From Arent Furly to Shaftesbury, 10 October 1704
Its a pleasure to see how every corner of his room is fill'd with renown'd Greeks & Romans; I was scarce an half an hour with him, but I imagin'd myself at Athens in the midst of a learned croud.; O divine rapture! but alas of too short a duration; for no sooner was I struck with admiration & reverence for their Great Wisdom & Virtues, but I perceived them to be of another & More noble Generation, than that of My contemporarys, to whom I returned with shame & confusion.
From A HISTORY OF UNITARIANISM, Socinianism (etc), 1945 by Earl Morse Wilbur
In November, 1924 the author visited Andreaswalde, a little farming village about ten miles southwest of Lyck, and a mile from Baitkowen station. So far as known no other Unitarian had ever done so. The place of Paul Crellius's residence (grandson of Professor John Crellius of Raków), where he was living at an advanced age at the middle of the eighteenth century, was easily identified, as was the pond at the foot of the knoll on which it stood, where the Socinians immersed their members by night in order to avoid a sensation. Across the road was a large old farm-house with thatched roof, 'the Arian church,' in whose ample living-room the brethren used to worship. My visit was none too soon. Half the old building had been torn down and reconstructed in the preceding summer, and the remaining part was to follow in the next season. On the estate is a hill known as the Arianer Berg (locally, "Oriander"), which was no doubt their burial place. cf. the author's illustrated article, 'The last Socinian Church visited,' Christian Register, civ, 627 ff (June 25, 1925).
From SHAFTESBURY, 1984 by Robert Voitle
Before Shaftesbury left Holland he had committed himself to sending Crell to Leiden for a year of study with Thomas Crenius (1648-1728) and Jacob Gronovius (1641-1716). Shaftesbury had manage to live in Holland for nearly a year at [pound] 200, he granted Crell [pound] 500 for the expenses of his year in Leiden.
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