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"during the year there has been a considerable demand for the new edition of Mark, and likewise for the other Gospels," which it is suggested may be attributed to the fact that these works, being expositions of the Divine Gospels from the theological writings of Swedenborg, must gradually attract the attention of the public, as very many things in the Gospels can only be understood according to the spiritual sense." The sermons on the "Call and Deliverance of the children of Israel out of Egypt," the "Two Worlds, "the Visible and the Invisible," and the works on the "Parables and Miracles," but especially the little works on the "Christian Temper," on "Delights," on "Opposites," and on "Mediums," have been much in request, as well as "Noble's Important Lectures on the True Christian Religion," a work which ought to be in the hands of every missionary and teacher of the doctrines of the New Church. The Committee suggest that "a new and improved edition of the translation of the Psalms, expounded as to the spiritual sense by more copious extracts from the works of Swedenborg, be taken into early consideration." This work is a valuable exposition, critical and doctrinal, and we shall be delighted to see any addition to its pages which the subsequent researches and riper judgment of its talented Editor may be ableeto supply. It should be in the library of every New
The body of the report contains an address on "The Necessary Preparation for the Reception of the Doctrines of the New Church," which was published in the pages of this Periodical for August (page 337 et seq.). This society has also taken preliminary steps towards the establishment of a "Swedenborg House," or central depôt for the custody and sale of New Church literature, in Manchester, and has issued a circular (page 340), setting forth the uses of such an establishment, and earnestly soliciting donations and subscriptions as a guarantee fund for its foundation and support. We hope the Committee will meet with such a warm and hearty response from those whom Divine Providence has blessed with the means of assisting their brethren in so desirable an object, as will enable them, before another year transpires, to realize this valuable suggestion.
This society publishes all the works of the late Rev. John Clowes, and others expository of the Divine Word and the doctrines of the New Church, of which there is always an extensive stock on hand, so that the members of the church may readily be supplied with a variety of valuable religious instruction whenever they feel disposed to avail themselves of its existence.
THE SWEDENBORG SOCIETY, "instituted in London in the year 1810," informs us in its fiftieth report that 8,268 volumes of Swedenborg's works have been sold by their agent, besides which they have given 802 volumes, making the total circulation during the year 3,070 volumes. When it is remembered that in the previous year this society presented complete sets of their publications to many of the public libraries, it will be reasonable to suppose that this issue is not equal to that of 1858. The deficit is 1,277 volumes, partly "caused probably, it is suggested, by the fewness of advertisements, and by the more external subjects which have been uppermost in men's minds." Yet a steady sale may be considered as established, and a demand existing which can only be adequately met by this society; and it is pleasing to note that so many of the larger works pass into circulation.
Besides 877 volumes of the Arcana Cœlestia, 179 volumes of the Apocalypse Explained, 161 volumes of the Apocalypse Revealed, 145 copies of the Conjugial Love, 176 of the Heaven and Hell, 133 of the True Christian Religion, 126 of the Divine Love and Wisdom, and 127 of the Divine Providence, have been sold during the past year. The Committee labour vigorously to render the society as efficient in its uses as possible, by keeping "in view the careful improvement, by revisions from time to time of the translations, so that they may be presented in the most perfect form," and by endeavouring to "publish the works as among the cheapest that issue from the press."
During the year the Committee have reprinted the third volume of the Apocalypse Explained, as revised by the Rev. F. de Soyres; the True Christian Religion (from stereotype plates); while "they have the Earths in the Universe, and the New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrines" in the press, under the revision of the Rev. W. Bruce, besides which they announce the near comple
tion, by Mr. Rich, of the second volume of the Index to Arcana Calestia, which they hope may now be published in a few weeks. "Mrs. Bogg has given to the society a translation of Mons. Le Boys des Guays' Index to the Apocalypse Revealed, which will be used when that work comes to be reprinted," and the thanks of the church" are eminently due to her for her continued and useful labours." The first volume of the great work entitled the Index Biblicus, or Dictionary of Correspondences, has been received from our zealous and indefatigable friend, Dr. Tafel.*
This report also informs us that Dr. Tafel, accompanied by Dr. Kahl, is again examining the whole of the MSS. of Swedenborg, both at Stockholm and Upsala, and purposes to endeavour, by visiting other parts of Sweden, to make further discoveries. "The fortunate conjunction of two such men for a like purpose cannot probably be again hoped for, and the Committee have offered to defray the expenses of Dr. Tafel on his journey, Dr. Kahl declining any payment."
Donations of books, in addition to those made to members and societies, have been presented to the Universities of Helsingfors, Finland, and Christianstadt, Sweden; Lincoln's Inn Library, Perth Mechanics' Library, Working Man's Institute, Dover, Strand Subscription Rooms Library; The Press, The Constitutional Press, Birmingham Daily Post; Rochdale Pioneers' Society, Coventry Mutual Improvement Society; and to Mr. and Mrs. William Howitt; Sergeant-Major Morris, Gibraltar; Thos. Pearce, soldier, Cape of Good Hope; Mrs. Colonel Taylor, Calcutta; Count Platen; Dr. Sutherborg, Stockholm; the Hon. Robert Dale Owen, and several other gentlemen.
The subscriptions and donations during the year amount to £224. 6s., which, with the balance of £379. Os. 6d. in the hands of the treasurer at the beginning of the year, has enabled the society to carry on its operations during the past year, and leaves a balance on hand of £320. 13s. to meet future liabilities. We wish this society every prosperity, and commend it to the liberal support of the members of the church.
*For a more particular account of this work, see the July number of this Periodical (page 295).
REPORT OF THE LONDON MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY (No. 38.)—This society comes under two of our general classes, viz., the Press and the Pulpit; for its operations are directed both to the field of missionary labour and to the publication of Tracts, which are silent missionaries, carrying the doctrines into the home and the closet alike of every state and condition of men. The Report gives the particulars of visits made by the Rev. J. B. Kennerley to Jersey; of the Rev. W. Woodman to Dunstable and Carlisle; of the Rev. E. D. Rendell to York; of the Rev. R. Storry to Sheffield and Colne; of Dr. Bayley to Ipswich, Brighton, St. Ives, Chatteris, and Hammersmith. At Deptford the services are regularly conducted by Messrs. Gunton, Smith, and other friends.
In the field of Tract publication and distribution this society has performed useful labour, having distributed 19,143 Tracts during the year, and printed 18,201. Amongst these latter is the Rev. Mr. M'Pherson's Account of his Reception of the Doctrines of the New Church in the Isle of Trinidad; which brings out in bold relief the principal points of difference between the doctrines of the Old Church and the New, and may, therefore, with great propriety be used as a pioneer. An edition of this Tract on better paper has also been published. Tracts have been distributed at Hammersmith, Stoke Newington, Kingsland, Brighton, Clonmell, Dunstable, Norwich, and Trinidad in the West Indies, besides after lectures in the London societies. Considerable grants have been made to Mr. Gardiner, in London, and to Mr. Gladwell, at Shields, for distribution during openair preaching. This latter missionary has zealously and diligently carried on his efforts in this way for a considerable period, and commands the attention of his audiences.
The Committee urge upon the members the importance of lending the Tracts as extensively as possible. They have several new Tracts under consideration; one by Mr. Gardiner, another by Mr. Hyde, and several by Dr. Bayley, and have determined to reprint the answers, in French, of Mons. de Chazal to the Catholic and the Protestant bishops of Mauritius, and to add to them the Tract which Mons. Le Boys wrote for the year
1851; and also a translation of Mr. Macpherson's Tract. These will be very useful in France and the Mauritius.
The income for the past year from all sources has been £176. 19s. The expenditure in missions has been £71. 9s. 3d., for printing Tracts, &c., £81. 5s.; and after meeting other incidental penses, there is a balance in the Treasurer's hands of £33. 8s. 7d. towards the labours of the current year.
The REPORT (No. 22) of the MANCHESTER TRACT SOCIETY coming under our Press class, states that the issue of Tracts during the past year is greater than during any preceding twelvemonths of its history, being 54,275, of which 1,127 are minor works of Swedenborg; this makes the total issue since the commencement of the Institution, in year 1837, 664,570. Thus the two Tract Societies, London and Manchester, have conjointly issued in one year 73,418 Tracts; a number which, under the blessing of Divine Providence, will doubtless be productive of much good, visible in great part only to Him who knoweth all men. Donations of Tracts have been made to America, India, and North Africa, and for distribution after lectures by the Rev. E. D. Rendell, at York; the Rev. W. Woodman, at Carlisle; and to Mr. Gladwell, the streetpreacher. Besides which, Tracts have been distributed after lectures at Accrington, Bury, Besses-o'th'-Barn, Haslingden, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Ramsbottom, and Salford. New editions of Tracts Nos. 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 58, 59, 60, and 61, of each 5,200 copies, have been printed during the past year, as well as an entirely new Tract from the pen of Mr. George Parry, entitled "Religion and Life," which has been substituted for the old No. 10 of the series, thus making the total number printed 52,000
In addition to which there is in the press a new edition of Tract No. 14, reprints of the pithy series, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8, and a new four-page Tract, entitled "The Crucified Malefactor," written by the Rev. William Mason, besides six other MS. Tracts from the same pen. The Committee of this Institution evidently labour hard to render it efficient, and to secure a varied and choice series of Tracts adapted to all classes of readers, and on almost every point of religious doctrine and life. We
would, however, suggest for their consideration the propriety of publishing a series of narrative Tracts for domestic reading, as well as Tracts peculiarly adapted to the rising generation, so soon as their resources will justify their expenditure of the funds for these purposes; and to expedite this advisable result, as well as to enlarge and increase the operations of the society, we would appeal to every recipient of the Heavenly Doctrines for his contribution, for which he will receive Tracts to the full amount.
