File NLW MS 12435E. - Letters to the Reverend Benjamin Conway and other miscellaneous letters,

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NLW MS 12435E.


Letters to the Reverend Benjamin Conway and other miscellaneous letters,


  • 1722-1835. (Creation)

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Forty-one holograph and other letters, 1722-1835 and undated, in two groups. (a) Fifteen letters, 1722-1745 and undated, to the Reverend Benjamin Conway [vicar of Northop, 1717-1748, and warden of Ruthin hospital, ?1713-1748] at Soughton and Northop, from Edward Edwards, Carnarvon, 17[ ] (the academic exercises to be undertaken to obtain a degree ?at Oxford), Hen[ry] Fane, 1744/5-1745 (2) (the death of the writer's wife [Mary or Anne, daughter of John Wynne, bishop of St. Asaph, 1715-1727, and of Bath and Wells, 1727-1743] and arrangements for the burial [at Northop]), Edward Griffiths, Mould, 1727 (a request for a warrant against Edward Jones of Mould who had taken the writer's horse) (endorsed with a recipe for a 'drink for Cattell'), Fr[ancis Hare, bishop of St.] Asaph, 1729 (bishop Goodman's charity), Tho[mas] Lewis, St. Asaph, 1722 (legal matters), Tho[mas] Lloyd, Chester, 1734/5 (financial matters), J. Meres, London, 1735 (transactions relating to the sale of an estate), John Tamberlain, Ruthyn, 1731 and undated (2) (a request by recipient's mother for medicine, the writer's duties? as tutor, an earthquake at Dolgelley, the coming parliamentary elections in [Merionethshire and ? Flintshire]), A[nne] Wynne [widow of bishop John Wynne, the writer of the three following letters], 1744/5 (the death of the writer's daughter Fane [Mary or Anne Fane. See letter from Henry Fane above] and arrangements for the burial [at Northop]), J[ohn Wynne, bishop of St.] Asaph [1715-1727] and of Bath and Wells [1727-1743], St. Asaph and Wells, 1726-1740 (3) (Mr. [ ] Myddelton's tenure of the cure of Flint (1726), the valuation of an estate the writer proposed to buy ? from the recipient (1734), a lease ? of minerals), and Robert Wynne, Ruthin, 1730/1 (the writer's ? financial misfortunes). (b) Twenty-six miscellaneous letters, 1743-1835 and undated:- G[eorge] F[rederick] Beltz, Lanc[aster Herald], Herald's College, to the Rev[eren]d B[ enjamin] C[onway] Conway, Soughton, Northope, 1825 (to accompany a royal licence authorising Mr. and Mrs. [John Conway] Potter and the issue of their marriage to take the surname of Conway) (endorsed with genealogical notes on Catherine of Beren and her descendants); James Conway, Flint, to the Rev[eren]d C[onway] Conway, Soughton, Northop, 1835 (personal); J[ohn] Conway Conway, Soughton, to the Rev[eren]d Francis Owen, Rectory House, Efenechtyd, 1835 (proposals relating to buildings and lands lately held by recipient's predecessor Mr. [Edward] Thelwall); Marg[are]t Conway, Cotton Hall, to Mrs. Hughes, Sughton Ucha, near Northop, undated (a recipe for an ointment); Price Davies, York River, Virginia, and York River at the Glebe in Blisland, to the Rev[eren]d Mr. Conway at Soughton, near Northop, 1763- 1765 (2) (the writer's arrival in America, his acceptance of the ministry of the parish of Blisland, the method of appointing ministers, a description of the neighbourhood and its inhabitants, a request for a copy of the scheme setting forth the subscriptions raised for clergymen's widows in the diocese of St. Asaph (1763), the writer's activities, his health, marriage, house and glebe lands, salary of '16000 pounds of Tobacco', etc., the arrival of John Pugh, curate of Llandoget, in America and his acceptance of a parish called St. James in the county of Mecklenburg [North Carolina]); Edward Potter Griffith to his wife Dorothea, undated (to accompany a parcel of pens); [Richard Grosvenor, 1st baron] Grosvenor [of Eaton, co. Chester, later 1st viscount Belgrave, co. Chester, and 1st earl Grosvenor], Eaton, to the Rev[eren]d W[illia]m Conway, 1765 (a gift of a mare with information as to her pedigree); Tho[mas] Hughes, [rector of] Llanfwrog, to the Rev[eren]d Mr. Conway, Soughton, near Northop, 1771 (an application for a right of way ?for the writer's cattle through recipient's field); C. Lloyd, Gay St[reet, ], to Miss [Benedicta] Conway, Soughton, Northop, 1831 (2) (a tenant for the writer's property at Upper Soughton and the state of the property, news of acquaintances); B[enjamin] C[onway] Potter [Oxford], to his mother, Mrs. Potter, Soughton Grove, Northop [1810] (? a degree ceremony at Oxford when degrees were conferred upon [George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st] marquess of Buckingham, [Montagu Bertie, 5th earl of] Abingdon, and Mr. [ ] Tierney, a concert [held at Oxford] in which [? John] Braham, [? Samuel] Harrison, Mrs. [ ] Dickenson and [? Angelica] Catalini [sic] had taken part); Cath[erine] Potter to the Rev[eren]d Mr. Conway, Soughton, near Northop, 1771 (the death of the writer's husband [the Reverend John Potter, rector of Badgworth, co. Somerset]); John Potter, Shepton Malet, to . . ., 1754 (a proposed marriage between the writer and Miss Kitty); John Potter [as in the previous letter], Frome, to . . ., 1767 (personal, an abstract of the will of Mrs. Wickham which required that the Upper Soughton estates be sold, proposals concerning the said estates); J[ohn] C[onway] Potter, Soughton, to. . ., 1822 (legal matters) (copy); E. Roberts, Inglefield Green, to Mrs. Conway, Upper Soughton, near Northop, [17]67 (personal, news of acquaintances); E. Spencer, Horsington, to Mrs. Conway, Soughton, near Northope, 1768 (news of the writer's family and of acquaintances); Hugh Totty to [Mr. Conway], undated (legal matters); Ant[ ] Wickham, Doulting [co. Somerset], to . . ., undated (the death of recipient's father, recipient's application for the vicarage of Northope, moves and suggested moves in support of the application); Ja[me]s Wickham, Frome, to Miss Conway, Soughton, near Northop, 1767 (2) (a deed empowering recipient's 'Cosen Wickham to dispose of the Estate' [? the Upper Soughton estate. See under John Potter above], Mr. [John] Potter's intention of coming to view the property, the valuation of and title to the estate, news of the writer's family and of acquaintances), to the Rev[eren]d Mr. Conway, Soughton, near Northop, 1770 (legal matters), and to Mrs. Potter, Chester, 1772 (financial matters, the taking by the commissioners of the Frome turnpike roads of part of the court in front of recipient's house); Mary Wickham to Mrs. Conway near Northorp [sic], undated (personal); and A[nne] Wynne [widow of bishop John Wynne. See above in section (a)] to Mrs. Conway, Soughton, near Northop, 1743 (personal, references to the writer's 'Tryal' and 'Affliction', probably the death of her husband which had taken place in the previous month).

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

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Formerly known as Wigfair 35.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 12435E.

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  • Text: NLW MS 12435E.