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BRECON C YMREIG YDD10 X. ST. DAVID'S DAY being the first anniversary of the Brecon Cymreigyddion, was celebrated with much of Cambrian feeling. The morning having been ushered in with the ringing of bells, &c. the Cymreigyddion walked in procession with leeks in their "hats to St. Mary's Church, where prayers were read in the Autient British, by the Rey. Harris, and a sermon preached in the same language by the Rev. T. Price. The So- ciety then assembled in the Town Hall, accom- panied by a great concourse of the inhabitants, when Glanmehascyn, the Society's Bard, having delivered an Ode in the Antient British, the Rev. T. Price addressed the Meeting in a speech of considerable length, and pointed out the benefi- cial tendency of national attachment. And in ad- verting to the principal object of the day, the translation of the Scriptures into the Breton Language, he observed that the Bretons from having been a people of some refinement a few centuries back, had degenerated to such a degree as to be inferior in civilization even in the scale of Roman Catholic Countries in general. If he were asked to account for this, he would say that their degradation was^accomplished by the same causes that would operate to the degrada- tion of the Principality of Wales, if suffered to proceed without any counteraction. He alluded to the conduct of the gentry of Brittany, who, since the incorporation of that Province, with the kingdom of France, had withdrawn their pa- tronage from the vernacular language of the people, and consequently left them without the means of improvement. This conduct, Mr. Price observed, had been too much pursued by the Aristocracy of Wales, and its evils were felt among us, but fortunately it had been out of fhe power of circumstances entirely to eradicate the national attachment of his countrymen. He ex- ceedingly lamented that any of the leading men of the neighbourhood should absent themselves upon such an occasion-however this made the Society the more indebted to those Gentlemen who did honor them with their presence. And he would venture to predict, that :f the Welsh- men would persevere in their purpose as he felt confident thev would, the gentry of the principa- lity would find it not only their duty, but their interest likewise, to respect these feelings of his countrymen. Among the number of those to whom the Society was particularly indebted, was the Archdeacon of Brecon-who, though prevented by indisposition from being present himself, yet had afforded them every facility for celebrating their Anniversary and had always shewn himself ready to cherish among his coun- trymen every feeling of patriotism and national attachment. The Rev. i Ilu-hes then spoke upon the good that must result from the present purposes of these Societies-and with regard to what might be effected by the distribution of the Scriptures among the Bretons, he instanced their good ef- fects among the Welsh. 0 Mr. John Powel then rose and said, that though not a Member of their Society, yet he cordially participa ed in their national enthusiasm, and ex- ceedingly admired their spirit-it was a spirit he said which ought by all means to be encouraged, as it had already effected much for his country- men, especially those who resided at a distance from their native country. He instanced the Welsh School in London, and felt confident that ,it,* or the cultivation of the same national spirit could I not fail of being productive of the most benef- icial eiFects in our own country. lie concluded by saying, that when the Scriptures were put Jj circulation in the Language of Bnttany, It would be a proud reflection to them that the work was beSM?. TBLaw°ence ^verM .» *& -vvliicn I-A is led iliti Bit-to ii nrnl t le w e-s.l, and produced a French work upon the Breton Language, out of which he read several sentences in Breton, which were almost pure Welsh. The Rev. Price, and the Rev. Mr. Evans addressed the Meeting upon the same subject, and detailed some accounts of the Bas-Bretons. The Society then dined at the White Lion, when the effusions of the A WEN did much credit to the genius of the Bards. Among the patriotic healths of the evening, those of the Bishop of St. David's, and of the Archdeacon of Brecon, were drank with enthusiasm. A Subscription was entered into for the Breton Scriptures, which will continue open for some time, at the Bank of Messrs. WILLIAMS and Co.






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