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this without delay, for the time is short. Do it speedily, lest by delaying any longer the door of mercy may be for ever shut against you. “ Now is the accepted time; nou is the day of salvation, To-day, if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart.” There is no other name given under heaven, or among men, by which you can be saved, but the name of Jesus. As therefore you value your own soul-as you wish for happiness in time, and throngh an endless eternity, embrace the offers of salvation made to you in the glorious gospel. Lay hold on eternal life. And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. This is the only way in which happiness is to be found, either in this life or in that which is to come. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, to which the righteous run and are safe. In this strong place of refuge, no real evil can befal them, no plagne can come nigh their dwelling.
In the same book which teaches you what you are to believe, you have an infallible rule of conduct in all your intercourse with society. This rule you have in the ten commandments, upon which you should meditate day and night. It should be your great concern to have them written upon your heart, and to observe them carefully at all times ; in keeping this law there is great reward. That you may have a distinct knowledge of what you are to believe and do, you must carefully peruse the holy scriptures,-read a portion of them every day,lay up the word in your heart,—and practice it in your life. You are aware of the danger of departing from any of the commandments of God ;—“Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.” You will find this study profitable for the life that now is, as well as for that which is to come. This word is calculated to be your comfort in all your affliction. You will find it your interest to peruse the scriptures, as it may be long ere you be within reach of a place of public worship, in the country to which you are destined.
You may not there, as in the land of your fathers, have an opportunity of going to the house of God in company with them who keep the solemn, holy day. On your long voyage the perusal of the word of Him whose way is in the sea, and his path in the mighty waters, and whose footsteps are not known, will be your greatest solace. The society to which you are doomed, instead of relaxing your attention to the word of God, should be an additional excitement to peruse with increasing diligence what the Spirit saith unto the churches. If it be our duty in every place, and at all times, to watch against every appearance of evil, much more will you find this to be your interest, when you are among the offscourings of the human race. Your earnest prayer should be,~“My soul come not thou into their secret; mine honour be not thou united with them.” Instead of joining with them when they set their mouths against the heavens, when they profane the holy sabbath, you should study more and more to reverence that great and dreadful name, for it is holy, and to count the sabbath your delight, though you be far removed from the courts of his house.
You will be at a distance from your father and mother, and other near and dear relations; but if you believe in God, as your father in Christ Jesus, he will abundantly supply the loss you sustain, by your absence from your earthly parents. He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Jesus is a brother born for adversity; and he saith,“ Let all your wants be upon me.” Besides, however far remote you may be from each other, you may meet at the divine throne, and pour out your supplications for one another, at the footstool of the Eternal, and thus hold communion with each other. The tears which were shed at parting will be most effectually dried up, by their hearing, from good authority, that you have
found, and walk in wisdom's ways, which are pleasantness, and her paths which are peace. If your prayer be, let not the errors of my youth, nor sins, be remembered; and if this prayer be heard, and graciously answered ; if henceforth you be enabled to walk in a plain path, because of enemies and observers, this will turn their mourning into joy, and their sorrow into gladness. The recollection of the hour of parting, and the anguish they felt at the last farewell, it is hoped, will be a lasting memento to you, ever to act so as to dispel the gloom that for some time must hang over their minds. You will be far removed from their observation; but the eye of the Omniscient will be ever upon you. Whither can you go from his presence ? He seeth in the darkness as well as in the light. He is entirely acquainted with all our ways; and all our thoughts, and words, and actions, are recorded in that book out of which we are to be judged. Before an earthly tribunal, it is possible that, for want of evidence, or for some other cause, the guilty may escape, or the legal punishment may be mitigated; but in the great day of judgment, none shall escape deserved wrath. The wicked shall then go away into everlasting punishment, and the righteous into life eternal. That you may retrieve all your errors,—that you may be a son of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,-that your future conduct may be such as to afford joy to your parents, and all your relations,-and that, in due time, you may enter into the joy of the Lord,-is the prayer of
ADVICE TO YOUNG MEN.
Whatever your circumstances may be in; this world, still value your bible as your best treasure; and whatever be your employment here, still look upon religion as your best business. Your bible contains eternal life in it, and all the riches of the upper world, and religion is the only way to become a possessor of them.
