Letters from John Morgan Cobbett

Scope and Content

Correspondence from John M. Cobbett (1800-77) to the Fielden family, mainly John MP, but also Samuel and James. The letters are mainly political in tone, discussing at length such matters as the New Poor Law and factory reform; there are references to John Morgan's own early attempts at a political career (standing for Chichester in 1835), the various Poor Law reports, commissions and enquiries, the National Debt, the riots in Todmorden, details of petitions to various members of parliament concerning the Ten Hours Bill, and other political gossip and advice. There is also some discussion of the sales and orders for the Champion and Weekly Herald, the Radical newspaper run by the Cobbett sons and financed by John Fielden, and news of its rivals, such as the True Sun.