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who are disposed to hear an Unitarias RELIGIOUS.
preacher. It is probable the novelty of An Accorint of Mr. W'right's Mission in a mnissionary from England of that de
Wules. Ectracted from his Journalsa scription excited their attention the [lo a Letter to the Secretary of the Uni- more. 3. At the progress Unitariantariau Fund.]
ism has already made in Wales, which DEAR SIR,
is far greater than I had anticipated. AVING never been in Wales
Our brethren had. kindly appointed besore, the ground was to me Mr. B. Phillips to be our conductor entirely new. This occasioned some from place to place; and as in many difficulty in the outset, as to the ar. places there were soune hearers who saogement of my plans, and occasioned could not understand English, Mr. ine much more travelling than would Phillips acted also as interpreter; on have been necessary, had I possessed such occasions he rep eated the sub as souch information respecting the stance of the sermon in Welsh, and I country, and the state of the Unitarian was toll, did it with much accuracy: cause in it, at the commencement as I J 242 sure he did it with much energy, did at the close of the journey. The and apparent cloquence. It was gratiground being new, I shall be the more fying to see a number of persons unacparticular in my account of what I did, quainted with English, sit with the the information I collected, and my greatest composure through a long serriews of what may be done in that vice, that they might afterwards hear inleresting part of the kingdom. I the discourse repeated to them in a lanspent seventy-four days in Wales, tra- guage they could understand. In most velled about eight hundred miles, instances a large proportion of the heaspeated sixty-nine times, and in forty- ers understood English, in many nearly three places; 'administered the Lord's all of them, and in a number the suppet iwice, delivered an address at a whole congregation. public baptism, and had much theo- According to the plan proposed, it logical conversation with friends in was my intention to hase gone from diferent places. The congregations Wales to Cornwall; but, when I had were generally large, in many places been three weeks in Wales, I found it crowded, and the hearers, with very would be absolutely necessary, in order few exceptions, always deeply atten to the proper execution of my mission tive. I have the higher opinion of the in that country, that I should derote Welsh people for having travelled my time to it until the season for daily ainoy them, and of the suceess of travelling, during the present year, Unitarianism in that part of the island, would be over: and that if I attempted from what I saw and heard during my to embrace both Cornwall and Wales journey.
in the present journey, I could not During part of this mission, viz. the have sufficient time in ejsher. This first thirty-eight days in Wales, I was led me to alter my plan. favoured with the company and assis- We entered the principality on the tance of Mr. Meek, one of the stu- 22nd of July, After passing through dents in the Unitarian Academy, who Wrexham, where there are friends to preached seven times, administered the cause, having no introduction to baptism, and participated in many in- any person or place, not having been teresting conversations. Mr. Meek able to gain any information respecting also preached several times as we were any Unitarians, or persons favourable on our way to Wales.
to Unitarianism, in North Wales, and I was happily disappointed in three finding the English language very little things. I. In the number of places understood there; we traveled across. where an English preacher can be un- that part of the country with as much derstood by the hearers in general, and expedition as possible, directing our that in most places in South Wales steps towards Cardiganshire, where we there are many who can understand began our mission. In South Wales I him. 2. In the number of people in learned that there are some persons, in most of the towns and even villages, more places than one in the Nartbrera
Intelligence.-Wright's Journal of an Unitarian Mission in South Wales. 681 counties, who are in whole or in part large school-room. I preached to a 'Unitarians, hut could gain no definite numerous assembly of attentive hearaccount of them. I shall be thankful ers. Mr. Phillips gave an outline of to any person who can and will the
discourse in Welsh, communicate 10 me any information These congregations are supplied by respecting the state of inquiry and the before-mentioned Mr. D. J. Rees progress of religious opinions in North and Mr. Thomas, from Carmarthen, Wales; in particular if they will com- shire, who succeeds Mr. James, municate the names and places of 4. Lampeter, a market lown. Here residence of any persons who are fa. I preached in a room at the inn, vourable to Upuarianism in that part which was crowded with hearers. of the principality. It appears to me 5. Llandyssil, Here I preached in that a correspondence with that part of a school-room to a large company. the country is desirable, and might lead Mr. Meek preached at Lloyd-Jack, to some important results.
to a preuy large and attentive audio After the preceding introductory re- euce; and Mr. Phillips gave an outmarks, I proceed to state succinctly the line of the discourse in Welsh. particulars of this inission. It was ex. At some of the above places many (ended to six counties.
strangers attended, persons of differeat .: I. CARDIGANSHIRE.
