Publications » Vol. 30: London Debating Societies, 1776-1799
Compiled and introduced by DONNA T. ANDREW
By the 1770s there were many private, or semi-private clubs or societies in London and the number increased as the gripping political and religious issues seized the interests and imaginations of Londoners. In 1780 these clubs were transformed into large-scale commercial events whose managers used the burgeoning press to advertise their topics of debate. This volume contains almost a quarter-century’s worth of such advertisements, taken from eleven of the most popular of London’s daily newspapers. The volume ends in 1799 when the government repressed most public assembly and free speech. There is an index of the topics covered by these public debates.
418pp volume 30, 1994 LIST PRICE £20