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Enslin, a bookseller, and editor of a wbich the church amongst the brethren German newspaper, accidentally met in Canada exhibited.-greeting them with an unsaleable copy of Dr. Tafel's affectionately in the name of the Lord, German translation of the Apocalypse and gladly promising to interchange Revealed, which he found to be a trea. addresses annually with them. sure. He procured other works from the Doctor, with whom he corresponded,
THE RELIGIOUS SERVICE. and soon began to lend and sell the works. Mr. Hawkin, a physician from Service took place in the church where
On Tuesday evening, the usual Divine near Toronto, came to Berlin, and the Conference met; after which the soon after a hearty reception of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was addoctrines, he began to preach them; and
although he performed the services ministered. The sermon was preached in English, yet such was the desire by the Rev. J. B. Kennerley, and the safor public worship that many Ger
cramental service was performed by Dr. mans attended who did not under. Bayley, assisted by the preacher. The stand the language in which the prayers
discourse was from Matt. v. 9—“Blessed and discourses were uttered; but when
are the peace-makers, for they shall be afterwards the services came to be con
called the children of God." He defined the audience were not found to be gifted the result of the harmonious activity of ducted in German, the English part of peace to be the result of harmonious
action. In the individual, peace was with the German simplicity and zeal. On Mr. Hawkin's death, in 1852, Mr. the will and understanding, and conseRuby became leader, and spoke in both quently of the union of the principles languages. In 1857, Mr. Türk, the of goodness and truth, of which they present minister, who was formerly a
are receptive. Domestic, social, and Lutheran clergyman, was
ordained by There could be no true peace in our
national peace had the same origin. the Rev. T. Worcester. The services, which he performs in the German lan- households, our societies, our countries, guage, are well attended, and when the and between nations, but from the weather admits of the attendance of united action of persons in whose distant friends the place is quite full. bosoms these principles of peace had There are other four societies in Canada; acquired the dominion. It was only as two are visited by Mr. Türk, in whose the hearts and minds of men, that dis
this peace descended from above into absence Mr. Hancock conducts the service, and supplies in some measure the cord and strife and war would cease, want which those who do not understand and that the members of the human German had long felt. Of the other two, dren of God,” and be united in the bond
family would become truly “the chilone formed in 1860, at Strathroy, in Middlesex, is presided over by Mr. Saul, of a true brotherhood. So far, and only formerly a Methodist minister; and the
so far, as this was the case, would the other, at Montreal, C.E., by Mr. Gould, earth be blessed with peace. a licentiate of the Maine and New
The attendance on this occasion was Hampshire Association. Quebec and numerous, and about 150 partook of the Toronto were both represented at the Holy Supper. The service altogether meeting of the Association, but it is
was impressive and delightful, and we understood that societies have not yet
trust not less profitable. been organised in these cities." The address concludes by saying—“We
MEETINGS. salute you as dear brethren, whom we On Monday evening, a social meeting desire to be one with in love, charity, of the members of Conference and New and use. May the peace of the only Church friends was held at Argyle-square wise God our Saviour dwell in your Church. Tea was served in the school hearts and ours, through regeneration room, which, though of ample dimenby His spirit, that we may indeed be sions, scarcely proved large enough to one in Him who hath redeemed us!" accommodate the hundreds of persons
The Conference passed a resolution who sought admission. After tea, the expressing the heartfelt satisfaction with friends adjourned to the church, where which they had heard the address, and the proceedings were opened by singing their joy at the signs of a life so goodly and prayer.
