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lege ; G. Hill; John Gore, N. Carolina ; Wm. Overhart, Pennsy! vania, and A. B. Converse and N. Ross, both from Troy.

The following were steerage passengers: James Baldwin, Stepher Chase, Dr. Carver, Mary Hirst, Mary Brewster, Mr. Harrison.

All the particulars of this awful dispensation of Divine Providence which we have seen, are contained in extracts of two letters published in Liverpool; one from Jacob Mark, U.S. Consul at Kinsale, and the other, which will be found below, from a Mr. Purcell, agent of the gentleman to whom it is addressed. Mr. Marks observes that,

* There were 28 passengers on board, in the cabin, 21 men and 7 women, all of whom have met a watery grave, with the exception of one young man from Boston, I understand; and as he is so exhausted he could not give the names of the others, or any particulars : seven of the crew are saved, one of the mates and six men. I am informed there was a considerable sum in specie on board ; part of the deck only floated ashore. Last night was very tempestuous; and, it seems, the ship lost her masts about ten o'clock, carrying a press of sail off the land, wind S. S. E. which was the cause of the misfortune ; it was about three o'clock this morning that she struck on a ledge of rocks, and went to pieces.”

" Garretstown, Ireland, 22d April, 1822. “Honoured Sir,–At some time before four o'clock this morning, I was informed that a ship was cast on the rocks at the bottom of your dairy farms, to which place I immediately repaired ; and at about the centre of the two farms, found a vessel on the rocks, under a very high cliff. At this time, as it blew a dreadful gale, with spring tide and approaching high water, the sea ran mountains high ; however, I descended with some men as far down the cliff as the dashing of the sea would permit us to go with safety, and there had the horrid spectacle of viewing five dead bodies stretched on the deck, and four other fellow-creatures distractedly calling for assistance, which we were unable to afford them, as certain death would have attended the attempt to render them any. Of those in this perilous situation, one was a female, whom, though it was impossible from the wind and the roaring of the sea to hear her, yet from her gestures and the stretching out of her hands, we judged to be calling and imploring for our assistance. At this time the greater part of the vessel lay on a rock, and part of the stern, where this poor woman lay, projected over a narrow creek that divides this rock from another. Here the sea ran over her with great fury, yet she kept a firm hold, which it much astonished me that she could do ; but we soon perceived that the vessel was broke across, where she projected over the rock, and after many waves dasbing against her, this part of the vessel rolled into the waves, and we had the heart rending scene of seeing the woman perish. The 3 men lay towards the stern of the vessel, one of whom stuck to a mast, which projected towards the cliff, to whom, after many attempts, we succeeded in throwing a rope, and brought him safe ashore. Another we also saved; but the constant dashing of the waves put an end to the sufferings of the others. This vessel proves to be the Albion, packet, of N. York, capt. Williams, which place she Total loss of the packet ship Albion.

63 left on the 1st inst. for Liverpool, with a cargo of cotton, raw turpentine, rice, &c. and with about 28 passengers. Her crew consisted of 24 ; and of the whole there have been saved only 9, making the sufferers amount to 43. Out of the passengers there have been saved but two. The bodies of 5 men and 2 women have been picked up. After doing every thing possible for these poor creatures, 1 exerted myself with Mr. Gibbons in saving the private property of the poor sailors and passengers, and succeeded in saving some of their trunks. I have brought four of these poor creatures here. Mr. Gibbons has taken three, and two more remain at the dairyman's houses, from whence they were too weak to be removed. Capt. Williams is among the sufferers. As I know your feelings towards those thus situated, I have taken the liberty of preparing some thin boards, to make coffins for these seven. She is now completely gone to pieces. She was, I thiok, as tine a vessel of her description as could be seen. My situation does not allow me to say more at present, as I was never more fatigued, and remain, Honoured Sir, your ever grateful and faithful servant,

JOHN PURCELL. To Thomas Rochford, Esq."

One of our daily papers observes, “no event that bas occurred for years, has created so deep a sensation in this city. Indeed every countenance seems to be mantled in the gloom of a mourner. It was a most heart-rending and agonizing piece of intelligence to many of our citizens, and melancholy and affecting to all. Most of the passengers had friends and acquaintance, and some of them relatives in this city. It is but a few days since they left us in the bloom of health ; but as it were, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, they have been summoned hence by Him who rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm. All have perished, save a messenger to tell the mournful tale, that his companions are in the deep bosom of the ocean buried.'

“ All the vessels in port have their flags now flying at half mast."

Thus, as in a moment, these persons have been snatched from life into the eternal world. They were near the end of their voyage, and expected soon to engage again in their various pursuits, but death suddenly arrested them. Their days are numbered—they are gone from the earth-" the places which knew them shall know them no more for ever.” Every one is distressed at the event; but what does it teach us? Reader! death may seize upon you as suddenly. Whether on sea or land, you are liable to sudden death, and ere long you will certainly die. Are you prepared ? " The Son of Man cometh in an hour that ye think not.” Have you considered what it is to die? Imagine yourself to have been lost in the Albion. Suppose that when about to be swept from the wreck, and when distracted with the horror of immediate death, you for the first time realized that there was a holy God, a future judgment, a heaven and a bell—and that you were a sinful creature, impenitent and lost for ever! Suppose this had been your case--or rather suppose death should arrest you to-day. Are you prepared ? Are you reconciled to God? Have you repented of your sins? Do you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? What is the testimony of your conscience, and of your life? Have you attended

to these things, or are you going thoughtlessly down the broad road which leads to destruction? You must die-how soon you know not. If impenitent and unholy, death will be the beginning of eternal misery and horror. Turn then and repent while it is called to-day. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."

