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Richard Otley Chartist Poet

Trying to find out about a poet named Richard Otley who lived in Sheffield. A passionate Chartist though non violent. He was arrested with Samuel Holberry but acquitted. Think his occupation was a newsagent. Haven't found a single poem by him. Have found a political pamphlet and an essay by him. Anyone want to see if they can find any more about him? Court report, poems anything?
Yes but doesn't really tell me much about Richard Otley. Someone else has told me this.

n July and September 1839 Otley was elected a Chartist delegate.

In September 1842 he was arrested in Manchester, one of 11 Chartist leaders arrested for “conspiracy” He was a tea-dealer at the time. At his trial at Lancaster in March 1843 he was found guilty, though it went to appeal.

In December 1847 there was a campaign to stop him taking up his elected position as Town Councillor

At the 1851 census he lived at 112 Carver street, Bookseller aged 53 born in Doncaster. He later had a shop on South Street (Moor) and was in trouble for having illicit tobacco on sale.

He died on 24th March 1870 aged 74
The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent (Sheffield, England),
Saturday, March 26, 1870
OTLEY - March 24, Mr Richard Otley, aged 74.
The Wrongs of Englishmen, and the Rights of Freemen: Being a Comparison ...
By Richard OTLEY

Essays on the nature, causes and effects of national antipathies, credulity ...
By Richard Otley

So we have 2 prose publications but no poems. A man that was basically a tobacconist and not enough money to qualify as a councillor but extremely literate.