The Rev. Dr. BAYLEY, who presided friends from America had attended the on the occasion, said they had arrived Conference in an unofficial capacity,at what might be called the commence- taking part in their proceedings, and ment of the end of their proceedings, rejoicing and sympathising with all that and he thought they had a right to feel had been done for the good of the church. a little exhilarated on the occasion. Like He hoped that the brotherhood between school-boys from their labour, they had the two sister churches, or rather the finished their hard work; and were ready two parts of the one church, would be for a little light-hearted and cheerful daily strengthened, and tend to the prointercourse. Their past duties had been motion of the New Jerusalem. They necessary, and, in some respects, per- had also had the advantage of the attenhaps a little irksome; yet he hoped that dance of Dr. Tafel, M. Harlé, and M. they had arrived at a useful termination, Le Boys des Guays, whose labours in the and on that ground alone they had New Church they all rejoiced to recognise. abundant reason to congratulate them. It had been suggested by an esteemed selves. They had witnessed the close lady from the country-Mrs. Bogg, of of one of the most useful Conferences Louth-that it would be an appropriate he ever remembered. They had had mark of kind feeling to present to these many discussions, showing that the foreign friends some small token of the members did not take everything for affectionate esteem with which they were granted, and indicating a considerable regarded, and which should at the same amount of independence of thought and time serve as a sign of their regard for character, and a desire to do that which the conjugial principle, which, according was best for the church at large; and he to the doctrines of the New church, believed the result had been satisfactory was the centre of Christian life. It was on all sides. Moreover, the Conference accordingly intended to present to these had shown that the church was ad- three gentlemen three rings, set with vancing. Four societies had been stones, to be conveyed to their wives, as added to the list, and numerous in- symbols of the attachment that united timations had been afforded of the the hearts of those who were themselves reception of the principles of the united with the Lord, and of the heavenly church beyond the borders of the ex truths with which celestial affection ternal visible Jerusalem. Scarcely a day should be ever united. passed without some statement being The Rev. J. H. SMITHSON presented made respecting clergymen of different the first ring to Dr. Tafel, whom he addenominations, especially of the Church dressed in German. He said that Dr. of England, who were receivers of New Tafel was the first New Churchman Church doctrines, but had not been pre- whose acquaintance, about 35 years ago, viously known as such; and he had only he had the pleasure of making, when & just received a message from an Episco- student in Switzerland and Germany. palian clergyman in Scotland, stating As soon as he heard of Dr. Tafel as a how delighted he should be to welcome New Churchman, he made his way over him on any occasion as a brother New mountains and rivers, some hundreds of Churchman. He (Dr. Bayley) congratu- miles, in order to see him. Since that lated the Conference on the receipt of time they had often communicated by a gift, from “A Friend of Truth,” of correspondence, and the more he had £2,000., to be applied to the extension known him and read his writings (many of the church, accompanied by an inti. of which he bad translated for the mation that if the Conference made good “Intellectual Repository") the more he use of the money, more would follow. had learnt to esteem and love him. He Another source of gratification was that had the greatest pleasure, on behalf of the church in other countries had been the friends of the New Church, in handso well represented. Mr. Westall, of ing to Dr. Tafel the ring, to be preFall River, had attended as a represen- sented to his beloved wife, which, tative of the Convention, and the noble Bayley had remarked, was an emblem sentiments uttered by that gentleman, of their union, first with the Lord, and and his open, manly, and thorough New then in conjugial love with one another. Church character, would long be in the He hoped that Madame Tafel would recollection of those who had attended accept the ring as a testimony of the the Conference. Other New Church recognition of their friends in England
of the useful labours of her busband wife assisted in his work, and this prein the holy cause of the New Church. senta:ion he hoped would unite them
Dr. TAFEL, in acknowledging the pre- closer than ever, and help them to do sent, said he was exceedingly affected their duty in the cause of the New by the presentation so kindly made to Church. By the recognition of the him for his wife. He felt, however, that solemnity of the conjugial principle, the he ought to ascribe all the merit and gift was rendered doubly welcome, and praise of what he had been able to do would be gratefully remembered to the for the New Church to the Lord alone, end of their days. whose instrument he had been during Mr. E. J. BROADFIELD, in translating the 40 years over which his labours had the remarks of M. Le Boys des Guays, extended. He felt his own weakness took the opportunity of stating that he and deficiencies, and, therefore, the had long had the happiness of enjoying more appreciated the friendship of his that gentleman's friendship, and receivbrethern in England, and their kind ing
