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sire was expressed that the forthcoming bazaar might be a successful one. Should there be any friends in the Church at large who would like to contribute to either the Building or Bazaar Fund, they can do so by forwarding their contributions to the chairman, Mr. E. Lowe, Hampson Fold, or to the Secretary of the Building Committee, Mr. W. Hodgson, New Road, from whom an acknowledgment will be sent in due course.

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ilar to the one held at Argyle Square in its desire to do the work at once, was held in the lecture-room, to which and to do it well, and a general dethe members of the Hymn-Book Committee were invited. The room was well filled with members of the Church connected with the several London Societies, and members of the Committee engaged in the revision and extension of the Hymn-Book. The room was adorned with a choice collection of wellexecuted pictures in oil and watercolours, and the tables laden with photographs and illustrated works. A very choice selection of music, both vocal and instrumental, was most skilfully and ably rendered by members of the choir SOUTHPORT.-Mr. W. A. Bates, who and church, among whom were included since the completion of his studies at Mr. and Mrs. Mudie, Mrs. M'Kechnie, the New Church College has been Mrs. Tafel, and Miss Lydia Smith. Dr. labouring at Horncastle, has been Tafel, who was in the chair, briefly appointed to the vacant pulpit at this welcomed the Committee, and a response town. Mr. Bates is a young man of to his address was given by Mr. Broad- promise, and he will have here an field. The evening's proceedings were ample field for the exercise of his talents. brought to a close by an organ recital Some additions have been made to the in the church by Mr. Whittington, the members of the church since the deparorganist. ture of the Rev. Mr. Thornton to his distant home in Australia. The debt which encumbered the church building has also been removed, and there is every prospect of the establishment of a useful and influential Society.

RADCLIFFE.-On Wednesday evening, the 19th day of March, a general meeting of members, seatholders, and friends was called for the purpose of inspecting revised plans, etc., for the proposed enlargement and alteration of the church. About 150 sat down to tea. The plans were exhibited and fully explained by the architect, Mr. Thomas Thorp, of Besses-o'-th'-Barn, which on the whole were approved of, and it was decided to commence the work at once. The structure will be of stone, treated in a classical style of architecture. The present building is calculated to hold about 420, the new one will hold about 660. The chairman, Mr. E. Lowe, reported that up to that date there had been promised the sum of £350 towards the Bazaar Fund (to be held in October next), and £910 to the Building Fund, total £1260, and since the meeting commenced a further sum of £150 had been promised, bringing the total up to £1410. Nearly the whole of these promises are from those who either have attended or do attend the church. The estimated cost of the alterations is put down at £2500. The Committee flatter themselves that for use and elegance they will have a church, when completed, second to none in the New Church. The meeting was quite unanimous

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earth is concerned, will never be refilled, and has brought near to those who are left, in a way as nothing else can, the solemn truths that, "Here have we no continuing city," "Our home is not here."

The Accrington Society has been called to part with many of its old and esteemed friends lately with a frequency and to an extent it has no recollection of ever occurring before. With the commencement of the winter one and another, especially of the more aged and infirm, began to decline, and soon it became evident they were about to exchange their earthly for their heavenly homes.

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Scarcely a week has passed without one or more of the members of the church or congregation receiving the summons to come up higher." And the appearance of the congregation on the Lord's day shows how widely it has been affected and deeply touched by the successive bereavements that have taken place.

Our limited space forbids any details of the Christian and useful, yet uneventful lives, whose first stage is now completed, and for whose further and fuller development we must wait till we too follow them. To those who know the Accrington Society it may be sufficient to mention the names of Mr. Thomas Riley, died 19th Nov. 1878, aged 73; Mr. Joseph Grimshaw, died 3rd Dec. 1878, aged 55; Mr. Francis Hargreaves, died 25th Dec. 1878, aged 72; Mr. Hargreaves Dixon, died 30th Dec. 1878, aged 49; Miss Alice West, died 7th Jan. 1879, aged 65; Mrs. Sarah Whitehead, died 19th Jan. 1879, aged 76; Miss Sarah Wolstenholme, died 25th Jan. 1879, aged 60; Mr. William Roberts, died 5th Feb. 1879, aged 44; Mrs. Agnes Bridge, died 11th Feb. 1879, aged 78; Miss Jane Tasker, died 13th Feb. 1879, aged 38; Mrs. Ann Howarth, died 20th Feb. 1879, aged 71; Mrs. Grace Gregory, died 26th Feb. 1879, aged 86; Mrs. Mary Bamber, died 28th Feb. 1879, aged 74; Mrs. Ann Wigglesworth, died 18th Feb. 1879, aged 59; Mr. James Lonsdale, died 5th March 1879, aged 61; and Mr. Thomas Morriss, who, with others less known, have all since November last, we have good reason to believe, died in the Lord, and whose works follow with them.

