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that the conversation of the preceding day had not been lost on our fellow travellers, as they resumed the subject of themselves, and it was continued with increased interest. A number of hymns were also sung, and thus was the tediousness of the
way beguiled, and the rocks turned to down.”
On the morning of the 24th, we arrived at Bedford : at this place and vicinity there is a small society, consisting of seven or eight families, and a few individuals besides. They hold regular meetings in a large and convenient room in the house of J. E. Esq. who conducts the solemnities of the worship. We were most affectionately received by this gentleman, who introduced us to his amiable family, with whom we tarried during our stay in Bedford. Mr. E. has long been a cordial recipient of the Heavenly Doctrines, and has been instrumental in forming a small circle of friends about him, whose hopes and pleasures are identified with those precious doctrines. We visited several families in the town, some of whom rank among the oldest readers in this country. An appointment was made to preach in the evening at the court-house. The service commenced about dusk, and the house was well filled; perhaps there were present three hundred. I addressed them from these words in Isaiah, chap. xxix. verse 24 : “ They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.” Order and attention reigned throughout, and the audience seemed cordially to participate in the solemnities of the service.
In the afternoon of the 25th, I baptized Mr.E.'s three children, to witness which ceremony the Rev. Mr. B-, by previous invitation, attended. The ceremony was solemn and impressive; after which much interesting conversation took place. I had appointed again to preach in the evening, and we had the gratification to see the house filled. The subject chosen for this occasion was the 11th of Matt. and 3d verse : “ Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another.” To judge from the profound attention, the discourse was well received, and the Lord was indeed present with us.
The following day we took leave of our kind friends, and went on seven miles further to a Mr. E-'s, a worthy member of the New Church. Here I had the pleasure of initiating into the Church by the sacred rite of baptism, four children. We then passed on to Stoy's town, a small village on the western side of
the Allegany mountain. Here we were cordially welcomed by
our friend Mr. G-, who furnished us with every comfort · which hospitality could suggest. The following being Lord's day,
afforded an opportunity of proclaiming to the people the blessed realities of the New Dispensation. There is a small building for worship in this place, to which our friend had liberally subscribed, on condition of its being free for all who profess to worship the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the following day we proceeded to Greensburg, where we were kindly received by our good friend Judge Y. At this place I preached twice to crowded audiences, married one couple, and baptized a child. After taking leave of our friends at Greensburg, we set out for Pittsburg, which is an easy day's ride, at which place we tarried but a short time, and then proceeded on to Steubenville, in the state of Ohio. At this place there is an organized Society, having at its head a regularly ordained minister, the Rev. Mr. Powell, which assembles for worship every Lord's day. Finding on our arrrival, that the ensuing Sunday had been appointed for the celebration of the holy sacra. ment of the Lord's supper, we were induced to stay until that interesting season should have passed. During our delay, we had preaching five times, and most of the people of the place attended. The celebration of the sacrament took place at the time above specified, at the court-house, in the presence of a crowd of spectators. We availed ourselves of this opportunity of explaining our views of this holy ordinance, in contradistinction to those of the Catholic and Protestant churches. The very external and literal views of the former, and the more spiritual though mistaken views of the latter, were pointed out, and it was shown that this holy rite is not to be considered as a mere remembrance of the dying love of the Lord, but in addition to this, that there is a real communication of these heavenly principles of Love and Wisdom, to which the bread and the wine correspond. Several of our brethren, who lived at a distance, attended on this occasion, amongst whom were the Rev. Mr. Goe, Mr. Band wife, of Washington, Pa. There were twelve communicants. Sixteen adults and children were added to the Church by baptism in this town.
On Monday the 11th of August, I took an affectionate leave of our friends at Steubenville. It was at this place I parted from my excellent companion, Mr. C—, who had greatly contributed to assist and strengthen me in the performance of my duties. I accompanied Mr. Goe on my return to his residence, near Wheeling, where I baptized bis amiable wife and four children.
On the following day, I set off for Washington, Pa. a distance of twenty-five miles, at which place resides an exemplary professor, whose family has cordially embraced the heavenly doctrines. We were gladly received by Mr. B--, and his amiable partner. An appointment had been made the same evening to preach. The court-house was well filled, and one or two clergymen attended.
The following words were chosen as the subject : “ Behold ye among the heathen and regard and wonder marvellously, for I will work a work in your day, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” From which text occasion was taken to trace the various messages which had been vouchsafed to man, the manner in which these messages had been received by erring mortals; and I concluded by showing that a new and more glorious message had been proffered to man, the leading doctrines of which I pointed out. The most profound attention was observed throughout, and at the close, I reciprocated a most cordial shake of the hand with a Baptist clergyman, who sat near me.
