Richard Cobden

Anthony Howe (ed.), The Letters of Richard Cobden, Vol. 1: 1815–1847

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pg 311To CHARLES PELHAM VILLIERSManchester, 26 January 1843

Text: MS WSRO Add. MS 6014, fo. K4

Manchester

26 Jany 1843

Private

My dear Villiers

I had intended to have sent you a long letter of news but my course of agitation is closed for the present by a severe family affliction My little girl has been suddenly snatched from me1 —The event was told me last night at the close of the Bristol

Fig. 8. Charles Pelham Villiers, c.1843, Manchester Central Library

Fig. 8. Charles Pelham Villiers, c.1843, Manchester Central Library

pg 312meeting,2 & I have this instant returned to a house of mourning—It is due to my wife & family & my own feelings that I should now withdraw for a brief period from public matters—Indeed I can't help reproaching myself for neglecting some of the claims of those whom nature has made dear to me & given the first title <to> my attentions. I have always viewed with suspicion the patriotism of others who have appeared to overlook the duties of kindred & friends, & why should not the same test be applied to myself?—If you come down here I hope to see you privately[.] I understand from Evans3 that you wished to talk to me about the course to be taken at the opening of the session—As I shall not be in the House for the first few days, I can only say avoid above all things any step which may appear to surrender our independence as an A.C.L. party for the purpose of entering into any combination with a political party—As Free-traders our policy may now be defined in one word—Isolation

Believe me | Yours very truly | Ricd Cobden

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Editor’s Note
1 Kate Cobden died on Wednesday 25 Jan. 1843.
Editor’s Note
2 25 January, ABTC (31 Jan. 1843).
Editor’s Note
3 Probably the Radical Sir George De Lacy *Evans (1787–1870), soldier and MP Westminster, 1833–41 and 1846–65, who played a prominent part in the campaign for repeal of the Corn Laws after losing his seat in 1841.
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