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That a feeling is being awakened in favour of the sailor, will appear from the reception and success met with on the part of two of the Agents who have been on separate tours in different parts of the country, stating and enforcing the claims of the institution. May we hope that these doings are only like the drops which precede a plentiful shower!
In entering on another year of holy exertion, we would cast ourselves on the resources and
of the whole church of Christ. Is there no heart in his church to feel for the sailor ? Ministers of Christ !-disciples of Jesus !-friends of missions !- lovers of humanity! what answer do you return? You may make the sailor the manly representative of your religion on every shore;—or you leave him to spread pestilence and death wherever he goes.
AGENTS' MEETING :--HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 17th MAY.
Than the last, seldom if ever has a more interesting or delightful monthly conference been held. In the review of the year just closed, with its public anniversary, every heart beat high with gratitude; and in looking forward to the future, and surveying the field now opened before us, there was but one feeling manifested,—and that the feeling of unreserved consecration to God, and more determined action in his service. A year so begun, will prove a year, we think, whose close will gladden a thousand hearts, and prove one of those points in the duration of time, on which, in eternity, we shall look back with wonder, gratitude, and praise.
CAPTAIN PRYNN'S TOUR IN CORNWALL.
Having, at the request and under the direction of the Committee, undertaken a tour through the county of Cornwall, I have, since last meeting with my brethren, much reason for gratitude to God, for journeying mercies both by land and sea. Though near to death, I have been miraculously preserved. Never have I experienced more divine support than during the past two months, and it is possible I never stood in need of more; and herein is that delightful promise verified,— As thy day is, so shall thy strength be.' May my future
days be all devoted to my covenantkeeping God!
In performing my tour, not only have I to record the goodness of God in opening in every place which I visited, a door of utterance, and granting me favour in the sight of the people, but also to express my great gratitude for the kindness of ministers and christian friends of various denominations, in granting me the use of their chapels aud pulpits, and so cheerfully responding to my appeals.
In addition to acts of personal kindness, 1 was generally well received in ed with a crowded congregation, and calling and privately soliciting aid in this on a week evening. After this serbehalf of the object I had in view. And vice, a very animating prayer-meeting in all the chapels in which I preached, was held, at which hundreds remained, with only one solitary exception, I was And of a truth, the Lord was present to favoured with collections. Though the bless the people. sums obtained were not large, yet they During my tour, I was most graciwere given with a cheerful mind, as the ously supported, both in body and following incidents will show :
mind. This, I believe, was in apswer Coming, as a stranger, to a certain to much prayer. My christian friends, place, to preach at a Wesleyan Chapel among whom my lot was cast, carried on a Sabbath morning, (being previously me, and the cause in which I was eninformed that it was the day for their gaged, from day to day to the throne of quarterly collection, and that nothing grace. I had an opportunity of preachof course could be done for the Sailor's ing in twenty-one Wesleyan, eight loSociety,) I was reminded to plead for dependent, and five Baptist chapels in their quarterly collection, as they were Cornwall, poor. I did so; and at the close, (just On my return from Plymouth to Lonbefore making the collection,) I heard don, by the D- steamer, I had opportwo or three of the principal persons tunity of preaching three times to the thus address each other,— Shall we give crew and passengers, of which there this collection to the stranger ?'-(as were about 120. We left Plymouth in they were pleased to style me)-the the morning of the 4th instant, about unanimous response was “Yes.' A per. 10 o'clock, and in the afternoon of the son then stood up, and, addressing me, day I distributed tracts to all. With said,-'We shall now make the collec- few exceptions, they were thankfully retion, but we shall give it to you, sir.' ceived. Reports, and magazines, and I felt almost overcome with this act of
other papers of the Society, were laid beunexpected benevolence and kindness.
fore the cabin passengers, of whom I returned thanks from the pulpit. The there were a respectable number; and way in which this act was performed, at six o'clock, I went forward and held convinced me that their hearts were a religious service,-ahout ninety-five touched with sympathy for sailors. I attended. All was solemnity. At the received their collection with peculiar close, I gave notice of my intention of feelings. • 'Twas all their store, more holding divine service on the ensuing should I have had, if they had more.' day, (Sunday) if the weather would ad
On one occasion, and in another Wes- mit. Sunday morning was ushered in leyan Chapel, when their quarterly col- with beauty,--and about ten o'clock I lection should have been made, the minis- went forward, and gathered a few toter and trustees postponed it, and allowed gether. Requiring some aid in singing, me to have one for the Sailor's Society. and on my saying to one of the females,
At another place, arriving about three (there being several present,) 'Probably o'clock in the afternoon, and no one you will oblige me, by assisting in singknowing me, nor the cause in which I ing the praises of God with us, she very was engaged, I waited on some pious deliberately replied, in the Irish brogue, persons, whose names I had obtained.
