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ation of the resources of the Principality which your petitioners cannot but regard as anomalous, inexpedient, and unjust, detrimental to the cause, and inconsistent with the spirit of religion.
That your petitioners are of opinion, that the revenues of the Sees of Bangor and St. Asaph are more than adequate to the duties which are attached to those bishoprics, and, in this opinion, they are confirmed by the reflection that more than one half of the wealth of those Sees arises from benefices which have been added to them, either by Acts of Parliament, or the pernicious system of Commendams from the Crown.
That as a striking proof of the extent and magnitude of the abuses in the Church in Wales, your petitioners may advert to the appalling fact, that a larger portion of the tithes of North Wales is at present absorbed in the repair of cathedrals—in the support of colleges and bishoprics in Englandby the bishops of Wales and their relatives—and by incumbents, who are either absent from their benefices, or unacquainted with the language of their flocks, than is enjoyed by the whole body of the working parochial clergy.
That your petitioners humbly submit that the evils adverted to afford an unanswerable proof that an immediate inquiry into the present state of the church in Wales is demanded alike by justice, religion, and the interests of the people of that country.
Your petitioners therefore humbly pray your honorable house,—That no individual who is unacquainted with the Welsh language, may be henceforward instituted to a bishopric in Wales; that all those parishes which are at present attached to bishoprics and sinecures in England may, on the expiration of existing interests, cease to be applied to purposes unconnected with the Principality of Wales; that some security may be provided for the residence of incumbents, and the incomes of the clergy may be more strictly proportioned to the responsibilities with which they may be burdened, and the duties they may be called upon to perform.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.
TESTIMONIAL OF REGARD TO THE REV. JOHN BLACKWELL.
We are compelled, in consequence of the lengthened accounts of last St. David's anniversary, to greatly abridge the communication sent us of the testimonial of regard presented 10 Mr. Blackwell; but by so placing the matter on record, we trust we are fulfilling the wishes of both the donors and receiver. A large meeting of the friends of the Rev. gentlemen and parishioners of Holywell having subscribed for the purpose
presenting the Rev. John Blackwell, B.A., late curate of that place, with some suitable memorial of their regard and esteem, for the exemplary discharge of his sacred duties while curate-assembled last month, at the White Horse Inn, ata public breakfast, when a splendid tea service, consisting of coffee pot, tea pot, sugar basin, cream ewer, tea spoons and tongs, and two salvers were presented to him in the presence of the following ladies and gentlemen:
R. J. Mostyn, esq. and Mrs. Mostyn, Calcott Hall; Mrs. Williamson, Greenfield; Mrs. Addison; Mrs. Brighouse: Mrs. Doctor Williams; Mrs. Unsworth; Mrs. Skelton; Miss Whitley; Miss Cooke; Miss Mostyn; Miss Williamson; Miss Littlewood; Miss Forest: Rev. J. Jones, B. 'D. vicar of Holywell; Rev. H. Jones, vicar of Norihop; Rev. C. B. Clough, vicar of Mold; Mr. Williamson ; Mr. Addison; Mr. C. Oldfield; Mr. Ilarrison, spirit-merchant; Mr. Harrison, Saithelwyd; Mr. Williams, surgeon; Mr. C Simon, Mr. Meredith Vickers; Mr. Benj. Harrison; Mr. W. Skelton; Mr. II. Hughes; Mr. Jones Edwards; Mr. Brighouse; Mr. Edisbury; Mr. Ilumphrey Roberts; Mr. Littlewood; Mr. W. P. Jones; Mr. W.
Williamson; Mr. G. Williamson; Mr. Croft; Masters Unsworth; &c. &c.
A TEA SERVICE,
together with this and a corresponding Salver,
WAS PRESENTED TO
THE REV. JOHN BLACKWELL, B. A.
CURATE OF HOLYWELL, By a number of his affectionate parishioners and friends, as a small token of their gratitude and esteem for his character as a friend and a minister of the gospel; and gratitude for the zealous, conscientious,and truly pious manner in which he discharged his duties during four years' residence in this parish.
