mutilated, -his spirit Aed,--the vital to state, that the sin of intemperance spark extinct,-a lifeless corpse. I appears more prevalent amongst sailors shuddered at the scene, and retired sailing to and from our colonies in North from the spot deeply impressed with America, than elsewhere. This soulthe uncertainty of life, and the need of destroying sin continues to slay its thoubeing prepared to meet God. I met sands. four pious captains at Ramsgate, one of During the month, I have held seven whom dated his first convictions from a religious services at the Sailors' Chapel, sermon preached at the Sailors' Chapel, and three public services in the open Bell Wharf. Whilst at Ramsgate, I air. Distributed, on various occasions, preached or ce at the Wesleyan chapel, 2600 tracts-110 back numbers of the twice at the Sailors' Room, and once Pilot_Evangelical, Baptist, and other on board a vessel lying alongside the Magazines, -and conversed with at quay in the inner basin. Many attended least 1000 sailors on spiritual things. on those occasions. I also experienced much pleasure in the distribution of Fourth Station.--MR. EDWARDS.-tracts amongst the sailors, fishermen, Since my last report I have, through boatmen, and tbe numerous labourers divine mercy, been enabled to attend connected with the harbour. I trust twenty meetings afloat, and about my visit was not in vain.

eight or ten at the Sailors' Chapel on

week days. Sailors' Chapel.-It is no small hap- The meetings afloat, were held in piness to know that the Lord is from

the fourth, fifth, and sixth stations. time to time blessing the word of his The numbers in attendance have been grace published within those walls. much as in former months. May He water this little portion of his Nothing particular has occurred duvineyard, and continue to watch over ring the above period of time, yet there and defend it from every evil.

is encouragement to go forward in this

delightfulemploy, arising from the pressLoan Libraries.-Three loan libraries ing invitations of the masters and have been supplied to ships going to men to visit them again as soon as Odessa, the East Indies, and Ceylon. possible. And two have been returned with One evening (in the fourth station) most pleasing accounts of their benefit. as my worthy colleague and myself One captain who has kindly subscribed were hesitating whether we should re£2 to the Society, informed me, that main any longer on board, or return to since the introduction of the books, he shore, there being but two persons on had marked a pleasing change amongst board, and but few protestants in the his ship's company, which he attributed tier; a pious master came from the to the instruction they received from other side of the river, and seeing no reading those valuable volumes.

seamen present, he said, “Well, my

friends, you must not be discouraged, Visiting Sailors' Boarding-Houses. I will go over the tier, and see what can -Many sailors have arrived from Ame- be done. He did so, but after all his rica and the Baltic, which I have visited and our exertions, but four, beside him -some on board their ships, previous to and ourselves, could be prevailed on their being paid off, calling their atten- to attend. tion to those things that relate to their At another meeting in this station a temporal and spiritual interest-and

young seaman came from the other others in the boarding-houses, distribu- side. He took part in the exercises of ting tracts am gst them. Sorry am I the evening, and enquired very kindly

after Mr. Benson, with whom he said and said they should be glad to see me at he had had some delightful meetings in any time when they were in the pool. the first station.

Thus, the seed of the kingdom has Six vessels have been set apart for been sown among our seamen. May Bethel services, during these three the Lord water it with the dew of the months, four in the fourth, one in the Holy Spirit, and cause it to spring up fifth, and one in the sixth stations. The in their hearts, and yield an abundant masters, in the fifth and sixth stations, harvest to the praise and glory of his expressed themselves much delighted,

grace !


We have just received the quarterly report of the Missionary who is labouring with so much perseverance and zeal in this important field, from which we give the following extracts :

Of each of my stations, now amount- who were most frequently before them, ing to twenty, I cannot give a detailed are now, comparatively, seldom giving account. In general they are promising. them trouble. Thirteen persons from one station, and A pious owner of smacks says, ' Mr. eight from another, have united in Chapman knows of many encouraging christian society in Margate. Six have cases, but he does not know the tenth joined in Sandwich, and several in part of the benefit sailors have received other places. The desirable object of in the Sailor's room that I know of; erecting a chapel for the use princi- and I never expected to see half what pally of the coast population in Kings. I already see of God's goodness towards down, and St. Margaret's Bay is accom- our long neglected fishermen.' plished. Usually about 100 attend. One fact :- The exhibition of the The next spot I have looked out for a star of Bethlehem, and the tee-total similar chapel, is Pegwell Bay, to in- flags. I have often seen three or four, clude Morthshore, and Cliff End, and and on one sabbath seven of these disthe adjacent places. I preach there in played in the harbour. a converted beer-shop, kept by an old Our faith is now likely to be tried, smuggler, and at Cliff End.

