Political Register

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Political Register. The best-known radical newspaper in the early 19th cent. It was launched by William Cobbett in January 1802 as a weekly, supported by William Windham, and 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. It ceased publication in 1836, the year after Cobbett's death.

J. A. Cannon

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