NEATH. ON Monday evening, the 16th inst., an inquest was held at the Lamb Inn, Neath, before A. Cuthbertson, Esq., coro- ner, on the body of William Lewis, late a drayman, in the employ of Evan Evans, Esq., brewer, Neath. It appeared that the deceased was riding on the shafts of the dray, drawn by two horses, on Thursday night, and in descending the hill of Alltwen, towards Neath, the horses ran away, and he fell under the wheels. He survived only a few minutes after the accident, and has left a wife and two children. Verdict, Ii Accidental death." Ma. BRUXEL has been at Neath* on a survey of the South Wales and Vale of Neath railwar There are about three thousand tons of permanent iron rails arrived at Neath ready br- laid on the latter line.
PO NTYPOOL. MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—On Tuesday evening last, Mr. Rogers, of the Baptist College, delivered a ycr, able and eloquent lecture on the "Principles and Career of Napoleon Buonaparte." The lecturer was listened to throughout with the greatest attention, and at the close a vote of thanks was unanimously accorded to Mr. Rogers. We understand that the Rev. Mr. Horwood will shortly jpive his last of three lectures on Natural History."
BRIDGEND. In another column our readers will find h delivered at the county meeting last week. We regret our space will not admit of giving a full report of the meeting, or the admirable speech of Mr. Jenkins, the editor of the Swansea Herald. In the «ourse of his speech he said, "All ex- perience. conclusively proved; the more commerce was interfered with by legislative enactments, the worse for its success and the Jess governments interfered with the expansion of trade, the b Hteritwas for the race of men at large (cheera). France had tried the experiment of interfering with. and restricting navigation, and kad found, since 1836, that by degrees it had had a most injurious effect, and operated unfavourably on the increase of the, shipping IIIfthat country. With deference to the Lord-lieutenant, he would ask—was the adoption of free trade principles now a matter of fihoiceP The principles of free trade were beginning to make great progress in other nations, but they naturally said, that if we kept up restrictive Navigation-laws, they would impose still greater restrictions. VVhich would eventually be the greatest losers P A return to protection was impossible. They might as well endeavour to reverse the course of the sun in the heavens. Free trade was nothing more than the application to tegislation ot the progressive tendencies of the age. These could not be resisted. The farmer having been deprived of his protection, as an act of justice was it not right that the shipowner should give up his protection? They could not go back to protection for the farmer, ajid he (Mr. J.) wo ild never be IInadvocate for a partial free trade in agricultural produce, while the shipowner or other branches of commerce were protected. Justice to the farmer demanded that if they could not go back, they must go forward. It was impos- sible for them—for any party to do this they were attempting an impossibility if they tried to do it. All the circumstances of this And other countries were against the restoration of proteci o a. Mr Jenkius concluded by proposing an amendment. Mr. Thomas Lewis, brewer and fanner, Bridgend, said that although the gentleman who had proposed the amendment (Mr. Jenkins) was a perfect stranger to him, yet he had no hesitation: ill seconding it. Mr. Lewis then made an allusion, whit h we did not distinctly understand, to a meeting held some time since at Pyle, in which the course pursued in Parliament by the Lord- tieutenant on the Irish appropriation question had created so much dissatisfaction that the honourable gentleman was obliged to es- cape lest he should be insulted by the parties in attendance. The ether member for the county was not present on that day, but in (Mr. Lewis) thought that, on the question of the Navigation Laws, he had taken a very wise course. He was not formerly a supporter of his lordship, but on this occasion he thought he showed more common sense than the Lord-lieutenant(cheert and laughter). Whenever monopoly was about being done away with they always heard a good deal of talking-a vast deal of prophesying about the ruin that would fall on various interests owing to cheapness. At the time the high duties were taken off. on the importation ol provisions, it was said that bacon imported from America would le ttufficiciitly cheap to be used for greasing wheels, and that the Dinners would be ruined. Had such been the case P Why, since that period, bacon had been as high as a