John Thelwall and Gloucestershire


In the summer of 1797, Citizen John Thelwall, ‘the most dangerous man in England’, ‘that Jacobin fox’, came to stay in Gloucestershire for the summer. Stuart Butler will relate the story of his life, times and sojourn in Gloucestershire

Citizen John Thelwall, left the too close company of prime minister William Pitt’s spies in London to seek respite with Samuel Taylor Coleridge at Nether Stowey. He then came to stay in Gloucestershire for the summer. Hear the story of his life, times and sojourn in Gloucestershire

John Thelwall’s lifelong devotion to the social speech act over solitary written art, to practice over theory, and hence to utilitarian and democratic forms (the public lecture, periodical and pamphlet) over authorized editions, has contributed to the loss of his legacy, and remains a major impediment to scholars. While modern print editions are at last beginning to appear, their high production costs and limited circulation stand in the way of the intellectual accessibility that was Thelwall’s hallmark. 

   Wotton-under-Edge Civic Centre

2 Gloucester Street, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7DN

Friday 24th November 2023 at 7.30pm

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