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THOMPSON, T. Perronet - JOHNSON, L. G.

General T. Perronet Thompson. 1783-1869.

His Military, Literary and Political Campaigns.

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1957 Stock Code: 63597
Special Price £112.50 Regular Price £225.00
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First edition. Thompson had a fascinating life. He was a middie with Gambier in the Isis, before transferring to the Army in 1806. He served in Whitelock's campaign to Buenos Aires, and in the latter stages of the Peninsular War saw "action against the French at Nivelles, Nive, Orthez, and Toulouse" (ODNB). A convinced abolitionist, from 1808 to 1810 he was the first government-appointed governor of Sierra Leone, becoming enmeshed in controversy when he exposed the actual state of affairs in the country, embarrassing Wilberforce and the Saints who persuaded the government to withdraw him. In 1820 he accompanied an expedition against the Wahabees in the Persian Gulf and introduced a clause outlawing the slave trade into the concluding treaty, but again his involvement ended in controversy when he was court-martialled for identifying various failings in his sepoy troops. On his return to London he immersed himself in a wide range of literary and radical political causes. "Thompson knew and co-operated to varying degrees with most of the leading radicals of his era. His most active period outside parliament came in the late 1830s and early 1840s, when he was a tireless spokesman and fund-raiser for the Anti-Corn Law League (which republished some of his writings), a promoter of 'sensible' Chartism, and the advocate of broad liberal alliances in towns where co-operative effort drawing in whigs, moderate reformers, and radicals seemed to be most viable" (ODNB).

An extremely interesting 4-page autograph letter signed by Thompson is laid in. Dated 1825, Thompson writes to the economist George Pryme, first professor of political economy at Cambridge, proposing that they publish a journal together, though he is wary of their political differences. "I believe you are a Whig; if such things there are. But all the Whigs are turned Radicals, and I among the rest Nevertheless I am not for pulling down faster than shall be by common consent. Therefore if you will tolerate my Radicalism, I will be gentle with your Whiggery." Four years later Thompson bailed out the Westminster Review and was part-owner and, for the next six years, "a prolific contributor to the review his articles on parliamentary reform, Catholic emancipation, and free trade were particularly influential."

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, title in silver to the spine. With the dust jacket.


Portrait frontispiece and 3 other plates.


Very good in slightly rubbed and soiled jacket.


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