File NLW MS 13145A. - Extracts from the scriptures; rules of the South Wales Unitarian Society; etc.

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NLW MS 13145A.


Extracts from the scriptures; rules of the South Wales Unitarian Society; etc.


  • [1785x1847] / (Creation)

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546 pp. (p. 228 occurring twice; p. 499 omitted).

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Miscellaneous papers, home-made booklets, etc., containing various items in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') bound together in one volume. A considerable part of the volume is devoted to extracts from the Old and New Testaments in English and Welsh (sometimes grouped together as illustrative of specified ideas or subjects - 'Iesu Grist yn Ddyn', 'Iesu Grist yn ddarostyngedig i'r Tad', 'Aberth Crist', 'Divine Unity', etc.) and lists of textual references from the two Testaments grouped under headings such as 'Mab Duw', 'Mab y Dyn', 'Meibion Duw', 'Iachawdwriaeth', 'Satan', 'Yspryd Glân', 'Crist', and similar topics. Other items in the volume, pagination in brackets, include a transcript of an 'englyn' (this item possibly in the hand of Edward Williams's son Taliesin Williams) and an extract from [William] Warrington [: The History of Wales] relating to the Welsh in the time of Giraldus Cambrensis (10-11); a list in Welsh of the rules of the South Wales Unitarian Society ('Rheolau a Threfniadau Cymdeithas Dwyfundodiaid Deheubarth Cymru a gyttunwyd arnynt gan Henuriaid y Gymdeithas yn eu Cyfarfod Cyffredinol yn y Gelli Onnen ym Morganwg arddydd Gwener yr wythfed o Fis Hydref yn y Flwyddyn 1802') with an introductory note on the aims of the society (159-74); a list of the names of people ? connected with, or members of, the aforementioned Unitarian Society (175-7); a brief list of expressions or sayings in Welsh attributed to Charles Winter [Arminian Baptist] minister at Craig Fargod [co. Glamorgan] (178); a small, home-made booklet inscribed on the outside cover (203) 'Hints for a New Modification of the Rules of the South-Walian Unitarian Society, 1816', the rules themselves bearing the superscription (205) 'Rules of the S[outh] Walian Churches of Unitarian Christians coassociated for the purposes of restoring what appears to them to be the undebased Religion of Jesus Christ by an attempt to institute an Apostolical Ministry and for the diffusion of Religious and Moral knowledge by the distribution of Books' (203-18); transcripts of an unattributed 'englyn' and of five stanzas of a Welsh hymn (228); a draft version of the religious booklet published by 'Cymdeithas Dwyfundodiaid Deheubarth Cymru' under the title Holiadur neu Addysgiadau Cyffredin, Hawl ac Atteb, yn Athrawiaethau a Dyledswyddau Crefydd . . . (Merthyr Tydfil, 1814), being a translation by [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg', who describes himself as 'Bardd Cymdeithas Dwyfundodiaid Deheubarth Cymru', of the second edition of a work by J[ohn] P[rior] Estlin, possibly that author's General Instructions in the Doctrines and Duties of Religion (230- 57); draft versions of the words of six Welsh hymns, versions of five of which appear in an appendix to the aforementioned booklet called Holiadur neu Addysgiadau Cyffredin . . . (257-61); another version of the rules of the South Wales Unitarian Society to be found on pp. 159-74 above having the slightly variant title 'Rheolau a Threfniadau Cymdeithas Dwyfundodiaid Deheubarth Cymru yr honn a ymgorpholwyd ddydd Gwener yr wythfed o Fis Hydref 1802' and an extended introduction, and being followed by a list of six names, including that of Edward Williams himself, headed 'Cyfeistedd 1802', and a further list of forty-one names being those of the principal members ('prif aelodau') of the society (274-98); (continued)

Notes relating to public meetings for the purpose of religious exercises, religious discipline, etc . (310-14); incomplete critical observations on the content and poetic form of a collection of hymns by T. Evans ['Tomos Glyn Cothi'] i.e. [ Thomas Evans: Cyfansoddiad o Hymnau wedi cael eu hamcanu at Addoliad Cyhoeddus ag yn enwedig at Wasanaeth Undodiaid Cristianogol (Caerfyrddin, 1811)] (321-3); another version in Welsh of the rules of the South Wales Unitarian Society (326-38); a draft version of a letter addressed, by inference, by Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') to the bishop of St. David' s referring to one of the recipient's predecessors 'Bishop [Samuel] Horseley, the cursing and swearing Horseley', the said bishop's attack on the Unitarians ('he began to cudgel the South Walian Unitarians . . . huge host of Unitarian hunters'), the stand made by the Unitarians, their formation of 'the first professedly Unitarian Congregation', the writer's sympathy for the cause, his conception of 'the idea of a Southwalian Unitarian Society for the promotion of genuine Christianity by the distribution of Books', the first annual meeting of the said society in 1802 ('18 individuals'), the growth of the society, etc. (342-5); the words, six stanzas, of a Welsh psalm tune (347); miscellanea including extracts from The Monthly Review [November 1802], The Monthly Register, November 1802, the Bishop of Landaff's charge [to the clergy], 1802, and ? The Crit[ical] Review, 1802 (350-56); transcripts of three stanzas of Welsh religious verse by [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg', an 'englyn' attributed to Wm. Moses, and three further stanzas of verse (two in Welsh and one in English) attributed to the said Wm. Moses (362-4); another version in Welsh of the rules and regulations of the South Wales Unitarian Society drawn up at a general meeting held at Gelli Onnen, co. Glamorgan, 7 October 1802 (vide above where the date is given as 8 October) (366-84); an undated list of 'Subscribers to the Unitarian Society' ? in Aberdare, Romney, and Merthyr [co. Glamorgan] (413-14); a list of fifteen topics under the superscription 'Scriptural Researches. By Edward Williams' (422); briefer versions in Welsh of eight of the rules of the aforementioned South Wales Unitarian Society with a list of the names of members and their subscriptions (426-31); further notes relating to the South Wales Unitarian Society (434-41); notes headed 'Paham yr ydwyd yn Gristion' (442- 5); ? a copy of a proposed title-page for an intended pamphlet on the existence of the devil by Edward Williams under the title 'Scriptural Researches No. 9' (450); and an incomplete English version of the introduction or preface to the rules of the aforementioned South Wales Unitarian Society (458-62).

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English, Welsh.

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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 Llanover C. 58.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 13145A.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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