Edward Rushton, son of Thomas Rushton, was born in Liverpool. After leaving the free school at the age of nine he was apprenticed to a firm that traded with the West Indies. He developed a strong aversion to slavery, and having lost his sight at the age of nineteen quit the sea and became an abolitionist. His father set him up as a tavern-keeper, a situation Rushton left to edit the Liverpool Herald, which he was forced to leave when his liberal views got him into trouble. He then made his living as a bookseller. Rushton's sight was restored by an operation in 1807, after thirty-three years of blindness
1782To the People of England.
1787Neglected Genius: or, Tributary Stanzas to the Memory of the unfortunate Chatterton.
1794Lines. Written immediately after the Birmingham Riots.
1794Written for the General Fast in England, April 1794.
1802Ode, to France.
1806On the Death of Hugh Mulligan.
1814Verses occasioned by reading Southey's Carmen Triumphale.
The dismember'd empire. A poem. 1782.
West-Indian eclogues. 1787.
Neglected genius: or, Tributary stanzas to the memory of the unfortunate Chatterton. 1788.
Expostulatory letter to George Washington, of Mount Vernon, in Virginia, on his continuing to be a proprietor of slaves. 1797.
Lucy's ghost. A marine ballad. 1800.
Poems and other writings, ed. William Shepherd. 1824.
Will Clewline, a ballad, 1801. 1870.