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hold himself responsible for the opinions every scholar with a copy, it would expressed by his correspondents. certainly do something towards the

We have not thought it desirable to attainment of this object. He would invite this correspondence on topics feel that in finding the announced interesting to the members of the New hymn, and singing it with the congreChurch before the commencement of gation, he was one of them, and the the next volume. In the period of service so far was for him. But if the active thought through which the schools are forgotten, or left to provide Church is passing, there are doubtless themselves slowly, and one by one, as many who have subjects they wish to each could afford it, the interest will discuss. Liberty of thought is one of be lost. Another good result would the leading features of the New Church, arise if the new Hymn-Book were to but we must accept this invaluable be regularly used in school worship for blessing with its certain consequence— a season-say for six months or a year diversity of opinion. The temperate and --and more especially if the same tunes courteous expression of this diversity of the choir sing were sung by the Sunday thought is an advantage to the Church scholars. Still further, their interest and to its individual members. The would be awakened and sustained if, ventilation of opinions tends to the cor- when a new tune is to be introduced, rection of what is crude in conception the choir-master would inform the and narrow in sentiment. Its tendency leader of Sunday-school worship beis also, when wisely conducted, to make forehand, so that the school may sing manifest the truth, and thus to promote it over to its proper hymn before hearthe solid progress of the Church. ing it in church. The advantage of such

In opening our columns to discussions co-operation would be perceived by the of the kind contemplated, we shall be whole congregation, and the increased guided by the rules usually adopted for pleasure of the scholars in public worthe regulation of such discussions. In ship would be a reward for all the all cases we shall require the name of trouble incurred. the contributor; and it is needless to

It may be thought by some that the say that no contribution can be admitted Church hymns are too advanced in which is wanting in Christian courtesy sentiment or too difficult of apprehenand proper regard for the feelings and sion for Sunday scholars. But common opinions of others. We do not insist experience is that the last ten years on the publication of the names of the has wrought so great a change in the writers, though we observe with satis- general intelligence of our scholars that faction that in the best conducted most of the hymns ordinarily chosen periodicals of the day this is becoming for public worship are quite within the usual practice. We trust that any their comprehension. In fact there is discussions which may be introduced no longer the general necessity that will be so conducted as to interest our once existed for what are called “chil. readers and promote the extended dren's hymns” in our New Church knowledge of the truth.

Sunday schools. The cheerful and really good tune is the desideratum, provide for its Sunday school at the the students were the first in the order same time. A generous friend or two of importance. It was for this end that will always be found to assist in thus we both strove during Mr. Crompton's adding to the joy of the children. Of life, and it was with this object that he course in some cases the book must be left £10,000 to the Conference for the given without any charge ; but so that purpose of “maturing or extending” the the whole of the scholars are supplied, Institution we had founded and enand on the same day as the rest of the dowed. Both the Chancellor and the congregation, the particular means by Vice-Chancellor have decided that the which it is accomplished are not so Conference is not bound to apply the legimportant. There can be little doubt acy to either of these objects exclusivebut that this course would do some- ly; but it might be appropriated to the thing towards uniting schools with erection of buildings, and indeed " for church, and would improve the sphere the benefit of the Institution generally, of worship. That this result should such as it is under the deeds and instrube attained was one reason why the ments prior to the death of the testator." late General Conference so unanimously The Chancellor says, “I think that the resolved on a shilling edition being legacy may lawfully be applied to variprovided. un

whether for church or school; and THE NEW HYMN-BOOK.

that being found, the hymn that is The publication of a new Hymn- acceptable to the congregation will be Book offers an opportunity to every appreciated by the Sunday school. New Church Society of doing a good As to the cost of providing the new service to its Sunday school. To unite books, it is not always needful that more closely our Sunday schools to they should be distributed in a manner our churches is so desirable that every wholly gratuitous, but perhaps supmeans likely to forward it should be plied in the first instance to each eagerly tried. Being of opinion that scholar at half price, the other half the grand point to be aimed at is to being paid from the school funds, or increase the Sunday scholar's interest in such other manner as the Society in the public worship, I beg to say a might arrange. My object is that the few words on this occasion. If on the general meeting of any congregation adoption of the new Hymn-Book by a which resolves on the adoption of the Society, steps were taken to provide new book should kindly think of and

ous purposes, and that the right of It may be said, and very properly determining the mode of its application too, that if the bound copy of our (so long as it is for the benefit of the Liturgy with the new hymns were to College)

