Part of Cwrtmawr Manuscripts,
A volume originally used by Thomas Richards, Darowen to record the rules of Darowen Church Sunday School ('Rheolau perthynol i Ysgol Sabbothol Eglwys Darowen') . Beginning at the end, also in the hand of Thomas Richards, are 'Cadwaen Iachawdwriaeth', a list of subscribers (among them Thomas Richards) to Welsh Bibles, and 'Crefyddau', being statistics of religious membership of European countries. The remainder, and by far the greater part, of the volume was afterwards used largely by Mary Richards to record transcripts of letters from Thomas Gerrard, Chamberlain['s] office, Counsel [sic] House, Bristol to T[homas] Richard[s], Darowen, 1836 (an annuity payable at Bristol to Mary Evans, a blind resident of Darowen), Griffith Williams, Dolgelleu to Mair Richard[s], Darowen, 1838 (the death of the recipient's father), Moris Jones ('Meurig Idris') from Manafon to Mair Richards, 1841 (the death of the recipient's mother), Edward Hughes, Cambridge to [Mary] Richard[s]  (the death of the writer's mother), J[ohn Luxmore], bishop of St Asaph, from London to [Thomas] Richards, Darowen, 1826 (the writer's decision to waive the living [of Llangynyw] in favour of his son [Thomas Richards]), R. Brougham, London to T[homas] Richards, Darowen, ?1818 (a return by the recipient), T[homas] Richard[s], Llan y Mowddwy to the Reverend [ ], 1787 (a gift of dry fish in acknowledgement of services in signing Bounty papers), Morris Jones, Darowen Villa, Lancaster Road, N.W. to M[ary] Richards, Llan Erful,  (the London School Board, the Franco-Prussian War, a tribute to the recipient's father, enclosing an 'englyn', personal), John Jones, vicar of Llandderfel, to [?Thomas Richards, Llangynyw], 1840 (the death of the recipient's sister [Elizabeth Richards]), [Reverend] W. Lewis, Abergregan to T[homas] Richards, Llangynyw, 1841 (the death of the recipient's mother), Elizabeth Davies, Trewylan Hall to [Thomas Richards, Llangynyw], 1841 (the death of the recipient's mother), Arthur James Johnes, Garthmyl to [Thomas Richards, Llangynyw], 1841 (the death of the recipient's mother, the writer's pamphlet on the prospect of the Welsh Church), etc.; a list of texts of the sermons of T[homas] Richards, Darowen; biographical and other memoranda relating to the family of Richards of Darowen; poetry in strict and free metres, largely addressed to, or in memory of, members of the Richards family by William Williams ('Gwilym ab Iorwerth') (Darowen), W[illiam] Roberts ('Gwilim Aran') (Dolgellau), [Morris Jones] ('Meurig Idris') (Dolgellau), Hugh Hughes (Darowen) Dafydd Elis ('hen Of o Fowddwy'), Thomas Owain ('Ysgol Feist[r]') (Tal y llyn), Owen Roberts (1795), Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), [Rowland Parry] ('Ieuan Carn Dochan'), William Williams (Pantycelyn), T[homas] Richard[s] [Darowen], Evan Evans ('Arwydd'r Arth', Welshpool), Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), [William Edwards] ('Gwilym Padarn'), ?Richard Richards (Caerwys) ('yn ysgrifenlaw R.R. Caerwys') a list, compiled in 1837, of books in the library of T[homas] Richards, Darowen; etc. Among the insets and papers mounted on the fly-leaves and inside covers are an acknowledgement, 1820, of the receipt by T[homas] Richards, vicar of Darowen to Thomas Williams of Llanfihangel [yng Ngwynfa], Montgomeryshire of seven books of Psalms called Telyn Dafydd for disposal to his neighbours and parishioners, and a prayer in the hand of Thomas Richards, Darowen. The outside upper cover is inscribed 'Ysgol Sul Eglwys Darowen 1824'.