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portance has taken place in connection with the late Mr. Huber's estate since last year, and that the securities continue perfectly good. The letter was accompanied by a debtor and creditor account to the 26th May last.
Denmark.-A set of the theological works has been presented to the New Church Society meeting at Copenhagen. Mr. A. Hellemann intimated to the Committee that there were many friends in connection with the Society who would highly appreciate the gift and make a good use of the books. The Danish New Church Monthly has informed its readers of the presentation to make it known as widely as possible.
India. The first edition of 5000 copies of Mr. Pandurung's 'Reflections," printed early last year, was soon exhausted. second edition of 2000 copies has since been printed. This edition has been revised by Mr. Pandurung and considerably improved. The work has been very widely distributed, as will be seen by the following list :
The expense attending these presentations has been considerable. To avoid as far as possible trenching upon the ordinary funds of the Society, the Committee made an appeal for assistance, which resulted in the sum of £49, 17s. 10d. being subscribed towards carrying out the project. The sales have realized £21, 2s., and the balance remaining against the Society is £45, 17s. 10d. The Committee will be glad to reduce the latter amount if friends who have not yet subscribed will do so at an early opportunity.
It appeared to your Committee that the present was a favourable opportunity for publishing a work of Swedenborg's in an Eastern language, provided that sufficient funds could be raised for the pur
pose. Mr. Pandurung was consulted in the matter, and he agreed with the Committee that the "Heaven and Hell" would be the most suitable work, for the reason that it contains but few of those arguments directed against the erroneous ideas of scriptural truth to be found in Western Christianity. The language finally recommended by Mr. Pandurung into which to translate the work named is the Hindi. The probable cost of an edition of 2000 copies Svo was estimated at £400. The matter was laid before the Rev. Mr. Clissold, who expressed deep interest in it, and thought that the opening thus presented was one of which immediate advantage should be taken. With great liberality he offered to give for the purpose one-half the sum named, upon the condition that the remaining half was subscribed. The offer met with a prompt and hearty response, as will be seen by the list of subscriptions in the Treasurer's Account. Instructions to commence the translation of the "Heaven and Hell" were immediately sent to Mr. Pandurung, who kindly offered his valuable assistance in superintending the work through the press.
The Committee were also of opinion that Mr. Pandurung's "Reflections," if translated and circulated in India, would form an admirable pioneer of the works of Swedenborg. They have therefore undertaken to publish an edition of that pamphlet in Marathi, a language for which a preference was given by Mr. Pandurung for several reasons. With these two works the Committee hope to lay the foundation of a good and great work among our Indian fellow-subjects, who are rapidly awakening to a new and purer religious life. As a slight testimony of their high appreciation of Mr. Pandurung's services in the cause of the New Church, the Committee have elected that gentleman an honorary and corresponding member of the Society, which was acknowledged in the following words: "I feel thankful to the Society for the honour which they have conferred upon me, and I hope it may prove a further stimulus to my exertions in the cause of truth." Mr. Pandurung announced to the Committee his intention of inaugurating a Swedenborg library in Bombay, and asked for a donation of the Society's publications. This was readily granted, and the receipt of the works has been suitably acknowledged. The Committee in addition presented Mr. Pandurung with a set of the "Documents" for his own use.
Russia.-Acting on the recommendation of Mr. Mittnacht, the Committee presented twenty-five copies of the "Divine Providence in Polish to the Rev. A. Shiweck, whose Journal of Missionary Labours in Prussia and Poland has been recently printed in the New Jerusalem Messenger, and excited considerable interest. The oppo
sition Mr. Shiweck met with has been chiefly from the ministers of the Old Church. Many willing hearers from among the laity have presented themselves, and been of great service in providing places of meeting in which Mr. Shiweck has lectured with marked success. An edition of the "Heaven and Hell" in Polish will now shortly be published, and its circulation on this part of the Continent will no doubt materially assist the future labours of Mr. Shiweck and other missionaries in spreading the truths of the New Church in this direction.
Sweden. A copy of the "Arcana Coelestia" in French has been presented to the Rev. A. Boyesen.
Trinidad.-In the last Report it was stated that twelve copies of the "True Christian Religion" and twelve copies of the "Apocalypse Revealed" had been forwarded to Mr. J. H. Lacroix for gratuitous presentation to clergymen in the island. In the correspondence column of the Trinidad Chronicle of April 26th there is a long letter under the heading of "The New Jerusalem versus The New Israel," containing a criticism of a previous letter of a correspondent who had been contending for two distinct senses in the Divine Word. In another letter, the last writer, speaking of a work on "England's Coming Glories," takes the opportunity of referring his readers to Dr. Bayley's "Divine Word Opened," which, he remarks, will greatly assist them in understanding aright the scriptural statements of Israel's future glories. A good work is therefore going on in this island by means of the powerful agency of the press, which will no doubt increase in strength and usefulness.
