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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

- THE GENTLE ANARCHIST.

. PERFIDIOUS LANCASHIRE.

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CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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DEAN HOWELL AND THE COMMERCIALS*…

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DEAN HOWELL AND THE COMMERCIALS* 0 Mr. W. T. Roberts, of Erddig-road, has con- veyed to Dean Howell the following address:— To the Very Reverend the Dean of St. Davk"g. Very Reverend Sir,—We, the Commercial Travellers of the Chester and North Wales District, desire to express our hearty congratula- tions to you on the occasion of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen having selected you for the high honour of Dean of St. Davicfe. We are con- vinced that, in this year of our beloved Sovereign's Diamond Jubilee, no better earned distinction will have been bestowed on any of her Majesty's most loyal subjects. But, very reverend sir, while we thus rejoice with you at this high distinction and acknowledgment of your brilliant talents as a preacher, your ardent zeal as a Christian minister and your great success as priest and pastor of souls of all whose happiness and good fortune it has been to receive your fatherly ministrations, we ?:rieve that this high honour will take you away rom amongst a people who love you so well, and especially trom us, the commercial travellers of this district, at whose service you placed the rare gifts that Providence has endowed you with, to support us when pleading the cause of the orphan and the widow at our annual meeting. Mr. Dean, affectionately and most respectfully we ask you to accept our address, and with it our sincere con- gratulations, and to believe that our earnest prayer will always be that our God and your God will shower upon you in your new home, and for many years to come, His choicest blessings.— Signed, on behalf of the subscribers, W. T. ROBERTS. To the above address, which was beautifully illuminated, the following reply has been re- ceived:—" Deanery, St. David's, 31st July, 1897. Dear Mr. Roberts,—It was to me a great sur- prise to receive the extremely handsome address which has just reached me from the Commercial Travellers of North Wales and Chester. You had led me to expect some kind words and good wishes, but I certainly did not expect anything so artistic and truly beautiful. I am the more puzzled that I am the recipient of anything so flattering, from the fact that I am not conscious of having done you and your friends but a very trifling service. But it has not infrequently been my good luck to receive credit for what I only desired to be and to do. To live on credit is pleasant enough while it lasts; but I believe you and your friends usually expect, and rightly expect, a substantial fulfilment of fair promises. In my case I can only offer you the use of my tongue whenever I can serve your nobly benevo- lent efforts for the widow and the orphan. Charity, not only covers a multitude of sins,' but it supplies a motive which make man a miniature of his Maker. I am weary of differences, and unrestingly eager t. find points of agreements; and where shall we find them as in the sphere of philanthropy? I am just now reading the life of the saintly Philip Henry, and among many of his sentiments in which I heartily concur, I find the following:—' In those things in which all the people of God are agreed, I will spend my zeal; and wherein they differ, I will endeavour to walk according to the light that God hath given me, and charitably believe that others do so too.' Pray forgive the length of this letter, which comes from the fulness of my heart, and assure your friends of my very sincere and heartfelt gratitude. Believe me, dear Mr. Roberts, with all good wishes, ever most faithfully yours, D. HOWELL."

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