Thursday, 3 March 2011

Dr Richard Price

"Dr Price has been described as one of the greatest Welshmen ever. He was a great advocate of freedom and equality, becoming a leading libertarian and dissenter of that time. He supported the America in its War of Independence against Britain and the principles of the French Revolution."

Richard Price born at Tynton, Llangeinor, Glamorgan, (in the Garw Valley) on 23 February 1723. Like some other notable men of his age, his genius was not limited to one subject. He was a mathematician, a preacher and a political philosopher. His advice was sought by British Prime Ministers (the Earl of Shelburne & William Pitt the Younger - on financial reform); the Continental Congress in America in 1778. Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and John Adams visited his home in Newington Green, London.

One of his works "Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, the Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America" (1776) can be accessed here.

1 comment:

Ginger Smith said...

I am looking for Dr. Price's complete works. Are any of his writings in current publication? i do see some online.

Are you related to Richard Price through the Morgans? I have recently researched our Morgan family, from GA, to MA, and to Hackney and the Newington Green Church. Our ancestor was George Cadogan Morgan, Dr. Price's nephew.