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Samuel Wells Williams family papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 547

Description of the Papers

The collection covers three generations of the Williams Family: Samuel Wells Williams, 1812-1884, and his brother Robert Stanton Williams; Frederick Wells Williams, 1857-1928; and Wayland Wells Williams, 1888-1945. The correspondence covers the years 1824-1939, nearly two-thirds of which (10 boxes) relates to Samuel Wells Williams and his life in China and the U. S. In addition to its being the largest part of the collection, the Samuel Wells Williams's correspondence, is by far the richest part.

Throughout this collection there is a great deal of family correspondence. However, Samuel Wells Williams also corresponded with James Dwight Dana, Asa Gray, Anson Burlingame, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, Hamilton Fish, Frederick Low, William Bradford Reed, and William Henry Seward. The collection contains few Frederick Wells Williams's letters and none from Wayland Wells Williams. In the later period there is one Pearl Buck letter and a few William Henry Brewer letters.

Samuel Wells Williams, missionary, diplomat, and sinologue sailed for China in 1833 and for nearly forty years this was his home. He first began his work in Macao with the missionary press and repository. He aided others in translating Chinese texts and himself compiled one of the first comprehensive Chinese-English dictionaries, A Syllabic Dictionary of the Chinese Language.

The very early years of the correspondence - 1824 to 1844 - represent a small part of the collection. However there are several letters to and from James Dwight Dana and Peter Parker. The next period which is quite extensive is 1845 to 1855. This part includes correspondence with Elijah Coleman Bridgman, James Dwight Dana and other members of the missionary family in China. An important part of the correspondence falls within the years 1853 and 1854, for it was in this period that Matthew C. Perry and Samuel Wells Williams met. Numerous letters pass between the two. Samuel Wells Williams accompanied Perry on his mission to open Japan and on his return visit in 1854. This trip resulted in some exceedingly interesting letters to friends and family on the progress made and the reception received. In addition, there are copies in Chinese of letters from Perry to the Chinese on Okinawa.

In 1856 Samuel Wells Williams became secretary and interpreter to the American Legation in China. He held this post until he left China in 1876. During this time he corresponded with Anson Burlingame, William Bradford Reed and William Henry Seward. The letters in this section make reference to the following events: 1858-revolution and riot in China and the struggle of foreign powers seeking greater freedom and toleration of missionaries; 1859-English, French and Chinese diplomatic conflict, new treaties with the U. S. and Claims; and 1862-rebel activity and destruction.

During the years 1871 to 1874 a great deal of the correspondence relates to Samuel Wells Williams's dictionary and the inadequacy of the American Legation in China.

The last eight years of Samuel Wells Williams's life were spent in the U. S. where he became the first professor of Chinese languages at Yale and president of the American Bible Society. He also revised his book, The Middle Kingdom. In this final stage there are many letters from missionaries remaining in China, the American Bible Society and voluminous correspondence from Scribners concerning the publishing of The Middle Kingdom.

The remaining correspondence (four boxes) covers the period 1885 to 1939. Personal Correspondence composes 90% or more of this section of the collection. The period from 1885 to 1890 contains more correspondence from Scribners and letters praising Frederick Wells Williams's book about his father. From 1903 the correspondence consists of letters from Wayland Wells Williams's mother, sister and friends. Frederick Wells Williams, the son of Samuel Wells Williams, was a professor at Yale and his son Wayland Wells Williams was a writer.

The collection also includes an annotated copy of the 1848 edition of Williams's The Middle Kingdom, along with a variety of letters, bills, clippings, and illustrations that were interleaved in the two volumes. There are also two journals, which appear to have been written by Williams after the events discussed. One chronicles Williams's trip to Japan with Commodore Matthew Perry, while the other records a trip to Peking in 1858-1859 and seems to be a compilation of extracts from his letters.

Dates

  • 1809-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1809 - 1941

Creator

Information about Access

The collection is open for research.

Series I. Correspondence, 1824-1939, is available on microfilm. Patrons must use FILM HM 277 instead of the originals.

Series II. Samuel Wells Williams, Journal: trip to Japan with Commadore Perry, is available in digital form. Patrons must use digital use copies instead of the originals.

Alternative Formats

Correspondence and related papers, 1853-1854, of Samuel Wells Williams regarding his services as an interpreter of Commodore Matthew Perry's expedition to Japan is available on microfilm (96 frames on 1 reel, 35 mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM22.

Series I. Correspondence, 1824-1939 is available on microfilm (10 reels, 35 mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM277.