The receipts during the year have been £140. 3s. 11 d., the whole of which has been expended, and a sum of more than £120. is required to enable the Committee to publish the MSS. on hand and the reprints required.
The (forty-third) REPORT OF MANCHESTER AND SALFORD MISSIONARY SOCIETY, which belongs to the Pulpit class, appears to indicate that its efforts are neither so vigorous nor so continuous as in former years. "That instead of twenty-eight ministers, leaders, and missionaries on the arrangement in the year 1842, to supply the wants of twentyone societies, in 1859 there are only nineteen ministers and missionaries on the arrangement to meet the wants of thirty-one societies." The reason assigned for this apparent want of energy and effect is the "want of men," and of "that strong love for the diffusion of truth in our societies which will prompt them to make the needful sacrifices, that so the living teacher may be sent upon his mission." An effort is being made to organise this Society upon a new basis, which we hope will give it new life and energy. It has not, however, been totally inactive during the year, for under its auspices" three lectures have been given by the Revs. W. Woodman, and J. B. Kennerley, and Mr. Parry, at Ancoats; and six lectures, in two courses of three, by the Revs. J. H. Smithson, E. D. Rendell, W. Woodman, and J. B. Kennerley, and Mr. Parry, at Stretford. The Rev. Mr. Kennerley has also, by special invitation, delivered a lecture at a Unitarian place of worship at Macclesfield, where he was well received by an audience chiefly of Unitarians."
The income of the society, including a balance in the Treasurer's hands of £56. 11s. 1d. from the preceding year,
On the Thursday evening the Sacramental Service was administered to the members and friends of Conference, when about 70 communicants partook of the sacred ordinance.
On Friday evening the Rev. W. Woodman preached the usual Conference Sermon. His text was from the 76th Psalm, ver. 1-3. "In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling-place in Zion. There brake He the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle." After a brief explanation of the spiritual meaning of Judah and Israel, Salem and Zion, as referring to the internal principles of the church and the Word, the preacher took a general review of the present condition of the world, and in connection with it the promises of the Scripture of a future reign of peace, and glory of the church. He remarked, that if we accepted the authority of the Word we must believe in the realization of these promises. Our text expounded the fact that the elements of strife must first be obliterated in the church,-it was in Judah, Israel, Salem and Zion that the arrows of the bow, the shield, the sword, and the battle, were to be broken. All wars grew out of the state of the church, in popular language, the state of religion among men; consequently, that when this shall be restored to a normal condition, and its doctrines and influences harmonized, peace and harmony would flow from it as a centre, and be felt in every grade of the social scale. The doctrines of the New Church bore the elements of harmony within them. They harmonized the idea of God, of the divine and the human, of justice and mercy, charity and faith, heaven and the world; their tendency being to link the whole together in a golden chain; hence, when their influence
shall be received into the understandings, and especially into the affections and lives of men, they would usher in a new reign of peace in the world, and a new glory in the church. The present fewness of the numbers by whom these facts were recognized was no argument against their power. The kingdom of heaven had small beginnings-the grain of mustard-seed, the stone cut out of the mountain-the waters of the sanctuary, that came from under the threshold which at a thousand furlongs reached only to the ankles and their growth and increase, till the one became a tree, the other filled the whole earth, and the third swelled into a torrent which no one could pass, indicated the power of divine truth. Let not one, then, despise the day of small things, least of all those who accepted the fact of a New Church being raised up; but let all return to their homes, and like burning and shining lights, exhibit the character of the new dispensation in their own lives, assured that the Lord would hasten his own purposes in his own time.
