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contemptible, how wicked that person, who is not faithful to the trust reposed in him! How often must he change situations and places, where any person has the least knowledge of his character ;-and in a short time, where shall he find an individual, with whom to associate, who has the least claim to respectability ! How soon is he driven to herd with the common damned-how rapid his progress in iniquity-and often, how fearful his end ! “Honesty is the best policy." How earnestly does the Psalmist pray, (Psalm xxv. 21,)—“Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait on thee.” It is recorded, to his everlasting honour, (1 Kings ix. 4,) that this was his attainment ;—“And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and judgments, then will I establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 1 Chron. xxix. 28—“He died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour.” The man of integrity, in all his transactions, is respected and trusted, by all with whom he associates.
This day twelve months, I was on my way home from seeing you on board at Berwick, when many anxious thoughts passed through my mind, in regard to your safety and success, in the place which was offered to you, and in which you have now completed one year. For the goodness which God hath made to pass before us, how careful should we be to offer praise, saying,—“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” It is He alone who can make our way prosperous, and give us good success; who can hold up our goings, and guide us in his
He keepeth the feet of his saints. Let us commit our way and our work to Him who can bring it to pass. Of what avail is all worldly substance, without the blessing of God! This alone maketh rich, and addeth no sorrow therewith. “ All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.' All things, adversity as well as prosperity. “ Before I was afflicted, I went astray,” said David, “but now have I kept thy word.” On the other hand, all things are, in' the proper sense of the word, against the wicked,- ,-even their prosperity. When they become rich, they forget God. Agur's prayer is most appropriate :-"Give me neither poverty nor riches, but feed me with food convenient for me.” Food and raiment are all that we really need. What is over and above may be of benefit, or for a curse to others, but never can be of any service to us. Now of what advantage is it to vex our. selves in heaping up wealth, when we do not know to whom it shall pertain? The durable riches that will avail us, both for time and eternity, are alone worthy of setting our beart and affections upon. If we are rich in faith, and heirs of God, and fellow-heirs with Christ,,heirs of that kingdom which cannot be moved, it is well with us in life,-it will be well with us in death, and for ever.
One thing isneedful ; let us choose the good part that shall not be taken from us. May we covet earnestly the best gifts—those gifts which come down from above. At the same time, diligence in our lawful calling is essentially necessary. We are to provide things honest in the sight of all men. He that doth not work shall not eat. He that does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his own house, hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. The slothful man does not roast that which he taketh in hunting. His house droppeth through. He is incessantly crying, “Yet a little sleep, yet a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep;” and he is not aware till his poverty come like one that travelleth, and his want as an armed man. In these circumstances, the first thing he thinks of, to relieve his urgent necessities, is most likely something unlawful. He is so poor that he is tempted to steal, or cheat, or beg, or betake himself to the highway; and, ere ever he is aware, he may have polluted bis hands with blood, or vilely cast away his own life. I hope that you will be ever on your guard against loose and immoral company; and that the more you are subjected to hear the profane conversation, either of the low or the great vulgar, you will hate it the
You cannot watch too incessantly against every appearance of evil. We have had two good sermons to-day from the Rev. J. McG-, from 1 Peter i. 4,5; and 1 Samuel xv. 23. One also in the evening, from Isaiah lxi. 11. A most impressive discourse, delivered from the Tent, to a large audience. The collection is for the Scottish Missionary Society. I am your affectionate father,
NA UTICAL INTELLIGENCE.
