that crystal stream, that had hitherto never known tragedy, tinctured with human gore. My friend was more successful, for he had pro- fited by my experience, but he, too, bore grim signs of the fray. The bleeding had stopped, but there were many surface gashes, and our faces tingled. I parted with my friend at the stile, and I made for home, feeling my cheek and chin with the tips of my fingers. By a miracle I managed Goronwy Owen. We are glad to be able to reprint from the American Welsh newspaper, "Y Drych," the follow- ing letter written by the Librarian of William and Mary College, Virginia, on the subject of Goronwy Owen's connection with the college-his first field of activity after leaving England. The letter not only contains one or two facts which are new to most of us but it also throws some light on a recent dispute as to one of the many vicissitudes of Goronwy Owen's career. It also contains a very pertinent suggestion to the effect that Welshmen should put up in the chapel of the college some memorial to the poet. We feel certain that our American kinsmen (of whom there are thousands interested in the poet) will res- pond generously to this invitation in this bicentenary year of Goronwy's birth. We are glad to hear that arrangements are being made for a memorial to be put up to him in Northolt Church, Middlesex, where he spent his last few months in England.-EDITOR. Library, College of William and Mary, (Founded in 1693) Williamsburg, Virginia. DEAR SIR,-Your letter of January 30th, in regard to the Reverend Goronwy Owen, addressed to Dr. Chandler, has been re- ferred to me for answer. We are very much interested in Owen for the reason, as you know, that he was connected at one time with the college. I have examined the minutes of the faculty and find that on April 7th, 1758, he sub- scribed his assent to the Articles of the Church of England, and took the oath in faculty meeting. It is stated in the minutes of this same meeting thnt he had entered on his duties April 5th, 1758. as master of the grammar school. You will observe that he was not principal or president of the college, but master of the grammar school, which was run in connection with the college in Colonial days. Masters of the gram- mar school had a seat in the faculty meetings with the other professors, and he was considered on a par with them. While here he married his second wife, Mrs Clayton, who was the sister of President Dawson of the college. Mrs Clayton lived hardly a year after the marriage. She must have died before August 28th, 1759, for on August 28th, 1759, I find in the minutes of the faculty meeting the statement that Mrs Martha Bryan was appointed housekeeper in the place of Mrs Owen, deceased. At the time that Owen married Mrs Clayton, she to dodge into the parlour unnoticed, though the kitchen was full of men. The looking glass re- vealed the many red marks running in strangely parallel lines on one cheek especially, but I hoped that in the kitchen dusk no one would notice; so I ventured back. I was doomed to disappoint- ment, for this is how father greeted me, "Hello, what have you been up to? Why! your face is like a page of old notation was housekeeper, and undoubtedly had retained that position after her marriage. In one of his convivial moods, Owen, together with Mr Jacob Rowe, the professor of moral philosophy in the college, headed the college boys in a fray between town and gown. It is probable that he resigned on account of this escapade. "On August 14th, 1760, William Webb was chosen master of the grammar school in place of Mr Goronwy Owen, resigned." Through the influence of Governor Fauquier, he was appointed minister of St. Andrew's parish in Brunswick County, Virginia, which at that time was a frontier county bordering on North Carolina. He married for his third wife, Joanna Simson, of Brunswick, by whom he had two sons, John and Richard B. Owen. Goronwy Owen was buried in Brunswick County. There is no St. Andrew's Churchyard in Williamsburg. Our parish is known as Bruton Church. In regard to the site of his burial, I would suggest that you address a letter to the clerk of the court, Lawrence- ville, Brunswick County, Virginia. He may be able to put you in touch with someone there who is interested in this subject. We are very proud of the fact that Owen was connected with this college. Some of us have been very much interested in his history. You will find in the William and Mary College His- torical Magazine, Vol. 9, pages 152 to 164, a long article about Goronwy Owen, written by a former president of this college. This sums up nearly all of our historical information, I believe, which has been discovered about him. This also gives his will. It occurs to me that in connection with any celebration this college would be very glad to have some representative present. About a year ago, I suggested through one of our professors in the college, whose brother-in- law lives in Philadelphia, and who is of Welsh descent, that some effort be made bv people of Welsh birth to erect a memorial in the chapel of our college to Owen-a marble or bronze tab- let, or something of that nature. It seems to me that it would be very fitting here, and I know that I speak for all the author- ities of the college when I say we would be very glad to have some such memorial of the great Welsh poet, even though his career here was somewhat unfortunate. — Yours very truly, E. G. SWEM, Librarian. The Reverend Alun Arwel Hughes, B.D., Manheim, Pa.
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