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"#I." SHIPWRECKED MARINERS' BENEVOLENT SOCIETY. [A feeling has been very generally entertained among many of our readers and subscribers, that the benevolent objects of the writer of the following letter would be pro- moted by a republication of it, we again have much pleasure in inserting it in the hope it will facilitate so desirable a result]: — To the Editor of the Advertiser and Guardian. SIR,—The multitude of wrecks, and the sad loss of lives which have for several weeks been recorded in the columns of every Journal, can scarcely have failed to attract the notice, and awaken the sympathy of every Briton. Many a Widow has made lamentation, many an Orphan mourned the fatal effects of the late tempestuous gales! In this benevolent country to know distress and sorrow is the sure precursor of relief. Every misery has a claim on our compassion; but if any claim can be stronger than another; if any appeal can be made of a moie touching character to the people of this nation, surely none can be superior to the claims of those hardy adventurers among us, who go down to the Sea in ships, and occupy their business in the great waters. With a full conviction of the force of these claims, as well as of the humanity of our countrymen, it seems a matter of surprise, that some public means of ministering to the wants of the wrecked Sailor, of assisting his bereaved widow and fatherless children, have not been devised and established from the very earliest periods of our maritime history, grow- ing with its growth, and strengthening with its strength. It is, indeed, true that several Institutions, having these charitable objects in view, have arisen in the land and that much advantage has been derived from their operation but they have been rather limited and exclusive in their charac- ter, circumscribed in their resources; and at all events, lamentably inadequate to any enlarged scheme for general relief. A persuasion of a defect so strange, and so unlike the con- siderate kindness of the British Nation towards a body of men, more especially her own, led to the formation of that Society whose Title stands at the head of this Address- a Society so simple in its constitution, so moderate in its re- quests, so guarded against imposture, so useful aud practical in its applications, that it is impossible not to admire it on the one hand, aud on the other, not to wonder that ij did not exist long ago. If there aie any persons to whom it is not yet known, I feel that I shall have discharged an essential duty in direct- ing the public attention more closely to this very excellent Institution. The annual Subscription is only 2s. Gd., though every additional Donation is most gladly received. Honorary Secretaries and Agents are appointed through- out the most important maritime stations, aud every caution is used which local knowledge and other intelligence can supply, not only to relieve genuine distress, but to detect the unworthy artifice of plausIble Impostors. I will not believe that such a society can stand in need of support so long as a single individual acquainted with it has a single Half-crown to bestow. The numbers that have been aided in consequence ofthe late violent storms, have been unusually lar-re; the demands on the funds have been heavy, but a confident hope is cher- ished, that in proportion to the increased necessities will the offerings of charity increase also. Let those who "live in comfort, free from the perils of the winds and waves, heat aw one thought on those who pass through the paths of the seas. Let them bear in mind, that on occasions of Shipwreck and distress, even a barbarous people will show no little kindness to the sufferers, because of the present rain, and because of the cold; and let them remember how lDuch is due from Christians in su. h a con- dition of calamity, and especially when the Widow and Orphan have been deprived of the only arm on which thev could lean tor relief. A Sir' >OJr faithful Servant, A SLBS.CRIBER TO THE SOCIETY. ODD FELLOWS. To the Editor of the Advertiser and Guardian SIR, —As one who honours and thanks the Archdeacon of Durham for his late admirable Charge, I feel called upnR to offer a few observations in reply'to a letter which appeared in your paper last week, relating to a passage io that Charge. r /am wi!uns to give Mr. Reynolds, the writer, credit or tne Christian spirit, which pervades his let'er, I eau by no inea:i« allow him fhe merit he assumes, of having proved I the Archdeacon guilty of misrepresentation. That object he <er din has not. accomplished. I:i fact, he seems to labour uiuler a misapprehension as to the subject of the Archdea- (.°n.^ ,+eiii,a ^e begins his letter by stating, what is not ch:iiacier of the Odd Fellows was accused of S..A ouiiug moie of of Christianity. And haviuo- conjm, (. up this pj.amom, he sets himself in srood eai:)cst, though with harmless weapons, to the task of demolishing it. "l^'i 11 'T'11,'V-' t,K~' 'hcle,'icon does not impugn the sren- eralcvaracter of Odd Fellows, being no doubt, well aware, that the fraternity consists of individuals of every shade of rolnjK'us opinion and, therefore, not liable to the sweeping i.