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wreck of this new deluge. After the storm, a new political society arose; Catholicism and Protestantism appeared to revive; they were the same in their exterior, but all was changed in the interior. These two religions, considered as sects, had only the sound of life; considered as members of the great Christian family, they had a new soul-a new life. Certainly the Catholic clergy have not changed. They are still what they always have been. But the Church is no longer the same; and I will call in testimony, the clergy themselves, and their complaints of what they call the irreligion of our age, and what I call opposition to the old Catholicism.
"A still greater revolution has been going on in French Protestantism, because this doctrine admits a greater spiritual liberty. Protestantism, such as Swedenborg, in the Apocalypse Revealed, describes it, does not exist here, except in the Methodist sect. The national Protestant Church is in direct opposition to the dogma of faith alone, and it makes profession of the greatest tolerance, as the appointment of M. Jaquier to the pulpit of Bayonne, goes to prove.
"The New Jerusalem, then, is making progress in our country, but progress that is due to the Lord alone, and by no means to man, - progress which is not at all apparent, but which is only the more real, and the more durable. Divine truth is manifesting itself in our country by a transformation of the Old World into a New World. It is especially to France that we may apply this passage of the Apocalypse,"Behold I make all things new." How long time Catholicism and Protestantism will require to effect their complete transformation, I know not. But they are advancing towards their end, and must reach it.
"The sciences, which have made extraordinary progress in France, will lend an important help to this great work, the unity of human belief. Permit me to refer you to a recent fact, which must have incalculable results. Our celebrated astronomer, Arago, has, in the name of a commissiou, and upon the presentation of the minister of the public works, just presented to the chamber of deputies, a project for a law tending to grant the sum of ninety-four thousand francs for completing many works in the observatory of Paris. In his report, read in the assembly, June 10, 1844, and which you will find in the French journals of this date, and
especially in the Moniteur, he states that two glass makers, Messrs. Guinand and Bouteors, have presented to the Academy of Sciences some masses of crown glass and flint glass, free from every defect, and that they engage to furnish some of them of a metre, which makes more than three English feet. A new instrument is going to be constructed with these enormous lenses. Here is a passage from the report of M. Arago: Astronomers have obtained all their results with a magnifying power of two hundred times at most; ought we to fear being deceived in founding great expectations upon a telescope whose light [size or diameter of the tube] will permit us to employ a magnifying power of six thousand times, upon a telescope which will enable us to see the mountains of our satellite, as Mont Blanc is seen from Geneva.'
"Thus, in a very short time, we shall know by its general aspect, whether that planet is inhabited.
"A result still more important will be obtained in respect to the creation of the world, creation which is unceasing, and which is constantly going on in the immensity of the heavens. Here is another passage from the report, of which you will appreciate all the bearing for our doctrine: The astronomer will yet find a field of research, almost untouched, in the nebulosities so vast, and in the forms so varied, with which the heavens are sprinkled. He will study the progress of the concentration of the phosphorescent matter; he will mark the time of the rounding of the periphery; the time of the appearance of the bright central nucleus; the time when this nucleus, having become very brilliant, will remain only surrounded with a thin nebulosity, the time when this nebulosity, in its turn, will be condensed; then the observer will have followed the birth of a star through all its phases. Other regions of the heavens will show according to what laws these same heavenly bodies fade, and finally disappear altogether.'
"[Thus] the old Christian system, which would have it that the world was created out of nothing, six thousand years ago, will find itself completely overthrown by the discoveries of science of our own times. We know that the creation of suns or stars, is going on according to the law which Swedenborg teaches us in Angelic Wisdom, concerning the Divine Love, 302; that is to say, by luminous emanations, by atmospheres which gather
and compress themselves together; and accordingly, in some months, this mystery of the creation of worlds, will be going on under the eyes of the civilized people of our earth.
"This is some of the news which I have to communicate to you. I hope that the relation which has just been established between you and me, and which has been so agreeable to myself, will continue whenever any new occasion shall present itself. It is with this hope that I beg you to believe in the kind wishes which I entertain for all our brethren in the United States of America, and for you in particular.
"Be pleased to accept the assurance of the affectionate and devoted feelings of your very humble servant, F. PORTAL."
