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Letters of John Jones (Tegid)

A volume made up of fourteen letters, 1819-1851, from John Jones (Tegid or Ioan Tegid, 1792-1852), Oxford and later Nevern, to various correspondents. The details are as follows: six letters, 1819-1826, to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew (the education of the addressee's brother and of E. Evans [probably 'Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'], a 'cywydd' on the death of Mrs Bosanquet, literary matters, adverse criticism from the bishop of Llandaff [William van Mildert] of a proof-sheet of the edition of the Welsh Prayer Book which the writer had undertaken to superintend); four letters, 1820-1824, to the Rev. David Richards, Llansilin (the education of the addressee's younger brother [Lewis], literary matters, the addressee's marriage, etc.); one letter, 1839, to Miss Angharad Lloyd [sic] (the Liber Landavensis is now in the press, he has completed his Welsh version of Isaiah direct from the Hebrew); one letter, 1846, to Owen Williams, Waenfawr (literary matters, criticism of the addressee's proposed 'Vocabulary'); one letter, 1851, to [Ebenezer Thomas] Eben Fardd (re. adjudicating the 'pryddestau' on 'Golygfa Moses &c'); and one letter, 1850, to the Rev. Richard Richards [Meifod] (he is glad to hear of the addressee's success, a proposed monument to Bishop William Morgan and the Rev. Walter Davies (Gwallter Mechain) at Llanrhaiadr yn Mochnant, plans for a commentary in Welsh on the Epistle to the Galatians etc.). Also included in the volume are extracts, 1845, from a manuscript of Rowland Hugh 'o'r Graienyn ger y Bala' ('Brawd Nain Ioan Tegid o du ei fam oedd Rowland Hugh'), transcripts of two letters, the originals of which are to be found in Peniarth MS 11, viz. a letter, 1847, from [John Jones] Tegid, Nevern to the Lady Charlotte E. Guest and a letter, 1860, from Tho[ma]s Stephens, Merthyr Tydfil to W. W. E. Wynne, Esq., and an outline of 'Tegid's Feet [shoes] drawn at the Vicarage Darowen at the request of ?M. D. Jones, Darowen, 1836'.

Jones, John, 1792-1852

Eben Fardd's will and Llwynhelig deed,

  • NLW ex 2923
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  • 1854-1863

Conveyance of a farm and lands called Llwynhelig, in the parish of Llangybi, Co. Caernarvon, to Ebenezer Thomas (Eben Fardd), 1 March 1854, and a copy of his will, dated 7 January 1863.

