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Adysgrifau 'Manoethwy',

A composite volume of transcripts in the hand of Owen Jones ('Manoethwy'). The contents include 'cywyddau', 'englynion', 'carolau', etc. by John Cent, Meredydd ab Rhys, Guto o'r Glyn, Gruffydd Hiraethog, [Gruffyth ap Ievan ap Lle'n Vychan], Ieuan ap Gruffydd Leia, Dafydd ab Edmwnt, Sr. Rys ap Hary, Tudur Aled, Ieuan Lla[far], Huw Llwyd Cynfal, [ ] Llwyd, Morys ap Ieuan ap D'd, Hugh ap Morys, Sion Phylip, R[obert] Leiaf, G[ruffydd] P[hilip], Gronwy Owain, Jonathan Hughes, Edward Urien, Rowland Fychan, Ifan Llwyd, Sion Tudur, Dafydd Llwyd Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Llywelyn ap Gutyn, Syr Rhys Carno, Edward Morys, Wmffre Dafydd ap Ifan, Lewis Owen, Rowland Owen, John Vaughan (Caer-gai), William Phylip, Dafydd Nanmor, Robin Ddu o Fôn, John Owen (1668), Bedo Brwynllysg, Jon. Phylip, Dafydd ab Ifan ab Owen, John Brwynog, Rowland Prys, John Davies ['Siôn Dafydd Las'], Sion Dafydd, Huw Morys, Oliver Roger, Ellis Wynne, Rees Evan, William Hwffra [recte Humphreys], Robert Owen, [Dafydd?] Cadwaladr and Dafydd Dafis, and anonymous poems; 'englynion', etc., mainly by poets of the Richards (Darowen) cycle of friends e.g. [Evan Evans] '[Ieuan] Glan Geirionydd', [William Jones] 'Gwilym Cawrdaf', [Rowland Parry] 'Ieuan Carn Dochan', Evan Jones (Darowen), Sion Powel, [Henry Griffith] 'Harri Goch o Wynedd', E. Lewis ('Ab Dewi'), Robert Parry (Eglwys-bach), [Morris Jones] 'Meurig Idris', Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), 'I. ab Iorwerth', David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), W. H., John Prys (Pennant Mawddwy), Robert Davies (Nantglyn), [John Jones] 'Myllin', Dafydd Ellis (Llan y Mawddwy), William Owen, John Roberts (Hersedd), [Hugh Jones] 'H[uw] Erfyl', John Morgan [Glanfread, Ceredigion], Evan Evans (Arwydd yr Arth, Trallwm), [John Jones] 'Ioan Tegyd', [Benjamin Jones] 'P. A. Mon', Lewis Williams (Cefn Bachedydd), John Blackwell ('Alun'), etc., and anonymous poems; letters from W[alter] D[avies] ('Gwallter Mechain') to the Reverend T[homas] Richards, Berriew School, 1824, and John Blackwell ('Alun') to D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, undated, a pedigree of Dr John Davies, 'person Mallwyd'; 'Achau y Brenin' [a pedigree of King Edward VI]; essays on 'Cywyddau Serch', 'Araith Gwgan' and 'Cyfeillach' (1862); etc. Much of the material has been transcribed from Cwrtmawr MSS 207, 238, and 243. The volume is lettered 'Mannoethwy MSS'.

