File NLW MS 13223C. - Letters, vol. III,

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Letters, vol. III,


  • 1789-1807. (Creation)

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A volume made up of over two hundred and fifty items of correspondence, 1789-1807 and undated, nearly all addressed to William Owen [-Pughe]. The correspondents are the following: p. 843, Joseph Allen 'at Richard Mathias's Esqre. Hayston-hill near Johnston & Haverfordwest', 1803 (1) (suggestions re a Welsh Grammar); p. 145, Dr. [?Carl Gottlieb] Anton, Görliz in Ober Lauslz, [17]97 (1) (a reply concerning the Wendish language, queries); p. 348, J[oseph] G[urney] Bevan, Stoke Newington, 1803 (1) (the addressee's proposed grammar); pp. 287, 335, 397, 869, John Brand, Secretary, Society of Antiquaries, 1802-1805 (4) (acknowledging gifts of books, etc.); p. 655, E. W. Brayley, n.d. (1) (a request for a Welsh tale); pp. 221, 438, J. Britton, n.d. (1) (an invitation) and a short note; p. 37, E. Carpenter, Bermondsey, 1804 (1) (defending himself); p. 559, WM. Carter, Newry, 1801 (1) (returning a (money) draft); pp. 235, 299, 303, 307, 319, 323, 327, 339, 343, 349, 361, 371, 373, 381, 385, 401, 425, 459, 467, 497, 519, 523, 527, 535, 541, 549, 619, 635, 749, 793, 797, 801, 809, 817, 821, 831, 839, 865, 903, Geo[rge] Chalmers, Office for Trade, 1801-1804 and undated (39) (invitations, requests for information, the addressee's sister-in-law, Mrs. Jane Owen, re arranging to see the Earl of Macclesfield's Welsh MSS); pp. 67, 71, 75, 77, 81, 139, 181, 185, 189, 193, 197, 495, Thos Charles, Bala, etc., 1802-1807 and undated (12) ( corrections for editions of the Welsh Bible and Testament, mention of his Welsh spelling-book, etc.); pp. 447, 451, 455, 479, 511, 539, 679, 685, 689, 693, 705, 709, 713, 791, 825, 838, 847, Wm. Coxe, Bemerton, 1800-1802 ( 17) (acknowledging papers, queries, Abury and Stonehenge, the Answer to Mr. Pinkerton's Dissertation); pp. 33, 51, 163, Wm. Cunnington, Heytesbury, 1804 and 1806 (3) (tumuli, etc.); pp. 509 (corrections), 569, 573, 603, 757, Edwd. Davies, Olveston, 1799 and 1801 (4) (he has moved from Sodbury, repeating his thanks for the copy of the bardic alphabet, the addressee's dictionary, the [Myvyrian] Archaiology, he has a volume almost ready for the press, Hu Gadarn, printed proposals for publishing certain tracts (essays)); pp. 534, 827, 913, Hugh Davies, Beaumares, 1802 and 1804 (3) ( the addressee's dictionary, Diddanwch Teuluaidd, Llyfr y Resolution, etc.); p. 921, [Robert Davies], 'B[ardd] Nantglyn', Coviadur [sic] (y Gwyneddlgion), Llundain, [1802] (1) (notice of a meeting); p. 265, [Walter Davies, 'Gwallter Mechain'], Myfod, 1805 (1) (he is now engaged in preparing a Welsh Bible for the press); p. 475, A. Didier, 'Proffesswr ieithodd y Deheubarth Europa', Bath, 1802 (1) (sending a letter to Iolo Morganwg (enclosure wanting)); pp. 377, 419, J. & W. Eddowes, Shrewsbury, 1803 (2, one addressed to Messrs. Longman & Rees) (re an order for books); pp. 227, 231, 315, 883, 895, 909, G[eorge] Ellis, London and SunningHill near Staines, 1803-1804 and undated (6) (queries, the Mabinogion, etc.); p. 123, R[ichar]d Fenton, Carmarthen, 1804 (1) (requesting a literal prose translation of the Hirlas of Owen Cyfeilioc, how he is seriously occupied in arranging and collecting materials for his historical Tour of So[uth] Wales); p. 879, Wm. Fox, Hackney, 1804 (1) (thanking him for the loan of his translation); p. 29, Edmund Fry (Fry, Steele, and Co., Letter Founders ) [London], [1719] (1) (a request in connection with his work [? Pantographia]); p. 161, W. Godwin, Somers Town, 1805 (1) (a request in connection with his examination of the ancient Britons); p. 173, Samuel Greatheed, Newport Pagnel, 1806 (1) (remarks on the origin of the ancient British dialects, etc.); pp. 99, 103, 113, 264, 285, 429, 491, 553, 565, 585, 591, 595, 773, 777, 891, Wm. Gunn, Irstead near Norwich, 1801-1805 (15) (re Nennius, information received in a letter from a clergyman at Dolgelley of the name of Herbert, mention of Mr. Lloyd, a clergyman (a native of Caermarthenshire [sic]) living at Northwalsham); p. 240, (?) T. Handley, Captn. Grenadiers, Winchester Place, 1804 (1) (acknowledging his resignation as a member of the Clerkenwell Loyal Volunteers, a testimonial ); pp. 435, 505, 851, 874, Geo[rge] Hardinge [London], 1802 and undated (4 ) (he is the friend of [Edward] Davies, curate of Olveston, subscribers' names, sending a fourteenth and fifteenth letter, etc., mention of Mr. Henley); pp. 805, 813, S. Henley, [? 1802] and undated (2, one if not both addressed to George Hardinge) (Mr. [Edward] Davies's letters); (continued)

