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mately connected with our eternal sal- SWEDENBORG IN THE “AUTOBIOGRAPHIC vation, that the Lord in establishing SKETCHES” BY Thos. DE QUINCEY. His church amongst us, individually or collectively, should deeply conceal Him- To the Editor. self, as it were, from human observa- My dear Sir,—The accompanying extion. Hence, in this season, when a tract from the Autobiographic Sketches dense cloud appears to overshadow a of Thomas De Quincey, may interest portion of the vineyard of the New your readers at this time, as affording Church, while happily the light is a proof of the growing estimation in breaking through in other parts of the which the name of Swedenborg is rehorizon, your Committee would derive ceived in the world of letters. This fact encouragement, and exhort their bre- cannot be too frequently urged upon the thren to do so likewise, from the truth community, and I therefore forward you, contained in the following parable:- with much pleasure, an instance that is

6.So is the kingdom of God, as if a calculated to induce men of reading and man should cast seed into the ground; thought to examine the pretensions of and should sleep and rise night and our great Swedenborg for themselves. day, and the seed should spring and The disparaging tongue has been too grow up, he knoweth not how. For the long listened to in reference to one who, earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; of all men, least sanctions it both in first the blade, then the ear, after that doctrine and practice. The giving ear the full corn in the ear. But when the to disparagement, however, is itself a fruit is brought forth, immediately he mark of weakness and an indication of putteth in the sickle, because the har- an unchristian spirit. For the correcvest is come.'—Mark iv. 26–29. tion of both these states has Swedenborg

“And your Committee feel that they laboured, and it is for his admirers to cannot better conclude their Report, or testify to his success in regard to themtake leave of their brethren in more selves, otherwise, they will have read appropriate language, than by repeating in vain. I have the honour to be, my the exhortation of the apostle Paul to dear Sir, yours very sincerely, the Corinthians,— Therefore, beloved

JOHN SPURGIN. brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, Jan. 11th, 1855. always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your “My mother little guessed what sort labour is not in vain in the Lord. - of person it was whom she had asked 1 Cor. xv. 58."

into her family; so much she had We refer our readers to the Report understood from Miss Wesley, that Mrs. itself for particulars relating to the Lee was a bold thinker, and that, for a Treasurer's account, and also to the woman, she had an astonishing comaccount of the building fund. mand of theological learning. This it

was that suggested the clerical invitaSubscriptions received on behalf of tions, as in such a case likely to furnish Mr. Granger, the late Master of the the most appropriate society. But this London Free School.—(Continued from led to a painful result. It might easily the January number of the Repository.) have happened that a very learned clerMiss Collins

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most important city in the island next for he was, in fact, the introducer after London. No men could have been of Swedenborg to this country; as found who were less fitted to act as being himself partially the translator champions in a duel on behalf of Chris- of Swedenborg; and, still more, as tianity. Mr. H- was dreadfully com- organising a patronage to other people's monplace; dull, dreadfully dull; and by translations; and also, I believe, as rethe necessity of his nature, incapable publishing the original Latin works of of being in deadly earnest, which his Swedenborg. To say that of Mr. Clowes splendid antagonist at all times was. was, until lately, but another way of His encounter, therefore, with Mrs. Lee, describing him as a delirious dreamer; presented the distressing spectacle of an

at present (1853) I presume the reader old, toothless, mumbling mastiff

, fight- to be aware that Cambridge has, within ing for the household to which he owed the last few years, unsettled, and even allegiance, against a young leopardess revolutionised our estimates of Swefresh from the forests. Every touch denborg as a philosopher. That man from her, every velvety pat, drew blood. indeed whom Emerson ranks as one Far different was Mr. Clowes : holy, amongst his inner consistory of intelvisionary, apostolic, he could not be lectual potentates, cannot be the absotreated disrespectfully. No man could lute trifler that Kant (who knew him deny him a qualified homage. But only by the most trivial of pretensions) for any polemic service he wanted the eighty years ago supposed him.

