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John Henley

(1692—1756) dissenting minister and eccentric


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(1692–1756), an eccentric preacher, generally known as ‘Orator’ Henley, who published works on oratory, theology, and grammar. From 1730 to 1741 he single-handedly authored the Hyp-Doctor, a pro-government weekly periodical which had the Craftsman as its main target. Infamous for his mock-biblical political preaching, he was caricatured by Hogarth and ridiculed in Pope's Dunciad.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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