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the 30th October, has interfered with the intention of the Directors to hold their Public Meeting on that day, and the alarming illness of the Queen Dowager, making even that event uncertain, has prevented the Lord Mayor from fixing another day at present. Under these circumstances, it may be deemed advisable to commence further operations previous even to a Public Meeting, and the attention of the Board is now seriously given to that question. The opportunity now afforded to the Society of assuming a status which it has never yet occupied, renders it necessary that no hasty steps should be taken, but that the Society should be brought under the attention of the public in the most commanding manner, and so as to secure the greatest amount of sympathy and assistance. We repeat the invitation we gave last month to our friends in the provinces—that it will afford us much pleasure if they will kindly favour us with their views on the work we are now taking up, and that any suggestions they may have to make will be very acceptable.
Our deputations in Cornwall, Devon, and Staffordshire, have met with much kindness, though with too many disappointments. Our worthy missionary, Captain Prynn, who was obliged to leave his sphere of labour on account of a sudden choleraic attack, we are happy to inform our friends, whom he quitted so hastily, is recovering, and we trust will be long spared for further usefulness. Truro has again done nobly. That auxiliary has been in existence seven years, and during that period has remitted no less than £160 to the Parent Society. Would we possessed many more such towns as Truro, and many more such generous friends as its founder and treasurer, W. Baynard, Esq. ! We have other good news from Cornwall, as will be seen from the letter from Mr. Trotter, under the head “Correspondence,” and also from his report in the record of “Provincial Operations.” Falmouth affords at length such another instance as Weymouth and Wisbeach, where the cause has found a few earnest, warm-hearted friends, who delight in promoting it to the utmost. The establishment of a Reading Room on the Quay is a great achievement, and we beg to publish the request for odd volumes, which the letter before-mentioned refers to, with the addition, that we shall be most happy to receive any such donations from friends in all parts of the country, and so to make a good parcel to encourage the excellent Committee. Why should Uxbridge alone have the satisfaction of reflecting on assistance rendered to this distant but important port? Alas, Penzance ! we would that thou hadst been willing to receive the benefit we offered thee! But thou hast rejected our offers, and art indifferent to thy dying seamen. But arouse thee from thy lethargy, awaken thy heart to a sense of its responsibility ; let thy hand be stretched out to the work, and we will yet assist thee in thine efforts, and share thy satisfaction in caring for thy sons who go down upon the deep.
SERVICES, ATTENDANCE, AND VISITS.
CIRCULATION OF BIBLES, TESTAMENTS, PARTS OF SCRIPTURE,
TRACTS, AND OLD MAGAZINES.
Testa- Parts of ments. Scripture
92 1814 106 2167 2966 969
142 2182 216 3213 4684 1051 311 363 343
Day Schools--average attendance of boys, 72. Girls, 60, * As this table was omitted in our last number, this will include the statistics for two months.
PORT OF LONDON.
CAPTAIN PRYNN'S REPORT. What great cause for thankfulness and gratitude, that, amidst the ravages of death and disease, spreading wide on every side, I am still spared as a monument of mercy, and strengthened to see the close of another mouth. My labours through the past month have been great; more so than on former occasions. It has been a time for Christian exertion. The effects of cholera have been felt amongst our captains, mates, and sailors on the river Thames, and at the sailors' lodging-houses have been very severe and fatal. I have been called to close an address, leaving my brother sailors to carry on the meeting with prayer, whilst I have gone to administer some spiritual consolation to a dying captain, mate, or sailor, and, blessed be God, those efforts have not been in vain.
The awful and unexpected death of so many, mostly taken off in the prime of life, has had a tendency to awaken many out of a state of sinful inditference and stupor ; thus the judgments of God having been manifested, have been the means of quickening many that were dead in trespasses and sins, so that there has been a spirit of hearing, and also of inquiry, on their part ; and, through the mercy and grace of Christ, it is to be hoped, not a few have found peace and pardon.
The Bethel meetings have been very numerously attended. Many a poor sailor has been heard to pray that never engaged in so sacred a duty before. Many a captain has hoisted the Bethel flag that never hoisted it before; and, through the influence of the Holy Spirit, many are now seeking the way to heaven and happiness, who very lately were measuring their steps downward, to the abodes of darkness, death, and dread despair. Thus are we encouraged to go forward, because God is magnifying his name, and making it glorious in the sight of the people. Only let sailors be converted, and the world must know it, and its beneficial effects must be felt in the Christian as well as the commercial world.
My meeting on the 3rd of last month was a meeting of deep interest, when the cabin was so filled, that the kivid captain went upon deck to give room for others; and there, after several had prayed in the cabin, he knelt down by the sky-light, and in most earnest, solemn prayer pleaded with God. All present were deeply impressed with his supplications, and God, even our God, was evidently present to bless us.
