Perhaps that is what you intended to write. As for Unitarians he certainly attacked them, particularly during the French revolution but by the time he left Newgate he had become very open to the ideas of such as Eaton, upon whose punishment in thew pillory he wrote a famous piece. Far from being prejudiced against them, he always acknowledged his debt to them.
As to the Scots, he certainly teased them as did Dr Johnson , and he detested the Scots intellectuals and writers who acted as a sort of Praetorian guard for the Utilitarians and evangelicals constructing an ideology for capitalists.
Still read his Rural Rides through Scotland in and you will get an idea of what he thought about a nation with which he had been well acquainted throughout his life, in New Brunswick and Pennsylvania particularly. He was devoted to Burns for example. Cobbett wrote about 15 million words during a career which began in and ended in His Political Register alone runs to 88 volumes.
Since his death he has been the object of generatioins of condescension at the hands of people who have either not read him or not understood what he was writing about. This is particularly the case with Rural Rides. Better yet Google up a Political Register and read some of them. You will soon realise that the man you are dealing with is a profound and astute observer of a new society ours being born in terrible upheavals.
GK Chesterton wrote a biography that is worth reading. Cole, George Spater and Daniel Green are among his other recent biographers, and they are all good. One aspect of Cobbett that is often forgotten is his critique of US democracy and society, to be found in his 12 Volume Collected Works of Peter Porcupine which is often eerily prophetic. As an introduction to government finances it compares very well with anything currently on offer from, for example, those howling calamity over the deficit.
Chris, thank you for the corrections, and for all the additional comment, information and resources.
I have only dipped the tip of my toe into this stream. But I am a huge admirer of Cobbett, believe me — he is a hero of mine, especially in the light of his unlikely comradeship with Francis Maseres.
Chris, while he was an Anglican he was also pretty scathing of the Anglican clergy. He picked and chose his parsons. He got along not at all well with the one in Botley who stopped the residents ringing the bells to celebrate his release from Newgate in He castigated others in the Political Register for gratuitously interpreting sundry passages of the Bible as an instruction to the poor to shut up and be happy with their lot.
I know about it but I am eager to learn more. And, where the cases of individual Jews are concerned, as in the case of Mrs her name will come to me later the woman who was charged with exporting gold sovereigns under an ancient law, he showed no prejudice and defended her from persecution. Again his writing on the suicide of the banker Goldsmid, did not strike me as anti-semitic, merely anti-banker. Again he disagreees with Ricardo but not as an anti-semite would and did. One has to be careful about attributing anti-semitism. How does Coleridge write about Jews? Or Southey?
Or Scott in Ivanhoe and elsewhere? Heine disliked him but then Marx took him very seriously. You are right. My suspicion is that Cobbett was exceedingly opportunistic so far as religion was concerned. He detested methodists and evangelicals, partly because he sensed that they were attacking one evil slavery in order to enforce another in the form of the new, strictly regulated proletarianised society.
He saw them as busybodies interfering in the rights of the poor. And he reached these conclusions long before he had become a Parliamentary Reformer. He saw the clergy of the Established Church most of whom were as impious as he was as a constituency to be relied upon. One more thing that has struck me is that Cobbett was, in , very much the Burkean champion.
As Burke had been, Cobbett was a political parvenu in Unlike Burke he refused to tolerate the airs and graces and arrogance of the Whig leadership. All very interesting to me but very boring to sensible people. Cobbett as you know brings in his extended anecdote about Maseres to underline an elaborate point he was making, after taking a look at Reigate Priory, about his conviction of the beneficent effect of monastic establishments in feeding the poor.
William Cobbett (9 March – 18 June ) was an English pamphleteer, farmer, journalist His best known book is Rural Rides (, still in print). . Cobbett published the Complete Collection of State Trials between and and warning of the dangers of paper money, as well as many essays and letters. Cobbett, William, Cobbett: selections, with Hazlitt's essay and other Printed by Mills, Jowett, and Mills, published by W. Cobbett, ) (page.
Maseres, descended from Huguenots, constantly argued that the Catholic Church was corrupt, in particular that crafty priests inveigled people into leaving money away from their family. Another source has it that he used to live quite frugally, and invest his surplus income each year in the funds, never calculating how much he was worth, so had no idea that the value of his estate so far out-stripped what he left to his family.
Fellowes, on the other hand, this is not in Cobbett gave up the parson-ing, bought an estate in Reigate Doods, I think , and lived the life of a gentleman. Reviewing my comments I feel bound to apologise for my pomposity. Thank you for your information on Maseres who had a career in Canada as you know when William was a baby. I seem to recall that Maseres was a mathematical genius and grew rich by shrewd speculation.
I am sorry that you do not like Cobbett, I suspect that he would have liked your blog. Are you therefore Chris Harries? Thank you for all your comments, which were helpful and enlightening. There is much about Maseres to fascinate — his financial speculation was accidentally shrewd and possibly a lesson to us all. He lived within his means and only ever put his surplus income into Consols, where it all just quietly accumulated until he was a very wealthy man. He was renowned for dressing all his life in the fashions of his youth in the s. He lived comfortably in London and Reigate, but not extravagantly — his big indulgence was publishing, and he was a prolific author, editor and sponsor of work by writers he supported, which he published in luxurious editions at his own expense.
He gave a collection of books to the Public Library in Reigate which still exists as the Cranston Library — all of them his own works. The collection includes his extensive mathematical work, including his book refuting the legitmacy of using the negative sign in arithmetic.
His main claim to mathematical fame was his work on compound interest and annuities, which is the foundation of actuarial science. He also collected papers on the history of the French in Canada, and also Parliamentary tracts, and published them in collections. All still there, all apart from the work on annuities which has recently been republished forgotten these days, I think. My interest in Cobbett has been rekindled, after first hearing about him over forty years ago whilst taking GCE O Level history, and I have now ordered the book plus two biographies from Amazon.
Have just catalogued two editions of this book for the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.
Am researching biographical information on Pitt Cobbett who edited a revised edition during his curacy as the vicar of Crofton, He was a wine merchant in Adelaide around and returned to England and entered the ministry in These connections to Australia are of interest to the Society and the users of the collection. I would greatly appreciate any further information about Pitt Cobbett. Perhaps, someone may know if he was related to William Cobbett as the surname suggests. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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