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PREACHING HOUSES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY.
FOR JANUARY, 1818.
MEMOIR OF MR. WILLIAM WILLIAMS.
REV. AND DEAR SIR,
AMONGST the great variety of useful articles that enrich the valuable pages of your widely circulated Magazine, there is none, in the opinion of many of your readers, better calculated to answer the end you have in view, than that in which you record the holy and useful lives, and the peaceful and triumphant deaths, of eminent Christians and ministers.
The following brief memoir of my highly valued friend, and beloved brother, William Williams, should in justice have been written and sent you long ago. This, however, is of little consequence, as any authentic document concerning such a man can never fail to be interesting. But now you have it, I regret that want of materials, of time, and ability, have prevented it from being what it ought to have been. I have done, not what I wished, but what I could. I am, Rev. and dear Sir, Your's, very respectfully, V. WARD.
Edinburgh, June 21, 1817.
It is much to be regretted that our dear brother kept neither diary nor journal; nor have I any record of his conversion, piety, and labours, but in a few invaluable letters to his muchbeloved sister; some remarks, by a few of his friends; and what a few years intimate acquaintance with him, has impressed upon my own heart. He was born in Newport, in South Wales, July 17, 1770, where his father kept an inn, and the post-office. How long he continued in that town, after the death of his parents, or how he spent the first 17 years of his youth, we have no information. In 1788 we find him commencing his apprenticeship, to a respectable haberdasher, in Bristol. Soon after his arrival in that city, God, who is rich in mercy, truly converted his soul. He went to church one Sabbath with his mind painfully exercised by some trial, which rendered the world disgusting to him rather than desirable. The text was, "Sing, * A 2 *