File NLW MS 11069E. - Letters and papers of D. R. Daniel

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NLW MS 11069E.


Letters and papers of D. R. Daniel


  • [1888x1913]. (Creation)

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David Robert Daniel (1859-1931), political commentator, was born at Ty'n-y-bryn, Llandderfel, Merionethshire, on 6th May 1859, son of Robert Daniel and Jane Roberts. He was educated at the grammar school and the Independent College, Bala, and became Assistant Organiser in North Wales for the United Kingdom Alliance in 1887. He was appointed Secretary of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union in 1896, and from 1889 was an alderman for the Caernarvonshire County Council. He later joined the Civil Service, and became Secretary of the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion and later, Assistant Secretary to the Welsh Church Commissioners. He was a close friend of Thomas Edward Ellis and became a figure in the Welsh political scene during the late 19th century. He also contributed various articles to the Welsh newspapers, including recollections of O. M. Edwards in Cymru, 1921 and a history about the early life of T. E. Ellis. He died in 1931 and was buried at Cefnddwysarn.

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Sixty-five holograph and autograph letters and postcards, and telegrams, 1888-1913 and undated, addressed to David Robert Daniel (1859-1931) of Fourcrosses, Chwilog, Caernarvonshire. The writers include a circular, 1904, issued by the North Wales Quarries Ltd; P[eredur] Ll. Daniel, London, his son, undated; [Robert Evans] ('Cybi'), Llangybi, undated; [E.] Vincent Evans, London, 1913?; [Henry] Harold Hughes, Bangor, 1903-06; and The North Wales Quarrymen's Union, Caernarvon, undated. Also included in the group are three holograph letters, 1888-1905, from D. R. Daniel to his wife Sara and to his mother Jane; a holograph letter, undated, from Sara [Daniel] to her mother at Llandderfel; a grand jury summons for the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for Caernarvonshire, addressed to D. R. Daniel,1905; vouchers, certificates of bank credits, etc. of D. R. Daniel, 1904-13; and other holograph letters which include one to [H. J. Williams] ('Plenydd'), 1890; and a letter, 1898, containing accounts of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union; also verses in Welsh entitled 'The Memorable Temperance Supper Dec. 23rd. 1882'.
References include those to Peredur Daniel, son of D. R. Daniel; memorials and a Testimonial Fund to Thomas Edward Ellis; the illness of Daniel's father-in-law; and the Penrhyn Quarry dispute.

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English, Welsh.

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See also NLW D. R. Daniel collection, which includes diaries and correspondence of T. E. Ellis, and papers, 1878-1914, relating to the North Wales Quarrymen's Union and the Penrhyn Quarrry strikes; NLW MS 12293C, which contains correspondence of D. R. Daniel, including two holograph letters, 1899, from Daniel in his capacity of organising agent of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union relating to labour relations within the North Wales slate industry; for miscellanea, [1895x1910], of D. R. Daniel, including papers, 1903, of Peredur Daniel, see NLW MS 11070D.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 11069E

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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January 2009.


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Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961);

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