Life, Poetry, and Letters of Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn-Law Rhymer

John Watkins

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Life, Poetry, and Letters of Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn-Law Rhymer - John Watkins

Excerpt from Life, Poetry, and Letters of Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn-Law Rhymer: With an Abstract of His Politics

At a time of peace and pleasantness, when all was quiet around, the world has been startled with one of those shocks which "overcome us like a summer-cloud," creating wonder and dismay. Sir Robert Peel is dead! Never, perhaps, was the loss of one man so nationally felt. The deceased was the most distinguished patron of the fine arts, and the greatest statesman of the age.

This book derives a melancholy interest from the fact that one of the latest acts of the Right Honourable Baronet was an instance of his generous urbanity in granting permission that it should be dedicated to him. Elliott's memory will receive this posthumous honour; and the name of the Apostle of Corn-law Repeal will be linked in history with the Accomplisher of that great boon.

May we not hope that those truly disinterested benefactors of their kind and country are now in the enjoyment of the everlasting reward which is reserved for all who have done or suffered well in this life?

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