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. Joseph Priestley (1732–1804), dissenting clergyman, discoverer of oxygen, political radical, and voluminous writer
on theology and other subjects (DNB
). This was the beginning of a long but not untroubled relationship, for Priestley
fled from Birmingham to Pennsylvania in 1794 and his political views and utterances
's Presidency led to suggestions that he be deported under the Alien Act—suggestions
refused to act on (JA, Works
, 9:5–6, 13–14). There is an excellent brief account of their relationship in Haraszti, JA and the Prophets of Progress
, ch. 14, which includes JA
's marginalia in his own copies of some of Priestley's theological writings.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.