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MR. INGLIS JONES AND THE REV. A. OLIVER. To the Editor. SIR,—Since my r&fcurn to this country I am in- formed that the Prayer Book was burned at Llaadewi and not the Bible,; and that it can be proved by people who were present, I shall make the strictest enquiry into the matter. --No one. will be ;more glad than myself to dis- cover that this report is unfounded. I never charged Mr Oliver with desiring the people to burn the Bible. My letter had better be read again on the subject. Mr Oliver in his anewer states tqrights of the people at Llan- dewi were grossly violated, and that this ae-counted fer their animosity^ I shall enquire into this at onee. For myself I can merely say that when I canvassed the parish I never met with greater kindness, it is too ridiculous to talk about screwing and oppressing; where was the occa- sion for it? In the village itself there was a decided dif- ference. On arriving there, the first thing I saw was a large banner waving out from the chapel school; I forget the inscriptaen, but it annoyed me at the time. The chil- dren shouted "gerew." Altogether I thought it unnecessary, and in very bad taste, as I had endeavoured to make Mr Oliver as comfortable as it was in my power to do. I, knowing the inhabitants, perceived at once that a great bitterness of feeling existed; this increased until the polling day at Tregaron when some really from being excited were hardly responsible for what they did. I have been quite unable to account for albihis. We were not voting on a question of local interest such as the Ballot, or the dis- establishment of the Church of England. The Irish question was an entirely different subject a subject upon which the majority of the constituency could not have been very well informed. I asked myself, "Have our people unjustly, illiberally, and wantonly, annoyed or injured the Dissenters?" -1 4oud merely say, not to my own personal knowledge. I could make only some sort of guess as to the feeling exhibited at Llandewi. The people had been persuaded in and out of chapel that they were wronged. If you keep an irritant on long, you must ex- pect a blister to be the consequence. In all cases of social and political excitement a minister of God should pour oil on the troubled waters it is his mission so to do. If a minister sets an example, many follow it. The same example is followed in the army, navy, and in a family on any important occasion. In my opinion Mr Oliver did not set this example, did not attempt to control and reason with his people; quite the contrary. I can be borne out in this assertion by others. I regret to hear Mr Richards state openly that the chapels are fit and proper places for the prosecution of political or other enquiries, I merely remember Christ's words, "My house shall be house of prayer." Added to this, I do not think it is a- manly and plucky way of fighting when you use a closed eourt where no one can contradict you, and when your hearers are really half educated, and are dependent upon you for bona fide information. I hope Mr Richards may pursue a policy of appeasing and not rovsing; a conscien- tious -eounty member surely ought to do so. After fighting, as well as before, you salute your adversary. The tenant question is a simple one. It is and has been an old custom for landlord and tenant to go together in politics. It is considered fair influence with no harm done, as of course there are many large landowners on the Whig side, and the tenants of one man are counter-balanced by the tenants of his neighbour. In this county all tenants are counter- balanced by the freeholders. At this last contest much ill feeling was aroused by what people considered an interference with tenants but had the tenants gone like men to their landlords and expressed their wishes, no just landowner could have refused them. Tenants as a rule neglected to do this and very many having promised their votes to their landlord voted early against him. I am against evictions, and hope that the number of those evicted in Wales has been overstated. Wales now will, with railways, soon be a prosperous country, if we all assist each other. We must remember the father's advice to his sons in JEsop's fables; "a bundle of sticks tied to- gether can never be broken; untie the bundle and you soon snap the sticks in succession." The landlord question can only be answered by statistics there is no earthly differ- ence between a Whig or Conservative landowner; if one is the brutal oppressor represented by Dr Sandwith, the other must be an equal brute. Go round to every land- owner and enquire; you will find but few who have, according to their means, neglected to improve the condition of those dependent upon them and around them. There is an abundance of civil and religious liberty to be had for the asking, without making one single enemy. I hope in these singular times that Wale3 may, by her peaceful and contented behaviour, set a bright example to others who appear sorely to need it. I have the honour, sir, to remain, Your obedient servant, Nov. 29th. INGLIS JONES.


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