File NLW MS 16139E. - Talhaiarn papers,

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Reference code

NLW MS 16139E.


Talhaiarn papers,


  • 1831-1949 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

210 ff.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Miss Lilian M. Jones; Bath; Purchase; 1958

Four letters from Talhaiarn to his niece, a printed copy of 'Psalm', and press cuttings; Miss Lilian M. Jones; Bath; Donation; June 1961

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Scope and content

A collection of papers, 1831-1949, relating to John Jones ('Talhaiarn'), accumulated by his great-niece Lilian M. Jones.
They include holograph poems and lyrics in English and Welsh, [1843]-1868, mostly composed, but some copied, by Talhaiarn (ff. 1-24). Also included are fifty-three letters, 1857-1868, from the poet to his niece, Elizabeth Anne Jones, with some holograph poems appended (ff. 25-124); seven letters, 1848-1869, from him to family members and his publisher W. J. Roberts ('Gwilym Cowlyd') (ff. 125-37); four letters, 1869-1870, to his brother Thomas Jones (ff. 147-54), including three from John Thomas ('Pencerdd Gwalia'); a letter, 1870, from John Thomas ('Pencerdd Gwalia') to Elizabeth Jones (ff. 155-6); and three letters, 1939-1940, to Lilian Jones (ff. 157-60). In addition, the file contains various papers relating to Talhaiarn and his family, including the signed title page of his second volume of works, 1862 (f. 161), lists of subscribers to his third volume of works (ff. 163-4), and to the Talhaiarn Annuity Fund, 1864 (ff. 166 verso-167); administrative papers, 1869-1871, relating to his estate (ff. 169-83); press cuttings, 1869-1949 (mainly 1869-1870) (ff. 184-99); and various papers, including a copy of Talhaiarn's 'Gorsedd Prayer' in an unknown hand (f. 205). Among the works by Talhaiarn are the holograph poems to his niece, Elizabeth Anne Jones (ff. 1, 2, 4-8, 23, 42-3), 'The Zephyr and the Rose' (f. 9), 'Diver' (ff. 10-13), 'Psalm' (f. 14-15, 67), and the printed lyrics of 'A part song on the coming of age of William Grenville Williams', Bodelwyddan, 1865 (f. 17). Also included is a cutting of a tribute by Talhaiarn to Sir Joseph Paxton (f. 17 verso).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW into works by Talhaiarn, correspondence, and various papers relating to the poet.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further manuscripts relating to Talhaiarn are NLW MSS 4501-15, 12001iC and Minor Deposit 191A. Photographs are located within the Portrait Archive at NLW (AFF25); and an album including pictures of Talhaiarn's family and friends, is NLW Photograph Album 14 (Portrait Album 4).

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 16139E.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

July 2006.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Siân Bowyer;

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  • Text: NLW MS 16139E.