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In the year 1817, we were again visited with a small shower of Divine grace--eleven were then added to the number, we trust, of those who shall be saved. Since which time to the commencement of the present glorious revival, vital godliness has been in a very languid state; a general inattention to religion seemed

predominant throughout the congregation. But though the vision tarried awhile, yet blessed be God, it is come-it is surely come, and hath shone forth in its glory. The revival which we are still in a measure witnessing, began in the latter end of October last. In the midst of a few of the faithful, the sacred flame was kindled, and from thence it spread, with such unparalleled rapidity, from house to house, and from heart to heart, that in the course of a fortnight it pervaded the whole congregation. The sacred fire no sooner came down from the altar, of God, than it spread and rose suddenly in a glorious flame, and so irresistible was its power, that we have seen it humble the pride, and melt the hearts of the most haughty and obdurate sinners, cause the stout hearted to bow at the feet of King Jesus, and change the daring rebel to a faithful soldier of the cross. During this precious season, while the trophies of the cross were multiplying, the professing people of God were unusually engaged in furthering the work, and promoting the interest of the Redeemer's kingdom. They were animated and enlivened in their religious exercises, their faith was strong, their zeal ardent, and they felt as if they had much to do. Several prayer meetings were held every evening in different parts of the congregation-and I have been engaged almost every evening, in preaching and exhorting, during this season of revival.

Our religious meetings were continually crowded with old and young, anxious to hear something concerning their souls and eternity. The scene was truly solemn and affecting, to behold such crowded audiences filling every room in the houses where they assembled themselves together for prayer and praise. Some mourning over a deep and overwhelming sense of their sins and guilt, and others rejoicing in hope, with a new song in their mouth, even praise to God. After the religious exercises of the evening were closed, the people seemed unwilling to retire, having such an insatiable thirst for the gospel. We generally tarried an hour or, two after the close of the ineeting, singing hymns of praise, conversing with humble penitents, comforting the mourners, and warning the impenitent of their danger.

Although the middle-aged have not been wholly exempted from this great work, yet it has been principally confined to the younger class, and even children from twelve to fourteen years of age, have been made the hopeful subjects of regenerating grace. Out of the mouths of babes God has perfected his praise. This is the greatest wonder ! witnessed amongst the various strange things we have seen. I had often read and heard of the conversion of young children, but now minc eyes have seen it. Their convicVOL. VIL

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tions were comparatively short, though exceedingly pungent and distressing

These lambs of the flock appear peculiarly zealous, and engaged in the cause of religion, in promoting its interests, in using their endeavours with their young companions, to bring them to a sense of their danger, and to persuade them to go to Jesus, the Saviour of sinners. We have reason to believe their endeavours have been blessed to the conviction and conversion of several of their young companions. They also take an active part in our prayer-meetings, and it is truly astonishing with what freedom, propriety, and fervency, they address the Throne of Grace. The prayers of these little ones have been the means of doing much good; several have received their first impressions by hearing these children pray.

On the 2d of November last, five new members were received in communion, as the first fruits of this glorious barvest; and on the 21st of January succeeding, seventy-nine were admitted into the communion of the church, on giving hopeful evidence of a saving change of heart, the greater part of wbom were young people in the bloom of life-iwelve of the age of from 12 to 16 years : six of the number received into church fellowship were baptized. Our communion sabbath was a most solemn and affecting season such a day I never before witnessed the house of God was thronged with anxious worshippers-between 1200 and 1400 were supposed to be present. Every eye was fixed, and every countenance appeared solemn as eternity. Numbers of people, residing a distance beyond the bounds of my society, were led from curiosity to attend on the occasion in order to hear and see the wondrous works of God. The joy we experienced on that memorable communion season, and the glow of Christian affection which seemed to pervade the bosoms of the disciples of our Lord Jesus, made us realize the import of the Apostle's expression, heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Though the work bas at present abated in some degree, yet, blessed be God, there is a small gleaning of grass left in the vintage, as the shaking of an olide free, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost boughs, four or five in the outmost branches.

Of the happy effect this revival has produced on our society, it is difficult to speak with sufficient approbation and praise. Jealousies, contentions, slandering, evil communications, profanation of the sabbath, &c., have nearly disappeared from our society. No candid observer of the influence of such a gracious work on the hearts and lives of men, will question its tendency to promote the most perfect state of social order, peace and happiness. Whatseeder things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoeter things are lovely and of good report, are thought of and carefully practised.

This shower of Divine grace which has thus watered us, has

also abundantly watered the Presbyterian society, intermixed with my congregation, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Samuel Pelton, who has received into his church on two sacramental oc. casions, during this revival, about seventy hopeful converts.

After this work of grace had been in successful operation amongst us for some weeks, it began to extend its benign influence to a neighbouring congregation at Clarkstown, under the care of the Rev. Nicholas Lansing. Being requested, on Monday last, (the 12th inst.) I assisted him in examining the members, when sixty-seven were admitted into the communion of the church, on satisfactory confession: on the day following, eight more were received, and several more, who are seriously impressed, are ex. pected to offer for church membership on Saturday after next, the day of preparation service.

In the three churches above-mentioned, two hundred and fftyseven hopeful converts have already been received. A goodly number of spiritual sheaves, that have grown during this season of refreshing.Glory to God!

Yours affectionately, &c. Mr. G. Cosine.


