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good work which seems to have begun in him will be carried on until the day of eternal redemption, when we shall be delivered from the corruptions of this world, and introduced into the kingdom above, whete sighing and sorrow shall flee away. Through mercy, I have been enabled to walk with circumspection and fear before them all. I have abstained from all spirits, wines, and ales, &c., and drink water with vinegar; so that I have brought about a great change in this respect with them all. I have gained one at least to the Temperance Society, and several to partial abstinence. These things are the effect of example. May the Lord enable me to walk before them in simplicity and truth, watching me as I know they do, that they may be enabled to draw fair conclusions concerning the life of godliness in them that believe.
My paper is too short to scrawl much more; therefore I must make an end, I hope you are happy, especially in the best sense of the word. May the Holy Ghost guide thee and me into all truth, and sanctify us through it. Farewell ! the Lord be with thee! · Mr. Jackson, second mate, sends his kind love to you; and you know you have mine, the best I have. Peace be with you! Farewell in the Lord! Amen.
A STILL TONGUE SHOWS A WISE HEAD!
Mr. Editor, --It was good advice from an aged Christian, that, if anger were beginning to rise, the alphabet should be mentally pronounced before reply, in order to give time for thought. What a world of evil might thus be prevented. How many quarrels, even of fatal termination, have arisen from angry and quick replies to rash provocations — duels among the higher, and abuse and fightings among the lower classes. On ship-board, and especially on long voyages, where there are but few together, and those few always together
and where circumInces so promptly arise to try and sour the temper how many have from words come to blows ? and, lastly, if not to murder, yet to appeals to justice on the ship’s return to port? How many evils would have been avoided, if captains and mates and fore-mast men would but have believed the inspired apostle James, that “the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity;" and that “ so is the tongue
among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire, the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
He exemplifies the necessity of watchful care over the tongue, and then shows the success which would attend it, by showing that the horse - ungovernable in a wild, , unbroken state is yet brought under discipline by the “ bit in the horse's mouth :" and as though he had in thought the wild passions of seamen-he adverts to ships; “which, though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm whithersoever the governor (helmsman) listeth.” He shows thereby what may be done by using the proper means : and then, to urge the safety under the care, and to show the danger when the tongue is unrestrained, he exclaims, “ Behold! how great a matter a little fire kindleth!"-as if he had said, One unguarded, provoking word may, in its consequences, be as if a spark had fallen on the powder in the magazine. The tongue of a thoughtless, wicked man is declared to be “an unruly evil, full of deadly poison."
That celebrated clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Scott, has said, and truly said, that “the degree of a man's wisuvin and grace might be ascertained by the measure in which he was enabled to govern his tongue.'
THE TWO DOORS OF DIVINE WISDOM. The works of God and the word of God are, as it were, the two doors which open into the Temple of Truth ; and as both proceed from the same Almighty and Omniscient Author, they cannot, if rightly interpreted, contradict each other, but must mutually illustrate and confirm “ though each in different sort and manner.”
the same truths. It was with this conviction upon his mind, that a very learned professor has well said, that, in order rightly to understand the voice of God in nature, we ought to enter Nature's temple with the Bible in our hands. Those who see the wonders of nature while traversing the vast and unfathomable ocean, and will listen to the voice of God, will better comprehend his works, and render better praise to the Omnipotent Creator and Supporter of all things.
Correspondence and Proceedings of the British
and Foreign Sailors' Society. REV. J. CHAPMAN'S REPORT OF HIS VISIT TO
THE FRENCH PORTS OF BOULOGNE, HAVRE,
&c., IN JUNE. ON
my arrival at Boulogne, I soon found that I was in a Popish country. At four in the morning of Lord's day, May 22, I went to the Sailors’ Crucifix, a little to the north of the town. On it is suspended the image of the Saviour: the spear and rod are at his side: at his feet are a representation of women; and behind are angels on an iron rod fixed in the arch, which partly overhangs the
Three sailors were within the iron railing which surrounds the cross, performing ceremonies of worship; and after they had crossed their breasts, forehead, &c., they retired to pursue their diversions and business. Their behaviour gave too much reason to suspect that “God was not in all their thoughts.” The town presented, at seven in the morning, all the lindinations of husinoon
LUDVID, carpenters, smiths, painters, and others, were at their work. Yet there were many entering the church. I went thither, and found about five hundred persons performing their service with an ardour which formed a contrast with our early services in England.
