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Illustrious British pamphleteer sends instructions, signs his name in brown ink
Autograph note signed: "Wm. Cobbett/ Balt-Cont, 16.N.W." in brown ink. 7¼x2 affixed to 7¾x9½ piece of white paper. In full: "Mr. Dean, when you come fold the hogs or corn, pay Mr. Bicknell's Bill, and make a receipt". William Cobbett (1763-1835) was an English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist; he was best remembered for his ideal that reforming Parliament and abolishing the rotten boroughs (small electorate with much influence) would help to end the poverty of the farm laborers and his plan to actively attack the "borough-mongers, sincecurists, and tax-eaters" relentlessly. Initially a loyalist, Cobbett became somewhat radical and helped lead the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832 and eventually won a seat in Parliament that same year. He advocated his beliefs through many different publications including newspapers like the Political Register and Two-Penny Trash, as well as books such as Advice to Young Men (1829) and The English Gardener (1829). Cobbett was twice charged with seditious libel: in 1810 after objecting in his publication The Register to the flogging of local militiamen by Hanoverians (Britain's German rulers) he was sentenced to two years in prison, and in 1831 after writing a pamphlet supporting the Swing Riots, although his own defense of himself was so successful, he was never convicted. Very toned. Frayed in bottom edge. Soiled and worn. Affixed with newspaper picture and articles. Small tears throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: March 9, 1763 in Farnham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 18, 1835 in Normandy, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

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