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PUGH, Ellis, Quaker preacher, born in the parish of Dolgellau, Meirioethshire, North Wales, in August, 1656; died in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, 3 December. 1718. His father died before his birth, and his mother soon afterward. In his eighteenth year he was converted, under the preaching of John ap John, a Quaker, and in 1680 he was approved as a minister. In 1687 he and his family, with many of his acquaint-ante, settled near the township of Gwynedd, in Philadelphia (now Montgomery) county, Pennsylvania, where he found hundreds of his countrymen, whose worship was performed in Welsh. He was able to support his family as a farmer, but his heart was engaged in the ministry and he was always warmly welcomed in the various meetings of his society in Philadelphia, Chester, and Bucks counties. In 1706 a religious "concern" led him back to Wales, where he remained until 1708, when he returned to his family and resumed his ministerial labors. He wrote, for the most part in his last sickness, a book entitled "Anerch i'r Cymru "--that is, "A salutation to the Britains, to call them from the many things to the one thing needful, for the saving of their souls." This book was afterward printed by Andrew Bradford (Philadelphia, 1721), and is the first Welsh book that is known to have been printed in this country. So popular and well received was this dying testimony that in 1727 an English edition was published, the translation having been made by Rowland Ellis (1727).
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