Holywell, 36th Feb. 1833. After the company had done justice to the sumptuous entertainment provided by the committee of management, Mr. Mostyn, the chairman, then presented the service, accompanied by an exceedingly good address, which did full justice to his own feelings, as also those of the entire meeting, justly eulogising the many good qualities of Mr. Blackwell, and their extreme regret at losing him from their parish.
Those who have ever heard Mr. Blackwell, need only be told, that he dwelt with his usual ability in describing his sensations on receiving so splendid and gratifying a testimonial of their regard. Mr. Blackwell is a man possessing extreme vigor and originality of mind, and we do not think he ever spoke better, beautiful as were many of his former addresses at Eisteddvods, &c. We very much regret we cannot dwell upon this interesting subject. Several gentlemen addressed the meeting, and the best feelings of the heart were called forth in all.
TESTIMONIAL TO MR. JOHN PARRY.
The members of the Royal Society of Musicians having voted a piece of plate to Mr. Parry, the composer, as a reward for his exertions in promoting the interests of the institution, the ceremony of presentation took place at the Freemason's Tavern, last February, when the committee and a few musical friends dined. Mr. Horsley iu the chair, and Mr. Calkin, vice president.
The testimonial consisted of a very elegantly chased silver coffee-pot and a massive sugar bowl, with rich and finely executed serpent handles, manufactured by Mr. Ellis, of John street, with the following inscription:
“ Presented by the members of the Royal Society of Musicians to Mr. John Parry, honorary treasurer, in testimony of their regard for him, and of the high sense they entertain of his unwearied and valuable services in behalf of the institution.-- Jan. 1833.
Mr. Ilorsley addressed Mr. Parry in a very eloquent manner, and in such terms as could not but be highly Hattering to his feelings. Among other encomiums paid was, that Mr. Parry had been the means of adding to the funds of the society upwards of £60 per annum for the last twelve years.
The following gentlemen were present: Mr. Horsley, Sir G. Smart, Messrs. G. B. Cramer, Moschelles, Hawes, T. Cooke, Harley, Lyon Mackintosh, Sherrington, Anderson, Calkin, Simcock, Weippert, Fitzwilliam, Parry, jun. and a few private friends. A variety of glees, &c. were sung in the course of the evening, and some excellent comic songs by Harley, T. Cooke, and Fitzwilliam. Mochelles delighted the company by a masterly extemporaneous performance on the piano-forte.
APPOINTMENT OF SHERIFFS.
ST. DAVID'S COLLEGE. The following prizes have lately been awarded at St. David's College, for the year 1832.
1. For the best Latin Essay on the following subject : “Non igitur parum refert, sed permultum, utrum sic, an sic à pueris assuescamus : immo vero totum in eo positum est.” Arist. Ethic. lib. 2, c. 1, ad fin. a prize of ten pounds—William Collins Colton.
2. For the best Welsh Essay on the following subject: “Y Breinteau yr ydys yn eu mwynhau o herwydd y Diwygiad Crefyddol (Reformation) ym Mhrydain;" a prize of ten pounds—George Howell.
3. For the best English Essay on the following subject : “ Inter omnes quas unquam novit Orbis, cultus Dei, hac nostra qua gloriamur Christiana, et qua in mediis ærumnis beati sumus, nulla est quod ad historiam certior, quod ad mysteria sublimior, quod ad præcepta purior et perfectior, quod ad ritus denique et cultum gravi simplicitate venerabilior.” Leighion; a prize of ten pounds-Benjamin Morgan, (now curate of Pembryn.)
4. For the best classical examination ; a prize of ten pounds-Philip Soulbien Desprez.
5. For the best Hebrew examination; a prize of ten pounds—Rees Williams.
6. For the best Euclid examination-John Hughes.
Three shocks of earthquake have been distinctly felt at Swansea, and its neighbourhood, during last quarter. That on a Sunday is described as considerably stronger than those experienced on the preceding days, and is declared by officers who have served in various parts of the globe, to be equal in violence to any they ever felt. The latter shock was experienced in various parts of the Principality, and gave rise to a good deal of alarm and apprehension.
