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Is a very desirable watering place. Here we obtained a few annual subscriptions, and found a goodly number who feel an interest in our society.
POINT IN VIEW.
This is the country seat of the Misses Parminter. They received me with great kindness, and the cause with that love which flows from sanctified and pious hearts. From their saloon, they have a view of Exmouth harbour and Starcross, and of the coast and river. Vessels are ever passing and repassing, sometimes in the calm, and sometimes in the storm ; and many are the prayers that go up from Point in view for the mariner, when he knows not that any one on the land sees or thinks of him.
Here the christian friends manifested no little interest in the success of our cause. The vicar, Rev. Mr. Smith, gave the influence of his example by subscribing. Rev. Mr. Keil showed me the most fraternal kindness. Mrs. Nicholson has accepted an agency on our behalf, in King's bridge and the neighbouring villages. Many thanks are due to them for the assis. tance rendered me as the Society's agent.
This is a charming watering place. The mildest and most salubrious in Devon.
A lecture was given in the small but neat Wesleyan chapel here. On the pulpit is written this request—“Please to remember the sailors in prayer." I felt that I was amongst those who did remember seamen at the throne of grace; yet the fact came impressively home to me, that in most parts of England and the world, they are not thus remembered.
At this little village, a small collection was made, and the people expressed a desire to hear again of the progress of our cause. I know not of a more interesting field of labour than is presented, and so faithfully occupied here. By the blessing of God upon the efforts of a benevolent layman of a neighbouring town, a chapel has been built, and a church gathered here. Since his first preaching amongst the people, there ha been an entire change in the village, the fair has been given up for the house of worship, and profanity and sin for songs of praise.
Report of Rev.C. J. Hyatt, Superintendent of Bell Wharf & Thames Agency.
The operations of the Sailors' Society exhibit from month to month so uniform a character, that little variety can be expected from a periodical report, like that which I have now to furnish. The congregations to whom the gospel is addressed, are so changeful, that opportunity is scarcely afforded to make the effect on those who hear it. The sigh is heard, the tear is seen, the temporary impression is evidently made, but what the results will be, the future must disclose. Ere another season of prayer comes round, the vessel on which the service was conducted is bounding over the deep, and the crew far removed from the influence of christian ordinances, and the observation of christian friendship—are again exposed to all the temptations and the dangers of their profession. In remarking, therefore, on the meetings held for the benefit of seamen, we can but notice the appearance they present at the time, and must wait, perhaps for years, to ascertain the results.
Since the last report, the Bethel services have amounted to 106, at which upwards of 2000 sailors were present. Almost without exception our agents receive a cordial welcome, and the number of pious captains is now so great that scarcely any difficulty is met with in procuring vessels. In fact, so great is the zeal displayed, that ships are frequently offered when from previous arrangements or other circumstances we are unable to accept the invitation. At one meeting which I have attended during the month, in a tier consisting of only six vessels, the captains of three of them were members of christian churches at Hull, Barnstable, and Plymouth, and were all present with us at the service. On another occasion when proceding to the vessel on which the meeting was to be held, the lantern, our usual signal in the dark, was seen at the mast-head of three different vessels, inviting the sailor to the place of prayer. Our vessel was in the centre, and we felt that both fore and aft many were engaged in the same exercise, and were uniting their prayers with ours at the footstool of our common Father.
At Long Reach the services have been conducted with energy and encouraging tokens of success during the month. The approach of winter, will however soon compel us to relinquish this part of the society's operations, though it will be with regret that, even for a time, we desist from labours which have been so signally blessed.
For the same reason our open air services, sabbath afternoons, at Billingsgate-market, have been brought to a close. They have been conducted with unusual regularity during the summer months. The weather has been so favorable that, with but one exception, the sabbath afternoon and wednesday evening services, in the court yard of Ebenezer chapel have been held for many weeks without interruption. That good has been done we cannot doubt, and the increased attendance of sailors at Bell wharf and Ebenezer chapel, is an evidence that an interest has been excited, and some impression at least made upon the minds of many.
At the Sailors' chapel, Bell wharf, the attendance has, through the month, been encouraging. There is evidently an improvement in the congregations, and in many a livelier spirit of zeal and love has been excited. At the church meeting which I attended previous to the administration of the Lord's supper, a very holy feeling pervaded the minds of those present. It is my intention to meet with them every month on those occasions—to form a personal acquaintance with those united in christian fellowship, and to converse with any who wish to enjoy the privilege of communion with the church. At present there are 163 united in the bonds of christian love. Of these the greater part have been brought to a knowlege of the truth through the ministry of our Wesleyan brethren. As members of that body their ticket is a certificate of their character, and secures for them a welcome to our communion. In all our meetings both afloat and on shore, a very large proportion of the pious seamen belongs to that denomination, and a claim may fairly be urged upon the co-operation and liberal support of that influential body, founded upon this fact.
The unsectarian character of our society ought to commend it to good men of all denominations; and whilst the members of the Wesleyan body share so largely in the benefits conferred by our agency, we may justly appeal to them for assistance in the work. To many of their congregations, both in the north and in the west, an acknowledgment is due, and we trust, that as a denomination, they will lay us under still greater obligations.
The attendance of children at our day schools has been rather above the average since the last report, but as the communication has been received from Mr. Althans respecting the state of our schools, and will appear in the magazine, it is unnecessary to make any further reference to them. During the month our former governess has resigned her office and another has been appointed to the office. Miss Edwards (now Mrs. Parr,) had secured by her attention to its duties, the confidence of the
committee, and carries with her, in her new situation in life, the esteem and prayers of those who have observed her conduct during her connection with our society. The report furnished by Mr. Althans bears testimony to the improved condition of the school under her management.
