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situations and circumstances prevent them from faithfully serving God. This is virtually charging God in his providence with the sins for which they must account, and for which such excuses will be no answer.



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There are no complaints more commonly heard amongst believers, and not the least among pious seamen, than of the poor work they make of praying, praising, and thanksgiving. Hence they become painfully afraid lest their poor utterances should never obtain a hearing. member the great Intercessor, who stands day and night before God to receive such poor petitions of his people, and to present them before his throne. Remember, also, that the sufferings and death of Christ, his obedience and righteousness-even the whole sum of his infinite and precious merits- make intercession for you, and, as it were, pray for you.

Wherefore, believer, and hardy mariner, if you can only utter three words before God, yea,


your very voice seem stifled at the foot of his throne, yet remember that he loves you with the same love with which he hath loved his Son; and as often as you pray, hold fast this confidence. Remember that your great Intercessor prays with you and for you, and that your prayers ascend through his righteousness. This will give unction to your petition, and whatsoever you ask you will receive of him. Let the eye of the Christian, whether on land or at sea, ever look over a gloomy foreground into the golden distances which lie behind it, and see the dawn of jubilee fringing with rosy edges the clouds formed by a present scene of things.

K, D. D.

REVIEW. JOURNEYINGS and Encampments of the Israelites from

Egypt to Canaan. A Map on rollers, coloured.-Sun

day School Union, London. “ JOURNEYings and Encampments” may seem to have very little connection with “seamen and ships," and, at first sight, the map under consideration may not require notice in the Pilot, or Sailors' Magazine.'

Illustrative of Scripture geography, and of maritime affairs mentioned in the Bible, however, the present map will be found peculiarly interesting; and when it is considered that the Israelites were conducted across an arm of the Red Sea, as on dry ground” (Exod. xii; Heb. xi, 29), God Almighty, by his outstretched arm, dividing the waters miraculously to make them a passage, without the aid of “ ships or seamen,” this beautiful map

will seem truly desirable. The view that it gives of the Red Sea, with the Gulf of Elah, their relative position with regard to the Mediterranean, its outline of part of that interesting sea—"the great sea” of the Scripture, John i, 4—Egypt and its mighty river Nile, with “ the seven streams or mouths thereof,” is strikingly represented in this map; and while we can confidently recommend it as worthy a place in every study, parlour, or drawing-room, we cannot but wish it were hung up in every Sunday school and vestry, especially the vestry of every sailors' chapel, or place of worship for seamen.

The price of this beautiful and instructive map is only seven shillings, and many a one will feel pleasure in making such a present for the places above recommended.

SHORT ALLOWANCE ON BOARD. “ Neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.”

Matthew xvi, 5.
There was but one loaf now on board,

When Christ and his disciples sail'd;
Where winds have howl'd, and waves have roar'd,

And wrecks and death have oft prevail’d.
There was but one loaf now on board,

When Jesus said, Beware of leaven;
The crew their sad neglect deplor'd,

And talked of Earth, but not of Heaven.
There was but one loaf now on board,

When, lo! the Lord of Glory saith,
Why reason thus and doubt my word,

O fearful ye, of little faith.
I know there's but one loaf on board,

But do ye not my grace perceive ;
O be your judgment now restor’d,

And though you're out at sea believe.

What though there's but one loaf on board,

Yet when five thousund souls I fed,
What baskets full of fragments stor’d,

From five small loaves of barley bread!
Though you have but one loaf on board,

Yet, when the seven loaves I brake,
And fed four thousand by a word,

baskets took ye up?
How then can you not understand ?

Here stands Creation's gracious Lord;
The same at sea as on the land :
Have you not Christ


God on board ?
How can you perish while he's here,

His Providence and grace the same ?
Cast overboard each doubt and fear,
And triumph in your

O Lord, with thee on board my ship,

I weep that I should doubt thy care ;
One loaf or no loaf on the deep,

Enough for me that Christ is there.

O Jesus, let me see thy face,
My soul in confidence relies;

At sea, on shore, in every place,
Thy fulness all my need supplies.


P. P.

Correspondence and Proceedings of the British

and Foreign Sailors' Society.

