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“ Their chief watch and helmsmen were Alcohol's retinue.
1st Cor.vi, 10: Drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal. v, 21 : 'Envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. “ Did you speak them ?”
They were hailed by our Pilot, the Holy Spirit, who offered to succour them, and to receive them and share like bounty with us, but they would not heave to, spurning all offers of friendship.”
Gen, xix, 14: Up, get ye out of this place, for the Lord will destroy this City : but he seemed as one that mocked.
Prov. i, 24: I have called, and ye refused.
Matth. xxiii, 37: How often would I have gathered thy children together, and ye would not.
Luke xix, 44: Thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Rev. xxii, 17: The Spirit and the Bride say come. “ Have you a full complement of hands ?”
“Our Captain receives all who will comply with his terms."
John vi, 37: Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
“ What hands does he want?” “ Sinners.”
2: This man receiveth sinners. Matth. ix, 13: I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
" What are his terms ?"
his cross daily and follow him.”
Luke xxii, 23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up
his cross daily, and follow me.
“What privileges does he give ?".
“ That all who come shall be washed in his own blood, arrayed in white robes, and admitted to praise him in his kingdom to all eternity.”
1st John i, 7: The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth from all sin.
Rov. vii, 13, 14: What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and whence came they.
These are they which come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Mark xxv, 46: But the righteous shall go into life eternal.
A HAPPY SAILOR.
Events are Waves that still do onward roll,
H. L. W.
Correspondence and Proceedings of the British
and Foreign Sailors' Society.
BETHEL MEETINGS AT NEW SOUTH WALES.
KNOWING what arrangements were made with the Rev. J. Saunders, by the Committee of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, to labour for the good of seamen in New South Wales, I was gratified in meeting with the following, which I extract from the New South Wales Colonist of February 12, 1835.
D., R.N. “On the morning of Sabbath last, two Bethel Flags were fying simultaneously in our port; the one on board the Ilenry Porcher, in Sydney Cove, and the other on board the George Hibbert, in Darling Harbour. Divine service was performed on board the former of these vessels by the members of the Society of Friends, who have just sailed for Norfolk Island and Tahiti. On board the latter, the service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Saunders, and the Rev. Mr. Crook. In both vessels the attendance was numerous; and we hope and trust that the impression produced on many who go down to the sea in ships, and see God's wonders in the deep, will be salutary and lasting."
THE BETHEL CAUSE AT SWANSEA. SWANSEA is a very important sea-port in South Wales, with a population of 13,694 in 1831. It has three Episcopal places of Worship, and fifteen chapels of Dissenters. Swansea has increased amazingly during the last thirty years, chiefly on account of the mineral wealth of its vicia nity, and the vessels in the carrying trade are numerous in this port. Little, however, has been done here to evangelize sailors : but the circular published by the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, in December last, has happily contributed to engage the servants of Christ to seek their spiritual improvement. Rev, W. Woodhouse thus writes to the Directors :
In answer to the queries, &c. of the 30th of Decem. ber last, I send you a circular recently published, containing the information you wish, as far as this port is concerned. Several attempts have been made to afford the seamen here religious instruction ; but owing to the difficulty of getting them to meet on shore, these have hitherto failed. For the last three or four years nothing has been done for them specifically. Our present plan, as you see, is to do whatever we can by going on board. Any suggestions respecting suitable tracts, &c. would greatly oblige.”
At a Meeting of Friends to the Religious Instruction of Sailors, held at the vestry of Mount Pleasant Chapel, on Tuesday evening, the 26th of January, 1836, Mr. William Bevan in the Chair, it was unanimously resolved,
“That a Society be now formed, designated Seaman's Friend Society for the Town and Port of Swansea.
“That this Society contemplates the religious welfare of sailors, by the distribution of tracts, and the holding of meetings for religious worship, and the preaching of the Gospel on board vessels in the port as opportunity may offer."
At a meeting of the Committee, held in the vestry-room of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, February 2d, it was resolved,
“That the fact, that seven thousand sailors, upwards of two thousand of whom are foreigners, annually visit this port, and that no specific provision for their religious instruction existed, deeply impressed the conviction on the minds of the originators of this Society, that some efforts should be made to promote their spiritual benefit. On these grounds, the Committee urgently appeal to all connected with this port, and to the inhabitants of the town of Swansea generally, for their countenance and support."
The Committee of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society congratulate the Ministers and Christian friends of Swansea on their adopting such resolutions ; and, as the mode resolved upon is the best to benefit seamen, they trust that they will be enabled to prosecute their intentions, under the special blessing of the Spirit of God.
SAILORS' SOCIETY AT LYNN.
Lynn is a considerable sea-port town of Norfolk, with a population of 13,370 in 1831. Rev. W. Snell, in reply to the circular of the Directors, writes, “ The number of
sailors belonging to this port is about 700; of ships, 120. Besides which about 100 strange ships visit the port, of which 60 may be called strangers, and 40 foreigners. The number of arrivals annually, including our own and other vessels, is, taking the average of the last seven years, 2,055.
“We have no sailors' chapel, nor school expressly for sailors' children. Our own sailors have their wives and families living in the town, and they are mostly distributed among the different denominations of Christ's followers in the place.
“The sailors, however, as a distinct class of persons, are not neglected. There are monthly prayer-meetings held in the Methodist, Baptist, and Independent chapels, or their benefit. Tracts are distributed among them; and when the weather permits there is frequently preaching on the Sabbath on board some vessel.
“Our Auxiliary Sailors' Society possesses about 24 boxes of books, which are lent to crews or captains on application for them, during their voyages. They can also obtain Bibles from the Naval and Military Bible Society, and the publications of the Prayer Book and Homily Society, at a very cheap rate.
“ I shall soon have occasion to address you again, after the anniversary meeting of our Auxiliary.
BETHEL UNION AT YARMOUTH. GREAT YARMOUTH is a seaport and fishing-town of great note. Its population in 1831 was 21,115. According to the returns to parliament in 1829, 585 vessels belonged to this port, whose burthen altogether amounted to 44,134 tons.
Mr. J. H. Palmer, Secretary to Yarmouth Bethel Union, in reply to the Society's circular, writes, “ Jan. 4, 1836: I this day called the Committee of the Bethel Union Society of this port, consisting of the ministers and laymen of the different dissenting congregations here, to answer the inquiries. In reply,
“ First. There are about 2,100 British sailors visiting this port annually, besides about 150 to 200 foreign seamen; and about 2,000 fishermen, who are employed about