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His name was legendary among his acquaintances as a collector of books of every kind, among them many first editions, and he will be remembered for his mastery of many languages , especially Hebrew . He contributed regularly to the denomination's literature, e.g. as early as 1917 to Yr Hauwr and especially in the 1930s to Yr Arweinydd Newydd , which dealt with the Sunday school syllabus. His most important work, Llyfr y Proffwyd Eseia: detholion has a similar context. This was published in 1929 by the Sunday School Union of the Baptist Union of Wales .
In 1929 he played a prominent part, with others, in the founding of Urdd y Seren Fore for the children of the denomination. He served that movement in more than one post including its presidency in the year 1939-40 . He was also prominent as a member of the first committee and a lecturer at Ilston School , a preparatory school for theological students that was opened in Swansea on 8 Sep. 1934 . He was the president of the Ystalyfera area District Meeting at the time of his move to Swansea . He was thereafter elevated to become president of the West Glamorgan County Association in 1949-50 (the subject of his presidential address was ‘ Looking back ’) and to the presidency of the Welsh section of the Baptist Union of Wales in 1961-62 . (His address in Holyhead in 1961 was ‘ A call for new confidence and hope in the Gospel ’.) He served for almost fifteen years as the Free Church chaplain at the general hospital in St Helen's Road , Swansea .
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001