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This was a most interesting meeting. rine's, and West India Docks, and After the service, I conversed with the Regent and Surrey Cavals ;-have held captain, and found he had made a pro- much conversation with many coal. fession of religion some years ago, but whippers, ballast-heavers, and lighter. had fallen away. He seemed to be men, and find that amongst those men aware of the dangerous state in which there is a greater disposition to receive he was, and acknowledged, that al- and read religious tracts,-about 1,000 though he attempted to get away from of which have been distributed amongst being present at the meeting, he could them. not. I have had the pleasure of mark- Sailors' boarding-houses have been ing a great change in this man, since visited as usual. Many of the sailors this period. He has again taken up freely receive tracts, and also occasionthe cross, and is now foremost to pro- ally attend the Sailors’ Chapel. I have mote Bethel meetings.
had much conversation with many of I have held twenty-four meetings on them. the river, attended by abont 370 per- The Sailors' Chapel. — The cause sons; have dedicated eight new vessels here is not so cheering as in days that to the Bethel cause;-have obtained are past; nevertheless, we trust, even forty-seven ships for agents ; – have in its low state, it will yet be the held fourteen public services on shore ; spiritual birth-place of many souls. -have visited the London, St. Kathe
LETTER OF A PIOUS MATE,
Addressed to Captain H. Hudson, of the Liverpool Seamen's Society.
Launceston, 9th April, 1841. MY DEAR SIR.—Being fully sensible of the kind interest that you take in my welfare, I cannot think to let an opportunity of a ship bound to England pass, without writing you, to announce our safe arrival here on the 4th instant, after a pleasant and prosperous passage of 115 ; which, although rather long, is shorter than performed by any of the vessels which left England about the same time.
As you have followed a maritime profession yourself, and I know that you feel interested in everything connected with it, I shall enter a little into the minutiæ of our voyage. The day after we sailed, we took our final departure from the smalls, with a fresh gale from E. N. E., which continued to increase until the night of the 15th December, when it blew a heavy gale; and as the sea was very cross and
heavy, we did not consider it prudent to scud, for fear of getting any damage so early in the voyage, particularly as we had such a long passage before us: we therefore hove her to, until the afternoon of the 16th, when we again run her. On the 20th we made Madeira, and carried a strong fair wind until we got hold of the north-east trades. On the 28th we passed among the Cape de Verd Islands, leaving Sal and Bonavista on the eastward, which we passed two miles distant. As the sun was at its greatest southern declination, which, I believe, affects the trade-winds greatly, we determined on taking this route, which is different from that generally taken, in order to make a straight course of it down to the equator. We found our expectation very fully realized; for on speaking other ships that went to the westward of those Islands, we found that
we had carried the trades much longer as well as we could possibly wish. than they did. We lost the north-east From the time we doubled the Cape, trades in 4° north, and had light vari- until the 2nd March, nothing particular able winds, with squalls, thunder and occurred. That day in lat. 38° 24' s. lightning, heavy rains, etc., until we long. 50° 32' E., we saw two large got in 2° north, when we got the s. e. ships standing to the north-westward, trades, but so far to the southward that
which had top-gallant-masts and yards we could only lay s. w, and s. w. by down ; that with the course they were w., which obliged us to cross the equa- steering, and their general appearance tor in 25° 36' w., which was 2° to the strongly indicated that they had come westward of what we wished. Some from a high southern latitude, which of the ships which went to the west- led us to suppose that it was the expeward of the Cape de Verd's, crossed dition under the command of captain in 29° w., and consequently got down Ross, returning from the Antarctic reupon the coast of Brazil. As we got gions. On the 12th March, we made to the southward, the wind veered more the Island of St. Paul's, which has a to the eastward, and latterly we had it sterile appearance, and seems to be of from E., to E. N. E. We lost the s. E. volcanic formation. We found our trades in about 30° south, and from “landfall” excellent, as from the mean there to the Cape, we had light baffling results of sights taken before and after winds. On the 18th February, we noon, on both sides of the island, gave doubled the Cape in 38° south, with a our longitude 77° 53'15", when within strong breeze from w. n.w., which 300 yards of the east end of the island. continued to increase, until it blew a
The longitude in which the island furious tempest. We were obliged to laid down, is 77° 52', making only a scud under a small six-cloth lower stud- difference of l' 15', or 14 mile; but ding-sail, set on the fore-yard, and with this we did not consider as an error, as that our little craft behaved in a most
probably the longitude laid down was admirable manner; she shipped little that of the centre of the Island. Ador no water, although the sea was run- mitting it as an error, 14 mile out of ning the heaviest I had ever before 12,000, was nothing. We never used a witnessed, during my nautical career. log, but did all by astronomical obserI have been in 600 ton ships that dared vations. From that time we had good not have looked at it. We had
runs all the way, and on the 3rd April, the mainsail-balance reefed, life-lines we made King's Island in the entrance ranged along the deck, and every thing of Bass Straits; as the wind was fair, ready to heave to, on a moment's war- we went through Hunter's Channel, ping, should it have been required. and the next day entered the river During the three days that the gale Tamer, and proceeded towards Launcontinued, the little 'Shamrock' ave- ceston. raged 220 miles per diem, without Having given you an imperfect desloosing a rope-yarn, which gave us great cription of our voyage, I shall now cause of thankfulness to God, who endeavour to describe those things of mercifully covered our head in the day an infinitely higher import, namely, the of danger.