shilling a pound at Bridg- ] end. He remembered that some two years ago the poor of that neighbourhood were paying 16s. the bushel for wheat not one of j the gentlemen present thought, lit to convene a county. meeting (or the purpose of taking into consideration the best means oi alleviating the distressing which the working classes were plunged. Row the shipowners and landed proprietors had joined for the pur- pose of upholding the Navigation Laws. He supposed it was an- effort by a side wind to return back to the principles of protection and monopoly. If so, their efforts would be fruitless. It had ■'been stated by the greatest captain of the age that 1, County meet- ings were county farces;" this county meeting was certainly a HHCP, if they entertained the slightest hope of going back to pro- tection. He defied them to do so. It was surprising to hear iu- telligent men talk in that manner. The Lord-lieutenant was a t'iec trader in the article of sugar; how was he not so in corn .i'k,*w"se ? The Lord-lieutenant had voted for the repeal of the tt,i.i,ar duties. It was said that Lord Arlare was inconsistent, but, in bi- opiiiioii, [he Lord-lieutenant was ten times more inconsist- ent (laughter). The Lord-iieutenant mid that he had not voted for free trade in txtg&r. Mr. Lewis I do not hesitate to say that you voted in favour of frt-P tradt, in, iiizgtir, or rather Hgainst protection. Perhaps I have not got the right term, but you voted against the planters (confu- sion and cries- of "order"). I am in order. As a freeholder of the county I have a right to speak. Mr. Talbot represents me in Parliament, and I have a right to itakc remarks on his vote (con- fq-Mon). M.J. Bruce Pryce here made ioine observation. Mr. Lewis: I thank you, Air. Bruce Pryce, but we have the giveriff in the chKir. He will call ms to order if necessary (laughter). Mr. Bruce Pryce: All I wish to tell you was, that you had botler address the chair, and not the Lord-lieutenant personally. Mr. Lewis: Well, perhaps, I am not perfectly conversant with these regulations. I believe that, in the House of Commons, numbers must not name the House of Lorda, but say something cqie which meant the same thing. The High Sheriff suggested that the proceedings could be better BJMrried on by avoiding personalities. Mr. Lewis proceeded to remsrk thAt Lord Adare had not been Rfftned by gentlemen in their speeches although references had teen Wade to him. He was not present; but M the lord-lietiteiiant was present, he (Mr. Lewis) wished to utter his sentiments. He was their representative, and as one of his constituents he (Mr. Lewis) had a right to remark upon his votes in Parliament. The Lo-pd-lieutenant was not to be seen very ofi-en among them and when they met, he, as one of the freeholders of the county, liked fl. talk a bit to him (cheers and laughter). Mr. Lewis then al- luded to the opinions expressed by the farmers at the grand jury dinner lately held at Cowbridga, which he had been invited to at- tend. Great complaints were made of county and local rates, and the farmers had a right to complain that the magistrates euforced Ifc-eah burdens every quarter sessions. Mr. Goddard The fanners don't complain. Mr. Lewis: You attend this meeting as an agent, and I think it would be much better for you to hold your tongue (much laughter). You don't meet the farmers as I do. Whenever you meet them jm)UjLwpt,,ct them to bring money in their hands, If that is the case, you look upon them with a smiling face, but not otherwise, rie twped the magistrates would take into consideration the, burdens of Itzat Let them consider that every new station-house ttiijy erected added to the taxes of the f irmer. Every new police- appointed increased hit burthens (cheers), Mr. Lewis con- cluded by seconding the amendment. We add alxo the following speech of lir, Booker, to whom, though we agree not with him in politics, w, gladly pay the tri- bute of our sincere esteem and regard. T. )V. Booker, Esq., said he appeared before them as a mill- owner and manufacturer—one of that class through whose noisy clamour, and tor whose assumed benefit, these reckless .changes bed been' made in the institutions of the country, and whicn he bblievted, unless -'checked and resisted, aye, and reversed too, by the st rung practical good sense and reflection of the people ot this Cfiua ry, deliberately and firmly expressed, must lead to disas- trrwix tcsults — to the ruin and destruction of our most valued in- shtutions (cheers). After reading the resolution, Mr. Booker proceeded. He heed not enter into details to point out. how G!a- morganshire was- interested in agriculture and shipping, The produce of