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LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE ENGLISH CALVINISTIC METHODIST CHAPEL. The interesting ceremony of laying the founda- tion stone of a new chapel for the service of the English Calvinistic Methodists or Presbyterians of Wales, took place on Wednesday, last. The weather was by no means favorable, but a spacious marquee, kindly lent for the occasion by Mrs. Elmslie, having been erected on the ground, a very large number of persons assembled to witness the proceedings. The building is to be a Gothic structure, having a spire 95 feet high, with a schoolroom, classroom, and vestry. It will have a galleiy in the front, and will seat ubout 500. The design is a very beautiful one, and the chapel promises to be the principal ornament of the town in point of archi- tecture. W. F. Poulton, Esq., of Reading, is the architect, and Messrs. Williams, Brothers, of Llan- faes, the builders. Soon after three o'clock in the afternoon, the minister conducted Mrs. Mordecai Jones to the scene of operation. The REV. D. W. DAVIES, said-We are met to- gether on this occasion to celebrate after our fashion the laying of the memorial foundation stone of a building which is to be erected and set apart for the worship of Almighty God, and for the procla- mation of the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The building which is to arise on this foundation, is intended for the service of that order of Christians known throughout the princi- pality as the Calvinistic Methodists, better known beyond the Welsh borders, in England, in Ireland, and in Scotland, as the Presbyterians of Wales. The rapid spread of the English language in Wales has laid upon us the duty-in the providence of God—of providing for Divine worship, and for the preaching of the glorious gospel of the blessed God, in another than the native tongue. Our denomi- nation—perhaps more than any other-has demon- strated its firm and loyal attachment to our loved Welsh language, by almost confining its ministra- tions to that language; but I am convinced the time is come when we must soberly ask ourselves the question, if we have not been fighting against God. I confess it is with a fond and lingering regret, I see our language, and much "that is cha- racteristic of us as a people, receding before the advancing tide of Saxon influences. I could not better express my own feeling as a Welshman than in the well known words, the ring of which I am sure will awaken an echo in the heart of every true patriot, "Oes y byd i'r iaith gymraeg." Never- theless, I solemnly feel that we owe it to God, to what I conceive to be the teaching of the Divine Providence, to the best and highest interests of our countrymen, to our rising youth, and to our children, and if I may so speak to "the stranger that is within our gates," who has made our native Wales the land of his adoption. I say that we owe it to ourselves and to those that we contribute our share, God helps us in supplying places of worship for the benefit of those to whom the English lan- guage is the more familiar. Other orders of Christ- ians have been making most vigorous efforts in this direction. From the bottom of our heart we say to such—God speed you in your blessed work, but we ourselves must be up and doing. We are not willing that they should have all the toil and all the honour in this glorious mission, and as an earnest of our purpose, witness the proceedings of to-day. We cherish and acknowledge a feeling of kindness and brotherhood towards all who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity and truth," grace, mercy, and peace, be on all such. In the mean- time we are anxious to perform our duty, and do our part of the service in hastening on the king- dom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I now invite you all to unite with me in the prayer. 0 Lord establish thou the work of our hands, the work of our hands establish thou it. The Lord keep us and bless us, the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace now and for evermore. Amen." After a few appropriate selections from the Holy Scriptures were read, Mr. Davies announced that the person chosen by the church for the honour of laying the foundation stone was Mrs. Mordecai Jones. He then presented her in the name of, the church, with the silver trowel to be used in the ceremony; testifying at the same time his sincere pleasure in being the medium of conveying to their appreciation of her large-hearted generosity and kindness. The trowel had the fol- lowing inscription beautifully engraved upon it. Presented to Mrs. Mordecai Jones, by the mem- bers of the English Calvinistic Methodist or Pres- byterian Church, on the occasion of laying the foun- dation stone of their chapel, in the Watton, Brecon, January 17th, 1866." Mrs. Jones having laid the stone the minister said-" We have now laid this stone in the foundation, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, the one glo- rious and ever-blessed God." He then invited all to unite with the Rev. Mr. Howells, President of Trevecca College, in beseeching the Divine blessing on the work commenced that day to the glory of God. A very appropriate prayer being offered, W. Davies deposited in the cavity of the stone, a bottle containing copies- of the "History, Constitution, Rules, and Confession of Faith of the Calvinistic Methodists;" the Drysorfa, the Treasury, the Brecon Journal, and a scroll parchment having the follow- ing inscription upon it:—"The foundation stone of this chapel, erected by the English Calvinistic Methodists or Presbyterians of Wales for the worship of Almighty God, and for the proclamation of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, was laid by Mrs. Mordecai Jones, of Cam- den Villa, Brecon, on Wednesday, 17th of January, 1866. Rev. D. W. Davies, pastor of the church; Mordecai Jones, Deacon; and Rhys Thomas Evans, Secretary. Then followed the names of the mem- bers, Architect, W. H. Poulton Esq., Reading; ouilders, Messrs. Williams, Brothers, Brecon. The doxology having been sung, the minister pronounced the benediction. An invitation was then given to all present to come forward and place an offering on the stone, in envelopes, which were supplied to all, on which were printed the words, "Building Fund Offering." On the Stone was placed the large sum of X260 12s. 6d., The Earl of Brecknock, who was present at the ceremonial, sent in the handsome, subscription of £ 100.




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