From the Library of William Ellery Channing

Blackwall, Anthony, 1674-1730. The Sacred Classics Defended and Illustrated, or, An essay Humbly Offer'd Towards Proving the Purity, Propriety, and True Eloquence of the Writers of the New Testament. 3rd ed., corr. London: Printed for C. Rivington, 1737. 2 v.; 17 cm. [Channing Library BS2340.B53 1737]

The author of this work, Anthony Blackwall (1674-1730), was a classical scholar, educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He served as headmaster of the Derby School and later as headmaster of the grammar school of Market Bosworth. His other works include Introduction to the Classics and a Latin grammar. This work discusses the relationship of the Greek of the New Testament to classical Greek.

William Ellery ChanningWilliam Ellery ChanningThis copy was once part of the library of William Ellery Channing (1780-1842). Born in Newport, R.I., and educated at Harvard (1798), he was ordained minister of the Federal St. Church in Boston (the congregation now called Arlington St. Church) at age twenty-three and served there until his death. His sermon at the ordination of Jared Sparks in 1819 earned him the name "the apostle of Unitarianism." He founded the Berry St. Conference of Ministers in 1820 and was a life member of the American Unitarian Association.

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