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Account book of Thomas Richards,

An account book of the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837) mainly recording receipts from the schools he kept [at Tal-y-bont, Cardiganshire], 1778-81, and [at Llanymawddwy, Merioneth], 1789.

Account books,

A composite volume containing i) An account book of the Llanwddyn Bible Society, 1818-36 (with gaps), containing particulars of annual subscriptions and memoranda of requirements and distributions; ii) A volume containing particulars of personal, household and professional receipts and disbursements and a few memoranda, 1818-34, of Thomas Richards, vicar of Darowen; iii)-iv) Two account books in the hand of Thomas Richards, vicar of Darowen, recording the incidence of tithe in respect of individual properties in the parish of Darowen, respectively for the years 1825 and 1826.


Notices, 1823-1837, from the Chamberlain's Office at Bristol to the Rev. Thomas Richards, vicar of Darowen, informing him of the decision to award annuities to various individuals resident in the parish and enclosing certificates and receipts for completion. One of the documents is a form for use relating to the award of an annuity to a blind person.

Autograph letters,

Autograph letter to Principal Davies, 1907, from Owen Eilian Owen; autograph letter to Thomas Jones, Amlwch, 1833, from John Foulkes; English translation of Iolo Goch's 'Owen Glyndwr'; lines on the death of the Earl of Powis, 1848, by 'Ieuan Cadfan'; autograph letter to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Llanymowddi from 'Llewelyn Ioan'; autograph letter to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Darowen, 1835, from Edward Morgan; autograph letter to the Reverend H[enr]y Jones, Northop from I. Clarke; autograph letters to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Darowen from D. Davies, Canon of Darowen, 1800, and John Jones, Llanlligan, 1786' autograph letters to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Llanymowddwy from David Jones, 1790, and Catherine Richards, 1793; letter of sympathy to J. H. Silvan Evans on the death of his father, 1903, from Walter Spurrell; letters (typescript) to J. H. Silvan Evans, 1902, from Walter Spurrell; letters to the Reverend Chancellor D. Silvan Evans re. proofs of Dictionary, 1902, from Walter Spurrell; autograph letters to Silvan Evans concerning address to be presented to the Rt Hon. A. J. Balfour re. a memorial to Silvan Evans for his work in Welsh literature, 1897, from J. H. Davies; autograph letter to the Reverend Walter Davies, Manafon, 1825, from Hannah Walter; pedigree notes; autograph letter to the Reverend Robert Williams, Conway, 1834, from W. A. Vaughan; fragments of Welsh poetry by various authors written on papers belonging to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Darowen.

Autograph letters,

Autograph letter to the Rev. Mr Richards, Caerwys, 1824, from Robert Parry ('Robin Ddu Eryri'); autograph letter to Miss M. Richards, Darowen from W. E. Jones ('Cawrdaf'); autograph letters to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew from Angharad Llwyd, [n.d.], William Owen, 1821, and Aneurin Owen (Nantglyn), [n.d.]; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Darowen, 1800, from David Jones, Llandrillo; autograph letter to the Rev. Mr Richards, Eglwysfach, 1783, from I. J. Morgan, Penllwyn; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Llanymowddwy, 1800, from the Bishop of St Asaph; autograph letter to the Rev. R. Richards, Darowen, 1837, from L. Gwynne, Tremeirchion; Welsh poems by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'); poems addressed to Evan Evans by Robert Parry; autograph letter to Lewis Gwynne, esq., Darowen, 1825, from D. Davies, Chester; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew, 1825, from Thomas Jones, London; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew, [n.d.], from W. Owen ('Eos Glan Hafren'); Welsh poetry by various authors.

Autograph letters,

Autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, Darowen, 1837, from E. Wyatt, St Asaph; miscellaneous extracts of Welsh poetry, [19 cent.]; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] Richards, Kidweli, 1810, from Elizabeth Richards, Darowen; autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, Darowen, 1809, from D[avid] Richard[s], Kidweli; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] R[ichards], Llansilin, [n.d.], from Angharad Llwyd (?); autograph letter to the Rev. David Richards, Llansilin, 1818, from David Williams; autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, Llangyniew, [n.d.], from R. Humphreys; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, [n.d.], from John Evans, Llanfyllin; autograph letter to Mrs Watkin, Aberystwyth, 1823, from D. Griffith, Bettws; autograph letter to Mr D. Morgan, Machynlleth, 1777, from R. Morgan; autograph letter to Mr James Watkins, Aberystwyth from William Maybury; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, 1818, from James Homer, Llanfihangel; will of Jane Evans of Cemmes, Montgomeryshire, witnessed by T[homas] Richards, vicar of Darowen, 1807; an inventory of the goods and chattels of Hugh Roberts of Llanymowddwy, Merioneth, 1788; autograph letter to Miss Richards, Oswestry, 1856, from Maurice Jones; autograph letter to Mr Llewelyn, Calonrwydd, 1822, from Evan Evans, Aberhiw; autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, [n.d.], from James Evans, Llanwddyn; autograph letter to Miss Richards, Meifod, 1856, from A. Bowen, Welshpool; autograph letter to the Rev. Mr Richards, Eglwys Fach, 1782, from Evan Richards, Bryn Eugan; fragments of letters and lines addressed to the Rev. Thomas Richards, [19 cent.], from various authors; autograph letter to the Rev. David Richards, Kidweli, 1812, from Thomas Richards, Darowen; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew, 1824, from 'Robin Ddu Eryri'; autograph letter to the Rev. David Richards, Llansilin, [n.d.], from A. Owen; autograph letter to Miss M. Richards, Darowen, [n.d.], from Hugh Jones; fragments of poems.