Adysgrifau 'Manoethwy',

A composite volume of transcripts in the hand of Owen Jones ('Manoethwy'). The contents include 'cywyddau', 'awdlau', 'englynion', 'carolau' and 'cerddi' by Ifan Tew Brydydd, Hari ap Howel alias Harri Hir, Wiliam Cynwal, Sion Tudur, Morus Dwyfech, Gruffudd Hiraethog, Sr. Dafydd Llwyd Ysgolhaig, Llywelyn ap Gytyn, Guto'r Glyn, Hywel D'd Bevan ap Rhys ('o Sir Fon'), Rhydderch ap Sion, Dafydd Nanmor, Rhys Goch o Eryri, Huw Arwystl, Morys ap Ifan ap Einion ('Morus Dwyfach Medd MS arall') Sr. Dafydd Trefor ('Dr. John Kent ... Medd MSS M.P.', 'Sion Dafydd Trefor ... Medd MSS L.O.'), Howel ap Reinalld, Mredydd ap Rhys, Gruffudd D'd ap Howel, Rhisiart ap Howel Da 'Beinion, Bedo Phylip Bach ('Rhai a ddywaid mae Deio ap I'n Du ai Cant... '), Huw Pennant, Sion y Kent, Lewis Glyn Cothi, Edward Maelor '('Mae'n debig mae Edward ap Rhys Maelor ydyw Hwn... '), Dafydd ap Gwilim, Iolo Goch, Simwnt Vychan, Sr. Huw Jones ('Vicar Llanfair ynyffryn Clwyd'), Tudur Aled, Dafydd Llwyd ap Llew ap Gruff., Sion Brwynog, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Taliesyn Aneurin G[wawdrydd], Maer Glas ('medd rhai'), Robin Ddu, Owain Twna, Dafydd Gorllech, Ifan Brydydd Hir, Edward [ap Rhys], Ie : Dyfi, Llywelyn ap Owain, Thomas Prys ('o Blasiolyn Esquire'), Edmund Prys, G[ruffydd] Philip, W. Elias (1730), Owain Gruffydd, Gruffydd Nannau (1654), Owain Gwynedd, Thomas Owen (1730), William Llyn, Tudur Penllyn, Huw Kae Llwyd, Llywelyn Goch Amheurig Hen, Edward Davies (Rhiwlas), Rich. Abram, Moris ab Evan ab David, Cadwaladr Roberts (ab Robert), Dafydd ab Sienkin, Richard [Davies] ('Esgob Dewi'), Ragiar [sic] Kyffin, Huw Morys, Arthur Jones (1734), Mathew Owain, Ellis Cadwaladr, Moris Rhobert ('o Sir Feirionydd'), Thomas Davies ('o Sir Drefaldwyn'), Robert Cadwalad[r] ('o Blwy Pennant'), Richd. Thomas D'd ('o Sir Fon'), Richard Ffoulkes, John Edwards, John Hughes, Moris ab Evan ap Dafydd ('o Lanoge'), Sion Ffoulke, Sion ab William Griffith ('o Lanfihangel ... '), Sion Phylip, G[ruffudd] Leiaf, D. Sion, W[iliam] Phylip, Rhisiart Philyp, H. ab Evan, [John Davies] 'Sion Davydd Las', Lewis Owain, Morgan Dafydd, Edwart Morris and Robert Klidro, and anonymous poems; 'englynion', etc. by contemporary poets, largely of the Richards (Darowen) circle of friends e.g. John Evans ('Ioan Maelor'), W[alte]r Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'),' R[ober]t Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 'G. Brwynog', R[owland] P[arry] (Carndochan), H. K. (1851), Phoebe neu Eunice Jones (Llynlleifiad), [Peter Jones] 'Pedr Fardd', [William Edwards] 'Gwilym Padarn', [Morris Jones] 'Meurig Idris' and J. Blackwell ('Alun'), and anonymous poems; 'Sidanen Or a Song in Praise of the Glorious Queen Elizabeth' by Edward ap Rhys Wynne ap William Prys of Clygyrog, 'The meritorious gratulation of Esqr. Strangways to Llangedwyn ...' by John Davies, and anonymous English poems; prose texts, in some cases two copies, of 'Tri thlws ar ddeg o Frenindlysau Ynys Brydain ... ', 'Drygioni Medd'dod', 'Dewis bethau Howel lygad Cwsg', 'Trws'neiddrwydd Gruffydd ap Adda ap D'd', 'Achau Llewelyn ap Gruffydd y Tywysog