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(Cobbett, William, 1763-1835)

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  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American Gardener (page images at MOA)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Advice to Young Men, and (Incidentally) to Young Women, in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life: In a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Youth, a Bachelor, a Lover, a Husband, a Father, a Citizen, or a Subject (London: H. Frowde, 1906) (Gutenberg text)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, contrib.: Cobbett's Parliamentary History (36 volumes; London: Printed by T. C. Hansard, 1806-1820) (page images at Oxford)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage Economy; To Which is Added, The Poor Man's Friend (New York: J. Doyle, 1833) (Gutenberg text)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The Emigrant's Guide (London: W. Cobbett, 1829) (multiple formats at archive.org)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland, Showing How That Event Has Impoverished the Main Body of the People in Those Countries, In a Series of Letters Addressed to All Sensible and Just Englishmen (spelling modernized from Anne Cobbett's 1846 edition) (HTML with commentary at exclassics.com)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, contrib.: The Life of Thomas Paine, With a History of His Literary, Political and Religious Career in America, France and England (2 volumes, 1893), by Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, contrib.: Political Pamphlets (London: Percival and Co., 1892), ed. by George Saintsbury, also contrib. by George Savile Halifax, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, Sydney Smith, and Walter Scott (Gutenberg text)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Rural Rides (London: A. Cobbett, 1853), ed. by James Paul Cobbett (multiple formats at archive.org)

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  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men. (New York, Harper, [1911, 1880]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men / (London : Ward, Lock & Co., [1897?]), also by Henry Ward Beecher (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, (New York, J. Doyle, 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life [electronic resource] : in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen, or a subject / (London : W. Nicholson, [18--?]) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life [electronic resource] : in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen, or a subject / (London : Griffin, Bohn, 1862) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life [electronic resource] : in a series of letters, addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a citizen or a subject / (New York : J. Doyle, 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life [electronic resource] : in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen, or a subject / (London; New York; Melbourne : Ward, Lock, [1830?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life [electronic resource] : in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen, or a subject / (London : W. Cobbett, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life [electronic resource] : in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen, or a subject / (New York : J. Doyle, 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men: and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life : in a series of letters, addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a citizen or a subject / (New York : J. Doyle, 1831) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life : In a series of letters, addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen or a subject / (London : The author, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life. In a series of letters, addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a citizen or a subject. (New York, J. Doyle, 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men : and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life: in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen, or a subject / (London : Ward, Lock, [1886?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, and (incidentally) to young women, in the middle and higher ranks of life : in a series of letters addressed to a youth, a bachelor, a lover, a husband, a father, a citizen or a subject / (London : Griffin, Bohn, 1862) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Advice to young men, with an introduction by Henry Morley. (London, New York : G. Routledge and sons, 1887) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener; (London, C. Clement, 1821) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener: (New York, C. M. Saxton & company, 1856) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener: a treatise on the situation, soil, # and laying out of gardens, on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. (New York, Turner & Hayden, 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener;: a treatise on the situation, soil, and laying out of gardens, on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses, and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. (New York, Elton & Co., 1852) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener : A treatise on the situation, soil, and laying out of gardens, on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers / (New York : C. M. Saxton, 1856) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener a treatise on the situation, soil, and laying out of gardens, on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers./ By William Cobbett. (Philadelphia, J.L. Gihon, 1854) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener : or, A treatise on the situation, soil, fencing and laying-out of gardens; on the making and managing of hot-beds and greenhouses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers / (New York : John Doyle, 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, fencing and laying-out of gardens; on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. (New York, O. Judd, [1819]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The American gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, fencing and laying-out of gardens; on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. (Baltimore, J. Robinson, 1823) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Avis aux jeunes gens et aux jeunes femmes de toutes les classes de la société, (Paris, Fischbacher, 1889), also by Jean Francois Vernes-Prescott (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Beauties of Cobbett. (London, Cobbett's register office, 1836) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The bloody buoy, (Philadelphia, P. M. Davis, 1823) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Bloody buoy (Philadelphia: : Printed for Benjamin Davies no. 68. High-Street., MDCCXCVI. [1796]), also by James Smither (HTML at Evans TCP)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The bloody buoy, thrown out as a warning to the political pilots of all nations. Or, A faithful relation of a multitude of acts of horrid barbarity, such as the eye never witnessed, the tongue never expressed, or the imagination conceived, until the commencement of the French Revolution. To which is added, an instructive essay, tracing these dreadful effects to their real causes. (Philadelphia printed. London reprinted, and sold by J. Wright, 1797) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The bloody buoy, thrown out as a warning to the political pilots of America; or, A faithful relation of a multitude of acts of horrid barbarity, such as the eye never witnessed, the tongue never expressed, or the imagination conceived, until the commencement of the French revolution. (Philadelphia : P. M. Davis, 1823) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A bone to gnaw for the Democrats, or, Observations on a pamphlet entitled "The political progress of Britain" [electronic resource]. (Philadelphia : Printed for the purchasers, 1795), also by James Thomson Callender (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A bone to gnaw for the Democrats, or, Observations on a pamphlet entitled "The political progress of Britain" [electronic resource]. (Philadelphia : Printed by William Young for William Cobbett ..., 1797), also by James Thomson Callender (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The British treaty [electronic resource] / (London : Printed for John Joseph Stockdale ..., 1808), also by Morris and Charles Brockden Brown (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Christianity contrasted with deism: or The present religion of France. To which is added, an address to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Piety. / By Peter Porcupine. (Philadelphia. : Printed, for the booksellers., 1796), also by Peter Porcupine (HTML at Evans TCP)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbet's advice to young men (London : H. Frowde, 1906) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett against himself. (London [Printed by T. Gillet for John Joseph Stockdale], 1807) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's advice. (London : Printed by T. Brettell, Rupert Street, Haymarket, [between 1827 and 1867]), also by Reginald Baliol Brett Esher, Arnold Muirhead, Thomas Brettell, Project Unica (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) IU-R, and William Cobbett Collection (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) IU-R (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Advice to young men. (London : [s.n.], 1906) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's advice to young men (from the edition of 1829) (London, H. Frowde, 1906) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's collective commentaries; or, Remarks on the proceedings in the collective wisdom of the nation, (London, Printed for J. M. Cobbett, 1822) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's collective commentaries: or, Remarks on the proceedings in the collective wisdom of the nation... (London, Printed for J.M. Cobbett, 1822) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's easy grammar : in a series of letters / (London : W. Foulsham, [18--?]) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's English grammar. (London, H. Frowde, 1906) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's lectures, trial, etc. (London, 1816-35) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's legacy to labourers; or, what is the right which the lords, baronets, and squires, have to the lands of England? In six letters, addressed to the working people of England. With a dedication to Sir Robert Peel. (London [Printed by Mills and son], 1834) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Legacy to Lords: being six lectures on the history of taxation and debt in England. To which is subjoined a scheme of substitution for taxes. Dedicated to the tax-payers of England, Scotland, and Ireland. (London, H.J. Tresidder, 1863) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's legacy to parsons ... : in six letters ... (London : [s.n.], 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's legacy to parsons; or, Have the clergy of the established church an equitable right to the tithes, or to any other thing called church property, greater than the Dissenters have not the same? And ought there, or ought there not, to be a separation of the church from the state? In six letters, addressed to the church-parsons in general, including the cathedral and college clergy and the bishops. With a dedication to Blomfield, Bishop of London. (London, [Printed by Mills], 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Legacy to parsons; or, Have the clergy of the Established Church an equitable right to the tithes, or to any other thing called church property, greater than the dissenters have to the same? And ought there, or ought there not, to be a separation of the church from the state? In six letters, addressed to the ... clergy ... With a dedication to Blomfield, bishop of London. (London, [Printed by Mills and Son], 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Legacy to parsons, or, Have the clergy of the established church an equitable right to the tithes : or to any other thing called church property, greater than the dissenters have to the same? and ought there, or ought there not, to be a separation of the church from the state? : in six letters ... / (London : [s.n.], 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Legacy to parsons : or, Have the clergy of the established church an equitable right to the tithes, or to any other thing called church propert, greater than the dissenters have to the same? And ought there, or ouht there not to be a separation of the church from the state? In six letters ... (London : C. Griffin, [1871?