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Senior Thames Missionary.—CAPT. PRYNN.—Another year has nearly run into eternity. How many its mercies and deliverances ! And yet amidst the fulness of divine grace and love, I have to mourn over want of faith and zeal in the cause of him who loved me even unto death. How many souls are there to whom I might have been rendered useful! They have passed the narrow buunds of time. Solemn thought! Shall their blood be required at my hands ? Pause, my soul, and ask, Have all my powers been dedicated to the important duties of my office ? I have to plead guilty, and pray for the remission of my sins.
Still, I trust, I have in some humble measure been enabled, by the Holy Spirit, to point sinners to Christ as the only hope set before them in the gospel, and there are those who have found redemption through the blood of Christ, even the forgiveness of sins through the riches of his grace.
This is a suffi. cient proof that the work is of God, and that he is with us to strengthen our hands.
Hundreds of sailors dnring the year have finished their voyage. After having braved the storms and billows of time, have by strict attention to the directions given by the captain of their salvation, cleared the lee-shore, and in full sail, wafted by the gales of sovereign grace, entered the port of eternal rest.
Since my return home, the state of my health has prevented my labouring on the river as I could wish. I have held eight services in the sailor's chapel. In this place of worship, the sabbath services continue to be well attended.
Ship Libraries.--Five ship loan libraries have been sent out to the Cape of Good Hope, Calcutta, South Australia, Algoa Bay, and the Mauritius. Two
libraries have been returned with most pleasing accounts of good resulting from the perusal of the lent volumes. I have visited about two hundred and sixty sail of vessels, and distributed tracts and back numbers of the Pilot, and sailor's Magazine, which have been kindly received.
Visitiny Sailor's Boarding-houses.Many sailors have been prevailed upon to attend the sailor's chapel, and hopes are entertained, that some have not attended in vain. As a proof, at a weekevening service, while standing at the door of the chapel inviting sailors and others, a sailor came up and said, 'Sir, I have a few of my shipmates coming to see you this evening, we all come from one boarding-house. My shipmates were going to some other meeting, but I have prevailed upon them to come here, because sir, on Sundays, you kindly call and give us tracts. Here come the sailors—now sir, we are all ready.' I welcomed them all into the chapel (twelve in number,) and as the time for divine service had arrived, we commenced our seryice. It was a soul-refreshing season. Two of those sailors prayed, and truly God was in our midst to bless us.
Visitation of the Sick.--I have been called upon to visit the sick room, where in some instances, lay the aged sinner, writhing under a load of sin without ray of hope. I have pointed their faith to the cross of Christ-the sacrifice and atonement of the Saviour. This in one instance was not, I trust, in vain; for after four visits when entering the room one evening, the poor man cried out with tears in his eyes, ' I can believe in Christ-I can believe in Christ. I saw him once more after this,
and he gave me satisfactory evidence of man who seemed greatly agitated, and a change of heart. He died the follow- at the close of my remarks, presented ing day.
to me note embodying the very Another case was that of a dying language of the text. The note was as saint. On my first visit she scarcely follows: knew me; but the following day, being " Dear Sir, I request to be rea little revived, she recollected me, and membered to God our heavenly Father, wept much whilst expressing her hum- for his kind mercy shown to me this ble dependance on the Saviour. In one afternoon by lengthening my days, of my last visits I asked her,-" Is which I trust will be a warning to me, Christ precious to you?” She lifted up to nuinber them and apply my heart her emaciated arms, and exclaimed, - unto wisdom. Remember me in your • Precious ?--he is precious! She died constant prayers for my future safety.-soon after, trusting in the merits of
Yours; A Seaman." Upon enquiry, it Christ, and is now numbered with the
appears he had been knocked down in redeemed in glory.
his duties, and was taken up insensible;
and, in his own language, thought " it Fifth and Sixth Stations.-MR. BEN- was all over.” son.—During the past three months I Another instance was that of a caphave enjoyed much pleasure, and can tain and his mate who had narrowly assure the committee, that the amount
escaped a perilous voyage; both seemed of good resulting from their benevolent deeply affected from the consideration of efforts, cannot be calculated.