Series II. Samuel Wells Williams, Journal: trip to Japan with Commadore Perry (Box 29A, Folders 1 and 2), is available in digital form from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Yale-in-China from the library of Frederick Wells Williams and of Mrs. Dalton V. Garstin, 1945-1946; and Cynthia G. Blackwell, 1980 (Accession 1981-M-002). Transfer from East Asian Curator, 2004 (Accession 2005-M-014). Gift of Huntington Williams III, 2009 (Accession 2010-M-027), 2012 (Accession 2013-M-006).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series and two additions; all accessions received prior to August 2009 have been incorporated into this arrangement: I. Correspondence, 1824-1939. II. Samuel Wells Williams papers, 1828-1905. III. Frederick Wells Williams papers, 1876-1927. IV. Papers of others, 1831-1941. V. Oversize folios, 1826-1886.

Associated Archival Materials

Williams Family Letters (GEN MSS 761). General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Extent

23.83 Linear Feet (36 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0547

Summary:

The papers include correspondence (comprising over half of the collection), manuscripts of Samuel Wells Williams's Syllabic Dictionary of the Chinese Language, themes and lecture notes by Frederick Wells Williams, diaries, newspaper clippings, articles on China, maps, and pictures. The bulk of the correspondence relates to S. W. Williams, missionary, diplomat, and sinologue. The period between 1845 and 1855 has extensive correspondence with missionaries and with James Dwight Dana and Matthew C. Perry, whom Williams accompanied on his mission to open Japan and on his return visit in 1854. Williams's letters to friends and family comment on progress made and their reception in Japan. In 1856 Williams became secretary and interpreter to the American Legation in China and many of the letters refer to Chinese problems of the following 20 years. His correspondents include, in addition to Dana and Perry, Anson Burlingame, Hamilton Fish, Asa Gray, Frederick Low, William Bradford Reed, and William Henry Seward. The remaining correspondence covers the period 1885 to 1939, encompassing the correspondence of F.W. Williams, Yale professor, and Wayland Wells Williams, writer.

Biographical Sketch

Samuel Wells Williams (1812-1884): missionary to China, 1833-1845; printer and author; helped prepare Chinese dictionary; accompanied Perry expedition to Japan as interpreter in 1853-1854; in 1856 became secretary and interpreter of the American Legation to China, and remained until 1876; in 1877 became professor of Chinese at Yale University.

Index

For a partial listing of correspondents with Samuel Wells Williams, please consult theCorrespondents Index.

