Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Unusual SuspectsPitt's Reign of Alarm and the Lost Generation of the 1790s$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kenneth R. Johnston

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657803.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 April 2019

The Radical Moravian

The Radical Moravian

James Montgomery (1771–1854)

Chapter:
(p.64) 4 The Radical Moravian
Source:
Unusual Suspects
Author(s):

Kenneth R. Johnston

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657803.003.0004

James Montgomery is known to history as a prolific writer of church hymns. In his young manhood, he was a liberal newspaper editor and poet in Sheffield. Encouraged by the radical Joseph Gales, who absconded to America to avoid prosecution, Montgomery took over Gales’s newspaper, the Register. In the mid-1790s, Montgomery was twice arrested, tried, and imprisoned for publishing items which packed juries found seditious. These experiences led Montgomery to moderate his liberalism, withdraw from newspaper publishing, and return to the Moravian religiosity of his youth. He said he had learned the necessity of being hypocritical. He sought to suppress all copies of his collection of satirical essays, The Whisperer, pseudonymously authored by ‘Gabriel Silvertongue.’ After his retreat from active politics he became a benefactor of public and religious good works in Sheffield, and continued to write poems, which Coleridge and Byron admired, on safer liberal subjects, such as the abolition of the slave trade.

Keywords:   James Montgomery. Joseph Gales. Christian radicalism. Newspapers. Government intimidation. Gabriel Silvertongue. Censorship

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .