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¡Merthyr Cwmreigyddion.

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¡ Merthyr Cwmreigyddion. Tho last general meeting for the present session was held last Friday, when a paper was read by Mr. Pochard G. Price, Dowlais, on The Welsh cfei racter in English literature." Mr. I price said that the Welshmen's character generally in English literature reflected more or less the relationship—cordial or otherwise—as it existed between the two nations at any particular period, prior to the incorporation of Wales both nations were at constant warfare. so that onewas not surprised to find the Welsh described in the English literature of that early period as a cruel, fierce artel bloodthirsty nation. During the Tudor period the Welsh were ex- tremely popular, and the Welshman need not be ah ined to refer to Thomas Churchyard, Michael Drayton,Shakespeare and Ben Johnson for a high tribute to his nation. Mr. Price gave quotations from these authors, and analysed .the various representative characters in support of this sta-ement. During the civil war, in the reign of Charles I., in con- sequence of the Welsh for the most part being Royalists, they became naturally very unpopu- lar with the Roundheads. Practically the whole of the press at that time was in the bands of Cromwell and his followers, so the country was flooded with pamphlets and tracts tilled with the imost scurrilous references to the Welsh allies of the king. References were then made by Mr. Price to the Welsh characters found in Smollet's Humphrey Clinker and Roder- ick Random," Scott's Betrothed," Dicken's "Bleak House," Borrow's WTild jWales," Carlvle's Life of John Sterling," and tho Letters of Walter Savage Landor." Mr. Price dealt severely with the latter, maintaining that the well-known irascibility of his temper and his tyrannical spirit made him a most unsuitable and unfair critic of the character of the Welsh nation. In conclusion, Mr. Price maintained that it was impossible to fairlv estimate a nation's character without living amongst them ",nd mastering that by which a nation expressed itself, viz., its language and literature.—Mr. Harry Thomas moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Price. This was secondsd by Mr. S. R. Williams and carried. The following took part in t,he discussion :—Cynog, the Chairman, the Rev D. Eurof Walters, j Mr. J. Beynou, Mr. David Morgans, Alaw Tydtll, who also read an englyn, and Mr. Kemp.

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