The Splendid Village Volume 2

The Splendid Village Volume 2

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ..., let them, in addition to some millions of tax-ploughed acres, pass to the credit of the poor what has been taken from them by the operation of Workhouse wages--by the fluctuations of paper-prices, and by taxes, the bitter fruit of our antijacobin wars, and they will find that all the lands of England, if unmortgaged, would not pay the balance, which before the eternal throne stands at their debit. But a demoralized population, and a debt of eight hundred millions, are not the only results of our indulgence in the luxury of carnage. The Corn Law is another proof of' our having annihilated jacobinism and French principles. Over it in embryo the hereditary ears had long been fondly shaken: but when the perfection of monopoly was born, how joyful were the pangs of parturition! how loud was the bray of Absolute Wisdom on the birth of the donkey of his dotage, so worthy of its father, and so like him I The thistles of old Scotland had a holiday on the occasion, and, to this hour, expecting to be food for man, disdain the approaching I am no advocate for cottage-beggary. But in France, since the revolution, there are cottagers who are not beggars. Is it only in countries blessed with the British constitution, that cottager and pauper are synonymous? I think I can remember the time when the agricultural labourers of this country were not paupers. If lam mistaken, I beg pardon of ' the gentlemen of England, who live abroad at ease;' for they cannot have degenerated from their ancestors, who, it would seem, watched over the interests of the poor with the same paternal solicitude which distinguishes their most Christian successors. Still, though the Rockinghams and the Savilles might be, like the Landsdowns and the Fitzwilliams, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879651
  • 9781236879653