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head,—they shall never come down, till masts, and hull, and all come down together. O Lord, bless thy servants, and reward them and all others for the good they are doing among us poor sailors.'-Amen.
(The son referred to, is a young man, also a captain of a ship, that had received spiritual benefit at a former meeting, viz.: Capt. 2–, of the W-.)
Since the above date, according to request, the Bethel flag has passed to that mast-head, and the ship has been dedicated to the Bethel service, when both father and son were present, and took part in the service.' Cabin, filled
Capt. Anderson gave first address, from “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, etc. Second by myself, appropriate to the young man and his crew about to sail in the morning, on the words, “My presence shall go with thee unto the end, and I will give thee rest.' Want of room forbids further particulars at present. For about ten evenings in succession I have been favoured with similar meetings. May this work spread till the abundance of the sea be brought to the Redeemer, and He is
fet the briny deep,-rise on its mountain billows, listen to its roaring sounds, and see its foaming surges ? All this is grand, awfully grand; but one would think that having once witnessed would be sufficient to deter the most fearless from the service again. And yet our sailors go a second and third time, and many of them spend nearly all their lives on the mighty waters.
The gale drives their vessel with maddened fury. She mounts up to heaven,-she descends to the deep, a dreadful sea covers her,—the angry flood sports with her srailty,—she dashes on a rock, is split in pieces, - is swallowed up by sands,-or sinks in deep waters,—her men escape the wreck, in an open boat, after days of hard labour, and nights of restless anxiety,—through a kind providence they reach the shore in safety-but they have lost their all,--are far from home, and without a friend, or a shilling, yet they go to sea again,
Privations and sufferings meet them as they renew their voyage intense cold, and burning heat, furious winds, and alarming tempests, drifting snow,
and dense fogs-harsh thunders and vivid lightning, pinching hunger, and insatiable thirst, daily fatigue, and imminent dangers press around them,they are at their wit's end,-expecting every moment to spring a leak, or be engulphed to rise no more,-unexpected deliverance comes, once more they reach the desired haven, and are quiet in port,—they refit their vesseltake in their cargo-and to sea they go again.
They know that many of their brethren perish every day, and find a watery grave. That such may be their end, and such their tomb, and yet they go again and again, on the troubled ocean,
What then can induce them to do so ? There must be some motives which prompt them. Some influences which impel them. The hope of gain has, no
Crowned Lord of all.
Since my last report, Nov. 13th, I have obtained for the agents of the Society 34 ships ; held 29 services myself. including river and shore. My services afloat have been attended by 199. A good number of whom have engaged in prayer. Visited East and West India, London and St. Catherine Docks; also the river, when its state would admit; on sabbath-boarding as usual ; distributed about fifty tracts per day.
Sixth Station.-Rev. T. MUSCUTT,Why do men go to sea, and continue in the arduous employment of ploughing the ocean's waves, exposing themselves to its pitiless storms, and devouring element? Is it because they love to buf
doubt, something to do with it. Can we expect, that men will endure such things for nothing ? Necessity compels thousands to continue in this work. They have addicted themselves to the sea in early life-have been trained in this hardy school,—they have learned its service,-they know no other art,
- they can do no other work,-therefore they must go to sea. Some would willingly relinquish the avocation, but cannot. They must take the helm, unfurl the sail, brave the terrors of the storm, and place their lives in jeopardy, or pine in want, or die of hunger at home.
May we not in all this, mark the hand of that divine Providence which directs the steps, and guides the movements of the sons of men; which makes one man a statesman, another a mechanic; this one a ploughman, and that a scholar; one a minister, and another a sailor. If all men dreaded the sea, and none were compelled to go in ships,-if one voyage sickened our seamen, and all refused to embark a second time, there would soon be an end to commerce, and all intercourse with separate nations would cease; the east and the west, the north and the south would be inaccessible, at least, to adventurers from our sea-girt island; then our missionaries must stay at home, and never blow the gospel trumpet, or lift the standard of the cross on distant lands; then our Bible Society must erase one part of its designation, and could carry on none of its foreign operations. But that Providence which keeps all the wheels of nature in motion, and makes the tides ebb and flow without interruption, causes men, either from choice or necessity, to bat
tle the blue wave, and sail from port to port, from the rivers to the ends of the earth—that so communications may be kept up with the great family of man, and his own purposes of love to mercy be made known from one nation to another.