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's legacy to parsons : or, have the clergy of the established church an equitable right to the tithes, or to any other thing called church property, greater than the dissenters have to the same? ; and ought there, or ought there not, to be a separation of the church from the state? ; in six letters, addressed to the church-parsons in general, including the cathedral and college clergy and the bishops ; with a dedication to Blomfield, Bishop of London / by William Cobbett. (New York : D. & J. Sadlier, 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's legacy to parsons ; or, Have the clergy of the established church an equitable right to the tithes, or to any other thing called church property, greater than the Dissenters have to the same? And ought there, or ought there not to be a separation of the church from the state? / In six letters, addressed to the church parsons in general, including the cathedral and college clergy, and the bishops. With a dedication to Blomfield, Bishop of London, by William Cobbett. (London : C. Griffin, [1836?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Manchester lectures, in support of his fourteen reform propositions : which lectures were delivered in the Minor Theatre, in that town, on the six last days of the year 1831 : to which is subjoined a letter to Mr. O'Connell, on his speech, made in Dublin, on the 4th of January, 1832, against the proposition for the establishing of poor-laws in Ireland. (London : Published at no. 11, Bolt-court, Fleet-street, 1832), also by Mr O'Connell (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's Paper against gold: containing the history and mystery of the Bank of England, the funds, the debt, the sinking fund, the bank stoppage, the lowering and the raising of the value of paper-money; and shewing, that taxation, pauperism, poverty, misery and crimes have all increased, and ever must increase, with a funding system. ([London, W. Cobbett jun., 1817]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's paper against gold : containing the history and mystery of the Bank of England, the funds, the debt, the sinking fund, the bank stoppage, the lowering and the raising of the value o [sic] paper-money; and shewing, that taxation, pauperism, poverty, misery and crimes have all increased, and ever must increase, with a funding system. ([London] : W. Molineux, printer, Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane : Published by W. Cobbett, Jun., no. 8, Catherine Street, Strand: and retailed at no. 192, Strand, [1817]), also by Arnold Muirhead, William Molineux, and William Cobbett Collection (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) IU-R, contrib. by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's parliamentary debates during the ... session of the ... Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the Kingdom of Great Britain ... (London : [s.n.], 1812), also by Great Britain Parliament (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's parliamentary debates, during the ... session of the ... Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Kingdom of Great Britain ... (London : R. Bagshaw, 1804-1812), also by Great Britain Parliament (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's parliamentary history of England. (London : R. Bagshaw, 1806-1812), also by Great Britain Parliament and T. C. Hansard (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's parliamentary history of England : from the Norman conquest, in 1066, to the year, 1803. (London : Published by R. Bagshaw, 1806-1820), also by Scotland. Parliament. Proceedings and Great Britain Parliament (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, ed.: Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England. From the Norman conquest, in 1066. To the year, 1803. From which last-mentioned epoch it is continued downwards in the work entitled, "Cobbett's Parliamentary debates" ... (London, Printed by T.C. Hansard, 1806-20), by T. C. Hansard and Great Britain Parliament (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's parliamentary history of England from the Norman conquest in 1066, to the year 1803, from which last-mentioned epoch it is continued downwards in the work entitled, "Cobbett's parliamentary debates" ... (London, R. Bagshaw, 1806-1820), also by Great Britain Parliament (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's parliamentary history of England : From the Norman conquest, in 1066, to the year, 1803. From which last-mentioned epoch it is continued downwards in the work entitled: "Cobbett's parliamentary debates". (London : Printed by T. Curson Hansard, Published by R. Bagshaw, 1806-1820), also by Great Britain Parliament (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's political register. (London : W. Cobbett, 1802-35) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, ed.: Cobbett's political register : v.