File NLW MS 12567E. - Howell family correspondence,

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NLW MS 12567E.


Howell family correspondence,


  • 1836-1897 / (Creation)

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Fifty-four holograph and ?autograph letters, 1836-1897 and undated, to or from members of the Howell family including: (a) Forty holograph letters to Abraham Howell, Welshpool, from Jane Bebb, W[elsh] Pool, 1836 (personal) (endorsed with comments by recipient), Henry T[obit] Evans (of Neuadd - Llanarth, Aberayron, co. Cardigan), London, 1887 (reminding recipient that they had met at S[amuel] R[oberts]'s funeral and discussed the possibility of obtaining a 'government annuity for Miss Roberts' [?Margaret Roberts, niece of Samuel Roberts], and suggesting that a memorial be sent to the authorities in connection therewith), David Howell [recipient's brother], Machynlleth, Aberdovey, and Wolverhampton, [?1839]-1885 and undated (21) (personal and family matters including the illness of [their brother] Samuel, legal matters, financial affairs especially in connection with [their brother] Evan, colliery shares, Llanfair Railway (1876), the Barry Dock and Railway Co[mpany] (1885), the death of Sir Watkin [Williams Wynn, 6th bart. of Wynnstay] in 1885), Edw[ar]d Howell, recipient's brother, Chertsey, 1852 (plans for building cottages, and financial arrangements in connection therewith), Evan Howell [recipient's brother], St. Paul's Church Yard, London, 1874-1883 (9) (the writer's activities as a manufacturer of silk and satin in London, financial matters in connection with the business, complaints about the 'dying away of the silk trade' and the ruin of 'all Silk Manufacturers in Spitalfields', a biographical note on [?the writer's deceased brother] William extracted from 'a little book called Dryorfa [sic] for June 1828', mention of the Welsh school [in London]), [Mary Howell], recipient's wife, undated (2) (personal and family matters), Mary [Jones, later Howell, recipient's wife], undated (3) (personal), R. Owen, Gelly, [18]39 (business matters), and Samuel Roberts ['S.R.'], Llanbrynmair, 1838 (a request to recipient to send on [copies of] the Patriot to the writer and his brother John). (b) Seven holograph and autograph letters (1 draft + 6 carbon copies) from Abraham Howell from Welchpool, to Mr. Benbow, Aberhavesp, Newtown, 1848 (financial matters), Henry T[obit] Evans, J.P., Neuadd-Llanarth, Aberayron, 1887 (the writer's political opinions, conjectures as to the opinions of S[amuel] R[oberts] and J[ohn] R[oberts] had they been alive, Cardiganshire's rejection of Mr. [David] Davies [of Llandinam] [at the parliamentary election for the county seat in 1886] because he would not follow Gladstone 'however often his views changed', the writer's response to the recipient's previous letter concerning a memorial [see section (a) above]), Edward Howell [the writer's brother], officer of excise, Chertsey, Surrey, 1852 (advice in respect of investing in house property), [Elinor and William Howell], the writer's parents [Llanbryn-mair], 1836 (financial matters) (one sheet barely legible), Lewis Jones, the writer's uncle, Castle Forgate, Salop, 1836 (the acceptance by Messrs. Griffithes and Jones [solicitors of Welshpool] of the writer as an articled clerk, his need of £130 to meet the expenses in connection therewith, the writer's financial account with recipient, and a request for a loan), Tho[ma]s Penson, 1837 (acknowledging the news of the appointment of the writer's brother [Edward Howell] to a post in the Oswestry excise district, thanking the recipient for the part he had played in securing the said appointment, and requesting him to convey the writer's thanks to Sir John Conroy for his help), and Sam[ue]l Roberts ['S.R.'], 1847 (financial and legal). (c) Seven miscellaneous holograph letters: David Howell, Llanbrynmair, to Mr. [ ] Howell [?son of Abraham Howell], 1897 (an ?imagined insult to recipient's father and uncle, David Howell, in a paper read at Machynlleth on the history of the Sunday school there, a proposal to publish in book form the story of the Sunday schools in the Llanbrynmair and Glan Dyfi districts, a paper prepared by the writer on the Sunday school at Bont [dolgadfan], the absence of religious bigotry at Llanbrynmair, mention of a picture of 'old Bont Chapel' [Bethel C.M. Chapel, Bontdolgadfan], and of 'a brief outline of the history of the cause here since 1739' by the writer in the Goleuad [9 December 1896], the writer's hopes that recipient would succeed in getting 'the University [of Wales] offices located at W[elsh] pool') (enclosed with the letter is a transcript of three eight-line stanzas from an elegy to William Howell of Bont[dolgadfan], [?recipient's uncle] by his cousin Richard Williams); David Howell, Machynlleth, to [his sister-in-law] Mrs. [Abraham] Howell, Welshpool, 1844-1845 (2) (personal and family news); Edward Howell, Lawley Bank [near Wellington, co. Salop], to his father Will[ia]m Powell, Bont Dolgadfan, Llanbrynmair. To the care of [his brother] David Howell, Machynlleth, 1838 (personal and family news, the writer's movements as an officer in the excise, comments on his various lodgings, etc.) (two letters, one to the writer's parents, the other to his brother, on one sheet; this was then forwarded by the recipient, David Powell, to [his brother] Abraham Howell at W[elsh] Pool, with added comments on personal, family, and business matters); E[van] Howell [London], to [his brother] Edw[ar]d Howell, Shrewsbury, 1838 (personal); John Howell, Portsmouth [America], to his brother Abraham Howell, Welch pool, 1840 (the writer's activities in America, details of the economic possibilities of a wool and cloth factory, the possibility of borrowing money from recipient, the death of an uncle Edw[ar]d Bebb, news of [their brother] Lewis, comments on the economic situation and on prices and wages, the presidential election to be held in November, some of the differences between the political parties, the economic policy of the party in power, the opposition party's success in state elections, and the possibility of a change of administration) (the letter, though directed to the writer's brother Abraham Howell, was written to his parents [William and Elinor Howell of Llanbrynmair]; a postscript intended for Abraham Howell states that the writer's original intention was to write two separate letters); and W[illia]m Loudan, London, to David Howells, Machynelleth [sic], 1839 (legal documents) (endorsed with a copy of recipient's reply).

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For Margaret Roberts, see Fiona Roberts, 'Margaret Roberts: a daughter of Llanbrynmair' in Journal of the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, 32 (2005), 14-19.

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Formerly known as A. Stanley Davies 10.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 12567E.

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  • Text: NLW MS 12567E.