To this train of thought my mind has been directed, by the late distress and destructive havoc at sea. I have conversed with men who have escaped with their lives; have seen whole ship’s companies, who have lost their all; have met with some who alone have escaped to tell the tale of woe; have heard of hundreds who have been lost; and have seen a sea-port town in the greatest excitement under the apprehension that a ship was lost,—the Fairy, which sailed from Harwich only two days before a tremendous gale arose, -she has not been heard of since, and it is feared has gone down with her spirited enterprising captain, (Hewitt) his eldest son, his wife's brother, and her officers and men, to the number of fifty.
Every heart appeared to heave with sorrow, and every voice uttered the tone of regret. If then such are the sufferings and dangers of our seamen, surely it becomes those who are benefited by their toils, not only to sympathize with them, but to render them all the good they can. Christians, especially, are bound to seek their spiritual improvement; and aim to fit them for a world, where storm and tempest never rise, but all is peace and joy.
Brethren, pray for them, that the word of the Lord may run among them and be glorified in their conversion to the faith and hope of the gospel.
A CAPTAIN'S TESTIMONY.
A Letter addressed to the Secretary.
REVEREND SIR, -Although personally unknown to you, yet I am, I trust, united in one spirit in the great and glorious work of labouring for the conversion of my brother seamen. To God, on their behalf, I cry. A few months past, I had the high honour of receiving a new Bethel flag from your Missionary, Mr. Welch ; since that period I have visited the Channel islands, Jersey and Guernsey: and by Divine grace have not been ashamed of my colours, much less of the gospel of Christ, with which it is so interestingly connected. This flag, sir, has already waved over many a happy scene to myself, and, I doubt not, profitable to others : although, after it has called together the blue-jacket worshippers, and other visitors from the shore, it has sometimes placed me in rather awkward circumstances, something like a ship at sea, that has lost her reckoning. But having commenced in this good work, I dare not stand still. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Captain of salvation, who has given me many tokens of encouragement, and by whose grace I have made at least some head, way to this present.
At Jersey, our meetings on board were abundantly blessed to my soul, and to the spiritual advantage of many who attended. There were many ships in this port; and I must observe, in one month, I never saw any other flag hoisted. How much room for labour there! Our meetings on board the Jane and Margaret, of Sunderland,
With great pleasure I record, that my brother captains were at all times ready to attend, and assist in the devotions; patronizing, by their example, this great work. I felt much indebted to the kind assistance, and hearty cooperation, of our Christian friends from the shore, who were ever ready to devise and carry out measures for the glory of God, and the good of their fellow-men. Sir, I am a babe in Christ, and my humble standing almost deters me from mentioning particulars ; yet I must observe, at Jersey I met a captain, whom I knew years previously; drinking had in an awful manner affected both body and soul. He was prevailed upon to attend our meetings, and by the grace of God in connection with means he was humbled to tears, confessed his guilt, laid aside his besetting sin, and determined to serve God. I left him in a hopeful state.
O that these impressions may endure, that this man's soul may be saved. And what encouragement to me, sir, learn, that another captain, whose character must endear him to all who knew him, was compelled to bring the written word of God from its hiding place—it had been neglected and stowed away. May the gospel be the power of God unto his salvation!
Since my arrival in London, I am happy to find the work of the Lord in a most prosperous state among sailors. I accompanied your missionary, Mr. Welch, a few evenings in the past week; and I think I never before witnessed more impressive scenes. A remarkable influence has attended all the meetings, in the chapel and on board the various ships in the river: cabins always quite full; and the simplicity and heart-felt expressions of poor sailors beginning to pray, has caused the
attended with a solemnizing effect. On board of the yacht, our labour was not in vain in the Lord. The convincing Spirit of our God moved upon the minds of our assemblies, and I cannot doubt that the impression made will be lasting.
tear to flow down my cheek, again and again. One captain I heard pray that the Bethel flag might come on board his ship. Surely, sir, the christian public are not aware of these things. Could they but view the last week's services, in particular detail, methinks it would cause them to double your valuable agency, again and again. I rejoice that the Lord is pouring out
his Holy Spirit among seamen. A glorious visitation appears at hand; and by them, (under God,) may we not hope for the conversion of the whole world. May your hands be strengthened, and your faith increased, in the divine promise ; and may you be a happy instrument in promoting the spiritual welfare of seamen.