" I've seen the dark ship proudly braving,
With high sail set-and streamers waving,

The tempest roar and battle pride;
I've seen those floating streamers shrinking---
The bigh sail rent--the proud ship sinking,

Beneath the ocean tide;
And heard the seaman farewell sighing,
His body on the dark sea lying-

His death prayer to the wind!
But sadder sight the eye can know,
Than proud bark lost and seaman's wo-
Or battle fire and tempest cloud
Or prey bird's shriek and ocean's shroud

The Shipwreck of the Soul.


IN THE PORT OF NEW-YORK. Tus Society will publicly celebrate its anniversary, and the opening of the MARINERS' CHURCH, on TUESDAY NEXT, at half past 7 o'clock in the evening, in the Mariners' Church in Roosevelt-st. The annual Report will be read, and it is expected addresses will be delivered by the Rev. Henry Chase, Rev. John Truair, Mr. John Westfield, and several others.

The Committee of Arrangements affectionately invite the Rev. Clergy, Merchants, Shipmasters, and Sailors, to attend on this occasion. The union in this Society of Christians of different denominations, the simplicity and importance of its object, (THE SALVATION OF SAILORS,) and the success which has thus far attended their efforts, will, the Committee trust, be the means of interesting their fellowcitizens generally, in the Anniversary. , It is well known that the Mariners' Church is under mortgage for 6000 dollars, and that the Society has no funds or resources except the contributions of the Christian public. On them they rely for the payment of this debt, and for the current expenses (nearly $2000 annually) of the Society. If arguments were wanting to draw forth a liberal contribution on this occasion, we would refer the reader to some of our preceding pages. Who can read the account of the Albion, and not drop a tear for the poor sailors ? Whose heart will remain unaffected, when in imagination he sees them dashed upon the rocks, and changing worlds in an instant. Who will not now resolve to improve this opportunity and go up to the sailors' Church, and there make an offering to the Lord, ibat shall be the means of giving the blessed Gospel to the perishing Seamen ?

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The first thing I notice in the Watchmen, whose duty it is to give the Alarm, is their vigilance and fidelity: they constantly keep a scrutinizing eye over their own district, and are frequently giving signals by which to know if others are also faithful. Should they sleep, or betray their trust, they would lose their places, credit and character as good watchmen. They cannot be flattered from their duty, nor hired to betray.

Now compare all this with the professed ministers of Christ. They are watchmen: and the Lord of the flock says to every one of them; “Son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel.' And what is their duty as watchmen? " Thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but bis blood will I require at thine hand.” (Ezek. xxxii. 7, 8.) When they neglect their duty and become unfaithful, God says to them, “ Wo be to the shepherds that feed themselves!”'_“Ye feed not the flock,".

!"the diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye

bound up

the broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost.”_" My flock is scattered upon all the earth, and is become a prey to every beast of the field :" " therefore, behold I am against the shepherds, and I will require my flock at their hands, and they sball cease from feeding the flock." (Eze. xxxiv. 2–6, 9, 10.) When they become avaricious of worldly gain or splendour, and slumber over the sins and stupidity of their flocks, God then speaks to his people, concerning them, saying, “ His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they can. not bark; sleeping,” (or as it is in the margin dreaming, or talking in their sleep,' which needs no comment when compared with mush that is called preaching in the present day) "lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which cannot have enough, and VOL. IX.


they are shepherds that cannot understand : they all look to their own way, every one for his gain from his quarter.” (Isaiah, lvi. 10, 11.)

These show that God sees awful wickedness in his watchmen ; and that there is reason to fear many who profess to preach the Gospel of Christ, will, at the last day, know by dreadful experience what that meaneth, “ His blood will I require at thine hand !". They will say, “ we have prophesied in thy name," but will receive in reply, ": [ never knew you, depart from me ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. vi. 22, 23.) Thus they will lose their post, character and souls together. And thus it is that the spiritual may learn an important lesson from the natural watchman.

The second thing I observe in the watchmen, is their apparent rudeness and inattention to the rules of politeness. They knock at every door with their watch club indiscriminately wherever they go. The rich and the great must be disturbed by them, and they never ask nor think whether it is fashionable or polite ; nor whether they shall please or displease; but with a tone that thrills through the soul they cry fire! fire! fire!! without note or comment. From this scene my mind was thrned to the soft and flowing language, to the smooth turned periods, and to the charming rhetorical figures introduced, and which are so abundant in many things which are called Gospel sermons ! I could not but contrast it with many of Zion's watchmen, who palliate the sins of the great, the rich, and the "oppressions of suffering humanity,” and with those wbo conceal every offensive part of the alarm which they are commanded to give, so that they may gain the applause and good will of dying man. The pretty moral dissertations which are so abundant at this day in the form of, and by many called sermons, and which are designed to meet the demand of the alarm which they are commanded to give, but poorly accords with the character of the watchman. In these cases there is no distinctness in the sound, and consequently no alarm is taken. There is nothing in all this, and there is little in our world which in the watchmen of Zion will compare with the apparent rudeness of the natural watchman. Why is not the alarm of hell fire given with the same vigilance, fidelity and clearness, and with the same indiscriminateness as the common fire alarm? But for the reason that in the one case it is believed by the watchman, and in the other it is not. I could not but think of the fact, that if the watchmen in our great cities were as indifferent, and as indistinct in their alarm of fire, as are many of the ministers in those cities, about God's alarm of hell fire, and the damnation of hell, which they are commanded to impress on every mind by God's most high and holy authority, they would, by the same populace who pamper the lying prophet, be driven from their employment, and from the confidence of human society. When the minister, therefore, thinks in his own heart, that in speaking to men about religion he must not be rude, let him, for example, look at the watchmen in the streets of his city, and at the day of his final adjudication, and then, as he is a watchman for God and for souls, let him determine what he will do. The third

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