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THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH AT SOUTHAMPTON.-The anniversary of this society was held in their place of worship on Monday, Nov. 3rd, when twenty receivers of the doctrines sat down to tea. The meeting was opened by calling Mr. T. S. Rendell, the leader, to the chair, who commenced the business of the evening by repeating the Lord's Prayer; after which the friends sung the 208th Hymn. Then the society, by the wish of the parents, requested Mr. R. to

was at Heywood. The committee have long been of opinion that much good might arise in populous neighbourhoods by occasionally delivering week-night lectures in public lecture-rooms, a little removed from our places of worship; and having the opportunity of trying this plan of operation, the committee gladly availed themselves of it, and are happy to find that the success has fully equalled their expectations. The room obtained is capable of seating about 200 people, and during most of the lectures has been com-administer the baptism to an infant, fortably filled. Much interest has been excited, and we have heard many pleasing instances of good. Questions were allowed to be asked at the close of the lectures, and several availed themselves of the opportunity. By this means much additional instruction was communicated, so far as we could learn, to the general satisfaction of the audiences. The following is a list of the subjects:

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which he hesitated in doing, thinking it
an infringement on the right of ordina-
but this the friends over-ruled, and
Mr. R. baptized the infant. Afterwards our
leader began to address the meeting, by
explaining to them the internal spiritual
contents of the 60th verse of the 9th
chapter of Isaiah; after which some
highly-interesting remarks were made
thereon by some of the members, and
much useful conversation on the doctrines
followed. Shortly after ten o'clock ano-
ther hymn was sung, and the meeting
was closed by Mr. R. returning thanks to
the Lord for the benefits which they that

VI. The Fall of Man and Origin of night had received. It was a happy Evil.

VII. Redemption,
Means of obtaining Eternal Life,

assembly; all present felt themselves Atonement, and encouraged; and it was evident that a heavenly sphere of charity and mutual love prevailed. I remain, &c.

J. F.



Died at Manchester, February 4th, 1845, Mr. James Smethurst, aged 80 years. He had been an exemplary member of the Peter-street Society from its commencement, in 1793. He had received the doctrines of the New Church some years prior to that period, whilst he was an attendant at the Church of St. James, under the ministry of Dr. Cornelius Bailey. This clergyman had great respect for our departed friend, then a pious and exemplary young man, and endeavoured to prevent his embracing the New Church doctrines. His mind, however, was now sufficiently opened to see the marvellous light of the new dispensation, and he was too much confirmed in the truth to be removed from it by Dr. Bailey. He was one of those who no sooner received the doctrines with full conviction of their

truth, than he consistently carried out that conviction by separating from the old church altogether, although, as we have heard him say, he had many attachments and relationships to relinquish in making the change. The glorious doctrine of the Lord in His Divine Humanity was that which first struck his attention, which soon won his heart. For many years our departed friend rendered great aid to the church in Peter-street, by his effective service in the choir. He had a remarkably fine deeptoned voice, which, animated by the fervour of genuine devotion, made a strong and edifying impression on all present. His knowledge of the truths and doctrines of the New Church was extensive and profound, because it was his delight to read them diligently, to meditate upon them, and to pray that his life might be guided

by their light and influence. All were pleased with his company and conversation; his fervour and intelligence were very edifying on these occasions. During the last two years of his life, his infirmities prevented him from attending the public worship of the Lord; but his minister frequently visited him, and, in company with two or three of his old friends, sometimes administered the Sacrament. These were seasons of spiritual refreshment and delight; and his mind was always comforted and consoled by that holy service. His end was peace. W. F.

Died September 5th, at Accrington, Mrs. Pilkington, aged 27 years, the wife of Mr. J. E. Pilkington, druggist. She embraced with great firmness and affection the doctrines of the New Church, with which she became acquainted soon after her marriage. They were the frequent subjects of her thoughts and conversation during her years of health, and her great consolation during sickness. She had lived in the truths of the New Jerusalem, and they had disarmed Death of his terrors. On one occasion it was inquired by a relative if she would not desire to be laid in the family vault in a neighbouring church-yard? She replied, "I have entirely left the establishment, and fully embraced the New Church; let my body be laid there." The circumstances of her departure,-of her funeral,-and her entrance into the eternal world, were dwelt upon during her sickness with perfect composure. Her patience during suffering was remarkable. She seemed to wait firmly and hopefully until the Lord should call her, and at last calmly went to rest in the Kingdom of her Lord. A funeral discourse was delivered on the occasion by the Rev. J. Bayley. She has left a sorrowing husband and four children, whom, doubtless, it will be her crowning joy, at length, to welcome in heaven.-J. B.