Index of Correspondence

  1. Anderson, Rufus, 1796-1880; 6 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1845 December 17, Boston; 1847 January 18; 1847 December 1; 1848 March 22; 1848 March 31; 1856 March 26
  2. Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1883 December 7, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  3. Ashmore, William, 1824-1909; 4 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1874 June 4, Swanton, Vermont; 1874 June 22, Swanton, Vermont; 1877 November 7; 1881 August 22
  4. Avery, Benjamin Parke, 1828-1875; 2 autograph letters signed (copies) to Hamilton Fish; 1874 December 9, Peking, China; 1875 August 10
  5. Avery, Benjamin Parke, 1828-1875; 2 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1874 May 20; 1874, October 22, various places
  6. Blodget, Henry, 1825-1903; autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1871 November 8, Peking, China; on verso: autograph letter of Samuel Wells Williams to Mrs. Samuel Wells Williams; no date, no place
  7. Bloomfield, Maurice, 1855-1928; autograph letter signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1898 May 13, Baltimore, Maryland
  8. Boone, William Jones, 1811-1864; 21 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1849 February 20; 1849 November 5; 1850 February 19; 1854 December 29; 1855 February 16; 1855 April 18; 1855 May 1; 1855 May 31; 1855 September 5; 1855 September 17; 1855 October 4; 1855 November 16; 1856 January 5; 1856 January 18; 1856 April 7; 1856 July 30; 1857 January 19; 1857 April 6; Shangai, China
  9. Boone, William Jones, 1811-1864; 3 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1861 November 22; 1862 March 17; undated
  10. Bowring, Sir John, 1792-1872; 4 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1850 June 10, various places; 1853 February 2; 1853 June 21; 1857 December 19
  11. Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910; autograph letter signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1906 February 18, New Haven
  12. Bridgman, Elijah Coleman, 1801-1861; autograph letter signed to H. H. Hill; 1834 September 1, Canton, China
  13. Burlingame, Anson, 1820-1870; 14 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1865 March 15; 1865 April 19; 1867 March 25, various places; 1867 March 27; 1867 December 21; 1867 December 31; 1868 January 11; 1868 February 12; 1868 February 25; 1868 October 22; 1868 December 4; 1868 no month; 1868 no day; 1869 August 13; 1870 January 23
  14. Burlingame, Edward Livermore, 1848-1922; 4 autograph letters signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1882 September 21, New York; 1883 July 12; 1912 August 10; 1912 August 19, Annisquam, Massachusetts
  15. Burlingame, Edward Livermore, 1848-1922; 8 typed letters signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1912 February 14; 1912 April 30; 1912 June 26, New York; 1912 July 3; 1912 July 12; 1912 July 24; 1912 July 30; 1912 September 17
  16. Burlingame, Edward Livermore, 1848-1922; 2 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1881 December 5, New York; 1883 no month, no day
  17. Canady, John; 14 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; various places; 1935 July 5; 1935 August 2; 1936 February 12; 1936 September 17; 1936 November 18; 1936 November 28; 1938 June 14; 1938 June 22; 1938 July 9; 1938 July 31; 1938 October 4; 1938 October 25; 1939 January 8; 1939 February 10
  18. Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866; 4 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1858 February 11, Washington D.C.; 1859 January 24; 1859 January 26; 1859 May 2
  19. Coward, Tim; 6 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; various places; 1917 July 28; 1917 October 13; 1918 January 3; 1918 March 26; 1918 August 10; 1918 December 4
  20. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, 1842-1920; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1877 June 30, New Haven; on verso: Williams’ provisional acceptance of the new chair of Chinese Language; 1877 July 13, New Haven
  21. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, 1842-1920; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1880 June 29, New Haven; on verso: reply by Samuel Wells Williams to Franklin Bowditch Dexter; 1880 July 5, New Haven
  22. Dwight, Timothy, 1828-1916; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1883 December 31, New Haven
  23. Eaton, Daniel Cady, 1834-1895; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1879 February 11, no place
  24. Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; 1 letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1879 October 16, Washington, D.C.; concerning the leasing of legation in Peking
  25. Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco, 1853-1908; 1 autograph letter signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1905 May 30, Mohle
