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wards paid for on application to we hope it is no vain thing 10 posthe owners or their brokers in sess them; and I am glad to hear, London.
from time to time, what is doing We shall quote a few of the re- among seamen: they certainly are marks made by seamen to the So- an altered people: I do not hear ciety's agents, as they are extracted those dreadful oaths, or witness from their weekly reports. · From those drunken frolics among them these it will appear that a consider. I formerly did.'” able moral improvement is taking “ No. 83. The Captain cheerplace in the minds of many seamen: fully came forward, and offered to Indeed, the testimonies to this fact advance any money the crew might are now so numerous, that it is no want, to enable them to purchase longer necessary, remark the Com- the Scriptures. Two of the crew, mittee, “ to confine ourselves to who were destitute, seemed glad the cautious language of hope and of the offer, and appeared highly doubtful hesitation; we would ra- pleased with the books when they ther congratulate our country on got them. The Captain's conduct the important change which is vi- was, in every respect, creditable.” sibly passing in the moral and re. “ No. 231. After some converligious habits of seamen, under the sation with the owner, wbo was on blessing of God, through the instru• board, he said, “Let me have two mentality of this and other kindred Bibles and two Testaments : you Societies; and would use this fact as have supplied a ship of mine before; an argument 10 further exertion." and send in your bill, and I will
“ No. 31. • I fancy you will pay for them. This gentleman has find few sailors now who cannot since become an annual subscriber read,' said the Male,' and not so to the Society. many as formerly destitute of the “ No. 243. • My people may Scriptures.' One of the crew had want many things, and no doubt a Bible, which he brought with but they do,' said the Captain : him from the L-: he said the .but I know they are not in want of Captain gave it him.".
the Scriptures, for each man fore "A respectable man, who keeps and aft has got a Bible.'- A vessel a lodging-house for seamen in Lon- in good order." don, said, a few days ago, that he «No. 259. Spanish. I could had forty prime seamen at his house not make any one understand why waiting for ships, and that he count. I visited their vessel, until I proed twenty-five Bibles amongst them, duced a Spanish Testament, which most of which had been purchased they received with much astonishof the Society."
ment and apparent satisfaction, “ No. 50. When the crew found crying out, at the same time, on what business I had come, se. Good, good ; thank you, thank veral of them applied immediately you.' Each one seemed anxious to to the Captain for money, to enable get hold of it.” them to purchase. The Captain “ No. 285. A ship well supsaid, 'It is a good thing to have plied with the Scriptures. It applenty of Bibles on board; but peared the Captain takes much we are rather in want. I could not pains with his little crew, to make advance you any money, my lads,' them acquainted with religion ; said he (addressing himself to some and the moral condition of the of the crew), • for any other pur- vessel proved that his endeavours pose, for I am reduced to my last had not been in vain. One man shilling ; but I cannot refuse you was pleased to shew me a Bible, on such an occasion as this.'” which he said he got from a Bible
“ No. 60. We are well off Society at Malta, and that it was for Bibles,' said the Captain ;' and his chief comfort."
“ No. 308. Well supplied with never heard but very little of its Bibles, prayer-books, and religious contents, when they come to read, tracts. It was quite a phenome- their eyes are, in a measure, opennon, a little while back, to see a ed; and they begin to think it is Bible in a sailor's chest,' said the an excellent thing indeed." captain; ' but now it is a thing quite “ No. 1649. The day after I familiar. Foreign sailors formerly re-visited this ship, some of the paid more attention to religious crew sent messages, no less than ihings than British sailors; and four times, by different watermen, who knows but the last may be requesting of me to go on board first? We are not destitute of the again with Bibles for sale, as they means of instruction here; and had received some pay, and wished my people are, at present, very to buy.--I went, and sold five orderly. »
Bibles, “ No. 196. This vessel I found • No. 698. The Captain was well supplied when I visited her. attentive, and the crew well-beOn my re-visit, the Captain said; baved. One man said, I was cast
I have a Bible and Testament, away a little while ago, and I thank which I brought with me for the God I was enabled to save my use of the crew, from the Bible and my Baxter's Saint's now in the coasting trade. He Everlasting Rest.” invited all to purchase, and called « No. 1583. One of the crew out to one at the mast-head, • Do said, ' I suppose you have not got you want a Bible ? •No, sir,' re- such a ibing as a Gaelic Bible;' plied the man; · but I shall be glad tinding I had, he was much pleased, if you will buy me a prayer-book.' and went, fore and aft,to endeavour One observed that it was quite a to borrow money enough to pay new thing for a seaman employed for it, but in vain.
