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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 444

Relly, James, 1722?-1778. "Book of Common Place," 1764-1771.

Universalism founder James Relly's "Book of common place," which contains outlines of sermons and when they were preached. The volume spans 1764-1771.


  • 1764-1771.


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1 Volumes

This collection consists of James Relly's "Book of common place," which contains outlines of sermons and information on when they were preached.

Biographical / Historical

James Relly (1722?-1778) is recognized as the founder of modern Universalism. Raised in Wales, Relly converted to Calvinistic Methodism about 1742 and became a preacher at Rhyddlangwraig, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, England. In 1746 he left his pastorate and became an evangelist in the west of England and Wales. Relly eventually broke with mainline Methodism and is credited with establishing what has come to be recognized as the first Universalist congregation in 1750. During his lifetime he published The Tryal of Spirits (1756), The Sadducee Detected (1754), Union: Or a Treatise of the Consanguinity Between Christ and His Church (1759), and Great Salvation Contemplated (1776).

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.
Relly, James, 1722?-1778. "Book of Common Place," 1764-1771: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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