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With sullen lip and lowering brow, in prayer
Oh, mother, mother, 'tis too hard to die!"
This lad had grievous faults, nor few nor light;
And he would take her out to walk or drive, [Enl. Series.No. 62, vol. vi.
And tell her all his hopes and all his plans;
Gracey, I come !" Oh, why e'en now again
The dream was o'er, and I arose subdued,
RETROSPECT OF THE YEAR 1858. attacks upon us, which, for virulence (Concluded from page 38.) and want of principle, equal, if they do
not exceed, any to which we have at any In the last number we cast a cursory previous time been subjected. The religlance at the general religious features gious bodies (or rather some of them) in of the past year. The length to which Middleton and Rhodes, villages near our remarks extended precluded any Manchester, led the attack. Next, we specific notice of the New Church; in
were assailed by John Bowes, at Bolton. deed, one or two features, of more than Leamington followed, in which town ordinary significance, relating to the the somewhat notorious John Brindley Old were, from the same cause, passed made an onslaught on our doctrines; over unnoticed. These, however, we and, being virtually foiled, subsequently propose to take up at some future oppor- attempted to remove the seat of war to tunity.
Birmingham, where he disgusted, not The year 1857 was memorable in the only the public, but, apparently, the annals of the New Church as the com- more judicious of his own friends. Subpletion of the first centenary since the sequently, at the instigation of a Mr. last judgment, preparatory to the coming George Porter, a Plymouth brother, an of the Lord, in the mighty power of his attack was made in Carlisle, by Mr. saving truth in his Divine Word. This Bowes; and, lastly, we have had to epoch was, however, unnoted, except submit to one from a somewhat noted within the small circle of those who Gathercall, at Chatteris, where he is the profess New Church doctrines; and the vicar. series of delightful réunions, devoted to What makes these attacks the more mutual recognition and greeting of pre- striking and significant is, that they were viously unknown friends, and their entirely unprovoked. At Middleton, or mutual congratulations, which marked rather Rhodes, the conflict was excited the era, excited neither sympathy nor by an announcement from the pulpit, attention in the public at large. Whilst of the library belonging to the society turmoil reigned without the Russian being open to the public, which resulted war just ended, and the Indian rebellion in some four teachers of another school at its climax,-peace reigned within, reading and being convinced of the and apathy, apparently, prevailed with truth of the New Church doctrines; and out. Signs of excitement had indeed Middleton, from its contiguity, became begun to exhibit themselves among the involved. At Bolton the attack appaleaders of the Old; efforts to reach the rently arose out of the “chapter of working classes by special services had accidents," Mr. Bowes having confessed been inaugurated ; and, among the to being drawn into it against his better lesser lights, a Spurgeon or a Mursell judgment. The Leamington controversy shone out with the glare of a meteor, arose from the works being received On the other hand, an attempt to unite into the Free Library of that town; and the scattered and discordant elements it was out of this that the Birmingham of popular Protestantism into an alliance attack sprang. The attack at Carlisle of mutual defence against Papal aggres- originated in the progress of the cause sion had been made, under the auspices in that city, which, though consisting of of the Evangelical Alliance; but the a mere handful of persons, was sufficient New Church was left to pursue her to awaken the fears of Mr. Porter. Some course unmolested, being, apparently, few years previous Mr. Bowes had a deemed too insignificant to demand small band of followers, and Mr. Cartattention.
mell, the present leader of the Carlisle Since then, however, a new phase has society, having recently returned from characterized our experience. The year America, where he had received the 1858 has been marked by the renewal doctrines, was requested to preach to of a conflict we had believed to be at an them. The result was, that about half end. After years of quiet from molesta- became favourable to the doctrines, and tion, the past year witnessed a series of the others were scattered to the winds. Among the latter was, we understand, from prudential considerations, may be the gentleman who incited the recent restrained from giving public utterance attack; and it is not surprising that to the opposition they feel; but we infer, neither he nor Mr. Bowes should view with tolerable certainty, that a powerful us with no friendly eye. Then, as agitation is going on beneath the surrespects Chatteris, the circumstances of face, and the incidental attacks we have the attack, having been so recently de- quoted are but a few of the ripples that tailed, must be familiar to our readers, rise to the top. and need not be repeated.
The results to the New Church have In the early history of the church it been the very reverse of what our oppowas the custom of many of our preachers nents contemplated and desired. They to shew little or no mercy on the falla- were not only promptly met, but our cies of the old dogmas. Had such been enemies have been mortified with defeat. the case now—were our pulpit services In Middleton, whilst the storm raged, characterized by the unsparing expo- and our foes threatened us with demoli. sure of error that formerly marked tion, our friends were engaged in the them, it would have furnished some erection of a new place of worship, of clue to the recent attacks. But, a studi- near threefold the size of their previous ous avoidance of aught that might cause one, which has hitherto been attended unnecessary pain has, for some time with a proportionately larger congrega past, been the leading feature of New tion. The attack in Bolton resulted in Church preaching, and the object of our a public discussion, the printed report preachers has been to build up the of which, circulated by hundreds, has, truth rather than pull down error. No it is believed, done good service to the external incitement will, therefore, Church. In Leamington, where public supply a solution of the attacks made attention was first called to our doctrines on us from so many quarters, and we by the denunciations of an enemy, an must consequently seek it in some in- increasing number have already avowed ternal.