her manufacturing industry was not loss tbanfive mil- Lotis annually. The humble individual now addressing them was f ooirp.?lied to,i:id Ei.Oooin hard cash every week fo# his workmen, I ftoti therefureconsidered that he was as deeply interested in the prosperity of manufactures a.3man ol the clamorous gentlemen of the Manchester school (hear, hear). The effects of Lee trade Oil shipping, and consequently on the interasis of this county, had been so ably described by the Lord-lieutenant and Mr. Richard- son, that he need not point out how Glamorganshire, from Cardiff in the east to Swansea in the west, was largely interested in the prosperity of the shipping trade. As it regarded the interests of agriculture, he could not say how the farmer could live with wheat at the top price of 423. a quarter, and beef at 4|d. per pound. Let them look to the mines and manufactories of this district. More than half the furnaces were silent, with the machinery en- tirely stopped. In his opinion the course of legislation pursued had contributed as much to produce such results at home as revo- lutionary designs had in other countries. This legislation had been the means of unsettling everything. It had effectually stopped all expenditure. Mr. Booker then proceeded to argue that this county was more prosperous at periods when agricultural products commanded high prices. He alluded to 1815, when agriculturists were getting 110s. per quarter for wheat, and they had afterwards sufficient pluck and courage to sustain the prices at the time of the wars. He would be happy to see an entire re- vision of taxation. This was much required. They seldom met two parishes or two counties assessed on the same principle. After reading a communication from a ship-owner, who had inva- riably been a consistent supporter of the Whigs, condemnatory of the proposed measures in reference to the Navigation Laws, Mr. Booker asked how could the English shipowner compete with the foreigner, when it had been ascertained from the best data that for every 30s. expended in navigating a ship by the British owner, the Prussian spent only 9s. 4d., the Dane 7s. 7d., and the Nor- wegian 7s., &c. The greatest soldier of his day, who was only surpassed by our own Wellington, had said that our strength lay in our ships, colonies, and commerce. Could he only have sunk our ships, disconnected our colonies, and so dispelled our com- merce, England would soon have become his easy prey. After some additional references to official returns, Mr. Booker said that he had read and listened, and brought to the consideration of this question such an intellect as his Creator had given him he had, moreover, brought to its consideration all the natural bias of his class he had read and listened to the daring assertions and ex- hortations of the great champion of free trade—the man of un- adorned eloquence" (laughter). He had iikewit-e carefully pe- rused the subtle quackery of the other eminent membet1 of the Manchester school, '•friend Bright,"—fa laugh)—and had like- wise read all the subterfuges of Sir Robert Peel, and they entirely tailed to convince him but that their conclusions were entirely de- pisive and fallacious
SWANSEA. THE BISHOP OF EXETER AND THE REV. JAS. SHORE, M.A. The demonstrations recently exhibited in Exeter Hall, London, have produced results of a pleasing character in the provinces. Wales, too, has heard the cry of distress, and las arisen to pronounce her verdict on the conduct of a high and dignitary of the church as by law established; md more especially on that law under which the rev. gen- leman is permitted to exhibit his tender mercies. We have nuch pleasure, too, in recording the names of two clergy nen, who a few days ago, at a public meeting of the Tract Society, held in Swansea, protested in the strongest manner igainst both the Bishop of Exeter and the law of England, vhich enabled an individual of his disposition to exhibit such m unchristian spirit—the Rev. Samuel Phillips, of Gower, orothpr-in-law to Baptist Noel; and the Rev. Mr. Harries, JÍ Kilvey, near Swansea. On Tuesday evening last a public meeting was held at he Town-hall, Swansea, the mayor, M. J. Michael, Esq., in .he chair. We arc indebted to the Swansea Herald for the following re-port of this important meeting :— The chair was taken by the mayor, who, in opening the iroceedings, said that the object of his convening this ueeting was for the purpose of petitioning Parliament in eference to the imprisonment of the Rev. James Shore. It tppeared that, Mr. Shore was a clergyman of the Church of England in the diocese of Exeter. He happened to have liffered with the Bishop of Exeter on Some