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A little song composed for Miss H. M. Bootes,

A single leaf containing two songs, possibly incomplete, [c. 1830], one in English, 'A little song composed for Miss H. M. Bootes by J. Parry' (f. 179), and the other in French, 'Air François' (f. 179 verso, deleted), written in a hand resembling that of John Parry (Bardd Alaw), but which may be that of his son, John Orlando Parry.

Abraham Rees letter,

A letter, 16 August 1815, from Dr Abraham Rees, nonconformist minister and cyclopaedist, to the engraver Wilson Lowry concerning the latter's visit to Swansea (ff. 26-27); together with an engraving, 1825, by James Thomson of a portrait of Rees (ff. 28).

Rees, Abraham, 1743-1825.

Address to the Marquis of Anglesey,

Transcripts, [?1815], in a single hand, of documents relating to a proposed address by the people of Caernarvonshire to the Marquis of Anglesey to congratulate him on his part in the Battle of Waterloo.
Included are an appeal to William Griffith Oakeley, High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire, to call a meeting, and his reply, dated 10 July 1815, appointing a County Meeting on the 17 July (f. 139); minutes of a meeting held by the bailiffs, burgesses and other inhabitants of the borough of Caernarfon on 10 July 1815 (ff. 140-141) and a copy of the address voted for at that meeting (ff. 141-142).

Atgofion am Foddi Capel Celyn,

A letter, 16 January [?1964], in Welsh, from John Wyn Owen to Goronwy Prys Owen, relating to the filming of last services at Capel Celyn, Merionethshire, in September 1963, prior to the flooding of the Tryweryn reservoir.

Owen, John Wyn, Cambridge.

Cerdyn post at T. Alban Davies,

A postcard, [19] August 1939, in Welsh, to the Rev. Thomas Alban Davies and his son, Gareth Alban Davies, from Mrs Hannah Davies, wife of the former and mother of the latter, on domestic matters.

Davies, Hannah, b. 1892.

Copy order to Carmarthenshire militia,

A true copy, [?1767], by F. Williams of an order, dated 10 September 1767, to the chief constables of the commote of Carnawllon [Carnwyllion], for the county militia of Carmarthenshire to assemble on 7 October 1767, the original having been signed by Francis Dyer of Court Henry, Carmarthenshire, nephew of the poet and artist John Dyer (f. 97). Added on the verso are a receipt for £20, 7 September 1778, paid by John Francis to William Saunders of Llanelli; and a monetary account, 6 May 1783, payable to Mary Henry (f. 97 verso).
A photocopy of a typed transcript, [20 cent., second ½], of the militia order is also included (f. 98).

Williams, F., of Carnwyllion.

David Jones letter to Saunders Lewis

A letter, November 1954 (dated 'Calan Gaeaf MCMLIV' [1 November 1954] but completed at a later date), and decorated with a coloured inscription, from the artist and writer David Jones to the dramatist, poet and critic Saunders Lewis.
The letter contains personal news and refers to the Lewis's contribution to a radio broadcast about David Jones transmitted on the Welsh Home Service, 29 October 1954 (see NLW, Alun Oldfield-Davies Papers 27 for a copy of the script).

Jones, David, 1895-1974

Dylan Thomas letter,

A letter, 30 January 1940, from Dylan Thomas to E. F. Bozman at J.M. Dent & Sons, his publishers, sending corrected proofs of his Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (London, 1940), and discussing the listing of his previous works in the volume.
This letter is published in Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), p. 497.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Dylan Thomas letter,

An apparently unpublished letter, [Autumn 1937], from Dylan Thomas, Blashford, Hampshire, to Hermann Peschmann, poet and editor. Thomas discusses giving a poetry reading and asks Peschmann to forward a letter to the poet Anna Wickham.
For a subsequent letter to Peschmann, 21 November 1937, thanking him for forwarding the letter, see Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters: New Edition, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 306-307.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Edmund Blunden letter,

A letter, 23 December 1939, from the English poet Edmund Blunden, Oxford, to Geoff Myatt, a cricketing team-mate, apparently enclosing a copy of John Brunton's Book (Cambridge, 1939) as a Christmas present.
He refers to his wife Sylva's army career and to a recent cricket match at Trent Bridge.

Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974

Elegy on Lieutanant William Wynne Jones,

An elegy, [1835] (watermark 1833), on Lieut. William Wynne Jones of the Third Native Infantry, who died at Nasirabad, India, on 11 September 1835, composed by his cousin, John Vaughan Lloyd, vicar of Hope, Flintshire.

Lloyd, John Vaughan, 1805-1868.

Ernest Rhys letters,

Three autograph letters from Ernest Rhys, two, dated 1905 and 1911, addressed to the magazine editor Clement Shorter (ff. 194-197), and one, dated 19 November 1930, addressed to Sir E. Vincent Evans, signed 'Rhys Goch' and enclosing a book (f. 198).
The letters contain references to the publication of Rhys' Lays of the Round Table (London, 1905) (ff. 194-195) and to W. B. Yeats (ff. 196-197).

Rhys, Ernest, 1859-1946.

Gohebiaeth am Hen Benillion T. H. Parry-Williams,

A letter from D. Llewelyn Jones, [?July 1940] (ff. 87-88), and from T. H. Parry-Williams, 6 August 1940 (f. 89), both addressed to E. Prosser Rhys, and relating to the volume Hen Benillion, ed. by T. H. Parry-Williams ([Aberystwyth], 1940), published by Rhys. Also included is a reply from E. Prosser Rhys to D. Llewelyn Jones, 9 August 1940 (f. 90).

Grace Williams letter,

A letter, 17 October 1965, from the composer Grace Williams to John Moody, Director of Productions, Welsh National Opera, concerning the staging of her opera The Parlour (ff. 57-58), together with a carbon copy of his reply, dated 27 October 1965 (f. 59).

Williams, Grace, 1906-1977.

John Petts letter,

A letter, 5 May 1968, from the artist John Petts to Eric Letts, engineer, thanking him for advice on metal coatings for a sculpture for a church in south Wales.
The sculpture, hitherto unidentified, is described as a 'steel figure' (f. 168), and may be the figure of the Risen Christ at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Gorseinon, Swansea.

Petts, John, 1914-1991

Leopold Kohr letters,

A note, 7 December 1980, from the philosopher Leopold Kohr, in a Zurich hospital, to Mrs Gwyneth Williams, widow of Prof. Jac L. Williams (f. 167). He encloses a photocopy, [1980], of a letter, dated 1 August 1979, from Sir Goronwy Daniel to Kohr, thanking him for an undisclosed suggestion (ff. 165-166).

Kohr, Leopold, 1909-1994

Letter and card to Tom Ellis

A letter, 2 October 1990, from the poet R. S. Thomas to Tom Ellis, former MP for Wrexham, regarding a controversial speech by Thomas on the movement of non-Welsh speaking immigrants into the Welsh language heartland (f. 95, Welsh). Also included is a postcard, 1998, sent by Thomas to Ellis reacting to an article concerning Seamus Heaney in Prospect Magazine (f. 96, Welsh).
Accompanying the letter is a cutting of an article by Ellis ('British justice in the dock', Western Mail, 1 October 1990, p. 10) concerning Thomas' speech (f. 94, English).

Thomas, R. S. (Ronald Stuart), 1913-2000

Letter from Anthony Wedgwood Benn,

A letter, 20 March 1967, from Anthony Wedgwood Benn, MP for Bristol South East, to the Welsh language activist and nationalist campaigner, John Ifor Jones, Aberystwyth, discussing the difficulties and limitations of nationalism in Britain.

Benn, Tony, 1925-

Letter from Frances Richards,

A letter, [1943], from the artist Frances Richards addessed to hitherto unidentified friends ('Nell & Alfred'), discussing the recent work of both herself and her husband, Ceri Richards.

Richards, Frances, 1901-

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