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Researching and preserving information about the life, community, and worldview of Colonel Philip Ludwell III of Green Spring, Virginia.
Researching and preserving information about the life, community, and worldview of Colonel Philip Ludwell III of Green Spring, Virginia.

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At some time, most likely following the death of his wife Frances in 1753, Philip Ludwell III began compiling a Commonplace book of Orthodox services, liturgical texts, and prayers that he translated. For more info: http://www.ludwell.org/philip-ludwells-translation-of-the-lenten-prayer-of-st-ephrem
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At some time, most likely following the death of his wife Frances in 1753, Philip Ludwell III began compiling a Commonplace book of Orthodox services, liturgical texts, and prayers that he translated. For more info ...

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In September 1787, as the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia wound down, two Orthodox Christians, Lucy Ludwell Paradise (daughter of Philip Ludwell III) and her husband John, sailed from Britain to the United States, where they visited Philadelphia, New York, and Gen. George Washington at Mount Vernon. They also visited Green Spring Plantation, Lucy's childhood home outside Williamsburg, and the possible location of the first Eastern #Orthodox chapel in North America.

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Yorktown is famous: the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War that led to Independence. Yet what happened at Green Spring three months earlier was crucial to that victory. Those events of July 1781 happened on lands that Philip Ludwell III was intimately familiar with and involved names like Lafayette, Cornwallis, Tarleton, and Wayne.

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Orthodox memorial service held in March 2016 for Virginia colonial official Philip Ludwell III and family

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The original spring runs clear at Green Spring Plantation, Virginia. Home of Gov William Berkeley and the Ludwell family.

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1658 Petition to England's Parliament for Recognition of Orthodox Clergy
The British-American Philip Ludwell III was received into Orthodox Christianity at the Russian Church in London in 1738. This parish began in 1716 following the visit to England of a delegation from the Patriarchate of Alexandria led by Metropolitan Arsenius of Thebes. And yet it seems that he was not the first Bishop of his Church to want to come to England with a delegation.

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Philip Ludwell: The First Known Convert to Orthodox Christianity in America
Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to the Lee family.

The scion of one of the largest landholding and politically prominent families in early Virginia, he was born at Green Spring near Williamsburg on December 28, 1716. He passed away in 1767 in London, where he was a neighbor and friend of Benjamin Franklin.

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Philip Ludwell III, the Virginia General Assembly, and the Search for a Cure for Cancer

Philip #Ludwell III served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1742 to 1749. In 1748 he introduced a bill into the Virginia Assembly for "regulating the Practitioners in Physic" and was also delegated by the Assembly to work on a cure for cancer (an action most recently referenced in a 2008 statement by the US Federal Trade Commission). For further interesting details, visit the ACPL website. 
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