(1753–1814), radical publisher, bookseller, and propagandist. Providing unwavering support to leading radical writers and activists through his trade as a stationer, Eaton dedicated his life to political reform.
Educated in France and apprenticed as a stationer, Eaton displayed little interest in politics before he met Dr James Parkinson. Trading in Hoxton, he came into contact with Parkinson's circle and was persuaded in 1792 to move his business to Bishopsgate Street. Immediately he joined the London Corresponding Society and supported the Friends to the Liberty of the Press [see corresponding societies]. He became renowned for his courageous publishing  ventures, including the works of Parkinson, John Thelwall, and Charles Pigott. With two acquittals in 1793 for publishing seditious libels in works by Thomas Paine, Eaton's trials became pillars in the fight for liberty.
From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).