Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Green, Thomas (1722-1794)

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GREEN, THOMAS, the elder (1722–1794), political writer, the son of Thomas Green of Wilby, Suffolk, an ex-soapboiler, by his wife Jane Mould, was born in 1722. He received a good education, and was possessed of considerable literary power, which he made use of chiefly in writing political pamphlets. Of these the most important were: 1. ‘A Prospect of the Consequences of the Present Conduct of Great Britain towards America,’ 1776. 2. ‘A Discourse on the Imprisoning of Mariners, wherein Judge Foster's Argument is considered and answered,’1777. 3. ‘A Letter to Dr. James Butler of Ireland, occasioned by his late publication entitled "A Justification of the Tenets of the Roman Catholic Religion,"’ 1787. 4. ‘Strictures on the Letter of the Rt. Hon. Mr. Burke, and the Revolution in France,’ 1791. He also conducted a periodical, published at Ipswich, where he resided, and called ‘Euphrasy.’ This magazine, which was commenced in 1769, and extended to twelve numbers, was written almost entirely by Green himself, and supported the church of England as against dissenters. Green died on 6 Oct. 1794, and was buried at Wilby. He married Frances Martin, by whom he left a son, Thomas Green (1769-1825) [q. v.]

[Davy's Athenæ Suffolc. ii. 425 (Addit, MS. 19166); Memoir of Thomas Green, Esq., of Ipswich, by J. Ford, 1825.]

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