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sense of the Word than I had previously “At St. Ives, open opposition does not done at these places, and to dwell less so much appear; but every secret effort on the general doctrines. I took, there is made to induce persons to keep away fore, at Chatteris, the parable of the from the New Church services. We Wise and Foolish Virgins for the first had, however, good audiences and great evening, Nov. 16th, and the Intercession attention. The applause of the people of our Lord for the following one. Both broke out from time to time; and our meetings were distinguished by deep worthy and indefatigable friend, Mr. attention; and, after each discourse, Tall, expressed the gratitude of the questions were asked and answered, friends to the Committee in the warmest which added to the interest, and no terms. doubt to the profit of the people. Tbe “I have also just concluded six lecvicar of Chatteris was present, and on tures at Hammersmith. Our friend, the second evening was induced to put the Rev. W. Bruce, who was commissome questions, and, for about an hour, sioned a little time ago to obtain a place, to discuss the difference between the but failed, called upon me to say that old doctrines and the new.
happily a place could now be had, and The vicar kept in tolerable good humour, the opportunity was most favourable. though he said many inconsistent things. His health would not permit bim to He announced also that he would lec- deliver the lectures, nor any of them; ture against us on Sunday evening, and but he was most anxious I should carry probably on several Sunday evenings. out the Committee's design. I therefore The vicar kept his word. In a very few undertook it, Mr. Bruce and Miss Fawdays after my return home I received a sett making the arrangements. The letter from Chatteris, informing me that audience at first was thin, but improved the vicar had abused us so outrageously each lecture. We commenced with 60, that the friends considered it incumbent and at the last lecture had probably 120 that he should be replied to at the very present. Interesting discussions were earliest period. The week but one after held, and many signs of interest and was the very earliest I had at my disposal. adhesion were given. The few families This I ventured to name, though I was we have in the vicinity were much unable to see and obtain the sanction of cheered, and they are wishful that worthe Committee, fully relying on your ship should be had in harmony with the concurrence, under such circumstances. New Church at Hammersmith, in which Our friends issued a bill, which I enclose, I heartly concur. The likelihood is, & and had taken notes for me. The meet- respectable little band would be gathered ings were now more crowded than ever; at once, and, if well supported, they many gathered round the place who would be the nucleus of what in time were unable to get in. On the first would be a good society. An eligible evening I took for my subject the com- room may be obtained at an easy rate, pactness of the New Jerusalem, as re- and they would contribute a tolerable ferred to in Ps. cxxii., and replied to the sum towards the expenses at once. vicar's objections as I came across them. You will, however, no doubt hear from The discourse took me about two hours, them upon this subject. I am, &c., but no one seemed wearied. After the
"J. BAYLEY. lecture, a deputation was appointed to “ Dec. 18th, 1858.” wait upon the vicar, and request his Heywood.— A delightful meeting of presence on the following evening. He the members and friends of the New declined to appear; but the congrega- Church at Heywood was held in the tion was again most crowded. I took school-room on the evening of Christmas the description of the New Jerusalem, Day. Upwards of 500 persons were Rev. xxi. 2. We had a most delightful accommodated with tea, and afterwards evening. All seemed edified. The the number considerably increased. deputation gave an account of their The programme for the occasion coninterview with the vicar, and a letter sisted of addresses, recitations, and was read from him. Our friends ex- choice selections of sacred music. pressed their strong conviction that the In his opening address the chairman church had been much strengthened by (Mr. Holt) said he had much pleasure the opposition, and the agitation alto in congratulating the meeting on the gether.
present prosperous condition of the
society. Within the last few years their here at Christmas, by the liberality of place of worship had been considerably the ladies of the congregation. enlarged and beautified, and during the Keighley.—The annual meeting of past year the school room in which they the scholars, teachers, members, and were then assembled had also been friends of the society, took place on enlarged to almost double of its former Christmas Day last. A tea was provided size. He felt happy in being able to for the occasion, to which about one say that the society had been compelled hundred sat down, exclusive of scholars. to make these alterations in consequence After tea, the meeting was opened by of their steadily increasing numbers. singing. Addresses were then delivered There were then 427 scholars in the by Mr. Kenyon, the present leader, and Sunday School, with an average attend- Mr. Dixon, one of the members of the ance of nearly 400, and the room in its society; after which the entertainment former state was not calculated to hold was of a varied character, consisting of with comfort more than two-thirds of recitations by the scholars (bearing that number. In the Temple, also, in upon the views entertained by the its present improved condition, there church), among which may be noticed were but few seats vacant, and he had no the catechism repeated by sixteen of the doubt that when the young people whom scholars, a dialogue on employments in he then saw around him had grown up, heaven, “ the Lord is my shepherd," and the society would again be under the others. A selection of music was sung necessity of extending their borders. by the choir, commencing with the 133rd
He then called upon the musicians to psalm. Behold a virgin” (recit.), and favour the meeting with “ Unto us a * O thou that tellest" (air); “ He was child is born,” which was admirably cut off” (recit.), and "But thou didst rendered by the Bury Apollo Glee Club not leave" (air) : Holy, holy, holy and choir of the church.
