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Elliott, Ebenezer: letter (1834)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL49
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Elliott, Ebenezer: letter (1834)
Date(s): 1834
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 sheet
Name of creator(s): Elliott | Ebenezer | 1781-1849 | poet and merchant x Corn Law Rhymer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ebenezer Elliott was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, and initially worked at his father's foundry there. After the firm's collapse, he moved to Sheffield and started a cutlery business with money borrowed from his wife's family. He was actively opposed to the Corn Laws and founded the Sheffield Anti-Corn Law Society in 1834. Having written poetry since his youth, Elliott was actively interested in literature as well as business and politics. He published several volumes of Corn Law Rhymes in the early 1830s and consquently became known as the Corn Law Rhymer.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Ebenezer Elliot of Sheffield to the Editor of the Morning Chronicle, London, 19 Jan 1834. Urging him to 'give all possible publicity, by quoting in your leading article, or elsewhere,' to a Memorial, composed by Elliott, from Members of the Sheffield Regeneration Society, addressed to its founder, Robert Owen, which was to appear in the Sheffield Iris. Elliott thought Owen was 'honest, but wrong'; 'I resolved to be a member of his committee that I might convert him or counteract him'. Concluding: 'From discussion men learn what is true and what false: print me and Mr Owen must answer me, notice us, and the workmen, if wrong, or misled, will reason themselves into the right way.' 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:

Inserted in a copy of volume II of Elliott's poems (1833-1855) [an edition of The Splendid Village now in the Goldsmith's Library collection - classmark: G.L. 1833].

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:
July 2008

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