Every the mercy shown them. The captain month brings fresh discoveries of goud. said he had been notorious for swearing, The instances of shipwreck and sudden he hoped he should overcome that habit, death so frequent among our seamen, -indeed, he said, he felt it an heinous have not been without benefit to the sin." The mate said 'none had been so souls of some. I have met with several
wicked as himself,' and so deeply sensiinstances of this kind, one was of a ble were they both of their preservation, nature peculiarly striking. One evening, that they fell on their knees and thanked met my little congregation on board God, and sought forgiveness ;-their ship. I was more than ordinarily im- language was' Lord thou hast heard us pressed ; and previous to my going on when we cried to thee upon a lee-shore, board, had fixed upon the subject in the and delivered us, and now we seek for53rd of Isaiah, but from some cause un- giveness for our sins. The captain said known to myself, was diverted from my 'he always considered it unman!y,--and intended subject, and having turned over especially in a seaman, to shed tears, the pages of my bible, my attention was and he could not recollect that any of riveted to Psalm xc., which I read; the difficulties of life ever produced such founding my address on the 12th an effect, but now his sins often made
There was present, a young sea- him cry and shed tears in abundance.'
PORT OF CRONSTADT.
From the Journal of the Rev. E. E. Adams, Chaplain, for October.
My labours for the season in Cronstadt are now at an end; and in reviewing them, whilst I find great reason to
mourn over my inefficiency, my heart is gladdened by the conviction that God blesses his truth; and that the retrospect is not entirely free from instances was obliged, from the seriousness of a in which souls have evidently been re- fracture in his leg, to endure amputafreshed and born again.
tion. He had not been in the habit of During the month of October, busi- thinking about death and his soul, but ness has been so urgent as to break up this accident seemed to awaken him. the regularity of our prayer meeting in I conversed with him, and endeavoured mid-week; but the attendance on the to lead him to submit to Christ. He sabbath has on the whole been better, became deeply interested ; and soon As one friend of the Redeemer has expressed a hope in the pardoning left the port, another has succeeded ; mercy of God. But not finding snffi. and not a week has passed away in cient evidence that his heart was truly which I have not experienced the hap. renewed, I gave him the tract entitled piness of communion with some pious - the Great Change,' which he read seaman, God has blessed the word with eagerness, and I trust with prayer. preached and distributed.
When I saw him again, I asked himOn one occasion, as I was about to 'Do you still feel that your sins are forengage in the services of the sabbath given you ? '0' he replied, 'I am a on the deck of a vessel, a sailor came very great way from heaven !' I then to me, wishing to tell me something, endeavoured to show him that Christ which was this—You did me a great was ready to forgive sins; and urged deal of good, when you preached on him to cast his soul upon the divine board the Zest. I was then awakened mercy. I saw him but once more, and to a sense of my guilt and danger; and then he was calm and happy. '0,' on my way to England, as I was on the said he, ' I have reason to praise God watch at night, I found my Saviour, for my accident, for by it he has led me and trust he has forgiven me.' He had to see my need of him ; and although a now returned a second voyage.
wife and child depend on me for supThe demeanour of this sailor was such port, yet I am confident that God will as to convince all who saw him, that he take care of them. was a christian. The tone of his voice, There is joy in heaven over one sinin the smile that lighted up his face,spake ner that repentelh. If this one soul, of 'something heavenly within. Even out of the multitudes that visit this those who cared not for divine things, port, has been saved by the grace of gazed at him, as if conscious that his God—a cargo has been rescued from soul was animated with no earthly destruction, more precious than the spirit.
merchandize of gold and silver. Let A young man, who had well nigh us bless our God for his unspeakable lost his life by a fall from the topmast, mercy, and be encouraged to labour still.
KI N D RED
PORT OF ABERDEEN.-MARINER'S CHURCH & CHAPLAIN.
We are happy to understand, that the Mariner's Church, Aberdeen, which had been shut up for several years, has been opened again for divine ser
vice. It has now been erected into a parish church; but ample accommodation has been reserved gratis for seamen. A flag is hoisted as the signal for divine worship on sabbath ; and a prayermeeting is held on Wednesday, for the benefit of mariners.
The Rev. Mr Longmuir, who has been elected minister, is peculiarly fitted for his charge, by his long connexion with seafaring men, among whom he has several near relations; and we sincerely wish him God speed in his
important and interesting labours. We trust that our nautical readers, when visiting the port of Aberdeen, will avail themselves of the opportunity afforded, in Mariners' Church, of paying their vows to Him that ruleth the raging of the sea, and stilleth the waves thereof when they arise.'
GLASGOW SEAMEN'S FRIEND SOCIETY.
From the Report of the Rev.A. Macpherson, Chaplain to the Society.