There is little to particularize in any case. The record of one will, with little variation, serve for all. Life was a chequered scene, and yet it bore testimony to the unchanging faithfulness and love of their Divine Lord and Saviour. In all their afflictions His presence sustained, His comforts delighted their souls. And now they have already found, or are finding, the angelic society with which their happy and eternal lives shall be spent.

Departed this life on March 21st, aged thirty-three, after a lingering and severe illness, Mr. John Bainbridge, the only son of Mr. Joseph Bainbridge, of 61 Hamilton Street, Newcastle-uponTyne. Mr. Joseph Bainbridge was formerly a member and active supporter of the Society at Carlisle, until his removal to Newcastle some years ago, when he immediately connected himself with the Church there, and his son, who is now departed to his eternal rest, became a consistent member of the Church, a diligent worker in the Sabbath school, and, so far as time and opportunity permitted, an earnest supporter of the cause of temperance. The deceased had been educated from his childhood in the doctrines of the New Church, and, we have every reason to believe, had obtained, long before his departure from this life, not only a clear intellectual view of the beauty and consistency of those doctrines, but had also experienced under their influence such a renewal of heart and life, that while through long and weary months of sickness the outward man decayed, the inward man was renewed and purified day by day. In the midst of severe suffering, and as his end drew near, Mr. Bainbridge was earnestly questioned by friends of another denomination, who had kindly visited him, as to his spiritual condition. The calm reply of our dying friend was that he was in perfect peace, and quite secure in his dependence upon those truths in which he had been brought up. To him the Lord Jesus was a living Saviour and ever-present Father and Friend, ready to receive a repenting sinner and to afford help and consolation in every time of need. these observations it may be added that Mr. John Bainbridge was an occasional contributor to the Juvenile

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Magazine during the editorship of the late Rev. E. D. Rendell, and under the nom de plume of "Pax," wrote some very interesting and instructive papers. The deceased was quiet and unosten tatious in his demeanour, never obtrusive, but yet always ready to lend a helping hand in the cause of truth and goodness. We have to regret his loss to the Church on earth, and to his sorrowing parents and friends; but at the same time let us rejoice in the assurance that he is only gone before us to a more extensive sphere of uses in the Church above, and to the enjoyment of an eternal life in which sin and sorrow and suffering shall be no

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M. EDMUND DE CHAZAL.-We give from the Morning Light the following notice of the departure of this esteemed member of the New Church in the Mauritius: "We have to chronicle the departure into the eternal world of the much loved President of the New Jerusalem Church Society here, M. Edmund de Chazal, who was in his sixty-ninth year. This occurred on the 12th of February. He was one of the founders of the Society here, and its most active supporter. He was named its President not long after it came into existence, and so continued, with few interruptions, till the end of his stay among us. He gave largely to the funds of the Society, and without him we do not think it would now be in existence. A few months before his death he made an appeal to those interested in its welfare to contribute towards paying off the debt encumbering the building where the friends meet for worship, which appeal was fairly successful, all things considered, for some £400 were thus raised. Our late President was a regular and constant student of the works of Swedenborg, and possessed a very hopeful disposition, being fully convinced that the New Church truths would one day be universally accepted. He had also in a singular degree what the French call the courage of his opinions,' never shrinking from the proclamation of the truth, however great was the opposition he might have to encounter in so doing. Humanly speaking, the church here has lost in him a most attached and warm-hearted friend, and

a zealous and effective member; but we have not the least doubt that we gain largely by his transfer to a nobler and higher sphere of action, where his powers of will and understanding will be exerted on a different plane, but for the furtherance of the same cause he was so much attached to here below. All the newspapers published in this colony have spoken of him in high terms, and at his funeral men of all ranks and of every religious denomination united to do honour to his memory,'