In reviewing the operations of the society during the month we observe abundant cause for gratitude. Never was the work more signally crowned with success, and never were greater claims made upon the untiring zeal and energy of those engaged in the cause. May the seed sown bear abundant fruit to the glory of God!
AGENTS' MEETING:-HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 14th OCTOBER.
If the sailor be one of a “peculiar people," there are elements in the gospel suited to his peculiarities, and whenever the great principles of christian truth are brought to bear upon the sailor with the same directness and power, as on other classes of men, who can estimate the result ? Let the following details be taken as a ground of the most confident expectation.
SENIOR MISSIONARY, Capt. PRynn's wise. It is a fact that dares contradiction REPORT.-There is need of more faithful that where the bible becomes the sailor's labourers in the Lord's vineyard amongst companion, and its sacred truths influence sailors, saida pious captain some time since his heart and regulate his conduct, he is at a Bethel meeting, held on board of the found sober minded, steady, obedient, Harriet, of H. This we acknowledge. We attentive to his duty, and in the hour of have however much reason to praise God for danger firm and undismayed. Such then are the numerous instances of real good already some of the blessings of a temporal nature. effected, scenes and circumstances open But we stop here not. The sailor thus to our view almost daily of a most please acquainted with divine truth and having ing and encouraging nature. God is indeed through the abounding mercy of our God blessing the weak instrumentality that has been led to cast himself on the atonement been brought to bear upon the cha- of Christ, experiences a happiness the racter of our long neglected sailors- world could never give, neither take already the day spring from on high has away. visited the mind of many a once benighted During the last two months, since I sailor-and in no instance can we believe presented my report, I have been led on that the light of revelation has been pre- many occasions to praise God for his judicial to the interest of men at large, wonder working hand in breaking down much less to our brother sailors, even in the strong holds of sin and Satan, in the reference to the “ life that now is.” It hearts of many very many of our brother was a strange and most credulous sailors -- the drunkard has been reclaimed, prejudice that could assert the influence of the swearerabandoned his vice—the prodigal true religion to be injurious to the seamen's restored—and the hard-heartedsinner, led to character. Experience has proved it other. yield to the invitations of the gospel. The clouds of spiritual darkness are passing joining a christian church, of which, thank away and the true light now shines. To the God, I am, and I trust till death shall God of all grace be all the glory! Several remain a member :—no swearing now circumstances of a most cheering nature sir, no swearing in this ship neither ; I have come within my notice of late :—the have put a stop to all swearing whererer following amongst the many may be record- I go. I have had an opportunity of seeing ed. On visiting a tier of colliers about six the sincerity of this sailor's profession, weeks since, and delivering tracts &c. to He has been admitted as a member of the the men on board the M. of S. a man from sailors' chapel. Another case was, the the main topsail yard, sung out with a captain of the E. and A. of H. when boatswain's voice,—"below there, don't go soliciting to have the Bethel flag hoisted, away!"- We all looked aloft, and I soon on board his ship, invited me to come found the sailor wanted to speak to me, below, having something to tell me. After I waited by the starboard main rigging welcoming me in the usual way on board, until he came down, about two minutes &c. he said-you wish to have the Bethel found him on the deck, and with the big flag hoisted on board my vessel, I replied, tear starting from his eye, he clasped my yes. Well said he, had you proposed this hand, and said-do you know me sir?-I question six months since I doubt not but looked and looked with amazement. He
you would have very soon been ordered prevented my reply, by saying, you don't out of the ship, but thanks be to God, I know me, but I know you. Then said I, can now receive you and the Bethel flag, you have some reason for thus speaking—he and am glad you are come on such an replied--I have, about nine months ago, on errand. Sunday morning, you visited the boarding Calls to the mate," hoist this Bethel house where I lodged in Farmer-street; flag and see and get the fore hold well put to you gave me, and my brother shipmates rights for a Bethel meeting this evening, some tracts, and invited us to go with you and mind you and all the people are in to the sailors' chapel Bell wharf, I laughed attendance." at the time and thought you were attempt. I then said to the captain I am happy ing to work to wind-ward against wind to find so gracious a change has taken and tide, however I read the tract you place in your mind of late, relative to the gave me “the swearer's prayer," and this Bethel cause, may I ask how this came sin was my besetting evil-I thought it about captain ? “Why you must know the very strange you should give me this tract voyage before last, I was detained in Long more than all the rest-conscience began to Reach, and after much entreaty of a brother accuse me very severely, and I had no captain, I attended the meetings held hy peace until I visited the sailors' chapel in the pious captains on board their ships. I the afternoon, when to my great surprise was there soon convinced they were right I found many blue jackets there, and the and I was wrong. I laboured some time text I shall never forget" there is no under deep conviction, but by attending peace saith my God to the wicked." I wept the means of grace when I had an opmuch and could scarcely look up during portunity here, and wherever my lot is the sermon-but I thank God That sermon cast, and God blessing the means, I trust led me seriously to seek after the salvation I can now say, I love God, his people and of my soul - I soon after this went to sea. his cause. I wish you every success in the It was a mercy I was cast into the hands
cause in which you are engaged, and I of a pious captain-his prayers, admonitions shall always be happy to hoist the flag for and advice, were made the means of my you.” In the evening my meeting was held