He edited an enlarged edition of Chambers 's Encyclopaedia ( 1781-6 ) in four volumes, quarto and in recognition of this work was elected, in 1786 , a Fellow of the Royal Society . He then brought out a much more comprehensive work, The New Cyclopaedia , which appeared in forty-five volumes, quarto, between 1802 and 1820 , much of it written by himself.
An Arian in theology, he retained his interest in Welsh Dissent , and as president of the Presbyterian Board , director of Dr. Williams's Fund , administrator of the regium donum , and medium of private charity , he was able to render considerable assistance to indigent ministers in Wales . He d. in Finsbury , on 9 June 1825 , and was buried in Bunhill Fields .
Emeritus Professor David Williams, D.Litt., (1900-78), Aberystwyth
It would be more accurate to describe Abraham Rees as one of the trustees of Dr. Williams's Fund rather than a director of the fund.
Dr Llewelyn Gwyn Chambers, Bangor
Published date: 1959