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Welsh in America.

SIR - I was interested to read the letter from Dr Wood from N Virginia (Western Mail, January 10) and his reference to Welsh presence in that area and the state of Pennsylvania.

William Penn set up the state of Pennsylvania as a settlement for social and religious refugees mainly from Wales. These people developed a settlement from the wilderness including successful agricultural and basic industries.

Sadly, William Penn was called home to Westminster, leaving the newly-developing state in the hands of agents.

Unfortunately, a period of self-interest on the part of the agents deprived many of the settlers of their country.

Thus many of the original Welsh settlers left and many ended up in such places as Pittsburgh and Scranton and helped in the industrial development of those areas.

This subject is dealt with in an excellent book by a good Welsh writer, Dorothy Evans.

JM JOHN

Heol Aneurin, Penyrheol, Caerphilly
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