The following is a list of old people upwards of 80 years of age, now living, and belonging to the parish of Llanfachreth, Merionethshire :-Gwen Williams, Cae Howel, 92; Jane Edmund, Cwmheisin, 91; Catherine Richards, Maesgwyn, 89; Hugh Williams, Tan y foel, 88; Jane, his wife, 80; Robert Edmund, Tyn y simdda, 86 ; Catherine, his wife, 87; Evan Edward, Tycerrig, 86; Evan Lloyd, Glasdir, 86; Elizabeth Jones, Tynchaf, 86; John Edwards, Llan, 84; Mary Rice, Tyn y wllyn, 84; Robert Edward, Cae yr hwyaid, 84; Margaret Roberts, Tyn y buarth, 83; John Ellis, Felin Newydd, 83; Robert Edward, Llan, 82; Ellis Jones, Caer hydwydd, 82 ; William Rice, Turnpike-gate, 82; Mary, his wife, 81; John Williams, Tyn-y-mynydd, 81; Reynallt William, Cae Howel, 81; Margaret Jones, Tynewydd, 81; Lowri William, Caerhydwydd, 80; Thomas Williams, Cae Glas, 80; David Jones, Hafod-y-geifr, 80; Jonat, his wife, 80; John Davies, Buarthre, 80. The population of the above parish does not exceed 900, which number, when divided by 27, the number of aged persons enumerated in the foregoing list, gives the result, that in Llanfachreth, one person out of 33 lives to the age of 80, or upwards. This affords a strong proof of the salubrity of the air of the Principality, and should operate strongly in inducing the wealthy of England and Ireland to pass their summer months in Wales, instead of resorting to the Continent.
The inhabitants of Builth, Breconshire, complain of the operation of the Reform Bill with reference to the Hundred of Builth, and have come to the resolution of addressing Lord John Russell on the subject. The specified nature of their complaint is, “that when a contest occurs for the election of a county member, in that county the poll is solely confined to the town of Brecon, although the town of Builth is seventeen miles, and the extremity of the hundred full thirty miles from Brecon; while it is provided by the Bill that no person is required to travel more than fifteen miles for the purpose of giving his vote, which is less than the distance of the extremities of the county in almost every direction from Brecou, but in none so great as in Builth hundred. Radnorshire, the adjoining county, which is not more than half the extent, and contains about half the number of inhabitants, has seven places appointed for taking the poll; and all the neighbouring counties enjoy the same privilege in a greater or less degree.”
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATUS.
Births. At Eaton Hall, near Chester, the Marchioness of Westminster, of a son.The lady of Mr. Swan, Surgeon, of Cowbridge, of a son.--Mrs. Roberts, Port Madoc, of a daughter.—Mrs. Thomas llenry Evans, of Palace Street, Carnarvon, of a son.—At Beaumaris, the lady of the Rev. H. D. Owen, Head Master of the Grammar School, of a son. The lady of Charles Henry Evans, Esq. of Henblas, Anglesey, of a son.-At Baraset, Bengal, the lady of the Rev. R. H. Mytton, of Garth, Montgomeryshire, of a son and heir. At Boulston, near Harerford-west, the lady of R. I. Ackland, esq. of a son. - The lady of the Rev. Thomas Salway, Vicar of Oswestry, of a son.-At Churchstoke Parsonage, Montgomeryshire, the lady of the Rev. R. Amber, of a daughter.—At Tanyrallt, near Bangor, the lady of Jno. Williams Ellis, esq. of a son.—At Aberystwith, the Lady of Alfred Stephens, esq. of a son. At Cantreff, Breconshire, the lady of the Rev. John Thos. Powell, of a daughter.-At Bangor, the lady of Thomas Griffiths, esq. M.R.C.S. of a son.-At Perthyterfyn, Holywell, Mrs. Copner Oldfield, of a son.