[1] American, or v.30 English ... (New York : H. Cobbett and G. S. Oldfield, 1816) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's poor man's friend; or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles. (London : Printed by W. Cobbett, [1826]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's reasons for war against Russia in defence of Turkey : with a reprint of the Emperor Nicholas's catechism of loyalty, as taught in the Russian schools. ([London] : A. Cobbett, 1854) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's tour in Scotland : and in the four northern counties of England: in the autumn of the year 1832 / (London : Published [by the author] at 11, Bolt court, Fleet street ..., 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbetts' two-penny trash; or, Politics for the poor ... v. 1-2; July 1830-July 1832. (London, Printed by the author, 1831-32) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's weekly political pamphlet. (London : Wm. Cobbett, 1817) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's weekly political register. ([New York : H. Cobbett and G.S. Oldfield], 1816-17) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's weekly political register. (London : Wm. Cobbett, 1828-1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cobbett's weekly register microform (London : J.M. Cobbett, 1821-1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A collection of facts and observations, relative to the peace with Bonaparte, chiefly extracted from the Porcupine, and including Mr. Cobbett's letters to Lord Hawkesbury. (Philadelphia, Printed for John Morgan, and sold by Benjamin Davies, 1802) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, trans.: A compendium of the law of nations, founded on the treaties and customs of the modern nations of Europe: to which is added, a complete list of all the treaties, conventions, compacts, declarations, &c. from the year 1731 to 1788, inclusive, (London, Cobbett and Morgan, 1802), by G. F. de Martens (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A complete collection of state trials and proceedings for high treason and other crimes and misdemeanors : from the earliest period to the year 1783 : with notes and other illustrations / (Buffalo, N.Y. : W.S. Hein, 2000), also by David Jardine, Thomas Jones Howell, and Thomas Bayly Howell (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A complete collection of state trials and proceedings for high treason and other crimes and misdemeanors : from the earliest period to the year 1783 : with notes and other illustrations / (London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne, 1811-1828), also by David Jardine, Thomas Jones Howell, and Thomas Bayly Howell (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A complete collection of state trials and proceedings for high treason and other crimes and misdemeanors ... : with notes and other illustrations / (London : printed by T.C. Hansard for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown [etc.], 1816-1828), also by Francis Hargrave, Sollom Emlyn, Thomas Salmon, David Jardine, Thomas Jones Howell, and Thomas Bayly Howell (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy / (London : Douglas Pepler, 1916), also by G. K. Chesterton (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy / (New York : S. Gould, 1824) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy, containing information ... (London : W. Cobbett, 1828) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer ... / (London : W. Cobbett, 1828), also by Charles C. Miller Memorial Apicultural Library WU. (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family : to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets : and also instructions for erecting and using ice-houses, after the Virginian manner / (London : Anne Cobbett, 1850), contrib. by American Institute of Wine & Food (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets; and also instructions for erecting and using ice-houses, after the Virginian manner / (London : W. Cobbett, 1831) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs ... and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family : to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cuttting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain / (London : Cobbett, 1823) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets; and also instructions for erecting and using ice-houses, after the Virginian manner : to which is added, The poor man's friend : or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles / (Hartford : S. Andrus, 1848) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy: containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets; and also instructions for erecting and using icehouses after the Virginian manner. (London, W. Cobbett, 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family / (London : C. Clement, 1822) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy: containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets. (London, W. Cobbett, 1824) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry and rabbits ... to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets / (London : Printed for J. M. Cobbett, 1823) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets; and also instructions for erecting and using ice-houses, after the Virginian manner : to which is added, The poor man's friend : or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles / (Hartford : S. Andrus, 1854), also by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets; and also instructions for erecting and using ice-houses, after the Virginian manner : to which is added, The poor man's friend : or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles / (Hartford : S. Andrus, 1854), also by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy; containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry, and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family ... (New York, John Doyle, 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer ... to which is added The poor man's friend; or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles / (New York : J. Doyle, 1833), also by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy : containing information relative to the brewing of beer ... to which is added The poor man's friend; or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles / (New York : J. Doyle, 1833), also by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy... to which is added The poor man's friend; or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles. (New York, J. Doyle, 1833), also by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Cottage economy... to which is added The poor man's friend; or, A defence of the rights of those who do the work and fight the battles. (New York, J. Doyle, 1833), also by William Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, ed.: The curse of paper-money and banking; or A short history of banking in the United States of America, with an account of its ruinous effects. (London [Printed by Mills, Jowett, & Mills], 1833), by William M. Gouge (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A defence