A First Letter to a Reformer, in Reply to a Pamphlet Lately Published by Walter Fawkesentitled the Englishman's Manual

A First Letter to a Reformer, in Reply to a Pamphlet Lately Published by Walter Fawkesentitled the Englishman's Manual

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...suppose that during this long and distressful period, while the councils of the nation moved in so " cruelty to prolong their miserable lives. Some of them were followed " by epidemical diseases, or rather plagues, which swept ofi still greater " multitudes. This year, A. D. 1316, (E. II.)" says " Walsingham, the " fiamine gradually encreased, and about the beginning of August, a " quarter of wheat sold at London for forty shillings!" (equivalent to 35 or 4-0 pounds of our money at present?) " The fiimine was followed " by so great a mortality, especially among poor, that the living were " hardly able to bury the dead. For a dysentery, accompanied by an " acute fever, occasioned by unwholesome food, became universal, and " very soon proved mortal. The dreadful pestilence which raged over all "Britain, A. 1). 1349, (E. 111.) was still, if possible, more destructive. " The accounts given of the ravages of this plague, b-' the best cotem" porary historians, are hardly credible; some aflirming, that it carried " off one half, and others a much greater proportion of the whole peo" ple. When all these circumstances are considered, few will be disposed " to envy the happiness of their ancestors who flourished in the thir" teenth or fourteenth centuries, or to think that those times were better " than the present "' (Henry, v. IV. p. 580.) These quotations cannot, surely, be deemed inapplicable, when so many attempts are making, on all hands, to render even the present price of bread subservient to the cause, if not of radical disaffection to the government, yet, at least, to that of Parliamentary Reform. I think...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864026
  • 9781236864024