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PUBLIC MEETINGS HELD IN BEHALF…

PRESENTATION" OF A PUBLIC…

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PRESENTATION" OF A PUBLIC TESTIMONIAL TO EDWARD WILLIAMS RICHARD, ESQ., LONDON. On Tuesday, June 20th, 18,18, at the Queen's Square Assembly itooiiis, Theo bal (I's- rozi(l, Holborti,,i public soiree and tea-meeting was given to E. W. Richard, Esq., for the purpose of presenting that gentleman with a testimonial from his friends and fellow- countrymen. The visitors began to arrive as early as four o'clock in the afternoon, and by seven o'clock hundreds of highly re- -speetableand well-dressed people had sat around the tea-tables, which were most efficiently presided over b) the beautiful and kind- hearted daughters of Ciwyllt, TValia. Soon after seven o'clock preparations were made to commence the public meeting, and by this time the large and commodious room was crowded by the most numerous and respectable attendance that was ever seen in the metropolis at a meeting of this kind, convened by the natives of the principality. In the unavoidable absence of W. Bulkeley Hughes, Esq., M. P., through indisposition, the Hev. T. W. Jen- kyn, D. D., president of Coward College, was voted by acclama- tion to the chair. On the right and left of the chairman we observed the honoured guest of the evening, E. W. Richard, Esq., the ltev. Henry Richard, the Rev. David Davies, the Rev. John Davies, Mynydd- bach; Messrs. J. Williams, J. Jones, E. Edwards, E. Williams, T. Edwards, T, Jones, and the various members of the numerous committee. The committee received the following note from W. Bulkeley Hughes, Esq., M. P. Carlton Club, Pall Mall, June 20, 1848. Sir,—I have been for some time a great invalid, and feel my- self anything but equal to exertion. I therefore fear it will be quite out of my power to attend the meeting to-morrow, to present the public testimonial to Mr. E. W. Richard; this I shall much regret, as I could have much desired to have joined in this mark of ap- proval of Mr. Richard's talents and services. "My subscription will be paid to any one at any time when called for. I am, sir, obediently yours, To Mr. Williams. BULKEI,BY HUGHES." The Rev. Dr. Jenkyn, in rising to open the business of the even- ing, said—It affords me very great pleasure to meet so many of my countrymen and countrywomen assembled together, as we are now, to do honour to a distinguished countryman (cheers). My friend, Mr. Richard, appears before us the promoter of Welsh literature and mental improvement in London, and as the advocate of civil and religious liberty (hear). Our honoured guest has devoted a considerable portion of his time to the promotion of an improved literature adapted to the wants of the times, and as you are well aware he is both an eloquent speaker and writer of the Welsh lan- guage, and knows well also how to sinial iaith y Saeson (loud cheers). Mr. Richard appears before us also as the advocate of civil and religious freedom, and I am not sure that we generally appreciate sufficiently the importance of this service to the ad- vancement of our race. The estimable and laborious body of peo- ple to which Mr. Richard belongs (the Welsh Calvinistic Metho- dists) were not formerly so renowned for the liberality of their sentiments towards other sects and denominations, the dicta of certain good men were taken as infallible laws to be acted upon, and followed, and the opinions embodied in these laws were not al- ways the most charitable towards others (a laugh). But, happily, now for several years this truly excellent and very numerous body of Christians are governed and moved by a far more liberal spirit, and our distinguished countryman and guest of this evening may be looked uijon as a'fair expression or embodying of the present state of Welsh Methodism. He is now found in advance of the march of public opinion, and in the march of intellectual and religious liberty ;;and I trust that many of my young countrymen assem- bled he.rethis evening will be encouraged to follow his example, for in him they see a gentleman of discip incd and cultivated iutell,ect Iiiiiiself to the best interests of his countrymen. and who by his .encouragement of literature and mental culture has clone ni(ucl. to keep our young countrymen from the public- house, and other scenes ot immorality, and mere sensual enjoy- ment (loud cheers). The Rev. David Davies (Guildford) moved the first resolution, viz., "That this meeting, constituted chiefly of natives of the principality of Wales, being desirous of testifying their high regard for E. W. Richard, Esq.'s private worth and public charac- ter, and as a mark of respect for his brdliaiit genius and talents, and the great services he has rendered his countrymen, determines to present him on this occasion with this public testimonial, being a Paris time-piece and thermometer, with a purse of gold." Mr. Davies then addressed the meeting in the Welsh language, in a speech relllete ivitli humour and happy, illustrations, eliciting the repeated applause of the meeting; uiid concluded by ii.g that ¡ hating to address the audience again soon, he would not then trespuSs longer upon their tiuic-. j Mr. E. Williams, in rising, said-I have mucltpleasurein se- conding this resolution, for Mr. Ilichard is a gentleman who has largely devoted his time and his property to humane and patriotic purposes. We have, as a committee, received communications from several quarters, bearing testimony to various acts of charity and benevolence, performed by Mr. Richard oa variousocoasioaj. It was only yesterday we received a communication, with a guinea subscription, from a minister ia Wales, whose s-ja Mr. Richard had placed in a respectable school, csiefly by ha owa efforts. I well remember that good man telling me he had never met with such n friend as Mr. Richard. Many other cases might be mentioned of a similar kind, and more than time would allow us to enumerate this eveuing. We cannot Klose these