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LLANDOVERY. THE WELSH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION. On Tuesday, the 27th ult., the first public meeting of this institution was held. We abridge the following report of the proceedings from the Carmarthen Journal. The public meeting was held at the National School Room, and was particularly well attended. The proceedings commenced by the Venerable Archdeacon Williams moving that the Right Rev. the Bishop of St. David's take the chair. The Rev. Joshua Hughes seconded the motion, which we need not say was carried by acclamation. His lordship then took the chair, and said,—Ladies and gentle- men, having been requested to take the chair at this meeting, which is one of great interest and importance, you will, I have no doubt, be of opinion it will be a part of my duty to make a few remarks in explanation of the object that has brought us together. We have just been witnessing the first fruits of the Llandovery Institution and although they have been such as not to enable us all to appreciate the treat and estimate the quantity, they will enable us to form a pretty fair judgment as to its quality (cheers). The very excellent warden at the conclusion of the examination to-day, made a few remarks on the disadvantages under which he had laboured; those re- marks were necessary, not for the sake of justice to himself, for on that head none were required, but in justice to the pu- pils themselves, who must have laboured to attain that degree of excellency they had that day exhibited (cheers). The venerable warden informed you that a few months had only elapsed since they first entered the institution, and that some of them, if not all, were absolutely ignorant or uninformed on the subjects on which it was his duty to instruct them. But I must say simply, not with regard to them, but to all that we heard and saw, there was amply sufficient to convince me of the extraordinary exertions that have been made, and that there has been laid the foundation at least, if nothing more, of an excellent and valuable institution (cheers), and I am sure there are none better able to appreciate the value and im- portance of it than those who have been engaged to-day in the examination (cheers). How little could it have been thought that there was an individual so liberal, so generous, and so patriotic, as to lay aside from his own private fortune such a large sum as Mr. Phillips has done for this benevolent and en- lightened purpose; and when that had been done, how little could it have been expected that one of the most accomplished and successful teachers of youth should have been induced to transfer his splendid talents and long experience (loud cheer- ing) from the great, if not the greatest, scholastic institution of the North, where they have been so highly prized and valued—where they have been testified by long experience, and the most splendid success, to this humble and insignificant village of Llandovery. I hope it may not be long before it becomes great and. powerful—I hope the day is not far distant when it will deserve a much prouder appellation; and of this I am sure, if it does, it will be mainly owing to the success of this institution (cheers). And to the pupils I would say, that great as are the advantages they enjoy, they are accompanied by a disadvantage which I hope they will surmount; and they should endeavour to overcome the great disadvantage to which I am alluding by the great opportunity afforded to them, and it is this If they should not succeed with all the encourage- ment they now have, if they do not succeed with the splendid opportunity of receiving their education under such auspices, if they do not succeed in the career in which they will be here- after engaged, they must rest assured that the fault will be on themselves and not only so, but that it will be imputed to them, as everybody will know that no one part or share of it will belong to their respected teacher (cheers) everybody will know that they had had the greatest advantages any younf men ever yet had experienced (cheers). Let me now brieflv call your attention to the object of this meeting it is to decide the very important question, whether all these advantages shall continue and remain settled in this place, or whether they shall be transferred to some other place ? With regard to the locality, I must say I have a strong feeling that it should remain here, and this feeling is partly personal, and partly on account of the office I have the honour to fill. If there is any other place possessed of means of a similar kind, and commands advantages of a similar nature, but cannot point out advantages of a superior nature, in that case there can be no reason for transferring it (cheers). For my own part, I must declare that nothing could give me greater pain, nothing could cause me deeper mortification, nay, I will say, nothing could cause me deeper humiliation than the possibility of this Institution from any cause being carried away and planted elsewhere (cheers). I am sure if there is any kind of attachment to their native country existing in the breasts of the inhabitants of this neighbourhood, they will exert them- selves to prevent such a disgrace and such a calamity (cheers). It would be a calamity and a disgrace, if the Institution by accidental and adventitious circumstances had first been planted here but when you know it was a part of the scheme and the will of the founder that it should be established here, it has stronger claims on your support; and when in the exer- cise of his splendid benevolence he has selected this place him self, what would be thought of us—of the great and powerful in the neighbourhood, if we allowed it to pass from us (cheers). Although I can have no doubt that those connected with Llandovery and the county, will do all in their power to pro- mote the success of this Institution still it must not be forgot- ten that it is an object that intimately concerns the principality of Wales, and it is on that account, and on that account alone, that it has been denominated a Welsh Institution; and not as some people have thought an Institution solely for the encourage- ment of the language and literature of Wales (cheers). The real meaning of that epithet is to point out that the advantages it offers are chiefly for the inhabitants of Wales; and it is to their enlightened and patriotic sentiments (cheers), it is from them that we expect support; it is from them that we expect encouragement, and