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against the canons of political economy this, which is morally hopeful, is at and the organization of charity." Such first glance most difficult. “Many are the words of Miss C. E. Stephen in mistresses would say, if they spoke out the opening paragraph of an instructive quite honestly, 'How can we let our paper on this subject in the January servants exercise hospitality when we number of the Nineteenth century. don't speak to them ourselves once in a
Love is stimulative of thought, and month, except to give necessary orders, thought inspired by affection is fruitful and when we don't half trust them, and in resources. The more than question- want all their time for ourselves, and able good of some modes of charitable have much ado as it is to keep their effort has led to the adoption of others friends and followers out of our kitin which failure is next to impossible. chens ?' But," continues Miss Stephen, “By degrees one and another here and “is not this state of things in itself á there are finding out simple, harmless, great evil ? and would not the very fact priceless boons which can be given with of joining in a common effort of hospi. an open hand and a generous heart- tality be the best cure for it?” But boons which are 'twice blessed' in the might there not be a difficulty on the delight they afford to him that gives side of the servants? “I believe,” and to him that takes : such gifts as we writes Miss S., “that if the mistresses should not be ashamed to offer to our wished it, nothing would be easier. I most honoured friends.” Among the believe that we can form but a faint gifts enumerated are flowers, pictures, idea of the amount of power and will. toys to sick children, etc. etc. “ An- ingness to help which is latent in the other such simple but fruitful discovery vast army of women-servants who fill has been made by a lady, who, last sum- the houses of the comfortable classes. mer, engaged a little four-roomed cot. I believe few mistresses know half the tage, close to her own garden-gate in acts of kindness which are done downthe country, and in it received in the stairs, ... the signs of an amount of three summer months a succession of kindly feeling which, if recognised and children from the crowded parts of Lon- encouraged and directed by the mistress don, in batches of six or seven ; each of the house, might blossom into quite batch under the care of some hard-work- incalculable usefulness. And what hin. ing person, known to the children's ders this recognition and sharing in parents ; each little batch staying a each other's efforts? Whence comes week in the country, 'on a visit to a the strange distance and deadness which friend, like other people,' and returning has crept in between the two branches home loaded with little gift - books, of our households ? No doubt it is owing toys, little shawls, flowers, cakes, and to many causes ; but the chief of them fruit :' these last being little remem- seem to me to be want of thought and brances from kind neighbours, who, by want of a common object. If mistresses the hostess's wish, abstained from giving would give as much thought to perfectmoney to the children — the object ing their relations with their own serthroughout being to avoid making it a vants as many of them now do to • charity business,' and to preserve the benefiting the poor, they might bring idea of a simple visit.” The transition about more improvement, and a more from children to adults is easy and na- spreading self-multiplying blessing than tural. Hitherto we have visited the any one who has not tried it would dream poor at their houses, and provided for of.” The suggestion thus made might, them in hospitals and asylums of vari. and doubtless would, involve difficulties ous kinds. The reception of them occa- in their accomplishment, but they showa sionally in the houses of the rich, and desire to arrive at “a more excellent way" the exercise towards them of a kind and of discharging the “debts of charity” unostentatious hospitality would, in the than is usually attempted. They open estimation of Miss Stephen, bless both up, too, the prospect of culture and usethe recipients and the dispensers of this fulness in the household, and are in generosity. But this would only be keeping with one of the Divine statepossible by the cheerful and sympa- ments to the righteous in the descripthetic co-operation of the servants; and tion of the judgment to which all will in this the writer sees one of the most be subject, "I was a stranger, and ye hopeful features of the scheme. But took me in.”
