chapter  XXII
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THE three years from 1830 to 1832 were the busiest of Cobbett's life. Into them were crowded the final exciting phases of the struggle for Parliamentary Reform, the last revolt of the agricultural labourers in the southern and western counties, the prosecution of Cobbett himself by the Whig Government in connection with this revolt, lecture tours and rides extending as far as the northern counties and Scotland, and finally, two parliamentary contests, culminating in his election as member for Oldham. A full enough programme for the sixty-seventh to sixty-ninth years of a man's age, even if that man was Cobbett.