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shillings was obtained for them. On cook, attended ;--one sailor engaged in another occasion two sailors attended, prayer; this was a soul refreshing seawho had been shipwrecked on the coast of Holland. Their deliverance had been very singular,-one of them was Sailors' Boarding-Houses.—Whilst the only person saved out of twenty- there is much difficulty in obtaining acone on board the ' Diana,' on her voy- cess to the inmates of these dwellings; age from Shields to London, during the yet there is great encouragement. Our late tremendous and distressing gales ;
labours have not been in vain, many are -the other was the only survivor of induced to attend the means of grace; the ship's crew of the “ James and and we have much pleasure in recogniAgnes,” lost on her voyage from Wis- zing some of those at chapel, with beach to Shields, during the same whom we have conversed on the former gales. These men, after the evening part of the day. Tracts are in general sermon, were specially addressed from thankfully received by them. the words, " The Lord saved them with a great deliverance;" after which, at First Station.-Rev. W. Benson.the close of the services, a collection During the past three months, I have of £1 17s, 6d. was obtained for them, been enabled to prosecute my labours Bibles were presented to them, and to- amongst seamen, amidst personal and gether with this captain, the crew of the domestic afflictions, encouraged by the ‘D- (to whom also Bibles were reflection, that the promises of God given) attended all the means of grace are calculated in all situations to comat the chapel whilst in London. Preach- fort, to animate, and to inspire with ed seven times at the Sailors' Chapel. holy zeal in the great cause of the Re
deemer. I have had additional enVisitation of Ships at Gravesendo couragement to persevere amidst difI have held one meeting on board the ficulties, by very marked expressions Mary Lyon,' at Gravesend, bound to of gratitude and great readiness to lis. South America, in which I have two ten to the word of salvation. On some sons going out as first and second mates. occasions I have listened to the prayers The cook, (a coloured man,) and two of not a few, whose fervour and sentiothers appeared deeply affected, -and ments have been such, as to lead me to when I quitted the ship to leave them,
think that that heart must indeed be they unanimously exclaimed, "God hard, which could remain unmoved. bless you'— God bless you.' One of The meetings, in the three stations them, as I passed down the gangway, in which I have laboured, have been said to me, (at the same time shaking well attended. After making fair demy hand,) 'I hope I shall never forget ductions, not sewer than eight hundred what you have said to day.' I left this souls have listened to the word of life. ship’s crew with grateful reflections, I cannot but look back with much both as it regards the pious captain who satisfaction to the series of special seris a particular friend, and also as it re- vices held in the Sailors’ Chapel in gards my sons, who are going out as of- January last, as also to some other ficers with him, and even the crew, of
meetings of a similar nature in other some of whom I entertain a good hope. places. The holy flame appears to have
A prayer-meeting was held immedi- strengthened and extended, and been ately after this service, on board the caught by some of our seamen. Α. ship ‘Thetis, bound to Antigua. The captain, whose ship was devoted to Be. whole of the crew, pilot, and officers of thel meetings, and who had arrived only the customs, with the exception of the the day before these services were com
menced (unconscious of what had ta- we held, what is termed, a consecraken place on shore, and engaged on tion service. Twenty were present. the second day in holding a meeting on It was a most solemn and interesting board his own vessel with upwards of engagement. Every heart seemed to twenty present,) said, 'Sir, how is this, beat with joy ; every eye to kindle with we never had such a number present, gratitude; every tongue to utter the and, speaking for myself, I have never feelings of the soul! This scene gave before felt as I have done this night,- rise to another on the alternate evenand never before, have I heard you in ing; when I could but rejoice and say, such a manner; how is it? the Lord what hath God wrought! I felt unseems to break in upon us wonderfully! willing to close the service. There ap-surely this is a token for good ! There peared so much of heaven,-so much of have been several instances of the like
the presence of the Lord ! Our numnature. I feel satisfied that the sacred
bers were six-and-twenty, in a cabin of fire has been kept alive. On a recent very moderate dimensions. Thus the occasion, a new ship came to London ; work of the Lord is prospering,-many the master being a Bethel captain, and
among our seamen are hearing, and beanxious to devote his vessel to the Lord, lieving, and turning to the Lord.
NORTH DEVON AUXILIARY.
