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CAMBRIAN ARCHXIOLOGICKL ASSOCIATION. HISTORIC WELSH RECORDS. The forty-seventh annual meeting of the Cambrian Archjeological Association was opened at Oawestry on Monday evening. The Prince of Wales is presi- dent of the association, Sir James Williatns- DrummoBd, Bart., is the retiring president, and Mr Stanley Leighton, M.P., F.S.A., is president-elect, and the general secretaries are the Rev R. Trevor- Owen, F.S.A., vicar of Llangedwyn, and the Rev Chas. Chidlow, Conwyl Caio, Llanwrda, South Wales The Mayor of Oswestry, Mr A. Wynne Corrie, of Park Hall, is chairman of the local committee local treasurer, Mr Stephen Donne; and honorary local secretary, Mr A. C. Nicholson. On Monday evening a public meeting was held in Holy Trinity Mission-room, at which the Mayor of Oswestry, Mr A. WYNNE CORRIE, welcomed the members on behalf of the town, and the President- elect delivered his inaugural address. Mr LKIGHTON said he was present in a two-fold capacity-as a member of the Cambrian Society to thank the people of Oswestry for the warmth of their welcome, and as an Oswestry man to assure the members of the association that they were gratified that they had chosen Oswestry as their tryfiting place. It was not, indeed, inappropriate or unusual for Welsh societies to meet in Shropshire. The nabit might be justified on archaeological as well as n modern grounds. Shrewsbury was once Pengwern Powis, Oswestry was once Hen Dinas. On one side of the spot where they assembled lay Offa's Dyke. Nor was it till the reign of a king of Welsh lineage, of the Celtic family of Owen, known in history as Henry VIII., that they of the Welsh marches were finally annexed to the respective shires to which they now belonged He quoted the quaint and stately language of the Parliament of the Tndor Sovereign—27 Henry VIII., c. 36, which was our most important Act of Union. By the 1st William and Mary (1639) the anomalous Court of the Marches of Wales was abolished. By the 1st William IV. (1830) the separate jurisdiction of the judges of the Couoty Palatine of the Principality was abolished by the formation of the North and South Wales circuits including Chester, and thus at length the unification of the judicial system was completed. Archaeological and ecclesiastical Wales still covered a larger area than tne extent of the twelve western ahires. The Severn and the Dee were once the boundaries of Cambria. Then Offa's Dyke formed the outward sign of demarcation. Then came the undefined borderland of tho lordship marches. Finally came the complete incorporation of Wales with Eng- land by the extension to Yv'alea of the self-centered shire system. He inquired the other day of the of the learned chief of the Record Office, Mr Max- well Lyte, C.B whether there was any document HI his keeping written in Welsh he said there was not. The national records written in Latin or Nor- man French. But of such ligature ther-j was abundance connoctpd with Wales in the Record Office. A patient roll of the 3rd of King John (1201) was the earliest Mr Leigh ion then explained at length how it was that what remained of ancient Welsh reci rds was rpra ved to London for the pur- poses of scrutiny in 1855, although for his part he did not like the idea of removing rec. )zds and muni- ments from their local babital ion. The early Car- narvon Records were lo-t, as, with the exception of a Roll of the time of Richard II. and another of Henry VII., there were none other earlier than 1760 and were those of the Palatine of Chester and Vorth Wales" (although dating back to early in the 13th century), were not as complete as they were known to have been at the beginning of the present century. He urg,vj owners aud guardians of local records to guard them as a very precious inheritance There were still in thii keeping of the Chu'ch pr ce- less poroehial books and parchments—the registar-i of the ebriateninga, the weddings, the burials of the people for centuries, which indicated the ebb and flow of population and marked the tranquil annals of uutventful lives Still the oldert architecture, the oldest. furniture, the the oldest plate, the oldest tombs wpre to be found in and around our churches. And so in a less degree- becau^e less old, the records of the .,happis were in, terwoven with the history of England. The chapels have their registers, their sacred vessels, their trust deeds their endowments and benefictions. rhe 8ates and circumstances of their member., were all worth remembering. At the Church Congressat Wolver- hampton was exhibited the Ctfolpan licence signed by Sectetary Arlington, authoiising servic-a to be held in the Arthur street Chapel of Oswestry. He asked why was the interesting title deed of the seven- teenth century separated from it 100,,1 home. The Venerable Archdeacon THOMAS proposed a vote of thanks to the President for his able adrees. This was seconded by Mr J. RØMILY ALLEN, F.S.A. (Scotland), and Mr SALISBURY MILMAN (the dirfctor of the Society of sntiquarians) and Mr HENRY TAY- LOl, F.S.A. (Chester), having made a few remarks, the latter as to the necessity of Parliament m iking an increased grant to the Record Offioe to enable ti¡ým to proceed faster with the calend-iring of the immence pile of historcal records in their possesion also to the desirability of their society petitioning the various County Councils in th,) Principality to edit and print the county records of which they were now the custodians. The vote of thanks was unanimously passed.