Lectures, Addressed Chiefly to the Working Classes Volume 3

Lectures, Addressed Chiefly to the Working Classes Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ... the Whig aristocracy, and the commencement of the "factitious" condition of things, from the spoliation of the Church; that is, from the good old times of Harry the Eighth. We are to look yet further into the night of history, in order to find that ideal social existence which he proposes to revivify; that is, in a time when serfdom was in the land, and when the only remonstrances were such as Jack Cade and Wat Tyler afforded; when the sale of slaves was a very common thing; times when we are told that the Abbot of Dunstable bought a man, his wife, and his whole family for 13s. 4c?., and did not consider them a very cheap bargain at that price; or times when, as in a yet earlier period, from the reign of William the First to that of John, the slave-market in Ireland was so overstocked, that the article was worth altogether nothing as a matter of commerce. Since that time the home-produce has been so multiplied in Ireland, that there is no occasion for importations. It is said that there was not a cottage in Scotland then, which had not an English slave at work in it. These circumstances, surely, have nothing in them so attractive that we should desire to bring them back. They passed away because in the order of events it was inevitable that they should. The nobility had wasted their strength in their crusading expeditions, and lost their hold of the land in order to gain possession of the Sepulchre, --" sold the pasture to buy the horse;" and burghers grew rich on their spoils. With the increasing wealth of the citizens came intelligence and political influence, and the power of the House of Commons arose. Those classes who were the foremost in the march enfranchised themselves, setting a worthy example for their successors to...
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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500024
  • 9781236500021