Religious Liberalism in Eighteenth-Century England

Religious Liberalism in Eighteenth-Century England

Religious Liberalism in Eighteenth-Century England

Religious Liberalism in Eighteenth-Century England

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Scholars (and that far greater number who are condemned to be, as Mr. E. M. Forster once rightly insisted, pseudo-scholars) accumulate numerous obligations which they vainly seek to discharge in prefaces. They owe something to men and women they have never met and never can meet, some long since dead. They can only acknowledge a handful of the more personal intellectual influences and express gratitude for some of the more direct services. Professor Alfred Owen Aldridge of the University of Maryland certainly did more than anyone else among personal acquaintances to introduce the author to eighteenthcentury intellectual studies. Other teachers and colleagues at the same University who contributed helpful suggestions, valuable guidance, and warm encouragement include Professors Donald C. Gordon, Leonora C. Rosenfield, Richard H. Bauer and Wesley M. Gewehr. The staff at the Library of Congress, where most of the research was done, were always most co-operative. Thanks are also due to the British Museum in London and the University Library at Cambridge. The staff of the Clarendon Press aided greatly with suggestions and in preparation for publication. For the rest, the friends were chiefly books -- save for an indispensable comrade and assistant, Mary R. Stromberg, who helped in many ways at every stage of the research, writing, and preparation.

R. N. S.

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND

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