Fonds GB 0210 MSJMHOW - J. M. Howell Manuscripts,

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J. M. Howell Manuscripts,


  • [1730x1893] / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

19 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

The Howell family hailed from Bontdolgadfan, Llanbrynmair. David Howell (1816-1890) of Machynlleth and Aberdyfi was a cousin of the Reverend Samuel Roberts ('S.R.') and the father of Joseph Matthew Howell (1861-1954) of Plas Penhelig, Aberdyfi. Notable members of the Roberts family of Llanbrynmair include the Reverend John Roberts (1767-1834), Independent minister, who, around 1785, moved to Llanbrynmair from Mochdre, where his father, Evan Roberts (1729-1814) was a member of the Independent congregation. John Roberts began preaching at Llanbrynmair in 1790 and would eventually take over the ministry of the noted preacher Richard Tibbott on Tibbott's death in 1798. George Roberts (1769-1853), an Independent minister who emigrated to the United States in 1795, was a brother of John Roberts. The Independent ministerial legacy continued in John Roberts's sons Samuel ('S.R.') (1800-1885) and John ('J.R.') (1804-1884).

Archival history

The papers came to the National Library of Wales per the Reverend Llewelyn Jones, M.A., B.Litt., Liverpool, and were bound in nineteen volumes at the expense of the donor.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Joseph Matthew Howell (son of David Howell); Plas Penhelig, Aberdyfi; Donation; 1939

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Scope and content

Papers, [1730x1893], of the Roberts family of Llanbrynmair and of the Howell family of Bontdolgadfan, Llanbrynmair and comprising mainly correspondence, together with sermons, broadsides and miscellanea. The material was preserved by David Howell, Machynlleth and Aberdyfi, cousin of the Reverend Samuel Roberts ('S.R.') and father of the donor, Joseph Matthew Howell.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 13189-13207.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See NLW MS 21734D, which contains an account book of David and Joseph Matthew Howell detailing the accounts, 1883-1909, of the Howell family and their estate.

Some of the items of Welsh-American interest are noted in The National Library of Wales Journal, II, 1941-42, pp. 163-5. See also NLW J. M. Howell Papers.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly known as J. M. Howell 1-19.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2010.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein viewed via WWW, 10 June 2010.

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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