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meeting had been so taken up that the to tell us what are the 'true doctrines last speaker's wishes could not be ful- of salvation,' and where the duly authenfilled. He was glad so large a meeting ticated, patented, stamped and labelled had interested themselves in the subject, teachers of it may be met with? Mr. and that the meeting had passed off so Hill does not tell us who the truthwell as it had. The style of the first teachers are, but he singles out some who hymn had given him the impression are not. Here is a specimen of Christian that their friends had been apprehensive charity for the year 1874 of the Christian of meeting that night some "terrible era: The Swedenborgians and Unifoe," and required something to "screw tarians, he believed, did not teach the their courage up." (Laughter.) He essential doctrines of salvation, and it would not venture to reply at that late would not be right to allow them to hour to the various arguments. (Cries of "Go on.") He had expected their friends would uphold the doctrine of the resurrection of the material body, but as that was entirely given up it was only now a question as to what was the body to be raised. Dr. Bayley then passed briefly in review the various speakers' comments, especially in reference to 15th Corinthians, his lucid and forcible exposition of which was evidently well appreciated by the meeting.
Mr. Reynolds replied in a brief speech, in which he reiterated his willingness to meet Dr. Bayley as challenged. He wished to caution the meeting against running away with the idea that he and the New Church friends were agreed: he pointed out items of difference between him and them.
BLACKBURN has had a little tempest among its Poor Law Guardians on the subject of providing religious instruction in the workhouse. One of the Guardians, a Mr. Hill, is reported to have said: "He thought the Dissenters ought to be allowed to visit the Workhouse, but it would not do to let all classes go and teach what they liked. He thought the true doctrines of salvation ought to be taught. The Swedenborgians and Unitarians, he believed, did not teach the essential doctrines of salvation, and it would not be right to allow them to lead souls astray.' On this sapient utterance a local paper thus comments: First, we see, Mr. Hill gives vent to an impulse of noble generosity. He would allow Dissenting preachers to visit the Workhouse, gratuitously of course. But so gushing a concession would not be safe without certain limitations. It would not do to let all classes go and teach what they liked. He thought the true doctrines of salvation ought to be taught. Grammercy! would some omniscient being condescend
lead souls astray.' The meaning of which is, that Mr. Hill of Wilpshire, husbandman, constitutes himself supreme judge of truth and falsehood on this planet. It is enough for him to damn a Swedenborgian or a Unitarian, and damned he must be, not in the next world only, but in this, for if he be a pauper, he must not be allowed to receive spiritual consolation from the teachers of his faith. Plainly, it would fare badly with many of us in time and in eternity if our salvation' or otherwise, depended not upon the life we lived on earth and the humble trust in Divine mercy we cherished, but upon the belief' concerning our belief of such men as the Guardian for Wilpshire."
This strange utterance was also made the subject of an evening lecture by the Rev. W. Bates; which was fully reported in the Blackburn Times of April 18th. Mr. Bates devoted his discourse to an exposition of the New Church doctrine of Redemption and Salvation, dwelling upon the practical nature of Christian faith and the necessity of uniting with faith obedience and charity in order to salvation.