we do not expect much from other quarters. I need not occupy your time to point out the importance of such an Institution. I have no wish to say a word in dispa- ragement of the existing means of education, as I am little qualified to form an opinion of that in the Northern part of the principality; but without derogating anything from any ex- cellencies they may possess, I may still mention as an incon- trovertible fact, that there never has been, I believe never, at least, if such has been, it has ceased to be, for a long period, any kind of Institution that offered those peculiar advantages that are to be found in. a public school iu England (cheers) and it is only those who know the numerous advantages they possess, and how well they are calculated to form the mind, and, I have no hesitation in saying, to promote the good of the country, and the physical, moral, and intellectual condition of the inhabitants, can estimate the advantages they possess-it is, therefore, an imperative duty to establish such an Institution for Wales (cheers). It is that there might be opened to every youth in Wales a career of honour, virtue, and fame, which the youth of England now enjoy-that they should be able to display those talents which an all-wise Providence has gifted them with- it was for those reasons highly important that they should enjoy the advantage of an education that cannot be affordfed to them by any other institution at present (cheers). The Rev. Joshua Hughes then moved the first resolution. The rev. gentleman then said, he hoped, before the conclusion of that meeting, to prove that the inhabitants of Llandovery could and did appreciate the liberality of that good man (cheers).' A short time before the venerable warden came there, he had heard that Englishmen had said that Wales was fast sinking into a state of barbarism, and that the darkness was such as cpuld be felt, and further, their English friends thought that they would disappear from the face of the earth. If they regarded the moral, the in- tellectual, and the eternal advantage of their country, they must appreciate the advantages which that institution was sure to afford (cheers). He could not but regard with interest that insti- tution, a-s it would do so much good, especially to the Church, and also to that large portion of the p•opulation that dissented from the Church, and lie believed there icas a great portion oftlw population that dissented from the Church lovers of truth, and desirous of doing good. What caused the divisions amongst them but the loss of trulb, which was to be regretted but he believed that the esta- blishment of that institution amongst them was well calculated to remove all difficulties which prevented the union of all classes, and he did not think they could have an individual who would be better able to assist in removing those difficulties than the venerable preceptor of the institution (cheers). John Jones, Esq., Cefn-faes, one of the trustees, seconded the renolution. The resolution was then put to the meeting, and was carried, as were all the others,, with the most perfect unanimity. D. Ll. Harris, Esq., in seconding the 2nd resolution,said that as an inhabitant he would say that he would do everything in his power to effect the great object in view, and he hoped his friends and neighbours would do likewise, and thus show that they appre- ciated the advantages they now had the opportunity, by the mu- nificence of Mr. Phillips, of enjoying (chee t). The Rev. Professor Browne seconded the resolution. He said that the right rev. prelate had alluded to the want of means at present existing in this country, which no doubt was the case; and the Rev. Mr. Hughes had gone further, and stated that the English were of opinion that the Welsh were getting into a state of barbarism. For himself, he must say, he did not think that was the general opinion, nor were they justified in saying so (cheers) but this he must say, that owing to the want of means, there was a very great deficiency in the amount and quality of the education; as far however as he was able to judge, that did not arise from a want of talent in the youth, which on the contrary he believed was very good but it was to be ascribed to the want of public schools. As an Englishman, lie icas as fond of his country as any man could be, but injustice he must say, that the national talent of the youth of Wales, .particularly in the study of languages, was superior to that of- the youth of England (cheers). The Rev. Professor North then rose to propose the third re- solution. The rev. gentleman said that resolution followed naturally those that had preceded it, and which had received the unanimous concurrence of those present. He hoped that all who felt an interest in that great work, would assist to carry into practice the precepts contained in the resolution (cheers). Charles Bishop, Esq., seconded the resolution. The Very Rev. the Dean of St. David's moved the next reso- lution.—He said he rose with mingled feelings of pleasure and regret to move that resolution: he felt pleasure because he considered he was treading in the path of duty, connected as he was with the education of the country as principal of the college of St. David's (cheers). He rose with regret because he would not be able to do justice to the subject (cheers). They had been urged to contribute on account of the want of education, of which there could be no doubt; but he went further, and promised all those who subscribed a certain sum, a handsome reward, and it was, "That every subscriber to the amount of £50 and upwards, shall be entitled to become a trustee for the building of the above institution." Now was not that a handsome and liberal reward (cheers and laughter) ? He therefore .begged to move the following resolution, "That every subscriber to the amount of £ 50 and upwards shall be entitled to become a trustee for the building of the above insti- tution, provided such trustee shall have the same qualification as that required for the trustees appointed under the Deed of Gift." He did not know what that qualification was, but of course it was known to the trustees, some of whom were present. Archdeacon Williams remarked the only qualification was, that they should be members of the Church o f England. Edward Jones, Esq., briefly seconded the resolution. The Venerable Archdeacon Williams then rose, and was re- ceived most enthusiastically. He said lie had been requested by the committee to propose the fifth resolution. After tracing the rise and progress of the institution, the venerable arch- deacon proceeded.