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Re A CERTAIN MEMBER'S LETTER. A REJOINER. To the Editor of THE JOURNAL. SIR,—I have just read what purports to he an "emphatic denial" by a certain member" of the allegations made by me against him in the con- troversy between the clique in Towyn Church and myself. I sincerely trust that I could accept this denial such as it is, the more especially a" I am assured that, upon my doing this-the which I would most gladly do if I could-" no efforts shall be spared on his part to restore good feelings again: feelings that have existed "since we were boys together," feelings that I had hoped would be of life-long duration, and, therefore, feelings that I would not lightly throw away; but, Mr Editor, if his good graces cannot go hand in hand with truth and justice I shall behold his smiling face never more, as I am constrained by what I know to flatly reject his denial even to the small length it goes. Without doubc, you and your numerous intelligent readers will have perceived that this denial even if accepted would in no wise weaken the proof of my fourth charge, as the mere fact that the address was not submitted to the meeting for its approval amply justifies the assertion that the opportunity was not afforded me. What I alleged was "I have very good authority for stating that had a eerraiu memqer of the ruling family, &c. and I am com- pelled to add here that if "certain member's" wish for the restoration of good feelings was sincere and not palliative of his unkind inaction, he would not have left out of his quotation the important words in italics. Undoubtedly you will hive noticed ere this that, though I have said some hard things, I have stated them plainly and openly. In the accuracy of my statements I have been exceedingly careful. When I was an eye or ear-witness I led you to believe it: when I was speaking upon other authority I failed not to state so. Seeing this, then, the importance of those words will become apparent to you. As I see by your note that you wish this correspondence to cease, it behoves me to avoid possibly debatable matter and the designation of persons; oherwise, I could bring forth stronger reasons for rejecting this denial. The question is whether or no I had good authority for stating that this gentleman failed to gain an opportunity of moving an amendment. He confesses that the address as drawn out by the committee was not entirely to his satisfaction," which, to say the least, proves that his mind was in a most suitable state for conceiving an amendment; and in a letter which he intends to be a denial of something, why does he not say straight that he bad not an amend- ment, or be candid enough to frankly admit that he had? I take then, what he so reluctantly admits, that be had one, and that he now means to shelter himself behind the more difficult question to prove that he sought for an opportunity. I knew that he had an amendment: a most favourable one to Mr Jones, whose most intimate friend he was; in fact, I think I am justified in adding the only friend Mr Jones had just before his departure not only in the Church, but in New Quay. With more than one person (for reason stated I must not point out) and on more than one occasion he zealously advocated the advisability of altering the ad drees (I should like to see Mr Jones casting his eye upon this address in his study in Scranton Pa !) and he even went so far as to ask "Jeremiah," who he knew contemplated the same attention, to move for it at the meeting mentioned. "Jeremiah" acknow- ledges that he failed of the opportunity. Certain Member" did not move for this amendment. Knowing then his extreme anxiety-further evi- denced by the way he demeaned himself at this meeting, whereat he was sitting nearest to me- his love of hearing his own voice in chapel, and the interest he now has in not making known the whole truth, am I not justified in asking, why be did not move, and, in the teeth of the convenient reply "that the opportunity was not sought for." to conclude that he failed ? Moreover, why did he wait until you had made known your intention to close the correspondence before publishing his so-called denial? The allegations have been made since December 5th. He has known for the last five or six weeks who "Certain Member" was, and in spite of his friendly advice 1 have spread the correct report. Did he not think he could slyly put this in at the last moment, and so get the last word? cr, by getting you to reject his contribution as coming too late to publish, its rejection far and near. I feel glad, however, that yeu opened to him your columns, as now the clique cannot say that in stating their case they have been denied that "common fairness" prayed for by him. Again, he says, I went to him personally with the only object of contradicting the statement, and advised him not to spread the false report any further." He did meet me accidentally (and he knows it was accidentally, as it happened at an unusal time of the night for me to be out of doors; still he says he came with the only object), and advised me not to publish that he was "certain member," but I was not going to be frightened out of my course by such a hole and corner tender- hearted advice, I considered then, as now, that I I had good grounds for rejecting even a public denial. I had publicly made my accusation, and I wished any denial that was to be made to be public also, so that the public might judge between us. I have nothing to conceal. My "character and integrity" in this matter will, I am glad to think, bears public scrutiny, and that notwithstanding I the inaction of my past and worthlessly-proven friend in their defence when assailed. I Further, be says, that on the matter of the con- troversy he has refrained from penning a single word. This, if true, is for reasons I can well understand, as unless he was prepared to cast to the winds family ties he could not have profitably written more than hia comrades inarms, "Unplyg" and Carwr Cyfiawnder." However, I cannot refrain from remarking that this denial of his ret., inds me of the suggestive reproof which Mr Curran, the famous Irish lawyer, administered to a discourteous judge, who, whenever the former advanced any argument that was favourable to his client, neglected not, from jealousy, to shake his hea 1. This Mr Curran took quietly and meekly for a time, but all of a sudden, facing the audience, be thus delivered himself: "Ladies and Gentlemen,— You have no doubt noticed that his lordship is in the habit of shaking his head whenever an argu- ment is advanced that is favourable to the prisoner. Common observers mighl think that this implies a difference of opinion, but depend upon it, ladies and gentlemen, that, if you will stay in court long enough, you, like myself, will see that, when his lordship shakes his head, there's nothing in it." If anything more is required to prove my inno- nence, here it is. I have been present at the last two cyfeillach's" of the Towyn, which is rightly considered evidence of a desire to be reinstated. This, together with the fact that I have openly sbowuboth in and out of your payer that I do not mean to withdraw anything in my letters, forced the clique to take counsel as to their course cf pro- cedure in the event of my putting in an appearance again next Friday, which they did last Sunday. This was to be kept a profound secret, but friends of mine present have furnished mw with the gist of what was spoken there. No speaker hinted that there was untruth in what "Jeremiah" and myself have writen, and they decided that we should be allowed to take our places upon our testifying that we repented of having ever made public the doings of the Church, and promising, like dutiful children, not to do it again. When you consider that the charge against me was the publishing of falsehoods, you will perceive the extreme ridiculousness of their present position. One word more. I would warn "certain mem- ber" that I intend presenting myself again on Friday, when he will have an opportunity to make up for past failings. Thanking you for your courtesy in this matter, I remain, yours truthfully, LOVER OF TRUTH.




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