Lord God” (air), were very correctly Mr. Fairbrother followed next, and and feelingly sung by three young gave an interesting sketch of the history females of the choir. of the Sunday School from its com- Other anthems were also sung, closing mencement to the present time, and with the Hallelujah chorus and the attributed a great portion of their pre- 213th hymn. A very pleasant evening sent success to the establishment of was thus spent. 200 were present, by evening classes, a few years since, in whom the occasion will no doubt be connection with the Sunday School, for long remembered for the kindly feelings instruction in singing and other branches by which it was characterised. of useful knowledge; and he hoped that Jan. 6th, 1859.
A MEMBER every advantage would now be taken of The following items have, from the their commodious rooms to establish pressure on our space, stood over from other classes of a similar kind, that the last number. The intelligence from would ultimately contribute, as he be- Manchester, Derby, and Melbourne were lieved the others had done, to the wel- omitted through an accident. fare and benefit of the society.
Manchester.—The society at PeterSeveral other interesting remarks were street have availed themselves of their offered during the evening, by Messrs. commodious school-rooms to inaugurate G. Ashton, S. Stott, T. Isherwood, W. a series of reunions, some for the mem. Whitworth, F. Smith of Manchester, bers of the congregation, intended for the Rev. R. Edleston, and others, the social intercourse and the cultivation of proceedings being interspersed with a more intimate acquaintance among selections of music, chiefly from the them; others for mutual improvement Messiah.
by lectures, conversazioni, &c.; in all Several excellent recitations were also there is the effort to combine the utile given during the evening by teachers et dulce, which it is believed has been and scholars of the Sunday School, one realized, these occasions having been in poetry, composed, for the occasion, on felt, by those who have taken part in the late enlargement of the school build- the meetings, to be fraught with both ings.
pleasure and instruction. We hope to The proceeds realised, on the occa- be able in a future number to furnish sion, £23. 28. 6d., the trays being gra- more particulars. tuitously furnished, as is usually done Derby.-On the 21st of November, the Rev. W. Woodman preached the “ I think reason to hope that some annual school sermons of this society. prejudice against Swedenborg has been The congregations, owing in some mea- removed, and some inquiry has cersure to the inclemency of the weather, tainly been excited.” coupled with the prevalence of sickness, Sheffield.—Lectures by the Rev. R. which confined several of tbe members Storry.—By the “Sheffield Daily Teleto their homes, were not very numerous, graph” we learn that the Rev. R. Storry but the greatest attention was manifested has recently visited this town, having whilst, in the morning, the preacher during his visit delivered a course of four expounded the delightful instruction lectures, viz.: – December 1st, The involved in the Lord's miracle at the Deity of Christ; December 2nd, Remarriage of Cana in Galilee, when he demption and Atonement, December changed the water into wine; and, in 8th, The Life of Christ in the Souls of the evening, vindicated the Divine cha- His Disciples; and December 9th, The racter against infidel objections by an Second Coming of the Lord. A notice exposition of the historical portion of the of each lecture appeared in the “ TeleWord which records the destruction by graph” immediately after its delivery; two she-bears of the forty-two children some of these, especially the one on the who mocked Elisha on his return from Second Coming of the Lord, were someJericho to Bethel. On the Monday what elaborate, and all of them were evening Mr. Woodman delivered a lec. favourable. We subjoin the following ture on the Existence and Eternity of account received from a correspondent, Hell, showing that they were not incon- and regret we have not room for any sistent with the infinite love and wisdom portion of the interesting notices in the of God. The weather was very unfa- 56 Telegraph." vourable, but a considerable number of “ These lectures have been attended persons were attracted by the subject, by attentive and respectable audiences, amongst whom were some of the most and averaged about two hundred people, intelligent and thoughtful inhabitants of which number was quite as large as we the town. The lecture was listened to expected, as there were several other throughout with the most marked atten- lectures and tea meetings going on in tion, and it is believed left a deep im. the town at the same time. The prinpression. A notice of it, occupying cipal portion of the audience was more than half a column, appeared in noticed to be the same as attended Mr. the leading Derby paper. The collec- Storry's previous lectures last winter. tions on the Sunday amounted to nearly The lectures were well received; and, £12.