NOTTINGHAM.-The members of the New Church in general will be pleased to hear that the small Society in this place, which for some time past has been in a languishing state, has begun to revive and wear a more pleasing aspect. We now occupy a room in Carr Lane, formerly used as a place of worship by the Primitive Methodists; although not in a very eligible situation, it is a place pretty well known. At the solicitation of the society, the Rev. W. Mason of Melbourne paid us a visit in December last, and delivered two excellent discourses; one in the morning on the "Glory of God," and in the evening on the "Glory of Man." They were well attended, and gave great satisfaction; and the members and friends of the Society were strengthened and encouraged thereby steadfastly to persevere in the good cause, by using every means in their power to disseminate the glorious truths of the New Jerusalem. Mr. Mason's able and gratuitous services will be long and gratefully remembered; our friends having experienced the benefits of his visit began to desire another, and accordingly invited Mr. Fitchett of Derby to come over and preach two discourses. This gentleman very kindly accepted the invitation, and came over at his own expense, and delivered two excellent discourses on the 27th October to numerous and attentive audiences. This little exertion has not been without its uses, in presenting our beautiful and har
monious doctrines to strangers,—in increasing the zeal and affection of our own friends, and stimulating them to more active usefulness. These visits are very beneficial to a Society like this that is without a minister; and I doubt not it would be the means of much good if we could have them oftener. Mr. Fitchett has promised to come over again in a short time, and if any other friend can be found that is able and willing, his services will be thankfully received and gratefully acknowledged. We trust that the Lord of His great goodness will ere long raise up a man amongst us gifted with ability to teach the truths of His New Dispensation in this large and populous town; but relying on His kind Providence, may we all faithfully do our duty according to our several ability, and give unto Him the glory. W. P.
SALISBURY.-We have great pleasure in announcing to our readers that our friends at Salisbury have removed from their long occupied, but rather obscure place of worship in the George Yard, to an eligible situation in Castle-street, one of the best streets in that city; where a commodious and comfortable room capable of seating from 200 to 250 persons, and having the advantage of a direct communication from the street, has been fitted up by them at a considerable expense, in a neat and highly respectable manner. This place was opened for Divine Worship on Sunday, Nov. 10th, when the Rev. D. T. Dyke, the resident minister, preached two appropriate discourses on the occasion; in the morning from John vii. 24, and in the evening from Matt. xviii. 20. The congregations that attended were numerous, respectable, and attentive.
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE.-A charity sermon was preached, and a collection made, in the New Church Temple at this place on the 27th Oct., in behalf of the widows and orphans of those persons who suffered in the late colliery accident at Haswell. The collection amounted to £2 4s. A course of Sunday evening lectures on the leading doctrines of the New Church is now being delivered in the Temple, by the Leader of the Society.
DIED, at Loughborough, on the 2nd April last, aged 78, Mrs. Mary Warner. She was both a cordial receiver of the doctrines of the New Church, and a
devout and faithful follower of the footsteps of her Lord and Master. Forty years since, the work on Heaven and Hell was introduced to her to afford con
solation under the loss of a child, the Writings having previously become known in the town of Loughborough through the preaching of the late Mr. Salmon. The deceased (then attending the Methodists) was greatly delighted with the account of infants in heaven, and determined to attend the worship of the admirers of that book, whenever it should be commenced in the town. This having taken place nearly twenty years since, she gladly embraced the opportunity and continued to attend until about three years since, when her health became impaired so as to confine her to her house. During her very long and very painful illness, she exhibited not merely the most exemplary patience, but the most grateful and loving acquiescence with the dispensations of her Heavenly Father. Not a murmur escaped her. Her faith, and love, and patience, triumphed over every inferior feeling, and enabled her to rejoice evermore, and to meet the Lord in all his operations for her good, content to live, however painful her existence, all her appointed time. Her frequent exclamation was, "The Lord does all things well." The unceasing and affectionate attentions of her husband and daughter were always gratefully appreciated. No one could visit her without bringing away a conviction of the heavenly power of the truths by which this cheerful sufferer was so eminently sustained, or without feeling that the Lord had constituted her purified soul one of those living temples in which he delights to display his glory. In conclusion, it may be stated, that the circumstance of her husband and daughter having received the doctrines a few years since, afforded her an unceasing theme of delight and thankfulness. W. M. On the 23rd June, at Ipswich, in the 31st year of her age, Maria, the beloved wife of Mr. John Smith, jun., changed a state of mortal weakness for one of immortal youth. She was the third receiver of the Heavenly Doctrines in this town. At the age of ten, she met with an injury in the spinal cord; and the consequent confinement to the house led her to cultivate more closely a natural taste for reading. About eight years ago, several small works by the Rev. J. Clowes came in her way; the ideas struck her as unusually beautiful, though
she was not aware, for some time, that they were anything beyond the private views of the writer. She was afterwards delighted to find that they were derived from the heaven-illumined writings of Swedenborg, and constituted, in their fulness, the doctrines of the New Jerusalem! Her first admiration was heightened by the deepest impressions of their truth; she became a firm and affectionate believer, carefully forming her life in accordance with them. Her general delicate health not disabling her from keeping a little school, she made it, as far as possible, a sphere of New Church instruction, thus giving the best evidence of her own delight in the truths she had received. She had been married but a year and three-quarters: but though thus early removed from the uses she loved, and which she was so well qualified to discharge in this world, her partner and friends are solaced by the reflexion that she is fitted to enter upon them more perfectly in the Eternal State. R. A.
