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Morris-Jones, John, 1864-1929.
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Cŵyn y gwynt,

Two manuscript vocal scores of 'Cŵyn y gwynt' (words, J. Morris Jones) by Mansel Thomas, only one is in his hand. Published Magor: Mansel Thomas Trust, Ref: MT137 and MT210 [1998?].

General letters to O. M. Edwards

The file includes letters from J. Glyn Davies (5), Ellis Edwards, Annie J. Ellis, Richard Griffith ('Carneddog') (3), C. Bryner Jones, J. Ifano Jones, Sir John Morris-Jones, J. Dyfnallt Owen ('Dyfnallt'), Alfred Neobard Palmer, J. Machreth Rees (2), David Samuel, Aberystwyth, and T. J. Waddingham.

Davies, J. Glyn (John Glyn), 1870-1953

J. Seymour Rees Collection

  • GB 0210 JSEYREES
  • Fonds
  • 1817-1965

A collection of over 200 books and pamphlets from the library of the donor's husband, the late Rev J. Seymour Rees, Seven Sisters, most of these being typescript volumes (NLW MSS 18628-707). The collection consists of some original work by J. Seymour Rees and his father, John Rees, such as poetry, short stories, essays, biographies, and guide books, much of which was submitted for competition at various national and local eisteddfodau, and volumes of collected material on various topics, including essays, articles and other material on such eminent Welshmen as W. Llewelyn Williams, Daniel Silvan Evans, Sir John Morris Jones, and Rev William Edwards, Groeswen, and on Welsh hymnology, and collections of poetry by D. Emrys James ('Dewi Emrys'), I. D. Hooson, R. Williams Parry, and T. J. Thomas ('Sarnicol'), of prose by 'Sarnicol', W. Llewelyn Williams, O. M. Edwards, and W. J. Gruffydd, and of hymns by H. Elvet Lewis ('Elfed'), J. D. Vernon Lewis, J. R. Davies, Pentyrch, and others, and selections of prose and verse compiled for competition at various national eisteddfodau. In addition to the collection of Elfed's Welsh and English hymns, there are twelve volumes containing some of his prose and verse and material on his life and work. There are also indexes to Y Beirniad, Y Geninen, and Y Geiriadur Bywgraphyddol; typescript copies and cuttings, from periodicals and newspapers, of articles and essays by various persons, and by 'Sarnicol' and J. Seymour Rees in particular; typescript transcripts of several printed books, in particular of collections of hymns published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings relating to D. Lloyd George, Dylan Thomas, 'Dewi Emrys', W. Llewelyn Williams, Sir John Morris Jones, 'Elfed', Rev John Evans, Brecon, Rev Jubilee Young, and others. The collection also contains letters to J. Seymour Rees and Mrs. Seymour Rees and a small group of other correspondence. The largest donation of printed books received during the current year was that which the Library was invited to select from the very extensive library of Rev J. Seymour Rees (Dept of Printed Books). It numbered several hundreds of volumes primarily of literary, historical, and theological interest, all in very good condition, and many having been bound by Mr. Rees himself. Additional material from the library of the donor's husband, the late Rev J. Seymour Rees, Seven Sisters. It includes typescript collections of 'Cyfansoddiadau sydd yn fy modloni i' and 'A short anthology of the world's greatest Christian prayers' (NLW MS 19384B); three scrapbooks of typescripts and newspaper cuttings (NLW MSS 19385A, 19386B, 19387C); a typescript copy of 'Casgliad o gyfarwyddiadau i wneuthur hen fwydydd nodweddiadol Gymraeg' by Miss Mati Thomas ('Mati'r Ddôl'), Nanternis, New Quay (awarded the prize at the Treorchy National Eisteddfod, 1928) (NLW MS 19383B); Evan Thomas: Galareb S. Griffiths o Horeb (Castellnewydd-Emlyn, 1960), and J. Lloyd Williams: Byd Natur (Caerdydd, 1924) (Dept of Printed Books). A holograph letter of David Jones (1856-1937), Aberdare, afterwards Independent minister at New Quay, co. Cardigan, and at Scranton, Pa., U.S.A. (NLW MS 18866E, No 246C); and a printed postcard to the donor from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, [March 1965], acknowledging a message of sympathy and good wishes (NLW MS 16726A).