Berriew Bible Society minute book; transcripts by Mary Richards

A minute book of the Berriew branch of the Montgomeryshire Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1818-20, together with lists of subscriptions and donations, 1818-25, and an account of Bibles distributed in the parish, 1819-23. The volume was subsequently used by Mary Richards to record poetry in strict and free metres ('englynion', 'cywyddau', etc.) by Ellis Roberts (Llanddoget), Dafydd Thomas (Llanfyllin), Robert Dafydd (Nantglyn), J. Robert (Hersedd), [William Williams] 'Gwilym Caledfryn', Owen William ([Waunfawr] Caeryn Arfon), [Robert Parry] 'Robin Ddu [Eryri]' (Carnarfon), W[illiam Ellis] J[ones] '[Gwilym] Cawrdaf', Isaac Llwyd, J[ohn] A[thelstan] O[wen] ('Bardd Meirion'), John Blackwell ('Alun'), 'D. Huw Cynwyd', E[van] E[vans] ('[Ieuan] Glan Geirionydd), W. Edwards (Corwen), [John Davies] 'Brychan', [John Jones] 'Myllin', Sion Tudur, Lewis Mon, Mathew Owen, Owen Gryffyth, [Morris Jones] 'Meuric Idris', ?Edward Davies, ?Lewis Hughes, Aneurin Owen, David Richard ('[Dewi] Silin') W[alter] D[avies] ('Gwallter Mechain') and Robert Parry (Eglwysfach), and anonymous poems; letters from Jno. Owen [curate of] Llanlligan to T[homas] Richard[s], Llan y Mowddwy, 1786 (the possibility of receiving charitable donations, a request for a sermon, articles left by the writer at Llanuwchllyn and Nantglyn) (original letter in Cwrtmawr MS 1043), Richa[r]d Owen, Hendre Gadog to O. Williams, Bwlch, Pentraeth, 1811 (enclosing a translation into Welsh by Goronwy Owen of 'The lass of the brow of the Hill', a wedding ?at Plas Gwyn, personal), Hugh Thomas, London to John Edward, Llan y Mowddwy, 1798 (the death of the recipient's son John), 'Myfyr Nan[t]glyn' to D[avid] Richard[s] '[Dewi] Silin'), undated (poetry by the writer), [Rev.] John Humphreys, Cilyllwyn [Bodfari] to R[ichard] Richards, Caerwys, 1826 (statistics of Nonconformist membership in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and London), Owen William [?'Owen Gwyrfai'], Waunfawr to [ ], 1845 (a request for a Madam Bevan school, with references to B[recte P.] B[ailey] Williams and [David Thomas] 'D Ddu o Eryri'), D. Hughes to D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, undated (the formation of a Branch Bible Society), Thomas Jones, Castell to T[homas] Richards, Darowen, 1835 (the payment of county rate for the hundred of Mowddwy), etc.; a statement of 'The Crown of England's Title to America', based on the discovery by Prince Madog ab Owen Gwynedd; numerical tables of sermons left by Lewis Richards, Llan Erful and Richard Richards, Caerwys, arranged under each book of the Bible; directions to apply on behalf of a blind person for an annuity of £10 from the charity of John Merlot, alderman of the city of Bristol; etc. Some of the 'cywyddau' are said to have been transcribed from a manuscript of Owen Gryffydd [Llanystumdwy].

