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THE NORMAL COLLEGE FOR WALES. TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. "Why SO churlish, my good brother? Men of God should love each other. UR.A,cis. gIK 4S it is evidently inconsistent with your elevated position as the responsible'Editor of a respectable journal to parley with every old "applewomall" tnat may percnance cross your path, and to use your St. f of Office to every cur that mav happen to bark, I cannot forego the conclusion that my letter, which appeared in your columns for last week, is of some little consequence, before it would subject me to such a severe castigation from yourself. I am too well ac- Z, quainted with your great talents and advantageous position to hone for the last word in a discussion carried on in your StaL, tat I ta pwmi.ttd to offer a few words bv way of explanation in reference to the uncharitabieness, false statements, sophistry, and the mischievous tendency with which you are pleased to charge my very inoffensive letter. n i As to my want of charity, it being a very disagreeable task to vaunt our own charity, I shall dismiss this accusation by merely observing, that if to call things by their proper name in this plain-spoken age is a certain indication of its absence, then the editor of the Banner,thceditor of the iyon- cnnformist, and the editor of the PRINCIPALITY, are among tie most deficient in this amiable virtue; and they wno live j,, «-lass-houses should not be the first to cast stones, unless they think it a good policy to follow^the advice of the girl who said to her mother, when quarrelling with another fe- male Mother, mother, call her a ——, or else she wall lie sure to call you so." As to the false statement of which I am accused, viz., that the resolution of 1847 was passed in oooosition to the opinion of two-thirds of the subscribers, I W t> state that I received that statement through the co- lumns of the PRINCIPALITY, and that upon the authority of one of the secretaries to the Normal College (who is also president of one of our Dissenting colleges), of whose com- petent knowledge and veracity no one that knows him can entertain a reasonable doubt; that that gentleman is capa- ble of prevarication I can no more believe than that a great number of the Welsh ministers are guilty of sacrificing truth for the paltry sum of £ 2 per annum. But I must forbear, lest such matters should come to the ears of the Commis- sioners and induce them to institute another inquiry which may enable them to make out a case not very much to our credit, not from the testimony of prejudiced clergymen, but from our own reckless assertions unci uncharitable insinua- tiotr As to my false assumption, that Dissenters were too poor to support the Normal College, I merely stated that my t experience would not allow me to believe that they -mid contribute the required sum. You affirm that they -d if they were to abstain from the use of tobacco and i oxic'itin^drinks: but are you sure they will do so ? Will your PAST experience allow you to believe they will, as soon as the Normal College is opened P Are you prepared to suspend its suou^rt on the contingent and distant prospect of the disap- pearance of tobacco "clouds" and intoxicating "vapours; and should thev agree to abstain to-morrow are you sure that they feel it their duty to appropriate the who e or any part of their savins for the support of the Normal College ? If tne promoters of the Normal College have no other source to depend upon but this, they would do well to pause, though I do not advise them to do so, as there are other means at command. Your ifs" remind me of the fellow who ap- pe^ed at'tte" hymeneal altar for the fifth time, and who ex- 'aimed when the clergymen required the female to promise tÄl. honour and obey," Ay, ay, Sir, you may talk about it: but I be bothered if they'll ever do it." \s to my entertaining any mischievous design in address- tilg my letterto the honourable member for Swansea, it is s-arcely necessary 'hat 1 should protest my own innocence of any other design than<hat which I have- openly avowed. It may however, be proper to state that I addressed that gen- tleman that I may not be obliged to cany on a lengthened eautroversvon the general sub e* of education for whica I hid neither leisure nor incliuauon. I had freely conversed v i of «i,c oa the subject of „1}- letter to which they turned a deaf e, r, and I thought it my duty to b in- the subject before the public, aud I knew of no litter way than bv addressing a letter to some individual, aud I am perfectly satisfied that my selectio > of the hon. member for Swansea for the purpose cannot fail to secure the approbation of such as are acquainted with his private and public character. I feel persuaded that he is one of the last t) make use of any "sinister mems," and to require the caution which you have been pieased to bestow. But all VO'LL lave this has nothing to do with my design, which is