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WELSH DISENDOWMENT. Another important letter on the Welsh Church has been written by the Rev. R. Temple. We have much pleasure in publishing it:— This is a much harder question than Dis stablish- ment, inasmuch as it is far more iuvohed in details and in degrees of practical expediency. B. fore deal- ing with them, however, it may be well t > ci e n out of the way certain fancies, traditions, and superstit. ions which have gathered aroaud the subject. I do not know whether anyone now believes that all en- dowments, bequests, and intentions of piau", foun- ders" should by divine right remain valid f. r ever and ever, but, especially for the purposes of the Welsh Church controversy, there are plenty of people who talk as if they believed it. Now, if this belief obtained in action and in fact., the whole world would have be«n long ago in mortmain, and neither private pro- perty nor individual right could exist which result is, I to me at least, absurd. Another notion is ihat. at any rate, property given for religious purposes belong to God for ever, and th it it is Sacrilege to distui b it. That, great scholar and sage Bishop Thtrlw^li of St. David's disposed effectually of this fallacy in his speech on the Irish Church Bill. To attribute to the Almighty, whose are the cattle on a thousand hills," the desire for the acquirement and reten- tion, in any direct or personal sense, or any earthly possessionii is in effect, though doubtless not in intention, nothing less tbau anthrop- omorphic blasphemy. If tno words are used in an indirect, sense, then they mean that property given to promote the welfare of man in any way may be figuratively said to be "given to God," but as soon as truth and justice, religion ai d piety ceape to be established by the endowment it should, in the in. terests ot God and man, cease. It is in the ex pe, ence of all history that when endowments ce tse to be use- ful they cease to exist, and, to my thinking at ieast, it is the necessary conclusion of common justice and common sense that th"y should so cease. Wii, n the world became Chvistain the temples and endowments of Pallas Athene and Paoebus Apollo fell. It I en- dowed au aliopathic hospital to-day and mankind turned homcepathists t o-morr,,w there might be some stalwart Conservatives to maintain uiy otous inten- tions in the face of a recreant universe, but I should at once proceed to find an idiotasylum fOZ their bene- fit. But, we are often a-fced it eudowm nts are med- dled with, how cm jou miiatain privatj propeity. I utterly deny the analogy—ei.do .vrneats f xiit absolute- ly and solely for the benefit of the community at large and if they are no longer of use to thtt community they have no longer a el-im to exist. Private pro- perty exists, at least in its direct and primary in. tention, for the benefit) of the individual owner, and was his, so far a* he could hold it, before any com- munity was formed. Tile question of endowment and disendowment is then, as I hold, DO one of divine right or prescriptive sanctity, and just a far as the who'.e or any part of an endowmnt can be sh wn to be of service to the people affected by it, so far and so far only should it stand. I purpose to show, in a future epistle, how they should be applied to the Established Church in Wales.

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