For a period he was a tutor at the Nonconformist Academy that was established in Hackney in 1768 , and he discussed matters like premiums and Newton 's Principia with some of the students there.
Dr Llewelyn Gwyn Chambers, Bangor
When only 35, he published Review of the Principal Questions in Morals , 1758 , anticipating the essential ethical doctrines of Kant . Annuity calculations led to F.R.S. ( 1765 ), and Reversionary Payments , 1771 , with his ‘ Northampton Tables ,’ 1780 , placed actuarial valuation for assurance and pensions on a scientific basis, William Morgan , his nephew, being trained by him. Four Dissertations , 1767 , brought him a D.D. from Aberdeen ( 1767 ). Appeal … on the National Debt , 1772 , urged the re-establishment of the Sinking Fund , which Pitt , seeking and receiving his advice ( 1786 ), did.
Promoting liberty everywhere, he championed religious toleration and parliamentary reform at home , supporting the Irish Volunteers and the Scottish Burgh reformers . He defended and advised the American Colonies ; five months before the Declaration of Independence , Civil Liberty , 1776 , with its political philosophy derived from his moral philosophy, lifted the American question from precedents and charters to the high ground of moral right, and had an enormous circulation; honours followed — the freedom of London ( 1776 ), a remarkable invitation from Congress to regulate the States’ finances ( 1778 ), and Yale 's LL.D. in sole company with Washington ( 1781 ); before the States framed their Constitution ( 1787 ) appeared his pamphlet of advice, Importance of the American Revolution , 1784 , which, approvingly noted by leading Americans , almost certainly influenced the Constitution. Both pamphlets advocated the federal principle. Disclaiming republicanism for Britain , he welcomed the French Revolution (in its first stage) in Love for our Country , 1789 , calling forth Burke 's Reflections , 1790 , but supported by Paine 's Rights of Man , 1791 .
Price 's numerous friends and correspondents included Shelburne , Priestley , Hume , Adam Smith , Condorcet , Mirabeau , Turgot , Franklin , Jefferson , and Washington . He d. 19 April 1791 .
Richard Price 's father,
Roland Thomas, M.A., Ph.D. (1876/85-1951), Glamorganshire
Published date: 2001