Cofrestri enwogion,

A manuscript in the hand of Thomas Richards, Darowen containing biographical lists of eminent personages such as Biblical characters, Roman emperors, saints and bishops, Christian writers, astronomers, writers on British and Welsh history, the translators of the Bible into Welsh, etc. Among the list titles are 'Cofrestr Enwau Oedran ac amser marwolaeth y Gwyr enwog canlynol', '... enwau Astronomyddion, Beirniedyddion, Dysgedigion, Hanesyddion, Hynafieithyddion, Philosyphyddion, Rhyfelwyr a Phrydyddion, o amrywiol Genhedlaethau, y rhai a fuant fyw cyn a chwedi Genedigaeth Crist', '... amryw Ddynion hirhoedlog iawn mewn amryw Wledydd Sefyllfaodd ac amgylchiadau', '... enwau yr hen Awduron Brutanaidd ...', 'Ychydig hanes yr Awdwyr mwyaf hynod a ysgrifennasant am y Brutaniaid yn yr Ynys hon ...', '... enwau y Gwyr rhagorol, a fu yn offerynol yn Llaw Dduw i Gyfieithu'r Ysgrythur lan ir Gymraeg ...' and 'Hanes yr Ysgrifenyddion a gadwasant goffadwriaethau y Cymry, au gweithredoed[d]. Yn ol tystiolaeth Lewis Dwnn'. Among the papers pasted on the fly-leaves and end-papers is a plan of the road from Darowen to Berriew in the hand of Angharad Llwyd. The scribe's name on the upper fly-leaf is dated 1820.

Commonplace book of Thomas Richards,

A commonplace book of the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837), vicar of Darowen containing 'An Extract out of Bishop [William] Beveridge's Exposition on the XXXIX Articles of the Church of England'; household and medical recipes from printed sources; transcripts by Mary Richard [Darowen] of letters, undated, from D[avid] Richards, Llansilin to the Reverend David Hughes, rector of Llanfyllin, and [ ] (Bible Association meetings at Llansilin); autobiographical data by Thomas Richards, 1754-1819; a topographical dictionary of English and Welsh counties; a transcript of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith of the Church of England; a journal and account book of Thomas Richards, 1782-92 (with gaps) (incorporating notes of sermons by D[aniel] Rowland, Llangeitho); poetry by Cadwalader Dafydd ('o Lanymowddwy') and David Ellis ('y Gof' ? 'o Lanuwchllyn') and anonymous 'englynion'; a transcript of an address, 1804, by T[homas Burgess], bishop of St Davids, to his clergy outlining his proposal to establish a Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Church Union in the diocese; a transcript of an address, undated, by [Samuel] Horsley, bishop of St Davids, to the masters of schools within the diocese approved by him for the training of candidates for holy orders; tables of tithes payable in the parish of Llanymowddwy, 1789-93; a list of books perused by Thomas Richards, 1786-7; etc.

Darowen tithes; transcripts by Mary Richards; etc.

A volume originally used fairly extensively by Thomas Richards, Darowen as a rentroll of tithes set in the parish of Darowen, 1824-31. Beginning at the end, also in the hand of Thomas Richards, are a note from the Shrewsbury Chronicle, 1829, on the 'Rearing of Apple Trees'; medical, veterinary and household recipes; and accounts of receipts and disbursements (tithes, road rates, rents, etc.) of Thomas Richards, 1827-31. The remainder of the volume was used by Mary Richards, circa 1850-4, to record transcripts of a list of books in the library of Thomas Richards, Darowen; letters from Evan Richards to Thomas Richard[s], curate of Eglwys fach, near Dovy furnace, undated (religious meditations, a pocket Bible), Ch. Meyer, Llanrhaiadr [ym Mochnant], to T[homas] Richards, Llangynyw, undated (news of W. Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'], an invitation to the recipient and Arthur [James] John[e]s), Thos Jones, L[eintwar]dine [aft. of Creaton], to Thos. Richard[s] [at Llangynfelyn], 1779 (personal), and [Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd')], Trefriw to T[homas] Richard[s], Darowen, 1823 (the writer's preparations to enter St Bees, the writer's return to Trefriw, personal) (original in Cwrtmawr MS 534, Letter No. 13); a receipt for a sum of £1 l0s. paid for a sundial for the use of the parish of Darowen, 1761; accounts of disbursements by T[homas] Richard[s] at Llanganfelin [Llangynfelyn], 1776-81, and a list (p. 17) of the first pupils entered in his school at Llan y Mowddwy, 1789; poetry in strict and free metres ('cywyddau', 'englynion', etc.) by Robert Parry ('Robin Ddu o Eryri'), [William Williams] ('Gwilim ab Iorwerth'), Ieuan ap R[hys] ab Llywelyn, Huw Caellwyd, Rhys ab Cynfreig Goch, Dafydd ap Ieuan Llwyd, Sion Kerri, Tudur Aled, Roger Kyffin, Dafydd ap Jenkin an Owen, W[illiam] Phillip, Doctor Sion Kent, Gruffyth ab Goronwy Gethin, Edmwnd Prys, Edward Urien, Tuder Penllyn, Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), [John Jones] 'Tegid', William Cynwal, Hu[w] Llun, Rhys Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Gryffyth ap Efan, Dr Richard Dafis ('Esgob Dewi'), Sion ab Sion, Sion Tudur and Howel Borthor (o'r Trallwng'), and anonymous poems. Among the insets and items mounted on the inside covers are a letter from J. Topham to [ ], 1786 (Mr Stocks's donation); an undated petition by William Davies, late of Cemmes, Llanegrin, Merioneth for a charitable contribution from Price Jones, Cyfronydd (petitioner claims that Cemmes, now in Pryce Jones's possession, was previously the property of his own father John Davies); and Hirnant rent accounts between T[homas] Richards and Captain Gwynne, 1816-18. One of the sources quoted by Mary Richards is a manuscript of Sir Thomas Llwyd, 'Person Cemes, Sir Drefaldwyn'. The outside upper cover is inscribed '1825 Tithe Book'.

