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Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions.

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MARK OF RESPECT TO THE REV. 1). RHYS STEPHEN. This gentleman, who has for several years past been the minister of the Grosvenor-stieet baptist chapel, heini; about to leave Manchester, a nnmber of his fiiends and fellow-countrymen- determine to testify their regard for him by an invitation to a public tea meeting. Due airanpements having been made, this tribute of uspect was shown to him on Wednesday evening last, v-hen about 300 persons sat down to tea, in the Town Hall, Choilton-uprn-Mfidlocfc. Whi e 'he substantial part of the entertainment was undergoing discussion-and also at sub- sequent intervals—" Giail medd dod mwyn." and olher favourlte Welsh airs, were skilfully played, by one of Cambria's sons, on their national instrument, the harp. The chair was occupied hy Mr. John Francis, surveyor, who, in ie erence 10 the occasion upon which they were assembled, said he was not adapted, either by ability or inclination, to pass high eulogies on individuals but with respect to the Key. MI. Stephen, he was bound to say he considered him to be a niau possessed of a large and liberal mind the works he had produced wt-re sufficient to distinguish him. He "aS deeply attached to his fellow countrymen, and especially to tuose over whom he had exercised his pastoral care but he was at tile utmost iemove from biuotiv, and it had been one of bis characteristics, that he had, inconneciion with his ministry, also endeavoured, in various ways, to promote the welfare and advancement of the community generally. He wa g ad to see so lars;e an audience, and as it was not limited to persons of only one religious denomination, this was another proof of the geneial and high esteem in which Mr. Stephen was heid. That gentleman was about to repair to the great central nurt of intelligence, and lie had no doubt but his merits would be duly appreciated. Mr. Stephen (evidently labouring under deep emotion) then rose, an d addressing the audience as his friends and fellow, countrymen, sat" ne was, like their chairman incapable of eulogy, but in bis <jwn "1 the name of his wife, and in the name of his children, he bugge() thank them deeply—intensely—for the kindness shown to him. With respect to the lecture on ancient Welsh literature and eminent Welshmen, which had been an- nounced he uid not feel disposed to enter on those subjects at muiui length. the reverend gentleman then proceeded to give an account of the literary pioductioos of several ancient Welsh writers, and exhibited a work in three volumes which, he said, contained some poems that were written beloie the Saxons could write their names. One of those poems referied to a battle fought on the const of Westmoreland Christianity, too, lie remarked, existed in Wales before the Saxons knew the name of Christ. Having cautioned the audience against understanding his national U eof the word Saxon" in any disrespectful sense, he made some allusions to ihe very partial and ui just manner in which the late commission of inquiry into the state of education in Wales had been cood lIcted- by three young barristers, whose practice had been to obtain information from tmperfiect and pujudici d sources, and pass by men of great experience who were wi ll acquainted with the Welsh people. iVlr Stephen concluded by assuring his friends, in takmp leave of them, that he should Irrg retain a deep recollection of their kindness. The Rev H. Wuighan, D.D. addressed tha ai dience in an animated soe> ch of considerable duration, in tl.e course of which hs remarked that he had, like Mr. Stephen, fe t it his duty not to cot;fi..e his exertions entirely within Ins onurch, but when tiie c Jounon interest appeared to claim his attention, hehad respon e to it. His own impression was, that if a minister were se ec e the pas'or and guide of a congregation, and were ,e 0 a qualified for such a responsible charge, tie was surt' V 0 e the guide of his own ways whli reference to ie.e. 1 r*y public dutv. lie thought the greal point for am nis er O'chieve was, to learn so to apportion his time, and employ his ofluence, as to promote the largest amount of good to the community. The Kev. w. M'Kerrow expressed the pleasure lie expernace) in m etiiu". his Welsh fiiendj, and of testifying his nspeet for Mr. Ste; hen as a man, a philanthropist, and a Christian. The lit v Mr. EdwHds avowed his concurrence in the high opinions expressed ot Mr. Stephen, who would, in retiring from them, carry with him their best wishes for the future happiness and prosperity 01 himself and family, Thanks were voted to the chaiinmn, and the proceeding t t rminated at haif-past ten o'clock,—Manchester Eiu-minfr,



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