John Wilkes

John Wilkes (17 October 1725 – 26 December 1797) was a British radical, journalist and politician. He was first elected a Member of Parliament in 1757. In the Middlesex election dispute, he fought for the right of his voters—rather than the House of Commons—to determine their representatives. In 1768, angry protests of his supporters were suppressed in the St George's Fields Massacre. In 1771, he was instrumental in obliging the government to concede the right of printers to publish verbatim accounts of parliamentary debates. In 1776, he introduced the first bill for parliamentary reform in the British Parliament.

During the American War of Independence, he was a supporter of the American rebels, adding further to his popularity with American Whigs. In 1780, however, he commanded militia forces which helped put down the Gordon Riots, damaging his popularity with many radicals. This marked a turning point, leading him to embrace increasingly conservative policies which caused dissatisfaction among the progressive-radical low-to-middle income landowners. This was instrumental in the loss of his Middlesex parliamentary seat in the 1790 general election. At the age of 65, Wilkes retired from politics and took no part in the social reforms following the French Revolution, such as Catholic Emancipation in the 1790s. During his life, he earned a reputation as a libertine. Provided by Wikipedia

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Published 1788
Printed for James Hay, and sold by all booksellers in town and country

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Published 1763
Printed for J. Pridden, at the Featbers, in Fleet-street

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by Wilkes, John
Published 1763
Lnodon [sic]: printed by especial appointment for E. Sumpter. And, Dublin: re-printed, and sold by the booksellers
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by Wilkes, John
Published 1775
Printed for and sold by J. Whitaker; and T. Axtell

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by Wilkes, John
Published 1764
printed for Stuart Donaldson in the Strand

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by Wilkes, John
Published 1787
printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster Row

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by Wilkes, John
Published 1784
printed for G. Kearsley, in Fleet-Street