English and Irish Land Questions: Collected Essays

Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1881 - 272 pages

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Page 234 - The rich complained and the poor murmured, but he was so sturdy that he recked nought of them ; they must will all that the king willed, if they would live; or would keep their lands ; or would hold their possessions ; or would be maintained in their rights.
Page 236 - ... by the name of the Game Law, now arrived to, and wantoning in its highest vigour : both founded upon the same unreasonable notions of permanent property in wild creatures ; and both productive of the same tyranny to the commons: but with this difference, that the Forest Laws established only one mighty hunter throughout the land, the Game Laws have raised a little Nimrod in every manor.
Page 20 - ... would be too great for it. It was sufficient to prove that property in land is, of all others, the most active instigator to severe and incessant labour.
Page 21 - Should it be supported in its present vigour for another half century, la grande nation will certainly he the greatest pauper warren in Europe; and will, along with Ireland, have the honour of furnishing hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the other countries of the world.
Page 40 - The petty proprietors who cultivated their own fields with their own hands, and enjoyed a modest competence, without affecting to have scutcheons and crests, or aspiring to sit on the bench of justice, then formed a much more important part of the nation than at present.
Page 195 - Inclosures at that time began to be more frequent, whereby arable land, which could not be manured without people and families, was turned into pasture, which was easily rid by a few herdsmen; and tenances for years, lives, and at will, whereupon much of the yeomanry lived, were turned into demesnes.
Page 58 - Physically, a ruinous, ill-drained cottage, 'cribbed, cabined, confined,' and ovei'-crowded, generates any amount of disease, — fevers of every type, catarrh, rheumatism, — as well as intensifies to the utmost that tendency to scrofula and phthisis which, from their frequent intermarriages and their low diet, abounds so largely among the poor. Socially, nothing can be more wretched than the condition of
Page 246 - And be it enacted, That if any person shall unlawfully and wilfully kill, wound, or take any house dove or pigeon, under such circumstances as shall not amount to larceny at common law, every such offender, being convicted thereof before a justice of the peace, shall forfeit and pay, over and above the value of the bird, any sum not exceeding two pounds.
Page 73 - Children grew disobedient when they knew they could not be set aside: farmers were ousted of their leases made by tenants...

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