The Letters Of Diogenes, To Sir Robert Peel, Bart

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841. Excerpt: ... crowded, hospitals thronged, jails crammed--shame and disgrace must be your portion, pretending, in 1839, to political foresight, and amusing your parliamentary audience with stories about mousetraps (as Nero fiddled, when Rome was burning)--whilst dire calamity, lurking at your heels, within two short years, in scorning derision of your political arithmetic, broke through every floodgate of safety, and verified to the utmost those apprehensions and predictions, which, because unsupported by documents, you fancied you could dispel with the magic of a supercilious sneer! Oh for the "lottery of legislation!" Within the brief space elapsed since your speech of 1839, the whole monetary system has been entirely deranged; the Bank has been twice within a few days of suspending payments; more than half our merchants have been on the verge of bankruptcy; the working classes have been, God knows, sufficiently deteriorated; the most solid interests have been shaken to the very foundation; and the dice-box of desperate enterprise, the offspring of your lottery of legislation, gambling on the people's wretchedness--playing hazard with your halfpenny averages--has found the life and death of millions a legitimate and fertile mine for diabolical speculation and infamous profit! The lottery of legislation! Truly, the Corn Law is such a lottery--a lottery full of blanks, and worse than blanks, for all but the landowners, " those selfish tyrants, fattening on the labours of the exhausted poor," as you so wisely say; laws on such matters ever have been, and ever must be, lotteries, with this special advantage, that the law-makers may settle where the prizes shall fall. Have not rents risen yen since your speech of 1839, and how much since the law was enacted? The rents are...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841. Excerpt: ... crowded, hospitals thronged, jails crammed--shame and disgrace must be your portion, pretending, in 1839, to political foresig...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217956556

ISBN - 13:9780217956550

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