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FLORENTINE HISTORY.

AN INTERESTING LETTER. --

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- RHYL PETTY SESSIONS.

TUB TITHE MOB NEAR RHYL.

DIOCESE UF ST. ASAPH.

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DIOCESE UF ST. ASAPH. PREFERMENTS. THE NEW RECTOR OF BALA.âA clergyman very well known in Rhyl, and who has at various times officiated here, the Rev. Dan. Edwards, Vicar of Nortbop, and previously of Cefn, St. Asaph, has consented, at the request of his Ordi- nary, to become Rector of Llanycil and Bala. It will be remembered that the rev. gentleman's re- moval to Northop took place not many months ago, upon the resignation of the Ven. Archdeacon Smart, its Vicar. This latter living is considered a desirable one to minister in, and Mr Edwards in responding to his Bishop's call incurs a con siderable monetary sacrifice by exchanging it for Bala The latter is a town in the parish of Llan- ycil, Merionethshire, which contains about 2,500 inhabitants. The present rector of Bala, the Rev. ttobert Jones, who succeeded the Rev. D. Evans, now of Abergele, in 1876, is about to remove to Llysfaen. The old mother church is situate at Llanycil, whilst there is another church at Bala, Christ Church, erected in 1855. In 1873, during the administration of the Rev. D. Evans, excellent National Schools, which had been erected at a cost of £1800, were opened in the town, and there is also a Grammar School there. Bala was for many years the shrine of Calvinistic Methodism, a denomination still strong in the place. Its training college for ministers is there situated, whilst the Independent connexion has a similar institution founded there. The new rector is a man of exceptional power and ability, and we trust that he may enjoy robust health to do good work in this important sphere. THE NEW VICAB OF CAEBFALLWCH. â Last week we recorded the presentation of several valu- able articles to the late vicar of this district (which is also known as that of Rhosesmor) the Rev. J. Howland Thomas, and to his family. This week we have the pleasure to announce that the vacant living has been filled by the appointment of the Rev. Clement Todd Davies, senior curate of Rhyl, whose promotion has given great delight to his numerous friends in Rhyl and [elsewhere. The rev. gentleman has acted as one of the.curates of this parish for the past eight years, and was pre- viously for a short period master cf the Bala Grammar School referred to above. Many of the Rhyl parishioners testified to their appreciation of his services, a couple of years ago, by presenting the rev. gentleman with a substantial testimonial on the occasion of his marriage. His new sphere of labour is an upland district cut out of the parish of Northop, the nett value of the living being nearly 2200. There is also a large vicarage house, erected by the late vicar, and a well-con- ducted National School. The parish is a bilingual one, the population being chiefly composed of the working class. There is a good church feeling pervading, and frequently the inhabitants attend their church in such numbers as to fill it, the accommodation being for 250, and the popu- lation of the district 830. It is somewhat singu- lar that its three vicars have been drawn from the parish of Rhyl; the first being the Rev. T. E. Jones (now of Llangeruiew), appointed in 1873; and the second, the Rev. J. Rowland Thomas, appointed seven years ago. Previous to its ac- ceptance by the Rev. Clement Davies, the living had been offered to several other clergy, who declined it, among them being the Rev. E. Owen, Efenechtyd, Rev. T. Prichard, Llanelidan, and the Rev. T. Lloyd, St. Asaph. The Rev. J. Jenkins, curate of Caerfallwch, has been promoted to the living of Hirnant, valued at A:250, and he is the first curate who has received promotion at the hand of the present Bishop.

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