[ Llewelyn Williams, radical Liberal politician, calls Sir Courtenay Mansel a 'proud Welshman' and styles himself 'a Welshman of a thousand generations'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Llewelyn Williams') [ to Mansel ], after a visit to Maesycrugiau.

Author: 
Llewelyn Williams [ W. Llewelyn Williams; William Llewelyn Williams ] (1867-1922), Welsh journalist, lawyer and radical Liberal politician [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 111 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, S.W. [ London ] 22 February 1921. ]
£90.00
SKU: 20631

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with the slightest smudging at the foot of the first page. Mansel is not named, but the letter comes from his papers, and contains references to the family estate at Maesycrugiau, and Mansel's ancestor Maurice de Londres. The first paragraph reads: 'My dear “Proud Welshman,” | For so I like to think of you, & not as a descendant of Maurice de Londres! Else you would not have been so kind to a Welshman of a thousand generations, albeit Fleuve has proclaimed him a “descendant of the Black Pagans of the Mediterranean littoral!”' Williams states that he is 'back in town, & Cardigan looks far away, & the Great Fight has passed into the realm of legend'. He cherishes the 'ineffaceable' memory of 'much kindness, devotion, & loyalty, & not least or least prized yours & your noble wife's. God bless & reward you both.' He hopes Mansel will have returned to London soon, as the National Liberal Club are 'lunching' him on 2 March, and there will be 'a big rush' for tickets. The letter concludes: 'How lovely Maesycrugiau looked on Sunday! We talked of nothing else all the way home, except your beautiful place, your happiness, & your goodness.'