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BETHESDA. PRESENTATION TO THE REV. J. WILLIAMS, GLANOUWEN. On Thursday evening, the 4th illst, a numerously at- tended meeting was helilti the National Schoolroom. Its object was to present the above rev. gentleman with t gold watch, upon his leaving for Pwllheli. Mr. Williams, during his short stay atGlanogwen,ha<t won the hearts of all, and when they understood that he was going to leave them, they determined to give him some substantial proof of their regard and esteem for his services among them so a subscription list was started, aud in a short time a handsome sum was ob. tained. Mor g an, TIncum- The chair was taken by the Rev. J. Morgan, Ineum. bent, who explained the object of the meeting, and said that he was very happy to see so many present, and hoped that they should have a pleasant meeting, and without further remarks at present, he said he would call upon the choir (the bethesda Glee Society, who had kindly attended, under the leadership of Mr. Henry Williams) to sing—44 Y mae'r Ddraig fll'n ymdoni," which was done with good effect. Mr. Win Evans, churchwarden, said that he did not eome there with the intention of making a speech, but still, as he had been called upon, he could not refuse to respond to the call of the worthy chairman. He then expatiated on the brotherly feeling that ought to exist between all Church members, and also between the shepherd and his flock and he was glad in being able to say that they were not devoid of that feeling and love at Glanogwen-that Christian feeling had existed among them since the Church was planted there, and that was one reason why he thought the Church was so prosperous in tlwt locality; although they had labour- ed under great disadvantages in changing ministers, yet, totnoiiow, they were fortunate enough to have excellent clergymen, who had the Church's interest at heart, and 110 he had every reason to expect that the Church wouki cotiiintie t,) advance under their present respected cler- gyman. Mr. Williams had given general satisfaction since his arrival amongst them, and he hoped that he would be as successful at Pwllheli as he had been at GUnogwen. He then went on to shew the propriety of preaentiug Mr. Williams with a testimonial; and after making a few remarks upon Church matters, concluded by hoping that Mr. Williams would follow in the steps of Cranmer, Latimer, &c. The Chairman then called on Mr- T. Prichard (Llwyd ap Twro), who began his speech by comparing the Wateh (the testimonia! about to be presented) to the snn, Ac., and then went on to say that he hoped Mr. Wiiiiamswoutd be itucceijftil in his new curacy. When they first saw him at Glanogwen, they were exceedingly afraid that they were going to have a youth, quite inexperienced, as their curate but, in a short time, they were agreeably dis- appointed. After making other very appv >priate re- marks, he concluded by reciting some poetry which he had composed for the occasion, and which, we are sorry to say, we cannot insert for want of space. The Choir afterwards sang a Glee-" COllie, let us sing." Mr. Wm Pritchard was then called upon to make a few remarks. He said that he did not profess to be a public speaker; but in order to shew his respect for their late curate, hs would endeavour to say a few words. He said that the present of a gold watch was sufficient of itself to prove what Mr. Williams had won at Glilnogwen. Good conduct will assuredly obtain its reward, as bad conduct will the reverse There was an old Welsh adage, which he just then thought of, viz. The three greatest losses any man could suffer ivere- a good name—a character—and his soul." He tho- roughly believed that Mr. Williams had won, and not lost, all these. After a few other suitable remarks, he aaid he would end by saying, "Be faithful till death, and I will rive thee the crown of life." The Chairman then called upon Mr. John Jones (loan Llechid), who recited a long piece of poetry which be had expressly composed for the occasion, but we are sorry to say that we cannot insert it fur want of space. We should think that the composition was a very good one Mr. Owen Williams (Ogwenydd), was next called upon to address the meeting. He said they were all aware of the command, Honour to whom houour is due," and the testimonial which was their present was a sufficient proof that they also knew how to obey the command. lie then recited an excellent piece of poetry. Afterwards, the Choir sang a Glee The Sun's day tvatn," in excellent style. Mr. Griffith Prichard, one of the Church communi- cants, rose and -said that he was sorry he could not ex- press himself as well as he wished; but he could say this, that Mr. Williams had done a great deal of good hince he came amongst them, and he hoped that the same success would attend his labours in the district of 1'wllheli. The Chairman then called upon Mr. H. Williams, of St. Bee's College, who was there present. He said he knew Mr. Williams long before he came to Glanogwen, and he could bear out those who had spoken before when they alluded to his zealousness and earnestness as a minister in Christ's Church. He understood that the Testimonial which was about to be given to Mr. IVil- liauis was got up by both rich aud poor of all denomina- tions. He theu alluded to the propriety of presenting a Minister of the Gospel with a Watch. Every time that Mr. Williams would took at that watch it would call to his mind the old friends he had left behind at Glan- ogwen. He then alluded to the responsibility of the minister, and the difficulty of performing his duty and, after a few other appropriate remarks, concluded with wishing him success in his new sphere. The Choir then sang-" Soldiers brave and gallant be." Afterwards the Chairman presented the Watch to Mr. Williams, and remarked that by this time he had heard of the testimonial they were presenting him with. The whole neighbourhood had contributed towards it; and it must be a source of great satisfaction to him to fiud the people o frieudly disposed towards him. He then went on to say that the present was a most cita- ble one, and then made some very good remarks upon the watch, alluding to the time when he was similarly situated when leaving Yspytty. He afterwards begged of him to be sure to keep this watch safely, and not to part with it upon any account, but to hand it down to his children as an everlasting memento of what he re- ceived at Glanogwen. He then handed the watch to Mr. Williams. Mr. Williams, upon receiving it, said that he could not possibly find words adequate to express himself—he felt very low spirited at leaving old friends. His com- ing to reside in this parish was brought about in a pecu liar manner. He then explained how he first came to NtHe there. Afterwards, he said that lie should always be attached to the place as being the first scene of his Labours in the ministry. He made some other appropri- ate remarks, thanked them all, and sat down amidst groat applause. The Chairman next called upon Mr. Owen, the school- master, to make a few remarks. Mr. Owen said that he hoped the watch would do its duty, as Mr. Williams had done while resident at Glan- ogwen. He then recited some excellent verses which he had composed for the occasion. After a few other ÎIp- propriate remarks, he wished Mr. Williams success at X'wllheli. Mr. 0. Williams, churchwarden, of Llanllechid, rose and said that it gave him great pleasure to be present there that evening to witness such good feeling between Mr. Williams and the Church members of Glanogwen, and he greatly hoped that he should hear of Mr. Wil- liams' success at Pwllheli. The Rector of Llanllechid offered some very good re- marks and advice. It afforded him great pleasure to witness such unity prevailing at the meeting. All had only one object in view, and all were intent upon that. He then gave some good advice to Mr. Williams, as he waa an experienced clergyman he could say that he would not meet with everything quite as he wished it wherever he would go, but that he should preach the truth without fear, and he hoped he would continue to prosper. The Choir Ning, 11 A bydd arwyddion." The Chairman then pronounced the Apostolic bless- ing, and all separated.

HARLECH.

LLANRIIAIADR. I

BUTHIN. I

IRHYL.

ST. ASAPH.

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