Richard Price

1723 (Llangeinor, Wales) – 1791 (Newington Green, England)

Wollstonecraft (among the congregation at Price’s chapel), Godwin, Blake, Priestley, Franklin and Johnson were all members of the same radical-dissenting circle on the outskirts of London. Priestley took over Price’s ministry, and read his funeral oration — their often-oppositional views only seemed to strengthen their friendship. Price got some of his friend Bayes’ work on probability posthumously published – his own work was foundational for insurance and pensions business. Franklin corresponded with him about hot-air balloons and population-growth, and got him to advise Congress on finance; Condorcet, Turgot, Smith (who did not respect his abilities), and Hume (who visited), also all corresponded.