BERWICK, October 8th. The consequence of the gale of Tuesday week, has been numerous disasters to vessels along the whole eastern coast; and it is much to be feared, that a large number of the calamities which occurred, and these too of the worst kind, are yet to be heard of. On our own portion of the coast, the only case attended with loss of life, which we have yet ascertained, was that of a foreign vessel, which struck, or had gone down close to the cliffs, about a mile and half to the north of the town. Early on the morning of Wednesday, a wreck was discovered on the rocks, at the place just indicated, being near a spot, called the Sandybeds. When first seen, she was a few hundred yards from the cliffs, and only her topmasts were above water. In the course of the day, she went to pieces, the fragments drifting in with the tide to the foot of the cliffs. All that could be ascertained was, that she was a small galliot, and named the • Helena,' of Bremerhaven ; even the nature of her cargo could scarcely be guessed at. Nothing whatever has been heard or seen of the crew, and
there cannot be the slightest
doubt, that they have all met with a watery grave. Their number, from the size of the vessel, is computed at five or six. In the course of Tuesday, a vessel was discovered attempting to make the harbour ; an attempt which seemed warranted only by the strongest necessity, as the swell on the bar at the time, was such as to render the danger imminent. Having reached the mouth of the harbour, she was driven upon Spittal Point ; and shortly afterwards had been forced sufficiently high to allow the crew to walk on shore, where they were received by a great crowd of persons. The vessel was discovered to be, the George, of Ryde, in ballast, bound to Sunderland, north of which she had been driven by the storm. On the following morning, the surge increasing, she was driven over the Point into smooth water in the river, whence she was taken to the quay, and has since been found to be very little injured. On Wednesday afternoon, another vessel was discovered making for the harbour, but she did not succeed in reaching it till early on Thursday morning, when, by the assistance of a party of men on the pier, she was brought sufficiently far up to be out of danger. She was found to be the
Ochiltree,' of Glasgow, bound from Hamburg, with a general cargo, chiefly butter and hams.
DREADFUL LOSS OF LIFE.-On Wednesday morning, the 6th instant, Whitby was visited by a most afflictive dispensation of Divine Providence. At the period in question there was a rough sea, with the wind from the east, and a fishing yawl in the roads; having hoisted the signal, the life-boat belonging to the east side of the harbour was manned, for the purpose of taking off provisions and fuel, which they supposed the signal indicated they wanted. When the boat had reached the bar, it encountered a very heavy sea, which, on account of the quantity of fresh water issuing out of the harbour, rendered the sea still worse, and by which she was upset. Her crew were precipitated into the water. The scene, at this moment beggars description-the shrieking of females on each side of the harbour, which could be heard distinctly—the simultaneous running of the inhabitants from all parts of the town to witness the catastrophe. The life-boat on the west pier was promptly launched from the sand, and manned with brave fellows, wishful to render assistance to the erew of the other, part of which had succeeded in getting on to the keel, she still remaining bottom up: Others, however, were not so providential ; and one, afterwards known to be Turner, was observed to catch hold of an oar, by which he supported himself, till taken up by the life-boat. When they reached the boat, they rescued those upon her, and en deavoured to turn her up, knowing there was one under her. However their attempts were abortive, and they cut her bottom away so much as to rescue him from his perilous situation, in a very exhausted condition. On the arrival of
the boat to the shore, the utmost anxiety was manifested by the assembled thousands on the beach, who rendered every assistance to drag her on shore. Four are drowned. Letter from Passengers on board the Mathesis,' to Captain Gordon.
Ilth August, 1841. We, the undersigned passengers on board the Mathesis,'commanded by you. beg leave, in the most respectful and grateful manner, to tender you our most sincere thanks for the heroism and intrepidity which you displayed on the late calamitous fire. We are certain that had it not been for the coolness and composure of mind, shown by you, when deserted by your crew, who betook themselves to the boats, we must have abandoned all attempts to extinguish the fire. The plan for subduing the flames, suggested by you, and adopted by us, is well worth recording, as it may be the means of saving many lives, should the like unfortunate event befal any other vessel. Allow us to recount a few of the occurrences which took place at that awful period. Immediately on discovering the ship to be on fire, we commenced pouring water into the store-room, where it originated; that we were in a few minutes obliged to desist from, on account of the dense and suffocating volume of smoke wbich issued from the after-bold, and filled the whole of the vessel between decks: when, to all human appearance, the destruction of the ship appeared inevitable, you put courage into our hearts by the coolness which you displayed, and by the cheering and animating manner by which you stirred us up, to use every exertion to save ourselves and the vessel. You ordered all the hatches to be closed and covered with sails, and these to be well soaked with water, so as to make them adhere to the seams, by which means the air was kept from the devouring element. We now commenced filling the water casks, and pouring down the contents into the sail cabin and companion. We wrought in this manner, without intermission, from five o'clock in the afternoon of Monday the 9th, till seven in the morning of Tuesday the 10th inst. Still finding that the smoke issued in a frightful manner, you ordered one of the ship's pumps to be taken up and put over the starboard side of the quarter-deck; you then set the crew, who had again come on board, to work the pumps, and fill the vessel to the Jower beams. Meantime the passengers continued filling casks, and pouring water into the after-hold, and by this means got the water as far up as the lower deck. We are convinced that had you not suggested this plan of filling the ship, all attempts to save her would have proved fruitless and unavailing.
