Fonds GB 0210 MSDEJENK - D. E. Jenkins Manuscripts,

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D. E. Jenkins Manuscripts,


  • [1601x1937] / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

124 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

David Erwyd Jenkins, Calvinistic Methodist minister and historian, was born in Pont-Yates, Carmarthenshire. He began preaching at Ebenezer Calvinistic Methodist church in Newport, Monmouthshire. Following his graduation from University College, Aberystwyth Jenkins was appointed pastor, in 1893, at Llanbadarn Fawr, followed by pastorates at Tremadog (1895) and Denbigh (1901). It was in Denbigh that Jenkins embarked on his lifelong research into the history of the Calvinistic Methodist cause and also upon his publishing career, which included an exhaustive three-volume biography of Thomas Charles. He was appointed by the Calvinistic Methodist History Society to copy, and edit for publication, the correspondence and diaries of Howel Harris but the project never came to fruition due to the intervention of the Great War and Jenkins spent most of his remaining life as assistant master at Denbigh Intermediate School.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 12731-12853; Mrs D. E. Jenkins, widow of D. E. Jenkins; Denbigh; Purchase; 1938

NLW MS 12619C; Hugh Evans & Son; Liverpool; Donation; 1939

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscripts and papers, [1601x1937], of or in the possession of the Reverend David Erwyd Jenkins. They largely comprise material of Welsh historical, literary and religious interest, much of which relates to the Calvinistic Methodist movement in Wales during the early nineteenth century and includes transcripts of the letters of the Reverend Thomas Charles and John Jones, Tal-y-sarn. The collection also includes a substantial amount of correspondence addressed to David Erwyd Jenkins.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12619, 12731-12853.

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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
  • Latin
  • French

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin, French.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

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

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Title based on contents.


NLW MSS 12731-12853 were formerly known as D. E. Jenkins 1-123.

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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

February-March 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein viewed via WWW, February and March 2010; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography WWW site, viewed February and March 2010; British History Online WWW site, viewed 14 April 2010;

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Physical storage

  • Text: NLW MSS 12619, 12731-12853.