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contains on the last two pages full particulars of the Hindu pamphlet, and a selection from the numerous notices which have appeared of that work in religious and other periodicals. 10,000 copies of this edition are now in the course of being posted to clergymen, in continuation of the distribution suggested and commenced last year. Half the expense will be generously defrayed by Mr. George Fryer of Lymington, who has again come forward to assist this useful undertaking. The remaining half will be a charge upon the Society's funds, unless other friends will come forward and share it with the Society. The Committee also purpose, immediately after this meeting, to send an abstract of this Report, together with copies of the Catalogue, to the editors of the press. To do this about 2500 copies will be required. When completed these two operations will have enabled the Committee to reach nearly half the clergymen and all the editors in the United Kingdom by inexpensive means, which may be productive of important results.
At the suggestion of Dr. Garth Wilkinson the Committee are reprinting the extracts from the "Apocalypse Explained," which were published many years since in a separate form under the title of "The Souls of Animals." In order to present the subject with greater fulness it is intended to add extracts from the "Economy of the Animal Kingdom" and from some of the theological writings. The editorship has been kindly undertaken by Dr. Tafel. This work will, it is believed, be useful in bringing before the scientific world the true grounds of immortality, and help to disperse the crude notions respecting the souls of animals which are now held by many learned men, some contending that animals are immortal, and others that they are mere automata almost without feeling.
The Committee have decided to defer for the present the reprinting of the first volume of the Index to the Arcana compiled by Mr. Rich, and to reprint Swedenborg's own Index, as it has been urged upon them that this work has peculiar merits of its own, which adapts it to a higher class of readers, who would be interested by brief statements of principles, but who might decline to read the "Arcana on account of its voluminous extent. Mr. Bruce kindly undertook the task of revision, and the work is now nearly ready for the printer.
Of the theological works 2262 have been sold and 658 presented, making a total of 2920 vols.
Of the philosophical 58 have been sold and 36 presented,—a total of 94 vols.
One of the facts in last year's Report to which peculiar interest attached was the numerous applications for the "True Christian
Religion" and the "Apocalypse Revealed" which had been made by theological students. The number of similar applications this year is a most gratifying circumstance. Of the two works, 229 copies have
been presented to this important class of readers, and the receptive state of mind existing among them is shown in a recent acknowledgment by a student who writes as follows:
"On behalf of myself and fellow-students I beg to thank you and your Committee very much for their kind present of seven copies of the 'True Christian Religion' and fourteen copies of the 'Apocalypse Revealed.'
"We shall all value the books as containing the thoughts of a man whom we look up to with reverence as a great spiritual seer; one who tried to interpret the great mystery of law and life with no small amount of success.'
Availing themselves of the admirable treatment of his subjects by Mr. Pandurung in his "Reflections," a circular directing particular attention to the contents of that work, with two or three copies of the pamphlet, was addressed to the senior students, and, judging by the sales, a good many students have obtained the work for themselves. The Committee have continued to present to clergymen copies of the "True Christian Religion" and the "Apocalypse Revealed" in all cases where the applications have appeared to them likely to lead to a useful result. Thirty-eight of the former and twenty-three of the latter have been presented during the year. One minister of the United Methodist Free Church, after thanking the Committee for "their handsome and valuable present," continues, "I intend to read them carefully and prayerfully. My great object is to find the truth." A Unitarian minister writes, "I am very desirous of knowing something about Swedenborg and his writings, principally because he claims to have received truth from a spiritual source, and to have been in commu. nication with the spiritual world. I do not question these claims of Swedenborg, but as far as I know his teachings concerning the spiritual world, I should say his claims were genuine, but I suppose he never claimed infallibility either for himself [or] his doctrines.” A Baptist minister, writing for a copy of Mr. Pandurung's "Reflections," says: “There is far greater excellence in Swedenborg than I could find in him at first. I persuade myself I have been much edified at last in reading him. I am anxious to know more of him." Another correspondent states that, refusing to accept the religious doctrines commonly taught, his mind became in a most painful state of doubt, which was not removed until he became acquainted with the "glorious teaching" of the New Church, by which his previous "knowledge of God's boundless love and glory had been infinitely increased."
