Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799

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British economist and clergyman.

From the description of Josiah Tucker papers, 1781. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980669

English clergyman and economist.

From the description of ALS, 1777 Dec. 6, Gloucester, England, to Thomas Cadell, London. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122585644

Josiah Tucker (1712-1799) was born in Wales and was successively curate and rector in Bristol, where he formed a great interest in matters of trade and politics. In 1758 he was appointed Dean of Gloucester. He produced a large number of pamphlets on religious, political, and economic subjects.

From the description of Quatre traités avec deux sermons sur les sujets de politique et de commerce : [France?] : ms., 1780 / par Josiah Tucker, docteur doïen de Glocester. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 54031812

Josiah Tucker (1713-1799), was a key political and economic writer and controversialist of the 18th century. Although his Welsh origins were obscure he was educated at the grammar school at Ruthin in Denbighshire, before entering St John's College, Oxford, as an exhibitioner in 1733. He graduated BA in 1736, and went on to take holy orders, graduating MA in 1739 and DD in 1755. Appointed vicar of St Stephen's, Bristol in 1737, his first published work, an attack on Methodism, appeared in 1739, but the scope of his comment broadened rapidly and he eventually produced over 40 books and pamphlets on political and economic issues. An avowed controversialist, he was content to be unpopular, being burned in effiigy in central Bristol for supporting Jewish naturalization. From 1758 he was appointed Dean of Gloucester, and divided his time between this city and his parish in Bristol. In the 1770s the topic dominating his attention was the question of the independence of Britain's North American colonies, leading to two notable works: 'Cui bono?' and 'A treatise concerning civil government' (both 1781). Although his output declined in the later decades of his life, his interest continued and he remained a respected figure. He relinquished his post in Bristol in 1793 as his health declined, and died as the reult of a stroke in Gloucester. He is buried in the Cathedral.

From the guide to the MS 294: Letters & Notes Relating to Josiah Tucker, 1776-1791, (Library, St John's College, Oxford)

English economist and divine.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bristol, to Mr. Cadell, 1776 Sept. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270573421

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Gloucester, to Mr. Cadell, 1781 Dec. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270573426

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creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. Autograph letter signed : Gloucester, to Mr. Cadell, 1781 Dec. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Anderson, James, 1739-1808. Statement, 1782. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Jones, Joseph, 1727-1805. Papers, 1766-1841, bulk: 1766-1792. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. ALS, 1777 Dec. 6, Gloucester, England, to Thomas Cadell, London. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection on Publishing and Bookselling, 1749-1835 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA
creatorOf MS 294: Letters & Notes Relating to Josiah Tucker, 1776-1791 Library, St John's College, Oxford
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. Autograph letter signed : Bristol, to Mr. Cadell, 1776 Sept. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Treatise on the iron trade of Great Britain, [1757-1765] Senate House Library (University of London)
creatorOf Elements of commerce and theory of taxes, 1755 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Letters from others sent to Thomas Cadell, 1766-1825. Houghton Library
creatorOf Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872,. Collection on publishing and bookselling, 1749-1835. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799,. Autograph letter incomplete signed from Josiah Tucker to [Dr. Percival?] [manuscript], 1789 November 28. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900 (inclusive);, 1738-1866 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. Josiah Tucker papers, 1781. Library of Congress
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. Quatre traités avec deux sermons sur les sujets de politique et de commerce : [France?] : ms., 1780 / par Josiah Tucker, docteur doïen de Glocester. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Anderson, James, 1739-1808. person
associatedWith Berrow, Capel., 1715-1782 person
associatedWith Borgman, Albert Stephens, 1890-1954 person
associatedWith Bristol City Parish Church (Bristol, England) corporateBody
associatedWith Bunbury, Henry William., 1750-1811 person
associatedWith Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802, person
associatedWith Campbell, George, 1719-1796. person
associatedWith Chalmers, Alexander., 1759-1834 person
associatedWith Colebroke, George. Sir, 1729-1809 person
associatedWith Colebrooke, George. Sir, 1729-1809 person
associatedWith Dodsley, James., 1724-1797 person
associatedWith Fisher, Daniel., 1731-1807 person
associatedWith Fitzherbert, Alleyne., 1753-1839 1st Baron St Helens Diplomat person
associatedWith Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902 person
associatedWith Gastrell, Francis., 1662-1725 person
associatedWith Gloucester Cathedral corporateBody
associatedWith Greenwood, William. ( 1687 or 88-1769) person
correspondedWith Hill, George Birkbeck Norman, 1835-1903 person
associatedWith Hudson's Bay Company corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Joseph, 1727-1805. person
associatedWith Locke, John., 1632-1704 person
associatedWith Ostervald, Jean Frederick., 1663-1747 person
correspondedWith Percival, Thomas, 1740-1804 person
associatedWith Petty, William., 1737-1805 1st Marquess of Lansdowne person
associatedWith Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, person
associatedWith Possibly: Sykes, Joseph, 1723-1804 person
associatedWith Price, Richard., 1723-1791 person
associatedWith Rivington, John., 1720-1792 person
associatedWith Secker, Thomas, 1693-1768 person
associatedWith Seward, William., 1747-1799 person
associatedWith Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge corporateBody
associatedWith Turgot, Anne-Robert-Jacques. baron de l'Aulne, 1727-1781 person
associatedWith William Seward, fl. ca. 1790 person
associatedWith Yorke, Joseph., 1724-1792 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Bristol (England)
Great Britain
Gloucester (England)
United States
Bath (England)
Great Britain
United States
Books and bookselling
Great Britain
Manuscripts, French


Birth 1712

Death 1799-11-04





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