of the constitutions of government of the United States of America, against the attack of M. Turgot in his Letter to Dr. Price, dated the twenty-second day of March, 1778. (Philadelphia, Printed by Budd and Bartram [etc.] for William Cobbett, 1797), also by John Adams and Budd & Bartram. Book producer (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The Democratic judge: or The equal liberty of the press, as exhibited, explained, and exposed, in the prosecution of William Cobbett, for a pretended libel against the King of Spain and his embassador, before Thomas M'Kean, chief justice of the state of Pennsylvania. By Peter Porcupine. (Philadelphia: : Published by William Cobbett, opposite Christ-Church, March, 1798) (HTML at Evans TCP)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Democratic principles illustrated by example [electronic resource] / (Quebec : Printed at the New-Printing-Office ..., 1799) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Detection of a conspiracy, formed by the United Irishmen, with the evident intention of aiding the tyrants of France in subverting the government of the United States. / By Peter Porcupine. (Philadelphia: : Published by William Cobbett,, May 6, 1798) (HTML at Evans TCP)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Die versuchte Ausrottung der katholischen Religion in England durch die Staatsgewalt unter Heinrich VIII. und seinen Nachfolgern / (Freiburg im Breisgau : Herder, 1874), also by Joseph Jessing (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, trans.: Elemens de l'histoire Romaine : en anglais et en francais : depuis la fondation de Rome jusqu'a la bataille d'Actium ; estraits des meilleurs auteurs, anciens et modernes ... / (Londres : imprime par Mills, Jowett et Mills, pour Guillaume Cobbett, 1828), by Jean Henrique Sievrac (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Elements of reform, or, An account of the motives and intentions of the advocates for parliamentary reformation / (London : J. Gold, 1809) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Elements of reform, or, An account of the motives and intentions of the advocates for parliamentary reformation / (London : Printed and published by T. Gillet, 1809) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Eleven lectures on the French and Belgian revolutions, and English boroughmongering: delivered in the Theatre of the rotunda, Blackfriars bridge, (London, W. Strange, 1830) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The emigrant's guide [electronic resource] : in ten letters, addressed to the tax-payers of England : containing information of every kind, necessary to persons who are about to emigrate : including several authentic and most interesting letters from English emigrants, now in America, to their relations in England / (London : W. Cobbett, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The emigrant's guide [electronic resource] : in ten letters, addressed to the tax-payers of England; containing information of every kind, necessary to persons who are about to emigrate; including several authentic and most interesting letters from English emigrants, now in America, to their relations in England; and an account of the prices of house and land, recently obtained from America by Mr. Cobbett / (London : W. Cobbett, 1830) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The emigrant's guide; in ten letters, addressed to the tax-payers of England; containing information of every kind, necessary to persons who are about to emigrate; including several authentic and most interesting letters from English emigrants, now in America, to their relations in England. (London, The author, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, enclosing and laying-out of kitchen gardens ... concluding with a kalendar, giving instructions relative to the sowings, plantings, prunings ... in each month of the year. (London, The author, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, enclosing and laying-out of kitchen gardens ... concluding with a kalendar, giving instructions relative to the sowings, plantings, prunings ... in each month of the year. (London, The author, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, enclosing and laying-out, of kitchen gardens, etc. Concluding with a kalendar, giving instructions relative to the sowings, plantings, prunings, and other labours, to be performed in the gardens, in each month of the year. (London., 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, enclosing and laying-out, of kitchen gardens, etc. Concluding with a kalendar, giving instructions relative to the sowings, plantings, prunings, and other labours, to be performed in the gardens, in each month of the year. (London: W. Cobbett, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English gardener; or, A treatise on the situation, soil, enclosing, and laying-out, of kitchen gardens; on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of all sorts of kitchen-garden plants, and of fruit-trees whether of the garden or the orchard. And also, on the formation of shrubberies and flower-gardens; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of shrubs and flowers. Concluding with A kalendar, giving instructions relative to the sowings, plantings, prunings, and other labours ... in each month of the year. (London, 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English grammar. Carefully rev. and annotated (New York, D. Appleton, 1911), ed. by Thomas Embley Osmun (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English grammar of William Cobbett. (New York : D. Appleton, 1900), also by Alfred Ayres (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English grammar of William Cobbett. (D. Appleton and company, 1884), also by Alfred Ayres (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English grammar of William Cobbett / (New York : D. Appleton, 1919), also by Alfred Ayres (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: The English grammar of William Cobbett / in a series of letters addressed to his son ; with notes by Robert Waters. (New York : Peter Eckler, 1901) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: An epitome of Mr. Forsyth's treatise on the culture and management of fruit-trees : also, notes on American