Rees, J. Seymour (John Seymour), 1887-1963.

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 of John Rhys, etc.,

A volume in continuation of Cwrtmawr MS 758 containing fifty holograph letters, postcards, etc., from John Rhys and one holograph letter on his behalf by Elspeth Rhys from Oxford, etc., 1885-1901, to D. Silvan Evans at Llanwrin. Subjects of the correspondence include an interpretation of a text ('Neu vi luossawc yntrydar ....') from the Book of Taliesin, numerous problems of Welsh etymology, a manuscript dictionary discovered by Gwenogvryn Evans at the Bodleian Library, observations on the recipient's dictionary, adjudication on essays [submitted to the London national eisteddfod, 1887], arrangements for meetings of the Tithe Agitation Committee (1887) (of which the writer was Secretary), an address at Bangor, a contribution to Y Traethodydd, the application of J. M[orris] Jones for the lectureship at Bangor [University College], the illness of Dr [Gudbrandur] Vigfússon [at Oxford], an English version of an inscribed englyn at Michaelston-super-Ely, condolence on the recipient's bereavement [i.e. the death of his wife], a gift to the recipient of the writer's Studies in the Arthurian Legend, Mr [E. G. B.] Phillimore's attack on the 'caddishness' of Welsh people and especially of members of the 'Dafydd ab Gwylym Club', the interpretation of the old stones at Wareham, the progress of [J. Morris] Jones's publication of 'Llyfr yr Ancr', the treatment of Wales 'under the rule of Lord Aberdare quite recently' (12 November 1892), letters of congratulations to the writer [on his appointment as Principal of Jesus College, Oxford], the application for the grant to the recipient of a Civil List pension, the election of the recipient to a three years' fellowship of Jesus College, Oxford, the possibility of the grants of Cymmrodorion medals to the writer and the recipient (1897) (with observations on Phillimore's work as editor of the Society's publications), thanks for a new 'Sten [Sioned] (1901), personal, etc. The volume also contains holograph letters and postcards from T. Marchant Williams [from London] to Egerton Phillimore and to [Daniel Lewis Lloyd] bishop [of Bangor] (copy), 1897 (2) (a Civil List grant to D. Silvan Evans), John Rhys to 'Harry Silvan' [J. H. Silvan Evans], 1897-1906 and undated (3) (a Civil List grant to D. Silvan Evans, the livings of Llanddewi Velfrey and Llandow (with a reference to the claim of [John Edwin] de Hirsch-Davies), John Rhys to [Robert Roberts ('Y Sgolor Mawr')], 1879 (1) (Celtic philology) (23pp.), and Myvanwy Rhys, Aberystwyth to [J. H.] Davies, [19]20 (1) (returning the John Rhys letters contained in Cwrtmawr MSS 758-9).

Rhys, John, Sir, 1840-1915

Letters to Daniel Lleufer Thomas,

  • NLW MS 12701C.
  • File
  • 1893-1935.

