Lot 310: Influential British statesman (1804-1865) associated with John Bright in the formation of the Anti-Corn Law League; an immensely important figure in classical-liberal thought in economics and international affairs. ALS signed "R. Cobden," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, March 12, 1857. Letter to Henry Ashworth, in part: "I send you enclosed an introduction to the President of the United States [James Buchanan]...We are in the midst of a great commotion by the result of my motion on the Chinese war to which I confess I did not attach so much importance when it was first brought forward.-The vote was very honorable to the House, & whatever may be the result of the elections it will have a salutary effect in checking the propensity to violence & over bearing arrogance among our agents & officials abroad. I shall not attempt to go into any details of our political movements, for you will gather them from the newspapers. There is a great attempt to get up a Palmerston fever, but it is very much the work of cliques & coteries & will I expect soon collapse before a few public meetings.-The result of the coming elections nobody can foresee.-I suppose there will be no great change in relative strength of parties." Central vertical and horizontal folds and significant show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Cobden's hand. In this letter, Cobden references his objection to British escalation in the Second Opium War-a position that cost him his seat in parliament in the oncoming election, but which held true to his pacifist inclinations.
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