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of copies required from about 30 to 50 on this head have now subsided, and we or 60.” This is a proof that they have feel buoyed up with a hope that the taken a right view of the matter; have library we can, at once, establish will so endeavoured to increase the number of far foster the impressions just spoken of, readers, and not only endeavoured but as to lead those who are the subjects of succeeded. We are of opinion that them, to become, ere long, full receivers others might, to some extent, do the of the heavenly verities of the New Jerusame, and doubtless will do so ; proba- salem. There are many circumstances bly ere this have done so. We have around us which beget within us a bereceived several hints also for the im- lief that a considerable portion of mental provement of the work itself. One is soil in Boston is fully prepared for the the desirableness of keeping in view this reception of the germs of New Church point, that every reader of the Reposi- truths. By making a diligent use of tory should be able to feel that it is his the means now at our command, we own book,—a medium through which doubt not that we shall be able, in due he can, if he please, speak to his bre- time, to report progress.-I am, Sir, thren and be spoken to in return. This, yours, &c.,
C. J. doubtless, is very desirable, especially if Boston, Feb. 15th, 1855. brethren would always take care to use the language of love.
Other suggestions will be noticed in due course, and
New PUBLICATIONS. we trust some progress will be the result of the steps taken.
A Letter to the Rev. Henry Collins,
late Curate of the Parish Church of PRESENTATION BY THE SWEDENBORG St. Osyth, being a Refutation of his
PRINTING SOCIETY TO THE NEW Misrepresentation of the New Church, CHURCH AT Boston.
&c. By Robert Gardiner, Florist.
Pitman, London. pp. 30. To the Editor.
This pamphlet shews that in every Dear Sir,-Permit me, through the part of the kingdom where the New pages of the “Repository,” to acknow- Church is established, there are intelliledge the receipt of a presentation of gent individuals who are ready to desix volumes from the Swedenborg Print- fend and triumphantly to vindicate the ing Society, and to tender, for the same,
cause of Truth whenever attacked. Mr. the united expressions of gratitude of all Collins, previously to the delivery of his the receivers located in Boston and its lectures, in which he makes an attack vicinity.
on the New Church, declared "that it It is scarcely possible to conceive of a was not his duty to read and to get an grant of books, like the one in question, understanding of the things of the New ever being unseasonable or inappropriate Church.” And yet in the face of this for a place circumstanced as Boston is declaration he ventured to make an in respect to the New Church; but if attack upon them, and in doing so, he such a grant may be considered more of course, misrepresented them. And seasonable or appropriate at one time how could he do otherwise, when “he than at another, this may, most assu- did not consider it to be his duty to redly, be viewed in that light, coming as become acquainted with them”? Surely it has so closely upon the Rev. J. H. imbecile Quixoticism can scarcely go Smithson's instructive course of lectures farther than this. Mr. Gardiner, how.. here. Impressions were produced by ever, has taken him to task, and in a those lectures that were of a very pleas. truly Christian spirit has shewn him ing character; impressions which it the error of his doings, and also the was highly desirable should not be al- error of the doctrines on Faith alone, lowed to wear away; and yet, for the and the Vicarious Atonement, which it want of an agency like that supplied us appears Mr. Collins preaches and advoby this valuable and much-appreciated cates
as the essential doctrines of presentation, we were, prior to its arrival, Christianity. Mr. Gardiner has set his somewhat afraid that those favourable opponent right as to the true doctrine impressions, in one or two cases, would of the Atonement, and the way of salcompletely evanish. Our fears, however, vation. We thank Mr. Gardiner for his able defence, and sincerely recom- plying the viands for the same at their mend his pamphlet to our readers. own expense. It was this,—that the
entire proceeds might be devoted to the The Christian at Home ; Reflections in liquidation of the debt owing by the
Prose and Verse. Robert Fowles, Society. This was accordingly done, New Gloucester-street, New North and the liabilities are now reduced to Road, London. pp. 92.
the small sum of £8., and this little baThis little work is a gem of its kind; lance we expect soon to pay off. it sparkles with pure Truths, all tending
R. S. to nourish and strengthen the spiritual life of love to the Lord and to the (We beg that our correspondents will neighbour. We know not who the be particular in drawing up their notices author is, but he has rendered an es- and reports for the Magazine. Let them sential service to the family circle, or to remember that what is once printed, if the Christian at home, by pouring sweet incorrect, is not easily corrected. The oil into the lamp of a fervent and an only guarantee of correctness which the enlightened piety. The topics and Editor has, is the correctness of the mapoints upon which the reflections re- nuscript or copy sent to him. Thus we volve are various and numerous, and are informed that, in the obituary notice full of instruction and edification. of Mr. Hart, in the number for Novem
ber last, there are two or three incorrect LIVERPOOL.
statements, which were printed from the
manuscript. No. 61 should be 60; T. To the Editor.
