Carlile, Richard, 1790-1843

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Richard Carlile, English radical publisher and writer. Inspired by the reformist writings of Thomas Paine, he distributed various radical tracts, including those of William Hone, and wrote works of his own. For his published accounts of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, he was charged with blasphemy and seditious libel and sentenced to six years in prison. Freed in 1825, he published Every Woman's Book, or, What is Love, a controversial book advocating birth control.

From the description of Richard Carlile manuscript material : 2 items, 1824-1827 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 81896195

From the guide to the Richard Carlile manuscript material : 2 items, 1824-1827, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Richard Carlile, British freethinker and journalist, became a strong advocate of freedom of the press and was first arrested in 1817 for the illegal distribution of periodicals. Thereafter he was prosecuted several times for publishing the works of Thomas Paine and other literature considered blasphemous or radical, and altogether spent over nine years in prison as a result. Foremost among his publications was The Republican (1819-26), most of which was written during his six-year confinement in Dorchester Gaol. A freethinker in religion as in politics, Carlile was strongly anticlerical and was once imprisoned for resisting the payment of church rates.

From the description of Papers of Richard Carlile, 1819-1900. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122396775

Epithet: freethinker, publisher and writer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000986.0x0000f6

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creatorOf Carlile, Richard, 1790-1843. Twelve essays published by Richard Carlile [electronic resource] 1819-1834. OCLC Econtent Synchronization Program
creatorOf Richard Carlile Papers, 1819-1900 The Huntington Library
referencedIn Robert Owen Collection, 1805-1858 National Co-operative Archive
creatorOf Richard Carlile manuscript material : 2 items, 1824-1827 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Carlile, Richard, 1790-1843. Richard Carlile manuscript material : 2 items, 1824-1827 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Robert Owen Collection, 1805-1858 National Co-operative Archive
referencedIn Colonel Richard Gimbel Collection of Thomas Paine Papers, 1692 - Circa 1921 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Carlile, Richard, 1790-1843. Papers of Richard Carlile, 1819-1900. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Vol. CC (ff. 429). July-9 Aug. 1825.includes:f.1 Edward Goodwin, Deputy Treasurer of Christ Church, Oxford: Letter to Sir R. Peel: 1825.ff. 3, 5, 188, 227-236, 315 Sir Robert John Wilmot-Horton, 3rd Baronet; formerly Wilmot: Correspondence with S... British Library
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library
referencedIn Vol. I. (ff. i. + 460). Letters of "men of political and literary reputation, probably selected by Francis Place, junior"; Sept. 1813-21 June 1852.Francis Place: Correspondence: 1813-1852.includes:ff. 1-3 Maps and Plans: Walk from London to Northampt... British Library
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associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 person
associatedWith Cambell, Theophila Carlile, Mrs. person
associatedWith Campbell, Theophila Carlile, Mrs. person
associatedWith Carlile, Elizabeth Sharples, 1803-1852, women's rights advocate person
associatedWith Carlile, Eliza Sharples. person
associatedWith Carlile, Jane. person
associatedWith Carlile, Mary Anne. person
associatedWith Cooper, Thomas, 1759-1839 person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Farrar, Squire. person
associatedWith Fitch, John person
associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830. person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith Holyoake, George Jacob, 1817-1906. person
associatedWith Mitchell, Logan. person
associatedWith Morison, Alexander, 1779-1866. person
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Owen, Robert., 1777-1858 person
associatedWith Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809 person
associatedWith Place, Francis, 1771-1854. person
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
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associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 person
associatedWith Taylor, Robert, 1784-1844. person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Watts, Thomas, carpenter person
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associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Canada, North America
Great Britain
Trials (Blasphemy)--19th century
Free thought--19th century
Authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
Freedom of the press
Publishers and publishing--Great Britain--19th century--Correspondence
Trials (Libel)--19th century


Birth 1790-12-09

Death 1843-02-10





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