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I ITORTE WALES CALVINISTIC j METHODISTS ASSOCIATION. I ANTICIPATING THE WELSH CHURCH DISESTABLISHMENT. The quarterly meetings of the North Wales Calvinistic Methodists Association were opened on Wednesday at Pwllheli, under the pre- sidency of Rev. John Roberta, Tai Hen. There was a large number of delegates present. A vote of sympathy was passed with the Rev. W. Dickens Lewis. D.D., Oswestry. â It was reported that the next association would be held at Newtown.-A discussion took place upon the questions that every church should be under pastoral charge that ministers should be more localised in their sphere of labonr, no itinerancy, that the ministers should'devote their whole time to the work 'and receive better pay, and that the system of making appointments for preach- ing before hand to such an extent as it existed at present be discontinued. Remarks were made by the Revs. Thomas Roberts, Bethesda; Griffith Ellis, M.A., Bootle; T. J. Wheldon, B.A., Bangor; J. Williams, Rrynsiencyn Hinton Jones, Shrewsbury, ite. The Rev. John Williams maintained that in some districts there were preachers who were not ministers of any church, neglecting the week.nl* ht services. The Rev. William James, B.A., Manchester; in proposing a vote of thanks to the committee who had charge of tho question, said it would be well for the Calvinistic Methodists and other denominations to prepare themselves for the great change that would in all likelihood take place when the Church in Wales would be dises- tablished, as there were many districts unpro. vided for At the evening sitting the secretary (the Rev. John Owen, Mold) explained the message from the Flintshire Monthly Meeting calling atten- tion to the number and position of its weak churches, a great number being under 60, and owing to the decrease in population and other c^u-es, were suffering from want of supervi- sion, and they asked for some advice ana help in the matter.âAfter some discussion the ques- tion was referred to a committee. I "cntnuiTDD." The Rev. EVAN DAVIES, Trefriw, spoke at s'¡me length on "The national revival in its influence on our country," and dwelt upon the many phases of the question with regard to the moral, social, political, and educational life of the people,and the responsibility devolving upon the leaders of religion in consequence. He main- tained that the revival was not,as some asserted, the work of interfering and self-seeking agita. tora, but bad been brought about by the un. flagging efforts of their forefathers. Religion bad far greater share in its development than some were willing to admit. They should not discard the revival if its object was to elevate the natural life, for it had done a great deal for education. At the aame time they should be able to meet the scientific knowledge which showed a tendency to disparage religion. The speaker felt that they ought to do something in regard to religious instruction, which of late had been more general than it had been in the past. As to politics, the religious leaders should take interest in them in the sense that they ought to possess the right of legislative and administrative powers without doing harm to anyone. There were many over-anxious to cry out Cymru Fydd," but his advice to many of them was Do some work as well" (applause). He regretted the aspersion cast by some mem- bers, if not some of the leaders, that ministers did not do anything for the majority of the people, and he unreservedly would say that they could not look upon any leaders as being true leaders unless they showed respect to the religion of Christ. Toe Rev. Daniel Rowlands, M.A., Bangor; Mr Thomas Lewis, M.P., the Rev. T. Roberts, Bethesda; and others followed. The proceedings were continued on Thursday, the Rev. John Roberts,Tai Hen, the Moderator, presiding. The Rev. Professor Hugh Williams^ M.A. (Bala), read a paper on the "Sacraments," and his remarks as to the mode of baptism created a sensation. He said that Scrip- tural baptism meant immersion, and thlt infant baptism was only a permission. He said that an alnlt, upon being baptised when making an open profession and ,onfession of Christ, was regenerated in baptism. An infant was only half-baptised, and its baptism would not be complete till the child had become an adult and bad made a personal profession of Christ. The Rev.W. Juncs, B.A., Manchester, agreed with must of Professor Williams's statements. The Rev. ROBEET WILLIAMS, M.A., Llan- llechid, was astonished at what had been said, and was quite prepared to hear an offer made to amalgamate the connexion with the Baptiste. The Rev. T. J. WHELDON believed that Pro- fessor Williams had not said anything but what < ould be found in Charles' Dictionary, &c. Yet Mr Wheldon was desirous of having further elucidation of some points. The Rev. THOMAS OWEN, Portmadoc, an ex- Moderator, protested most strongly against the opinions exprebsed by Professor Williams, and would not support any motion to publish the paper. T e Rev. R. H. MOBQAN reported that he had collected end banked t9000 towar, a Baia College. Hisi Daas (India), Miss Kate Williams (Pwil. heli), and Vr. Oswald Williams (Chester), the missionaries who are going out to I-idia shortly, were introduced by the Rev. Josiah Thoraa* the aecretary of the Missionary 3aciety, to the meeting and in the evening they addressed a crowded meeting st Penmount Chapel. Ihe Rev. R. Gray Evans, Wisconsin, and others from America, were latrodnood,andwers most warmly reoeived.

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