gardening and fruits ... and further, of economical principles in building farmers' habitations / (Philadelphia : Wm. Poyntell, 1804), also by William Forsyth (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Extracts from a supplementary letter from the Illinois; an address to British emigrants; and a reply to the remarks of William Cobbett, esq. (London, Printed for James Ridgway, 1819), also by Morris Birkbeck (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Four letters to the Hon. John Stuart Wortley : in answer to his "Brief inquiry into the true award of an equitable adjustment between the nation and its creditors" / (London (11 Bolt-Court, Fleet-Street) : [s.n.], 1834) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: French arrogance; or, "The cat let out of the bag;" a poetical dialogue between the envoys of America, and X.Y.Z. and the lady. (Philadelphia: : Published by Peter Porcupine, opposite Christ-Church, and sold by the principal booksellers. 1798. (Price 25 cents.) (Copy-right secured according to law.), [1798]) (HTML at Evans TCP)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A French grammar; or, Plain instructions for the learning of French. In a series of letters. (New York, J. Doyle; Providence, R.I., T. Doyle, 1832) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A French grammar : or, Plain instructions for the learning of French. In a series of letters. (London : Published by the author ; Andover : Printed by B. Bensley, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A French grammar; or, Plain instructions for the learning of French. In a series of letters. (London, C. Griffin, [pref. 1861]), also by James Paul Cobbett (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A French grammar : or, plain instructions for the learning of French ; in a series of letters / (London : C. Clement, 1824) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A geographical dictionary of England and Wales. (London : Wm. Cobbett, 1832) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A geographical dictionary of England and Wales. (London : Wm. Cobbett, 1832) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A geographical dictionary of England and Wales : containing the names, in alphabetical order... / (London : Wm. Corbett, 1832) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Geschichte der protestantischen Reform in England und Irland, in einer Reihe von Briefen an alle verstandigen und billingen Engländer / (Mainz : F. Kirchheim, 1862) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Good Friday, or, The murder of Jesus Christ by the Jews / (London : Published by the Author, 183 Fleet-street, and sold by all the booksellers, 1830) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language / (London : Printed for W. Cobbett, 1826) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Grammar of the English language in a series of letters (London :, 1819) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language in a series of letters ... (London, Cobbett, 1847) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language : in a series of letters / (London : A. Cobbett, 1842) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language : in a series of letters / (New York : J. Doyle, 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language : in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. To which are added six lessons, intended to prevent statesmen from using false grammar, and from writing in an awkward manner / (London : Printed for C. Clement, 1824) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general ; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. To which are added six lessons intended to prevent statesmen from using false grammar and from writing in an awkward manner. (London : published by William Cobbett [printed by Mills, Jowett, and Mills], 1831) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general; but, more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. (London : Printed for T. Dolby, 1819) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. (London, W. Cobbett, 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters; intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general, but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. To which are added, six lessons, intended to prevent statesmen from using false grammar, and from writing in an awkward manner. (London : Griffin, 1866) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters; intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general, but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices and plough-boys. To which are added six lessons, intended to prevent statesmen from using false grammar, and from writing in an awkward manner. (New York, Barnes, [c1883]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. To which are added, six lessons, intended to prevent statesman [sic] from using false grammar, and from writing in an awkward manner. (London, The Author, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters : intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general, but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices and plough boys / (New York : John Doyle, 1832) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general: but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. (New York, J. Doyle, 1833) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters : intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general ; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys / (London : published by William Cobbett [printed by Mills, Jowett, and Mills], 1831) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language in a series of letters : intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. To which are added six lessons, intended to prevent statesmen from using false grammar and from writing in an awkward manner. (London : A. Cobbett, 1842) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A grammar of the English language, in a series of letters; intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general, but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. (New York, Chicago, A.S. Barnes & Co., [c1883]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835, trans.: Histoire abrégée des