Allestree meant The Government of the Tongue to serve as a partner to his treatise
on biblical interpretation, The Lively Oracles Given to Us. While the latter deals
with the proper use and application of the received Word, The Government of the
Tongue deals with that of the spoken word. He draws primarily from the book of
Proverbs and the general letter of James. First, he discusses why God gifted humankind
with speech, then how humankind has since abused it. Serving for many years as provost
of a boys’ boarding school, Allestree writes practically and instructively.