pp. 63, 65, 85, 95, 109, 117, 127, 141, 177, 203, 245, 253, 393, 781, (Sir) Richd. C[olt] Hoare, Stourhead, etc., 1802-1806 and undated (14) (queries and requests in connection with his work on Giraldus, etc.); p. 19, (Dr.) H. Hodgson, Market Rasen, 1801 (1, to Mr. Griffiths, Books[elle]r, Paternoster Row, London) (requesting information re books available, e.g. is there a Welsh grammar written in English); p. 665, J. W. Hucklebridge, 71 St. Paul's Ch[urch] Y[ar]d, 1803 (1) (an ultimatum from Mr. [Richard] Phillips to Mr. Rousseau); pp. 241, 257, 545, 663, 675, 681, 697, 701, 717, 725, 737, 741, 917, T[homas] Johnes, Hafod, etc., 1800-1805 and undated (13) (mention of his translation of Froissart, his daughter's health, his Advice to his Tenants translated by William Owen [-Pughe], harassment by an attorney, etc.); pp. 59, 281, (Revd. Dr.) Jno. Jones, Shipston on Stour, 1805-1806 (2) (a query concerning the present number of a Sebright MS in the possession of Mr. Johnes of Hafod, mention of a music MS then in the Welsh School); pp. 167, 213, 647, O[wen] Jones, 'O[wain] Myvyr', [London], 1803-1805 (3) (an invitation, an amendment, sending a draft for £25); p. 1, Rob: Jones, Ap[othecar]y, Denbigh, 1806 (1) (requesting a favour); pp. 201, 249, The[ophilu]s Jones, 1805 and undated (2) (queries, a request for (?)Y Greal, botanical names, his health); p. 261, [Thos. Jones, 'Y Bardd Cloff'], Long Acre, 1805 (1) (sending something for Y Greal (enclosure wanting )); p. 89, Mrs. Kennedy, [London], 1804 (1) (? lessons for her son during his Christmas holidays); p. 761, A. Lawrence, Highgate, 1801 (1) ( promising to settle an account); pp. 291, 295, 673, the Earl of Leicester, President, Society of Antiquaries of London, 1803 and 1805 (3) (printed notices concerning elections to the Council, etc.); pp. 389, 434, John Leyden, Holborn, [1803] (2) (an invitation, Mr. [George] Ellis); p. 487, Richd. Llwyd, Môn [sic], n.d. (1) (mention of the death of Mr. Griffith of Caerhun, literary matters); pp. 729, 733, (Lieutt.) John Lucas (Navy), Portsea, 1800 (2) (re harp strings for Mrs. Owen who had just left Portsmouth for Providence); p. 311, Samuel Lysons, [London], n.d. (I) (the addressee's paper on the ancient Welsh MSS, now printing for Archaeologia, vol. XIV); p. 47, (?) W. Miller, Albemarle St., [London], 1806 (1) (a gift of volumes from Sir Richard Hoare); p. 