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unto the Lord, with full purpose of heart.”
Nearly all the chapters are devoted to subjects generally noticed in the common journals kept on board all ships. After making a few remarks, so as to engage the attention of the reader, the primary object—that of spiritualizing each subject—has been briefly, but, as the author hopes, properly regarded.
The work partakes of the nature of “ Navigation Spiritualized,” by the eminently holy Flavel; and “ The Ocean,” by a pious clergyman, formerly a lieutenant in the navy; but it materially differs from both the above works; and certainly did not de
rive its origin from the perusal of either. Excepting from report, the writer scarcely knows aught of them; and a comparison of the Christian Mariner's Journal with them, will abundantly satisfy every one that this little work is quite original. Perhaps the foregoing statement will be deemed wholly unnecessary; because, whether the work be original or not, there is an ample field open for the dissemination of many such publications. The good of never-dying souls is the most noble, extensive, and glorious occupation in which Christians can be engaged; but how far this work is calculated to benefit immortal spirits, must be humbly left to that gracious
Being, who has assured us—that time spent, talents devoted, and every thing else employed in his cause, and for the advancement of his kingdom, shall be “ as bread cast upon the waters, seen after many days.”
Such as this work is, may the Lord be mercifully pleased to bless it; and imperfect as it is, may the disciples of the great Captain of our salvation receive with kindness, and pardon in love!
'The sea is his, and he made it.-Ps. lxxxv. 5.