General Bibliography for Thelwall

Thelwall's writings

Writings about Thelwall

Obituaries of Thelwall

Chronologically ordered writings of John Thelwall including literary, politcal and elocutionary

Thelwall, J. (1787). Poems on various subjects (2 vols.) London: John Denis.

Thelwall, J. (1791). Ode to science. Recited at the Anniversary meeting of the Philomathian Society, June 20, 1791. London: Samuells & Richie.

Thelwall, J. (1791/1978). Ode to science ; John Gilpin's ghost ; Poems: The trident of Albion. Edited by Donald H. Reiman. Garland Publisher.

Thelwall, J. (1793). An essay towards a definition of animal vitality in which several of the opinions of John Hunter are examined and controverted. Read at the theatre of Guys Hospital, January 26, 1793. London: T. Rickaby, printer, sold by Robinson, Debrett, Cox.

Thelwall, J. (1793/2001). The peripatetic, or sketches of the heart of nature and society in a series of politico-sentimental journals (3 vols.) London: Printed for the author. Republished in 2001 by Judith Thompson, Detriot, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Thelwall, J. (1794a). Political lectures, containing the lecture on spies and informers and the first lecture on prosecutions for political opinions, to which is prefixed a narrative of facts relative to the recent attempts to wrest from the people the palladium of their natural and constitutional rights, Liberty of Speech. (Vol1) London: D. I. Eaton.

Thelwall, J. (1794b/1968). The poor debtor: A tale. In Politics for the people: Or a Salmagundy for swine. Facsimilie: New York: Greenwood I: 118-121.

Thelwall, J. (1794c). On the moral tendency of a system of spies and informers and the conduct to be observed by the Friends of Liberty and the conduct to be observed during the continuance of such a system. London.

Thelwall, J. (1795a/2000). Poems written in close confinement in the Tower and Newgate, under a charge of high treason. Otley, Woodstock.

Thelwall, J. (1795b). John Gilpin's Ghost: Or the warning voice of King Chanticleer: An historical ballad: written before the late trials and dedicated to the treason-hunters of Oakham. London: T. Smith.

Thelwall, J. (1795c). The natural and constitutional rights of Britons to annual parliaments, universal suffrage, and freedom of association. London: J. Symonds.

Thelwall, J. (1795d). Peaceful discussion and not tumultuary violence the means of redressing national grievance. The speech of John Thelwall at the General Meeting of The Friends of Parliamentary Reform called by the London Corresponding Society and held in the neighborhood of Copenhagen House. London: Printed for J. Thelwall.

Thelwall, J. (1795e). The speech of John Thelwall, at the second meeting of the London Corresponding Copenhagen House. November 12, 1795. London.

Thelwall, J. (1795-1796) Editor of the Tribune, a periodical published in 3 volumes of Thelwall's speeches (reproduced in Claeys's 1995 volume, see below).

Thelwall, J. (1796a/1995). The Tribune, a periodical, published by Thelwall, consisting chiefly of his political lectures. 3 vols (March 14, 1795-April 25, 1796). (Reprinted in Claeys, 1995-see below).

Thelwall, J. (1796b). The rights of nature against the ursurpations of establishments, being letters to the people of Britain in answer to the recent effusions to the Right Honourable E. Burke. London: H. D. Symonds & J. March.

Thelwall, J. (1796c). Sober reflections on the seditious and inflammatory letter of the Right Honourable E. Burke to a Noble Lord. London: H. D. Symonds.

Thelwall, J. (1796d). An appeal to popular opinion, against kidnapping and murder including the late atrocious proceedings at Yarmouth. 2nd edition. Including a postscript containing a particular account of the outrages at Lynn and Wisbeach. London: F. S. Jordon.

Thelwall, J. (1796e) Prospectus of a course of lectures to be delivered every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday during the ensuing lent, in strict conformity with the restrictions of Mr. Pitt's Convention Act. London: Symond's.

Thelwall, J. (1796f). An address to the inhabitants of Yarmouth, on the violent outrage lately committed in their town. Yarmouth.

Thelwall, J. (1798a). The phenomena of the Wye, during the winter of 1797-8. Monthly Magazine, 5, (May 1798) 343-346.

Thelwall, J. (1798b) The phenomena of the Wye, during the winter of 1797-8. Monthly Magazine, 6, (July 1798, 20-21.

