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LLANDAFF CATHEDRAL, [The following Address was, in substance, prepared by the jftleDeanof Llandaff. a short time before his death. Various circumstances have prevented its earlier publication; but it is hoped that the force of this posthumous appeal will not be weakened by this unavoidable delay.] To the Laity of the Diocese of Llandaff, and to the Public in general. MY LottDS AND GENTLEMKN, A CONSIDERABLE interval has now elapsed since I c\_ appealed to the clergy of this diocese in behalf of an effort to restore some portion, at least, of our ancient Cathedral. In the address then circulated, I dwelt at some length on the cir- cumstances which gave rise to a strong manifestation of public feeling iji favour of the pious undertaking, and quoted some encouftging remarks, which, though delivered at a meeting con- vened fbr another purpose, contained various suggestions and promises of support offered in a spirit of the most cordial liberality. III that address I also mentioned, with sincere gratification, the number of intimations which had been conveyed to me on the subject, and recorded the piogress already made in the res- toration of the Welsh Chapel, anciently called the Lady Chapel. This appeal to the Clergy was lesponded to in the kindest manner by the members of the Chapter, and the Clerical body at large. Thp measure of their sympathy will be estimated by the list of their names and contributions, and a consider ation of the very scanty revenue of the church throughout the diocese. liE who regards the willing mind, and accepts according to the ability rather than the amount, will surely appreciate this labour of love. From the Clergy I turn to the laity of Glamorgan and Mon- mouth in particular, and to the Public geneially, in behalf of our attempt to restore, or at leost to improve, our venerable Cathedral. ) he See of Llandaff is asserted to be-beyond dispute-the oldest, as its revenues are unquestionably the poorest, in the kingdom "Touching the antiquity of this church," says Bishop Godwin, it is reported to have been built in the 2nd century, about the year of Chiist 180. It is certain that Dubri. tius presided here in 436, and that he was instituted metropo- litan in these parts." For more than fourteen centuries of the Christian era has Llandaff existed with various fluctuations of wealth and depression, as an Episcopal See and it may serve to shew how great has been the spoil and waste of her revenues when we state, on the authority of the same Bishop Godwin, that so much riches has been bestowed on Llandaff, that if it enjoyed the tenth part of that which it has been endowed with first and last, it would be one of the wealthiest churches in Christendom whereas," adds the mournful chronicle, it bath now hardly sufficient to repair itself." In the beginning of the 12th century, Urban, the thirtieth Bishop ot this See, had it in his heart to rebuild this church. In 1478, Bishop Marshall became a great benefactor to this Cathedral, in beautifying it by fresco painting, and by an altar piece of free-stone." It is a melancholy task to contrast ita early beauty with its present deformity. Browne Willis. in his prefatory epistle to his Survey of the Cathedral Chutch of Llandaff, writing in the year 1715, des- cribes it as having fallen into a most deplorable decay within the last few years;" and thus touchiDglv expresses his reasons for undertaking his work Wherefore it was that after a sad contemplative test so glorious a structure as this church, honoured by being the ancientest Bishop's See in the Kingdom (as we have evident authority to show) raised, enriched, and beautified by the piety of so many noble founders, should be utterly destroyed that I forthwith," &c., &c. It is to