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some of the famous men of their own them a knowledge of plants, flowers, time for examples, and if they did not and trees, from the little daisy or day'sbecome as great as these, they might eye, that pearl of beauty-a spangle set become much greater than they could in the carpet of nature-up to the mathink of at present. Science is the real jestic trees that grow in troops in the gold diggings for them; they need not forest. He that knows how to observe, go to Australia to find it, for they had far and how to contemplate these things in richer mines in self-improvement. Their the light of science, has a mind that library contained the best works on soars above, and possesses sources of almost every department of knowledge, beauty above all the picture galleries in and before he would lose such advan- the world, and has them for nothing. tages—if he were a youth with narrow Let him look at the splendour that surmeans—he would turn out and black rounds him day and night—the sun, shoes as the boys did in the streets of moon, and stars, the loveliness of the Manchester. They must bear in mind clouds, assuming the forms of castles that they must not confine themselves and mighty mountains, and above and to one branch of study. The man who beyond, the placid majesty of the deep crams himself up into a corner of know- blue sky; and though the lower stratum ledge always has some peculiar sectarian may be troubled by storms, just as a man notions of religion, and he never be may be tossed and agitated by things comes so useful a man as he ought to without, the good man always has the be. Aim at becoming a full man. Take smiling depths sf peace and joy within. two or three branches, and get well

“Around his breast though troubled clouds are versed in them. For himself he selected spread, two, geology and chemistry, and soon

Eternal sunshine settles on his head." obtained a considerable amount of know- The rev. gentleman continued his adledge of what was to be known on these dress at considerable length, and sat subjects; and this conducted him to down amidst applause. the further fact that knowledge is not only a thing conferring power, but it is LECTURES AT SOUTHPORT, BY THE REVs. a most beautiful thing in which the mind J. H. SMITHSON AND D. HOWARTH, can delight. The spirit that loves the truth, and that seeks for truth in the A portion of the Mansfield gift, pursuit of knowledge, will find that it amounting to £12. 9s. 2d., being debecomes encircled by a diadem of pearls voted, according to the decision of the of inestimable beauty. A little boy, last Conference, to missions North of when he has been able to work out an Trent, the Committee appointed by the arithmetical problem, his eyes glisten Conference, determined to have a course with pleasure most beautiful to see; of six lectures delivered at Southport, and when a young man has passed from a watering place on the Lancashire one arithmetical science to another, and coast much frequented in the summer discovers that every process in numbers by visitors from all parts of Lancashire is obtained by triangles, the relation of and Yorkshire. Application was accordthree sides to each other, the square of ingly made to Messrs. Howarth and the base, and the square of the perpen- Smithson to deliver the said course. A dicular, when added together being small number of receivers of the Heaequal to the square of the hypothenuse, venly Doctrines being resident at Southhe is delighted with the simplicity and port, a desire had been frequently exthe power of that fact. Trigonometry pressed that a minister should visit is based upon the same principle—the them if possible on the Sunday, and rule by which the sun and planets can collect them together for the purpose of be measured, and their distances ascer- worship and of mutual consociation. tained. When a young man has got to This appeared to afford a suitable opporsee this, and the relations, the magnifi- tunity of delivering a course of leccence and grandeur of the universe are tures in a locality where the doctrines opened before him; he stands astonished had never been preached, and where and delighted, and it becomes in him probably the net, “if cast on the right a thing of beauty and a joy for ever.” side of the ship,” might be spread with Take the science of botany, and another (through the Lord's blessing) some hope rich field is opened before them, giving of success, as various qualities of mind

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are to be met with in these places, III. " How is the Sinner justified amongst whom, after the recreations of before God, or, How is man saved”? the day, a lecture, followed up with a The room hired for the purpose was copious distribution of tracts, might not the most eligible; the entrance was awaken feelings of curiosity and interest not good ; nevertheless, as it was the to hear something new on the important only room that could be procured it subjects of religious doctrines and of would be useless to complain. As the eternal realities. The strangers who lectures advanced, the audiences immight attend, would also, most probably, proved. After the first lecture a ministake the tracts with them to their res- ter present requested permission to pective homes, and thus carry the “pre- speak a few words, not in a controversial cious seed" into localities where “good spirit, but merely to shew that the lec. ground,” — honest and truth-seeking turer differed widely in his belief from hearts—might be found to receive it. the common orthodoxy of which three