simply to if possible, the parties concerned in iiannng the constitution of'the society from adopting any exclusive and final measure, while public opinion is as yet in the process of formation in. reference to the important subject oi religious ■and secular education. Since the first public meeting at Llandovery, when the llev. Mr, Rees, Llanelly* and myself (as far as I am aware of ) stood alone in, our advocacy of secular-education and St ite aid. it is evident that publio opinion has been greatly modified, and is now taking rapid strides towards tae| adop- :1 tion of that principle. This appears to me to be impued in vour admission, that %e denominations are divided on the "abstract question on State aid to local schools. But your Nourish of words" about being united with respect tJtlV Normal College I an not prepared to admit as altogether' sound. Many, beside myself, are beginning to inquire, Why must religion be taugut taere i Where is the necessity, and how is it practicable witnout violating th. avowed'constitution of the union? lo give religious educa- tion to the students.of the formal College apneais less neces- sary than in the day-schools established tor the education of poor children, many of whose parents may t>c-ignorant of the first principles of religion while the students, who are supposed to be-members of Christian churches, must have anauircd such religious knowledge us was necessary to qua- tii' th■'■ m for their admission into those churcnes previous to Vlir entering the' college and as to the possibility of com-, lie r eiatei additional knowledge without interfering with in- ac the conviction of some of the parties, allow me once more « to draw on the gi, it p >vs BT of my imagination, and to eurr, ose one of my o^n -c t pccupynig the chair, and about to teaeh religion to h^ P V' fS an ax om that to t ac'i i l g^n .effectively,he mu,t supply hi- pvpils with relig'ous motives for their actions He is about to draw.-one fifora the amazing love of God in setting frith hi 4 Son to be thepi-opihation for our sins, and rom the I cendi solution of that Son, in taking upon him human nature, fo- t' e purpose of-redeeming an apostate world. No sooner i,4 this announced than the IJnitaviau pupil protests against 'I such interference with his previous convictions, so he must at once relinquish the atonement, and with it most, of his peculiar doctrines. He makes another attempt to impress on the minds of his pupils their individual responsibility in matters of religion but they must not give their assent to any creed before they fully understand it, and that no su- perior must be permitted to dictate what any church, or any individual member of any church, shall believe and practise in religion. Here again he comes in contact, with the Epis- copalian student, who maintains that in consequence of the vows made in his behalf at the baptismal font he is bound to receive as orthodox the creed of his church, which was compiled by persons wiser and more conversant with scrip- tures than himself. He makes one effort more to exhibit repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, as pre-requisitcs to Christian ordinances and that faith, baptism, and the Lord's Supper are to follow each other ac- cording to apostolic precedent. Here he is interrupted by a host of Pedobaptists, who cry him down as a bigot who seeks to establish his sectarian views. Here also he must (if he will be at the expense of keeping a conscience) relin- quish the hopeless task of teaching religion in a manner that shall be acceptable to all parties. Should he be told that he ought to have confined himself to such general principles as all are. agreed in, as a man of sense his reply would be, « They know these already, and the frequent repetition of what they know can answer no good purpose, and may produce disgust and contempt, and ultimately lead to a species of infidclity. What- in such a case would be the alternative but to allow religion to be taught from the pulpit, and to allow secular instruction to be given from the desk, and all the difficulties of the case will vanish as a morning cloud. As I make no pretensions to any new discoveries which have not already been made by many ministers and laymen who can use their pen at their pleasure, of which privilege I am deprived, am not disposed to pass through the ordeal to which you invite me, for the sake of setting the public right on this matter. Only give the people time, with the means of information winch they now possess, or of which they may easily avail them- selves, and I am confident they will ultimately arrive at a rio-ht conclusion, and pronounce such a decision as shall be in accordance with the facts of the case. I am, Sir, your's respectfully, DANIEL DAVIES. Swansea, August 29, 1848. 0 [So thoroughly convinced are we of the harmless charac- ter of this document that we have inserted it at great in- convenience to ourselves, and the suppression of two leading articles.—-ED.]