Eben Fardd, 1802-1863

Llythyrau llenorion,

A collection of holograph letters and miscellaneous literary documents. The correspondents include Walter Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'] to [the Reverend] T. Richards, 'Schools', Berriew, 1824 (the publication of Powysion), John Blackwell ['Alun'], Broncoed, near Mold, to [the Reverend] Thomas Richards, Llangyniew, 1827 (the death of the writer's father, a curacy for the writer), Robert Vaughan, Salop, to 'Honest' John Thomas Rees, [16]74 (the arrest of the recipient's brother Oliv[er] for debt) (mounted on a prospectus of Gwaith Barddonawl Thomas Gwynedd, 1822), Daf[ydd] Thomas ['Dafydd Ddu Eryri'], Bettws St Garmon, etc. to John Roberts ['Siôn Lleyn'], Pen yr allt, Dyneio, Pwllheli, 1803-7 (3) (elegies to Goronwy Owen, the works of 'Gutyn Peris', the readiness of 'Dafydd Ionawr' to reconciliate, the return of an essay, references to 'Padarn' and 'Peblig', to Y Greal, and to Jonathan Hughes, the writer's health, the publication of Yr Eurgrawn, the writer's return from Pwllheli) (with verses endorsed), John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'] to John Roberts ['Siôn Lleyn'], Griffith Williams ['Gutyn Peris'], Mrs [ ] Edwards, etc., 1815 and undated (8) (comments on lines 'Ar Ddyffryn Ffestiniog', the loan of books, etc., the writer's health, poetry by the writer, the writer's debt to Mrs Edwards) (drafts and / or copies), John and Catharine Evans, London, to their father John Roberts ['Siôn Lleyn'], 1810-16 (3) (the death of the writers' mother, advising their brother not to seek employment in London, the death of their brother Nathaniel and cousin Eleanor, the writers' health) (one letter endorsed 'Llythyr Galarus Cathrin ar ol ei Mam'), 'E. E. E. Er. T' [i.e. Ebenezer Thomas, 'Eben Fardd'] to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], undated (the writer's low spirits), William Ellis Jones ['Cawrdaf'] 'Argraphydd a Llunuedydd', Dolgelley, etc., to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1817-20 (2) (Wrexham eisteddfod (1820), personal, the writer's departure from home), P[eter] B[ailey] Williams, Pantafon, Llanrug, to R[ichard] Jones ['Gwyndaf Eryri'], 1823 (the form of inscription on the tomb of 'Dafydd Ddu Eryri'), J[oshua] M[organ] Thomas, Nevyn, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1822 (2) (poetry by the writer, including an elegy to uncle Joshua Thomas, the loan of books to the recipient, a controversy on baptism, publications in Seren Gomer, a letter from [J. R.] Jones of Ramoth, encloses Village Sermons by R[obert] Robinson of Cambridge and portraits, a request for an English translation of an elegy by the writer), John Roberts [the elder], Llanbrynmair, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1815 (the recipient's affliction, the death of Mrs Ellis, 'a little revival amongst us'), Dav[i]d Williams, Pwllhely [aft. of Castell Deudraeth], etc., to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1816-19 (4) (personal, the writer's reading, the recipient's promotion, poetry by the writer, dreams, the recipient's knowledge of languages), David Ellis, Pwllheli, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1814 (a copy of a paper made for 'Siôn Lleyn', the loan of books), Thos. Roberts, Carnarvon, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1811 (a tender for printing), Iafan Llwyd, Bristol, to cousin John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1823 (the preaching of Dr Robert Hawker of Plymouth, family news, the death of the recipient's mother), [Rev.] David Ellis, Ty newydd [Cricieth], to David Thomas ['Dafydd Ddu Eryri'], 'Schoolmaster', at Pentraeth, 1794 (personal, the price of William Owen [Pughe]'s Geirlyfr, the poetry of 'Iolo Morganwg', the writer's search for books), Griffith Williams ['Gutyn Peris'], Braichtalog, Llandegai, to John Roberts ['Siôn Lleyn'], 1814 (request for contribution to writer's proposed book Ffrwyth Awen) and to Robert Williams ['Robert ap Gwilym Ddu'], Betwsfawr, Llanystumdwy, 1817, 1828 (libellous englynion by 'Nwython y Nithiwr' to the writer's book, an elegy by the writer to a daughter of Lewis Morris), M. Davies, Gwynfryn and Penlan, Pwllheli, etc., to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1814-21 (11) (the writer's religious experiences, the texts of the 'Llanhengen' meeting, thanks for verses by the recipient, the loan of books to the recipient, the ministry of Penlan Church, the Baptists at Pwllheli, Bible meetings at Pwllheli, news of ministers of religion and others), Dafydd Saunders 'alias D. glan