—I am one of those characters who have been taught not to look for immediate success if the object be good, if the means are proper, and if the end is to be of human obtaining, depend upon it the longer we are engaged on such a question, the more certain we shall be of gaining abundant success (cheers). Indeed, I would not have despaired if none of you had come forward to assist me, as I feel confident that, with the aid of the pupils, I should have abundant fruits. I have the spot where to place the lever, and I know it would be worked with tremendous power; the boys would move their parents, their parents would move their friends, and thus the circle would go on increasing and increasing. I have pu- pils from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire, Radnorshire, Breconshire, Montgomeryshire, and Glamorgan- shire, and I know they will go forth perfectly ready and per- fectly capable of knowing the benefits they have received, and perfectly willing to acknowledge the same (cheers again and again repeated by the pupils). I cannot help testifying my gratitude to one in particular, and I am sure you will all agree with me in saying that the greatest gratitude is due to our es- timable Bishop (loud cheers), for the great trouble he has taken, and the great zeal he has displayed in support of this institution (cheers). I have sent pupils from me to Cambridge and Oxford, and the names of my pupils of Edinburgh are well known there (cheers). I abstain from being too egotis- tical, but I can only say that my whole heart and soul is in the work (cheers). I hope to be favoured with splendid suc- cess (continued cheering). The only thing I regret, and that is not of so much consequence, owing to the great physical strength that God has endowed me with, is that so many years have passed over me and made my locks hoary; but in bodily strength I am still young and vigorous, and all I hope is that God will spare me so that I may see this institution flourishing, the great blessing of which you have heard to-day in the noble strains of manly eloquence (cheers). John Morgan, Esq., seconded the resolution. The Rev. Morris Williams, M.A., rector of Amlwch, Angle- sea, proposed the last resolution, that the thanks of the meeting be given to the right rev. prelate for his conduct in the chair. With regard to education, there could be no doubt that it was much wanted and the impression had gone abroad, and he thought justly, that they were retrograding, and not advancing in their moral and intellectual condition. And it is not to be wondered at, as they were the natural consequences of their speaking a. different language. It was not the language of science, it was not the language of art, and it was not the lan- guage of civilization, because if it was not the language of science and art, it could not be the language of civilization. The Rev. John Hughes, Penbryn, seconded the resolution. The right rev. prelate having vacated the chair, it was taken by the very rev. the Dean of St. David's, who put the resolu- tion to the meeting; we need not add it was carried with the greatest unanimity and good feeling, and the cheering and clapping of hands continued for some time. The Bishop having risen to respond, the same scene ensued silence having eventually been restored, he said-It would be im- possible but that I should feel deeply gratified by the cordial manner in which you have passed this resolution, although 1 must feel it as a testimony far beyond what I could have deserved; for if I had done everything that I possible could, still I should be but an unprofitable servant. There are one or two points that have arisen in the course of the remarks made this day, and some topics adverted to, on which I feel it incumbent to express my judgment, And the first point to which I would refer is one likely to lead to misapprehension if unexplained and it is with reference to the remarks made respecting the good likely to be done to the Church by this institution. I feel it myself, and will not deny, as a faithful minister of that Church, that it is one of the motives, and perhaps one of the strongest, that excites an in- terest in my heart in behalf of this institution but, on the other hand, I feel it necessary to remind this meeting, and, through this meeting, the public, that there is nothing partial in this institution, -that it is open to all without restriction to any sect or party. I therefore do hope, that it will meet with, not only the support and encouragement of the Church, but of the Dissenting body, who are as free to enter it as any class of the community (cheers). Ic is, nevertheless, quite clear that it will benefit the Church but at the same time others have it in their power to extract from it an equal ammtnt of benefit. It is as much their concern as ours (cheers). I hope, therefore, that nothing that has been said to- day will keep any class or sect of the community from coming forward in its support. It is true that in the deed the trusteeship is restricted to, I do not say how wisely, the members of the Church of England; but that is, with great deference to the very rev. the Dean, not an offence of the very greatest importance. My rev. friend on the right held out an inducement to come forward with subscriptions, and promised you a reward, that those who will con- tribute £50 shall be entitled to become trustees and for my own part I must say, that I feel so strongly the point he has urged, that although I cannot multiply myself into four, yet I must state that fourfold that sum is the proportion in which I propose to con- tribute to this subscription (the right rev. prelate then sat down amidst the most unbounded applause). The subscription list was then handed round, when immediately. one of the gentlemen said that a gentleman from Radnorshire had had his name put down for £100. Loud cheers followed this an- nouncement. We understand that the gentleman alluded to is the Rev. Mr. Rees, Cascob. THE DINNER took place at the Castle Hotel, where about 80 gentlemen sat down to a very excellent repast, served up in the best style. The fol- lowing toasts were given :-The Queen, the Queen Dowager, Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, and rest of the Royal Family; the health of the Founder the Chairman; the Trustees; Arch- deacon Williams, and several others. VVe are glad to find that since the meeting additional subscrip- tions have been received. The total amount now is £ 1,354.