chapter  XV
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CoBBETT reached New York on May 5th, r8r7, and remained in the United States for more than two years. It was seventeen years since, in his Farewell Address to the People of America, he had shaken the dust of the United States from his feet, and in the interval there had been a complete change both in his political opinions and in his attitude towards the Americans and their Republic. He had never lost touch with his old friends in the United States, and he had made many new ones, especially by his vigorous opposition to the British Government in the quarrel which had led to the war of r8r2. The war had ended, as he prophesied that it would, in the giving up by Great Britain of all the points of substance. Cobbett's writings about Anglo-American relations were frequently reprinted in the United States : a considerable number of copies of the Register were regularly sold there; and, in January, r8r6, he had published the first number of a special American Political Register, in which he gave a lively description of the state of British politics and parties. The American Register, published in New York by his nephew, Henry Cobbett, was not a financial success, and had been dropped before his visit; but it contains, in his articles on The English Press, The English Parliament, The Royal Family, and The State of Parties in England, some of his best political writing. 1 At the same time he published, for the readers of the English Register, an excellent description, under the title of The American Packet, of the condition of parties and politics in the United States. 2

Hyde Park near North Hempsted, of which he acquired a lease. He lost no time in settling down seriously to farming, and getting his new house and land in order. But he was even more prompt in resuming publication of the Register in England, despatching his first copy from Long Island on May 8th, 1817, only three days after his arrival. The Register thereafter appeared almost continuously until his return; but there were a few gaps, and occasionally numbers had to be improvised owing to the failure of his copy to arrive.