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To the Editor of the Monmouthshire…

To the Editor of the Monmouthshire…



CHAPEL AND CHURCH. To tile Editor of CM Monmouthshire Merlin. Sirt,—A short time ago, your journal contained an account of a thief at Risca, who went straightway from chapel to commit his depredationx. The reverend magistrate, before whom the culprit was brought, thought proper to embrace the opportunity, in his offi- cial capacity as a magistrate, to stigmatize the chapels, and those that "groan" in them, as he was pleased to style the devotional.exercise of those who attend chapels, and are willing to give their assent by saying, "Amen," or otherwise, without being paid tor so doing. It is unfortunately but too true, that unprincipled hypocrites are sometimes to be found in the garb of religion, in churches, chapels, kirks, synagogues, &c. and are, notwithstanding their outward semblance of dovotion, without religion at heart, and void of the mora! character inculcated in the bible. 1 here is scarcely a religions congregation, 01 any section of the ChnsHan community, free from these nuisances, and such was ihe ca probably, ever since the little flock of old, had its Judas. Had the rev. gentleman censu-ed hypocrites Sen ther they be attendants of churches, chapels, kir ? religious edifices, ins rebuke would have met the pi lecture been bj« <>»; £ was there of mentioning frequenters of chape L- 5.RPN,|I,, of churches? And what reason had be to m allusion to the mode of worship in chapels which, by the by, may be proved to be fully as rational, and scriptural, it not moie so, than that of putting two persons to answer each other. We should emphatically ask this reverend censurer of disser.ters, whether the place or form of worship adopted in the chapel where this person was, had anything to do with his thieving propensity ? If not, what occasion was there for the gratuitous and ungenerous insinuations of this clerical magistrate, towards those who differed from him in religious belief; and even of taking advantage of his office as a magistrate to cast invective on dissent? All the parties are entire strangels to me, but when public functionaries evince such palpable bigotry, and that being reported faithfully in the journal; they must consider themselves open to the animadversionsof the public. They must be greatly mistaken, if they will take for granted, that the dissenters will not vindicate their principles, as long as the freedom (If the press renders them so much facility for so doing. Should the above rev. gentleman be desirous of having a com- parative vew of the statistics of criminals in Wales from among chapel and church attendants, in proportion to their num- ber; I would readily and gladly render every assistance in my power, to satisfy him aDd I have no fear of the result being prejudicial to dissenters. I could enumeiate cases of crime perpetrated by church at- tendants during the last two years, 10 a considerable extent; but the invidiousne5s of such a course would be equally objection- able with the conduct of the above gentleman. The following report, taken from the Carnarvon Herald, of Ihe 23td ult., of an event which occurred at Rhyl, in North Wales, about a fortnight ago, will have a tendency to revive one's spirits, and serve as a specimen of the piety of some, not only of the attendants, but the leaders, not of a dissenting chapel. The introduction cf it here, may be excusable, for it may serve, in some measure, as an amusing antidote to the above. RI;YL.—A Sea-side Frolic, or Batch of Established Church- men Turned dippers. — A somewhat laughable circumstance oc- curred here on Saturday evening last. A party of young clergymen arrived in the morning to enjoy the benefit of the sea breeze and after partaking pretty ft eel y of the good things of this life, it was proposed to take a drive upon the beach, and mine host was ordered to ballast the carnage with a quantum suff. of brandv, soda water, and cigars. With a full cargo they proceeded on their drive, amusing themselves amazingly on their passage by shooting the promenaders with the corks from the soda water bottles. At length it was suggested by one of the paity, that a wash in the salt water, as the tide was turning would be an excellent thing for the feet of the young carriage hoises. No sooner proposed than acceded to, and the coachman was ordered at once to proceed into the ocean. The order was obeyed, and .he horses for a time proceeded very quietly but, suddenly, the carriage wheels sunk up to the axles, probably borne down by the extraordinary weight of theological knowledge the carriage costained. All the efforts of coachman end horses to extricate the carriage were without avail, and the latter possibly not liking their bath, began to plunge fearfullv. and at Ifength walked ofT with tbe pole of the carriage only. This was not much annoyance to the black coated gentlemen, as they thought the tide was turning, and the carriage would be soon high and dry consequently, the brandy, soda water, and cigars, were called into requisition to wile away the time. In the midst of their mirth at the odd circumstance that had happened, they were struck with astonishment by shcuts from the shore, and at finding themselves floating iuthe out to sea. The-tide, certainly was turning; but it was to their no small surprise re- f urninjt. Napoleon's cry was the immediate order ofthe moment, each one precipitating himself into the water just in time to be able to walk on shore up to the neck amid the loud laughter of the spectators on shore." WILLIAM ROBERTS. Blaenau Gwent.



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