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Source Notes: Source: Attributed to THOMAS CARLYLE, by Wendell Phillips, in The Scholar in a Republic, address at the centennial anniversary of the Phi Beta Kappa of Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 30, 1881.Carlos Martyn, Wendell Phillips, the Agitator, p. 581 . Unverified.
Thomas Carlyle (December 4, 1795 - February 5, 1881) was a Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian, whose work was hugely influential during the Victorian era. Coming from a strictly Calvinist family, Carlyle was expected by his parents to become a preacher. However, while at the University of Edinburgh he lost his Christian faith. Nevertheless Calvinist values remained with him throughout his life. This combination of a religious temperament with loss of faith in traditional Christianity made Carlyle's work appealing to many Victorians who were grappling with scientific and political changes that threatened the traditional social order.