What is the origin of the word red-tapism?
And what does it actually mean?
Lexico says it first appeared in the mid-19th century in the Cobbett's Weekly Political Register, a London paper. Searching deeper, I discovered that the owner, William Cobbett, supported expanding suffrage, raising the minimum pay for agricultural workers, and giving the poor food and employment. His newspaper was in print from 1802 until his death in 1836.
But in which year did red-tapism first appear, and did he coin it?
Can anyone provide more details on its origins?