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siderably improved; union and harmony in the evening.–Camberwell N. C. reign throughout. The building used Chronicle. for worship has been thoroughly cleansed, and sundry other inprovements effected, NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE. — The New which render it somewhat more comfort. Jerusalem Society, meeting for worship able and respectable. The financial posi- in Nun Street, held a very pleasant tion of the Society is very cheering, as for social meeting on Christmas evening. the first time in its history a balance-sheet During the evening the Rev. W. Ray was presented showing a balance in the gave a brief sketch of the history of treasurer's hands. A building fund has the Society in Newcastle from 1808. been started during the year, and collect- Interesting addresses were given by ing cards have been supplied to members; Messrs. Lynn, Bowman, Atkinson, about £50 has already been promised, Gregory and others. In the course of and we trust that at the end of March, the proceedings the minister was prewhen the cards and promises are due, a sented with a handsome Christmas pregoodly sum will have been raised. A sent by Mr. J. Jewitt (in the name of course of lectures now being given by the Society), accompanied with an enMr. Dicks have attracted a fair number couraging address. Fruit was served of strangers, some of whom have attended during the recess. After singing Hymn all yet delivered, and express a desire to 213, this pleasing meeting closed. At know more of the New Church teachings. the same place, on New Year's eve, The Sunday School is well attended, the the junior members and Bible class average afternoon attendance being about enjoyed an excellent tea, instrumental fifty. The New Liturgy has been and vocal pieces were performed, and adopted, and used for two months to the various recitations and

readings given satisfaction of all. The meeting, which with pleasing effect. Messrs. Garden, was very united throughout, was closed Jewitt and R. Lynn gave suitable adwith a hymn and the benediction. dresses, and the meeting closed by sing.

ing and the benediction by'the minister. LONDON (Stepney).—Mr. Austin a On the following Sunday evening a year ago suggested at an assembly of the larger number remained at the Holy London Association of the New Church Supper than we have seen before at this the desirability of attempting to form a place. Society in the East of the metropolis. The idea was not lost sight of, and we RAMSBOTTOM.—On Saturday, Nov. are now gratified to report that the eighth ember 27, a tea and public meeting was London (Stepney) Society is an actual held in the New Jerusalem schoolroom fact. Mr. Skelton has generously con- in connection with the opening of the sented to act as minister, and although day and Sunday schools. After tea Mr. country societies are thereby deprived of Thomas Peake occupied the chair, and the benefit of his services, we are satis- was supported by the Rev. S. Pilkingfied that his decision to concentrate his ton, Mr. Mackereth, F.R. A.S., of efforts to one vast section of the metro- Eccles ; Mr. John Ashworth, and Mr. polis is a wise one. Mr. H. W. Iles, Hilton. The chairman, in addressing 121 King Edward Road, South Hackney, the meeting, said that in reflecting on is the secretary, and will gladly furnish the work of the past year they had cause further particulars to all inquirers. The to be thankful for what they had accomSociety, which has for some time past plished. During that time they had been seeking a hall for the continuance entered fully into their new premises, of the effort commenced at Stepney and they had now a beautiful chapel and Green last year, announces that a hall schoolroom in which to meet and worhas been taken for the purpose of holding ship, erected at a cost of about £3000. Sunday services and week evening lec- They knew that a large debt remained to tures at No. 1 Ben Jonson Road, near be cleared off, and he urged them to use Stepney Green, E., and it is hoped that every endeavour to remove this, and certain alterations now in course of pro- never rest satisfied until it was paid and gress will be completed in time to allow they could call the place their own. the services to be resumed on the third They were just opening their Sunday in January. It is intended for schools under favourable circumstances, a time to have Sabbath service only and he thought there never was a time

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when there was a freer acceptation of sentation, alluded in very kind and comtruth by the people, and he reminded plimentary terms to the services which them that one great part of Sunday- Miss Acomb and Mr. Storry had rendered school work was to inculcate into the to the Society, and expressed the hope minds of the people a rational conception that they would always be able to look of the truths and doctrines of the Bible. back with pleasure upon the testimonial He urged those present to further the as an evidence of the appreciation which interests of the New Church by practical their services had secured.