The Rev. J. H. Smithson repaired to Persons in the Trinity is the basis. Southport on Saturday, July 7th, and There were two positions which the immediately caused it to be announced speaker advanced in maintaining the to the friends, that he intended on the doctrine of three Persons. The first next day, being Sunday, to hold a meet- was the voice from heaven at the baping at the house of a friend, who kindly tism of the Lord, which he declareil offered her principal apartment for the was the Father's voice, proving that the purpose, that we might assemble for Father and the Son were two separate the worship of the Lord and for edifica- Persons according to the common belief. tion in the Truths of His Word. The second was involved in the pasTwenty-seven persons, including some sage;—“ God so loved the world that visitors, who, although strangers to the he gave his only begotten Son,” &c., doctrines of the New Church, had ex- which evidently implied, that there is pressed a wish to be present, joined us one Person who sent, or gave, and anoon the occasion. The service from the ther who was sent, and that conseLiturgy was read, and a sermon from quently there must, in this case, be two Hosea ii. 18 was preached. At the con- Persons. And then the speaker said clusion the minister announced, that in that “although this was a mystery that the evening another service would be could not be understood, yet we were held, when the Holy Supper would be bound to believe it as a fact.” He also administered to such as felt disposed to said that Jesus, as to His Humanity, join us in the Holy Communion. On could not be divine and omnipresent, this occasion seventeen persons met for it is not in the nature of a body to together, including the visitors men- be present in more than one place at & tioned above, who also expressed a wish time. In reply to these statements to join us in the Communion, which the lecturer said, the Lord Himself had was felt by all present to be a feast of declared, that “no man hath at any mutual good will and charity one to ano- time heard the Father's voice,” (John ther. A discourse was afterwards deli- v. 37.) therefore it must be a mistake vered on the meaning of eating the to suppose that the voice at the baptism Lord's “ Flesh and drinking His Blood.” was the Father's, it being a revelation (John vi.)

from heaven, and a consequent declaraOn the Monday, the day advertised tion that the Lord's Humanity is divine. for the first lecture, preparations were As to the difference between the sender made to meet the public, and to arrange and the sent when predicated of God, for the distribution of tracts. The it is evident, that it is of another kind course delivered by the Rev. J. H, than that which is involved in a merely Smithson was

natural idea, as that of a king sending I. “ The Lord Jesus Christ, the One an ambassador; this is evident from Person of the Godhead, in whom is the the Lord's declaration, — “He that Divine Trinity, and who is the only seeth me seeth him that sent me.” The Object of Worship.”

fact is, the first ideas which a child has II. " The True Nature of God's on reading the Scriptures are grounded Word and the mode of its Interpreta- in appearances, and are similar to those tion, by which all Infidel objection can which constitute modern orthodoxy, sobe refuted."

called; for the apostle says, “ When I

was a child I thcught as a child, I un- subjects of the three following lectures derstood as a child; but when I became by the Rev. D. Howarth, to be delivered a man, I put away childish things,” &c.; during the next week, on the Monday, but as we become men, and especially Wednesday, and Friday. The subjects when we become teachers in the church, were as follow:-1. What is Heaven? we ought to put away the ideas of our What are the joys of Heaven? II. What childhood (excusable indeed in a child), is Hell? Will the torments of Hell or ideas founded in appearances of endure for ever? III. What is the great Truth, and adopt ideas worthy of our Gulf which is between Abraham and the rational manhood,-ideas founded in Rich Man? These very interesting and genuine Truth; for we are commanded solemn questions were likely to attract “not to judge according to the appear- and awaken more than ordinary interest. ance, but to judge a righteous or just The room was well filled each time with judgment.” What the Lord spake of attentive auditors; and from the able the Father and the Son, He spake in and interesting manner in which these proverbs; (John xvi. 25.) but no one great subjects were treated, the audience ever thinks of taking a proverb in its seemed much impressed; and we trust merely literal sense. As to the speaker's that a spirit of inquiry as to the New statement about the mysteryofthe Trinity Church and its doctrines has been being above the powers of our understand- awakened in the minds of those who ing to comprehend, this is true as to the heard these lectures. Trinity of three Persons forming one God, but it is not true as to the Trinity NEW CHURCH NEWSPAPERS. of three Essentials being one God; this is a mystery which can be under- To the Editor. stood, and of which the Lord says to Dear Sir, I think it is due to justice his disciples, “To you it is given to that the remarks respecting the proknow the mysteries of the kingdom of jected New Church newspapers, &c., in heaven,” of which no doubt the mys- Mr. Hodson's last Quarterly Circular tery of the Trinity is the greatest. Thus should be corrected, as they are apt to the common belief that the Trinity is a prejudice the public against the papers mystery which cannot be understood is without reason. directly opposed to the Lord's state- To condemn the Penny Times before ment that the mysteries of heaven can it is born, from its prospectus merely, be understood. In respect to the Lord, is, to say the least of it, premature. If as to His Divine Humanity not being the prospectus is “poor and meagre in omnipresent, this is refuted by the sim. style,” and wanting in that “life and ple declaration which the Lord makes spirit necessary for a newspaper," is when He says—“Where two or three that any reason why the paper itself are gathered together in my name, there should be similar ? How does Mr. H. am I in the midst of them.” This he know but that the editor will secure the certainly says in respect to Himself in most fertile and vigorous talent the His Humanity. This objection evi- church contains ? Besides, it is unnedently proves, that the common belief cessary to the purpose to be served by a does not involve the divinity of the prospectus that it should be written in Lord's Humanity, but that it inculcates ā wordy, laudatory, or grandiloquent the idea that the Lord's Humanity is manner (a style of writing to which the like the humanity of another man, and terms “life and spirit” in literature are consequently not divine and omnipre- too often applicable). All that is resent; but with this belief the very quired is a plain statement of the profoundation stone of a genuine Christi- posed paper, and this we have in the anity is rejected.

