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WELSH MANUSCRIPTS. THREE years ago (writes a correspondent) the Historical MSS. Commission undertook, at the request of the Treasury, to superintend the preparation and publication of the MSS in the Welsh language preserved in various private libraries and institutions. The work was en- trusted to Mr. J. Gwenogfryn Evans, of Ox- ford. Mr. Evans is at length able to report three important collections, as catalogued-the Mostyn MSS., the Conway MSS., and the Llan- dudno MSS.—and he is now engaged upon live others-the Jesus College MSS., the Chwilog MSS., the Penarth MSS., the Plashen MSS., and the numerous Welsh MbS. at the British Museum. The publication of the catalogue will show the extent and character of the trea- sures stored in private and public libraries. No doubt a feeling of dissapointment will be caused by the meanness of some collections which once were famous, but this will bo more than compensated by the many surprises in others. For instance among the MSS. just catalogued will be found an account by a Welsh soldier, written in the reign of Queen Eliza- beth, of the taking of Calais, a description by an eye-witness of the proceedings of the Star Chamber, and a narrative of the events which led to the suppression orf the Catholic insurrec- tion in, the eastern counties against Elizabeth's rule. These are all in Welsh, and as their existence has never before been suspected, they will be a valuable addition to the material which bears upon the history of the Tudor times. The mass and value of Welsh MSS. at the Bri- tish Museum exceed the most sanguioe expec- tations.

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