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The Rev. J. D. Jones and the American Congregational Pilgrims. The Rev J D Jones (of Lincoln) made himself such a favourite with so many of the Colwyn Bay people whilst he occupied the pulpit of the Hudson Memorial English Congregational Church last August, and his visit there next August is antici- pated with eagerness. A report, therefore, of the welcome he extended to the American Congrega- tional Pilgrims on their visit to Lincoln on June 27th, will be read in Colwyn Bay with more than ordinary interest: "The American Congregational Pilgrims ar- rived at Lincoln from Boston about five o'clock on Saturday afternoon An interested crowd awaited the arrival, and the guests were received by the Rev J D Jones, President of the Lincoln Free Church Council, and escorted to the White Hart Hotel, their head-quarters until June 30th. In the evening there was a reception in the County Assembly Rooms. The American guests, num- bering 46, and the citizens who had accepted invitations, were received by the Rev J D and Mrs Jones, the large company present including the leading Nonconformists of the city. "Speaking in the course of the proceedings, the Rev J D Jones extended a hearty welcome to the city. England, he said, 300 years ago cast the reverend fathers out; England to-day had tried to make amends by receiving the children with open arms. He had been unfeignedly thankful for the courtesy extended to them by their brethren of the Established Church. He had read with pleasure how they had been re- ceived by Bishops, Deans, and other dignitaries of the Church, and he ventured to say that the Cathedral dignitaries of Lincoln would not be behind. He might publicly say how eager the Sub-Dean of Lincoln was to make the visit to Lincoln as pleasant as that to any other town; the only wonder was that that courtesy, kindness, and goodwill, displayed by the ancient historical Church to the descendants of Pilgrims beyond the seas could not also be displayed to the des- cendants who had stayed at home. As to the old Pilgrim Fathers, he believed that men of every party, sect, and creed to-day looked upon them with the highest honour. It would not do for a loyal Welshman to say Lincolnshire was the most romantic part of the kingdom, but there was no part so bound up with the religious history of the country as that county. It had witnessed the birth of two great religious movements, those connected with John Welsey and the Pilgrim Fathers. They had now come to the home of the Pilgrims, and his hope was that they might be imbubed with the same undaunted spirit that ani- mated the men who left Scrooby and sailed with the "Mayflower." The better acquainted they became with each other the less danger would there be of misunderstanding between the two countries. [Applause.] The Rev A E Dunning, D D, Boston, Mass, in reply, made further allusion to the brotherly regard displayed towards them by Churchmen as well as Nonconformists and, taking the modern roadways round the old gates of Lincoln city as an illustration of what he would like to see in the religious life and work of the future, he gave voice to the hope that those things which now seemed to be barriers between members of the Established Church and Nonconformists might be rendered only ornaments. Between American Christians and English he saw little difference they served the same Lord and promoted the same principles and they would fight the same battles. There could never be any victories won by England in the cause of righteousness and truth, but Christian America would win with her. Wrhere, he wanted to Know, were the ferocious men who wrote those terrible things about America and England a few months ago ? He and his fellow-countrymen had been through England, but had failed to find them, and they would go back to America with the conviction that the daughter could never be untrue to her mother. As Thomas Bailey Aldrich had written :— Some day at thy sore behest She at thy side shall hold the world at bay. [Loud applause] "The Rev Zadde Robinson presented an address to the American Congregational pilgrimage. It was presented in the name of the Free Churches of Lincoln, who desired to extend their respect- ful and affectionate welcome on the visit to that ancient and historic city. It continued:—We feel that in welcoming you to this county of ours, we are welcoming you back to your ancestral home, for Lincolnshire people never forget that their county is inseparably associated with the history of the Pilgrim Church. We claim the great John Robinson, the pastor of the Pilgrim Church, as our own, and the neighbouring town of Gainsborough boasts of having been for some time the Church's home. We are proud of the men, of the testimony they bore, of the work they did. Lincolnshire has given many great men to the world-to politics, the great Elizabethan statesman, Lord Burghley to science, Sir Isaac Newton to geographical discovery, Sir John Franklin to letters, Alfred Tennyson. But wTe count as its chief glory, that it gave to the world the two great religious leaders, John Robinson and John Wesley. All England is debtor to the men of the Pilgrim Church for their heroic wit- ness in behalf of a pure and Scriptural faith and freedom of conscience worship." Dr Dunning, in replying, expressed the hope that out of this experience there might grow some practical method by which the Churches of America, which were free, and the Free Churches of England, might speak with a united voice." A very pleasant musical entertainment was provided during the evening, and refreshments were also served. Towards the close of the pro- ceedings an address was presented to the Pilgrims by the members of the Free Church Council of Lincoln and district and the Mayor of Lincoln (Mr Edward Harrison) gave an official welcome to the visitors.'

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