BOLTON.-Public Recognition of Mr. G. H. Smith as Leader of the Society.On Thursday, April 30, a tea-party, and afterwards a public meeting, was held in the New Jerusalem Church schoolroom, Higher Bridge Street, for the purpose of giving a public recognition to Mr. G. H. Smith, who has recently been appointed minister to the congregation worshipping at this church. After tea, Mr. W. H. Horrocks presided over the meeting, at which a large number of persons were present, the upper schoolroom being crowded. After a very warm and cordial introduction by the Chairman, words of welcome were spoken by Messrs. Dakeyne, Knight, and Rev. E. Whitehead, of Dalton. Mr. G. H. Smith, who was
very warmly received, said he did not really know what to say; he felt so very much the kindness they had shown to him, both in word and deed, that he felt as regarded giving expression to his feelings, it was a matter he could not accomplish. He could not, of course, but feel very deeply all the kind sentiments that had been spoken by the chairman and the other speakers, and his sincere hope was, that all the pleasant things that they expected might be accomplished. Whilst he had been listening to what one or another had been saying of him that evening, he wondered that they had found the ground for the loving and kindly sentiments which had been expressed towards him. He did not know how it was they had discovered all those excellences, but still he was very glad they thought well of him, and it was his hope that they might be realised in the future. He could only say that he would do his best for them. He was but a feeble instrument, and laboured under a due sense of his own inability. From the time they had had him amongst them, they would know what to expect. He had gone to them without making any profession of great attainments, but simply to try to make them understand the way to heaven as the Lord gave him to understand it. He was only human like themselves; he had many infirmities. A preacher had his own regeneration to work out; and, therefore, when he looked within and saw many things that needed grace, it shewed him that there was a similarity to his in the hearts and minds of his friends, and his hopes were to accomplish by the same means of grace the blessings which were in store for those who had faith. He hoped that the acquaintance he and his congregation had formed would be a long one, and he was sure he reciprocated the loving sentiments that they had given expression to. Addresses were also given by Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Ramage, and others; and the proceedings enlivened by several well executed pieces of music.
DODDINGTON, CAMBRIDGESHIRE.Mr. John Rous of Yarmouth, the octogenarian New Church preacher, on his way from Horncastle to London, had kindly undertaken missionary duty at Chatteris on the 5th of April. He arrived at March on the 1st, where he
was met by myself, and being a stranger
B. B. WADE.
We enclose a copy of the Life Insurance Bill, which we conceive will have some interest for your renders, as it assuredly has had in many quarters :-"News for the million! A new Life Insurance office is now open, called the Everlasting Life Office. It differs in all respects to other offices, called Life Insurances :-In the first place, the insurance is to be effected and the policy obtained on such terms as are within the reach of the poorest person; the annual premium is no more for the aged than for the young, though it may be more difficult on account of prejudice, nevertheless facts are such
stubborn things that ultimately they will kill all prejudice in those who may become members of the new institution. Instead of the insurers having to pay an annual premium lest the policy should become void, they will receive a daily benefit from the source and fountain of the establishment, if they observe the laws and statutes, which are ordained for their present and eternal welfare. From such a proclamation many people may be desirous of knowing more particulars of the reality of such a desirable policy, but all we can say of it at present is that there is no mistake about it if it he rightly understood; in order that it should be so understood, Mr. John Rous, who is agent at Yarmouth for the Institution, will deliver three discourses on the important facts, in the Lecture Hall, Row 51, Market Place, Yarmouth, when everything will be properly explained as to what every one has to do to obtain his or her policy, to be made a member of the Institution, and a partaker of the benefits arising therefrom. The capital of the establishment is inexhaustible, it is already, at least, one hundred and forty-four thousand millions, and it is daily increasing; so that it will be a sum and a number that no man can number. 'Happy is he who like it has Eternity for his time.' It behoves every man to take this gentle warning, and see that his name is written in the book of life before the door is shut. The lectures will be printed with full particulars, and may be had at 1d. each."
LONDON, Argyle Square.-We extract the following from the North Londoner of May 2nd:-"The Argyle Square Manual is a small pamphlet of four pages published monthly for "the use of the congregation of the New Christian Church, Argyle Square, Kings-cross." The May number, if it be taken as a specimen, shows that this Church does not let the grass grow under her feet. On the first page there is a Church Calendar, containing announcements of the subjects, texts, &c., for the Sunday sermons and Sunday-school meetings, the conversational meeting after tea on Sunday, a theological lecture on Mondays, a teachers' preparatory class on Wednesdays, a mathematical and shorthand class on Thursdays, a secular lecture on Fridays. There are also
notices of the Church, day-school, benevolent fund, and mutual improvement society's committee meetings. The text of the various anthems to be sung at the Sunday services during the month is then given, and the remainder of the Manual is filled up with general news. We are informed, e.g. that the New Church Conference of ministers and representatives of Provincial Churches meets at this church in August next, and a short account of the constitution, origin, and work of the Conference is given. There is also an appeal on behalf of the Sunday-school. The circulation of the Manual is, we hear, about 400 copies. We should think other churches might advantageously take a leaf out of this little book.'
