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not shown the most Christian temper in little if any difference. I an about replying to those who have called in amongst the churches as much as most question the value of their work, is men, and I do not hesitate to say that I abundantly manifest from their letters see no difference of any kind. The weak, to the public prints. Recently a letter small churches are as they were—weak from the Rev. R. Thomas of Brookline, and small now. The services are as Boston, Massachusetts, was published thinly attended, and the pastor as badly in the Christian World, asking for in- paid. I believe that nearly all the East formation respecting the results of these End pastors would join me in saying services. In reply to this application, there is scarcely a trace of the revival Rev. W. Cuff, who is described as “the left. The Rev. B. Pearce, of Poplar, minister of a large and vigorous Baptist writes me—'Our congregation has not Church in East London, and in full been increased by Mr. Moody's services; sympathy with Mr. Moody theologi. if anything, we have suffered therefrom.' cally,” gives the following information : I quote Mr. Cox, because his chapel is
-“My reason,” says Mr. Cuff, "for at- not far from the hall, and he was most tempting to do so is simply because I enthusiastic in the services. In answer have taken pains to get direct and reliable to my question-Do your people come information from many of the pastors of out more ?' &c., he writes, and underour churches in the East End of London. lines it—' They do not! I heard Mr. I saw some of them, and wrote to others, A. G. Brown the other night in a crowded and their letters in reply are before me. meeting in the East End say, • What These are facts, and the quotations from London wants is a revival, for we have the letters which I now make will supply not hail one yet.' If this is not satisthe rest. Mr. Thomas asks:
factory, I beg to submit that a look into “1. How many have been added to our churches and chapels on a Sundayyour church whose decision was directly morning or a week-night service will traceable to these revival operations ? supply a very painful fact about .more To that question I have many answers. life, and fuller.'” Dr. Kennedy, of Stepney, writes :-'I That Mr. Cuff's statement should be have myself received into the fellowship objected to was to be expected, but his some twenty persons who were brought facts have not been controverted. The to Christ at the Bow Road Hall. The result must convince many that the only greater part by far were in the habit of reliable mode of conversion is by reli. attending places of worship. There was gious instruction and moral and spiritual only one, and I am not quite sure there culture, and that anything to be exwas one, who did not habitually attend pected from mere excitement is illusory church or chapel. Their conversion by and unavailing. Let the revivalists Mr. Moody is not the less a thing to be preach a true conversion, and seek to thankful for. But when the outlying secure it by patient instruction and masses are spoken of, the fact is that the spiritual culture, and they will find fruit gathered unto eternal life through their work less exciting but more Mr. Moody's labours has but to a very productive. small extent come from them. satisfied that the masses of London are DOCUMENTS CONCERNING SWEDENjust what they were, and where they BORG.–This publication has been favourwere, before Mr. Moody appeared among ably noticed by many public papers.
Personally, I have received We extract the following from the six, and only one of those was from the Academy of November 13th :-“These non-church or chapel going multitudes documents consist partly of what has been around us. There are other churches published already more or less correctly, who have received two, three, and four; and partly of what is new. The account but by far the majority of the pastors of Bishop Swedberg, translated from say, •We have received none.' if this a Swedish biographical dictionary, is on be questioned, I can give names and the whole the most interesting of the churches, and challenge the closest scru. latter. Swedborg was in the main a tiny.
solid, sensible man, with a piety of a * 2. Are there any signs of deepening kind to lay him open to unaccountable vitality, &c., in your congregations? impressions, on which he laid more stress Those who are best able to judge see but than is generally thought judicious. He
also cared more for Christian morality cussion which followed. The reverends and practical beneficence than most were the principal critics, one of them ecclesiastics of that time and country, (the Rev. F. S. Attenborough) remarkand his whole character looks like a sort ing that he did not approve of some of of preparation for his son's. The docu- the passages, but the general tone would ments concerning Swedenborg's private do no harm, although he much doubted life in this volume are dull enough. if any one could understand what that They are what any well-informed, pains- tone was. The chairman seems to have taking, right-minded, methodical man been delighted with the committee's might have written ; but the industrious report, and alluded to it, why is not editor has done what was possible to exactly clear to us, as a proof of the make them interesting by copious notes, enlarged spirit of liberality prevailing at which inform us as to the identity of the present day.
