Davies 's interest in the compilation of this work was primarily that of a religious controversialist . It was his purpose to record, criticize, and refute all the propagandist pamphlets and tracts published by Roman Catholics and by those whom he dubs Arians and Socinians . As his refutation largely consisted in citing the opposing arguments of Protestant tracts, his work proves a valuable source for the bibliography and history of this type of literature. The first two volumes especially should repay a careful study by students of Welsh writers in Latin and English of the 16th and 17th cent. Davies included in this work some propagandist writing of his own composition. A more considerable piece of propaganda of Davies 's composition was the Latin drama, in mixed prose and verse, entitled Pallas Anglicana , etc., and included in the fifth volume of Athenae Britannicae .
The year of Davies 's death is uncertain. Works of reference generally give it as 1715(?) , but there are indications that he may have been still living in 1716 . For example, the 2nd ed. of Clerus Britanus , included in vol. v of Athenae Britannicae , is dated 1716 . Also there is extant a short Latin ode of greeting to Thomas Parker , lord Macclesfield , who was raised to the peerage in 1716 (see Jnl. Welsh Bibliog. Soc. , vi, 309).
John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959