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A captain at Long Reach, who came aboard the vessel where the service was to be held, said, “I was looking out for the flag some time, and began to be afraid that it would not be hoisted." In this instance the flag was not hois. ted long before the time for commencing the service. At the close
of a very full meeting upon deck, the captain took me by the hand, and said,—“Sir, I thank you for this service, and also on behalf of my men, I would tender you my best thanks.” I had this vessel a second time, when the most marked attention was given to the truth spoken. May it prove effectual. The Bethel meetings held in the river, in many instances, are fully appreciated, and by many are repeated in distant ports. Captains have informed me of such meetings being held at Riga and Dantzic, and of their beneficial influence. In a vessel where I held several meetings, one of the men has left the seafaring life, and is now preparing for the ministry, and intends going far hence among the Gentiles. May many follow him!
Our Saviour is emphatically the Prince of peace, and where he reigns there is peace. In illustration of this, a captain informed me, " that all his men went to chapel, and there was peace and order in the vessel from one week's end to another.” May the number of such vessels and crews be greatly multiplied.
A captain present at a Bethel meeting informed me that he had traded between Aberdeen and Leith for twenty-three years, and during that time he had only been a few sabbaths ashore. To our seafaring friends thus circumstanced, how necessary is the Bethel meeting. Ano
ther said, that with the exception of an address at the Bethel meeting, he had not heard a sermon for four years. How important, nay absolutely necessary to such, are these services ! The services aboard the large Scotch steam-ships, are discontinued for the present. There are none now in the pool, on the sabbath. The meetings there were well attended, and I hope good has been done.
In consequence of the desire expressed by many, for sabbath services, I held one on board the N- which was well attended. Great solemnity marked the meeting. I hope these services will be continued.
Among many of our dear seafaring brethren, there is a spirit of enquiry; among others, a manifest growth in grace; and in all, I trust, greater seri. ousness is becoming more general.
I am exceeding sorry to see that the attendance at the chapel is so small. I think the place is rather against it. A captain in conversation with me lately, said, “ that we ought to have at least ten, not large, but clean and compact places;" for Jack liked a nice clean place, and we could not expect him to ship himself, except we provided a comfortable berth. May such, by the liberality of the christian public, be reared, and set apart for our brethren to assemble in.
Many other incidents might be mentioned, but these will suffice to show that our labours are not without the sanction and blessing of the great Head of the church. May his gracious purposes speedily be accomplished, and his dominion be from the river to the ends of the earth.
SYDNEY BETHEL UNION SOCIETY.
It is with unmingled pleasure we here insert the following particulars in reference to the formation of a Seaman's Society, in that distant port, extracted from the SYDNEY HERALD, of Friday, March 26th, and which has just reached us.
On Wednesday evening, March 24th, in New York had given Mr. Adam and a public meeting was held in the The- his family a free passage in one of his atre of the School of Arts, Pitt-street, vessels to Sydney, and the American for the purpose of commencing active Society had guaranteed to pay one proceedings for the establishment of a third of Mr. Adam's salary, and the minister in Sydney, to supply noral and London Society engaged to pay another religious instruction to the seamen, who third, and it was proposed that the from time to time, visit the harbour of remaining third should be raised in the Port Jackson. Before the business of colony. the evening commenced, the room was
The Rev. W. Schofield moved the completely crowded by a most respect- first resolution, which was as follows: able audience, among whom were “That this meeting recognises the a large number of gentlemen connected christian duty of doing good to all with the commercial and maritime meu ; and animated by the example of interests of the colony.
