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An Autograph Letter by the founder of Unitarianism

 
An Autograph Letter by the founder of Unitarianism by LINDSEY Theophilus [Joseph Priestley] (1799)
Author: LINDSEY Theophilus [Joseph Priestley]
Title: An Autograph Letter by the founder of English Unitarianism, Theophilus Lindsey
 
Year: 1799
Publisher: Unpublished Manuscript
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £80
 
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(16.5x7.5cm) A handwritten letter in brown ink by the first minister of an overtly Unitarian Church in England, the Rev'd Theophilus Lindsey, mentioning his great friend the chemist and fellow preacher, Joseph Priestley. The note has been mounted on an album page with Vandrimini's portrait of Lindsey laid down above. The letter which is written in the third person 'returns Mr Philips's letter, with many thanks for his obliging attention' and continues with further thanks for 'the opportunity of conveying in his parcel to Dr Priestley the small packet sent with this.' Evidently Lindsey included with this note a parcel which Philips was intending to send on to Priestley in Pennsylvania where he was then living. Joseph Priestley and Lindsey had become friends decades earlier when Priestley was ministering at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds and the two men remained close for the rest of their lives, exchanging dozens of letter and occasionally preaching for each other when they both had London congregations. Lindsey is credited as the first leader of an overtly Unitarian chapel in England with Priestley to be found seated among his first ever congregation.
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