Sampson Reed


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(1800–1880), born in Massachusetts, graduated from Harvard (1818), and left its Divinity School after being converted to the beliefs of Swedenborg. With his brother he edited the New Jerusalem Magazine, founded a Swedenborgian magazine for children, and otherwise spread the doctrines of his church. His Observations on the Growth of the Mind (1826), an essay on Swedenborgian thought, greatly impressed Emerson, who was particularly interested by the doctrine of correspondence and the prophetic optimism of its teachings, and seems to have derived from it much of his knowledge of Swedenborgianism.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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