Correspondence. Manuscripts, English -- 18th century.
Henry was a Scottish minister and historian born in Stirlingshire, Scotland to James Henry, a farmer and Jean Galloway. He attended local parish schools and went on to study the arts and divinity at the University of Edinburgh. Following his education Henry was master at a grammar school in Annan and ordained by the Church of Scotland in 1748. Henry served as minister to New Greyfriar's Church, Edinburgh in 1768 and in 1776 installed at Old Kirk. In 1774 Henry had the honor of being elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. As an historian Henry wrote The History of Great Britain, five large quarto volumes, between April 1771 and December 1785. Thomas Cadell was Henry's London publisher. In 1793 a sixth volume was publish posthumously. Henry married Ann Balderston (d. 1800) in 1763.
A letter from Robert Henry to Thomas Cadell Booksellers dated January 3, 1785 regarding the publication of the fifth volume of The History of Great Britain from first invasion of it by the Romans under Julius Caesar. In the letter Henry described the shipment to London by sea of 150 copies in sheets, three copies in boards, and the plan to send fifty more on another vessel. Henry wrote of the fifth volume being published in Scotland and of its success. Additionally, Henry noted his hope for success of the work in England.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Zachs-Adam Rare Book Fund.
Sold by Arthur Freeman Rare Books and Manuscripts (London, England), 2016.