  26. Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893; 2 autograph letters signed (copies) to Benjamin P. Avery; 1875 March 5; 1875 October 27, Washington
  27. Foster, John Watson, 1836-1917; 1 typed letter signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1911 May 13, Washington D.C.
  28. Garstin, Mrs. Elizabeth (Williams); 25 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; various places; 1910 August 7; 1911 April; 1918 February 16; 1918 March 11; 1918 March 17; 1929 January 25; 1929 March 16; 1929 March 20; 1929 March 22; 1929 March 27; 1929 April 3; 1929 April 10; 1919 April 13; 1929 April 24; 1929 May 1; 1929 May 4; 1929 May 10; 1930 September 12; 1930 September 29
  29. Garstin, Mrs. Elizabeth (Williams); 1 autographletter signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1936 May 26; 1936 May 31; 1936 June 13; 1936 June 29; 1936 July 5; 1937 August 5
  30. Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908; 3 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1873 April 30, Oakland, California; 1877 May 27; 1877 June 4, Baltimore Maryland
  31. Goodrich, Chauncey, 1836-1925; 2 autographletters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1876 September 19, Pautingfu, China; 1879 August 12, Peking China
  32. Gray, Asa, 1810-1888; 4 autographletters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1876 September 19, Pautingfu, China; 1879 August 12, Peking, China
  33. Gray, Asa, 1810-1888; 4 autographletters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1855 April 27, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1858 March 26; 1861 April 2; 1881 February 28
  34. Gray, Mrs. Sophia Gardner (Williams) Grosvenor, 1855-1938; 1 autograph letter signed to Robert Stanton Williams; 1874 November 12, Peking, China
  35. Hepburn, James Curtis, 1815-1911; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1878 May 18, Yokohama
  36. Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; 4 autograph letter signed to Francis Wayland; 1881 July 5; 1881 August 23, various places; 1900 December 15; 1900 December 20
  37. Holcombe, Chester, 1844-1912; 1 autograph letter signed to George Frederick Seward; 1876 April 21, Peking, China
  38. Holcombe, Chester, 1844-1912; 20 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; Peking, China; 1872 February 1; 1872 April 13; 1872 May 25; 1872 August 3; 1872 November 30; 1875 July 19; 1875 November 13; 1875 December 15; 1876 January 26; 1876 April 14; 1876 May 2; 1876 December 16; 1877 April 5; 1877 December 18; 1878 February 7; 1878 December 16; 1879 March 19; 1979 December 13; 1881 July 19; 1881 August 15
  39. Holcombe, Chester 1844-1912; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1879 July 5, Peking, China; Enclosed are 2 autograph letters signed (copies) pertaining to leasing of Williams’ property to the U.S. Government; 1879 June 25, Peking, (Holcombe to George F. Seward); 1879 June 25, Peking, (Seward to Holcombe)
  40. Holcombe, Chester, 1844-1912; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; Also enclosed is a copy of that lease signed by Samuel Wells Williams, 1879 September 20, New Haven, and by William Maxwell Evarts, 1879 October 13, no place
  41. Holt, William S.; 13 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; various places; 1877 May 6; 1877 July 16; 1879 March 26; 1879 May 5; 1879 June 19; 1880 January 10; 1880 June 26; 1880 August 4; 1880 November 15; 1881 February 15; 1881 May 12; 1882 February 16; 1883 May 11
  42. Lockhart, William, 1820-1892; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1850 January 3, Shanghai
  43. Low, Frederick Ferdinand, 1828-1894; 2 autograph letters signed (copies) to Hamilton Fish; 1870 August 5, Peking, China; 1871 November 13
  44. Low, Frederick Ferdinand, 1828-1894; 6 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1875 April 1; 1875 October 26, San Francisco, California; 1876 January 7; 1876 June 16; 1876 August 15; 1878 September 27
  45. Lowell, Josephine Shaw, 1843-1905; 1 autograph letter signed to Francis Wayland; 1877 September 27, New York
  46. Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916; 2 autograph letters signed to Francis Wayland; 1900 November 7; 1900 December 12, New York
  47. Marcy, William Learned, 1786-1857, 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1857 January 2, Washington D.C.
  48. Martin, William Alexander Parsons, 1827-1916; 4 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1861 January 22l 1861 April 19, various places; 1869 September 6; 1870 December 31
  49. Mateer, Calvin Wilson, 1836-1908; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1870 November 11, Shanghai
  50. Olyphant, George Talbot; 11 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1867 March 12; 1868 February 17; 1868 August 4; 1869 July 27; 1870 January 15; 1870 September 10; 1871 February 22; 1871 July 8; 1872 January 1; 1872 August 26; 1873 March 11