TAE GOSPEL OF PEACE.—The angels' judgments, and no limits to their song, “Glory to God in the highest ; hatreds." and on earth peace, goodwill toward men,” was the subject of a discourse by LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.—The Dean Church in St. Paul's Cathedral Monthly Chronicle of this Society speaks in connection with the Advent celebra- in hopeful terms of the progress of most tion. After remarking, “The Gospel of its mission stations. Africa is an is a message of peace," the preacher exception. The unsettled state of the said, “I am afraid that in not a few natives, the war fever with which large who hear such words they may even numbers of them have become afflicted, raise a smile. They will think of the and their threats to exterminate the course of history to this hour, and ask whites, have placed the lives of the whether it does not furnish a comment missionaries in great danger, and entirely of the most supreme irony on the words interrupted their work. Writing from and claims of the Gospel of peace.”” Kuruman at the end of October, Rev. These words introduce a lengthened Mr. Wookey says: “Our active mis. description of the unpeaceful condition sion-work has been almost at a standof professedly Christian society, from still ; but Kuruman mission-station is the distracted and disturbed souls of unhurt, and all through these trying men to the wars and conflicts of nations times it has been a place of refuge for professing to be guided by the religion all, both Europeans and natives, who of the Saviour. Still “the Gospel was have sought protection in it. In other an innovation and revolution in the districts very many of the people conmoral standards of the ancient world. nected with our stations and churches The ancient world had noble, if im- have been mixed up with these disperfect, ideas of courage, of justice, of turbances in various ways. Some of friendship; but it looked upon war and them have been ringleaders in cattleconflict as the natural field for the stealing, in threatening the lives of highest virtues. It was a great reversal Europeans, and in stirring up the warof all accepted moral judgments when spirit in the villages and towns.” the teaching of the Gospel put in the To the missionaries the settlement of forefront of its message God's value of the country and the character of the peace and His blessing upon it; when residents to be sent out by the English it placed peace as a Divine and mag. Government are questions of supreme nificent object to be aimed at and sought importance. If we are to extend our for with the earnestness with which empire, and take these tribes under our men aimed at glory. ... It is a protection, it is important that the truism that Christianity is a religion governors be men of moral as well as of peace. It is also a truism that intellectual culture. On this subject Christians have often made it a religion Mr. Wookey writes : “Had we a good of quarrels, persecution, and bloodshed, paternal government, wholesome laws, and that custom makes us strangely and justice equally meted out, we believe insensible to the anomaly of a religion of there is a bright future in store for the peace, compatable with strife, tolerant Bechuanas. They would make rapid of litigation, patient of war.” What is progress. Our institutions would have the position of Christ's disciples in this ample scope for growth and developworld of bitter enmities and constant ment; our Churches would be stronger conflicts ? “We cannot,” says the and purer; and our whole work as mispreacher, “stop heresies, schism, divi. sionaries would assume a new aspect.” sions; we cannot chain down party spirit and make men fair ; but at least New ZEALAND.—We learn from the in these inevitable differences of thought Auckland Weekly News that Mr. Edgar and conviction we can take care of our continues his services in Lorne Street own hearts; we need not be unfair be- Hall, and that his sermons are pubcause others are; we need not be bitter lished fortnightly in the pages of this because others are ; we need not forget paper. A charge is made for this pubour own shortsightedness, our preju- lication, which is met by voluntary dices, our own obligation to the great subscriptions. Two of these reports law of charity and justice, because have been sent us by a correspondent. others have no misgivings in their Although not avowedly of the New Church, the sermons are fully imbued without subjecting it thereby to any with New Church sentiment. The two amount of expenditure whatever.” Resermons sent us are on the Christian ferring to the circulation of his “ ReflecLife, and are in complete agreement tions among the missionaries in India, with Swedenborg's “Doctrine of Life he says, “ From what we know of the for the New Jerusalem.” In the intro- missionaries in India, I have reason to duction of the first of these, on “Growth apprehend that your hope is somewhat in Grace,” Mr. Edgar says: “ There misconceived, or perhaps too sanguinely is an unconscious logic in the human conceived, when you say that the copies mind which necessitates some measure sent to them will lead to more than a of harmony among all the leading passing interest in the doctrines set conceptions of religion which we in- forth in them. These doctrines, on the telligently and honestly entertain. contrary, I fear, may lead them to try The whole of our religious belief and to suppress rather than any way to practice is moulded by the conviction- bring them to light, as new intruders in so eminently scriptural—that the only a field which they have enjoyed undispossible heaven here or elsewhere is turbed for years and years; for, so far goodness, and the only possible hell as I am aware, I have not seen any badness. It has been finely said that notices of my book taken either by the the reward of virtue is more virtue ; the missionaries or by their journals on this punishment of vice more vice. This side of India. They may have been taken, truth appears in a forcible light when perhaps, in Calcutta or Madras, but I we reflect that heaven is where God is, cannot assure myself even of this fact.” because He is perfectly good ; that the The following will not fail to interest supreme blessedness is of the pure in our readers : “ Your Society will, I heart, because. being in His likeness, trust, be exceedingly glad to learn that they see God; and that the supreme a very large meeting [of the Theistic Ascommand is to be perfect as God is sociation), perhaps the largest, as one of perfect, because in that way alone can my friends informed me last evening, the command of duty coincide with the that was ever held in that Maudir (a promise and hope of blessedness.” temple dedicated to the service of one
