James Freeman Clarke


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(1810–88), Massachusetts Unitarian and liberal leader, whose first church was at Louisville, Ky. There he edited The Western Messenger (1836–39). For the following 40 years he was a Unitarian pastor at Boston, where he wrote The Christian Doctrine of Prayer (1854), Ten Great Religions (1871–83), Common Sense in Religion (1874), Essentials and Non-Essentials in Religion (1878), and Self-Culture (1880). He collaborated with Emerson and W.H. Channing on a memoir of Margaret Fuller (1852). To his Hymn Book for the Church of the Disciples (1844, enlarged 1852), he contributed ten original works.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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