concerns of our souls. And it is with On the 5th February, we observed a a heart full of gratitude to the Most total eclipse of the moon, which afford- High, that I tell you, that I do believe ed us
an excellent opportunity of God has been amongst us; and often proving the rate of our chronometers during this voyage has His promises to the utmost nicety; which, to our been verified to us, that—" where two satisfaction, we found were going or three are met together in His name, that he would be in the midst of them.” this “vale of tears," with his face Often, when our little ship’s company Zion-ward. The night on which we were met together, and our united sailed, about the time I was used to prayers and praises were ascending (I meet with my dear brethren in the trust acceptably) to a throne of grace, Bethel Room, I felt deep regret that I have we felt God's presence in the was cut off from those blessed means midst of us; and I trust that some of which I had for some time previously our number will have cause to look enjoyed; but I was cheered with the back on this voyage with thankfulness assurance, that God would be with me and joy, on that great day when we in all my ways, and uphold me under must all stand before the Judge of all my difficulties. Often when I was quick and dead.
far distant from yon, on the bosom of I was not long out, until I saw that the mighty deep, has my mind wanderour respected captain was a man of a ed back to the delightful hours I spent pious disposition; and I took the ear. in sweet converse and fellowship with liest opportunity of suggesting to him God, in the Bethel Room ; and althongh the blessings to be derived from estab- my dear christian friends there, were lishing the worship of God in the ship. absent from me in body, yet they were He replied, that he was glad that I often present with me in spirit, partiintroduced the subject, as he had partly cularly in my approach to a throne of promised to the owner to establish it, grace. A few days after we sailed, it but he felt a diffidence to come for- pleased the great Disposer of events to ward; however he saw that it was his lay His afflicting hand upon me; and I duty, and the Lord strengthened him was for a week unable to get out of my to carry out his purposes, which I trust cabin, but in my affliction I found dehave been of infinite advantage to all lightful consolation in religion; and our souls. The captain generally leads although my outward man was appathe service one day, and I the next; rently fast fading and decaying, yet and we let the people alternately take my inward man was growing stronger a part, by reading a portion of scripture. and stronger in the Lord. It seemed One of our men was a catholic; but, to be a severe bilious attack that I had. blessed be God, his prejudices were I cannot omit mentioning, how much I soon overcome, and now he joins in our am indebted to captain Daldy for the devotions, not only with willingness, watchful care I received from him. I but with delight. Another of them is must say that I have found the characa Fin, who does not understand much ter I got of him, more than realized ; of the English language, but for all for, in a few words, he is every thing that, it pleased God to break in upon that I could wish. His method of his heart; and early in the voyage he government is excellent; for I never was led to make the enquiry,—“What before saw a crew in such a complete shall I do to be saved ?” We endea. state of discipline, which you may be voured, in our humble manner, to point able to form some idea of, when I him to the bleeding Saviour, who died assure you, that after performing a that we might have life through his passage of 16,000 miles, I have not seen name: and also endeavoured to impress a frown or heard a grumble from a man on his mind not to trust in himself, or on board ; as for an oath, that is out of his own works of righteousness, but to the question. We have not had occalook for salvation through the merits of sion to reprove a man sharply in the a crucified Redeemer; and, glory be to voyage. Some captains and mates God, I hope that he is now rejoicing might ask, “How could that be done ?" in his Saviour, and travelling through I would at once say, that the great and
fundamental cause of it is, a strict at- Blackaller and Mr. Cox, for recomtention to the religious and moral im- mending me to the captain ; and last, provement of the people. Every man not least, to you, I must really beg to on board here, has had his education offer my heartfelt thanks for the friendimproved during the voyage; two of ly interest you took in my affairs, both them I would match with many of our spiritual and temporal; and allow me Liverpool mates as navigators; they to say, that no time or distance will had come to that, that they assisted the ever efface a grateful sense of it from captain and me, in our lunar observa. my recollection. I find my paper is tions.
now about to cut me short, so I must Captain D. desires to be kindly re- bring this hurried scrawl to a finish ; membered to you, he regrets much that and with a humble prayer to God, that he did not enjoy more of your society if we should never more meet on in Liverpool.
this side the grave, that we will Be kind enough to remember me meet after the voyage of life is over, in warmly to all our Bethel friends, parti- those realms of bliss, where we shall cularly Messrs. Day, and Johnston ; I unite with the blessed company of the intend to write both of them, with redeemed, in singing our Redeemer's some other conveyance. I also feel praise through a ceaseless eternity. myself very deeply indebted to Mr.
