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Children were taught to read at the circulating schools of Griffith Jones and at Sunday-schools in Wales during the eighteenth century. Both of these placed great emphases on the importance of understanding the Bible in order to save an individual’s soul and this volume by Robert Richards should be considered within this particular context. It was amongst the earliest Welsh spelling books for children, most of which were not designed or formatted with the tender years of the pupils in mind. The volume’s purpose is clearly stated within its title - ‘A reader, that is a simple and clear instructor to teach the reading of Welsh, intended as a first spelling-book for children, containing a wide selection of lessons, set out in a suitable order to lead the young from step to step from the easy to the difficult’.