Thomas Johnson (scholar)

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Thomas Johnson (died 1737) was an English cleric and academic, a moralist writer.


Johnson was a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge (B.A. 1724, M.A. 1728), who was senior university taxor in 1732; and later chaplain at Whitehall Palace. He died in July 1737.[1]


He was one of the four editors of Robert Estienne's Latin Thesaurus, 4 vols. 1734–5; the others were Edmund Law, John Taylor,[2] and Sandys Hutchinson.[3] In 1735 he published an edition of Samuel Pufendorf's De Officio Hominis et Civis, London; other editions, 1737, 1748, 1758. His other writings are:

  • An Essay on Moral Obligation: with a view towards settling the Controversy concerning Moral and Positive Duties[4] (anon.), Cambridge, 1731, written in answer to pamphlets by Thomas Chubb and another (anonymous author, The True Foundation of Natural and Reveal'd Religion) that was in fact by Arthur Ashley Sykes.
  • The Insufficiency of the Law of Nature, Cambridge, 1731.
  • A Letter to Mr. Chandler, in Vindication of a Passage in the Lord Bishop of London's second Pastoral Letter, Cambridge, 1734. To Samuel Chandler.
  • Quæstiones Philosophicæ in justi systematis ordinem dispositæ … Ad calcem subjicitur appendix de legibus disputandi, Cambridge, 1734 (other editions, 1735, 1741).




 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Johnson, Thomas (fl.1718)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.