Torchbearer of Freedom: The Influence of Richard Price on Eighteenth Century Thought

Torchbearer of Freedom: The Influence of Richard Price on Eighteenth Century Thought

Torchbearer of Freedom: The Influence of Richard Price on Eighteenth Century Thought

Torchbearer of Freedom: The Influence of Richard Price on Eighteenth Century Thought

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It is surprising how little mention is made of Richard Price in the histories of the last half of the eighteenth century when he was, in fact, one of the better known men of the era. The two previous biographies of Price, by his nephew William Morgan, and by Dr. Roland Thomas, are too brief to do justice to their subject. Neither portrays Price fully enough. My chapters on the American Revolution and the Constitution of the United States, for example, expand events upon which these earlier biographers scarcely touch. The burden of the chapter on the Constitution appeared in the American Historical Review (July, 1948), whose editor has kindly consented to the use of that article. I have discussed Price's writings fully because they are not widely read or readily available today and because so much of Price's career was literary.

Among the persons who assisted me in gathering material for this book are Mr. Colton Storm of the William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Dr. J. H. Powell; Miss H. J. Williams of the County Library, Bridgend, Glamorganshire, Wales; Mr. D. C. Martin, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society, London; Mr. Robert F. Metzdorf; and Miss Norma Cass, reference librarian at the University of Kentucky. Mrs. Donald Burt typed the manuscript. The research committee of the University of Kentucky gave me some financial assistance. Dr. J. Merton England, my office mate, offered useful advice, though he doubtless grew tired of hearing about Price.

CARL B. CONE

Lexington, Kentucky February 17, 1951 . . .

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