Emynau, carolau plygain, etc.

A volume written by Thomas Richards, Darowen during the period 1819-31, containing hymns, metrical psalms, 'carolau plygain', etc. by Thomas Jones (Creaton) (at Longnor, 1781), Thomas William (1798), ?Thomas Richards (Darowen) (1819) ('A Gyfiaethwyd o waith Mr. [Ralph] Erskin[e]), John Powel (Llansannan) (1767), Owen Robert(s) (1795), David William [Llandeilo-fach], E[dward] Jones [Maes-y-plwm] (1797), Rowland Hugh (Grienyn), David Richards ('[Dewi] Silin'), David Thomas ['Dafydd Ddu Eryri'], William Jones (Rhos Llanerchrigog), Jonathan Hughes, Walter Davies ['Gwallter Mechain], Evan Evans ['Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'] (1822) and D'd Harries (Darowen) (1831), and anonymous poems.

Letters of Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'),

A volume containing forty-five holograph letters, 1820-30, mostly dated, on guards, with a few drafts and miscellaneous papers, from Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'; 1795-1855), writing at various times from Trefriw, Croesoswallt [Oswestry], Berriw (Aberrhiw), Llanrwst, St Bees, Chester and Christleton to 'Teulu Darowen' (addressed generally to the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837), Darowen) and to individual members of the Darowen family, viz. the Reverend David Richards, vicar of Llansilin, the Reverend Thomas Richards (1785-1855), Berriew, later rector of Llangynyw, M[eistresa]n Sian Rhisiard, Darowen and the Reverend Richard Richards, Caerwys, and one letter, 1822, from J[ames] Evans, Sec[retary], Cymmrodorion Institution, London to Mr Evan Evans, Grammar School, Berriew, Montgomeryshire. The subjects discussed by Evan Evans include his health, education and financial position, literary matters (references to Y Gwyliedydd), his situation in the church, etc. The other items in the volume include a draft of a letter to [ ] Parry and lines of verse entitled 'Poor little Sweep'. The present arrangement of the letters is chronological, however a list [?in the autograph of J. H. Davies] inside the front cover relates to earlier numbers preceded by the letters 'E. E.' [? for Evan Evans] which are to be found on many of the letters near the address.

Letters of Thomas Jones, Creaton, etc.

A volume containing seventy-four holograph letters, 1779-1833, one or two undated, on guards, seventy of which were written by the Rev. Thomas Jones (1752-1845), Trippleton (Leintwardine), Herefordshire, Longnor and Loppington, Salop and Creaton, Northamptonshire, sixty-eight to the Rev. Thomas Richards (1754-1837), Llangynfelyn, [Cardiganshire], Llanymowddwy, [Merionethshire] and Darowen, Montgomeryshire, one, 1784, to the Rev. Mr D. Williams, Ystradmeirig [sic] and one, 1789, to Mr Lewis Jones at Ynis-greigiog near Eglwys-Fach, Card[iganshire]. The subjects discussed and persons mentioned in the letters to Thomas Richards include spiritual matters, the addressee's circumstances, Mr [Daniel] Rowlands, the writer's efforts to secure preferment and assistance for the addressee, Mr Charles of Bala, the writer's own situation, his publications, clerical meetings, his work at Creaton, the Rev. Maurice Evans. Of the remaining four letters two are addressed to the Rev. Thomas Richards and are from E. Jones, Llanwryn, 1784 [? brother of the Rev. Thomas Jones] and from another person named Tho[ma]s Jones, Balls Pond, 1805. The other two letters are from Thomas Richards to the Rev. T. Jones, Creaton, 1799 (draft) and 1802, and relate to the writer's family and circumstances, the burial of one of his neighbours ('poor Morgans'), etc.