217, W. Murrell, Adjutant, Clerkenwell Loyal Volunteer Infantry, 1803 (1) (printed notice concerning winter drills); pp. 91, 211, 277, 899, Edwd. Owen (brother), Pool, Jersey, and Gurnsey [sic], 1804-1805 (4) (mention of the scoundrel Phillips and of being arrested at Gosport, Dyer's bills, etc.); pp. 357, 501, 599, Jane Owen (sister-in-law), Nassau, 1802-1803 (3) (her circumstances); pp. 15, 765, John Owen (brother), Nassau, 1801 (2) (instructions, business matters, yellow fever on a frigate, etc.); p. 169, R. Owen (?brother), Nottingham, 1806 (1) (Captain Herbert (son of Lord Carnarvon), who is studying Welsh, wishes the addressee to call on him); p. 461, Thos. Parry, 'Sopeboiler', Chester, 1802 (1) (the addressee's dictionary, mention of Mr. J. Jones of Ramoth); p. 615, D[avid] Pennant, Downing, [1801] (1) (replying to a query concerning certain manuscripts, mention of [Thomas] Jeffreys); pp. 11, 138, 155, 370, 643, 649, 659, 661, Richard] Phillips, [London], 1803-1805 and undated (8) (strictures on Rousseau, invitations, etc.); p. 415, Wm. Phillips, York Hosp[ita]l, [Chelsea], 1803 (1) (mention of a contract); pp. 21, 239, 625, 627, 629, 631, William Owen [-Pughe], 1804 and undated (6) (a letter and drafts or copies of letters to various persons, etc., the letter relating to the Clerkenwell Loyal Volunteers and the drafts or copies addressed to [Edward] Davies, Sodbury, the African Association, and others unnamed); pp. 55, 423, Richd. Rees [London], [1803] and [1806] (2) (enclosing a letter from Eddowes (see above), his friend, the Revd. John Jones, wishes to be introduced to the addressee); p. 25, G. Reveley, Portsmouth [Virginia], 1789 (1) (the Welsh Indians); pp. 751, 785, W[illiam] Richards, Lynn, 1801-1802 (2) (re Welsh terms of rhetoric, his fear that the papers of the late John Evans cannot be recovered, sending two pamphlets (wanting)); pp. 132, 444, 640, 722, 863, Griffith Roberts, senior, surgeon, Dolgelley, 1800-1805 (5) (inquiring about 'the Poet' [? Iolo Morganwg], re ear syringes, his efforts to obtain what is due following the death of his son, an order for a book); pp. 471, 745, J[ohn] Roberts, Stadhampton, 1801-1802 (2) (mention of Mr. Lloyd's visit, the addressee's request with regard to the tales in the Llyvr Coch, re a young man (Mr. Luff) who had come into his parish to keep a day school, etc., the Cambrian Register, Lord Macclesfield); (continued)

