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THE REV. DR. PRICE.

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THE REV. DR. PRICE. We abridge the following from Crayon Sketches," in our popular and well conducted London contemporary, The Christian World: The Nonconformist ministry of the Principality furnishes many striking instances of men who have risen from humble life to till posts of eminence and extensive inftuencs. Among these, the gentleman whose career we present in this Sketch is one of the most conspicuous. Thomas Price was born in an obscure hamlet, in the parish of Ltanhamiach, in the county of Brecon, South Wales, on April 11, 1822. His father was a farlll bailiff of limited means, and who was, therefore, not able to give his sou any education, beyond that of the most ordinary kind. While very young, the lad entered the service of a gentleman in the neighbourhood, and remained in this situation three years Already his motto was, "Excelsior i" so, having savel sufficient money for the purpose, he apprenticed hunself to a plumber and painter in his native plane. It was while serving his apprenticeship he began his career of Christian usefulnessâa career which has since become so bright 1n -] dis- tinguished,âby taking a class to teach in the Sunday-school aft lched to the Baptist chapel. Having completed the term of service for which he had bound himself to his master, he received from that gentleman a proof of his satisfaction, esteem, an good wishes, in the shape of a gift of five pounds, and with this sum he resolved to begin the world for himself. His resolutions, thus formed, was soon put into practice. No less important a place than London would satisfy the aspiring Welsh youth of twenty one. After purchasing a few necessaries in the way of clothing and tools, he set out to travel on foot to the plaoe of his destination. It was a long and tiresome journey of one hundred and fifty miles but a laudable ambition and a true courage sustained the traveller. At length, weary and foot-sore, with only a few shillings left in his pocket, he reached the metropolis. He at once sought employment, and was fortunate enough sneedily to find it. His work was that of a house-painter but, while he wrought at this during the hours of labour, he devoted much of his leisure time to the acquisition of the more difficult and advanced departments of his calling. In a short time he began to feel the importance of intelleotual culture, and sought to satisfy his cravings for knowledge, and to discipline his mental powers by hard study in the olasses of a mechanics' institution. Here he learnt his first lessons in writing, grammar, history, elocution, and drawing. During his residence in London he was a member of the Welsh Baptist Church, Moorfields. In the Sunday-school connected with this church he laboured as one of its most diligent and useful teachers. At this time also he commenced his course as a Christian Jminister by preaching among his countrymen resident in various parts of the metropolis. His talents and earnestness as a preacher were soon reoognised, and his early labours were greatly blessed. It was, therefore, only natural that his friends should turn to him as one destined to devote his life aid labours to to the service of God. in the Gospel of His Son. At the earnest request of the church of which he was a member, he resolved to relinquish his trade, and to consecrate himself wholly to the work of the Christian ministry. Application was conRe- quently made for his admission into the Baptist College, Pontypool, into which institution he was received, and where he prepared himself for his future engagements. Passing through his college course with satis- faction to his tutors and oreditto himself, he left his Alma Mater, at the Christmas of 1845, having accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Church. Aberdare. Glamorganshire. He was ordained on January 1, 1846, aod has filled that pastorate, with ever increasing usefulness and honour, to the present time. At the time of Dr. Price's settlement the church was small and feeble, con- sisting of only ninety-one members, all of whom belonged to the working class. The chapel was also small and much dilapidated. Since then Calvary, the large and commodious chapel in which he and his people now worship, has been built; and six other chapels have been erected by the church and congregation under his care. During his pastorate Dr. Price has dismissed from his own church to form new churches in the six ehnpels erected, the following members :âIn 1819, to Aberaman, 121 in 1855. to Mountain Ash, 89 in 1852 and 1856,58 and 81 respec- tively, to the English Chapel, Aberdare; in 1862 to Abernant, 163; in the same year, 131 to Yn- yslwyd and in IS65, 149 to Gadlys; making a total of 781 members dismiss'd in the course of twenty ypars to form new churches from a church thatat the beginning of that period inly numbered ninety-one in its fellowship. It is a pleasing fact that all these new churches left the mother church in the most perfect harmony and love, ana that still that church is in a most flourishing state, numbering nearly 600 members, with a Sunday school of upwards of 1.