- 1831-1949 / (Creation)
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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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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, -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).
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Arranged at NLW into works by Talhaiarn, correspondence, and various papers relating to the poet.
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Preferred citation: NLW MS 16139E.
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- Talhaiarn, 1810-1869 -- Poetry. (Subject)
- Talhaiarn, 1810-1869 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Williams, William Grenville, 1844- (Subject)
- Paxton, Joseph, Sir, 1803-1865. (Subject)
- Jones, Lilian M. (Subject)
- Jones, Elizabeth Anne. (Subject)
- Jones, Thomas, brother of 'Talhaiarn'. (Subject)
- Thomas, John, 1826-1913 (Subject)
- Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904 (Subject)
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Description compiled by Siân Bowyer;