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lighting us, must have delighted every angel of heaven. In the morning, about five hundred, or five hundred and fifty, attended ; this afternoon, eight hundred were supposed to be present. The number of members, who par. took of the sacrament, was, I believe, twenty-six. Beside these, two or three others, of different churches, partook. Never was there a more delightful season than we enjoyed. The audience, all day, was very respectable, and the most profound attention was paid to the exercises. Mr. Carll will add particulars. He has our hearts in a most remarkable degree. We can never enough express our gratitude to the Lord and to him for this visit. I am sure that all our members regard him with the highest esteem ; and, in their name, I beg you to tell all your society, that his labours here have beert so full of wisdom, meekness and love, that he deserves ten thousand thanks from every member of the Lord's Church.

“I give this very hasty sketch of what we enjoyed, because I could not submit that our kind and excellent friend should return, without bearing some truth, as a medium for the love and delight which he will express to you. The Lord reward him for his usefulness.

“ Express for us, my dear sir, the gratitude which we all feel toward your society, for granting us so great a favour as the assistance of their minister. With the highest esteem, your humble servant.”

Boston, August 25, 1818. “ By Mr. Carll, I had time to communicate merely an index to what I wished to say; my time is still occupied with imperious duties; and I can write no more than is indispensable.

“We have not had time to appreciate the good effects of Mr. Carll's visit. The public attention was very much excited. A great number have inqui. red when he would preach again. It is said none were offended, but many very much pleased. Had he remained another day, an audience filling our largest chapel might have been obtained. All the members of our society continue to speak of him with the greatest affection and respect. It would be hardly possible to give you an exaggerated representation, of the gratitude and affection, with which he is remembered.

“ Last sabbath the same hall, in which Mr. C. preached, was pretty well filled, perhaps 350 in the morning, and 450 in the afternoon. The audience was very attentive, and an increased interest was given. Our love abounds to you all.”

From the same respectable source, we are informed that the number of readers increases in Salem, (Massachusetts,) and that we have some powerful and excellent friends there.

From the West, our intelligence is equally animating, and we give the following extracts and letters from that quarter.

Extract of a letter from the Rev. R. H. Goe, dated Bethlehem, Ohio,

October 15, 1818. “ I have been requested by letter to preach again in Canton, (the seat of justice in Stark County) which I have done, and likewise in New Philadel. phia, (the seat of justice in Tuscarawas county) which I hope to be able to attend to next Sunday. It seems notwithstanding their minister forwarned his elders and exhorted his hearers, not to hear me the first time I preached there --that our doctrines were false ; yet those that did attend have had such impressions made on their minds as to make it worth the notice of their friends that did not hear ; and I am informed that those too are very desirous to hear me, and have said since, that from what they can gather, notwithstanding their minister's opposition, they will come and hear for themselves. Since my former discourse there, several have sought personal acquaintance with me, and private conversation, which has given great satisfaction.”

The Rev. David Powell, of Steubenville, Ohio, under date of Oct. 17, 1818=62, writes as follows :

« Dear and Rev. Brother, " Though this will be one in advance over and above an equal number, yet, as some things are in store that may be worth communicating, you will no doubt rejoice to hear them; for even the smallest mite cast in, which may tend to advance the latter day of glory of our blessed Lord, will give you and our friends in the city, (Philadelphia) a proportionable delight at least. I set out about the last of August on a tour through the lower part of the state of Ohio, and the upper part of Indiana, intending to disseminate the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem in every town and village where an opening could be obtained. Accordingly I have performed my intention, yet not to the extent of my desire, for many obstacles will unavoidably intervene, to prevent the advancement of the Lord's kingdom on earth. Those preventing things are always from the black world of evils and falses. I returned this day week, having been from hence six weeks, in which time I had many opportunities of discovering the general flow of truth, that is imperceptibly making its way in the understandings of men. I shall not enter on a minute or particular detail of circumstances, seeing this would be prolixity without use--suffice it to give the essence. During the six weeks, I travelled about seven hundred miles, preached in eighteen different places, sometimes to upwards of two hundred persons, but seldom less than forty or fifty. I had with me some sermons of my own which I distributed. I performed two baptisms and the ordination of our beloved brother Thomas Newport, to the Ministry in the Lord's new Church, the New Jerusalem. The ceremony I trust, was performed with that due solemnity and reverence which will be acceptable to the Lord. In all the places where I preached, I found the people were struck with a kind of surprise and consternation, the subject of the New Jerusalem not having been ever before heard of, in many

