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St. Michael's Mount, which for its romantic appearance stands almost unequalled. On its extreme top is a castle built, of great antiquity, which has been held as the seat of the St. Aubyn family, for ages. On its north side, there is a small town and a pier for the shelter of shipping. St. Michael's Mount is surrounded by the sea, at quarter flood, and at low water stands connected with the shore by a causeway made in the 16th century. The nearest town to it in a N.N.E. direction, is Marazion. From the Lizard, casting your eye eastward, you have at the distance of seven miles, the Blackhead, a bold high rocky point, and at the distance of nine leagues bearing E. N. E. is the Deadman. This is the highest point of land on this part of the shores of Cornwall.


My sister and I accompanied by other friends, set out early in the morning on an excursion to the light house ;--a thick mist having arisen, we were prevented from enjoying that extensive prospect which we anticipated. I was, nevertheless, struck with wonder and astonishment at the boldness and grandeur of the cliffs. A melancholy awe pervaded my mind when I was told that I was walking over the very spot where hundreds of poor ship-wrecked sailors were laid, not in graves, but in heaps, piled one upon the other. Their precious, immortal souls ! Where are they? Oh awful thought! Tremendous scene! So many immortals summoned at once before the tribunal of a sin avenging God, without, perhaps, a moment's warning. Oh! how great the folly and the madness of existing in a state of carnal security, with our sins, scarlet and crimson coloured, unpardoned! May the thousands of mariners who may approach these terrific rocks, be led to Jesus the rock of eternal safety! May the light of the glorious gospel be in a much superior sense to their dark and benighted minds, what these light houses are, their corporeal eye. Do they warn them of rocks and danger, and destruction and death? The gospel—this the mighty power of God, will save them, not from temporal death, and the destruction of the body, but from spiritual and eternal death; and should their lifeless bodies be thrown upon the naked shore, Jesus will receive their never-dying souls into the mansions of eternal bliss. If the admonitions be necessary to any of Adam's race,

ye must be born again.” “Be ye also ready.” Surely then it should be addressed to those who have, as it is observed, only a plank between them and eternity.” Sailors, from living upon the mighty ocean, become inured to danger. Alas ! how little do they think how near they are to a world of spirits, whilst in a state of indifference and imagined security. A lesson, yea many lessons of importance might be gathered from the objects which surrounded me, besides, I was not alone, I was in company with those who were divinely taught. Disciples and ambassadors of Christ, from whom I might hear something to encourage and animate my mind, observations on the wisdom, faithfulness, and the love of God.

I was surrounded with objects which proclaimed the mighty finger of Jehovah, and with these passing thoughts, wished for a much longer period of time, that I might enjoy the advantages resulting from reflection ; but after ascending many steep steps, and viewing the internal part of the structure, we were obliged to depart with regret, mingled with satisfaction.

WILL YOU SIGN THIS NOW? A beautiful incident occurred at a Temperance meeting in New York, a few evenings since, which is worthy of a more extended record than that made on the hearts of the few who witnessed it.

The hall was crowded by an intelligent and attentive audience ; many were moving up the aisle to sign the pledge, urged to this course by the eloquent pleadings of their own minds and consciences. Suddenly a young and beautiful girl left her seat, and taking the pledge from the Secretary's desk, walked steadily down the aisle and presented it to a young man, with this simple request, in tones soft and musical as Eolian notes

“Will you sign this now ?

We were sitting just in front, and turned our head to witness the effect of the appeal. The young man colored slightly, and we feared would decline. But when he looked up into her mute but imploring eyes, and read in every line of her sunny countenance the deep interest which she felt in the result, he took the pen from her extended hand, and placed his name to the sheet. A loud and long burst of applause testified the gratification of those who witnessed the act, and the fair enthusiast returned to her seat with light step, and doubtless a light heart.

THE WINE AND SPIRIT TRADE IN ENGLAND. The total actual quantity of wines and foreign spirits on which duty has been paid for home consumption in the port of London, from the commencement of the present year, 1842, up to the 10th of last month, according to the official returns made up to that date, and to which period the latest report is made out, is given in detail in the Shipping and Commercial Gazette. There was a decrease in the consumption of all these articles, except certain French wines, of which there was an increase of 5,944 gallons. The total aggregate decrease in the quantity of wine taken into home use in and throughout the port of London, up to the above date this year, compared with the corresponding date in the last year, 1841, was 158,201 gallons ; deduct increase as above, 5,944, leaves the total actual decrease of 152,257 gallons. The very remarkable decrease in the consumption of wines, as shown by the detail

, occurs chiefly in those wines which are in most general use, namely, port, upwards of twenty-two per cent; madeira exceeding twenty-four per cent; and Spanish wines to the extent of 16,555 gallons; whereas the only increase appears to be in French wines which are consumed almost entirely by the more wealthy classes of society.

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RECOLLECTIONS OF MY FATHER.-.No. VII. My father cherished a spirit of forgiveness through life. He blended example and precept, as the following letter shows, addressed to one who had spoken bitter things against him, and on whom he waited to be reconciled. The attempt proved abortive, though his former friend was on the eve of the eternal world. How few could write in the same strain, when placed in similar circumstances.

Dear Sir,- It was to me matter of sincere regret that, after so long absence from your house, my visit was the occasion of uneasiness to you. I can say with the greatest sincerity, that nothing can be more remotes from my

mind than to act in the character which in that instance waimputed to me, much less against one whom I all along so much es teemed since we had the pleasure of being acquainted.

