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I CLYNNOG. I PRESENTATION TO THE KEY. ROBERT wfL" LIAMS, M.A., RECTOR OF LLANVAKLOG. On Tuesday evening, the 14th instant, a very interest- ing meeting was held in the National Schoolroom of this parish for the purpose of publicly presenting to the Rev. Robert Williams, M.A., the former Vicar, and now Rec- tor of Llanvaelog, in Anglesey, a Testimonial from the parishioners and other friends, as a token of personal esteem and respect, and a mark of their high appre- ciation of his professional services during more than six- teen years' official connection with the parochial charge. On the motion of Mr. Rees, seconded by Mr. David Jones, the Rev. William Jones, Curate of Upper Clyn- nog, was voted to the chair (the newly-appointed Vicar not having come into residence), and in a forcible address he reviewed the labours and exertions of Mr. Williams in the parish. He touched very feelingly on the various branches of a minister's charge, and the important inte- rests atfected by the right performance of his functions. He adverted to the earnest and efficient manner in which the late Vicar, instant- in season and out of season, dis- charged these duties, in his public ministry, his pwtoral visits from house to house, and the friendly counsels he ever gave to all his parishioners. He dwelt on the many claims on their gratitude the reverend gentleman they had met to pay respect to undoubtedly had, and enume- rated the visible evidences of his great usefulness in the parish, in the great work of the restoration of the fine and far-famed old Church, and in the erection of the spacious Schoolroonkl-one in the lower, and the other in the upper district of the parish. These institutions, as he observed, would be standing proofs of their former Vicar's deep interest and devotedness to the welfare of his charge, and, when generations had passed away, would continue to be inetrumeuts of incalculable good, temporally and spiritually,, to the parish. He felt, un- wortby as he was, that it was a high honour to occupy the chair at the meeting, and wished these proceedings had been presided over by one of greater pretensions than himself, as he could not do justice to the occasion. It was his pleasing duty, however, to call on the Hono- rary Secretary to present the splendid articles before them, to their late respected Pastor, the Rev. Robert Williams On thisj. Mr. Rees placed hie- hands QI1 a magnificent Drawing-room Clock, and Silver Inkstand, both very beantiful specimens of artistic; workmanship, and ex- pressed thegreat satisfaction he BMtiti, presenting them on his own, behalf and that of the subscribers generally to the rev. gentleman, begging hie acceptance of the same as a memento, however inadequate,, of their warm and sincere respect and regard foe him, personally and professionally. The Rev. Rbtiert Williams then sddbessed the meet- ing at some length to the following effect-He expressed the great gratification he felt in meeting: go. many kind friends, and in, accepting at their hands so pleasing and substantial a proof of their good opinion and friendship. His feelings were-necessarily of a very mixed character, as of all topics the-least desirable and ttie least edifying must be for one to'have to speak for himself,, and any little good he may have been instrumental in effecting in the sphere he may have in God's providence occupied. Whilst thanking therm with all his heart fur: their splen- did preeent, he could- only regret that he was not more deserving of such a reuik of their nattenng; estimation. Whilst they seemed tohave written his manydaulwand shortcomings in the saud, and thrown thd- mantle of charity oier them, they had literally carved, the good they were pleased to sap he had done amongst them (he would not-say with a pew of iron in the rock);, but in rich and silvery engravings. He was, however,. too con- scious of many things he bad left undone, which, in the retrospect of the past must deeply humble biini;.ai*l if he had beeii,aii instrument, whilst with them,, of doing any real good; all the glory should be ascribed to Him who giveth the increase. Works such as he had been privileged to. be engaged in are always their o-wa rewmd, for in the ministry of the Word and pastoral visitations it had been graciously provided, that those who-watered should thereby be watered themselves, and bjr seeking to promote the happiness of' others we always best se- cure our own.. He could with truth say, tliats it had been his constant endeavour, whilst amongst them, to carry consolation, to every house of mourning, and the bed of sickness,,and many were the affecting reminis- cences which orowded on his mind in reviewing his in. tercourse withithem, both as regards domestic asprows through which) he had himselffpassed, and those- he had witnessed in many a home thrcmghout the parish. Many and sad had beemthe changes' in many a circife, and whilst thinking-of so many who- had passed away.