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BANGOR. SATURDAY. MARCS 18,…

BANGOR PETTY SESSIONS.—MARCH…

BANGOR AND BEAUMARIS UNION

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HOLYHEAD.

FESTINIOG.I

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FESTINIOG. PRESENTATION OF A TESTIMONIAL TO THE REV. R. KILLIN. On Friday evening the 10th inst., a public meeting was held at the New Market Hall, Blaenau, to present the ltev. R. Killin, with a testimonial on his leaving the Incumbency of St. David's, which he had held for the last fourteen years, for the Vicarage of Clynog, Carnar- vonshire, to which he had lately been promoted by the Lord Bishop of Bangor. The testimonial consisted of an elegant tea and coffee service, and a handsome Bible, the latter being presented to him by the Blaenau A uxi- liary Branch of the Bible Society, to which he had acted as Secretary for the last five years. The following in- scription was engraven on the Coffee I'ot: This tea service is presented to the Rev. R. Killin by the Quarry Proprietors, and the inhabitants and others interested in the district of St. David's, Festiniog, as a token of their esteem for the faithful discharge of his duties during fourteen years of his Incumbency; and the Bible had the following words written upon it:—" This Bible is presented to the Rev. R. Killin, Incumbent of St. David's, Festiniog, by the Blaenau Auxiliary Branch of the Bible Society, on his leaving the neighbourhood, as a token of their appreciation of his labour, faithfulness, and success as the Secretary of the Society for a period of five years." On behalf of the Society, WILLIAM WILLIAMS, President. March, 1865. The total sum subscribed towards the testimonial was £ 74 4 104. and the number of subscribers 700 -a note- worthy fact, showing that the movement was not con- fined to a few leading men, but was a general thing, in which all-both rich and poor, Dissenters as well as Churchmen took part Mrs. Oakeley, Plas Tauybwlch, heading the subscription list with a donation of X10. The Hall was full long before the meeting com- menced. We noticed on the platform the following gentlemen :-Rev. D. Edwards, Rector, Rev. R. Killin, Geo. Casson, Esq., (Chairman), and John Casson, Esq., Blaenyddol, Samuel Holland, Esq., G. C. Chessell, Esq., Penmount, Drs. Williams and Jones, Rev. Lloyd Jones, Independent Minister, &c. Anthem by the Church Choir, 'I Ti Arglwydd.' The Chairman rose and said, he had been taken some- what by surprise to preside over the meeting, as he did not know, until he had come in, that he should be called upon to perform that duty. He therefore, felt himself rather ill-prepared. However, he would do his best under the circumstances. It gave him great pleasure to be there that evening to assist on the interesting occa- sion which had called them together. He believed Mr. Killin had discharged his duties as the Incumbent of St. David's in a most active and successful manner, and fully deserved the testimonial which was about to be presented to him. He believed the Church was in a very low state when he first came there but now a very different state of things existed. The congregation had greatly increased and the number of communicants was much greater than it had ever been. He had laboured hard in getting a good Sunday School established, and had paid great attention to the singing. The Church choir was a most efficient one. In the course of his ad- dress the respected Chairman spoke in flattering terms of the quarrymen of Festiniog, whom he believed to be in point of morals and general good behaviour, equal to any class of persons in the country. Those persons who bad lately disturbed the peace of the neighbourhood, he was glad to say, were not the real inhabitants of the neighbourhood, but strangers who had lately come to work at the quarries. As he had been a re- sident of upwards of 60 years in the place, he could speak with some confidence on the subject. He con- cluded by wishing Mr. aud Mrs. Killin every success and prosperity in their new field of labour. The Secretary, Mr. Daniel Williams, then read the Report of the Committee, and also delivered a short ad- dress. Rev. D. Edwards, Rector of the Parish, spoke at some length. He said, he had been mainly instrumental in getting Mr. Killin to St. David's. He recommended him to Mrs. Oakeley, and if he had done any act in his life which gave him more satisfaction than another, it was this. He then reviewed his character as a man, a Christian, and a Minister of the Gospel, in each of which capacities he had proved himself worthy of his high and 8acrell calling. He was eminently a man of prayer, and there was no doubt, he said, that much of his