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cabinet size, can be obtained of Mr. Speirs at two shillings each. The artist's skill is shown to great advantage, and the photograph is well worth a place in every New Churchman's album.

NEW CHURCH MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY. At the meeting of the committee of this Society held on the 10th June, Mr. Jobson having intimated his intention of not seeking re-election as secretary, his retirement from office was very reluctantly accepted, and the following resolution was unanimously adopted: "That the best thanks of this committee be tendered to Mr. Jobson for his past services as secretary to this Society, and for the valued and useful work he has rendered whilst in office." Mr. John Orme, 35 Barbican, London, E.C., has been appointed as his successor, and the day of the meeting of the committee is now altered from the third to the second Monday of the month, at seven o'clock, at 36 Bloomsbury Street, excepting in July and August.

AUGMENTATION FUND.--To the following circular, issued by the Midlands Committee, we gladly give the increased publicity of our pages: "The Midland District Committee again desire to bring before the members and friends of the Church the claims of this fund upon their consideration. Its object is intimately connected with the growth and development of the young and small Societies. It proposes to secure to every minister or leader of a recognised Society, who is exclusively engaged in Church work, at least the moderate means of subsistence. This is felt to be vital to the progress of the Church-firstly, that young men of high character and ability may be encouraged to enter upon duties which must entail much self-sacrifice and devotion, however recognised and supported; secondly, that young or struggling Societies may be guided and strengthened in their times of greatest need by those who are, as human instruments in the Divine Hand, truly qualified for the task. The necessity for such funds has been simultaneously recognised by various large communities of the Christian world, and during the past few years great sums have been subscribed for the purpose. We cannot expect such large results, but we can do our best according to our means, and we can share the noble resolve already expressed in deeds by other denominations, viz. that however depressed trade may curtail our comforts or our luxuries, the Church shall not suffer in its uses or its needs. It is on these grounds we ask your support to the fund."

KEIGHLEY.-On Saturday the 14th June

the mutual improvement class belonging to this Society, accompanied by some of their friends, had an excursion to Haworth. The party visited the old church made so renowned by the Bronte family, and now about to be pulled down in order to build another more in accordance with the mind of the present vicar. After leaving the church and the parsonage the party wended their way to the waterfall in the glen on the adjoining moor, which is a very wild romantic place. The day was fine and the air balmy, and both young and old seemed to enjoy the ramble over the moor. After climbing the hill and resting a short time on one of the rocks, and singing one or two hymns from the Sunday-school book, they took their way across the moor to the house at Harbour Springs, which was the place they had set out for. These springs are now taken by the Bradford waterworks, but formerly Miss Bronte used to retire to this place to study and write her world-renowned books. After the party had all drunk from the well into which the springs are conveyed they made their way to the place where tea was provided. After tea the party all assembled on the grass outside and spent a pleasant evening enlivened by song and recitation.

On Sunday, July 6th, the Rev. Joseph Ashby of Derby delivered two admirable discourses to the scholars and friends on the occasion of the Sunday-school anniversary. The morning sermon was adapted more to the children, its subject being 'Joseph's Coat of many Colours," and it will, we trust, be long remembered by our young friends. In the evening Mr. Ashby addressed himself especially to the older friends, and in a very beautiful sermon upon the subject "A Door opened in Heaven-Can we look in?" brought out very forcibly the glorious teachings upon the future life, which the doctrines of the New Church reveal. Attracted by the striking title, a large congregation, composed to a considerable extent of strangers, filled the church, and all seemed much delighted with the clear and conclusive manner in which Mr. Ashby established the views he set forth. The singing was very appropriate to the occasion, the hymns being such as the children could enjoy, and they sang them very well. The collections realized about £10, which was considered a very satisfactory sum, and completed the pleasing success of the services.

