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MAINDEE NEW CHURCH. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE MERLIN AND SILURIAN.] SIR,—As Honorary Secretary to the Committee, I deem it expedient to offer a few remarks on the letter of Mr. R. G. Thomas, appearing in your paper of last week, and I think, to dispassionate minds, it will readily appear that )1r. Thomas's complaints are groundless, and that the course pursued by the committee generally, as well as by Mr. Logan and myself, has been perfectly fair, regular, and straightforward. fair, regular, and straightforward. 1 cannot follow Mr. Thomas in his arguments upon his assumed objections to his designs, and which he has, no doubt, answered to his entire satisfaction but I must take leave altogether to diner from him with regard to the increase of population at Maindee, which will ere long, in my opinion, require something more than a village church. Ihe earnest object of the committee generally, in- cluding Mr. Logan and myself, was to select the best of the designs, and to meet the difficulty arising from the diverse views entertained by Messrs. Rennie and Logan on the one hand, and those expressed at the October meeting on the other-the idea of obtaining the opinion of an eminent ecclesiastical architect forcibly presented itself to my mind, and this I determined to carry out on my own responsibility. Surely it was quite competent for me, if, indeed, not my absolute duty, to obtain the best assistance and advice for the guidance of the com- mittee that I reasonably conld, and with this object, the designs were laid before Mr. Gilbert Scott; and tlie unworthy motive of mere mauceuvre" cannot be imputed to it. The October meeting was adjourned, not, as Mr. Thomas observes, as a mere compliment to Mr. Logan, bat substantially to discuss and settle the selection of plans with that gemleman. At the December meeting, Mr. Scott's letter was rea by me, together with the instructions for his coiiside d ration, and I now append a correct extract from Mr" Scott's letter on the point, which is somewhat diderent from the pseudo quotation contained in Mr. Tnomas' letter "I have examined the two desigus which you have been good enough to for ,vard to me, for the new church at MaiuJee-the one by Air. Thomas, of Newport, and the other by Messrs. Prmhard and Seddon, of L.andaff—and beg to give my opinion in favour of the superior merits of that by Messrs. Piiciiard and Seddon, In point of construction, either would be satisfactory if carried out with a due regard to substantiality of material. As to relative, cost, I do not apprehend any difference worthy of consideration between the two designs that of Messrs. Pilchard and Seddou is a littie the larger in its ground* plan, out its architecture, though in my opinion far preferable, is somewhat simpler." Mr. Thomas had the benefit of the almost unanimous expression in his favour at the former meeting, and yet notwithstanding this, upon a full and fair discussion, Messrs. Prichard and Seudon's plans were adopted bv a large majori y. Mr. Logan met tiie charge of dictation and overbearing influence, which was then made bv one of Mr. Thomas's supporters, most satisfactorily, and which elicited an almost immediate retractation from the gentle- man who made it. Yet this charge Mr. Thomas has thought proper to repeat; and in justice to his pro- fessional character, I recommend him to adopt the course taken by his friend, with as little delay as possible. Doubtless, had Mr. Scott's report, or the result of the last meeting, been otherwise, we should have heard nothing of any irregularities, from Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas may have experienced disappointment- all losing competitors must-but he has received no injustice at the hands of any member of the committee, WHO have, after much deliberation, decided adversely to him. The designs selected are evidently the most appropri- ate, and the committee are justified in their choice by the opinion of the tirst man of the day and, with defe- rence, I submit that this circumstance atfurds a sub- stantial guarantee, as well for the propriety of the pro- ceedings of the committee, as for the wisdom of their c^0ice- 1 am, Sir, your obedient servant THOMAS M. LLEWELLIN. Newport, January 6th, 1859.

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