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EDWARDS , EDWARD ( 1726? - 1783? ), cleric and scholar . B. at Talgarth , Towyn, Mer. , son of Lewis Edwards , ‘ esq. ’ ; matriculated at Jesus ( Oxford ) in May 1743 , ‘aged 17’; and graduated in Jan. 1746/7 ( B.D. 1756 , D.D. 1760 ). Elected Fellow in 1747 , he retained his Fellowship till 1783 , and was also (from 1770 at latest) rector of Bessels-leigh near Oxford ; from 1762 till 1783 he was vice-principal of Jesus . He resigned in 1783 to become rector of Aston Clinton, Bucks. , and according to a letter of Samuel Johnson 's he was dead by 1784 . Johnson and he were friends and correspondents, and Johnson stayed with him at Jesus in 1782 . ‘My convivial friend’ is Johnson 's description of Edwards — and the hint is amplified in Richard Morris 's account of Edwards 's reception into the Cymmrodorion Society in 1763 . He was not without knowledge of things Welsh , but was primarily a Grecian . He projected an edition of Xenophon 's Memorabilia , published, 1773 , an essay on Socratic ethics as mirrored in that book, and by the time of his death had printed the Greek text with a Latin version; his work was seen through the press in 1785 by his friend and fellow-Cymmrodor Henry Owen ( 1716 - 1795 ) . Enw. C. says he d. 2 Sept. 1783 , ‘in Wales .’

Bibliography:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Hardy , Jesus College , 1899 , 177-8;
  • The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D comprehending an account of his studies and numerous works, in chronological order, a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons, and various original pieces of his composition, never before published the whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain, for near half a century, during which he flourished in three volumes , Dublin, 1792 , ed. Birbeck Hill, iii, 367, 529;
  • The Letters of Lewis, Richard, William, and John Morris, of Anglesey, (Morrisiaid Môn) 1728-1765 , 1907–9 , ii, 531, 565 (or Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 77).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor