William Cobbett; A Study of His Life as Shown in His Writings

William Cobbett; A Study of His Life as Shown in 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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... more of a plain story and an appeal to the good sense and justice of my hearers.'l He had no conception how seriously ignorance of methods of procedure might embarrass his defence. Besides, at this period of his life at any rate, his power as a speaker was very inferior to his ability as a writer. The fearless dogmatism and unqualified strength of assertion which characterised the controversial products of his pen, were not so marked when he addressed an audience by word of mouth. On this occasion his speech was disappointing. Once or twice there were flashes of eloquence, as when in defence of his censure of the court-martial he said: ' What! is every man who puts on a red coat, to be from that moment deserted by all the world; and is no tongue, no pen, ever to stir in his defence?' But these gleams of fire died away into faltering hesitation. He continually qualified his arguments by damaging admissions of possible error. He complained that his cause had been prejudiced by the slanders of his opponents. Early in his defence his ignorance of legal rules brought him into difficulty. He had intended to show that much stronger things had been said concerning the cruel treatment of English soldiers by leading statesmen of the Whig party, than any contained in his 1 Cobbett to Wright, 8th January 1810, Add. Ms. 22907, f. 234. own article. But unfortunately the collection he had prepared of the utterances of Lord Grenville, Samuel Whitbread, and other well-known politicians was entirely composed of extracts from speeches delivered in Parliament, and when he began to read them he was at once checked by Lord Ellenborough, who told him that he could not allow speeches stated to have been spoken in Parliament to be read to the jury, though he did not...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666178
  • 9781236666178