1755-1814. Welsh Methodist leader. Born at Longmoor in Carmarthenshire, and educated at Carmarthen Academy and Jesus College, Oxford, he underwent an evangelical conversion at Carmarthen under the ministry of .* He was ordained deacon at Oxford and served as a curate in Somerset and in Merioneth before casting his lot with the Methodist Society at Bala, Merioneth, in 1784. For the remainder of his life, Bala was to be his home. Charles's influence on Welsh religious and cultural life was immense. In the field of education he set up a system of circulating schools to replace the now defunct system initiated by .* His pioneering work as organizer of Sunday schools was originally an extension of his day schools. The need to provide guidance for a new generation of readers made him into a writer. His little catechism (Yr Hyfforddwr, 1807) ran to some eighty-five editions before the end of the century, and his Bible dictionary which he began in 1805 was at the same time a popular and a scholarly work which became part of the furniture of every Welsh home.
It was the crying need for Welsh Bibles that compelled Charles to draw the attention of the Religious Tract Society to the matter in 1802, and from this initiative sprang the British and Foreign Bible Society (see
See D.E. Jenkins, The Life of the Rev.