MELBOURNE (Derbyshire).—On Sunday the 13th of July the Rev. J. Ashby preached the Sunday-school anniversary sermons. The subject in the afternoon was "Joseph's Coat of many Colours." Mr. Ashby, after showing the signification of clothes by such

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texts as mention the blessedness of watch- vestries, together with commodious cellaring and keeping the garments, the angels ing. The body of the church will seat 330 clothed in white, the change of the prodigal's persons, and the galleries, including choir, dress, said that the coat of many colours 320. The estimated cost of the new church represented all the various kinds of truths. is £3000. In the early days of the first It was necessary for all to have a coat church the Society had no regularly apof many colours-that beautiful wedding pointed minister, but Divine worship was garment that shall prepare us not only conducted by the members themselves. for admission, but for an everlasting home At this time the Rev. John Clowes, M.A., in one of the mansions above. In the rector of St. John's, Manchester, occasionevening the subject was "The Measure of ally visited the Society and used to occupy the Walls of the Holy City""according to a chair within the communion-rails when the measure of a man, that is, of the preaching. In the year 1840 the present angel. Mr. Ashby pointed out the esteemed minister, the Rev. James Boys, necessity of a religion that should measure was invited to undertake the leadership. the man, that is, the angel. The needs of He accepted the invitation, and began his religion measuring the deeds of outward labours at Radcliffe on Sunday, February life in the mill, the shop, and in the family 2nd of that year. In 1848 he was adcircle also measuring the inward life- mitted into the ministry by ordination; worship, faith, and love. Religion showed and ever since that period has been most that there is a spiritual as well as a natural unremitting in his endeavours to further man, that in every son of toil there is the the cause of Christ among the band of measure of a man, that is, of the angel. persons committed to his charge. The Sunday-school children sang some terly, we regret to say, his sight has begun hymns very sweetly, and anthems were seriously to fail him, and in this affliction given by the choir. The collection he has the utmost sympathy of his large amounted to £9, 8s. 1d. circle of friends. After the singing of the hymn opening with the words "Before Jehovah's awful throne," the Rev. W. Westall read Psalm lxvii. and Revelation xxi. Prayer was then offered by the Rev. Peter Ramage, and the Rev. J. Boys followed with an introductory address. The rev. gentleman expressed his delight at seeing so many persons gathered together on that joyful occasion, and he was thankful to the Lord for having favoured them with such glorious weather in the midst of such an exceedingly wet season. He mentioned that the church about to be erected on that spot to the worship of God was the third which had occupied the same site, and then entered into the details of the past history of the New Jerusalem Church at Radcliffe, as particularized above. He had heard it repeated over and over again that in the early days of their church in that place the congregations were very small-so small, indeed, that oftentimes the number of worshippers might have been covered over with a blanket. Yet the members worked perseveringly and laboriously Sabbath after Sabbath, and also took a devout and diligent interest in the affairs of the Sundayschool. Thus in due course the congregation swelled in numbers, and hence the necessity for extending their accommodation. Many persons might ask, "What need is there to build this new church when the last one would hold us sufficiently well?" He might tell them, however, that there was not a single pew to let in the church which had just been taken down. A sitting, it was true, was here and there found vacant; but the managers of the church

RADCLIFFE (abridged from the Bury Times). The Swedenborgians of Radcliffe have ample reason to felicitate themselves upon the large measure of success which attended the important ceremony of laying the corner-stones of their new place of worship, Stand Lane, on Saturday afternoon last. In the first place, the weather was delightfully fine, notwithstanding that a somewhat unpleasant wind now and again prevailed; secondly, the gathering of friends and spectators was extraordinarily large, and showed that the proceedings were productive of unusual interest. The edifice about to be erected will be the third that has occupied the same site. The first church was built in the year 1803, and was wholly of brick, its dimensions having been ten yards by ten. It possessed a small gallery on the western side. This structure, having become too small to meet the growing requirements of the worshippers, was pulled down in 1841, and a large one, also of brick, placed upon the spot. The size of this was sixteen yards by fourteen, and galleries were arranged upon the north, south, and west sides, the sittings altogether numbering 422. In course of time the congregation still further increased, and hence it was resolved to raze the second church and place a more commodious one in its stead. The style of the new building will be free Classic and of stone externally, surmounted by cornice and balustrade. In front of the church there will stand two spires. The internal accommodation will comprise nave, aisles, galleries, organ-chamber, choir, and other

