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same light as they once were. Progress borg," which called forth the first edition had been made. The Writings were of the "Appeal. Then, again, the spread broadcast throughout the land, Society had sent the Rev. Dr. Bayley to and very many persons were more or less lecture at Brighton, and the "Brighton familiar with them. Mere curiosity Lectures" was the result. Then there had been satisfied, and the anxious was the indirect mass of literature questions of those really seeking after printed by this Society, ranging from truth had been answered. But though the four-page tract to those more the missionary's labours were no longer elaborate and substantial works, such attended with such manifest success on as Noble's "Appeal," to which he had the one hand, or violent hostility on just alluded. After all, however, the the other, they were far deeper and Church hitherto has had to read the wider in their influence. This Associa- word "missionary" in a very restricted tion had two distinctive features, and sense. Is not the time, however, com. must therefore be considered in its ing when the New Church shall have to double capacity-as a missionary and a send missionaries to every land to protract distributor. First, it was founded pagate the glorious truths she holds so especially for missionary work. Able dear? India was already calling for it, men who had themselves received the The Society and its efforts were but yet doctrines were sent forth by this Society in its infancy; but from the example to proclaim with their lips those and efforts of those who had toiled so doctrines unto others. This was par- incessantly in the past, we of the preticularly the missionary's work, and his sent ought to feel ourselves moved to voice had been effectual in propagating extend the good cause in the years which the truth throughout the length and have yet to come. Those who had probreadth of the land. These efforts were fited by Noble's Appeal " or the not restricted to London simply, for there "Silent Missionaries," in the knowledge was not a town in England of any im- of the truth and the love of what is portance where the Missionary and good, were bound in gratitude to lend a Tract Society had not carried the helping hand to this praiseworthy institudoctrines of the Church; so that as a tion. From the secretary's report it ap missionary institution alone, established peared that much useful work had been for the purpose of sending men forth to done by the Society during the past year. declare these truths to mankind, it well 3348 books, comprising Noble's Apdeserved the hearty co-operation and peal," the "Silent Missionaries," and support of all New Churchmen. Then, other collateral works, had been sold or secondly, it was a Tract Society. St. presented. And 21,170 pamphlet tracts, Paul had said "faith cometh by hear- and 27,000 of the four-page tracts, had ing," but if Paul were living now he during the past year been distributed or would say that faith came also by read- sold, making a total circulation in round ing. From the very commencement this numbers of fifty thousand tracts. The Society had been most energetic in its Committee being fully aware of the endeavours to lay the truths of the New strong tendency now existing, especially Church before the public mind by means among the educated classes, to call in of the press, and perhaps the Church question the inspiration of the Divine owed more of its success to this one source Word, availed themselves of the pages than to any other. On one occasion it of the Contemporary Review for the purhad sent the venerable and Rev. S. Noble pose of disseminating the rational and to lecture at the Albion Hall (not the spiritual views of the New Church on this present one at Dalston), and not only most important subject. Accordingly was it the means of establishing a Society 6500 copies of the Rev. C. Giles' tract there, but the substance of those lectures entitled "What is Inspiration?" were had been enlarged and printed, and stitched up in the January number for the formed the book called "The Plenary perusal of the readers of that number. Inspiration." On another occasion the The Committee also decided to vary the same gentleman was sent to Norwich, recipients of the Society's bounty; and and a certain Mr. Beaumont, feeling it as the clergy had been pretty well plied his duty to oppose the views propounded with books and pamphlets from them by the lecturer, wrote his "Anti-Sweden- during the past year, they forwarded a



