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MORRIS , CALEB ( 1800 - 1865 ), Congregational minister ;

b. 12 Aug. 1800 at Parcyd , in the parish of Whitchurch, Pembs. He was educated at Cardigan , Haverfordwest , and the Carmarthen grammar school . He was received into church membership in Pen-y-groes, Pembs. , when he was 14; it was there also that he commenced to preach later. He went to Carmarthen Academy in 1819 . In 1822 he received a call to Narberth, Pembs. , he was ordained there 2 April 1823 . Morris moved to Fetter Lane , London , in 1827 . In 1838 he was invited to accept the principalship of the Independent College , Brecon , but he refrained from undertaking the responsibility. Large crowds flocked to Fetter Lane to hear him. Owing to periods of physical weakness he was in the habit of returning to Wales to seek a renewal of his strength. He also sought for health in Switzerland and Germany but had to relinquish the care of his church and retire to Pembrokeshire where he d. 26 July 1865 . He possessed unusual gifts as a preacher and delighted in spiritual meditation. In spite of physical weakness he became one of the leading lights of the London pulpit.

Sources:

  • The Congregational Year Book , 1866 ;
  • D. Tyssil Evans , Cofiant a detholiad o bregethau y Parch Caleb Morris, Fetter Lane, Llundain / The life and ministry of the Rev. Caleb Morris who was the minister of the Tabernacle, Narberth; and of Fetter Lane Chapel, London , Cardiff, 1900; English edition, 1902 , 1902.

Author:

Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959