Of the two books all the great unknown with whom Swe- which he had read, one was the connecdenborg was brought in contact, and in tion between the body and the soul and
as to what Swedenborg the last judgment. The first dealt with thought of their condition in the spiri- the immateriality of the spirit, which in tual world. It is certainly curious that an age like this, whose tendency was to Sweden borg is so little studied except materialism, was a proper subject to enby Swedenborgians; his criticism of gage attention. The other book dealt Wolf, for instance, is thoroughly wise with Vaticanism, and all had been placed in substance, and it is hardly creditable in the Index Expurgatorius at Rome. The to those who came after him that they opposition seems to have been chiefly led have never been able, even when they by a Mr. Muddeman, who charged the appreciated his wisdom, to find a better Rev. Mr. Woods with being illogical, to explanation of the form in which it has which the accused replied that he was come down to us than is implied in the prepared to meet that gentleman in the alternative hypotheses that his visions discussion on propositions and syllowere either revelations, or inventions, gisms. The discussion ended in the or the results of some kind of derange. committee agreeing to purchase the ment.”
* True Christian Religion' and 'Heaven
and Hell,' as representative works of LEAMINGTON.—No small commotion Swedenborg; and thus, after all, even has been created in this town by the the library may be a focus of religious offer of the Swedenborg Society to supply light, shocking as the idea seenis be a set of Swedenborg's works to the Public to at any rate one of its members.” Free Library. After a long debate, in which the usual ignorance of the teach. THE TE DEUM.—In noticing the pubing of our Author was displayed, it was lication of the “New Liturgy for the at length resolved not to accept the offer, Public Service of the Church"_last Aubut to purchase the “True Christian gust, it was mentioned that a Te Deum, Religion” and “Heaven and Hell ” as as well as some other special devotional representative works. The action of the services, has been introduced. It is, of Committee has been noticed and cens ed course, the well-known “Te Deum of in many of the leading papers, both of the Book of Common Prayer used in the metropolis and the provinces. It the Church of England, so modified as has certainly not raised the committee to express the doctrine of the New in public estimation. The following Church concerning the Lord. Our notice is from the Literary World :- readers will be interested in learning “If the report which appeared in the that a similar but smaller alteration of Leamington papers be correct, the wisest this devotional service of song has been men were not all centred in Gotham. published by Mr. Isaac Pitman, of Bath, Alderman Blood objected, as the tone in his weekly Phonetic Journal, together of thought was not consistent or agree- with the two creeds called the Apostles' able with the views he entertained, as and the Nicene, both of which are did the Rev. J. W. Johnson, who asked also made to express the first truth of indignantly “If the library was to be a the Christian religion, that there is one focus for the diffusion of religious light?' God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that The Mayor of the town was present, but there is no other Divine Person but He. seems to have taken no part in the dis- It appears that these revisions of the
most popular portions of the Prayer Make them to be numbered with thy Book were first published by Mr. Pit- Saints : in glory everlasting. man in a somewhat private manner in O Lord, save thy people : and bless his system of shorthand, and that some thy heritage. of the shorthand characters not being Govern them : and lift them up for printed clearly, he, at the request of a correspondent, gave them in phonetic Day by day : we magnify thee; type in his weekly journal. We notice, And we worship thy Name : ever too, the gratifying fact that in both world without end. forms of publication twelve thousand Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this copies have been circulated. Mr. Pit- day without sin. man's effort to correct old errors in the O Lord, have mercy upon us
have doctrine of the Lord was made indepen- mercy upon us. dently of the Liturgical Committees O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon appointed by Conference, whose version us : as our trust is in thee. of the Te Deum he had not seen when O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me he published his own. The following is never be confounded. Mr. Pitman's version of the Te Deum :
Rev. E. D. RENDELL.- The ComTe Deum.
mittee of the Sunday School Union has, We praise thee, O God : we acknow. by a very happy inspiration, invited the ledge thee to be the Lord.
friends of the Sunday Schools, and of All the earth doth worship thee : the the Church in general, to unite in Father everlasting.
furnishing a testimonial of esteem to To thee all angels cry aloud : the the Rev. E. D. Rendell, for his sevenHeavens, and all the powers therein. teen years' service as Editor of the
To thee Cherubim, and Seraphim : Juvenile Magazine. His taste and continually do cry,
ability have well sustained the character Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sa- of that valuable miscellany for our
children, and it is proper, when severe Heaven and earth are full of the Ma- and prolonged illness has compelled the jesty : of thy Glory.
guidance to be placed in other hands, The glorious company of the Apostles : that Mr. Rendell should know that his praise thee.
efficient services live in the hearts of his The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : friends. praise thee.
