John Locke Fellow 

$5000 and up

  • Fellows benefits plus two new gift memberships to be sent to recipients of your choice
  • Invitation to the annual Library Society Gala
  • Opportunity to attend private collection studies and receptions
  • Facsimile edition of the manuscript of John Locke's Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas.

John Locke (1632-1704) was the foremost English philosopher of the 17th century. His work was founded in the humanism of his day- the writings of Erasmus, Hobbes, and Spinoza- but surpassed them all, and in so doing created modern liberal theory. Locke’s liberalism ushered in the Enlightenment, and his philosophy was the intellectual underpinning of the American Revolution. In 1669, while serving as secretary for Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, Locke co-wrote the Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas, a largely liberal framework for governing the new colony. An original manuscript copy of the Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas is in the possession of the Society, and is perhaps its single greatest treasure.