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Cobbett, William: letter, 12 Sep 1833

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL32
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Cobbett, William: letter, 12 Sep 1833
Date(s): 1833
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 sheet
Name of creator(s): Cobbett | William | 1763-1835 | political writer and farmer x Porcupine | Peter


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Cobbett was born in Farnham, Surrey, in 1863. He enlisted as a soldier, and was also a tutor before turning to political writing. He published pamphlets in both Britain and America, usually under the pan name of Peter Porcupine. He owned farms on both sides of the Atlantic. He espoused a mixture of radical and conservative views and was much concerned with rural distress and the state of English farming. He was briefly MP for Oldham, Lancashire, in the 1830s.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from William Cobbett of Normandy Farm [near Ash, Surrey] to an unknown recipient, 12 Sep 1833. 'He [Cobbett's son, also William] will in my name, and with my full authority agree to any modifications as to date of Bills and the like, that you may think right, and indeed, he will be advised by you in all respects.' After a reference to the History of George IV, which 'is worth more than the whole money', he ends the letter, 'But I have resolved upon the step I am taking: it is necessary to my perfect freedom: and I do beseech you to do all you can to bring it to a conclusion as quickly as possible.' The meaning and context of this letter is obscure. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library at the central building of the University of London (1921). A copy is available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from Tregaskis in 1912, about 2 months after Ludlow's books were sold at Hodgson's.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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