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and so the attention of the Auxiliary Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow. Society is chiefly required as to publica- Each of these branches have concluded tions previous to that year. These, as their revision of the hymn book now in concerning the Church in its origin, use, and made some progress in the when it was weak and struggling, were selection of new hymns. Two meetings less likely to find their way there, and of the entire Committee have also been yet are of very great importance to us, held in London, extending over a session and will be still more to after times. A of four days each. In the course of catalogue of New Church works has these sittings several hymns which were been carefully prepared on the basis of thought to be better suited to private the catalogue of the "Noble" Library in reading than public worship were reCamden Road Church, but with exten- moved, others were restored more nearly sive additions, and in this all the works to their original form, and others received to be found in the British Museum has verbal emendations. Certain principles been carefully noted. It proves many seem to guide the Committee in their works to be lacking, and it has been de- labours, though these cannot, in all termined that an Appeal to all interested cases, be rigorously observed. One of in this great work (which ought to in- these principles is the restoration of clude all New Churchmen) shall be hymns as nearly as possible to their made in order to collect those works original form. The desirableness of this which are wanting. Any friend, there- restoration in the case of the hymns of fore, who may be rich in our early poets who in recent times have so literature is earnestly invited to help in largely promoted the development and the matter. Many of our older mem- enrichment of the hymnology of the bers, who are those most likely to Christian Church is now generally possess them, may be glad of an oppor- admitted. In the preface to the revised tunity to place some of their books in a edition of "Hymns Ancient and Modern" position like this, so that they may the editors say: "The fourteen years continue to be useful in a public manner that have passed since their first copy and to the distant future. Communi- was published have seen a great change cations containing lists of the works in opinion on many points. For exoffered may be addressed to either of the undersigned, who will have pleasure in indicating to the intending donors the works which are required for the purpose. Should any to save trouble prefer simply to make a gift of their overplus stock, they may be sure that what can be used will be used for the purpose, and that any over volumes not required will be exchanged for others which may be needed. All gifts, there fore, will be utilized to the utmost; and the great importance of the object will, it is hoped, justify the appeal and the necessary and unavoidable trouble which it will cause to donors.-On behalf of the Auxiliary Missionary and Tract Society of the New Church,
A. F. BANNISTER.
HYMN-BOOK COMMITTEE.-At the last session of the General Conference a large Committee was appointed to prepare a new hymn book by the revision of the one now in use and the addition of new hymns. This Committee is divided into four branches, and meets in four different centres, viz, London,
ample, it is not necessary now, as it was thought to be then, to print an altered or shortened form of a good hymn simply because it happened to be so used by certain congregations. No one wishes now to reprint tunes with unsatisfactory harmonies because we have been accustomed to them. general desire is rather to have a hymn as its author wrote it, and compilers are expected not to make changes in it without strong reasons. It is interesting to observe the number of hymns which find a place in the hymn books of all the large Christian communities both in England and America. It is an evidence of the substantial unity of the Church before the throne of God, and doubtless a providential means of promoting this unity. All the varied sections of the Church unite in their public worship in singing several of the same songs of praise, and realize therein that—
"All the servants of our King
In heaven and earth are one."
VIENNA.-In our last we called attention to the state of the New Church Society in this city, and to the painful
situation of its minister, the Rev. Her-
Mr. Richard Stocker, London £50
Mr. Jabez Kay, Manchester.
