The Welsh Revival Welsh Revival The Welsh Revival 1904
Welsh Revival 1904


T. Mardy Rees

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Part 1

Chapter I
Two successful soul-winners. —-Family, origin and credentials. — Of Baptist stock. —Reformers of Monmouthshire. — Pontypool. — Early environment. — Parents. —Granny Walden. — Rev. David Roberts. — Seth‘s exploits as boy. — British School — First occupation. — Runner, wrestler and boxer. — Frank kept at school.

Chapter II
Treforest. —Brothers in Church Choir. —Advent of Salvation Army. —Ted Rickett. —Dai Caravan. —Frank and Seth are converted. —Remarkable experiences. —Seth at Blaenavon. — Frank at Cinderford.

Chapter III
Frank arrives at Neath, Fair Week, 1882. —Account of first Sunday morning service, by Dr. Davies. —Other reformers at Neath, Rev. William Davies and Rev. John Wesley. —Seth joins Frank at Neath. —The reason why. —Seth knocked sinners down and Frank, picked them up. —Archdeacon Griffith a true, friend— First Mission Hall. —Quaker supporters and others. —Worked without Secretary or Committee. —Wonderful provision for them. —Seth’s wedding. —His description of first home. — Converted clowns and pugilists preach at Neath. —Summoned for Street obstruction. —Gaol threatened. —Fine paid by unknown friend.

Chapter IV
Seth keeps a Diary, 1887—1890. — Programme of meetings for the week. — Open-air services. — Favourite spots in the town. — Fierce opposition. — Cottage prayer meetings. — Buying books. — Tract distribution. — Beech tree in Gnoll Woods. —Bibles sold at Neath Fair. — Preaching to showmen. — Sequah’s visit. — Coal waggon as pulpit. — Crier’s bell. — Family altar. — Gospel Temperance. — Evidence before Sunday Closing Commission.

Chapter V
Moral condition of Neath. — Prayer for blessing, — Seth saves the Neath Y.M.C.A.— Some notable converts at the Mission. — Ton Thomas (Twm y Glomen), Charlie the Gipsy, David Thomas (Dai Mali), Maggie the Nuts. — Evan Rees, one of the four Founders of the Sunday School. — Jim Currie’s escape. — The last groat in the house and the reward.

Chapter VI
The Mission Choir formed and trained by Frank. — Secretary and Treasurer appointed in 1887. —Income in I888. — Coal supplied in answer to prayer. — The brothers’ genius for making friends. — Oscar Snelling and Captain Harvey. — Visits to Cornwall. — Excursions to llfracombe and Porthcawl. — Panic owing to a telegram. —CaIl to Bristol in I888. —Rev. Caleb Joshua’s visits to the Mission. — Neath Mission taken over by the Presbyterian, Forward Movement. — Frank ordained at Cilfynydd Association. — Well-organised church. —Prominent workers. — Second Hall built, 1903-4. — Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams. — Effect of Great War upon Frank Joshua’s health. — Death in 1920. — Memorial Cross and magnificent Organ. — Inscription.

Chapter VII
Frank’s personality. — Selflessness. — Charm of manner. — How he trained Bob Jones as conductor. — Studied in Gnoll Woods. — Huddersfield “ a favourite tune. — Care for the poor. — Willing helpers. — Testimony of Police Superintendent. — Mrs. Penn Lewis bears witness. — His good humour. — “Count your blessings,” an incident. — Adam, where art thou? — “Good at heart,” his retort. — Are you converted? — A ruse that failed. — A bribe offered but refused. — The table Ioaned by a county policeman. — A threat to shoot Frank — A soldier fed.

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Part 2

Chapter I
Seth Joshua and Dr. John Pugh. —Seth goes to Cardiff with a borrowed tent in I89I. —Why he left Neath. —First tent at East Moors. —First convert. —Neville Street, Canton. —Carpenter‘s loft. —Memorial Hall, Cowbridge Road. —Cardiff “shebeens.”— Memorable experiences. —Old Dan Rees. —Ordained in 1893. — Newport. —Cardiff. —Swansea. — The opinion of Dr. Cynddylan Jones, “Best all round missioner I have ever known.

Chapter II
Two remarkable years, 1903-04. —Friends lost in 1903. —Connexional Evangelist, 1904. —A day at Langstone Park, shooting. — Reasonable recreation. —Visit to Shrewsbury, Coedway, Montgomery, Newtown and Welshpool. —Glasgow. —Illness. —Rev. William Ross, Cowcaddens. —Seth reads the mystics, Madame Guyon and Santa Teresa. —Driven to bare faith. —Rev. W. Ross at Cardiff. —Missions at Maesteg and Blaenycwm. —Visit to Rocking Stone, Pontypridd. —Moorland Road Hall. —Wrexham Mission. —Trevethin: —Sketch of sermon on 2 Cor. 5, 1. —Beaten oil. —Death of Rev. W. Ross. —Prestatyn. —Vale of Clwyd. — Pontnewynydd. —Hafod. —Sophia Gardens. —Interview with Revs. Thomas Law and F. B. Meyer. —Cinderford. —Llandrindod. —Profitable conversation. —New hall opened at Neath. —Gower. —Stripping for mission work,

Chapter III
Mission at Neath, Sept. 1904. —Cardiganshire. —Seth’s prayers for a revivalist. —New Quay. —Newcastle Emlyn. —Full assurance of faith. —Blaenannerch, Evan Roberts’s prayer. —Morriston. —Penffordd. —Cinematograph used. —. Llandudno, Seth and Frank. — Rhyl

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