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Thomas Johnes Letters

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 26 May 2010

Biographical History

Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) was a 19th century Member of Parliament, landscape architect, farmer, printer, writer and social benefactor. From 1783 on he and his family were landowners of the Hafod Estate in Wales, where he was active in local life, building a church and school for his tenants, establishing a thriving farm and dairy, and encouraging the construction of roads and bridges in surrounding Cardiganshire. He was elected a Member of Parliament ten times between 1775 and 1812, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1800. He started a private press, Hafod Press, which published several of his own works, including translations into English of Froissart's The Chronicles of England, France, and Spain and De Joinville's Memoirs of Saint Louis.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Thomas Johnes Letters consists of several letters from Johnes, writing from Hafod House, near Aberystwyth in Wales, to Charles Taylor of the Society of Arts in London. The return address on the letters is the neighboring town of Rhayader. The handwriting is difficult, but the two appear to be friends, as Johnes includes news of his family and mentions ordering Taylor a pickled salmon "which I hope will prove good."

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Subject Headings


Johnes, Thomas, 1748-1816.


Farmers -- Wales.
Landowners -- Wales.
Legislators -- Wales.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Thomas Johnes Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Kohen Collection, 1967.

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