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William Cobbett; his thought and his times,

Author: John Walter Osborne
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press [1966]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Cobbett (9 March 1763 ? 18 June 1835) was an English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist, who was born in Farnham, Surrey. He believed that reforming Parliament and abolishing the rotten boroughs would help to end the poverty of farm labourers, and he attacked the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters" relentlessly. He was also against the Corn Laws, a tax on imported grain. Early in his career, he  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Osborne, John Walter, 1927-
William Cobbett.
New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press [1966]
(OCoLC)565308730
Named Person: William Cobbett; William Cobbett; William Cobbett; William Cobbett; William Cobbett
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Walter Osborne
OCLC Number: 282403
Description: x, 272 pages portrait 22 cm
Responsibility: by John W. Osborne.

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"William Cobbett (9 March 1763 ? 18 June 1835) was an English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist, who was born in Farnham, Surrey. He believed that reforming Parliament and abolishing the rotten boroughs would help to end the poverty of farm labourers, and he attacked the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters" relentlessly. He was also against the Corn Laws, a tax on imported grain. Early in his career, he was a loyalist supporter of King and Country: but later he joined and successfully publicised the radical movement, which led to the Reform Bill of 1832, and to his winning the parliamentary seat of Oldham. Although he was not a Catholic, he became a fiery advocate of Catholic Emancipation in Britain. Through the seeming contradictions in Cobbett's life, his opposition to authority stayed constant. He wrote many polemics, on subjects from political reform to religion, but is best known for his book from 1830, Rural Rides, which is still in print today."--Wikipedia.

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