between this and October. Our fisherRamsgate has afforded us much gra- men are all gone. Those who trade tification. We have many Brixham foreign and go in summer steamers are boats from October to June. The men off, and most of those who remain are were not expected to attend our Sailor's in constant request, as porters during Room ; our pleasure was consequently the season. It is deeply to be regretted the greater, in seeing it filled with them that all the police and men on the pier, and their families until their departure- are threatened with a discharge, if they in witnessing their interest, by begging allow preaching out of doors; as we permission to subscribe weekly to its might have a large audience there. support; and especially in indulging Margate Seaman's Chapel is attended the hope, that in several instances sav

as well as ever. If we had as good a ing conversion had resulted. You will chapel in a good situation, we might hear with pleasure, that one of our have ten times the number of hearers. magistrates asserts, that whatever the Although many have been added to cause may be, the effect is, that those other congregations, several who have

been born there, will not abandon their week are conducted in this chapel.berth; but still look for the day when Broadstairs Chapel, St. Mary's, is now they may enjoy the privileges of church vested in trust,-it is improved in apfellowship. From four to six services a pearance, and attended respectably.



Mr. Pyne, in his last communication to the Board of Directors, thus writes :

It gives me much pleasure to learn which is compounded of flesh and from your magazine recently published, spirit: and that these widely different that the combined efforts of the Society component parts require nutriment have been so successful in advancing the according to their nature. He felt cause of God among sailors during the the force of this mode of reasoning, past year. I have reason to conclude -seemed interested, and I hope our that my feeble efforts have not been in conversation was beneficial. Others

but that they, through the bles- that I have addressed, have acknowsing of God, have awakened serious ledged their guilty practices, and the thoughts in the minds of some in re- sins they were in the habit of commitference to the important subject of re- ting. Such I have been enabled soligion. It appears evident that the lemnly and faithfully to warn. tracts which I have distributed among Not long since I met a sailor on the sailors—the simple addresses which I highway in a state of intoxication. He have given them—and the more private addressed me, sailor-like, 'Where are conversation which I have had with you going ?' In answer, I said, “You many of them, have been blest.

are going to hell evidently;' he wished A little cabin-boy told me that he to know how to escape it. The first read the tracts I gave him with pleasure step I recommended to him was, to deand was glad to get a little spare time cline all intoxicating liquors, reminding

him that no drunkard shall ever enter Putting a tract into the hand of a the kingdom of God. captain, entitled, “ The Seaman's Spyglass;'—that, said I, is a very excellent I have endeavoured to excite the atone. He took it, and began to read : in tention of the religious public of Exeter the mean time, a joint of meat was to the sailors' interests ; and some inbrought forward for dinner-turning to fluential persons among them, are in this he said me-There, that is what quest of a room in which to hold reI call the best spy-glass.' This led me gular meetings for them. I hope this to speak of the composition of man, object will be realized.

for that purpose.


We have been recently favoured with the First Annual Report of the Belfast Seamen's Friend Society, and have great pleasure in laying it almost entire before our read There are several very important sea-ports in the sister island, in which most effective agencies might be established. A cry for help has come over to us more than once. And if Ireland be too poor to help herself, we very much fear that we can render her very little aid. But of this we shall be able to speak more definitely at a future time. At present, we confine our attention to Belfast.

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In times like the present, when unhappily the unity of the church of Christ is so sorely broken, it is refreshing to contemplate an institution like the ‘Belfast Seaman's Friend Society,' uniting in one brotherhood of love christians of all denominations, who hold the truth as it is in Jesus.

This is decidedly a religious society ; and, for the purpose of giving security to its fundamental principles, and perpetuating its benefits, not only are the chaplains confined to those who hold the doctrines contained in the confessions of the established churches of England and Scotland, but a committee of orthodox persons has been appointed, vested with powers of filling up vacaneies in their number as they occur; so that, so far as any thing human is secure, there is perfect security that the buildings, and funds, and operations of this society shall never be perverted from their original purpose.

