of Hathor (Deir
Williams, S. W
Location: Hall, wall 8
Recording: RDK 1081
Biographical details: none
Samuel Wells Williams was born in Utica, New York
on 22 September 1812 to William Williams and Sophia (Wells) Williams. He
studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
On graduation he was elected as a Professor of the Institute. On 15 June 1833,
and still in his twenties, he sailed to China
to take charge of the printing press of the American Board of Commissioners for
Foreign Missions at Guangdong.
On returning from one of his voyages in 1845, instead of returning directly
from his mission in China, Williams made stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bombay,
Egypt, Jerusalem, Malta, Rome, Paris, and London. He arrived back in New York in October 1845 and married Sarah
Walworth on 20 November that year. From 1848 to 1851 Williams was the editor
of The Chinese Repository, a leading
Western journal published in China.
Williams returned to the United States
in 1877 and became the first Professor of Chinese language and Chinese
literature in the United States
at Yale University. He was nominated as
president of the American Bible Society on 3 February 1881. Samuel Wells
Williams died on 16 February 1884.
Said Ruete, Ein
Fremdenbuch Aus Theben, Berlin 1900; Ludwig Keimer, Un livre des voyageurs
institute a Thebes, par Karl Richard Lepsius, in Cahiers d’histoire Égyptienne, Série VII, Fasc. 4, 5 et 6, Décembre
1955, p. 300-314 ; Deborah Manley, ASTENE
BULLETIN, Notes and Queries, Number 39: Spring 2009, p. 13-14.
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