Thirty-five holograph and autograph letters, and one holograph postcard, 1893-1935 and undated, written to D[aniel] Lleufer Thomas. The writers include the Rev. J[ohn] Bodfan Anwyl, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1930 (problems relating to the compiling of the [University of Wales's projected] dictionary [of the Welsh language]); R. Brudenell Carter, [London], 1907 (an enquiry concerning Colonel Carter, mentioned in recipient's article on Sir Roger Mostyn in the Dict[ionary] of National Biography); Professor F[rancis] A[lexander] Cavenagh [professor of Education, University College], Swansea, 1927 (forwarding copies of articles on Griffith Jones [of Llanddowror, published in The Journal of Adult Education, September 1926, March 1927], the possibility that the articles would be published in book form [The Life and Work of Griffith Jones of Llanddowror (Cardiff, 1930)], an intended review of the articles by the Rev. M[organ] H[ugh] Jones in The Welsh Outlook [see vol. XIV, pp. 245-7]); John Davies, Aberystwyth, [n.d.] (enclosing a copy of an unspecified work, some sixty copies of which had been reprinted at the writer's instigation [probably Myfyrdod mewn Mynwent. Ad-Argraffiad o'r Argraffiad Cyntaf, 1798 (Aberystwyth, 1927), being a reprint of the translation by David Davis, Castellhywel, of Thomas Gray's 'Elegy written in a Country Churchyard', published in 1798]); Archdeacon A[lbert] Owen Evans, Bangor, 1930 (a request for suggestions with regard to an address on 'Some Welsh Agricultural Writers', which the writer was preparing for delivery at Bangor); Beriah [Gwynfe Evans], Carnarvon, [18]96 (thanking recipient for [a copy of] the appendices compiled by him [Bibliographical, Statistical, and other Miscellaneous Memoranda, being Appendices to the Report of the Royal Commission on Land in Wales and Monmouthshire (London, 1896)], congratulating recipient on the work, an article on the Welsh peasantry ['The Peasantry of South Wales'] contributed by the writer to Longman's Magazine [July 1885]); E. H. Fallaize (Hon. Secretary, Royal Anthropological Institute), Enfield, 1921 (a meeting at which Sir Alfred Davies would give an 'account of the Welsh scheme for collecting rural lore', hopes that recipient would attend and speak, information about books, etc., on anthropometric work); Edw[ard] Griffith, Dolgelley, 1915 (information concerning the parliamentary representation of Merioneth, 1545-nineteenth century); Owen Griffith, Cardiff, [19]24 (an invitation to recipient to write a pamphlet on 'Public Life', for a proposed second series of Traethodau'r Deyrnas); Tho[ma]s Hodgkin, Barmoor Castle, Northumberland, 1911 (forwarding a copy of an address on Cornwall and Brittany, given by the writer in Falmouth); H[arold] A[ugustus] Hyde, Department of Botany, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1931 (2) (the writer's study of the botanical exploration of Wales in connection with a proposed Museum publication on the Welsh flora, the value of recipient's appendix to the Report of the Royal Commission on Land ... [see letter from Beriah Gwynfe Evans above], in connection therewith, the writer's desire to trace an unpublished work by William Morris entitled 'Collection of plants gathered in Anglesey', his intended publication of Samuel Brewer's diary [published, 1931, as a reprint from the report of the Botanical Society and Exchange Club, 1930]); D[avid] Emrys James, Swansea, 1930 (personal, forwarding a copy of the writer's Rhymes of the Road [(London, 1928)]); [the Rev.] Lemuel [John] James, Ystrad Mynach Vicarage, 1907 (enquiries concerning a descendant of Taliesin ab Iolo [Taliesin Williams, poet and author], with a view to tracing his manuscripts, a second edition of the poems of Lewys Hopkyn being prepared by the writer); R[obert] T[homas] Jenkins [later professor of Welsh History, University College, Bangor], Cardiff, 1929 (points relating to the writer's book [Hanes Cymru yn y Ddeunawfed Ganrif (Caerdydd, 1928)], praise for recipient's 'Land Commission Appendix' [see letter from Beriah Gwynfe Evans above], the writer's need to consult