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PRESENTATION TO THE REV. D. PRICE, SILOA, ABERDARE. On Tuesday evening last a large and enthu- siastic public meeting was held at Siloa (Inde- pendent) Chapel, in this town, for the purpose of presenting the Rev. David Price, the minister of the place, with an address, together with a purse containing £170 2s., as a token of respect for his long and successful labours in connection with that place of worship. We understand that this handsome sum was subscribed almost entirely by those attending the chapel, and that if any efforts had been made outside the pale of the congrega- tion and church of Siloa, the subscription list might have been extended to ten times its present proportions. There can be no doubt of Mr. Price's deserts both as a respectable, peaceful citizen, nd a remarkably useful minister of the gospel. In all good movements in which he could becom- ingly assist be ha.s been found labouring modestly but earnestly, and we should not think he had been too well rewarded if the purse so gracefully handed to him on Tuesday evening last had con- tained more money thane CJUM have convce niently ounte d. The spacious building was filled to overflowing, and on the platform we noticed the Revs. T. Thomas, Glandwr; W. Elwards, Ebeaezer R. Evans, Bethei; ft. Rowlands, Ab3raman J. T. Jones; R. Jones, Nelson T. Llewellyn, Moun- tain Ash J. Rees, Treherbert; E. Evans, Pen- derrin; W. Williams, Abjrc vinboy, &c. Mr. Enstaco Richards, colliery proprietor, was voted to the chair, and he opened the proceedings in a neat speech, characterised by his usual good sense. He said he hardly knew what to say to them, as he was not in the habit of presiding at such meetings, but he would venture to asaert that he felt as much z?al in this movement as any one of them, and he therefore could not refuse to take the chair on the present occasion (Cheers.) He had known Mr. Price for nearly twenty-three years, and during that period he had probably had as much to do with him in connection with the affairs of the chapel as any man. They had seen many changes and had met with many re- verses, but at last, he was proud to find their labours had been crowned with success. (Cheers.) He would say that he had never been disappoint- ed in Mr. Price, and he bad as much confidence in him now as-ever. He always found him where he left him. There had been a good deal of talk amongst the members from .time to time about making some acknowledgment to Mr. Price for his efforts amongst them, but in consequence of the debt on the chapel, and other matters that were in the way, they had not been able to do so until now. The young men connected with them at last took the matter up—and whatever they took in hand they always succeeded with it—and on the night on which the testimonial was first proposed 60 guineas were subscribed. (Cheers.) When the mltter was afterwards brought before the church meeting, it was received with so much warmth that he believed they could then have easily collected a hundred guineas. (Cheers.) In the course of a most appropriate speech the Chair- man urged that it was not a new thing to reward merit. (Hear, hear.) The history of every nation disclosed the fact that the deserving were rewarded in some way or other. Many modes were adopted. Sometiraefs columns were erected, at others statues, positions of trust were conferred on the meritorious whom it was sought to ho- nour, and not unfrequeutly large sums of money were voted in the shape of rewards. (Cheers.) Acts of the kind were calculated to encourage those who laboured in a good cause, and he must say he felt great pleasure in taking part in the present unostentaious though worthy movement. The respectful manner in which they addressed Mr. Price in their address should serve as a per- manent pattern to them, aa it was but right they should always address him with that respect and dignity which the congregation and church should always adopt towards their minister. After re- peating the great pleasure he felt in being a humble instrument in doing honour to Mr. Price, and, having called on the choir, the chairman resumed his seat amidst loud oheering. Mr. David Jones, High-atreet, was then called upon to address the meeting. After paying a high compliment to the chairman, he remarked that the testimonial to Mr.Price was only a feeble mark of the respect in which that gentleman was held by them as a congregation. Many large sums had been contributed, but' there were many smaller sums amongst them, and he would ven- ture to say that the small sums represented as much warmth of feeling as the larger ones. There was scarcely a family attending the chapel that had not contributed something. They had acted purely on the voluntary principle, and every one gave with the utmost good wiil. Had their means been equal to the kindly feelings enter- tained towards Mr. Price, the amount would have been considerably more. (Cheers.) Mr. Jones concluded^n excellent speech, by referring t^fhe many good traits in Mr. Price's character. The meeting was afterwards addressed by Messrs. Ddvid Jones, Abernant; J. James, Gad- lya John Hughes, William Davies, William Nicholas, Dan Thomas, William Davies, and Thos. Williams, all being members of the church, and speaking in terms of high praise of Mr. Price. The chairman then read an address, of which the .following is a translation, and which was splendidly got up both in point of framing and penmanship Address to the Rev, David Price, from the Congregational Churches of Siloa, Aberdare, and Bethesda, Abernant. Respected Pastor :—Permit us, on behalf and in the name of the churches, to greet you on your success and position as a minister, and the sin- cere respect you have universally won. We find that you united yourself to the congregational church at Glyu-neath, in the year 1830. You were exhorted to commence preaching there in the year 1836. We afterwards find that you removed to Aberdare, and joined the church at Ebenezer. In the year 