Political Maneuvering at the Massachusetts Bible Society [Manuscript]. Greenleaf, Simon [1783-1853]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, To Charles Theodore Russell, Andover, MA, February 6, 1850]. 1 pp. letter to 10" x 8" bifolium on blue paper with integral address leaf and residue from wax seal, docketed "Simon Greenleaf Feby 6 1850" on verso. Light foxing, horizontal and vertical fold lines, light soiling to address leaf, a few small holes forming at intersection of fold lines, small clean tear to fore-edge of first leaf and small hole to fore-edge of second leaf, text not affected. $250. * In addition to his many accomplishments as Dane Professor at Harvard Law School, Greenleaf was a Christian of profound faith. His 1846 work The Testimony of the Evangelists was a landmark in the development of juridical apologetics, the defense of faith through legal reasoning. He was also the president of the Massachusetts Bible Society for a number of years. In this letter, he writes to Charles T. Russell [1815-1896], a Harvard Law School alumnus and fellow lawyer, in advance of a meeting of the Society which he could not attend and asks Russell to help him gain support for a recommendation. The letter reads, in part: "I fear I shall not be able to attend the Trustees' meeting tomorrow, & therefore inclose our report to you. Please get Dr. Parkman to sign it, if acceptable to him, & let it be offered. I hope Dr. P. will attend the meeting, & as he will preside, it will be important for you to be there, & explain our views." Dr. Parkman was likely the Rev. Francis Parkman, Sr. [1788-1853].
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