W. A. HENDERSON.
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
Cape Town, 16th July, 1841. benefit. Part of the bui is at Rev. and DEAR SIR-I am in- present used as a school, under the structed by the Christian Instruction charge of the Christian Instruction Society, to offer to the British and Society, receiving aid for this special Foreign Seamen's Society, our thankful purpose from the government, of which acknowledgments for the grant of £35 it is expected that the children of boatfor Bethel purposes in this place. We men and fishermen, who inhabit the thank God for that widely extended neighbourhood, will take advantage. interest, in the condition of our seafar- There is a Sunday School held in the ing brethren, of which your liberality same place. is the example.
The Bethel work has been carried In respect to the Sailor's Home, Mr. on in the usual way on Sabbaths, by Watt reports, that he commenced visiting the ships, distributing tracts, boarding sailors in it on the 1st Ja- and preaching, as the weather permitnuary last, as an experiment, and ex- ted. presses himself satisfied with the result; Tracts are generally well received, as proving that the Institution would both in British and Foreign vessels. answer well, if the buildings were Bibles and testaments in various lancompleted, and its concerns properly guages are gratefully accepted. managed. He has, however, at this Since the beginning of the year, pubtime (during the winter) been prevent- lic worship has been held six times on ed continuing to attend to it. He board the Boston U.S. ship of war, remarks, that there is a great desire and at various times in Indiamen, and among sailors for such a place, and that vessels proceeding eastward with emi. most of those who come on shore would grants. In one of the latter class of gladly frequent it, for their tempora ships—the “Brothers,” captain Gisborne, three pounds eleven shillings was a matter, to which, I doubt not, their collected in aid of the Sailor's Home. thoughts have often been directed, In smaller vessels the numbers collect- which is the necessity of inducing mased for public worship, vary from about ters of ships to countenance and fortwelve to forty.
ward the means provided for the reliFinally, we trust that we shall be gious instruction of those committed to kept in remembrance in the supplica- their care. We are led to expect, that tions of the British and Foreign Sea- in regard to this, good might arise from men's Society, and its supporters, in an address by the Society to this class order that the one risen and ascended of men, which need not be distributed Saviour, who from his unseen throne publicly as a tract, but conveyed to the looks down upon us, may bless our individuals in command of ships,—but common work. Since he chose mes- the experience of the committee will sengers from among such as the fisher- better enable them to decide whether men of Galilee, whose uncertain and such a proceeding would promise beneperilous occupation would teach the fit without exciting jealousy or prejuheart to wait on the dealings of provi- dice. We experience here, that until dence, we may be sure bis sympathy the minds of those who command, are is with those whom the world little fully awake to the eternal interests of regards, who are awakened to seek him those who are subordinate to them, the on the sea.
hope of extensive good must be slight. I would respectfully press on the
Believe me, dear sir, attention of the committee of the
Yours very truly, British and Foreign Seamen's Society,
JAMES ADAMSON, D.D.
BIRTH OF AN HEIR TO THE THRONE. But one feeling of genuine gladness pervades the entire community on the auspicious event, that has given, in the providence of God, an heir-apparent to the throne of these realms. The nation has thus received another pledge for the perpetuity of that constitution which has given to the house of Brunswick its highest lustre, and to the people themselves their richest immunities. This constitution and these immunities are dear to every British heart : and the prospect of both going down to distant prosperity, not only unimpaired, but enlarged and improved, must be a source of satisfaction to every lover of his country. Much, no doubt, will depend on the future character of the infant Prince. But when it is remembered that his education will be under the direction of a mother, distinguished for the highest attributes of intelligence and virtue, and whose own education was based on the most enlightened and liberal principles, we have far more to hope than to fear. And our sincere prayer to Almighty God is, that Her Majesty may be long spared, not only to reign with ever-increasing prosperity and glory over this free and mighty people, but to watch over the principles and character of the infant Prince,—that should he ever be called, in the arrangements of divine providence, to fill the throne, he may ascend it endued with wisdom and sound understanding,-rule in the fear of God, and enjoy the affection of a loyal and devoted people. God save the Queen and her royal Infant! May His Spirit rest upon them! In his favour may they ever live! THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORD MAYOR, OF LONDON.
It is a remarkable coincidence, that on the very day in which Her Majesty gave birth to an heir-apparent to the throne, our highly respected Treasurer should have been elevated to the civic chair of this great metropolis. We sincerely congra late his Lordship in his present position, and pray that he may be enabled to fulfil his high office with dignity, honour, and happiness; and that when he retires from his Mayoralty, it may be with a reputation still heightened, and an influence yet more enlarged.