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Such is the design of the volume now under review; and Dr. Morison has happily succeeded in placing the subject in an easy, perspicuous, and convincing point of light. Would that all our youth could be induced to listen to these friendly “ COUNSELS,” and conform their character to the great principles and lessons here inculcated !
There are a few topics in the book on which it is well known there obtains a diversity of opinion ; but on these points the author states his own views with great candour and christian charity.
Though the work has reached a third edition, and from this circumstance may be inferred how acceptable it is to an enlightened public,) we hope that it will yet obtain a wider circulation, and be eminently useful in leading many of our youth to embrace that religion which alone can embellish their character with the more solid and stirling virtues.
AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE SEVERAL PARTS OF THE LORD's
PRAYER. By the Rev. E. CORBISHLEY, 18mo, pp. 120. Second Edition.
W. Avery, Barnstaple. The first edition of this little work was written about fourteen years ago, in a season of critical personal affliction; and is now republished “ in connection with a benevolent object, which the author has in view.” Its subject is one of deep and vital interest, and the book will be read with profit by many. "We sincerely wish it a wide circulation.
The SNARES OF THE METROPOLIS, 12mo, pp. 24. The New
LECT OF Souls. 12mo, pp. 24. OUR HOME POPULATION. By the Rev. ROBERT Ainslie. 12mo, pp. 24.
Ward and Co., London. These three discourses, by the indefatigable Secretary of the City Mission, are powerful and stirring appeals, and address themselves to the business and bosom of every christian. They disclose many appalling facts ; nor is the least valuable portion of them embodied in the statistical information which they exhibit. We recommend to the serious perusal of all who entertain any solicitude for the radical improvement either of our civil or rural population.
Though we have classed these pamphlets together, and spoken of them as a whole, it may be proper to state that any one of them may be had separately. It is above all important, that no christian who has formed any just estimate of the nature and necessity of his holy principles, should remain ignorant of the ascertained and actual state of our great metropolis.
It is an important enquiry, Since christianity is so truly missionary in its character and genius,--since its propagation has been entrusted to the church, and commanded by her exalted and reigning Head ;and since every one is under the most weighty obligation, an obligation arising out of the very profession of the truth, to disseminate its sublime and holy principles,—why has christianity not more generally obtained in the world !-- why has it not been universally diffused ? To this question there might be given various answers, according to the light in which it is viewed. But, without seeking to disparage other efforts of holy and benevolent enterprise ; and not even overlooking the incontrovertible fact, that progression as really characterises all the operations in the moral world, as all the productions in physical nature, we think we are justified in saying, that if our seamen had not been so overlooked and neglected,--had efforts corresponding with their condition and claims been made to purify and transform their character, this earth, geographically considered, would have been less dark-less ignorant -less degraded-less heathen ! The SAILORS' CAUSE most fully identifies itself with the MISSIONARY ENTERPRISE. And the glory of the latter can only be realised, in proportion to the achievements of the former. Under this impression, we have great confidence in the final success of our work, God is with us, and his blessing is resting on our labours.
AGENTS' MEETING :---HELD ON THURSDAY EVENING, 7th FEBRUARY.
Though greater success than usual, has for some months attended the labours of our dear and devoted brethren, it has tended rather to humble them before God, than to foster anything like self-confidence and elation. And, deeply impressed with the necessity of a still richer unction from above, to qualify them for future service in the great cause in which they are embarked, the following resolution was unanimously passed at their last meeting, and indicates the spirit and temper in which they are resolved to act:
“That conceiving a richer measure of Divine influence is indispensable to render efficient the labours of the Society, and its various agencies, for the improvement and salvation of our seamen, A MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING be established, to be holden in rotation, in the chapels in the East of London, on both
sides of the river, on the second TUESDAY in each month,—that the respective ministers in those localities be requested to give their presence and assistance, and that all the agents hold themselves pledged to be present at each meeting.”
