1874: An Englishman speaks Welsh

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For Welshmen to learn to express their thoughts in English is now so universal throughout the Principality as to be taken as a matter of course, but the converse is just as rare. Last week, however, Captain J. Roberts, of the Symdde Dylluan Mine, delivered a lecture in the Congregational Chapel, Drws-y-coed, on Gas,” in Welsh, though an Englishman. As nothing is so entertaining to a Cymro as to hear an Englishman speak Welsh, there was a full house.

Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, 25 December 1874