diwaethaf o'r Cymru', 'Ymddiddanion ffraethion Cynhengras a fu rhwng y Pawn bach o Wickwair yn y Rhôs Is Conwy a Gwgon o Gaer Einion y Mhowys. A elwir yn gyffredin Araith Wgon', 'Cronigl Cymru a Lloy(e)gr yn amgyffred fal y treuthir isod' (with an additional 'narration' by Rice Jones), 'Taliesin a'i traethodd', 'Rhwng Merddin a Gwenddydd ei chwaer' and 'Merddin a Gwenddydd', 'The Most noted Poems in Mr Bulkeley of Brynddu's Collection' (now NLW MS832); 'An account of the wages paid the workemen for raissing a fence upon Ceiriog under Pentre gwyn a Tenem[en]t of the Hond. John Myddelton Esqr.', with a covering letter from Richd. Ffoulkes (transcribed from Cwrtmawr MS 222, p. 57v.); a power of attorney from Oliv[er] Thomas, Shrewsbury, yeoman to John Thomas Rees, Llanymowthwey, Merioneth, yeoman, 1674 (original in Cwrtmawr MS 222, p. 61) and a letter relating thereto from Robert Vaughan, Salop to John Thomas Rees (original in Cwrtmawr MS74, No. 3); records of the births and baptisms, 1712-33 [at Llansilin], of the children of Richard Ffoulkes (original in Cwrtmawr MS 222, p. 60v); transcripts of fifty-nine letters of Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), 1793-1831 and undated, largely addressed to Thomas Richards at Berriew and Llangynyw; a prospectus, 1793, of 'Celtic Remains' in two volumes, the first by 'the Late Lewis Morris Esq.' and the second by Walter Davies, All-Souls College, Oxford; letters largely to Thomas Richards, Berriew and Llangynyw or David Richards ('Dewi Silin') from Peter Bayley Williams, Llanrug, 1828, John Jones ('Tegyd'), Christ Church, Oxford, 1819-22 and undated, W[illiam van Mildert] bishop of Llandaff, 1822, D. Davies, Chester, 1825, Wm. Owen Pughe, London, 1812-19, Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), Llangybi, 1824, Robt. Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), 1824 and undated, Tho. Jones, Long Acre, London, 1825, W. Owen ('Eos Glan Hafren'), Newtown, 1824, John Roberts, Tremeirchion, 1822, Robt. Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 1825 and undated, and A[neurin] Owen, [Nantglyn], 1821; a list of titles and first couplets of the poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym; 'Llyma henwe y 24 brenin or brutanied... ' (originally from a manuscript of William Thomas, Llanallgo). Inset at the end of the volume are transcripts of Montgomeryshire pedigrees, etc. Much of the material in the volume has been transcribed from other volumes now in the Cwrtmawr Collection (e.g. MSS 200, 222, 242 and 243) and there are references to such sources as 'un o lyfrau Maesglas Mallwyd' (transcribed in 1857) (p. 269), a manuscript in the hand of Robert Arthur (p. 342), 'Llyfr ym meddiant Lowri Jones' (p. 380), etc. A note pasted on the inside of the upper cover states 'This Vol. was copied by Owen Jones (brother of Myrddin Fardd) from a MS Vol. ... in the handwriting of Lewis Morris [Cwrtmawr MS 200] now at Bryntanad, Llanerfyl Montgomerys[hire] (Richards) E. Breese'. Owen Jones was for a short time a private tutor at BrynTanad (see The Dictionary of Welsh Biography). The spine is lettered 'Mannoethwy MSS'.

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 Miss M. Richards, Bryn Tannall, 1873, from T. G. Jones, Llansantffraid; autograph letter to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Llangyniew, 1828, from David Davies, Mallwyd; autograph letter to the Reverend J. Ll. Richards, Llanowddyn, 1843, from Hugh Evans, Utica, on the back of which is a letter to his wife, 1843, from Hugh Evans, Utica; autograph letter to John Jones, Llanfyllin, 1848, from John Owen Jones, Illinois; autograph letter to his wife and children, 1843, from Hugh Evans, Turin; autograph letter to the Reverend J. Richards, Llanowddyn, 1842, from John H. Evans; autograph letter to the Reverend David Richards, Llansilin, 1820, from Thomas Beynon; autograph letter to Miss Richards and sister, 1862, from William Rowlands ('Gwilym Lleyn'); autograph letter to the Reverend Mr Richards, Caerwys, 1840, from Robert Davies; autograph letter to the Reverend Mr Richards, Llansilin, 1823, from David Davies, Berkeley Square, London; autograph letter to Mair Risiart, [n.d.], from Angharad Lwyd; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Richards, Llansilin, 1820, from J. Parry, Bowman Street, London; autograph letter to the Reverend T. Richards, Welshpool, 1824, from John Parry; autograph letter to the Reverend Robert Williams, Oswestry, 1846, from R. Lloyd Edwards, Nanhoron; autograph letter to the Reverend Robert Williams, Oswestry, 1842, from Alfred B. Clough, Daventry; a case opposing the election of Sir Richard Bulkeley, Knt., and Thomas Mostyn, esq., as burgesses of Conway, [n.d.]; autograph letters to the Reverend Robert Williams from R. Garnett, 1849, and I. Price, 1834; autograph letters to the Reverend Robert Williams from William Williams, Pont Penrhyn, 1803, R. P. Williams, Dublin, 1865, W. J. Rees, Presteign, 1847, 1844, 1848, and E. G. Salisbury, Birkenhead, 1847; autograph letters to Mrs Watkins, Moelycerni, Aberystwyth from James William Watkins, St Helens, 1806, 1807, and R. Morgan, Hay, 1814; autograph letters to Mr Watkins, Moelycerni, Aberystwyth from Humphrey Jones, Portsmouth, 1806, and M. Morgan, Hackney, 1806; autograph letters to Mr Watkins, Moelycerni, Aberystwyth, 1818, from E. Watkin, Laughton; autograph letters to Pryse Pryse, esq., MP, 1824, from R. Williams, Aberystwyth; autograph letters to Mrs Watkins, Aberystwyth, 1815, from R. Davies, Denbigh; bill for the funeral of Mr John Morgan, 1773; verses composed on hearing the bells of Llanbadarn, 1842, by E. W.; autograph letter to Mr James Watkins, Aberystwyth, 1806, from A. Jenkins, Lampeter; autograph letter to Mr David Morgan, Talybont, 1769, from Thomas Morgan; deed of release signed by Thomas Lloyd, David Lloyd and Thomas Roberts of Llangynfelyn, Cardigan, 1732; autograph letter to W. Morgan, 1814, from R. Morgan; autograph letter to Gwallter Mechain, 1824, from Hannah Walter, Kinmel; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1873, from John James Hughes, Caernarfon; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1883, from Samuel Roberts, Conway; memorandum of an agreement between Owen Owens of Pant-y-Dwr, Tal-y-llyn, Merioneth and the Reverend D. Silvan Evans; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1875, from James James, London.