- from their scene, it became them all to give renewed diligence to do their allotted work whilst it. was day, before the evening shadows closed around'themselves. As regards the restoration of their fine old' Church, and the commo- dious Schoolrooms now provided for them, whilst the difficulties had often pressed much upon him in connec- tion with them, he had thankfully to record his obliga- tions for much encouraging co-operation on their part, and the landowners, without whose assistance he could have done nothing effectually. One lesson he had learnt thereby was, that-no good worl-connected with Church and educational progress need ever be regarded as hope- less in this favoured country, for if set about with, any ordinary degree of energy, there-will never be wanting sufficient sympathy and support to carry it out and'oom- plete it. It was,"ource of great satisfaction to him that all that kind of work, often so great a tax on; tie time and energies of a clergyman, and hampering him much in more spiritual duties, was completed in this parish, and that his worthy successor in the charge would be at liberty to devote his earnestness and aseal to what was more-especially the work of the ministry. He earnestly entreated their co-operation and prayers o» his behalf, that the-ands of providing. these buildings might be fully answered amongst them .by raising and polishing lively stones forthe spiritual building. In that?MuJIy accepting this handsome present, he assured thera.lie? needed no such. memorial of his old friends amengst them, whose kindnesses would never pass away from; his memory, and as they were wellaware his ties to "dear old Clynnog" were of an undying nature, when so many dear members-of his family were sleeping their laat.long sleep, and where he must, ere-long, expect to join, them. Whilst he was spared, he would prize highly their sug- gestive gifts. The Inkstand, ever reminding hiiu, that no day should pass without some written line on. life's page, and the Timepiece pointing out the inestimable value of Time, and suggestmgdessons qf deep import as regards the-past, present, and future, as well as the-great importance-of preparing for the eternity to which they were has toning. His heartfelt prayer was, that they might all be enabled so to live that they might ren- der ap their account with. joy and not with grief, and again meet, after life's conflicts were over, in, eternal happiness. The meeting was furthec-addressed, with much effect, by Mr. Hugh Davies, formerly of the Nawborough Arms Hotel, who dwelt at some length and force on the happy contrast the state of the Church, inside-and out, now exhibited, as compared with what it was. when Mr. Williams entered on the-oharge. It was to him a mar- vel how so much money could have been raised by the energy of one individual; to enrry out so much in a pa- rish where there were no. resident gentry; and though he was happy in being, privileged to be there, to join in the well-deserved tribllw, he could not but feel that it wasifar from being act. adequate return for such sue- coodulekertions. He concluded a very interesting address by, reciting some impromptu Welsh verses. On the motion of tho Rev. R. WillianM, a vote of thanks was proposed,, seconded by Mr. John Griffith, Mid carried with acclamation, to the Chnrehwardens (Mr. Richard Edwards, Xowborongh Arms Hotel, and Mr. Wm. Jones, Henbsuit Mawr) and Mr. Rees, the Hon. Sec. and Treasurer;, for their able and zealous services in carrying out the Testimonial movemect and bringing it to so successful aj- issue. This was suit-tbty acknowledged by Mr. Wm. Jones IMr. Edwards being unavoidably absent) and also by Mr. Rees, who expressed the pleasure b,¡r felt in rendering his services, which he would have been still more glad to have seen crowned with more success. He said it was only just to add, that mueii credit was also due to Mrs. Edwards for her valuable u-wistatice in the matter. A vote of thanks having been cordially carried for the Chairman* and suitably acknowledged, the interestiug meeting was brought to a eloae- by singing a hymn,, and the benediction. The Silver Inkstand was provided by inlesirs. Lpwe & Sons, Chester; and the Timepiece by Mr. Benson, Ludgate Hill, bearing the following inscription, neatly engraved on a silver plate Presented, together with a Silver Inkstand, to the Rev. Robert Williams, M.A., by some of the inhabitants, and proprietors ot the parish of Clynnog, in the county of Carnarvon, with other friends, as a token of respect and regard, and in testimony of their sense of his valuable and efficient services as Vicar of the parish for upwards of 16 years. The fine old Church was restored at an outlay of £ 2,250, and two spacious School Buildings, which cost more than £1,600, were erected during his incumbency and through his sole exertious.-Chliattu,ts, 1864. There was also exhibited on tho table a beautiful and richly-chased Silver Salver, presented by Hugh Jones, Esq., Wood-street, London, bearing the following in- scription -"Pi-esetite(I by Hugh Joues, Esq., ex-Sheriff of London and Middlesex, and a native of Clynnog, Car- narvonshire, to the Rev. Robert Williams, M.A., for 16 years Vicar of Clynnog, and now Hector of Llaubeulan, Anglesey.âChristmas, 1864. The entire cost of the articles was about ze I oo, and, as expressed by one and all, the Testimonial was but an inadequate recognition of the valuable services rendered by the rev. gentleman to the parish. It should be added that a list of the subscribers, with an address on vellum, and in a gilt frame, signed by the Churohwardens and Hon. Sac., is in course of prepara- tion, and will form a further meujeuto of the Presen- tation.

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