The Letters of Richard Cobden The Letters of Richard Cobden

The Letters of Richard Cobden

The aim of the Cobden Letters project is to produce a complete published set of the letters of this prominent British radical, who became a statesman of national and international standing through his leadership of the Anti-Corn Law League and his pursuit of a vision of international peace based on freedom of trade between sovereign nations. Between 2002 and 2006 the project was funded by two grants from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Two of a projected four volumes have now been published by Oxford University Press to widespread critical acclaim:

  • The Letters of Richard Cobden. Volume 1 1815-1847, edited by Anthony Howe, with the assistance of Simon Morgan and Gordon Bannerman (Oxford University Press, 2007)
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  • The Letters of Richard Cobden. Volume 2 1848-1853, edited by Anthony Howe, with the assistance of Simon Morgan and Gordon Bannerman (Oxford University Press, 2010)
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  • The Letters of Richard Cobden. Volume 3 1854-1859, edited by Anthony Howe and Simon Morgan, with the assistance of Gordon Bannerman, is now in press.
‘Anthony Howe's comprehensive, erudite and superbly annotated edition . . . will take its place alongside Gladstone's diaries, the letters of Carlyle and Disraeli, and John Stuart Mill's collected works as an indispensable resource for understanding the Victorians'

Miles Taylor, London Review of Books

‘… an edition skilfully masterminded by Anthony Howe, who is now established as the foremost commentator on the history of free trade and mercantile politics in Britain. The letters are a great monument to Cobden's restless political activity, all the more so for revealing a more emotional and obsessive personality than many would have suspected: Joseph Parkes's remark that they contained "a few rabid sentences… better deleted" rather underestimates the matter'

Jonathan Parry, Times Literary Supplement

Address and Contacts

Richard Cobden's signatureThe Letters of Richard Cobden
School of History
University of East Anglia
Norwich
Norfolk
NR4 7TJ

Tel: +44 (0)1603 593635
Fax: +44 (0)1603 250434
Prof Anthony Howe (Editor)