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United States. In the summer, the Rev. Mr. Carll having concluded to go to New York, for the purpose of ordaining Charles J. Doughty, esq. as a minister of the New Church, at the request of the society in that city, contemplated also a journey to Providence, (Rhode Island) and Boston. This journey he accordingly accomplished, and the pleasing effects will appear from the following letters, which we give at large.
“ New York, August 7th. “My dear brother, “ Enclosed you will see a very interesting communication from Boston, which shows that some important work is about commencing at that place. It has determined me to go on. The prospect before, as to Boston, was so gloomy and discouraging, that but for this cheering invitation, I should not have gone.
“ The communication from Philadelphia relative to the ordination, has been received. Our friends here are in high spirits. Yours affectionately."
“ Boston, Aug. 3d. 1818. “Rev. Sir, “By the Resolutions annexed to this letter, you will learn, that on the 31st of July, the society whom we represent, agreed on becoming organized as a Church, and requesting a visit from you. To prevent misapprehension, it is important to remark, that the number of members at this meeting was fourteen. Of these, twelve signed the resolutions. Many, whom we consider as belonging to the society, were not present. There are several of our members who do not feel perfectly prepared to unite with us in Sabbath meetings; but a considerable number will, no doubt, unite, whose names were not signed at the last meeting. All admit that these measures must be taken ; but they do not feel prepared to act immediately. It is by no means certain, that they will not accede to the measures before you arrive.
“We think it is not wonderful, that some should feel unprepared to act thus boldly at the present moment; and as the question is only as to the most proper time of acting, we think the want of unanimity forms no objection to your visiting us without any delay. We cannot but hope and be. lieve, that by having the society organized, and by holding public meetings on the Sabbath, a spirit of unanimity, and of religious zeal will be excited, tending in the highest degree to promote the interest of the New Church. We therefore, earnestly request that you will come to us as soon as possible, and remain with us as long as your duties will permit. VOL. 1.
“Being informed by Mr. Phile, of Philadelphia, that you were to leave home for New York on the first of August, we shall send this letter to the latter place, the better to secure and basten your coming to Boston. Should you accept this invitation, please to call on Dr. Mann, No. 88, Newbury street; should you decline or delay it, be so good as to inform us immediately. “ In behalf of the society.
Tuomas WORCESTER, S. “At a meeting of the members of the New Jerusalem Church society of Boston and its vicinity,
“I. Resolved, That this society deem it not only expedient, but important to their spiritual improvement, and the interest of the Lord's New Church, to become organized as a Church, and to hold public religious meet. ings regularly on the Sabbath.
“ II. Resolved, That- Dr. James Mann, Mr. Samuel Worcester, and Mr. Thomas Worcester, be a committee to make the necessary preparations for these meetings.
“III. Resolved, That the secretary of this society request the Rev. Mr. Carll, minister of the New Jerusalem Church in Philadelphia, to visit us, as soon as to him may be convenient, for the purpose of organizing us as a Church, and administering to us its ordinances. “Boston, July 30, 1818.
“A true copy, attest.
“SAMUEL WORCESTER, Secretary.”
“ Boston, August 17th. “My dear friend and brother, “ It was my intention to defer giving you a circumstantial account of my proceedings, until the work which the Lord has committed to me, should have been completed. But having a leisure hour, almost the first since I arrived in this town, I thought it could not be better employed than to dedicate it to you, for your own gratification, as well as for the use of the church.
“After leaving Philadelphia, I proceeded immediately to New York, at which place I was gladly received by our brethren, who had been expecting this visit. In consequence of some delay, occasioned by the necessary arrangements previous to the ordination of our respected brother Doughty, an opportunity was afforded of preaching in that place six times; five in the hall occupied by the church, and once in a church procured for the pur. pose. These meetings were generally pretty well attended, particularly at the last mentioned place, which was well filled with bearers, who manifested much respectful attention. During the visit at this place, (N. Y.) eleven adults solemnly testified their belief in the New Dispensation, and were
initiated into the Lord's New Church by baptism ; double that number of children remain to be baptized by their beloved Pastor, the Rev. C. J. Doughty. The following Lord's day, the ceremony of ordination was performed, after which the holy sacrament of the Lord's supper was celebrated, of which some of our brethren never before had an opportunity of partaking, and thus sealing their attachment and love to the glorious cause, and their firm belief in the second advent of our Blessed LORD! The New Church can now enumerate eight regularly ordained ministers engaged in the cause, five of whom have received ordination within the last two years! And I have the pleasure to inform you of two more at least, who, in the bosom of two of the most celebrated universities in this country, are preparing for the blessed work! Does not this look like the Lord's doing? After the appointed service at New York was performed, on Monday morning, August 10th, set out for Boston by way of New Haven and Providence, accompanied by two of our brethren. Arrived in Providence on Tuesday, and passed the evening with our friends in Brown University, in pleasing and instructive conversation. The evening was closed with reading a portion of the word, and by solemn prayer, at the request of one of the students, Mr. F- This gentleman has published at his own expense, a thousand copies of the cata. logue of our author's works, which have been distributed with great indus. try and effect. His piety and correct deportment have gained him the respect not only of his fellow students, but also of the people of the town, and have excited the attention of both, to the doctrines he professes and which he may be said to adorn. Who cannot see the hand of the Lord in all this? There appears to be much religious inquiry in this town, it has not how ever, escaped the Boston sphere, and Unitarianism seems to have gained a place in some of the most respectable churches. Arrived in Boston on Wed. nesday, and found our friends ready to receive us with open arms. The proceedings in this last mentioned place are highly interesting, but must be reserved for another letter.
