England's Supremacy: Its Sources, Economics and Dangers

Longmans, Green, and Company, 1885 - 447 pages

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Page xxiv - Yorkshire now are, that cultivation, rich as that of a flower-garden, will be carried up to the very tops of Ben Nevis and Helvellyn, that machines constructed on principles yet undiscovered will be in every house, that there will be no highways but railroads, no travelling but by steam, that our debt, vast as it seems to us, will appear to our great-grandchildren a trifling encumbrance, which might easily be paid off in a year or two, many people would think us insane.
Page 402 - She has, taking the capacity of her land into view as well as its mere measurement, a natural base for the greatest continuous empire ever established by man.
Page 81 - Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment...
Page xxiii - If we were to prophesy that in the year 1930 a population of fifty millions, better fed, clad, and lodged than the English of our time will cover these islands ; that Sussex and Huntingdonshire will be wealthier than the wealthiest parts of the...
Page 103 - 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 viii - On what principle is it that, when we see nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?
Page 260 - Europe as a whole, have always been less fastidious and more economical in habits of living than our own country. This is clearly set forth in all the authentic literature that has ever been published on the subject since 1713, when a pamphlet on the commercial relations of France and England stated that " the common people (in France) live upon roots, cabbage, and other herbage; four of their large provinces subsist entirely upon chestnuts, and the best of them eat bread made of barley, millet,...
Page 132 - ... place in our machinery itself, as well as in the mode of its application, require that all those means and advantages alluded to above, should be in constant operation ; and that, in the opinion of several of the witnesses, although Europe were possessed of every tool now used in the United Kingdom, along with the assistance of English artisans, which she may have in any number, yet from the natural and acquired advantages possessed by this country, the manufacturers of the United Kingdom would...
Page 333 - come to illuminate it. Two things are pretty sure to me. The first is that capital and labour never can or will agree together till they both first of all decide on doing their work faithfully throughout, and like men of conscience and honour, whose highest aim is...
Page 301 - British mother, who has sent forth her innumerable children over all the earth to be the founders of half-adozen empires. She, with her progeny, may almost claim to constitute a kind of Universal Church in politics. But, among these children, there is one whose place in the world's eye and in history is superlative : it is the American Republic.

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