-n^e o eifcm. His object wr,s, to denounce the use and tae character at n funeral address adopted by them and to form alone his remarks appjy. He justly represents it as savouring more of Deism than of Christie y. I think it a great pity, that Mr. Reynolds did not con.: .e himself, in his attempt at defence, to the only point that was attacker-. All his quotations from the Rules and Lectures of the Society, and ail his observations as to the number and rank of its members, are mere surplusage. They are nothing at all to the purpose. They do not, they cannot, alter tbe character of the document in question. That mu-t :;e j tidied of by its own intrinsic merits. What, then. i< the- real character of the Funeral Audreys, adupWii'iuU u's.-Ji.V the Odd Fellows 1 I have no hesitation in saving, that the Archdeacon was fully justified in the judgment nounced upon it it savours more of Deism than of Chisti"' It contains nothing, in which a Deist can seriously object to join while, on the other hand, there is an entire ab,ence of every feature which distinguishes Christianity from Deism. Christ, as a crucified and now an exalted Saviour, is the golden thread which runs through the whole texture of Christianity, the soul that animates the system in all its parts. But here is an Address, professedly of a religi. character, intended for use on the most solemn cf all Ses- sions. and within the precincts of the Sanctuary and yel the Saviour, Ifcrough whose merits and mediation alone we hope tor a blissful immortality, is not once named in it, nor in the most distant manner alluded to. Surely, such an address has no claim to be called Christian and yet this meagre form is modestly intended as a supplement to that rich storehouse of Christian truth and Christian comfort, the funeral service of our Church. Let anv one compare the two together, and I think he can hardly fail of appreciating- the difference between Deism and Christianity. There is reason to suspect, that the Funeral Address of the Odd Fellows was studiously framed, with a view not to onend those members, who might be ashamed of Christ and of his words in this adulterous aud sinful generation. This suspi- cion is worne out by the tenor of the address itself; and there is. nothing calculated to lessen that feeling, in the numerous- I sentences called by Mr. Reynolds from the other accredited papers of the Society. They are all chargeable with the same awful defect they all fall short of the Christian standard; they are all of the earth, earthy. Moral truths are stated, and moral duties inculcated, on mere worldly grounds, without reference by any chance to the principle's of faith in Christ, and obedience to the revealed will of God. Are the members enjoined to be justt It is merely because justice and equity are the principal supports of human so- ciety. Are they commanded to forgive injuries? It is only because revenge perpetuates hatred. Why, it is on such grounds as these, that morality is taught by Deis. antl by the Heathen Philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome but in the Christian school, it is made to rest on. a higher and holier basis, and fortified with sanctions, more solemn than any that this world affords. The Church of England has always been an unflinching champion of gospel truth and we have reason to thank God that hcl: learned Dignitaries are still as ready as ever to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the Saints. Let those who consent to sa- crifice it at the shrine of Mberality tremble lest they incur the curse of Meroz. If the Archdeacon, of Durham could see his antagonist's letter, I do not suppose he would feel or acknowledge- himself convinced of error; but I do think he would be- much amused at the self-complacency with which the hope is expressed, that he will not in future speak so positively on a subject with which he is unacquainted. Accomplished scholar and learned Divine as he is, he might, probably, think himself as competent to judge of a document under his notice, as any member of the Paradise Lodge, at Cowbridge.. I am, Sir, Your obedient Servant, Wilderness, near Cowbridge,) CHRISTIANAS^ February 14th, 1843. f To the Editor of the Advertiser and Gtc&fd&att. am not one of those who would trouble you on matters of little moment, but when the subject has con- nection with the welfare of the poor, I am well aware of your readiness on all occasions to extend to them your powerful and helping aid. It is pretty generally known that the parishes of Lisfaae and Lanishan, are favoured with one of those most valuable of public benefits—a charity school, established in the year 1*28, which has been of infinite service in those localities and continues to be up to the present period. The funds appropriated in its aid are secured by the donor a Mrs. Mary Lewis, on the tithes of Lisfane, a moiety of which, being her property, was granted fey her toward* the instruction and ultimate settling by apprenticing sue. children at the discretion of the trustees then appointed by her, namely, Roger Powell, Esq., of Energlyn, in this county; Thomas Lewis, Esq., of Lanishan in this county and the Rev. Phillip Edwards, of Michaelston Vedcvw, in the county of Monmouth. Of the descendants of those above-named, one only, I believe Mr. John Lewis, attended to the object of this im- portant trust. Mr. Lewis is descendant and heir to the aforesaid Mr. Thomas Lewis. Is there no one living to represent Mr. Roger Powell Ir. W m. Jones, of Rose Villa," formerly of Merthvr, is a descendant and heir to the Rev. Phillip Edwards.. hat is he doing 1 If the parties do not act the duties will devolve on the overseers of the poor of Lanishan. I remain. Sir, yours obediently, A WELL WISHER.