"I am now, August 18th, at Providence on my return home, which will be by the way of New York and perhaps Morristown, in New Jersey, by particular request. Shall preach this evening and probably to-morrow in Providence. With sentiments of respect for your lady and the church in general, I subscribe myself your brother in the Lord.”
“ Steam-Boat Fulton, August 21. “My dear friend and brother, « At the conclusion of my last I promised you an account of the state of our society as well as our proceedings in the town of Boston. We arrived there on the afternoon of Wednesday, and as you may well suppose, were most joyfully received by our friends, who had for some time been expecting us. We went immediately to Dr. M—'s, the only one whose dwelling was known to us, where he received us with his accustomed urbanity and politeness, and soon introduced us to our other friends. The afternoon of Saturday was appointed for the organization of the society; the place of meeting Dr. M—'s. The ceremony of organization was preceded by the baptism* of those adults who had never before received that sacred ordinance ; as it was considered more orderly to receive this rite, previous to signing the articles of faith. The articles of the faith of the Lord's New Church as contained in the Philadelphia Liturgy, were then distinctly read and signed by all present; the whole concluded with a prayer that the Lord would bless what had been thus auspiciously begun, and that the brother who had been appointed by the united voice of the society as their Leader, should be strengthened and supported in the fulfilment of the pleasing duties assigned him. The society has much reason to rejoice, that the Lord has raised up for them a young man of such pious inclinations, and promising abilities to conduct the solemnities of their worship, and that the church at large have much to hope from his future labours in the Lord's new vine. yard. On Lord's day, a public meeting which had been previously announ. ced, was held in Boylston Hall, a spacious room, elegantly and conveniently furnished, and calculated to contain about a thousand people. At an early hour the house was filled and the worship was conducted according to the form used in the Temple at Philadelphia. The service of the morning was concluded by the celebration of the Lord's supper, of which twenty-six of our own members partook, and several others who were unknown to its! My dear friend, this was a most affecting and interesting spectacle, to behold so many, to whom the opportunity had never, with the exception of one or two, been afforded of sitting round a table spread by the Lord himself and dedicated to Him alone! The devotions were rendered more solemn, by the tones of an excellent organ, which was touched with great taste by a gentle man amateur who volunteered his services in the morning, and by Dr. Jack.
son in the afternoon. . The two discourses, which were the first of the new Dispensation, avowedly such, ever delivered in Boston, were listened to with much respect and attention by numerous audiences, and there was a manifest desire evinced of hearing more. Indeed there appears to be a void in the hearts of many here, which nothing but a Redeemer such as the New Church has to declare, an Almighty Saviour, can fill and fully satisfy. In the evening we had a meeting of the members at Dr. M—'s, where, after a farewell sermon and hymn, we parted with those feelings of pain, which flow from the separation of hearts united by Christian love and affection, which were mingled hov. ever, with the pleasing assurance that it was only a temporary separation. On Monday, we set out for Providence, at which place we remained until Thursday: the proceedings here will form the subject of another letter. With sentiments of Christian love and esteem, I remain your affectionate brother in the Lord.”
* There were nine baptized in all.
“ Providence, August 19, 1818. “My dear friend and brother, “Having made an appointment to preach at Providence on my return, notice was accordingly given in the paper, that the minister of the New Jerusalem Church of Philadelphia would deliver a sermon in the Town-Hall, (a spacious building, formerly occupied as a church) the succeeding evening, As some disorderly conduct had been exhibited, very recently, in the same place, it was determined, by those who had the management of the building, on seeing the advertisement, to close the doors against strangers in future ; and we are indebted to the friendly and disinterested exertions of a Mr. , that we were permitted to occupy it. The notice being short, the inhabitants of the town generally were not apprised of the meeting : it was, however, pretty well attended, there being probably from eight hundred to a thousand present. After sun-rise, notice was given, that another sermon would be delivered, the ensuing evening; and we were gratified at seeing our auditory very considerably increased, the house being well filled. The students of Brown University, as well as the clergy of the place, to several of whom I had been previously introduced, honoured us with their attendance. Judging from the profound and respectful attention paid on both occasions, I cannot but hope that impressions of a favourable kind have been made, and that some have been induced by the divine blessing to seek for the true spiritual riches, which are to be found only in the Word of Truth.
“ From the observations which I have been able to make, I am fully con. vinced, that the people of this section of our beloved country (New England) are in a very favourable state for the reception of the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem. Their independence of mind, the state of religious inquiry, and their respect for religious institutions, together with the unsatisfactory nature of the doctrines which have so long prevailed, are circumstances certainly favourable to the reception of a system that courts investigation, and which addresses itself at once to the understanding and the heart of man.
“That the Lord may prosper the glorious cause of order and virtue, and hasten the time, by the removal of all things that offend, when the Church Universal shall be more closely conjoined to Himself, is the prayer of your friend and brother in the Lord.”
The following letters will acquaint our readers with some of the important consequences of Mr. C's visit.
“Boston, August 16, 1818, Sabbath morning. “ My dear Sir, “I received your letter yesterday, for which I thank you. On this I can say no more at present.
“ This has been a day of the highest interest to us. Our society was organized yesterday; and to-day we have had a meeting, which, beside de