  51. Palmer, Ray, 1808-1887; 1 autograph letter signed to T.D. Wooley; 1874 April 12, New York
  52. Parker, Peter, 1804-1888; 12 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; various places; 1846 August 24; 1859 March 22; 1859 May 27; 1859 June 2; 1861 May 3; 1863 May 23; 1869 December 27; 1872 July 23; 1878 December 10
  53. Parker, Peter, 1804-1884; 3 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1880 June 7; 1882 March 4; 1883 October 3
  54. Parkes, Sir Harry Smith, 1828-1885; 2 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1854 November 2, no place; 1865 February 10, Shanghai
  55. Parkes, Sir Harry Smith, 1828-1885; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1877 September 8, Yedo
  56. Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858; 1 autograph letter signed (copy in Chinese) to government of Royukyu (now Okinawa); 1853 no month, no day, no place; Concerning to killing of several Asiatics in employ of Perry, with a demand of immediate answer and settlement
  57. Riggs, Thomas Lawrason, 1888-1942; 5 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1917 January 7, various places; 1918 December 23; 1919 March 20; 1919 June 23; no date
  58. Riggs, Thomas Lawrason, 1888-1943; 2 typed letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1918 April 28, Base Hospital, A.E.F.; 1918 July 14, Mobile Hospital 39, France
  59. Rondot, Natalio; 9 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams (in French); Paris, France; 1847 April 11, 1851 June 1; 1851 December 23; 1852 August 28; 1853 February 12; 1857 September 24; 1858 May 17; 1861 April 18
  60. Scribner, Charles, 1854-1930; 3 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1881 October 31; 1881 December 24; 1881 December 28, New York
  61. Seelye, Julius Hawley, 1824-1895; 1 autograph letter signed to Mrs. E. Throop Martin; 1874 January 8, Amherst, Massachusetts
  62. Seward, Frederick William, 1830-1915; 2 autograph letters signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1911 June 14; 1911 July 1, Montrose
  63. Seward, George, Frederick, 1840-1910; 1 autograph letter signed (copy) to John Lambert Cadwalader; 1874 December 21, Shanghai; on verso: reply (copy) by John L. Cadwalader to George F. Seward; 1875 February 13, Washington
  64. Speer, William, 1822-1904; 3 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; Washington, Pennsylvania; 1879 October 28; 1880 December 18; 1882 May 4
  65. Stanley, Charles Alfred, 1878-; 12 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; various places; 1877 January 9; 1877 June 7; 1877 August 23; 1878 January 8; 1878 May 23; 1878 November 21; 1879 May 5; 1879 October 20; 1880 January 5; 1880 September 28; 1881 March 15; 1881 September 27
  66. Style, Edward W.; 14 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; various places; 1852 December 18; 1854 November 15; 1855 May 8; 1855 June 20; 1855 December 21; 1857 June 18; 1857 November 7; 1870 December 28; 1877 November 3; 1878 March 27
  67. Style, Edward W.; 4 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1879 August 7; 1880 November 5; 1880 November 11; 1882 March 5
  68. Tattnall, Josiah, 1795-1871; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1859 February 15, Hong Kong, China
  69. Townsend, William Kneeland, 1848-1907; 1 autograph letter signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1896 May 29, New Haven
  70. Treat, Selah Burr, 1804-1877; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1867 September 19, Boston
  71. Williams, Fanny Hapgood Wayland; 56 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1927 February 6; 1927 February 8; 1927 February 16; 1927 February 22; 1927 February 25; 1927 March 2; 1927 March 7; 1927 March 11; 1927 March 14; 1927 March 16; 1927 March 23; 1927 March 28; 1927 April 5; 1927 April 13; 1927 April 19; 1927 April 24; 1929 January 31; 1929 February 8; 1929 February 12; 1929 February 15; 1929 February 21; 1929 February 25; 1929 February 28; 1929 March 3; 1929 March 6; 1929 March 14; 1929 March 18; 1929 March 24; 1929 March 28; 1929 April 1; 1929 April 4; 1929 April 7; 1929 April 10; 1929 April 15; 1929 April 22; 1929 April 29; 1929 Mary 4; 1929 May 8; 1929 May 15; 1929 May 21; 1929 May 23; 1934 October 27; 1934 October 31; 1934 November 4; 1934 November 8; 1934 November 12; 1934 November 16; 1934 November 19; 1934 November 23; 1934 November 26; 1934 November 29; 1934 December 3; 1934 December 11; 1934 December 18; 1934 December 21; 1934 December 26
