- 1825-1938 (Creation)
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Name of creator
Arthur Stanley Jehu Davies (1889-1951) of Welshpool and later of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, was for many years one of the secretaries of the Powysland Club. He was the author of several works relating to Montgomeryshire and to the social life and customs of the Celtic countries.
Abraham Howell (1810-1893) was the son of William and Elinor Howell of Bont Dolgadfan, Llanbrynmair. He started working as a solicitor in Welshpool in 1840, joining the firm of Jones & Parry; when the firm dissolved in 1848, Howell established his own practice along with his brother-in-law Edward Jones and W. Pryce Yearsley. Howell served Montgomeryshire as County Treasurer and Justice of the Peace and was four times mayor of Welshpool.
NLW MSS 12558-12581: Acquired by A. Stanley Davies from his brother, Gilbert Davies, who had purchased the solicitor's office and practice in Welshpool formerly in the possession of Abraham Howell.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
NLW MSS 12558-12581: Arthur Stanley Davies; Welshpool; Purchase; 1938.
NLW MS 16624C: A. Stanley Davies; Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire; Donation; August 1946.
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Scope and content
Manuscripts and papers, 1825-1938, of or collected by A. Stanley Davies, consisting mainly of correspondence addressed to Abraham Howell, solicitor, of Welshpool, by members of his family, including his cousin Samuel Roberts (S.R.); together with other correspondence and papers of the Howell family, and letters addressed to Arthur Stanley Davies. The majority of the material is of Montgomeryshire interest.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12558-12581, 16624C.
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Conditions governing access
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 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
David Peate, 'Montgomeryshire People, No. 8: Abraham Howell', Journal of the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, No. 15 (1999), 30-32.
'Short Lives: Abraham Howell' in The Sayce papers, Volume 3: Health and circumstance, ed. by Roger L. Brown (Welshpool, 1997), pp. 73-75.
Title based on contents.
Formerly known as A. Stanley Davies 1-24.
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Name access points
- Howell, Abraham, 1810-1893 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Howell, Abraham, 1810-1893 -- Family -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Davies, A. Stanley (Arthur Stanley) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Howell, Abraham, 1810-1893 -- Archives. (Subject)
- Howell, Abraham, 1810-1893 -- Family -- Archives. (Subject)
- Howell, Abraham, 1810-1893. (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
February and April 2010.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Archifau Cymru = Archives Wales WWW site, viewed 9 Feb. 2010; Powys Libraries and Archives WWW site, viewed 9 Feb. 2010.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.