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ALMON, John, English journalist, born in Liverpool, 17 December 1737; died in Boxmoor, 12 December 1805. He became a printer and pamphleteer, and was engaged in 1761 as a writer for the "Gazetteer," and, after the production of "A Review of Mr. Pitt's Administration," he enjoyed the favor of the leaders of the opposition and established himself as a publisher. He was the confidant of John Wilkes, wrote or edited many political tracts, and in 1784 established in London a newspaper called the "General Advertiser," which proved unsuccessful. He was tried in 1770 for selling a reprint of a letter of "Junius," and in 1786 for a libel. Among his numerous publications was "The Remembrancer," a monthly collection of papers relating to American independence (London, 1775-'83), which is one of the chief sources of historical information regarding the revolution. His last published works were "Biographical, Literary, and Political Anecdotes " (1797), and the "Correspondence of the late John Wilkes," with memoirs of his life (1805).
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