WESLEYAN CONFERENCE AT BIRMINGHAM.|1879-08-02|Pontypool Free Press and Herald of the Hills - Welsh Newspapers Online
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WESLEYAN CONFERENCE AT BIRMINGHAM.

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WESLEYAN CONFERENCE AT BIRMING- HAM. On Thursday morning, (the 24th ult.), a most animated scene occurred, in connection with the visit of the Nonconformist Deputation. The Rev. R. W. Dale presented the address which was signed by 15 Congregationalist ministers, by 11 Baptist ministers, and by 4 Presbyterian min- isters, all of Birmingham. The speeches on the occasion by the Revs. Arthur, Punshon, and Dale, were most elevated in tone, and produced an extraordinary effect. Dr. Punshon, when referring to the relation of the Wesleyans to other denomi- nations, said we are nobody's vassals, nobody's poor relations, but the friends of all who are work- ing for Christ, and for the good of souls." During the year, 36 ministers have died, one of whom had lived to the age of 101. We find in the death roll the name of the Rev. H. Fish, M.A., who was well known in this neighbourhood, from his frequent and welcome visits, especially to Blaenavon. The number of ministers placed on the supernumerary list is 24, among whom we find the name of the Rev. E. Tovey, recently the super- intendent of the Pontypool Circuit. There is a large surplusage ofcandidates for the ministry this year, some of whom will have to work at least two years before they can be received into either of the Colleges. Among the few ministers who have resigned is the Rev. Jackson Wray, the author of several popular fictions. It is said that Mr Wray intends to devote himself entirely to literary work. One young minister who has resigned offered himself for ordination to the Bishop of Rochester, but the Bishop, to his great honour, declined to ordain him, until he had refunded to the Wesleyans the costs of his ministerial training. Since our last issue, there have been a few alterations in the stations, the Rev. R. Sloe, of Bolton, is now down for Blaenavon, and the Rev. W. Russell is removed from Clithero.

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