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John Thomas (I)

THOMAS, John (I). b. Myddfai, Carmarthenshire, 1730 (baptized 25 March); d. between 1804 and 1811. He learned to read as a boy with the help of friends and through Sunday school. He was converted by the preaching of Howell Harris in 1743 and later went to Trevecca, subsequently teaching in Griffith Jones’s circulating schools in south Wales. He joined the Congregationalists, attended the Academy at Abergavenny, and was ordained in 1767 as minister of Rhayader and Llandrindod. He left Radnorshire in 1794 and returned to Carmarthenshire where he died some time after 1804. His spiritual autobiography, Rhad Ras (‘Free Grace’), published in 1810, is a classic of Welsh religious literature...

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