1842, you, togethor with 13 others, left the church, in a. regular manner, for the purpose of forming this church (Siloa,) and you had the honour to be ordained its minister in August, 1818 and from that time to this your connection therewith has b^en a peaceful one, and so successful that it has increased from 14 to 600 and upwards, for some years past, in addition to the branches which have sprung out of jt, viz, Brynseion, Cwmbach and Bethesda, Abernant. Your character as a minister has been such as to merit our most sincere respect, for your care for the temporal and spiritual welfare of these churches. We have not forgotten the labour, activity, and care, which you underwent in the starting of tha cause in the face of many disadvantages you worked hard to erect the first chapel; you sacri- ficed much of your valuable time as an industri- ous workman to devise the best means, and worked with your own hands^ to complete the building in the cheapest manner; and, not only that, after its completion you were always fore- most with your contribution to payoff the debt as well as to contribute towards other causes, es- pecially so when the church consisted of only a small number of members, and was unable to give but little for your servioes as a minister. And likewise your liberal efforts were the same in building the present cliapel. Your services as treasurer deserve our ac- knowledgments, which office you have filled al. most from the commencement, The accounts show that you received and paid towards dif- ferent causes (independently of your own salary) over £4,944; and your care and readiness to present the accounts in a clear light and with promptitude, has given the greatest satisfaction, and we believe that our success in a pecuniary point of view is due in a great measure to your care and minuteness. You have displayed a heroic and determined spirit in the face of many difficulties to establish the principles of Congregationalism in the churches and we feel proud that these princi- ples have been so fully unfolded by them until the present, which we consider is an honour to yourself and a source of giatification to us. Your efforts in extending and spreading the cause of the Saviour in the neighbour- hood are most valuable in our sight. You have been "induatirous^ in time and out of time and that in the most unassuming and selfdenying manner. You have not been, neither are you now, at any time backward in your readiness to assist weak churches, far and near, and,' through God's blessing, your efforts have not been in vain. After 23 years of labour, we cannot but see the fullness of your character as a minister, in your efforts with the Sunday School, prayer meetings, religious societies, and all institutions that have for their object the resisting the sins )f the age your unblemished character, aa well aa the pleasure, the delight, and the spiritual edifi- cation we have experienced under your simple and evangelical ministrations,so that we have not the slighest hesitation in our minds that you have been "unto God a sweet savour of Christ" in our midst. In consideration of the above, as well as many other virtues we might name, we ask you to receive this address together with the purse and its contents, as a small proof that we value your stedfastness and untiring labours; and we are glad that it is not a parting gift, but a token of our adherence to one another, hopiagthat the peace and tranquillity that has existed in our midst from the commencement may continue to the end of your life, and that a loug and happy life to yourself and family. But above all, we unite in ackowledgment to the Lord, who has been with us, and who has s:niled upon us, and may His Spirit rc.nJ.\II in our midst for ever." WILLIAM DAVIES, Chairman, EUSTACK RICHARDS, Treasurer. THOMVS WILLIAMS, DAVID JONES, [Secretaries. JAMBS DAVIES, ) DAVID JOMES, Abernant." After the cheering which followed the reading of the above address had subsided, the chairman handed it to Mr. Price, and immediately after. wards the purse, which contained £170 2s. Od. was gracefully handed to the reverend gentleman by Miss Davids Yny-dwyd House, the act being followed by protracted cheering. A number of poetical addresses, from which we select the following by Iago ab Dewi, were then read Hon arfer ganmoladwy yn rahob oes, Gan rai sy'n dewis parchu dysg a moes, Yw rhoi anrhegion i rai toil JVII S; sydd Yn eldiwyd a ilcfnyddiol yn cu dydd. 'Ry'm ninau heno wedi cwrdd yn lion, Er rnwyn cyflwyno'r dysteb fcchan hon I David Price, ein bugail anwyl iawn .0 wir ewylljis ei chyflwyno wnawn. Nid tal, ond cydnabyddiaeth fechan yw, O'n didwyll barch, a'n caria;l uchel ryw Tuag at y gwrtnddrych sydd yn awr ger bron— Hyn ydyw'r dysteb a'r anerchiad hon. Nid tysteb ymadawol ydyw chwaith, Ond tysteb o ymlyniad yn y gwaith,— Yr eglwys a'i gweinidog o un fryd Fo'n cydymdrechu at lesoli'r byd.. Mae cofio'i lafur dwys, a'i Iwyddiant mawr, Yn creu teimladau cynes ftnyn yn awr Y fechan gynt sydd megys byddin gref, Trwy fendith Ion ar ei ymdrechion ef. Hir ocs ddefnyddiol a Ilwyddianus iawn, A phob cysuron iddo fore a nawn Yr Ion o'i ras fo'n pymorth iddo byth Tra byddo byw, i draethu'r gwir dilyth. Tra byddo'n gweini yma, 'n ddedwydd boed, A'r undeb fo'n agosach nag erioed A phan orpheno'i waith, boed iddo ef Gael tysteb ganmil gweil yn nef y nef. A thra bo maen ar faen o'r adail hon, Y geiriau pur a draethir ganddo'n Hon, Fo'n aros yn eu bias fel geiriau'r ne', A heddwch fyddo byth yn Uenwi'r lIe, The Rev. D. Price then made a suitable and feeling reply, warmly thanking all for their kind- npss. Several miniiters, including all whose names are meatiorred above, the-n addressed the meet- ing, each bearing testimony to Mr. Price's great worth as a minister and a man. The proceed- ings, which were of a most warm and cordial character, and must have been highly gratifying to Mr. aud Mrs. Price, were brought to a close by a vote of thanks to the Chairman for his valu- able services.

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