had often great difficulty in procuring suitable places for those who came. They were, therefore, almost compelled to take the step upon which they were now entering. With an incommodious building like the old church the Society could not extend its operations further than it had; numerically it could not prosper until a larger place had been erected. When the new structure had been completed he trusted its members would feel more at ease, and that with their cord lengthened and their stake strengthened the church would henceforth increase not only in strength, but in all the graces of a Christian and heavenly life. The rev. gentleman now called upon Mr. N. Haworth to lay the first corner


crown their efforts, and expressed his fervent hope that through the light of the Gospel which would hereafter be disseminated through its influence many souls would be brought into the fold of Christ. After referring in genial terms to the long ministry of the Rev. J. Boys in connection with the Society at Radcliffe, and the earnestness of his ministrations, the speaker said the rev. gentleman had always laboured therein most unselfishly and well. He hoped that Mr. Boys would long be spared among them to continue that good work.

The two bottles deposited underneath the foundation-stones contained respectively copies of the Bury Times, Manchester Examiner, the Morning Light, Intellectual Repository, and Juvenile Magazine; a cabinet photograph of the Rev. J. Boys, a photograph of the old church, a briefly written history of the church (with a copy of its rules), a programme of the day's proceedings in connection with the stone laying, and several new current coins of the realm.

A collection was made at the close of the ceremony, which amounted to over £137; the hymn, "Jesus, may Thy disciples shine," was sung, a prayer said, and the benediction pronounced.

In the evening a tea-meeting was held in the schoolroom, which was presided over by W. Hughes, Esq., of Manchester. Mr. Hughes commenced the proceedings by an able address, and was followed by other speakers and by a pleasing selection of appropriate music.

SOUTHPORT.-A reception picnic in connection with this Society was held on Tuesday the 15th July to welcome their new minister, Mr. Wm. A. Bates, and Mrs. Bates.

Mr. Haworth (Kersal) stepped forward and received a silver trowel from Mr. Edward Lowe with which to perform his share in the ceremony. The trowel, as in each case, bore an inscription, the name of the person to whom it was presented being included thereon. Having declared the stone "well and truly laid," Mr. Haworth said he was glad to see so many persons present that afternoon, for it unmistakably proved that the New Jerusalem Church in Radcliffe either possessed a numerous body of supporters, or that it had a great many sympathizers. It was gratifying to know, moreover, that the other religious denominations in the place were on very friendly terms with the New Church, and upon taking his place on that platform he felt proud to have the opportunity of shaking hands with ministers associated with other sects. If any good was to be achieved in the world it must be done by co-operation and friendship. Nothing could be carried out for the welfare of mankind by one working against another; on the other hand, he had great faith in the good which could be wrought by all Christian denominations working harmoniously together. He expected the members of the New Church would do their share towards this end. A second stone was laid by Miss N. Taylor of Moss Lane, Pilkington, and a third by Miss Heywood of Shore House, New Road, Pilkington, after which Mr. Hodgson (Radcliffe) presented a trowel to Mr. W. Mather of Salford, by whom the fourth stone was laid. Having performed the duty thus imposed upon him, Mr. The Rev. Thomas Mackereth, who had Mather said he hoped that the church been preaching the anniversary sermons about to be built upon that spot would the previous Sunday, accompanied the rever be pulled down again, but that, should the members of the Society still continue to increase a second church would be erected in another part of the town. He wished the members of the Society Godspeed in their latest undertaking, said he trusted that success would

The party, about eighty in number, proceeded to Rufford by train, where they spent a delightful afternoon in the park and gardens. The way in which Mr. Bates led the young people in the various games and sports was such as not only to please those who took part in them, but was also the admiration of all who beheld it. The weather was all that could have been desired, and afforded an excellent opportunity for mutual intercourse and friendship. Tea was served in a kind of pavilion adjoining the village inn.

