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Thomas Evans

(1764—1833) Unitarian minister and poet


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(1764–1833), the first Unitarian minister in Wales and one of the most active and determined champions of liberty and toleration in radical circles. A flannel-weaver by trade, he imbibed a rich fund of ideas and arguments at fairs and markets. He also read voraciously, and fell heavily under the influence of the theological and political ideas of Theophilus Lindsey (1723–1808) and in particular Joseph Priestley, so much so that he became known as ‘Priestley bach’ (little Priestley). He even named one of his sons Joseph Priestley Evans.

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From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).


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