Anti-Jacobin, The (2140 words)

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The Anti-Jacobin, or Weekly Examiner, was a conservative newspaper founded for the purpose of combating “JACOBINISM in all its shapes, and in all its degrees, political and moral, public and private” (7), meaning that it opposed the French Revolution, its principles, and all those who advocated political or social reform. The fear of insurrection in the autumn of 1797 was substantial: in October 1796 Spain had joined the French by declaring war on the United Kingdom, in December 1796 a French invasion of Ireland had been averted only by bad weather, in February 1797 the Bank of England had been forced to suspend cash payments in specie, in April and May 1797 the naval mutinies at Spithead and Nore had exposed the discontent …

Citation: White, Steven. "Anti-Jacobin, The". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 July 2014 [, accessed 09 July 2020.]

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