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Kerslake, Thomas, 1812-1891
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Correspondence

One of four volumes containing a collection of nearly two hundred letters addressed to Thomas Powel. They relate to matters of Welsh education, bibliography, philology and Celtic subjects. The principal correspondents are John E. A. Fenwick, Cheltenham, 1883; Samuel Ferguson, Dublin, 1877; Edward A[ugustus] Freeman, Wells, 1876, with an offprint of a letter on English policy in Turkey by Dr Humphrey Sandwith; F[rederick] J[ames] Furnivall, London, 1881; H[enri] Gaidoz, Paris, 1880-1883; John Griffith, Neath, 1890; C[harles] E[dward] T[homas] Griffith, Llandaff, 1919; Robert Harley, Mill Hill, 1877; D[avid] Howell, Wrexham, 1890; J[ohn] Cynddylan Jones, Cardiff, 1879; J[ames] R[hys] Kilsby Jones, 1883; Owen Jones, Llansantffraid, 1894; Rees Jenkin Jones, Aberdare, 1891; C[harles] K[emeys] Kem[e]ys-Tynte, Halswell, 1889; W[illiam] P[aton] Ker, Oxford, 1891-1892; Thomas Kerslake, Bristol, 1880; David Lewis, Llanarmon and London, 1879-1880; Sir William T[homas] Lewis (afterwards 1st Baron Merthyr), 1886 (concerning the Welsh Library Fund); Howell W[illiam] Lloyd, Kensington, 1880; James Macauley, M. D., 1882; Edmund McClure, editorial secretary of the S.P.C.K., 1882; J. J. MacSweeney, Dublin, 1882; Edward Matthews, Bonvilstone, 1876; John Hobson Matthews, Cardiff, 1890; John E[yton] B[ickersteth] Mayor, 1883; Arthur W[illiam] K[aye] Miller, British Museum, 1896; Eluned Morgan ('Eluned'), Bedlinog, 1897; Sir Lewis Morris, London, 1883; William Morris, Bloomsbury, 1877; and George [Friedrich] Müller, Bristol, 1883.

Hebrew bible,

An imperfect copy of Parts 1 and 2 only of the third quarto edition of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) printed in Venice by D. Bomberg, 1525-1528 (Part 1, Pentateuch and Megilloth (lacks sig. 2 vi; 5 viii torn), Part 2, Former Prophets). The volume is of special interest in that it contains marginal annotations by Dr. William Morgan, the translator of the Bible into Welsh, some unfortunately cut away at the edges, and in that it was given by him to 'John David', i.e. an early signature of Dr. John Davies of Mallwyd ('John David ex dono reuerendi patris Dñi W. Morgan Episcopi Landauens. 18 September 1595'). Above the ex dono Latin inscription are the words, ρκει σοι ή χάρις μον [cf. MS Bodl. 477, f. 1] and both the signature 'John David' and this quotation from the New Testament [2 Cor. 12, 9] are to be found again on a blank page at the end of Part 1. A contents list, Latin versions of the running titles (Genesis - Deut.), and chapter numbers where they occur, with one or two exceptions, are in the autograph of Dr. John Davies.