Proud should be J. Proud, and instead Dear Sir,- In the report of our late of D. G. it should be T. Goyder; and in tea meeting, furnished by the secretary, the January number, page 45, line 7 he has, I find, omitted to inform you of from bottom, for ascension, read resurthe object intended by the ladies in sup- rection.-EDITOR.]
Obituary. Died, on the 25th September, 1854, versation, some of whom he had led at Wivenhoe, Mr. William Franks, aged to the church, and who had also become 20 years, eldest son of Mr. W. Franks, readers of the New Church writings. the much respected gentleman who first His transition from this to the eternal introduced the doctrines of the New world was rather sudden, being only Church into Wivenhoe. It is consoling five days from the time of his first to his parents and friends, and encou- illness to his departure. raging to all who knew him, to know, So much was he respected by the that he had throughout his short life inhabitants of Wivenhoe, that his funeral here, been preparing for a happy life discourse was attended by an hereafter. He was remarkably atten- flowing congregation, many of whom tive to the means of education during were of the Independent, and the Eschildhood, and in youth had employed tablished Church. The discourse was his mind in the study of the general listened to with great attention. branches of science.
Truly our young friend had attended There was every prospect of his to the important question of the Psalmbecoming a useful member of the New ist, and had applied the (no less imChurch Society in the above place. But portant) answer to the regulation of now there is still greater prospects of his life :-“Wherewithal shall a young his becoming a member of the Lord's man cleanse his way? by taking heed church in heaven. He had already thereto according to Thy Word.” taken an active part in the singing
W. H. G. choir. He had also been the means of forming a library of scientific books in At Kersley, Elijah Bleakley, who was Wivenhoe, and had attracted a number removed into eternity February the 1st, of young persons to associate together of the current year, at the age of 76. for the purpose of reading and con- He was one of the early members of the old Ringley Society, who met for wor- and he energetically declared that that ship at the Top-o'-th’-Brow, of whom he was the manna that nourished, and the was nearly the last survivor, and he re- water that refreshed him. mained in connection with the society For about 30 years he was a zealous through the chequered phases of its member of the New Church, devoting all experience till his decease, having been his time and talents, which were of no a member and regular attendant at mean description, to the promotion and Kersley from the time of the erection advancement of its heavenly doctrines. of the present church there till within It would, perhaps, be interesting to some a fortnight of his death. His interest of the New Church friends to learn how in whatever concerned the Church and he became acquainted with the writings its doctrines, seemed to increase with of Swedenborg. One of his clients residage, and to be more strikingly mani- ing in America had occasion to corresfested the last year or two of his life. At pond frequently with him about property the last yearly general meeting of the which he possessed in Scotland, and society, he was appointed a visitor to which Mr. Macara managed for him. the Sunday school. Not, however, con- This gentleman was a New Churchman, tent with merely visiting, he regularly and in his letters he mentioned the attended as a teacher, and continued to writings of Swedenborg, and sent some perform the duties of that office till volumes of the “Boston Magazine.” within a fortnight of his decease. Few This induced Mr. Macara to read and in his circumstances, he having been a study them, and eventually, after three hand-loom weaver, had read more assi- years' hard conflict between the old and duously than be, and few experienced new ideas, he adopted the latter, and more pleasure in conversing on the never ceased in his endeavours to perspiritual subjects of Divine truth. In suade others to adopt the same happy his general moral character he was dis- belief. His friends are assured that he tinguished by the high sense of inte. has gone to that blessed abode, a mangrity he invariably manifested. The sion in the heavens, which he so often immediate cause of his death was influ- contemplated with pleasure, where his enza, a disease which has proved fatal active mind, ever intent on promoting to several elderly persons in the neigh- the welfare and happiness of others, will bourhood during the winter. His end find freer scope in a higher sphere of was peace:
W. usefulness. He will long be regretted
by a large circle of acquaintances, who Died, on the 22nd of January, 1855, admired and esteemed him for his upat Edinburgh, Mr. James Macara, writer rightness of heart, for the zeal which to Her Majesty's signet, at the mature characterised him in all his dealings, age of 67 years. His health had been and for his kind-heartedness to all with declining for about three months before whom he became acquainted. It may his death, but although his family never be truly said of himabandoned hope of his recovery till the “Blest is the man who dies in peace, very last, he himself seemed to have had
And gently yields his soul to rest, no doubt from the beginning of his ail- Who gains from earth the kind release, ment as to the change that was about to
Leaning upon his Saviour's breast.” take place with regard to himself. During his severe and painful illness, which Died, at Birmingham, on Thursday, confined him to bed for nearly six weeks, February 8, 1855, in the 65th year of he displayed the most Christian fortitude his age, Mr. Joseph Best. He was one and resignation, and it was quite evident of the oldest receivers of the New Church to those who watched and loved him doctrines in the town, having been born that he was sustained by the Almighty of New Church parents, and throughout arm of Jehovah, for never once, during his life more or less connected with the his dreadful sufferings, did he ever mur- Birmingham Society, of which, for many mur or complain. His chief solace lay years, he gratuitously officiated as orin hearing the explanations of the Divine ganist. His end was one of great tran.. Word, in the Arcana Cælestia, read aloud, quillity and peace.
