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primary national leaders who influenced the flow of history at
the time, he was a significant figure among the secondary
The chapters on Prentiss as an orator, as a lawyer, and as a
man constitute an excellent evaluation of the individual under
JAMES H. MCLENDON
The University of Texas
Richard Peters: Provincial Secretary and Cleric, 1704-1776. By
Hubertis Cummings. Philadelphia (University of Pennsyl-
vania Press), 1944. Pp. viii+347. $3.00.
Eight volumes of the Pennsylvania Lives Series had appeared
before the University of Pennsylvania Press published this able
work on one of Pennsylvania's great colonials. Four of the
eight biographical studies dealt with colonials-John Bartram,
a botanist, James Burd, a frontier defender, Johann Conrad
Beissel, a mystic, and William Smith, an educator and church-
man. Of these four men, James Burd and William Smith are
closely tied into the present biographical study at several places.
The other four studies portrayed the lives of men who lived
most of their lives and rendered most of their services after
the American Revolution. Of these four, Richard Rush and
Alexander James Dallas are well-known personages. The other
two, not so well known generally, were John White Geary, a
soldier-statesman who lived from 1819 to 1873, and John Alfred
Brashear, a scientist and humanitarian, whose dates are 1840
The foreword by Paul A. Wallace of Lebanon Valley College
speaks of Peters as follows: "Pennsylvania was well served by
its Secretary, the Reverend Richard Peters, during the middle
years of the eighteenth century. .... Richard Peters saw, as no
other man of his time did, the whole of Pennsylvania."
Successively Peters was secretary of the Land Office, secre-
tary and clerk of the Provincial Council, president of the Board
of Trustees of the College of Pennsylvania, and rector of Christ
Church in Philadelphia. These positions enabled him to learn
Pennsylvania's economic, political, educational, and religious
life, an "expanding life."
Richard Peters was trained in both law and theology, his
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/. Accessed July 6, 2015.