Martin Madan Bibliography

Thelyphthora 1780
Madan was a lawyer who turned to Methodism after hearing John Wesley preach. He was ordained in 1750 and appointed chaplain of Lock Hospital, London (1750-80) where he championed the cause of prostitutes and became known as ‘Counsellor Madan’. His career was blighted when a storm of protest greeted his Thelyphthora (“ruination of women”) . . . A Treatise on Female Ruin, with its advocation of polygamy as a remedy for the evils of prostitution, adultery and seduction. Madan maintained, though, that his views were consistent with Holy Scripture.
Thoughts of Executive Justice 1785
Samuel Romilly penned a reply in 1786.