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.

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A volume of transcripts partly in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen containing 'englynion', etc. by David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Thomas Morris (Pentre Gwyn), 'Iorwerth ab Robert ab Arthur ('neu Ned Glan Gwryd, Glyn Ceiriog'), John Cain Jones ('Siôn Ceiriog'), John Jones ('Myllin'), Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn'), P. Morris (Llanfair Caer Einion), John Athelystan [sic] Owen ('Bardd Meirion'), Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), Dafydd Savage ('Dewi Caer Einion'), Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), Evan Jones (Darowen), J. Robert (Hersedd), [William Williams] ('G[wilym] Caledfryn'), Owen William (Waun fawr), [William Ellis Jones] ('Cawrdaf'), 'S. Llwyd', John Blackwell ('Alun'), D. Hughs (Huws) (Cynwyd), E. Evans ('[Ieuan] Glan Geirionydd'), Thomas Edwards ('Arwydd y Delyn', Corwen), [? Thomas Williams] 'Eos Mynydd', M[orris] Jones ('Meurig Idris', Dolgellau), Dafydd Jones ('Dafydd ab Ioan', Llan Collen), 'Ioan Cadfan' (Llangadfan), William Edwards ('Gwilym Padarn'), [John Evans] 'Ioan Maelor', etc.; letters and incomplete letters to David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Mary Richards and other members of the family of Richards of Darowen from Arthur James Johnson [recte Johnes], 1854 (the death of John Lloyd (Llwyd) Richards, curate of Llan Owddyn (Llanwddyn), David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), 1811-26 and undated (a memorial to Thomas Edwards ('Twm o'r Nant'), a request for a tenancy from Sir Watkin to Samuel Bromley, a feast called 'Ciniaw y Mawn', payment for Y Gwyliedydd, the appearance of 'y gwr lledrithiawg', personal), Thomas Price, Pembrey, 1812 (a request for the services of a clergyman), John Hughes, Llangollen, 1826 (an invitation to preside at Llangollen Eisteddfod), Thomas Roberts [Llwynrhudol], London, 1820 (thanks for the reception of Gwyneddigion members during recent eisteddfodau in Wales and the appointment of addressee (David Richards) as an honorary member of the Society), Roger Clough, Tyn y Celyn, 1824 (Llangollen Eisteddfod committee meeting), Angharad Llwyd, Caerwys, undated (2) (the contents of a letter from Dr. Meyer, the death of Cynddelw [Richards], Welsh manuscripts, Llangollen Eisteddfod, personal), Thomas Cynddelw Richards [son of 'Dewi Silin'] (2) from Maenor House, Ruthin, 1845 (a psalm book, personal), J. Jenkin ['Ifor Ceri'], 1813 (an invitation to dinner), Edward Jones, undated (two manuscripts in the possession of Edward Jones, Llangollen), William Edwards ('Gwilym Padarn'), Waunfawr, 1821 (a gift of £1 from Powys Cymrodorion), Robert Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 1825 (personal, subscriptions to a publication by the writer, news of friends), Dafydd Jones, Llan Collen, 1820 (enclosing 'englynion'), etc.; meditations by Thomas Richards at the end of his first day, 16 July 1826, in his new parish of Llangynyw; 'Helyntion A fuont ar ddamwain a digwydd i D[avid] Riichards] yn ei daith o Blwyf Darowen ... i Nantglyn ... 1814'; obituaries of John Lloyd Richards [1854], Thomas Cynddelw Richards [1848], David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), 1826, etc.; a biographical note on Jane Richards (1756-1842), wife of Thomas Richards, Darowen, etc.

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].

Commonplace book of John Lloyd Richards,

Two notebooks (pasted together) of the Reverend John Lloyd Richards (1790-1854), vicar of Llanwddyn containing 'Subjects for [weekly] themes given by Mr Ainger for 1821', '...[L]ines ... set up in a neat frame in the room at the Pavilion by the falls of the Clyde in Scotland', 1817; verses by R. Davies entitled 'I Bedwar Rhan y Flwyddyn'; prose texts entitled 'The Number Seven', 'English Language' and 'Esau and Jacob'; verses entitled 'Happiness' by the present Bp. of Calcutta. Dr. Heber'; personal accounts, 1821-31 (expenses at St Bees College and at Nun Monkton, payments to hired servants, receipts of rent etc.); etc. The scribe's sister, Mary Richards, during the period 1870-3 has used blank spaces to record copious memoranda, anecdotes and transcripts of verse and family letters.

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 to members of the Richards family,

Miscellaneous letters, 1801-1868 and undated, mainly addressed to members of the Richards family of Darowen, Llanefydd, Berriew, Llansilin, Welshpool, Llanfyllin, Llangynyw, and Caerwys. Most of the letters concern church and parochial matters. They sometimes give personal and family news.

