Portrait of Wordsworth Donisthorpe

Wordsworth Donisthorpe

1847 – 1914

Wordsworth Donisthorpe (1847-1914). Very little is known about the private life of Donisthorpe other than his father was a prosperous textile manufacturer, that he was a barrister, and that he also had a private income which enabled him to be active in promoting chess, inventing an early moving picture camera, and radical libertarian politics.

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The latter included membership in the “Liberty and Property Defence League” (1882) founded by Lord Elcho and whose weekly newsletter “Jus: A Weekly Organ of Individualism” was edited by him. His main writings include Principles of Plutology (1876), Individualism, a System of Politics (1889), and Law in a Free State (1895).

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