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(1860) Autobiography of the Rev. Dr Alexander Carlyle Minister of Inveresk

(1860) Autobiography of the Rev. Dr Alexander Carlyle Minister of Inveresk

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Minister of Inveresk

Containing Memorials of the Men and Events of his Time

Published b y William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1860. Second Edition. Half leather binding with marbles boards and decorated gilt spine, marble endpapers, gilt to top edge, pp x, 576. Illustrated with a frontispiece.

A good second edition. The leather binding is good with some rubbing, also a little of the marble paper to the front board has come away. Endpapers are very good. All contents present and pages good and clean throughout. Previous owner's name to front endpaper.

Alexander Carlyle, son of the minister of Prestonpans in East Lothian, was educated at the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leiden. He was the minister of Inveresk for 57 years. During this time he became leader, along with his historian friend William Robertson, of the 'Moderate' party of the Church of Scotland. He was one of the few ministers to attend John Home's play 'Douglas, a Tragedy' which was controversial because theatre had been banned since the Reformation and its author was a minister. All those involved were admonished and Alexander Carlyle published pamphlets (anonymously) that ridiculed his opponents and increased the popularity of the play. He was friends with many Enlightenment figures, including David Hume and Adam Smith. They called him 'Jupiter' Carlyle because of his imposing presence and love of classical learning. As a minister, he was concerned for the wellbeing of his parishioners and the community in general. He travelled to London to implore the king to exempt Scots from the new window tax.
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