topics of minor mportance. In consequence of his not falling in with the Bishop's views, he was summoned to the Arches Court, aulct in heavy costs, and by virtue of seme fusty canonical law, brought before Sir Jenner Fust, and was now in Exeter gaol for the costs. It, was a consolation to the lovers of civil and religious liberty in this country that here was only one man on the episcopal bench who, in the present day, would venture to evoke the powers of so lateful a measure (hear, hear). It was, however, consoling :o know that great good must eventually result from this ,i i-eniiistaiiee-t fiat it must lead to the entire abrogation of.1 ill laws which bear against the' peisonal liberty of the, subject; and that inborn right which every man had of worshipping his Creator in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience (cheers). The, mayor concluded by reading the requisition in pursuance of which the meeting had been convened. A note from the Rev. Geo. Aeklom was read, in which the writer stated that he would sign the petition in the event of his finding nothing objectionable in it. Mr. W. II. Michael, in moving the first resolution, de- tailed, in a temperate address, the facts of the case, which ire already known to our readers. After commenting upon the facts of the case, Mr. Michael said that Bishop, taking advantage of some old canonical law, issued a prohibition >rdering Mr. Shore not to preach. The rev. gentlemen, knowing that if his license for preaching in the diocese of Exeter was withdrawn, he could preach in no other diocese, therefore determined upon registering himself as a Dissent- ing minister. The chapel was likewise registered as a Dis- senting chapel. Proeeedings were instituted by the Bishop, because he continued to preach after the injunction. 2\f; Shore appealed from one court to the other, and paid his own costs, but would not pay the Bishop's, and it was on an at- tachment for costs that he was n,ow in Exeter gnol. It was objected that he was not in gaol for preaching the gospel," but for the costs. But how were these costs incurred ? They were incurred in consequence of his refusing to abstain from preaching the gospel (hear, hear, and cheers). Had he con- formed with the desires of the Bishop he would not have been in prison (hear). He (Mr. M.) did not take part in that meeting because he was desirous of interfering with the peculiar doctrines of the Church of England, or of any other church, but on the broad grounds of civil and religious li- berty (cheers). Mr. Michael concluded by proposing the following resolution:— That this meeting has heard with deep regret of the ti" of the Rev. James Shore, M.A., now imprisoned in Exeter gaol, under the operation of a law directly opposed to the exercise of the civil and religious rights of the British subject." Mr. G. G. Francis, in seconding the proposition, said that he felt much pleasure in taking part in the present proceed- ing, for being himself a member of the Church of England, he was of opinion that he had been hardly dealt with and he for one would raise his voice in favour of the abrogation of any law which precluded a man from fully following his own religious convictions, quite irrespective of the qhes ion whether those opinions were in accordance "with his own views (hear and cheers). It was a subject of pride and satisfaction that, in this country persons of various religious opinions could assemble and join in advocating measures tending to their common liberty (cheers). By the progress of enlightened public opinion, and its influence upon the Le- gislature, their laws became by degrees more and more cha- racterised by the principles of civil and religions liberty. Foreigners were not yet initiated into this quiet mode of re- presenting their views to their rulers. He believed that if such a circumstance as the one under consideration had taken place in many foreign countries, it would probably have created a violent agitation. Mr. Francis concluded by seconding the resolution, which, on being submitted by the mayor to the meeting, was unanimously carried. Mr. Jenkins, M.A., the ed itor of t bt, Swansea Ile he had great pleasure in moving the adoption of a petition to both Houses of Parliament for the removal of the oppres sive law, under-which Mr. Shore had been imprisoned, front the statute book. In doing this he (Mr. J.) would wish dis- tine ly to disclaim any desire on his part to interfere wi:h the ecclesiastical regulations of the Church of England or any other religious denomination or sect; But. its a citizen I he had a right to petition the Legislature of his country that ¡ it should not give the aid of the