To direct your carriage towards God, converse particularly with the book of Psalms ; David was a man of sincere and eminent devotion. To behave aright among men, acquaint yourself with the whole book of Proverbs; Solomon was a man of large experience and wisdom. And to perfect your direction in both these, read the gospels and the epistles ; you will find the best of rules, and the best of examples there; and those more immediately suited to the christian life.
In every affair of life begin with God; consult him in everything that con. cerns you ; view him as the Author of all your blessings, and all your hopes ; as your best Friend, and your eternal portion; meditate on him in this view, with a continual renewal of your trust in him, and a daily surrender of yourself to him, till you feel that you love him most entirely, that you serve him with sincere delight, and that you cannot live a day without God in the world.
Since in many things we offend all, and there is not a day passes which is perfectly free from sin, let repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ be your daily work; a frequent renewal of these exercises, which constitute a christian, at first, will be a constant evidence of your sincere christianity, and give you peace in life, and hope in death.
[From Lloyd's List, and the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, from 12th July, to 11th Sept. 1841.]
Exhibiting a wreck of seven Ships, and a probable loss of not less than SEVENTY LIVES.
The SWALLOW OF WHITEHAVEN, July 20th. The lingering hopes of the relatives and friends of those who were on board the ‘Swallow,' are now completely worn out; and all expectation of ever hearing more, either of her or any of the crew, are entirely at an end. It is now more than two years since this vessel was launched from the yard of Messrs. Brocklebank, of this port, who were both the builders and owners of the “Swallow, which, on being launched, proceeded to Liverpool, from whence she took a cargo and left for South America, where she arrived in safety. On the 15th July, 1810, the ‘Swallow' sailed from Guayaquil with a cargo of cocoa for Cadiz, with two gentlemen on board as passengers, who were owners, we believe, of the cargo. After leaving Guayaquil, she was never more either seen or heard of; and as upwards of a year has now elapsed without any tidings of the unfortunate vessel, the conclusion naturally is, that she must have foundered at sea, and all hands perished.
Cardigan, Augnst 14th. A vessel, name unknown, sunk on Wednesday morning, off the Bishop's Head, and all hands, supposed to be four in number, must have perished. She belonged to Cardigan.
St. Kitts. July 13th. The pinnace of the ship Earl of Liverpool, laden with merchandise from Nevis, for this port, was totally lost in the Narrows on the 8th inst. during a gale,-four men drowned.
TABLE OF ACCIDENTS!
And if we allow, that for every ten of these casualties, only one perished, this will give a melancholy addition of THIRTY to the preceding number.
STRANDING OF THE SHIP SAMPSON, OFF
(The following is an extract of a Letter from a Passenger, who sailed on board the ship
• Sampson, bound to New York, from London.)
We left Portsmouth on the 1st of May, and had unfavourable winds until the 28th, when the fog, which had been thick for five days, became so dense, that we could not see our sails. At six o'clock, being below in our berths, we were alarmed by the cry of “ breakers a-head.” I immediately rushed on deck, but the scene I cannot describe. It was too evident that we must strike, for the ship was hemmed in by breakers ; and at the moment, the fog lifting a little, we saw land about 700 fathoms distant. The first shock being over, captain Smith told me to go to a rope, and help the seamen in launching the boats ; and one was immediately sent in charge of the second mate, to discover what sort of place it was, and if any inhabitants; and while it was gone the ship struck. This is a sensation which you must feel, to thoroughly comprehend ; the ship seemed to shake in every board, and the masts tottered. The captain ordered one of the men to stand with axe in hand at the foot of the mizen-mast, and cut immediately he gave the word; but the ship righted, and by this time the boat had returned, the second mate stating that the place appeared to be a rock, or island, for they had walked two miles, and it appeared to be leading them round. The passengers, that is the women and children were then landed first, some of the men, mere children in point of moral courage, almost crying to be allowed to go in the boat, for the ship kept striking every five minutes, and it was necessary to hold fast by something to be enabled to stand on deck. All the passengers were landed, and had begun to make fires on the rock, or island; the place being about six miles round, and having a projecting head, but of which, in consequence of the thickness of the fog, we could see nothing when we left the ship. The ladies were all lying on the mattresses, which had been sent ashore for them; the men were some round the fires, others straining their eyes to see if they could descry our boat, and when the captain landed they gave us three cheers. I shall never forget this scene: the fires were flaming above the trees, and every minute a tree would fall into the flames. There now came on a heavy rain, which soaked me to the skin : so we lay down on the soft ground, and were thankful to find ourselves on anything firmer than water, and I slept well for five hours. But now comes the most disgraceful scene in the midst of our sufferings. Most of the crew were blacks, and the moment we struck, the liquor appeared to be their only object of solicitude. They came begging it of the passengers, whom I entreated not to give it, and got all I could and threw it overboard. They then went to the steward's stores, and demanded some; but the captain gave the steward a brace of pistols, and desired him to shoot the first man who broke into the liquor-room ; however they managed somehow to get enough to make them all drunk, and in the night they took one of the boats and got on board the ship, when they broke open nearly all the passenger's boxes. Captain Smith himself was robbed of a case of jewellery and two gold watches, worth 700 dollars; and one of the cabin ladies (a countess) lost a case of the same, worth £300.
