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A LETTER TO MR. BATTY, THE SHOWMAN. SIR,-The papers that were showered, like flakes of falling snow, ou this town and neighbourhood excited a good deal Z, of expectation, but when bag and baggage arrived, the greatest disappointment was experienced. If the handbills, placards, &c., meant uoise—that we can easily spare—we readily admit that your arrival was out-and-out noisy so much so that it made us think of the mountain in labour," and "out crept a mouse," a very insignificant one indeed. If vehicles were intended, we are highly favoured with a mul- tiplicity of them also; if horses, these we have too very nu- merous and if pictures and likenesses of lioBS or any other of the rational or irrational tribes were thought, we have snfIicient of them as well,, and to spare; The poor spectators stared and gazed, looked, and looked again and agdin, and looked so very minutely at last, so that, they could see no- thing!' As for the tumbling, jumping, and part of the conaern, we have nothing to say to it, only it might be an amusement for children. 0 Sir, we thought that you were a gentleman from London but instead of that, judging from your conduct, we under- stand that we were greatly mistaken yon are a far foreigner, not from any part of Christendom. But from what country are the small,smaller, smallest elephants natives of? Sir, you lost one capital step (Napoleon understood human nature better than you). On your landing in the British island, or before indeed, you should have studied what were the favourite topics of its dwellers, then along with this fore- knowledge,, having little sense-in your head, you might cal- culate at once, "Why, it won't do for Ine to do so and so, .&c." Now, sir, should if happen- that you should come to see us again at any time (but we would tenderly advise you not to come till the Welsh, nation sends for you), we will gra- tuitously favour you with a very good sort of guide. There is in our country an old book; in the negative,, not the Al- coran of tl), ?* Mohammedans—not- the Sinister of the Brahmins —not the Mormon of Joe Smith-noy yet the Magna Charta; but in the affirmative, the Bible. A noble book it is too; it is not very large in size it is a small volume-; you could easily get a tidy pocket volume (by the way, v/e would not care a morsel to, present you with a handsome one, upon the. condition, mind you,, that vou make the best use of it). What, we mean by making the best use of it is this first of all take it in yourhand, then open. it, and then read it. Should you not be sufficiently acquainted, with the language, very likely you will find in your tours some one in a nation that "sinks fast into barbarism," ready to render you an assist- ance. Sir, be very careful to keep the book aright in your hand (please to excuse us that we are thus making ourselves so very bold with you we do this upon two considerations, first, because you have never been privileged with the book before, judging from your conduct; we do again, secondly, creatures that are called Commissioners have been down from Eng- land lately, and ever since then, you see, there has been such a blustering and buzzing bother about reading,, writing, books, &c., amongst us); now holding the book properly, you will find on the left hand side, the beginning,—the name of the first book in this bookis Genesis,-—next to that again you will find another that is called Exodus; turn the leaves gently till you come to the twentieth chapter; then open your eyes upon the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th verses; and in the 8th verse you will find the words, Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day." We used to call this commandment the fourth commandment." They are ten in all; you had better read all the chapter; it will do you good. There is a mention made, as you see, of a Sabbath in what you have read; the meaning of the word is "rest." It occurs every seventh day it was at first instituted in commemoration of the creation so in this sense it was observed for upwards of 4,000 years, but near 2,000 years since, a circumstance took place of much more importance than the creation our Savi- our, the Lord Jesus Christ, came down from heaven, and gave himself for an atonement for our sins after finishing his arduous labour he rose again from (he dead, and changed this day from the seventh to the eighth but lest you should mistake, it is every seventh day that it is kept now. Sir, 1 beg to state that being ignorant of the right under- standing of this particular has done you a deal of harm; be- sides, had the beings that we have already alluded to seen you, it would have been ere now in the Blue Books, and, of course, it (this immorality) would be thrown upon the back of the innocent Welsh nation. Sir, we could not imagine what the noise was that greeted, our ears so very uncourteously the day after your animal display here. Now please to take notice, this is the day that we speak about-it was the Lord's day. Some thought that it was an earthquake others that the place was about to be visited with a tremendous storm of thunder and lightning; and others again conjectured that it was a fair day; but all were mistaken; what was there but a Eat-ty and his flock clanging and clattering their wings. Oh, yes! Now I remember, it is said that bats in some dark caves, when on the move, are exceedingly prone to make the same kind of noise. Sir, you greatly harrowed the religious feeling of the town and locality. Certainly it should be deeply impressed on your mind that you should ask the pardon of both God and men. Had you a right to do what you did ? Is it every tenth uav you keep the Sabbath, like the innocent tender- hearted Robespierre ? Or, what is most probable, you never keep it—then you are a vara avis in terris. It is said that your long string of whirling luggage terri- fied the pious people of Cardiganshire so much that they were at a loss to know what it could be. Some would have it to be that the French had landed; others thought that the bottomless pit was disclosed, and that his infernal majesty had paid a, Sabbath-breaking visit to the country. Sir, J am going to conclude, leaving yon the transgressor, in an awful manner, of the Lords day, and under the veto of the everlasting Jehovah. I am, for the Welsh nation; .your's respectfully, Narberth, July 5th, 1848. T. J. WILLIAMS, Myddfai.


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