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By the side of this painful illustration of enmity against religion, the Directors are happy to place the following extract from the journal of one of the other missionaries :

February 5th, on board the Maria Elizabeth, Captain Carr, our meeting was attended by twenty-five, eight or nine of whom were captains. After the address, fre engaged in prayer. One of them was the master of a vessel lying near. I bave always had free access to his vessel, to hoist the Bethel flag, but he never made any pretensions to religion. When I went over the tier to invite to the service, I found him and two others studying navigation in a ship's cabin. He knew my voice, and called me down. I invited them to the service, and they put away their books and

The Gospel found its way to his heart; he said he had never shed a tear for many years, either at the death of a relative, or for anything else, but that he had been melted down, and had wept then; and he expressed his thanks that he had been invited there. May these impressions be lasting, and effectual to the salvation of his soul.

“In my last report, I remarked that a pleasing opening had been made to bold Bethel meetings on board the Newcastle traders. Since then, I have had the ship promised to me, and others also. On the 11th, I had the pleasure of holding a meetirg on board the D-, Captain B.; he was most willing to fulfil his promise. The service was attended by twenty seamen and captains, three of whom engaged in prayer. Our hearts were gladdened by the Divine presence. The Gospel seemed to make a deep impression on the minds of those present. When the service was closed, another captain, in the same trade, unsolicited, said, “You are welcome to my ship any time when she is at liberty.' His friend said, Bravo ! that's right! hoist up the buniing!' I called on board next morning, to remove the Bethel flag to his ship. As I went towards the cabin, the captain was coming on deck to go on shore. He expressed his pleasure at seeing me, and invited me down into his cabin, where we had some pleasing conversation. He said he was glad we had begun to hold meetings among them, for he bad enjoyed and profited by them. He added, 'Last voyage you made one remark, which, though simple in itself, was applicable to me-speaking of people setting out with good resolutions, and because they fail to accomplish their object, give it up. You said, if you fall down, get up again ; don't lie there. That just suited me. I have formed resolutions for good, and have fallen, and bave laid there. You gave me a tract last night; I have read it this morning, and it exactly describes me.' (Its title was, “ The First Prayer in the Family.') I gave him all the advice and encouragement I could, and there is every reason to hope that good bas been the result of our efforts."

It would be expecting too much, were the friends of the Society to look for immediate results to attend every service. The same lengthened process of thoughtful inquiry, serious impression, and firm resolve, are required in the case of seamen, as with those on shore, before the full manifestation of sincere conversion to God can be satisfactorily evinced. Many instances have, however, occurred in which the preaching of the Gospel has been attended with such immediate effects, as have proved that sturdy sons of the ocean, who could brave the storm, have yet, by the simple enunciation of the Gospel of the Son

of God, been melted into contrition. They have not only heard the Word with joy and gladness, but have given it an almost instantaneous docile reception.

During the year, the Thames Missionaries have made nearly 23,000 visits to ships; they have held 549 meetings on board, and 1,107 services on shore; the number of seamen in attend. ance has exceeded 21,400; and a great number of them have taken part in the prayer meetings usually held after each service; in some of which, eight, ten, and sometimes as many as fourteen pious captains, mates, and seamen have engaged in short and impressive devotional exercises. Next in importance to preaching the Gospel, the Directors place

THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE SACRED SCRIPTURES. This interesting department of their labours the Thames Missionaries have vigorously prosecuted. During the year they have sold nearly 2,000 English and foreign Bibles and Testaments.

