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The best‐known radical newspaper in the early 19th cent. Launched by William Cobbett in January 1802 as a weekly, supported by William Windham, it pursued a fiercely right‐wing anti‐French stance. But Cobbett soon moved to a radical position, condemning the Whigs as mere temporizers and calling constantly for reform of Parliament. In 1816 he brought out a cheap edition—the famous ‘Twopenny Trash’—which sold in tens of thousands.

Subjects: Literature — British History.


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