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DEATH OF MR WILLIAM MORRIS, OF COOMBE, CARMARTHENSHIRE. Weare informed that Mr Wm. Morris, who for some years represented the united boroughs of Carmarthen and Llanelly in Parliament, diefii on Sunday morning at his residence, Coombe, Carmarthenshire. Mr Morris was a Liberal in politics. In the representation of Carmarthen and Llanelly he succeeded Mr David Morris, and retained the seat-until 1858. Feelingthat the late hours involved by his attendance in the House of Commons were under- mining his constitution he, to the great regret of the Liberal party in the boroughs, determined to retire, and at the general election in 1868 he was succeeded by the veteran Lieutenant-Colonel Stepney, who easily defeated Mr Treharne, the Conservative candi- date. Mr Morris entered into the contest with all jus heart, and left nothing undone which could tend, legiti- niately, to secure the triumph of Liberalism in its old stronghold. Aa a Liberal of the soundest character he also took an active part in the formation of a school board in the town. This was perhaps the last public movement in which he joined, for although he continued to manifest a lively interest in those institutions which tended to the moral and social elevation of his old sup- porters, he rarely appeared in public, and his absence from the meetings of the town council and other local assemblies became habitual. Indeed there can. be no doubt that during the last few years of his public life lie suffered a great deal. It is therefore not to be wondered at that he should liave sought, in the retirement of a charming mansion and estate, that relaxation to which, after a hie ot activity, he was fairly entitled. To render that relaxa- tion more complete it was determined, by himself and his brother, Mr T. C. Morris, to give up the banking business which they carried on, and which was accord- ingly disposed of to the National Provincial Banking- Company. After this Mr William Morris practically disappeared from Carmarthen, except at rare intervals when he drove through the town. Unhappily, lie sought .too late that reinvigoration of health which an active life had wasted and spent. He gradually grew worse. For the last few weeks he has lain, except at rare- intervals, in a state of unconscious- ness, and most of his friends had gradually prepared themselves for the .end. Nevertheless, the announce- ment of his death will cause a wide-spread feeling of sorrow throughout the county, and especially in the town of Carmarthen, where his family are honoured. to a degree seldom known, even in the Principality. There is not, it may be said, a charitable institution to wMch he has not liberally subscribed, not a school which he has not supported, not a public movement for the- elevation of the working clashes to which he has not given a helping hand. In the old times the adhesion of Mr William Morris to any scheme, whether for the further- ance of religion, education, or amusement, ensured its success. It may be said that subscription books were as frequently seen on the bank counter as deposit books, and the cause must have been bad indeed if the lady or gentleman went away without a subscription. Sir Morris and his family were not only the leaders of their political party, they stood at the head of society in their district, and could see virtue, and reward it too, amongst those whose religious and political opinions differed from theirs. One mig-ht hear quietly what they did in the way of charity, but it is doubtful if anyone besides themselves knew the extent of their generosity. The good dualities of his family were manifested by the deceased giltleman in a remarkable degree, and, as he was a benefactor to many, so, assuredly, many will grieve at his loss.

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