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Evening Post
Evening Post
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Description: The Use of English Among the Welsh

Date: September 13 1867

Newspaper published in: New York, NY

Page/Column: 1

The Use of English Among the Welsh

A writer in a London paper signing himself "Young Wales," makes the following statements to show the increasing prevalence of the use of English among the Welsh people:

"I think 75% of the people of Flintshire speak the English language. Forty per cent of the Derbyshire people speak it also. In Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, English is chiefly spoken, while English is almost universal in the county of Pembroke. In the counties of Glamorgan, Brecon, and Carmarthen, above a moiety of the inhabitants speak nothing but English. In the towns in the purely Welsh counties, business men and those engaged in commerce and trade speak the language of their Saxon brethren, and read, not Welsh, but English newspapers, or journals printed in that language. Out of fifty-one newspapers published in Wales, how many do you suppose are purely Welsh? Just six. Forty-five are in English and it is a well known fact that there are many thousand copies of the Liverpool, Manchester, London, and Bristol daily papers and London weeklies taken in very week by Welshmen in Wales. The dissenting clergy and all our leading men are as well acquainted with English as Welsh."

Thus, in time by the slow lapse of centuries, gradually retrieving the error so persistently maintained in England, as well as in some other European countries, of cherishing, and, as it were sanctifying petty nationalities and other injurious peculiarities which binder the perfect unification of the nation.


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