On the continent of Europe, and still more perhaps on the great continent of Asia, the work to be done will only be overtaken by unwearied industry and mutual help. It is satisfactory to know that our brethren in America have the same end in view, and are fast spreading a knowledge of the great truths of the New Church over the New World. In a recently issued Report of the American Tract and Publication Society, it is stated that, conjointly with Mr. Iungerich, the works delivered during the year 1878 reached the large aggregate of 10,215 volumes. Our American friends are also helping this Society in some of its undertakings. With this union of strength and purpose great things must be attempted, and great things will be accomplished, for the Lord is on our side.
In conclusion, your Committee resign their trust with a deep consciousness of the importance of the work which devolves upon the Society, and the necessity which exists for carrying it on with increasing energy and perseverance. Much of the seed sown in past years has
fallen into good ground, and is now springing up. Other ground is being reclaimed from error and superstition, and preparing to receive the seeds of genuine truth. The state of the Christian Churches at the present day proclaims that an acceptable time has come, and no opportunities must be lost in promoting the knowledge of Him in whom all nations shall be blessed. By order of the Committee.
The TREASURER (Mr. Samuel Teed) read the cash accounts for the past year.
Dr. STOCKER said that it was with much pleasure that he moved "That the Report of the Committee and the Treasurer's accounts be received, adopted, and printed for circulation under the direction of the new Committee." It would ill become him as a member of the Committee during the past year to speak of the excellent Reports that had been presented to them, which he hoped would be cordially received and adopted. He hoped the members would agree with him that the efforts of the Society to promulgate what they believed to be God's truth had been energetic and successful during the past year. These efforts were particularly required in the present day, when such great importance was being attached to the study of natural science. In Oxford they were now considering the propriety of establishing a degree in natural science. In London, where he had been educated, they had such a degree offered to them. To illustrate how essential it
was for each person to know the common objects which met his eye, he said that there was in each of them a multitude of infinite wisdom to be gleaned, and he considered it of the highest moment that these treasures of Divine truth should be presented to all.
There were two or three things in the Report to which he should like to direct attention, and the first was the receipt of applications from students in theological colleges asking the Society to help them forward in their search for religious truth. They were like the eunuch who asked that some man should guide him to a clearer understanding of Divine wisdom. Dr. Stocker said he had lately been in conversation with a gentleman engaged in literary occupations, who, speaking of the prophets, said he regarded their writings as merely poetical, and this had given him an opportunity of mentioning what this Society had done and was doing to clear up the doubts that existed around them. And secondly, he was glad to think that in India, where so many diverse sects existed, a man of liberal education, and who had been rewarded by the Government for work done, had come forward and asked that Society to help him in the task of making the writings of Swedenborg known in that vast country, and that they had in him a medium for printing the works of Swedenborg in the vernacular. And thirdly, he wished to allude to the noble work done across the Atlantic. Dr. Stocker considered that the amount of usefulness performed by the American Printing Society was marvellous. They believed they were engaged in God's work, and God helping them they would carry it out to the utmost of their power. As for the Treasurer's account, he would simply say that
instead of the year's subscriptions being £200, he should like to see them £2000. The want of funds impeded the editing and sending forth of works, when the more liberal hand might be given with advantage.
Mr. J. PARKER, formerly editor of the Indian Daily News in Calcutta, said that he had listened with much satisfaction to the very interesting details presented to them by the Society's executive, and had very much pleasure in seconding the resolution that had just been offered to them. There were two points that presented themselves to him. The first was, that in the able hands of the executive the Society's operations were making themselves known throughout the land, and he thought that the Reports presented to them testified to the ability, energy, tact, and resources of the Committee. He observed that not only all the ordinary channels of distribution had been utilized, but that they had employed almost preternatural activity in opening up new fields into which to introduce these doctrines. They had heard a good deal of late of a certain "masterful inactivity," but he thought that this had obtained no countenance in the board of the Society's executive, but that the members had every reason to congratulate themselves on the manner in which their work had been conducted. The second consideration he wished to bring before them was the magnitude of the work that remained to be done. Much of solid tangible result had been secured, but a vast area of unbroken ground remained. They had before them a mass of bigotry, of unblushing scepticism, and of indifferentism that almost appalled them, but it was not for them to despair. There was perhaps too much despondency and inclination to betray impatience at the seeming slowness of the results of their work, but he hoped it would be remembered that all great movements move slowly, with leaden feet. He had no doubt the same was the case in the time of our Lord's First Advent. The Pharisaism of the period, the carnalism of the Jewish mind, the dense ignorance of the Gentile mind, alike combined to resist the influences of the new-born Christianity. Perhaps, in taking a survey of the difficulties with which they met, the great difficulty that occurred to his mind was that they had in their midst great, effete, huge dogmas which carried on their face the grime and dust of antiquity, and were the more powerful because buttressed up by vested interests. Another difficulty was that early associations had very much power in giving fixity to their opinions. They knew that whatever clustered around the mind in early life obtained almost the quality of sanctity. There were few in that room who did not even now remember the lispings at the mother's knee, the evening prayer, the simple Scripture lessons from that mother's voice. If it were so with them, they might think that it was also the case with other religious communities, and that the slow progress of the principles disseminated by the Society was largely owing to this circumstance. For these reasons it seemed to him that the progress must be slow. There was perhaps a tendency on our part to wonder how it was that these doctrines were so often passed