William Cobbett


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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 ... more »

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  • ''Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British journalist, reformer. letter, Feb. 10, 1804.
  • ''Nouns of number, or multitude, such as Mob, Parliament, Rabble, House of Commons, Regiment, Court of King's Bench, Den of Thieves, and the like.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British journalist, reformer. English Grammar, letter 17 (1817).
  • ''... but I do not remember ever having seen a newspaper in the house; and, most certainly, that privation did not render us less industrious, happy, or free.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 22, London, The Nonesuch Pres...
  • ''As to politics, we were like the rest of the country people in England; that is to say, we neither knew nor thought any thing about the matter.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 21, London, The Nonesuch Pres...
  • ''Men of integrity are generally pretty obstinate, in adhering to an opinion once adopted.''
    William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 23, London, The Nonesuch Pres...
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