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BRECON COUNTY ELECTION. As stated in our last issue, this election took place on Friday, the 20th instant. The closeness of the hour of publication, however, precluded our then giving more than a passing notice of the event. We now append a more lengthened report of the pro- ceedings. The usual formalities having been gone through, Henry Allen, Esq., of Oakfield, proposed the Hon. Major Morgan as "a fit and proper person," &c., in a brief speech, dwelling chiefly upon the hon. candidate's personal qualifications, as being a scion of the noble honde of Tredegar, and having served his country as a gallant soldier and for many years as member for Breconshire. The Rev. Garnons Williams then said: I rise to second the nomination of the Hon. Godfrey Morgan. I need not dwell upon his personal qualifi- cations they have already bi-en set before you by Mr. Allen. Moreover, he is well known to you all, having represented this county for many years and in several Parliaments and this merit at least none will deny him (and it is no slight one in these days), that he has been thoroughly consistent throughout his Parliamentary career. The principles he advo- cated when he first became your representative he advocates now. The constituency must itself be changed if its opinions are not in accordance with his. No reflecting person can watch the signs of the times without anxiety. Power has been yielded into hands as yet unaccustomed to wield it. The people, in a larger sense than ever before, are called upon to rule. I myself believe that they will exercise the trust confided in them with justice and moderation, but we cannot shut our eyes to the fact that some who are not of them, and yet affect to lead them, have throughout the length and breadth of the land been hounding on the people to pull down our ancient institutions—asserting that this England of ours has hitherto been groaning under Tory misruJe, for that Whigs were only Tories in disguise. But does not this prove too much-for what is this Eng- land that has been so mis-ruled ? Is she not the first of the nations ? Is not English freedom the admiration, the example, or the envy of all peoples on the earth ?-and though her sons are few at home, and the land they live in comparatively small in extent, does she not possess an empire vaster, richer, more prosperous, and more powerful than the sun before ever shone upon ? And if the people have now for the first time come into their inherit- ance, surely it is a glorious inheritance it has at least been well formed and'well preserved for them. For my own part, I can only fervently pray that the England of the future may be worthy of the England of the past. If, as we are informed, the sun of Tory rule is now to set for ever, it sets in a blaze of splendour. Let it be told to our children's children that the last Tory Government, and the last Tory army, planned and executed the Abyssinian Expedi- tion; that the arm of the misruled country stretched even into the heart of Africa to rescue some of the humblest of her subiects-emphatically sons and daughters of the people. Let it be recorded that the last act o'f the h.st Tory Government was to secure a firm alliance to settle all differences be- tween England and the United States. In that magnificent rally on the hill of the Alma, when even the 23rd had quailed before the iron hail,—when from the ground where he lay wounded the gallant O'Connor rose and bore on with his remaining strength the blood-stained colours of his regi- ment-the cry that carried the men to victory was Officers to the front and to the front they came, and ere the Russian guns were gained the greater number of those officers lay weltering in their gore, and among them the noble colonel, and the son of Sir Watkin, the king -of Wales. It has been in England, in danger, in difficulty, in doubt, in peril, Officers to the front And this is why Tory mis-rule has been accepted by the people, and why they will accept it again. I want to see the working man come forward himself. I object to the philosophers, with whom he has nothing to do, speaking for him, and then I am well persuaded that so far as he is concerned we shall not forsake the good old paths which have made England so great, so powerful, and so happy. Turning from the past and the future to the living present, the great question which the new Parliament will have first to entertain is Mr. Gladstone's proposal to dis- establish and disendow the Irish Church. The ques- tion has been argued until argument is, I fear, of little avail. But I beg leave to state my conscien- tious conviction it is that the Irish Church needs reformation but not annihilation. It would be a great and grievous wrong for Englishmen to rob Irish protestants of their endowments. A great and grievous wrong, for, through evil report and good report, the Protestants of Ireland have stood firm and fast to the British crown. Whenever there has been rebellion in the land they could always be reckoned upon as our sure allies. And Mr. Glad- stone calls upon us to reward this loyalty by dis- establishment and disendowment. Remember, if we disestablish the Protestant we leave a church established there, owing allegiance, however, not to the Queen of England, but to a foreign potentate. Should this deed be consummated, I verily believe that it will light up again the flame of discord, fierce as the horrible fire which consumed the Irish