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THE CHURCH DIFFICULTY AT MACHYNLLETH. A meeting of church-people was held at the Vane Hall, Machynlleth, on Thursday, May 28th, when Mr G. W. Griffiths occupied the chair, and there were also present Dr Davies, Messrs Joseph Evans, H. Lloyd Jones, R. Gillart,W. Pattinson,T. Parsons, P. Williams, J. Edmunds, D. J, Davies, B. Pearce, T. Evans. W. Jones, Evan Jones, H. Lewis, M. Evans, G. Griffiths, John Holt, William Rees, T. Clayton, E. Edwards, N. Lloyd-Jones, D. Edwards, John Lewis, II. L. Morns, John Humphreys, John Jones, G. Pryce, H. Watson, J. Jarman, R. Sanger, G. Griffiths, jun., T. Jarman, W. Sanger, W. Evans, R. Tibbott, D. H. Evans, J. Kerr, Ed Humphreys, J. Edwards, and E. Morris. The Chairman explained the object of the meeting and called upon Mr R. Gillart to read a telegram which he (the chairman) had received from Canon Trevor the previous evening.—Mr R. (T'itlart read the telegram which was as follows Mr Griffiths, chairman of Vestry for election of churchwardens. Mount J leasant, Machynlleth. In view of Archdeacons' court for admission of wardens to be held on Friday next and in default of appointment of warden by the Vestry I hereby nominate and appoint Mr John Rowlands, solicitor, to serve the office for the ensuing year. THOMAS WARREX TREVOR, Rector of Machynlleth. Mr M. Jones read the telegram in Welsh.—Mr Par- sons asked that a few particulars of the Vestries be laid before the meeting.—Dr Davies explained that nothing had been done a.t the two vestries, and therefore there was nothing to lay before this meet- ing.—The chairman said that the second vestry was not called in accordance with the resolution passed at the first vestry.—Mr R. Gillart said he should like, as so many were present, to enlighten them on one or two matters. Firstly, Canon Trevor, in his letter addressed to the chairman of the first vestry, gave no intimation that Lady Londonderry was desirous of resigning the office of Rector's warden, neither did he in that letter refer in any way to the many kindnesses he and the church had received from her ladyship during her term of office. The first vestry was called by the Rector for the election of church- wardens, and was adjourned for the election of parish warden; from both of these the Rector absented himself. The office of churchwarden at Machynlleth was a perfect farce as the Rector never consulted the wardens on any Church matters. The Rector's actions were much to be regretted, and such as happily did not occur elsewhere. He regretted to say that the distribution of the Communion offertory, which was for the relief of the poor, was not at all satis- factory, and it was high time that Church matters should be carried out in a way which would give greater satisfaction, not only at Machynlleth but in the interest of the Church generally, and that the matter should be brought to the notice of the higher authorities of the Church with a view to their intervention. Dealing with the statement of Church accounts, Mr Gillart said the Rector had large numbers of these printed annually, and dis- tributed them wholesale to Nonconformists, which he thought he had no right to do.. Did Noncon- formists give them copies of their accounts ? No. Then why should the Rector give them copies of theirs, and saddle the Churchpeople with the unnecessary expense.— Mr H. Lloyd Jones corroborated what Mr Gillart had said, and added that they could not go on like this, matters must come to a head. He said that the Rector did nothing but keep his Churchpeople in the dark as to everything. The telegram shocked him. The Rector's absence from the vestries was inexplicable. Such a thing the late Canon Griffiths-- (loud applause)—would never I have done. It seemed to him that the Rector stood alone on one side and his Churchpeople on the other. He (the speaker) had, in conjunction with the late Mr Gillart and Mr Phelps, been churchwarden during Canon Griffiths's rectorship for 18 years, and during all that period they neyer had a single difference (applause).— Mr. Joseph Evans said he had lived in Machynlleth all his life, and had at all times endeavoured to support his Rector. The Rector never even men- tioned in his letter appointing Mr. Pritchard, the name of the kind lady who had acted as his (the Rector's) warden, and he regretted that the Rector omitted to do so. He was sorry that it should seem that the Rector ran away from home, and then at the eleventh hour sent such a telegram. He said it was an insult to Churchmen to have a Nonconformist thrust down their throats, but there were enough Churchmen present that night to see that thsy were not to be treated with contempt. He (the speaker) added that they loved their Church, and were not going to be trampled upon. The people were unanimous and there was but one obstruction and that was the Rector.- Mr. John Lewis regretted that the Rector never attended the last Vestry, and he begged leave to move the following resolu- tion to be sent to the Arehdeaeon on Ms arrtv&l :j—■ That we, as Churchmen and parishioners disap- prove and discountenance the conduct of the Hector in not attending the two A'estriesconvened by him; and we have, so far, found it is impracticable to nom- inate any gentleman for the office of Parish warden until the annual statement of accounts relating to church funds is produced by the Rector." It was the greatest insult the Rector could have given to Churchpeople to appoint Mr Rowlands as parish warden, a person who as a Nonconformist is a staunch supporter of Disestablishment and Disen- dowment (shame). He (the speaker) said they could soon appoint a churchwarden, but before doing so Churchmen were naturally anxious to know how the Church accounts stood, and on which side the balance might be expected to be found.— Dr Davies said he met good Church people going to chapel every Sunday and others went nowhere. What was the reason ? Simply because the Rector would never meet the Churchpeople. He hoped they would pass a unanimous resolution condemning the Rector's actions.—Mr Williams seconded Mr Lewis's motion, which the Chairman put to the meeting, and was carried unanimously amidst loud applause.