Ainong our friends in Cardigan,
Unitarianism has been but recently the oldest Unitarian in this part of the introduced in this county; one concountry, and of Mr. J. James, lately gregation only is yet formed, but removed to Glamorganshire. These there are persons favourable to the . worthy men were several years joint doctrine in several other places. As. minisiers of the Unitarian churches the English language is chiefly spoken in Cardiganshire. The following are in Pembrokeshire (indeed in a conthe places where I preached in this siderable part of it they know nothing county.
of Welsh), I thought it right to pay 1. Pont-y-Defæid. The congrega a particular attention to this districi, tion in this place is well established and to the infaut church which has in the Unitarian doctrine. I preached, been lately formed at Teinpleton. once, and Mr. J. Thomas, from After going forward into CarmarthenIsling!on, afterwards delivered a ser- shire and Glamorganshire, I returned mon in Welsh. The audience were and spent eight more days in Pemdeeply attentive.
brokeshire. The following are the 2. Capel-y-Grocs. Here also the places I visited. congregation are steady, well-informed 1. Templeton. Here a decent house Unitarians. I preached to them once, has been erected for the worship of and Mr. B. Phillips interpreted to the One and Only God, on the most those who did noi undersiand En- economical plan possible, and one glish.
individual who is the chief support of 3. Lloyd-Jack, a farm house. Uni- the cause in the place, and who has tarian worship is here copducted in a a large family, is still £43 158. 6.
out of pocket, by the erection ; which woman: the last congregation was
was crowded with
, giren, and steady exertions te con- if I went merely in the character of a cinued, much good will be done at Dissenting minister I should be corTempleton and the country around it: dially welcomed; but considering the there are many openings for preach- character in which I should appear, ing, where occasional lectures might my visit would be turned to their disbe delivered, and much attention and advantage. I however went and inquiry is already excited,
preached in a house which had been 2. Narbeth, a market town, a short an inn. We had a large congregation. distance from Templeton. Here 1 I found afterwards several persons were preached to a multitude of people: I friendly to the cause. I was informed slood in a window at the inn, which four clergymen heard me: one of them, answered the purpose of a pulpit ; a the next morning, sent me the Bishop number of people were in the room, of St. David's paper, called “ The and several hundreds abroad ; indeed Unitarian Catechised," and I ordered the market place, which was before to be sent to him « The Unitarian the house, was pretty well filled. The Catechised, and Answering for Himaudience was generally very attentive. self." I learned afterwards that the clergy- I visited Milford, but could procure man of the parish threatened the no place ; and from the number of owner of the house for suffering us to rongh sailors, and what appeared to be meet there, but I believe some inquiry the general state of society there
, did was excited. Some of the inhabi- not think it prudent to preach in the tants came afterwards to Templeton to open air: besides, there were two meetheir me.
ings in the town that evening: how3. Saundersfoot, a village on the ever I had some interesting conver- " sea side. I visited and preached twice sation. at this place, in the house of a widow · I also went to Tenby, hoping to
Intelligence-Wright's Journal of an Unitarian Mission in South Wales. 682 preach there, but no place could be Phillips, and Mr. D. Johns, of St. procured, and I learned that the cler- Clears. This Mr. Johns is said to be gyman, who is also the mayor, would an excellent Welsh preacher; he is suffer no meetings to be held in the poor, and supports hiinself and family open air. He bad, a short time before, by the labour of his hands. prevented the bellinan's publishing a 5. Carmarthen. The Unitarian cause preaching in the Methodist meeting- in this town is highly important, and is house.
in a promising state. The congregation In the parts of Pembrokeshire bor. at Carmarthen is respectable, and a dering on Cardiganshire, I understand number of its members zealous in the there are a number of Unitarians; but cause. I preached there five times, learning that the Welsh language is and Mr. Meek onec. The congregachiefly spoken there, and those parts tions were always good, several of them being more remote, I thought it best to crowded ones, and the hearers rery at einploy my time in that part of the tentive. A number of strangers, of county where the English is chiefly different religious denominations, at. spoken. I was told of two congrega. tended. I was glad to find Mr. Evans, tions near Cardigan. These are visited late of Ilminster, who is now the mi occasionally by Mr. B. Phillips, and nister, at Carmarthen, much better in supplied at other times by others. health. There is reason to hope his
labours will be very useful in his present III. CARMARTHENSHIRE. situation. On the whole, Carinarthen Though in this county, some who exhibits a good prospect of success to raised expectation, and,scemed disposed the Unitarian canse. to inquire freely after truth, a few years 6. kidwelly. The minister in this since, have disappointed that expecta- place, Mr. Abel, ranks as an Arian! tion, and fallen back into the regions He very readily granted me the use of of mystery, the Unitarian cause is still his meeting-house. By some means advancing; Its most violent opposers the notice of my preaching did not arhave aided its progress, by even their rive in time, yet a good company was bitter invectives against it; they have called together in a few minutes, who helped to draw the altention of the were very attentive to the discourse I public to the subject. The seeds of delivered Unitarianism are too widely scattered, 7. Llanelly.. I visited and preached and have taken too much hold to be at this place twice, in a room in an rooted ont. In this county 1 preached uninhabited house. Mr. Meek also at the following places :
We had many at1. Panteg. In this village there is a tentive hearers. The last audience congregation of Cnitarian Baptists. Mr. would have been much larger, had it B. Evans is their minister. I preached not been for a heavy rain which conamong and had interesting conversa- tinued through the evening. I am rion with some of them. Mr. Phillips told there are about twelve Unitarians gave
the substance of the discourse in in Llanelly and its vicinity. It is very Welsh.
