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have sunk under the pecuniary difficulties, which of late years have accumulated upon us. May He, who has promised an eternal reward of mercy to all who assist in the building up of his Zion, shower down his choicest blessings upon those dear and valued friends and benefactors, who have hitherto ministered to our wants, and, with such disinterested and unwearied zeal, still proceed in their labours of love. Their names ami hearts are known to him whose cause they serve; and may they, and we, and all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, rejoice together over the success of his servants, wherever employed in proclaiming his great salvation to the heathen world; until the accomplishment of that glorious promise, that "the Redeemer shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied."
We shall merely add, that from some recent accounts that have met our eye in glancing over the daily prints, we are led to ferr that their Mission in South Africa has, at this moment, more than ordinary calls for assistance, in consequence of the unfavourable state of the last year's harvest, and other disastrous occurrences.
THAMES RIVERMEN SOCIETY, For Promoting Religion among Watermen, Bargemen, Fishermen, and other Rivermen; visiting and relieving their Sick Widows and distressed. President, W. Thompson, Esq. M.P. Alderman.
The first Anniversary of the above Society was held on Wednesday Evening, the 10th of December, at the City of London Tavern. In the absence of the President, who was unavoidably detained in the country, the Chair was taken by Mr. Aid. Key, who shortly addressed the B'eeting, and called upon the Secretary to read the Report. The retrospective view of the proceedings of this Society during the past year was highly gratifying to its friends, who filled the large room at an early hour. The various classes of Rivermen inhabiting the banks or living upon the Thames, are estimated, with their families, at60,000 souls, for whose spiritual welfare no Society but this exists.
The prominent means employed by the Committee to promote Religion"among the Thames Rivermen, have been the following:—They have opened places on the banks of the Thames for Religious Meetings in the week, and on the Sabbath; to which have been attached libraries to lend books to the Watermen and others, for the religious improvement of themselves and families—distributed Bible and Religions Tracts among them—taken notice of any particular death or calamity, and invited their attendance at a place, of Worship, and had it improved by a Minister of the Gospel—visited and relieved their sick and widows, and imparted assistance when any were in peculiar distress. The opening of places for Religious Worship, particularly for Watermen, Bargemen, and
others, has been attended with pleasing success; and affords much encouragement to persevere in these labors of love among them. Being under the management of persons of the same profession, and meeting with their brethren in trade, they ieel less hesitation than if they were invited to mingle with strangers. Many come to the stations opened by the Society who have not been in a place of Worship tor years; some were formerly notorious on the Thames for their wickedness, were the terror of the1, neighbourhood in which they resided, and dreaded by those whose property was exposed to their depradations. One has joined a Christian church, another sends his children to a Sunday School, reads the Bible to his wife and children at home, and, whenever his occupation allows him, is seen at a place of Worship. The Committee have evidence of -a decided moral change in several persons, through the instrumentality of preaching direct to Rivermen. The leudin" books to them it is hoped will be productive of great good, bv promoting religious knowledge, and affording entertainment which may incline thein to stay with their families in the evening, instead of spending tlieirtime and earnings at a public-house. A deputation from the Committee lately visited the different plying places and barges on the Thames, distributing Religious Tracts, and ascertained that of about 3000 persons they met with, 400 were destitute of the Scriptures, the majority of whom were desirous to obtain them!! Very pleasing interviews were had with Watermen, Bargemen, and Fishermen, who received the deputation with civility, and listened with attention to their observations on the importance of religion. Only three instances are recorded in which the Tracts were refused. It has been very gratifying to observe the numbers that have attended Sermons, preached on the death of any from among their own body. It appears to be the most efficient plan to collect them under the sound of the Gospel; on two recent occasions the places were crowded to the doors, and it is hoped that it may please God to make the improvement of the death of some, the means of communicating spiritual life to many. The Society has visited the West Country Bargemen on board their barges, held prayer* meetings, and preached to them in their spacious cabins.
The Committee have much encouragement to persevere in the visitation and relief of the Sick and Widows.—One poor man particularly, who died lately after an illness of six months, was convinced of being a sinner, exposed to the just wrath of Almighty God, enabled to flee by faith to Christ for salvation during his sickness, and has left a pleasing testimony behind, him, that God is rich in mercy unto all that call upon him. He was visited and relieved by this Society; and since his death the widow has been assisted, and enabled to obtain employment to maintain herself and six children. The Society during the last severe winter solicited the benevolence of the public on behalf of the Watermen, who were deprived of the means of support by the Thames being frozen over.—The Committee relieved upwards of 1000 families with food, clothing, and fuel; and assi&ted in the repairs of Boats of several that had been damaged by the ice, who would otherwise have been unable to resume their labour, when the weather became favourable. Very many painful scenes of distress were discovered by this means—Most of them have large families; and in some caseschildren were found, who had been lying in bed for days together, not having clothing to put on; others were sick, and had parted with all their little property to obtain some of the necessaries of life. It was attended with great advantage also by removing the prejudice of many amongst them against this Society; which, they now acknowledge is desirous to do them all the good they can.
