File NLW MS 11440D. - Letter book of Colonel John Jones,

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NLW MS 11440D.


Letter book of Colonel John Jones,


  • 1651-1660, [19 cent.] (Creation)

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Pasted on one of the fly-leaves is a printed label bearing the name of 'E. Morral Esq: Plas Warren, Ellesmere'.

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A letter book of Colonel John Jones, Maesygarnedd, for the period 3 September, 1651- 17 April, 1654, and 27 October, 1659 - 4 April, 1660. The volume contains holograph copies of ninety-seven letters, and the addressees include Leift. genll. [Edmund] Ludlow (4), Agitant genll. [William] Allen, [Dr.] Henry Jones, Scout mr. genll., Sir Theoph[ilus] Jones, Thomas Scott (15), Mr. Morgan Lloyd (9), Dr. Wm. Stare, Mr. Wm. Rowe (2), L'd Comissioner [Bulstrode] Whittlock, Major Genll. Tho[mas] Harrison (2), the Treasurer at War (2) (signed by Miles Corbett and John Jones), Sir Henry Vane, his brother Mr. Humphrey Jones (4), Major [Richard] Sallway, Mr. Vauasor Powell, Capt. Rich. Price, Capt. Lowe, governor of Carlingford, Mr. Mathyas Valentyne, Henry Cromwell (3), Mr. William Jones, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Power, his brother Richard [Jones] and his sister Lowri [Jones] (an English translation by John Hughes is attached), his cousin Lowrie Gwyn, his cousin Ellis Hughes, Coll. [Robert] Phayer (2) (together with a postscript), Lady Salusbury, Mr. Peasley, Capt. Sontley, Mr. [Peter] Sterry (2), Mr. Poore (2), the Governors of the respective precincts (signed by C. ff., E. L., M. C., and J. J.), John Jones (from Peter Sterry, Whitehall), Mr. Standish, Mr. Daniell Lloyd, Wrexham (together with a postscript), Coll. Philip Jones (3), Coll. Marke Trauor, Christian friends in the respective precincts (signed by C. ff., E. L., M. C. and J. J.), dearly beloved friends in the Lord Jesus (signed by C. ff., E. L., M. C. and J. J.). His Highness [?Oliver Cromwell], Lord Genll. [Charles] Fleetwood (4) (including one signed by Har[dress] Waller, Tho. Cooper, Peter Wallis, Alex. Brafield, John Nellson, Will. Arnop, Jos. Deane, Richard Lawrence, Daniel Abbott, Henry Pritty, Thomas Sadleir, Henry Jones, Will. Moore, Edward Warren, and Thomas Davies, in the name and by the consent of the Council of Officers of the Army in Ireland), Coll. Robert Barrowe (2), General George Moncke (2) (including one signed by John Jones, Harr. Haller, Thomas Cooper, Rich. Lawrence, Robt. Phaire, Nich. Kempston, and Hen. Jones), Major John Barrett, Coll. Daniel Axtell, Coll. Thomas Lord Cooper, Roger Lord Broghill, Sr. Hardres Waller (2), Sr. Mathew Tomlinson, Ld. Richard Cromwell, Her Highness Dowager [Elizabeth, widow of Oliver Cromwell], etc. All the letters have been written from Ireland (largely from Dublin, but with a few from Kilkenny, Corke, and Drogedah), and the majority relate to the writer's duties as Commissioner to assist the Lord Deputy. Many of the letters were published in Joseph Mayer: 'Inedited Letters of Cromwell, Colonel Jones, Bradshaw and other regicides', Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, New Series, vol. I, 1860-1861, pp. 177-300. On pp. 9, 15 and 87 of the volume are lists and summaries of letters sent by Colonel John Jones into England respectively on 18 September and 9 October, 1651, and on 24 August, 1652. The original parchment cover is inscribed in a nineteenth century hand: 'The Private Letters-Book of Colonel John Jones, the Regicide, from 1651 to 1660'. There are numerous marginal and other annotations in pencil in the hand of 'E. M.' [see note to 561].

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English, Welsh.

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The description is also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Formerly known as Plas Yolyn 11.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 11440D.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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