The grand objects of the Society are to preach the gospel to the seamen frequenting the Port of Belfast, and to give a religious and literary education to the children of the humbler classes connected with its harbour; and it is a peculiarly interesting feature of the society, that while performing this most important work, it furnishes to the world a captivating specimen of the spirit with which the religion of Christ teaches men to dwell together in unity, -for ministers of different denominations, who hold the Head, Christ Jesus, unite in taking in rotation religious services at the society's chapel.

It is a subject of deep regret to your committee, that they were permitted to enjoy, for so brief a period, the servi

ces of the Rev. S, Boyd, as chaplain ; his talents and acquirements were, however, of too high an order to be confined to a limited sphere; and though it would have been greatly to the advantage of this society to enjoy his labours for a longer period, yet it is most satisfactory to find that his merits are duly appreciated in the new sphere to which, in providence, he has been called. Your committee were for a considerable period unsuccessful in obtaining a suitable person to supply the vacancy occasioned by Mr. Boyd's removal; and though by means of a scripture-reader, and such clergymen as, consistently with the rules of the society, could be employed, the usual services of the chapel were regularly maintained ; yet, during a portion of the past year, much inconvenience was experienced from the want of a permanent chaplain.

The committee, therefore, with much satisfaction, announce the appointment of Mr. Robert Wilson, as chaplain to the society; a young man of whom they have received, from many quarters, the very highest character; whom they expect to enter in a very short time into holy orders, and who has commenced his labours under the happiest auspices.

The committee have also much satisfaction in the appointment made by them of a teacher for their daily school, his competency being sufficiently evidenced by the numbers in attendance in his classes, and the proficiency which they have made. One part of the society's system is a sabbath-school, for which abundant materials are furnished, in the large and rapidly increasing portion of Belfast, contiguous to the chapel,

Besides the services conducted on the seize on him, so soon as he reaches morning and evening of each sabbath, land; and by every species of vile sethere is a regular service on the evening duction make him a prey. Much good of each Thursday; and, besides the · has been done in many places by the distribution of bibles and appropriate establishment of boarding-houses, and tracts, a chief object for which the the appointment of committees of prochaplain makes a regular weekly visit. tection; and they have been found ation of the vessels in port is, to persuade most effectual means of increasing the sailors to attend the services of the cha- attendance on religious services, and pel. Your committee lift up their solemn advancing the work of moral and reli. protest before the public, and especially gious reformation. It is evident that before ship-owners, against the sailing of just in proportion as this great maritime vessels on the sabbath, as being not only city increases, there is the most urgent a flagrant evil in itself, but as preventing necessity to adopt the most effectual to a melancholy extent, the attendance means, not merely for protecting and of sailors on public worship. It is earn- reforming the seamen visiting it, but estly hoped that a practice so much for protecting the population from the opposed to the spirit of christianity, aggravated evils with which it would will soon be done away.

be inundated by reckless seamen. The chapel for public worship, and

Your committee have been encouthe school-rooms connected with it, are

raged in their labour, by the generosity now finished ; and it is hoped that the and good feeling which the christian christian public will teel happy in public have uniformly manifested. having an establishment for such im- This is, in the best sense of the words, portant purposes, which does credit to a popular society-popular with all who the public spirit of the town, and which have made a proper estimate of the stands as an honourable monument of maritime interests of this great nation the generosity and harmony of the -popular with all who understand to various denominations of evangelical

what a tremendous extent sailors may christians in Belfast.

be made agents, either of good or illYour committee acknowledge, with popular with all who love to see pracgratitude, the very valuable assistance tical illustrations of christian unity and support which they have received among the different members of the from the 'British and Foreign Sailors' body of Christ, and who labour and Society; they would, however, fondly pray that the way of the Lord may be hope, that so rich and flourishing a sea- known on the earth, and his saving port as Belfast, will not continue depen- health among all nations. dant on the liberality of others. How- Sailors have been long and sadly neg. ever generous the London Society have lected ; a heavy responsibility rests on shewn themselves, yet Belfast should the churches of Christ respecting them : maintain an institution of its own. christians have not felt, or prayed, or The committee earnestly recommend

acted for sailors in times past as they the adoption of some measures for pro

but a zeal has been awakened tecting seamen from the temptations which will surely spread; a work has to which they are constantly exposed. been begun which will travel wide and Terrible as are the dangers of the deep far; and with christian zeal, and christhey are mild in comparison with those tian prayer, and christian activity, all to which the unsuspecting seamen are on the side of seamen, the glorious pesubjected on shore. Hosts of land. riod will not tarry long wbich Isaiah sharks are constantly on the watch to saw in his prophetic vision.

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