Thomas Hartley was born in London and died in East Malling, Kent on 10 December 1784. The son of a London bookseller, he was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1728 and MA in 1745. In 1744 he was presented rector of Winwick, Northamptonshire, a position he held until his death. Though early influenced by Boehme through his friend William Law and later hailed as the ‘first English Swedenborgian’, Hartley remained on intimate terms with his early benefactors, Whitefield, Hervey, Doddridge and Selina, Countess of Huntingdon.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.