Title Letter from a Gentleman in Boston to a Unitarian Clergyman of that Cit
Book Number 16718
TAPPAN, LEWIS. Letter from a Gentleman in Boston to a Unitarian Clergyman of that City. Third Edition. Boston: T.R. Marvin, Printer, 32 Congress Street. 1828. Duodecimo. Disbound pamphlet, side-stitched, light foxing, name cut from top of title page. Collation: 16, 24. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, (1) explanatory notice, (1) blank, -20pp. OCLC locates for the third edition: NY Pub Lib; Grinnell Col; U Chicago; Amer Antq Soc; Boston Athenaeum; Harvard U Houghton; Mass Hist Soc; U Mass Amherst. Amer. Imprints #35465 adds Lib Cong; Union Theol Sem NY; Lib Co Phila. Lewis Tappan (1788-1873), merchant and abolitionist, established the first commercial-credit rating firm in the country which he conducted "with great success until 1849, when he retired to devote himself to the humanitarian labors which had become his chief concern. In deliberately planning to draw upon his accumulated capital for his support for the rest of his life he was acting upon theories regarding the use of wealth which he later set forth in a pamphlet entitled Is it Right to Be Rich? (1869)." He was a long time supporter of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions & the American Bible Society as well as funding and supporting the revivalist Charles Grandison Finney. He was one of the founders of the NY Anti Slavery Society and the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833; took a leading part in forming the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and later helped to found the American Missionary Association (1846) "explicitly committed to the cause of the negro."--Dict. of Amer. Biog. XVIII:303-04. In this pamphlet he lays out his change in belief from the Unitarian doctrine to the Trinitarian doctrine. From this time on was a staunch supporter of the Evangelical cause.