WILLIAMS, Rowland. 16365



Autograph Letter Signed, to his sister Mary, sending news, with some observations on John Henry Newman’s Apologia. 3½ pages 7 x 4½ inches, fine. Broadchalke Vicarage, 24 August 1864. Rowland Williams (1817–1870), vice-principal and Professor of Hebrew at St David’s College, Lampeter, from 1849 to 1862 and one of the most influential theologians of the nineteenth century. He supported biblical criticism and pioneered comparative Religious Studies in Britain. He was also a priest in the Church of England, the vicar of Broad Chalke, where he is buried there. Williams is also credited with introducing Rugby to Wales – Lampeter’s team was the first to be established in the nation. “I have been reading Dr J.H.N.’s Apology for his life. It is a poorer book than you would guess, from all the holding up of hands about it; not wanting in neatness, and a certain perplexed ingenuity; but not a single question investigated upon proper evidence, from the beginning to the end.”