We regard this as a most important resolution, and cannot but anticipate the happiest results, both to our brethren themselves, and to the operations of the Society in general.
Thames Missionary.--Mr. WELCH.- ever, have occasioned an increase of soI rejoice on the return of the season lemnity in the meetings in general, which collects together, in one place, The particulars of one or two I may in christian fellowship and conference, just notice. brethren united in the bond of the On the evening of January 2nd, met Redeemer's cause amongst sailors.- for divine worship on board the 'Dove,' From these scenes I have gone again Capt. K., in the sixth station, little and again, to resume my labours with thinking that it would be the last time on renewed strength, and rekindled zeal; board that ship. We had present six and with gratitude to the great Author ladies and three gentlemen, friends of of all good, I desire to cast my humble the captain, who came from the city to testimony into the treasury of his witness a sailors' Bethel meeting. The honour, who alone is worthy,
cabin was soon crowded with about On a general review of the past two thirty sailors and captains. The openmonths, I am led to conclude, that the ing year was improved by three adarm of Omnipotence is not shortened dresses. The first address I delivered that it cannot save, nor the ear of mer- on the barren fig tree, 'Let it alone this cy heavy that it cannot hear the prayer year;' the second, by the captain, who of the destitute.
is a preacher of righteousness, from the My labours have included the upper words, “Where art thou?' and the third, and lower pools, in which I have been by Mr. Jaques on decision of character, enabled to hold sixteen Bethel services
accompanied with earnest prayer by on shipboard, of the most pleasing kind, captains and others. A powerful influ. and which have been attended by 384 ence rested on the whole service. But persons; to whom I have endeavoured alas ! this stately ship has fallen a victim to administer the blessings of the gos. to the late violent storms. The other pel of peace. They listened with a evening, while visiting a boarding-house seriousness, [in some sense, becoming the affectionate crew seized me by the men whose lives are in jeopardy every hand of kindness on every side, saying, hour.. Seventy-five of them, I have Here we are, sir, just as we stand,found to be men acquainted with the but all spared. We reached London in throne of grace. They have assisted the ship's boat, after much peril and me by their prayers; and, if I may suffering.' I am happy to state, that judge by the crowded state of the they have not been left to say, there are meetings, I trust I may say, the late no friends in East London for poor alarming disasters have had some sanc- Jack. tified effect upon the minds of those A similar meeting to the above I held who live to tell their tale of woe. To on the 16th, on board the 'Milford,' many such tales I have listened of late, Capt. R. This new ship was dedicated even till my heart has sickened; but to the Bethel cause, under the most must not enlarge. These facts, how. affecting circumstances. I shall never
forget, while standing up to give the had a goodly number present; the address, looking around, and seeing master took an active part in collecting every place where a head could be press- a congregation, and his labour was not ed in to hear the word of God. The in vain. state-rooms and steerage were full, and At another meeting there were prealthough the night was cold, I heard sent two revenue officers. On board, some on deck. On my left hand stood one of them had retired to rest ; but a tall man, the picture of despair, whom being informed that the meeting was divine mercy had enabled me, the same about to commence, he got up again, day, to stop on his way to an act of and united with us in worship. suicide by throwing himself into a dock, At the close of the service, one of the (the effects of a week's hard drinking,) revenue officers requested that a similar and thus vainly hoping to put an end meeting might be held as early as posto his mental sufferings. The subject sible, which was complied with. А chosen for this occasion was, the 'Trem- lengthened conversation then took place bling Jailor,' after which many prayers on divine things, to which one of the were offered for the tempted man, by officers did not appear altogether a the weeping earnest sailors, which were stranger. graciously answered by the God of Other very encouraging meetings mercy. He stood up at the close, and ac- have been held. Your agent was deknowledged the effect which the service lighted to hear on one occasion a mate, had produced on his mind. I afterwards and on another two young seamen pour visited him, and am happy to state, that forth their hearts in fervent supplicaboth himself and his wife have since at- tion to the God of all grace, to pardon tended the Sailors' Chapel, especially and bless them, and to bless his cause during the late revival services, which among seamen. Although their petiI trust have been made a blessing to
tions were in somewhat broken senthem as well as many others.