Thelwall, J. (1798-1800). Various untitled articles on political, agricultural, financial, and personal matters. Monthly Magazine:

Vol 5, March 1798, 177-179

Vol 5, May 1798, 343-346

Vol 5, June 1798, 418-421

Vol 6, July 1798, 20-21

Vol 6, November 1798, 323-324

Vol 6, December 1798, 409

Vol 9, July 1800, 529-534

Vol 10, September 1800, 127-130

Thelwall, J. (1799). A pedestrian excursion through several parts of England and Wales during the summer of 1797. Monthly Magazine, 8 (August 1799, 532-533; September 1799, 616-619; November, 1799, 783-785; January 1800, 966-967).

Thelwall, J. (1800) A pedestrian excursion through several parts of England and Wales during the summer of 1797. Monthly Magazine, 9 (April 1800, 228-231).

Thelwall, J. (1801a). A pedestrian excursion through several parts of England and Wales during the summer of 1797. Monthly Magazine, 11, March 1801, 123-125.

Thelwall, J. (1801b) A pedestrian excursion through several parts of England and Wales during the summer of 1797. Monthly Magazine, 12, (September 1801, 1-3-106; October 1801, 198-200; November 1801, 305-308.

Thelwall, J. (1801c). Poems chiefly written in retirement (preceded by an autobiographical memoir). Hereford: W. H. Parker.

Thelwall, J. (1801d). The daughter of adoption: A tale of modern times. Written under the pseudonym John Beaufort. 4 vols. R. Phillips.

Thelwall, J. (1802a). Selections and original articles, read and recited in illustration of Mr. Thelwall's lectures on the science and practice of elocution. York, UK: A. Bartholoman (also, Wakefield: Printed by Rowland Hurst)

Thelwall, J. (1802b) Poems Chiefly Written in Retirement. The Fairy of the Lake, a Dramatic Romance; Effusions of Relative and Social Feeling: and Specimens of the Hope of Albion; or, Edwin of Northumbria: An Epic Poem [includes a prefatory memoir]. Hereford: W.H. Parker.

Thelwall, J. (1802c). J. Thelwall's justification. Monthly Magazine, 13, 344-347. Thelwall's response to William Belsham's critique of his personality in his book Memoirs of the reign of George the Third.

Thelwall, J. (1802d). General plan and outline of Mr. Thelwall's course of lectures on the science and practice of elocution/ delivered and about to be delivered. Birmingham: J. Belcher (8 p)

Thelwall, J. (1802e). Element in the science of elocution. Volume 12, Part 2 of Rees, Abraham The new cyclopaedia: or, Universal dictionary of arts and sciences: formed upon a more enlarged plan of arrangement than the dictionary of Mr. Chambers, comprehending the various articles of that work, with additions and improvements, together with the new subjects of biography, geography, and history, and adapted to the present state of literature and science. Philadelphia: Robert Carr and John Conrad.

Thelwall, J. (1803). Elocution and oratory: general plan and outline of Mr. Thelwall's course of lectures, on the science and practice of elocution; delivered and about to be delivered, in the principal cities and towns of England, Scotland, etc. Manchester: R. & W. Dean (12pps)

Thelwall, J. (1804a). Mr. Thelwall and Mr. Gough on the voice. Monthly Magazine, 17, 9-11.

Thelwall, J. (1804b). Case of a child blind and speechless, apparently from the operation of the inoculated small-pox. Monthly Magazine, 17, 516-519.

Thelwall, J. (1804c). A letter to Francis Jeffrey, Esq., on certain calumnies and misrepresentations in the Edinburgh Review; the conduct of certain individuals on the night of Mr. Thelwall's probationary lecture at Bernard's Rooms Edinburgh and the ignorance of the new critical junto of the simplest elements of English composition and English Grammar, with an appendix, containing outlines of a course of lectures on the science and practice of elocution. Edinburgh Review. Printed for the author by John Turnbull.

Thelwall, J. (1804d). Mr. Thelwall's reply to the calumnies, misrepresentations, and literary forgeries, contained in the anonymous observations on his letter to the editor of the Edinburgh Review: With a further exposition of the ungrammatical ignorance of the writers and vindicators of that defamatory journal. Glasgow: W. Lang.

Thelwall, J. (1805a). On cutting the bridle of the tongue. The Medical and Physical Journal, 14, 256-259.