Assutaste, the training, and the particular redly Mr. Clowes was no trifler, but sort of erudition required. Neither lived habitually a life of power, though would such advantages, if he had hap- in a world of religious mysticism and pened to possess them, have at all of apocalyptic visions. To him, being availed him in a case like this. Horror, such a man by nature and habit, it was blank horror, seized him upon seeing a in effect the lofty Lady Geraldine from woman, a young woman, a woman of Coleridge's Christabelle' that stood captivating beauty, whom God adorned before him in that infidel lady. A magso eminently with gifts of person and nificent witch she was, like the Lady of mind, breathing sentiments that to Geraldine; having the same superb him seemed fresh from the mintage of beauty; the same power of throwing hell. He could have apostrophized her, spells over the ordinary gazer; and yet (as long afterwards he himself told me,) in the words of Shakespeare's Juliet— tary, unfascinated spectator, the same expense in forwarding the numbers, members and friends of the Lord Nelfrom month to month, to their destina- son-street Society, was held in the Contion.

at intervals unmasking to some soliBeautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!'

dull blink of a snaky eye; and reveal

ing through the most fugitive of gleams, for he was one of those who never think

a traitoress couchant, beneath what else of Christianity as the subject of defence. to all others seemed the form of a lady, Could sunshine, could light, could the armed with incomparable pretensionsglories of the dawn, call for defence ? one that wasNot a thing to be defended, but as a

Beautiful exceedingly, thing to be interpreted, as a thing to be

Like a lady from a far countrie.'” illuminated, did Christianity exist for him. He, therefore, was even more unserviceable as a champion against the PROFESSOR BUSH AND THE NEW CHURCH deliberate impeacher of Christian evi

REPOSITORY. dence, than my reverend guardian.

“ Thus it was that he himself ex- To the Editor. plained his own position, in after Dear Sir,— Will you have the gooddays, when I had reached my sixteenth ness to allow me to state, through your year, and visited him on terms of columns, that with the commencement friendship as close as can ever have of the present year, I have determined existed between a boy and a man upon adopting a new mode of transalready grey-headed. Him and his mitting the “New Church Repository” noiseless parsonage, the pensive abode to England, -one which, I trust, will for sixty years of religious reverie enable me to avoid the vexatious irreand anchoritick self-denial, I have gularity and delay that have hitherto described further on. In some limited been inevitable, if I would save my sense he belongs to our literature; subscribers and myself an enormous

cert Hall, Lord Nelson-street; the Rev. Mr. Hodson, in London, bas hitherto D. Howarth, of Salford, in the chair. acted as my agent, and has doubtless The speakers were the Rev. D. Howmanaged the business as well as I have arth, Mr. J. Selby, and the Rev. E. D. enabled him to do. But, with the very Rendell, of Preston. best management in this way, there will As the nature of the meeting was be delays that cannot be prevented, and social, and the music secular, the each number becomes comparatively speakers dwelt particularly on the benestale by the time it reaches the hands fits derivable from social meetings when of its reader.

based upon truly religious principles. The postal method would double the The Rev. D. Howarth, in an able expense, if each number be charged address, shewed that it is not essential according to its weight, which is a to a purely religious life to seclude ourfraction over two ounces, whereas if it selves from the world, but that a man should fall under that, the charge is can enjoy the social relationships of this only a penny an ounce. In order to life by properly using them; and when compass the object, I have concluded to social meetings are conducted on relidivide the numbers, and send them in gious principles, they are conducive to two portions each, including the covers, a healthy state of the spiritual life. which can be afterwards stitched on. Mr. Selby, in a glowing speech, gave This, if I am rightly informed, will an account of what the enjoyments of bring the postage of each entire number man consisted. It was no part of true at not more than two or three pence, religion that man should pass through and it will ensure the most prompt and this world with a moping countenance, punctual transmission.

