British Friends of the American Revolution

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representative of Old Sarum, one of the rotten boroughs that he had for so long fought to eradicate. However, his victory was destined to be ephemeral. Once again his opponents used his former profession against him. A bill was passed barring any cleric from holding a seat in the House of Commons. Even though he had long since left holy orders, Tooke was included in that category. He was allowed to complete his term but was deemed ineligible for reelection. 18

Tooke then returned to his home at Wimbledon where he continued his philosophical studies and entertained numerous friends. Death came to him on March 8, 1812. One hundred and seven years later, a tablet in honor of his contributions to the cause of the American Revolution was placed near his grave by the New England Society of Brooklyn, New York. Certainly, this recognition was due the man who, as Tooke described himself, "Merely for attempting to prevent the final dismemberment of the empire . . . became . . . the single legal victim during the contest and the single instance of proscription after it." 19


Notes
1.
T. B. Howell, ed., A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Crimes and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, XX, pp. 652-654.
3.
Alexander Stephens, Memoirs of John Horne Tooke, I, p. 435.
4.
Howell, Complete Collection, XX, pp. 652-789, is the basic source for Tooke's trial. A pro-Tooke account is found in Stephens, Memoirs, I, pp. 448-477.
5.
Howell, Complete Collection, pp. 669-670.
15.
Ibid., p. 789. Tooke appealed this decision but it was affirmed.
16.
John Horne Tooke and Richard Price, Facts Addressed to the Landholders, Stockholders, Merchants, Farmers, Manufacturers, Tradesmen, Proprietors of Every Description, and Generally to All the Subjects of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th ed., p. 115.
17.
Stephens, Memoirs, II, pp. 126-150.
19.
John Home Tooke, The Diversions of Purley, part I, p. 1.

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  • 1 - The Stage and the Players 3
  • Notes 6
  • 2 - Governor Pownall, Dean Tucker, and Major John Cartwright: Practical Idealists or Wishful Thinkers? 7
  • Notes 19
  • 3 - Pitt, Burke, and American Policy, 1763-1770 21
  • Notes 31
  • 4 - "Birds of a Feather": John Wilkes and John Horne Tooke 33
  • Notes 39
  • 5 - The "Honest Whigs" 40
  • Notes 48
  • 6 - The Coercive Acts and Their Opponents: a Study in Futility 50
  • Notes 57
  • 7 - A Dire Prediction 59
  • Notes 72
  • 8 - The House of Lords 74
  • Notes 87
  • 9 Richard Price: Apostle of Liberty 90
  • Notes 103
  • 10 - The Single Legal Victim of the American Revolution 105
  • Notes 111
  • 11 - Dean Tucker: He Told Them So! 112
  • Notes 117
  • 12 - Governor Pownall Fights to the Finish 119
  • Notes 125
  • 13 - David Hartley: Amateur Diplomat 127
  • Notes 137
  • 14 - Charles James Fox: the Life of the Party 139
  • Notes 151
  • 15 - "Peace, Peace, When There is No Peace" 154
  • Notes 162
  • 16 - Summary and Conclusions 164
  • Bibliography 173
  • Index 179
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