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LLANDUDNO. READING ROOM AND LIBRARY FOR THE I WORKING CLASSES. A few weeks ago we pu blished a report of a meeting, held at the Rectory, of several influential gentlemen connected with the town, for the purpose of discussing the above in- teresting question, and of agreeing upon a basis for sa- tisfactorily and efficiently projecting an Institution which would meet all the requirements of the large po- pulation now accumulated in Llandudno. On that oc- casion the great principle was affirmed of the desirable- ness of a broad and comprehensive organization, concen- trating the sympathy and support of all classes on the one object of promoting the public good; and a depu- tation consisting of the Rector of the parish, Colonel Walmsley, and Dr. Roden, was appointed to confer with a society already existing, under the name of the Llan- dudno Literary Institute, in order if possible to amalga- mate the views expressed at that meeting with the ob- jects of the Literary Institute, and to take common ac- tion with them, with respect to the establishment of a Reading Room and Library for the Working Classes. The correspondence between the Deputation and the Committee of the Literary Institute, which has already been partially laid before the public, has not at present been attended with those happy results which we had hoped would have flowed from so promising a begin- ning. The following is the last communication which has taken place between the parties,—one member of the deputation being out of town :— Llandudno, March 6th, 1865. To the Secretary of the Llandudno Literary Institute. Sir,— W e beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, dated 1st March, enclosing copy of the resolution come to by your Committee, namely, that unless the gentlemen who met at the Rectory for the purpose of the formation of a Workmen's Library and Reading Room, will at once enrol themselves as members of the Llandudno Literary Institute, you decline the proffered amalgamation. We appeared before you as delegates from a large body, to ask an Institution now formed some years, and to whose members it was the wish of our meeting to shew due deference, whether you would work with us to raise funds for the formation of a Library and Read- ing Room for the use of the working classes of Llandud- no, on the broad basis of admitting to a participation in its benefits every well conducted man, without reference to station, nationality, or creed. Your reply is, that you will not permit us to do this, unless we join your Insti- tute. We deeply regret this answer; for, being simply de- legates, charged to ask a question and transmit a reply, we do not consider ourselves authorised to pledge any gentleman to becoming a member of a local society with whose aims and objects we are totally unacquainted, and whose existence was all but unknown to us when this movement was first made. Our object was to benefit the working men of Llan. dudno, to give them other places of resort than the pub- lic-house, to elevate and refine their tastes. We came before you, and honestly stated our wishes. We asked you to name three or four gentlemen from your body, we naming an equal number from ours, to form a sub- committee to carry out these views, and we further paid you the compliment of suggesting that the President of your Sooiety should also be the President of the sub- committee. The meaning of the word may have been misun- derstood for had that word which we purposely ap- plied to the small body of men undertaking the ma- nagement of the proposed Library been properly appre- ciated, it would have been found to mean a small num- ber of men told off from a larger body, or, in other words, a part or division of a Committee; so that all who served on the sub-committee would have become, from the fact of so serving, members of the Committee of vour I nstitwte. This proposition, your Resolution tells us you cannot entertain. It therefore remains for us to retire from the discussion, which we now do; and to express our sincere good wishes for the continuance and prosperity of your Literary Institute. Signed. Huan M. WALMESLEY, I T. C. RODEN." We have no doubt that the public generally will participate in this regret; but we venture to express a hope that a proposal pregnant with such vast benefits to the community, will not be suffered to fall to the ground from the want of an understanding among those who have shewn so much interest in it, which, as it ap- pears to us, is very easy of attainment.






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