32 cm. 1 leaf, folded, laid paper with watermark “Huxham Mill 1825,” old repair covers part of watermark but not text, old folds. Manuscript written in a tidy hand describes a meeting of ministers in Bristol, the group being joined by an unnamed Bristol-based Welsh minister. As the gathering discussed types of sermons, the Welshman declared that there were “no good preachers in England….A Welshman would set fire to the World whilst you were lighting a match.” Challenged to give an example, the Welshman at first demurs, citing the impossibility of giving a good illustration in English (“your poor Meagre Language”). Prevailed upon, he declaims “a specimen of Christmas Evan” [sic] on the topic of “the Depravity of Man by Sin—of his recovery b the death of Christ.” The Welshman mentions having heard Evans (1766-1838), a one-eyed, fervent evangelical regard as one of the greatest of Welsh preachers. He also refers to John Elias (1774-1841), a famously powerful speaker and part of the Welsh Methodist revival of the early 19th century.
Author [Evans, Christmas].
Date [Watermarked 1825].