God alone), consisting chiefly of the INDIA.—The Morning Light of Febru- alumni, new and old, of our schools and ary 15th publishes some particulars from colleges, was held to hear a lecture deli. a letter of Rao Bahadur Dadoba Pandu- vered by a learned and influential Brah. rung to the secretary of the Swedenborg man, Rao Bahadur M. G. Renade, a Society. The writer expresses his grati- very able English scholar, and a native fication at hearing of the response in judge, on the subject of my 'Reflections money contributions for the publishing on the Works of Swedenborg.' Conof the “ Heaven and Hell;" and though trary to my own expectation (I was not personally inclined to the Marathi as present), and that of the whole audience, à more cultivated language than the who purposely gathered there in the exothers, yet recommends the selection of pectation of hearing some unfavourable “ the Hindi language, which is the ver- criticism on the book, which sets forth a nacular of the Hindus, who form the new and favourable view of Christianity predominating population even in those according to the doctrines of the New northern provinces of India, and which Church, of which they had perhaps is more or less understood even by the never heard even the name, the lecturer Mahommedans themselves.” In connec- spoke, I am told, eulogistically of the tion with this recommendation he makes book and of the doctrines set forth therethe following statement respecting him. in, assuring the whole audience that the self : “For several years past I have book was confirmed by his own conclu. continued to be the examiner in Hindu- sions which he had previously formed stani as well as in Marathi at the matri- on the several points, which he briefly culation examination of the Bombay enumerated from it. Such an unexpected University.” And referring to the great proceeding, which took place only on expense of translation and printing, he the evening of Friday last (January 3rd), says, “I sincerely wish I had my own will, I trust, have the effect of creating means and younger days to enable me to an additional interest in our cause. A render this kind of service to the Society detailed report of the proceedings of this meeting is to appear in a vernacular gradually accumulate all that exists paper devoted to the cause of this temple in the way of translation by Sweden• on Sunday next.”
borg, and thus possess an important Mr. Dadoba Pandurung finally an- help towards a New Church version nounces his intention of inaugurating of the Holy Scriptures. the year 1879 by the foundation of a
H. BATEMAN. SWEDENBORG LIBRARY in Bombay, and looks forward to the members of the NEW CHURCH COLLEGE CHAPEL. — Swedenborg Society and of the New A short course of five lectures has been Church generally to aid in the shape of given here by Cuthbert Collingwood, contributions of books and periodicals M.A. Oxon., which have deserved far for the replenishing of such an institu- larger audiences than have attended tion, “ which bids fair, in my opinion,” them. The first—“What think ye of he says, “to create a demand for such Christ ?”—was delivered on Sunday publications, and thereby to create an evening, January 19th. It was an interest iu India in the doctrines of the admirable exposition of the fundaNew Church.” The Swedenborg Society mental truth of Christianity, the unity and the Missionary and Tract Society of of the Godhead in the person of the the New Church have already responded Saviour. Dr. Collingwood's lecture to this praiseworthy effort by granting possessed the very great merits of being a set of their various publications. Mr. at once brief and comprehensive, deep Speirs will be glad to receive and for- and lucid, scholarly and popular. The ward any donations which the liberality second lecture—"On what Principles of private persons may make.
are the Sacred Scriptures written ?”—
was a clever and conscientious account MANCHESTER AND SALFORD Mission of the wonders of the Word. It clearly ARY SOCIETY. — Week-evening lectures displayed the great truth that the Bible have been continued by this Society in differs from all other books, not only in some of the churches in the immediate having God for its author and salvation neighbourhood of Manchester. The for its end, but also in containing a ministers employed have been Revs. word within a word, a spiritual sense P. Ramage, C. W. Wilkins, and l. within the letter, united to it by correTansley. Some of the lectures have spondence. The third lecture, delivered been reported in the local papers. One on the 2nd February, on “What must by Mr. "Tansley at Rhodes, on “Science I do to be saved ?" demonstrated the and the Bible," was given at consider- duty of combining charity and good able length in the Middleton Guardian. works with faith, and showed the utter Short notices of other lectures were also worthlessness of faith alone in the given, so that the attention of the matter of salvation. The fourth lecture, public was drawn to them. The sub- entitled “How many Bodies have we?” jects discussed were such as are usually was an excellent discourse on the resurpresented in New Church missionary rection from the dead and the natural services; and the attendance, though and spiritual bodies. It not only gave varying, was on the whole good. The the New Jerusalem doctrine of man as Societies visited were doubtless streng. a spiritual being as well as a mortal thened by the service.
creature, but gave it in a new manner.