Taf, doe glan Teifi', Merthyr Tydfil, to 'Du ar Gwyn' [i.e. Robert Williams, 'Robert ap Gwilym Ddu', and David Owen, 'Dewi Wyn o Eifion'], 1823 (poetry by the writer and by the recipients) (endorsed are englynion entitled 'Annerchiad ir Du ar Gwyn o Eifion') and to Robert Williams ('Robert ap Gwilym Ddu'), 1835 (condolence, poetry by the writer), Morgan Davies, Nannau, to Rob[ert] Williams ['Robert ap Gwilym Ddu], 1826 (poetry by the writer, references to the recipient's wife and to her father), W[illia]m Edwards ['Gwilym Padarn'], Llanberis, to Daniel Evans ['Daniel Ddu o Geredigion'], Maesnewydd, near Lampeter, 1830 (a request to allow John Jones, Llanrwst, to publish the recipient's Gwinllan y Bardd) and to John Jones ['Pyll Glan Conwy'], printer, Llanrwst, 1830 and undated (2) (material for publication by the recipient, payments to the recipient), I. W. Owen, English Bridge Place, Shrewsbury, to [Robert] Williams ['Robert ap Gwilym Ddu'], 1834 (Miss Williams's health and an invitation to Shrewsbury, references to Jane Wynne and the Tudors, comments on sectarianism in Wales), John Evans ('I. D. Ffraid'), Llansantffraid [Glan Conwy], to John Jones, printer, Llanrwst, 1835 (2) (the purchase of publications, poetry for Yr Athraw), W[illia]m Roos, Carnarvon, to David Owen ['Dewi Wyn o Eifion'], 1836 (portraits, etc. by the writer of Christmas [Evans], 'Dewi Wyn', J. W. Thomas ('Arfonwyson') and Wm. Jones ('Gwrgant')), W[illia]m Williams ['Caledfryn'], Caernarvon, to J[ohn] Jones, printer, Llanrwst, 1839 (subscribers to the writer's A Treatise ... on Welsh Poetry) (written on a blank page of a prospectus of the work), H[ugh] Jones [printer], Llanrwst, to John Jones, printer, Llanrwst, 1839 (the authorship of an almanac published by the writer), O[wen] W[illiams], Caernarvon and Waunfawr, to J[ohn] Jones, printer, Llanrwst, 1839 (2) (a book carrier's terms, the health of Dafydd Owen ['Dewi Wyn'] and the publication of his poetry, the publication of the writer's Drysorfa [Hynafiaethol], [Rev.] R. Phillips, Bettws, Abergele, to ['Eben Fardd'], 1843 (the publication of a collection by the writer of hymns), Thos. Edwards, Chester, etc., to Ebenezer Thomas ['Eben Fardd'], 1841-9 (a work by 'Dewi Wyn' in English, 'Talhaearn's second letter), A[ndrew] J[ones] Brereton ['Andreas o Fôn], Mold, to Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), [18]51 (enclosing Mold eisteddfod proceedings), [letter written on behalf of] Griffith Griffiths, Henllys Fawr, near Aberffraw, to Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), [18]54 (a request for an elegy), Ellis Owen, Cefn y Meusydd, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1815? (a tribute to the recipient's friendship, the writer's reading, the success of Field Marshal W[ellington], the death of the Rev Mr [Thomas] Robinson of Leicester), Richard Jones, Erwystyffylau [Llanwnda] ['Gwyndaf Eryri'] ('enw o Fardd') to [Griffith Williams, 'Gutyn Peris'], 1815 (the publication of the recipient's Ffrwyth Awen, the writer's letter in defence of the poets) (endorsed are Englynion I Anerch Ffrwyth Awen'), J. Evans, Cardiff, to D. Owen ['Dewi Wyn o Eifion'], c. 1838 (requesting the recipient to correct an enclosed 'awdl'), and Sam[ue]l Evans, Carmarthen, to W[illia]m Jones, Rhoslan, near Pwllhely, 1851 (2) (the success of Seren Cymru). Several of the letters have been printed in 'Adgof uwch Anghof'. Among the miscellaneous documents are printed minutes of a committee held at the Bull's Head, Llangefni, 18 November 1825, to discuss the erection of a monument in the cathedral church of Bangor and a tablet in the parish church of Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf in memory of the late Reverend Goronwy Owen, A.M. (directed to Mr David Owen, Geirwen, Pwllheli); 'Carol Plygain ar Falldod Dolgelleu', 1813, by 'W. D.'; holograph poetry by J[ohn] Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], 1813, including 'Lines on Friendship. Composed by an afflicted hand', 'Lines composed by an humble hand on his Library; which is made up, almost entirely, of books given him by Mrs Hughes, her sister Mrs E. Nanney, Miss Williams, &c.', 'on Longing', and 'Lines on New Year's Day'; verses entitled 'Love and Friendship' (endorsed 'Ann Will[i]ams'); and holograph observations by Samuel Roberts ['S. R.'], Llanbryn Mair, on Edward Roberts ('Iorwerth Glan Aled'): Palestina (1851); etc. On one of the fly-leaves is an imperfect list of scribes ('Rhestr o enwau ysgrifenwyr y Llythyrau sydd yn y Llyfr hwn') in the hand of John Jones ('Myrddin Fardd'), with additions by J. H. Davies.