Having baptized two children at this place, on the following day I set out for Brownsville. Our party was now augmented by the addition of Mr. B, who heightened the interest of the conversation by the way. We arrived at Mr. M.C—'s early in the afternoon. After receiving every attention and refreshment which hospitality and kindness could afford, and baptizing his three children, we proceeded on five miles further, to the dwelling of Mr. Goe, senr. It was truly a delightful sight that presented itself on the occasion of the baptismal service at Mr. MC-+'s. Eight lovely daughters and three sons, all members of the same family, were present to witness a ceremony, which they themselves had experienced twelve years before, from the hands of brother Hargrove. Mr. and Mrs. M.C— accompanied us to Mr. Goe's, at which place we arrived early in the evening. Here we delivered a sermon to a number of the neighbours. Mr. and Mrs. Goe are nearly ninety years of age. They are a very interesting couple, and have been devoted to the Heavenly Doctrines a number of years. YOL, I.
In the morning we set out for Pittsburg, a distance of thirtythree miles, at which place we had made an appointment to preach. We had but a small audience at this city, owing to a difficulty in procuring a proper place; perhaps there were fifty persons present.
On the following morning, I took leave of my companions, and set out for home. ( delivered discourses at all the places on my return, at which I had preached on my outward journey, attended with circumstances nearly similar to those above related. At Bedford, we celebrated the Holy Sacrament, of which eight persons partook. This solemnity received addi. tional interest, from the circumstance of a young lady and gentleman, in the hey-day of youth, surrounded with all the show and glitter which this place of fashionable resort presents, coming forth in the face of the world, solemnly dedicating their affections to the Lord, and thus choosing that good part” which the Lord hath said shall not be taken away from them. Three adults were baptized on this occasion, and during my visit I preached two sermons, one of which was delivered in the Presbyterian Church, which was politely offered for the purpose.
Having sent an appointment to brother Hargrove, to preach at Baltimore on the 24th, I was obliged to take leave of those whose kindness and urbanity had united me to them by every tie of brotherly love.
We had preaching at Baltimore on Lord's day, morning and evening On both occasions the house was filled. In the evening there were five clergymen present, of different denominations, to two of whom, after service, I was introduced, and who invited me to visit thein.
In the afternoon, I embarked on board the steam-boat, and arrived at home the following day, after an absence of thirty-nine days, during which time I had travelled a distance of near eight hundred miles, had baptized thirty-seven souls, administered the sacrament twice, had proclaimed the Heavenly Doctrines of the New Jerusalem twenty times, to not fewer than between two and three thousand persons, many of whom had never heard of them before. May the Lord bless these exertions, and cherish the seed which has been sown, with the genial warmth and gentle dews of Heaven.
From the order and attention manifested on every occasion, and the interest that was excited, I am of opinion, that this mode of introducing the verities of the New Jerusalem to the hearts and understandings of men, will be peculiarly blessed of the Lord. It cannot be but that, on ground of such diversified a quality, some seed will be received ; and although the fruit will depend upon the character of the soil, some producing more and some less, yet all will ultimately be benefitted. All may not arrive at interior states of perception, owing to hereditary proprium, prejudices, and various states of confirmation in doctrines which have been imbibed by peculiar modes of education ; yet all may be strengthened and confirmed in their respect for the Holy Word, the external ordinances of religion, and the great realities of an eternal state of existence.
The following resolutions are so admirably well drawn up, and contain so true and concise an exposition of the principles of the New Church, that we cannot but recommend to our friends throughout the United States, to follow the example of our brethren at Hawkstone, and cause them to be republished in our gazettes, far and wide. The time, perhaps, may not be a century distant, when it will be incumbent upon the members of the New Jerusalem throughout the world, to assemble a council of its most wise, pious, and learned disciples, to proclaim to the nations, in solemn and authoritative form, the glorious truths of the New Dispensation. As preparatory thereto, let us, who have only witnessed the dawn of the Second Advent, like John the Baptist, endeavour to assist in preparing the way of the Lord, and make straight in the desart a highway for our God. The public mind can only by slow degrees bear the light of truth, and perhaps effects which may be visible fifty years hence, can only result from causes operating at the present day.
EXTRACT From the Hawkstone Resort, for July, 1817. On reading the last Hawkstone Report, and particularly the Resolution expressive of the opinion of the Meeting, “ That it may tend much to promote the knowledge and circulation of the