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

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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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