Founder of Society for the Diffusion of Christian and General Knowledge Among the Chinese or the Christian Literature Society for China). • Scottish missionary Alexander Williamson (1829–90) spent several years preaching in northern China.
From 1863 to 1866, he was there as the first overseas agent of the National Bible Society of Scotland. During this time, he travelled as far as Mongolia and Manchuria, a considerable undertaking in those days. He later became secretary of the Society for the Diffusion of Christian and General Knowledge among the Chinese, and formed the Chinese Book and Tract Society in 1884. In this illustrated two-volume work, first published in 1870, he records the observations he made during extensive travels that took him via the home of Confucius while propagating the Bible in Chinese script. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/history/east-asian-history/journeys-north-china-manchuria-and-eastern-mongolia-some-account-corea#DlDCC9tK10g6SQcA.97
1863 - 67 travelled widely in China: started at Yantai in Shandong Province and then traveled extensively distributing copies of the Bible in Chinese. During this period he visited Beijing, Mongolia, and Manchuria.