I mentioned in an earlier post how few first-hand accounts survive of life in the Saundersfoot area from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I can count those that I know of on the finger of one hand!
However, I have come across references to a second, the diary of Rev John Williams, rector of Begelly between 1793 and 1802. In 1820 extracts from it were included in a memoir of him in the Evangelical and Missionary Chronicle. The memoir is worth reading if only for the few teasers it throws up about life in Begelly when Williams was rector.
Has the diary survived? If it has, I am sure it would include wonderful nuggets for us. I have searched in all the usual and obvious places but with no success. This post is simply the equivalent of a shop-window advert trying to attract anyone out there on the Net who may just know something of its existence. Fingers crossed.
For the record there’s a short biography of Williams in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography and his will and inventory are included in the NLW’s excellent online collection. Following his death in 1802 his widow, Elizabeth (nee Carruthers), married a Mr William Fowler in Derby in 1809.
Of course, if you know of any further similar first-hand sources then as ever I’d be delighted to hear from you.