Your conduct, on that occasion, is beyond all praise. We are sure that every one has reason to look up to you as the instrument, under God, by which they were saved from impending death. In conclusion, let us assure you that the remembrance of your exertions to save us will never, we trust, be effaced from our memories ; and that many of the children, who on account of their tender age, cannot be sensible of the value of these services, will, in a few years to come, when they hear your name mentioned, exclaim, this man snatched us from a painful death.
We remain, etc., etc.
RIO DE JANEIRO, 31st August, 1841. Mr. JAMES GORDON, Aberdeen. Sir,- We are sorry that the occasion of our addressing you should be to convey ill tidings of your bark, “Mathesis ;” which vessel caught fire at sea, on 9th August, put into this port on the 25th. Every one here is loud in praises of the spirited and judicious exertions of Captain Gordon, on this trying occasion, by wbich the fire was got under without loss of life, and, we trust, without material injury to the ship. The cargo must be all damaged, or nearly all, as Captain Gordon was obliged to pump the vessel full of water up to the lower deck beams.
Captain Gordon has consigned his vessel to our care; and you may be assured no exertions shall be spared, on our part, to do the best for your interest that circumstances will allow. We have procured from the government here the use of a warehouse, free of charge, to lodge the passengers in, and have hired part of a wharf for storing the cargo.
We are, etc.,
HUDSON & CO.
SONG OF THE HUSSITES.
By the Hon, and Rev. BAPTIST W. NOEL, M. A.
He is dead !-but his spirit lives on,
For the quenchless devotion we feel ;
Or quail at your faggot and steel;
When ye doomed him to death and despairWhen ye laughed as he writhed in the conquering flame,
And ye drowned with your curses his prayer ; But he's gone, as a glorious conqueror home, And his name shall be hallowed throughout ages to come.
Oh! shame on you, worst of your race,
Though you glitter in purple and gold;
The hearts that are wicked and cold ;
Though loudly your thunders are hurled,
On the neck of the prostrated world ;
How pale and how feeble he lay,
In thy desolate vaults, Gottleben!
And driven from the converse of men ;
Which the haughtiest spirit can break-
And he looked for the torturing stake ;
Who are these, in their splendour and state,
Have come to the gloomy abode ?
They would tempt him away from his God.
At their word from his circuit be driven ;
For his conscience approved the career he had run
His heart was already in heaven;
The Saviour stood by him in pain,
Nor left him in sorrow forlorn ;
Heaped on him their hatred and scorn.
He was firm as the storm-stricken rock ; And so humbly he prayed, and so gently he smiled,
And so sweet were the words that he spoke, That the murderous keepers who guarded their prey, Could weep for the man they were marshalled to slay.
How the murderous hierarchs swarmed !
Their hatred how fierce and how keen!
Should the gospel be known among men.
Their devotions to sanctify crime ;
And they chanted the holiest hymn;
He is gone to the land of the blessed !
But the men who enkindled his pile-
If they turn not from malice and guile
God will turn a deaf ear to their prayer; False friends of the church, proud foes of the state,
They shall die in blaspheming despair ; And the curses they breathe round bis funeral pyre, Shall return on their hearts like a torrent of fire.
We have steel in our hearts and our hands;
We are thousands that fear not to die;
And will follow his path to the sky !
Let them fasten our limbs to the stake;
And we can endure for his sake; Let them do what they will to our children and us, They shall know that we dare to be martyrs with Huss!