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their kind offer; and accordingly it was announced by public ad. vertisement in the newspapers of Saturday, and by handbills posted up in the town, that I would preach three times on Sun. day, at eleven in the morning in the Unitarian chapel, át two o'olock in the afternoon in the same place, and in the evening at six o'clock in the great hall of the Andersonian Institution. The congregation in the tnorning consisted of five hundred persons ; that in the afternbon of seven hundred, and in the evening no less than twelve hundred attended. About one thousand persons were seated directly in my view, on benches rising one above another, in a kind of semi-circular form : and in an anti-chamber; the doors of which were thrown open, on the stairs, and surrounding the doors, were about two hundred more, whom I could pot see, but who could all distinctly hear me. Besides these, 'many went away, who could not by any means gain admittance, on account of the great pressure of the crowd. The place was filled' half an hour before the time ; and it was with great difficulty that I could reach my proper station, although I arrived fifteen minutes before six, the appointed hour. Having so large an audience to address, I was under the necessity of exerting myself, that I might be heard by them all; and I understand, that not a word was lost. After the service, which lasted about an hour ånd forty minutes, I found myself quite hoarse; but by care and á night's rest, I am now considerably relieved in that respecta The doctrines of the New Church were heard by the different congregations with great astonishment, the various subjects treated of being entirely new to them. But what permanent effect may be produced by this visit, cannot be seen at present, the so. ciety here having as yet no suitable place for public worship.
A great interest has certainly been excited in this populous town; and the people, who are in general very expert in the knowledge of Scripture, are all disposed to judge for themselves, and will not take for granted any assertion from a stranger, unless confirmed by an appeal to the written Word."
I proposé leaving Glasgow to-morrow, and expect to be in Edinburgh about six o'clock the same evening. Notice of this has been sent to Mr. Dichimont; and I hear that a hall has already been engaged for me. The society here are very desirous that I should pay them another visit, after I have been a week or two in Edinburgh ; and in the mean time, they will endeavour to
procure the use of a chapel of ease belonging to the Kirk, and capable of holding three thousand persons; or if they cannot obtain that, they will look out for some other equally spacious, that the public may again have an opportunity of gratifying the curiosity which is now excited, and of hearing the New Doctrines further illustrated. This will be determined upon hereafter. I am to lecture this evening at eight o'clock, in Dr. Perry's lecture, room, belonging to Hutchinson's hospital ; and many Unitarians, Trinitarians and Universalists, are expected to be present, notice to that effect having been given to the congregation assembled. last night. '. With kind remembrances to all friends, I remain, ' , '
1. Dear Sir, your's affectionately, i
..ii .. ROBERT HINDMARSH.
Edinburgh, Aug. 11, 1817 =61, : , • Dear Sir,
On the evening of the day I'wrote to you from Glasgow, I lectured in Dr. Perry's room, in the Hutchinsonian hospital, to about, five hundred persons, the room not admitting of more. I took occasion to explain two of the commandments in their three senses, natural, spiritual, and celestial, viz. Honour thy father, and thy mother, &c. and Thou shalt not kill. The people were: astonished beyond measure; and one of them afterwards declared, that such a flood of light rushed in upon them, as to produce an, universal assent to every word spoken on these subjects. I referred to those two commandments, in order to give them a spe. cimen or two of the nature of the internal sense of the Word, as, distinguishable from the literal sense, and yet clearly involved in it.
. ., On Tuesday the 5th instant, I arrived in this city, and have been well received by our friends, especially Mr. Dichmont and. Mr. Bruce, at whose house I now am, by Mr. Tuting, Mr. Parkér, &c. &c. I preached on Thursday evening in the Freemason's Hall, to about seven hundred persons, and three times on Sunday. But the curiosity excited in the town was sạch, that the place was excessively crowded. Above a thousand were present each time yesterday; and it has been thought, that as many more were unable to get in. Each time the attention of the audience was
remarkable; and the effect produced, I am told, is very great. Among the numerous reports circulated since the meetings, as the opinions of those who attended, are the following. One person said, his faith was well shaken. Another was heard to declare, that now he is in possession of a clue, by which he may understand the Scriptures as he reads them by himself. A third, à venerable old woman, said, “ At last in my old age I have found the true way of salvation, the sure road to heaven.” And several of our own friends have more than once quoted the words of old Simeon at the birth of our Lord. If a great interest was excited in Glasgow, it appears that a still greater, if possible, is excited here. Some have come from Glasgow almost on purpose to hear me again, a distance of forty-two miles, and I understand that ministers of various professions, the Kirk, the Methodists, Unitarians, Baptists, Burghers, &c. &c. were present yesterday, I am to preach again on Wednesday evening next, at half past six, and twice on Sunday: after which I propose bending my course homewards.