Thus, by various means is this Society, anxious ot being instrumental in extending the blessings of salvation among our poorer brethren upon the Thames: ever looking up to Him who has declared that it is not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit that man is turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto the living God.
The various Resolutions were proposed by the following Rev. gentlemen, Rowland Hill, J. Drake, Samuel Neale, G.C.Smith, A. Brown, A. K. Cowell, N. E. Sloper, W. F. Piatt, C. Hyatt, N. L. Popplewell, with Mr. Samuel West, of the Society of Friends.
Notwithstanding the Meeting was prolonged until a late hour, the numerous assembly departed, expressing themselves gratified with the treat, (as the worthy Chairman expressed,) they had received from the proceedings of the evening, and the increasing prospects of usefulness, before this Institution. It is proposed to publish the interesting speeches delivered on this occasion by the various gentlemen who addressed the Meeting, with the Report, Plan of the Society, &c.
RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION OF BRITISH SEAMEN.
Early in the year 1818, the Port of London Society was instituted for the purpose of promoting the best interest of Our noble minded, but long neglected Seamen. The success which resulted from these efforts has. excited to the formation of many similar Institutions, all of which have been .crowned with the most pleasing result. As well as the Anniversary held in the city in the month of May, it has been usual for the Port of London Society'to convene an Annual Meeting at the west end of the metropolis, and the meeting has never failed to encourage the Committee in their important duties, whilst it has tended essentially to diffuse the details resulting from the exertions made by this, and other Institutions in the Port of London; in the out ports of the United Kingdoms, as well
as in foreign ports, the Committee have now again to announce, that on Tuesday, the 17th, of February, a public Meeting will be held at the Argyle Rooms, Regent Street, when the attendance of ladies and gentlemen friendly to the religious instruction of British mariners is earnestly solicited. The Chair will be taken at 12 o'clock precisely.
CHAPELS OPENED. December 25th, 1823.—A New Meetinghouse in Union Place, Norwich, was opened for the accommodation of the Particular Baptist Church under the ministry of Mr. Lemare, when Three Sermons were preached on the occasion. In the Morning by Mr. Macdonald, of Enfield, near London; in the Afternoon, by Mr. Spanton, of Fosilsham, and in the Evening by Mr. Gibbs, of Norwich.
On the 24th of Sept. 1823; a New Meeting-house was opened for the use of the Baptist Church, meeting at Lancarvan, in the County of Glamorgan. Messrs. T, Thomas, D. Evans, W. Rees, and J. Lawrence prayed. Messrs. Evans, of Penygarn. Pritchard, of Cardiff, Roberts, of Cowbridge, and Davies, of Maindy, preached in Welsh, and Mr. Jones, of Cardiff, in English.
The vale of Glamorgan abounds with villages, of which the parish of Lancarvan itself contains seven. The inhabitants have been suffered to remain long in a very destitute state with respect to the means of religious' instruction. For some years past they have shown a favourable disposition towards the cause of our Redeemer, and the attention paid by them to the word, encouraged the ministers, by whom tlcy were visited occasionally, to hope that much good would result, if the means of grace could be statedly administered among them.
About three years ago a few individuals formed themselves into a Society, the object of which was, to support a minister to preach in the numerous villages which are situated in this part of the County. A suitable person was engaged, and his labours have been blessed. Lancarvan was appointed to be one of his principal stations. A congregation was collected, and some gave a satisfactory evidence of a real change in their state. A small church has been formed, and the means have been dispensed regularly from that period to the present time.
Their meetings were held in an old barn, which was in a very decayed state. There however they continued, until the place became too small to contain the congregation. At last they were necessitated to buy the ground adjoining the said barn, and to build a new house for the worship of God. The house which they have built measures 40 feet by 30, in the clear, without galleries, upon freehold premises, invested in trust for the purpose of worship for ever. The expense amounted to £360. of which they have collected £ 100. The church consists of 80 •members, and the congregation amounts to 300 upon an average. Not being able to raise the whole of the money themselves, they intend to appeal^to the generosity of the Christian public, hoping that their appeal shall not be made in vain.
CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE EDITOR.
On the 19th of Nov. 1823, a New Meeting-house was opened for the use of the Baptist denomination at Twynyradyn, in the parish of Wenvoe, Glamorganshire. Messrs T.Thomas, D. Evans, R. Pritchard, and J. Lawrence prayed. Messrs. Pritchard, of Cardiff; Hier, of Bassalege, Evans, of Penygarn, Jones, of Castletown, and Lawrence, of Lancarvan, preached in Welsh, and Mr. Jones, of Cardiff, in English.
