William Williams

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William Williams was born in 1727 in Bristol, England.  From his birth until until 1747 nothing is written about him however, he is documented to be living in Philadelphia.  Don’t know where he got his money but he was instrumental in building America’s first theater, maintained an art studio thus giving Benjamin West his interest in painting.


He finally wound up in New York City where he married Mary.  He returned to England in 1776, where he died in the Merchants’ and Sailors’ Almshouse in Bristol in 1791.  What you may not know about William Williams is that while he was not only a painter he also wrote a novel, The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, Seaman.  It is considered by many to be the first American novel.  The novel was not published until 1815 from a revised form. The original text was not published until 1969.  Interesting don’t you think?  Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and pass it on to someone in need.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that's strange....it took all of those years to publish the original text...hmmm

Dec 30, 2017 04:22 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Will see if it is in the library.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 30, 2017 04:42 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

The first American novel..how interesting! It is unusual it would have taken so long to publish. Thank you for your tidbit of history today!

Dec 30, 2017 04:42 AM #3
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Ok I have a 1000 questions. Did wife go to England with him? Did she publish the transcript? Who on earth found the originals that were finally published in 1969 and where?

Dec 30, 2017 04:53 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Original transcript published in 1969? Why? Interesting just the same. Enjoy your day!

Dec 30, 2017 05:20 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A book and person I have never heard of and so glad you gave him his due.

Dec 30, 2017 05:43 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

What's that they say about never trusting a man with 2 first names ? ...Hmmmm

Dec 30, 2017 05:47 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I always have a smile on my face when reading your posts. Neat one today. Happy New Year.

Dec 30, 2017 06:41 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a pretty accomplished man.  I would want to read the original script, rather than the form that came to be.

Dec 30, 2017 07:51 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, Interesting for sure  about his book and his name is so different also.  Have a great day!


Dec 30, 2017 08:22 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - yes, that is really interesting. I t certainly took a while to publish. 

Dec 30, 2017 09:34 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting story, there are many books that were re-published in the original recently, like Think And Grow Rich.  A

Dec 30, 2017 05:32 PM #12
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I wonder why the original wasn't published for so long. Interesting. Thanks for sharing!!!

Dec 30, 2017 08:12 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I never knew this about William Williams and it was interesting James Dray 

Dec 30, 2017 10:39 PM #14
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