civil arm to carry into effect any regulation inconsistent with the great principle of civil and religious liberty. He stood then as an English citiaeii to demand freedom for the sacred rights of conscience—to demand that liberty of changing of opinions for others, of whatever sect or party, which he claimed for himself. The j law jo which he referred was inconsistent with that right, j so far as regarded clergy men of the Church of England, j While the civil power gave its sauctiou, no clergyman in the Established Church could change his opinions, and act upon that change by preaching, without rendering himself sub- c ject to tines, bonds, and imprisonment. Such was the virtual operation of the law in its present state. It was true that the law was seldom acted upon but then it was on the sta- tute book, and ecclesiastical authoritr had the power of en- fbrcing it. In fact, it subjected one of the highest and most solemn prerogatives of man as a responsible being—that of worshipping the Creator according to the dictates of his con- science, to civil pains-and-penalties at the will of an indi- vidual. Mr. Jenkins then adverted to the history of seces- sions from the Church of England, as exemplified in the cases of Wesley, Whitfield, and others in England and to Jones, of Charles, of Bala, and others amongst that most useful and excellent denomination, the Calvimstic Me- thodists, of Wales. In their case the obnoxious law, it is true, had not been enforced but as long as it remained on the statute book it might be evoked by any bishop under the influence of personal or bigotted feelings for the punishment of any clergyman of the Church for following his conscien- tious scruples. This was not a question of sect or party, but one of the common rights of the human mind. It de- manded the support of all-whether Churchmen or Dissen- ters. Mr. J. concluded by reading the following resolution embodying the petition:— I That the following Petition be presented to the Houses of Lords and Commons:— That your petitioners have heard with deep regret of the case of the Rev. James Shore, M. A., now imprisoned in Exeter gaol, under the operation of a law directly opposed to the exercise of the civil and religious rights of the British subject, and we pray your honourable-House-to pass immediately a bill which shall, by its retrospective clauses, liberate all persons now suffering penalties for the exercise of religious opinion, and prevent the recurrence of such acts of oppression for the future. And your petitioners, &c." Mr. J. M. Bucldand, In seconding the resolution, remarked that his friend had committed one mistake in stating it was impossible''that a clergyman could secede from the Church without subjecting himself to pains and penalties. It was possible in oae instance. A clergyman may change his religio i, a lie becomes a Catholic—(hear)—but cannot change his views, if he remains a Protestant, without subjecting himself to the consequences. In stating this, he meant not to cast the slightest disrespect on the Catholics. On the other hand, if his friend the Rev. Mr. Kavanagh were in the same position, he would as readily join in advocating his cause as he did that of Mr. Shore. bke the previous speaker, he would be far from wishing to interfere with the peculiar ecclesiastical laws of any sect. The members of the Church, of England were at full liberty to form any laws for their own government (cheers). At the same time he deemed it to be an imperative duty on every man to come forward and aid in removing so great a stigma upon the national character as the existence of a law which empowered im- prisonment of a man for changing his views on any subject of religious belief (loud cheers). Mr. Buckland read en- tracts from an address to Mr. Shore, emanating from a pub- lie meeting at Bristol, and likewise extracts from other docu- ments, and concluded by seconding the resolution. Mi. M. Moggridge, before the resolution was put from the chair, begged to express his entire concurrence in the general objects of the meeting. He would not detain them by dwellin"' upon the musty old canons which, in the case un der consideration, had evidently been so overcharged that they must eventually burst in the hands that held them. Mr. M.. wished the meeting not to forget the distinction be- tween the two difficulties in which Mr. Shore was involved —one was being subject to ecclesiastical censure. An ex post facto law would do away with this but then there was the pecuniary part of the business—the costs. No power in the kingdom—-not even the Queen herself -could relieve him h. xecli: in., Z5 from this, excep ing by payment. He, therefore, thought