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Elihu Palmer(1764-1806) was an American deist philosopher. Originally trained as a Presbyterian minister, he rejected that religion and created the Deistical Society in New York City in 1796. In 1801, he published his major work, Principles of Nature; or, a Development of the Moral Causes of Happiness and Misery Among the Human Species, and sent a copy to Thomas Jefferson in 1802. No reply from Jefferson has been found. Jefferson's copy of this work is still at the Library of Congress.
- ↑ 18th Century Online Encyclopedia: Enlightenment and Revolution, s.v. “Palmer, Elihu” (by Jason Horn), http://www.enlightenment-revolution.org/index.php/Palmer%2C_Elihu (accessed February 5, 2009).
- ↑ See Palmer to Jefferson, 1 September 1802. Letterpress copy available at Library of Congress.
- ↑ Sowerby, 2:24-5.
- Elihu Palmer. Principles of Nature; or, a Development of the Moral Causes of Happiness and Misery Among the Human Species. London: J. Cahuac, 1819.
- Walters, Kerry. The American Deists: Voices of Reason and Dissent in the Early Republic. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1992.