He conChristianity in preference to intellectual sidered that the services of the church teachings. Mr. John Ashworth, in the had been considerably improved in rencourse of an interesting address, said dering, and it was gratifying to him to that as a Sunday-school teacher he had express the feeling of the Society that one trouble-scholars as they grew up an acknowledgment of this was due. in years gradually left off attending He tendered for Miss Acomb's acceptschool, and he thought it necessary for ance a case of elegant silver spoons, and them to consider if something could not to Mr. Storry a handsome double inkbe done to remedy this. Secular educa- stand with drawer and fittings, with tion was not now the great object of the every hope that they would long enjoy Sunday school ; they had now to deal their use. Mr. Storry, in acknowledging with the ininds of men, and he thought this unexpected kindness, said he thought more good might be done if they sought his friends had greatly over-estimated to inculcate doctrinal teachings into the his services, and by such a shining preminds of the young as they grew up. sent quite taken the gilt off them. He Mr. Mackereth, in the course of had considered that his father's long an excellent speech, drew a contrast or connection with the church seemed to two between the state of philosophical demand that he should render, from a theories of a century ago and those sense of duty, such little effort as was in entertained by men of science of the his power, and to that little they had present day, and by various arguments been most heartily welcome without any explained what rapid strides had been reward, which to that moment had not made of late years in every department been anticipated by him. Miss Acomb of science. He recommended the study had hoped that Mr. Storry would have of science not only for its uses in pro- said something for her, but she felt very viding many conveniences of social life, grateful for the kind present made to but also for the great light it shed on her. During the evening Miss Webster many portions of Holy Scripture. Mr. presided at the pianoforte, and aniongst Pilkington next addressed the meeting. other pieces some of Mr. Round's (of He said this was an occasion on which Hull) services were delivered, the Doxothey could appropriately acknowledge logy and Response No. 5 meeting hearty the services of those who had worked approval. The meeting was numerously hard in various ways during the time attended and most genial in its characthe church and schools were being ter; the kind hospitality of Mr. and

He then gave the names of Mrs. Jubb and their family being most some of the most earnest workers, and marked and cordial in its manifestation. enumerated some of the services they had rendered, the audience expressing

Marriage. their gratification by heartily applauding every person as his name and his On December 28th, at the New Jeruwork were mentioned. On the follow- salem Church, Peter Street, Manchester, ing day Mr. Mackereth preached in the by the Rev. Peter

Ramage, of Kearsley, new church, and collections were made and Mr. Thomas Mackereth, F.R.A.S., amounting to £11.

of the Observatory, Eccles, John John

son, F.M.S., of Wigan, to Elizabeth York.—On Tuesday, January 4, at the Ann, only surviving daughter of Mr. coffee meeting of the above Society, held William Miller, of Manchester. at the residence of the leader, Mr. Jubb, a very pleasing testimonial was presented

Obituary. to the two friends who had presided at the harmonium during the past twelve On the 10th of January, departed months. Mr. Jubb, in making the pre- this life in Paris, aged seventy-one years,

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Bon Frédéric de Portal, an enlightened the New Church, which took place on disciple of our doctrines, and an active the 25th day of Deceniber, in the 79th and able contributor to the French year of his age. From early life our periodical, La Nouvelle Jérusalem, departed brother has been a well-known Revue Religieuse et Scientifique (edited by receiver and earnest teacher of the Le Boys des Guays in the years 1838. Heavenly doctrines. Convinced of their 1848), in which Revue the papers from truth, he considered not his worldly his pen are signed by the initials F.P. gain or loss, but influenced by a deep He was the author also of two works, sense of duty, united cordially with the the first On Symbolical Colours (1837), few who, in his early life, received the which was translated into English ; the truth and united themselves together other, Les Symbols des Egyptiens come for its dissemination. The little party parés à ceux des Hébreux (1840), of met first in the room of a private house. which an able review was given in La Afterwards a room was rented in the Nouvelle Jérusalem, vol. iii., pp. 118- Chandos Buildings, and here, under the

joint ministry of our departed friend Two other works of historical and and his brother-in-law, Rev. Mr. Barnes, scientific interest afterwards issued from the little flock continued to worship, his pen : Les Descendants des Albigeois during a period of thirteen years, until et des Huguenots, ou Mémoires de la the erection of the church in Henry Famille de Portal (1860), and Politique Street, which was opened in the year des Lois Civiles, ou sciences des législa- 1844. A man of high intellectual cultions comparés ; par le Bon Fréd. de ture, Mr. Keene never failed to bring Portal, ancien Muitre des requêtes et into the pulpit the fruits of careful Conseiller d'Etat honoraire; of which study and ripened Christian intelliwork two volumes only were published gence. His published sermons are dis(1873, 1874).

tinguished by clear statement, close The loss of his instructive conversa- reasoning, and accurate New Church tion and enlightened counsels will be intelligence. He brought the resources deeply felt by his New Church friends, of a wide scientific culture and an exand more particularly by the writer of tensive knowledge of the world to these lines, attached to him by an illustrate and enforce the truths of the eternal bond of gratitude and intimate Word. And while he was at home in friendship, having received through him, the discussion of high themes, he never some forty years ago, that inestimable overlooked the practical bearing of Scripgift, the knowledge of our celestial ture truth. Man's immortality was doctrines.

Α united in his mind and in his teaching On the 3rd December 1875, Mrs. Mary with the perception that it could only Bailey, the affectionate wife of Robert become an immortality of joy by reBailey, of Accrington, whose duties as a generation from the Lord. This truth mother and pious Christian were dis- he illustrated and enforced in all his charged in an exemplary manner.

For teaching. And his zeal knew no abatemore than twelve months she suffered ment in his work. It was only when much from bronchitis and heart-disease, his physical strength failed him that he which terminated in death. A kind retired from his public labours in the

Church. Mr. Keene was a man of warm and beloved daughter, who could communicate with her better than others, sympathy and strong feeling. anxiously and tenderly watched over sympathies were with the good, and his her, and greatly contributed to her interest and delight in its promotion. comfort in the close of this mortal life. His keen intellectual discernment enShe delighted much in reading the abled him to see clearly the tendency Juvenile Magazine and pious female and danger of error ; and his intense biography, and now she has gone to love of the truth led him to resist with take her part in those mansions in hea- firmness whatever he regarded as wrong, ven, for which she had prepared herself whether in theory or practice. This whilst here on earth.