Letters to the Reverend D. E. Jenkins,

Fifty-one letters, etc., from Edward Carey (registrar), University of Liverpool, 1932 (acknowledging receipt of an application for admission to the degree of Litt. D., and enclosing a receipt for the fee), [the Reverend] J[ohn] E[dward] Carey, Treverbyn Vicarage, St. Austell, 1906 ( replying to recipient's query relating to the incumbents of Otterham, the writer's previous parish), [the Reverend] Arthur Carter, Thrussington Vicarage, Leicester, 1903 (enclosing information concerning the descendants of the Rev[erend] John Owen, a former vicar of the parish), [the Reverend] Reginald A[rthur] Cayley, Stowell Rectory, Sherborne, [19]06 ( replying to a query concerning the Rev[erend] James Hooper, rector of the parish, 1820-1828), David R[ ] Charles, Hoylake, 1904 (acknowledging the return of letters, a little memorandum book of Mr. [Thomas] Charles of Bala in the writer's possession, enclosing a portrait of the writer (now kept in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Maps)), C. A. Christie, Roydon, near Ware, [19]06 (requesting the return of 'the Rev. Jones's Diaries'), [Messrs.] R. and R. Clark, Limited (printers), Edinburgh, 1917- 1929 (6) (the disposal, by pulping, of part of the remaining stock of 'Charles of Bala' [recipient's Life of the Rev. Thomas Charles], financial matters, the binding of copies of recipient's work, Bedd Gelert, [its Facts, Fairies, and Folk Lore (Portmadoc, 1899)]), [the Reverend] G[erald] H[enry] Colvile, Weston Rectory, Shifnal, undated (a reply to recipients query re the Rev[erend] Robert Pugh, who, the writer suggests, had been curate of Weston under Redcastle, co. Salop), the Rev[erend] W[illiam] H [ ] Cooper (secretary of the Monmouthshire Presbytery), Abertysswg, [19] 36 (extending the Presbytery's official congratulations to recipient on completing fifty years service with the [Calvinistic Methodist] Connection), the Rev[erend] T[homas] G[eorge] Crippen (honorary secretary, the Congregational Historical Society), London, 1905-1906 (2) (replying to recipient's query concerning [the Reverend] Mr. [S.R.] Pittard [Congregational minister] at Somerton, co. Somerset, circa 1816-1830, a letter from [the Reverend] Thomas Charles to his son Thomas, 1807, in the writer's possession), Miss Frances M. Daniell, North Nibley, near Dursley, [19]08 (a reply to recipient's query concerning the Rev[erend] Charles Thomas [nephew of the Reverend Thomas Charles of Bala], minister at North Nibley, 1832-1838), D. C. Davies (general secretary, Welsh Council of the League of Nations Union), Cardiff, 1921 (a meeting to be held [in Denbigh], the possibility of a canvassing campaign to enrol members), [the Reverend] Daniel Davies, The Rectory, Denbigh, [19]06 (informing recipient that the Rev[erend] John Williams was curate of Denbigh in 1788), [the Reverend] D[ avid] Davies, Llangwm Vicarage, Corwen, [1]905 (a record of the burial of Dorothy Ffoulkes, 1742, and of Tho[ma]s Ffoulkes, 1744, in the Llangwm registers), [the Reverend] David Davies, The Rectory, Trawsfynydd, 1905-1906 ( 2) (searches in the Trawsfynydd registers, an extract re the burial of the Reverend John Pryse, ob. 1809 [curate of the parish]), [the Reverend] D[avid] W[illiam] Davies [vicar of Cilcennin with Llanbadarn Trefeglwys], [19]07 (an extract from the Llanbadarn parish register, recording the burial of the Rev[erend] Timothy Evans, ob. 1837, vicar of the parish), [the Reverend] E[dward] J[ames] Davies, Nantglyn Rectory, Denbigh, 1906 (information concerning the Rev[erend] Rice Pughe, vicar of Nantglyn, 1788- 1806), [the Reverend] E[dward] O[wen] Davies, Bangor, 1927 (advice to recipient on certain [Calvinistic Methodist] denominational matters), Ellis W[illiam] Davies [M.P. for the Eifion division of co. Caernarvon, 1906-1918, and for Denbigh, 1923-1929], House of Commons, 1924 (congratulations to recipient on receiving the degree [of M.A. of the University of Liverpool]), [the Reverend] J[enkin] Davies, Llanfair Rectory, Harlech, [19]06 (the writer's inability to trace the name of a Reverend R[ichar]d Morgan as incumbent of the parish), John Davies, Abergavenny, 1908 (a visit by the writer, in 1884, to ?George Thomas, then of Brynmawr, who claimed to be a nephew of [the Reverend Thomas] Charles of Bala, Thomas's story that his elder brother, Charles, had been sent to Cheshunt College by his uncle, and that he had subsequently been ordained at Dursley, the writer's inference that this was the Charles Thomas who had been a minister at North Nibley, near Dursley [see letter from Frances M. Daniell above], the writer's conversations with 'old people who listened to Thomas Richards preaching [the Reverend Thomas] Charle's Funeral Sermon at Crickhowell'), J[ohn] Glyn Davies (University of Liverpool), Denbigh, [19]28 (enquiries concerning a house in Denbigh), [the Reverend] John H[enry] Davies, St. Mary's Vicarage, H[averford] West, 1904 (the writer's inability to find any information about John Charles), J[ohn] H[umphreys] Davies [registrar, and later principal, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth], Aberystwyth and Cwrt Mawr, Llangeitho, 1905-1906 (3) (a note on some of the descendants of [the Reverend] Peter Williams [1723-1796, Methodist cleric], an inspection of books ? with a view to purchase by the college, a suggestion that a bust of Robert Roberts be placed in the National Library 'when it comes into existence', lack of further information about Tho[ma]s Charles and Marg[are]t Williams), [the Reverend] Joseph Davies, Goytre Rectory, Abergavenny, 1906 (2) (information concerning the Rev[erend] Joshua Davies (ob. 1820), one time curate in the parish of Goytre, and later vicar of Dingestow), L[eonard] Twiston Davies, Rockfield Park, Monmouth, [19]34 (a reply to recipient's query concerning John Davies, Maes y Groes, near Cilcain), R. Davies (town clerk), Denbigh, 1928-1932 (2) (the editing of the Official Guide to Denbigh, 1928, the town council's official congratulations to recipient on his receiving the degree of D. Litt., [of the University of Liverpool]), [the Reverend] F[rederick] W[yldbore] Wingfield Digby, The Vicarage, Charlton Horethorne, 1906 (enclosing a copy of a memorial inscription to [the Reverend] John Taylour (ob. 1785), a former vicar of the parish), and F. J. Dryhurst, Woking and [London], 1925-1929 (12) (genealogical research relating to the Dryhurst family in North Wales) (included with one of the letters is a typescript copy of a letter seeking information concerning the Dryhurst family, written by D. E. Jenkins (with suggested amendments by F. J. Dryhurst), for insertion in the Western Mail).

