Memoirs of Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn Law Rhymer, with Criticisms Upon His Writings

Memoirs of Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn Law Rhymer, with Criticisms Upon His Writings

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...are usually people who, having expressed in verse, thoughts not fit or not good enough for prose, get pensioned or die in the workhouse. It is a real distinction to the Corn Law Rhymer, that in his grey hairs, and in the land of palaces and workhouses, he is not yet cither a pauper or a pensioner. Tired, and comparatively poor, but self-sustained, like one who, after hard labour, reaches his home and rests, he sits on his own hill top." The first notice of serious illness we find in his letters is dated May, 1838. " I have been lately troubled," says he, writing to Mr. Tait, " with a disease which the doctors tell me is not dangerous, although it may become so, unless I remove some of the causes of it. It is a spasmodic affection of the nerves, caused or exasperated by overexcitement of any kind, and particularly public speaking. Even lecturing, I am told, is injurious. I must, then, lecture no more." " 21st December, 1839.--I am warned that I cannot speak at public meetings without great danger of sudden death. You are not aware, perhaps, that I have been for two years or more liable, after excitement of any kind, to dreadful breathlessness--a sensation of being hanged without a rope--resulting, I suppose, from a change at head-quarters. I have been better, however, since the great Chartist meeting here. When the hustings fell, something gave way in my left side, or rather towards it, as if two fingers had been thrust down it inside." When Mr. Elliott became well known, he lectured occasionally on poetry and other subjects. The following is his frank estimate of his own powers as a lecturer: --" You ask if I am eloquent? Yes, when 1 have got the steam up. But I cannot manage details well, and consequently...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517105
  • 9781236517104