George III in Coronation Garb

Pulpit Flattery and King George III

Although Freedom’s Journal lived a relatively short life, it is important in that it was the first American newspaper written by blacks for blacks. From the beginning the editors felt, “… that a paper devoted to the dissemination of useful knowledge among our brethren, and to their moral and religious improvement, must meet with the cordial approbation of every friend to humanity…“.

Pulpit Flattery

One of the first acts performed by George III. after his accession to the throne, was to issue an order, prohibiting any of the clergy who should be called to preach before him from paying him any compliment in their discourses.

His Majesty was led to this from the fulsome adulation which Dr. Thomas Wilson, prebendary of Westminster, thought proper to deliver in the chapel royal; and for which, instead of thanks, he received from his royal auditor a pointed reprimand, his Majesty observing, “that he came to chapel to hear the praises of God, and not his own.”

The circumstance operated wonderfully on the reverent orator, as from that moment he became a flaming patriot.


Collection: African American Newspapers
Publication: Freedom’s Journal
Date: May 30, 1828
Title: Pulpit Flattery
Location: New York, New York

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