prevent the accomplishment of this anticipated evil, to stay and repair the ravages of time, that I now appeal, with confidence, to pub- lic generosity, toindividual taste, and above all, to national piety. To that natural inquÎly-" What have you done for your- selves ? — How far have you put your shoulders to the burthen ?" we answer—we have done what we could. We have. at oar own capitular cost, placed a new covering of lead over the whole o f the roof of the Cathedral, the aisles, and the chapel. We have raised a new ceiling within we have also, from our own private, as well as from capitular resources, assisted by the clergy and some leading persons of the diocese, effected the complete restoration of the Welsh chapel, in a manner entirely approved by competent judges and men of taste. Our desire now is to carryon the work of improvement in the Cathedral at large. How far this desire may be accomplished must depend upon the extent of our means. Earnestly do we hope that your liberality may enable us to effect a complete res- toration of the beautiful and venerable fabric but, should our funds prove insufficient for the immediate execution of that purpose, we are justified in expecting that enough may be col- lected, not only to execute the extensive improvements now in hand, but to carry forward its gradual restoration upon a settled and uniform plan, and in a style of architecture corresponding with the noble remains of the ancient edifice. What thea remain unfinished may be completed by the piety of those who follow us in the good work. Care being studiously taken to do nothing ourselves which they may wi- h undone but, on the contrary, to leave them an example, which shall at once guide and encou- rage them in prosecuting the same design. That wishes and efforts having such an object in view will be met by the public with a willing heart and a liberal hand, we entertain no doubt. We are far from reflecting upon the want of taste of our predecessors, who, near a century ago, refitted the church for Divine service, after it had lain 30 years in ruins. They did what they could, according to the style of that age- when the "rn, and, more especially, architecture were in this country at the lowest ebb. We are anxious to remedy those defects. We appeal to an age faraore wealthy, and far better taught, to supply us with funds, winch they may be sure will now be applied with equal zeal, bat with infinitely better effect. We call upon the lovers of our reformed chulch to lend a friendly hand to this pious work-to help us when struggling in a good cause—labouring to change a disfigured, but still a venerable, structure, into a form worthy of its solemn and holy purposes, and corresponding with the dignity of a Cathedral Institution. Without such aid, the object is unattainable. We shall still, ndeed, make the attempt; let it not be said that you looked on with indifference, and that, in consequence of that indifference, our attempt has been unsuccessful. WILLIAM BRUCE KNIGHT. Postscript by the Dean of Llandaff.—Nov., 1845. I will not, by any addition" of my own, weaken the force which the above appeal must cany with it, in coming, as it /were, from its author's tomb, who still, however, live* m the hearts and memories of all the members of the diocese, to which it is, in the first place, addressed but still I cannot feel satis- fied that it should go forth. unaccompamed by the declaration, how near to my own heart is the cause thus pleaded by my be- loved and venerated predecessor and what delight it will afford • me to co-operate, by every means in my power, in the exertions which, I am sure, this address will call forth. W. D. CONYBEARE. List of the Subscribers, being Clergy of the Diocese of Llan- «( daff, to the Kestoiation of the Cathedral. t. s. a. 7 Right Rev. Edward Copleston, D. D., Lord Bishop.. 