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Distinguished Churchmen and

Phases of Church Work


CHAPTER I

THE BISHOP OF LLANDAFF

The Right Rev. Richard Lewis, D.D., Doyen of Welsh Bishops.

CHURCH EXTENSION IN WALES.

“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land?”—SCOTT.


Troublous Times in Church and Country—Demise of Archbishop Tait and Bishop Ollivant—Dr Benson becomes Primate—Episcopal Vacancies at Truro and Llandaff—Archdeacon of St David's chosen for the Welsh See—New Bishop's Distinguished Welsh Ancestry—Welshmen's Pride in Choice of a Welshman—Their Testimony to His All-round Good Work—G.O.M. of the Church in Wales—Llandaff Palace—His Lordship's Views—Church in Wales no Alien Church—Great on Church Extension—Plain Spoken on Temperance and Education—Why the Bishop nearly resigned the See

When Mr Gladstone offered me the Bishopric of Llandaff, in 1883, I can honestly say that I did not know he was aware of my existence.”

Such was the frank confession of the Right