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Two services have been held here, both thel meeting, a pious captain expressed of a deeply interesting nature. One to me the deep interest he felt in the was on board the Florentine, bound to moral welfare of his crew.
He exthe Mauritius and Ceylon. The whole claimed,— By the help of God, I will ship’s company were called into the try to do more for their salvation. I spacious cabin, and after singing a will have a Bethel flag of my own; and hymn, reading the word of God, and wherever I go in foreign ports, I will prayer, they were addressed from a hoist it. It will prove a rallying point. portion of divine truth.
We will thus practically say,_Choose Another meeting of similar nature ye whom ye will serve ; but as for me and importance, was held on board the and my ship's company, we will serve the Union, bound to Sydney ; the people Lord !' Another captain said,- My were assembled on the quarter deck, mind has been much affected of late with and divine service held. This was also a sense of my responsibility to God, for a very impressive service; the words the souls of my crew! O that masters of chosen for the address were,- When ships more generally felt this! They thou passest throngh the waters, I will would then use all scriptural means not be with thee,' &c. These services are only to lead them to Christ, but to clear very important to the spiritual interest their own souls of their blood ! Ob. of our sailors on leaving their native serving the tracts lay on the cabinshores ; and we earnestly wish we could table, the eye of the captain's wife obtain the favour of more ships for the caught the one entitled — The Death purpose of thus addressing seamen, of Altamont.' She exclaimed,—' that some of whom never enter the house of tract I shall never forget. Several God when in port,
voy- years back I read it with most awakenage, and from year to year.
ed feelings; I trust it drove me nearer
to heaven. The master of a vessel Loan Libraries.--Six loan libraries expressed his wish that some means have been granted, during the past two of grace should be provided for seamen months, to ships bound to Sydney, in the port of Charont, in France. 'I South Australia, Mauritius, the South beseech you,' said he, "to lay the case Seas, Algoa Bay, Demerara, and Malta. before the Board of Directors. There Three loan libraries have been returned, are provisions of a spiritual nature for and most pleasing accounts given of sailors in the ports of Havre and Methe usefulness of the books. In one in- mel-but none at Charont. I laid there stance the captain, officers, and crew of last winter, with forty sail of vessels, a ship, which had been favoured with a at the different quays ;-0, how I lalibrary, on their arrival, made a collec- mented the fact of no Protestant place tion of £16 188. 6d., which has been of worship being near. To me, it was paid into the funds of the Society. nothing short of a famine of the bread Another ship’s 'company, on returning of life. The consequence is, that the the loan library, collected £3 11s. 4d. seamen go to the spirit shops, (for al. A third collected £1 10s. Od., all going cohol is cheap there) get as much, and to shew how much they esteemed the often more, than they can carry—they books. May God, in rich mercy, con- then reel on board, and “turn-in.' This tinue to bless the means used for the is the way the sabbath is passed by the spiritual interests of our long-neglected majority. As your Society is Foreign sailors !
as well as British, pray do something
for the port of Charont!' I promised Mr. Maddox's Report (concluded.) to report the case ; but at the same time At the close of a very interesting Be. expressed my fears, that, in the present state of the Society's funds, they Testimony to the Hartlepool Union would not be able to attempt any thing Shipping Company.” May our wealthy immediately for that port, there being merchants and ship-owners of London others whose claims would take the Go and do likewise.' What incalculaprecedence.
ble benefits would then accrue, not I have been pleased to witness in only to our maritime population, but, some instances the efforts of pious in- through them, to the inhabitants of dividuals to benefit seamen. On one other lands. occasion, I found in the cabin of a ves. sel, a Bible and Prayer-book, with the On the whole, I trust, the work contollowing inscription :
tinues to advance-though I have had “Presented by Mrs. Susan TAYLOR, frequent occasions to mourn over the of Newcastle, to the Brig Rosa, as a apathy and deadness of the people.
[Extract of a Letter from Mr. BARCLAY, Adelaide, South Australia.] It is a positive relief to know, that when seamen leave our favoured christian land, they will be met on the shores of distant regions by the minister of religion, and be thus brought within an influence so divinely adapted to impress and sanctify their hearts. Would that there was an agent on every foreign shore! But hope supports us. The time is coming, when the sailor must be regarded, and when for him provision must be made. Soon may the little one become a thousand !
It has been my happiness now, for evening. I am generally received very twelve months to be fairly afloat in the well among the English captains and Bethel canse,-preaching at the port seamen visiting this port; though the (seven miles from Adelaide) every latter, for the most part, are a despeLord's-day morning. We also conduct rate set of fellows. I have, however, services on shore, morning and after- hitherto passed amongst them without noon at the Sailor's Union Church. In molestation. If ever I needed sanctifythis important work I am assisted by ing and strengthening grace, it is here. some young men from Mr. Stowes' and My health has been better than when the Wesleyan chapels. We also hold in England, and altogether I am toleraa service every alternate Wednesday bly comfortable.
THE HAPPY SHIP'S COMPANY.
