Letter to Edmund Potter

Scope and Content

Letter sent from London, marked "private". Cobden thanks Potter for his letter and talks about receiving a high volume of letters due to his public prominence. These include a large range of requests (he jokes he will suggest this to Dickens as inspiration for a new novel). Many of the requests urge reforms in areas such as religious [i.e. inter-denominational] education. Cobden talks of his health: he is physically well, but mentally fatigued. He would be restored by a year of relaxation away from public demands, perhaps in Greece. He says he will be in Manchester the next day: as he will not have time to visit Potter, he invites Potter and his wife to stay with him.