Character, motives and proceedings of the Anti-corn law leaguers; with a few general remarks on the consequences that would result from a free trade in corn

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1843
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Page 28 - I'll work and die !" Her wasted form seemed nothing — The load was at his heart ; The sufferer he kept soothing Till at the mill they part. The overlooker met her, As to her frame she crept, And with his thong he beat her, And cursed her as she wept.
Page 30 - That the maxim of buying in the cheapest market, and selling in the dearest, which regulates every merchant in his individual dealings, is strictly applicable as the best rule for the trade of the whole nation.
Page 8 - The House may well express their surprise; but I beseech their attention to the description of persons required by this advertisement — " from seven to twenty years of age" — so that the Silk manufacturers were content to receive children of the tender age of only seven years — " to be employed in the throwing and manufacturing of silk. The great increase of the trade having caused a great scarcity of Workmen, it is suggested, that this is a most favourable opportunity for persons with large...
Page 28 - Three hours before the dawning The father roused his child; Her daily morsel bringing, The darksome room he paced, And cried, ' The bell is ringing, My hapless darling, haste...
Page 48 - By regulating the money price of all the other parts of the rude produce of land, it regulates that of the materials of almost all manufactures. By regulating the money price of labour, it regulates that of manufacturing art and industry. And by regulating both, it regulates that of the complete manufacture. The money price of labour, and of everything that is the produce either of land or labour, must necessarily either rise or fall in proportion to the money price of corn.
Page 5 - ... and of course interrupted the division of work suitable to the respective ages, which formerly was practised in private houses. The consequence was that little children, of very tender age, were employed with grown persons at the machinery ; and those poor little creatures, torn from their beds, were compelled to work, even at the age of six years, from early morn to late at night, a period of perhaps fifteen or sixteen hours...
Page 28 - she shrieked, and died ! " That night a chariot passed her, While on the ground she lay : The daughters of her master An evening visit pay. Their tender hearts were sighing, As negroes' wrongs were told, While the white slave was dying Who gained their father's gold.
Page 1 - The violence and injustice of the rulers of mankind is an ancient evil, for which, I am afraid, the nature of human affairs can scarce admit of a remedy. But the mean rapacity, the monopolizing spirit of merchants and manufacturers, who neither are, nor ought to be, the rulers of mankind, though it cannot perhaps be corrected, may very easily be prevented from disturbing the tranquillity of any body but themselves.
Page 47 - ... the price of labour, and never regulates it wholly, yet it has unquestionably a powerful influence upon it. A most perfect freedom of intercourse between different nations in the article of corn, greatly contributes to an equalization of prices and a level in the value of the precious metals. And it must be allowed that a country which possesses any peculiar facilities for successful exertion in manufacturing industry, can never make a full and complete use of its advantages; unless the price...
Page 28 - The overlooker met her As to her frame she crept; And with his thong he beat her, And cursed her when she wept. It seemed, as she grew weaker, The threads the oftener broke; The rapid wheels ran quicker, And heavier fell the stroke.

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