On the 22d March, 1844, aged 21 years, at the residence of his father, No. 1, Kensington, Low Hill, Liverpool, Charles, son of Thomas Jones, of her majesty's customs. In his afflictions, which he endured many years, he was never heard to repine, but always bore them with exemplary patience and Christian fortitude. Of the subject of the above brief notice, it may be said, though young in years, he was old in the knowledge of the doctrines of the New Church. Having been introduced to them in early boyhood, he persevered in them with a zeal truly remarkable, the result of which was seen in the clear perceptions he had of the beauty of Scriptural truth, as well as in the upright conduct he manifested in his dealings with the world; but unlike many of the members of the New Church, (his mind was not satisfied with the knowledge of heavenly truth only, he felt that to be really useful on earth, it was highly necessary to have an acquaintance with worldly things also, and therefore he made it his endeavour to become acquainted with the general routine of science and literature, with both of which his mind was well stored. He was pious without pretension, meek without assumption, cheerful, yet dignified, seeking truth for its own sake, and most happy when sharing it with others.
ERRATA in the article "On the Union of the Lord with the Father," &c. inserted in our las number; at page 419, line 25 from top, for "these" read " their;" p. 420, line 14, for "unto" read "into" p. 422, line 2, for "How" read "Now;" line 9, for "unto" read" into;" line 27, for "because" read "became;" line 28, for "became "read "because," and omit the comma after "Father;" and at page 423, line 29, insert "for" at beginning of line.
ESSAYS, &c. &c.
Address to the Readers of the Repository, Mesmerism, Remarks on, 389, 424, 425, 465.
Mohler (Dr.) and Swedenborg. 135, 181.
Angels, Rejection of the Popular Doctrine Moon, the, and its Correspondence, 462.
Bible Society, The British and Foreign, or
on the Knowledge of,
Decision and Perseverance, the Advantages
Divine Goodness, the Advantage of forming
Documents concerning Swedenborg, 285,
Earthquakes in the Spiritual World, or
great Changes in the State of the
Education, an Appeal to the Members of the
Evil, on the Origin of, and other considera-
tions dependent thereon, 100, 141, 190.
and Sin, Distinction between, 260.
the early Chapters of Creation, 1, 51.
Idolatry, on Internal and External, 261.
Inconsistency, an apparent, Explained, be-
tween John xiv. 16 and xvi. 26, 323.
Man's Original Nature, on, and the Origin
Materials for Moral Culture, 23, 257, 318,
Prophecy, on the Fulfilment of, 91, 170.
1. On the rich man and Lazarus.
3. Was it a natural or spiritual star which
4. Were all the different races of men
5. Can it be proved from the letter of
6. In order to preserve the equilibrium
7. On the appellation "New Christian
Rain, Snow, Dew, and Hail, on the Corres-
Religious Instruction, on, and the Import-
Resurrection of the Body, Dr. Burton upon
Salvation, Instantaneous, 268.
Substances and Forms, both Natural and
Scientific Manuscripts, an
Dr. Hase's Statement Con-
Accrington, Voilent Attack upon the New
Presentation of a Token of Es-
Sermons on behalf of Sunday
School at, 279.
Africa, on the Interior of, 439.
Bath, Consecration of the New Church at,
Benefit Societies, the Advantages of, 152.
Bolton New Church Society, Address from
Lectures at, 76.
Laying of Foundation-stone of a
Consecration and Opening of New
Bury, Lectures at, 76.
Conference, on the Propriety of altering
General Conference, the Thirty-seventh,
Glasgow, the Ninth Annual General Assem-
Intelligence from, 399.
Isle of Wight, Missionary Visit to, by the
Junior Membership, Extract from the Con-
ference Report respecting, 436.
Longton, Staffordshire, Annual Meeting of
New Church, Promotion of the Cause of the,
appointment of Mr.
Lectures at, 476.
Nottingham, intelligence from, 476.
Preston, appointment of the Rev. E. D.
Consecration and Opening of the
Salisbury, Thirteenth Anniversary of the
an Appeal on Behalf of the So-
opening of New Place of Worship
St. Helier, Jersey, Intelligence from, 438.