obsarvatious, however, without referring to the Loudon Welsh Christian Society, which was founded by Mr. Richard, and conducted by him With distinguished ability and zeal; and I may add, with great success, for many years. Of course these services were gratuitous all the privilege lie had was that of being the largest ontributor to its lutids. Thus you see, sir, Mr. Richard has fully entitled himself to this token of gratitude and acknowledgment at our hands. But permit me to say, as that noble monarch, George III., said of Lancaster, that it was not in this world he expected his reward a good man has his reward in the next. So it is with Mr. Richard he looks for his reward in another world, though he may well expect it hpre too, for he imitates his great master iu lending his ear to the cry of the poor, and him ti at hath no helper and that passage in Job may be applied to him, I was eyes to tie blind, feet was I to the lame; I was a father to the poor, and the cause t knew not 1 searched out." Mr. Richard's literary labours- are likewise well known and highly appreciated, and ought to be mentioned here. He, in conjunction with his rev. and esteemed brother, gave us a most interesting memoir of his revered father, the Rev. Ebenezer Richard, a man whose labours as a Christian min- ister of extraordinary endowments, have been known and felt throughout the principality, and the effects of whose eloquence, letehed from heaven, will continue to vibrate through succeeding generations, even to the end of time (cheers). The memory of other valiant spirits also have been resuscitated from the sleep of death, by the powerful and eloquent pen of Mr. Richard. Trea- tises also on mental culture and other subjects have appeared in the Traethodydd, and other Welsh periodicals, by him. His energies have likewise been put forth in other channels, for pro- moting mental and moral improvement, and serving evety cause worthy the man and the Christian. In efforts to establish a library, young men's societies in acting as a secretary to the Welsh auxiliary Bible Society for a lengthened period, and that with un- common efficiency ;-in a word, Mr. Richard is on all occasions, and at every time, found to be truly alive to the claims of ins country and his kind, and ever ready to put forth the most per- severing efforts to serve his day and generation (cheers). The resolution having been carried, the Rev. D. Davies was again called upon by the chairman, and read the following ad- dress London, June 20, 1848.-Dear and much-esteeiued friend,Ve, your fellow-countrymen, the friends of your youth, the companions of your age, the admirers of your talents, and your sincere well-wishers through all the varied circumstances of your past life, as well as the chequered scenes of your future career, beg your acceptance of this humble testimonial, not as adequate to your merits, nor commensurate with your usefulness; not so munificent as our wishes, nor co-extensive with your claims of friendship upon us; but it is tendered to you as a token, however simple, of our attachment to you as a miniature, however insignificant of our unfeigned respect towards you; as a mum- meut, however humble, of our estimation of your public and private worth as an expression, however faiut, of our sympathy and esteem for a gentleman, who has long resided amongst us, and whom we have known from his youth up. "We have noticed with admiration the rush of your youthful talents, and have watched with eagerness the increase and expe- rience of maturer years. We recognise in you the friend of your country, the patriot abroad, the descendant of honoured ancestors, and the son of an illustrious father we see in you the mind that influences and leads congregated multitudes, the proclaims of .great truths and principles through the press and otherwise on thousand hills to the uttermost ends of Wales the literary scholar, the skilfu' practitioner, and the humble Christian nothing more re-, mains for us to do at the present moment in presenting to you this, but to breathe out our most fervent solicitations, saying, may ftifi sun of your usefulness never be clouded but by the shadows of natural decrepitude, and the mist of old age may the lustre of vour talents never be obscured till the extinction of your valuable life; may your personal virtues never be hid till shrouded by tiie gloom of the sepulchre, aud your voice in society be never silent till in the luish of your departure and the stillness of the. tomb— To E. W. Richard, Esq." At the conclusion of the reading the address, Mr. T. Williams, one of the highly-respected treasurers, formally presented Mr. Richard with a splendid Paris time-piece and thermometer, and a purse of gold; and Mr. T. Edwards read the inscription engraved on the time-piece, which was as follows —" Presented to Edward Williams Richard, Esq., by his friends and fellow-countrymen, in admiration of his brilliant genius and talents, and in honour of his noble patriotism aud philanthropy." The meeting, at this stage of the proceedings, presented a moat animated appearance, every countenance beamed with joy and ex- citement, while every eye was fixed upon the one object of the meeting's special regarcl and acliiiiratioii The observed of all ob- servers." Air. Richard observed, with entire truth, that such a testimonial had never before been presented to a Welshman by his countrymen in the metropolis and that it was a tribute that any might be proud to reccive, however high his position or distin- guished his abilities. Some of the most anxious amongst the hearers feared for a moment when looking at that countenance, pale from emotion, that their kindness had quite overpowered its object, and that he would be thereby rendered unable to address the audience. But the more observant reader of the human face divine felt as- sured that the man possessing that high, intellectual brow, would not be long silent., however deeply affected might be his feelings for the moment; and he was right". Mr. Richard