The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), July 13, 1831

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p.3 In most of the sea ports in England and the United States, there are places of worship for the use of mariners, called Bethel meetings, and more particularly to lead and direct the seamen, a flag is unfurled at or near the place of worship. In these establishments ministers are appointed to visit the seamen and solicit their attendance to the worship of God, to reclaim them and to exhort them to refrain from the vicious habits they are apt to indulge themselves in after a sea voyage, to the destruction of (perhaps) body and soul. A minister of this kind visits the ports of Ontario on the opposite side, and the Rev. Mr. Sayer visits in due course, the different stations on the lake. Mr. Sayer visited Kingston last week, to ascertain if any good could be done to the seamen and boatmen visiting here, on the Bethel plan. A meeting was appointed last Sunday at Smyth & Bartlett's Store, on McGuire's wharf at half-past four o'clock; but from some misunderstanding the door was not opened in time, when Mr. Sayer, with some friends, took their station at the corner of the storehouse and explained the object of the Bethel meetings, the great benefits they had produced, and his desire to be informed at some future period, after the subject had been considered, if any good could be done to persons occupied on the water here. He mentioned that no particular creed was used at such meetings. - The mind was directed to the great principles of christianity, and left unbiased to choose any form of worship it pleased.

There was a very large congregation present, who listened attentively to the speaker's discourse, when he finished the Rev. Mr. Richardson of this town got up to address the audience but he was disturbed and obstructed in speaking, by the renter of the wharf who came out of his house, (intoxicated it is true) and in a very insulting manner, and with base and wicked language directed the imposters to be gone from his premises. He was obeyed for no person thought proper to argue the case of right or wrong with a man of his disposition and in such a situation of mind and body.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), July 13, 1831