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beneficial to their souls. Many I have reason to believe by those labours were brought to God from a state of darkness and guilt. This evening, at the particular request of my valued friend the Rev. T. Roberts, preached in his chapel to nearly 2000 persons.
NEWPORT. Thursday, 18th.— Embarked this morning for Newport in Wales. Severi religious friends went with me. In going down the river I gave out some hymns, and Mr. H. C. prayed. Some music was on board, and a gentleman was determined it should play, and that a drum should beat to prevent our devotions. I waited until they had finished, when I resumed our worship by an address and prayer. Some respectable persons were offended, and others pleased. Either the one or otber was comparatively of little consequence. It was oui duty, being a large company, to spend an hour in prayer going out; others did as they pleased, as the company was quite general,
An amiable young man came and informed me, that a sermop I had preached at Castle-Green Chapel last year had been the means of tie conversion of bis brother, who was going to join the Tabernacle. Blessed be God, I hear almost daily of such instances. Ladded pear Newport, about 12 meridian. Walked to Mr. T's, sailmaker, and sent the crier round the town, to announce preaching at two o'clock, to sailors on the quay. Preached to sailors at two P. M. in the open air, after which my friends departed in the packet for Bristol. In the evening preached at the Baptist Chapel on the subject of the Bethel
Friday, 19th.- Accompanied the Rev. Mr. Lewis to the Rector's bou-e. He has formerly been an officer in the army. He received us with the utmost politeness, and would have gone with us to the public meeting, but for an engagement with the Bishop of the Diocese.
At eleven A. M. we assembled in the British school room, Rev. Mr. L-in the chair. I entered fully into the detail of maritime proceedings, and it proved a most gratifying meeting. We broke up at two A. M. took some momentary refreshment, and mounted the Milford coach with my son, for Bristol. I was engaged to preach this night on board the Ark. We arrived at the drawbridge, and having been detained, it was nearly eight o'clock, and drove in a hackney co:ch immediately to the Ark. It was quite full, and the Rev. H. Trewbilla was preaching for me : when he had finished, I detailed what we had done at Newport, and delivered an address.
BRISTOL. Sabbath Day, 21st.-Preached this morning on board the Seaman's Chapel - a very crowded and respectable congregation. Many netes were handed up to the pulpit this morning that were exceedingly striking. One expressed the pious desire of a parent who had a son at sea ;- another, the gratitude of a wife for the deliverance of her husband when his ship was burnt in the West Indies ;-a third, desired prayer for a husband on his voyage home ;-and a fourth entreated supplication for one who was gone to sea. All these I read to the congregation that they might be interested, and that their hearts
Woahoo.– Death of Capt. Turner.
might unite in those pious requests for seamen. This afternoon, as the weather was quite unfavourable for Brandon Hill, I preached again afloat. The vessel was quite full, and hundreds went away. I read a note to the following effect : “A mother, who has been a member of a Christian Church in Bristol 43 years, solicits the prayers of all present for her uphappy daughter, who bas become a depraved prostitute.” What an affecting case! I felt as a parent who has daughters of my own. This evening preached in Mr. Robert's capacious and noble chapel. Multitudes were going away from the doors when I arrived every avenue was quite filled. There is something exceedingly grand, and animating in the appearance of this spacious building when it is well filled. It is a sublime testimony of the zeal and success of my worthy brother : may be live long to enjoy it, and behold the pleasure of Jehovah prosper in his hands! My acquaintance with him has been of nearly twenty years standing, and I have always found him a steady, affectionate, and unwavering friend. When I returned from a tour through France about six years since, being anxious to establish the Lancastrian system in that country, I travelled through the West of England, at the request of the British and Foreign School Society, to interest different congregations on the subject, and raise funds for the purpose. On my arrival at Bristol, Mr. R— , by his introduction to that prudent and zealous gentleman who is now Secretary of the Bible Society, Mr. T. R. completely effected my object. An auxiliary was formed in Bristol, and I had the pleasure to meet and act with that late eininent philanthropist, Richard Reynolds, Esq. I had also the happiness to receive my greatest assistance in the formation of the Bristol Seamen's Friend Society, and in procuring a Floating Chapel from this respected minister and judicious secretary.
