Sleightom, on the 6th instant. Se- and behold his wonders in the great veral of the agents attended; it was deep.' I have been enabled to conduct a delightful meeting; about one hun- on the different stations, twenty-six dred sailors and friends were present. religious services, and have met with The impression these meetings have about six hundred sailors who have left on many minds will not, we hope, heard words whereby they may be be soon erased. The ships' decks saved through faith which is in Christ were crowded with sailors and others, Jesus ; one hundred and forty of whom to the number of one hundred and fifty. are pious men, and have united in My meetings in general have been of

prayer and thanksgiving to the Father of a very animating nature. Several pious all mercies for the efforts now made in christian friends have occasionally their behalf. Truly these services have attended, and have proffered their been times of refreshing to my own kind co-operation and assistance. Four soul, and I believe to many others. It Bethel flags have been furnished to is an acknowledged fact, that a visible captains going foreign, for the purpose change is taking place amongst the of conducting religious services when sailors upon the river Thames. This is in distant ports.

Two hundred and admitted even by the enemies of the fifty-three vessels, have been visited cross, some of whom I have met with and supplied with tracts. Four ship in my course. But let me now menlibraries have been furnished to vessels tion a few facts. bound to South Australia, Constanti- I have had the honour to dedicate to nople, Berbice, and Honduras. Forty- the cause six fresh ships, which will in seven volumes have been supplied to future be designated Bethel Ships, or sailors in the coal and coasting trade. floating houses of God; these have Six new Bethel vessels have been ob- gone forth to different parts of the tained.

world, commanded by godly captains ; Sailor's Chapèl.--The religious ser- three of whom, being also men of vices at the chapel are still better talent, have been presented with new attended, and on Sabbaths especially, Bethel flags, and have pledged themthere is a goodly company of our selves, in connexion with the society, brother sailors ; many, it is hoped, find through grace, to raise this standard, it good in this place to wait upon God. and to publish Christ the sinner's friend One of our dear brethren, Capt. Cowie, wherever they go. On the 7th of May, who often worshipped with us, and in the St. Katherine docks, on the whose voice was often heard within night previous to her sailing on a disthose walls, as well as elsewhere, has tant voyage, I held a parting service been called to his reward in glory, leav- on board the ‘ Reward,' of Sunderland. ing behind him a good testimony of Capt. Young, (who is also owner of the his confidence in God, and hope of ship,) himself, officers, and crew, were salvation through faith in Christ. I all present; also a pious father, whose visited him during his late illness, and eyes were fixed on his long prayed for intend furnishing a memoir of his life son, who had joined the ship the same and happy death.

day. Perhaps a thousand thoughts re

volved in his mind while the address Junior Thames Missionary. — MR. was being given from the words, "My WELCH.-My present report commenc- presence shall go with thee.' Truly a ing from the month of April, contains a token for good was granted on the ocvariety of facts which demonstrate the casion! The divine presence seemed goodness and mercy of God towards to fill the place (while yet dedicating it those that go down to the sea in ships, to the future service of the Lord) till

we all sunk down at Mercy's footstool humble and happy. It was a scene on which angels might have looked with pleasure. Capt. Y., who had come to assist me, now poured out his soul in fervent prayer.

On one side of the cabin, the anxious father yearned over his parting son, and on the other was the husband and the father commend. ing his affectionate wife and children to the God of the sea and of the dry land. The thought then rolled across my own mind, -Can this be the ship from whose side the Bethel flag has been spurned? Who is it that I now hear weeping aloud in that state room? Can it be that captain who a short time since, denied me admission in my master's name, but the guilt of which never left his spirit till he found his way to the foot of the cross? Yes, he that once said, no Bethel flag should ever come on board any ship which he owned or commanded, is now overpowered with a sense of the divine goodness and attempts to pray! Over this delightful scene waved the new Bethel flag presented by the British and Foreign Sailors Society, not as a signal of praise to man, but as a conquest gained by the glorious Redeemer, to whom be all the praise! The dock-closing bell now called us to separate ;-we looked on each other, and words seemed lost. We parted in tears, but not till the captain gave a thank-offering to the Lord, a donation towards the Seamen's chapel. Observe, it was the first contribution from sailors; and the work has prospered ever since. 'Ride on, O Emanuel, because of truth, and let thy right hand teach thee terrible things.'