'Ode To Charity' [etc.],

'Ode to Charity', a translation into English [by Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd')] of the 'awdl' on the subject 'Elusengarwch' by David Owen ('Dewi Wyn o Eifion'). The translator's name is not given but a note at the top of the first page reads 'Rec'd a Sovereign from J. Maughan Esqr. for Translating this'. There are some notes and emendations in pencil in another hand. On the last page, following the translation, are thirty-eight lines of an elegy in Welsh, (?) incomplete, on the death of [Frederick, Duke of York]. Pasted in at the beginning is a press cutting headed 'Darlith i'r Saeson. Araeth Mr Lloyd George. Bywyd a Barddoniaeth Cymru' giving an account of an address Lloyd George gave as chairman of a concert at Llanystumdwy.

Letters to 'Myrddin Fardd',

Letters written to John Jones ('Myrddin Fardd'). The writers include E[dward] Anwyl, Aberystwyth, 1899 (thanks for present, the writer is greatly interested in Caernarvonshire antiquities), Reverend J[ohn] J[ones] Davies, Llanfihangel y Pennant Rectory, 1906 (he will do his best to trace the recipient's 'Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru'), Reverend E[van] Evans, Llansadwrn Rectory [Anglesey], 1904 (Salesbury of Rûg and Vaughan of Llwydiarth pedigrees), William George, Criccieth, 1889-90 (2) (the recipient's attempt to trace copies of the 'Llyfrau Gleision' [Blue Books], requesting the recipient's observations on the enclosed), H[enry] Hughes, Brynkir Station, [18]94-5 (2) (the writer's offer to the recipient for a letter of Peter Williams, etc.), Rob[er]t Ivey, bookbinder, Pen-y-groes, North Wales, 1918 (the delivery of a book), M[ary] I[sabella] Jones-Parry, Aberdunant, Tremadoc and from Plas Tregayan, Llangefni, 1884-5 and undated (18) (the receipt of copies of the recipient's Adgof uwch Anghof, the purchase by the writer of a transcript by the recipient of the Tai Croesion MS, the mutual exchange of books and the loan of manuscripts by the recipient to the writer, critical comments on [J. Y. W. Lloyd] The History .... of Powys Fadog, thanks for a present of dishes, the possibility of publication of the recipient's works by the Cymmrodorion Society, a request for the loan of a Wynnstay MS for transcribing, Caernarvonshire heraldry and pedigrees, the descent of the writer's title to Aberdunant, the delay in publishing the recipient's 'Antiquities' and 'Enwogion Lleyn', discouraging the publication of the diary of [Ebenezer Thomas] 'Eben Fardd'), M. P. Morris, Carnarvon, 1903 (delighted to hear addressee had received a gift from the Government, the forthcoming publication of [Gleanings from God's Acre]), John F. Owen, Aberdunant, Tremadoc, 1884 (5) (the writer's family pedigrees, the publication of Adgof uwch Anghof, the loan of books and manuscripts to the writer by the addressee), A[braham] Jones Williams, Gellewig [sic], Pwllheli, 1886 (requesting an English translation of an extract from Lewis Dwnn), M. Williams, Gellewig Hall, Pwllheli, 1886 (the return of books), and W. Llewelyn Williams, House of Commons, 1918 (thanks for books). Included at the end are letters from W. M. Hughes, Bangor to E. Thomas ['Eben Fardd'], 1853 (thanks for an English translation of a song by the writer, unfavourable prospects for the Bangor eisteddfod, the writer's taking of Nant-y-Bettws Quarry), and Richard Parry ('Gwalchmai'), Llandudno to G. Lewis, 1879 (eisteddfod compositions).

Pedigree book of 'Eben Fardd',

A volume almost entirely in the hand of Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd') containing pedigrees mainly of North Wales families (e.g. 'Achau awdur y Bardd Cwsg' [i.e. Ellis Wynne], the families of Herbert of Powis, etc., Mostyn of Mostyn, etc., Salisbury of Lleweni, Hanmer of Hanmer, Meirick of Bodorgan, etc.). Inset is a pedigree chart by 'Eben Fardd' entitled 'Llwyth Ceridwen-Gwehelyth Llên ac Awenydd Eifion yn y XIX Ganrif' (references to Owen Owens ('Owain Lleyn'), Robert Williams ('Robt. ap Gwilym Ddu'), Ellis Owen, Cefnymeusudd, Robt. Isaac Jones ('Alltud Eifion'), Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Vardd'), etc.), together with an undated covering letter by the scribe.

Notes and accounts of 'Eben Fardd', etc.

A composite volume in the autograph of Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd') containing (?)essays or addresses (prefaced 'Sketches & Stories') on 'Nodweddiad Cenedlaethol', 'Darllenyddiaeth', etc., with a 'Hir a Thoddaid' beginning 'Wyneb y Genedl o hen Baganiaeth', (?) an adjudication on 'Darlleniaeth', with verses entitled 'Darlleniaeth yr Ysgrythyr', a translation into English by Bl. ab C. of six lines from Eben Fardd's 'Dinystr Jerusalem', a notebook bearing on the cover the words 'Dechreu yr ysgol yn yr Eglwys', containing memoranda, accounts, etc., 1824-9, relating mainly to Clynnog school, 1827-8 (names of scholars), with some earlier references to Llangybi and Llanarmon, a list of poems by Goronwy Owen with the year of their composition, and a copy of the protest presented to Lord Mostyn following the awarding of the chair prize at the Rhuddlan Eisteddfod, 1850, for a 'pryddest' instead of an 'awdl', with a copy of Lord Mostyn's reply.

