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palling aspect : blocks of ice were to rance principle, and who have them. be seen in different parts, some thirteen selves borne this testimony, that they and others fifteen feet high. One of have tried and proved it in the hottest our Bethel captains told me, he was (West Indies in summer,) and coldest compelled to walk the deck of his ves- climates, (Quebec, in the depth of sel two whole nights, when the frost

winter.) was most severe, to watch lest his ship Some time since, a total abstinence should be injured by the pieces of ice, captain, (formerly a settled drunkard,) which, in a swift and strong tide (such told me he was one of twenty-four capas in the Thames) float up and down tains, sailing from St. Ives, in Cornthe river for many days. The delay of wall; and that three thousand persons the Perth, (Dundee steam-packet,) in there, out of five thousand, (the whole of Scotland, through the severity of the the population) had joined the abstinence weather, prevented one of my sabbath society, and are now attending different evening services on board that ship. places of worship. What a blessing

The coldest night I have found this for wives and families; especially when winter, in my public engagements, was we remember what they were a few on sabbath, January 31st. I was ap- years ago; perhaps the most dissipated pointed by the Society, to preach on and depraved in the whole of the board the above vessel, which lies at a county considerable distance from shore, on ac- The meetings I have attended in the count of its large dimensions. The second station, etc. average from fifteen meetings on sunday evenings, on board to forty persons, but the particulars of the London, Dundee, and Perth steam- them, generally considered, accord packets, are much prized by the seamen with accounts already given by me in who attend. There is generally a good previous reports. number present.

I have preached at the establishment, It being dangerous for vessels to lie Bell Wharf, thirteen times ; attended in the middle of the river, both in the six times in connexion with the servi. Upper and Lower pool, different cap- ces of the large steam-ships, on sabbath tains and owners availed themselves of evenings; dedicated five new Bethel the accommodation and security of the ships to our sacred cause; and distriEast and West India Docks. Some of buted books and tracts to all the seathe captains being favourable to Bethel

men present at my meetings. prayer-meetings, it was much desired

Frequently, within the last three on their part, that such services sbould months, have I been surrounded by be held two nights in the week, namely, calamity and mortality, occasioned by Wednesday and Friday. This has been various accidents which happen to some accordingly done; and, during the seamen, and especially that of drownmonth of January, I have frequentlying! The late storms and tempests attended services there in the midst of have swept away many vessels, with from sixteen to twenty vessels lying their whole crews, into the devouring side by side. Here have I found godly deep; and among them, some who, but masters of ships and seamen, men of a very short time before, had religious prayer, and members also of the to- services held by us on board their tal abstinence society, who gave the ships. How will they stand before the most pleasing and satisfactory account Judge of all-accepted or rejected ? of the beneficial effects of temperance Most important to be always personally on themselves and others. I know ready for the coming of the Son of man. captains of ships, and the whole of This reminds me of an inscription I their crews, who act upon this tempe- saw painted in the cabin of one of the

ships I lately visited :-Boast not thyself of to-morrow! Prepare to meet thy God !

An interesting case has lately come under my consideration. The conversion of a sailor, who, two months ago, gave himself to God and his people, according to His word ; the particulars of which I intend giving in a future number of the Sailors' Magazine.

Welsh Agent.--Mr. ROWLAND.Five months have elapsed, since I reported my labours among seamen in the port of London. I have been absent from three monthly meetings of my brother agents. I love their society-having experienced “ How good, and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" But those things occurring in the dispensation of an all. wise Providence, were unavoidable ; being occasioned by personal and domestic affliction, and the death of a relative. But, blessed be God! I am enabled to consider with Job that afflictions spring not from the ground.' Our heavenly Father sometimes permits them to mortify worldly inclinationshumble the soul-and to make his chil. dren long for their eternal rest.

Visitation of Shipping.–I have visited in the docks, at the wharfs, and in the stream, during the last five months, upwards of 1800 ships from different parts of the globe ; distributed thousands of tracts in various languages and many hundreds of religious books, magazines, etc. For the latter I am not only indebted to the Directors for supplies, but also to Capt. Allen, R.N., and other liberal friends. I consider those tracts and books the more valu. able, as, in the presentation of them, they afford means of introduction, and a convenient opportunity for religious conversation with captains, mates, and common sailors. They are received with gratitude; and it is no uncommon thing, in the course of my visitation of shipping, to be saluted, by masters and

men, 'Well, sir, you have come to see us after this voyage, again. You are very careful of us. You take much pains to promote our spiritual improvement. When in port, or out of it, we have read the tracts and books you gave us some time ago, with much delight, and, we trust, with benefit. We cannot do less than think of your kind. ness, and the Society's liberality, with thankfulness, when in distant ports, or crossing the mighty ocean,' etc.