SANDWICH ISLANDS.-- WOAHOO. While one of the missionaries at the Sandwich Islands was delivering a lecture, and insisting on the excellency of the Chiistian's hope, and showing that hope without faith is an anchor cast into the ocean without a cable,-a seafaring man cried out, 6 May the honest sailor meet in heaven the man of good intent; I believe your intentions are good and say that publicly.”
DEATH OF CAPTAIN TURNER. August 4, 1821—This morning the flags of the vessels in the barbour were observed to hang at half mast; and intelligence soon came that Capt. Turner, of the ship Tartar, was dead. He retired last night about 11 o'clock in his usual health, having been observed to have been more than usually cheerful. Soon after he was seized with a fit of appoplexy, and died about two o'clock this morning. This is a solenin warning to us all to be prepared for death. The next day being Sabbath. public worship was held at the house where Capt. T. died, and Mr. Thurston preached from Luke xii. 40. “Be ye also ready, for the Son
of mau cometh at an hour when ye think not.” The funeral was attended by a large concourse of seamen.
September 7.-The missionaries made a proposal to Capt. Browo to supply the sailors of the ship Paragon with Bibles, to which he expressed his approbation; and the next day four Bibles were presented to the crew; also one to a sailor at work on the church.
Oct. 6.-“A very pleasant visit from Mr. Crocker, first officer of the ship Packet. We conversed, sung a hymn, and prayed together. He presented the mission with a chest of tea, and 15 dollars in money, for the education of heathen children. We are glad to see, and converse, and pray with, those who love the souls of the poor heathen."
8.-" To-day one of the seamen belonging to the ship Packet, called to inquire if we had Bibles to give lo sailors who had none. He said he was informed, that we gave Bibles to those who would make a good use of them, observing, at the same time, that there were four persons on board, who were destitute, and who would be thankful to receive each a copy. Four Bibles were given him.
EGYPT.-ALEXANDRIA. The Rev. P. Fisk, American missionary at Palestine, while at Alexandria, wrote as follows respecting seamen :
“ I have also become acquainted with the masters of several English merchant vessels, one of whom, I learn, has prayers daily with his men, and reads a sermon to them, regularly, on the Sabbath. Another has given me an interesting account of the “ Floating Ark,” for the support of which he is a subscriber, and in which he aliends worship when at London. This vessel, he says, was originally a 64 go ship, was purchased by a company of merchants in London, and application was then made to them by the “ Port of London Society," to obtain it as a place of worship for seamen. The merchants replied, " if you want it for that purpose, we make a donation of it, it for any other object we charge you £3,000.” Some hundreds of sailors now assemble in it, from Sabbath to Sabbaih, to hear the Gospel. The captain who gave me this account, says there is a great change, since his recollection, among English sailors. Many of them now wish to spend the Sabbath in no other way, than in attending public worship, or in reading their Bibles. I have given, to the captains of three vesels, a small supply of tracts for their men."
SCOTLAND. Aberdeen. One of the Rev. Doctors went on board every large ves.. sel in the month of March, four years ago, and left Bibles on consignment, for sale among the crews. Four hundred Bibles were thus sold, and every succeeding year the same plan has been pursued. During this period, sermons have occasionally been preached to the sailors. In the early part of this year some friends of the cause proposed to provide a floating chapel, but tiually concluded to erect a small place of
Ships in Ordinary.-Sailing on Sunday.
Worship on the quay. Some difficulties arose about supplying the pulpit, on account of ecclesiastical restraints, which it was hoped would be overcome. It is estimated the chapel will cost about $3,000, and that collections will be taken up in London, &c. to defray it.
SHIPS IN ORDINARY.
