, pectations which were originally formed we understand, being 35 guineas. The by its promoters. audience was very large. The Rev. R. The annual meeting of the New Storry occupied the chair, and explained Church Society was held on Good that as the casion was the formal Friday, when about 50 sat down to tea, opening of a new harmonium, it was after which a very pleasant and prothought desirable to invite the friends fitable evening was spent in the church. of the school to participate in an even- The esteemed leader, Mr. Mawson, ing's , their admission fees to raise a fund for retire immediately after tea, at his repurposes connected with the Sunday- quest the chair was occupied by Mr. school. The society, ever since he W. Bates, the Yorkshire missionary knew it, had always had among its and colporteur, who gave an interesting members some very generous, open
address on the nature and prospects of hearted, and open-handed people the New Church with some account of people who were ready, when anything his experience amongst the receivers of was wanted, to put their hands very the doctrines ; and set forth the redeeply into their pockets, and to con- sponsibility which rests upon the memtribute liberally to the support of the bers of the New Church to promulgate church and of the schools. They had a knowledge of the doctrines to the
pleasant enjoyment, and also by being obliged through indisposition to
world. Mr. Snowball next addressed the meeting on the claims which the Sunday school has upon the Society, and the necessity of giving it a liberal and hearty support. He was followed by Mr. Alfred Backhouse, who congratulated the Society on its present tranquil state, as contrasted with its past history. He then spoke of the grandeur of the New Church doctrines, and of their unquestionable power to effect that complete social revolution which they are destined to accomplish. His speech was characterized by clearness and energy, and calculated to eminently benefit the Society by giving an impetus to its latent as well as active capabilities for promoting whatever is good and true.
Mr. Hannah gave a humorous recitation, and the choir performed at in. tervals some select pieces of sacred music, which were highly appreciated. The meeting, which was one of the pleasantest the Society has ever held, left upon the minds of all present an encouraging hope of future prosperity in the church. As a means of promoting this prosperity, Mr. A. Backhouse, who at present so ably fills their pulpit on three Sabbaths of each month, has announced a course of Sabbath evening lectures, which will be advertised in one of the most widely circulated local papers. Mr. Bates, who preaches to the Society on the Sunday not ocoupied by Mr. Backhouse, will doubtless sustain the interest thus excited, and the Society be benefited by their conjoined labours. The members of the Society enjoy peace among themselves, and feel deeply grateful to the good Providence which has raised up in their midst a young man so exemplary in his conduct, and so able to preach the doctrines, as Mr. Backhouse.
NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE. The Newcastle Society seems to think there is
beauty and use in variety.” They had (at considerable cost) a visit from the Rev. Dr. Bayley at Christmas, and at Easter just past the Rev. J. F. Potts, B.A., was invited from Glasgow to preach the anniversary sermons, and attend the annual tea meeting. These services he performed to the delight and edification of all who heard him. The sermon in the evening, on “ Jonah and the Fish,” was a beautiful development of that singular history; the
closeness of thought demanded in following the evolvement of the spiritual sense of almost every word, held the hearer almost breathless, and sent him away rejoicing. The tea meeting, held on the evening of Easter Monday, was a happy gathering, and gave the Rev. Mr. Potts an impression of quiet, inner progress, and much missionary power in speakers.” The Rev. Mr. Ray, too, just arrived in time, from a visit to York, where interesting services had also been experienced.
The “Missionary ability,” however of the Newcastle friends, has but small fruits to shew ; their efforts at Carlisle and at North Shields having been crowned by the collapse of both these Societies. The National Missionary Society has nobly co-operated with those efforts, but money and occasional labours could not keep them up ; still let us hope that “our labour has not been in vain in the Lord.” It is thought-now that we have a vigorous national missionary in the person of Mr. R. Gunton, that if he were to visit the above-named places, and devote a short time to the reorganisation of the Societies, he might lead the way to renewed efforts (coming after a period of spiritual dearth, which one would think, the members must have experienced), the Rev. Mr. Ray and his staff still being very willing to do their best. There is an immense population in small towns adjacent to Newcastle, besides the large one of Sunderland, where the trumpet of the second advent has scarcely yet sounded. Suppose our friends give attention to some of those. There is confessedly the difficulty of permitting two or three active members of a small society to be absent from their own Sabbath services, which the Newcastle friends urge; otherwise they would have attempted separate stations in their own town. Let us say they-be more anxious about the inner growth of the Church, its outward spread will come as fast as we are prepared to live it-an objection to earnestness and zeal which receives its answer in the teaching of the Lord, “ These things ought ye to do and not to leave the other undone.”
NOTTINGHAM.—On Sunday, April 4, the Society in this town was visited by “The National Missionary,” Mr. R.