On Thursday, the 17th January, the First Anniversary of the North Devon Coast Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Sailor's Society, was held at Bideford, in the Wesleyan Chapel, when prayer was offered ; and a very suitable and excellent discourse delivered by the Rev. Evan James, of Bridgewater, In the afternoon there was a special meeting for prayer, with an address from the Rev. C. H. Shepherd, of Tavistock; and a public tea, in the Mansion House, of which upwards of a hundred partook. The public meeting for business was held at half-past six o'clock. The chair was taken by Richard Bartlett, Esq., in the room of Captain Lewis Hole, R. N., who was prevented from attending by domestic illness. The report was read by the Rev. Ebenezer Corbishley, the agent of the Parent Institution, to the following effect :
The report of the Bethel proceedings presents some pleasing anticipations of the future, rather than a retrospect of the past ; although the services of this day would never have been held, but upon a graduating scale, upon which the Bethel cause, through the auspices of a kind providence had hitherto proceeded. There was a period when no attention was paid to the sailor in any of our localities, although the seafaring population in some of them, formed a
large proportion of the census ; there
Friend Society," when Admiral Pearson presided, who has now entered into his rest.
For some years that society continued its operations with much success, as visible in the moral and spiritual improvement of the sailors at Appledore; but it appeared that it would benefit the sailors' cause generally, and excite a greater degree of local interest, if the Bethels which now existed in our different towns were blended together in one institution, to assist by their combined efforts the operations of the “ British and Foreign Sailors' Society,” having for its object the evangelization of seamen throughout the world. Such an auxiliary was formed on the 10th of August, 1837, at Appledore, under the name of the North Devon Coast Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Sailors' Society.
To extend this report to an undue length, by contemplating the measures adopted by the parent Institution, and by which the work of mercy has been successively carried on among our sailors at home and abroad, is not our object; but where there has been inattention and neglect to that useful and important class of men,-to urge their claims, as peculiar and important, upon British sympathy and christian benevolence.
From our insular situation, as an island of the sea, sailors, both in the naval and our merchant department, form a very considerable part of the community; the former has been Britain's bulwark and defence in the time of danger; the latter has furnished her with those unparalleled resources in trade or commerce, that have made her the mart of the world. But whilst our country has been ennobled by her religious Institutions, which remind us of so many luminaries filling their orbs and shedding their lustre around us, from which, as a focus of light, they have reflected their beams upon distant nations, there was no society to meet
the religious wants of seamen, till the recent date to which we have alluded, from which time the feeble efforts of the few, have endeavoured to wipe off the disgrace and odium incurred by general indifference and neglect of that part of the human family, who have long appealed to the sympathies of the church, in the plaintive but powerful language of the Psalmist, “I looked upon my right hand and beheld,' but there was no man that would know me; refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.”
Whilst the number of British seamen (nearly 300,000) render them of so much importance to the nation as incorporated with the whole community -the very nerves of our strength-the very channel through which the blessings of Divine providence are conveyed, they are a people held in a state of moral degradation, of which we have no example.
If we tremble for the destinies of our hearers to whom we address the great themes of the gospel from sabbath to sabbath, how very hopeless must we contemplate the future condition of men who, without some extraordinary effort in the provision that meets their calling and its privations, must remain without the means of grace and instruction. Through Bethel exertions such means have been partially supplied, and not without manifest tokens of the Divine favor : many sailors have been rescued from the haunts of vice and ruin, have been taught the knowledge of the truth, which maketh us free-have embraced that faith which exerts its transforming influence over the human character in all that receive it—nay, sailors have been added to our churches, and we can here emphatically say, “Ye are our epistles, seen and read of all men.” With such encouraging facts, and which multiply upon us in proportion to our efforts, we appeal to Britons, to British churches -to the great and noble Institutions, whose progress and triumphs have been While the committee, in presenting their first annual report, would rejoice in what is doing for the sailor, deeply lament that in this maritime vicinity, where his moral degradation is always before our eyes, so little has beeu done to reclaim and elevate him in society.
impeded among the heathen by the con- and effort, in behalf of the sailors' cause duct of our seamen; and may we not at Bideford, upon the auspicious circumconfidently look for one simultaneous stances under which they had met in effort in their behalf? Promptitude is their respective places of worship that required; while we talk over the matter day, exemplifying that union which is the sailor is contending with the storin the life and support of christian enterhe is struggling with the wave-he is prise, and wbich must ensure fival sucsinking into a watery tomb—and a soul cess. The meeting was addressed, in adis lost!
vocacy of its objects, by the Rev. Evau The report then referred to the local James, Rev. C. H. Shepherd, Rev. E. Bethels, Appledore, Barnstaple, Ilfra- Corbishley, Mr. Rooker, and others; and combe, &c., and congratulated the meet- collections at the close of the services ing upon the increased degree of feeling amounted to nearly £17.
ROCHESTER AND CHATHAM AUXILIARY.
