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Seamen's Bethel.

--The presentation of the bell lately used at the Club-House, to the Chaplain of the Seamen's Bethel, is an act of such commendable import, that we are induced to lay before our readers the correspondence in reference thereto. The bell will be placed in the tower of Bethel Church very soon, and the basement of the house opened for worship next Sunday week:


Richmond, Jan. 24th, 1861.

Rev. Francis J. Boggs, Seamen's Chaplain.-- Dear Sir:
At the last meeting of the Bell Committee of the Bell and Everett Club, of this city, it was determined to present you, for the Bethel, the bell used on our Club-House, knowing, as we do, that your society is not sectarian, and appreciating your enterprise as most worthy, and justly entitled to the attention and sympathy of all interested in this useful, but neglected class of society.

The matter, by neglect of the committee, has been left to my discretion, and though there is still a considerable amount due me personally on the bell, it affords me pleasure to give it the direction indicated by the committee. It has done good service in an honorable cause, and we regard this as a worthy destination for it.

Thos. E. Ballard, Chm'n of Bell Com.

Richmond, Jan. 25th.

Thos. E. Ballard, Esq.-- Dear Sir:
I have just received your kind note presenting me, for the use of the Seamen's Bethel, the very excellent bell used by the Bell and Everett Club of this city, and expressing in flattering terms your high appreciation of the noble cause in which I am engaged. Your present is a most useful and desirable one, and I have no doubt the direction you have given it will be gratifying to most of our citizens; and while it will scarcely ever assemble such crowds, as in other days, I hope in this respect it will lose none of its power in calling together, for religious service, the sailors of our port, and all interested in their moral and religious welfare.

Please accept my hearty thanks, as well as those of the Board of Managers of the Seamen's Society of this city, for this exhibition of your kindness; and for yourself, as Chairman of the Committee, our lively appreciation of your kind and substantial consideration of our enterprise.

Yours, truly,

Francis J. Boggs, Chaplain.

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