500 0 0 s* \ery Rev. W. D, Conybeare, Dean 100 0 0 Very Rev. W. Bruce Knight, late Dean and Chan- celJor 100 0 0 Very Rev. J, Probyn, late Dean and Archdeacon 50 0 0 T \Venerable Thomas YVilliams, Archdeacon of Llan- \daff 60 0 0 I Venerable William Crawley, Archdeacon of Mon- mouth 50 0 0 Rev. Hugh Wiltiams, Chancellor of the Diocese 10 0 0 Rev. J. M. Traherne, Chancellor of the Cathedral.. 150 0 0 Tbomas Stacey, Precentor 10 0 0 Henry Douglas, late Precentor 100 0 0 Dr. Casberd, Canon 50 0 0 W. Williams, D.D., Canon 50 0 0 VRi Watson, Canon 50 0 q IT. H. Norris. Canon.. 100 0 0 J. Guisf. rd, D.D., Canon 100 0 0 *^Edward Jarms, Canon « 9 Powell. Canon ^0 0 0 v *NR. Priehard, Senior Vicar 2 2 E. P. Thomas, Junior Vicar 5 0 0 H. L. Blosse, Newcastle 10 0 0 W. Bruce, St. Nicholas 10 0 0 G. A. Biederraaio, Flemingstone.•• *> 0 R. Carne. Llanmaes JO 0 0 t" J. C. Campbell, Merthyr e n ° I •' James Coles, Michaelstone-y Vedw 5 0 0 T. Davies, Trevethin *0 0 0 7 J- Davies, Shirenewto* W. Davies, Llanddewy Khydent 0 0 v A. Dene, St Athan 2 2 0 J. Barnard Davies 1 1 0 J. Evans, Llandough 10 0 0 "R. Evans, Margam 6 0 0 —T. Edmondes, Llaoblethian 5 0 0 J. Fdwardes, Gileston 550 i <i Edwardes, Gileston .••••••••••• 5 0 W. Evans, Usk "j 3 0 > ,y,. T. Evans, Goytrey '• J. Fleming, Langwm J J 0 Edward Griffiths, Llanvaches .•••.••••• 110 F. Gardener, late Rector of Llanvetherine 5 5 0 Rev. D. H. Griffith. Cadoxton-juxta-Neath. 550 E. W.Gabb, Llanwenarth 5 0 0 D. Griffiths, Llanilid 1 0 E. Hawkins, Newport 5 0 0 J. Harding, Coity and Coychurch 10 0 0 Daniel Jones, Caerleon 10 0 0 Evan Jenkins, Dowlais 3 3 0 II W. Jones, I'tterstone Wentloog. 4 4 0 n.Jone., Panteague. 500 D.Jones, Wolvesnewton 10 0 R. Knight, Newton 5 0 0 C. R. Knight, St. Bride's Major 6 6 0 H.H. Knigbt, Neath. 1000 E. D. Knight, Tredegar 500 —. W. Llewellin, Llangcinor 110 f. Lewis, Llanvair 5 0 0 W. Price Lewis, junior, late curate of Llan. trisaint 500 T. l,ang.ey. Llandogo 3 3 0 Augustus Morgan, Machen 10 0 0 Morgan, Llantrissent 2 2 0 G. M. Maber, late Rectol- of Merthyr Tydfil 10 O O D. Morgan, Hanearvan. 2 0 0 E. Dempster Miller,Skenfrith 2 3 0 J. Nelson, Peterston 10 0 0 J. C. Prosser, Devauden 1 1 0 W. Powell. Raglan 5 0 0 W. B. C. Powell. Curate of Raglan 1/1 0 imorgan Powell, Coedkernew 200 F. Roberts, St Bride's Minor 3 3 0 "D.Reece.late VicarofAberavon. 3 3 0 Daniel Reece Aberystrv* A.. 3 3 0 G. Roberts. Monmouth. 500 E. S. Stanley, Curate of Raglan 200 I' SIT Charles Salusbury, Llanwern. 10 0 0 George Thomas, Llandaff Courl. 125 0 0 E. Taynton, Ystradowen 500 E,Thomas. Hritonferry. 330 (TV W.Thomas, Kilybebil) 5 5 0 R.-TVTyler, Llantrithyd 10 0 0 G. Traherne, St. Hilary. 10 0 0 W. Watkins, Merthyr Mawr 3 0 0 J. Williams, Mattiern 1000 -f Lewis Williams, Mounton 5 0 0 T. Williams, Trinity, Abergavenny 5 0 0 ■C. A. W illiams, Llangibby 5 0 0 /} n E.J. Williams 10 0 0 U # H. Williams, Roggiot 1 1 0 "*yTrWebbr6ardiff^ 20 0 0 '[$• J- Williams, Curate of Aberdare .••••• 110 H. Warrilow, Lanishen 110 J. Williams, Marcross 10 0 0 2141 17 0 Donations of Clergy not resident in the Diocese. The Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Winchester. 100 0 0 The Chapter of Winchester 50 0 0 The Very Rev. the Dean of St. Asaph 50 0 0 j h" Rev. W. D. Conybeare, (1st donation) Ax. m nster lo 0 0 Tiic Rev. W.J. Copleston, Cromhall 5 0 0 W. Dansey, Donhead, St. Andrews. 2 0 0 Robert Jackson, Worcester 5 0 0 D. Jones, Bishopton 5 0 0 ff Howell W. Lloyd,Vorlas, Denbighshire.. 10 0 Lloy plo. R. Prichard, Newbold 20 0 0 J. C. Robertson, Curate of Boxley 5 0 0 W. Rayer.Tidcomb. 10 10 0 A Friend 5 0 0 268 10 0 Subscription* rMaivad at the National P/ovincitl Bank, Cardiff. fI, 7 k

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