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influence. But we have it on infallible authority, that in what form or place soever this WICKED ONE may reveal himself, the Lord shall consume him with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy him with the brightness of his coming; and that the earth shall be full of the glory of the Lord.

PORT OF HAMBURGH, Our newly appointed and devoted Agent at this place appears to have commenced his operations under the most favourable circumstances, and is resolved to spend and be spent in the sacred cause. He writes :

GENTLEMEN,-Having received an appointment to act as your Agent in the Port of Hamburgh, I deem it necessary thus early to address you, for the purpose of more fully acquainting you with the importance of the situation in which I am now placed. I do assure you, that my heart has been ready to sink within me on viewing the moral depravity of this place; and especially on the rehearsal of crimes committed by my own brave countrymen, who, had proper and prayerful efforts been used, might have been saved from falling into the awful temptations to which they have so long been exposed. I find that nothing, compared with the urgency of the case, has been done for British seamen visiting this port. There has been no regular effort made to lead them from the paths of error, and to bring them into the ways of righteousness; and consequently they have been, with few exceptions, carried away with the stream of pollution which is ever flowing, and especially on the Sabbath day, and thus rendered more callous and unconcerned about the things which make for their peace.

I hope, however, that a brighter day is breaking upon them, and that by an united and strenuous effort being now made, much, very much spiritual good may be the result. But it must be an effort of some magnitude. Let it be remembered that Hamburgh is a port of great importance,-upwards of 8000 British seamen visit Hamburgh annually,—and that if much fruit is anticipated, means commensurate with that anticipation must be used. Half measures will not succeed.

After detailing a variety of methods by which the great design contemplated might be effected, he gives the following pleasing narrative of facts :

In August last, Captain J. Young, the 'Reward' of Sunderland, visited Ham. burgh. Up to that time he had been a stranger to the truth as it is in Jesus, and I believe was known to some of your Agents in the Thames as incariably refusing to hoist the Bethel flag. While in Hamburgh, Capt. Y. waited upon Mr. Halcro, but was not aware of that gentleman's piety. Mr. H. had conimenced preaching the gospel in his own house, and this being the Sabbath, Capt. Y. was invited to stay. He did so, and was deeply impressed with what he heard. Mr. H. presented him with a small religious book, the reading of which brought him to the decision of fully giving his heart to God. During the winter he united himself with the church worshipping in Bethel Chapel, Sunderland, which is I believe under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Richardson. On Capt. Y.'s sailing for Hamburgh a few weeks ago, he established daily worship on board his ship, and began to feel a deep interest in the spiritual welfare of his fellowseamen. Capt. Lambton, of the 'Warwick, of Sunderland, who had been Capt. Y's fellow apprentice, became the first particular object of his solicitude. He

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arrived in Hamburgh on the same day with Capt. Y. He was invited on board to attend worship; and, though`at first opposed to divine things, by the repeated solicitations of Capt. Y. he at length yielded, and his heart began to melt under the softening influences of the Spirit of God. March 17th, Mr. Halcro preached on board Capt. Y.'s ship : his heart became still more susceptible of the truth. On the 22nd I also preached; he was still further broken down, and offered his ship for preaching on the following Sabbath. On that morning (March 24th) Capt. L. brought his boat on shore in the morning, and we visited about twenty English ships, distributing tracts, and inviting sailors to attend. He is, I believe, truly converted to God, and has made his ship'a house of prayer.' On Friday last he sailed for Hull; and on Saturday, Capt. Y. sailed for London. We held several meetings on board these vessels, and had the happiness to learn before they left, that the mate of the 'Reward,' and one of the sailors on board the • Warwick,'had also begun to pray-to God be all the praise! Last Sunday I preached on board another vessel, the captain of which afterwards stated, that lie hoped he should have occasion to remember Easter Sunday in Hamburgh as long as he lived ; expressed his determination to give himself fully to God, and offered me the use of his vessel as long as he staid in Hamburgh. Praying that God may direct you to such measures as shall be for the eternal welfare of souls, I remain, &c.

RICHARD KNIGHT.

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THE BETHEL FLAG AT THE PORT OF CETTE.

We have just been favoured with the following extract of a letter, addressed by the chief mate of a vessel to his father in London. Who can tell but the dark continent of France may be illumined through the efforts of pious seamen ?

The Bethel flag bas been hoisted on board the ‘Mary Lion, and there being no English minister resident at Cette, the minister of Montpelier came that distance for the purpose of preaching on board. The English captains and their crews attended, with several Swedish and Dutch masters who understood English. This was the first religious service held on board a ship at Cette. It was well attended, and left a deep impression on many minds.

BOATMEN OF MANCHESTER.

