Ffynh 1C

The existence of very ancient Welsh Manuscripts, in prose and verse, has been announced considerably more than two centuries ago: many respectable English writers have expressed a degree of surprise, and even regret, that these valuable remains of antiquity have never been consigned to the press; and so long have their expectations been disappointed, that hints, and even assertions, have of late been thrown out, that we have none, or none that are authentic; we will however advise such as entertain this opinion to suspend their judgment until the completion of this publication.

(Iolo’s introductory essay to the first volume of The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales, London, 1801)