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He m. 1728 , Alice , daughter of Morgan Bevan of Gelligaled, Glam. , and they had five children, three sons and two daughters [see under Pritchett ]. Theophilus Evans is said to have been the means of discovering the properties of the water at Llanwrtyd Wells by drinking it when everybody said it was poisonous, and thus curing himself of scurvy .
He published a number of books on history and religion . Two prime objects are to be found in all his work — the glorification of the nobility and antiquity of the Welsh nation and the upholding of the Church of England form of Protestanism as the true Christian religion. His most celebrated works are Drych y Prif Oesoedd , 1716 , 2nd ed. 1740 (many subsequent editions), a prejudiced and uncritical but very entertaining version of the early history of Wales , and A History of Modern Enthusiasm , 1752 , 2nd ed. 1757 , where he seeks to prove that all who turn their backs on the Church of England are secret Papists . Because of its lively style and its wealth of incisive phrases and striking metaphors, the Drych is regarded as one of the classics of Welsh prose.
Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor
Published date: 1959