My meetings on the river, with few exceptions, have been well-attended, indeed generally crowded. I can give the particulars of only one. On the 22nd May, I held service on board the

Cadmus,' in Mill-hole; her cabin being large and well fitted up for the occasion, on my arrival I was soon surrounded with about thirty sailors, most

of whom were old shipmates in the service of Christ, but who had not met for a long season. The scriptures being read, and prayer offered, an opportunity was afforded to any of them to relate the divine goodness towards them ; when several gave a clear and scriptural account of their conversion from the most degrading habits of sin and wicked works, and of the manner in which they were preserved and supported by divine grace under much persecution—as also in dangers and deaths often, during the past severe winter. One young sailor, who had just returned from a West India voyage, having obtained the hope of the gospel before he left England, found its value while there in a sick hospital with yellow fever-far from home. Even there he could rejoice, not only in the answer of a pious sister's prayers, but also in an opportunity of telling his dying shipmates around him of a Saviour's love. It was a delightful meeting—it was good for us all to be there.

I have delivered sixteen addresses on shore, including the "Sailors’, Chapel, open air, and country parts. In my visits to the country, it has greatly strengthened my hands and encouraged my heart to witness the growing attachment to the Society, and the increasing spirit of sympathy manifested on behalf of my brethren of the deep. To all my co!ıntry friends I would return my sincere thanks for the kindness they have shown me—for the manner in which they have received the interests of the Society. The collectors in particular, I wish every success in their laudable undertaking.

Ship- Visitation.-In my missionary work I have visited, including the docks and canals, from 10 to 15 ships, and distributed about one hundred tracts per day~-entreating, reproving, or instructing as need might require,have obtained for the agents' evening services, fifty-four ships,-have visited


and supplied with tracts, as usual on py to hear that our worthy Secretary, sabbath days, the boarding-houses and the Rev. R. Ferguson, has promised to streets, inviting sailors to the house of preach his funeral sermon, at the SaiGod. Have also visited the sick, both lors' Chapel, on the 23rd inst. (June) afloat and on shore, but have met with when no doubt he will give a fuller acno case so satisfactory as that of our late count of his life and experience. May honoured and much lamented friend I follow him as he followed Christ! and brother in Christ and in the Bethel cause, Capt. J. Cowie, now no more

O may I triumph so,

When all my warfare's past ; with us below. I have known him long

And dying, find my latest foe, as a steady, zealous christian, much de

Under my feet at last. voted to those of whom he formed a part, and I believe will long live in the First Station.- Mr. BENSON.-Durmemory of many of them. I believe

ing another three months of interesting he was amongst the first who engaged labour, I cannot but feel grateful to the in the Bethel work, and was permitted God of all grace, for the favourable reto live long enough to see this cause ception I have met with from our searise and greatly spread abroad. Du

In looking over ny journal, I ring the last week of his mortal life, I find I have held forty-six meetings on closely watched his daily sinking steps the river, and three at the sailor's chaunder a weight of infirmity, age, and pel. About nine hundred souls have affliction. O! how often was my mind thus heard the word preached. Several refreshed, and I trust profited, while interesting circumstances have come speaking to him alone of Christ and

under my notice, from which I hope heavenly things! While he had his re

my ministry has not been in vain :collection, (and seldom but he had) and

A young man, who, according to his able to dwell on spiritual subjects, own statements, was much addicted to his joy was not that of rapture, but his swearing, some time since coming on peace was constant and steady, his con- board a vessel when I was preaching, fidence remained strong in Christ to became the subject of deep conviction, the last,-unshaken by temptation,- and has since attended our Bethel serthe wreck of nature-or the approach vices. I have held conversation with of eternity. On my last visit to him, I him, and find that he is walking in the found him in the swellings of Jordan- ways of God. I hope a good work has we bowed before God ;– how solemn been savingly wrought upon his mind. was the moment—how high did I count Another instance of good, arising out the privilege of offering up his depart- of the labours of a brother agent, is the ing soul to him who redeemed it,—till

following: One evening, being on the struggle ceased,-

,-on Monday, board a vessel conducting a service, and June 10th, at half-past one, P. M. Then finding myself surrounded by several turning to the lifeless remains, the praying seamen, I elicited the followthought rushed on my mind,-surely a ing statement from one of them, that great man in our Bethel Israel hath he heard a sermon on the Regent's fallen this day !-His mortal remains, Canal, which proved a lasting blessing which were attended by a number of to him. He said I can tell to sinners Bethel captains, were interred on Fri. round, what a dear Saviour I have day, the 14th June, in the burial ground found.'-Having heard him previously adjoining the Rev. C. Hyatt's chapel, pray, I could not but think on the Sha ell.

spirituality of his petitions. I should have given other particulars Have also met with many pious capof our esteemed brother, but I am hap- tains, who have been several years in foreign service. This is pleasing. In present from the shore. An appeal, at conversation with one, he gave me the the close of the service was made on following pleasing information :-that behalf of the new chapel and schools, during the last winter, himself, with Several took cards, and pledged them. thirteen other vessels, sailed from selves to assist. In regard to this obMessina, (a port in Italy), and that ject, I have found but one feeling-a seven of the fourteen vessels were com- desire for its accomplishment. As a manded by pious captains, -and also proof of this, they have, in many inthat the greater part of the other cap- stances, very readily (as far as they tains were at least moral men. Surely could) come forward to its support; and in these seven vessels, crmmanded by I am inclined to think, if the case be seven pious captains, we may suppose fairly represented, our directors will there were some pious seamen. God is find themselves supplied with ample doing great things, whereof we are means to carry out their designs of glad.

mercy to the full extent of their wishes. The same captain informed me, that in a recent voyage from a foreign port, Fourth Station.--MR. EDWARDS. he took in three seamen as passengers By the goodness and mercy of God I to England, two Welch, and one Irish, have been upheld and preserved through who were notorious for swearing; but the dangers and difficulties of other as it was his custom to have worship on three months, during which I have bad board his ship, and on Lord's-days to the pleasure of holding meetings on hold a regular service and read a ser- board ships in the fourth, fifth, and mon, the strangers attended. After

sixth stations ; also one on the city canal the first such service, they were seen basin, and fourteen week-day services walking together; and the mate over- at the Sailor's Chapel. hearing their conversation, heard one The service in the canal basin desay, he would never again swear an serves notice. There were about thirty oath. They attended the services, and present; two masters, two men, and a not one of them was heard to utter

revenue officer, poured forth the breathanother oath during the whole voyage; ings of their hearts before God, in such and when they landed, they expressed a manner as to constrain us to say, their unfeigned thanks to the captain Master, it is good to be here.' for his attention to them. Would to

In the fourth station, having asked God that all our ships were commanded the master for a bible, he brought it, by such men! I had the happiness to saying, 'It is an old one, sir ; it has preside at a more public meeting of been a companion of mine'a long time; agents, captains, seamen, and others it was with me in a French prison. I on board the ship commanded by our then read it through many times.' I much esteemed friend, Captain Sleight- replied, 'I hope you derived much holm. There were present from eighty benefit thereby—that you understand to one hundred persons. Three ad- it-and that you are steering your dresses were given :—the first, on the course by its directions to another and compassion of theSaviour ;-the second, a better world ?' He acknowledged he on a season of refreshing from the had not attended to it as he ought, but Divine presence ;-and the third, on the hoped he should for the time to come. promise of God, in relation to the con- I said, “It is high time for you to be version of seamen. The other parts of prepared for the end of your voyage ; the service were conducted by ptains for, according to the distance you have and by our brethren the missionaries. already sailed across life's tempestuons Several ladies and gentlemen were ocean, you will soon arrive at your des

tination ; and then, if you should be more anxious to be prepared for the out in your reckoning, through not end of his voyage, that he might enter properly consulting this chart, it will the haven of eternal rest with joy. prove a sad-an unalterable mistake.'

May the Lord prepare him by his He admitted the correctness of my grace for an abundant entrance into the statement, and hoped he should be

port of glory!


(From the Supplement to the Southern Australian, November 24th, 1838.]

We have been much gratified by a visit to the ship, Prince George, just arrived from Hambro’ with a large number of German emigrants. This vessel is in the highest order, and the emigrants have come out happy and contented, and express themselves fully satisfied with their kind treatment. Great praise is due to the captain, and to Mr. Flaxman (the supercargo) for their unremitting attention to the passengers on the voyage.


[Extracted from the same Paper.]

The following testimony we deem invaluable. It will be read with unabated interest by every friend of humanity. What a fine manly character is that of the sailor, when placed under proper regimen and control.

It affords us great pleasure to announce the arrival in our harbour of a thorough TEMPERANCE SHIP, the Bengalee. CAPT. HAMLIN sails without wine, beer, or grog! and not only does CAPT. Hamlin exert his influence, but by his example he contributes to the maintenance of the principle be has laid down. The ship Bengalee is a credit to all connected with her; her hands are strong, healthy, manly fellows, thorough specimens of British sailors, and they have already discharged more cargo since their arrival in the colony than any three vessels that have yet visited us. We sincerely hope the temptations which will be held out at the port to induce these brave fellows to indulge in excess will be successfully resisted, and for the credit of the colony, we hope their own efforts will be seconded by those who will come in contact with them whilst in the port.

[From a personal knowledge of Capt. Hamlin we were quite prepared for this high and honourable testimony to his principles and character. Before leaving England he purchased for himself a Bethel flag, with the determination to lift this standard on every shore. And we have it from our senior missionary, that he never saw a finer set of men than the crew of the Bengalee; and what is almost unprecedented in the history of any ship's company, not one of the men either asked, required, or obtained, a single fraction in the form of advance money!

Masters of ships :-here is a noble example to copy. Follow it, and then say

whether the choice be not good.]

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