THE CIRCULATION OF RELIGIOUS TRACTS Has been very extensive, and attended with the most gratifying results. One of the missionaries thus writes :

“Capt. Dunn informed me of the following particulars of the usefulness of a tract I had given him several months ago (27th of September last):-I was holding a service on board the Neptune, of Whitby (the last ship I went to sea in), then lying in Regent's Basin. While going over the ships to invite the sailors, I met this captain, who was then mate; I asked him to come to the meeting, and gave him the tract, entitled, • An Address to Seamen, by the Portland Marine Bible Society.' He put it into his pocket, and came to the service. A short time after he went master of a vessel. His crew were shipped, and they went to sea. He had not called his men into the cabin for prayer since they had left port. One evening, one of the men (not a religious character) went to him, and said, Master, I don't know what you think, but I think you ought to have called us aft to prayer.' The captain said, “I have done wrong ; let you and me go down just now, and ask God to forgive us.' This they did, and, from that time, family prayer was held at all opportunities. One night the captain's eye caught the title of the tract I had given him ; it attracted his attention, and he read it to his crew before prayer. Such was the effect, that three of his men burst into tears. After their devotions, they touk the tract into the forecastle with them, and read it again and again ; and the master said he believed that, by the blessing of God, that tract was the instrument of the conversion of three of his men, and he prized it so much, that he would not give it to anybody, not even his wife. He had put it into his Bible, and locked it in his chest, and was very much gratified, the other Sabbath, when I gave him two more of the same sort."

The Directors cannot but here express their sense of obligation to the Committee of the Religious Tract Society for liberal and frequent grants of English and foreign tracts.

Το the friends of that noble Institution it will be gratifying to learn that the silent messengers of mercy have often proved to seamen a means of religious and undying advantage.

Another department of labour within the Port of London relates to the

SEAMEN'S DAY SCHOOLS. Of the Boys' School the Master writes :" The number admitted the past year is seventy-five; forty-six have left, some of whom have been removed by death, others have left the locality, and several are filling situations. The number on the books is 102 ; average attendance, eighty.

" The progress of the children has given their parents general satisfaction, to which they have borne pleasing testimony. Of the 102 in attendance, about sixty read well, nearly the whole of the others can read easy lessons ; forty-one write in copy-books, the remainder on slates ; seventy are in arithmetic, in various stages of progress, from numeration to mensuration. Their studies consist of writing, reading and spelling, mental and slate arithmetic, geography, history, drawing, English grammar and composition. Collective lessons on various subjects are also given daily.

“A provision for the very poor is quite a desideratum, for I find that the trifling sum of twopence per week for each child (some parents having three or four whom they wish to educate) amounts to more than they can afford; and often, for want of employment, the poor children are allowed to wander the streets, instead of being at school; some of the parents are so strictly honest, that when I have desired them to send their children as usual, they have scrupled, fearing they should not be able to pay."

The Mistress of the Girls' School says:

“The general improvement of the children living in such a depraved locality, in habits of cleanliness, neatness, honesty, forbearance, and truth, are pleasing evidences that their moral and religious education is producing much good, and that the seed sown will, under the Divine blessing, sink deep in the hearts of some whose fruit will be seen after many days.

“ The girls are instructed in the study of history, geography, grammar, reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic ; they also receive simultaneous lessons on objects and manufactures. The Scriptures are daily read and explained to the whole school, and a portion committed to memory. They are also taught the best methods of cutting out and repairing clothes, with servants' duties.

The scholars on the books are eighty-seven, with an average attendance of sixty-two. Four of our number have been removed by death ; the eldest, aged eight years, delighted to hear of the love of Jesus for little children during her short illness.

“ It is also gratifying to know that the labour of past years has not been entirely lost. An old scholar, after an absence of five years (whose father, when commanding a vessel, was lost at sea), visited the school, expressed her gratitude for the instruction she had received, and has become a collector for the funds of your Society."

A SUNDAY SCHOOL Is also established at the Sailors' Church. The number of children taught therein has been 189.

FOREIGN SEAMEN IN THE PORT OF LONDON.

The Rev. C. Von Bülow has been somewhat interrupted in his labours by the state of his health during the past months. An extract or two from his journal will show the extent and usefulness of his services.

"I have had conversations with Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes, on board ship, and at the appointed places of worship; one Dane seemed to understand and know the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, and told me there were a good number of people on the Island of Fyen who feared the Lord. At six services, from five to twentyfive have come; once, seven attended, of whom six were the captain and crew of one ship. At other times none have attended. At five appointed services, from ten to sixty German seamen have attended.

