Private MAES FRON WELSHPOOL 23rd December 1901 Dear Sir, Once upon a time you were good enough to mention my name to Lord Salisbury in connexion with an "honour" in recognition of my educational [work] in & for Wales during a period of some 30 years. Upon enquiry you will find that Welshmen are carefully excluded from the New Year & other lists of “honours”. The time was when “no Irishman need apply”! But, for some years past it has been Taffy’s turn to be cast aside. When the late Prince & Princess of Wales (now our gracious King & Queen) last visited Wales, I was the only gentleman, who entertained in their honour – I entertained the poor of the town & parish of Rhyl. At our late Queen’s Jubilee, Beacon-fires were set up by public subscription. But, I put one up at my sole cost: a picture of it appeared in the Jubilee “Graphic”. My little book is the only standard one bearing upon Welsh history.
I Think it is high time that some Welshman should receive royal recognition for public work done. And, I shall rejoice if another Welshman – myself put aside – will be so recognised. My brothers & I always stood up for you: &, doubtless, ere long you will follow your old friend Plunket to the House of Lords. I was so sorry not to back you up with a Banquet for Lord Roberts; but he was too soft hearted for the d ---- Boers. I am glad to say that one of our boys has accounted for some of the beggars. He came out from T.C.D. 8th on the list of successful University Cs in the Army from the whole Kingdom. With best wishes for Xmastide & the New Year I beg leave to enclose a copy of my speech upon our “Imperial Forces” Yours sincerely, T. Morgan Owen The Right Hon. Dr. Lecky
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