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f CLYNNOG. PRESENTATION TO THE KEY. ROBERT WIL- LIAMS, M.A., RECTOR OF LLANVAELOG. 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 Ree- tor of Llauvaelog, ip 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' oflicial connection with the parochial charge. On the motion of Mr. Rees, seconded by Mr. David Jonas, 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. I-le touched very feelingly oil the various branches of a minister's charge, and the important inte- rests affected by the right performance of his functions. He adverted to the earutst and efficient manner iu which the late Vicar, instant in season and out of season, dis- charged these duties, in his public ministry, his pastoral 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 haJ met to pay respect to undoubtedly had. and enume- rated the visible evidences of his great usefulness ill the parish, ill the great work of the restoration of tli, fine and far-famed old Church, and in the erection of the spacious Schoolrooms—»ne 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 justed away, would continue to be instruments oi incalelllahll good, temporally aud spiritually, to the parish. He felt, nn, worthy as he was, that it was a higl. 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 011 the Hono- rary Secretary to present the splendid articles before them, to their late respected Pastor, the lIev, Robert W illiams On this, Mr. Rees placed his hands 011 a magnificent Drawing-room Clock, and silver Inkstand, both very beantiful specimens of artistic workmanship, and ex- pressed the great satisfaction lie felt in presenting them on his own behalf and that of the subscribers generally to the rev. gentleman, begging his acceptance of the same as a memento, however inadequate, of their warm and sincere respect and regard for him personally and professionally. The Rev. Robert Williams then addressed the meet- ing at some length to the following effect—He expressed the great gratification he tel t in meeting so 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 the least edifying must be for one to have to speak for himself, and any little good he may have been instrumental iu effecting in the sphere he may have in God's providence occupied. Whilst thanking them with all his heart for their splen- did present, he could only regret that he was not more deserving of such a mark of thair flattering estimation. Whilst they seemed to have written his many faults and shortcomings in the sand, aud thrown the mantle of charity over tlieiii, they had literally carved the good they were pleased to say he had done amongst them (he would not say with a pen of iron in the rock), but iu rich and silvery engravings. He was, however, too con- scious of many things he had left undone, which in the retrospect of the past must deeply humble him and if he had been an 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 own reward, 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 by seeking to promote the happiness of others we always best se- cure our own. He could with truth say, that 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- conces which crowded on his mind in reviewing his in- tarcourse with them, both as regards domestic sorrows through which he had himself passed, and those he had witnessed in many a home throughout the parish. Many and sad had been the changes in many a circle, 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 themsel ves. 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 upou 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 whoee assistance he could have done nothing effectually. One lesson he had learnt thereby was, that no good work 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 aud com- plete it. It was a source of great satisfaction to him that all that kind of work, often so great a tax on the 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 zeal to what was more especially the work of the ministry. He earnestly entreated their co-operation and prayers on his behalf, that the ends of providing these buildings might be fully answered amongst them by raising and polishing lively stones for the spiritual building. In thankfully accepting this handsome present, he assured them he needed no such memorial of his old friends amongst them, whose kindnesses would never pass away from his memory, and as they were well aware his ties to dear old Clynnog" were of an undying nature, when so many dear members of his family were sleeping their last long sleep, and where he must, ere long, expect to joiu them. Whilst he was spared, he would prize highly their sug- gestive gifta. The Inkstand, ever reminding him that no day should pass without some written line on life's page, and the Timepiece pointing out the inestimable value of Time, and suggesting lessons of deep import as regards the past, present, and future, as well as the great importance of preparing for the eternity to which they were hastening. His heartfelt prayer was, that they might all be enabled so to live that they might ren- der lip their account with joy and not with grief, and again meet, after life's couflicts were over, in eternal happiness. The meeting was further addressed, with much effect, by Mr. Hugh Davies, formerly of the Newborough 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 011 the charge. It was to him a mar- vel how so much money could have been raised by the energy of one individual, to c.rry 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 joiu in the well-deserved tribute, he could not but feel that it was far from being all adequate return for such suc- cessful exertions. He concluded a very interesting address by reciting some impromptu Welsh verses. On the motion of the Rev. H. Williams, a vote of thanks was proposed, seconded by Sir. John Griffith, and carried with acclamation, to the C it tirch wardens (Mr. Richard Edwards, Newborough Arms Hotel, and Mr. Wm. Jones. Henbant Mawr) and Mr. Rees, the Hon. Sec. and Treasurer, for their able and zealous services in carrying out the Testimonial movement and bringing it to so successful an issue. This was suitably acknowledged by Mr. Wm. Jones fMr. Edwards being unavoidably absent) and also by Mr. Rees, who expressed the pleasure he 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 much credit was also duo to Mrs. Edwards for her valuable assistance in the matter. A vote of thanks having been cordially carried for the Chairman, and suitably acknowledged, the interesting meeting was brought to a close by singing a hymn, and the benediction. The Silver Inkstand was provided by Messrs. Lowe & 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 of 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 X2,250, and two spacious School Buildings, which cost more than £ 1,500, were erected during his incumbency and through his sole exertious.—Christmas, 1864 There was also exhibited on the table a beautiful and richly-chased Silver Salver, presented by Hugh Jones, Esq., Wood-street, London, bearing the following in. scription —"Presented by Hu$> Jones, 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 Keetor of Llanbeulan, Anglesey.—Christmas, 186,1." The entire cost of the articles was about XIOO, 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 Churchwardens and Hon. Sec., is in course of prepara- tion, and wiU form a further memento of the, Presen- tation.

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