Although our daily system of visitation is attended with gratifying results, I consider, that if the shipping were more generally visited with tracts, etc. on the Lord's-day morning, when no work is performed on board, and when an easy access might be had to captains and men, it might prove still more beneficial than our week-day visits. Of this I am convinced by personal observation and experience.

During the absence of our respected Missionary, Capt. Prynn, on behalf of the Society, I performed his duty afloat, in procuring ships for agents on the first, second, third, and fourth stations. The number obtained for week-evening and other services, amounted to fiftyfive; of these, fifteen never had a Bethel service before. And, in calling for the flag, I was gratified to hear captains and men universally expressing thanks for being honoured with the ministrations of our agents and mission. aries ; generally adding, ‘My ship is at your service, any time when in port. I shall always be glad to see you.'

During the storms and destructive gales, at the close of the last year, I was stationed on the river daily for some hours nearly three weeks, and was pained in witnessing ships towed up the river-some dismasted, others with loss of bulwarks, boats, etc.; and in listening to captains and seamen, who, in some way or other, had come to port, detailing the awful tempests they had encountered, and the losses they had sustained.

Bethel Meetings. — The number of Bethel services held afloat avd ashore, is 57-attended by nearly 750 seamen. This may not appear a large number, when compared with the number of meetings held ; yet considering the localities where they were held, and the character of the attendance, I deem it pleasing and most encouraging. I meet with proofs that the cause of truth and religion continues to prosper among our seamen. It gives me much pleasure to state, that since my last report, I have found many who have been received to church communion in their different localities.

Lodging Houses.-I have the same number under visitation, and continue my weekly visits; yet I am sorry that I have but little good to relate concerning them. One or two have reformed, and become decent houses for seamen.

During the long frost, I was unable to go afloat for many days, but confined my labours to the wharfs. I have sent a Bethel flag, for the use of the Auxiliary at Aberystwyth.

Fifth Station. - MR. EDWARDS.Since my

last

report circumstances have occurred, over which your agent had no controul, which have prevented him from carrying on his operations to their usual extent. Yet much has taken place that calls for gratitude to Him, who is the bountiful bestower of every good. He has mercifully preserved us through the past, and permitted us to enter on the present year, notwithstanding our many sins of omission and commission. May a sense of His for

bearing and supporting mercy, humble us, and lead us to praise Him for his loving-kindness! And, as we have been thus favoured, may we, through Divine grace, be enabled to persevere in our labours of love with more ardent desire to do good among our seamen. And may the Lord thus be glorified, and sinners saved.

Your agent has held meetings in the fourth, fifth, and sixth stations, most of which were well attended, and some of them delightfully encouraging. At one of the services, the master engaged in prayer for the first time. At another meeeting, a young seaman, whom I had not heard before, poured forth his desires in prayer to God; he appeared not to have been long in the good ways of the Lord.

Five masters have hoisted the Bethel flag for the first time, some of whose ships had been but a few weeks from the stocks. Many have been the thanks of masters and men, for these visits to them. May they be blessed to the everlasting advantage of their souls.

Your agent has also attended three services on sabbath evenings, on board the Perth steam-boat: there were good attendances,-many thanks for the services and the tracts given.

May the means thus used for the benefit of our mariners, prove effectual to the ingathering of souls into the fold of Christ, that they may know his voice, and follow him through evil and good report, until they arrive safely in the fold above, where they will enjoy his presence for ever.

BRISTOL SEAMEN'S FRIEND SOCIETY AND BETHEL UNION.

We have much pleasure in inserting the following extracts from the Twentieth Report of the Bristol Seamen's Friend Society and Bethel Union. The Meeting was held on board the Floating Chapel, on Thursday, October 15th, 1840. RICHARD Ash, Esq., in the chair :

The Bristol Seamen's Friend Society ly deserving the sympathies and kind and Bethel Union, a Society confessed- assistance of all denominations, based,

as it is, upon the most catholic founda. religion on the ocean; and dying tes. tion, and calculated materially to pro- timonies by those, who, safe moored mote the well-being and success of from the turmoils of their calling, have every other field of labour at home and entered the haven of eternal repose. abroad.

A friend says,-“We are not often It is no inconsiderable fact in its fa.

privileged to visit the death-bed of vour, that the objections raised at first

seamen; they frequently die at a disagainst this institution, by those unac- tance, as was the case with Shepherd quainted with the seaman's character and Harris; the testimony borne to have subsided, and there exists a can- their characters, by those who sailed did confession, that a material change with them, leave no doubt (though one has been effected in them through its lingered in a hospital abroad, and the instrumentality;

and that the vicinity other met with a watery grave) of their of the quays, wears a very different as- being for ever with the Lord. They pect on sabbath days, from that of for- have often prayed in this chapel; and mer years.