The First Anniversary of this Auxiliary was held on the evening of the 25th Feb., when Dr. Bell presided. The meeting was numer
erously and respectably attended; and the impression produced was highly favourable to the great object designed and advocated. The following is an abstract of the report, which was read by the secretary :
The exertions of the committee during the past year in their immediate locality have been as extensive, as their limited opportunities would admit. The services on the river have been regularly coutinged on the sabbath. The merchant vessels in the harbour visited for the purpose of distributing tracts, conversing with the crews, and inviting to worship under the Bethel Aag. These services have often been of a very interesting nature, and the number has averaged about eighteen. At one of the Bethel meetings, after the seamen had been addressed on the important duty of prayer, a pious sailor, then present stated, that God had blessed him with a praying wife, and that there was a mutual understanding whenever he left home for his voyage, that at a certain hour every day, she would re
pair to ber closet, to supplicate for the protection and blessing of God upon
him when far off upon the seas; and that it was his constant practice, whenever the duties of tbe sbip would admit, to devote that same hour in fervent prayer for bis wife and family on shore, that God would bless them with the care of his providence, and the riches of his grace ;-and often, when at that hour of prayer his vessel was driven with the wind, and tos. sed, the thought of his wife, who then was pouring out ber soul to God for him, calmed his fears and gave confidence to his mind,
It is with much pleasure also, that they have heard of instances of piety among sailors, on board some of Her Majesty's ships in the harbour. In a man of war lately paid off at this port, there were twelve pious sailors who were in the habit of meeting in some retired part of the ship for religious conversation and prayer; and though subjected to many privatioos, they continued to the end of their voyage to maintain an un. Aincbing avowal of their attachment
to religion; and these very men were re- vice was engaged in, on the military garded by their officers, as the most con- road, as the best locality for soldiers. fidential, punctual, brave, and useful part This service was generally of a very inof the crew. The committee therefore are
teresting nature; the numbers present Jed to cherish the hope, that soon the little on some occasions,amounting to upwards leaven will leaven the whole lump,—and of 200; tracts were distributed; and when as a people the conversion of sea- the committee believe, that the special men to the Saviour shall be general. services were made useful. They hope Every opportunity has been embraced, that in the coming season greater efforts which the providence of God has afforded will be made in this particular departfor introducing religious publications on ment of christian labour. board of government vessels in the river, The committee, gratefully acknowand those bound to distant ports of the ledge the grant, from the Parent Sociworld; and they cannot omit to acknow- ety, of a small circulating library; and ledge the christian solicitude and effort although considerable difficulty has been put forth by those whose influence has felt in their circulation, owing to conbeen employed to advance the objects of stant changes in this department, every this Society.
opportunity has been embraced, and they Although the attention of the com- have been gratified in the interest which mittee bad hitherto been principally di- has been evinced in their perusal, The rected to the maritime department, it was soldiers' library still continues in circu. their unanimous opinion, that in this lation. neighbourhood, where such a large portion The committee congratulate their of the military is constantly garrisoned, friends on the improved state of the soand the demoralizing influence of whose ciety's funds. The collecting cards isconduct is so lamentably witnessed, di. sued at the last public meeting, have re, rect efforts should be made for their alised the sum of twenty-six pounds; benefit. It was therefore resolved, that and the committee would deem it a ne. united monthly lectures to soldiers and glect of duty on their part, were they sailors, be delivered at the different cha- not publicly to acknowledge the kind pels in succession, with a view to excite and persevering efforts of their friends, their attention to the great truths of re- by whose devoted and disinterested laligion. The attendance has varied from bours this auxiliary has not only been twenty to eighty soldiers, and from ten enabled to extend its operations in the to forty sailors; and the committee hope neighbourhood, but has the prospect of that the appeals made to their conscien- shortly forwarding a remittance to the ces, will be as a nail fastened in a sure parent society. The committee would place.
earuestly urge the claims of that im. In connection with this effort it was portant institution upon the consideradeemed adviseable to commence, during tion of this meeting, both from the nathe summer months, open-air preaching ture and extent of its operations, and the for the special benefit of these classes in character and circumstances of those to the neighbourhood, who absent them · whom its efforts are directed. This they selves from public worship. The most would do on the ground of their expoeligible situations were therefore select. sure to premature death-their deep deed. As a place most suited for the at- pravity-and their extreme privations. tendance of those connected with the Impressed with these things themselves, river, they commenced on Strood quay; the committee would invite the co-opeand it was gratifying to ess the ration of every philanthropist, patriot, numbers that came, and the attention and christian, that a combined and vi. which was manifested. A similar ser- gorous effort may be made to raise the