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65 To reveal ‘authentically’ (the word refuses to recede) the broadness of the Welsh manuscript tradition appears to have been a deliberate editorial policy on the part of the compilers of The Myvyrian Archaiology. As William Owen Pughe emphasized in a letter to Iolo on the eve of the publication of the first two volumes: You must have seen, in what is already printed, that all the old things are given just in the state we found them, thus giving the real critics room to judge for themselves, as if the originals had been in their hands; but this plan, unavoidably, leaves the mere common readers to struggle with difficulties.
St Clair, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, p. 126. 02 Chpt 2_Iolo_29_4_10:Layout 1 29/04/2010 09:30 Page 13 IOLO MORGANWG AS EDITOR by referring to previous editors’ annotations, although in doing so they frequently reduced the task of editing into ‘an exercise in quarrelsome egotism’. 11 As the eighteenth century unfolded, the increasing adeptness of scholars ensured that editing was seen largely as a collaborative task, and all disputes were set aside for the greater good of producing the best ever edition.
This was the text from William Morris’s ‘Y Delyn Ledr’ – the same text as that used by Jones in his Relicks and one which was clearly in fairly general circulation among Welshmen of letters from the time of William Morris and Evan Evans onwards. 60 This time, however, there were twenty-two stanzas. Rather than attempt to dislodge the text, known and loved, from ‘Y Delyn Ledr’, the editors of The Myvyrian Archaiology inserted an additional fourteen stanzas and footnoted their source – a manuscript copy made by Evan Evans.