Lot #254
Samuel Hopkins

“What his genius is, is yet to be proved”
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Description

“What his genius is, is yet to be proved”

American clergyman (1721–1803) who founded the doctrine of Hopkinsian or New Divinity, a form of Calvinism that espoused free will and the denial of original sin. ALS signed “S. Hopkins,” one page, 6 x 7.5, October 30, 1771. Letter to his colleague Reverend Mark Leavenworth of Waterbury. In part: “I have, since I came from home, concluded to put one of my sons to learning…I have determined to send him to Waterbury this winter, trusting that you will be willing to undertake to instruct him; for which I would satisfie you. As my books are at Newport he must borrow till spring, or buy what he cannot borrow, in which I ask your assistance…What his genius is, is yet to be proved. I trust he will be steady & diligent.” Intersecting folds with one small hole, and scattered creases, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original address panel. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #421 - Ended January 15, 2014





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