William Belsham

(1752—1827) political writer and historian

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William Belsham, the brother of Thomas Belsham, was born in Bedford, on 26 October 1752. He spent most of his life in London and died near Hammersmith on 17 November 1827. His interests were more political than those of his brother, and he earned his living by writing. In his first book of essays, he discusses some philosophical topics, but thereafter he devotes himself entirely to history and politics. His historical works are among the best published in Britain after Hume and before Macaulay. They are spiritedly libertarian in viewpoint and imbued throughout with an energy and a directness that make the works a pleasure to read.


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