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copy of "The Spiritual World, the moved the following resolution: “That World of Life and Cause," accompanied the usefulness of this Society as a by the Annotated Catalogue of Sweden- missionary agency claims the full borg's Writings, to the fellows, members, sympathy and support of all the friends and licentiates of the Royal College of of the New Church cause. Physicians. The list of publications had solution was seconded by Mr. Gunton, been most usefully augmented by the ad- who recalled many of his experiences in dition of two new books: first, "A Man- town and country which showed a ual of the New Church Doctrines," com- decided spirit of inquiry, and frequently piled by Mr. Edmund Swift, jun., of of sympathy for the broad and rational Liverpool, which presents in a clear and views of the New Church. He referred concise manner the distinctive doctrines to the formation of Societies recently at of our Church, and forms a comprehen- Sparkbrook and Greenock as hopeful sive compendium of New Church theo- signs. He read portions of his correlogy. The second book referred to is spondence with ministers and preachers "Emanuel Swedenborg, the Spiritual of other denominations who had come to Columbus." This work has been pur- regard our doctrines more than favourchased from its author, and is now the ab- ably. Finally, he enforced the necessity solute property of the Society. For both of securing at an early date a missionary books the Committee feel certain they to devote himself exclusively to London: may predict a long career of usefulness. this, though the first thing to look forDuring the last twelve months the ward to, was not the whole, for many missionary employed by the "National missionaries might be usefully employed Missionary Institution," Mr. Gunton, had they the means to sustain them in has delivered 110 lectures and discourses their work. in various parts of the country, sold over 1000 copies of the "Silent Mission- MANCHESTER AND SALFORD MISaries," and has been instrumental in SIONARY SOCIETY. -The sixty-third doing much good work. The treasurer's annual meeting of this Society was report showed a balance in hand of held in the schoolroom, Peter Street, about £100. Mr. H. T. W. Elliott on the evening of Tuesday, June 17th. read his report as secretary of the Tea was provided as usual, after which Auxiliary Missionary and Tract Society the chair was taken by Mr. Jonathan of the New Church, which showed that Robinson, the president of the Society, this branch of the parent Society had who, after the formal opening of the been very busy during the last year, and meeting, called upon the secretary to was now in a most healthy condition. read the report. The report stated that The members had increased from 125 to during the past year the work carried 155, of which number 23 are active, 79 on by the committee had consisted of corresponding, and 53 honorary mem- the usual pulpit supplies to the Societies bers. Much time had been given to the without ministers, special arrangements examination of theological publications, for Sunday services during the Conand much interesting correspondence ference held in Salford in August last, had ensued. Several letters were read and lectures during the winter months. from clergymen and other gentlemen, Particulars relating to these several showing that the Society had succeeded branches of missionary labour occupy in checking many errors which had the body of the report. The colporteur's gone forth respecting the doctrines of report stated that during the year he our Church, and that much valuable had preached one hundred and four work had been accomplished. One sermons, delivered six lectures and interesting fact was that during the twenty-seven addresses, and held eight last year this Society had succeeded in cottage meetings for conversations on making an arrangement with the editor the doctrines of the Word. He has of the Christian World, whereby the spent thirty days in the Potteries, visiting weekly insertion of items of New Church Longton, Stoke, Hanley, Burslem, Tunnews in that paper had been secured. stall, Newcastle, Congleton, and MacAfter addresses by Dr. Collingwood, clesfield. He has spent two hundred Mr. Higham, and others in connection and thirty days in Manchester and Salwith the business of the Institution, the ford, and in visiting the towns and Rev. Professor Tafel in an able address villages lying within ten miles of Man

chester. During these visits he has AUGMENTATION FUND.-(From the Birmingham Manual). -"This fund, which has been established by the New Church Conference for the purpose of augmenting the salaries of ministers and leaders of small and struggling societies, is deserving of the earnest help and attention of the members. Large sums have been given for investment by individual members, chiefly in Lancashire and Scotland, during the past three years, and last year a sum total of a little over £80 was contributed in donations, subscriptions, and collections from the Midland district.

sold one thousand and seventy-six New Church publications. In effecting these sales he has come in contact with many hundreds of people holding very different views on religious subjects, yet he is happy to say that he has not received one unkind word that he remembers during the year. "It would be easy," says the colporteur, "to name twenty ministers in our district who are favourably disposed towards the New Church and New Church theology, and who are, in a much greater degree than is generally supposed, preaching the same truths that we preach. One minister said: "When I first received the new light, I felt a degree of impatience at the restraint I found myself under. I thought I ought to be at liberty to say at once all I thought to be the truth. I have now learned that it would have been very unwise and injurious to have done so. If I had given my first confused and immature thoughts, my people would have rejected both them and me, but by waiting until my thoughts became clear and consistent, they, like myself, were prepared for higher truths, and I was enabled to thank God for wholesome restraint." Another said: “I consider that the members of the New Church are in the best possible state for exerting a beneficial influence on the world. You have not many enemies, and you are not big enough to excite the envy or jealousy of other parties. But you are respectable enough to gain a hearing; therefore, while you have the ears of the world, you must do your best to teach the truth. So long as you make it evident that your object is to teach the truth and not to build up a party, you will be able to keep the ear of the world. It is an evil day to any party when they make the impression that their object is to build up their party on the ruin of others." The income of the Society during the year, from all sources, has been £230, and the expenditure leaves a balance of £79 in the treasurer's hands. Addresses were delivered during the evening by the chairman, the Revs. T. Mackereth, W. Westall, R. Storry, C. H. Wilkins, I. Tansley, and other friends of the Society. The meeting was more numerously attended than usual, and all the proceedings were interesting and helpful to the Society.

