Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub

Church, and after a short interval to receive the holy supper in confirmation of the same. I found her in an extremely low state of body, but anxious to perform every part of her duty while in this lower world. It was therefore concluded, that both ceremonies should be performed the next morning. Accordingly on Tuesday the 2d of September she was baptized agreeably to the form of the New Church, in the presence of her husband and two female friends who attend her : and after a short interval, which was occupied in reading some suitable portions of the Psalms, the holy supper was administered to her, and to the other persons present. It appears, that a clergyman of the town had offered his services, to administer the sacrament to Mrs. Gleadow according to the rite of the Church of England: but this she declin. ed, conceiving that it would have been a direct violation of her faith in the one true God Jesus Christ, by a solemn acknowledgment of three Divine Persons, or what is the same thing, Three Gods, one of whom is supposed to have suffered death, to appease the wrath of another. She asked the clergyman if he would administer the sacrament to her according to the form contained in the Liturgy of the New Church? To which he replied, after looking it carefully over, that he could not conscientiously do so, because in that Liturgy Jesus Christ is acknowledged to be Jehovah, the Only God of heaven and earth. “And that is the very reason," said Mrs. Gleadow, “ why I will take it in no other form.”-May the dying words of Mrs. Gleadow be a lesson to every other member of the New Church, when placed in similar circumstances !

On Tuesday the 2d of September, I arrived at Leeds, between five and six o'clock, and at seven the same evening preached in the Society's room, to about one hundred and fifty persons, who had assembled on a very short notice. I have reason to believe, that the society in this town would soon become numerous and flourishing, were an able minister, like Mr. Bradley, permanently fixed among them.

On Wednesday the 3d of September, I took the coach for Manchester, and reached home in safety at half past seven in the evening, after an absence of six weeks.

After reflecting on the various circumstances attending my journey into the North, and the affectionate manner in which I have been received by every society I visited, I am led to hope,

that some good may have been actually accomplished on the occasion, and that a foundation may have been laid for more, when the many strangers, who came to hear me, shall have had time to reflect on the great truths, which were proclaimed in their ears. The missionary institution appears to meet with the universal approbation of the Church, and there is an evident disposi. tion in every one of the members, whom I have conversed with, to give it all the support in their power. The society of Glasgow have serit by me 5l. and the society of Edinburgh 121. for the missionary fund: besides which, as a mark of their regard and affection for me personally, they have presented me with a valu. able gold ring, set with an amethyst; which, with the occasion and manner of bestowing the gift, will ever impress my mind with a sense of gratitude and esteem for their unexpected, and in a great degree unmerited kindness. But indeed all the other societies have manifested their good will, not only to the cause of truth, which has associated them together, but even to the instruments made use of by their Divine Master, in the extension of His new kingdom on earth. And it is to me a source of high gratification, to reflect, and to have reason to believe, that, if I have in any measure contributed to the happiness or improvement of others, I have at the same time borne away from every society, and almost from every individual with whom I have conversed, during my missionary excursion, the valued prize of their sincere affection and esteem. :

Having thus given you a brief narrative of the chief circumstances attending my late journey, I have now only further to add, that, after all our endeavours to become useful one to anether, it becomes us still to consider ourselves as unprofitable servants ; since all the good, that can possibly arise from our most active exertions, flows from, and ought solely to be ascribed to, the fountain of all good, even our adorable Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In this sentiment, I remain,

Dear Sir,
Your's affectionately,

RoBt. HindmaRSH."

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

“STATE AND PROGRESS . Of the New Church in Foreign Countries. The minutes of the late conference contain an abstract of a letter, which affords a dawn of hope, that the heavenly doctrines will, ere long, make some progress in

Holland. Mr. Charles Ley, of Rotterdam, an affectionate reci. pient of these sublime truths, writes, that

“ He purposed to commence, on the Saturday previous to the conference, a missionary journey of a week, to Amsterdam, Leyden, and Utrecht. He has heard, that a son of John Christian · Van Seep, the bookseller, referred to in letter VI. in the Eulogia um, resides at this time in Amsterdam. Mr. Ley will make inquires of him respecting the Honourable Author and his works, and endeavour to discover some recipients of the doctrines. Mr. Ley states, that he has published a work entitled, “ Thoughts on the Holy League,” in the form of an address to the clergy, chiefly from Mr. Hindmarsh's work on that subject. It is in some parts abridged, and in others enlarged, which he hopes Mr. Hindmarsh will excuse, as his object was, to adapt the work to the use of the Dutch Church ministers. He informs the friends of the New Church, that some beams of hope are breaking through the eastern horizon; that the little society, meeting at his house, are increased two or three in number, since the last conference; and a Mr. Van Alphen, a schoolmaster, is so thoroughly convinced of the truths of the heavenly doctrines, that he translates them, and reads them in the Dutch language among his acquaintances, and has proposed to give his son an education suitable for the ministry of the New Church, if the youth should take a turn for so desirable an end and use."

