Thomas Cannon

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Thomas Cannon was an eighteenth-century English writer. He was a friend of John Cleland, author of Fanny Hill, until they fell out.

In 1748, he published a pamphlet defending homosexuality, Ancient & Modern Pederasty Investigated and Exemplify'd.[1]. Cannon and the publisher were prosecuted, and no copies of the book survive. However most of the text has been reconstructed from court records.[2]

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  1. George Sebastian Rousseau, Perilous enlightenment: pre- and post-modern discourses : sexual, historical Manchester University Press 1991 ISBN:0-7190-3301-2, page 147
  2. "Ancient text shows gay activist", BBC News, 25 April 2007