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bMS 444

Relly, James, 1722?-1778. "Book of Common Place," 1764-1771: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 444
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Relly, James, 1722?-1778.
Title: Relly, James, 1722?-1778. "Book of Common Place," 1764-1771.
Date(s): 1764-1771.
Quantity: 1 Volumes
Abstract: Universalism founder James Relly's "Book of common place," which contains outlines of sermons and when they were preached. The volume spans 1764-1771.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Access:

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Biographical / Historical

James Relly (1722?-1778) is recognized as the founder of modern Universalism. Raised in Wales, Relly converted to Calvinistic Methodism about 1742 and became a preacher at Rhyddlangwraig, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, England. In 1746 he left his pastorate and became an evangelist in the west of England and Wales. Relly eventually broke with mainline Methodism and is credited with establishing what has come to be recognized as the first Universalist congregation in 1750. During his lifetime he published The Tryal of Spirits (1756), The Sadducee Detected (1754), Union: Or a Treatise of the Consanguinity Between Christ and His Church (1759), and Great Salvation Contemplated (1776).

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of James Relly's "Book of common place," which contains outlines of sermons and information on when they were preached.

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