Historical scholarship is now revealing a much more diverse picture of early America and its place as part of a broader, connected trans-atlantic world. One little explored aspect of this is the presence of believers belonging to the “Greek church” and in particular their relationships with many prominent cultural and political figures of the era, including some of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
In the 18th century “the Greek church” was the most commonly used term to describe the Christian churches that were not either under the authority of the Pope of Rome or that had come into existence by virtue of the sixteenth-century Protestant reformation. The term “Greek church” did not have an ethnic connotation as it was applied equally to its adherents wherever they lived in Russia, Greece, the near East, and elsewhere.
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"I pray sincerely that every Blessing may attend you, wherever you are, and particularly that of Health. O that I could invent something to restore and establish yours! But we shall meet, I trust, in a better Country, and with better Constitutions, vigorous health and everlasting youth; and since t’will be an additional pleasure so great in itself and so easily afforded us, I am persuaded we shall know one another."
- Excerpt of a 1763 letter to Philip Ludwell III from Benjamin Franklin, who at that time was on a visit to the American colonies from his duties in London as Pennsylvania's diplomat.
Ludwell and Franklin were neighbors on Craven Street in London, and instrumental in funding and organizing the charitable activities of the Associates of Dr. Bray to educate African-American children in the American colonies.
Map of 1747 London courtesy Benjamin Franklin House