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James Freeman Clarke, “A Discourse Delivered at the Dedication of the Chapel”

“A Discourse Delivered at the Dedication of the Chapel”

James Freeman Clarke

March 15, 1848

James Freeman Clarke

James Freeman Clarke. Courtesy of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Eighteen-forty eight, a year of revolution, was heralded by James Freeman Clarke as the century in which the Church Question would be dominant. His optimism is touching, but certainly for Unitarians the proper mature of the church was to dominate the coming decades.


The full text of James Freeman Clarke’s Discourse is available via Google Books here.

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