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MR .OSBORNE MORGAN ON CHURCH AND STAlE. On Thursday afternoon, 1H1' Osborne Morgan, M.P., was at Frood, where he la'd the foundation- stone of a Primitive Methodist chafd. After the ceremony, the we ithec being squally wet, the assembly adjourned to a large room at tSo Frood Inn, "where the Primitives have up to the present j time met for public worship. After an irrro- dilatory speech by on" of the ministers of the denomination, in which i.e pwe statistics showing the progress of Primitive Methodism during the past seventy years, Mr Osborne Morgan was invited to address the meeting. After a few introductory remarks, he said: I have been Hiuch struck with the encouraging account your minister gave of the progress your different connections are making towards union. You may depend upon it that that union will become nearer and nearer in proportion as you devote yourselves, not to the letter which divides us, but to the spirit which makes us one. In spirit. I think we are one. I will tell you why I think so. I read with great attention a short trbct stating what are the primary doctrines of the Primitive M-thodists; and I was very aston- ished to find, on looking through it, that there was not one L couid not conscientiously believe and support. When I hear that your doctrines are the doctrines of John Wesley, 1 think the day on which John Wesley separated from the Church of Eogiand was the worst day the Church of England has had since the Reformation (applause). I only wish the Church of England was ending back in > hat direction. I believe a great portion of the Church is ,doing so, and that is one reason on which I buiid my hope that sooner or later the Church of England will cease to be a State Church; because I feel that so long as she is a State Church so long will she have no spiritual freedom at all. It is perfect nonsense to talk of the inner voice of the Church of England The inner voice is nothing more than The voice of 1 Parliament, and what the voice of Parliament is it is not for me tJ &ay; but it is not a spiritual voice-it cannot be from its very nature. I hope we may think there are many spiritual men m the House of Commons; but we have men of all kin Is there. It is right we should have men of ail opinions, it is right and n jcessary we should have Catholics and Jews in the House of Commons bu whac I want to know is how can an these men, holding different opiniom on religious matters, combine and say what is the inner voice of the Church of England (hear, hear)? I alluded the other day to a speech of Mr Fosier, a man I greatly admire for his courage, though I don't agree with him in everything^ Mr Foster said at iiiadford he should declaro himself in favour of disestablishing the Church of England if he could only make up his mind that a State chinch was not necessary for the purposes of religion. The next time I see Mr Foster I will tell you what I will do. I will invite him to come down to Wales (heai, hear). I will invite hijn to walk through any little valley and OIl any mountain side in the Piincipality, and point out to him chapels and Sunday schools springing up on each side of the valley, ay, and on the top of the mountain, and I wii. say to him, Here is my answer here I think you have the proof that with us at least in Wales religion can walk without leaning on State crutches" (cheers). My friends, there is a tree which has lately attracted a great deal of attention. It is caued the euca]YP.3 tree. I hope we don't want it here but I have oeen in countries where I have seen the wonderful effects of that tiee. I have travelled in Africa and Italy, and seen p.acds so deadly with miasma that it was im- possible for any human being to sleep there; for to s.eep there was certain death. This tree, by the i rovideuce of God. was discovered in Australia, aud has ben rapidly transplanted to Europe and Africa and other places for it was discovered that such is the influ juce of this tree that rfie moment you plant it, the moment the tree strikes its roots into the ground, by some wonderful purifying process it actually destroys all the impurities in the air, it kills the plague, and makes the country that I was so unhealthy that no one could live there, as healthy as a garden. I have seen a plain absolu- tely. uuinhabited ten years ago covered with smiling inhabited by rosy "instead of sick people. ii at is ad owing to the eucalyptus tree. That is what exactly happens here. Your chapel, if YOll will*d )wme to say so, is the eucalyptus tree of this neign bout hood. It will draw up by its doctrines the miasma, the plague of vice; irrehgioy, and unbelief; and I that. like the tree of which I ha. spoken, it will make the atmosphere around you pure, healthfuJ, and holy that as its Sabbath sci 00 spreads its influence around, one and all of you will become happier; be the happier men women, and children, too, because you will feei you are doiw; in your different and your minister in your name is doing, a work for God. serving the giory or God, and seeking the benefit of men. My friends, 1 most cordially echo the wishes and prayer of your minister that this chapel, the foundation of which, in common with vour respected and kind friend and neighbour, "airs Coulishaw, I had the happiness of la/insr, may tei d tor the edification of men and the glory ot God (applaiise). J A witness on the stanci in reply to a question aTt^

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