Letters to members of the Richards family,

Miscellaneous letters and notes, 1813-1870, some fragments, addressed to members of the Richards family of Darowen etc. Most of the letters discuss religious, ecclesiastical and parochial matters. Some concern the payment of bills, the settlement of outstanding accounts etc.

Letters to the Richards family of Darowen,

Letters, 1787-1846 and undated, to members of the Richards family of Darowen, mainly Rev. Thomas Richards (1754-1837), interspersed with a small number of stray letters and notes. Most of the letters relate to parochial affairs and to matters concerning the church. Some correspondents seek help with problems and difficulties. A number of the letters are addressed to 'Miss Richards', and there are a small number from the Rev. Thomas Richards.

Richards, Thomas, 1754-1837

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'.

Minute book of Cymmrodorion Society in Powys, etc.

A minute book of the Cymmrodorion Society in Powys (established 6 October 1819), 1819-20, together with a list of members, 1819-22. The volume was subsequently used by Mary Richards, Darowen and, to a lesser extent, by Thomas R. Williams, Bryn Tanad, Llanerful, to record transcripts of a list of British kings to George III ('Tabl o holl Frenhinodd Prydain or dechreiad Cyntaf hyd ein Brenin George y IIII) from the Almanac of Thomas Jones, Shrewsbury, 1709; poetry in strict and free metres by E[dward] J[ones] ('Periglor Caer Einion') (1875), [Hugh Parry] ('Cefni') (Utica, N.Y.) (1872), [Morris Jones] ('Meurig Idris'), John Blackwell ['Alun'], [Robert Parry] ('Robin Ddu [Eryri]'), John Edwar[d] Davies (New York, a native of Llan Erful), etc.; 'englynion' submitted for competition at the Cymmrodorion Society in Powys eisteddfod at Wrexham, 1820, by W. Williams (Llandofry), Peter Jones (Liverpool), etc.; 'At y Cymry', being an appeal to Welshmen to protest against the oppression of Protestants in Ireland (printed [? or written] by James Davies, printer, Holywell), letters from Hugh Jones ('Erfyl'), Caer Lleon to D[avid] Richard[s], [Llansilin], 1820 (the appointment of addressee as secretary of the Cymmrodorion Society in Powys, submission of compositions to the forthcoming eisteddfod), J. Blackwell, Wyddgrug to D[avid] Richard[s], Llansilin, undated [1820] (enclosing poetry), T[homas] Price ('Carnhuanawc'), Crickhowel to Tho[ma]s Richards, Llangynyw, 1833 (measures for the preservation of the Welsh language) (fragments of the original letter in Cwrtmawr MS 1045), and Geor[ge] Morris, Wrexham to D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, 1822, (payment for windows broken during the eisteddfod); lists of poets, harpists and singers, with particulars of distances of their respective homes [from Wrexham]; a list of Caernarvonshire poets ('Cofrestr o Fardd Caer Arfon'); a list of licences awarded to ovates, etc. at the Gorsedd of Bards at Llangynyw, 1845; a prospectus of Y Dywysogaeth, 1870; 'The Araingment of the Queen of Scotts in Hoderingham Castell in the County of Northamton the VIII of February 1586' (cf. Cwrtmawr MS870); etc. Mounted on the inside lower cover are undated accounts of the Cymmrodorion Society in Powys.

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.

Numeration exercise book,

A numeration exercise book with copious insertions, largely scribbles, of the period 1795-1800 by members of the Richards family of Darowen.

Richards family memoranda and accounts, etc.