Letters to Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'),

A volume containing about one hundred and ninety-three letters (numbered, with one or two exceptions), almost all to Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), from the following correspondents: Ellis Owen, Cefn y meusydd, 1841-62 (14) (literary matters, 'englynion', etc., mention of the death of [Evan Evans] 'Ieuan Glan Geirionydd', acknowledging sympathy, health matters), E. Richards, Pwllheli, 1841 (1) (whether the addressee wishes to have the fixtures in the [?school]house), John Jones, Tremadoc, [18]41 and 1854 (2) (the addressee's intention of composing an elegy on the death of [John] Elias - hoping he can overlook the action of the Anglesey brethren, arranging to go through some of the Arfon churches holding 'seiadau'), Rob[ert] Thomas, Llangybi (Plasdu), 1846 and 1853 (2) (sending essays for adjudication and 'englynion' for comment and emendation (enclosures wanting)), S. Thomas, Plas du, undated (1) (acknowledging a poem), E. M. Ll. Mostyn, Mostyn, 1852 (1) (returning thanks for congratulations on his re-election), L. J. Parry, Madryn, 1840 (1) (he will immediately communicate the addressee's wishes (about the school) to Mr Mostyn), T. Love D. Jones Parry, -----, undated (1) (thanking him for the pedigree, the writer's essay went off on Monday), Lady Jones Parry, Madryn Park, 1847 (1) (sending a book her eldest son desired her to forward), E[liza A. E.] Gwynne, afterwards Roche, Tuhwntyrbwlch (Tuhwntirbwlch), Port Madoc, Bath and Tregunter, 1850-56 (11) (re proclaiming the Madoc Eisteddfod, she has undertaken the task of collecting her father's papers, family matters, Welsh literary and musical activities, mention of Walter Savage Landor), H. Hunter Hughes, Pwllheli, 1851 (1) (information sought by Mr Lloyd Edwards concerning the Nanhoron family), John Jones, Ynysgain, Criccieth, 1858-63 (6) (reference to the resolution passed at Pwllheli respecting the public sports at Holyhead, condolence, pulpit supplies, (?) Pwllheli chapel, Mr Ellis Owen has at last stayed in the Society at Brynmelyn, the addressee's health), John Wynne, Carnarvon, 1861 (2) (thanking the addressee for the lines referring to writer's book, genealogical matters), Rob[ert] Hughes ('Robyn Wyn o Eifion'), [?Llangybi] and Bangor, 1843 and 1852-63 (34, including one to 'Ellin') (poetry, mention of preparations for the Queen's visit, condolence, an invitation to adjudicate, how the writer has not received a prize promised by Lady Jones Parry, Madryn, the state of religion in Bangor, he has received a letter from Mr Gee, Denbigh, asking how much Eben Fardd wants for his poetical works, reference to 'Pwyllgor y Darlun', etc.), Robert Hughes, Conwy, 1852 (1, numbered 47) (a request for a lecture by Eben Fardd on 'Darllenyddiaeth'), R[obert] Edwards, Pwllheli, 1850-51 (6)'(Addysg [Chambers i'r Bobl], difficulties in the way of paying the money he owes Eben Fardd), Edward Roberts, Bala, [18]54 (1) (his progress at Bala College), John Jones ('Ioan Grych'), Tanygrisiau, 1854-57 (3) (acknowledging kindness received, 'eisteddfodau', he now owns his shop), Edward Davies, Bala. [18]55 (1) (he is now at Bala, stanzas of verse), Edward Davies [?same as previous correspondent of same name?], Braich y dinas, [18]55 (1) (it is almost five weeks since he left the addressee - he hopes to return to the school when the weather gets warmer, mention of Eben Fardd's essay in Y Drysorfa), T[homas] Jones ('Taliesin o Eifion'), Llangollen, [18]55 (2) and Pant, [18]67 (1, written to his cousin) (a few weeks ago he saw a suggestion in the Bangor paper that the addressee intends to publish a volume of his complete works, sending 'englynion' on the new church (St Seiriol) at Holyhead and a 'hir-a-thoddaid' for comment, a request for one or two 'englynion' on the occasion of his forthcoming marriage, re marketable commodities, more 'englynion'), Rob[er]t Griffith ('Patrobas'), Nevin, 1858 and 1861 (3, one undated), (wishing to know whether some verses he has composed to Captain Jones Parry, Madryn, for giving land on which to erect a British School [at Nevin], are worthy to be delivered at a meeting, and asking the addressee to compose one or two to add to them if possible, sending a book for review in Yr Herald Cymraeg (enclosures wanting), Tho[ma]s Jones, woodman, Llangybi, [18]58 (1) (enquiring whether the addressee has any material on the early history of Capelhelyg), Owen Jones, Jun[io]r, Plasgwyn, 1859 (1) (the relationship between the writer's father and the addressee, W[illia]m Jones, Portmadoc, 1859-61 (6) (re publishing the works of the writer's uncle, J. Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], Chwilog, with a memoir, etc., condolence), Edward Roberts, Pensyflog, Tremadoc, 1858 and 1861 (2) (a request for a letter of greeting to Cymdeithas Llenyddol [sic] Eifionydd, of which the addressee is a corresponding member, declining an honour or an invitation), Richard Roberts ['Bardd Treflys'], Ty mawr, [18]59-62 (1), (accepting an invitation to adjudicate reading at Clynnog, Mr [Ellis] Owen, Cefn y meusydd has come to the 'seiat', 'englynion [beddargraff]', is glad to hear that the addressee did not mind although the chair was awarded to another at Caernarfon), William Owen, Timber merchant, Portmadoc, undated [1861] (1) (sympathy - his own loss), Griffith Hughes, Glanrhyd, undated (1861) (1) (sympathy), G. T. Picton Jones, Yoke House, [Abererch], 1860 (1) (Ben Edwards has furnished him with the enclosed - thanking the addressee for his interest (enclosure wanting)), John Roberts, Ysgoldy Pencaenewydd, 1860 (1) (expressing thanks for a pedigree or pedigrees - whether the addressee was asked for permission before it appeared in Y Brython), Henry Parry, Tir Bach, Four Crosses, 1862 (4) (apologising for having to be absent from school for so long - the enjoyment he had with the addressee in the weeks that have gone by, [some months later] he has commenced work as schoolmaster at (?) Pencaenewydd, hoping the addressee's health continues to improve, mention of Robert William, Ty'n-y-gors, the writer's health, etc.), R[obert] I[saac] Jones ('Alltud Eifion'), Tremadog, [18]61-2 (2) (re material for Y Brython, with mention of Dr Tregelles, etc.) [Joseph Charles Edwards] 'Iorwerth Ddu o Von', Pwllheli, undated (1) (a message for young Parry of Madryn if the addressee is at all acquainted with him, the writer's preaching engagements at Pwllheli and Llanor [sic]), J[ohn] Thomas ('Siôn Wyn o Eifion'), Chwilog, 1827-59 and undated (71) (wishing to know the addressee's present intention re learning the shoemaker's business, was much pleased with the binding, mention of D[avid] O[wen] and the addressee's tr[anslatio]n, sending a trifle as some small acknowledgement of the trouble given in transcribing the memoir, Mr S. Roberts of Drefnewydd or Llanbrynmair, the writer's health, his loss by the death of Mrs Dickinson, Mr W. of Llanrug and Dr Hughes, a stay of over three weeks at Tre Madoc, mention of Dr Pugh(e), further reference to the memoir, [Chambers's] Information for the People, another visit to Tre Madoc, mention of Mr Ross, the portrait painter, Mrs Gwynne [afterwards Mrs Roche], an application for some pecuniary aid from a society in London, reference to the death of Mr W[illiams] of Tuhwntirbwlch, commenting on various poems, is sad to think that their friend R. Hughes is moving from the Llangybi district, Mr Jones Parry's munificent grant, the death of Mrs Hughes, the wife of the late Dr Hughes, a request from Ellis O. Ellis for 'englynion' for the Gallery of Portraits in Liverpool, sympathy, references to the Llangollen Eisteddfod, 1858, etc., etc.), and Richard Jones, Bodfean, 1862 (1) (pulpit vacancies).