mail train at Abergele, throughout the whole of Ireland. We should not conciliate a single Fenian while we should alienate many friends. But let Liberal answer Liberal. From the Liberal ranks there stands forth one of transcendant power—the equal certainly of Mr. Gladstone in intellect and general attainments- his superior in legal knowledge. He is a man of unimpeachable character, bearing a reputation for piety and conscientious excellence unsurpassed in the House of Commons,—I allude to Sir Roundell Palmer. Now, within his grasp, without a doubt should his party succeed to power, was the highest prize of bis profession. He must have been made Lord Chancellor of England, but, rather than follow Mr. Gladstone in his attempt to destroy the Irish Church, Sir Roundell Palmer has said, in effect, Let who will be Lord Chancellor of England, but, as for me, I will not do this great wickedness and sin against my God." I rejoice to note this noble act of high principle on the part of a political opponent. It goes far to restore ones shaken confidence in public men. But let me ask, is the calm judicial mind of Sir Roundell Palmer likely to err on this question, especially when his opinion is formed and maintained at a sacrifice which is out of the power ot any one in this hall to estimate. But if the proposition to disestablish and disendow the brahch of the Church of England in Ireland is unjust, the scheme of advanced Liberals for national education is nothing less than impious. Their scheme is briefly this that education shall be com- pulsory, and that it should be simply secular, without religion. The more moderate Liberals, indeedl, concede that religion might be taught in cases where parents especially desire it; but this is clearly only an instalment of the more comprehensive scheme. They cannot destroy the Church of England I firmly believe, even though they take from us all our revenues nay! not even it they burn the clergy at the stake, as our predecessors were burnt in days of old for we hold those Gospel truths which are built upon a rock. But if it be decreed that the children of the poor are to be brought up in school without God in the world, (for it is bitter mockery to say that the ministers of religion ought to teach them the doctrines of our most holy faith, and yet deny those ministers entrance into the day-school for that purpose,) Uiat will sap at its very root the life of Christianity in the land. How can we expect (lod's blessing if we suffer not the little ones to come unto Him? Well, we are told that Mr. Gladstone will have a considerable majority in the new Parlia- ment If it prove so,—much as I dread his rule,— I have still good hope for our good cause. When I analyse the discordant materials of which his sup- porters in the country are composed, I feel a con- viction, almost amounting to a certainty, that they cannui hold long together. The questions now dividing the political world are chiefly of a religious character. Now who are his supporters? Romanists, Nonconformists, (divided I know not into how many different sects,) Ritualists, Rationalists, a few stray Whigs, Radicals, Chartists, Democrats, and (dif- fering each One from his fellow, and often from himself) Philosophers. Mr. Gladstone has discovered one subject upon which all these agree but is there another? Nay! Should they ever arrive at dividing the spoils of the Irish Church,—which God forefend, —will they agree then ? Even Lord Palmerston could not have kept this happy family together, and how can Mr. Gladstone hope to do so, who dissipated in a few months the large Liberal majority left him as a legacy by Lord Palmerston. But the Conser- vative host is united. They have a common creed and purpose. They are prepared to contend for the old institutions of the land, and are resolved so far as in them lies to hand down to posterity the glorious Constitution which they have inherited from geuera- tions of free-born Englishmen. But after all, it is from the Almighty Ruler of all things we must seek guidance in these our difficulties. May He grant to our senators wisdom to govern this great land according to that righteousness which exalteth a nation. I beg to second the nomination of the Hon. Godfrey Morgan. There being no other candidate, Major Morgan was then declared unanimously elected. The hon. member then returned thanks. In doing so, he referred to his connection and that of his family with the county of Brecon. He thanked the county for re-electing him, especially to the new Reformed Parliament. He stated his opinion with regard to the Irish Church to be that that Church was an integral part of the Church of England, and could not be disestablished without injury to the whole Church. Besides, be believed the act would be unjust. With regard to education: he was against compulsory education, and against local rates for education. He desired the present system to be amplified and enlarged. With regard to public expenditure, he believed it necessary to spend money in maintaining the efficiency of the army, and the securing the defences of the couiitry but it was the House of Commons, not the Government, that was responsible for the expenditure. He believed that, though Mr. Gladstone might have a majority now, the Conser- vative party would ere long again succeed to power. After again thanking the electors the hon. member resumed his seat, and the proceedings terminated.

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