He came from the same neighbourhood as the hymnist Ann Griffiths [some of his work is included in the edition of her hymns published by Owen M. Edwards ] and wrote frequently to her brother, John . There is also still extant a great deal of correspondence addressed by him to John Hughes ( 1775 - 1854 ) , of Pont Robert .
He was the author of a dictionary and grammar of the Tahitian language and translated into that language the Pilgrim's Progress , substantial portions of the New Testament and Psalms , Brown 's catechism, the Westminster catechism , and a number of smaller works. His History of the Tahitian Mission, 1799-1830 , ed. C.W. Newbury ( Cambridge ), was published in 1962 .
Although he was blind for the last ten years of his life he continued his devoted labours; he d. 19 Aug. 1855 after having served abroad for an unbroken period of fifty-five years.
Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea
Published date: 1959