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KAFFERY, Mademoiselle [Rosalie Wilhelmina].
Episodes in the Life of an Isolated Receiver Being Letters addressed to a New-Church Family in England.

pp. x, 295, (i). Frontispiece. Original cloth, top edge gilt, uncut, a few leaves unopened, ownership label on front paste-down, a very good copy.

*SCARCE with only one location on COPAC, at the British Library. OCLC gives copies at McMaster University and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. 'The U.S. [New Church] church was organised in 1817 with the founding of the General Convention of the New Church (sometimes shortened to the Convention), now also known as the Swedenborgian Church of North America. The movement in the United States strengthened until the late 19th century, and there was a New-Church Theology School in Cambridge. Controversies about doctrine and the authority of Swedenborg's writings caused a faction to split off and form the Academy of the New Church. It later became known as the General Church of the New Jerusalem sometimes called the General Church with its headquarters in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). Other congregations felt doctrinally compelled to join the General Church at its inception. Two Convention congregations in Canada (one in Toronto and another in Kitchener) and two congregations from the British Conference Michael Church in London and Colchester New Church joined the General Church. WIKI. ROSALIE WILHELMINA KAFFERY was born in Switzerland and came to England in 1855 to work as a governess. During her time in England she became acquainted with the parents of the authors of the Memoir in the above book, signed only by their initials - M.M.H. and A.D.H. They were adherents of the Swedenborgian doctrine subsequently elaborated as the New-Church. She left England for America in 1860 to work as a governess in Philadelphia. She was formally baptized into the New-Church in Philadelphia later that year. She returned to Switzerland and died in Geneva in 1895. The book is a memorial to her, given in her letters to fellow New-Church members, many written from Philadelphia during the American Civil War and containing much historical detail. She was also a friend and correspondent to Clara Barton, the 'Florence Nightingale of America', founder of the American Red Cross and medical support to soldiers in the Civil War.

James Speirs. London.

Date Published: 1899.

Stock No. 65458

Price: 250.00