Excerpt from Rhys Lewis, Minister of Bethel: An Autobiography
The Minister of Bethel has now for some time been peacefully reposing beneath the turf of the Valley. In his day he was reckoned a wise and an unassuming man, those best acquain ted with him being Wont to say there was more in him than was seen on the surface. Although as a minister of the Gospel he was a public character, as it is called, he was always averse to making a parade of himself. As a preacher he was not popular, chieﬂy because he could not sing, which was a great drawback. Nevertheless, he had at all times something to say which was well worth the listening to; and I have heard men of mature judgment aver that his sermons, were they printed, would compare favourably with the best produc tions of the Welsh pulpit. Indeed, the few things from his pen which appeared in the Tractarian were attributed to Dr. And were read with avidity. In those days, writers' names were not appended to their productions in that valuable quarterly. Even if they had been, probably no one would have gone to the trouble of reading the contributions of Rhys Lawis.
His pastorate was, on the whole, a happy and a successful one. It must be admitted, however, that this was but an acci dent of the situation, due chieﬂy to the fact that the majority of the Church to which he ministered were possessed of a good deal of common sense and just a little of Christian feeling.
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