These extracts could be multiplied were it necessary to do so.
Enough, however, has been adduced to illustrate the widespread interest which is taken in the principles of the New Church by thoughtful readers amongst the teachers of the various religious denominations. In this connection we may add an extract from the letter of a well-known author, who expresses his indebtedness to Swedenborg's writings in the following eloquent terms:
"I received, two or three days ago, three books, gifts from the Society-the 'True Christian Religion,' the 'Apocalypse Revealed,' and 'Earths in the
"I cannot well express to you the deep pleasure which this superb present afforded me. Coming, as it did, in a season of considerable anxiety and distress, it was like a message from the spiritual world, reminding me that I was not forgotten. The books are among those which I have long wanted to possess for my own, instead of being constrained to borrow them, as has hitherto been necessary. That I should come into possession of them in this way renders them precious as to themselves as well as in their essential quality. I need not speak of the value I attach to them in their doctrinal character. All that I have ever accom. plished worthily since arriving at years of discretion, and still more, all that I ever hope to accomplish in the future, I trace to the warmth and enlightenment afforded me by the works of Swedenborg. He is the open window of the age, through which heaven attains to illuminate the darkness and fire the apathy of the world."
There has been an increase this year in the subscriptions of £13, 5s. 6d. The donations towards the Indian translations amount to £389, 15s., and £49, 17s. 10d. have been received towards the publication and circulation of the Hindu pamphlet. The value of books returned to subscribers is £55, 3s. 9d. The balance in the hands of the Treasurer will be absorbed by the cost of the works which are now being reprinted, and by others which will shortly have to be undertaken by the Committee. It is desirable, therefore, that the subscription list should be well maintained, and for this purpose the Committee will be glad to welcome new subscribers of any amount.
The "Reflections" of Mr. Pandurung, in the opinion of your Committee, supplied fresh materials for interesting the public mind in the doctrines of the New Church. An advertisement containing several favourable press notices of the work was prepared, and 1000 copies of the pamphlet sent to the editors of various provincial journals, with the view of obtaining for the work the widest publicity. The following is a list of the journals in which the advertisement was inserted The Baptist, Baptist Hand-Book, Church Times, Christian Life, Christian Signal, Congregational Year-Book, Friend, Freeman, Guardian, Methodist, Methodist Recorder, Morning Light, Modern
Thought, Nonconformist, Primitive Methodist, Protestant Dissenters' Almanack, School Board Chronicle, Cambridge Chronicle, Oxford Times. The result exceeded the Committee's expectations. Notices appeared in numerous papers, which almost without exception were written in a liberal and appreciative spirit, and with an absence of bigotry which was most encouraging. The following extract is taken from a provincial paper :
"The tractate published under the auspices of the Swedenborg Society, from the pen of the Hindu gentleman, recording his 'Reflections' on the works of Swedenborg and the doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church, is in many respects an extraordinary production. Notwithstanding the subtle force which the sacred books of the Hindus exercise, it is by no means strange that the sublime truths of Christianity, even under the peculiar form of Swedenborgianism, should, in a mind so poised and cultivated as that of the writer, triumph over the darker mysteries of the Hindu Trimurti of Brahmin, Vishnu, and Shiva. The 'Revelations' of Swedenborg and the interpretations given to them, though essentially differing from the traditions of Brahminism, seem to have discovered to the Hindu gentleman certain parallel forces, which by slow and thoughtful steps have led him up to a recognition of Christian truth. Our author recognises in the New Jerusalem Church a way to the adoption of a new theology, founded on the imperishable basis of Divine authority. The book derives its chief value from the way in which it argues out and reconciles the difficulties frequently urged against Holy Writ and its obligations upon the human race. There are many points in its lucid investigation of the claims of the Bible which might well be addressed to the sceptical proclivities of the present times, and it furnishes at the same time an admirable treatise on the errors and cavilings of modern thought. It is something to find that a philosophic Hindu should have been so far convinced of the veracity of the principles which lie at the root of the 'Christian system as to become at once a convert and a controversialist. The doctrine of the Trinity, the eternity of future rewards and punishments, justification by faith, the resurrection, and the last judgment are among the subjects which receive careful examination, with results that cannot but be of infinite benefit to the inquirers after truth in every land, for they are in the nature of demonstrations of the Divine origin of revealed religion."
