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Charles Thomson (1729–1824)

Thomson, Charles. An American patriot and publicist; born in Maghera, County Derry, Ireland, Nov. 29, 1729; died in Lower Merion, PA, Aug. 16, 1824. At first a teacher at New London, PA, he became the first secretary of the Continental Congress (1774–79), and was said in compliment to be the “soul of that political body.” He destroyed his notes of its proceedings for fear of giving pain to descendants of some of the members. He published: ‘An Enquiry into the Causes of the Alienation of the Delaware and Shawaneese Indians,’ etc. (1759); a translation of the Greek (Septuagint) Bible (4 vols., 1808), which was the first English version of it; a ‘Synopsis of the Four Evangelists’ (1815); etc.