Fonds GB 0210 GRIOHN - Griffith John (Glyn Richards) Papers

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Griffith John (Glyn Richards) Papers


  • 1848-1965 (Creation)

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The Reverend Griffith John was a missionary and translator who was born on 14 December 1831 in Swansea. In 1853 he was accepted as a missionary by the London Missionary Society. His first wife was Margaret, daughter of the missionary Reverend David Griffiths. After a few years working in Shanghai he settled in Hankow in 1861. In 1899 he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh, and from the University of Wales in 1911, for his contribution to Chinese literature. He died in London on 25 July 1912 and was buried in Sketty, Swansea.

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Donated by the Reverend Glyn Richards, Swansea, August 1969.

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Papers, 1868-1965, of the Reverend Griffith John who served as a missionary in China, including his journal, 1855-1870, letters sent by him to his family, 1886-1907, together with letters, 1961-1965, relating to his commemorative garden in Swansea.

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Arranged at NLW into two series: Personal papers and Other papers.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH,


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Compiled by Ann Francis Evans . The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography online, 8 July 2016, and papers within the archive.

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