Cave and Serer, Printers, Palatine Buildings, Hunt's Bank, Manchester.
THE WORLD OF SPIRITS; OR, THE INTERMEDIATE
STATE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL.
The spiritual or the eternal world into which men enter immediately after death, (Luke xvi. 19, 20; xxiii. 43.) is admitted by all Christians. Their faith, as Christians, could not exist without a belief in this world, since it necessarily belongs to their faith in the immortality of the soul. The existence, therefore, of a spiritual world is a most sacred Truth, revealed in Scripture, and in the most perfect accordance with reason, and with the highest hopes and aspirations of the human soul.*
To have some clear and distinct knowledge of the spiritual world, of its nature, of its relation and proximity to this world, of its laws, of its phenomena and scenery, of the laws which govern these phenomena, and finally, of the influences and powers, either from good or from evil spirits, which constantly operate from that world upon the minds of men, whilst living in this,-such knowledge, we repeat, must, by every thoughtful mind, be considered as of immense importance to our eternal well-being. For are we not intended to live in that world for ever? And shall we not continue our existence in that world either in states of happiness or of misery, according as we shall have lived in this ? But is it not abundantly evident that we can more effectually prepare our
* See the Tract on the “Spiritual Sun,” and also that on the “Two Worlds," written by the late Rev. J. Clowes, Rector of St. John's, Manchester.
[Enl. Series.—No. 16, vol. ii.]
selves for happy states of life in that world, and avoid its miserable states, the more we know of its nature and its laws, and its relation to this our natural world, in which we begin to live, and from which we must speedily be removed? Besides, what thoughtful mind does not ardently desire to become acquainted with that world in which he is to live for ever? No knowledge, then, next to the true knowledge of God, and of the way of salvation, can be more desirable than the knowledge of the Spiritual World.
That there are two worlds, and that man is a subject of both, is a truth deeply impressed upon the experiences and convictions of nearly all men. That a man is consciously, as to his bodily life, a subject of this world, needs no proof; but that he is, although not so conscious of the fact, likewise the subject, as to his affections and thoughts, or as to the real life of his spirit, of the spiritual world, is equally a truth which, if we believe in the Word of God, and consult the experience of our own minds, cannot be doubted.
We will first give a general view of the Spiritual World, and then specifically consider the Intermediate State, or World of Spirits, which it is the especial object of this paper to explain and demonstrate.
The Spiritual World is dependent on its Sun, which is called the “Sun of Righteousness,” precisely as by correspondence, the natural world is dependent on its sun, which we daily behold. The slightest reflection will teach us, that there can be no world without its Sun, as the primary principle, under God, from which it exists, and by which it continually subsists ; no more than an effect can exist without its cause. The Spiritual Sun, or the “Sun of Righteousness," is the first sphere which emanates from the Lord, and which surrounds His divine Person, or His “ Glorious Body,” (Phil. iii. 21.) and forms the appearance of an intensely luminous Sun, of which the countless suns in the universe are the images, and they are, as it were, the vicegerents in their respective systems, of the “Sun of Righteousness," by which they have been created, and by which they are momentarily sustained. This intensely luminous Sphere, which forms, as it were, a Sun around the Divine Person of the Deity, is formed or arises from the infinitely active principles of Divine Love and Wisdom which constitute the “ Divine Nature;” (2 Peter 1. 4.) the heat of that Sun, in its essence, being Divine Love, and the light Divine Wisdom. The apostle alludes to this Sun when he says that Jesus Christ " dwells in the Light which no man can approach unto;" (1 Tim. vi. 16.) and in another place where he declares that “Jesus hath ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things." And it is from this Centre and Sun, that He