Moncure Conway, 1832 – 1907

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Professor John D'Entremont
Professor John D’Entremont
Peter Cadogan
Peter Cadogan (1921 – 2007)
Conway Memorial Lecture
Conway Memorial Lecture
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Delivered at Conway Hall in December 1977. Chaired by Peter Cadogan and presented by Professor John D’Entremont.
Abstract

A varied biographical sketch of Conway. It covers: Conway’s consistent opposition to slavery; his move from Methodism, to radical Unitarianism, and finally to humanism; his career as Minister of South Place Chapel; his emphasis on self-discovery and self-development; his literary output, especially his classic biography of Tom Paine; his friendships with Emerson and Whitman; and his comparatively late realisation of the reality and persistence of evil, a realisation connected with his work for international peace.

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