Scrap books,

Two scrap books of manuscript and printed material and press cuttings. The manuscript material consists of holograph 'englynion' entitled 'Pennillion i anerch yr Arglwyddes Hall: (sef Gwenynen Gwent)' by John Jones ('Tegid'), 1838; a transcript of an 'Epitaph. On the grave of "John", a Parish Clerk near Newbridge Glamorganshire' by Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'); 'englynion' by John Davies ('Brychan'), Thomas Williams ('Gwilym Morganwg'), John William Thomas ('Arvonwyson'), Morgan Llewelyn, William Thomas ('Gwilym Teilo'), Rees Lewis, John L. Thomas ('Ieuan Ddu'), 'Gwilym Ddu Glan Cynon', Edward Williams ('Iolo Mynwy'), William Ellis Jones ('Cawrdaf'), William Williams ('Carw Coch'), Jonathan Reynolds ('Nathan Dyfed'), Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu [Eryri]'), D[avid] Charles ('Sierlyn Tegid'), Trevecca, George Hwel [sic] ('Celer'), rector of Llangattock Crickhowell, William Thomas ('Islwyn'), and Jno. Jones ('Watcyn Fardd'), Llanerfyl; holograph letters to 'Caradawc y Fenni' from 'Cambrina', Newport [co. Monmouth], 1839 (requesting information about the 'Hirlas Horn', enclosing verses in praise of the recipient), William Thomas ('Gwilym Mai'), Carmarthen, 1848-1853 (poetry by the recipient, a request for Welsh flannel plaids, the distribution of Carmarthen eisteddfod compositions), John Jayne, Bayley [sic], 1863 (a school Exhibition for the writer's son), W. Hicks Owen ('Owain ap Bradwen'), Rhyllon, St. Asaph, 1862 (enclosing a portrait, etc., of Mrs. Hemans), Rowland Williams ('Hwfa Môn'), Bethesda, 1862 (2) (enclosing a portrait of the writer), Sarah Edith Wynne ('Eos Cymru'), undated (enclosing a portrait of the writer), and P. D. Phillip, Brynmawr, 1862 (enclosing two printed items for the recipient's album); an obituary of John Jones ('Tegid') by Alfred T. Hughes, with lines by 'Gwilym Mai'; a holograph letter from John Jones ('Tegid') (in the third person) to Col. [Charles Kemeys Kemeys Tynte] 1848 (requesting permission to recite stanzas); 'englynion' entitled 'Anerchiad i Gymreigyddion y Fenni', 1852, by 'Gwilym Mai'; a notice to Lewis Bevan [father of 'Caradawc y Fenni'] to serve in the Militia for co. Brecknock, 1807, and a certificate of the balloting of Thomas Bevan, shopkeeper, of the parish of Llanelly, co. Brecknock, into the Regular Militia of the county, 1826; and franks of John Jones ('Talhaiarn'), W. Downing Evans ('Leon'), Brinley Richards, William Jones ('Gwrgant'), Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), David Morgan ('Mynyddawc'), [Richard William Payne] Davies, Court-y-gollen, Crickhowell, archdeacon of Brecon, Joseph Hughes ('Carn Ingli'), William Ellis Jones ('Cawrdaf'), Charles Smith, Droitwich, Geo. Howell, rector of Llangattock Crickhowell, D. James, Pant-teg, Thomas G. Jones ('Tafalaw'), Morris Williams ('Nicander'), David Charles, Trevecca, Lewis Thomas, London, Eliza Hughes, London, Jno. Jayne, Jonathan Reynolds ('Nathan Dyfed'), Thos. Kerslake, bookseller, Bristol, Rowland Williams ('Hwfa Môn'), W. Morris ('Gwilym Tawe'), Swansea, Philip D. Phillips [sic], Brynmawr, William Williams ('Caledfryn'), Ellis Roberts, harpist, London, Edw. Williams (son of 'Taliesin ab Iolo Morganwg'), Jno. Thomas ('Ieuan Glantawe'), Llanelly, Edward Williams ('Iolo Mynwy') (from Pennsylvania, U. S.A.), [Jane Davies] daughter of 'Gwallter Mechain', etc. The printed items include a prospectus of a collection of Prize Poems and Essays of the Beaumaris Eisteddfodau and North Wales Literary Society, to be edited by W. Jones, London; a prospectus of J. A. Simons: Meddlings with the Muse, 1840, together with a manuscript list of subscribers; Anerchiad at Genedl yr Hen Gymry. (Oddiwrth Cymreigyddion [sic] Caerludd), 1832; a theatre bill of the Theatre, Abergavenny, 1838; Extract from the Merthyr Guardian . . . November 11, 1837, relating to the commission of the peace of John Frost [Chartist leader]; a programme of the third anniversary of Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Society, 1836; a circular letter by Thomas Bevan ('Caradawc') to 'Cymreigyddion y Fenni', 1840; Can, o Glod J.J. Guest, Yswain, Cynyrchiolwr [sic] Merthyr, a'i hamgylchoedd yn y Senedd, by William Davies ('[Gwilym] Grawerth'), 1835; Pigionach o Benillion Ymadawol a adroddwyd gan Eiddil Ifor, yn Nghyfrinfa'r Iforiaid Caredig, 1844; verses entitled Brenin y Canibalyddion by 'Talhaiarn'; Can Newydd yn dangos Ardderchogrwydd yr Ysgol Sabbothol by D. Evans, Pontypridd, with the music score; verses entitled Y Sabboth by I. J.; verses entitled The Feelings of the Heart, written on the death of General Sir W. Nott, G.C.B. January 1st, 1845, and General Nott. Verses written on the Arrival of General Nott at Carmarthen, Sept. 11th 1844 and Lines written on the emphatic Words of General Nott, when meeting his friends at Carmarthen . . . by W. Thomas ('Gwilym Mai'); Can o Glod i Mr. John Jones, Am ei nodweddiad rhinweddol - a'i fedrusrwydd cywreingamp - fel Peirianydd, ac Arolygwr Gwaith Haiarn Cwmbran, Swydd Fynwy by Edward Williams ('Iolo Mynwy'); Lines occasioned by the interment of the Reverend Timothy Thomas, of Islington . . .1827 by Stephen Davis, Clonmel; verses entitled Y Cymreigyddion by 'Cyfaill i'r Cymreigyddion' [John Davies, 'Brychan', Tredegar]; Statement of Account of the Caradawc Benefit Society . . . Llanwenarth . . ., 1859-1860; Galar-gan er coffadwriaeth am y diweddar Mr. Abel Lewis, Taliedydd, (Cashier,) Pen y-darran, 1845, by 'Galarwr' (J. Edwards, 'Meiriadog'); John Michael, Treasurer, in Account with the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Society, 1836-1837; Ode on the Death of His Royal Highness Prince Albert by W. Downing Evans, Newport, co. Monmouth, 1861; verses entitled Hanes Ffair y Waun by 'Gwilym Grawerth'; a proof programme and a broadsheet of subjects and prizes of the Swansea National Eisteddfod, 1863; broadsheets announcing a National Token from South Wales to [Alexandra] Princess of Wales, together with a list of subscriptions and a receipt, 1863, from the Treasurer [Augusta Hall] Lady Llanover to 'Caradawc y Fenni' for his subscription; verses entitled A Christmas Piece by William Jones, Abergavenny, 1862; Anthem, composed in celebration of the marriage of the Prince of Wales and the Princess Alexandra by the Reverend William Pollock, M.A., vicar of Bowdon, 1863; verses entitled Y Chwech Englyn Buddygol i Arglwyddes Llanover (Gwenynen Gwent,) yn cynnwys diolch am ei nhawdd i Gymdeithas Lenyddol Gwenynen Gwent, Brynmawr and Tri Hir a Thoddaid i John Jayne, Ysw., Pantybailiau House, am ei Haeolrydedd yn rhoddi £20 tuag at gynorthwyo Tlodion Llanelli, pan safodd y Gweithfeydd y lle uchod yn 1861, both by John Thomas ('Ifor Cwm Gwys'); and H. Hughes ('Tegai'): Pregeth Angladdol David Williams, Ysw. (Alaw Goch ,) Miskin, gynt o Ynys Cynon, Aberdare (Caernarfon [1863]). The press cuttings are taken from a variety of local and national newspapers, e.g., Monmouthshire Merlin, Merthyr Guardian, Hereford Times, Seren Cymru, Seren Gomer, Illustrated Times, Morning Post, The Times, The Observer, etc., and items of Welsh interest include accounts of coronation festivities at Abergavenny, 1831, and of the loss of the 'Rothsay Castle', 1831; a list of literary and musical competitions arranged by 'Cymreigyddion yr Alarch', Merthyr Tydfil, undated; accounts of the opening of the Crumlin Viaduct, 1857, of the destruction of the South Wales Railway bridge over the river Usk at Newport, 1848, and of the colliery explosion at Risca, 1860; and a mass of poetry by contemporary local bards. NLW MS 12355F contains two engraved portraits of the Reverend Francis Hiley, Llanwenarth, and at the end of the same manuscript are some additional press cuttings mounted by Lady H. A. Robinson, relating largely to the death of King Edward VII. The outside upper covers are labelled respectively 'Caradawc's Scrap Book No. 1' and 'Caradawc's Scrap Book No. 2'.