As his career is described in the D.N.B. this account can be brief. He lived at various times in Europe , where he held Government posts , e.g. in Paris ( 1700 or 1701 ). In June 1702 he was at Carmarthen , possibly as schoolmaster . He became secretary to Robert Harley (afterwards earl of Oxford ) in 1704 , whilst in 1708 he was a British Government secretary in Brussels ; later he was under-secretary of State under the earl of Dartmouth , etc. From 1710 Dean Swift in his Journal to Stella makes frequent references to Lewis , who had become a member of a literary and political circle which included the Dean , Robert Harley , Alexander Pope , John Arbuthnot , and a person who is not named in that connection in D.N.B. , viz. Thomas Mansel ( 1st baron Mansel ) of Margam, Glam. (q.v.) . There are several letters, 1700-13 , from Lewis to Thomas Mansel in the Margam and Penrice collection in the N.L.W. — letters which are full of political, military, and social news (and gossip) and which throw interesting light on the history of Britain and Europe ; in one letter ( 16 Sept. 1704 ) Lewis says that he hoped to try to buy ‘the Estate late Sir Rice Rudds , in Carmarthenshire .’ In Oct. 1712 he was given the post of provost-marshall-general in the Barbadoes , but he appears to have discharged the duties of the post by deputy; in Nov. of the same year he was returned M.P. for Lostwithiel , Cornwall .
Lewis m., 1 Oct. 1724 (at S. Benet's , Paul's Wharf , London ), Anne Bateman (née Jennings ) , widow of Thomas Bateman ; they lived in Cork Street , Burlington Gardens , London . He d. 10 Jan. 1754 and was buried in Westminster abbey ; his wife had been buried there previously ( 25 Nov. 1736 ). He left property in various Welsh parishes.
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959