EBENEZER ELLIOTT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/04/1842 - HFSID 73470
EBENEZER ELLIOTT Elliott handwrote, dated and signed this letter in 1842, telling the recipient who he'd vote for. This letter was written a year after Elliott moved to Great Houghton, where he died. Autograph letter signed "Ebenezer Elliott". With blank ink title on ruled leaf in unknown hand.
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Elliott handwrote, dated and signed this letter in 1842, telling the recipient who he'd vote for. This letter was written a year after Elliott moved to Great Houghton, where he died.
Autograph letter signed "Ebenezer Elliott". With blank ink title on ruled leaf in unknown hand. 1 page, 6¾x6½ letter affixed to 7¼x7¾ ruled leaf. Great Houghton, Barnesley, England, Oct. 4, 1842. Addressed to "Sirs". Titled on leaf in unknown hand: "Ebenezer Elliott the Corn law Rhymer". In full: "Sirs In reply to your favour of /the /9th ins. I will vote for Mr. [illegible], if you will let me know the day, hour place, in time. Letters usually reach me here, two days out of course. I am Sirs respectfully your obt. Sevt." Elliot moved to Great Houghton in 1841 and lived there until his death Elliott (1781-1849, born in the Parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, England) was known as the "Corn Law rhymer". The Corn Laws, in force between 1815-1846, were enacted to "protect" British farmers and landowners against competition from imports of cheap foreign grain though the use of high import tariffs. Elliott blamed these laws, which benefited only the British aristocracy, for the ruin of the financial affairs of both his father and himself (Elliott had lost all his money after investing in his father's share of an iron foundry and faced financial ruin a second time while the Corn Laws were still in effect). From that time on, Elliott, who had previously written poems with romantic themes, changed his verses to express his political convictions. Collections of his works include The Corn Law Rhymes, The Splendid Village; Corn-Law Rhymes, and Other Poems (three volumes, 1833-1835), which included his 1829, poem "the Village Patriarch", and More Prose and Verse by the Corn-Law Rhymer (two volumes, 1850). Elliott also contributed verses to several publications, including "Tails Magazine" and the "Sheffield and Rotherham Independent". Letter is lightly toned, soiled and creased. Discolorations from adhesive and impressions in all corners, which touch signature and handwriting. Random ink stains. Hole and wax seal remnants in lower left corner. Folded once horizontally and thrice vertically and unfolded. Leaf is lightly toned and soiled. Missing upper right corner. Tear in right edge. Leaf was neatly torn from notebook or album on left edge.
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