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MARCH, 1847,




EVERY attentive reader of Christian biography must have observed the substantial agreement that exists between the experience of one Christian and another; and although the circumstances of their conversion, and subsequent growth in grace, are almost endlessly varied, yet all begin with a heartfelt sense of the guilt of sin, and a personal trust in Christ, by which the burden is removed, and the soul is filled with peace and joy. The Christian life having been thus implanted in the heart, and being cherished by watchfulness and prayer, will produce its legitimate results in abstinence from the practice of all sin, and a conscientious discharge of holy duty. That the reader may become better acquainted with the nature and fruits of this, is the important end of religious biography, and that which the writer of this account has proposed to himself in preparing it for publication.*

Mr. John Hughes was one of a large family. He was born at Brecon, May 18th, 1776. His father was Mr. William Hughes, who carried on a respectable business in that town for nearly fifty years. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of John and Gwenllian Thomas, of Lanyceven, near Brecon. They had likewise a son, John, who became Vicar of Caerleon, Monmouthshire. Mr. Hughes, sen., was wice married. By his first wife he had three children, and by his second twelve, six of whom died in their infancy. John was the third son of this second family. From his childhood his disposition was lively and sociable, and he was regarded as an intelligent boy. When eleven years old, he was sent to the Grammar School at Brecon, then under the care of the Rev. David Griffiths, who had been Master of the College-School, as it is called, about twenty-five years. The late Dr. Coke, and several other persons of literary distinction, received their education in the same place, and from the same master. Under the care of his venerable preceptor, who gave him every encouragement, and treated him with great affection, he made considerable

* The compiler of this Memoir deems it right to record his obligations to the Rev. J. W. Rees, Rector of Cascob, to whom the manuscript has been submitted, for his valuable additions and corrections. Mr. Rees was well acquainted with the literary history of Mr. Hughes, and was many years his personal friend.


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