Llyfr Hir Mair Richards,

A manuscript consisting largely of transcripts and memoranda by Mary Richards and Thomas Richards of Darowen. The volume appears originally to have been used as an account book of receipts and disbursements in respect of the farms of Llwyn, Cafnmaelen and Byrthlwydd [parish of Dolgellau, Merioneth], 1799-1802, and also to record biographies of [James Crichton, 'The Admirable'], Sir Francis Walsingham, Sir Francis Drake and William Cecil, Lord Burghley. The additions made by the Richards family consist of contemporary and some near-contemporary poetry in both strict and free metres by Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), Robert Parry (Eglwysfach, Denbighshire), [Morris Jones] 'Meurig Idris', Robin Ddu o Fôn, David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Sion Pryse (Penant Mowddwy), [John Jones] 'Myllin', Dafydd Ellis (Mowddwy), William Owain (1822), [Thomas Edwards] 'Twm o'r Nant', John Roberts (Herseth), [Hugh Jones] 'H[uw] Erfyl', Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'), William Jones ('Cawrdaf'), David Rees (1785), John Morgan ('o Lanfread Ceredigion'), Hugh Moris, Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn'), Evan Evan ('o Arwydd yr Arth'), H. Griffith ('H[arri] Goch'), Robt Parry (Darowen), Robert Richard ('mab Hugh Richard Tailiwr Darowen'), [William Williams] 'Gwilym ab Iorwerth' (Darowen), Richard Richards [Meifod], William Pugh, J[ohn] H[ughes], Pontrobert, [John Jones] 'Ioan Tegid', Robert Dafydd ('o Fowddwy'), [Daniel Evans] 'Daniel Ddu o Geredigion', Edward Taliesin Llwyd (Tal y bont, swydd Gaerdigan'), John Athelystan [sic] Owen ('Bardd Meirion'), John Blackwell ['Alun'], John Morris ('Y Wern Philyp, Llanbadarn'), David Morgan (1743), Dafydd Morris (Llanfair Caer Einion), [Robert Williams] 'Robert ap Gwilym Ddu', W. Jones (Llanerful), ? Morris Jones (Towyn), ? Lewis Richards ('Person Llan Erful'), Thomas Williams (Llanfihangel) ['Eos Gwynfa', or 'Eos y Mynydd'], Evan Williams (Darowen), Dafydd Thomas ('Dafydd Ddu Eryri'), [William Edwards] 'Gwilym Padarn', John Williams (Dolgelley), Dafydd William (Llandeilo fach), Thomas Ellis (Caerwys), etc., and anonymous compositions; transcripts and extracts from earlier manuscripts, consisting largely of 'cywyddau', 'awdlau', etc. by Ifan Llwyd, Edward Urien, Huw Mathew, Leilin [recte Heilin] Fardd, Rys Cain, Davydd ap Gwilim, Dafydd Nanmor, Lewis Trefnant, Efan Tew, Mathew Bromfield, Syr Owen ap Gwilim ('Persson Owen'), Owen Gwynedd, William Llyn, Huw Arwystl, John Philip, Rissiart Philip, Sion Cent, Evan Llwyd Owain Erigain [recte 'o waun Einion'], Morus ap I[eu]an ab Einion [Morus Dwyfech], Lewys Glyn Cothi, Edmund Prys, Owain ap Rhys ap Sion ap Howel Koetmor, Sion Tudur, Ystyffan Bardd Teiliaw, Thomas Lloyd Iangaf ('o Penmaen'), Thomas Pryse (Plas Iolyn), Gwilim ap Ieuan hen, William Cynwal, Syr Rhys Carno, Dafydd Llwyd Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Meredydd ap Rhys, Llywelyn ap Guttun, Sr Huw Jones ('Bicar Llanvair Ynyffryn Clwyd'), Taliesin, Howel ab Reinallt, Sion Brwynog, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Gutto'r