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of those places-yet I found so little opposition in any, that it amounts to nothing worth notice. I may indeed say that the preparation of the minds of men, through the new angelic heaven, has caused a predisposition in a great number of the inhabitants of the earth. Indeed the fields are white already to harvest, but labourers appear to be too few. It is truly astonishing, to find in a part of the country, where the New Church doctrines have never been heard, how cordially many would receive them, were it not for the prejudice in some of the clergy, who as soon as the doctrines are opened, are aroused and endeavour to root out all the precious seed, and disqualify the minds of the laity for its reception or growth. But the Lord's work will go on, till all those opposing principles are put out of the way, then the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun sevenfold, as the light of seven days. I might have gone into a long detail of particulars, of my journey and preaching, but did not think it necessary or useful, seeing my object is to let you know something of a general nature. From what I have through my late tour discovered, and from information received otherwise, I find the visible signs of the times will ere long, be more strictly attended to, and the mental optics of mankind, will advance to a higher degree of spiritual sight, and that a general reformation and regeneration will grace the world. These things to us are plain—we can view them from causes if not from ends.Although we stand on a very elevated situation with respect to the advance. ment of the Lord's kingdom, let us, my brother, be humble. The many insti. tutions of different kinds to promote the grand object, though it may be done under many forms and old names, yet the members of the New Church view them as one grand assemblage of circumstances to bring about what we so ardently desire. Let them go on-He that is not against the reformation of the world is in our favour. I care not for mere name ; any thing that can catch a spark of heavenly fire, is a fit material for the glorious building, seeing it is a building of love and universal good will among men.”

A letter, whilst the Repository was in the press, having been received from the Rev. Thomas Newport, dated Lebanon, Ohio, Sept. 29, 1818=62, it was thought that an extract from it would be gratifying to our readers. This aged and reverend gentleman may truly say, “ the zeal of thy house hath eaten me up." His letter contains much information, and is written in great hasterather in the brief style of a diary, than in that of a regular piece of composition. We give it in that form.

“At our association much harmony prevailed-I had the principal part of the service to perform, as neither Mr. H. nor Mr. P. attended-The meeting was large and respectable, and held in a handsome grove on my own landbetween two and three hundred persons attended-more interest I never saw, nor better behaviour.--The bread and wine were administered to nine persons--the sphere of love was ecstatic, not only with the communicants, but generally with the people-after the communion there was an intermission of fifteen minutes, Mr. Isaac Waters delivered an excellent written sermon, and in a masterly manner, it being his first attempt.-Since the close of the association the Rev. David Powell came. He and myself have travelled the chief of the time, and preached many sermons. The following is a summary: first, at Mr. Sm's school-house,-a congregation of sixty : in the evening at my house, say forty-five. We visited a neighbourhood on the west side of the Big Miami, Butler county, Ohio.-Here we preached in a Methodist house, to a delighted audience, chiefly Methodists and Presby. terians,-several of no particular order of Christians. They were so pleased, and particularly the young, (although the doctrine was concerning the Lord, and particularly the Divine Humanity) that an aged leading member of the Methodists, at the solicitation of the young, asked an evening discourse.. I attended ; but when the old people came as well as the young (perhaps fifty or sixty,) the old said they wanted more of the doctrine of the Lord-I divided the discourse between the old and the young, to the joy of all;-The people are like the ripe harvest.-Oh, how acceptable would be a travelling missionary, who could support himself in the incidental expenses, which would not be great, there are many so disposed to the doctrines.Saturday in the evening, Mr. Powell and myself proceeded to Mr. E-y's. Preached at noon, and in the evening-next day proceeded to Cincinnati,staid in town-met several of the most intelligent New Church members-delightful interview--visited several friends next day-had an evening meeting in a school-houseabout one hundred hearers--among them seven persons, who were lately Deists, singing the Praises of the Divine Humanity in the most elevated strains--I never heard such lofty sounds by human voices-it seemed as if heaven had come down on earth--Wednesday morning proceeded towards Dr. W- d's, called at Judge S-~'s--he was at court--arrived at Dr. W- d's at one o'clock--had a meeting in the evening--three ministers attended--one a Presbyterian missionary from New Hampshire,* a Baptist minister from the neighbourhood, and a New Light minister from Lexington, Kentucky--many interesting particulars in the conversation with the Presbyterian and New Light ministers, too long for a letter, they lodging at the Doctor's as well as our ourselves, The Doctor is becoming enamoured with the heavenly doctrines--next morning went to Lawrenceburg, where we arrived at 12 o'clock-David Powell went to Wilmington, seven miles, where he preached to an audience of very anxious hearers--some of them have been Halcyonists, but are approaching towards the heavenly doctrines-are tired of following the eccentric Sergeant.