tences, yet they appeared to be the During the two months, I have been breathing of the contrite ones. They enabled to obtain forty-two ships for have been recently brought from the agents, to visit from ten to fifteen ves- paths of the destroyer, and have but sels each day on the river and docks, just entered the straight and narrow also the boarding-houses on the sabbath way, which leads to joys on high. as usual. I have distributed 1700 tracts -entered on the list eight fresh Bethel
Sixth Station. Rev. T. MUSCUTT ships, and five captains have signed the writes: What can so effectually elevate covenant.
a sailor's mind, embolden him to meet Many affecting and interesting de- the dangers which attend him, or make tails might be given of my visitation of him so great a blessing to his country, shipping, if room permitted. Only yes- as pure religion? This is his best comterday I heard of two poor boys, who pass, his safest anchor, his richest were launched into a watery grave at pearl ;-with this, he is prepared to sea. May these things make me more brave the terrors of the deep, and smile than ever concerned for the salvation at threatening storms,-to rise in a of sailors !
moment from the wave that sinks his
body, to the calm repose of endless Mr. EDWARDS.-Since my last re- bliss. To bring him under its hallowed port, there have occurred some inci- influence; to make him acquainted dents of a pleasing nature in the fourth, with its delightful enjoyments ; to lead fifth, and sixth stations. On November him in its happy paths; to conduct him 14th, on board a new Bethel ship, we to its peaceful end, is the great object
of the operations of the Society. Such an object has in many cases been accomplished by the blessing of God on its labours. Every day the sons of the ocean are coming into contact with these labours, and thousands can attest the blessed effects which have followed. Those who visit our shipping, and conduct our Bethel meetings, are often gladdened by what they see and hear. They have proofs that their labours are not in vain in the Lord,—that the Spirit is given to many of these brave
and hardy men, and that they are im proved in their character, and better fitted for the duties of the sea, by the means of grace they enjoy while in the river.
I would state it as the deliberate conviction of my mind—a conviction produced by frequent intercourse with sailors, that they do appreciate those means of instruction which are afforded them ; and that the community at large will be benefited by what christians do for the spiritual advantage of our seamen.
In our former number, we furnished a brief outline of operations in the ports along the Kentish coast, as also in Star Cross and Kenton. We have now to exhibit what is being done in other parts.
NORTH AND SOUTH SHIELDS.
The Rev. J. Bilson reports :—Since I last wrote, I have preached much abroad, on the quays, and in the open air, to sailors and watermen, and have been well attended, and a good impression has been made on many, in reference to their soul's eternal salvation. God is adding one, and then another sailor to our church. O when will the Society see its duty to do more for this part of the world ! Here are thousands of sailors, living without God in the world. My heart bleeds for them; I am doing all that I can, considering the little time I have to devote to this good
Had I more time, I would do more. I am in want of a new Bethel flag; the other, by its continued use is almost unfit to unfurl. From some
Friends or Quakers, I have received supplies of tracts in foreign languages, which I had the happiness of distributing amongst the ships from different ports abroad. They were thankfully received by all except the French.
Subsequently, he writes :—God has blessed my labours amongst seamen in this port. Two have been received into church fellowship, and a good work is going on amongst them, which can be traced to the instrumentality of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society in its agency. I continue to receive tracts in foreign languages from a member of the society of Friends in this town. I hope you will send me a supply of English, and do not forget the Bethel flag.
The Rev. C. ROGERS, states :— The Bethel flag is always hoisted here hen vessels are in the harbour. A consider
able number of seamen have been induced to attend the chapels at the seasons of divine worship,-and, I hope,