desirable a regular congregation should 2. Rhyd-y-Park. Mr. David Phil- be formed, and Unitariau worship conlips and Mr. J. Evans are the ministers ducted in this place. in this place. The former is in years 8. Llangynuleirn. This is an Unitaand inform; but his conversation is rian Baptist congregation, of which very interesting. I preached to a good my late friend, Mr. William Thomas, congregation.
was the minister. Since his death the 3. Felin-Court. Here I preached at place has been supplied by various mithe house of the sister of my worthy nisters. The congregation is not at friend Mr. Johns, of Manchester } the present in a good state. I preached room was well filled with attentive here once, and Mr. Phillips gave the hearers.
substance of the discourse in Welsh. 4. St. Clears. I visited and preached 9. Brechsa. The meetings are held twice in this place, at the house of Mr. here in a private house; the people are B. Phillips, to very attentive congre- Unitarian Baptists. Mr. B. Davies, a rations. There is a small Unitarian poor man, is their preacher. The Baptist society in the neighbourhood of room where the meeting was held was this town, which is supplied by Mr. crowded with attentive hearers, who
had been waiting nearly two hours be- discourse by an attempt to impress the fore we arrived, there being a mistake minds of his auditory with the neces. Fespecting the time when the service sity of attending to Scripture as the should be held. preached, and Mr. only proper guide in matters of reliPhillips repeated the discourse in gious faith and practice. The congreWelsh.
gation consisted of nearly 300 per10, Llandilo. Here I preached in a sons. room at one of the inns, had a large In the afternoon, Mr. Torrance and attentive company, and much con. preached a serion to a very numerous versation before and after the service. and attentive congregation, on the DiMr. Phillips translated.
rinc Unity, from 1 Pet. iv. 11.“ lfany 11. Llandyfaen. Here I had a bet- man speak, let him speak as the oracles ter audience than might have been ex. of God." He proved by a variety of pected, the service being in the middle arguments, that both nature and reveof the day. Mr. Phillips gave the lation declare God to be Que. He also substance of the sermon in Welsh. took a brief view of the doctrine of saMr. J. Griffiths, of Llandylie, an Uni. tisfaction, and shewed it to be contrary tarian Baptist, preaches to this and to every idea we have of the goodness several other small congregations. of the Father and Friend of man. At
12. Llandybic. Here I preached at six o'clock in the evening the chapel the house of Mr. Griffiths, just before was crowded to excess; it is supposed mentioned, to a crowded congregation, there were near 500 persons present, 1o. and Mr. Phillips interpreted. I visited whom Mr. Griswood preached a serthis place again; but the notice having mon from Mark xvi. 16, in which he miscarried, we could not have a public exhorted his hearers each for himself to meeting,
form his religious creed by the Gospel, On the whole, Carmarthenshire pre- that is alone calculated to promote the sents an extensive, and in many places love of God and the happiness of man. an encouraging field for the propagation He also made some apposite remarks of Unitarianism.
on the moral effects likely to be proMr. Jones, one of the Academical duced in the temper and conduct of Tutors at Carmarthen, who ranks as those whose actions are regulated an Arian, has a congregation at Capel- by it. Zion.
R. D. (To be concluded in our next No.)
The following is a statement of the
J. Kenrick, The following morning, the Chapel
W. Turner, was opened for Unitarian worship by Students at York College,
H. Turner, Bradford, Mr. Torrance, who conducted the de.
J, Rowdou, Esq. York, votional part of the service. After which, Mr. Griswood, of Hull, preach- Mrs. Cappe,
Mr. Robson, Newcastle,
0 10 6 ed an excellent serion frorni John Miss Hotlam, York, t. 29. “ Behold the Lamb of God, Sundry Subscriptions, which taketh away the sin of the word," in which he took a view of the state into which man was brought Paid for the Chapel, Writings, by Adam's transgression, proving that &c. the, doctrine of Original Sin is unsupported by the Scriptures. He then Debt upon the Chapel,, - 223 17 shewed in what sense Christ took away the sin of the world ; that it was not by becoming a vicarious sacrifice, Manchester College, York. but by his example and obedience to THE Rev. William Lamport, of? the will of God; that he brought life Lancaster, has offered a prize for an and immortality to light: closing his - essay in answer to a work lately pub
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