Socrates and Plato amongst ancient New Church BIBLE SOCIETY.-As sages, as well as George Eliot amongst a preparation for a translation of the modern writers, were laid under conDivine Word in the light of the New tribution as furnishers-forth of human Church, it has been judged important notions about man and immortality. to collect all the passages cited by The Divine Word and the apostolic Swedenborg in his Writings. To this teachers were, however, shown to supply end our friend Mr. Beilby of Notting- the real feast of reason the appropriate ham has kindly contributed the texts mental pabulum to the soul hungering rendered by Swedenborg in the “De and thirsting after righteous judgment Cælo et Inferno" from the Gospels in this matter. On Sunday evening the and the Apocalypse. If other New 16th of February Dr. Collingwood conChurch scholars would devote a part sidered “What is meant by the New of their time to this work we should Jerusalem in the Apocalypse ?” Tracing the spiritual course of man from was found necessary to make other the most ancient times to the present, changes and improvements, and not the he showed that a long, sad, falling off least has been, heating all the rooms with from pristine purity terminated when hot water, which has proved a great boon Jehovah came into the world to save during the severe weather. It has also His people from their sins. At the been found necessary to put the church time of the Lord's Advent a new state in thorough repair, to have it painted commenced. Degeneration of the race and otherwise improved. To meet some was stayed ; regeneration began. Be- of the liabilities which had been thus ginning with a few, the new influences incurred Mr. Robinson preached a serfrom the glorified body of the Redeemer mon in the afternoon on “ The Higher extended gradually to the many. Jeru- Education of Man;" and in the evening salem, which had become ruined by sin, on “ Christmas Offerings.” Collections was being rebuilt by righteousness. The were made amounting to £20. Jerusalem which was in bondage with her children had been the city of the BARNSLEY.— The Barnsley's Chronicle solemnities of that typical Church, which of February 1st gives, from a corre. was all that remained as a medium of spondent, the following report of a visit spiritual life upon the earth when to this town hy Mr. Gunton: “R. Jehovah visited it to redeem His people. Gunton, Esy., of London, delivered two Jerusalem had become the symbol of lectures in the Temperance Hall on the Church as to doctrine and as to Thursday and Friday evenings to good worship long before her fall. Therefore and very attentive audiences; and on a new Church as to doctrine and as to Sunday last he preached two sermons, worship was to be symbolized by the which were better attended than even New Jerusalem seen by St. John as the lectures. The subject for the morncoming down from God out of heaven. ing service—The Sin against the Holy A divinely-constructed habitation for Ghost'—was very highly spoken of, every God upon earth was to take the place one whose opinion was asked giving it of that traditional system of doctrine the most unqualified praise. Though and worship erected by human builders. the explanation of this solemn text• Jerusalem the Golden” was gradually Matt. xii. 13—was entirely new to most to supersede that carnal Jerusalem of of the hearers, it was felt to be the true which not one stone was left upon one, they said. The lecturer said this another which had not been thrown fearful sin which cannot be forgiven is down. Dr. Collingwood handled his not any isolated act, but that it conglorious theme with consummate skill, sists of such a state of engrained in. and concluded his short course of New durated wickedness against light and Church theology in a discourse full of knowledge as renders it impossible for beauty and eloquence.
the good and the evil to be separated
without the destruction of the man himASHTON-UNDER-LYNE.—Mr. J. Robin. self. Corresponding, as their state does, son of Manchester preached two ser- to a virulent cancer which has struck mons here on Sunday 22nd December its fibres so deep into the body, and even 1878. The occasion being the com- to the very vitals, that cure is impossible pletion of a new wing which has been save by death only. True, and it readded to the original building, and mains true that all sin can be forgiven which comprises two large class-rooms, if repented of, but that is exactly the with cellaring underneath. The rooms condition which it is impossible now to will accomodate 150 more scholars. The perform. The man cannot repent, and lower room is intended for infant classes, therefore cannot be forgiven. The lights while the upper room has been specially of heaven within the soul only go out fitted for meetings and lectures, being one by one, but if we persist in wrong. supplied with backed-seats, desks, chemi. doing the time comes when the last goes cal-table, blackboard, etc. The struc. out, and evil finally triumphs over the ture is similar in design to the main very life of good. There is then no building. The erection, which is in friend of God to open the door. He every way substantial and convenient, knocks, but there is no response, save will prove of eminent value to the an inward hissing of hate and a certain Society. Along with this addition it fearful looking for of judgment. This