MARINERS' CHURCH.AMERICAN AND WELSH SKAKEN. Whoever feels the least interest in the spiritual welfare of seamen, will rejoice to see that Christians are arousing from their long and heavy slumbers, to do something for these neglected members of the human family. But while we most cordially reciprocate with our trans-atlantic brethren in the glorious prospect of an increase to the fold of Christ, from among scamen, we have to lament that the society in this city, is labouring under the pressyre of a heavy debt. And besides, had not some members of the Board come forward in the most liberal manner, and loaned several hundred dollars, they could not have met their engagements for even current expenses.

Christian merchants, and others, who prefer trusting their property in the care of sober, honest, pious seamen, who fear God and love their country, should immediately supply the Board with the means of refunding this money. There are many more who can well afford to become life members of the society, by the payment of fifty dollars, and a still larger number could annually spare the sum of five dollars. Bat merchants alone are not called

upon to aid this object; all who desire the prosperity of Zion are interested in this institution.

There is one feature in the society which commends it to the Christian public with peculiar force; this is, that all denonjinations of Christians are represented in the Board of Managers, and the ministers of these respective denominations, by turns, officiate in the church. All sectarian objections are therefore removed, and we would urgently press its claims to the favourable consideration of the public.

* On Saturday, the 24th February, twenty-eight were received, making in the whole, one hundred and thrée, in this congregation, who, for the first time, sat down at the Lord's table on the following sabbath.

Without further remark, we shall present the following article, taken from the “Guardian and Church of England Magazine," for Jan. 1821.

American and Welsh Seamen. It appears singular, that at this period, such general attention should be paid to the religious improvement of seamen, and it affords us high gratification to have to inform our readers, that a society, instituted at New York, under the name of the “Society for promoting the Gospel among Seamen," have built a church expressly for sailors, which they have named the “MARINERS' Church.” The building is represented as plain, but uncommonly chaste and handsome, and wholly erected by pious and benevolent donations. It is capable of holding one thousand persons, and was opened the 4th of June, the anniversary of the birth of a regretted inonarch, the pattern of all that is good. The Rev. Mr. Mathews, of the Dutch church, preached in the morning; the Rev, Mr. M'Kean, of the Methodist church, in the afternoon; and the Rev. Dr. Milnor, rector of St. George's Church, in the evening.

The scene was as interesting as novel : the church was filled at an early hour, and the aisles were crowded with those who stood during the whole service, because there was no seat to be obtained. The Hon. Mr. Thompson, secretary of the navy, Commodore Evans, and several other officers of the United States navy, were present. The seats on the lower floor of the church were principally occupied by masters of merchant-vessels and by sailors, and among them a company of the United States' marine, in uniform. There was somethiug deeply impressive in the appearance of so large a number of sailors, well dressed, decent, and devotional in their demeanour, and showing much interest in the solemn services.

In a commercial city, where, in the course of every year, thousands of seamen resort, the importance of their being furnished with the means of moral and religious instruction cannot fail to be realized and acknowledged by all reflecting minds. Left to themselves, they are necessarily exposed to every temptation to irregularity and vice :but with a frank and open-hearted disposition (a characteristic of seamen) they receive willingly admonition and instruction, when offered with kindness, and they will presenily show by their conduct, that the pains bestowed are not bestowed in vain. No class of men have a more important indirect interest in the great object of meliorating the morals of sea

men than merchants. Seamen are their servants, to whom their property is confided, and on whom, in a great measure, their

property depends.

How willingly sailors receive instruction, and how cheerfully and decorously they attend on the public service of their Creator, may be proved to any who will visit the Port of London Society's floating chapel for seamen; in which large congregations of seamen are seen, every Sunday, in the greatest propriety of behaviour. It is with pleasure that we advert to this attention to seamen in this vast port of London, and we trust that the “ Mariners' Church,” at New-York, and the “Ark,” in London, will be the sabbath refuges of British and American seamen, to learn how to lead godly and peaceable lives, in all sobriety and honesty.

Nor can we quit a subject so peculiarly grateful to our feelings as is the religious instruction of sailors, without adding our delight at witnessing a congregation of some hundreds of Welsh sailors, on board the Betsey of Cardigan, lying in the Thames, listening to the admonitions of the Rev. Mr. Jones, who addressed them in their native language. We understand that the religious interests of Welsh sailors are become the care of a new

society, to be called “The Cambrian Union, for promoting Religion among Welsh Seamen."

TEACHERS' UNION OF ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH. The anniversary meeting of this association, was held in the Lecture Room adjacent to the church, on Wednesday evening, the 7th inst. At the request of the teachers, the Rev. Dr. Milnor, rector of St. George's, took the chair, and the exercises were commenced by singing a hymn. The report was then read by Mr. J. H. Taylor, President of the Union, and on motion of John Anthon, Esq. seconded by Divie Bethune, Esq. the report was accepted. A vote of thanks, to the Rector, Wardens, Vestrymen, and congregation of St. George's, for the important services and liberal aid they have afforded to the Sunday schools, was then moved by James Eastburn, Esq. and seconded by Eleazer Lord, Esq. These gentlemen followed their motions with appropriate addresses, with which the audience appeared highly gratified, and particularly so with the relation of several very affecting and interesting anecdotes, by Mr. Bethune. Dr. Milnor delivered an excellent and instructive address to the teachers, which richly merits a wide circulation, and we hope the society will endeavour to procure a copy for publication. A hymn was then sung, and the exercises concluded with prayer by Dr. Milnor.

We were gratified to see the venerable president of the Sunday School Union present on the occasion, and also several other of

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