a copy of recipient's memorandum on the Welsh woollen trade); A. Gray Jones, Ebbw Vale, 1926 (2) (a book by 'Ignotus' published by Longman's sixty years previously [?'Ignotus': The Last Thirty Years in a Mining District ... (London, 1867)], and enquiries as to the identity of the author (Captain Russell)); Evan Jones, Llanwrtyd Wells, 1899 (2) (attempts to find a copy of Rees Prydderch Gemmeu Doethineb ..., for recipient, and the locating of two copies); Ifano Jones, Y Llyfrgell Gymreig, Cardiff, 1924 (references to manuscript and printed sources, ?in connection with a query about the place-name Radyr); Tom Jones, Trealaw, Rhondda, 1932 (forwarding an offprint of 'Bibl. ar P. N. Wales (Second Instalment)' [i.e., of the writer's article 'A Bibliography of Monographs on the Place-Names of Wales (Second Instalment)', B.B.C.S., vol. VI, pp. 171-8], the possibility of a third instalment); D[avid] Morgan Lewis [professor of Physics, University College, Aberystwyth], Aberystwyth, 1904-1935 (2) (personal, the writer's memoir of his father [Cofiant y Diweddar Barchedig Evan Lewis, Brynberian (Aberystwyth, 1903)], an article by the writer on 'Morgan Rhys a'i Gyfnod', Y Cofiadur [Rhifyn Dwbl 10 a 11, Mawrth 1934, pp. 34-51]); Timothy Lewis, Aberystwyth, 1929-1931 (3) (drawing recipient's attention to a printed brochure (on the back of which the first letter is written), announcing the intended publication by the writer of a series of ten volumes, to be called 'Cyfres Hywel Dda', and consisting of works on medieval Welsh bardism and culture, texts of medieval Welsh law, poetry, etc., the intention of publishing the first volume, Beirdd a Bardd-Rin Cymru Fu, in July 1929, promised financial support for the project which had not materialised, the writer's decision to publish [at his own expense], the writer's awareness of the fact that he was attacking accepted ideas, and his belief that he was opening up new paths for students of Welsh (March 1929), acknowledgement of recipient's support [for the first volume], regrets that the 'Marchog o Fangor' [Sir John Morris-Jones], had died before being able to express his views [on Beirdd a Bardd-Rin], the writer's belief that, if the main theme of the volume was correct, then the contents of [Sir John Morris-Jones'] Cerdd Dafod had to be rejected, additional material which the writer had collected (September 1929), informing recipient of the appearance of the second volume in the series [Mabinogi Cymru (Aberystwyth, 1931)], and enclosing a printed brochure relating to the work (November 1931)); William Little, Stags Halt, March, 1893 (queries regarding statistics in recipient's 'Dolgelly Report'); David Oliver, Cambridge, 193[?] (personal, dates of death of the writer's father and two uncles); Henry Oliver, Bristol, [19]09 (personal, recipient's appointment as stipendiary magistrate in Pontypridd); D[avid] Rhys Phillips, Swansea, 1929 (2) (information concerning the writer and his family, ?in connection with an application for a post at the National Library of Wales); [the Rev.] W[illiam] J[ohn] Rees, Alltwen, Pontardawe, 1931 (recipient's appreciation of the writer's article ['Y Parch. William Rees, Llechryd'] in Y Tyst [Mawrth 26, 1931], and his suggestion that William Rees's works should be collected and deposited in the National Library, congratulations to recipient on the honour conferred upon him [a knighthood, January 1931]); W[illiam] J[ames] Roberts [professor of Economics], University College, Cardiff, 1931 (the writer's 'little book' [?Egwyddorion Economeg (Caerdydd, 1930)], a copy of which he was sending to recipient, congratulations to recipient [on his knighthood]); David Salmon (principal), Training College, Swansea, 1917 (an enquiry as to whether 'the John Evans who libelled Griffith Jones, and the John Evans who superintended the Welsh Bible of 1769', were the same person [see The Dictionary of Welsh Biography, under Evans, John (1702-82)]); and Isaac J[ohn] Williams, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1924-1933 (2) (enquiries relating to Edward Davis, a nineteenth century Carmarthenshire sculptor).