themselves firm believers in their truth, In the remarks we offered at the and others are examining their claims, commencement of the year 1858, refer- where previously there was not one; ence was made to the Indian outbreak, whilst the opposition in Birmingham in which it was suggested that many of raised up a vindicator in the person of its features indicated the accomplish- Mr. Taylor, before unknown to us, and ment of a judgment in the spiritual unacquainted with our doctrines, till world. The present, or rather recent, his attention was drawn to them by the outbreak against our doctrines, arises, scurrility and virulence of Dr. Brindley's we believe, from the same general cause. attacks. Nor must we pass over the One of the results of these periodical Deep Dip of a Charity Boy, which, crises in the invisible world is the in- although intended to vindicate Mr. creased power of the Divine influx into George Dawson, was highly favourable that world, and thence into the minds to us. The onslaught made on us in of men, with the consequent extension Carlisle awakened a degree of interest of the Lord's kingdom. But the legions in us which any other means would, of the Dragon will not yield without a probably, have failed to accomplish, and conflict, and the struggle which rages the refutation of the scandals raised there makes itself felt below. When against us was listened to by approving John beheld the Dragon and his angels hundreds. The results of the Chatteris expelled from heaven by Michael and attacks may be gathered from the last his angels, he heard a voice denouncing and present number of the Repository, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of
Another feature by which the past the earth, for the devil is come down to year has been distinguished has been you, having great wrath, because he the greater efforts to make the doctrines knoweth that he hath but a short time.”+ known by lectures. These have partly, By the laws of influx out of that world it is true, arisen from the attacks made into the minds of men here, wherever a on us; but, independently of that circongenial ground or plane is supplied, cumstance,
average there it operates and incites; and no amount of missionary exertion has been doubt a very wide plane exists. Some, sustained, and with more than average * See vol. v., page 42. + Rev. xii. 7-12.
Under this head may
noted a phase, in the advocacy of the some of the churches or chapels of the doctrines, altogether new-we refer to locality. The time, bowever, seems to the labours of Mr. Gladwell, who, be drawing near when new centres will single-handed, and without any coun. spring up around these great centres of tenance or aid from our institutions— population, which in furnishing accom. indeed without their knowledge, in a modation to our own friends, will also series of more than a hundred out-door form nuclei of future societies, and lectures, advocated the leading doctrines afford to those not before cognizant of of the Church, and vindicated them in our doctrines facilities of becoming acthe face of all opposition. His labours quainted with the glorious truths they extendeil from Doncaster, through the embody. North Riding of Yorkshire, and Durham, From this hasty and brief outline of into Northumberland. Of his subse. the past year, our readers will gather quent labours, and present whereabouts, that the prospects of the Church are we hope to hear shortly.
brightening. There are some problems, Though we cannot stop to enumerate of great practical moment, it is true, the different localities where these mis- waiting for solution; we may, neversionary visits have been made, we must theless, mutually congratulate each not close this brief notice without re- other on the gradual extension and ferring to the highly successful efforts consideration of the truths in the minds made at Brighton, which have resulted of men, and, in humble gratitude, raise in the establishment of a small society, our Eben Ezer,* acknowledging that doubtless to become the nucleus of a the Lord hitherto hath helped us. As future large one.
respects our duties, it is to be hoped no The only other incident our space member of the Church is either ignowill admit of our noticing is the in- rant of, or indifferent to them. Under creased accommodation furnished, and a sense of the responsibility devolving contemplated in our places of worship. on us, let us hope the commencement The friends at Middleton, as already of another year will mark a more destated, have rebuilt their edifice; at cided progress, both in the Church Stand-lane also a new gallery has been within us, in our own states, and in the erected ; at Liverpool, Limekiln-lane, Church without us. The Lord and his Wigan, appeals have been made with angels, we are assured, are working for the view of erecting new places of wor- let us cooperate; and—“Ye that ship; and, though last, not least, in the make mention of the Lord, keep not metropolis and the vicinity our friends silence, and give him no rest, till he bave it in contemplation to provide establish, and till he make Jerusalem a greater accommodation. The church praise in the earth.” in Argyle-square is, we understand, shortly to undergo considerable altera- GENERAL INTELLIGENCEtion and enlargement. At the West
BRITISH End, in the Borough, and at Hammer- Missionary and Tract Society of the smith, the friends are desirous to inau New Church, Chatteris, St. Ives, and gurate the public worship of the New Hammersmith. The secretary of the Church.
above institution has forwarded the The establishment of societies meet- subjoined interesting communication, ing publicly for worship in the suburbs which he received from Dr. Bayley. A of our large towns, we have long portion relating to Chatteris, which conbeen convinced, will give a new im- tained a repetition of circumstances petus to the numerical growth of the detailed in the account that appeared in church. In this “ age of great cities," our last number, has, from consideraconsiderations of health and retire. tions of space, been omitted:ment drive our friends further and “ To the Secretary. further into the country, and to the same “My dear Sir,-i duly visited Chatextent apparently weaken the church by teris and St. Ives, as requested by the increasing the distance between them Missionary Committee, and have to and the place where they attend the report very crowded and interesting Sabbath ministrations. In some in- meetings. I felt a wish on these occastances they have no alternative but sions to exhibit more of the spiritual either to forego public worship, or attend
* Stone of Help.