Home  »  library  »  BIOS  »  John Horne Tooke (1736–1812)

C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

John Horne Tooke (1736–1812)

Tooke, John Horne. An English political writer and grammarian; born at Westminster, June 25, 1736; died at Wimbledon, March 18, 1812. The chief of his early works was a pamphlet entitled ‘The Petition of an Englishman.’ He studied law; took orders in the Church of England; was a friend and adherent of Wilkes, but afterward quarreled with him, and was denounced in the famous ‘Junius Letters.’ His chief work, ‘Epea Pteroenta [Winged Words]; or, The Diversions of Purley,’ was published in 1805. He was an active member of the Society of Correspondence formed by the admirers of the French Revolution, and was committed to the Tower, but acquitted.