File NLW MS 12700C. - Miscellaneous correspondence; notes on Aberdovey,

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NLW MS 12700C.


Miscellaneous correspondence; notes on Aberdovey,


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Miscellaneous letters and notes including two holograph letters from Evan Anwyl, Towyn [co. Merioneth], to [ ], undated (aspects of local history in the parish of Pennal [co. Merioneth], in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, concerning which the writer could contribute an article [to the local press]), and J. M. Howells [Aberdovey], undated (the writer's opinion that some of his articles were worthy of publication, as illustrating life in a parish such as Pennal in the early nineteenth century, forwarding to recipient data relating to Pennal in the first half of the nineteenth century, and original correspondence of the early nineteenth century); six holograph letters from [James Richard Atkin, baron] Atkin [of Aberdovey], London, to Martin [Rees, Aberdovey] 1935-1938 (a united church service [held at Aberdovey, 6 May 1935, to celebrate the King's Silver Jubilee], the writer's views on relations between denominations, comments on the doctrine of the Apostolic Succession in connection therewith, a promise to 'take the chair' at a carnival concert [to be held in Aberdovey], August 1937, points relating to the provision of a motor car for the [Aberdovey] district nurse, 1937-1938); a holograph letter from D. Thomas, Blackstone, Australia, to M[artin] Rees, 1937 (the writer's emigration from Aberdyfi to Australia in 1883, the Welsh church in Blackstone, Welsh churches or 'causes' in Ballarat, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, news received of the [National] Eisteddfod [held at Machynlleth, 1937], reference to the resignation of some of the adjudicators, memories of a singing festival the writer had attended in Capel y Graig, Machynlleth); holograph notes compiled by Richard R[ice] Lewis of Aberdovey, containing reminiscences relating to shipbuilding activity at Ynys Las, co. Cardigan, including the building of the brigantine Hand Maid, the schooner Cambrian, and the smack Lerry, all for local owners, the employment of carpenters, etc., from Aberdovey and Borth in the shipyard, the platform [erected in the Dovey estuary] known as 'the Refuge on the Penrhyn', an epidemic of scarlet fever in Aberdovey in 1852, a chemist's shop kept by the writer's mother in Aberdovey, the building of Aberdovey [ ] school in 1854 and its opening in 1855 under its master Mr. Edsel of Chichister [sic], 'a Good Sharp Master and used to teach Navigation to Young Sailors and grown ups also', the use of the 'Welsh Note (Not)' in this school, schools in four different locations in Aberdovey, ? which the writer had attended, prior to the opening of the above school, and two schoolmasters, viz., Mr. Roberts from Harlech and Thomas Close Jones of Carnarvon; biographical notes on the above mentioned Richard Rice Lewis and his family, by Idris Lumley of Aber-dovey; and further notes on the aforementioned 'Refuge', also by Idris Lumley.

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  • Welsh

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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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Preferred citation: NLW MS 12700C.

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February 2010.


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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 IV (Aberystwyth, 1971);

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