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to join and rejoice with him, in that haven of eternal rest which he has reached ; and where, notwithstanding the dangers of the passage through this fluctuating and tempestuous state, all who look by the eye of faith unto Jesus, as the great pole-star to direct their course, shall surely and safely arrive.

THE END OF THE MEMOIRS.

APPENDIX.

MR. EASTBURN received a very large number of letters, during the period of his ministry. Two or three of these, or extracts from them, have already been published in newspapers; but many others have never as yet appeared in print. It is supposed that a few of them will gratify, and it is hoped be useful to, the readers of his memoirs. They are therefore here subjoined in an Appendix ; together with some other papers which were selected and preserved by Mr. Eastburn. It were to be wished that his own letters to his correspondents could have been obtained, and inserted along with those to him. But of these letters, copies of only two were found among his papers. These are all that we are able to publish at present.

LETTERS.

From Mr. Eastburn to Mr. Reynalds. Dear MR. Reynalds,

I have just received your very friendly letter of the 17th of July last. It was handed to me in our Mariner's Church, by a sailor from New York, and contains much pleasing intelligence of your progress in promoting the cause of our precious Saviour, and of the bringing in of the poor seamen, who had been saying, “no man cares for Jack Tar's soul,”—nor did they care for their own souls. The Rev. Mr. Whitfield said it was a strange thing to think, that a sailor could find the main-top-bolin of a ship in the darkest night that ever was, and yet could not find a church door of a sunshining day. But now they seek for churches and prayer meetings, and it is to be hoped the time to favor them is come, and that the abụndance of the sea is coming in; and may we not hope that he that called seamen to be his disciples at the first spread of the gospel, is now calling many of them to be his messengers, to carry the gospel round the globe they traverse ? I am happy to declare, that I have good reason to believe we have evidences of the power of the Lord turning some bold hardened seamen, from being bold in the service of Satan to be bold in the service of their Lord and master; and we hope the good work among them is increasing. Our place of worship, which will seat twelve hundred, is generally crowded and very solemn. Many are deeply affected, and request to be prayed for; and when away they do not forget to write, and show that their impressions have not left them.

We have no regular committees to conduct our affairs. Robert Ralston, Esq. is the principal manager of all the temporal concerns of the church. He, with Commodore Richard Dale, and a man belonging to the Society of Friends or Quakers, were the trustees who bought the ground. Commodore Dale is dead. I expect a report of the church will be published soon, but fear not in time to send you a copy of it.

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To Mr. Bethune. Dear Sir, I was in hopes of seeing you and Mrs. Bethune on your return from Carlisle, but did not know of your passing through Philadelphia, or I should have waited upon you; as I feel obligated to you for your kind attention to me when in New-York, and to many more, who far exceeded my expectation. Since my return home, I have been fully engaged as usual in visiting daily, until my old frame calls for rest. Many here look upon me as public property, and demand my attention to them: and many of them belong to no place of worship, but are alarmed when in sickness with fears of death, and desire to have a prayer as a passport to heaven. It is indeed a painful part of my calls, to find so many ignorant of all that belongs to their soul's concerns, and to have to warn them of their danger, when they are in pain and sickness. I visited one young woman lately, who had been very gay and vain, but brought low in sickness, she was awfully alarmed, crying out, “my day of grace is past," and forbidding any prayer to be offered up for her. Thus the tempter is still carrying on his craftiness, by presumption or despair. Many of the seamen, when sick, send for me, and I feel more encouraged in speaking to them, than to those who live on shore and neglect the means of grace. Our Mariner's Church is constantly well attended, and many appear very solemn, and come in the close of the meeting with tears flowing, to speak of their soul's concern, and entreating to be remembered in prayer. Five came lately at one time, and another following in the street, who said he had never been so affected in his life before, and hoped the Lord would enable him to be bold, and confess him before men. One of our chief Pilots declared, when a meeting was dismissed, that he found a great alteration in many seamen for the better, and much better order and attention to duty than formerly.

I am much obliged to the kind editor of the Christian Herald and Seaman's Magazine, for sending it to me.

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Mariner's House, London. MY DEAR SIR, I received your letters, and the seamen's letters accompanying them, with pleasure and thanksgivings to God. I have also this week had an interview with the captain of the Cambria, and learned from him, as well as from your letters, how greatly God is blessing you in your pious labors among sailors. While listening to the statements of captain R. in his cabin, I could not but exclaim to my good friend Mr. Marks, “ Who raised up an Eastburn in Philadelphia, to preach to sailors? Cannot the same divine power and grace raise up others also ? Jehovah said of Cyrus, “ I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways.” What encouragement is this to prayer, especially when we recollect that it is said of Messiah, “ He ascended up on high; he hath led captivity captive; he hath received gifts for men, even for the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell among them.” May we all have an humble dependence upon the words of his grace, that our souls may be encouraged to believe, that when we are called into eternity, the same almighty love and mercy which called and fitted us to labor among poor sailors, will qualify many more to take our place, unto whom it shall be said, “ other men have labored, and ye have entered into their labors."

I praise God, my brother, for your health and strength; and I pray it may continue yet a little longer, until the work is more established in the world among sailors.

God has done great things for you, in giving you a heart to love them, and giving them a heart to love you. Depend upon it, you are not forgotten in our prayers. Many in England, when they read of your humble and pious efforts, cease not to make mention of you in their prayers. Othat Abraham's God may bless you, and make you a blessing.

The committee of the London Mariner's Church and Rivernjen's Bethel Union, beg your acceptance of an engraving of the church; they rejoice to know that the Lord in mercy still spares you. I should be glad to hear how you first became a sailor's Preacher. Certainly Je

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