Particularly was this true in the 1790s, when emigration from Wales picked up dramatically in numbers after many decades of relative inactivity. It became a major theme of Samuel Jones's correspondence, and his network eased the way for many Welsh emigrants. Two of the most remarkable of them to arrive during these years were Morgan John Rhys and John Evans (ofWaunfawr), both of them powerfully influenced Evans might be said to have been obsessed by myths of Madoc and the Welsh Indians. Morgan John Rhys exerted himself most energetically to convert negro slaves and Indians. Convinced that slavery was the consequence of British imperialism, he was profoundly disillusioned to find the Americans still clinging obstinately to the practice in the 1790s. Rhys's outspoken advocacy of radical views on the need for the conversion of what many regarded as 'inferior beings' led to an irreconcilable rift between him and Samuel Jones, who was a distinctly more conservative upholder of American ways with which he had long been familiar. Sadly enough, Jones's death coincided with a growing reaction among Baptists in Wales, spearheaded by Christmas Evans, which weakened immeasurably that once so fruitful partnership between them and their North American brethren. Throughout the volume, Dr Davies's treatment of the theological and doctrinal nuances involved is masterly, as is his handling of the economic and political issues. He has produced a book which should appeal not only to Welsh historians but also to all those who have any interest in transatlantic relationships. GLANMOR WILLIAMS Swansea THE NELSON COMPANION. Edited by Colin White. Alan Sutton Publishing, 1995. Pp. xiii, 228; 102 black & white illustrations; 13 colour plates. £ 18.99. We are in the opening years of 'the Nelson Decade', a decade which will see the bicentenaries of Nelson's finest military achievements, culminating in October 2005 with the two-hundredth anniversary of his greatest but final victory at Trafalgar. The Nelson Companion is a contribution to this extended period of commemoration, published in association with the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth and edited by the chief curator of that museum. It is a handsomely produced and well-illustrated collection of papers on different aspects of Nelson, all of them by experts in the field and all reflecting their authors' informed enthusiasm for their subject. A little too enthusiastically, perhaps, the dust-jacket proclaims this to be
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