Ralph Waldo Emerson learned Swedenborgian from his friend Wordworth who was one. Emerson was a Unitarian Reverend of Boston's Second Church, and was found after 1829 to be diligently studying such Masonic writers as Rousseau, Goethe, Swift, and pagan works such as
Aristotle and Plutarch. His sermons were spiced with references from Socrates and Confucius. He wrote a book on the Mason Swedenborg's religious thinking entitled Observations on the Growth of the Mind.
Another early abolitionist was William Ellery Channing, both a Freemason and a Unitarian minister. Channing also studied and was influenced by Rousseau, Voltaire and other masonic
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