his advice. Many years ago, Mons. acknowledgment of his services. He Le Boys des Guays told him that he was desired that his heart, full of brotherly a bappy man, but one thing was wanting union, might pour itself forth into their to complete his happiness on earth. bosoms, and thus produce that recipro. His wife had, many years ago, entered cation of love to each other which was enthusiastically with him into the folds the result of the union between the Lord of the New Church, but after a time she and themselves. Through the Lord's did not see the truths in the same light help, he hoped they might be able to as her husband, having a great battle to make use of the keys which He had fight with her intelligence, her old pregiven them; for not only were the keys judices, and old associations. “I was delivered to Peter, but were given to happy,” said Mons. Le Boys des Guays, every individual member of the Lord's “though silent; for there was one thing church. What were those keys-keys that united us, and one thing that made that had been so much profaned and me hopeful,-we read the Word together, employed to lock up the human mind in night and morning." The result was the dark prison of despotism? They that that bond of union brought them were the opening of the Word,—the nearer and nearer together. And he Divine Truths that had been brought (Mr. Broadfield) could never forget the forth from the Word, so opened for the joy in which, on a subsequent visit, uses of the Lord's New Church; and Mons. Le Boys des Guays drew him in proportion as the members of the aside, and said—“My wife is with us church employed the gift thus vouch- again.” It would be interesting, to the safed to them, they would be led to the ladies especially, to know that the first Lord and to His kingdom, and form a work of the restored New Church lady happy brotherhood one with another. was, to publish, at her own expense,
The Rev. Dr. BAYLEY said he had great the first French edition of “Conjugial pleasure in presenting the second ring, Love." to Mons. Le Boys des Guays, as a token The Rev. Mr. MADELEY presented the of affectionate esteem, and in the hope third ring to M. Harlé, towards whom, that his wife might know how much he he said, the members of the New Church was beloved, and his labours valued, in England had always entertained a by brethren on this side of the water. feeling of affection and respect. They He desired to repeat the sentiments ex- felt, at the same time, that it was im. pressed by Mr. Smithson, and hoped possible for him to engage successfully that Madame Le Boys des Guays would in this work without the aid of woman's accept the presentation from the ladies love. They all knew how essential was of the New Church in England as a that help which the New Church received mark of their esteem for her husband through the medium of the female mind. and for herself, as his helpmate in the The ring was designed to be a token of work of the Lord.
the love which should ever exist between M. LE BOYS DES Guays, addressing the male and female mind; and it was the meeting in French, thanked them hoped that it would have the effect of for the interest they had taken in his bringing them all into closer bonds of labours, and for the pleasing manner in spiritual association, both in the natural which they had been recognised. His and the spiritual world.
M. HARLE said he received the gift belief that the Swedenborg Society, with affectionate gratitude, especially as through its adaptation to the necessities it involved so interesting a recognition of modern times, would become one of of the conjugial principle. He felt in the largest and most important institucreasingly the necessity of his wife's aid tions in the world. in the performance of his daily labours A vote of thanks having been preand in making home happy, and he sented to the friends who administered received the gift as a token, and with to the comforts of the members of Con. the confidence that their union would ference, with especial reference to Mr. be for eternity.
Crisand, the proceedings happily terThe rings were handed to the respec- minated. tive gentlemen by Mr. Watson, in the In the course of the evening, in addi. name of the ladies of the New Church. tion to the music by the choir, solos
The Rev. Dr. BAYLEY stated that two were sung with much effect by Miss ladies from the country, recognising Dr. Collins and Miss Clara Smithson. Tafel's valuable labours in the cause of the New Church, desired to aid him in CONVERSAZIONE AT THE SWEDENBORG the extension of the church in Germany
HOUSE. and throughout the world, and had The committee of the Swedenborg requested him (Dr. Bayley) to present Society entertained the members of Conhim with £20. for that purpose.
ference at the society's house, in BloomsDr. TAFEL in acknowledging the gift, bury-street, on Wednesday evening. The said he was delighted to be the medium friends assembled in the hall, where of their goodwill to the church, and refreshment was provided. The elegant would take care to apply the donation apartment, its walls adorned with the as they desired, for the Lord's honour portraits of many of the worthies of a and the extension of His kingdom. bygone generation, to whose noble self
A donation of £5. was also announced devotion and abundant labours we owe from another friend, to be applied in so much,-its library, stored with a rich the same manner.
collection of New Church books, and The meeting then adjourned to the containing one manuscript at least of schoolroom, where it assumed the cha- great value,-were among the racter of a conversazione, interspersed roundings” that lent interest to the with music by the choir, and occasional occasion; but the sphere of New Church remarks from friends present, sponta- feeling that pervaded the meeting, and neously suggested by the occasion. the flow of social converse that enlivened
Dr. BAYLEY announced that at the it, were sufficient to make the evening a recent collection in Argyle square, for happy one without the aid of such the distressed operatives of Lancashire, external advantages. It served, at the about £100. had been received, together same time, to bring the representatives with two pictures, the proceeds of which of our various societies into a more were to be applied to that object. One personal relation with one of the oldest of these had been purchased for £5. 58., and most useful institutions of the and the other was to be sold for a like church-an institution whose agency amount.
