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LOCAL GOSSIP. v John T. Griffiths. D.D., the n-eil-toioinr Carobro-Air.cricalt litterateur, who visœd Wales in the summer of 19uti, contributes an interests articte enumerating his experi- en('e during that visit to the Cambria^' a rrajrasine published1 in Utiea, N.Y. Dur- ir<r mv visit to Wales," the writer states "J visited', among many other noted places, Tyl Gwyu. in the Garw- Valley, tchere I lectn-a on • Morgan John Rhees.' Bunncjirs visit- I was entertained at the homo of the poster, the Rev. T. B. Phillips, who is one cf the noblest men in. Wales. The home of Mr. Phillips is situated between two oi the mo-st historic houses in Wak-s, which were the "birth-places of two veiT noted Welshmen. Cefn was the birthplace of the famous Dr. Samuel Jones, of Philadelphia. Samuel Jones was- torn at this farm house January 14th, 173-5. His father's i:rae was Thomas Jones. who with his family came to Pennsyl- vania in 1737 and settled as pastor of the Tul- húeken Baptist Church, naar Reading, Pa- Titis church is the mother or the Baptist- churches of Reading. Samuel Jones conse- crated himself to the Lord when quite young, and was educated in the Philadelphia Col- lege, where he-graduated in 1762. and the. fol- lowing year was ordained as pastor of the old Peraepek Church, now known as Lower Dub- lin. He was. pastor of th-is church until Iris death, which occurred February 7th, 1814. In his day he was one of the most prominent usera of the denomination, and was a. leader in every movement. When a young man Dr. Jones was sent by | the Philadelphia Association to aid in the establishment of the Rhode- Island College, now known as Brown "University. After the death of Dr. Manning, he was offered the presidency of this college. At the request of the Philadelphia Association, he prepared in 1798 a- new constitution) of discipline to the Philadelphia Confession of Faith. In connection with the Revs. David Jones and Dr. Birrgis Allison, he collected special hymns for the use of the churches. He- kept a school' in his; own home at Lower Dublin for more thirty year.?, in winch many were educated who became prominent in the de- nomination!, and a moms: them Dr. ABisxrn, who kept an important academy at Borden- tov.-n. New Jersey, in which many eminent men were taught. His name stands fore- most in all the movements of the Philadelphia Association for m-cre than fifty years. As I stood' in front of this historic house, the reader may imagine how my mind went back to the early history of the Baptists of Pem- sylva-nia. I had a. picture taken of the old house with myself and the Rev. T. B. Philips, Mrs. B^yliferch Rees, Miss Mary Griffiths and a, Mr. Howell's from London, standing on the It now hangs on my wall in rny home as one of my moist sacred relics. "Ty'n Ten." the writer continue!?, "is the name of a little cottage which stands right across the valley from Gefn Gelli, in which was born in, 1723 a chikl who was named Richard! Price, son of the Rev. Rees Price. That ohild became the noted Th-. Richard Price. Dr. Price occupies a very prominent position: in relation to the American Revoln- tion. November 4th. 1789, he preached a. sermon, being the anniversary of what- is called in England the Revotntion which took place in 1688. Mr. Burkc speaking of sermon s.rv&: The political divine proceeds dogmatically to assert that by the principles of the Revolution the people of England have acquired' three fundamental rights. To choose our own Government; to cashier them for misconduct; arc! to form a Government for ourselves. Dr. Price does not say that the right to do these exists in this or that person-, or in this ov if that description of persons, but- 'that it exists in the whole, flint it is a right resident in the nation.' This shows his principles. "lwl1 the Re voluntary War of America broke out he- published a book, Observations on Civil Liberty and the Justice of the War with America': and it is said that 60.000 copies of it were sold in a short- time, and that in 1778 the American Congress nassed a resolution to communicate with Dr. Richard Price through Benjamin Franklin requesting him to become an American citizen trough living in London. He died in 1701. He and Franklin were great friends. The im- pression's made en the mind of the write" as he stood looking at these two historic cot- tages facing each other at Llangen-nor. Cwm Garw. will remain indelible as long as life will last." Seldom has a. wedding been solem ni-ed in which people in the Vale of Glrmorgan are so interested as that of Mr. Richard Lougher, a. tea planter, in Hawaii, and Miss Gwladys- Hopkins, of Pa across. Llancarvaa. The young lady journeyed out for the event, news has. just arrived that it has taken place. The circumstances which have ended so hap- pily made quite a little romance in which the Vale folk could not help taking a keen interest. A blackbird with many white spots on its feathers has lately spent much time Í;1 the garden of 114 Llwydarth-road, Maesteg. It attracted the attention of the tenants, who watched it dcily. On Sunday morning a eat caught the bird. Mr. Thomas, the school- master, rus'hed forward, but was not in time to saw the blackbi rd's life. The bird, which had twenty white spots on it. is to be stuffed, and will then be offered to the Cardiff Museum. With the renewed1 interest taken, this year in Mari Lwyd some of the rhymes in. use in. Gla- morgan a. generation ago should be welcome. Some Mari Lwyd verses would not bear too close a scrutiny, but others are humorous and scathing, as for instance—■ Y ti yw y gigfran A fytodd y g-a raru Ar for fa Trefych-aa Y gwvla. Mae geavf ft fachszen Mor stouted a derwen, j Fe dy faidda ei bun-an Nos heno. • Y ti yw y gwaela. Fi wrt-h eia Wet cerdd' oddiyma Nos heno.

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