A collection on behalf of the fund for Immediate Use was made in the Wretham Road Church, Birmingham, on Sunday, June 15th. On the 22nd of June two sermons were preached by the Rev. R. Storry in the church at Kearsley, and collections were made in support of this fund and the Student's Aid Fund, which amounted to £60. To this sum an addition of £50 was contributed the following morning, and additional subscriptions were made in the evening of the same day, when a meeting was held in the schoolroom, which was attended by a small but interested audience. This meeting was addressed by Revs. P. Ramage, who was in the chair, R. Storry, I. Tansley, and T. Mackereth, and by Messrs. Gunton, treasurer of Conference, Fletcher, Briercliffe, Partington, and other members of the Society. At this meeting a resolution was passed expressing regret that these funds were not more earnestly supported by the larger and more influential Societies in the Church. Such a movement would doubtless strengthen the hands of those members of the country Societies who are disposed to render a vigorous assistance.

AMERICA.-The Ministers' Conference, which is an assembly of the ministers in the week preceding the meeting of the General Convention, opened with a good attendance, forty ministers and nine licentiates and theological students being present. After the formal opening of the Conference, a resolution of welcome to Rev. Mr. Potts, who was present as a delegate from the English General Conference to the American General Convention, was unanimously adopted. The general business of the Conference is the discussion of important principles of doctrine and Church order.

AUSTRIA. The following letter from the accredited Protestant Churches the secretaries of the Evangelical Alliance regularly attended. A Government has appeared in the Standard, and is delegate usually was present, and it inserted also, somewhat abridged, in the would appear, therefore, in these cases Guardian and other papers: "Sir,-We that the proceedings of Government are are instructed by the Council of the not only in the highest degree arbitrary, Evangelical Alliance to solicit your aid but in violation of its own laws. In in directing attention to the present none of these cases has it been attempted condition of religious liberty in Austria. to bring any charge of a moral or poliCommunications just received from the tical character against any individual. most trustworthy sources state that a We feel assured that, when attention is 'torrent of persecution is sweeping these directed to the matter, public opinion lands. It seems to be the determinate will not fail to detect the anomalous resolution of the Austrian Government position in which Austria is placed by to stamp out the young Christian life these acts of intolerance within her emthat is springing up on every side.' The pire, while she has been, in conjunction most conspicuous facts are the following: with England and the other Great At a place near Prague, a few people Powers, demanding the establishment calling themselves the 'Old Ře- of religious liberty in Servia, Roumania, formed Church' have been forbidden to Bulgaria, and other places." admit to their family worship any individual who is not strictly a member of BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE.-The annual the family. The police have forced their report of this Society gives evidence of way into their houses, and have ordered quiet, persevering work. Both minister even the servants out of the room whilst and people have laboured during the family prayers lasted. The Attorney- year with cheerful activity and devotion. General at Prague, in connection with The Society has also been largely helped the case, boldly and publicly maintains in the effort to raise funds for the purthat it is not even lawful to say grace chase of their place of worship by at meals if any stranger is present. members of the Church in other towns. Last autumn the adherents of the so- With the exception of one Sunday, when called New Church at Vienna, who the church was closed on account of have had public worship for ten years, cleaning, Divine service has been rewere forbidden to hold any meetings at gularly held morning and evening on all; and another Protestant community the Sabbath. The severity of the winter, in the same city received orders not to combined with the additional labours of admit strangers (non-members) to their the congregation for church purposes services. Last March the Congrega- during the week-days, led to a slightly tionalists connected with the American diminished attendance on the services. Mission were forbidden to hold meetings With occasional interruptions the for Divine service either at Prague or Wednesday evening reading meeting Gratz, in Styria. It was intimated to was continued during the winter months. them that not even in their own houses The subject chosen for reading was the might they invite friends for religious "True Christian Religion." The prepurposes; and the leading members were sent number of members in the Society threatened with a fine of £10, or twenty- is forty-eight, five having been added one days' imprisonment, if they dared during the year and one removed by to be present at any service held beyond death. During the year the Society has the pale of the Churches recognised by seen great changes in its social position the State. The services of the Free and prospective usefulness. The ConChurch of Scotland were equally forbid- ference having complied with the appliden if conducted in any but the English cation for Mr. Rendell's ordination, Dr. language, and notice to the same effect Bayley was invited to conduct the was given to the Baptist Church at ordination service, which took place on Vienna. Bible-readings, which for many the 21st of August. A social character years have been held weekly in a private was imparted to the service by the house, and also in public halls, have meeting to tea of a large number of the been suddenly and peremptorily stopped. members of the church and relatives of The meetings were entirely free from the minister on the evening of the all denominationalism, and members of service. It is a new and advanced