, . ; ' . With kind remembrances to all the gentlemen of the missionary committee, and our friends both in Manchester and Salford,
o I remain, dear Sir,
Salford, Sept. 4, 1817–61.'. Dear Sir, I reached home last night, after an absence of six weeks in the north. In my last letter, dated Newcastle upon Tyne, 23d August, I informed you of my arrival in that town, and that I intended to preach twice on the following day. Upwards of three hundred attended in the morning, and in the afternoon double that number. At six o'clock in the evening, I met the society and some strangers in the school-room, adjoining that wherein the worship is performed. The place was filled, not less than a hun. dred being present: and I related to them the particulars of my journey. A young gentleman, a stranger to the society, attended, and seemed very desirous of knowing more about the doctrines, especially about the science of correspondencies, which, he observed, was a key to the internal or genuine sense of the
Word. He expressed his full intention of examining the writings of E. S. and took home with him, the same evening, the 'Treatise on Heaven and Hell. The whole of the society were delighted with the meetings, which took place on this day; and some said, they little expected to have seen such a congregation collected in that place to hear the new doctrines. Their minister gave me the following statement of the numbers of the society, viz. seventy-nine adults, twenty-three children and youths; of whom forty adults and twenty-three children have been baptized since 15th December last : besides several constant hearers, who express their approbation of the doctrines of the New Church, and read the writings.
On Monday the 25th of August, I left Newcastle, and the next day arrived at Hull, where I was most hospitably entertained by Mr. King. On Wednesday, the Rev. Dr. M'Rea, a Scotch clergyman, hearing I was in the town, called upon me, and stated that he had lately come from America, where he had resided forty years ; that he had been a reader of the writings of E. S. for nineteen years; that he had seen my Letters to Dr. Priestley, in America, which he highly approved of; and that now, being desirous of settling in England, he wished to open a school in some populous town, and to preach the new doctrines, if he should be found acceptable to any of the societies, after a fair and full trial. He seemed to prefer Sheffield, and requested me to give him a line of introduction to some member of the Society in that place. In compliance with his desire, I therefore promised to give him a letter of introduction, (not recommendation, he being a perfect stranger to me, addressed to Mr. James Bradley, the missionary minister at Sheffield : this letter he said he would call for in a day or two; but I have neither seen nor heard of him since. In the evening of this day, about a dozen members of the Hull society gave me the meeting at Mr. King's house ; when it was concluded to make application for the use of the old Chapel in Dagger lane, on Friday evening, and on Sunday. But the gentleman, to whom the application was made, being o'it of town, an answer was not received till Friday morning. Immediately, however, bills were posted up in the town, announcing a sermon on that evening, and three sermons on the Sunday following. About two hundred attended on Friday evening; on Sunday morning upwards of three hundred ; and in the afternoon and evening
about six hundred each time. Several ministers of different pera şuasions were present in the evening, and among them a Jewish Rabbi, who appeared to be taking down in writing the whole dis. course. The same, I understand, was done in the morning by some minister, who was present. A clergyman of the established church having expressed a desire to see me, I waited upon him on Monday morning, and was received with the greatest kindness and affability. He had read my letters to Dr. Priestley, and much approved of the spirit in which they were written. He had also read several of Mr. Clowes's works, and other writings of the New Church ; and although he was not prepared to receive the whole system of doctrine contained therein, yet he was free to acknowledge, that many sublime truths were discoverable in almost every part of them, and that in fact those truths had made their way to his understanding through his heart. I congratulated him on their having taken so excellent a road, which I thought might be compared to a highway between the land of Israel and Assyria. He said, that, were I of the Church of England, his pulpit would have been entirely at my service; and further added, that, had he not been so much engaged in preparing young people for an approaching confirmation by the bishop, he would gladly have heard me preach in Dagger lane chapel, the preceding evening. He regretted, that I had met with some opposition from the clergy, when I was at Colchester last year : for, having read the account of that visit in the Intellectual Repository, he had conceived a great respect for me, and wished much to see me. In the short interview, which I had with him, he treated me with the greatest attention, and in conclusion wished me success in all that is good and beneficial to mankind. On the day of my departure from Hull, I visited many of our friends, all of whom expressed their thankfulness for the services that I had been enabled to perform among them : and I left them, deeply impressed with a sense of their kindness towards me, which I regard as a testimony of their love of the truth. · I reached York on Monday night, the 1st of September, and was most kindly received by Mr. Gleadow, keeper of the Old George, whose wife lies dangerously ill of a cancer in her breast. Hearing that I was on a missionary journey into Scotland, and that I should probably return through York, it was the earnest desire of Mrs. Gleadow to be baptized by me into the faith of the New