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By Anthony Page

A supporter of the yankee uprising and recommend of radical rules on faith, philosophy, schooling, legislation, drugs, and politics, John Jebb (1736-1786) presents a terrific case to envision the character of radicalism in 18th-century Britain. Jebb started his occupation as a priest and educational at Cambridge within the 1760s and died as a physician and best determine between political reformers in Enlightenment London. Profoundly prompted by means of David Hartley's try to mix a Christian theology of common salvation with a materialist and determinist account of the brain, Jebb's philosophical and spiritual radicalism encouraged him to paintings tirelessly for reform. this is often the 1st glossy prolonged learn of his life.

While at Cambridge, Jebb provoked powerful conservative competition to his spiritual perspectives and recommendations for educational reform. more and more marginalized in church and college, as a tide of loyalism swept the rustic in line with uprising in the US, Jebb resigned as a priest and moved to London to paintings as a physician. because the American warfare dragged on without end, a well-liked move urging political reform constructed. Jebb turned a pacesetter of this stream and used to be instrumental in constructing a platform that known as for common suffrage and annual elections. British radicals may proceed to crusade for this platform till the mid-19th century.

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