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NEW CHURCHES. TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARDIAN SIR,—It surely must be the earnest wish, or rather prayer of every Christian man, that the subject of church building so fitly brought for- ward on a recent occasion by the good Bishop of Llandaff, should be brought home to the bosoms' and consciences of all to whom the dis- poser of souls has entrusted ten, or five, or one talent. It must be the hope of every member of the ScripturalChurch of England that each should awaken to a due sense of his responsibility, and more particularly those who in the lawful and honourable exerciie of their talents have been the means of congregating huge masses of im- mortal beings in our coal and iron districts.—In these intended tracts how few and far between are seen the temples of our national faith— ''those bulwarks of our land," and grievous are the consequences—for in spite of all that has been done by Dissenters of every class—and without their exertions a heathen darkness that might have been felt, would have overspread our mountains, I say in spite of all this, there is but as it were a faint twilight of religious day —the masses have been barely leavened—just preserved from total corruption. Drunkenness, and its attendant sins in every varied form, meet the eye of the traveller, and he that shall pass a Sunday near the works will surely conclude that it shines no Sabbath day for them. Now what more fitting remedy for the evil, under God, pre- sents itself than the planting of Churches and Ministers liberally throughout these districts?— Ministers active and zealous, of a Missionary spirit, masters of the two languages? But the wordly spirit says, the work is too great where- witllshall it be done ? With prayer, with exertion, with self-denial, with Christian love: by these, with the blessing of the Most High it shall be done. Horn many opulent men are then in our three Counties of Glamorgan, Monmouth and Bre- con, mho could each build and endow a church yearly out of their income, and feel no poorer? How many others who could join with five or ten more, and do the same ? How many whose in- fluence of name or character would supply the place of money? There is a gentleman near London, not believed to be among the very opu- lent, who has declared he will not rest till he has raised funds for building TEN CHURCHES -till he can pour Seventy thousand pounds into the treasury of the Lord! Individual exertion can do much in the way of a -tual contribution an average of half a crown from the inhabitants of the Principality would raise some :C 112,000, But righteousness exalteth a nation, and this is a national object; let us arise as one man and call on the Government to restore some part of the spoils of the church, torn from it at the Re- formation let it have its own, and it will work for itself; and that universal call which drew from the national purse seventy millions for the purchase of freedom to the slave, will, if again exerted, make itself heard and obeyed even by the men of expediency, who then were com- pelled to listen and comply. Let every town, parish, and hamlet send forth its petitions for justice to England and to Wales; let the clergy devote their pulpits to this great object; and let them put forth their prayers that it would please God to prosper their handywork upon them. Let our Bishops take the lead let St. David's strive with Llandaff which shall be foremost in the work-let them head Diocesan Church Build- ing Societies, let them call on Absent Rectors to subscribe liberally, let the high and the benefic- ed show themselves in earnest, and the lay members of the church will follow. Why should not our hills blossom as the rose, and our moral deserts rejoice and sing ? I am Sir, your obedient servant, A LAYMAN.


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