Many, many, weary months has the The noble army of Martyrs : praise poor sufferer been unable to leave his thee.
bed from extreme physical exhaustion, The holy Church throughout all the with frequent excessive pains, though world : doth acknowledge thee ; his mental powers remain clear and
The Father : of an infinite Majesty ; acute as ever. It will break the sad The Saviour of all : that trust in thee. monotony with a gleam of sunshine to Thou givest the Holy Spirit : the know that his friends are thinking of Comforter.
him, and while they commend him to Thou art the King of Glory : 0 Christ. the kind care of his Heavenly Father,
Thou art the everlasting One : thou they send him a token of love. art holy.
The Rev. E. D. Rendell has been When thou tookest, upon thee to de- minister for forty-five years ; ordaining liver man : thou didst not abhor the minister for eighteen years ; and has Virgin's womb.
taken a most useful and important part When thou hadst overcome the sharp- in all the proceedings of Conference ness of death : thou didst open the King- since his ordination. His numerous and dom of Heaven to all believers.
excellent works must not be forgotten. Thou dwellest on high, above the Such labours deserve a grateful and heavens : in glory everlasting. warm acknowledgment, and it is to be
We believe that thou alone : wilt be hoped that the action of the SUNDAY our Judge.
SCHOOL UNION COMMITTEE will at once We therefore pray thee help thy ser- be supported by an affectionate and vants : whom thou hast redeemed in hearty response. thy precious love.
The Secretary, Mr. J. A. Cowell, of 44 Mosley Street, Manchester, will be finances, which had compelled the Comhappy to take charge of and acknow- mittee to reduce the grants previously ledge all subscriptions and donations, made to several Societies, and altogether and in every way to forward the worthy to decline assistance in several cases inobject in view. J. BAYLEY, trinsically meriting consideration, the President of Conference. Conference appointed a Committee, com
posed of members resident in various “ 44 MOSLEY STREET, MANCHESTER, parts of Great Britain, to solicit con“ Nov. 30, 1875.
tributions both for this Fund and for “Dear Sir,—On the completion of the National Missionary Institution. the December number of the Juvenile Accordingly, under the auspices of the Magazine, the Rev. E. D. Rendell's London members of this Committee, a failing health will compel him to re
meeting was held at the Palace Gardens țire from the Editorship-a post which Church, Kensington, on the evening of he has honourably filled for the long Thursday, December 9th, to consider the term of seventeen years.
requirements of the Students' and MinisAt the last Board Meeting of the ters' Aid Fund, and to procure adSunday School Union, it was deemed ditional subscriptions. The Rev. Dr. desirable that an opportunity should be Bayley, President of Conference, ocgiven to all our Churches and Sunday cupied the
chair, and the following reSchools of expressing their gratitude to solutions were unanimously adopted :him in the form of a suitable testi
Proposed by Mr. Gunton, and seconded monial, and a Committee was appointed by Rev. John Presland : “ The growing to solicit subscriptions.
necessities of the Church requiring that “Mr. Rendell has not only edited the every effort should be made to conJuvenile Magazine for a longer period tinue the opportunities afforded to the than any of his predecessors, and written young men at present preparing for the many instructive articles in its pages, ministry, and to increase the number of but he has also rendered much service such students :-Resolved, That this as one of the oldest ordained ministers, meeting, highly approving of the as a missionary, and as the author of Students' and Ministers' Aid Fund, several works of great value to the determines to give it a cordial support, Church. He is now passing through and commends it to the earnest assistthe ordeal of a severe illness, and it will ance of every Society and isolated certainly be a source of great consola. member of the Church. tion to him to know that the Church at Proposed by the Rev. Dr. Tafel, large remembers him with sympathy and seconded by Mr. J. A. Bayley, and suplove.
ported by Mr. Jobson, Secretary of the “You are therefore earnestly re
Missionary and Tract Society of the quested to lay this circular before your
New Church : “Although many minds society, as early as possible, and to readily receive the truths of the New desire them to esect suitable persons to Church, the growth of her Societies, invite every one to avail themselves of owing to the prevailing apathy and the the opportunity of expressing their reversal of old ideas involved in the acrespect and esteem for him in a sub- ceptance of her doctrines,-is necesstantial form. The Committee feel con
sarily gradual and toilsome, and requires, fident that this appeal only requires to for its establishment and extension, the be brought under the notice of all to fostering hand of all its members. ensure a liberal response thereto.