p. 855, P[eter], Roberts, 1802 (1) (returning the music of 'Hun Gwenllian' which he has copied); pp. 5, 207, 657, Robert Roberts, Caergybi and [London], 1806 and undated (3) (reference to the money left to the addressee by his kinsman, his own activities, an order for Testaments, etc., Joanna [Southcott], a reminder from Mr. Roy, re coming to Mr. Till); p. 157, S. Rousseau, n.d. (1) (he brought some copy from Mr. Sharp, requesting the loan of £1); pp. 581, 755, James Saunders, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest, 1801 (2) (the date of his ordination, after which he went to his curacy (Llanstadwell)); pp. 439, 515, Walter Scott [afterwards Sir Walter Scott], Edin[burgh], 1802 (2) (queries in connection with the metrical romance called Sir Tristrem, requesting that his name should be added to the subscription for the Welsh Dictionary, mention of Dr. Leyden); p. 215, Willm. Sharp, Titchfield Street [London], 1804 (1) (re the money to discharge the printing of the Warning to the World [? Joanna Southcott's prophecies]); p. 483, C. Smith, Strand, n.d. (1) (requesting the loan of [Lewis] Morris's Survey of the Coast of Wales); p. 875, Tho. Smith, Sec[retary] of the Committee of the Society for the Support and Encouragement of Sunday Schools in England and Wales, [London], 1804 (1) (the Committee thanks him for correcting the Welsh spelling-book); p. 121, S. Stevens, Sec[retary] of the Committee of the Rev[erend] Mr. [Richard] Lendon, (London], 1804 (1) (circular concerning an ecclesiastical dispute); p. 887, Alexr. Stewart, Moulin, 1803 (1) (replying to a letter [re Gaelic literature], mention of a neighbouring clergyman, Mr. James Maclagan, and of [?Alexander] Robertson, a parish schoolmaster who had been preparing a Gaelic dictionary); p. 653, Jos[ep]h Tarn, Spa Fields, 1803 (1) (sending a [?Welsh] spelling-book to be corrected); p. 151, Lord Teignmouth, P[residen]t of the British and Foreign Bible Society, London, 1805 (1) (requesting the addressee to meet the committee of the Society to consider the corrections proposed by Mr. Charles in the last Oxford edition of the Welsh Bible); p. 769, D[avid] Thomas, ['Dafydd Ddu Eryri'], Waunfawr, 1801 (1) (his health, his Grammar); p. 223, G[eorge] Thomson (Edinburgh), London, 1804 (1) (wishing to know whether the Welsh have good songs in English suited to their native airs, mention of the Reverend Mr. Williams of Chiswick); p. 269, Robert Townson, L.L.D. [sic], at Lydleys Hayes near Shrewsbury, 1805 (1) (sending a prospectus of his intended History of Yorkshire (enclosure wanting), requesting assistance with the etymology of the rivers, mountains, etc., of Yorkshire and its history in British times); pp. 57, 107, 273, 391, 465, Sh[aro]n Turner, [London], 1804-[1806] and undated (5) (invitations, mention of Southey, sending material for the printer); pp. 407, 859, T. R. Underwood, [London], 1803 and n.d. (2) (re attending a new introductory lecture by Davy); p. 135, Caroline (?) Waynem, [London], n.d. (1) (her little girls' education, Lady Sebright's wish to see him); p. 577, John Whitaker, Ruan Lanyhorne near Tregoney, 1801 (1) (acknowledging the gift of the two volumes of Welsh Archaiology); pp. 9, 13, 149, 159, 209, 309, 405, 669, 907, E[van] Williams, Strand, 1803-1806 and undated (9) (the dictionary, invitations, matters of printing); p. 353, Jenkin Williams, Merthyr Dydvyl [sic], 1803 (1) (his wish to obtain the addressee's dictionary, queries, etc.); p. 411, Peter Williams, rector of Llanrug, 1803 (1) (why the addressee's letter remained so long unanswered); p. 31, Ro[bert] Williams, Jes[us] Col[lege] Oxon, [17]95 (1) (concern about the addressee's note); and p. 331, Thos. Williams [bookseller and printer], Dolgelleu, 1803 (1) (re selling Welsh books if the Gwyneddigion intend to send some to that part of Gwynedd, queries, sending two items by Dafydd Ionawr which he (T.W.) has just published (enclosures wanting, but for one such item see NLW MS 13235B, p. 197)). The volume also contains the following: p. 607, 'A Translation of part of the Genealogy of Woden in the Cotton MSS. of Nennius - from the Llannerch MS.'; p. 623, 'Englynion i Gell Lyfrau Gwilim Owen' and a 'Proest' by 'Bardd (?) Glwyb'; and pp. 789, 835, etymological notes (?part of a letter from an unidentified correspondent). Some of the signatures have been cut away for autograph purposes, and a few letters had been removed altogether before the volume was paginated.

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

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Formerly known as Mysevin 3.


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