now, amidst the loud and general applause of the meeting, advanced a step or two forward, and though labouring under the most profound excitement, yet addressed the meeting with entire self-possession, and delivered a most masterly and eloquent address, which occupied a full hour in the delivery, but which, nevertheless, was listened to throughout with eager attention, and amidst the loud and oft-repeated applause of the audience. Nothing short of a full report would do justice to this truly admirable and touching speech, and we shall not therefore attempt to do it injustice by giving an imperfect abstract of it. Wicks, Jisq., in a short but appropriate speech, moved the cordial thallkli of the meeting to the treasurers, secretaries, and the various members of tie committee for the great zeal and indefatigable energy with which they have taken up and prosecuted their labours in connexion" with the Richard testi- monial. 1 he Rev. John Davies, Mynyddbach, seconded the resolution, and d- dressed the meeting in the W elsh language, in a speech full of humour, Md abounding in patriotic sentiments, and was received throughout with ap- plause and loud laughter. The llv. Henry iUchard rose to move that the cordial thanks of this meeting be presented to the Rev. Dr. Jenkyn for his kindness in taking the chair, and his noble conduct in lending the assistance of his great talents to the furtherance of this and every other patriotic object. lie said: It ai- fords me very great pleasure to propose a vote of thanks to our excellent chairman; and 1 aiii sure you must all agree "itii me that the business of the evening has been by him most admiiably conducted (luud hews 1. Dr. Jenkyn has conferred honour upon his country by his profound and extensive studies, and has given hi his own person a direct contradic- tion to those calumniators of our countrymen who unbiushingly aert that Welshmen never excel in any branch of sciencc or knowledge (hear, hear). Dr. Jenkyn is now acknowledged as one of the masters of modern theology, and in a frivolous age has by his able and profound writing's carried the name and lame of English theologians, not only over every portion 01 this land, but throughout the distant states of America, and over all the coat nental countries of Europe (loud applause). And 1 cannot but think it must be a source of no small gratification to my dear brother to see the chair on this occasion occupied by so eminent a countryman as our esteemed chairman (hear, hear). For myself, 1 must confess I have spent a very deiigkifui evening I must say I think my brother ever since he has resided in LondoR has been ever anxious according to his ability to render every service in his power to his countrymen, and it cannot but be gratifying to his feelings to witness so many oi them on this occasion testifying tueir sense of these ser- vices by their presence here, and the beautiful testimonial which he hai just received from their hands (cheers). The longer, however, I live in the world, the more convinced I feel bow little we can depend upon the friend- ship and support of man to encourage us in our labours. I daily feel the n. cessity in all my public engagements of foiling back upon principle. Still, as Dr. Joim-on has observed, the opinion of the meanest man cannot be a mat- ter of indifference to any individual, whatever may be his talents or station. And this is one of those occasions where a in-in may receive with just gratifi- cation a public expression of the. approval of his conClud from his 1I"n¡;t.' and fellow men (hear, hear). And 1 do think this meeting presents a fair specimen of the best portion of the Welsh residents of London (loud cheers). And hereafter should my dear brother have moments of indolence (and Why has not such moments), the sight of this beautiful timepiece will, 1 trust, i e- mind him of his duty. And should he also have moments of despondencv (and who has not such moments), the icmembranc-e of this tribute will tend to cheer and revive his drooping spirits, and assure him that in all his hours he has the sympathy and approbation of many of his couutr met (cheers).. Jlr. Thomas Jones, late of Chepstow, seconded the resolution, and said that it had afforded him great pleasure to be pr< sent on this imere^tii' c oe casion, and he could not but feel that the sight they had this evel. i::g should be a source of great encouragement to those present who were parents and heads of families. I had the privilege of the friendship of the ie\eied father ol our honoured gnest, and his kuid brother, aud on one oc- casion I had the honour of being received as a guest for several days at his hospitable home. At this time these gentlemen were young- boys, but I Car, not forget the great care and anxiety iligpiaved lor their mental and tnoiat education by their excellent and much revel cd father (hear, hear). hix. Lifch- ard every evening made it a rule to have all his children repeat by heaft some small portions of scripture, and I can well remember on the Sabbath lie spent aome time in catechising and instructing them in religious subject And we have now before us ihe happy evidences of the good results that have followed the careful training of that great and good man (loud and VIOL- tinued cheers). The Itev. Henry Richard having put the resolution to the meeting, and having been carried by acclamation, the Hev. Doctor briefly returned thanks, and expressed the great delight he had experienced m being present. The Kev. Dr. in conclusion addressed a few highly appropriate observations to the young men present, urging them not to v aste their time upon the periouical' trash of the age, but apply themselves, and that upon system and lnethixi, to, the study of standard works, the mastery of which would not fail w en- large and improvc their minds. meeting now separated, it being past ten o'clock at night, all pjeeent testifying that never had they attended 3, meeting whose prvcceuiugs tlu:o¡¡g1. out hud been more entirely satisfactory and gratifying.