Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849

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The Corn Law Rhymer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sheffield, to James Everett, 1829 Apr. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614043

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sheffield, to the Reverend William J. Fox, 1836 Jan. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614046

Epithet: Corn-Law rhymer

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Ebenezer Elliott was born in Rotherham in 1781, the son of an iron founder. Between the ages of 16 and 38, he worked in the family business until it failed, leaving him bankrupt. Elliott moved to Sheffield, where he became a successful iron dealer. During this period, Elliott was very interested in politics, and his poems reflect this. He set up the Anti-Corn Law League in Sheffield, and wrote a series of strongly worded rhymes and poems which were then spoken at the thousands of anti-corn law meetings all across the country. Elliott's work came to the attention of Robert Southey and William Wordsworth, who lifted him out of obscurity and made him well-known nationally. A collection of his work was printed as Corn Law Rhymes (Sheffield Mechanics Anti-Tax Society, 1831). Elliott died in 1849.

From the guide to the Elliott, Ebenezer, 1835, (Senate House Library, University of London)

Ebenezer Elliott, English poet and bar-iron merchant known as "The Corn Law Rhymer.".

From the guide to the Ebenezer Elliott manuscript material : 3 items, 1828-1834, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Ebenezer Elliott, English poet and bar-iron merchant known as "The Corn Law Rhymer."

From the description of Ebenezer Elliott manuscript material : 2 items, 1828-1834 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 183890511

Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849), 'the corn-law rhymer'. For details of his life and work, see the Dictionary of National Biography

From the guide to the Correspondence and literary manuscripts of Ebenezer Elliott, with related material, ca. 1818-1929, (Leeds University Library)

Ebenezer Elliott was a British poet and businessman. Raised in a working-class family, he received little formal education but was a voracious reader. He was able to open a foundry business with his wife's dowry, and eventually became a success. He began publishing pastoral poetry to mixed reviews, and responded with satiric verses; his best work was generally narrative poetry, often with social themes. Known as the poet of the working-class, his Corn Law Rhymes is a prime example of his efforts to enact social change through poetry.

From the description of Ebenezer Elliott letter to W.H. Prideaux, 1845 Sept. 5. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57457725

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creatorOf Lobb, William, 1804-1885. Scrapbook, [1834-1880]. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer Newton. [Letter written from Morning Sun, Ohio, Nov. 28, 1890, in which the author discusses President Wylie and the curriculum at Indiana university] Indiana University
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer Newton. [Letter written from Morning Sun, Ohio, June 21, 1891 to D.D. Banta, acknowledging request for reminiscences. Letter of reminiscences written from Morning Sun, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1891 to D.D. Banta] Indiana University
creatorOf Correspondence and literary manuscripts of Ebenezer Elliott, with related material, ca. 1818-1929 Leeds University Library
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Letter : Great Houghton, [nr. Barnsley, Yorkshire], to Isaac Ironside, Sheffield, 1848 Feb. 4. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Sonnet : [letter to R. Willoughby]. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Correspondence and literary manuscripts of Ebenezer Elliott, with related material. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Ebenezer Elliott manuscript material : 2 items, 1828-1834 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Autograph letter signed : Sheffield, to James Everett, 1829 Apr. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer Newton. [Letter written to D.D. Banta, May 12, 1890, from Morning Sun, Ohio, in which the author discusses the disagreement between Dr. Wylie and Professors Hall and Harney] Indiana University
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Autograph letter signed : Sheffield, to the Reverend William J. Fox, 1836 Jan. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849,. Autograph letters signed from Ebenezer Elliott, Sheffield and Barnsley, to various people [manuscript], 1841-1845. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. Autograph letter signed : Keswick, to E. Elliott, Jr., 1811 Feb. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ebenezer Elliott manuscript material : 3 items, 1828-1834 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer Newton. [Letter written from Morning Sun, Ohio, 18--, to D.D. Banta, in which the author discusses the religious views of President Wylie] Indiana University
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1835 Senate House Library, University of London
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer, 1781-1849. Ebenezer Elliott letter to W.H. Prideaux, 1845 Sept. 5. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Vol. I, ff. 346, A-G.includes:f. 1 Joseph Adams, MD; biographer of John Hunter: Letter to W. Clift: 1817. f. 3 William Davenport Adams, author: Letter to C. D. Sherborn: 1891. f. 4 William Harrison Ainsworth, alias 'Cheviot Ticheburn'; novelist: Le... British Library
creatorOf Elliott, Ebenezer Newton. [Letter written to Professor D.D. Banta, May 9, 1890, from Morning Sun, Ohio, in answer to a request for early history of Indiana university] Indiana University
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associatedWith Adams, Sarah Flower, 1805-1848. person
associatedWith Cobbett, William, 1763-1835 person
associatedWith Everett, James, 1784-1872, person
correspondedWith Flower, Eliza, 1803-1846 person
associatedWith Fox, W. J. (William Johnson), 1786-1864, person
associatedWith Hall, Samuel Carter, 1800-1889 person
associatedWith Howitt, Mary Botham, 1799-1888. person
associatedWith Howitt, William, 1792-1879. person
associatedWith Jovanovich, William, person
associatedWith Lobb, William, 1804-1885. person
associatedWith Pemberton, Charles Reece, 1790-1840. person
associatedWith Prideaux, W. H., person
associatedWith Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. person
associatedWith Willoughby, R. person
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Poets, English--Correspondence.
Letters--19th century
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English poetry--19th century
Poets, English--19th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1781-03-17

Death 1849-12-01

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