Similar meetings have been held on board several other vessels, and the stout-hearted sailor has been broken down, convinced of sin, led to cry for mercy, and in that state has been pointed to Christ, as the only Saviour of sinners, the only refuge from the wrath to come, the only shelter in the storm -the only hiding-place from impending dauger. At the close of one of my meetings, a young man, who was a captain, asked, “Did you ever see me before this evening ?” I said, "No." - You have heard of me, I suppose ?" I replied, “No, I have not.” “That seems very strange ;-never heard of me!-you seem to know my character perfectly; you have pretty well exposed me to-night, before some that were at the ineeting—but I must pass it over now, I suppose, as you say you know nothing of me; but it is very strange that you should have made such statements as you have to-night, relative to my past conduct and present state-there is one thing you said, I shall not soon forget.” I asked what was that? He said, “You urged every one to examine themselves, before God, in a prayerful spirit, whether they were the characters you had described. This brought me to think.” Well, my dear friend," I said, “I hope the Lord will reveal himself more fully to you ; it is his word applied to your conscience, through the influence of the Holy Spirit accompanying the same, that you have heard to-night; faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Much more conversation took place—and, at parting, he took my promise to see him the next day, on board his vessel. This was attended to; he spoke of having but little rest during the night, and his mind was much distressed. After some little conrersation, which he attempted to treat rather lightly, I said, “Let us have a few words in prayer;" and, whilst confessing our sin before God, he cried out aloud, “Lord, thou knowest that I am a hardened sinner-pardon me." Being thus interrupted, I said, “ Pray on, my brother ; God will hear and answer.” He continued for several minutes praying for pardon, and tears flowing from his eyes. I closed with a few sentences, that his prayer might be heard, and his petitions granted; but oh, what a difference was there in this man's feelings when he rose from his knees, and when I had met him the night before !-yes, even before he had knelt down that morning!
He attended two of my Bethel meetings after this. I had converse with him, and that of a pleasing, profitable nature. I hope the seeds of grace thus sown will bring forth much fruit to the glory of God. He sailed for the shores of America ;-may the Lord be very gracious unto him.
Praise God, in the midst of my labours, this month I have been divinely supported and strengthened in body and mind—the work of the Lord is progressing, and the prospects of better days are brightening upon our view.
Sailors' CHURCH. We trust the services of the sanctuary here held will be made a lasting blessing to very many that attend the same in a very especial manner, amongst those men that plough the ocean, and brave the tempest in its terrific form. Here may they find a port of rest, and be led to recline on Christ, and find him to be their pilot; and, under his divine guidance and direction, may many a wanderer be safely brought into the haven of rest, where all the ship's company meet who sail with the Saviour below.
The Sailors' LODGING-Houses have been duly attended, and my brother Bailey and myself have been occupied together this work, and have paid particular attention thereto. The sailors visited have been found, in too many instances, thoughtless and unconcerned about their present and everlasting peace and welfare; and oh, how difficult it is to get those men to think! Well, the tract is put into their hand-religious conversation is entered into–they are told about Christ, pointed to Christ, urged to believe on Christ, and invited to come under the sound of the Gospel, to hear of Christ; and there are some who, from time to time, are found attending to these invitations, and, we trust, are made the happy recipients of the grace that bringeth salvation.
My visits to sick persons on shore and on board of vessels have been thirty-seven. In some cases, more especially of cholera, the scenes have been distressing-reason dethroned, the powers of the body and mind quite prostrate, and the whole system so perfectly paralysed, as to be incapable of serious thought, where grace has not reigned in the heart before. There have been three cases, however, of a hopeful nature.
I have held 9 Bethel meetings afloat ; attendance, 204; meetings on shore, 11; total attendance at the Sailors' Church, 1,095; sailors, 570 ; vessels visited, 359 ; visits to sailors' lodging-houses, 157; Bibles sold, 10; Testaments, 7 ; tracts, 2,100; Captain Allen's Magazine, 43.
MR. H. v. BAILEY'S REPORT. Almost every day during the past month I have been fully employed, either in visiting vessels lying in the river and different docks, or conducting services and visiting seamens' lodging-houses, or seamens' families. Such is the nature of our work. Sometimes I have spent nine or ten hours a day in this work. Several of the services I have conducted on shipboard during the month have been of a deeply interesting character, which will be seen by my giving a few extracts from my journal.
Sept. 12th, visited thirty-four vessels, and held a service on board of the Richmond, of Stockton ; our cabin and steerage were crowded ; seven captains were present. A very gracious influence pervaded the service ; several persons were affected to tears; at the close of the sermon seven seamen engaged in prayer.
13th, chief of the day spent in visiting ; in the evening conducted service on board the Lambton, of Sunderland ; captains and seamen present numbered twenty-six ; the Lord was truly in our midst. At the close of the discourse eight engaged in prayer.
14th, visited the Lower Pool, and engaged the Emsworth for a service, at which Captain Goodchild preached; thirty-five captains and seamen were present; many earnest petitions ascended to the Throne from this meeting.
19th, visited fifty-three vessels, and held a service on board the Salvia, of Sunderland ; after preaching, seven engaged in prayer; twenty-four seamen were present. In visiting the following day I was informed several received spiritual good at this service.
21st, visited several vessels lying in Mill Hole; in the evening held a service on board the Emerald, Captain Kelley ; twenty-seven seamen were present, eight engaged in prayer. At the close of the service several stated they had not attended such a service before. The captain of this vessel told me, the following day, that at the service the mate of the vessel became so deeply affected under the word, that after I had left the vessel they resumed the prayer meeting, and continued it till midnight.
During the month I have preached on board several vessels where a religious service had not been conducted before; several other vessels have been offered.
In visiting the lodging-houses I have had to converse and pray with sick and dying seamen. One morning, after conversing and praying with a sailor who was fast recovering from a severe attack of cholera, I was informed another was lying bad at a house close by; I hastened away to see him. He had been attacked only a few hours before ; but while I stood by his bed-side, he expired. The next house I visited I found another very ill, the same evening he also expired. I would record my gratitude to our heavenly Father for preserving my health in the midst of so much sickness and death.
During the month. I have held 12 services afloat; these have een attended by 247 seamen, out of whom 64 engaged in prayer. I have held 10 services on shore, and attended one public meeting ; paid 504 visits to vessels, and 191