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PUBLIC SPIRIT. TO TliE RDITOIZ OF THE MY DA3. Sin,—In the PRINCIPALITY last week I had the pleasure of reading a letter from ail Old Student respecting Pontypcol College. I look upon the proposal as one that is likely to meet general approbation, and one that will prove beneficial to the institution. If I could be within a reasonable distance I certainly should he very happy to make one of the party. But there tray be a few objections made to the pro- posal L-, us obviate anything of that nature in the onset. Some may look upon it as a wee bit of exelasiveness for old students .done to meet together, therefore I would propose an amendment. Let the meeting be open for all the friends of the acsvdemy. Some may say that to have a public breakfast would be a useless expenditure of money many cannot afford to spend money uselessly. True therefore let those that will manage the business see that a poor brother is not oppressed with <:> a useless burden. A plain, homely, frugal meal may be had at a I cl cheap rate. It pains me to witness the exclusiveness, the ban- quettings, and the expenditure of parties at some meetings amongst our friends the other side of the Severn. Let us im- port all that is good amongst them, and it would do them no barm if they were to receive some of our exports. The want of time to attend to these things is certainly to be considered. I wish we could have more time in all our public meetings to transact all business. I am not one of those that would do away with a good deal of our public preaching for -the sake of having time for business. Ko, no, let us keep up the public spirit for preaching the Gospel. It is this that can interest a multitude of sinners. Associations have done good Service in Wales; let us not yield to the spirit of innovation, but keep up our good old customs. If any one wishes to see that starving thing, an association without mach preaching, let him go to England to witness it for once, and then he will return exclaiming, "Hail, happy Wales!" We must have ime for both business and preaching. May all that is good keep our associations from dwindling down into small commit- tees for business Now, Mr. Editor, as I am cm the track of public things, permit me to drop a word to your dear self and to the Noncon- formists of Wales. I am anxious to see the PRINCIPALITY well supported and circulated through the length and breadth of U walia. It is not at once that a paper can be established, nor is it an easy task to suit the varied and multitudinous tastes efn large circle of readers. Some will complain that you are you cannot escape this, but if you will hold the scale with a firm hand, a stern mind, and with a blind-like justice to the interests of all, you will be able to smile at all com- plaints. Many in those parts distant from Cardiff complain that you have too many police reports in yoitr paper. You must admit that these things are of no utility to those of your re ders who reside a hundred miles from Cardiff. The PltlN- ,c,ii Ai.iTy should be tilled, if possible, with subjects that suit mui as mau- \Yebhmen, Nonconformists, all Wales—without regard to sjet, party, or locality. Try the plan, and shame to f if it does not succeed. Some will say, We hare plenty of Welsh periodicals." There is some show of reason in this, but I think that few will •deny the necessity of one English newspaper amongst us. I wish all success to Welsh periodicals, and I think certainly that t'ie circulation of the Welsh monthlies should be double «r treb e of wnatit is. Hundreds of families are found without one miscellany of general and religious knowledge, and yet these are the most 1 kely folk in the wolrll to cornpl .in about the muititude of books forced upon thorn." I have known same of them well, and found them quite satisfied with one publication, the ,pe,:wy-a-ye«r Association Letter I rec >ilect one of this plaguy fraternity who would say, when any go d friend would ask him to buy a book, 0 no, no, I have an old Bible •\ hero which is enough for me-a good, dear old Bible it is That 01.1 miser died a few years ago, and left cattle, sheep, money, an 1 lands, to others and now there is not one to put a stone down to mark the spot where his wretched remains lie. But I pay but very little attention to the brotherhood or sis- t':fho.)d that complains of too many books, for I always find they have ouly a very few, on a very small shelf, covered with a profusion of dust, and those few eery, VERY seldom read One thing more, and then I shall have done for this time. ilany have, complained that the PRINCIPALITY has been filled « up with too many things of a personal nature. It must be ad- mitted that it is difficult for an editor to tell his friend, Your fummumuation is not admissible." But in this case, Mr. Edi- tor, I most sincerely hope that you will make a giant-like stand against the admission of personal debates, and admit IUfhing but things of a public nature. How painful it is to an iadividual who has a tinge of a liberal mind to see some one under a fictitious name doing all he can to wound the feelings. it not, to injurs tho private and public character of another. It is not enough, Mr. Editor, for you to inform your readers that you have the name of the individual in confidence. No, it is giving too much to you. Take not the responsibility upon you if asny one wants to show fight, let us have it in the open field. Let us see him. Taw el or Hush is not lower in the scale of being than the man who will hide himself in a bush for the sike of escaping with impunity when he flings his mUsiles at Shi. vmsuspectiug. Yolii-s, B. PlilCE (Cymro Bach).

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