, belongs exclusively to the be given on these terms it would be General Conference. I think that still better, because still further pro- unless Conference should otherwise moting the ends in view. By all means direct, the trustees of Conference must let such be done where possible ; but themselves see to the payment and if not the two, let the Hymn-Book be application of the money; but they may, the one secured just now.

in my opinion, if Conference so direct, JOHN BRAGG. place the fund, or a part of it, at the

disposal of the governors of the College,

either for some specific purpose or for NEW CHURCH COLLEGE.

the general purposes of the College.” (To the Editor of the Intellectual Repository.") In devoting money out of the Cromp

REV. AND DEAR SIR, -Allow me to ton Legacy for the purpose of completthank you for your kind insertion of ing the College buildings, the Confermy letter of last month, as well as for ence loyally carried out to that extent the expressions of your sympathy in my the trust which it had undertaken. The present affliction. Happily it has not same remark applies to the proceeds of abated my interest in the New Church, the remainder of the legacy and to the although it has compelled me to em- “Finnie Gift," so far as they have been ploy an amanuensis. You appear to be directed year by year to be paid to the still of opinion that Mr. Crompton did College treasurer. By their means the not enter into the general purpose of maturing and extending the Institution the College as understood by myself

. has been advanced. By arresting these This is an unfortunate error. Mr. funds the work of the College is necesCrompton not only accepted my views, sarily interfered with, and its progress but during his lifetime acted in accordo towards maturity retarded. In your ance with them. He on two separate remarks you say that “the hope of inoccasions assisted in the effort to estab- creasing the ministry from the pupils of lish a school. We both desired to have the College has thus far been barren ; an educated ministry, and we both that of those who have entered the desired to have boys instructed in the ministry none have been thus obtained, doctrines and life of the New Church, as nor is it probable that many will be so well as in general literature and science, obtained in the future.” It is indeed a gradually passing from our school into fact that the school has not yet furthe class of candidates for the ministry— nished a single minister, but it is also a students for the ministry properly pre- fact that but scant encouragement has pared by piety, ulture, and intelligence been given to the pupils of the school for their holy work. The school was to become candidates for the ministry, necessarily first in the order of time, but and that great encouragement has been

astic attainments.

given to those who have not been so " The whole question, however, is left educated. It takes time to grow candi- by the Conference in the hands of the dates for the ministry from childhood, Council of the Conference, who are rebut young men who have already shown quested to co-operate with the Council aptitude for the work can be placed at of the College in the adjustment of these once on the list of students, even when different opinions. We trust that before imperfectly prepared as to their schol- the next session of Conference some plan

The College has of operations may be determined upon felt it its duty, whatever their literary which will be satisfactory to all parties position, to accept all as students who and useful to the Church.” In this have been sent to them by the Confer- wish I heartily join, and notwithstanding ence; but few of these, however, have the first move on the part of the Confercome up to our ideal, and been pre- ence Council, I do not despair of success. pared to matriculate and take degrees Perhaps by way of conclusion I may in connection with the University of be allowed to say that all the CoiLondon. Of the future we cannot lege requires is that the Conference speak with certainty, but we may pro- will simply fulfil the terms of the trust phesy that if the Conference and the reposed in it by Mr. Crompton. Had members of the Church generally will en- this been done from the beginning there courage the College to carry out its own would never have been any difference statutes and ordinances as they existed between the College and the Conference. before the decease of Mr. Crompton, the By this time I have no doubt pupils would barren will bear fruit to the honour of the have become students, students candiChurch as well as of the College. You dates for the ministry, and candidates for say “it is church life, not college life, the ministry acceptable ministers in the which quickens the zeal of our young Church. Let the Conference cease to men and inspires them with a desire listen to the counsels of the enemies of for the work of the ministry.' Church the College, and henceforth apply the life is to be had at the New Church funds confided to its charge in maturing College. A small but energetic Society, and extending the Institution founded the pastor of which is the Principal of by Mr. Crompton and, yours faithfully, the College, meets for worship in the