Departed this life, on the 18th of September last, the Rev. John Pownall, of Manchester, aged 63 years. An organic disease of the heart, continuing some years and terminating in dropsy, led to his dissolution. The latent vigour of his frame effected at times a partial recovery that gave good hope of renewed health, but every succeeding interval of apparent suspension in the complaint became shorter and shorter, hemming in by degrees the powers of life with a regular seige of death. Yet the constitution bore up with wonderful tenacity, and he

retained his self-possession to the last,— passing away almost without a struggle. He was one of the early active members of the Manchester and Salford Missionary Institution, and supported its efforts as a missionary, with great zeal and ability, for many years. Such was the general estimation of his character and attainments, that he was admitted, by ordination, into the ministry of the New Church on the 28th of March, 1824. At a later period, from bodily infirmity and engagements of a secular character near home, he seldom officiated as a minister except occasionally by special invitation. In him was strongly evinced the effect of steady application and systematic diligence. He rose from humble circumstances to considerable respect, as a man of sound judgment, extended information, irreproachable character, and moderate competency. W. S.

Died, on Tuesday morning, October 21st, at the residence of his father (the Rev. James Bradley), Mr. Saml. Bradley, B. A., in the 29th year of his age, and little more than three months after his marriage.

The removal of a dear and valued friend into eternity, is at all times a solemn and naturally afflicting event. Even when age and growing infirmities, or the probationary trial of long-continued sickness, may have led to the anticipation of such an issue, its realization is still severely felt by the immediate circle of family and friends; but the case of our departed friend combines in itself so many affecting circumstances, that nothing short of an implicit reliance on the divine Providence of the Lord could enable us to view his early departure from amongst us with other feelings than those of the deepest regret. Such feelings, however, are wrong, because, to a great extent, selfish: the Scriptures assure us that"the righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart, and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come," Isa, lvii. 1: hence we should regard the event as the result of the Divine Will, consequently as best calculated for his eternal welfare.

To all human appearance the church has sustained a severe loss; for, to a reverential love of the truths of the new dispensation, he united a highly-gifted intellect, and a cultivated heart,-the three great essentials towards the consummation of that happy period when

"the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea." The doctrines of life which had been instilled by an affectionate parent, seemed to grow with his growth, and to strengthen with his strength; and in the year 1838 he entered the field of missionary labour, and continued his services almost without intermission to the period of his illness, being, some portion of the time, permanent leader of the Bolton Society. As his rational principle became matured, he viewed with regret the gigantic obstacles which impeded the progress of genuine truth, the deep-rooted prejudices by which it was assailed, and the almost impenetrable sophistries by which those prejudices were supported; and finding that they were often-times founded upon a false philosophy, or upon misconceptions of the original text of Scripture, he resolved to devote his energies to the acquisition of natural truth, and of the various languages through which the Divine Word had passed in its adaptation to different ages and countries. He engaged in these pursuits purely for the church's sake; and the success which attended them is amply apparent from the honorary degree conferred upon him by the University of London; being in the first class of the successful candidates for the degree of B.A. in the season of 1844. During the laborious preparation for this examination, his attention was not confined to the cultivation of his rational principle alone: he loved to exercise himself in the duties of religion, and to store his spiritual man with those heavenly truths which we may now hope will serve him for a wedding garment at the marriage-feast of the Lamb. It was his daily practice to read some portion of the Word, and to regulate his life in agreement with its precepts. He had read the entire volume of Divine Truth in five different languages, and could readily call to mind any passage which he felt to be applicable to his own spiritual requirements. His zeal in promoting the cause of truth was of that enthusiastic kind which the world might deem imprudent, and there is every reason to believe was, in some measure, a barrier to his worldly progress. His care to examine every motive ere it was em

bodied in life was in the highest degree punctilious, and the writer (who had frequent opportunities of judging) is convinced that this anxious,-too anxious concern respecting his own spiritual state, so distracted and weakened his frail earthly tenement, that it became incapable of enduring the reverses of weather to which our climate is liable, and a severe cold originated the malady which terminated his earthly career. He was confined to the house only a fortnight, but from the fearful progress which the disease made on his constitution, its fatal termination soon became apparent; long, indeed, hefore he was himself convinced that his days were so nearly numbered.

