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been lost at Falmouth and other out-ports; but no authenticated accounts of their names, and the sacrifice of life, have yet reached London.

LOSS OF THE BARQUE DONCASTER. This vessel, under command of Captain Pritchard, sailed from the Mauritius, for London, about the 20th June, but was lost on the 17th July, about 70 miles S.E. of the Cape of Good Hope, and every one on board PERISHED! It appears by a letter from Samuel Parlby, Esq., dated 30th July, from Kleine-River-Valley, South Africa, that the bodies of NINETEEN women and children, and THIRTYtwo men and boys, had been washed on shore, and buried. She was lost close to the spot on which the Jessie, Captain Winter, was lost, in 1829,-on the Reef of Agulhas.

We have just heard of a gentleman overwhelmed with the deepest and most agonizing distress at the intelligence of the loss of his wife and eight children, who were wrecked in the Doncaster, on their return to England from the Mauritius ! We hope to give some brief record of this heart-breaking calamity in our next Pilot.

Reflecting on these most melancholy details we are constrained to ask, who that has not a heart of stone can refrain from becoming a friend of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, in its various endeavours to prepare seamen for the joyful discharge of their duty on the deep, and for the inheritance of the saints in light, by the diffusion among them of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?

“SAILOR! THERE IS HOPE FOR THEE!" Written after attending the Anniversary Public Meeting,

Sept. 29, of the Ramsgate Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Sailors' Society.

Sailor! there is hope for thee!

Though dread dangers now surround:
Lured in port, and tossed at sea,

Thou at length hast patrons found !
Sailor! there is hope for thee !

See! thy claims are recognized !

Christians now thy merit see,

Thy hard services are prized !
Sailor! there is hope for thee!

Lo! thy fair and noble friend !
She thy advocate will be * !

Glory wait thee without end !
Sailor! there is hope for thee!

Lo! the Bethel Flag's unfurld !
Hear the word of Christ, and be

Earnest for a brighter world !
Sailor! there is hope for thee !

God the Son was man and died !
Hear his gospel-Rise, be free:

Come by faith - be justified.
Sailor! there is hope for thee !

All thy sins may be forgiven !
Hail the tidings joyfully;

Live by faith, and steer to heaven!
Sailor! there is hope for thee !

God, thy Father will become!
Read his Word, his promise see ;

Heaven may be thy glorious home!
Sailor! there is hope for thee !

All thy toils shall shortly end !
Thou the port of bliss shalt see,

Rest with Christ, thy Saviour-Friend !
Kent.

* Alluding to a series of Poems, “Sacred Songs for British Seamen,” advocating the evangelization of sailors, by the Lady Jane Wilhelmina St. Maur, a daughter of the Duke of Somerset. A copy of this beautiful little volume was presented at the Meeting, by the Rev. Mr. Paul.

Correspondence and Proceedings of the British

and Foreign Sailors' Society.

ANNIVERSARY OF THE RAMSGATE AUXILIARY

TO THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN SAILORS'

SOCIETY. RAMSGATE is a station of great importance in relation to seamen, not only on account of those belonging to the port, which are comparatively few in number, but especially on account of its commodious harbour, to which thousands resort as a refuge from the storm.

T'wo hundred or three hundred sail of ships, and sometimes more, are found availing themselves of the security afforded here in tempestuous weather; and Capt. Prynn's visits to Ramsgate, on several occasions, to preach to the crowding sailors, have been the happy means of reviving the spirit of zeal for their eternal welfare among the Christians in that town and vicinity, as was manifest from the late Anniversary of the Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Sailors' Society. On Monday evening, Sept. 26th, a special united prayer meeting was held, to implore the blessing of God on the efforts to evangelize seamen, and the public meeting was held on Thursday evening, the 29th, at Ebenezer Chapel. R. Townley, Esq., presided; and the meeting was addressed by Rev. T. Timpson, Secretary to the Parent Society, detailing its various agencies and operations, Rev. Messrs. Paul, Cramer, Steadman, Cresswell, of Canterbury, Stoddard, of the Church of England, and several other gentlemen.

The Report announced a donation of £5, from the Duchess of Kent and the Princess Victoria ; and fittings, books, and library, for a Sailors' Chapel, from R. Pugett, Esq. The collection on the occasion was liberal.