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doubt not to occasional misapprehension, Rev. JAMES KEENE.- We have to but those who knew him best and record the departure to his reward of longest can best testify to the purity of this able and self-denying labourer in his motives and the integrity of his

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actions. In social life Mr. Keene believe, was the first to be entered on occupied a position of worldly respec- the roll of subscribers. At the last tability, and exercised a marked and well- annual meeting of that institution he recognised influence. His many useful presided, as usual, and in reviewing its works and excellent character secured chequered history spoke in glowing terms for him general esteem. This was ex- of the great pleasure it gave him to be pressed in the local papers by the re- able to look back upon the efforts he had spectful and somewhat extended notices made with others to keep the institution which appeared after his departure. in existence, and of the greater pleasure The following is a portion of the notice it gave him then to see it not only a which appeared in the Bath Chronicle of self-supporting but flourishing associaDecember 30th :

tion. When in years gone by the ComWe have this week the melancholy mittee of the Athenæum arranged lecduty of recording the death of Mr. James tures on scientific and other subjects, Keene, for fifty-six years proprietor and Mr. Keene had frequently to be called editor of the Bath Journal, which took upon at short notice to fill up a gap place at his residence, No. 16 Norfolk caused by an unfulfilled engagement, and Buildings, on Christmas Day. For so ready were his resources, that he was many years past Mr. Keene has retired never applied to in vain. That he from the more active public duties which was equal to such emergencies we have engaged his attention in the early and in proof only again to quote from the middle period of his life, and devoted Gazette—'His great experience, added himself more entirely to theological pur- to the fact that from the beginning to suits, and, if we may be allowed to say the end of his life he was a student, so, to ministerial work, for it is well placed within his ken a wide range of known that, in addition to his duties in subjects, with all of which he was intel. connection with his newspaper, he added ligently familiar. English politics were those of teaching and preaching the doc- at his fingers' ends, as also were those of trines of Swedenborg, which from a youth India, our Colonies, America, and the he professed, and during a long and Continent. An accomplished and facile active career has courageously but un- speaker of the French language, he was ostentatiously maintained. He was,' au fait with the real interests, chaotic says a writer in the Gazette, who can struggles, and many changes of that claim a more intimate knowledge of the country. It was also highly characterdeceased than we possessed, “some years istic of the broad tolerance and strong since ordained the minister of the Henry logical faculties of the deceased gentleStreet Chapel of that denomination, and man that, though not a member of the continued to preach there till within only Church of England, he never urged its a month of his death. Amongst that disestablishment, but publicly, on recommunity he was greatly esteemed, his peated occasions, deplored its internal preaching being at once plain, vigorous, dissensions.' In his business transacand marked by good, sound common tions he was, we know, the soul of

These qualities, with his stately honour. It may truly be said him and intellectual presence, made him à his word was his bond. What he befavourite preacher in London, Liverpool, lieved to be just he abided by, and and elsewhere, as well as in Bath.' scorned even the appearance of unfair There are not a few citizens who, how- dealing. It need scarcely be added that ever, will best remember Mr. Keene as with one of such sterling rectitude to do an active politician, bearing his part in business was ever a pleasure. all the public movements of the Liberal On Sunday, January 2nd, the pulpit party with dignity, courtesy, and ability. in Henry Street so long occupied by our He was also for many years a member of departed brother was filled by Mr. the Town Council, and found time to Gunton, who preached two appropriate engage in most of the public movements discourses, the one in the evening being connected with the city's welfare. Ever specially marked as a funeral discourse. ready to give real assistance to the artisan The attendance at both services was very classes, he founded for them a building large, and the sympathy of the people society, known as the Bath, Somerset, in the notice of the departed strongly aud Gloucester Building Society. He manifested; many joining in the was, if not the, one of the founders of “Amen” with which the preacher the Bath Athenæum, and his name, we closed his discourse.

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THOSE who are advanced in the Christian life, and who have long devoted themselves to the careful study of the Word, and of the writings of the Church, will always prefer such expositions of it as have to do with the progress of regeneration, and the application of spiritual truth to the states of their own minds and hearts as well as to the affairs of everyday life; but others who are less advanced and have less aptitude for solitary study, require to have the very elements of the faith they profess, so set before them that they may in time become masters of our general system of doctrine, and then go on to further perfection. This never was more necessary than it is now, for many are in danger of thinking that they understand the truth well enough, when in fact they never take any trouble to be quite sure that they have clear ideas of any single important doctrine. It is our duty, the duty of experience, to endeavour to lead them gently into the ways of thought, and to make it easy for them to learn the faith and to prove its truth.

Deeply convinced of the importance of this duty I shall speak from our text this morning on the prime doctrine of our Church, the

1 A sermon preached by John Webster Hancock, LL.B., at Peter Street, Manchester, August 18, 1875.

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