success as the Incumbent of St. David's, was to be attributed to this. He had always set his face against every vice and immorality, and had not shuned to declare unto those who had been committed to his charge all the counsel of God." He concluded by saying that, he believed, Providence had provided for them a very good man to be his successor. Mr. Daniel Hughes, one of the members of St. David's Church, next addressed the meeting in a brief but feel- ings speech. He said he had been a member of that Church for the last eight years, and felt himself under deep obligation to Mr. Killin, not only for the spiritual comfort he had derived from his ministration, but also for many a timely aid in times of sickness and distress. Mr. Evans, another member, followed in the same strain. Anthem by the Choir, Nid i ni," &e. The Presentation—Samuel Holland, Esq., Glan Wil- liam, presented the testimonial in a neat English ad- dress. He said, Mr. Killin richly deserved this token of respect at the hands of the inhabitants of the district. He believed he was a most active minister, always at his post lending a willing hand in support of every move- ment which he considered to be for the welfare of the locality. He, and a few other leading men had been foremost in their exertions to get the Hall in which they were then assembled, built, as well as the Reading Room attached to it. He believed him to have discharged the pastoral part of his office in the most praiseworthy man- ner. The poor would deeply feel his loss. It afforded him (Mr. Holland) great pleasure to present him with that testimonial on behalf of the subscribers, and he wished him every success and happiness in his new sphere of labour. Miss Williams, Rhiwbryfdir, then presented him with the Bible. Rev. D. Lloyd Jones. Independent Minister, then ad- dressed the meeting. He spoke of Mr. Killin chiefly in his connection with the Blaenau Auxiliary Bible Society, the flourishing condition of which he believed to be principally owing to the invaluable services rendered it by Mr. Killin as its Secretary. ltev. R. Killin replied—He said, he was too, over- powered by his emotions to say much in reply, hit he felt he could not remain silent on such an occasion as that. He appreciated the testimonial, not so much for its intrinsic worth as for the feelings of kindness and esteem which had prompted it. He felt that rwxe, bAd BCQU said than he deserved and he heartily wished to be all what was said of him. He had always endeavoured to do his duty. It was a source of great satisfaction for him to find that so many had come forward to give him a testimonial. He felt particularly proud of the mites the poor had contributed towards it. It was, moreover, a highly gratifying fact for him to learn that his Diasent- ing brother had shown so warm an interest in the movement. He had always endeavoured to show a con- ciliating spirit towards them, and had been always glad to join them in promoting any cause, when he could do so without comprising his principles as a Churchman. He admitted he had his faults, for who were without them, and perhaps had made some enemies in the course of his stay among them. He had on some occasions stood up to advocate measures which were opposed by a large number of the inhabitants, but it was a strong sense of duty that impelled him to do so, and if any re- garded him with unkindfeelingshe.beggedthemto forgive him. For himself he forgave all from the bottom of his heart. He felt if he had had a cause to complain in some instances, he had received more than he deserved in others, so that in the main, he had been fairly dealt with. He concluded by thanking all for the kindness and sympathy he received at their hands during the time he had been among them, and that nothing could ever efface the pleasant recollections of Blaenau Festiniog from his memory. The poets present then recited the productions tney had prepared for the occasion. Mr. John Rowland, Trawsfynydd, delivered a very animated address, interspersed with poetical effusions. He said lIlr. Killin had greatly won the hearts of the Church people of Trawsfynydd by his occasional visits there, and he believed he (Mr. Killin) had a fond attach- ment for them. They were very sorry when the news that he was leaving St. David's came there. The speaker eoncluded with the well-known words of Dewi Wynn to Eben Fardd:— Uwch uwch ei rwysg, uchach yr 61 Dringed i gadair angel! The meeting terminated with an Anthem from the choir, Gwyn ei fyd a ystyria wrth y Tlawd," and the passing of votes of thanks to the Chairman, collectors, Mr. Holland, Mr. Greaves and the choir.

I PORTMADOC.

BARMOUTH. ____I

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