or like the Pharisees of old, shewing to But it will be seen that this plan the world that while we are in the world requires that I should have the names we are not of it, for even the athletic and addresses of the individuals who enjoyments are not only recreative to propose to take the work, that it may the man of the world, but are also such be forwarded directly to them by the to the truly religious, and it is only such first steamer that sails after the issue. who appreciate their real utility. The To this end, permit me to request that influence of music adds much to the such of your readers as come into this enjoyment of social life, even from the category, would forward their names carol of the bird, to the soft melodious and address to Mr. White, 36, Blooms- pipe; but above all, that music which bury-street, Oxford-street, London, from flows from the human voice, especially whom I shall receive them. As payment the female, which in its softness imifor the year is required in advance, re- tates the Angelic Choir-it is on such mittances (1Cs. per annum) may be made occasions, when a combination of talent also to him at the same time.

in the form of music, and speech, was I am aware that some inconveniences brought together, in such harmony, may attend the proposed plan, but with that it may well be said, we had “the those who desire the New Church-of feast of reason and the flow of soul.” which the number on both sides the The Rev. E. D. Rendell, dilating on water is but small—they will probably the subject, gave a graphic account how be outweighed by the certainty of an the Monks of old, by their lacerations, early and regular transmission. As the penance, and seclusion, endeavoured numbers will in most cases be bound to “ climb over the wall.” when the volume is complete, the style beautifully illustrated Gen, ix. 3. It of stitching is doubtless of compara- would, he said, be absurd to take this tively little consequence.

in its literal sense, as it had never been, and had little likelihood of being, ful

filled; and true it must be in some LIVERPOOL

sense, and in a highly beautiful sense

it was so. When in the Word any To the Editor.

animal was mentioned, it was because Sir,—On the evening of the 17th of that animal was the only one which proJanuary last, a tea meeting of about 200 perly portrayed, or corresponded to, the

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peculiar quality or character in man, ley, 80; Melbourne, 26 ; Haslingden, 30; intended to be pointed out, for the Stockport, 25; Bury, 10; Heywood, 20; animal kingdom, properly speaking, is Leeds, 60; Bolton, 16. Total copies but an out-birth of the mind of man in ordered, 2,000. Payment received from his affections; the moving (creeping) Mr. Salter, Mr. R. Carte, Mr. Hewett, things being the lowest in the animal Mr. Dunn, Mr. H. R. Williams. kingdom, represented the lowest affec- The subscription list has reached the tions of man, and their being provided amount required, and, as previously anas meat for him, shews that the lowest nounced, is closed from the 1st March. affections require their nourishment; Orders for copies will be received till the and that in themselves they are bighly 10th of this month, after which the work beneficial to man, when he appreciates will be obtainable only through the pubtheir use, and particularly on occasions lisher, and it is expected the price will such as social meetings, having for their be 3s. 6d. Enough, we trust, has alobject the elevation of the lower affec- ready been said to induce those who tions, the cultivation of which are desire to order the work to do so within highly conducive to a truly religious the prescribed period, and we mention life.

this as much as possible to prevent after Throughout the evening the meeting disappointment. It is expected the was delighted by the choir, (whose ser- work will be ready for delivery at the vices were gratuitous) performing some end of the month. We solicit payment excellent pieces from “Bishop” and of the subscriptions ; instructions for other celebrated composers, with great forwarding copies where such have not taste and accuracy, the company evinc- been given, and payment for the same ing the gratification felt by frequent at the earliest convenience of all parties. encores ; indeed, the taste and tone

R. GUNTON, Secretary. displayed in various “duets and solos 25}, Lamb's Conduit-street, sung by Miss M. Bromeley and Miss February 17th, 1855. S. Wood, were highly creditable, and augur well for future success;

the accompaniment of the piano played by

THE TAFEL FUND. Mr. J. Skeaf, jun., in his usual pleasing style, added much to the pleasure of

J. Broadfield, treasurer, begs to acthe meeting, which, at ten o'clock, broke knowledge the receipt of the following up, and may be said to have been one additional subscriptions for the Tafel of those truly denominated “Social.”

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Mr. Geo. Stones, ditto 0 10 0 “ MONUMENTAL EDITION OF THE Mr. C. Clifton, ditto 0 2 6 APPEAL.