Mr. R. Gunton, London
Rev. Francis de Soyres
Mr. Ames, London
Mr. Presland of London. In the course of these services Mr. Presland gave three lectures at Greenock to increasing and interesting audiences. The subjects discussed were "The Lord Jesus Christ, the only God of Heaven and Earth," "The Way of Salvation," and "The Second Coming of the Lord." The lectures were distinguished by clear statement and cogent argument. They were followed by questions, some of which, as is usual on such occasions, appeared to be of a merely captious kind. To all, however, Mr. Presland In his letter to us which accompanies replied with courtesy and judgment, his subscription Mr. Jobson says: "In and left behind him a very favourable common with all New Church friends impression. In addition to this service I have read with deep regret the account at Greenock Mr. Presland gave two in your last issue of the treatment re- lectures at Alloa, two in Edinburgh, and ceived by the New Church Society in two in the City Hall, Glasgow; a third Vienna at the hands of the Austrian lecture at the City Hall was given by authorities. From the plain, unvar- the Rev. Mr. Potts. Mr. Presland nished statement of facts therein given attended also a social meeting of the there can be little doubt that our friends Glasgow Society and rendered other in Vienna have been made the victims services, which will doubtless be fruitful of most unjust and arbitrary proceedings. I heartily concur in the suggestion that the friends in England should take active measures in this matter by embodying the facts in a petition, and presenting the same through a good and influential deputation, to the Austrian Minister in London-or it might be presented to our own Foreign Secretary-and redress, if possible, obtained through either one or the other. The case of the Vienna Society was brought before the Conference at their annual meeting in Manchester in August, and I greatly regret that steps were not then taken to move in the matSurely our Conference, although a corporated body, is not destitute of sympathy for their own flesh and blood. Its members, as well as all true friends of the New Church, have now an excellent opportunity of showing their practical sympathy in the cause of their deeply-wronged and oppressed co-religionists on the Continent."
of good results. The work at Greenock is being continued by Mr. Gunton by week-night lectures and Sabbath services. The field in the North seems whitening for the harvest. We need to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth labourers into His harvest.
CAPE TOWN, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.Our readers will be greatly interested to hear of the existence of a New Church Society in this remote corner of the earth. The friends at Cape Town are evidently alive to the welfare of the Church, having recently forwarded to the Secretary of Conference the handsome sum of £10 for the Augmentation Fund for immediate use. We hope to be furnished with other information respecting this Society at an early date.
THE LINCOLNSHIRE NEW CHURCH AssoCIATION.-During the past winter this Association has continued its endeavours to spread a knowledge of the New Church doctrines among the clergy SCOTLAND.-A series of missionary and laity in Lincolnshire. The first services was conducted in Scotland volume of the "Arcana Cœlestia" has during the month of March by the Rev. been offered by circular to all the * Steps were, we believe, taken in this matter clergy who had applied last year for soon after the close of the Conference, but the " 'Spiritual Columbus." Applicawere interrupted by circumstances which have tions were received from eighteen, and since been removed. Now that attention is another replied thanking the Comagain called to the subject, no doubt the Committee for the generous offer, stating mittee appointed by the Conference will give active attention to it. that he had on his bookshelves the
The report also showed that there was a balance in the hands of the treasurer. After the reading of the report the amusements of the evening began. There was a varied programme, consisting of songs, readings, and dances, the dancing forming a large part of the evening's proceedings. The evening was very enjoyable, and all seem to have been pleased and delighted. In connection with the Mutual Improvement Society an Amateur Dramatic Society has been formed. An entertainment was given recently by these amateurs in which no little dramatic power was shown.
whole of the "Arcana" in twelve several essays. volumes, and expressing an earnest hope that these endeavours to make the clergy acquainted with the doctrines of the New Church, as revealed by Emanuel Swedenborg, might be successful. The treatise on "The True Christian Religion" has similarly been offered by letter to all the editors of newspapers published in Lincolnshire, on condition of their consenting to review the same in the columns of their paper, and seven have accepted it on those terms. Notices have appeared in the Louth Times, Grimsby Herald, and the Crowle Advertiser. The former of these was much more favourable in tone than is customary, and the writer had evidently read other New Church works besides the one reviewed. A statement made that "Swedenborg flings away half the books of the Bible because they cannot be made to square with his system"-brought into the field the indefatigable Secretary of the Auxiliary Society, Mr. H. T. W. Elliott, several letters from whom were inserted and replied to in the Louth Times. Several of Swedenborg's works have also been offered to the Mechanics' Institution Library in that town, but they have not as yet been accepted. The review which appeared in the Grimsby Herald was most unsatisfactory in tone and matter. The writer made the astonishing discovery that the doctrine of the Trinity as taught by Swedenborg "about coincides with orthodox notions"! The notice in the Crowle Advertiser was very brief, but couched in favourable terms.
DALTON.-This Society arranged for special services for Easter Day, which were enlivened by a selection of hymns and anthems suited to the occasion. On Easter Monday the ladies held a bazaar in the schoolroom to raise funds for the purchase of a new organ, when the sum of £63 was realized. The young people have recently provided a handsome harmonium for the use of the Sunday school at a cost of £27.
