Edward Wilmott Blyden (1832-1912) ‘… was an Americo-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. He also taught for five years in Sierra Leone, and his writings were influential in both countries…’
James John Garth Wilkinson was the first person (Hollis R. Lynch, Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot, 1832-1912, (Oxford University Press, 15 Sep 1970). Page 82) to dedicate a book to Edward Wilmott Blyden, the Liberian Minister to England, as a sequel to Edward Wilmott Blyden’s Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race (Edward Wilmot Blyden, Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race, (Black Classic Press, 1888)).
As a result, Edward Wilmott Blyden gave a ‘… very remarkable speech…’ to the Annual General Meeting of the Swedenborg Society (Richard Lines, A History of the Swedenborg Society 1810-2010, (www.lulu.com, 2012). Page 75) in 1892, and ‘… spoke eloquently about the campaign for the abolition of the slave trade and the part played in that campaign by early Swedenborgians, and then about Islam in Africa and the role Swedenborg’s writings could play in furthering relations between Christians and Muslims…’
Edward Wilmott Blyden subsequently wrote (Edward Wilmot Blyden, Letter to J J G Wilkinson, (On the publication of The African and the true Christian religion, his “magna charta”, a study in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, 1892)) to James John Garth Wilkinson upon the publication of his The African and the true Christian religion, his magna charta. A study in the writings of Emanuel Swendenborg.
Edward Wilmott Blyden is in both of James John Garth Wilkinson‘s address books at Sierra Leone, West Africa (Swedenborg Archive Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson dated 1895. See also Swedenborg Archive Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson ‘Where is it’ dated 1.10.1892). Continue reading Edward Wilmott Blyden (1832-1912)