A Grammar of the English Language Author:William Cobbett William Cobbett (1763-1835) was (in the words of G. K. Chesterton) 'the noblest English example of the noble calling of the agitator'. His radicalism brought him into conflict with the authorities on many occasions, but he reserved a special kind of venom for politicians like Lord Castlereagh and the Duke of Wellington, for men of letters like t... more »he lexicographer Dr Johnson, and the Fellows of English Colleges, 'who live by the sweat of other people's brows'.
He takes all of these to task in his Grammar for their poor command of English, which was he states, no better than that of chambermaids, hucksters, and plough-boys. Written in the form of letters to his fourteen-year-old son, James, the Grammar is the most colouful and entertaining treatment of the subject ever published-plebian, prejudiced, and richly illustrated with examples from the language of the countryside.
The text is that of the 1823 edition, which includes Six Lessons 'intended to prevent Statesmen from using false grammar'.« less