Born in Cardiganshire, either in the parish of Lledrod or in that of Llanilar; his father, Richard James (on whom see Methodistiaeth Cymru ii, 56-7), was a shoemaker. Married at 17, the son moved to Pen-y-garn, and there began to preach. His sermons and prayers, full of striking remarks, were greatly appreciated by such men as Ebenezer Richard, Evan Harris, and Richard Jones of Wern; and Henry Rees averred that he was 'a great preacher, though few thought so'. He died, aged 74, 14 April 1840, and was buried at Llanfihangel-genau'r-glyn.
Published date: 1959
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