DARTMOUTH BETHEL UNION.
(Concluded from page 63.)
We will now in conclusion call to re- history of our Bethel Union, to think membrance the days that have passed of others who have occupied the posi. since this important Institution was tion of hearers of the word at our Befirst established in the town of Dart- thel meetings, but who are now no mouth. We will, in other words, take more on earth. Some of them whose a glance at some of the events which names will recur quickly to your minds have occurred in connexion with the have terminated their mortal career on history of the Institution. We have the mighty deep, others have died in already reminded you, that some who foreign lands, where they have had no composed the original committee, no sympathizing wife, child or friend, to longer exist in this world, but are num- cheer them in their dying moments. bered with the dead; but their places
Some have closed their eyes on morhave been filled up by others, succes- tality in their own beloved homes, afsively, year after year, and now we have ter having been preserved by divine a committee, equal if not more in num- mercy through many a storm. These ber, than at first, who are alive in some have died and given up the ghost, and degree (0, that it were more so,) to the where are they? Concerning some, spiritnal interests of seamen frequent rrethinks, you have every reason to ing our Port. It will recur to the re- hope they have reached their desired membrance of some present, (and the haven, and are now for ever safe. The recollection will produce mingled emo- motto, under the picture of the mission. tions of pain and pleasure,) that some ary, Knill, occurred to my recollection, who have been on our committee, du- while writing these lines, _“ The hea. ring the existence of the Bethel Union then are perishing! Shall we let them in this town, and whose energies have perish? God forbid.” Our sailors are been actively employed for the promo- are perishing! they are perishing by tion of its objects, have died far from drunkenness, licentiousness, swearing, home either by disease, or by find- etc. etc. They are perishing all aing a watery grave. But we have“ not round. They are perishing within to sorrow for them as those who have sight. Shall we let them perish? God no hope," but believing they died in forbid. Let christian sympathy and Christ, we anticipate, 10 delightful compassion and tenderness be awake thought!) that he will bring them with in every heart, and let us hasten to them him at the last day, and that we shall with the life-boat, the doctrines of the then again be associated for ever. We cross and press them to enter it, that they are led moreover in this part of the may not perish, but have eternal life.
SERMONS AND PUBLIC MEETINGS.
HANOVER CHAPEL PECKHAM.-On Sabbath evening, January 31st. the Rev. Dr. Collyer preached a most effective sermon on behalf of the CAMBERWELL AND WALWORTH AUXILIARY, to the British and Foreign Sailors Society, from the words :-“Master! carest thou not that we perish ?” The evening was most unfavourable for a large attendance, but such was the effect of the Doctor's eloquent appeal, that the collection amounted to £20. And we have every reason to be-lieve that a most salutary impression has been produced on the subject of the seamen's cause.
CHATHAM.-On Wednesday evening the 10th ult., the Rochester and Chatham Auxiliary, held its third anniversary in Ebenezer Chapel (the Rev. P. Thomson's) Chatham ;-S. Medley, Esq. in the chair. The meeting was addressed by the several ministers of the town. The Rev. G. R. Hewlings attended as a deputation from the parent Society. We are happy to learn that this active association is steadily advancing in its efforts and resources. A detail of its operations may be expected in soine future number of the magazine,
BOCKING AND BRAINTREE.-On Sabbath the 14th ult., Sermons were preached in both these places on behalf of the Society, by the Rev. G. R. Hewlings : in the morning in the Rev. T. Craig's, Bocking, when the collection amounted to £15. 45. 4d. and in the evening at the Rev. J. Carter's Braintree :-collection £13. ls. Od.
Such was the impression produced, and the the feeling awakened, that on Monday evening a special prayer-meeting for seamen and the interests of the Institution was held in Mr. Carter's chapel. The attendance was large. And we have no doubt that the appeals of our friend, Mr. Hewlings, will lead in the course of time, to the formation of some permanent association in those influential localities.
DEPUTATIONS IN THE NORTH.-The Rev. E. E. Adams and Captain Prynn have successfully commenced their tour in the north of England. They have visited Scarborough, Whitby, Gainsborough, Darlington, Middlesborough, Hartlepool, Stockton, and some smaller places, in all of which they have been kindly received. But the particulars of their tour we must reserve for another time.
Maddox, Printer, Dockhead, Bermondsey.