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I WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT. MEETING AT MAESTBG. I A Welsh disestablishment meeting, under the auspices of the Liberation Society, was held in the Town Hall, Maesteg, on Tuesday evening. The Rev. E. Jones, Tabernacle, presided, and the Rev. J. Matthews, of Swansea, and the Rev. J. Jones, Felinfoel, attended as a deputation. The CHAIRMAN said Wales was quite ripe for the disestablishment and disendawment of the Church of England in the principality. No one having any knowledge of Wales could fail to come to that conclusion, and the principal question at the next general election would be disestablishment. A little time ago the people of Maesteg met in thousands in front of the town-hall to give their support to the Franchise Bill, which had now become law, and by which every workman before him that evening had a vote. What would the two million working men like themselves wh(, had been enfranchised do with their vote? Would they vote for religious equality? (Voices: Yes.) It was now use- less to send petitions to Parliament for any measure, because the power was virtually in the hands of the people. Ten mem- bers would represent Glamorgan in Parliament in future, and whom were they going to send ? For Mid-Glamorgan district, at least, in which Maesteg was situate, any candidate who did not support disestablishment would have to go about his business. (Cheers.) It had been said that Mr Gladstone was against them. He very highly respected Mr Gladstone as a leader, but he would venture to say that Mr Gladstone, with all his power and eloquence as a Prime Minister, could not stop this disestablishment movement, and could not-persuade the Parliament to postpone the question any longer. They were not enemies to the Church-they wished it God- speed-but they could fairly ask their Church friends to support themselves without the aid of others. (Cheers.) The Rev. J. MATTHEWS, of Swansea, said that the question of disestablishment had already been settled in the minds of all Welsh people, and they would not wait until it was settled in Parlia- ment. No member could get into Parliament without the support of Nonconformists, and they, as electors, were determined that a great shout should go to Parliament for the disestablishment of the Church in Wales. As admitted by several authorities, the Church belonged to the entire people, and they were, therefore, justified in the present agitation. The speaker went on to deal at some length on the question of tithes, and the object of the Liberation Society. The Rev. JOHN JONES, Felinfoel, addressed the assembly in Welsh, mentioning several ahuses of the Church, and the injustice done to Dissenters in various matters in the present day. Mr JOSHUA WILLIAMS proposed in Welsh the following resolution "Thatthis meeting heartily approves of the agi- tation of the Liberation Society to bring the question of the disestablishment of the Church before the electors of Wales, and pledges itself to support the society's efforts by every legitimate means in bringing the matter to a sueceatful issue," This was seconded by the Rav. W. BOWDil, of Carmel, and after being supported by the Rev. Mr James, Mr Z. J enkins, and others, was carried unanimously. The usual votes of thanks terminated the meeting.

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