On Sunday morning, the Rev. J. H. Smithson preached at Derby, on "Regeneration the only true progress," selecting as a text the concluding words of the 14th chapter of John-"Arise, let us go hence." In the course of his sermon, the preacher adverted to the present age being frequently called one of progress, and showed that true progress only existed as men aimed to elevate their natures to the requirements of the Divine Will. He clearly manifessed that man was unable by his merely external knowledge to gain this information;-hence it was necessary for a revelation to be given to supply the want, and the sum of its teachings was embodied in the language of the text. After alluding to the temptations to swerve from the path of duty, which all had to encounter, he concluded by graphically pointing out the glorious results which would arise from a practical observance of the injunction they had been considering.
In the evening, the Rev. Dr. Bayley preached on "Where are the dead men's souls ?" to a very crowded congregation, the aisles in the chapel being all filled. His text was Luke xx. 38. He alluded to the desire universally felt to know something of the state of deceased
relatives and friends, and the reasonableness of its being met. The Word when properly examined would be found to contain many instances of angels who had been seen, and all appeared in the human form, hence, it followed that there was a spiritual as well as a natural body. After proving that the former is a real substantial form, adapted to the world in which it has to dwell eternally, he proceeded to argue that the nature of the life to come is dependent upon something done here, that all men who have been removed decided by their own free-will their future lot,-those who had obeyed the divine teachings, now experiencing endless bliss, while those who had wilfully refused to observe them were enduring everlasting misery. The sermon was concluded by a powerful appeal to the audience to so live whilst on earth as to finally become inhabitants of the heavenly kingdom.
Besides the services at Derby, there were special services at Melbourne, conducted by the Revs. E. Madeley and R. Edleston. We have not been fortunate enough to obtain an account of these services, beyond the fact that they were attended by numerous and deeply-interested audiences, and that the friends were much gratified and refreshed by them.
Baptismal and Sacramental services were held in the afternoon, when nearly thirty communicants (we believe) partook of the Holy Supper, and an adult baptism took place.
Nottingham was visited by the Rev. J. B. Kennerley, who preached in the small chapel belonging to this society. In the morning the chapel was well attended, while in the evening the place was crowded. This society is using every effort to obtain a more suitable and convenient place of worship, and a very eligible plot of ground, in an excellent situation has been purchased for this purpose. The members are vigorously endeavouring to raise the needful means amongst themselves, but being a small band, the assistance of the church generally would greatlystrengthen their hands, and could not be given to a more worthy object. It would be very little inconvenience, probably, were each society in the church to make a collection on a Sunday set apart for the purpose, the proceeds of which should be given to our Nottingham brethren. When all cooperate, difficulties are soon removed.
Birmingham was visited by the Rev. R. Storry, and though the services had been announced only from the desk, were attended by large congregations. In the afternoon the teachers and friends of the Sunday School met in the schoolroom, to the number of eighty. Tea was provided, and an address delivered on subjects of interest suited to the occasion. Altogether we have reason to believe that these visits, which were warmly appreciated by our friends, will be found useful in building up the church in this part of the kingdom.
EXCURSIONS DURING THE CONFERENCE WEEK.
Among the other sources of enjoyment provided by the Derby friends were a trip to Matlock on the Saturday, and to Chatsworth and Haddon Hall on the Wednesday. The weather on both days proved highly favourable, and the friends enjoyed themselves in a proportionate degree. After visiting the mansion at Chatsworth, and beautiful gardens attached to it, the friends sat down under the shadow of a spreading beech, and partook of refreshments, our friend, Mr. Austin, having foregone the pleasure of a visit to the interior to prepare a store of sandwiches, which kind forethought on his part greatly added to the comfort of the friends. The tree under which the party was seated was designated "The Conference Tree." Tea was provided at Haddon, after which the party returned, and reached Derby shortly before nine. We omitted to mention in our last that the refreshments at the preliminary meeting, on the Wednesday previous to the Conference, were supplied gratuitously by the kindness of the Derby friends; also, that the Melbourne friends not only supplied the entertainment of the members of Conference, but also the carriages which conveyed them to and from that interesting village.
THE LATE CONFERENCE AND THE DERBY SOCIETY.
We have been favoured with a letter in which the writer speaks in very gratifying terms of the effect of the late Conference on the Derby Society and neighbourhood. As respects the friends themselves, it has infused new life into them; and has also excited considerable attention in the neighbourhood. The different services and meetings during