LONDON Camberwell. -On Good Friday, 3rd April, this Society held its usual annual social gathering, and so numerous was the assembly, that the friends were unable to all partake of tea together. At 7 P.M. Mr. E. Austin presided in the church, which was comfortably filled, and suitable addresses were delivered by Messrs. Lewin, Braby, Gunton, and Skelton of Camberwell, and Messrs. Dicks and Madeley, visitors. At intervals, the choir sung various selections of sacred music very efficiently, and the meeting was felt to be in every respect as successful as its predecessors.
On Sunday morning, 19th April, Mr. Austin preached a sermon especially designed for the young, his theme being Horses. Between fifty and sixty of the offspring of the members and friends attended, and occupied the front pews in the centre of the church, the seniors cheerfully giving place for the occasion. The weather being fine, the building was quite full, several strangers being observed, and the novel service was thoroughly appreciated; a general wish being expressed for a second one at no remote period.
The quarterly meeting of the Society took place on 29th April, when six new members were elected. Mr. Austin explained at length the action he had taken in reference to the junior section of his flock. On the second and fourth Monday of each month, the young people assemble in the schoolroom, for an hour and a half, each being prepared with answers to biblical questions on the subject of the evening, which have
been previously submitted by the presi- berance however, and was beginning dent. The proceedings are opened by seriously to affect the Society's welfare. an essay from the pen of one appointed To remove it, and also to defray the for the purpose, after which the answers are considered. Conversation then ensues, during which appropriate questions are asked and answered, and an attempt is made to clearly enforce the various literal and spiritual lessons which suggest themselves. So far, the topics chosen have been Gold, the Lion, Silver, the Fox, the lost piece of Silver, and the average attendance has been between twenty and thirty. A vote of thanks was awarded Mr. Austin for his exertions, and it was hoped that as the meetings will perform valuable uses in interesting and instructing the lambs of our fold, that every Society of the Church will in some form endeavour to adopt them.
As a further means of enlisting the sympathies of the young, Mr. C. Penn, jun., is kindly preparing the scholars of the Sunday school (the children mainly of members) for one of the services of song now so deservedly popular. "The Prodigal Son" is the piece selected, and the service will probably be held in the church in July next.
Subscriptions still continue to be received in aid of the liquidation of the Building Fund, and the encouraging tidings were communicated that the existing liabilities are only £100.
expenses of some improvements and repairs which are much needed, this Bazaar was commenced with the design of raising about £500 thereby. For months a large amount of zealous and charitable industry had been brought into play, and the result was the large and rich variety of wares they saw before them. They had worked very cheer. fully themselves, and had been most liberally supported by their friends of other Societies. No doubt much could be said both in favour and against Bazaars, but the day had not yet arrived when the springs of charity could always be drawn without a stimulus of some kind. He was glad to assure them that there was every prospect of the Bazaar being successful, and if they went on as they had done hitherto, their highest expectations would certainly be realized. He concluded by calling upon Dr. Pilkington, who addressed the company in his usual lively vein. He wished them every success in the work they had in hand, and when they had paid off this debt, he recommended them to go into debt again as soon as they could, in carrying out some fresh work, having for its aim the advancement of the Church.
Mr. Benson then followed, and briefly reviewed the history of the Society since he first became connected with it, some twenty-two years ago. Many of the leading families of the Society at that time had since died, or left the district, and it was unquestionable
SALFORD, Bazaar.-This Bazaar was opened on Wednesday the 29th of April, and remained open the three following days. Richard Harwood, Esq., the Mayor of Salford, had kindly promised to open it, but engagements in that the situation of the Temple was London over which he had no control prevented him from keeping his appointment. In his absence the opening fell to the lot of Mr. George Benson, a duty which he discharged in a very efficient manner. The opening ceremony was commenced with hymn and prayer, the prayer being offered up by the Rev. John Hyde.