Therefore, -Resolved, That this meeting “Please reply by sending your lists regards the Students
' and Ministers' Aid of subscriptions and post-office orders Fund
as the institution best adapted
to to the Secretary, Mr. J. A. Cowell, at supply such help, and calls for the the above address, not later than the 20th hearty support both of Societies and inJanuary 1876.”
dividuals, that it may effectually administer the necessary aid.”
Proposed by Mr. Elliott, Secretary of STUDENTS' AND MINISTERS AID the Swedenborg Society, and seconded FUND.—The last Report of this institu- by Mr. Alfred Braby : Resolved, That tion having directed especial attention this meeting, having heard various to the depressed condition of the statements of the useful operations of
the Students' and Ministers' Aid Fund, pally of a doctrinal character, and also and of the increased assistance required those giving our views of the spiritual to enable it to continue and extend world, all of which Mr. Gunton treated them, recommends that a circular be in his well-known lucid and able manprepared for distribution among the ner, and as the result showed, very sucvarious Societies and isolated members cessfully. In the larger towns, where of the Church, urging the holding of more than one lecture was delivered, meetings, and the collection of sub- the interest manifested was sustained scriptions on behalf of this institution ; throughout, the audience varying from and that the names of all subscribers 150 to 200, which was indeed very and donors, and the amounts of their encouraging, when the state of the contributions, be announced in the weather, which was wet and stormy Intellectual Repository.'
during almost the whole of Mr. Gunton's Notwithstanding a slender attend- visit, was taken into account. One of consequent upon
unusually the most cheering evidences of the inclement weather, the proceedings interest taken in our views was the conthroughout were characterized by great tinued, and at times eager, demand heartiness, and, we understand, resulted for the “Silent Missionaries,”—over in a liberal increase of the funds of the 1000 copies of these have been distri. institution, the particulars of which, buted by Mr. Gunton in Scotland. according to the last-quoted resolution, This is in itself worth the time and will be duly announced in our columns. money spent, as they will be of the The choir of the Palace Gardens Church greatest use in preparing the way for assisted the graver deliberations of the future efforts. The Association will meeting by several admirably-rendered endeavour to keep up the interest dur. musical selections.
ing the winter, and have availed them. This is the second meeting in aid of selves of the kind offer of the Rev. J. this admirable and greatly necessitous F. Potts to lecture from time to time in Fund which has taken place in London, those places where Mr. Gunton has a similar gathering having been pre- broken ground. The Association takes viously held, on the 12th of April last, this opportunity of thanking the Naat Argyle Square Church. We earnestly tional Missionary Society and also the commend the initiative thus taken by subscribers for their encouragement and our metropolitan friends to the Societies support, and to express the hope that and isolated members in the provinces, the Societies of the New Church in and trust that the circular recommended Scotland will not allow this missionary by the Kensington meeting will elicit a effort to flag, but carry it on with the general and liberal response.
same earnestness and perseverance with
which it has been inaugurated.-J. H. SCOTLAND.—The Scottish Association DowNES, Secretary. of the New Church, instituted last In addition to this letter from the year, has been enabled, through the Secretary, we have separate communi. kindness of the National Missionary cations from Edinburgh and Greenock, Society and of their able and respected which we append :missionary, Mr. Gunton, to perform Edinburgh. — Through the continued a work of usefulness to the Church. action of the National Missionary Not having any one with the necessary Society and the Scottish Association of qualifications as a public lecturer at the New Jerusalem Church, we have hand, the Association applied to the been favoured with a visit from R. National Missionary Society for aid, and Gunton, Esq., the appointed lecturer. they in the most generous way placed After being some time in the West of the services of Mr. Gunton at their Scotland, Mr. Gunton made his first disposal for a period of six weeks. appearance amongst us on Sabbath Mr. Gunton began his work at Paisley, 14th November, officiating at our place on Thursday 21st October, afterwards of worship, taking for his subjects, morn. lecturing six times at Glasgow, four ing, “The true Worship of the Lord ;" times at Greenock, six times at Edin. evening, “The Scriptural Way of Sal. burgh, once each at Gourock, Stirling, vation. On Wednesday evening, the and Alloa, also attending three social 17th, at our own place, he delivered a meetings. The lectures were princi- lecture on “The Progressive Nature of