- [1601x1937] / (Creation)
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Name of creator
David Erwyd Jenkins, Calvinistic Methodist minister and historian, was born in Pont-Yates, Carmarthenshire. He began preaching at Ebenezer Calvinistic Methodist church in Newport, Monmouthshire. Following his graduation from University College, Aberystwyth Jenkins was appointed pastor, in 1893, at Llanbadarn Fawr, followed by pastorates at Tremadog (1895) and Denbigh (1901). It was in Denbigh that Jenkins embarked on his lifelong research into the history of the Calvinistic Methodist cause and also upon his publishing career, which included an exhaustive three-volume biography of Thomas Charles. He was appointed by the Calvinistic Methodist History Society to copy, and edit for publication, the correspondence and diaries of Howel Harris but the project never came to fruition due to the intervention of the Great War and Jenkins spent most of his remaining life as assistant master at Denbigh Intermediate School.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
NLW MSS 12731-12853; Mrs D. E. Jenkins, widow of D. E. Jenkins; Denbigh; Purchase; 1938
NLW MS 12619C; Hugh Evans & Son; Liverpool; Donation; 1939
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Scope and content
Manuscripts and papers, [1601x1937], of or in the possession of the Reverend David Erwyd Jenkins. They largely comprise material of Welsh historical, literary and religious interest, much of which relates to the Calvinistic Methodist movement in Wales during the early nineteenth century and includes transcripts of the letters of the Reverend Thomas Charles and John Jones, Tal-y-sarn. The collection also includes a substantial amount of correspondence addressed to David Erwyd Jenkins.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12619, 12731-12853.
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Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
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Language and script notes
English, Welsh, Latin, French.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).
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Title based on contents.
NLW MSS 12731-12853 were formerly known as D. E. Jenkins 1-123.
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein viewed via WWW, February and March 2010; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography WWW site, viewed February and March 2010; British History Online WWW site, viewed 14 April 2010;