- J. M. Wheeler
- , revised by H. C. G. Matthew
Scott, Thomas (1808–1878), freethinker, was born on 28 April 1808 in France, where he was brought up as a Roman Catholic and became a page at the court of Charles X. Having an independent fortune, he travelled widely, and spent some time among North American Indians. About 1856 he grew dissatisfied with Christianity, and in 1862 he started issuing tracts advocating 'free enquiry and the free expression of opinion'. These were printed at his own expense, and given away mostly to the clergy and cultured classes. Between 1862 and 1877 he issued, first from ...