that a subscription for this purpose ought to be included in the arrangements of the meeting. He would advocate a subscription in small sums by many, rather in large by a few (hear, hear). Mr. Michael said he had omitted stating that Mr. Shore had, from conscientious motives, declined receiving many liberal subscriptions for the payment of the Bishop's costs. There however, a fund for the maintenance of his family While he was in prison, to which subscriptions would be thankfidSv received. Even if the costs were paid, he v, ,-iU ie i';>])ii&oiiiil for other costs, and again for contempt 'Of tfcer? (ht ar7'Hear). Mr. x'wm Ua-ies, M.A., president of the Normal Col- ia supporting the resolution, disclaimed being actuated I by anv hostility towards the Bishop of Exeter. He Was a'great friend of his, and' of those who entertained similar views (hear, and laughter). He did more to-disseminate I ',lie prtneiples of Nonconformity than half-a-dozen men who uayiit appear much more active. True, he was not quite so peaceable as a "successor of the Apostle might he ex pected to be—(laughter)—but, at the same time, he be- lieved 11. to be conscientious. His proceedings in Gor- ha i'«t proved ibis. In each case he was right according to the kttpr and the spirit of the laws of the Church. He merdycanicd out those laws as an instrument, and Mr. Shore'happened to he the martyr. There was a precedent for an ex post facto law for the relief of Mr. Shore, for some years since such a law was passed for saving certain arw- tocru'tie.gatnblers from penalties incurred by them. I. The mayor submitted the resolution to the meeting. It was unanimously agreed to. The Rev. T. Dodd next rose to propose thca.doption of The Rev. T. Dodd next rose to propose the adoption of the subjoined letter of sympathy from the meeting to Mr. Shore. He hardly felt that he was in his place in discussing any question of ecclesiastical law, and yet he thought all had a right to say something in reference to the subject, for all contrihuted, by way of payment, towards the s-ipport of the church. The legislature was extremely liberal with the people's money in endowing any religion who chose to apply for it. In India idolatry was avowed, in Scotland Presbyterianism, in parts of Ireland Unitarianism, and in England Episcopacy (hear, hear). He concurred in Mr. Jenkins's observations, that in taking up this case, they did not interfere with the doctrine or discipline of the Cflurch of England, but did so in furtherance of the common prin- ciples of religious liberty (applause). He did not stop to inquire whether Mr. Shore's views were similar to his own, but thought they ought, like the good Samaritan, when ob- serving their brother in trouble, to do their utmost to assist him (cheers). After some further observations, the rev. gentleman proceeded to state that he would advocate the just rights of Mr. Shore as a fellow man, as a Christian minister, and as a personal friend. He had the honour of his personal acquaintance, and a more exemplary man, and self-denying Christian minister was not to be found (hear, and; applause). He had the strongest, reasons for believing that the whole of this persecution was consequent upon the Rev. Mr. Shore's having conscientiously and zealously 1 Sreached against the doctrine of Regeneration by Infant siptisra (cheers). It was well known that the Bishop held this to be a doctrine of the Church. Hence his persecution of Mr. Gorham. It was still an undecided point, although the question had been submitted oa set of lawyers to decide whether this was part of the doctrine of the Church (hear, hear, and laughter). Should it. turn out to be no Mr. Gorham must the Church. Mr. Dodd concluded by proposing the adoption of the following letter Swansea, April 17. Itev. Sir,-—We, the inhabitants of this borough, assembled at a public meeting, convened by the chief magistrate, for the purpose "f petitioning both Houses of Parliament for the immediate pass- ing of the 4 Clergy Relief Bill,' beg to convey to you our warmest sympathies in your present imprisoned condition. We have heard with deep regret, of the circumstances which have led to your imprisonment in the gaol of St. Thomas's, at Kxeter, by which you are not only severed from an endeared family, hut also from a-numerous and devoted congregation and 'we hereby assure you that we shall use our utmost endeavours to obtain the repeal of go intolerant a law, which prevents clergymen from seced- ing from the Church of this realm. As a niinister of the Gospel, wc aeed not remind you that, for conscience sake, some of the most eminent minister* of religion have ^uifercd, not only the loss