LEEDS. The annual meeting of this Society was held on Good Friday at two o'clock in the afternoon for the election of officers. Tea was provided at five, after which there was a social meeting, presided over by the Rev. E. Whitehead of Dalton. The Rev. J. R. Rendell; Mr. Stephenson, agent of the Yorkshire Missionary and Colportage Association; Mr. Hanson, late of London, and now of Bradford, addressed the meeting, along with several of the Leeds friends. The members of the choir and singing class, under the able guidance BESSES.-On the evening of Easter of Mr. Dyson, gave a series of anthems Monday the Mutual Improvement in a very effective manner. An interestSociety held its annual soiree. Sixty ing circumstance connected with this friends sat down to a pleasant tea, and gathering was the presentation of a during the evening the number was testimonial to Mr. J. H. Moore, now increased to about one hundred. The of Sheffield, in acknowledgment of his meeting was opened with a glee, "The services as choirmaster during the past Laughing Chorus," by the choir, after four years. This very pleasant meeting which the secretary, Mr. Crawshaw, was brought to a close at nine o'clock read the report. This showed that by the evening hymn and the benedicduring the session the essay class had tion. been successful in its work. A number of papers had been read by members of the class and others. All the papers given by the young men were such as to give promise of valuable fruit hereafter. Interesting discussions had followed the
LONDON (Argyle Square).-One of the pleasant institutions of this Society is a series of social meetings during the winter months. They are held in the schoolroom, which is neatly prepared
for the occasions, and a pleasant evening is spent in social intercourse, improved and enlivened by choice music and recitations, and other appropriate means of social enjoyment. The last of these meetings for the present season was appointed for the 6th of March, so as to afford an opportunity of welcoming the members of the Hymn-Book Committee, all of whom were invited to be present. The room was neatly carpeted and adorned with flowers and pictures. Refreshments were served during the evening, and all the proceedings were of the most pleasing and interesting kind. Mr. Presland in a brief address welcomed the members of the Committee, the welcome being responded to by the Rev. R. Storry and Mr. Broadfield.
LONDON (Camberwell).—Presentation of a Testimonial to Mr. E. Austin.-The annual tea-meeting of the Camberwell Society was held as usual on Good Friday, the 11th ult. About sixty friends partook of tea, and this number was more than doubled at the subsequent proceedings. Mr. E. Austin, whose resignation of his office as minister of the Society formally took effect on the last Sunday in March, but who is serving the Society until his successor commences his labours-took the chair in the church at about seven o'clock. A hymn having been sung, the chairman read from the liturgy the "Glorification of the Lord" proper for the day, and then offered a few appropriate remarks upon the same sublime theme. Mr. I. J. Alvey, the senior deacon, and one of the originators of the Society, then, prefacing the act by a few explanatory remarks, proceeded on behalf of the Society to present to Mr. Austin a very beautiful illuminated testimonial, framed and glazed, together with a gold watch and chain. The wording of the former is Testimonial, together with a gold watch and chain, presented to Edward Austin, Esq., on his relinquishing the office of minister of the New Jerusalem Church, Camberwell, London, in affectionate recognition of his invaluable services to the Society from its commence ment in 1863 until March 1879. Signed by the members of the Church Committee on behalf of the Society." Upon the watch is engraved a monogram of Mr. Austin's initials, and inside the case the follow
ing inscription: "A token of esteem: presented to E. Austin, Esq., on his resigning the ministry of the Camberwell New Church Society after fifteen years of faithful service. London, 11th April 1879." Mr. Alvey concluded his earnest and affectionate address with an expression of the heartfelt wish of Mr. Austin's congregation that in his retirement from his ministerial labours he may speedily regain that robust health which his combined secular and religious avocations have seriously jeopardized. Mr. Higham, the Secretary of the Testimonial Committee, then supplied some details concerning the testimonial, drawing attention to the fact that the object aimed at by the Committee was not the collection of a large sum of money, but the presentation to Mr. Austin of something which, while intrinsically of no great value, should yet be calculated for daily use, and thus constantly to remind him of the high esteem in which his constant services for fifteen years were held by the Camberwell Society. No large subscriptions had therefore been received, and not even the smallest had been ignored; so that the result practically represented the united offerings of all the congregation. Moreover, no person not immediately connected with the Camberwell Society had been applied to, the proposed presentation being held to be, as it were, a family affair. Mr. Higham mentioned that the