The Wodrow-Kenrick Correspondence 1750-1810: Volume I: 1750-1783

ISBN : 9780198809012

Martin Fitzpatrick; Emma Macleod; Anthony Page
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Reverend James Wodrow (1730-1810), minister of the Church of Scotland at Stevenston in Ayrshire, and Samuel Kenrick (1728-1811), tutor to a Renfrewshire family until 1763, and subsequently a merchant and banker in Bewdley, Worcestershire, began corresponding soon after leaving the University of Glasgow in 1750. They continued to do so until James Wodrow's death in 1810. Unusually, around 85% of the letters on both sides survive, held in manuscript in Dr Williams's Library, London. Volume I of this edition covers the years 1750-1783. Their correspondence is an exceptionally rich resource for the study of British culture and society in the era of Enlightenment and revolutions but one which has been underused, despite its value, and which ought to be much more widely known and available to scholars working in a range of fields. In lively and highly readable letters, Wodrow and Kenrick discussed politics, religion, reform, revolution, theology, international affairs, society, the economy, education, family, friendship, health, books, and many other concerns. Sustained over six decades, the correspondence reveals the lives of two highly literate provincial men and their families during the high and late Enlightenment, and the age of revolutions. Because they disagreed on some matters, notably the American and French Revolutions, they wrote lengthy and passionately-argued letters about them which are here made easily available to scholars for the first time. Samuel Kenrick lived in England from 1765, and the men only met again in 1789, so their friendship was carried out almost entirely on paper for forty-five years. The correspondence constitutes a remarkable record of a friendship.


General introduction
Introduction to Volume I
Letters 1-78 (1750-1783)


Martin Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Aberystwyth University. He subsequently joined the staff of the History department, where he taught for many years. He works on the history of ideas in the late eighteenth century and is particularly interested in comparative dimensions of the English and Scottish Enlightenments. His publications concern the life and thought of Joseph Priestley and Richard Price, Rational Dissent (especially its relationship with radicalism), the theme of toleration, and the nature of the Enlightenment. In 1977, he was a co-founder, with Dr D. O. Thomas, of the Price-Priestley Newsletter and subsequently of the journal Enlightenment and Dissent. ; Emma Macleod was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and she has taught at the University of Stirling since 1996. She has published widely on British attitudes to America and France during the Revolutionary period, and she is now working on a comparative study of the political trials in the 1790s in the Anglophone North Atlantic world. She is co-editor of the Scottish Historical Review. ; Anthony Page is a graduate of La Trobe and Adelaide Universities, and has lectured in History at the University of Tasmania since 2002. He has published on the impact of war on eighteenth-century Britain and the role of unitarian Rational Dissent in campaigns for religious, antislavery, and political reform. He is author of John Jebb and the Enlightenment Origins of British Radicalism (2003) and Britain and the Seventy Years War, 1744-1815 (2015).