If for a moment there was any question about my intention in calling, I can frankly say it was the best. It was to see my neighbour, my friend in affliction ; to see one to whom I had, to the best of my ability, preached the gospel for a number of years; to see one with whom I stood in a very near relation, as members of the same session, a relation which is not, and can not, in all respects, be dissolved, but for which there will be mutual responsibility in the great day of the Lord for the time we acted together. It was to see one with whom I could not think of parting with any appearance of existing alienation of mind; and with whom I hope I shall meet at the right hand of the Lamb.

I went under the same impressions that I now feel at the relapse of your affiliction, to witness also some of the effects of the faith and hope of the christian, in his progress in his pilgrimage. But I now trespass on time that is precious in the last degree, and which you will employ to much better purpose than in listening to what I am so late in saying. That you may enjoy the dawn of the day of glory in the day of adversity -that every cloud might be dispelled that can obscure your prospect of Immanuel's land—that your faith and hope may be steadfast, that Jesus the true ark may pass with you through the waters of Jordan,– and that when the earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved, you may enter into the joy of your Lord, to be for ever with him, is the earnest prayer of, Dear Sir,

A woman who had not only vilified my father, but stolen part of his property, and caught in the act, required to make application to the heritors for parochial relief. She came to him very shortly after to write her petition, which he did cheerfully, without fee or reward. “If thine enemy hunger feed him ; if he thirst give him drink; for in so doing thou shall heap coals of fire upon his head."

Some may read this paper, far off upon the sea, who have no command over their own spirit, and are easily provoked to words of wrath and hatred. O let them carefully attend to the injunctions of holy writ in Rom. xii and Eph. ivth. chapters—to the example of the meek and lowly Jesus,—and their hand, even after the worst usage, will not be lifted up to strike with murderous intent. Cry to God for the grace of forgiveness. And others at home, who live in utter estrangement, had much need to go and first be reconciled to their brethren, and then come to the altar and offer their gift.


yours, &c.



TOTNESS, A beautiful town on the river Dart, ten miles above Dartmouth-was once a port of considerable trade. The navigation is, however, in many places between Totness and Dartmouth, obstructed by sand-banks. The scenery along the river is surpassingly beautiful ;--the natural forests hanging over its banks, and opening up like amphitheatres in some of its windings ;-the rounded verdant hills, the shady dells, with white mansions and summer retreats; and the fields of growing or ripening corn afford altogether, to the lover of rural scenes, a treat refreshing the mind and improving the heart. Totness was once the seat of war. It is still noted for the ruins of a castle, from which the archers shot arrows upon their besiegers. About two miles from town are the extensive ruins of Berry castle.

A considerable interest is felt here for sailors. We had a public meeting in the town-hall. It was respectably attended, and a good collection was made. The Rev. Mr. Tarbotton is a friend and supporter of the cause, as he is of every good association. Captain Gilchrist, R. N. interests himself much on behalf of seamen. Miss Parrot has been very active and successful with cards for the society.

It may not be improper to notice the exceeding kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Huxham, also of Dr. Derry, to Mrs. Adams and myself, during the long and dangerous illness of Mrs. Adams. They have “ cast their bread upon the waters."

There is reason to hope that the christian friends here will give to our cause a permanent place in their prayers

and charities.

ASHBURTON. A town, eight miles above Totness, on the Dart, has been nearly ruined by the recent failure of the large manufactory. Nothing could be done here but by private calls. The vicar of the parish, Rev. Mr. Marsh, gave a donation, also a written testimonial of his high approbation of our society. It is very evident that many of the christian people of Ashburton would be ready to sympathize with our cause, had they an opportunity of knowing it more fully. No public meeting was held.

NEWTON About seven miles from Torquay, on the road to Exeter, is a neat town, surrounded by rich scenery. A small collection was made in the Independant chapel. By private calls, also, I was enabled to realize a respectable contribution, and obtain a few subscribers for the magazine and Bethel Flag. It is hoped that something more may be done on another occasion.


Is a beautiful watering-place, situated at the mouth of the river Teign, and is divided into two parts, called east and west Teignmouth. This was the landing-place of the Danes in 970, in their first expedition against the English. A part of the town was burnt by the French in the reign of queen Anne.

One of its streets is now called French-street, in memory of the calamity. Circumstances have hitherto prevented much effort for the good of seamen here. A public meeting was held in the Wesleyan chapel, which was meagrely attended—a few subscriptions obtained. A field of usefulness is here presented which it is very desirable to have occupied. Vessels of 400 tons burthen enter the haven.

DAWLISH, This is a lovely spot, a few years since a small fishing cove, now the resort of the fashionable and invalid world. We were very kindly received by a few friends of our cause, amongst whom was the daughter of the celebrated Robert Raikes. The clergyman also expressed great interest in the success of our Society.


On Wednesday evening, March 29th, the first annual meeting of the subscribers and friends of this association was held in the theatre of the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, when, in consequence of the unavoidable absence of Richard Jones, Esq. M.C. Mr. George Allen was called to the chair. The Rev. J. Saunders read the report, which was subsequently, on the motion of the Rev. Dr. Lang, seconded by captain Samuel Gillett, received and adopted. After which, a series of resolutions, calculated to promote the objects of the society, were proposed to, and adopted by, the meeting.

At the close of the business, on the motion of the Rev. Dr. Lang, a subscription was entered into for the purpose of liquidating the unsatisfied claims of the society, amounting in all to about £100, the reverend gentleman setting the example, by engaging to raise one-fourth of the amount within one month. The whole was ultimately engaged for, and a considerable sum was paid over to the Treasurer before the meeting dispersed. During the course of the evening, a number of very able speeches were delivered by the movers and seconders of the various resolutions, and a number of excellent hints were from time to time thrown out for the purpose of extending the usefulness of the society, particularly in regard to providing funds for the erection of a Bethel chàpel, as well as for opening and supporting a Sailor's Home, with day and sunday schools for seamen, and the children of those employed as water and lightermen.

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