ID: 26147
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Considerations on the present state of the different classes of the landed interest;

WYATT, Harvey, Considerations on the present state of the different classes of the landed interest; on the causes of the distress which exists among the farmers and labourers; and on the means by which this distress may be mitigated and removed: also, on the effects which a general free trade in corn, or a nearer approach to it, would produce on the different classes of the landed interest; and on the effects which a free trade in corn with our own colonies, or such a near approach to it, as is permitted under the existing Corn Laws, will produce on the different classes of the landed interest. London: James Ridgway & Sons. 1834.

8vo., viii + 119 + (1)pp., with occasional pencilled emphasis marks and with several errata on verso of final leaf, followed by a 24-page publisher's list, dated April 1834, later calf-backed marbled boards, spine labelled and lettered. A very good uncut copy.

First edition: very scarce. Goldsmiths 28462. Kress C.3897.

The author, himself a tenant farmer, evidently speaks from experience and with authority. Wages, the cost of living, farm profits, rural unemployment and the Corn Laws are all interdependent. It is not surprising, Wyatt suggests, that so many of the rural poor have become "indolent, dissatisfied, disorderly and reckless" (p.57).