prospectus of the Penny Times. After this reply, the tracts were dis- All the Quarterly says of the other tributed, which the audience readily proposed paper, viz., The London Sweaccepted.

denborgian Christian Messenger and The two subsequent lectures, by the New Church Intelligencer Newspaper ; Rev. J. H. Smithson, were attended by Journal of the Present, and Herald of about the same number, and were heard the Future, is that it is a very " ominous with evident interest and satisfaction. and repulsive” title. Now, where is the The lecturer announced the interesting charity in and the necessity for these

new ones.

epithets?. If the title is wordy, it is as of marriage from the “ Conjugial Love" much as it is—and that can easily be --and views life as a battle, from the altered; to me it is neither ominous New Church doctrine of Regeneration. nor repulsive, but I rejoice at the pros- Obstinacy, whether treated phrenologi. pect of such additions to the Church cally or otherwise, if viewed faithfully literature. Ominous it may appear to and truly by a New Churchman, cannot Mr. Hodson, because he may fear (as fail to be treated in a New Church way. the last clause of his remarks rather I will only say in conclusion, that goes to prove he does fear) that the such a mode of condemnation will never works he and others at present print do Mr. Hodson any good, but much and publish may lose sale through the harm; nor is it right that he should be

If such is his opinion, it permitted to mis-state, misconstrue, or appears to me a mistaken one. The depreciate his brethrens' proceedings more the New Church is known and or writings, without the error of such a who will deny that newspapers are the course being pointed out to him. It very means for communicating this hardly accords with the “Golden rule” knowledge ?—the greater will be the de- by which it is the duty of every New mand for its collateral publications. Churchman especially to measure his Besides, I will venture to assert that every thought, word, and deed. those who can afford to buy the works

I remain, &c., and periodicals at present published, July 13th, 1355.

J.D. buy also a weekly newspaper of some sort, and why not a New Church news- THE BIOGRAPHICAL MAGAZINE. paper? If this title is to be called repulsive,” I cannot see but that most The writer of the article on SwedenNew Church publications having similar borg in the “ Biographical Magazine," titles belong also to the same category. presents his compliments to the Editor

I again ask, what motive is there for of the “ Intellectual Repository," and is these uncalled-for remarks ? Is it be- glad to find that so competent a judge cause Mr. H. is not the projector, and declares, in the number for February, will not be the publisher of these that that article is, on the whole, “impapers ?

partial” and “correct." Under the head of the New Church As to the “errors” noticed the writer Tract Society again. He takes excep- can only say, tion to the little work called “ Obstinate 1. That the Editor of the Intellectual Jack,” saying, “It is hardly worthy its Repository must be well aware that etyfoster-parentage.” That it is worthy, mologically and properly the words your readers have only to turn to the Deist and Theist are precisely identical September 1851 “ Intellectual Reposi- in meaning, and that the shade of diftory” to convince themselves. Thereference in their present acceptation is the book is reviewed most favourably by simply the result of usage.

