File NLW MS 12841E. - Mary Jones and her bible,

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NLW MS 12841E.


Mary Jones and her bible,


  • 1904, 1910. (Creation)

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Miscellaneous items relating to Mary Jones [of Llanfihangel-y- Pennant, co. Merioneth] and her journey on foot to Bala in 1800 to seek a Bible from the Reverend Thomas Charles. They include a holograph letter from R[obert] Rowlands, Llandrillo, near Corwen, to [D. E.] Jenkins, 1910 (replying to a request recipient had sent to the writer's wife [Lizzie] Rowlands for information relating to Mary Jones [whom she had visited regularly for several years when she (Mary Jones) lived at Bryn-crug, co. Merioneth], forwarding an incomplete, manuscript copy of a paper on Mary Jones by Mrs. Rowlands (see below), the contents of the missing portion of this manuscript, a 'very full account' [of the story of Mary Jones] written by Mrs. Rowlands for Mrs. Edwards, wife of Dr. Lewis Edwards [principal of the C.M. College, Bala] (see below), the value of Mrs. Rowlands's testimony as a weekly visitor [to Bryn-crug], a letter she had written to R[obert] Oliver Rees concerning inaccuracies in his book on Mary Jones, the 'Goleuad correspondence' (see NLW MS 12808D above), an invitation to recipient to visit the writer and his wife); two incomplete, typewritten copies of a paper read by Mrs. Rowlands to the children of Gorphwysfa [C.M. Church, Penrhyndeudraeth], 1904, in which she described her visits to Bryn-crug, told the story of Mary Jones's walk to Bala and purchase of three Bibles from Thomas Charles (as told by Mary Jones herself), and explained how Mary Jones's niece, Lydia Williams, had presented her (Mrs. Rowlands) with one of the three Bibles as a keepsake; two typewritten copies of a letter from Lizzie [Rowlands] from the Board School, Penrhyn Deudraeth, to Mrs. Edwards [wife of Dr. Lewis Edwards, Bala], 1885 (reminiscences of Mary Jones largely as in the preceding item); typewritten notes of an interview between D. E. Jenkins and Mrs. Rowlands, 21 October 1910, in which she explained how Mary Jones's Bible came to be presented to the library of the C.M. College, Bala, and subsequently to the Bible Society in London, and how the Lydia Williams Bible had been donated to Bala College as a replacement; typewritten notes giving the substance of a letter sent by Mrs. Rowlands to D. E. Jenkins, 30 October 1910, subsequent to the above mentioned interview, confirming the information given and providing more details (attested by Mrs. Rowlands, 10 November 1910); typescript copies of letters from D. E. Jenkins to Ieuan R. Jones, Llandrillo [son of Mrs. Rowlands by a previous marriage], and [Robert] Rowlands [husband of Mrs. Rowlands], 27 October 1910 (returning manuscripts borrowed from Mrs. Rowlands, the controversy between the writer and 'Nodwr' in Y Goleuad (see NLW MS 12808D above), a suggestion that Mrs. Rowlands or I. R. Jones should contribute a note to Y Goleuad); and a holograph letter from the aforesaid Ieuan R. Jones, Llandrillo, to [D. E.] Jenkins, 30 October 1910 (acknowledging the return of manuscripts, forwarding a letter from his mother with permission to publish it, the possibility of publishing his mother's account of the story of Mary Jones, his regret for the fact that the [Lydia Williams] Bible had been given to [Bala C.M.] College).

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English, Welsh.

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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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For other material relating to Mary Jones see NLW MSS 2693C and 12808D, and C.M. Archives (General Collection) MSS 2659-2607 in the National Library of Wales. See also K. Monica Davies: 'Mary Jones (1784-1864)', The Journal of the Historical Society of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, vol. LII, no. 3, pp. 74-80.

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Formerly known as D. E. Jenkins 111.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 12841E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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