Letters of Reverend John Hughes Williams, Llangadwaladr

Scope and Content

Contains two bundles of letters of Reverend J. Hughes Williams, rector of Llangadwaladr, dated 1812-1840. The first bundle contains 31 letters, which were written by his uncle, the Reverend Lewis Hughes and by his friend Reverend John Jones. Also includes one letter written by Reverend Hughes Williams himself. The second bundle contains 24 letters received by Reverend Hughes Williams from his uncle and friend mainly, with some from Reverend John Roberts, rector of Aberffraw. The correspondents are often concerned with giving general advice to Reverend Hughes Williams and with sermons and their publication; the letters contain comments on sermons and suggestions for improving literary style.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reverend John Hughes Williams (fl. 1812-1840) was rector of Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, from 1824 to 1868. He graduated with a BA from Jesus College, Oxford in 1819 having completed his education with the financial assistance of his uncle, another Anglesey clergyman, the Reverend Lewis Hughes, who at various times was rector at Llanfechell, Llanrhuddlad and Llangadwaladr.

Material in the collection shows that Reverend Hughes Williams seems to have been in financial difficulties at various times in his life. Reverend Lewis Hughes often acted as mentor and advisor to his nephew on life and career matters and he was also advised by his close friend and confidante, another Anglesey clergyman, the Reverend John Jones who was curate at Bodedern and Holyhead, and later rector of Llanfigel and Llanfachreth.


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, November 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 5281, 5290

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