empereurs, en anglais et en français: faisant suite à l'Histoire de la République romaine, déja publiée par les mêmes auteurs, sur le même plan. (Londres, W. Cobbett, 1829), by Jean Henrique Sievrac (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: Histoire de la réforme protestante en Angleterre et en Irlande : dans laquelle on démontre que cet evénement a appauvri et dégradé la masse du peuple dans ces deux pays : dans une série de lettres, addressées à tous les Anglais sensés et équitables / (Alost : Chez Spitaels et Van Ryckegem, 1826) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: History of the American Jacobins, commonly denominated Democrats. By Peter Porcupine. ; [Three lines from Burke] (Philadelphia: : Printed [by Samuel Sansom, Jun.] for William Cobbett, North Second Street, opposite Christ Church., Nov. 1796) (HTML at Evans TCP)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: History of the campaigns of Prince Alexander Suworow Rymnikski, field-marshal-general in the service of His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of all the Russias : with a preliminary sketch of his private life and character / (New York : Printed by C. and R. Waite, for Wm. Cobbett, 1800), also by Frederic Anthing and Duke University. Library. Jantz Collection. German Baroque Literature (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the last hundred days of English freedom, (London, The Labour publishing company, 1921) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England & Ireland, (New York : Benziger brothers, 1897), ed. by Francis Aidan Gasquet (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England & Ireland / (London ; and Leamington : Art and Book Co., 1896), also by Francis Aidan Gasquet (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England & Ireland, written in 1824-1827 (London and Leamington, Art and book company, 1899), also by Francis Aidan Gasquet (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland / (New York, Cincinnati : Benziger brothers, 1905), also by Francis Aidan Gasquet (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland / (London , Glasgow : Burns Oates & Washbourne ltd., [1896?]), ed. by Francis Aidan Gasquet (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland / (New York : D. & J. Sadlier & Co., [1834]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland ... in a series of letters ... to which is now added, three letters, (New York, J. Doyle, [c1834]-) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished the main body of the people in those countries / (New York ; Montreal : D. & J. Sadlier & Co., c1886), also by Andrew Dickson White (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries. In a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen. (London : C. Clement, 1824-1827) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished the main body of the people in those countries : and containing a list of the abbeys, priories, nunneries, hospitals, and other religious foundations in England, and Wales, and Ireland, confiscated, seized on, or alienated, by the Protestant "Reformation" sovereigns and Parliaments / (London : Published by the author ..., 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant "reformation," in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries. In a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen / (London : Printed and published by Charles Clement, no. 183, Fleet Street; and sold by all booksellers and newsmen, Wm. Cobbett), 1824 [i.e. 1826]), also by Arnold Muirhead, William Cobbett, and William Cobbett Collection (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) IU-R, contrib. by Charles Robert Clement (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries : in a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen : to which is added his letter to the Earl of Rodan on the subject of religion / (Baltimore : J. Myres, 1826) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland; showing how that event has impoverished the main body of the people in those countries. In a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen. Containing also, a list of the abbeys, priories, nunneries, hospitals, and other religious foundations in England and Wales, and in Ireland, confiscated, seized on, or alienated, by the Protestant "Reformation" sovereigns and parliaments. (London, Catholic Publishing Company limited; Dublin, J. Mullany, [1846?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished the main body of the people in those countries. (New York : P.J. Kenedy, 1902) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant "reformation," in England and Ireland: showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries. (Dublin, etc., J. Duffy, 1869) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant "reformation", in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries : in a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen / (Dublin : James Duffy and Co., [18--?]) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Cobbett, William, 1763-1835: A history of the Protestant reformation in England and Ireland : showing how that event has impoverished the main body of the people in those countries, and containing a list of the abbeys, priories, nunneries, hospitals, and other religious foundations in England, and Wales, and Ireland, confiscated, seized on, or alienated, by the Prot stant (sic, in v.1 only) "reformation" sovreigns and parliaments / (London : The Author, 1829) (page images at HathiTrust)

William Cobbett 1763-1835

English journalist and essayist.

Cobbett was a leading advocate of parliamentary reform in the quarter century before the Reform Bill of 1832. A lifelong advocate of social justice for England's rural poor and a defender of freedom of the press, he sought to break the power of the ruling oligarchy of politics and business to restore what he perceived as an earlier, better England. Superficially radical and profoundly conservative, Cobbett despised political parties and industrialism, championing an ideal of the common people. He crafted a distinctly vigorous, biting prose style, which characterizes both his voluminous journalism and the two works considered his most distinguished, Rural Rides (1830) and Advice to Young Men (1831).

