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HUSKISSON, W. [WILLIAM]. - Shipping Interest. Speech of the Right Hon. W. Huskisson in the House of Commons ...

London, Hatchards 1827. Octavo, disbound; 93pp. ¶ "Perusal of this pamphlet must infallibly produce upon the brain of any but a madman ... the overthrow [of] ... the very ignorant, or very little scrupulous, complaints brought against him ... The Speech ought, indeed, to be made the manual of everybody ... who desires a sample of the danger which might befall this country, were implicit credit given by Parliament to the assertions of interested men." (The Times as quoted in 'The Speeches of the Right Honourable William Huskisson'). Huskisson is of course best known now to be the first person to be run over by a train - Stevenson's Rocket no less. Here he answers the attacks and petitions from digruntled parties all over the place against his legislation relaxing shipping laws and moving toward free trade. This was important stuff as Britain moved from being ruler of the sea to being the largest stakeholder in a web of trading nations and empires. Huskisson's record on slavery and a minimum wage for the working poor is best left unexamined right now. Huskisson wasn't on his feet talking the whole 93 pages. A fair slab is appendices with facts and figures.
AUD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 94.75 US$ 108.22 | £UK 85.25 | JP¥ 12177] Book number 10205

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