although the lecturer stated at the finish Melbourne.—The visit of the Rev. W. of each night's discourse, he would be Woodman to Derby affording a favour- willing to answer any questions bearing able opportunity, the friends resident in on the subject of the lecture, no one took this interesting village requested him to the opportunity. Mr. Storry hedged in lecture there. Accordingly, on the Tues- the lectures with such strong Scriptural day evening, he delivered a lecture on proofs, as to take away all ground for Swedenborg, his Life, Character, Writ- opposition ; indeed his kind and forcible ings, and Mission, in the Athenæum lec- manner of delivery, and his close reature-room, which had been engaged for soning, produced a favourable impresthe occasion. Upwards of 150 persons sion on his hearers, and several strangers were attracted, and listened to the subject have been heard to say that if Mr. Storry for upwards of two hours with unflag- was located in Sheffield he would soon ging attention, and we understand were have a good congregation. Our little surprised, on returning home, at the late society feel grateful to the National hour to which the meeting had been Missionary Society, for the assistance protracted. A communication since re- they have rendered in forwarding their ceived states that the lecture gave efforts to make the Heavenly Doctrines general satisfaction, several persons hav- of the New Jerusalem known to their ing remarked that they always thought fellow-townsmen; and to Mr. Storry, many untruths had been circulated of for the care with which he has watched Swedenborg, and the lecture had con- over the interests of the New Church in vinced them that such was the case. Sheffield.
J. D. “We have,” adds our correspondent, Colne.---Lectures by the Rev. R.
Storry:- In the Repository of November ford, where there are many, like himlast a brief reference to Colne, or rather self, friends of Holyoake, in which case Marsden and the neighbourhood, ap- himself and friends would gladly join at peared, and an intimation that, in con. the expense; and it is very probable sequence of the excitement occasioned that his wishes will be realized ere by lectures and counter-lectures by long. At the close of the second lecMessrs. Holyoake and Brewin Grant, ture, a local preacher put several quesand a rejoinder by a third lecturer, from tions to Mr. Storry, concerning the Sheffield, a few friends had opened a Trinity, quoting various passages where communication with Mr. Butter, relative he considered three persons were spoken to a course of New Church lectures. of; in reply to which Mr. Storry said, This request, as will be seen by the fol- although the questions did not bear lowing communication, has been kindly directly upon the subject of his lecture, complied with, and a course of two he was very glad they had been put, and lectures delivered by Mr. Storry, of replied by saying that three persons in Dalton. “On the evenings of Wednes- the Trinity were not mentioned in the day and Thursday, the 24th and 25th Bible at all, but that the Trinity was November, two eloquent and highly always spoken of as consisting of three instructive lectures were delivered in essentials, &c., &c. At the close of the Cloth Hall, Colne, by the Rev. R. each lecture, tracts were freely distriStorry, on · The Bible—is it from God, buted, and eagerly inquired for; and if or of man?' and 'The Redemption and the audience had all been members of Atonement of Christ-from what are the New Church there could not have we redeemed? To whom
been more apparent good feeling maniatoned? This being the first time of fested; and such is our impression of an attempt being made to introduce the the success of this, our first effort to New Church doctrines in this neigh- disseminate the truths of the New bourhood, we thought the subjects of Church, that we are induced to renew the lectures well adapted for drawing the same in the early part of the ensutogether a good audience on each occa- ing year, when we hope to present to sion, on account of Holyoake having so you a more favourable prospect of our many admirers here, whom we con
We desire to express our sinsidered likely to muster in great strength cere thanks to the Committee of the to oppose us, and we trusted the popu- Missionary Society for the services of larity of the latter subject ensuring a Mr. Storry, as well as for a good supgood attendance of the members of the ply of tracts; and to our Accrington various denominations. We are sorry, brethren, who have given us their symhowever, that our expectations were not pathy and pecuniary assistance, as well realised, owing, doubtless, to the incle- as a large assortment of tracts, many of mency of the weather on both evenings, which we have left, and purpose making and, perhaps, to some extent, to the pre- use of them at our next lectures.-I am, judice which exists in the minds of dear sir, yours sincerely, “ J. W." many to either read or hear anything Ancoats.