Swedenagentleman well known for enunciating borg is a believer in God-one Godtruthful opinions. “Its object,” says Mr. therefore a Deist. The other meaning H., “is to illustrate a phrenological attached to the word Deist—a disbeliever bump called firmness,” in which I see in revelation-is not applicable to Swenothing to blame. But as its author is denborg, except, indeed, as he believed a phrenologist as well as a New Church- (according to the apprehension of most man, Mr. H., in the turn of his sentence, people) in excess, and rendered nugagives a side fling at that characteristic. tory the Scripture revelation by putting That the little book is written with a it at the bidding of his own. New Church object, and that exclusively, 2. Mr. Wilkinson is the authority for it only requires reading to prove. There what is said of the Apocalypse Revealed. is not a part of it but has its text from Vide his life of Swedenborg, p. 150. The New Church doctrine, else would the words, indeed, are partly cited. Tract Society not have incorporated it 3. The same is the authority again into their stock. It treats of the origin for what is said of the lost condition. of of good and evil dispositions and words Paul. Mr. W. says that the reader that from the “Arcana Cælestia”—of Provi- would peruse the Diarium would leam dential permission from the “ Divine of very strange things in the invisible Providence"--of the New Church law world; “ of strange punishments and new criminalities; fathomless pools that peep and mutter, than they do of evil; of goodness detected in those even to the words of Holy Writ. Hence that history condemns; and of the mask the imminent and dreadful danger in of excellence quite fallen away from which these people stand, and the missome of her brightest exemplars; of chiefs which result from their implicit Paul and David amongst the and surrender of themselves to the guidMahomet a Christian convert,” &c.- ance of the spirits. Hence the count. Ibid, p. 145.

less extravagances, follies, and sins, into The writer, in conclusion, would say which many of them are daily led; the that he would, in all cases, carefully domestic altar is invaded; the peace of avoid misrepresentation, especially so families destroyed ; 'free love, as it is when a man so great, laborious, and called, inculcated; wives separated from worthy as Emanuel Swedenborg is the their husbands and husbands from their subject of his remarks.

wives; some driven to insanity, some [If all writers in our Periodical lite- to suicide, and some to deeds too aborature were as candid and as impartial minable to be mentioned before a public as the ahove, the cause of Truth would audience. And all this, under the direcflourish much better in the world. We tion of a class of subtle and malignant must, however, state it as our opinion, spirits, who, nevertheless, profess to be that, when a writer undertakes to give animated by the most philanthropic an extensive biographical account of an motives. author, he should, by all means, devote “Now, this new Revelation which the some time to the study of his works and Lord has made through his own chosen become familiar with their leading prin- servant, Swedenborg, is precisely what ciples.]

is needed to guard people against the

danger of those spiritual manifestaDANGERS OF SPIRITUAL MANIFESTATIONS. tions. For this Revelation unfolds the

(From the Speech of the Rev. Mr. laws of the spiritual world, exposes the Barratt at the Anniversary of the Swe- falsehood, craft, and deception of certain denborg Printing Society, New York.) evil spirits, and points out the conse

quent danger of any direct and open The speaker then spoke of modern intercourse with the inhabitants of that spiritualism as follows :

world; for their true character and mo“ There is another and very different tives it is impossible for men in their class of people in our country-a class ordinary states to detect.” already large and rapidly increasing, who stand in imminent need of this CORRECTIONS IN THE TRANSLATIONS OF revelation. I refer to those who style

SWEDENBORG. themselves Spiritualists, some of whom are to be found in nearly every city, Your notice of corrections in the town, and hamlet in our land; and translation of Swedenborg, in the May among them are people of every trade, No. of the Repository, induces me to rank, and profession in life. They are call your attention to No. 9534 A. C., in Spiritualists only so far as this, that which it is stated that all who are in they have become convinced, by the hell “receive the Divine Good.” No phenomena they have witnessed, that doubt receive is here a misprint for the spiritual world is a reality, and that reject, and it is a pity that such an the spirits of the departed live in close error should have been allowed to pass proximity to men. But of the laws of through more than one edition. But it that world, or of its relation to this appears to me that the paragraph is world, or the real character of the spirits not otherwise very clear, and that in with whom they communicate,—of the any new edition of the work it might be essential nature of heaven or of hell, revised with advantage.

R. of all this they are for the most part [In Swedenborg's Latin the reading profoundly ignorant, and being ignorant, is recipiunt, but this is no doubt a misthey are ready to believe whatever the print for rejiciunt; on referring to Dr. spirits tell them, supposing that it must Tafel's new edition of the Latin original be true, because it comes from the spi. we accordingly find that the misprint is ritual world. Thus they seek unto corrected. Our readers will do well to those who have familiar spirits,' and correct it in their copies. We undergive more diligent heed to the wizards stand that the Swedenborg Society in

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