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Advice to Young Men and (Incidentally) to Young Women, in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life

by Cobbett, William

Publisher:Oxford Paperbacks



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He obtained great celebrity, and exercised a powerful influence over many of his countrymen, during the early part of the nineteenth century. As to his origin, he was simply an English peasant. He was born in 1762, in a cottage-like dwelling near Farnham, in Surrey. His father was a farmer there ;and after he left the cottage, about 1780, it was converted into a public house, under the pleasant name of The Jolly Farmer, and was long celebrated for its home-brewed ale and beer, the product of the Farnham hops. Behind the house stood a steep sand rock and a little garden, to which William Cobbett often alluded in after years. From my infancy, he says, speaking of rural employments, in one passage of his writ ings, from the age of six years, when I climbed up the side of a steep sand rock, and there scooped me out a plot of four feet square to make me a garden, and the soil for which I carried up in the bosom of my little blue smock frock, I have never lost one particle of my passion for these healthy and rational and heart-charming pursuits. Industry and independence were amongst his first lessons, and it was impossible for him to have learned any of more importance. His fathers means being but small, he and his brothers had to bestir themselves. I do not remember, he says, the time when I did not earn my own living. My first occupation was driving the small birds from the turnip seed, and the rooks from the peas.
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