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A FUND FOR AGED MINISTERS. A QUESTION WHICH MUST BE ANSWERED, WHAT will become of aged and infirm ministers ? The wri- ter addressed the above question to Dissenters in the principa- lity some years ago, and from that time to the present he has not ceased in some measure to agitate the subject in print, bv private letters, and in conversation with friends. Now his heart is cheered by witnessing some good effect produced. It may appear too soon to exult in joyful congratulations, as the plans for a ministerial aid society are not finally matured. Yet surely the feeling created on the behalf of those friends who have worn themselves out in the work of our blessed Lord seem to warrant the conclusion that now it amounts almost to a certainty that a society is about being formed to provide for the wants of those who are no longer able to meet their own claims. And be it never forgotten that the churches stand as much in need of such a society as the aged pastors do them- selves. The principles on which it is intended to establish the society will appear in some of the Welsh periodicals for August. Should it be deemed desirable, a translation may appear in the PRINCIPALITY (a paper circulating in large numbers through the length and breadth of Gwalia, and worthy of a place on the table of every Dissenter). Questions have been put to the writer respecting the extent of the proposed society. Is it to be open to all Dissenting ministers in Wales ? or is it to be con- fined within the precincts of one denomination? As it re- gards his own feelings, he would say, for all! But universal' co-operation, though most devoutly to be wished, is not a hea- ven to be realised while sojourning in the imperfect and tran- sitory state of mortals. The writer has always lifted his feeble voice against the see. tarian feeling manifested amongst the different sections of "the" one church of God, and more especially against that nonde- script that occasions unkind sentiments and untoward conduct indulged in by parties towards each other in the same denomi- nation But taking all things into consideration he would say that the best way is for all to work denominationally. lie would fling away the idea of selfishness-the littleness of bi- gotry and of sectarianism, and embrace all in one universal brotherhood. At the same time he must confess himself though not a sectarian, to be a denominational man, believing I t5 that a man of no denomination is no man at all. He hopes divine Providence will grant him life long enough to see a mi- nisterial aid society founded by every denomination of Chris- tians. The Wesleyans have long ago given a pattern to the world by making provisions to meet the wants of their aged minis- ters. The writer happens to know some of those veteran sol- diers of the cross who, after thirty or forty years' hard labour are now in the full enjoyment cf means to support them above the frowns of a haughty and unstable world and though their heads are silvered o'er with age and their backs bent with tie weight of years, yet they appear to be living personifications of contentment and happiness. They are a burden to no nco- ple, therefore they are useful. Tney are not dependent, there- fore they are respected. When they are wanted they preach, and when they are allowed they will sit down to enjoy the sexmons of their juniors. The young respect them, love them, seek their counsel, and enjoy their society. Our active and zealous friends the Calvinist Methodists in Wales have also commenced a similar work. They have an "Aged Ministers' Fund," but on too limited a scale. The sums in their report are too small for the wealthy donors, and for the receivers. Success to them to advance, and may others copy good exam. pies! The Independents and Baptists tock their rise in Wales about the same time ages before those noble souls Whitfield and Wesley were born, and yet the followers of these men are destined to give denominational lectures in econonrcs to those who existed denominationally in the world long before them May Baptists and Independents be found sufficii n ly tractable to lend a listening ear and a feeling heart to the instructions imparted. And though the present times are turbulent, though kingdoms are shaken to their foundations, though thrones arc tottering and monarchs are fleeing, yet let Zion rejoice, her foundations are sure, her bulwarks cannot be stormed down, her walls cannot be scaled. May she be able to support all her useful institutions, and especially may she have one for the support of those aged watchmen who have stood on her walls during the colds and the storms of night as well as the heat and the trials of the day. Cnmo BACH,