The next morning we were espied by fishermen, who cam to our assistance, and we all re-embarked, the ship having drifted off the rocks in the night, the fishermen acting as pilots. The ship had now anchored with seventy fathoms chain, which we were obliged to let go, not being able to weigh it, and we got once more out to sea, steering for Whitehead Harbour, near Cape Canso. We struck twice again, getting out. Shortly after, captain Smith came to me, and said, • Brown, you see that headland that projects out? I want about five volunteers to take a boat, and stop on the corner of that, and make a fire all night, as we shall have to get round it, which I do not think can be done to-night ; and I shall not trust to the fishermeh, as, if I have a fire there, I shall be enabled to avoid the rocks." Farebrother and myself accordingly went, and took three of the steerage passengers (countrymen) with us, to chop the trees, and two seamen.
There was a heavy sea, and it rained incessantly; but we landed at dusk, the two sailors returning with the boat, with a codfish which happened to be in the boat. We remained till ten o'clock next morning, when a fishing boat took us again on board-captain Smith cordially thanking us, telling us we had materially contributed to save the ship, and a cargo worth £70,000; for in the night Mr. Whiting, the mate, saw by our fire that the ship was steering on a rock which he had seen in the day, and mentioned it to the captain, who immediately ordered an anchor to be let go; and in the morning the mate threw a biscuit from the deck into the breakers--a narrow escape. By cutting away the foremast, the ship got next day into Whitehead Harbour, when all tlie passengers were landed.
+ Great Yarmouth, July 29th. On the 24th instant, a vessel, name unknown, got upon Hasborough Sand, and afterwards sank in deep water : the crew have never been heard of.
Halifax, July 14th. The ship ‘St. George, Allen, of and from London, sailed with a cargo of dry goods for New Orleans, 29th April last. June 4th, encountered a violent north-west hurricane, which continued to rage until she was driven on shore the 17th, at eleven o'clock P. M., on the Cat Keys, Florida shore. Captain Allen, the mate, and fifteen of the crew were swept overboard and drowned. Two men and a cabin-boy, the only survivors, were rescued by captain Appleton of the schooner Comet,' of New Providence, (Bahamas) and taken to Key West : they had been clinging to the wreck forty-five hours. The St. George was owned by Henry Fletcher, Esq., Lower Shadwell.
Pirates. Intelligence by the schooner Apparition,' of Jersey, Captain Gruchy, from Monte Video, arrived at Cork :
“On the 2nd of July, lat. 17 N., long. 28 30 W., boarded by two pirates, who after overhauling the ship, left us, taking with them a cask of water. Eleven men armed with pistols, knives, etc. came on board. The captain of one of them was a short stout man, having a pair of white flannel trousers on, and pistols in side pockets, dark complexion, black whiskers, and wore a cloth cap. The other captain was a tall man, grey eyes, yellow look, sandy whiskers, wore a yellow shirt, and old gold lace cap, and was armed with a knife and pistols. He spoke french fluently, and appeared to be the commodore. The interpreters were a middle aged man, having grey hair and mustachios, a pair of white trousers, and wore a white manilla hat; he was also armed. He spoke a little english and french. The other interpreter appeared to be labouring under the sickness common on board of slavers. Amongst the remainder were some blacks, and a man whom we took to be an Englishman, also armed. There were two schooners, carrying no topsails. The decks of both were crowded with men.”