It was natural that he should look forward with hope even in his extremity; he had but lately received the meed of approbation which his country bestows on sound and extensive literary acquirements; he had just put his talents to use in the world, and received in return many of its advantages; he had planned for himself a course of long and extensive usefulness, and had barely entered the holy state of conjugal blessedness. And how difficult it must be, under such circumstances, to feel the certainty of death's approach,-to yield all the fond anticipations which had been so ardently cherished, or to behold with complacency a separation from those earthly connections which, being recently formed, were more sensibly felt!

But though snatched from the enjoyment of his worldly hopes, those of his friends who knew him best are convinced, and consoled in the conviction, that "their loss is his gain," and that he is gone to the more full and perfect enjoyment of those heavenly treasures "where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal."

The writer is indebted for his introduction to the holy city of the New Jesusalem, to the ever-active desire of his departed friend and TUTOR, to extend a knowledge of its heavenly doctrines, and desires to pay this humble but sincere tribute to his memory.


W. H.


ESSAYS, &c. &c.

Address, an, from the New Church in
Germany to the German Catholic
Societies, &c., 269

Animal Kingdom, Review of the, (from
the Veterinary Record, April, 1845,)

Angels, Redemption of, an Apostolic
Doctrine, 57
Argument, the, à Posteriori, or from Facts
authentic and established, proving
that Swedenborg, according to his
repeated assertion, from 1745 to
1772, had open communication with
the Spiritual World, 161
Arnold, Dr., extracts from the Life and
Correspondence of, 15

Are there two Opposite Passages in the
Writings of Swedenborg? 441
Association, Swedenborg, Report of Laws
of, 195

Astronomy illustrative of Theology, 1
Book of Job, thoughts on the, 55
Bow in the Cloud, on the, 461
Christian Fidelity, in the Ordinary Duties

of Life, the only path to Heaven.
(By the late Rev. J. Clowes) 241
Clarke's, Dr. Adam, Testimony to the Effi-
cacy of Prayer to Jesus Christ, &c.,

Claims of Swedenborg's Writings to the
attention of the Christian World.
Letter to a Clergyman of the Church
of England on the, 281 and 332
Clowes, Rev. J., Prayer by the late, 78
Concerning the statement in 1 Cor. xv.

23 to 28, that the Son of God at his
Second Coming will give up his
Kingdom to God the Father, 211
Concerning Faith, (In a Letter to a Dis-
senting Minister,) 453
Consciousness, the Double, of the Father
and Son during the Lord's abode in
the World, 291
Correspondences, on the Knowledge of,

revealed by the Lord, &c., 17 and 59
Curious Theological Speculations, 109
Death and Resurrection, 344
Delights, Importance of Examining our,

Doctrine of Substitution, the Popular
Arguments in favour of the Examina-
tion of, 83

Does the case of the Crucified Thief afford
any sanction to the Doctrine of In-
stantaneous Salvation? 378
Double Consciousness, remarks respect-
ing, 418. Editor's Remarks thereon,

Duty of the Rich. 179

Duty, Great, of Watchfulness in the Chris-
tian Life, on the, 347

Ferocious Animals, inquiry respecting the
existence of, prior to the Fall of
Man, 71
"Fides" respecting Double Conscious-
ness, remarks on the Paper of, 382.
Editor's Remarks thereon, 384
Flood, the, and the Destruction of the
Earth not to be understood literally,


Genesis, translation of (c. iii. v. 22), 24
Instantaneous Salvation from immediate

Mercy is the Fiery Flying Serpent in
the Church, 465
Inquiry respecting the existence of Fero-

cious Animals prior to the Fall of
Man, 71. Reply to, 95
Jesus Christ, Genealogy of, 244, 375
John xv. 20, Remarks on, 450
Justifying Righteousness, 410
"Know Thyself," (from the American
New Churchman,) 46

