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1901. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. Re-. Thomas Bray was born at
Marton, in Shropshire, Ensr'and, in 1656, and died on February
17,1730, in London. He was a graduate of All Souls College, Oxford,
in 1678, and. a clergyman of the Church of England. A man of
unbounded energy and benevolence, he was the founder of the Society
for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, and the Society for the
Propagation of the Gospel.. He is said to have interested
Oglethorpe in the condition of the poor debtors, which interest
resulted in the founding of the Colony of Georgia, and " Dr. Bray's
Associates," founded-by him, still support clerical libraries in
England and negro schools in the Colonies. His part in the
establishment of the Anglican Church in Maryland was an important
one, though he spent only a few months in the Province. Most of all
for us in the United States, does he deserve remembrance because of
his admirable work in the way of establishing libraries both for
clergy and laity throughout, the "Plantations.' He was the first
advocate of the public library in America, and to his efforts was
due the establishment of libraries in most of the parishes in
Maryland and in the important towns of the other Colonies. In an
article published in the American Historical Reviev , Vol. II, p.
59,1 have traced with some care the fate of Dr. Bray's "American
Libraries." We here print a life ot Dr. Bray from an unpublished
manuscript, and add to it reprints of some of his writings which
particularly deal with the Province of Maryland. Among these is one
which is the first extant imprint of any Maryland press, over a
quarter of a century before Parks set up his Annapolis Gazette and
more ihau ten years before Zenger came to Chestertown. The life of
Dr. Bray here printed is the basis of the prin...
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