the mother country, and by the noble The Rev. J. Saunders commenced exertions of the United States, on bethe business of the evening by moving, half of the maritime population, feels that R. Jones, Esq. M. C., take the it to be important to attempt an efficichair ; which being acceded to
ent plan for the spiritual welfare of the The Rev. John Saunders read the seamen belonging to, and visiting this report of the committee, from which it port.” appeared that the society had been Captain Benson, seconded the resoestablished in 1833, but, until lately,
lution. comparatively little had been done, and The Rev. J. M'Kenny moved the that consisted principally in a corres- second resolution as follows,—“That pondence with the London and Ameri- to carry out the foregoing resolution, can Seamen's Friend Societies, the first this meeting pledges itself to support letter being from the American Society, the Sydney “Bethel Union Society.' bearing date the 18th May, 1837, which Captain Innes said, it gave him great was replied to on the 26th of October, pleasure to second the resolution. 1838. It was subsequently stated that The resolution was then adopted by in consequence of the Rev. Dr. Lang's the meeting, after which the chairman recent visit to America, the society intimated that the Rev. Mr. Adam there, in consequence of his represen- would address the meeting, which he tations, had been induced to send the did to the following purport.-Rev. Mr. Adam here for the express He said, he was well aware that the purpose of administering to the spi- undertaking which he had embarked ritual wants of the seamen of this port; in was a hard one, but it was some at the same time a respectable merchant consolation for him to reflect, that it
was not one that was altogether new sent meeting, the interest excited by to him, or one with the duties of which the proceedings of the evening, so far he was wholly unacquainted. He also as they had already progressed, and deemed it but fair to state, that when the countenance which the public had he came here to undertake them, he already afforded to those efforts, which did so, more from a sense of duty than had been made for the purpose of from any necessity he was under to benefiting the mariners of New South embark in any such undertaking, as in Wales; he had no doubt that it was the land he had left for New South not yet too late, and that much of what Wales, he had been,up till the time of as yet remained undone would not only his embarkation, comfortably situated be attempted but accomplished, espeand surrounded by a flock to whom he cially as there was a combined influence was, to the best of his ability, discharg- already at work, to effect the ends in ing his duty as a minister of the Gospel, view, viz. :-The society here, that in but he had come hither in consequence London, and the one in America, which of what he had considered as a call had been the cause of his coming here. from his Divine Master; he came to The reverend gentleman then brought this colony as the avowed spiritual under review the various claims which friend of the poor sailors, and one of seamen had on landsmen, to have some the causes why he appeared before provision made for their being inthem that evening was, if possible, to structed in matters concerning their persuade one and all of those whom he eternal welfare, and enforced the same addressed, to become the friends of by a detail of some of the hardships these same seamen. He might state and privations to which all seamen that there were three causes which wore more or less subjected, in order had brought him to this colony ;—these that the creature-comforts of those on were, first to preach the gospel to all shore might be augmented. Among men in general, but to sailors in par- other reasons which he adduced to ticular. Second, he had come to this induce the meeting, to support the colony to do what he could in order claims of seamen, to have their spiritual that he might aid the exertions of the welfare provided for, he particularly societies, which had already been men- adverted to the immense sacrifice of tioned, in establishing a place of public human life which annually occurred worship for such mariners, as from time among those engaged in a seafaring to time visited the port of Sydney; and life ; and stated, that, from returns the third reason of his coming hither, which could be depended on, so far as was to make what exertions he could they went, it had been discovered that for the purpose of providing sailors the loss of human life, on the American with a home on shore, where, while coast alone, among seamen, had been their temporal wants would not be in 1836, not less than 826 persons-in overlooked, their spiritual necessities 1837, 1299 had also perished on the would be ministered to, in such a way same coast—in 1838, 756 had met a as their circumstances in some measure watery grave on the same coast, and entitled them to. He was sorry to find, in 1839, so far as the returns had been on his arrival here, that although much made up, 537 persons had perished on of the prosperity of the colony was to the same line of coast; but these numbe attributed to sailors, yet but little bers, however large, he could assure had been done for their moral or re- the meeting, were far within the mark, ligious instruction ; but still, from as they barely represented the number the respectable appearance of the pre- of cases which were authenticated.
(To be continued.)
COMPOSED ON THE DEATH OF MRS. EDWARDS.
the Seamen's Girl's School, Bell Wharf, Shadwell, as the last Tribute of
Respect to a dear and much lamented Friend.
By G. Laws.
She is not lost, but gone before,
To join the ransom'd host above ;
Where nothing dwells but light and love.
She is not lost, but gone before,
And in her Saviour's bosom rests;
And now with him is ever blessed.
She is not lost, but gone before,
No tears of sorrow dim her eyes ;
The Sovereign Ruler of the skies.
She is not lost, but gone before,
What tongue shall speak our Saviour's love,
And took her soul to dwell above.
Oh! Jesus, let us all be thine,
O may we love thee more and more ;
To follow those who're gone before.
* A Youth that received his education in the Sea-boy's School.
MADDOX, PRINTER, DOCKHEAD, BERMONDSEY, SOUTHWARK.
It has been happily said, that "a christian with the gospel, is like a sailor with his money,-he deals it out freely." There is nothing little-nothing selfish in christianity. It is a system of the purest, and most unrestricted benevolence; and whoever has truly imbibed its large and catholic spirit, is sure to be found on the side of active,--disinterested, -universal good. An idle christian is a contradiction in terms. Christianity involves the very highest principle of action,—the principle of LOVE. It is the definite expression of infinite love to man; and the moment that this love affects the soul, it constrains us, “ because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then all died; and that he died for all, that they who live, should henceforth not live unto themselves, but to him who died for them, and rose again.” It is under the influence of this principle, that the redeemed will be for ever placed. It is the law of their renewed and ransomed nature;-and when translated to a higher sphere of being, by this invincible energy will they be borne forward in their deathless career of holiest and sublimest service.
We are well aware, christian brethren, that numerous and urgent are the claims which are pressing upon the church of Christ. Far be it from us to depreciate any one of those institutions which are the glory of our land, or withdraw a single fraction of that pecuniary support which they now enjoy. But we importunately ask to share in the sympathy and liberality of