An advertisement of the "Conjugial Love" appeared in the “Church and Chapel Guide and May Meeting Hand-Book" for the present year; and the four-page Catalogue has been stitched up several times in the Intellectual Repository. Presentations of works have been made as follows:
FREE LIBRARIES.-London, Bethnal Green, 31 vols. ; Birmingham, Central Library (to replace the works destroyed by the late fire), 41 vols.; Glasgow, Mitchell Library, 45 vols.; Reading, 14 vols.
OTHER INSTITUTIONS.-London, British Museum, 1 vol.; South London Working Men's College, 5 vols.; Fakenham, Library of Public Institution, 3 vols.; Small Heath, near Birmingham, Literary Society, 6 vols.
TO PRIVATE PERSONS.-Mr. W. A. Bates, Horncastle-" Apocalypse. Explained." Mr. C. Fairweather, Melbourne-"Arcana Coelestia," "Four Primary Doctrines," "Apocalypse Explained." Mr. John Johnson, Wigan-"Apocalypse Revealed," "White Horse," "Conjugial Love," "Canons," "Coronis." Mr. W. A. Presland, Keighley—“True Christian Religion," ," "Heaven and Hell," "Divine Love and Wisdom," "Divine Providence," "Four Primary Doctrines." Mr. R. J. Tilson, New Church College-" Arcana Coelestia." The Editor of the Contemporary Review "Intercourse," "Miscellaneous Observations," "Divine Love and Wisdom," "Divine Providence," "Documents," "Outlines of the Infinite," "Posthumous Tracts," "Heaven and Hell," and Mr. T. C. Lowe of Birmingham has been supplied with two sets of the "Apocalypse Explained" at half price for distribution as prizes to Sunday scholars.
An abstract of the last Report and a copy of the Annotated Catalogue were posted to the editors of the press in Great Britain and Ireland. The abstract was in numerous cases, by the courtesy of the editors, transferred into their journals. Copies of the full Report, with the "Reflections" of Mr. Pandurung, were sent to all the Free Libraries, Colleges, and other Institutions in which the Society's publications have a place. By these and the other means already detailed your Committee have endeavoured to keep the Society constantly before the public at large, holding out the beacon-light to all who, sincerely seeking after truth, are desirous of finding it.
The hearty and grateful thanks of the members are due to the Rev. A. Clissold and to his esteemed sister, Miss Clissold, for the handsome marble bust of Swedenborg which in future will adorn the Committeeroom of the Society's house. The bust has been executed by Preston Powers, son of the late Hiram Powers, who so emphatically declared himself to be " a New Churchman, a Swedenborgian, a New Jerusalemite," and wished it to be known and published if it would do any good. He also strongly desired to have his name as a New Churchman remembered in this manner, but illness preventing him, he committed the task to his son and only pupil, Mr. Preston Powers. The high reputation which Mr. Preston Powers enjoys has been enhanced by his skilful and artistic treatment of a difficult subject, and has amply justified his father's judgment in leaving in his hands the execution of what has no doubt been a labour of love. The pedestal is made from Brauna wood kindly given to the Society for the purpose by Mr. Pickstone of Holywell. This wood, which is of great hardness and durability, and capable of a high degree of polish, supplies an admirable setting for so beautiful a gem.
Canada.-A recent letter from Mr. Roy states that nothing of im