-Lectures. The Committee respecting Swedenborg and his doc- of the Manchester and Salford Missiontrines. It is pleasing to state the lec- ary Society have been endeavouring to tures were listened to with the greatest disseminate the doctrines of the New attention, and we have reason for sup- Church amongst the dense masses of posing good results will ensue from labouring men residing in Ancoats, a them. Permission was granted to ask populous district in Manchester, and questions, but none availed themselves lectures have been delivered in the of the privilege on the first evening, People's Institute, Heyrod-street, on although there were several Atheists the following subjects :- On the 24th present, who had come two miles to November the Rev. J. B. Kennerley hear the lecture, one of whom told me, delivered a very eloquent lecture on the day following, that he was never so “ Jesus Christ the God of Reason and much pleased with either lecture or the God of the Bible." After the leclecturer, although the sentiments ex- ture there was a short discussion. On pressed did not coincide with his own. December 1st, the Rev. W. Woodman He wished very much that Mr. Storry took for the subject of his lecture, could be induced to lecture in Barrow- Why is the Word of God divine ? and
how may its divinity be demonstrated ?" insert it entire. As it is there are in which he cleared away many objec- several additional particulars, to which tions, and proved the fallacy of the we most willingly give insertion, and arguments advanced by the deniers of a beg to thank our esteemed corresponrevelation from God. And on Decem- dent for supplying them. ber 8th Mr. Parry delivered a lecture on The object of these lectures was two“True Religion," forcibly illustrating fold, viz., “ that of spreading a knowthe practicability of a life of love and ledge of the doctrines, and of bringing usefulness in the humblest cottages of into communication with each other the poor. Ashortconversation followed, such as were favourable to these views as on the previous lectures, and the of Christian truth.” Our informant answers given to the questions proposed also states that some 2,000 tracts were by some of the audience appeared to given away during the lectures ; but on carry conviction, if not to the minds of this and some other subsequent matters the interrogators, always to the under- we avail ourselves of our friend's comstandings of a majority of the audience, 'munication. which, although not large, was earnestly “About 2,000 tracts were distributed attentive throughout the course. Very in connection with these lectures, and I great ignorance no doubt exists amongst trust the good seed thus sown will be the large body of men living in this productive, under the Divine Providence, populous district. The great and ear- of an abundant harvest, in the Lord's nest work with them is to earn their good time. A subscription has since daily bread. The “true bread” which been made, by which a large proportion gives life to the spirit is comparatively of the expenses has been met. A small unheeded and unsought for—they have society has also been formed, which no hunger for it.
This is, however, no meets regularly on Sunday evenings, at reason why those who believe in the the bouse of one of the members, for doctrines which tell us of the Lord's the purpose of worship; and on each love, and of his mighty power, in the occasion a sermon has been read by the Divine Humanity, to approach and raise gentleman at whose house the meeting even the most ignorant and debased, is held (whose pursuits are literary, and should pass by these poor men as being who has for many years been a receiver too degraded to understand and love the of the doctrines), of his own compositruths of the New Church. As the good tion, and admirably adapted to the purSamaritan lovingly ministered to the pose. Tract lending, in connexion with wants of the traveller who was left this society, is to be carried on by its nearly dead by thieves, and lifted him members, for which purpose a grant has on his own beast, so would the doctrines been obtained from the Tract Society; of the New Church compassionate and and it is proposed to establish a library help these poor souls, half dead to the and reading-room as soon as practicable; life of heaven, and robbed by their evils but the means of our present members and ignorance of almost every good and are exceedingly limited, and we must truth capable of making them either wait with patience for this desideratum. good citizens here or angels of heaven “Mr. Gardiner, of London, has also hereafter.
been treating, on Sundays, on New Brighton.--We have received a highly Church subjects, in a large open space interesting communication from a cor- at the north part of the town, called the respondent in this town, giving a de- Level, a place devoted to the week day scription of Dr. Bayley's recent lectures recreations of the public, and where there. As, however, our friend com- out-door preaching, temperance lecturmences his communication by stating ing, &c., are carried on on fine Sunday that he had not seen “in the Repository afternoons. His audiences have been any account of Dr. Bayley's lectures in very attentive and orderly, and much Brighton,” we presume when his com- profitable discussion has arisen from munication was penned he had not seen his teachings.--Trusting you will exthe December n'amber, which contains cuse my somewhat exorbitant demand a somewhat full account of those lec- on your space, tures. Had the account been received “I remain, sir, yours respectfully, prior to the last number going to press,
5 T. G. G. we should have been but too happy to “ Brighton, Dec. 17, 1858."