During the month of August, two that if, in the course of providence, he Bethel meetings were held on board should ever return to this port, we vessels then lying at our harbour. The should be heartily welcome to hold a first of these meetings took place on similar meeting on board again. board the American barque, Lewis, The second Bethel meeting was held Capt. Perkin. About thirty sailors on board the Iris, Capt. Dickson. This and several ship's officers were present. gentleman, in conjunction with one of The sailors seemed to listen with undi- the principal owners of the vessel, kind. vided attention to the truths of God's ly permitted us to hold a meeting on word. Many of them seemed to join board, which was attended by about in the devotional parts of the service, thirty sailors; and (if I mistake not) with animation and fervour.
by a number of labourers about the It was truly a refreshing scene, to harbour. It was, if possible, still more witness a company of seafaring men, interesting than the former. Those called together, after the labonrs of the present-particularly the sailors-lisday, to hear about the things that be- tened with more than ordinary attenlong to their peace.' The text was tion. Two of their number were obtaken from 1 Timothy i. 15,- This is served to kneel down, and engage in a faithful saying, and worthy of all ac- prayer of their own accord, previous ceptation, that Christ Jesus came into to the commencement of divine service. the world to save sinners, of wliom I For my own part, I am not sure if ever am chief.' The services of the evening I spent a more solemn, at the were concluded by prayer and praise, same time, a more agreeable evening. and the usual benediction.
All of us, I trust, were ready to exCapt. Perkins had very readily and claim— It is good to be here ! The politely granted the use of his ves: praises of God were sung with much sel for divine service; and I took oc- animation and spirit. I am fully of casion, in my own name, and in the opinion, that every one who was prename of the directors of the society, to sent will bear me out in saying, that thank him for the very handsome man- our most sanguine expectations were ner in which he had met our wishes, as more than realized.
The text was well as for countenancing our first taken from Isaiah lv. 6, 7,- Seek ye Bethel meeting with his presence, the Lord, while he may be found.' thereby setting a christian example to The deepest attention seemed to perhis officers and crew. He endeavoured yade our little audience, during the to persuade me that the obligations exposition of divine truth, and indeed were all on the other side; and added, during the entire service. At the con
clusion of the meeting, one master of a vessel (Capt. Edwards, of the Lady of the Lake,) shook me very warmly by the hand, and congratulated me on our meeting. I took occasion to thank him for his attendance, when he said • Who would come, if those who have experienced the loving-kindness of the Lord, would fail to attend such meetings?' He added, loud enough to be heard by all present—'I have too long sailed with sin and satan, but am determined, by God's grace, henceforth to sail with the Lord. I asked if he
would fa vour us with the use of his vessel for a Bethel meeting on some future occasion. His open-hearted and seaman-like answer, was- All I have is the Lord's; and you shall be heartily welcome.'
These meetings were certainly an auspicious commencement to these
works of faith, and labours of love,' on the part of the society. Let us regard this attempt to benefit the sons of the ocean,' as an earnest and a pledge of good things yet to come. Let us 'thank God and take courage.'
ON THE SPIRIT RATIONS. – AMERICAN NAVY.
The following communication has been forwarded to us by Professor J. S. Rogers, M. D., of New York, to whom it was addressed by a gentleman who has been long a chaplain in the American navy, and who has had the best means of forming a correct estimate of the facts to which he here directs his attention :
On board our men-of-war the whis. key part of the ration is not allowed to the junior officers or the apprentices. Of the crew, two thirds perhaps receive in lieu of it, by their voluntary consent, a commutation in money of twice its cost, which they usually spend in port, for fruits and other delicacies of the season.
But the only way to put an effectual stop to this use of whiskey on board of our national ships, is for Congress to strike it from the ration, and to enlist our crews on those terms. This, I think, will be done before long; and it will be productive of the most beneficial results. The greater portion of the offences and consequent punishments which occur on board our vessels is ascribable to the use of intoxicating drinks.
In our merchant service, about one half the vessels engaged in foreign trade go to sea without intoxicating liquors on board. Many of our regular packets, and most of our whale ships have banished the article entirely. Insurance is obtained in all cases, at a less premium, where articles of strict
temperance have been signed by the captain and crew. The progress of reform in this department of our national marine, has been steady, and without a retrograde movement.
Still a vast deal remains to be done : we have only made a commencement.
A thorough reformation will never be effected, in the habits and character of the sailor, till he has been provided with a suitable home when on land. Some provision in this respect has been made for him, but nothing commensurate with his wants. Not one in ten, even were he disposed, could find at the end of a voyage, or cruise, any other accommodation, than a low tavern or boarding-house, filled with the victims of intemperance. In such a place, and with such associates, the sailor finds himself, in a few days, swindled of all his hard earnings, and is obliged to reship to obtain the means of subsistence. The remedy is, a comfortable hometemperate associates—the society of respeciable females,-and sources of innocent amusement, tempered with moral and religious iofluences.