HENRY BATEMAN. College chapel. It has its Sunday school, in which pupils and students Our space has compelled us to abbremay be teachers. The students are en- viate the above letter from our friend, couraged to attend its worship, to read but we have not, we believe, omitted the lessons, offer up the prayers, and anything essential to his argument. preach ; also to attend the weekly Two omissions only are made. meetings of the church, and even to first is a continuation of the Lord Chanlecture during the week or conduct cellor's opinion, which is before the a weekly service. To these opportu- Church, and is substantially expressed in nities pastoral visiting would be gladly the words we have given. The second added when the students have time, refers to questions under discussion, and their services would be acceptable. the insertion of which, in our judgment, Then there is the neighbouring Society would not tend to promote the settlein Argyle Square, within a mile, where ment which all parties sincerely desire. our students are always welcomed by its It is quite true, as Mr. Bateman good pastor. To say nothing of the intimates, that both the Chancellor and Camden Road Society's meetings in the Vice-Chancellor decided that the Consame parish, there are also Dalston, ference is not bound to apply the legacy about a mile off, and Deptford, a south- to either of the objects, contemplated eastern suburb, where the services of by the College deeds, exclusively; but the students are welcomed. In Camber- it is equally true, as we pointed out in well and Kensington, both in London, our October number, that both are very the students meet with the kindest careful to guard this opinion, lest it appreciation, and have occasionally should be adopted to the neglect or preached. I know of no locality- exclusion of the only object named in Manchester not excepted-in which the will, viz. the education of candi. church life is more vigorously main- dates for the ministry. We cheerfully tained than in London. You say, recognise the manifold opportunities of


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use presented to the students in the made a donation some years ago to the metropolis ; but the students who have Provost of Kirkcaldy of £100 or therethus far entered into these uses have abouts, the interest of which was to be been obtained, not from the College, divided among ten maiden ladies over but the churches. Nor is this the sixty years of age, each to receive a result of any lack of encouragement to comfort of 10s, and half a pound of tea the pupils trained in the College school. per annum. This continues to the The same encouragement has been present day, and is noticed in the local given to them as to other members

papers. of the Church. Had any eligible Each old lady on receiving the gift candidate from the College been pre- has to say the angels' song, "Glory to sented to the Conference, he would God in the highest, and on earth peace, have been gladly welcomed, and, we goodwill towards men.” The Provost, are certain, the more gladly, as coming in notifying his having attended to this from an institution in which the Con- interesting duty, to Miss Russell, menference is interested, and anxious to see tioned thatone of the old ladies remarked, more successful in its great work of “Glory to God in the highest, that is training young men for the ministry of just as it should be; and peace on earth, the New Church. It is a mistake to that is very well ; but goodwill to men suppose that any members of the Con- -I don't see how we should have good. ference are enemies” of the College. will to men, for they have never done Many members differ from our friend in anything for us. ." Miss Russell would tell their opinion respecting the proper ap- this with great glee, in good broad Scotch. plication of the funds committed to the Conference trust, but they are not less On the 25th October last, in the fortyanxious than he is to see money applied fourth year of her age, Elizabeth, the according to what was well known to wife of James Collinge of Throstle-Nest, the personal friends and associates of Middleton, left her temporal for her Mr. Crompton to have been his earnest eternal home. She was the only survive wish as well as declared object.

ing issue of the late Richard Boardman,

and granddaughter of Richard BoardObituary.

man, sen., who was the chief of the

founders of the Middleton New Church Miss Agnes Russell, of Leicester. Society. In her girlhood, and to woman. This venerable lady, who would be known hood, she had exceptional opportu. to many of our readers personally or by nities of becoming acquainted with repute, departed this life on April 12 New Church teachings and New Church of the present year, having entered her men, spending nearly all her Sabbaths ninety-fifth year. She had resided some at the house of the late Mr. James ten or twelve years in Leicester, being Ashton, whose home was the rendezvous connected with the family of the late in Middleton of ministers, missionaries, Mr. Mitchell, long an esteemed New and New Church friends generally. Churchman in that town, through whom The seed sown bore fruit in ali her relashe probably received the doctrines of tionships of life-in her wifehood, in her the New Church.

motherhood, in business, and in friend. In 1869 Miss Russell gave £150 to ships. She was happy in her conjugal the Church, the interest to be given lot. The following lines from an acrostic annually to different institutions.