The next day about the rigging at the fore-top- the ship was paid, and I visited mast-crosstrees, to call to his cap- her again ; and he seemed bighly tain upon deck to purchase bim a gratified at getting a book he so prayer-book."
much wanted, especially on such « No. 876. I found the former moderate terms." crew well supplied. There is not “ No. 628. Now is your time, that cursing and swearing now,' my lads,' said the Mate to the crew, said the Captain, which there used if you want a cheap Bible. Ah! to be among seamen. I am sure there is a vast difference in the there is a wonderful difference in manners of sailors now, and what the manners of most sailors.' they were six years ago.' A steady
No. 31. “I want a Bible sorely,' waterman standing by, replied, said one of the crew, and now I * Men may say wbat they please; will have one.'' And so will I,' said but this I know, that I don't find another, although it is the last so much wickedness amongst sailmoney I have. I shall not want ors as formerly.'” money when crossing the Atlantic; It appears that Lieutenant Cox but I may want a Bible."
has visited, at Gravesend, during “ No. 170. Observing this ship the last year, 1554 vessels : of this to be paying, I went on board, and number 1117 bad been formerly sold four Bibles. This is the supplied with the holy Scriptures best thing ever thought of for by this Society. The remaining sailors,' said one of the crew; "for 437 ships, containing 8086 men some sailors would be ashamed to whom 7147 were reported buy a Bible on shore : but when to be able to read, had been furthey are brought to them in this nisbed with 265 Bibles, and 612 manner, they are glad of the op- Testaments. Tbe sale in London portunity of getting one; and having has been nearly equal. The num
ber of ships found wholly destitute the demands upon its liberality are of the Scriptures has been gradu- still urgent and numerous. It ought ally decreasing from year to year, however to be mentioned, to the since the formation of the Society. credit ofthe merchants, shipowners, The active exertions of Marine and others who take a lively inteBible Societies now formed in many rest in the moral and religious welof the priocipal out-ports of the fare of seamen, that no less a sum United Kingdom have done much than 38541, has been raised since towards effecting this desirable the formation of the Society, for object.
the exclusive purpose of supplyA Ladies' Association has been ing this valuable body of men with formed, of which the Duchess of the holy Scriptures. We are conBeaufort is patroness, for the pur- vinced that no cost or efforts made pose of raising funds, to be equally for this benevolent and useful obdivided between the Naval and ject will be ill bestowed; and we Military Bible Society and the Mer- strongly recommend the institution chant-Seamen's Auxiliary Bible So- to the liberal encouragement of ciety. The Society's anpual sub- those who have it in their power to scriptions amount only to 1881. and assist its efforts.
HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. FROM the last Report of this are under the actual superintenSociety we learn, that the number dence of Catholic priests. · Wher. of schools has increased, from 634 ever the sanction of the Catholic 10 575. The number of scholars priest can be obtained, the schools under instruction was 53,233. The are crowded to excess. schools at present existing, are The growing desire of the Caunder the superintendence of the tholic parents to obtain education following visitors :
for their children has induced the 176 Under Ministers of the Esta- priests, in many instances, to open
blished Church. schools as a measure of self-de128 Noblemen & Gentlemen. fence. In these schools, however,
7 Dissenting Ministers. although reading is taught, the 85 Roman Catholic Priests. Scriptures are withheld. A mem25 Ladies.
ber of the Committee visited a 209 No Visitors resident in the vi- great number of these schools, and cinity.
never found in any one of them a Schools have been very success- single copy of either the Protestant fully conducted in some of the pri- or Catholic version of the Scripsons; in particular, in the
county tures. They appeared indeed, for gaols of Sligo and Cork. The So- the most part, altogether destitute ciety has also carried its system of of books; no provision being made instruction into three new counties. for their supply. of the thirty-two counties of which The Reports of the Inspectors the island consists, twenty-three are very interesting; but having are now enjoying, some of them to lately given some specimens of a considerable extent, the benefits them (see Christ. Observer for of the Society's labours. The con- 1822, p. 724), we shall not cite viction of the necessity of scrip- largely from them at present. The tural knowledge to better the con- following are a few passages : dition of Ireland, is considered to “ The people of tbis large vilbe spreading among enlightened lage never heard of the Bible, and Roman Catholics themselves. By are consequently very dark and the Catholic laity it is deeply felt: ignorant. On the Sabbath, I read and many of the Society's schools a considerable portion to the family, in the morning and afternoon. One of the readers in the Irish, They were greatly surprised to see tongue says—“ I classed eight faso small a book contain such won- thers, three grandfathers, fourteen derful things ; and inquired how I adults, and the remainder boys. obtained it, and what country it The old men could not see a letter came from! I informed them that without spectacles; and I was asit was the book of God; that it was tonished when I again visited the written by the holy prophets of the school to see the great progress Lord, many hundred years ago; which they had made.” and that it contained an account of of another school he saysthe nativity, life, and death of the « There are five men who were acSon of God. They were all per- customed to come with their childfeetly astonished; and, after I had ren, and to return with them after read a few chapters in the begin- school-hours, as they had to cross ning of Matthew, the man of the mountains and bogs. These men, house ran out in haste to two of perceiving the progress made by his next-door neighbours, and old men who attended the school, brought them in to see and hear were encouraged to commence • the book of God;' for by this spelling themselves; and now they name my little Bible is now known. can read the Scriptures tolerably These individuals also expressed well. On the Sabbath they sit their surprize: and, after hearing together, and read the Testament; me read of the birtb, miracles, and and one of them has become not death of our Saviour, they went only the teacher of the rest, but of ont and brought in their wives to the surrounding villages." hear the same glorious news.” Of the progress of the aged
Again, on a subsequent day, people, the same reader adds“ This day, I was employed, morn- • Fathers and grandfatbers, whom ing and afternoon, in reading the I arranged a few months before in Scriptures ; and experienced great the junior classes, are now reading pleasure at beholding the attention the Scriptures, and rejoicing that paid and the knowledge acquired. they are so privileged.” The people are anxious for the A correspondent mentions the winter, in order that they may instance of a poor man who had have the long nights to hear the two children under education in the Scriptures read; and are devising Society's school at Ballentopher. means to raise a fund to provide He was bimself a “ ribband man.” candle-light for that purpose.”
For the first time in his life he met Another correspondent reports, with the New Testament, which that be visited an evening school,
was the class book of bis eldest in which many adults bad assen- boy: he read it, and so powerful bled, in very inclement weather, was the effect of Divine truth on who all evinced a great desire to his mind, that his first couviction learn, and adds
was, that he could not be a Chris“ In the evening, I read the tiau and remain a " ribband man." Scriptures to a number of indivi. The people bear testimony to the duals who came to my lodgings. good effects produced by the estaThey were very attentive, and,
when blishment of the Society's schools. it becaine late, left very reluctantly. “ We have,” say they, cause to In the morning, before it was quite give glory to God for producing light, they again assembled, and such a reformation in our children called the map of the house oul of by means of the schools : before his bed to let them in to hear the our children went to them, we could Scriptures read. I accordingly get no good of them; but now, inarose, and read to them a consider- stead of swearing, and other bad able time,"
practices, they are obedient, and
are engaged every evening reading Committee advert to the only setheir Testaments."