The Preacher, or Sketches of Original Sermons, Vol. "VI. 12mo. 4s.
Dr. Owen's Works, Vol. IX. 8vo. 12s.
Part II. of Jones's Biblical CycloPaedia, is published this day. in the Presa.
An Abstract of the Gracious Dealings of God with several Eminent Christians, in their Conversion and Sufferings. By Samuel James, AJVI. The Ninth Edition considerably enlarged, by his Son, Mr. Isaac James, of Bristol.
A Memoir of the late Rev. James Hinton, A.M. of Oxford. By his Son, the Rev. J. Hinton, of Reading.
The New Guide to Prayer, or Complete Order of Family Devotion: containing One Hundred and Twenty Prayers, each Prayer accompanied by appropriate Reflections on a Passage of Scripture. By the Rev. J. Hinton, A.M. of Oxford.
To the Editor of the New Evan. Magazine. Sir,
In looking over the numbers of yonr Magazine for the last year, prior to their being sent to the binder, my attention was arrested by a foot note, at p. 234, in the number for July, where a reference is Blade to the sums expended by the Baptist denomination in the promotion of Village Preaching, &c. It is there stated, " that rnany local Itinerant Societies exist in different partsof the kingdom;" and," that the Particular Baptist Fund in London, expends annually, upwards of £2,000 in assisting poor churches to support their Pastors?' Now, Sir, as the question of Home exertions for the spread of the yospel, is every day acquiring increased interest, and engaging a more extended share of the public attention, I shall be truly obliged if you, or any of your esteemed correspondents will favour me through the Pages of your valuable miscellany, with »ny information relative to the nature and
operations of such of those Itinerant Societies, as may come within the sphere of your or' their observation. And as the London Fund annually distributes so considerable a sum, 7 shall be particularly obliged by some account of its origin, the express objects to which it is applied, the persons to whom its management is intrusted, the principle by which its distribution is governed, and whether the proceedings of its distributors are ever published, and if so, what vehicle of communication do they usually employ. I am, Mr. Editor, Very respectfully yours, A Constant Reader. Jan. SO, 1834.
Glasgow, Dec. 23, 1823.
I am sorry to observe a mistake in the number of the New Evangelical Magazine for November, relative to the expenses of the Highland Mission, by ffm. Tulloch and his fellow labourers for last year. It is there stated, that "the whole amount of the expenditure for these four Missionaries during the two months in which they were itinerating, does not amount to. ninety pounds." Now, although this expense might appear small, the fact is, that the sum of £87. at Cr. or Treasurer's account, as "paid W. Tulloch from April, 1822, to December, 1822, and paid W. Hutchison at sundry times," not only defrayed the expenses of W. Tulloch, W. Hutchison, John M'Ewen, John Farquharson, during their long tour from 6th of June till the 9th of August, but also the expenses of W. Tulloch, during the several itinerants made from Oct. 1821 till Oct. 1822, and also his family expenses for the whole of this last mentioned period. The extract also given in said number of the Magazine, at the end of the article beginning with— "In the eight weeks," and ending with— "opportunity offered," appears as if it was a summary of the labours of the whole four Missionaries, as of W. Tulloch and W. Hutchison being introduced immediately after their signatures, whereas it is a summary of the labours of two Missionaries only, and these John Farquharson and John M'Ewen.
These inaccuracies (known to be altogether unintentional) 1 have been requested to point out, that you may correct them, if possible, in the January Magazine, and when doing so, it is requested that you would mention that the Journal for the last season has been received here, andthata short and compressed account of the labours of these zealous, prudent, and useful Missionaries for last season, interspersed with occasional quotations from their Journals, will be immediately prepared and pnt to press; and that as the funds are exhausted, immediate and liberal supplies are required.
I am, dear Sir, with respect, Your old Correspondent, David M'laren. 3, Garthland Street.
THE SONG OF HEAVEN.
From an unpublished Poem, by Benjamin Coombs,
Gi,oby to Hiin who led us here
By love so strong-, anil might so dear,
Who banish'd ev'ry doubt and fear,
And by his blood, From sin and guilt hath made us clear ?—
The Lamb of Go J.
\Vhen Justice frown'd with aspect dread,
Who was it stood
The Lamb of God.
When tempests burst wifh furious howl,
* Did help afford—
No more shall we those tempests know.
Our mortal clod;
The Lamb of God.
Soon each re-moulder'd frame shall rise
His voice each sod
The Lamb of Bod*
With all our powVs of heart and tongue,
Guided us to this blessed throng—
The Lamb of God.
LINES WRITTEN IN A STORM.
The tempest howls around my cot,
That I'm within secure;
And num'rous His endure.
Some toss'd on ocean's angry bed,
Nor can they find repose;
T'alleviate their woes.
But still there's One who dwells on high,
To lend his gracious aid;
*"Tis I, be not afraid."
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