A composite volume comprising two notebooks originally used by the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837) for personal and family memoranda and accounts (mainly 1821-37) of debts, wages paid to female servants, tithes, provisions, payments of interest and repayments of debts. It also includes accounts, 1816-24, between H. L. Eddes Gwynne and the Reverend Thomas Richards relating to Hirnant rents. The volume was subsequently used by Mary Richards, Darowen to record transcripts of letters, mainly between various members of the Richards family but including also letters from R. Sa[u]nderson, Bala to Thomas Richards, 1829 (Gwyliedydd postponed for a short time because of the illness of one of the writers), [ ], Merthyr Tydful to Elen Richards, 1855 (Cae Cobham and Pont Robert ab Oliver and local legends), G[riffith] Jones ('Glan Menai'), Aberayron to Miss R[ichards], 1867 ('Enwogion Sir Aberteifi', requesting information relating to addressee's father), John Evans, secretary of the Cymmrodorion or Metropolitan Institution to Miss Mair Richard[s], Darowen, 1821 (election of addressee as an honorary member), Alexander Ewing, bishop of Argyll and the Isles to T[homas] Richards, 1851 (enclosing an appeal), Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), to D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, 1819 (enclosing letter (from T[homas] Richards], arrangements to meet, a meeting in the New Year arranged by [John] Jenkins ['Ifor Ceri'], reference to 'llyfyr Ffowlkes Owen'), David Jones to T[homas] Richards, 1787 (had been ordained a deacon and had read the services at Llanyw[ch]llyn), William Rowland[s] ('Gwilym Lleyn'), Machynlleth to the Misses Richards, 1862 (writer's health, enclosing papers relating to addressees' brother which he had found among the papers of an old Wesleyan minister) (original letter in Cwrtmawr MS 1044), Thomas G[?errard], Bristol to [T[homas] Richards], 1834 (enclosing blank certificate and receipt in connection with a Bristol charity for blind persons); a letter and advertisement relating to a meeting, 1796, of stipendary curates of certain deaneries in the diocese of St Asaph, to be held at Mold; a notice of two sermons to be preached at Llanfyllin, August 1819, in aid of the Church Missionary Society; a list of books: 'Fe ddygwyd y rhan fwya or llyfrau uchod, i.e. eu Lladrata a wnawd yn y Bala'; notes relating to the old vicarage at Darowen ('erected in 1545'); a short inventory of the estate of Griffith Jones, Llwyn Gwiling, parish of Llanymowddwy, deceased; a few recipes; etc.; poetry in strict and free metres by 'E.J.', D. Ll. James, Morgan Wynne Taleris (recte Taliaris), [William Williams] ('Gwilym ab Iorwerth'), Daniel Jones ('Dewi Fwynder') (Cilcen), ?J. E. Davies ('Ioan Erful'), William Edwards ['Gwilym Padarn'], Llanberis, Peter Jones ('Pedr Fardd'), Lewis William, (Darowen), [John Jones] ('Tegid'), Richard Pugh (Darowen), E[van] Evans ('[Ieuan] G[lan] Geirionydd'), Robert Jones ('Bardd Mawddach'), David Richard ('D[ewi] Silin'), J[ohn] A[thelstan] O[wen] ('Bardd Meirion'), [William Ellis Jones] ('Cawrdaf'), Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), John Hughes (Llanbadarn Fawr, Cardiganshire), Edward Jones (Maes y Plwm), Thomas Jones ('o Ddinbych'), [Edward Williams] ('Iolo Morganwg') [David Richards] ('Dafydd Ionawr'), [David Thomas] ('Dafydd Ddu [Eryri]') and Dafydd Ellis ('Gof Llanymawddwy'), and anonymous poetry; the volume also contains details relating to 'plygain' and Christmas services at Llangadfan and Llanerfyl, c. 1865-8.

Richards family of Darowen,

Sermon and scriptural notes, [?1818]-[?1848], of the Rev. Thomas Richards 'Junior' (1785-1855) of Darowen etc. Some of the notes may derive from other members of the Richards family, including the Rev. Richard Richards (1780-1860) of Caerwys. The sermons were preached at various Montgomeryshire parishes including Caerwys, Darowen, Llangynyw, Meifod and Welshpool.