rious obstacle wbich fetters their « Previously to the establishment exertions. Every day, the most of evening schools, it was the prac- promising openings for the formatice of many persons to go from tion of schools present themselves, house to house, and from village of which they are unable to take to village, carrying their cards and advantage, on account of the indice with them; while others were sufficiency of the Society's income running to dances and every wicked to meet even the present expendiplace. Now the reading of the ture. In one county, a clergyman Scriptures is substituted in their could point out eligible situations stead ; and, as the boys who do for at least thirty schools, were the not attend the schools are looked funds of the Society such as to anupon as bad characters, many have thorize their establishment. In the been induced to remove the stigma counties of Londonderry and Tip by attending them, and have de- perary more especially, most imrived much benefit."
portant spheres of usefulness invite In concluding their Report, the the efforts of the Society.
Rev.R.Tredcroft (Rector of Combes), Rev. G. Pearson, to a Minor Canonry to the Prebend of Hampstead in Win- in Chester Cathedral. chester Cathedral.
Rev. S. Archer, Lewannick V. COTTRev, G. Wells (Rector of Weston), to wall. a Prebend in Chichester Cathedral. Rev. T. B. Atkinson, Holy Trinity
Rev. W. O. Bartlett, Worth Maltra. Chap. Richmond, Yorkshire. vers V. Dorset.
Rev.Mr. Benson, Ledsbam V. York. Rev. B. Cheese, B.D. Tendring R. shire. Essex.
Rev. J. M. Colson, St. Peter's B. Rev. W. B, Coulcher, Bawsey R. Dorcbester. Norfolk,
Rev. R. Dickinson (Rector of HeadRev. Mr. Curtis (Vicar of Leomin. ley, Hants), Milton, in the New Forest, ster), Sudbury R. Suffolk.
P. C. Rev. William Flower, M. A. Malton Rev. Richard Exton, Athelington R, Curacy.
Suffolk, Rev. G. H. L. Gretton, M. A. Allens- Rev. J. B. Graham, Holy Trinity V. moor and Clehanger Vy. Hereford. Micklegate, co. York. shire, vice Pearce, res.
Rev. R. Green, Whorlton P. C. Dur. Rev. Hen. R. Moody, M. A. Chatham bam. R. Kept.
Rev. H. Hubbard, Hinton Ampner Rev. J. P.Prust, Largtree R. Devon. R. Hants.
Rev. E. Southcomb, Rose Aslı R. Rev. W. Martin, Gwenapp V. CornDevon.
wall. Rev. Robert Simpson, Warslow and Rev.John Moore, Otterton V. Deron. Elkston Perp. Curacies, co. Stafford. : Rev. A. C. Payler, Headcorn V. Kent,
Rev. Wm. Wells, Harting R. Sussex. Rev. T. L. Strong, B. D. St. Michael
Rev. E. Wright, Kilverstone R. Nor. Qneepbithe R. London. folk.
Rev. Wm. Vaux, Patching with Tar. Rev. P. Perring, M. A. Domestic ring R. Sussex. Chaplain to the Duke of Cambridge. Rev. Wm. Whitelock, Sulhamstead
Rev. Wm. Cock burn, M. A. to be Abbots and Sulhampstead Banister RR. Dean of York.
Berks. Hon. and Rev. George Pellew, to a The Rev. J. H. Dakins, to be DoCanonry or Prebend in Canterbury Ca- méstic Chaplain to the Dake of York. thedral.
The Ven. J. H. Pott, the Prebend of Rev. W. Pritchard to hold the V. of Mora in the Cathedral Church of St. Great Wakering, with the R. of Great Paul.