Gunton, who preached two most ex- remarks from these gentlemen, the cellent sermons in his usual impressive happy proceedings of the evening were .style. Mr. Gunton's visits here are suitably terminated by the able renderalways looked forward to with great ing of the chorus, “Now pray we for delight, and we may say that on no our country.” occasion previously was his visit and kind services more valuable to the RHODES. Since the beginning of Society. Mr. Gunton remained four this year, some of the members of the days ; preaching, visiting, presiding at above society, who were anxious to a literary gathering, addressing the improve the mnsical portion of our friends at the tea meeting, and expound- service, have been actively engaged in ing at the weekly meeting of the Society. raising a fund for the purchase of an He has been designated by one of our excellent organ, which had been offered members, “ The Angel of Peace !” to them at a greatly reduced price. The following extract from the Notting- Their efforts were so successful, that ham Daily Express, will be found to be the instrument was obtained, and the interesing :
opening services were held on Sunday, Bluecoat Street Church.—On Tuesday 21st February 1869, when two sermons evening the members and friends in were preached to crowded congregations connection with this church assembled by the Rev. W. Westall of Salford. to tea in the school-room. After the The choir, kindly assisted by friends repast a meeting was held, and Mr.. from Heywood and Rochdale, sang a Thos. Moss, B.A., elected to the chair. selection of anthenis, services, etc., ably The choir (under the able direction of accompanied on the organ by Mr. J. C. Mr. R. Hogg) having sung an anthem, Whittington of Salford. the Chairman made a few suitable re- The expenses incurred for fitting up, marks upon the signs of progress that etc., and the price of the organ, made were evident in the society, and ex- the amount required £48, 13s 2d., pressed the pleasure which had hitherto towards which donations were received attended his ministrations. The Secre- amounting to £34, 6s. 6d., and the tary (Mr. W. Clarke, jun.) then intro- collections at the opening were £12, duced the most interesting feature on 18s. 10d., thus leaving only a very this occasion, which was the presenta- small deficiency. The Society gladly tion to Mr. W. Pegg, the former leader take this opportunity of tendering of the society, of a handsome purse, their warmest thanks to all those who containing the sum of £20, accompanied so liberally and cheerfully responded by a suitable address, chastely framed to their appeal. and elegantly illuminated. The secretary's remarks were followed by those YORK.—The Rev. Dr. Bayley visited of Mr. R. Gunton, of London, who took this ancient city in December last, and this opportunity of congratulating the delivered on the 8th, and two following society upon the discretion they had evenings, a course of three lectures on exercised in the choice of a minister, the Doctrines of the New Jerusalem. and also expressed the hope that Mr. The subjects were :-“ Jesus in His Moss would long remain amongst them, Glorified State—the King of Kings and a remark which elicited strong mani- Lord of Lords ! Do you pray to Him?" festations of a reciprocal feeling on the • Regeneration not Ritualism the Way part of the meeting. The Chairman, to Heaven; and, “Where are the then made the presentation, remarking Dead Men's Souls ? Resurrection Imupon the long service of his venerable mediate.' The whole of the lectures friend, which had extended over a period were well attended, and listened to of thirty years. Mr. Pegg acknowledged with deep attention. After the first the gift in a few feeling and appropriate and second, several questions were put remarks, principally in reference to the to Dr. Bayley, which were satisfactorily experiences of the society. Addresses answered. The lectures seemed to give were also presented to Mr. J. D. Bielby satisfaction to all present. At Easter, and Mr. Thomas Stevenson, acknow- the Society was visited by the Rev. Mr. ledging the services which those gentle Ray, of Newcastle-on-Tyne. On Good men had rendered to the cause in this Friday, the annual meeting was held, town for many years past. After a few at which Mr. Ray presided. About
fifty sat down to tea, and others attend- could. She was especially kind and ed afterwards. Mr. Ray opened the hospitable to the several Colporteurs meeting by a beautiful explanation of who invariably made her house their the descent of the New Jerusalem as home when they visited Bingley. Her described in Rev. xxi. After the chair- illness was a long one, but borne very man's address several speeches were patiently. She was fully conscious of delivered on various subjects respecting her approaching end in this life, but the doctrines of the Church, interspersed was full of a hope blooming with imwith the singing of hymns, and forming mortality. a very pleasant and harmonious meeting. On the 4th of April, at Hope Farm, On Easter Sunday, the Rev. W. Ray Baildon, Yorkshire, Mr. John Walker preached two excellent sermons to large departed from this natural state of life and attentive audiences-in the morn- to the spiritual in the 66th year of his ing, “The salt that purifies the Soul;" age. He received the doctrines of the evening, “Our Heavenly Home.” The New Church about twenty years ago, York friends have been cheered and since which time his life has been strengthened by these services, and are characterized by goodness and kindness grateful to Dr. Bayley and Mr. Ray for which has won for him the highest the able manner in which they presented respect of his numerous friends and the Heavenly Doctrines to a York neighbours. It was at his house that audience.
