John Thelwall


"Citizen" John Thelwall was employed in his father's mercer shop, worked as tailor and attorney's clerk, and later supported himself as an author and lecturer. He was a member of the London Corresponding Society and a supporter of radical causes, for which he was accused of high treason. Thelwall was imprisoned with Horne Tooke in 1794, but was acquitted in a famous trial. He became a lecturer on elocution and in 1809 founded an institution to cure speech defects. From 1818 he edited The Champion, a political and literary newspaper. In Henry Crabb Robinson's diary there is an account of Thelwall's stuttering students giving a performance of Comus.


1787Elegy XI. The Departed Friend.
1787The Metamorphoses. A Fairey Tale.
1787The Tears of the Genii on the Death of Jonas Hanway, Esq.
1801The Fairy of the Lake.


Orlando and Almeyda: a legendary tale. 1787.
Poems on various subjects. 2 vols, 1787.
A speech in rhyme. 1788.
The biographical and imperial magazine, ed. Thelwall. 1789-92.
Ode to science ... recited at the Philomathian Society. 1791.
An essay towards a definition of animal vitality. 1793.
The peripatetic, or sketches of the heart, of nature, and society; in a series of politico-sentimental journals, in verse and prose. 1793.
Citizen Thelwall. Fraternity and unanimity to the friends of freedom. 1795.
John Gilpin's ghost: or the warning voice of King Chanticleer. An historical ballad. 1795.
The natural and constitutional right of Britons to annual parliaments. 1795.
Political lectures. 1794, 1795.
Poems written in close confinement in the Tower and Newgate. 1795.
The natural and constitutional rights of Britons to annual parliaments, universal suffrage, and freedom of popular association. 1795.
Peaceful discussion ... the means of addressing national grievance. The speech of John Thelwall. 1795.
The speech of John Thelwall at the general meeting of the Friends of Parliamentary Reform. 1795.
The speech of John Thelwall at the second meeting of the London Corresponding Society. 1795.
The tribune ... consisting chiefly of the political lectures of John Thelwall. 1795.
An appeal to popular opinion against kidnapping and murder. 1796.
A particular account of the late outrages at Lynn and Wisbeach. 1796.
Prospectus of a course of lectures. 1796.
The rights of nature against the usurpation of establishments. 1796.
Sober reflections on the seditious and inflammatory letter of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, to a noble lord. 1796.
Strike; but Hear!!!. 1796.
Poems chiefly written in retirement. 1801.
The daughter of adoption: a tale of modern times. 4 vols, 1801.
The black bowl, Feb 3 1208, or tears of Eboracum: an old monkish legend. 1802.
A letter to Francis Jeffrey, Esq. on certain calumnies and misrepresentations in the Edinburgh review. 1804.
Mr. Thelwall's introductory discourse on the nature and objects of elocutionary science ... with outlines of a course of lectures. 1805.
The trident of Albion: an epic effusion. 1805.
Monody on the Right Hon Charles James Fox. 1806.
A letter... on imperfect developments of the faculties, mental and moral. 1810.
The vestibule of eloquence ... original articles, oratorical and poetical, intended as exercises in recitation. 1810.
Results of experience in the treatment of cases of defective utterance. 1814.
The champion, editor. 1818.
The poetical recreations of the Champion... with a selection of essays, ed. Thelwall. 1822.
Politics of the English Jacobins: The Writings of John Thelwall, ed. Gregory Claeys. 1995.