“ The lodging-houses of the German emigrants and the foreign sailors have been duly attended to, and I have distributed tracts to seamen of all European nations ; and when there has been opportunity, I have also endeavoured to set before them the truth ; but I can seldom get any of them to come to the appointed services, and none among them, of the Southern nations, to purchase any part of the Holy Scriptures. Among the German emigrants, I have found some few who have had the good cause at heart, and have exerted themselves, endeavouring to get their countrymen to attend at my meetings. They are, with few exceptions, very desirous to get tracts, and receive them with many thanks.

“I have had several interesting cases on the Dreadnought, suffice it to mention one. A Danish mate, who, when I came down, endeavoured to raise himself, saying, “Oh! I have longed for you to come-a German has told me about you ; I am very ill, speak a word of God to me.' I did so, and endeavoured to set forth to him the grace and mercy of God in Christ Jesus, the Great Physician. He was very thankful and joyful, and he would scarcely let me leave him. I continued my instructions and exhortations and prayers with him, and sometimes there were several Norwegians and Danes assembled at his bedside. He has lately left, filled with gratitude and love towards God and man, wholly cured, to the surprise of all, but yet very weak. I sought and found him on a Danish ship, in the West India Docks, and gave him a New Testament, the book that he appreciated above all things, and had often, when I found him in the Dreadnought reading, called out, ' Oh, the blessed book! the blessed book!' “Who is to repay you ?' was his parting word; “I cannot, but the Lord will.' A young German, and an old Hamburgher, and some of different other nations, have seemingly also profited by the opportunities afforded them; and to some I have given the New Testament, and others have bought it. Thus we hope that they will return to their respective countries renewed in soul and body, and tell of the goodness of the Lord."

WELCH SEAMEN.

The agent (Mr. E. Evans) has continued to labour among his countrymen with diligence and success. Many sailors evince a serious disposition; he states :

“On board of the S, we had a very interesting service; two sailors prayed ; and at its close a very happy social meeting for Christian converse.

One young sailor said that he had felt himself the very character that had been represented in my address, and that he was determined not to halt between two opinions any longer ; that through God's help he would follow Him. As there were some experienced Christian captains and men, he was much encouraged in the new course that he had undertaken to steer. On board of H- of N- - , we had a crowded cabin of many praying men. This was one of the best attended and most lively meetings I have ever held in a cabin. The pious Captain N- was at his usual post, leading the singing. Three prayed; and after my address we had very pleasing conversation on Christian experience. After encouraging one another in the way we should go, we were, by one of the captains, commended, in a short but very expressive prayer, to the especial care of Him that hath his preserving eye watching us, and his willing ear awaiting our supplication. On board of S- of NM, I had also a crowded meeting and deep attention from my audience, while addressing them from that blessed portion of the Word, 2 Cor. viii. 9. On board of my favourite vessel, A-, of N-, again we had a full cabin ; most excellent singing; three engaged in prayer; and almost all stayed back for further conversation in our social meeting."

LODGING-HOUSE VISITATION.

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In addition to the labours of your missionaries in preaching on board and on shore, they visit the houses frequented by

With comparatively few exceptions, these houses are receptacles of vice. Systematic and artfully prepared means are supplied for corrupting, robbing, and ruining our seamen. Among them, your missionaries labour. Much of their toil is attended with discouragements and opposition, but it is not altogether in vain. The Directors, however, despair of overtaking the moral degradation these houses are the occasion of perpetuating among seamen, unless they are enabled to counteract their many evils by providing model lodging-houses, by which means the present mischiefs shall be altogether escaped.

PROVINCIAL PORTS. The labours of agents, supported in whole, or in part, by the funds of this Society, have been perseveringly and satisfactorily sustained in various parts of our seagirt isle.

On the Western Coast. In the last Report it was stated that a missionary would shortly enter upon his work on the Cornish coast. This has since been done; and the result has, so far, exceeded the expectations of the Directors. A flourishing Auxiliary has been established at

FALMOUTII, where the untiring zeal of Mr. Trotter has been crowned with signal instances of success. The sphere of his labours is directed to the mariners and fishermen who either reside in, or occasionally visit, this important commercial port. Speaking

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