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Glamorgan Archives
Dalton, Thomas, solicitor, of Cardiff, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DDAL

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Thomas Dalton, solicitor, of Cardiff, papers

Short Title: Dalton, Thomas, solicitor, of Cardiff, papers

Creation date(s): 1820-1942

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.03 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Thomas Dalton, of Cardiff, solicitor


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Dalton (1798-1878), was a solicitor, of Cardiff, Glamorgan, and a member of the firm known, at different times, as Wood & Wood, Wood & Dalton, and Wood, Dalton & Spencer. He was Deputy Clerk of the Peace for Glamorgan, 1829-1846 and Clerk of the Peace, 1846-1878. He accumulated papers relating to his client's interests, including the hay and corn merchant Noah Rees (d. 1894) and his estate, and the schooner Mary Stewart.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters received by Thomas Dalton, solicitor, 1820-1880 including: Will of John Hopkin of Llantrisant, 1841; Lord Bute on Constabulary, 1841; rescue of schooner Mary Stewart, 1841; letters received from Holme & Co., London agents, 1850, 1855; letters received from R. H. Rickards, 1852-1854, 1856-1858; letters from London agents, Vizard and Crowder, 1870-1880; Trustees of W. H. Timms, Cathays Nursery, 1840-1845; estate of Noah Rees of Cardiff, hay and corn dealer (d 1897), and of his daughter Elizabeth Ann Watts Thomas (d 1939), will estate duty accounts and correspondence, 1897-1942; and letters and related papers addressed to Mr and Mrs John Rowe, East Terrace, Trinity Street and Tredegar Villa, Roath Road, Cardiff, 1835-1866.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Because of the uneven rate of preservation, the letters have been arranged in date order and the list shows the number present for each month.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The collection, DDAL, is a small part of Thomas Dalton's incoming correspondence and shows some signs of having been selected. The collection deals with a mixture of his private and official business, and most of it appears to be of a fairly ephemeral nature. Those letters not addressed to Dalton are presumed to have come into his hands in the course of his business although the exact circumstances are not clear from what survives. Some later related material has been incorporated into the collection after Dalton's death.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual in 1978.


Related material: Related units of description at the Glamorgan Record Office: Glamorgan Quarter Sessions records (Clerk of the Peace's letterbooks); CL/MS series and DART/W 381 (letters received 1824-1889). Twelve large monthly bundles of letters received in 1843, are in CL/WDS (Wood, Dalton and Spencer papers, uncatalogued).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue for the Thomas Dalton Papers.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Solicitors | Wales | Cardiff

Personal names
Dalton , Thomas , 1798-1878
Rees , Noah , d. 1897
Thomas , Elizabeth Ann Watts , d. 1939

Corporate names
Mary Stewart (Schooner)

Cardiff (Wales)

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