A Letter Concerning Toleration
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A Letter Concerning Toleration

John Locke

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A Letter Concerning Toleration

John Locke

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A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke was originally published in 1689. Its initial publication was in Latin, though it was immediately translated into other languages.
Locke’s family was sympathetic to Puritanism but remained within the Church of England, a situation that coloured Locke’s later life and thinking. Raised in Pensford, near Bristol, Locke was 10 years old at the start of the English Civil Wars between the monarchy of Charles I and parliamentary forces under the eventual leadership of Oliver Cromwell. Locke’s father, a lawyer, served as a captain in the cavalry of the parliamentarians and saw some limited action. From an early age, one may thus assume, Locke rejected any claim by the king to have a divine right to rule.
After the first Civil War ended in 1646, Locke’s father was able to obtain for his son, who had evidently shown academic ability, a place at Westminster School in distant London. It was to this already famous institution that Locke went in 1647, at age 14. Although the school had been taken over by the new republican government, its headmaster, Richard Busby (himself a distinguished scholar), was a royalist. For four years Locke remained under Busby’s instruction and control (Busby was a strong disciplinarian who much favoured the birch). In January 1649, just half a mile away from Westminster School, Charles was beheaded on the order of Cromwell. The boys were not allowed to attend the execution, though they were undoubtedly well aware of the events taking place nearby.

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  3. Introduction
Citation styles for A Letter Concerning Toleration

APA 6 Citation

Locke, J. (2019). A Letter Concerning Toleration (1st ed.). Heritage Books. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/2912635/a-letter-concerning-toleration-pdf (Original work published 2019)

Chicago Citation

Locke, John. (2019) 2019. A Letter Concerning Toleration. 1st ed. Heritage Books. https://www.perlego.com/book/2912635/a-letter-concerning-toleration-pdf.

Harvard Citation

Locke, J. (2019) A Letter Concerning Toleration. 1st edn. Heritage Books. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/2912635/a-letter-concerning-toleration-pdf (Accessed: 15 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Locke, John. A Letter Concerning Toleration. 1st ed. Heritage Books, 2019. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.