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CARDIFF ATHENAEUM. To THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY.—Sir,—I am desired by the committee of the Athenasum to transmit you the following answer to the unjust charges brought against them by a correi- pondent of the Merthyr Guardirm-" Pro Bono Publico." It s unfortunately well known, that a near relation of Mr. Bushell was seized with dangerous illness the day after the Eisteddfod and that, after many days of suffering, the disease terminated fatally. I refrained under such paiufeil circumstances from applying to Mr. Bushel 1, who had the essays in his charge, to return them till after the funeral. They were then returned to the librarian, who delivered then. to the candidates upon their application. This is the cause of the delay in returning the essays. In answer to the other charge of having opened the candidates' notes, I am desired to forward you the enclosed note to Mr. Bushell from the 1 ev. W. Leigh Morgan, vicar of St. Mary, and to request its insertion. I am, Sir, your obedient ser- vant, G. SMART, Hon. Sec.—May 1st, 1850 My dear Si Herewith I send you the private notes of the candidates for the e say prize. I must explain why one of them was opened by me in mistake, but it was the candidate's own fault—not mine. He did not comply with the instructions to put the motto outside, and there was nothing to distinguish it from an essay. Not knowing w hat it was, and there was nothing to tell me by the outside, I opened it, but the moment I found it was a private note, I sealed it up and I give you my wor 1 that I have not the slightest idea who the party is, for I did not look at it and know not even the name. Ano her, "Epicurus," is so plat ed under the seal of the envlope th"t you cannot take it out without breaking its seal. I h v therefore left it in the envelope. It is quite safe, and cannot be opened. It ii oui- service evening at the school room. I remiin, my dear sir, yours faithfully, W. LEIGH MORGAN. To W. D. Bushdi, Esq. Windsor Place, 3rd April, 1850."