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W. Llewelyn Williams Papers,
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Articles and extracts relating to W. Llewelyn Williams,

Articles and photocopied extracts relating to W. Llewelyn Williams, 1967-[2005], including a copy of 'Cardiganshire Politics: The Liberal Ascendancy, 1885-1923', by Kenneth O. Morgan, 1967; extracts from various sources concerning his political work and private life; and extracts of various debates from the House of Commons relating to the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales.

Articles by W. Llewelyn Williams,

Articles by W. Llewelyn Williams, 1919-[2005], including photocopies of manuscript drafts of articles on Disestablishment and the First World War; copies of his introductions to James Anthony Froude's volumes on the Tudors; and copies of various other articles on Disestablishment, the Great War and T. E. Ellis, M.P. for Meirionethshire and Liberal Chief Whip. The file also includes the booklet 'Ballads of Wales', 1919, given as a gift to his nephew, D. Morgan Evans.


Cuttings of various articles, 1861-1922 (accumulated 1912-1922), including articles by W. Llewelyn Williams on William Williams, Pantycelyn, and Sir Henry Morgan, the Buccaneer; articles and reports on his involvement in Parliamentary debates on the issue of the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales, 1913; and copies of the Bristol Mercury: Western Counties, Monmouthshire, and South Wales Advertiser, 1861, and Field: The Country Gentleman's Newspaper, 1884.

Correspondence concerning publishing rights,

Correspondence between family members, predominantly Mrs Llewelyn Williams and her nephew Mr D. Morgan Evans, and publishing companies and broadcasters concerning the publishing rights to W. Llewelyn Williams' work following his death, 1922-1950.


Correspondence, 1902-1924, comprising letters to W. Llewelyn Williams from various correspondents, most notably David Lloyd George, largely concerning political issues.


Diaries, 1895-1915, of W. Llewelyn Williams relating to his work as a journalist and politician.


Diary, 1906-1915, kept infrequently but occasionally containing lengthy entries relating to his political work following his election victory in 1906, including references to various Commons debates and his opinions on fellow MP's. The volume also refers to his friendship with David Lloyd George and its subsequent breakdown.


Diary, 1895, containing regular entries January-September largely relating to his work as a journalist at the Star in London and including comments on various political events and debates.

General correspondence,

General correspondence, 1911-1921, including letters to W. Llewelyn Williams from officials at the House of Lords regarding the title of King's Counsel, 1912; letters of congratulation from various correspondents on his work; a letter from the Home Office informing him of his appointment as Recorder of Cardiff, 1915; and a letter of support containing over 300 signatures from young Liberals and students at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, following his 1921 by-election defeat in Cardiganshire.

Letters from David Lloyd George,

Letters to W. Llewelyn Williams from David Lloyd George, 1902-1924, largely concerning political and professional issues. The file also includes a photograph of the final letter sent by Llewelyn Williams from his deathbed to Lloyd George and correspondence between Dame Margaret Lloyd George and Mrs Sarah Evans, sister of W. Llewelyn Williams, regarding the contents of this letter.

Lloyd George, David, 1863-1945

Letters of condolence,

Letters and telegraphs of condolence to Mrs Llewelyn Williams following the death of her husband in April 1922, including letters from David Lloyd George, Philip Snowden, John Hinds, Ernest Evans, John Morris Jones and J. Herbert Lewis.

Lloyd George, David, 1863-1945

Letters patent,

Letters patent conferring W. Llewelyn Williams with the title of King's Counsel, [1912], bearing the seal of George V. The file also includes a black rosette which formed part of the King's Counsel ceremonial dress.

Letters to J. Herbert Lewis,

Original letters of a mainly personal nature to J. Herbert Lewis from W. Llewelyn Williams, 1909-1913, 1972. The file also includes two letters from J. Herbert Lewis to his wife mentioning W. Llewelyn Williams; a typescript by J. Herbert Lewis entitled 'Ye Great and Memorable Gorsedd of Stonehenge' describing his visit to Stonehenge with W. Llewelyn Williams, amongst others; and a letter from Kitty Idwal Jones, daughter of J. Herbert Lewis, addressed to Neville C. Masterman, explaining the general content of the letters, 1972.

Lewis, J. Herbert (John Herbert), Sir, 1858-1933.

Letters to various correspondents,

Copies and transcripts of letters by W. Llewelyn Williams to various correspondents, 1894-1922, accumulated by Neville C. Masterman, [1970]-[2005]. The file includes letters to his brother, Thomas Williams, John Morris Jones, T. E. Ellis and T. Huws Davies, concerning both personal and professional matters. Some of the Welsh letters have been translated into English. Originals of most of the letters are held at NLW, and in such cases the NLW call numbers of the original letters have been noted on the copies.

Miscellaneous notes,

Miscellaneous notes relating to W. Llewelyn Williams, [1970]-[2005], including a draft copy of his family tree, extracts from the press regarding his political career, and various research notes.

Neville C. Masterman donation,

Papers accumulated by Neville C. Masterman, former senior lecturer in history at the University College of Swansea, comprising original and photocopied letters from W. Llewelyn Williams, 1909-[2005]; copies of articles, diaries and reports belonging to W. Llewelyn Williams, 1919-[2005]; and Neville C. Masterman's own research papers, notebooks and miscellaneous notes relating to his intended biography of W. Llewelyn Williams, 1967-[2005].

Masterman, Neville

Neville C. Masterman research letters,

Letters received by Neville C. Masterman, 1971-1993 (accumulated 1971-1979), concerning his research into the life and political career of W. Llewelyn Williams, comprising letters from various correspondents, including Gwynfor Evans, referring to the location of various sources of information.

Evans, Gwynfor


Notebooks, [1970]-[2005], comprising extensive research notes by Neville C. Masterman, predominantly on the political career of W. Llewelyn Williams.

Obituaries and tributes,

Original and photocopied obituaries and tributes to W. Llewelyn Williams, 1922-[2005], including an annotated press cutting and manuscript draft of an obituary by C. F. G. Masterman, published in the Westminster Gazette, 24 April 1922; and the order of service for the W. Llewelyn Williams memorial ceremony, 1938.

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