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CHURCH PASTORAL AID SOCIETY. [The following was in type last week.] THE Annual and General Meeting of the Cardiff and Llandaff branch of this excellent society was held in the Town Hall, Cardiff, on Tuesday evening. The meeting was, we regret to have to state, very thinly attended. R. O. Jones, Esq., of Fonmon Castle, presided. The Rev. W. Leigh Morgan opened the proceedings by engaging in prayer; after which The Chairman spoke at considerable length, and ex- plained with great clearness and perspicuity the objects of the society, which, he said, had been established ten years, and had been the means of effecting much good. The population in many places had increased to such an extent as to become entirely unmanageable by those appointed by the Church; and their object was to afford assistance to the minister of such places by sending to their aid a person duly appointed and qualified. The Society were always ready to afford assistance to clergymen when- ever required so to do, and they had now 245 grants in operation. The Society's funds were not adequate to meet the constantly increasing demands made upon it for assistance. Last year thirty-five applications for grants could not be attended to, in consequence of the shortness of their funds. He trusted that the public would come for- ward and contribute liberally towards the support of a Society which was eminently calculated to be an instru- ment of effecting lasting benefit. The Rev. R. Frichard, of Llandaff, read the report for the last year. He stated that the Bishop of Llandaff subscribed liberally to the parent society, and also gave the annual sum of ten guineas to the Cardiff and Llandaff branch. His lordship was quite unable to attend the meeting, being detained by business of great importance at Llandaff; but he desired Mr. Prichard to express the high opinion he (the Bishop) had, not only of the object of the meeting, but of the mode adopted by the parent society for carrying out that object. (Hear, hear). The income produced by this branch amounted last year to £ 41 2s., which sum had been forwarded to the parent society, and was duly entered in their Annual Report. The Rev. W. Leigh Morgan, in moving a resolution, which contained an expression of approval of the society's objects and labours, said, that in the Diocese of Llandaff there were employed by this society twelve clergymen, amidst a population amounting to 60,000 souls, for the support of whom the society paid JE900, thereby procuring twenty-five services every Sunday, and fourteen services during week days. In the county of Glamorgan there were four clergymen paid by the society; and in Mon- mouthshire there were eight. To meet the expenses consequent upon these appointments, the society received from Glamorganshire £111 but paid F.290, showing an excess ot payments over subscriptions, as far as Glamor- ganshire was concerned, of £ 179. In Monmouthshire, the society paid in salaries to their clergymen the sum of JE610, but received in subscriptions from the county only £ 246; leaving a deficiency of j6364. It contributed towards the Diocese, £ 900, and received only £357. He did not wish to make it a debtor and creditor account, but merely to put the meeting in possession of the facts, in the tape that larger sums would be contributed this year. 9r. Morgan then enumerated the sums contri- buted by the several towns of this county and Monmouth- shire—namely by Swansea, jE19 Neath, 1;27 Newport, E5 3s; Pontyjool, JMI 7s., &c.; thus showing that in some instances the least important towns contiibuted most, and the nost important very often the least. For example, Newport only contributed the sum of £5 3s., and Swansea ancils neighbourhood, which are almost as populous as Newport, Cardiff, and Neath taken together, only subscribed the paltry sum of £ 19! The Rev. H. VYyndham Jones, of Llougher, the depu- tation from the Pirent Society, was then introduced to the meeting. He said, the society was first called into existence by gentlenen who observed with concern, the state of spiritual destitution in which many of our large cities were plunged. It had proceeded, upon the whole, favourably. There vere added to the population of this country 200,000 sout every year, whilst means of grace were only provided Dr half that number. He was not speaking of the mean of grace provided by the establish- ment alone, but in naking the estimate, took into his consideration all the means of grace provided. What, then, ?ould they say d the other 100,000 souls, but that they vere cast as heahens upon our country! Hence, he wasnot surprised t( see vice so extensively prevail- ing sich ignorance, md such iniquity, which always accompinied ignorance. In Liverpool alone, there were 60,000 buls who neva* entered a place of worship, except U,on the occasien of a marriage, or, perhaps, a funeial. The voice of preachers in the pulpit would never reatj the haunts o' iniouitv. and. therefore, aid to the clergy -as required such aid as would place at their disposal me who might)e employed to enter the dwell- ings of thepeople, and there to minister unto their spiritual watg. The reigious destitution of London and other lark towns was very great. Of one hundred and nineteenouses in London, only four of the occu- piers wene to-i place of religious worship! To visit these houses \d to teach the people, men peculiarly qualified were -equired, and such men the society always endeavoed to select. The advancement of Romanism in th country, whilst, also, vice and igno- rance were advaing in connection with the Church of Rome, called specially for the exertions of the friends of true md undefiled religion. Within the last thirty ^rs the Roman Catholic places of worship had increased from thirty-five to nearly five hundrt During the last six years fifty-four Roman Glolic chapels had been built in England and Wales,esides which, nine monasteries I had been erected, an'nineteen nunneries built, in all twenty-eight religi0Uijj0Uses and fifty-four Catholic chapels built, and upi £ df and opened in the course of the last six years _(Se,tjon-j# Infidelity in the shape of Socialism also existed jje heard that there were 32,000 Socialists at the pent time in the town of Man- chester. One of the Soc^g> objects was to get rid of what they term "the Devil_'rjnity •< namely-they wanted to get rid of Marriage. Priv, property, and the Christian Religion. The society therele was established for the pur- pose of counteracting the etts of ignorance and vice, of checking the advancement °pmanism, and the progress of systemized infidelity in ttorm 0f Socialism. With regard to the society s opelons, Mr. Jones said that during the last nine years 51 lrches had been built, the building of which might clea be traced to the opera- tions of the society, although were not built by the society. Eleven chapels had bought of different bodies of Dissenters, and re-oied by the society's mi- nisters. No less than 36 chur, had been opened, or kept open which otherwise wot ha.ve been closed for want of means to pay the mini Thus there were 98 places of worship kept oper,rough means which were fairly traceable to the Fasto Society, and by which the knowledge of God, circulated amongst circu poor sinners. There were now >9',revmen and 34 lav assistants paid by the society. i%nea concluded by stating the plan of operations adorJ by the socie, ,g ministers with the view of instructi khe. excavators en- gaged on railways, and by making an st Lppeil to the cl t ) e meeting and, through those present, khe Plblic gene- rally for an increased share of support. The meeting was subsequently addted by he Rev. Mr. Frichard and the Rev. Mr. Harrier Liver^ji A vote of thanks to the Chairman foÜs kindr_ss in presiding was moved by the Rev. Mr. Pr'ard, secoded by Mr. Henry Morgan, and carried unaiH)USiyt The collection was then made whilst tlperilons p._ sent were singing a hymn, after which the 3eting sept rated. [Want of space precludes our giving moralan merely the foregoing outline of the proceedings, yich were throughout of the most interesting & instructivi^acter.]





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