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Letters from the Rev. Samuel Davies
Original Author: Samuel Davies
Created: 1757
Medium: Printed title page
Publisher: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Letters from the Rev. Samuel Davies, &c. Shewing The State of Religion (particularly among the Negroes) in Virginia.

The title page of Letters from the Rev. Samuel Davies, &c. Shewing The State of Religion (particularly among the Negroes) in Virginia indicates that the forty-four-page pamphlet was published in London in 1757. Davies, an evangelical Presbyterian pastor and educator who lived and worked in Hanover County, Virginia, from 1748 to 1759, actively sought to convert slaves to Christianity. As part of that effort he also promoted educating them so they would be able to read the Bible and other religious tracts. " Spelling Books, and Watt's two sets of Catechisms, are now most wanted among the Negroes," he wrote to a friend in England in February 1757, in a letter included in this collection.

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