testimonial was the work of Mr. J. Elphick, a member of the congregation, who had executed gratuitously, as a token of his high respect for Mr. Austin. In conclusion, the speaker expressed his own high appreciation of Mr. Austin's services, more particularly eulogizing his performance of the duties of President of the Mutual Improvement Society. Mr. A. C. Moore then uttered a few hearty words, after which Mr. Austin rose to reply. Having most cordially thanked the friends for the testimonial, and for their kind expressions concerning his work, he drew attention to the success which had attended the operations of the Camberwell Society during its first fifteen years' existence, a success which he believed to be largely due, under Divine Providence, to the men who had formed its Committee, four of the first members of which, viz. Messrs. Alvey, Braby, Brown, and Gunton, still
occupied that position, and he trusted that this important element of success would never be wanting in the future history of the Society. Referring to his own secular avocations, he showed how they had operated to the advantage of his ministry in that they had infused into his work an element of order and method not always imparted even by the strictest ministerial training, and moreover, that they had endowed him with a knowledge of the trials and temptations of business men which was invaluable to one whose sermons needed to a great extent to be fitted to such an audience. But while he believed that in securing the services of one not wholly devoted to the ministry at the commencement of the Society, and in retaining those services until the congregation was settled and consolidated in a building of its own, the Committee had acted with a wise discretion, he was yet of opinion that such a state of things should not be perpetuated. It was, he believed, right and proper that certain men should be set apart for the ministerial office, and he thought it would now be very desirable that the Camberwell Society should possess such a minister. In conclusion, he assured his audience of his undying interest in the New Church, and in the Camberwell Society, but begged them not to good-naturedly conspire against the perfect rest from ministerial work which it was his earnest wish, at any rate for the present, to secure for himself.
A short interval here took place, during which the friends present availed themselves of the opportunity of examining the testimonial and presents.
of the new minister the friends would be as united as were the little band which, fifteen years ago, unanimously agreed to invite Mr. Austin to preside over them. Mr. Barratt expressed his own deep thankfulness to Mr. Austin for his clear and convincing expositions of the Word from Sunday to Sunday, and especially for his attention to the meetings of the junior members' section, Mr. Barratt being able to testify to the usefulness of this work from the experience of members of his own family. Mr. Joseph Bormond, the well-known temperance lecturer, and a member of the Camberwell Society, added his testimony to the efficacy of Mr. Austin's preaching. Mr. Orme said that when first he heard of Mr. Austin's contemplated retirement, he felt that it would be an irremediable blow to the Society; but he knew that such an idea was wrong, as, if the congregation humbly looked to the Lord, He would provide them with a man for the work. Mr. G. W. Thomson regretted the necessity which was the cause of the present testimonial, but was glad that Mr. Austin at almost every hour of the day might be pleasantly reminded of his old friends at Camberwell. Mr. R. J. Tilson confessed his own great indebtedness to Mr. Austin, who was indeed his spiritual father, having admitted him into the New Church by the gate of baptism, and strongly countenanced him in commencing his present position as a student for the New Church ministry.
In the course of the evening the choir sang several choice pieces of music. The proceedings were terminated by the chairman pronouncing the benediction.
Mr. S. B. Dicks, minister of the Dalston Society, then spoke of his early connection with the Camberwell Society, LONDON (Camden Road).—The annual and of the great kindness shown by Mr. meeting of this Society was held on Austin to him (the speaker), in answer- Monday, March 17th, Mr. Gunton in ing the numerous questions which per- the chair. From the reports presented plexed his mind when fighting his way to the meeting it appeared that nine into the New Church. Mr. I. Gunton new members had been added during reminded the audience that the real the year; four had resigned their memcommencement of the Camberwell bership, thus leaving a net increase of Society was the delivery of a course of five. The attendance at the evening lectures in Kennington Lane in the early service had somewhat declined during part of 1863, and that five or six mem- the winter months, though the attendbers of the present Society were the ance of strangers had continued. A result of that effort. He also remarked small deficit on the current expenditure upon the success which had attended was at once provided for by a subscripthe Society under Mr. Austin's ministry, tion from the members present. On and expressed his hope that in the the 2nd of April a social meeting sim