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THE LIFE

OF

THOMAS COOPER


WRITTEN BY HIMSELF



LONDON
HODDER AND STOUGHTON
27, PATERNOSTER ROW
_______
MDCCCXCVII


TO HIS DEAREST FRIEND

THE REV. FREDERICK JAMES JOBSON.  D.D.

EX-PRESIDENT OF

THE WESLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE,

THIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

IS INSCRIBED,

WITH AFFECTIONATE REGARD AND

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE

BY

THE AUTHOR.



 

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

 

I.

CHILDHOOD: LEICESTER, EXETER, GAINSBOROUGH: 18051811

II.

BOYHOOD : THOMAS MILLER : 18111814

III.

BOYHOOD: GAINSBOROUGH MEMORIES: 18141816

IV.

BOYHOOD: SCHOOL-DAYS ENDED: 18161820

V.

SHOEMAKER LIFE: EARLY FRIENDSHIPS: 18201824

VI.

STUDENT LIFE : ITS ENJOYMENTS: 18241828

VII.

ILLNESS: SCHOOLMASTER LIFE: IN EARNEST: 1828, 1829

VIII.

WESLEYAN METHODIST LIFE: STRUGGLE FOR HOLINESS: 18291834

IX.

LOCAL PREACHER LIFE: SPIRITUAL FALL: 18291835

X.

LINCOLN: MECHANICS' INSTITUTE: MUSIC : 18341837

XI.

LINCOLN: BUSY LIFE AS A NEWSPAPER WRITER: 18361838

XII.

FIRST LONDON LIFE: VICISSITUDES: 1839, 1840

XIII.

LEICESTER: WRETCHEDNESS OF STOCKINGERS: 1840, 1841

XIV.

LEICESTER: MY CHARTIST LIFE BEGUN : 1841

XV.

ELECTIONS: CHARTIST LIFE: 1841

XVI.

CHARTIST POETS: CHARTIST LIFE CONTINUED: 1842

XVII.

CHARTIST LIFE CONTINUED: CORN LAW REPEALERS: 1842

XVIII.

CHARTIST LIFE CONTINUED : THE RIOT IN THE STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERIES: 1842

XIX.

CHARTIST LIFE CONTINUED: REMARKABLE NIGHT JOURNEY: 1842

XX.

CHARTIST LIFE CONTINUED: MY FIRST TRIAL AND ACQUITTAL: 1842

XXI.

CHARTIST LIFE CONTINUED: STURGE CONFERENCE: SECOND TRIAL: 1842, 1843

XXII.

PLEADING IN THE COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH: CHARTIST PRISON LIFE: 1843

XXIII.

CHARTIST PRISON LIFE CONTINUED: 18431845

XXIV.

SCEPTICISM IN THE GAOL: LONDON: DISAPPOINTMENTS: 1845

XXV.

DIFFICULTIES AND SUCCESS "THE PURGATORY OF SUICIDES" IS PUBLISHED: 1845

XXVI.

JOURNEY FOR JERROLD'S PAPER: INTERVIEW WITH WORDSWORTH: 1846

XXVII.

LITERARY AND LECTURING LIFE IN LONDON: 1847 1848

XXVIII.

LITERARY AND LECTURING LIFE CONTINUED: 18481850

XXIX.

LECTURING IN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND: FUNERAL OF THE GREAT DUKE

XXX.

LITERARY AND LECTURING LIFE CONTINUED: W. J. FOX AND TALFOURD : 18521854

XXXI.

LITERARY AND LECTURING LIFE CONTINUED: RELIGIOUS CHANGE: 18521856

XXXII.

LECTURING LIFE CONTINUED: CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE "REASONER": 18481853

XXXIII.

ENTRANCE ON THE RIGHT LIFE: THE LIFE OF DUTY: 18561858

XXXIV.

RENEWED PREACHER LIFE; AND LIFE AS A LECTURER ON RELIGIOUS EVIDENCE: 18581866

XXXV.

MY LIFE AND WORK FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS: CONCLUSION : 18671872

 



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