Rural Rides - Vol. 1

Rural Rides - Vol. 1

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Rural Rides - Vol. 1

Rural Rides - Vol. 1

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It is not often that the fame of a political writer outlives the age in which he writes. Men's interests are so closely interwoven with the events of their own day, that few have either time or inclination to devote to those of a bygone generation. With respect, however, to the influence which Cobbett wielded in the political world for nearly half a century, it has not probably been overstated--" that the student of politics must be a student of Cobbett, if he would know the beginnings out of which existing tendencies have been developed, and that the statesman who does not know the Register forfeits a master clue to the passions of his countrymen."

One of Cobbett's works, "Rural Rides," although interspersed with politics, deals largely with questions of social and economical importance; and these questions are of scarcely less moment to us, in this year of grace, than they were to Cobbett's readers two generations ago.

Every one at all acquainted with Cobbett's writings, must have observed his passionate sympathy with all rural occupations.

"He wrote on such subjects (says one of his biographers) . . .

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