The Unveiling of a Statue of Priestley at Birstall.


THE merits of Joseph Priestley—theologian, philosopher, social reformer, and man of science—were recognised by some at least of his contemporaries. He was on terms of friendship with such men as Franklin, Wedgwood, Watt, and Banks, and he enjoyed the patronage and companionship of Lord Shelburne. In 1766 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, and seven years later the Copley medal was awarded to him.

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