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On the evening of Friday, April 4th, Sarah Harriett, the beloved wife of Mr. William H. Horrocks of Bolton, passed to her eternal home in the spiritual world. Whilst her release from physical suffering must be a blessing to her, the bereavement to her dear husband and family is distressing. Mrs. Horrocks had been in a declining and weak state of health for very many years, but often intervals of hope buoyed up a thought that there might come a permanent turn for her recovery. She was most amiable and intelligent. society was, for this reason, very enjoyable. Her father, the late Dr. Haddock, had afforded her excellent opportunities of mental culture, and she was thoroughly characterized by it. And although through weakness she was frequently au lit, her mind displayed thorough soundness and vigour. Being unable to attend public worship, it gave her deep pleasure and satisfaction to hear read to her the reports which her sons made for her of the sermons or lectures which were delivered at the church. Her motherly character was powerfully evinced in her earnest wishes and efforts for her children's spiritual welfare. the days of her health she took deep interest in the Sunday school, and was dearly beloved by all to whom her influence extended. She was no slavish follower of the doctrines of the Church. She had a mind eager and strong to see for herself, which was clearly manifest in her earnest desires for the growth of the Church. She wished to see the Lord's Church grow in the individual culture of her people, in order that every one might feel and truly say, "With Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light."

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We proposed to consider Swedenborg's labours under the two heads of Construction and Development. Having spoken of his work under the first of these heads, we now propose to consider it under the second.

II. As by Construction we mean the building up of the truths of the letter of the Word into a harmonious system of doctrine, by Development we mean the unfolding of the spiritual sense of the Word contained within the sense of the letter. To revert to the Lord's teaching respecting the temple, and to the prophetic scene at His crucifixion; the Apostle of the New Church, besides constructing or reconstructing the temple, has drawn aside the veil, and brought into view its interior parts and previously hidden glories; and, besides gathering up and reuniting the scattered fragments of the Lord's rent garment, he has recovered the Lord's seamless vesture, His inner garment, which an overruling Providence had preserved entire, to be transmitted, uninjured by profane hands, to another and higher Dispensation. The spiritual sense of the Word has lain concealed in the Word itself. It has been there preserved by a watchful Providence, to be restored to the Church of the Second Advent; as the tree of life was guarded by cherubim at the gate of Eden, till it should reappear in the street of the New Jerusalem; and as Moses and Elias

were removed from the sight of men, till they should appear with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. The spiritual sense of the Word is to its natural sense what heaven is to the earth, and what the soul is to the body. It is above and within it. As the atmosphere surrounds the earth and penetrates it, giving it vitality and the power of productiveness, so does the spirit the letter of the Word. The substances of the earth are themselves composed of atmospheric and solar elements, and can be resolved into them again. So is it comparatively with the Word of God and the interior truths it contains. The literal truths of the Word are its spiritual truths in a natural form. It is only by a process of analysis that we can bring out the hidden essences of natural substances, and discover their constituent elements, and apply them to their higher uses. It is by combustion that coal renders back for our use the fire and light of the sun that have, for countless ages, lain in it silent and concealed, yet stored away by a wise and beneficent Providence for the use of man, when his necessities and intelligence should combine to bring forth the hidden treasures. It is with God's Revelation as it is with His creation. The ultimate sense of His Word, like the ultimate substances of nature, is a condensation of its higher, purer, and more active elements. And although in its ultimate form nature supplies all the human wants that belong to a corresponding condition of life, yet it contains what a more advanced state of spiritual life requires ; and it is ready to yield up its treasures when men's minds demand. and their intelligence enables them to acquire and use them. There is even an analogy between the natural and the spiritual in the means of acquiring their hidden properties. Natural science opens the works of nature, and brings their hidden causes and properties to light. Spiritual science opens the book of Revelation, and discloses its recondite meaning. That which enables the Church to unfold the hidden wisdom of the Word is THE SCIENCE OF CORRESPONDENCE, or the relation which exists by creation between what is spiritual and what is natural.

Correspondence is so essential a part of the system of the New Church, and performs so important a part in the spiritual interpretation of the Sacred Oracles, that some knowledge of its nature is necessary to enable any one to form an idea of what the spiritual sense of the Word is, and how it is educed from its literal sense.

Correspondence is the relation which exists by creation between the Infinite and the finite, the spiritual world and the natural. To under

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