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also with Thomas Pennant's son, David, and some of these letters are included in the
same collection.
The full list of the Latham letters, with their dates, is as follows :­
To Thomas Pennant: [1779]1 21 March, 1793 and 24 September, 1798.
To David Pennant 27 October, 1794; 12 October, 1799; 11 October, 1820;
21 May, 1822; and 30 November, 1823.
Nearly all the letters contain references to ornithology, and particularly to Latham's
books on this subject. That addressed to David Pennant, 11 October, 1820, is written on
a copy of the prospectus of Latham's biggest work, A General History of Birds, which
was published eventually in eleven volumes.
Latham's reference to his second marriage (letter to David Pennant 24 September,
1798) is interesting. He had attached himself, he says, to one who has been known
to ye whole of my family for more than 25 years, and whose Conduct has been during
that Period irreproachable
Mr. William Rees of West Kirby has presented correspondence, medals, and an
illuminated address received by his grandfather, the Reverend William Rees, D.D.,
Gwilym Hiraethog' (1802-1883 D.N.B. xlvii, 403). The correspondence consists of a
postcard from W. E. Gladstone, 1880, and six letters (with a fragment of another) from
Giuseppe Mazzini, the apostle of Italian unity. Only one (Feb. 6, '61) of the Mazzini
letters is fully dated. Four of them were printed in William Rees (Hiraethog) A Memoir
by his son Ebenezer Rees edited by H. Elvet Lewis, M.A., (Liverpool for private circulation,
1915), in which two of the undated letters were assigned to the year 1861, and the third
to 1864. Piero Rebora in an article in Nuova Antologia, ccxviii (1922), pp. 130-134,
referred to five of the letters, and printed extracts translated into Italian, with the 1864
letter translated in extenso. (See also P. Rebora Civiltd Italiana e Civiltd Inglese, Firenze,
1936). The sixth letter belongs to the year 1861 and is written on the back of a circular
for subscribers to an association to succeed the Friends of Italy.'
The illuminated address was presented to' Gwilym Hiraethog by his fellow ministers
upon his retirement from active ministry in Liverpool in 1876. One of the medals was
awarded to him at the Brecon Eisteddfod, 1826, for his poem (' cywydd ') on the victory
of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson, whilst the other is the Cymmrodorion Medal'
awarded by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion for promoting the love of literature,
science, and art in Wales. Gwilym Hiraethog and Chancellor D. Silvan Evans were the
first to receive this medal. Dr. John Williams (afterwards Sir John Williams, Bart.) was
commissioned to hand the medal in person to Gwilym Hiraethog in 1883.
I This letter is undated, but it has been possible, with the co-operation of the Director
of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, to assign it almost certainly to the year 1779.
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