The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14
5.—Folcland granted away to Royal favourites
5.—Folcland granted away to Royal favourites.
"The public patrimony being got into the hands of private subjects, it is but reasonable that private contributions should supply the public service. Which, though it may perhaps fall harder upon some individuals, whose ancestors have had no share in the general plunder, than upon others, yet, taking the nation throughout, it amounts to nearly the same; provided the gain by the extraordinary should appear to be no greater than the loss by the ordinary revenue. And perhaps if every gentleman in the kingdom was to be stripped of such of his lands as were formerly the property of the crown, was to be again subject to the inconveniences of purveyance and preemption, the oppression of forest laws, ana the slavery of feudal tenures, and was to resign into the king's hands all his royal franchises of waifs, wrecks, estrays, treasure trove, mines, deodands, forfeitures, and the like, he would find himself a greater loser than by paying his quota to such taxes as are necessary to the support of government" n.