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Miss Winterbotham, ManDear Sir,- The following names, in Two Friends, Hull

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THE EDITOR'S PAGE IN Copies ordered :-Glasgow Society,

NUMBER. 48; Ipswich Friends, 17; Nottingham Society, 18; Burnley Society, 16; Mrs. To the Editor. George, 2; Accrington, 215; Burnley, Dear Sir,--In the last month's Repo16; Salford, 72; Dalton, 25; Embsay, sitory, page 86, the strictures of your 26; Ramsbottom, 21 ; Manchester, 200; correspondent on that part of Mr. WilMiddleton, 26; Stand Lane, 50; Kers- kinson's “ Biography of Swedenborg,"

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relating to Paul and Mahomet, are sin- pondent will, however, at once see, that gularly, but, I doubt not, unintention- such an erroneous idea is calculated to ally, unjust. It is never stated in that awaken the most hostile prejudices biography that"Paulis among the lost,” against even the bare mention of the or that “Mahomet turns out to be a good claims of Swedenborg upon their attenChristian.” The marks of quotation tion. As to the other remarks of our imply that these are the very words of correspondent we must leave them to our the writer, which is not the case. The readers, who, by referring to the book, author, as I conceive, intends a sum- can judge for themselves.]-EDITOR. mary of the work, and not any declaration as to the fixed state of either. Now to put the word “IS” in addition to the MR. WOODMAN'S RECENT LECTURES AT passage, as written by Mr. W., is com

St. Ives. pletely to change his meaning. The same is the effect of the statement that The following has been received from “Mahomet turns out to be a good Chris- St. Ives (Hunts) :-“With regard to our tian.” The passages are, doubtless, too proceedings, no public operations are terse, but, by all means, if quotations yet commenced. We failed to obtain are given let them be verbatim.

the place we expected, but have ultiNo one who has read the “Diary” mately engaged another and more comcan doubt of the preponderant nature of modious one, which will accommodate Paul's associates; and it is equally about 150 persons. We have some alclear as to a certain Mahomet, whether terations to make, which will take two himself or his representative, being a

or three weeks.” The friends there are Christian convert, see “Diary” 509, anxious to obtain the services of a mi510, 511; in neither case, however, can nister for the opening. We are gratified it be said the final state is touched upon,

te learn from the same source, that inthe whole having taken place previous tó quiry is still rife, and that investigation the Last Judgment; and that this is goes on. That persecutions should still precisely the idea intended to be con- prevail, is also a hopeful sign rather veyed by Mr. W., when viewed rightly, than otherwise, especially as the symis certain.

pathies of a great number of the public It is easy to see how a person not appear also enlisted. The friends, under acquainted with the intermediate state all these circumstances, justly deem may suppose Paul and David lost, from their prospects to be cheering; and we reading the words as written by Mr. W., doubt not that, if they avail themselves but those who are receivers of the doc- of the “open door” the Lord has set trines of the New Church, and are aware before them, a flourishing and energetic of the nature of the work treated of, society may be established there. A could only come to such conclusions parcel of the Manchester tracts would from a very cursory examination. be gladly received by them. Those of

Be so kind as to give these few re- the subscribers whose tracts are lying marks a place in the Repository.- idle, may apply them to useful purpose Yours truly,

H. J. B. by transferring them to our friends at [Our correspondent above naïvely St. Ives, and are requested to commuenough remarks that “it is easy to see nicate with the Rev. W. Woodman, Stone how a person not acquainted with the Clough, near Manchester, who has conintermediate state may suppose Paul sented to take charge of any intended and David lost, from reading the words for that locality. as written by Mr. W.,"&c. Now it was for the purpose of counteracting the liability to form such an erroneous idea, at

SALE OF THE MAGAZINE. least in respect to Paul, that our remarks were penned. The Biography in To the Editor. question was written chiefly for people Dear Sir,--I have received several out of the Church, and who, conse- communications in reply to the circulars quently, are not acquainted with the sent to the various societies. One from intermediate state, and, therefore, who the Glasgow Society is particularly encannot but form an erroneous idea from couraging. The secretary says—“We the statements of Mr. W. Our corres. have some hope of raising the number

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