The document from which the following intelligence is gleaned, was drawn up by one who was formerly employed as a Thames Agent among seamen, by the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, but who removed in the winter of 1837 to one of our principal manufacturing districts, to labour under the auspices of the Manchester and Salford Town Mission, and who, on his settlement there, turned his attention to the moral condition of the men employed on the canals. For this work he was well fitted by previous discipline; and the result of his labours must prove gratifying, not only to his own mind, but also to the mind every

lover of his kind. He writes :-In January, 1838, I commenced my labours among this long-neglected-class, – and, as might have been expected, found them in the most degraded state,-ex

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ceedingly rough in manners,_and as to morals, ignorant of anything relative to religion. Hundreds of them did not know what I meant by the Word of God, or a Place of Worship; and numbers, I was led to believe, had never seen a bible, or had heard any part of it read, before I came amongst them! But the providence of God, through the severe frost, which lasted several weeks, afforded me an opportunity of coming into close contact with many of these men. I then brought the subject before the principal carriers; and am happy to say, that on making known my object, several of them kindly offered me the use of either their counting or their warehouses in which to collect the men, and preach to them in the evening. This offer I accepted ; and, to ensure a congregation, visited the boats lying in the several basins during the day, reading and expounding the word of truth to them in their cabins. In this way I found, by the blessing of God, my desires realized. Every evening of the week I preached to hundreds, and on some occasions the place was not sufficient to contain all that came. So I went on during the whole time of the frost. Besides, some thousands of tracts were distributed ; and on presenting the little publications, I was sometimes asked,—what they were, and what they were about, for they had never seen any of those things before. Sometimes I was requested to read one to them; and, by and by, they got so in love with my tracts that they wanted two or three at a time. I also furnished about one hundred and fifty captains with loan testaments, which were eagerly received. On the arrival of summer, I brought out and hoisted my Bethel flag. Numbers could not conceive what it meant-I explained—and beneath it preached to listening hundreds from the decks of the large flats ; while many of the boatmen, with their wives and families, have, on retiring, said,- We have seen and heard strange things to-day.' I am happy to add, that God in his mercy did not suffer me to labour in vain, nor spend my strength for nought. Many of these poor men, with their families, are now sitting under the sound of the gospel, and weeping; but they are tears of joy, in having heard of that Redeemer who is able and willing to save.

I could relate much which would go to show the necessity and importance of directing attention to these men, I was truly affected with two cases which came under my notice :

One morning, as I was standing alongside of a lock, into which a boat had entered, and while the lock was filling, I entered into conversation with the men. I read a portion of scripture, and asked a simple looking youth if he could read? He said, 'No.'-'Do you ever go to church or chapel ?' 'No.'-' Did you never hear anything about Jesus Christ ? —No.' "What! can this be possible ; did no one ever read anything about him to you ?-'No.' And were you never in a place of worship in all your life ?'—'No.' 'How old are you ??— Thirteen.' I could not think this was true. I said to him again, ' Now do be serious,-think before you speak positively, and tell me, is this the first time you have heard of Jesus Christ, the friend of sinners ?— Indeed, sir,' said he, 'I will tell you the truth; you are the first person that has ever said anything about Jesus Christ to me.' I had another case of a similar nature; and a gentleman who was with me when he heard the statement, was equally astonished with myself.

The writer proposes that some scheme should be projected for occupying so important a field of labour ; but we are sure that there is sufficient spirit and energy in Manchester, among the various professing communities, to forbid that it should now be overlooked.

NAUTICAL INFORMATION.

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DURING the three months in which we have withheld our usual nautical intelligence, death has been marching, if not in state, yet in triumph o'er the deep, and the sea has been still receiving its dead.

Table 'of Wrecks, in which the Crews have all perished !! From Lloyd's List, and the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, from 18th March to 17th June.

Name of Ship.

Captain.

Places of Trading.

Where Wrecked.

George & Alexander Walker Dundee to Eder

Eder Eyr

Hagen Asterüsoer to Scotland | On the Judder
Maria

Herzberg Elsinore to Memel On Falster
Enterprise
Unknown Bordeaux

Bourbon
St. Johannes
Dusing Lisbon to Riga

Off Kirwich (saved) Eugenia

Silva St. Michael's to London Off the Start (captain Dorothea

Watson Cowes to Monte Video Cape de Verds Nicholas I.

