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r- THE NEW BISHOP OF ST. ASAPH. In quoting an announcement from the Liverpool Mercury last week, with respect to the selection of Dr. GRIFFITHS M the new Bishop of St. Asaph, we intimated that another name had been mentioned to us on good authority. It was the name of the Rev. JOSHUA HUGHES, B.D., Vicar of Llandingat with Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, near Llan- dovery, and proctor for the diocese of St. David's. After all the false rumours which have been spread, and none of 'Which we were inclined to accept-although the nomina- tion of the Ven. BASIL JONES gained very general credence -it is satisfactory to have all doubts set at rest by the assurance that Mr HUGHES is, without doubt, to be the new prelate. We do not know that there is much to be said about the appointment. It has been accepted with a good deal of very natural complacence in Wales, because Mr HUGHES is a Welshman and an alumnus of St. David's College, Lampeter—not a graduate of Cambridge, as some of the papers have stated-a Welsh scholar, and an eloquent Welsh preacher. The Spectator characterizes the appoint- ment as "highly respectable, but-uninteresting," a qualification which hardly holds good in Wales. The WestenulIail gives the following sketch of the bisliop- Hominate's career- One objection that may be raised to the appointment is that the new bishop is comparatively little known. It is quite true that his name has not often been brought prominently before the public, but his merits as a hard-working but unobtrusive clergyman are generally recognized. The following brief ac- count of the most prominent incidents in his life will doubtless be read with interest by those who are strangers to the recom- mendations which have led to his elevation. He is, we under- stand, about sixty years of age, a man of the highest character and varied experience. He is a native of Pembrokeshire, and Was educated at St. David's College, Lampeter. He commenced his career as a clergyman as curate to the late Archdeacon Hughes at Aberystwyth, and his labours in that comparatively humble sphere of duty 'were of the most energetic description. lie succeeded early in life in establishing his reputation as an effective preacher. After serving the curacy of Devynock for a short time, lie was subsequently nominated to the incumbency of St. David's Carmarthen, and soon afterwards presented to the vicarage f Abergwilli by the Bishop of St. David's, who, it is worthy of note, himself resides in that parish. Here again he was most successful in getting together large congregations, and in securing the ardent attachment of his flock. He was then appointed, the Bishop of St. David's being again his patron, to the living he now holds, in which he has worked with un- wearied diligence for twenty-four years. He is well known amongst his brother clergymen as a man of great kindhearted- Hess, and possessed of a quality which St. Paul tells us is requisite 111 everv bishop—genial hospitality. He holds the office of rural dean and has several times been selected as proctor to Convoca- tion, in which capacity he is much respected, and listened to, When he has occasion to speak, with invariable attention and deference. He has frequently spoken in Convocation on matters bearing upon the welfare of the church in Wales. We may add, for the comfort of the Saturday Review, that his knowledge of the English language is unimpeachable. He is reported to be a ttian of pleasing manner and winning address, and, at the same time, possessed of much strength and decision of character, and -a very valuable requisite-good business habits. He is also Said to be an able theologian, and an administrator of the highest class. If all this is true of him—and we do not speak at *andom, but from information received from authentic sources- lie may certainly be said to combine in a rare degree the most essential qualifications for a good Welsh bishop. Such different papers as the Daily News and the Globe speak well of the appointment; but the Cambria Daily Leader, on the other hand, says-" Wales must be thank- Jul for small mercies, and certainly it would be difficult to find one smaller than has just been conferred by Mr GLADSTONE." The Leader criticizes the conduct of the PREMIER in selecting a conspicuous political opponent, but surely this is exceedingly creditable to Mr GLADSTONE, both on general and personal grounds, since it gives em- phasis to the dictum that such appointments ought to be e from other than political motives. Mr HUGHES, it is stated, belongs to what is called the evangelical party, a fact which will, no doubt, make the appointment all the raore acceptable to the people of Wales, and which affords fresh instance of Mr GLADSTONE'S desire to allot a fair Share of episcopal favours to all sections of the church. We are sure the new bishop will be cordially welcomed by the dergy and laity of St. Asaph, and we hope he will efiaulate the wisdom and generosity of the Minister Who has selected him, by forgetting the distinctions of Party, and trying to administer the affairs of the diocese in that liberal and comprehensive spirit which ought to distinguish the prelate of a national church. It is stated that a memorial will be presented to the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, praying that the consecration of Bishop JEUGHES may take place in St. Asaph Cathedral, which ^illjbea novelty in the Principality. -Omestry Advertizer.