'I cannot do that to-day ; but I would No sooner had I mentioned my object, assist in putting you
under the than messengers were sent through the steamer's bows, and drowning you ;town and neighbourhood; and by seven so I would." o'clock, I had the pleasure of being in I turned round, and saw assembled a very large Wesleyan chapel, surround- about one hundred persons. We sang a MR. ROWLAND'S TOUR IN WALES.
hymn, read the scriptures, and two pious Wesleyan friends, who were passengers, joined me in offering up prayer,-after which, I addressed them from these words :- How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation ! With the above exception, all was order and devotion. Arrangements having been made with the captain of the steamer, to address the cabin passengers at halfpast two p.m., whilst passing Ramsgate, in the view of buudreds of spectators, the Bethel Flag was hoisted at maintopmast head; and, whilst passing Broadstairs and Margate, it was seen waving in the breeze, until the steamer had reached the upper part of the Queen's Channel. There were several Roman Catholics on board. At the commencement of the service they went below; but after some little time, they came upon deck, and nearing to where
I stood, listened with much attention. The words chosen were, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy upon me.' On my quitting the steamer, the catholics referred to, came and shook hands, saying, 'Sir, we thank you for the kind advice you have given us, whilst we have been together, and we wish you success in your work amongst sailors.'
Since my return, and though labouring under much infirmity and indisposition, in consequence of a dangerous and almost fatal fall, received on board the steamer on my passage into Cornwall, I have held three services in the Sailor's Chapel, and five services afloat. I desire to be thankful to God for all his dealings towards me; and am more and more determined to give myself unreservedly to his service. May the Lord help me so to do! Amen.
In performing my appointed tour in the Principalty, I not only laboured under many disadvantages, but had many difficulties to encounter. The Society was scarcely known to any one where I travelled. Consequently I had much to do to explain its constitution, and the plan of its operations, especially in neighbourhoods wherever I had to make personal applications from house to house; which I did, where I could not state my case either from the pulpit or the platform.
Other individuals, representing (or , affecting to represent) the sailors' cause,
had months previously been over the same ground ; and whose misconduct greatly affected the success of my mission. I bad also a great deal to do, in dissuading many from believing that I belonged to a certain individual whose pame is so well known in London. In fact, I could not have succeeded to the degree l have done, bad not my person and character been well known. The kindness with which I was received, and
All denominations of christians received me with open arms wherever I went. Ministers of various denominations willingly granted me their chapels and pulpits in which to preach and advocate the sailors' cause.
I have formed two Auxiliaries : one at Aberystwith, and the other at Cardigan, which will, I bave no doubt, prove profitable to the parent Institution. Other Auxiliaries might be formed at Welshpool, Newtown, Machynlleth, and Aberdovey, in which places I have held meetings, and explained the principles and objects of the Society; and others between Aberayron and New Quay, in Cardiganshire, which might be of some support to the parent Institution; as well as at Newport, Fishguard, Solvach, Milford, Peiter, Pembrook, and Tenby in Pembrookshire, The inhabitants of these towns are prepared to come forward in aid of the Sailor's cause,
The leading gentlemen of Tenby said, that if a visit were paid them in the Bathing season (this being a noted watering place) much good might be done. Capt. Jackson, the Superintendant, and indeed all the naval officers at Her Majesty's dock-yard, were most courteous and kind; and, though strangers to our Society, yet, when they saw the names of Admiral Sir James Hillyar, and Capt. Sir W. E. Parry as among its patrons, they said that they would consult them, and through them subscribe. The fittest time to visit most of the sea-port towns in Wales would be
about Christmas, when the captains and seamen are at home wintering.
I have prevailed with about fifty ladies and gentlemen, in various places, to take collecting cards. I have also succeeded with clergymen and other gentlemen, whom I found to be zealous in the sai. lors' cause, in places where Auxiliaries are not as yet formed, to correspond with the Secretary.
I might enter into lengthened details; but these are unnecessary. I only trust, that, under God, I have been enabled to discharge those important duties iovolved in my recent mission to the Principality of Wales, in such a manner as shall contribute to the furtherance of the great and laudable objects of the Society.
PUBLIC MEETING AT TOTTENHAM.
On Friday Evening, April 26th, a Public Meeting on behalf of the Insti. tution, was held iu the Girl's LANCASTERIAN School, Tottenham, when the chair was kindly taken, and most efficiently filled by Joseph Fletcher, Esq. of Bruce Grove. The assembly was numerous and highly respectable, and a deep impression was produced.
gagements, several ladies came forward and gave their names as collectors.
Since then, two meetings have been held, for the purpose of forming this association, at the second of which a treasurer and two secretaries were appointed, with twelve collectors, all of whom promised to use their influence to obtain the co-operation of other ladies.
We have before received good aid from this neighbourhood, but we now contemplate far greater results, We understand that it has both pleased and encouraged the ladies to learn, that Mr. Fletcher has enrolled his name as member of the Board of Directors in connexion with the parent Society.
It was proposed at the meeting, that a Ladies' Association should be formed, as a branch to a projected and enlarged Auxiliary, which is to embrace the principal places in that wealthy vicinity. This measure seemed to afford much satisfaction, and at the close of the en
SERMONS AT PADDINGTON CHAPEL.
On Sabbath the 12th ult. two sermons were preached on behalf of the Society, at Paddington Chapel, (the Rev. J. Stratten's)—in the morning by the Rev. Dr. Patten, of New York, and representative of the American Seamen's Friend Society, and in the evening, by the Rev. R. Ferguson, Secretary of the Institu
tion. The collections amounted to the handsome sum of £60, 28, 6d, exclusive of two annual subscriptions.
This is an example worthy of imitation. When will the ministers of London give up their pulpits for the advocacy of the Sailors' cause?