  72. Williams, Fanny Hapgood Wayland; 37 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1936 May 21; 1936 May 24; 1936 May 26; 1936 June 2; 1936 June 7; 1936 June 7; 1936 June 11; 1936 June 14; 1936 June 17; 1936 June 22; 1936 July 8; 1936 July 11; 1937 May 24; 1937 May 29; 1937 June 1; 1937 June 6; 1937 June 11; 1937 June 17; 1937 June 22; 1937 June 26; 1937 July 1; 1937 August 3; 1937 August 5; 1937 August 6; 1937 August 8; 1937 December 8; 1938 May 7; 1938 May 8; 1938 May 12; 1938 May 16; 1938 May 20: 1938 May 24; 1938 May 29; 1938 June 2; 1938 June 28; 1938 August 11; 1938 August 14
  73. Williams, Frederick Wells, 1857-1928; 1 autograph letter signed (copy) to Charles Alfred Stanley; 1882 June 21, New Haven
  74. Williams, Frederick Wells, 1857-1928; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1883 July 13, New Haven
  75. Williams, Frederick Wells, 1857-1928; 6 autograph letters signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1908 January 28, various places; 1910 August 5; 1927 February 26; 1927 March 8; no date (2)
  76. Williams, Frederick Wells, 1857-1928; 1 typed letter signed to Wayland Wells Williams; 1910 July 29, Norfolk, Connecticut.
  77. Williams, Henry Dwight, 1815-1895; 1 autograph letter signed to Robert Stanton Williams; 1884 February 4, New Haven
  78. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 2 autograph letters signed to Anson Burlingame; 1865 March 15; 1865 June 26, Peking, China
  79. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to Mrs. Anson Burlingame; 1870 May 26, Peking, China
  80. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 31 autograph letters signed to James Dwight Dana; various places; 1831 January 27; 1831 November 23; 1832 April 23; 1945 December 6; 1850 June 22; 1852 April 22; 1853 February 23; 1853 April 30; 1855 May 8; 1855 June 8; 1855 September 1; 1856 April 2; 1856 April 12; 1856 May 7; 1857 January 12; 1857 February 7; 1857 December 29; 1860 August 15; 1861 June 7; 1861 November 28; 1863 August 10; 1864 January 12; 1864 May 14; 1864 October 8; 1866 June 8; 1867 February 11; 1867 November 17; 1872 September 21; 1875 September 10; 1876 February 29; 1876 March 15
  81. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, 1842-1920; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1880 June 29, New Haven; on verse: reply by Samuel Wells Williams to Franklin Bowditch Dexter; 1880 July 5, New Haven
  82. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to Joseph Holdich; 1867 February 8, Peking, China
  83. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to B. N. Huntington; 1860 October 26, no place
  84. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to John Glasgow Kerr; 1866 December 18, Peking, China
  85. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to Mr. and Mrs. Throop Martin; 1866 December 29, Peking, China
  86. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 2 autograph letters signed to Calvin Wilson Mateer; 1870 December 1, Peking, China; 1875 May 8, Str. Pec-ho, China
  87. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884, 1 autograph letter signed to William Muirhead; 1881 April 16, New Haven
  88. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 21 autograph letters signed to Gideon Nye; various places; 1840 April no day, 1843 April 27; 1843 June 10; 1843 2 letters no day, no month; 1844 July no day; 1844 September 3; 1853 June 30; 1854 February 6; 1859 January 15; 1859 March 7
  89. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 19 autograph letters signed to Peter Parker; 1854 February 4; 1861 January 12; 1861 April 11; 1861 April 22; 1861 May 20; 1861 November 28; 1862 February 26; 1863 January 13; 1863 September 5; 1863 December 2; 1864 September 1; 1865 October 17; 1872 June 12; 1875 January 6; 1880 June 8; 1881 February 8; 1883 April 26; 1883 June 30; 1883 September 1
  90. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 3 autograph letters signed to Mrs. Peter Parker; 1881 January 15, New Haven; 1882 November 21; 1883 March 23
  91. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Parker; 1860 December 25, St. Albans, Vermont
  92. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 5 autograph letters signed to William Bradford Reed; 1858 December 7, 1858 December 8, various places; 1859 March 28; 1859 April 22; 1860 September 17
  93. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 2 autograph letters signed to Charles A. Saint; 1868 March 21; 1868 November 10, Peking, China
  94. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 2 autograph letters signed to E. T. Sandford; 1866 May 5, Peking, China; 1867 April 25
  95. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 17 autograph letters signed to Henry Dwight Williams; various places; 1841 March 1; 1870 January 15; 1872 September 21; 1873 January 25; 1873 August 15; 1873 September 29; 1873 December 5; 1874 March 11; 1874 September 29; 1874 November 12; 1875 September 18; 1877 April 19; 1877 September 22; 1877 December 17; 1878 January 14; 1878 March 11; 1881 November 7
  96. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dwight Williams; 1979 January 9, New Haven
