Dr John Moore: Journal

Scope and Content

The journal covers the period 6 November 1790 - 28 July 1792, just before Moore's departure for France, and 26 September - 3 November 1795. It includes (1791) reactions to Burke's Reflections on the French Revolution; the convention signed between Britain and Spain; the question of Warren Hastings' impeachment; Pitt's political difficulties; the defeat of Wilberforce's motion for the abolition of the slave trade; the fleet at Spithead ready to sail against Russia; the flight of the King and Queen of France from Paris, and their recapture; the Birmingham riots; Tom Payne's pamphlet Common sense; a tour in Wales; (1792) the possibility of a French war; the Church of England's intolerance of dissenters, and Dr. Priestley's appeal to the public; Tom Paine's Rights of Man; a visit to John Wilkes; Wilberforce's new motion against slavery; the assassination of the King of Sweden; the resignation of the Chancellor; the dispute between General Benedict Arnold and Lord Lauderdale, and their duel; (1795) disturbances in Paris; public disappointment in Pitt; and the King insulted by the populace as he went to open Parliament. Many pages have been torn out at the end. 97 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr. John Moore (1729-1802), physician and writer, was a graduate of Glasgow University. He was a surgeon's mate in the Duke of Argyll's regiment, 1747; assistant surgeon of the Coldstream Guards, 1748; surgeon to the household of the Earl of Albemarle; and ambassador in Paris, 1749. He was in practice in Glasgow and London, 1751-72; and accompanied the 8th Duke of Hamilton on a tour of the Continent, 1772-78. Moore wrote travel books, medical treatises and novels. In 1792 he went to France with the Earl of Lauderdale, and saw disturbances and massacres in Paris. Following his time on the continent he published A journal during a residence in France from the beginning of August to the middle of December 1792, in two volumes, 1793-94. He had five sons, including General Sir John Moore (1761-1809) and Admiral Sir Graham Moore (1764-1843).

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Acquisition Information

Purchased 1995.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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