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Bevan, Bridget, 1698-1779 -- Correspondence
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Griffith Jones, Llanddowror, etc.

A volume (No. V) in the autograph of the Rev. Henry James Vincent (1799-1865), vicar of St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire. The greater part of the manuscript relates to the life and work of Griffith Jones, Llanddowror, and contains extracts from his diary and his letters to Madam Bevan. The remainder of the manuscript contains notes on Theophilus Evans, David Williams, founder of the Literary Fund, and Maurice Morgan and also a description, with particular reference to matters of historical and archaeological interest, of the Llanfyrnach, Clydey and Cilrhedyn area of Pembrokeshire.

Vincent, Henry James, 1799-1865.

Letters of Griffith Jones, Llanddowror

A manuscript, now in two volumes, containing transcripts of letters, 1732-1738, from the Rev. Griffith Jones, Llanddowror, to Madam Bridget Bevan (cf. NLW MS 6137D), followed by a copy of one letter, 24 September 1734, from (Sir) John Phillips, London to Mr [Griffith] Jones. A note at the beginning subscribed 'Tho. Charles' [i.e. the Rev. Thomas Charles of Bala] reads 'The Letters of the Rev. Griffith Jones Rector of Llandowror, Caermarthenshire, to Mrs Beavan of Laugharne. - They were copied faithfully from a Mss Book in Mrs Beavan's keeping, in which she caused all the letters to be transcribed, & were presented to me by the Rev. Mr Evans, curate of the aforesaid parish of Llandowror.' [i.e. the Rev. Thomas Evans (d. 1807)]. This manuscript contains one or two notes, dates, etc., in the autograph of the Thomas Evans, e.g. ff. 47 verso-53, 161 (pencil numbering) (cf. NLW MS 6137D, p. 363). It has been freely marked in pencil, probably by the Rev. Edward Morgan, Syston, editor of Letters of the Rev. Griffith Jones ... to Mrs Bevan (London, 1832). The exact relationship between the two transcripts in the National Library of Wales and a third formerly in the Carmarthen Museum and now in the Carmarthenshire County Record Office, Carmarthen, has yet to be established.

Jones, Griffith, 1683-1761

Transcripts of letters of Griffith Jones, Llanddowror, &c.

A transcript of a book into which Madam Bridget Bevan (1698-1779) caused letters which she received from Griffith Jones, Llanddowror (1683-1761) to be transcribed. There also exists another contemporary transcript largely in the same hand (NLW, Cwrtmawr MS 545B) and both are in general agreement from the first letter, dated 14 December 1732 (p. 1), to the first paragraph of the letter dated 12 August 1737, where the present transcript breaks off in the middle of a sentence (p. 362). The following three letters in Cwrtmawr MS 545 are omitted here and the transcript resumes with the letter of 16 September 1737, the manuscript from this point on being in the hand of Thomas Evans, curate of Llanddowror. The sequence ends with the letter of 4 March 1738 (pp. 409-410) but Thomas Evans has added an appendix of extracts of Griffith Jones's views on Methodists from letters written to Madam Bevan between 1738 and 1743 (pp. 412, 414-416). A letter, 15 October 1801 [recte 1901], from John Owen (1854-1926), bishop of St Davids, to an unknown recipient is pasted inside the back cover.

Jones, Griffith, 1683-1761