Letters to Myvanwy Rhys

Letters, 1893-1945, addressed to Myvanwy Rhys from her sister, Olwen, 1911-1945 (mostly 1945), and various correspondents. Some letters are addressed to both sisters, and a few may have been sent solely to Olwen Rhys. Many relate to the proposed biography of John Rhŷs. Included are letters from A. E. Bayly, Helen Gladstone, Margaret M. Verney, James A. H. Murray, Richard Jones, A. H. Sayce (22), P. M. C. Kermode, Margaret Lloyd George (3), A. O. Vaughan (Owen Rhoscomyl), Richard Ellis, Rupert H. Morris, Edward Clodd, Donald A. Mackenzie, John Edward Lloyd, Henry Owen, J. Fisher (2), D. Brynmor Jones, J. H. Davies, W. J. Lewis, John Morris-Jones, N. V. Sidgwick, John Fraser, D. S. Margoliouth (6), J. L. C. Cecil-Williams, Goronwy Edwards, J. C. Collins, Paul Meyer (2), and James Darmesteter. The file also contains one letter, 1881, from Myvanwy Rhys to her father.

Rhys, Olwen.

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.


A transcript by John Dan[ie]l Jones, Hawen Hall, Rhydlewis, from Y Diwygiwr, January, 1836, of 'Cofiant y diweddar Mr. John Lloyd Morgan: Myfyriwr Yngholeg Homerton, Llundain' by [the Reverend] John] Lloyd, [Congregational] minister at Henllan [Amgoed] and in memoriam verses by 'Glantowy' [John Thomas, printer, Llanelly]; notes of sermons heard by D. M[organ] Lewis at Cambridge, 1873; an account book of contributions to the Relief Fund Association [c. 1874]; a press cutting containing an account of a Band of Hope tea and procession at Felindre, Pembrokeshire, 1882, together with a manuscript copy of verses composed for the occasion in praise of the Reverend Evan Lewis, minister of Brynberian and Felindre Congregational Churches; notes of lectures on 'Pwyll Prince of Dyfed' ('Mabinogion Class') by Mr. (aft. Professor Sir) J[ohn] Morris Jones [at University College of North Wales, Bangor], 1891; an address in a debate on 'Whether the discovery of the mariners compass, or the invention of printing has been most conducive to the welfare of society'; an address on the Government of the Christian Church; a printed card bearing 'Lines written in a lady's album by Rev. Robert Moffat, D.D.', with the author's signature; copious extracts by D. Morgan Lewis from miscellaneous printed sources; etc.

David Morgan Lewis, John Daniel Jones and others.

Y gwylanod,

Two manuscript vocal scores (one containing sketches) of 'Y gwylanod' (words by J. Morris Jones). Published Magor: Mansel Thomas Trust, Ref: MT140 and MT194 [1998?].

Papurau O. Llew Owain

  • Fonds
  • 1785-[c. 1955]

Papurau O. Llew Owain, 1785-[c. 1955], yn cynnwys llythyrau a phapurau yn ymwneud yn bennaf ag Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Eisteddfod yr Urdd, a Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain, 1901-1951; ceisiadau am swyddi, 1939-1947; gweithiau Owain Llew Owain, 1912-1951; deunydd ar gyfer Y Genedl, 1924-1939; llythyrau, llyfrynnau a thorion amrywiol yn ymwneud ag agweddau ar fywyd a llenyddiaeth Gogledd Cymru, 1858-1950; llyfrau lloffion o dorion papur newydd, 1865-1940, yn cynnwys caneuon etholiadol, am David Lloyd George yn bennaf, teyrngedau i Syr John Morris Jones, torion o Y Genedl ac eitemau yn ymwneud â barddoniaeth Gymraeg; llawysgrifau a phapurau, 1785-[c.1955], o lyfrgell O. Llew Owain, yn cynnwys traethodau eisteddfodol ac arall, llawysgrifau o ddiddordeb i sir Gaernarfon a gohebiaeth. = Papers of O. Llew Owain, 1785-[c. 1955], comprising letters and papers mainly concerning Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru (National Eisteddfod), Eisteddfod yr Urdd, and Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain, 1901-1954; job applications, 1939-1947; works of Owain Llew Owain, 1912-1951; material for Y Genedl, 1924-1939; miscellaneous letters, booklets and cuttings concerning aspects of North Wales life and literature, 1858-1950; scrap books of press cuttings, 1865-1940, including election songs mainly about David Lloyd George, tributes to Sir John Morris Jones, cuttings from Y Genedl and items relating to Welsh poetry; manuscripts and papers, 1785-[c. 1955], from the library of O. Llew Owain, including eisteddfod and other essays, manuscripts of Caernarfonshire interest and correspondence.

Owain, O. Llew (Owain Llewelyn), 1877-1956.