a general gathering of New Church
receivers in Yorkshire was held, at MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY OF which the formation of a Colportage THE NEW CHURCH.—The forty-eighth Association was first proposed and deAnniversary Meeting of this Society is termined upon, which gives both to appointed to be held in the College him and the place an historic imporChapel, Devonshire Street, Islington, tance. He always spoke of the circumLondon, on Wednesday the 12th May stance with extreme delight. His illnext. The meeting will commence at ness was long and severe, which he bore seven o'clock; Mr. Pickstone in the without the slightest murmur, and with chair. It is hoped that the friends of profound humility. this old and valuable institution will, On Monday, 5th April 1869 (at the by their presence on this occasion, residence of his youngest son, 37 encourage and animate the officers in
Myddelton Square, Islington, London), their labours of love.
James Shirley Hodson, in the 77th
year of his age. He would be known Marriage.
throughout the Church as the printer
and publisher of the majority of New On the 6th ultimo, at St. Mary's Church works which haveissued from the Church, Horncastle, by the Rev. Robert press during above thirty-five years, up Giles, vicar, Edmund John Moore, of to the year 1860. He was the son of Horncastle, surveyor of taxes, to Fanny the Rev. James Hodson, for some time Anne, younger daughter of Mr. Richard minister to the congregation of the New Allenby, of the same place.
Church meeting at Dudley Chapel,
Dudley ourt, St. Giles, London, and Obituary.
a predecessor of the late Rev. Samuel
Noble. The subject of this notice was On the 9th of March, at Bingley, secretary to the New Church conference Yorkshire, in the 52d year of her age, from the year 1824 to 1846, in which Barbara, wife of Mr. John Hill. She office he was remarkable for his scrupvery gradually received the doctrines ulous adherence to the rules, objecting of the New Church through her husband, to have them suspended or disregarded and did not profess her unfaltering on any slight pretext: believing that a faith in them until about ten years ago, more especial Providence attends things from which time she has in an un- which are done according to order than assuming manner adorned the precious those things which require for their knowledges which she meekly possessed. particular purpose an infringement of Being somewhat isolated from New rules. He was also for some years Church people, it gave her great pleasure secretary to the Society, over which the to have their company whenever she late Rev. Samuel Noble presided at Lisle Street and Hanover Street, and when in London, and where his mortal when the freehold of the property in remains are interred. For the last nine Cross Street (which had been given up years of his life he was a confirmed for some years to the Caledonian Asylum) invalid, rarely leaving the house except was for sale he was one of the parties on dry warm days on account of his who, in conjunction with the Rev. S. complaint, which was pulmonary. He Noble, J. Grayson, and other members bore his sufferings with great patience of the Hanover Street Society, made and fortitude, supported by his firm strenuous efforts to raise the necessary reliance on the truths of the New funds for the repurchase, which was Church-a belief in which, and a love happily completed on 6th September of the truth itself, had become part of 1827, and the property has ever since his nature. His years of comparative remained in the occupation of a New inactivity were, no doubt, times of preChurch congregation. The deceased paration in which (as has been well was also a publisher of New Church remarked by one who appreciated him) literature at a time when no other “his character seemed to be ripening reward could be reaped than that of and mellowing” until all was complete gratifying the desire to spread the truth. for the great change which he has “Noble's Appeal,” first edition, was undergone. He passed away in the twenty years in repaying the outlay. early dawn of a spring day, placid and “Noble's Plenary Inspiration of the peaceful, prepared to realize the happy Holy Scriptures Asserted,” was also eternity promised to those who “endure published by him, and the last work unto the end." which issued from his establishment- At her residence, Newcastle-on-Tyne, “Hindmarsh's History of the New Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Joseph Jerusalem Church”—was produced at Wilkinson, aged 73. In the suddenan outlay of £300, and which, like the ness of her removal we have a powerful first named, never repaid its cost. In application of the Divine injunction, the Centenary Year, 1857, Mr. Hodson “Be ye also ready;” and in her peaceerected a monumental tablet (out of a ful depature we have a ground of confund anonymously bequeathed to him) fidence that she is now realizing the to the memory of Emanuel Swedenborg truth of the apostolic declaration ; in the Swedish Chapel, Prince's Square, “The sufferings of the present life are Ratcliff Highway, London, where Swe- not worthy to be compared with the denborg used to attend Divine Service glory to be revealed."