Thelwall, J. (1805b) Mr. Thelwall's introductory discourse on the nature and objects of elocutionary science; and the studies and accomplishments connected with the cultivation of the faculty of oral expression: with outlines of a course of lectures on the science and practice of Elocution. London: Ponterfact.

Thelwall, J. (1805c). Letter to the editor of the Medical and Physical Journal, 13, 450-455. (Announcement of the opening of his "College for the Cure of all Impediments of Speech" and advertising for his Course of Lectures in London. Also includes some of Thelwall's classification of speech impediments.)

Thelwall, J. (1805d) The Trident of Albion, an epic effusion; and an oration on the influence of elocution on martial enthusiasm; with an address to the Shade of Nelson, delivered at the Lyceum, Liverpool, on occasion of the late glorious naval victory. To which is prefixed an introductory discourse on the nature and objects of elocutionary science. Liverpool: G. F. Harris.

Thelwall, J. (1806a). On difficulty of speech. Medical and Physical Journal, 15, 172-175. (Article publicizing and responding to a therapy of Wallis for a Mr. Thomas Wood to compensate for his long tongue that produced speech problems.)

Thelwall, J. (1806b). Selections and original articles, for Mr. Thelwall's Lectures on the science and practice of Elocution; together with the Introductory Discourse and Outlines. Birmingham, UK: J. Belcher & Son.

Thelwall, J. (1806c). A monody, occasioned by the death of the Right Honorable Charles James Fox. London: Printed for the author.

Thelwall, J. (1807a). On the musical properties of English syllables. Letter to editor. Monthly Magazine, 23, 28-31 (An article on Thelwall's prosodic theory).

Thelwall, J. (1807b). Correction of mistakes in relation to Abbe de l'Eppe. Monthly Magazine, 24, 442-445. (a response to Mr. Mann's article in the Monthly Magazine on l'Eppe's attitude on speech education for the deaf.)

Thelwall, J. (1807c). Further particulars of the public exhibition of pupils at mr. Thelwall's institution for the cure of impediments of speech. Monthly Magazine, 24, 41-42.

Thelwall, J. (1808a). Mr Thelwall's plan and terms of tuition, etc.: Institution for the cure of impediments of speech, instruction of foreigners, cultivation of oratory, English composition and polite literature, and the preparation of youth for the more liberal departments of active life.

Thelwall, J. (1808b). On the treatment of impediments and of the deaf and dumb. Letter to the editor. Monthly Magazine, 25, 202-205.

Thelwall, J. (1809). Historical and oratorical society at Mr. Thelwall's institution. Monthly Magazine, 28, 152-157.

Thelwall, J. (1810a). A letter to Henry Cline, Esq. on imperfect development of the faculties mental and moral as well as constitutional and organic and on the treatment of impediments of speech. London: Richard Taylor & Co.

Thelwall, J. (1810b). The vestibule of eloquence ... Original articles, oratorical and poetical, intended as exercises in recitation, etc. London. J. McCreery.

Thelwall, J. (1810c). On the application of the principles of musical proportion in the treatment of impediments of speech. Monthly Magazine, 30, 104-108. (Thelwall accuses a Mr. Odell of plagiarism. He also describes what he sees as his contributions and expertise in the area of prosody and what he has borrowed from Joshua Steele).

Thelwall, J. (1810d). Mr. Thelwall's reply to Mr. Smart. Monthly Magazine, 30, 301-303. (Thelwall responds to a previous article in Monthly Magazine saying that Thelwall's contributions are nothing new.)

Thelwall, J. (1812). Selections for the illustration of a course of instructions on the rhythmus and utterance of the English language: with an introductory essay on the application of rhythmical science to the treatment of impediments, and the improvement of our national oratory; and an elementary analysis of the science and practice of elocution, composition, etc. London: J. McCreery.

Thelwall, J. (1813). Defence of Mr. Thelwall on the criticisms against his three publications in the Monthly Review. New Review, 1, 689-693

Thelwall, J. (1814). Results of experience in the treatment of cases of defective utterance, from deficiencies in the roof of the mouth and other mal-conformations of the organs of speech, with observations on cases of amentia and tardy and imperfect developments of the faculties. London: J. McCreery.

Thelwall, J. (1822). The poetical recreations of The Champion and his literary and critical, which have appeared in The Champion Newspaper, edited by Thelwall. London: printed by the Champion Press, sold by R. Phillips.

