File NLW MS 21318A. - Pocket-book,

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NLW MS 21318A.




  • [c. 1767]-[?1775] / (Creation)

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A pocket-book which belonged to 'Edwd William Junr' [i.e Iolo Morganwg] containing entries made [c. 1767]-[?1775] (undated after 1771). The entries consist of accounts in connection with work done, etc., 'englynion', 'cywyddau' (incomplete), some English verse, lists of words taken mainly from the poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym, a few proverbs, and various memoranda including the following: 'My Dear Mother Died ye 19th day of august 1770 about half an hour past one in ye= morning'. Another note lists various items 'Reced of Mr Waters [sic]', the first two being '1numbr of ye Dictionary' (2s.) and 'ode to humanity' (6d.). Most of the 'englynion' are by EW himself, but a few are by William Robert and one or two other poets. One series (englynion by certain 17th cent. poets) may be found, with minor differences, at the beginning of John Prideaux, Euchologia; nev, Yr Athrawiaeth i arfeol Weddio... Cyfieithiad Row. Vaughan Esc. Ar Ddeisyfiad William Salesbury Esc... ([London]: E. C[otes] tros P. C[hetwin], [c. 1658], ESTC R182098). EW, who styles himself variously as 'Iorwerth ab Iorwerth' and 'Iorwerth Gwilym', has some 'englynion' addressed to 'Lewis Hopcin', 'Ieuan fardd Du', and 'Dafydd meredydd argraffydd or bontfaen', etc. The references to the poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym correspond to some extent to the numbering of the poems in the latter part of Llanover MS C3 [now NLW MS 13090E]. Other references correspond to page numbers in Edward Lhuyd's Archaeologia Britannica (1707). The handwriting varies considerably, and shows a distinct change after c. 1771.

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English, Welsh.

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Formerly Iolo A. Williams MS 31.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 21318A.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 21318A.