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Young Wales in London: A Plea. P.Y "PHILIP SIDNEY." 1 TW-id Price, by letter from Wales so runs an enirv by the Kev. Dr. Abraham Rees, in 1785, in the register of Old Jewry Chapel, London, the vellum and time stained pages of which have lain open to this week. What, does this entry mean ? Why has the ac- curate and methodical old minister been so careful to record it? It means nothing more and nothing less than that David Price had made his way to London from the Principality, and that he had carried with him in his wallet a letter of commendation from the minister of his chapel on some Welsh hill side, reconi mending him to the notice of Dr. Abraham Rees and his people in the busy and crowded city. To the Old Jewry Chapel then he had wended his steps, delivered his precious letter, been wel- comed with a true Welsh greeting, and had found a home from home in the religious community assembling for worship within the sound of Bow Bells. It is in the crying necessity for a general and ex- tensive carrying out of this old practice-formerly y so common—that I find a theme to say a much needed word to my readers this week. The more I increase my acquaintance with the highways and bye-ways of London, the oftener I find my steps leading me to some of its less frequented streets, the better in fact I learn my London, the greater is my conviction of the very large part which Welsh men and women occupy in its life. On all sides Welsh names abound-nearly 20 closely printed columns of the Directory are given up to the family of Jones alone-the platform at Euston, on the arrival of a popular priced trip from Cardiganshire resounds with the language said to have been spoken in the garden of Eden—everywhere is evidence that the Welsh- man has come to stay in London. Now what generally happens when a young man leaves his home in Wales to make his fortune in London ? In nine cases out of ten he goes up knowing gome one already gone on before, who perhaps meets him, or perhaps not, at the station. He goes to lodgings, or lives in with the firm which employs him. All is strange, terribly strange, all so unlike the one street of his native village, on all sides strange faces. Sunday comes he thinks he'd like to go to some church or chapel, as has been his wont. He knows not where to go; he has no letter of introduction from his minister at home to one in London; he is stranded. Terribly dull and lonely is a City Sunday to such an one; he cannot stay in doors all the day, he must find some place to go, something to do to break the monotony of his week's work. Is it to be wondered at then, reader mine, that he sinks instead of rising ? Of course there are numbers of young men in such positions who are well looked after, who have friends to whom they can go, and whose ministers at home in Cardigan- shire have taken the precaution to get them intro- duced to other ministers of their pursuation to London. But the fact remains that some 4,000 young Welshmen and women annually migrate to London and that 3,000 are not absorbed into any of the organised Welsh Congregations. And much of this lamentable state of things might be prevented by a few hearty lines from one brother minister to another. Not a man or a woman should leave any con- gregation in Wales for a London situation without carrying in the pocket such a letter of commenda- tion. And I go further and say that no minister in the Principality should wait until he is asked for such a letter, but that he should make it his business to write such an introduction and personally give it to John or Mary bound for London town, and not rest until he had written a second letter and posted it to the brother minister, telling him that such a son or daughter of one of his congregation is leaving for London, and urging him to meet the traveller on arrival, or at least to call the day after; in fact to interest himself in the welfare and happiness of the latest Welsh arrival. Shall I be told that we ministers are too busy to be bothered like this ? I reply it is our first busi- ness to give our time and thought to the young ones of our congregations. Committees, and school boards, and guardians, and district councils, im- portant as they are, take a second place in matters of this kind. Our congregations which pay us for ministering to them—I am putting the matter, I fear, very plainly, but I can't wrap it up-are the first calls upon our time, and God knows, this emigration of Welsh to London is now of such proportions that we dare not--if we are to be true to our highest ideals—leave any step ifte can take untrodden in seeing that the young people committed to our charge shall not go up to town without some com- mendation to a trustworthy person. And it is because I have seen the crying need of a thorough and complete adoption of this course of procedure that 1 venture to urge it as strongly as I can upon all ministers and congregations through- out the Principality, and more especially in our own home counties around Aberystwyth. If a young person, fortified with such a letter, and looked after by a London minister at the beginning, does disappear and sink in the deep stream, or be landed upon the sand-bank of life's wreckages and failures, then the consciences of both country and city ministers are clear. They could do no more. Do they always so much? As the years go on, and the struggle for more Secuirics more and more acute in London, it is doubly incumbent, upon all parents and minis- prs to see that no young person starts a career without some such a safeguard as that for which I plead. Think of the agony a mother in some lonely cottage by Cardigan Bay, or in some Teify farm- stead often feels when no news comes to her from her boy up here in a situation, no letter from her girl away in service in the West End no one look- ing after them what are they doing 7 She can but pray all is well, and wait. Happy for her if indeed all be well; if her boy be not in bookmakers hands, her girl walking Picadilly." Once stranded here in London, no friends, no real home, no one in whom to be interested, no one to love you, no one to help you, there can be nothing worse for any young man or woman. The loneliness of the never-ceasing crowds- always fair day as the old Welsh woman phrased it-the hurrying to and fro, the struggle for wealth and power and position, the treading down of the weak, the simple, the pure and the beautiful, have but to be seen to be fully realized. And once realized no minister will fail to take a personal and individual interest in every mem- ber of his flock who bends steps to town, and no young person will come up without a letter of com- mendation to some faithful friend. Readers, one and all, because these things are so —and I have purposely abstained from painting my picture in too dark colours-I have written of them. May we read, mark, learn and ACT.


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