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HENRY MORGAN THE WELSH BUCCANEER

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lilJYS MOIIOJ^ I r TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARWAN. SIR,-Yotir correspondent, An Enquirer,has begged me (in very ingenious EnglynionJ to furnish him with some memoirs of Rhys Morgan and David Nicholas. Though both these sons. of genius wasted their "sweetness on tIle "desert air," yet ample records of the latter may be ohtained, and I will endeavour to procure them—Rhys Morgan was less known. He was the son of a substantial farmer, and was brought up at Pencrajgnedd farm. He wooed the Muses very early in life; and excited the jealousy of John Bradford, of Llangeinwr (also h Bard); who made a considerable' wagter that David Thomas, a tinker in Ystradyfodwg, would beat him in extempore poetry. The challenge was accepted. Morgan Llewelyn, schoolmaster St Neath, was ap- pointed umpire, and they mut Poutneath Vaughan a celebrated fighting cock belonging to the landlord was declared the subject, and the prize was awarded to Rhys Morgan. Later in life he fell into difficulties, which was generally attributed to his being engaged manV litigious disputes his effects' were 'sold, arid hp was sent to Cardiff Gaol. Here 'he offered, with seven of his fellow-prisoners, to join the Duke of seven ot his fellow-prisoners, to join the Duke df Cumberland in the North, but hi?, creditors were inexorable. Of a large stock of cattle^ nothing was left unsold but his teat, which he took with him to gaol but this favourite companion was stolen from him, and he vented his spleen in a very clever lament, of which I only recollect the following lines Fe allai bydd rhyw un 0 gant Ac arno chwant gael gwybod Pwy oedd yii berclian a'r y g'ath .,at& A phwy a wnaethy.far'nod I G,r fuassai'ti bercheri catba,u, Cwri, mocli.'da, a gwych getfylau Mae'n awr hefoddyut yn.iach iddyat, 'JDoes oud ej hynan gantho o' hoaynt. Och am fy ngath, ni anal lai Na rhwygo rhai a'u rhegu «*; Rhys Morgan was .born in 1701, nd died Bbout 1771. 1 am, Sir, your Constant Reader1 Aberpennar, Dec. 3. MEMOR,

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