ID: 16429
Considerations on the Corn Laws,

CORRIE, Edgar,, Considerations on the Corn Laws, with remarks on the Observations of Lord Sheffield on the Corn Bill, which was printed by order of the House of Commons in December, 1790. London: John Stockdale, 1791.

8vo., 72 + (4)pp., without a half-title but including, at the end, 3 tables, of which one is folding, title-page a little soiled, recently well bound in linen-backed marbled boards lettered. A good copy.

First edition. Kress B.2062. Goldsmiths 14674. Williams I p.421. Not in Black. Listed by Barnes (History of the English Corn Laws, 1930, p.306).

Sheffield's Observations (also 1791) had suggested that low prices of grain were not an advantage. The government, he thought, should stimulate production and the export of grain through corn laws, bounties, duties, and prohibition of imports until a very high price had been reached. The resulting prosperity would benefit everyone. Corrie took a diametrically opposite view. Sheffield's suggested measures would so injure English trade in carrying corn that English agriculture itself would suffer.