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DEATH- OF THE REV. THOIAS HUGHES. THE OLDEST MINISTER IN WALES. The death is announced of the Rev. Thomas Hughes, the well known Welsh Calvinistic Methodist minister, late of Machynlleth, which took place on Friday, in his 96th year, at Bod Ivor, Holyhead, the residence of his daughter. Mr Hughes, who was the oldest. minister in the Principality, had been preaching for seventy-seven years. A native of Trawafynydd, Merionethshire, he began life as a schoolmaster, and at the request of the late Rev. Richard Jones of Wern, he under- took the charge of a day school at Festiniog, where he remained until he commenced preaching. In the year 1S23 he left Festiniog, having been ac- cepted as a candidate for the ministry, and settled at Llanelltyd, near Dolgelley, and two years later he removed to Machynlleth. It was as "Thomas Hughes Maehynlleth" that he became known to the churches of the Calvinistic Methodists throughout the Principality. In the earlier years of his ministry he was one of the popular preachers of Wales, and his services were in great demand at associations and special meetings of his connexion. He was a very good poet and was known in bardic circles as Glan Pherath." The published volume of his poetry entitled "y Garnedd Arian" shows that he was one of the masters of the Welsh Cynghaneddion and also an able writer of blank verse. In the year 1837 he published a work which had a large sale, viz., his Life of the Rev. George Whitfield. He was a frequent contributor to the Welsh press and in recent years he wrote several chapters of reminiscences for "Cymru." His remains will be interred at Penmorfa Church, Tremaioc.