Lord Jesus Christ, the, duty of addressing
Prayer exclusively to, 185
Materials for Moral Culture, 6, 91, 174,
287, and 406

Mustard Seed, being the least of all
Seeds, inquiry respecting the, 217
Natural Internal, and the Spiritual In-
ternal of Man, on the, 137
Oxford, 81

Plato, the Philosophy of, 125
Prayer, the True Nature of, 326
Professor at the University of Cambridge,

Ignorance and Calumny of a, concern-
ing Swedenborg, 72
Professor Bush, of the New York City
University, and Swedenborg, 259
Professor Görres and Swedenborg, 205
Questions and Answers in the August

and December Numbers, 1844, 22
Redemption of Angels, the, 371
Redemption, the, of Angels, an Apostolic
Doctrine, 57

Re-ordination in the New Church, In-
quiry respecting, 140
Scheme, the Unitarian, and New Church
Theology opposed to each other, 64
Sense, Spiritual, respecting the, of 2 Kings
xx. 8-11, (Answer to the inquiry
of a Liverpool Subscriber,) 296
Sense, Spiritual, on the, of the Word, as
advocated in the Primitive Christian
Church, 50

Sense of the Word, the Internal, 135
Senses, on the Fallacies of the, 261
Sexes, Equality of the, 251 and 301

Relation of the, 337

Signs of the Times, Thoughts on some
of the, 457

Singing and Music, on the Uses of in
Public Worship, (By the late Rev.
J. Clowes,) 121

Socrates, the Philosophy of, 41

Spirit of a Composition, on the, 303
Swedenborg, Animal Kingdom of, 73

Association and Sweden-

borg's Manuscripts, 361

Association, the London
Printing Society, and Swedenborg's
Manuscripts, No. 2, 412

-'s Spiritual Diary, Extracts
from, 321 and 401

Extracts from, 25
Notice of, 307

Truth, Progress in, 256
Unitarians, 10, 64, and 103
Virgin Mary, Worship of the, 139
Watchfulness, great Duty of, &c., 347
What was it that Suffered in the Lord
when He was tempted? 338
Woman in the Social Fabric, the True
Position of, 209


Address, an, from Heywood, on the
Erection of a School-room, 472

Accrington, 235

A Common Phrase Questioned, 36
"A Cup of Cold Water to the Little
Ones." Sketches from Real Life, 35
Bath, Anniversary of the New Church,
Henry-street, 435

"; Mutual Instruction Society, and
the formation of a Class of Junior
Members in the New Church in the
City of, 277

New Church, Henry-street, 353
Berzelius, the celebrated Swedish Che-
mist, Letters from, 199, 413
Bigotry and Dogmatism, 359
Birmingham, Intelligence from, 36, 474
Lectures at, 199 and 358
New Jerusalem Church Mis-
sionary, &c. Institution, Report of
the for 1844, 37

Bolton, Lectures at, 235

Emmanuel College, 310
Exeter, 235

Lectures at, 398
France, Intelligence from, 151
Germany, the German Catholic Chris-
tians, or the Religious Movement in,

Inquiry respecting the Spiritual Sense of
2 Kings xx. 8—11, 236
Intercourse with Spirits, on the Possibi-
lity of, 439

Leigh, Lectures at, 317 and 437
Liverpool, Quarterly Tea Meeting at, 119
Quarterly Tea Meeting, 437
Tea Meeting, 278
London, the New Church, Cross-st., 279
Manchester, Festivities of Whit-week in,

and Salford New Church Mis-
sionary Institution, 474

Tract Society, Intelligence
from the, 472

Brightlingsea Sunday School Anniver- Minutes of the last Conference, subjects

sary, 436

Bristol, Lectures at, 398

-, Intelligence from, 472

Cape of Good Hope, Reception of the
Doctrines at the, 314

Centenary of the opening of Sweden-
borg's Spiritual Sight, 119
Chalford, (Gloucestershire) New Jerusalem
Church, 399

Church Music and Singing, 38
Conference, General, Thirty-eighth, 351
Congregational Aid Society, 228
Correspondence, Swedenborg Association,

Dalton, Lectures at, 397

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New Church Tract

and Missionary Society, 474

Domestic Education, Mr. Mason's Essays New Publications, 318

on, 235

Norwich, Lectures at, 359

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