Tenancy and Ownership: Cobden Club Prize Essay

Cassell, 1891 - 120 pages

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Page 75 - Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him * Arthur Young's Trtnelt m francl, ml. ip 88. « Ibid. p. 61. a nine years lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.
Page 75 - It is visible in their new-built houses and stables, in their little gardens, in their hedges, in the courts before their doors, even in the coops for their poultry and the sties for their hogs. A peasant does not think of rendering his pig comfortable if his own happiness hangs by the thread of a nine years
Page 75 - where M. le Brun has an improvement on the Dunes, which he very obligingly showed me. Between the town and that place is a great number of neat little houses, built each with its garden, and one or two fields enclosed, of most wretched blowing dune sand, naturally as white as snow, but improved by industry. The magic of property turns sand to gold.
Page 75 - It is all in the hands of little proprietors, without the farms being so small as to occasion a vicious and miserable population. An air of neatness, warmth, and comfort breathes over...
Page 75 - Gange, to the mountain of rough ground which I crossed, the ride has been the most interesting which I have taken in France; the efforts of industry the most vigorous; the animation the most lively. An activity has been here, that has swept away all difficulties before it, and has clothed the very rocks with verdure. It would be a disgrace-to common sense to ask the cause; the enjoyment of property must have done it.
Page 75 - I have seen in this ride of twelve miles from Pau to Moneng. It is all in the hands of little proprietors, without the farms being so small as to occasion a vicious and miserable population.
Page 11 - I would take Adam Smith in hand, and I would have a League for free trade in land just as we had a League for free trade in corn.
Page 11 - I believe we have no adequate conception of what the amount of production might be from a limited surface of land, provided only the amount of capital were sufficient.
Page 15 - ... brief an interval. There is nothing at all wonderful in the matter. What the enemy have destroyed, would have been destroyed in a little time by the inhabitants themselves : the wealth which they BO rapidly reproduce, would have needed to be reproduced and would have been reproduced in any case, and probably in as short an interval.
Page 14 - ... it is the law of production from the land, that in any given state of agricultural skill and knowledge...

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