Llythyrau llenorion Llŷn ac Eifionydd,

A volume containing twenty-eight holograph letters written by the following correspondents: T[homas] W[illiams] ('Pedrog') ['Twm Pedrog'], [HMS] Amethyst, 1800-01, to his parents (On. W. Llanbedrog, Pwllheli (1), and to [John Roberts] John Lleyn, Bardd, Pwllheli (2) ('cywyddau' and an 'awdl', etc.); Humphrey Parry to John Thomas ['Sion Wyn o Eifion'], Chwilog near Llanystymdwy, 1808 (1) (mention of Y Greal, Eurgrawn Caer'narfon, and the need in Wales for a proper Grammar); John Jones, Secretary, and Joseph Jones, Treasurer, Amlwch to an unnamed person, 1825 (1) (the Goronwy Owen appeal); Evan Richards, Bryneinion [?Brynengan, Llanystumdwy] to John Thomas ['Sion Wyn o Eifion'] Chwilog, 1815 (1) (religious observations); P[eter] J[ones] ('Pedr Fardd'), Llynlleifiad to Ebenezer Thomas, Bardd, 1827 (1) (englynion 'I'r Cadeirfardd Mr Ebenezer Thomas o Langybi'); John Williams, Pandy bach [Tanybwlch postmark], to Richard Jones, Bard, Baptist Street [?Caernarfon], 1836 (1) (the compositions submitted for adjudication); Thomas Roberts (Llwynrhudol), Llundain to Owen Williams, Waun Vaur [sic], Green Street, Carnarvon, 1836 (1), (the non-arrival of a trunk); Owen Jones 'Owain ab Ioan Glan Dwfr Eifion', Felin uchaf to Richard Jones, Melinydd, Llanbedr, 1828 (1) (an 'englyn'); Morris Williams ['Nicander'], Bangor and Amlwch, 1840-51 (6), all probably addressed to Ebenezer Thomas ['Eben Fardd'], although it is only in one that the addressee is named (suggestions with regard to lodgings, etc. at Bangor, literary matters including references to adjudicating at the Aberffraw eisteddfod, reminiscences, Urdd Beirdd Eifion, etc.); Hugh [Derfel] Hughes (Llandderfel), at Ffestiniog and Llangollen, to Ebenezer Thomas, Bardd, Clynog fawr, 1844 (3), (some impressions of his travels [selling his book], Eben Fardd's review in Y Drysorfa, etc.); John Williams, Tuhwntirbwlch, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], undated (watermark 1837) (1) (reference to the writer's present affliction); Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), Clynnog, to John Thomas ['Siôn Wyn o Eifion'], Chwilog, 1842-4 (7) (bookbinding, the addressee's memoir of Dewi [Wyn], acknowledging 'englynion' (on the birth of James Ebenezer Thomas), references to Dr Pughe, mention of Eben Fardd's appointment to the Pwllheli Free School, etc.); and David Owen ['Dewi Wyn o Eifion'], Gaerwen to an unnamed correspondent, undated (1) (the improvements at Gaerwen, his wish that the addressee and Sir Thomas Mostyn would grant him a lease, mention of the lease of the meeting-house [?Capel y Beirdd]).

