Cobbett Collection

cobbett-findingThe C. Rexford Davis William Cobbett Collection has about 400 cataloged titles, including first editions, manuscripts, and biographical and critical material on the English parliamentarian, pamphleteer, and radical William Cobbett (1763-1835). Of special note are letters from Cobbett to the radical orator Henry Hunt. As a political refugee, Cobbett once lived in the area now known as New Hyde Park and wrote about his experiences in America. The collection is named in memory of Rutgers University Professor C. Rexford Davis, whose Cobbett Library was given to Adelphi. This collection was one of the early efforts of the newly founded Friends of the Adelphi University Library, which established the collection in 1948, and continues to support it.

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