friends to Rufford. When tea was over he was called to the chair. After expressing the delight which this gathering had afforded him, he pointed out that the success and usefulness of a Society depended more upon the mutual love and goodwill amongst the members than upon

ministerial efforts. True charity opened up the highest and holiest of wisdom. This was the wisdom which could alone show us how to be useful to each other and promote the happiness and welfare of all. A minister was the leader and guide to those knowledges of truth which lead to charity. This required great tact, industry, and care. He had no doubt that the gentleman whom he had been asked to welcome had these qualifications, which would doubtless be greatly strengthened and cultivated by his experience at Southport. A minister's path was not one of roses, and he who made up his mind to become a minister must well consider the thorns. For if he must succeed, he must manfully battle with the troubles and hindrances that seem so frequently to beset him. Both minister and people must in wise charity learn to bear and forbear, and then success would be certain. Mr. Mackereth laid great stress upon looking well after the training of the young in connection with the Society.

Mr. Brierley, Mr. Tidswell, and Mr. Pilkington afterwards addressed the meeting. Mr. Bates briefly replied, thanking them for the kind wishes and welcome to Mrs. Bates and himself. He said he was determined to do all he could for the good of the Church at Southport, and to make the friendship and harmony begun that day as lasting as possible. After a few other complimentary remarks from other friends, another stroll in the delightful country completed the pleasures of a day that will long live in the memories of those who took part in it.

SNODLAND BRITISH SCHOOL. The "annual prize-day" in connection with this school was celebrated on Wednesday, April 9th, 1879, when a large company of friends of the school and parents assembled in the schoolroom. The chair was taken by Mr. A. M. Flint of Snodland, who was supported by J. Rivolta, Esq., of Blackheath, and the Rev. P. Storey. A letter was read from the Rev. T. L. Marsden expressing regret that a severe attack of bronchitis prevented his attendance. During the evening a selection of songs and recitations were given by the scholars, and addresses on Education by the chairman and Mr. Rivolta, after which the prizes were distributed. Mr. Rivolta, an earnest worker in education, said they were the best collection of prizes he had ever seen. The meeting closed with ringing cheers for Mrs. Hook and the Misses Hook of Veles, Snodland, who are so nobly carrying on the work of education in Snodland, originated by the late C. Townsend Hook, Esq. The following is the report of J. C. Ley, Esq., H.M. Inspector of this school

in February last, when ninety-eight per cent. of passes were obtained: "The work throughout the standards from the highest to the lowest is thoroughly good; and the answering of the different classes in grammar and geography was equally satisfactory. The tone and order continue excellent, and the high state of efficiency maintained reflects great credit on all concerned."

REV. WALTER BATES.-The fund commenced by the Society at Melbourne, Derbyshire, for the relief of the pressing load which threatened to crush the widow of this esteemed minister is progressing favourably. The committee desire to thank those Societies and friends who have so promptly responded to their call, and would state that other Societies and friends are doing their utmost to make this charitable fund of permanent benefit. The sums collected up to the present time amount to £89, 1s. 6d., particulars of which appear on the wrapper of our present number. Donations should be forwarded to Mr. C. Fairweather, Mount Pleasant, Melbourne, Derbyshire.


At Leeds, on the 29th of April, Mr. George Padgett was removed into the spiritual world in the seventieth year of his age. Mr. Padgett was one of the oldest and most highly esteemed of the members of the Society of the New Church in this town. His early training was among the Wesleyans, and he retained through life the feelings and sentiments of piety which he had acquired in this body. With his advancement in life he was led to seriously inquire into the meaning and truth of the doctrines he had been taught. The teaching of his Wesleyan hymn-book and the preaching to which he listened did not satisfy the craving of his mind for definite and accurate instruction. The Trinity of Persons and the manifestation of this Trinity in the popular doctrine of the Atonement involved him in perplexity and doubt; and he was in danger of losing faith in revelation when his attention was attracted to the doctrines of the New Church. A book lent to him by a friend opened to his mind the truth he was seeking, and led to his cordial reception of the Heavenly Doctrines. He united himself with the church in Albion Walk, and from his excellent character and kindly disposition soon gained the affection and esteem of his fellow-members. He entered heartily into the uses of the Church, discharging all the duties that opened before him with quiet zeal and unostentatious diligence. for some time he taught in the Sunday

