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THE BISHOP OF LLANDAFF

shall all combine, both as Churchmen and Nonconformists, to work harmoniously together, for we have all the same end in view—viz., the salvation of mankind.” The idea—the prayer, properly speaking—struck deep root. It proved to demonstration the breadth of mind of the Bishop, particularly when taken in comparison with the fact that he had previously felt himself justified in signing the memorial to Archbishop Tait in favour of toleration in ritual. That the Bishop, however, was a sturdy defender of the Church and an equally sturdy patriot has always stood unchallenged. It is recalled that on one occasion, before his appointment to Llandaff, he expressed himself thus:—

As well at home as abroad there is growing up a spirit of discontent and unrest, of impatience of all authority, of indifference, if not open hostility, to all forms of religion a spirit which finds utterance in the words of the following stanza:—

Down with the Monarchy, down with the Crown,
Down with the Altar, and down with the Throne,
Down with all tyranny of kingcraft or priest,
And stand by the rights of the people—

which, unless by God's great mercy it be restrained, may ere long issue in a national calamity too terrible to contemplate.

Reverting to the Bishop's surprise on the receipt of Mr Gladstone's autograph letter offering him the See of Llandaff, there are two important events to be noted, which, on the one hand, prove that the people in the Diocese of St