Newell Manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A collection comprising of 75 items, including personal memoranda, farm accounts (1814-1850), diaries (1815-1839), notes on associations, monthly meetings and sunday schools (1820-1850), accounts of the sale and distribution of Pethau Newydd a Hen, neu Drysorfa i'r Ysgol Sabbathol (1826-1830), a publication of which Newell was the chief sponsor; sermon notes and miscellanea.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Newell was a farmer and a Calvinistic Methodist preacher. Born at Allt-y-ffynnon, Aberhafesb, Montgomeryshire on 23 March 1785, he was the son of Richard Newell, farmer, and Bridget his wife. In 1786 the family moved to Gwernfyda, Llanllugan in the same shire, where Richard attended a school kept by the Rev. John Davies and David Davies. The family moved once again in 1786 to Bryn, Llanwyddelan, where Richard Newell, the father, died in 1800. Richard Newell, the younger, attended the school kept by his uncle, John Roberts (1767-1834), at Llanbryn-mair. In 1803, he and his mother moved to Hen Neuadd, Manafon, where they lived until 1831

In 1811 Richard Newell married Elizabeth Griffiths of Cefn-du, sister of Evan Griffiths (1778-1839), Meifod, by whom he had nine children. He was elected as an elder of the chapel at Llanwyddelan and was accepted as a preacher at the Llanfair Association, 1821. He was one of the first to work among the English in the Montgomeryshire borders and his greatest work was in connection with the Sunday schools and the temperance movement. Around 1819 Newell was appointed High Constable for the Berriw district and succeeded in curbing interludes, Sunday wakes, and other disturbing influences. In 1831 he moved to Plas-bach, Meifod, and in 1846 to Cwm, where he died on 22 June 1852. Together with Morris Davies (1796-1876), Bangor, he published a periodical for young people and children, entitled Pethau Newydd a Hen neu Drysorfa I'r Ysgol Sabbothol. This publication ran for four years (1826-1829), and was probably the first of its kind in Welsh.

Arrangement

Chronologically mainly

Conditions Governing Access

gift

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs C. H. Richards, Penrhyn, Lisvane, Caerdydd, a descendant of Richard Newell.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue at item level

Separated Material

See index of National Library of Wales Handlist of Manuscripts, vols I, II and IV, under Newell, Richard. Richard Newell kept a number of diaries containing notes of Associations, Monthly Meetings, etc., covering the years 1813-1850, and these manuscripts are among the Calvinistic Methodist Archives in the NLW.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics made at the discretion of the archivist.

Accruals

None expected

Related Material

Bangor Manuscripts 737 (120-130), 16039

Bibliography

The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, under the Auspices of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, (London, 1959). Access Points