Cobbett, William, 1763-1835

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1763-03-09
Death 1835-06-18
Britons
English, Undetermined, French

Biographical notes:

William Cobbett, British journalist, writer and political activist.

From the description of William Cobbett collection, 1787-1835. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82678663

From the description of William Cobbett collection, 1787-1835. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702161934

English journalist and political reformer; producer of Cobbett's Weekly Political Register from 1802 to 1835. Threatened with arrest for sedition, Cobbett took refuge in the United States from 1817 to 1819.

From the description of To John Cartwright Esq. : Letter X on the conduct of the Westminster Rump and on that of Mr. Hunt and on Sir Francis Burdett : North Hempstead [Long Island, New York], Sept. 5, 1818. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122570575

William Cobbett, British journalist and reformer. In March 1792, he traveled to France but the French Revolution made him sail to the United States in September. He settled in Wilmington, Del. where he taught English to French immigrants. In 1794, he moved to Philadelphia, and in 1800 returned to England.

From the description of Letters from William Cobbett to James Mathieu, Wilmington (Del.) 1793, Oct. 20 -- 1794, Jan. 31. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 679696722

William Cobbett, English political writer and farmer. In the 1790's, Cobbett wrote many anti-Jacobin pamphlets and journal articles under the pseudonym Peter Porcupine. In 1801 he began the Political Register, a journal that was continuously published until his death, and which traced the trajectory of his politics toward the radical. Threatened with arrest for sedition, Cobbett took refuge in the United States from 1817 to 1819. His years of advocacy for English farmers helped him secure a short but successful career in Parliament during the last years of his life.

From the description of William Cobbett manuscript material : 7 items, 1802-1830 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122379617

English essayist, politician, and agriculturist, elected Member of Parliament in 1832, who issued Cobbett's Weekly Political Register from 1802-1835.

From the description of William Cobbett papers, 1801-1896. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63937118

From the description of Cobbett's "paper money," 1801-1809. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 309031928

William Cobbett, English political writer and farmer.

From the guide to the William Cobbett manuscript material : 8 items, 1802-1830, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Revolutionary War pamphleteer.

From the description of Cobbett collection, [ca. 1763-1835] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155481528

English political journalist and essayist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Pall Mall", to the Reverend James Abercrombie in Philadelphia, 1802 June 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899236

From the description of Letter signed : Wilmington, Delaware (shortly after his arrival in America), to Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, 1792 Nov. 02. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899241

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to John Nichols in London, 1797 Aug. 01. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899244

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Botley, to Henry Austen in Springhill, 1807 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899238

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Newgate" to Mr. Wright, 1810 Dec. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899247

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Morpeth, to Messrs. Chadwick & Ireland in Edinburgh, 1832 Sept. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899239

From the description of "Advice to Young Men" : autograph manuscript unsigned : [n.p], 1829. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899249

English essayist and politician.

From the description of "Beating of French" : autograph manuscript signed : Barn-Elm Farm, 1829 Sept. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270875165

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Botley, Hampshire, to Margrave, 1813 May 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270876759

British essayist, politician and agriculturist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bolt Court, to Mr. Earle (?), [n.d.] "Saturday Evening". (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270887300

From the description of Autograph verses : [n.p.], 1830 Oct. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270887298

Philadelphia journalist, wrote under the name Peter Porcupine.

From the description of ALS : Philadelphia, to Mathew Carey, 1797 May 6. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122442817

English author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to William Gifford, 1880 Apr. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870546

British writer who lived in the United States from 1792-1800 where he pursued an interest in journalism.

From the description of Cobbett's Porcupine subscribers, [1798?-1799?]. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58661978

William Cobbett was a polemical writer, publisher, and activist. Born in England, he worked odd jobs and served an unsatisfying stint in the army, stationed in Canada, before traveling to the United States. While there, he wrote and published in Philadelphia, where he promoted friendship between England and America while warning against France. He returned to England in 1800, where he continued writing and publishing his views about social and political issues. Blunt, outspoken, and remarkably prolific, Cobbett was an important force in social reform and political activism, although his views were often controversial.

From the description of William Cobbett letters and related materials, 1793-1828. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61856317

William Cobbett (1763-1835) was an English journalist and publicist. His pseudonym was Peter Porcupine. In 1792-1800 and again in 1817-1819, Cobbett was a political refugee in the United States. While a refugee, in 1796, he opened a bookshop in Philadelphia. It is for this bookshop that this ledger was kept until 1800.

From the description of Account book, 1796-1800. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 214057927

Political writer and agitator.

From the description of Letter, 1818 March 18, North Hampstead, Long Island [to] Mr. Henry Hunt. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 11947127

British political journalist.

Cobbett resided in America during the years 1792-1800 and 1817-1819, where he pursued his political pamphleteering and journalism.

From the description of Miscellaneous papers, 1809-1973, 1809-1829 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155537630

William Cobbett emigrated to Philadelphia in 1792. He taught English to French refugees. He became very active in bookselling and publishing and eventually, as a pamphleteer, became a factor in American politics. In 1796, he began "The Censor," a monthly publication; it was replaced in 1797 by "Porcupine's Gazette," which ran until 1799. He was a Royalist who sided with the Federalist in American politics.

In 1797 he was sued for libel by Dr. Benjamin Rush. Cobbett took issue with Rush's treatment of Yellow Fever by bleeding. Cobbett contended that the bleeding caused more deaths of those stricken by the epidemic than cured. Rush won the lawsuit and was awarded $5,000.

Cobbett removed to England in 1800, where he renewed his bookselling and publishing interests and became quite active in English politics.

From the description of Papers, 1792-1835. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122440922

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Occupations:

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Places:

  • France (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Wilmington (Del.) (as recorded)
  • Great Britain. Birmingham. (as recorded)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania--Philadelphia (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Great Britain. Botley near Southmampton. (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania (as recorded)
  • Great Britain. Liverpool. (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Great Britain. London. (as recorded)