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LEWIS , THOMAS ( fl. 1731-1749 ), translator and Methodist exhorter ;

is said to have been the brother of John Lewis ( fl. 1728-55 ) (q.v.) the printer . He is also believed to have been responsible for the translation into Welsh of Bunyan 's Life and Death of Mr. Badman , under the title of Bywyd a Marwolaeth yr Annuwiol dan enw Mr. Drygddyn ( Carmarthen , 1731 ). He was appointed a ‘ public (i.e. itinerant) exhorter ’ at the Watford Association , 1743 , but it is not safe to assume that he was the Thos. Lewis appointed as private exhorter at Pentruch and Newhouse . It is also doubtful whether it was he or Thomas Lewis , curate of Merthyr Cynog ( vicar of Llanddew , 1741-83 ), who was regarded as chief supervisor of the Brecknock societies . Later, in 1743 , he was appointed to supervise the societies between the ‘ Passage ’ (across the Severn ) and the river Wye and, when necessary, to assist the English brethren. Thomas William of Eglwys Ilan names a Thomas Lewis as a member of the Glamorgan Association , 1747-9 .

Sources:

  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , v, 8, xxviii, 38-40, xxix, 28, 70-3, 134, xxx, 30;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 360;
  • M. H. Jones , The Trevecka Letters, or the unpublished MSS. correspondence of Howell Harris and his contemporaries , 1932 , 274, 278;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 205.

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959