Llyvyr y Llwythau Cymreig ...,

A volume written largely in the autograph of Ebenezer Thomas, ('Eben Fardd') and described on the title-page as 'Llyvyr y Llwythau Cymreig yn cynwys Taflenau Achol o'r Pum Llwyth Breninol a Phymtheg Llwyth Gwynedd ynghyd a Byrdraith hanesiol am Sylfaenwyr yr amrywiol Lwythau a Gwroniaid Cymreig eraill Eu Preswylfeydd, Tiriogaethau, Paisarfau a Disgynyddion. Casgledig gan Ebenezer Thomas, Clynnog, Hâf 1843.' At the beginning of the volume are 'A Map of North Wales' [Anglesey and West Caernarvonshire] and a list of the contents to p. 69. More than half of the volume is blank but the written pages after p. 69 contain, among other things, details of 'Villas [Vills] in Eifionydd' ('Abridged from a letter of the Rev. J. Jones Llanllyfni to Ellis Owen Esq. Cefny meusydd'), pedigrees of Rhwngyddwyryd (Dolbenmaen), Rhiw and Bodfel (Llŷn), and Cefn Coch in Anglesey, etc., 'Carol Nadolig, 1859 - ar "Diolch i Ti yr Hollalluog Dduw &c"' by E. Thos ('Eben Fardd'), a petition (draft), undated, from Jane Jones of Penarfynydd in the parish of Abererch, Caernarvonshire to the bishop of Bangor and the other trustees of the Llandwrog Almshouses, particulars of the ancestry of Tho[ma]s E. Roberts, Hendre, Abereirch sent by him to Eben Fardd, 24 July 1861, and a printed prospectus, undated, of 'The Works of the Bards of Llyn and Eifionydd, collected by Myrddin Fardd'. Loose between pp. 27 and 28 are notes by J. Jones, Llanllyfni, May 1844, headed 'A. D. 1352. Hanes ardrethol Cwmmwd Isgorfai', and pasted on to these or vice versa is a printed sheet concerning Gwydir Chapel, Llanrwst (J. Jones, Printer, Llanrwst). Facing the title-page of the volume is a label bearing the words 'Llyfr Achau ac Arfbeisiau y 5 Llwyth Breninol a 15 Llwyth Pendefigol Gwynedd ynghyd au Disgynyddion, &c.' and above it John Jones ('Myrddin Fardd') has written 'Costiodd y Llyfr yma i mi ddwy bunt heblaw talu am ei rwymo wedi hyny.'

Transcripts of letters,

A volume containing transcripts of most of the letters contained in Cwrtmawr MS 478B (letters of Morris Williams ('Nicander') to Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd') etc.).

Notes on churches, etc.,

A scrap-book belonging to John Jones ('Myrddin Fardd') containing notes and press cuttings relating to churches and parishes, etc. in Llŷn and Eifionydd, Caernarvonshire, with a few references to places outside that area, e.g. Abergwili, Carmarthenshire and Brongwyn, Cardiganshire. At the reverse end are copies of memorial inscriptions, a note on 'Ffordd Maughan', transcripts of two letters, 1860, from [Ebenezer Thomas], 'Eben Vardd', Clynnog to Mr John Roberts [?Sion Lleyn], and brief notes on mansions in Llŷn and Eifionydd, etc. Letter (?) 'I' on spine.