Again I passed through the church at ten o'clock, on my way to the only place in which the Gospel is preached in Boulogne; and felt distressed to see six or seven hundred engaged in idolatrous worship, and not one hundred in the Protestant chapel. The minister announced that I would оссиру.
the pulpit in the evening, and means were used among the many seafaring people to secure their attendance. No means had been used to improve the condition of sailors at Boulogne. Many of them regularly attend the Popish services, but seem to care for none of the things which relate to their soul.
The friends who met me in the vestry, agreeably to an invitation to enter into the plans of our Society, kindly promised to commence distributing Tracts among sailors, to seek their children, and to attempt their improvement.
Surely it may be expected that a port, containing so many thousands of a maritime population, will repay the labours of those, who, like our Saviour, make known to fishermen, &c., the Gospel of the kingdom of heaven; and that, from among the many who offer idolatrous worship, some will, by the Holy Spirit, be taught to “worship God in spirit and in truth.” In Rouen, some friends, I trust, be found to promote the evangelization of seamen.
Havre presents a field which is promising to the Christian husbandman. It has three Protestant ministers. Rev. Mr. Ely, whose lack of services you had sent me to supply, I found in a very precarious state of health. He is a man of a lovely spirit : he has long laboured among sailors in America and in France. There is little expectation of his future services in Havre. He is appointed to labour in Marseilles. May the Lord grant him strength equal to his enlarged desires, and thousands will be benefited by his ministry. The French Protestant minister is also an excellent brother, and very friendly to our
I was favoured with collections in each of their churches. The good people of Havre were grateful for your kindness in sending them a minister for a few Sabbaths; and, in union with others, did what they could to aid your funds. Many more English than American sailors visit Havre; and while the attendants at the chapel feel grateful to the American Seamen's Friend Society for their liberal support of the seamen's chaplain, they-perhaps in too partial terms—express a wish that he were under the direction of the English Board. It might be advisable to correspond with the American Board on the propriety of our supplying Havre, and their occupying a Russian station, where they would possess some advantages over a minister from England.
Honfleur has some friends who feel great interest in sailors. I assured them that you would supply them with a Library, Tracts, and Bethel Flag; and felt much pleasure in preaching to a good number of their sailors in that port.
I visited Caen and several other towns on my way to Granville, and found that not one has a sailor's chapel ; and with little prospect of such means of grace being provided by the French, British Christians must enter upon the work, or there is little hope of their sailors becoming evangelized. I am persuaded that there would soon be
found friends to assist in the good work : little fear need be entertained, as the enclosed letter the Countess of Asent to me proves.
Her ladyship is desirous that we should send a sailors' minister to Honfleur, Rouen, and other parts of Normandy; she will pay part of his salary, and there are other friends who will assist. If you could procure the gentleman named, it would be well worth your consideration. I received the sum of 321. 15s. Ten pounds were presented with the following kind expression of Christian kindness.
“ It gives me much pleasure to say, that the labours of the Rev. Joseph Chapman, travelling Secretary of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, have been particularly acceptable to the people of this port, and have greatly tended to promote the seamen's cause and the cause of Christ in general. His return to Havre is greatly desired. We wish him “God speed' wherever he may
Donations, as an expression of the best wishes for the
prosperity of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, and attachment to their travelling Secretary, Rev. J. Chapman....
.......10 0 0 Collected in Evangelical Chapel, Rev.Mr. Ponshaw's....
1 5 0 Rev. E. Aubray, Honfleur.
20 0 0 Rev. Mr. Shrewsbury, Honfleur..
1 10 0
REV. T. TIMPSON'S DEPUTATION TO BIR
MINGHAM IN JUNE.
BIRMINGHAM, as Burke called it, “the toy-shop of Europe,” is under immense obligations to our maritime community; and many of the Christian manufacturers and other friends of sailors in that great town had long been desirous of expressing their cordial sympathy with the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, and of aiding its Directors in prosecuting their important labours. Arrangements having been made for the claims of the Institution to be laid before the Christian and philanthropic part of the people in that town, a deputation was appointed, consisting of the Rev. T. Timpson, one of the Secretaries