Thelwall, J. (1825a). Mr Thelwall's lecture on the enunicative organs and formation of the literal elements. Monthly Magazine, 60, 113-117.

Thelwall, J. (1825b). Critique of Erasmus Darwin. Monthly Magazine, 60, 5-8.

Thelwall, J. (1826). Mr. Thelwall's lecture. On the harmonic qualities of the literal elements, and their classification according to their musical and other inherent properties. Panoramic Miscellany, 1, 41-47. (And on other elocutionary matters: 193-198, 347-354, 635-642, 796).

Thelwall, J. (1995). The politics of English Jacobinism: Writings of John Thelwall, editor, G. Claeys. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University.

Writings about Thelwall, arranged alphabetically

Allard, James (2002). Bare of laurel: The poetic body and the romantic poet-physician. Unpublished Dissertation, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

Allard, James (2004). John Thelwall and the politics of medicine. European Romantic Review, 15, 1, 73-87.

Allen, B. Sprague (1922). William Godwin's infuence upon John Thelwall. Publications of the Modern Language Association, 37, 662-682.

Anonymous (1834). Obituary notice. The Times, 19 February, p. 5.

Cestre, C. (1906). John Thelwall. A pioneer of democracy and social reform in England during the French Revolution. London: Sonnenschein & Co.

Claeys, G. (Ed.) (1995). The politics of English Jacobinism: Writings of John Thelwall. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University. (This contains Thelwalls political thinking, mostly from the journal which Thelwall wrote, The Tribune, with an analysis from Claeys, a British Historian.)

Cone, Carl (1968). The English Jacobins. NY: Scribners.

Davies, Damian Walford (2002). Presences that disturb: Models of romantic identity in the literature and culture of the 1790s. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. (Chapter 5 is on "Models of fellowship and fulfillment: Wordsworth, Coleridge, John Thelwall. Also, there are transcriptions of eleven of Thelwall's letters in the appendix, with notations on background information (pp. 285-329).

Duchan, J. (in press). Conceptual frameworks of John Thelwall, a 19th century speech therapist, and how they fit today's practices. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

Gallop, Geoffrey (1986). Ideology and the English Jacobins: The case of John Thelwall, Enlightenment and Dissent, 5, 3-20.

Gibbs, Warren (1928). John Thelwall and the Panoramic Miscellany. Notes and Queries, CLV, 386-392.

Gibbs, Warren (1930). Unpublished letter from John Thelwall to S. T. Coleridge. Modern Language Review, 25, 85-90.

Grumbling, Vernon Owen (1977). John Thelwall: Romantick and revolutionist. Dissertation, University of New Hampshire.

Haberman, Frederick (1949). Thelwall: His life, his school, and his theory of elocution. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 33, 292-298 (reprinted in R. Howes (see next)

Haberman, Frederick (1961). John Thelwall: His life, his school, and his theory of elocution. In R. Howes (ed.) Historical studies of rhetoric and rhetoricians. (pp. 189-197). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Hampsher-Monk, Iain (1991) John Thelwall and the eighteenth-century radical response to political economy, Historical Journal, 34, 1-20.

Hazlitt, William ( ). On the difference between writing and speaking. In P. P. Howe (ed) The complete works of William Hazlitt. 1, 31, Vol. 1. 264-279.

Hunter, Richard & Macalpine, Ida. (1963, 1982). John Thelwall, mental and moral deficiency, 1810. In Richard Hunter and Ida Macalpine (Eds.) Three hundred years of psychiatry 1535-1860 (656-657). London: Oxford University Press.

Jeffrey, Francis (1803). Thelwall's poems. Edinburgh Review, 2, 197-202.

Jeffrey, Francis (1804). Observations on Mr. Thelwall's letter to the editor of the Edinburgh Review. Edinburgh: D. Willison, 1804.

Johnston, Kenneth (1998) The hidden Wordsworth: Poet, lover, rebel, spy. NY: Norton.

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Langan, Celeste (2003). Pathologies of communication from Coleridge to Schreber. The South Atlantic Quarterly, 102.1, 117-152.

McCann, Andrew (1997). Politico-sentimentality: John Thelwall, literary production and critique of capital in the 1790s. Romanticism, 3, 35-52.

McCann, Andrew (1999). Cultural politics in the 1790's: Literature, radicalism and the public sphere. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

McCann, Andrew (2001). Romantic self fashioning: Public speaking circa 1800.