°.)0 children. In personal appearance, Dr. Price is prepossess- ing. He is of average stature, well-built, rather inclined to corpulency, the very picture of robust health and vivacious spirits. His ruddy features and beaming eyes are always cheerful, and when animated in preaching or speaking are very expressive. He has been married, but is now a widower. Through his late wife he be- came the owner of a considerable mine and coal property in the Valley of Aberdare. He is also well supported by his church, and is, therefore, in easy circumstances,âin such circumstances as we should like to see every Christian minister. His hospitality is large aui generous, especially to the poor and aged of his congregation, who are often invited and welcome guests at his table, and by whom he is regarded, not ouly as tho-If minister, but also as their wise counsellor and faithful loving friend. Several gifts presented by his church and congregation at various times prove the affection with which they regard bim, find other testimonials, of a more public character, show the high position he occupies as a citizen in the confidence and esteem of his fellow-towns- men. Dr. Price uses the English langage as appro- priately and as fluently as his native tongue. As a proacher, a lecturer, and a platform speaker, he is in the first rank of Welsh ministers. He is nlways'sensible, ready, energetic, full of Welsh fire, oftentimes humorous, ricy, and eloquent, He is, moreover, a skilful debater and a power- ful opponent in argument. Thoroughly evangpli- cal in doctrine, and in his views of church polity and discipline a Nonconformist and Baptist to the backbone, he is yet a man of comprehensive charity. He is no ascetic at the same time, he has maintained a spotless reputation. He can joke, and joke well and yet he is a deeply- serious and earnest man. For many years, Dr. Price has taken an active part in spreading secular and saored knowledge throughout Walos by the medium of the press. He was joint-editor of the Givron newspaper, one of the best conducted papers in the Welsh lan- guage. lie was the sole editor of the Gweithiwr, a cheap weekly periodical, having for its object the benetit of the working classes; and is still editor of the Seren Cymru, the weekly organ of the Welsh Baptists. He has, moreover, published seven or eight small theological works, and a number of Sunday school tracts. In all public movements in his own town and neighbourhood he has ever been among the foremost leaders. In 1842 he was elected a director of the Aberdare Gas Com- pany, and in the same year was elected to fill the office of Poor-law Guardian. In 1854 he was ap- pointed a member of the Abetdare Board of Health, and in 1857 was made a member of the Burial Board. In all these posts he has display- ed a genial kindlinebs of spirit, great wisdom and energy, and untiring devotion. The more general movements in Wales have always had his sympathy and earnest help. He has been of eminent service to working men, es- pecially in the part he has taken in the esta- blishment and direction of friendly societies. With several of these societies he is connected by membership and office; but his time and abilities have been more especially devoted to the exten- sion and prosperity of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity. Of that Order he has been a member for twenty years, filling all its various posts of honour in succession, until now he holds the highest office, being chairman for the present year. There is some probability of Dr. Price aban- doning the pulpit for the House of Commons. In consequence of the death of Colonel John Lloyd Yaughan Watkiris, the late Member for Brecon, that borough has been rendered vacant, and at the request of many of the Liberal elec- tors, he has offered himself as a candidate. His address, as a whole, is intelligent, out- spoken aud manly. Nevertheless, we are not quite sure that Dr Price is doing the wisest and best thing in seeking a place in the senate. In our estimation he fills already a higher office than that of a Member of Parliament. Dr. Carey was heard to say of his son Felix, who began the Burmese mission, but who at length gave up missionary work to accept an embassy to Ava, "My son Felix was a missionary, and now he is shrivelled up into an ambassador." We confess to great sympathy with Dr Carey's views, and, therefore, while we wish Dr Price long life, more extensive usefulness, and an ever-increising measure of happiness; yet we can scarcely say that we should like to see a minister of Christ who has been astaboriousand successful shriv- elled up into an M.P.

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