Jeremiah Joyce: Radical, Dissenter and Writer
Jeremiah Joyce was one of the accused in the famous Treason Trials of 1794, which marked the suppression of radical agitation in Britain for the ensuing twenty years. He was a political radical who imbibed the traditions of the 'commonwealthman' and actively campaigned for a more democratic and representative state. Through the early 1790s, he acted as the metropolitan political agent for his patron the Earl of Stanhope and he liased between radical groups whilst also distributing radical literature including Tom Paine's Rights of Man. He was one of the very few artisans at the end of the eighteenth century adopted by the literary and scientific intelligentsia and was unique in training to become a Unitarian minister at the age of 23 after serving a seven-year trade apprenticeship and having worked as a journeyman.
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Early Life in Cheshunt
Hackney College Radicalism and Dissent
Political Notoriety and the Charge of Treason
Release and Reception
Joyce in the Unitarian World
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