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THE LATE DISESTABLISHMENT "MEETING AT LLANCARFAN. STOE REV. J. MATTHEWS, OF SWANSEA, REPLIES TO MR. LEWIS DAVIES. To the Editor of the" BARRY DOCK NEWS." SIR, —Somebody has been good enough to send me â. copy (If your paper containing a letter from a Mr Lewis Davies, of Mountain Ash. My reply must be brief, as I have only a few minutes before I leave town. The glaring mis-representations COfitained in the letter must have astonished the good people of Llancarfan who attended the meet- ing, and had they been the only readers of your paper there would be no need of my writing one word. The letter is another proof of the folly of holding a public meeting on a great question without inviting the representatives of the press to attend. I expressed regrret at the meeting- that I saw no reporter present. There was a splendid audience at Llancarfan, anj^ the hearing given me was all that could be desired during the delivery of a speech of an hour and a half's duration. There were two young fellows, however, strangers to the place—importa- tions from Mountain Ash-who shouted and yelled throughout. The chairman appealed to them to give a respectful hearing, promising that at the close of the address they would have an opportu- nity of putting questions to the speaker, but all in vain they only laughed at him and continued noisy. The chairman asked the policeman present to prevent the senseless interruption, but he reaped Until there is a breach of the peace I caitnot. interfere." The chairman then requested the young fellows, for shame's sake, to behave themselves. They would not, however. At the close of the address an opportunity was given for questioning. The two young men referred to stepped up on the platform. Not a question was asked on the address delivered, but a long list of irrelevant questions, having no bearing on the great question at -issue, as may be seen from the specimens given in the letter in your paper. Such as they were, however, I got up to reply. I had not crone far when the young fellows screamed, whooped, clapped their hands, and stamped their feet in such a man- ner that one hardly knew whether it was a good thing, or otherwise, that Jjlancarfan was so far from Bridgend. A group of youngsters at the end of the voom joined them. Seeing that the opposition did their utmost to prevent, answers being given to all the questions, the chairman called upon a gentleman to propose me a vote of thanks, which was duly seconded, and carried Withdeaf ening applause. One of the two young fellows who thus disgraced themselves at the meeting is the writer of the letter in question— Mr Lewis Davies, of Mountain Ash. One of the speakers described him as a would-be curate, who, seeing that promotion in the Church is now secured by fighting against Disestablishment, is making a bold bid in that direction. Your readers will see from the samples of questions given in his letter, not only that they have no bearing on the question at issue, but that they are such that anybody who has mastered the alphabet of Disestablishment could easily answer. The question which he considered all important, and which I would have been glad to answer if the noisy opposition would have allowed me, as I have answered it many times before, was the following The date when, and the Act by which, the Church of England was established." The late Professor Freeman, the great Church historian, who recently passed away, has given a complete reply to this question, and here it is The history of the Church of Enerland is the history of the House of Commons, of trial by jury, or of any similar great institution it is the creation of law, not any par- ticular one, but law written and unwritten." I agree with Professor Freeman. Every act of Parliament passed to strengthen the ecclesiasti- cal power, and give power to the Church of England, has been an act of establishment, and every Act taking back this power and giving it to the nation has been an act of disestablishment. The Church has been established not by one, but by hundreds of Acts, but ere long one Act will disestablish it completely. If this Mr Lewis Davies," from Mountain Ash, is of opinion that the Church of England is not established any more than the Free Church, then why does he trouble his poor head to oppose a change which cannot be brought about ? If the Church is not established, then it cannot be disestablished. Sensible people know that the Church of England is established here as it was in Ireland up to 1869, but a law was passed that, on and after the 1st day of January, 1871, the union created by Act of Parliament between the Churches of England and Ireland shall be dissolved, and the said Church of Ireland shall cease to be established by law." The disestablished Irish Church is now on the same footing, as regards the State, as the Free Churches. How absurd, therefore, the con- tention that the Free Churches are as much established ab the State Church. Apologising, Mr Editor, for thus troubling you, and promising to take no further notice, and render no further help in the promotion of office- seekers.—I am, yours, &c., Swansea. JOHN MATTHEWS.

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