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Society for Constitutional Information

Society for Constitutional Information. Founded in 1780 by Major Cartwright and other middle-class radicals to promote parliamentary reform, the SCI flourished until 1783, but thereafter made little headway, partly because its energies were diluted by efforts in support of anti-slavery, prison reform, and the civic emancipation of dissenters. The SCI actively promoted Paine's Rights of Man and other radical publications, and under the leadership of Horne Tooke collaborated with other reform societies, metropolitan and provincial. After the government repression and treason trials of 1794, the SCI ceased to meet, without being formally dissolved.

John F. C. Harrison

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