Glyn, Huw Penant, Gruffudd D'd ap Howel, Howel Cilan, Dafydd ap Einion, Gruffudd ap Jenkin ap Llywelyn Vychan, Gruffudd Hiraethog, Deicin Kyfeiliog, Ifan Tudur Owen, Huw Kollwyd [recte Kollwyn], Iefan Brydydd hir, Iolo Goch, etc. and anonymous compositions; letters from W[alter] D[avies] ['Gwallter Mechain'] to T[homas] Richards, Berriew School, 1824 (inscriptions on medals), John Davies, Llanbryn Mair to Mary Richard, Darowen, 1828 (a request for a carol), Dafydd Richards ['Dewi Silin'] to his brother Richard Richards, undated (an appointment), William Tolman, Carnarvon, to [Mary Richards], 1826 (engraving on silver cups presented to Llanbeblig Church), John Blackwell to D. Richard ['Dewi Silin'], Llansilin, undated (enclosing 'englynion'), and Robert Nanney [Llwyn, Dolgelley], Dartmouth to [Thomas] Richards, Llan y Mowddwy, 1793 (the writer's tithe); 'Gofrestr or Tansgryfwyr at y Cwpanau Arian a gasglwyd yn y flwyddyn 1823'; notes on excavations of cairns in Darowen and Cemes; a treatise, being 'a Preface to a Book composed by me L[ewis] M[orris] Entitled Y [swe]lediad byr or holl Gelfyddydau a gwybodaethau Enwogaf yn y Byd June 1729' (extracted from Cwrt Mawr MS 200; see Y Gwyliedydd, 1837, 85-6 et al, and Cymru XII (1897), 261-4: a note on page 185 verso states that 'Trysor Gell Barddoniaeth ... Gan Lewis Morris' (Cwrt Mawr MS 200) was then in the possession of Mrs Watkin, Moel Cerni, Llanfihangel Genau'r Glyn, Cardiganshire, and that she also possessed several other manuscripts. Mrs Watkins' father, Mr Morgan 'o Lanfread' is stated to have been a friend of Lewis Morris); 'Grwgnachrwydd yr Oes. Sef Traethawd byr ar un o destynau Eisteddfod Tal y Cafn ... y 30ain o Hydref 1823. Gan Ednyfed', pedigrees (eg Dr John Davies, Mallwyd and Thomas Jones, Esgir Evan, Llanbryn Mair); medical recipes; memoranda and diary entries; cut-out autographs; press cuttings, etc. The volume is lettered 'Llyfr Hir Mair Richards'.

Llyfr Lewis Owen,

A volume of poetry transcribed by Lewis Owen [Tyddyn y garreg, Dolgellau, Merioneth] during the last quarter of the seventeenth century. It contains 'cywyddau', 'englynion', 'penillion', 'carolau', etc. by Lewis Owen, Rowland Owen, John Vaughan, William Phylyp, Dafydd Nanmor, Robin Du o fôn, John Owen, Owen Gwynedd, Sion Tydder, Bedo Brwynllysg, Jon. Phylip [Siôn Phylip], Hugh Lloyd Cynddel [recte Cynfal], Morys Dwyferch [recte Dwyfech], Dafydd ap Ifan ap Owen, Sion Dafydd Trefor [Syr Dafydd Trefor], John Brwynog, Thomas Pris [Plas Iolyn], Rowland Prys, John Davies ['Siôn Dafydd Las'], Sr. Reese, Sion Parry, Hugh Morris, Oliver Roger, Ellis Wynn, William Hu[m]ffr[eys], Robert Owen and [? Dafydd] Cadwaladr, together with anonymous poems and fragments. At the end of the volume are a leaflet entitled 'Dirgelwch i'r Rhodianwr ar y Sabbath', published by 'Cymdeithas y Traethodau Crefyddol' [Religious Tracts Society] (No. 17) (mounted on the blank leaf of a letter addressed to the Revd. Mr [Thomas] Richards, Darowen), and 'englynion' by Sion Tudur (in the hand of Mary Richards [Darowen]) and Wa[l]ter Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'].