valentine written for her in February of She was a most spiritually-minded this year are truly expressive of that lady, and loved to see the Church lot: advance anywhere, but especially desired “In this world of doubt and murmurs, to see a Society in Leicester, where she We in union have known herself could worship. Several attempts Twenty winters, twenty summers, were made, which she earnestly assisted,

And through each have fonder grown.” but success was only partial and tem- Her interest in the recent appointporary, ceasing after a short time, to ment of the Rev. Mr. Westall to the Miss Russell's great grief. Miss Russell ministry of the Middleton Society was was bornat Kirkcaldy, and never having great, and no labours or assistance in her been married, though a kindlier or more power would have been grudgingly renmotherly heart could not exist, she dered for its success and for the pros

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perity of the Society. But she is gone and the amount of kind feeling she had to “where tears of sorrow never flow,” inspired in all who knew her, made the and it will be perfect bliss to meet her scene one of deep and lasting interest. there.

On November 9th, 1880, John AdAt Snodland, on the 2nd of October, derson, a veteran member of the New our aged friend Mrs. Penny passed Church Society at St. Osyth, passed peacefully into the world of spirits, in into the eternal world, in the ninetieth her seventy-ninth year. She was one year of his age. Though uneducated, of the oldest members of the New Jeru- and in a very humble station of life, Mr. salem in Snodland. Her introduction Adderson had a very correct concepto the doctrine and worship of the New tion of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem took place prior to the con- Church, and was indefatigable in his secration many years ago of a portion of efforts to make them widely known. the ancient manor house of Snodland As a tract - distributor he was to the worship of Jesus Christ as the equalled : he seldom went only true God. While the New Jeru- rounds with his pony and cart as a salem was confined to one family, she dealer in vegetables without carrying was induced to attend in the drawing. some tracts, and lending, or giving a room of Mr. S. Hook, where she for the few of them to persons with whom he first time heard the liturgical services got into conversation. He was able to of the New Jerusalem. The more she carry on his business to within a few attended these services, the more deeply hours of his removal to his eternal was she impressed with their sanctity

They also deepened her earthly life, and unable to articulate, sense of the need of daily

approaching he expressed by signs, in answer to a the Lord Jesus as her only Redeemer question put to him by his daughter, and Sanctifier. Morning and evening his state of happiness and confidence she was accustomed to commune with in the Lord, whom he had served so Him, using the “Holy Scripture” and faithfully for many years. “Mason's Help to Devotion." She had a prayerful and devout spirit, and was

Departed this life, at Newcastle-ona pattern of attendance on public wor

Tyne, on October 11, aged sixty-five, ship. She was an affectionate mother,

Miss Isabella Grace Thomson, an intel. and several of her family are associated ligent receiver of the doctrines of the New

Church, and for many years a member of the Percy Street and Nun Street So

cieties. Her end was peace. Departed this life, October 13, Hannah, the beloved wife of Edward H.

At Green Lane, Dalton, October 31, Bayley, Esq., of 82 Angel Road, Brix, Mrs. Mary Ann Newhill, aged seventy ton, after an illness of one week, aged


Mrs. Newhill had been long twenty-eight.

resident at Dalton, and was distinOn Saturday, October 16, at High- guished by strict integrity and uprightgate Cemetery, in the portion where the

ness of character. bodies of so many New Church friends have been laid, near the graves of Mr. On November 10th, after a long and Noble, Mr. Shaw, and Mrs. Dr. Bayley, painful illness, borne with true Chriswho had so recently preceded her, were tian fortitude and patience, Margaret, deposited all that was left on earth of this the dearly loved wife of Wm. Craigie, lamented lady, who was respected and of 8 Drumdryan Street, Edinburgh. loved by a wide and sympathizing circle. The coffin was covered by wreaths and On the 23rd October, at Preston, Alice crosses of beautiful flowers, the gifts of Parkinson, eldest daughter of the late relatives and friends, and was borne to Richard Townson, solicitor, passed the hearse and to the grave by a body quietly and peacefully away to her eterof Mr. Bayley's work-people, whose nal home. respectful demeanour and evident emotion were both touching and significant. Also on the 2nd November, at Pres. The short illness, the sudden decease, ton, Thomas Bleasdale, after a brief the comparatively early age of Mrs. illness, departed into the spiritual Bayley, formerly Miss Hannah Moore, world. His end was peace.

with the New Church.

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