Haase Dantzig to Liverpool N, E.co. of Bornholm Cilestin

Laches Newcastle to Marseilles Goodwin Sands Onderneming Janssen Ditzum to London Brouwers Bank Prince Regent

Sterling Honduras to Cork Ullua Bar Kellic Castle

Johnstone Calcutta to Canton Louisa Shoal French fishing smack Unknown Dieppe to Newhaven Newhaven Cæsar

Unknown Monte Video to N. York Off Green Key Cuba Berwick upon Tweed Stebbins Odessa to Falmouth Near Carab, Bi. Sea Storfursten

Unknown Marseilles to Cadiz Near Carthagena Zee

Bousset Cette to St. Petersburg E. Friesland (1 saved) Countess of Mulgrave Corser Vera Cruz to Jamaica Vera Cruz

Exhibiting a wreck of EIGHTEEN SHIPS, and a loss of ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY LIVES! But here the disaster does not terminate.

ANOTHER HEART-RENDING SCENE!

[Extract from the Log Book of the Bark • Elizabeth, Captain Orr, from Clyde.] On the 26th Jan., in lat. 43 N., long. 18 W. at 3 P.M., saw the masts of a wreck a-head ; took in all studding sails, and at half-past four passed her stern. There appeared to be several men under the maintop. Rounded to under her lee, lowered the boat-the captain went aboard the wreck. She proved to be the brig' Anna Maria,' of Whitby, timber laden, water-logged, foremast gone, and jibboom out. On the main cat-harpins, which was surrounded by a piece of an old sail, there was a most awful sight presented to view-four putrid bodies quite black, lying huddled together; one arm, and parts of the body of a female, which had been cut asunder, and were hanging under the top;—a bundle of canvass, which appeared to contain the body of a child much decomposed. This was lying between the futtock shrouds and the main rigging. Above it there was a pair of woman's and a pair of child's corsets, tied to the futtock rigging, to screen them from the blast. On the fore-part of the top, lay (on a piece of canvass) the wasted remains of an old man, whose last horrid care appeared to be to secure his portion of the mutilated female body, having one of the legs lying partly under him, which he had been gnawing A watch pocket was hanging through the cat-harpins, which the captain took. It contained a silver watch, embossed sides, and chased back; in the centre of which the initials ‘W.F.' are engraved ; a small brass key attached by a bit of black tape. The whole of the unfortunate creatures appeared to be but scantily clothed ; and, from all appearance, may have been dead a considerable time. The night approaching, the captain returned on board, having taken nothing from the wreck but the watch.-Jamaica Morning Journal.

No language can give any effect to such a scene. The simple facts are unspeakably more impressive than any description, however well executed.

TABLE OF ACCIDENTS!

Damaged. Stranded. Foundered Abandoned. Sunk. Condemned. Wrecked. Not heard of. Total.

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Here we have a total of two hundred and eighty-four casualties; nor is it any extravagant calculation to suppose, that on an average one life has been sacrificed in each casualty, or in the aggregate not fewer than two hundred and eighty-four lives. Then, by looking to the foot notes, there will be found an actual loss of at least forty individuals, making, from all causes, during the three months, a total loss of five hundred and four lives !

* Boston, 20th March. A brig from Europe to New York, laden with wool, is reported to be on shore at Wells Beach, and bilged ; crew saved.

+ Memel, 6th April. A vessel, supposed to be the Bravo, Redman, from Plymouth to this port, is stranded near Rositton, (about 10 German miles south of this) and lies in three feet water.

$ Amsterdam, 16th April. A British brig was stranded 14th inst. on the coast of Eyerland, and foundered. A boat, marked Ann Scott, Sunderland, has been washed on shore on the same coast.

$ Hamburgh, 13th April. A bottle, containing a paper with the following, has been picked up near Commin:- The ship, Hoop of Fortune, Meinders, of Amsterdam, was abandoned in a sinking state, off Marstrand. On board the Hoop of Fortune. (signed) Meinders.'

By the Rhoda, from Mogadoré. March 2nd, fell in with a brig of about 200 tons, waterlogged and abandoned, foremast and mainmast gone, in lat. 42. 50. N., long. 10. 40. W.

Cork, April 16th. A British brig, with a female bust head, painted white, and apparently newly caulked, with hatches off, decks swept, and abandoned, was passed 27th ult., lat. 33. long. 63. by the Margaret, arrived here.

Genoa, April 11th. A three-masted vessel, laden with planks, wine, and flour, dismasted and abandoned, was passed 19th ult. lat. 36. long. 5. (meridian of Cadiz) by the Ipanema arrived here.

Galway, 16th March. The Cinderella, of Halifax, under jury-masts, and apparently abandoned, was passed 14th ult. by the Midas, Bannerman, arrived at this port.

1 Hambro, 15th March. The Cupid, Chilton, Riga to Hull, is supposed to be wrecked near Amrum, part of the cargo (filax) having been picked up on the sand-banks of the latter place.

Amsterdam, 19th March. · A brig, belonging to Whitby, with only C. A. visible on the stern. foremast gone, and full of water; was passed 9th instant, in lat. 44., long. 10, by the Fortuna, Griet, arrived at Helvoet.

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