“I tarried in Lawrenceburg at the amiable and reverend Dr. F- 's of the Baptists, and a Mr. C 's, one of the most celebrated teachers of vocal music-preached to about fifty or sixty-the doctor attended-all seemed

* It would be a delightful subject of contemplation to see a missionary from a distance of near one thousand miles, sent to convert the people of the West, taken in the wide net of the Noru Church. This indeed would be catching men.


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delighted-at 12 o'clock, brother David Powell arrived, went up the rivercalled at a stranger's house, (Methodists,) sung a hymn, prayed with the family, conversed an hour--the old people, especially the lady, enamoured with the doctrines-proceeded on-called at a Congregationalist's,–J. C. Esq.-staid all night-preached to about twenty--proceeded to Hamilton taken sick-proceeded on notwithstanding--Went ten miles and preached to fisty or sixty-although the notice was but about forty minutes-the people Baptists and Methodists generally-all seemed highly delighted-in the morning had sixteen miles to ride to our appointment about seventy persons attended in the afternoon was ordained to the ministry-Monday 3 o'clock, David Powell preached in the methodist meeting house in Lebanon, the society by the trustees granting the privilege. The Lord is making wonderful arrangements in this country for his New Church-there were four ministers of the Methodist connection, and nearly all the respectable gentlemen of the town, and perhaps sixty ladies—such a sphere of the New Church, I scarcely ever felt--David Powell was uncommonly illuminated28th in the evening had a meeting at a New Light preaching place-fifty persons, all attention please excuse faults-have scarcely time to read the letter."

In the South Western part of Virginia, we are informed from undoubted authority, there is a very large increase of members of the New Church, of the most respectable standing in society, and great expectations are formed of a still further extension of the doctrines in the neighbourhood.

The following letter from Nashville, in the state of Tennessee, affords an encouraging hope that the donation therein mentioned, like seed sown in good ground, will in time produce an abundant harvest.

Nashville, August 28, 1818. “Gentlemen, “I am requested by the proprietors of the Nashville Library, in their names, to acknowledge the receipt of the Arcana Celestia, and other valua ble works of the late learned and inspired Swedenborg, for the use of this infant Institution.- Works so well calculated to improve our condition in this world and brighten our prospects of futurity, have laid us under heary obligations to your benevolence. With sentiments of respect and esteem, believe us to be sincerely yours.”

An intelligent correspondent, in whom the most implicit reliance is to be placed, speaking of a celebrated college in the United States, says, “ there are a few readers in that institution, who, I am told, call loudly for more books; and it is told in such a manner that I believe it, that the government have ordered all

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