File RT5/5 - Letters: R.S. Thomas and Mildred Elsie Eldridge

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RT5/5

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Letters: R.S. Thomas and Mildred Elsie Eldridge

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  • 1968-1998 (Creation)

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2 folders (121 items)

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Donated by Mrs Penny Condry, December 2015

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Personal letters to William and Penny Condry mainly by R.S. Thomas and his wife, Mildred Elsie Eldridge (Elsi) and more recently his second wife, Betty, written from Aberdaron vicarage, Sarn y Plas at Y Rhiw, Pwllheli, Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy near Holyhead, Presteigne and Llanfrothen, 1968-1998. The letters discuss mostly the correspondents’ mutual interest in ornithology and other wildlife, frequently referring to the start of the RSPB reserve at Ynyshir and Condry’s wardenship, and the maintenance of Bardsey Island as a nature reserve. Other topics include gardening, publishing, Thomas’s family, his attitude to the Welsh language and his personal beliefs; there are touches of unexpected humour. The letters from Elsi Thomas sometimes include her own sketches and drawings. The file also includes a letter to William Condry from the artist Meg [Stevens], 1984, letters from Thomas’s biographer Justin Wintle, 1995-1996, and press-cuttings about R.S. Thomas, [post-1985]-1993.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen

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Copyright of William Condry’s writings belongs to Mrs Penny Condry, Ynys Edwin, Eglwys-fach, nr Machynlleth, Powys, September 2000.
Usual copyright laws apply

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Further letters from Mildred Elsie Eldridge (Elsi) are in file RT5/9

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  • Text: RT5/5 (Box 33a)