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To the Editor of the North fFates. Gfazette, S rR,A printed Paper has for some time been in circulation, within the Principality, and has lately been inserted in your Gazette, endeavour- ing to point, out. the discouragement the native may experience, to devoting themselves to the Church, from the introduction of strangers into the Ministry. Two replies have been made to it, one dictated by the ardent feelings of friendship, from tbe conviction, that the character of a wor- thy Prelate, lately deceased, had been unjustly aspersed the other, founded upon an expression which could never have been designed Co have heen applied strictly in the sense which has been I affixed to it. It is by no means surprising, if all these three publications-, and more particularly the first, may, by an indifferent person, be con- sidered to be expressed in terms rather stronger than the discussion of so important and grave a subject may require. The anxiety of the prin- cipal Superintendant of a great seminary of lite- rature, when he conceives the interest, of his pu- pils to be at issue, is highly laudable, so is the warmth of friendship, hen called forth in the defence of departed merit and it canuot excite astonishment that a Saxon, should have some share of national feeling, as well as the inhabi- tants of these mountains. But on a subject on which the literary morals and religious instruc- tion of the country in a great degree depends, these emotions should, as far as possible, be sup pressed. And in their place, cairn enquiry and dispassionate reasoning should he substituted.— The question seems to he solely this- What con- sequences arelikely to arise from the introduc- tion of a few English Clergy, who have previ- ously made themselves proficients in the Welsh language This must be the single point of con- sideration, because it can never be seriously be- lieved, that the patrons of preferment will pre- sent Gentlemen to the cure of souls, who arc en- tirely ignorant of the language of the parishion- ers, or that Bishops would institute such, unless compelled to do so by law. There has in this part of the kingdom of late years been a consider- able deficiency of Ministers to perform the di- vine service. And it (ioc,, appear that the Bi- shops have had no other alternative than to or- dain persons of more humble acquirements, or to hold out inducements to Englishmen of fair moral character, and considerable literary attainments, to qualify themselves for Welsh curacies. Few have hitherto been induced to make the attempt, but surely those that have done so, have a well- grounded expectatiou of farther advancement.— There can be little doubt, that in a literary, mo- ral, and religious point of view, the mixture of Weish and English Clergy must have a tendency to ameliorate both. What has the insulated En- glishman to rely upon but his zeal, piety, moral worth. indefatigable industry, the exertions of the mental powers, with which lie may be bles- sed, and the diffusion of that knowledge, which he must necessarily have acquired, by being born and educated in a country more highly cultivated. A few such scattereû over it diocese, must have a tendency to stimulate that ardour in the Welsh minrl, which is so cminentlytheirown, and which often leads to-the most praise-worthy exertions. I11 other parts of the united kingdom (he miuistersarencarly natiiles of that part of the country in wbkth they exercise their profes- sion, but most frequently are necessitated to sa- crifice their early connections, in order to obtain a lTIoderatecompetency. And will not the Welsh when they see a worthy and enlightened stranger surmount the difficulties he has to encounter, make himself conversant in their language, cus- toms, and habits, receive him with complacency, value him for his good qualities* treat him as every Welshman is treated in England, allow him a fair field to display his powers, and to raise himself by his exertions. In no conn- try have meritorious Englishmen met with greater encouragement than in Wale,. Why at- tempt to exclude them from the ministry? Let them, if theyare so disposed, qualify themselves, and then place them upon the same footiug in respect to Wales, as tUey enjoy in every other part of the united kingdom, where the Church of England is by law established. May 1 add a few observations on the Welsh Clergyman's let- ter. He coutends that in alt the Welsh dioceses (except St, David's) that incumbents have been illslírnítd, who are un¿JC£¡uaiuled with theO ver- naculer idiom, allil in a note expresses iiiiiiself thus *I, I wi,.Ii tiot. to (lisi.urb any Clergyuia,,i in the possession of a however ignorant of onr language he mvy be." It is not, I trust. inconsistent with the meekness and mildness of Christianity, to express a hope, that our Bishops may in future send iuto their vineyard such la- bourers only as shall be able to earn their wa- ges." This is a most pious hope, in which every true christian must join. But can the Welch cler- gyman point out a single instance ofa person being in possession of parochial preferments iu the Dio- çee of Bangor, who is unacquainted with the ver- naculer idiom, unable to earn his wagesasalaborer in the Vineyard? Uoe he llJean to contend that Englishmen areamicted with some mental defect and some deficiency in the organs of speech, which prevents the acquisition of an accurate knowledge of the Welch tongue, and the power of articulating the colloquial language of \A ales ? Competent judges have acknowledged that they have attained both, in all equal degree with the- majority of the natives. The Welsh Clergyman might have been more guarded in his admonitory hope addressed to the Bishops, when there is good reason to beiieve, iiiaMnt-y cannot refuse to institute a Clerk presented to them, (however desirous they may be to do so), solely upon the ground of his not being sufficiently conversant in the Welsh language, to administer personal coui- fort to the sick, as ,the 67th Canollfloes not en- join this as a personal duty, but directs that it shall be done by the minister or curate. The general tenor of the Welsh Clergyman's argu- ments, are irrelevant to the legal opinion which he has brought forward to support tliemi, which it seems was obtained ten years ago, and the legal correctness of that opinion, which is very guard- edly expressed, may be reasonably doubted, if extended any further than the particular case to which it is applied, and it does not appear that any proceedings were grounded upon it. But every well wisher to the Church establishment, I must lament, that with a view, as it appears, to instruct the Bishops in their duty, circular letters have been distributed in their dioceses, by a per- son, who by his signature, acknowledges himself to he under their jurisdiction. Is this the re- spect due from a Clergyman to his Diocesan? Is not the Welsh Clergyman, who circulates such letters, responsible to his own conscience, for all the irritation he may occasion in the minds of a people so proud of their origin, and so tenacious "ç rhpir rhrbts ? Is this a subiect to be treated and F- On Tuesday, a house 011 Taiwru Common, near Newtown, Montgomeryshire, occupied by John Baxter, a labourer, was burnt down, to- John Baxter, a labourer, was burnt down, to- gether with the barn and outbuildings, and a quantity of grain belonging to the occupier of tiie lands. Very little of the poor man's furni- ture was saved, there being no person in the house when the fire broke ont except several small children, owing to whose carelessness it is supposed the accident happened. The buildings being chiefly of timber and covered with thatch, the progress of the ilames was very rapid. The frequency of destructive fires, among buildings of that description, ought to suggest forcibly to every one the propriety of constructing the exte- rior walls of houses either of brick or stone, and of entirely omitting the use of thatch. It i wor- thy of remark, that at Kerry (where a dreadful fire happened a few weeks ago), there is now standing, in the midst of the ruins, a small stone house, covered with slates, which escaped that conflagration, while the adjoining buildings 011 each side, which were of timber and thatched, are utterly consumed. Subscriptions received in the parish of Am. lwclt, to the Waterloo Fund. £ s. d. Mr, Roose, Bryntirion j 0 0 Mrs. MeyricTc, Glanydon 1 () 0 Rev. G. Herbert. 1 0 Mr. Jolifi flayiiter, ,Nlaeqvllvyn 1 0 0 Mr. Treweck, Mona Lodge 1 0 0 Mrs. Hughes, Paris Lodge 1 0 0 Mr. W. Hughes, Madyn 1 0 0 Mr. T. Stephens, Port 1 0 0 Mr. Joseph Jones. l 0 0 Mr. Joseph Jones. 1 0 0 Mr. R, Williams, Surgeon { 0 0 Sundry subscriptions under II 9 4 Total. 19 11 4

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