LEEDS BETHEL CAUSE. Leeds, with its prodigious manufactures, has a vast measure of intercourse with merchants and factors in all quarters of the world. Its communication with Hull, the chief commercial sea-port in the north of England, is very great, and by means of the river Aire, a considerable number of seamen and bargèmen visit Leeds.

Rev. J. Chapman, at his visit to Leeds last year, preached at the opening of a Bethel Chapel for these classes of our useful countrymen; and, recently, application has been made to the Committee for aid in the.establishment of a Library for their use and improvement.

Mr. Falding, Secretary of the Bethel Society at Leeds 412 Newry British and Foreign Sailors' Society. [Dec. writes, October 24, “ I have been directed by the Committee of our Society for the promotion of the Gospel among the seamen of the town, to apply to the Parent Society for a grant of books. Being ignorant of the extent of the libraries supplied by the Society, we venture to ask for three ; whether or not this request can be complied with, will, however, depend upon the ability and discretion of the Directors of the Parent Society. Whatever they may kindly grant will be gratefully received by

I have also been directed to inquire if the Society has printed, or could give us any instructions concerning the manner in which the libraries should be conducted."

Desirous of aiding and of co-operating with all local institutions, the Committee immediately complied with the request of the friends of sailors at Leeds, assured that such aid would only tend to increase their active zeal to benefit seamen by diffusing among them the saving knowledge of Christianity.




FOREIGN SAILORS' SOCIETY. Newry is a considerable sea-port town of Ireland, in the county of Down. It communicates by a navigable canal with Lough Neasir and Carlingford Bay, and is situated thirty-three miles S.S.W. of Belfast, and forty-nine N. of Dublin.

Rev. H. C. O'Donnoghue, having settled at Newry, has manifested his solicitude for the improvement of sea

In a letter, dated October 15, he says, “ Various providential circumstances have led me hither, where I am doing what I can for, among others, our neglected

After many months' intermission, I caused the Bethel flag to be hoisted about three weeks ago : I have myself preached every Sunday afternoon since then, and to-morrow one of the Secession ministers has engaged to supply my place. I have written to the Irish Evangelical Society to send a Scripture reader; and, from the number of Welsh vessels, I am anxious to get one who understands that language. Could your Society help us ? Five pounds a-year would assist us much. At all events, I must plead for a supply of tracts and a few books. - These are greatly wanted. We have many vessels going to America : think of their wants and destitution ! Do offer my sincere regards to your Committee, who will see by the enclosed that I have always been anxious for the spiritual welfare of seamen; and I hope we shall, ere long, have a sailors' prayer meeting also at Newry. I shall confidently look for the tracts and books; something is necessary to interest and employ seamen, to keep them from the destructive whisky shops.”


The Committee have complied with the request of Rev. Mr. O'Donnoghue : they have forwarded the tracts and books, and engaged for the amount requested, to aid an agent for seamen at Newry.



Rev. C. Cooney has succeeded Rev. J. West, the sailors' friend, at Barking; and the following extract from a communication from him, dated October 26, will gratify our readers, especially those who may desire to know what has resulted from the Fifty Libraries furnished by the Committee for the Barking Fishing Smacks.

These libraries are under the direction of a committee; and Mr. Cooney remarks, “I have ascertained from the parties under whose care the libraries are placed, that they are generally very well received, and that there is reason to believe they have been the means of improving the morals of the sailors. It is a pleasing fact that such improvement has been noticed by those whu have the best opportunities of observing them; and it is probable the loan of books has been one means of producing it. I am happy to say we have a few pious men among them, some captains who have divine service on board when practicable, and sometimes the Bethel flag is hoisted, and very cheering scenes are witnessed. They have such prayers,' to use the language of some who have been present at the meet'ings, as are fit to break our hearts and make us loar aloud. We can't help it, master. These engagements ha had a good effe at least upon the morals of the fishermen. In the month of June last I commenced a weekly lecture for their benefit, in a sail-loft by the waterside, which has been regularly attended, and will be (D. V.)

“We labour in hopes that if we had a more commodious place, the attendance would be better. But this at present



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