of liberty, but of life itself; and we trust that the same divine power which supported them, in an eminent degree will sustain you. I A friends ;)fchil and religious freedom, we cannot, howeyer doubt hut your imprisonment will, iu u pre-eminent manner,b;; the means of promoting the glorious eiiuse for which our pious ancestor* rtrdeatiy struggled, patiently endurtd, and aobty bled. We remain, rev. and dear Sir, YtHiFf very faithfully, MICHAKI. ioiix Mayor." Mr. W. Stroud seconded the proposition, expressing his readiness to contribute towards Mr. Shore's fund, "but not for payment of costs, for afterwards "lie might be imprisoned for contempt of court, and that could not begot over, ex cepting by conformity; The canon law was most admi- rably adapted for its original purpose—that of shutting cut inquiry, and coil tilling the minds of the clsrgy within the liturgy and canons. Mr. G. G. F rancis suggested that this letter should be signed by any persons who chose to do so, and not by the. Mayor on behalf of the meeting, as some might object fe portions of the letter. Oil submitting the question to the rest of the audience, they were unanimous'in favour of the tiio-iori as it stood. Mr. G. P. Evans: I beg to move that Mr; Francis should retire to the adjoining room, in order that the resoluticm may be unanimously carried (laughter). The resolution was. put and carried, and a vote of thanks to the Mayor having been passed by acclamation, the meeting separated. TIll; WYCLIFFE DAY AND SUND AT-SCHOOI.S.—James Napier. Eq.. F.C.S., has kindly delivered, in aid of the funds of the above schools, two lectures at the Royal Institution, on' galvanic elec- tricity. On Wednesday, April 12, the subjects were—the nature of electricity—its universality—voltaic battery—quantity and in- temity-conduction-electro-chemical decomposition—theories ot electrolysis --application of galvanism to several uf the arts. '1 he second lecture came off on Wednesday last—subjects, electro magnetism—its application to telegraphs, motive power, medical purposes, &c.—electric ignition applied to lighting and blasting, &c. The attendance, considering that tickets for admission were Is. 6d. each, must be considered good. The lectures were much admired, and received the warm applause of a very fespsctable audience*
ABERYSTWYTH. CAMBRIAN INSTITUTION FOR THE DEAF AX]) DUMB. At a special meeting of the committee of this institution, held at Aberystwyth, on Friday, the 13th inst., the subject-, brought forward for consideration, viz., the establishment of auxiliaries, and the election of a secretary, were atteno#d with no ordinary degree of interest, and created in the minds of all present, during their discussion, mingled feelings of pleasure and regret. Pleasure at the prospect of soon seeing the society in a more advanced state of efficiency, and regre? on account of the honorary secretary, Josiah Berry, 1^ relinquishing his important office, in consequence of his being about to leave tlie town. To show the respect eE'er- tained by the committee towards that gentleman, an un- usually largo attendance of members assembled to meet bint on the occasion of his retirement. George Fossett, Fsq., occupied the chair, and amongst the other gentlemen pre- sent were the Rev. John Hughes, vicar of Llanbadarnfawr, and incumbent of Aberystwyth John Miller, Esq., mavor of Abervstwyth Thomas O. Morgan, Esq. J. P, Fierce Evans, fesq., J. P. Thomas Jones, jun., Esq., J. P.; Joseph Dawnie, Esq., treasurer; Messrs. John Roberts, jun.,Henry Humphreys, Joseph Roberts, Griffith Thomas, the secretary; and the principal. On Mr. Berry tendering his resignation, John Miller, Esq., the mayor, rose, and in very complimentary term* proposed the following resolution :—" That the best thanks of the committee are due, and are hereby presented, to Mr. Berry, for the great zeal and judgment he has displayed as the honorary secretary of this institution, and their dtt p regret that circumstances should require his resignation which was seconded by the Rev. John Hughes, vicar, who, in thanking Mr. Berry for the very efficient and valuable services rendered by him to the society, expressed a hope that every temporal and spiritual good might attend him wherever Providence might hereafter fix his lot. Gecrga Fossett, Esq., the chairman, in putting the resolution to the meeting, could not refrain from expressing an opinion, m which all present he felt sure would readily concur, that the favourable position which the institution had already at- tained was in a great measure to be attributed to the and ability displayed by Mr. Berry in its behalf, oinee fi* had been the secretary and -no one, he addt d, could regret more than he did the loss of his services, and his intended removal from the town. These sentiment!