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SWANSEA. TEMPERANCE MEETING.—It affords us much pleasure to in- form the friends of temperance, that we have had a regular stir- ring week for the promotion of this momentous question in Swan- sea and its neighbourhood. Our esteemed friend, and one of the most zealous advocates of teetotalism, Mr. T. Morgan, of Cardiff, happened to pay us a visit merely for the change of air, as many do at this pleasant season of the year. On Tuesday evening, Mr. M. gave a most admirable lecture in Welsh, at Capel Sion, in this town, Mr. D. Phillips in the chair, who, it is only fair to state, has been the means of doing much good in advocating temperance principles during the short timehe has been amongst m. On Wed- nesday evening, a meeting was held at the Trades'-hall, when the Rev. D. Rees, of Llanelly, was voted to the chair. Mr. M. delivered a most amusing and convincing address in English. It was a full meeting, though the weather was unfavourable. On Thursday evening, we met at Siloh chapel, Glandwr the He v. E. Jacob in the chair. Mr. M. lectured in Welsh. Mr. Phillips intended to go through some chemical process to enable the beer drinkers to form some idea of the valuable drink they are so fond of; but after Mr. M.'s able, long, and lucid address, the friends found that the evening had too far gone to have any more, even on temperance. Each of the lectures took nearly two hours in deli- very but our friend's manner was so captivating and his remarks so touching, that the people, generally speaking, instead of leav- ing, were pouring in almost to the very close of the services. Our fnend has more than half promised to pay us another visit. We hope that he will before long. May much good attend his labours. —ONE THAT HEARD HIM EACH EVENING. MEETING OF THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION.—Wednesday, the 9th of August next, is fixed for the eighteenth meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the place of meeting this year will be the town and port of Swansea, famous for its copper smelting furnaces and neighbouring oyster beds. A liberal subscription has been entered into by the people of the town and surrounding country, who look forward with considerable interest to this meeting of savems. Various sections in the Royal Institution, and other buildings, are in course of being fitted up for the occasion, and a large and distinguished company of vi- siters is expected to be present. Preparations are actively in pro- gress for their reception, and the following among others have an- nounced their intention of being present :—The Marquis of North- ampton, presidentoftbe British Association, Earl of Itosse, Bishop of St. David's, Sir Charles Lemon, Sir Thomas Acland, Sir R. H. Inglis, Sir W. Trevelyan, Sir John Lubbock, Sir J. Stephenson, Professor Graham, Professor Christie, Professor Miller, Professor Phillips, Professor Forbes, and Professor Grove Dr. Lindley, Dr. Buckland, Dr. Carpenter, Dr. Pye Smith, Dr. Smethurst, Mr. Airey, the Astronomer Royal, Colonel York, Dr. Sheepshanks, cum multis aliis. It is expected also that the Chevalier Bunsen, M. Guizot, and other distinguished foreigners will be present; but as yet their determination has not been announced. THOMAS MARTIN, THE CONVICTED MURDERER.—Weui> derstandthat a memorial has been presented from Swaiis-la to Sir George Grey, through the hands of J. H. Vivian, Esq. M.P., on behalf of the above criminal. The prayer rests entirely on the grounds of the bad character of the principal witness, Patrick Leary. THOMAS MAUTIN, THE CONVICTED MURDERER.—Considerable exertion is now being made in this town, on behalf of this wretched individual, by gentlemen of considerable standing and influence in the place. It has been our great happiness to sign a memorial to Sir Geo. Grey, for a mitigation of the sen- tence of death, and from the zeal evinced by some of the me- morialists, we have no doubt but that a large and most respect- ably signed petition will be forwarded to the Home Secretary, begging her Majesty to spare the miserable criminal's life. We are enabled to lay before our readers, from authentic sources, the following particulars as to Mal-tin:-Thomas Martin is a native of Cahir, in the county of Tipperary, Ire- land, where his father is now located, having for many years past been in the employ of Messrs. Sarguits, the highly re- spectable and extensive millers of that place. Martin, as well as his father, was for some time in the employ of this firm, and during the whole of that period bore the character of an inoffensive, quiet man. Several parties of influence in his native place have, on this account, taken a warm interest in his fate. We understand that in addition to other testi- monials forwarded to this country, one was received from a gentleman in the commission of the peace in the county of which Martin is a native. Martin is married, and his wife is now in Cardiff. It is now ascertained that the extreme sen- tence of the law will not be carried into effect against Michael Leary, the capital punishment having been commuted to that of transportation for life.