H. M. S. C— , 17th June, 1822. You recollect I told you when on board I was trying to establish prayer meetings in ships in ordinary. Glory-glory--glory to God! I have gained my poiot so far, that our lieutenant has given leave to have them on board this ship, and we commence on Thursday next. All hands of you to pray for us, that utterance may be given, and that God will bless his word. I entreat you for Christ's sake, pray for your poor friend to go ou, and that my face may be like flint before this people, not fearing to declare the unspeakable riches of Christ. Stop, mind me. as yet the - kuows nothiug of this, and should he or the hear of it, what will be the consequence--what shall I tell you? God car shut the lion's mouih, and he has declared no weapon formed against us shall prosper. What is left for you and ourselves to do in this case ? why, prav fervectly to God to prevent opposition, and if we are opposed, pray to him to put a stop to it; so you see we can weather them on both tacks. “ The Christian has a charm unknown to many.” I really cannot help smiling, though with tears in my eyes, at the futile attempts of men and devils to stop the glorious progress of our dear Redeemer's kingdom, while at every step they take, this blessed declaration stops them in their career; “I will do all my pleasure, and I will work, and none shall let it.” Yes, blessed Jesus, I behold thee still going forward by sea and land.
The winds and waves obey his word,
A CAPTAIN WHO WOULD NOT SAIL ON SUNDAYS. A pious Captaio desires to know whether it was proper to sail on Sunday or not; in which I thought proper to relate a circumstance that happened to a Captain, who made it a rule never to sail on a Sunday ; and after some time the male acquainted the owners of the vessel with it, and told them it would be the means of losing many voyages. Immediately the owners sent for the Captain, and told him if he would not sail on a Sunday, he should leave the vessel. His reply was, then he had bis choice, either to serve God or man. Ile immediately gave her up to the mate, and became pilot jo the river; but aster a few months his owners sent for him, and told him to take the vessel again, and sail as he thought proper.
DIVING BELL. A diving bell under the direction of a submarine adventurer, called Crusoe, bas been lately shipped from London to Holland, to recover the cargo of a frigate sunk there 22 years ago. The Lutine is stated to have 22 brass guns on board, 30,0001. in gold, 32 casks of gold in bars, and 32 casks of silver in bars. The vessel lies in thirty feet at high water, which being very clear, the most sanguine expectations are formed of their saving the whole of the property. One of the
casks of gold bars was lately raised to the water's edge, but, from the . bursting of the hoops, only one bar was saved, which weighed seven pounds and a half.
From the Sailor's Magazine.
Or, the King's arrival welcomed. THURSDAY, the 15th July, when the King landed in Scotland, and proceeded in state to Edinburgh, there were several arches tastefully decorated and thrown across the streets ; on one of which was inscribed, in gold letters, “ ( felicem diem," and on the opposite side the translation, "O happy day." When the roval carriage entered the barrier, the Lord Provost advanced and presented 16 the keys" of the city to his Majesty with these words :-" This ceremony now implies that we place with loyal devotion at the disposal of your Majesty the hearts and persons of our citizens, and bid your Majesty a hearty welcome to this metropolis."-Having read this intelligence, the following lines have been penned from the impression of the moment ; O happy day! when grace subdued O happy day! " the keys" are Thine, Its foes in my rebellious heart';
Blessed Jesus, at Thy feet I fall; And Christ my best affections woo'd, Bought with Thy blood, I've o'ything And bade the powers of Hell depart. mine,
Oh, take my life my soul-my all! O happy dny! when Jesus gained
Dominion o'er my guilty soul ; O happy day! when Thou shalt come, And sweetly all iny powers constrained And crowns, and thrones, and suns To bow to His benign control.
When blood-bought millions shout He's O happy day! when Heaven proclaimed, come!
" Prepare to welcome Christ, your kins, The dead arise-the globe's on fire!" Ye who by grace have been reclaimed ; He comes! He comes! Hosanna sing !" O happy day the trumpet sounds,
All nature forms one general blaze; O happy day! “ Lift up your head, My Jesus wears ten thousand crorens, Ye mental gates be lifted up ;'
And myriads shout alone His PRAISE! Enter, my King. Thy foes are fled,
G. C. S. For thou didst 'drink' the fatal cup.'
REV. MR. TRUAIR'S RETURN. The Rev. Mr. Truair has returned to this city, and resumed his labours in the Mariners' Church. He has been absent fourteen weeks, visited several towns in the five New England States, preached sixty-one sermons, delivered addresses at upwards of thirty meetings, travelled about 1420 miles, and collected six hundred and eighty-one dollars for the “ Society for promoting the Gospel among seamen."
We had prepared a more detailed sketch of his proceedings, for this number, but are obliged to defer it ; as also some remarks on "A Traveller's Journal,” in this number.