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THE FIELD OF BLESSING NEAR NEWTOWN. In a recent issue, an A bermule cor- respondent inquired for particulars of the historic crop of wheat grown at Scafell, near Newtown, on what has since been known as the "Field of blessing." We are indebted to Miss M. J. Evans, Tvnyreithen, for the k>] j owing extract from a booklet containing the history of the Baptist Church at Newtown, by its late pastor, the Rev J. W. Williams:— Henry Williams, another Baptist min- ter, a convert pupil, and for years fellow- labourer oi Vavasor Powell, lived at Ysgafell, near this town. In the account of his life given in the Cambro-British Biography, p. 220, it is said: Being dis- abled from the public exercise of his min- istry in 1662, he continued to preach more privatel- in several parts of the county, as lie had opportunity. He was. an upright man, very active for God, and a lively preacher. He suffered much for the sake of a good conscience, both by imprisonment and spoiling of his goods but lie endured all patiently, and went on doing the work of the Lord in the most difficult times. He subsisted by a small estate which he had, and preached the Gospel freely to such as were willing to receive it. He was of the Baptist denomination, and succeeded Mr Yavasour Powell as pastor of the church at or near Newtown. Among the severe sufferings and heavy trials which Mr Williams underwent, the following have been related as the most remarkable. He was once set. upon while preaching, dragged from the place where he stood, cruelly beaten. and left, apparently dead, like Paul at Lystra. His imprisonments were long and rigorous, and are said to have taken up no less than nine years. At one of the times he lay in prison, the bloody perse- cutors set fire to his house, and burned it to the ground. Another time they beset it^ broke in and plundered his goods, and even murdered his aged father, who was attempting to prevent their getting into the upper rooms. His wife also, then near her confinement, in endeavouring to make her escape, with one child in her arms, and leading another, they cruelly insulted. At last they seized the stock upon the land. and seemed resolved to leave nothing be- hind them for the future subsistence of the family. There was, however, a field of wheat just then sown which the unfeeling wretches could not carry off, and probably did not think worth while to destrov. The field thrived amazingly. All the winter and spring its appearance struck every be- holder. and the crop it produced was so very abundant as to become the talk and wonder of the whole country. Nothing like it had been ever known in those parts. In short, the produce of that field amply repaid him for the losses of the preceding year. It was said, indeed, that it amounted to more than double the value of what the persecuting plunderers had carried off. This, together with the untimely and awful end of divers of his most bitter persecut- ors, had such a terrifying effect upon the inhabitants, as secured him from being ever afterwards, so barbarously treated.' This field is known as Cae )Ben(iiili Field of Blessing.' In an elegy entitled, W ales s Lamentations or an elegy on the worthy and very much lamented Mr Henry Williams, minister of the Gospel in North Wales' (composed on his death by his son-in-law, the celebrated Richard Davies, of Row-ell, Northamptonshire), the following passage, in reference to the field above mentioned, occurs:— Let us not pa.ss that wondrous field of corn, (To poise his loss, nor miracles forborne), His earth was healed of her ancient curse, The sums he gave for Christ to reimburse The clods, Divinely bid, their strength release, The grains entombed, ten thousandfold increase. And when the earth to the whole land was wildj To him alone was easy, kind and mild; f And though pale famine threatened all the land, An army of joyful corn for him did stand, In monstrous thickness 'fore the wind do sail, Waving their double, triple heads, each gale. Their heads with blessings bowed, revered their God, And offer to His servant all their load. The miracle like nimble lightning flew, And filled all thoughts with things so great, so new. The good rejoiced, his troublers lost their rage, Since God so plainly did for him engage; The furious cease to roar, contract their paws, Let fall the lift-up engine of the laws. This prodigy had struck their outrage mute, Nor durst they ever after persecute. "Reference is also made to the judgments which followed some of his persecutors, of which it says:— But Heaven declares on still, smites some with blasts, Life and estate with curses wastes. He died in the year 1864, about 60 years of age, and, according to tradition was buried, with another member of the family, in the garden at Ysgafell. The fol- lowing copy of an entry from the parish register of Llanllwchaiarn shows the true year of his death, and mentions his burial in the garden: Heiiricus Williams, horto sun sepultus fuit, Aprilis 2, 1684.' Also in "Montgomeryshire Worthies." we find the following reference to the Field of Blessing and the nature of the crop It is not stated how many stalks were "n each root, but there were six, seven, and eight full ears upon each stalk. Two stalk- heads have been preserved, and are in the possession of Mr John Thomas, Craiglryn, Carno. One has seven ears and the other eight. Many years ago some of the grain contained in them was sown in a corner of a field, but, strange to say, the wheat grown from it was of the ordinary kind."

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