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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 61

Protectionism and Pamphleteering

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Protectionism and Pamphleteering.

Lieutenant Farmer, Q.C., late "Jeremiah Mangoldwurzel," late "Selim Pasha," intends shortly to publish another pamphlet, which he intends to dedicate (without permission) to Lord Hampden, late Sir Henry Brand, Speaker of the House of Commons, and to Lord Monk Bretton, late the Right Honourable J. G. Dodson, late Minister of Agriculture for the United Kingdom. These two gentlemen are both Sussex landlords and freetraders, and as such, Lieutenant Farmer, as a late Sussex tenant-farmer and protectionist, intends addressing them.

The pamphlet is to contain some or all of the articles contributed in 1878 and 1879 by "Selim Pasha" to the London Agricultural Gazette. It is also intended to incorporate with these a certain pamphlet, entitled "Farming; or Tenants v. Landlords, Protection v. Free Trade, and Common Sense v. Nonsense." By Jeremiah Mangoldwurzel. Published in 1879 by William Ridgway, 169, Piccadilly, London. To these it is intended to add fresh notes, and more articles advocating protection.

Lieutenant Farmer maintains that all imports of corn and meat into the United Kingdom ought to be taxed for the protection of the agriculture of the United Kingdom, and because the corn and meat grown in the United Kingdom are heavily taxed. Also, that all imports of corn and meat into the United Kingdom from foreign countries not colonies of the United Kingdom, ought to be taxed at a higher rate than such imports from the British colonies. Also that the imports of corn from India, although India is a part of the British Empire, ought to be taxed at a higher rate than imports of corn from the colonies, because the ploughmen of the United Kingdom and her colonies cannot compete with labour at 3d. or 4d. per day. Also for the reason that the export of wheat from India must increase the price of food where wages are very low, and where famines are frequent. Also that it is to the interest of the farmers of the United Kingdom and her colonies that all kinds of industries and manufactures should be fostered and encouraged, where necessary, by the means of protective duties. Lieutenant Farmer maintains that such a policy would bind Ireland to Great Britain, and the Colonies to the United Kingdom, and would create a splendid revenue for the defence of the British Empire.

The folly and madness of free trade is well exemplified by the following figures given by Mr. Hursthouse in the New Zealand Parliament:—"The importation into England from Russia has increased of late years to £7,000,000, and the export to Russia is £393,000."—(See Hansard, vol. li., p. 427.)

For a favourable review of his previous pamphlet, "Farming," Lieutenant Farmer, alias Mr. Mangoldwurzel, refers anyone interested to the Agricultural Gazette, June 16th, 1879, wherein it is said that he "excels as a pamphleteer."

The "power of the Press" is not limited to newspaper editors, but is at the command of any man who can write. Neither is the representation of the people limited to what their members of Parliament page 23 like to represent. Neither is the advocacy of what is right and true altogether become "a vested interest" of the lawyers and barristers. Advocates of a Sate Bank the West Coast Railway, and Protection, are invited to assist Lieutenant Farmer by recommending his pamphlets to the attention of booksellers and newsvendors, to whom" a fair profit will be given These pamphlets are intended to be published m other colonies also, and in England.

The money-lending fraternity and lawyers are requested neither to paste up the enclosed advertisement in any public place, nor to circulate it!

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