Murphy, Michael (2002). John Thelwall, Coleridge, and the Ancient Mariner. Romanticism, 8, #1.

Newton, John (1795). The trial at large of John Thelwall for high treason. London: H. D. Symonds.

Osterheld, Helen (2002). John Thelwall's polyvocal politics. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36, 1, Fall, 2002, 122-125.

Pollin, B. R. (1970). John Thelwall's marginalia in a copy of Coleridge's. Bibliographia Literaria. Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 74, 73-94.

Rockey, D. (1977). The logopaedic thought of John Thelwall, 1764-1834: First British speech therapist. British Journal of Disorders of Speech, 12, 83-95.

Rockey, D. (1979). John Thelwall and the origins of British speech therapy. Medical History, 23, 156-175.

Roe, Nicholas (1984). Who was Spy Nozy? Wordsworth circle, 15, 46-50.

Roe, Nicholas (1988). Wordsworth and Coleridge: The radical years. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Roe, Nicholas (1990) Coleridge and John Thelwall: The road to Nether Stowey. In Richard Gravil, Richard and Molly Lefebure (Eds.) The Coleridge Connection. (pp. 60-80) Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Roe, Nicholas (1998). Atmospheric air itself: Medical science, politics and poetry n thelwall, Coleridge and Wordsworth. In R. Cronin (Ed.). 1798: The year of the Lyrical Ballads. (pp. 185-202) NY: St. Martin's Press, Inc.

Scrivener, Michael (2000). John Thelwall and popular Jacobin allegory, 1793-95. ELH Baltimore, 67, 4, 951-971.

Scrivener, M. (2001). Seditious allegories: John Thelwall and Jacobin writing. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University.

Shaw, Jane (2002). John Thelwall and the Revolution of 1749. In T. Morton and N. Smith (Eds). Radicalism in British literary culture, 1650-1830: From revolution to revolution.

Smith, E. (1881). The story of the English Jacobins: Being an account of the persons implicated in the charges of high treason, 1794. London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.

Thelwall, Cecil Boyle (Mrs). (1837) The life of John Thelwall. London: J. Macrone. (Officially written by wife of Thelwall, after his death, but some think that Thelwall himself wrote it before that.)

Thelwall, R. (1981). The phonetic theory of John Thelwall. In R. E. Asher & Eugenie J. A. Henderson (eds). Towards a history of phonetics (pp. 186-203). Edinburgh: At the University Press.

Thompson, E. P. (1994). Hunting the Jacobin Fox. Past and Present, 142, 94-140.

Thompson, Judith (1998). A voice in the representation: John Thelwall and the enfranchisement of literature. In Julia Wright and Tilottama Rajan (Eds). Romanticism, history and the possibilities of genre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thompson, Judith (1977) An autumnal blast, a killing frost: Coleridge's poetic conversation with John Thelwall. Studies in Romanticism 36, 3, Fall, 427-56.

Thompson, Judith (Winter, 1994) John Thelwall and the Politics of Genre, 1793-1993. Wordsworth Circle, 25, 1, 21-24

Thompson, Judith (1996). John Thelwall. In G. Kelly & E. Applegate (Eds.). Dictionary of literary biography, 148: British reform writers, 1789-1832. (pp. 328-335). The Gale Group.

Thompson, Judith (in press). The silenced partner: John Thelwall and the Wordsworth Circle.

Weinroth, Michelle (1982). John Thelwall, political lecturer and poet. Unpublished Masters' Thesis, McGill University

Wolfe, Stephen (1990). John Thelwall. In R. Greenfield (Ed.). Dictionary of literary biography, 93: British Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 (pp. 294-303). The Gale Group.


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See above link (low in the page) for a caricature of John Thelwall drawn by James Gillray's. The drawing shows Thelwall speaking at a Corresponding Society Meeting at the Copenhagen House in Spa Fields, Islington, a section of London, England. The lecture was delivered October 26, 1795 and the drawing was published November 16, 1795.

The caption reads: Copenhagen House."I tell you, citizens, we mean to new-dress the Constitution and turn it, and set a new nap on it" Shakespeare.

Obituaries of Thelwall

Bristol Gazette, 20 February, 1834

Gentleman's Magazine, 1834, 2, 549-550

The Times 19 February, 1834, p. 5