1761-1827

June 17, 1761, North England.

December 15, 1827, Paris, France.

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Daughter of army officer Charles Williams, Helen published her first poem, Edwin and Eltruda, a legendary tale, in 1782. This was followed by An Ode on Peace, 1783, and Pern, a Poem. These were all included in her Poems, published in two volumes in 1786 (second edition, 1791).

Connected by her sister’s marriage with a French Protestant family, Williams lived in Paris during the French Revolution and Reign of Terror. There she was well known as a political writer of strong republican sympathies, which led to her temporary imprisonment by Robespierre. She spent the end of her life in Amsterdam, in the house of her nephew Athanase Coquerel, pastor of the Reformed Church there. Her works include:

  1. My God, All Nature Owns Thy Sway
  2. While Thee I Seek, Protecting Power

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