lain hid he brought clearly to view the absolute necessity of a daily life in harmony with the Divine truth. The idea of faith alone being the one essential of salvation was conclusively shown to be a complete fallacy, and in its stead was placed the true doctrine of the Word, "He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me." The musical arrangements were ably superintended by Mr. K. C. Richardson, and gave great satisfaction. A social and musical meeting was held on the Tuesday evening following, when, in addition to songs by Mr. Richardson and the Misses Clark, some capital recitations were most effectively rendered by our worthy friends, Messrs. Jocelyn Fisher and T. C. Dando. The success of its first anniversary services augurs well for the future prosperity of the Society.

position of the Society to have the salvation of the human soul. Out of services of a regularly ordained and the obscurity in which it has so long highly cultured minister; and the members have reason to hope that under his pastorate the Society will continue to increase in numbers, and progress in the spiritual life. During the year the Society has also come into full possession, by purchase, of the freehold building in which they have long assembled for public worship. The bazaar held in the saloon of St. George's Hall in the month of December has materially assisted in this purchase. The profits arising from it, together with the subscriptions towards the building fund, amounted to the sum of £470, which with £200 borrowed from the Building Funds of the General Conference and Sunday-School Union enabled the trustees to complete the purchase. The building, which was first erected for school purposes, has an ecclesiastical appearance, and the interior has been fitted up in a neat and comfortable manner. The Society is thus in possession of the most desirable elements of church life and religious progress. It is by the good Providence which is over the Church provided with the means of edification to its members, and of the promulgation of the truth to those who are around.

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LONDON (Dalston).-On Sunday, May 25th, the anniversary services of this Society were held in the Albion Hall. The morning service was conducted by the Rev. R. L. Tafel, A.M., Ph.D., who preached from Matt. v. 7, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." The sermon was a beautifully clear exposition of the great truth enunciated in these words of the Lord, and was listened to with rapt attention by a large congregation. In the evening the Rev. Dr. Bayley officiated, and in response to a strongly expressed desire selected as the theme of his discourse 'Religion in Daily Life." Dr. Bayley is so well known and warmly appreciated in the eastern districts of London that it is hardly necessary to add that the hall in which the Society now worships was filled to overflowing. Many came long distances to hear their worthy friend once again proclaim the glorious truths of the New Dispensation; nor were they doomed to disappointment. Eloquently, calmly, and lovingly did the preacher enforce the 'one thing needful' for the


DEPTFORD.-We regret to learn that Mr. Rhodes, who has been mainly instrumental in forming this Society, has been compelled, by impaired health and increased secular engagements, to retire from its leadership. Hopes are entertained that he may be able to render occasional assistance in the pulpit, and that his lack of service may be supplied by the committee of the Missionary and Tract Society. Mr. Howe, of Argyle Square, and Mr. Waller, late of Bristol, have come to reside near, and have expressed their intention to identify themselves with the church. Thus from one source or another it is hoped that the good work will be continued, and the neat church some years since erected by our friends continue to be usefully employed.

HEYWOOD.—A pleasant service is instituted in this Society in connection with the Whitsuntide festivities of the Sunday-school. A selection of hymns and anthems put to appropriate school music are taught the children, and these are repeated on a Sunday evening following in the church, when the parents are invited to be present. An annual sermon is preached on the occasion to the parents of the scholars. This service took place this year on the evening of June 15th, and was numerously attended by the scholars and their parents. After

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