Added to which, the re- the latter dated his conversion to God peated testimonies of those who wit- from this place.” ness the conduct of seamen on their From a seaman in Odessa, the folvoyages, and the welcome with which lowing extracts will be read with pethey are often hailed on foreign shores, culiar interest. In one letter he writes, on account of their moral deportment, _“You will be pleased to hear, that prove that labour has not been bestow. we have two Bethel flags flying every ed on them in vain.

evening, as well as on Sundays; the A minister, who recently visited meetings are very numerously attended Bristol, in conversation with a member —and not without apparent good ; as of your committee, remarked, that he two or three, who were before wild had crossed the Atlantic, in a sailing and thoughtless sinners, are now cryship, and, after a considerable stay in ing out,“ what must I do to be saved.'” America, had returned home in ano. In another, he writes,—“I mentioned ther. He was happy to bear testimony in my last, that we had two Bethel to the general good conduct of the flags flying here every night; we have crews, and especially to the readiness had one on board our ship three or four of the captains to embrace every suit- times ; indeed I never saw people, able opportunity for him to officiate in captains as well as men, take so much his character as a minister of the gos- interest in any thing. They have, last pel, on which occasions there was a week, taken a store-house on the Mole, marked attention on the part of the and erected seats enough to accommomen; and no improper language or

date one hundred and forty persons ; conduct occurred to his observation these were crowded last Sunday, and during either voyage.

many persons were standing outside, But we liave the strongest corrobo- who, a week or two back, were conrative proof before us, in the attend- firmed drunkards and swearers. They ance of many pious men on board this are very badly off for books, and have chapel, from time to time, listening to requested all of us to do our best to the “ word of life,” or taking part in obtain some hymn-books, such as are the sacred exercise of prayer; and it used in the Bethels at home, which you is well known, that no mere profession must help me to procure.” This apof religion will sustain such, exposed, peal was readily attended to, and subas they are, to the contumely of their scriptions raised sufficient to present worldly shipmates when at sea. We

10 the writer, on his return, four bibles, have living witnesses to the value of five testaments, one hymn-book, 360

tracts, which he undertook to deliver, on re-visiting Odessa.

In the early part of the year, a seaman, living in

street, who had caught cold on his last voyage, was very ill, confined to his bed, and requested some christian friend to visit bim; this was complied with by two or three. To one of them he thus expressed himself -“Sir, I am very ill; and I do not know what may be the result !" To the question, if he had ever attended any place of worship, he replied, “ Yes, sir, at the Seamen's chapel, frequently, and often felt convictions under the word preached ; but these wore off, when I again mingled with my ungodly shipmates. I had early advantages of instruction in a sunday-school, and a pious mother, whose prayers and advice now come fresh to my remembrance. My trust is alone in the Saviour, and I hope he will have mercy upon me.' His language and deportment, up to the close of life, was highly satisfactory; and a good hope, through grace, is entertained, that' his end was peace.'

The society, for two years, employed a seamen's missionary, to visit the ships, the families of seamen, and the pilots at Pill; but circumstances arose which made it needful to dispense with his services. Some friends, the Bethel companies, however, still continue their gratuitous labours, as heretofore, with much pleasure to themselves, and profit to the crews of such vessels as assemble under the Bethel flag. In this department of labour, the need is greatly felt of some pious devoted friends, to unite with those already engaged'; while it is justly due to one who has long served in the cause, to say, that he has, in a good measure, supplied the place of a seamen's missionary, by his diligence in season and out of season, on board the vessels round the quays, as well as by various duties, on board the floating chapel, and in the sabbath-school. To that friend we are indebted for the following information :

"Since the resignation of your missionary, I have assisted the Bethel companies, by being present at all their meetings. I have visited the various vessels on these occasions invited sai. lors and others to attend caused to be circulated 3,600 tracts-conversed with 44 pious captains. In conversation with one whom I have known as a consistent character, the last fifteen years, he says, I have had great anxiety upon my mind in secret concerning my crew; I hope God will do something for them. At our family altar, no one disturbs us ; the men bring down goods from the shippers, and wait till they see some of us on deck; and even the men passing to the other vessels, go, as it were upon their toes, lest they should annoy us.'

Another captain said, 'It was seven years since I was here last, and then I sent word to a young man, of another vessel, saying, he would oblige me if he came to the Bethel. He came; it was on a sabbath afternoon, God met with and blessed him; he is now a consistent member of the same church as myself, and I am now going to send him as master of a vessel I have lately purchased.'

The above friend remarks,_' I have paid above fifty visits to the sick, and have superintended thirty-four week evening services on board the Seamen's Chapel. About forty different seafaring persons have engaged in prayer repeatedly at the several meetings that were held during the year.'

The attendance at the chapel has been observed on many occasions as improved, in comparison with the former year; and, with the' exception of preventives when the water was ont, and the docking of the ship in June last, the services have been continued throughout the year.

The following extract from a letter written by a captain, a sincere friend to the society, on his return from a voyage, will be read with pleasure:

Blessed be the God and Father of

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