Germany. In our last, we mentioned the gloomy account of this country, given in a letter in the late Manchester Report. A gentleman in London, however, has since received two letters from the same worthy friend, containing orders for books for wa valuable new reader of the Doctrines, a clergyman, who promises to become a real recipient thereof." In his first letter, the writer says, “ It will gratify you to know, that the clergyman for whom the books are intended, is a man greatly esteemed for his piety and talents, who reads Swedenborg already with appro. bation, and has expressed to me the highest regard for all the writings of Mr. Clowes." And in his second letter, he adds, “ the new reader of the doctrines is the Rev. Mr. , at Lubeck, a very worthy and intelligent clergyman, but who as yet does not wish his name to be made public, as he has reason to apprehend that his congregation would all leave him, if, without further preparation, they got acquainted with his adherence to the doctrines of Swedenborg.”

We have received the Intellectual Repository for October last, being the twenty-fourth number, and the concluding one of the third volume. This magazine, which has been published quarterly, in London, during the last six years, is a work of the very first order. Its original papers are generally written with great ability; and the matter it contains is usually so interesting to the friends of the New Church in this country, and so carefully selected, that we cannot recommend it in terms too strong. As a number of copies of the American Repository are subscribed for in England, it would be peculiarly gratifying to us to increase the subscription list for the English work which we have in our possession. In making this suggestion, we trust that our friends will do us the justice of ascribing it to the true motive, viz. the good of the Church ; for, as we never can, directly or indirectly, reap any pecuniary benefit from our labours in the conduct of this work, it comes not within the class of selfish considerations.

· OBITUARY NOTICES. Departed this life, on the 27th of June, 1817, at the Havanna, in the 82d year of his age, Mr. John Eckstein, lately of Philadelphia, sculptor and statuary. This aged and respectable gentleman was born at Poppenreuth, near Nürnberg, in Germany. Displaying, at a very early age, a remarkable taste for painting and sculpture, his father placed him under the tuition of Mr. Preissler, professor of the Academy of Arts and Sciences at Nürnberg, and, at the same time, with one of the most skilful sculptors of the place. With both these gentlemen he continued until he had completed bis academical studies, in the course of which he made such rapid progress, and exhibited so happy a talent, that he became the

favourite scholar of both his preceptors; whilst his moral and correct deportment ensured him their friendship and esteem.

Having finished his education, he began to travel, and visited the principal cities of Germany, Flanders and Holland, that were celebrated for their encouragement of the arts and sciences, where he was much caressed and admired for his attainments. He next visited England, where he remained seven years, during which period he found great encouragement in the prosecution of his profession; and, amongst other acknowledgments of the high order of his talents, he received the premium awarded for a production in marble, publicly exhibited at the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Amongst the different specimens of art from his hands, now extant in that country, is an allegorical design, in basso relievo, commemorative of the death of general Wolfe, and attached to his monument in Westminster Abbey. Both the composition and execution were his.

At the close of the Seven Years' War, in Germany, Mr. Eck, stein received an invitation from Frederic the Second, king of Prussia, to reside in his dominions, which he accepted. Although his prospects were flattering, and his desire to revisit his native country ardent, he left England with sentiments of extreme re, gret; and ever after remembered, with heart-felt gratitude, the liberal patronage he had there experienced. After his arrival in Prussia, he executed, under the protection of its great monarch, numerous works in sculpture, which were designed to adorn his magnificent buildings and parks in Potsdam and its environs, and his favourite palace of Sans Souci. After a residence of several years in Prussia, being invited by the grand duke of Mecklenberg to settle near his court, he removed with his family to Ludwigslust, where he found himself esteemed and respected by this prince, not only as an artist, but as a friend. Some time afterwards, he was sent by the duke on a commission of a professional nature to England. The reception he met with in that country, and the encouragement held out to him by artists and friends, were so highly flattering, that nothing but a sense of duty and respect for a prince who had honoured him with his friendship, could have induced him to return. These considerations decided the course of his conduct; and, after a visit of a year's duration, he left England with more painful emotions than ever. After continuing with the grand duke four years longer, he was prevail

« PoprzedniaDalej »