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Death of the Rev. Isaac Thomas. EX-PRESIDENT OF THE WELSH BAPTIST UNION. The death occurred on Thursday after a short illness of the Rev. Isaac Thomas, Caersalem Newvdd, Land ore, ex-president of the Baptist Union of Wales. Mr. Thomas had not been in robust health of late years, but he prosecuted his work with untiring zeal, and preached regularly up to within three or four weeks ago. The news of his demise will he received with keen regret throughout Wales, and especially in the western portion of the Principality, where he had for many years occupied a prominent position in public life. The Rev. Isaac Thomas, Landore, was one of the ablest preachers of the Welsh Baptist pulpit, and his dignified eloquence and popular delivery created a profound impression upon the minds of thousands of his fellow-countrymen. His ministry extended over 40 years, and proved to be one unbroken chain of unqualified success. He was born at Goginan, near Aberystwyth. His father for nearly 40 years filled the office of a deacon in Jezreel Baptist Church of that place. The influence of his parents was a powerful factor in the formation of their son's character, and at the age of 16 he was bantised. A few vears later he commenced to preach, and was admitted as a student to Pontypool College in 1859. After spending three years there he accepted a cordial invitation to the Welsh Baptist Church at Birken- head, and during his seven years' pastorate there the membership increased so considerably that it became necessary to enlarge the chapel. In March, 1868, he took charge of the well-known church of Blaeu-y-Waun and Gerizim, Pembrokeshire, but preaching three times and travelling many miles every Sunday for nearly four years was too much for his strength, and, much to the regret of his flock, he resigned and accepted an invitation to the pastorate of Cacrsalem Newydd, near Swansea, where lie settled in November, 1871, and where he laboured to the day of his death. His church was enlarged during'his pastorate at a cost of £2,500 and is now one of the largest in South Wales. Mr. Thomas took a deep interest in local affairs, and received the highest honours that the Baptist body could confer upon anyone. In 1882 he preached at the Union meeting at Llandudno, and in 1884 he also preached to the students of Llangollen and Pontypool Colleges in conjunction with the Rev. R. H. Roberts, principal of Regent's Park College, and Dr. Culross, piesident of the Bristol Baptist College. Mr. Thomas during the whole of his ministry was a zealous advocate of temperance, and had been chairman of the Welsh Baptist Temper- ance Society. He was also a member of the Council of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Temperance Association. He was elected presi- dent of the West Glamorgan Baptist Association for 1886, and president of the Baptist Union of Wales in 1897, when he delivered his presidential address at Rhyl.

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