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WELSH RIOTS. To THB DISSENTING MINISTBRS OF THE GOSPEL IN WALES Reverend Geotlemen,-In addressing you all, without dis" crimination of sect or persuasion, I have but one object in view which is to impress upon your minds, at this particular period, the actual necessity of your using that influence which most of you have with your flocks, in order to promote peace, order, and good will amongst them, by inculcating on their rr.inds more strongly than ever, the actual necessity of loyalty to the Queen and obedience to the laws. You must. indeed, gentle- men, be up and doing, for the time has arrived when no man, of the least influence, must be idle or lukewarm. The present aspect of affairs will admit of no supineness or indolence with those who nave anything to lose, or serious duties to the people to P«r?«tn». v v -it must not, and in short cannot, be justly urged by any of you to whom this epistle is more particularly addressed, that your several duties are with things divine, and have nothing to do with matters of a worldly nature, for this reasoning, although a layman, I candidly tell you, will not, at this particular junc- ture, avail you. Your duty is with your flocks, to tend, to save, and protect them, as far as in you lies, from all harm, and from the temptations of the Devil. Bear well in mind, the parable of our blessed Saviour—" What man of you, having an hun- dred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which he hath lost until he And it, and when he hath found it layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing." How many strayers have you lately lost from youi folds. Look to it, I conjure you see how many there are at the present moment, instead of pursuing the right path to peace on earth, and happiness and eternal glory bereaf. ter, have forsaken the track to follow in the ways of riot, drunk- enness, profaneness, and crime 1 How many amongst your several congregations are there, who by their acts of riot and rebellion against the laws, are plunging deeply into the commission of crimes which may entail upon themselves tbe most severe punishment the law can inflict, and on their wives and families the most abject misery and wretchedness. Letit not be said that you, reverend sirs, by whom great good may be effected in stemming the torrent of anarchy, coo- fusion, and perhaps bloodshed, have been sleeping on your posts, and in the hour of need have been found wanting that you, whose persuasive language and eloquence in the native tongue might, if used pointedly, have stayed these things, were found neglectful and disregardful. Suffer, therefore, the truth not only to resound from the pulpit, but look well after those who have strayed from your flocks search them out in the bye- ways and corners, and endeavour to bring them home ere it be too late, and they are lost to you for ever ere the die is cast that may burl them and their families into irremediable ruio and disgrace. It is in vain that the magistracy and gentlemen of influence throughout the Principittityshat) use their best exertion to re- strain the madness and folly of the misled Rebeccaites, as they are termed, if you do not also join with them, and, co-operating Zealously and heartily with every man of influence in your dis- trict, also endeavour to check and curb the insanity of these men. Let us hear, therefore, from the pulpit, who among you are the best and most strenuous advocates for peace, order, so. briety. and obedience to the laws, and let those be most ho- noured whose folds are most attentive to their duty to God, their loyally to their Queen, their submission to the laws, and their peaeeable demeanour nnder present affliotion» and pri- vations. When I address this to you, I am not one of those who can admit for one moment that there are not abuses and evils of which we may have just reason to complain for there is no- thing with which man has to do that is perfect under the sun but to remedy these evils, whether relating to oppressive and encroaching turnpike trusts, local taxation. ruin of trade, want of employment, or other matters, we must not take the law in our own hands for instance, we must not, by congregating in numbers, by disguising ourselves in women's apparel, and pro- ceeding to pull down turnpike houses and toll bars, expect to remedy any abuses that may have arisen in the management of the turnpike trusts. To you, I trust I need not say one word upon the weakness, madness, folly, and futility of such pro- ceedmgs and how any human being can be so devoid of reason and sense as to imagine that to war with old women in posses- sion of turnpike cots, or with houses erected as a refuge for the destitute, aged, poor, and infirm, can effect the object de- aired, is in the present age, which some term enlightened, truly astonishing. ° Can it be possible that there are some men amongst us who are still so ignorant of the law as not to be aware, that it is a transportable offence to pull down and demolish toll houses, and that in doing this they are subjecting themselves to conse- quences the most serious to themselves, their families, relations, and friends 1 How many amongst them have, up to the period Of committing such wicked and absurd atrocities, borne en irre. I proftchable character, and been universally beloved and respected by their families and friends but now, alas, through this one act alone, have become liable to endure misery the most shock- ing for human reflection to dwell upon, banishment from their homes, perhaps for life, outcasts to a penal settlement, there to suffer privations and miseries the most acute, away for ever from their native land, their wives and children, their parents and all they hold most dear on earlh. Verily, ye ministers of the Gospel of our blessed Redeemer, it behoves you to took to these things, for it is your province to condemn evil; endeavour, then, to avert them, and to protect the deluded of your flocks from consequences that they apparently know not of: instantly does it require your most serious consi- deration and utmost exertion; join, therefore, heart and hand, with the magistracy and gentlemen lesiding in your several districts, where these offences against the public peace are com- mitted, and do all in your power to suppress the madness and folly of those men designating themselves Rebeccaites, ere it be too late, and the law overtake the evil doers. Let the person who first assumed the female garb and the effeminate name of Rebecca, reflect upon what he has done al- ready let him pause before he plunges himself and others still further into crime let him peruse the history of England, and he will there find that the most notorious ringleaders of anarchy and revolt, although they might have escaped detection for a time, were at length apprehended, and brought to condign pu- nishment. And shall it be said of the principality of Wales, that part of her Majesty's dominions until recently proverbial for peace, loyalty, order, and security of property shall it be said, that all these things are now by some Welshmen set at naught that old Cambria has degenerated, and become a plague spot upon the map of Great Britain ? God forbid. Let the man- date go forth from amongst you, that these things must no longer be let, moreover, the guilty men be drawn forth from their hiding places, and the misled be induced to forsake the counsels of evil minded and wicked counseHers teach them to rely solely upon the constitution and laws of England for redress of grievances; instruct them to pursue the peaceable and proper course for the alteration or amendment of any law that they may imagine oppresses them instil into their minds the truth that the laws, when properly enforced, will ever be found suf- ficient for their protection direct them to place implicit faith and reliance on the magistracy and their legal advocates, and they will have good reason ultimately to be content and satisfied whereas, by adopting a contrary course, they must expect to endure all the horrors I have depicted. With a firm reliance that you, reverend gentlemen, will not only seriously consider, but firmly act upon what I have herein suggested, I remain, yours most respectfully, LYCURGUS. Swansea, July 4, 1843.

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