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.. Cannon and the publisher were prosecuted, and no copies of the book survive. However most of the text has been reconstructed from court records.
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- George Sebastian Rousseau, Perilous enlightenment: pre- and post-modern discourses : sexual, historical Manchester University Press 1991 ISBN:0-7190-3301-2, page 147
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/6593281.stm "Ancient text shows gay activist", BBC News, 25 April 2007