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Wales and Waterloo

by Gary Reading, Jun 2019

A letter marking the Battle of Waterloo is among important Welsh archives being preserved with the help of £40,000.

Written by the son of a Cardiganshire farmer, Morris Williams tells his parents “thank the Lord” for protecting him as he faced Napoleon’s troops.

The letter held by the Ceredigion Archives is undergoing careful conservation work, along with documents from four other Welsh archives.

Other items include mining union records and arts and crafts drawings.

The conservation projects have been funded in a partnership between the Welsh government and the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT).

The Williams’s letter home stating “I am hapy to inform you that Boneparte ls defeted” is one of the documents found in two books from four members of the same family in the first quarter of the 19th century.

Ceredigion county archivist, Helen Palmer, said the grant from NMCT gave the archives a timely opportunity to preserve the historic documents.

“As a result the public will have the opportunity to read first-hand accounts of the Battle of Waterloo, and get a real feel for the local impact of international events at that momentous time,” she said.