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PALMER, Elihu, author, born in Canterbury, Connecticut, in 1764; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 April, 1806. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1787, and studied divinity, but became a deist in 1791. He resided for a time in Augusta, Georgia, where he collected materials for Dr. Jedediah Morse's " Geography," and subsequently lived in Philadelphia and New York. In 1793 he became totally blind from an attack of yellow fever, he was a violent political agitator, and the head of the society of Columbian illuminati, which was established in New York in 1801. He published "A Fourth of July Oration" (1797), and was also the author of " The Principles of Nature, or A Development of the Moral Causes of Happiness and Misery among the Human Species" (London, 1802 ; reprinted 1819), and "Prospect or View of the Moral World from the Year 1804" (2 vols., New York. 1804).
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