THE ANTI-TITHE AGITATION.|1887-09-16|Llangollen Advertiser Denbighshire Merionethshire and North Wales Journal - Welsh Newspapers Online
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THE LLANDUDNO CHAIR EISTEDDFOD.

THE ANTI-TITHE AGITATION.

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THE ANTI-TITHE AGITATION. In his recent tithe rent charge audit the vicar of Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochnant voluntarily made an abatement of 10 per cent. Mr. R. Bellis Jones, Board School, Llanrhaiadr, has received the following letter from the Dean and Chapter, St. Asaph :— August 27th, 1887. Dear Sir,—As you wrote some time ago on behalf of the tithepayers of your parish for an abatement of the tithe due 1st July last. The Dean and Chapter are anxious and willing to make what abatement they can, but as you are probably aware, their income is very limited, and their outgoings are such as have to be met. No part of the Chapter funds are appropriated to their personal use, and they only administer them as trustees. The value of the tithe rent charge being so low at present (487 8s. lOd. for every .4100), the amount due for the current year is insufficient to meet their liabilities, and several of the Cathedral officials have already received notice that it is probable their salaries will have to be reduced. I mention this that you may understand their position; at the same time they hope to be able to make an abatemeet of n per cent., which sum I am authorised to remit at the approaching audit, and I hope the tithepayers will accept it in the same spirit in which it is offered. This n per cent., with t'8 the reduced value of the tithe over the last year, will be more in proportion than the 10 per cent. allowed off the last year. Kindly communicate this to the tithepayers.—Yours truly, ROBERT JAMES SISSON, Chapter Clerk. Mr. 11. Bellis Jones, -board benool, ijianrhaindr M., Uswestry. Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P., in addressing a few days ago, a meeting of the Llanelly Liberal Association, < and in referring to the tithe enquiry, said the Government ought to have instituted a real enquiry by men who knew something of the subject, and who had knowledge of Wales and the Welsh language. (Cheers.) After appointing a com- missioner, a metropolitan police magistrate, who was already in somewhat bad odour in South Wales, and whom he (Mr. Ellis) imagined was a fine, old crusted Tory—(laughter),—they had the results of the enquiry in the facts stated by Mr. Bridge. In effect, Mr. Bridge gave up the whole case, and said the Welsh farmers were justified in their agitation. Mr. Ellis dwelt upon the commissioner's recom- mendation that it was most important that the question of the tithes should be settled by itself, and not mixed up with graver questions" and said that two of those graver questions were Disestab- lishment and Land Reform. (Cheers.) It was those questions the Tories disliked to see involved in that of the tithe but the Welsh people had placed their hand to the plough and they would not turn back. (Cheers.) They wanted to see the first charge upon the land applied to national and secular purposes, and they had grasped the further fact that religious freedom meant national freedom. (Loud cheers.)

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