  97. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884, 1 autograph letter signed to John Camp Williams; 1880 July 13, New Haven
  98. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 298 autograph letters signed to Robert Stanton Williams; various places; 1855 July 7; 1885 December 13; 1856 June 7; 1857 January 13; 1857 January 28; 1857 June 8; 1857 July 8; 1857 July 20; 1857 July 31; 1857 August 22; 1857 September 8; 1857 December 30; 1858 February 24; 1858 August 12; 1858 October 12; 1858 November 4; 1858 December 22; 1861 January 5; 1861 January 16; 1861 April 29; 1861 May 25; 1861 June 1; 1861 October 10; 1861 October 26; 1862 January 28; 1862 April 15; 1862 June 14; 1862 August 1; 1862 October 13; 1862 December 11; 1863 January 13; 1863 February 24; 1863 May 28; 1863 July 8; 1863 September 21; 1864 February 26; 1864 May 7; 1864 July 11; 1864 August 1; 1864 October 18; 1865 January 17; 1865 February 18; 1865 June 23; 1865 July 17; 1865 October 26; 1866 March 3; 1866 June 11; 1866 July 11; 1866 October 18; 1866 December 11; 1867 March 20; 1867 July 8; 1867 July 17; 1867 August 21; 1867 October 25; 1868 January 24; 1868 March 4; 1868 June 30; 1868 August 24; 1868 September 29; 1868 October 28; 1868 November 24; 1869 March 3; 1869 April 29; 1869 June 30; 1869 August 2; 1869 September 1; 1869 October 8; 1869 November 10; 1968 December 22; 1870 January 19; 1970 February 24; 1870 March 24; 1870 April 23; 1870 May 16; 1870 June 18; 1870 July 26; 1870 August 15; 1870 September 29; 1870 October 26; 1870 November 24; 1870 December 29; 1871 January 26; 1871 February 21; 1871 March 30; 1871 April 24; 1871 May 25; 1871 June 22; 1871 July 27; 1871 August 30; 1871 September 27; 1871 October 26
  99. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stanton Williams; 1881 January 26, New Haven
  100. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 4 autograph letters signed to Mrs. Robert Stanton Williams; 1871 April 18, various places; 1872 April 10; 1881 March 19; 1881 July 1 Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 147 autograph letters signed to Mrs. Samuel Wells Williams; various places; 1847 May 29; 1847 June 9; 1847 June 21; 1847 July 14; 1847 August 2; 1847 August 10; 1847 August 13; 1847 August 19; 1847 August 23; 1847 August 30; 1847 August 31; 1847 September 4; 1847 September 6; 1847 September 13; 1847 September 16; 1847 September 20; 1847 September 21; 1847 September 27; 1847 September 29; 1847 October 6; 1847 October 8; 1847 October 11; 1847 October 18; 1847 October 22; 1847 October 25; 1847 October 28; 1847 November 1; 1847 November 5; 1847 November 8; 1847 November 11; 1847 November 15; 1847 November 17; 1847 December 13; 1849 August 4; 1853 May 7; 1853 May 9; 1853 May 10; 1853 May 11; 1853 May 12; 1853 May 16; 1853 June 8; 1853 August 17; 1853 August 18; 1853 August 29; 1853 September 6; 1853 September 15; 1854 January 13; 1854 January 13; 1854 January 31; 1854 March 11; 1854 May 18; 1854 June 18; 1854 July 16; 1854 August 12; 1854 September 22; 1855 June 15; 1855 June 21; 1856 July 18; 1856 July 28; 1856 August 24; 1856 September 3; 1856 September 9; 1856 September 17; 1856 October 7; 1856 October 14; 1856 October 21; 1856 November 14; 1856 November 17; 1856 November 22; 1858 July 18; 1858 August 9; 1858 August 23; 1858 September 3; 1858 October 25; 1858 November 11; 1859 January 12; 1862 April 18; 1862 April 23; 1862 April 28; 1862 May 15; 1862 May 16; 1862 May 19; 1862 May 21; 1862 May 29; 1862 June 3; 1862 June 11; 1862 June 13; 1862 June 17; 1862 July 1; 1862 July 9; 1862 July 24; 1862 August 7; 1862 August 23; 1862 September 3; 1862 September 24; 1862 September 25; 1862 October 13; 1862 November 7; 1862 November 10; 1869 July 14; 1869 July 19; 1869 July 27; 1869 August 11; 1869 August 14; 1869 November 9; 1870 April 1; 1870 May 20; 1870 June 12; 1870 July 26; 1870 September 18; 1870 October 27; 1870 October 28; 1870 November 22; 1870 December 24; 1871 January 7; 1871 January 24; 1871 February 20; 1871 March 30; 1871 April 26; 1871 May 26; 1871 June 18; 1871 June 29; 1871 July 26; 1871 August 30; 1871 October 23; 1871 November 26; 1872 January 10; 1872 March 12; 1872 April 11; 1872 April 27; 1872 May 10; 1872 June 11; 1872 June 24; 1872 July 10; 1872 July 26; 1872 August 24; 1872 September 21; 1872 October 26; 1872 November 11; 1872 November 25; 1872 January 13; 1873 January 24; 1873 February 11; 1873 February 28; 1873 March 25; 1876 May 26; 1876 July 31; 1876 August 28; 1876 October 4; 1876 October 20; 1876 October 26; 1876 October 31; 2 no date
  101. Blodget, Henry, 1825-1903; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1871 November 8, Peking, China; on verso: 1 autograph letter signed of Samuel Wells Williams to Mrs. Samuel Wells Williams; no date, no place