school, where he won the hearts of the young by his kind and loving manner; and his earnest words of advice will be doubtless long cherished by the young who were instructed by him. Another means of use into which, as he had opportunity, he entered was the visiting of the sick. He was well adapted to this service by the warmth of his affections and the sympathy of his character, and his services were at all times warmly appreciated. As a member of the conimittee he aided in giving stability to the little flock that met year after year amid great discouragements. And as a constant and devout attendant on public worship, he set an example of the faithful observance of the great duty of worshipping the Lord in the assembly of His people. Mr. Padgett enjoyed good health until his last illness, which found him, however, as one watching for his Lord. He departed in hope, and all who knew him recognised the simplicity and purity, the uprightness and sincerity of his Christian character.

as a stock and share broker proved in the
end too great a strain for his constitution,
and disease of the heart slowly but surely
developed itself. The manner of his re-
moval was strikingly pathetic. He had
been recruiting his health at Conishead
Priory for a few weeks, and was apparently
so much benefited by the change that he
resolved to sojourn in that neighbourhood
for some months. His wife and family
left Liverpool with him on the day before
his death. He was then apparently in
fair health, and on the completion of his
journey had retired to rest, when he re-
membered that his devotions had been
forgotten. He rose from his bed to offer
his petitions to the Most High, and after
an hour spent on his pillow quietly passed
away to a realization of the joys of the
eternal world, no doubt to continue with
increased energy to serve his Divine
Master. He was a faithful husband, an
affectionate father, a true friend, and the
members in Liverpool are about to per-
petuate his memory by the erection of a
tablet in the church to mark their appre-
ciation of his virtues. Verily a good nian
has fallen in Israel.
E. M. S.

On June 18th, at Bardsea, Westmoreland, aged fifty years, Mr. Andrew Pixton of Liverpool was removed to his heavenly home. Born of New Church parents, he On Wednesday, July 2nd, 1879, James was identified during the whole of his life Clegg, for many years an energetic memwith the church in Liverpool, with the ber of the Keighley Society, was removed exception of a few years spent in Carlisle, to his eternal home in his fifty-fourth year. where he was also actively engaged in the Our esteemed friend met with a very serious promotion of the good cause. He was accident in the engine-room, where he was ever ready with his purse and time to aid engaged, on Saturday, May 24th, whereby in every way possible the spread of the he received injuries of such a nature that Heavenly Doctrines, and most of the his recovery was deemed very doubtful. ministers and leading friends of the Church From that time until his departure he have at one time or other partaken of his remained in a condition which but seldom hospitality. Mr. Pixton was the second changed sufficiently to justify hopes of his son of Mr. George Pixton, a member of the return to the activities of this world, or Liverpool Society for nearly half a century, to the exercise of the immortal faculties he and whose name is a household word had so vigorously and so earnestly directed throughout Lancashire. He was one of towards heavenly truth. For many years the trustees of the church in Bedford he was connected with the Sunday-school, Street North, and was extremely active in in which he took for some time the duties its erection. His heart was thoroughly in of superintendent. On the Church Comthe good cause, and never was he so happy mittee he was an earnest worker, had as when engaged in some work of use for frequently been elected as its chairman, the New Church. The whole Society look and was acting in that capacity during the upon his removal as, humanly considered, present year. He worked hard in dissemia very great calamity, but we are assured nating the doctrines by a judicious distributhat our Heavenly Father "doeth all tion of tracts, and by entering into converthings well." And though it is difficult sation with those to whom he gave them, to conceive why one engaged in so many and lost no opportunity of making known uses, possessed of a loving and affectionate the truths which he so highly prized. partner, blessed with a numerous family He once assured the writer-with a request and a truly happy home, should be taken that he might not be thought egotistical away at a time when his presence here for making the assertion that he thought would seem most desirable, still "we see he had introduced the doctrines to a larger as through a glass darkly," and must con- number than any other private individual tent ourselves with the reflection that our living. It was his life's delight, and he loss is his eternal gain. Our departed continually sought and found occasions for friend was originally a man of strong following it. He possessed a ready faculty bodily frame, but his extensive business for discussion, and often met those whose

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