This chapter examines Theobald Wolfe Tone's so-called ‘sentimental education’. It discusses the influence of his teacher Richard Martin on Tone's political thinking and mentions that he had an affair with Martin's wife. It describes his participation in the Historical Society at Trinity College where those friends who remained such an important influence on his life, including Thomas Addis Emmet. This chapter also highlights Tone's criticism on the Society in his 1789 speech where he highlighted its declining standards and the conversion of its members into a ‘mob of gladiators’.
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