Thomas Gordon

(1684—1750) pamphleteer and classical scholar

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Thomas Gordon died in London on 28 July 1750. Very little is known of his early career. Said to be a native of Kirkcudbright, the date of his birth is uncertain, and nothing is known of his parentage, of his childhood, or of his early education. He emerges from obscurity as a teacher of languages in London in the second decade of the eighteenth century; also as a writer of light-hearted essays, such as A Dedication to a Great Man, concerning Dedications … (1719), of pamphlets written in support of Benjamin Hoadly during the Bangorian controversy, and of a collection of pieces entitled The Humorist (1720). He achieved a more durable literary fame through his collaboration with John Trenchard, first in the publication of a series of weekly numbers later republished as The Independent Whig, and then in a further series, also frequently republished, under the title Cato's Letters.


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