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LLANDYSILIOGOGO.

To the Editor of THE JOURNAL.

THL CLERGY HOUSE OF REST.j

INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION.

THE DISESTABLISHMENT CAMPAIGN.

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THE DISESTABLISHMENT CAMPAIGN. To the Editor of THE JOURNAL. | Sitz,-A few weeks ago it came to my lot to be presented with a little book published by the Rev. I W. Thomas, Whitland, on the above question-the one vital question which absorbs the attention of nearly every nonconformist minister at the present tirne-and I crave a small space in your valuable paper to make a few remarks upon its -ontents. It is not with Mr Thomas' stiff expressions and non- idiomatical sentences or his style I have to oeal with, but with what Mr Thomas has been pleased to term" facts, figures, and omens." To attempt to criticize the book in its entirety in one letter would in itself be a folly, so with your permission, Ei:, I shall confine myself in this letter to Mr Thomas' "preface," reserving for some future time the remarks on the thirteen chapters into which the book is divided. Mr Thomas most consider- ately, in presenting his pamphlet: into the hands of both Dissenters and Episcopalians, asserts that he is not conscious of having used any immoderate, extravagant, and disresjTectful language in the course of the controversy in which he was engaged when be wrote the pamphlet. Now. sir, I believe that before a book can be thoroughly under- stood and appreciated, the reader must first grasp the writer's manner of writing, and the meaning conveyed ia his expressions. Let us, then, see what Mr Thomas's opinion is regarding "immoderate, extravagant, and disrespectful language." In the first chapter, he says that Churchmen "throw dust into the eyes of the public," and have an object to gain by pleading that the Church of England is not as an establish- ment, a state organization. Therefore, to say that one's opponent condescends to attempt to mislead anyone when he does not, is moderate language. I should indeed be most sorry to say that many of Mr Thomas' statements, which I personally dis- believe owing to their not being well founded, were made in order to increase Nonconformist hostility towards the Church, or for any other motive than for which Mr Thomas made those statements. This is most unfair and unbecoming of a fair con- troversialist, but I might as well speak plain, and say that many things contained in the book were written in ignorance, and are directly incompatible with the works of more eminent scholars than Mr Thomas, of Whitland, and men who would not sacrifice their honourable position in the scholastic world for the sake of furthering the interest of any particular party. Will Mr Thomas dare, uublush- ingly, to assert that Dr Stubbs, the well-known historian, would condescend to make use of state- ments which he knew would be misleading in order to strengthen the cause of the Church ? Then Mr Thomas's idea of "resDectful" lanizuaze towards his opponents. Speaking of the Church, he says "Its enthusiastic adherents call it the poor man's church,' but very few of this class attend it, and the few who do are not allowed to approach the coinhiunion table at the same time as the rich. They must wait their turn, and partake of the bread and wine after their more lucky superiors." Undoubtedly, Mr Thomas being such an authority would not make that statement without being able to prove it. So would be kindly inform the world at large the name of the clergyman who refused the sacrament to the poor the same time as the rich, the name of the church and of the person to whom the Hoiy Elements were refused in that particular case. If Mr Thomas will not, then we shall know how much stress to put on his state- ment, and regard them as being the concoctions of arrogant spirits and tainted brains. With your permission, sir, Mr Thomas's first chapter The Church of England as an establishment a state organization will be discussed. Thanking you in anticipation for inserting this, I remain, yours, PHIL CARON. Lampeter.

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