enters into all others that are employed Some smaller donations were handed to diffuse throughout our country a in, to be applied to the Lancashire fund. knowledge of the truth, and whose help
Dr. SPURGIN took occasion to thank is essential to the building up of the the friends of the New Church for the church amongst us on a sound and assistance they had rendered to the stable foundation. Those writings which Swedenborg society in the period of trial it is the object of this society to transthrough which it had passed, and recom- late and publish, are the first and last mended the friends to avail themselves means of real progress, for without them to as large an extent as possible of the the results of all our other labours would privilege recently accorded to them of be limited and superficial. The Divine purchasing the Arcana Cælestia at half Word itself is, indeed, the Great Foun. price. He referred to the difficulty of tain of all Wisdom; but it is just meeting the spiritual requirements of because those recious writings open the increasing population of England this Fountain, and cause its living by existing agencies, and expressed his waters to flow for the refreshment of
thirsty souls who are ready to perish twenty years they have laboured, susin the wilderness of a desolated church, tained by their love of the truth. From that the society which supplies us with Germany, also, we have a representathem, and does so much to promote tive man endowed with the noblest quatheir circulation, is an object of so lities of his country, and with the still much interest, as it now deservedly is obler qualities of the city of God, the of such general support.
holy Jerusalem, which is the mother of
us all. And we have also with us the Thursday.
apostles of the various districts of the The annual Conference tea party was New Church in our own beloved country. held at the church at Argyle-square. These brethren will be strengthened by Upwards of two hundred friends assem- this meeting. The great principle of bled to tea in the school-room. Among the New Church is charity. This charity these were friends from abroad and from consists in a life of usefulness from love most parts of our own country. After to the Lord, guided into action by sound tea, the large church was nearly filled judgment and a love of justice and with friends, who manifested their deep right. New Church charity is to be interest in the proceedings. Seldom has exercised and manifested in daily life. the beautiful saying of the psalmist been Those around should seek to become better realised—“Behold, how good and what Swedenborg calls charities in how pleasant a thing it is for brethren form. The New Church teaches that to dwell together in unity.”
everything good, and true, and beautiful The Rev.Dr. BAYLEY Occupied the chair. is from this source. We are to work He was surrounded by the brethren from from the love of it. The necessity for Germany, France, and America, and by this life of usefulness is not felt except the ministers and other influential mem. in the New Church, Nowhere else is it. bers of the church who are attending the felt to be indispensable to salvation, to Conference. After opening the meeting be a matter of life or death. This senby singing the 501th hymn, and repeat- timent he should recommend to govern ing the Lord's Prayer, the Chairman said: the meeting, though not wishing to We are now arrived at the most delight- confine the speakers to it. He conful portion of the labours of the Confer- cluded by calling on the Rev. R. Storry. ence, the time when we can give publicly Mr. STORRY commenced by remarking a hearty and affectionate welcome to that a social meeting like the present the brethren who are with us on this should be as free as possible from reoccasion. The New Church, both in our straint, and that he had no purpose of own country and abroad, is present in delivering a carefully prepared speech. this assembly by her representative men Most people who were moving about at -men distinguished by every excellency the Conference, or among the attracwhich the church brings forth in them. tions of the metropolis, would have The London Societies esteem it a hap- some prominent subject presented to piness to welcome their sisters and their thoughts. By the benevolence or brothers of the New Church to this oversight of the Committee of Appointcountry. They rejoice to welcome one ment he had had the privilege of a half from America, who is here at the desire holiday, and be had done what every of the General Convention to represent one from the country would have done our brethren amongst us. From the under the same circumstances-paid a other side of the channel we have with visit to the International Exhibition. us Le Boys des Guays, another Clowes, He was struck with many of the wonand his fellow-worker M. Harlé. The derful and beautiful objects contained modesty of these brethren would lead in this Exhibition, but not so much as them to shrink from all public recogni. by one which attracted his attention tion of themselves. Both have laboured before entering. This was the stall of together translating the writings into the British and Foreign Bible Society, their native language; and at the close over which was inscribed, in attractive of this work they are going through the and striking lettering –“ Behold, He entire Word, putting the spiritual sense cometh with clouds, and every eye shall opposite the letter. Sincerely do we hope see Him; they also that pierced Him;" that the Lord will honour them and and further, the Lord's words-—“Surely, enable them to finish their work. For I come quickly;" and the prayer of the