* were received with applause, and the resolution was carried umti.hm Mr. Berry briefly acknowledged the vote of thanks, i.ud is the course of his observations stated that fhougit he Iwd n- linquished his official connexion with the institution^ should nevertheless feel an unabated interest in its success, and it would ever give him pleasure to do what he could to promote its welfare. We ourselves may perhaps he allowed to share in the regret of the committee on the retirement of Mr. Berry, for during his residence at Aberystwyth he has had the good fortune to acquire the respect and esteem of all classes, and we are sure that the good wishes of the toW,) will, in conjunction with those of the worthy vicar, follow hitn wherever he goes. At the earnest request of the committee, the Ilev. Jphu Hughes, vicar, was afterwards prevailed upon to accept th* office of honorary secretary, vacant by Mr. Berrv's resigna- tion, and to which, on the motion of Pierce E aus, J. P., and seconded by John Miller, Iq., the- mayor, ii* was duly elected. r Arrangements were then entered into fur Mr. Charioa Rhind, the principal of the institution, to proceed as a drpn tation from the society in the course of the ensuing month, to the following towns in South Wales, viz., .Newcastkr- Emlyn, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Mil ford, Pembroke, Pem- broke-Dock, Tenby, Narberth, Carmarthen, Llanelly, Siiaii- sea, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Crickhowell, Brecon, Llando- very, Llandilo, and Lampeter. The chief endeavour of tho deputation will be to increase the efficiency uf the iustifutiou by the establishment of AUXILIAUIXS in ail the above pi ice*, at which public meetings will be hohlen. With this view Mr. Rhind wilt explain at those meetings the objects of ilju* society, and point out its claims to the eojisideratioa and support of the Welsh public in general. I he society ha\ ,ng no sectarian ends to promote, the committee earnestly ha; respectfully solicit the cordial co-operation and assi.-i"tfim*»: both of Churchmen and Dissenters iu this moatcxceii.j work. SUICIDE.—On Monday mom isglast, this town WAS TAROVRTI. into a state of great exe'tement by a report that J unes, Stevens, Esq., of rresteign, who was iu a delirious state m mind, had the previous evening, about ten p.m., throvu himself out of one of the bedroom windows ct the Beiio Vac Royal Hotel, and thereby caused instant death, Tho de- ceased gentleman was in the habit of thin;phic« for many years, and was highly vesptcted. r £ he inquest was held at the Belle Vue Royal lintel, before R. Wiiijan^, Esq., M.D., and a highly respectable jury Mr. J. Matthew*, Great Dark Gate-street, was foreman and a verdict was returned that the deceased, who was labouring tmde? deli- rium tremens, killed himself by throwing himself out of Otio of the upper windows of the Belio V u Roynl Ibtcl. ttnd failing on the paving in the area below, and-thereby caused a mortal wouiid on tho head, which produced iusiaiU death.
CAHDIGM. Ox Good Friday, Mr. Richard Hancock, of Brecon College,, was publicly act. apart to the work of the Christian at Hope chapel, Cardigan, The morning service was introduced by the Rev. James Griffiths, Saint David's. The Rev. Simon Evans, Penyj^roes. then delivered a discourse on irroiestant Dissent, which was deep, clear, and convincing. The usual questions were asked by the Rev. Daniel Davies, Cardigan,, and an earnest prayer suitable to the occasion was offered up by the Rev. Henry Grinhha, prudent of Brecon College. The charge to the minister was given by the Rev. Thomas Luke Goodwich in his own evangelical and pathetic style. The Rev. John Davies, Glandwr, concluded by prayer, In the evening the Rev. Samuel Thomas, Newport, introduced the service; the Rev. Evan Lewis, Briaterriah, addressed an ap- propriate nnd impressive charge to the church after which, the ltcv. Henry Griffiths delivered a discourse oa "The De- velopment of Immmuel in li.stoi-y. I It, was a magnificent display of learning and eloquence, and bore the Stamp of the rev. gentleman's comprehensive and vigorous mind. The attendance was large and respectable, and the sinking in the best taste. The services o the day had a thril ing effect on all present, and will no dOM.bt \yJ iong remembered for good, The follow in ministers assisted on the occfu-i —Th") Rev I). Baten.. n, Fishguard Atxducgo Jenkins, Br.niftair; D. Phillips, t a van. There were present also tho V. John Evans, Ileo. on 1.1. Kses, Tress--yddel; R. Thomas, BiJjtist minister, Ruiowyr.