Biographical Information

Cobbett was born into an innkeeper's family in Farnham, Surrey. He had little formal education and left home at age 20, working as a clerk and then becoming a soldier. Assigned to work as a copyist for a garrison commandant, Cobbett was compelled to improve his writing and grammatical skills. He read and reread Robert Lowth's eight-volume Short Introduction to English Grammar (1762) until he had memorized it. While in the military, he witnessed and documented numerous cases of abuse and corruption in his unit; discharged with the rank of sergeant-major in 1791, Cobbett filed complaints against the government for the misdeeds he had seen. When a hearing was eventually scheduled on his charges, Cobbett left the country, convinced that he had no chance of winning his case. He lived in France for a year, then fled to America as the prospect loomed of war between France and Britain. In America, Cobbett established himself as a journalist, living in Philadelphia and publishing a daily journal, Porcupine's Gazette, under the pseudonym Peter Porcupine. Returning to England in 1800, he opened a bookshop and founded the most acclaimed of the fourteen or more periodicals he started during his lifetime, Cobbett's Weekly Political Register, which he published until his death. Initially Cobbett devoted the Political Register and his other pamphleteering to support of the government against "Jacobinism" at home and French imperialism abroad. Gradually, though, he came to believe that the real enemy of the English common people, with whom Cobbett identified, was not France but Prime Minister William Pitt's financial system of paper money, stock jobbing, taxation, placement, and sinecurists. He formed the conviction that there were no true political parties in England, only coalitions of selfish men bent on plunder and power. Opposing this system, Cobbett adapted to the revolutionary world of 1800 many of the notions of a Tory squire of 1700, becoming a leader of industrial, working-class radicalism. His writings called for reform of English laws to make life more amenable for working-class families, especially farmers, whose livlihood was threatened by the growth of industrialization. In early 1817, largely in an effort to stifle Cobbett, Parliament passed the Power of Imprisonment Bill, which made it easier to successfully prosecute seditious writing and allowed the suspension of habeas corpus. Cobbett retreated to America, where he leased a farm on Long Island for two years. During this time he continued publishing the Register and wrote his Grammar of the English Language (1818) and A Year's Residence in the United States of America (1818). Cobbett returned to England in late 1819; two years later he took the first of his "rural rides," travelling by horse-back throughout southern England to observe and report on the condition of the poor and to speak on parliamentary reform. He harangued for reform for the rest of his life, eventually seeing a degree of progress when Parliament passed the moderate Reform Bill of 1832, which made for fairer parliamentary representation among the laboring centers of England and extended the franchise to the propertied middle class. Cobbett was himself elected to Parliament within a year of the Reform Bill's passage, but was not an effective representative: he refused to master the rules of the House of Commons, was rude to his opponents during debates, and had difficulty adjusting to Parliament's nocturnal schedule. During his last years, and in declining health, he divided his time between London and his farm in Surrey, where he died of influenza at age seventy-two.

Major Works

Cobbett's effectiveness lay less in his theories about paper money, electoral reform, or whatever, than in his creation of a mythical, but not insubstantial, lost Eden of old rural England. Cobbett glorified agricultural labor in its hardihood, innocence, and usefulness—and by its associations with patriotism, morality, and the beauties of nature. Cobbett exaggerated the material comforts of laborers in Old England, but he did not exaggerate the beauty of the man-made (yet natural) landscape where they worked and the decency of a life regulated by the cycle of the seasons rather than the steam engine. Cobbett's readers may have been mostly in the industrial towns, but many of them had only recently abandoned an agricultural way of life. Cobbett kept alive in the consciousness of urban workers a folk memory of rural beauty and seemliness, and an allied sense of lost rights in the land. On this theme, his Rural Rides (1830) has proved his most enduring work. It is a collection of journals written during his tours on horseback between 1822 and 1826, observing rural conditions and discussing the political perceptions of the agricultural community. Another enduring work is his Advice to Young Men (1829-1830). While not primarily political, in this work Cobbett counters the denunciations of his character by government officials and churchmen, providing a self-portrait demonstrating all the benefits of industry, sobriety, independence, and thrift. Cobbett also involved himself in the struggle for Roman Catholic emancipation; to that end he wrote his best-selling A History of the Protestant "Reformation" in England and Ireland (1824-1826). His theme is that the Reformation was not an act of purification but one of bloody devastation, a fraud "engendered in lust and brought forth in hypocrisy and perfidy," which had engendered more and more monstrous "reformations" in the shape of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth and the "Glorious Revolution," which had brought into being the national debt and all present woe. Here as in his other books, an ideal pre-Reformation England is contrasted to a miserable present reality.

Critical Reception

Much of what Cobbett wrote was ephemeral, addressing small but important events of his own era. Despised by business and political leaders during his lifetime, he was recognized by even those critics who opposed his ideas as the writer of vigorous, effective, clear prose, what William Hazlitt called "plain, broad, downright English," without artifice. With the triumph of large-scale industrialism and the decline of agricultural small-holding, much of what Cobbett wrote has been deemed dated and at best quaint, despite the passage of successive labor reforms in England for which he was undeniably a major if indirect source. Much criticism today focuses on Rural Rides, a work which is seen as a pleasant and appealing portrait of both the author and of a homely, rural England which is, for the most part, no more.

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