Miscellanea of Thomas Richards,

Miscellaneous documents of Thomas Richards, vicar of Darowen, including a draft notice in his hand to the inhabitants of Darowen, 1825, in support of a raffle (refers to 'shooting or discharging a musket at a target at the distance of a hundred yards') for an oak drag ('commonly called Cartincar pencar') made by Evan Jones, carpenter, of the village of Darowen; four letters to Thomas Richards from the Chamberlain's Office, Council House, Bristol, 1821-32, enclosing certificates of annuities payable to residents of the parish of Darowen; an invoice, 1816, for search of, and certificate of baptism from, the parish register of Llanwrin, 1816; lists of 'Sentences the same sound and sense in Lat[in] and Welsh' and 'Sentences in Greek of like sound and sense as 'W[elsh]', 'Memoria Technica', being mnemonic verses on English kings and queens; a printed prospectus of The Literary and Translation Society of Wales (Owen, Printer, Pool); Latin exercises; etc.

Miscellaneous papers,

Miscellaneous papers, c. 1763-1869, connected mainly with the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837), Darowen and members of his family and including a considerable number of wills and other documents, many of which are drawn up and witnessed by the Reverend Thomas Richards, items of correspondence, poetry, petitions, accounts, bills, etc. The wills had already been arranged under parishes (Llanymowddwy; Llanbrynmair; Darowen; Machynlleth and Penegoes; Cemmes, Mallwyd and Dolgelley; and Llangynfelyn, Llanfihangel Genau'r-glyn and Llanbadarn) and a list of the contents has now been compiled and inserted in the manuscript.

Miscellaneous transcripts,

Loose papers containing transcripts, 1831, by Thomas Williams and R. Williams from Hengwrt MS 306; a 'carol plygain', bills, receipts, recipes, accounts, fragments of Welsh psalms and hymns probably belonging to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Darowen.

Pedigrees and letters,

A volume containing pedigrees transcribed by J. H. Davies mainly from the Golden Grove Book of Pedigrees, L1659-L1675, followed by a number of holograph letters, etc., the details of which are as follows: Samuel Roberts ['S. R.'], Conway to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1882 (1) (an appeal - some friends are moving to reward the writer for his pioneer efforts to obtain Postal Reforms), J[oseph] Harris ['Gomer'], editor, Swansea to the Reverend Walter Davies, rector of Manavon, 1819 (1) (requesting a few communications for Seren Gomer), lines of verse in the autograph of John Ceiriog Hughes beginning 'Roedd Prydydd yn eistedd ei [sic] wrth ochor y tan ...', a (?) 'hir a thoddaid' and an 'englyn' by Ceiriog in memory of [Ebenezer Thomas] 'Eben Fardd', and a letter from J. C[eiriog] Hughes, Caersws to W. A. Swettenham, 1879 (permanent way materials on hand and wanted), a letter (incomplete) from [Robert John Pryse ('Gweirydd ap Rhys')], Bangor to an unnamed correspondent, [18]78 (the addressee's request to have his letters returned), A. J. Johnes, Garthmyl, Welshpool to the Reverend R. Richards, Caerwys, 1836 (1) (the writer has recently been attacked for inaccuracy by the Dean of St Asaph - a request for information), H. Jones, Dinas and Pen rhiw'r kiln [i.e. Hugh Jones, Maesglasau] to the Reverend Mr Richards, Darowen, 1816-17 (2) (the writer's unhappy state and condition), W[illia]m Owen Pughe, London to Mr Ed. Jones, Minffordd Cottage, Tal y Llyn, 1812 (1) (is glad to hear the addressee has succeeded in procuring a boat for Llyn Cau) and to the Reverend Mr Richards, Llannevydd, 1819 (1) (arrangements for the Eisteddfod at Denbigh on October 6), and writing from Segrwyd, Denbigh to Miss [?A. Lloyd (erased)], 1827 (1) (replying to the addressee's letter), David Thomas ['Dafydd Ddu Eryri'] D..., date wanting, to the Reverend John Jones, Rectory, Llanllyfni (damaged) (requesting the immediate return of John Owen of Ceidio's elegy composed and written by Goronwy Owen which the addressee has lent to Mr Richards of Llansilin, with a note from John Jones to the Reverend D. Richards), four bidding letters (David Lloyd and Gwen Saunders, Lampeter, 1807, Richard Dodd and Elizabeth Richards, Carmarthen, 1827, with a specimen of the handwriting of Alcwyn Caryni Evans when he was six years old, 1835, William Lewis and Eliza Thomas, Carmarthen, 1840, and Thomas Thomas and Eliza Evans, Carmarthen, 1848), A. Heber, place and year not given, to her Aunt Cotton (a farewell message on quitting England), and 'The Peteggree of Cernioge' in the autograph of David Jones, Trefriw, written on the back of a broadside (Trefriw, Argraphwyd gan Dafydd Jones) relating to stray sheep and beginning 'Mae Mr Lloyd o Hafodunos ...'.

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