  102. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; autograph letters signed to William Frederick Williams; 1841 January 2; 1841 March 29; 1841 May 15; 1841 May 31; 1841 June 15; 1841 July 1; 1841 July 28; 1841 September 29; 1841 December 10; 1842 May 25; 1842 June 25; 1842 August 15; 1842 September 2; 1843 January 20; 1843 February 12; 1843 February 28; 1843 March 20; 1843 May 29; 1843 June 15; 1843 September 27; 1843 November 20; 1843 December 18; 1844 January 24; 1844 March 19; 1844 March 31; 1844 May 1; 1845 March 10; 1845 December 22; 1849 February 28; 1849 March 26; 1849 October 28; 1851 February 25; 1853 September 24; 1853 December 6; 1855 March 12; 1855 August 8; 1855 October 12; 1855 December 13; 1856 February 13; 1856 May 8; 1856 July 22; 1856 October 7; 1857 January 27; 1857 March 13; 1857 April 25; 1857 June 22; 1857 July 23; 1857 August 20; 1857 November 11; 1858 January 26; 1858 March 19; 1858 April 30; 1858 May 25; 1858 July 9; 1858 September 22; 1858 October 22; 1858 December 7; 1859 January 11; 1859 March 12; 1859 April 24; 1859 June 13; 1859 July 5; 1859 July 29: 1859 September 2; 1859 October 11; 1859 November 5; 1859 December 28; 1860 March 6; 1860 September 7; 1860 December 22; 1861 November 15; 1862 January 13; 1862 April 5; 1862 April 18: 1862 April 25; 1862 November 16; 1863 February 12; 1863 February 27; 1863 September 12; 1863 November 26; 1864 June 1; 1864 August 12; 1864 December 1; 1864 December 5; 1865 August 29; 1865 October 25; 1866 May 26; 1866 June 28; 1866 August 17; 1867 January 12; 1867 November 7
  103. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 24 autograph letters signed to Mr. and Mrs. William Frederick Williams; various places; 1849 July 24; 1849 September 12; 1850 March 29; 1850 May 22; 1850 July 20; 1850 November 27; 1851 January 28; 1851 April 23; 1851 September 21; 1851 December 25; 1852 April 22; 1852 June 21; 1852 July 21; 1852 October 28; 1852 December 20; 1853 January 26; 1853 April 16; 1853 July 16; 1853 August 20; 1854 January 30; 1854 March 20; 1854 March 25; 1854 July 13; 1854 October 9
  104. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to teachers and scholars of the First Presbyterian Church of Utica; 1866 May 31, Peking, China
  105. Williams, Samuel Wells, 1812-1884; 1 autograph letter signed to an unidentified person; 1865 December, no day, Peking, China
  106. Holcombe, Chester, 1844-1912; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1879 July 5, Peking, China
  107. Holcombe, Chester, 1844-1912; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; also enclosed is a copy of that lease signed by Samuel Wells Williams, 1879 September 20, New Haven, and the William Maxwell Evarts, 1879 October 13, no place
  108. Seward, George Frederick, 1840-1910; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1866 January 29, Shanghai; on verso: Williams’ acceptance to join the North China branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of which Seward was president, 1866 April 3, Shanghai
  109. Williams, Mrs. Sarah Walworth, 1815-1881; 17 autograph letters signed to Frederick Wells Williams; various places; 1873 March 23; 1873 June 26; 1873 July 12; 1873 July 16; 1873 August 16; 1873 August 26; 1879 September 5; 1880 March 2; 1880 March 12; 1880 March 19; 1880 April 18; 1880 August 9; 1880 August 22; 1880 September 16; 1880 September 29; 1880 October 6; 1880 October 15
  110. Williams, Mrs. Sarah (Walworth), 1815-1881; 5 autograph letters signed to Mrs. William Williams; 1855 January 13; 1855 February 13; 1855 May 6; 1855 August no day; 1855 September 21
  111. Williams, Mrs. Sarah Walworth, 1815-1881; 1 autograph letter signed to Mrs. William Frederick Williams; 1851 December 25, no place
  112. Williams, Mrs. Sarah Walworth, 1815-1881; 1 autograph letter signed to William Frederick Williams; 1854 April 18, Canton, China
  113. Williams, Talcott, 1849-1928; 1 autograph letter signed to Frederick Wells Williams; 1912 no month, no day, Philadelphia
  114. Woolsey, Theodore Dwight, 1801-1889; 1 autograph letter signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1877 October 24, no place
  115. Yates, Matthew Tyson, 1819-1888; 10 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1877 June 29, Shanghai; 1878 May no day; 1879 February 3; 1879 May 26; 1879 July 29; 1879 September 30; 1879 November 29; 1879 December 20; 1880 April 29; 1880 August 9
  116. Yung, Wing, 1828-1912; 8 autograph letters signed to Samuel Wells Williams; 1849 April 15, various places; 1850 December 25; 1852 December 30; 1853 July 27; 1877 February 19; 1877 February 21; 1877 June 7; 1878 August 23
Title
Guide to the Samuel Wells Williams Family Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by John Espy, Carol King, and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
April 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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