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TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS,
DUKE OF SAXE, PRINCE OF SAXE COBURG AND GOTHA, K. G. AND FIELD MARSHAL. .
As Editor of the first Work published by the Welsh MSS. Society, I centure most respectfully, on behalf of the Members of that Institution, to eapress their tery grateful thanks for the honour couchsafed to them in being permitted to inscribe this Volume with Your Royal Highness's illustrious name, wherely it is specially placed under your Royal protection.
By thus patronising the publication of the inedited Remains of an ancient and distinguished Nation, Your IRoyal Highness has not only erinced your regard for the interests of literature, but also called forth the licely gratitude of a devoted People, ucho hare long been eminent for their attach.ment to their legitimate Sorereigns, whose sceptre is now held by their belored Queen, the illustrious Patroness of the Society, which lays its first fruits before Your Royal Highness,
remembering with loyal pride that her Most Gracious Majesty has in her veins the best blood of the ancient Princes of Wales, în addition to erery other claim to their dutiful affection.
That Your Royal Highness may long continue in the enjoyment of health, to assist your august Consort in the evecution of every laudable and beneficent design, is the heartfelt
WILLIAM JENKINS REES.
HIS R0YAL HIGHNES8 TIIE PRINCE ALBERT. HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF KENT. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF SUSSEX. HIS IMPERIAL HIGHNEss THE czAREvECH THE PRINCE ALExANdER oF RUSSIA. 3?rcsiUcmt. THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE EARL OF POWIS.
The Most Hon. The MARquess or Anglesky. W. 0kmsby Gohr, Esq. M.P. of Porkington. The Right Hon. The EARl or shaewsbuny. Sin J. J. Guest, Bart. M.P. of Dowlais.
The Right Hon. The EAhl or Dusrawes. Sir B. HAll, Bart. M.P. of Llanower.
WALES. Booker, T. W. Esq. of Velindre, Cardiff. Lewellin, The Very Rev. Lle., D.C.L. Lampeter. Bridges, Right Hon. Sir Harford Jones, Bart. Lewis, D. Jones, Esq. of Gilfach, Carmarthenshire. Davies, Rev. Walter, M.A. Llanrhaiadr. Lloyd, Rev. H.R., M.A., of Danyrallt, Carmarthen
bridge. ing Member of the Institute of France, Bristol. Hereford, The Very Rev. the Dean of Rowlands, D., M.D. F.R.S. F.G.S. &c. London. James, Rev. D., Kirkdale, Liverpool. Turner, Sharon, Esq. F.S.A. R.A.S.L. &c. London.
HoNoRAny SecRetARy.-Rev. J. Evans, Llanover Wicarage, Abergavenny.
Messrs. Williams, Deacon, and Co. London. Messrs. Jones, Loyd, and Co. London.
The Welsh MSS. Society has been formed for the purpose of transcribing and printing the more important of the numerous unpublished Bardic and Historical Remains of Wales, still extant in the Principality and other parts of the world, that have hitherto been allowed to continue in a state of obscurity, without any effective measures being adopted to lay their contents before the public, and secure them from the various accidents to which they are liable. In addition to the general decay that, from their perishable nature, these venerable relics have been for ages undergoing, whole collections have, within a short space of time, been destroyed by fire ; and of those MSS. dispersed throughout the country, numbers known to have existed a few years ago, are now no where to be found.