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....„,... THE WELSH PRESS.


.„ THE WELSH PRESS. [TO THE EDITOli OF TIL f! MERLIN" AND SILURIAN. J Silt, -It is some years since I wrote at length in your paper. I have long been breathing the smoke of London, and scribbling for cockneys in the capacity of an editor. Accidentally a few minutes ago, I clapped my eyes on your number for Dec. 18th, 1858. I soon saw your "Letter Box," and an epistle on the "Welsh Press," written by one who modestly (?) assumes the anony- mous as "Gwrnerth Ergydlim." If he mean that his le,ter is a specimen of a ''keen blow" description, he may find that his cognomen d la bardic is most unmis- takebly applied to the wrong person. He begins by assuming that the press has gained an ascendancy in Wales. Why, any boy in his teens, who knowns anything of Calvinis ic Methodism in Wales- by far the most influential and popular body—would be able to contradict such an assumption. Even the D/ytorfa and the Traethodyfd are not so much as read by a tithe of the Welsh Methodists. Then he refers to some Puritanical era" in Wales, whereas it never had such an era. He confounds the Methodistical with the Puritanical. He says that during that era the pulpit was the only force that formed the sentiments and the character of the Welsh people." leaving out altogether the fact of the effects of Williams of Pantycelyn's poetry, and that of others associated with the pulp:t. He says also that the dicta of the pulpit were final and infallible." Then how came it to pass that at that time it failed to extinguish the dormant Baptists and Inde- pendents, and the almost effete Church of England ? Again, he avers that the Welsh pulpit became "noisy, unlettered, and factious." Why, the Methodists them- selves were a faction and most of the preachers more unlettered than they have been ever since and certainly they were more noisy. What was the lettered distinction of David Cadwalladr, and John Evans y Bala, and a host of others who formed the bulk of Calvinistic Metho- dist preachers during the time of Jones of Llangan, and others, who had been educated for the Church of Eng- land ? And if, as this scribe affirms, the pulpit era has failed in its mission in Wales, because sectarian, so it has failed throughout the whole world and in all history, not excepting the days of the apostles, when one said I am of Paul, another I of Apollos, another I of Cephas &c." Mr. Editor, I have no more time nor patience to analyse the jumble of contradictions and the chaos of confusion found in every line of your correspondent Gwrnerth Ergydlim's" letter. Yours, &c., HEN LAW.

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