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DAY, Thomas, English author, born in London, 22 June 1748; died 28 September 1789. He studied law, but never practiced, having inherited a large fortune. He sympathized with the American patriots, and advocated their cause at public meetings. Having adopted the peculiar social views of Rousseau, he selected two girls from a foundling hospital, with the intention of educating them and making one of them his wife, but the experiment did not succeed. He is the author of "The Dying, Negro," written in conjunction with Mr. Bicknell (1773); "The Devoted Legions," a poem against the war with America (1776);" The Desolation of America," a poem (1777); "Reflections on the Present State of England and the Independence of America" (1782); " Letters of Marius" (1784); "History of Sandford and Merton," his best known book (1783'9); and other works.
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