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The Textual Culture of English Protestant Dissent 1720–1800$
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Tessa Whitehouse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717843.001.0001

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Isaac Watts, Publisher

Isaac Watts, Publisher

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The Textual Culture of English Protestant Dissent 1720–1800
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Tessa Whitehouse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717843.003.0006

This chapter considers the religious and educational books Isaac Watts chose to promote and argues that his strong commitment to practical piety was very effectively disseminated. Watts used the power of his name not for money but for improvement: the implications of this are shown to include the possibility for a nuanced understanding of the international print public sphere shaped by evangelical and educational contexts. The application of this is demonstrated through two case studies of publishing projects facilitated by Watts: Jonathan Edwards’s Faithful Narrative of religious awakenings in his community, and John Jennings’s Two Discourses, originally designed for the students at his academy but later, through Watts, incorporated into a transcontinental and transatlantic network of educational texts. These studies show the impact of personal associations on publishing histories and hence of religious movements.

Keywords:   awakening, editorship, enlightenment, textual sociability, Jonathan Edwards, Halle

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