Miscellaneous papers and letters,

Letters and miscellaneous papers comprising two letters [+], 1693, from Ch[arles] Owen, Oswestree to the Lady Archer near Epping in Essex (acknowledging all the expressions of her ladyship's extraordinary favours to him, mentioning that after a tedious ramble and censorious suspicions he came home in safety, the liberality of friends, 'Yet all this will not do for a Compensation for the injury done me', he desired his brother to assist Mr (?) Durrant in adjusting those wretched differences at Epping - her Ladyship's honourable attempts towards it); seven letters [+] from T[homas] Burgess, successively bishop of St Davids and of Salisbury, one written from C[orpus] C[hristi] C[ollege], Oxford, 1787, to T[homas] Falconer, Esq'r, Chester (thanking him for the present of his little book, requesting the addressee's opinion on the meaning of a passage from the Gospels and quoting from the preface to a second edition of the [Salisbury] spelling-book), two, possibly three, written from Abergwilly Palace and London, 1813-14, to the Reverend T. W. [recte T. D.] Fosbrooke, Walford, near Ross (commending the addressee's intention of publishing a 'cheap comment' on the New Testament, he seems to have taken up a very wrong conception of the Bible Society) and three written from Salisbury, 1831, to Mr Strong, bookseller, Bristol (instructions re books, was very sorry to see that the addressee has been a sufferer by the late disastrous events at Bristol); a copy of an engraved portrait of the Right Reverend Thomas Burgess, DD, Lord Bishop of Salisbury; a letter, year not given, from Joseph D[?ownes], Builth to [John Dix] (acknowledging the addressee's most welcome letter belying his wife's guesses, the indirect source of the addressee's recovery from misfortune if not illness, his own writing, mention of Edinburgh, etc.); a note, 1811, from Mr Pennant, Downing to a Mrs Williams (complying with her request on behalf of Hugh Shone and his aged wife); a list by J. H. Davies headed 'Myrddin MSS (1) Eben Fardd'; and a bundle of miscellaneous papers [#] including 'Eifionydd', a holograph poem in Welsh by E[benezer] Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), Clynnog, 22 July 1829; 'Myfyrdawd y Bardd am ei gariad pan oedd hi yn mordwo o Ynys Fôn i Fanaw' by Rhobt Huws ('Rhobin ddu o Fôn'); one or two items probably in the autograph of the Reverend Peter Bailey Williams (English verse, a draft of a letter [to the editors of the Welsh Magazine], etc.), 'An Infentory of Coods & Cattells of Mr Morgan ap Ragnard ap Maddocke of te County of Clamorganshire shentilman ...', endorsed 'The Welch Inventory', and miscellaneous documents, 1588-1767, including a bond, 1588, relating to properties within the township of Llanvair in the commot of Iscor', Caernarfonshire, a citation, 1652, relating to the administration of the goods of Richard Thomas [? of Talgarth, Breconshire], a grant, 1734, relating to Bryn y Fedwen estate in the parish of Llanrug, Caernarfonshire, and a return, 1767, by Edward Watkins, curate, certifying that there are no Papists within his parish of Llangaffo or Llangeinwen, Anglesey. The items marked + were formerly Phillipps MS 35051 (see letter dated 9 February 1973 from Dr A. N. L. Munby to the Keeper of Manuscripts, National Library of Wales). # - The wrapping paper has on it 'Phillipps MSS 34929' in pencil in the autograph of J. H. Davies but, with the exception of the 'inventory of goods', the contents of this package do not appear to correspond to the description of Phillipps MS 34929 as given by Dr Munby in his letter, although Phillipps MS 34929 was purchased by J. H. Davies.


A collection of letters addressed to various persons by Thomas Edward Ellis, Westminster, 1886, enclosing a short political address, also letters by John Castell Evans, Devonport, 1867, Evan Jones, Tredegar ('Ieuan Gwynedd'), 1845, J. R. Jones, Y Garreg Fawr, 1808, John Mills, London, 1851, Robert Owen, Aberystwyth, 1876, J. R. Prys ('Golyddan'), 1858-1860, William Rees ('Gwilym Hiraethog'), Chester, 1879, Edward Roberts ('Iorwerth Glan Aled'), Rhyl, 1851, Robert Roberts, 1835, Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), 1850, Owen Williams, Waunfawr, 1864, R. J. Williams, Aberystwyth, 1885; a letter by 'A Subscriber to the Aberffraw Eisteddfod', 1849, and a letter by Jane Edwards, Barmouth, 1909, relating to Athrawiaeth i Ddysgu Ysgrifenu, 1683.

Ellis, Thomas Edward, 1859-1899

'Eben Fardd',

A volume of letters, 1857-1859, from Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd') and Mary, his wife, to their son James at the Reverend John Jenkins's school, Abbey Square, Chester; with one letter by James E. Thomas, 1853; a draft statement on a plan for Clynnog school, and 'Eben Fardd's diary, 23 April- 28 May 1855, relating to the fatal illness of his daughter, Catherine.

'Eben Fardd', Mary Thomas and James Thomas.

Goronwy Owen,

A copy of 'Awdl er coffadwriaeth am y diweddar Goronwy Owain' composed by Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), with a letter from J. O. WIlliams ('Pedrog'), Liverpool, to G. J. Williams, Birmingham.

'Eben Fardd' and 'Pedrog'.

Llyfr Achau ac Arfbeisiau ...

A transcript by Benjamin Jones, Caernarfon of 'Llyfr Achau ac Arfbeisiau y 5 Llwyth Breninol a 15 Llwyth Pendefigol Gwynedd ...' by Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd').


An anthem entitled 'Cwymp Anghrist' by David Hughes ('Cristiolus Môn'), with words by Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd').


Autograph poetry by John Thomas ('Sion Wyn o Eifion'), Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd') and Robert Parry ('Robin Ddu Eryri'), and others.

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