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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENT Written by the poet in 1841, this is the full text version of the fragment (Strange as this seems!)
OBITUARY OF ELLIOTT BY ROBERT LEADER The obituary was written by the editor of the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent and includes a letter about Elliott written by James Montgomery, the Sheffield poet and hymn writer. At the end of Leader's article, I have added some useful notes.
ROBERT SOUTHEY, ELLIOTT, WORDSWORTH & MONTGOMERY The chapter describes the long correspondence between Elliott and Southey concentrating mainly on the letters of Elliott. There are also previously undiscovered letters between Wordsworth, Montgomery & Elliott.
ELLIOTT'S PREFACE TO THE "CORN LAW RHYMES." AND THE SOUND OF THE POET'S VOICE. The bard's Preface is rarely included in collections of his work but is essential reading for the student of the Corn Law Rhymer. The chapter also includes comments on how Elliott behaved and how he was perceived.
EBENEZER ELLIOTT'S SPEECH AT THE CHARTIST MEETING AT WESTMINSTER. Elliott was requested to make a speech at this important Chartist meeting: a fact which has only just emerged and which is significant in appreciating the poet's national reputation. The substance of the article comes from The Times which was probably biased against "the Rabble's Poet."
ELLIOTT INTRODUCES THE CHARTER TO SHEFFIELD. Draws on local newspapers to describe the launch of the Charter in Sheffield and compares it to the Manchester launch.
THOS. PERRONET THOMPSON & THE CORN LAW RHYMER Elliott was a huge admirer of the MP, Chartist and writer.EBENEZER ELLIOTT & THE SHEFFIELD MECHANICS. Gives details of the Sheffield Mechanics' Anti-Bread Tax Society which Elliott set up. Chronicles the story of the Sheffield Mechanics Library and discusses the poet's role in the Sheffield Mechanics' Institute.
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ELLIOTT & T. A. WARD. Gives a short biography of Thomes Asline Ward, an influential figure in Sheffield. Elliott nominated Ward to stand as a candidate for the post of MP although Ward was not successful. The chapter includes some letters between the two acquaintances.
ELLIOTT, THOMAS CARLYLE & LORD HOUGHTON. Richard Monckton Milnes (later Lord Hougton) was an essayist, poet and MP, who invited Elliott to meet Thomas Carlyle. The latter was the eminent critic who had helped discover Elliott. The chapter contains letters to Lord Houghton and to Robert Pemberton Milnes, father to Richard. We learn that Elliott was very nervous of meeting Carlyle but it needs pointing out that the meeting never actually took place.
SAMUEL SMILES, WILLIAM HOWITT & ELLIOTT. Both Smiles & Howitt paid visits to Elliott in order to get to know the man behind the poems.. Smiles was the author of "Self Help" while Howitt was a writer & the owner of "Howitt's Journal." The chapter describes their visits and includes letters from the Corn Law Rhymer to both men.
THE CORN LAW RHYMER AND JANUARY SEARLE. George Searle Phillips wrote two biographies of the poet (January Searle being his nom de plume). This chapter concentrates on a long article on Ebenezer by Phillips which was published in the USA in 1865. The chapter also includes an interesting letter from the bard to Phillips and gives some information on the latter who died in a mental institute in New Jersey.
EBENEZER ELLIOTT - SOME UNPUBLISHED POEMS. Nine poems are introduced in this chapter. "On A Snowdrop Seen By Moonlight" was an early work of 1809. Three of the poems were written for special events in Sheffield, including the Charter launch. Two others appeared in an American journal called "Godey's Lady's Book."
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