CLERKENWELL AUXILIARY TO THE BRITISH

AND FOREIGN SAILORS' SOCIETY. CLERKENWELL, as

a great manufacturing district of London, is directly interested in the welfare of sailors ; and many of its inhabitants have long expressed a desire to aid the British and Foreign Sailors' Society. An Auxiliary was, therefore, formed, on Friday evening, October 7th, at the ample School Rooms of Rev. J. Peacock's Chapel. Thomas Thompson, Esq. presided on the* occasion, and the meeting was addressed by Rev. T. Timpson, Rev. J. Upton, Rev. J. Peacock, Mr. Joyce, &c.

SHIP LIBRARIES AUXILIARY TO PIETY IN

SEAMEN.

CAPTAIN Hoyt, of the American barque Oberlin, on his way to China visited London, in the spring of last year, and soon found the office of the British and Foreign

Sailors' Society. His introduction to the Secretary and his pious conversation indicated his decided attachment to the Bethel .cause, and the character of his crew corresponded with the Christian profession of their worthy captain. On leaving London, in June, his vessel was furnished with a Loan Ship Library, which he has returned during the past month, direct from America. His expressions of thankfulness for the favour to his ship's company indicate a sense of the obligation, and he states that the use of the books had been attended with evidences of the Divine blessing to some of their readers. On perusing his letter, we recollected that a record of the Divine goodness to his crew had been published in the American Sailors' Magazine for July, from which we give the following encouraging extract :

REVIVAL AT SEA.

“The barque Oberlin, Capt. Hoyt, arrived recently at New York from Canton. He left London about the last of June, 1835, with a crew of fifteen persons, all told. The sabbath was uniformly observed on board, and daily worship maintained. The reading of the Scriptures was carefully attended on, prayers offered, and exhortations given, and religion was made a part of the business of the

When the vessel left London, the captain and two. of the crew were professedly interested in religion. One of these remained at Canton with the Rev. Dr. Parker. When the vessel arrived at New York, ten praying men were found on board, all giving some satisfactory evidence of having become new creatures.”

crew.

THAMES MISSIONARY VISITATION OF SHIP.

PING AT GRAVESEND. AWARE of the William Hutt being about to sail from Gravesend, with colonists for South Australia, I made arrangements, says Captain Prynn, for a farewell visit to her, again to appeal to her crew and passengers on the blessings of salvation by Jesus Christ. On Monday, August 1, therefore, I went by steam to Gravesend, distributed some tracts on board, conversing with many relating to the things of eternity. But there being such a mixed multitude on board, I found it difficult to secure the attention of many.

We arrived at eleven at Gravesend, and at twelve I was on board the ship Aid-de-Camp, Capt. Parnell, bound to St. John's, N. B., hoisting my Bethel Flag. Finding Divine service could not be held for the space of half an hour, the mate kindly lent me the boat and hands to put me on board the William Hutt, Capt. Fleming, bound to South Australia. Arrangements were soon made for Divine service to be held at two P.Ms, and I returned on board the Aid-de-Camp, the ship's crew, officers, and passengers being then in a state of readiness, and all hands collected on the quarter deck. After singing an hymn, reading a portion of the Holy Scriptures, and engaging in prayer, 1 gave an address from Isaiah xliii, 2, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee,” &c. The sailors composing the crew, twenty-four in number, were as fine a set of men as I ever saw, and all heard the word with the utmost apparent attention ; I trust it was not in vain, for I observed many tears shed on this occasion. After the close of this service I distributed tracts and back numbers of the Pilot amongst the crew and passengers ; and then, as my time to hold Divine service on board the William Hutt was come, I took my Bethel Flag, being favoured with the boat from the Aid-de-Camp, to go on board the William Hutt. I was almost overcome with the scene on leaving the ship Aid-de-Camp, The ship's crew, officers, and passengers assembled at the gangway, on the rails, forecastle, &c., and with one accord bid me Farewell, in one voice saying “ God bless you,

sir." you for your kindness." “Good-bye, good-bye," &c. resounding as far as I could hear. My heart in solemn silence re-echoed,“ May the God of all grace go with you and bless you.” At five minutes after two P.M. I got on board the William Hutt, and as the captain had made the needful arrangements, the Bethel Flag was immediately hoisted, and the ship’s crew, pilot, and officers collected together under the round-house, on the quarter deck. The service, as before, was conducted by singing a hymn, reading the Scriptures, and prayer. I gave an address founded on 2 Cor. xiii, 11, “ Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and

peace

shall be with you. Amen.”

This service was equally interesting as the former; and I have much reason to believe that both on boord this vessel and also the Aid-de-Camp, there were some who

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