The following account received from Captain of the R-, lately arrived from the South Seas, after an absence of three years and nine months, will fully prove how far the efforts of pious captains, by the blessing of God on their labours, may be rendered instrumental in promoting the moral and spiritual interest of those, who, on such long and dangerous voyages, are committed to their care :
At the commencement of the voy- his determination of having an altar age, on leaving London, Capt. G- erected for divine service, morning and made known to his officers and men evening, whenever weather and cir
cumstances (over which, in the course board enjoyed perfect health during of the voyage, he might have no con- the voyage, except one man, whose trol) would admit. He fulfilled his pur- constitution was impaired previous to pose; and, by strict adherence to tem- leaving England ; and who, at his own perance (not even tasting ardent spirits, consent, was left behind at Huahine. nor having done so for many years, al- With this ption, all returned in the though always engaged in the South ship, which is almost an unprecedented Sea Whale Fishery,) he proved to his case ; while a quantity of the spirits, officers and ship's company, the benefits sent out for the use of the sailors, was resulting from such abstinence. Full brought homema circumstance seldom, rations of rum and brandy were allow- if ever known before. At Huahine, ed by the ship's owner on leaving Lon- Capt. G. engaged a native lad about don, as is usual on such voyages. But seventeen years of age, whom he has, such was the effect of the consistent during the voyage, instructed to read conduct of the captain, in walking be- and write,-his lessons have been all fore his men as the servant of Christ, scripture lessons,-he reads most corthat by his precept and example twen. rectly, (having heard him myself,) and ty-six out of thirty-five of his men he writes a very legible and excellent conscientiously abandoned the use of Land. He appears to be the subject of ardent spirits, although exposed to the serious impressions. toils and dangers incident on whaling voyages in those distant and remote I have had an opportunity of conseas. The benefits arising from this versing with several of the crew of the line of conduct were, that they enjoyed R—, and they all speak in the highest much better health than before,--were terms of the conduct of Capt. G., as a in better spirits, and erabled to perform christian man to whom they are much more duty with less fatigue; and, above indebted. The highest degree of hapall, that they were led to a greater de- piness existed amongst them as a ship's gree of seriousness and thoughtfulness. company—as a proof of this, while I There is reason also to believe that six was conversing with some of the crew, of them were led to believe in Christ in sight of the ship, where she lay in to the salvation of their souls. What the London Docks, one of them a change!
pointing to the vessel, sailor-like, said, When Captain G-touched at any • There's the old happy R- This is of the islands, he directed his course to not an unusual phrase for sailors, when those where are either British or Ame- things have been comfortable with them rican missionaries ; and on the sabbath during the voyage. And in the conduct days himself, and all of the crew of these men we have another proof, that could leave the ship, attend- that ardent spirits are not necessary for ed divine worship on shore. This ship sailors, even in voyages to the South was regarded as a pattern of cleanliness Seas, or the East Indies,—that their and order,--sobriety and discipline, use is rather injurious than otherwise, in both its officers and crew.
and ought to be avoided.
It was from this ship that we lately obtained the large donation of £16 18s. 6d. as stated in the report of the senior Missionary, and the intimation of which ought to excite others to exert themselves in behalf of the great cause in general. Both officers and men might do much to aid both our funds and our operations. To all we would say, Go and do likewise,'
It is truly gratifying to see how the work of moral reformation is extending among seamen. Happy precursor of millennial glory! Son of God! exalted to universal dominion, take to thyself thy great power and reign! Fill the earth with thy glory! And as the sea is thine by creation,-make it thine, also, by redemption !
During the past month, public meetings have been held on behalf of the Society in St. Albans, Luton, and Dunstable, all of which were well attended, and a spirit of renewed interest excited in the minds of many. We trust that none of our friends will relax in their exertions. Still greater funds are required to carry on the enlarged and enlarging operations of the Society.
The Rev. James Upton, and Capt. Prynn, Senior Thames Missionary, attended as a deputation from the parent Institution; and the Directors rejoice to learn that they were most efficiently assisted by the ministers of various denominations, in the places which they visited.
Various other parts of the country have been visited by several of the agents; and we rejoice to know, that, generally speaking, the christian and benevolent public of Great Britain, apart from all denominational differences, are so cordially disposed to respond to wellsustained appeals on behalf of their own seamen.
SERMON BY THE REV. J. HARRIS, D. D.
We have the unmingled satisfaction of intimating to our friends, that it is expected Dr. HARRIS will deliver a sermon on behalf of the Society during the present month, (November.) But the time and place will be published in the public journals.
Printed by J. W. Maddox, Bermondsey, Southwark.
To the diligent and devout student of divine revelation, the study of nature, with its great and hidden mysteries, cannot fail to be deeply interesting. Nature is an open volume, and yet how few, comparatively, peruse its unfolded page, or even seek to make themselves intimately acquainted with its contents. Hours are daily frittered away by many, which, if directed to investigation into the works of God, would furnish the mind with richest stores of information, and yield a satisfaction and pleasure, in comparison with which the enjoyments of sense are not to be named.
Nor are the seasons less instructive. Each revolving period furnishes new and rising exhibitions of the Creator's omnipotent power and unlimited goodness. And it is to this department we now invite the attention of our readers.
“This season is one which is peculiar to northern climates like our own, and serves to answer many beneficial purposes. It has been compared to the evening of life ; and if we extend it to the verge of winter, the comparison is a just one; for the beauty of spring, and the maturity of summer, have then left nothing behind them but scenes of decay and cheerless gloom, which are the best image of that declining age, when man is warned by every token that his day is past, and his night is approaching. There is, however, the same wisdom and goodness apparent in the designs of providence, whether we consider this season in VOL. V.