19th century letter which includes references to the Chartist Movement

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Phillip David of Cardiff, letter
Mid 19th century
0.015 Cubic Metres
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Biographical/Historical note

Philip David was a seven year old schoolboy, living in Cardiff. His father was Philip David Senior, a noncomformist, and grand-master of the Castell Caerdydd Odd Fellow Lodge in Cardiff.

Llewellin Thomas was a first cousin to the young Philip David. Llewellin was nine years old, and a schoolboy living in Pontypool. He was the eldest son of Dr. Thomas Thomas, who was the President of the Baptist College at Penygarn near Pontypool, and Pastor of the English Baptist Church which met at the Quaker's meeting house at Trosnant.

It is a point of interest that the young Philip David died several months later after writing this letter.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a single letter between cousins Phillip David, of Cardiff, and Llewellin Thomas of Pontypool, Jan 1840.

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Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright conditions apply.

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Deposit 2013.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Personal Papers-Monmouthshire

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Other Finding Aids note

A hard copy catalogue is available at Gwent Archives.

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General note

A transcript of this letter exists as part of the collection.

An article relating to this letter appeared in 'Gwent Local History', Journal of the Gwent Local History Council, number 114, 2013.

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Collection Inventory

 D5702/1 Letter from Phillip David to his cousin Llewellin Thomas of Pontypool, detailing his life in Cardiff. He also makes reference to the Chartists who took part in the Newport Rising of November 1839. 23 Jan 1840 

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