Richards, Thomas, 1785-1855

Richards family transcripts,

A composite volume comprising three exercise books, with numerous items inset and mounted therein, largely in the hands of Thomas Richards, Mary Richards and Lewis Richards, Darowen. The contents include extracts from Sir John Hill: The Family Herbal (Bungay, 1812) and household and medical recipes; poetry in strict and free metres by [John Jones] ('Myllin'), Evan Jones (Darowen), Evan Thomas (Llansilin), Robert Davies, Nantglyn, W[alter] D[avies, 'Gwallter Mechain'], Lewis Jones (Nant hir), Robert Owen (Denbigh), [John Jones] ('Tegid'), Mrs [Elizabeth] Cribber [Crebar] (daughter of Lewis Morris, 'Llywelyn Ddu o Fôn'), [David Richards] ('Dewi Silin'), ?[David Richards] ('Dafydd Ionawr'), ?Dafydd Elis (Mowddwy), Harry Parry, Arthur Jones, John Parry, Peter Jones, John Rogers, ?Evan Evans (['Ieuan] Glangeirionydd'), [William Williams] 'G[wilym] ab Iorwerth', Mary Watcin (Moelcerni, near Aberystwyth), Mrs E. Jones ('Crefyddwraig', Mowddwy), [Morris Jones] ('M[eurig] Idris') (partly holograph), William Winne (vicar of Llanbrynmair), Rus Cain, Ev. Evans ['Ieuan Brydydd Hir'], Richard Philip, Cadwaladr David, Ann Humphrey, John Jones ('Sir Garnarvon'), Dafydd Jones ('neu'r Tailiwr hir') and Sion Parry ('tatganwr ... o Fallwyd'), and anonymous poems; letters from Robert Davies, Nantglyn to T[homas] Richards, Darowen, undated (the writer's visit to Carmarthen and his stay at Nannau), and D[avid] Richards ['Dewi Silin'], 1825 and undated (mutual visits, a prospectus of ? Diliau Barddas by the writer), William Jones, Llan y Mowddwy, to D[avid] Richards Llansilin, 1822 (a strange incident at Mallwyd), Aneurin [Owen] from Tyn y Celyn [Nantglyn] to D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, 1835 (recte 1825) (an invitation to Tan y Gyrt), [ ] to T[homas] Richards, Llan y Mowddwy, undated (medicine for John Edward), [?L. Jones] 'Llewelin ab Ioan', Bwlch y maen to Thomas Richards, Llan y Mowddwi, 1787-8 (the writer's religious experiences, a translation by the Reverend Thomas Jones [Creaton]) (original letters in Cwrtmawr MSS 872 and 1043), Reginald Heber, Hodnet (in the third person) to Richard Richard[s], Caerwys, 1822 (a donation towards the education of Evan Evans ['Ieuan Glan Geirionydd']),'Harri Ddu o Gaer Derwyddon, swydd Ddinbech' to Richard Richards, Caerwys, 1845 (enclosing poetry, the writer's penury), [John Jones] 'Tegid', Christ Church, Oxford to [? John Jenkins 'Ifor Ceri'], 1828 (Kerry eisteddfod, enclosing poetry, personal), John Williams, Castell, Darowen to [Mary] Richards, 1834 (the excommunication of John Davies from the Society ('Seiat')), William Owen (in the third person) to T[homas] Richards, undated (a request for the loan of ploughs), [Mary Richards] to her nephew, Cornelius Griffydd [London], 1819 (an account of the writer's return from London to Darowen); an account of disbursements at the Ship Inn, Dolgelleu, 5 August 1819 (p. 87); pasted on the inside of the upper cover is a prospectus of R. Williams, Runcorn: Ysgrifenydd Buan; neu Gyfundraith Newydd o Law Fer, (A New System of Short Hand); etc. The transcripts of Lewis Richards, which form the greater part of the third notebook, were compiled during the period 1811-18 and some of the transcripts by Mary Richards are dated 1861-6. Some of the items have been transcribed from the manuscript(s) of 'Cadwaladr Robert o Lan y Mowddwy' and 'John Cadwalader' (p. 87) and 'Cadwaladr Davidd lan y Mowddwy' (p. 132).

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