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TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GtlARDIA^ SIR, Having read in* ^our paper of last week the feartul, though unhappily too faithful description of the rapid progress of radicalism and iiiiklelity given in the extract from the United Service Gazette and noticing the lamentable proofs of the demoralized state of the English peasantry,whioh are Continually thrusting themselves upon our observation, in acts of incendiarism and other atrocities of the most base and heartless character, I cannot refrain, ffom thanking God that itly lot has fallen ina part of the kipgcloi.n where these, evils are hither to.tuafeli. Atid as y^ou were among the earliest prornotefS. of the EISTEDDFOD, and consequently a friend to the culti- vation of the Welsh language, 1 trust you will per- mit nje to, congratulate you upon the sueeess of your undertaking, and to express a hope that you will continue to point out to our countrymen th6 debtor gràtitUdewh ichwe owe toonranéient tongue; inasmuch as it has always formed an effectual barrier against the introduction of those democratical and infidel principles which are now the disgrace and scourge of so many districts in England; 3n has also sarved as, the means of presw-ving among us that spirit of nationality and attachment to an eient order, which renders the principality as yet; free from those crimes and miseries so frequently recorded in your pages as characterizing less fa- voured portions of our land. And at the same time I take the opportunity of expressing my surprise that men of property and influence among usarlnotworfi awake to the importance ot this fact. If they were so, instead of being ledastray by that, ignis fatuus called the March oj Intellect, and urging forward the cultivation of the public mind by the introduc- tion of the English language, and the destruction Of the Welsh, they would on the contrary think them- selves fortunate in living amongst a people whose: minds are not yet brought into that Artificial state miscalled civilization, and whose native language has not yet been contaminated by works of infidelity- I say, did our men of property view these things in their true light, instead of wishing the extermination of the Welsh language, they would exert their in- fluence to preserve it from destruction, and cherish the few good feelrhgs of attachment to ancient order which still remain unextinguished among our peo- ple. For they may depend upon this fact, that, should any popular commotion take place in this kingdom, such as many persons seriously apprehend, these national feelings of our- Welsh and these now despised and old-fashioned prejudices will be among the most valuable and effectual safe- guards of our public and pritate welfare, atid per- haps the only resouroes.we shall have to upon for our general preservation; and fortunate will those persons be, vrtTO/' thVbugh tfie medium of their ancient language, mayTSfill have an access to the affections of their people,: The English language is. not what it was twenty years ago like the raass:ofihe peBplfe vrho Sfifeak it, it is changed and coiapljrtely debased-- ,The Ertglish language, in its. pQRiilar and jCurrent use, :iMW longer used as it opce was,as the iipnourable channel of loyal, moral, Ilndi'pioít.fsentirftents; it has dafly now become the base and degraded vehicle ttf 'tbé vilest designs and opinions. >¡: There may be some, who moving m a sphere of society above the actual-an4 personal observation of these facts, may think that lam dealing harshly and unjustly with iheEnglish language (natnople tongue, the depositoiT of\so »j«c/f that is exerelteyit and. admirable in phWftQPtyxtf&toUiicef arid every intellectual refinement l aiid4 would d\yell upon its beauties with raptures a £ a:art^uage 'rtcli in every knowledge th«it c&h exalt tfild fern noble huntan nature or contribute towards the ,eleSancies of polished society! And so undoubtedly it is in the drawing room and the library. But will its intro- duction bring with it science, and refinement^ and elegance to the Welsh peasant ■ Most assuredly, not. It will on the other hand, by displacintj those hereditary feelings which are now associated ^ith the sound of his native tongue, leave hg":nu.nd'a ready receptacle for any new ideas which May felt in his way and unless experience greatly misleads us, the first that will be presented to hlsnottce wilr in all probability be those of athoiv- and democracy. Who would desire the risk of such an e vil ?, Cer- tainly no friend to his country. If the question were now put, Shall the Welsh mountaineer change his habits and language, and resemble the English peasant ? For myself, to such a proposition I should, with all fervency and devotion answer, GOD FORBID. 1 remain, Sir, yours, &c. A CONSTANT READER. jqg—n Tf—■ in—tr*pai

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