Marriages. At St. Michael's Church, Chester, by the Rev. J. Eaton, the Rev. E. O. Hughes, of Brynllwyd, Anglesey, to Miss Charlotte Jones, of Chester.—At Berriew, John Rainer, esq. of Reading, to Harriette, eldest daughter of the Rev.J. Jones, of Brithdir Hall, Montgomeryshire.-At Swansea, by the Rev. Wm. Hewson, D.D. the Rev. Thos. Bowen, curate of that church, to Ellen Rosa, second daughter of Richard Morgan, esq. of Swansea.--At Ruthin, by the Rev. Francis Owen, Mr. Henry Davies, Wrexham, to Margaret, daughter of the late Rev. Edward Davies, head master of Llanrwst Grammar School.–At Abergwessin, Brecknockshire, the Rev. Millingchamp Davies, A.M. Rector of Trevilan, Cardiganshire, to Miss Sarah Mainwaring, of St. John street, Chester.—At Llanbadarnfawr, by the Rev. John Hughes, the Rev. Benjamin Rees, to Mrs. Williams, Marine Terrace, Aberystwith. -At Llechgwenfarwidd, by the Rev. Hugh Wynne Jones, William Walthew, esq. of Holyhead, to Eliza, eldest daughter of the late Owen Jones, esq. of Lligwy, Anglesey.-At Chester, Mr. J. Williams, of Llandilofawr, Carmarthenshire, to Miss Elizabeth Williams, niece of the late R. Maddox, esq. of Richmond Hill, near Carnarvon.—At Bristol, Henry Ravenhill Granger, esq. of Stourbridge, to Henrietta Sophia, only daughter of H. Withers, esq. and niece of the late Sir Charles Trubshaw Withers, of Cowen Park, Radnorshire, and Dripsale, Worcestershire.-At Aberporth, Cardiganshire, Jenkin Beynon, esq. of Pennar, Cardiganshire, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of the Rev. T. Thomas.—At Mold, by the Rev. Charles Butler Clough, Edward Whitley, esq. of Bryncoed, to Catharine, eldest daughter of Mr. Edward Griffith, of Rhydgaled, near the former place. At Ysceifiog, by the Rev. Mr. L. Lloyd, rector of Nannerch, Thos. Marshall Griffith, esq. of Ash Grove, in the county of Salop,to Eliza, daughter of the Rev. William Williams, Rector of Ysceifiog, and one of the Canons of St. Asaph Cathedral.- At St. George's church, Dublin, by the Rev. Charles Vignolis, Chaplain to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, Robert Griffith Williams, of the Friars, in the county of Anglesey, Bart., to Marianne, third daughter of Piers Gale, esq. of Mountjoy square, Dublin. There were present at the ceremony Lady Somerville and Mrs. Caulfield, sisters of the bride, Sir Henry and Lady Meredyth, Lady De Bath, Mrs. Mead Hobson, and the Misses Webster, Mr. Mrs. and Miss French, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey, Major Slade, Captains Paget, Vaughan, Clements, and Geale, Messrs. Hume, Armit, Brooke, &c. &c.—At Llangoed church, by the Rev. Thomas Williams, Francis H. Redding, esq. of Beaumaris, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Thomas Jones, esq. of Cromlech, in the county of Anglesey.-At Holyhead, by the Rev. John Jones, B.D., H. W. Mulvany, esq. of Dublin, Barrister at Law, to Ann, eldest daughter of Captain Judd, R.N., of Holyhead.—George Anderson, esq. of Islington, to Ann, eldest daughter of Thomas Jones, esq. of White House, Builth, Breconshire.--At Baschurch, Edward Boodle, of Winston, youngest son of the late Wm. Boodle, esq. of Clay House, Flintshire, to Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. John Pickstock, of Baschurch.—At Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, by the Rev. J. Griffith, M.A., Humphrey Jones Evans, esq. to Anne, second daughter of the late Rev. J. Richards, Clerk.
Deaths. At Beaumaris, in the 75th year of his age, James Harris, esq.--At the advanced age of 82, Mrs. Owen, relict of the late Rev. Rd. Owen, Rector of Edern Carnarvonshire.—Thomas Twiston, esq. of Denbigh, aged 85.—At Holyhead, Mrs. Walthew, mother of Mr. Walthew, Surgeon, of Holyhead.