Correspondence and literary manuscripts of Ebenezer Elliott, with related material

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 2 bound quarto volumes on Elliott: one by E.R. Seary, 1929, containing a 98 ff. typescript carbon biography entitled 'Reinvestigation into the sources of the biographical material of Ebenezer Elliott the Corn-law rhymer', with some illustrations and cuttings; the other entitled 'Notes', but containing a collection of press cuttings; (2) approximately 30 autograph manuscripts, chiefly letters, by Elliott, but including a few poems and epitaphs and a list of possessions, held in two folders; (3) another folder containing: John Elliott, "Plain matters of fact relative to the new Grinder's life preservative", Sheffield, 1822; a few letters of 1913 from W.W. Cadell to W.T. Freemantle; two notes of 1871 by Mrs F.A. Watkins and Miss N. Elliott; a paste-up pamphlet containing some verse in print and an article on Elliott in Pontis's Annual; a few 19th century magazine articles; correspondence of 1928 between Seary and J.A. Symington; miscellaneous other fragments relating to Elliott; (4) Freemantle's copies in his hand of letters by Elliott and of a proposed bibliography

Administrative / Biographical History

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

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

From the library of Lord Brotherton


In English

Other Finding Aids

A rough list of the contents of the archive is kept inside the box. The letters are listed in the Letters database