telling very seriously against the Society's welfare. One result of this was that they had gone into debt; but having made arrangements for stopping its further growth, it was designed by this Bazaar to remove it altogether, and to raise funds sufficient for effecting cer tain necessary improvements and repairs. He must say that he had never seen a The Rev. Mr. Westall then in a short more zealous spirit thrown into any address stated the object of the Bazaar. work in this Society since he first be He said it was, as had been stated in longed to it; and he had great faith the circulars, to pay off a debt, and to that it would do the Society even greater defray certain expenses to be incurred good in other ways than in simply proin improvements and repairs. The debt viding them with pecuniary means. was of recent growth, and was the He thanked all who had taken part in accumulation of a number of annual it, and all who had contributed to it; deficits. It was a growing encum- and prayed that with the blessing of
the Lord it might be completely successful. He then declared the Bazaar
The receipts from subscriptions and sales have amounted to £650, and there are a few accounts yet to come in. Our bills of expenses are not yet all in, but there is no doubt but that we shall realize considerably more than the £500 for which we set out.
SALISBURY.-Mr R. Gunton, the National Missionary, visited this Society on Sunday, April 19th, when he delivered two admirable discourses, the subjects being, in the morning, "The Love of God shewn in the gift of His only begotten Son," and in the evening, Salvation by believing in the Son of God." The delivery of the discourses had been advertised, the attendance on each occasion was highly satisfactory, and the attention manifested by the hearers could not have been exceeded by any congregation. The preliminary services were given by Mr. Dyke. We understand that Mr. Joseph Rhodes, the respected leader of the Deptford Society, has accepted an invitation to visit and preach twice to this Society on Whitsunday.
THE WIDOW OF PROFESSOR BUSH.To the Editor,-My Dear Sir,- On the 13th of April I forwarded the amount collected for this lady, viz., £46, 12s. (increased from the last rendered account by ten shillings, from Mr. Williamson of Broughton-in-Furness), to the care of the Rev. Chauncey Giles, who has acknowledged the same in the following letter:
"NEW YORK, April 27, 1874. "My Dear Sir,-Your favour of April 13th, inclosing a cheque for £46, 12s. for Mrs. Bush, the widow of the late Professor George Bush, was duly received, and the sum will be duly forwarded to her. Thanking you for your generous sympathy, in her name, I am, very sincerely, your friend and brother,
"CHAUNCEY GILES." By inserting the above in the Intellectual Repository for June, you will oblige, yours truly,
the Camden Road Society gives the following brief notice of a presentation to this esteemed member of the New Church in London :
19 HIGHBURY CRESCENT, N. TESTIMONIAL TO MR. J. C. PENN.The report of the Annual Meeting of
"Mr. John Camp Penn having intimated that he would be unable to continue any longer his services as Secretary, a number of the members and friends entered into a subscription to present him with some token of their regard. This resulted in the purchase of a gold watch and chain, which, in the course of the evening, was presented to him by the Chairman, together with an address illuminated on vellum, expressing the respect and esteem of the congregation, and their appreciation of his long and valuable services as Secretary to the Society, which office he has filled, with the exception of two short intervals, first as assistant, and afterwards as Secretary, for a period of about twenty-six years.'
Baptized, at the New Jerusalem Church, Drewton Street, Bradford, by the Rev. D. G. Goyder, on Sunday, March 29, 1874, Campbell Ward, son of Francis Rhodes, M.D., and Laura Elizabeth, his wife. Born, January 17, 1874.
Baptized, at the New Jerusalem Church, Drewton Street, Bradford, by the Rev. D. G. Goyder, on Sunday, May 3, 1874, Maria, daughter of John Smith, and Sarah Jane, his wife. Born, January 7, 1874.
April 19, 1874, at Fairfield Cottages, near Wilton, Wilts, Mr. Edward Madeley Dyke, aged 32 years. He had from earliest infancy been brought up in the faith and life of the new dispensation. During his severe illness not a murmur escaped his lips, and so calm and quiet was his departure out of time, that, although his wife and mother were both standing by him, no sigh or motion of the body revealed to them the spirit's withdrawal therefrom.
On Sunday, April 19th, 1874, Mr. Edward Cyrus Gosling, of the "Woodlands," Maryon Road, Charlton, S. E., architect and surveyor, was removed suddenly from the natural into the spiritual world, in the 36th year of his age. The Kentish Mercury, in giving