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Thomas Wooler


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Thomas Jonathan Wooler : Black Dwarf

?His [James Watson?s] mother, who was left a widow soon after he was born, obtained a situation at the parsonage, where she read Cobbett?s "Register" and "saw nothing bad in it". James himself was apprenticed to the clergyman to "learn field labour" but his indentures, owing to the reverend gentleman leaving Yorkshire for another part of the country, were cancelled before he had finished his time. Thereupon the youth set out for Leeds in search for friends and employment. While working in a warehouse, he too began to read Cobbett?s "Register" and "saw nothing bad in it". Besides Cobbett?s writings, he early made the acquaintance of the Radical literature of the day ? Wooler?s "Black Dwarf" and Carlile?s "Republican".?

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: James Watson      Print: Serial / periodical


Thomas Wooler : [various titles]

'During this winter I fell into Company with some men in my journeys to and from my work that were of a Deistical principle these men had got several books that were written by Cobbet woler and Carlisle against all revealed religion and these men often put them into my hands and I at this time thought myself a sufficient Judge to read them without any danger of being drawn aside by them...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Mayett      Print: Book


Thomas Jonathan Wooler : Black Dwarf

'In early life, I have said, my attention was turned to politics. My first impressions were for universality. "Cobbett's Register" and "Wooler's Black Dwarf" were the first works I purchased and studied on political economy. It was my custom every Saturday evening, after my work was over, to go to the Market Place, and from a stall there, to purchase the breathings of those men of mind.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Christopher Thomson      Print: Serial / periodical


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