JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 3/1886 - HFSID 866
JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE The New England minister and social activist writes and inspiring Latin quote, signs name in black ink Autograph quotation signed: "James Freeman Clarke" in black ink. 1 page, 4½x7. March, 1886. Original mailing envelope included, postmarked March 22, 1886 in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts.
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JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE
The New England minister and social activist writes and inspiring Latin quote, signs name in black ink
Autograph quotation signed: "James Freeman Clarke" in black ink. 1 page, 4½x7. March, 1886. Original mailing envelope included, postmarked March 22, 1886 in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts. Addressed to a Mrs. Henry G. Allen of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In full: "Fortuna, infortune,/ forit una", translated from Latin: "Fortune and misfortune are alike to the strong". James Clarke Freeman (1810-1888) was an American theologian, author, and social activist. After attending Boston Latin School and graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, Freeman was ordained into the Unitarian church, and was first assigned to a church in Louisville Kentucky, a slave state, and actively began working for the national movement for the abolition of slavery, even upsetting his conservative church members to the point of walking out. He returned to Boston and established the Church of the Disciples, which fought to apply the Christian religion to the social problems of the day, including slavery and women's rights. He contributed essays to publications such as The Christian Examiner, The Christian Inquirer, The Christian Register, The Dial, Harper's, The Index, and Atlantic Monthly. He began editing his own magazine, the Western Messenger, many copies which are now valued for having the earliest printed poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and works of female literary critic Margaret Fuller. In 1855 Clarke purchased the former site of Brook Farm, intending to start a new Utopian community there, but it never came to pass, and instead the land was offered to President Lincoln during the American Civil War. His publications include Common Sense in Religion (1874), Every-Day Religion (1886), Sermons on the Lord's Prayer (1888) and Ten Great Religions (1871-83), which made Clarke one of the very first Americans to explore and write about Eastern religions. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Left edge frayed and slightly torn. Adhesive affixed in bottom margin, toned stains. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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